Doug’s Monster Calendar for Progressive Activists in San Diego, Sept. 9th – 18th

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Editor: While our eyes are on Irma, Jose and Katia, we once again present “Doug’s Monster Calendar for Progressive Activists in San Diego” – and Ocean Beach and the rest of the Peninsula, of course – in an abbreviated form (we deleted events that had already occurred by time this was posted), compiled exhaustively by Doug Porter at our online partner, San Diego Free Press.

The Trump administration continues its assault on decency: immigrants are targeted, college rapists are protected, and a corporate crime wave of unheard of magnitude is sweeping the nation. Locally, the politics of disgust have fomented a Hepatitis A epidemic, in large part because making it hard to find a place to take a shit is part of the city’s program for the homeless.

So the struggle continues. Resist. Persist. Keep a song in your heart. And a smile on your face.

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.

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. Club meetings will be listed IF there are speakers and they are open to the public.

Democratic Candidates: I will list all non-fundraising events open to the general public. A listing does not imply endorsement.

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.

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September 9

Bystander & Ally Intervention Training

Saturday, September 9, 11am
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
3502 Clairmont Drive
For More Information

Please join us for our first ever CAIR San Diego Bystander & Ally Intervention Training. In collaboration with Interfaith Center for Worker Justice of San Diego County this event is open to Muslims and non-Muslims alike and the more diversity the better.

The American Muslim community, among many others, has seen a considerable increase in the number of hate crimes and bias incidents since last November. Incidents like these can be frightening, but turning a blind eye is also not an option anymore.

Our Bystander & Ally Intervention Training will elaborate on how to better act as allies, protect our family, friends, neighbors and colleagues and help dismantle the systematic biases that allow hate to happen. The key word is “DE-ESCALATION.” By learning the basics behind safe and proactive intervention this training will equip you with the proper tools to help a victim of harassment without escalating the situation.

CAIR San Diego‘s Executive Director Hanif Mohebi will be onsite and available as well as our Civil Rights lawyer Susanne Arani. This training is aimed at persons 15+ and above and no prior training is required. See you all there insha’Allah.

Dock to Dish: Farm to Fork Week Kick Off Event

Saturday, September 9, 9:30am
Tuna Harbor Dockside Market
598 West Harbor Drive
For More Information
Hosted by Farm to Fork San Diego and Slow Food URBAN San Diego

Join Slow Food Urban San Diego and Tuna Harbor Dockside Market as we kick off San Diego Farm to Fork Week!

10:30AM- Cooking Demo with Chef Cindy
11:30AM- Fish Breakdown with a local fisherman

Invisible and Resistance Art Exhibition
(Artist Reception)

Saturday, September 9, 6pm
Iron Fist Brewing
1986 National Avenue
For More Information

Invisible y Resistencia (Invisible and Resistance) an Art Exhibition is part of a Bi-National Theater and Arts Festival that will take place from September 7th through September 17th, 2017.

Dan Navarro Returns to The GO!

Saturday, September 9, 7:30pm
Grass Roots Oasis
3130 Moore Street
For More Information (Tickets)

The Grassroots Oasis is so pumped to have the storied singer-songwriter Dan Navarro returning to our stage this September! Dan performed at our original location in Sorrento Valley (Oasis House Concerts) several years ago, and he graced our new stage near Old Town a year ago.

Dan Navarro started his career as a songwriter, most often with Eric Lowen, for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated We Belong) , The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb Mo, Dave Edmunds, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick, Dutch superstar Marco Borsato, The Triplets, Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir and many more…

People’s Party Town Hall

Saturday, September 9, 3pm
Wavelength Brewing Company
236 Main Street (Vista)
For More Information

Fifty thousand people have signed a petition to ask Bernie to join us and become one of the leaders of a new party, a people’s party. We’re hosting a livestream this Saturday, to watch a Town Hall with some of our leading progressives, Jimmy Dore of The Young Turks, Nick Braña founder of Draft Bernie, Kshama Sawant of Seattle City Council, and Dr. Cornell West, himself! Will Bernie join us? Come join us and we’ll find out together! #DraftBERNIE The livestream runs from 4:00-6:00, but arrive early so we can chat.

