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August 2017 AADC Newsletter

Auburn Area Democratic Club E-News

Serving Democrats of the Auburn area since 2004                    August 28,  2017

 AADC Presents:  
 “Topics of Community Interest”

The Auburn Area Democratic Club is an organization dedicated to informing the public and advancing democratic ideals. AADC holds open public meetings on the 1st Thursday evening of each month featuring our “Topics of Community Interest” presentations.
AADC has members from the City of Auburn and its surrounding area, including Colfax, Weimar, Meadow Vista, North Auburn and Newcastle.   Membership is $25 per year.  Democrats can learn more about the Club, subscribe to our AADC monthly newsletter and join by going to the website

Sept. 7th AADC meeting, 7:00 pm

Placer County Library

NOTE:  The Sept. 7th AADC meeting will be the last one held at the Auburn Library. Come listen to “The Secret Origins of America” by Sanford Miller.  See you there!

In October AADC will move its monthly meetings on the 1st Thursday evening of the month to the General Gomez Arts and Events Center, 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn.


See complete listing and details of each event at AADC website Events
Thu. Sept. 7, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, AADC meeting,Topic: The Secret Origins of America. Speaker, Sanford Miller, at the Gomes Arts and Events Center, Auburn 
Thu.-Sun. Sep. 7, 8, 9 and 10, AADC booth at the Gold Country Fair
Sep 17,  12:00 – 4:00 pm.  Placer County Latino Club – Pot Luck Picnic, at  Royer Park                   
Thurs. Sept. 21, 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Indivisible Auburn Picnic Meeting,  Moving forward, Resisting Still.  Auburn Recreation Park (covered picnic aea)                   
Sat. Sep. 23, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, “Be the Change” Youth Talent Show, at the Gomez Arts and Events Center, Auburn.
Fri. – Sun., Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1, AADC booth at the Fall Auburn Home Show
Oct. 7, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, AADC Annual Fund-raiser Gala, “How California Can Lead the Nation,” at the Gomez Arts and Events Center.  Speakers Derrick Cressman and Christine Pelosi Order tickets here.
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See what our activists are up to!
Most important business this week! See Rally for full details

Join us for what could be our last stand before President Trump decides on keeping the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program before the proposed September 5th deadline given by the 10 State Attorney Generals threatening to sue the federal govern-ment to end the program. Recent reports show that President Trump is leaning towards ending DACA.

In addition to that concern. The Trump Adminis-tration has said that it will be ending the Temporary Protected Status for Haitians in January. This signals the possibility of the end to TPS programs for other countries like El Salvador and Honduras.

MEETING : at the AUBURN CLOCK TOWER on the corner of Lincoln Way and High Street at 9:30am.  Details at  Rally

Resist Trump Tuesdays- LaMalfa @ Corner of Bell and 49- Target
Every Tuesday @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Meet at the corner of Bell and 49 (Park in Target parking lot). Bring your signs that advocate for the causes we want. Signs should be large and easy to read for the cars passing by. Also, bring flags to show that we are also patriots and love our country. During the summer wear a hat and bring water. It can get hot!! Do not engage negatively with anti-demonstrators. Stay safe and out of the street. Check to see if there is a letter that you can sign that will be given to your MoC. We will have extra signs if you need a sign.
RATT Pack Resistance Action Tuesdays and Thursdays meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 2200 Douglas Blvd. in front of Tom McClintock’s Roseville office. NOON to 1pm rain or shine, heat or hurricane!  Join us!!
We are a peaceful group of concerned constituents who inform the passers-by about the illegitimate regime holding our country hostage.  We carry appropriate signs and flags and we hand deliver  letters  to McClintock’s office at least once a week.
More information. Barb Brass:

