Weekly Update 1.5.18

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

Happy New Year

We hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year! We're excited for the opportunities 2018 presents us -  lookin at you, Orange County -  and we know that up and down California, Grassroots Democrats are already working hard to lay the foundation for a progressive triumph next fall. 

But we also know that it's going to be a looooooong 11 months until November. (Heck, Trump's already declared war on California three different times this week). 

Your CDP team is so grateful to be working with such passionate, dedicated and talented activists, and we know we will do amazing things together to advance our progressive values this year. 

Convention Volunteers Needed!

Convention is fast approaching, and we need to recruit some amazing Grassroots Democrats to volunteer their time to make this a safe, fun and productive Convention for all of our Delegates. 

Volunteers are assigned to specific shifts, and their volunteer credential grants them access to caucuses, workshops and general session (space permitting).  Please help us get the word out! Volunteers can sign up here. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for basic information on what volunteers can expect at Convention. 

In other Convention news... 

The CDP Room block at the Hilton Bayshore has sold out. Alternate Union hotels can be found here, courtesy of UNITEHERE! Local 38.  

Don't forget, early registration ends on Friday, February 2nd. Make sure you take advantage of the early registration discount and complete your registration before the Groundhog Day deadline. You can register here. Proxy information can be found on the Convention Registration page.  

The 2018 California Democrats Platform Draft has been posted on the CDP Platform Committee page. Amendments to the Draft Platform may be submitted by Wednesday, January 24th, 2018, 5 PM.  The Platform will be adopted at Convention  - don't miss your chance to help shape our Party's statement of values.

Pre-Endorsing Conferences will be held on the weekend of January 27th and 28th. For more information on Pre-Endorsing Conferences and on the CDP endorsement process, please visit the CDP Endorsements page. 

No Nukes is Good Nukes

Last year, the CDP endorsed Representative Ted Lieu's legislation, HR 669, to prevent the United States from launching a nuclear first strike. The Davis Democratic Club is hosting a teach-in on this important legislation next Saturday, featuring Representative John Garamendi, one of the co-sponsors of HR 669, as well as Constitutional Law and foreign policy experts. 

The teach-in will be held at: 

Unitarian Church Davis
27074 Patwin Rd, West Davis, CA 95616,
Saturday, January 13th 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm. 

For more information, please contact Davis Democratic Club President Stephen Souza at sasouza@sbcglobal.net or Bill Julian, billjulian@sbcglobal.net.  

In Case You Missed It

CDP Environmental Caucus Chair RL Miller, CDP Chair Eric C. Bauman and the statewide officers released a joint statement slamming Trump's decision to open California waters to offshore drilling:

"California's big blue wall of resistance doesn't stop at the Pacific Ocean. We will ferociously protect our waters and coastline from exploitation and destruction by this short-sighted, spiteful regime intent on declaring war on California with an order that primarily targets our state and Florida.

We know, better than most, the consequences of oil spills. We know, better than most, the wildfires and droughts and other climate change consequences of burning of fossil fuels unchecked. California Democrats are resolute in opposing any oil drilling, period. We will explore all options available to protect our coast - starting by voting out every California Republican who fails to oppose this asinine scheme."

Chair Bauman was interviewed by Politico about Trump's assault on California's coast, DACA immigrants and our recreational cannabis industry. As Chair Bauman said, Democrats "will be talking about this every day" between now and November. 

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