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Democrats and all of Orange County suffered a huge loss with the death of Frank Barbaro...



Yesterday, Democrats and all of Orange County suffered a huge loss with the death of Frank Barbaro, longtime Orange County Democratic Party leader, prominent trial attorney, two-time OC Democratic Party Chair and a person who could always be found with a crowd surrounding him at any Democratic gathering. An early member of DemOC PAC, Frank was warm, kind and gracious and he was, most certainly, a leader. Unlike too many in politics today, Frank reached across the aisle and found friends on both sides. In reading his obituary, I loved the part where he worked as skipper “Fearless Frank” on the Disneyland Jungle Cruise. His bio reads, “Frank was Walt’s favorite jungle cruise narrator and allowed him to escort John Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger and many other celebrities through the Jungle Cruise.” How great is that!

Please read our friend (and recent speaker) Melahat Rafiei's moving tribute/Op Ed to Frank:
https://medium.com/@melahat/the-blue-harvest-e9b42aa009d4?fbclid=IwAR2Chis-tu1KaxYLJG23h6FdnYxRsPzFdb7blaFXeM1cQcxqCpBip6XXDJM
Our thoughts are with Frank's family during this difficult time.

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On a happier note, our new members of Congress have hit the 100-day mark and we look forward to hearing Representative Mike Levin (CA-49) tell us about his first 100 days and more when we meet together next week. Please come early to gather in our PAC committees and then meet with Mike and bring your questions!

Mike sits on two key environmental committees: the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. He is also a member of the House Committee on Veteran Affairs.


Congressman Mike Levin

Tuesday, April 23


6:00 PM

University Synagogue
3400 Michelson Drive
Irvine
$5.00 members, $10 non-members

Prior to Mike's arrival, we will hold our first committee meetings of the year. Join us as we gather and begin our activism and plans for the important work we are doing this year and in 2020!


(Please join any committee that interests you!)
Committees are:
Speaker's Bureau
Activism
Outreach
Presidential Candidates 2020
Fundraising/Event Planning
Membership/Hospitality
Get engaged, get involved!

Please RSVP by replying to this email! (requested but not required)
For more information contact 714-293-2181
We look forward to seeing you there!
Dear DemOC PAC Members and Friends,
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Since the Pulitzer Prizes were announced yesterday the newspaper spirit moved me...here are a few good articles. Enjoy!

Jennifer Rubin is irresistible!
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/04/13/mob-boss-presidency/

A fascinating article about Elizabeth Warren's political beginnings...she was an economic conservative until her research into the reality of bankruptcy changed her profoundly.
https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/04/12/elizabeth-warren-profile-young-republican-2020-president-226613

In case you missed Katie Porter taking apart Chase Bank CEO Jamie Dimon, you can watch her here, along with a snippet on Lawrence O'Donnell.
https://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/watch/coupon-cutting-congresswoman-stumps-big-bank-ceo-1489255491584?cid=sm_npd_ms_fb_lw&fbclid=IwAR3azCvLjR4xQlA1KdwR6w2fZI39QowBD_bxepf6gPznlEH6IeXf9wSs9vc

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BECOME A MEMBER OF THE PAC!!!


The campaigns are starting fast and furious. We thought we had a break but we don't...the campaigns are in full swing and DemOC Pac jumped right in and took the lead....last month we made our first donations to our own Congressional Candidates!!!

We are reminded that all of our congressional seats have been targeted by the Republicans for 2020, and Katie Porter now has opponents. We are fundraising for those races and others, as we gather memberships and donations. If you have already joined (or rejoined) the PAC, thank you so much.


If you haven't yet joined DEMOC PAC, please join today!
WE NEED EVERYONE TO TAKE PART AND BE A MEMBER!!!
We are going to raise more money than ever before but we cannot do that without your help.
Give now, give monthly, and please, give a generous amount. We need to support our local candidates and Democrats around the country. We must turn the nation BLUE in 2020.
DemOC PAC has minimal overhead, so nearly all of every dollar raised goes directly to candidates.
We hope that MONTHLY GIVING will allow more people to give more to the PAC in total by making ongoing payments, as you would to your favorite public radio station. Membership is for one calendar year and membership fees and donations support Democratic candidates. 
Benefits of belonging to DemOC PAC include voting to direct the allocation of funds, electing PAC officers, and receiving discounted pricing at meetings and special events.

