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Elizabeth Warren at Netroots Nation Describes the Soul of Today’s Democratic Party.

Netroots Nation Conference, Day 3, Senator Elizabeth Warren Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) spoke at the annual conference of Netroots Nation in Atlanta. She talked about many priorities of the Democratic Party including reproductive rights, health care, and immigration while criticizing the agenda of Republicans and the Trump administration. She also cautioned about calls to move her party closer to the center. The annual conference was an “annual gathering for progressives” attended by online organizers and grassroots activists. [Transcript of Warren’s prepared remarks, sent in advance by her staff.] Before I begin, I would like to say a word about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – DACA – that was just discussed. The fights that we fight for – they matter. In 2012 – because of persistence of many of you in this room – 800,000 young men and women were protected from deportation. Because of DACA, DREAMers, who are as American as you and me, were promised a chance. The chance to work. The chance to live without the fear of being ripped …

Apr 23 – Monthly Meeting – Voting Rights

UC San Diego political science professor (and former Assemblyman) Nathan Fletcher teaches a class on the Voting Rights Act of 1965. From the Declaration of Independence through to the 2013 Supreme Court decision which found a section of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional his course covers the history of voting rights in the United States including attempts to disenfranchise voters. Literacy tests were used as a means to deny voters along lines of race and class – Louisiana literacy test (PDF) – and continue to flummox UCSD undergraduates today – Union-Tribune article by @GaryWarthUT. Many of our struggles with the present Administration will come down to the 2018 Ballot boxes and who is willing, and able, to vote. Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher is our featured speaker this evening, and we’re delighted to also welcome Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher who will speak on her recently introduced legislation. 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 …

Notes from the May Meeting – Politics of Choice in San Diego, Why Planned Parenthood Matters

Club President Susan Peinado called the meeting to order at 4:00 PM. Susan thanked everyone for coming; thanked all who brought goodies, including the new Refreshment Chair. Unusually there were no elected officials, candidates or spokespersons on behalf of a proposition, and therefore we moved straight into the main program. Politics of Choice in San Diego, Why Planned Parenthood Matters Nora Vargas, Vice President of Community and Government Relations, Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest, reported that the chapter was the nation’s second largest, serving San Diego, Riverside, and Imperial counties and was the only one with a bi-national partnership (in Tijuana.) The chapter’s charitable arm has 19 healthcare centers and serves over 271,000 patients and gives over 66,000 healthcare lessons a year. She said in addition to providing reproductive and healthcare services, PP cares for their clients holistically and advocates for issues such as the need for transportation, a raise in the minimum wage, paid sick leave, and for protection from abuse in the workplace. They also offer important services to pregnant patients under 18 who …

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

Nora Vargas led a wide-ranging discussion on the politics of choice in San Diego County, why Planned Parenthood matters, and plans for this election cycle. She also provided details on her start in San Diego activism and history with clubmember Anne Hoiberg. We encourage you to subscribe to our Podcast channel here. You can also find us on the iTunes Store just search for Point Loma & OB Dems or click here, as well as on Stitcher. Recordings used during the discussion do not contain explicit language. Music used by kind permission of the Oily Buoys. What are Podcasts? Our podcasts are edited recordings of our meetings made freely available on the Internet. They’ll usually be audio but we may make video recordings available as well. One-third of all Americans (12 years of age or older) have listened to a podcast according to Pew Research on Podcasts. Our podcasts are a great way to share information from our guest speakers for free and enable us to reach a wider audience. We hope you enjoy our podcasts. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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, …