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Dear DemOC PAC Members and Friends,

This past weekend was one of the hottest of recent memory. I grew up in San Francisco and this weather literally wilts me. Between that and the political climate, I have not been a happy person. On Friday, I met my good friend and political mentor for lunch, where we shared political woes, collaborated about the upcoming elections and discussed how to get through the next months without tearing our hair out. Her best advice…we are activists, we are doing what we can. We must keep working on TURNING THE HOUSE BLUE. Keep doing it and don’t focus on everything you can’t fix. I’m passing this along to you because I found her words to be wise, helpful and energizing. We need to sign up with a campaign, keep giving money, enlist our friends...do whatever makes us happy and involved as we make our way to the ballot box in November.

On Saturday, I saw RBG. In addition to being wonderful, educational, enlightening, and empowering, it also gave me hope. Look at what an amazing effect that tiny woman has had on our lives. She points out that we have been through bad times but as a country we have survived. We’ve got to stick with it. Also a great message. If you haven’t seen the movie, see it, feel it and keep Notorious RBG's message of hope with you, as well -- as have all the young people who are so empowered by her! We will get through this, even with the awful Trump.

Speaking of great messages, I have BIG one for you..

DemOC PAC has made donations to three of our
OC Congressional Candidates!!!
We sent $4,000 each to Katie Porter, Harley Rouda, and Mike Levin!

Hooray for them and hooray for us! Thank you to all who have joined the PAC and who have given us money. You made this possible! More donations to come!

If you aren't already a member, please join. Members voted on this decision upon the recommendation of the Political Research Committee. All members have input on how we give our money. We will be making more donations between now and November. We MUST TURN THE HOUSE BLUE to stop this maniacal takeover by Trump and the Republicans. Please consider joining and giving today. Here is the link... https://www.efundraisingconnections.com/c/DEMOCPAC/

I can't wait to see you at our next meeting
Featuring our Candidate for the 48th Congressional District
Harley Rouda!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
6:30 PM
University Synaguge
3400 Michelson Drive, Irvine
$5.00 per person ($10 if possible so we can raise more $$!)

We will also:
Have reports from representatives from our other Congressional races
Discuss the Supreme Court nomination and how our winning the Congress is more important than ever before (if that is possible)
Our plans for future activism and donations
Continue our discussion about the Migrant Families

We look forward to seeing you there!

ATURDAY'S MARCH, INFORMATION FOLLOWS:

On June 30 we will join over 300,000 people who have signed up to attend 700+ #FamiliesBelongTogether events in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico to raise awareness of issue of family separations at the border.
Carpooling is strongly suggested. We will try to meet at the entrance to the sports stadium at Portola High School at 2:45 and will have the DEMOC PAC Banner with us.
PARKING: Use Portola High School parking lot on Merit. Main rally area will be in northeast corner of lot. Your GPS may take you to lot on Cadence on west side of campus, which can be used for overflow.
MARCH: Distance is 1-1/4 miles to secondary rally point outside James A. Musick detention facility. All parking in the adjacent industrial complexes is restricted (private property). If you attempt to park there, do so at your own risk.
BE SURE TO BRING SUNSCREEN, HAT AND WATER!
TOY DRIVE: People will be making donations of items for an Orange County facility that is housing unaccompanied minors. Attendees are encouraged to bring the following requested items (NEW, not used): 
Soccer balls
Volleyballs
Sports equipment
Outdoor game activities
Playing cards
Craft kits and supplies
PG-13 movie DVDs
Spanish books
MP3 players
SIGNS & BANNERS: Please feel free to bring signs and banners! We will also have some pre-made signs and supplies to make signs if you don't have your own.
WEAR WHITE: MoveOn is asking all attendees to the over 500 marches on June 30 to wear white as a show of solidarity. Locally, we are also asking everyone to wear a YELLOW RIBBON.
Many speakers lined up, including local immigrants' rights activist Monica Brasov-Curca from Activate Labs, immigration attorney Jennifer Lee Koh from Orange County Justice Fund, Holocaust survivor Margaret Houffelaar, clergy, community leaders, local elected officials, and more. 
Hope to see you all Saturday!

