Progressive Calendar for San Diego Activists, March 10 – 21, 2017

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By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

Progressive ActivistWow. Here’s another calendar packed full of events for local activists. I’ve made some cosmetic changes this week, including icons to make events more recognizable.

So what will you do? Check out this week’s Progressive Calendar listings below. Following those listings are upcoming events of national importance, along with opportunities for organizational involvement and a few reading suggestions.

Get your event listed: I try to list the next 10 days or so of mostly non-commercial events I think our readers might find of interest. I source my material from social media listings and press releases.

Events that are listed on Facebook as ‘private’ or sold out are not listed. In cases where there are competing but similar events or campaigns of the progressive persuasion, I do my best to list everything.

You can now subscribe to the weekly Progressive Calendar. It’s free and we don’t share email addresses with anybody. Scroll down to the end of this column for the link.

March 10 —————————————————–

Water is Life, Rise With Standing Rock, Native Nations Gathering

Friday, March 10, 6pm
Centro Cultural de La Raza
2004 Park Blvd. (Balboa Park)
For More Information

Native Indigenous Nations, Water Protectors, Veterans Support, and Supporters are coming together to unify and “Rise With Standing Rock Nation”, as well as our Nakota, Dakota, and Lakota relatives that are neighboring tribes! We the people of San Diego and Southern California feel your pain! We join shoulder to shoulder with All Nations to fight for Mother Earth and clean water! As stated in the official call, this struggle is beyond the Dakotas, having reached, empowered, and inspired a huge U.S. and International Response. Our future is clear to all who honor FIRST NATIONS throughout our ENTIRE HEMISPHERE…TURTLE ISLAND! OUR INDIGENOUS CULTURES AND WAYS ARE NEVER NEGOTIABLE! It’s time to fight for what’s right and protect our Mother Earth! This event is in conjunction to the “Native Nations March to Washington DC” to show support and Rise With Standing Rock!”

Re-IGNITION Nights with Pleasant Institute
Women’s History Month March program

ActivistsFriday, March 10, 7pm
Cat Sparks Art studios
@ Mercado del Barrio
1109 Cesar Chavez Pkwy.
For More Information

Re- IGNITION Nites is an ongoing monthly program featuring films, talks, readings, discussions, and presentations on relevant legacies of various USA freedom movements. Developed by the Pleasant Institute, the programs re-engage public education and study in generally undisclosed American history. Re- IGNITION Nites fills-in the casual gaps and redactions of current media and journalistic enterprise. $5 suggested donation, pay as you wish for students & families.

This Women’s History Month March program: An examination of Silvia Benso’s study of ethics and creativity in considerations of “otherness”

Feminist Activist Research Symposium: Featuring Ana Castillo

Friday, March 10, 8:30am
Hosted by Women’s Resource Center at SDSU
SDSU Athletic Center
For More Information (Tickets)

8:30-9:00 Registration, coffee, and pastry
9:00-10:30 Keynote Speech on Cultural Activism by Ana Castillo: “Open Letter to Mr. Trump, From Ana Castillo with Love”
10:30-11:00 Break and snacks
11:00-11:30 Presentations by B&R Activist-Scholar Fellows
11:30-1:30 Working with local refugee organizations

March 11 ——————

Darryl Issa Town Halls

Saturday, March 11, 8:30 &10am
Junior Seau Beach Community Center
For More Information

On Wednesday, Congressman Issa’s office announced two town hall events. Admission was limited to those who could find a semi-secret website at noon on Thursday. (As I’m writing this, it appears there may be a few slots open at the second event.) There will be plenty of activism outside the venue.

EMPOWERing Muslim Youth: An Activism Conference

Saturday, March 11, Noon
Price Center, UCSD
Hosted by Islamic Center of San Diego
For More Information

Join ICSD, UCSD MSA, SDSU MSA, Mesa College MSA, and MCC for a youth activism conference.

As Muslim-American youth, it is not only a responsibility but it is sheer necessity that each of us ensures that we are informed of the skills we need to be an active member of our communities at this time. This event is open to and geared towards mature high school students, college students, and young professionals. Adults are also welcome to attend.

