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Meeting of 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

On March 9, we welcomed about a dozen Benicia Black Lives Matter members who joined us in conversations and brainstorming how we might support one another and collaborate in the future.

First, each group gave a brief overview of their group’s origins, goals, successes, and membership.  Kari Birdseye, Ralph Dennis and Nathalie Christian presented for the Progressive Dems.  Nimat Shakoor-Grantham and Brandon Greene presented for Benicia Black Lives Matter.

Mayor Steve Young presented an update on the City of Benicia’s responses to BBLM issues, including the status on hiring of the Diversity and Equity Manager.

After these introductions, we divided into six ZOOM “breakout rooms with 5-7 participants, where we shared conversations around areas of work and issues where we might collaborate on projects and actions.

The reports back from the 6 breakout rooms were full of good ideas, comments and suggestions.

PDB looks forward to ongoing strong relationships with BBLM.

Benicia Black Lives Matter 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 (CURE), 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.

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.

LAST CALL & LATEST INFO – Democratic Party election for Assembly District party reps

It’s not too late to mail your ADEM14 ballot!

The California Democratic Party has issued yet another extension for receiving your ballot.  But don’t delay!  If you haven’t done it yet, mail yours today – and vote for our 10 endorsed candidates from AD 14 Progressives for Change! facebook.com/AD14Progressives4Change

Here’s the latest information from the CA Democratic Party, from an email dated January 25, 2021.  (Note that the “received by” date has been extended, but no mention of an extension of the “postmarked by” date.  So… best to mail your ballot immediately!)

Democrats,Great news – the 2021 ADEM deadlines have been extended!

Wednesday, February 3 – All ADEMs ballots RECEIVED by Wednesday, February 3 WILL BE COUNTED. This is a 1-week extension beyond the current “postmarked by January 27 and arrive by January 30” deadline.

Tuesday, February 9 – Final ADEM election results posted to CADEM website.

If you haven’t already, check out the ADEM candidates page. Many candidates took the time to write candidate statements to let you know what issues matter to them. Go to https://adem.cadem.org/assembly-districts/ get to know the candidates running in your district.

We’ve sent over 169,000 ballots. That’s a LOT of stamps. Can we count on you to pitch in $3 to cover the cost of postage?

Thank you,

The CADEM Team