Continuing the Revolution: Beyond the Primaries
Where do we go from here?

July 30th , 2016, 2:00-5:00 p.m. (Doors open 2 p.m.; program will start at 2:15)
Santa Monica, California

Educating young (and young at heart) voters and activists on how to best make their political voices and actions heard, both at and beyond the ballot box, will be the focus of the Americans for Democratic Action of Southern California’s Annual Garden Party this year. You are invited to the party which will be filled with stimulating speakers, live music, and refreshments.

Jan Goodman, longtime board member of ADA, has said “The Garden Party will be hot on the heels of the Democratic Convention. Bernie has planted many progressive seeds, we plan to nurture those seeds, and not let them “die on the vine”, as has happened too often in the past!”

Political Comedian Rick Overton will appear, as well as Historian Harvey Wasserman, who declared “The only votes that will really count in the 2016 elections may be those manipulated by partisan computer hackers and the corporate rich that hire them” in his latest book The Strip and Flip Selection of 2016: Five Jim Crows and Electronic Election Theft which was published earlier this year. Jackie Goldberg, who is one of the first four gay legislators in California—now featured in the new film POLITICAL ANIMALS, will talk about grass roots political organizing and SPAXTON, the popular indie rock band led by front man and songwriter Cameron Robinson will be playing a rare acoustic set, blending cool guitars and smooth vocals.

The Billionaires are also expected to show up to protest encouraging people be involved to band together to change society. Additional guest speakers are also expected.

July 30th , 2016, 2:00-5:00 p.m. (Doors open 2 p.m.; program will start at 2:15)
Santa Monica, California
Private Residence. Address will be forwarded to those who RSVP.

Sponsor: $200-$1000
Requested Donation: $40 or 2 for $70
ADA Member Price: $35
New ADA Member Price: $55 for admission and membership
Student Price, Including Membership: $15 –
$5 Discount if you RSVP and like ADA-Southern California on Facebook!

For more information, send an email to [email protected].
Calls should be directed to (310) 205-2533 or (310) 458-7213.
Donations will support the year round work of ADA. ADA was an early endorser of Bernie Sanders and thousands of voters depend upon the rankings and endorsements of ADA in Southern California and around the country.

ADA is a multi-issue progressive organization, fighting for peace, social justice and economic equality, and against the war and the war economy and fracking, among other issues.

Americans for Democratic Action, is not affiliated with the Democratic Party. It was founded more than 60 years ago by a distinguished group of progressive visionaries, including John Kenneth Galbraith, Walter Reuther, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Founded in the wake of the New Deal, ADA is at the cutting edge of every important struggle for human rights, world peace, and social and economic justice.

California Primary Election - June 7th, 2016

Tuesday, June 7th is the California Primary.  This is one of those rare years where California can actually have a substantial say in the political agenda of our nation's next president.  We are very proud of our endorsement of Bernie Sanders.  A really solid win for Bernie in California will bolster his argument that he is the more electable opponent of Donald Trump.  Even if Hillary Clinton ends up being the Democratic nominee, if Bernie goes to the Philadelphia convention this summer with the lion's share of California delegates, he's going to have the clout to demand that the progressive agenda he's been championing become priorities for Clinton's presidency.  So ADA members need to commit to helping make that happen!   
Please share our endorsements with friends.  Besides National and State offices, we have candidates for the Los Angeles Democratic Committee and also Superior Court Judges.  Please commit to volunteering or donating to at least one of the ADA-endorsed candidates.  Let's make sure that as many progressives as possible make it to the November General Election.  Don't sit this one out!

