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Final Presidential Debate After-Party!
You are cordially invited
Thursday, Oct. 22, 8 – 9 PM
(following the final Presidential debate, 6 – 7:30 PM, and TV analysis, 7:30 – 8 PM)
Environmentalist/filmmaker Rory Kennedy
Rep. Ted Lieu
State Sen. Ben Allen
State Sen. Henry Stern
State Assemblymember Richard Bloom
Get post-debate analysis
Catch things you might have missed!
Share your views with fellow Democrats
Celebrate & commiserate
Free! Register here to get your Zoom link
(Link will be emailed to registrants day of event)
The Westside Democratic Headquarters
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Pacific Palisades Democratic Club
West L.A. Democratic Club
Presidential debate details
Thursday, Oct. 22, 6 – 7:30 PM PT
Pre-debate coverage starts 4 or 5 PM, depending on the station
Debate 6 – 7:30 PM, Belmont University in Nashville
Where to watch: Most news stations, or online at www.washingtonpost.com and other websites
Moderator: Kristen Welker, NBC News White House correspondent and co-anchor of Today Weekend
The debate will be 90 minutes long and have no commercial breaks. It will be divided into six 15-minute segments the moderator gets to choose. The first debate had 80 – 90 people in the audience, all tested for the novel coronavirus. They were supposed to wear masks per the protocol of the debate site, the Cleveland Clinic. But members of the Trump family took off their masks after arriving. New rules say that any audience member without a mask will be thrown out
Register here to get your Zoom link
(Link will be emailed to registrants day of event)
Volunteering update during stay-at-home days: Meet your WDHQ
We *must* win the Senate and the White House in November. If you're reading this, you could be an indispensable part of the team to make it happen!
All WDHQ phone bank and postcard shifts will continue as virtual shifts
We're building in a social element, which is what makes phone banks fun! We'll start with Zoom check-in/training, and at the end we'll have a virtual Zoom happy hour! Postcarders and texters join too
UPCOMING WDHQ OPPORTUNITIES
Biden/Harris • Senate and House races
L.A. District Attorney and Measure J to reform criminal justice • and more
Huge thanks to Ellen for this info and for running point on so many things : )
Lawn signs to follow announcement a few days after Joe's VP pick. Soon!
PaliDems featured speaker in 2012 Kamala Harris (PPDC members met her over wine and cheese) is Joe Biden's VP pick!
Donate to PPDC's endorsed reform candidate for DA, George Gascón, here
Read about Senate races we're supporting here
Learn about CA housing legislation we're opposing and the Rethinking the Police resolution we've signed onto here
along with more PaliDems actions. Here's what was voted on at our recent board meetings.
Our hearts continue to go out to the family and friends of George Floyd, and to all victims and targets of race-based violence and harassment.
Our souls are steadfastly pledged to seeking an end to the scourges of racism, inequality, and injustice in America.
And we bid a sad farewell to one of the great heroes of the Civil Rights movement, Rep. John Lewis.
Want to make some good trouble of your own?
email us here to work directly with the PaliDems (organizing events, attending board meetings, etc.)
or go here for Get Out The Vote election volunteering via our partnership in the Westside Democratic HQ
Click here for
Unsanitized: The COVID-19 Daily Report
Written by American Prospect executive editor
who was a superb PaliDems Hot Topics speaker!
REP LIEU STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY RELIEF BILL
Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: "We are living through truly challenging times. COVID-19 is a grave threat to our nation. The United States now has the most COVID-19 cases in the world...."
Made it to our Hot Topics: Census 101 event in February? Then you know the drill:
The 2020 Census is a big deal.
The count has to take place even amid the anything-but-normal stay-at-home orders.
Forms should have made it to your mailbox, but if not, you can still participate online. Read on for instructions....
Your Census ID can be found on the letter or questionnaire you receive from the Census Bureau. All Census IDs have 12 characters (letters and numbers). These mailings are marked with the 2020 Census logo and show the U.S. Department of Commerce in the return address.
>>If you have not received anything from the Census Bureau, you can still respond online. <<
Visit the online form and select “Start Questionnaire.” Below the ID field, click the link that says, “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.” More info here https://census.lacounty.gov/census/ and here https://2020census.gov/en
Most recent past event(s)
Some hosted or co-hosted by PPDC and the WDHQ, others posted to inform club members
Drive-In 4 Biden Movie Event
Fri., Oct. 16, 5:30 PM
The Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood, 8401 Sunset Blvd.
Doors @ 5:30 PM. Auction @ 6:30 PM. Movie @ 7:30 PM
It's “DRIVE-IN 4 BIDEN,” a drive-in movie theater pop-up in support of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris!
