public education, environmental protection, social justice, advocating for peace in the Middle East through a two-state solution
I’m Gregg Solkovits and I am running for re-election as an delegate from the 45th AD, on the AD45 PROGRESSIVE SLATE.
I’ve been fighting for worker’s rights, social justice and preservation of the environment my entire life.
I was editor of the Southern Sierran, the LA/Orange County Sierra Club newspaper, for 11 years playing key roles in a number of environmental victories. I was an officer of United Teachers Los Angeles for 25+ years, fighting for small class sizes, safe campuses, and educational equity for all students.
As one of your reps in the California Democratic Party, I have worked hard to get our party to support:
- increased funding for public schools;
- public funding for college students/no tuition increases;
- single payer health care/Medicare for all;
- racial and social justice for all;
- developing solutions to get the unhoused housing;
- reform of our criminal justice system/police.
- continued support for a two-state peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, and respect for all who live in the region.
I am an active member of UTLA, the California Federation of Teachers, the California Teacher Assn, various Democratic Clubs, President of Democrats for Israel- LA, PDA, and the Sierra Club. I am proud to have been endorsed by Sunrise, and am proud to have the support of Democrats for Israel-LA, as well as the personal endorsement of former LA City Council District 12 candidate Lorraine Lundquist, UTLA Valley East Area Chair Scott Mandel (organization name for ID purposes only), UTLA Valley West Area Chair Bruce Newborn (organization name for ID purposes only), Ankur Patel, and many other leaders in the Valley.
Please vote for me and the entire AD45 Progressive Slate. We are diverse. We are active. We are strong. We WILL represent you!
Visit our website at www.ad45progressives.com to learn more about us and our
California Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, United Teachers Los Angeles, Democrats for Israel-LA, Sierra Club
My name is Kiyomi Kowalski. I’m a mom, a Marine Corps veteran, a Juris Doctor, a social justice advocate, an anti-racism educator, and a proud Emerge California alumna. After my honorable discharge in 2001, I attended the California State University Northridge where I earned a Bachelor’s in political science. In 2012, I earned a Juris Doctorate with Public Service Distinction from Southwestern University School of Law.
Currently, I serve on the Valley Outreach Synagogue Board of Jewish Education where I created the Anti-Racism Task Force that organizes panels and workshops designed to eradicate racism in our local community. I also serve as a board member and staff advocate at LAW Project of Los Angeles, a non-profit organization that assists individuals with obtaining post-conviction remedies and also advocates for system-involved youth and families. I am an active member of the San Fernando Valley chapter of Mocha Moms, Inc., a national organization, for which I organize events around issues impacting mothers of color. I am also an active parent in Las Virgenes public schools.
I’m running for Delegate on the AD45 Progressive Slate so that I can advocate for Medicare-for-all, racial justice, income equality, digital equity, LGBTQ+ and immigrant rights, and gun, police, and criminal justice reforms. I want to ensure that the California Democratic Party creates a platform that reflects our progressive and inclusive values.
Meeting the goals of an equitable and just California requires leadership that is committed to dismantling the systems that uphold the status quo. Delegates have the unique responsibility of ensuring that the California Democratic Party reflects values that not only maintain interest among lifelong Democrats, but also attract those who have yet to identify as Democrats. We can only do that by continuing to challenge our party leadership with bold, forward-thinking, progressive policy platforms that set an example for the rest of the nation. As a delegate, I will hold the California Democratic Party and elected Democrats accountable for meeting our policy goals.
Vote for the AD45 Progressive Slate because we represent varying aspects of the beautiful diversity within the San Fernando Valley. Your vote for our slate and me is a vote for diversity, collaboration, and respect for all.
