Events

Prior Program on September 18

State Senator Tony Mendoza (SD-32)

Senator Mendoza is a former school teacher, the former Mayor of Artesia, and he also served in the state assembly representing the 56th Assembly District from 2006 to 2012.  In 2014, he was elected to the 32nd State Senate District which covers the communities of Artesia, Bellflower, Buena Park, Cerritos, Commerce, Downey, Hacienda Heights, Hawaiian Gardens, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, Lakewood, Los Nietos, Montebello, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Rose Hills, Santa Fe Springs, South Whittier and Whittier.

Mari Lopez - Healthcare for All
Mari Lopez is an activist with Health Care for All - California.  Mari belongs to the California Nurses and travels throughout the state holding town halls and encouraging voters to support a new healthcare system in California.



Prior Program on August 21 - BEND THE ARC - TURN CONGRESS 180

    
"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

The 2018 Midterm Elections are just over a year away and candidates are ramping up their campaigns.  So are organizations working on those campaigns.  One of these organizations is Bend The Arc. Bend the Arc is a Jewish, non-profit working for social justice.  They have begun an operation called "Turn Congress 180", in cooperation with allied progressive, Democratic, religious and community organizations, and have targeted three Republican congressmen in Southern California:  Steve Knight (25th CD), Darrell Issa (49th), and Ed Royce (39th CD).

Bend the Arc believes they have a unique opportunity to seize this moment in our nation's political history and to usher in a progressive wave throughout Southern California by electing representatives who prioritize the well-being of our communities.

Five Democrats have announced their candidacy to run against Royce:  Gilbert Cisneros, Sam Jammal, Phil Janowicz, Andy Thornburn, and Mai Tran.  All have been notified about our meeting and are invited to attend.

Our speaker - Matt Hom
Matthew Hom is a 2017 Jeremiah Fellow at Bend the Arc. He will be working on holding the 39th District's Representative Ed Royce, as well as other politicians standing with Trump's harmful agenda, accountable to their constituents. A native of Cerritos, he is deeply immersed in progressive politics in the La Mirada area and Orange County. After studying history and music at UC Irvine, he pursued graduate studies at New York University in Jewish history and literature.



Prior Program on
July 17

THE CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY
 


CDP CHAIR ELECTION CHALLENGE

The election of Eric Bauman as the new Chair of the California Democratic Party has been challenged by Kimberly Ellis, one of the candidates.  Bauman was elected Chair at the state convention in Sacramento in May by a narrow margin of 62 votes.


RECALL

A Recall was filed against newly elected State Senator Josh Newman.  This is flagrant ELECTION ABUSE by sore loser Republicans who are trying to take away the 2/3 super-majority held by the Democrats in the state legislature.  So where do we stand now, and what will the schedule look like if there is a recall election?


OUR SPEAKER - FLORICE HOFFMAN

Florice Hoffman is a Regional Director of the Democratic Party for Region 17, which includes Assembly Districts 65 (Fullerton), 68 (Tustin), 69 (Garden Grove), 72 (Fountain Valley). She is an attorney and earned her law degree at Rutgers in 1984.


Prior Program on June 19
TAKING BACK THE HOUSE

Democrats can regain control of the House of Representatives, but only if we are committed to the hard work of taking seats away from Republicans.  One of those seats is right next door in Fullerton, and it appears we have the right candidate to do the job.

Phil Janowicz is a Democratic candidate for the 40th Congressional District seat currently held by Republican Ed Royce.  Royce has been in office since 1993 and his only claim to fame is casting four votes for impeachment against former President Bill Clinton.  Beyond that he's done nothing for the district. Phil Janowicz is President and CEO of Quill and Abacus, an education consulting firm focused on narrowing the opportunity gap for first generation and low-income students. He was educated at MIT and earned a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Illinois.  He came to Orange County to teach Chemistry at Cal State Fullerton.

Mr. Janowicz is running for Congress to draw more attention to the important issues of education and healthcare.  He has seen students struggle to balance full-time schooling with the high-cost and pressures of basic necessities.  He is dedicated to improving affordability and accessibility for both. He lives in Buena Park with his wife, Angela.


