Facing the Refugee Crisis

facing the refugee crisis

Former Assemblywoman Sally Lieber will speak from her heart, sharing photos and stories about her experiences helping the refugees as they came ashore in Greece and telling us what we can do to help.


*Wheelchair Accessible*

Light Refreshments


The Dean Democratic Club voted January 25 to make the following endorsements:
US Representatives

  • CD 9 Jerry McNerney
  • CD 10 Michael Eggman
  • CD 17 Mike Honda
  • CD 18 Anna Eshoo
  • CD 19 Zoe Lofgren

California senators

  • SD 13 Jerry Hill
  • SD 15 Jim Beall
  • SB 17 Bill Monning

Santa Clara County Supervisors

  • District 2 Cindy Chavez
  • District 5 Joe Simitian

Water in the Platform

dem2016-logoThe 2016 draft state party platform was posted today at http://www.cadem.org/our-party/standing-committees/body/2016-CADEM-DRAFT-PLATFORM.pdf. It contains the following text:

• Implement a comprehensive science-based water plan that includes managing each watershed (including groundwater) as a unified whole and upgrading the Delta levee system;
• Fully protect all water sources from contamination and guarantee sufficient water for the basic human needs of drinking and sanitation;
• Motivate efficient, sustainable, safe use of water and hold all users accountable for their consumption; implement and enforce regulations regarding groundwater use including full usage documentation; and,
• Ensure allocation and management of water to sustain ecosystems, fisheries, recreation, and endangered species.

Our club was involved in writing the text, negotiating with the platform committee, and soliciting support. The club passed a resolution in favor of the platform change submission.


January 25, 2016 Endorsement Meeting

EveryVoteCountsThe January 25, 2016 Dean Club working meeting will be an endorsement meeting.  The Endorsement Committee will make recommendations for US Representatives, CA State Senators, and Santa Clara County Supervisors.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Members in good standing for not less than three months are eligible to vote.  A two thirds majority of members present and voting is required for endorsement.

Any candidate for these offices, or their representative, who attends will be given an opportunity to address the membership.  Other offices will be considered at subsequent meetings.

The meeting is at Marie Callender’s, 751 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087.  Arrive at 6:30 PM to place your dinner order and be ready for the meeting at 7:00 PM.

DFA Link Meeting Debate Watch


Dean Democratic Club Link Meeting for January will be on Sunday the 17th at Democratic HQ on 2901 Moorpark, #110,  in San Jose off Winchester and 280.  We will join the HQ Debate Watch party.  We will NOT meet on the second Monday in January. Doors open at 5:30 with the debate starting at 6:00.  HQ will have pizza but they would welcome other snacks as well. RSVP to Marcene if you can at mvd1131@aol.com and she will give Judy an idea of how many of us are coming and what we can bring. If you need a ride contact Marcene.
 January 17, 2016 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE: Democratic HQ
2901 Moorpark Ave #110
San Jose, CA 95128
CONTACT:  Marcene

OFFICIAL DFA ENDORSEMENT POLL – Your vote: Clinton, O’Malley, or Sanders?


Bernie WON!!

Democracy for America has a HUGE announcement.

Starting today, you — and other DFA members nationwide — have the opportunity to decide if our people-powered organization will make an endorsement in the Democratic Party presidential primary race.

This endorsement decision is entirely in your hands and VOTING STARTS NOW! Click here to cast your vote for (in alphabetical order) Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, or Bernie Sanders — or for no endorsement at all.

You know that primaries matter — and when it comes to the future of our country and the world, presidential primaries matter exponentially. Our presidential nominee will set the tone for the entire Democratic Party in this extremely pivotal election year.

