VGFD April 16 Monthly Meeting

Hear from An Activist, Lawyer Elected Official and Author of “Laboratories of Autocracy”

An opportunity to be informed by David Pepper

David Pepper is the author of The Voter File, The People’s House, and The Wingman, all of which feature Jack Sharpe. He earned his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from Yale Law School. He has clerked for a judge on the United States Court of Appeals, served in local elected office in Ohio, worked for major law firms, and taught election and voting rights law. Prior to law school, Pepper worked in St. Petersburg, Russia, for the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. In 2015, he was unanimously elected Chairman of the Democratic Party of Ohio.

Endorsement for CD 32

Brad Sherman

He is on three House Committees. A senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, and a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. He was elected as Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets.

An advocate working families; robust environmental standards, federal aid to education, real healthcare reform, and protection of Social Security and Medicare. He also supported policies to expand U.S. exports, prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and promote a just and effective U.S. foreign policy.

A consumer rights advocate, he was a leader behind the formation of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, among other measures.
He authored an amendment to the annual Budget Resolution providing an additional $700 million for the acquisition of environmentally important lands in ‘98. The Sherman Amendment effectuated by a $699 million appropriation. Sherman also secured $20 million to acquire land and to complete the Backbone Trail through the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

He served on the California State Board of Equalization from, was Chairman of the Board from 1991 to 1995.

Shervin Aazami
The son of Iranian asylum seekers who fled the 1979 Iranian Revolution. He grew up watching his mom work long hours, nights, weekends, and holidays to make ends meet. His dad took the bus to and from California State University Northridge and studied to become a family doctor. He learned the power of responsibility from his mother and the power of service from his father. In the wake of the 2008 economic crash he wrote countless letters on behalf of his parents to Wells Fargo urging the bank to not foreclose their home.

As he grew up, he thrust himself into public service and the fight for social justice through public health. While in community college, he joined student groups advocating for climate justice by addressing the impact of the city’s toxic urban runoff on low-income Black and Latinx neighborhoods. After transferring to UCLA, he worked for a residential treatment facility where he witnessed how our broken healthcare system criminalizes mental health and substance use issues, and fails to meet people where they are at.

In the Bay Area he worked on HIV prevention and harm reduction within the LGBTQ+ community. In Washington D.C. as the city health department’s HIV Screening Coordinator. He built bridges between the city and low-income Black communities to ensure teenagers had access to sexual health education, free HIV and STI screenings, and contraception. After joining a national Indigenous healthcare advocacy non-profit, he delved further into national health policy. He wrote public comments to the EPA and USDA to address water access, pollution, and food security in Tribal communitiesHe then became their Director of Congressional Relations. As the organization’s lead advocate on Capitol Hill, Shervin prepared Tribal leaders with testimony, talking points, and issue briefs, while he worked behind the scenes to push critical health legislation forward.

Meet Candidates for Judge

Holly Hancock - Office No. 70 - The Deputy-In-Charge of the Criminal Record Clearing Unit of the Office of the Public Defender. Her career has been spent as a trial deputy in misdemeanors and felonies. She has done 65 trials.

Anna Reitano - Office No. 60 -  A dedicated public servant. She intends to serve the people of Los Angeles County by promoting values, dignity, and respect on the bench.

-Elizabeth Lashley-Hayes - Office No. 67 - A Los Angeles County Deputy Public Defender. She Is focused on public safety, restorative and robust re-entry programs.

Carolyn "Jiyoung" Park - Office No. 118 - Worked for over six years at a public sector union as a staff attorney. She represented union members in arbitrations and in collective bargaining. She currently has a private general practice which handles civil rights, labor, tenant and social impact business matters. She is a member of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Governing Board.

LAANE: a proposition that will be on the ballot in November;
Fair Work Week

April 16, 2022 at 10:00am - 12pm
Patrick Hare Gregg Solkovits Solkovits Teresa Priem Steve Krantz Chad Jones Klint McKay Robert Skinner Vannarith Tamom Natasha Castro Scott Abrams Cecile Bendavid Jim Dole Amy Rafti Sandra Krist Crystal Litz Trisha Dexter Leah Herzberg Renay Rodriguez Tauby Ross Chris Long Sue Strickland Adrienne Burk

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