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DNC Summer Meeting From a LGBT Perspective

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) held its Summer meeting from August 27 -29 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Since next year is a presidential election year, this meeting featured a “meet the candidates” session, as four of the announced candidates, Governor Lincoln Chafee, Secretary Hillary Clinton,  Governor Martin O’Malley and Senator Bernie Sanders ( in alphabetical order) addressed  the membership. Only Senator Webb who has been polling next to zero was not present reportedly for family obligations. Although he has not announced, Vice President Biden had supporters present who were meeting with DNC members and State party senior staff.

There were opportunities to meet and greet the candidates and their campaign staff at the host hotel as well as at receptions both at the hotel and at offsite venues.

As the Republican Party becomes more reactionary in policy and action, it’s apparent that the DNC’s support  for LGBT rights becomes stronger and more inclusive.

At our LGBT caucus meeting there were several positive things on which to report:

10 memorable Jersey political moments, 2008 + POLL!

Re-promoted for a Merry Christmas. If you’re reading today, maybe you have 10 minutes to reflect on the year in NJ politics. Enjoy and don’t forget to take the poll! -JG

What better way to celebrate a memorable year than with a top 10 list?  As a blogger, activist and campaign worker, this was my perspective as seen (entirely) thorugh the lens of my wecam or iPhone.

Hopefully something for everyone.  Take the poll and share what would make your top ten list!

Latinos in NJ for Obama Part 2: THE Latino Issue.

Props to my brother for the following:

Seton Hall’s Center for Social Justice and the Brazilian Voice filed FOIA litigation today in the District of New Jersey to compel DHS and ICE to release records on ICE home raids in NJ.


Senator Obama:

I am a simple minded voter. Your story and that of your family is what first drew me to your vision for the United States of America. Like the vast majority of Americans (with the exception of bluejersey junkies), I do not know, nor can I possibly absorb or break down, your position on every single imaginable issue dear to the heart of the American electorate. My decision to support you in this election is based purely on the issue that is closest to my heart and the issue that affects ALL Latinos in New Jersey and the United States. My family crossed the border “illegally” from Tijuana to San Diego twenty years ago looking for opportunity. I was but seven years old, but I can still remember the desert sand, the tripwires, the “coyotes”, ducking from border patrol, and crossing a highway towards living the dream that I live today.


My father came to this country from a small village in Africa because he was looking for opportunity. So when I see people who are coming across these borders, whether legally or illegally, I know that the motivation is trying to create a better life for their children and their grandchildren.


The Arizona Republic reports that it’s Obama’s work on issues that touch the Latino community — such as racial profiling — and his personal experience with immigration that makes him a strong bet for these Latino leaders:

John Laredo, former Arizona House Minority Leader, said that the work Obama, who is an Illinois senator, has done against racial profiling and other issues have benefited Latinos…

State Rep. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, said Obama’s experience addressing the needs of people of color is documented. “Look at what he’s done for minorities and Latinos in Illinois,” he told Latino voters.

“When you look at education, health care, housing and particularly immigration, Obama has been at the forefront.”

Former State Sen. Alfredo Gutierrez said because Obama’s father was from Kenya, Obama can relate to many Latinos’ desire for immigration reform.

Immigration cuts across all racial and political Latino party lines. Many so called Democrats reveal their true Republican identities when addressing this issue.

Hillary: As one of my former coworkers once exclaimed, “Could you at least pretend to be a Democrat?!”

Latinos, Obama and HillBillies

Suddenly, we Latinos find ourselves in the spotlight of a Presidential election like never before. This is a good thing. Thanks to hysterical Republicans up in arms over last year’s immigration debate, the Latino electorate has swayed heavily towards the Democratic Party.

My heart and support has always been for Obama. But I must confess that I was not a believer until very recently. When it became clear to me that Obama and Hillarity were going to run for office and had realistic chances of winning, I was overwhelmed by the excitement of the historical proportions of this election. This is progress, I thought. The United States of America is actually considering sending a woman or an African-American to the oval office. But my heart went out to both in pity (yes, even to Hillary). No freaking way, I said to myself, no chance in hell that the man will allow this to happen. In the end, I was convinced, Edwards would pull through.

Now that the dust has settled and Obama, HillBill and a wobbly Edwards are the only four standing, I somewhat feel a tad bit guilty for having had zero to no faith in the American voter.

For the purposes of this diary I am going to ignore Edwards even though he is a solid candidate. Better late than never, I am now fully on board the Obama train.

But as a Latino, I was blindsided to find myself with so very few other Latinos on board in New Jersey. HillBillies seem to have an edge that I had completely overlooked. I will let one such HillBilly speak as quoted from the first paragraph in this article:


A recent New Yorker article ended with the following quote from Sen. Hillary Clinton’s Latino pollster Sergio Bendixen: “The Hispanic voter–and I want to say this very carefully–has not shown a lot of willingness or affinity to support black candidates.”

The reality of this painfully sad truth cannot be denied. This is a major obstacle that Senator Obama faces with Latino voters.  

Who Is Still Undecided?

At this stage of the game, here in New Jersey with the major presidential candidates all having their operations running at full-speed, top-tier endorsements lining up in earnest and humongajunga rallies right here in our state – who among those planning on voting in the Dem Primaries can still count themselves among that small scintilla of folks in the undecided category?  

The way I see it, perhaps it can be broken down into these three groups:

1). Women who want to vote for Obama, but feel as though they will be betraying their sisterhood by doing so.

2). Blacks who want to vote for Hillary, but fell as though they will be betraying the African-American community by doing so.

3). Sons and daughters of mill workers with great hair who want to vote for Obama or Hillary but feel as though they will be betraying their parents and stylists by doing so.

Why did we move the NJ primary After all?

What did the NJ primary move do? Did the national campaigns really pay more attention to us? I believe they only apeared to pay more attention to us in order to sqeeze the lemon sooner, and get our primary dollars now rather than later. The only clear winners are the candidates who took in advance the NJ fundraising money. Perhaps a system like Cody mentions, regional system would help as for now it's left up to the individual states which means legislators and in turn means ego's. So can you tell me the last time you saw a legislator take a humble position.

“When New Jersey moved its presidential primary to Feb. 5, it had visions of candidates shaking hands, kissing babies and stumping hard for votes as they do in Iowa and New Hampshire. But the Garden State instead finds itself among 22 states holding Feb. 5 presidential primaries, and polls show two candidates from neighboring New York _ Republican Rudy Giuliani and Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton _ with leads so huge New Jersey's race might be over. “So far the goal (of moving up the primary date) does not seem to be met,” said Ingrid Reed of Rutgers University's Eagleton Institute of Politics.”


“Codey said this year's presidential primary scramble will hopefully lead to regional primaries in future presidential elections to try to stop states from competing among themselves for attention, as happened this year. “I think what we're doing is forcing the national parties to come up with a regional system, I hope, for next time,” Codey said.”