We’re screening the comedy film IDIOCRACY
his event is brought to you by The Sunset Strip Presents, Los Angeles County Democratic Party (LACDP)
and Westside Democratic HQ (WDHQ)
Please Join Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for a virtual fundraiser in support of Christy Smith for Congress (CA-25)
Thursday, October 15th
4:30 PM PST | 7:30 PM EST
Zoom link will be sent to confirmed participants 24 hours prior to the event
Please pre-submit your questions for Christy and Speaker Pelosi here
If you have any questions regarding the event, please send them to Gian at Gian@ChristyforCongress.org
Spin the Senate event
with hosts Viola Davis and Amy Brenneman interviewing
Theresa Greenfield (IA), Jaime Harrison (SC), MJ Hegar (TX), and Jon Ossoff (GA)
Andra Day will sing the battle song of the BLM protests, "Rise Up"
Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, 12 PM PT
This incredible fundraiser for five candidates for U.S. Senate in battleground states couldn't come at a better time.
WE CAN take these Senate seats and put pressure on Republican incumbents to rethink their decisions to support Trump's nominee
We don't have to remind you how important it is for us to spin the Senate around 180 degrees for a Democratic majority! The passing of beloved Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg last week is giving this regressive Senate yet another opportunity to seat a far-right Supreme Court justice, one who will surely seek to undo many of the social justice reforms made since the days of FDR
How do we stop Trump from seating a handmaiden on the Court?
Democratic Senators will do what they can to forestall this, but what we can do NOW is help our Democratic candidates WIN this November by joining us on October 11 and giving as generously to their campaigns as possible!
There is also a pre-event reception with the candidates, Amy Brenneman, Viola Davis, and special guests
ALL DONATIONS GO DIRECTLY TO THE CANDIDATES
Together we can spin the Senate
Save Democracy Itself with Rep. Ted Lieu
Sun., Oct. 4, 1 PM (sponsor), 1:30 PM (general)
After-Debate Party online
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
After the first Presidential debate, 8 PM
Watch Joe Biden take down Trump, then gather with
like-minded activists to celebrate!
Sign up now to save your spot in our Zoom room:
Our guest panelists
Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin
Santa Monica Rent Control Board members Anastasia Foster and Caroline Torosis
SMC Board Members Sion Roy and Barry Snell
More to be announced
Hosted by the Santa Monica Democratic Club and the Westside Democratic Headquarters
PPDC and the Westside Dem HQ are honored and excited to have Julie Chavez Rodriguez,
a Biden/Harris senior advisor who was co-director of the presidential campaign of Sen. Kamala Harris and previously worked in the White House for Barack Obama as deputy director of political engagement,
join us for this event!
Join SoCal grassroots organizers and volunteers from across the region for a virtual rally as we continue to organize to win big in November
This is a great event to bring your friends to whether they have already been texting and making calls for the campaign, or if they are new and ready to get started. See you all Sunday!
Sun., 9/13/20, 3 – 4 PM
Save the Seven!
Wednesday, September 2, 6 – 7 PM
Join Rep. Adam Schiff and California's seven critical Blue Wave freshmen congressional representatives for a reception
on Wednesday, 9/2 from 6 – 7 PM
Saving these seven seats we fought so hard for in 2018 is one of our critical missions this November
If that doesn't get you fired up enough (or if it does — really, either way), click to sign up!
Lunch with Rep. Ted LIEU
Our silent auction was live until Mon., Aug. 24 at 2 PM
Open to all. Bid on signed Simpsons memorabilia, political collectibles, surfing and college prep lessons, or a radio/podcast ad for your business on Spike's Car Radio!
Proceeds benefit PPDC and the Westside Dem HQ's critical 2020 efforts.
Bring your own lunch … or have us drop off a
Thyme Café GOURMET LUNCH,
brought to your home by a masked & gloved PPDC volunteer! --> sorry, lunch tickets are sold out!
Thanks to everyone who ordered. : )
General Admission — $35
VIP Guest with One Lunch Delivered to Your Home — $75 ... SOLD OUT
VIP Guest with Two Lunches Delivered to One Home — $125 ... SOLD OUT
Thanks to all 140 of you who attended!
You helped us raise funds and gather volunteers to Get Out The Vote in November!
