May 22 – Politics of Choice in San Diego, Why Planned Parenthood Matters

Nora Vargas, the VP of Community and Government Relations department of Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest will be speaking about the politics of choice in San Diego County, why Planned Parenthood matters, and she will share some of our electoral plans for this election cycle.

Nora E. Vargas is an accomplished public affairs and political management professional, with over fourteen years of experience working with government entities, NGO’s, foundations, corporations, grass tops and grassroots organizing.

  • Chair of the Board, Hispanics Organized for Political Equality (HOPE)
  • Governing Board Member at Southwestern Community College District
  • Vice President of Community Engagement at Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest

Nora is a graduate of the University of San Francisco. She has completed graduate work in both Public Administration and Latin American Studies at San Diego State University and has a Master’s Degree from Claremont Graduate University.

Growing up in the Tijuana-San Diego region, Nora Vargas’ mother and father (an economist and professor) stressed to their four children the importance of education. Vargas took it to heart, graduated from the University of San Francisco with a bachelor’s degree in politics, got an advanced degree, and today has forged a life of public service.

By the age of 39, Vargas has been a community representative for a U.S. Congressman and an appointee in the U.S. Selected Service in the Clinton Administration. She was also executive director of the Latino Issues Forum and founding director of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs for the city of Los Angeles. Her board service includes Hispanas Organized for Political Equality and the Parent Institute for Quality Education.

What drives her? “My passion for social justice.”

mealsonwheelsWe’ll also hear from Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego.

They are conducting a countywide campaign to identify seniors who struggle with maintaining their health, have difficulties shopping and cooking, or are disabled or homebound.  Senior hunger is an often hidden and unspoken reality, and a senior in your community may greatly benefit from their program.  Their dedicated and caring volunteers deliver well-balanced, nutritious meals six days a week throughout San Diego County, and they need your help to reach those seniors and their families who may not know about their services.  However, they do not just provide meals; they offer a daily assurance to families regarding their seniors’ health and wellness.  They provide free information on home safety, healthy living, and caring for elderly family members.  Most importantly, their program allows seniors to stay in their homes and live as independently as possible.  All of these wonderful benefits, including free pet food, are available at one very low daily cost.

Along with spreading the message of Meals-on-Wheels, we’re invited to support their organization through volunteering, donating gifts and household essentials, and direct sponsorship of a senior in our community.  Political and social advocacy has always been an effective pathway for change, and they believe our Club has the energy, resources, and voice to support their goal of improving the lives or vulnerable seniors, many of whom are veterans and surviving spouses.  They have a multitude of opportunities in which to participate, and are eager to include the club in these efforts.

NOTE: We’re meeting a week earlier than usual due to the Memorial Day Weekend.

4:00PM – 5:30PM

Point Loma Assembly, 3035 Talbot St, San Diego, CA 92106
For additional info call (619) 800-5098
Directions and parking information

Social Time
Members are encouraged to get together from 3:30PM before the meeting starts, please bring whatever light drinks/snacks that you’d like to share.

After the meeting ends we suggest adjourning to the nearby Seaside Pho & Grill, 1005 Rosecrans St, to continue our progressive conversation. The owner, Thuy Nguyen, has extended Happy Hour until 6:30pm.


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