Save the date! Thursday, April 1st at 7:00 pm!
Wellstone Progressive Democrats of Sacramento is proud to host Philip Kim, Community Organizer with the California Nurses Association and Former Wellstone President, as the featured speaker at our April membership meeting. AB 1400 will be discussed, questions answered, and strategies given on how we can help pass this bill.
AB 1400 would guarantee comprehensive, high-quality health care for all Californians as a human right, leading the nation in the larger fight for health care justice
Renewing its commitment to the larger fight for health care justice, the California Nurses Association (CNA) is pleased to sponsor Assembly Bill 1400 (Kalra), the California Guaranteed Health Care for All Act (CalCare), which would guarantee comprehensive, high-quality health care to all California residents as a human right. The establishment of the CalCare program is an improved Medicare for All-type health care system.
Despite the gains made under the Affordable Care Act, nearly 3 million Californians have no health insurance, while millions more have insurance that they can’t afford to use because their copays and deductibles are too high. Meanwhile, for-profit insurance companies are reporting record-breaking profits, even while the Covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage California and medical bankruptcies are at an all time high.
The CalCare program would be a truly transformative change to California’s health care system. In addition to guaranteeing health care to all Californians, it would save families and businesses thousands in annual health care costs by cutting out the bloat, waste, and inefficiencies of our fragmented, for-profit insurance system.
Californians overwhelmingly support the transition to a single-payer health care system: 57 percent of all Californians supported replacing private insurance with guaranteed coverage provided by the government — even before the Covid-19 pandemic caused millions of Californians to lose their jobs and employer-provided health insurance.
“A single-payer health system represents the belief that health care is truly a human right. Our current system results in unjust outcomes and these inequities are underscored especially now, exacerbating economic downturns for working families who have lost their income and meaningful access to health care,” said Assemblymember Ash Kalra. “We will have a long fight ahead in fixing our broken system, but this bill will set us on a real path towards a single-payer system and affirms the policy that would save lives, decrease suffering, and improve public health in California.”
Please invite your friends and anyone else who wants to learn more about CalCare, AB 1400.
Zoom link to the meeting will be sent out on Wednesday and Thursday. (But please do not share zoom link on social media)
The Arden-Arcade Community Table is coming up this Saturday, Feb. 20. The event — a food, toiletry, and diaper distribution — will last from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m or until supplies run out. To ensure supplies don’t run out too soon, we encourage you to donate money or items to the event including:
There are three ways to donate:
Every donation helps feed another family. If you are donating food, please bring non-perishable items such as canned goods.
Anyone in need is welcomed to partake.
We look forward to seeing you in front of Kico’s Mexican Food at 2324 Arden Way.
Wellstone Progressive Democrats of Sacramento is sponsoring a resolution calling on the Democratic Party of Sacramento County (DPSC) to support “by-district” elections for the San Juan Unified School District. The resolution – also sponsored by the Sacramento Latino Democratic Club, JFK Democratic Club of Sacramento County and Elk Grove-South County Democratic Club – will be voted on this Thursday, Feb. 11, at the DPSC’s monthly membership meeting starting at 6 p.m.
WHEREAS, The California Democratic Party and Democratic Party of Sacramento County have called for the replacement of at-large local election methods with district-based elections (CDP 2018 Platform: Political Reform; DPSC Resolution 2017–21; and DPSC Resolution 2019-05), in furtherance of the Democratic Party’s commitment to upholding voting rights protected by the California Voting Rights Act and the federal Voting Rights Act; and
WHEREAS, The San Juan Unified Board of Education utilizes an at-large election system, which dilutes the power of neighborhoods to elect local representatives, unfairly protects well-resourced incumbents against challengers, and places a significant electoral obstacle before candidates and communities of interest that lack access to the money and resources needed to compete at-large, especially diverse and economically disadvantaged communities; and
WHEREAS, By-district elections allow neighborhoods and diverse communities to elect representatives of their choice, allow candidates to be viable without the need to fundraise prohibitively large sums of money, and better reflects the values of the Democratic Party than at-large election methods; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the Democratic Party of Sacramento County declares its support for the ongoing effort to transition the San Juan Unified Board of Education from using at-large elections to by-district elections; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Democratic Party of Sacramento County encourages all residents of San Juan Unified School District to join in this effort to ensure that the San Juan Unified Board of Education can finally have a truly representative electoral system.
Food, toiletry, and diaper distribution event was postponed due to severe weather
ARDEN-ARCADE, Calif. – The Arden-Arcade Community Table has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20, and will last from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until supplies run out. The event – a food, toiletry, and diaper distribution – will still be held in front of Kico’s Mexican Food at 2324 Arden Way.
Date: February 4, 2021
Our friends at the California Nurses Association (CNA) are hosting a local car caravan this Saturday, Feb. 6, to urge state legislators to pass California Guaranteed Health Care for All (CalCare).
