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Upcoming Events

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  • Voting Is Power

    ORGANIZEMOBILIZEVOTE (13)Voting Is Power: Expand and Protect the Right to Vote
    An End Voter Suppression Event

    Wednesday, October 24, 2018 (Evening)

    TIME: 6:30-8:30pm

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

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    As we celebrate, organize, and mobilize for the midterms this November, we have to remember there are far too many for whom the right to vote is inaccessible, if not denied entirely. Join Platform and the WNDC GOTV Committee at “Voting Is Power: Expand and Protect the Right to Vote” on October 24 at 6:30 pm, to learn from leaders working to protect and expand not only the right to vote on paper but also the accessibility of voting in practice. The event will begin with words from our distinguished speakers and then move to round table discussions on how we can get involved in the movement.

    Then, on November 6, let’s elect leaders who will work to end voter suppression in every election that follows, whether it is convenient for their ballot or not. The midterm elections are not the end, they are an opportunity. Let’s not miss it.

    Speakers include:

    • Carrie Wade, Disability Rights Advocate
    • Hope Giselle, Transgender Rights Advocate, The AllowMe Movement
    • Nicole Porter, Director of Advocacy, The Sentencing Project
    • George Hornedo, Senior Policy Advisor, Let America Vote

    PRICE: This event is free, but registration is required.


     

  • Eileen McNamara

    eileen squareEileen McNamara – Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World

    Thursday, October 25, 2018 (Lunch)

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Lunch

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    Eileen McNamara comes to the club to talk about her new biography of the founder of Special Olympics, “Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World.” Ms. McNamara is director of the journalism program at Brandeis University and a former columnist with the Boston Globe where she won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and was among the first to raise the alarm about clergy sexual abuse. She worked for the Globe for nearly 30 years, covering everything from the night police beat to the U.S. Congress.

    In addition to the Pulitzer, Ms. McNamara has received awards from several other organizations, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation. In 2007, she was named a winner of the Yankee Quill Award, the highest individual honor given by the Academy of New England Journalists. Special guest Dr. Timothy Shriver, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Special Olympics International and son of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, will introduce Ms. McNamara.

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

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


     

  • Rebecca Boggs Roberts

    rebecca boggs robertsSuffragists in Washington DC: The Fight for the Vote in the Nation’s Capital
    Rebecca Boggs Roberts

    Tuesday, October 30, 2018 (Lunch)

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Lunch

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    The Great Suffrage Parade was the first civil rights march to use the nation’s capital as a backdrop. Despite sixty years of relentless campaigning by suffrage organizations, by 1913 only six states allowed women to vote. Then Alice Paul came to Washington, D.C. She planned a grand spectacle on Pennsylvania Avenue on the day before Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration—marking the beginning of a more aggressive strategy on the part of the women’s suffrage movement. Groups of women protested and picketed outside the White House, and some were thrown into jail. Newspapers across the nation covered their activities. These tactics finally led to the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. Author Rebecca Boggs Roberts narrates the heroic struggle of Alice Paul and the National Woman’s Party as they worked to earn the vote.

    The book Suffragists in Washington DC: The 1913 Parade and the Fight for the Vote will be available for purchase and signing.

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


     

  • Midterms 2018: Election Night Watch Party

    WNDC Logo 2012Election Night Watch Party: Let the Blue Wave Roll In!

    Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (Evening)

    TIME: 7:00-11:00pm

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

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    We have worked so hard. And for so long. So, on election night, join your fellow activists to watch the election results roll in.

    Large screen TV’s will be stationed throughout the club all evening so we can watch national and international media and hear special guests share their comments on the changing congressional landscape. Enjoy a delicious buffet and open bar as the evening events unfold. We are looking forward to spending the evening with Democratic friends.

    PRICE: $50 Members, $75 Non-members, $25 Young Dems.


     

  • James Clapper: Facts and Fears

    WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 11: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Jr. testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on February 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Clapper offered assessments of the current state of national security and potential risks for the future. (Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)James Clapper – Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence

    Thursday, November 8, 2018 (Lunch)

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Lunch

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    Since he stepped down in 2017 as the longest serving US Director of National Intelligence, James R. Clapper has been an outspoken critic of Donald Trump. In particular, he has condemned President Trump’s relationship with Vladimir Putin and Trump’s denial of Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election. Putin’s determination to undermine American democratic institutions is just one of the many insights in Director Clapper’s new book Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence.

    Director Clapper is widely admired for speaking truth to power. Asked why he chose Clapper as his DNI, President Obama replied that his top intelligence adviser “…possesses a quality that I value in all my advisers: a willingness to tell leaders what we need to know even if it’s not what we want to hear.”

    In Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence, Clapper reflects on his career in US intelligence that spanned over 5 decades, including a period that included the raid on Osama bin Laden, the Benghazi attack, the leaks of Edward Snowden, and Russia’s influence operation during the 2016 US election campaign.

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

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


     

  • ERA:One State Away From Constitutional Equality

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    Equal Rights for Women: One State Away From Constitutional Equality

    Monday, December 3, 2018 (Evening)

    TIME: 6:30-8:30pm

    EVENT TYPE: Panel Discussion

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    This event is cosponsored by: Feminist Majority Foundation and Fairfax County Democratic Committee National Affairs (FCDC NAC)

    Ninety-five years after it was first introduced in Congress, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) guaranteeing women Constitutional equality is just one state away from ratification! A vibrant campaign is underway for Virginia to become the 38th and final state needed to ratify the ERA. Our distinguished panelists include ERA warriors Ellie Smeal, who spearheaded the ratification efforts in the 70s and 80s, Eileen Davis, state-level strategist and advocate in Virginia, Andrea Miller, Congressional-level expert and advocate, and Wendy Murphy, national legal expert on Women and the Law. The panelists will review the history of the ERA and why we still need Constitutional equality and update us on the new developments in Virginia and nationally. The panel will provide a concrete call to action for attendees to get involved in ERA ratification and inspire a true inter-generational effort to create a permanent national standard for eliminating sex discrimination.

    Panelists:

    Ellie Smeal, President and Co-founder, Feminist Majority Foundation, former President of National Organization for Women (NOW)
    Eileen Davis, Co-founder, Women-Matter.org
    Andrea Miller, Executive Director, People Demanding Action
    Wendy Murphy, JD, Director, Women’s and Children’s Advocacy Project, Professor of sexual violence law, New England Law|Boston

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


     

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