Social Justice Committee Chair/ Anti-racism Task Force Lead at Valley Outreach Synagogue
Accessible and Affordable Education, Expanding Labor Protections, Criminal Justice Reform, Medicare for All, Immigration Reform
When I first ran in 2017 as the youngest candidate in the California Democratic Party's history, I was a young student who had just seen Donald Trump elected in her first month of university. I promised on that day that I would work tirelessly to bring folks into politics and to show them that their voices and their decisions mattered. I committed myself to organizing and advocating on behalf of the issues that our system fails at daily. For two terms now, it has been my honor to serve this community and to help push for the progressive changes that we need.
I am driven by the passion to change our world for the better, and believe that grassroots organizing is how to create that change. I am the daughter of two public school teachers – a strong union family. To fight for the people is something I have always considered as central to my being. As one of the youngest delegates in the party, I have focused on amplifying the voices of those who have been traditionally left out of politics, especially in our own community.
These efforts, and the progressive ideals behind them, could not be more crucial as the pandemic continues to deepen many of the problems our society faces, and have demonstrated that we need true reforms to tackle them. I am running for a third term because I have done the work, built the coalitions, and know how to get things done within the party, within our community, and within our state.
As a student at UCLA, my work focused on education advocacy, and teaching my peers about the importance of activism and fighting for change. Through this work, I am proud to have fought for more funding for our public universities and increased financial aid for students of color. I have also worked tirelessly on behalf of the Jewish community, as well as other ethnic and religious minorities. I built programs and organizations to train people how to lobby, and empowered more than 200 advocates to go to Sacramento to lobby for the first time in their lives. I have brought issues of college affordability, youth voter outreach, and basic needs awareness to the party through resolutions and organizing with others. I know the power of working together and know that we can make California more inclusive for all.
Together, we will fight for a breadth of issues that represent our progressive dedication to changing California for the better. These include:
I hope to have your support. Thank you!
Valley Grassroots for Democracy, SFVYD, Democrats for Israel, Progressive Zionists of CA, UC Advocacy Network
Climate Change, Getting Money out of Politics, Medicare-for-All, Ending the Wars, Criminal Justice Reform
Hello! My name is CJ Berina. I got into politics almost 12 years ago and have never been able to turn my back away after seeing so many injustices in the world. I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and went to CSUN for college. I was an Asian American Studies major so I learned a lot about how race and institutional racism play a major role in our everyday lives. After college, I opened a store on Reseda Blvd which had a purpose of providing fashion, music, art, and live events to the valley. While doing that, I worked closely with the Councilmember’s office, the local Chamber of Commerce, collaborated with the mayor’s office, and received multiple grants from the City of LA to produce a large annual block party for the community with themes of peace, love, sustainability, and positive change. I also joined the Northridge South Neighborhood Council and Northridge Vision, which is a board that did urban planning in the district. With my store we used to host progressive events like United Progressives meetings, informational Cannabis advocacy panels, and acted as the headquarters for 2 progressive campaigns for Jon Pelzer for Congress and Ankur Patel for State Assmebly. Since then I became a delegate and ran for congress to make sure that we keep pushing the conversation for progressive policies. During my campaign for Congress, I was endorsed by: The Sunrise Movement LA, The California Progressive Alliance, Our Revolution LA, Ground Game LA, Feel the Bern Club LA, Feel the Bern Club SFV, Progressive Asian Network for Action, The Public Arts Commission, Knock.LA, Americans for Democratic Action - Socal, Demand Universal Healthcare, Forward Thinking Democracy, Democratic Socialists of America LA voter guide, and the Future Left voter guide. We ended up getting 18,937 votes for 11% of the district, which according to Ballotpedia is the highest percentage from any Democrat challenger in District 30 in the last 30 years (with the exception of the Berman vs Sherman redistrcting). These results show that the people want change and are ready for progressive policies in this country. These policies include Medicare for All, getting money out of politics, ending homelessness, ending the wars, cancelling student debt, tuition-free college, diverting the climate crisis, and much more. These are just some of the policies that I am fighting for along with the rest of the AD45 progressive slate. If you would like someone that will fight for these, please vote for myself and the rest of the AD45 progressive slate. We would greatly appreciate your support. Thank you.
