Thursday, July 17, 2008

Howard Dean in Louisiana this weekend!

Howard Dean, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will be making several stops in Louisiana this Friday and Saturday.

Tomorrow he kicks off a nationwide Register for Change tour - he starts in Crawford, Texas, and travels to Austin before coming to New Orleans on Friday and Shreveport and Baton Rouge on Saturday (details below)

In light of this, the Obama event we planned for Saturday afternoon in Shreveport will be canceled - I want everyone to have the chance to attend this and not spread ourselves too thin - if you all want to regroup after Dean's event, we certainly can - let's get some ideas going, but for now, please plan to attend these events!

Details for the Louisiana stops:

New Orleans Campaign for Change Kickoff

Louisiana Victory 2008 Headquarters
3604 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana

Friday, July 18, 2008
11:25AM -- 12:40PM

Shreveport Campaign for Change Canvass Kickoff

Galilee Baptist Church Parking Lot
1500 Pierre Avenue
Shreveport, Louisiana

Saturday, July 19, 2008
8:30AM -- 9:45AM

Baton Rouge Campaign for Change Canvass Kickoff

New Hope Baptist Church Parking Lot
5856 Greenwell Springs Road
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Saturday, July 19, 2008
2:00PM -- 3:15PM

RSVP for New Orleans.

RSVP for Shreveport.

RSVP for Baton Rouge.

Go here for details of all of Dean's stops on the Register for Change tour.

Hope to see you all there!


Excerpt from a Shreveport Times article about Dean's tour:

Dean said in a telephone interview that he'll focus on winning over people who are struggling economically.

"We think that they have been disillusioned," said Dean, a former Vermont governor and presidential candidate in 2004. "Many of them voted for George Bush. We think they want something new and we're going to provide it for them."

Democrats dominated the South through the first half of the 20th century. But as President Lyndon B. Johnson famously predicted when he signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the party gradually lost support in the region. Georgia native Jimmy Carter is the only Democratic presidential candidate to win broad support in the South since then.

"I think the big reason is we haven't tried," Dean said. "If you don't show up, you can't win. And that's not going to happen this time. We are going to show up everywhere."

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