The November book will be The Forgotten: How the People of One Pennsylvania County Elected Donald Trump and Changed America by Ben Bradlee Jr.. From the publisher: “In The Forgotten, Ben Bradlee Jr. reports on how voters in Luzerne County, a pivotal county in a crucial swing state, came to feel like strangers in their own land — marginalized by flat or falling wages, rapid demographic change, and a liberal culture that mocks their faith and patriotism. … The political facts of a divided America are stark, but the stories of the men, women, and families in The Forgotten offer a kaleidoscopic and fascinating portrait of the complex on-the-ground political reality of America today.”
November 6, 13, and 20, Wednesdays — Letter Writing and Texting, too
4:00–6:00 p.m. in the Gateway Oak Room
Writing letters … (Letter writers are taking a break after Nov 20 through early January) The Democrats of Rossmoor partner with Swing Left in 2019 and 2020. The Swing Left “Super State Strategy for 2020” is to win all the Houses—the White House, the Senate, the House, and State Houses—by registering new voters to vote. Our tactic uses volunteer power from all over the country to send lots of personal letters to potential new voters in 11 super states. You can make an impact.
Sign up here for Wednesday letter-writing sessions or drop in on any Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. It only takes one hour. We do ask for donations for postage. If writing is not your thing, donations for postage will gladly be accepted.
Texting … (Texting continues for weekly Wednesdays on-going. NOT taking a break, except for 12/25 and 1/1/2020.) So text any day from home and on Wednesdays 4–6 p.m. We help Democrats across the U.S. to vote, volunteer, and/or contact Congress on key issues. To get started, contact Susan for training (one-on-one, any day of the week). Bring a laptop (preferred) or iPad/tablet. We use a website (not your phone’s texting app), selecting (not typing) pre-written texts to send. There have been more than 2.9 MILLION texts from us so far this year!!
new in November: On Wednesdays in November (through November 20), we will call activist Democrats in Arizona and Colorado to recruit for campaign work for 2020. We need to flip both those Senate seats in 2020 and want their crucial electoral votes for the Presidency. Add your voice; these easy calls follow a suggested script. If possible, bring your cell phone AND a laptop or tablet for the phone bank.
November 11, Monday — Film Club — The Candidate
1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Peacock Hall
from a reviewer: The Candidate was one of the first modern political satire films. Made only a few years before Robert Redford catapulted to international fame with All the President's Men, this film shows him in his acting prime. Although the humor displayed in the film is of the exceptionally dry type, it also is a moral allegory on the corrosive power of politics. The plot involves a young and charismatic environmentalist. The son of a former governor, he disclaims any interest in political office, but when a Democratic strategist comes knocking… (come see).
November 20, Wednesday — The Democratic Party Presidential Primary Debate Watch Party: We’re on again!
4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Yes, we’re back in business in the Creekside Fairway Room.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Bring finger food to share. Beverages will be available. The suggested donation for a glass of wine is $5 and $1 for a soda.
The November debate is sponsored by MSNBC and The Washington Post.
The following candidates have thus far qualified to participate (final list on 11/13):
Former Vice President Joe Biden
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker
South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg
California Senator Kamala Harris
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders
Billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren
Businessman Andrew Yang (More information in the next day or two - place, time, etc.)