California Democrats Gather for Convention Only to Face Angry Democrats and Progressives About the NDAA on Sat., Feb. 11th

by on February 10, 2012 · 6 comments

in California, Civil Rights, Organizing, San Diego

The Democrats are coming to town for a three-day state convention, beginning today – Friday, Feb. 10th. Big name Dems like Governor Jerry Brown, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and US Senator Al Franken, will be here. There was even a rumor that President Obama would make a showing.

Yet the State Dems will be facing an angry crowd on Saturday rallying across the street from the convention – an angry crowd made up of Democrats, independents, progressives and yes, even some Republicans.  Angry because most Democrat senators and half of the House Dems voted for the Bill-of-Rights-gutting National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, that was then signed by another Democrat – the one in the White House.

The NDAA allows the government to pick up and detain American citizens without charges, without trials and without habeas corpus, and has been roundly condemned by the ACLU, the National Lawyers Guild, Human Rights Watch, and just about every civil libertarian in the country.

A local coalition called Save the Bill of Rights is sponsoring a march and rally on Saturday at noon.  The group is made up of Democrats, MoveOn members, activists from Occupy San Diego and Movement for a Democratic Society, as well as independent progressives. They plan to meet up at Children’s Park – just a short distance from the Convention Center, march over to the site across from the Center, and hold a rally with speakers and song.

Last week, the coalition and another group, the Ramona Forum, held joint protests at both Duncan Hunter and Susan Davis’ San Diego County offices.  The coalition holds both Democrats and Republicans responsible for the NDAA.  It was Republican Senators like Lindsay Graham who pushed it in their chamber – but both parties voted for it – except just 13 Senators, including Al Franken, Bernie Sanders, and Rand Paul.   In the House, half of the Democrats voted against it, whereas all the Republican members voted for it.  But it was a Democratic President who signed the bill into law on December 31, 2011.

Save the Bill of Rights has a website:  and holds weekly meetings, and is planning more actions in the future, including some teach-ins.  As most have not even heard of the NDAA, the group believes that its main task is one of education.

Rally Against the NDAA of 2012

Saturday, February 11th

Noon – Children’s Park – First and Island in downtown San Diego

March and Rally across from the Convention Center with speakers and song

wear orange – the international color of detention

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Frank Gormlie February 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm

If you are planning on attending our anti-NDAA rally on Sat Feb 11, please wear orange – the international color of detention.


micaela shafer-porte February 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm

stand up for your rights, people!!!
first one infringement upon your human rights, then another… stand up now…
and why is “orange” impinged with the sacred responsibility of being “the color of detention?” could someone please fire all the advertisers trying to control political events with some graphic scheme? reclaim the rainbow as well… and the blues too…


Frank Gormlie February 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Ah, the orange question. Look at the suits that our guests at Gitmo wear. It has been taken up as a color of protest over the last several years.


dave rice February 10, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Anyone want to borrow some orange prison jumpsuits I scored a few years ago when Chris and I were “enemy combatants” for Halloween a few years ago?


dave rice February 10, 2012 at 9:25 pm

a few years ago a few years ago a few years ago a few years ago…I really need to think before I hit ‘send’…


rick trujillo February 10, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Greetings to U.S. Senator, Diane F. (was Barbara B. invited?) from all of us in Aztlan and everyone south of your ” strategic [manifest destiny] border.” There are about half a billion of us, right here in ‘our’ Americas.
Couple of short questions, ever make it to the Mission District to eat? Got a favorite dish? Do you know Joe Arpaio? I was just wondering, I know you know Mr. Kissinger, but some of us were also wondering if you ever met General Pinochet? What was he like?
A few of us will be holding signs tomorrow. Not just NDAA protest stuff, other things. You are in good company, Senator. Real good company. Come over and talk, if you get a chance, we are friendly and peaceful (for now), maybe you could clear up some confusion about Guantanamo. We hear you are very popular in Oakland, by the way.
Well, have a nice stay with all your friends and supporters.
ex captain u.s. army, vietnam 67-68, (last century)
memory, still intact
rick trujillo
mestizo/Chicano, pro-Cuba—just one of the half-billion–Citizens of the Americas.
ps did you ever take chicano or black studies/ sorry, way too many personal questions, yes?


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