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La Jolla Democratic Club Newsletter
November 2017

November – Día de los Inocentes y Día de los Muertos

A recently released climate report from Scripps Institution of Oceanography concludes there is a distinct chance of human extinction from climate change after 2050. More

c. 2050 (Credit: Kio Pierron/greenpatriotposters.org)

 

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, November 12, 2017
from 2 – 4:30 pm
PROGRAM:

This month we will continue working on the creation of a Club Platform consisting of issues that members believe are important.  After the Platform is agreed upon it will be organized into a questionnaire to give to candidates who seek the club’s endorsement. Our members were full of ideas at the last meeting, but we ran short of time.  We hope those members who weren’t present at the last meeting will joins us to make their voices heard. See the list of platform planks, below, in the minutes.

The election of Club officers will be held. Candidates can also be nominated from the floor before the vote.
2018 Nominations:
President: Derek Casady
Secretary: Mary Lu Brandwein
Treasurer: Nancy Casady
Vice President – Membership: Carolyn Shadle
Vice President – Webmaster: Ann Kennedy

Save the Date: Sunday, December 10, 2017 – LJDC Holiday Party  – 2 until 4:30pm, at the home of Drs. Z and Dan Kripke, 8437 Sugarman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037  Map

Community Room @ AMC La Jolla 12 Theater
8657 Villa La Jolla Drive
San Diego, CA 92037
Map

Saturday, November 4, 2017  – Fair Elections Organizing Meeting – 1pm @ the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest More

Sunday, November 5, 2017 – Daylight Savings Ends ends at 2:00 AM.

Sunday, November 5, 2017 – A Climate March and Rally – calling for a “WWII-scale” Climate Mobilization. 11 am at City Hall Plaza. More Info – call Derek Casady, 858-457-0246

Sunday, November 12, 2017- LJDC Monthly Meeting – 2 – 4:30 pm Community Room @ AMC La Jolla 12 Theater 8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego, CA 92037 Map

Sunday, December 10, 2017 – LJDC Holiday Party  –  2 to 4:30pm Map

December 9-16, 2017 –  DEM Cruise – Cruise with special guests Markos Moulitsas Zuniga and Dr. George Lakoff – More Info & Register

 


Climate March and Rally to support a call for a national “WWII-scale” mobilization to move American off fossil fuels and on to wind, water and solar energy will be held on Sunday, Nov 5th at 10 am at City Hall Plaza. Your attendance is requested.

Dear Fellow Democrat,
With all the outrageous behavior coming from President Trump, none is more dangerous than his assertion that climate change is a hoax and his appointments of climate change deniers to his cabinet.
We know that the science is real , as is the relationship between rising temperatures and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This reality has put civilization at risk. Just last month our very own Scripps Institute of Oceanography issued a report saying we humans alive on the planet today face a slight–but distinct–possibility of extinction!  By mid-century the odds raise to a 20-30% possibility.
This is a warning that cannot go unheeded.
In the current political reality we do not believe ANYTHING other than people coming together to demand  government action will be effective.  That is why we are writing to ask for your help.
On Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. a group of concerned San Diegans will be gathering at San Diego City Hall Plaza (202 C Street) to call on the national government to institute a mobilization–on the scale of our WW II efforts–to get the U.S. off of fossil fuels and on to wind, water and solar renewable energy.  This rally is supported by the work of Dr. Mark Jacobson and his engineering group at Stanford. One hundred percent renewable energy is one hundred percent possible with existing technologies.
We ask that you join us Sunday, November 5th and demand that the mobilization commence immediately and proceed at war time speed. The alternative presents an unthinkable future.
Sincerely,
Derek B. Casady, President, La Jolla Democratic Club – 858-457-0246
For more information see:  facebook.com/SDClimateMobilization or ClimateMobilization.org/get-started

 


This Month’s Book Recommendation

drawdownDrawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
by Paul Hawken
Penguin, Apr 18, 2017 – Science – 256 pages
In the face of widespread fear and apathy, an international coalition of researchers, professionals, and scientists have come together to offer a set of realistic and bold solutions to climate change. One hundred techniques and practices are described here—some are well known; some you may have never heard of. They range from clean energy to educating girls in lower-income countries to land use practices that pull carbon out of the air. The solutions exist, are economically viable, and communities throughout the world are currently enacting them with skill and determination. More


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead

NEIGHBORHOODS FOR FAIR ELECTIONS
Fair Elections Organizing Meeting on Saturday, November 4 at 1pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest.

With public funding of elections or fair elections, neighborhoods would be empowered and have a say, not only in their own neighborhoods, but with the whole City of San Diego!  Everyday people could run for office and win and serve, not just those who are wealthy and those with special interest support.  Neighborhood-supported candidates could run for office and win. And the influence and control of our elections and politics by the special interests, like the Koch brothers  would be checked.
With public funding of elections, San Diego would have the chance to have elected leadership that represents and fights for all San Diegans, not just for themselves and their special interest supporters.

For more information, contact the Neighborhoods for Fair Elections Coordinator: John Hartley at 619-299-8870 or hartley2k@aol.com


October’s Minutes
by Mary Lu Brandwein

Derek Casady started the meeting off with jokes from Late Night Jokes for Democrats. Also Jim Evans gave the original poem “The Builder.”
Freeman Michaels spoke briefly as he is running for Scott Peters’ 52nd district representative position. He is a Libertarian.  “Live and Let Live.”  He supports Humanity Rises. More

Fred Randel, speaking for the nominating committee presented the proposed new board for the club for 2018, which will be voted on in November.   He informed us that nominations from the floor could be made in November.  For:
President: Derek Casady
1st Vice President: Caroyln Shadle (Membership)
2nd Vice President: Ann Kennedy (Webmaster)
Treasurer: Nancy Casady
Secretary: Mary Lu Brandwein

The agenda for this meeting was Platform Development for the La Jolla Democratic Club.  Brainstorm style.  All people were encouraged to speak and bring up suggestions.  Here is what was written on the list:

  • Same day voter registration
  • Sunday elections
  • Publicly funded elections
  • Carbon tax and dividend
  • Only publicly owned prisons
  • End wars of intervention
  • Support Planned Parenthood
  • No sale or transfer of Federal Public Lands or Monuments
  • No sale or transfer of State Public Lands
  • Support the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities
  • Mandatory background checks on all gun sales
  • Overturn Citizens United
  • 100% sales tax on gun sales
  • Strengthen and encourage unions
  • Prison reform (solitary confinement, etc.)
  • Eliminate death penalty
  • Wall Street transaction tax
  • Reduce military budget
  • Expand right to die
  • End Federal Reserve
  • Reproductive health care for all
  • Medicare for all
  • Free public education (pre-school to 4 years of post high school education)
  • Basic income grant
  • All states must provide Medicaid coverage
  • State Bank
  • Community Choice Energy
  • City Bank
  • New US “green” energy system
  • Elect President by popular vote
  • End super delegates
  • Restore voting right for convicted felons
  • Support ACLU bail reform

……something about women’s equality and pay…but time was out and so this was not discussed and worked out.

A flyer was passed out with the 12 bills Tony Atkins has sponsored and have been sent to the governor.

 


What Can We Do?

Resist and Persist Resources
Since the election of President Trump multiple resources have become available to help you Resist and Persist. See our LJDC Resources web page to help streamline your calling.

Help the Cause – Member-suggested ways to advance our work – More Ideas


Members Out and About

MEMBERS FACEBOOK POSTS
Member Jim Evans has posted these essays on the LJDC Facebook page –   PUERTO RICO – It’s An Outrage! and
Military Healthcare
A re-post from Media Matters – Fox News has ignored Whitefish’s $300 million no-bid contract to help restore power in Puerto Rico

A re-post from the Intercept – Conflict within the DNC

AND MORE LINKS
Help the Cause – Member suggested ways to advance our work – More Ideas
Resources 2017 – See Page
Issues and Organizations – See Page

 


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.

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