Recap: Get To Know Your Candidates #2

On Saturday July 15, 2017, we had our second Q&A event with 48th congressional candidates. Roughly, 180 people showed up to hear Harley Rouda and Tony Zarkades answer questions at the Huntington Beach Yacht Club from 10am-12:30pm.

IMG_4400The event started with our sponsored charity for May-July, Robyne’s Nest, founder, Robyne Wood who discussed how she started the organization when she saw a need for students who were struggling for basic support. Robyne’s Nest provides support to homeless and at-risk students in Huntington Beach through living stipends, food pantries, assistance to social services and healthcare, and life skill classes. For information about Robyne’s Nest or to make a donation, please see:

To see a full video of the Candidate Q&A, check out this link on Resist Live. (If you don’t see it right away scroll through the videos and look for the one titled: In Huntington Beach today, a group of residents…)

Big Thanks to Alex Matthews for recording this video and posting it! The video already has 3000 views.

The 2018 election is 15 months away but we still had a packed house!

The Q&A had a similar format to our previous event with Laura Oatman & Boyd Roberts. Candidates had 10 minutes to introduce themselves, then each HB Huddle Action Team asked a question related to their policy topic, and each candidates had two minutes to respond. Audience members also had an opportunity to submit questions, here is a full list of the questions:

  • Which environmental protections are important to you and how will you balance them with economic growth?
  • Democrats usually fall into two camps in healthcare: Fixing ACA or supporting single-payer healthcare? Where do you fall on the spectrum and how do you plan to keep Big Pharma out of decision making?

    Candidates Tony Zarkades (left) and Harley Rouda (right)
  • What is your stance on Citizens United and how to combat voter suppression?
  • How will you determine the needs and wants of residents regardless of voter status?
  • What two Women’s Rights issues are most important to you?
  • If you are the democrat chosen to run against Rohrabacher, what issues you will you bring to the forefront to ensure victory?
  • What should the US’ stance be on accepting political refugees?
  • What is your relationship with unions and how will you protect labor rights?
  • What will you do about the opioid epidemic in OC?
  • What will you do to protect LQBTQ rights?
  • What are your views on charter vs. public school funding?

“Free tuition for all public schools should be the law of the land.” – Tony Zarkades


“If you provide living wages, you provide people hope.”  – Harley Rouda

After the candidate Q&A our five Action Teams updated the group on recent activities:

Karen Coyne of our environment group provided an overview of the HB Huddle and introduced our new logo designed by Casey Ryder for free.  Check it out:



Huge thanks to Casey for our amazing logo. Casey is the Creative Director of Global Marketing for Beats by Dre and a former designer for Obama For America and we are grateful for his time working on this design. Our communications team will be working on ordering t-shirts, a banner, and other marketing materials in August.

Environment Team Updates (Karen Coyne):

Water Committee: Karen shared that funding was approved by OCWD for an additional $90,000 (for a total of $320,000 of our tax dollars) to support/consider Poseidon despite the fact that there were no speakers advocating the funding and several against it.

Toxin-Free HB Committee: Karen encouraged audience to sign this petition on to tell leaders in HB to stop using toxic pesticides in parks. Here’s a quick video from the creators of the petition:

Trash-Free HB Waters Committee: Karen shared the state trash policy implementation process has begun, and HB (as well as every other city and county in the state) will have 90 days to pick an implementation option.

Energy Committee: Steve Shepherd shared the Energy Committee will be coordinating a CCE 4 HB write-in campaign for postcards, letters, & email. Anyone interested in attending or speaking at the City Council meeting in support of CCE 4 HB, please contact the Environment Action Team. Click here to join their Facebook page.

Healthcare Team Update (Christian Mach):

Christian discussed the importance of single-payer healthcare system.

Local Elections Team Updates (Cathy Ryder and Brendon Perkins):

Voter Outreach Committee:

Cathy and Brendon shared the accomplishments of the outreach team in their voter registration training and encouraged people to sign up for voter registration booths and purchase voter registration kits. Click here for the Facebook event page for their next meeting.


Education committee: Information on public elected officials is available on their page on our website

Services and Social Committee: The HB Huddle has raised $355 for Robyne’s Nest. The next sponsored charity is Beach Cities Inter-Faith Services

Direction Action Committee: They are organizing a presence at HB City Council meetings.

#NoBanNoWall Update (Shayna Lathus):

Shayna shared they have completed their infographic on hate crimes, which is available here on the website. At their July meeting, they discussed two priorities: Building bridges between the immigrant communities and ourselves and working toward making HB a Sanctuary City.

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Women’s Rights update (Hayley Buchannan):

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The Women’s Rights team passed out informational sheet on Planned Parenthood and informed audience about Planned Parenthood Advocacy Nights in Santa Ana. They have completed the design of their t-shirts to sell to raise money.

