Weekly Update 1.12.18

It's been another productive week for the CDP. See below for a recap of this week's activities.

Convention Update

Every Convention is special but none of them are as special as your very first one. We want to make sure new Delegates make the most of their weekend, so we've added a 'what to expect and what to bring' section to the Convention webpage. It's got tips and suggestions on everything from how to dress comfortably to planning out the various events that will be taking place.

Returning Delegates, we'd appreciate your thoughts and feedback on anything we're missing. Please send comments to editor@cadem.org and we'll make sure they get to the right staff members.

We're also excited to launch the next feature of our new Member Portal - Caucus sign-ups. Caucuses play a vital role in our CDP family, and we encourage every Delegate to get involved in one or more of the Caucuses. To join a Caucus, or pay your member dues, simply log in to the new Member Portal using this link.

January 20th Women's March

Last year, the day after Trump took office, millions of people took to the streets in the largest protests in American history. Tens of thousands of Grassroots Democrats marched and rallied that day and helped kick off the Resistance to Trump. This year, with a great reckoning unfolding over the barriers, harassment and discrimination women face every single day, it's vitally important that Democrats stand and march in solidarity.

There are dozens of events coming up next weekend. You can find the event closest to you by clicking here.

If your Democratic Club or County Central Committee is an official sponsor of your area's march, please let us know so we can help highlight your efforts. E-mail Jann Dorothy in the CDP Communications Department with info on your Club or DCC's participation. Her e-mail is Jann@cadem.org.

One last thing... don't forget to send us pictures! We want our social media feed to be full of energized and dedicated Grassroots Democrats taking part in these historic marches. You can tweet photos to us directly @CA_Dem (and follow us while you're at it!).


 

Save CHIP

Thank you to everyone who made phone calls this week demanding Congress reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program, which is called Healthy Families here in California. It's been over 100 days since Congress let CHIP expire, and 9,000,000 children and pregnant women (including 2,000,000 in California) are currently stuck in limbo because Congress hasn't acted. As Chair Eric C. Bauman said, "congress just gave trillions of dollars to the ultrarich in tax cuts. There is simply no excuse for cutting off this life-saving and life-changing healthcare for children and pregnant women."

Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Democrats in Congress are leading the charge to fully restore CHIP, but they need our help to keep getting the word out. If you haven't had a chance to call your Representative yet (particularly if you have a Republican Member of Congress) please make sure you call ASAP. You can reach the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Bye Felicia

Darrell Issa and Ed Royce called it quits this week. The CDP has had organizers in both districts for months, and Grassroots Democrats have organized and engaged so forcefully that Issa and Royce decided to give up rather than face a grueling slog to an ignominious defeat. We have great candidates running in these districts. And the fight for these seats is going to be tough no matter who the Republicans run, so we are not taking anything for granted.

But one thing is absolutely clear: if a Big Blue Wave does wipe out Republicans in November, it will start in California.

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