January 19th, 2018 | News

Ashlan Avenue Closure!

 

January 17th, 2018 | News

CDP Weekly Update

CDP UPDATE – JAN 12th, 2018

 

It’s been another productive week for the CDP. See below for a recap of this week’s activities.

 

Convention Update

Every Convention is special but none of them are as special as your very first one. We want to make sure new Delegates make the most of their weekend, so we’ve added a ‘what to expect and what to bring‘ section to the Convention webpage. It’s got tips and suggestions on everything from how to dress comfortably to planning out the various events that will be taking place.

 

Returning Delegates, we’d appreciate your thoughts and feedback on anything we’re missing. Please send comments to editor@cadem.org and we’ll make sure they get to the right staff members.

We’re also excited to launch the next feature of our new Member Portal –   Caucus sign-ups. Caucuses play a vital role in our CDP family, and we encourage every Delegate to get involved in one or more of the Caucuses. To join a Caucus, or pay your member dues, simply log in to the new Member Portal using this link.

 

January 20th Women’s March

Last year, the day after Trump took office, millions of people took to the streets in the largest protests in American history. Tens of thousands of Grassroots Democrats marched and rallied that day and helped kick off the Resistance to Trump. This year, with a great reckoning unfolding over the barriers, harassment and discrimination women face every single day, it’s vitally important that Democrats stand and march in solidarity.

There are dozens of events coming up next weekend. You can find the event closest to you by clicking here.

If your Democratic Club or County Central Committee is an official sponsor of your area’s march, please let us know so we can help highlight your efforts. E-mail Jann Dorothy in the CDP Communications Department with info on your Club or DCC’s participation. Her e-mail is Jann@cadem.org.

One last thing… don’t forget to send us pictures! We want our social media feed to be full of energized and dedicated Grassroots Democrats taking part in these historic marches. You can tweet photos to us directly @CA_Dem (and follow us while you’re at it!).

 

Save CHIP

Thank you to everyone who made phone calls this week demanding Congress reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which is called Healthy Families here in California. It’s been over 100 days since Congress let CHIP expire, and 9,000,000 children and pregnant women (including 2,000,000 in California) are currently stuck in limbo because Congress hasn’t acted. As Chair Eric C. Bauman said, “congress just gave trillions of dollars to the ultrarich in tax cuts. There is simply no excuse for cutting off this life-saving and life-changing healthcare for children and pregnant women.”

 

Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Democrats in Congress are leading the charge to fully restore CHIP, but they need our help to keep getting the word out. If you haven’t had a chance to call your Representative yet (particularly if you have a Republican Member of Congress) please make sure you call ASAP. You can reach the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

 

Bye Felicia

Darrell Issa and Ed Royce called it quits this week. The CDP has had organizers in both districts for months, and Grassroots Democrats have organized and engaged so forcefully that Issa and Royce decided to give up rather than face a grueling slog to an ignominious defeat. We have great candidates running in these districts. And the fight for these seats is going to be tough no matter who the Republicans run, so we are not taking anything for granted.

But one thing is absolutely clear: if a Big Blue Wave does wipe out Republicans in November, it will start in California.

 
January 17th, 2018 | News

Dr. King

CDP

Today would have been the 89th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He grew up in circumstances that are unimaginably different, and yet hauntingly familiar. And that makes today’s MLK Day celebrations across the state especially poignant and timely.

Dr. King once wrote that “human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… No social advance rolls in on the wheels inevitably. Every step towards the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

Those words are a powerful reminder that all of us must do our part to continue working towards the day when America is truly a place where all of us love and respect one another… Not just as equals, and not just as citizens, but as brothers and sisters.

This is a difficult time for our country. Names like Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin and Freddie Gray get seared into our memories because of the shockingly unjust ways each of them lost their lives. Places like Charleston, South Carolina and Charlottesville, Virginia become infamous for shocking images of confederate flags and swastikas, and the bloody violence the white supremacists holding those flags unleash.

But through these difficulties, we take strength and courage from another wise observation by Dr. King – “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” That’s been true in powerful, transcendent moments, like when Barack Obama took the oath of office as President. And it’s been true in those moments that have steeled us to resist this unprecedented assault on progress – when Maxine Waters said “reclaiming my time,” she perfectly described the challenge we face and the work we must do.

Fifty years after Dr. King was taken from us, we have undeniably made progress as a country – and we undeniably have more progress to make. So today, as we reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. King at marches and remembrances across the state, let us use the anniversary of his birth as a moment where we renew and redouble our commitment to carrying on the work he gave his life for – building a just and peaceful country where everyone is truly equal.

