Once again, in order to continue maintaining social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, Progressive Dems of Benicia will hold meet on Zoom.
Members and friends will receive Zoom login instructions by email. If you are not currently on our member or interested parties email list and want to attend, you can either Become A Member, OR, if you are just interested and want to attend, let us know on our Contact Us page, and we will send you Zoom instructions by email.
JULY 14 TOPIC
Discussion on police reform issues in Benicia. Police Chief Upson will be our guest. Stay tuned for more details…
As you know, we’ve cancelled our March and April general membership meetings over concerns about the coronavirus and in compliance with state and local stay at home orders.
We’re not sure about our May membership meeting at this point and how to proceed with the rest of our 2020 schedule for PDB public meetings and events. The Solano Co. Democratic Central Committee is conducting its April meeting via Zoom, and at least one local Democratic Club – the Stonewall Democratic Club based in Vallejo – has moved its meetings online for the for the foreseeable future, including its April meeting via videoconferencing.
Even if the lockdown is lifted in May in some manner, it’s still unclear what social distancing norms will be in place and how public gatherings can be conducted. How comfortable will we be sitting in a room with 50-60 people? Will we be allowed to have a meeting that large? If we social distance in the Dona Benicia room, does it make sense to do so with so few people in attendance? (Think of chairs six feet apart from side-by-side and front to back.) I have no idea what to expect or how I’ll feel about it. Perhaps you do?
PDB will likely be purchasing a Zoom account for upcoming steering committee meetings, and perhaps that will become the new normal for all future committee meetings. But, what about general membership meetings? We could go the route that Stonewall has chosen and set up videoconference feed for members to attend. While the steering committee sorts out the costs and logistics of doing so, and exploring other options, we need input from members – your thoughts and suggestions. Perhaps there’s someone who has such experience and could even help!
We decided to cancel PDB’s March and April General Membership meetings (scheduled for March 18 and April 22) at the Dona Benicia Library in Benicia. We took this action as a precaution due to concerns about exposure to COVID-19. [MORE – Cancellation notice]
Our next meeting details are “on hold.” We’ll share more information as soon as we can. Stay tuned for details…
IMPORTANT: if you are a member of PDB, January was the month to renew your annual dues (unless you joined since October, 2019, in which case your initial membership and dues count for 2020). PLEASE PAY TODAY!