On January 11, about 80 people attended a very successful January Kick-off with Councilmembers at Busboys & Poets in Brookland. We were inspired and invigorated by the remarks of Councilmembers Elissa Silverman, Robert White and Trayon White. We heard great ideas about their plans for this year on topics ranging from jobs and public housing to campaign finance reform and returning citizens. We hope to work closely with all of them this year.

At the February 8th Meeting, we will hold an endorsement vote for the Chair of the Democratic National Committee, an important position that will greatly affect the future direction of the party. There are seven candidates running:

Keith Ellison - Congressman from Minnesota’s 5th District
Jamie Harrison - Chairman, South Carolina Democratic Party
Pete Buttigieg - Mayor of South Bend, IN
Sally Boynton Brown - Executive Director of the Idaho Democratic Party
Jehmu Greene - Media analyst/strategist
Ray Buckley - Chairman, New Hampshire Democratic Party
Tom Perez - Labor Secretary under President Obama

Democracy in Color’s candidate forum is a good opportunity to get to know the candidates. Watch the video here.