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(flyer created by Richard Vaughn)

Monday, May 20, 2019 -- 7:00 PM to 8:55 PM

at the Ken Nakaoka Community Center
1670 West 162
nd Street
in Gardena, California
(One long block east of Western Avenue, at the Gardena Civic Center,
between the Gardena Police Station and the Fire Station)

SPEAKER: CAROLYN FOWLER, Vice Chair of the Women's Caucus in the California Democratic Party (see flyer above)

There are a number of issues of concern to our club this month. Many of our members live within the Los Angeles Unified School District, so they would be affected by Measure EE, Quality Schools for All. Measure EE on the June 4, 2019 ballot would raise $500 million in additional funds for our schools to help fund the teacher pay raise, hire more nurses, teacher-librarians and counselors and to help prevent further privatization. On Tuesday, the day following our meeting, there will be demonstrations nationwide to protest the right-wing effort to effectively eliminate reproductive rights by the Trump Administration and by many Republican-controlled State governments, so we will likely hear more about women's rights. And the right-wing assault on just about every other right and privilege we have gained in the past 243 years, the racist assault on religions and immigration and the kleptocracy that pervades the White House right now.

We will also discuss other local and national issues of interest to our members and we will conduct our regular business.

Due to the need to be out of the facility by 9:00 PM, we are start our meeting promptly at 7:00 PM. Announcements and Resolutions must be submitted in writing to the President at the beginning of the meeting. Please be on time!

Weekly Club Breakfast:

Every Sunday, 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

at FarmerBoys Breakfast & Burgers
641 W. Redondo Beach Blvd.
in Gardena, California (just west of the Harbor 110 Freeway)

Everyone is welcome to join us for our informal discussions!

Club Executive Board Meeting: (the FIRST MONDAY of every month)

Monday, June 3, 2019, 7:00 PM

at the Ken Nakaoka Community Center
1670 W. 162nd Street
in Gardena, California

All Club members are welcome to take part.

President: Dan Medina
First Vice President: Alan Constantino
Second Vice President: Jim McGreevy
Recording Secretary: Jan Schaefer
Corresponding Secretary: Don Dear
Treasurer: Susana Medina
Historian: -- open --


Our Gardena Valley Democratic Club Facebook Group for a time was a closed group and only our Group members could read the messages there. That meant that we could say anything there privately, but no longer. Facebook is well known for changing its rules on a whim, and anything there can become visible to the world at any second! There are no secrets on the Internet. Nothing is private.

If you are a Club member or friend please click on the link above and ask to join our Group! After you are accepted you can follow and join in the conversations and keep up-to-date with everything that we and our friends are doing! Topics that you bring up or your photos posted there might even make it into our club's newsletter!

Get affordable private health insurance under the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act! Signing up will begin again in November (we know -- it's stupid not to make it year-round, but we got what the Rrpublicans wanted -- they were sabotaging our health care even when they were pretending to be negotiating). Shop and Compare at Covered California to see how little you will need to pay!

(or you can try to find Fox News's & the Republican/Tea Party's nonexistent "Obamacare" insurance somewhere else!)

Better yet, if you want to find out how much you can save, try the nonprofit, nonpartisan website . . .

Try their CALCULATOR to see how much you'd pay and how much help you'd get!

Click here to see or download the flyer we passed out at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Parade (this PDf is printable if you need more copies)

Does listening to AM 1150 (was KTLK) all of a sudden sound like Neo-Nazi Radio? Tired of Fascists?
Watch Stephanie Miller, Bill Press, Thom Hartmann and more on Free Speech TV !!!

Also streamed LIVE on FilmOnTV. And they're all on SeriusXM Progress Channel 127 satellite radio.
You can also watch the Bill Press Show online at Tawkr.TV.

Of course, a good alternative is KPFK 90.7 FM, still on broadcast radio!

Join our club! (click on the application below to get a version you can print) :

Then mail the application, with your check, to:

15433 South Catalina Ave.
Gardena, CA 90247

or bring it to any of our club meetings (see above for locations, dates and times).

