Contra Costa Democrats in Action!

Vacancy: The Democratic Party of Contra Costa County seeking 2nd Vice Chair

At our November 16, 2017 meeting, 2nd Vice Chair Anamarie Avila Farias was elected to 1st Vice Chair.  As a result of the election, there is an officer vacancy of  2nd Vice Chair.  The election will take place at the January 18, 2018 membership meeting.  Interested candidates must be regular elected or appointed members in good standing.  Read more...

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DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
invite you to our annual
HOLIDAY PARTY

Celebrate the Holiday Season with your fellow Contra Costa County Democrats, Elected Officials and *Special Guests.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14
6:30 PM to 9:30PM

IBEW Local 302
1875 Arnold Drive
Martinez, CA 94553

*Special guests include:
Delaine Eastin, CA Gubernatorial Candidate
Congressman Mike Thompson
State Senator Bill Dodd
State Senator Nancy Skinner
Assemblymember Tony Thurmond
CCC District Attorney Diana Becton
CCC Supervisor John Gioia

Please bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to the families impacted by the North Bay Fires

Join us for great food and fellowship while supporting our efforts to elect Democratic candidates in 2018 and ensure Contra Costa County stays blue in the future !!

Tickets:
$20 in advance
$25 at the door
Children under 12 free
$100 Sponsorship (1 ticket incl.)

Buy tickets at ActBlue or send check
to DPCCC, 702 Windmill Ct., Concord, CA 94522

~ Order your Ticket(s) by DECEMBER 7th. Sponsorships are $100.00 or more, if you wish, which includes event recognition and dinner ticket.
If you can not attend, please consider sponsoring a guest(s).

* Special Guest: candidates for elected office. This does not indicate an endorsement of the DPCCC.


In January 2017 Tbutton.gifhe Democratic Party of Contra Costa elected new leadership; representing over 311,000 registered Democrats. We are actively working together with our allies to increase participation, awareness and action in communities all across the county. Contra Costa. [read more]

We support issues that protect the safety net for working families, children, immigrants, seniors, LGBTQI community, and those that have been disenfranchised by racism and discrimination.

We speak out and take action when we see injustice: Environmental, Education, Economic and Social Join us in physically make a difference.

And it starts with you. We absolutely want to hear from you...

  • What local [city and county] issues are dear to you?
  • How about State and National Politics, what gets you fired up?
  • What can we do for you?

DEMOCRATS IN ACTION: The Democratic Party of Contra Costa County is the voice of over 311,000 registered Democrats. We support issues that protect the safety net for working families, children, immigrants, our seniors, LGBTQ community and those that have been disenfranchised by institutional racism and discrimination. We speak out when we see injustice.

We must Build the Bench for 2018 & 2020:

  • Develop and train young and emerging leaders to run successfully for elected office.
  • Support progressive democratic leadership that reflects the diversity of Contra Costa County.

Let's Lace Up Those Shoes, Make Some Noise and Organize. We are Democrats in Action.


DEMOCRATS IN ACTION: The Democratic Party of CCC is the voice of over 311,000 registered Democrats in Contra Costa County.  We support issues that protect the safety net for working families, children, immigrants, our seniors, LGBTQ community and those that have been disenfranchised by institutional racism and discrimination.  We speak out when we see injustice.2017 Democratic Party of Contra Costa Chair Maria AlegriaWe are dedicated volunteers working with our allies to elect democrats, pass effective legislation and empower our democratic clubs and community to take action. Our job as Democrats requires a multi-faceted approach. At the national, state and local level, we must Resist Trump’s Executive Orders. Locally, we must Build our Party by registering voters, support grass-roots organizing efforts, empower our Democratic Clubs, and Get Out the Vote (GOTV). We must “Build the Bench” for 2018 & 2020:  

  • Develop and train young and emerging leaders to run successfully for elected office.  
  • Support progressive democratic leadership that reflects the diversity of Contra Costa County.

