Jeanie White, Club President
Welcome to March: primary season for California. There is so much uncertainty during this election season, and it seems like there is bad news all around us. It’s easy to feel discouraged about everything the Trump Administration is doing and be tempted to stop engaging in the political process. I read a good article that gave some good suggestions on ways to deal with our normal reactions to this challenging time in our country.
So much good happens every day despite Trump’s cruelty and misconduct. Make every effort to look for it.
Manage your social media exposure. Avoid arguing with people who aren’t likely to change their minds. It’s emotionally draining and isn’t worth it.
Surround yourself with positive people who exude resilience, hope and problem-solving skills. Develop a circle of engaged and informed friends who focus on solutions. Sounds a lot like what’s going on in the Northern Solano Democratic Club!
Our club is filled with folks who are actively involved in groups doing great work educating voters through text banking, writing postcards to voters, canvassing for local candidates, attending meetings to learn about fighting climate change and other political issues, along with working hard to get out the vote all the way down the ballot.
Please read about NSDC events and group activities in the newsletter, on the website and on Facebook. Please join us for upcoming general meetings on at the IBEW 1245 - 30 Orange Tree Circle and Stay Involved!
Our Next NSDC General Meeting will be on Monday, May 11, 2020 at 7 PM, pending the status of the statewide "stay at home" order.
Join Us the Second Monday of Each Month @ 7 PM
IBEW Local 1245 | 30 Orange Tree Circle, Vacaville, California 95687
Your NSDC Executive Board
President: Jeanie White
Vice President: Julia Routson-Thomas
Secretary: Alice Fried
Treasurer: Don Lowrie
Outreach: Sara Palmisano
Members Take Action
Next Steps Postcard Writing Effort
By Karyl Hendrick
Hi Club Members:
Ever get the feeling you’d love to do something significant to:
· Increase voter turnout or registration?
· Support candidates nominated during a primary?
· Oppose incumbents who need to go?
How about to support gun control actions, reproductive rights, or immigrant safety - to name a few?
Please come and join the Next Steps postcard writers on the 1st and 3rd Friday evenings throughout election year 2020. We try to alternate meetings in Fairfield and Vacaville.
We obtain addresses primarily from Flip the West, an organization dedicated to” flipping” incumbent Republican US Senators in several western states “upside down” and straight out of their comfy US Senate chairs! Flip the West pursues a campaign involving repeated contacts to voters, which has a proven record in improving turnout. Their campaign encourages Democrats and Independents to get registered and get out and vote for Dems running to fill those chairs and shift the US Senate majority.
Please contact Karyl Hendrick at email@example.com, who can put you on the mailing list to assure you hear about our meetings. You can also contact her to ask questions! Details will follow closer to those dates – just in case changes in location are required.
Next Steps has written for Flip the West numerous times, starting mid-year 2019. We sent postcards to crucial registered Independent voters in Arizona and Colorado, focusing on the anti-choice position taken by Senator Martha McSally and, yes, Cory Gardner. We’ve sent the message about McSally and Gardner’s weak stance (or no stance) on gun control straight to some of those same voters, and others – giving them another good reason to show up at the polls in 2020 and vote them OUT.
Please join together with many NSDC members, and other volunteers, in having a direct impact on the critical issues that keep some of us awake at night.
Please reply soon, and plan to come out and join us for upcoming meetings. Time, address, and other details will be provided to those who reply!
Democrats in Action Lunch Meeting
Please join us for the monthly NSDC Democrats in Action Lunch Meeting Thursday, May 21 at noon (pending the status of the statewide "stay at home" order). Club members meet to discuss actions we can take to engage politically in current local, state and national issues. Come share what actions you are involved in, hear what other folks are up to, or if you aren’t presently involved in any specific actions, come find out how you can become involved!
Northern Solano Democratic Club
DEMOCRATS IN ACTION LUNCH MEETING
Thursday, May 21 at noon (pending the status of the statewide "stay at home" order)
Fuso Italian Restaurant
535 Main St, Vacaville
Members participate in the Northern Solano Democratic Club Letters to the Editor/Op Ed Writers Group
The NSDC Writers Group assists club members in formulating or writing articles or letters to editor with a focus on local politics, the Democratic Party positions on issues, and responses /rebuttals to adverse articles about Democrats.
