Category Archives: Opinion

Opinion pieces written by members that reflect the values and position of the Club.

Results of the Wellstone Club Endorsement Vote for the 15th AD

The Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club voted No Endorsement in the June primary election for the 15th AD at our meeting last Thursday, January 25. The Club uses RCV (Ranked Choice Voting) in which there are multiple rounds where the second and third choices listed on the ballot are redistributed. The leading candidate requires 60% of the redistributed votes to receive an endorsement.

The final result of the vote is:

Jovanka Beckles 38
Dan Kalb 38
No Endorsement 34

How to get more involved in the Wellstone Club via committees

The Wellstone Club is much more than a Democratic Club that does endorsements. We are an activist club that engages many issues and does so largely through our Committees and we invite you to contact any the chair of any committee for which you’d like to be involved. Our club is only as good as the energy our members put into it so we encourage all of you to be involved in our committees as much as your schedule allows. Our current issue based committees are:

1. California Sanctuary Campaign – works to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation and from incarceration. Contact: Judith Stacey

2. Peace Committee – The reactivated WDRC Peace Committee, together with the Peace Caucus of East Bay DSA, is asking that political candidates and current office holders sign a “Peace Legislators Pledge”. Contact: Raymond Barglow

3. Voting Rights Task Force – addresses issues of election integrity and voter suppression. Contact: Richard Tamm

4. Education Committee – K-12 education issues, including Charter Schools. Download the article: Charter Schools Are Reshaping America for the Worse. Contact: David Weintraub 

5. BBBON Block by Block Organizing Committee – Oakland issues including police, housing, and elections. Contact: Sharon Rose or Floyd Huen

6. East Bay Citizens for Action – Working on fixing Prop 13’s commercial property tax loophole and other progressive actions. We meet about monthly, on Sunday or Wednesday evenings at members’ homes. The next meeting is Sunday, February 18, 6:00 potluck, 6:45 meeting begins. Join us! Contact: Zippie Collins

ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card is out – and it’s so bad

The American Society of Civil Engineers put out a report card on the state of US infrastructure, and it’s very bad: they give it a D+. Read the full report here: They give grades for aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, hazardous waste, inland waterways, levees, ports, public parks, rail, roads, schools, solid waste, transit, and wastewater. It’s a highly accessible website and we urge you to read through all the areas they give grades for.