Meet our San Diego County Democratic Party Chair, Jessica Hayes
Jessica will fill us in with all the latest happenings in the county and upcoming races. She will also explain how endorsements work, the A-Dem and delgate process, and anything else we would like to ask her! There will be lots of time for questions and answers.
Jessica has been a lifelong advocate for women, workers, and equal justice. She began her involvement with politics when she walked door to door gathering signatures for the Equal Rights Amendment. She was previously a member of Dianne Feinstein’s kitchen cabinet, organized studio employees with the Teamsters, and has volunteered for countless campaigns. She previously served two terms as South Area Vice Chair of the County Party. Jessica graduated from UCSD with a B.A. and California Western School of Law with a J.D. She and her former husband built up a local towing company and became local employers for over 175 people. She raised two talented and gorgeous daughters of whom she is extremely proud.
6:30 P.M. Social, 7:00 P.M. Program
Joyce Beers Community Center
Our meetings are open to the public
ITEM 1: Add “legislation” to list of items club can endorse, for completeness. ARTICLE IX Endorsements Section 9.01 Limitations. The Club may endorse or rate candidates for partisan and non-partisan public elective and Democratic Party offices and delegates, and may endorse or oppose initiatives, legislation, referendums and other plebiscites provided that notice of possible endorsements is given the members at least two (2) weeks five (5) days prior to the meeting at which the possible endorsements are to take place. That notice must include the offices or candidates or initiatives, legislation, referendums or other plebiscites to be endorsed, and at the endorsement meeting, only those offices, candidates or issues may be endorsed or rated.. Either the club’s executive board or the club itself may schedule an endorsement meeting. Notes: Suggestion to change notification time requirements from 2 weeks to 5 days for endorsement votes is so as to be consistent with the notification time requirements for bylaws votes, and also to allow the executive board which normally meets 2 weeks prior to each general meeting to have time to provide needed notification that results from said executive board meeting.
ITEM 2: Repeal snail mail notification requirements in favor of email & website notification for endorsements and bylaws meetings (ARTICLE V Sect 5.03) and also conform Sect 5.04 Special Meetings notification to it. For this paragraph, the rewriting is so extensive that the entire paragraph is replaced even though some wording stays. Section 5.03 Notice of Meetings. Notice of any meeting of the members, except as otherwise provided herein, shall be given five (5) days prior to the meeting. Notice shall be by mail sent to the member’s usual address or by such other means as is reasonably calculated to inform the member. Notice may be waived by any member who so chooses. Individual members may opt in to email-only notice and are responsible to maintain their correct email address with the Secretary in doing so. The Club may not distribute those email addresses to any third party and must use the addresses only for Club business.
Section 5.03 Notice of Meetings Regularly scheduled monthly club general and executive board meetings need not be noticed due to cost and their recurring nature and members are expected to consult the club web site for program information. The club secretary shall send an email reminder no later than four (4) days before the meeting to all club members for whom an email address is known and to any member who has not explicitly opted-out of such reminders. Notice may be waived by any member who so chooses. Individual members are responsible to maintain their correct email address with the Secretary. The Club may not distribute those email addresses to any third party and must use the addresses only for Club business. The club or its executive board may employ snail mail notification at any time deemed appropriate.
Attorney and award-winning investigative journalist John Mattes will be our guest speaker. John has conducted an investigation into how a local Bernie Sanders support Facebook group was targeted by Russian propagandists delivering “fake news” detrimental to Hillary Clinton. The goal was to disenfranchise Bernie Sanders supporters so that they would not vote for Clinton. This fascinating story was featured on the Rachel Maddow show, in the Huffington Post and several other publications. Don’t miss an opportunity to hear this captivating presentation!
John Mattes is the founder of Investigativeguy.com and has exposed numerous scams which have been shut down by law enforcement. John has won 5 Emmys, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and a Golden Mike.
Social 6:30 p.m.
Program 7:00 p.m.
Meetings are open to the public.
Refugees and Immigration
The current federal administration is seeking bans on refugees and immigration — causing hate, fear, and uncertainty. San Diego County accepts more refugees than any other county in California, approximately 1,000 per year, and is home to some of the largest Somali, Syrian and Iraqi populations in the U.S.
Our speakers will be Mustafa Dib and Dhaha Nur from PANA and Ginger Jacobs, noted San Diego Immigration Attorney.
Pana (Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans) is a research, public policy, and community organizing hub dedicated to advancing the full economic, social and civil inclusion of refugees. Mustafa is a native of Syria and resettled with his family in San Diego in 2015. He currently works as a community organizer for PANA. Dhaha is from Somalia.
Ginger Jacobs is the founder and managing partner of Jacobs & Schlesinger LLP. Ms. Jacobs practices all areas of immigration law but is best known for her work with vulnerable populations.
Come join us for an interesting and educational meeting.
Social 6:30 p.m.
Progran 7:00 p.m.
Meetings are open to the public.