The Peninsula Democratic Coalition (PDC) is the oldest and largest Democratic Club in Silicon Valley. The PDC has a long history of promoting Democratic candidates and ideals and is chartered by both the Santa Clara and San Mateo County Democratic Central Committees. The PDC is affiliated with the California Democratic Council, a statewide coalition of grass roots clubs.
The PDC has members throughout Silicon Valley including the towns of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Stanford, Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, San Jose, Menlo Park, Redwood City, Portola Valley, Atherton, Woodside, San Mateo, Belmont and San Carlos.
Join us at these upcoming PDC events:
PDC/PYD Weekly Calendar –August 8, 2016
PDC/PYD Weekly Calendar – August 8, 2016
HELP US ELECT DEMOCRATS DOWN THE TICKET. SPONSOR THE 2016 PDC PICNIC. To sponsor, please CLICK HERE. All sponsorship donations received by the Aug. 20 Picnic will be acknowledged at the Picnic and in the PDC’s fall newsletter. Sponsorships of $100 and above include a one-year’s complimentary membership in the PDC and admission tickets to the Aug. 20 picnic.
If you have any questions about the PDC or picnic sponsorship, email Cory at PDCPicnic@gmail.com or go to our website at www.peninsulademocrats.com. To sponsor, please CLICK HERE or mail your check payable to PDC Picnic to PDC, PO Box 97, Los Altos, CA 94023. Note: Sponsor. Email Cory at PDCPicnic@gmail.com that the “Check is in the mail.”
AB 700, the California DISCLOSE Act. Join us! Beginning August 2, help us with powerful Callfire calls to constituents in key districts, transferring them directly to their Senator's office. We need people to keep pressure on Appropriations Chair Lara to keep the bill alive. Register here: https://www.yesfairelections.org/events/ab700-senate-approps.php
SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, 5-6:30 p.m. AD-24 Candidate’s Forum with Marc Berman and Vicki Veenker. Where: Congregation Beth Am, Beit Kehillah, 26790 Arastradero Rd., Los Altos Hills, CA 94022. Sponsored by Congregation Beth Am Equal Start. RSVP CLICK HERE.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 7 p.m. Social, 7:30 p.m. Program. Summer Social: Celebrating Local Women in Elected Office: Past and Present.
Guest Speaker: Mary Hughes: Why We Need Women. Where: Women’s Club of Palo Alto, 475 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto. Donation: $10 pre-paid reservation; $15 at the door. RSVP REQUIRED at Eventbrite http://bit.ly/2b1IL02 Mail you check payable to LWVPA to LWVPA, 3921 E. Bayshore Road, #209, Palo Alto, CA 94303. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters Palo Alto and The Women’s Club of Palo Alto.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 6-9 p.m., Screening: “Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA. Where: San Francisco General Hospital, Carr Auditorium, 1001 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110. Please join Congresswoman Jackie Speier for a FREE movie screening of an important film about gun violence…telling the story of how guns affect the lives of everyday Americans…It also exposes how gun companies and the NRA have resisted any action by Congress to pass responsible gun violence prevention legislation that the majority of Americans want.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 4-7 p.m. PDC ANNUAL FAMILY PICNIC. Where: Shoup Park, Patriot’s Grove Group Picnic Area, 400 University Ave., Los Altos. Please join the Peninsula Democratic Coalition for an afternoon of fellowship, food, fun, fund raising and democracy! The PDC requests a $10 contribution to cover expenses, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. To avoid registration lines and help us plan, please pre-register/pre-pay online at CLICK HERE or by US Mail: Checks payable to PDC Picnic. Mail to PDC, P.O. Box 97, Los Altos, CA 94023 or visit the PDC Facebook page.
