Our Slant 
Forward Into The Light ~ October 2016

   
Wednesday, October 19 Dinner Meeting 
Summer Thyme's Bakery & Deli, 213 Colfax Ave., Grass Valley
 
Menu:
 Butternut squash soup with toasted pumpkin seeds/Fall Slaw with apples, cranberries and pecans in a poppy seed dressing/Fresh bread and butter/
New England cornmeal pudding with Crème Anglaise
   
Social/Networking 5:30 p.m.; Dinner 6 p.m. $21 per person -- Bring a Friend!  
  
Deadline for reservations: Sunday, October 16

October 19 Meeting:
Money's Influence on Our Democracy

Join us as Lorraine Reich shares vital information about how the undue influence of money on politics affects us all--and what we citizens can do about it.

Lorraine works with the group MovetoAmend.org to get the word out on how Californians can help take corporate money and influence out of politics and Congress. Lorraine wants to educate the public on Proposition 59, an advisory measure on the ballot this November. This proposition calls on our representatives in Washington to support a 28th Amendment to the US Constitution which would overturn the Supreme Court's infamous "Citizens United" decision, and to say once and for all--that Democracy is not for sale, and that the expenditure of money
in elections or in legislation is not a protected form of speech under the First Amendment. 
  
Money in politics is clearly a problem for all of us. With over $10 million contributed by the defense contractors, over $10 million contributed by Wall Street, and the Koch brothers pledging to spend nearly $900 million in this election cycle, we can easily see how money seeks to buy influence. Lorraine will also explain how corporations have acquired Constitutional rights over the past 138 years and will explain how "corporate personhood" truly undermines democracy for We the People! 
  
Lorraine is a local attorney/mediator and is also a board member with the Peace & Justice Center of Nevada County.
 
Deadline for reservations:
Sunday, October 16

Newcomers and guests are
always welcome!
 
Message from Co-President Judy McCarrick
Women, Use Your Power to Vote!
 
Since I first voted thirteen Presidential elections ago, I have exercised my right to vote in every subsequent election. I've never mailed in my ballot. I've always voted in person because standing in that tiny, curtained cubicle, marking my ballot gives me a sense of accomplishment and power. I am always aware that just a couple of decades before I was born, American women, like Alice Paul and Susan B. Anthony, were making
enormous sacrifices...chaining themselves to the White House fence, being imprisoned and force fed, marching in bitter cold winters and unbearably humid summers, writing, singing and demanding the right to vote... and I say a silent "thank you, sisters" to them as I place my ballot in the machine and receive my "I voted" sticker.
 
In November I'll vote again, this time for the Presidential candidate I feel certain will be a strong national and international leader, a leader whose vast experience gives me confidence and whose dedication to her country has never wavered despite years of having to negotiate the minefields of misogyny and repeated attempts to unjustly criminalize and humiliate her.
 
I will vote with an additional measure of pride for the first woman candidate from a major political party to be within reach of the Oval Office.
 
I know, too, that I am voting for the future of my daughters and granddaughters, to ensure their continued right to reproductive choice, to advance their demand for equal pay, to safeguard their abilities to achieve every goal they set without fear of intimidation or repercussion, to make racial equality a reality, and to know, with certainty, that their President will never judge or criticize them or any other woman for her size, her looks, her wardrobe, or her gender.
 
And when I cast my ballot, I'll say, "thank you, sister" to my next President.
 
~JudithMcCarrick
Co-President
 
(Note: Co-President Lynn Wenzel is on vacation.)

In Case You Missed It...
 
At our September dinner meeting, we heard from two local political advocates about the crucial issues facing us as the November election nears.
  
Nancy Eubanks presented the Democratic Party platform and Richard Ulery presented the Republican Party platform.
  
DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM: Nancy Eubanks, Communications Chair of the local Democratic Party, stated that the government is to work for all citizens to promote the general welfare. The party is pro-choice, wants to keep the Department of Education (and supports Measure B), believes in climate change, wants to protect our environment and supports renewable energy.
  
Nancy said the Affordable Care Act has been successful, with eleven million more people now covered by medical insurance. She also said that there is no way eleven million immigrants could be deported or a wall could be built between Mexico and America. The party supports the $15-per-hour minimum wage, and denounces the inequity of CEOs receiving 300 times more than the average worker (in Europe CEOs cannot earn more than 25 times the payment of the average worker). The Democratic Party also supports equality in marriage. They believe that taxes should go back to the community and they favor more taxation of the highest earners. Nancy asserted that the Democratic positions will create more jobs.
  
REPUBLICAN PLATFORM: Richard Ulery is on the executive board of the Republican Party. He pointed out that there are 66 pages in their platform, and that there are significant differences between the California and National platforms. Richard explained that the key difference between the parties is the role government takes, supporting limited power with most power going to the states and rights to the people. They want to jumpstart the economy. He said the current tax code is "ungodly" and a revamp to eliminate loopholes is necessary-currently the top 1 percent pay 50 percent of Federal income tax. The Republican Party wants to reduce the corporate tax rate, which is at its highest. They support a balanced budget. The military needs to be built up, as the defense budget is down 25 percent. Richard says the Republican Party supports Social Security and Medicare, but that changes are needed. The party also supports the "Right to Work" policy; believes that education should be handled at the state and local levels; and supports traditional marriage.
In Case You Missed It, Part Two...
 
Historical Moment: At our September meeting, our members were given a fascinating historical quiz about several of our nation's First Ladies. Test your knowledge and see how high you score on this!
 
Q: Who was the first of the First Ladies to hold a job after marriage?
A: Abigail Powers Fillmore. She was a teacher.
 
Q: Who was the first wife of a president to wear pants in public?
A: Patricia Nixon.
 
Q: Shy, awkward and withdrawn as a child, who established herself as an involved and relevant First Lady and the first to hold press conferences?
 
A: Eleanor Roosevelt. She also wrote a daily newspaper column, a monthly magazine column and hosted a weekly radio show. Eleanor also refused Secret Service protection and had her own personal pistol (and permit, of course!). She also held press conferences exclusively for female voters.
 
                      
Q: What habit of Mrs. Taft's was she most afraid the press would discover, believing that it could possibly ruin her husband's chance of winning the presidency?
 
A: She loved to play poker. While Nellie Taft did smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol, she was most terrified of her gambling being revealed.
 
Q: Which First Lady saved the famous portrait of George Washington from the White House before it was ransacked and set on fire by British soldiers?
 
A: Dolley Madison. She was the wife of the fourth President, James Madison. She was also the first woman to actually be referred to as the "First Lady."
 
Q: Who was the first American First Lady who could have voted for her husband for president?
 
A: Florence Harding, wife of Warren Harding. The 19th Amendment providing for women's suffrage became part of the Constitution in August 1920. Harding was elected the following November.
 
Q: What was Martha Washington's maiden name?
A: Dandridge.
 
Q: Which First Lady was the first to live in the White House?
A: Abigail Adams.


BPW-NC Executive Committee
Co-Presidents
Lynn Wenzel 477-0746
Judy McCarrick 478-0677
Vice President
Shirley Zeff 273-3010
Treasurer
Lorell Maldoon 477-8401
Secretary
Gail Parle 272-2141

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Membership
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Program
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Lindy Horwitz 477-1988
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Mentoring
   
Lynn Wenzel 477-0746
Historian
Gail Parle 272-2141
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Beth Volz
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