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The Blue Wave rolled in the room

Dear DemOC PAC Members and Friends,

I hope you didn't miss our meeting last Thursday evening! The Blue Wave rolled in the room ....we were lucky enough to be joined by not only Congressman Harley Rouda but we had two surprise guests...Congressman Mike Levin and Congresswoman Katie Porter! (Better than MSNBC!) It was a full house in Turtle Ridge when Soha Vazirnia so generously hosted us for a lovely reception and sit-down event. We made our second donation of this primary season to three of our Congresspeople and they shared their thoughts with us about the aggressive GOP effort to re-take their seats before both Katie and Mike departed. Harley then continued with a very eloquent talk about his first 8 months in Congress, his role on his committees, what he has already accomplished and his upcoming race. (You can read a great recap of his comments below.)

Ticket for sale!!! If you missed getting a reduced rate ticket to DPOC's Truman Dinner on Saturday, September 28 for $195 we have one (1) left! (Actually we have none but one person has to go out of town.) If you want to bring your spouse, let me know and we might be able to make that two! Just reply to this email and we can make it happen.

I hope you will join us for our next meeting when we welcome a man who has been called a mustard maven with a conscience.

Henry Weinstein
UC Irvine Law Professor
Former Los Angeles Times Legal Reporter
(New York Times and other publications!)

will discuss
"The Media and the Law in the Trump Era"


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

5:45-6:45 Postcarding (committees will meet and do "Ditch Mitch Postcarding - see below)*
Everyone is welcome - join in!

7:00 Speaker
University Synagogue
3400 Michelson Drive, Irvine
$5 members, $10 non-members
Membership $72



*Postcarding info - Mitch McConnell is the most unpopular Senator in America, and rumor has it he is not happy with his new nickname, “Moscow Mitch.” While he is up for re-election in 2020, some of his cronies are running for office in Kentucky this November. Join us to write postcards to registered Democrats in Kentucky to boost turnout in 2019 and beat back GOP candidates. Please arrive promptly with first class stamps in hand.

We look so look forward to seeing you there!

Lita and the DemOC PAC crew!

Congressman Harley Rouda

You don't want to miss this special evening when we hear from our Congressman Harley Rouda. In addition, we are expecting a drop by by Congresswoman Katie Porter. Very exciting times here in the newly BLUE OC!

YOU MUST respond before Wednesday at 6 pm! The event is filling up so hurry and click reply...

Also, bring your checkbook, cash or credit card for a special raffle.

Come to DemOC PAC to hear....

Congressman Harley Rouda!

Thursday, August 29, 2019
6:30 pm

Summit At Turtle Ridge Clubhouse
245 Summit Park
Irvine, CA 92603

RSVP REQUIRED...
you can reply to this email or pay in advance
(Your name must be at the gate for entry)
You may pay in advance here https://www.efundraisingconnections.com/c/DEMOCPAC/
$5 members, $10 non-members
Membership $72

Please join and if you are a member,
please consider making an additional donation.
We are working to fill our coffers to make as many donations as possible.
We have important work to do!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Upcoming Activites!



We have several activities and events slated for August that you won’t want to miss!

Please wear your DemOC PAC t-shirt so we can find each other and show our strength as a group (if you don’t have one, we will have t-shirts for sale for $20 in the parking lot of each venue 20 minutes before each event).
Dear DemOC PAC Members and Friends,
S

Upcoming activities and events to help you survive the news :)



Saturday, August 17, 12:30-2:30pm at David Sills Lower Canyon Park in Irvine


Keep OC Blue Picnic.
DCCC organizers in Orange County will be hosting a Keep OC Blue Volunteer Appreciation picnic. 
More info & RSVP: https://www.mobilize.us/dccc/event/103044/
Don’t forget to wear your DemOC PAC t-shirt! 

Saturday, August 24,12:30-2:30pm at Northwood Community Park in Irvine
19th Amendment Anniversary Party
The DCCC is hosting a 19th Amendment Anniversary Party. This August is the 99th anniversary of women earning the right to vote in the United States. Come celebrate this milestone and hear from Congresswoman Katie Porter, CA Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, and other women leaders.
More info & RSVP: https://www.mobilize.us/dccc/event/105139/

Thursday, August 29, 6:30-8:00pm at Turtle Ridge Summit
Congressman Harley Rouda will speak at our DemOC PAC meeting about his first 8 months in office.
RSVP required by EOB on Aug 28. Pay meeting fee in advance or bring cash.
RSVP to democpac@gmail.com or pay via https://www.efundraisingconnections.com/c/DEMOCPAC/

Saturday, August 31st, 11:00am - 1:00pm at Newport Coast Community Center
Ditch Mitch Postcard Writing. 
Join other members of DemOC PAC, OC Crew and Imagine Action to write postcards to Democratic voters in Kentucky, encouraging them to Ditch Mitch! 
More info & sign up: https://volunteersignup.org/HLELF
Don’t forget to wear your DemOC PAC t-shirt! 

We look forward to seeing you out there!



Be sure to follow us on Facebook at DemOC PAC and on Instagram @democpac

Summer is nearly over...

Dear DemOC PAC Members and Friends,

I cannot actually fathom that summer is nearly over, that school is beginning (earlier than my children ever returned), that Labor Day is nearly upon us, and that our early 2020 primary is just over 6 months away! That long-awaited election is becoming a reality...the presidential field should be winnowing soon and our own congressional candidates are beginning to see their own competition. Those races are not going to be easy and we are all going to have to be involved, again, to keep these seats Blue!

We are very excited to welcome one of our own BLUE Congressmen to our next meeting and hear about his first 8 months in DC, how it looks and how he sees his upcoming race. Join us when we are joined by...

