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Dues can be paid through Act Blue by clicking the "Pay Dues" button on the right or by check to: Peoples Democratic Club, P.O. Box 2374, Santa Cruz 95063.

Dues:  General Membership sliding scale from $20-$50 (Students and low-income $10-$20).

Here's an idea!
Pay your dues the painless way - have Act Blue charge $5 per month to your credit card! Or make that $10.  Still painless.  PDC will benefit and you'll spread the dues out over the whole year.

Note:  On June 19, 2014, the membership voted to observe a July 1 to June 30 fiscal year and to have dues paid annually at the beginning (July1) of each fiscal year.

What does this win mean for the labor movement? This trade debate is inspirational. Millions of people, exercising their free rights to inform their elected representatives is what our country's founders envisioned.  Raising our collective voices and taking collective action empowered our Representatives execute the will of the people they represent.  This fight has once again demonstrated that united together, our collective voice will be heard and corporate special interests looking toward profits at the expense of the workers doing the work will be stopped.  Our communities and our country are strongest when we have a strong middle class. By stopping this bad trade deal we have saved jobs and strengthened our middle class, our communities and our country.

What …

PDC has a new president!

              Gail Jack was elected president last night with Nora Hochman as vice president, Mathilde Rand treasurer, Casey Carlton recording secretary, Brian Murtha corresponding secretary. Paul Elerick will continue as membership chair and Tom Batley as PDC liaison with other Democratic clubs and community organizations.  Ron Pomerantz and Glen Schaller will continue as the PDC representatives to the Santa Cruz County Democratic Central Committee. 

Other actions at meeting.

  • The PDC will write a letter to the KUSP board supporting KUSP Forward, protesting their selling the licenses and urging the board to develop a sustainable plan for maintaining KUSP as a locally operated station. Brian …

Recall Update

Senators Bill Monning and Richard Pan have been served with Preliminary Notices of Intent to Recall by opponents of SB 277, the bill to require parents to show proof that their children have been vaccinated before they can enroll in a public school unless they qualify for a medical exemption. Bill Monning is not a co-author but did support the bill in the Senate. Dr. Pan and Sen. Ben Allen are the co-authors of SB 277. After the bill passed out of the state senate with bipartisan but not unanimous support, the opponents have vowed to "recall all Senators who voted for SB 277".

At this juncture the plan is to watch the process and be prepared to play by the rules and to mount an aggressive campaign to Reject the Recall should the proponents be able…

At the urging of Supervisor Ryan Coonerty, on Tuesday, June 9th, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted not to invest for 5 years with the 5 banks that recently agreed to plead guilty to felony charges.

On May 20th, 2015, the Department of Justice announced that four major banks?Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, Barclays, and the Royal Bank of Scotland? have agreed to plead guilty to felony charges of conspiring to manipulate the price of U.S. dollars and euros exchanged in the foreign currency exchange spot market. In addition, a fifth bank, UBS, has agreed to plead guilty to manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate and other bench mark interest rates. These criminal actions undermined the integrity and the competitiveness of foreign currency exchange markets whic…

On January 25th, state Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced a housing-bill package designed to stabilize the lives of young people, families, and Californians struggling to get by on threadbare budgets.

AB 35 (Chiu and Atkins)

One of the biggest challenges faced by affordable developers is the lack of funding available to build apartments and homes that remain affordable. Introduced by long-time housing champion and freshman Assemblymember from San Francisco, David Chiu, AB 35 would expand the state's Low-Income Housing Tax Credit by $300 million annually. 

Expansion of the state tax credit will have two positive effects: Developers will not only have access to more funding for building developments where the rents remain affordable, but they will also be a…

20 people in attendance

Deborah Luhrman, chair of the Santa Cruz County Democratic Central Committee (DCC) explained how the PDC fits into the structure of the County and State Democratic Party.  A Democratic Club is connected to the party structure through membership in the county central committee which elects delegates to the state central committee.

While our PDC representatives (Ron Pomerantz, member and Glen Schaller alternate) don't have a vote in the Central Committee's endorsement of candidates, we have a vote on all other decisions and, in fact, our PDC representatives can run for and hold office.  For a list of the current members of the DCC http://www.cruzdemocrats.org/about/member-roster/ .

She did point out that the PDC has taken an active role in the…

Thousands of people pour into Santa Cruz every July 4th, coming down the Ocean Street Corridor, and providing a wonderful opportunity to do outreach about the real meanings of Freedom, Equality, Justice, Democracy, Nonviolence, and NO MORE WAR!  

Please join the Peace and Justice Community* of Santa Cruz for a good ol'fashioned Peace and Justice Rally!

10:00am - Noon at "The Corner"

(Ocean and Water Streets)

Saturday, July 4th, 2015 

It is easy, it is fun, and you can come for just as long as you want!  What do you want to be Free From, or Free To do? Bring your own homemade signs, flags, or banners,  and extras will also be provided!  LARGE LETTERING that is easily seen by the passersby works best!

Peace and Justice for Everyo…

State officials fail to take meaningful action on brain-harming pesticide 

After a decade of delay, both federal and state officials acknowledge the dangers of chlorpyrifos, but neither has taken action to provide necessary protections for California communities

Sacramento, CA ? After more than a decade of review, state officials released new rules today that health and farmworker advocates say are insufficient to protect children and vulnerable communities from Dow Chemical Company's brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos. Despite a promising announcement[K1]  yesterday by U.S. EPA, it could be years before federal regulators make newly proposed restrictions on the chemical a reality, leaving California children in harm's way.

As a result, advocates continue to press for swift …

Last fall, Gov. Brown signed into law major changes to California's initiative process.  The following changes are cited in an article on KQED blog by John Myers.
  1. a new month long public review of initiatives in which backers can make changes;
  2. a process for legislators and initiative proponents to craft a compromise in the state Capitol and avoid an election altogether;and
  3. a new, continually updated online list of top initiative donors.

Read the full article at: http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/09/27/big-changes-to-california-initiative-process-signed-by-jerry-brown/

The Affordable Housing Now! campaign started with a forum on April 25 that featured a panel of housing experts including Julie Conway, from the County Planning Department, Karina Cervantes, Watsonville City Council, and David Foster, director of Habitat for Humanity. Over 40 community members attended and joined in the discussion of housing needs and suggested solutions that could be explored by the county, the four cities in Santa Cruz County, and the state. Four committees were formed to address the suggested solutions:

Affordable Housing Experts:  will use their experience and expertise in developing housing to evaluate proposed "solutions" to the lack of affordable housing in Santa Cruz, and recommend advocacy positions for the campaign when we lobby the state a…

Jane Weed on Women in Politicsthoughts offered at Breaking the Glass Ballot

 Question:  How can we break through and get to gender parity on committees? as electeds? as appointees?

Having attended the fifty-seventh session of the UN's Commission on the Status of Women , I have to say that the courage, determination and resiliency of women globally is inspiring.

·         For some it is because they have been denied equity and respect for so long it is a revolutionary action to demand to be a part of civic life.

·         For others it is about safety and will not to have their daughters live through their hell.

·         For others it is …

Action Item

"The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is potentially the biggest so-called "free trade" agreement in the world. And you've probably never heard about it!!!

TPP negotiations are being held in secret. Right now. Behind closed doors. Even the U.S. Congress, which is granted sole authority under the Constitution to debate and approve trade deals, has been cut out. But big business has a giant seat at the negotiating table."   James Hoffa - Huffington Post - July 18, 2013.

Check out the following websites for more information and then let Feinstein, Boxer,  Farr and  Eshoo to ask them not to let this get fast-tracked through Congress.



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