South Bay PRIDE Art & Music Festival

Saturday, September 9, Noon
Bayside Park (Chula Vista)
For More Information

Join us for our 10th annual celebration of South Bay PRIDE! Live music and DJs, artisans, food trucks, beer and spirits, kayaking, exhibitors and more. This is a great day on the bay to celebrate love and equality for all. FREE ADMISSION (sugg. donation $10)

September 10

Picnic w/ Progressives!

Sunday, September 10, 1pm
Kate O. Sessions Memorial Park
Soledad Road
For More Information
Hosted by San Diego Progressive Democratic Cluband San Diego Democrats for Equality

Feed the Homeless Event

Sunday, September 10, 1:15pm
Muslim Community Center
14698 Via Fiesta (Black Mountain Ranch)
For More Information

We will prepare 150 sack lunches and drop them off at the Interfaith Community Services‘ homeless shelter in Escondido. By delivering these lunches we are helping individuals and families in their efforts towards self-sufficiency.

In partnering with other organization in San Diego, we can work towards providing a positive lasting change to the homeless population. All you need to do is show up at MCC. ? Anybody and everybody is welcome.

Free Film Screening – Gender Revolution

Sunday, September 10, 1:45pm
Unitarian Universalists of the South Bay
970 Broadway #104 (Chula Vista)
For More Information

In this documentary, Katie Couric explores the rapidly evolving complexities of gender identity. Come for a free film screening and discussion. Screening will begin promptly at 2 pm.

September 11

Community Supporting SEIU And County Workers

Monday, September 11, 6pm
County Administration Building
1600 Pacific Highway
For More Information

As a community, we must ban together with our labor force. Our county employees are important and we value them. Ahead of their strike we as a community need to put pressure to the board of supervisors to deal fairly with our county employees. We are with you, SEIU!!!

Reproductive Justice and the Politics of Women’s Health

Monday, September 11, 6:15pm
Elijah’s Restaurant
7061 Clairmont Mesa Boulvard
For More Information (Tickets)
Hosted by Scott Peters and San Diego County Democratic Party

On September 11, a National Day of Service, Nora Vargas will be leading a discussion on the status of reproductive rights and the best ways activists can have an impact at the local, state, and federal level. No cost to attend. Please RSVP and share this event with your respective clubs and groups.

San Diego City Council Meeting on Cannabis Regulations

Monday, September 11, 2pm
San Diego City Council
202 C Street, 11th Floor
For More Information

The San Diego City Council will be discussing staff recommendations for the regulation of cannabis manufacturing, cultivation and testing. The staff has failed San Diego patients by not recommending regulations for delivery services.

Additional to the staff recommendations, councilmember Chris Cate has drafted recommendations for regulations, also excluding delivery from his recommendations.

We must attend and advocate for regulations that make sense, create a supply chain for the permitted co-ops and serve the needs of homebound patients.

North County Latino Democrats Meeting

Monday, September 11, 6pm
1831 Mission Avenue (Oceanside)
For More Information

Please join us for our monthly meeting of North County Latino Democrats. We will be joined by our endorsed candidates:

Genevieve Jones-Wright for District Attorney
Dave Myers for County Sherriff

Come meet the candidates and hear about their plan to move San Diego forward. Whether in the Sherrif’s Department or at the District Attorney’s office, we can better serve our communities and provide dignity and justice for all. All are welcome

September 12

Demand Action from City Hall on Safe Places for All!

Tuesday, September 12, 8:15am
San Diego Civic Center Concourse
202 C Street
For More Information

Please Join Us at City Hall, as City Council returns from its Summer Recess — to Demand Immediate ACTION from Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City Council President Myrtle Cole and the rest of the City Council to correct this Leadership Failure, and make San Diego a Safe Place for EVERY San Diegan to Live!

We will hold a Press Conference at 8:30am on 2 class action lawsuits filed or about to be filed against the City of San Diego for cruel and unusual punishment inflicted on Unsheltered San Diegans, as well as misuse of taxpayer funds.

At 9:15am, we will march on Mayor Faulconer’s office to renew our calls for SafeCamp/SafePark, Moratorium & Amnesty on Tickets and Arrests, More Public Toilets and handwash stations — all of which he is wholly empowered to fulfill. Then to 10a City Council Mtg to speak during Non-Agenda Public Comment on the same.

