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Updates from Lita!

June 15, 2024
Dear DemOC PAC Members and Friends,

I am excited to share with you that we just sent our next round of donations to several candidates in and out of California. Many thanks to our amazing Political Research Committee, as they have worked hard to find these most important races around the country and to our members, who voted on them. They are as follows:

$5000 to Democrat Adam Gray, CA13, running against Republican incumbent John Duarte. Most pundits and the Democrat and Republican Congressional Committees predict that control of the House in 2024 largely depends on California and New York races. 

$5000 to Democrats Will Rollins, CA41, running against Republican incumbent Ken Calvert. Rollins is on the DCCC’s “Red to Blue” target list. PRC members were very impressed with Rollins when he spoke to our PAC

$5000 to Democrat Rudy Salas, CA22, running against Republican incumbent David Valadao. 

$1500 to Democrat Derek Tran, CA45, running against Republican incumbent Michelle Steel

$3000 to Democrat Kirsten Engel, AZ06, running against the likely Republican candidate, Juan Ciscomani. (Ciscomani has a challenger in the upcoming primary but is likely to win). Arizona is a swing state for Democrats, and has a critical US Senate race (Democrat Gallego vs. Republican Lake); thus, support for Arizona Democratic candidates is crucial. 

$2500 to incumbent Democrat Marcy Kaptur, OH09, running against Republican Derek Merrin. Democrats need to hold on to this seat. Ohio also has a critical US Senate race with incumbent Sherrod Brown trying to hold on to his seat.

$2500 to incumbent Democrat Gabriel Vasquez, NM02, running against Republican Yvette Herrell. 

$2000 to incumbent Democrat Don Davis, NC01, running against Republican Laurie Buckhout. Democrats will now lose 3 North Carolina seats due to redistricting, so it’s important that they not also lose NC01. 

I am so thrilled that we are able to send these worthy candidates money so that they might win these races, so that we might keep they House. I know this has been my mantra for so long. I am grateful to all of you who have been part of this ride with us, some since 2008, and many along the way, some since 2016 and others since then. As always, so many thanks to you who have donated.

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What I have come to realize, more and more, is that NOW is the time. That we absolutely must win this election, win as many of these elections as we can. We have less than FIVE Months. If we aren't participating, if we aren't giving money, sending letters, talking to friends, relatives and others, sending postcards and, as the campaigns gear up, getting more involved in these campaigns, then we are letting our chance slip by. Please tell your friends, your relatives to get off the sidelines, the time for sitting by and complaining quietly is OVER.
Democracy requires each of us to act. Inaction is to quietly endorse tyranny. Really.

This truly could be our last election. If we let this felon and his band of criminals back into the White House, our fragile democracy may not go away forever but it will be gone for a long time. Until a group of committed and angry revolutionaries is compelled enough to grab it back.

So we, this group of citizens, US, NOW, must keep our democracy intact. Please continue to join us, to give money to get our candidates elected.

This week I am going to send a letter to every person I know (and maybe some I don't) with the same message....get involved, make a donation, do something because doing nothing is allowing THEM to steal our beautiful country. And that is just not ok.

Please join me in donating to DemOC PAC, in asking others to do the same, in getting involved in campaigns, in writing letters to friends and relatives and asking them to write letters, in starting a chain reaction so that on election day we are celebrating and not wringing our hands and hanging our heads. www.democpac.org

Lita

UCI Professor Scott Bollens

April 30, 2024
Dear DemOC PAC Members and Friends,

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow night when we meet with...


UCI Professor
Scott Bollens

Professor Bollens is Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy at UC Irvine where he holds the Warmington Chair in Peace and International Cooperation. His research and scholarship is focused on politically divided cities, nationalistic/ethnic conflict and urbanism, and urban and intergovernmental policy. Among the troubled cities Bollens has studied are Jerusalem, Belfast, Johannesburg, and Beirut. His talk is definitely relevant to us at this difficult time.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

6:00 p.m. Appetizers & Dessert
6:30 p.m. program
University Synagogue
Social Hall
3400 Michelson Drive, Irvine

$5 members, $10 non-members

What a perfect time it is to be welcoming Dr. Bollens to our meeting, which I know is going to be fascinating. I look forward to hearing from him and being part of that discussion with you!

