California Democratic Party Chair Eric Bauman released the following statement to 2018 California Democrats State Convention Delegates:
“One of the most important actions we will take at our upcoming California Democrats 2018 State Convention is adopting our Party’s Platform. I want to commend our Platform Committee Co-Chairs, Howard Welinsky and Lyn Shaw, and all of the members of the Platform Committee, for their tireless dedication throughout a many months-long process tha...t included multiple hearings throughout the state.
When the Platform Committee meets in San Diego, its members will consider a record number of amendments – yet another sign of the gathering Big Blue Wave.
In considering the amendments that were submitted, I was asked to review the wording of the rule that pertains to the qualification of submitted amendments, which some consider controversial or in error.
My plain reading and interpretation of the rule is different than that which has been the accepted interpretation in recent years. Because of the limited time available to us to adopt our platform and to consider these amendments, I discussed this matter at length with the Lead Chair of the Rules Committee and the Parliamentarian, as well as with a number of our grassroots activists and our staff who have long been engaged in the Platform adoption process. To this end, I held a meeting this weekend with the lead co-chairs of the Platform Committee and joined other key Party leaders in by conference call to share my opinion with them and discuss the potential ramifications of this change of interpretation.
Bylaws and rules must be fair and transparent to ensure the integrity of our process. Though I am generally averse to changing longstanding interpretations of our rules, I believe my review and reinterpretation of this rule requires immediate intervention. Though I can understand the rationale behind arguments for maintaining existing precedent, but in this instance, I believe the interpretation does not comport with the plain-reading of the language and therefore must be overturned immediately.
Following our meeting and conference call, our Platform Committee Chairs, along with our Parliamentarian and Lead Rules Chair are now also in agreement that we must update our interpretation to the plain reading of the rule, and therefore allow all amendments that were submitted in good faith and which include the signatures of five DSCC members or five Registered Democrats from five different districts to be heard and treated with all due and regular consideration.
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No matter what happens in Washington, D.C., California Democrats are committed to fighting for our core values of truth, civility, and perseverance. With nearly 39 million people living within our borders, California will lead the nation in the fight to protect the dignity and basic human rights of all who live here. And our voices will be heard.
California has led the way: creating millions more jobs, passing equal pay legislation, establishing a living wage, protecting our ...invaluable natural resources and expanding health care for all.
There’s lots of work to do, so join us at the 2018 California Democrats State Convention where we’ll ratify candidate endorsements, endorse candidates for statewide office and map out how we can continue to lead the national resistance, define the progressive agenda for America, and remain the Big Blue Beacon of Hope.
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Los Angeles - California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman released the following statement in reaction to the release of the Nunes Memo attacking the FBI:
“Trump’s decision to release the Nunes Memo is a page right out of the tinpot dictator handbook. This is an open declaration of war on the FBI and the rule of law. Nunes and Trump are lashing out like guilty men who know investigators are inching closer and closer to exposing their crimes. Devin Nunes must be held to account for his dangerous smear campaign against the FBI. We echo the calls for him to be replaced on the Intelligence Committee. Democrats must be ready to resist even worse actions by Trump to subvert and obstruct justice.”
CDP Weekly Update
A message from CDP Vice Chair Daraka Larimore-Hall on today's vote in the US Senate:
When Congressional Republicans shut down the government, their goal was clear: use the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as leverage to destroy any compromise on protecting Dreamers. Despite widespread, bipartisan support among everyday Americans for preserving both the DACA and CHIP programs, the GOP showed the world that its priority is pandering to its xenophobic base.
As Califor...nia Democrats, our goal is also clear: we refuse to trade children's healthcare for humane treatment of our Dreamers. That's what being an effective and principled opposition to Trump and the GOP looks like. We are proud that our leadership here in Sacramento has taken this responsibility seriously, passing tough protections for our communities and our environment and pledging to fight the Trump administration's attempt to roll back hard-won progressive victories.
But we also need strong leadership from Democrats in Washington. Unfortunately, today Senate Minority Leader Schumer gave the GOP exactly what they wanted, and despite strong opposition from both Californians in the Senate, made a deal with one of the most unstable and incompetent GOP teams in American history. Without securing an agreement to protect Dreamers, Schumer's deal kicks the fiscal can down the street to another inevitable showdown in February. We don't trust Mitch McConnell, and we don't trust Donald Trump.