Click here for details on their next meeting

Action teams then had 30 minutes for their breakout sessions.

The HB Huddle will go dark in the month of August. A committee had been planning to host a bipartisan Town Hall event at OCC in August.

The committee had initially received a positive response from Rohrabacher’s local office and were instructed to call the local office to set up a meeting with local Republican party affiliates and HB Huddle members to discuss the possibility of Rohrabacher Skyping into the event. Unfortunately when the committee called to schedule the appointment this week communications with the local office fell apart. Since the congressman’s participation is unlikely, the August event has been cancelled, but the committee will revisit the idea in the future.

Therefore, the next scheduled HB Huddle meeting will be a third “Get Know Your Candidates Forum” featuring Hans Keirstead and Omar Siddiqui on Saturday, September 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Carden Elementary School.

Recap: Get To Know Your Candidates #1

We had 115 people attend our first Q&A event, which featured 48th District Congressional Candidates Laura Oatman & Boyd Roberts. The event was held at Carden Conservatory on Saturday June 17 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m..

In case you missed it, we were lucky to have Alex Matthews volunteer to Live Stream the event for the Resist Here Facebook page. Click here to access the full video.

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“Education is a civil right and I’m expanding that civil right, from K-12 to post-secondary education… I believe that if it’s publicly owned then the public should have access to it, especially if there isn’t an impact to the tax payer.” -Boyd Roberts on his University of California Online ballot initiative


Each candidate had 10 minutes to introduce themselves. Then they each had 2-minutes to answer the following questions:

  1. Which environmental protections are important to you and how will you balance them with economic growth?
  2. What is your stance on Citizens United and how to combat voter suppression?
  3. Do you support the single-payer healthcare bill?
  4. How will you determine the needs and wants of residents regardless of voter status?
  5. What two Women’s Rights issues are most important to you?
  6. Where do you stand on Gun Control?
  7. What would you do to preserve K-12 public education?
  8. Do you support a $15.00/hour livable wage?
  9. What do you think of the proposed Poseidon Desalination project in HB?
  10. What do you plan on doing to increase voter turn out in the midterm elections?



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“What I’m about to say might get me in trouble, but I am 100% against the Poseidon Desal plant.” -Laura Oatman on the biggest  environmental issue facing HB


After the candidate Q&A we had all five of our HB Huddle Action Teams report what they’ve been working on. Here is the PowerPoint that was shared: Presentation report for HB Huddle

Environment Team Update by Karen Coyne

-The group participated in the Surf Rider Foundations Beach clean-up and had a meeting afterward featuring two speakers

-The first speaker was Antonia Castro-Graham to discuss CCA’s/CCE’s and the second was Ray Hiemstra to discuss the Poseidon Desalination Project

-The group has created three committees to focus on local policies regarding 1) Energy 2) Water 3) Toxin-free HB. Details can be found in their most recent Meeting Minutes.

-The Energy Committee is focused on CCE’s (Community Choice Energy), The Water Committee is working hand-in-hand with R4RD and Coast Keeper on combating Posiedon’s Desal project. Toxin-Free HB will work hand in hand with HB Tomorrow to see that we have a fully executed Toxic-Free HB plan in place before year end.


Healthcare Team Update by Christian Mach 

-Mach described the latest happenings on both Trumpcare and on SB-562.

-To read more about SB-562 visit

-To help other Regional Organizers in their efforts to support SB-562. Join the following Facebook page:  Medicare For All Orange County  

-To read the Economic Analysis of Single-Payer recently released by the University of Massachusetts visit this link to the Political Economy Research Institute 

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Local Elections Team Update by Brendon Perkins

Perkins went over the recent accomplishments of the Team’s four committees:

  • Voter Outreach (trained over 30 people at Voter Registration Training in June)
  • Education (spoke at West Dem Club of OC & published two research docs on website)
  • Services & Social (collected $240 to give to Robyne’s Nest and collected another $140 during the meeting)
  • Direct Action (helped coordinate the Q&A and is organizing HB Huddle presence at City Council meetings)

The next Local Elections Meeting is scheduled for July 20 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (6:15 for Networking and Light Refreshments) at the Summerlane Clubhouse 5245 Foxglove Drive, Huntington Beach, CA 92649.

#NoBanNoWall Team Update by Shayna Lathis

Lathis went over the Team’s recent developments on the following areas:

  • SB54 California Values Act
  • Oak View Literacy Training started
  • World Refugee Day June 20
  • Please donate to UNICEF or Save the Children Refugee Relief
  • Signs of white nationalism infographic
  • There next meeting is TBD. For updates and links to their Facebook group please visit their page 

Women’s Rights Team Update by Hayley Buchanan

-We are looking for t-shirt designs to raise funds for our group to support Planned Parenthood and other women’s rights efforts in the community.

