Cowley County Democrats
The Cowley County Democrats are host to a celebration of people building community power with an Oktoberfest picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Soroptimist Pavilion at Island Park.
The event will include bratwurst and all the fixings, along with conversation featuring community leaders discussing topics of concern during a challenging time in the nation.
The climate will be one topic up for discussion. Dr. Rick Cowlishaw, a biology professor at Southwestern College, will share his passion for and knowledge of science by discussing his belief that climate is neither a Democrat or Republican issue.
J.J. Proctor, a graduate of Winfield High School, will explain why he decided to organize Winfield’s first gay pride event in June to recognize the LGBTQ community.
A leader of Winfield’s Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Safety in America, Abby Shull will focus on the importance of gun safety in a time when mass shootings and teenage suicides are on the rise.
How the outcome of today’s political elections will rely more and more on getting voters younger than 30 years old out to vote will be discussed by Adam Young, a 2017 Winfield High School graduate who now studying political science Washburn University.
Mike Morton, chair of the Cowley County Democrats, will give an update on his work on criminal justice reform with Libertarian activist Michael Barrett, community engagement director for Americans for Prosperity. Together they are working to bring community voices to the justice reform discussions going on in Topeka.
“We have all come to recognize that our Legislature is not responding to our needs,” Morton said. “Therefore it is incumbent on us to come together as a community, across party lines, to find solutions that actually work here in our community. Come share your concerns and ideas.”
The event is free and open to the public.