 Let’s Lace Up Those Shoe’s, Make Some Noise and Organize.  We are Democrats in Action.

Sincerely,
Maria Alegria
510-366-6511
Chair, Democratic Party of CCC


Contra Costa County’s Democratic Leadership Elect New Officers to Lead Their Party on the Eve of Trump’s Inauguration

PLEASANT HILL, CA - The Democratic Leadership representing over 311,000 registered Democrats in Contra Costa County elected new Officers by acclamation at its reorganization meeting on January 19, 2017, the eve of Republican President Trump’s Inauguration. Also elected were members of the Executive Committee and dpccc_charter_clubs.jpgCalifornia Democratic Party Convention delegates - these are two-year terms.

“We are at the precipice of a constitutional crisis. We must stand united as Democrats to fight against Presidential Executive Orders that erode our constitutional protections. Most importantly, we must “build a bench” of progressive democratic leaders and hold elected officials accountable to the agenda of the democratic values that protects the principles of equality, compassion, and the freedom of religion that our nation was founded upon. “says María Alegría, Chair of the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County. 

“This is truly an extraordinary time for our nation, for the Democratic Party and for our communities. We must remain vigilant and continue to speak out and stand up for our democratic values. Let’s Lace Up our Shoes and Organize!” said María Alegría. 

The Officers are Chair, María Alegría, former Mayor of Pinole and lifelong human and immigrant rights activist; 1st Vice Chair, the Honorable Mike McGill, Central Contra Costa Sanitary District Board of Directors, Danville; 2nd Vice Chair, Anamarie Avila Farias, recent Vice-Mayor of Martinez and Gubernatorial Appointee to the Board of the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA); Controller, Greg Sanborn, Concord and Secretary, Diddo Clark, Attorney at Law, Walnut Creek. 

Executive Committee members representing the following County Supervisorial Districts include: District 1, Michael Nye, Richmond; District 2, Carolyn Phinney, Orinda; District 3, Paul Seger, Oakley; District 4, Chuck Carpenter, Concord and District 5, Nadine Peyrucain, Martinez. 

The Democratic Party in Contra Costa County (DPCCC), serves as the official governing body of the Democratic Party in Contra Costa County, in cooperation with The California Democratic Party and the Democratic National Committee. Its purpose is to promote development of the Democratic Party in Contra Costa County, register voters as Democrats and promote and support the election of Democrats. 

The Democratic Party of Contra Costa County holds monthly meetings that are open to all members of the Democratic Party. Monthly meeting are held on the 3rd Thursday from 7pm-9pm at JFK University, Room S209, 100 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA.


August 2017:


The Contra Costa Dems Annual BBQ

Honoring those who "Resist" and also Work for Change

· Hosted by Democratic Party of Contra Costa County
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Saturday, August 5 at 12-4 PM
Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area
6531 San Pablo Dam Rd, El Sobrante

    The Contra Costa Dems invite you for a fun afternoon at our Annual BBQ on Saturday, August 5, from noon to 4 pm in El Sobrante. You will enjoy terrific food and a wonderful opportunity to mingle with great Democrats, including a number of our elected Democratic officials.
Please try to RSVP to DPCCC by Thursday, July 29th to get the location details and to allow us to plan well for the food and drinks. We encourage you to bring friends and neighbors.
Purchase tickets at ActBlue: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/dpccc2017bbq

Please make checks payable to:
Democratic Party of Contra Costa County,
FEC # C0045676 / FPPC# 990861,
PO Box 4112, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-4112

Paid for by Democratic Party of Contra Costa County and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

Contributions to the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.  Your contribution will be used in connection with federal elections and is subject to the limitations and prohibitions of the Federal Election Campaign Act.  Contributions use in connection with federal elections are limited to $10,000 (Limit shared with California Democratic Party) per calendar year.  Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, address, occupation and name of employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year.  Corporate, Union and Business Entities contributions are acceptable under California law to be used in connection with nonfederal elections.  California law permits contributions up to $36,500.00 per calendar year for use in supporting state candidates.  There are no limits on contributions used for purposes other than supporting state candidates.