DSA-LA, Feel the Bern SFV
With 35 years as a teacher, coordinator, and elementary principal in the LAUSD and decades of involvement in political campaigns and crusades I bring not youth to the ADEMs, but experience!
My issues are the people’s issues:
•Ensure climate change and the protection of our fragile environment get immediate action at all governmental levels. What kind of world are we leaving for our children and grandchildren?
•Implement a single payer healthcare system, decades overdue. Let's start with California!
•Secure adequate funding for California public schools, including higher education, resist further encroachment of charter schools siphoning funds from our public schools, resulting in less equitable education for other students.
•Protect the dreamers and provide a path to citizenship for immigrants.
•Reform our criminal justice system, and address systemic racial discrimination
•Reduce income inequality working towards a $15 minimum wage.
•Protect and expand the rights of the LGBTQ community, and women, including the right to control their
•Provide accessible, affordable, non-discriminatory housing
•Protect the rights of union workers, facilitate expansion of unionized workplaces.
•Protect and expand access and accommodations for those with disabilities.
•Reform our election process so that big money does not determine the winner as it does so often now.
I actively work for these issues, supporting progressive candidates who share my values . A member of the DPSFV Executive Board & DPSFV PAC for 15 years, I’m active in 2 Democratic clubs, & PDA-CA; working on election campaigns for local, state, and national candidates, and hosting fundraisers in my home. My husband Lloyd and I received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the DPSFV Truman Awards in 2019. I have marched and protested in support of many causes, most recently on women’s issues and shutting down Aliso Canyon.
*I don’t just talk, I do! Your vote for Doris Dent, and the entire*
*AD45 PROGRESSIVE SLATE**, is a vote for diversity, collaboration, and
respect for all human beings!
AD45 Delegate 2015, 2017, 2019; DPSFV Executive Board for 15 years; DPSFV-PAC; Valley Grassroots for Democracy; North Valley Democratic Club; PDA-CA;
Climate Change, single payer healthcare, Secure adequate funding for California public schools, DACA Immigration Reform, Criminal Justice Reform, Income Inequality 15$ Minimum Wage, LGBTQ+ Rights, Affordable Housing, Union Workers Rights, Protect/ Expand Disability Access, Campaign Finance Reform
Medicare For All, Green New Deal, Racial and Religious Justice, College For All, Immigration Reform, Criminal Justice Reform
Aveista Helmandi, AD 45 ADEM Candidate Progressive Slate
As the youngest female running on my slate and as a first generation Afghan American child of refugees, I carry the diversity that embodies the views of the new wave of progressivism. On a daily basis, I’m faced with oppression derived by ignorance and prejudices from individuals who make me feel as if I don’t belong in the country of which I’m a citizen. Despite these obstacles I’ve persevered. Those trials and tribulations have inspired me to develop ideas to erase this stigma, so I and others like me can affirm we are as “American” as anyone else. The first way I figured out how to manifest this was through educating myself. I then became an active member of my community which allowed me to adopt progressive ideals that countered my elder Afghan generation’s beliefs. This led to an awareness of the sociocultural obstacles in my path from a political standpoint and how it will affect all impending generations.
In college, I organized several protests on campus to promote diversity and social justice, which helped me to achieve a multitude of scholarships for my activism. For example, a protest I held after the New Zealand shooting, prompted me to be one of eight students to earn an “Impact Scholarship” award. Along with my campus activism, I am a student pursuing law and I’ve debated on the nationally ranked, number one overall winning community college debate team, Moorpark. Off campus, I’m a student member of Feel The Bern San Fernando Valley Democratic Club, DSA LA and the largest Muslim civil rights firm, Council on American Islamic Relations - LA. Additionally, I’ve worked on countless election campaigns for local, state, and national candidates, which include Bernie Sanders, Katie Hill, Ruth Luevanos, Loraine Lundquist. Lastly, I practice gratitude as a volunteer for local grassroots organizations such as the Sunrise Movement Los Angeles and Planned Parenthood. These actions have inspired me to continue to stand up for the voices of the oppressed and to fight for the following core values:
Feel The Bern SFV Democratic Club, DSA LA, CA Speaker and Debater, Council on American Islamic Relations - LA student member, UC Muslim Student Assoc
Universal Healthcare, Income Equality, Civil Liberties, Money out of Politics
My name is Micha Liberman and I am running for a third term as an ADEM Delegate representing District 45. For the past four years, I have fought to make sure that California lives up to the progressive ideals that are so desperately needed at this time. Despite all of the hard work, there is still a long way to go.
