This weekend, we honor the working women and men who make California the Golden State. The Labor Movement is an indispensable voice for working people in our country. Strong, healthy and active unions are one of the best tools we have to reduce the gaping chasm of inequality between the wealthy and the workers in our country.
But we also know we have so much more work to do – and that we’ve never faced an administration more committed to outright eliminating the right to organize and collectively bargain.
This Labor Day weekend we must reflect on the gains we have made for workers, and on the critical work that we have in front of us.
Please take a moment and share this video highlighting the importance of Unions to a fair and prosperous economy:
And this insightful commentary by California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski:
The California Democratic Party will summon every ounce of energy and determination at our disposal to resist efforts to weaken Unions – and we will fight just as hard to elect Democrats who will advance workers rights and the Labor Movement.
Eric C. Bauman, Chair
California Democratic Party
This has been another productive week for the CDP. See below for a recap of the week’s activities.
Executive Board Recap
This past weekend was the first Executive Board Meeting of the new term, and it was a productive and informative weekend for everyone.
We are excited to share with you some noteworthy ‘firsts’ that happened this weekend:
- We asked Executive Board and Standing Committee members to help us beta test two mobile apps
- livestreamed Executive Board General Session for the first time (Saturday General Session / Sunday General Session)
- Released a preliminary survey to assess viable childcare options for Executive Board meetings and convention
- Distributed commemorative posters for Women’s Equality Day and a well-received handout on the Congressional races
The early feedback has been enormously helpful. Executive Board members had some great suggestions for fine-tuning the apps, more than 3,000 people have viewed some portion of the Executive Board meeting on Facebook, and the potential for childcare at future Party meetings was enthusiastically received by parents throughout the weekend.
We’re still collecting surveys for childcare needs… click here to give us your feedback.
The Saturday portion of the Executive Board meeting fell on Women’s Equality Day, and CDP commemorated the 97th Anniversary of women’s suffrage by releasing a powerful video of some of the Grassroots Democratic Women essential to our Party.
Executive Board members got to meet some of the hardworking staff of the California Democratic Party (and we swear, we were all VERY excited about appearing in it…).
And Senator Josh Newman spoke about serving in the Army, serving in the State Senate, and why the people of California deserve better than the failed policies and politics of the Republican Party.
Additionally, the Platform Committee held its first hearing on the 2017/18 Platform – see below for information on upcoming hearings.
Happy Labor Day to one hardworking mom in particular!
This weekend, as we celebrate Labor Day, and the Labor Movement that built the Middle Class, we wanted to give special recognition to CDP Labor Caucus officer Astrid Zuniga, who was recently honored on the floor of the California State Senate by Senator Cathleen Galgiani.
Astrid is Executive Vice President of United Domestic Workers AFSCME Local 3930. She provides in-home care for her son and stepfather. She was recognized on the Senate floor for her work with Sen. Cathleen Galgiani to proclaim September as Silver Alert Community Education Month, with the aim of ensuring safer interactions between law enforcement and people with disabilities. Congratulations, Astrid, and thank you for championing such a crucial issue.
Upcoming Platform Hearing
Save the date! The Northern California Platform Committee Hearing is coming up soon – don’t miss your opportunity to shape our Party’s statement of values as we head into the 2018 election cycle.
Platform Committee Northern Statewide Hearing
Saturday, September 23, 2017 10 AM – 12 PM
California Democratic Party Headquarters
1830 9th Street Sacramento, CA 95811
Additionally, you can submit testimony or language proposals online – visit cadem.org/platform to learn more.
In Case You Missed It
This week marked the 54th Anniversary of the March on Washington For Jobs & Freedom. Your CDP Leadership Team offered their thoughts on the anniversary, and on the 10 Demands of the Marchers – many of which are still relevant today.
We hope everyone has a safe and happy Labor Day!
— CDP Update
This is HUGE (or Y-uuuuge!!):
Rising Democratic star Senator Kamala Harris is signing onto Bernie Sanders’ single-payer health care plan — because she believes healthcare should be a RIGHT and not a privilege!
|Do you support Medicare for All?|
We all know that Democrats need to stand for something — and we need you to tell us what direction the future of the party should follow.
We are a people-powered organization. That means we rely on members like you to guide who we support and what we fight for.
Do you agree with Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders that healthcare should be a right and not a privilege?
Should the Democratic Party stand with patients or insurance company profits?
Thanks for your input,
Red to Blue CA