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Trump’s Civil Rights Agenda: New Threats to Civil Rights

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Trump’s Civil Rights Agenda: New Threats to Civil Rights

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Date: May 30th, 2017

Time:  11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Austin Bar Association, 816 Congress Ave., Suite 700

Food: Chipotle make-your-own-bowl buffet and Tiff’s Treats

Program: In just 111 days, the Trump administration has been shockingly successful at rolling-back protections on civil rights — and Texas communities are on the front lines of these attacks. Fortunately, the response from Texans has been broad and unequivocal. We have come together across the state to defend against new threats to democracy, justice, and other cherished values.

Speaker: Mimi Marziani, Executive Director of the Texas Civil Rights Project 

Mimi Marziani has an extensive background in civil rights advocacy and nonprofit management, as well as expertise in election law. Ms. Marziani previously directed voting rights programs for multiple political campaigns and committees, also overseeing compliance with election law. In 2014, Ms. Marziani led the first coordinated, statewide voter protection program for progressive candidates and groups in Texas. Read more here.  

RSVP: Want to attend and not eat lunch? Please send your response to doug@gnistrategies.com. Want to eat lunch? Click the “Purchase lunch tickets here” link here.

Reservation Policy: Please note our policy on canceling reservations.  As a result of recent last-minute cancellations and no-shows, we have begun charging for persons who make a reservation but do not attend. We now offer the option to pay online in advance for your lunch. If you cancel at least 24 hours before the meeting, there will be no charge. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we appreciate your cooperation. Cost: lunch is $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members.

PURCHASE LUNCH TICKETS HERE

Need to actually see the link? Click here to purchase your lunch ticket: [https://secure.piryx.com/donate/zT1O9Y4f/Central-Texas-Democratic-Forum/lunch]

Parking: 816 Congress Avenue/IBC Bank parking garage. Enter the parking garage on 9th Street, between Colorado and Congress. Bring your ticket to the receptionist on the 7th floor and you will be given a coupon to use to exit the garage at no charge.

 

Reservation required:  To reserve your seat, email Doug Snyder at doug@gnistrategies.com. Please tell us if you intend to bring a non-member guest and if you have any special dietary concerns. PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS BY May 26th.

 

About the Forum:  The Forum meets monthly for lunch to hear Democratic speakers. Membership is $120/yr. Non-members may attend, but members have priority and receive discount prices for lunches.

#Resist – The Future of Our Progressive Movement

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

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Date: April 24th, 2017

Time:  11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Austin Bar Association, 816 Congress Ave., Suite 700

Program: Is Resistance Futile? Are resistance organizations irresistible? What is the future, focus, and goal of left/ progressive organizations? Most importantly who are the resistance organizations? Like health care, political change is complicated. During, and in the wake of the 2016 elections, organizations like Indivisible, the Women’s March, immigrant rights, and black lives matter continue to organize resistance efforts to disrupt the political process. Hear from next-era organizers fighting on the front for human rights, equal rights, and criminal justice reform.   

Reservation Policy: Please note our policy on canceling reservations.  As a result of recent last-minute cancellations and no-shows, we have begun charging for persons who make a reservation but do not attend. We now offer the option to pay online in advance for your lunch. If you cancel at least 24 hours before the meeting, there will be no charge. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we appreciate your cooperation. Cost: lunch is $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members.

PURCHASE LUNCH TICKETS HERE

Need to actually see the link? Click here to purchase your lunch ticket: [https://secure.piryx.com/donate/zT1O9Y4f/Central-Texas-Democratic-Forum/lunch]

Parking: 816 Congress Avenue/IBC Bank parking garage. Enter the parking garage on 9th Street, between Colorado and Congress. Bring your ticket to the receptionist on the 7th floor and you will be given a coupon to use to exit the garage at no charge.

Reservation required:  To reserve your seat, email Doug Snyder at doug@gnistrategies.com. Please tell us if you intend to bring a non-member guest and if you have any special dietary concerns. PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS BY APRIL 22nd.

