Our club had another strong contingent in this year's Cinco de Mayo Parade in Gardena. Neal Kleiner, carrying his signs above, joined us both to support our causes and to promote his campaign for the Los Angeles Unified School District Board.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters, representing Gardena and much of South L.A., enjoyed riding in the parade in a beautiful Model T roadster.
Maxine, one of the most progressive members of Congress, has really enjoyed being in the majority after the Republicans' "moral majority" shut the Democrats out of the legislative process for 12 years. After the successful "First 100 Days" of the new Congress in which the Democrats pushed through their election pledges, the Republicans are now participating fully in the legislative agenda, as it was in the previous two centuries of our country's history. Maxine is still fighting for our agenda, since a Democratic majority does not necessarily translate into a progressive majority in Congress and since President Bush has been thumbing his nose at every Congressional attempt to get our troops out of the Civil War in Iraq. Maxine went on to give important speeches at other Cinco de Mayo events in the Southland.
Former Mayor Don Dear, now President of the West Basin Municipal Water District, once again enjoyed riding in the parade in a beautiful hot rod, acknowledging the cheers of the crowd lining the parade route.
Universal Health Care for EVERY Californian, and for every American, was once again a main focus of our contingent in the Parade, along with getting our troops safely out of Iraq and other Democratic issues.
Club President Dan Medina emceed the festivities at Mas Fukai Park following the Parade. Here Dan is preparing to introduce the Cinco de Mayo Queen and her Princesses.
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