Noted Law Professor to Headline December Meeting

Marjorie Cohn PicLocal Dems to celebrate season with Annual Holiday Feast

The La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club, with members from Allied Gardens, San Carlos, the College Area, Del Cerro, as well as the East County communities of La Mesa, Santee and Mt. Helix, will hear noted Law Professor and author Marjorie Cohn at their annual holiday meeting, Wednesday, December 3rd. We meet at the La Mesa Community Center at 4975 Memorial Dr., just off of University Avenue in La Mesa. Guests are welcomed at all meetings!

As is our custom, we will have a our Annual Club Holiday Party featuring fresh baked Turkeys and Ham, all the trimmings, and a multitude of sides and desserts. We start the meeting at 6 PM to have plenty of time to enjoy the food, the music and the camaraderie. We are pleased to welcome back wonderful flamenco guitarist Anthony Garcia who will play for the group during our social hour.

Our meeting will be highlighted by Professor Cohn, who has just released her 5th book, Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral and Geo-political Issues. Marjorie Cohn is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she teaches criminal law and procedure, evidence, and international human rights law. A former president of the National Lawyers Guild, she is U.S. representative to the executive council of the American Association of Jurists. Cohn is also the author of Cowboy Republic, Rules of Disengagement, Cameras in the Courtroom, and United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration and Abuse. She lectures throughout the world on human rights and U.S. foreign policy and the contradiction between the two. Marjorie will have books available for signing and sale at the meeting.

Our members make a pledge every year to help others less fortunate in our community. This year, we are teaming up with the St. Vincent De Paul Society at Santa Sophia Catholic Church in Casa de Oro. Their outreach program serves the needs of over 400 local families with an ongoing Food Pantry and other essential services. Members are encouraged to bring to our meeting a collection of non-perishable foods and dry goods.

It’s suggested the best items are: Pasta, Rice, Beans, Canned Vegetables and Fruits, Pasta Sauce, Peanut Butter, Boxed Cereal, Meal Helpers, Tuna, Mac & Cheese and Cake mix. Also valuable would be paper goods and tissues, toothpaste and brushes, deodorant, shampoo, cleaning products and laundry detergent. So open up your pantry and your heart and help feed and nourish the needy this holiday season.

Finally, a big thank you is in order for Senator Marty Block, who enlightened and delighted our November gathering and told us the election results in California were something we could all be proud of. All state-wide Democratic office holders were re-elected, as was our local Assemblyperson, Dr. Shirley Weber, and our local Congressperson Susan Davis. Scott Peters was winning (and now has won) the hotly contested 52nd CD race over Carl DeMaio. Marty also informed us about some of the significant and successful bills he had signed by Governor Brown this year including one making certain 4 year degrees available at 16 Community Colleges in California. And lastly, he reminded us all that 2016 is 2 short years away!

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