Jan 25

Auburn’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration

Special Note: Auburn Area Democratic Club member, Millee Livingston, is the founder of and spirit behind Auburn’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations.  When Millee moved her 34 years ago and asked where the MLK celebration was going to be held, she was told there was no MLK Celebration in Auburn.  So she stepped up and created our marvelous MLK Community Celebration in the name of one of America’s most peaceful, purposeful and successful leaders.  Congratulations Millee on 34 years of offering our community this wonderful event!!!

Rocky Zapata presents at MLK day Celebration in Auburn, 2018

On January 15 in Auburn at the General Gomez ARTS & Events Center, marked the 34th annual Martin Luther King Jr.  Celebration. The program, “Passing the Torch” consisted of multi-cultural and multi-generational presentations of music, poetry and community voices.

The Rev. Gerry Paulsen, New Faith (UCC) kicked off the event with a welcome followed by Mignon Geli, Native American Flute Player. Loren Nakai, from Sierra Native Alliance, welcomed in the spirits with salutations to the North, South, East and West.

MC Anthony (Old Ghost) Harper, an activist and singer/poet, related the importance of the work we all need to do to keep Dr. King’s dream alive for our children. He reminded us that there are powerful voices trying to divide us. We must keep focused on what’s truly important and that’s the power of love.

“Passing the Torch” presentations offered an opportunity to hear the voices from people working with organizations who are doing work in the community to continue Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s dream of peace, justice and equality.   The torch was passed to hear voices from Doris Romero Baccala and Tomas Evangelista, California Dreamers (DACA); Travis Lang, Sierra Native Alliance; Jack Kohler, On Native Ground; Eddie Barraza, YES Program and Auburn Hip Hop Congress and Millee Livingston, SFUU Social Justice Committee.

The torch was passed to Pastor Clay Rojas, Prison Families Aftercare; Jen Gomes, Volunteers of America-Homeless Shelter; Veronica Blake, Placer Community Foundation-Housing; Shelley Rogers, Coalition for Auburn & Lincoln Youth (CALY); and Ken Toketumi, Forgotten Soldiers Program.

The torch continued to be passed to Jennifer Montgomery, Placer County Supervisor, District 5, Sacramento Women’s March; Carly & Madeline Cramer, Placer County Youth Commission; Rev. Casey Tinnin, Loomis Basin Congregational Church, LGBTQ Youth; Jeanie Young, Auburn Co-Op and Rocky Zapata, Auburn Hip Hop Congress.

Lisa Joseph Boch, Natalie Zapata and J Ross Parelli voiced their experiences of intersectionality in their own lives and how white privilege can blind us to others in our society.

Pattiey Leftridge, D. Pierre Butler and Lisa Joseph Boch had everyone singing Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song”. Pierre offered an original reading sprinkled with quotes from Maya Angelou. The Children’s Choir, some from Growing Peace Camp, sang a rousing rendition of “What Can One Little Person Do” with the audience chiming in on the chorus.

Closing remarks by Stan Padilla, local artist and activist, encouraged us all to keep moving forward. We marched to the downtown Auburn Fire Pit with signs made by the children. Stan Padilla offered a closing blessing. Lisa Boch led the group in song with Neena McNair and the Native Women’s Drum Group.

The MLK Organizing Committee, Millee Livingston, Rocky and Natalie Zapata, Leslye Janusz and Lisa Joseph Boch give special thanks to Mary Jane Popp of KAHI for the opportunity to publicize the event on her January 12 noon program; Coco and David Burns from the General Gomez ARTS & Events Center and to Dave Deckman for managing the sound . And thank you to Depoe Bay Coffee Co. for the refreshments; Pat Malberg, former Congressional candidate, District 4, for the Birthday Cake; the MLK Refreshments Committee; to Aurora Sain, Auburn Journal reporter and to Auburn Community members for their energy, time and donations to make this event uplifting, this year and for years to come.



