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  • DAA & Progressives United in the SCV 4th of July Parade

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    The DAA is gearing up to celebrate Independence Day by participating in the Santa Clarita Valley 74th annual Fourth of July Parade, 2017 Theme: The Emblems of the Land I Love. 

    We’re making a H-U-G-E statement on rebuilding our democracy and the growing progressive movement by marching in the parade TOGETHER with nearly every organized progressive group or Democratic club in CD25.  

    We’ll carry our DAA banner like we always do, but this year for a massive show of support and patriotism we’ll be part of a very special entry called “Progressives United” along with our Democratic candidates, CA25 United for Progress, Women's Initiative Network, Simi Valley Democratic Club, Swing Left, Civic Sundays, Santa Clarita Valley Friendly Progressive Families, Democratic Club of the High Desert, probably more! 

    Join us! March with us, wear a costume, hold a sign, ride a bike or scooter, push your baby in a stroller, pull a wagon, or ride in a DAA provided car or truck. 

    Participants Arrive: 7:00am
    Parade Start: 9:00am
    Distance: Approx one mile, some slight uphill grade

    Special Request 
    If you’re willing to drive DAA members and friends in your car or truck, (describe car, convertible, collectible or fancy car, # of passengers; pickup truck, open work truck or flatbed truck, etc.) Email parade@daa.org 

    We must give a head count to the official parade committee. Describe how you want to participate, i.e. how many bikes, scooters, wagons (10 years or older, helmet required), marchers, etc. in your party, or if you need or want to ride in a DAA provided car or truck. Post a comment here or email to parade@daa.org . 

    Ladies interested in being a suffragette? Email Jackie Thomas ca25th.district.news@gmail.com. She’ll help costume you!

    Families and children wanted! (Read #7 "Parade Rules.")

    Progressives United parade info and rules here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lE413uetIejvWIP2EwMCHejzb1SL56WSsbxDswRteQM/edit

    For more parade info see scvparade.com

  • 4th of July Block Party

    • Tuesday, July 04, 2017 at 02:00 PM
    • Grand Park in Los Angeles, , CA

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    FREE / GRATIS
    #go4thDTLA #5ummertime #5yearstogether
    LOS ANGELES! #GO4THDTLA. Grand Park and The Music Center are where to celebrate together with music, food, and an incredible fireworks display launched from the civic center skyline. Grab the best friends, the whole family, and main squeezes and enjoy a bit of togetherness under the beautiful Angeleno sky. **Safety for everyone is número uno. Check back soon for more info on entrances, prohibited items, parking, etc.**

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    SCHEDULE: Doors open at 2pm. Fireworks show at 9PMl. Event ends at 9:30PM

    MUSIC and ARTISTS that call L.A. home:

    THE FRONTYARD STAGE (Performance Lawn near Hill St.):

    2PM ­– 4PM / Music Man Miles (Miles Tackett) (Breakestra’s own maestro delivers an array of Funk, Soul and Jazz).

    4PM – 6PM / Monalisa Murray (DJ) (Hip-Hop, Soul and anything else with a groove)

    6PM – 8PM / C-Minus (Fantastik 4our) (West Coast mainstay with a unique approach to fusing Hip-Hop and Rock)

    8PM – 9:30PM / DJ Jedi (Legendary Hip-Hop selector takes you up to Fireworks time)

    THE BACKYARD STAGE (Event Lawn near City Hall/Spring St.)

    YOUR HOST: Mario Hernandez

    2PM – 5:30PM / Got Game Sports (Kids games on the lawn)

    2PM – 4PM / DJ AkikoLUV (Expert turntable skills and eclectic beats)

    4PM – 6PM / Gingee (A global mix of Bass, World Music and Hip-Hop)

    6PM – 9:30PM / Sean O (Sean Osborn) (Taking you through the changeovers with a myriad of diverse styles including Disco, House and World Music)

    6:30PM – 7:30PM / Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (I.C.Y.O.L.A.) (Standard Orchestral Repertoire and Contemporary Classics)

    8:30PM – 9:30PM / Angel City All-Star Brass Band (Todd M. Simon - Trumpeter/Arranger) (20+ Piece horn and percussion banda performing Cumbia, Afrobeat, Jamaican, Soul and More)

    9PM / Fireworks go BOOM!

