Peninsula Democratic Coalition
Mark Your Calendar!
PDC Annual Membership Meeting
Join us for the PDC Board Elections; an update from Anna Eshoo and a discussion on Rank Choice Voting.
Free to members so don’t forget to renew your membership if you haven’t already at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/joinpdc.
Saturday, February 25, 2023 12:00 noon ~ 2:00 p.m.
The meeting will be held in person at The Garden House in Shoup Park, 400 University Avenue, Los Altos
Members free and lunch provided.
Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScx2OkWBVGh8EsN7rIQ4RgavgNZ0bPgu5GysKcWkZgTMS65Yg/viewform
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo will offer a update on the state of affairs in Washington, DC.
Let’s learn about “Rank Choice Voting” from the experts!
Tom Charron co-founded and serves on the leadership team of the California RCV Coalition, a non-profit advocacy organization working to expand the use of Ranked Choice Voting to all Californians to ensure we have a greater voice in our democracy. He brings 20+ years of experience from the private sector, helping lead both startups and established tech companies prior to pivoting to his passion of democracy reform.
Allie Hughes is a Government Affairs Associate for Canyon Snow Consulting, LLC with
almost six years of experience working to connect community stakeholders, government, businesses and nonprofits. In her personal time, Allie serves as a community-elected Member on the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee, President of the Silicon Valley Young Democrats, Board Member for BAYMEC and dog mom to two rambunctious, adopted pitt
Voting for 2023 Board
PDC Officer and Board Nominations for 2023
The PDC Nominating Committee (Karl Kramer, Chair, Ron Friedenthal, Lorri Holzberg, and Diane Rolfe) nominated the following for the executive board:
•Lorri Holzberg, President
•Ron Friedenthal, Vice President
•Claire Noonan, Secretary.
The following six people have been nominated to fill
vacant board positions:
Ajwang Rading – appointed to board in November 2022 to help with communications
Please thank the following individuals (listed alphabetically) for being willing to serve all of us again this year on the PDC Board:
Erin Chazer (PYD President)
Kristen Lohnes Johnson (Newsletter Editor)
Pam Salvatierra ( DVC rep)
Vaishali “Shali” Sirkay
PDC Holiday Party with the Democratic 21st Century Club. Friday, Dec. 9th at noon at Michael's Restaurant at Shoreline in which we "Honored our Electeds." A joyous event with many electeds in person and speaking. Surprise visit from Congress Member Zoe Lofgren
"Preserving our Democracy" led by Stanford Professor Larry Diamond and moderated by the Honorable Joe Simitian on Sept. 17th on Zoom. A recording of this event can be accessed here - https://youtu.be/ggCs7gSzfAI.
Thank you to all who attended the PDC Picnic on August 14th and to those of you who made donations. This picnic was special because we honored our long-time member Emy Thurber who will be moving to Seattle.
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Titanium - $5,000
Shari & Don Ornstein
Platinum - $1,000
Martha (Deedee) Schurman
Joe Simitian & Mary Hughes
Gold - $500
Silver - $250
Anon. in honor of Emy Thurber
Carol Kuiper ($375)
Claire Noonan & Peter Landsberger
Diane & Joe Rolfe
Bronze - $100
Evan Adams ($150)
Larry & Donna Aronson
Devon Conley ($150)
Herb Engstrom ($200)
Carole Feldstein ($225)
Ron & Barbara Friedenthal
Linda Greenberg ($200)
Auros Harman ($200)
Sam Hindi ($150)
Jodi Muirhead ($150)
Donna Poulos ($200)
Vaishali Sirkay ($150)
Wm. David Smullin ($150)
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.
The PDC stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter!
What has your club done that you're We reject racism and all forms of oppression, and recognize that centuries of inhumane policies and decisions have shaped a society that actively marginalizes African Americans and other people of color. We encourage our membership to spend time listening and learning - reflecting on how the history of the US and the history of racism are intertwined.
We must each understand our own bias and our positions in institutional power structures; and then use our own power to bring about changes. To affect change requires each of us to play a role in developing equity with intention. Our role is to intensify the voices speaking out against racism and oppression today. We must also hold our leaders accountable for establishing policies that reflect our values to affect positive and impactful change.
Direct actions by all of us are necessary to bring about the end of systemic racism. Our Work Is Not Done until the Black community tells us it is.
To ignore injustice is to be complicit in injustice. #georgefloyd #icantbreathe #blacklivesmatter #ally #together of? Share a few highlights below. You can embed a video, document, or presentation to summarize the work.