Jan 23

Sacramento’s Women’s March a HUGE success

Just look at these pictures and they say it all – this year’s Women’s March in Sacramento (and around the nation) was more successful and focused than in 2017.  Momentum is building to resist the extreme Trump agenda.

In 2017 we marched, in 2018 we RUN!!!  You have until March 9th to file for statewide offices – consider running to make your voice heard! Check out the February 17th Candidate Training workshop offered by Placer County Elections under our Events listing in the right column.

Dec 13

Democrats “Better Deal” for Americans – What We Stand For

Do you wonder what Democrats stand for and what we plan to do for America?  Well, here it is…Democrats “Better Deal” for ALL Americans

#1 Equal Opportunity for ALL

Democrats believe in leveling the playing field so opportunities are open to everyone, not just the rich.  Government should invest in our people so all hard working Americans have a chance at the American Dream.  Great innovations can come from anyone.  Our policies that support this belief are:

  • Invest in free public education, pre-school through college

  • Invest in American infrastructure for good paying jobs throughout America

  • Invest in renewable energy to create clean, American-based jobs

  • Protect Americans’ rights to collective bargaining for better wages, better benefits and workplace safety

#2 Better Quality of Life for ALL Americans

Democrats believe that the richest nation on the planet should make every American’s life a better quality.  It is too hard today for too many just to get by.  Our policies that support this belief are:

  • Universal Health Care (pre-natal through Hospice) – Medicare for ALL

  • Universal Human Rights – freedom from oppression for ALL – NO exceptions

  • Universal Worker’s Rights – living wage through retirement security (Social Security)

  • Universal Safety – Clean water, clean air, safe food, safe medications and yes, gun safety

  • International Diplomacy first, American defense to protect ALL Americans and war only as the last resort

#3 Reform to ensure our democracy for future generations

Democrats believe that we must constantly “perfect our union” to preserve our democracy for our kids and grandkids.  Our founding fathers established this capability with provisions like Constitutional Amendments, our Judicial system and our fundamental right to vote so we have government of, for and by the people.  Our policies that support this belief are:

  • Get money out of politics by overturning the Supreme Court decision “Citizens United”.  Our elected representatives should not be beholding to anyone, but represent all of us.

  • Continuous Civil and Criminal Justice Reform

  • Return to a Progressive tax system, with no loopholes for the most wealthy, so we can INVEST in our Country and its people

  • Universal voting so every citizen counts in our democracy

  • Efficient & effective government with transparency, by people who value government’s purpose

  • True Immigration Reform – a 21st Century plan for the “Land of Opportunity”


Nov 11

Big Blue Wave…more to come!

Bright Blue Tues‌day!
Tues‌day’s Election Day was a landslide for Democrats. We recaptured the Governor’s office in New Jersey, giving Democrats another state with Democratic majorities in both Houses of the Legislature and a Democrat in the Governor’s office. In Virginia, our candidate for Governor, Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, led Virginia Democrats to a clean sweep of the state offices (including electing the first African American statewide official since Douglas Wilder’s historic victory for Governor in 1989). Even more impressively, the House of Delegates contests there went for the Democrats in a landslide, where we picked up at least 14 seats — including electing the first openly transgender Legislator in history — and possibly even captured a majority, pending recounts in five Republican districts.

Democrats also won crucial legislative seats in Georgia. We elected a mayor in Helena, Montana who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Liberia, and we elected the first woman as mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire, breaking a 14-year Republican grip on that office. Here in California, the City of Palm Springs elected its first transgender City Councilmember — the first trans person elected to a non-judicial office in our state. Palm Springs also elected its first millennial Councilmember.

And in one of the most consequential election victories of 2017, Democrats recaptured control of the Washington State Senate. California, Oregon, and Washington have formed a Big Blue Wall on the West Coast, and we can work with our brothers and sisters to the north to set the national progressive agenda.

West Coast Blue Wall

Let’s double our efforts to make sure 2017 is a just a down payment on the kinds of victories Democrats will win in 2018!

