Taking Stock and Giving Thanks
by Tommy Hough
It's been a difficult week for Americans as we again come to terms with the realities of race in our nation, and as Scott Martelle wrote in the Los Angeles Times, "a society that seems to be eternally out of balance" for too many of the nation's citizens, with often deadly results.
For Democrats it's been a difficult season nationally, and while our party's political fortunes are less important by light years compared to the severities of Ferguson, if there is ever an opportunity to advance dialogue into practical, genuinely fair policy, it must come from Democrats. Whether restoring the 1965 Voting Rights Act or crafting new legislation, we must always be the party that leads on matters of civil and human rights.
While we have at least two difficult years ahead of us as far as the environment goes, it can sometimes be difficult to pause and take stock of our lives and give thanks for what we have. I wanted to share with you some of what I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving, even on the eve of the GOP's takeover of Congress.
With Congressman Peters, along with other Democratic members of our California congressional delegation, we have a leader in crafting policy to address climate change at the national level. Along with issues ranging from the needed renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to water use, water rights, and public land management, we will be looking to our elected officials in Washington to play defense against the GOP for the next two years, but also advance the ball of conservation where possible.
It is a critical time, and the only long-term solution is to elect more Democrats to federal, state and local offices in 2016 to pass the laws we need, and enhance laws already on the books. While we have dozens of dilemmas in front of us, from securing true equality for all Americans to overturning the toxic Citizens United decision, for the sake of the environment Democrats must take back the majority in the House and Senate, and retain the White House in 2016. Here in California we must retain our statewide majority, and expand our reach locally. Those are our marching orders for 2016.
At San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action, we're looking forward to a robust, busy 2015 setting the stage for victory and success in 2016. As we consolidate our presence and work as a club, we will be calling upon our members to help us with new committees coming together in the New Year, including policy and endorsement committees, and we look forward to rolling out an engaging schedule of meetings and events, and compelling speakers and topics.
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