Resist Trump Tuesdays- McClintock @ Congressman Tom McClintock’s Office

Meet at the corner of Eureka and Douglas, Tom McClintock’s office. Bring your signs and flags. Signs should be large and easy to read by the motorists passing by. Stay off the road and be safe. If it is a warm day, wear a hat and bring water. There may be a letter to sign that will be delivered to your MoC.
Banner Friday Headlines
Banners?:  Watching the Weather
Last week the crew reminded drivers on Highway 80 that the Dreamers are very much at risk still.  In fact a presidential statement on their fate sounds imminent.
This week we will take our cues from the weather. The National Weather Service predicts 104 degrees for Auburn on Friday.  If a pre-diction in that range, (say 98 or above), holds through Wednesday, we will cancel this week, and regroup the following week.  Whether it’s Go or No-Go, Wednesday evening we will send out an e-mail to folks on our list of participants, (which is incomplete—-see below).  And we will post on the IndivisibleAuburnCa Facebook page
And of course, if you check the weather forecast you will have a good idea whether we are going ahead.
PLEASE NOTE: If you were displaying banners for the first time in the past 2 weeks, you probably are not on our contact list.  Others may want to get involved and join our list.  Please send your contact information; name, phone number and e-mail to Al at:; or text the info to 530-305-8258.
Thanks Shirley for heading up the effort once again last week!  And Thanks to everyone for turning out!
See you on Friday!


If you haven’t joined yet, now is the time to do so!
Many thanks for keeping AADC strong!
Roke Whitson, Membership Committee Chair

 Time to renew your Club Membership

Don’t forget to keep up your membership. Your annual dues are due each year on JULY 1st, so please fill out the form attached and mail your $25 dues (checks made payable to AADC) to: AADC, P.O. Box 6851, Auburn, CA 95604
or pay on-line at AADC membership.
Your dues support the Club’s advocacy activities  and never obligate you to get more involved than you want to be, although participation is always, welcome! Dues-paying members are eligible to vote at our monthly AADC meetings. For more information, email 

 President’s Message

Announcing AADC’s New Local Advocacy Committee!
AADC has four strong standing committees – Voter Registration and Outreach, Community Events, Mem-bership and Fundraising Committees. We’ve done a great job supporting federal and state campaigns, but we’ve lacked a Committee focused on local issues. Until now.
AADC member Leslie Warren has agreed to lead AADC’s Local Advocacy Committee with the following goals:
1) Recruit progressives to run for or seek appointment to local Boards and Commissions.
2) Build local people’s competence so they can guide Placer County land use and protect our rural environment.
Leslie is seeking two leaders to help her get this new Committee in place.  If you are interested in one of these two volunteer positions, please call Leslie at (530) 878-0738 or e-mail her at
    – Local Advocate Recruiter – someone who will outreach to the community to recruit people who want to advocate for local progressive issues.
    – Local Advocate Technical Lead – someone who will keep a list of advocates, set up e-mail communications to those advocates and post articles online at or AADC’s Facebook page.
Leslie is also planning workshops that will train the trainer on how to advocate for environmentally sensitive land use at Placer County.  Weekly workshops will start in late September and run through early November.  More details on the time and location of these work-shops will be in future AADC Alerts and Newsletters.  Look for these updates and volunteer to work on local progressives issues through this Committee.
Jan Bell, AADC President

Editor’s Corner

       On expansion, progress and changes:                   New AADC regular meeting venue!

This year has brought substantial and exciting changes. We’ve dramatically increased our activism, including setting up, organizing and working with Indivisible Auburn. Its focus has been pushback efforts against the Trump administration and attempts to influence our local congressmen LaMalfa in CD01 and McClintock in CD04 on burning issues of the day, with emphasis on health care for all.

And we’ve increased our AADC membership by 150%!  This fact alone necessitates yet another change, a move to a larger venue. We have loved our Auburn Library, but we’ve simply outgrown it. We are so pleased to announce that, beginning with our October 5th AADC meeting, we will meet in the lovely Gomez Arts and Events Centerin downtown Auburn.

We’re looking forward to another active and successful year as we move toward the 2018 election. We have excellent Dem candidates  running for our two local congressional seats and are looking forward to zealously supporting our chosen candidates in their efforts to unseat the Tea Partiers.

We would also like to encourage all of those candidates who don’t move forward to the general election to give serious consideration to running for a local or state officeWe have so much to do at every level, and we desperately need the kind of candidates whose talents we’re coming to know and appreciate so greatly. Know that you will have our full support!


