San Diego Progressive Activist Calendar April 13-23, 2018

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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.

April 13

14th Annual Transgender Day of Empowerment

Friday, April 13, 6pm
San Diego LGBT Center
3909 Centre Street
For More Information

Join us in celebrating the rich diversity of San Diego’s transgender community. This year’s program is will include trans speakers, entertainment, refreshments, community awards, and the announcement of the 4th Annual Tracie Jada O’Brien Transgender Student Scholarship recipients! This event is FREE and open to all.

Gender Politics In The Black Panther Party

Friday, April 13, 6:30pm
Pillars of the Community
6431 Imperial Avenue
For More Information

Join Dr. Antwanisha Alameen-Shavers to discuss the methods used by the Black Panther Party to foster revolutionary change through the empowerment of Black women.

April 14

March For Science – San Diego, 2018

Saturday, April 14, 10am
Waterfront Park – County Administration Building
1600 Pacific Highway
For More Information
Hosted by San Diego March for Science

In April of 2017, 15,000 San Diegans joined more than a million worldwide, in standing up to demand that science be allowed to do its job and make all of our lives better.

We showcased San Diego’s best science with our speakers and expo, and we rallied for policy that both supports and is supported by, that science. But our job is not done, and we need your help in 2018.

Join us again in 2018, and we’ll show we’re still watching, we still care, and we still demand that officials use and allow science to keep making our lives better!

Walking Precincts for Monica Montgomery

Saturday, April 14, 11am
3436 College Avenue
For More Information
Hosted by San Diego Progressive Alliance

The SDPA has identified Monica Montgomery as an Alliance Candidate and a priority race here in San Diego. She has pledged to run a Corporate-$-free campaign and will lead the charge to bring criminal justice reform, rent control, and revitalization of SE San Diego to the table in city hall. Join us in supporting her campaign BEFORE the mail-in ballots come out!

Transnational Great Return March – San Diego Action

Saturday, April 14, Noon
Balboa Park Fountain
For More Information
Hosted by Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans – PANA and 5 others

International call to action in support of The Great Return March!

We are calling our community and allies to take action and launch demonstrations in support of the Great Return March on April 14th, just as the righteous resisters in Gaza have declared. The time has come for our youth wherever they may be to raise their voices in support of the rightful struggle of our people in Gaza, and for our youth in diaspora to proclaim we will never surrender the right of return. Now more than ever when we seem the most divided, we must come together in collectively asserting our right to return and our dream of the total liberation of our people and homeland. There will be no solution without the total end of the Zionist colonization of Palestine–return is our right, and demand: we will return! Palestine will be free!

Super Walk for the National City Progress Slate!

Saturday, April 14, 9am
Las Palmas Park
1800 East 22nd Street
For More Information

Come to our next Campaign Super Walk! It’s is time we move National City Forward with Alejandra Sotelo-Solis as Mayor, Mona Rios for City Council and Jose Rodriguez for City Council – The National City Progress Slate.

All three are supported by the Democratic Party, SD Labor Council and National City Firefighters.

We will be located on the corner of East 20th and Newell Street. Coffee, sweet bread and lunch will be provided.

Neighbors in Action Canvassing. Oceanside

Saturday, April 14, 9:30am
1550 Temple Heights Drive (Oceanside)
For More Information
Hosted by Flip the 49th Neighbors in Action

Join us Saturday, April 14th to talk to voters about issues that matter to all of us and the future of our country!

Flipping the 49th depends on communities in Oceanside. We just need 2000 more voters to get to the polls next year to say NO to the President Trump Agenda. YOU can help make that happen!

Brunch with Bryan + Superwalk Saturday!

Saturday, April 14, 11am
Plant Power Fast Food
2204 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard (OB)
For More Information
Hosted by Bryan Pease for San Diego City Council 2018

Join us at Plant Power for a delicious free breakfast (Bryan is buying!) followed by voter outreach! We give our volunteers a highly targeted list of likely supportive voters to talk to in the neighborhood. Once we hit the streets you can walk at your own pace or with a buddy!

Escondido Campaign Office Grand Opening

Saturday, April 14, 3pm
105 East Grand Avenue
For More Information (RSVP
Hosted by Alan Geraci for California Assembly District 75 and Ammar Campa for Congress

We just opened up a joint Democratic Campaign Headquarters with Alan Geraci for California Assembly District 75 and Jeff Griffith for State Senate District 38 in Escondido and will be officially opening it Saturday, April 14th from 3-5pm.

