The San Fernando Valley Young Democrats shall endeavor to stimulate in young people an active interest in governmental affairs, increase the efficiency of our government, maintain the viability of our free institutions, and contribute to the growth and influence of the ideals and philosophy of the Democratic Party.
6/5/2017FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: email@example.com San Fernando Valley Young Democrats Express Disappointment in Valley Assemblymembers Bocanegra and Dababneh for Failing to Support AB 378 Last week, AB 378, which sought to extend California’s trailblazing cap-and-trade program, failed in the California State Assembly by just three votes. The members of the San Fernando Valley Young Democrats express our deep disappointment and consternation that Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) opposed the bill and that Assemblymember Matthew Dababneh (D-Encino) failed to submit a vote. As young community activists, we feel a special duty to hold our elected officials accountable and to speak out when faced with the prospect of irreversible environmental degradation for our generation and generations to come. We are especially disappointed because AB 378 was designed to guide extra funding to socio-economically disadvantaged communities, like much of Assemblymember Bocanegra’s district, that disproportionately bear the impact of environmental damage.At a time when the United States federal government is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord and denying fundamental climate science, California should and must be leading the way in fighting global climate change. Unfortunately, last week’s vote on AB 378 undermined California’s role in that fight and represented another big win for the fossil fuel industry which funds the campaigns of too many legislators of both parties, including Assemblymembers Dababneh and Bocanegra. We call upon Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra and Assemblymember Matthew Dababneh to stand up for future generations, the most vulnerable among us, and our planet, rather than serving the interests of their powerful fossil fuel industry contributors. We expect better from California Democrats, and the residents of the San Fernando Valley deserve better from their elected representatives.We call upon our members to contact the Assemblymembers to share their disappointment and to insist that that their future votes are in line with protecting our environment. Dababneh (District 45) Tel: (818) 904-3840; Bocanegra (District 39) Tel:(818) 365-2464. ###read more
The San Fernando Valley Young Democrats are pleased to invite you to:
Robert F. Kennedy Awards 2018
Thursday, February 8, 2018
The Northridge Center at CSUN
Located inside the Northridge Center Complex at the University Student Union
Starts at 7:00 PM
As our annual headline fundraiser enters its 15th year, the RFK Awards serve to power our campaign outreach and leadership building efforts throughout the year and provide our members to recognize extraordinary honorees who demonstrate unwavering dedication to Democratic values.
We’re extremely pleased to announce this year’s prestigious honorees:
RFK Trailblazer Award
Assemblywoman Laura Friedman in recognition of her pioneering work leading the California State Legislature's anti-harassment hearings and as a champion of the environment and the arts.
RFK Leadership Award
Bamby Salcedo - Founder, TransLatin@ Coalition for her empowering advocacy on behalf of the trans community as well as the multiple overlapping communities and issues that her life has touched including migration, HIV, youth, LGBT, incarceration and Latin@ communities.
Vahid Khorsand – Los Angeles City Commissioner for ensuring that Young Democrats have a seat at the table with the business community, and because of his recent efforts developing and executing one of the most successful Planned Parenthood Action events in history of the San Fernando Valley.
Carroll Inspiration Award
Xochitl Medrano - Secretary, California Young Democrats for her tireless work and dedication as a Young Democratic activist from her days at CSUN to statewide politics. She has recently worked as the Student Outreach Coordinator for the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley Campaign Office, and is the current President of the newly reformed San Gabriel Valley Young Democrats.
This year, the RFK and Events Team has been working hard to elevate our program into not just an awards dinner, but an experience. This year’s theme, Building For All Generations, will focus on recognizing the contributions of those across the state and the nation, uniting grassroots activists and community leaders to champion liberal and progressive policies, and focusing our efforts to take back Congress in 2018. We hope you will join us for a celebration of this year’s honorees who have not only dedicated their service to our great state, but our generation.
Looking forward to an incredible RFK Awards Dinner and a successful (and blue) 2018!