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Without mental reservation or purpose of evasion…a call to Sacramento Activists

(another great post! – promoted by Brian Leubitz)

(cross posted at Dkos)

Yesterday I had my first swearing in, ever. I pledged to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California and protect them against enemies, foreign and domestic. I pledged to uphold my duties in office without mental reservation or purpose of evasion.

I am one of the newest members of the Sacramento County Democratic Central Committee. It is a committee that has done almost absolutely nothing and became so entangled in itself at one point, that it was completey destroyed and is being revamped.
Saturday we had the first retreat of the SCDCC. It was basically a 9 hour meeting where we really did get things done, an incredibly rare accomplishment. It took us about 2 hours to form a vision statement, but after that things ran pretty smoothly.

Being on the SCDCC is about as “local” as it gets in local politics. It’s an organization that *should* have power, but hasn’t in the last few years and our surroundings are becoming incredibly more red every election, even though we’re the capital of one of the bluest states in the union. We’re out to stop that, but of course, it won’t be easy. There were about 40 leaders from the sacramento area there, and I was honored to be there seeing as how, compared to the others there, I’m not that great…

There were leaders from every aspect of democratic politics, every local democratic club. Half of the members were women, there was every sexual orientation represented and there was someone from every ethinicity that I can think of. It was an inspiring group to be a part of.

Most of the day was spent in subcommittees – finance, outreach, organizational development and campaign outreach. Every subcommittee spent 4 hours discussing it’s purpose, mission, goals and responsibilities. After those 4 hours, every committee came out with incredibly ambitious goals. These goals include raising enourmous amounts of money, registering thousands of new democrats in the next two years and making sure that every local organization is coordinated as too maximize democratic victories, eventually being able to mobilize enough volunteers to help out in nevada and arizona, including much more.

These are goals that will require hundreds of other activists and central committee members. These goals will require every member to over commit themselves, attend every meeting from here on out, fulfill every single one of their responsibilities. Can this happen? Probably not. Will that stop any of us from taking action? No. There is just too much at stake. Now, in 2008, in 2012 there is everything at stake. Even if we don’t accomplish everything we’ve set out to do, even if we achieve just a fraction of what we hope to, it will be significant progress. I’m glad to be a part of it, and I hope I can hold up my end of the bargain.

And with that, if you aren’t already, I’d like to encourage you to get as local as you can in government. Whether it be a local democratic club or your local central committee – show up to a meeting, see what you can do to help. Probability says that your local government is a tragic mess and that your first meeting will scare the hell out of you and keep you from returning. But keep going back. We must all keep going back, because it is at the local level that we can, as individuals make the most difference.

If you live in the Sacramento county area and are not involved please contact me off list. We’d be more than glad to have you helping out and making a difference here in CA’s capital.

And with that, a picture of my swearing in.


I’m the goofy lookin’ one in the red =)

Running for CA Delegate – an 18 year old’s perspective

(The next generation has game, may we welcome them into the Party. – promoted by blogswarm)

(cross posted on Dkos)

Many of you know, as it has been blogged about many times both here and on calitics, the meetings to elect the next group of delegates to the California Democratic Party are being held this weekend. There are a large number of bloggers running for seats across all 80 Assembly Districts as Robert Sallady of the LA Times so eloquently blogged about and, in a much more civil and quite good article Shane Goldmacher of the Sacramento Bee also wrote about…

As announced yesterday he won his ADEM meeting, and deservingly so!! I, also won mine, making me the youngest delegate to the convention.

The whole process was alot of fun, and a bit stressful. People didn’t really find out that I was running until last weekend, because it wasn’t until then did I realize that 14 women were running for the 6 seats available. This was completely unexpected – since in the past it’s mainly been show up bases; if you showed up, you got a seat, since there really wasn’t anyone running for it. I started making phone calls like crazy.

I was referred to several bigshots around Sacramento, all of them saying I should get on this “progressive slate”. I was for it, and I liked what it stood for, so I wanted to be a part of it. It turned out though, that there were two progressive slates. One ACTUAL progressive slate – the one endorsed by the CDP and the Progressive Caucus, and another one that well, wasn’t. It was basically party progressives vs. progressives that were more progressive and therefore out to destroy the party folk. They both despised each other and I didn’t realize that they were different ones until the morning of the meeting. I got there pretty certain that I was on both slates, in addition to having just come out in the SacBee with quotes speaking, fairly harshly, out against party officials. I actually don’t want part of either of these groups. I’m just there to get things done. I don’t wish to be a part of the bickering similar to 3rd grade play ground fights that typically surrounds democratic meetings and stops things from getting done. 

