By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
HOMEWOOD—The new Chairman of the Alabama Minority GOP, Phillip Brown, will speak to the Rainy Day Patriots at the Homewood Library on Thursday June 20th from 6:30 pm to 8:45. The meeting will be held in room 101. The Homewood Public Library is at 1721 Oxmoor Road.
Phillip serves as the state chairman for the Alabama Minority Republican Party and serves on the Alabama Republican Party Steer Committee. He also serves as a commissioner for the Alabama Crime Victim’s Compensation Commission.
Chairman Brown was born in Detroit, Michigan and was raised in Elba. He is the tenth of twelve children of the late Hayward and Jean Brown and is married to the former Diane Jones of Birmingham, Alabama. They live in the Birmingham area with their youngest daughter. They also have five older daughters and four grandchildren.
Phillip graduated from Faulkner University in Montgomery with a Bachelor Degree in Ministry and Biblical Studies. He is currently working on his master’s degree in Educational Administration.
Brown is the minister for the Sandusky Church of Christ in Birmingham and also works as a teacher for the Jefferson County Board of Education. Chairman Brown says that he, “Feels that his calling is to help to shape the hearts and minds of young people who face a world for which they are not fully prepared.”
The Republican Party is making deep inroads through much of Alabama. Counties that have been controlled by Democrats for 125 years are suddenly electing Republicans for the first time and many of the remaining Democratic office holders are either switching parties or are contemplating not running for re-election. Where the Republican Party has not been making great strides is in luring Black voters. In 2012, Republican Mitt Romney defeated his Democratic opponent in Alabama by 60.6% to 38.4%; but over 90% of Black Alabamians still voted for Obama. Any hope of the Democrats making a comeback in this state assumes that 90 to 96% of the state’s Black voters stay loyal to the Alabama Democratic Party. If the Republican Party could lure away even 20 to 25% of the state’s Black voters it would be a mortal blow to the Alabama Democratic Party.
The Rainy Day Patriots are one of the 50++ tea party groups that are still active in Alabama. They operate in many counties in the state, but are most active in the Jefferson and Shelby County area.
The Rainy Day Patriots wrote in their meeting announcement, “We need you, for action, the State needs you and the Country. The Country is in dire straits and many citizens are just not up to the task of keeping our Republic, so it falls on your shoulders. Our Freedoms need constant vigilance, because those on the left will never give up. If you are a Religious person, you never give up on your beliefs. Liberalism is a religion. The Left will never give up on imposing their “for your own good” intentions (meddling) on you and yours. Its a matter of faith! Ideology trumps any Religion that they profess to belong. You must secure our Republic and our Sovereign State to continue practicing your personal, individual, God given Freedoms. We are the People that will decide if our Country remains a Constitutional Republic. Like it or not, you are now responsible. you being idle…is no longer an option.”