Weekly Progressive Calendar: Upcoming in San Diego
By Doug Porter
Believe it or not, mail-in ballots for the June 7th primary will be arriving this coming week. This week’s events include door-to-door canvassing in support of the referendum raising the minimum wage in San Diego and a meeting to organize a rent control rally in Ocean Beach.
So I’m gonna try an experiment for the next few weeks and limit my Friday column to upcoming events. We’d like to see them get more attention –because we support progressive activism everywhere– and I need the time to crank out primary election stories for the coming week.
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. In cases where there are competing but similar events or campaigns of the progressive persuasion, I do my best to list everything.
Unfortunately, my subscription to the psychic hotline has lapsed so if you don’t tell me or Facebook, etc., about your event it won’t get listed. See my email address at the end of this column.
Democratic Congressional Town Hall
The Veterans Democratic Club of San Diego, San Diego State University Democrats and the San Diego County Young Democrats are hosting a Democratic Congressional Town Hall on May 6th, 2016 from 4-6pm! Veterans and collegiate issues will be put at the forefront! This event is sponsored by Students Supporting Israel at SDSU.
Representatives Scott Peters (CA-52) and Juan Vargas (CA-51) and San Diego Democratic Party endorsed congressional candidates Col.(ret) Douglas Applegate (CA-49) and Patrick Malloy (CA-50) have signed on to our event! Veterans and Students make up a large portion of the electorate in San Diego and their issues will be the focus of the evening.
Gloria Gracida in San Diego on the
San Quintin Farmworker Struggle
Friday, May 6, 6 pm
Centro Cultural de la Raza
2004 Park Blvd. (Balboa Park)
Info & Updates
Gloria Gracida Martinez is a middle school teacher in the Valley of San Quintin in Baja California and is also a spokeswoman for the San Quintin Valley farmworkers. She is a special commissioner outside Mexico to promote the boycott against Driscoll’s and to carry the message to brothers and sisters in the United States. Gloria Gracida grew up in San Quintin but her family comes from Oaxaca; she began working in the fields when she was 10 and saw all the injustices against women and children that also worked in the fields.
Raise the Wage Super Walk
Saturday, May 7, 9am
San Diego County Democratic Party
8340 Clairemont Mesa Dr #105
Info & Updates
During this historic time for the workers rights movement, let’s come together to ensure that voters in the City of San Diego know that Prop I still makes a difference in working families’ pockets- $1,750 or a $1/hour more for almost three years and 5 total paid sick days! Also, May 7th weekend is especially important because vote by mail ballots arrive in voter’s homes!
Empty the Tanks – San Diego 2016
Saturday, May 7, 10am
Entrance to SeaWorld
Sea World Drive
Info & Updates
Our message is clear, Empty the Tanks, all of the tanks. We are not going away until the animals are free. Please wear black/black white in solidarity for the orcas. Please leave your companion animals at home. Bring plenty of water (no plastic bottles)
Wear sunscreen. Empty thy bladder before arriving, bathroom is a hike. All homemade signs are welcome and printed ETT signs.
The New Narrative Presents: Communication
In our second live social event, the New Narrative explores the theme of Communication.
Our days are filled with notifications from social media and click bait articles vying for our attention. We have the most advanced capacity for communication in history, but sometimes still the most important messages never get through.
What does it take to communicate effectively in our media saturated world? How do we draw up the courage to say the difficult things that need to be said? Why do we speak untruths to others? Why do we speak untruths to ourselves? What can we do to break down the barriers to communication across race, ideology, culture, gender, religion and more?
For this theme, we bring together speakers from the arts, non-profit, business, academia, activism, and neighborhood communities to share their stories, insights and conflicts on the theme of Communication.
Featuring: Jennifer Gunsaullus, Jason Freeman, Yang Jiang, Rod Smith, Crystal Gail Page, & Samantha Ollinger
Film Screening: No Mas Bebes (No More Babies)
Wednesday, May 11, 5:30pm
Women’s Museum of California
2730 Historic Decatur Rd. Barracks 16 (Liberty Station)
Info & Updates (RSVP Required)
Hosted by Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest
In honor of Mother’s Day, join us for a FREE screening of No Mas Bebes, a film that tells the story of courageous immigrant mothers who were sterilized without informed consent in the 1970s and the lawsuit that followed. You can watch a trailer of the film here: http://bit.ly/1Tk1hgj
We will be joined by film producer Virginia Espino, as well as two of the brave women who fought back: Counsuelo Hermosillo and Maria Hurtado for a post-film discussion. The panel will be moderated by our Vice President of Community and Government Relations, Nora Vargas.
Muslim Votes #PowerHour Panel & Networking
Thursday, May 12, 5:30pm
Partnership for Advancement of New Americans
4089 Fairmount Ave (City Heights)
Info & Updates
Join us for an engaging night as we discuss Civil Society in Muslim Communities in the context of California elections and the upcoming June 7 primary. Co-hosts: San Diego Diplomacy Council
#PowerHour is a quarterly networking and panel conversation series. We convene nonprofit leaders, activists, philanthropists, and business community to network, chat, inspire one another around important issues, and make connections that give rise to positive actions and collaboration around important social issues across movements.
City Heights Town Council
D9 City Council Candidates Forum
Wednesday, May 11, 6:30pm
Kassab Family Auditorium at
Cherokee Point Elementary School,
3735 38th Street at Wightman
No Web Listing
Moderated by Voice of San Diego’s Scott Lewis
OB Tenants United Meeting
Saturday, May 14, 11am
Te Mana Cafe
4956 Voltaire Street (Ocean Beach)
Info & Updates
The rent in OB is steadily increasing. Landlords keep forcing rent hikes year after year. One landlord in particular, Michael Mills, (previously jailed for being a slumlord) is going out of his way to raise rent and make life harder on tenants. Enough is enough! Let’s come together to discuss and organize against high rents and bad living conditions. OB should be accessible to everyone, not just rich people!! This issue affects all of San Diego, so please feel free to join us regardless of where you live.
Please note that the 5/14 meeting is to build an OB Rent Control rally on Sat 6/4 at the flagpole, and that there will be more meetings and events around SD in the months to come. To get involved or find out more, please check out SD Tenants United: https://www.facebook.com/SDTenantsUnited/
Al Nakba Commemoration
Saturday, May 14, 5pm
Balboa Park Recital Hall
Pan American Road, West
Co-Sponsored by Council on American-Islamic Relations
Tickets $10 General Public / $5 Student
Multi-media event Commemorating 68 years of Al Nakba: A Story of Ethnic Cleansing, Resilience, and Resurgence featuring Dr. Jamal Nassar, music by Naima Shalhoub, personal story of survivors, photos, screening of the short film “Ismail,” inspired by the Palestinian painter Ismail Shammout,and Palestinian dinner.
Learn firsthand about what happened to the Palestinians when Israel was founded from people who lived through the experience. Help commemorate 68 years of Al Nakba (the Catastrophe), which is what Palestinians call Israel’s Independence Day.
On This Day: 1882 – The Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act. The act barred Chinese immigrants from the U.S. for 10 years. 1937 – The German airship Hindenburg crashed and burned in Lakehurst, NJ. Thirty-six people (of the 97 on board) were killed. 1937 – Four hundred Black women working as tobacco stemmers walked off the job in a spontaneous revolt against poor working conditions and a $3 weekly wage at the Vaughan Co. in Richmond, Va.
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