DNC 'Listening Tour' to stop in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday

Saturday, April 11, 2009

A Missouri leader of President Obama's ongoing political organization will visit Cape Girardeau on Tuesday for a meeting with volunteers from last year's campaign and other supporters.

Dan Herman, state director for Organizing for America in Missouri, will hold the "Listening Tour" stop at 7 p.m. Tuesday in room 125 of Dempster Hall on the Southeast Missouri State University campus.

Organizing for America is a project of the Democratic National Committee designed to provide support for Obama's legislative program as well as keep the large numbers of volunteers from the 2008 campaign involved in politics, said Natalie Wyeth, a spokeswoman for Organizing for America.

"So many people got involved in the political process and the electoral process because of Barack Obama and what he stood for," Wyeth said. "That is something we wanted to continue."

On Tuesday, Wyeth said, Herman will be giving pointers on how to contact members of Congress to promote Obama's agenda. He will also be listening to people in the audience to gain ideas for better organizing and to provide feedback on how the president's agenda is being perceived.

"We want feedback from the very people that got us to where we are today," Wyeth said. "We want the key volunteers and supporters to come back into the fold and continue to provide us with ideas on what they want from us and what we can do to help them stay engaged."

The organization is still forming, having been in existence only since Obama's inauguration, Wyeth noted. "An important part of our mission is not to lose the bottom-up approach," she said.

rkeller@semissourian.com

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Pertinent address:

Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Mo.

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