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March 2017 AADC Newsletter

Auburn Area Democratic Club E-News

Serving Democrats of the Auburn area since 2004                                     March, 2017

 AADC Presents:  
 “Topics of Community Interest”

7 pm at the Beecher Room, Placer Co. Library, 350 Nevada St., Auburn-  Free, open to all      
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 http://www.auburndemocrats.com

April 6, 2017, 6:45 pm meeting speakers

The Environment & Trump – April 6th AADC “Topics of Community Interest” Meeting
Thursday, April 6th, 7 pm, Placer County Library (Beecher Room), 350 Nevada Street, Auburn will be the next AADC Meeting.  Our Topics of Community Interest will be “The Environment & Trump”.  Local environmental advocates from Save Auburn Ravine Salmon and Steelhead and STOP Centennial Dam, will provide a panel discussion on the implications of the Trump Administration environmental policies (or lack thereof) on our environment.
Doors open at 6:45 pm.  Panel discussion will begin at 7.  After the panel and a short break, we’ll hold a meeting to discuss upcoming AADC Activities, including our 2017-2018 AADC Officer Elections in June. 


For expanded calendar, see

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 4:00 pm- 7:00 pm, A Gathering to Write Postcards & Make Signs. Placer County Library, 350 Nevada St., Auburn, CA 95603
Auburn Area Democratic Club wants to let you know about this opportunity organized by Veronica, Jessica and Janice.    They have kindly rented the Beecher Room,  purchased 3000 blank post cards and will provide pens.  A list of current action items will be displayed as well as the necessary addresses.
Please bring your own 34 cent stamps (some stamps will be provided but, you know, 3,000 post cards is a lot!) Bring your own poster board
Let’s have some fun, chat, make some signs and send them a pile of postcards! Onwards Activists! Call for more info:  916-531-1965
Want to help with AADC’s Communications?

When: Thursday, March 30th – 10 am to noon

Where: Parallax Design Group, 12840 Earhart Ave., #105, Auburn (out by the Auburn Airport)
Instructor: Mary Helen Fein
Limited space available, you must RSVP.
AADC uses Constant Contact to send our Newsletters and Alerts. Since we have new members, we’re offering a Constant Contact Training Session if you want to help with AADC Communications by learning this key tool.
To RSVP for the two open training slots, please call Jan Bell at (530) 887-1083 or e-mail: jlb95603@yahoo.com.  First come, first served, so RSVP soon!
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 6:45 pm. AADC meeting, The Environment and Trump
See details in the article above.  JOIN US!!!
Now is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody – Film at State Theater 4/20
This film intends to expose the confusion over America’s healthcare system and will leave viewers examining what it means to be an American and what it takes to step into action to obtain Healthcare for Everybody.
When: Thursday, April 20th –  7:00 to 8:30 pm
Where: State Theater, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn
Cost: $8 per ticket
Tickets available at: livefromauburn

iPress Update

Our AADC web page is frequently updated.  Look here for the latest:


 Tribute to Carol Norberg, Placer County activist, dies at 92 .   “A Simmering Feminist Who Went Full-throttle”
   Carol Norberg, former Roseville resident and long-time Placer County activist died February 13, 2017 in San Leandro, CA. Mark Norberg , her husband of 65 years was at her bedside. She was 92 years and despite recent health chal-lenges had been active till the end.The day before she died she was aggressively working to rent a room in the local library to show a recently purchased DVD on fracking which she felt was a threat to the environment. …. For the full tribute click here
Submitted by Diana Madoshi


The AADC Fall Fundraiser Committee is in full swing even though our event is not until the fall. The committee has mailed out invitations to an exciting slate of potential speakers at all levels of government. We hope to have speakers in place by the end of May. Depending on how well-known the speakers are, we will find an Auburn venue with the right capacity and then we will announce the date.
    As in previous years, we will hold our silent auction. This is an important source of income for the AADC. Please start thinking now about your donation. Do you have a vacation rental or an AirBnB? How about donating an airplane ride over the canyon or a zip-line experience? Season tickets? A hundred dollars (or more!) of your very own legal-accounting-webdesign-decorating-weedeating services? Be creative. Knit a baby blanket. Carve a grizzly bear. The committee will look forward to receiving your fabulous donation later this year.
If you want to help with the Fundraiser Committee, call Mary Helen at 530-887-9400.
Mary Helen Fein, chair

Jan Bell

 Time to join the club!

