Alamedan's Stand Up Against Off Shore Drilling

On February 8th, CADC members bussed to Sacramento to participate in a demonstration against off-shore drilling. They joined 500 other Californians in standing up to President Trump's off-shore drilling plan.

 Demonstrators gather outside Sacramento. [photo credit: Gabrielle Dolphin]

Demonstrators gather outside Sacramento. [photo credit: Gabrielle Dolphin]

Critics of the drilling plan cite the numerous oil spills and accidents associated with such drilling projects. If you are interested in getting involved with this cause, check out this action packet which outlines ways to support this cause or visit ProtectThePacific.com

 Demonstrators standing with their signs.

Demonstrators standing with their signs.

 Even family pets got involved in the demonstrations, including this shark/dog.

Even family pets got involved in the demonstrations, including this shark/dog.

Alameda Democrats Join for Women's March

Members from the Alameda Democratic joined together to attend the second annual Women's March in Oakland. They met up at Wes Cafe on Webster for coffee before catching a local bus to the march. An estimated 40,000 to 50,000 marchers attended the event to show support for a variety of causes.

 A group of CADC members get ready to head to Oakland for the Women's March. Photo Credit: Alan Pryor

A group of CADC members get ready to head to Oakland for the Women's March. Photo Credit: Alan Pryor

 CADC Member Cheri Johansen (center, in purple) collects signatures for a cause close to her heart. Photo Credit: Julie Casey

CADC Member Cheri Johansen (center, in purple) collects signatures for a cause close to her heart. Photo Credit: Julie Casey

 CADC Member Kim poses with the Kamala Harris campaign button she's chosen to wear to the Women's March. Photo Credit: Julie Casey

CADC Member Kim poses with the Kamala Harris campaign button she's chosen to wear to the Women's March. Photo Credit: Julie Casey

Supporting SB 562 in Sacramento

On Wednesday January 17th, CADC members Dan Wood and Cheri Johansen went to Sacramento to attend the Select Hearing on Healthcare. While there,  they stopped by Rob Bonta's office to thank him for cosponsoring SB 562, the California Healthcare for All bill.

 CADC members Cheri Johansen, club Secretary left and Dan Wood, President of Programs right pictured in Sacramento

CADC members Cheri Johansen, club Secretary left and Dan Wood, President of Programs right pictured in Sacramento

In 2017 the City of Alameda Democratic Club voted unanimously to endorse SB 562 - The Healthy California Act. If you are interested in learning more about SB 562 read here.

Observing Martin Luther King Day

On January 15th we took the time to observe MLK Day. Some members of the City of Alameda Democratic Club joined the Alameda NAACP Rally outside City Hall and participated in the event's march.

 Local Activist Rasheed Shabazz addresses the crowd. Co-President Gabrielle Dolphin and Club Member Amos White watch from the crowd.

Local Activist Rasheed Shabazz addresses the crowd. Co-President Gabrielle Dolphin and Club Member Amos White watch from the crowd.

CADC Co-President Gabrielle Dolphin was invited to speak at the rally in front of City Hall. If you weren't present to hear her moving speech, we've included it here for you:

Alameda,

I am humbled standing before you addressing Alameda’s NAACP Martin Luther King Jr. Day march and rally. To Alameda’s Black community, and all her communities of color I offer my heart and support. My message however is for my White brothers and sisters.

I fully recognize the fragility of our community around race issues, that delicate sensibility that mutes us when it’s time to speak up. Today however, is the day to speak up.

My White brothers and sisters: it is time to wake up and in the inimitable words of our Congresswoman Barbara Lee, it’s time to “Stay Woke.” It is time to make Martin Luther King’s dream a living walking reality instead of a once a year holiday we take off from work. While many participate in our community cleaning shorelines and beautifying schools, I wish this day weren’t so much a day of “service” (it reminds me of the term servitude) and instead this were a day of justice action.

