Progressive Democrats in the Obama Era: The Challenges Ahead

How can we defend the Obama administration against attacks from Republicans while creating counter-pressure for progressive policies from the White House and Congress? Norman Solomon, the author and nationally syndicated columnist on media and politics, will explore this important topic as the featured speaker at the April meeting of the Lamorinda Democratic Club.

Note New temporary location and time: Friday, April 17 the club meeting will be held at the Veterans Memorial Bldg. 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Lafayette. The social hour will begin at 7:00 p.m. with club business to begin at 7:30 p.m. Solomon’s speech will begin at 8 p.m.

Solomon is a longtime activist and author of numerous books. He was an elected Obama delegate to the Democratic National Convention from the Sixth Congressional District (Marin and Sonoma counties), and he is currently a national co-chair of the Healthcare Not Warfare campaign.

In his presentation, Solomon will assess the politics of the moment, place our current political circumstances in a historical context, and offer thoughts on how progressives can move the Democratic Party — and the politics of the country — in a more progressive direction.

He has been writing the weekly “Media Beat” column since 1992. He is also the founder and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, a national consortium of policy researchers and analysts.

His latest book is “Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America’s Warfare State” (2007). Solomon’s book “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death” was published in 2005. The Los Angeles Times called the book “brutally persuasive” and “a must-read for those who would like greater context with their bitter morning coffee, or to arm themselves for the debates about Iraq that are still to come.”

His book “Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn’t Tell You” (co-authored with foreign correspondent Reese Erlich) was published in 2003 by Context Books. “Target Iraq” has also been published in German, Italian, Hungarian, Brazilian and South Korean editions.

A collection of Solomon’s columns won the George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language. The award, presented by the National Council of Teachers of English, honored Solomon’s book “The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media.”

Solomon has appeared as a guest on many media outlets including the PBS “NewsHour With Jim Lehrer,” CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, public radio’s “Marketplace,” and NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition”
and “Talk of the Nation.”

Solomon’s op-ed articles have appeared in a range of newspapers including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, New York Times, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun. His articles have also appeared in the International Herald Tribune, Canada’s Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and the Jordan Times.

Solomon is a longtime associate of the media watch group FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting). He is also senior advisor to the National Radio Project, which produces the weekly public-affairs program “Making Contact,”
heard on 160 noncommercial radio stations in North America. He anchored live national radio coverage of the Democratic and Republican national conventions in 1992, 1996 and 2000.