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Santa Cruz City Council Candidate Forum

   6:30 pm  Monday August 29
   Louden Nelson Community Center
      301 Center Street, Santa Cruz

School Board and Water Board Candidate Forum
   6:30 pm  Monday September 12

   Louden Nelson Community Center

      301 Center Street, Santa Cruz

Non-partisan forum, hosted by the PDC - Moderator, Nora Hochman
ACLU, Affordable Housing Now, 350.org, NAACP, Economic Justice Alliance, and the GLBT Alliance.   Questions will be submitted by sponsoring organizations with questions from the audience as time is available.

PDC members in good standing will cast their endorsement votes.

Thousands of people pour into Santa Cruz every July 4th, coming down the Ocean Street Corridor, and providing a wonderful opportunity to do outreach about the real meanings of Freedom, Equality, Justice, Democracy, Nonviolence, and NO MORE WAR!  

Please join the Peace and Justice Community* of Santa Cruz for a good ol'fashioned Peace and Justice Rally!

10:00am - Noon at "The Corner"

(Ocean and Water Streets)

Saturday, July 4th, 2015 

It is easy, it is fun, and you can come for just as long as you want!  What do you want to be Free From, or Free To do? Bring your own homemade signs, flags, or banners,  and extras will also be provided!  LARGE LETTERING that is easily seen by the passersby works best!

Peace and Justice for Everyo…



Fruit Tree Lovers,

Great news: on Saturday, February 4th, we'll be planting an orchard at Mike Fox Park, which is located alongside the San Lorenzo River by the Riverside Ave bridge. Please join us at 12pm for a ground-breaking ceremony, after which we'll split up into teams to plant the trees. In case of heavy rain, or if the soil is saturated from prior days of rain, the tree-planting will be delayed until the following Saturday, February 11th.

In addition to your help swinging a shovel or a pick axe, we also need your donations to make this orchard possible. As a volunteer-run, community-funded organization, we can't buy the trees, gopher baskets, soil amendments, and other supplies and equipment without your help. Whether you have $20 or $200, please giv…

 Join the resistance

January 15

Day of Action to Save Health Care
Democratic members of Congress, trade unions, senior citizen groups, health care activists and all those who believe in economic and social Justice are organizing a day of action - Our First Stand: Save Health Care.

Learn more

Writers Resist:  National Day Of Resistance  
Vets Hall  5-7pm,   Writers Resist Santa Cruz is being held in collaboration with PEN America, as part of an international day of readings celebrating free speech and the power of expression to change the world. Consider this our local literary re-inauguration. 
This event is cosponsored by Poetry Santa Cruz and Bookshop Santa Cruz.

Writers will gather to celebrate the div…

pm, Sunday February 19

      Star of the Sea Fellowship Hall
       515 Frederick Street, Santa Cruz

Let's celebrate Brian's 45 years of social and political activism in Santa Cruz County


§   Secretary and Past President of Peoples Democratic Club

§   Chair State Board California Rural Assistance

§   Pro Bono Award, Santa Cruz County Bar Association

§   Distinguished Service Award, Santa Cruz County Trial Lawyers  Association.

§   Democrat of the Year 2013, Santa Cruz County Democratic Party

§   Vice Chair Santa Cruz City Schools Personnel Commission

Tributes by comrades in arms
         Wine, Savori…


6:30pm, Tuesday, December 6

Louden Nelson Center - 301 Center Street

Community Meeting to Strategize and Mobilize

Initiated by Beyond Bernie folks, the evening's intent is to gather together all the progressive people and groups we could identify in Santa Cruz, to join in a discussion of what we should and can do in our new political reality.  We want to identify our priorities and figure out how we can best stand with our vulnerable communities and work together to protect social, racial, environmental and economic justice for all.

Send this to your friends and

......put it on your calendar now!


Support the Native Americans protecting the land!