How you can help NOW:
• Be a Sponsor of the picnic, starting at $100, $200, $250, $500, $1,000 and up. Sponsors will be acknowledged in Newsletter. Sponsors receive FREE Picnic Admission and Complimentary ONE-YEAR MEMBERSHIP in the PDC. To make a sponsor contribution, CLICK HERE or contact Nicole at email@example.com or Cory at PDCPicnic@gmail.com or send a private Facebook message. • Donate event tickets/gift certificates for a local business/restaurant for the Silent Auction. Contact Auction Coordinator, Judy Plaska, firstname.lastname@example.org • Questions/Auction Donations/To Help: Contact Picnic Coordinator, Cory at PDCPicnic@gmail.comWolbach, PDCPicnic@gmail.com
How you can help PICNIC DAY:
• Attend! Bring friends and introduce them to the PDC!
• Staff the Registration Table. Contact Carol at email@example.com
• Staff/help with the Silent Auction. Contact Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Lead activities to keep the kiddies happy in the playground area
• Come early (2:30 p.m.) to help with set up; stay after (7-7:30 p.m.) to help with take down and clean up. Children FREE, Guests WELCOME.
BRING Potluck Dish to share serving 8 - your favorite summer appetizer, main dish, salad, dessert. BRING Extra cash, checkbook for Silent Auction, Campaign buttons, bumper stickers, signs. PROVIDED: Hot dogs, beverages, utensils, mingling, good conversation with local Electeds and fellow Democrats, family fun. Enjoy an afternoon in the park. Parking is limited. Use lots on University Ave across from park entrance and walk down the steep drive into the park. Patriot’s Grove-Group Picnic Area is to your left. Bike parking available.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 1-3 p.m., Campaign Kick-off Barbeque for Margaret Abe-Koga for Mountain View City Council. Where: Home of Jan & Dale Kuerstein with the Mountain View Professional Firefighters, 22550 Redcliff Ct., Mountain View. Special guest, CA State Controller, Betty Yee. Free Event: Everyone is welcome, donations most appreciated. RSVP: email@example.com
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 3-5 p.m. Campaign Kick-off for Thida Cornes, Mountain View City Council Candidate, current Parks & Rec Commissioner. Where: Home of Tracy Chu, 372 Mountain View Ave., Mountain View, 94041. Meet Thida, members of her campaign team and some of her supporters. Hear Thida and some of Thida's supporters speak. Enjoy good company. Free Event. All are welcome. Donations gratefully accepted. RSVP: http://www.thidacornes.com/kickoff
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 3-5 p.m. The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto invites you to a powerful film, “The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation.” Our children are our most treasured resource, but why, as a nation, do we make it so hard for ALL our children to thrive? How can we do better? Following the film, join Kim Kruckel, Executive Director of the child Care Law Center and leader in early childhood education, in discussion. Where: Moldaw Residences, 2nd Floor, Mountain View Room, 899 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto. Parking and Check-IN: FREE valet parking at front entrance on E. Charleston Rd. Check in at the Front Desk. Take elevator to the 2nd floor Mountain View Room. FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC.
TUESDAY, August 23, Piedmont, California: Dinner and Conversation with Hillary. Tickets: $33,400 includes photo with Hillary; $100,000 for a couple includes photo and host reception. Info and RSVP at www.hillaryclinton.com/events/tickets/SHSVL6EFNE6PXBPJ/?raiser=41215
WEDNESDAY, August, 24, Early Afternoon (Time TBD), Luncheon Conversation with Secretary Hillary Clinton. Where: Hosted by Amy Rao (Palo Alto, CA; address upon RSVP). Contribution Levels: Host (contribute $27,000, includes Host reception with Secretary Hillary Clinton); Co-Host (contribute $10,000, includes photo with Secretary Hillary Clinton); Champion (contribute $2,700, includes preferred seating); Fighter (contribute $1,000, limited availability)
WEDNESDAY, August, 24, (Time TBD), Reception with Secretary Hillary Clinton. Where: Hosted by Tim Cook & Lisa Jackson (Silicon Valley CA; address upon RSVP) Contribution Levels: Host (Contribute or raise $50,000, includes Host reception with Secretary Hillary Clinton and Senator Tim Kaine); Co-Host (Contribute $10,000, includes photo with Secretary Hillary Clinton); Champion (contribute $2,700)RSVP: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/events/tickets/TGUZNA5JFU2AJBL2/?raiser=34481
THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 8 a.m.-noon. Doors open 7:15 a.m. Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Education Summit. Each year, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group's Education Summit brings together nearly 400 industry members, education advocates, and elected officials to actively engage in meaningful discussions to strengthen our education system. For information and to Register at: http://svlg.org/policy-areas/education/education-leader-summit
THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 7 p.m. Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA. Where: PPJC, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto, 94301. Complete details
SATURDAY and SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 and 28: SAVE OUR DEMOCRACY. REGISTER VOTERS AT THE PALO ALTO ART & WINE FESTIVAL. Where: University & Emerson. TO VOLUNTEER, Contact Leads: Diane & Joe Rolfe, firstname.lastname@example.org, 650- 326-6328.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Brunch with Congressman Ami Bera, CD-7 (Sacramento/Elk Grove). Where: home of Alice Smith, 4284 Los Palos Circle, Palo Alto, 94306. Sponsored by DVC, among others. Ami needs our help! Republicans have targeted Ami. Hillary needs us to help keep CD-7 blue. For details, CLICK HERE. Questions? Please contact Max at Max.Conway@BeraForCongress.com or (916) 426-6611
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 3-5 p.m. Campaign Kick-off for AD-24 Candidate Vicki Veenker. Where: TBA. Sunnyvale, Host: Dianne McKenna.
MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 6-7:30 p.m. Summer Cocktail Party in Support of Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, CD-19. Where: Home of Mark Lemley & Rose Hagan, 1000 Loyola Avenue in Los Altos. Suggested contribution to help re-elect Joe: Sponsor, $1,000; Friend, $500; Supporter, $250. To contribute securely online, CLICK HERE. By US mail, checks payable to Lofgren for Congress, mail to Lofgren for Congress, PO Box 913, San Jose, CA 95113. Please RSVP to Jeff Larivee at 408-410-2665 or JEFF@ROLLAGROUP.COM.
SATURDAY and SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 and 10: SAVE OUR DEMOCRACY. REGISTER VOTERS AT THE MOUNTAIN VIEW ART & WINE FESTIVAL. Where: Castro & School House Way. TO VOLUNTEER, Contact Leads: Noveed Safipour
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2:30-4 p.m. Engaging in National Service: Peace Corps Opportunities. Join Congresswoman Jackie Speier, 330 West 20th Ave., San Mateo, 94403. Whether you are a recent graduate or retired, learn how the Peace Corps can use your skills and desire to do good. Peace Corps director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and a recent volunteer returnee will speak and answer questions. RSVP CLICK HERE.
Are You Terrified of a Possible Trump Presidency??? Then Act Today!
Volunteer to Register Voters & Save Our Democracy: Volunteer Today for 2016 Fairs and Festivals
The most powerful weapon we have is the power of the vote. One can enhance and strengthen our democracy by registering as many people as possible and making certain that registered voters, VOTE.
If you have not registered voters before, it takes only a few minutes to learn how. It is easy, rewarding and the key to defeating Donald Trump and his fellow reactionary Republican candidates across the nation this Fall. Shifts are usually 2 – 3 hours long.
Contact Information: For questions and to volunteer contact Voter Registration Chair, Noveed Safipour at 408 – 205 – 5407 or email@example.com or VR Bounty Manager, Diane Rolfe at 650 – 326 – 6328 or firstname.lastname@example.org
July Farmers’ Markets
1) Mountain View Caltrain Station, 600 West Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View; Sundays, 9 AM to 1 PM, Lead: Noveed Safipour at email@example.com or 408 – 205 – 5407 (80 plus farmers and vendors)
2) Downtown Los Altos, 2nd and State Streets, Los Altos, Thursday, 4 – 8 PM. Contact Leads Myra and Carl Orta at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650 – 968-8476. (45 farmers and vendors)
3) California Avenue, California Avenue & El Camino Real, Palo Alto; Sundays from 9 – 1 PM. Contact Lead Marcene VanDierendonck at email@example.com or 650 – 961- 7380. (100 plus farmers and vendors)
4) Downtown Palo Alto on Gilman, at Gilman and High; Saturdays, 8 – 12 Noon. (50 farmers and vendors) Lead: Noveed Safipour at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408 – 205 – 5407.
5) Menlo Park Farmers Market, Parking lot on Chestnut Street between Santa Cruz & Menlo Avenues; 40 vendors, Hours: Sunday, 9 AM – 1 PM. Lead: Noveed Safipour at email@example.com or 408 – 205 – 5407.
Nancy Neff, Regional Volunteer Coordinator, California Clean Money Keep collecting signatures! The Democratic Party has a voter registration booth at the Palo Alto Art & Wine (August 27 & 28, Saturday & Sunday), 10 – 6 p.m. and they welcome Clean Money volunteers there focusing on gathering DISCLOSE Act signatures. Let me know if you can help. Email Nancy Neff and Carol Cross if you want to suggest other signature gathering opportunities. Nancy: (650) 858-2436
• Congresswoman Jackie Speier, CD-14, Engage in National Service: Peace Corp Opportunities. I hope you will join me for an inspiring discussion about volunteer opportunities with the Peace Corps on Friday, September 16 from 2:30 to 4 pm at the San Mateo City Council Chambers. Whether you are retired or a recent graduate, the Peace Corps has programs that can utilize your skills and desire to do good. We will hear from Peace Corps director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and a volunteer who just returned from his assignment. The discussion will be followed by a reception that will offer you the chance to talk to volunteers one-on-one. Space is limited, so please sign up early! I look forward to seeing you on September 16!
• Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, CD-18. NATIONAL START-UP DAY: CELEBRATING ENTREPRENEURS AND RISK TAKERS. [AUGUST 4] was National Startup Day, a celebration of the entrepreneurs and risk-takers who drive innovation across our country. Startup activity across the country in 2015 rose for the first time in five years and represented the largest year-over-year increase from the last twenty years, according to the Kaufman Foundation Startup Activity Index. The Index also found that the rate of new entrepreneurs in the United States rose 10 percent, meaning there were 530,000 new business owners each month of the year.
I’m proud of Silicon Valley’s role as the nation’s leader in entrepreneurship and innovation. Venture capital investment in the region in 2015 exceeded $11 billion, representing nearly 20 percent of the total venture capital investment in the United States. My goal is to make sure we have policies in place that will continue to foster investment in high-tech and Internet startups here in the 18th Congressional District and across the country in all economic sectors. One of the best ways to do this is to ensure these small businesses and investors have certainty when it comes to public policy.
On June 14th, the Federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., made a critical ruling upholding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality rules. These rules prevent broadband Internet providers from blocking or throttling lawful online traffic and also ban harmful “pay-to-play” deals that would result in fast and slow lanes on the Internet. The Court’s ruling was clear and decisive and is a tremendous victory for consumers, small businesses, and the American people, who overwhelmingly support a free and open Internet.
Startups and their investors now have certainty that broadband providers won’t be able to block their access to Internet users or hold them hostage unless they agree to pay for the right to access broadband subscribers. They have certainty that the Internet will remain a neutral and competitive platform that will allow the best ideas and services to succeed on their own merits, and not because someone paid to have a special relationship with a broadband provider.
These are foundational American ideals which is why I have fought for years to make sure that the strongest net neutrality rules were on the books. There have been many setbacks along the way, but the Court’s clear ruling should put this issue to rest. Net neutrality rules are the law of the land and that’s something to celebrate on Startup Day.
• Congressman Mike Honda, CD-17. After an inspiring week at the DNC, I wanted to share some thoughts with you.
• Work Together to Elect Hillary and a Democratic Majority to Congress. This week, we reached a historic milestone by nominating Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for president of the United States. She is not only the first woman to be nominated by a major party, she is also, as President Barack Obama has said, the most qualified presidential candidate in history.
As Democrats, we should be proud that our candidate is thoughtful, experienced, and optimistic, and that we’re moving forward with the most progressive party platform in history. But we cannot stop at “proud” — we must work to elect a Democratic majority to Congress and put our platform into action. By supporting the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, establishing the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition to address climate change while creating clean energy jobs, and introducing the Gun Violence Research Act to help address our country’s epidemic of gun violence, I have focused on the priorities that matter to progressives here in Silicon Valley and across the country.
I am more excited than ever to be a public servant at a time when people are demanding progress. If re-elected, I will continue to fight for an American future we can all be proud of, but first I need your help to return to Congress in November.
• Asian American and Pacific Islanders Coalition will stand strong with you against Donald Trump’s racism and xenophobia. It was so inspiring to see my fellow members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) speak onstage [recently] at the DNC. As Chair-Emeritus of CAPAC, I could not be prouder of what their presence on that stage meant for our party and our country. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have a complex history here in the United States, but our progress is marked by the increasing number of AAPI individuals in Congress, a record thirteen members, including myself. In the era of Donald Trump, when racism and xenophobia are rearing their ugly heads on the national stage, it’s never been more important for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community to stand strong in the face of injustice and inequality. During World War II, when I was placed in an internment camp for three years with my family, I saw firsthand what happens when we let hate and fear drive our national conversations. Together, let’s declare: “Never again.”
• Power of Love: Thanks to Those Leading Efforts to Make Democratic Party Inclusive, Responsive for All. I’ve been very lucky to have thoughtful teachers in my life. Individuals who taught me about giving back to the community, about service over self, and about the power of standing up for what is right. Recently, I’ve been learning from a new teacher, my granddaughter Malisa.
Because Malisa is transgender, I’ve had the privilege of learning about the power of love. Love makes it easy for me to learn new pronouns and talk about the gender spectrum. I have learned to let go of ideas that weren’t serving our family in favor of accepting and affirming Malisa’s professed gender identity, and have been rewarded by being able to watch my granddaughter grow up into a confident, intelligent, loving young woman.[Today] at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, I had the honor of addressing the LGBT-Equality Caucus and the opportunity to thank those who have led the charge to ensure our party is inclusive and responsive to the needs of our LGBTQ+ citizens.
As a policy maker, I am committed to translating the experiences of the LGBTQ+ community into law - to protect the rights of my granddaughter, my friends in the Equality Caucus, and the LGBTQ+ Americans who are such a vibrant and vital part of our community. Thank you, as always, for standing with me, and with the LBGTQ+ community.
• Women+Planned Parenthood>Trump-Pence. When Mike Pence first came into the spotlight, it was for signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as the Governor of Indiana, which allowed businesses to discriminate against the LGBTQ community.Now he’s been selected by Donald Trump as his pick for Vice President. As Governor, Pence oversaw funding cuts to Planned Parenthood that would have restricted access not just to abortion, but important reproductive services including preventive health services, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment and contraception. And this was not a one-off: as a legislator, Pence introduced six bills to defund Planned Parenthood, in addition to backing many others intended to limit women’s reproductive rights. By selecting Mike Pence as his running mate, Donald Trump sent a message declaring the Republican party values are represented by a man who’s been crusading against women’s healthcare, against Planned Parenthood and against women and the LGBTQ community. As your Congressman, I have fought for women and working families and fought against the Stupak Amendment, which would have limited a woman’s ability to purchase coverage for reproductive health services. As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, I consistently supported funding Title X – the only federal grant program devoted to providing comprehensive family planning and other preventive health services. This election represents a historic choice for our nation. We all need to stand together to continue to advocate for a fairer, more tolerant and more inclusive nation.
• Congressmember Ami Bera, DEMAND CONGRESS PROTECT MEDICARE. Sign Petition.Our older Americans pay into Medicare their whole careers. They count on it being there when they retire. They worked hard for it, and they earned it. But now, it’s under attack from right-wing extremists who want to privatize Medicare and turn it into a costly voucher system. Our seniors deserve better than that, Ralph. Will you sign your name and demand right wing extremists drop their attempts to dismantle Medicare? More than 5,000,000 Californians are enrolled in Medicare -- more than any other state in the country. But now, extremists in Congress are scheming to privatize Medicare and take away the care our seniors deserve.
For Ami, leaving our seniors out in the cold is not an option. But he needs strength in numbers in order to beat back this disastrous right wing effort. Medicare is one of the most successful government programs, and here in California, over 5,000,000 seniors rely on it. As a physician, Ami understands the kinds of care our seniors need in their retirement. He took one look at the GOP plan to privatize Medicare, and knew right away that turning this vital program into a voucher system would be a nightmare scenario for our seniors. We can’t let the GOP get away with cutting corners and denying care to our seniors. Sign on and demand that Medicare be protected:http://go.beraforcongress.com/Medicare
• Trent Lange, CA Clean Money Campaign. What a remarkable week for our bill, the California DISCLOSE Act, and our fight to reveal secret money in political ads. I'm writing this after midnight as I return from Hanford, where I met with a great new group of activist leaders in the heart of a district that holds a crucial vote for AB 700. The week started off with a tremendous showing of 109 Clean Money supporters who packed the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing for AB 700. This week, the coalition petition for AB 700 and SB 1107 with 21 national partners reached an amazing 76,000 signers. All the while, our organizers and volunteers gathered postcards, trained phone bankers, wrote letters, and more. Then, when it became clear that this weekend Senate leadership may decide the fate of AB 700 in the Appropriations Committee, Clean Money supporters and our allies directed more than 6,000 emails, 500 phone calls, and hundreds of social media contacts in a passionate groundswell of support for AB 700. On top of that, after a great discussion with the LA Times, they wrote a powerful editorial urging the Senate to pass AB 700. This is just the start of everything we'll do, with your help, to get AB 700 over its final hurdles in the last three weeks of the legislative session. Please help however you can. Together, we will defeat secret money in politics. Together we will win. To Contribute, CLICK HERE.
• Dorothy Reik, CA Clean Money. Sign Petition. Do-or-die decision for AB 700 in Senate Appropriations Committee any day now!
On Monday, Clean Money supporters like you made a massive stand for AB 700, the California DISCLOSE Act, at the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing in Sacramento. AB 700 will strike the biggest blow yet against the unlimited secret money unleashed by Citizens United by requiring that ballot measure ads and ads about candidates from outside groups clearly disclose the real names of their top three funders — on the ads themselves. AB 700 is now on the Senate Appropriations Committee suspense file. Any day now, Senator Ricardo Lara (the chair) and Senate President pro-Tem Kevin de Leon will decide whether to let it out or let it die. Both Senators Lara and de Leon have long supported the California DISCLOSE Act. Now we need their leadership more than ever.
SIGN THE CLEAN MONEY PETITION that asks Senate President pro-Tem Kevin de Leon and the full committee to pass AB 700 — even if you signed the petition to the Senate!
Record amounts of hidden special interest money will soon be spent to mislead voters and try to buy elections this year. That's why we must pass the California DISCLOSE Act right now. AB 700, authored by Assemblymembers Jimmy Gomez (D-Northeast Los Angeles) and Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) and sponsored by the California Clean Money Campaign, will turn the tide on unlimited secret money in politics by exposing the real names of billionaires and special interests who try to buy elections. It prominently displays their names where it matters most — right on their political ads.
Show Senate President pro-Tem de Leon, Senator Lara, and the other Appropriations Committee members how many people want AB 700 to reveal who's paying for political ads — NOW, before the committee decides its fate!
SIGN THE CLEAN MONEY PETITION to the Committee to pass AB 700 now — even if you've signed before, because this version sends a special email from you to the committee decision-makers!
Here's what the petition says:
It's wrong to allow political ads mislead voters about who paid for them. Knowing the true identity of the messenger is critical for evaluating the credibility of the message. Now we can finally right this wrong by passing AB 700.
That's why people feel passionately enough about AB 700 to drive hundreds of miles from Los Angeles and beyond to testify in committee, more than 300 organizations and leaders endorse AB 700, and over 100,000 Californians have signed petitions for it....
Sign the Petition Now! Thank you for your help in the fight against fracking and other abuses by corporations that go against the health and needs of the people of California. We're gaining momentum, but we have to stop Big Oil and others from using unlimited money in secret to buy elections.