Club members celebrating the beginning of our 80th year during a break in our January 2012 membership meeting.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters swearing in our returning Treasurer Susana Medina, returning Corresponding Secretary Alan Constantino, returning Recording Secretary Richard Schwartz, our new President Richard Vaughn and, on the right, our new 1st Vice President Roger Kouchakgi. Our new 2nd Vice President, Steve Varalyay, is not pictured.


Rep. WATERS' new 43rd Congressional District has moved south from Lawndale - Gardena to include most of Torrance and Lomita. The western border is now Hawthorne Blvd., with PCH on the south and the Harbor Gateway/ 110 Freeway on the east. (See map below).

The congresswoman is asking for club members to help her become better known in the new area. We are asking some of our Torrance resident GVDC members perhaps to form a committee to hold something like town hall at the Democratic Action Center in downtown Torrance, with Torrance & Lomita officials and residents invited to meet MAX1NE . Come to our club meeting if you can help.

DON DEAR HONORED BY CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY: At last week's San Diego Convention, the CDP honored DON DEAR as Volunteer of the Year for Region 14 (an an area-of about 4 Assembly Districts). DON was nominated for the honor by Region 14 Director TERRENCE MONTGOMERY..

Click HERE for a printable version of the invitation that you can mail to us to make your reservation!

Sorry about the interruption in the Increases in the National Debt chart page. We've been creating versions of this chart since 1983 when it became obvious what President Reagan was doing. Since 1995, our club's website has been hosted by the Los Angeles Free-Net (LAFN), which is a local volunteer-based Internet Service Provider that relies on memberships and donations for its existence. Unfortunately, during the recent increase in the debt-ceiling debate the LAFN's servers became overloaded, so LAFN took down our entire website to alleviate the problem. When they identified that it was solely the National Debt page that was the cause, they put the remainder of our website back up. All this happened before, back in early 2008, but back then LAFN put the page back up when requests for it slowed, this time the requests didn't slow. Finally one of our club members provided a website that could handle all the traffic, so we put the National Debt chart page there and the LAFN now redirects the original URL to the new web address. Again, we are sorry for inconveniencing you over the past few weeks. (August 2011)

Also, our June 2011 speaker, Ellen Brown, has written a new article "How the Bailout Killed Local Lending -- And How Some States Hope to Bring It Back" -- click here to read it! Our Club has endorsed AB 750, which is supported by Ms. Brown and would study creating a California State Bank. AB 750 has bipartisan support. The State Senate Banking Committee will have a hearing on AB 750 on Wednesday, July 6th. Please urge the Committee's Chair, Democratic Senator Juan Vargas, to send AB 750 to the Senate floor quickly! (Read about AB 750 on "aroundthecapitol.com" and follow its progress on "leginfo.ca.gov."

And the Republicans and Tea Partyers are protesting THAT???

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters swearing in our new officers for 2010 at our January meeting. From the left, Club Historian George Castro, Corresponding Secretary Steve Varalyay, 2nd Vice President Richard Vaughn, 1st Vice President Wilbur Sato, Recording Secretary Richard Schwartz, Treasurer Susana Medina, President Kanji Sahara and Congresswoman Waters.

Congresswoman Waters speaking to the club after she swore in our new officers. Maxine told us about the importance of the Massachusetts Senatorial election to the Health Care Reform bill, the urgency of relief for victims of the earthquake in Haiti and the need for job creation in the United States; she also bemoaned the dysfunctional government in Sacramento.

(Below) President Kanji Sahara introduced our 2010 Committee Chairs. From the left, Membership Chair Richard Vaughn, Health Care Chair Alan Constantino, Ways & Means and also Newsletter Chair Don Dear, Hospitality Chair Alicia Brewster, President Sahara, Senior Citizens Chair Bea Bernstein, Legislative Action/Resolutions/Consumer Affairs Chair Paulette Francis and Publicity Chair Dan Medina. Not in the photo are Sunshine Chair Doris Griffin, Program Chair Al Hernandez, Precinct Organization Chair Ron Shimokaji and Website Committee Chair Jim McGreevy, who took the photographs. All of our Committee Chairs, along with our club officers, make up our Executive Board.


