We hope you enjoy this issue of our RCDP newsletter, DemNews.  If you have any questions, please contact me at riversidecountydemocraticparty@gmail.com.

Respecfully yours,
Susan Dye
Public Relations Chair, Riverside County Democratic Party
In this August Issue:
Special thanks goes to the following people who submitted articles for this DemNews:
 
  • Howard Katz, Chairman's Corner
  • Diana Ratcliff, Heather Heyer's cousin: Racism will get worse unless we stop it now
  • Shawn Holt, Candidate Training Day on July 29th
  • Suji Fox, Gary H. Bosworth Awards Luncheon
  • Doug Dye, Want to be a Candidate?
  • Doug Dye, Online Training Resources
  • Travis Traber & Lanny Swerdlow, RCDP Resolutions
  • Marie McDonald, Did you know?
  • Marie McDonald, Truth Bytes 
The articles in the DemNews are the opinions of the authors.  The Riverside County Democratic Party may or may not agree with or endorse the opinions expressed in the articles.
Chairman's Corner
By Howard Katz
AUGUST, 2017 
 
The President of the United States of America said there were some good people in the throngs of white supremacists who recently invaded and marched through Charlottesville, Virginia.  We can infer from that statement that the President of the United States of America considers there to be some good white supremacists.  In my opinion, he couldn't be more incorrect.  There are no good white supremacists.

He further said there were some bad people on all sides in Charlottesville.  He must consider there were some bad people who went to Charlottesville to stand against the white supremacists.  Which means he considers bad some who stand against intolerance, hate, and bigotry.

We cannot accept intolerance, hate, and bigotry.  We must speak out.  Silence is 'approval' of racism, says holocaust survivor Sonia K as quoted on CNN.  She further said as she watched the broadcast of the events in Charlottesville, "...oh no god, please, not again, it can't be happening..."  From Charlottesville's humble beginnings can spring what we saw in the 20th century and before.

NEVER AGAIN to what has happened in Europe, Russia, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Africa, the middle east, Asia, and the Americas.  There have been atrocities and genocides throughout history.

Diana Ratcliff, Heather Heyer's cousin, wrote at the end of her recent CNN article:

"For example, when someone says, 'All lives matter,' what they think they're saying is, 'All lives are equally as important.' However, they're failing to acknowledge that racism is still a real problem in America. 'Black lives matter' isn't saying that police lives don't matter. No one is saying that white lives don't matter. Black folks are simply saying they are tired of being treated like their lives don't matter.

If there is one positive I have taken away from the loss of Heather, it is that it isn't the length of your life that is important, it's what you do with your life that matters. If you truly believe all lives are equally important, then make your life matter."

---Howard Katz
Heather Heyer's cousin: Racism will get worse unless we stop it now
By Diana Ratcliff 
(CNN) -
This last week has been surreal for my family. We lost one of our own in one of the most public ways possible. A man in a car ran down my cousin, Heather Heyer , because she decided to join her fellow Charlottesville residents against the neo-Nazis and white supremacists on their streets.  Read more.
Candidate Training Day on July 29th
By Shawn Holt
U.S. Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz, The Democratic Headquarters of the Desert (DHQ of the Desert), and The Riverside County Democratic Central Committee (RCDCC) completed a joint "Candidate Training Day" on Saturday July 29th.  Topics covered included Stump Speech (Congressman Raul Ruiz), Communication Skills (Shawn Holt - RCDCC), Branding, slogans, marketing (Rick Weingard - DHQ of the Desert), ADA Compliance (Bob Warburton - RCDCC), Campaign Structure and Logistics and Finance/Fundraising (Andy Colgan - Finance Director Congressman Ruiz), and Field/Grassroots Organizing and Campaigning (Eamon Smith-Fagan- Congressman Ruiz) to name just some of the topics and trainers and panelists. And noted guests that were there:  Mr. Howard Katz - Chair of The Riverside County Democratic Central Committee and Ms. Elle Kurpiewski- General Manager of The DHQ of the Desert.

There was also a luncheon panel of elected officials to answer questions.

It was a good day of training for almost 30 democratic candidates running for: Senate, Congress, Assembly, County Supervisor, Mayor, City Council, Planning Committees, Library Board, School Board, and someone running for a County Sheriff position.  View more photos.