The pandemic is raging. Our economy has been devastated. Our environment is in crisis. Our educational system is broken. Too many Californians don’t have access to healthcare or safe housing. Our fellow Californians are fighting for their rights and their lives, and I will continue to fight with them. We need a government that stands with women, people of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, immigrants, the disabled, the young, the old and anyone who is in need. I will continue to represent the will of the 45th district, and I will continue to fight to ensure that our politicians in Sacramento are working for the benefit of all Californians, not just the privileged few.
As an executive board member of Democrats for Israel, on the floor of the conventions, in the legislative, platform and resolutions committees, I have worked to push our shared progressive values and I won’t stop working. I will work to close Aliso Canyon and clean up the Santa Susana Field Lab. I will work to end corporate Personhood and for a fairer economy for all. I will work for a single payer healthcare system and a universal basic income. I will stand by our teachers, nurses and unions and fight for all Californians to have quality affordable education. We need the Green New Deal, We need gun reform. We need police reform and we need so much more.
But in order to accomplish any of these things, we need strong leadership in the party, and those leaders need to find ways to work together. That is why I am so honored to join my fellow progressives on the AD45 Progressive Slate in our shared fight for a unified vision. A vision that will guide us all to a progressive future for California. The party needs bold progressive leadership. My name is Micha Liberman and I am asking you to vote for me and for the entire AD45 Progressive slate, a vote for diversity, collaboration, and respect for all human beings.
Democrats for Israel, CADEM Business & Professional Caucus, CADEM Environmental Caucus, CADEM Computer and Internet Caucus
The first time I realized this country is not the greatest country in the world was in 2015. I watched Michael Moore’s documentary, “Where to Invade Next” with my family. It told the story about Moore’s travels around Western Europe to educate the audience on the differences in our politics. Watching the documentary sparked a question in my mind. “What can one person do to take action against a country which is incredibly corrupt?” Months later, Bernie Sanders took the challenge against corruption by running for President. I made the decision to become an active volunteer in his 2016 and 2020 campaign cycles. These life experiences have inspired me to continue the fight for all American citizens to acquire the following core issues:
My name is Kayson Verne, I’m running as a delegate for Assembly District 45. As the youngest African-American/Japanese male in our progressive slate, if elected, I will bear the responsibility of carrying the voices of both Millennials and Generation Z in my district.
While in college, I co-founded the only club on campus that supported a presidential candidate, the Students for Bernie Club, which organized several on campus events for the Bernie Sanders Campaign. The club gained endorsements for Sanders from the Democratic Club, part of the Los Angeles County Democractic Party and San Fernando Valley Young Democrats. However, our biggest accomplishment was gathering signatures for a petition which was granted by the Superintendent to open voting centers on college campuses throughout California. I’m also the current Vice President of the Democratic Club and Social Justice Club at Los Angeles Pierce College. Outside of college, I’m the student lead of Feel The Bern San Fernando Valley Democratic Club and a member of Democratic Socialists of America-LA, Our Revolution LA, Sunrise Movement - LA, and Black Lives Matter - LA. I’m also the current Vice President of the Democratic Club and Social Justice Club at Los Angeles Pierce College.
A vote for me and the entire AD45 Progressive slate is a vote to move forward and make change.
