LJDC November 2019 – Book and Movie Recommendations

This Month’s Book and Movie Recommendations

Film by Benedikt Erlingsson
Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. As Halla’s actions grow bolder, from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminum smelter. But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine. As Halla prepares to abandon her role as saboteur and savior of the Highlands to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminum industry a crippling blow.

by Ta-Nehisi Coates
One World; First Edition edition
(September 24, 2019) 416 Pages
Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her—but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known.
So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia’s proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the Deep South to dangerously idealistic movements in the North. Even as he’s enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram’s resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.
This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children—the violent and capricious separation of families—and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved. Written by one of today’s most exciting thinkers and writers, The Water Dancer is a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen. A Nation Book Review

LJDC Monthly Meeting – November 2019

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, November 10, 2019
2 – 4:30 pm

PROGRAM: Endorsements –  Members will consider endorsing candidates in one or all of the following races, as time permits, U.S. Congress, 52nd District, San Diego Mayor and 78 State Assembly District. We plan to endorse for the San Diego City Council District 1 at the LJDC Holiday Party on December 15, 2019.

Annual Elections for the LJDC Offices of President, Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary will be held at the La Jolla Democratic Club’s meeting on November 10, 2019. Although most current officers would like to continue, there might be openings available, and anyone interested in running for office is welcome to do so. If you are interested in any of the above-mentioned positions, please contact Paula (Chair, Nominations Committee) with your request. huldra500@hotmail.com
All nominees will receive full consideration, and if two or more desire the same office, we will conduct a secret ballot at our meeting. Thank you to all who contribute (or would like to) such hard work in keeping our wonderful club vibrant, relevant and running smoothly!

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

LJDC October 2019 – Book Recommendations

This Month’s Book Recommendations

Permanent Record, by Edward Snowden
Metropolitan Books (September 17, 2019) 352 Pages
Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.
In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every single phone call, text message, and email. The result would be an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the ability to pry into the private lives of every person on earth. Six years later, Snowden reveals for the very first time how he helped to build this system and why he was moved to expose it. More

on fire

On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal, by Naomi Klein
Simon & Schuster (September 17, 2019) 320 Pages
These long-form essays show Klein at her most prophetic and philosophical, investigating the climate crisis not only as a profound political challenge but as a spiritual and imaginative one, as well. Delving into topics ranging from the clash between ecological time and our culture of “perpetual now,” to the soaring history of humans changing and evolving rapidly in the face of grave threats, to rising white supremacy and fortressed borders as a form of “climate barbarism,” this is a rousing call to action for a planet on the brink. More

LJDC Monthly Meeting – October

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, October 13, 2019
2 – 4:30 pm


SPEAKER:: Budd Titlow, wetland scientist and wildlife biologist,
PROGRAM:  How 2 Generations Fight the Climate Crisis

Budd and his daughter, Mariah Tinger, together wrote “Protecting the Planet.”  Mariah began her in-depth studies of climate change while pursuing a master’s degree in environmental management at Harvard University’s Extension School. It was her graduate work that got her father interested in doing the book with her.  Budd is an international award-winning nature photographer and widely published writer. He has authored three natural history books, most recently “Bird Brains: Inside the Strange Minds of Our Fine Feathered Friends.”  He has taught ecology, environmental science, birding, and photographyt at the university level. Thom Hartmann says their book is “THE book to read to understand every aspect of climate change, from the politics to the science to the movement.” See Here


Protecting the Planet: Environmental Champions from Conservation to Climate Change
by Budd Titlow , Mariah Tinger
Prometheus (November 29, 2016) 587 pages
This book tells an inspirational story–a story both of pioneering environmentalists who raised our collective consciousness regarding nature’s value and heroes of today who are working to secure a sustainable future. More

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

LJDC Monthly Meeting – September 2019

SPEAKER: Jess Durfee
PROGRAM: Looking at Democratic and U.S. Politics at the National Level

Jess Durfee 
is a Member of the Democratic National Committee. He’s the only Democratic National Committee (DNC) member from San Diego. He is chair of the DNC Western Region, Chair of CA Dem Voter Services Committee, Board of Directors CA State Fair & Cal Expo, Former Chairman of the San Diego Democratic Party Central Committee and a past president of Democrats for Equality, a San Diego Democratic club.
Jess grew up in Oregon, was a teacher by profession and taught in Washington.

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

Campaign Announcement  Our own LJDC Treasurer, Nancy Casady, has announced that she is running as the Green New Deal Candidate for Congress in the 52nd District. Check out her Casady for Congress website for more information on her campaign.