About the Forum:  The Forum meets monthly for lunch to hear Democratic speakers. Membership is $120/yr. Non-members may attend, but members have priority and receive discount prices for lunches.

Dyspepsia or Dystopia? Mid-Session Assessments

Monday, March 20th, 2017

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Dyspepsia or Dystopia? Mid-Session Assessments

Tickets can be purchased here: https://secure.piryx.com/donate/zT1O9Y4f/Central-Texas-Democratic-Forum/lunch

Bathroom bills, anti-immigrant assaults, underfunded education (as usual) allowing teachers to shoot students, drug tests for welfare payments, and on and on. So many good ideas, so little time. Fortunately, we have a great Forum with citizens’ group representatives to get us up to speed on what’s dangerous and what’s just crazy and what might actually pass.

Parking: 816 Congress Avenue/IBC Bank parking garage. Enter the parking garage on 9th Street, between Colorado and Congress. Bring your ticket to the receptionist on the 7th floor and you will be given a coupon to use to exit the garage at no charge.

Reservation required: To reserve your seat, email Katie Naranjo at Katie.Naranjo@gmail.com or call (936) 366-8159. Please tell us if you intend to bring a non-member guest and if you have any special dietary concerns. PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS BY TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2017.

About the Forum: The Forum meets monthly for lunch to hear Democratic speakers. Membership is $120/yr. Non-members may attend, but members have priority and receive discount prices for lunches.

2/27 Forum – Immigration Enforcement in Travis County

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
Young immigrants line up in the cafeteria at the Karnes County Residential Center, in Karnes City, Texas, a temporary home for immigrant women and children detained at the border

Young immigrants line up in the cafeteria at the Karnes County Residential Center, in Karnes City, Texas, a temporary home for immigrant women and children detained at the border (Credit: NPR)

Time to get the facts, end the hateful fear mongering, and have a discussion on law enforcement and immigration in Travis County!

Our speakers will be Sheriff Sally Hernandez, State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, Councilmember Greg Cesar, and Matt Simpson fron the ACLU.

Unless you have been traveling on an Elon Musk flight to Mars, you probably noticed some recent attention to immigration issues in Travis County. Sheriff Sally Hernandez adopted a rational, common-sense, humane policy limiting cooperation with deportation-happy federal authorities. Naturally, therefore, Gov. Abbott and Pres. Bannon-Trump have opposed the policy, preferring the cheap politics of anti-immigrant demagoguery. The County, the City, and our legislative delegation have united to defend our local policies and values, our immigration community, and indeed the United States Constitution against the anti-immigrant, anti-American assault. But the disputes appear likely to proceed through the Legislature and the courts. Come hear this great panel of wonderful leaders address these critically important issues.

RSVP here: https://secure.piryx.com/donate/zT1O9Y4f/Central-Texas-Democratic-Forum/lunch. Tickets must be purchased by February 24!

“Representative Elliott Naishtat—25 Years: Lessons, Stories, Secrets

Thursday, April 14th, 2016
Elliott Naishtat on Opening day of the 83rd Texas Legislature on January 8, 2013

Elliott Naishtat on Opening day of the 83rd Texas Legislature on January 8, 2013

Date: Monday, April 25, 2016

Time:  11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location:  Austin Bar Association

816 Congress Avenue, Suite 700

Indisputably, Representative Elliott Naishtat is the most outstanding state representative in the history of Texas who ever came out of New York City and has a cousin named Vinny in the Bronx and always says food tastes better when it comes off another person’s plate. Yes, that Elliott Naishtat is going to speak at the next Forum. He’ll tell us what he sees at this point in the rearview mirror, he’ll share stories (funny and scary), he’ll just plain reminisce, and he’ll read us all of the 300+ bills he passed in the House. No, not that last one. But this will be great fun, and of course we’ll have a few of Elliott’s friends to tell stories that he wishes were never told. Don’t miss this great event!

Door Prizes:

  1. Ted Cruz, About Those “New York Values,” What I Meant To Say …
  2. Elliott Naisthat, New York Values, Texas-Style.
  3. Wayne LaPierre, Send Lawyers, Guns, and Money—To the Cleveland Convention. 