Fifty five years ago Rev. King stood on the hallowed grounds of the Lincoln Memorial and proclaimed the “urgency of now” saying it would be fatal to overlook this urgency. “There is no more time for “cooling off” or the tranquility of the drug called “gradualism”. That was 55 years ago and we’re still fighting the same fight.

Dr. King reminded us of our history and the promissory note contained in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. That note guarantees ALL human beings the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. All he ever asked was that this nation holds true to its word.

You and I White brothers and sisters, we who in some form or other justified or rationalized our “goodness” our “non-prejudice” with “I have a Black friend,” or convinced ourselves we were the beacon of hope to the world in the matter of human rights - it’s time to recognize our Nation has defaulted on its note. The result has been chaos from the top down. The President of our nation unleashes and “normalizes” with impunity the most inhumane, unconscionable rhetoric on our communities of color - around the world with fallout felt locally.

You and I are complicit in this bankruptcy. Our White silence must end.

If you have caught yourself asking, “when will they ever be satisfied?” or have the need to reply, “ALL lives matter” when you hear “Black Lives Matter” - you don’t get it.
If you are convinced we live in a safe community because our Police Department is wonderful and Alamedans’ aren’t afraid to call for help - you don’t get it.
If you see a Black man walking the East side or down Grand and catch yourself thinking “why is he here?” - you don’t get it.
If you’ve thought that in the face of Police violence on the Black community, “they should just obey, they’d be ok,” - you don’t get it.
When you’ve heard “housing is a human right” do you consider Blacks not human? You really don’t get it.
If we don’t “get it” WE are the problem. Institutionalized racism and the prejudice that comes with it is impossible to spot but spot it we must. Like fish swimming in the ocean there is absolutely no awareness of being surrounded by water; unaware of what defines them, gave them birth, gives them life and sustenance and everything needed to navigate and live relatively effortlessly. In the case of institutionalized racism, there are others - people of color and the poorer among us - swimming in the sea of institutionalized racism who are gasping for air and life itself.

It’s time to get honest. It’s painful and awkward. Who wants to admit they’re prejudice? It’s like having the plague so we pretend “we’re cool, no problem here.” Then there are those who don’t care that they dislike people of color. If you meet such a person, I ask you consider ending your White silence, step out courageously and say “no” to bigotry, xenophobia, racism and hate. It starts with just one person saying, “no.”

It’s time to take action to heal our city, our state, nation and as far as that goes, our planet. The times demand it. If you have ever wondered what you would have done during slavery, the holocaust or the Civil Rights Movement - you’re doing it now.
— CADC Co-President Gabrielle Dolphin

In addition to attending the rally and marching, other club members stood vigil at the corner of Park and Santa Clara. These individuals held signs and reminded passersby that this wasn't just any three day weekend. Other members observed the day by committing acts of service. 

 Alamedan's participating in a vigil on MLK Day.

Alamedan's participating in a vigil on MLK Day.

CADC Kicks off Voter Registration for 2018!

A democracy only works if it's citizens participate, which is why it is so important to vote! We've already begun our voter registration campaign for 2018. Led by our Voter Registration Chair Alan Pryor, CADC members set up a table at the January 13th Farmer's Market to register voters. 

 From left to right: Club Members Jeanne Nader, Alan Pryor, and Michelle Pryor (no relation to Alan) enjoy a sunny day of civic duty.

From left to right: Club Members Jeanne Nader, Alan Pryor, and Michelle Pryor (no relation to Alan) enjoy a sunny day of civic duty.

In addition to our Farmer's Market Table, Program's Director Dan Wood, managed a second table the same day at the South Shore Center. Our dedicated volunteers managed to register 16 new voters!

If you're interested in volunteering for our next Voter Registration Event, it will be held on February 10th at the Alameda Farmer's Market from 9-12. Please check out our event's page for more information.

 Dan Wood, (mid right) looks over voter registration forms to ensure everything is filled out correctly.

Dan Wood, (mid right) looks over voter registration forms to ensure everything is filled out correctly.