2017 – Democrats engaging in the community
Political Organizing Committee, a subcommittee of the Sonoma County Democratic Party, is in full campaign mode and on a roll toward 2018. People want to be active and engaged. We are working to provide that to all who are interested. The POC is currently reviewing the almost 300 surveys that have now been completed and will be moving forward with “Taking Action in the Time of Trump.”
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April was a busy month for the Political Organizing Committee. We must have broken a record of marching. We had one rally with a march each weekend. Some of us had to go deep in the closet to find our marching and rallying outfits from the past century, but we did in solidarity with our neighbors and friends in Sonoma County.
On April 2nd, we participated and sponsored this year’s UFW Cesar Chavez March in Santa Rosa. We helped make 500 flags for the march, we delivered water for the marchers and our very own Luz Mangurian, gave a rousing speech in Spanish of the Democrats standing in unity with the Farmworkers. Volunteers came to register voters: it was great to see two of our 2016 campaign voter registration volunteers join us, Beaury Foshee and Jann Edwards.
On April 15, Tax Day events, we joined Indivisible Sonoma at Doyle Park for a lovely picnic and rally. Val Hinshaw, Stephen Gale and Pat Sabo gave great speeches at the park. Nothing like Saturday at the park with Democratic speeches.
We then marched to the Downtown Post Office where we were met with another 200 people. The signs were stellar and the crowd was fired up.
April continued with the Santa Rosa March for Science at Juilliard Park. SCDP marchers were ready and present. The speeches at the park were inspiring, then over 2000 people marched to City Hall for the Earth Day Festivities. It was truly wonderful to see all the families with their signs marching in support of science and our scientists.
Democrats continued canvassing, phonebanking, and supporting Measure C in Santa Rosa. We also made calls for Ossoff in GA-6 and for Montana’s Quist. You can stay on top of all our activities by checking our Sign-Up landing page. From there you can see what marches and volunteer opportunities we have.
The Political Organizing Committee staffed a table and sent a contingent to the El Pueblo Unido/People’s March for jobs, justice, and the climate on April 29th in Santa Rosa. Much thanks to our delegate to the organizing coalition, Sandy Reynolds. Further good news is that the coalition, comprising about 30 groups, will continue to work together and Sandy will continue to represent the SCDP.
We sent contingents to two other marches in April, the Tax Day Protest on April 15 and the March for Science on April 22, both in Santa Rosa.
On March 10th and 11th, volunteers were tabling at Oliver’s Markets registering voters, providing information about Yes on Measure C in Santa Rosa on the June ballot, and collecting post cards as part of the Ides of Trump campaign.
On March 15th, the SCDP mailed over 100 postcards to the White House, and another 150 were mailed from the Sonoma Valley Democratic Club. The national Ides of Trump goal was to have one million postcards mailed to the White House with the postmark of March 15th. The national campaign is now organizing a postcard mailing to Speaker Paul Ryan in opposition to the healthcare repeal and reform proposal.
The Committee has been busy beginning with a January 7th event at the Finley Center in Santa Rosa. On a very wet Saturday afternoon, close to 100 people came out to “Taking Action in the Time of Trump.” Our thanks to Congressman Mike Thompson for opening the event, and to Julie Combs (Santa Rosa City Councilmember), Stephen Gale (representing Mike Thompson), and Iliana Madrigal (District Scheduler for Congressman Jared Huffman) for presenting valuable information.
The crowd broke into 10 smaller groups. Each group was asked to respond to three questions:
- What are the top three issues you are most concerned about?
- What should the local Democratic Party do about these issues?
- What is this group willing to do about these issues? Each group reported out their results.
The POC reviewed all 10 groups information, and the results are:
- Resistance to Trump/GOP Agenda
- Social Safety Net (ACA, Social Security, Medicare)
- Civil Rights/Human Rights
- Local issues: housing, police.
What SCDP Can do:
- Process for call to action
- Outreach to youth, Latino communities and rural
- Coalition building
- Sister city building
- Civics lessons in schools
- Civil disobedience
- Truth, fight fake news.
What are people willing to do:
- Join Dem Clubs.
- Show up at events with electeds and actions
- Write letters and email to editors, electeds.
- Call electeds. Call to educate voters.
- Person to person meetings, precinct work.
- Attend public meetings.
- Adopt Indivisible model
About 70 people completed surveys at this event, and the SCDP Guide to Elected Officials 2017 with information on how to contact your elected representatives was given to each attendee. For those interested, a slideshow presentation is available.
At least three of our members attended the Affordable Care Act rally in San Francisco along with our banner on January 15th.
Several volunteers attended the Santa Rosa Women’s March on January 21st, along with loaning the organizers the use of one of our pop-up tents. Crowd size for this event was noted to be anywhere from 5000 to 7000 people.
On January 29th, we tabled at the Community Engagement Fair held at the Fairgrounds sharing the table with the Wine Country Young Dems. This event started at 12 noon, ending at 5 p.m. We ran out of the Contact Information Booklets (200) and ran out of the survey forms that were used at the January 7th event (200). The table was crowded from opening up until closing at 5 p.m.