Savannah, Georgia: Democratic Party of Georgia opens office in Savannah – one year after opening Augusta office – with plans to take back state and national offices and re-elect President Obama

(Savannah, Georgia) – About 200 people attended the February 4, 2012 grand opening ceremony for the Democratic Party of Georgia satellite office in Savannah.

Those present included Democrats from Atlanta, Augusta and other cities across Georgia and South Carolina.

The Savannah, Georgia area is home to the Chatham County Democratic Party.

Party leaders and lawmakers on hand included Democratic Party of Georgia (DPG) Chairman Mike Berlon, U.S. Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC), Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson, Savannah City Councilman John Hall, Georgia State Senator Lester Jackson and Georgia State Representatives Bob Bryant, Craig Gordon, Mickey Stephens and Al Williams.

The new Savannah office of the Democratic Party of Georgia is the latest example of the party’s determination to re-elect Pres. Obama and to take back the state and national offices currently held by Republicans who are sponsoring evil legislation that is harmful to the low income residents of Georgia.

(Scroll to end of this post to read Feb. 3, 2012 update from Democratic National Committee on re-electing President Obama and harmful Republican Legislation).

Augustans in attendance for the Savannah event included Richmond County Democratic Party (RCDP) chair Dr. Lowell Greenbaum and Rev. Terence A. Dicks, a member of the RCDP who serves on the DPG state committee and is the Southern Regional Organizer for the Progessive Democrats of America (PDA) and PDA State of Georgia Coordinator.

The opening of the Savannah office “is part of our 5% strategy,” said Mike Berlon, DPG Chairman.

“We believe that we can raise Democratic turnout this election cycle and win many of the races in November,” Berlon said. “Having a headquarters in this part of the state allows us to strengthen our grassroots network close to home.”

Appearing at numerous DPG events and candidate fund-raisers across Georgia, Mike Berlon has kept his promise to be an active and effective chair of the DPG ever since being named to the four year position along with other party officers on Jan. 29, 2011.

Savannah residents will staff the office, located at 406 East Bay Street, after undergoing intensive training with the DPG.

Georgia Democrats’ ultimate goal will be to provide a hub to organize, canvass and register new voters in Chatham County and beyond.

Democratic Party of Georgia Savannah office
406 East Bay Street
Savannah, GA

WSAV-TV Coverage of the Grand Opening of the Democratic Party of Georgia Satellite Office in Savannah on Feb. 4, 2012:

Vodpod videos no longer available.

By Meredith Ley, WSAV-TV reporter
February 04, 2012

(SAVANNAH, GA) – It was a big day for the Blue Party in Savannah.

Democratic leaders from all over the region came into town to celebrate Savannah’s first official Democratic Office.

The space will provide a strategic location for Georgia democrats to organize campaign and register new voters.

Before, the party worked from Atlanta – down.

Party leaders, like Representative Mickey Stephens say a Savannah office just makes sense given the amount of support in the south.

“Savannah has always been a Democratic city and Savannah went for Pres. Obama in the last election so we are making strides down here in the south and in the south end of the state and I think that’s why they opened the headquarters here.”

Democratic officials say this space will continue to bring future political success to southern and eastern Georgia along with strengthening grassroots efforts.

WTOC-TV photo/written story about the the DPG office in Savannah:

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – Some more popular politicians were also in the hostess city on Saturday to help open the Democratic party’s office in Savannah.

Congressman James Clyburn, plus local leaders, like Mayor Edna Jackson were on hand for the grand opening.

Many believe the new office will have a big impact in this part of the state.

Chairman Mike Berlon of the Democratic party of Georgia says, “the idea is we’ve got to get back to our roots. We have not really been actively involved in areas outside of Atlanta in a long time, and I think this is the first step to reclaim Georgia for the Democrats.”

Folks will staff the office after undergoing intensive training by the Democratic party of Georgia.

Copyright 2012 WTOC. All rights reserved.

The opening of the Democrats’ Savannah office brings back memories of the opening of the party’s Augusta Office:

Below is a video with a serious message delivered with humor from Augusta Democrats that includes the creativity and music by Kevin MacLeod

Below is a video from the March 2011 opening of the Democratic Party of Georgia office in Augusta that is the Augusta-Richmond County Democratic Party Headquarters:

Democratic Party of Georgia Opened Augusta Office in March 2011

The first satellite office of the Democratic Party of Georgia opened in Augusta (Garden City) on Saturday, March 26, 201.