Turn Out 4 Edward Forman Black CopWatchers Matter

Tuesday, September 12, 1:15pm
Superior Court (Kearny Mesa)
8950 Clairmont Mesa Boulevard
For More Information

Edward Anthony Michael Glover, a copwatcher with and the founder of The Movement Productions San Diego, was detained and cited on June 1, 2017. At the time of the detention Mr. Forman was filming the police in a public place outside of his home located on the corner of Wightman and 43rd Street. The allegation listed on the citation is one of use of foul language/inappropriate conduct.

Filming the police is not a violation of California law. In fact, filming the police is a statutorily protected right in California. The officers who detained and cited Mr. Forman violated the following California statutes:

Sips & Civility: Fighting Fake News

Tuesday, September 12, 6pm
San Diego Central Library
330 Park Boulevard, 9th Floor
For More Information
Hosted by League of Women Voters of San Diego and San Diego Central Library

Join us for an evening of free drinks and civil political conversation. We will be discussing how to fight FAKE NEWS.

Our special guest speaker will be Brooke Binkowski, local San Diegan, and Managing Editor of the fact-checking website

Event is free and open to the public. Must be 21+ with ID to receive drink tickets. Receive TWO free drink tickets with your Facebook RSVP.

September Community Meeting: Strategies to Address Homelessness

Tuesday, September 12, 6:30pm
Joyce Beers Community Center
3900 Vermont Street (Hillcrest)
For More Information
Hosted by Hillcrest Town Council

Homelessness continues to be one of the most pressing issues we face as a city, and one that deeply impacts the neighborhood of Hillcrest. For our upcoming community meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12, we’ll be joined by special guest Councilmember Chris Ward, who will be speaking to us about his strategies to address homelessness in San Diego. You can read more about his strategies here.

Documentary Screening and Action:
El Impacto De La Frontera

Tuesday, September 12, 7pm
The FRONT Arte Cultura
147 West San Ysidro Boulevard
For More Information

Join us to watch a documentary about the impacts of the U.S-Mexico border on air pollution and health of communities living near the border, and how upcoming changes to the border are endangering the health of these communities.

This documentary features San Ysidro community members, activists, and leaders discussing the realities of a seemingly invisible environmental justice issue that disproportionately affects respiratory health of children and the elderly.

This event will feature a screening of the documentary and a post screening discussion about the ways we can take action and organize against the impending negative health impacts of changes to the U.S-Mexico border.

Weekly Issa Resistance Rally

September 12, 10am
1800 Thibodo Road #310 (Vista)
Just Show Up!

We are making a difference! Issa is feeling the heat. Let’s do this!

September 13

How to Join Your Community Planning Group

Wednesday, September 13, 6pm
Unite Here Local 30
2436 Market Street
For More Information
Hosted by Circulate San Diego

Is your voice being represented in your Community Planning Group? CPGs help shape the future of their communities. Hear from CPG members about their experience and how CPGs can support safe streets!

Panelists will speak on:
• The value they get out of serving on a community planning group,
• Tips for how to get elected to a planning group, and
• Views on the role planning groups play in San Diego’s goal of ending all traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2025, Vision Zero

County Climate Action Plan – Public Meeting

Wednesday, September 13, 6:30pm
North Inland Live Well Center
Grand Avenue Conference Rooms B,C,& D
649 West Mission Avenue (Escondido)
For More Information

The scheduled public meetings are informational only but is an important chance to learn about this key issue. A link to the documents is available at the County’s CAP website. All comments on the Draft CAP, Draft SEIR, and other project related documents must be provided, in writing, to

Chicana Tributes: Stories for the New Generation

Wednesday, September 13, 4pm
SDSU Library
Room LL-430/431 $th Floor
5500 Campanile Drive
For More Information

Learn firsthand about local women who thrived and flourished as part of the struggle for equal opportunities and social justice during the late twentieth century and beyond. This presentation features Rita Sanchez and Sonia Lopez, editors of the newly released book, Chicana Tribunes. Maria Ibarra, Chair of SDSU’s department of Chicana Studies, will be on the panel along with some of the sixty-one women who contributed stories to this publication, such as Maria Nieto Senour, Enriqueta Chavez, Irene Lara, and Maria Figueroa.