Workshops include:
– The Countering Violent Extremism Program – Marya Bangee and Ahmed Shaikh
– Legal Implications of the Executive Orders – ACLU
– Activism and the Muslim Community – Malek Bendelhoum, Ismahan, and Imam Taha
– Activism on Palestine under the new Administration – Nasser Barghouti and Taher Herzallah
– Combating Hate Speech Workshop: Win the Heart, not the Debate
– Know Your Rights

Planned Parenthood Anti-Protest Support Rally

Saturday, March 11, 9am
Near Planned Parenthood Offices
1964 Center Drive, Vista
For More Information

Come stand in support of Planned Parenthood. Walking optional. Bring signs, wear your pink hats, whatever you’d like. We will peacefully stand up for Planned Parenthood against the Pro-Birthers that like to congregate and guilt men and women who need their services. Event will happen rain or shine. Please park on the street not in the clinic’s parking lot, and stay on the sidewalk.

The Human Library

Saturday, March 11, 10am
Hosted by SDPL Central Library
330 Park Blvd
For More Information

Come to our first Human Library, where you can “check out” humans! At the Human Library you’ll be able to borrow “living books” — people representing different and diverse groups in our community — for 15-20 minute conversations. Created in Denmark over 15 years ago, the aim of the Human Library is to challenge stereotypes and build bridges among our diverse populations. Sponsored by the Friends of the Central Library.

Duncan Hunter Town Hall Meeting
Duncan Hunter Town Hall Rally

Saturday, March 11, 7am / 10am
626 Main Street, Ramona
For More Information

In District 50 our hard work has paid off! We have our town hall but you weren’t expecting #DirtyDuncan to play fair right? The Ramona Mainstage is owned by tea party members and it’s the meeting place of the Ramona Tea’d group. They are all informed that the town hall is happening and you better believe they will be there early! We need every Indivisible member of district 50 to make it inside. Please arrive very early.

If you’re outside district 50, we still need you! Come support your fellow resistance members by rallying outside with us to show that #DuncanIsFlunkin We need as much support as you can provide. This is an Indivisible Call to Action! Please arrive by 7am to make it inside the town hall. If you are outside of district 50 the rally will start at 10am. See you then!

International Women’s Day March SD

Saturday, March 11, 2pm
San Diego City College
1313 Park Blvd
For More Information

ACLU’s Freedom Cities Effort

From the Guardian:

The American Civil Liberties Union is launching an ambitious plan to create a swath of “freedom cities” capable of resisting Donald Trump’s immigration policies. The civil rights organization, which has emerged as one of the Trump administration’s major foes, plans to leverage individual cities’ local authority to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation.

The ACLU will reveal the freedom cities effort during the official launch of its new grassroots online platform, People Power, on Saturday. It will distribute a set of “ordinances” to activists, encouraging them to pressure local sheriffs and police commissioners to adopt more lenient policies on undocumented immigrants…

…The ACLU is hosting a People Power action event on Saturday, when it will issue specific guidelines to activists on how they can have an impact on immigrant rights at a local level. The event will be live-streamed, and Shakir said ACLU supporters had already set up 2,300 watch parties across all 50 states.

The ACLU’s Next Endeavor: People’s Power to Resist

Saturday, March 11, 2pm
Virtual Event
For More Information

On March 11, the ACLU is holding a Resistance Training. This event will launch People Power, the ACLU’s new effort to engage grassroots volunteers across the country and take the fight against Donald Trump’s policies not just into the courts, but into the streets. We’re organizing grassroots events in communities across the country to watch the livestream together. Please join us!

Sign up to learn more about People Power and the Resistance Training livestream on March 11 at 5pm ET. We’ll follow up with you about opportunities to volunteer and attend events near you. Register at:

ACLU “People Power” Teach-In at Mi Casa es Su Casa

Saturday, March 11, Noon
Hosted by Mi Casa es Su Casa
Centro Cultural de La Raza
2004 Park Blvd
For More Information

Join us for another Teaching Positive Alternatives to Trump Teach in on March 11 at the Centro Cultural in Balboa Park. We will see and discuss the new activist proposal by the American Civil Liberties Union called People Power.

