Dems for Equality eNews

Tuesday, December 23, 2014   

From Selma to Stonewall to the Altar


Mark Your Calendars


It's been a remarkable year for marriage equality and LGBT rights in general. It's also been a remarkable year for post-racial America - remarkable for how clear it's become that we aren't in a post-racial America.

The LGBT equality movement has gained so much momentum in such a short time it's sometimes difficult to work our way back to where we started. Most of us know about Stonewall and Harvey Milk. Some even know about the Mattachine Society, Harry Hay and Barbara Gittings.

While we can be justifiably proud of all the events and pioneers in the LGBT equality movement, we would still be a small group of people picketing in front of the State Department for our rights to be granted someday if it weren't for the blueprint, philosophy and, let's be honest the sweat, tears and literally blood shed by the civil rights movement.

Dr. Martin Luther King once said, "no one is free until we are all free". That has never been more true than it is today. A majority of lesbians and gay men can now (or soon) marry the person they love, but in much of the Country, they can still be fired for utilizing that right. All over America, we've seen that equal voting rights has not necessarily guaranteed equal protection under the law.

As we prepare to overcome the hurtles still standing in the way of equality, it's time to get a refresher on the path set by Dr. King and the people who marched with him. The Club is planning an outing to see a screening of Selma. We're still talking to a couple theaters so we don't have a date/time but we're shooting for the 2nd week of January, so keep the idea in mind. We might even have a participant from the march on Selma with us for the screening. Let us know HERE that you would like to be kept in the loop when we have all the details nailed down. 



Support Club Members Running for California Democratic Party Central Committee


Democrats for Equality has always had good representation with our members elected at ADEM caucuses and this cycle should be no different. But to make that happen, we need our members and friends to attend the caucus meeting and vote for our members running for State Central Committee and State Executive Board.


Each Assembly District caucus will elect seven women and seven men. Club Members running for ADEM/E-Board positions:


AD 78

- Andrea Villa,                                    - Craig Roberts,

     candidate for ADEM Delegate          candidate for ADEM Delegate and E-Board


- Jeri Dilno,                                         - Brian Polejes,

     candidate for ADEM Delegate          candidate for ADEM Delegate


AD 80

- Georgette Gomez,

     candidate for ADEM Delegate



The meetings will be held on January 10th and 11th (2015) as follows:


Assembly District 80*                         Assembly District 79*

1/10/2015 10:00 AM                             1/11/2015 12:30 PM

Chula Vista Public Library                     Malcom X Library

Civic Center Branch

365 F Street                                          5148 Market Street

Chula Vista  CA 91910                         San Diego  CA  92114

more info:                                              more info:           



Assembly District 78*                         Assembly District 77*

1/10/2015 10:00 AM                             1/10/2015 12:00 Noon

Marina Village Conference Center        Mainstreet Bar and Grill

1960 Quivara Way, Rm. 3-1                 13385 Poway Road

San Diego  CA 92109                           Poway  CA  91064

more info:                                              more info:                   



Assembly District 76*                         Assembly District 75*

1/10/2015 10:00 AM                             1/10/2015 10:00 AM

Oceanside Library Community Rm.      Park Avenue Community Center

330 North Coast Highway                     210 Park Avenue

Oceanside  CA 92054                          Escondido  CA  92025

more info:                                             more info:             



*    If you're unsure of your Assembly District, click here.


You must be a Democrat registered in the Assembly District in which you wish to vote. The times listed above indicate when meeting registration opens. You may register, vote and leave. It is not necessary to attend the meeting which begins two hours following the opening of registration. There is a $5 requested donation for all voters at the caucus. We urge you to pay if you can, but it is strictly voluntary and not required in order to vote.


If you are a Dems for Equality member running for a delegate position or E-Board position (registration to run has closed) let us know here. Let's make sure our community continues to be heard within the County/State/National Democratic Party.  





Is it Time to Re-Up?


The Club depends on membership dues to keep the lights on and promote our candidates and issues to the community. A large number of community members depend on our Voters Guide to help them make an intelligent choice when marking their ballots so your membership renewal is critical to ensure those Guides get into those hands. If your membership has lapsed or if you know you're membership is soon to expire, please re-up now. You might also consider upgrading your membership to a higher level.


You can find out more about the Club's membership levels and benefits online HERE. You can also renew with a credit card there.  If you would prefer to use a check, send the check, made out to Democrats for Equality to:


San Diego Democrats for Equality

PO Box 33050

San Diego CA 92163





The Holiday Party Was a Huge Success



Pictures Courtesy of Pt. Loma Democratic Club
Our Hosts
About 70 members and friends attended the Club's holiday party at the home of Eva Posner and Daniel Lusher. Lot's of food, drink and cheer - and a few even through caution and warm weather to the wind and wore their holiday sweaters. Thanks go to Daniel and Eva, a large number of elected officials, candidates and friends for making the event fun. Happy Holidays to all.


Abby, Our Co-Host
Courtesy, Pt. Loma Democratic Club


SDUSD Board President Marne Foster, Joanne Climie, Cindy Green



Courtesy Pt. Loma Democratic Club






















Jonathan Dunn-Rankin



We lost a member, benefactor and friend last Friday. Jonathan Dunn-Rankin was a part of San Diego Democrats for Equality for decades, opening his home for events and meetings, performing Master of Ceremony duties at the Freedom Awards as well as where ever his strong voice could be of use. He was also a friend to many in the Club and within our community.


On February 2nd, a memorial service - This Is Your Wonderful Life, Jonathan Dunn-Rankin - will be held at Cygnet Theatre. Jonathan Dunn-Rankin's life will be celebrated by family, friends and colleagues. But I'm sure that in Jonathan's mind everyone he met became family. Please come together to celebrate the life of this wonderful man.

There will be a reception followed by a celebration in the theater. RSVP and keep up with the plans for the celebration here


Ashish T. Agrawal & Bryan H. Wildenthal 
Assembly SpeakerToni Atkins 
Laurie Black 
Susan Guinn & Denice Feldhaus
Eric Isaacson & Susan Weaver 
Chris Kehoe & Julie Warren
John McConnell & James Kinney 
Don Mullen
Dr. Bob Pedrick & Josť Guzman 
Craig Roberts 
Stephanie J. Swift


Thank you for your continuing support of San Diego Democrats for Equality.

Self Evident Truths
David Warmoth, President 
San Diego Democrats for Equality 
Defending LGBT Equality since 1975