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Democrats Work: Yes We Cans!

(Food banks all over the state are feeling the pinch. If you can, please consider helping out online or off. – promoted by Brian Leubitz)

“This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change.”
President-elect Barack Obama

Across the country, food banks are struggling to keep up with increased demand.  And with the holidays approaching, Democrats Work is doing something about it.  We need your help.

Today, we are launching the Yes We Cans Virtual Food Drive to help you donate to the food bank in your community.

In California we are helping the FoodLink for Tulare County, Food Share, Inc., Butte County Gleaners, Inc., Community Resources Council, Inc., FIND, Inc., Second Harvest Food Bank serving Santa Cruz & San Benito Cos., Food Bank for Monterey County, Community Food Bank, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, San Francisco Food Bank, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, Redwood Empire Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank serving Santa Clara & San Mateo Cos., Second Harvest Food Bank serving Riverside & San Bernardino Cos., Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, Alameda County Community Food Bank, San Diego Food Bank, San Joaquin Food Bank, and Senior Gleaners, Inc.!

Here’s how it works:

1.    Click here to go to our Yes We Cans Virtual Food Drive website. 

2.    Put food or cash contributions in your shopping cart.

3.    When you check out, you will be able to designate one of over 200 food banks that will receive your donation.

No matter where you live, you can give to a food bank in your area.  Put turkey on the table in Colorado or fill a child’s bowl with mac and cheese in Atlanta.  Together, by making donations through Yes We Cans, we are giving food banks the power to buy in bulk and provide more food than each of us could donate individually. 

This election was about bringing positive change to our country.  We don’t have to wait for others to act: we can make a difference in our communities year-round.  Thanks to you, we are putting our values into action when they are needed the most. 

Yes We Cans!

Also! — If you want to volunteer or deliver goods directly to your local food bank, you can find the location of one near you by visiting Feeding America.  And please send an email to [email protected] so we can keep track of what the Democrats Work community is contributing this holiday season. 

Democrats Work: Day of Service in California and across the USA

(I’ll be at the Debbie Cook event in San Pedro – should be a lot of fun and a great way to brand Democrats as the party of service. – promoted by David Dayen)

Across the country — and in both northern and southern California — hundreds of Democratic volunteers will put their values into action during our day of service on Saturday, September 6th — cleaning up neighborhoods and parks, supporting public schools, feeding the hungry.  Will you join us?

Just click on the links to see all of the details and sign up for an event in California this Saturday:

RSVP on our website or send email to [email protected] to get involved.   

If you RSVP by midnight tonight, we will make sure you get a free Democrats Work button or t-shirt to wear while you volunteer!   

This is a great time to be a Democrat in California.  Let’s show our friends and neighbors how Democrats get things done!

California Delegates volunteer in Denver

Well, this isn’t going to push Brian’s announcement off the front page, but we are pretty excited about what the California delegation is going to be doing in Denver next Wednesday, and hope he plans to be a part of it.

Democrats Work, Volunteers for America, and the DNCC are hosting “Delegate Service Day”. Over 1,000 of the great convention delegates including Michelle Obama and President Jimmy Carter will be fanning out across Denver to give back to the city that is inviting them in.

The California delegation will be assisting in four different projects; building a playground, restoring a park, and two projects directed at improving the lives of young people.

A full list of events follows.


Organization Description

Project Description


Graffiti Removal (Stapleton)

Denver Solid Waste provides waste management service to Denver residents

Graffiti /litter removal


Front Range Earth Force

Nonprofit organization promoting respect for the environment among youth

Restoring Confluence Park


Denver Rescue Mission

Provides shelter & other necessities to Denver residents in need

Preparing and serving a meal to clients.


Urban Peak

Provides a safe haven, respect, essential services and support to homeless youth

Participating in a neighborhood block party


Trinity U.M.C.

An active church dedicated to serving the needs of parishioners and the community

Serving meals


Graffiti Removal (Downtown)

Denver Solid Waste provides waste management service to Denver residents

Graffiti /litter removal


Homes for Our Troops Move-in/ Key Ceremony

specially-adapted homes for severely-wounded Iraq war veterans. The
DNCC is supporting a house in Golden, Colo. for Staff Sergeant Travis
Strong & family

Volunteers to put finishing touches on home and present keys to family

Local elected officials, labor leaders, CUNA

Aurora Parks – Bicentennial Park

Parks and Open Space Department engages citizens in maintaining local environments

Revitalize and restore Bicentennial Park


Curtis Park

Park in historic Curtis Park neighborhood, bordering downtown Denver

Park clean-up and tree-planting, block party with local residents


Family Tree’s House of Hope

Shelter and self-sufficiency program for women and children

Participating in activities with children at site.