Activists Unite! Come Party! Great Food!

· Hosted by Democratic Party of Contra Costa County | Facebook event

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Orinda Community Church

10 Irwin Way, Orinda

Activist Groups and Clubs Come Meet Each Other!
Have you wanted to meet all the new activist groups under one tent? Come to our 1st Activists Unite Event! Meet other activists! Haven't you been dying to learn their vision and activities! Come party and meet others who share your values.
     The Contra Costa County Democratic Party Central Committee invites Activist groups and Democratic clubs to Table & increase your membership! Tell us what you do. Bring flyers & sign-up sheets.
     One thing we all agree upon? We want to FLIP CD10 and replace the current Congressman who hates science; denies climate change; denies a woman's right to choose; is against gay marriage; and wants to repeal Obamacare & take away health care benefits from 1 in 7 of his constituents. We all want to elect a Congressperson in CD10 who shares our values! Party! Have drinks and snacks and mingle!
  • Former Congressman Pete McCloskey will be speaking! Author of the Endangered Species Act; co-Chair of Earth Day
  • Hear from Michael Eggman who almost won CD10 in 2016 and deciding whether or not to run again;
  • Congressman Mark DeSaulnier is planning to attend, barring craziness in D.C.; Other elected officials invited!
  • Chief of Staff, Tim Sbranti will tell us about Eric Swalwell’s efforts to flip congressional seats in California and more;
  • Patty Hughes, Vice-Chair of the CDP Rural Caucus for Central CA and other activists local to CD10 will talk to us 5 minute walk from Orinda BART. $5 per person donation requested, but not required, to cover rent, food and drinks.
Paid for by Democratic Party of Contra Costa County and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

Contra Costa Democrats to welcome California Senate Pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) at March Central Committee meeting

DPCCC 2017 March Membership MeetingPlease join the Democratic Party of Contra Costa (DPCC) at JFK University, 100 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill on Thursday, March 16, 7pm. Senate Leader Kevin de León will discuss Senate Bill 54 which he introduced in December of last year to "Freeze out ICE."pro tempore kevin de leon.png

“To the millions of undocumented residents pursuing and contributing to the California Dream, the State of California will be your wall of justice should the incoming Administration adopt an inhumane and over-reaching mass-deportation policy,” said Senator de León. “We will not stand by and let the federal government use our state and local agencies to separate mothers from their children.”

DPCC Executive Committee Second Vice Chair, Anamarie Avila Farias is, "honored to have him as our guest. I'm glad we will have the opportunity to speak to him directly about the issues impacting our communities."

DPCC Central Committee meeting with California Senate Pro Tempore Kevin DeLeon speaking about SB 54, the California Values Act, will prevent the use of state and local public resources to aid federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in deportation actions. Public is Invited.
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Legislative Action Alert

The Contra Costa Democratic Party strongly supports the CA Values Act (SB 54) which would ban local and state law enforcement officials from performing duties of federal immigration officers. This Senate bill authored by Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León has passed two committees and is headed to the Senate floor for a key vote. If it becomes law, California will lead the way and open the door for other states and counties to adopt similar progressive pro-immigrant policies that take the state and local law enforcement out of deportations. costa support ca values act

We urge you to call your Senator!

Unfortunately, during this critical time, the bill faces stiff opposition, especially from the Sheriffs around the state who seem willing to support Trump's deportation agenda. Contra Costa County Sheriff Livingston is actively opposing this legislation.

We need your help to send a strong message to our elected officials that Trump's anti-immigrant politics won't be tolerated in California.

Here are a few steps to take action now!

