Action Alert August 2020

Action Alert August 2020

Let’s suppress voter suppression.

In the wake of John Lewis’s death, let’s honor his life by turning toward an issue that he was willing to die for: voting rights. It’s as relevant today as it was when Congress passed the Voting Rights Act in 1964.

In the swing state of Florida, Amendment 4, which in 2019 gave felons the right to vote, passed with 65% of the vote. Since that time, the Florida legislature passed a law that requires felons to pay all fines and fees before voting. The hefty fees, along with a state system that often does not know how much must be paid, will prevent these people from voting. As of now, the courts have upheld the law. What can we do?
Visit the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition’s website. https://floridarrc.com/about/
They are collecting money to pay the fees owed by felons.

The NBA fans in our membership will be happy to know that LeBron James’ group, More than a Vote, is donating money to the Florida Rights Coalition.

Another voting rights organization worthy of a look is Fair Fight https://fairfight.com/about-fair-fight/
Founded by Stacy Abrams, it works in Georgia and nationwide to secure and maintain voting rights. You can get on their email list and/or donate.

Do you have friends in the swing states of Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, or Texas? If so, you can contact them to be sure they know everything they need to know to exercise their right to vote. At vote.org they will find voting information for every state. Voters can check their registration, polling places, and regulations about absentee voting and vote by mail.

Let’s suppress voter suppression.

Rest in peace, John Lewis. This one’s for you.

Notice of General Meeting and Notice of Endorsement Votes

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August 15, 2020
10:30 – 11:00 Social Time
11:00 – 12:30 General Meeting, via zoom

Join us to hear from Coronado Police Chief Kaye who will be our guest speaker. Chief Kaye will discuss how the Coronado PD is handling bias calls (aka the Karen calls) in Coronado and what we, as citizens, can do to help PD with this evolving issue. He will also share the latest information on what the PD is doing to enforce the then-current public health orders to help avoid the spread of COVID-19. Finally, he will take a few questions after his presentation from the group.

Join us to hear from two candidates seeking our club endorsement:

Whitney Antrim:  Coronado Unified School District Board

Tim Nader:  San Diego Superior Court, Office number 30.

 

Coronado Democratic Club events can be found on our Calendar of Events and include a link to the zoom meeting.
Coronado Democratic Club Calendar of Events

 

PART 3: Equal Justice Series

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Your Special Events Committee has put together the 3RD in our monthly series of Equal Justice Workshops. The purpose is self-education and effective participation in the movement. We hope that our members will “jump in” and participate in the most unprecedented movement of our time.

Part 3:

Coffee Talk: Unequal Justice — The Need for Police Reform and How to Accomplish It

Saturday, August 8, 2020

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Via Zoom

The brutal murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer has resulted in an awakening to the reality of systemic racism and unnecessary police violence in the United States. In the aftermath of this tragic incident, calls for major reforms in police departments throughout the country abound.

In this session, we will discuss racial inequities and culture of unnecessary force and violence that for years has dominated policing in America. We will also discuss potential reforms – what changes are necessary, and how we might transform policing to begin to establish a relationship of trust between all communities and racial groups and the police officers who are paid to serve and protect them.

SPEAKER
Mike Marrinan, Civil Rights Lawyer

For over 30 years Mike’s law practice has been devoted to representing victims of police misconduct and abuse. He will share his insights and invite your thoughts and questions.
See Calendar of Events for a link to join via zoom

 

Upcoming Presentations:

September        Health Care and Mental Health Care

October             Housing Reform

For more information and/or input, or to join our committee contact:  Patti Flores-Charter at (619) 206-7450.

PART 2: Equal Justice Series

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Your Special Events Committee has put together the 2nd in our monthly series of Equal Justice Workshops. The purpose is self-education and effective participation in the movement. We hope that our members will “jump in” and participate in the most unprecedented movement of our time.

Part 2:

Coffee Talk: Dismantling Racism One Insight at a Time

Sunday, July 19

10:30am-12 noon

Via Zoom

Dismantling Racism One Insight at a Time
Our great unfinished work in the United States, and the world over, is finally coming to terms with racism in authentic, meaningful, and transformative ways. At root, racism stems from deep structures within consciousness, which then get codified into repressive hierarchical systems that benefit the in-group at the expense of the out-group. In this inquiry we will do the important work of peeling back the layers of unconscious bias, laying bare the untold history of supremacy, and raise our eyes to the realization of the promise of America – a land where all are created equal.

Speaker: Peter Bolland
Philosophy and Humanities Department Chair, Southwestern College
Speaker, Oasis
YouTube Channel Mini-Lecturer
Columnist for Unity Magazine
Blog “Thinking Through”

 

Upcoming Presentations:

August               Police Reform and Civil Rights in the Judicial System:  Mike Marrinan

September        Health Care and Mental Health Care

October             Housing Reform

For more information and/or input, or to join our committee contact:  Patti Flores-Charter at (619) 206-7450.

Action Alert May 2020

Action Alert May 2020

…you will not always be able to solve all the world’s problems at once. But don’t underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own.    ~ Michelle Obama
 
2020 is the 100-year anniversary of the 19th amendment, guaranteeing and protecting the constitutional right of women to vote. Currently, almost a quarter of the 116th Congress is women, 108 of them Democrats. California ranks 18th among states for proportion of women elected in state legislatures with 31.7%. These policy makers tend to prioritize issues like education, health, and minority rights, that are considered to be important to women voters. It’s true that full and equitable participation of women in public life is essential to building and sustaining a strong, vibrant democracy.

Empowerment is political and requires community mobilizing and organizing to keep the pressure on. Here are some organizations that can help do just that. One might be right for you. Click the links for further information.