Saturday night, I watched the White House Correspondents' Dinner. If you didn't hear President Biden's or Saturday Night Lives' Colin Jost's remarks, you should Google them. Jost's final remarks comparing his grandfather's decency to President Biden's was both sincere and sweet. Also if you haven't, try to watch the first segment of yesterday's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" - he moderates an excellent segment on Trump's trials and where we are in history, and admonishes those who trivialize the stakes by treating this great test for the nation as if 2024 is just another election to be treated as a horserace.
https://abc.com/shows/this-week-with-george-stephanopoulos/episode-guide/2024-04/28-sun-apr-28-2024

I hope we have some time to chat about things on Tuesday...trials, the ongoing war on women, the upcoming election and our plans, our upcoming events. Speaking of events, please save the date of July 25 for a very special event!

Until tomorrow, take good care and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Lita

Dr. Scott Bollens

April 13, 2024
Dear DemOC PAC Members and Friends,

I am looking forward to seeing you next Thursday when we eat, chat together and meet with Dave Min. I know there is much for all of us to discuss.

I am in San Francisco right now visiting my daughters and friends. I had lunch yesterday with one of my oldest friends...we met in the second grade and though we haven't always shared political activism, those roots run deep. Yesterday he told me he wants to go to a swing state for two months to work for Biden! He made me feel energized. And I am one of those who feels hopeful. In the State of the Union, knowing that President Biden is doing a great job as president, I was thrilled that he TOLD us what he is doing and what is at stake. And he is out campaigning in the key Swing states! Now we need to make sure that those swing voters vote for him! If the money tells a story, the story is a great one and Biden campaign dollars are far ahead of Trump's dollars!

Speaking of President Biden, there is a National Organizing Call for him tomorrow (Saturday) that you may want to join. Hit the link below and you can sign up...https://events.democrats.org/event/614337/

And speaking of dollars, we are just giving our first dollars of 2024! The Political Research Committee made their recommendations, the members voted and we are giving to two of our local candidates...$5,000 each to Mike Levin and Dave Min. They both are in tough races and need this money to win their races! If you join us next Thursday, you will be there when Dave Min receives his check!

If you haven't yet joined the PAC, now is the time! The membership drive is underway. This is the year. Make an extra push, move up a level! Join now! www.democpac.org

Thank you, take good care and all the best, always,

Lita
I am resending this today because we had the wrong date in the heading...we look forward to seeing you on Thursday March 28!

I am really excited to gather together post-primary, post-Biden State of the Union and discuss where we are heading as we look toward November.

Two months ago we had a great Potluck dinner and we thought we would repeat as we welcome one of our new Congressional candidates.

Re potluck, if the boxes are full, you can still bring something. And please, no nuts, meat or shellfish. SIGN UP HERE: www.PerfectPotluck.com/QFYU9925
And RSVP to the meeting by replying to this email.

We have an exciting schedule on deck for the next several months...people who will talk to us about what is actually happening on the ground, candidates in swing districts inside and outside of OC, people from the Biden campaign and some super special guests! We are really looking forward to sending you more info and hosting these people. Stay tuned...

And keep your eyes on your e-mailbox...for those of you who have renewed your membership, we are about to have a vote on a few of the donations just recommended by our Political Research Committee. If you haven't yet renewed there is still time. Go to www.democpac.org.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Take good care and all the best, always,


Lita
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Dear DemOC PAC Members and Friends,

We are very excited about our upcoming event with ...


UCI Professor Scott Bollens

Professor Bollens is Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy at UC Irvine where he holds the Warmington Chair in Peace and International Cooperation. His research and scholarship is focused on politically divided cities, nationalistic/ethnic conflict and urbanism, and urban and intergovernmental policy. Among the troubled cities Bollens has studied are Jerusalem, Belfast, Johannesburg, and Beirut. His talk is definitely relevant to us at this difficult time.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

6:00 p.m. Appetizers & Dessert
6:30 p.m. program
University Synagogue
Social Hall
3400 Michelson Drive, Irvine

$5 members, $10 non-members

What an opportune time it is to be welcoming Dr. Bollens to our meeting, which I know is going to be fascinating. I look forward to hearing from him and sharing the discussion with you!

We will also speak about the election and the escalating war against women (Arizona!) being waged by Trump and the Republican Party. Can you even imagine that they have reverted to an 1864 law that was written not only before women had the vote, but before Arizona was a state, when slavery still existed, and before the end of the Civil War? Preposterous is not a word I often use but this is beyond preposterous!! They are literally trying to move us back to the stone age.

Because of Trump and Dobbs, 16 states now have TOTAL BANS on abortion. Six more severely limit abortion to either six weeks, 12 weeks, or 15-18 weeks. What we do continues to become ever more important. We CANNOT allow this to continue!

Please RSVP to this meeting and let me know if you are planning to bring an appetizer/dessert. (no nuts, meat or shellfish please)

Thanks and see you there!

Lita

Democpac is not affiliated with University Synagogue