Film Night “1984”

Wednesday, September 13, 7pm
Ocean Beach Green Center
4843 B Voltaire Street
For More Information

Director Michael Radford’s adaption of George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984. This British film, made in 1984, stars John Hurt, Richard Burton and Suzanna Hamilton. “Orwell’s portrait of a government that manufactures their own facts, demands total obedience and demonizes foreign enemies has never been timelier” quotes the United States of Cinema.

San Diego Black Health Agenda

Wednesday, September 13, 3pm
Valencia Park/Malcolm X Public Library
5148 Market Street
For More Information (Tickets)

The California Black Health Network is hosting a series of town hall meetings to document the concerns of African Americans in this new era and political upheaval. Your contribution will result in a legislative guide that will promote issues that improve the health and wellbeing of Black people. We need your experience, your input and your voice!

September 14

Three Challengers for Issa

Thursday, September 14, 6:30pm
Lomas Santa Fe Country Club
1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive (Solana Beach)
For More Information (Tickets)
Hosted by Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club

Come meet, hear, and question all three Democratic challengers to Congressman Darrell Issa, Doug Applegate, Mike Levin, and Paul Kerr. Join in the expanded Q&A.

The 49th District race promises to be one of the most watched of 2018, drawing massive amounts of national press attention and campaign money. A swing district, right in our backyards! Get involved early.

Peter Case Returns to The GO!

Thursday, September 14, 7:30pm
Grassroots Oasis
3130 Moore Street
For More Information (Tickets)

We have a rare Thursday Night show for you to kick off the Fall, as the Grassroots Oasis welcomes 3-time Grammy nominee Peter Case back to our intimate environs.

Those of you who have been subscribing to the Oasis since the old days probably remember Peter Case from his sold out appearance with us in 2011. And then he kicked off 2016 for us at our new home here at The GO.

But for those not as familiar with him, let us tell you a bit about this extraordinary artist: founding member of the Nerves and leader of the Plimsouls, and the first troubadour of the post-punk era.

No Miramar Air Show!

Thursday, September 14, 3:30pm
Highway I-15 and Carroll Canyon Road.
For More Information

Join San Diego Veterans For Peace and supporters to protest the militarism and over the top recruiting of the military as exemplified by the Miramar Air Show.

Encinitas Unity: Darrell Issa Street-Corner Protest

Thursday, September 14, 5pm
North East corner
Encinitas Boulevard & El Camino REal

Please join us every Thursday to protest Darrell Issa! He was the deciding vote in the house to approve the AHCA. He is a strong ally and backer of Trump. He is the richest representative in Congress and votes party over country again and again.

We have had enough of Darrell Issa and we will vote Issa out in the coming mid-term elections next year. Please come join us with your signs, friends, neighbors and family members.

This is a friendly non-violent protest exercising our first amendment rights. Parking is available in the shopping center next to the Chase Bank and Discount Tires

Film Night “Seed, The Untold Story”

Thursday, September 14, 7pm
Ocean Beach Green Center
4843 B Voltaire Street
For More Information

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. Seed features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

September 15

Nuestra Familia: Building Love and Unity in the Classroom

Friday, September 15, 6pm
404 Euclid Avenue
For More Information
Hosted by Raza Educators San Diego

As an organization of educators, parents and students, we believe it is important to get educated about various issues affecting youth and the educational system. Therefore, we provide free presentations open to all about topics that are of high interest to our ARE members and community.

September 16

TrumanSD Hosts “Responding to White Nationalism”

Saturday, September 16, 6pm
Icon Skybox
321 10th Avenue (Downtown)
For More Information (Tickets)

As the “alt-right” is emboldened to increasing its public demonstrations and actions, it is imperative that communities think about coordinating responses in the interest of maintaining public safety for all its citizens, while reaffirming that our diversity is the very thing which makes our country strong. The violent demonstrations of white nationalists on August 12th in Charlottesville, VA – including the terrorist attack that that left one dead and dozens injured – lays bare the need to take action in response to groups that had once resigned themselves to existing on the fringe of society. This salon will discuss the history of white nationalism, including the “alt-right” and Nazi sympathizing groups in the United States (and San Diego), the current state of affairs, and the way forward. We hope you’ll join the San Diego chapter of the Truman National Security Project in working to push this scourge back into the shadows where they belong. We don’t need to remind anyone what happened last time a group of Nazis took on Truman. That legacy is all of ours to carry forward.

