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May 2017 AADC Newsletter

Auburn Area Democratic Club E-News

Serving Democrats of the Auburn area since 2004                       May 27,  2017

 
 AADC Presents:  
 “Topics of Community Interest”

The Auburn Area Democratic Club is an organization dedicated to informing the public and advancing democratic ideals. AADC holds open public meetings on the 1st Thursday evening of each month featuring our “Topics of Community Interest” presentations.
AADC has members from the City of Auburn and its surrounding area, including Colfax, Weimar, Meadow Vista, North Auburn and Newcastle.   Membership is $25 per year.  Democrats can learn more about the Club, subscribe to our AADC monthly newsletter and join by going to the website http://www.auburndemocrats.com

June 1st, 7:00 pm Meeting 

Placer County Library, 350 Nevada Street, Auburn (Beecher Room)

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

June 1, 7:00 pm, AADC PIzza Potluck dinner and election officers for 2016-2017
June 2, 6 :00 pm on the north steps of the state Capitol. A rally celebrating LGBTQ+ organized by Placer Stonewall Democratic Club and Indivisible CA04.
Fri. June 2- Wear Orange Campaign for National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Wear orange to our meeting on June 1!
Tues. July 4, AADC, Indivisibles and CD-01 and DC-04 candidates in Auburn July 4th parade

Thurs., July 6, 7:00 pm, AADC meeting, Meet our congressional candidates, CD-01 and CD-04

Click AADC website for the latest news.
The AADC’s website is frequently updated.  

EVENTS COMMITTEE

AADC, Indivisibles and Candidates in Auburn July 4th Parade
The Auburn 4th of July Parade will start promptly at 7 p.m.   The Chamber requests that all participants be in position at that time, so everyone participating should be in place no later than 6:45 p.m.
While banners and signs are permissible, we are asking that signs be positive.  Please, no negativity and no names, other than those of our candidates, who are invited to participate. This is a patriotic event and we do not want to offend anyone.
The city requires us to provide an estimate of the number of participants in our group as soon as possible. If your Indivisible group wishes to march with us, please give Rosie your best estimate of numbers.
Rosalie Wohlfromm, Events Committee co-chair rwohlfromm@att.net

FUNDRAISER COMMITTEE

RESERVE THE DATE!
Mark your calendars now for the AADC Fall Fundraiser at the Gomez Center on October 7, 2pm to 5pm. Our theme is “How California Can Lead the Nation,” and we are very excited to have as speakers Delaine Eastin, Candidate for Governor, and Christine Pelosi, Candidate for DNC Executive Committee.
There will be music and catered hors d’oevres, plus one free drink with every $39 ticket. We will be holding our Silent Auction, AADC’s primary fundraiser for the year. We welcome your donation, especially if you can come up with some creative items. Can you offer special services or special experiences? How about $500 worth of your excellent bookkeeping services? Or a couple of tickets for a zip line ride? We will officially begin to collect donations in the next few weeks. Stay tuned to the newsletter! And click this link now to get your tickets. We look forward to seeing you on October 7.

If you want to help with the Fundraiser Committee, call Mary Helen at 530-887-9400.

Mary Helen Fein, AADC Fundraiser Chair
VOTER REGISTRATION COMMITTEE 

   We are proud to have received a $500 grant from the CADEM Eric Bradley Fund to help fund the “Be the Change” Talent Program scheduled for September 23, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. at the General Gomez Center in Auburn. Congratulations to Sunny Carraway, who wrote the grant proposal and went to the State Dem Convention to receive the grant. Placer County  young people between 14 and 25 will  show the kind of change they want to be and to make in society with song, dance, poetry, allocation, mime or any other form of artistic expression, including paintings, ceramics, etc.   There will be $500 in prize money. Contact Paul Comiskey at paulcomiskey@hotmail.com  or 916-577-0696 to enter. We have flyers available and need all AADC members to help us to publicize this event and make it a success. We also need financial contributions.
   Tomas Vera is working on a computer program that would allow us to request by email names of all Democratic and NoParty Preference Voters in our neighborhoods by sending lists of our neighborhood streets. This would enable us to recruit as many AADC Members and Indivisibles as we can to help with voter registration and turn out. We will conduct a voter registration class and get people to be responsible for their neighborhood.  Just imagine that if a  Member wanted to host a house party for a candidate how much easier it would be with a list of all the Democrats and NPP’s in the neighborhood. Tomas is going  to incorporate this plan into his funding request for the Tom Steyer Program which gives grants to Central Committees for Voter Engagement.  Such funding would allow us to have a paid person who would respond quickly and efficiently to requests of members  for the Dems and NPP’s in a neighborhood. A program like this will make it very easy to put all the members of the AADC as well as all willing Indivisible s to work  registering and turning out voters .  Thanks in advance to Tomas Vera for his generous help.
 
