January 2019 Events

The Progressives of South Orange County will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 8 in the Banquet Room of Agostinos by the Sea Ristorante Italiano, 34700 Coast Highway, Capo Beach 92624.  The featured speaker Dr. Shahir Masri, author of Beyond Debate: Answers to 50 Misconceptions on Climate Change.  He will be speaking about the impact of climate change and climate action strategies.  You can purchase signed copies of his book at the meeting.  Also joining us will be educator Athina Simolaris, activist for sustainability and environmental awareness.  Socializing and dinner off the restaurant menu 5:30 followed by the meeting at 7.  RSVP necessary:

The Democratic Women of South Orange County will hold a general meeting on Monday, Jan. 7 at the San Juan Hills Golf Club, 32120 San Juan Creek Road, San Juan Capistrano, 5:30-8:30.  The DWSOC will be electing officers and planning for action for the year to come.

The Women’s March in Santa Ana will take place on Saturday, Jan 19.  The Aliso Niguel Democratic Club is organizing a bus which will leave at Lowe’s in Aliso Viejo Town Center at 7:30 AM returning at 1 PM.  Tickets are $25 plus an additional $10 for an optional bagged breakfast.  The ANDC meets the third Monday of each month at 7 PM (Meet and Greet at 6:30) at the Faith Episcopal Church, 27802 El Lazo, Laguna Niguel 92677,  The DWSOC is also joining in this Women’s March.

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby will hold its Northern California Conference on Jan. 26-27 in Atherton, CA.  The Citizens’ Climate Southern California regional Conference will be held Saturday and Sunday February 23-24, 2019 at the Cal State Los Angeles Campus, Los Angeles. Early bird registration is available ($110). Students $25. One of the speakers will be actor, director and activist Mike Farrell   https://2019cclsocal.  Locally, the CCL meets on Saturdays at 9:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall of St. Andrews by the Sea Methodist Church, 2001 Calle Frontera, San Clemente. The first meeting of 2019 will be on Saturday, Jan. 12.  Contact Larry and Chris



November 2018 Events

The Progressives of South Orange County will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the Banquet Room of Agostinos by the Sea Ristorante Italiano, 34700 Coast Highway, Capo Beach 92624.  The featured speaker will be Frank Pines, Executive Editor of the Orange County Register who will discuss the troubled status of the newspaper industry including accusations by the president that they are “enemies of the people.”  Socializing and dinner off the restaurant menu 5:30 followed by the meeting at 7.  RSVP necessary: 
The Democratic Women of South Orange County will hold an Election Eve Party on Tuesday, November 6, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM, San Juan Hills Golf Club – 32120 San Juan Creek Road, San Juan Capistrano.  RSVP to:

October 2018 Events

October 2018 Events

Become a Home Host   Volunteers from all over the country are headed our way to help the Mike Levin campaign for CA 49.  These volunteers are dedicated people pouring out their time and energy to help us. Can you lend a hand put someone up for a homestay while they canvass and do campaign work?  Side issues such as length of stay and transportation are negotiable.  Please visit this website and do what you can to support those who are coming here to help us: 

Progressives of South Orange County will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the usual meeting venue:  banquet room of Agostinos Ristorante Italiano,, 34700 Coast Hwy, Capo Beach.  Social hour and dinner off the menu 5:30-7,  meeting at 7.  “Will activism by women change the political dynamics and save the country?”  Speakers will be Leslie Zieminski  Megan Kay, and Anne Hughitt plus moderator Petti Van Rikom.  RSVP necessary:

 Gun violence Prevention Day  The Orange County Brady Campaign is gathering at the offices of Katie Porter, UCI Law Professor who is running against Mimi Walters, the Donald Trump candidate for Congress in CA 45.  Sunday, Oct. 7, 3 PM, 26361 Crown Valley Parkway, Unit 160, Mission Viejo 92691.  Please support this important event:  contact

Protest Rally for Safer Nuclear Waste Storage at San Onofre   San Clemente is now the official location of the largest depository of stranded nuclear waste in the entire country.  Attend a protest rally on Monday, Oct. 8 at the Belly Up Live Music and Performance Hall, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 7 PM.  For an enjoyable evening of expert speakers, food, and  live entertainment, RSVP to  You can take the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner from SJC at 5:24, or from Oceanside at 6:01 arriving Solana Beach at 6:20 (3 blocks from Belly Up).  Or you can take the Coaster train from Oceanside at 5:41, arriving Solana Beach at 6:01 (3 blocks from Belly Up).  Or you can take the 6:27PM from SJC (or 7:04 from Oceanside) arriving Solana Beach at 7:22.  Going home, you can take the Surfliner from Solana Beach at 9:33 PM, arriving Oceanside 9:55 or SJC 10:28 PM.  Be sure to check the train schedules!

