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The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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  • Saturday, July 11, 2009

    Orange County, CA Events

    Loretta Sanchez comes out for Public Option: I know some consider her too conservative, but I have always liked Loretta Sanchez. Not only did she defeat (twice!) one of the most insane right wing nuts ever (Bob Dornan) but she has a sense of style all her own. Here's the video:

    CA-48: An analysis

    I found this amazing round up of events in Orange County, California, thanks to Orange County Democracy for America:

    July 15 Wednesday 7:30pm, Irvine: FREE screening of Food Inc. Edwards University Town Center 6 4245 Campus Irvine, CA 92612
    According to Chipotle Mexican Grill's web-site, they're sponsoring free showings of FOOD Inc. The 7:30pm showing is not listed on Fandago's web-site so hopefully it won't be too crowded. Get there early to ensure you're able to get a ticket. Anyone who's still hungry after whatever it is that we see in this film can meetup outside the theater and hit Veggie Grill before they close at 10pm. (See also: Jun 19-Jul 16) If you can't make this showing, it's playing regularly at this theater so catch another showing, but don't forget your wallet. meetup.com/goinggreenorangecounty/calendar/10841920

    Jul 16 Thursday 7-9pm, Irvine: OC Green Drinks Andrei's Concious Cusine & Cocktails 2607 Main Street Irvine, CA 92614 949.387.8887 andreisrestaurant.com
    Orange County Green Drinks is a casual, monthly get together for anyone and everyone interested in chatting about and advocating all things "green". Visit greendrinks.org to find your local chapter, if you don't live in the Orange County area or when you travel.

    Jul 16 Thursday 7pm, Anaheim: Anaheim Democratic Club guest speaker Mayor Tom Daley Join us at 6:00 pm for dinner. At Mimi's on Euclid, just south of the 91 Freeway. For more info: Ken Burke (714) 998-6935

    July 18 Saturday 2pm, Irvine: Americans United for Separation of Church and State Orange County Chapter presents Gustavo Arellano speaking on "The Collision of Religion and Politics in Orange County" Irvine Ranch Water District (Multipurpose Room) 15600 Sand Canyon Ave. (at Waterworks) Irvine, CA 92618
    Gustavo Arellano, religion and political reporter for the "OC Weekly," will discuss the intersection of religion and politics in Orange County. There are few reporters who cut to the heart of the issues of religion and society the way Gustavo does. In his book "Orange County - A Personal History" he covers Saddleback Church, Calvary Chapel and the Trinity Broadcasting Network. He doesn't leave out the sex-abuse scandal in the diocese. He also discusses Islam, including both Imam Siddiqi who prayed with George W. Bush following 9/11 and the Muslim Student Union at UCI who did not. Even the Buddhist temple gets a mention. In his columns, Gustavo has covered all religions - the good, the bad and the political.
    Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For information contact: Steph Campbell, (714) 299-4551, or e-mail orangecountyau@yahoo.com.

    Jul 19 Sunday noon-4pm, Irvine: ACLU Potluck Orange County ACLU and KPFK potluck in the park.
    Mason Regional Park, 18712 University Drive, Irvine. Shelter #1. (714) 956-5037. quetzalcoatl38@aol.com.

    Jul 19 Sunday 1:30pm, Irvine: Humanist Association of Orange County Pending confirmation of our speaker on the Bahai faith, we shall hear about and disciuss this religion which originated in Iran and one which is not ver familiar to most of us. If our soeaker does not come through, we shall have an open forum on topics of interest, maybe discuss recent political events in Iran.
    Irvine Ranch Water District building located at 15600 Sand Canyon Ave. Irvine, CA 92618 ochumanists.org

    Jul 20 Monday 7pm, Mission Viejo: Canyon Democrats regular meeting. Melahat Rafiei and Lindsay Hopkins from the DPOC will speak on the 34 City Strategy and the progressive Council of Orange County. A great opportunity to gain insight into the relationship of the DPOC to the local clubs. Norman Murray Senior Center 24932 Veteran's Way. For more information, go to canyondemocrats.org

    Jul 21 Tuesday 8am-2:30pm, Silverado: ¡Viaje a la aldea antigua! (Trek to an Ancient Village!) Stay in shape! Learn about Orange County's history and ecology!
    Contact Scott: (714)381-5331 naturalist-for-you.org
    Where: Black Star Canyon, Black Star Canyon Rd., Silverado, CA 92676 (map)
    Description: Venture into the infamous Black Star Canyon, where a Native American massacre happened in the 1830s. Follow an abandoned country road through woodlands, purple sage, and chaparral to the Mariposa Preserve, a high valley where sycamore groves cut through an extensive grassland. Historically known as Hidden Ranch, the property is now owned by The Wildlands Conservancy. Impressive rock formations occasionally poke through the scrubby vegetation. Learn about the survival skills of the local tribe who occupied a village site, known as Pahav. Find evidence of the tribal people in a mystic meadow surrounded by gnarly oak trees. Observe different habitats for a chance to see local wildlife, especially birds. See how elevation influences the occurrence of certain plant species. Who: 18 and older Where: Black Star Canyon, Black Star Canyon Rd., Silverado, CA 92676. Take Santiago Canyon Rd east from Jamboree, follow past Irvine Lake, turn left on Silverado Cyn Rd, turn left on Black Star Cyn Rd, follow all the way to white pipe gate and park. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous, roughly 10 miles round-trip, full sun exposure, wide dirt road, over a thousand feet of elevation gain.

