Happy new year. While getting back into the swing of things is difficult right after the holidays, 2012 is here, and with it, a lot of political activity. In this first update of the year, we discuss our first endorsement meeting, next week's special L.A. City Council Election, a 51st Assembly District candidates forum, and information about this year's Stoney Awards. Also, in our President's message, some changes to our Steering Committee. Here's to a victorious 2012.
Media and Information Committee Chair
Stonewall Democratic Club
Stonewall Democratic Club will be having a special meeting to consider early endorsements.
Please note the special date of this meeting. This will replace the regularly scheduled meeting for Monday, January 23rd.
Date: Wednesday, January 18th
Location: West Hollywood Park Auditorium
647 N San Vicente Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069
Endorsements will be considered in the following six races...
U.S. Congress - CA 30th - Congressman Howard Berman, Congressman Brad Sherman
CA State Senate - 33rd - Assemblymember Ricardo Lara
CA State Assembly - 46th - Laurette Healey, Brian Johnson, Andrew Lachman, Adrin Nazarian
CA State Assembly - 50th - Santa Monica City Councilmember Richard Bloom, Assemblymember Betsy Butler, Torie Osborn
CA State Assembly - 51st - Arturo Chavez, Jimmy Gomez, Luis Lopez
L.A. County District Attorney - Bobby Grace, Jackie Lacey, Danette Meyers, Mario Trujillo
To be able to vote on an endorsement one must be a member at least 25 days prior to the vote. As we are already within the 25 day limit, it is too late to join and be able to vote on this endorsement. If your Stonewall membership has expired, and the meeting is 30 days or less from your expiration date, you are granted a grace period , per our bylaws. To take advantage of this grace period and ensure your ability to vote, renew online.
For further details on the rules and procedures regarding endorsements, please read the endorsement section of our bylaws.
View the Facebook Event Page.
51st Assembly Candidates Forum
Date: Sunday, January 15th
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Location: El Arco Iris Restaurant
5684 York Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90042
Please use street parking
The 51st Assembly District candidates forum this Sunday, January 15, is an important opportunity to meet, hear from, and question candidates in advance of Stonewall's endorsement meeting Wednesday, January 18.
This district, most of which is the current 45th, has a rich history of progressive Assemblymembers (Jackie Goldberg, former Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa, Kevin DeLeon, and now Gil Cedillo - author of the just-passed DREAM ACT)
We trust this will be a very valuable and important opportunity for education and dialogue. This is also the first time candidates will be sitting side by side answering the same questions!
If you are unsure of what your newly drawn assembly district is, you can check your district online.
2012 Stoney Awards
Stonewall Democratic Club is proud to present its Annual Stoney Awards Dinner.
Date: Sunday, March 4th
Time: 5:30pm VIP Reception
6:00pm Cocktail Hour and Silent Auction
7:00pm Dinner and Awards Program
Location: Sheraton Universal Hotel
333 Universal Hollywood Dr.
Universal City, CA 91608
OutServe, the association of actively serving LGBT American military personnel.
Hon. Gil Cedillo, the Assemblymember who authored the California Dream Act.
Robin McGehee, grassroots LGBT activist and co-founder of GetEqual.
Additional honorees to be announced
Guarantee your seat early, and RSVP by ordering your tickets online.
A Special Note From Our President
As many of you are aware, serving as an officer of Stonewall Democratic Club is a completely volunteer activity. Over the years, our organization has had the great fortune of being led by such wonderful people who make up our Steering Committee, giving their time, effort, and their own special skills. Unfortunately, sometimes, life gets in the way, and these leaders have to make tough decisions about what they can and can't do with their time and efforts.
Over the past month, both Operations Vice President Chris Braun and Community Vice President Laurette Healey have resigned for separate reasons. Chris has moved home to Wisconsin to take care of some family issues. Laurette resigned so that she could focus on her campaign for the California State Assembly. On behalf of the Steering Committee, and the entire club, I thank them both for their dedication and service to our club and the causes we stand for. We all wish them well in their future endeavors.
More information regarding the filling of these vacancies will be forthcoming.
Stephen David Simon
Stonewall Democratic Club
L.A. City Council Race
We at Stonewall are proud to have endorsed Assemblymember Warren Furutani for L.A. City Council in the special election to replace now Congresswoman Janice Hahn. The election is just around the corner, Tuesday, January 17th.
However, endorsing our candidates is not enough. It is important that we get out and support them. Please visit Assemblymember Furutani's campaign website so you can find ways that you can help Stonewall help his campaign.
4th Annual Kingdom Day March
Monday January 16th, 2012
8:30 am for Check-in
Crenshaw Yoga & Dance Center, 5426 Crenshaw Blvd, 90043
Come join fellow Stonewall members in solidarity with The Jordan Rustin Coalition as we participate in the annual Kingdom Day March in the heart of South Los Angeles. We'll be meeting at the Crenshaw Yoga & Center and moving everyone to where the march begins. This may be the largest LGBT turnout for the Los Angeles MLK Parade ever. We can't wait to see everyone there!
Donate to Stonewall
Stonewall Democratic Club is a volunteer organization. We participate in local, statewide, and national politics. Our efforts do cost money, and any donations are greatly appreciate. You can now donate to Stonewall Democratic Club through ActBlue.