La Jolla Democratic Club Newsletter
The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Topic: Issues in Education
Guest Speakers – Sharon Whitehurst-Payne and Kevin Beiser *in lieu of Michael McQuary
Sharon Whitehurst-Payne is newly reelected to the San Diego United School Board. She has spent 44 years supporting students and teachers in San Diego in various capacities. Also she earned a degree in mathmatics education at Duke University, a Master of Science in Mathematics from Duke and a PhD. degree in Administrative and Policy Studies from UCLA.
Kevin Beiser is San Diego Unified School Board V.P. After a career in management, he earned a Masters Degregee in Education, and helped turn around Grander Jr. H.S.. Mr . Beiser was named “San Diego Math Teacher of the Year” in 2009, and received the “Distinguished Service Award” for his work with students and strong support for the Gifted and Talented Education Program.
* James DeCord – California Clean Money Campaign. He will speak on the 2017 California Disclose Art (AB14), to require greater transparency in political ads. Read More
* Claire Grezemkovsky – LJDC member, continuing our discussion of “WHAT SHOULD WE DO NEXT,” will share her view of “A guide to rebuilding the Democratic Party, from the ground up.” Key points: (1) strengthening the Democratic Party at state and local levels, (2) demand universal voter access, (3) devise new formats for dues-based popular associations. Read More
“Together We Will San Diego” Lobbying Committee is another political action group that Claire will report on. Check out the Facebook page or email Claire.firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
*Cody Petterson, director of Sequoia Foundation, will speak about his work related to the Climate Action Plan and displacement of residents of Tuvalu in the South Pacific.
Community Room @ AMC La Jolla 12 Theater
8657 Villa La Jolla Drive
San Diego, CA 92037
Saturday, February 21, 2017 – The Climate Mobilization Rally focusing on a national action plan.
Theme: “Climate Change is not a Hoax and Make Your Voice Heard.”
Featured speaker: Wesley Clark, Jr., son of retired General Wesley Clark, former NATO commander. (Among his noteworthy actions are his support of the Standing Rock protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.) Read more
6:00 p.m. Federal Building at Front and Broadway, San Diego Map
For more information about The Climate Mobilization Victory Plan.
Saturday, February 25, 2017 – Neighborhoods for Campaign Finance Reform
Neighborhood Empowerment Alliance meet at the First Unitarian/Universal Church 1- 3 pm (Across from UCSD Medical Center) Read More
Contact John Hartley at 619-299-8870 or email@example.com
Saturday, April 8, 2017 – 37th Annual Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt Dinner
Hilton San Diego Bayfront, One Park Boulevard, San Diego 92101
5:30 p.m. Check-In and Silent Auction | 6:00 p.m. Reception | 7:00 Dinner and Awards Program Read More
Sunday, April 23, 2017 – San Diego EarthWork’s 28th annual EarthFair 2017 in Balboa Park, 10am – 5pm More info
Registration link for EarthFair 2017 exhibitors, advertisers, and sponsors
and registration link for EarthFair 2017 volunteers.
HOLD THE DATE
Saturday, April 29, 2017 – People’s Climate Mobilization San Diego
Did you miss the January meeting? “What Do We Do Next?”
Discussion centered around three actions:
1. Participating with and support leaders shaping the future of the Democratic Party
Watch for conversations leading to new officers of the DNC (Democratic National Committee). See Link for a list of candidates for the DNC Committee to watch.
Many members voted for delegates from CA Assembly District 78 to the CA State Party. Here are the names and photos of those who won.
2. Stand up and be counted.
We discussed multiple ways to rally and march. See above for Upcoming Events.
3. Unite with organizations that advance the values of Democrats.
See the attached list
We met in small groups sharing concerns and possible actions related to:
- Women’s Issues/Reproductive Rights
- Climate change – “environmental action”
- Electoral College – “voting rights/reform”
- Immigration/Border issues – “refugee settlement/Muslim Registry”
- Economy/Jobs – wealth divide, poverty, bank reform, trade
- Democratic Party issues (club expansion, DNC chair, party endorsements)
Small groups then reported to club, while some people decided to stay in touch.
