Aug 28

Growing Peace Camp was Spectacular

Peace camp article for September newsletter – Click on this link to view the entire article.

Aug 28

Nevada-Placer Chapter of Brady Campaign – UPDATE

1. Invitation to Presentation on Gun Violence Prevention: “ What if we treated Gun Violence as a Public Health Problem?”
I will be speaking to the Auburn Area Democratic Club next week about gun violence prevention, legislation, the politics driving the discussion, and gun violence as a public health issue. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Join us! The presentation is open to the public.

What: Auburn Area Democratic Club Presentation on Gun Violence
When: Thursday, September 3rd at 7 pm
Where: Auburn Public Library (350 Nevada St, Auburn, CA 95603) Directions Here.

2. Sacramento Valley Brady Chapter Responding to Latest Horrific Shooting:

What: Response to high profile shooting
Where: 15th and L Streets by the Capitol (northwest side) in Sacramento
When: 5-6:30 PM, Friday evening, August 28th
Why: Vigil, protest, signs, taking a stand against gun violence

You likely know about the latest horrific shooting that killed a news reporter and cameraman on live TV. The level of gun violence in our country is unacceptable and we need to take a stand, express our collective grief, and demand action. Join the Sacramento Chapter in this action. Email to carpool.

3. CA Brady Annual State Conference 2015:
Our CA Brady Annual Conference will be held in Santa Ana (Orange County) on Saturday, September 26, from 9:00am-5pm. If you want to attend this year’s annual conference – or are trying to decide if you should attend – please contact me for more details.

Conference Speaker: Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer will be a speaker for the CA Annual Conference! Mike Feuer has been a champion in our state and now in the City of Los Angeles on passing legislation and enforcing laws to prevent gun violence. He recently started a nationwide organization, “Prosecutors Against Gun Violence.” He is continuing to be a force on this issue. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have him!

4. Newsworthy (two excellent “must read” pieces):
America’s biggest gun problem is the one we never talk about
Does owning a gun make you safer?

Be sure to visit us on FACEBOOK!

Amanda Wilcox
Nevada-Placer Chapter
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Aug 24

CADEM passes resolution in Support of “Black Lives Matter” Movement

Resolution in Support of the “Black Lives Matter” Movement

WHEREAS, the California Democratic Party upholds the ideals of equal justice under the law, racial justice, police accountability, and human dignity for all people; and the extrajudicial killing of Black people in this country has deep roots in the dehumanizing system of White supremacy that once defined Black bodies as property and persisted in the form of lynching during the 100+ years of Jim Crow; and

WHEREAS, the recent killings and deaths (while in police custody) of unarmed Black men, women, and children, including Sandy Bland, Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Oscar Grant, Tamir Rice, and too many others compel questioning of whether or not equal justice under the law is possible for African Americans; and these deaths are indicative of a growing racial division that threatens the current and future well-being of our country; and

WHEREAS, there is a “widening gap of trust” between law enforcement and the African American community; and closing this “widening gap of trust” requires that we address the underlying inequities that continue to divide people in this country along racial lines; and while we recognize that there have been some strides made within police departments across the nation to engage in constructive dialogue and good faith efforts to improve relations among police officers and African Americans, we believe that the institutional racism in American society undermines the realization of the concepts of racial justice and equal justice under the law; that problems still exist; and that improvements are needed in order to protect lives;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the California Democratic Party supports the Black Lives Matter movement, community meetings, and peaceful demonstrations; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the California Democratic Party calls for the creation and dissemination of a national model for community policing, well-funded and thoughtful programs that will provide marginalized young people access to academic and career programs, and an end to institutionalized racism; a copy of this resolution shall be sent to the Democratic members of the United States Congress and California State Legislature.

