February 15, 2021

Presidents Day is observed as a federal holiday in America. The day, also known as ‘Washington’s Birthday’, is observed in honor of America’s first president George Washington. The holiday is used to reflect on America’s first president’s life and work in the office. People remember and cherish the values imparted to them by Washington.

Another reason why February is chosen as the month of celebrating this day is that it is also the 16th US President Abraham Lincoln’s birth month. Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809. The report states that today, many calendars list the third Monday of February as Presidents’ Day.

Historically, Americans began celebrating George Washington’s Birthday just months after his death. This was long before Congress declared it as a federal holiday. However, it was not until 1879, under President Rutherford B. Hayes, that Washington’s Birthday became a legal holiday, to be observed on his birthday, February 22. Today, George Washington’s Birthday is one of the only eleven permanent holidays established by Congress.

One of the great traditions that have continued for decades has been the reading of George Washington’s Farewell Address—which remains an annual event for the Senate to this day. It is important to note that Washington’s birthday falls on February 22. He was born when Julian calendar was still in use.

One of the most important things in Washington’s Farewell Address is his relinquishing of the Presidency after a second term and the peaceful transition of power to his successor.

The period for a new election of a citizen to administer the executive government of the United States being not far distant, and the time actually arrived when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person who is to be clothed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those out of whom a choice is to be made.

Farewell Address, September 17, 1796:  https://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=false&doc=15&page=transcript

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CONGRATULATIONS to our 46th President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris!

A New Day, a New Beginning!


President Biden’s Inaugural Speech, January 20, 2021:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTtKDN4LgL8

The Best Photos From The Inauguration Of Joe Biden And Kamala Harris






The Poem by 22 year old Poet Laureate,  Amanda Gorman:

“The Hill We Climb”
When day comes we ask ourselves,
where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
The loss we carry,
a sea we must wade
We’ve braved the belly of the beast
We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace
And the norms and notions
of what just is
Isn’t always just-ice
And yet the dawn is ours
before we knew it
Somehow we do it
Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed
a nation that isn’t broken
but simply unfinished
We the successors of a country and a time
Where a skinny Black girl
descended from slaves and raised by a single mother
can dream of becoming president
only to find herself reciting for one
And yes we are far from polished
far from pristine
but that doesn’t mean we are
striving to form a union that is perfect
We are striving to forge a union with purpose
To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and
conditions of man
And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us
but what stands before us
We close the divide because we know, to put our future first,
we must first put our differences aside
We lay down our arms
so we can reach out our arms
to one another
We seek harm to none and harmony for all
Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true:
That even as we grieved, we grew
That even as we hurt, we hoped
That even as we tired, we tried
That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious
Not because we will never again know defeat
but because we will never again sow division
Scripture tells us to envision
that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree
And no one shall make them afraid
If we’re to live up to our own time
Then victory won’t lie in the blade
But in all the bridges we’ve made
That is the promise to glade
The hill we climb
If only we dare
It’s because being American is more than a pride we inherit,
it’s the past we step into
and how we repair it
We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation
rather than share it
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy
And this effort very nearly succeeded
But while democracy can be periodically delayed
it can never be permanently defeated
In this truth
in this faith we trust
For while we have our eyes on the future
history has its eyes on us
This is the era of just redemption
We feared at its inception
We did not feel prepared to be the heirs
of such a terrifying hour
but within it we found the power
to author a new chapter
To offer hope and laughter to ourselves
So while once we asked,
how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe?
Now we assert
How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?
We will not march back to what was
but move to what shall be
A country that is bruised but whole,
benevolent but bold,
fierce and free
We will not be turned around
or interrupted by intimidation
because we know our inaction and inertia
will be the inheritance of the next generation
Our blunders become their burdens
But one thing is certain:
If we merge mercy with might,
and might with right,
then love becomes our legacy
and change our children’s birthright
So let us leave behind a country
better than the one we were left with
Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest,
we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one
We will rise from the gold-limbed hills of the west,
we will rise from the windswept northeast
where our forefathers first realized revolution
We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the midwestern states,
we will rise from the sunbaked south
We will rebuild, reconcile and recover
and every known nook of our nation and
every corner called our country,
our people diverse and beautiful will emerge,
battered and beautiful
When day comes we step out of the shade,
aflame and unafraid
The new dawn blooms as we free it
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it
If only we’re brave enough to be it


