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May 2021

Your Westside Dem HQ is still in action!

Just hours after the attempted coup on January 6, 147 Republicans voted to overturn an American election. The good news is we’ve found 3 million unregistered Democrats in these traitors’ districts! If we register some of those voters, we can make sure they lose their seats by a landslide and replace them with Democrats who know the meaning of democracy
Welcome to our new 
 postcarding campaign!
Join Stacey Abrams and Senators Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, and Alex Padilla in opposition to the Republican recall attempt of Governor Newsom!
We stand with Governor Newsom, who has led the state through a global pandemic, record wildfires fueled by climate change, and two years with Trump in the White House. He has earned the trust of Californians.
Newsom is working every day against difficult odds to keep our families safe, distribute vaccines, protect families from eviction, and provide billions in direct relief to individuals and struggling small businesses
If the Republicans take the governorship then they will
  • stop our momentum forward for healthcare, childcare, social justice, prison reform, and so much more
  • appoint judges across our state (and we've seen how important judges are!)
  • hold us all hostage to anti-vaxxers, anti-maskers, and right-wing conspiracists
  • appoint Congresspeople and US Senators when an opening occurs
Reaching out to Californians via text message is one of the most important tools we have to stop the Republican recall. Please sign-up to say you'll volunteer to send texts. We'll be in touch
YOUR time, talents, and money made the difference in 2018 and 2020
It led to (D) majorities in both the House and the Senate
and the inspiring leadership of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the White House
Because of YOU, help is on the way to our beleaguered cities, states, and schools in the form of the
American Rescue Plan!
NOT ONE REPUBLICAN IN CONGRESS VOTED FOR THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN — NOT ONE 
It's no surprise that the Republicans have introduced
253 new voter suppression laws in swing states
We won in 2018 and 2020 because we out-hustled the Republicans and registered new voters. Our path to victory again in 2022 is the same
We've adopted Pennsylvania, a "triple word score" swing state (with a Senate seat, Congressional seats, and important local races at stake) as well as Arizona (where we need to hold our gains at all levels) for both phone banking and postcarding
We can register new voters and help existing voters convert to permanent vote by mail with your help!
PHONE BANKS — CLICK HERE

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After hearing an impressive presentation from Pali High students at our April board meeting,
we wanted to share this petition with you

PCHS members of Human Rights Watch's Student Task Force have taken it upon themselves to lead the charge on this.
We applaud their efforts! (The LAUSD supports similar goals, but on a longer timeline)

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April update on the Republican effort to recall Gov. Newsom:

Eager to fight back?

CLICK HERE for a new CA Dem Party toolkit that's got a ton of info and guidance on how best to help

 

The California Democratic Party (CADEM) announced a contribution of $250,000 to fight the Republican-led effort to recall Gavin Newsom.

“The California Democratic Party unequivocally opposes the Republican attempt to recall Governor Gavin Newsom,” stated Rusty Hicks, Chair of CADEM. “The Republican National Committee, wealthy Trump donors and right-wing extremists have joined forces to disrupt California’s road to recovery. Despite the efforts by the GOP to take us back to some of our darkest days, CADEM is prepared to mobilize our grassroots people power and make it clear to voters that the Democratic Party is the only party focused on protecting the health and safety of all Californians and their families,” continued Hicks.

The Stop the Republican Recall campaign is a diverse coalition made up of Democrats and prominent progressives including Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Alex Padilla, Senator Cory Booker, Congressmember Ro Khanna, Congresswoman Katie Porter, and Stacey Abrams.

“Rather than supporting California’s pandemic recovery, Republicans are choosing to shift the focus and attention away from those who need it most. Sadly, chaos is the playbook for the Republican Party - and it’s time for Democrats to unite to forcefully reject the Republican recall of our Governor,” Hicks continued.

Join us in getting our pro-science, pro-working families message out to 10 million plus CA Democrats. We can out-organize and out-mobilize the conservative dark money donors looking to swamp CA with their attacks & lies.

Donate here, and watch this space for further actions.

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/cdp-footer

CLICK HERE for the full toolkit and join the fight!

 

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We MUST reform the filibuster and pass the For the People Act

After Covid relief, nothing is more important than passing the For the People Act.  The House passed their version, H.R. 1, on March 3, 2021. If passage in the Senate takes reforming the filibuster in ways acceptable to Sens. Manchin and Sinema, then that's what must be done, without hesitation. And now Manchin is back to saying he won't budge — won't even consider changes. Very frustrating.

All Americans should agree that the more often people who are eligible to vote exercise that right, the better. And that the rich should not be able to buy elections. Let's rally behind this cause as fervently as we fought for change in November 2020! Otherwise a rigged, suppressive system may silence us permanently at the polls.