Please visit:  


www.democpac.org/membership.html to join today.

Thank you so much. We look forward to seeing you at our meetings, to working with you and to many successful campaigns in the next year!


Lita Robinow, Chair DemOC PAC
Deborah Newquist, Chair, Membership Committee

Women's March Saturday Jan. 19th



Get ready to go to the OC Women's March on Saturday, January 19!!
DemOC Pac will march as a group with our banner and we have busses so we can all go together and avoid traffic and parking headaches!

Busses will leave from Irvine at 8 am. (Location will be announced via email.) Pictures of the t-shirt are below.

To reserve a seat on the bus, purchase your ticket by January 3, 2019. For $35, you can have a bus ticket and a t-shirt.
Sold separately, bus is $20 and t-shirt is $20.

https://www.efundraisingconnections.com/c/DEMOCPAC/
(Scroll down for shirt sizing and pricing, put what you are paying in "amount" and what it is for -- t-shirt or bus or both -- in "Comment" section)

We are looking forward to marching together as a BLUE ORANGE COUNTY!

We know there have been questions about the leadership of the National Women's March. The OC Women's March is not part of the National March organization and those questions are answered below.

Please reply to this email or call me at 714-293-2181 if you have any questions.

Lita
Dear DemOC PAC Members and Friends,
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DEMOC PAC IS PROUD TO BE PART


OF THE SPONSORING COMMITTEE
OF THE OC WOMEN'S MARCH!

Because of the controversy with the National Women's March, the OC Women's March is a separate entity and has released the following statement:



"The Orange County Women's March is a local, volunteer-driven, grassroots coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting inclusivity and equity in our collective efforts to advance the status of women and women's issues. Our coalition is distinctly independent of Women's March, Inc. a national organization. The Orange County Women's March does not share any leadership, decision-marking input, or financial connection to Women's March, Inc, and we independently raise our own funds to present our local Orange County Women's March.

The Orange County Women's March stands against hate in all forms. We denounce any statements against the Jewish and LGBTQIA+ communities and will continue to take action to promote intersectionality and equity as we work toward our vision of restoring dignity, sharing humanity, and promoting inclusivity and justice for all.

We firmly believe that women must stand in solidarity with all marginalized communities and ask those communities to stand together with us against hate and oppression in all forms and at all levels. we look forward to marching with you in downtown Santa Ana on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

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Happy New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE AND WE ARE HAPPY!

Tomorrow, January 3, is a BLUE LETTER DAY!!!! Our New, BLUE Congress will be sworn in and Congressman Gil Cisneros, Congressman Mike Levin, Congresswoman Katie Porter and Congressman Harley Rouda will begin their new terms representing us in Washington DC. How exciting is that???
A new day is has certainly dawned!

For those who are planning on joining us for the Women's March on January 19, please don't forget to make your bus reservation NOW! There is a special price for the package of bus with t-shirts which ends January 3. You can reserve after January 3 (today or tomorrow depending on when you read this email) but please reserve quickly as space on the bus is limited!

Bus and T-Shirt Deal: To reserve a seat on the bus, if you purchase your ticket by January 3, for $35, you can have a bus ticket and a t-shirt. T-shirts are pictured below.
Sold separately, or after January 3, the bus is $20 and t-shirt is $20.

https://www.efundraisingconnections.com/c/DEMOCPAC/
(Scroll down for shirt sizing and pricing, put what you are paying in "amount" and what it is for -- t-shirt or bus or both -- in "Comment" section)

We look forward to marching together on that date! (Meeting location will be provided in an upcoming email.)

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We are so excited to get together for our first meeting of 2019 in under 2 weeks! Prior to welcoming our guest we will talk about our plans for 2019 and what we see on our calendar.

Tuesday, January 15
6:30 pm
University Synagogue
3400 Michelson Drive, Irvine

We are honored to welcome
Melahat Rafiei
She will speak on the Dem's 2018 and
looking forward to 2020!