The Augusta event was the first state committee meeting under DPG Chairman Mike Berlon.

The Augusta-Richmond County Democratic Party meets on the second Wednesday of every month at its headquarters on 11th and Greene Streets at 7:30PM.

The party sponsors a breakfast the third Saturday of each month at a different site at 9 am.

The Augusta-Richmond County Democratic Party Headquarters
1101 Greene Street
Augusta, GA
Phone: 706-722-8111
Fax: 706-722-8111
email the RCDC

**Important reminder for Augusta Democrats:

ADVANCED VOTING FOR MARCH 6 PRIMARY runs from Monday, Feb. 6 to Friday, March 2, 2012 from 9 am to 5 pm at the Municipal Building in Augusta.

The polling place is at the Municipal Building on Greene St.

You must be a registered voter and have a photo ID

From the Augusta Chronicle – March 26, 2011

The Democratic Party of Georgia has a plan to take the red out of the state, and they started it in Augusta on Saturday.

“We stand ready to turn this state back to its true, blue color,” State Rep. Wayne Howard, D-Augusta, said.

Howard introduced the state party’s new chairman, Mike Berlon, who received a standing ovation from the crowd of about 250 Democratic leaders.

During a three-hour state committee meeting at Augusta’s Marriott Hotel & Suites, party officers gave reports and Berlon described his plan to keep the party active on the local level throughout the year, including opening regional field offices.

At the end of the meeting, a grand opening reception was held at the state’s first satellite office at 1101 Greene St.

“The journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step, and that’s what we are starting here today,” Berlon said. “We are starting at the county party level, precinct by precinct, and we are going to build this party up.”

Treasurer Russell Edwards said Augusta is ideal for a satellite office because it is the second largest city in Georgia and has a large population of “under-served constituents,” including Korean-Americans and Latinos.

Augusta also has research institutions, which is “a big priority in the Democratic Party.”
State party spokesman Eric Gray said that, although the satellite office is in the same location as the county headquarters, it will better serve voters because it will be staffed daily.

“We are expanding out from central Atlanta to where the voters are,” said L.C. Myles, the first vice chairman of the Richmond County Georgia Democratic Party. “It’s the first part of our new philosophy of being the Democratic Party of Georgia rather than the Democratic Party of Atlanta.”

The meeting also focused on legal matters such as redistricting, voter IDs issues, the state party’s by-laws, finances and funding.

Official website for the re-election of President Obama and Vice Pres. Biden
Democratic Party of Georgia (Mike Berlon, chair):

Officers of the Democratic Party of Georgia:
Chair: Former Gwinnett County Democratic Party chairman Mike Berlon
First Vice-Chair: Nikema Williams
Congressional District/County Liaison Vice Chair: R.J. Hadley
Constituency Group Vice Chair: State Representative Pedro “Pete” Marin
Candidate Recruitment Vice Chair: Miguel Camacho
Secretary: Laverne Gaskins
Treasurer: Russell Edwards
Democratic Party of Georgia photos on Facebook of the Savannah office grand opening:
Officers of the Democratic Party of Georgia:
Facebook page of Democratic Party of Georgia Chairman Mike Berlon:
Official page of U.S. Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC):
Representing Georgia on the Democratic National Committee:
Chairman Mike Berlon
First Vice Chair Nikema Williams
Page Gleason
Dan Halpern
State Senator Lester Jackson
State AFL-CIO President Richard Ray
Sally Rosser
Former state Democratic Party Chairman David Worley
Contact info about Georgia Democrats:
Eric Gray
Communications Director
Democratic Party of Georgia
office: 678-278-2012 x304
cell: 404-992-8699
Organizations affiliated with the Democratic Party of Georgia: (Democratic Youth Strategy Council project)
Georgia Association of Democratic County Chairs
Georgia Federation of Democratic Women
Georgia House Democratic Caucus
Young Democrats of Georgia
The Democratic National Committee
The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC)
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC)
Democrats Abroad
Chatham County Democratic Party links:
Chatham County Democratic Party:
Facebook group page for the Chatham County Democratic Party:
email Chatham County Democratic Party:
Chatham County Democratic Party contact page:
Link to info about the Chatham County Democratic Party:
Georgia elected officials (Democrats) attending the DPG Savannah office opening:
Georgia State Senator Lester Jackson:
Georgia State Rep. Mickey Stephens:
Georgia State Rep. Al Williams
Georgia State Rep. Bob Bryant
Georgia State Rep. Craig Gordon
Savannah City Councilman John Hall
Democratic National Committee Feb. 3, 2012 update on re-electing President Obama and harmful Republican Legislation:

