Democrats of Rossmoor To Hear New Perspectives on Immigration at April 28 Meeting

How can societies that welcome immigrants from around the world create civic cohesion out of their ethnic and racial diversity? This critical question will be addressed by an immigration expert during a Democrats of Rossmoor meeting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, at Gateway Clubhouse.

University of California, Berkeley Associate Professor Irene Bloemraad’s research provides a first-of-its-kind comparative perspective on how the United States and Canada encourage foreigners to become citizens. Based on both vivid in-depth interviews with immigrants and statistical analysis and documentary data, Bloemraad’s research shows that Canada’s greater state support for settlement and official government policy of multiculturalism increases political participation of its immigrants when compared with those in the United States.

Professor Bloemraad will speak on Saturday, April 28, in the Fireside Room. Her talk will begin promptly at 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served and there will be time for questions from the audience. To make arrangements to be allowed to enter Rossmoor, email emilybondehm@gmail.com.

The United States, long an example of successful immigrant integration, today faces great challenges in incorporating newcomers into its established communities. While many previous accounts suggest that differences in naturalization and political involvement stem from the differences in immigrants’ political skills and interests, Irene Bloemraad discovered that immigrants’ integration into their host communities depends fundamentally upon their reception, rather than upon the countries they come from or the skills they bring with them. In her discussion she will also describe the implications of her findings for countries other than the U.S. and Canada, including Australia and in Europe.

Bloemraad received her Ph.D. from Harvard University. She has published both books and numerous academic articles based upon her extensive research on a broad spectrum of aspects of immigration and the policies and programs that either facilitate or hamper the process whereby immigrants become effective citizens of their host counties.

Bloemraad has recently published a book entitled Becoming a Citizen: Incorporating Immigrants and Refugees in the United States and Canada. In describing her work, she writes, in part, “Underlying all my work is a concern and interest in how people become incorporated in political bodies, the processes through which incorporation takes place, and the (potential) tension between democratic civic equality and communal membership based on ethnicity, race, religion or some other seemingly organic membership.”
 

Democrats of Rossmoor to Host Annual Dinner on February 23

Berkeley Professor John Harte will discuss climate change at the February 23 Democrats of Rossmoor dinner meeting. The dinner will be held at the Fireside Room at Rossmoor, with the social hour to begin at 5 p.m. and Professor Harte's presentation beginning at 7 p.m.

Professor Harte‘s research focuses on the effects of human actions on, and the linkages among, biodiversity, ecosystem structure and function, and climate. Two specific goals of his research are to understand the nature and causes of patterns in the distribution and abundance of species and to understand the extent to which ecosystem responses to climate change may result in feedbacks to climate that can either ameliorate or exacerbate global warming.

Professor Harte has received both national and international recognition for his work and authored 170 scientific publications, including six books. Members wishing to learn more about his research can read or download his new book, Cool the Earth, Save the Economy, which he wrote with his wife Mel, free of charge at www.cooltheearth.us.

Advancing the Progressive Democratic Agenda with Rep. George Miller on Saturday, Nov. 12

The Lamorinda Democratic Club, Contra Costa Labor Club, Democrats of Rossmoor, Diablo Valley Democratic Club, and San Ramon Valley Democratic Club are joining together for to kickoff the 2012 campaign on Saturday, November 12 with a fundraiser for the 2012 Democratic Campaign Office.

Rep. George Miller will be the principal speaker at the November 12 event, which will be hosted by the Democrats of Rossmoor from 3-5 p.m. at the Diablo Room, Hillside Clubhouse, Rossmoor. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m.

State Senator Mark DeSaulnier and Assemblymember Joan Buchanan will also attend.

General admission is $10 and sponsor admission is $25. You can download an event flyer by clicking here.