“The ACLU will continue to challenge President Trump’s unconstitutional actions in court and, with, we will take that fight to the streets,” says Anthony D. Romero, ACLU’s executive director. We are in the fight of our lives right now, and what we have learned since Donald Trump’s inauguration is that there is a growing army of people out there who want to be asked to do something big and important in response.”

Postcard Avalanche Event

Saturday, March 11, 3pm
Art Produce
3139 University Ave
For More Information

Standing up for Women is having a “Postcard Avalanche” event on Saturday, March 11th at Art Produce in North Park. We will all work together to inundate the White House with Postcards speaking out about the issues that concern us most!

Write one postcard. Write a dozen! Take a picture and post it on social media tagged with #Postcardsfromtheedge. On March 15th, we will mail our messages to:

President Donald J. Trump, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500

We will have about 500 postcards available. We appreciate a donation of $0.50 for each postcard, which we will stamp and mail out. Without a stamp is only $0.20. Or, bring your own, no problem!

Each of us — every protester from every march, each congress calling citizen, every boycotter, volunteer, donor, and petition signer — if each of us writes even a single postcard and we put them all in the mail on the same day, March 15th, well: you do the math.

Now is the Time
Healthcare for Everyone Movie/Discussion

Saturday, March 11, 11am
Hosted by Health Care for All San Diego Chapter
Mission Valley Branch Public Library
2133 Fenton Pkwy
For More Information

Health Care for All San Diego will screen Now Is The Time, the newest movie about single-payer health care. We’ll follow with discussion and a Q&A.

Where Do We Go From Here?
Post Election 2016 San Diego – A Discussion

Saturday, March 11, 6pm
IBEW Local 465
7444 Trade Street
For More Information

As a direct response to the chaotic aftermath of November 8, 2016 Election this discussion aims to begin answering questions many of us have such as, Where do we go from here?

Confirmed Panelists: Maria Nieto Senour – San Diego Community College District Board Trustee President, Nate Fairman – IBEW Business Manager/ Financial Secretary, Masada Disenhouse – North America Organizing – Group Services, Justin Pearson – Musician, author, Three One G record label owner, Andrea GuerreroAlliance San Diego Executive Director

Limited seating – Moderated by Joanne Faryon – Produced by Xavier Vasquez This will be streamed live via

Congresswoman Susan Davis Town Hall

Saturday, March 11, 10am
Montezuma Hall at San Diego State University
(Within the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union)
6075 Aztec Circle Drive
RSVP – Space is Limited UPDATE: All 1200 seats have been called for.

Over the past few weeks, many of you have called to ask that I hold a Town Hall meeting. I have held many over the years and am happy to host another one soon. The information is below. I hope to see you there!

We Are Here: Reflections of LGBTQ Lives #lgbtq

Saturday, March 11, 6pm
3620 30th St
Art of Pride: Youth Art Show
For More Information

The San Diego Pride office will be opening their doors to feature art by local LGBTQ+ youth artists. This event will coincide with North Park’s Ray at Night, which is San Diego’s largest and longest-running monthly art walk.

San Diego Pride, Art of Pride, and the Trevor Project are partnering to create a platform to showcase young local LGBTQ artists. Art is a positive form of expression, and we welcome the opportunity to help our youth share their stories with family, friends, faculty and the community. Workshops will be made available for those who want to participate, but don’t have a space of their own to create their vision.

Mini-Mindless Music Bash

Saturday, March 11, 1- 8pm
Grass Roots Oasis
3130 Moore St
For More Information

Here’s the musical line-up:
* Bob Karwin, TRMA Entertainer of the Year
* Rob Mehl, San Diego’s Honu Boy
* M.E.Law, SingerSongwriterFilmmakerArtist
* Pup Morse, The Scuba Cowboy
* Melanie Howe & Kitty Steadman, aka Drop Dead Dangerous
* Rick Schettino, aka Kid Conch
Get up close and personal to hear the very best from these outstanding storytellers and entertainers. A Concert you will never forget. Merchandise, Tapas & Tiki Bar will be available for your enjoyment.
RSVP: or 415-250-7388

March 12 —————————————–

52 Weeks of Science – The Science and Engineering of Lowriders

Sunday, March 12, 11am
Chicano Park, Barrio Logan
Hosted by Fleet Science Center
For More Information

The Science and Engineering of Lowriders event at Chicano Park will feature a history of lowrider culture, the evolution of engineering and technology that goes into these mobile art pieces, a historical tour of the famous murals of Chicano Park and end with a lowrider demonstration. This family-friendly experience is presented by Via International and 52 Weeks of Science.