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January 23, 2021 Women’s March. Join here:
For anyone wishing to hear the event in Spanish or Mixteco, please log into the Webinar itself (only 100 spots available) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84662093487
Women’s March of Santa Maria Valley and Women’s March Santa Barbara have joined together to bring you an awesome virtual experience with music, speakers, poetry, and spoken word starting at 3pm. Check this line-up out:
  • Community Organizer Dolores Huerta (Keynote Speaker)
  • Former State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
  • Santa Maria City Councilmember Gloria Soto
  • Santa Barbara County Supervisor Joan Hartmann
  • Santa Barbara County Public Health Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso
  • Rev. Dr. David Moore
  • Dr. Niki Sandoval
  • Aleiza Rogers
  • Goleta School Board Member Vicki Ben-Yaacov
  • Danza Xiuhcoatl & Mexica Tiahui
  • DJ Suz
  • And we also tell you how to get involved in making change through Calls to Action from:
  • Truth in Recruitment
  • Planned Parenthood of the Central Coast Action Fund
  • Death Penalty Focus
  • North County Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center / Standing Together to End Sexual Assault
  • The Sunrise Movement
Join us! We lead. We heal. We transform.

The Women’s March Team

Women’s March of Santa Maria Valley


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Also watch live on networks at 8:30 am, Wednesday, January 20.
The #InaugurationDay ceremony lineup is here! ?
Invocation – Fr. Leo O’Donovan
Pledge of Allegiance – Andrea Hall
National Anthem – Lady Gaga
Poetry Reading – Amanda Gorman
Musical Performance – Jennifer Lopez
Benediction – Rev. Dr. Silvester Beaman
You won’t want to miss it! Tune in on the morning of January 20 to watch this group come together for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s historic moment.


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Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 18, 2021

“I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

– “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”, April 3, 1968,  Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Family of Martin Luther King, Jr. carries on his legacy.


Black American civil rights leader Martin Luther King (1929 – 1968) addresses crowds during the March On Washington at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, where he gave his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)


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Second time Donald J. Trump Impeached.

Second Impeachment of Donald Trump (2021) U.S. government process.  Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, was impeached by the House of Representatives on January 13, 2021. The House adopted one article of impeachment against Trump: incitement of insurrection. He is the first U.S. president to be… wikipedia.org

Here is the speech that rallied terrorists and looters to invade the U.S. Capital on January 6, 2021:



More news about the Insurrection:  https://news.yahoo.com/



ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT:   https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-resolution/24


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Vandals and Terrorists overran the U.S. Capital on January 6, 2021 in an attempt to overturn the 2020 Presidential election. Seven CA Republican U.S. House Representatives sided with other conspiracy members not to certify the election.

After many weeks of contesting the November 3, 2020 Presidential election of Democrat, Joe Biden, Donald Trump held a well publicized and planned gathering of his supporters on January 6, 2021 a block from the U.S. Capital while the final congressional certification of the election was in session.  After several inflammatory speeches by Donald Trump, and others including Rudy Giuliani whose speech included the words “trial by combat”,  thousands of those present  marched down the street and overtook the U. S. Capital.  Terrorists invaded the interior looking for the package of unfinished business of the certification of the 2020 election, and seeking revenge and punishment for those not willing to refuse to throw out the fair election of Joe Biden and vote to maintain  Donald Trump as President.  Those responsible for the resulting five deaths, including one police officer who was beaten to death on the steps of the Capital, multiple injuries, and significant property damage are being identified and arrested.