California Democratic Party e-Newsletter

Nov 09

Democrats win races across the country

Democrats won not just in New Jersey and Virginia but up and down the ticket across the country. Voters handily rejected the Trump-Pence agenda by electing Democrats in states and even districts that Donald Trump won last year. Democrats are moving forward, we (and voters) have put 2016 behind us. See the proof:


Ralph Northam is the governor-elect, Justin Fairfax is lieutenant governor-elect, and Mark Herring was re-elected attorney general.

Democrats flipped at least 14 House of Delegate seats including:

  • Jennifer Carroll Foy (HD-02)
  • Wendy Goodits (HD-10)
  • Chris Hurst (HD-12)
  • Danica Roem (HD-13)
  • Kelly Fowler (HD-21)
  • Elizabeth Guzman (HD-31)
  • David Reid (HD-32)
  • Kathy Tran (HD-42)
  • Lee Carter (HD-50)
  • Hala Ayala (HD-51)
  • Karrie Delaney (HD-67)
  • Dawn Adams (HD-68)
  • Schuyler VanValkenberg (HD-72)
  • Deborah Rodman (HD-73)

New Jersey

Democrats flipped the governor’s seat from red to blue by electing Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver.

Vin Gopal flipped New Jersey’s 11th Senate District from red to blue.

North Carolina

Democrats flipped 2 mayoral seats by electing Vi Lyles in Charlotte and Mitch Colvin in Fayetteville.

New Hampshire

Democrats flipped the Manchester mayoral seat by electing Joyce Craig.

Democrats flipped one seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives by electing Erika Connors to the Hillsborough County District 15 and held the Sullivan County District 1 by electing Brian Sullivan.


Democrats re-elected Mayor Rick Kriseman to be the mayor of St. Petersburg.


Democrats re-elected Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

New York

Democrats re-elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.


Democrats flipped two House districts by electing Deborah Gonzalez (HD-117) and Jonathan Wallace (HD-119).


Democrats held Michigan’s 109th House District by electing Sara Cambensy.

Sabrina Singh, Deputy Communications Director

singhs@dnc.org, 310-703-3869, @sabrinasingh24

Oct 17

2017 Fall Fundraiser a huge success!

Christine Pelosi, Chair of the California Democratic Party’s Women’s Caucus and Derek Cressman, author of “When Money Talks” spoke on the topic of “How California Can Lead the Nation”.

Marty Walters, CD1 Candidate

Congressional Candidates (CD1 running against Republican Doug LaMalfa), Jessica Holcombe and Marty Walters, gave an update on their campaigns.  Tomas Evangelista, Dreamer, spoke in support of DACA.

Jessica Holcombe, CD1 candidate

Oct 03

Las Vegas Massacre – Action Items

Action Items re: Las Vegas Massacre:

1) Text from your phone “Love Vegas” to 877-877 to speak to your member of Congress and urge them to support responsible gun laws.
Tell Reps. LaMalfa and McClintock that the NRA has gone too far.  Ask them to speak out against “bump stocks”, devices that harnesses the recoil of a semiautomatic firearm to fire several shots in succession, mimicking automatic gunfire and effectively turning a weapon into a machine gun.   And tell them that you support background checks for ALL gun sales.
2) Go to our website www.bradycampaign.org and sign our card and add a message of support for the people of Las Vegas. Our team will deliver the signatures.
3) Donate blood today to help the victims. Schedule your appointment today. Go to this website in order to find a place near you: http://www.redcross.org/give-blood
4) Call California Governor Jerry Brown today at 916-445-2841 to urge him to sign two gun bills on his desk:
AB 785  The Disarm Hate Act – Prevents criminals convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes from possessing firearms.
SB 536  Firearm Violence Research – Allows the Department of Justice to make its records available for gun-violence prevention research
 #PrayforVegas          #ENOUGH        #DisarmHate
Becca, Amanda and Anke
Sacramento Valley/Nevada-Placer/Yolo Chapters
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Oct 02

Outstanding talent at “Be the Change” Talent Show September 23rd – Placer County youth (13 to 25)

AADC and Placer County Democratic Party hosted the first annual “Be the Change” Youth Talent Show at the General Gomez Arts & Events Center on Saturday, September 23rd to a standing room only crowd.  Master of Ceremonies J Ross Parrelli did a fabulous job of engaging the audience and performing.  Talent from all over the area (ages 13 to 25) amazed the audience with their performances around the theme “Be the Change” – from the Ghandi quote “Be the change you want to see in the world”.  