Force Elementary

Elementary school in northeast Denver

Helping to build a playground



Advances the social and economic empowerment of youth

Assisting in move to a new facility.



Supports and advocates for abused and neglected children in the Denver metro area

Participating in a joint learning session with youth


Cole Elementary

Denver Public School that is reopeningx after shutting its doors four years ago

Joining students for reading/ other activities


Hope Communities

Non-profit home health agency that provides home care, hospice service and community wellness programs.

Making fleece blankets for patients in hospice care


Warren Village

Motivates low-income, single parents to move from public assistance to self-sufficiency

Playing and interacting with children


Project CURE

relief organization that collects medical supplies and equipment and
donates it to developing countries.

Sorting/packing medical supplies to ship overseas to communities in need.


Women’s Bean Project

Teaches job readiness and life skills for entry-level jobs

Working alongside women at the site


Brent’s Place

Home away from home for cancer patients and their families.

Helping to clean and maintain the grounds.


Cherry Creek State Park (VOC)

Outdoor Colorado enables citizens to be active stewards of Colorado’s public lands.

Revitalize and restore areas of Cherry Creek State Park.



Provides resources for persons in crisis and creates opportunities for growth and service.

Sorting/packing emergency food boxes


Incredible Kids

National, annual letter-writing campaign urging adults to write letters of support to children in their lives.

Write letters to incredible kids in their lives and in their delegations.


Manual H.S. Community Connect

Provides high school students with opportunities to become engaged citizens in their community.

Joint learning activities with students and/or a school assembly


VOA-Mission Sort

Serves the basic needs of the most vulnerable individuals and families

Sorting food and clothing to give to local families


Blair Caldwell African American Research Library

as educational and cultural resource, focusing on history, literature,
art, music, religion, and politics of African Americans.

Hosting a reading event for children at the library and passing out school supplies.


VOA Sunset Towers-Bingo

Senior living facility that offers a variety of services.

Playing Bingo and games with residents.


VOA Sunset Park Senior Center-Bingo/Meal

Provides a variety of programs and noon meals to senior residents.

Playing bingo and other games and serving lunch


Meals on Wheels

(Stapleton: Doubletree)

Meals on Wheels prepares and delivers meals to home-bound elderly citizens

Sorting and packing food


Meals on Wheels On-Site (DTC: Sheraton)

Meals on Wheels prepares and delivers meals to home-bound elderly citizens

Sorting and packing food


Meals on Wheels (Hampden & 1-25: Four Points)

Meals on Wheels prepares and delivers meals to home-bound elderly citizens

Sorting and packing food



Serves the basic needs of the most vulnerable individuals and families

Sorting food and clothing to give to local families


CA-04: Gen. Wes Clark coming for community service event!

(Cool! – promoted by Brian Leubitz)

The results have been announced in the “Serve with the General” contest, and Gen. Wes Clark will be heading to CA-04 to participate in a community service project with Congressional candidate Charlie Brown and other area Democratic volunteers.

Competition was fierce. To secure the prize supporters of CA-04 had to take on tough competitors in over forty districts around the country.

Democrats Work soon announce the time and location of the event where you can roll up your sleeves and “Serve with the General”! You can register at the site for updates so you will not miss this chance to participate.

The official press release follows after the jump. . .  

Democrats Work and WesPAC announced today that California’s Fourth District has won the “Serve with the General” competition – an innovative, national contest that will send General Wesley Clark to California to participate in a community service project organized by Democrats Work.  California’s Fourth District, where Lt. Col. Charlie Brown (Ret.) is the Democratic nominee, edged out four other districts in the final round of voting.    

Online voters narrowed the field from forty three districts – districts where Democratic challengers are fighting to change the direction of the country – in the first round to the final five districts: California’s Fourth District, Colorado’s Fourth District, Minnesota’s Third District, North Carolina’s Tenth District, and Washington’s Eighth District.  Final round votes poured in at until midnight on Friday; in total, over 20,000 votes were cast in the contest.    

