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Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley


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Looking for an activist club? Since 2004 we have walked hundreds if not thousands of precincts for our endorsed candidates, raised in 6 figures, phoned tens of thousands, registered thousands to vote, held informational forums, lobbied in Sacramento for fair elections and for healthcare, gotten into the Democratic party structure. Among Santa Clara County Democratic clubs we're known as the club that walks the walk; our endorsement is sought after. See our full list of our accomplishments for 2013 & previous years.
Drop by a meeting & get to know us! You'll find us lively, well-informed, nonideological, practical, and good to be working alongside for a brighter future. To join, click Membership on the left.

Check our calendar & notices below for meeting information. All are welcome!

  • Second Wednesday of the month (as of April 2014), 7-9pm, Santa Clara county Democratic HQ in San Jose, or members' homes in Santa Clara county; see notes below
  • Working (business) meeting 12 days later (2nd Monday after the 2nd Wednesday, except none in June or December), 6:30-8:45pm. Hobee's, in The Oaks shopping center, off Stevens Creek near Hwy 85, across from De Anza College
  • Annual picnic/election of officers in June
  • Other occasions, e.g. watch parties, forums, candidate events
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 18:50

Next Meetings

Join us to ring doorbells or phonebank for Michael Eggman in Tracy!

We're going early to beat the heat!
leaving Santa Clara county from Palo Alto & San Jose around 7:30am
for the 9am-noon shift and/or 8:30am for the 10am-1pm shift.
There's also a shift  11am-2pm.

Contact Mary This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for info or to sign up!
We've adopted Michael's campaign; a red district that we can help turn blue!
This kind of outreach PAYS OFF!
If you haven't done this before you'll be paired with a veteran doorbell-ringer. Come get some experience for the big push in the fall.

Working Meeting Monday July 21  6:30 - 8:45pm
The Oaks shopping center, Stevens Creek near Hwy 85)
Program (Link) Meeting Wednesday August 13 6:30 - 8:45pm
Initiatives on our November
ballot: what would they do? who's behind them?
Insightful club members research each one, present their findings briefly.
JOIN US for an informed and informative discussion!
Socializing and munchies 6:30
(bring something to share if convenient)
Program starts 7pm
County Democratic Headquarters, 2901 Moorpark (off Winchester), #110, San Jose 95128
Working Meeting Monday August25,  6:30 - 8:45pm
The Oaks shopping center, Stevens Creek near Hwy 85)
Congratulations to our new steering committee, elected at our annual picnic June 21 at Ponderosa Park in Suunyvale:
Co-Chairs John Comiskey and Alice Smith
Recording Secretary Mary Gill
Corresponding Secretary Swanee Edwards
Treasurer Don Mayall
At-Large: Karen Porter and Lucas Ramirez

The Club is very appreciative of outgoing At-Large steering committee members Emilie Gatfield and Jill Chesler for their 2 years' service!
NOTE: You don't have to be a steering committee member to take an active role in the club!
Celebrating ten years of stellar activism!
Several electeds and candidates spoke to us as well!
Many of us enjoyed meeting Linda Gass at our club fundraiser at her studio (www.lindagass.com) last month.
Thanks to Linda & all who contributed!
Last Updated on Saturday, 12 July 2014 20:20

2014 Endorsements and Goals

Our endorsements so far--please see websites to volunteer and/or donate:

WHEN YOU VOLUNTEER, be sure to say you’re a member of the Dean Democratic Club!

2014 Goals as ranked at our January 13 meeting

Task forces for each goal category determine focus of our efforts for the year. You  can sign up for a task force at any of our meetings. Task forces will be prioritizing their specific goals; a temporary sampling is below.

Candidates (40 votes)
Elect Michael Eggman to Congress (CD10), re-elect McNerney, Honda, Bera
Recruit more women to run for office in CA
Phonebank to help turn Congress blue
Return Ruiz, Capp, Brownley, Peters to CongressRecruit and support progressive candidates for all offices from the bottom up
more . . .

Social Justice (34 votes)
Support low-cost housing for seniors
Support single-payer healthcare
Help provide info on the Affordable Care Act . . .
Support raising the minimum wage
Support immigration reform
Oppose the death penalty & work on alternatives
Support food stamps & aid for the homeless
Stop human trafficking on the state level

Environment (28 votes)
Current: Stop fracking in CA; monitor & support Palo Alto anaerobic digester;
monitor the situation with the Lehigh cement plant; use this year's campaigns to raise awareness re environmental issues
Perennial: Learn about & monitor CA water issues; energy issues, including anything related to climate change; wildlands, wilderness, and agricuture issues; monitor accountability of local officials on environmental issues

Goverment Accountability (7 votes)
Further campaign finance reform, including passing the DISCLOSE Act (SB52)
Strengthen our relationships with legislators & do more advocacy
Lobby city councils & county boards for our legislative goals
Support divestment of local citie from gun manufacturing investments/'Decrease military spending & support greater oversight of the NSA
more . .. .

Club Support (6 votes)
Fundraise & increase membership
Hold a speaker series to support our club
Work on messaging & public relations

State Issues (1 vote)
Support gun safety laws
Support raising the minimum wage
Oppose the open primary in CA
Build support for an oil severance tax
Restore state funding to CSU & state education systems
more . . .

Research (1 vote)
Analyze strength of the districts in local cities re progressive/conservative orientation
Research & study specific issues that require complex analysis


Last Updated on Saturday, 12 July 2014 20:21