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East Bay "Democracy for America" Meetup Message Board › Stealing The American Dream - Tuesday May 22

Stealing The American Dream - Tuesday May 22

Vincent C.
Group Organizer
Berkeley, CA
Stealing the American Dream

May 22 – Tuesday

Rockridge Public Library
5366 College (near Rockridge BART)

6:30 pm –Pizza and schmoozing
7:00 pm – “Heist” documentary teaser screening with Producer


1. “Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?” Teaser screening of a new, groundbreaking documentary on the roots of the American economic crisis, with Director/Producer Don Goldmacher. Associate Producer, and EB DFA Organizing Team member, Tara Merchant will be there too.

2. Exposing “Payroll Protection” – Disingenuous ballot initiative prohibiting unions from political use of funds raised through payroll deductions, among other restrictions.

3. Primary Election – The primary elections are in a few weeks - Let’s Get-Out-The-Vote!

a. CD-10 Jose Hernandez faces a first term Tea Party incumbent in Tracy/Modesto.

b. AD-18 Abel Guillen faces two opponents in Oakland/Alameda/San Leandro

Bring your calendar so you can sign up.

1. “Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?”

We’ll screen the 22-minute version of this groundbreaking documentary on the roots of the American economic crisis. Question & Answer after the screening with Producer Don Goldmacher. DFA Organizing Team Member Tara Merchant was the Assistant Producer.

Heist vividly lays bare four decades of corporate dismantling of Main Street, from outsourcing millions of manufacturing jobs, industry deregulation and attacks on organized labor, tax policies favoring mega-corporations and wealthy elites, and media consolidation.

The historical narrative provides a compelling backdrop for real world solutions, along with a glimpse of the current Occupy Wall Street movement.

'Heist'..."has the virtue of taking the long view of a crisis that recent films like “Inside Job” and “Too Big to Fail” have only sketchily explored. It makes a strong case that government regulation of business is essential for democracy to flourish."—Stephen Holden, New York Times

“Market fundamentalism …. became the unquestioned narrative, along with the endless media celebration of globalization. But virtually nothing trickled down, the rich became super-rich, globalization hollowed out American industry, and finally the system came crashing down in 2008….What we have in Heist is a much-needed corrective to this, a counter-narrative…. Heist is a very real attempt to restore our humanity…."
--Morris Berman, author, Why America Failed

2. So-called “Paycheck Protection”

We’ve seen this “protection” twice before on the California ballot – Prop. 266 in 1998 and Prop. 75 in 2005 and we beat it back both times. The same special interests have brought it back in 2012 with an initiative that has qualified for the November 2012 ballot.

The proposed statute would limit the use of government workers’ union dues for political purposes, thus severely restricting those unions’ ability to advocate for their members.

California Teachers Association President Dean E. Vogel describes the measure as restraining public and private sector unions from political spending while providing loopholes for big businesses.

Corporations nationwide have outspent unions on politics about 15-to-1 over the past 11 years, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

3. Primary Elections Action Item – Get Out The Vote

Our Meetup happens just two weeks before the June 5 election. We urge you to support these candidates so they can make it to the November election! Come to the Meetup and be prepared to sign up for the Get Out the Vote canvassing and phone banking in Tracy or in Oakland.

Jose Hernandez is running for Congress in CD-10.

He has lived an implausible life story, realizing his dream through hard work, perseverance, and education to become an astronaut, which began when he was a nine-year old boy helping pick crops with his farmworker family in the San Joaquin Valley. Jose, at the encouragement of the President and Michelle Obama, is now running for Congress in CD10 (Tracy/Modesto) against a first term Tea Party incumbent, Jeff Denham. Michelle Obama has agreed to campaign in the district for him. Jose is a strong believer in the American dream, which he wants to keep alive so others will have the opportunities he had. Jose is a progressive who supports our values.

Speaker John Boehner acknowledged that Republicans could lose the House; electing Jose will help realize this goal! http://joseforcongres...­ [/url]Let’s make sure Boehner is right!!

Abel Guillen is running for the State Assembly in AD18.

Successfully bringing Abel to Sacramento will be a key step in achieving a 2/3 super majority of Democrats in the Assembly.

Abel’s proven abilities at Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees will help Democrats drive the legislative agenda and move towards goals such as passing single payer health care.

Sign up to volunteer to turn out Democratic voters – it’s important, timely, and fun! http://abelforassembl...­

4. Progressive Education Action Item

Come to Providence in June! Netroots Nation Conference takes place June 7-10 in Providence, Rhode Island

We want to make sure there is a strong EB DFA group contingent at this year's Netroots Nation meeting. It's a wonderful opportunity to have fun and connect with DFA supporters from the across the country!
Join thousands of fellow bloggers, newsmakers, social justice advocates, labor and organizational leaders, grassroots organizers and online activists for four days of thought-provoking panels, practical trainings and fun networking opportunities.

Don’t miss out! Buy your ticket here: ­http://www.netrootsna...­

“It’s like a political rally, a think tank retreat and a non-stop party with your best friends all rolled into one. It’s a celebration of the past achievements and future goals of the ever-expanding Netroots. It’s an event where progressive leaders and candidates come to hear, in person, what you have to say. You’ll leave the convention deliriously proud of how far we’ve come … and where we’re headed.”
—Bill Harnsberger aka Bill in Portland Maine, Daily Kos

As The New York Times said, Netroots Nation is “becoming as much a part of the Democratic political circuit as the Iowa State Fair.”

May 22 – Tuesday

Rockridge Public Library
5366 College (near Rockridge BART)

6:30 pm –Pizza and schmoozing
7:00 pm – “Heist” documentary teaser screening with Producer

RSVP: ­­

We urge anyone interested in Progressive change to consider joining the EB Democracy for America team: Frances, Janet F, Janet S, Mark, Michael, Norman, Sumi, Tara, Vincent & Yvonne.
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