November 21st General Meeting

November 21st General Meeting

“What’s Next”

This will be a panel discussion led by Brian Trotier on what is currently happening now the election is over. Panelists will be Peter Bolland and Jon Sinton.

Peter Bolland is Chair of the Philosophy & Humanities Department at Southwestern College and is one of the members of California’s electoral college voters. He is well known for his thoughtful insights on local, state, and national politics.

Jon Sinton is a media entrepreneur and writer who founded Air America Radio, the network that discovered Rachel Maddow (among others). He is the former head of Common Cause in Georgia and now resides in the Cays and writes op-eds for the Coronado Eagle & Journal.

All are invited to attend this event sponsored by the Coronado Democratic Club. Everyone, including club members, MUST register to attend this event.

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Buul Dr. Abdimalik Buul

Coffee Talk #4: Racism: What’s Really Going On…And What Can We Do?

In this 4th session, Abdimalik Buul will provide participants with a safe, interactive space to learn, develop and share practical tools for identifying and transcending forms of bias, microaggressions, racism and begin to prepare us as change agents. He will start by defining its source and how it manifests. Dr. Buul will introduce a systematic approach utilizing a social justice, race-conscious framework to assist participants in unearthing bias and harm and planting seeds of justice to produce fruits of accountability and equity. A survey will be sent to our members as a pre-assessment to discover prior knowledge for customized responses.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Abdimalik Buul is an anti-racist scholar, theorist of curriculum trauma, and emancipatory educator. An immigrant refugee from Somalia, he came to the United States at the age of 5 He completed his bachelor’s degree from SDSU in Sociology and a master’s degree in education with an emphasis on community-based counseling and social justice. He completed his doctorate work in Educational leadership from the University of Southern California. He is an assistant professor at San Diego city college. He serves as a board president for Markaz al Madina, a community-based non-profit, a board member at large for African American Male and Educational Development Network (A2mend), and Vice President of the board for the United Taxi Drivers Union in San Diego. He was the first Somali ever hired as a tenure track faculty member at Southwestern College.

Notice of General Meeting and Notice of Endorsement Votes

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August 15, 2020
10:30 – 11:00 Social Time
11:00 – 12:30 General Meeting, via zoom

Join us to hear from Coronado Police Chief Kaye who will be our guest speaker. Chief Kaye will discuss how the Coronado PD is handling bias calls (aka the Karen calls) in Coronado and what we, as citizens, can do to help PD with this evolving issue. He will also share the latest information on what the PD is doing to enforce the then-current public health orders to help avoid the spread of COVID-19. Finally, he will take a few questions after his presentation from the group.

Join us to hear from two candidates seeking our club endorsement:

Whitney Antrim:  Coronado Unified School District Board

Tim Nader:  San Diego Superior Court, Office number 30.


Coronado Democratic Club events can be found on our Calendar of Events and include a link to the zoom meeting.
Coronado Democratic Club Calendar of Events


PART 3: Equal Justice Series


Your Special Events Committee has put together the 3RD in our monthly series of Equal Justice Workshops. The purpose is self-education and effective participation in the movement. We hope that our members will “jump in” and participate in the most unprecedented movement of our time.

Part 3:

Coffee Talk: Unequal Justice — The Need for Police Reform and How to Accomplish It

Saturday, August 8, 2020

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Via Zoom

The brutal murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer has resulted in an awakening to the reality of systemic racism and unnecessary police violence in the United States. In the aftermath of this tragic incident, calls for major reforms in police departments throughout the country abound.

In this session, we will discuss racial inequities and culture of unnecessary force and violence that for years has dominated policing in America. We will also discuss potential reforms – what changes are necessary, and how we might transform policing to begin to establish a relationship of trust between all communities and racial groups and the police officers who are paid to serve and protect them.

Mike Marrinan, Civil Rights Lawyer

For over 30 years Mike’s law practice has been devoted to representing victims of police misconduct and abuse. He will share his insights and invite your thoughts and questions.
See Calendar of Events for a link to join via zoom


Upcoming Presentations:

September        Health Care and Mental Health Care

October             Housing Reform

For more information and/or input, or to join our committee contact:  Patti Flores-Charter at (619) 206-7450.

PART 2: Equal Justice Series


Your Special Events Committee has put together the 2nd in our monthly series of Equal Justice Workshops. The purpose is self-education and effective participation in the movement. We hope that our members will “jump in” and participate in the most unprecedented movement of our time.

Part 2:

Coffee Talk: Dismantling Racism One Insight at a Time

Sunday, July 19

10:30am-12 noon

Via Zoom

Dismantling Racism One Insight at a Time
Our great unfinished work in the United States, and the world over, is finally coming to terms with racism in authentic, meaningful, and transformative ways. At root, racism stems from deep structures within consciousness, which then get codified into repressive hierarchical systems that benefit the in-group at the expense of the out-group. In this inquiry we will do the important work of peeling back the layers of unconscious bias, laying bare the untold history of supremacy, and raise our eyes to the realization of the promise of America – a land where all are created equal.

