Democrats to Address Human Trafficking in Orange County




Joy Prim

Local community activist Joy Prim will present an update on human trafficking in Orange County during the Leisure World Democratic Club upcoming meeting on Wednesday, July 19th in Clubhouse 3, Room 2 at 1:00.  All Leisure World Democrats as well as Club members and guests are also welcome to bring a brown bag lunch for informal round table discussions beginning at 12:15.

Joy Prim, originally from North Carolina, was commissioned in 2011 to serve as a intern in Hong Kong where she worked with migrant workers, 98 percent of whom are women who are subject to overwork, underpay, and sexual or physical abuse.

In 2013, Joy was reassigned as an outreach associate at the Filipino Migrant Center in Long Beach. With the ongoing immigration debate here in the United States, she soon found herself again heavily involved in community organizing for migrant rights.   Many of her clients were victims of labor trafficking who found themselves working in hotels as housekeepers or as caregivers for aging Americans. “I saw the same type of exploitation in Long Beach that I saw in Hong Kong,” Prim shares.

At the end of her three-year assignment, Joy’s passion for justice lead her to resign from her intern position in order to stay on at the Migrant Center.  Her current assignment is working with human trafficking victims in Orange County.


Fundraiser update!  Leisure World’s own professional pianist Hank Barto has agreed to play a few tunes and accompany singer Eva Gantz at the Club’s July 29th fundraising brunch!  California Senator Ed Hernandez, and expert on health care legislation will be the featured speaker.  All Leisure World Democrats, their families, and friends are invited to attend.  Tickets are $25. each and $125. per table of six.  Reservations are required and can be obtained by emailing us at



Singer/Songwriter to Entertain at Fundraiser



Preparations are in full swing for the LW Democratic Club’s summer fundraising brunch to be held Saturday, July 29th at 10:00 a.m. in Clubhouse 4.  Eva Gantz, a singer/songwriter from San Francisco, will entertain.  Eva’s musical style is fresh and jazzy, and she’ll be performing a few classic pieces.  Fun fact: Eva is also Club V.P. Laura Wilson’s daughter!  Like her mother, Eva is passionate about social change and delighted to help raise money for progressive causes.  Keynote speaker for the event will be California Senator Ed Hernandez.    In addition, all announced Democratic candidates who will be seeking support from Leisure World voters in the June 2018 primary are being invited to attend and be introduced.  Tickets cost $25 for individuals and $125 for a table of six that includes family or other non-members.  Reservations are required and can be made by sending an email to

In further preparation for next year’s primary election, the Club is also in the process of securing prospective candidates as guest speakers for their fall monthly membership meetings.  In an effort to fully investigate the candidates’ perspectives on the issues, current plans call for dedicating a full meeting for each presenter.  Dr. Hans Keirstead (for Congress in the 48th) has been confirmed for our meeting on August 16, Harley Rouda is scheduled for September 20th and Laura Oatman will be speaking on October 18th!  The Club extends a hearty welcome to these three candidates!

An overflow crowd turned out at the Club’s June 21st membership meeting to hear Stephanie Campbell speak on the Politics of Religious Liberties.  In an engaging presentation, Ms. Campbell seamlessly wove together various themes, ranging from the First Amendment’s religious clauses to climate change.  She was warmly received by an appreciative audience.  Please see the menu option for a follow-up action on the Johnson Act!

Role of Religious Liberty in Politics


Community activist Stephanie Campbell will be addressing “The Role of Religious Liberty in Politics” during the Leisure World Democratic Club monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 21st in Clubhouse 3, Room 1 at 1:00 p.m.

President Trump’s May 4th signing of an executive order titled “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty” provides the background for this timely subject matter and Ms. Campbell is well qualified to speak on the subject.  She is a founding member of the Orange County chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and also serves as Vice President of AU’s national Board of Trustees.  In addition, she has been a certified speaker for ACLU on religious rights, reproductive rights and gay rights.

Local Politics on Orange County College Campuses


Club members and friends will focus their attention on local politics at their upcoming meeting on Wednesday, May 17th in Clubhouse 3, Room 2 at 1:00 p.m.  In recent weeks, students, faculty, and trustees from UC Berkeley to a community college in Orange County have been involved in ongoing – oftentimes bitter – controversies relating to politics and free speech on their campuses.  The confrontation spilled over into the local public arena when a student at Orange Coast College published a secretly recorded tape of a professor making remarks about President Trump.  

