Donations to local Non-Profits

Funds collected from your membership dues were used to make donations to four local non-profit organizations. After talking to local leaders, the Board voted to make $250 donations each of four local non-profits that help with food and provide services to the homeless and disadvantaged families. We chose: FIND Food Bank (our regional food distribution center), Well in the Desert; C.V. Rescue Mission, and the Galilee Center. We’re glad we have the ability to support the community during this tough time. I encourage you – if it’s in your budget – to help these agencies also, or YOUR favorite charity. For more information on or to make a donation to each organization select the links below.

WE CAN STILL HELP CANDIDATES

While we’re dealing with COVID-19, it’s still possible to help candidates’ campaigns. If you have a favorite candidate, please get in touch with the campaign to see whether you can make phone calls, write postcards or send texts from home. Another way to get involved, from home, is to register at Vote Forward (votefwd.org) and send letters to Americans encouraging them to vote in November. And, we can all help turn the Senate blue by supporting Democratic opponents of vulnerable Republican senators, such as Mitch McConnell (KY), Martha McSally (AZ) and Cory Gardner (CO). www.dscc.org.

March Meeting Canceled

Democrats of the Desert’s Board of Directors has decided to cancel its planned March 28 meeting. “It’s the right thing to do,” said President Dori Smith, “because we don’t want to put members at risk or to potentially spread the corona virus (COVID-19).” On March 11, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued statewide “guidance” in response to the virus, asking Californians to postpone all non-essential gatherings through the end of March, including small social gatherings in places where people can’t remain at least six feet apart. Per the Desert Sun, the state advisory defines a “gathering” as anything “that brings together people in a single room or single space at the same time, such as an auditorium,

RCDP ENDORCES STEPHEN JAFFE

The Members of the Riverside County Democratic Party have voted to endorse Stephen Jaffe for Rancho Mirage City Council! Mr Jaffe is an attorney, an advocate for the mentally ill and their families, and a supporter of animal rights. He currently serves as National Legal Counsel for the American Federation of Aviculture, provides volunteer legal service fo the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and is the incoming Vice President of the Democrats of the Desert. Legal scholars will know his work on the landmark Chadam v Palo Alto Unified School District, the landmark lawsuit that established his young client, a person who is carrier of a genetic marker for a certain disease, as a part of a protected

MEET RANCHO MIRAGE CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES

You’re invited to attend the Rancho Mirage Candidate Forum at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 30, at the Rancho Mirage Library on Highway 111. DOD’s vice president, Stephen Jaffe, is the only Democrat running for a seat on the Rancho Mirage City Council. The vote-by-mail election is Tuesday, April 14, 2020. If you’d like to help Stephen’s campaign, send an email to: jaffe4citycouncil@gmail.com.

THE CENSUS IS COMING

Be sure to complete the U.S. Census when it arrives. Census 2020 letters will be mailed beginning March 12, 2020. The deadline for completing the form is April 30, 2020. Let’s help ensure that every member of our households, regardless of citizenship status, gets counted this year. That includes infants, renters, family members and non-family members who live at your address. Encourage your friends, family and neighbors to do the same. It’s important and here’s why (from CaliforniaCensus.org): Every 10 years, people ac ross the country and in California fill out the Census in order to have an accurate count of all people. The Census determines California’s federal funding for important co

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