Welead OC's candidates --- Progressive Democratic Women and Women of Color have been on the ground knocking on doors and connecting with Orange County voters telling their stories and a providing a positive message. Our candidates know how to organize, how to build a better community --- it's the ground game --- one voter at-a-time, one neighborhood-at-a-time, one city-at-a-time. 31 of 34 city councils in our county are majority Republican or Republican only. We have a lot of work to do.
Welead OC is the only candidate training program in Orange County that: 1) recruits and trains Progressive Democratic women and Women of Color only; 2) provides nuts-and-bolts training particular to the office our candidates are seeking and in the city they are running; 3) provides support and resources to our candidates; 4) supports its candidates with its field campaign by the numbers; 5) does not charge for its two-weekend, 4-day training.
Welead OC training, canvassing and voter registration does not pay for itself --- we operate on a shoe string budget, if it were not for the support from individuals and organizations, we would never be ever to accomplish even half of what we do.
To that end we would like to thank the following individuals and organizations:
Barbara and Carl Mosen --- Barbara and Carl are the embodiment of being a Democrat --- they live the principles of what that means to all of us. When no one else was there they stepped up. Without the Mosens, Welead OC would not have the ability to invest in the valuable voter data we now have at our fingertips. We are deeply grateful for all that Barbara and Carl do on our behalf. THANK YOU!
Ada Briceno, Co-President and the membership of UNITE HERE Local 11 -not only does Welead OC have the benefit of support from an impassioned and powerful leader of a major labor union in Ada Briceno, but UNITE HERE Local 11's has generously provided us with a venue to train our candidates. UNITE HERE Local 11 has been instrumental in advancing our cause.
To our Table Sponsors:
AFSCME Local 2076 - A huge thank you to President Diana Corral and Steward Patricia Cortez for their continued support of Welead OC's efforts!
National Union Healthcare Workers (NUHW) - We are grateful for the ongoing support from Sal Roselli, Michael Soto, Irene Arellano, Barbara Lewis, Jessica Willet, Kim Tavaglione and Florice Hoffman. We are beyond grateful!
Women for American Values and Ethics PAC (WAVE) - Under the leadership of Joanna Weiss, WAVE is making a major splash in Orange County. Thank you for believing in Welead OC!
Imagine Action OC - To Faye Hezar, Sally Jane Super and all the talented, empassioned women activists from Imagine Action OC --- we thank you!
State Senate Candidate Marggie Castellano and State Assembly Candidate Scott Rhinehart - Welead OC thanks you for bringing your supporters to celebrate all the inspiring women in the room.
And to all the individuals who dug deep into their pockets in order to attend August 2nd --- Welead OC celebrates you!
If you were unable to attend but would like to support Welead OC's ongoing efforts to elect more Progressive Democratic women and Women of Color to local offices in our County, you can contribute below.
Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude. Thank you to all!
In Sisterhood and Solidarity,
Welead OC ("WE" = "Women Empowered") is dedicated to empowering Progressive Democratic women in Orange County by engaging and educating through training and organizing.
Welead OC's mission is to build a backbench of Progressive Democratic women candidates, women campaign professionals and activists, thereby increasing the number of elected Progressive Democratic women in our County.
Welead OC's primary focus is Women of Color and women living in under-represented communities in Orange County