Executive Minister, New Beginnings Church in Matthews/Mint Hill
Past/Current Involvement with the Party:
How else are you involved in the community outside of the party?
Newly elected Town Commissioner of Mint Hill – First person of color to be elected to the board; Member, NC Mecklenburg County Bar; Member, Democratic Women of Meck Co.; Member, Meck Co. Black Political Caucus; Member, Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce; Executive Director, New Beginnings Community Life Center.
What is your favorite restaurant in the county?
Breakfast at First Watch
What do you enjoy doing for fun?
Taking long walks/working out
Who would you want to play you in a movie?
Iman Shumpert Super impressed with his improved dance moves, work ethic and character as he became the first ex-NBA player to win Dancing With the Stars
Mountains, Beach, or City?
South Mecklenburg precincts now hold several regular social events. Called "A Dem Good Time," they began with every Third Thursday at Blackfinn Ballantyne from 6-8 pm (still going strong!). Matthews Democrats have held a few, and now there is a second ongoing social on First Thursdays at Brooklyn Pizza from 6-8 (Rea Rd & Colony Rd).
At the August 2 event, around 50 people came to talk with elected officials and candidates such as Trevor Fuller, Mecklenburg County Commissioner, and state senator Jeff Jackson.
Candidates drop by to share their messages, but it's also a great time to meet other friendly Democrats and find out about local opportunities to help the party!
Feel free to start your OWN Dem Good Time wherever you are! Events can be publicized via flyers, Facebook and Nextdoor, and word of mouth.
Help wanted: The Mecklenburg County Democratic Party has a temporary part-time position available for an office coordinator. Duties include scheduling and training headquarters volunteers, updating the website and assisting with fundraising. This is a six-week contract assignment. Compensation is $150 per week. Please send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday May 4.
If you haven't found our Facebook page yet, check it out here.
Mecklenburg County Democratic Convention will take place April 8, 2017
at Elizabeth Traditional School, 1601 Park Drive, Charlotte, NC 28204
Registration begins at 11 am, meeting begins at 1 pm.
AGENDA ITEMS FOR THE 2017 COUNTY CONVENTION INCLUDE:
North Carolina Democratic Party Plan of Organization
WHEREAS, President Trump signed executive orders in January 2017 escalating immigration enforcement actions against undocumented immigrants, banning immigrants and refugees from majority-Muslim countries; and
WHEREAS, reports of increased enforcement actions undertaken by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), under the supervision of U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as directed by President Trump has led to increased fears and concerns across immigrant communities; and
WHEREAS, the Democratic Party is built on the principle of inclusion; and
WHEREAS, the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party believes in the value of our community's diversity regardless of an individual's race, religious background or national origin; and
WHEREAS, we believe the separation of families in our community through the detention or deportation of undocumented immigrants who have not been convicted of crime is morally wrong; and
WHEREAS, we believe that all among us, save for our Native American brothers and sisters, are at some point in our nation's history, immigrants; and
WHEREAS, we reaffirm our nation's founding principles of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness as inalienable rights of every person regardless of their background.
WHEREAS, immigrant communities contribute to the enrichment of our city, state, and country through their profound entrepreneurial spirit, work ethic, and cultural heritage; therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party expresses unwavering support of our local, state, and national immigrant communities, be they American citizens, legal permanent residents, undocumented residents, or otherwise here of foreign descent; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party calls on citizens of Charlotte-Mecklenburg and North Carolina to stand with immigrant communities regardless of their religious background, national origin, or immigration status by advocating to elected officials, spending their money at immigrant-owned businesses, or supporting however else they deem fit; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party demands our state and local elected officials to affirm constitutional protections and human rights by standing in support of communities targeted on basis of race, religion, or immigration status, not only through their words, but also actively working in support of these communities.
This the 2nd day of March, 2017
Mecklenburg County Democratic Party
From left, N.C. Democratic Party secretary Melvin Williams, chairman Wayne Goodwin, first vice chair Aisha Dew, second vice chair Matt Hughes and third vice chair Nida Allam
"Thank you to NC Democrats for yesterday electing our most diverse set of NCDP state party officers ever! In turn, our Party officers represent our population quite well. Also, I appreciate more than you'll ever know the faith you & Governor Cooper have placed in me. Now, let's roll up our sleeves to work and fight for a better North Carolina." - Wayne Goodwin, North Carolina Democratic Party Chair
(Charlotte, NC) January 30, 2017
President Trump continues to be out of line with longstanding American values of openness, tolerance, and equal opportunity for all. On Friday, President Trump initiated a campaign promise to implement a “Muslim Ban” fueled by irrational fear of Muslims and refugees entering our country. President Trump’s use of fear mongering to create divisions is nothing new. During the presidential campaign, Trump often utilized fear tactics to portray himself as our country’s protector. President Trump stereotyped Mexicans as rapists, smeared African-American communities as “crime infested” and constantly used Islamophobic rhetoric for political gain. President Trump is no longer a candidate for President and must understand that as President his actions and words have consequences. As a nation of immigrants, President Trump’s executive order has the effect of tarnishing America’s rich history as a beacon of hope to children, families, and individuals fleeing war and persecution in hopes of a new beginning.
Mecklenburg County Democratic Party joins Americans across the country in condemning President Trump's actions and remind him of his oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. Although the office of President of the United States has broad powers with respect to immigration, under the law, the President may not place a blanket travel ban on individuals based on religion or national origin. Thankfully, America is a nation of laws and we hope the courts will continue to take action and strike down President Trump’s unconstitutional and un-American agenda. We must never forget, as Americans our strength has always come from our diversity and willingness to welcome people of all backgrounds.
On Saturday January 28, 2017, the County Executive Committee of the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party met to elect interim members of the State Executive Committee. The Committee also voted on a proposed Alternative Plan of Organization that would change CEC meeting quorum requirements for the next two years from 40% to 35%.
The full membership roster of the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party State Executive Committee is posted below, with those members elected on January 28 listed in bold.
The Alternative Plan of Organization was approved by a weighted vote of 484 to 88. The Alternative Plan will be submitted to the Plan of Organization committee and the NCDP State Executive Committee for final approval.
The SEC members elected on January 28, 2017 will finish the unexpired term ending in April 2017
All SEC members are expected to attend the SEC meeting:
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Rolesville High School
1099 East Young Street, Rolesville, NC.
Registration begins at 10:00 am. Meeting begins at 1:30 pm.
If a member cannot attend, another Mecklenburg Democrat may attend and vote as their proxy. If you are an SEC member and cannot attend Saturday's meeting, the MCDP may be able to assist you in finding a proxy for you. Notify the MCDP at 704-525-5843 or email@example.com if you cannot attend the February 11 meeting and want assistance finding a proxy.
The Women's March on Charlotte on January 21, 2017 drew thousands of participants from the Charlotte area - estimates say over 15,000+ - many of whom were Democrats! People of all ages, races, abilities, genders, religions marching to support each other in the unifying message of equality and defending one another's rights. The event was peaceful and positive, with many marchers ready to volunteer and carry forward their activity through the year.