Democratically Yours,

Eric C. Bauman, Chair
California Democratic Party

December 22nd, 2017 | News

CDP Weekly Update

CDP Weekly Update

It’s been another productive week for the CDP. See below for a recap of this week’s activities.

Convention Registration is Open
Registration for the 2018 California Democrats State Convention is now open! Check out cadem.org/convention for hotel information, information on endorsements and platform, and registration links to our new Member Portal…

New Member Portal

As Democrats, we must be continually striving to improve how we do the work of advancing our progressive values. That’s why we spend so much time training ourselves as activists. That’s why we spend so much time organizing the communities we live in. And that’s why we are always looking to improve the technology that helps us do our jobs as Democratic Activists. This week, we launched a new Member Portal for Delegates as part of that ongoing effort to make sure we’re using every possible tool at our disposal in the fight for our progressive values.

Right now, the Member Portal is set up to make the registration process for Convention faster and more efficient for Delegates. We know that Convention Weekend is already a significant financial expense, so we are doing what we can to ensure Delegates get the most out of the weekend – like reducing the time spent waiting in line to get their credential.

And as time goes on, we will be adding new features to the Member Portal. Registration is a floor, not a ceiling, when it comes to the capabilities of this platform. CDP Staff and Chair Bauman have been working with the folks at Political Data, Inc. to custom-build a system that works better for Delegates, our Accounting & Finance Department, and our Communications and Political Departments.

There are a number of reasons we’re excited about the launch of the new Member Portal (aside from – fingers crossed! – reducing those lines at registration). But the most important reason is this: we wanted to build a platform that empowers our Delegates as leaders of the California Democratic Party. And as the Member Portal grows and expands, we hope you’ll agree that is exactly what this exciting new platform does.

The Republican Tax Theft for the Rich Act

Let’s be clear: this is a disgusting, greedy law that gives away trillions of dollars to people like Donald Trump, Betsey Devos, Darrell Issa and Jeff Denham. California Democrats, from Nancy Pelosi in the House to Grassroots Democrats up and down California mobilized to stop this monstrosity. Thank you to everyone who called their Representatives and got the word out on social media. This tax bill might be law, but it’s an incredibly unpopular law, thanks in huge part to the Grassroots Democrats who successfully debunked all the GOP lies about the Tax Theft  for the Rich Act.

Darrell Issa’s pals voted to sell us out to oil executives, liquor manufacturers, Wall Street bankers, outsourcing CEOs and corruptible members of the Senate with vast real estate holdings and undisclosed investments (looking at you, Bob Corker).  And we must spend every day of the next 11 months reminding California voters of that simple fact. 

See you in 2018!

CDP Update will be back in January. Until then, we hope this Holiday Season is one of joy and warmth for you and your loved ones. From all of us at the CDP… Peace on Earth, and Happy Blue Year! 

December 22nd, 2017 | News

Wishing you peace on earth

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Wishing you peace on earth and a happy blue year! -California Democratic Party

 

December 22nd, 2017 | News

Happy Holidays!

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Thank You District 1 Residents!

It has been another remarkable year serving you as your Councilwoman.
I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to represent such a diverse community; one that is active and cares about our entire city’s wellbeing.  

I am proud of the work that my #District1 Team has accomplished, the policies that we have supported and projects we have completed.  The work would not be possible without your support and we are grateful for it.  Thank you for your phone calls, emails, posts on Facebook and  ideas you have shared with me at our community meetings. We love and appreciate your input. Keep it coming!

City Hall will be CLOSED Monday, December 25th.

Have a safe and joyous holiday! Looking forward to an even better year.

Holiday Wishes,

Council Vice-President Soria
 

December 22nd, 2017 | News

Standing with our DREAMers

Dear Friend,

Beginning in 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has allowed certain undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children a legal way to remain in the U.S. to work or go to school for a two-year period. These hard-working individuals came into this country at an early age through no fault of their own, and America is the only home they have ever known. Since the program’s implementation, I have been a strong supporter of DACA protections for these young immigrants – our DREAMers – and of expanding the DACA program. DREAMers should be allowed to work, study, and contribute to their communities without fear of being ripped away from their families and their home. Protecting DREAMers is the fair, moral, and just thing to do.