Additionally some Individual actions you can take – meeting, reading, writing, calling
- Read Public Lands essay by LJDC Board member, Jim Evans
- Betty Vohies organized a San Diego INDIVISIBLE Group. Read More For more information about “Indivisible’s Call to Action” on January 22, 2017 Read Betty’s Notes. To join the group, send an email to IndivisibleLaJolla@gmail.com
- Resist Trump Tuesdays, noon at the U.S. Federal Building. Read More
- To call your congressperson, call 202-225-3121 and you will be directed to your congressperson by zip code.
- Sign a petition to have our city leaders declare San Diego a sanctuary city
- This poem is shared by Mary Heglar, lyrics to the tune of “America the Beautiful”
Verse: Once beautiful, with spacious skies and opportunity,
Now closed and dark, without the spark of once-bright liberty.
Chorus: America! America! Trump turned his back on thee,
Undid the good of brotherhood, from sea to rising sea.
Verse: America, whose light did shine across a gloomy world,
Is in the dark, her future stark– Dictatorship unfurled.
Chorus: America! America! Trump severed you from me.
We’ll work to mend our broken land, to shine bright once again.
© Mary Heglar, 2017
Executive Board News
Meet Marcia Bookstein – she has been appointed by President Derek Casady as a Member-at-large for 2017
Marcia has studied the cello with many of the world masters. In 1975, Marcia won a position (ultimately principal chair) with the Jerusalem Symphony under the direction of Lucas Foss and soon participated in the orchestra’s tour, going to 35 different cities.
Upon return, she finished her degree at Cal State Northridge. Then in 1977 she won the cello position in the San Diego Symphony – a seat she has held for 40 years.
Concurrent with her busy musical career, Marcia has been an active Democrat, influenced by Air America and Derek Casady, whom she refers to as her “political guru.” Since 2006 she has made around 3,000 phone calls asking people to work in precincts. She eventually recruited sixty people to walk precincts, while also walking numerous precincts herself – which she found to be an amazing education.
Do you find yourself comparing the Obama Administration with the present? Do you want to “defend” the accomplishments of the Obama Administration? Here are a few talking points.
In addition to the rallies, calls, and letters, you may like to help support the La Jolla Democratic Club expand and keep members informed. If any of these roles interest you, contact Carolyn Shadle at firstname.lastname@example.org
- A Newsletter Committee –gather news/photos from from members; format news/articles; provide information to members.
- Welcoming Committee – come early to the monthly meeting, set out sign-in sheets and name tags, greet people and encourage them to sign in.
- Room set-up – come early and help arrange the chairs and, if applicable, AV equipment.
- Refreshments Committee –come early, fetch the coffee, and set out refreshments
- Social Media Committee –post notices (based on club policy)
DEADLINE FOR MARCH NEWSLETTER: FEBRUARY 20
Send email to email@example.com
Members Out and About
Here are more local volunteer opportunities:
Assist with the registration of new voters – at the La Jolla Farmers Market on Sunday mornings.
Assist with San Diego County voter registration by picking up a box of registration forms and distributing to citizens in the area. Forms are available from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, 5600 Overland Ave., Suite 100, San Diego 92123. Contact Ms. Barbara Carr at 858-505-7320 or Barbara.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make LJDC Monthly Meeting Arrangements – Arrive early to help set up chairs, post directional signs, and fetch coffee.
LJDC Monthly Meeting Greeter – Greet participants as they arrive to the monthly meeting. Have them sign-in, make a name tag and provide Membership Forms to new members.
Public Relations – Put notices in the local papers each month about monthly meetings and special events.
Assist in the San Diego County Democratic Party headquarters at
8340 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, Suite 105, San Diego 92111.
Help is needed with the following:
- Making phone calls
- Registering voters at events
- Contacting voters in my neighborhood
- Entering data from home or at an office
- Doing office work at Democratic Headquarters
- Spanish-speaking outreach
It’s Time to Renew Your La Jolla Democratic Club Membership for 2017.
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.