We will be starting at 3 pm, you will have a chance to hear from all the Democratic endorsed candidates- Ammar Campa, Alan Geraci and Jeff Griffith. We will then go walk precincts and make calls. Following the walk, we will be having food.

The new space is located in the heart of downtown Escondido at the corner of E Grand Ave at Broadway. It is located very close to Kettle Coffee and Tea.

April 15

San Diego Tax March 2018!

Sunday, April 15, 10am
Internal Revenue Service
880 Front Street (Downtown)
For More Information
Hosted by Tax March and San Diego Tax March 2018

Please bring your sign about why YOU oppose the TrumpTax. The TrumpTax is the GOP tax legislation that has, and will, raise taxes on millions of families, has destabilized ACA marketplaces, and is a massive give away to corporations and the very wealthy.

This is a rally and demonstration, we aren’t marching; so come even if you aren’t ready or able to march!

It’s been almost one year since thousands of Americans came together on Tax Day 2017 to demand Donald Trump’s tax returns and a fairer tax system for all. In that time, however, Trump and Republicans have turned their backs on hard-working Americans only to help the wealthy and well-connected.

Panel Discussion!! Indivisible WATU, Dr. Willie Blair, Taisha.B

Sunday, April 15, 2pm
Valencia Park/ Malcolm X Public Library
5148 Market Street
For More Information
Hosted by Racial Justice Coalition of San Diego

Dr Darwin Fishman is a sociology, criminology, and political science professor who currently teaches at Mesa College in San Diego. He has over 8 publications and two books. Join us this day as he explains how the Racial attacks on Obama intertwine with our struggles today and how we can reclaim our community through education and organizing! Thank you Indivisible WATU (Angela de Joseph) for sponsoring this event! Speakers at this book signing event are ; Taisha Brown (Vice Chair of the CADEM African American Caucus ), Angela de Joseph (Indivisible WATU) and Dr. Willie Blair ( State President for BAPAC).

2018 Walk Against Hate

Sunday, April 15, 8:30am
Liberty Station NTC Park
2455 Cushing Road
For More Information
Hosted by ADL – Anti-Defamation League (San Diego)


The WALK Against Hate & Diversity Expo began in 2010 at ADL Philadelphia, and has grown to include Las Vegas, and now San Diego, as a way to bring the community together to promote diversity. Hundreds of students, educators, parents, business leaders and community members will walk with one another to celebrate the values of respect and inclusivity that have become the backbone of America’s Finest City, San Diego.

The Diversity Expo will feature local San Diego organizations highlighting the diverse tapestry of San Diego, sharing their work in the community with attendees. Additionally, we will be awarding over 50 local schools with their banners designating them as “No Place for Hate®”.

Conversations with Maria

Sunday, April 15, 3pm
North County lgbtq Resource Center
3220 Mission Avenue #2 (Oceanside)
For More Information
Hosted by North County lgbtq Resource Center

“Conversations with Maria” is a gathering for people of color that identify within the spectrum of LGBTQI+ and their allies. It is a safe space to share our everyday challenges; how to face racism and stereotypes but also hopes and dreams shared within an affirming and supportive environment. Every 3rd Sunday at 3pm.

Sunday Phone Bank

Sunday, April 15, Noon
3883 Ingraham Street
For More Information
Hosted by Jordan Beane for San Diego City Council

Come phone bank and help turn District 2 blue! All you’ll need is your computer and a phone. Food will be provided!

Democratic Socialists of America
San Diego New Member Orientation

Sunday, April 15, 3pm
Unitehere Local 30
2436 Market Street
For More Information

Come join us at 3pm for New Member Orientation to learn about our organization, democratic socialism, and the work we do in the greater San Diego community. This orientation is for whether you are brand new or if you have been around for a while and want to get more involved in the chapter.

Meet members of our Steering Committee and sign up to get involved in our active Working Groups. If you like what you see after the orientation, please be sure to stay for the general meeting that goes on from 4-6pm.

