DRONES ABROAD AND SPYING AT HOME: What’s Happening to Our Democracy

SteveRohdeSteve Rohde will speak on “DRONES ABROAD AND SPYING AT HOME:  What’s Happening to Our Democracy?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 7-9pm
Multipurpose room (2nd floor) of the Main Library on 6th St. & Santa Monica Blvd.
Enter parking garage on 7th St.

With the stunning revelations over the last couple of weeks of widespread NSA spying on Americans, the June 26th general membership meeting of the Santa Monica Democratic Club will be more timely and urgent than we could have imagined back when we invited the civil liberties champion Stephen Rohde to be our guest speaker.

Rohde, a constitutional lawyer and the current head of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, will address “Drones Abroad and Spying At Home” and will take audience questions on what’s happening to our democracy at a time when we are learning that every major phone carrier has evidently complied with government orders to turn over logs of all phone calls made to, from, and within the country over the past seven years, and that vast, comprehensive troves of information about internet activity have also been monitored by the government.

Join us for an eye-opening and provocative discussion, and feel free to invite friends:  Like all our monthly membership meetings, admission is free, light refreshments will be served, and the general public is welcome. 

We hope to see you there.

Stephen Rohde is a constitutional lawyer, lecturer, writer and political activist. He is the Chair the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, a founder and current Vice-Chair of Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, Vice Chair of Bend the Arc, a Jewish Partnership for Justice and a Vice President of Death Penalty Focus.  Mr. Rohde is the author of American Words of Freedom, which explores the origins, history and meaning of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. His most recent book is Freedom of Assembly, which is part of the American Rights Series. He is also co-author of Foundations of Freedom published by the Constitutional Rights Foundation and has written numerous articles and book reviews on civil liberties and constitutional history.


Dave Jones Spoke on Healthcare Reform

Healthcare Reform Is Here:
Find Out What’s Ahead & What It Means for You!


What: SM Democratic Club general membership meeting
When: Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Professional Development Learning Center

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones will be the featured guest speaker at the monthly general membership meeting of the Santa Monica Democratic Club on Wednesday, May 22. He will be addressing the Affordable Care Act, focusing on how it is being implemented in California and will answer questions from the audience.

The program will be emceed by Dr. Gene Oppenheim and Dr. Steve Tarzynski. Both of these physicians are longtime members of the Club, and active with Physicians for a National Plan, which advocates for single-payer health insurance.

The meeting will take place at the Professional Development Learning Center, at 2802 Fourth Street, Santa Monica (west side of the street, between Hill and Ashland), at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22. The program is free of charge and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served and free parking is available at the location.

Google Map: http://goo.gl/maps/yxv2A


SMRR/SMDC to Host State of the Union Event

Santa Monica for Renters’ Rights and the Santa Monica Democratic Club are co-hosting a get together on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at Yankee Doodles to watch the State of the Union Address. You may begin arriving at 5:30pm; the speech starts at 6:00pm.

Bring your family, mingle, discuss, and have fun. There is no charge for this event, but the purchase of food and drink is encouraged.
We must know the number of attendees in advance.

Yankee Doodles
1410 3rd St. Promenade
SM 90401
5:30pm to 8:00pm


SMDC Meeting Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Santa Monica Democratic Club will discuss (and possibly endorse) the following:

Proposition 28 — Limits on Legislators’ Terms in Office
Proposition 29 — Additional Tax on Cigarettes for Cancer Research

Measure H: LA County Hotel Occupancy Tax Continuation Measure
Meaure L: LA County Landfill Tax Continuation Measure

We will also discuss the proposed development of Village Trailer Park.

Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Community Room, Ocean Park Branch of SM Public Library, Main & Ocean Park Blvd.
Refreshments, No Charge, and Public Welcome.


Santa Monica Democratic Club Endorsements for June Ballot

June 2012

Assembly District 50:
Torie Osborn
Los Angeles County District Attorney:
Danette E. Meyers
Superior Court Judges:
Office #3:  Craig Gold
Office #38  Lynn Diane Olson
Office #65:  Shannon Knight
Office #78:  James D. Otto
Office #114:  Eric Harmon
Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee (7) endorsed:
Dante Atkins, 
Joseph A. Cislowski,
Ralph Erickson,
A. Lee Walkup, 
Evelyn Metoyer-Williams,  
Diana Plotkin,
Heidi G. Shink