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Occupy Wall Street Events in Santa Rosa and Sonoma
At last night's (October 11, 2011)?Central Committee meeting, the Sonoma County Democratic Party?voted unanimously to support the Occupy Wall Street movement and to support local actions by the Occupy Movement in the Bay Area.?That support includes the actions planned in the City of Sonoma on Friday, October 14 and in Santa Rosa on Saturday, October 15.
Based on my conversations with some of the local organizers -- who have a strong desire to maintain the "non-partisan" nature of these actions and some of whom have expressed concern that their effort may be co-opted by others now that?they are?gaining steam --?the local party will be promoting attendance by our volunteers, expressing our support on our own web page and many members of the leadership of the local party are planning to attend some or all of the local events.
We will not issue a press release or display party signs at any Occupy events. We will not be speaking at any events and will not seek the opportunity to speak.?
As we discussed at the Central Committee meeting -- this movement arose spontaneously and?has largely been organized by young people who have not been involved in organized political activities before. This gives a very important opportunty for those of us over 50 and others who are already "in the mainstream" and who have our own organizational agendas firmly established to LISTEN and LEARN.?
I encourage all of us who are so deeply involved in politics to listen closely to the next generation of leaders who have stepped forward in the Occupy movement.?
I hope that you will support Occupy Sonoma & Occupy Santa Rosa actions this week.
Links to the information about the two local events follow:
Santa Rosa:? http://www.occupysantarosa.org/
All my best,
Stephen Gale, Chair, Sonoma County Democratic Party
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Strike to Support Nurses and Health Care Workers
Join Us on September 22!
Thursday, September 22, 12 noon
Kaiser Santa Rosa (meet on the front lawn area)
401 Bicentennial Way, Santa Rosa
Sonoma County Democrats will be walking the picket line with the California Nurses Association (CNA) and the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW)as part of a statewide, 24-hour sympathy strike involving 23,000 nurses at 34 hospitals.
The CNA strike is being held in support of NUHW health care professionals and nurses, who are planning one-day, two-day and three-day walkouts to protest Kaiser's plan to reduce their health care and retirement benefits. Nurses will also engage in a simultaneous one-day strike against Sutter Hospital's demands for cuts in patient care and services in addition to RNs' benefits.
In a September 16 press release, Stephen Gale, chair of the Sonoma County Democratic Party, said: "Democrats have a long history of fighting for workers' rights, and we're proud to stand in support of the hard-working nurses and health care workers who serve on the front lines of the war that's currently being waged against working people in our country."
We encourage all Democrats to join us!
More information: 707-299-8420
A resolution to support the September 22 strike was passed at the September 13 meeting of the Sonoma County Democratic Party's Central Committee.?Full text of the resolution follows:
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Help Increase Statewide Democratic Voter Turnout in 2012
To kick off the 2012 campaign season, the California Democratic Party has launched two important new programs to increase Democratic voter turnout in the 2012 elections:
"It Gets Bluer" in the Inland Empire
Latino Voter Registration Project
Launched in August, this is the first joint (state and local) Latino Voter Registration Project in the Inland Empire. The CDP is working with partners in San Bernardino and Riverside counties to turn this GOP stronghold blue by using 2010 Census data to target emerging communities with high densities of unregistered and potentially Democratic-leaning voters. Volunteers from both inside and outside the area are needed to assist in this effort.
View the website: www.ItGetsBluer.com
Operation Game Changer
Vote-By-Mail Conversion Program in Los Angeles County
More than 2 million registered Democrats live in Los Angeles County, but it has the lowest percentage of Vote-By-Mail voters in the state. Converting these Democratic voters to permanent Vote-By-Mail status will increase our turnout in 2012 and help defeat Republican candidates and ballot initiatives.
Volunteers from outside LA County are needed to help phone. To volunteer, click here.
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