Prior Program - May 15
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, The ACLU vs DONALD TRUMP

The ACLU has always defended our Bill of Rights.  They go to court on behalf of Americans whose rights under the first ten amendments to the Constitution have been infringed.  That includes citizens like you and me - as well as citizens whose organizations, reputations, or issues are not a popular part of mainstream America.
Since the election the ACLU has a new focus - President Donald Trump and his attacks on our basic freedoms.  

Here are just a few of the areas that will demand much of the ACLU's time:
     *   Immigration Rights
     *   The Muslim Ban
     *   Your right to protest
     *   The new American Health Care Act
     *   Voting Rights
     *   Trump's financial conflicts
     *   Planned Parenthood
     *   Marriage Equality

Our speaker - James Gilliam, ACLU Deputy Executive Director
Mr Gilliam is an award-winning attorney with extensive experience working civil rights, immigration, homelessness and LGBT issues
  *   Graduate of Loyola Law School
  *   Mr Gilliam oversees day-to-day operations for the ACLU Los Angeles
  *   Serves as Adjunct professor at Loyola Law School
  *   Six years as co-chair of the Sexual Orientation Bias Committee of the LA County Bar Association
  *   Project Board member for the Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal



No Meeting in April
The meeting for this month had to be cancelled.  Unfortunately, we were not able to arrange a speaker.

Join with the Democratic Party to March for Science - Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Earth Day!
Please join the Los Angeles County Democratic Party on Earth Day from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, 90013, in support of the March for Science LA. Democratic Party activists will meet on the corner of 5th and Hill Street near the Pershing Square Metro Station.


Prior Program on March 20 - NextGen Climate
Donald Trump has filled his cabinet with appointees who have a willful disregard for the very jobs to which they were appointed.  Just last week, Scott Pruitt, the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stated that carbon dioxide is NOT a major contributor to climate change.  So the EPA is now in the hands of someone who does not understand or care about the future of the planet.
NextGen Climate is an environmental advocacy organization founded by Tom Steyer, a billionaire philanthropist and possible candidate for Governor.  NextGen Climate acts to prevent climate disaster by supporting candidates, elected officials, and policymakers who will take bold action on climate change.
  *   Scott Pruitt - EPA
  *   2016 hottest year on record
  *   California vs the Trump Administration
  *   NextGen's plan to head off a climate disaster
Our speaker - Van Tamom
Van Tamom is a Regional Outreach Manager for NextGen Climate in Southern California.  He has extensive political experience in the Democratic Party and was appointed by President Obama as Special Assistant working with the White House on small business outreach in the Pacific Rim and the western states.




Prior
Program on
February 20 at the Sizzler in La Mirada

Our Program - The Democratic National Committee
 *   Upcoming DNC meeting on Feb 23 - 26 in Atlanta
 *   Elect a new DNC Chair
 *   Ellison vs Perez
 *   2018 Congressional elections
 *   50 state strategy
 *   DNC member elections
 *   The future of the Party

Our speaker is Steve Alari
Mr Alari is an elected member of the Democratic National Committee, one of 38 members from California.  He is also a member of Service Employees International Union, SEIU, and serves as President of District Labor Council 723. Mr Alari will be traveling to Atlanta, Georgia, next week to participate in the election for the new Chair of the DNC. 

Keith Ellison and Tom Perez are the leading candidates.  This election is critical as it will decide the Democrats strategy for the next four years. The 2018 midterm elections are not far off and Democrats have a real chance to capture majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Democrats only need 24 seats for a majority in the House, and only 3 seats for a majority in the Senate.

Don't forget to ask for the RFK 20% discount, generously offered by the management.



