Minutes: 2020-04-20

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Meeting Minutes

4/20/2020

Call to Order by Alexander at 7:06PM.

 

Welcome and introductions

Intro and ice breaker

Approval of minutes

Mustafa motions to approve minutes from 4/20/2020. Angel Martinez seconds. Unanimously approved

Officer reports

President: Angel Martinez

  • SVYD remains active on social media during this pandemic.
  • COVID-19 has revealed that we need electeds that support their constituents and base their decisions on their constituents’ well being.
  • We need to get more young people elected into office.

 

Vice President: Alexander Gvatua

  • Due to COVID-19, canvassing is not an option right now, but SVYD hopes to support endorsed candidates by phone banking.

Membership Director: Allie Hughes

  • Membership to isolate and check local CDC for updates in their area
  • OCI (Orchard City Indivisible) meeting on 4/21/20 from 6:30-9:30PM

 

Finance Director: Ryan Globus

  • The fundraising committee has an upcoming fundraiser on May 28 at 7pm via Zoom.
  • COVID-19 has revealed the importance of local politics; grateful for local electeds

 

Political Director: Mustafa Arshad

  • Thankful for everyone that joined this meeting
  • Endorsement committee is ongoing and will be interviewing candidates soon; will endorse and talk about local races soon

 

Secretary: Brenda Vargas

  • N/A

 

Old Business

  • Consideration of bylaw changes to allow early endorsements from SVYD to change the voting majority from 60% to more than 50% of the majority
    • Motion to endorse the split roll tax amendment by Angel and second by Ryan
    • 14 in favor, 0 against, 0 abstentions
      • Motion passes
  • Fundraiser committee update
    • Fundraiser is set for May 28, 2020 at 7PM
      • Cost: $20 for general audience and $10 for students and youth
      • Featuring Cindy Chavez and Assemblymember Evan Low
        • Focused on what youth engagement looks like for the upcoming election

New business

  • Consideration of endorsement for David Cohen for San Jose City Council, District 4
    • Motion to endorse David Cohen for San Jose City Council, District 4 by Mustafa and second by Emily Ramos
    • 15 in favor, 0 against, 0 abstentions
      • Motion passes
  • Consideration of endorsement for Josh Becker for California State Senate, District 13
    • Motion to endorse Josh Becker for California State Senate, District 13 by Justin Lardinois and second by Emily Ramos
    • 14 in favor, 0 against, 1 abstention
      • Motion passes
  • Consideration of endorsement for Ali Saperman for San Jose Evergreen Community College Board of Trustees
    • Motion to endorse Ali Saperman for San Jose Evergreen Community College Board of Trustees by Angel and second by Mustafa
    • 13 in favor, 0 against, 1 abstention
      • Motion passes
  • Guest Speaker: Ketzal Gomez running for Santa Clara County Board of Education, District 4
  • Guest Speaker: Michael Vargas
    • Support Michael Vargas in proposing to change Santa Clara Central Committee bylaws to allow democrats to endorse nondemocrats in races without democrats, that exemplify democratic ideals.
    • Alex motion, second by Alex
    • 14 yes, 1 no, 0 absentions
      • Motion passes

Announcements

  • Michael Vargas- Re-establishment of Silicon Valley Stonewall Democrats
    • Contact Michael or Ray Muller, Allie or Justin, if interested
  • Matthew Lewis- CYD State Leadership on May 16 (all day event)
  • CYD Bay Area region Town Hall tentatively Saturday, April 25, 2020.
    • If you know any high schools or colleges that want to be charted, make sure that they do it by the beginning weeks of May.
  • Christophe- Earth Day virtual events
  • Ro Khanna- Facebook townhall on Saturday at noon
  • Allie- SVYD Fundraiser on May 28, 2020
    • If you want to get involved with planning, reach out to Allie or Christophe.

Adjournment

Alexander Gvatua motions to adjourn at 8:50pm. Second by Ryan. Unanimously approved.