-They established three policy areas to help the group focus their research. For full Meeting Minutes visit their page.

-Their next Team Meeting is Sunday July 9 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM 625 Suzy’s House -Taper Drive, Seal Beach, CA 90740.


During the Action Team reports we collected donations to cover the cost of the room. $497 was collected and Bethany deposited it into the HB Huddle bank account. Dispersal of funds will be voted on at the next Steering Team meeting on July 11th. Location will be announced in the Friday newsletter.

Our next meeting is on Sat. July 15th at the Huntington Harbor Yacht Club from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Click here for our Facebook Event  page.

In the meantime here are a couple more quotes from our speakers…

“I’m a momma bear on steroids and I don’t want to see anybody left behind.” -Laura Oatman

For more on Laura visit:

“I’m 100% Bernie.” -Boyd Roberts

For more on Boyd visit:

Sat. June 17: Get To Know Your Congressional Candidates

For a PDF of our event flier click here: HuddleMtgFlier

For a PDF of the agenda click here: 6.17.17 HB Huddle Agenda Final 2.0

Invite friends on Facebook by using our public Facebook Event Page

HuddleMtgFlier-page-001-2.jpgIn the 48th Congressional district, four candidates have formally declared that they will be running against Dana Rohrabacher in the 2018 election. As advocates for informed voters, the HB Huddle is hosting a series of public “Get To Know Your Candidates” events in June & July.

Our June meeting will feature Laura Oatman & Boyd Roberts at Carden Conservatory Elementary School. See full speaker bios below!

Our July meeting will feature Harley Rouda & Tony Zarkades at the Huntington Harbor Yacht Club.

How The Q & A Works

At each meeting candidates will have 10 minutes of speaking time to introduce themselves. The HB Huddle is a community group comprised of five different Action Teams, that each focus on different political issues. After candidate introductions, our Action Teams will have an opportunity to ask each candidate one question about their topic. Candidates will have two minutes to respond to each question from Action Team leaders. After these 10 timed responses, we will then take questions from the audience.

Score Cards

Audience members will receive the following score card to help them take notes and record their own personal reactions to each candidate. We encourage all attendees to share their impressions on social media and keep the notes for their records.

Click Here For PDF of Score Card: Candidate Scorecard (Proposed) 6.8.17

Candidate Scorecard (Proposed) 6.8.17-page-001Speaker Bios: 

Laura Oatman:

A small business owner, mother, and community activist, Laura Oatman has deep roots in Orange County, completing her bachelor’s degree at UC Irvine before receiving her Master’s in Architecture from UCLA, where she met her husband. Laura is a LEED-accredited licensed architect with over 30 years experience designing environmentally-friendly buildings, who started Oatman Architects with her husband which now employs people in the town she has called home for over 40 years. While raising her five children, Laura became active in local community organizations and nonprofits, as well as starting several small businesses including a health and wellness company that has earned multiple accolades.

After the 2016 elections, Laura created OC Progressives, a group of positive, forward-thinking individuals in Orange County who have been shaken by the results of the recent election. The group meets every 3rd Thursday of the month and believes in common sense and compassion. The group was created with three goals in mind: 1) to educate our members on a variety of topics with experts from their respective fields; 2) to provide resources and information on activities that members can further express themselves politically; and 3) to bring like-minded individuals together in a fun and professional way!

Laura is running for Congress in California’s 48th congressional district against Dana Rohrabacher to bring people together and work on common-sense, forward-thinking solutions to Washington DC. Laura will work to make sure we grow our economy with jobs that protect our environment and ensure that healthcare and education is a right for all.

Boyd Roberts:

It is very important that we win big in November 2018.  If, in the lead up to this election, impeachment, Russia, and any number of progressive issues do not appear to be winning issues, how do we make sure that we, never-the-less win in these red districts?  How do we get enough Republicans to vote for Democratic candidates to tip the balance without moderating our views?  I am the author of two ballot measures, which, I believe, will attract large new constituencies of students, millennials, parents, drivers, Republicans and independents to register, vote, and tip the balance for the Democratic candidates up and down the ballot that promote these measures.

I come from a family of teachers and am very passionate about the first measure.  It establishes the right of all Californians to fully access all publicly owned higher education and – without impacting the taxpayer – create a new University of California Online to facilitate this access.  It would dramatically reduce college costs and lessen the need for students to go into so much debt.  See and  for more information.

The second measure would eliminate the collection of tolls on our TollRoads after 20 years.

The November election shook me to my core. I believe that this President represents an existential threat to everything that we hold dear:  our liberty, our freedom, our way of life, everything. I cannot stay silent. I am compelled to act. I am a candidate for California’s 48th Congressional District. I am running to bring bold progressive leadership to the 48th, stand up to, and to impeach this President.

Politically, I am 100% Bernie and will represent the 48th as an unapologetic progressive.  I live in Laguna Beach. In the 48th Congressional District have also lived in Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Fountain Valley. I have a BA from CSUSB in economics, studied at Waseda University in Tokyo, and traveled around the world.  I am a local real estate broker, a student of history, an amateur artist, and the proud father of identical twin sons.

For more information see and


May 20th Meeting Minutes

We had a 63 people in attendance for our third HB Huddle meeting.

Current Huddle members signed-in via our Mail Chimp database and new attendees checked-in by signing up for our weekly newsletter.

We had two guest speakers before sharing Action Team Reports and breaking into small groups for Action Planning Sessions. We collected $515 in donations. We also collected $250 in gift cards to donate to Robyne’s Nest.

Meeting Minutes: 

10:10  Claire opened the meeting,

She welcomed newcomers and went over the agenda handout. Then she introduced Debbie Cook of The Post Carbon Institute.

Cook discussed her experience on HB City Council and why she ran against Dana Rohrabacher. She said that in order for a candidate to have a viable congressional campaign they need three things:passport11834

1) Ability to raise at least $1 million

2) A huge amount of volunteers since there’s such a large number of precincts

3) To be a good candidate (curious and charismatic) & know why your running


“We’re the government.”

                          -Debbie Cook on the need to be vocal at the local level

She reminded everyone in the room that, “we’re the government” and it’s our job to make our reps accountable. She talked about one experience polling voters which yielded surprising results: most people thought Dana was a women. She said that as a candidate you can’t avoid the difficult issues and that immigration is one of the most challenging issues to talk about in Huntington Beach.


When it comes to seeing a Democrat take the 48th seat in 2018, Cook was not optimistic. She encouraged people to work on local elections more, especially at the City Council level. “Get in there for 8 years and then get out,” she said. Then go share that knowledge by getting involved somewhere else.

She said one of most important thing citizens can do is to start attending meetings like City Council and Water District Meetings.


10:38 Claire introduced Kathleen Treseder

Click here to view Climate Change Cheat Sheet

UCI Professor Kathleen Treseder handed out Climate Change cheat sheets. She pointed out the 97% of Climate experts agree that climate change is happening now and that humans make an impact. She said that it’s very unusually for this many scientists to agree on anything and there have been numerous independent data sets from all across the world taken into account.

She said the best way to slow climate change is to reduce green house gas emissions.

“If we have enough power to change the climate, then we have enough power to fix it, and it’s not too late.”

                -Kathleen Treseder on local actions for Climate Change

The US has reduced emissions since 2008 and the goals according to the Paris Agreement is to reduce emission by 27% by 2025.

Then she discussed how the national level is not the only option, we can also regulate emissions at the state, city and household level. California for example has their own pledge that is much more ambitious and cities like San Diego and Los Angeles have signed on to parallel agreements where they commit to limiting emissions at the local level, so far 130 cities have sign-on.

She encouraged the group to interact with City Council to encourage council members to join this sort of agreement. Speaking during public comments at council meetings is a great place to start.


Next she shared a map showing sea-level rise and how HB and Seal Beach would be affected. This is non-partisan issue as it effects all residents. Original predictions showed a rise of 3-6 feet but the state has revised the prediction to 3-10 feet. All the low-land areas shaded blue would be lost, an area that comprises 30% of our beaches. These are all important details to bring to our local elected officials.

So far our current congressional rep denies that Climate Change is happening. Only 0.7% of his votes in congress are pro-environment but among constituents 72% of residents agree that global warming is happening.

She and 15 other UCI profressors went to deliver the letter Rohrabacher to make him acknowledge Climate Change. They received a letter in response that said he wanted a debate about climate change. The professors wouldn’t agree to a debate but they said they’d be happy host a forum about climate change.

Climate Change Cheat Sheet  Climate_change_CA48_v4_full


10:54  Action Team Reports began

Environmental Action Team – Karen Coyne

Karen shared a power point with a little bit of background about the start of the Huddle. She explained that Shawnacy had facilitated the environmental team the first couple months but now she is moving to Iowa, so Karen is looking for support to help her with leading the team.

She showed photos of some of their activites and said that so far they had helped other organizations with their events, like having a booth at Earth Day at the Bay, and th Climate March. During the breakout session they would discuss next steps.

11:03 Health Care Action Team – Christian Machpassport11841

Christian explained how Healthcare is happening on two different fronts. On the national level we are playing defense on Obamacare/The Affordable Care Act. Congress is trying to pass the American Health Care Act/Trump Care and most experts are saying that it won’t pass the senate. On that front it’s important to show democratic senators support to let them know we have their backs.