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    GETTING THROUGH BAG CHECK: All bags will be checked upon entry to event space.

    ITEMS PROHIBITED:

    Bags and backpacks measuring larger than standard backpack size (16.75 inches x 13 inches x 8.5 inches), coolers, chairs, outside alcoholic beverages, sealed or open beverage bottles with liquid including water (fountains and water for purchase will be available), selfie sticks, glass, smartboards, projection devices, narcotics, tents, firecrackers, explosives, sparklers, firearms/weapons, identity-covering costumes, confetti cannons, generators, drones, printed signage measuring larger than 8.5 inches b x 11 inches, props, flag poles, handheld umbrellas and sticks, public intoxication, rollerblading, skateboarding, smoking, vaping, unauthorized vending, unleashed animals, smart boarding, outside solicitation, staking objects to ground, drone operation, amplified noise and bicycles (bicycles may be parked outside of event at 2nd and Hill streets).

    ITEMS ALLOWED: Snacks, food, sealed juice boxes, small bags, strollers, empty reusable non-glass water containers.

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    FOOD + DRINK :

    PICNICS/OUTSIDE FOOD is welcome in totes and backpacks – NO COOLERS. SIZE OF BAGS AND BACKPACKS/TOTES must be standard backpack size or smaller (16.75 inches x 13 inches x 8.5 inches). NO OUTSIDE BEVERAGES including juice and soda (sealed juice boxes are the only exception). ONLY EMPTY (non glass) WATER BOTTLES allowed. PARK WATER FOUNTAINS and WATER FOR PURCHASE BOOTHS will be available in the event space. FOOD VENDORS BOOTHS will be available throughout event space. This is and alcohol-free event, NO ALCOHOL permitted.

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    STREET CLOSURE & PARKING INFO: Details on scheduled event street closures recommended parking can be viewed on the map below or in the 4th of July Block Party Community Letter.

    Map: http://bit.ly/4thclosures
    Community Letter: http://bit.ly/GPcommunityletter

    Note: The Music Center lot (Lot 14) will not be accessible after 8PM through approx. 10PM. Lot 10 underneath Grand Park will not be accessible due to street closures.

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    FOOD FOR SALE: Food vendors will be onsite. (More updates to follow)

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    BIKE PARKING: Bike valet available at 2nd and Hill St. FREE

    METRO RECOMMENDATION: Take Metro Red/Purple lines to CIVIC CENTER/GRAND PARK STATION (use 1st St exit; Temple St exit is only open for ADA/elevator access). Gold Line to UNION STATION or LITTLE TOKYO/ARTS DISTRICT STATION, then 7-12 min walk towards The Music Center.

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    Information subject to change

    METRO RED or PURPLE LINE TO CIVIC CENTER/GRAND PARK STATION, GOLD LINE TO LITTLE TOKYO/ARTS DISTRICT STATION

    Grand Park is an LA County park powered by The Music Center: Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles.

  • Independence Day Picnic

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    Please join the Simi Valley Democratic Club and Moorpark Democratic Club for the first annual Fourth of July Picnic.

    We will be providing hot dogs, chips and drink to all participants.

    Tickets are $10 or $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased via the Actblue link attached to this event or by cash/check to John Casselberry, Jr. Checks are made payable to the Simi Valley Democratic Club. You can contact John Casselberry, Jr. at (805) 432-5916 or johnwcasselberryjr@gmail.com

    Sponsorships opportunities are available. Please contact John Casselberry, Jr. for further information.

  • An Evening with Senator Al Franken and Chelsea Handler

    • Saturday, July 08, 2017 at 08:00 PM
    • Alex Theatre in Glendale, , CA

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    Live Talks Los Angeles presents:
    Senator Al Franken in conversation with Chelsea Handler

    discussing his memoir,
    Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

    Senator Al Franken has represented Minnesota in the United States Senate since 2009. He was first elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2014.

    Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, by Al Franken is the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that. It’s about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect.

    In this candid personal memoir, the honorable gentleman from Minnesota takes his army of loyal fans along with him from Saturday Night Live to the campaign trail, inside the halls of Congress, and behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic and/or hilarious moments of his new career in politics.

    It’s a book about what happens when the nation’s foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it. It’s a book about our deeply polarized, frequently depressing, occasionally inspiring political culture, written from inside the belly of the beast.

    Before entering politics, Al spent 37 years as an award-winning comedy writer, author, and radio talk show host and has taken part in seven USO tours, visiting our troops overseas in Germany, Bosnia, Kosovo, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. He’s been married to his wife, Franni, for 41 years-many of them happy. They have two children, Thomasin and Joe, and three grandchildren. Senator Franken graduated from Harvard College.

    Has Al Franken become a true Giant of the Senate? Franken asks readers to decide for themselves.

    Chelsea Handler is host of “Chelsea” on a Netflix, a global on-demand talk show with segments from around the world that tapes in front of a live audience in Los Angeles. It features conversations with celebrities, dignitaries, and surprise guests on topics like international cultures, alternative lifestyles, education, health, sports, parenting, politics, and more. Prior to that she hosted E!’s top rated “Chelsea Lately” for eight years.

    Handler’s five best-selling books include My Horizontal Life, Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me, and 2014’s Uganda Be Killing Me, her fourth nonfiction title to debut at No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list.

    This Live Talks Los Angeles event is presented in association with Glendale Arts.

    * All tickets include a copy of Sen. Franken’s book. A book signing follows the event at which Sen. Franken will only be signing copies of his new book. Please note seating is on a first come basis in each section.

    * A limited number of tickets are available for a pre-reception, 6-6:45 pm with Sen. Franken in attendance.

    * Ticket sales are final. We do not offer refunds, except in the case of event cancellations or changes to dates of events if you cannot make the rescheduled date.

  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party Meeting

    • Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 06:30 PM
    • UTLA in Los Angeles, CA

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    Meeting of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.

  • Democratic Club of Claremont Luncheon

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    Luncheon with the Claremont Democrats at Darvish Restaurant.

  • No Withdrawal - Climate March

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    Withdrawing from the Paris Accord (AKA Paris Agreement) is morally wrong and economically unjustified. The announcement has compromised our national security as it has severed our ties with our closest allies and will hurt American progress in creating sustainable, green energy jobs.

    Join us on Saturday July 15 to demand that the United States honor its obligations in the Paris Climate Agreement.

    We must do this not only for ourselves, but for our children. And our children's children. 
    We must do this for the future of humanity.

    Please share with a friend who values clean air, water, and the future of our home on Earth.

  • Radical Self Love in the time of Neo-Fascism

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    Practicing Collective Care and Radical Self Love in the time of Neo-Fascism: A Case Study on the AF3IRM School of Youth Activism (SOYA)

    Presented by Skylar Perez-Grogan, Ivy Quicho and Lorelei Rose Bingamon

    $10 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

    Using AF3IRM’s School of Youth Activism (SOYA) as a vehicle, we explore what collective care means as opposed to self-care. We as transnational feminists believe that practicing self-care is not enough, as it does not address structural oppression that adds to our stress and trauma both as individuals and marginalized communities. SOYA was the first program of its kind, as it combined trauma-sensitive yoga, sensory activities and social justice workshops to fuel the mind-body connection and help teenage girls form a social support network during these turbulent times. This program is part of a Workshop Series that runs throughout the year and supports themes presented in our Annual Spiritual Justice Conferences in Oakland, Los Angeles & New York. The funds will go towards funding the next round of SOYA.

    Loralei Bingamon: Loralei Rose Bingamon is a a doctoral candidate of occupational therapy at the University of Southern California. She believes that the connection between the mind, body, breath, and heart is essential to one's physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Her aspirations in this life include empowering individuals and communities with the tools to fight against the negative physical and mental health effects of systemic oppression and find ways to live meaningful and fulfilling lives. 