LJDC September 2019 – Book Recommendations

This Month’s Book Recommendations


Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming by Paul Hawken
Publisher: Penguin Books (April 18, 2017) 256 Pages
The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world.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. Read More

democracy inc

Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism, by Sheldon S. Wolin
Princeton University Press; New edition (August 29, 2017) 376 Pages
Democracy Incorporated remains an essential work for understanding the state of democracy in America. Wolin portrays a country where citizens are politically uninterested and submissive–and where elites are eager to keep them that way. At best the nation has become a “managed democracy” where the public is shepherded, not sovereign. At worst it is a place where corporate power no longer answers to state controls. Read More

The LJDC Monthly Meeting – August

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, August 11, 2019
2 – 4:30 pm

nancy casaady

PROGRAM:  “Truth in Ten” by The Climate Reality Project
SPEAKER: Nancy Casady

Former General Manager, Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Co-op (1996-2016)
Member, State Board of Food and Agriculture (2012 – to present)
Married, mother of five
Nancy and her husband Derek (President, La Jolla Dem Club) are now full-time climate activist.
Nancy and her daughter, Jennifer, and her granddaughter, Megan, all attended former Vice President Al Gore’s November 2018 Climate Reality training and became qualified to present the program’s amazing slide show–“Truth in Ten”. Come prepared to see a clear path forward in the fight to address the climate emergency.


Additionally, Congressman Scott Peters will drop by the meeting to discuss with the La Jolla Democrat Club members.

Scott Peters serves California’s 52nd Congressional district, which includes the cities of Coronado, Poway, and most of northern San Diego. First elected in 2012, he currently serves on the House Committee on the Budget and the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he advocates for investment in basic scientific research, supports the military’s goals to enhance their energy security, and fights for commonsense healthcare reforms that work for families and small business owners. 

Scott Peters is a civic leader who has made improving the quality of life in San Diego his life’s work. As a Member of Congress, Scott’s emphasis has been promoting and expanding San Diego’s innovation ecosystem, advocating for San Diego’s pivotal role as a partner in the national defense, and making government work again. Ranked the 4th most independent Democrat in Congress by the National Journal, Scott Peters understands that business problems have bipartisan solutions, and is never afraid to work across party lines to build consensus and get things done.

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


The Joint La Jolla Democratic/Club Pacific Beach Democratic Club Picnic will be Sunday, August 4th from 4 to 7 p.m. at Kate Sessions Park, high atop Lamont Street at Soledad Road in north Pacific Beach. The club will supply beer, wine, sodas and water along with one main dish. The rest of the food is potluck from the members. The club will also provide chairs, 2 tables and a popup shade shelter. LJDC members come and enjoy with our neighboring democrats.

August’19 Books

winners take all

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World,
by Anand Giridharadas
Knopf; First Edition, First Printing edition (August 28, 2018) 304 Pages
The New York Times bestselling, groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite’s efforts to “change the world” preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve. An essential read for understanding some of the egregious abuses of power that dominate today’s news. More

just giving

Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better,
by Rob Reich
Princeton University Press (November 20, 2018) 256 Pages
Is philanthropy, by its very nature, a threat to today’s democracy? Though we may laud wealthy individuals who give away their money for society’s benefit, Just Giving shows how such generosity not only isn’t the unassailable good we think it to be but might also undermine democratic values and set back aspirations of justice. Big philanthropy is often an exercise of power, the conversion of private assets into public influence. And it is a form of power that is largely unaccountable, often perpetual, and lavishly tax-advantaged. More

LJDC Monthly Meeting – July

The LJDC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, July 14, 2019
2 – 4:30 pm


PROGRAM: The Case Against Expanding the San Diego Convention Center
SPEAKER: Cory Briggs
The initiative to expand the convention center will be on the  Primary Ballot in March, in spite of the fact that citizens approved Proposition L, requiring such measures to be on the general election ballot in November when voter turnout is greater.

Attorney Cory Briggs began practicing law in 1995 with Mundell, Odlum & Haws in San Bernardino, California, where he primarily litigated commercial and employment-related disputes. In 1998, he moved to Washington, D.C., and added environmental law and regulatory compliance to his practice while pursuing graduate degrees and teaching at The George Washington University Law School and the University of Maryland. Cory returned to southern California in June 2002, and his practice now balances small/family-owned business law with public-interest and government-accountability litigation.

This Month’s Book Recommendations

vote for us

Vote for US: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting,
by Joshua A. Douglas 
Prometheus Books (April 9, 2019) 350 Pages
In contrast to the anxiety surrounding our voting system, with stories about voter suppression and manipulation, there are actually quite a few positive initiatives toward voting rights reform. Professor Joshua A. Douglas, an expert on our electoral system, examines these encouraging developments in this inspiring book about how regular Americans are working to take back their democracy, one community at a time. More

give us the ballot

Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America,
by Ari Berman
Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (August 4, 2015) 384 Pages
Countless books have been written about the civil rights movement, but far less attention has been paid to what happened after the dramatic passage of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) in 1965 and the turbulent forces it unleashed. Give Us the Ballot tells this story for the first time.
In this groundbreaking narrative history, Ari Berman charts both the transformation of American democracy under the VRA and the counterrevolution that has sought to limit voting rights, from 1965 to the present day. More

June ’19 Books

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