The timing of this special election is going to be a test for the Greens of LA. While the largest of all the county organizations in the State, it has also been affected by fractional division that have limited its effectiveness.
The 37th CD is primarily in Long Beach, Carson and Compton. But, that is not far from South LA and the recent fight on behalf of the South Central Farmers that was so heavily led by Greens. I did not see a lot of press about Democratic politicians standing with the farmers, but I did see Linda Piera-Avila's name. The people of this area know what happened who who stood up to power and for the powerless.
In this fight, we are all residents of Long Beach. What happens there is going to affect every one of us in ways that we can not imagine. Our ability to bring focus and attention to a single race is a measure of just how effective we can be as a party.
Josh Kraushaar provided an analysis of this election at politico.com. While filled with a lot of speculation and surmise, it is a good starting point for those who don't know anything about this carefully gerrymandered district.
Here are some suggestions:
- Everyone who reads this should go to the Long Beach Green Party page and make a donation to the campaign.
- Entry to the upcoming statewide GA in San Francisco should require at least a token contribution to the campaign.
- LA and Orange County Greens should come together to put the maximum number of feet on the street in support of our candidate. We don't have a lot of money, so we need bodies.
- LA County Greens have to decide that winning an election is more important that winning turf battles.