Reflecting on What United Democratic Club Accomplished in 2020
As 2020 draws to a close, it’s strange to think back on what a whirlwind this year has been. In March, we came together as a club to transition completely online and found ways to connect in isolation. We turned to our Slack to socialize, watch movies, and play games. We shared feelings of disbelief as our country’s leaders denied science, pride as Mayor Breed set the standard for how elected officials should respond to a public health crisis, and joy as we saw our hard work materialize into the victory of President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris.
We came together in rage and grief over the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and too many other innocent Black Americans. We marched in the streets and renewed our efforts to combat systems of oppression and violence against Black and Brown communities. We had conversations about how to be antiracist and about understanding and acknowledging our privilege. Most importantly, we recognized how much work we have ahead of us in the fight for justice and equity.
As part of our continued efforts to foster lasting, positive change, we held true to our United Democratic Club motto and we showed up to #DoTheWork. In 2020, we hosted 66 political engagement events and 13 panels and educational events.
Our panels covered the intricacies of food insecurity, included a multi-event series on Race Talks where panelists spoke truth to the systemic racism that still seeps into every aspect of our lives, dove into how our behavior impacts public health, and shone a light onto how lawmakers used COVID-19 to attack a woman’s right to choose and as an excuse for xenophobic and racist immigration policies. By attending the Club’s events, you helped us raise money for causes including the San Francisco Marin Food Bank and Generation Citizen. And you helped us keep our sense of community when many of us felt so alone.
During this momentous election year you all also made us proud Democrats!
- 497 people joined us to call and text our neighbors and our fellow Americans in other states (67% more than in 2019).
- We completed more than 2,192 hours of political engagement shifts for our endorsed candidates and ballot measures.
- We hosted five educational forums about what was on the ballot.
- Our Political Engagement team worked on more resolutions and letters supporting the causes we care about than ever before.
And we’re not done yet! Below you will find more information on the Assembly District Election Meetings (ADEMs) Delegate race that is happening right now. Request your ballot now and read below to learn more about this race.
2020 has been a brutal year. In the midst of chaos, isolation, and loss, you have shown up. You have shared joy, passion, and community through our Club. Thank you for being a part of the United Democratic Club and for making us who we are.
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