Sponsored by Hene Kelly and the CDP African Americn Caucus


Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its Summer/Fall 2015 E-board Meeting
Hyatt Regency
August 16, 2015

Aug 24

AADC and CADEM endorse HR1111 – US Dept. of Peacebuilding

Dear Sunny Carraway, Auburn Area Democratic Club President & Members:
On August 16, 2015, the California Democratic Party (CDP) reaffirmed its prior endorsement of U.S. Department of Peacebuilding (HR1111) legislation and adopted a “Resolution Urging the United Nations and All Member States to Support Infrastructures For Peacebuilding Within and Externally Among Nations.”
We thank you and those in your group for your support of HR1111 and for dialoguing about the importance of violence prevention. We enjoyed seeing many of you at the Executive Board meeting. By the time of that meeting in Burlingame, CA, the following endorsed and/or supported HR1111:

1E, 1W, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16 (Supports Concept), 17, 18 (AD75, 76).

Alpine, Amador, Lake, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Napa, Nevada, Placer, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Sonoma, Sutter, Yuba.

Auburn Area Democratic Club, Beverly Glen Democratic Club (Los Angeles), Central Valley Hmong Democratic Club (Fresno), Coastside Democratic Club (Half Moon Bay), Culver City Democratic Club, Democracy for America (Marin), Democratic Alliance for Action (Santa Clarita), Democratic Club of Kern River Valley, Democratic Club of Orange, Democratic Club of Southern Sonoma County, Democratic Club of Vista, Democratic Service Club (Santa Barbara), Democratic Women’s Club of San Diego, Feather River Democratic Club, Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club, Oakhurst Democratic Club, Santa Rosa Democratic Club, Turlock Democratic Club, Stonewall Democratic Club (Los Angeles), Windsor Democratic Club.

Democratic Party of San Fernando Valley.

CDP Veterans Caucus.

Karen Bernal (Past Chair, Progressive Caucus, CDP, & DSCC Delegate, Sacramento County Democratic Party, AD7), Sandra Cottell (Delegate AD38), Bonnie Eaton, Joyce Evans (AD38), Harold Fong (Elected Member Sacramento County Central Committee & Delegate to CA Dem Party Convention), Stacy Fortner (AD38), Kristin Ingram-Worthman (President, Democratic Alliance for Action, AD38), Michael Kulka (Past President, Democratic Alliance for Action, AD38), Carole Lutness (Member, LACDP, AD38), Stephen Murray (CDP Delegate AD54), Nanette Meister, Julie Olsen (AD38), Susan Rowe (Madera County DCC Chair, Vice Chair of South Central Region 8, CDP Rural Caucus), Lawson C. Stuart (Chair Emeritus, Veteran Caucus of the California Democratic Party), Patricia “Patti” Sulpizio (Chair LACDP AD38), Barbara Wilson (Delegate AD38).

The CDP Legislation Committee unanimously endorsed HR1111.

Now, for a Congressional Call to Action!… Please urge your member(s) of Congress to cosponsor the Department of Peacebuilding—HR 1111 legislation. instruct them contacting Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s office ( to be added as co-sponsor. Let us know if you do this.

Thank you for working to make peacebuilding a national priority. We can make a difference working together.

Nancy Merritt, The Peace Alliance Northern CA Regional Coordinator

On Behalf of the CA Peace Alliance/ Department of Peacebuilding Team
Bobbi Jo Chavarria (San Bernardino), Brian Gibbs (San Diego), Maggi Koren (Sonoma), Lily Marie (Nevada County), Nancy Merritt (San Francisco/ East Bay Area), Lorrie Norby (Marin), Josh Roebuck (Oakland), Jerilyn Stapleton (Los Angeles)

Aug 24

Placer People of Faith Together – August Update

NEW PPOFT – PlacerPlacer People of Faith Together Newsletter

August 2015

Farewell and Welcome

As we step into the second half of the year, we have had significant staff change. Flora moved to Madison, Wisconsin with her husband Martin in order to pursue new challenges. Jackelin Aguilar joined our staff as an organizer to provide on-going leadership in the area of immigration. As we wish Flora the best in her next adventure, please join us in welcoming Jackelin.
Jackelin Aguilar is the new community organizer for Placer People of Faith Together (PPOFT). Born and raised in Yuba County, Jackelin is bi-lingual in Spanish and English. The first in her family to earn a college degree, Jackelin is a recent graduate of California State University, Sacramento, holding both a B.A. and M.A. in Social Work. Jackelin is committed to supporting, encouraging, and empowering community members to believe that they are catalysts for positive change. She plans to walk alongside the immigrant community in the creation of solutions to local issues.