Don’t forget to keep up your membership.  If you haven’t paid your annual dues which are due each year on July 1st,  you can mail your dues payments to: 
AADC, P.O. Box 6851, Auburn, CA 95604


Your dues help support the Club’s advocacy activities  and never obligate you to get more involved than you want to be, although participation is always, always welcome! Dues-paying members are eligible to vote at our monthly AADC meetings. For more information, email info@auburndemocrats.com 

 President’s Message

Trumpcare is dead! 
I want to share a big hug all around! It hasn’t been easy, but our effort has really paid off! It was easy for a skeptic to wonder and imagine that all of our marching, letter writing, and calling was falling on deaf ears, but once again the proof is here that civic participation actually makes a difference! We as individuals and together as AADC along with Indivisible Auburn have turned the tide, and it sure gives us a great incentive to keep it going, doesn’t it?
Talking about keeping going, as I mentioned at our March club meeting, we have our annual election of officers coming up in June. We will be taking nominations in April and May with the election taking place at the June meeting. We have a lot of new members who may be unfamiliar with our mission, how we elect officers, and what are the qualifications and responsibilities associated with taking the plunge. Look out for an e-mail letter in your Inbox during April that spells it all out.
In the meantime, Let’s keep working but not forget to smile. I have heard a number of people remark that demonstrations, peaceful ones, are actually fun.  There are events coming up this month where you can do something important and have some fun, too. There is the Tax Day March in Sacramento on April 15 and the March for Science on April 22 which is happening in Sacramento, and for real fun up at Squaw Valley, a march followed by hands-on activities, films and live music.
See you on April 6!
Mark Rosen, President   marknrosen@gmail.com
Editor’s Corner

And the beat goes on!
Success in CD-01!  LaMalfa was finally persuaded, by constant phoning, that his constituents were serious about a town hall meeting.  To his credit he booked the large building at the Nevada County fairground, capacity 1500, and was more than a little surprised to find the house packed.  Proceedings were orderly, by and large, and Indivisibles and others brought signs with many of our sentiments represented.  We must have greatly outnumbered his people, as there was only one comment from a LaMalfa supporter, out of some 50 or so questions and comments.  Read what a participant sent to Daily KOS about the event: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/03/19/1645082/-La-Malfa-Nevada-City-Town-Hall-Review-Thoughts
Between our weekly outings at Bell and Highway 49 (see Scott Johnson’s comments below) and our daily phone calls to his Washington office, we are reminding him who pays his salary.
CD04 voters continue to remind McClintock of his responsibilities.  Our reps are hearing us, but the test will be whether they act on what they hear.  Keep on giving them an earful!
Meanwhile back at home Jan Bell has reorganized the tabs on our AADC web site so that taking action, signing petitions, visiting the calendar, events, news and voter outreach are easily accessible.  We are working to keep it updated, so be sure to browse frequently.  Onward and upward!
Sunny Carraway, Newsletter Editor

