About Progressives of South Orange County

Declaration of Independence Rolled Up The Progressives of South Orange County (PSOC) was founded in 2011 thanks to an energetic group of people interested in furthering progressive causes.  The group is not affiliated with any political party.  It does concern itself with both political and non-political issues locally, nationally, and around the world.  The group meets monthly from September to May in venues ranging from restaurants and banquet rooms to private homes.  For event information, South Orange County Progressives Events.  There are no officers, no membership, and no dues but there is a steering committee which arranges speakers, topics, and locations.  Some meetings are purely social gatherings while others may feature a speaker on a particular topic.  Sometimes there are candidates’ nights where those seeking office are invited to speak.  Sometimes there are Soap Box evenings where anyone can speak about anything.  Meetings are generally held the second Tuesday of the month with a social hour beginning at 5:30 followed by a meeting beginning at 7pm.   Newcomers are always welcome, and those attending are encouraged to bring a friend.

Past Speaker Topics Include:

  • The Science Behind Climate Change
  • The Green New Deal
  • Political Activism by Women
  • The Executive Editor of the OCR Speaks Out
  • Environmental Awareness and Climate Action
  • High School Students Speak About Gun Violence
  • The Opioid Crisis and Changing Marijuana Laws
  • Efforts to Move the San Onofre Nuclear Waste Dump
  • The Congressional Race in CA 49
  • Activism:  The Indivisible Movement
  • Citizens’ Oversight vs. Edison
  • Citizens’ Climate Lobby
  • The Threat of the San Onofre Nuclear Waste Dump
  • Meet the Mayors of San Clemente, SJC, and Dana Point
  • Threats to Constitutional Rights
  • Earthquakes!
  • Rehash of the 2016 Presidential Election
  • Bernie vs Hillary Debate
  • Women in Power: Meet the Mayors of San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, and Laguna Beach
  • Political Psychology
  • Rehash of the Presidential Election
  • Earthquake Risks Near San Onofre
  • Understanding Propositions and Ballot/Bond Issues
  • Womens’ Rights in Islamic Countries
  • Money in Politics
  • Reforming Health Care
  • Climate Change
  • Why Democrats and Republicans Don’t Understand Each Other
  • Decommissioning San Onofre
  • The Firearms Debate
  • Media Violence
  • The Military Budget
  • Middle East Conflict
  • Food,  Inc.,
  • The Media in Orange County
  • The Move to Amend
  • The Nuclear Power Debate
  • The Occupy Movement
  • Meet the Candidates Night
  • Understanding Ballot Initiatives
  • The Soap Box
  • Super Pacs: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • Nuclear Waste
  • The Changing Political Face of Orange County

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