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Joe Biden Picks Senator Melissa Hurtado for National Latino Leadership Committee

Joe Biden Picks Senator Melissa Hurtado for National Latino Leadership Committee

 

 

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July 6, 2020

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Joe Biden Picks Senator Melissa Hurtado for
National Latino Leadership Committee

Today, Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) announced she has been selected by Joe Biden’s campaign for President to serve on the Biden Latino Leadership Committee.

“It is truly an honor to be chosen to serve on this pivotal committee,” said Senator Hurtado. “We know that throughout our state and nation, many communities have never fully recovered from the Great Recession and access to healthcare remains a challenge. Compounding this, the pandemic has acutely impacted our immigrant communities and communities of color. It is critical that we have a leader at the national level who will listen and work to address the challenges our country faces with seriousness, humility, and competence. Joe Biden is that leader, and I am looking forward to hitting the ground running on the Biden Latino Leadership Committee to ensure our community’s voices are heard and that we come out strongly to ensure a Biden victory in November.”

Biden’s campaign selected 40 leaders across 18 states including 5 from California to serve on this national committee. Senator Hurtado is 1 of 2 female California leaders handpicked for the committee; LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis is heading the national committee. The committee is made up of a robust list of local and state leaders tasked with recruiting talent in battleground states, providing input on policy initiatives, engaging community leaders, and providing input on Latino outreach.

Joe Biden said he is “running to build an America that works for everyone, and giving Latinos a shot at the American dream is a core part of my vision for this nation.”

“I am honored to have such a strong group of elected leaders on this committee — many who I have known for a very long time — that embody the diversity of the Latino community and I know that their insights will prove invaluable in supporting my campaign’s Latino outreach efforts across the United States,” the former vice president said.

Senator Hurtado continued: “As an early supporter of Joe Biden’s campaign for President, I am excited and humbled by the work ahead to ensure we win back the White House. Joe Biden’s experience and leadership is exactly what we need to make it through our present crises and restore the soul of our nation.”

Senator Melissa Hurtado was first elected to the California State Senate in 2018, flipping the 14th Senate District from red to blue. The daughter of immigrant parents and the first in her family to graduate from college, Hurtado is the youngest woman ever elected to the State Senate and has fought for all families to have access to healthcare, quality schools, good paying jobs and the opportunity for a better life.

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Over 120,000 deaths and no federal plans in sight to protect workers. California deserves better.

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This was not inevitable.

Over 120,000 Americans have lost their lives, and we’re seeing job loss numbers that compare to the Great Depression.

This is a reflection of Donald Trump’s leadership and a reminder that in 2020, our number one goal must be removing him from the White House.

As your State Controller, California’s CFO, I feel the impact of Trump’s haphazard decision-making during this crisis very personally, causing harm to people’s lives and livelihoods. Every day at work, I am grateful for the leadership of Governor Newsom compared to the recklessness at the federal level, and I think: What if?

What if we had someone at the national level who listens to and respects science and data?

What if we had a President who instead of fanning the flames of racism, commits to rooting out institutional and systemic racism towards achieve racial equity with humility, intentionality, and accountability?

What if we had a leader who acknowledges his privilege when recognizing the experiences and realities of devastating loss felt by millions?

What if our leader prioritizes the needs of working families over the greed of dark money donors and mega corporations?

What if we could imagine a different pathway forward for our state and nation — one where our new normal must center on the neglected needs of our communities of color, women, people with disabilities, and students?

I remain confident in the strength and resilience of Californians. We will pull through this crisis, provided we invest in the empathy, leadership, and compassion of the California Democrats that will safely see us through.


With hope,

Betty Yee
State Controller

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Barbara Lee, Ro Khanna, and Hilda Solis will lead our DNC delegation. Learn more:

We are unified! We are diverse! We are California strong! Now, we are going to get 👏 to 👏 work 👏

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We confirmed our delegation to the Democratic National Convention — 495 delegates strong (and 35 Alternates) — by a virtual voting process.

Anchored in Milwaukee, the 2020 Democratic National Convention will be a “Convention Across America,” and California will play a key role.

That’s why, by joint agreement between the Sanders and Biden campaigns, a vote from our delegates, and with the support of Governor Newsom, a unity team of Co-Chairs will lead our delegation: Congressmember Barbara Lee, Congressmember Ro Khanna, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis.

'Unity is how we win, and I'm honored to help lead Democrats toward victory for working people in November. Si se puede!' - Hilda Solis, Los Angeles Supervisor. Support CA Democrats'Together, we proudly reprsent the most progressive, diverse, and enlightened state in the union. Onward to victory for the people in November!' - Baraba Lee, Congresswoman. Support CA Democrats.I am blown away by the mobilization of the progressive base. California will lead the way in pushing for a bold profgressive platform and winning in November' - Ro Khanna, Congressman. Support CA Democrats

Winning in November is about saving our democracy and building a brighter future for all Americans. And with only 126 days to Election Day, there’s not a moment to waste → DONATE NOW » These virtual votes — and our upcoming virtual Democratic Convention — are a reminder that we’re living in unprecedented times.

But we can’t let the coronavirus or anything else distract us from our #1 goal as California Democrats: Defeating Republicans like Mitch McConnel and President Trump at the ballot box this November.

To do that, we’ve assembled a dynamic and diverse team of California Democrats possible to represent us at the Democratic Convention.