Democratic Women of South Orange County will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the San Juan Hills Golf Club, 32120 San Juan Creek Rd., SJC.  Socializing and dinner 5:30-6:30 followed by the general meeting featuring Senator Ricardo Lara, candidate for California Insurance Commissioner plus a mini town hall with Mike Levin and Harley Rouda.  For tickets and information:

 The Citizens Climate Lobby of South Orange County   will meet on Sat., Oct. 13 at St. Andrews by the Sea Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, San Clemente, 9:30 AM.  The guest speaker on this video conference will be former Republican Congressman David Jolly.  Contact:

 San Clemente Community Symposium on Decommissioning San Onofre  Please attend this important event on Thursday, Oct. 18, 1201 Puerta Del Sol, Suite 100, San Clemente, Suite 100, 3-5:30 PM.  Also add your name to the petition by San Clemente Green to protest the San Onofre (San Clemente) Nuclear Waste Dump.  Donations are needed to support this worthy cause:  contact gary@sanclementegreen.organd send donations to 2837 Penasco, San Clemente, 92673.

 Harley Rouda for Congress will host a reception on Monday, Oct. 22, 5:30-7:30 in Long Beach.  The host will be Congressman Alan Lowenthal.  Rouda is running for CA 48 to unseat Dana Rohrabacher. RSVP: 909-964-7498 or

Amy Goodman to Speak at Soka   Amy Goodman of Democracy Now will be speaking at Soka University on Wed., Oct. 24, 7 PM.  She is the host and executive producer of the award winning National Public Broadcasting news program which appears daily on 1,400 stations worldwide.  Visit:

 Mike Levin for Congress  There will be a reception for Mike Levin at a private home in San Clemente on Sunday, Oct. 28th.  Levin is the Democratic candidate for Congress in CA 49.  RSVP for details.

April 2018 Events

The Progressives of South Orange County April meeting will be run by high school students speaking out on issues of concern to young people.  Perhaps you attended on of the many big rallies on March 24 or saw the day long coverage of March for Our Lives in Washington DC which according to USA Today drew a million students and supporters.  Their message Enough! resonated locally and throughout the world.  Locally, a large group of high school students gathered on the lawn of the San Clemente library to protest gun violence. (Pictures of the event can be found on the SOCP website photo gallery page:   We are pleased to have Jackson Hinkle, one of the leaders of this event, who will speak about environmental activism.  Sutton Loughran will discuss gun reform, Landon Russell from the SCHS Young Progressives will discuss registering young people to vote and using social media for change.  Jake Rybczyk will speak about getting money out of politics.  Come to listen, learn, and offer support to the voices of the future.  Tuesday, April 10, Banquet Room of Agostinos by the Sea, 34700 Coast Highway, Capo Beach 92624. Dinner and Socializing, 5:30-7,  Meeting starts at 7.  RSVP necessary:

 The Democratic Women of South Orange County will have a candidate night at its general meeting on Thursday, April 12, San Juan Hills Golg Club, 32120 San Juan Creek Road, SJC. Social hour and dinner 5:30-6:30, candidates introduction 6:30-8:30.  Speakers will include Mary Navarro, Duke Nguyen, David Dodson, Nathaniel Fernandez Epstein, Brett Murdock, and Debra Lewis.  Visit for details

March 2018 Events

Screening of “Little Voices from Fukushima”  Come and see this remarkable film showing  Japanese families facing a very difficult choice between staying in contaminated areas or self-evacuating without the support of the government who insists it is safe to stay put, in spite of much evidence to the contrary.  Come learn more about the consequences of radioactive fallout and how poorly other governments have dealt with it. Thursday, March 29th, 6-8 PM, San Clemenete Community Center Ole Hanson Room, 100 N. Calle Seville.  Here is the trailer:

The South Orange County Progressives will meet on Tuesday, March 13 at their usual venue, the banquet room of Agostino’s Ristorante Italiano, 34700 Coast Hwy, Capo Beach 92624.  The speaker will be Susan Parmelee, Executive Director of the Wellness and Prevention Center.  The topic will be the changing of marijuana laws and the evolution of the opioid crisis.   RSVP to and visit
The Edison Community Engagement Panel will hold its 20th meeting on Thursday, March 22 at the Laguna Hills Community Center, 25555 Alica Parkway, Laguna Hills, 92653.  (For some reason, the CEP refuses to meet in San Clemente, the city closest to the new nuclear waste dump.)  Edison’s public relations promotional booths will open at 4:30, an hour before the meeting which is scheduled for 5:30-8:30. 
Mary Navarro is running for the OC Board of Education District 5.  If you wish to attend her kickoff campaign reception at a private home 3-5PM Sunday, March 4,  please RSVP for details to:
March for Our Lives is going to be a rally in support of those demanding an end to gun violence in the wake of the Florida school shooting.  The date is Saturday, March 24 2-5 PM and the place will be Centennial Regional Park in Santa Ana outside the offices of republican Mimi Walters who has supported legislation to weaken gun control laws.  Visit the Facebook Page:
Women’s History Brunch  On Saturday March 24 there will be the 3rd Annual Women’s History Month Breakfast 10AM – Noon at the Oak Creek Golf Club, One Gold Club Drive, Irvine.  Tickets $35 before March 10.  For more information visit  Women’s History Month Brunch
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