 

“New (now Old) Reservation Policy Alert” – Please note our new policy on canceling reservations.  As a result of recent last-minute cancellations and no-shows, we will have to start charging for persons who make a reservation but do not attend.  The Forum still has to pay for those lunches, and at times we’ve had to absorb over $150 in costs for non-attendees who made reservations.  We now offer the option to pay online in advance for your lunch.  If you cancel at least 24 hours before the meeting, there will be no charge.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your cooperation.

Cost:  lunch is $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members.


Purchase Tickets Here

https://secure.piryx.com/donate/zT1O9Y4f/Central-Texas-Democratic-Forum/lunch

Parking: 816 Congress Avenue/IBC Bank parking garage.  Enter the parking garage on 9th Street, between Colorado and Congress.  Bring your ticket to the receptionist on the 7th floor and you will be given a coupon to use to exit the garage at no charge.

Reservation required: To reserve your seat, email jerben@herring-irwin.com or cherring@herring-irwin.com or call Chuck Herring or Judy Erben at 320-0665.  Please tell us if you intend to bring a non-member guest and if you have any special dietary concerns.  PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS BY 5:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014.

About the Forum: The Forum meets monthly for lunch to hear Democratic speakers.  Membership is $120/yr.  Non-members may attend, but members have priority and receive discount prices for lunches.

Final Pre-Election Candidate Extravaganza

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

This election year is becoming increasingly strange — and exciting. Mitt Romney’s true character and/or breathtaking gaffes make news almost daily. Republican candidates look stranger and stranger and weaker and weaker. Current Democratic prospects appear excellent. And that’s great news locally, too. We have a great collection of superb, important candidates in our next Forum program. Don’t miss this all-star cast! Keep Donna, Keep Karen, Elect Elfant the Extraordinary, Take Back the 3d Ct App! This will be great fun!

Speakers:

1. State Representative Donna Howard.

2. Tax Assessor Collector Candidate (and current Constable and Ice Cream Impresario) Bruce Elfant.

3. County Commissioner Karen Huber.

4. Third Court of Appeals Candidates:

Justice Diane Henson
Bryan Case
Judge Andy Hathcock
Karen Watkins

Spectacular Door Prizes:

1.     Mitt Romney, 47 Reasons The 47 Percent Don’t Matter.

2.     Mitt Romney, Why Everyone Should Pay Taxes, Except Those With Big Assets in the Cayman Islands or Switzerland.

3.     Mitt Romney, Best Car-Top Dog Carriers for the 1 Percent: 2012 Reviews.

New Reservation Policy Alert: Please note our new policy on canceling reservations.  As a result of recent last-minute cancellations and no-shows, we will have to start charging for persons who make a reservation but do not attend.  The Forum still has to pay for those lunches, and at times we’ve had to absorb over $150 in costs for non-attendees who made reservations.  We now offer the option to pay online in advance for your lunch.  If you cancel at least 24 hours before the meeting, there will be no charge.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your cooperation.

Cost: Lunch is $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members

Parking: 816 Congress Avenue/IBC Bank parking garage. Enter the parking garage on 9th Street, between Colorado and Congress. Bring your ticket to the receptionist on the 7th floor and you will be given a coupon to use to exit the garage at no charge.

Reservation required: To reserve your seat, email jerben@herring-irwin.com or cherring@herring-irwin.com or call Chuck Herring or Judy Erben at 320-0665. Please tell us if you intend to bring a non-member guest and if you have any special dietary concerns. PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS BY 5:00 P.M.  Thursday, October 18.

About the Forum: The Forum meets monthly for lunch to hear Democratic speakers. Membership is $120/yr. Non-members may attend, but members have priority and receive discount prices for lunches.

Debate on Single Member Districts for the Austin City Council

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Should voters select Austin council members by districts? If so, should that be by a 10-1 system or 8-2-1?  And if districts, who will draw the districts and how?  Six times in the past Austin voters have rejected the district approach. Now we’ll vote again.  As usual, opinions are strongly divided.  We have a great program on the issues and look forward to a spirited, informative, witty debate.

