ONGOING: Ward 7 Canvassing to DEMAND an election instead of a 3-year appointment

We’ll be canvassing Ward 7 with a petition for the council to hold a special election and calling on the public to come out and speak at the next city council meeting.

This canvassing event does not have a set meeting place! Please call Greg at (951) 394-1357 for canvassing times, maps, materials, and clip boards. 

Current times we will have canvassers out so far are:

Wednesday 4-8
Thursday 4-8
Sunday 11 to 8

We’ll be focusing on the neighborhoods around La Sierra Ave. and Norte Vista High School.

If you live in Ward 7 and would like to sign the petition or canvas your local area, please call us at (951) 394-1357 and we’ll stop by with material!

DGR Executive Board Meeting

This event is the Executive Board meetings of the Democrats of Greater Riverside. These meetings are open to all paid members. These meetings are for planning the General Meetings of the DGR and to organize support for local Democratic candidates and policies. 

E-Board meetings are on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Hacienda Room of La Casa Ortega and will follow parliamentary procedure.

If you have any items you would like added to the agenda, please email DGR 24 hours before the meeting. 


7:00 pm Call to Order and Welcome by Presiding Officer
7:05 pm Roll Call / Determination of a Quorum
7:10 pm Approval of Agenda
7:12 pm Reading and acceptance of minutes from the prior April meeting

Officer Reports (please keep Officer reports to around three to five minutes and save any motions for new business):

7:15 pm President’s Report – Greg McKinley-Powell:
7:17 pm Vice President’s report – Charlene McKinley-Powell
7:21 pm Secretary’s report – OPEN
7:24 pm Treasurer’s Report – Deb Bennett

Committee Reports:

7:30 pm: Membership Development – Steve Ivanovich
7:33 pm: Finance – Ryan Borunda
7:36 pm: Communications – Christine Roberts
7:39 pm: Elections – Brenda Bell
7:42 pm: Policy and Research – Robert Melsh
7:45 pm: Rules – Bonnie McFarland
7:48 pm: Audit – Mark Hannessee
7:51 pm: Other Standing or Special Committees: Senior Issues Special Committee – Phyllis Purcell

New Business:

8:00 pm: Discuss program for the next General Meeting
8:10 pm: 
8:20 pm: 
8:30 pm: 

8:45: Announcements –

8:45 pm: Adjournment – Next E-Board Meeting will be on the first Tuesday of the following month; Next General Meeting is on the third Thursday of this month.

Monthly Meeting

For our September General Meeting, our local Swing Left coordinators, Cynthia Spring Pearson and Kurt Anderson, are going to speak about Swing Left’s efforts here in Riverside.

Their presentation will cover some of the following:

• What is Swing Left

• What District the Riverside Swing Left has targeted and why.

• What does Swing Left do

• What folks can do as volunteers to help Swing Left’s efforts.

• How can you find out more about Swing Left

The 2018 midterm elections are the next best chance for progressives to regain power in our government—by taking back the House of Representatives.

The House of Representatives has 435 seats, 64 of which we consider competitive. These are the Swing Districts, where Congress is won and lost. To get a say in our government, we’ll need to win about 66% of them.

Riverside is within 50 miles of 5 of these winnable districts.

In addition to these speakers, we also hope to have a firm date for our planned citizenship classes, efforts to save DACA, a vote on early recommendation of Penny Newman for Riverside County Supervisor Ward 2, and news about our upcoming booth at the Southern California Fair.


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

7:00 p.m. Meeting starts

8:30 p.m. Meeting ends

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for persons with disabilities at this event. Please contact DGR at (951) 394-1357 at least 48 hours in advance to make a request for accommodation or for more information.

United4Love2 Upland Peace Rally

A Muslim ban. A Wall. A Transgender ban. And now the DACA repeal.

In light of recent events in this nation which have sought to divide us through fear, the organizers of #United4Love and the Defend Movement present the #United4Love2 rally. They organized this as a revolutionary act of peaceful resistance against forces that would divide us as a nation. We will come out to prove that out of many we are one; that LOVE is the most powerful force on earth.

Stand with us as we demonstrate the power of resistance, the power of unity, and the power of the light to overcome the dark. Let us show the world what America truly looks like, to prove that we are better together than we are apart!

#United4Love2 is a #victoryrally! It is a day of testimony, a day to speak the truth and amplify marginalized voices.

Come to Memorial Park. Bring your signs, bullhorns, and solidarity. Raise your fists in the air for love, for justice, for victory!

We will gather in the park where we will listen to community leaders, artists, musicians, and poets express what it means to be #United4Love.

Please leave a comment if you would like to carpool.