The For the People Act may be our last chance to save American democracy.
Please sign the petition, call your Senators, write letters, make noise! These sites make it easy:

https://dfadcoalition.org/takeaction/

https://publiccitizen.salsalabs.org/hr1ftpsenatepetition/index.html

https://www.commoncause.org/our-work/constitution-courts-and-democracy-issues/for-the-people-act/

 

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Cool campaign to defund Fox News

 
Pay for cable or satellite? You’re subsidizing Fox News whether you watch or not. Your provider pays a subscriber fee to carry Fox News. That cost is passed directly on to YOU.
 
Every network charges a small fee per subscriber; the one for Fox News is extraordinarily high. A typical household pays Fox News almost $2 per month—about $20 per year—via their provider, regardless of whether they actually watch the channel.
 
In 2021, a wave of big contracts between Fox News and TV providers for subscriber fees are set to expire. These contracts make up about 65% of Fox News’ subscriber fee revenue. If we want to stop paying the Fox News “tax,” now is the time to act.
 
 

 

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Watch this space for action info to be posted after our

March 7, 2021 event on the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact

Till then, RSVP for the event here

 

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PREVIOUS EVENT FOLLOW-UPS AND ACTIONS

 

Follow-up to June 18, 2020 George Gascón town hall

** George Gascón **
for L.A. County District Attorney

Thu., June 18, 2020, 7 – 8 PM


Missed the meeting but want to learn more
or contribute to a candidate committed to major criminal justice reforms if elected L.A. district attorney?

Click here

 

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The #1 thing you can do through November 3, 2020 is

VOLUNTEER

with our Westside Democratic HQ and Get Out The Vote!

See our home page for the latest HQ schedule

 

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Follow-up to our June 16, 2020 event

Our Public Schools: Meeting New Challenges & Moving Forward

with LAUSD board member Nick Melvoin, Palisades Charter High School Black Student Union President Kalkidan Alemayehu, and PPDC's Susan Haskell

Below are some of the organizations and sources mentioned during the event. We hope you will check them out and take action!

  • To sign the petition to support Assembly Bill 331 for ethnic studies in schools go to ethnicstudiesnow.com
  • To learn more about anti-racism and how to take a more active and participatory stance for racial justice go to awarela.org/white-people-4-black-lives
  • To learn more about and ally with Black Lives Matter go to blmla.org
  • To volunteer for the upcoming elections go to westsidedemhq.org
  • If you have not already, please immediately fill out the census and share with your family and friends. The census determines how much federal money the state and our communities receive. 2020census.gov
  • To purchase your 2020 Election merchandise and find out about upcoming Pacific Palisades Democratic Club events please visit our website at www.palidems.org

 

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PaliDems supports

Clean Money -- get big $$ out of politics!

Click image or here for more info from CA Clean Money, and to learn how you can help!

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Excited about the prospects of a Green New Deal, and glad Biden/Harris's $2 trillion

Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice adopted many of its principles

after consulting with Bernie Sanders, AOC, and other progressives?

Your PaliDems have been strong supporters of a Green New Deal and sent letters to Sens. Feinstein and Harris, along with Rep. Ted Lieu, to urge them to champion it. Read our letter here, and if you're inspired, call the Congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121 to tell their offices how you feel!

(click here to read PPDC letter in support)

More background here on why Republicans are attacking the very idea of a GND and the Biden/Harris plan

 

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Follow-up to our March 26, 2019

Hot Topic Speaker Series event

Addicted: The Opioid Crisis in Our Backyard

Post-event action items:

1. Clare/MATRIX is a substance-abuse nonprofit in Santa Monica. It is also one of only two state licensed "hubs" for the new Hub and Spoke program. This program brings providers -- "spokes" -- together around one "hub" to make treatment more efficient. Amanda Cowan is the Outreach Director for this project at Clare/MATRIX. Her phone number is 323-933-2289. Her email address is [email protected].

 

2. Allison Towle, the District Director in State Senator Ben Allen's office, spoke about current opioid legislation. There are 14 bills currently active in CA. There is now an Amendment to SB Bill 486, tightening controls on Recovery Houses, that needs constituent support. The best way to support this bill is for groups or individuals to write letters addressed to the primary author Senator Patricia Bates. Her legislative director Sarah Couch is collecting letters of support and can receive them at her email address: [email protected]. The Bill can be found here: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200SB486.

 

3. The Los Angeles Field Division of the DEA sent Jena Fellenzer, their Community Outreach Specialist. She is interested in getting into any high schools to make her presentation about drug use prevention outreach and education. Anyone with points of contact can reach Jenna at 213-621-6948 or by email at [email protected].