    Jul 21 Tuesday 5:30-6pm, Tustin: National Farm Worker Ministry PRAYER VIGIL FOR THE CALIFORNIA FARM WORKERS WHO HAVE DIED SINCE 2004 In front of Trader Joe's, 12932 Newport Avenue, Tustin
    NFWM and the United Farm Workers are holding prayer vigils throughout the summer to honor the lives of 15 farm workers who have died of heat-related deaths since 2004. Each year, many farm workers are denied water, rest, and shade by their employers as they work for hours under the hot summer sun, despite laws in California to protect farm workers from these very violations. Last summer alone, 6 farm workers lost their lives and with the summer upon us, it is time to join together in a call for justice. (See also July 26)
    For more info: Suzanne Darweesh SDarweesh@aol.com (714) 732-9101 Sponsored by Orange County Chapter of Progressive Christians Uniting

    Jul 26 Sunday 11am-2pm, San Clemente: Military Families Beach Barbecue to honor the sacrifice of our military families from Camp Pendleton Help us reach out to Blue Star families. We want to give them a fun family day on the beach in San Clemente with a barbecue and games for the kids. San Clemente Beach Email: lori@hedrickforcongres.com

    Jul 30 (Last Thursday) 7:30pm, Irvine: Amnesty International Group #178 Irvine July meeting canceled For more details, see our website. For further information about the meeting, please see our group meeting page. For additional questions, please get in touch with us via our contact page.

    Aug 4 Tuesday 8am-9:30am, Newport Beach: Breakfast with Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez! Balboa Bay Club 1221 West Coast Hwy., Newport Beach
    Special Guests: Members of Congress to be announced! Suggested contribution: Individual Tickets $100 Table of 8 $1000 Individual Sponsor $2400 PAC Sponsor $5000 Please RSVP to Kelly Martinez at 714-832-4431 or kmartinez@loretta.org

    Aug 5 Wednesday: DFA-OC normally meets the first Wednesday of the month. However, we will NOT meet in August. Meetings will resume monthly on Sept. 2, 7 pm, Karl Strauss Brewery, 901 South Coast Drive, Costa Mesa. Contact: Susan Kopicki @ sckopicki@yahoo.com

    Aug 6 Thursday 6:30pm, Anaheim: Hooray! Arianna Huffington is coming to the OC! It is our honor to invite you to join us for a very special evening with author, syndicated columnist and Huffington Post founder, Arianna Huffington.
    Individual Ticket Levels: $75 for General Admission $60 for Sustaining Members FREE for Members of the Progressive Council of Orange County
    Sheraton Park Hotel, 1855 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92802 Click here to RSVP and get your tickets today! If you prefer to pay by check or have any questions, please contact Melahat Rafiei at 714-835-5158 or Melahat@OCDemocrats.org.

    Aug 15 Saturday noon-4pm, Irvine: OC LGBT Pride Festival: Picnic in the Park with Pride 2009 William R. Mason Regional Park, on University Drive in Irvine The Festival will be centered at Shelter 6 in Mason Park Sponsored by the Orange County Equality Coalition Bring a picnic lunch. Admission is free to all. Families are welcome. Dogs are permitted. (But no alcohol please.) Carpooling is encouraged, as parking is limited and OC Parks charge for parking.
    The After Party Steelhead Brewery at 4175 Campus Drive in Irvine welcomes the OC LGBT Pride After-Party from 4-8 pm Contact us at oclgbtpride@gmail.com or visit sites.google.com/site/oclgbtpride

    Aug 22 Saturday 11am-2pm, Irvine: Women For: Orange County, Twenty-Ninth Annual Suffrage Day Celebration! University Club at UCI, 801 E. Peltason Dr., 11:00am to 2:00pm. This year's honorees are: Elaine Booth, Women For and OC progressive activist; Pam Allison, Project Hope; Chay Peterson, OC environmental and humanitarian activist, and Debbie Cook, Post Carbon Institute and former Mayor, Huntington Beach. The Suffrage Day Luncheon is open to all. Reservations with payment of $45 are due August 8th. Please make check payable to Women For: Orange County, and mail to: "Suffrage Day", 19192 Sierra Isabelle, Irvine, CA 92603. (To request a vegan meal, please write "VEG" in the memo line on your check.) Registration begins at 11:00am. Lunch will be served at noon in the Dining Room. Information 949.276.7298, womenforoc.org


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