April 16

Lunch & Learn with Imam Taha Hassane

Monday, April 16, 11:30am
3900 Cleveland Avenue
For More Information
Hosted by Interfaith Worker Justice of San Diego County

Imam Taha Hassane currently serves as the imam of the Islamic Center of San Diego. Hassane graduated from the Institute of Islamic Sciences at the University of Algiers in his native Algeria. He served as a high school teacher and imam in Tenes, Algeria for 10 years before coming to the United States. In the U.S., he served as a youth counselor with the Colorado Muslim Youth Foundation. In addition to his regular duties at ICSD, he provides marriage and family counseling, youth programming and Islamic educational services. Hassane holds a Masters of Theology in Islamic Studies from the Graduate Theological Foundation in South Bend, Ind.

Imam Taha will address some misconceptions about Islam and how everyone can combat Islamophobia.

Endorsements and Actions

Monday, April 16, 7pm
Elijah’s Restaurant
7061 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
For More Information
Hosted by Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County

– SD County Board of supervisors District 5: Jacqueline Arsivaud Benjamin, Michelle Gomez
– Chula Vista School Board Seat 5: Kate Porter, Eduardo Reyes
San Diego Unified District C: Michael McQuary, friendly incumbent
– Southwestern Community College Seat 4: Leticia Cazares, J.C. Hurtado-Prater, Nicole Jones
– California Senate 38th: Jeff Griffith<

April 17

Protest SD County vs California (Urgent!)

Tuesday, April 17, 8am
County Administration Building
1600 Pacific Highway
For More Information
Hosted by Nuevo Movimiento and San Diego Protests
The all-Republican elected San Diego County Board of Supervisors will be considering joining the Trump lawsuit against California for our “Sanctuary State” Bill, The CA Values Act/SB 54. The Board will be voting in closed session after public comment on April 17th at 9am! We will be holding a massive rally and protest outside of the County Administration Building, and we demand that our elected officials fight for our CA Values, and not against them.

Rally and Press Conference on Harbor Side * Board of Supervisors meets in the North Chamber Room 310

Itinerary for the day:
Meet up and rally at 8:00 A.M.
Press conference at 8:30 A.M.
Public Comment in room 310 at 9:00 A.M (Not closed session).
Protest Outside with megaphones and guest speakers (when they go into closed session)(Anyone who doesn’t want to go in can remain in the rally area).
Closing remarks at (11 A.M. still pending)

Show up in masses and don’t let elected officials vote in favor of hate and bigotry! Keep your elected officials accountable and make sure they vote for the people’s interest and not the interests of the Administration or the DoJ!

District Attorney Candidate Forum

Tuesday, April 17, 6pm
Valencia Park / Malcolm X Public Library
5148 Market Street
For More Information
Hosted by NAACP San Diego Branch – Authorized

Candidates for San Diego County District Attorney will be invited to speak and answer questions. The DA decides what, if any, charges to press against citizens, be they young black men or police officers. The DA has broad discretion to either increase the incarceration rate or unilaterally begin criminal justice reform. The choice in this case is between a career prosecutor (who declined to appear) and a career public defender. If you care about how crime (or non-crime) is punished, you care about this race in this election.

Tax Day 2018 – A Bake Sale for the Air Force?

Tuesday, April 17, Noon
Internal Revenue Service
880 Front Street (Downtown)
For More Information
Hosted by Peace Resource Center of San Diego WWW.PRCSD.ORG

The PRC envisions a time when “schools have all the money they need and the air force needs to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber or the Border Patrol a border wall”. No time like the present to make this a reality.
Join us as we sell baked goods* and show people just what their federal taxes are buying!!
Meet us on the sidewalk outside the IRS. What to know what you get for your taxes? Check out*no money raised will actually be given to the Air Force or to Trump’s wall.

Investigate Jerry Cano’s Abuse of Power

Tuesday, April 17, 6pm
National City Hall
1243 National City Boulevard
For More Information

Jerry Cano has used his power as an elected member of National City Council to shield himself from paying fines associated with code violations at his house. Jerry had illegally constructed a backyard patio, kitchen, etc. without pulling any permits and without any code inspection. While all residents are held accountable for code violations with fines, red tag and even direction to tear down their houses. Jerry was treated differently and hasn’t paid any fines since 2013. Additionally the code violations are still outstanding and nothing has been done to make Jerry address his code violations. Jerry shouldn’t get special treatment! If I had paid a fine, I would want a refund. This is a clear case of Abuse of Power.

