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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Dealing With Disappointment

Last year at this time we were in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania attending the Democratic National Convention where we nominated the first woman to be our presidential candidate and I was looking forward to the coming election. The loss of the general election was very disappointing to me. Earlier in the year I had supported U .S. Congresswoman Donna Edwards to represent Maryland in the U. S. Senate, she lost in the primary, she would have been the first woman of color to represent Maryland in both houses of Congress. I had supported Anthony Brown for Governor of Maryland, he would have been the first person of color to hold the office, he lost in the general election. In all three races I was disappointed by people that  had thought shared my ideological, social and political views. My trust and belief in my Democratic Party loyalists was destroyed, especially so-called liberal white women.

I had already decided not to return to the Democratic National Committee mainly because I felt that the Party needed to bring in new (younger) people. I actually supported a young woman (Nicole Williams) to take my seat and I was met with a wall of resistance from our past Maryland State Party Chairwoman who could not envision her life not on the DNC. She was supported by our longtime Congressman Steny Hoyer and other old white men that run the Maryland Democratic Party. So Maryland is now represented on the DNC by four people that are political insiders that bring no new blood, new ideas, new vision or new enthusiasm to the DNC. It is disappointing to me because I  believe that rank and file Democrats want so much more from the Democratic Party.

I was drawn to the Democratic Party because its leaders spoke to my heart and soul. Ironically, if you listen to the old folks that make of the leadership of the DNC and the Maryland Democratic Party they will tell you that is why they became involved in the Party.

   



Friday, May 20, 2016

Next Generation: Creating a Pipeline for Democratic Leadership



Dear Members of the Maryland Democratic Central Committee -

It has been a pleasure serving alongside Delegates Heather Murizur, Glen Middleton and Greg Pecoraro for the last 12 years as one of your DNC representatives. While I will miss attending the various DNC meetings and advocating for greater involvement of women and minorities in the party, I am very excited about the crop of future leaders we have coming down the pipeline.

I am writing you today about one of those leaders, Nicole Williams from Prince George’s County.  I have had the pleasure to see Nicole grow and blossom over the years. I took Nicole under my wing when she became a member of the DNC youth council and encouraged her to run for the Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee. Today I am asking you to stand with Nicole and elect her to the Democratic National Committee.

We are always quick to call on young people to knock on doors or volunteer on campaigns. But we never think of them as leaders within our community or the future of our Party. It is time that we acknowledge that there are young folks within our party who are ready to lead and make room for them at the table. We cannot continue to sit here and die in these positions and then wonder why there isn't anyone around to replace us. I have enjoyed the past 12 years, but it is time for me to let the next generation of Democrats move our party forward.

I ask that you join me in supporting Nicole Williams for the DNC.

Sincerely,
Karren Pope-Onwukwe, DNC Member

Friday, October 23, 2015

WOMEN UNITED for Donna Edwards

Come out to the campaign headquarters every Wednesday evening from 5:30 -7:30 pm and call other women so that they will know that Donna F. Edwards is running to replace U. S. Senator Barbara Mikulski and needs each and every vote in the primary on April 26, 2016.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

DONNA EDWARDS FOR SENATE

It is official, my good friend Donna Edwards has asked me to chair the Maryland Women for Donna, I am excited and ready to help elect her as our next U. S. Senator the link below will introduce you to her statewide constituent chairs.  We are ready to start working! Beginning this Wednesday, October 14, 2015 the campaign office will be open every Wednesday from 5:30pm through 7:30pm so that we can start calling Marylanders and let them know that Donna is running and she needs their VOTE on April 26, 201 6.  The campaign office is located at 4500 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 450. THERE IS PLENTY OF FREE PARKING AND WE WILL ALWAYS PROVIDE REFRESHMENTS!

 https://donnaedwardsforsenate.com/edwards-campaign-announces-constituent-group-chairs/

On Saturday, October 17, 2015 there will be a brief WOMEN UNITED for Donna meeting from 11:00 - 12:30 pm at the campaign headquarters which is located at 4500 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 420, Lanham, Maryland 20706.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE THIS INFORMATION TO GET INVOLVED WITH YOUR NETWORK.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

2015 DNC SUMMER MEETING






Friday, June 12, 2015

2016 Democratic National Convention

The Democratic Party​ is attempting to be as transparent and inclusive as possible as we prepare for 2016. Are you a registered Democrat? has the  Maryland Democratic Party​ reached out to you? Don't wait to be asked, state your intention to be involved and act on it. You do not need experience you just need a desire to shape the future of our country, state, county and your city or town.  
http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/?u=b04f8f888c6e9b043166b5780&id=f3c51fa692&e=

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Now is the time to Get Ready for 2016!


In 2016 the Democratic Party will have a convention in Philadelphia to select it's candidate.  Will you be there? The Maryland Democratic Party​ has submitted a delegate selection plan to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) here is a link to the plan:  http://www.scribd.com/doc/260496016/2016-MDP-Delegate-Selection-Plan . If you want to understand the process more here is a link to a webinair that will discuss delegate selection:https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EB58D68385463A

Are you a business owner? Would you like to be a vendor for the convention? Hare is info for you: http://www.phldnc.com/philadelphia-2016-vendor-form/

The Democratic Party​ can only be a big tent if we come into the tent. Don't wait until 2016 to complain that you were not invited in.As one of Maryland's Democratic Committeewomen, I am personally inviting women and minorities into the tent. I think that we can make a difference.