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This will be the first in a series of conversations sponsored by the PDC and other progressive organizations designed to increase our capacity to mount successful political campaigns. the first two forums will be with activists who have been successful in winning campaigns on progressive issues.

San Benito County Banned Fracking!!!


   How did they do it?

How did a small group of activists, San Benito Rising, fight off Big Oil and special interests to pass Protect Our Water and Health: Ban Fracking Initiative?

Come and learn about their campaign. Join the discussion about how we could organize campaigns to mobilize even more voters in Santa Cruz.

When:   4pm Saturday, January 31

Where:  Room 3, Louden Nelson Center, Santa Cruz

Suggested dona…



Twenty people attended.  Tom Batley facilitated the meeting.

Agenda Items:

          Treasurer's report - Gail Jack reported that we have about $250  in the treasury at this time.  We've paid the Galleria meeting room rent through March and have paid $230 ($110 will be returned to us) to Louden Nelson for Room 3 for the January 31 forum.  We expect to recoup the entire amount with door receipts.

??     It was suggested that a painless way* to pay dues and support the club, is to sign up at the website www.pdclub.org to pay a small amount monthly.  Even $5 a month would bring in the funds to pay the rent and miscellaneous expenses during this off-election year.

*Painless both individually a…


The Peoples Democratic Club is calling on its members and friends to help out on Saturday February 7 (9 am-12:30 pm) at Branciforte Middle School (315 Poplar Ave, near Morrissey and Water).

Along with other community organizations, we will offer a workshop to immigrants newly eligible for CA drivers licenses, and also provide information about eligibility for President Obama's new Administrative Relief program.  

Training for volunteers will be provided at 5 pm on Thursday Feb 5 at the same location... also 9 am on Saturday (services start at 10).  

This event is led by young immigrant community activists in the Cabrillo DREAM Club, with support from Vive Oaxaca, AFT Local 3094, CIMA, the Immigration Action Group, the Santa Cruz City Schools and of course the …




 January 17, 2015

Contact: Karen Chan, 510- 326-2461, Debra Grabelle, 510-735-7247 or Charles Idelson, 510-273-2246  

In Largest U.S. Contract, 18,000 RNs Win Stronger Patient Care Voice, New Workplace Protections

With a settlement that is likely to elevate RN standards across the nation, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today announced a major tentative contract agreement for 18,000 California RNs who work at Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics that will give the RNs a stronger voice on patient care, and breakthrough improvements in workplace protections.

The agreement also provides significant economic gains, and additional retirement security.

While the pact must still be ratified by the RNs, who will hold membership mee…

special to the Sentinel, POSTED:   12/28/2013 03:37:57 PM PST

In Bronnie Ware's "Top Five Regrets of the Dying," dying patients lament not being present with their children and loved ones when it mattered. Heeding these insights in the New Year, many of us will resolve to spend more time with our families. Yet, for many in the United States, this will take more than personal resolve.

Countless people in the country work hard every day, but are one accident, diagnosis or new child away from financial hardship or devastation because they have no paid family and medical leave.

As a Californian, I am proud and grateful to say it is different here. I was able to take several months off work when both my children were born thanks to State Disability Insurance and C…

Resolution 13-07.11

WHEREAS, the trade agreement known as Trans Pacific Partnership is being negotiated in secret, and opponents in the labor and environmental communities argue that it would give new enforceable monopolistic rights and privileges to multi-national corporations, and establish limits on sovereign governments' ability to regulate corporations' actions, including but not limited to the areas of intellectual and copyright provisions, prices, labor practices, environmental impacts, disclosure requirements, and safety issues and

WHEREAS, according to public documents from the US Trade Representative, this agreement would allow multi-national corporations to sue governments through international tribunals, staffed by private sector attorneys, which could force governments to pay comp…

If you're uninsured, Covered California will provide access to affordable healthcare for you!

Covered California's mission is to improve health care in our state by increasing the number of Californians with health insurance, improving the quality of health care for all  of us, reducing health care costs and ensuring that California's diverse population has fair and equal access to quality health care.

Beginning in October 2013, legal residents of California will be able to get health coverage through a new, easy-to-use marketplace call Covered California. (www.coveredca.com)  It will offer health insurance plans, , which cannot be canceled or denied, at an affordable price.  Californians can shop for the plans online, see if they are elegible for Medi-Cal, or …

An enthusiastic gathering of 200 women met Saturday, September 28 to address the dearth of women in political office in United States.  While women make up 51% of the voting population in our country, only 18% of Congress and 25% of California legislators are women. While we fare better in the make-up of city councils in Santa Cruz County, none of our five County Supervisors are women.

A panel of women office holders gave the following advice to other women wanting to enter a race for public office.

  • Talk about running for office early - don't wait until you decide.
  • Campaign hard: campaign to win!
  • Attend meetings for the council, commission, board you aspire to; learn about the broad range of issues they deal with; be a generalist, not single issue person.
  • Seats …

Next Meeting:  7:00 pm Thursday, March 20

Guest: Watsonville Mayor Karina Cervantez

1.      Mayor Cervantez talked about the Watsonville City Council issues and the next election.

2.      She also affirmed the importance of a close association between the PVCCDC and PDC and thanked our liaisons for attending the PVCCDC meetings.

3.      When asked about her priorities and what PDC could do to support her, she said that immigration issues were her primary concern and she suggested we lobby for city and county  policy to not impound the vehicles of non-documented drivers cited for driving without a license, but to allow them to have someone with a California driver's license to pick up the car.

1.&…


For those of you who missed the Chili Dinner Fundraiser, here's a rundown on what took place at PDC's Dinner Party/Fundraiser. It was, attended  by about 80 enthusiastic progressive people, at the home of Nancy Elliot and Paul Johnston.

Thanks to the work of many PDC members before and during the event, the event raised $2500.  It will be money well spent on our 2014 camapign efforts: phonebanking, voter outreach and education, campaign technology.

PDC President Nancy Abbey got the evening program going by introducing MC John Laird, a former PDC president and currently California's Secretary for Natural Resources.  John introduced special guests County Supervisor John Leopold and Santa Cruz City Councilmember Micah Posner, and other elected officials and candidat…

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 …

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"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.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-p-hoffa/congress-shouldnt-outsour_b_3618561.html

http://www.citizenstrade.org/ctc/trade-policies/…

by Steve Schnaar   11.26.13

The Santa Cruz Public Safety Task Force has completed their work and is presenting their recommendations to City Council on Tues, 12/3 7pm. The recommendations include some positive, proven ideas like funding drug treatment and after-school youth programs. However the report also recommends ideas which are not evidence-based, such as misdemeanor charges for multiple infractions, restricting the needle exchange program, and increasing the size of the police force based on sloppy statistics. Come to City Hall on 12/3 to let the Council know this report does not represent a community consensus.

The Santa Cruz City Council created the Public Safety Task Force in response to a public perception of rising violent crime, including the shocking murde…

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