April 18

Noche de Defensa y Resistencia

Wednesday, April 18, 6pm
Union del Barrio
2078 Logan Avenue
For More Information
Hosted by Unión del Barrio

Join Union del Barrio to discuss the recent school shootings. How can we defend our community? What is causing these random acts of violence? Come on April 18th to discuss how the capitalist-colonial state creates conditions that lead to these violent acts.

April Club Meeting featuring ReWild Mission Bay

Wednesday, April 18, 6pm
Elijah’s Restaurant
7061 Clairmont Mesa Boulevard
For More Information
Hosted by San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action

Our featured speaker will be Rebecca Schwartz Lesberg, Project Manager of San Diego Audubon‘s ReWild Mission Bay. “After years of governmental inaction, and following a collaboration between Audubon California and San Diego Audubon to develop a Conservation Plan for Mission Bay in 2011, San Diego Audubon launched the “ReWild Mission Bay” campaign in 2014. The goal of ReWild Mission Bay is to restore up to 200 acres of healthy, resilient wetlands in northeast Mission Bay so wildlife and communities can thrive.” With Mayor Faulconer’s office and the Mission Bay Park Committee signaling an inclination toward monetizing a large portion of the project footprint, there is a pressing need to inform ourselves and our communities about the social and ecological importance of the ReWild Project and to prepare ourselves to fight for our threatened public lands.

We will be considering endorsements in the San Diego County District 5 Supervisorial and Superior Court races. We will also vote on consent for the friendly incumbent endorsement of Michael McQuary for re-election to District C of the San Diego Unified School District’s Board of Education. We will close with a discussion of our Club’s participation in San Diego’s Earth Fair 2018 on April 22nd at Balboa Park, where we will host our endorsed candidates, elected officials, and other environmental leaders at our booth on Prado-East.

People Over Profits-SD Presents: Dismantling Mass Incarceration!

Wednesday, April 18, 7pm
1764 National Avenue
For More Information
Hosted by People over Profits-SD

After a powerful and insightful meeting over 2017-2018 statistics concerning mass incarceration and a guest appearence by Chicano Muralist, Artist and Activist Salvador “Queso” Torres, we are on a mission to dismantle the oppressive system, head on.

Join us as we convene and indulge in discussions and tactics as we go over the second half of the 2017-2018 mass incarceration statistics.

You can view the statistics here: ( Copies will be provided )

April 19

Yes We Can-Nabis! Phonebanking for a Progressive DA!

Thursday, April 19, 5pm
8340 Clairmont Mesa Boulevard #202
For More Information
Hosted by Geneviéve Jones-Wright for DA

Come show your support for this campaign by phonebanking and speaking with voters about the upcoming election and why Geneviéve is the (W)right choice for San Diego District Attorney.

April 20

National Day of Action on April 20 to Protect Students Against Gun Violence
Friday, April 20th – 10 am – 11 am UCSD Geisel Library – Student Walkout: Sign up
If your school is participating, contact me and I’ll add it to this list.

Reading: Last Days in Ocean Beach

Friday, April 20, 7pm
Ocean Beach Green Center
4843 B Voltaire Stree

San Diego Free Press columnist and author Jim Miller, in this benefit reading for the Ocean Beach Green Center.

Jim Miller manages to find real warmth in the cold light cast by our apocalyptic moment; this is a rare instance of actually dealing with, instead of attempting to “fix,” the cascade of emotions and ideas that naturally come from the immensity of the challenges around us.
— Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth

April 21

VOTE! Human Banner – San Diego

Saturday, April 21, 10am
Ocean Beach
For More Information

Join us in the creation of a 100-foot high human VOTE! banner on the sands of Ocean Beach. Last year we successfully created 2 human banners, RESIST and IMPEACH.

This year we will be coordinating with our friends in Ocean Beach San Francisco who will be creating a VOTE! banner simultaneously.
With these dual efforts, we are hoping to receive extensive media coverage to get out the VOTE!

Walk and Knock Carlsbad

Saturday, April 21, 9:30am
5145 Avenida Encinitas Suite I
For More Information
Hosted by Flip the 49th Neighbors in Action

Join us Saturday, April 21st to talk to voters about issues that matter to all of us and the future of our country!