Prior
Program -
January 16, 2017
US - China Relations and the new Trump Administration

The RFK Democratic Club will take a hard look at US-China policy, particularly since the election of Donald Trump to be the next US president.
Our speaker is Jay Chen, a first generation Chinese-American. Mr. Chen has lived in China, speaks fluent Mandarin, and was recently elected to the Board of Trustees for Mount San Antonio College (SAC). Mr. Chen is also a Lieutenant in the US Naval Reserve.
Possible areas of discussion might include:
  *  Chinese influence over the North Koreans
  *  US - China trade policy
  *  The amount of US debt held by the Chinese
  *  The One-China policy established 40 years ago
  *  US relations with Taiwan
  *  Chinese currency manipulation
  *  Recent actions by China in the South China Sea, including building a military artificial island.
  *  How is the Chinese government likely to react to the Trump Administration?



Starting January 16, 2017 we will meet at the Sizzler Restaurant in La Mirada.
15252 Rosecrans Ave, La Mirada, CA 90638, two blocks east of La Mirada Blvd.
Meetings will begin at 6:30 pm with the dinner/social hour from 5:30 to 6:30.
When you order dinner at the Sizzler, don't forget to ask for the RFK 20% discount, which has been generously offered by the management.




Congresswoman Linda Sanchez has been elected as Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus. 
By a razor thin vote of 98 to 96, Sanchez outpolled her fellow California Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

If you were at the last RFK meeting on November 21, then you heard Congresswoman Sanchez describe her campaign for the leadership position among Democrats in the House of Representatives.  It's a tough proposition when Democrats go up against other Democrats.  But Sanchez and Lee both ran a tough campaign and guaranteed that the next Democratic Vice Chair would not only be a Californian, but also a woman of color.All of us at the RFK Democratic Club extend our sincere congratulations to Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, the new Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus.



Presidential Election Results Map
- Electoral-Vote.com

Presidential Election by State - Real Clear Politics

Clinton 47.8% (228) Trump 47.3% (290) Johnson 3.2% Stein 1.0% McMullin 0.3%  (Nov. 14)
Clinton in Concession Speech: 'I Still Believe in America and I Always Will' - NBCNEWS
Trump Won. What Next?  - Greg Laden, Scienceblogs



Prior Program - NOVEMBER 21 -
Our Speaker Will Be CONGRESSWOMAN LINDA SANCHEZ

Linda Sanchez was re-elected to Congress for her 8th term with 67.5% of the vote to 32.5%. She is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and is the ranking member on the Ethics Committee.

Topics for discussion
* What went wrong in the national election?
* What will the new Congress look like?
* How would Republicans repeal ObamaCare?
* How did the Republicans steal a Supreme Court seat?
* Can Democrats stop the Republican agenda?
* Who will be the new Chair of the DNC?
* Can Democrats regain control in 2018?
* Could Bernie Sanders have won?

Bring your own questions and comments.Join us next Monday!

Each year, the RFK supports the La Mirada Volunteer Center and their efforts to assist families in need.  The need becomes even greater during the Holiday Season. At the November 21 meeting, please bring an unwrapped new toy, some non-perishable food items, or both! We'll turn them in to the Volunteer Center and hopefully make a Happier Holiday for a local family.


PRIOR PROGRAM - The Attack on Democracy - October 17

Trump says the election is rigged.
Trump blames the government and the media.
He's calling on his supporters to go to the polls to monitor the vote.
Trump supporters have openly talked about revolution.


2016 Election Information
Has this year's election gotten exciting enough for you?
As crucial as this election is for the future of our county, we must be educated.
Here are some links to perhaps more than you ever wanted to know!


The media shut down the Trump spinning - Washington Post
The 155 Craziest Things Trump Said This Election
- Politico.com
FBI director says no charges against Clinton after new email review - Chicago Tribune


A dark debate - October 9
Trump and Clinton spend 90 minutes on the attack -
Washington Post
Analysis: She called him a misogynist. He said she should go to jail. - USA Today
US election: Trump launches ferocious attack on Clintons - BBC News
Fact Checks of the Second Presidential Debate - New York Times
The POLITICO Wrongometer - Politico factcheckers
Donald Trump Made It Clear ... He’s Unfit For The Presidency
- Huffington Post



Prior Meeting - Monday, September 19

THE NOVEMBER 8TH ELECTION - ALL OF IT!!