Next meeting is Tuesday, July 24 at 6:30

Dear DemOC PAC Members and Friends,

We will have another newsletter this week but we need to get you some details quickly....

Next meeting is Tuesday, July 24 at 6:30...mark your calendars...details to follow. Our last meeting was well attended with more than 120 people and we had a fascinating discussion with Katie Porter and her Campaign Manager Erica Kwiatkowski. We expect another of our four Congressional Candidates to join us at our July meeting....Stay Tuned.

The rest of our discussion centered mainly on the forced separation of migrant parents and children by the Trump Administration. It was another excellent conversation by a committed group.

With that conversation in mind, please join all of us this
Saturday, June 30 at 3 pm
Families Belong Together OC
Portola High School
Irvine, CA 92614
Join us on June 30 to send a clear message to Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress: Families Belong Together! We’ll be meeting at Portola High School at 3pm and marching approximately one mile from there towards the James A. Musick detention facility.

Please meet at our DemOC PAC Banner and wear white.

Please RSVP and let us know if you will be joining us for this Saturday's March.

More info will come on the meeting and I will be sending another newsletter in a few days with more info on other happenings as well.

Thanks and we have we have just a little over 4 months to turn the Congress BLUE!

Lita

!!!!!!NEWSFLASH!!!!! !!!JUNE 19 MEETING UPDATE!!!

!!!!!!NEWSFLASH!!!!!
!!!JUNE 19 MEETING UPDATE!!!

45th CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE KATIE PORTER
IS JOINING US TO SPEAK ABOUT HER CAMPAIGN,
UNIFYING THE DEMOCRATS AND NEXT STEPS
We are so excited to hear from Katie!

NORBERTO SANTANA, JR
PUBLISHER OF THE VOICE OF OC

IS GOING TO DISCUSS...
Election Breakdown - Take it Apart and Put It
Back Together for November!

ALSO -- WE WILL TALK ABOUT TRUMP'S POLICY OF SEPARATING CHILDREN FROM MIGRANT FAMILIES
AT OUR BORDER.

Tuesday, June 19
6:30 PM

University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson Drive, Irvine
Admission $5.00

Newsletter 06.12.18



Can you believe it? The campaigning has ended (to begin again), the signs are down, the media has left for a few days, and we have FOUR, yes FOUR, DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES....one in each of our OC swing districts! Gil Cisneros is our candidate for CD 39, Katie Porter for CD 45, Mike Levin for CD 49 and either Hans Keirstead or Harley Rouda for CD 48. Until late last Tuesday night it really seemed impossible.

Now the work comes...we need to activate again, coalesce around our candidates, raise money and get our four candidates into office. Let's get together and talk about that...


WE ARE SO EXCITED TO WELCOME



NORBERTO SANTANA, JR
PUBLISHER OF THE VOICE OF OC

WHO IS JOINING US TO DISCUSS...

Election Breakdown - Take it Apart and to Put It
BackTogether for November!
Tuesday, June 19
6:30 PM

University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson Drive, Irvine
Admission $5.00

*non denominational meeting, all are welcome


Dear DemOC PAC Members and Friends,
About our Speaker...
Norberto Santana Jr., is an award-winning investigative reporter with nearly two decades reporting experience, most recently engaging Orange County government institutions and decision makers as the founding publisher of the nonprofit digital newsroom, Voice of OC.
As publisher, Santana oversees all newsroom, engagement and fundraising operations and also writes a weekly Opinion column about Orange County government.
In 2017, the Orange County Press Club recognized Santana as Orange County’s best columnist.
Before founding Voice of OC in 2009, Santana was a lead investigative reporter for the Orange County Register from 2004-2009, focusing on county government.
Santana began his journalistic career in the early 1990s as an apprentice reporter with Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D.C. covering daily floor action in the U.S. Congress.
In addition to his experience as a journalist, the Southern California native has a master’s in Latin American Studies, has worked as an elections analyst on National Endowment for Democracy programs across Latin America and was one of the founders of CubaNet.org, a website featuring the work of dissident journalists inside Cuba that has operated since 1995.