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Why It’s Important to Take a Stand

Why It’s Important to Take a Stand

An Open “Thank You” Letter to CCR Members

by Peter Coe Verbica, President
California Congress of Republicans (“CCR”)

Whatever your party, chances are you admire those who take a stand for what they believe.  One of the most notable examples is Winston Churchill, a Brit.  The specter of Nazi Germany seemed unstoppable, and Blitzkriegs rolled through France, the Netherlands, and Belgium.  In the face of the Axis’ aggression, Churchill eloquently urged his countrymen to:

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

Gandhi took a stand against imperialism; Martin Luther took a stand against discrimination; Reagan took a stand against Communism; Washington, Madison, Adams, Jefferson, Franklin all took a stand against an oppressive monarchy.  Christ took a stand against orthodoxy.  On June 5, 1989, an anonymous student stared down a tank in Tiananmen Square.  Lincoln took a stand against slavery.  Anthony, Stone and Stanton took a stand on the right of a woman to vote.

As I say, chances are you admire those who take a stand for what they believe in.  As a member of the California Congress of Republicans (“CCR”) — through one of our statewide chapters — you are taking a stand.  CCR holds particular prominence in the landscape of California Republican politics: we are one of those rare organizations officially chartered by the California Republican Party (“CRP”).  Therefore, we are a powerful voice.  Whether you’re a member of the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition, Republicans of River City (Sacramento County), Republican Club at the Villages, East Valley Congress of Republicans, Santa Clarita Valley Congress of Republicans, Orange County Congress of Republicans, Republican Club of Ocean Hills, Hemet-San Jacinto Congress of Republicans, or others, you’re taking a stand.

At CCR, we may think differently than the CRP.  We’re independent and operate outside its structure.  At our 2018 Endorsing Convention, we backed a number of statewide candidates who didn’t receive the endorsement of the CRP.  In the primaries, we endorsed a different candidate for Governor, a different candidate for Lieutenant Governor, a different candidate for Treasurer, a different candidate for Attorney General, as examples.  In the primaries, we endorsed candidates whom our delegates felt were more representative of our state’s changing demographics.  We backed a populist candidate rather than one who was better bankrolled.  We’re a different voice.  We’re willing to take a stand.  As CCR members, your delegates and officers speak for you.

Poets revere and immortalize those who take a stand.  Tennyson’s “The Charge of the Light Brigade” is one shining example:

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wondered.
Honour the charge they made!

And, as a member of one our statewide chapters, you are a part of that stand.  For that, on behalf of our Board, and our organization, we want to say, “thank you.”  You can bet that we’ll be at the 2019 California Republican Convention in Sacramento, so be sure to look for us.  With your help in continuing to keep CCR vibrant and viable, you’re ensuring that our glory will not fade.  Next time you look in the mirror, don’t be bashful.  Congratulate yourself!

Like those in history whom you admire, you’re taking a stand.

Safwan Shah to Keynote the 2018 Endorsing Convention

Safwan Shah to Keynote the 2018 Endorsing Convention

The California Congress of Republicans will hold their Endorsing Convention in Aptos on April 7th. Candidates running for the U.S. Senate, Statewide offices, Board of Equalization, and the State Legislature will be considered for endorsement.

CCR is also pleased to highlight their keynote speaker, Safwan Shah, Founder and CEO of PayActiv. His topic will be “Economic Freedom: Helping Americans Escape the Debt Spiral.”

“Entrepreneur, tech innovator, visionary, author of an upcoming book on compassionate capitalism, mentor and change-maker, Safwan Shah is the Founder and CEO of PayActiv, a Silicon Valley company that helps businesses offer socially responsible financial wellness to their employees.

Safwan’s mission through PayActiv is to empower financially stressed, lower income workers with the knowledge and tools to achieve financial resilience. Today, PayActiv’s invention of timely access to earned wages, without incurring any debt, is deployed nationwide by numerous American businesses, including Walmart. Barron’s magazine described this invention as a way to increase the velocity of money in an economy. The newest invention of PayActiv is the Financial Stability Account or FSA, offered in partnership with banks. The FSA is an intelligent way for hourly workers to allocate and budget the units of time they have worked and start building assets.

Safwan’s last job was at TSYS after they acquired Infonox in 2009, a payments company he founded and bootstrapped. His previous stints include being an AI and Neural Networks researcher at a NASA Center where a number of his experiments were part of the US space program.

Besides science and entrepreneurship, Safwan has also taught at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley and Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz. Safwan is a graduate of the distinguished Stanford Executive Program (SEP’09) and has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering (1994) from University of Colorado at Boulder.”

Click here to learn more about the 2018 Endorsing Convention.

Welcome Message from Peter Coe Verbica

Welcome Message from Peter Coe Verbica

Dear CCR Members, Chapters, Officers, Board Members and Friends:

This is the first in a series of expected updates I will provide to our CCR team. Feel free to send me news that you would like included in future reports.

Communication and Teamwork

As your President, I would like to thank you for your continued support this year; we have had two stellar Board meetings with valued speakers, including the Hon. Jim Brulte, our CRP Chairman, Hon. Assemblyman Vince Fong (R-District 34), Gubernatorial candidate John Cox, Economist and U.S. Congressional Candidate, Sean Flynn, and many others.