Under the Trump Administration, the future of the DACA program was initially unclear. Accordingly, I joined many of my colleagues in Congress to make protecting DREAMers a top priority, and have consistently and unequivocally stood with DREAMers. Here is what I have done:

  • In January, I cosponsored the BRIDGE Act, which would provide 3 years of deferred action to DREAMers while Congress works towards comprehensive immigration reform.
  • In March, I spoke on the House floor, to push calling on the Administration to work with Congress on a bipartisan basis to finally reform our nation’s broken immigration system. For years I have advocated for bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform to bring commonsense, fairness, and certainty to our immigration system. As a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), I have worked with my colleagues to get this crucial reform through Congress.
  • In April and July, I joined my CHC colleagues in meeting with then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to discuss America’s immigration policy. Our message to Secretary Kelly was very simple: the U.S. must preserve the DACA program. We must allow these young people to continue contributing to our country while Congress works on bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform.
  • In August, I wrote to President Trump to urge him to continue DACA, and protect the program in court from ongoing lawsuits.
  • On Sept. 5, 2017, when the Administration announced it would terminate DACA following a 6-month delay, I took to the House floor to again stand with DREAMers, expressing my deep disappointment with the decision and reaffirming my determination to protect our DREAMers.
  • I sent a newsletter to my constituents to provide them with essential information and key deadlines for how to extend their DACA protections.
  • I joined my House colleagues in cosponsoring the Dream Act, a bill that would provide DREAMers with a legal status and put them on a path for earned citizenship.
  • I signed a discharge petition to force the Dream Act to the House floor for a vote, refusing to allow partisan politics to bury the legislation.

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Rep. Costa calls for a Vote on the DREAM Act on the House Floor

It is immoral to continue to allow our DREAMers to live in fear and uncertainty. These young people are our neighbors – many of them are students – and they are woven into the fabric of America. In the San Joaquin Valley alone, we have roughly 500 DREAMers attending Fresno State and approximately 545 attending UC Merced. Protecting DREAMers is not only the right thing to do, it is the American thing to do. Congress must act, and I will continue to fight for our DREAMers and for bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform.

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter update. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any federal issues of your concern. To stay up-to-date on the work I am doing in Congress, please visit my website at costa.house.gov and sign up for my e-newsletter here. You can also follow my work and events in our Valley on my Facebook page and twitter account.

Sincerely,

Jim Costa
Member of Congress

December 22nd, 2017 | News

Congress cons Americans, cuts taxes for millionaires

Hold Congress accountable for their vote to raise taxes on American families for the benefit of millionaires and wealthy corporations.
Take action

Congress voted to send the Republican tax scam to Donald Trump’s desk. 

This dangerous bill doubles down on failed policies that put more money into the pockets of Republican donors and corporations at the expense of working families.

It also opens up 1.5 million untouched acres in the Arctic Refuge to dangerous oil and gas drilling — a devastating assault on indigenous rights and the climate.

Act now: Hold your members of Congress accountable for their vote on the GOP tax scam.

Your rep just voted for Trump's tax scam

After today’s vote, it’s never been more clear that this Congress doesn’t represent our values. The American people didn’t ask for tax cuts for millionaires — wealthy Republican donors did. If that’s not enough, many Republicans voted for a tax scam for their own personal gain over the American public.

Today’s defeat is painful — and the impacts could be felt for generations. But this fight is far from over.

In 2018, Republicans in Congress will have to defend their vote and explain to their constituents why they sided with corporate interests over working families. From now until November 6, 2018, we must hold each and every elected official accountable for their vote on this scam.

Send a message to Congress: We’ll remember your vote on the GOP tax scam at the ballot box.

Thank you,

Pat Millham
Director of Advocacy
NextGen America

December 22nd, 2017 | News

Rep. Jim Costa statement on the vote in the House to pass the continuing resolution

December 20th, 2017 | News

Make Republicans pay for their tax scam

Join us.

Republicans in Congress just passed their historically unpopular tax plan — disastrous, sweeping legislation that provides a massive giveaway to the wealthy at the expense of everyone else.

We can make Republicans pay for this vote next November — but only if we come together.

Donald Trump and the Republican Party are calling this a major win for their agenda — but the only true winners are the ultra-wealthy and large corporations.

Here’s what the GOP tax scam does:

  • Undermines health care coverage by repealing the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act. This will cause premiums to rise by 10% for the average person and 13 million people will go without coverage.
  • Provides enormous tax breaks to the top 1% and corporations, significantly widening the gap between the rich and the poor.
  • Increases the deficit by $1.5 trillion by allowing the wealthy to pay less in taxes and forcing future generations to pick up the tab.

This legislation makes it very clear who Republicans are fighting for. Now it’s up to us to fight back.

Thank you for being a part of this,

Tom

Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee

P.S. — I am constantly amazed by the resilience of Democrats across the country.

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