Kathi Anderson, Co-founder and Executive Director of Survivors of Torture International will be our guest speaker. Survivors of Torture International is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for survivors of politically motivated torture and their families who live in San Diego County. San Diego is one of the top destinations for refugees and is home to an estimated 35,000 survivors of torture. Kathi will discuss how this organization works to heal the victims’ deep wounds and to foster their transition into society, made more challenging in today’s political climate.
We will also be holding the annual election for club officers.
Please join us, we are open to the public. We meet at Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont. Social 6:30, Program 7:00.
Hi Fellow Democrats, October 17th is our annual Octoberfest meeting. We will be having a Democratic Vent Day with one free drink and appetizers at Jimmy’s in Santee starting at 6 pm. We will also be voting on board members for the next 2 years according to our by-laws. The slate is Suzanne Hansen for President, Linda Nickerson for Vice-president, and Eugene Cook for Treasurer. We currently need a Secretary and would love to have a volunteer for that position. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 619-888-3716. We are looking forward to seeing you at our Octoberfest. Suzanne Hansen, President, East County Democratic Club
Can you believe we’re already into October!? There is a lot going on this month, too.
October is LGBTQ History Month. First celebrated in 1994, October includes National Coming Out Day on October 11th, and the first two national marches for LGBT rights in Washington D.C. occurred in October in 1979 and 1987, respectfully.
Of course, our club has much to celebrate throughout our history here in San Diego. What started as near-secret meetings in living rooms, has blossomed into what our club is today.
To help reflect on that history, a couple weeks ago, we honored longtime member and — the 5th president of our club — Jeri Dilno with an honorary street. Jeri has been a legendary figure in our community and political circles for decades, having helped organize the San Diego Pride march in 1975.
Our members make history. You can argue that no one has played a role in making that history more so than Jeri Dilno.
Before I forget, we definitely want to thank all of those club members who made it out to AIDS Walk last weekend. Because of your efforts, our club raised over $1,400! Very much appreciated!
This Saturday, October 5th, the California Democratic Party’s pre-endorsement conference will be held in Region 20, which includes Assembly Districts 77, 78, 79, and 80. Doors open for the Region 20 conference at 2:00pm, and will be held at the San Diego Education Association at 10393 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, CA 92108.
Our Regional Director Michelle Krug is asking for volunteers to step up and help with check-in and counting of the ballots. If you’d like to volunteer to help, please give her a call at 619-917-9343.
I also included proposing to change the “Acceptable” rating moniker to “Qualified” much like the County Democratic Party did a couple of years ago. “Unacceptable” is open to interpretation. Changing it to “Unqualified” I suppose works, but we could propose to change it to something much more… I dunno… negative, perhaps? “Reject” comes to mind, but now it feels though I’m rambling.
A number of club members have been asking — nay, pleading with me by e-mail, voicemail, and carrier pigeon — to adopt ranked-choice voting for our endorsements. Presumably, once these our voted on at our next meeting, they will take effect, and we will adopt that style moving forward.
Speaking of our next meeting, we have decided to split October into two meetings: Thursday, Oct. 17 and Thursday, Oct. 24. Both meetings will be held at 6:30pm at the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest.
For what it’s worth, my birthday is on October 21st between both meetings, so I expect there will be cake, presents, singing, and much adulation for yours truly. You can’t buy my love, but you certainly can try at our club meeting on the 17th.
HA — I’m only kidding about most of that!
I am serious about the cake though.
Possibly the presents, too.
Moving on… two more items to keep aware of…
Thursday, October 10th at 5:00pm is the upcoming Democratic presidential town hall on LGBTQ issues and we’ve organized a watch party with HRC San Diego and the San Diego County Democratic Party! We’ll be getting together at Uptown Tavern in Hillcrest. For more information, check out the Facebook event page.
Finally, Our next Freedom Awards extravaganza will be held on Saturday, January 11th! Venue and details are pending but we wanted to plant the flag early on your calendars so you’re aware!
I love you all,
Ryan Trabuco Club President San Diego Democrats for Equality
A couple months ago we learned that we had lost Cindy Green, one of our club’s longtime members.
Cindy loved this club. She donated what she could. She gave so much time, effort, and energy ensuring the success of many of our friends and family over the better course of three decades, including being first elected onto our executive board back in the mid-1990s.
This Sunday (Oct. 6), join us and our friends from the San Diego Labor Democratic Club, as we come together one last time to remember our friend and longtime club member.
The Celebration of Life for Cindy Green will be held at the Pacific Beach Woman’s Club, 1721 Hornblend Street, San Diego 92109. Let’s come together and remember fond, heartfelt memories to one of our dearest friends.
This will also be a friendly potluck, so we are encouraging everyone to bring food and drinks (non-alcoholic) to share.
Ryan Trabuco Club President San Diego Democrats for Equality
Join us for our next club meeting next Tuesday, October 8th at 7:00pm inside Elijah’s Restaurant (7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego 92111).
Assemblymember Brian Maienschein will be our guest speaker. Earlier this year, our party welcomed him with open arms as he re-registered and became a new member of our Democratic Party. Brian Maienschein has been an influential legislator in Sacramento, providing key votes on housing, homelessness, and animal welfare legislation.
Clairemont, of course, is split between Assembly Districts 77 and 78. Most of Clairemont is represented by Brian Maienschein in Assembly District 77. Todd Gloria represents the Bay Park neighborhood in Assembly District 78.
Finally, last weekend our executive board met to discuss and plan out the rest of the year for our club. We’ve got some exciting things coming your way!
If you would like to join, or renew your club membership ($20 dues), please do so on our membership page. You may also renew at the meeting. Or, if you would prefer to mail a check, here is our PO Box information:
Clairemont Democratic Club
PO Box 178846
San Diego, CA 92117
It is our shared responsibility to ensure that people are informed, educated, and not mystified by stage craft, economic bribery or the feeling of helplessness. We have so many exciting things in store for our Clairemont Democratic Club members. We look forward to seeing each and every one of you at one (but hopefully all) of our meetings and events.
Wanted to make sure anyone who can make Know that this is a chance to show that East County need to be count too! Without a presence we will be once again find our selves the forgotten districts rather the vital and growing community we are!