One Week Until Pride!

Democrats for Equality,

First off, if you haven’t renewed your club membership in awhile, or just don’t remember when you last renewed… then, it’s time to renew!

We are about a week out from San Diego Pride — are you all super excited!?

It’s more panic-inducing for me just thinking about all the things that need to happen within the next week, but hopefully all of you are excited about having a stress-free Pride week! Own that!

We are excited about Thursday’s 2019 Pride Kickoff event! We are excited to announce our partnerships with Weedmaps and Equality California in hosting this event.

Join us Thursday, July 11th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at FruitCraft in Hillcrest (1477 University Ave., San Diego, 92103).

We mentioned last week that we are no longer selling tickets, however you are encouraged to RSVP at this link. Use the code WMDFEEQCAPRIDE to confirm your RSVP. The event is free but those who want to attend need to RSVP and use the aforementioned code.

There were a handful of club members who had purchased tickets, and we are working on reaching out individually to refund those ticket purchases.

Thought we would give ourselves a reminder of last year’s parade contingent that ended up making the front page of the U-T.

This year, we will be marching in the parade on Saturday, as well as hosting a booth on Saturday and Sunday during the festival with the San Diego County Democratic Party.

Pride Parade: We are Parade Contingent #37. If you want to march with us in the parade, we will be gathering on Saturday, July 13th at the southeast corner of Normal Street and Harvey Milk Street. Our moving start time is 10:05am, so we would ask that everyone show up no later than 9:30am. Traffic will no doubt be a mess, so please plan your travel accommodations accordingly. Check out the map of the parade staging area.

Pride Booth: We are still waiting on specific information for the booth, but as soon as we know we’ll let you know! If you would like to volunteer at our booth at any time during the Pride Festival in Balboa Park on Saturday, July 13th or Sunday, July 14th, please let us know your preferred availability on this organizing form here.

All told it should be a great time — we are also conducting a Presidential Straw Poll for the Democratic candidates at the booth! Of course, we will all be interested in seeing the outcome of those results Monday morning after the festival.

Finally, our executive board made some updates to our endorsement calendar. Yes, the next couple of meetings are going to be… what’s the word?… agonizing excruciating intense savage Fun!

So, if you have any general interest in these upcoming endorsement considerations then please take note.

Due to the sheer number of candidates in some of those races, we may have a discussion at the July meeting about moving to an earlier start time for a couple meetings (I’m looking at you August and September) just to make sure we can get through everything.

Remember, we live in a candidate-centric democracy when it comes to this type of stuff, and the world is run by those who show up.

Another reason to make sure you’ve renewed your club membership so you can have a voice and a vote on these important considerations — which makes for a great bookend to this post.

Renew your memberships, and Happy Pride!

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality