"Welcome to the Southern California chapter of Americans for Democratic Action, a premier multi-issue progressive political advocacy organization in the United States. We were founded in 1947 by Eleanor Roosevelt, Arthur Schlesinger Jr, and Hubert H. Humphrey."

Americans for Democratic Action is a nationwide, multi-issue progressive/Left organization that was founded by Eleanor Roosevelt in 1947. The  Southern California Chapter is the largest and most active. We are working on supporting and electing progressive candidates who will put the needs of their constituents ahead of corporate donors. We are committed to Single-Payer Healthcare (Medicare For All), staving off the Climate Catastrophe that is bearing down on us and fighting against the corruptive influence of Big Money on our Electoral System.

You can become a member of ADA SoCal here: DONATE and support the work we’re doing. Board meetings are usually the first Tuesday of the month and all are welcome to attend and participate. Let us strive to create a more just, equitable and sustainable community, state, society, nation and world!


SoCal ADA Presents

2-4 PM
Saturday, April 22, 2023
Zoom ID: 832 4651 0768



“Getting off Gas
in the Shadow of Aliso Canyon.”LORAINE LUNDQUIST.


"Roadmap to Safe Energy Future


"Ballona Wetlands: Is the Coast Toast"?


"Our Plastic World"


The L.A. County Ordinance 2023


"The Problem with Diablo Canyon
and Palo Verde Nuclear"

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In the next few weeks, the California Democratic Party is holding ADEMs (Assembly District Election Meetings) where delegates are elected in each of California’s 80 Assembly districts. 
Electing Progressives to serve as delegates to the Party can help us in our struggle to make the California Democratic Party less-beholden to corporate interests and more responsive to the needs of the most vulnerable in our society. 

You can go to our ADEM ENDORSEMENTS PAGE to see a list of our endorsed ADEM candidates. 

You can find out your Assembly District here: 

You can find out more about the ADEMs here and find helpful links:

It is too late to register to vote by mail, but not too late to register to vote in person. Please do that right away so you can participate. Once the location and time of your district’s ADEM is scheduled, this page will link you to that information. 

You can see the list of candidates running in each Assembly District here:

Above the list of candidates for each list is a link to Candidate Statements.

ADA SoCal has endorsed the folks we believe to be the most progressive running in a lot of the districts where we have membership, but there are some districts that we don’t know which progressives are running, so reading Candidate Statements in those districts is helpful.

Many of our endorsed candidates are running on slates, a strategy that makes it easier to elect a group of good candidates. The vast majority of the folks we’ve endorsed are running on Progressive Slates. This website can be a resource to learn more about them:

The Progressive Delegate Network will be posting information about some of the other progressives running. 

If you’re a registered Democrat, please participate in the ADEM elections so we can move the Democratic Party in a more progressive direction!




 Please take two minutes right now by clicking to register to vote in the January 2023 Delegate Elections. More below, and how to find out if you are in the new AD51 - or what district you are in. but my ask today is just to register to vote by mail ASAP.  TODAY IS THE LAST DAY REGISTER NOW!

This is an internal Democratic Party election, so the County Registrar won’t send you a ballot. Instead, you must request a ballot by Dec. 31. PLEASE Do it now so it’s not hanging over your holiday dinner table! I NEED EVERY VOTE WHICH I CAN GET.  Here’s how:

1.     Go to ademelections.com/register/mail.

2.     Enter the info corresponding to your voter registration and press “Submit.” If you need to check your voter registration data, email me.

3.     Follow the usual 2-step verification process on the next page. When prompted, enter the code you’re emailed. This will get you the PIN you’ll need to put on your ballot for it to count. Keep your PIN safe, but you can find it here if you lose it.


Your ballot should arrive around Jan. 6; votes due back by Jan. 31. 


 Your vote will be for delegates who will represent your decision for who you want for the office of President etc. of the Democratic Party.





Cori Bush AND Nina Turner!!!

A once in a lifetime opportunity to see two of the most progressive, outspoken and well-spoken legislators in the country -- together!!!!  

This event is to raise funds for Cori's security.  She is receiving constant death threats and Congress does not provide security for "run of the mill" congress people -- so we need to step up to the plate to keep her safe.

We have kept the entry donation affordable, but remember, this is a fundraiser so bring your checkbook or credit cards.

This will also be a time to get together with our friends to celebrate some of our November wins at the polls (think Karen Bass, et al) - TOGETHER, for the first time in quite a while!  Let's Party!

Holiday Party with a Purpose


Cori Bush

(with Nina Turner)



Saturday   December 17

2:00 ~ 4:30pm


Santa Monica

(Dress Warmly, and in Layers -- The Party will be Outdoors)


Hosted by

Jan Goodman, Jerry Manpearl, Susie Shannon, Amy Vilela, Alan Minsky

BOE Member Tony Vasquez, State Senator Ben Allen,

Santa Monica Mayor Sue Himmelrich

LA Councilmembers Hugh Soto Martinez & Mike Bonin

Dorothy Reik, Carlos Marroquin, Howie Klein

Progressive Democrats of America,
and Feel the Bern San Fernando Valley

lease mention who you were invited by when you RSVP for security purposes as we want to ensure the safety of our guests.  Address will be provided upon RSVP


Support Raphael Warnock for US Senate



Help make calls to Georgia to provide frequent Black Voters with their early voting locations, among other details on how to vote in the December 6, 2022 Raphael Warnock vs. Hershel Walker Senate runoff election. Early voting starts on November 28th!

Getting Senator Warnock re-elected and having a 51 to 49 advantage will make a significant difference in the balance of power.  

If Reverend Warnock wins the December 2nd Senate run-off, Democrats will have a majority on all Senate committees – that majority is essential for judiciary appointments, cabinet appointments, and for discharging petitions out of Senate committees. 

Having that 51st senator will also make Machin irrelevant. 

Your calls to frequent Black voters can make all the difference in what promises to be a close run-off election.




WATCH Harvey Wasserman's discussion about what you can do to help with Center for Common Ground Founder & CEO Andrea Miller, and Atlanta Georgia NAACP Political Director Ray McClendon 


Southern California Americans for Democratic Action is partnering with the Center for Common Ground, the Atlanta NAACP and the Grass Roots Election Protection Coalition to make sure that Senator Warnock returns to the U.S. Senate.


Click on YouTube Picture to View Video





ADA SoCal Endorsements

Here is the list of endorsements for the November 8th, 2022 Election.
Please refer here to the Endorsements Link ,on it you'll find HOW WE MAKE OUR ENDORSEMENTS.

Click here for printable Endorsements Document


State Administrators

Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond

Board of Equalization Member District 3: Tony Vazquez

U.S House of Representatives

District 27: Christy Smith

District 28: Judy Chu

District 29: Angelica Deuñas

District 33: Ted Lieu

District 34: David Kim

District 37: Sydney Kamlager

District 38: Linda Sanchez

District 40: Asif Mahmood

District 43: Maxine Waters

District 44: Nannette Barragan

District 45: Jay Chen

District 47: Katie Porter

District 49: Mike Levin

California State Senate

District 20: Caroline Menjivar

District 24: Ben Allen

District 26: Maria Elena Durazo

California State Assembly

District 40: Pilar Schaivo

District 44: Laura Friedman

District 50: Eloise Reyes

District 51: Louis Abramson

District 52: Miguel Santiago

District 57: Reggie Jones Sawyer

District 62: Maria Estrada

District 65: Fatima Iqbal-Zubair

Judicial Races

Office#3  Sherilyn Peace Garrette

Office#60  Anna Reitano

Office#67  Elizabeth Lashley-Haynes

Office#70  Holly Hancock

Office#118 Carol Jiyoung Park

Office#151  Patrick Hare

Office#156  Carol Elsewick

Los Angeles County Sheriff: Robert Luna

Los Angels Board of County Supervisors:  Lindsey Horvath


District 2: Rocio Rivas

District 6: Kelly Gonez


Los Angeles Community College District:

Seat 2:

Steve Veres

Seat 7:

Nancy Pearlman


Los Angeles City Mayor: Karen Bass

City Attorney: Faisal Gil

City Controller: Kenneth Mejia

Los Angeles City Council

District 5: Katy Young Yaroslavsky

District 11:Erin Darling

District 13:Hugo Soto Martinez 

District 15: Danielle Sandoval

Culver City City Council

Khin Khin Gyi

Montebello School Board

Nelly Nieblas

Aaron Reveles

Ballot Measures
• Proposition 1 – Right to Reproductive Freedom – Yes
• Proposition 26 – In-person Sports Wagering – No
• Proposition 27 – Online Sports Wagering – No
• Proposition 28 – Additional Funding for Arts & Music Education – Yes
• Proposition 29 – Licensed Medical Professionals at Kidney Dialysis Clinics – Yes
• Proposition 30 – Tax on Millionaires for Air Pollution Reduction – Yes
• Proposition 31 – Prohibit Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products – Yes
• LA County Measure A – Remove a Sheriff for Just Cause – Yes
• LA County Measure C – County Cannabis tax – No
• Pasadena Measure H – rent control, “just cause” evictions – Yes
• LA City Measure LH – Additional Low income housing – Yes
• LA City Measure SP – Parks & Recreation Facilities Parcel Tax – Yes
• LA City Measure ULA – Affordable Housing & Tenant Assistance – Yes
• LA Measure LA – Community College Safety, Repair & Job Training - Yes



Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón
Speaks at at ADA SoCal Zoom Meeting


LA County D. A. George Gascón speaks at the ADA SoCal Board Meeting 4/6/21.  He spoke about his progressive values in dealing with Public Safety and his approach to Law Enforcement.   

Los Angeles County D.A George Gascón

Click Image to watch the YouTube meeting





Americans for Democratic Action Southern California

SoCal ADA Presents



Vote by Mail Early

Every year, pundits and politicians declare that “This year is the most important election you’ll ever vote in.”  And this year, it might be true.  This is the year that America comes closest to becoming an authoritarian, fascist country.  


Californians will be voting by mail, but if you want to make sure your ballot is counted, follow the instructions to the letter - make sure your signature looks like the one that’s on file - mail in your ballot early so that Trump’s postmaster general won’t delay it getting to where it can be counted.  We’ll share more information with details on how to make sure your ballot gets in properly as we get closer to the election.  

Below is a list of endorsements, and if you'd like to an explanation of our endorsements please click here.   If you would like to know how we pick our endorsements click here.

If you would like to download a PDF copy  click here



President: Joe Biden


US Congress:

District 27 - Judy Chu

District 29 - Angelica Dueñas

District 33 - Ted Lieu

District 34 – David Kim

District 37 - Karen Bass

District 43 - Maxine Waters

District 44 - Nanette Barragan

District 45 - Katie Porter

District 47 - Alan Lowenthal

District 50 - Ammar Campa-Najjar


California State Senate:

District 25 - Anthony Portantino

District 27 - Henry Stern


California Assembly:

District 43 - Laura Friedman

District 46 - Adrin Nazarian

District 47 - Eloise Reyes

District 59 - Reggie Jones Sawyer

District 63 - Maria Estrada

District 70 - Patrick O'Donnell


LA County Supervisor:

District 2 - Holly Mitchell


LA County District Attorney:

George Gascón


Superior Court

Office 72 - Steve Morgan

Office 80 - Klint James McKay


LA City Council

District 2 - Paul Kerkorian

District 4 - Nithya Raman

District 10 - Grace Yoo


Burbank City Council

Nick Schultz


Culver City Council

Khin Khin Gyi

Los Angeles School Board:

Patricia Castellanos, Scott Shmerelson

Los Angeles Community College District:

Trustee #1 – Andra Hoffman

Trustee #3 – Anthony Danna

Trustee #5 – Michelle Manos

Trustee #7 – Mike Fong

Garden Grove School Board – Nick Dibs

California Ballot Measures:

Prop. 15 – Split Roll on Prop. 13 -  YES
Prop. 16 – A Return to Affirmative Action –  YES
Prop. 17 – Would Allow Parolees to Vote - YES
Prop. 18 – Would Allow 17-year-olds to vote –    YES
Prop. 19 - Property Tax Exemptions -    YES
Prop. 20 – Tougher Parole –  NO
Prop. 21 – Rent Control –  YES
Prop. 22 – Special Rules for the Gig Economy –  NO
Prop. 23 – Kidney Dialysis –    YES
Prop. 24 – New Consumer Privacy-  YES
Prop. 25 – Eliminate Cash Bail -   YES
LA County Measure J – Alternatives to Incarceration - YES





The horror of George Floyd's murder has inspired a deep debate about re-envisioning Public Safety in America.  The call to “Defund The Police!” does not mean the elimination of law enforcement -- it means divesting money from bloated police budgets and investing instead in people to deal proactively with addiction, homelessness and mental illness. Gun-toting police aren’t the answer to these problems.  So many police shootings occur in the context of these issues.  

Militarizing the Police hasn’t reduced crime. Neither has throwing more and more money at police departments.  It’s time to try something different.  Eugene, Oregon has been diverting money from its police to the hiring of medics and social workers to address addiction issues, mental illness or homelessness ---and it’s been very effective.

The latest Los Angeles City Budget was slated to devote 54% of discretionary funds to the LAPD.  Now, in response to the protests, the City Council is considering cutting between $100 and $150 million from Mayor Garcetti's original budget. But this is merely rolling back a yearly hike in spending — it's not the serious change that’s needed.  New York's City Council is talking about cutting $1 billion from their police budget, so LA could make more drastic cuts and fund needed community services. This would also free up police officers to do things they are uniquely suited to - such as solving crimes!  

Black Lives Matter has put together a powerful proposal along these lines.  You can read it at: https://peoplesbudgetla.com.

We’re asking LA Residents to call their City Council members and ask them to get serious about a new approach to public safety -- substantial cuts to LAPD and moving the money into community services for crime prevention and for non-violent crisis resolution. Tell them his is the moment for real substantive change, not merely trimming around the edges. Here is a list of Los Angeles City Council members:



Map of Council District Boundaries

Council Member District 1 - Gil Cedillo   (213)473-7001
Council Member District 2 - Paul Krekorian (213) 473-7002
Council Member District 3 - Bob Blumenfield (213) 473-7003
Council Member District 4 - David E. Ryu (213) 473-7004
Council Member District 5 - Paul Koretz (213) 473-7005
Council Member District 6 - Nury Martinez (213) 473-7006
Council Member District 7 - Monica Rodriguez (213) 473-7007
Council Member District 8 - Marqueece Harris-Dawson (213) 473-7008
Council Member District 9 - Curren D. Price, Jr. (213) 473-7009
Council Member District 10 - Herb J. Wesson, Jr. (213) 473-7010
Council Member District 11 - Mike Bonin (213) 473-7011
Council Member District 12 - John Lee (213) 473-7012
Council Member District 13 - Mitch O'Farrell (213) 473-7013
Council Member District 14 - Jose Huizar (213) 473-7014
Council Member District 15 - Joe Buscaino (213) 473-7015


When you’ve made the call, please email us back at [email protected] and let us know what the result of your call was.  

Let’s work together to build a just, equitable and less violent city and nation! We encourage you to join ADA and support the work we're doing!  [Donate]


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