August 23, August 30, September 6, and September 13, Wednesdays —
Phone Bank to Flip Red to Blue
4–6 p.m. in the Gateway Oak Room (the card room)
Refreshments will be available.
Flip Red to Blue calls blue voters in red areas across the USA, asking them to call their members of Congress about a timely vote (such as Immigration, Climate Change, or Health Care) and to ask a friend to also make a call. Instructions will be provided, including both paper and online call list options. You need to bring a charged cell phone and for virtual calling: either an iPad, tablet, or laptop. RSVP to Susan Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (510) 708-2851. Please include your name, phone number, email address, and the date(s) you wish to make calls.
August 24, Thursday — General Meeting
5 p.m. social and Town Square /5:45 dinner / 7 p.m. speaker in the Event Center
Cost: $32 members; $37 guests
RSVP is required and the deadline is August 21. Menu details are in the RSVP form.
Ian Fletcher will speak at DoR’s August buffet dinner meeting on trade aggrements. Those wishing to hear the program but skip the dinner may do so free of charge at 7 p.m. Economist Ian Fletcher is one of America's foremost experts on the problems of free trade. He was Senior Economist of the Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA), an organization dedicated to reforming American trade policies, and is currently a member of CPA's advisory board. He was previously a Research Fellow with the U.S. Business and Industry Council, a Washington think tank. Before that, he was an economist in private practice, mostly serving hedge funds and private equity firms. Fletcher is the author of the 2011 book Free Trade Doesn't Work: What Should Replace It and Why. Educated at Columbia and the University of Chicago, he lives in San Francisco.
August 25 and September 8, 15, 22, and 29, Fridays —
Progressives' Famers' Market Table
10–noon at the entrance to Gateway
This is a DoR-sponsored weekly tabling at the Rossmoor Farmer's Market to share information with all Rossmoorians, including those that aren't DoR members. Lots of different types of information are available: CADEM policy summaries on immigration, healthcare, the environment, etc.; flyers on DOR activities (Flip Read to Blue phone banks, Write2Blue, etc.); flyers of other nearby activities; DoR membership forms; a printout of the DoR Weekly Events list (book group, film, etc.) for those who are not DoR members; and voter registration forms. There are also a few flyers from recent TGWD speakers such as Ban Money Bail and Health4All. BUT mostly it's a chance to talk about the latest crazy thing Trump did or to swap political stories.
September 4, Monday — Book Club
3 p.m. in the Gateway Multipurpose Room 2
The September book will be Elizabeth Warren’s This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class. Warren grew up in Oklahoma, and she has never forgotten how difficult it was for her parents to struggle to keep the family in the middle class. An educational system that offered opportunities allowed her to attend college and law school, but now she feels that for many these opportunities are gone. Contrary to what he promised his supporters, President Trump has surrounded himself with billionaires and lobbyists, and government remains beholden to special interests while the middle class is being pushed closer to collapseIn this book Warren analyzes how in the past we built a strong middle class, how lobbyists and millionaires have undermined these efforts, and what she thinks we need to do to return our government to the people.
September 5, Tuesday — Write2Blue
2–4 p.m. in the Mulligan Room at Creekside
Write2Blue writes short notes to lawmakers about current critical issues, such as health care and tax reform, and matters that impact the 2018 elections. Talking points will be provided along with lists of recipients and their addresses. Please bring any note cards, nice stationery, post cards, or stamps you can spare to add to our Write2Blue supply basket. RSVP to Tricia Spiegel at email@example.com, call 925-954-7377, or just show up!
September 11, Monday — Film
1 p.m. in Peacock Hall...there will not be a 7 p.m. showing
The September film will be Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, a 1964 political satire black comedy film that satirizes the Cold War fears of a nuclear conflict between the Soviet Union and the United States. The film was directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick and stars Peter Sellers and George C. Scott.
September 14, Thursday — Thank God We're Democrats (TGWD)
4:30 p.m. in the Fairway Room at Creekside
The TGWD September speaker will be a representative from the Walnut Creek Solidarity Sundays organization. Socialization and drinks ($5 cash per drink) will begin at 4:30 p.m. At 4:50 p.m., dinner may be ordered individually from a limited selection of the Creekside Grill Early Bird menu for $20 cash. If you prefer to attend just for the camaraderie, you are welcome to do so. You must RSVP by Wednesday, September 13; please include your name(s), the date, and whether you will be ordering dinner.