1. Call your State Senator to urge them to vote in support of SB 54

“Hello, my name is _________ and I would like ask _________ to vote YES on the California Values Act, SB 54. This important immigrant rights bill is headed to the Senate floor. The bill will ensure that state and local resources are not used to further mass deportations. The California Values Act will uphold our core principles of equal treatment, community, and compassion. Say NO to Trump’s mass deportation programs, please vote YES on SB 54. Thank you.”

Senator Bill Dodd (Napa): 916-651-4003

Senator Steve Glazer (Contra Costa): 916-651-4007

Senator Nancy Skinner (Contra Costa) 916-651-4009

2. Tweet your State Senator

Vote YES on #SB 54. CA must lead the way against Trump’s racist, anti-immigrant agenda. #SB54 will protect immigrants from deportation! #CALeg

@Steve_Glazer
@billdoddca

If we work together, we can pass SB 54 in California and create a model for the rest of the nation, saying loud and clear "Our local police should protect all members of our communities, and not help enforce Trump's agenda of hate.


Message from Chair:

At our October 19th membership meeting, I officially announced the  following DPCCC leadership vacancies. Interested candidates, please contact me at chairalegria@gmail.com.

  • Regular Members, Two (2) openings in Supervisorial District 2.  The term of each position is through January 2021.  

  • District 2 Representative to the Executive Committee. The term is through January 2019 .

  • First Vice Chair (Elections). (Appointment to fill the rest of the 1st Vice Chair Officer’s term through January 2019).

  • Election Committee Chair. (appointment to fill the rest of the Election Committee Chair’s term through January 2019).

  • Two (2) Temporary appointments to California State Convention (DSCC) through January 31, 2018.

 

Duties and Responsibilities of each leadership vacancy is listed below:

Regular Members, Two (2) openings in Supervisorial District 2.  The term of each position is through January 2021.  

  • Per the DPCCC  Article 3, Sec. 8, Vacancies, “if a seat of an Elected or Appointed Member becomes vacant, a notice of vacancy shall be posted on the DPCCC website and distributed to all chartered clubs serving the Supervisorial District of the vacant seat.”

  • Those eligible to fill the seat must be registered Democrats from the Supervisorial District 2.

District 2 Representative to the Executive Committee. The term is through January 2019 .

Executive Committee:

  • The members of the DPCCC Executive Committee are its elected officers plus one District Representative from each supervisorial district and the immediate past Chair if a member of the DPCCC; 

  • Each District Representative on the Executive Committee shall be a Regular Elected or Appointed member elected by the voting members who reside in that supervisorial district; and

  • The Executive Committee shall carry out the general administrative functions of the DPCCC or any other duty or responsibility granted thereto by resolution of the DPCCC membership.

First Vice Chair (Elections). (Appointment to fill the rest of the 1st Vice Chair Officer’s term through January 2019). Interested candidates,  please contact me at chairalegria@gmail.com.

The First Vice-Chair shall assist the DPCCC Chair in the performance of the Chair's duties. To the extent necessary, the First Vice-Chair shall exercise the powers of the Chair in the event of the Chair’s absence. In the event that the office of Chair is vacated, the First Vice-Chair shall assume the duties of the Chair until a new Chair has been elected.

Other responsibilities of the First Vice-Chair include:

  • Oversight of those standing committees responsible for mobilizing election activity to support Democratic issues and candidates;

  • The administration, management, and strategic use of the MOE system within the county; and

  • Appointment of a MOE administrator.

  • DPCCC Bylaws Article 5, Organization; Sec 3b:

  • b. Such vacancy shall be filled by election of a qualified candidate at a regular meeting no later than sixty (60) days after the official notice of vacancy;

Election Committee Chair. (appointment to fill the rest of the Election Chair’s term through January 2019). Interested candidates,  please contact me at chairalegria@gmail.com.  

