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Unless otherwise noted, you do not need to be a member of the Democrats of Rossmoor Club to attend our functions.
January 14, Monday — Film: Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me
1 and 7 p.m. at Peacock Hall
The January film will be Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me. The film is a 2014 American documentary film about Campbell's amazing "Goodbye Tour" as he and his family navigated the wildly unpredictable nature of his progressing Alzheimer's disease using love, laughter, and music as their medicine of choice. Campbell and close friend Julian Raymond (the film's executive producer) won a Grammy Award and were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song for writing the film's theme I'm Not Gonna Miss You. Campbell died in 2017 at the age of 81.
January 21, Monday — Martin Luther King Day
January 24, Thursday — General Meeting
6 p.m. social/town hall; 7 p.m. speaker at the Event Center
Speaker: Jennifer Granholm
Jennifer Granholm will speak on the state of the Democratic Party, prospects for 2020, and the state of the union post-election.
Granholm served as the Attorney General of Michigan 1999–2003 and as the Governor of Michigan from 2003–2011. She was a member of the presidential transition team for Barack Obama before he assumed office. After leaving public office, Granholm took a position at U.C. Berkeley and, with her husband Daniel Mulhern, authored A Governor's Story: The Fight for Jobs and America's Future. Additionally, Granholm was a supporter of Obama's re-election campaign in 2012 and Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.
Granholm is currently a distinguished Adjunct Professor, UC Berkeley School of Law and Goldman School of Public Policy; and Senior Research Fellow, Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute and Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society. She is also a senior political reporter for CNN.
February 4, Monday — Book Club: Heartland by Sarah Smarsh
3 p.m. in Gateway Multipurpose Room 2
The June book will be Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh.
From the publisher: “Sarah Smarsh was born a fifth generation Kansas wheat farmer on her paternal side, and the product of generations of teen mothers on her maternal side. Through her experiences growing up on a farm thirty miles west of Wichita, we are given a unique and essential look into the lives of poor and working class Americans living in the heartland.
During Sarah’s turbulent childhood in Kansas in the 1980s and 1990s, she enjoyed the freedom of a country childhood, but observed the painful challenges of the poverty around her; untreated medical conditions for lack of insurance or consistent care, unsafe job conditions, abusive relationships, and limited resources and information that would provide for the upward mobility that is the American Dream. By telling the story of her life and the lives of the people she loves with clarity and precision but without judgement, Smarsh challenges us to look more closely at the class divide in our country.
A beautifully written memoir that combines personal narrative with powerful analysis and cultural commentary, Heartland examines the myths about people thought to be less because they earn less.”
February 11, Monday — Film: I Am Not Your Negro
1 and 7 p.m. at Peacock Hall
The February film will be I Am Not Your Negro. Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
February 14, Valentine’s Day
February 21, Thursday — Dinner/General Meeting
5 p.m. social/town hall; 5:45 dinner; 7 p.m. speaker at the Event Center
Speaker: Congressman Mark DeSaulnier
Our February meeting speaker will be Congressman Mark DeSaulnier. He will speak on The House in Action: Our Goals and Priorities.
DeSaulnier has served as our U.S. Representative for California's 11th congressional district since 2015. He previously served in the California State Legislature, representing State Senate district 7 2008–2015 and State Assembly district 11 from 2006–2008. He also served as a Contra Costa County Supervisor (1994–2006) and on the Concord City Council (1991–1994).
Reservations for the $36 dinner are required by Friday, February 15, using the RSVP form. View the form for form delivery and the menu.