Party Involvement in Community Activities

Message from the County Chair
Marc M. Meyer

I have been getting quite a few questions recently along the lines of, “Why isn’t the county party more active with these new activist groups, doing rallies and other acts of resistance?” And while the answer is that we are involved with all of these activist groups, rallies and acts of resistance, that answer is not really a complete or sufficient answer to the questions raised.

The question is really, “Why isn’t the Montgomery County Democratic Party organizing rallies and acts of resistance?” Well, the answer is that the MCDP, for strategic and tactical reasons, has decided that cooperating with our allied grassroots activist groups is more advantageous in the long run than co-opting these groups in an vain effort to control them. We are supporting our allies with planning, logistical, and marketing support for their actions.

And to some extent, we are keeping to the responsibilities that are laid out in the Rules of the Texas Democratic Party, which after outlining the statutory duties required of the County Executive Committee, states that the PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY (emphasis added) is “for planning and for coordinating the General Election campaigns of the Democratic Party’s nominees within the county.” I interpret this to also include Democrats that are running for non-partisan elections, too.

While the Montgomery County Democratic Party may establish committees to carry on similar functions to our allies (and we have – see the notices for subcommittee meetings of the outreach committee), we also want to support and nurture those allied groups that are committed to progressive Democratic principles. So if it seems as if the Montgomery County Democratic Party is quiet, know that we are working behind the scenes with our allies to support all types of activism in support of our values.

To that end, I want to end my column this week with an idea that has been rolling around in my head for a mission statement for the County Party: “Montgomery County Democrats know that when everyone plays by the same rules, gets a fair shot, and does their fair share, we all succeed. We care about our neighbors and know that we’re stronger together than we are on our own. Our values are rooted in opportunity, freedom, fairness, equality, and progress.” Much of that is from the Texas Democratic Party’s website, but I also don’t believe in reinventing the wheel, so I’m adapting from them. Please read, reflect, and we will discuss it in the coming months.

Thank you and keep your neighbors in your hearts as we work to advance the Montgomery County Democratic Party towards a better tomorrow!

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