Flipping the 49th depends on communities in Carlsbad. We just need 2000 more voters to get to the polls next year to say NO to the President Trump Agenda. YOU can help make that happen!

Public Safety Town Hall in Oceanside

Saturday, April 21, 10am
Global City Media Center
102 Copperwood Way # H
For More Information (RSVP)
Hosted by Geneviéve Jones-Wright for DA

Come meet Democratic Candidate for District Attorney, Geneviéve Jones-Wright, and join the discussion about public safety and criminal justice in San Diego County.

The Great Debate – City Council 4th District

Saturday, April 21, 4pm
George L Stevens Senior Center
570 South 65th Street
For More Information
Hosted by IFilm Media TV

All Four Qualified Candidates running for San Diego’s 4th District City Council seat offers a variety of diverse viewpoints on how to improve the community. Gathering the qualified City Council candidates together for a power discussion on improving the community presents a rare opportunity for voters to gain clarity of each candidates’ campaign.

Protest: An American Tradition

Saturday, April 21, 6:30pm
Misfit Pictures HQ
565 Pearl Street (La Jolla)
For More Information (Donation)

A curated group art show, benefiting Syrian Refugee Relief. These times are not normal. Throughout history artists have been on the forefront of exposing injustice. This important exhibition reflects the zeitgeist of our political turmoil through painting, photography, music and spoken word.

Artists address our complacency toward Political Corruption, Racism, Xenophobia, Police Brutality, Misogyny, Attack on Free Press and Human Rights, Nuclear Threat, Military Industrial Complex, Homophobia, Indoctrination Instead of Education, White Supremacy, Mass Incarceration, Health Crisis, Inequality, Uncapped Greed, Environmental Degradation, Poverty, Gun Violence and Parasitic Officials in high offices.

We are proud to feature works by LIBRE, Neil Shigley, Joe Galarza, Hugo Crosthwaite, Pam Covarrubias, Alec Dawson, Junco Canche, Bridget Rountree, Ricardo Islas, Daly Mather, Oblivion and more. Spoken word by Third Act of Creation and Ari Honarvar. Revolutionary Beats by dj KIDRAGON and Mike Wallace.

April 22

EarthFair 2018

Sunday, April 22, 10am-5pm
Balboa Park
For More Information
Hosted by San Diego EarthWorks

The world’s largest free Environmental Fair and Earth Day Celebration.

28th Annual Multi-Cultural Earth Day

Sunday, April 22, 11am
World Beat Center
2100 Park Boulevard (Balboa Park)
For More Information
Hosted by WorldBeat Cultural Center

Featuring Live Performances by: Triston Palma | Black Prophet | Rob Symeonn | Lambsbread | Queen Makedah | Empress Akua | Maka Roots and more
Native American Performances | Afro-Cuban Percussion and Dance | African Drum and Dance | Brazilian Samba | Japanese Taiko | Egyptian Drum and Dance| Aztec Dance

Also featuring Annual Seed Swap presented by the San Diego Seed Library | Also featuring the exhibit opening of “Afrofutrism”, an IMLS exhibition featuring Jessi Jumanji, Weldon May and more. 11am-7pm | All Ages | Free Event!

San Diego City Council D6 & San Diego Superior Court Endorsement

Sunday, April 22, 4pm
Point Loma Assembly
3035 Talbot Street
For More Information
Hosted by Point Loma Democratic Club

The Point Loma Democratic Club will consider endorsing in San Diego City Council District 6 and San Diego Superior Court Office 37. | Candidates for San Diego City Council D6: Tommy Hough, Fayaz Nawabi, Matt Valenti | Candidates for San Diego Superior Court: Matt Brower, Tim Nader

Save the Date

March to Vote – San Diego – May 19

Call to Action if Trump Fires Mueller
5pm the Day It Happens & Thereafter
US District Court Southern District of California
330 West Broadway (Downtown)

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

Run For Something: Learn more about running for office

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

Get Out the Vote is a Political Action Committee already working to educate voters about all three of these candidates as part of the Vote for Justice Campaign. They’re looking for volunteers to help with phone banking.

The ACLU’s Smart Justice DA Campaign is part of nationwide effort to bring common sense reforms to our criminal justice system. They are looking for volunteers to help with phone banking and canvassing voters.

Register to Vote

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