Who is CDC?
The California Democratic Council (often called “the CDC”) is chartered by the California Democratic Party as a Statewide Association of Democratic Clubs and County Committees. Founded in 1952 by a group of great Democrats, including Alan Cranston, to win back political control of the state from Republicans, CDC supported the growth of California’s modern Democratic club system. CDC was a driving force behind the state’s development as a Democratic stronghold in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Although other states have Democratic clubs, the CDC is the only organization of its kind in the United States.
At its height, the CDC coordinated hundreds of Democratic clubs in every corner of the state with many thousands of members. In some years, the CDC’s conventions were attended by as many as 1,800 delegates. The effectiveness of the CDC as a party-building institution was officially recognized by Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and many other leading national figures. Among CDC’s past presidents were former US Senator Alan Cranston, former State Senate President Pro Tem John Burton and legendary Los Angeles activist Quincy Beaver. We now have a new group of dynamic leaders, led by Dr. Michael McQuary, who is working to reorganize and revitalize the organization to ensure CDC is ready to step forward to face the challenges ahead.
The CDC provides a powerful forum for local Democratic clubs to communicate with one another and forward a statewide progressive agenda. We support clubs and Democratic County Committees by providing training, operational best practices guidance, and a variety of services to help clubs and county committees grow and prosper. In addition, we are primarily responsible for fostering the growth and development of geographically focused Democratic clubs. Our President serves on the executive board of the California Democratic Party and appoints three delegates to the CDP convention each year.
The Republicans have used a 25 year plan to turn this country in the wrong direction. Now the California Democratic Council has a plan to help take back our government – one that starts locally and builds outward. The CDC intends to broaden California’s Democratic base from the ground up by strengthening local grassroots Democratic activity and to make sure that every club and county committee has the ability to attract energetic leaders who can help ensure that Democrats consistently beat Republicans in every election for every office, from local School Boards and Neighborhood Councils to Governor.
In February, 2014 CDC re-organized and adopted a new Constitution and Bylaws and elected an interim Board of Directors and Officers to serve until the next Annual Meeting to be held in 2015.
If you are interested in helping us rebuild the progressive Democratic base in California and beyond, please join your local Democratic Club or County Committee, which can be found using the club search feature. If no club exists in your city or town, let us know and we will help you launch one. Also, please consider making a donation. We assure you that it will go directly to helping Democratic clubs within California.
As we embark on this huge endeavor, the California Democratic Council thanks you for your commitment, your efforts, and your support.