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  • Songs of Suffrage

    suffrage imageSongs of Suffrage

    A Special Evening to Launch the Educational Foundation’s Year-Long Tribute to Women Who Have Fought for the Right to Vote

    Tuesday, June 4, 2019 (Evening)

    TIME: 6:30-9:00pm

    TYPE: Educational Foundation Tribute

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    We invite you to a special tribute to the women who fought for more than 70 years for the right to vote. Step back into the era, and immerse yourself in an evening of song, dance, and history at the 1894 Whittemore House.

    On June 4, 1919, Congress passed a joint resolution that stated “the rights of citizens to vote  shall not be denied or abridged …on the account of sex“. And so began the ratification process for the 19th Amendment to the US constitution.

    One hundred years later, we gather to pay tribute to the women who worked tirelessly for the right to vote, celebrate the leaders who continue the work of our foremothers, and gather forces for the challenges that lie ahead.

    Songs of Suffrage marks the launch of the Educational Foundation’s year-long tribute that will honor the accomplishments of the movement, and continue the fight for universal suffrage.


    • Songs of Suffrage: battle hymns from the suffrage movement
      • Introduction by Cait Miller, Music Division, Library of Congress
    • An “appearance” by Sojourner Truth
    • World Dance Theater: dances of the period from the school of Isadora Duncan
    • Period drinks and buffet

    TICKETS: $100 per ticket | $75 young professionals. For sponsorship information, please contact Educational Foundation President Pamela Johnson. Proceeds will support the Centennial Program of the Educational Foundation. 


  • Happy Hour June 2019

    16_9 Template for Eblast ImagesHappy Hour for Young and Young-at-Heart Dems

    Thursday, June 6, 2019 (Evening)

    TIME: 5:30 – 7:00 pm

    EVENT TYPE: Happy Hour

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    The Membership Committee invites all members to join us for a Happy Hour. We especially want to encourage new members and Young and Young-at-Heart Dems to get to know each other while snacking on our wonderful assortment of cheeses and drinking a glass of wine or a beer (included in the admission). We will also have a drawing for door prizes for the lucky winners.

    PRICE: $10 per person. Includes one glass of wine or beer.


  • Steve Luxenberg

    1Steve Luxenberg

    SEPARATE: The Story of Plessy V. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation

    Tuesday, June 11, 2019 (Lunch)

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch served; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q&A

    TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

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    Plessy v. Ferguson is synonymous with Jim Crow laws and the unjust doctrine of “separate but equal.” But few Americans know more than the name of the case or have more than a superficial understanding of its origins and outcome. Award winning author Steve Luxenberg’s book SEPARATE: The Story of Plessy V. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation is a groundbreaking narrative of the emotion, ambition, and drama of the deeply human—and sometimes deeply flawed—figures at the forefront of one of the most famous cases in Supreme Court history. Luxenberg will discuss the Supreme Court ruling, the role that North and South played in allowing segregation, and the often surprising history of America’s most devastating divide, the defining issue of their time and ours.

    Steve Luxenberg is the author of the critically acclaimed Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret. During his thirty years as a Washington Post senior editor, he has overseen reporting that has earned numerous national honors, including two Pulitzer Prizes. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

    PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members; $15 Young Dems (Includes lunch);$10 Lecture only.

  • Annual Meeting 2019

    WNDC Logo 2012WNDC Annual Meeting and Luncheon 

    Wednesday, June 12, 2019 

    TIME: 10:30 am Members Only Meeting; 12:30 pm Lunch served (guests are allowed)

    EVENT TYPE: Annual Meeting

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    Please gather to meet our new Board members and officers with a special luncheon to follow. This year’s officers have worked hard to bring us great programs, solid contributions from PPC Task Force members, and other contributions too numerous to name. We want to hear from all of our members as we plan for the future.

    PRICE: Lunch: $25 Members, $30 Guests. Registration is required.


  • Women of Maidan

    woman of maidan 2Movie Night: Women of Maidan

    Thursday, June 13, 2018 (Evening)

    TIME: 6:30 pm – Bar opens; 7pm– Film starts

    EVENT TYPE: Movie Night

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    In November 2013, after peaceful student demonstrators at Maidan Square in Ukraine’s capital Kiev were met with violence by the country’s special police forces, thousands of people from across the country descended on the square in support of the students. Women courageously filled the streets, energized the nation, and sustained the protestors for over two months in the cold of winter. This is the story of the women behind what became known as the “Revolution of Dignity.”

    Following the screening, Ukrainian filmmaker and American university MFA graduate Olha Onyshko will participate in a Q&A .

    PRICE: $20 Members/$25 Non-members/$15 Young Dems (includes hors d’oeuvres and movie); $10 movie only. Cash bar.


  • Green New Deal

    16_9 Template for Eblast Images (1)Green New Deal: From Vision to Action

    Tuesday, June 18, 2019 (Evening)

    TIME: 6:00 -8:00pm (Bar opens at 6:00pm. Program begins at 6:30pm)

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

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    The Green New Deal is generating a lot of excitement and media attention as more dire reports emerge on the human-generated environmental crisis, from climate disruption to mass extinctions. But what is the Green New Deal? What does it offer, and why do some oppose it? Some critics say the Green New Deal Congressional resolutions offer no specific policies, while other say supporters are building policies and plans of action to achieve the vision and goals in the resolutions. In the first of several programs, the WNDC presents speakers who can begin to answer some of these questions.

    Denise Robbins Denise is Communications Director at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, the first grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to fighting global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. She was a key leader in the two-year campaign that resulted in the enactment of the DC Clean Energy Act, making DC a national example of strong climate action on the local level. She will describe the Act, and how it can help show the way to strong climate action elsewhere in America.

    Ksusha Karnoup Ksusha is a 24 year old Michigander living in D.C. She started off as a volunteer and then transitioned to working for the Sunrise Movement with a focus on planning the Green New Deal Tour. Being a steward of our natural resources has always been important to her growing up around so many of them in Michigan, but she really became active in this work when she saw an opportunity to address climate change in a human-centered way through Sunrise’s version of the Green New Deal.

    Also representing the Sunrise Movement and their organizing work is Dani Hupper.

    PRICE:$20 Members; $25 Non-members. $15 Young Dems. Includes hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar.


  • Nadine Strossen

    2Nadine Strossen: Resisting Hate with Free Speech

    Tuesday, June 25, 2019 (Lunch)

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch served; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q&A

    TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

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    Roseanne’s tweet.  NFL players taking the knee. Alex Jones banned from Facebook. What is free speech, and who gets to decide when it becomes harmful? These answers sound very different on the left and right, and have been the basis of an increasingly vitriolic national debate.

    Nadine Strossen, the first woman President of the American Civil Liberties Union (1991-2008), dispels misunderstandings on both sides plaguing our perennial debates about “hate speech vs. free speech.”

    She argues that the First Amendment approach promotes democracy, equality, and societal harmony. We hear too many incorrect assertions that “hate speech” — which has no generally accepted definition — is either absolutely unprotected or absolutely protected from censorship. Rather, U.S. law allows government to punish hateful or discriminatory speech in specific contexts when it directly causes imminent serious harm. Yet, when U.S. officials formerly wielded such broad censorship power, they suppressed dissident speech, including equal rights advocacy. Likewise, current politicians have attacked Black Lives Matter protests as “hate speech.”

    Citing evidence from many countries, Strossen will demonstrate that the best way to resist hate and promote equality is not censorship, but rather, vigorous “counterspeech” and activism.

    Nadine Strossen is Professor of Law at New York Law School. She has written, taught, and advocated extensively in the areas of constitutional law and civil liberties. When she stepped down as ACLU President in 2008, three Supreme Court Justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and David Souter, participated in her farewell and tribute luncheon.

    HATE: Why We Should Address it With Free Speech, Not Censorship will be available for purchase and signing.

    PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members; $15 Young Dems (Includes lunch);$10 Lecture only.

  • Tribute to Bernice “Bunny” Sandler

    bunny sandler imageCelebration of the Life & Legacy of Bernice “Bunny” Sandler (1928-2019)

    Wednesday, June 26, 2019 (Evening)

    TIME: Hors d’Oeuvres & Cash Bar from 6:00 to 7:00 PM, Program from 7:00 to 8:30 PM

    TYPE: Reception & Celebration

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    The WNDC and Bernice Sandler’s Daughters invite you to a Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Bernice “Bunny” Sandler, the Godmother of Title IX. All who wish to honor Bernice’s life and landmark work are welcome! Because of limited space, please RSVP right away.

    To continue Bernice Sandler’s work and legacy, please feel free to make a donation in her name to the American Civil Liberties Union, Emily’s List, the National Women’s Law Center, Planned Parenthood, Supermajority, or the WNDC Educational Foundation.

    Everyone is invited to stay after the program to watch the first Democratic Presidential Debate.

    Bernice’s Legacy:

    • First Congressional testimony on sex discrimination in education – Prepared Rep. Edith Green’s 1970 hearings
    • In 1970, discovered Executive Order prohibiting discrimination against female college employees, filing 250+ complaints
    • First to focus on campus sexual harassment, date rape, the chilly classroom climate, and peer harassment
    • The Janie Appleseed of Title IX, giving more than 2,500 speeches, being an expert witness, and writing countless papers and articles
    • Avid birder who twinkled as she described her birding adventures
    • Loving mother, grandmother, cousin, and aunt – and mentor extraordinaire

    PRICE: This event is free, but space is limited, so be sure to RSVP right away.


  • Nancy MacLean

    nancy macleanNancy MacLean
    Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

    Thursday, June 27, 2019 (Evening)

    TIME: 6:30-8:00pm

    TYPE: Speaker Reception

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    Winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award
    Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
    Finalist for the National Book Award
    The Nation‘s “Most Valuable Book”

    In her book Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, Professor Nancy MacLean uncovers the sixty-year, relentless campaign of right-wing academic  James McGill Buchanan in collaboration with billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.

    Their joint goal is to undermine unions, privatize every social service from social security, public schools to healthcare and stop any action on addressing climate change. In short, the Kochs and their ultra-right affiliates intend to negate and rewrite the current social contract as established by the U.S. Constitution.

    Based on ten years of unique research, Democracy in Chains meticulously tells a chilling story of right-wing academics and big money run amok; and reveals how this coalition has been quietly weakening our democratic system. This revelatory work of scholarship is an explosive exposé of the Republican Party’s efforts to carry out the ultra-right, libertarian agenda, and deserves a place on the bookshelf of every American who cares about their country and the threats against it.

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

    PRICE: $20 Members; $25 Non-members. $15 Young Dems. Includes hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar.




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