Paul W. Comiskey, Voter Outreach Committee Chair,  paulcomiskey@hotmail.com ,   916-577-0696
INDIVISIBLE  AUBURN

Comments and suggestions by our activists
RESISTANCE TUESDAY, AUBURN:
 
Tuesday May 30th – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm – PROTEST ON THE CORNER OF BELL ROAD AND HIGHWAY 49
Bring signs with large bold letters and short messages please. At the Resist Trump Tuesday Rally we will have a letter for people to sign addressed to Congress members LaMalfa and McClintock telling them to oppose the Wall Street-Deregulating Financial CHOICE Act (H.R.10)We will have materials for making signs if you want to arrive early to make a sign.
 
RESISTANCE TUESDAY, ROSEVILLE:
Every Tuesday at Eureka and Douglas in Roseville from 12:00 to 1:00 PM
 
Lots of traffic at this busy intersection during the lunch hour.  Bring signs.  See you there! Meeting with Staff at Rep. Tom McClintock’s office in Roseville:  Please contact Luann Welborn 530-367-1231 or lwbldr@aol.com to reserve your place in a constituent meeting. Luann will schedule the meeting when she has enough people contact her who are willing to participate.  When meeting with Congressional staff people bring a letter to the MOC with your concerns about pending legislation and asking for a reply.  A Tuesday morning meeting prior to the Resist Tuesday weekly event in front of his office is a possible time for this meeting to take place.  Limit 6 total attendees per meeting.  Luann is working on a face to face meeting with McClintock himself.
LEGISLATIVE ALERTS

TAKE ACTION!
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, CALIFORNIA
 
Scott Johnson, Indivisible Auburn Government Affairs

AADC Membership

 Time to renew your Club Membership

Don’t forget to keep up your membership.  Your annual dues are due each year on JULY 1st,  so please fill out the form attached and mail your $25 dues (checks made payable to AADC) to: 
AADC, P.O. Box 6851, Auburn, CA 95604

 

Your dues help support the Club’s advocacy activities  and never obligate you to get more involved than you want to be, although participation is always, always welcome! Dues-paying members are eligible to vote at our monthly AADC meetings. For more information, email info@auburndemocrats.com 

Jan Bell, AAADC Membership Committee Chair

 President’s Message

It’s hard to believe, but my year coming back as president of the club is just about over with our club election a few days away. It was not in my plan, but I am leaving that role to be able to pay more attention to my position as a founder and leader of Indivisible Auburn, which, to say the least, was an unexpected addition to my activities.
It’s been a roller coaster of a ride. Despite the shocking reversal in November, it was an eventful year with lots to be proud of for us all. Our annual fundraiser at the Gomez Art Center was great. We had a very active and positive election season with lots of us turning out to work. We created and staffed the Election Headquarters office in the State Theater all the way from August to November. It was a “permanent” spot to work and hang out together. Then came the crazy election followed by the birth of Indivisible and the amazing leap in membership, attendance and activism that has caused our club to catch fire!
Catching fire is a good thing. It’s the fuel we need to succeed. We definitely have our work cut out for us, to regain control of our federal government. Along those lines, among other things, we have a major youth voter registration event, “Be the Change,” for September and our 2017 fundraiser is well on its way for October. We need you to stay involved.  Join and support our committees. Keep marching, meeting, calling and writing to your representatives.
I know it’s a lot. Let’s pace ourselves for the long run, but be relentless. See you at our election meeting and potluck on June 1.
Mark Rosen, President   marknrosen@gmail.com
Editor’s Corner

 Of all the political activities in California

in recent years, arguably the most significant and far-reaching one will be the 2017 California Democratic Convention.  We in California have come to believe that we, the world’s 6th largest economy, and we, the consistently most progressive state in the U.S., by all rights should play a major leadership role in re-setting America’s  recent precipitous veer to the right.  And indeed, we have so much to offer.

