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 ANNUAL MEETING
THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The candidate forum will be moderated by State Senator Jerry Hill SD-13. We will hear from Democrats who have filed to run for the AD-24 seat so ably filled by current Assemblymember Rich Gordon, who will be termed out at the end of the year:
If you have renewed your membership for 2016, you may SKIP THE RENEWAL LINES, and your lunch is FREE! If you have not yet renewed for 2016, you can do so here: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/joinpdc. RSVP here to let us know you plan to attend, and we will have a name tag ready for you.
Join/Renew your 2016 membership in the PDC/PYD: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/joinpdc
Next Democratic debates: Saturday, Dec. 19 and Sunday, Jan. 17
The PDC Calendar will resume in mid-January.
List of Upcoming Events
Saturday, Dec 19, CA Clean Money/Disclose Act Action Fund Mailing Party. Drop-in between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Palo Alto Unitarian Church, 505 E. Charleston Rd., PA to prepare year-end mailing. HELP NEEDED! Questions: Nancy Neff, 650-858-2436. RSVP https://doodle.com/poll/5s3qtd2mg7kbzinx
Saturday, Dec 19, 5:30 p.m. DEMOCRATIC DEBATE, CNN
Saturday, Dec 19, 4-8 p.m. Sunnyvale Democratic Club Holiday and Debate Watching Party. Where: Fairbrae Swim and Racquet Club, 696 Sheraton Dr., Sunnyvale, 94087. ALL ARE WELCOME.
Wednesday, Jan 6, 7:30-9 p.m. “The Rise of Mega-Free Trade Agreements and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)” with Vinod Aggarwal, Director, Berkeley Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center; Professor of Political Science. Where: Los Altos Youth Center, 1 North San Antonio Rd. Los Altos. Sponsored by the Peninsula Chapter of the World Affairs Council. FREE
Friday, Jan 8. Three Events, One Day: Hillary Returns to the Bay Area.
• A Conversation with Hillary Clinton, 2-4 p.m. San Francisco, CA Contact Olivia with questions firstname.lastname@example.org or (201) 675-4764
Sunday, Jan 17, 5:30 p.m. CNN DEMOCRATIC DEBATE
SAVE THE DATE: PDC ANNUAL MEETING: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2016, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Los Altos Youth Center 97 Hillview Ave, Los Altos 94022. Meet Democratic candidates for AD-24—Palo Alto Councilman Marc Berman, Mountain View Councilman Mike Kasperzak and Patent Attorney Vicki Veenker— hear them discuss the issues, and get your questions answered.
Join/Renew 2016 membership in the PDC/PYD before February 14 and skip the lines! Time to renew your membership online: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/joinpdc
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President Obama. 13th Amendment 150 Year Anniversary Commemorated.
Last week in the US Capitol, President Obama commemorated the anniversary of the 13th Amendment, reflecting on the fight for progress 150 years after the abolition of slavery. Click here to watch the full remarks. Three highlights: "President Lincoln understood that if we were ever to fully realize that founding promise, it meant not just signing an Emancipation Proclamation, not just winning a war. It meant making the most powerful collective statement we can in our democracy -- etching our values into our Constitution." "We would do a disservice to those warriors of justice -- Tubman and Douglass, and Lincoln and King -- were we to deny that the scars of our nation’s original sin are still with us today. We condemn ourselves to shackles once more if we fail to answer those who wonder if they’re truly equals in their communities, or in their justice systems, or in a job interview. We betray the efforts of the past if we fail to push back against bigotry in all its forms."
"For however slow, however incomplete, however harshly, loudly, rudely challenged at each point along our journey, in America, we can create the change that we seek.
"All it requires is that our generation be willing to do what those who came before us have done: to rise above the cynicism and rise above the fear, to hold fast to our values, to see ourselves in each other, to cherish dignity and opportunity not just for our own children but for somebody else’s child. To remember that our freedom is bound up with the freedom of others -- regardless of what they look like or where they come from or what their last name is or what faith they practice… "That is our choice. Today we affirm hope."