We continue to communicate our message that CCR, chartered by the CRP, helps identify, bring forward and endorse STATEWIDE candidates through our candidates’ endorsement convention.  Stay tuned for the next one coming up in the Spring of 2018.

If you are a chapter president or CCR member through one of our California chapters, be sure to keep us informed as to the best way that we can reach you, especially via email.  Please visit this link to provide current contact information. Thank you for letting us know what is happening with your chapter.  Thank you, also, to those who have followed CCR on social media.

You will find that our message to CCR members continues to be that, despite our diversity of ideas, California Republicans are strongest when we work together as a team.

California Congress of Republicans (“CCR”) Leaps Forward!

CCR leaps forward to push a powerful Republican platform and build new chapters, including the soon-to-be debuted Orange County Congress of Republicans Chapter!

Hon. Anna Bryson will serve as the Orange County Chapter’s President and Hon. Bill Evers will serve as the Vice-President, selecting notable speakers.  Ms. Bryson served as the President of the Board of Trustees of the Capistrano Unified School District for eight years; Capistrano is the eighth largest school district in the State; she also served as President of the Orange County Federation of Republican Women; Co-Chair for the Bush-Cheney Reelection effort, helping to produce the highest voter turn-out for any county nationwide; Woman of the Year for the 73rd Assembly District by Assemblywoman Pat Bates; Worker of the Year for the Orange County Federation of Republican Women; Assistant Treasurer for the Orange County Republican Party; and, is the only woman to every have been Board Chair of Budget and Expenditures for the CRP.

Hon. Bill Evers brings a wealth of experience to the organization as well; he served as Assistant Secretary of Education and was in charge of schools in Iraq on behalf of President George W. Bush.  He also serves as a Research Fellow at the prestigious Hoover Institution; oversaw the education policy plan for President-elect Donald Trump; and has published in many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, LA Times, and Orange County Register.

Identifying, Reaching out and Endorsing Statewide Political Candidates

A number of extraordinarily qualified CCR Chapter members are stepping forward to run for statewide political offices.  CCR appreciates the “good fight” ALL Republican candidates make to succeed in our State.  More information on this important topic will be released as CCR approaches its candidate endorsement convention in the Spring of 2018.

SPARC Speakers

Congratulations to the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) for garnering extraordinary speakers this past year, including Gubernatorial candidates Travis Allen and John Cox, Secretary George Shultz, Hon. Tom Campbell, CISCO’s John Chambers, State Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-District 16), and many others.  The ever-popular SPARC picnic at the Morgan Manor was well-attended thanks to the hard work of the SPARC Board and President Timur Engin.

Palo Alto Republican Women Federation (PARWF)

Speaking before the PARWF at the University Club in Palo Alto was a distinct pleasure.  Efforts are underway to grow the organization and prepare it for the next generation, as Silicon Valley marches forward.  Speaker-coordinator, Gini Kimsey, was the epitome of grace and hospitality.

Hemet San Jacinto Congress Chapter

Yours truly looks forward to helping officiate the December meeting of the Hemet Chapter, led by President Robin Lowe.  Her Chapter is hosting Ruth Weiss in October to speak about the Election Integrity Project.

Republicans of River City (Sacramento County) – CCR’s Founding Chapter

President Carl Burton (former CCR President) reports good things happening with the new citizens’ ceremonies and his Chapter.  His Chapter also reaches out with booths at county fairs, senior citizen health fairs, farmers’ markets and community festivals.  He looks forward to trading great ideas and comparing notes in Anaheim.  You will also see him at events in neighboring counties, including Yuba, Yolo and Amador.  Carl also puts out a regular listing of Republican events in the Central Valley area.

Tribute to Fred Hildebrand

The CCR family lost one of our founding members on September 22nd. Fred Hildebrand will always be remembered as a stalwart Republican who had the best interests of the party at heart. In a tribute to his friend and fellow River City Republican, Chair Carl Burton said, “Fred and his wife Patricia devoted many hours to our party and Republican candidates. He was a staunch worker. Fred and Patty were married for over 60 years and are remembered as a fabulous couple who attended many political events together throughout Northern California. Patricia was an administrative law judge who read the verdict in the Patty Hearst trial.”

A Celebration of Life will take place on December 23, which we believe was Fred’s birthday. We will post more details on this site as they become available.

Republican Club of Ocean Hills (San Diego Chapter)

President Barbara Hazlett (San Diego Chapter) reports that Summer Stephan, the San Diego County District Attorney, will be the upcoming keynote speaker on Oct. 18, 2017 at the Broken Yoke Café, 12 Noon lunch; speaker talk begins at 1:15 pm.  Ms. Stephan’s talk will be on “Public Safety Priorities for San Diego County.”

For more information on what’s happening with your local CCR chapters, be sure to go to our new website and click on the “Chapters’ Blog.” Directors may add content to this blog on the Directors page, including meeting announcements, press releases, and other news you’d like to share with website visitors. This page is password protected to make sure that only our CCR team will be adding content. Please send me an email if you’d like to add content yourself, and I will send you the password. You may also submit your updates directly to me at

Cal GOP Convention – Anaheim

If you are headed to the 2017 Cal GOP Convention in Anaheim on October 20-22, please be sure to introduce yourself!  Our CCR Board meeting will be on October 21, 2017 at 2 pm.  For more details, feel welcome to email me directly.

Thanks, as always, for letting me be of service.  More news on more of our Chapters soon!

Go Republicans!