Speakers:

No Change: Bob Binder – Lawyer and former Council member, Bob recommends keeping the current system.  He argues that it’s fair, it has produced diverse representation on Council, and, overall, the Austin Council and City government work pretty well.  He opposes the “ward politics” and divisiveness, and the periodic disruption of redistricting, if we adopt a district system.

Hybrid (8-2-1) systemDavid Butts – Iconic Austin political guru and activist, David favors the 8-2-1 hybrid proposal.  He argues that it will lead to more fairness for minority constituencies that are geographically dispersed and may not benefit from a strictly single-member system and will provide more input for voters, who would get to vote for four members of Council.

10-1 systemBill Aleshire –  Bill is a former County Judge of Travis County (1987-1998), former County Tax Assessor Collector (1980-85) and is now a lawyer with Riggs, Aleshire & Ray, P.C. He is a dedicated, articulate and rarely reticent advocate on open-government issues. Advocates of the 10-1 proposal have argued that it would provide the most democratic and geographically representative system for selecting the Council, that it would produce the most responsive members of the council and would increase voter participation and reduce campaign costs.

Spectacular Door Prizes:

1.     Mitt Romney, How I Discovered A Brand New Energy Source: Oil.

2.     Red Wassenich, Nothing Before Something.

3.     Lots of Obama campaign stuff.

New Reservation Policy Alert: Please note our new policy on canceling reservations.  As a result of recent last-minute cancellations and no-shows, we will have to start charging for persons who make a reservation but do not attend.  The Forum still has to pay for those lunches, and at times we’ve had to absorb over $150 in costs for non-attendees who made reservations.  We now offer the option to pay online in advance for your lunch.  If you cancel at least 24 hours before the meeting, there will be no charge.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your cooperation.

Cost: Lunch is $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members

Parking: 816 Congress Avenue/IBC Bank parking garage. Enter the parking garage on 9th Street, between Colorado and Congress. Bring your ticket to the receptionist on the 7th floor and you will be given a coupon to use to exit the garage at no charge.

Reservation required: To reserve your seat, email jerben@herring-irwin.com or cherring@herring-irwin.com or call Chuck Herring or Judy Erben at 320-0665. Please tell us if you intend to bring a non-member guest and if you have any special dietary concerns. PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS BY 5:00 P.M.  Thursday, September 6.

About the Forum: The Forum meets monthly for lunch to hear Democratic speakers. Membership is $120/yr. Non-members may attend, but members have priority and receive discount prices for lunches.

Key Texas Legislative Races 2012: Analysis & Predictions

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Which legislative races look best for Texas Democrats this year? Where
should you and your personal Super PAC target your final few billion
dollars — or your Macanese Patacas, if you’re a Sheldon Adelson type? For
this program, we have two of the most knowledgeable political players
in Texas to provide their analyses and predictions. This is always an
interesting, important, fun program. So don’t gamble your patacas — invest
in good government and winnable races. Don’t miss this program.

Speakers:

Robert E. Jones – Executive Director of Annie’s List, which has played a key role in electing a dozen new women to the Texas Legislature. It has been named “Best PAC in Texas.” Robert is also an Adjunct Professor of political science at St. Edward’s University. Politics Magazine recently named him a “Rising Star” in national politics. He has rare insight and political acumen.

Russ Tidwell – Former State Representative Russ Tidwell represented District 49 with extraordinary talent, vision, and courage — for a few months. For two gazillion years since then, he’s been Director of Public Affairs of Texas Trial Lawyers Association. He’s older than Dog Canyon at Big Bend and no one in Texas
knows more about Democratic prospects this year than Russ.

Spectacular Door Prizes:
1. David Dewhurst, “I Am Not Now Nor Have I Ever Been No Stinkin’
Moderate.”
2. Ted Cruz, “Yes You Are.”
3. Red Wassenich, “Nothing Before Something.”