On the other front SB-562 is leading the way with the Healthy California Act. Two senators from Long Beach and San Diego introduced the bill. Local activists have been canvasing door-to-door in Fullerton, Josh Newman’s district to get the word out as he is undecided. The act is based on the belief that comprehensive healthcare is a human right and would include Dental, Vision, Mental Health, in a Medicare for all model.

He said that private insurance companies will continue to pull out and undermine Obamacare. The bill SB-562 is in the appropriations committee and we need to call our state legislatures to let them know there is a ground swell of support for this.

11:14 #NoBanNoWall Action Team – Shayna Lathis

Aubrey had been facilitating the #NoBanNoWall Team, but Shayna said that she would be leading the group for summer, while she’s not teaching. One of their first goals as a group was to be more informed and each month they are trying to create an info graphic. The first one focused on DACA, and is already on the Huddle website.

The group has also created the Know Your Rights Cards in English & Spanish. They made 500 and handed them out. They also hosted their first film night watched a documentary called “Documented.” They are going to continue to host movie nights like this, which will be announced in the weekly newsletter. “Beatrice At dinner,” with Salma Hayak and Jon Lithgow.passport11844

She said that a few people in the Huddle attended the OVSD meeting and they set a goal to attend more city council meetings. A couple team members are looking to volunteer with the Oakview literacy center. They are also working on a list of local and national organizations and they have a Facebook group which are both on their webpage.

Next info-graphic is going to be focused on various slogans and logos of Alt right…

A member of the Oakview PTA was in the audience and she briefly discussed the recent school board meetings and how there were four times as many supporters in attendance than alt-right activists.

11:19 Women’s Rights Action Team – Sherman 

Sherman said that the group is still getting organized and they were looking into the best way to help support Planned Parenthood on a local level. Cate recommend that the group could volunteer at a Long Beach Pride event coming up were you could march with Planned Parenthood.

11:25 Local Elections Action Team – Cathy & Brendon passport11849

Since they started meeting outside of the Huddle the group has decided to focus on three different areas:

  1. Inform, organize and mobilize the community
  2. Educate, the public about the voting records
  3. Integrate, there are a lot of groups and we don’t want to duplicate, so we decided to focus on Local Elections how can we change City Council,

Local Elections Tagline:

“Advocates for informed voting”

-Local Elections Action Team Slogan


Cathy discussed recent actions of their inform voters subgroup. Some team members have already attended voter registration training and we’d like to have as many Huddle members as possible get trained in order to mobilize voters and help get out the vote. She pointed out that the 40 million people who stayed home are part of the reason why we are in the mess we are in now.

Brendon discussed the education subgroup. He’s said that while lots of other grassroots groups are focused on Dana they are turning their attention to City Council. The group has already conducted extensive research, which is up on our website.  He said if your not into protesting then you can join this research group and contribute from the privacy of your own home. He said that state-wide there are 180 people up for election on 2018.

Cate Hardesty has also set up Code Blue Orange County, which is going be a research set up a database for Google Docs.

Cathy then discussed our plans to become part of the local community by donating to a different local group every quarter starting with Robyne’s Nest. 

The group is also going to facilitate an effort for the HB Huddle to have a constant presence at the HB City Council meetings. We want a rotating group of 5-7 people to consistently attend. We will have sign-up sheets for this at our June meeting.

“We’re from the HB Huddle and we’re watching you”

-Cathy Ryder has a plan for City Council Meetings 🙂

She announced that for our June meeting we will have congressional candidates Laura Oatman & Boyd Roberts. For our July meeting we will have congressional candidates Harley Rouda & Tony Zarkades. We want have all these speakers address the same questions and develop a report card survey for audience members to fill out.

11:35 Financial Report – Bethany Webb

We had a beginning balance of $396 before collecting $515 dollars at Saturdays meeting. At Tuesdays steering meeting the group voted to disperse $175 to Cynthia to reimburse the room rental, $134 to Bethany to reimburse the cost of the business license (we are operating as a business while we work towards non-profit status) and $163 to order more HB Huddle wristbands. This leaves a remaining balance of $439. The steering group also voted to use $350 to cover the cost of the room for June & July meetings. Leaving a remaining balance of $89.

11:40 – 12:40 Action Teams met in break-out groups for planning sessions

The groups also developed questions for Congressional candidates to answer at our next meeting.


Spread The Word! May Meeting!


Here are six ways to help spread the word:

  1. Please fire up your printer and use the PDF below to personally invite three friends to our upcoming meeting on May 20th at 10:00 a.m. 

PDF Version: HuddleMtgFlier

Jpeg: HuddleMtgFlier-page-001

2) RSVP for yourself! The Action Network is our official RSVP source. After you RSVP you will be sent an email with a link to forward to friends. 

Here’s the link to our Action Network event listing:

3) Even if you can’t go to the meeting please visit our Facebook event page and invite local friends. 

