(Part of our “greatest hits of 2010” series while the admins are (mostly) on vacation. This issue isn’t over! Supporters plan to take it up at the January 2011 SDEC meeting where a new chair will be elected. Will women get the brush off yet again or will the committee listen to the wisdom of Jim Spearman and others? – promoted by countrycat)
The Alabama Federation of Democratic Women hosted a great event Saturday night — the 90th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote Celebration. Great crowd, great venue and the best political event food I've had in years. Every detail was perfect. They even seated Nancy Worley in the corner — deserved since she has single handedly managed to block an SDEC Bylaws Amendment that would give the AFDW President a seat on the State Democratic Executive Board.
There was another perfect thing about Saturday's celebration: Jim Spearman's speech. Spearman is the Executive Director of the Alabama Democratic Party and I think of him as more of a behind the scenes operator than a “give them hell” speechmaker, but he gave voice to things a great many of us are feeling about the ADP right now.
“90 years later, we see that women are the backbone of the Democratic Party. … Alabama has not always been … leading in social issues. … Unfortunately we have some today that want to fight progress in this state, and in our party, too. They know who they are and they know they're going to lose in the end. … The AFDW has proposed a bylaws change before the SDEC that would allow the AFDW a seat on the Executive Board. Unfortunately, it's met opposition and it's been tabled. It needs to be passed and it needs to be passed because it's the right thing to do … and it's what the Democratic Party stands for.”
I'm not sure who yelled “Nancy Worley?” when Jim was talking about great Alabama women — was that you Louis Baxley?
Afterwards Jim was being thanked and congratulated by many people at the dinner. He indicated that he doesn't voice these concerns lightly and, but there are things that needed to be said. He had an opportunity and he took it.