The Clayton Township Democrats will hold their second meeting of the year by focusing on local activism and civic engagement at their monthly meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the University City Public Library.
Rasheen Aldridge, a Democratic Committeeman for the 5th Ward in St. Louis City and leader with Missouri Jobs with Justice, will speak about his activism in the region.
Aldridge, a young activist appointed to serve on the Ferguson Commission in November 2016, was honored by the Missouri Democratic Party as the 2017 Young Democrat of the Year. He became the youngest committeeman in St. Louis city history at the age of 22.
Missouri Jobs with Justice is a coalition of community, labor, student, and religious groups in communities across the state. The coalition puts new tools in the hands of the thousands of grassroots leaders and activists that have built Jobs with Justice through workplace campaigns, ballot initiatives, and other community fights over the years.
In his work with Missouri Jobs with Justice, Aldridge has fought to raise the minimum wage in Missouri.
Michelle Hornish, Missouri’s It Starts Today State Project Director, will also be on hand to speak about the innovative fundraising platform for Democratic candidates.
It Starts Today – Missouri is a statewide initiative to fund every Democratic nominee for the state legislature with a single monthly donation.
The group provides crowdfunded financing of Democratic nominees through low-cost monthly subscriptions. Through a sophisticated understanding of campaign finance and the judicious use of technology, IST aims to empower thousands of donors to contribute to every state and federal legislative race in the country.
By donating directly to the general election campaign accounts of Democratic candidates, IST aims to empower candidates directly, democratize the party, encourage better candidate recruitment, and unify a still-fractured party against its common foes, according to its website.
The group also raises money nationwide and states on its website it has fundraised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund every single Democratic nominee for US House and Senate races in 2018.
Nancy Price, with The League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis, will provide an overview of the organization and their civic engagement efforts in the community.
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
According to its website, the group presents unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process and other issues.
The meeting is free and open to the public and will run until about 8 p.m.
The Clayton Township Democrats have also announced they will be joined by Congressman Lacy Clay, D – MO 1 at their monthly meeting on March 29 to speak about the legislative session in Washington followed by a Q&A.