Or through our Facebook event page:

4) Write a little note about your experience with the Huddle so far and share the Facebook event on your page or the image of the flier or both.

Here’s a great example of a post that Nikki wrote:

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5) Follow-up if you invite someone and they can’t attend this time please ask them to sign-up for our weekly newsletter to stay informed. We only send one email a week and no spam ever! 

Folks can sign-up for our Weekly Newsletter here…

6) FINAL STEP: Remember to buy a gift card next time you go grocery shopping!

We’re also asking meeting participants to bring a donation for a local charity. This month we are asking folks to bring grocery store gifts card in any amount to donate to Robyne’s Nest.

The mission of Robyne’s Nest is to ensure identified at-risk & homeless students in the Huntington Beach community get the academic, financial, and life skills to complete high school and look to college, trade school or military options.

Grocery Cards, Smart & Final, Stater Bros, Ralph’s, Costco, 99 cent Store or Target cards in any denomination will help the organization purchase bulk food and/or other gift cards as needed and to give directly to students.





Meeting Minutes #2

For our second meeting on Saturday March 11, 2017 we met in the library theater. We had about 100 people in attendance.  The meeting started with Cynthia presenting the results of our volunteer survey and some of the organizational structure and communications strategies agreed upon at the last Stir & Steer meeting. Here is a link to the presentation: 

Next up Oscar and Miguel, two local organizers from Oak View ComUNIDAD discussed how their community came together to fight Rainbow Disposal (here’s an OC Weekly article that tells their story). As a community they have been organizing locally ever since, some of their recent efforts include holding a townhall with HB Police, helping to organize a local march and maintaining a regular presence at HB City Council and planning commission meetings.

Here are links to get in touch with Oak View ComUNIDAD:


Next we broke into five subgroups by issue. Each group was encouraged to establish taglines, group norms and three leadership roles. Here are the reports provided by each breakout group:

1) Local Elections:

Tagline: TBD

Facilitators: Brendon P. and Sandy P.

Recorder: Sarah M.

Communicator: Cate H.

They established the following Purpose/Vision Statements:

-Inform, organize and mobilize Huddle members and the community to support candidates, initiatives and ideals

-Educate the public about the voting records of elected officials and the positions of candidates in meeting ideals

-Integrate with groups that support our purpose in order to maximize impact, influence and action toward achieving goals.

The group proposed several group names but couldn’t decide on one. They will vote on a name and go through the Norm Storm exercise at their next meeting. They established three subgroups to focus on actions in different areas and established a focus for each month:

Subgroup 1: Voter Registration & Engagment
April: Complete voter registration education
May: Coordinate with other groups

Subgroup 2: Outreach to democratic and progressive groups
April: Connect w/ HB Umbrella groups
May: Attend meetings of other groups

Subgroup 3: Community Education & promoting ideals
April: Research local rep
May: Meet with local rep in groups of 3-4 people

2) Health Care Group

Tagline: Healthcare is a human right

Facilitator: Tonya H. (back-ups Christian M. & Isa D.)

Recorder: Janetta S. (back-up Joan P.)

Communicator: Ibi C. (back-up Karen F.)

Introductions around the group

Each member stated their name, number of meetings attended, and reason for attending

Discussion of roles available within the group (the roles listed above were discussed and decided). Janetta & Christian were scheduled to represent the group at the next Stir & Steer meeting. Pass around of new email list for the group in attendance.

Discussion of Norm Storm (review & revise)

This section requires updates – original list will be included shortly. This list only notes items that the group determined required modifications.

  1. Leave as is
  2. Respectful cell phone use
  3. Consensus decision making will be used
  4. Majority decision making will be used
  5. Listen
  6. Leave as is
  7. Leave as is
  8. Leave as is
  9. Leave as is
  10. Leave as is
  11. Leave as is
  12. Leave as is
  13. Leave as is
  14. Leave as is
  15. Remove “okay to meddle”
    1. Flexible with ambiguity
    2. Comfortable with ambiguity
      1. Ambiguity is a good word because the administration moves so quickly and it can be difficult to keep up with changes, and ambiguity is a natural response
    3. Leave as is
    4. Leave as is
    5. Leave as is
    6. Leave as is
    7. Leave as is
    8. Leave as is
    9. Leave as is
    10. Remove this item
    11. Leave as is
    12. Leave as is
    13. Leave as is
    14. Leave as is
      1. Communicate with other people

Discussion of norm storm following list review

Q: Will the norm storm be included on the HB Huddle website?

A: That is unclear at this time

This can be presented at the Stir & Steer committee meeting on Tuesday, March 14th.

Q: Will there be subpages for each huddle group on the HB Huddle website?

