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National Women’s Equality Day – Silicon Valley

Womens Equality DayRally and March

Saturday, August 29, 2015

8:00AM – 11:30AM

San Jose City Hall

It’s 2015, and high time to rally together to ignite the movement for equal rights and representation for women! This year is the 95th Anniversary of a women’s right to vote! While women have come a long way towards gender equality since 1920, we’re still not there. Women and girls still live under constant threat of violence, poverty, inequity, misogyny and sexism. We hope to educate, organize and activate Silicon Valley in efforts to bring greater attention to these inequalities and what we can collectively do about it.

Everyone is welcome! Friends, family, significant others, kids, dogs, EVERYONE IS INVITED! BECAUSE… As you know, WOMEN’S EQUALITY IS NOT JUST A WOMAN’S ISSUE! 🙂 

People are welcome to dress up as their favorite SHE-Hero’s, make signs, etc.! 🙂  It is going to be lots of fun!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME and hope to hear from you! We hope you all want to be involved! 🙂
Men are particularly encouraged to attend, allies!!!
The Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley is a co-sponsor of this event.
If you have any questions… call Colleen Haley at 530-902-3932.
Colleen Haley 🙂 “National Women’s Equality Day – Silicon Valley” Rally & March – Event Committee Member

DFA Link Meeting – Joe Simitian on housing


Save the Date!

Former State Senator and current Supervisor for Santa Clara County District 5 Joe Simitian will be our speaker for the Dean Democratic Club Link Meeting Monday August 10.  He will talk about low income housing and other issues before the Board of Supervisors.

As usual, our meeting starts with snacks and conversation at 6:30 (bring a munchie to share if you can) and at 7 PM the meeting itself begins.

We will meet at the home of Alice Smith, 4284 Los Palos Circle, Palo Alto 94306.

Annual All Clubs Picnic

Mike Honda and Zoe Lofgren joined our friends, family, and other elected officials at Rainbow Park
for a day of fun and friendship. Food and drinks were provided.

Hosted by the Democratic Party and Sponsored by The Silicon Valley Democratic Club
Date of Event: Saturday, July 18, 2015





DFA Link Meeting – Book Club

DFA logoJuly’s meeting was very stimulating with discussion of an important book on saving the middle class and at the same time curbing environmental exploitation, With Liberty and Dividends for All by Peter Barnes. If you want to read it you might be able to borrow it from one of us. We found it to be provocative and original and hopeful.

The subject is very much at the nexus of environment, economics and social justice.  We used a book charting process which facilitated participation, whether you read the book or not.

Thanks to all that participated.


Annual Club Potluck Picnic and Steering Committee Election



Thanks to all those attending for helping us celebrate ELEVEN years of stellar activism!

Congratulations to the following officers elected at the picnic

Co-Chairs: John Comiskey and Lucas Ramirez;

Treasurer: Karen Porter;

Recording Secretary: Mary Gill;

Corresponding Secretary: Joel Masser;

At Large: Ben Stetson and Emilie Gatfield


The Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley thanks the following out-going officers for their years of service in making this the premier Democratic club in Santa Clara County:  Alice Smith, Don Mayall and Swanee Edwards


We were honored to have the following elected officials and honored guests speaking

Jim Beall, State Senator, District 15; Rich Gordon, Assembly Member, District 24; Sally Lieber, Former State Assembly Member and Former Speaker pro Tempore of the CA State Assembly; Dave Cortese, Santa Clara County District 3 Supervisor and President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors; Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara County District 2 Supervisor; Jim Griffith, Mayor of Sunnyvale; Ash Kalra, San Jose City Council, District 2 and Candidate for Assembly District 27; Marc Berman, Palo Alto City Council and Candidate for Assembly District 24; Mike Kasperzak, Mountain View City Council and Candidate for Assembly District 24; Peter Leroe-Munoz, Gilroy City Council and Candidate for Assembly District 30; Rishi Kumar, Saratoga City Council; Susan Ellenberg. San Jose Unified School District; Thida Cornes, Mountain View Parks and Recreation Commission and Candidate for Mountain View City Council; Barbara Keegan, Santa Clara County Water District and Candidate for reelection; Pat Showalter, Vice Mayor of Mountain View; Omar Torres, Franklin McKinley School District and CDP Region 7 Director; Tim Orozco, Candidate for San Jose City Council, District 4; Patrick Ahrens appearing for Assembly Member Evan Low; and Andre Macapinlac appearing for State Senator Bob Wieckowski


The food was great as usual and the weather was just what we ordered (fantastic!)

Honoring Jerry McNerney’s contributions to Congress


The fundraiser for Jerry McNerney was a rousing success, garnering more than $12,000 for his campaign.  More than 60 supporters were in attendance to hear Anna Eshoo and Jerry speak about the important challenges facing our Congress.  Thank you to all who attended, and all who made contributions.


Join us and our special guest, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, for an afternoon reception honoring Congressman Jerry McNerney,

Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm at the home of Stephanie Grossman, 1121 Harriet Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

The Dean Club has supported Congressman McNerney for twelve years.

To RSVP or if you would like to be a part of the host committee, please e-mail Francois Genard or call (209) 956-2872.

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Dean Club on Social Media

Click here for the Dean Club Facebook group
Click here for the Dean Club Yahoo group
Visit the Dean Club’s Facebook and Yahoo groups.  If you like what you see there, join the groups.  They’re a great way to stay connected with Dean Club activities.

Tom Orozco advances to runoff in San Jose District 4

OrozcoIn a Special Election held 4/7/15, the Dean Club’s endorsed candidate, Tim Orozco, has placed first among nine candidates, advancing to the runoff on 6/23/15.  The race for second place, between Manh Nguyen and Lan Diep, remains too close to call.

Tim has expressed his thanks to the Dean Club for our support of his candidacy.  Now that he has advanced to the runoff, he will be needing even more activists to support his effort.

Help bring one more Progressive voice San Jose’s City Council.

Visit Tim’s Facebook page.

May 11 DFA Link Meeting Movie


Twelve people enjoyed the movie CITIZENFOUR,  Edward Snowdon’s journey as a whistle blower. The highly rated CITIZENFOUR is a real life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving unprecedented access to Edward Snowden as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the NSA.  It was free and informative!

Garden Tour Saturday, May 2, 2015

Garden Tour 

featuring Master Gardener Sue Zaslaw

Saturday, May 2

We saw a lovely sustainable garden featuring fruits, vegetables, flowers, and a koi pond; we learned about irrigation, worm and hot composting, and raising chickens (these produce beautiful colored eggs!)  After the tour, we had a Q&A session and refreshments (with a Cinco de mayo theme).
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