Anyhow, I decided I would just show up to the meeting and campaign for me, after all, I was running. I showed up with nifty campaign fliers, that I’m fairly proud of, showing off an awesome quote that Charlie gave me to run with. I got there, with a few of my friends, and just chatted myself up all morning. Most of the hour we had to “mingle” was spent witnessing grown adults huddling into their own corners and talking about who they were or weren’t going to vote for, and convincing others to do the same. It was done in an unsurprisingly childish way – unsurprising only because I had already witnessed all of this at the last state convention last June.

Around 11 the meeting was officially convened and we began giving our speeches. Mine was pretty horrible, with me mumbling most of the time (at least that’s what it felt like) but I must have done pretty good cause I was interrupted for applause 3 times. I don’t remember what I said, but I heard it was good.

After all of the speeches we sat around for about an hour and a half waiting for the votes to be tallied. During this time at least 3 people came up to me and told me they came to vote just for me because of the article in the paper. That was very humbling and exciting to hear – the idea that I inspired people to come to a meeting similar to a circus just to vote for me – now that’s talent, haha.

Here’s a few pictures from the meeting – and I apologized that they’re too big – I couldn’t figure out how to resize them… and thanks to the commenters, they are perfectly sized.

All of the women running

Standing room only

giving my speech


In the end, after all the votes were counted (and recounted, and recounted) I ended up winning a seat on the CC. It was very exciting, and it’s a privilige to have the opportunity to make change and get things done. Right now, for me, this position is what I make it. Many have told me that you don’t really do anything as a memeber of the DSCC, but they’re wrong. Being a member of the DSCC gives you the opportunity to do what you want and what you can – whether or not you take that opportunity is up to you.

With that, I want to wish everyone else running this weekend the best of luck, and congratulate those who have already had their meeting. I congratulate you whether you won or lost, since running in the first place is a big first step to getting involved in local party politics.

Here’s a list of all of the bloggers running:

User Name AD Real Name
alecbash 13 Alec Bash
atdleft 69 Andrew Davey
auros 21 Auros Harman
bolson 35 Brian Olson
carlmanaster 75 Carl Manaster
Chris Prevatt 54 Chris Prevatt 
da 13 Dan Ancona
danwood 16 Dan Wood
dday 41 David Dayen
Donna Marie 3 Donna Joy
dougdilg 41 Doug Dilg
dwcal 53 Daniel Wang
EDN 35 Ellen Dana Nagler
Erik Love 35 Erik Love
hekebolos 42 Dante Atkins
Jenifer Fernadez Ancona 13 Jenifer Ancona
JeremyDThompson 43 Jeremy Thompson
joesha 67 Joe Shaw
kai.stinchcombe 21 Kai Stinchcombe
LBreen 44 
Leslie in CA 8 Leslie Simmons
midvalley 48 Jered Hess
murphy 43 
nicthebrick 13 Nicole Rivera
Predictor 12 Eward Boyd
ollieb 43 Todd Beeton
ordgddss 43 Carol Elaine Cyr
rebelatheart 5 Paula Villescaz
SFBrianCL 13 Brian Leubiz
SFJen 13 Jennifer Longley
soyinkafan 80 Beth Caskie
Steve Maviglio 9 Steve Maviglio

Oh, and one picture of the celebrations afterwords, haha.

CRAZY TEENS take over Downtown Sacramento in a shopping cart at 1 in the morning!!!

crossing the street in a shopping cart

Running in the 5th AD

(I had the pleasure of working with Paula in CA-04. One could not find a more dedicated, smart, hard worker, especially for someone who is a senior in high school. Good luck Paula! – promoted by juls)

Hi everyone.
My name is Paula Villescaz and I am running to be a delegate to the state party in the 5th AD.
This is my first post on calitics, but I read and occasionally post on d-kos. I spent the 2006 election cycle working as a Finance Assistant, helping elect Charlie Brown to congress in the 4th CD. Through this work I became much more interested in party politics and I’ve attended two of the e-board meetings for the state party. I’ve discovered that the state party is largely composed of old buddies who get together to socialize every once in a while, with most meetings being poorly attended and little business getting done in them.

This is why I hope to get a seat in the 5th AD. Business is particularly lame in the 5th AD with there being a very small semblance of a central committee. This party can be alot more powerful and get alot of things done if it has more members that are less interested in playing musical chairs every year and figuring out who is going to move up in their careers. Last month Chairman Art Torres came out with a press release stating the main goals of the party for 2007, and I hope to be a part of the party acheiving these goals.
If you live in the 5th AD please consider coming out and voting for me. The meeting for the 5th is this saturday at 2 pm in the fair oaks library: Fair Oaks Library
11601 Fair Oaks Blvd
Fair Oaks, CA 95628

I hope you turn out!!