In addition to legal action against the terrorists, and some law enforcement and military personnel, there are calls to take action against the political allies of what is now considered an attempt to overthrow our democracy.  There are calls for the removal of Donald Trump before his term ends on January 20, 2021 when Joe Biden is sworn in as President.  There are also calls for action to be taken against the elected U.S. Senators and U.S. House of Representatives (all Republicans) who did vote to object the certification of Joe Biden claiming falsely that the election was fraudulent and that Donald Trump had won.

There were 137 Republican U.S. House of Representatives  (7 CA Republicans:  Ken Calvert (R-CA)
Darrell Issa (R-CA)    Devin Nunes (R-CA)    Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)    Doug LaMalfa (R-CA)                             Mike Garcia (R-CA)     Jay Obernolte (R-CA)) and 8 Republican U.S. Senators (No Senators from CA) who participated in and re-enforced the conspiracy of false propaganda about election fraud, and who then voted to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election.  Their votes were outnumbered, and would not have changed the outcome, and after the invasion, congress re-convened and continued the certification of Joe Biden as the fairly elected President of the United States.

The Inauguration of Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris will be held at the U.S. Capital on January 20, 2021


Send a message to:

Nancy Pelosi (D), Speaker of the U.S. House of Representative

1236 Longworth H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515

phone: (202) 225-4965
hours: M-F 9-5:30pm



Chuck Schumer (D), 117th Congress, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate

322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6542
Fax:  (202) 228-3027


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REGISTER HERE BEFORE JANUARY 11, 2021.  Let’s have strong Democratic representation on the Central Coast, including Santa Maria Valley! (CLICK IMAGE TO READ FULL POST)
2021 ADEM Election ~ Every two years in odd-numbered years registered Democrats vote for delegates to the CA Democratic Party Central Committee.   Assembly District Delegates (ADD)  and the Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) are responsible for planning and attending informational meetings throughout the region and working with other DSCC delegates throughout California to represent their community.  NOTE:  CANDIDATE FOR SANTA MARIA VALLEY, JULIANA NEEL,  IS A MEMBER OF OUR DEMOCRATIC CLUB.
Each Assembly District can elect up to 14 delegates — 7 ”self-identified females” and 7 “other than self-identified females” to be Assembly District Delegates (ADD).
AD35 runs from northern Santa Barbara County through San Luis Obispo County. Our goal is to increase representation from the rural/outlying areas of AD35 in North Santa Barbara CountySanta Maria and Lompoc, as well as North San Luis Obispo County — Paso Robles.

Due to COVID-19, the ADEM elections this January will be entirely vote-by-mail. There will be no in-person voting. In order to vote in the ADEM election, you will need to register for a ballot.

The deadline to register is Monday, January 11, 2021!

DON’T DELAY! REGISTER TODAY!  https://ademelections.com/?isCandidate=False

Let’s get the vote out in AD35! Sign-up to receive your ADEM Election ballot by clicking the link below. Please vote for broader AD35 representation!

 For more information, visit CADEM website:  https://adem.cadem.org/

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Democratic Club of Santa Maria Valley.


Wishing a prosperous and safe year ahead to all.

– Democratic Club of Santa Maria Valley.

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(Click to read full post) Headquarters temporarily closed. Still available by phone, website, our Facebook page, and online monthly meetings.

                                                                                                                                         Our Santa Maria Democratic Headquarters will be temporarily closed and in person meetings suspended in accordance with suggested efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19.  Our third Thursday of every month meetings will not be held at the IHOP but will be conducted online beginning May 21, 2020.  Please leave a message and return phone number at  805-349-2708 for more information.  Stay well and safe.  Thank you.  

 Mail:  DCSMV, 327 E. Plaza Dr, #2, Santa Maria, CA 93454.  Headquarters: 1-805-349-2708.  

Members can find additional information on the “Members Login” tab on this website, including the monthly Proud Democrat newsletter.