New Reservation Policy Alert: Please note our new policy on canceling reservations.  As a result of recent last-minute cancellations and no-shows, we will have to start charging for persons who make a reservation but do not attend.  The Forum still has to pay for those lunches, and at times we’ve had to absorb over $150 in costs for non-attendees who made reservations.  We now offer the option to pay online in advance for your lunch.  If you cancel at least 24 hours before the meeting, there will be no charge.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your cooperation.

Cost: Lunch is $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members

Parking: 816 Congress Avenue/IBC Bank parking garage. Enter the parking garage on 9th Street, between Colorado and Congress. Bring your ticket to the receptionist on the 7th floor and you will be given a coupon to use to exit the garage at no charge.

Reservation required: To reserve your seat, email jerben@herring-irwin.com or cherring@herring-irwin.com or call Chuck Herring or Judy Erben at 320-0665. Please tell us if you intend to bring a non-member guest and if you have any special dietary concerns. PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS BY 5:00 P.M.  Thursday, August 9.

About the Forum: The Forum meets monthly for lunch to hear Democratic speakers. Membership is $120/yr. Non-members may attend, but members have priority and receive discount prices for lunches.

JUNE PROGRAM CANCELLED. SUMMER HIATUS BEGINS.

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

CANCELLED DUE TO SPEAKER CONFLICT!!!

Primary Run-off Races:  U.S. Senate and (nationally reported??) Constable Pct. 2!

Senate candidates: Rep. Paul Sadler and Grady Yarbrough

Constable Pct. 2 candidates: Incumbent Adan Ballesteros and challenger Michael Cargill

U.S. Senate – Not everyone predicted this match-up for the runoff, but here’s what we have — Sadler v. Yarbrough. We look forward to an interesting discussion at the Forum. With an acclaimed record from his time in the Texas House (1991-2003), Rep. Sadler was the early projected favorite in this race according to most observers. He received 35 percent of the vote, compared to 25.8 percent for Yarbrough.

Burnt Orange has said “Sadler v. Yarbrough is not contest at all …” Perhaps, but in the lower-than-low projected run-off vote, we should not ignore the similarity of Yarbrough’s name to Texas progressive icons. Sen. Ralph Yarborough and Don Yarborough (who almost defeated John Connally in 1962). Consider the case of the “other” Don Yarbrough. Primarily because of name confusion, he was elected to the Texas Supreme Court in 1976 — after claiming that God wanted him to run. He later left office and was convicted of bribery.

No one has accused retired educator Grady Yarbrough of any such misconduct. He is an East Texas native who has lived in San Antonio since 2000. According to the Houston Chronicle, Yarbrough “bristles” at the suggestion that he is capitalizing on a familiar surname.  He previously ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for Land Commissioner in 1986 and 1990, and as a Democrat for State Treasurer in 1994.

Constable, Precinct 2 – When’s the last time you saw national press coverage of a Travis County Precinct 2 Constable race? If you said “Never,” you’re correct — until this year. The New York Times reported (5/22/12) that Ron Paul devotee John Ramsey (a 21-year-old college student in Nacogdoches) successfully spent $560,000 promoting a Northern Kentucky Republican congressional candidate through Ramsey’s Super PAC, named Liberty for All.  According to the Times, Liberty for All’s “next candidate is Michael D. Cargill, a gay, black gun store owner running for constable in Travis County, Texas.”  The Times cited Ramsey’s statement that his PAC expects to have $10 million to spend this summer.  In short, this ain’t your usual Pct. 2 Constable race. The incumbent is Adan Ballesteros, who apparently has his work cut out for him.

Websites:

Sadler: http://sadlerforsenate.com/

Yarbrough: None

Ballesteros: http://www.adanballesteros.com/

Cargill: http://www.cargillforconstable.com/

Spectacular Door Prizes:

1.    David Dewhurst’s autographed copy of the Beatles’ Paris recording tape of “Can’t Buy Me Love.”

2.    Ted Cruz, Whataya Mean, Only One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest?

3.    Red Wassenich, Nothing Before Something

New Reservation Policy Alert: Please note our new policy on canceling reservations.  As a result of recent last-minute cancellations and no-shows, we will have to start charging for persons who make a reservation but do not attend.  The Forum still has to pay for those lunches, and at times we’ve had to absorb over $150 in costs for non-attendees who made reservations.  We now offer the option to pay online in advance for your lunch.  If you cancel at least 24 hours before the meeting, there will be no charge.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your cooperation.

