All Care Alliance endorsement

At the Sep 24, 2013, meeting, the Club unanimously endorsed the new AllCare Alliance campaign, with the endorsement statement:

“We believe that health care is a basic human right, and everyone is entitled to highquality, affordable, comprehensive care. We support the establishment of a fully publicly financed, single-payer health care system in California and the nation.”

ECDC sponsors CDP resolution on sexual assault

Authored by club member Mister Phillips, the resolution was co-sponsored by the ECDC and passed by the state Democratic Party in July. The full text of the resolution is below, and available on the CDP website.

PROTECT SERVICE MEMBERS FROM SEXUAL ASSAULT

Resolution 13-07.35L

WHEREAS, sexual assault is a serious crime that often causes significant physical and mental harm from which some victims never recover;

WHEREAS, there were 3,374 reports of sexual assault involving members of the United States Armed Forces in fiscal year 2012; and the actual incidence of sexual assault involving members of the Armed Forces was probably much higher; the United States Department of Defense (DoD) estimates that approximately 26,000 members of the Armed Forces experienced “unwanted sexual contact” in fiscal year 2012; and

WHEREAS, the DoD admits that “[d]espite unprecedented attention and involvement from senior leadership, enhanced SAPR [sexual assault prevention and response] policies and training, and outreach to key stakeholders, sexual assault remains a persistent problem in the military;”

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the California Democratic Party urges President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, and every member of the United States Congress to use the full weight of their respective offices to substantially reduce the number of sexual assaults involving members of the Armed Forces; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, copies of this resolution shall be sent to President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, and California’s Democratic congressional delegation to encourage them in this most important effort to protect services members from sexual assault.

ECDC 2012 General Election Endorsements

At the August 25 Club meeting, the ECDC made the following endorsements for November 2012 elections:
 
WCCUSD 1: Todd Groves
WCCUSD 2: No Endorsemnt
KPPCSD 1: Pat Gillette
KPPCSD 2: Chuck Toombs
AC Transit at-large: Chris Peeples
AC Transit Ward 1: Yelda Bartlett
BART District 3: Rebecca Saltzman
BART District 7: No endorsement
WCCUSD Measure E: YES
WCCUSD Measure G: YES
 
ECDC primary election endorsements carry through to the general election when those candidates are on the November ballot. For 2012, these include:
President: Barack Obama
Senate: Dianne Feinstein
Congress: George Miller
CA Senate: Loni Hancock
Assembly: Nancy Skinner
 
ECDC endorsements are made according to the Club’s Standing Rules on Endorsements, and require an affirmative vote of 60% of the members present and voting at the endorsement meeting. Candidates endorsed by the Club may use the Club’s name as an endorser for that election, and any candidates endorsed in a primary election may carry the Club’s endorsement through to the general election if their name appears on the November ballot.