DNC President Jamie Harrison addresses the African American Mayors Association
By Lauren Victoria Burke | NNPA Newswire Contributor
(NNPA) – Speaking at an early breakfast in Washington, DC on April 29, Democratic National Committee Chairman Jamie Harrison discusses the party’s goals as we approach the halfway point.
Harrison, 46, started in the lead Democratic Party role in January 2021 as President Biden began his first term in the White House. He also served as chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party from 2013 to 2017.
“We are facing an opposition right now in this country that is so out of touch it is frightening. They are intent on raising taxes on half of Americans, threatening our health care and ending the social security and health care as we know it,” Harrison said, addressing a large room of listeners that included mayors, their associates and local elected officials.
“They’re basically doing whatever they can to change the conversation and divide America,” Harrison added.
Harrison is DNC chairman at a time when political observers assume the ruling party in the White House and Congress will suffer midterm losses. Historical trends indicate this could also happen for the 2022 midterms, but detailed district-by-district analysis has many political observers betting against the Democrats.
Since midterm elections take place two years after the last census, redistricting is still being decided in several states. Harrison chairs the DNC during a particularly tumultuous time that has included a CENSUS, a historic pandemic that has killed more than a million Americans and altered the economy, and a former president that has sparked social and racial divisions in the United States. United.
“We won’t be going back. We know that our cities and our nations are big enough for all of us. America is big enough and strong enough for all of us. But my friends, we cannot allow hate and division to win,” Harrison added to nods in the room.
The African American Association of Mayors Conference brought together hundreds of black mayors from across the United States and hosted events throughout the week in Washington, D.C. The mayors met with cabinet members and members of Congress at course of the last days.
The next president of the Association of African American Mayors will be Mayor Frank Scott of Little Rock, Arkansas. Scott particularly focuses on leadership positions that uplift the next generation of black Americans and sound the alarm about the right to vote.
Lauren Victoria Burke is a freelance journalist and host of the BURKEFILE podcast. She’s a political analyst who appears regularly on #RolandMartinUnfiltered. She can be contacted at [email protected] and on Twitter at @LVBurke
The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), known as the Black Press of America, is the federation of more than 200 black community newspapers in the United States.