Membership Committee

Reserve your seat at AADC tables at the Placer County Democratic Party Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner Friday, April 28th
AADC has purchased 20 seats at the upcoming PCDP Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner so that AADC members can be seated together at two tables.  We have 12 seats already reserved, but we have 8 more to sell.  So if you would like to attend the PCDP Dinner and be seated with your fellow AADC members, please send your RSVP, including your entree choice, to Jan Bell at jlb95603@yahoo.com or sign up at the upcoming April 6th AADC Meeting.  
Send your check, made payable to AADC, to PO Box 6851, Auburn, CA 95604 – indicate PCDP Dinner on your check.
When: Friday, April 28th, 2017 at 6 pm
Where: Orchard Creek Ballroom, 965 Orchard Creek Lane, Lincoln
Cost: $60 per person (or if you need an AADC Subsidy, $30 per person (AADC will pay the other $30)
Choices of Entrees: Roasted Salmon, Grilled Chicken Breast or Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli
Speakers: Betty Yee, Controller, Fiona Ma, Candidate for Treasurer 2018, Ed Hernandez, Candidate for Lt. Governor 2018
Jan Bell, AADC Membership Chair,   jlb95603@yahoo.com

   The Voter Registration Committee will meet on Saturday, April 1 at 9 a.m. at the Depoe Bay Coffee Company in Auburn.  We have a lot to discuss, including our planned youth program titled “Be the Change” to get young people between 14 and 25 engaged in the political process. This event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the General Gomez Center“Be the Change” is a play on Mahatma Gandhi’s admonition to be the change you want to see in society. The program will be a talent show where young people will tell the changes they want to see in society with art, poetry, dance, mime, hip hop, song, prose or other art form. Sunny Carraway is submitting a grant application to the California Dems Ed Markey memorial fund to cover our expenses.  “Be theChange” subcommittee members Paul Comiskey and Sunny Carraway met with Natalie Pohley and Rocky Zapata of the Hip Hop Congress on Wed. Mar. 22 to get them involved.  We will be seeking other youth groups, particularly Latino youth groups, to be involved as well.  We will report on plans at the upcoming meeting.
   We will discuss wrapping up our Sierra College Spring Voter Registration Drive and morphing into voter registration efforts aimed at  17 and older Placer High students in Auburn Central Square. The Voter Reg. Committee will staff the Placer Democratic Booth at the Auburn Home Show May 19, 20 and 21 and will propose to split the bounty money with the county central committee.  We will plan our fall efforts at Sierra College starting at the end of August.  Alex Padilla, Sec. of State, now allows 16 year olds to register, and we will discuss targeting them along the parade route of the 4th of July Parade in Auburn. It appears that 16 year-olds can only register electronically, so we will try to get the Bounty Program to respond to that change and pay us for registering them online.
We have a lot going on and would love to have you join us.  Coming to AADC Voter Registration ommittee meetings is the best way to get involved with voter registration and outreach.
Paul Comiskey, chair

Comments and suggestions by our activists
Tuesday April 4, 11, 18, 25 th
Every Tuesday during the first 100 days of the Republican Administration join others to oppose the administration’s agenda from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM. Meet at Highway 49 and Bell Road.  Bring signs to educate passing motorists.  This is the closest high traffic intersection to Representative Doug LaMalfa’s Auburn office.
Every week we will have a letter for everyone to sign on a different issue. The letter will be delivered to LaMalfa’s Auburn office.  JOIN US!!!

 First “Indivisible Festival “
Mark your calendars for the first “Indivisible Festival ” at the Gold Country Fairgrounds on July 22 from 4:00 – 10:00 pm. Speakers, music, comraderie along with food and drink. Spend a day with your friends and make new ones. Donald in a dunk tank! Come one, come all.  Meet the non-profit groups that support our beliefs and learn more about their work. Workshops on many current topics. Local food/beer and wine vendors.  Much more to come…
Kenny Clyde

California Considering
Single-payer Health Care
 In February, California Senators Lara and Atkins  introduced SB 562, declaring the intent of California to  develop a single-payer health care system  This is the very  type of system that Senator Bernie Sanders was  proposing during the Democratic primary campaign in  2016 and that was supported overwhelmingly by  Millennial voters.  If California were to be successful in  developing and implementing such a health care system  for all, it would perhaps pave the way for a national (or at  least a state by state) system of health care for all.  Call  your state senator and urge him or her to support this  important bill.
Auburn Area Democratic Club, P.O. Box 6851, Auburn, CA 95604
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