Plus: Who Else to Vote for in AD 15 and AD 18
I am an unapologetic bleeding heart liberal, committed to pushing the Democratic party towards adopting an agenda that includes the respect and promotion of all human rights: civil, political, economic, social and cultural. I am fully committed to cleaning up the Democratic party from the corrupting influences of money and cronyism.
Currently, the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee is suffering from a numbers of ills. One of the main jobs of the Committee is to give the Democratic endorsement to candidates for non-partisan local races. Unfortunately, several Committee members are either paid campaign consultants themselves or have close relationships with such people – and they take advantage of their position in the Committee to lobby to get their clients the Democratic endorsement. This has resulted in the Democratic endorsement being given to candidates who do not have particularly progressive ideas. Indeed, the Committee has endorsed candidates that support the militarization of police, the widening of the school-to-prison pipeline, mass surveillance and impunity for police brutality. While as one of the few liberals in the Committee, my effect over the last four years has been limited, I have been able to stop the Democratic endorsement from going to at least some of the worst candidate – including one that wanted to raise the Chinese flag over San Leandro City Hall paying homage to a government that has imprisoned and disappeared countless critics, members of religious minorities and human rights defenders, while brutality occupying Tibet and other lands.
My other main reason to run for re-election is that I believe that if Bernie Sanders manages to win the nomination and then the presidency, he will need supporters working at all levels with the Democratic party in order to push his agenda forward. If he doesn’t win, and instead decides to lead a revolution from the Senate, then the support of Democratic grass root activists is even more important. But let me be clear: as a liberal Democrat I cannot support Hillary Clinton and her neo-liberal/neo-con agenda which imperils America and the world.
Over the last four years, I’ve written from time to time about my experiences as a Committee members, please read further if you want to know more about me and my candidacy. Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions or comments.
In addition to me, I encourage you to vote for the non-incumbents in the race. The Committee needs new blood and new energy.
Other candidates I support running for ACDCC in AD 18 (Oakland flats, Alameda & San Leandro):
Pamela Price, a civil rights attorney
Mike Katz-Lacabe, my husband and a privacy rights advocate.
Guillermo Elenes, a housing rights organizer and staunch liberal
In AD 15 (Oakland Hills & North Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley and Albany) I recommend you vote for the following candidates. There are nine seats available.
Michael Barnett: Michael is an old-timer in the Committee. He is a solid progressive, very intelligent and thoughtful. He’s there for the right reasons.
Vincent Casalaina: Vincent is very progressive grassroots activist, he is with PDA and was an early Bernie supporter.
Andy Kelley: Andy sometimes plays politics to his own detriment, but his heart is in the right place and he is also committed to a progressive agenda.
Len Raphael: Len is intelligent, thoughtful and has an insurgent streak. I think he would bring a much needed non-establishment perspective to the Committee.
Ces Rosales: Ces is a very progressive LGBT and feminist activist in Berkeley. We don’t always back the same candidates, but I respect Ces’ independent streak.
- List of Candidates I’ve Pulled and Nominated for the Alameda Democratic party endorsement in 2014
- Alameda County Democratic Central Committee to Vote to Censure Me
- Should Demos endorse John Perez or Betty Yee?
- Central Committee Terms Are Now 4 years instead of 2.
- California Democratic Party Condemns Unlawful Use of Drones
- Democratic Delegates Pass Resolution on Domestic Use of Drones
- Conflicted About Conflict of Interest
- I (Margarita Lacabe) am running for the Democratic Central Committee. Here is why. (2012)
(Edited to add list of people I’m supporting and to add my stand on Hillary Clinton).