Category Archives: California Democratic Party

Our Next Meeting – March 9, 2021 – Benicia Black Lives Matter

Tuesday, March 9, 7 PM
Getting together with Benicia Black Lives Matter

Discussion with Benicia Black Lives Matter

Mark your calendars for our next General Membership meeting, March 9 at 7:00 pm, when we welcome Benicia Black Lives Matter members to join us in conversations.

Together we’ll share the goals and objectives of each group and then discuss areas of work and issues where we might collaborate on projects and actions. We’ll include breakout rooms during the discussion so all participants at the meeting can share their comments and suggestions.

BBLM is a local, grassroots community group organized to address anti-Black racism in the city of Benicia.  BBLM is the principal reason the City of Benicia is presently interviewing for an Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Manger, establishing a Commission United for Racial Equity, and will be conducting an Equity Audit of Benicia’s government and services.

We strongly support BBLM’s strategy to get Benicians to “Actively Commit to Change” and its mission to have the City create and target a specific, actionable vision of what a better, more inclusive and equitable future looks like.

PDB’s mission is to ensure equity and justice for all people, and support the election and appointment of officials that support this mission.  Our programs and actions since 2017 have promoted our mission, and we hope collaboration with BBLM will help us operationalize racial and social justice into our work more effectively.  More broadly, through collaboration we hope we can combine resources and energy for greater impact in Benicia and our communities.

This will be a very important meeting for PDB and I encourage all members and friends of PDB to join us and participate in this discussion.

Solano Co. Sheriff’s Department

The Solano Co. Sheriff’s Department made the news recently with an Open Vallejo report detailing support for right-wing extremism among some of the Department’s members.  I encourage you to read Benicia Black Lives Matter’s recent letter which clearly describes the concerns we share.  We’ll be talking to other Democratic clubs in Solano County to identify follow up actions that need to be taken with the Sheriff’s office.

Assembly District Delegates – election results

The Assembly District 14 Delegate elections are completed and six of PDB’s endorsed candidates were elected among the 14 Delegates receiving the most votes: Susannah Delano, Susan George, Brenda Crawford, Thomas Bilbo, Ruscal Cayangyang, and Phillip “Maui” Wilson.  Congratulations to our endorsees!  MORE: on Facebook AD14Progressives4Change.

Endorsement results – Delaine Eastin for California Democratic Party Chair

The two candidates running this year for Chair of the California Democratic Party attended meeting last month.  We heard presentations by current Chair Rusty Hicks and challenger Delaine Eastin, followed by questions and answers.  Our endorsement vote was held virtually on the PDB website, with a resounding win for Delaine Eastin.  MORE: PDB endorses Delaine Eastin for Party Chair.

Pay your dues for 2021!

Members – please take a moment right now and ask yourself if you have renewed your dues for 2021.  And friends, please consider joining PDB as paid, voting members.

Political groups and clubs across the country are reporting shrinking memberships and donations because, to some, our last president’s exit from office was “enough,” and “everything is okay now.”

This is of course untrue—simply look to the Solano Sheriff’s office for proof that right-wing extremism has taken root and is thriving in Solano and beyond, and that it extends to public office.  Please renew your membership and, as you do, consider giving beyond the $20 if you can.  PDB needs your support to accomplish its many goals in 2021 and through the major electoral efforts for the 2022 elections.  Help us get the right people in office by activating your membership and adding on an additional donation, if you can.

That’s all for now!  Let us know of any comments or suggestions you have.

Ralph Dennis

See you on March 9, 7:00 pm!!!

Ralph Dennis

Progressive Democrats of Benicia endorse Delaine Eastin for CA Democratic Party Chair

February 17, 2021 

Progressive Democrats Endorse Delaine Eastin for California Democratic Party Chair

The two candidates running this year for Chair of the California Democratic Party attended the February 9th monthly meeting of the Progressive Democrats of Benicia.  Members heard presentations by current Chair Rusty Hicks and challenger Delaine Eastin, followed by question and answers.

The Party Chair will be elected for a four-year term during the Party’s state convention.

Delaine Eastin, endorsed for CA Democratic Party Chair

Our endorsement vote was held virtually on the PDB website, with a resounding win for Delaine Eastin.

Delaine, known personally to a few of us and remembered by many Benicia Democrats for her impressive run for Governor in 2018, garnered 96% of our votes for Party Chair.

“PDB is excited to support Delaine Eastin” said Ralph Dennis, Chair of the Progressive Democrats.  “Eastin presents herself as a Champion for Education, a Defender of the Environment, and a Warrior for Civil Rights.  Those values speak to Progressive Democrats of Benicia.”

At our recent meeting (see 7 minute video below), Eastin called for new leadership in California’s Democratic Party, citing significant losses in the 2020 election and top-down decision making as problems she would tackle.

Eastin is a professor by education.  She was the first and only woman to date to be elected California State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  She was elected to that post twice and served from 1995 to 2003.  Earlier in her colorful career, Eastin represented parts of Alameda County and Santa Clara County in the California State Assembly between 1986 and 1994.  See more at

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Progressive Democrats of Benicia is a local political club chartered by the Solano County Democratic Central Committee, organized in 2017 to promote progressive issues and support progressive candidates for public office.  For more information visit the group’s web site at

Ralph Dennis, Chair

Meeting of February 9, 2021 – Black History Month / CA Dem Chair Interview for Endorsement

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 7 PM
Black History Month and
CA Dem Party Chair Candidates

At our February meeting, we celebrated Black History Month, hearing from two local African-American poets, Bobby Richardson and LaPaula Parker.  Bobby and LaPaula shared their thoughts and poetry on the achievements of African-Americans in the U.S. and the work towards racial justice that must continue in this country and Benicia.  Benicia’s Poet Laureate, Mary Susan Gast, introduced Bobby and LaPaula, and shared her own poem on white privilege.

Our program also included a discussion and Q&A with the two candidates running for Chair of the California Democratic Party, Rusty Hicks, present chair, and Delaine Eastin, challenger.

PDB members will endorse one of these candidates by voting online via the PDB web site during the week after our meeting.    Results will be posted on our Endorsements page.  Party Delegates may consider our endorsement when they vote for the Party’s officers, including the Chair, during the Democratic State Convention scheduled for April 26 – Sunday, May 2, 2021.