Strong Turnout Expected for Saturday’s OC Progressive Summit (at Santa Ana’s Delhi Center)




Positively bouncing out of the Orange Juice inbox this morning:

Jim Hightower, progressive firebrand, first political opponent of Rick Perry, and featured speaker tomorrow...


Orange County, CA — September 9, 2011 — The Orange County Progressive Summit aims to build the progressive presence and strengthen the progressive movement here in Orange County.  It appears that this year’s event will accomplish just that with over 200 people signed up to attend and over 40 non-profit organizations represented.  The Summit will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at the Delhi Community Center in Santa Ana from 9am to 5:30pm.

Summit organizers have been working tirelessly to ensure that the event will provide an opportunity for community members to network and learn, and to enjoy themselves while doing so.  The workshops are designed to inform attendees on the importance of various issues and how to get involved.  “Last year, we had presentations from many great organizations that touched on topics like coalition building, media outreach, social networking and campaign strategies,” said Daniel Shad, Board Member for the Orange County Equality Coalition and steering committee member for the Orange County Progressive Summit. “This year, the focus of our workshops will be more topical and will touch on a wide variety of progressive issues including peace and war, healthcare, women’s rights, religion, unions, LGBT rights and many others.”

In the inaugural Summit, actress and activist Mimi Kennedy [lately of Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” – highly recommended – ed] said in her keynote speech, “The Summit is an act of patriotism. We want to create a future that supports our children, our earth, our nation, instead of condemning them to war, suffering and want.”  Once again, many attendees are looking forward to this year’s keynote speakers, two very motivational and accomplished individuals who will be conveying their progressive message.  Christine Chávez, granddaughter of Cesar Chávez, will kick off the event with her inspiring remarks based on her experience with public service, civil rights, and the labor movement.  Jim Hightower, vocal populist activist, will be the closing keynote speaker providing his hard-hitting viewpoint in his usual fiery and funny way.

The event will end with a “Progressive Happy Hour” that will provide an additional opportunity for networking as well as further discussion in a more casual atmosphere.

Admission to attend the Summit can be purchased online at  Online registration at the reduced price of $15 will close at 8pm on Friday, September 9th.  Walk-ins on the day of the event are permitted with admission at $20.

Primary Contact:  Yumi Hirata  –  Tel:  714-865-1945 – Email:

Secondary Contact:  Daniel Shad  – Tel:  714-420-4098 –  Email:



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