Grassroots activism exploded during the 2004 Presidential election in Louisiana, which led to Beaucoup Blues, the state's first Grassroots Convention in July 2005, and grassroots activism has led the recovery of south Louisiana and the City of New Orleans since Katrina/Rita in 2005.
Highlighted on these pages and chronicled in 8 years of e-bulletins, are grassroots movements - from council district elections of fresh Democratic Party officials, to the historic elections of the first African American President in 2008 and 2012. Here is the evidence that in these and other elections throughout Louisiana, conventional political wisdom turns topsy-turvy whenever citizens are personally engaged in politics.Read More
DNC Committeewoman Deborah Langhoff, LDP Chair Karen Carter Peterson and other Louisiana delegates were interviewed by Bruce Alpert, Washington Bureau, The Times Picayune
"WASHINGTON -- Louisiana delegates said they were energized by President Bill Clinton's point-by-point rebuttal Wednesday night of Republican accusations against President Barack Obama. "He's our elder statesman now and he really filled that role magnificently last night," Delegate Deborah Langhoff of New Orleans said Thursday morning. "He distilled a lot of the Republican attacks and responded with some very simple, easy to understand, corrections."Read More
"Beaucoup Blues" was Louisiana's first democratic grassroots convention, held in New Orleans on July 21-23, 2005 (having been postponed two weeks due to a hurricane threat), and organized by a small dedicated group called Team Beaucoup Blues, led by Tulane student Monisha Sujan and Deborah Langhoff of LaRoots, with sponsorships from Democracy for America and the Hilton Garden Inn. The goal of the 3-day event was to introduce and encourage discussions among the many different types of democrats in our state.Read More
President Barack Obama...On a summer day in 2007 then-Senator Obama asked to meet with a small group of New Orleans neighborhood leaders to learn why the recovery was so slow. Due to the publication of the LaRoots e-bulletin, a direct involvement in neighborhood recovery issues, and a campaign for the state legislature, Deborah Langhoff (red shirt) was invited to join in the hour long meeting. (Also pictured are NAACP leader Denatus King and Pam Deshiell from the Holy Cross neighborhood.
Especially noteworthy was his opening comment, "I understand that you expect to hear from me this afternoon, but you're here so that I can hear from you." He pulled up a chair and began asking questions. Many months later, Obama's Tulane speech was hailed as an overwhelming success as he revealed a deep understanding of the problems plaguing the recovery of the community to the thousands in that room. Effective use of the listening sessions months before revealed Obama's personal experience and his understanding that community organizing and grassroots knowledge are cornerstones of the best policy-making.Read More