Come Celebrate Loving Day, El Cerrito Style!

Sunday June 12, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
City Hall Civic Plaza, Manila Avenue

Let’s celebrate Loving Day on June 12th at El Cerrito City Hall.  Loving Day in El Cerrito is a celebration of racial equality, marriage equality and human equality.  

Loving Day was started by a graduate student named Ken Tanabe.  He had been studying the Supreme Court Case of Mildred and Richard Loving.  Richard Loving was a Caucasian man and Mildred was an African American woman.  Their marriage was illegal in Virginia and they were forced to leave their home after being arrested.  The Lovings and their children relocated to Washington DC where they took their case to the Supreme Court and won, unanimously.

Loving Day has become a celebration of multiculturalism and is an opportunity to learn from the past while coming together to create a future of tolerance and understanding through dialogue and education.  It is also noteworthy that it was the Loving case that was used as precedent to legalize Gay Marriage.

Join us on June 12th for this family friendly event! We will have music, crafts, photo booth fun, a reading corner, chalk art, food trucks and more! 

Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto RN
ECDC Member

(Please contact Hilary Crosby – – if you want to help staff the ECDC booth at this event.)






Our April 26 meeting, in two parts, will begin promptly at 6:30 in order to prepare for and vote for endorsements.  After our votes have been cast, we will welcome Aimee Allison, Co-Director of the Democracy in Color campaign at PowerPAC+, who will present material from Brown is the New White, How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority.  

The book by Steven Phillips, co-founder of PowerPAC+, presents a compelling description of the changing demographics of the American electorate, and how important grassroots Democratic activists will be in updating our party’s approach to reaching out to voters.

PowerPAC+ is building the political power of the multiracial majority in America in order to elect progressive leaders to public office simply because America’s politics should evolve as people of color become the majority.

Aimee Allison is a journalist, organizer, and author; her book Army of None exposed deceptive recruitment practices of the US armed forces and presented a strategy to counter military recruitment and build a better world.

Brown is the New White is an engrossing book.  Even while I was engrossed in the material, I wanted to throw the book aside and get busy working to put its ideas into practice.  I think this will be an inspiring way for us to begin our 2016 voter outreach.  We will have copies of the book for sale at our meeting.


We will be casting endorsement votes in the following races:

  • President of the United States (POTUS)
  • California Senate District 9 (SD 9)
  • Contra Costa County Democratic Party Central Committee (DPCC) Supervisorial District 1

Since the candidates for POTUS will not be available to address our club, and all three candidates for SD 9 spoke at our January meeting, representatives of their campaigns will speak for 2-3 minutes on their behalf.  

There are 8 candidates for DPCC; and each candidate will speak for 2 minutes.  

To insure that we have adequate time for our main presentation, there will be NO time allotted to ask questions of any candidates or their representatives.  

New club members who joined by March 12, and current members, will be eligible to receive a ballot.  Any member now lapsed who was in good standing as of December 31, 2015 may pay their 2016 dues and receive a ballot as well.  Ballots may be filled in and submitted for counting at any time up to the beginning of the evening’s main presentation by Aimee Allison.  



Please join Health Care for All – CA and many other organizations seeking health care equality for a march and rally at the State Capitol on Monday, May 16th.  For many years this Lobby Day has been instigated by CaHPSA (California Health Professional Student Alliance) to support single payer health care for California.  This year the focus will be on joining many organizations together in support of SB 10 to get health care coverage for undocumented adults.  We will have a bus leaving from the Ashby BART station at 8:30am that day or from the Richmond Target Store at 8:50am to Sacramento.  The bus will take riders to the start of the march which is about one mile to the Capitol.  For those who don’t wish to march, the bus will take riders to the Capitol for the rally.  The bus will return to the East Bay starting at 1pm.  We will “pass the hat” to help pay for the bus and food, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  Anyone who wishes to ride the bus needs to make a reservation for the bus by contacting Don Bechler, of Single Payer Now, at (cell: 415-810-5826).  For those who would like to join the Leadership Conference on May 15th in Sacramento for training on SB10 and training for lobbying, go to   This is a wonderful chance to join with a coalition of diverse organizations as we work towards universal, comprehensive health care coverage in California.  For further information, contact Jonee Grassi,, 510-681-6021.

Jonee Grassi
ECDC Member