Women’s March
You might remember how it felt to have a place to go the day after the 2016 inauguration to be with like-minded people. This women-led movement creates entry points for new grassroots activists and organizers to engage their local communities through trainings, outreach programs, and events.
https://womensmarchsd.org
 
Supermajority
Women make up the majority of Americans. This group offers tools for women-to-women voter engagement programs.
https://supermajority.com
 
Get Her Elected
Volunteers donate skills – from marketing to editing to speech writing – to progressive women candidates.
https://getherelected.com
 
Center for American Women in Politics
Locate state and national resources for women interested in elected or appointed political campaigns.
https://cawp.rutgers.edu
 
National Federation of Democratic Women
This PAC unites women of the Party to encourage full participation of women in every level of Democratic Party Structure.
https://nfdw.org
Virtual General Meeting

Virtual General Meeting

NOTICE:
The next GENERAL CDC Meeting will be held virtually via the ZOOM app.

DATE:
Saturday, May 30, 2020
Social Time: 10:30 — 11 am
Meeting: 11 am — 12:30 pm

We are excited to announce that our guest speaker will be Dr. Christian B. Ramers, a nationally and internationally known infectious disease specialist. 

Dr. Ramers oversees clinical programs for Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) and has consulted for the CA Dept of Public Health, WebMD, Medscape, and the CDC in Atlanta. Dr. Ramers serves as a co-investigator for several NIH sponsored projects.

We are fortunate to have him as our guest speaker. This will be an informative and helpful program that will be of interest to all of us.

Dr. Ramers will discuss the pandemic and our current situation. We all have many questions about the future and what experts are recommending. 

We are asking everyone to register in advance for this meeting:
General Meeting Registration 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Download the updated meeting agenda here
Download unapproved minutes from 1.11.2020 meeting here.

Download Zoom User Guide

Members are encouraged to use headphones and to be on mute when not speaking.
Loyal Members

Loyal Members

On March 14, Carol and Gil Rud and Nancy Young arrived, decked out in their democratic blue, ready to have a great time. Since the brunch was postponed, they enjoyed a Feast and Fareway breakfast together. They are looking forward to the Blue Wave Brunch when it is rescheduled.
Blue Wave Brunch Postponed

Blue Wave Brunch Postponed

In response to best advice from local and state health experts, our Blue Wave Brunch, scheduled for March 14th, was postponed to a date to be determined. The health and safety of our club members and our community is, and will remain, our number one concern. 

To those holding tickets: Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors and our 126 ticket holders. Thank you for your support. Your tickets remain valid and you will be advised of the new date when it is determined.  

To those who missed a chance to buy a ticket or a sponsorship, or had a schedule conflict, you will have a new opportunity to participate in what promises to be an outstanding event for our club. 

Your Blue Wave Brunch Committee remains committed to providing the BEST BRUNCH EVER.  For details, watch for the Coronado Democratic Club newsletter.

For questions, contact Susan Marrinan, spfinlay7@gmail.com.

On March 14, Carol and Gil Rud and Nancy Young arrived, decked out in their democratic blue, ready to have a great time. Since the brunch was postponed, they enjoyed a Feast and Fareway breakfast together. They are looking forward to the Blue Wave Brunch when it is rescheduled.
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

United We Stand

By Susan Marrinan 


Unity! What unifies Democrats?

Every 4 years the Democratic Platform Committee publishes the Democratic Party Platform.

The platform of 2016 can be found at www.democrats.org. This inspiring document reflects the values of our party. It is a moral compass. 

“Democrats believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls.“

~ Preamble, Democratic Party Platform 2016. 

We are united in purpose and that purpose is to elect competent candidates to the House, Senate, and White House who reflect Democratic values.

The pandemic has placed the lethal ineptitude and selfishness of our current Federal administration on full display. Every press conference reveals Trump as a showman, a reality show host pretending to be president while focusing on his ratings and political future rather than the welfare of the American people. Meanwhile real people are on the front lines dying for real. 

Harry Truman: “The buck stops here.”

Donald Trump: “I am not responsible.”

We see that the President’s “manly” refusal to wear a mask, ignoring social distancing and encouraging the “liberation” of states are not solutions. They are distractions. We need competent leaders to help us survive and to get our economy up and running. 

Our President makes it temptingly easy to join the blame game but blaming won’t help us; recalibrating our moral compass as a nation will. 

Are we united in wanting the economy to rebound? Of course. But returning to the “old way” isn’t good enough to sustain us in the future. Attention must be paid to workers, health care, family sick leave, and income, racial and gender equality. These issues will be addressed in the 2020 Democratic Party Platform. Please read it; it will make you proud to be a Democrat.

It is time to do more than just believe in Democratic values. It’s time to unify, to elect a leader who unites Americans instead of dividing us.

 It is time to find a voice, to act and to fight for our democracy, our values, and our future as a nation. The stakes could not be higher. 

“Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not a power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and Senators and Congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.”

~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

PHOTOGRAPHERS NEEDED

Please volunteer! 

Thanks to Patricia Leahy, we have a photographer coming to the brunch and are very pleased to be able to make a record for our club history.

The local paper is interested in photos from our meetings to run with articles so we are looking for a team of members who can volunteer for different meetings to commemorate the occasions and events.

Do you enjoy photographing interesting events and people? If the answer is “Yes”, please volunteer to take some photos at some of our meetings. Help us capture the highlights of our meetings for our website, the local press and our newsletter.

The photography team will also take photos at other club events such as the ADL walk against hate next April 26th and the 4th of July Parade. These photos of meetings and other events will be in our newsletter, on our website and accompany press releases. 

If you are interested in joining the Photography Team, please contact Susan Marrinan at spfinlay7@gmail.com.