CalCare, similar to Medicare for All, would guarantee health care as a human right in the state of California by providing comprehensive, high-quality health care for all. The California Nurses Association has been leading the fight for guaranteed health care for decades and is actively working to introduce a new single-payer bill in the state legislature.
“The nation has long looked to California for inspiration and guidance in the national fight for universal health care,” says CNA president Zenei Triunfo-Cortez. “We’ve come closer than any other state in history to passing guaranteed health care for all our residents. The nurses will always do what it takes to protect our patients, and we know CalCare will save lives.”
The event will be part of the nurses’ kickoff day of action with car caravans in 23 cities across California. Participants will practice physical distancing, wear masks, and adhere to other COVID-19 safety guidelines.
The Sacramento Area car caravan is set for:
Saturday, February 6th at 1:00 p.m.
and will start at:
West Wind Sacrament 6 Drive-In
9616 Oates Drive
Sacramento, CA 95827
The caravan will begin with a short program, followed by a drive down an easy-to-follow route with signs on participants’ vehicles demonstrating clear support for guaranteed health care for all Californians. Participants will demonstrate from within their vehicles.
The organizers are asking participants to decorate their cars in advance – although some window signs will also be provided if needed.
For questions or additional information, please contact the host, Phillip, at (916) 291-0380.
Local food, toiletry and diaper distribution event delayed due to severe weather
ARDEN-ARCADE, Calif. – The Arden-Arcade Community Table scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 30 has been postponed due to severe weather conditions affecting the Sacramento region. The organizers – Wellstone Progressive Democrats of Sacramento, Arden Community Council and Mutual Assistance Network – hope to reschedule the event for a future date in February.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Wellstone Progressive Democrats of Sacramento is proud to announce Sacramento Councilmember Katie Valenzuela as the featured speaker at our Feb. 4 membership meeting. Valenzuela will be presenting for the People’s Budget Sacramento, an organization that promotes participatory budgeting (PB) for both the City and the County of Sacramento.
According to the Participatory Budgeting Initiative, PB is “a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget.” They further add that PB “gives people real power over real money.”
People’s Budget Sacramento plans to promote PB by presenting an alternative budget to the City Council of Sacramento that reflects the community’s priorities. They are also promoting more engagement in the budget process as well by recommending changes including participatory budgeting for the City and County but are not seeking formal charter changes at this time.
“The foundational principle of the People’s Budget is simple: residents deserve more of a voice in how our money is spent, and budget spending should reflect community needs and priorities,” said Valenzuela on behalf of the organization. “Since our inception, we’ve engaged thousands of residents through our survey tool, and advocated at the City and County for spending decisions that reflect community priorities. This year, we’re hoping to work with decision makers to build a participatory, community-led budget process for the 2021-2022 budgets, and hope for support from the progressive community in Sacramento to make that vision a reality.”
The program is scheduled to begin at the start of the membership meeting at 7 p.m. The presentation is expected to last approximately 40 minutes and will be followed by 20 minutes of questions and answers.
The meeting will be held over Zoom due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For security reasons, the meeting credentials will only be sent to subscribers of the club’s email list. Guests are welcome to subscribe by going to wellstonedems.club.
More information about People’s Budget Sacramento may be found on their website at peoplesbudgetsac.com.
ARDEN-ARCADE, Calif. — Wellstone Progressive Democrats of Sacramento along with the Arden Community Council and Mutual Assistance Network will be hosting the Arden-Arcade Community Table, a food, diaper and toiletry distribution, on Saturday, Jan. 30. The event will be held in front of Kico’s Mexican Food on 2324 Arden Way and will last from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until supplies run out.
The Community Table is geared towards serving the community of Arden-Arcade but anyone in need is welcome to partake.
“People in Arden-Arcade are facing many challenges since the pandemic began including not having enough to eat,” said Magali Kincaid, Wellstone’s political director and a lead organizer for the event. “We need to come together as a community and take care of each other.”
The event is intentionally located in the western half of Arden-Arcade, which has both a higher poverty rate and lower school test scores than the eastern half.
“Western Arden-Arcade is very vulnerable to economic downturns,” said Austin Schlocker, CEO of the Arden Community Council. “Holding an event like this is an opportunity to not only provide for those in need but to also bring our community together so we can build back better when the pandemic is over.”
Participants can either walk or drive up to the event and grab what they need. Available items will include canned food, fresh bread, soap, toothbrushes, and diapers and shall be distributed first come, first served. Participants must wear face masks and adhere to state and local social distancing guidelines.
The organizers are asking for additional donations so that as many residents can be served as possible. There are three ways to donate. To donate items in advance, contact Magali Kincaid. To donate items on Jan. 30, bring them to the event. To donate money, send payment to the Venmo account @JDKincaid.