AADC is now planning a 2018 “Be the Change” Youth Talent Show.  Date to be announced.

Sep 02

Auburn shows support for Dreamers. Love trumps hate!

September 2nd March & Rally in Auburn to support Dreamers!

Valentine’s Day Shooting ACTION PLAN

NOTE: Amanda Wilcox is our featured speaker at the upcoming AADC Meeting on Thursday, March 8th, 6:30 pm, General Gomez Arts & Events Center, 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn.  JOIN US to learn what Amanda and other activists are doing legislatively to protect us from gun violence.  Also, learn what YOU can do to end this violence.

1. Valentine’s Day shooting at Florida high school – message from the Brady Campaign:

We are outraged, upset and horrified by Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida. 18 school shootings since January 1st is unacceptable. This is a uniquely American problem, and it is past the time to address it. Lawmakers who continue to communicate thoughts and prayers while doing nothing are complicit. Students and parents across this country should feel safe and secure in our schools. To read Brady’s most recent report on school shootings, go here.

We call on our president and all lawmakers to take comprehensive action to keep Americans safer, and we call on Americans across this country to use their voices to demand change. This requires action, in particular with a focus on: 

Extreme Risk Protective Orders: 4 states, including California, have passed a form of this law allowing family members of a person in crisis or law enforcement officers to ask a judge to temporarily remove the person’s guns. If Florida had this system in place, it might have made a difference here.  Many states are considering such laws in this legislative session. ERPO Fact Sheet Available here.

Strengthening our background check system: In conjunction with making Extreme Risk Protection Orders available nationally, we need to expand and protect our nation’s greatest defense to stopping dangerous individuals from accessing guns, the Brady background check system. The Brady background check system has blocked over 3 million illegal attempts to buy guns, but we know that the system is only as good as the records in it. States and federal agencies need more financial support to get the right names in the system, and gun dealers need to ensure they are asking all the right questions before guns are sold. Also, federal law does not require background checks for private guns sales. Today, about one in five guns is sold in a private sale. Federal law should be updated to cover all gun sales.

What can you do?

1. Call your Members of Congress (at 202-224-3121) and ask them to support the following bills:

a. “The Gun Violence Restraining Order Act,” H.R. 2598 and it’s Senate companion bill, S.1212: “The Gun Violence Prevention Order (GVPO) Act of 2017,” introduced by Senator Feinstein. These bills will incentivize states to enable law enforcement and family members to intervene when they suspect a person may use a firearm for violent purposes, including self-harm. This bill would help bridge a gap in existing law in many states.

b. “Brady Background Check Expansion Act,” S. 2009, sponsored by Senator Chris Murphy. This bill will substantially close the gun show, internet and other private sales loopholes.

c. “Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2017,” H.R. 4240, sponsored by Representatives Mike Thompson and Peter King. This bill will expand Brady background checks to cover commercial firearm sales, including at gun shows, over the internet, or in classified ads.

2. Educate citizens and stakeholders about California’s Gun Violence Retraining Order Law.  Visit https://speakforsafety.org/ for more information about how the law works in our state.

3. Raise your voice on social media, demand change, and tell your friends to only vote for candidates in 2018 who are endorsed by the Brady Campaign or other GVP groups, and commit to gun violence prevention policies.

2. Newsworthy

Would California-style gun laws have helped stop Florida school shooting?

Focus Turns to Gun Access by the Mentally Ill After Florida Shooting

America’s Gun Problem Explained:  https://www.facebook.com/Vox/posts/841860909334846

Amanda Wilcox, Nevada-Placer Chapter, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence