Civil Rights

The Little Chef Still Afloat in Waves of Changes in Ocean Beach

August 18, 2017 by Source

A small business feels the heat in OB’s changing landscape

By Brett Warnke

Maryanne Hsu does not stop moving.

Her restaurant, The Little Chef on Newport Avenue, is a busy reef of patrons. There are a few tables occupied as I entered and a teenager wearing an Ohio shirt who flung a fortune cookie to his friend. Both quit their tables with stray grains of fried rice lying on dirty plates, as empty as he left the tip jar. Maryanne quickly tidied up.

Her Little Chef is little bigger than a Point Loma heiress’s closet, but it is a delicious local spot where she has spent roughly 65 hours of each of the 7 days a week she works since she immigrated to San Diego in 1990.

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OB Versus the Klan and Other White Supremacists

August 17, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Less than two weeks after Donald Trump was elected, dozens of OBceans and San Diegans rallied against him at the foot of Newport and then marched down the sidewalks chanting, “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!”

This is a common chant these days at anti-Trump protests, yet the inclusion of “KKK” in a chant shouted out in Ocean Beach was not as out of place as it may have seemed, for OB does have its own history of a KKK – or Klan – presence, and the presence of other white supremacists over the years.

And within OB’s well known laid-back character and tolerance for alternative lifestyles – which has allowed artists, musicians, bohemians, gays and lesbians, along with bikers and skin heads, to reside within the dense neighborhoods of the community – there’s also been a fiercely, anti-racist attitude among the more liberal and radical residents, at least since the late 1960s.

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After Charlottesville: Swift Resistance

August 17, 2017 by Anna Daniels

By Anna Daniels

The response to Trump’s total moral failure to reckon with what happened in Charlottesville last Saturday prompted an immediate response from citizens all over the country. Over 700 rallies and marches were held in the aftermath, including here in San Diego.

Also in San Diego, the Horton Plaza pavement plaque commemorating the Confederacy was removed–quickly. According to the petition that was circulated yesterday

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What Would You Do If White Supremacists Tried to Hold a Rally in Chicano Park?

August 17, 2017 by Brent Beltran

Community Activists Respond to a Very Real Hypothetical

By Brent E. Beltrán / San Diego Free Press

Barrio Logan’s national landmark, Chicano Park, is sacred space to the multitude of people that visit every year. It is the epicenter of Chicanx art and culture in San Diego and “el ombligo de Aztlán” as poetic wordmaestro alurista once wrote.

After the white supremacist terror in Charlottesville, Virginia I thought about what I would do if nazis and white supremacists decided to hold a rally in Chicano Park, steps away from my home.

Attacks by white supremacists and right wing groups are not something new to Chicano Park.

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White [House] Supremacy: As the Nation Mourns, Trump Scorns

August 15, 2017 by Doug Porter

Crowd gathered at dusk, many holding vigil candles

San Diegans Join Nation-Wide Gatherings to Condemn Charlottesville Violence

People gathered in roughly 700 locations around the U.S. over the weekend in response to violence in Charlottesville instigated by right wing extremists on August 12. Activist Heather Heyer died, and 19 others were injured in an act of terrorism perpetrated by a young Nazi sympathizer. Virginia State troopers H. Jay Cullen and Berke Bates died in a helicopter crash as the day came to a close.

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Making America Without so Many Crises Again

August 9, 2017 by Ernie McCray

by Ernie McCray

I just hurriedly clicked off a discussion on TV concerning how Trump might do in the 2020 race for the presidency.

What little I heard was too much for me – because with all I’ve seen of this man idiocy – just mentioning his name in regard to his being re-elected.

That such a conversation can even take place in our democracy says to me that we are undoubtedly, in a bad place, in a state of social and political disgrace aka crisis.

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San Diego Sheriffs’ Inactions Toward Alt-Right Counter-Protestors at Impeachment March to Be Raised at Law Enforcement Review Board – Tues., Aug. 8

August 8, 2017 by Staff

You’re invited: CLERB Board Meeting – 5:30 PM, Tuesday, August 8th, SD County Administration Center.

The inactions of the San Diego Sheriffs Department at the July 2nd Impeachment March outside the County Administration Building will be discussed during the upcoming Community Law Enforcement Review Board meeting on August 8th.

Doug Porter at SDFP described it (go here for much more):

… Sheriff’s Deputies initially stood by idly and watched as members of the ‘Proud Boys’ disrupted, threatened and harassed attendees and speakers.

Several members of the Impeachment March SD planning group (and others) have been meeting on a weekly basis to address the concerns regarding the Sheriff Department’s response to the “Proud Boys’” aggressive behavior and attempts to incite violence at our July 2nd event. Former Assemblywoman Lori Saldana has been part of this effort.

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I’m Not a Patriot

July 27, 2017 by Source

By Bob Dorn / San Diego Free Press

I’m not a patriot. I’m just a citizen.

A citizen who pays taxes on time, and watches out for people attempting to cross busy streets by way of blinking crosswalks placed as memorials to those once killed by a sports sedan driven by someone in a hurry.

I haven’t been a patriot for a very long time. Not since Vietnam, when a leading general was caught in the crosshairs of a confusion so profound that he actually said:

In order to save the village we had to destroy it.

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The Right to Resist Foreign Intervention and Domestic Collaborators

July 19, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

By Frank Gormlie

A good friend and I were discussing the whole Trump debacle the other night with all its Russian connections. At some point, he admitted he was exasperated about a certain and perhaps common progressive ambiguity with Russia and blurted out:

“I know we’re supposed to be against Russian of course and all of its meddling in our election, but – in some sense, Trump is right, the US has intervened in other countries and manipulated their elections, too.”

He rattled off a litany of countries and nations where the US has interfered – Iraq, Chile, Guatemala, Ghana, Iran, … it was a long list.

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The President’s Son Just Confessed to Treason – Read Donald Jr.’s Emails

July 12, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Donald Trump, Jr., the president’s son, by releasing the train of texts about setting up a meeting with a Russian, Kremlin-linked lawyer because the attorney had “dirt on Clinton” – has just confessed to treason.

The meeting occurred on June 9, 2016; Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and top advisor (and still in the White House with a security clearance) and Paul Manaforte, the then-campaign manager, with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

Donald Jr. has now admitted with this release of the emails that he conspired with a Russian-government operative to interfere in the American presidential election.

COME INSIDE to Read the Emails on Donald Trump Jr.’s Russia Meeting

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Today Is Net Neutrality Day – Here’s a Video Worth Watching

July 12, 2017 by Staff

So, today – Wednesday, July 12th – is Net Neutrality Day. Now what? The short little video clip below is a reminder of what is at stake. If you haven’t yet sent your message to the FCC and your legislators, click here.

We at the OB Rag love watching all kinds of video. Those short visual stories entertain, inform, and agitate in a way completely different from the written word.

Since our platform is about expressing ideas and ideals instead of cash flow, clicks, or the commercialization of media, we have the freedom to include a wide range of topics and formats that might not work elsewhere. We don’t need or want text links articles, paid for content, promotional materials, or story lines designed to please donors.

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Local Cannabis Advocates to Celebrate DA Bonnie Dumanis’ Departure from Office

July 6, 2017 by Staff

There’s a going-away party – of sorts – for San Diego’s District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis when she leaves office on Friday, July 7th. It’s called the “Bonnie Bash!”

In fact there will be a Jazz Funeral March to celebrate the event, organized by the San Diego Americans for Safe Access chapter – a group that over the last several years has been very visible challenging Dumanis in her personal war against cannabis.

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Someone placed a tiny border wall around Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

July 5, 2017 by Source

Yup, someone did place a tiny border wall around Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, complete with barbed wire and warning signs.

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Are We Witnessing the End of Public Education as We Know It? — Part Two

July 5, 2017 by Jim Miller

By Jim Miller / Kelly Mayhew

As I wrote last week, these are dire times for public education. With Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education leading the charge for big budget cuts, charter schools, and a radical privatization agenda, the possibility that free quality public education for all in America could soon be a thing of the past is real.

One would think that such clear and present danger to a cornerstone of our democracy coming from the right would unite Democrats behind the mantle of defending public education.

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1500 San Diegans March for Impeachment

July 2, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Briefly …

An estimated 1500 San Diegans rallied and marched in downtown San Diego today to impeach the president of the United States. The first rally began around 11am in front of the County Admin building. About 45 minutes into the event, the crowd moved off the site onto the streets for a march around the western edge of downtown.

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OB Rag Readers – Thanks for Your Patience – We Were on Vacation in Mt. Laguna

June 14, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Thanks for your patience, everybody!

We didn’t post Monday or Tuesday as we were on a much-needed vacation in the local mountains, and had a cabin up at Mt. Laguna.

But now we’re baaack. Refreshed with new energy but bummed that the news continues to be bad.

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March for Truth Organizes as Putin’s Puppet Starts to Dance

June 2, 2017 by Doug Porter

truthBy Doug Porter

This weekend people in 140+ cities will take to the streets to say facts matter.

The March for Truth represents a collective demand for a thorough investigation and complete disclosure of events surrounding the ascension of Donald Trump to the White House.

Editor: Here is info for the 2 Marches for Truth in San Diego County:

Saturday, June 3, 11am
East Mission Bay – Just North of Hilton Hotel
For More Information – San Diego

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An Ace in the Hand – Photos from Albert’s Walks Around Ocean Beach

May 30, 2017 by Source

It’s a fortunate thing for the rest of us that ACE, Albert C Elliott, local photographer, surfboard maker and dude around town, takes his camera with him when he takes walks around Ocean Beach.

Come inside for some samples from his walks this past month.

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May 30, 2017 by Source


by sloanranger

We can bring the world to peace or let the tyrants rage,

we can watch the glaciers disappear or bring a golden age.

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Did Trump Commit High Crimes And Misdemeanors?

May 24, 2017 by Source

The old adage that the cover-up is worse than the crime may once again prove true.

By Marjorie Cohn

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has responded to the crescendo of outrage by appointing former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump’’ and “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation’’ as well as any other matters within the scope of the Department of Justice (DOJ) regulation on special counsel appointments.