---Shawn Holt
Gary H. Bosworth Awards Luncheon
By Suji Fox
Join Now with Fellow Democrats!
 
There's never been a better time  to join up with your fellow city and county Democrats. Committed to ensuring social and economic justice:
  • We work to elect Democrats who will make positive changes.      
  • We celebrate every success--talking to a neighbor, winning an election, throwing big parties, etc.  (Biggest success: We turned our County blue in 2016, but there's clearly more to do now!)
Riverside County has 22 Democratic clubs , from the desert to Corona, Lake Elsinore, Hemet, Moreno Valley, Temecula, Riverside, Perris, Menifee, the Pass, and more.  (Young Dem Clubs, too!)
 
How can you help?
  • Assist at campaign headquarters and register voters;
  • Attend meetings and hear informed speakers; and
  • Get the word out to help our candidates WIN ELECTIONS!!!
We invite you to join us  in a gala awards luncheon at the famous Morongo Hotel and Casino on Sunday, October 29 , honoring our exceptional countywide volunteers, and hearing two CA State Senators and the CDP Chairman speak.
 
Please see flyer and sponsor sheet below!
Want to be a Candidate?
by Doug Dye
If you are a candidate or are thinking of becoming one, we want to hear from you.  Please complete the contact form at the RCDP website and someone will contact you regarding how to obtain Riverside County Democratic Party support for your campaign.

---Doug Dye
Online Training Resources
Contributed by Doug Dye
The following are links to online training for candidates.


 COMPLETE CANDIDATE TRAINING COURSE


 STUMP SPEECH TRAINING LINKS

RCDP Resolutions
By Travis Traber & Lanny Swerdlow
The following resolutions were reviewed and endorsed by the Riverside County Democratic Party general membership on Monday, August 14, 2017.



Did You Know?
Contributed by Marie McDonald
The purpose of "Did You Know?" is to bring to your attention a wide selection of articles that represent our Democratic values. It is our hope that you will follow at least one of the links and read one or more of the articles. They will broaden your understanding of current events and strengthen your commitment to our democracy.
  • How the Koch-Backed Effort to Privatize the Veterans Health Administration Jeopardizes Everyone's Health Care Future. As Senate Republicans' Affordable Care Act repeal bill threatens more than 441,300 veterans' Medicaid coverage by 2026, new proposals by the Trump administration and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin also threaten the nation's largest, integrated, government-run health care system: the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).  Read more.
  • Ivanca Trump Clothes are Made by Women in Sweatshops. Macys Should Drop Them.  So the White House announced that this week is "Made in America" week--except that a top advisor to, and daughter of the President, Ivanka Trump makes absolutely none of the products on her fashion line in the United States.  Read more.
Truth Bytes
Contributed by Marie McDonald
TRUTH BYTES are news items that either refute or correct articles or rumors that have been published or aired and that are either false or include inaccurate facts. We always give the source of the correction.
 
  • Dahr Jamail | Scientists Warn of "Biological Annihilation" as Warming Reaches Levels Unseen for 115,000 Years.  Camp 41, Brazilian Amazon -- Less than 30 years ago, the Earth's tropical rainforests held the carbon equivalent of half of the entire atmosphere. But as atmospheric CO2 has escalated along with the deforestation of so much of the tropics, that is no longer the case. Nevertheless, carbon stored in tropical rainforests is still significant. According to NASA, "In the early 2000s, forests in the 75 tropical countries studied contained 247 billion tons of carbon. For perspective, about 10 billion tons of carbon is released annually to the atmosphere from combined fossil fuel burning and land use changes." This is one of the countless reasons why losing them would be catastrophic to life on Earth.  Read more.
  • OPINION | McCain lifts the Senate. When Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) returned to the Senate floor after being diagnosed with cancer he was greeted by fellow senators with a rousing ovation of admiration, respect and goodwill.  Read more.
  • Trump Lashes Out, Threatens to Cut Health Care Subsidies for Poor and Lawmakers.  An evidently frustrated President Donald Trump went on another signature tweetstorm Saturday, threatening to end federal subsidies for health insurance that benefits both the poorest Americans and members of Congress. After a week in which the Senate Republican majority pointedly failed to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, Trump tweeted that if a new bill isn't approved"quickly" then "BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!" Confused?  Read more

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