Rally at the Town Clock in Santa Cruz
Tuesday, Sept. 13 - 5:00-6:15

Join us to call on President Obama to instruct the Army Corps of Engineers to revoke the permits for this dirty oil pipeline. 

If you can't come to the rally, support the encampment here: www.gofundme.com/sacredstonecamp   And you can help fund their legal expenses here:  https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf?ref=ab_35w6Td.

Another oil disaster in the making!  The Dakota Access pipeline would carry 450,000 barrels per day of fracked oil from North Dakota to Illinois - cutting through sovereign tribal land and crossing under the Missouri River.

In response, an inspiring opposition - led by the Standing Rock Lakota and Dakota Sioux - has emerged.  Ma…

1. Why Water for Santa Cruz County?  

The solution To Santa Cruz, Soquel Creek and Scotts Valley water supply and storage needs is a regional solution.  If Santa Cruz shares its winter water in the North Coast Streams and San Lorenzo river with the other two districts, and Scotts Valley and Soquel Creek share their storage available in their underground aquifers, the problem is solved.

 2. Background:  

The Water Supply Advisory Committee of Santa Cruz spent 18 months investigating the supply problem.  The investigation included the likelihood of significant climate change and change in precipitation patterns.   One of the WSAC conclusions:  in-lieu water transfers and storage can solve the problem.


Join the fun! 3:00 pm Saturday April 9

Fun-Fundrai$er with emcees Zach Friend

                  and Nora Hochman

Awards!   Celebrate Our Unsung Heroes

        Sherry Connable  Steve Pleich     Mathilde Rand     Gail Williamson

 Schmoozing  with friends    Snacks - Beer & Wine   

Enjoy Fun-rai$er Voting... use your dollars to name:

  • best-dressed County Supervisor
  • worst nightmare candidate of 2016
  • best next U.S. President
  • more

$15-$25 at the door (sliding scale)

Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Avenue

Join the Economic Justice Alliance (EJA) from 10 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, January 23, at Resurrection Catholic Church in Aptos! This workshop centers around 3 breakout opportunities to learn, connect, and take action:

  • Know your rights - direct worker outreach & education
  • Affordable housing advocacy
  • Organizing to raise the minimum wage

For those in Santa Cruz County paid under $15.00 per hour, the ability to afford housing, food, childcare, transportation, healthcare and other essential needs has become an untenable and endemic crisis. A recent report by the UCSC Center for Labor Studies noted the poverty level for a family of 4 in Santa Cruz County is a yearly income of $32,884, or an hourly rate of pay of $15.81. With this minimum level of needed income at …


YES to Sustainable Solutions

in a transportation sales tax ballot measure

Thurs, Feb 4th

6:20pm potluck 7pm program

Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave.

Weds, Feb 24th

7pm program

YWCA Watsonville, 340 E. Beach St.

Bruce Van Allen & Rick Longinotti will discuss:

  •  Studies of the effectiveness of highway widening on relieving congestion.
  •  Highway widening's impact on greenhouse gas emissions.
  •   The potential of solutions such as rail transit, express buses on the Highway 1 shoulder, incentives for reducing travel demand, and safe routes for pedestrians and bicycles.
Co-sponsors:  350 Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Climate Action Network


When: Friday evening February 5 (doors open at 6:00 PM, program begins at 7:00PM)

Saturday morning February 6 (9:00 AM to 1:00PM).

The forum is open to the public and free of charge.

Where:  Peace United Church, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz

Why: Climate change is most often discussed in terms of scientific findings, economic policies, and political strategies. In this week-end event, organized by the Progressive Christian Forum of Santa Cruz, we seek rather to address the esthetic and moral dimensions of the issue. How can the arts as well as our moral traditions and religious teachings inform our understandings of climate change and guide our conscientious actions as we respond to this rapidly …

Michael Levy - Report from Paris

Thursday, January 7
          6:20 potluck*
        7:00  speaker

  Live Oak Green Grange
                     1900 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz

Sponsored by: Santa Cruz Climate Action Network and Santa Cruz WILPF
*kitchen will open by 6pm
**rides can be arranged from Westside Santa Cruz or downtown
More Information: paulineseales120@gmail.com   

Brews for Bernie Special Edition with Movie Screening
Wed Jan 13, 6:30-8:30pm   Robert Reich's Inequality For All.

