The Democratic Party has been in crisis. Not only has the Democratic Party lost control of both houses of Congress and more than 1,000 state legislative seats since 2008, the GOP now controls the governorship as well as the entire legislature in 26 states, while Democrats exercise such control in only eight states. The party has seen a decline in support from people of color, particularly African American women, and working class voters. Many progressive voters are choosing to register as no party preference rather than as Democrats.
What are some specific steps that the Democratic Party can take to revitalize itself again? Come and learn about what grassroots activists are doing to rebuild the party and engage voters in our nearest swing district, CD-10, and how you can support their efforts. Our featured speakers are journalist Norman Solomon and California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus Chair Karen Bernal, co-authors of the report "Autopsy, the Democratic Party in Crisis" http://democraticautopsy.org and Vecky Elliott of the Tracy Volunteer Center, with emcee Mountain View Mayor Lenny Siegel.
This event, organized by the Bayshore Progressive Democrats http://bayshoreprogressive.org is a fundraiser and ticketed event. Proceeds will benefit the Tracy Volunteer Center's work working to flip CD-10 from red to blue.
Date of Event:
Saturday, March 31, 2018 -
3:30pm to 5:30pm
Democratic Volunteer Center
Global Women’s March is THIS Saturday, January 20
SVCR members and friends and family will be marching in either San Francisco or San Jose. Click for more info.
San Jose March Registration is now open (event is free) - 11am march, noon rally.
San Francisco March Registration is now open (event is free). Noon rally, 2pm march
We’re planning a big group for the San Jose march. SVCR members and friends and family will meet at the corner of 7th & E. San Fernando in San Jose starting at 10:45am on Saturday. March starts at 11am. Here’s a map with public transportation info.
Here’s the link to the logistics page for the San Jose march with more on transportation, accessibility, FAQs. And here’s the in depth information for marching. And here’s the detailed information for marching in San Jose.
To ensure a safe and peaceful event for all, Women’s March Bay Area organizers are seeking volunteers for the day of the march in San Jose and San Francisco. Learn more and sign up here
Meet Dotty Nygard, Democratic candidate for Congress in California CD-10. This is one of about 7 "swing" districts in CA that could be flipped from red to blue in 2018, located in the Tracy/Modesto area.
Doors open at 1:30 PM. The meeting will start promptly at 2 PM (Please note, no food or drink other than water is allowed in the sanctuary where Dotty will be speaking).
No admission fee will be charged, but attendees are urged to join as members of Bayshore Progressive Democrats to support the club's work and make sure we can hold more great events like this!
[This event was originally scheduled for September 11, but Dotty was called away to do hurricane relief work.]
In the Red BBQ area: http://www.mountainview.gov/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=12610
Save the date for a Bayshore Progressive Democrats club social potluck! This will be a great chance for us to meet in a more social setting and get to know each other.
Please come even if it doesn't work out to bring something. We would rather see you than your food, and we always end up with way too much. :)
We'll provide plates, utensils and cups. If you're bringing food, please label the ingredients on your dish for food allergies and special diets. This is a no-alcohol event.
For rules about dogs please visit the city of Mountain View page:
Join us to learn about two timely issues affecting our ability to participate in a democratic society: how electoral reform can more meaningfully guarantee the right to vote, and how we can protect our right to data privacy.
Steve Chessin of Californians for Election Reforms will speak about fairer election methods that can guarantee proportional representation to underrepresented groups such as women and ethnic, linguistic, or political minorities. These methods include party list voting and the ranked-choice Single Transferable Vote (STV) system. The city of Santa Clara has given tentative approval to putting the issue of STV on the ballot, and Menlo Park may have the opportunity to consider this in the future.
Privacy and digital rights advocate Rhona Mahony will lead us in a data privacy workshop. Bring your phones and laptops! As our world has become increasingly digital and interconnected over the last few decades, that interconnectedness has also meant increased vulnerability to hacking and surveillance - whether by governments or corporations. As activists, it's on us to stay current on the best ways to mitigate those threats.
NOTE: We have postponed our event featuring CD-10 swing district candidate Dotty Nygard because she was called to do flood relief work in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. We thank her for her dedication and humanitarianism, and hope to see her soon!
Wednesday, July 19th, 6:30pm
Cuesta Park, Mountain View - BBQ area
Our first regular meeting will be on Wednesday, July 19th, at Cuesta Park in the BBQ area. We have some exciting plans:
- A report-back from the People's Summit - lessons for our work
- Next steps towards single payer healthcare in California
- Measure V (rent control in Mountain View), housing, and tenants' rights
Bring your ideas, too! Let's build a bottom-up, membership-driven organization. (Oh, and bring snack foods if you have a chance! )