Orange Coast Community College Board of Trustees member Jim Moreno will share his perspective on the relevant issues as well as the trustees’ experiences in handling this debate.  Accompanying Mr. Moreno in addressing Club members will be the Vice President of the Young Democrats of Orange County, Luis Aleman,  who is also a student at Orange Coast College.

The Climate Crisis: Politics, Values, and Activism to be Club focus for April


The LW Democratic Club enthusiastically welcomes activist & author Roger Gloss who will be speaking on climate change during its upcoming membership meeting on Wednesday, April 19th at 1:00 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.  His presentation will cover recent trends in warming and climate destruction, the current status of global action, and information about Orange County for Climate Action.  Club members and friends are encouraged to bring questions for this talented presenter.

Roger Gloss grew up near Buffalo, New York. He left the eastern U.S. to attend UCLA, where he earned a B.S. in Physics. He then settled in Southern California and has lived there ever since with his wife Linda. Now retired from a career in information technology, he devotes his time to writing and activism against climate change and systemic environmental destruction. Roger enjoys travel, the outdoors, an active lifestyle, reading fiction and history and, of course, writing.

The following is a link to a recent Letter to the Editor of the LA Times by Roger Gloss:

It is also spring potluck time!  The Club’s April 19th general meeting will be preceded by a potluck luncheon at 12:00.  Dems are asked to bring a salad or main dish and a hearty appetite!

Climaxing a month of action on climate change, the Club will participate in a Peoples March on Saturday, April 29 in Irvine.  Patterned after the earlier Women’s March, this event is part of a nationwide action to unify multiple interests affected by climate change.  There will be a chartered bus to get those interested to and from this important event.  The Club is asking for a donation of $20 per seat to defray the cost.  Please email Laura Wilson at for information or reservations.

There is always a place for member involvement in Club activities.  Contact President Mary Larson at to share your interests and be directed to the appropriate committee or group.  

Dems to Study the Future of Healthcare at March 15th Meeting

The Democratic Club is delighted to welcome Dr. Eric Lever as the guest speaker at its upcoming meeting on Wednesday, March 15th at 1:00 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.  Dr. Lever who will be speaking about the future of healthcare has been in practice in Gastroenterology for 25 years, spending the last 18 years at Kaiser Permanente.  He has been active in progressive politics since the age of 17.  Dr. Lever has a passionate interest in health care policy.   He believes that the future of our health care system, as well as the funding of universal health coverage for all Americans, depends heavily on which direction Medicare will take under the new administration.  As usual, Club members are welcome to bring a lunch and arrive at 12:15 for informal facilitated discussions with board members.  Coffee and dessert will be served.

Want to get to know your fellow Democrats?  Check out the “Get Acquainted Lunch Bunch” meeting on the 4th Wednesday of every month!  The next outing will be on March 22 from 11:00 to 1:00.  All are welcome, old and new members alike.  Please RSVP to Bev Emus at by March 21 for a reservation and more information.

The next meeting of the Club’s Action Team will be on Tuesday, March 28th in Clubhouse 3, Room 4 at 2:30.   Interested?  Contact Dale Lieberfarb at for details.

There is always a place for member involvement in Club activities.  Contact Club President Mary Larson at to share your interests and be directed to the appropriate committee or group.

Club to Discuss Impact of Women’s March


Sherri Loveland, National Women’s Political Caucus of OC President

All Leisure World Democrats are invited to the Club’s next membership meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2 at 1:00 p.m.   The theme for the meeting will be “Let’s Celebrate the Women’s March on Washington – But Where Do We Go From Here?”  Sherri Loveland, President of the National Women’s Political Caucus of OC and one of the coordinators of the Women’s March Orange County, will lead the discussion.

The National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) is a multicultural, intergenerational, and multi-issue grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process and creating a true women’s political power base to achieve equality for all women.

Those attending the Feb. 15th Club meeting are invited to arrive at Clubhouse 3, Room 2 as early as 12:15 to interact with members of the Club’s board members during what has come to be known as “Bring Your Own Lunch Facilitated Discussions.”

As the Club continues to develop its 2017 programing, there is a great need for member involvement in a wide range of activities, including the Club’s standing committees, the newly formed Action Team and the Get to Know Your Fellow Democrats Lunch Bunch.    Contact Club President Mary Larson at 562-296-8521 or email to share your interests and be directed to the appropriate committee or group.