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It's been far too long since we've had a Sacramento (area) Kossacks meetup!

Please plan to join us Saturday September 6th from 4-7pm for a fun, casual potluck hosted by kestrel. (BYOB if you prefer adult beverages)


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We are excited to announce our featured guest for this meetup, Derek Cressman!

Derek is heading up the Yes on 49 - Money Out Voters In campaign. You might recall Derek ran in the 2014 primary for Secretary of State.

About Derek Cressman
For the past 19 years, Derek Cressman has been a national leader in the fight for fair elections, expanded democracy, and more transparent government. Until June of 2013, Derek Cressman served as Vice President of State Operations for Common Cause, a non-partisan government watchdog organization. He previously held the positions of Western States Regional Director and Assistant Director for Election Reform. He is a registered Democrat but is committed to administering the Secretary of State’s office in a non-partisan manner.

Cressman has worked professionally as a good government advocate since 1995 when he directed the Democracy Program for the Public Interest Research Groups. He has worked to pass and implement California’s Independent Redistricting Commission, enact California’s on-line voter registration system, and filed a successful complaint at the Fair Political Practices Commission that led to an investigation of $11 million that was secretly spent on our elections in 2012.  Two organizations linked to the Koch Brothers network received a record fine as a result of Derek's work.

He has testified before the U.S. Senate, California Assembly and Senate, served as an expert in federal litigation, and authored numerous reports as well as the book, The Recall’s Broken Promise—How Big Money Still Runs California Politics.

In 2001, he served as an international observer for elections in northern Somalia. In 2008, he observed elections in Miami, Florida with the Election Protection network.

Cressman began his career as a community organizer working with students at UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley around environmental issues. He graduated with honors from Williams College with a degree in political science in 1990.

He lives in Sacramento with his wife and two children.

We hope you will plan to join us for a chance to hear from Derek as well as a lively and local discussion about the 2014 election cycle.
Sacramento Kossacks ID Banner

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Time: 4-7pm
Location: kestrels home. Once you RSVP we will send the address via DK message.

RSVP List:

  1. tgypsy
  2. cooper888
  3. gotmooned
  4. Kestrel
  5. shigeru
  6. TrevizOlga
  7. paradise50
  8. smileycreek
  9. merelyfearless7
  10. Sychotic1
  11. Mrs. sidepocket
  12. sidepocket
  13. navajo
  14. Meteor Blades
  15. Your name here...


Laurel in CA

Please RSVP in the comments and let us know what you plan to bring! or send a DK message to cooper888.

To help us communicate with our Sacramento Kossacks group more effectively please take a moment to join our Google group Sacramento Kossacks (click to join).

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Originally posted to cooper888 on Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 09:02 PM PDT.

Also republished by Central Valley Kossacks and Kitchen Table Kibitzing.

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