Cost: Lunch is $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members

Parking: 816 Congress Avenue/IBC Bank parking garage. Enter the parking garage on 9th Street, between Colorado and Congress. Bring your ticket to the receptionist on the 7th floor and you will be given a coupon to use to exit the garage at no charge.

Reservation required: To reserve your seat, email jerben@herring-irwin.com or cherring@herring-irwin.com or call Chuck Herring or Judy Erben at 320-0665. Please tell us if you intend to bring a non-member guest and if you have any special dietary concerns. PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS BY 5:00 P.M.  Friday, June 22.

About the Forum: The Forum meets monthly for lunch to hear Democratic speakers. Membership is $120/yr. Non-members may attend, but members have priority and receive discount prices for lunches.

The Politics and Future of Solar Energy in Texas

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

“Solar prices are falling 5 percent to 6 percent annually, and capacity is growing at a rate of 30 percent per year…. Expanding today’s 1 percent penetration at an annual growth rate of 30 percent puts us 18 years away from meeting 100 percent of our energy needs with solar.” Peter Diamandis, Abundance (2012)

“[Austin’s] 30 MW solar farm in Webberville, Texas began generating power on December 20, 2011 [and] is the biggest in the state, the largest solar project of any utility in the country and one of the largest in the country overall…. [It] is expected to generate 1.4 billion kWh over the first 25 years and prevent the release of 1.6 billion pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere.” Megan Treacy, EcoGeek (1.5.12)

But this is Texas, home of oil & gas and fast-tracked coal plants. What are the technological and economic futures of solar power in Texas? And what are the political implications of the possible changes ahead?

We have a great panel to speak to those issues — experts who have worked hard on these issues in Austin and who constantly monitor state and national changes.

Speakers:

Phillip Schmandt – Chair, City of Austin Electric Utility Commission; Former Chair, Mayor’s Task Force on Generation (which developed Austin Energy’s 2020 20% renewable energy plan); Former Chair, Mayor’s Task Force on Residential Energy Conservation; Partner, McGinnis Lochridge & Kilgore.

Jim Marston – Chair, Environmental Defense Fund National Energy Program; Founding Director, Texas Office of Environmental Defense Fund.

Brewster McCracken – Executive Director, Pecan Street, Inc.; Former Member, Austin City Council.

Chris Riley – Member, Austin City Council; Former Chair, Austin Planning Commission.

Spectacular Door Prizes:

1. David Dewhurst, Weak But Wealthy — Plan For Victory.

2. Ted Cruz, Hydrophobia — The New Politics.

3. Red Wassenich, Nothing Before Something

New Reservation Policy Alert: Please note our new policy on canceling reservations.  As a result of recent last-minute cancellations and no-shows, we will have to start charging for persons who make a reservation but do not attend.  The Forum still has to pay for those lunches, and at times we’ve had to absorb over $150 in costs for non-attendees who made reservations.  We now offer the option to pay online in advance for your lunch.  If you cancel at least 24 hours before the meeting, there will be no charge.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your cooperation.

Cost: Lunch is $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members

Parking: 816 Congress Avenue/IBC Bank parking garage. Enter the parking garage on 9th Street, between Colorado and Congress. Bring your ticket to the receptionist on the 7th floor and you will be given a coupon to use to exit the garage at no charge.

Reservation required: To reserve your seat, email jerben@herring-irwin.com or cherring@herring-irwin.com or call Chuck Herring or Judy Erben at 320-0665. Please tell us if you intend to bring a non-member guest and if you have any special dietary concerns. PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS BY 5:00 P.M. ON MONDAY, May 21.

About the Forum: The Forum meets monthly for lunch to hear Democratic speakers. Membership is $120/yr. Non-members may attend, but members have priority and receive discount prices for lunches.