Santa Clara County Democratic Club:
In Spring of 2017 we voted to develop a collaboration with a sister club, the Area 5 Democratic Club in Pasadena TX. They were right in the path of Hurricane Harvey and they can use our help. Here is a list of local Houston to organizations that are helping people during the storm.
Circle of Health International – Prepared to assist mothers and children affected by Hurricane Harvey.
The Homeless Period Project – RGV donate to send menstrual hygiene products to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
The Lilith Fund – Supports the rights of all Texans to make their own reproductive choices regardless of income.
The Texas Diaper Bank – Every year the Texas Diaper Bank helps change the lives of 15,600 babies, seniors, and the disabled by distributing over 1.1 million diapers every year.
Project Row Houses – A community based arts and culture organization in Houston’s Third Ward providing support for young single mothers.
In her prescient, eye-opening new book America Abandoned: The Secret Velvet Coup That Cost Us Our Democracy (pub. date 9-26-16), author and political activist Jill Cody minced no words by writing that if a billionaire ever became president the Velvet Coup would be accomplished. It happened weeks later.
As Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Friedman stated regarding the 2016 election results: “This is a moral 9-11. Only 9-11 was done to us from the outside and we did this to ourselves.”
Cody explains in her book how the Velvet Coup was accomplished from the inside and that its goal was the corporate and billionaire takeover of the United States government. Cody also identifies key individuals and actions, what Millennials confront, and organizations fighting on democracy’s frontlines. More importantly, she includes Stand Up activities to stimulate Peak-Citizenship in order to recapture the democracy our founders designed.
The individuals who executed the coup view America’s resources and people as nothing more than new avenues of profit. Proposed Cabinet members are all millionaires and billionaires solidifying the coup. Their goal will be to destroy government and privatize public programs and resources by using code words such as “reform, efficiency, and modernization.” If America is run like a business, then it is no longer a country.
A New Politics Connected to the Grassroots
Ro Khanna, 39, is a long time resident of Fremont. He became involved in politics while attending the University of Chicago, where he worked on the campaign of a little-known candidate for state Senate named Barack Obama. Later, Ro worked on Obama’s presidential campaign.
In 2009, President Obama appointed Ro to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce. After leaving the Commerce Department, Ro authored a book on the state of American manufacturing and how to keep it competitive in the global economy. Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America’s Future has won widespread praise for its strategies to keep the best companies, jobs, and opportunities in America.
Ro has been a Lecturer in the Department of Economics at Stanford University and an Adjunct Professor at Santa Clara Law School. Governor Jerry Brown appointed him to the California Workforce Development Board for the State of California, where he served as chair for the Advanced Manufacturing Committee. Ro also served on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and has tutored local Irvington High School students in his spare time. His pro bono legal activity includes work with the Mississippi Center for Justice on several contractor fraud cases on behalf of Hurricane Katrina victims.
Ro’s commitment to public service was inspired early on by his grandfather, who told him stories about participating in Gandhi’s independence movement in India and spending several years in jail for promoting human rights. Ro’s continued commitment to service is rooted in the belief that the American Dream that inspired his family should continue to inspire future generations.