June 28, July 5, July 12, and July 19, Wednesdays —
Write2Blue and Phone Bank to Flip Red Votes
4–6 p.m. in the Gateway Oak Room (the card room)
Write2Blue writes short notes to lawmakers about current critical issues, such as health care and tax reform, and other matters that greatly impact the 2018 elections. Talking points will be provided along with lists of recipients and their addresses. Please bring any note cards (such as those that charities send out), nice stationery, post cards, or stamps you can spare to add to our Write2Blue supply basket. Refreshments will be available. RSVP to Tricia Spiegel at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 925-954-7377, or just show up!
Flip Red calls blue voters in red areas across the USA. We’re calling to Get Out the Vote when there are flippable elections. We’re calling voters to call their members of Congress about a timely vote (such as Immigration, Climate Change, or Health Care) and to ask a friend to also make a call. Instructions will be provided, including both paper and online call list options. Refreshments will be available. You need to bring a charged cell phone and for virtual calling: either an iPad, tablet, or laptop. RSVP to Susan Lewis at email@example.com or call her at 510-708-2851. Please include your name, phone number, email address, and the date(s) you wish to make calls.
July 4, Tuesday — Independence Day
July 10, Monday — Film
1 and 7 p.m. in Peacock Hall
The July film will be Putin's Way. Frontline investigates the accusations of criminality and corruption that have surrounded Vladimir Putin's reign in Russia. Tracing his career back over two decades, Putin's Way reveals how the accumulation of wealth and power has led to autocratic rule and the specter of a new Cold War.
July 10, Monday — Book Club
4 p.m. in the Gateway Multipurpose Room 3
Please note date, time, and location change. The July book will be the New York Times bestseller, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Flawed Campaign, by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes. From the publisher: "It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the riveting story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary’s campaign—the candidate herself."
The Book Club will not meet in August. The September book will be Al Franken: Giant of the Senate. The book club will return to its usual date, time, and location on September at 3 p.m. in Gateway Multipurpose Room 2.
July 12, Wednesday — TGWD (Thank God We're Democrats)
4:30 p.m. in the Fairway Room at Creekside
The TGWD July speaker will be Marian Shostrom from Health Care for All—California. Socialization and drinks ($5 cash per drink) will begin at 4:30 p.m. At 4:50 p.m., dinner may be ordered individually from a limited selection of the Creekside Grill Early Bird menu for $20 cash, which includes tip and tax. If you prefer to attend just for the camaraderie, you are welcome to do so. You must RSVP; please include your name(s), the date, and whether you will be ordering dinner.
July 27, Thursday — General Meeting
6 p.m. social/Town Square / 7 p.m. speaker in the Event Center
Russia is a hot topic on many fronts these days, and our July speaker will give the lowdown on the politics between our countries, speaking on the Russian Assault on Liberals. A specialist on Soviet politics and foreign relations, Professor George Breslauer is a professor emeritus of Comparative Politics at UC Berkeley. He was the UC Berkeley Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost from 2006 to 2014. Breslauer has written or edited 12 books on Soviet and Russian politics and foreign relations. His most recent book is Gorbachev and Yeltsin as Leaders. Bring your questions and your friends to the July meeting, which is open and free for everyone. Refreshments will be served.