EDP General Meeting for June--Honoring the spirit of Juneteenth

General Meeting Information

Sunday, June 10, 3 to 4:30
Placerville Town Hall, 549 Main Street

EDP to Observe Juneteenth
The monthly meeting of the El Dorado Progressives will honor the holiday of Juneteenth. Juneteenth recognizes the events of June 19, 1865, when a Union army general announced in Texas that the war had ended and that the slaves had been emancipated two-and-a-half years earlier, January 1, 1863. For most, it was the first they’d heard of their freedom.
After the Civil War, Juneteenth became a widespread celebration throughout the country commemorating the end of slavery but especially in the south.
The June meeting of EDP will honor the spirit of Juneteenth. Mike Saunders will give an introduction and then show excerpts from a film, “A Class Divided.” Afterward, members of the Civil Rights Now Workgroup will lead breakout sessions and group discussion regarding discrimination.

Watch the movie here, or on Vimeo

A Message from the Steering Committee

Immigration Rights workgroup

The EDP Steering Committee feels strongly that EDP should be taking action in different ways on immigration issues, especially in light of the current administration's practices of separating children from parents at the border and breaking up families in the States through deportation.
Up to now it has been the EDP practice to have workgroups form when leaders with a passion for an issue came forward and took charge. We are breaking with that tradition here because we feel strongly that we need to reassemble our Immigration Rights Workgroup, which has been quiet for several months since Mandy Bryant stepped down. We thank Mandy Bryant for her leadership of this group in the early days of EDP, and we hope someone will step forward and fill her shoes.
We hope you will consider this. We have support tools for workgroup leaders that would aid you in setting up. We recommend that workgroups have co-leaders so it is unlikely you would be carrying the full work burden. 

If you would consider future participation with the Immigration Rights IWorkgroup—in any capacity—please contact any member of the Steering Committee or send an email here.

The Steering Committee thanks you for considering this.

Social Organizing Workgroup

By Kristy McKay

The Social Organizing Workgroup held its first "Meet & Greet," just-for-fun gathering for Divide residents in Cool last week. Although we weren't large in number, we connected hugely. Such joy meeting fellow liberal thinkers in our very own neighborhood!

We want to arrange more of these types of social meetings in communities throughout El Dorado County. Would you like to help? If you're interested, please come to a quick meeting on Sunday, June 10, at 2 pm, right before the General EDP meeting. Also, we are beginning planning for the annual picnic at Lotus Park in July. Email me at: EDPSocial@tegnelink.com.

Civil Rights Now Workgroup Update

Mike Saunders, Melinda Velasco

The month started off with A Day of Action—our Thank You Card to Starbucks event, the Memorial for Stephon Clark, and a Support Rally at Starbucks. We had about thirteen people in attendance and it was covered on the Fox40 News at 10 pm.

The Monday Protests continue at noon on the corner of Ray Lawyer Drive and Placerville Drive. Look for a six-month special event in July. The protest group has evolved into “Picketing for Justice.” The mission statement is: To educate and inform, to increase awareness of racism and white privilege wherever it exists, and to encourage open, honest, and science-based discussion about racism without anger or fear.

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”  Martin Luther King

During EDP’s statements in support of SB54 at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, Mike Saunders asked the Board about the Human Rights Commission and submitted an application to the board for the commission. The Board is still accepting applications for members to sit on the HR Commission. If you are interested in applying, know your county supervisor, and fill out an online application here.

The workgroup’s next meeting will be held June 17 from 9 to 11 am at the Placerville Food Co-op

Healthcare Workgroup

Margaret Madams, Maureen Dion-Perry

May 14th: Monthly Social and Workgroup Meeting: reproductive health wallet cards in Spanish arrived from the printer. Thanks again to El Dorado Public Health for their support. We had discussions around House Parties, Community Conversations on Healthcare, and plans for the booth at the El Dorado County Fair.

May 18: Rene and her husband hosted a very successful House Party. A nice group of 15 people showed up and there was a lot of participation and questions. Many misconceptions about the costs of healthcare were corrected. We watched the movie FIX IT: Healthcare at the Tipping Point. It clearly shows how we can do a lot better for businesses and individuals. One local horror story, an 83-year-old friend shared that she recently was prescribed a medication that cost $10,000. Overall, it was a very good and inspiring evening. We plan to do more House Parties like this.

Looking ahead to June:

June 11: The next monthly Social and Workgroup Meeting, 6:30 pm, will be a potluck goodbye party to three wonderful, valued members: Kathy and John McCoy are moving to be closer to family in the Vallejo area, and Helen Mansfield is headed north to Oregon. Location: The Madams’ home in Placerville. Contact Margaret or Maureen for the address and gate code. Partners/spouses invited too.

June 14th-17: Stop by and say hello to us at the El Dorado County Fair.

June 15: Sierra Renaissance Society is hosting one of our community conversations about Healthcare, 1 to 3pm at the Cameron Park Community Center. For details, click here.

Protecting Public Lands

Patty Wilson
On June 7, our workgroup hosted a potluck picnic at the Pioneer Cemetery and Marshall Gold Discovery Park. We visited historic headstones and the grave of one of the last samurai founders of the Wakamatsu Settlement. Then we had a wonderful picnic in the park with gorgeous scenery all around.
Check out our recently launched Protecting Public Lands Workgroup webpage. With Peter Madams’ help, we are constantly updating it with events, actions you can take, and even a good news section!
Since Trump’s election, our precious environment has been under relentless attack. Trump and his administration are certainly not friends of our public lands. We are passionate about staying informed and pushing back against Trump’s agenda. We want to “Keep the Public in Public Lands.
Activities and events:

  • We have had one tour of the Sherwood Demonstration Garden and plan to do so quarterly as it changes with the seasons.
  • We also hope to write postcards and letters to our representatives as well as letters to the editor of our local paper.
  • Working to defeat Rep. Tom McClintock is also high on our priority list. Some of his greatest campaign contributors are from the oil and gas industries and he has repeatedly shown a willingness to sell off our public lands.
  • We want to sponsor local hikes and informative chats and possibly partner with other environmental groups.

If you feel as we do, please consider signing up for our emails so you can keep abreast of our activities. Hope to see you soon!

Vote Smart Workgroup

Mary Elliott-Klemm
The EDP VoteSmart workgroup has been very busy! We joined forces with Sierra Forward, the United Democrat Club of Placerville, Indivisible groups, other members of El Dorado Progressives, and friends to Get Out the Vote for the Primary election. We had many successful Postcard Parties and members were involved in phone banking or canvassing activities prior to the June 5 election. 



May 8th - Board of Supervisors Meeting

8AM - 3PM at El Dorado County Government Offices, 330 Fair Lane, Placerville

Come early and stay as long as you can.

Come speak in open session letting the BoS know that we support California as a Sanctuary State and we would oppose any attempt to opt out of SB54 to join the lawsuit brought by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. We believe that it is a matter of upholding state law; that it is a matter of maintaining a community that is free from fear, hatred and bigotry; and that it is a matter of maintaining a healthy business climate for our agriculture and tourist industries. This is not on the agenda for this meeting but our comments should be in the public record. We should speak for those who cannot.

May 14th - Health Care Workgroup

6:30 potluck snacks and social, 7 - 8:30 meeting

El Dorado County Office of Education, Building B, 6767 Green Valley Road, Placerville

Join with our health care group to plan our spring activities, including distribution of Spanish Birth Control Resource Cards, Single Payer House Parties, presentations and a collaborative booth at the El Dorado County Fair.

Sign Up for the Placerville Rapid Response Team if Mueller is fired

This doesn't have a definite date and if you sign up you will be notified if Mueller is fired.

Start time at 5pm on the day of firing if before 2pm or if firing is after 2pm then the following day at noon. Be sure to have some poster board on hand to make signs. Meet in the Ivy Parking Lot across from the Cosmic Cafe and walk down Main St. to the Courthouse and Rte 50. Follow this link to sign up: https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response-events/19437 .

EDP General Meeting: Get Out The Vote

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General Meeting

Sunday, May 6

3 to 4:30 p.m.

Placerville Town Hall

549 Main Street


1.   Open Meeting - (20 minutes)

2.   Special Event: Get Out The Vote - (45 minutes)

3.   Upcoming Events - (10 Minutes)

4.   Meeting Adjourned

The General Meeting of El Dorado Progressives is where you find out about all the events and meetings that are coming up in the next month and how to get involved.

Protecting Public Lands Workgroup

Are you looking for a place to contribute? We are trying to grow our group and would welcome your participation. All that’s required is a love of our public lands and a desire to protect them. You can join us at a meeting or sign up on the EDP webpage

  • On the last weekend of April we sponsored a tour of the Sherwood Demonstration Garden with a focus on native plants. We will do this quarterly.
  • We have a picnic potluck/ranger chat scheduled for June 7 in Coloma. Details to follow.
  • PPL now has its own webpage that we are managing with Peter Madam’s help.
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