Monday, April 17, 2006

Help Young Democrats Take Back Congress

On Sunday, Lisa Vorderbrueggen of the Contra Costa Times wrote a piece about some of the various groups working to fight Richard Pombo. One the most exciting of these groups is the nascent youth movement to fight Pombo organized by the Action Caucus of the California Young Democrats. The Action Caucus is so exciting because it has succeeded in generating tremendous enthusiasm and energy while maintaining the strategic direction to funnel that energy into something with tremendous political potential. In essence they have succeeded in laying the groundwork for something that can be both socially rewarding and tremendously politically effective. Consequently, I expect an explosion of progressive youth activism in the coming months once the Action Caucus has completed the infrastructure that they are seeking to build.

I am excited to report that there is a fantastic opportunity for you to help the Action Caucus on April 25. I encourage all of you progressives to help them, no matter what side of the primary fight you are sympathetic to. The Action Caucus will not take sides in the primary, and all of their action until then in CA-11 will be directed at building the Democratic Party infrastructure in the district. Please take the time to read the following notice and please forward it to other people who might be interested.

I have also added the Action Caucus to the Say No to Pombo ActBlue page. I already see young organizers from Tracy and Stockton meeting with their peers from San Francisco, Oakland, and Lafayette. The Action Caucus is building the youth movement in the Bay Area. Please support them in any way you can. (I was just told that ActBlue directs money to an account that the Action Caucus just closed. So please donate here).


LEFT ON 580: Help Young Democrats Take Back Congress!

Host: The Action Caucus of the California Young Democrats and State Senator John Burton

Location: Café du Nord
2170 Market St. at 15th St, San Francisco, CA

When: Tuesday, April 25, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join the Action Caucus and State Senator John Burton on April 25th at Café du Nord.

The Action Caucus of the California Young Democrats is getting ready to unseat right-wing Republican Congressman Richard Pombo. Here's how we're going to do it:

· Build an online ride board to make it easy for activists from all over Northern California to get to CD11.

· Organize Young Democrats chapters from the Bay Area and Sacramento to converge on CD11 and work together with local activists in a coordinated campaign.

· Register thousands of Democrats in CD11. An army of dedicated volunteers can tip the balance of registered voters to the left, and set the stage for the biggest Congressional upset in 2006.

Richard "Dick" Pombo is one of the most corrupt politicians in the country, and a fanatical opponent of environmental protections. His district is in the Bay Area's back yard, and he has never been so vulnerable.

· Pombo is California's largest recipient of funds from recently-convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and has accepted over $5,000 from Tom Delay's PAC. The treasurer for recently- sentenced former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham has also been treasurer of Pombo's PAC.

· Pombo has fought to dismantle the Endangered Species Act, drill in ANWR and off the California coast, and sell 15 national parks to private companies. As Chair of the House Resources Committee in a Republican Congress, Pombo has more power over environmental policy than any other U.S. Representative.

The suggested minimum donation is $100, but we will accept whatever you feel you can give. Please make checks payable to California Young Democrats.

Honorary Co-Chairs:
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Mayor Gavin Newsom

For more information see

Consistent with federal law, Congresswoman Pelosi and Mayor Newsom are not soliciting donations to the California Young Democrats or Action Caucus in excess of $2,000 from individual donors, nor are they soliciting funds from corporations, labor organizations or foreign nationals.

To RSVP, go here. If this does not work, or if you have any questions about the event, you can send an e-mail to Nicole Rivera at


Anonymous Edie said...

Yay, Matt! Thanks for shouting out to the AC. This is going to be a fantastic event, and a major meeting of all the people from the Bay Area and CA11 who are committed to beating Pombo. I hope a lot of your readers show up and support us. Who's with me??

1:34 PM, April 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said... check it out. i highly recommend.

3:47 PM, April 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well... so much for party unity. The Fuckers at the DCCC with the urging of Tauscher just put up their first IE for Filson. I dont think i have ever seen this in a contested primary before.

CA-11 – support of FILSON – Harvest Outdoor Media – Advertising - $5,600

12:16 PM, April 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The DCCC has weighed in many times in a contested primary when they had internal polling showing that one candidate was stronger than another in the long run.

1:53 PM, April 19, 2006  
Blogger Matt said...

Of course the problem is that the only poll the DCCC seems to be operating upon is the poll of the Bay Area Congressional delegation. At least that is what was communicated to my friend before the nice man at the DCCC hung the phone up on her for bringing up this topic.

2:03 PM, April 19, 2006  

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