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Co, 402 Ingalls St #27, Santa Cruz 95060  [RSVP]

 for more actions:    www.santacruz4bernie.us

       Sunday, Jan. 31  1:30-3:30pm
       Main Library, Church St. Santa Cruz

There are 22,000 nuclear weapons in our world; there have been over 2000 nuclear tests - and the latest one was last week in North Korea!!! While there is only one nuclear weapons abolition bill in the U.S. Congress -- H.R. 1976 (The Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Economic and Energy Conversion Act) -  there is much positive activity in the UN now regarding nuclear weapons abolition, disarmament in general and ending war!   

For the past three or four years NGOs, facilitated by WILPF and ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons), have been working with governments to move the abolition action to th…

December 11 - 6:00-8:00pm
Santa Cruz Moose Lodge
2470 El Rancho Drive, Santa Cruz (off Hwy 17)

Menu: gourmet pasta dinner $15
  • Turkey Tetrazzini
  • Italian Pork in Sundried Tomato/Sage Sauce
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Vegetarian Marinara Sauce
  • Fancy Salad Bar

RSVP:  831 423 9206 or timjudy@comcast.net

4pm Sunday  September 27th

Resource Center for Nonviolence

Come hear about the Aloha `Aina movement that is unifying Hawaii to stand up to protect sacred places, vote out agrochemical corporations and claim their sovereign rights.

 Last month 10K people came together under the banner of aloha aina ( love of the land) in Waikiki.   Led by young educated Hawaiians, who are asserting their rights to protest the desecration of sacred mountains, Mauna Kea  and Haleakala  and to protest the poisoning of land, water and air by the world's largest agrochemical companies.

Come to the Resource Center for Non Violence on Sunday the 27th to learn and discuss how this movement affects you. How you can support ,what is pono,  what is right by standing up i…

6:30pm - Meet the crew of the Golden Rule [www.pdclub.org/blog:pdclub/article/id/3900904]   The crew will stay for our program about the WILPF Manifesto.

Main WILPF Manifesting Peace Program will be interactive and start promptly at 7 PM
Suggested preparation for the program:

Watch part of the hour-long program Joy, Patricia and Mathilde did for CTV on their experiences in The Hague (we will not repeat this on Sept. 15):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDYlf-bv0iI  and the presentation by Joy Hinz to WILPF in May: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6yKiwBZMlA

Location:  Sorrento Oaks Mobile Home Park, in the Clubhouse, 800 Brommer St., near the corner of 7th Avenue. Please carpool or park in designated spaces in the park or on Brommer street.

The historic Golden Rule peace boat, restored by Veterans For Peace, will dock in Santa Cruz on Monday, September 14 during her voyage from San Diego to her homeport (Eureka) on California's north coast. There will be a press conference covering the arrival on Tuesday, September 15 at 10:30 am at the plaza adjacent to Café El Palomar, 2222 East Cliff Drive (near the Crow's Nest).

In 1958, this 30-foot Ketch and her Quaker crew helped to ignite an international movement to stop the atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons when they attempted to sail into a nuclear test zone in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). The Golden Rule is now sailing again to promote a nuclear-free world. Over the next ten years, she will carry her message of pea…

Sunday Sept. 20 at 10:00am - 12:30pm

Hear about El Salvador's successful program to eliminate adult illiteracy!!

Responding to the CALL FOR SOLIDARITY from the Salvadoran Ministry of Education, a delegation from the United States organized by the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) went to El Salvador to accompany youth volunteers who are teaching adults to read and write.

