Progressive Calendar for San Diego Aug. 13 – 20

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The following is an edited version of Doug Porter’s latest Progressive Activist Calendar at SDFP for the City of San Diego.

August 14

Chicano San Diego: A Neglected Heritage

Tuesday, August 14, 1pm
San Diego History Center
1649 El Prado (Balboa Park)
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Hosted by San Diego History Center

SDSU Professor Emeritus Richard Griswold del Castillo presents a survey of the major themes and contributions to San Diego’s history by the Spanish speaking people. His presentation will cover the little-known events and people that have shaped our region’s development and contributed to a vital and growing Latino population.

Based on a book published by the University of Arizona Press, and will be available in our gift shop. Part of our Free Tuesday lecture series. First come, first served.

August 15

Town Hall on Community Representation

Wednesday, August 15, 5:30pm
East African Cultural Community Center
4061 Fairmont Avenue (City Heights)
For More Information (RSVP)
Hosted by San Diego Leaders

Most of the San Diego region’s population are people of color. But most of our decision-makers on boards and commissions are white, well-connected men.

It’s time to evolve the San Diego region’s government into a democracy by the people, for the people. Join us to learn how to help more people have a seat at the table. (Maybe even you.)

Free dinner will be provided.

Community Gun Violence Summit

Wednesday, August 15, 6pm
Malcolm X Library
5148 Market Street
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Back by popular demand! If you missed it the first time around, please join us.
Dr. Cid Martinez, USD professor specializing in the relationship between urban poverty and gun violence in California; Ron Marcus, SD4GVP spokesman on gun legislation; panel discussion with students and first responders.

Noche de Defensa y Resistencia

Wednesday, August 15, 6pm
2078 Logan Avenue (Barrio Logan)
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Hosted by Unión del Barrio

Join us to have a critical discussion and help us build a front against Fascism! A night to defend our community and resist capitalist-colonial oppression!

School Board Rally

Wednesday, August 15, 5:15pm
Chula Vista Elementary School
84 East J Street
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Hosted by Chula Vista Educators

We need you! We need all members to come out & show support for our bargaining team for their bargaining session on 8/16. This is the time to show the district that we are united & serious about a fair settlement now! Come out at 5:15, pizza & water provided.

August 16

Community Choice Training

Thursday, August 16, 5pm
5145 Avenida Encinitas
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Climate Action Campaign

This is an educational workshop open to all. We will cover the basics of climate policy at the local level and then take a deep dive in to the nuts and bolts, benefits, and opportunities of Community Choice Energy. You will leave with a solid working understanding of how the program works and confident enough to explain it to your friends, neighbors, and community.

August 18

Spirit of Sagon: Anti-Police Brutality in SD, Past & Present

Saturday, August 18, 2pm
6403 Imperial Avenue
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Hosted by Committee Against Police Brutality San Diego

We are reintroducing the Committee Against Police Brutality, San Diego’s longest-running antipolice Brutality unit. Join us on August 18th as we discuss the urgency of radical and grassroots antipolice brutality campaigns in San Diego, nationally and globally.

Topics to be discussed:
—The History of Antipolice Brutality in San Diego from the 1960s through the 2000s.
(Mychal Odom will present research from the earliest through the Sagon Penn Defense Committee. Carl Muhammad, founding member of CAPB will tell the story from Penn on forward.)
—Local solidarity with the Move 9 and Mumia Abu Jamal
—How can we apply radical and grassroots tactics/strategies to anti-police brutality locally?

WTP Endorsement Mtg for SD City Council District 4

"VOTE" buttonSaturday, August 18, 3:30pm
Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library
5148 Market Street
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Hosted by We The People – San Diego County

The meeting will start with a panel on the state of criminal justice reform efforts underway across San Diego County and a discussion of advocacy actions for members and allies. Panelists include Geneviéve Jones-Wright, Laila Aziz, Tasha Williamson, and Dave Myers. After the panel, there will be a vote to endorse in the San Diego City Council District 4 race. The candidates have been invited to present. This meeting is open to the public.