United for Progress
Community Meeting #CourageousResistance

Sunday, March 12, 1:45pm
Mission Branch Library
3861 Mission Ave, Oceanside
For More Information

Join us for our next United for Progress community meeting in Oceanside.

Our Mission: We come together with others to affirm shared values of tolerance, social, economic justice, and desire to fight the Trump agenda. Our focus is to protect the most vulnerable in our society, work to make California the most progressive state in the nation, and aid in national efforts to resist the restrictive and oppressive policies of this presidential administration.

Protest Muslim Ban 2.0 SAN DIEGO DAY 2

Sunday, March 12, 6pm
Terminal 2, Lindbergh Airport
For More Information

We will be gathering again for a peaceful, but impactful protest that aims to send a message that a Muslim Ban 2.0 is not ok. We will be meeting at terminal 2! Our theme is NO BAN NO WALL.

Let’s come together to stand up against this ban and stand in solidarity with our Muslim and refugee brothers and sisters. The president of the US needs to be effective in bringing the country and the people together. However, all that Trump has done is cause more of a divide.


March 13 —————————————

Congressman Scott Peters Town Hall

Monday, March 13, 5:30pm
Good Samaritan Episcopal Church
4321 Eastgate Mall
UPDATE: Because of popular demand, it’s been moved to
Clairemont High School Auditorium, 4150 Ute Drive

For More Information (Tickets)

Join Rep. Scott Peters for a Town Hall to share your thoughts on how we’re working for you, on Congress, on the federal government, and on how we can better serve San Diego. SPACE IS LIMITED

Climate Change: The Moral Imperative

Monday, March 13, 7pm
Aspotello Academy
2111 Camino Del Rio South
For More Information (Tickets)

Science provides overwhelming evidence that current lifestyle and energy usage will progressively and severely impact human survival and standards of living over the coming century. Join us on Monday, March 13, 2017 at First United Methodist Church in Mission Valley, at 2111 Camino del Rio S, San Diego 92116 for a lecture, panel discussion, and conversation on this vital subject.

March 14 ——————————————–

Advocacy: What It Is, How It Works and Ways to Get Involved

Tuesday, March 14, 6:30pm
Hosted by The New Narrative
The Rose
2219 30th Street
For More Information

Now more than ever our communities are engaged and ready to be politically involved. The New Narrative hosts a special panel discussion with local leaders to share their knowledge and insight on political advocacy and working for change on a local level. We’ll talk about what advocacy is, how it works and how we all can get involved.

This will be a social event with time devoted to meeting one another and making new connections too. The hope is that concerned citizens will continue to find coalitions and we can all leave the event with a stronger idea of how we can make a direct difference in our world. $5 suggested donation

Pink Slips for Trump

Tuesday, March 14, 5pm
Blind Lady Ale House
3416 Adams Ave
For More Information

Join us in the Hamm’s Room at Blind Lady Ale House as we serve our So-Called President with his pink slip. We’ll have a ton of pink slips ready for you to sign, write your message on and stamp. We’re asking people to bring pens and stamps.

From the Women’s March….
On March 15th, each of us will mail Donald Drumpf a postcard that publicly expresses our opposition to him. And we, in vast numbers, from all corners of the world, will overwhelm the man with his unpopularity and failure. We will show the media and the politicians what standing with him – and against us – means. And most importantly, we will bury the White House post office in pink slips, all informing Donnie that he’s fired.

