Happy new year!

A happy new year to all from us at City Democratic Club. This will be a very busy political year, with so many unpleasant things happening in 2017.

A few of us started the year at the SF Democratic Party’s Unity Breakfast, where we heard inspiring speeches from across the president’s shithole spectrum.

So, hello from our president and three of our board. You’ll be hearing more from us soon! (Can you spot the two candidates?)

Thursday 9/28: Open the skies, flip the valley

Calling all political activists and humanitarians! Our program tomorrow night has it all – from activism to education to helping disaster victims too! Join us Thursday at 6:30pm in the Dining Room of the Chancellor Hotel. #StrongerTogether

It looks like the outlines of the travel-ban baseline are set, though news in this administration changes in internet time: Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela. Come for immigration news and views from Nima Rahimi, who has been with the Iranian American Bar Association throughout the journey of the Policy Formerly Known as the “Muslim Ban.”

Fran Schreiberg, of law firm Kazan McClain Satterley & Greenwood, will tell us how Working America is gearing up to flip seats in the Central Valley. As we saw last night, politics is always full of surprises. Working America is busy making those surprises go our way.

Working America is a national organization aiming to represent working Americans who don’t have union representation themselves. If you haven’t already, check out the Oakland Post’s story on their work in the Central Valley and the piece in The Nation highlighting their work in Columbus, Ohio.

And remember your donations for The Fellowship in Katy, TX. It’s a tragic time across the U.S. as natural disasters slash through Puerto Rico and the Atlantic coast. We stand by our commitment to The Fellowship. We’ll bundle and send checks to Katy after the meeting; if you’ve previously made an online donation at http://www.thefellowship.org/disaster-relief, bring your confirmation to the meeting. Donations in at least the amount of your dues get you 2018 membership on us.

If you haven’t already, RSVP on our Facebook event page.

September meeting: Blue skies above, blue plains below
Thursday 9/28, 6:30pm
Dining Room, Chancellor Hotel
433 Powell St., San Francisco

BART/Muni: 2/3/30/38/45
Park (car/bike): Sutter/Stockton, Union Square garages
Other parking and transportation options

September floodplains

Like everyone across the nation, our club is watching with horror as the waters recede to reveal ruin across Texas and Louisiana. In Houston alone, about 40,000 people were in shelters on the storm’s busiest night – and that’s about how many homes Hurricane Harvey will have destroyed, according to Red Cross estimates.

We’re adding a fundraiser to our September meeting. Give to Texas, get a club renewal. But Texas is big, and the numbers are staggering. If you were to take The Donald’s supposed $1 million and scatter it from Air Force One, it would have turned to pennies by the time it hit the ground.

President Kat Anderson has a close personal friend nearby. He and his neighborhood are fine. But their eyes and hearts are looking west to Katy, a small town west of Houston. He asked that we help The Fellowship, a local church, as they help neighbors in a town that looks too often like this.

We’re running a promotion at our September meeting to help our Lone Star brethren. On 9/28, bring a check made out to The Fellowship, or make a donation online at http://www.thefellowship.org/disaster-relief and bring the confirmation to the meeting.

Your donation in the amount of your normal club dues – or more! – serves as your 2018 renewal. For those of us bringing checks, the club will bundle them up and send them along. The Fellowship is an accredited 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

And remember, 2018 will be a very big election year. You don’t want to miss out on our endorsements and events.

Give to Katy. Get from the club. It’s the least we can do.

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