In response to "Democrats: party of haters" (July 9 Desiree Zapata Miller Opinion):
The Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County is an organization founded on civility and basic human rights for all people. We do not condone hate crimes, bullying and downright disrespect of people. We are composed of women who are mothers, grandmothers, aunts and single women who believe in protecting the safety, civility and dignity of a beautiful and diverse community that extends from Charlotte all the way to the White House.
As the president of the Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County, we go high when others go low. Nothing is gained from hollering and screaming at each other. I am about the business of getting our leadership (elected officials) to work together for the good of all the people, for the people and by the people. If any leadership/organization wants to sit down to talk, I am ready for the conversation.
Women can come together and have a difference of opinion and still get the work done. We can agree to disagree and still move our community and country forward. It would be a boring city and world if we all agreed on issues and how to deliver solutions, but there is a level of decorum to be maintained so that we engage with each other respectfully.
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For me, Desiree Zapata Miller's column is a call for us all to make more of an effort to reach out to those with whom we have differing opinions: not to condemn and then suggest others do the reaching, but to engage in an open dialogue about areas of difference and of agreement. I welcome the conversation.