Yes, there was Sheet Cake!
Members, friends and family gathered together to celebrate the 1st Anniversary of CA25 United for Progress (25UP) on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Vincenzo's Newhall. The group that started a year ago, shortly after the cataclysmic election of Trump has grown from a handful of people protesting on a street corner to a formidable community of over 1,000 with a core group of over 150+ paid members.
After some quick organization business, the celebration began with a historical reel that documented the origination of 25UP. After that Special Guest, California State Senator Henry Stern, addressed the group encouraging it to remain active and firing the membership up for 2018. Several activists sent congratulatory greetings via video to the group including: Sandra Fluke - Social Justice Attorney; Congressional Candidates Jess Phoenix, Katie Hill and Bryan Caforio; Case Against 8 Supreme Court Plaintiffs Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami; and Representative Karen Bass (CA-37).
The group of over 100 people gathered for a team photo and enjoyed a great cake. Members enjoyed a couple of trivia challenges including: "Anyone But Trump" - Members tried to name past presidents who share characteristics with Trump; and "Did Trump Tweet It" - A contest with 20 outrageous tweets where members tried to discern which were Trump's.
The Origins of CA25 United for Progress
Slide Show of Historical Images
Our interfaith panel of community leaders discussed the aftermath of the events in Charlottesville and Las Vegas and offered solutions and thoughts for combating this new rise of white nationalism.
--Ryan Chaddick - Pastor at Bloom Lutheran Church, a progressive evangelical Christian community.
--Soraya Deen - Founder of the Muslim Women Speakers Movement &Co-founder of Peace Moms
--Daniel Eyal - Bend the Arc Jewish Action
--Richard Wade - "Ask Richard" Blogger at The friendly athiest blog
Thanks to all that participated. Thank you to Stephen Daniels of The Talk of Santa Clarita
On Sunday, September 17, Constitution Day, about 60 Progressives, had a great day celebrating the Constitution. The day will featured, picnics, readings of the Constitution, trivia challenges, a Founding Father's scavenger hunt and prizes.
The event was hosted by leaders and volunteers from the following organizations:
September 9th concluded CA25 United for Progress' Summer Socials. This was really a fantastic evening and event. It was a warm summer evening under the oak trees and stars. Guests conversed 1:1 with both Congressional candidate Bryan Caforio and Assembly candidate Christy Smith.
Under warm, starry skies, members and friends of 25 United for Progress (25UP) joined together in Newhall for the second of our Summer Socials series.
The Summer Socials theme is “Getting to Know You.” 25UP is producing the events to offer progressives from across the 25th District a chance to get to know one another better, in order to strengthen the alliances that will be needed to flip the 25th Blue in 2018. Each of the Summer Socials events features one of the Democratic candidates running in the Congressional primary. The funds raised at this event and other Summer Socials will benefit 25UP and will be allocated toward its plans to launch a speakers series in the Fall.
The theme for this Summer Social was "Building Friendships, not Walls." CA 25th Congressional Candidate Katie Hill joined us to tell us about her vision for the CA 25th and had the opportunity to answer some thoughtful questions from our guests in an in-depth manner.
The third of the Summer Socials events is with Candidate Bryan Caforio on Sept. 9. If you would like to find out more information about this event, please RSVP to receive an e-mail update about the event once more details are available.
This year there was widespread interest in making a statement in the community about the building momentum of progressive ideals and rebuilding our democracy -- and showing this presence in our community by marching together in the annual 4th of July Parade in Newhall. Nearly every organized progressive club in our congressional district participated for a massive show of support and patriotism.
Neighbors joined together for an intimate evening enjoying wine and cheese with congressional primary candidate Jess Phoenix. Local student artists displayed their art which which was available for purchase via silent auction. Neighbors relaxed and connected with fellow Progressives and chatted with one of our candidates.
Summer Socials is a series of 3 summer evening fundraisers for our upcoming speakers series. Our theme is “Getting to Know You,” and each event offers unique opportunities for progressives from across the 25th district to connect, strengthen alliances, and build the camaraderie needed to flip CA25 blue in 2018. Each Summer Social will feature one of the Democratic candidates running in the congressional primary, who will be available to chat with attendees.
* Summer Socials are fundraising events benefiting CA25 United for Progress. Event was paid for by 25 United For Progress (CA25UP, 25UP) and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. 25 United for Progress is a 501(c)(4) Social Welfare, Non-Profit Organization. Contributions or gifts to 25 United for Progress are not deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes.
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