The format is easy – a guided discussion with the featured guests leading. You will enjoy delicious snacks, delightful conversation, and drinks. The rest of the audience will be thought leaders, elected officials, and community leaders from the Southern California region with an interest in learning more about this cancer within our society.

Moderated by Voice of San Diego’s Scott Lewis

Let’s Roll Out the Unwelcome Mat Rally

Saturday, September 16, 10am
Escondido Public Library
239 South Kalmia Street (Escondido)
For More Information

Join the Escondido Library Coalition at our library and ceremoniously remove the “existing” Welcome Mat and replace it with Escondido’s “One-and-Only Unwelcome Mat” specifically for the City Council’s proposed library outsourcing company, LS&S. Let’s show LS&S that we don’t need them and don’t want them here! Informational flyers will be distributed and petition signatures will be gathered during the rally.

Rise Up Get Down at The Casbah – San Diego

Saturday, September 16, 7:30
Casbah San Diego
2501 Kettner Boulevard
For More Information (Tickets)
Hosted by Raise Progress and Casbah San Diego

This event is not only SO MUCH FUN, but your admission is a great way to donate to making a difference in the 2018 mid-term elections. Come join us on September 16th. We are a politically progressive local community PAC made up of fun, cool people working together for positive change.

1st Annual Pro Bono Legal and Community Fair

Saturday, September 16, 9:30am
San Diego Central Library
330 Park Boulevard
For More Information (RSVP)
Hosted by San Diego Paralegal Association

Please join the San Diego Paralegal Association, in conjunction with The San Diego Public Library for its 1st Annual Pro Bono Fair. Be moved and inspired by meeting representatives from various non-profit organizations throughout the community that give a voice to the voiceless in San Diego County. Discover ways in which you can strengthen your skills, while dedicating your time, talents, and passion to benefit others both within the legal community and beyond.

September 17

September Meeting – San Diego Indivisible Downtown

Sunday, September 17, 12:30pm
Blind Lady Ale House
3416 Adams Avenue
For More Information

This is our monthly chapter meeting for San Diego Indivisible Downtown. Please note this that this meeting time is different than usual due to the venue. New members are invited to come at 12:30, with our meeting starting at 1:00pm.

Vista Climate Action Planners Meeting

Sunday, September 17, 3pm
Vista Library
700 Eucalyptus Avenue
For More Information

We will be updating everyone on how our meetings went with our community leaders. What comes next? Hand in any signatures gathered in support for CCE in Vista to be hand delivered to City Council.

September 18

Progressive Focus Series: Criminal Justice

Monday, September 18, 6pm
Elijah’s Restaurant
7061 Clairmont Mesa Drive
For More Information
Hosted by San Diego Progressive Democratic Club

The San Diego Progressive Democratic Club invites you to join us at our third Progressive Focus Series event, centered on criminal justice issues in San Diego County.

Myeshia Williams will be facilitating the discussion, with the following guest speakers:

– Mark Bartlett, US Army veteran, criminal justice reform activist and co-founder of both Reentry Resources for Change and Vets with Pets, and Chula Vista City Council candidate will speak on prison privatization

– Monica Montgomery, ACLU Criminal Justice advocate, former City of San Diego Senior Policy Advisor, and candidate for San Diego City Council will speak on bail reform and racial profiling

– Ramon Montaño Marquez , member of the County’s Juvenile Justice Commission, middle school Restorative Justice coordinator, and restorative justice advocate along with Abdiel De La O, Steering Committee Member of San Diego Restorative Community Conferencing Pilot Project and Restorative Justice Practitioner will speak on the school-to-prison pipeline.

Other Stuff to Do

Join the ACLU’s People Power: People Power is, at its core, a grassroots member-mobilization project. Through People Power, the ACLU will engage volunteers across the country to take action when Trump or his administration attempt to enact unconstitutional policies or trample on people’s constitutional rights. By mobilizing in defense of our civil liberties, volunteers will build local communities that affirm our American values of respect, equality, and solidarity.

Sign Up For SwingLeft: Control of the House in 2018 will be decided by a handful of Swing Districts, places where the last election was decided by a thin margin. Find your closest Swing District and join its team to learn about actionable opportunities to support progressives—and defeat Republicans—in that district, no matter where you live. Check out SwingLeft here.

Sign Up for Indivisible. All the cool kids are doing it. (Really!)

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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