FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Bob Bruce for Executive Council
Contact: Pam Green
In the sweltering heat on Saturday, July 29, 2006, Black Caucus Chairperson, Catherine “CeCe” Hacket opened her home for the Manchester City Democrats’ Diversity BBQ that focused on the unification of the Black and Latino Caucuses. Despite the humidity, knowing that it would be a bad hair day for most, about 175 people attended the event, where heart, music, and fine food abounded. The group surpassed its fundraising goal of $4,000 that will be used to help elect the fine minority candidates running for office.
As one of its sponsors, District 4 Executive Councilor candidate Bob Bruce was elated by the number of people who came to enjoy the camaraderie of folks who hold similar beliefs and to applaud the number of first time-candidates running for state representative, Congress, and president.
The first declared Democratic presidential candidate, former Alaska Senator MikeGravel (1969 to 1981) told the attentive crowd that the people have the power to make substantive changes in the legislative process. He jokingly referenced his age, noting that great humanitarians like Pope John Paul and Nelson Mandela did their finest work for the greatest good of all, later in life.
To the dismay of the Nixon Justice Department, Gravel, in his capacity as senator, worked with Daniel Ellsberg and released the secret Pentagon Papers. He also conducted a one-man filibuster, forcing a deal to let the military draft expire, and is now vigorously campaigning for president.
Mingling with the BBQ smoke was an atmosphere of determination, excitement, and empowerment created by the infectious positive energy of emcee Ernesto Pinder and Hector Velez, who handed out t-shirts promoting a five person voter turnout plan.
A proud sponsor of the successful event, Bruce hopes that the minority candidates continue cultivating their constituencies with their inspiring message of working within the political system for change, motivating them to get to the polls and voting them to victory in the September 12 primary.