Writing letters … 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 … 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 1.9 MILLION texts from us so far this year!!
NEW NOW: On Wednesdays in October and November, 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.
October 15, Tuesday — The Democratic Party Presidential Primary Debate Watch Party: cancelled
So sorry, not this month. The debate is still on and just on the one day, even with 12 on the stage. This month, we won’t be able to see it together. The room became unavailable, so stay tuned for November. The debate will be hosted by CNN and NY Times. At home, we’ll all be watching and thinking about how much we enjoy doing that together.
October 24, Thursday — Dinner and General Meeting: Speaker Professor Paul Pierson
Town square/social time 5 p.m., dinner 5:45 p.m., election of officers and bylaws change vote 6:45 p.m., and U.C. Berkeley Professor Paul Pierson 7 p.m.
Please use the reservation form for dinner reservations.
Pierson graduated with a B.A. in government from Oberlin College in 1981 and then attended graduate school at Yale University, completing an M.A. and M.Phil. in 1986 and a Ph.D. degree in political science in 1989. Pierson taught at Harvard University 1989–2004 and was president of the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association 2003–2004. He moved to U.C. Berkeley in 2004. From 2007–2010 he served at U.C. Berkeley as Chair of the Political Science Department. He is currently professor of political science and holder of the John Gross Endowed Chair of Political Science at U.C. Berkeley.
Pierson's 2010 book with Jacob Hacker, Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class, was a New York Times bestseller. Their next book—to be published in 2020—will be Let Them Eat Tweets: How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality. That is also the title of Pierson’s presentation on October 24.
November 4, Monday — Book Club
3:00 p.m. in the Gateway Multipurpose Room 2
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.”