“It was a hard-fought contest with votes pouring in from across the country from people who are making community service an integral part of political activism in their neighborhoods,” said Thomas Bates, co-founder and executive director of Democrats Work.  “This contest showed that there is a real hunger for grassroots Democrats to put their values into action through service and to serve with General Clark.  We look forward to coming to the Fourth District to work with residents to show the community how Democrats get things done.”

The “Serve with the General” community service project will be announced soon.

“Service is a cornerstone upon which our country was built.  It is central to what makes America great. I was proud to serve my country in the United States Army for 34 years; now I want to make sure that our values as Democrats are shown in our actions in addition to our campaigns,” said General Wesley Clark when the contest launched on May 22nd. “In America, we work arm-in-arm with neighbors, families and friends to take care of our communities, and our politics should reflect that tradition. I’m looking forward to continuing to make a positive impact through service.”

The Fourth District starts at the Oregon border in the state’s northeast corner, then moves down along the Nevada border to Lake Tahoe in the east and near Sacramento in the district’s southwest corner.  Last September, Brown, who served 26 years in the Air Force, created the “Promises Kept Veterans Charity Challenge,” which commits 5 percent of every dollar raised by his campaign to organizations serving veterans and families in need.

The first round of voting took place from Thursday, May 22, until Friday, May 30. The field was narrowed to the top five vote getters, and the final round of voting took place from Monday, June 2, to Friday, June 6.

Democrats Work, a national organization dedicated to connecting grassroots Democrats with community service projects, has mobilized over 1800 Democratic volunteers at more than 80 service events in a dozen states since it was founded in late 2006.  General Clark serves on the advisory board of Democrats Work, along other national leaders, including President Jimmy Carter, Congressmen John Lewis (GA) and David Price (NC), former U.S. Senators Max Cleland (GA) and Gary Hart (CO), former Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater, and former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb.

During thirty-four years of service in the United States Army, General Wesley Clark rose to the rank of four-star general and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. After his retirement in 2000, he became an author, commentator, and businessman. Formed by General Wesley Clark, WesPAC: Securing America’s Future is founded on the belief that a truly secure America demands sound, wise leadership and a renewed commitment to the values that have made our nation great: service, integrity, and accountability. WesPAC is committed to working for candidates who embody these ideas. You can find out more information at

Bring Media attention to CA-04

The first round votes have been counted and we are down to the final five!  

Thousands and thousands of people cast first round votes in “Serve with the General” – the contest that will send General Wes Clark to one lucky Congressional District to participate in a community service project.  The race to get into the final round was extremely close!

Now it is time to pick from the final five districts: Washington’s 8th (Darcy Burner), California’s 4th (Charlie Brown), North Carolina’s 10th (Daniel Johnson), Colorado’s 4th (Betsy Markey), or Minnesota’s 3rd (Ashwin Madia).

Click here to cast your final round vote!

(Every district starts back at zero votes for the final round, so make sure you cast a final round vote.)

You get to decide where Democrats will roll up their sleeves at a community service event with General Clark this summer.  

So cast your vote today!  The final round of voting ends this Friday, June 6th, at 12:00 midnight eastern time.  

Thank you for your participation and for putting your Democratic values into action.  Spread the word!

Wes Clark to work with Charles Brown?

Wes Clark will be joining a Democrats Work community service project this summer, and Democrats Work and WesPAC are running a contest to decide who will Serve with the General.

Thousands of people have already voted, but voting is so close that as of this morning California’s 4th district has 70 votes separating it from first place ~ and only 17 votes before it drops out of the top 5!

On Friday, the top 5 vote getting districts will move on to the final round. A handful of votes will decide if California’s 4th is pushed out or wins it all.

If you would like to meet Gen. Clark, or to help bring him to California to serve on a community project, cast your vote here.

Serve with the General – Vote Now!

Today, the WesPAC and Democrats Work communities launched a contest to determine which Congressional District General Wes Clark is going to visit this summer.

This won’t be an ordinary visit.  General Clark will travel to one Congressional District where a Democratic challenger is fighting to change the direction of our country to work side-by-side with area Democrats to make a positive impact through community service.  We want you to tell us where we should put our values into action.  

You can cast your vote here:

For 34 years, General Clark served our country in the United States Army.  Service is a cornerstone upon which our country was built. It is central to what makes America great.  That’s why we’re excited to have General Clark join us.  We’re ready to bring a service project to a community near you. But it can only be successful if we hear from you.

