Where do we go from here?
The Inland Empire and our progressive movement must organize.
Right now we must come together to protect our vulnerable communities, to preserve gains made on important issues and to work for powerful progress forward - right here in our community. SCROLL DOWN TO CONTRIBUTE TODAY!
AND we need committed and trained organizers to keep our local groups and organizations moving forward. We sent two leader/organizers to December's Wellstone Roots Camp training in Washington, DC and we are planning to bring a Wellstone Camp to the Inland Empire (among other training) and your help is urgently requested.
Who will organize?
We have identified leaders who can and should be able to continue the work they have already been doing, fortified with new knowledge, skills and perspective to help organize our communities for more wins. We’re asking each of them for their commitment work in the community and will be providing them a small stipend for the next three months. We are asking leaders like you to help us raise $10,000 to cover the costs of a 6-month organizing program.
Can you help us cultivate and support these leaders? Checks can be mailed to Catalina’s List Progressive PAC PO Box 4572, Fontana, CA 92334, or you can make a contribution here -- SCROLL DOWN TO CONTRIBUTE TODAY in one payment or spread out over the next two-six months.
These are just a few of the leaders that will make a difference in our progressive movement if they have the support, training and encouragement to continue:
Elizabeth Morales is a young environmentalist and justice advocate inspired by Bernie Sanders’ campaign to door knock, phone bank and register voters. For the general presidential election, Elizabeth joined Abigail Medina for Assembly's campaign as a canvasser and is determined to continue to outreach to community members and neighbors.
Israel Naja, Rosalina Serrano, and Jose Pio Urbina are displaced workers fired from Ashley Furniture this last summer. These workers were key leaders in the workers’ attempts to organize and form a union in their Colton facility. Since the multi-billion corporation’s closing of their facility, they have reached out to community leaders and legislators and worked tirelessly to keep the movement for workers’ rights going.
James Albert joined a voter registration drive event at Chaffey College in September of 2015 and hasn’t looked back. James opened the first full-time campaign office for Bernie in his parents’ clubhouse; trained and supported key leaders in Highland, Redlands and San Bernardino, at Cal State San Bernardino, the Claremont Colleges and Cal State Pomona ; and was an instrumental local organizer for the Abigail Medina for Assembly campaign, and so many other groups. He has already begun organizing local Young Progressives Demanding Action (YPDA) chapters and is helping to lead the San Bernardino County PDA chapter.
These new leaders are ready and willing to move forward but are very aware that they need more skills and knowledge to be as effective as they can be. Help us help them. Contribute today $50, $80, $100 or more!
Any level of support will be appreciated, but we’re counting on local leaders and organizations to help us use the momentum of this election - both the wonderful wins and big losses - to improve our community here in the Inland Empire right now with a commitment to FUND their trip and work when they return.
The Friday after the election, thirty-five local leaders and activists came together in response to the results of Tuesday’s election - celebrating both the local progressive wins like Eloise Reyes’ Assembly District 47 and Sabrina Cervantes in Assembly District 60, and, lamenting the presidential election. The following Friday evening, another twenty-five showed up. We know, many more could not attend with such short notice, but the evidence is clear that we have the energy, momentum and potential that we have never had before in the Inland Empire from our grassroots folks.
And, in January, over 300 community members and activists joined in at our first Progressive Alliance Unity Expo in San Bernardino. People are ready and willling to work for change.
Contribute today and help us keep going!
Catalina’s List strives for political participation in our area as it is typically underdeveloped and politically unorganized, one project towards this goal is the Inland Empire Progressive Alliance, made of up of individuals, member organizations and groups towards progressive policy solutions and a coalition united for peace and justice. Participation by any individual or organization does not necessarily imply support or endorsement of any other, however, it is hopeful that we will support each other in the context of a larger movement of justice, empowerment and peace.