I had a great time at Auburn’s (California) Big Auburn Pow Wow. I chatted with people from groups that work with Native Americans (and others) to provide basic services, like health care, to many who would do without otherwise. I also had the opportunity to meet veterans from the Korean war and onward. There were a surprisingly large number of native veterans in attendance.
However, I was disturbed by the large number of people who thought they could not register to vote. Continue reading
If you are a California Democrat, you have more power than you think. A well placed phone call or email can make YOUR voice heard by the California Democratic Party.
So there I was, two days into a four-day vacation visiting my uncle and cousins who I’d not seen in forty years. I was looking at a menu and realizing that although I’ve become much prouder and more atune with my Mexican heritage, that I was still, in many ways, “pocho.” Continue reading
As some of you may know, I’m active with my local Democratic party. I’m a member of the Placer County Democratic Central Committee. With the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, we’ve had a tremendous increase of interest in our Democracy. This is a good thing. This new interest has sparked tremendous growth in activism and participation in many local organizations. But, as is often the case, with new growth come growing pains. But regardless of these (temporary) pains, we must carry on to accomplish our mission. We must keep our eyes on the prize. Continue reading
Very often, I hear some of my fellow Democrats bemoan “low-information” voters who seem to support the GOP in spite of their best interests. Having suffered a perplexing and frustrating loss in the 2016 general election, Democrats across the nation have been looking for explanations for this loss. But one thing that we have not done enough of (in my opinon), is to focus on our failure to connect with people in the “red” areas of our state and nation and to communicate our platform to them.