Senator Bernie Sander’s racial justice plan. Bernie's racial justice plan is based on the five types of violence waged against people of color: physical, political, legal, economic and environmental.
• Physical violence in the form of police brutality and racist acts of terrorism must come to an end. We should look closely at how and whom we recruit to become law enforcement officers, while also maintaining positive and transparent relations between police departments and the communities they serve.
• The political disenfranchisement of people of color through voter suppression and lost voting rights is unacceptable. We must restore voting rights for those who have served time in prison, as well as make it easier to vote by declaring Election Day a federal holiday and automatically registering citizens to vote when they turn 18.
• Legal violence against people of color is perpetuated by implicit bias, an unfair criminal justice system and a for-profit prison system. Some steps we can take include eliminating mandatory minimum sentences, investing in resources to medical and mental health interventions for those with substance abuse issues, and creating opportunities for formerly incarcerated people to find work and reintegrate into society after they have served their time.
• The stark levels of income and wealth inequality are evidence of the economic violence that many experience each day. We must grant all people the ability to support their families and make ends meet. Bernie's plan will do this by supporting pay equity for women, tuition-free public universities, and a federally-funded jobs program to grant employment opportunities to young people of color.
• Lastly, it is communities of color that are all too often exposed to the harmful effects of pollution and climate change. We must advance environmental justice by creating renewable energy systems, adopting cleaner manufacturing processes, and ensuring that all people can live in areas that are not contaminated by chemicals, pesticides or other toxins.
Bernie's racial justice plan is a crucial step towards confronting the structural inequalities that still exist in our country. As long as innocent civilians continue to be abused or murdered at the hands of police, we must strive to do better.
Many people of color have become victims of police brutality. It is important that we acknowledge the many other ways in which people of color experience discrimination each day. By adopting Bernie's comprehensive approach to achieving racial justice, we can create a society where all people are treated with dignity and respect. Click here to add your name to say you support Bernie’s plan for racial justice.
• ISSUES UPDATE
Climate Change: New Paris Climate Agreement. Click Here to watch President Obama’s remarks. Click Here to read more about the specifics of the agreement. Click Here for Congresswoman Anna Eshoo’s remarks about the new Paris Climate Agreement. Click Here for what you need to know about the new Paris Climate Agreement. Click Here for Sierra Club’s Carl Pope’s blog on the Paris Climate Agreement.
Healthcare. It's that time. Are you covered? Every one of us benefits from the security that comes from having health insurance, but millions of Americans need to act right now, by December 15. If you need coverage that starts on January 1, you've only got one day left to enroll at https://www.healthcare.gov/ So if you still need quality, affordable health insurance, don't put it off another day. Go to HealthCare.gov and sign up now. If you choose not to buy health insurance and could afford to do so, you are at risk of paying a $695 fee or more. Meanwhile, most people can get coverage via the Health Insurance Marketplace for less than $75 a month after tax credits.
If you already have health insurance -- it pays to shop. First, update your information, because you might be eligible for lower costs than last year.
Next, shop and compare your plan options. You may find there is a different plan available this year that saves you more money or offers more services.
Finally, select the plan that best meets your family's health and financial needs. Even if none of your information has changed, you may still be able to get a better deal and help paying for coverage. Know someone who might still need to get covered? Forward this email right now and make sure they know how to sign up. Even if you're covered, there's still a role you can play in helping as many Americans as possible get quality, affordable health insurance.
After 100 years of talk and countless failed efforts, Barack Obama was the President who finally made health care reform a reality for America. Learn more about where we stand.
Education. Obama Signs ESSA, Calling Its Passage A “Christmas Miracle.”USA Today (12/11, Korte) reports President Obama “reversed course on federal education policy” on Thursday when he signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, which will “curtail the federal government’s role” in K-12 education and “allow states to set their own standards.” USA Today calls the new law “is a turnaround from 14 years of federally directed education policy that began with” the No Child Left Behind Act. Addressing the controversy that Education Secretary Arne Duncan has stirred in implementing Federal education policies, President Obama said, “Sometimes, in the nicest possible way, he’s gotten on people’s nerves because he’s pushed them and prodded them. Had he not been, I believe, as tenacious as he was, we wouldn’t have had such a good product here today.”