Resist Trump Tuesdays

Duncan Hunter’s Office, 10am
41000 Main Street, Temecula, 92590

For More Information

Duncan Hunter’s Office, 10am
1611 Magnolia Ave, Suite 310, El Cajon, 92020
For More Information (Bunny Ears Theme)

Darrell Issa’s Office, 10am
1800 Thibodo Road, Suite 310, Vista, 92081
For More Information

Dianne Feinstein’s Office, Noon
880 Front Street, Suite 3296, San Diego, 92101
Kamala Harris’ Office, 1pm
600 B Street, Suite 2240, San Diego, 92101,
For More Information

March 15 —————————————–

Call on County Board of Supervisors to Begin Bargaining

Wednesday, March 15, 8:45am
San Diego County Administrative Center
1600 Pacific Hwy
For More Information

As County employees and members of the Invest in San Diego Families Coalition, we have legally elected a bargaining team to negotiate with the County for the County employees. Unfortunately, the County of San Diego has decided to avoid its obligation to bargain in good faith in a way we believe to be in violation of the law.

As County employees and members of the Invest in San Diego Families Coalition, we call on the County Board of Supervisors to immediately begin bargaining in good faith so we can work together to ensure that the services provided to our communities actually grow our economy and are invested throughout San Diego County.

NOTE: This is actually a huge deal. The SEIU has asked community partners concerned about the County’s priorities regarding the funding of vital social services to join them at the bargaining table. Needless to say, the officials hoarding near $1 billion in monies that could be used for the common good without endangering the financial stability of the County don’t want these questions discussed.

Postcard Writing with Seacrest Seniors

Wednesday, March 15, 3pm
Seacrest Village Retirement Communities
211 Saxony Rd, Encinitas
For More Information

Beware the Ides of Trump!
We are continuing our postcard series by participating in a national coordinated campaign to send postcards to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave at the same time.
The Seacrest ladies are so excited to continue our series!

March Club Meeting with Diana Lindsay

Wednesday, March 15, 6pm
Elijah’s Restaurant
7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
Hosted by San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action
For More Information

We’ve been looking for an opportunity to feature Diana Lindsay, one of the area’s most renowned authorities on San Diego County outdoors and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, ever since the club got underway.

The co-author of one of the benchmark books about exploring the Anza-Borrego Desert, Diana has a number of titles to her credit and co-edited the latest book in her Sunbelt Publications catalog called Coast to Cactus, about the San Diego Natural History Museum Canyoneers‘ favorite trails showcasing our county’s biodiversity.

We’ll also vote on resolutions on the ongoing SANDAG scandal and the proposed El Monte Valley sand mine along the San Diego River, plus we’ll hear from Nicole Capretz from the Climate Action Campaign on persistent threats from an old foe to community choice aggregation (CCA) in the city’s Climate Action Plan.

Supervisor Gaspar Leads Ban on Cannabis

Wednesday, March 15, 9am
San Diego County Administrative Center
1600 Pacific Hwy
For More Information

Recently, San Diego County Board of Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, as one of her first acts on the board of supervisors, moved to ban and close safe access in San Diego’s unincorporated areas. The Supervisors instructed county staff to write an ordinance as such. This ban will be voted on during this meeting. This is against the will of the people and she must be called out. Please attend this public meeting at the county building on the third floor. Please speak up to Gaspar and the county board of supervisors. If you can’t do that, please post a note of dismay under Kristin Gaspar’s Facebook post/s. Do it now, do it often!

Indivisible San Diego Central Group Meeting

Wednesday, March 15, 6:30pm
8885 Rio San Diego Dr.
For More Information

We are planning a 2 phase meeting:

Phase 1: The first hour is for those who want to hear more about the Indivisible movement and our group. Just want to come for an hour and see what we’re up to? No problem, we will be delighted to meet you. If you feel ready to take a step towards resistance, then stay for Phase 2 and listen in to your favorite committee.

Phase 2: The second hour of the meeting is for those who might want to join a committee. This will be focused on meeting with the committee chairs and discussing what we are doing and how you might be able to help. Committees allow us to focus our activism efficiently so that it will be compatible with our busy lives, and provides you with a supportive community for the marathon ahead.

Amikas Emergency Housing Expo

Wednesday, March 15 thru March 26
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in North Park (3725 30th St.)
Info by Email

Amikas will be presenting a demonstration of emergency sleeping cabins and very affordable bungalow homes that they hope will be part of San Diego’s solution to homelessness, the lack of sufficient emergency shelter and the scarcity of very affordable housing. Special events throughout the 3 weeks.

