LJDC Book Recommendations – Dec 2020

This Month’s Book and Film Recommendations

Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy
by Talia Lavin
Hachette Books (October 13, 2020) 288 pages
Culture Warlords is the story of how Lavin, a frequent target of extremist trolls (including those at Fox News), dove into a byzantine online culture of hate and learned the intricacies of how white supremacy proliferates online. Within these pages, she reveals the extremists hiding in plain sight online: Incels. White nationalists. White supremacists. National Socialists. Proud Boys. Christian extremists. In order to showcase them in their natural habitat, Talia assumes a range of identities, going undercover as a blonde Nazi babe, a forlorn incel, and a violent Aryan femme fatale. More

Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip
KPBS Video, Independent Lens Film Series
Property Brothers co-host and home-renovation expert Jonathan Scott journeys all across the U.S. to uncover why clean, renewable energy isn’t available to all. While traveling to learn both the obstacles and opportunities for achieving energy freedom, Jonathan talks with conservatives fighting for solar freedom; sits down with farmers struggling to make ends meet; engages coal workers desperate for a new, healthy means of making an income; the Navajo Nation who built a utility-scale solar plant; religious leaders who made a desperate attempt to help meet their community’s energy needs; and politicians at the forefront of the battle for energy freedom. More

LJDC General Meeting – December

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, December 13, 2020
2 – 4:30 pm

Our Holiday Zoom Meeting will start off at 2pm with:

O San Diego, Where Are Thou? Imagining and re-imagining the Future. The Key Challenges facing the next Mayor and City Council.
Presented by Barbara Bry, former District 1 City Council member (La Jolla)

Beginning at 3pm the next topic will be:
2020 Election—What Happened?
Presented by former California Assemblyman Howard Wayne, a native Californian, authored Assembly Bill 411 which provided for testing California beach waters to insure public safety. He is also a past president of the San Diego Democratic Professional Club.

LJDC November Book and Movie Recommendations

How Democracies Die
by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
Crown, January 16, 2018 ) 320 pages
Donald Trump’s presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought we’d be asking: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. Democracy no longer ends with a bang—in a revolution or military coup—but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms. The good news is that there are several exit ramps on the road to authoritarianism. The bad news is that, by electing Trump, we have already passed the first one.  More

Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right
by Anne Nelson
Bloomsbury Publishing (October 29, 2019) 416 Pages
In 1981, emboldened by Ronald Reagan’s election, a group of some fifty Republican operatives, evangelicals, oil barons, and gun lobbyists met in a Washington suburb to coordinate their attack on civil liberties and the social safety net. These men and women called their coalition the Council for National Policy. Over four decades, this elite club has become a strategic nerve center for channeling money and mobilizing votes behind the scenes. Its secretive membership rolls represent a high-powered roster of fundamentalists, oligarchs, and their allies, from Oliver North, Ed Meese, and Tim LaHaye in the Council’s early days to Kellyanne Conway, Ralph Reed, Tony Perkins, and the DeVos and Mercer families today. More

Kiss The Ground
Documentary film directed and produced by Josh and Rebecca Tickell
Now streaming on Netflix.
A cure for climate change starts with a simple solution right under our feet.
Taking care of the soil leads to healthy vegetation, which enables the ground to sequester carbon from the air and retain it. By growing healthy plants through natural means, you create resilient farming practices and abundant food supply. The result – stabilize the earth’s climate, restore ecosystems, and prevent an agricultural collapse. More

LJDC General Meeting – November 2020

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, November 8, 2020
2 – 4:30 pm

The Program for the November 8th Zoom Meeting will be a Discussion of the Election results, followed by the nomination and election of the Executive Board Members for 2021.

Follow the directions below to join the Zoom meeting.
Questions or comments please call 858-457-0246 or email Derek at dcasady@outlook.com
Hope to see you on Sunday, November 8th at 2 pm.

LJDC October Book Recommendation

This Month’s Book Recommendations
On Corruption in America: And What Is at Stake
by Sarah Chayes
Knopf (August 11, 2020) 432 pages
Now, bringing to bear all of her knowledge, grasp, sense of history and observation, Sarah Chayes writes in her new book, that the United States is showing signs similar to some of the most corrupt countries in the world. Corruption, as Chayes sees it, is an operating system of sophisticated networks in which government officials, key private-sector interests, and out-and-out criminals interweave. Their main objective: not to serve the public but to maximize returns for network members.
From the titans of America’s Gilded Age (Carnegie, Rockefeller, J. P. Morgan, et al.) to the collapse of the stock market in 1929, the Great Depression and FDR’s New Deal; from Joe Kennedy’s years of banking, bootlegging, machine politics, and pursuit of infinite wealth, as well as the Kennedy presidency, to the deregulation of the Reagan Revolution, undermining the middle class and the unions; from the Clinton policies of political favors and personal enrichment to Trump’s hydra-headed network of corruption, systematically undoing the Constitution and our laws, Chayes shows how corrupt systems are organized, how they enforce the rules so their crimes are covered legally, how they are overlooked and downplayed–shrugged off with a roll of the eyes–by the richer and better educated, how they become an overt principle determining the shape of our government, affecting all levels of society. More

LJDC General Meeting – October

La Jolla Democratic Club Newsletter
October 2020
The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, October 11, 2020
2 – 4:30 pm

Program and Speaker:

Jeanne Brown, former president of the San Diego League of Women Voters, will give a PowerPoint presentation on all of the 14 Ballot Measures facing voters in the General Election on Nov. 3rd.