The Group convenes to review article ideas, current events, and issues. Writers volunteer to write drafts on their positions and submit drafts to a review editor(s). The editor amends the pieces as needed for clarity, correctness, and size to make them ready for publishing.
The Group plans to meet monthly at county libraries in Cordelia, Fairfield, and Vacaville on a rotation basis, if required.
The Group is led by Ric Wright - text at 925-323-0916, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and Barbara Pisching - call 707-759-5907, email email@example.com. All Democrats are welcome to write.
A comprehensive list of our local elected officials, the political party for which they're registered and their term of office.
Click here for a comprehensive list with description that Don Lowrie compiled of our local elected officials, the political party for which they're registered and their term of office. This is especially helpful in identifying non-democrats where we might look for qualified democratic candidates to run against them.
Black History Month
Kudos to our club member Alice Fried and her Black History outreach event held on February 26th at the Fairfield Civic Center Library.
Special Announcement from Sister District CA3/Indivisible Yolo County
Regarding Coronavirus Cancellations
Provided By Jim Hardwick
Yolo County released new guidelines regarding the Coronavirus this morning recommending that all non-essential large events be cancelled. You can read the full guidelines here.
With this in mind (and out of an abundance of caution), we are cancelling most events at the Volunteer Center for the near future, including phonebanks, postcard parties, and trainings. We do not take this decision lightly. We are of course disappointed, but want to prioritize the health of the community and help reduce the risk that our health care system will be overwhelmed at the peak of the spread of the virus.
We are working to develop remote training options for our events. If we get the go-ahead to reinstate small group activities like phonebanks and text training at the center, we will follow health guidelines to keep our volunteers as safe as possible.
We will continue to be open during drop-in hours for volunteers to both drop-off and pick up postcard packets for at-home activism. And we hope to soon offer you support in calling and texting voters from home.
We hope all of our friends and neighbors stay healthy.
Sister District CA-3 & Indivisible Yolo Leadership Teams
Actions you can take to elect Democrats.
Both the Democratic party and grassroots organizations need volunteers to help them elect Democrats at the national, state, and local levels. We don’t need to change anyone’s opinion. We just have to get people to vote. Less than half of the adult population votes even in a presidential election. It is even worse in mid term elections. In every election there are more people who don’t vote than vote for either candidate.
Here are some opportunities to get more Democrats to vote.
Next Steps sponsors postcard writing parties in Solano County every month, one in Fairfield and one in Vacaville. Ask Karyl Hendrick to add you to the Next Steps mailing list so she can inform you when and where these postcard writing parties will be held.
Volunteer Center, 720 Olive Dr., #D, Davis.
Several grass roots organizations have gone together to create a volunteer center in Davis. Check out the Election 2020 Volunteer Center website and calendar to learn when the Volunteer Center is open and what events are scheduled there. https://sisterdistrictca3.wixsite.com/sdca3 or ask Kelly Wilkerson, firstname.lastname@example.org, to put you on the Sister District CA-3 mailing list to receive more information on the volunteer center, postcard writing parties in private homes, canvassing trips to Arizona, phone banking and text banking training, and voter registration training opportunities., or visit the Sister District CA-3 website. https://sisterdistrict.com/volunteer/ca-3
Volunteer Center Background
Officers of several grassroots organizations developed a proposed volunteer center budget in December. They ask for donations to fund this $9500 budget. Within a few weeks they had received nearly $25,000 in donations as well as donations of labor to clean and paint the facility. Furniture has been donated as well.
CALENDAR NOW ONLINE
Our calendar of events is now too big to add to our emails. Check it out on our new website. All events are cross-listed on our Facebook page.
California Democratic Party Events
Individual dues are $30/year, or $25 if you are a student, senior, or otherwise claiming financial hardship. (Before you ask, I take you at your word!) Dues for couples are $50/year. Sustaining members pay a little extra to ensure we can cover rent and other expenses throughout the year. Sustaining membership is $60/year for individuals and $100/year for couples.
All members are asked to complete a new membership form when they renew, to ensure that we have correct and current addresses, phone numbers, and emails on file. Once you have completed the attached PDF form , you can either bring it to the next club meeting, email it back, or mail it along with your club dues to NSDC, PO Box 192, Fairfield, CA 94533.