Speaker: Peter Bolland
Philosophy and Humanities Department Chair, Southwestern College
Speaker, Oasis
YouTube Channel Mini-Lecturer
Columnist for Unity Magazine
Blog “Thinking Through”


Upcoming Presentations:

August               Police Reform and Civil Rights in the Judicial System:  Mike Marrinan

September        Health Care and Mental Health Care

October             Housing Reform

For more information and/or input, or to join our committee contact:  Patti Flores-Charter at (619) 206-7450.

Virtual General Meeting

Virtual General Meeting

The next GENERAL CDC Meeting will be held virtually via the ZOOM app.

Saturday, May 30, 2020
Social Time: 10:30 — 11 am
Meeting: 11 am — 12:30 pm

We are excited to announce that our guest speaker will be Dr. Christian B. Ramers, a nationally and internationally known infectious disease specialist. 

Dr. Ramers oversees clinical programs for Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) and has consulted for the CA Dept of Public Health, WebMD, Medscape, and the CDC in Atlanta. Dr. Ramers serves as a co-investigator for several NIH sponsored projects.

We are fortunate to have him as our guest speaker. This will be an informative and helpful program that will be of interest to all of us.

Dr. Ramers will discuss the pandemic and our current situation. We all have many questions about the future and what experts are recommending. 

We are asking everyone to register in advance for this meeting:
General Meeting Registration 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Download the updated meeting agenda here
Download unapproved minutes from 1.11.2020 meeting here.

Download Zoom User Guide

Members are encouraged to use headphones and to be on mute when not speaking.
Blue Wave Brunch Postponed

Blue Wave Brunch Postponed

In response to best advice from local and state health experts, our Blue Wave Brunch, scheduled for March 14th, was postponed to a date to be determined. The health and safety of our club members and our community is, and will remain, our number one concern. 

To those holding tickets: Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors and our 126 ticket holders. Thank you for your support. Your tickets remain valid and you will be advised of the new date when it is determined.  

To those who missed a chance to buy a ticket or a sponsorship, or had a schedule conflict, you will have a new opportunity to participate in what promises to be an outstanding event for our club. 

Your Blue Wave Brunch Committee remains committed to providing the BEST BRUNCH EVER.  For details, watch for the Coronado Democratic Club newsletter.

For questions, contact Susan Marrinan,

On March 14, Carol and Gil Rud and Nancy Young arrived, decked out in their democratic blue, ready to have a great time. Since the brunch was postponed, they enjoyed a Feast and Fareway breakfast together. They are looking forward to the Blue Wave Brunch when it is rescheduled.


Do you want to learn more about the Coronado Democratic Club, share your perceptions of its strengths and weaknesses, and discuss critical issues likely to affect its future?  If so, you are invited to participate in a Strategic Planning Session to help identify and advance our club’s vision, mission and goals.
This session will be held on Tuesday, April 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Coronado Historical Association’s Lecture Hall.  Food will be available for purchase.  Due to seating constraints, we need to limit the number of participants to 15.  So if you are interested in helping to plan for the future of our club, please e-mail Judy Bambace at to reserve your place at the table. 



Our beloved Walk Against Hate is postponed until the fall (as soon as we have that date, we will share it with the community).

Do your part to fight hate in our community by joining the Coronado Democratic Club’s team in the Anti-Defamation League’s Walk against Hate. The 5K walk takes place on Sunday, April 26 at Liberty Station at 9:45. A diversity expo opens at 8:30.

The ADL is a national organization that advocates for legislation to promote inclusiveness and runs education programs for schools and law enforcement. You can find out more at

To join the club’s team, go to SanDiegoWalkAgainstHate

Scroll down, click on register, select join a team and look for the Coronado Democratic Club. This website also includes complete information about the walk, including where to park and how to get there.

The early registration cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children 18 and younger. Children ages 3 and under are free.  All paying participants will receive a tee shirt. The price goes up at the end of February, so you are encouraged to sign up soon.

Since this is a non-partisan event, no political signs are permitted. We will, however, have a sign identifying our club. No dogs except service dogs are allowed.

For questions, contact team captain Patricia Leahy at or (619) 252-1799.

We hope to see you there.



We need to continue registering new Citizens to vote now more than ever. One Wednesday each month new citizens are sworn in at a naturalization ceremony held downtown at Golden Hall. Following the naturalization ceremony volunteers register these new citizens to vote. 

When: Wednesday March 25th – CANCELLED
               Wednesday April 22nd from 10:15 AM to 12:30 PM

Where: 3rd Ave. and B Street, in the Civic Theater Plaza, adjacent to Golden Hall. 

A tutorial on the form and procedure will take place at 10:00 am for new volunteers. No need to pre-register. Wear comfortable shoes, a light sweater or jacket, a light blue t-shirt to show our Dem Blue, and your enthusiasm.

Macy’s had been offering  validation for three hours free parking in their Horton Plaza store, no purchase necessary. The validation machine was in the Men’s Shoe Department. They are closing that store very soon so please call ahead to see if they are still open. Your  parking ticket can be validated before or after the voter registration.

Contact Mercy Mandelbaum for information or (619) 435-1911.