AFTER AN INCIDENT LIKE THE GEORGE FLOYD KILLING IN MINNEAPOLIS, WE ARE ALWAYS TOLD THAT MOST POLICE OFFICERS ARE DECENT FOLKS WHO WOULD NEVER COMMIT SUCH AN ATROCITY. I BELIEVE THAT’S TRUE, BUT IT DOES NOT MEAN THEY ARE GUILTLESS WHEN ONE OF THE BAD POLICE OFFICERS DOES. THE THREE OFFICERS WHO WITNESSED THE KILLING OF GEORGE FLOYD WITHOUT LIFTING A FINGER TO INTERVENE WERE REPRESENTATIVE OF THOSE “DECENT” OFFICERS WHO HAVE THE DUTY, THE RESPONSIBILITY AND THE OPPORTUNITY, DAY IN AND DAY OUT, TO WEED THE RACIST BULLIES FROM THEIR RANKS, BUT FAIL TO DO SO. UNTIL POLICE DEPARTMENTS EVERYWHERE RID THEMSELVES OF THE DEREK CHAUVINS WITHIN THEIR RANKS, ATROCITIES LIKE MINNEAPOLIS WILL CONTINUE TO BE A PART OF LIFE IN AMERICA. – CURT HALL

CONVERSATIONS WITH THE CANDIDATES: MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Lots of good Democrats running in this year’s primary means lots of interested voters wanting to get to know our candidates.

Beginning June 16, our Conversations with Candidates will be held each Tuesday evening 7-8 p.m. via Zoom. Each week will bring you new candidate forums and interviews. Expect to hear from our candidates as they discuss the issues, offer their solutions, and propose plans for their offices. Mark your calendars now for these Hot Topic Tuesdays.

More details to come…
Primary voting begins July 16 and ends on August 4.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE BY BRUCE ROBERTS

We are pleased with the results of our April texting project: 531 of the 2,911 voters contacted voted in the Presidential Primary. And the overall turnout for Douglas County was 10,877.

In May we launched a second project to remind voters to request advance ballots to vote by mail. Our volunteers sent texts to 17,764 voters, including Democrats and Unaffiliated. During June we will increase the number of volunteers and continue to urge voters to vote by mail this cycle. I am very grateful for over 75 volunteers who are helping with early efforts to Get Out The Vote! Any others who would like to get involved are asked to please contact me directly at jbruceroberts@gmail.com. Thank You!

“A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It’s a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity. The test of a government is not how popular it is with the powerful and privileged few but how honestly and fairly it deals with the many who must depend on it.”

– Jimmy Carter

DOUGLAS COUNTY DEMOCRATS MOURN LOSS OF PRECINCT 13 COMMITTEEMAN, JOE SPRADLIN.

Joe, an avid aviator, slipped the surly bonds of earth for the last time on Wednesday, May 27. Joe and Rita have been
active supporters of Democratic activities and candidates for many years. Among other things, Joe was known for
stimulating extravagant bidding for pies at the annual auction. He was a noted psychologist—practitioner and
researcher—and also was an enthusiastic cyclist. Date and time for a memorial service will be announced at a later
date.

CELEBRATING AN OUTSTANDING YOUNG DEMOCRAT

Sami Turner is a recent graduate of Lawrence High School and is expecting to attend Harvard University this coming fall. Sami has been leading the LHS Young Dems chapter since her sophomore year of high school. This past year she founded the statewide Kansas High School Democrats, which now has 16 chapters and over 200 members. While attending Harvard, Sami will be serving as the graphics designer for the Kansas Young Democrats. When asked why she is proud to be a democrat this is what she had to say:

“I grew up in a conservative Republican family. Fox News and my parents were my only news sources and I was convinced for the longest time that Obama was the devil. It wasn’t until 8th-grade year that I started to form my own political views.

My gifted teacher at the time, Ashley Beason-Manes, tasked our class to spend the semester developing an activism project to help the community. We wanted to do something that addressed economic inequality. After deliberating, we decided to create an event where anyone could get free financial advice from professionals.

At first, I felt unqualified to work on a project that dealt with the complex issue of economic inequality. My family had dealt with our own financial struggles, but I didn’t understand how the government worked or any specific policies in place. Over the next few weeks, I spent hours reading the news and researching economic policies. As a result, I became immersed in the 2016 presidential primary. I read each candidate’s platform and was shocked to find my values did not align with the party I was raised into.

By the end of May, it was time for the event. We had the financial advisors, we had the space, and of course, we had donuts. While working the event I noticed the attendees walking away more confident in their futures. I felt excited — a kind of excitement I’d never felt before. We weren’t going to solve economic inequality, but maybe we could improve at least one person’s life. I no longer cared if I was a “traitor” to my family, I knew I wanted to help people for the rest of my life.

Today, I am proud to be a Democrat because we work to ensure people’s innate rights and civil liberties, not take them away. Because we work to promote democracy and voter engagement instead of shutting people out. And because wework to promote a better future for all not just for ourselves and corporations. I believe we are the party that is truly representative of the United States and the values our nation is based on.”

Thank you Sami for all that you do!