Delegate Assembly & Potluck Dinner

At Loomis Basin UCC, our next Delegate Assembly will be on Tuesday, August 18th at 5:30 pm. Please save the date. We invite clergy and allies to join us. We will be introducing two programs: Get on the Bus and Bridges out of Poverty. Join us as we work to create a community with justice for all. The meeting is a potluck, so please bring your favorite food to share.

Health Care Update

PPOFT works directly with Placer County Health and Human Services to provide outreach, education and support for individuals and families in accessing health care insurance and services. We have just completed our second service period in this partnership and are very pleased to announce our continued partnership into 2016. PPOFT welcomes Linda Patterson as the new Placer County Health and Human Services Division Director. With Susan Kimble, Mary Barker and other partners, Linda is working to provide outreach, education and support in health care access.

Immigration Update

PPOFT works to educate the immigrant community on current and on-going legislation regarding their legal status. We provide information about resources and services available to immigrants. We also work to establish connections and deepen relationships among the immigrant community, Placer County Health and Human Services, other non-profits, elected officials and law enforcement.
Through the diligent work of the Placer Community Network, PPOFT and allies provided an introduction to Immigration reform on June18, 2015 at the Roseville Police Department. Over 85 individuals attended, giving positive feedback and requests for additional information about immigration reform.

Mental Health News

Kaiser Foundation is continuing to partner with PPOFT to provide Mental Health First Aid trainings and forums on mental health awareness and stigma reeducation. In addition to education and training, PPOFT provides linkages to mental health services and treatment. Through our growing network of individuals trained in Mental Health First Aid, many of our local faith communities are reducing the stigma associated with mental illness. PPOFT appreciates working with Myrna Rivas of Kaiser as we welcome our continued relationship with Carol Serre of Kaiser.

News Item regarding Placer Collaborative Network (PCN)

PCN is sponsoring a resource fair.
Purpose: The annual PCN Resource Fair is designed to strengthen relationships among community agencies serving Placer County’s health and human service needs as well as discover ways to bridge service gaps.
Date: Thursday September 17, 2015
Time: 10:00 am – Noon
Location: Gracepoint Adventist Church at 3500 Sunset Blvd Rocklin, CA
For more information, contact PCN Administrator Mary Towne (916) 672-6766 or email admin@placercollaborativenetwork.

Jun 30

Women, Politics & Power – September 13th – AADC’s Fall Fundraiser


Betty Yee, California State Controller


Toni Atkins, Speaker of the California State Assembly

Keynote speakers Betty Yee, California State Controller and Toni Atkins, Speaker of the California State Assembly join our own Jennifer Montgomery, Placer County Supervisor and Heidi Hall, 2014 US District 1 candidate, to speak on “Women, Politics and Power”, Sunday September 13, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:30 pm at the General Gomez Arts Center, 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn. Event includes art exhibit, Silent auction, hors d’oeuvres with beer/wine and live music. $35 per person includes entrance to the event, hors d’oeuvres and one complimentary drink of wine or beer.  $35 per person includes entrance to the event, hors d’oeuvres and one complimentary drink of wine or beer. Click here to order your tickets.

Jennifer Montgomery, Placer County Supervisor

Jan 23

September 3rd Next AADC Meeting – Join us!

AmandaWilcoxTestifyingOur next meeting is Thursday, September 3rd at 7pm, Placer County Library (Beecher Room), 350 Nevada Street, Auburn.  Amanda Wilcox, President of the Nevada-Placer Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, will provide an update on efforts within California to reduce gun violence and increase the security of gun sales. 

The Wilcox family has experienced the devastation of gun violence directly.  Their 19 year old daughter, Laura Wilcox, was killed in 2001 during an incident involving a mental ill person.  “Laura’s Law”, named after Laura Wilcox, provides court-ordered treatment for mentally impaired people to help them avoid harming others.

An AADC business meeting will be held from 8:00 to 9:30 following the Amanda Wilcox’s presentation.