This is something we can implement quickly with minimal community push-back and for far less money than conventional shelter solutions. More important, these cabins offer the safety, dignity, and autonomy so essential for being able to focus on getting your life back on track.

The only way we can only do this is if we can amend the California Shelter Crisis Act similar to what San Jose did last year. We can modify their template. Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher has assured us that she would be willing to take this to Sacramento if she has the support of the City Council.

Jill Stein in San Diego

Wednesday, March 15, 7pm
Gress Roots Oasis
3130 Moore St.
For More Information

Dr. Jill Stein, 2016 Green Party presidential nominee, will embark on a 8 day speaking tour across California from March 8 through March 15. She will appear at events from Arcata to San Diego, speaking to 12 different times throughout the state. Dr. Stein will be sharing her thoughts on the current political moment, progressive grassroots organizing, and the importance of local action.

People Over Profits Presents
Women and Jails in an Era of Reform (Part 2 of 4)

Wednesday, March 15, 6:30pm
Border X Brewing
2181 Logan Ave (Barrio Logan)
For More Information

Join us for our weekly #POPSD village meeting. March is a month where we will be shedding a light on the injustices around women incarceration. Women are often overlooked in the criminal justice system and they represent the fastest-growing population of incarcerated people in the United States. Trauma, sexual violence, and mental health issues are closely wrapped up with the increasing numbers. These include trauma, physical and behavioral health disorders, single-parenting, and poverty. We will be dissecting a report titled, “Overlooked: Women and Jails in an Era of Reform” that was published by the Vera Institute of Justice throughout the month of March. This week we will be covering pages 13-20 of the report. Here’s the link to the report.

March 16 ————————————————

Report Card on the Media

Thursday, March 16, 6pm
TV Studio at San Diego City College
1313 Park Blvd
Hosted by SPJ San Diego Pro Chapter
For More Information

Our annual Report Card on the Media usually makes news — remember the “800-pound man in fuzzy slippers”? — and this year should be no different. (Fact: SDFP Editor Doug Porter, who doesn’t weigh anywhere near 800 pounds, actually wore blue fuzzy slippers to one of these events a few years back.)

Come to this year’s panel to hear the subjects of big news stories this year give their takes on the coverage, and describe what it’s like to be on the other side of the microphone or notepad or keyboard.

The Panelists: Marquis Parks, an El Cajon activist who helped organize many of the protests after a police officer shot and killed Alfred Olango. Nicole Capretz, director of the Climate Action Campaign, which has been involved in San Diego’s Climate Action Plan, SANDAG’s transportation plan and fights with SDG&E. Mickey Kasparian, (canceled for legal reasons & the expectation of a picket line) Jan Goldsmith, the former San Diego City Attorney, who really needs no introduction. Michael McConnell, a homeless advocate who manages a Twitter account and Facebook page devoted to homeless news. Please join us as they grade the media (including you!).

Planned Parenthood Benefit Concert

Thursday, March 16, 9pm
Blonde Bar,
1808 W Washington St
For More Information

Join us for a night to benefit Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest. Planned Parenthood serves San Diego’s citizens by offering affordable health care and family planning. Help us support Planned Parenthood and enjoy a night of live music and fun. Here are a few things you can expect:

Silent Auction and Opportunity Drawing. Live music from: DELMA, The Liquorsmiths and Sol Orchid.

$5 suggested donation at the door, which includes one ticket for the opportunity drawing. More tickets will be available to purchase for a dollar each or 6 for five dollars.

March 17 —————————————–

Know Your Rights! – Teach-In w/ CAIR San Diego

Friday, March 17, 7pm
Imam Ali Islamic Center
10390 Mountain View Lane, Lakeside
For More Information

Many of us have not read the US Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. What rights do we have within America? What are our rights in the workplace? What about our political free speech and right to stand for justice? What happens if a state officer/public official violates your Constitutionally-guaranteed rights? What is the current state of immigration and naturalization?

