Welcome to my website. I was passively interested in politics for many years, but after enduring the 8 year national disaster that was the Bush administration in Washington, I decided it was time to get involved. I was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention from the North Carolina 9th district. After the convention I worked for Harry Taylor's campaign for congress in the NC 9th district.
In 2009 I was a candidate for Charlotte City Council from District 7, and my campaign helped give attention to the small business community of Charlotte.
In March 2010 I was appointed by the Charlotte City Council to a 3 year term on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee and recently reappointed to another 3 year term.
I am currently the 1st Vice Chair of the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party.
Through my involvement I found that one person can make a difference. The problem is that one person is not enough to make all the changes that are needed.
Robert Reich’s Straight Talk About the Economy
This was possibly the best speech at the Democratic National Convention
View Robert Reich and his economics whiteboard:
John White, Jyoti and I have been busy organizing new precincts for the Democratic Party in Mecklenburg County. Since May we have organized 12 new precincts. Last night we had another successful precinct organized in South Charlotte with the help of Connie Green-Johnson. 12 people came to the meeting!
Republicans in the NC General Assembly this week released their “slash and burn” budget. And the Raleigh News and Observer called it like it is, “Republicans in the state House have failed. They have failed the state and its people.” Our Democratic representatives are fighting tooth and nail to protect jobs and education but they need YOUR help in spreading the word. Post this on your blog, Facebook, and Tweet about it. Educate North Carolina about the destructive hand of the Republican-controlled General Assembly; because if they have their way, the state will be set back “to a point from which it might never recover.”
Proposed deep cuts to early childhood education: http://bit.ly/gnboBQ
Billion dollar cut to UNC system and K-12 education: http://bit.ly/eg4Pad
Eliminate 1,400 jobs, cut public safety and prison funding by 10%: http://bit.ly/ezz8BB
Take education to “bare-bones” level: http://bit.ly/fPxd3Y
Eliminate more than 8,600 teaching positions http://bit.ly/g8Mhgi
Increased auto insurance rates: http://bit.ly/hTVtxm
Republican assault on the environment: http://bit.ly/grSexm
Still determined to kill federal high speed rail grant that would bring more than 4,000 jobs: http://bit.ly/eGsHhC
Held hostage unemployment benefits for 37k North Carolinians for political gain: http://bit.ly/hHSG6l
Click the link below for the full story.
On April 15, North Carolina Democratic Party Chair David Parker and Mecklenburg County Democratic Party Chair Aisha Dew held a press conference in front of East Mecklenburg High School to highlight the Republican attempt to require budget cuts to public education in order to extend benefits for the unemployed in North Carolina.
Pictured (left to right) are Rep. Rodney Moore, Douglas Wilson (NCDP 2nd Vice Chair), David Parker (NCDP Chair), Marc Friedland (MCDP Secretary) and Frank Deaton (MCDP 1st Vice Chair)
On Wednesday, April 13, my wife Jyoti, my daughter Mainjari and I joined a Democracy North Carolina rally in front of the North Carolina legislature building in Raleigh to protest the Republican proposed voter ID bill in the North Carolina General Assembly. The bill was supposed to be presented that day on the House floor, but the sight of 100 people in the gallery in red shirts opposing the bill showed the Republicans’ chicken heart when they refused to present the bill with the full gallery. See photos below.
Around 40 people got on the bus in Charlotte at 7:00 am to go to Raleigh. We were joined by more along the way and still more in Raleigh. Speakers at the rally included several NC legislators from Charlotte led by Rep. Rodney Moore and others from around the state. Also the President of the NC NAACP gave a very inspired speech that clearly explained how the voter ID bill was an abridgement of the right to vote. Also speaking were representative of Homeless Helping Homeless from Charlotte who would be directly impacted by the proposed law.
After the rally, we had a meeting with Rep. Rodney Moore inside the legislature building where we heard from the President of Democracy North Carolina, Rep. Moore, Becky Carney and others. After the meeting we visited the offices of Speaker Tillis and other legislators to leave a pile of notices voicing our opposition to the bill.
This is a difficult time for our Democratic legislators in Raleigh as the Republican control of the NC House and Senate gives them little chance of moderating the Republican onslaught that hasn’t created one new job.