Feel the Bern San Fernando Valley Democratic Club, Sunrise Movement Los Angeles, DSA Los Angeles, BLM Los Angeles
Racial & Religious Equality, Protect and expand the rights of all humans regardless of gender, sex or sexual orientation, Green New Deal, Free Public College/Cancel Student Debt, Medicare for all,
Education, Racial and Social Justice, Environmental Justice, Food Justice, Housing Justice, Renter's Rights, LGBTQIA+ Rights
UTLA, CTA, DSA, SFVYD, WVPA, Emerge CA
Environment, health care, taking care of each other
Hi, I’m Cary Brown, lifelong Democrat, 4-term CADEM Delegate, current E- Board member, and member of the County Democratic Party, the Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains and the San Fernando Valley, the North Valley and the Action Democratic Clubs.
Last year I was honored with both the Roosevelt and Truman awards.
My background includes being an Emmy's Award-winning writer, producer, director, receiving over 25 national and international awards.
I developed the photographic indirect ophthalmoscope; and helped create the Canon Macro Zoom lens which won a Technical Achievement Oscar. My Oscar-nominated AI program, Collaborator, was twice-voted best software of the year.
After retiring, I had the privilege of teaching children and adults healthy, safe cooking for the L.A. County Office of Education. I wrote and starred in healthy cooking shows, viewed in 18 languages worldwide.
My resolution that “all schools offer healthy food options” became part of our party's platform.
Healthcare is a right not a privilege. I serve on Kaiser Permanente's local and regional Patient Advisory Councils, to ensure that patient and family voices are heard.
I actively support the Progressive Slate’s issues, including cleaning up our environment, especially Aliso Canyon, election reform, gun reform, and nondiscrimination in all forms.
My name is Cary Brown, I ask for your vote for myself and our AD45 Progressive Slate
Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica mountains, progressive Democrats of the San Fernando Valley, North Valley Dems, Democratic party of the San
I’m R(enay) Grace Rodriguez, Incumbent delegate & Voter Svs. Commitee, Progressive, Women's, LGBTQ Caucus member. My livelihood is not dependent on politicians and their success. I do not accept money from influencers. I have the liberty to vote my values.
We are a diverse group of people who have unified on the issues and progressive values! Your vote for the entire AD45 PROGRESSIVE SLATE, is a vote for diversity, collaboration, and respect for all human beings! –
¡Somos un grupo diverso de personas que se han unido en los temas y los valores progresistas! Su voto por todo el AD45 PROGRESSIVE SLATE, es un voto a favor de la diversidad, la colaboración, y el respeto por todos los seres humanos!
-For 22 years, I give pro-bono & low-cost legal svs. as a bankruptcy specialist. During the 2008 crisis, saved over 1000 families homes from financial ruin. Yet, a lack of economic & social justice persists. I knew more had to be done. -In 2014 I joined the North Valley Democrats, then Feel The Bern -San Fernando, Northridge Indivisibles; Stonewall Dems., PDA, VG4D, and DFI. I registered as many voters as possible. I canvassed, marched, text and phone banked, wrote letter & post cards! I joined the West Valley People’s Alliance to advocate for those whose voices continue to go unheard. And SURJ and White People for Black Lives Matter to grow as an ally anti-racist. I continue to fight for unbought and unbossed progressives to win seats at every table and for all of our voices to be heard.
-I am latinx, female, lesbian with several disabilities. I come from farmworkers & I have worked in those fields. By 19 I was homeless, addicted and suffered with mental illness. Lucky I got a break from a judge who gave me access to free housing. Safe housing meant safe space to unpack the wreckage of childhood trauma, get sober, and get treatment for ADHD, PTSD, and Alcoholism. But PTSD rendered me uninsurable, I sold my soul (Student Loans) to get 27 years sober and a law degree. Many don’t survive. I was lucky, but system is broken.
I believe that we have the resources to achieve access to Housing, Healthcare, Education and Sustenance for all people. These are the essential human rights for which I am fighting. I could not stand by not a minute longer watching people die in the streets. This has got to stop.
