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Welcome to Valley Grassroots for Democracy!  Since 2005 we've been one of the most active Democratic Clubs in the San Fernando Valley.

Come to one of our meetings and see what we're all about.  You can find our meeting information and upcoming events on our calendar page.

2021 Meeting Schedule
All Saturdays 10:00am, ZOOM until further notice

January 16
February 20
March 20
April 17
May 15
June 19
July 17 **Summer BBQ**, time TBD
August 21
September 18
October 16
November 20
December 18 ** Holiday Party**, time TBD

 


 

2021 Valley Grassroots Executive Board:

President: Adrienne Burk
Vice-President: Chris Long
Secretary: Lloyd Dent
Treasurer: Chad Jones

At-large:

Doris Dent

Steve Krantz, Membership

Chris Long

Tauby Ross, Community Services

Mark Zimoski

Gregg Solkovits

 

 


SEE WHO'S RUNNING FOR OFFICE  
 
Just click this link for which election you are interested in. All the candidates will come up You can copy and paste this URL in your browser:

FIND OUT WHERE THE CANDIDATES GET THEIR MONEY  
 
There are lots of choices on this page but all candidates and groups must file quarterly. Also a good link for finding out who is funding propositions and measures. Just click this link for which election you are interested in. All the candidates will come up You can copy and paste this URL in your browser:

CALLS TO ACTION:

Phone numbers for our representatives. (Regarding Senators, you may need to try different offices in order to get through.) 

U.S. Senators

Senator Dianne Feinstein: 
DC office: (202) 224-3841
Los Angeles office: (310) 914-7300  Other statewide offices here

Senator Alex Padilla: 
DC:  (202) 224-3553
Los Angeles: TBD   Other statewide offices here

U.S. House of Representatives

Congressman Brad Sherman (30th):
DC: (202) 225-5911    Local: (818) 501-9200

Congressman Tony Cardenas (29th):
DC: (202) 225-6131    Local: (818) 221-3718

Congressman Adam Schiff (28th):
DC: (202) 225-4176    Local: (818) 450-2900, (323) 315-5555

State of California Assemblymembers

Assemblymember Laura Friedman             (43rd District Website) or (818) 558-3043

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian               (46th District Website) or (818) 376-4246

Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel                  (45th District Website) or (818) 904-3840

State Senators

State Senator Robert Hertzberg                  (18th District Website) or (818) 901-5588

State Senator Anthony J. Portantino           (25th District Website) or (818) 409-0400

State Senator Henry Stern                          (27th District Website) or (818) 876-3352

Los Angeles County Supervisors:

3rd District Website Sheila Kuehl e-mail       ([email protected]) (213-974-3333)

5th District Website Kathryn Barger e-mail   ([email protected]) (213-974-5555)

Los Angeles City Council Members

Paul Krekorian                                         (2nd District Website) or (818) 755-7676

Bob Blumenfield                                       (3rd District Website) or (818) 756-8848

Nithya Raman                                          (4th District Website) or [email protected] 213-473-7004

Paul Koretz                                              (5th District Website) or (818) 971-3088

Nury Martinez                                          (6th District Website) or (213) 473-7006

Monica Rodriguez                                     (7th District Website) or (213) 473-7007

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VGFD Monthly Meeting

Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 10:00 AM · 18 rsvps

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre and our meeting happens to fall on Juneteenth, we will  review the history, the meaning and what one can do about bigotry in our country.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.


The Tulsa Massacre took place on May 31 and June 1, 1921, when mobs of White residents, many of them deputized and given weapons by city officials, attacked Black residents and burned businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The attack, carried out on the ground and from private aircraft, destroyed more than 35 square blocks of the district – at that time the wealthiest Black community in the United States, known as "Black Wall Street". About 10,000 Black people were left homeless, and property damage amounted to more than $1.5 million in real estate and $750,000 in personal property (equivalent to $32.65 million in 2020). Many survivors left Tulsa, while Black and White residents who stayed in the city kept silent about the terror, violence, and resulting losses for decades. The massacre was largely omitted from local, state, and national histories.

Also a resolution to prevent the recall off District Attorney Gascon will be up for a vote. Here are links and the actual resolution:
Oppose the Recall of Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón

WHEREAS Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón campaigned on a promise to implement sweeping reforms intended to move the District Attorney’s office away from excessive sentencing practices and other draconian policies that do not enhance public safety, beginning to correct long-standing racial and class-based inequities in the County's justice system, while decreasing the County's incarceration rates that have caused severe overcrowding of the jails, human rights abuses, and multiple lawsuits, and since his election, DA Gascón has taken immediate steps to follow through on the platform for which he was elected by a clear majority of voters, as we should expect of all elected officials;
WHEREAS Gascón's follow-through on the mandate he was given by voters to affect positive change is now being attacked by a Republican-led effort to recall him from office, which uses scare tactics to mislead voters, manipulated data ignoring the voice of many victim’s groups, exaggerations and lies misrepresenting the facts of Gascón’s policy reforms;
WHEREAS leaders of the recall effort – which subverts democracy by seeking to remove a duly elected District Attorney – claim they are seeking this recall “on behalf of crime victims”, however a recent survey from Californians for Safety and Justice reveals that a huge majority of victims of violent crime in Los Angeles County feel a harshly punitive criminal justice system failed them in their time of need and that justice system resources should be invested in rehabilitation and crime prevention, not incarceration.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley opposes the recall of Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón.
Author: Elise Moore,  AD 46


Additional links:

LA County agrees to settle immigration suit for $14 million - ABC News (go.com)
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department settles lawsuit to make jails more accessible for disabled - ABC7 Los Angeles
L.A. County Sued Over Danger to Jail Inmates from COVID-19 | KFI AM 640 (iheart.com)
Lawsuit: LA Sheriff's Department denied Muslim inmates' religious needs (religionnews.com)
asset (lynwoodstripsearch.com)

Republicans
https://prospect.org/power/trump-mega-donor-geoff-palmer-also-la-s-controversial-developer/


Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Valley Grassroots for Democracy