OC Young Democrats Taking The Leadership Stage

OC Young Dems in the front of the room while OCEA General Manager Nick Berardino speaks to the California Democratic Party Convention about the attack on public employees in Costa Mesa, CA.

SANTA ANA — Orange County Young Democrats have taken action to support workers in Costa Mesa. In an official statement Orange County Young Democrats articulate, “The attack on public worker unions in Costa Mesa is a direct threat to Orange County young workers, families, and our community at large.”

The Young Democrats, ages 14 – 35, are collecting signatures and volunteers for what they call, “A battle in Costa Mesa.” 

During the last weekend of April the Young Democrats chartered a bus for 30 of their members to attend California Democrats State Convention in Sacramento. Their goal was to elevate the visibility of Costa Mesa among CA Democratic Party leaders.

Outfitted in orange shirts – yielding orange stickers, signs and clipboards – The Young Democrats we’re able to collect nearly 1,000 petitions in support of Costa Mesa workers. 

“What’s happening in Costa Mesa is exactly what’s happened in Wisconsin,” said OCYD Chair Nick Anas at convention, “Everyone here understands it’s an attack on California, on workers, and on the Democratic Party.”

During a lively speech on Costa Mesa by Nick Berardino, Orange County Employees Association General Manager, twenty-one of the OCYD young professionals, high school, and college students took command of the stage with signs that read, “We Love Public Employees” and “We Support Costa Mesa.” 

Orange County Young Democrats plan to use the petitions they gathered at convention to build a statewide coalition in support Costa Mesa workers. The petition is available at bit.ly/CA_Unity

OCYD will host its regular monthly meeting and mixer this Thursday at Bistro 400 at 7 pm. The address is 400 West 4th street, Santa Ana

This month plans include a recap their trip to CA Democrats State Convention, recognition of Orange County Young Democrats elected to statewide positions, and discussion of plans for the next month.

Guest Speaker Jay Slosar, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Chapman University, will give a presentation on his new book: “The Culture of Excess: How Americans Lost Self-Control and Why We Need to Redefine Success.”

Video of the convention is available here: Video. High Resolution Photos available here: Photos.

Orange County Young Democrats represents young families, workers, college and high school students ages 14 to 35.  OCYD takes action in our communities for local, statewide and national efforts to build the Democratic Party.

  8 comments for “OC Young Democrats Taking The Leadership Stage

  1. Melissa
    May 11, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    It is great to see young people standing up for a cause they believe in. Too often we look to the younger generations as the future of our country, but in actuality they are our country.

  2. Steven Getz
    May 11, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    See you at thee meeting Thursday!

  3. Obama Mama
    May 11, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I saw you guys at convention! You rock!!!!

  4. Obama Mama
    May 11, 2011 at 8:10 pm
  5. corey
    May 11, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    I am so impressed by our young leaders! Can’t wait to check out this month’s meeting!

  6. michelle
    May 11, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Love the Orange!! Keep fighting the good fight

  7. OCdem
    May 11, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    What a great group! Showing us what all the Dems in OC SHOULD be doing.

  8. Jason More
    May 12, 2011 at 4:47 am

    When you see Orange think Orange County. When You think Orange County think Orange County Young Democrats!

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