Marco Dems host ‘Politics Girl’ podcaster

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Board members of the Democratic Women’s Club of Marco Island at the April meeting.

The Democratic Women’s Club of Marco heard from podcaster Leigh McGowan at its April 12 meeting.

Held at Mackle Park, the gathering attracted 60 members and guests, some of them virtually. Those in attendance saw McGowan, better known online as “Politics Girl,” speak from her California home.

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McGowan, who has more than one million followers of her podcast and others who follow her on Instagram, TikTok and Twitter, spoke of threats to democracy and the need for grassroots activism to protect it. “We are at a precarious time in our history,” she said, citing voter suppression laws and recent redistricting. 

“I understand there are people who ask why they should bother to get involved,” she said, “and I’ve had a lot of people tell me to ‘zip it,’ but we are where we are because of these people. Our apathy has got us here. We can’t allow democracy to die because we are too complacent to fix it.”

Members and guests at the April meeting Democratic Women’s Club of Marco Island.

Referencing a variety of political scientists and figures including Abraham Lincoln — who predicted that the greatest threat to democracy would come not from a foreign power but from within the United States — McGowan called on her audience to speak with those who don’t vote about the importance of doing so. “We need to give people reasons to fight. We need people to care as much as we do,” she said. “Once we make things accessible, they start to care, and they can’t turn that off.”

“Democracy is not doomed,” she said, “but we have to fight for it.”

After her talk and a brief question-and-answer session, club president Karen Tessel-Blum recapped recent outreach efforts and thanked members for their volunteer efforts ranging from Marco beach clean up to canvassing voters. The club also welcomed 16 new members.

The next meeting of DWC Marco is scheduled for 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 10, at Mackle Park. Featured speakers will be Anne Daley and Marvin Diamond, from the Collier County Voter Protection Team. Anne and Marvin will present on the recent legislation passed in Tallahassee and provide an introduction about Voter Protection with a focus on SB 90. A post-carding activity will follow after Q&A.

The meeting will be open to members and guests. For more information on meetings, membership or supporting our charitable efforts go to dwcmarco.org or contact us at info@dwcmarco.org.