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
Chairman's Corner
By Katherine Underwood
MAY, 2017 
 
As my time serving as Acting RCDP Chair is coming to an end, I would like to thank all of those who have provided support and assistance during the last two months. It was my pleasure to work with all of you and your involvement helped to keep things going.

The RCDP has been busy! The plans for the 2nd Annual Golf Tournament Fun(d)raiser is wrapping up with the event taking place on June 4th. And the planning will be starting soon for the Bosworth Luncheon scheduled for October 29th.

During the April General Membership meeting the following endorsements took place: For Riverside City Council- Andy Melendrez , Ward 2 and Rafael Elizalde, Ward 6. Both are very strong candidates and the RCDP urges those residing in Ward 2 and Ward 6 to cast their vote for a strong, inclusive City Council.

In May, we held a forum with two of the three candidates for California Democratic Party (CDP) Chair. The event was very well attended and both candidates answered questions that were submitted by members of the audience. Many expressed to me that they were glad to be able to hear about the candidate's views on our issues prior to the CDP Convention. 

Riverside County was well represented at the convention and many worked to have an impact on the direction of the Party as we move forward. Our County is having a greater impact every year. This year was even more exciting as one of the Resolutions that we brought forward under the leadership of Agi Kesler was presented to the Convention and was approved as one of the resolutions that will be acted on by the CDP.

Thank you for all you do to promote Democratic values in Riverside County!

---Katherine Underwood, RCDP Acting Chair
In this May Issue:
Special thanks goes to the following people who submitted articles for this DemNews:
 
  • Suji & Terry Fox, RCDP Annual Golf Tournament
  • Suji Fox"Come Together, Right Now"
  • Marie McDonald, Did you know?
  • Marie McDonald, Truth Bytes
  • Suji Fox, Quotes From a Democracy
     
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.
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"Come Together, Right Now" 
By Suji Fox
Right now, in 2017, we are in the midst of TRANSITION.  We're at a crossroads, at a perfect place to make some honest personal observations and envision ways we can help our world.  That transition is occurring in every conceivable part of life and on every continent.

We don't have time to waste blaming anyone-on the "other side" OR on "our own side"-from the past or in the present.  We just don't have time.  John F. Kennedy said, "Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."

Over the years, my friendships with people of all walks of life have enriched and blessed my life. With these friends, I have sung and danced, written and taught, learned and studied, organized and preached, traveled, shared homes and businesses and classrooms, registered voters, canvassed neighborhoods, argued, debated, agreed, disagreed, gotten excited, happy, fearful, sad, angry and envious. Sometimes we shared the same values; sometimes not.

Yet, (hopefully) in most cases, I've come to realize something my parents taught my sisters and me-to put ourselves in another's place.  Thich Nhat Hanh says it this way:  "To love our enemy is impossible. The moment we understand our enemy, we feel compassion towards him/her, and he/she is no longer our enemy." And I add, when we understand where another is coming from, some of the venom leaves our bodies.  

The Beatles sang it, and that's what's needed today:   "Come together, right now."  Friends, we need to shake off our fears and suspicions, stand firm with our values, and adjust our attitudes.  We need to come together--not just alongside all those who share our values.  We need to keep learning how to speak to people who don't share our values.  We need to keep organizing and registering voters and selecting and training excellent Democratic candidates, and getting them elected.

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.

  • Republican Falsehoods About Obamacare.  A repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which the Republicans have been threatening for years, would obviously be unpopular with the 20 million people who have received coverage under the A.C.A.  Read more.
  • Robert Reich: Trump's Budget Is Cruel and Deviant.  For years, conservatives warned that liberals were "defining deviancy downward." They said that by tolerating bad social behavior, liberals in effect lowered what was deemed acceptable behavior overall - allowing social norms to decline.  Read more.
  • As Trump Defends Muslim Ban, Courts Become Crucial Buffer Against Executive Power.  The Trump administration defended president's revised ban on travelers from six majority-Muslim countries this week in an arena where many of its policies are bound to take more permanent form or be thrown out -- a federal courtroom. In a hearing on Monday, the Trump administration told an expanded panel of 13 judges on a Virginia federal appeals court that the purpose of the revised 90-day ban is to protect national security, not to heighten discrimination, regardless of Trump's public statements indicating that Muslims would be targets of his policies. 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.
 
  • Daily Reads: Exxon Wants Trump Admin to Approve Deal With Russia; Why Trump Can't Gut a Consumer Watchdog... Yet.  ExxonMobil is applying for a waiver to partner with Rosneft, a Russian state-owned oil company, to drill around the Black Sea. The two companies had been working together until 2014, when US sanctions against Russia following the Russian invasion of Ukraine shut the deal down. At the time, Rex Tillerson, then the CEO of Exxon, told shareholders that the sanctions caused "very broad collateral damage."  Read more.
  • Waging War Against a Mythical Crime Wave, Sessions Ramps Up War on Drugs.  In a two-page memo issued Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions advanced another step forward in his war against a mythical crime wave. The memo, Department Charging and Sentencing Policy, called for all federal prosecutors to "charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense" for federal crimes, including drug offenses. Sessions argued that such an approach was "moral, just, and produces consistency," emphasizing the importance of advancing "public safety" and promoting "respect for our legal system." New York magazine called the memo Sessions' "first big step toward bringing back the war on drugs." A spokesperson for the ACLU, Udi Ofer said that Sessions was risking the repetition of a "vicious cycle of incarceration."  Read more.
  • Daily Reads: Trump Fills Government with Lobbyists; It's Been a Hot Winter, Blame Climate Change.  Although there are still tons of government jobs to fill, Donald Trump has been at work installing loyalists within federal agencies to serve as his eyes and ears. Hundreds are now on the job, and someone leaked a partial list to ProPublica. "The list is striking for how many former lobbyists it contains," Justin Elliott, Derek Kravitz and Al Shaw note. "We found at least 36, spanning industries from health insurance and pharmaceuticals to construction, energy and finance. Many of them lobbied in the same areas that are regulated by the agencies they have now joined."  Read more.
Quotes From a Democracy
Contributed by Suji Fox
In our personal ambitions we are individualists. But in our seeking for economic and political progress as a nation, we all go up or else all go down as one people. ---Franklin D. Roosevelt

Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don't believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.---Coretta Scott King

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future. ---John F. Kennedy

If you don't like something, change it.  If you can't change it, change your attitude.  All great achievements require time.  ---Maya Angelou

There are three critical ingredients to democratic renewal and progressive change in America: good public policy, grassroots organizing and electoral politics.  ---Paul Wellstone


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