The 2017 California Democratic Party Convention is taking place May 19-21 in Sacramento.

Over 3,000 delegates are headed there to vote on new party leadership.  We won 60% of the delegate election in January now we need your help to get these delegates to Sacramento!

Each delegate has to cover their own cost to get to Sacramento and between the transportation, lodging, fees and food the cost adds up!

We're still in need of additional funding to reach our goal, this covers costs of delegates below and marketing and overhead costs to promote the campaign.

LINK to Confirmed List of delegates from CADEM

Delegates still in need of funding:

Randy Villegas                                $100

Kimberly Kirchmer                         $100

Xavier Aubuchon-Mendoza           $342

Alexis Edelstein                            $1000

Dan McCrory                                 $1000

Felipe Grimaldo Jimenez                $380

Elizabeth Lavertu                            $500

Deana  Becker                                 $350

Porsche Middleton                         $400

Jim Wheaton                                  $200

Leon Cisneros                                $400

Chris Robson                                $1000

Example of costs:

Lodging                   $250, ave for 2 nights

Registration             $90

Party Dues               $85

Caucus Dues             $105, ave for 3 caucus

Convention Dinner  $125

Travel (variable)       $200-$600

Because of this the Berniecrats of California, an Official Our Revolution Partner are offering to raise funds to pay for eligible delegates lodging.

While some delegates have set up a gofundme page or something similar, many delegates do not have the social media bandwidth or network to amass any significant funds.  The Berniecrats of California would work as a centralized depository in which all funds donated to this event will go to the participating delegates. (*minus any marketing costs including social media ad buys and any printed collateral)

The Berniecrats of California are a 501(c)(3), non profit.  All contributions to the Berniecrats of California are tax deductible and there is no limit on how much an individual or organization can donate.

We invite all Progressive Delegates who are interested to agree to become a designated participant to the Berniecrats of California in order to participate.  

If you're a delegate and want to sign up for funding as a designated participant please go to following link: REGISTER FOR FUNDING


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    “The Democratic Party needs to embrace the grassroots progressives if it wants to survive and steer this country on to the right path.”

  • Xavier Aubuchon-Mendoza endorsed

    “We can't change the party if we can't get to the convention. It's just another way the establishment filters out resistance.”

  • Lucio Reveles endorsed

    “Assembly District Delegates are unpaid volunteer positions. Our progressive delegates are in this to change the status quo and create a Democratic Party that will serve the people of California and not powerful corporate interest. Our progressive delegates have worked and sacrificed a lot to earn a seat at the convention. Now we must help them offset the cost of registration, lodging and travel. Lets help our delegates make it to Sacramento so they may continue the important work they do.”

  • Deana Becker endorsed

    “Government needs to get back to it's roots of being for the people and by the people. Helping Delegates get to the California State Convention is a first step towards achieving the Progressive changes we need. Where California goes, the rest of the nation will follow.”

  • Danny Garcia endorsed

    “We need as many progressive voices in Sacramento as possible... I'll see you there!”

  • Bill Hess endorsed

    “Help progressive delegates make it to the convention to represent YOU and change the Democratic Party for the good of the people rather than corporate interests.”

  • Dan Gordon endorsed

    “Change only happens when we get involved.”

May 9, 2017

‘Berniecrats’ roil state Democratic Party leadership fight

http://capitolweekly.net/state...


BY PAUL HEFNER POSTED 05.08.2017
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For California’s “Berniecrats,” the fire’s not out yet.

Nearly a year after propelling Sen. Bernie Sanders to a close second finish against Hillary Clinton in California’s presidential primary, some of his most ardent supporters are still organizing – this time within the state Democratic Party itself.

At stake is the party chairmanship held by the departing John Burton, a liberal icon, a longtime lawmaker and former Senate leader who became chair in 2009.

They surprised insiders by dominating the obscure process — electing a third of the delegates for the state convention, scheduled for May 19-21 in Sacramento.

Vying to replace Burton are L.A. County Democratic Party leader Eric Bauman, currently the state party’s vice chair and a major power in California labor politics. Facing him is activist Kimberly Ellis, the director of Emerge California, which seeks to have more women and people of color elected to public office.

Rather than fading into the sunset with their defeated standard-bearer, Sanders’ activists emerged from November both irked and emboldened.

They have joined forces with other some other progressives to support Ellis and take over the party’s leadership, promote a more left-leaning policy agenda and diminish the clout of corporations and business-friendly moderates.

“We’re hoping to get Kimberly Ellis elected, that’s probably the primary goal, but the other is to get Bernie people involved in local government,” said Alexis Edelstein, founder and CEO of the 300-member Berniecrats of California.

They surprised insiders by dominating the obscure process — electing a third of the delegates for the state convention, scheduled for May 19-21 in Sacramento. They believe they have turned the once-sleepy race for a new party chair into a serious contest with Bauman, long viewed as the front-runner.

