Kevin Lourens

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Kevin Lourens


Kevin Lourens has since 2015 been involved in a multitude of progressive efforts across several campaigns and issues. I co-founded Tritons for Bernie at UC San Diego in 2015 which would phonebank into multiple states, and canvass in two. For San Diego City Council, I was a UCSD Field Organizer for Barbara Bry in 2016, and this past Primary a Volunteer Coordinator for Joe LaCava in my home district. It was an honor to be Field Director this year for Sarah Davis for Assembly in my district. I've knocked on thousands of doors in and around my community, becoming more connected to my neighbors. It is through these conversations that I know there are seniors in my community living on fixed incomes with abusive landlords. It is through these conversations I know UCSD students (65% of whom are on financial aid) in the area cram themselves into "luxury" apartments to afford to live and go to school here. It is this experience that has led me to support rent control, prioritize affordable housing over luxury, and support single payer healthcare.

However, as every progressive knows, not every Democrat works to alleviate class struggle, much less support these issues. This is what prompted me to first run and win election for my position as a Delegate in 2017 and again in 2019. Since then I have worked to hold elected officials and candidates accountable with my position. I supported a progressive Black woman in Kimberly Ellis for both of her campaigns for Chair who would strive for a reformed, fairer and more democratic Party. And I continue to expect our local electeds to strive for progressive change, be it the Costa-Hawkins Act's repeal, Prop 13 reform, and a Green New Deal.[1]

Public Facebook Group

Members of the DSA San Diego - North County Branch public Facebook Group - January 13 2021 included Kevin Lourens.

Troublemakers Slate

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Margot Tenenbaum is with David Hildebrand and Manuel Zapata, Jaci Lyn Iannello, Zach Denney, Ben Hauck, Timothy Cotran, Brandon Harami, Katie Chan, Amar Shergill, Kevin Lourens, Karen Bernal, Bill Lackemacher, Regina Banks, Fatima Iqbal-Zubair, Ricardo Franco. . April 2 2021·

Register NOW for TONIGHT’S campaign launch for The Troublemakers Slate for California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus Officers! Featuring special guests Congressmember Ro Khanna, Chair Emeritus Karen Bernal, and a *potential* cameo by none other than our very own Mascot of the Revolution™️, COMRADE MOCHI!

Officers

San Diego Progressive Democratic Club

Jean-Huy Tran May 1 2020 ·

This team of Progressive Dem running the general meeting with 55 participants on Zoom! Cause we can, BOOM! — attending May 11th, 2020 General Meeting Via Zoom with Naomi Miller and Tiffany Nichole, Kevin Lourens, Dan Castillo, David Wright, Kate Bishop, Ria Otero, Mary Sorrell at San Diego Progressive Democratic Club.

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Also on the meeting were Lynn Powell, Kelly King.

Executive Board

The following individuals are serving as the California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus’s executive board for the 2019-2021 term.

Standing for AD 78

In 2019 Kevin Lourens stood from AD 78 for the California Democratic Party Central Committee.

Growing up with ASD and ADHD, I knew that I was different. Being bullied for my difference instilled in me a sense of justice which would lead me into the political realm. Since the day I walked into a praying 4th grade class on 9/11, I noticed growing up how the consequent war and foreign intervention only seemed to beget violence and destabilization without ever solving the problems that had bred terrorism. Only civilian and American casualties. This was not just.

In 2007, there was light. Like many millennials I was drawn by the candidacy of Barack Obama who spoke of hope, and ending these wars. I couldn’t foresee the troop surge, or an ACA with which millions of working people remained uninsured and CEOs profited. I was unsure that things could improve until Bernie Sanders’ candidacy.

This was the first time I really got involved. I co-founded Tritons for Bernie at UC San Diego, which would phonebank into multiple states, and canvass in two. There were real battles to fight on the ground against the GOP as well. For San Diego City Council, I was a UCSD Field Organizer for Barbara Bry. I knocked on thousands of doors, becoming more confident over my social anxiety with every smile and “yes.” We fought for fair wages and a cleaner environment.

Trump’s rise pushed me to run in the 2017 AD-78 ADEMs and change the California Democratic Party. I supported a progressive woman of color in Kimberly Ellis for Chair who would strive for a reformed, fairer and more (d)emocratic Party. I co-sponsored resolutions including the abolishment of the Electoral College and support of fair justice in Israel & Palestine. Many victories were won in 2018, but not enough. Costa-Hawkins’ repeal, Prop 13 reform, and a Green New Deal are in the offing.

I am running once again to represent the 78th as an Assembly District Delegate. With this responsibility, I plan to author resolutions and platform additions myself. I hope to work on democratization of power over the UC and CSU systems. I plan to apply for the Resolution & Platform Committees and ensure the most progressive proposals are prioritized. Finally, I will endorse the most progressive & viable candidates who will reflect the values I have spent these years fighting to advance.[2]

"Progressive" Kimberly Ellis supporters

Andrew Scot Becker May 20, 2017:

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✊✊✊ #KimberlyIsWithUs ✊✊✊ — with Terry Schanz, Orlando Fuentes, Alan Haffa, Kimberly Ellis, Maria Estrada, Kerri Asbury, Andres Ramos, Eric Sunderland, Phillip Kim, Derek S. Matthews, Joyce L.Childs, Alex Barrios, Karen Bernal, Amy Champ, Becky Chavez, Maria Grijalva, Brandon Harami, Amar Shergill, Kevin Lourens and Desiree Bates Rojas at Sacramento Convention Center Complex.

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