It’s more than overdue for the American Muslim community here in San Diego to Know Their Rights! CAIR San Diego‘s attorney Susanne Arani will teach you all you need to know about what it truly means to be an American.

Program Schedule: 7PM – Congregational Prayer, 7:30PM – Qur’an recitation, 7:40PM – Speech by Susanne Arani, 8:20PM – Q&A ~8:35PM – Dinner

Spirit of the Barrio: Refugees and Asylum Seekers #immigration

Friday, March 17, 11:30am
1809 National Ave (Barrio Logan)
For More Information

The first Spirit of the Barrio of 2017 will focus on the current global refugee crisis and its impact on the region. San Diego has historically taken in more refugees than any other county in California, with record-setting numbers in 2016. The concentrated influx creates new challenges for refugees, including competitive limited housing and cultural barriers in access to health care.

An engaging panel of experts will share their experience in helping families flee unthinkable circumstances, and discuss the process of asylum and struggles of assimilation. Members of our panel will also share their personal experiences of being a refugee and overcoming adversity through their incredible accomplishments.

Join the conversation as we address specific challenges refugees face once they arrive in San Diego and the intensive work being done to help them thrive in a new environment.

March 18 ————————————————–

The March of Voices
San Diego Housing Crisis March

Saturday, March 18, 10am
San Diego Civic Center Concourse
202 C St.
Hosted by Voices of Our City Choir / San Diego Housing Crisis March
For More Information

Join the “March of Voices” for a Safe Living Space for Every San Diegan!
March steps off at 10:30am, led by the San Diego Women’s Drum Circle!
11:15am begins the largest singalong in San Diego history in which we are calling ALL choirs, singers, activists and supporters to join our singing! Faultline Park, at J & 14th in East Village.
11:45am we will march back to City Hall, led by the Euphoria Brass Band!
At 12:30pm, Our peaceful demonstration will conclude with a press conference laying out our Coalition’s proposed solutions to address our city’s Housing Disaster.

Intro to Campaigns

Saturday, March 18, 1pm
IBEW Local 465
7444 Trade St.
Hosted by San Diego County Democratic Party
For More Information (RSVP)

This event is for anyone who’s considering running for office or managing a campaign, now or in the future. It will help you understand what’s involved in running and how to get off to strong and early start. A $10 fee per person is requested; refreshments will be provided.

Topics covered will include setting realistic expectations, laying the foundation for your campaign organization, and seeking the endorsement of the Democratic Party. (Note: The Party can only endorse registered Democrats.)

Even if you can’t attend this time, please use the RSVP page to indicate your interest in running so we can let you know when we repeat this training. This summer we’ll also be offering a series of comprehensive sessions on fundraising, communications, field organizing, and more.

Since November, we’ve heard from an extraordinary number of local Democrats who are interested in seeking public office. I hope you may be one of them! Our work to create a better county — and country — starts from the ground up.

Standing Up for Women

Saturday, March 18, 10:30am
Logan Heights Branch Library
567 S. 28th Street
For More Information

We will have a panel of congressional staff members, Jennifer Sosa, from Rep. Scott Peters’s office and Jessica Poole, from Rep. Susan Davis’s office, to discuss the legislative process. This panel will provide guidance on how to be most effective as we go forward. There will also be a Q&A session.

March is National Women’s History month! We will be honoring those before us by presenting a short segment: Standing Up for Women Presents: The Equal Rights Amendment. Fasten your seat belts while we turn back time to 1923 when the ERA was first introduced to Congress – and hang tight through the twists and turns of the 1970’s when – somehow – it was not ratified. Fast forward to now – and it is still not ratified! What a ride; going nowhere and not very fast! What is up with the ERA?

March 19 ————————————————————

SURJ SD March Show Up

Sunday, March 19, 11am
Hillcrest Farmers Market
3960 Normal St
Hosted by Showing Up for Racial Justice
For More Information

We will be speaking with shoppers at the Hillcrest farmers’ market about what SURJ does and how they can join us in the fight for racial justice. All you need to contribute is to know our shared values and be willing to talk about why racial justice matters enough to you to work and advocate for it. Wear a SURJ t-shirt if you have one, or borrow one if you don’t (we’ll have some to share). Please let us know if you can make it!

