To strengthen the Democratic Party in our communities, in order to advance, through grassroots efforts, our values of fairness, integrity, compassion, and economic opportunity for the benefit of every citizen.
About Greater Birmingham Democrats …
Greater Birmingham Democrats is one of the largest grassroots Democratic/Progressive organizations in the Southeast, with several hundred dues-paying members and a growing email list of over 1700 friends and followers. GBDemocrats is dedicated to advancing, through grassroots political activism, its values of fairness, integrity, compassion, and economic opportunity for the benefit of every citizen in Alabama.
FDR once said,
“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”
That, simply put, is for what we stand, and for what we’ll fight. Values of simple fairness, integrity, compassion, and economic opportunity for all citizens, not just the privileged. Values that not too long ago made this nation, and our government, the admiration of the world. Values conspicuously absent from or selectively manipulated by the present party in power. Contrary to the propaganda from certain quarters about Democrats, we are not hostile to enjoying “the good life”, nor anyone being able to enjoy the fruits of their labor. We believe, however, that it is in our enlightened self-interest that the opportunities for a better life be as widely accessible as possible. It’s also the right thing to do. The late Senator Howell Heflin was fond of talking about taking pride and pleasure in climbing the ladder of success, but he also reminded us “to leave the ladder down. ” We couldn’t agree more!
How we got started
Wishing to capitalize on the unprecedented energy generated by the 2004 presidential campaign, a few ordinary citizens determined to create something lasting and permanent from that experience. We knew that in the “Over The Mountain” precincts alone, the Kerry/Edwards ticket tallied over 17,000 votes. Our organizational meeting in January 2005 drew well more than a hundred excited participants, standing room only, most of whom had never before participated in a political organization. We came together that night to begin the process of making it socially acceptable again to be publicly identified as a Democrat in the ‘over the mountain’ communities where we live and raise our families. Within a few weeks, we had crafted a mission statement, which we feature prominently throughout this website. We acquired a regular meeting place, established a few essential committees, and took great pleasure in getting to know each other better. We quickly realized that bringing grassroots Democrats together here could be a very fulfilling experience! We topped 500 members in September of 2006, some twenty-one months after we organized.
As time has progressed, our membership and friends have grown to encompass neighborhoods across the whole greater Birmingham area, including members from all the surrounding counties, and even other cities further afield in Alabama. In early 2017, we decided to change our name to Greater Birmingham Democrats, in order to better represent the diversity and geographic complexity of today’s membership, followers and friends. Bu5t the Mission is the same; only the name has changed.