All positions on your ballot will be covered, including LA County and Orange County Ballots

1 - The presidential race between Hillary and Trump - also coverage of the Libertarian Johnson and the Green Party Jill Stein
2 - The race to succeed Barbara Boxer in the US Senate between Loretta Sanchez and Kamala Harris
3 - The Congressional races
4 - The California Legislature including the Assembly and State Senate
5 - Judgeships for the Superior Court
6 - Local races for our area, including some interesting elections nearby
7 - The Propositions - All 17 of them
8 - Can the Democrats regain control of the US Senate?  What about the House?

Bring your comments and questions.  Everything is on the table for this meeting.  
The only silly question is the one you don’t ask.




Prior RFK Monthly Meeting - Monday, August 15

Hi RFK Democrats!
Our program will include:

THE BALLOT PROPOSITIONS
On November 8, the voters will be presented with 17 ballot propositions. At this meeting we will begin a review of these propositions, including the endorsements of the California Democratic Party.

ALSO, THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
Delegates who were actually at the convention last month in Philadelphia will present a review of the highlights and their personal experiences. And, of course, we will handicap the race for president between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Note: Our 'Cartoons' page is being updated again. Check back for new ones!



No RFK Meeting in July
RFK Democrats - REMINDER - NO MEETING IN JULY!
At our last meeting in June, the RFK decided we would not have a meeting in July so that all members could watch the two national nominating conventions.

The Republican convention begins on July 18, in Cleveland
The Democratic convention begins on July 25 in Philadelphia.

Please join us at our next meeting - in August!




Prior Program
- June 20 - ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST
The United States has been Israel’s strongest ally since that nation first became a state in 1948.  Now, the politics of the Middle East has become one of the hottest, most divisive topics of the 2016 presidential election.
   *  Tense relations between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s ultra conservative leader
   *  The Iran Nuclear Deal and Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress in 2015 urging American opposition
The Iran Nuclear Deal was reached in 2015 between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, (the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, and China plus Germany), as well as the European Union.
   *  The war against ISIS
   *  Israel and the Arab Nations


Our Speaker - Rabbi Mark Goldfarb

Rabbi Goldfarb grew up in Ohio and is a graduate of Ohio State University.  He was ordained in 1991 and has served congregations in Texas, Michigan, Ohio and California.  He also served as a chaplain for hospice, senior care centers, prisons and hospitals and as chaplain at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange.
  Rabbi Goldfarb received his Doctorate of Divinity degree in May of 2016.  He is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains. Rabbi Goldfarb lived in Israel for nearly 2 years on Kibbutz Haogen and in Jerusalem.  He and his wife Deborah, who is the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Long Beach and West Orange County, live in Seal Beach with their dog Mandy. He is the Rabbi at Temple Beth Ohr in La Mirada.



Prior RFK Monthly Meeting on May 16 - Immigration Reform
Immigration is one of the most important and decisive topics in both national and state election politics. It is also critical in the lives of countless families both inside and outside the United States. Democrats have been pushing for comprehensive immigration reform legislation in Congress, but Republicans have refused to even consider a bill. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have both said that there should be a clear path to citizenship, while Donald Trump has vowed to deport 11 million people and build a wall on the southern border. At this meeting of the RFK we’ll talk about “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” and the outlook for the presidential election this coming November.

Our Speaker - Polo Morales, Political Director for the CHIRLA Action Fund. CHIRLA, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, was formed in 1986 to advance the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles. Mr Morales, a graduate of UC Berkeley, has worked for a number of organizations to advance pro-immigrant policies, strengthen immigrant organizing across various faith institutions, and help to win policies and reforms that keep families together.

We will also discuss: The breakup of the old Reagan Coalition and what holds the Republican Party together.
And don’t forget to bring your SAMPLE BALLOTS for the June 7 election!



