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Post Title - Change Me

April 27, 2021
Dear DemOC PAC Members and Friends,

So much news! Thank goodness for the Chauvin verdict, which certainly hasn't changed anything but at least feels right in this dark moment of police brutality. The Biden Justice department is quickly moving to investigate many of the police departments where these murders have taken place, putting all on notice. Hopefully, change is on the horizon.

News yesterday was big and not so good...the recall has qualified for the ballot. We will have more info on how to get involved in our next newsletter. And sadly, with a declining population, California is losing a congressional seat. We will soon have a program on redistricting.

We had a terrific meeting with Professors Robert Robinson and Kenneth Stahl, who were so generous with their time and shared their wisdom on what is on the horizon in the courts with voter rights and suppression. A fascinating discussion and we learned much...we MUST watch the elections for Secretaries of State in all states. Those are critical to our future. We also must stay active, and keep doing what we have been doing....donate, write letters and cards, make calls and get out the vote. We have a chance in 2022 to win the Senate and keep the House and this is truly more important than ever.

Harley Rouda
Candidate for the 48th Congressional District
Jay Chen
Candidate for the 39th Congressional District


Tuesday, May 11, 2021
6:00 pm
Right here on Zoom!
 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87161618313


I look forward to seeing you in a few weeks! And if you aren't already a member of DemOC PAC for 2021, please join, using the link below! Now more important than ever...we rely on your money to make our donations. In the last cycle we raised over $100,000! This cycle we will need at least that much to win the Senate and hold our seats. We now know the Republicans will do anything to win and, every dollar counts!

Lita

With the subject keeping the House we look forward to welcoming two of our own for the House of Representatives:

Voter Suppression

March 29, 2021
Dear DemOC PAC Members and Friends,

What an excruciating week. Two mass shootings and the newly signed voter suppression/rig-the-election law in Georgia. But before that...we had an absolutely wonderful meeting with our Congresswoman Katie Porter who was so interesting and smart. It was an enlightening and exciting time with her. And, we gave our first donations of the new election cycle - $1,000 to Katie Porter and $1,000 to Mike Levin!

Our next meeting, which will be about Voter Suppression, what happened in Georgia on Thursday evening, and the 250+ voter suppression bills in 43 states and HR1.
This meeting on Voter Suppression is
April 13 at 6 pm.
Speaker to be announced.
Zoom to follow

Following Katie, we chatted about her remarks and then we were fortunate to have a new visitor who relayed with us his experiences with Asian bigotry throughout his life while growing up in Orange County. His remarks were revealing and deeply unsettling. We hope to explore in a future meeting the topic of racism across all segments of society.

The sadness of the gun violence, the anti-Asian American attacks across the country, the ongoing bigotry...thoughts and prayers are not enough. Action is what we all hunger for. There are now bills that have passed the House, but the Senate, and Joe Manchin, stand in our way. Executive Actions may be the first line of action that can be implemented now.

Great news from Governor Newsom on Thursday...people over 50 will be eligible for vaccinations on April 1 -- and Everyone will be eligible on April 15!

I look forward to seeing you in a few weeks!

Lita

A time of Bigotry

Never in my lifetime did I expect to see the events that are now unfolding. In the 60s we marched...for Civil Rights, and then for Women's Rights, for farmworker's rights, for human rights. But now it feels like we are slipping, slipping back and I don't want to think my grandchildren will still be fighting for these same rights. Republicans seem to want to pull us back to an all-white society.

In my own naivete, I wasn't very aware about the extent of racism against the Asian community. I grew up in San Francisco in the 60s, in an integrated community where there was little overt racism. This week I returned to my reading and listening tour and learned much.

I thought I would share a few books that have been recommended about the issue of Asian racism, along with a few articles of interest:

Thursday's piece in the LA Times
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-03-25/anti-asian-hate-california-advisory-committee-report

An article by the writer R.O. Kwon
https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2021/03/ro-kwon-letter-to-asian-women

A piece by Nicole Chung, a Korean woman adopted by a white family following Atlanta shootings
https://time.com/5948949/anti-asian-racism-white-adoptive-family/

These books by Asian writers were also recommended:
The Leavers by Lisa Ko
All You can Ever Know by Nicole Chung
The Incendiaries by RD Kwan
Speak, Okinawa by Elizabeth Miki Brina
How Much of These Hills I s Gold by C. Pam Zhang
The Resisters by Gish Jen
One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Story of American Immigration by Jia Lynn Jang

Please add your thoughts and readings you recommend on any aspect of racism.

Thank you. The discussion, sadly, is unending.


merican Rescue & Recovery" with Katie Porter

March 11, 2021
Dear DemOC PAC Members and Friends,

We have a new Supervisor in town and her name is Katrina Foley!!! She won, the first Democrat and Democratic woman to occupy the 2nd District seat in over a century! Katrina will not only represent the 2nd District, but she will bring her steadfast commitment to all OC residents to the dais. Thank you to everyone from DemOC PAC who helped get Katrina to this important win!

And then there is President Biden's COVID relief package, which contains so many great things -- including a child tax credit that will reduce child poverty by half! It was signed today and we will hear from the President (love those words) tonight. This is truly a monumental piece of legislation that brings recovery to so many people and sectors of our economy.

There is so much to say...we will see each other in a week when Congresswoman Katie Porter joins us to discuss "American Rescue and Recovery". It will be a most fascinating evening, to say the least.

I cannot wait to see you then! Stay well!

Lita