The SF Berniecrats voted unanimously to endorse Tony Kelly for SF District 10 Supervisor! Tony has been a neighborhood activist and organizer for 15 years, fighting for schools, parks, affordable housing, the homeless and environmental cleanup. He is the only major candidate who is not accepting corporate developer money, and is a member of the SF Berniecrats and Democratic Socialists of America.
As president of the Potrero Boosters, Tony lead efforts to save schools like Daniel Webster Elementary in 2006 and prevented public spaces like Starr King Open Space from become privatized in 2009. He co-created the city's first Green Benefit District began operating in 2015. He’s been leading a coalition in the environmental cleanup of Bayview Hunter's Point. For 10 years he has been working on efforts to create a public municipal bank in SF to fund affordable housing and resources for those left out of for-profit financial institutions. He has been pushing for more affordable housing out of developers, and has been working with the Coalition on Homlessness to ending family homelessness and increase funding for the arts through a hotel tax. He is also working with homeless advocates to create solutions for those on the street.
The SF Berniecrats are excited to support Tony Kelly, and look forward to volunteering for his campaign.
SF Berniecrats proudly endorse Jovanka Beckles for CA Assembly District 15!
As a member of the Richmond Progressive Alliance elected to the Richmond City Council, Jovanka helped pass rent control in Richmond, raised the minimum wage, 'banned the box' so the formerly incarcerated have a second chance, helped create IDs for undocumented immigrants, and fought against Chevron's big money, pollution, and control over city hall. Jovanka was an educator, councilor and continues to work as a mental health specialist.
The SF Berniecrats are very excited to support Jovanka - someone who will fight for the voiceless against big money interests in Sacramento. Jovanka is running a corporate-money-free campaign, so it's vital that we the grassroots support her candidacy by donating and volunteering for her!
The San Francisco Berniecrats are very proud to announce our early endorsement for Stephen Jaffe for Congressional District 12 in San Francisco!
Stephen Jaffe was a legal volunteer for the Bernie Sanders campaign in Nevada during the Democratic primaries, and has proven his progressive credentials through action. As president of the South Beach D6 Democratic Club, he fought against dark money in San Francisco by introducing changes to the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC) bylaws, requiring Democratic Clubs to disclose their funding sources to the DCCC. This came on the heels of an intense election in which the SF 'RFK Democratic Club' laundered close to $1 million from Ron Conway, Airbnb and other investors to fund PACs for corporate Democrats in San Francisco. Stephen Jaffe is also an attorney who has fought for the disenfranchised. An example is that he represented six African American police officers against the City of Richmond for race-based discrimination.
Stephen is a staunch supporter of single payer healthcare for all (which Nancy Pelosi is against), getting the U.S. out of unnecessary wars, holding police accountable for their killings of unarmed people of color, ending the school to prison pipeline, fighting for affordable housing and against gentrification, defending women's rights, and fighting against climate change with clean energy. We look forward to supporting Stephen's campaign and finally giving speaker Pelosi "a run for her money"!
SF Berniecrats proudly endorse Gayle McLaughlin for Lieutenant Governor!
Gayle McLaughlin is the co-founder of the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA), and served as the Mayor of Richmond 2006-2014, and its city council in 2004 and 2014. Gayle is a movement builder. She has led the fight against Chevron and it's corporate money, and has fought for rent control in Richmond. Through the RPA, a coalition of progressive across party lines - progressive Dems, Greens and independents that vow to not take any corporate money - Gayle has helped get many other progressives get elected into office. She was endorsed by Bernie Sanders himself back in 2014 for her city council race.
The Biggest News from the CA Democratic Convention that You Won’t Read Anywhere
Here’s some big news from this weekend’s California Democratic Party Convention that won’t make the papers: Delegates voted to pass a resolution expressing “the Support of the California Democratic Party in Protecting Renters from No-Fault Evictions and Illegal or Excessive Rent Increases and Support Rent Stabilization.”
You read that right: The California Democratic Party supports rent control and just cause for eviction.Read more
On April 26, 2017, the Healthy California Act (S.B. 562) was passed with a 5-2 vote at the Senate Health Committee hearing in Sacramento.
The Healthy California Act (HC), also referred to as single-payer health care or Medicare-for-All, would guarantee health care to all California residents, regardless of legal status, age, or employment.
HC would offer a long-awaited alternative to our current healthcare system by eliminating premiums, deductibles, and co-pays. The plan includes comprehensive benefits and services, including all Medi-Cal, ACA, and CHIP benefits, which would be co-opted into the program through federal waivers.
Finally, patients would be free to go to any provider of their choice without being slammed by surprise out-of-network bills. HC would also prohibit out-of-network providers from charging patients for the same services provided by HC, therefore incentivizing health care professionals to join the program.
SF Berniecrats, the People's Townhall Project and Single Payer Now showed up in full force to protest at Dianne Feintein's Townhall in SF on a Monday morning. We did a presser, joined by members of Code Pink and Refuse Fascism, and got a ton of press coverage! Below is a list of media outlets that covered the Townhall, with varying levels of coverage.
Decent balanced coverage by major media outlets:
Great interviews / issue highlights:
Sacramento Bee - Full Presser
KQED Facebook Live interview
Skewed Establishment reporting:
CBS - only covering the rare positives
Tsing Tao Chinese Newspaper
The results from the SF Berniecrats Officer Elections are in!! Thank you to all the candidates who participated, and to everyone who came out to vote. Here are your officers for 2017:
Co-Chair: Ben Becker and Claire Lau
Treasurer: Trevor Martin
Membership Coordinator: Cassandra Inglesby
Election and Endorsements Coordinator: Reid Chalker
Moderators: Michael Marinucci and Caleb Arring
Recorder: Hedi Saraf
Social Media Coordinator: Chris Holl
Events Coordinator: Clarice Corell
Graphic Designer: Mirka Morales
Tech Manager: Tim Wayne
Correspondent: Anjali Baliga
Fundraising Coordinator: Adriel Hampton
News Researcher: Alex Hagen
Press Coordinator: Christopher Cook
Community Outreach Coordinators: Dan Kappler, David Carlos Salaverry, Gary Appell, Leah Cooper, and Trevor Martin
Still to be voted on: Legal Advisors
In AD17, East SF, the SF Reform Democrats won 8/14 through a contentious and chaotic election.
Assembly District 17: Laura Clark, Gladys Soto, Davi Lang, Alysabeth Alexander, Leah Pimentel, Angeles Roy, Mia Satya, Theo Ellington, Rafael Trujillo, Peter Gallotta, Wade Woods, Todd David, Benjamin Becker, Nima Rahimi.
For AD19, West of SF and Daly City, all 8 candidates of the SF Reform Democrats won, and almost all of their recommendations from Ting's slate got elected as well. So progressives got 13/14!
Assembly District 19: Wendy Aragon, Amy Bacharach, Brigitte Davila, Maureen Dugan, Amy Erb, Kelly Groth, Li Lovett, Ian Fregosi, Brandon Harami, Xavier Aubuchon-Mendoza, Jonathan Lyens, Gabriel Medina, William Walker, Alan Wong.