“We see our biggest opportunity as the party,” Edelstein said. “We want to make a concerted effort. If we can change California, we can change the rest of the country.”

“They do understand that while this may be mind-numbing and uninteresting to most people, this is the thing you need to do to effect change.” — Fred Keeley

It’s not unusual for dedicated supporters to emerge from a defeat determined to fight on. What is unusual is for that sentiment to last much past Election Day.

“By about Wednesday or Thursday, that stuff usually disappears,” said former Assemblymember Fred Keeley, who represented Santa Cruz County – a hotbed of Sanders’ support. “That’s the interesting piece of this. We’ve had weeks of activity, and they’re the beating heart of all of it.”

Keeley said the continued organizing and activism by Sanders backers is rooted in their long-term agenda.


Kimberly Ellis

“The organization has continued on because it wasn’t a personality cult or anything close to it,” he said. “These folks by and large are relatively sophisticated players. They do understand that while this may be mind-numbing and uninteresting to most people, this is the thing you need to do to effect change.”

Once the dust settled from November, California’s Berniecrats focused on the weekend party meetings held in January to elect state party delegates from each Assembly district. They partnered with other progressives to build slates of candidates and then used Hustle – a texting application used extensively in the Sanders campaign – to turn supporters out.

“I’ve been a single-payer healthcare advocate for 30 years. When they engage with me, when they talk with me, the conversation changes.” — Eric Bauman

The effort brought surprising crowds to the usually sparsely attended meetings at union halls and recreation centers scattered across the state.

“In some places, the voter turnout quadrupled,” Edelstein said. “We managed to get about 60 percent of the seats. It was a huge win.”

Both Ellis and Bauman were Clinton supporters. But some Berniecrats came out against Bauman after a consulting firm in which he is a partner received $78,000 from the pharmaceutical industry-sponsored committee opposed to Proposition 61, which Sanders supported, as did the California Nurses Association.

Bauman said others in his firm did the work opposing the measure, which ended long before Proposition 61 was defeated. While campaigning for state chair, Bauman, a nurse, said he’s had to explain to Sanders supporters his own record supporting universal health care.

“I’ve been a single-payer healthcare advocate for 30 years,” Bauman said. “When they engage with me, when they talk with me, the conversation changes.”

Berniecrats also see their mission within the party is to drive riving out the influence of corporations.

“We have to get away from the corporate money. The corporate money is the one percent,” said Norma Alcala, a Sanders delegate to last year’s national convention who’s now running for vice chair of the state party. “We want to get back to what the party stood for.”

“These events generally occur after we have a big loss. It’s part of the natural ebb and flow of political parties – just as the Tea Party was a reaction to Obama.” — David Townsend

Alcala said she’s tired of seeing candidates elected as Democrats in the Assembly and state Senate vote against progressive legislation.

“You may have a Democrat who’s not a true Democrat. Someone has to have a backbone,” she said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to reactivate the party, re-energize it and redefine it for the 21st Century.”

For all their high-minded principles and progressive policy goals, many Berniecrats also express lingering resentment over how they – and their candidate – were treated during last year’s campaign.

“I have a real problem with annointings,” Acala said. “The party never gave Bernie a chance. It was an uphill battle.”

Keeley said addressing those concerns should be a priority for Democrats if they want to build a winning coalition four years from now.

“I don’t have some horrible feeling about the party, but I do think it is essential –not important — I think it is absolutely essential if we are going to do something in 2020 that we recognize the most egregious sin on the part of Democrats in 2016 was the party apparatus putting its thumb on the scale in the primary,” he said.

David Townsend, though a longtime consultant to moderate Democrats in the Legislature, sees no cause for concern the spike in progressive activism among Sanders supporters.

And despite the success Berniecrats enjoyed in January, it’s not clear how much sway they will hold over the other two-thirds of state convention delegates.

“These events generally occur after we have a big loss,” Townsend said. “It’s part of the natural ebb and flow of political parties – just as the Tea Party was a reaction to Obama. It’s a natural part of what happens in a political party when you lose.”

Townsend said it’s healthy for the party to debate big ideas and to generate renewed enthusiasm among activists. But he doesn’t see the Berniecrats having much success at the ballot box in California, where the top two primary finishers move on to the general election, regardless of party affiliation.

“What are they going to do? They’re not going to win legislative seats,” Townsend said. “With a top-two runoff, the far left won’t win any more than the far right.”

Nor does Townsend put much stock in the Berniecrats’ drive to reject corporate support.

“If you want to choose as a candidate to take no corporate money, then you’ll be a very short-term candidate,” he said.

And despite the success Berniecrats enjoyed in January, it’s not clear how much sway they will hold over the other two-thirds of state convention delegates, which will be made up of county central committee members and delegates appointed by state office holders.

“This is all part of the churn of ideas,” Townsend said. “We have to go through the process of self-immolation before we get back to reality.”


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