Things are looking up
Last weekend, my 90 year old parents got to hug and kiss each other for the first time in a year, thanks to timely vaccine administration. The same day, their bank account showed their COVID relief package--24 hours after President Biden signed the historic Covid Relief Act package. Tonight, a local coalition including local Democratic leaders begins the workshop to administer $16 million in SB 19 rental and mortgage relief for those who need it.
I know many of you are starting to have similar experiences. We're not out of the woods yet, and there's lots of work to do. But make no mistake. State and federal relief that directly improves people's lives happened only because Democratis majorities made it happen. If "the moral arc of the universe bends towards justice", remember it doesn't bend by itself--it bends because people organize to bend it.
There's more to do: local and state progress towards more housing affordability, expanding health care access, fighting climate change, achieving more dignity and equity for historically marginalized groups-- this is what Democrats stand for. We're not perfect--far from it--but we're organizing people and money to build our strength. And we're as strong as your participation generates.
Please join us this Saturday for our annual virtual gala. Assemblymember Robert Rivas, Digital Nest CEO Jacob Martinez, Congressmember Jimmy Panettam and other special guests will help us celebrate our theme of Building Bridges. Our proceeds will help build a campaign infrastructure for key races in 2022 and for the possibility of a statewide recall in 2021. We hope to see you there!
Thanks to you, we achieved the highest voter turnout in the state (86%) in 2020 and for the first time, we have more than 100,000 local Democrats. With your help, we can grow stronger together.
Chair, Santa Cruz Democratic Party