A: We believe so, but that will be answered at stir & steer meeting

Isa volunteered to remodel the norm structure for our next meeting

Entire group agreed that the list should be condensed

Emily suggests that the norms are an outline of basic respect guidelines, and the list can be condensed as such

Christian offered to make the norm list a signed agreement

C: All of the subgroups should have the same set of norms

Communication discussion

Are you able to jump from group to group?

Yes; Be respectful of the expectations that you may have in one group if you plan to switch between them

How we will get in contact with one another?

Email is the easiest form of communication for the time being

Do we know how many members of our subgroup are not active on Facebook or on the website?

Who would use Facebook for the ACA group? 13 people

Who would be interested in using the website? 14 people

Would anyone like help in creating a Facebook page? Minimal response. No one asked for help.

Is anyone interested in having access to a generic Facebook page? No

Suggestion to have the website have a page for each sub-committee which includes links to all meeting minutes, resources, and sub-committee calendar

Discussion of group tagline

Current: “Repeal the Repealers” Opened the tagline to suggestions from group

  • Mercy not Malice
  • Healthcare is a Human Right
  • Healthcare for All
  • Affordable Healthcare for America
  • Affordable Healthcare for All
  • Medicare for All
  • Affordable & Quality Healthcare for All
  • Congressional Healthcare for All
  • Refine not Repeal
    • Greta brings up a new point that the current Obamacare plan may stay in place due to disagreement amongst the parties
  • Would like to see a tagline that suggests that the universality of our group work
  • Would like to include the word access
  • Would like to include affordability

Survey has been sent out through Survey Monkey and will end Monday at 11:45 pm (the group voted for the tagline listed on the top).

General discussion

Q: Is this group focused on a political solution (remove representatives), or is the group focused on advocacy?

A: The group came to a consensus that the group will focus its energy on the determined most emergent need, and the required actions for such

Mention of SB562: universal healthcare; local healthcare measure for California


Discussion of where to focus the group’s energy first: Fight on national level? Fight on local level?

Group decides to focus both on local and national level of healthcare with the same level of priority

The topic was closed due to time constraints, but there still seems to be some disagreement amongst the group as to how to prioritize

Timeline goal review

Review of February goals from last meeting


  • Letter writing campaign
    • American Medical Association, Attorneys – getting allies
    • Constituents and large organizations can impact representative votes
    • Create letter template for Medicare
  • Compose a list of representatives who voted against the ACA
  • Phone Calls/ Postcards
    • Keep calling representatives and senators
    • Phone banking
  • Disseminate list of name of GOP representatives
  • Meet as a small group huddle to work together to save ACA/Healthcare
  • Don’t get quiet – Let people know what you think
  • Communications Strategy
    • Have an ACA expert explain the policy
    • Releasing factual information on social media regarding healthcare
    • Powerful imagery – Infographics
  • Communicating with major insurance companies
  • Self-education on ACA

New Goal Suggestions/Discussions

  • Would like to be more educated about SB562
  • Medicare for all group has information about the SB562 action
    • Could we have someone come talk to us and elaborate on the initiative
    • Who are the senators that support it – Lara and Adkins
  • Suggestion to call Dana Rohrabacher’s office everyday
    • 202-225-2415
    • 714-960-6483
  • Don’t defund planned parenthood
  • Letters to the editor, rather than to the newspaper’s office
    • Open letters

Updated Timeline


  • Phone Call/Postcards
    • Continue communication
  • Group Huddle Meeting
  • Submit editorial to local newspapers on importance of ACA
  • Host meetings/open forums to discuss ACA
  • Educate public on important aspects of ACA and how to create positive changes
  • Begin social media campaign
    • YouTube
    • Twitter
    • Facebook
  • Meet with economy expert regarding ACA
  • Get information about SB-562


  • Schedule an event with ACA expert
  • Continue ACA education campaign on social media
  • Phone Calls/Postcards
  • March (Join the March for Science)

3) #NoBanNoWall

Tagline: United, fight together

Facilitator: Lexi

Recorder/Communicator: Aubrey R. (with help from Misty, Shayna, Tammy and Dan)

Stir & Steer Reps:  Aubrey, Tammy and Dan

Norms – We discussed norms of the group. Some examples:

  • Make decisions through majority
  • Stay respectful
  • No triangulation
  • Free to express ourselves and free to say “I don’t know.”

Claire will reprint posters for our next whole-group huddle meeting. Aubrey reviewed previous two meetings and our discussion since there was a large group. Will resend notes from last meeting and list of partnerships.