However, as optimistic as I have been, events at this convention by rude, disrespectful and, yes, even ignorant members of our newly hatched left wing have convinced me that there is no way that we can provide the leadership that is so desperately needed at this point in history.  I say ignorant because no one who knows the history of the Democratic Party, the battles we have fought  before some of these people were even born, and the victories we have won by the hardest, could DARE to say that the older generation is not progressive.  Some of us were progressive long before the term was coined, and could tell these late-comers some pretty interesting and impressive stories of our hard-fought battles, as well as some of the injustices we lived through and fought so that today’s generations have it better than we did.  No one who didn’t participate in the major confrontations of the late ‘fifties, ‘sixties and ‘seventies has a right to define for our battle-scarred generations what a progressive is.  Until you have fought these battles yourselves, the wiser thing to do would be to learn some history of our party, be proud of it and embrace it.  Of course, we can make it better, but only if everyone recognizes the value of all of his /her compatriots,.

Otherwise, there is no hope, not for our party, our country or our world.  We can do this together, or we can fail;  there are no other valid options.  Think very carefully and rationally before you make your decision.  The future of not only our generations, but those of our kids and grandkids, depend on our working as the most effective team we can be against our REAL adversaries.

‘Nuff said.

Sunny Carraway, Newsletter Editor,
CALIFORNIA DEM CONVENTION 2017

Highlights, the #CADEM17 convention weekend
On Sunday the 2017 California Democrats State Convention wrapped up in Sacramento!  Thousands of delegates and guests gathered together to show the nation that #CaliforniaLeads — and to map out how we can continue to fight for progress, together.
   Delegates Elect New Party Leadership: During Convention, delegates cast their ballots in Statewide, Regional Director, and E-Board elections to elect new Party leadership to continue moving California forward.  Congratulations to our new Chair, Eric C. Bauman, our Female Vice Chair, Alexandra Gallardo-Rooker, our new Male Vice Chair, Daraka Larimore-Hall, our new Secretary, Jenny Bach, and our new Controller, Daniel Weitzman!  For full election results, please visit our website.
   California Democrats Pay Tribute to John Burton’s Progressive Legacy: Before electing our new party leadership, California Democrats paid tribute to out-going Chairman Burton’s legacy of progressive leader-ship and tireless work to stand up for the voiceless, empower the grassroots, and build for the future.  Miss the tribute?  California Dems thank Burton for his years of service.
   Dozens of Elected Officials and Progressive Leaders Address Delegates: Delegates heard from dozens of our elected officials and progressive leaders including U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Adam Schiff, Senate President pro tem Kevin de León, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and so many more on how California can continue to lead the way!
   For more recaps of the 2017 Convention, visit the 2017 Convention Website and catch up on Twitter with the hashtags #CADEM17 and #CaliforniaLeads.
   Thank you, as always, for being a California Democrat!
The CADEM Team
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California Democratic Party Convention –
A Divided Party
Three thousand people attended the recent California Democratic Party Convention in Sacramento on May 19th, 20th and 21st, including me, your fellow AADC Member, as I’m a CDP delegate representing Assembly District 5.  One of the key goals of that Convention was to elect the new leadership team for CDP now that Chairman John Burton is retiring.  But to this day, we are still awaiting the decision about the new Chair.  Since Eric Bauman, previous Vice-Chair of CDP, only received 62 more votes than his challenger, Kimberly Ellis (formerly President of Emerge California), the Party agreed to a re-count and audit of the election process. Kimberly will not concede the election, pending the outcome of that audit.
That wasn’t the only divisiveness at the Convention. The California Nurses Association protested several California Democratic Senators who have not yet signed onto the proposed SB562 for California Single Payer Healthcare. While the entire Republican team in the California Legislature is against this bill, the Nurses Union chose to take their anger out on the few in the Democratic Party who have not yet made their decision, further disrupting the Convention.
In the final Session of the Convention, new delegates kept shouting down speakers and disrupting any attempt Chairman Burton made to move through the agenda, demanding a point of order since they were unhappy about the announced election results.  They continued this behavior despite the pleas from Chair-man Burton and Hilary Crosby, Kimberly’s Campaign Manager and retiring CDP Controller, to let the audit process proceed to determine the final results of the Chair position.
Folks, this is not good news.  It is clear that the Bernie Sanders supporters have decided they want to take over the California Democratic Party and make it do what they want it to do, and they plan to disrupt anything that doesn’t go their way.  They are “tea-partying” the Democratic Party.  Since we are all watching the disgraceful “tea-partied” Republican Party running our Federal Government, what does this mean for the Democratic Party?  Will we become as fractured and dysfunctional as the Republican Party?  Will we be forced to the left-most positions by Bernie extremists even if the majority in our Party do not share their views, similar to the right-most Republican “tea party” policies?
How will our country unite to solve its problems if both parties are pushed to their most extreme positions??
Jan Bell, AD5 Delegate to CDP 
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I worked the Democratic Convention
this last weekend as a volunteer.
Just when I thought that by moving to a small town and laying low, I could escape my fascination with politics. And then along came Donald J Trump. Since he ascended the throne to King, I have jumped into Indivisible Auburn, joined the Auburn Area Democratic Party, and am a volunteer to work the California Democratic Convention this next week-end. Heeding my own advice: Don’t whine, Act. My days are going to become very busy.
This was my face book post prior to the Convention:
Worked the California Democratic Convention in Sacramento this weekend.Interesting time. Wonderfully diverse…young, mid-age, older folks of all colors and hues and languages. Interesting time. Very diverse points of view. Bernie Sanders has made his mark on young activists.
This is my face book post after the convention:  “The convention was upbeat, well organized, and well attended. Speakers were motivational and except for the ending, it was a most positive experience.
I have to say that the Democratic resistors on the far left, led by RoseAnn DeMoro, head of the California Nurses Association, created great friction, at the closing session. Having been unruly, during the speeches by DNC Chairman Perez and Assembly Speaker Rendon, they were outrageous and insulting to outgoing California Democratic chairperson Burton. The dispute that arose from the election of Eric Bauman as the new Party Chairperson, defeating Kimberly Ellis, was disrespectful and uncalled for. There had been an agreement from Ms. Ellis and her staff to attend a ballot re-count to insure the validity of the election. I do believe that the Democratic party I know understands the value of creative conflict and has been open to dia-logues that result in synergistic problem solving. I found it difficult to listen to the disrespect shown to chairperson Burton and others trying to explain what they had negotiated with candidate Ellis and her staff.
I hope that Indivisible Auburn never stoops to that level of engagement with its Auburn Area Democratic Club.
Submitted by Robert Mehler
 
