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.”
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.