La Jolla Democratic Club Newsletter

June 2019

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, June 9, 2019
2 – 4:30 pm

PROGRAM:Sunrise Movement and the Green New Deal
SPEAKER:  Karl Aldinger

The Green New Deal is breaking new ground in the political fight for government action on the Climate Crisis.  Learn about the policy that the Sunrise Movement, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez & many others are promoting to take bold action on a grand scale. Karl Aldinger is a climate activist, policy advocate, and serves as a volunteer Hub Organizer for Sunrise Movement – San Diego. 

At the recent LJDC Exec Board Meeting, it was purposed to ask at the June monthly meeting, for club members to consider volunteering for the roles of Parliamentarian, Hospitality chair or committee member, and executive board Nominating Committee members.

The Exec. Board suggested having a 2020 Democratic Candidate Debate watching party for club members on June 26 and 27. Details will be discussed at the general meeting as to where, when and how.
See more info: Which Democratic Presidential Candidates Have Qualified for the First Debates?

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

  • Wednesday, June 5, 2019 – Clean Elections Meeting – 6 pm, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest. Call John Hartley @ 619-299-8870 or email at
  • See Clean Elections Q & A
  • Read John Hartley’s essay on Clean Elections
  • Friday, June 7, 2019 – Demonstration Rally at Susan Davis’s Office  – 10am – 12pm – Rep. Davis’ Office, 2700 Adams Ave # 102, San Diego, CA 92116 More Info
  • Sunday, June 9, 2019 – LJDC Monthly Meeting – 2 – 4:30pm – Climate activist Karl Aldinger will speak on the Sunrise Movement and the Green New Deal.

If anyone is going to own our politicians, it should be, we, the people. —  Bill Moyers

This Month’s Book Recommendations

Our History Is the Future – Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance
By Nick Estes
Published by Verso (Mar 05, 2019) 320 Pages
How two centuries of Indigenous resistance created the movement proclaiming “Water is life”
In 2016, a small protest encampment at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, initially established to block construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, grew to be the largest Indigenous protest movement in the twenty-first century. Water Protectors knew this battle for native sovereignty had already been fought many times before, and that, even after the encampment was gone, their anticolonial struggle would continue. In Our History Is the Future, Nick Estes traces traditions of Indigenous resistance that led to the #NoDAPL movement. Our History Is the Future is at once a work of history, a manifesto, and an intergenerational story of resistance. More

Fight Like a Mother – How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World
by Shannon Watts
HarperOne (May 28, 2019) 304 Pages
Fight Like a Mother is the incredible account how one mother’s cry for change became the driving force behind gun safety progress. Along with stories of perseverance, courage, and compassion, Watts shines a light on the unique power of women—starting with what they have, leading with their maternal strengths, and doubling down instead of backing down. While not everyone can be on the front lines lobbying congress, every mom is already a multi-tasking organizer, and Shannon explains how to go from amateur activist to having a real impact in your community and beyond. Fight Like a Mother will inspire everyone—mothers and fathers, students and teachers, lawmakers, and anyone motivated to enact change—to get to work transforming hearts and minds, and passing laws that save lives. More

Members Out And About


FACEBOOK POSTS: See club member Jim Evans’, PhD. latest posts:


Roosevelt Dinner – May 2019

The Minutes By Mary Lu Brandwein

The General Meeting of the La Jolla Democratic Club was called to order April 14, 2019 around 2:10 pm by Derek Casady, President. The meeting was held as usual in the Community Room of the AMC La Jolla 12 Theater. Two new members and six guests were welcomed. There were 45+ people in all attending. Derek thanked all for attending

The General Meeting of the La Jolla Democratic Club was called to order May 19, 2019 around 2:10 p.m. by Derek Casady, President. The meeting was held as usual in the Community Room of the AMC La Jolla 12 Theater. There was one new member and about five guests were welcomed. There were 60+ people in all attending. Derek thanked all for attending.


John Meyer, our very own poet laureate gave us the poem Trump’s Promises and lead us in two songs.

Will Moore, running for city council from District 1, reminded us of the issues he is emphasizing: Climate, Housing and Jobs.


First Person on our Program was Senator Toni Atkins, 39th District, she is California Senate President pro tempore. She brought to our attention the work of California’s Congress in numbers of monies allocated or funds set aside.  A great presentation no one should have missed.


Second Person on our Program was Dr. Cody Petterson, Dr. Petterson who discussed the relationship between our climate crisis, our political crisis, our economic crisis, and the evolving ideological struggles within the Democratic Party.  Dr. Cody Petterson is an anthropologist and environmental activist. Born and raised in La Jolla, he attended La Jolla Elementary, Muirlands Junior High, and La Jolla High. He received a BA from UC Berkeley, an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a PH.D. in Anthropology from UCSD. He is president of the San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action and serves on the boards of the San Diego River Conservancy and the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego. He lives with his wife and two children in La Jolla, where he enjoys his passion for native habitat conservation and restoration.

Climate crisis can’t be solved without solving the political crisis and the political crisis can’t be solved without solving the economic crisis.

We usually get wisdom when it is too late.  He spoke of the solidarity of necessity.  Today we are needed by the totality of life and it is a blessing to be needed.  Start with municipal politics.
Start local.

Lawrence Zynda, a member who recently passed on was honored. His biography was presented as a memorial. 

Mike Thaller –

Sarah Davis, running for State Assembly, 78th District, Todd Gloria’s job.

Green New Deal: Yes: Mike Levin and Juan Vargas.
No: Scott Peters and Susan Davis
There is a movement started to meet and protest in front of Susan Davis’ office Fridays 10-12 in solidarity with the Childrens’ Worldwide Strike on Fridays. All are invited.

There will be a fundraiser on June 15th at the home of Cody Petterson for San Diego City Council President Georgette Gomez to help her get re-elected.

NBC and all T.V. stations are blocking all news on the climate emergency.

Best as always,
Mary Lu Brandwein

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