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Positive Thinking and Expression

Our club’s Communications Chair, John Loughlin, was the recipient of the San Diego County Democratic Party’s Volunteer of the Year award, here’s a transcript of his speech at the 2016 Roosevelt Dinner that calls on all of us to be thoughtful when posting on Social Media. Thanks Ed. Oh my. Deary me. Crikey, I can honestly say I don’t deserve this award but I’m happy to accept it on behalf of all the backroom geeks and nerds who help clubs, candidates and elected officials spread our Democratic values. I’m also happy to accept it to thank all the folks who nominated me. First and foremost I must thank Geri Carmack, who probably rues the day she dragged me along to join the Point Loma Democratic Club. Also Nancy Witt who worked on recruiting me to the GoTeam, for literally years, and many thanks to my Party mentors Ruth Rollins and Susan Peinado. I also want to thank all the friends and beautiful progressives I’ve met over the last few years – who’ve helped and encouraged me …

How Democrats Endorse, from President to School Board

A lot of people ask me at this time of year about how our Party makes decisions about the candidates we endorse. This week, I’m going to take a little time to explain how this process works, from the top to the bottom of the ticket. It can be a bit complicated, so bear with me. To begin with, it’s important to understand that any endorsements are made by either the National, State, or County Party — all of which are related but independent organizations. After  primary elections or caucuses are held in all 50 states, delegates for the presidential candidates will officially vote on the endorsement of the Democratic nominee for President at the Democratic National Committee Convention July 25-28 in Philadelphia. Any Democrat is eligible to run to become a delegate by bringing lots of Democrats to vote for him or her at the designated date and time in your Congressional district. You can learn more about how to do that by clicking here. Members of the U.S. Congress and Senate, as well as members of …

Human Rights, Refugees, and San Diego

Whether we are talking about the rights of Syrian refugees, the rights of black Americans, child soldiers, girls being trafficked for sex, or students being shot while at school, a discussion on human rights seems very timely. Not just because it’s Human Rights Day, but because of the upheaval that is putting record numbers of people at risk in conflicts here and around the world. In his 1941 State of the Union address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt articulated what he called the “Four Freedoms”. He asserted that people “everywhere in the world” should have: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. Events this year — whether in the wake of the uncertainty and violence in the Middle East or the heated rhetoric of the Presidential debates — are testing our values as a human and humane civilization. Countries from Venezuela to China silence political prisoners who dare to speak out. A U.S. presidential candidate advocates closing our borders and mosques to millions of Muslims. Floods of refugees flee war and violence that has decimated their lives …

Capitalism is failing, and it’s time to panic – Paul Mason

The neoliberalist capitalist model has resulted in civil wars and economic disaster, and it’s only going to get worse. Unless, Paul Mason argues, we take advantage of the technological revolution we are living through and create a postcapitalist sharing society. If we let prices fall and delink work from wages, we can save the world from disaster. Capitalism is dead – Paul Mason for Guardian Membership ► http://bit.ly/MasonMembership Postcapitalism: a guide to our future by Paul Mason is published by Allen Lane ► http://bit.ly/MasonBookCapitalism Read Paul Mason: the end of capitalism has begun ► http://bit.ly/MasonArticle

Benefits Far Outweigh Costs When it Comes to Climate Action

Originally posted on Coronado Democratic Club:
I’m no scientist. But you don’t have be an expert to acknowledge climate change and start doing something about it. That’s why, when Republican’s claim they aren’t scientists (as if we should all be shocked by that), the rest of the world answers, “So what?” All you need is a basic understanding of a thermometer and the fact that ice melts, and you’re about 85% of the way there. But since this is so complicated for some of our “leaders” on the other side of the aisle, let’s start with a few facts. The average temperature of the earth is rising drastically, primarily because of greenhouse gas emissions. Globally, 2014 was the hottest year on record, and 2015 is on pace to break the record yet again. As a matter of fact, ten of the hottest years ever recorded have been since 1998. Climate change puts lives at risk: heat waves that lead to stroke and dehydration are the most common cause of weather-related deaths. Extreme storms like Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy killed over 2,000 people…