NPR (12/10) reports in its “The Two-Way” blog that the new law “keeps in place the basic testing requirements of No Child Left Behind,” but “strips away many of the high stakes that had been attached to student scores.” The New York Times (12/11, Davis, Subscription Publication) says the new law “was the product of lengthy negotiations between Democrats and Republicans and a shared opposition to the strictures” of NCLB and to “the Obama administration’s efforts to institute its own performance incentives tied to teachers’ pay.”
The Washington Post (12/11, Layton) reports that the bill “received strong bipartisan support from both houses of Congress.” The President said at the signing ceremony, “I want this not just because it’s good for the students themselves, the communities involved and it’s good for our economy but because it really goes to the essence of what we are about as Americans. There is nothing more essential to living up to the ideals of this nation than to make sure every child is able to live up to their God given potential.” The Post reports that the part of the law that “reduces the legal authority of the education secretary” is seen as a rebuke of “Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s assertive use of executive power, behavior that made him one of the most influential education secretaries in US history but earned him criticism” from Republicans. President Obama praised Duncan at the signing ceremony, saying, “Arne has dedicated his life to the cause of education and sometimes, in the nicest possible way, he’s gotten on people’s nerves because he pushed them and prodded them. Had he not been as tenacious as he was, I don’t believe we would have as good a product as we have here today.”
Sierra Club. TAKE ACTION. Protect our Bay Area Air from toxic refinery pollution. Thanks to an outpouring of people power, business-as-usual for the polluting oil and gas industry in the Bay Area is coming to an end. Local air regulators at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) have promised new rules to regulate refinery emissions, including caps on climate-disrupting greenhouse gases and pollutants that are contributing to the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of Bay Area residents each year.1But promises aren't enough, especially with hoards of oil industry lobbyists fighting to protect their profits and pollution. The Air District board meets on December 16 to vote on the first batch of important refinery regulations. They will also be taking action that could make or break the prospects for strong emissions caps in the new year. Strong refinery regulations are more important now than ever. Big Oil is increasingly turning to dirtier and more dangerous grades of "extreme" crude oil like tar sands. Refining tar sands releases more toxic air pollution and increases the risk of catastrophic explosions and fires. This will hurt families living in neighborhoods along rail lines and near refineries, where low-income communities of color already face a disproportionate pollution impact. Tar sands are also among the most carbon-intensive fossil fuels, meaning a greater toll on our climate. The Air District has a responsibility to protect our health and our climate. Please take action today to ensure that we get strong, enforceable refinery regulations to protect our communities.
Senator Bernie Sanders.TAKE ACTION to tell the media to cover Bernie Sanders and the issues his campaign is discussing. I've always been interested in media and have always been concerned that corporate media doesn't really educate people in this country. They refuse to talk about the serious issues facing our country.
That’s why I wasn’t surprised yesterday when I saw this headline: “Report: ABC World News Tonight Has Devoted 81 Minutes To Trump, One Minute To Sanders.”
It’s no shock to me that big networks, which are controlled by a handful of large corporations, have barely discussed our campaign and the important issues we are bringing up. They’re just too busy covering Donald Trump.
We can’t allow the corporate media to set the agenda. We have got to get the real issues out there. And that’s why I’m asking you to join me in a major petition to the big networks. This is what the corporate media is all about: more Americans support our campaign than Trump’s according to recent polls, but still ABC’s news program has spent 81 minutes on Trump and only 20 seconds talking about us. NBC Nightly News only spent 2.9 minutes covering our campaign. CBS? They spent six minutes. The point is: our political revolution certainly will not be televised. It’s more important than ever for us to hold the large corporations that control the media accountable. I know we can win this fight if we all work to get the message out there. Click Here to sign our petition to tell the big networks to put aside their corporate interests and allow for a free and fair debate in this presidential campaign.