What's Inside?
  • President's Message by Susan Marrinan
  • Reminder: No September General Meeting - Strategic Planning Workshop, Sat. 9.25.21
  • Coronado GO Team Newsletter and Election results: Frank King
  • An Important Message from Brian Trotier
  • The Twin Towers and Me: Tom Bernitt
  • Save the Dates!
  • Board Members & Committees
President's Message
Susan Marrinan

“You can't really protect women or men from their choices, so let them
have their own lives and trust the process. Given the history of
society's efforts to control women's sexuality and reproduction, this
remained a revolutionary idea. No wonder it disturbed and frightened
some people so deeply.”

Heartbreaking Choices 
Annie’s shoulders shook as she sobbed. I patted her shoulder, whispering, “What’s wrong? What’s wrong? “ 
It was a beautiful day. Annie and I were walking to our dorm after class, chatting away, when the subject of abortion came up. It was 1959; abortion was illegal, shameful, and rarely mentioned. Annie said she thought women should be able to get help if needed, and to my everlasting shame, I replied that abortion was murder. She collapsed on a bench and tearfully told her story. 
She grew up in a small town. She was a 15-year-old cheerleader- a pretty, straight-A student. One night after a football game, the 45-year-old coach gave her a ride home; he stopped on the way to rape her. He told her not to tell, that no one would believe her. He was the coach of a championship team, the town hero, and the town loved football. A few months later, Annie realized she was pregnant and turned to her parents for help. They called her a liar and a slut and kicked her out of the house. “You’re no daughter of ours,” they shouted. “How dare you be pregnant! Don't you go blaming the coach and disgrace this family.”
Using her small college savings, she got to the nearest city where she had a kitchen table abortion with knitting needles. She became critically ill with an infection and survived but would never be able to bear children. Supporting herself, she finished high school and won a full University scholarship. 
Shocked and ashamed, I saw my ignorance. Instead of being supportive, I was like Annie's parents: self-righteous, judgmental, and quick to blame her, the victim. In the pre-Roe v. Wade years, thousands of women and girls died annually from botched abortions; I didn't know. No one ever talked about it. 
Today, we return to those dark times with an almost total ban on abortions in Texas and restrictions in many states. With its newly expanded conservative majority, the Supreme Court will hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization this term. This case is the Supreme Court's opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade. Will judges hear the stories of young girls and women forced to bear babies against their will and denied essential health care? Will they minimize the suffering of women who are in desperate need of help? Will they determine that pregnancy is a woman’s burden, regardless of the circumstances? 
We can’t be silent while women are sacrificed on the altar of judges and legislators who think they know better than the people involved and who are willing to send vigilantes after anyone who offers them aid or comfort. We need to elect representatives who will vote for pre-natal care, post-partum care, benefits for the children who are born, and family leave. 
Having the right to choose doesn’t mean the choice is easy. Nearly 1 in 4 women will have had an abortion by age 45. Each had to decide under profoundly personal and challenging circumstances. Not everyone can afford birth control. There will always be people who become pregnant by way of force or coercion. There will always be those who have stories of trauma and vulnerability too complicated to relate. The sanctimonious, judgmental thinking of those who think the government should be involved in these intimate, personal decisions hasn't changed; what was wrong in 1959 is still wrong.  
We, as Democrats, need to work to right the wrong. 
We support candidates who support a woman's right to choose, regardless of her ability to pay. We support family planning, adoption incentives, and essential health care services, and our party platform states, "Abortion should be legal, safe, and rare. " 
Now is the time to stand up for these values and for all who face heartbreaking choices. 
Let’s march on October 2nd
No CDC September General Meeting

Strategic Planning Workshop Saturday September 25, 10:30am
Coronado GO Team Newsletter by Frank King

This summer, the GO Team worked closely with the San Diego County Democratic Party and the Newsom for Governor campaign to stop the Republican recall. We are pleased that we were able to defeat the recall so convincingly that the Republicans couldn’t make credible claims that the election was “rigged.” Moreover, we hope that they will be discouraged from further attempts to waste the taxpayers’ money by recalling elected office holders without cause in the future. 
An Important Message from Brian Trotier

A little over 10 years ago I stepped in to run a public agency in San Diego that had seen better days. A very savvy staff member from one of the city council offices told me something I will never forget. He said, “If you have 10,000 constituents and 25 of them are constantly emailing, writing, and publicly complaining about what you are doing, you need to remember that leaves 9,975 people who are happy with what you are doing”. This group of 9,975 represents what we have come to call the Silent Majority. In the past few months a group of anti-everything people has been bad mouthing the school district, its staff and administration, the school board, and even some students and now is the time for the Silent Majority to speak up and be heard. Here is what you can do to stop being silent and to start being heard and counted.
  1. Email a board member or members to let them know you stand with them in this challenging time. 
  2. Email an administrator or administrators with the same message of support. 
  3. Write a letter to the Eagle or the Times in support of the board, students, and administration. 
  4. Write a letter to the Eagle or the Times promoting civility at school board meetings and condemning those who seek to disrupt the business of the board.

If you are not up to speed on the chaos at school board meetings, please watch the videos of the CUSD board meetings starting in May. 

Brian L. Trotier
The Twin Towers and Me by Tom Bernitt

I was nowhere near the Twin Towers on September 11th. Like many of us, I was almost 3000 miles away (2820 to be exact). I watched the towers come down like many of us and thought it was a movie or an animation. I didn’t seem real. But it was. 

A week later it came home a little bit closer...
Upcoming CDC
Meetings and Events

September 25: Strategic Planning Workshop: Winn Room/Library, 10:30 a.m.
October 2: Women’s March, 10 a.m. 1600 Pacific Coast Highway
October 11: CDC Board Meeting 7 p.m. 
October 15: CDC Night at Lambs Theater
October 23: Coffee in the Cays, Jamaica Room, 10:30 a.m. 
October 30: General Meeting, Winn Room Library, 10:30 a.m. 
December 9: Holiday Happy Hour
Not a Member of our Club?
President: Susan Marrinan
Vice President: Brian Trotier
Treasurer: Patrick Callahan
Secretary: Alexia Palacios-Peters
Member at Large: Frank King
Membership Committee Chairs: Donald Fink
Program: Brian Trotier
Hospitality Chair: Jenna McIntosh
Legislative: Alexia Palacios-Peters
Newsletter: Laura Wilkinson
Go Team: Frank King
Technology/Outreach: Laura Wilkinson

Special Committees 2020-21
Action Alerts: Judy Bambace
CHS Student Liaison: Ronald Mandelbaum
Club Historian: Jenna McIntosh
Phone Committee: Patricia Leahy
Scholarship Committee: Patti Flores Charter
Strategic Planning: Judy Bambace & Gail Bardin
Bylaws: J. Bambace, R. Mandelbaum, W. Seager

Digital Specialist
Anna Webb