Jeanne, a Pt. Loma resident, taught high school math and science. She graduated from San Diego State University with a BS in Biology and a minor in math and chemistry, plus a teaching credential. She has lived in San Diego since 1965, coming her from the San Gabriel Valley. She was born in St. Louis and grew up in Ohio in communities near Lake Erie.

In her presentation, which she recently gave at the Uptown Democratic Club, in Hillcrest, she included the amounts of money spend for and against the ballot measures, and the identity of the  groups or individuals who supported and opposed each ballot measure.

After Jeanne’s presentation the Club will decided upon a nominating committee to nominate club officers for next year. According to the bylaws, club members may vote to elect a nominating committee or vote to have the Executive Board appoint the committee. The chair of the nominating committee may not be a member of the Executive Committee. The nominating committee will present its club officer nominees at the November meeting and the Club will then hold an election for club officers.

After the nominating committee is formed, members are invited to an open discussion about concerns relating to the upcoming election and the incredibly undemocratic, lying behavior of President Trump.

Anyone with Questions may call Derek Casady, club president, at 858-775-0365.

LJDC General Meeting – September

September 2020

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, September 13, 2020
2 – 4:30 pm

Our speaker for our next LJDC Zoom meeting is Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, chairman of the San Diego County Democratic Party and the California State Young Democrats.
Mr. Rodriquez-Kennedy has held the SDCounty Chair position for a year and 8 months. He will be speaking to us on the ballot initiatives facing voters on Nov. 3rd and other Democratic Party News.

Questions or comments regarding the zoom meeting, please call 858-457-0246 or email Derek at dcasady@outlook.com
Hope to see you on Sunday, September 13th at 2pm.

LJDC September Book Recommendations

This Month’s Book Recommendations

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
by Isabel Wilkerson
Random House (August 4, 2020) 496 pages
In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.

Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people’s lives and behavior and the nation’s fate. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Using riveting stories about people—including Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball’s Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others—she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day. More

How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them
by Jason Stanley
Random House; Illustrated Edition (September 4, 2018) 240 Pages
As the child of refugees of World War II Europe and a renowned philosopher and scholar of propaganda, Jason Stanley has a deep understanding of how democratic societies can be vulnerable to fascism: Nations don’t have to be fascist to suffer from fascist politics. In fact, fascism’s roots have been present in the United States for more than a century.
Alarmed by the pervasive rise of fascist tactics both at home and around the globe, Stanley focuses here on the structures that unite them, laying out and analyzing the ten pillars of fascist politics—the language and beliefs that separate people into an “us” and a “them.”
By uncovering disturbing patterns that are as prevalent today as ever, Stanley reveals that the stuff of politics—charged by rhetoric and myth—can quickly become policy and reality. Only by recognizing fascists politics, he argues, may we resist its most harmful effects and return to democratic ideals. More

LJDC August Book Recommendations

This Month’s Book Recommendations

by John Lewis
Top Shelf Productions (September 6, 2016 ) 128 pages

Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.

Now, to share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis presents March, a graphic novel trilogy, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell (winner of the Eisner Award and LA Times Book Prize finalist for Swallow Me Whole). More

berta caceres

Who Killed Berta Caceres?: Dams, Death Squads, and an Indigenous Defender’s Battle for the Planet
by Nina Lakhani
Verso (June 2, 2020) 336 pages

A deeply affecting–and infuriating–portrait of the life and death of a courageous indigenous leader

The first time Honduran indigenous leader Berta Cáceres met the journalist Nina Lakhani, Cáceres said, ‘The army has an assassination list with my name at the top. I want to live, but in this country there is total impunity. When they want to kill me, they will do it.’ In 2015, Cáceres won the Goldman Prize, the world’s most prestigious environmental award, for leading a campaign to stop construction of an internationally funded hydroelectric dam on a river sacred to her Lenca people. Less than a year later she was dead.

Lakhani tracked Cáceres remarkable career, in which the defender doggedly pursued her work in the face of years of threats and while friends and colleagues in Honduras were exiled and killed defending basic rights. Lakhani herself endured intimidation and harassment as she investigated the murder. She was the only foreign journalist to attend the 2018 trial of Cáceres’s killers, where state security officials, employees of the dam company and hired hitmen were found guilty of murder. Many questions about who ordered and paid for the killing remain unanswered. More

LJDC General Meeting – August

La Jolla Democratic Club Newsletter

August 2020

public power

Former S.D. City Attorney Mike Aguirre will speak on the move to create a Publicly-owned gas & electric utilities in San Diego to replace San Diego Gas & Electric investor-owned utilities, and his new lawsuit charging some of the members of the City Council Environmental Committee with a violation of public meeting laws. This is a really important decision for San Diego residents to consider.

We will vote on whether the La Jolla Democratic Club endorses the creation of public-owned utilities in San Diego.

Members can discuss how they are handling the pandemic, and any books they are currently reading. 

Also, Nancy Casady will report on what Bernie Sanders delegates to the Democratic National Convention are doing in preparation for the convention. And, if there is time, we will discuss de-funding the police.

Follow the directions below to join the Zoom meeting.

Questions or comments please call 858-457-0246 or email Derek at dcasady@outlook.com
Hope to see you on Sunday, August 9th at 2 pm.