Since 2010, OVER 140,000 ADULTS have learned to read for free through this government initiative! Find out how this program is deepening democratic changes in the country.

Four delegates from San Francisco went to El Salvador to join the Literacy Brigades. Come and hear their stories. This is a breakfast fundraiser.

1339 Leila Ct. (near Capitola Rd. and17th in Live Oak); please r…

How Edward Abbey lit the flame of environmental activism & gave the movement its soul 

Join the Ventana Wilderness Alliance for Wrenched at the Del Mar Theatre in downtown Santa Cruz on Thursday, October 1st at 7 PM.

This Santa Cruz screening reminds viewers that the spirit of Edward Abbey is alive and more important than ever. "The situation is actually more dire now" claims filmmaker M. L. Lincoln. "People from all walks of life are being affected by what's going on - climate change, fracking, floods and roads going where they shouldn't." Lincoln's film reveals how Abbey inspired the nascent environmental movement, and how young people have carried into the 21st century, as personified in Tim DeChristopher, who singlehandedly halted the destruction of 100,00…

Our next Executive Committee meeting will be held in the DCC office at the Galleria. The major item on the agenda will be developing an action plan to incorporate the proposals generated and approved at the retreat.

All members invited to attend and help decide how to prioritize our time and energy in preparation for the 2016 election year.

Other items:
  • Fundraising Committee Report

  • Treasurer's Report

  • Membership Report

  • September PDC agenda items

6:00pm Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Democratic Headquarters - Suite 165 the Galleria
740 Front Street, ground floor

Be Part of the Action!

Join forces with your neighbors to advocate preserving and developing affordable housing for moderate to low income residents of Santa Cruz County.

Saturday, August 29

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

St. Philip's Episcopal Church 

(5271 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley)

Learn local City/County plans to address the housing crisis, hear about potential State funding sources, and become involved in the movement for Affordable Housing Now!

Special guests:

Host:  Rev. Mary Blessing, St. Philip's Episcopal Church

Supervisor Bruce McPherson

Julie Conway, Housing Planning Manager, S.C. County

Katherine Donovan, Sr. Planner, S.C. City Planning

Stephanie Aguilar, Scotts Valley City Council

Assemblymember Mark Stone

Also:  reports on innovative programs:

  •   &nbs…

Time to set our game plan.

Join your fellow PDCers for lively discussion and pain-free decision making re next year's club actions and campaigns.

When:   1:00-5:00pm  Saturday, August 15

Where:   Paul Elerick's home, 1960 Jennifer Drive, Aptos

What:    We'll have drinks and munchies, schmooze with friends and hear proposals for actions, discuss each, and prioritize to come up with a game plan for 2015-16 and preparing for the 2016 elections.

More information: PDC@calcentral.com

Submit a proposal for action?  see "Submit a Proposal" below or email nabbey@cruzio.com

Please Join Us at the Collateral Damage Statue for A Coming Together

70 years ago, the United States dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.

Today, in a time of increasing tensions between the U.S., its NATO allies, and Russia, there are nearly 16,000 nuclear weapons, 94% held by the U.S. and Russia. The two sides are brandishing nuclear weapons on the borders of the Ukraine, posing an intolerable threat to humanity and the global environment.

On Sunday, August 2nd, starting at 6 pm, we will hold a Coming Together next to this Statue at the Town Clock Park in downtown Santa Cruz to say: No to Nuclear Weapons, No to War!

We will begin the evening with a brushing, waxing and buffing of the Collateral Damage Statue. Starting at 6:30, Aileen Vance, Gai…

Join the Santa Cruz Democratic Central Committee for the most fun event of the year!


      5:30 P.M.
      Thursday, August 6th

      The Galleria, 740 Front Street

 Due to space limitations, the first 50 RSVP's are in the door.

RSVP to Leslie, 335.4765 or to coastldy@aol.com

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