County Democrats hold rally, march

By DALE SHORT, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 4/30/17

Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” boomed from loudspeakers as a crowd of some 40 people gathered on the Courthouse Square Saturday afternoon for a rally and march sponsored by Walker County Democrats. The marchers carried American flags …

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County Democrats hold rally, march

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Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” boomed from loudspeakers as a crowd of some 40 people gathered on the Courthouse Square Saturday afternoon for a rally and march sponsored by Walker County Democrats. The marchers carried American flags and protest signs that represented causes ranging from representation in local and national politics to environmental concerns.

The lineup of guest speakers included Bob Parker, president of Forward Alabama, who told the audience, “There are many people who are Democrats and who sympathize with what we’re saying, but they’re afraid to come forward because of peer pressure. ”Our most important job is to organize and educate. The first step is to organize so we can show our strength. Then we have to educate people about what the real consequences are of the policies being enacted.”

Other speakers included James C. Fields Jr., former Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor and member of the Alabama House of Representatives from 2008-2010; Donnie Leeth, mayor of Colony, Ala.; and local author Nancy Seay.

After the rally, participants marched to the office of local Rep. Robert Aderholt. ”The energy was out in full force today,” said Tim Bowen, chairman of Walker County Democrats. “I was very pleased by the attendance and was so happy to see the interest in Democratic issues and concerns in Walker County. Thanks to the city of Jasper for their support.”