Cherokee Democrats Consider 'Rebirth'
The Cherokee Democrats met Monday to discuss potentially rebranding their name to include minorities.
Chairman and State Democrat Committee member Mark Jafari says they plan to reach out to different organizations in order to recruit new members.
Their goal is to enhance the platform of their candidates by increasing visibility of the Democratic Party and size, as well as reaching out to focus groups.
The focus groups will consist of religious leaders, African Americans, small-business owners, Hispanics, and other minorities.
In order to establish and maintain these concepts, committees were formed dedicated to specific to recruitment and outreach duties, including speaking at the State Capitol.
Guest speaker and volunteer for ACLU, Jeff Willard, encourages the Democratic Party to come and speak to the state legislators.
Willard said the presence of an actual person has a greater impact on the authorization of house bills being passed or suppressed.
“A lot of things are happening this year at the Georgia Capitol, one of the things are a lot of the Bills are anti-immigrant,” Willard said.
He discusses that bill 59 bans undocumented students’ admittance to state colleges and universities.
“They have made it to where undocumented immigrants have to pay the full rate, even if they live in the state of Georgia; that happened last year, but now they want to prohibit them all from going,” Willard said. “This is very short sided because we need all the talents we could get. What happens to people if we don’t educate them? Then they become a drain on our society, we don’t want them to be a drain on society we want them to be able to provide for themselves.
To increase the knowledge and awareness, the political party will attempt to rebrand the democratic name, by interacting and educating citizens of Cherokee county one group at a time.