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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

What Are You Doing to Celebrate Equal Pay Day?


Let's Put An End to It


Sounds like something we should be celebrating, right? Not really. Today - April 14, 2015 - is the day when the "average" woman, starting from January 1, 2014, earns enough to equal the amount the "average" man earned in calendar year 2014. So it's only 1/3 of a year longer. Is that a big deal? Compounding year for year, yes, a woman taking sixteen months to earn what a man earns in twelve is a very big deal indeed.


This isn't right - and, this isn't smart. It is no more fair to pay someone less for equivalent work because of who they are than it is to deny service, housing, employment, etc. to someone because of who they are. Equality is what we're about...and this isn't equality. Perhaps more importantly, it just doesn't make good business sense to relegate over half the population into a lower economic status and expect a healthy, dynamic economy for all of us.


The male/female wage gap is present at all pay grades from CEO to fry cook. Ironically, pay equity probably comes closer to reality at the lower rungs of the economy. This doesn't give much comfort though. I guess when a company is unwilling to pay it's employees enough to buy groceries for their families, it doesn't matter whether that bread winner is a woman or a man.    








Club Meeting on April 23rd


This month's Dems for Equality meeting will focus on election reform and local Border Issues with a representative from Border Angels.



The Club will also consider By-laws changes required to put the Club in line with recent California Democratic Party endorsement procedures.


Social time starts at 6:30 PM with the meeting starting at 7:00. Both will be held at Joyce Beers Uptown Community Center in Hillcrest; 3900 Vermont Street, San Diego 92103. MAP




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.

We have begun a notification process to let you know when your membership is about to expire. It consists of an email message approximately one month prior to expiration followed by a letter to those who do not respond to the email. Email is cheaper than US mail so, please log on and renew when you get the notice.

Even so, there is a cost associated with our email communications too. If your membership has expired more than a year ago, you can expect a notice from us that we will be dropping you from our email list for this newsletter and other Club communications. Please don't let that happen. Your membership is important to us and we would like to count you amongst our fellow Club members committed to progressive government and LGBT equality. Please log on through the link below and renew you membership now.

Dems for Equality would like to welcome Karla Cohn and Lemon Grove Mayor Pro Tem Racquel Vasquez as a new members of the Club. It's a pleasure to welcome back SDUSD Boardmember Kevin Beiser and Dan Mock who renewed at the Sustaining level. We'd also like to thank Suzie DitmarElaine Graybill and Michael Thomason and welcome them back for another year.

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

(Please note that to comply with Federal and State election laws, please include your full address and your job title/employer with your check. Telephone number and email address would be nice too!)





Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast For six years we have participated in the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. It's a great opportunity to start your day with your fill of inspiration and purpose with a nice breakfast to keep you that way.

Join us as we join with other community groups, leaders and activists for the Seventh Annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast on Thursday, May 21, 2015, 7:30-9 am at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, 1 Park Blvd. Attended by more than 1,000 people, businesses, groups and organizations annually, this San Diego event is the largest Harvey Milk celebration in the state of California!

Thursday, May 21, 2015
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

Get your ticket for the Dems for Equality sponsored table HERE.


Tim Orozco Is #1


Reception for Tim Orozco at the Home of Port Commissioner Bob Nelson

Last Tuesday, our friend, Tim Orozco came in first among a crowded field running for a vacant seat on the San Jose City Council. It's not over yet, but he's in a good position to earn the seat in the June runoff. You can still help Tim and his campaign by donating (to a maximum of $500) at This Link.



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