(Above) Following our December 2009 meeting, the incoming and outgoing officers posed for a photo. From the left, outgoing President Don Dear, former President and Gardena Councilmember Dan Medina, incoming Club Historian George Castro, continuing Recording Secretary Richard Schwartz, continuing Treasurer Susana Medina, incoming President Kanji Sahara, continuing 1st Vice President Wilbur Sato, continuing 2nd Vice President Richard Vaughn and incoming Corresponding Secretary Steve Varalyay. Photo by outgoing Corresponding Secretary Jim McGreevy. Terry Kennedy, not pictured, had been our 2nd Vice President until he resigned in November. We would like to thank all of our outgoing officers and our Committee Chairs and members for their outstanding service!
(For the original full-sized, 3 Megabyte --*LARGE FILE*-- photo, click here .)

STAMPS FOR VETERANS: Thanks to Terry Kennedy's decades-long efforts we collect stamps for use by our veterans. Please send us commemorative, foreign and older U.S. stamps (just clip off the entire corner of the envelope including the postmark, if possible). All stamps will be sent to the ARIE Foundation for distribution to Veterans Administration hospitals to help rehabilitate injured and hospitalized veterans. Stamps can be dropped off at our weekly breakfast meetings, monthly general meetings or mailed to our club address.

(Check out our Increases in the National Debt chart!)
Email our club at gvdc@lafn.org

Besides our own Club headquarters,
you can also volunteer at the

Democratic Action Center

The South Bay's first ever permanent Democratic Headquarters!

Get involved in the Presidential and local Democratic campaigns and get information on other local Democratic Clubs.

1673 Cravens Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 536-0093

(the diagonal street near the corner of Carson St. & Cabrillo Ave.)


Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform" by Mark Crispin Miller. Includes over 100 pages of new material including the 2006 elections.

Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election & Why They'll Steal the Next One Too (Unless We Stop Them)" by Mark Crispin Miller.

This is a very important and interesting book if you value living in a free and open democracy. The people behind Bush/Cheney stealing the 2000 and 2004 Presidential elections have no interest in free and fair elections nor in allowing you any free choices in how you live your life.

For more information on "Fooled Again" visit Mark Crispin Miller's website.

Be Sure That You Are Registered to Vote!


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NEW EDITION in PAPERBACK - April 24, 2007

"Armed Madhouse: Who's Afraid of Osama Wolf?, China Floats, Bush Sinks, The Scheme To Steal '08, No Child's Behind Left, and Other Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War" by Greg Palast.

Another great book by Greg Palast, investigative journalist who grew up here in "the Valley" but who was forced to publish his findings overseas on the BBC and in The Guardian and Observer newspapers. Greg uncovered the election fraud in Florida before the 2000 election which the Republicans stole from Al Gore, even though Gore officially got a million more votes than Bush!

NEW - July 2006

"Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen? Exit Polls, Election Fraud and the Official Count" by Steven Freeman & Joel Bleifuss, with a Forward by Representative John Conyers, Jr.

The original exit polls, which were quickly covered up, showed that John Kerry won almost all of the "Battleground" States by substantial margins, and that John Kerry won the 2004 Presidential Election by 7 MILLION VOTES! What happened? A very important and easy-to-read book.

Also read Greg Palast's book "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy" to find out more on how Bush/Cheney stole the 2000 election from Al Gore.


Senator Betty Karnette with GVDC Vice President Don Dear at our July 2006 general meeting. Betty stopped by unexpectedly to thank us for our endorsement in her campaign for the 54th State Assembly District and to let us know what's going on in the State Legislature. (Photo by Richard Schwartz)