After we’re done, enjoy living in California by getting some of the amazing prepared food or fresh fruits, greens, and flowers the farmer’s market offers.

San Diego Peace Heroes Walk

Sunday, March 19, 1pm
Magee Park
258 Beech Ave., Carlsbad
For More Information (Registration)

North County Peace Heroes Walk is a family-friendly, educational event. This event will bring together diverse ages, races, and faith traditions to celebrate their role models of peace, with the goal of promoting peace literacy.

Pop Up Art Show for Planned Parenthood #womensrights

ActivistSunday, March 19, 3pm
Wine Steals
1953 San Elijo Ave, Cardiff
For More Information

Join us for an Art & Wine Auction to benefit Planned Parenthood. Artists from our local community have contributed some beautiful creations. Come mingle with us on the beautiful back patio at wine steals and meet artists and like minded people. Bring your wallet and bring your heart.

National Events ———————————————–

Rise with Standing Rock! (March 10th)

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Indigenous grassroots leaders are calling on allies to peacefully March on Washington DC. We are asked to rise in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of the world whose rights protect Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth) for the future generations of all. Los Angeles Rally Information.

Fire the Fool (April 1st)

On Saturday, April 1st 2017, we the people will unite at the National Mall in Washington D.C., and all over the world, to Fire the Fool. There is a San Diego event announced on their homepage, a few details are here.

This declaration rally imparts a satirical, symbolic, and powerful message of firing President Donald J. Trump.

Tax March (April 15)

At least 30 Tax Marches have been planned in solidarity around the country with several hundred thousand people expected. The Los Angeles event page shows 66,000 people who have expressed interest or attending. The New York march event page has nearly 40,000 interested or attending, and 37,000 people have said they are interested in the DC march, with over 7,000 clicking “attend”. San Diego Event Page

March For Science (April 22)

The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The politicization of science, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted. On April 22, 2017 hundreds of thousands of people will walk out of their lab coats and into the streets of Washington.

Interview with the San Diego organizers of March for Science

National People’s Climate March (April 29)

The Sierra Club and other environmental organizations have announced demonstrations in Washington DC and other cities for April 29, the 99th day of the Trump administration.

SanDiego350 is the lead organizer locally, with many partners including Sierra Club San Diego, Labor Council, Climate Action Campaign, Fight for $15, Greenpeace.

“The People’s Climate March will take place on Saturday, April 29th. Thousands of San Diegans will march in unity with the massive march in Washington, D.C. and sister marches across the country. Near the 100th day of this administration and facing the threat of a President who denies the reality of climate change, we will stand together and take action. We will march for our air, our water, and our land. We will march for clean energy jobs and climate justice. We will march for healthy communities and for the people we love. We will march for our freedom to live, survive and thrive. And we will be louder and stronger than ever before.”

Other Stuff to Do

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Sign Up for Indivisible. Over 35 groups locally, 6000+ nationally. All the cool kids are doing it. (Really!)

Sign Up for The Town Hall Project An unfunded, crowdsourced, Facebook-based project that researches “every district and state for public events with Members of Congress,” and makes the info available via a Google spreadsheet in the hope that people will engage their representatives face to face.

Sign Up for #ResistTrumpTuesdays A joint project of The Working Families Party, MoveOn, and People’s Action. Its goal is to turn large numbers of activists out every Tuesday to fight back against a different element of Trump’s agenda. Go here to find a local action .

San Diego Democratic Party Calendar Includes business meetings, chartered club meetings, voter registration events, election information, holidays, and other events of interest to Democrats.


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Frances O'Neill Zimmerman March 14, 2017 at 1:58 pm

Emergency Education Town Hall
Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 6 – 8 p.m.
“What is the Future of Education for African-Americans in San Diego County?”
Moderated by Dr. John Warren, editor Voice & Viewpoint newspaper

Sponsored by Martin Luther King Jr. Democratic Club, Association of African-American Educators, Urban League of San Diego County, Voice&Viewpoint and Others


Frances O'Neill Zimmerman March 14, 2017 at 1:59 pm

To be held at George Stevens Senior Center, 570 S. 65th Street, San Diego 92114


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