Workers Rights and the Middle Class

Robert Reich has a great column in today's San Francisco Chronicle. As he writes about the Republican Party's battle against public employee unions across the country:

This war on workers' rights is an assault on the middle class, and it is undermining the American economy.

The American economy can't get out of neutral until American workers have more money in their pockets to buy what they produce. And unions are the best way to give them the bargaining power to get better pay.

Worried about income inequality? You should be worried about this.

Afghanistan and Iraq Highlight Our National Priorities and Choices

NPR has a story about how the U.S. military is spending $20.2 billion for air conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan.

If we are going to have troops in that climate, providing air conditioning is absolutely the right thing to do. But that figure should make us all wonder about our national priorities.

After all, as Alternet's Joshua Holland noted on Twitter this afternoon using data from the National Priorities Project, $20.2 billion could also:

help 9.9 million children get health insurance give 2.4 million university scholarships hire 295,267 elementary school teachers create 2.5 million Head Start slots provide wind energy to 11.6 million homes hire 337,522 firefighters

So, what does this say about our national priorities?

Diablo Valley Democrats will Table July 4 in Concord’s Todos Santos Park

Join the Diablo Valley Democratic Club to register voters and distribute information about the club and its projects at a table the club is hosting during July 4 festivities at Concord's Todos Santos Park from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Email Edi Birsan ( to sign up to volunteer  for a time slot.

East County Democrats for Action Host Mayors’ Symposium on June 29

The East County Democrats for Action will host a Mayors Symposium featuring the mayors from Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley, and Pittsburg on Wednesday, June 29, from 7-9 p.m. at the Antioch City Council Chambers, 200 H Street, Antioch.

At the meeting the club will discuss local community concerns like budget deficits and layoffs, foreclosures, public education, and crime.

For more information, visit the East County Democrats for Action's web site.

Join Us for a Taste of California Summer Event on July 23 with Special Guest U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

Join us Saturday, July 23, 2011 for a Taste of California Summer. The event will feature a Special Guest: U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, who will be introduced by U.S. Representative George Miller.

The event, sponsored by the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County, will be held from 3-5 p.m. at the Shadelands Ranch, 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Click here to purchase your event tickets today!

General tickets are $50 with Friend tickets for $100, Advocate tickets for $250, Sponsor Tickets for $500, and Host Committee memberships available at $1000. Host committee members will be listed on future correspondence and have other special opportunities. Contact Melody at 925-299-1612 for more information. 

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Join the Lamorinda Democratic Club and March in the Orinda July 4 Parade

The Lamorinda Democratic Club invites you to join them at the Orinda Fourth of July parade! Club members will be marching again this year.

Join the club in the Orinda BART station's parking lot on the east side of Camino Pablo between 8:45-9:30 a.m. (please note updated time). The parade starts promptly at 10 a.m.!

Wear your Democratic t-shirts and buttons and great ready to show your Democratic spirit!

The Lamorinda Democratic Club will also have a booth in front of the old Orinda library for voter registration and to pass out information. You can volunteer to staff the booth by contacting John Hall at

Click here to download a pdf of the event flyer!

California Democratic Party Region 6 Meeting

The California Democratic Party's Region 6 Meeting will be held on Monday, June 27, from 7-9 p.m. at the Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley, CA 94703.

The agenda will include a political update from California Democratic Party Executive Director Shawnda Westly, a call for testimony on the proposed delegate selection plan, discussion about making endorsements in the "top two" primary process, and other resolutions that may be considered at the July California Democratic Party Executive Board meeting.

Please contact Region 6 Director Royce Kelley if you have any questions, comments, or concerns at

Antioch Democratic Club Meets on a Special Night: Thursday, June 30

The Antioch Democratic Club will meet on a special night: Thursday, June 30. The club meets at The Hidden Dragon Restaurant, 4106 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, at 7:30 p.m.

The club will discuss its voter registration efforts, the eBART project, and report on activities at the recent California Democratic State Convention in Sacramento.

For more information, please visit the club's website.

Misleading Medicare Mantra

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Senior Fellow Jared Bernstein does not want scare tactics about the Medicare program's finances to allow the Republicans to get away with privatizing the program. As he notes:

In fact, if the trust fund were to exhaust in 2024, income coming into the fund would still finance 90% of benefits.  That’s something to be avoided, but it’s a different kind insolvency than that implied by the R’s mantra.

Finally, Ryan and company did not discover this challenge of paying for health care.  We have a law on the books to meet the challenge—the Affordable Care Act.  It has already improved Medicare’s fiscal outlook, though the real work—reducing the rate of health care costs for years to come—hasn’t even . . . → Read More: Misleading Medicare Mantra

San Ramon Valley Democratic Club to Feature Emerge America President on June 23

The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club will feature a presentation by Emerge America President Karen Middleton at its Thursday, June 23 meeting.

The meeting will take place at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, in Danville. Social time at 6:15 p.m., dinner at 6:45 p.m., with the program at 7:15 p.m. Members and invited guests can enjoy the dinner and program for $25, non-members $30, presentation only is $5 (requested donation).

Middleton joined Emerge as its president on September 1, 2010, and subsequently relocated with her family to Danville. She served in the Colorado State Legislature from February 2008 through 2010, where she was in a leadership position as Majority Caucus Chair and a member of the Education and Business Affairs and . . . → Read More: San Ramon Valley Democratic Club to Feature Emerge America President on June 23

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