Nancy Witt 
- Volunteer of the Year!

Nancy Witt

Nancy Witt

As many of you already know, Nancy Witt has been named San Diego County Democratic Party Volunteer of the Year!

Nancy will be officially honored at the Roosevelt Dinner “Painting The Town Blue” on May 4th. We hope that everyone will attend to help celebrate!

Nancy was raised in Wisconsin, the fifth eldest of twelve children. Her mother was a great organizer with boundless energy and Nancy remembers being trained to sell raspberries from their farm, door-to-door to neighbors at the age of six – so her canvassing skills were developed at an early age!

After college in Wisconsin Nancy started work with the Social Security Administration in South Bend, Indiana. She and her first husband moved from the cold Midwest to sunny San Diego in 1971.

While she was working as a federal employee she could not fully participate in political activity under the rules of the Hatch Act. President Clinton was the first to authorize that federal employees could join political clubs (but still only run for non-partisan elected positions).

Nancy & Stewart discovered the Point Loma Democratic Club in the early 1990s and became active members.

In those years the club met in the homes of members, Robert DeVries estimates that Nancy and Stew hosted 40% of the meetings.

Nancy and Stewart also turned out several times for the club at the Del Mar Fair together with other club members Gloria Johnson, Robert DeVries, Louise Fahey, Mary Little, Paul & Nancy Shank, Edith Kaspin, Dan Morales, Stephen Wax & Laurie Price, and others – and one year Nancy and Stew were still there at midnight!

Nancy has served in various roles for the club over the years:

  • 1995-1996 Newsletter Editor
  • 1996-1999 Vice President of the Club
  • 1999-2001 First term as Club President
  • 2001-2005 Vice President of the Club
  • 2005 E-Board member at large
  • 2006-present GO Team Coordinator
  • 2005-2009 Second term as Club President
  • 2013-present E-Board Liaison GO Team

As well as volunteering in the San Diego County Democratic Headquarters’ Office, Nancy is secretary of the League of Women Voters San Diego.

As our club increased to 88 members, meeting in homes became impractical and in mid-2007 the club started meeting in the Peninsula Community Room on Sports Arena Blvd. Nancy later negotiated our current meeting location at the Point Loma Assembly in January 2009.

Nancy’s encouragement resulted in our involvement in the OB Holiday Parade starting in December 2007.

Nancy was one of the first Community Coordinators for the Grass Roots Organizing Team (GO Team) with the vision to build strong and lasting connections with neighbors and friends in each precinct. Nancy has built & nurtured a team of 28 active Precinct Leaders in Point Loma who canvassed in the last election. The GO Team was instrumental in election victories for Democrats in San Diego County in 2012.

Nancy has been a monthly contributor to the DEM Program since it started in 2007.

Nancy has also been one of the best recruiters for the club and many of us can thank her personally for introducing us to this group of progressive Democrats that we call the Point Loma Democratic Club.

Cutting Social Security and Medicare – Fix the Debt Campaign

The Fix the Debt campaign, founded and funded by billionaire Pete Peterson and approximately 100 wealthy CEOs, has a dedicated mission to cut Social Security and Medicare in order to fund further tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy. This strategy, which they sell as job creation, is merely a further redistribution of wealth from the middle class to the wealthy.

Unfortunately, this group of neo-robber barons has become entrenched in both the Democratic and Republican hierarchies. Two of their most ardent spokesman, Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles were appointed to head President Obama’s Deficit Commission. Simpson has distinguished himself with outrageous video ads attempting to turn the young against the old by urging grandchildren to stop their grandparents from stealing their future. In spite of their clear affiliations and positions on earned benefits they were represented to be a bipartisan committee to address American budget issues in a “balanced” manner. Their recommendations have paved the way for earned benefit cuts that benefit corporations and the wealthy on the backs of seniors. These earned benefits, paid for over the years of their working careers, are characterized as “entitlements” or a form of welfare rather government pensions and medical insurance that were earned and paid over a productive lifetime.

Seniors are being thrown under the bus and need to organize to protect their economic security. Whether it is forming chapters of Grey Panthers, pressuring AARP to truly lobby for seniors rather than their insurance business, petitioning the White House and Congress, etc., unless there is an organized and widespread movement seniors will become a neglected underclass.

A couple of informative links for the Fix the Debt Committee:

Details of Pete Peterson’s supergroup

Fix the Debt Portal

Vera Moldt

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Point Loma Democratic Club of which she is a member.

