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This past weekend’s Women’s Marches reminded us that protest is powerful. However, while marching (literally or figuratively) is relatively easy, rebuilding our Party is hard work.

This next weekend features two events focused on retooling the Democratic National Committee for success. On Saturday, January 28, 2017, there will be the second of four planned national officer fora, this one in Houston. The events will be live streamed again on Below is the agenda and a list of participating candidates. Please note that Civic Engagement Vice-Chair and Vice-Chair have some new entrants and that there are even more candidates for Chair participating than participated in Phoenix.

On Sunday, your California DNC delegation will be hosting a telephonic town hall. The event will be held on Sunday, January 29th at 7:00pm PST. The principal purpose of the town hall is to give California Democrats the opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions. If you would like to participate and have the system call you automatically when it begins, please sign up here.
Alternatively, you can call into (855)-756-7520 Ext. 34324# at 7:00pm on the 29th. There is also a Facebook event page here.

If you live in the Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Westwood, Bel Air or Santa Monica area and are interested in an interactive panel discussion of the 2016 election and where to go from here, you can find information at this Facebook event page.

Rebuilding requires more than meetings. It requires innovation and plain old fashioned organizing. If you haven’t already, I urge you to find some state and local campaigns that fire you up and get started.

More later/soon.

Democratically yours,

Laurence Zakson
Member, Democratic National Committee (CA)

Future Forum Schedule
9:00am – 10:30am
Opening remarks with featured speakers DNC Chair Donna Brazile, Reverend Dr. William Barber, II of North Carolina, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, and Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa

Polling Presentation by Maria Teresa Kumar, representing Voto Latino

Unity Commission Update

10:30pm – 12:00pm
Candidate Forums for Secretary, Finance Chair, and Treasurer

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Lunch Break

1:00 pm – 6:00pm
Remarks by Former Governor Steve Beshear of Kentucky
Remarks by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston
Candidate Forums for Vice Chair for Civic Engagement and Voter Participation, Vice Chair At-Large, and Chair


Candidates for Chair:
Sally Boynton Brown, Idaho
Raymond Buckley, New Hampshire
Pete Buttigieg, Indiana
Keith Ellison, Minnesota
Jehmu Greene, Texas
Jaime Harrison, South Carolina
Honorable Tom Perez, Maryland
Peter Peckarsky, Wisconsin
Sam Ronan, Ohio
Vincent Tolliver, Georgia
Robert Vinson Brannum, Washington, D.C.
Candidates for Vice Chair:
Michael Blake, New York
Melissa Byrne, Pennsylvania
Mitch Ceasar, Florida
Maria Elena Durazo, California
Liz Jaff, Washington, D.C.
Lorna M. Johnson, California
Latoia Jones, Washington, D.C.
Grace Meng, New York
Rick Palacio, Colorado
Adam Parkhomenko, Virginia
Candidates for Vice Chair of Civic Engagement and Voter Participation:
Karen Carter Peterson, Louisiana
Melissa Fazli, California
Chris Reeves, Kansas
Yasmine Taeb, Virginia
Candidates for Secretary:
Ana Cuprill, Wyoming
Roberta Lange, Nevada
Jason Rae, Wisconsin
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Maryland
Candidates for Treasurer:
Joyce Amico, Colorado
William Derrough, New York
Candidates for National Finance Chair:
Henry Munoz III, Texas