Oakland Mayor Jean Quan
East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club
are excited to invite you to our
generously sponsored by Comcast & the Bayard Rustin Coalition.
Please join us for a morning of celebrating, networking, & community building before we head over to the Oakland Pride Parade.
Space is limited, RSVP at: eastbaystonewalldemocrats.org/pridebreakfast
For more info: http://www.eastbaystonewalldemocrats.org
Lori Droste, who is running for an open seat on the Berkeley City Council from District 8. Droste serves a member of the Housing Advisory Commission and as Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women, and Vice-Chair of the Alameda County Human Relations Commission. She has also served on the boards of the National Women’s Political Caucus-Alameda North and the Claremont Elmwood Neighborhood Association. Her priorities include promoting economic vitality, promoting safe streets, meeting our climate action goals, and helping struggling families. As a mother of two young children, she is focused on making Berkeley the best possible place to raise her children. If elected, she would be the first out lesbian and the only one with school-aged children on Berkeley City Council.
Marguerite Young, who is challenging a five-term incumbent for a seat on the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) Board from Ward 4. Young is running as an environmental and labor candidate who believes that new progressive leadership is needed from her district to address critical issues the board faces in the years ahead. For example, Young points to a recent vote by incumbent Katy Foulkes to oppose Senator Loni Hancock’s bill (SB 1199) to increase environmental protections for EBMUD’s primary water source, the Mokelumne River and the need to invest in climate smart infrastructure. Young works for SEIU as a senior policy analyst, and previously led work on water and environmental issues for Clean Water Action and California League of Conservation voters. EBMUD needs a fresh perspective, someone with the knowledge, courage, and imagination to lead the way forward, and Marguerite Young is that person.
Abel Guillen, who is running for an open seat on the Oakland City Council from District 2. Guillen, who publicly identifies as two-spirit, is currently serving his second term as a Trustee for the Peralta Community Colleges – Laney, Merritt, Berkeley and Alameda. He is also Vice President of an East Bay school finance firm that has helped raise more than $2.5 billion to build and modernize California’s public schools and community colleges. Guillen grew up in a working class neighborhood and was the first in his family to graduate college. His priorities include improving public safety, enhancing core city services, reducing government waste, and attracting new businesses to Oakland. Guillen faces several competitors in November, but he has already secured a number of important endorsements from labor groups and elected officials.
Richard Fuentes, who is running for an open seat on the Peralta Community Colleges Board from Area 7, the seat currently held by Guillen. He previously served as Legislative Director for the Oakland City Council and was involved in a number of important legislative issues, including the budget process. As President of the Hoover School Site Council, Fuentes has spearheaded several programs that have transformed Hoover Elementary into the most improved elementary school in West Oakland. He has actively helped many LGBT Democrats get elected to office over the years, and has already secured endorsements from several prominent LGBT Democrats. If elected, he will focus on creating more career pathways for students, promoting good governance practices, and enhancing support services for students.
East Bay Stonewall also voted to endorse Kriss Worthington, who is seeking reelection to the Berkeley City Council from District 7, and Andy Katz, who is seeking reelection to the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) Board from Ward 3.
“It’s great to have so many progressive LGBT Democrats running for office,” said Brendalynn Goodall, the Club’s president. “East Bay Stonewall is looking forward to doing whatever we can to help these candidates win in November.”
The Club’s early endorsement meeting was held on July 9th at the South Berkeley Library. With almost 100 people in attendance, it was one of the best attended meetings in the Club’s history.
Wednesday, July 9th
Reception: 5:30 pm
Meeting: 6:00-7:30 pm
South Berkeley Library
1901 Russell Street (at MLK)
The following eight LGBTQ candidates have been invited to be considered for an early endorsement by the Club. Click here to download their completed candidate questionnaires. A candidate must receive at least 60% of votes to be endorsed:
See the article this week’s B.A.R about East Bay Stonewall’s July 9th meeting and learn more about these candidates.
All are welcome to attend, but per the Club’s bylaws only East Bay Stonewall members whose dues have been received 14 days prior (by June 25th for the July 9th meeting) are eligible to vote.
East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club would like everyone to
COME OUT AND WALK!!
Oakland Contingent In The San Francisco Pride Parade
On Sunday, June 29, the City of Oakland/Oakland Pride contingent will be marching in the SF Pride parade. All Oakland residents are invited to join the Oakland contingent which will include a fire engine, convertible, dance routines, elected officials, and lots of pride.
Parade organizers have indicated a 9:30 a.m. gathering time and the location is TBD.
Contingent Monitors (who ensure the Oakland group remains intact and follows the parade’s rules) are needed.
Contingent Monitor Training will be held Tuesday, June 24th at the
Bench and Bar (510 17th St, Oakland, CA 94612) from
7:00-9:00pm – Fun and Refreshments provided
For more information, please contact Sean Maher, Special Assistant to Mayor Jean Quan, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 238-7439.
Board of Supervisors Proclaims June Pride Month in Martinez
The event will be held on Tuesday June 3rd at 9:00am and will be located at 651 Pine Street, Room 107, in Martinez.
Please join East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club attending this wonderful event.
For more information, please contact Wade Meyer at email@example.com.
for Assembly District 15
for Alameda County
Superintendent of Schools
YES on Measure AA
With just over 3 weeks to go before the June 3rd Primary, We think it is about time to pull together Tony Thurmond volunteers from all over the Bay Area for a major RAH-RAH RALLY!!! Join us at the Berkeley HQ aka the Nicely House for a breakfast rally to get fired up for this final push. After the rally, if you want to burn off some calories, join us as we walk and talk to voters throughout AD15 or stay and call some voters instead.
What: Team Tony Campaign Rally
Date: Saturday, May 17
Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm
Address: 1709 Marin Avenue, Berkeley, CA
RSVP: Mary & Dave Nicely, Friends of Tony Thurmond, firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-517-0393
YOU’RE INVITED TO OWN YOUR POWER!
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The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is proud to partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to host Many Faces. One Dream., an economic empowerment tour for communities of color with a focus on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population. East Bay Stonewall Board Members Darryl Moore, Berkeley City Council member, and Peggy Moore, Political Consultant, are one of the Bay Area Convening Partners.
April 21–22, 2014
Marriott Oakland City Center
Many Faces. One Dream. seeks to bring focus on the economic power, innovation and creativity in the small business sphere among LGBT communities of color.
For only $25, you will receive more than $500 of valuable training and resources that will take your business to the next level. During this two-day conference, attendees will be divided into two tracks: “Starting Your Business” and “Taking Your Business to the Next Level.” In the first track, training will be provided on the key elements of a business plan, loans, marketing, and SBA’s program and services. The second track will be geared toward LGBT entrepreneurs who are currently in business but want to expand and grow.
Despite the challenges gay and transgender people face, LGBT communities of color represent a growing segment of aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. Rich with ideas and talent, LGBT men and women are creating and leading their own companies. Many Faces. One Dream. expands the conversation from economic security to economic empowerment and bankability. Register to attend TODAY!
We look forward to seeing you there!