by Ron Gregory
Charleston — The West Virginia Democratic Party launched its “Stand Up Summer” program in June and this weekend marks their first day of action with Democrats gathering at various events across the state.
To kick off the weekend Saturday, July 1, the Cabell County Federation of Democratic Women will sponsor a poll workers’ appreciation picnic from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the 4H Camp on Booten Creek Road in Barboursville.
In addition, the Jefferson County Democrats as well as the Eastern Panhandle Young Democrats will have informational booths at the Shepherdstown fireworks display scheduled for Saturday.
On the fourth itself, the Fayette County Democratic Executive Committee, Federation of Democratic Women and New River Young Democrats will conduct a voter registration drive during the Independence Day Festival. Putnam Young Democrats will stage visibility events at the Buffalo 4th of July parade at 12:30 p.m. and the Hurricane parade at 3 p.m.
Also on the fourth, the Monongalia executive committee, Federation of Democratic Women and North Central Young Democrats will conduct a visibility event during the Morgantown parade. The Fairview 4th of July parade, First Responders Festival and Red White and Boom Night will be the site of a Marion County visibility event discussing health care and signing up volunteers and voters.
“The goal of our July 4th day of action is to register new voters, inform our communities, and reach out to our neighbors and see how we can help them together to move our state forward,” said Belinda Biafore, state party chair. “As Democrats we love to come together and celebrate the people of West Virginia that we fight alongside every single day. What better way to celebrate than to register more voters, knock on more doors, and come together to make things happen? We’ve seen the mess that Republican leadership has created in the last three years gutting our education, rolling back wages and safety for our workers, and the financial crisis they have gotten us into. They’ve hurt a lot of people. We use events like these when we have everyone in one place to do something about it.”
Stand Up Summer is a program of the Resistance Summer.