Debate for US Senatorial candidates from California - April 25
On Monday night at 6:00pm, watch the candidates face off in the first of two U. S. Senate debates prior to the June 7th primary. It will be televised on certain stations across the state (KCOP channel 13 in Los Angeles at 8 pm) but you can watch it LIVE online at: http://www.pacific.edu/2016-US-Senate-Debate/FAQs.html  (Click the "Watch online" link on page left.)

Senator Barbara Boxer's retirement makes this the first election for the U. S. Senate in 24 years. Monday night is the first chance to see what the candidates have to say. You will want to know their records on the issues you care about most, including protecting the environment, livable wage, investing in education and ensuring access to affordable healthcare.



Prior RFK Monthly Meeting on Monday, APRIL 18
- THE RFK PRESIDENTIAL CAUCUS
All across the country, Americans are standing up and speaking their minds about who they want to be the next president of the United States.
In many cases, they are also voicing who they do NOT want to be president. Currently, Hillary Clinton holds a lead in the delegate count, but Bernie Sanders has demonstrated remarkable strength in many states.

At our meeting on Monday, the RFK Democratic Club will be holding a presidential caucus of our own.

All members will have a chance to speak about the campaign season and to tell everyone why they support or oppose Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination for president. After the caucus, there will be a straw poll to see where the Club stands.
We will also discuss
* Convention rules - What are they? How do they work?
* Super Delegates - Who are they? Why do we have them?



Prior
RFK Monthly Meeting on Monday, March 21 - Ian Calderon, Assembly Majority Leader
On March 7, Anthony Rendon (South Gate) was officially sworn in as Speaker of the California State Assembly. 
Then, last Thursday, Speaker Rendon appointed Ian Calderon, of the 57th District, to be the new Assembly Majority Leader.

Leader Calderon will be discussing
  *  The outlook for the new legislative session in Sacramento
  *  Calderon’s own legislative package (including the Right to Try Act)
  *  The recent leadership changes in the Assembly that led to the election of Speaker Anthony Rendon
  *  The Assembly leadership's priority races in this year's legislative elections, such as Sharon Quirk-Silva (Fullerton) and Cheryl Brown (San Bernardino)
We will also discuss
  *  The Presidential Campaign - we are now down to five candidates
  *  President Obama has officially nominated Merrick Garland to the US Supreme Court
Special candidate presentations by
  *  Sukhee Kang, Democratic nominee for the 29th State Senate District, opposing Ling-Ling Chiang (current 55th AD incumbent and former Royce staffer)
  *  Brett Murdock, Democratic nominee for the 39th Congressional District, opposing incumbent Ed Royce



Prior RFK Monthly Meeting - Monday, February 15 - THE BERNIE SANDERS CAMPAIGN
BREAKING NEWS - At this meeting of the RFK we will discuss the ramifications of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Republicans, including Senator Mitch McConnell, have called upon President Obama to forego making a nomination, but to leave it for the next president. Senator Harry Reid, the Senate minority leader, has encouraged the President to make the nomination as soon as possible. The stakes of this appointment are enormous. We need to understand what’s happening.

Our Program
- The official presidential primary season is now underway, and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are locked in a full-fledged battle for the nomination of the Democratic Party.
Our Speaker CAROLE LEVERS, ORGANIZER FOR NORTH ORANGE COUNTY FOR BERNIE
Carole is a dyed-in-the-wool progressive activist involved in a variety of progressive causes.  She is Chapter Leader for the Progressive Democrats of America of North Orange County, a member of the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party and delegate from the 55th Assembly District.  She is also volunteer coordinator for the Democratic Party of Orange County. Bring your questions and comments to the meeting because this will be a lively discussion about the Sanders for President Campaign - campaign finance, Wall Street, income inequality, free college for our students, climate change and much more.
Also on the Agenda
OWEN NEWCOMER for Whittier Mayor - Owen is running in the April election for Mayor of  Whittier. The RFK has endorsed Owen Newcomer and he will give us a campaign update.
Danny Fierro from the office of Assemblyman Ian Calderon with an update from Sacramento