August 20

Endorsement Meeting, No On Soccer City, Dem Party Reorg, Emerge

"VOTE" buttonMonday, August 20, 7pm
Elijah’s Restaurant
7061 Clairmont Mesa Boulevard
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Hosted by Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County

At this month’s meeting we will consider endorsing in the following races:
– Nathan Fletcher, County Board of Supervisors District 4 –
– Matt Brower for Superior Court Judge, Office 37 – MattBrower.comAs announced at our June meeting after the presentation by club member Joe LaCava, we will also consider taking a position on “No On Soccer City”. If you want to do more research before your vote a good start would be the website main speaker for the evening, Steve Rivera, will guide us in understanding how the Democratic Party is structured on the County level, through to the State and National levels.

[Note to readers: 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. – DP]

Save the Date

September 8th Rise for Climate Action

Call to Action if Trump Fires Mueller
March for Truth—an organization that is working with dozens of advocacy groups to organize rapid response protests has partnered with, Public Citizen, Indivisible and many others to prepare emergency ‘Nobody is Above the Law‘ rallies that will happen directly following the firing of the special counsel should it occur. There are already events in 800+ cities and communities scheduled across the country—more than 300,000 people are prepared to take to the streets.

By firing Mueller or Rosenstein, the president would trigger a full-fledged constitutional crisis by asserting that he is above the law. The hours following the firing will determine whether he is proved right.

Local Rallies Starting Today at 5pm & Continuing Daily Thereafter
Bring Pots and Pans – Make Noise

Call to Action if Trump Fires Mueller
US District Court Southern District of California
330 West Broadway (Downtown)

Nobody is Above the Law Rally
Westfield North County Mall (Escondido)

Nobody is Above the Law Rally
Collier Park (Ramona)

Nobody is Above the Law Rally

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

ZZ August 21, 2018 at 4:19 pm

I don’t like Soccer City at all. SDSU West looks like a much better proposal.

However, why doesn’t the city just sell the land to the highest bidder, leaving out the parts of the land it wants for its own purposes such as parks, the existing or a replacement stadium, etc. SDSU West proposal specifically says the site will be sold from the city to SDSU at “Fair Market Value” but then also says no competitive bids will be accepted. Isn’t the market value of land what the highest amount a buyer wants to pay?

This is a special concern because the last time the city did a land deal at “fair market” it bought that stupid indoor skydiving building for more than double what real estate experts said would be the value, transferring several million dollars of taxpayer money intend to help the homeless into the pocket of a private landowner. This certainly looks like it could be something similar.


Lyle August 22, 2018 at 8:48 am

ZZ — I think your suggestion has merit.

I’d like to point out that the city did not put either of these measures on the ballot. Both of them are sponsored by consortiums of developers who want to get control of the property through public vote in order to avoid a competitive bid and to avoid environmental scrutiny, thus making develpment less expensive and quicker.

A real example of what happens when private developer(s) get control of a big chunk of public property can be seen at Liberty Station. How do you think that turned out ? Some people like it, others don’t. Do you think the city would have done it better ?

If BOTH of these measures fail, our elected officials may need to do their jobs and decide what is in the public interest. They may also need to figure out how to pay for it.


ZZ August 22, 2018 at 12:15 pm

Liberty Station and the area around seem basically OK. All those big million dollar townhouses around it are not my cup of tea, but I am glad they are high density but still big enough inside for a family with children. Too many growing families need to upgrade from their small apartment/condo, but 4-bedroom 2000+ square foot apartments/condos barely exist, forcing them into the environmentally unfriendly choice of a detached house on a medium or large lot.

But the problem with how it was developed was the same: the corrupt political system ending up transferring the valuable land to developers for free.

Smaller city counsel districts + public funding of their campaigns is a good step toward a solution to this corruption. OB has about 28,000 residents, but I don’t think a single elected official, state, federal or local, actually lives here.


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