June 4th Meeting #319
Have Political Parties Used Race
to Enhance Their Own Agendas?
Calvin Bluiett, Adjunct Government Professor at Cedar Valley College, will discuss a dilemma manifested by current presidential primaries, where Americans permitted political opportunities to polarized candidates whose political policies will hurt our Nation, particularly to working class people of all demographic groups. He will show that both political parties have used race in different ways to enhance their political benefits: 1.“We have working class white Americans who will not vote for a Democratic candidate because of their racial perceptions, yet much of the Republican rhetoric that sounds good to them, will actually severely hurt them;” and 2. “We have minorities who will not vote for Republican candidates, stemming from their elitism, which has political policies hurting them.” Calvin will also show how President Roosevelt developed a political coalition, including white working class Americans, African Americans, and other demographic groups, which ended in the 1952 Presidential Election. He will point out that although the 2008 Presidential election was during a major recession, we have not had much success in creating a similar coalition. The question is “Why?” Calvin argues that we need to form focus groups, including white American men and moderate Democrats, to find common ground to ensure that party political policies will create an environment for all Americans to be winners, and recognizing that our political and economic systems are so interrelated, we cannot have a system of winners or losers based on race. He concludes: “We need a political and economic system that works for all Americans.”
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To Disquiet the Minds of the People
Celebrating Meeting # 3,333 on July 11th.
Established Feb. 28, 2009
Weekly Free Speech Forum
College of Complexes
The Playground for People Who Think
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Our constitution and laws encourage the freest possible exchange of opinions, ideas, and information. In part, that recognizes our worth and dignity as human beings. To forbid us to speak our minds demeans us and makes us more like slaves or robots than citizens of a free country. But as important as freedom of expression is for us as individuals, it is perhaps more important to society at large.
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Sept 10th Meeting #333
Filling the Gaps
Carol Donovan, Dallas County Democratic Party Chair, will discuss how we fill the "gender gap," which is real and well-documented. Based on statistics, women and men often vote differently, and for different reasons. She will argue that there are many other such "gaps" amongst our electorate, and will share her observations on electoral differences based on age, race, gender and other factors. Carol concludes that an enlightened electorate is far more likely to get out and vote, and vote purposefully, which is a significant part of a democratic society.
May 28th No Meeting
Memorial Day Holiday
June 25th Meeting #322
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June 11th Meeting #320
Do Texas Elections Need A Paper Trail -
All the Way to the Top?
Kurt Hyde, BS, Physics, University of Hartford, MS, Systems Management , University of Southern California. Certified Data Processor (CDP), retired Lt Col USAF, former adjunct faculty member, Rivier College, Nashua, New Hampshire, led his students in 1985 and 1986 as they studied the latest technologies in voting equipment, and along with colleagues at Digital Equipment Corporation, developed specifications for a manually recountable ballot, now popularly known as a Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT). He presented these on August 14th, 1986 at The First National Symposium on Security and Reliability of Computers in the Electoral Process. The paper trail concept was a controversial position for a number of years, but subsequent to the 2000 Presidential Election and the public's learning of the incredible security weaknesses in the punch card ballots, many technology professionals looked critically at voting technologies with most of them agreeing on the necessity of a paper trail. Kurt, a retired computer professional and the original advocate for the paper trail, will discuss and argue the importance and absolute need for a paper trail within all voting equipment as well as traceability all the way to the final totals. See also https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2011-election-integrity-past-present-and-future
June 18th Meeting #321
1914 = 2010
Jim Love, retired, having worked as an engineer and educator with publications in both fields, and holding both a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from the University of Texas, will discuss how the world has circled back to levels of inequality last seen just before World War One. This state of affairs was made possible by both globalization and technology, the latter having launched a second industrial revolution. Jim will analyze and compare the parallels between then an now, using the economic theories of Kuznet, Pikety and Milanovic, each an eminent economist whose work is bound up with inequality. He will argue a case that democracy everywhere is endangered by the growth of an unaccountable plutocracy.
July 2nd No Meeting
Independence Day Holiday
July 9th Meeting #323
On Why Activism Matters
Kristi Lara, Dallas & Collin County Community Organizer, Activist and Campaign Field Organizer, will discuss the importance of strategic political activism within Progressive Parties. Due to such a contentious election year, she will discuss what the Bernie Sanders Campaign means to activists and political organizers moving forward. Kristi will also argue how community organizers can work to help fill the gap that often exists between activism and traditional party politics.