September meeting—Revolting recalls: Where we stand and what’s next

Join us for our next meeting, Wednesday evening, Sept. 1, on Zoom (again. sigh). The topic is the recalls—the Republican recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom, and recall elections of local officials, including the racist attempt to remove Chardá Bell-Fontenot from the La Mesa-Spring Valley School board.

Our speakers will be a panel of political powerhouse operatives, including:

  • Eva Posner, president of political consultancy Evinco Strategies, specializing in helping women win, including working on the campaign of San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott;
  • Jesus Cardenas, principal consultant at Grassroots Resources and chief of staff for San Diego City Council President Pro Tem Stephen Whitburn
  • and Dan Rottenstreich, founder of Amplify Campaigns and former VP of RoseK Consulting, a legendary firm helping Democrats across the country and local labor campaigns.

We’ll discuss how we arrived at the proliferation of recall elections and what’s next, how the GOP is using the recall process and voter suppression to further the goals they can’t achieve through honest elections, how we can reach voters and achieve high turnout, if and when the GOP will dump the part of its base that embraces white supremacy and insurrection, and more.

The meeting will be particularly timely as the state recall election will be Sept. 14, just two weeks away from our meeting date.

Join us on Zoom. Here’s the URL:

The Zoom URL.

The meeting starts at 6:30 pm for a social half-hour. Programming starts at 7 pm.

We had hoped to meet together in person but the coronavirus surge has pushed us back to Zoom, out of an abundance of caution (there’s a phrase we don’t want to use anymore—”abundance of caution”). And that relates to the recall election: While California’s covid rates are better than average, Republican states have hospitals over capacity and refrigerated trucks to pile up the corpses. That could be our future in a few months, if Republicans win. Which could happen—it’s a very close race, in a very unfair election that’s tilted away from Democrats.

However, you can help stop the recall. Volunteer to walk a neighborhood or phonebank, every Saturday and Sunday between now and the election, Sept. 14. Sign up here: sddems.link/action—look for the La Mesa event. Or go to another event if you don’t like the La Mesa location. Just get out and walk, or work the phones!

And we’re looking for volunteers to staff the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club booth for Oktoberfest. It’s a great way to have fun, meet your neighbors, and help get the word out about progressive candidates and causes. Contact Steve Jesionka for details: sjesionka@cox.net.

Author: Mitch Wagner

Just another monkey with a phone.

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