About TerenceDicks

A three-decade community activist for the Augusta, Georgia area, Rev. Terence A. Dicks is very concerned about civil rights, the needs of inner city and moderate and low-income children, fair civil legal representation for low-income and minorities, and many other issues. Terence has fought for civil representation for the low and moderate income involving cases like domestic violence and landlord disputes. In March 2015, Terence was sworn in for a second term to represent the Richmond County Democratic Party on the Richmond County Board of Elections. Rev. Terence Dicks is "widely-acknowledged for standing up for the rights of the powerless in his community and throughout Georgia," stated a press release on the website when he was elected chair of the Augusta Human Relations Commission in July 2005. In 1986, Mr. Dicks was co-coordinator of the Mr. James Brown Appreciation Day in Augusta – the first time the town and its people earnestly expressed love and respect to the late great Godfather of Soul. About 5,000 people attended the event on the banks of the Savannah River including Mr. Robert Johnson (founder of Jet Magazine and much more), Mr. Greg Gumbel (who did story on BET), and Mr. Eldrin Bell (then asst. police chief of Atlanta). Along with Terence, the other co-coordinator was his lifelong friend and classmate Mr. Greg Peterson, an investigative journalist and outdoor environment reporter who started his career in Augusta and now lives in Ishpeming, MI in the Upper Peninsula near Lake Superior. The event broke the ice and led months later to the first concert Mr. Brown had ever performed in Augusta – ironically in the civic center that now bears his name (the renaming took another 20 years). Music Industry legends Casey Kasem and Dick Clark recorded radio PSAs to promote the free event. Mayor Charles DeVaney – a fan of Mr. Brown – prevented the celebration from being cancelled at the last minute by waiving the “mandatory” insurance requirements. Mr. Brown and Mr. DeVaney both died unexpectedly a month apart. We continue to love and honor the late great Mr. James Brown, who nearly single-handedly quelled Augusta's race riots and prevent further rioting in the 60, 70s. The "Hardest-Working Man in Show Business" Mr. James Brown made Terence Dicks the manager of his first-ever concert in Augusta, GA - about 6 months after the 1986 James Brown Appreciation Day. The concert was held on Saturday, December 27, 1986 at the civic center named in the godfather of Soul’s honor some 20 years later. Terence was the concert manager, producer and promoter. Tickets were only $15 ensuring all Augustans could afford to attend and the first 500 children under the age of 12 were admitted free in accordance with Mr. Brown’s wishes. Among those performing were Mr. Wilson Pickett, John Marshall, Buzz Clifford and Sequence 8. “Claiming A Street Named King” is an initiative Mr. Dicks started during tenure as chair of Georgia Clients Council. The project is about “taking back the street in by building businesses and homes on the crime-ridden abandoned boulevards that bear the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” However the project also has a wider scope. Dicks said the project would welcome claiming back streets named after other civil rights leaders and activists from all backgrounds. For example, the project would welcome groups or persons who want to revitalize streets named for late singer James Brown, the late Coretta Scott King, Muhammad Ali, Jesse Jackson, Grace Lee Boggs, Cesar Chavez and others. “All of these community leaders have messages of hope and accomplishment,” said Dicks, who hopes to hear from the centers, foundations and projects of these community leaders. “People can identify with their day to day struggles,” he said. “Above all they cared about the community they came from,” Dicks said. “They all have made a historic difference.” Reclaiming the streets and heritage of these civic leaders can reinvigorate “economic development and economic empowerment” in each community that honors their work. Rev. Dicks hopes to help others “improve the condition of boulevards named after Martin Luther King, Jr. across Georgia” and the nation. Author Jonathon Tilove “wrote the book that inspired me” entitled "Along Martin Luther King: Travels on Black America's Main Street.” Mr. Dicks hopes those interested will message him thru WordPress/Twitter/Facebook. The project is supported by East Carolina University Professor Derek H. Alderman. “Dr. Alderman is a geographer who has helped us to work on a plan for the redevelopment of the Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards,” Dicks said. “There was a lot of hope around those streets and what he did for me is he reminded me of why we name those streets for Martin Luther King, Jr.," he said. "We are heading into the second or third generation who doesn’t know about Dr. King and his achievements." “The generation that starts it doesn’t have to be the generation who built it,” he said. “We have to keep Dr. King’s work alive – keep it relevant and cogent.” Terence is a longtime member (2004-present) of the Augusta Progressive Religious Coalition. The coalition includes Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Hindus, Unitarian Universalists, pagans, and local Yoruba, who practice folk religion from West Africa. Among the many positive aspects of the coalition, Dicks developed a relationship with Omar Neal, who has been the Mayor of Tuskegee, Alabama since Nov. 3, 2008. Mr. Omar Neal was the keynote speaker of the 2011 Martin Luther King Day celebration organized by the Augusta Progressive Religious Coalition on Mon., Jan, 24, 2011 at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta. After being an independent voter for two decades, Terence joined the Richmond County Democratic Party (RCDP) in 2002. He joined the Democratic Committee of Richmond County that “has jurisdiction over Democratic Party affairs in Richmond County” and a “purpose is to help select and elect Democratic Party Candidates to office” and whose platform includes “those of the Democratic Party of Georgia.” Terence has served as chair of the RCDP Political Action Committee (PAC) and performed duties that included community outreach. Mr. Dicks is member of the Richmond County State Committee (2011-2014) representing the 12th Congressional District. He served for six years (2002-2008) as state chair of the Georgia Clients Council plus served on the council board for eight years (2000-2008). For nearly a decade, Terence has been a board member (2002-present) of Georgia Legal Services Program and served (2005-2010) on the organization’s Georgia Committee on Civil Justice and is on the state bar president advisory committee. The mission of Georgia Legal Services Program is “to provide access to justice and opportunities out of poverty for low-income Georgians.” In 2007, Mr. Dicks founded the non-profit Georgia Center for Children and Education Inc. and serves as the volunteer executive director. The goal of the organization is encouraging parent involvement in education and to support community involvement in public schools. Originally the Center for Children and Education, the project was founded 1997 by Philadelphia, PA attorney Baruch Kintisch, a former staff attorney for Georgia Legal Services After exhaustive planning, Terence helped co-write and secure a $255,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the spring of 2008 that is being administered by Paine College for the "New Tools, New Visions 2 Augusta" Project and he serves on the project steering committee. Rev. Dicks is a longtime member of the International Leadership Association (2001-present). Mr. Dicks serves as state of Georgia Coordinator (2008-present) for the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA). He joined the national PDA in 2007. For over a decade (1998-2009), Terence served on the board of the Augusta Human Relations Commission including two-terms as chair, three terms as vice-chair. Terence served as a board member (1994-1996) and the second vice president of the Augusta Branch of the NAACP including chair of the fair housing committee. Terence graduated from Westside High School in 1980 during which time he was a member of the WJBF TV-6 Junior Achievement Company that involved filming, editing, producing and hosting 30-minute issue-oriented public service programs that aired on weekends with student-sold commercials. Terence did a summer internship in 1980 – just after graduating from high school – at the Medical College of Georgia Television Production and was taught by people who include the late TV Director Mr. Armond “Brother” Jackson , Jr. - a longtime TV production expert in Augusta including at WRDW TV-12 and WJBF TV-6. During high school and for about 7 years afterward, Terence was a radio announcer at several Augusta radio stations including disc jockey (when records were vinyl 45s), sports, features, talk show and more. The stations included WBIA and WCKJ. Terence worked in production at WAGT-TV with Mr. Frank Crotts including being a live switcher (punching proper buttons to keep shows going and inserting commercials). He also worked at several Augusta restaurants as a chef and bartender.
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