Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Last Chance To Vote for Us

Nicky Award Voting Ends August 12th

No doubt, you've already voted for us in the online voting for the Nicky Awards. But have you asked your friends to vote too?


San Diego Democrats for Equality has been nominated for a Nicky Award for Outstanding Community Organization. The Nicky's are both a way to recognize LGBT community groups and individuals and a way to raise money for the benefit of the community. In our 40th year, we've been nominated for the awards to be presented for the 40th time. Coincidence, I think not. It's our year and here's how you can help.


Vote - It's free and it's online. (Just click the Nicky logo to the right no later than August 12th)


Forward this email to your friends and ask them to Vote for San Diego Democrats for Equality.


See you at the NIcky's!



 Celebrate 40 Years of Activism by Joining the Club


Democrats for Equality had a very successful June and we're well on our way to our goal of 400 members to celebrate our 40th Anniversary. Much of the progressive change in San Diego and in our community can be traced directly or indirectly through the work of our members.

We're not finished and we need you to get the job done. If you've let your membership lapse, NOW would be a good time to renew. If you want to be a part of the change, join NOW. Our members make history. Join us.


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. At the risk of sounding like a Public Television pledge drive, if you depend on our endorsements, Voters Guide, newsletters, social media posts and programs, you should be a member! 


If your membership has lapsed or if you know your membership is soon to expire, please re-up now. You might also consider upgrading your membership to a higher level.


Dems for Equality would like to welcome Steve Bower, LaShae Collins, Elena Dalcourt, Michelle Dykstra, Jennifer Ebner, Jana Fortune, KC Jaski, Seamus Kennedy, Kelli Maruccia, Marin Mejia, Alison Patton, MaryAnne Pintar, Jane Potter, Mark Potter, James Price, Alison Ross, Keelin Shaughnessey, Kent Smith, Thickston Thickston, Michelle Wasserman and Roger Zucchet as new members of the Club.

We'd also like to thank Craig Roberts who renewed at the Patron level, John Lockhart who renewed at the Sustaining level, and welcome back Michael Zucchet and Theresa Zucchet for another year as members of Democrats for Equality.

You can find out more about the Club's membership levels and benefits online HERE. You can also join/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


Note that in order to comply with Federal and State election laws, please include your full address where you are registered to vote and your job title/employer with your check. Telephone number and email address would be nice too!





Club Meeting On August 27th



Our next meeting should be an interesting one. 

Our Club By-laws state, "Friendly incumbent endorsements may be considered for all incumbents who have a supportive voting record on appropriate issues, as determined by the Executive Board. The friendly incumbent endorsement is intended to reward incumbents for their support and should be completed early so the candidate has a greater opportunity to use the Club's endorsement to discourage challengers."


With that in mind, we will be considering friendly incumbent endorsements at our Thursday, August 27th meeting. Following our rules, the Board will propose to the Club, a consent calendar of candidates/races to be endorsed. Unless a request to remove a candidate from the consent calendar is received, all incumbents on the calendar will be voted up or down as a group. Any candidates removed from the calendar, will be considered separately.


There has been more than a little division among Democrats locally and nationally. This meeting will be an opportunity to discuss the issues and get behind the officeholders we want to continue to represent our community and Club.


The meeting will be held at Joyce Beers Uptown Community Center, 3900 Vermont Street in Hillcrest. (Please use the underground parking structure behind Trader Joe's to avoid ticketing).


          Social Half-Hour          6:30 PM

          Business Meeting       7:00 PM


Like Us, Really Like Us

San Diego Democrats for Equality's Facebook page has been number 1 among County Democratic Clubs for a while now. Even so, we've got quite a few new members so we're putting this out again. Please Like Us! Facebook includes the number of likes on a page as part of their complex algorithm to decide if our posts should be widely distributed or not. If you like us now, more people will see our Voter's Guide in their timeline next year. Twitter has different rules, but the effect is the same. The more people who follow us on Twitter means more people seeing our Tweets.


If you are on Facebook or Twitter and you haven't already liked/followed us, please do it now.







Pride Was Incredible 

Speaker Toni Atkins - Club Founder Bob Lynn - Councilmember Todd Gloria
Speaker Toni Atkins - Club Founder Bob Lynn - Councilmember Todd Gloria

We got our Pride on and celebrated our 40th in the best way possible - with a party. Great Maple treated us well will wonderful food, the drinks were great and the company greater. Councilmembers Myrtle Cole and Todd Gloria joined us, as did SDUSD Board Member Kevin Beiser and endorsed candidates for the 3rd and 9th City Council District, Chris Ward and Georgette Gomez. Other officeholders, candidates and Club members and friends filled out the room for a great reception to kick-off Pride. Highlight of the event was Speaker Atkins presenting San Diego Democratic Club founder Bob Lynn with the Club's award. Citation on the Award:

San Diego Democrats for Equality salutes Our Founder

Robert Lynn

Everything we've become, everything we've accomplished

Is because of you




This year's Pride parade went off without a hitch. Even the almighty showed Pat Robertson was full of it when the heavens opened up and drenched Southern California with much needed rain - no doubt to show approval for marriage equality. 



Because we were limited to 138 marchers, we estimate the number of marchers in our unit at 138. We had local and some not so local officeholders marching with us including Members of Congress Scott Peters and Mark Takano (D-Riverside), Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas, San Diego Council Members David Alvarez and Myrtle Cole, SDUSD Board Member Kevin Beiser as well as Club founder Bob Lynn and endorsed candidate for 9th Council District Georgette Gomez.


Representatives from the County Party, County Democratic Club members and supporters of many candidates filled out the huge contingent and helped to show the Democratic Party has been, is and will be a supporter of the LGBT community. And, knowing that a warm, dry recovery was to follow, a good time was had by all.



And we had special treats for the Pride Festival too. In addition to Club, Party and Candidate information, between raindrops, we registered voters and showed video greetings from some of our favorite office holders and a short history of the Club's accomplishments.





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
Email: info@democratsforequality.org