Vote to bring General Clark to your district.  Or vote to send him to a district where you want Democrats to roll up their sleeves at a community service project.  We’ll invite the Democratic challenger for Congress and his or her supporters – and all of you who vote for the winning district – to join me at the service event.  And we will show everyone how Democrats gets things done.    


Vote here:

Democrats Work has helped spread a new politics of service across the country, mobilizing thousands of Democrats at more than 80 service events  cleaning up neighborhoods and parks, supporting our troops, caring for veterans, working at food banks, planting trees.  Many of you helped make that happen.

Cast your vote today to bring that same spirit of service to a great part of our country.  It is our job to spread the word far and wide.  It is your job to make sure your favorite district wins!


The first round of voting will only last until Friday, May 30th, so get your vote in today.  Only the top five vote-getters will move on to the final round!

Democrats – Help Feed San Francisco’s Hungry This Saturday!

DW Sorting ApplesThis year, the San Francisco Food Bank will deliver 28 million pounds of food to hungry families in the Bay Area.  How do they do it?  With your help! 

On Saturday, April 12th from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., join Democrats Work and the San Francisco Young Democrats to sort and package food at the San Francisco Food Bank. 

Click here for directions, details, and to RSVP.  You can also sign up by sending an email to [email protected].  The first 12 people to RSVP will get a Democrats Work t-shirt! 

We hope you’ll join Democrats of all ages to help end hunger in the Bay Area.

As faithful Calitics readers know, Democrats Work has been pushing a new “politics of service” across the country – from the Bay Area to the Chattahoochee River in Georgia.  We’re proud that in about a year and a half, we’ve been able to mobilize over 1500 grassroots Democrats at more than 70 service events in a handful of states.  By putting our values into action through service, Democrats are showing that we are walking the walk everyday.

We’re proud to stand with those who push for more progressive legislation, protest injustice, elect better Democrats, and make tangible contributions in their communities when no one is watching.  We are part of the progressive infrastructure that is going to remake this state and country.  And we’re proud to offer one more way for people to make a difference. Join us on Saturday on the march towards progress.

Democrats Work : The New Permanent Campaign

David Sirota’s nationally syndicated column this week focused on the new politics of service and the organization “Democrats Work“.

San Francisco Chronicle:

In 1976, a young political consultant named Patrick Caddell sent a memo to Jimmy Carter telling the president-elect to wage “a continuing political campaign” that fuses public policy and political goals. This doctrine became known as the permanent campaign, and it is now changing from a White House tactic into a national grassroots organizing strategy.

Today’s permanent campaign aims to ensure that the recent surge in Democratic voter turnout becomes the foundation of a lasting political infrastructure for progressives, rather than a momentary boomlet of presidential election euphoria. That means “creating mechanisms for people to remain engaged in politics between elections,” as Thomas Bates says.

He co-founded Democrats Work, a nonprofit group whose mission was on display when 12 volunteers of varying ages gathered last week to prepare dinner for residents at a Denver homeless shelter. The participants were not just giving back to their city – they were becoming Democratic Party activists.

“Lots of folks want to do community service but are not political,” says Erin Egan, who runs the 500-member Colorado branch of Democrats Work. “But when they volunteer with us, they see the Democratic Party’s values and often become committed political volunteers.”

The word is spreading! Be a part!

Our projects next month include working the San Francisco Food Bank. On March 29th we will be helping to distribute thousands of pounds of food to the hungry throughout the city. Visit Democrats Work for the details and to get updates on other projects near you.

Help make the Tenderloin Childcare Center Sparkle

Saturday, October 20th from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM
Join Democrats Work, volunteers from the San Francisco Young Democrats and the Hastings Law Dems, while we make Compass Community Services‘ Tenderloin Childcare Center (TCC) sparkle for its homeless and low-income students.

Tenderloin Childcare Center provides early childhood care and education for infants, toddlers and preschoolers from homeless and very low-income families. The program’s mission is to help at-risk children achieve age-appropriate development levels, and prepare for a successful transition to kindergarten at age five.

You’ll sweep, paint and have a great time while helping TCC to ensure that its students have a great facility in which to play and learn.
Free Democrats Work t-shirt for the first 5 people to RSVP!