Photos of Richmond County Democratic Party (RCDP) tribute to the Boston Marathon victims of the 2013 bombing
The RCDP honored those who were injured and killed at the parade and the party praises the brave police officers who were killed or wounded capturing the suspects.
Showing solidarity for the terror victims and all Boston area residents, party members discussed their feelings about the terrorist bombing, press coverage and other issues.
RCDP members have friends and family who work and reside in Boston.
Two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people on the afternoon of April 15 and more than 260 people were injured in the attacks that shocked the world.
Murdered in the bombings were eight-year-old Martin William Richard of the Boston neighborhood of Dorcheter; Krystle Marie Campbell, 29, a restaurant manager from Medford, Massachusetts; and Lü Lingzi, 23, a Chinese national and Boston University graduate student from Shenyang, Liaoning.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police Sean Collier was gunned down by the terrorists after their identities became public.
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Transit Police Officer Richard H. Donohue, Jr. would be shot and seriously wounded by friendly fire a few hours later during a hail of gunfire in a shootout between between police and the terrorists.
Speakers at the Wed., April 17, 2013 event in Augusta, GA included RCDP Chair Dr. Lowell Greenbaum and the Rev. Sidney Gates, RCDP Chaplain.
(Photos by Progressive Democrat the Rev. Terence A. Dicks of Augusta, a Democratic Party of Georgia State Committee member for the 12th Congressional District of Georgia on behalf of the RCDP)
Front Row: RCDP chaplain the Rev. Sidney Gates, RCDP voter registration chairperson Betty Frank, RCDP Treasurer Liz Johnson; and a guest of the of the RCDP event.
Back Row: RCDP member Frank Williams and RCDP Sgt. Of Arms Alvin Forrest
Front row: RCDP member Krishna Goel
Second Row: Augusta residents and RCDP members Barbara Stenstrom and Gloria R. Greenbaum, wife of the RCDP chair.
Third Row: Avid longtime RCDP members Marcia Brown, party assistant treasurer Hilda Phinizy, and Lydia (Alvin) Forrest
Fourth Row: RCDP member and former party secretary Michael “Mike” McCullen, a member of the Progressive Religious Coalition and co-chairman of the Augusta Mayors Blue Ribbon Commission on Race
Boston Marathon Terrorist Attacks
Some background on those pictured – all known for their compassion for others:
With others with a big heart, Krishna Goel was named one of the 2012 volunteer Caregivers of the year representing from the Central Savannah River CARE-NET (Caregivers Network) program – a unique volunteer coalition of 12 Georgia caregiver support organizations across a broad array of illnesses and disabilities.
Goel was honored by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and the Rosalynn Carter Institute (RCI) for Caregiving at the 2012 RCI Gala
Goel is the chair of the Augusta Chapter of the Georgia Traumatic Brain Injury Support Groups.
An active member of the Summerville Neighborhood Association, Barbara Stenstrom is a longtime Democratic Party supporter/contributor who has donated/supported worthy projects like the Lucy Craft Laney Museum, environmental clean-up and many more community efforts like the daily newspaper’s Empty Stocking Fund plus is a noted cat lover and protector.
Known for her big heart for all people and human rights, Gloria Greenbaum called out Republicans for their dirty tricks and meanness while writing letters to the editor recognizing great community causes like the Good Boys, Good Men program at Hephzibah High School and bringing culture and arts to Augusta’s (Savannah) Riverfront.
Gloria Greenbaum was quoted in a 2000 news story praising Democratic Presidential candidate Al Gore for making history by naming Sen. Joe Lieberman as his running mate because he (Lieberman) was the first Jewish candidate (Lieberman) on a national ticket.
RCDP assistant treasurer Hilda Phinizy, who serves as secretary of the fitness/recreation Kingston Club, Inc, a Non-Profit Corporation
Former RCDP secretary and avid Democrat Michael McCullen is a member of the Augusta Progressive Religious Coalition and co-chairman of the Augusta Mayors Blue Ribbon Commission on Race relations.
McCullen works at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital of Augusta
RCDP voter registration chairperson Betty Frank has been actively involved in National League of Women Voters and Georgia Council on Aging.
A retired social worker, Frank received an advocacy award from the Augusta chapter of the National Association of Social Workers for her political involvement and leadership role working with groups including the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) Agency on Aging (AAA), the League of Women Voters and the Mental Health Association.
She served as President of the Augusta Chapter of the National League of Women Voters and as a deputy registrar with the Richmond County Board of Elections.
She has been active on many levels on behalf of seniors, veterans and others including legislative advocate with the CSRA AAA and with the Coalition for Mental Health Advocacy.
In 2008, Frank was named Volunteer of the Year by the CSRA AAA.
Frank was honored for her tireless efforts to bring about positive change for seniors and their families.
She has worked on the local, state and national level to promote, support and sponsor important issues and legislation which have benefited all citizens of the CSRA.
Her ultimate goal is to ensure that seniors are comfortable and knowledgeable about how to communicate with their elected officials
RCDP Treasurer Elizabeth “Liz” A. Johnson has been actively involved in voter registration, Storyland Theatre, Jesse Norman School of the Arts, Planned Parenthood, Augusta Choral Society, Augusta Library, the Lydia Project, Augusta GreenJackets’ Diamond Club, the Sierra Club, Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy, Earth Day, and the Sacred Heart Garden Festival
RCDP member Frank Williams has been featured in the news – and is know around Augusta – or his avid support of Democratic Party
RCDP Sgt. Of Arms Alvin Forrest