Dr. Hans Keirstead, Candidate for the 48th Congressional District, Attends Dem Club Fundraiser Amid National Notoriety


 Dr. Hans Keirstead, considered by many to be one of the leading candidates for Congress in the 48th congressional district, was among the many distinguished guests attending the SBLW Democrat Club’s July 29th fundraiser. He will also be the featured speaker at the next membership meeting on August 16 in Clubhouse 4 at 1:00 pm.

 Dr. Keirstead, along with other 48th congressional district candidates as well as the district itself, recently received national publicity from nonpartisan analysts at the University of Virginia Center for Politics who reported that the race for Dana Rohrabacher’s House seat representing Orange County is now a toss-up.

The University’s Center for Politics, Larry J. Sabato’s Crystal Ball features detailed and frequently updated analysis for elections across the country. The Crystal Ball which keeps tabs on presidential elections, along with every Senate and gubernatorial race, as well as the tightest campaigns for the House has been a leader in accurately predicting elections since its inception.

More information about Dr. Keirstead’s distinguished career can be found in last week’s LW Weekly.   All Leisure World Democrats are welcome to attend the 1 p.m., August 16 meeting as well as the informal “bring your own lunch” roundtable discussions beginning at 12:15.

In other Club news, the Local Politics Task Force is working with the Democratic Club of Seal Beach in planning for a local community-wide Climate Change Advocacy Training centered around the topics of Climate Action Plans and Community Choice Energy.  All interested LW Clubs as well as residents interested in becoming involved or in co-sponsoring this climate change advocacy training should contact Laura Wilson at lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com.



Democratic Club Organizes Issue-based Task Forces


Health Care Task Force Chair Dale Lieberfarb

Organized in response to last fall’s election, the Seal Beach Leisure World Democratic Club’s ad-hoc Action Team has successfully completed the task of organizing three ongoing issue-based task forces: Health Care chaired by Dale Lieberfarb, Local Politics chaired by Jacquie Clarke & Laura Wilson and Environment chaired by Rachael Lehmberg.  Please email the chairs of the respective committees to become involved at lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com.img_20170215_122807699_burst000_cover_top.jpg

Environmental Task Force Chair Rachael Lehmberg

Club members are invited to consider organizing additional task forces such as education, women’s rights, social justice or any other topic of interest.  During its Aug. 5th meeting, the Club’s board members voted unanimously to begin direct sponsorship of all existing and potential board-approved issue-based task forces.  Former Action Team chair Dale Lieberfarb has agreed to consult with any task force that asks for her assistance.  The Board’s ad-hoc Policies and Procedures Committee will draft further guidelines for the organization and operation of the task forces.


Local Politics Task Force Chairs Laura Wilson & Jacquie Clark

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 lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com.


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 lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com.

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: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/readersreact/la-ol-le-trump-climate-change-protest-20170329-story.html

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 lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com for information or reservations.

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