Oscar and Miguel discussed Oak View Communidad work and what we can do:

  • During deportation scares act as rapid response team

If anything happens, have knowledge of who to go to, who to call, ICE office number, making phone calls

Oscar will send information so we can educate ourselves and others

  • Santa Ana Jail is basically holding cell for detainees

They do jail visits and provide information on legal representations/help finding lawyers

  • Continue to push pressure on City Council about these issues

Two weeks ago ICE meet with HBPD and agreed won’t meddle unless felony or serious drug charges. Because work with HBPD, crime has decreased because there is no fear to report to PD

Action Item for April/May

  • Attend city council meetings to have presence there
  • Agendas are posted 72 hours before meeting. If there is an issue we are concerned about, we’ll send out an email to group to come up with message to have a meeting.
  • Still important to have presence even if not discussed at meeting
  • Talk to Stir&Steer about having t-shirts or hats made to indicate our presences without talking.
  • Next city council meeting: Tuesday, March 14

Discussion of importance of letting larger group know about what we’re doing and vice versa.

Discussion about importance of being educated and know what to say when having the contentious discussions.

Second action item for April/May

  • Create infographic(s) with information about immigration so we can be armed with facts
  • Everyone should research at least two things about immigration to include and we will discuss at next meeting.

Oscar also mentioned organization called “Border Angels” which goes out to the desert and drops off water bottles. (Something for us to look into and do a visit to do)

We purchased 500 Know Your Rights Cards ($43). We have about 150 left!

Events to look out for:

  • May 1 Immigration March in Downtown Santa Ana
  • March 22 7pm-9pm Living Ubuntu is hosting Introduction to Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises, which helps those who suffer trauma (possible way to help refugees, victims of raids, etc.) (Shawnacy from Environment group shared)
  • Event info:
  • March 25 – Rally at the Border – Cheryl discussed this at last week’s meeting. It’s in two weeks. We had discussed doing our next meeting then, but if there is a greater interested to drive down there and attend this, let me know:
  • Event info:

Next meeting: March 25, 2017. Place and time TBD. If anyone has ideas about where to meet, please let Aubrey know.

4) Environment

Tagline: TBD

Facilitator: Shawnacy P. (with help from Hoang and Karen)

Recorder: Mischa

Communicator: Karen will attend Stir & Steer and Shawnacy will maintain email list

We’ll have a table at the earth day back bay event. Here’s a pic with event specifics:
We’re doing a coloring project (possibly coloring postcards) and some bracelets for kids to make.
As far as the climate March, we have people making calls to ask for food and raffle item. Donations, people handing out and posting flyers, and were going on Friday night to help with food prep. The March itself is from 2-4 on Saturday, April 29. See image below for details:

5) Women’s Rights (WRMF)

Tagline: Women’s Rights Moving Forward

Facilitator: Sharman H.

Recorder: Hayley B.

Communicator: Suzy H.

Action items




Make calls to congress. All members Next meeting (TBA) In progress
Bring talking points to discuss. All members Next meeting (TBA) In progress
Sign up on Planned Parenthood Website. All members Next meeting (TBA) In progress
Donate to local OC Planned Parenthood. All members Next meeting (TBA) In progress
Keep educated on Woman’s Rights (refer to list of websites). All members Next meeting (TBA) In progress
Watch “She’s Beautiful When She Is Angry” on Netflix. All members Next meeting (TBA) In progress
Give yourself a pat on the back! All members Next meeting (TBA) In progress



Here’s a rough agenda for our upcoming meeting on Saturday March 11.

We’ll be meeting in the HB Central Library Theater from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The room’s capacity is 300 so we should be much more comfortable than last time. We’ll have microphones and audio visual equipment. To cover the cost of the room we are asking for cash donations. (We are in the process of opening up a bank account so that in the future we’ll be able to take checks and cards but for now we have to accept cash.)


-To lay out the groundwork the steering committee has set for how we’ll function as a larger group

-To organize subgroup communications and firm up proposed actions from the last meeting

-To walk away with specific commitments for group, subgroup and individual actions


  1. Get settled & Sign-ins 9:30-9:35
  2. Welcome Exercise/Check-In 9:35-9:40
  3. Cyn’s Welcome & Stir & Steer Report 9:40-9:50
  4. Guest Speaker: Oscar Rodriguez from Oak View ComUNIDAD 9:50-10:00
  5. Subgroup Breakout Sessions 10:00-11:00
  6. Huddle Up: Breakout Group Reports 11:00-11:25
  7. Treasurer Update: Bethany Webb 11:25-11:30
  8. Schedule Our Next Meeting/Announcements 11:30-11:40
  9. End In Action: Accountability Pledge 11:40-11:50

 AFTER PARTY! Sort of…

March 11th is also the launch of the ACLU’s new platform There are “Resistance Training” events being held all over the country the same day as our meeting. Suzy from our Huddle has graciously offered to host this one hour training session at her home, which is right by the library!

After our Huddle meeting we will have a brief break so people can grab a quick lunch and then we’ll head over to the house (address will be released at the meeting). We need to be at her house by 1:30 PM and then the training broadcast will be from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

We hope you can make it!