One thing that is certain about the novel corona virus is that it has created complete chaos in our lives. Who would have thought Costco of all places would run out of tp!
Some of us have no choice but to follow the CDC/State/County health department order advice and decided to shelter in place. No going out to eat, no trips to Trader Joe’s, no movies. And then there are others who have extra time on their hands since no sitting in our cars in traffic, or simply need an excuse to get out of the house.
So, we thought we could put these two groups of people in touch with each other.
Democrats of Greater Irvine have a Covid-19 assistance outreach program set up to help those who are sheltering in place. Those who need our services, and those who would like to volunteer their time to help with this project click here
Due to the spread of coronavirus, our club has decided to move our meeting to an online format out of an abundance of safety. Democrats believe in science and will head the recommendations for social distancing to protect vulnerable populations and mitigate the spread of the pandemic. There will be no in-person meeting. You can join our online meeting at the same time: 2-4 pm on Sunday March 15. Connection information is below!
One of the most important things we do as a club is help the California Democratic Party vet and select Democratic candidates to endorse. Our DGI club representatives will be voting, on October 5, for pre-endorsement in California State Senate District 37, candidates Katrina Foley and Dave Min, followed by California Assembly District 68, candidates Melissa Fox and Eugene Fields. Club representatives will be voting along with members of the Democratic State Central Committee in those districts.
This Sunday, your vote in our straw poll guides our club’s sentiment regarding these important races! Join us for our club meeting this Sunday, September 15 (2019), 2pm – 4pm at the Duck Club for a candidate forum and straw poll!
You must have paid club dues in August or earlier and attended at least one prior club meeting to participate in the straw poll.
At our next general membership club meeting, hear from our Team Irvine local endorsed candidates for Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan, and for City Council Lauren Johnson-Norris and Tammy Kim! They will be introduced by Councilmember Melissa Fox!
With Councilmember Khan running for Mayor, this allows for Irvine voters to select three candidates for City Council, with the third place winner filling the term of Councilmember Khan when she wins the mayorship. So, we will also hold a candidate forum and straw poll for the third City Council seat. To participate in the straw poll, you have to be a member in good standing. To check if you are, please email Membership Chair Naz Hamid.
If you are a candidate who has not received an invitation yet, please reach out to us! We are doing our best to find and invite every candidate.
As the officially chartered Democratic Party Club for the City of Irvine, the Democrats of Greater Irvine Club shall focus its efforts within the City of Irvine to advance the goals of the Democratic Party as defined by the platforms of the California Democratic Party and the Democratic National Committee. The Club’s objectives are to foster active interest in the local, state and national Democratic Party, to contribute to the Democratic Party of Orange County leadership, to support the campaigns of Democratic candidates representing the Club’s constituency, and to engage in grassroots outreach, organizing and recruitment within its area or special interest or cultural community. The Club shall seek to publicize activities, and to build its membership from registered Democrats within the City and surrounding areas of Irvine.
Join us! We will be hearing from and Sarah Jakle from Field Team 6 on voter registration efforts, from Kristin Von Ohlsen from the DCCC on how to defend our own Congresswoman Katie Porter’s seat, from Dave Min on efforts to stop the gun show at the OC Fairgrounds, and from DGI’s own Ken Wyant on the myriad ways can get involved in the club and in campaigns, including our own club’s bi-monthly voter registration drives in Irvine!
Because the Duck Club is under maintenance in August, we will be meeting at a new location: IUCC, 4915 Alton Pkwy, Irvine.
Sarah Jakle is the Outreach Director for Field Team 6, a national organization dedicated to registering Democratic voters. Sarah has a Master in Social Work from USC and a Master in Public Policy from UCLA. She practiced as an adult mental health social worker until the 2016 election galvanized her into politics full-time. Sarah has a bachelors degree from Yale and is a Los Angeles native.
Please join the Democrats of Greater Irvine for our next club event on Sunday, May 19 from 2pm-4pm with food and refreshments for all guests provided by DGI’s hospitality committee. DGI’s May club event features a progressive panel discussion on supporting immigrants, with local experts and community leaders.
Our May 19 event program includes: ⇨ Food & refreshments for all guests! ⇨ Special guest panelists Jennifer Lee Koh (immigration lawyer & law professor), Tim Burns (immigration advocate), Erik Garcia (ACLU immigration policy advocate), and Guerline Jozef (immigrant rights activist). ⇨ DGI bylaws are being updated to reflect new county party requirements and to clean up old provisions with 2/3 membership approval required for approval. Please see the board’s recommended bylaws updates at this link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_ZvmYnRHz3QGnV-TI3fVYn3jy77DFYz5
If you’re not already a DGI member, please consider signing up to join our club as an official member or donating to support us. We are a grassroots, all-volunteer club dedicated to engaging in local politics and building a stronger, more inclusive Democratic Party in Irvine. ⇨ https://secure.actblue.com/donate/dgi2019