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Lamorinda Democratic Club Members and Friends,
April is custom-made for new beginnings, leaning forward, and brighter days. We’re starting our post-vaccine lives — coordinating safe get-togethers with friends and family, and imagining new possibilities.
As Democrats, we recognize that politics is as responsible for the sunnier outlook, as the longer, warmer days. We are witnessing good government at work again — relying on science, truth-telling, rescuing, and rebuilding.
Here in California, we have had the added benefit of a state government that has been leading the charge all along. Our Democratically-led state has demonstrated that policy — addressing climate change, better work conditions, stronger gun-safety, ensuring diversity, civil rights and environmental protection, and a broader safety net — can go hand-in-hand with a strong economy. We proved it.
Still, it looks increasingly likely that we may need to roll up our Get-Out-The-Vote sleeves, a little earlier than expected, in preparation for a gubernatorial recall. We cannot afford complacency. There is too much at risk.
The LDC Precinct Organizing Team is already at work — creating a Voter Guide for Precinct Organizers to distribute to Democratic voters in dozens of precincts throughout Contra Costa County. If you are already an LDC Precinct Organizer, please let us know that we can count you “in” to Get Out The Vote. If you have not yet participated as a Precinct Organizer, but would like to get involved, please drop us an email at GOteam@LDclub.org.
At this month’s LDC General Meeting, we are pleased to welcome Professor Karen Musalo, who will provide a context for understanding our refugee and asylum obligations and an overview of the Biden administration’s commitments and actions to unwind the prior administration’s policies of dismantling refugee protection.
I hope you can join us on Thursday, April 8, at 7 pm via Zoom.
Lamorinda Democratic Club President
Next General Meeting
Thursday, April 8 at 7 pm via Zoom. Register here for this Zoom meeting.
Refugee and Asylum – Obligations and Policy –Understanding, Unwinding, Rebuilding
Professor and Director, Center for Gender and Refugee Studies
U.C. Hastings College of Law
2021 Candidates for Club Officers Announced
Voting by general membership at the May Meeting
The LDC Issues and Candidates Committee is expanding its role to encourage more member participation, to help build the bench, and to play an advisory role for prospective Democratic candidates and issue advocates.
If you have experience or expertise in relevant areas and would like to volunteer to participate in LDC Issues or Candidates Committees’ Advisory Panels, please contact: Issues@LDclub.org.
If you are a prospective political candidate, or an issue advocate, seeking endorsement consideration by the Lamorinda Democratic Club, please contact: Issues@LDclub.org.
LCD Endorses the Ballot Disclose Act
At the LDC March general meeting, SB 90, the Ballot Disclose Act, authored by Senator Henry Stern and sponsored by the California Clean Money Campaign, was endorsed by the Lamorinda Democratic Club.
SB 90 would require every state ballot measure to include a short list of official supporters and opponents on each ballot label — not just in the state voter information guide. The Ballot Disclose Act would help voters make the decisions that support their values and intentions. Voters would be able to easily see whether some of the organizations they trust the most would support or oppose any state proposition on the ballot.
The Ballot Disclose Act would be an obvious benefit to voters — providing clarity and transparency — qualities important to all voters.
SB 90 is a game-changing piece of legislation that would pave the way for California voters to make better-informed voting decisions. Please contact your elected officials, and let them know that you would like their support of SB 90.
CA State Senate, 7th District
Orinda Office: (925) 258-1176
CA State Assembly, 16th District
District Office: (925) 328-1515
Board of Supervisors District 2
Board of Supervisors, District 3
SAVE THE DATES
Thursday, May 13
Henry E. Brady, UC Berkeley
Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy
Thursday, August 12
The LDC Hot August Night Political Trivia Championship
Precinct Organizing Project Summer Get-Together
It’s never too early or too late to join us as a neighborhood volunteer or Precinct Organizer. No experience necessary!
June meeting — time and place to be determined.
Contra Costa Food Bank – Virtual Food Drive
Here is the link to our Contra Costa Food Bank Team page:
Please help us reach our goal of $5,000 by May 1st.
Many thanks again to everyone who has joined the LDC Food Drive Team!
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|John Donnelly||Tom Duckworth|
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LDC THURSDAY MORNING COFFEE CLUB
Make your coffee just the way you like it, and join the LDC pundits and politicos to chat about news of the day. First and third Thursdays of each month at 9:30 am.
Contact Mike Rusk at Membership@LDclub.org to receive a ZOOM link.
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