We don’t have much time, and there’s so much work to do.

Let’s ensure California Democrats do their part in unseating Trump and safeguarding our democracy.

Chip in today: https://cadem.vote/DNC_Leads

Onward!

-Rusty

Rusty Hicks
Chair
California Democratic Party

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Important Update Regarding National Convention

DNC Convention News – Just released info on Convention

DNC Convention News – Just released info on Convention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2020

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Anchored in Milwaukee, 2020 Democratic National Convention will be a “Convention Across America”


Convention will engage and unite more Americans than ever before
Delegates will conduct official party business without risking public health

MILWAUKEE, WI—The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) announced today their convention plan to broadcast from Milwaukee and across the nation, in a convention geared to reach out to all Americans. The DNCC reiterated the Democratic Party’s commitment to holding a convention that would protect public health while transforming the convention experience for delegates and viewers. Convention planners said that host city Milwaukee would anchor the events for the week, and that programming would include both live broadcasts and curated content from Milwaukee and other satellite cities, locations and landmarks across the country.

“Vice President Biden intends to proudly accept his party’s nomination in Milwaukee and take the next step forward towards making Donald Trump a one-term president,” said Jen O’Malley Dillon, Campaign Manager, Biden for President. “The city of Milwaukee has been an incredible partner and we are committed to highlighting Wisconsin as a key battleground state at our convention this August. This will be a convention for all Americans who wish to join our mission to win the battle for the soul of this nation and build a fairer, more united country for us all.”

Convention planners are also developing new ways to organize and engage online with more voters than ever before during this critical election year. Later this week, convention organizers will launch the first of a series of engagement campaigns that will allow Americans across the country to share their ideas and add their voice to convention programming.

Anchored every night in Milwaukee, the Democratic National Convention will include four nights of programming from August 17-20, 2020. The overall production of the convention’s program—including the satellite broadcasts—will be led by nine-time Emmy-award winning producer Ricky Kirshner. Kirshner has served as the Executive Producer of the Tony Awards since 2004, the Super Bowl Halftime Show—the most-watched television event of the year—since 2007, and has worked on every Democratic National Convention since 1992.

At the convention, Democrats will officially nominate Vice President Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee for president. Through multiple formats and mediums, it will also celebrate the promise of America by featuring the people and their stories that represent the strength and collective humanity of our nation and demonstrate that Vice President Biden is the leader the country needs right now—with the experience, steady hand, and compassion to lead us out of the crisis of the last four years, and strengthen our nation for all Americans.

“Leadership means being able to adapt to any situation,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “That’s exactly what we’ve done with our convention. Unlike this president, Joe Biden and Democrats are committed to protecting the health and safety of the American people. I couldn’t be prouder of the way our team has organized and mobilized to get out the vote and ensure a successful convention anchored in Wisconsin, and I’m grateful for the extraordinary leadership of our partners in the city of Milwaukee. Donald Trump’s days in the Oval Office are numbered.”

Additional updates unveiled by the Democratic National Convention Committee today include:

·  Conducting official business without risking public health—After consulting with public health officials about the COVID-19 pandemic, convention organizers are announcing today that they have determined state delegations should not plan to travel to Milwaukee and should plan to conduct their official convention business remotely. A process is being developed to ensure all delegates can cast their votes on all convention matters, including the presidential nomination, remotely during the convention. DNC standing committee meetings will take place virtually as well, with the first standing committee meetings set for the last week of July.  

·  Announcing our Convention Chair—U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson will serve as Permanent Chair of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. The Convention Chair presides over all official convention business.

·  Developing robust health protocols—In addition to continued collaboration with local, state, and federal public health officials, the DNCC is bringing on nationally-renowned epidemiologists and infectious disease experts Dr. W. Ian Lipkin and Dr. Larry Brilliant, who will help advise on efforts to protect the health and safety of convention staff, attendees, and the people of Wisconsin. Dr. Lipkin, Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University, is an expert in diagnostic testing and collaborated with the WHO on coronavirus outbreak control for SARS, MERS, and COVID-19. Dr. Brilliant, a former professor of epidemiology, is best known for his work on the successful eradication of smallpox.

·  Updating the convention campus—With fewer people gathering in person at this year’s event, convention planners are modifying the convention campus. All convention proceedings will move from Fiserv Forum to the Wisconsin Center, the convention center located in downtown Milwaukee. Specifics regarding delegation representation on the convention floor will be provided after public health officials complete their assessment of the trajectory and impact of the coronavirus pandemic and determine how many people can safely gather in person later this summer.

·  Eliminating official auxiliary events—Previous conventions have included several large-scale events attended by thousands of people, such as a welcome reception for media and delegates as well as an event for volunteers. In keeping with the commitment to deliver a convention that poses no unnecessary risk to public health, convention organizers will no longer proceed with hosting these in-person parties.

“Everything is on the line this November, which is why we must find creative and forward-looking ways to organize, mobilize, and unite our party around our shared values at the convention so that we can launch Joe Biden to victory this fall,” said Joe Solmonese, CEO of the Democratic National Convention. 

As convention planners continue to monitor the coronavirus health crisis and its impact across the nation, they will continue to examine all options for the success of the convention that ensure the safety of any participants and the host city. More details will be made publicly available as the convention’s plans are further finalized.

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Susie Shannon

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