    Ivy Quicho: Ivy Quicho is a Filipina American social worker and works as a labor organizer in Los Angeles. She is the National Chairperson of AF3IRM, a transnational feminist, anti-imperialist organization dedicated to grassroots organizing against oppression in all its forms. 

    Skylar Perez-Grogan: Skylar Perez-Grogan is the Youth Coordinator for the Los Angeles chapter of AF3IRM, a transnational feminist, anti-imperialist organization dedicated to grassroots organizing against oppression in all its forms. She was one of the coordinators for the first ever School of Youth Activism, a youth program that combined trauma-sensitive yoga, sensory activities and social justice workshops. She works as a social services provider for an agency dedicated to helping homeless LGBT youth. A proud Xicana, she believes in the importance of intersectionality within the feminist movement. 

    AF3IRM: AF3IRM is a national organization of women engaged in transnational feminist, anti-imperialist activism and dedicated to the fight against oppression in all its forms. AF3IRM’s diverse, multi-ethnic membership is committed to militant movement-building from the United States and effects change through grassroots organizing, trans-ethnic alliance building, education, advocacy and direct action.

    With the slogan “a woman’s place is at the head of the struggle,” AF3IRM is an all-volunteer, grassroots organization whose members recognize the intersectionality of their struggles and the absolute necessity of women’s revolutionary resistance.
    AF3IRM has 10 chapters around the country. These include: Boston, Central Coast, Hawaii, Los Angeles, New York/New Jersey, Orange County (formerly Irvine), San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, and South Bay – Los Angeles.

    About information for organization co-hosting 
    Co – hosted by the Yoga and Social Justice Collaborative and the Yoga & Body Image Coalition

    The Yoga and Body Image Coalition is committed to body love by developing, promoting and supporting yoga that is accessible, body positive and reflects the full range of human diversity. Our mission not only advocates yoga as an essential tool in personal transformation, from the inside out, but also includes a critical social justice component by challenging industry leaders and media creators to expand their vision of what a yogi looks like.

    This event is co – hosted by the Yoga and Social Justice Collaborative and the Yoga & Body Image Coalition and is part of of a series of yoga-in-action workshops that runs through the year and supports themes presented in the Annual Spiritual Justice Conferences in Oakland, Los Angeles and New York.

    https://www.yogaandsocialjustice.com/

  • Labor United for Universal Healthcare's Summer Garden Party

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    Join Labor United for Universal Healthcare at our 2017 Summer Garden Party.

    Labor United for Universal Healthcare's co-chair Kerry Woods will emcee our event: an afternoon of food and drink, music with guitarist Stan Ayerhoff, comic relief from our own Gerry Daley, and honoring two individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to healthcare for all.

    Our 2017 Honorees:

    Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) was elected in November 2012 to represent the Southeast Los Angeles County cities of the 33rd Senate District. A long-time advocate for immigrant rights, civil rights, and healthcare justice, Sen. Lara introduced SB 4 in 2015 to provide healthcare coverage for all of California’s undocumented immigrant children and SB 10 in 2016 to ensure that everyone, regardless of immigration status, be allowed to purchase healthcare insurance through Covered California. In February of this year, Sen. Lara and Sen. Toni Atkins introduced SB 562, The Healthy California Act, to provide comprehensive universal single payer healthcare coverage to all Californians.

    Leslie Gersicoff, Labor United for Universal Healthcare's Secretary, passed away suddenly in April of this year. Leslie was an inspirational leader, a kind mentor, and a tireless volunteer in the Los Angeles progressive community. She served for the past decade as Executive Director of the Jewish Labor Committee Western Region, and gave her time and energy to many causes. She could always be found on the front lines, standing up and speaking out for the vulnerable and the voiceless, fighting for good jobs, quality public services, dignity for the oppressed, and guaranteed healthcare for all.

  • 24th Annual Glendale Cruise Night

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    Join the fun! Register your car and cruise down to Brand Boulevard for the 24th Annual Glendale Cruise Night - Southern California’s biggest car show!