Quarterly Clean Ups!

Sacramento Environmental Democrats come together 4 times a year to help clean up an especially polluted stretch of Power Inn Road, between Florin Road and Gerber Road.

If you want to help, RSVP using this volunteer form and we will get in touch with you!

Don’t worry – volunteers don’t pick up trash with their hands!

The county provides “grabbers” and we provide water and sunblock, but volunteers should bring closed-toe shoes, long pants, long sleeves, and hats.

Earth Day 2019

We were thrilled to table at Earth Day again this year!

This is an annual event put on by Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS).

The Board of Sacramento Environmental Democrats
(minus Perry, over at Sierra Club!)
The Board of Sacramento Environmental Democrats
(minus Perry, over at Sierra Club!)
Left to Right: Rae Vander Werf, Slava Bekker,
David Hildebrand, Timothy Irvine, Chase Kelly-Reif

It brings together a diverse range of activists, artists, teachers, and vendors in one place to celebrate the environment and many innovative approaches to reduce pollution and improve the reduce-reuse-recycle mantra we all know and love.

We had over 20 new people take our 2019 Environmental Priorities Survey and handed out all of our membership fliers!

We also learned about some great work being done by high school groups and touched base with great community partners like Citizens Climate Lobby, Sacramento Climate Coalition, and 350 Sacramento!

All in all it was a great day to be out in nature amongst like-minded environmentalists working towards a humane, just, and sustainable ecosystem.

ENDORSEMENT: Resolution Condemning Islamophobia and Affirming Solidarity with our Muslim Neighbors

At our last meeting, we endorsed a Resolution Condemning Islamophobia and Affirming Solidarity with our Muslim Neighbors.

The Democratic Party of Sacramento County (DPSC) will vote on this and other Resolutions (including our Resolution Demanding that PG&E Invests in Infrastructure Safety) on Thursday, May 9th, 2019.

The full text of the resolution is below. Principal authors/sponsors are Timothy Irvine, Mahmoud Zahriya, Yassar Dabhour, J.D. Garcia, and Dennessa Atiles, with the following organizations endorsing it:

  • Sacramento Environmental Democrats
  • Wellstone Progressive Democrats of Sacramento (WPDS)
  • Town and Country Democrats
  • Sabeel: A Christian Voice for Palestine
  • Jewish Voice for Peace Sacramento

The full text reads as follows:

WHEREAS, Islamophobia—fear, antipathy, and hatred of Muslim and Arab people—is rampant in our society for a number of reasons, some of which are listed below; and

WHEREAS, The sitting President of the United States of America is abusing his position by actively inciting violence against one of only two Muslim Congresswomen; and

WHEREAS, The Muslim Ban, promoted by the sitting President as “a total and complete shutdown on Muslims entering the United States,” is currently the law of the land in terms of immigration and naturalization of individuals originating in the nations of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen—with an earlier attempt including individuals originating in the nations of Chad, Iraq, and Sudan;

WHEREAS, United States armed forces are currently in active combat operations and support in no less than five Muslim-majority countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen; and

WHEREAS, The United States has been involved in active combat in Afghanistan for almost 18 years, resulting in over 100,000 civilian deaths, and has also been involved in active combat in Iraq for over 16 years, resulting in over 500,000 civilian deaths, with millions displaced; and

WHEREAS, An endless “Global War on Terror,” a major foreign policy of successive presidential administrations, overwhelmingly and disproportionately kills, injures, and degrades the infrastructure of Muslim-majority countries while exacerbating the threat of terrorism; and

WHEREAS, Muslims, Arabs, and many immigrants from South-West Asia / North Africa (SWA/NA) and from the Middle East / North Africa (ME/NA) regions experience systemic discrimination simply because of their apparent religious beliefs or backgrounds; and

WHEREAS, Sacramento, California, is one of the largest refugee-resettlement areas in the state, and Muslims, Arabs, and people from SWA/NA and ME/NA countries increasingly diversify and contribute to our City, County, and many of its neighborhoods;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Democratic Party of Sacramento County condemns Islamophobia wherever it appears, from the racist, violent rhetoric of powerful elected officials, to the daily discrimination faced by thousands of our residents and neighbors.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Democratic Party of Sacramento County affirms its solidarity with our Muslim residents and neighbors, and will endeavor to represent them and advocate in their best interest against hateful and divisive rhetoric and/or policies.

2019: Regional STEM Fair Judging

We helped judge Middle School and High School STEM science fair projects at American River College this last weekend.

We met aspiring young physical and social scientists, as well as mathematicians and critical thinkers!

We saw projects ranging from soundproofing to efficient water filtration to astrophysics.

Taking part was inspirational and an amazingly fun way to spend our day on community service.