This is why I am asking for your vote! Thank you. Together we can do more!
-¡Por eso pido su voto para mí y para los Progresistas AD45! Veo nosotoros a http://www.AD45Progressives.
Vote for me and all AD45 Progressives!
North Valley Democrats, then Feel The Bern -San Fernando, Northridge Indivisibles; Stonewall Dems., PDA, VG4D, and DFI
JUSTICE - Economic, Environmental, Social and Racial, not in that Order but ALL of them equal importance.
I am a regular person who left corporate America for full-time activism when our soon-to-be ex-president was elected in 2016. Before that, I had never been politically active and knew nothing about politics and when it was time to vote, I would ask my politically savvy husband what we are voting for. When he told me that California has its own Supreme Court I was surprised. His response was "Oh dear god, please don't tell people that you don't know that" so I tell everyone. I share this story because I think it is more common than it is not and I hope to encourage other people who think that they can't make a difference to get involved with issues that they care about. Shortly after I left corporate America, I started a grassroots group called Northridge Indivisible. I lead a team of community members, many who are first-time activists, to drive progressive change at every level of government. I have built and maintained partnerships with grassroots organizations across the country including CHIRLA, SURJ, ACLU, Fight Back Table, Swing Left, Field Team 6, Voting Rights Lab, West Valley People’s Alliance, Indivisible, Vote Tripling and more. I am also the co-founder of VirusFreeVoting.org, Convenor of PRILA Action Council and State Digital Director at Field Team 6. A vote for me is a vote for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, gun violence prevention, education for all, reproductive justice, housing for all, investing in communities instead of over policing, LGBTQIA+, wealth tax, unions, pay equity, climate equity, student debt cancellation, free college, DACA, social safety nets, economic justice, campaign finance reform, prison reform, universal basic income, public banking, and criminal justice reform. My interest is in people. All people. I am ok with challenging the status quo because it needs it. As someone with a family full of president 45 supporters, I can emphatically tell you that I love them and have worked hard to keep our conversations on the issues; after which I hear “We have a lot in common.” This doesn't mean we now agree; it means we should be talking to each other. If I cannot love anyone who is fundamentally different than me then I should not be here. My name is Michelle Manire Fowle – your vote for me and the entire AD45 Progressive slate is a vote for diversity, collaboration, and respect for all human beings.
Founder-Northridge Indivisible, State Digital Director-Field Team 6, Convenor-Protect the Results LA Action Council, Co-founder-VirusFreeVoting.org
National Writers Union
Hi I'm Chris Manabe and I'm running to be a Delegate in California for Assembly District 45. Having grown up in Reseda I've lived in AD45 for most of my life.
A vote for me and the entire AD45 Progressives slate is vote for progressive values, diversity, and respect for all. While single payer Medicare For All is my main focus, I fully support our platform covering the multitude of issues that are currently at hand. Since 2016 the dramatic change in our political atmosphere both worried and inspired me to be motivated and get involved. So I'm running to best represent our district through the power of thoughtful care with love and compassion. I'm running because there is an opportunity to bring real change to the Democratic Party through the latest push of progressive candidates running for office or committee, who bring a robust portfolio of progressive values and policies. I'm running because there has been a lack of morally ethical thoughtful policies that fully considers the lives of all people, the working class, the homeless, the uninsured, those killed by gun violence or the police, those killed by the Corona Virus, those who don't have access to a decent education, with a myriad more it's simply too much to list.
So please vote for me and our entire AD45 Progressives slate! Thank you!
Feel The Bern SFV Dems Club, Healthcare For All, West Valley People's Alliance, DSA, PDPR, Cascadia Parliamentary Group, Associate Member LACDP
Medicare For All, Social/ Racial Justice, Green New Deal, Reform Justice System, Decriminalize All Drugs (end war on drugs), DACA - Immigation Reform, LGBTQ+ Rights