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If the Democratic Party won’t bend, it’s going to break

May 23, 2017

By Peter Gallotta : 48hills – excerpt

The state convention showed how the establishment has failed to recognize the importance of grassroots action

It was exhausting marathon weekend at the #CADEM convention with the SF Reform Democrats crew. It was a politically and emotionally charged experience, and the first time as delegates for most of us.

The good news: Three resolutions proposed and supported by SF Reform Dem delegates were heard on the convention floor and PASSED! I was proud to co-author our Medicare for All resolution with Alysabeth Alexander Tut and support Deepa Varma’s two housing resolutions to protect renters from no-fault evictions and excessive rent increases, and to restore state funding for affordable housing.

I was also proud to support Kimberly Ellis in her race for state party chair. She is currently behind Eric Bauman by 62 votes, and has not conceded despite the Bauman campaign declaring victory. At a speech in Caesar Chavez Park, Kimberly announced that she has requested an audit to validate votes before she concedes. There remains a question about the validity of many of the proxy votes that were cast. The party, to its credit, is allowing the audit…

I think if the Democratic Party doesn’t learn to bend, it will break. And that was clear by the disappointment of many who left the room during that General Session. I’m still wrestling with how we can best confront the system and make it more transparent, responsive, and inclusive of the grassroots. The call for Democratic unity should not discount the need for a reality check. It’s time for a man in the mirror moment for our Party… (more)

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