Friday, March 24, 2006

What's Up This Weekend?

I’m going to attend the Dump Pombo meeting this Saturday.  What are you folks up to this weekend? Doing anything to fight Pombo?


Blogger Delta said...

Absolutely the number one Dump Pombo activity is tomorrow morning in Stockton. The entire Latino Community is going to march, protesting the outrageous immigration bill for which Pombo cast the deciding vote, H.R. 4437. The Senate Version is in the Judiciary Committee, Arlen Spector Chair and Diane Feinstein, Member. There is a hunger strike in front of Feinstein's San Francisco Office. This protest was the lead story on NBC Nightly News tonight with pictures from LA and Phoenix.

The action in on the street. Pombo was the only San Joaquin Valley congressman of either party to vote for this measure.

Where the hell is the outrage?

There is only one candidate that I know of doing anything. Pete McCloskey will be marching with LULAC and the San Joaquin Peace and Justice Center. Margee Ensign will be carrying the banner for the Peace and Justice Center.

Where is everyone else going to be, on the streets with the people or in a meeting?

6:29 PM, March 24, 2006  
Blogger Delta said...

I just noted a couple of other things, Matt. That meeting you are going to is in a Teamster's hall. Just be aware that the Teamsters Union stood on the steps of the Capital with Richard Pombo and demanded that we develop the great oil fields of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.

Also, this group continues to have Democratic Forums in Walnut Creek? That isn't even in the District. How about holding one in Lodi and giving the real voters a chance to attend?

6:34 PM, March 24, 2006  
Blogger babaloo said...

Delta –-
Take a deep breath. Maybe not everyone in CD-11 subscribes to your belief that an immigration street protest/hunger strike is the most productive way to participate in a political race.

The meeting which you so scornfully dismiss is the second meeting (they’re being scheduled once a month) of all of the Democratic Party stakeholders in CD-11. At the first meeting, the chairs of the Central Committees for all four counties were present, along with a representative from the State Democratic Party, representatives from every Democratic Club in the district (as well as some from outside the district who want to offer their assistance), the candidates or their representatives, representatives from unions and labor councils in the district, and representatives from various interested grass-roots organizations throughout the four counties. Because CD-11 is so large and far-flung, these are groups who have never before joined together to work on a campaign. The fact that these people are jettisoning their weekend plans to congregate in Stockton once a month so that they can lay the groundwork for a united and competitive campaign against Richard Pombo in November is unprecedented. For you to be so openly contemptuous and show such cavalier disregard for those who would accept the challenge of such a necessary, though unglamorous, task is, at the very least, disappointing.

Then you add, ”This group continues to have Democratic Forums in Walnut Creek.”

I’m not sure what group you’re talking about. The Diablo Valley Democratic Club is hosting its first and only candidate forum in Walnut Creek on April 19. As you know, there are three other counties in CD-11 beside San Joaquin. Now, although the Diablo Valley Democratic Club is not physically located within the district, it lies mid-way between the Contra Costa communities of Brentwood/Discovery Bay to the north and Danville/San Ramon to the south. Since neither of the Democratic Clubs in those locales has hosted a candidate forum, the location in Walnut Creek offers the most convenient locale for the “real voters” in BOTH those communities to meet the Democratic candidates.

You know, there are a lot of people who are working their asses off in the 2006 election. Diminishing their efforts just to promote your own point of view is really not helpful.

8:35 PM, March 24, 2006  
Anonymous Vicki said...

All of the Democratic candidates will be in Morgan Hill (where there are 11th CD voters) for the South County Democratic Club endorsement meeting.

If I had my way, my candidate would be at the demonstration, but that's just me. I'm protester from WAAAY back in the 70's. But, the candidates all made a committment to a Democratic Club. I think it's better that they keep their promises than running off on a last minute thing.

...but that's just me.

9:20 PM, March 24, 2006  
Blogger Delta said...

I guess you are right. I was just over reacting to the idea of "I am going to a meeting, what you you going to do?"

I am reacting to the fact that though the meeting is in Stockton, the candidates and probably their campaign managers, are all to be in Morgan Hill. I am reacting to the fact that the Democrats are planning to fight the General Election when there is a battle afoot right now that needs to be supported. I am reacting to the fact that immigration is a major issue that I dont' see very many people addressing. I am reacting because I believe that the Democratic Party has taken the Latino vote for granted and continues to do so. I am reacting to the fact that there is a group of voters, some
Republican, some Democrat who are very upset about the Delta and the status of the fish that attract the visitor that fuels some sections of the local economy. but it is not on the Progressive Agenda to address these voters.

