My brother Mando

My brother Mando
My brother Jorge Armando “Mando” Vera passed away today from blood clots related to COVID19. He was a much loved person and led a very complicated, interesting life. 

Looking back at 2021

Volunteers prepare to canvass Roseville for the No on the Recall campaign

This year, 2021, would normally be an “off” year. A year for planning, training, recruiting and getting ready for the 2022 campaign season.  Looking back at 2021, history had other things in mind. What should have been a celebratory January, was instead one in which we saw just how fragile our democracy actually is.

I really need a vacation.

View from a beach vacation

I need a vacation. It’s been over a year that I’ve been working from home. You might think that a Work From Home situation would be just like a vacation. But you’d be wrong.

Goodbye. It’s not me, it’s you.

My friend refuses to get a vaccine. We can't be friends anymore.

I had to stop by the office today. I took my 10 AM break / walk as I always do and ran into a coworker whom I’d not seen in a year (let’s call her “Betty”). She mentioned that she was not going to get a vaccine because she’s not “buying into it.” I don’t… Continue reading Goodbye. It’s not me, it’s you.

Campaigning under COVID

Campaigning under COVID

Regardless of the outcome, the work continues. We will still have people struggling to find a place to live. We will still have children in our communities who go to sleep hungry. We will still have people ostracized for the color of their skin or where they choose to worship. There will always more to do.