Carl Dixon, 2017 Adlai Stevenson Award winner, and presenter Arapahoe County Commissioner Bill Holen
BY BECKY OSTERWALD
Democratic values and inclusiveness were the main course during the 11th annual Arapahoe County Democratic Pat Schroeder Dinner Sept. 9 in Aurora.
The menu included speeches from various candidates and a keynote address from Dr. Nita Mosby-Tyler, who among other things is the chief catalyst and founder of the Equity Project, which is “designed to support organizations and communities in building diversity, equity and inclusion strategies.”
During her address to the party faithful, Mosby-Tyler said Americans are in a complicated time in history because there can be love and hate sitting the same room. The Democrats too are in an interesting time, she said, because the party is about unity, but at the same time “we are also about multi-culturalism—that is about differences,” she added.
Mosby-Tyler said she has a dream that eventually everyone would feel they could be included in the democratic process without fear.
She shared several sayings from her family members and related them to expanding the Democratic Party. One quote from her grandfather was that members of the party need to stop talking “at others with an agenda” so they can “keep teaching and reaching” about values of inclusiveness.
State Rep. Dominique Jackson, Democrat of the Year
nstead of focusing on the strategy to win and beat others, party members need to be focused on excellence.
Her grandfather used to spell justice as “j-u-s-t us.”
In summing up, Mosby-Tyler reminded the party faithful of the 20-80-20 rule. Twenty percent of the people will always be with you; 80 percent of the people will be on the fence; and 20 percent will always be against you “even if you are passing out $100 bills.” Instead of spending time on the 20 percent that will always oppose Democrats, spend the time on the 80 percent to expand the party, she said.
“Power to all the people,” said Hashim Coates, Mentor of the Year. Photos by Becky Osterwald
Among other notable comments was by Levi Tillemann, one of candidates for the Democratic nomination in the 6th Congressional District. He said the GOP is now two statehouses away from being able to call a Continental Convention that could overturn numerous progressive laws and policies. He called Arapahoe County a microcosm of the United States because of its diversity.
Mario Solis-Marich, emcee for the evening, spoke of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, suspended last week by President Trump.
“Dreamers are the future of this country. Even Cory Gardner gets it. I guess it is true, even a stopped clock is right twice a day,” he said.
Keynote speaker Dr. Nita Mosby-Tyler.
Debbie Stafford, state Rep. Rhonda Fields, and Arapahoe County Commissioner Bill Holen.
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