Missed it? Read the press coverage
Soccer star & activist Megan Rapinoe
headlines a virtual conversation in support of DA reform candidate George Gascón
Wed., Aug. 12, 2020, 6 PM
Archives of previous home-page posts can be found here:
PaliDems take action
New Nov. 3 ballot proposal endorsements
(we'll be reviewing them all bit by bit as we approach Election Day, and will add info — and candidate endorsements — regularly)
Proposition 14—Stem Cell Research Institute Bond Initiative
Proposition 15—Tax on Commercial and Industrial Properties for Education and Local Government
Proposition 16—Repeal Proposition 209 Affirmative Action Amendment
Proposition 17—Constitutional amendment that would allow people on parole for felony convictions to vote in California
The Pacific Palisades Democratic Club (PPDC) stands in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and peaceful protests against police brutality. The brutalization and killing of George Floyd, along with many others over the decades, including the 601 people killed by LAPD and LASD in Los Angeles County, cannot stand unchallenged. As a taxpayer-funded service, police departments must treat our communities of color with respect and be accountable for use of excessive force.
PPDC joins the California Young Democrats (CYD) in calling for institutional changes to our criminal justice and legal systems. We also join CYD in calling for the Democratic Party to “cease accepting campaign contributions and financial contributions from organizations that protect the status quo [proactively defending institutional policies within police departments that allow peace officers to avoid accountability for wrongdoing] of policing and seek to disrupt the meaningful work of police and criminal justice reform.”
RESOLUTION RETHINKING THE POLICE
Written by Steve Krantz, Board Member
Adrienne Burk, Past President
Cindy Kalman, President
Valley Grassroots for Democracy
July 7, 2020 ADOPTED by Pacific Palisades Democratic Club
WHEREAS policing techniques have historically been used to victimize people of color, minorities, and certain religions and resulted in disproportionate actions taken against these groups that resulted in bodily harm, financial hardship and too often death, especially in the black and brown communities, and;
WHEREAS the militarization of police departments with equipment and weapons of war; the lack of transparency surrounding police actions with inconsistent use of bodycams and the inconsistent release of those and bystanders’ videos for viewing by the public, the code of silence used to protect fellow police officers (including the questionable results of internal affairs investigations and the power of the police unions), and the suppression and intimidation of the press, as evidenced during the recent protests; the current application or disregard of laws that provide a level of immunity to police that are not afforded to their victims; have all led to more violence that is disproportionate, hard to control, monitor or reform, and is at a level that is unacceptable to the citizens they are sworn to protect.
WHEREAS the citizens of the United States want changes to police practices so that all citizens can feel secure instead of threatened, that situations that have historically been dealt with by the police can be handled in a proportionate and fair way, that situations that can be handled without police intervention (drug overdoses, mental health breakdowns for examples) are handled by the appropriate resources, that protestors’ constitutional rights are not violated, that the police are held accountable in a transparent and proportionate manner and that policies that escalate and cause bodily damage or death are reduced or eliminated, and;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED Pacific Palisades Democratic Club supports reforming policing practices by: de-militarizing the police force, banning choke-holds, requiring police to de-escalate, requiring a warning before shooting, exhausting all other means before shooting, requiring other police to intervene in violent situations, banning shooting at moving vehicles, limiting the use of force against citizens, ending “qualified immunity” and instead requiring justification of actions and investigating violent incidents immediately and transparently by an independent body and not the police or District Attorney, and making that information on the police available to the citizens including body camera footage and employment records within two weeks, and;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be sent to Mayor Eric Garcetti, President of Los Angeles City Council Nury Martinez, L.A. County Board of Supervisors, Police Chief Michel Moore, Sheriff Alex Villanueva, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, and member of the House of Representatives Ted Lieu.
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Monday, August 24, 2020 at 06:00 PM through November 22, 2020
With the new reality of Covid19, our first priority at the Westside Democratic HQ is to keep all of us safe and healthy. We have suspended all in-person events, such as phone banks, trainings, fundraisers, and meetings. We'll continue to follow the guidelines laid out by Governor Newsom, the L.A. County Public Health Department, and the CDC.
But, our work goes on! To protect our democracy, our planet, and our public health, we need a Democratic House, Senate, and President! Few things have made Trump and McConnell's incompetence more clear than their mishandling of this crisis.
All of our phonebanks have gone virtual. We start each session with a brief Zoom conference to talk about who we're calling and catch up with each other, and if people want, we do a little happy hour at the end to talk about our calls and enjoy some much-needed camaraderie. If you’re home and wanting a break from the news or family life or whatever else is going on for you — WE NEED YOU!
And we have nearly daily opportunities to participate.
Click on the day and time below that works best for you to sign up:
Monday 4 – 6 & 6 – 8:30 PM
Tuesday 6 – 9 PM
Thursday 6 – 8:30 PM
Every other Sunday
You can call from home anytime between 10 AM and 9 PM.
Links and calling information are available from us when you sign up.
If you are interested in sending postcards, we can help you do that! We have addresses for Mark Kelly in AZ and to encourage folks to sign up to vote by mail in Florida.
If you are interested in volunteering from home, please click here to let us know what you'd like to do, and we'll be in touch to get you started!