President: Bernie Sanders

US. Senate: Kamala Harris

US Congress:
  CD 23 - Wendy Reed
  CD 25 - Lou Vince
  CD 27 - Judy Chu
  CD 28 - Adam Schiff
  CD 31 - Pete Aguilar
  CD 32 - Grace Napolitano
  CD 33 - Ted Lieu
  CD 34 - Xavier Becerra
  CD 37 - Karen Bass
  CD 38 - Linda Sanchez
  CD 40 - Lucille Roybal-Allard
  CD 41 - Mark Takano
  CD 43 - Maxine Waters
  CD 44 - Nanette Barragan
  CD 46 - Bao Nguyen
  CD 47 - Alan Lowenthal
  CD 48 - Suzanne Savary

California State Senate:
  SD 27 - Henry Stern
  SD 35 - Warren Furutani
  SD 39 - Toni Atkins

California State Assembly:
  AD 43 - Laura Friedman
  AD 44 - Jacqui Irwin
  AD 46 - Adrin Nazarian
  AD 51 - Jimmy Gomez
  AD 53 - Miguel Santiago
  AD 59 - Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer

Los Angeles County Democratic Committee:
  39th District - Jim Hilfenhaus, Rosemary Jenkins, Lyn Shaw
  45th District - Ray Bishop, Leah Herzberg, Richard Matthews
  50th District - Joe Cizlowski, Deana Igelsrud, Paul Koretz, Dorothy Reik
  51st District - Hans Johnson, Luis Lopez
  54th District - Michael Fine, Jonathan Friedman, Dallus Fowler, Jackie Hawthorne, Terrence Montgomery,
                            Nancy Pearlman, Rosa Russell, Ronnie Jayne Solomon, Jimmy Woods-Gray
  59th District - Bobbie Jean Anderson
  62nd District - Clara Robin, Patricia ”Patt” Sanders

Judge of the Superior Court:
  Office 11 - Debra R. Archuleta
  Office 42 - Cyndy Zuzga
  Office 60 - James A. Kaddo
  Office 84 - Susan Jung Townsend
  Office 120 - No Endorsement
  Office 158 - Kim L. Nguyen
  Office 165 - Kathryn Ann Solorzano

Ballot Proposition 50 - Suspension of Legislators - YES

Learn more about our endorsement process here!

Don't forget to renew your membership to ADA SoCal: Donate

The Trans-Pacific Partnership


On June 23rd, Trade Promotion Authority (otherwise known as Fast-Track) passed the US Senate with the help of 14 pro-corporate Democrats.  This means that for the next 6 years, any trade pact, no matter how egregious - no matter how destructive to the environment, will require only an up-or-down vote without any amendments.

Progressives have lost a major battle in this war, but we're not done fighting.  The Trans-Pacific Partnership will be voted on at the end of the summer.  We will have to commit to exposing how its provisions will lead to outsourcing of millions of American jobs and how its provisions will allow corporations to sue any sovereign nation that tries to regulate them.

We will keep you posted so you can join us in this crucial fight!

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El-Super Boycott


ADA SoCal has joined in a boycott of the El Super markets because of their union-busting activities.  We urge you to join us in this boycott and to send letters to the CEO of the company that owns the markets to let him know that ADA members will not support a business that doesn't support the needs of its workers.

To learn more about the boycott and how you can participate, go to

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You don't have to be a board member of ADA SoCal to serve on a committee.  Any member of Americans for Democratic Action whose dues are paid up can serve on a committee.  Through our committees, we're doing some of our most important work.

Here are our Issue Committees:

The Environment (Fracking, dismantling Nuclear power plants, water and drought, global warming)

•  Education (focused on funding and revisiting Prop. 13 to make it a split roll system in terms of commercial real estate).

•  Peace (this includes support for US nuclear negotiations with Iran)

•  Justice (this includes Police Brutality and also Marijuana legalization)

•  Healthcare (The ACA, Single-Payer Healthcare, Prescription drugs)

Pick the issue that you care most about and join us to educate and lobby on its behalf!

And please make sure your dues are up to date  [Donate]

May 19th Los Angeles Municipal Run-off Election
On Tuesday, May 19th, a few remaining important races will be decided in Los Angeles.
These elections are typically low-turnout, so please commit to voting so ADA members and supporters can make a difference in the outcome.  And please commit to volunteering or donating to at least one of the ADA-endorsed candidates and issues.  Don't sit this one out!
Los Angeles City Council:
District 4 - Carolyn Ramsay
Los Angeles Board of Education:
District 3 - Scott Mark Schmerelson
District 5 - Bennett Kayser
Volunteers Needed:
We need volunteers to help us with the work we're doing. Retirees are particularly welcome.

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