"The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. ”
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
The end of an era...
Although they insist it will return in 2008, officials have announced that there will be NO St. Peter Picnic this year on the grounds of St. Peter Villa at Madison & McLean.
This used to be one of the biggest events in Memphis politics every year, as a large crowd would be guaranteed to allow candidates to talk to potential voters. However, restrictions started being placed on the candidates, and as the city spread eastward, fewer and fewer people came out to attend the fundraiser for Catholic Charities.
However, for hopeless political junkies like myself (and probably YOU, if you're reading this), a new political gathering has taken St. Peter Picnic's place over the last few years. The Sidney Chism Picnic (co-hosted by Gale Jones Carson and Nate Jackson) has gathered politicians of every stripe and persuasion, and gives one a chance to mingle with movers and shakers, especially in the Democratic community.
It will be this Saturday from 12 Noon to 5 PM at Sidney's place at 3657 Horn Lake Road (click on the address for a map), and you should come out there, I'll be there early in the event, it will be a lot of fun.
Sidney Chism's 7th Annual Community Picnic (Founded by Sidney Chism, Gale Jones Carson & Nate Jackson) Saturday, June 30, 2007 12 p.m-5 p.m. 3657 Horn Lake Road
Rain or Shine
Meet elected officials and candidates running for public office.