Congressman Harley Rouda!

Thursday, August 29, 2019
6:30 pm

Summit At Turtle Ridge Clubhouse
245 Summit Park
Irvine, CA 92603

RSVP REQUIRED...
you can reply to this email or pay in advance
(Your name must be at the gate for entry)
You may pay in advance here https://www.efundraisingconnections.com/c/DEMOCPAC/
$5 members, $10 non-members
Membership $72
Please join and if you are a member,
please consider making an additional donation.
We are working to fill our coffers to make as many donations as possible.
We have important work to do!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tipping Point



I had planned to write this the last few days, but could hardly bring myself here, the news has been so wretched. How do we address what has been happening in this country, the three mass murders, the energized white supremacists and now the fear that embraces all of us and particularly those of us in the Latino community? I will list some articles below but I believe, as many commentators have said (some below -- see especially Richard Parker in the NYTimes), that Trump has energized this murderous behavior. Of course, the president has colluded with a Republican Senate that refuses to pass gun control legislation. Both the Senate and and Republican House members are in the pocket of the NRA. Where are the decent Republican officeholders willing to stand up to this dangerous and repugnant president? All but a few seem to have gone to the grave with Senator McCain.

We all have much to say but hopefully, we have reached some sort of tipping point. But we MUST, we MUST, now more than ever, retain the Democratic majority in the House, we MUST elect a Democratic Senate and we MUST win the White House. There is much important work to do but none more than stopping the racist rants of a terrorist and taking these weapons of war out of the hands of maniacs. That said...

I am very excited about our next meeting....we will be joined by our own...

Congressman Harley Rouda!



Thursday, August 29, 2019
6:30 pm

Summit At Turtle Ridge Clubhouse
245 Summit Park
Irvine, CA 92603

RSVP REQUIRED
(Your name must be at the gate for entry)
You may pay in advance here https://www.efundraisingconnections.com/c/DEMOCPAC/
$5 members, $10 non-members
Membership $72
Please join and if you are a member,
please consider making an additional donation.
We are working to fill our coffers to make as many donations as possible.
We have important work to do!

We look forward to seeing you there!


Dear DemOC PAC Members and Friends,
S

Activism Update




High School Voter Registration Days. Help register new young voters at upcoming OC high school registration & orientation days (various days and schools, Aug 7 - Aug. 13). The more people we have, the more students we can register or preregister. Please note that these are all NONPARTISAN events. More info & sign up:  
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4fadaa2ea2fd0-nonpartisan




Saturday August 17, 12:30-2:30pm

 at David Sills Lower Canyon Park in Irvine. DCCC organizers in Orange County will be hosting a Keep OC Blue volunteer appreciation picnic. More info & RSVPhttps://www.mobilize.us/dccc/event/103044/

Saturday August 24,12:30-2:30pm. The DCCC is hosting a 19th Amendment Anniversary Party in Irvine. This August is the 99th anniversary of women earning the right to vote in the United States—and there’s no better way to celebrate this milestone than coming together and honoring Congresswoman Katie Porter and other strong women in CA-45. Rep. Porter and Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris will speak!  More info & RSVP:
https://www.mobilize.us/dccc/event/105139/

Voter Registration Events by DCCC 
Sunday, Aug. 11, noon - 6pm, Irvine. More info & sign up:  
https://www.mobilize.us/dccc/event/105203/  
Tues., Aug 13, 10a-1p, Santa Ana. More info & sign up:  
https://www.mobilize.us/ft6/event/103857/

NEWS NOTES



Did you see it???? August 6, 2019 marks the day!!! Dems have overtaken Republicans in OC!!! And you thought it wouldn't happen? DemOC PAC and all of OC's activists were part of it!!! WOO HOO!


https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-08-07/orange-county-turns-blue-with-more-registered-democrats-than-republicans?fbclid=IwAR3SSDZQEbpRCqquKRp4Jo3us0tLCBSlYgJRbJqbJF7xt3y960HA9jmwiK4

If you read nothing, read this beautifully written, sad, on point piece by El Paso native Richard Parker (author of Lone Star Nation). He has it all right. It will touch your heart, it will make you weep, it will make you nod and you will share it. We seriously know we cannot allow this madman to continue to occupy the White House.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/04/opinion/el-paso-shooting.html

Last, I heard Connie Schultz, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and Senator Sherrod Brown's wife, speak on Rachel Maddow. She was talking about Congressman Mike Turner, an Ohio Republican, supporting gun control legislation. Her words were, "Whatever gets them here, welcome." Hopefully, others will follow. We need them. There is a feeling this might be a tipping point. I hope so.

I will admit that I am an Instagram follower of Katie Couric. She has evolved over the years from the smiling anchor to a woman of great substance (plus a fellow gardener.) After these terrible shootings, she profiles each of the victims. It is done with a lot of heart and, if you are on Instagram, I encourage you to read Katie's profiles.

If only Trump were a president who gave consolation to a country in mourning...the Washington Post wrote an EXCELLENT editorial about what a real president might say...
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-presidential-president-could-do-something-about-mass-shootings-heres-how/2019/08/04/ddd5f72e-b6d4-11e9-b3b4-2bb69e8c4e39_story.html?fbclid=IwAR0fPhDn8a_egR4_PvQYGMfFgoqTvdE2Jkw11DUlWcsYUFmE8DcP0ZleoAU

Frank Figliuzzi, former assistant FBI director for counterintelligence, wrote a piece for the NY Times about Trump's integral part in bringing these shootings about.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/31/opinion/trump-el-paso-terrorism.html