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, 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 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.

original meeting announcement

9/28 Meeting: Blue skies above, blue plains below


“You’re not from around here, are you?”

Our September meeting will be an inspiring journey from 30,000 feet to the floor of the Central Valley, with hope and possibility at every turn. As horrifying as the current headlines are, we hope you’ll join us.

Nima Rahimi, regional vice president of the Iranian American Bar Association, brings us the view from the airport on the first chaotic day of the Muslim ban and other headlines from immigration law. Fran Schreiberg tells how Working America, a labor-affiliated canvassing organization, is working to flip House seats in the Central Valley and how we can help.

Please join us at the Chancellor Hotel on 9/28. You can RSVP on our Facebook event page. It’s free and open to the public.

Ground Zero: Nima Rahimi and the view from SFO

Trump has been projecting and protecting xenophobia from every podium he’s used – but not in our name.

That “huddled masses” inscription on the Statue of Liberty? Never mind, it was just an afterthought.

When Trump took his dramatic step in January to roll up the carpet by Executive Order, protesters, immigration attorneys, and even Google’s Sergey Brin were among the thousand-strong SFO flash mob.

Nima Rahimi was there to assist and advise travelers. A recently appointed member to the City’s Immigrant Rights Commission, he can provide on-the-ground stories from the day of the Muslim decree as well as new developments from the Bay Area and beyond.

Flipping 99: Fran Schreiberg and the road less traveled

We city folk too readily file the Central Valley under “Trump people.” But Working America, through research and field work, knows that’s too simplistic and defeatist. The Valley isn’t solid red. Like all Americans, Valley residents are just trying to, pardon the pun, make their lives great again. We know who said it. We can show that we mean it.

Working America’s Fran Schreiberg can tell us some things Democrats got wrong, and how they’re working to get them right, in territory that ought to give us hope, not fear. They are working to flip Congressional Districts 10 (Jeff Denham, R-Turlock) and 21 (David Valadao, R-Hanford). And we in the Bay Area are by no means helpless.

Join us!

City Democratic Club’s September meeting
with Nima Rahimi, commissioner, Immigrant Rights Commission, and chapter vice-president, Iranian American Bar Association
and Fran Schreiberg, Of Counsel and Pro Bono attorney, Kazan McClain Satterley & Greenwood, for Working America

Thursday, September 28, 6:30 p.m.
Dining Room, Chancellor Hotel, 433 Powell Street

RSVP or get more info on our Facebook event page.