3rd Annual Progressive Labor Summit 2019 in San Diego, Saturday April 13th

by on April 8, 2019 · 3 comments

in Labor, San Diego, Under the Perfect Sun

All Day Conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Mission Valley at 7450 Hazard Center Drive from 9:00 AM until 5:30 PM.

Want a great crash course in local, statewide, and national progressive issues and politics?  Then you won’t want to miss the third annual Progressive Labor Summit this Saturday, April 13th in Mission Valley.  This one-day event will feature a wide range of speakers and breakout sessions on labor, the environment, immigration, housing, transit, education, local politics, organizing, and much more.

Some of day’s highlights include: the first San Diego mayoral forum with Todd Gloria, Tasha Williamson, and Barbara Bry; a discussion with leaders from the unions whose recent strikes woke up the country—the United Teachers Los Angeles and the Oakland Education Association—on bargaining for the public good; and a keynote by Sara Nelson, the president of the Association of Flight Attendants, whose bold action helped end the government shutdown.

The summit will also include a dozen breakout sessions with panels led by union and community activists.  Some of the urgent issues included there are the Green New Deal, homelessness, and the border crisis. Yours truly will be presenting at 1:15 with Kisha Borden from the San Diego Education Association and Chris Wilson from Alliance San Diego on the Schools and Communities First ballot measure, a bold reform of Proposition 13 that will appear on the 2020 ballot and could result in billions of dollars of new revenue for education and community services.

All attendees get breakfast, lunch, and a t-shirt.  Come on out and join the discussion!

See the full schedule of speakers and break outs here:

9:05 AM – 9:15 AM – Welcome and Intros: Carol Kim and Keith Maddox

9:15 AM – 9:40 AM – We Told You So: The Prop B Problem and San Diego’s Staffing Crisis: Rodney Fowler, Chris Ward, Michael Zucchet, Jesse Conner; Carol Kim, Moderator

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM – Mayoral Candidate Forum: Barbara Bry, Todd Gloria, Tasha Williamson; Evan McLaughlin and Lex Olbrei, Moderators

10:45 AM – 11:05 AM – Bargaining for the Common Good: Cecily Myart-Cruz, UTLA; Ismael “Ish” Armendariz, OEA; Kisha Borden, Moderator

11:10 AM – 11:40 PM – Keynote: Sara Nelson, President of AFA-CWA

11:40 PM – 11:55 PM – Attendees get lunch

12:00 PM – 12:40 PM – Statewide Legislative Priorities: Jeremy Smith, Sara Flocks; Tasha Boerner-Horvath, Moderator

12:40 PM – 1:10 PM – Moving Together: SANDAG, the Unified Port District, and MTS: Rafael Castellanos, Georgette Gomez, and Hasan Ikhrata; Gretchen Newsom, Moderator

1:15 PM – 2:45 PM – Breakouts Session 1

Green New Deal: Masada Diesenhouse, SD350; Mathew Vasilakis, Climate Action Campaign; Ana Reynoso, EHC; Kelly Mayhew, AFT 1931; Rick Bates, Moderator

Immigration and the Border: Tazheen Nizam; Laura Moreno, Unite Here Local 30; Amina Fields, CAIR LA; Sandra Alvarado, Rapid Response Network; Christina Griffin, SDIRC, Moderator

Affordable Housing/Homelessness/Tenant Rights: Tamara Koehler, RTFH; Miriam Melendez, ACCE; Murtaza Baxamusa, SDBTC FHC
Schools and Communities First: Kisha Borden, SDEA; Jim Miller, AFT 1931; Chris Wilson, Alliance SD
Intro to Organized Labor – Labor Democratic Club
There’s Something in the Water: Matt O’Malley, Coastkeeper; Jeremy Smith, CA State Building Trades; Paloma Aguirre, WildCoast

3 PM – 4:30 PM – Breakouts Session 2

Intro to Organized Labor – Labor Democratic Club

So You Want To Run For Office: Eva Posner; Lucas O’Connor; Jeremy Abrams, IBEW 569
New Unionist Memes for Labor Organizing Teens: Meeting and Organizing Young People Where They Are—Max Cotteril; Ansermio Jake Estrada; Maya Rosas
The Final Frontier: Transforming the County—Nathan Fletcher; Dave Lagstein, SEIU 221; Moses Cuevas, UDW
Ensuring Community Benefits in Public Investment: Anne McMonigle, Apprenticeship Readiness Fund; Tom Lemmon, San Diego County Building Trades Council; Jason Shanley, HomeWork; Cliff Smith, Roofers Local 36

Organizing 101: Brigette Browning, Unite Here Local 30; Sarah Gurling, CNA; Yvonne Griffin, UDW

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM – Reception

For tickets and registration go here

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

William April 13, 2019 at 9:24 am

Barbara Bry guest


Armando Nunez April 13, 2019 at 1:42 pm

With the carpenters


Muir Avenue Ale April 15, 2019 at 3:50 pm

Lots of interesting forums; no coverage in the U-T. Anyone go?


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