Lets stand together as Californians and demand that legislation preserving DACA be part of any future agreement to fund the goverment in Washington. All governance takes compromise, but it cannot be on the backs of hard-working young people who have broken no laws and are asking only for an equal shot at the American dream.
Call Senator Schumer and tell him that California Democrats are united behind Dreamers and want leadership in Washington who share that commitment.
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CDP Weekly Update
A message from CDP Chair Eric Bauman:
Today would have been the 89th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He grew up in circumstances that are unimaginably different, and yet hauntingly familiar. And that makes today’s MLK Day celebrations across the state especially poignant and timely.
Dr. King once wrote that “human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… No social advance rolls in on the wheels inevitably. Every step towards the goal of justice requires sacrifice,... suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
Those words are a powerful reminder that all of us must do our part to continue working towards the day when America is truly a place where all of us love and respect one another... Not just as equals, and not just as citizens, but as brothers and sisters.
This is a difficult time for our country. Names like Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin and Freddie Gray get seared into our memories because of the shockingly unjust ways each of them lost their lives. Places like Charleston, South Carolina and Charlottesville, Virginia become infamous for shocking images of confederate flags and swastikas, and the bloody violence the white supremacists holding those flags unleash.
But through these difficulties, we take strength and courage from another wise observation by Dr. King – “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” That’s been true in powerful, transcendent moments, like when Barack Obama took the oath of office as President. And it’s been true in those moments that have steeled us to resist this unprecedented assault on progress – when Maxine Waters said “reclaiming my time,” she perfectly described the challenge we face and the work we must do.
Fifty years after Dr. King was taken from us, we have undeniably made progress as a country – and we undeniably have more progress to make. So today, as we reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. King at marches and remembrances across the state, let us use the anniversary of his birth as a moment where we renew and redouble our commitment to carrying on the work he gave his life for – building a just and peaceful country where everyone is truly equal.
CDP Weekly Update 1.12.18
Yesterday we got the news that Ed Royce is calling it quits, rather than face the voters in November. Today, Darrell Issa followed suit. The CDP has had organizers on the ground in these and other districts for months, working with Grassroots Democrats, Indivisible groups, and our compatriots in the Labor Movement to lay the groundwork for victory.
Today, we helped Indivisible Manteca throw a little retirement party for Jeff Denham, one of Trump's most faithful lapdogs in Congress. We're so grateful for the passionate and dedicated Grassroots Democrats who are working hard to flip California's 10th District blue in 2018.
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CDP Statement on Trump's Offshore Oil Announcement
California Democratic Party Environmental Caucus Chair RL Miller and the statewide officers of the California Democratic Party - Chair Eric C. Bauman, Vice Chairs Alexandra Gallardo-Rooker and Daraka Larimore-Hall, Secretary Jenny Bach and Controller Dan Weitzman - released a joint statement in response to the outrageous news that the Trump administration plans to open up virtually all United States waters to offshore oil dri...lling:
“California’s big blue wall of resistance doesn’t stop at the Pacific Ocean. We will ferociously protect our waters and coastline from exploitation and destruction by this short-sighted, spiteful regime intent on declaring war on California with an order that primarily targets our state and Florida.
We know, better than most, the consequences of oil spills. We know, better than most, the wildfires and droughts and other climate change consequences of burning of fossil fuels unchecked. California Democrats are resolute in opposing any oil drilling, period. We will explore all options available to protect our coast - starting by voting out every California Republican who fails to oppose this asinine scheme.”
California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman statement on the passing of Ambassador March Fong Eu:
“Ambassador March Fong Eu was a pathfinder for generations of women and AAPI activists who had previously been excluded from the highest echelons of California state government. Her story was uniquely Californian – born behind a laundry, she worked as a dental hygienist before finding her calling in politics.
At a time when very few women and very few Chinese Americans held ...any elected office in California, she won election after election as a School Board Member, to the State Assembly and finally, five terms as Secretary of State. She forged a warm and lasting connection with Californians through her years of working hard to advance the causes she passionately believed in. Our thoughts and prayers are with her entire family, and all those who she inspired in her long career as a public servant.”
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