Join us for our farewell meeting at the Auburn Library on Sept. 5th and then at the Gomez Arts and Events Center for our October meeting.  Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Sunny Carraway, Newsletter Editor


Our Events Committee and Voter Outreach Committee reports are usually done separately, but our September efforts and events are so intertwined that they must be viewed together.  That’s the way we swing!
Are you interested in registering voters and interacting with the public on behalf of our democratic values? There are two excellent opportunities coming up in September. The Events Committee is currently putting together our rosters for registering voters at our AADC booth at two local fairs. The first is the Gold Country Fair, Sept. 1-3, and the second the Fall Auburn Home Show, Sept. 28- Oct. 1. Some of our Dem candidates will drop by with their campaign literature and talk to potential voters. Sign up for a 2 or 3 hour stint of voter registration and chatting with potential voters (and possibly candidates, as well), and then enjoy the rest of the day using your free pass to the fair! Contact Rosie Wohlfromm at rwohlfromm@att.netto select a time.
See you at the fair!
Sunny Carraway,   and       Rosie Wohlfromm,                   Events Committee co-chairs

Recently we as a club have begun to focus on youth outreach. Our early fall efforts are indicative of the types activities we would like to expand in the future.
We are in full swing on our busy fall schedule of youth voter registration at Sierra College, with regular Tuesday and Wednesday sessions until mid-October. Join us for interesting experiences on a college campus! Contact Paul Comiskey at to sign up.

Our other major effort for September is something completely different from anything the club has attempted. Following through on our recent emphasis on targeting youth. The Events Committee and the Voter Outreach Committee are collaborating on an event we are hosting on Sept. 23, a youth talent show and contest “Be the Change.” Young people are encouraged to use their artistic talents, be they performance (e.g. song, dance, poetry or composition) or visual (painting, drawing, statuary, ceramics) to illustrate a change in the world they would like to see or be a part of. Prizes will be awarded in two age groups. If this outreach-to-youth effort is successful, we would like to use it as a prototype for future years.


Join us at the Gomez Arts and Events Center on Sept. 23 at 7:00 to enjoy our youth artists doing their thing!


Paul W. Comiskey, Voter Outreach Committee Chair, , 916-577-0696
Sunny Carraway, Events Committee co-chair,

As we finalize our efforts on our annual Fall Fundraiser Gala, we need help from our membership in three critical areas. First, we need a few more donations for our silent auction. Second, we need help distributing our flyers to businesses downtown. And last but not least, we need to sell more tickets to our event.

Join us in our final push to get this balloon in the air!

Mary Helen Fein, Fundraising Committee chair


            Keep your eye on  SIERRA FORWARD!


Over the past few weeks we’ve been reminded-as if a reminder were necessary-just how important smart, decent and responsible leadership is in a democracy.
Unfortunately, Trump leadership is going the opposite direction, attempting to silence discussion and dissent, perhaps setting the stage for even more repressive steps, actions previously unthinkable in our democratic system.
In the course of a couple of weeks we saw and heard President Trump seeming to play nuclear chicken with the equally bombastic and reckless leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un. Then came the ugly, tragic and foreboding eruption of violence in Charlottesville, VA, violence inspired by “alt Right”, racist, white supremacist, neo-Nazis- – -domestic terrorists by any reasonable definition. And yet, the President found himself unable and/or unwilling to call it for what it was.
Why not?
This is just the latest example of why we desperately need new faces, new voices, and a new perspective in Washington, D.C. The people of California’s 4th Congressional District deserve better than what we see in– and get from-Tom McClintock.
Several months ago, I made a difficult personal decision not to run for Congress in 2018. At the same time, however, I did not make a decision to remain absent from the public conversation, from politics, or from the fight to change who represents us in the Nation’s Capital. Quite the contrary. I am fully engaged in that fight, and I urge my friends and supporters from the 2016 campaign to join with me in becoming involved with Sierra Forward.
You will hear and read more about Sierra Forward in the coming days and weeks, but suffice it to say it is a new, dynamic, well-conceived and highly professional political organization that is determined to make the 4th CD competitive, to put us in the “swing” or even “winnable” category in November, 2018.
If you do nothing else, please remember that name: Sierra Forward, and pay attention to what it is trying to do. It will be worth your time, your attention and-I hope-your support.
Warmest Regards,
Bob Derlet, MD, 2016 candidate for Congress from CD04