April 2013 Message

The East County Democratic Club has six defined purposes listed in our bylaws. For my newsletter message, I would like to expand on one listed purpose each month.

The purpose of this Club is to:
3. To build and maintain a permanent club membership of volunteers looking for ways to support our causes

Our Club has an opportunity to grow exponentially over the next years. With a concerted effort on the part of all members, we can build a great force in East County that wields its power for the good of our communities. We can start by engaging our communities, sharing our successes and leading by example.

We must engage our communities by having a Club presence at events inside and outside of East County. We have a vast geographic area and many opportunities to attend government meetings and local community events. By engaging people in our communities, we have the opportunity to foster camaraderie and develop long-lasting friendships and volunteers for our Club. The smiling faces of our members will attract other Democrats to our group.

When you’re around town, share our successes. Brag to your friends about the development of our Regional Voter Registration Teams. Share information about our candidates and how we work to help them succeed. Liberally distribute our Club’s business cards that have information about our Club meetings. Share our website information. I’ve found that when I start a conversation about Democrats, many people indulge me but it’s a way to get the word out that we actually exist and thrive in East County. Plant the seed and watch it grow.

Being a veteran, I firmly believe in leading by example. Bring a friend to our Club meetings and show them how responsible citizens work to monitor their government. Once your friend sees our can-do attitude, they will return. Someday they may volunteer on a project or even run for office.

Spend an hour with a Regional Voter Registration Team. Brainstorm for fundraising activities, projects that promote the Party and candidate recruitment. We have a great opportunity with nowhere to go but UP!

I have boxes of our Club’s business cards. See me to get a stack. Spread the word about our great East County Democratic Club.

KMO

March 2013 Message

2. Another of our Club’s missions is to inform the electorate regarding candidates and issues with regular meetings. To that end, our Board is working hard to encourage officeholders to attend our meetings and briefly update our members on the governmental activities within their jurisdictions.

We are painfully aware that we have very few Democratic officeholders in East County. Therefore, we are inviting those who hold nonpartisan offices to speak to our members and provide us with the unique opportunity to converse with those who represent us in our government. After all, they represent all citizens within their districts and should speak with and answer to all of us. Of course, we will provide as much notice as we can so we can prepare our lists of questions and/or concerns.

If you have a favorite representative whom you would like to see at our meeting, let us know. We will do our best to get them to a Club meeting to address our members and to answer our questions.

 KMO

March Message

2. Another of our Club’s missions is to inform the electorate regarding candidates and issues with regular meetings. To that end, our Board is working hard to encourage officeholders to attend our meetings and briefly update our members on the governmental activities within their jurisdictions.

We are painfully aware that we have very few Democratic officeholders in East County. Therefore, we are inviting those who hold nonpartisan offices to speak to our members and provide us with the unique opportunity to converse with those who represent us in our government. After all, they represent all citizens within their districts and should speak with and answer to all of us. Of course, we will provide as much notice as we can so we can prepare our lists of questions and/or concerns.

If you have a favorite representative whom you would like to see at our meeting, let us know. We will do our best to get them to a Club meeting to address our members and to answer our questions.

 KMO

Immigrant Children and a Broken Immigration Policy

Let’s give a human face to a tragic condition that demands attention, our broken immigration policy and its horrific impact on the lives of immigrant children.

Immigrant Children and a Broken Immigration Policy

(Shannon Freshwater)

Belkis Rivera was six years old, when her mother left her with relatives and fled drug gangs to live safely in America.  Seven years later, in retaliation, the gang went after Belkis, and she was forced to cross the border in search of safety and her mother.  She was caught by US Border Patrol and ended up in a broken immigration legal system.

Sonia Nazrio, “Child Migrants, Alone in Court” (NYT, April 10, 2013) explains, ”In a nation that prides itself on the fact that everyone accused of a crime — murderers, rapists — has the right to a lawyer, undocumented immigrants, even when they are unaccompanied children, are not entitled to a public defender. Although some children are represented by pro bono lawyers or, for the few whose families can afford it, private lawyers, it’s estimated that more than half of them go to court alone. These children — some as young as 2 years old — have no one to help them make the case that they should not be deported.”

Click on the link Sonia Nazrio’s NYT Op Ed,  ”Child Migrants, Alone in Court,” and follow the tragic story of Bilkis and so many other immigrant children, who are confronted with an immigration system that is broken.