The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club is pleased to welcome Paul Pierson, Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley, speaking on Inequality and Public Policy. Pierson, who recently served several years as the chair of the Berkeley political science department, has written a number of books, including the New York Times bestseller Winner-Take-All Politics, co-authored with Jacob Hacker, political science professor at Yale.
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Nora Privitera, an immigration lawyer and a recognized expert in immigration law, will address the following topics:
The key elements in US Immigration Law history
The current system and why it doesn’t work
What’s in the bipartisan 2011 Senate bill which the House has refused to consider
The legality of President Obama’s executive actions implementing DACA (Deferred Action for Child Applicants) and the latest DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents).
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The Concord Democratic Club invites you to its January 2015 membership meeting featuring Senate candidate Susan Bonilla. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 28, at 7 p.m. at the Susan Bonilla for Senate Campaign Headquarters, 2280 Diamond Blvd, Suite 500, in Concord.
For more information, please visit the club's web site.
Assemblymember Jim Frazier invites you to join him for his 4th Annual Lobster Feed Dinner on Saturday, February 21, at the Antioch Community Center, 4701 Lone Tree Way, in Antioch. The event will begin with a wine reception at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $75 per person with sponsorships available at $1500, $2500, and $4100. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 925-330-3178. This event sells out and tickets are limited. Please RSVP early to guarantee your seats.
The Lamorinda, San Ramon Valley, Concord, Rossmoor, and Diablo Valley Democratic Clubs are co-hosting a Senate District 7 Candidates Forum on Thursday, February 12, at 7 p.m. at the Lafayette Library's Community Room, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette.
This meeting will be an opportunity to hear from announced Democratic candidates Assemblymember Susan Bonilla and former Assemblymember Joan Buchanan.
There is a $5 meeting fee requested to help cover expenses, with no charge for students. For more information, please visit the Lamorinda Democratic Club's website.
The Tri-Valley Democratic Club's meeting on Monday, January 19, will feature club officer elections and a candidates forum for Senate District 7 candidates Joan Buchanan and Susan Bonilla.
Bonilla and Buchanan will tell the club why they are seeking the club's endorsement. Members will vote by secret ballot on the endorsement question. The press and public are invited.
The meeting will be held at the IBEW Hall, 6250 Village Parkway, in Dublin. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the club meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m., and the candidates' forum beginning at 8 p.m. For more information, please visit the club's web site.
The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club meeting on Thursday, January 22 features a presentation on “Capital in the 21st Century”, a best-selling book by the French economist Thomas Piketty. Piketty writes about wealth inequality in the context of economic growth and the returns on capital and labor. He argues that the rate of return on capital in developed countries is persistently greater than the rate of economic growth, and that this will cause long-term increases in wealth inequality that will eventually undermine democracy and result in grave social and economic instability. Piketty adds that political action has curbed dangerous inequalities in the past and may do so again.
Topics will include:
Why does the value of capital grow faster than the economy?
What have been the wealth trends during the last two centuries?
Why did the wealth gap drop so dramatically from 1914 to the 1970s?
So what? Why is the growing wealth gap a problem?
What policies would reduce the widening wealth gap?
Ramsay Thomas, our speaker, gives an insightful and engaging synopsis of this 700+ page book with a presentation featuring graphs and charts from Piketty’s book. His presentation is a collaboration that grew out of a book/study group whose members read and discussed “Capital”. A few of our members saw this presentation and thought it would be a wonderful presentation for the club. Ramsay Thomas is a retired AP History and AP Comparative Government and Economics teacher from the Acalanes High School District.
We meet at Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville. Come at 6:15 to talk with the speakers before the meeting. Buffet dinner ($26) is at 6:45 pm with the program beginning at 7:15 pm. Please RSVP by email to Brodie Hilp by Monday, January 19th.
The Hercules Democratic Club invites you to join them for their annual holiday party and fundraiser on Monday, December 29. This year they will be honoring Nancy Skinner for her service to Assembly District 15. Nancy has actively engaged with citizens as a Berkeley City council member, East Bay Regional Park Board member, and California Assembly member. She has sponsored and helped pass important legislation to improve our lives and protect us and our neighbors. She has been a champion of legislation for sensible gun control, protecting the environment and keeping the doors open at Doctors hospital.
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The Assembly District Delegates (ADDs) and Assembly District Executive Board representatives ("EBd Reps") are elected at Assembly District Election Meetings (ADEMs) held in each of California's 80 Assembly Districts.
The California Democratic Party will be convening ADEMs on Saturday January 10 and Sunday January 11, 2015, where 14 people (7 men / 7 women) from each Assembly District will be elected to represent their district as DSCC (Democratic State Central Committee) Delegates for both the 2015 and 2016 State Conventions. (The 2015 convention is scheduled for May 15-17, 2015 in Anaheim, California. The 2016 convention is scheduled for late February 2016 in San Jose, California.)
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The Diablo Valley Democratic Club's meeting on Wednesday, November 19, will feature Contra Costa County Clerk Joe Canciamilla discussing "Where Does Your Vote Go?"
How can we be sure our ballots are counted? Are counts doublechecked? When are absentee ballots counted? Should we have electronic voting? Does voter fraud happen? How can we prevent voter suppression in other states? County Clerk Joe Canciamilla will explain is office's responsibilities are answer your questions.
The DVDC meets from 7-9 p.m. at the Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek. Please park on Deerpark Drive, the first right after the library, unless you have difficulty walking. For more information, call 925-946-0469 or visit the club's web site.