La Jolla Democratic Club Newsletter

August 2018

The LJDC Annual Picnic and Poetry Slam at Crown Point Park
Sunday, August 19, 2018
5:00 pm – Expected heat dictates the party start at 5:00 pm 
Come enjoy the annual LJDC picnic and poetry slam, along with a discussion of issues that the National, State and Local Democratic Party should be standing for in the Midterm Elections.  Everyone is urged to bring their favorite issues and poem.
The Club is furnishing the main dish, beer, wine, sodas, plates, utensils, cups, napkins, chairs, pop-up tent, tables, and a speaker system.  The rest is potluck from the members. Come early and stay late! Beach chairs optional.

Directions: Take Mooreland east off of Crown Point Drive–the parking lot is to the left as you drive in.  We’ll have the pop up in front of the gazebos by the bay front.

crown point

  • Wednesday, August 15, 6:00 – 7:30 pm – Gun Violence Summit. Malcolm X Library, 5146 Market St, 92114. Panel discussion with students and first responders.
  • Sunday, August 19, 2018 – LJDC Annual Picnic/Poetry Slam. 
  • Saturday, September 8, 2018 – March and Rally for Climate Mobilization. Thousands of San Diegans will stand with climate advocates worldwide for this global day of action ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. A call for a #FossilFree world and a just and rapid transition to 100% clean energy. Details of the event (including time and location) are coming soon!
  • Sunday, September 9, 2018 – LJDC Monthly Meeting – 2 – 4:30 pm
    Guest speakers include Ammar Campa-Najjar, 50th district congressional candidate, and Southwestern College philosophy teacher and folk musician Peter Bolland. (Campa-Najjar majored in political science and philosophy and Bolland was his philosophy instructor.)
  • Sunday, September 16, 2018 – Meet and Greet/Orientation for new Members – 11:30 am – 1 pm
    All members and interested parties are welcome to a Pot-luck Brunch to learn more about the Club and each other. At White Sands Community Room, 7450 Olivetas Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037 RSVP to get details on directions and parking. Send questions and RSVP to Carolyn Shadle at or Rita-Lim-Wilby at

Members Out And About

Support Labor Unions – Where to shop?
Nate Fairman
referred to this webpage in his labor presentation last meeting
and another for travelers

LJDC Members are encouraged to sign up to be Precinct Walkers.
Check out the San Diego Democratic party volunteer sign up page.

LJDC’s Register to Vote table at the La Jolla Farmers Market on Sundays, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm. Charlane Brown and Jim Evans have volunteered thus far, but more members are needed to sign up for a shifts to staff the LJDC table (1 hour or more, one Sunday/month or more). And someone is also needed to manage the shift schedule and share it by email. Charlane Brown who lives a 1/2 block from the Farmers Market location will store the card table and have it available for pickup each Sunday morning at 8. For more info call Derek Casady at 858-457-0246‬.



The Minutes
by Mary Lu Brandwein
July 22, 2018

The General Meeting of the La Jolla Democratic Club was called to order July 22, 2018 around 2:00p.m. by Derek Casady, President. The meeting was held as usual in the Community Room of the AMC La Jolla 12 Theater.

Derek welcomed all present, members, visitors and new members.
John Meyers, our poet laureate started the meeting with a poem and a song.
The speaker for the meeting was Nate Fairman, labor leader and business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 465, and did a presentation of Labor Unions 101. All you have ever wanted to know.
Nancy Casady presented the Treasurer’s Report.

August 19th Picnic in lieu of the August General Meeting starts at 2 p.m. at Crown Point Shores Park. Pot luck with club furnishing the usual.

Democratic cruise next year.

July 24th, Tuesday, 9-12, Board of Supervisors on Voter Security.

Call State Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins, at 916-651-4039 and ask her to vote “No!” on the confirmation of County Sheriff Bill Gore to the Board of State and Community Corrections.

August 7, 2018, Tuesday, PDA Criminal Justice Forum: “The System is Failing.Without criminal justice there is no justice for anyone.” For Info:

Marcia Bookstein’s Bookshelf

Here are three highly recommended books.

1. The first is “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn. Beautifully written, it gives you the history of what’s not written in the history books from high school. From the murderous rampages and trickery of Christopher Columbus’ people to the trajectory-changing election of 2000, Zinn takes us on a fascinating journey through our history. Not pretty, but you just can’t look away. In order to change the present in the future, you need to know where you come from. This book will tell you everything you need to know and more. A long but engrossing read.

2. At present I’m just finishing “Reporter,” by Seymour Hersh. I love this book. What a brave and energetic person. He follows a lead and will not let go until he finds his man or woman. (For the My Lai story it’s men he’s after.) When he finds him he’ll knock on the door at two a.m. and someone will answer and want to talk to him! I wouldn’t answer the door at two a.m. The reason they want to talk is because he’s done his research beforehand and knows enough to make the other person want to spill as many beans as possible. What’s fascinating is the reaction of the executive editor at The New York Times. How reluctant he was to put some of this stuff in print. Often Hersh would have to get another entity to publish first. It’s incredible the lengths Hersh would go through to get to the truth, and amazing how, if it wasn’t what was thought to be the truth in the general public, the reluctance to print would be nearly insurmountable. Makes me look at that “newspaper of note” with different eyes. This is a super story and not to be missed. One thing: he sounds like a reporter! This might be a turn-off for some. But this book is a must-read.

3. I’ve read 119 pages of Thomas Piketty’s book, “Capital in the 21st Century.” I started to read this book to help with my insomnia. Economics! What could be more boring, using up lots of brain glucose and putting me into a delicious slumber? Wrong. It’s fascinating, and kept me up way past my bedtime. Difficult for me, for sure. (At UCLA I took Econ 101. After one class and not understanding a single word except for “the” and “and” I gave up. Flash forward a bit more than thirty years and I’m thinking, “I’m not giving up on myself!” I started with The Worldly Philosophers.) OK, full disclosure: I’m still not sure what alpha equals r times beta means. Did I get that correct? Piketty looks at every aspect of wealth and income, private and public, mostly comparing the US, France and Britain, and this is why his book is over 500 pages long and I’ll be reading it into 2020. But what an important book! Now I know how wealth inequality happens (it’s math!) and how potentially devastating it is for a society. He adds in wealth in literature, and the picture is complete. If you can understand it. Apparently this is in the top ten of the most bought, started, and never finished books. But it is super-important to try to understand what we’ll be fighting against for a very long time. And the fight against the super-wealthy is essential. I will tell you why next time in a fabulous and short book by the most decorated war hero this country has ever seen.


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It’s Time to Renew Your La Jolla Democratic Club Membership for 2018.
The LJDC membership year runs from January-December.  Please use the Membership Form to renew. You can send your check NOW by mail to:
LJDC, P.O. Box 288
La Jolla, CA 92038
or join online, click the JOIN button, submit the form and mail your check.The dues are: $25 for individuals, $35 for household, $50 Sustain, and $100 Patron, $5 student.