Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich will discuss politics and this year’s elections from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 23rd, at the United Methodist Church, 1020 Victoria Ave, in Venice.

Hosted by the West L.A. Democratic Club, the event is free and open to the general public.

Attendees can participate in a question-and-answer session.

“In politically volatile times like these, a strong independent voice in national politics is more important than ever,” said Matt Diamond, a spokesman for the Democratic Club.

Reich headed the U.S. Department of Labor during the President Clinton administration.

Diamond noted that more than 22 million jobs were created during Reich’s tenure as labor secretary. Other initiatives included the Family and Medical Leave Act, curbing sweatshops and illegal child labor, and various types of job training programs and career workshops.

Reich headed a department that employed more than 16,000 workers and won more than 30 awards for government innovation.

He also wrote the recently published book “Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America.”

He has a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and went to Oxford University in England as a Rhodes Scholar to get a master’s degree.

“This appearance by Robert Reich is guaranteed to be a provocative and inspiring experience,” Diamond said.

Information, (800) 784-5182.