By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On fall weekends in Alabama, most people are immersing themselves in football, but instead the members and officers of the Alabama Constitutional Conservatives were in Leeds on Saturday and Sunday distributing literature and signing up new members at the Leeds John Henry Festival.
On Sunday, afternoon after two days of community outreach three the tired group of volunteers met at 3:00 pm at the Leeds City Park to discuss their plants and organize their group. Prominent local conservative organizer and Leeds resident, Deanna Frankowski said that the term “Tea Party” has been vilified to the point that many people are reluctant to join a group using the term, thus she believes that the Alabama Constitutional Conservatives should avoid that label. Frankowski said that it was also important to avoid conspiracy theories and “black helicopter” type discussions because that is also a turnoff to a lot of people.
The group set an ambitious list of priorities for the coming weeks including: promoting the Common Core Debate at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham on Tuesday evening, September 23; setting up an informational booth at the Moody Fall Festival on October 4th; holding a candidates forum at the Leeds Depot on October 27; trying to organize volunteers to door knock for state house candidate Darius Foster; and holding a rally and informational meeting in Montgomery on the first day of the legislative session. The group announced that it would be assembling a library of conservative books for members and their families. There was some discussion of organizational structure, dues, and officers. No final decisions were made but an interim secretary was appointed to keep the minutes at future meetings. The group plans to hold monthly meetings lasting around 90 minutes. After the group discussion that ranged from Common Core, to ISIS in Iraq, to U.S. involvement in the Ebola crisis in West Africa, everyone had ice cream sandwiches.
In their discussion the group debated how to energize more people to come out and vote, become informed and get involved.
According to their mission statement, the purpose of the group is to advocate for these policy objectives in all levels of government: limited government and fiscal responsibility, including a balanced budget; strong national defense, including secure borders; and defense of Constitutional Rights, in particular, religious freedom and the right to bear arms.
The stated vision of the group is: “To be a voice in the constitutional process by educating the electorate and working to recruit and elect Constitutional Conservatives into office.”
The Alabama Constitutional Conservatives have a website at www.ALConservativesGroup.com
They can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
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