Activism is part of the CA Dem Convention, here calling for a single-payer platform plank (LA Times)
UPDATED4 (June 8): The CADEM Chair election is not over, almost 3 weeks after the vote May 20. Kimberly Ellis says she has evidence some delegates voted twice and some ballots were thrown away. (The Hill)
UPDATED5 (June 8): Ellis’ first comprehensive interview about the election irregularities is on Jonathan Tahini’s podcast Working Life
UPDATED3: Kimberly Ellis lost the Chair vote by 62 votes, amid widespread allegations of fraud on the part of the California Democratic Party. A recount request was denied (for reason it is ‘not required’ by the bylaws). Ellis has not conceded; her attorneys are currently examining the nearly 3,000 ballots (allegations include ballots destroyed and threats against delegates in Ellis’ camp). It’s a mess. Tracking this from here is challenging, but I trust NNU’s Rose Ann DeMoro, who said the chair election is “not right” but also that its results will stand. I take the whole thing as a WIN – the life of this party is clearly in its reformers. And even though a Party Chair race watched by progressives nationally went ‘wrong’ and installed the longtime party insider over the talented, younger organizer, anybody watching this weekend could see both that the forces of change are strong there, but also that they need tighter organizing to achieve the changes they intend. And I stand by my call – with CA’s convention as an example – for a true convention in NJ where decisions are made, as better than having key decisions made by only a few dozen state committee members. And for a more representational & transparent process generally. I also respect the contrary arguments made in Comments below; change is hard and discussions like this IMO make our party stronger. – – Rosi
UPDATED2: Statements from both candidates for CA Democratic State Chair, Kimberley Ellis & Nick Bauman
Session 2 now below, Statements from new CADEM candidates, including both up for Dem Chair.
This is the California State Democratic Party Convention, below live-streamed by a Facebook friend of mine, Brian Lis. Going on right now in Sacramento. Elected representatives from all over CA are meeting to set the party’s platform, hear from Gov candidates, and elect a Party Chair and officers. This isn’t how we choose our party leadership. or decide our party’s direction; that happens in a much smaller room with insiders on first-name basis. And our gubernatorial nominee is decided 6 months before county conventions (which rubber stamp as chairs expect). It’s all set before the locally elected county committee people hear about it, faster still if money is involved.
This is how California does Democrats: Every 2 years, there are local party elections – “ADEMS,” read more here – selecting Dems who work regionally then rep their districts in this giant convention in the state capitol. In January’s ADEM elections, the coalition of Berniecrats won 60% of the seats, in a coalition with Labor and progressive groups. Bernie people are taking over CA’s party, which insists it was already progressive before that election (it was not). A marker of that progressive surge will be the election of CA’s new Dem Chair; the progressive wing largely backing Kimberly Ellis, outgoing EmergeCalifornia director, over Eric Bauman. That’s not how our next chair will be chosen; that will be the choice of the Guv nominee, rubber-stamped by the state committee, who in most or all counties are effectively chosen by the county chairs, who effectively choose the nominee, months before most active Dems are clued in.
Ask yourself why we don’t have anything like this in New Jersey. Ask why big decisions are made in undemocratic ways, why who’s on the State Committee isn’t on the NJDSC website if that small team is making so many big decisions for us all. Ask questions, if you think they should be asked. I love my party, and we have both good and less good people in it. But we have nothing like the democratic process I see below – a real convention, where decisions are made, factions vie for control and issues are on the table. Ask why.
Note: You may have to adjust the sound in videos’ lower right.