CADEM Convention This Weekend!

Democrats for Equality,

This weekend, our fellow Democrats across the state — and a number of our club members — will be travelling to San Francisco for the first of two California Democratic Party conventions this year.

Between all the caucuses, the committees, the trainings, and the workshops, it promises to be an event-filled weekend.

Let’s not forget a number of presidential candidates will be in attendance, and if you happen to be lucky to get some face-to-face time with them, let me know — so we can publish those pictures on our social media and publish them in next week’s post.

Two other notable elections will be taking place this weekend: the election for Chair of our state party, as well as the election for Region 20 Director.
In regards to the race for Chair, although I have personally endorsed one of the candidates, there is a healthy amount of support for all the candidates running across our club’s membership. Every candidate, much like in our Democratic Presidential Primary, will bring their own strength, experience, and perspective into that role.

There’s no doubt in my mind that whomever emerges in this weekend’s election, it’s important to support that individual’s fresh start as the leader of our state party. We have seen, even recently, how closer-than-expected leadership elections can leave some individuals — well, I’m trying to find the least offensive way to say bitter and cold-hearted, but it’s 1:20 in the morning as I type this out. So, let’s leave it there.

It is supremely important that our next state party Chair be successful, and in that spirit, I wish those candidates well no matter the outcome.

The other election that I mentioned is the election for Region 20 Director. Our current Regional Director and longtime club member Craig Roberts opted not to run for re-election. Among the three candidates up for election, Temika CookMichelle Krug, and Mike Thaller are all longtime members of our club.

Much like the Chair’s race, each candidate will bring their own strength, experience, and perspective into that role, and personally knowing all three it’s no wonder why that choice is a difficult decision for those of us who live in the 77th, 78th, 79th, and 80th Assembly Districts.

Temika, Michelle, and Mike are all amazing, progressive stalwarts in our local party and I wish them all the best success this weekend, no matter the outcome, as well.

For those club members travelling to San Francisco this weekend, I did want to highlight the LGBTQ Reception hosted by Equality California and the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus on Friday, May 31 at Oasis nightclub (298 11th St., San Francisco, CA 94103).

Guests will include members of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus, allied elected officials, EQCA endorsed candidates, and other community leaders. Yours truly and a number of our club members will be there as well!

Join us on Friday evening with your RSVP:

Speaking of our LGBTQ elected officials, our Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins will be having a fundraiser next Friday, June 7th from 12pm to 1:30 at the Kona Kai Resort (1551 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego 92106).

Assemblymember Todd Gloria, our next Mayor, will be a featured speaker, and club members can purchase tickets for $75. Please RSVP by the end of the day Friday if you’d like to attend!

More information provided in the flyer below:

Finally, we have to take a moment and acknowledge our amazing Assemblywoman Dr. Shirley Weber.

Weeks ago, the prognosticators and political pundits thought her second attempt on the groundbreaking use-of-force bill AB 392 was going nowhere. Yet, she persisted.

Yesterday, it was noted that in the nearly two hours of discussion on the Assembly floor she did not sit down. She stood. Standing for history. Standing for principle. Standing for this moment — for all the victims, and families, and countless lives that have been shattered — this, was her moment.

(Photo credit: Assemblymember Ash Kalra)

As Dr. Weber said in her powerful closing remarks: “A force has always been behind us to move us forward. The force of justice, the force of right, the force of making this nation a better nation every step of the way.

Yesterday, AB 392 passed the Assembly floor on a bi-partisan 67-0 vote.

Mere words cannot adequately describe her courage and leadership.

Thank you, Dr. Weber. Thank you.

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality