Response to SJ Merc article

By Angelica Ramos

This letter is in response to an article by the San Jose Mercury News titled “San Jose mayor and council race money pouring in — what did everyone raise?

Dear Editor: What About the Women?

I was disappointed that Mr. Rosenberg’s article on San José campaign finance (Feb. 2) failed to discuss the significant fundraising totals of the only female candidates in two City Council races. In a city of almost one million people, where women make up half the electorate, residents deserve a chance to learn about all viable and qualified candidates. An article heralding the achievements of mostly male candidates is dismissive of female ones who raised impressive amounts of money – in fact, more money than other candidates – while loaning little or nothing to their campaigns. Big congratulations to Kathy Sutherland in District 3 and Susan Marsland in District 1 for doing this, respectively, in the first fundraising period.  Considering the obstacles grassroots female candidates are known to face, these accomplishments should be celebrated – without apology.

The Women’s Media Center says it best, “[w]e’re counting on the media to remain a public trust, watchdog, and accurate and fair arbiter in the age of spin…And the females that make up 51 percent of the U.S. population want their voices heard and to be portrayed accurately and without stereotype.”  The media has a responsibility to provide complete and accurate information so that voters can make educated decisions; in the future, I sincerely hope the San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area News Group will report journalistic content through a gender educated lens.

Angelica Ramos, President
National Women’s Political Caucus of Silicon Valley
PO Box 6953
San Jose, CA 95150

Minutes – SVYD State of the Union Watch Party and Early Endorsement Vote

Location: UFCW Local 5, 240 S. Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Watch Party began at 6:00 p.m.

Joshua Barousse called the meeting to order on 7:37 p.m.

A motion was put forth to the membership for an early endorsement of  SVYD member, Raul Peralez

There were 30 members with voting privileges in attendance

20 votes needed for early endorsement

27 votes in favor

Motion Carries

The Silicon Valley Young Democrats will give Raul Peralez and early endorsement


A motion was put forth to the membership for an early endorsement of  SVYD member, Claudia Avila-Martin.

20 votes needed for early endorsement

10 votes in favor

Motion fails

Meeting adjourned at 8:37 p.m.