DFA was founded out of the presidential primary in 2004, and our members have voted on whether or not we should get involved in every contested presidential primary since then. While we’ve always done powerful and effective work in presidential campaigns, DFA has never actually endorsed a specific candidate in a contested presidential primary before. But that could all change this year, IF one candidate receives the support of a super-majority of DFA’s members.
The very first votes in the 2016 election will be cast on February 1 in Iowa. This means that, if we endorse, we will immediately hit the ground running, devoting real resources — people, time and money — to helping your chosen candidate win the nomination.
DFA is a people-powered organization. To maximize your opportunity to vote and to rally your friends and family to vote too, we’re keeping this poll open until 11:59pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, December 15.
In this important endorsement poll, EVERY VOTE MATTERS. Let us know who — if anyone — you want DFA to endorse, then Get Out The Vote by sharing our poll with your friends and family.
To be completely clear: DFA’s number one priority in 2016 is to make sure the Democratic nominee — no matter who it is — wins the White House in November. Period.
And, if we do endorse in the primary, we’ll work hard for your chosen candidate. But we won’t tear down other Democratic Party candidates in the process. Our goal will be to run a 100% positive campaign that will put the nominee in the strongest position to beat Donald Trump — or whomever the Republicans nominate — on Election Day.
Here’s how DFA’s presidential endorsement process will work:
  • The endorsement vote is live right now and will end at 11:59pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, December 15.
  • Just like in a real election, you will need to work hard to maximize support for your candidate if you want them to win this endorsement. That means getting your friends, family and other like-minded progressives to cast their votes for your candidate as well — on Facebook, Twitter, over email, on the phone, or however you want to spread the word!
  • DFA will only endorse in this presidential primary if there is overwhelming support for one candidate from our members. That means that, just like in 2007 when we last conducted an official presidential endorsement vote, we will only endorse if one candidate reaches the super-majority threshold of 67% (two-thirds of votes cast, or 66.67% to be technical about it).
  • On Thursday, December 17 — after a complete security review of the votes — we will announce the results.
I can’t wait to find out what DFA members will decide. Can one candidate earn our support? Will your candidate win?

The next week is going to be very exciting! Don’t waste another minute — cast your vote in our presidential endorsement poll NOW, then start spreading the word through social media and email to your community!

Thanks for participating in this critical DFA endorsement vote and sharing it with your friends. Together, we’re unstoppable.

– Charles

Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director
Democracy for America

Dean Democratic Club Holiday Potluck and Brainstorming Party

December 14  at 6:30 PM at the home of Ralph and Jackie Wheeler, 3956 Nelson Ct, Palo Alto, CA 94306.  Everyone welcome. Bring a dish or beverage to share. We also will be brainstorming topics for our 2016 Goals.

DFALink Meeting – State Senator Jim Beall

JimBeallOn November 9, 2015, State Senator Jim Beall will speak on State and local issues at the home of Barbara and John Comiskey, 4810 Kingdale Dr, San Jose, CA 95124. Arrive for Potluck at 6:30 PM. The program begins at 7:00 PM.

State Senator Jim Beall served on the San Jose San Jose City Council, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, and the California State Assembly, before taking his current position as a California State Senator.

A proven winner, Senator Beall has prevailed in 18 consecutive elections. Moreover, he is the conscience of California’s State Government, looking out for foster care children, low income families, and people with disabilities.

California Clean Money & DISCLOSE Act with Pete McCloskey

PeteMcCloskeyCalifornia Clean Money, the Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley, and others invite you to join us as Former Congressman Pete McCloskey speaks on the importance of Clean Money in politics and the California DISCLOSE Act.

The event is Sunday, November 15, 2015, from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM.  The location, in Portola Valley, will be provided upon RSVP at YesFairElections.org/pete or by calling Nancy Neff at 650-858-2436.

Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Donation levels range from $100 to $1000.

Russ Feingold for Wisconsin

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Approximately 70 people attended this event, and more than $10,000 was raised for Russ Feingold’s Senate campaign.  Final numbers will be posted when available.  Many thanks to Stephanie, Emy, Jim, and the many hard working family members and activists who made this event such a success.


October 4 – Stephanie Grossman and Emy & Jim Thurber are hosting a fund raiser for Russ Feingold, who is running for Senate in Wisconsin.  Co-Hosts are Jay Jackman, Otto Lee, Gregory Loew, Steve Preminger, Diane & Joe Rolfe and the Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley.

He is a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2016, and previously served as a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from January 3, 1993 to January 3, 2011.

He is a recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, and cosponsored the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (McCain–Feingold Act), a major piece of campaign finance reform legislation.

He was the only Senator to vote against the USA PATRIOT Act during the first vote on the legislation.

Website:  http://www.russfeingold.com/gtafternoon


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