View recording of February 18 forum featuring Sean Dugar– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flL5EW-2Vwc

Resources:  Video recordings recent forums:

Feb 4, 2021–  Oakland Education Town Hall

January 21, 2021– The Road from Red to Blue–Lessons from the 2020-21 Elections in Georgia

Who we are:

The John George Democratic Club is based in Oakland/Berkeley, California, USA and was founded in 1989. Our goal is to keep the progressive spirit of John George alive. John was the first African-American elected to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. For over 30 years John George worked tirelessly to improve the plight of people of all races and cultures, seeking peace and justice from West Oakland to South Africa. The Club was founded shortly after he died.

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Club Goals:

  • Promote and perpetuate the ideals espoused by John George
  • Build an ongoing electoral vehicle for both progressive candidates and issues in the East Bay.
  • Work within the Democratic Party to influence its policy regarding the concerns and rights of those who have been historically disenfranchised.
  • Provide a forum to stimulate interest in governmental affairs and other issues of interest to the membership.
In 1978, John George was the first African American elected to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.  He served for over 10 years as the voice of conscience on the Board, emerging as the leading proponent of the health care, welfare, and workers’ rights of all County citizens. He was an early activist in the struggle for civil rights and affirmative action.  He was also a long-time leader in the local Anti-Apartheid movement.  The John George Democratic Club was founded in his memory and in an effort to keep his voice and vision alive in the Democratic Party.


Co-chairs – Sandra J. Johnson and Walter Riley

Recorder/Newsletter Editor – Jack Lucero Fleck

Treasurer – Phyllis White Ayanruoh

Parliamentarian – Robert Raich



Political Action – Gay Cobb

Program & Ed. – Laurie Soman

Membership – Sandra J. Johnson

Please let us know if you would like to join us on the steering committee!

John George Democratic Club * P.O. Box 18802* Oakland, CA * US * 94619 

Email:  jgdc@igc.org   FPPC# 1300471

More resources:

Why we need to defund the police–seven minute talk by James Burch at the Climate Emergency Mobilization summit, July 24, 2020

Here is a video of the Club’s June 27 forum. about virtual voting and campaigning in 2020

Candidate Forum–18th AD primary

Please be sure your dues are paid for 2021 so you can receive a ballot to vote for the Club endorsement! Dues must be paid or postmarked by May 18. You can pay online here, or mail to PO Box 18802, Oakland,CA 94619.

Club Forum:

                                                  The Road from Red to Blue: Lessons from the 2020-21 Elections in Georgia Please see Video of the Forum Here January 23, 2021 Featuring speakers including former Club members & Engaged…

2019 John George Social Justice Awards

To purchase tickets, please click here  Previous Events: ************************************************************************************Join us for a club forum: “Police Accountability:  What Needs to be Done to Make the Oakland Police Commission Effective?”   Tuesday, February 26, 2019 5:30 – 6:30 PM West Oakland Library 1801 Adeline Street, Oakland   Speakers   Walter Riley, Attorney, JGDC Co-Chair Darwin Bond Graham,…

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