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Trump’s World Tour. (Gulp) Meanwhile, Here’s the Progressive San Diego Calendar – May 20-31, 2017

May 20, 2017 by Doug Porter

Editor’s note: the following progressive calendar for San Diego County has been briefly edited to update the text.

By Doug Porter

Combover Caligula is on a road trip to a bunch of countries, some of which are populated by brown people. The trip marks the first time since taking office that he has spent a night away from the White House at a property that doesn’t bear his name.

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Embrace the Hate

May 17, 2017 by Source

By Brett Warnke

Every Sherlock needs his Moriarty. When Doyle’s great detective called his brilliant nemesis the “Napoleon of crime,” the reader kept reading to see London’s equally matched talents collide.

The great exposers in journalism, like Izzy Stone, America’s first blogger, self-published and changed the conversation when consensus was king. The great haters, meanwhile, purified public outrage at the crimes or embarrassments of those in power, and had the skill to peel the muck of sentiment and the grime of politeness.

Truth is uncomfortable. Facts are ugly. And hate is very real.

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May 17, 2017 by Source


by sloanranger

Does anyone remember Howdy Doody?
Howdy was a puppet on early TV, and us kids,
we sat there in the Peanut Gallery – at home, or in the studio –
and watched, watched Clarabelle the Clown running up and down
the aisles squirting Buffalo Bob with his seltzer bottle.

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Sunset Cliffs One of Top Two ‘Trashiest’ Beaches in 2016

May 16, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Ocean Beach-related Beaches Have Scored “Worst” Beach in 4 Out of Last 10 Years

On May 15th, Surfrider and Coastkeeper released the bad news:

188,000 pieces of trash were removed by more than 6,500 volunteers who cleaned up San Diego County beaches in 2016. 80 percent of all trash removed contained plastic.

But the bad news for OBcean and Point Lomans is that Sunset Cliffs was deemed one of the top two “trashiest” beaches in the County. Sunset Cliffs provided the most refuse on a per- volunteer basis, with an average of 7.65 pounds per person. The other was the Oceanside Pier. La Jolla Shores was the cleanest beach with 0.42 pounds of trash found per person.

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As Chinese Exclusion Act Turns 135, Experts Point To Parallels Today

May 16, 2017 by Source

By Kat Chow / Code Switch

A Chinese man stands on a pedestal surrounded by a harbor as a cartoon imitation of the Statue of Liberty. His clothes are tattered, his hair is in a long, thin tail, his eyes squint. The words “diseases,” “filth,” “immorality,” and “ruin to white labor” float around his head.

This man is the center of an iconic image from 1881 called “A Statue for Our Harbor,” made by the cartoonist George Frederick Keller.

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Secrets of the Fire

May 12, 2017 by Source

By Niall Twohig / The Triton (UCSD) / May 11, 2017

Let’s begin with the bare facts: On May 10, 1970 George Winne Jr. stepped into Revelle Plaza. He held a sign that read “In God’s Name End the War.” Winne doused himself with gasoline, lit a match, and burst into flames. Students saw the burning man from a nearby building. They ran to him, beat out the flames. Winne was badly burnt. He died the next day.

Such facts can be deceiving. They only show the surface of reality. When we focus on the surface, we risk losing sight of the historical context surrounding Winne’s self-immolation. We also miss more profound secrets. I write now to whisper some of these secrets to you, so that you may whisper them to others.

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The Death of George Winne Jr. and the Fight for a More Peaceful World

May 11, 2017 by Source

By Curtis Yee / The Triton (UCSD) /May 10, 2017

Kingdom Come

May 10, 1970: M*A*S*H was still on TV, The Guess Who was at the top of the Billboard charts, and a little after 4 p.m., George Winne Jr., a UCSD graduate student, set himself on fire in the middle of Revelle Plaza.

Winne was standing in the the northeast corner of the plaza by Ridge Walk, covered in towels and holding a sign that read, “In the name of God, end the war.” A physics graduate student named Ralph J. Archuleta passed by Winne while he was dousing himself in gasoline. “I thought it was water and that he was just trying to cool himself off,” Archuleta said. He kept walking.

Then Winne set himself on fire.

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How well can one eat for less than $5 a day? My family is about to find out.

May 10, 2017 by Dave Rice

By Dave Rice

How well can one eat for less than $5 a day? My family is about to find out.

According to the latest available statistics, 285,000 people in San Diego County receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Once referred to as “food stamps,” here the government food assistance program goes under the moniker CalFresh.

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Trump’s Ties to Russia and Putin: One Picture Says it All

May 10, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

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America Is Now in a ‘Full-Fledged Constitutional Crisis’: Firestorm Unleashed and Cover-Up Confirmed

May 10, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

By Frank Gormlie

A firestorm of unprecedented proportions has been unleashed. With the FBI Director James Comey firing, Trump has threatened the rule of law in this country and has moved to undermine any Constitutional accountability that his administration has to face.

This is the very first time in our history that an American president has fired an FBI director while the director was investigating the president.

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