Our progressive group is more important than ever. Under Trump’s leadership, environmental protections are being eroded, immigrants are being assaulted, the judiciary’s rulings are continually questioned, health care was just overturned, and all the while, the tweets, the lies, the connections to Russia, and the flagrant promotion of Trump’s business interests are wreaking havoc with our democracy.
We can push back and fight for a bold progressive future by winning elections in 2018. We are currently working on a plan to identify and support progressive candidates; but, everything we are doing in our working groups supports this goal of winning elections. Our club is working on immigration, promoting diversity, reaching out to other Democratic groups and registering people to vote. All of this work is crucial. What’s most important is that every member does SOMETHING and finds one or more ways to be involved.
Our club needs the participation of many. Right now, we need action group leaders for the North County–I know you are out there–leaders interested in the environment, Planned Parenthood, elections, healthcare. If you are interested or have questions, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. But let’s say you are not quite ready to be a leader. You can still explore the list and follow existing interest groups by going to sloprogressives.org (Action Center -> Group/Committee sign-ups).
Or perhaps you have an idea for an action or an event. Would you like to host a postcard writing party? What do you think about having a rally in the downtown park in Paso Robles? Maybe you’d like to host a lecture given by an expert. Or maybe a luncheon/speakeasy? Maybe a BBQ where we invite members from the “other side” to find our commonalities? Organize meals for the homeless? Or perhaps spearhead an afternoon event to clean up a local creek bed? Any action which supports our community, helps put our club’s name out in the public, and promotes the progressive agenda is worth doing.
Our next North County Regional Meeting is May 16 at the Atascadero Library. It starts at 5:00pm, but please come early if you’d like to help set-up and socialize. First, we’ll take care of business: updates from the working committees. Then we have two amazing speakers on the topic of climate change. The first is Dr. Ray Weymann, an expert on climate change. Please look at his website for more information. The second speaker is Sharon Rippner from Citizens Climate Lobby. Her group has been successful getting congressional support for the carbon tax, and it’s important we all be aware of the status of these actions.
It’s a pleasure and an honor to work with all of you, and I know that if we persevere, we can shift local and national momentum toward positive change and out of the hands of Trump and other Republicans with their dangerous policies and actions.
Thank you for all that you’re doing!!