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July 2014 General Membership Meeting

Our July 2014 General Membership meeting will take place Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 10 AM until 12 PM (noon).

The meeting will take place at Fast Freddy’s Pizza & Pasta, 130 Main Street, Roseville, California. MAP
Although we do not have a featured speaker scheduled for this meeting, there will be lots to discuss. We have several exciting events coming up which will get us in touch with our Latino community. This should be an exciting meeting.
So be sure to stop by!! And don’t forget to bring a friend.

Together We Can!


2014 Humanitarian Crisis – Recent History Lesson

We are currently facing a humanitarian crisis on our Southern border. To look at anti-immigrant protests in the news lately [1] one might think that this is a new problem that has started under the watch of the Obama administration. One would be mistaken. And badly, at that.

Let’s review some recent history related to immigration and immigration reform. Continue reading 2014 Humanitarian Crisis – Recent History Lesson

June 2014 General Membership Meeting

Hello PCLDC Members,

Our June 2014 General Membership meeting will be held on
Saturday, June 14, 2014 10 AM to 12 Noon.

Attached, is an agenda for the meeting and the minutes from last month’s meeting. Please review these documents. Please print out a copy of them if you would like to have one at the meeting.

This will be a busy meeting!!

Our featured speaker will be Randi Swisley, President, League of Women Voters, Placer County.

Club Officers
Our club will be electing new officers for the next two-year terms. We will introduce the Executive Board’s Recommendations for the club’s elected positions. Nominations from the floor will be entertained at the meeting.

Annual Dues
Annual dues will be collected at the General Membership meeting. Annual dues are $15 /person or $20/ Family (up to four).

Agenda June 2014

PCLDC Minutes May 2014

PCLDC Membership Application

May 2014 General Membership Meeting

The Placer County Latino Democratic Club will be holding it’s May 2014 General Membership Meeting on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 10 AM.

Our scheduled guests include Ann Walker (Candidate for the Roseville Unified School Board) and Ted Herr (Roseville Unified School District).

We are quickly approaching the June elections and there are many things that we need to discuss.

We will meet at Fast Freddy’s Pizza & Pasta, located at 130 Main Street in Roseville, California.

Together We Can!

Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner

The Placer County Democratic Party is holding the Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner 2014 on Friday May 16, 2014 at 6 PM.  The dinner will be held at the Orchard Creek Lodge Ballroom, 965 Orchard Creek Lane, Lincoln, California.

This is going to be a great event!

The keynote speaker will be Daraka Larimore-Hall, Secretary of the California Democratic Party. The featured speaker will be Raquel Simental, Public Affairs Director, Planned Parenthood.

This is a great opportunity to meet your fellow Democrats and discuss current topics, old topics, upcoming topics or no topics at all!

You may purchase your tickets online or by mail.

Please consult the attached flyer for all the details!

Roosevelt-Kennedy Fundraising Dinner Flyer

Healthcare should not be a competition

Recently a local television station ran the story of Aaron Negrete. Aaron has Tetra Amelia Syndrome, a rare disorder where people are born without limbs. Here’s a link to the story on the News10 website.

Aaron is in a contest to win a new wheelchair-accessible van to help him get around. Although this young man was born with challenges the like most of us will never face, he has persevered,  and appears to be a wonderful young man. He is an inspiration to all who know him / of him.

But, health care should not be a competition. Continue reading Healthcare should not be a competition

Get Covered

Today (March 31, 2014) is the last day for people to Get Covered under the Affordable Care Act and avoid penalties in 2014.

Some people have never had health insurance before. This happens for various reasons.  But the result can be disastrous. Simple checkup can help detect conditions such as high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes and the list goes on.

These conditions, although common, can lead to death if they are not addresses. Unfortunately, I know this first hand.

So if you need coverage, or know someone who needs coverage, reach out to them today. Don’t wait. Do it now.

It could be a matter of life or death.

Covered California Website    Federal Health Insurance Marketplace


Why Latinos Don’t Vote

One big problem in the Latino community is that Latino’s don’t vote.

Many Latinos are  registered and don’t vote. While many others aren’t even registered to vote in the first place.

As we’ve pointed out here (and elsewhere), there are many faction furtively working to keep Latinos, and minority voters in general from voting altogether. From laws designed to make it difficult to register, to county Registrars simply “un-registering” entire precincts that voted Democratic in the last Presidential election, there is an effort to suppress the voting power of minorities.

Here are numbers courtesy of the US Census we have some insight into the reasons Latinos and other minorities did not vote in the 2012 Presidential election.

Of 2365 Latinos polled, 22.9% of respondents indicated that they were too busy or had conflicting schedules.

With the advent of absentee voting, this should not be a reason for casting a ballot. Every registered voter can request an absentee ballot from their county Registrar of voters. Of course procedures vary from county to county. Nonetheless, the option is there. We should encourage all working men and women to request an absentee ballot.

The next most common reason for not voting is lack of interest. 15.1% of respondents reported that they were not interested in voting.

People who are not interested in voting do not understand just how important their vote is for their own well being and benefit. I met a young woman recently who did not vote due to a lack of interest. She had a child with her. I asked whether she had an interest in her child’s future. She, of course, said “yes.” Yet she had never equated her voting with affecting her child future and well-being. Once I discussed this with her, she became more interested in what I had to say (we were doing a community outreach/ welcome event). Although I hope that she will vote in the next election, there’s a possibility that she will go back to her “not really interested in it” position.

So we urge you to help spread the word so that our voices are heard through the ballot box. Make sure that you and your friends and loved ones are registered (absentee voters) and that you get out and vote.

¡­Su voz es su voto!

And remember: Together, We Can!

La Semana Latina – Sierra College, Rocklin CA

We will be participating in La Semana Latina at Sierra College during the week of March 24-27, 2014.

This will be an excellent opportunity to get out and meet college students and let me know about our club, our values, and why it is important for young adults to be active participants in our democratic process.

The events/ schedule are as follows:

1. Monday, March 24, 10 AM – 2 PM in the Quad Area
2. Wednesday, March 26, 3:00 -6:00 PM outside of Walker Hall near Room D-1
3. Thursday, March 27 Anytime between 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM at Dietrich Theatre fountain

Come out and help the next generation of leaders get started!