The Lamorinda Democratic Club's Thursday, August 11, meeting will feature California Nurses Association/National Nurses United Director of Public Policy for California Michael Lighty. Lighty will discuss the CNA/NNU's Main Street Contract for the American People initiative, a project he currently is co-directing.

The meeting will be held at the club's new regular meeting location: the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette. The club's social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a business meeting at 7:15 p.m., and Sales' and Weintraub's presentation to begin at 8 p.m. There is a $5 charge at the door to help the club cover meeting expenses.

The Main Street Contact seeks to promote policies that will ensure:

* Jobs at living wages, reinvesting in America.
* Equal access to quality, public education.
* Guaranteed healthcare for all.
* A secure retirement, with the ability to retire in dignity.
* Good housing and protection from hunger.
* A safe, clean, and healthy environment.
* A just taxation system where corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share.

Michael Lighty is currently the Director of Public Policy for  California Nurses Association(CNA)/National Nurses United. He has been an activist for social justice for 30 years of experience in political, community and union organizing and has coordinated many campaigns at CNA including a patients bill of rights initiative, the successful effort to win nurse-to-patient staffing ratios, the fights against Arnold Schwarzenegger and Meg Whitman, as well as for clean money elections.

Michael joined the CNA in 1994 as a Labor Representative and served as Political Director, coordinating a state-wide ballot initiative campaign for HMO reform in 1996, a campaign that launched the national HMO patient rights movement, and coordinated the field effort to win the safe staffing ratio law.

He managed CNA's national effort for healthcare reform on the single-payer model, an issue he has worked on since 1991. He was campaign manager for the clean money initiative, Prop 89, which won a prestigious Pollie award for its phone campaign. In 2006, he coordinated CNA's successful effort to reverse California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's roll-back of CNA's landmark hospital nurse to patient staffing law. CNA was a leader in the electoral rejection of Schwarzenegger's special election ballot measures in November, 2005.

He received his BA and MA from Stanford University in the Humanities, where he graduated with Honors. He grew up in Eugene, Oregon, where he was an honors student and high school student body president.

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