If you felt I was condescending, I felt that the original post was condescending. And yes, I believe that both are important, but that, with the media focus right now, the actions that are taking place all over the state, the place to be is standing side by side with the Latino voters of Stockton. If you are not on the street, you lose the trust of those who are and you will not beat Pombo without a large Hispanic turnout.

9:22 PM, March 24, 2006  
Anonymous EDJ said...

Hey folks -

EDJ here, full-time staffer for the McNerney campaign.

From what I understand, Jerry McNerney will be at the South County Dem Club meeting in Morgan Hill as previously scheduled. This is an endorsement meeting, so it's not something he can miss.

On the other hand, Delta, I hope you're pleased to know that AJ Carrillo (McNerney campaign manager) and other McNerney supporters will be marching with the Latino community on Saturday morning. Jerry may not be able to be there in-person, but AJ and company will proudly represent our campaign on the streets of Stockton. To the best of my knowledge (albeit limited), no other Democratic candidate will be represented at the march.

But that's not all! On Saturday, McNerney staff members (in addition to Jerry and AJ) will also attend the Defeat Pombo meeting in Stockton, run a phone bank in Dublin, and attend/staff a house party in Oakland.

We're EVERYWHERE this weekend. And it's going to be like that every single day until June 6... a full-court press right up to the primary.

If you want to join the growing McNerney Movement and help take down Pombo, take a few seconds now to sign up at:

2:20 AM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger Delta said...

Thank you edj. This illustrates once more that there is truly a difference between Jerry McNerney and Steve Filson. Jerry gets it, always has. Steve is somewhere else reading the playbook and asking the coach what he should do next. That is why I was a vocal, at least in writing, supporter of Jerry in 2004. Maybe Filson will wake up on June 7 and try to figure out what happened to him.

8:52 AM, March 25, 2006  
Anonymous edj said...

Delta -

Thanks for your support. That means a lot, especially given your role in raising awareness about the importance of this election.

Check this out -- another staff member actually called me after reading my comment and gently reminded me that she was ALSO in San Jose representing Jerry at the California Democratic Council convention.

AND Jerry also walked a stike line in Concord today after...
Jerry McNerney Receives South County Democratic Club Endorsement

Jerry won yet another Democratic Club endorsement today, this time from the good folks in Morgan Hill (which is part of the 11th District). This follows the Tri-Valley Dem Club endorsement on Monday and, of course, last week's huge California Labor Federation (AFL-CIO) endorsement.

The campaign is on a roll and it's because activists in the grassroots and netroots are uniting behind Jerry and his vision for bringing renewable energy jobs to the 11th District, honor and integrity to Washington, and an end to the era of Pombo Politics.

Delta and others -- if you have any comments or suggestions for future appearances by Jerry McNerney or staff and volunteers in the campaign, please e-mail them to me at:

info AT

Again, it's a full-court press for the next 70+ days. Inside the district. Outside the district. Everywhere and anywhere.

If you can't come to the campagn, we'll make the campaign come to you. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available every day of the week for folks in the district and remotely for folks outside the district. Just enter your info at and we'll get you immediately plugged into the McNerney Movement!


p.s. being everywhere at once costs money, of course. If you can contribute to the campaign before the crucial federal filing deadline on Friday (March 31), please make your contribution through Matt's SayNoToPombo ActBlue page (support the netroots!). $25, $50, $100 or any amount up to the fed max -- no contribution turned away! :-)

6:15 PM, March 25, 2006  
Anonymous edj said...

Just got this in an e-mail...

UOP Dean Margee Ensign, McNerney campaign mgr AJ Carillo, and several of Dr. Ensign's students from UOP marched in solidarity with Latinos opposed to HR4437 in a massive rally in Stockton at about 9am this morning. Rally organizers estimated attendance would not exceed 300; one policeman said his estimate of attendance was 3,000-4,000 - the largest protest ever in Stockton's history.

Many members of both the McCloskey and McNerney campaigns - the Fighting Irish - joined forces and were led in chants of "Hey hey ho ho Richard Pombo has got to go!" by rally organizers. Pete and Helen McCloskey (not shown) were asked by organizers to march at the front of the huge line, 3-4 abreast, that snaked for over a mile through the streets of Stockton.

6:26 PM, March 25, 2006  

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