CA Democratic (CADEM) Party State Convention 101
What is CADEM Convention?
The California Democrat State Convention is one of the most important, informative and engaging events of the year. Not only is a great chance to hear from some of the most prominent, influential and progressive voices in the country, it's a wonderful opportunity to connect with other Democrats around the state, gain new skills and ideas through informative training.
What to expect:
Viewing our Statewide Organizing Convention within a larger context will help you better prepare for and utilize the opportunities convention weekend brings. We aim to make the Convention an event that strengthens your effectiveness as an organizer and advocate. Democrats from all over California will attend to introduce party resolutions, engage in caucuses, network, hear from party candidates, and enjoy a number of events.
The California Democrat State Convention is one of the most important, informative and engaging events of the year. Not only is a great chance to hear from some of the most prominent, influential and progressive voices in the country, it's a wonderful opportunity to connect with other Democrats around the state, gain new skills and ideas through informative training. Further, the state convention is held twice a year, once in Southern California and the other in Northern California, thereby making the convention more accessible for attendees.
Our semi-annual convention is a unique opportunity because:
It is the largest gathering Democratic Activists from around the state
A large number of Democratic and Legislative leaders are present and accessible
Phenomenal networking opportunities are available at the various meetings, receptions, workshops and hospitality events. Very often, Delegates will have a large number of events (caucus meetings, hospitality suites, delegation breakfasts, etc.)
Pick a few clear, realistic, and strategic convention goals, for instance: network with folks from another part of the state who are organizing around a similar issue in order to share best practices, take advantage of particular training so that you can bring it home and share it with your home team, or foster a mentor relationship.
Set firm times and locations in advance if there are specific people with whom you would like to spend time; making clear plans for the weekend beforehand increases your efficiency. The Convention is large, and lots of things happen simultaneously. It’s easy to be overwhelmed or become distracted. Plan in advance.
Plan as a team to make sure you get your bases get covered. Have conversations with all of the local Delegates in advance to make sure that of the desired training events, Caucus meetings and networking are covered by at least one person in your group who will be responsible for providing feedback to your group. Remember, it's easy to stretch yourself too thin at such a jam-packed weekend.
Take this opportunity to engage with folks with whom you otherwise wouldn’t have face-to- face time. Remember, this is a large gathering of activists whom you may only see once every year or two. Use this networking opportunity wisely. Step outside of your social comfort zone and use the weekend to build a new alliance, increase your network or discover a different (and perhaps more successful approach) in order to increase your local productivity.
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Getting to Know Your Communications Committee Members
Francesca Gallardo is currently serving as the SFYD Communications Chairwoman. She grew up in a predominately Hispanic/Latinx neighborhood and is a descendant of Native American and Mexican heritage. She has experienced first-hand the social inequities that affect communities of color across the United States. Her experience influenced her own socio-political work to improve the lives of other minorities and become an advocate for equitable change.
She recently received an M.A. in Social Science, Environment and Community from Humboldt State University. In addition, Francesca holds a B.F.A in Interior Architecture and Design from the Academy of Art University. She also works as a digital designer for non-profits and progressive politics, as well as utilizing art as a rehabilitative strategy for vulnerable communities.
Furthermore, her experience includes working directly with low-income families, transitional houseless residents, seniors, people with disabilities and special needs, communities of color, and in gender-based violence prevention programs on a national scale. She has collaborated with community-based affordable housing developers on projects to engage with communities, build trust, and develop cultural place-keeping and community building strategies. She has worked on environmental campaigns combating big oil corporations for an international organization. In 2018, Francesca sat on the executive board of the Latina/o Young Democrats of SF, the communications committee for Alliance for Girls, and an active member of the SF Latino Democratic Club. She believes to progressively reform our current system, we as a people, must utilize social and environmental justice models in political decision-making processes. As we work together as a people to achieve environmental, economic, and socio-political justice we must focus on building a resilient and progressive agenda. This is why Francesca decided to dedicate her time and efforts with the San Francisco Young Democrats.
Tad Hopp is a new member of the SFYD Appointed Board, serving on the Communications Committee. Tad grew up in north Texas and never really felt like he fit in as both a gay man and a Democrat (gasp!). He graduated with his Bachelors in English in 2007 and left Texas for the liberal haven of Chicago in 2010. Unfortunately, winter in Chicago is miserable and he soon realized that that just wasn't going to work for him long term. So he moved to the Bay Area in 2011 and has been here ever since.
Tad has long been a political news junkie, constantly keeping up with the latest political commentary and talking/arguing about it with friends. But he didn't really get politically involved until the 2016 election when he was unemployed and thus had a lot of free time to volunteer. So he started volunteering for the Hillary Clinton campaign and realized that he really enjoyed doing this type of political advocacy and engagement. After the 2016 election, he looked for other ways he might be able to get involved and discovered the SFYD. He is excited to be involved with this organization and looks forward to helping get the word out about their events and programs. In his spare time, he likes to knit, hike, read, & run. He also sings with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus. He is also active on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and so can usually be found checking those sites out.
Lydia Cho was born and raised in Busan, a city in South Korea known for its beautiful beaches and mountains. She came to the United States at age 14 to chase her American dream and previously lived in the greater Philadelphia region. When her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer 6 years ago (thankfully she’s healthy again), Lydia wanted to move closer to her home in South Korea and decided to continue her American education in California where she encountered different Asian American communities for the first time. Lydia was inspired by the Asian American history of San Francisco and became interested in its unique political environment. After graduating from the University of San Francisco with a bachelor’s degree in Politics, she formally worked for the Mayor’s Office Fix-It program, where she worked on various projects concerning the quality of life issues in San Francisco. Lydia is currently pursuing USF’s master’s program in Urban Public Affairs focusing on urban public policies. She is thrilled to be a part of San Francisco Young Democrats and collaborate with the fellow progressive folks who deeply care about the city.