• Lt.Gov. Gavin Newson, Safety for All is Prop. 63 on Nov. 8 Ballot. The huge showing of support from folks like you is what got us to this point, and we’re closer than ever to passing real reform that will save lives. But now I need you to hear this part, too: The NRA is NOT backing down. Just the opposite. It’s gearing up to mislead California voters, smear our campaign and stop us in our tracks. CLICK HERE to keep our movement going, defeat the NRA’s shameless tactics and pass Prop. 63.
• Michael Brune, ED, Sierra Club. The Trump Climate Singularity
Well, it's official. Last week, Donald J. Trump accepted the Republican nomination for President of the United States, and he did it with a long, carefully scripted speech that stuck to the twin themes of his campaign: fear and loathing. Those topics, you can be sure, were covered thoroughly and enthusiastically.
What Trump left out of his speech, though, was typical of him. Although he wants us to believe that our country is in horrible shape, he has nothing to offer by way of concrete proposals for solving these alleged problems beyond "trust me." And oddly enough, despite Trump's pathological aversion to truth-telling, I do trust him. I trust he would turn our government over to billionaire polluters. I trust he would cripple, if not destroy, the Environmental Protection Agency. I trust he would sell off our public lands and destroy our Arctic and coastlines. And perhaps most of all, I trust he would do everything in his power to make our nation an international climate pariah.
In a speech drenched in fear-mongering, Trump never once mentioned what has the potential to be one of the scariest crises in human history: climate disruption. But why should he? He rejects the science of climate change, which if he should win the election, would put him in a category of one. That's right, President Donald Trump would be the only world leader on the planet who doesn't believe that climate change is real. That sounds incredible, right? But the Sierra Club checked, and the Trump Climate Singularity is for real. Every leader in the world takes climate change seriously -- even the authoritarian types like Russia's Vladimir Putin and North Korea's Kim Jung Un that Trump can't stop praising. In this one respect -- climate denial -- the Republican nominee truly is as extraordinary an individual as he claims.
Trump says he would pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement and cancel the Clean Power Plan. Based on his understanding of climate and energy issues, I don't doubt he'd try. We can't afford to see how far he might get.
•Kyle Jones, Sierra Club of California. Update on Trailer Bill 707 that
• Uses a nonsensical definition of infill that would encourage sprawl;
• Threatens to undercut the California Coastal Act;
• Is available for buildings that have up to 95% of their units reserved for luxury development;
• Cuts the public out of the review and permitting process entirely; and
• Potentially threatens sources of funding necessary to maintain local infrastructure. Learn more about Gov. Brown’s “by-right” bill to allow developers of low-cost housing projects to skip environmental impact review. CLICK HERE.
• Jeanette Senecal, Senior Director, League of Women Voters of the US, We Won! On Friday, a federal appeals court sided with the League in our lawsuit against the state of North Carolina and overturned one of the worst voter-discrimination laws in the entire country. This is an overwhelming victory—not just for the League but, far more important, the hundreds of thousands of voters in North Carolina whose right to vote had been imperiled by the new law.
And it’s a measure of the tremendous impact committed supporters like you are having in our ongoing campaign to protect voters’ rights. Thank you for standing with us!
The court barred North Carolina from requiring photo IDs and ordered the state to restore a week of early voting and pre-registration and maintain same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting.
In finding that the new law would disproportionately impact communities of color, the judges noted in their decision that “we can only conclude that the North Carolina General Assembly enacted the challenged provisions of the law with discriminatory intent.”
Chris Carson, president of the League of Women Voters applauded that statement: “We are grateful to the Court of Appeals for seeing this bill for what it was: a race-based, chilling attempt to silence the voices of eligible voters.”
The North Carolina law was one of many passed in states across the country shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the heart of the Voting Rights Act back in 2013.
Friday’s decision was the third major victory for voters’ rights in recent weeks, following similar decisions against anti-voter laws in Wisconsin and Texas.
I hope you are as heartened by this news as all of us here at the League were when we heard it on Friday—and I hope you feel a real sense of pride in contributing to this victory for democracy! Thanks again for all that you do!