Melahat is Orange County's only member
of the Democratic National Committee,
Political and Public Affairs Consultant, Businesswoman,
Former Executive Director of the Democratic Party of OC,
and Mom.

$5 per person
RSVP appreciated, reply to this email


We look forward to seeing you!

Lita and the DemOC PAC Executive Committee

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Defense Secretary James Mattis just resigned in protest against the president? Secretaries of State have resigned in protest, but never before a Secretary of Defense. Who will be Donald Trump's choice to succeed the level-headed Mattis, the last "adult in the room"? This on the the same day that the acting Attorney General cleared himself so that he can be in charge of the Mueller investigation. Cleared himself? Seriously? As we listened to the news last night, my husband said, "Thank goodness we won the House." More honest words were never spoken. Such relief. Now Trump and his Republican Senate can't even agree on funding the government because DT can't stand the fact that his wall isn't funded and is getting serious flak from Fox News and the right-wing noise machine. We are facing a government shutdown. And the beat goes on.

And today, the Notorious RBG, our beloved Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has had surgery for lung cancer. We understand that they "got it all" and that she is resting comfortably. We hope and pray that she recuperates well so that she can continue her critical work on the Court and in her own life.

Things WILL BE DIFFERENT in just a few weeks when we will see our huge California Democratic Congressional delegation go to Washington, including our FOUR Democrats from Orange County!!! and the House is BLUE!!!! A Democratic Congress, Democratic Committee Chairs...some sanity and security and a little of the safety net will return.

Because some of our local congressional members are having swearing-in ceremonies the same week as our meeting, we have moved our first meeting of the year. Please note our new date....

Tuesday, January 15


6:30 pm
University Synagogue
3400 Michelson Drive, Irvine

We are honored to welcome
Melahat Rafiei
She will speak on the Dem's 2018 and
looking forward to 2020!

Melahat is Orange County's only member
of the Democratic National Committee,
Political and Public Affairs Consultant, Businesswoman,
Former Executive Director of the Democratic Party of OC,
and Mom.

$5 per person


RSVP appreciated, reply to this email

KEEP Reading - Women's March info below

We look forward to seeing you in January and wish you Happy Holidays!

Lita and the DemOC PAC Executive Committee
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We can't wait to gather together again at the 3rd Annual OC Women's March on Saturday, January 19!



DemOC Pac will march as a group with our banner and

we have busses so we can all go together and avoid traffic and parking headaches!

Busses will leave from Irvine at 8 am. (Location will be announced via email.)

To reserve a seat on the bus, purchase your ticket by January 3, 2019. For $35, you can have a bus ticket and a t-shirt. T-shirts are pictured below.
Sold separately, bus is $20 and t-shirt is $20.

https://www.efundraisingconnections.com/c/DEMOCPAC/
(Scroll down for shirt sizing and pricing, put what you are paying in "amount" and what it is for -- t-shirt or bus or both -- in "Comment" section)

We are looking forward to marching together as a BLUE ORANGE COUNTY!

We know there have been questions about the leadership of the National Women's March. The OC Women's March is not part of the National March organization and is self-supporting and funding. Please see our prior email or our Facebook page for the official statement from the Women's March.

Please reply to this email or call me at 714-293-2181 if you have any questions.

You don't want to miss this!

Dear DemOC PAC Members and Friends,

If you are attending tomorrow (Tuesday) night's meeting, please enter Jasmine Creek from Marguerite Avenue. When you enter, there is a gate. Please tell the guard at the gate that you are part of the DemOC PAC event.

If you encounter ANY problem or need any information, please call me at 714-293-2181! We look forward to seeing you. The information is below!

Lita

Tuesday, November 13 at 6:30 pm.
for relaxation, hopeful celebration,
talking and winding down

Jasmine Creek Community Room
110 Jasmine Creek Dr., Corona del Mar
Potluck Dinner
$10 per person (to cover the cost of the room)

IF YOU WOULD RSVP TO THIS LETTER, WE WOULD APPRECIATE IT SO WE WOULD HAVE AN IDEA OF HOW MANY TABLES TO SET UP! THANKS!