Nov 12

November Annual Meeting: Looking Forward and Planning for 2017

Hello fellow Democrats,

It’s been a tough week. Many of us are still coming to terms with the results of Tuesday’s election and what that will mean for our country. For many of our members this will be the second time in their life a president has been elected without the popular vote. Some folks might be tempted to point the finger within the Democratic Party, but the simple truth is Democrats won the popular vote for both President and Senate.

I cannot accept this injustice, and I don’t expect any member of DGR to do so either. Even if we need to raise two votes to every one of theirs to flip a gerrymandered Congress, we need to keep working to make sure our government becomes the one that the people have actually voted for.

Now more than ever we need local Democratic leadership. Not just at DGR meetings, but in our neighborhoods, on City Commissions, at local nonprofits and community groups. It’s becoming clear that we won’t be able to count on any federal progress anytime soon. We have to stand together to help our community and make sure change happens locally, because we can be sure nothing good is coming out of D.C. for the next two years. Our next meeting is in less than one week and we’ll be starting our ground game for the upcoming City Council races and getting Democrats elected across Riverside County. These races are important because there is much we need to take care of in Riverside.

For example, the City of Riverside passed Measure Z, which is expected to bring in at least $40 million every year to the city’s general fund. Before even a penny of this money has been collected, city officials are talking about how they plan to use these funds to hire new police and buy lots of new equipment. I have seen no mention of using it to help the homeless, address the lack of affordable housing, or provide other needed community services. We need to make sure these funds go to help people and not just arresting them. The city plans to create a new Budget Engagement Commission to oversee these funds and we need to make sure we are a part of this process.

We will also be talking to Rafael Elizalde from Congressman Mark Takano’s office and a representative from Sen. Roth’s office. They will speak to us about ways we can get Democrats elected to the City Council and how California’s state government can protect our citizens from threats against them from a Republican government.

There is some good news to come out of this election. Sabrina Cervantes won her bid for California’s 60th assembly district. With these results Riverside is now Democratic across all state offices. Our city and the IE has gone blue, and our elected representatives are slowly changing to reflect this. So there is hope.

Finally, we will be holding elections for DGR officers for 2017. Our Nominating Committee is still seeking active nominations for the following seats:

• Membership Chair
• Finance Chair
• Elections Chair

If you would like to submit your name for these, or other positions, please email Riversidedemocrats.92501@gmail.com with the position you would like to volunteer for. Members are also welcome to nominate themselves or others at the meeting.

Here’s looking to a brighter future,

–Greg mcKinley-Powell
President, Democrats of Greater Riverside

Aug 11

Fundraiser for Sabrina Cervantes, Candidate for the 60th District Assembly

Join us in a special meeting of the Democrats of Greater Riverside to promote Sabrina Cervantes’ run for the 60th California Assembly District.

This special meeting includes wine, sparkling juice, cheese plate, charcuterie, desserts, and silent auction.

All proceeds benefit the Sabrina Cervantes for State Assembly campaign, FPPC# 1377654. Individual contributions to the Cervantes Campaign are limited to a maximum of  $4,200 for the 2016 general election.

Donor Levels:

Bronze – $35 – comes with one wine/sparkling juice token

Silver – $60 – comes with two wine/sparkling juice tokens and a ticket for the opportunity drawing

Gold – $100 – comes with three wine/sparking juice tokens and two tickets for the opportunity drawing

Platinum – $250 – comes with five wine/sparking juice tokens and three tickets for the opportunity drawing

Additional wine/sparkling juice tokens and tickets for the opportunity drawing may be purchased at the event.

Date: Thursday, September 22nd.

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Place: Canyon Crest Winery Canyon Crest Towne Centre 5225 Canyon Crest Dr. Ste. 7a Riverside, CA 92507

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for persons with disabilities. Please contact Greg McKinley-Powell at (951) 394-1357 at least 48 hours in advance.

Aug 11

Overturn Citizens United Yes on Prop 59 campaign and convention delegate at DGR General Meeting

Join the Democrats of Greater Riverside on Thursday, Aug. 18th in hosting Michele Sutter from the Overturn Citizens United, Yes on Prop 59 Committee at our General Meeting. The meeting will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mexicali Bar and Grill, located at 1690 Spruce Street, Riverside.

Michele led the successful 2014 push for the MOVI sponsored SB 1272, The Overturn Citizens United Act through the California legislature. The bill became Proposition 49 and she was briefly the Chair of the Yes on Proposition 49 Campaign Committee, before Prop 49 was removed from the ballot by order of the Supreme Court of California.

The Overturn Citizens United Act was reintroduced into the California legislature as SB 254. The Overturn Citizens United Act, Prop 59, will finally appear on the November 2016 California ballot. Proposition 59 will direct California’s elected officials use all of their constitutional authority to overturn Citizens United.

We will also be hosting a Riverside delegate to the Democratic Convention and hearing from them about their experience.

In addition, we will also be giving updates on volunteer opportunities and our upcoming fundraiser.

Schedule:

6:00 p.m. Doors open for dinner and social hour

7:00 p.m. Meeting starts

7:30 p.m. Speakers start

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for persons with disabilities. Please contact Greg McKinley-Powell at (951) 394-1357, 48 hours in advance to make a request for any reasonable accommodation or for more information.

Jul 15

Brady Campaign at DGR General Meeting this July

This July DGR is hosting two speakers from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence who will speak about Gun Violence in America. The meeting will be Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 6:00 PM. At Mexicali Bar & Grill, 1690 Spruce Street, Riverside, CA.

Our first speaker will be Gary Scott, President of the Riverside County Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. His presentation will cover  “Gun Violence in America” and will cover ways we can all take action to reduce it. He will cover the facts and figures of gun violence and current national and state laws relevant to this issue.

Heather Andrews-Horton, another core member of the chapter, will also be in attendance to talk with DGR member and answer questions.

The Riverside County Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence was created in February and their Facebook group can be found here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1146119932065782/

The Rev. Suji Fox will also be stopping by our meeting to discuss the various campaign resources available to us from the county, including door hangers and the voter registration bounty.

We’ve also recently purchased new DGR T-shirts, and will have several available for $15. Please stop by to check them out:

In addition, we will also be holding nominations and elections for a new Treasurer. Currently Deborah Bennett has been nominated.

Schedule:

6:00 p.m. Doors open for dinner and social hour

7:00 p.m. Meeting starts

7:30 p.m. Speakers start

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for persons with disabilities. Please contact Greg McKinley-Powell at (951) 394-1357, 48 hours in advance to make a request for any reasonable accommodation or for more information.

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