The Elections committee shall function as a standing committee of the DPCCC. The chair of the Elections Committee shall be nominated by the First Vice-Chair and confirmed by the DPCCC. The Elections Committee shall:

  • Work with the relevant committees to provide for a coordinated campaign as appropriate;

  • Work with the Chair of the DPCCC to conduct a DPCCC slate card campaign in conjunction with the CDP;

  • Develop and conduct training workshops for Democrats interested in running for public office;

  • Cooperate with and assist all local Democratic Election Campaigns, and any state and national campaigns as needed;

  • Help in planning and carrying out an effective “Get Out The Vote” (GOTV) campaign including both Vote by Mail (VBM) and Election Day poll efforts;

  • Develop and maintain, in cooperation with clubs, elected officials and other organizations, a program for providing volunteers for carrying out Democratic campaigns; and

  • Plan and implement an ongoing countywide voter registration program and Vote by Mail conversion program.

DPCCC Bylaws Article 5, Section 5,c.:

Committee chairs shall be nominated by the designated officer cited in Section 6 by the first Regular Meeting following the Organizational Meeting or the first Regular Meeting following a committee chair vacancy, subject to the confirmation of the voting members of the DPCCC. Should the designated officer fail to nominate a committee chair, a majority of the Executive Committee may make the nomination subject to the confirmation of the voting members of the DPCCC;

Two (2) Temporary Delegate appointments to California State Convention (DSCC) through January 31, 2018.

Contra Costa Democratic Party CDP Delegate Selection Procedure (1.19.17)

This procedure sets forth methods to be used by the Contra Costa Democratic Party (DPCCC) to select delegates to the California Democratic Party (CDP) state conventions. The CDP establishes the number of delegates from the DPCCC based on the democratic votes in the last general election.

DEFINITIONS of CDP Delegate: Registered Democrat either selected by Assembly District caucus or selected by the DPCCC, living within Contra Costa County.

Elected Members: Members of the DPCCC elected by Supervisor District who are current on their annual DPCCC dues.

Appointed Members: Registered Democrats residing in a Supervisorial District appointed by the DPCCC to fill the vacancy of an Elected Member in that Supervisorial District.

Alternate Members: Members of the DPCCC appointed by Elected Members to represent them in their absence and who are current on their annual DPCCC dues.

Ex-Officio Alternates: Members of the DPCCC appointed by elected state and congressional officials to represent them when they are not in attendance at DPCCC Meetings and who are current on their annual DPCCC dues..

Associate Members: Members of the DPCCC by paying annual dues.

PROCEDURE

CDP Delegates will be selected by a caucus of members within each Supervisor District convened by the DPCCC E-Board Supervisor District representative.

Delegate slots will be allocated to each Supervisor District as follows:

  • Each Supervisor district will have a base number of CDP Delegate positions equal to the number of allowed Elected Members from that Supervisor district.

  • The balance of remaining available positions shall be apportioned to each Supervisor District based on the number of democrats within that District.

  • Delegate selection shall maintain gender equity per the “Equal Division Rule” of the CDP bylaws.*”

DPCCC Members shall caucus by Supervisor district to select their allocated number of CDP Delegates by the following priority:

  • Elected & Appointed DPCCC Members within the Supervisor District.

  • Alternate DPCCC Members & Ex-Officio Alternate Members living within Supervisor District.

  • Associate Members living within the Supervisor district.

The DPCCC E-Board Supervisor District representative shall report the results of the caucus to the DPCCC Chair at least seven (7) days prior to the CDP Delegate list submission date.

The DPCCC Chair shall fill any remaining open CDP Delegate positions.

Revised January 19, 2017 (*motion passed to amend the procedure to include gender equity which is consistent with the CA State Party.)

For more information, view the DPCCC bylaws on the website,http://www.contracostadems.org/about 

 


Urgent Actions & Upcoming Events

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Democratic Party Business
All are welcome
 Thursday, July 20, 2017
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
JFK University
100 Ellenwood Way, Pleasant Hill
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Contra Costa Dem's
BBQ & Social

Fun filled afternoon
at our Annual BBQ

 Saturday, August 05, 2017
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area
6531 San Pablo Dam Rd, El Sobrante

 


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CALL TO ACTION!
STOP The Jail Expansion

Let’s fill up the Board Chambers!
Bring your friends, family and children.

