Everyone always says that whatever the current election is, it's the most important election ever, and they're always right. This year is no exception, it is the most important election ever. The issues and stakes are by now well known: jobs, the economy, the environment, civil rights, civil liberties, labor union protections, women's right to choose and equal pay, poverty, the ballooning income and wealth inequality gap, and the issues of war and peace. This demands a leader in the White House who can meet the nation's present and future colossal challenges. President Barack Obama is the clear choice for the next four years to represent these United States of America. I believe that President Obama is the best person to finish the work that he has started especially when it comes to foreign relations, energy, immigration, unemployment, and more. President Obama has, in the face of all kinds of low-down dirty tactics from the Republican Party, demonstrated his ability to stand in the midst of battle. This is a person we need in the White House to fight for the people, all people. Mitt Romney's agenda is to turn back the hands of time whereby the have and have not chasm will be widened so much so that America will be like a third world nation with the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. His administration will not be Bush II as some fear. It will more akin to Ronald Reagan. He will govern from the right center, but it's the right part of it that's lethal. There's no guesswork about how lethal it will be. A senior Romney advisor ticked off what Romney will do as early as his day one in the White House. He will further bloat military spending, potentially ignite a tariff and trade war with China, give even more of the company store away to the environmentally damaging fossil fuel (oil, coal and gas) industries, radically expand school choice that guts spending on public education, hack away the feeble, and haphazardly enforced bank and financial industry regulations, torpedo the Affordable Care Act, and shave taxes for corporations and the super-rich even more. With a freshly energized Tea Party , ultra conservatives, and Christian evangelicals providing strong headwind for Romney, he will wink and nod at the renewed assault on affirmative action, voting rights and equal opportunity employment laws, the mounting of a full force attack on abortion and women's rights (including equal pay), and labor union protections. These can be added to Romney's action list after his day one. Therefore I make my case for the reelection of President Barack Obama on November 6, 2012. As for Culver City residents, Measure Y, the local sales tax measure that will raise the levy a half-cent has been endorsed by the Culver City Democratic Club. Additionally, there are eleven State Propositions on the ballot, plus the county has measures on the ballot. The voters will be also choosing a new District Attorney for L.A. County. This is what is at stake for this election which is too important to sit out. I believe that the best days are ahead of us, not behind us.
Our meeting in October will feature a number of speakers presenting their suggestions and perspectives on getting out the vote for November's election. One of our speakers will be Robert Cole. Mr. Cole was motivated to get into politics after meeting former Mayor Tom Bradley during an event he attended as the student body president of Crenshaw High School. He attended Morehouse College and his first campaign and political employment was for longtime civil rights activist Congressman John Lewis in Atlanta, Georgia. Robert later worked for several state elected officials along the way before being hired in 2007 as a senior staff person for Barack Obama as the California State Director of African American Outreach. He was a delegate for Democratic candidate Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. Robert is a current member of the Culver City Democratic Club, and several other democratic clubs as well. Robert has a company, Ground Zero Communications, a full service campaign and political strategy company. He is married to Karen R. Cole, MD, MPH, MBA, Neuro-radiologist, and has two children, Raleah Cole, age 12 and Karsten Cole, age 6. Another of our speakers will be Sydney Kamlager, District Director for Assemblymember Holly Mitchell. Prior to working for the Assemblymember, she was Director of External Affairs for Crystal Stairs, and was responsible for their policy agenda, community outreach, communications and development. While at Crystal Stairs, she created Community Voices, a parent advocacy group that trained parent leaders, enhanced the visibility and policy influence of the agency, and developed its signature fundraising event. Ms. Kamlager has over 15 years experience working in the non-profit arena and has committed herself to focusing on areas of equity and creating opportunities for structural change within current systems. Ms. Kamlager is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Carnegie Mellon University. She currently lives in the 47th Assembly District. What: CCDC General Meeting When: 7PM Wednesday, Oct. 10 Where: Veterans Memorial Building, Rotunda Room, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City Public is welcome. For more information, e-mail Bill at President@CulverCityDemocraticClub.com
The election of 2010 truly proved that every vote counts. Now the 2012 election is shaping up to be one of the closet elections in recent memory. With control of the White House and Congress hanging in the balance, and education and local public safety funding under attack, right-wing special interests are pouring record amounts of money into brutal attack ads designed to mislead voters and drive down Democratic turnout on November 6th. I know you agree that we can't let the Republicans take power and turn back the clock to the failed policies that seriously harmed working-class families in California and plunged our economy into crisis. Your vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have to create a more perfect union. In my life time, people stood in unmovable lines. They had to pass a so-called literacy test, pay a poll tax. Men and Women were asked to count the number of bubbles in a bar of soap. People were asked to count the number of jellybeans in a jar, all to keep them from casting their ballot. Today it is unbelievable that there are Republican officials that are trying to stop some people from voting. They are changing the rules, cutting polling hours and imposing a requirement intended to suppress the vote. The Republican leader in the Pennsylvania House even bragged that his state's new voter ID law is going to allow Governor Romney to win his state. Similar efforts have been made in Texas, Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Arizona, Georgia and South Carolina. Too many people have struggled, suffered and died to make it possible for every American to exercise their right to vote. We have come too far together to ever turn back. So, Democrats, we must not be silent, we must stand up and speak out! The situation is urgent...our nation cannot afford a future directed by a Republican- controlled White House and Congress. Please remember to Vote on November 6th !!!!
CCDC President Bill Wynn was one of 52 local Democrats honored at the annual Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Democrat of the Year Awards, held Sept. 23, 2012 at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel. The event's speakers included California state Assembly Speaker John Perez and L.A. County Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman. There was a video tribute to the honorees and each received a special pin, in recognition of their service on behalf of the Democratic Party. Born in Camden, NJ, Bill grew up in Los Angeles. He served three years in the Marine Corps, and worked at 20th Century Film Corp. for 15 years. While living in Culver City, he served as Chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee. In 2012, he became the first African-American President of the Culver City Democratic Club, which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. Bill says he feels privileged to be nominated Democrat of the Year. His lifelong passion has been to live life to the fullest.