 

4. Captain Haro from the Los Angeles Fire Department spoke about her field experience handling overdoses. She noted that if civilians make the decision to purchase NARCAN (brand name for Naloxone) to keep on hand for a family or community member, they need to be properly trained. In the best circumstances, NARCAN can reverse an opioid overdose. Anyone who has suffered an overdose NEEDS to be evaluated medically at an ER. 911 should be called immediately.

 

Training for the use of NARCAN can be acquired here: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/sapc/prevention/PM/092718/HHCLAODPPresentation.pdf

 

 

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DIABLO CANYON -- TEST IT NOW

We have only days for the state to conduct independent safety testing of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Unit I, located about 170 miles outside of L.A., while it is shut down for refueling. Please sign this petition to the Governor.

A Fukushima-like meltdown would cause a mass migration out of California, and because coastal winds always blow inland, Diablo's radioactive clouds would irradiate and poison the fruits and vegetables that flourish in our fantastic Central Growing Valley. Diablo's radioactive clouds would also contaminate the drinking water that flows from the Sierra Mountains, through the Central Valley and into cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles.

If there is a meltdown at Diablo, much of California and its economy would be destroyed.

Click here to read the letter PPDC is sending and that you can send to elected officials.

Quicked action (time-sensitive!): Click here to sign the petition

 

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RESTART L.A. GAS PLANTS? NO WAY

California is aiming for 100% clean energy. But Los Angeles might invest billions in fossil fuels -- Los Angeles Times

From Mike Bonin: "I am 100% with environmental activists on this. It’s certainly not an issue without complexity, but I simply cannot support reinvesting more money in fossil fuels. We’re killing our planet. I’d encourage you to endorse the letter" (that PPDC has indeed endorsed -- read it here). Learn more about the issue here:

https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-100-clean-energy-gas-plants-20181220-story.html

2/12/19 UPDATE: Great news: We seem to have won on this! Again according to the L.A. Times,

Los Angeles is abandoning a plan to spend billions of dollars rebuilding three natural gas power plants along the coast, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday, in a move to get the city closer to its goal of 100% renewable energy and improve air quality in highly polluted communities. (Full article here)

Or read about it here: http://www.palisadesnews.com/index.php/2019/02/13/power-plants-shut-down/

Nice to have good news for a change. All thanks to the activism of people like you who made their voices heard.

 

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WE NEED A BETTER WAY TO FIGHT FIRES

The Palisades Dem Club is supporting the idea, proposed by our friends at the Malibu Dem Club, of a California Fire Reserve Corps. Read the proposal here (scroll down to middle of page -- whole page is filled with great ideas).

 

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PPDC has also endorsed Physicians for a National Healthcare Plan's call to action regarding a new Medicare-for-All bill Rep. Pramila Jayapal introduced in the House.

Read about it here and let's all follow their advice and make some calls! PNHP action page here.

Ask your rep. to co-sponsor the Medicare for All Act

 

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Gun-Control Reform -- steps to make a difference -- act today.

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Supreme Court -- Without winning back the Senate, this is a tough one. Click here to see the many letters we sent to Senators in opposition to the Kavanaugh nomination.

 

 

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COMPLETED ACTIONS follow -- thank you for your participation!

For months MoveOn.org organized rapid-response rallies in the event that Mueller, Rosenstein, or Sessions got fired -- as happened November 7 with the forced resignation of Sessions.

Rallies all around L.A. were held at 5 PM on November 8

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• Thanks to all who helped flip the House from red to blue at our Westside Dem HQ or local phone bank (Pac Pal, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Cuver City).

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•  You said NO to AB 84 by calling Senate Elections Committee.

OPPOSE the State Senate's taking up AB 84. Stop corporations and wealthy interests from the power grab that allows them to circumvent campaign finance laws and amass power within our state legislature.

Update 8/15/18: AP article on passage of AB 84 out of committee

UPDATE 8/24/18: Ding dong, the bill is dead...
Congratulations to all who called -- it worked!

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You supported AB 931 by calling your State Senator. According to the ACLU.

Police departments in California are some of the deadliest in the country. Police in Kern County, for example, have killed more people per capita than in any other county in the U.S. But many of these deaths could have been prevented if police were held to a higher standard that valued the preservation of life. Fortunately, Assemblymembers Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) introduced legislation to update California’s deadly use of force standard. Under AB 931, police would only be allowed to use deadly force if there were no reasonable alternatives available and if there was an imminent threat to the officer or another person’s safety.... AB 931 will save lives and get us one step closer to that.

This one didn't go our way, but we tried. Click here for more information

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