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Divided We Fall

 

“A party that is fractured by anger and backbiting is a party that will not succeed. It is no secret that our party is divided into factions. It is also no secret that those factions frequently throw rocks at each other.” So said Texas Republican Party chairman Terri Mechler before resigning.
This statement could have very well been said about our California Democratic Party.
Our recent convention had some of us booing Demo-cratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and others deemed not progressive enough. And after the election for our own State chair, there was a call for a re-count. I don’t know about you, but in my humble opinion either Kimberly Ellis or Eric Bauman is a good choice.
There was an interesting and insightful editorial in the May 23rd edition of the Sacramento Bee. I ask that each of you read this editorial and consider what it tells us. And I pray that we all come to the realization that the old adage about “divided we fall” is true.
Let’s not forget that we should be fighting for Democrats to be elected in 2018. The enemy is not us.
Rosalie Wohlfromm

COMMENTARY

Taking the Fifth

“The mob takes the Fifth Amendment. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?” Donald Trump.
“When you have your staff taking the Fifth Amendment, taking the Fifth so that they’re not prosecuted, I think it’s disgraceful. And believe me, this country thinks it’s really disgraceful, also.” Donald Trump
“When you are given immunity, that means you probably committed a crime.” Michael Flynn.
These statements were said by these men during the Presidential campaign, over and over again. Flynn also shouted “Lock her up” over and over again.
So, I’m wondering, Mr. President, do you feel differently about people taking the 5th?  How about you, Mr. Flynn?
Rosie Wohlfromm
Auburn Area Democratic Club, P.O. Box 6851, Auburn, CA 95604
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