Board of Supervisors meeting
9am - Public Comment
651 Pine Street, Martinez

     
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Activist Groups & Clubs
Meet Each Other and Party!
More Info Above!

Orinda Community Church
10 Irwin Way, Orinda

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DPCCC Central Committee
Democratic Party Business
All are welcome 

 Thursday, June 15, 2017
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
JFK University
100 Ellenwood Way

 


 

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Antioch- Joint Town Hall
Representatives DeSaulnier CA11 &
McNerney CA09

Saturday, April 08, 2017
10:30 a.m. to noon
Nick Rodriguez Community Center
213 F Street, Antioch

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Richmond- Town Hall
Representative DeSaulnier CA11

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Lovonya Dejean Middle School, MPR
3400 Macdonald Ave. Richmond

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Lafayette- Town Hall
Representative DeSaulnier CA11

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Stanley Middle School, MPR
3455 School Street, Lafayette
213 F Street, Antioch

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DPCCC Central Committee
Democratic Party Business
All are welcome

Thursday, April 20, 2017
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
JFK University
100 Ellenwood Way

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Activist Groups & Clubs
Meet Each Other and Party!
More Info Soon!

Orinda Community Church
10 Irwin Way, Orinda

 


Congressman DeSaulnier Announces Upcoming
Town Halls in Antioch, Richmond, and Lafayette

 Walnut Creek, CA – Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) announced that he will host town hall meetings in Antioch, Richmond, and Lafayette during the month of April. Mark has hosted 39 town halls and mobile district office hours throughout Contra Costa County since taking office in 2015.

Congressman DeSaulnier invites residents to join him at one of his upcoming town hall meetings to listen to a Congressional update, to ask questions, and to share thoughts on issues of importance. Congressman DeSaulnier will also discuss the broad range of constituent services his office can provide.

Joint Antioch Town Hall with Representatives DeSaulnier (CA-11) and McNerney (CA-09)
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10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Nick Rodriguez Community Center
213 F Street
Antioch, CA 94509

Details: Please RSVP to CA.11RSVP@mail.house.gov
or call 925-933-2660

Richmond Town Hall
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Lovonya Dejean Middle School, Multipurpose Room
3400 Macdonald Ave
Richmond, CA 94805
Lafayette Town Hall
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Stanley Middle School, Multipurpose Room
3455 School Street
Lafayette, CA 94549

Please RSVP to CA.11RSVP@mail.house.gov or call (925) 933-2660. For more information or to request ADA accommodations contact Congressman DeSaulnier’s office in either Walnut Creek or Richmond.


Contra Costa Democrats to welcome California Senate Pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) at March Central Committee meeting

DPCCC 2017 March Membership MeetingPlease join the Democratic Party of Contra Costa (DPCC) at JFK University, 100 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill on Thursday, March 16, 7pm. Senate Leader Kevin de León will discuss Senate Bill 54 which he introduced in December of last year to "Freeze out ICE."pro tempore kevin de leon.png

“To the millions of undocumented residents pursuing and contributing to the California Dream, the State of California will be your wall of justice should the incoming Administration adopt an inhumane and over-reaching mass-deportation policy,” said Senator de León. “We will not stand by and let the federal government use our state and local agencies to separate mothers from their children.”

DPCC Executive Committee Second Vice Chair, Anamarie Avila Farias is, "honored to have him as our guest. I'm glad we will have the opportunity to speak to him directly about the issues impacting our communities."

DPCC Central Committee meeting with California Senate Pro Tempore Kevin DeLeon speaking about SB 54, the California Values Act, will prevent the use of state and local public resources to aid federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in deportation actions. Public is Invited.
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