July Monthly Meeting Date Change

General Membership Meeting

DateThursday, July 12, 2018 

Please note that this meeting has been moved to the second Thursday of the month due to the July 4th holiday

Time6 p.m.

Location: Pacific Beach Recreation Center,

1405 Diamond Street

Hello all! Please mark your calendars for our general membership meeting in July. This meeting will be a post-primaries candidate endorsement meeting.

Featured speakers:

Dr. Jen Campbell, Democratic Candidate for San Diego City Council, District 2

Surrogate for Nathan Fletcher, Democratic Candidate for San Diego County Board of Supervisors, District 4


Dr. Jen Campbell –  PBDC is excited to welcome back Dr. Jen Campbell. Dr. Jen was one of the top two candidates in the primary election for City Council District 2, and will move on to face Councilwoman Lori Zapf in the midterm election in November. Dr. Jen is a family physician, professor, businesswoman, and grandmother of nine. Her lifelong activity in the Democratic Party has included positions on the local, state, and national levels. Some of her other community service, here in San Diego, includes teaching Integrative Medicine, serving on the Board and as Interim Executive Director of the Human Dignity Foundation, and as a Director of the Clairemont Town Council.

Nathan Fletcher – A surrogate will be speaking on behalf of Nathan Fletcher and his campaign. Nathan Fletcher was the top vote winner in the primary election for County Board District 4, and will move on to face former District Attorney, Bonnie Dumanis, in the midterm election in November. Nathan is a former two-term state assemblyman for the 75th District, and a former San Diego mayoral candidate. He is currently a political science professor at UCSD. Fletcher served in the Marine Corps as a Counterintelligence Specialist and did two combat tours. Fletcher founded the Three Wise Men Foundation to help eliminate the stigma surrounding Post-Traumatic Stress and launched the Honorably Discharged, Dishonorably Deported campaign to shine a light on the injustice of deported veterans.

A CALL TO ACTION:

With all that’s going on, there are many ways for you to get involved, both on the local and national levels. Here are PBDC’s calls to action for this week:

1) SCOTUS: Justice Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court this week. Trump and the GOP majority Senate are aiming to confirm a new conservative Justice to the Supreme Court by the fall. Call the senators listed below and ask them not to hold nomination hearings until after the midterm elections. Also call our Senators, Feinstein and Harris, to express support for this position. The Congressional Switchboard number is (202) 224-3121 and their D.C. office numbers are listed below.

  • Senator Susan Collins of Maine – D.C. Office: (202) 224-2523
  • Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – D.C. Office: (202) 224-6665
  • Senator Flake of Arizona – D.C. Office: (202) 224-4521
  • Senator Gardner of Colorado – D.C. Office: (202) 224-5941
  • Senator McCain of Arizona – D.C. Office: (202) 224-2235
  • Senator Ernst of Iowa – D.C. Office: (202) 224-3254

2) There are voter registration and Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts available for you to take part in, and PBDC plans to host fundraisers, phone banks, and precinct walks as the election gets closer. If you’re interested in getting involved, please email us at PBDC92109@gmail.com.
To volunteer with the SD County Democratic party, please see https://sdcdp.ngpvanhost.com/action-center-things-you-can-do-today. You can also visit the websites of Democratic candidates to volunteer for their campaigns.

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Dr. Joel Day speaking at June Meeting
Club Announcements:
Drinks with Donkeys
Friday, July 27th @ Location TBD
It’s back! Please join us for some drinks and some fun with your fellow Democrats! PBDC will be hosting this event at a location TBD. We’ll have more details at the July meeting and send out a reminder as it gets closer.
PBDC Annual Summer Picnic
Sunday, August 12th, 1 p.m. @ Kate Sessions Park
Come on out to our annual summer picnic! The PBDC executive board will be providing burgers and drinks, but it’ll be a side dish potluck, so please let us know what you’re going to bring. Also, bring along your lawn chairs if you want to sit down and relax.
Message from the President:

With the Primary Election behind us, it’s time to take a breath, reflect on the work that we’ve done, and prepare ourselves for the hard work that will be required to generate the Blue Wave that will set our country back on a path to compassion and sensibility.

At June’s General Membership Meeting, Dr. Joel Day spoke with our club about the direction of the Democratic Party.  He described a vision of the Democratic Party being a force for good in the world. He gave a vision of a party that accomplishes big things. A party that wants to invest in America so that we can solve our crisis of confidence.

His discussion helped me recognize that Democrats need to be able to communicate our ideals as quickly and effectively as Republicans.

Democrats want to be a force for good in the world because we understand that empathy and compassion are more powerful than greed and cruelty.

Democrats want to accomplish big things, like solving Energy Independence, because it will make us safer from environmental catastrophe and from our dependence on foreign nations.

Democrats want to restore confidence in our American Government because government can be a powerful force for good in the world.

I am asking you to really think about why you talk to your friends and neighbors; why you knock on doors. Think about the reasons you will continue to make calls, attend rallies, and register new voters. Ask yourself why we stand in solidarity with our Immigrant and Muslim communities. Then take the core of those reasons and edit them down so they can be easily communicated in a few sentences.

The news has been particularly nasty these past few weeks. The stories of cruelty and corruption weigh heavily on me and my family, as I’m sure it does you and yours, but now is not the time to slink back. It’s not the time to get nasty and lash out. It’s not time to complain; it is time to offer another path forward for America. It will not be easy, and nothing will be given, but…

Now is the time to offer our vision to restore our country to its rightful place as a force for good.

Brian Iwakiri

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