Visit our Democratic Club of Santa Maria Valley Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/DemocraticClubofSantaMariaValley/?ref=hl

Explore our website featureshttps://santamariademocrats.info/2019/09/09/welcome-to-the-dcsmv-website/


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Shop all year long for items on our unique FREE SHIPPING link!


New items!!  Supporters  who wish to purchase various political items, shop at our online store and 30-50% of your purchase price will go to support the Democratic Club of Santa Maria Valley (DCSMV).  New merchandise is added regularly so check back often.  Buy yard and window signs, car magnets, pet bandanas, hats, masks, and more!  Proudly Union made!

To re-order, or share, please use our special fundraising link above.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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Joseph Biden is the President-Elect of the United States of America! Inauguration Day January 20, 2021. Click image for Final Certified Election Results for Nov. 3, 2020.


Joseph Biden has received 306 Electoral College votes, exceeding the required 270 votes to win the Presidency of the United States of America contest, with Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris, as of November 7, 2020!!  Inauguration will be on January 20, 2021.

Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

1  –  SANTA BARBARA COUNTY – November 3, 2020 election CERTIFIED RESULTS  for votes cast:  https://www.sbcvote.com/Elect/resources/results11_2020/certified-results.htm 

 2 –  CALIFORNIA – November 3, 2020 election CERTIFIED SUMMARY RESULTS  for votes cast in all 58 counties:  https://elections.cdn.sos.ca.gov/sov/2020-general/sov/08-sov-summary.pdf

Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State Certification:  https://elections.cdn.sos.ca.gov/sov/2020-general/sov/17-cert.pdf
Votes for President BY COUNTY:  https://elections.cdn.sos.ca.gov/sov/2020-general/sov/18-presidential.pdf
PROPOSITIONS results:  https://elections.cdn.sos.ca.gov/sov/2020-general/sov/official-dec-vote-results-bm.pdf
Full information on November 3, 2020 election:  https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-elections/general-election-november-3-2020/statement-vote


Media reports of ballots cast in the United States Presidential race:  https://news.search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=AwrWmjXKPKNfcSwA4wgPxQt.;_ylu=Y29sbwNncTEEcG9zAzIEdnRpZAMEc2VjA3Nj?p=Democratic+party+election+results&fr=yhs-Lkry-SF1&fr2=p%3As%2Cv%3Aw%2Cm%3Anewsdd_sna_t%2Cct%3Avm-vmonly&hspart=Lkry&hsimp=yhs-SF1


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Remembrance of Loved Ones Lost to COVID 19, and Heartfelt Gratitude to all of the healthcare and other essential workers who have courageously risked their own health and safety during this pandemic.  We are all forever in your debt.


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Candlelight vigil in Santa Maria, Sunday, 9/20/2020. CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW FULL POST.

Sunday, September 20, 2020:
Please attend a silent candlelight vigil this evening in Santa Maria, 6-7 p.m. at the Lewellen Justice Center, corner of S. Miller and E. Cook St. (masks and social distancing requested) to pay respects to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a leading liberal voice on the court who championed civil rights and became an icon. Justice Bader Ginsberg, born in 1933, died Friday, September 18, 2020, at 87.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the unrelenting trailblazer for gender equality was the second-ever woman appointed to the high court.
The justice died at home in Washington, DC, surrounded by family, from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer, the court announced.  Ginsburg revealed in July that she was undergoing chemotherapy for a recurrence of cancer. She had been previously treated for the disease four times.

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Joe Biden Accepts the Democratic Nomination for President of the United States.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, his wife Jill Biden and U.S. Senator and Democratic candidate for Vice President Kamala Harris celebrate outside the Chase Center after Joe Biden accepted the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Biden addressed his fellow Democrats and millions of Americans at home who he hopes will send him to the White House to replace Trump – though his triumphant moment was drained of immediate drama by the coronavirus pandemic, which left him speaking to a nearly empty arena rather than a joyously cheering crowd.

Visit the Official Biden/Harris website to donate and order campaign items:  https://joebiden.com/


Coverage of the convention:



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