December 4, Monday — Book Club
3 p.m. in the Creekside Club Room
The December Book will be Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How we Come Together by CNN political contributor Van Jones. The New York Times bestseller has been hailed as "A passionate manifesto that exposes hypocrisy on both sides of the political divide and points a way out of the tribalism that is tearing America apart". Jones is tough on Trump but expresses empathy for his supporters. He feels that both sides of the political divide have abandoned their highest principles and their core constituencies. He sees the entire political conversation as "I’m right, and you are wrong" and calls for a "bipartisanship from below" where both sides abandon their rigid positions and look for practical answers to the problems that affect us all such poverty, unemployment, addiction, and unfair incarceration. Van Jones also shares with us how his experiences and many years of political involvement have shaped his views.
Due to the New Year holiday, there will not be a January Book Club meeting.
December 5, Tuesday — Write2Blue
2–4 p.m. in the Creekside Mulligan Room
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, call 925-954-7377, or just show up!
December 6, 13, 20, and 27, Wednesdays —
Phone/Text Bank to Flip Red to Blue
4–6 p.m. in the Gateway Oak Room (the card room)
Refreshments will be available.
Phone or text Democrats across the U.S., urging them to vote in special elections or phone their members of Congress regarding votes on various issues (taxes, healthcare, etc.). Instructions will be provided, including both paper and online call list options. You need to bring a charger and a charged cell phone or (for virtual calling) either an iPad, tablet, or laptop. RSVP to Susan Lewis at email@example.com or call her at (510) 708-2851. You may RSVP at the last moment. Please include your name, phone number, email address, and the date(s) you wish to make calls.
December 11, Monday — Film
1 and 7 p.m. in Peacock Hall
The December film will be Martin Scorsese's Hugo. Based on Brian Selznick's book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, it is about a boy who lives alone in the Gare Montparnasse railway station in Paris in the 1930s. A co-production between Graham King's GK Films and Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil, the film stars Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer, Jude Law, Helen McCrory, and Christopher Lee. When it was released, Hugo received critical acclaim and received 11 Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture), more than any other film that year, and won five awards.
Orphaned and alone except for an uncle, Hugo Cabret lives in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. Hugo's job is to oil and maintain the station's clocks, but to him, his more important task is to protect a broken automaton and notebook left to him by his late father. Accompanied by the goddaughter of an embittered toy merchant, Hugo embarks on a quest to solve the mystery of the automaton and find a place he can call home.
December 14, Thursday — Thank God We're Democrats (TGWD)
4:30 p.m. social in the Hillside Complex Vista Room
TGWD will be a holiday social this month. Please bring finger food to share. Wine will be available for $5 per glass. We will experiment with the TGWD format over the next few months. If you have a topic you would like to discuss, contact us.