Her Name is Rita

Her name is Rita, and she is life long Republican who has worked at a Coachella Valley casino for ten years. Her pay has finally reached $11 per hour. She has one son who is a local policeman. Her son thinks Democrats are soft on crime. Rita is approaching retirement age, and she is worried about her future. The casino she works for has not been much help as she plans for her retirement. Her son tells her that Republicans will cover her. When asked last year, Rita did not hesitate to say she was proud to vote for Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz, bucking her son's advice. When asked recently if she still supports Congressman Ruiz for Congress, she smiled, and she said, "you bet I do". She w

His Name is Jose

He walked quickly across the dusty road in Mecca. He needed to reach the Galilee Center for the weekly bag of groceries he and others would receive that day. He would not give his name, only to say he was nicknamed "baby Jose". His dark skinned face was a bit wrinkled so it was hard to tell his age. He was 40. He was a farmworker, working in farm land not far from the tiny downtown Mecca where the Galilee Center is located. "Jose" said he frequented the Migrant Worker Comfort Center at Galilee, sneaking in to wash his clothes for free once a week. He had to rush across the street, and he had to sneak in the Galilee Center for a good reason. A close look across the rail road tracks runni

THANK YOU LOCAL DEMS!

Over 100 local Dems and friends attended the DOD gathering yesterday to listen to the Enemy of the People panel. Special guests on the panel included Christy Holstege as moderator, Anita Rufus, Hanke Plant, David Hamlin and Beth Caskie. These media industry professionals discussed the threat to our freedom of speech rights and some of the things we can do as activists. Mayor Rob Moon was in attendance along with Jarvis Crawford from James O. Jesse Desert Highland Unity Center, Joy Silver candidate for State Senate, Robert Mueller candidate for Rancho Mirage City Council and Waymond Fermon candidate for Indio City Council.. Congratulations to William Simpkins as new Vice President of DOD and

Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia Rallies Strong Bipartisan Support Around CA Guest Worker Permit Progra

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Members of the California Legislature announce their solution to critical labor shortages facing the agricultural and service industries. (Sacramento, CA) – Today, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) was joined by Assemblymember Anna Caballero (D-Salinas), Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) and Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) to announce their legislative proposal to address critical labor shortages facing our state’s most vital agricultural and service industries. AB 1885, California Resident Worker Program and Economic Stabilization Act (E. Garcia/2018) would organize a working group in order to establish a model for the implementation of a resid

Extraordinary DOD Meeting & Panel Discussion January 27th

AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE LOOMS IN THE WHITE HOUSE LET'S BEGIN THIS YEAR WITH A POLITICAL BANG ! FOCUS 2018 / COMMIT TO ACT Saturday, January 27 ~ 2 pm ~ Date Palm Country Club clubhouse ~ Cathedral City First Democrats of the Desert Meeting / Event of the Year you will not want to miss !!! * General Monthly DOD meeting DOD board election nominees announced Learn about what candidates locally we must support and get elected in 2018 and meet some candidates who will have information tables Find out what exciting meetings and events are scheduled for 2018 and learn how YOU can be involved Gather with fellow Democrats as we commit to vitally important victories in 2018 and learn how

Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia: California Agricultural and Service Worker Act Introduced AB1885

Thursday, January 18, 2018 AB 1885, Practical Approach to an Economic Crisis with Smart Immigration Policy (Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) heads up a bipartisan coalition of California legislators, united across party lines to tackle a looming economic crisis and severe labor shortages facing vital industries. AB 1885, California Agricultural and Service Worker Act (CASA) was introduced this week proposing that our state work with the federal government to create a California resident worker permit program to allow all current unauthorized workers in California’s agriculture and service industries to remain working in California until Congress enacts immigratio

New Year Democrats of the Desert News

NEW YEAR & MORE POISONOUS ATTACKS on our DEMOCRACY and LIBERTIES !! WE MUST WORK TOGETHER AND STAND TOGETHER IN 2018 Commit to Act / Focus on 2018 We need YOU ! Positions open on the DOD board for Feb. 24 elections include: Vice President Executive Secretary Programming Chair Fundraising Chair Contact b or Pris at democratsofthedesert@gmail.com if interested in running for one of these positions on the board. Get involved. We work hard and well together to make a difference. Join us ! ******** Saturday, January 20: RESISTANCE March against Trump 11:30 am Frances Stevens Park 555 N. Palm Canyon Drive - Palm Springs check our website for additional information ******** Saturday, Januar

Martin Luther King Day Remembrance

Message from Rob Westwood, President of Democrats of the Desert January 2018 from Louisville, Kentucky Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a special day to commemorate, regardless of where you are. However, I grew up in the South, and I remember as a kid in the early and mid 1960's when the south was a shameful "Whites Only" place: no rest rooms, no water fountains, no movies, no lunch counters, no schools, not much of anything for blacks. I remember wanting to sit in the balcony when mom took us on a special trip on the bus to downtown Louisville. We were denied because the balcony was closed to whites and only open certain days to blacks. The candy counter in the theater was even off limit

Congratulations Supervisor V. Manuel Perez

SUPERVISOR MANUEL “MANNY” PEREZ ECLIPSES $500,000 FUNDRAISING MARK Palm Desert, CA – Riverside County Supervisor Manuel “Manny” Perez announced today that his campaign has raised more than $550,000 as of December 31st. Perez’s complete end-of-year fundraising report will be publicly reported on January 31st. In announcing the strong fundraising numbers, Perez released the following statement: “This fundraising success underscores the support our campaign has earned from Democrats, Republicans, independents, businesses, tribes, and labor organizations throughout the region. Thanks to donations of all amounts - I am confident we will have the resources to run an effective campaign; one

RESISTANCE MARCH 2018

JANUARY 20 IS HERE AGAIN! MARCH WITH US IN PALM SPRINGS TO SHOW THAT RESISTANCE IS GROWING, NOT GOING AWAY. WHO I’M SENDING THIS TO NEIGHBORS AND OTHER FRIENDS WHO HAVE INDICATED LIBERAL POLITICAL LEANINGS, BUT WHO MAY NOT GET NOTICES FROM OTHER LOCAL DEMOCRATIC SOURCES. PLEASE, PASS THIS ON TO ANYONE WHO MIGHT COME TO THE MARCH – EVEN IF THEY DON’T VOTE IN CALIFORNIA. IT’S CATHARTIC AND THE MORE WE HAVE, THE BIGGER THE IMPACT. BRING EVERYONE YOU CAN! THIS EVENT IS BEING ORGANIZED AND SUPPORTED BY THE 1,700 LOCAL MEMBERS OF COURAGEOUS CALIFORNIA RESISTANCE, THE DEMOCRATIC HEADQUARTERS OF THE DESERT, THE 10 DEMOCRATIC CLUBS OF THE COACHELLA VALLEY, AND MANY OF OUR DEMOCRATIC ELECTED OFFICI

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