A Look at the Democratic National Convention
Healing the Soul of America
|When Frances Huntley-Cooper was elected mayor of
Fitchburg in April 1991, she became the first — and still the
only — African American to be elected mayor of a Wisconsin
going to be part of the problem in terms of contributing to anyone trying to travel there. Even though we were told as delegates to stay home, there are a lot of people
who will travel to Milwaukee.”
Huntley-Cooper is concerned that some people will feel that Biden needs to be perfect in order to vote for him, a view, in Huntley-Cooper’s perspective, opens them
up to the negativity and falsehoods pushed on social media.
“Joe Biden is not perfect,” Huntley-Cooper admitted. “But no one is perfect. We’re not going to agree with everything. I don’t know of anyone in this world who people
agree 100 percent with. And so they need to look at his platform and see what is in there for them. Let’s not look for reasons why not to voter for him. “I don’t like that
he is supporting affordable health care.’ Come on! What does Joe do that you do like? You can’t just pick out one or two things that you thought he said or there might
be parts of the platform that you don’t agree with. Just look at the whole picture and have your effect. The only thing that is going to be hard is that people need to fact-
check and be on top of things. Don’t believe everything that you read and see. Joe Biden has a campaign website. People should stay on top of that if they need
information. Contact the Biden campaign if you have questions. Read his platform and what he stands for. Watch the debates.”
Due to the campaign resources that President Donald Trump currently has, Huntley-Cooper feels that people need to activate in order to get Biden’s message out to
“I think that America needs to show up and show out for Joe Biden so we can get someone in there who has common sense and will listen to the American people,”
Huntley-Cooper said. “We need to make sure that there are people out there who are speaking on his behalf, that people are making donations, that people are doing
phone banks, that people are calling their friends and texting or emailing people, that they are holding watch parties, and that they are talking about the topics. I don’t
want people to just go out and vote. I think they should say what is important to them. And if having a job and addressing the high unemployment numbers and
getting people back to work are important to them, then it is Joe Biden. If it’s important that they have great health care to deal with their current medical health
issues, aside from the COVID-19, then they want Joe. And if they want someone who is going to know how to ask for solutions in terms of how we get the vaccine
for COVID-19, what are the steps needed for research to protect our people and to minimize the number of deaths that are happening too often, then we need Joe
Biden. And as I said, just dealing with some of the civil rights issues and criminal justice issues, Joe Biden understands it. He gets it. He surrounds himself with
good people for advisors. I don’t think he is afraid to reach out to women and minority groups.”
And Huntley-Cooper feels that a contrast between Biden’s humanity and Trump’s coldness needs to be made.
“I think Joe respects people’s opinions,” Huntley-Cooper said. “You have to have someone who can listen. And we also have to have someone who can execute
and carry out the duties and responsibilities of that office and do it with class. I’m so happy that he has a beautiful wife Jill Biden and her strong background with
community colleges and education. They are just a great couple.”
Within the confines of a virtual campaign, Huntley-Cooper will be out there pushing for the Biden-Harris ticket, especially since Kamala Harris is also a member of
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and a graduate of Howard University, an HBCU. Huntley-Cooper is behind this campaign 100 percent.
Part 2 of 2
By Jonathan Gramling
FFrances Huntley-Cooper is a veteran of major party political conventions and politics in general.
Huntley-Cooper got engaged in national politics in the 1980s and was a Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.
delegate at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. She was just getting active in local politics
when she was elected to the Fitchburg Common Council around this same time and successfully
ran for Fitchburg mayor in 1991, the first and only African American elected mayor in Wisconsin’s
history. Since then, she has been a Clinton and Obama delegate to the DNC.
Huntley-Cooper feels that there is a huge difference between Trump and Biden even in how they
accepted their parties’ nominations.
“Now that Joe isn’t coming to Milwaukee, what presidential candidate doesn’t want to be at their
convention to accept the party’s nomination,” Huntley-Cooper queried. “Other than getting married
and having children, that’s up there in terms of milestones. He’s giving up all of that to protect
people and himself. It keeps the people who would protect him and the protestors safe and at home.
And in Milwaukee, they’ve had the highest number of people being infected in the state. He’s not