Area Activists Have a Plan…
The President and his defenders have been actively seeking a way to disrupt Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation into allegations of illegal activities surrounding the 2016 general election.
What started out as a response to reports of Russian interference has now expanded into money laundering and shady real estate deals. It’s important to remember also there is at least one State Attorney General investigation (New York) into the financial side of Donald Trump’s empire.
Former Reagan administration official Douglas W. Kmiec, now teaching constitutional law at Pepperdine University, has an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times raising questions about whether the post of special counsel, a Department of Justice administrative creation, is even constitutional.
Members of Congress from both parties are scrambling to put legislative roadblocks in place in anticipation of any move by the Trump administration to fire Mueller.
President Trump is unpredictable. His anger towards those who aren’t marching in sync with his agenda is there for all to see.
As we learned from the initial Muslim Travel ban and the Twitexcutive Order banning trans humans from the military, he is capable of ignoring his advisors and acting on impulse any time Fox News triggers him.
While the ultimate response to an irrational decision to fire Robert Mueller should come from the other branches of government, a sense of urgency based on a strong showing of public disapproval is absolutely necessary.
Activists with MoveOn, Public Citizen, and Indivisible San Diego (among others) are laying the groundwork for local responses to actions the President may take along these lines.
Call To Action If Trump Fires Mueller:
If this happens we will mobilize an immediate and sustained response, starting at 5 p.m. on the afternoon of the firing. And again the afternoon after. And again the afternoon after that.
We will be in a constitutional crisis for real and will have to be ready to make some noise! The protest happens immediately if and when Trump fires Mueller.
We will gather with pots and pans to bang, and food, water and chairs to stay for a few hours. We will also present a letter to our members of Congress, urging them to pass legislation designating a special prosecutor that Trump can’t fire.
In downtown San Diego, the site of protests is currently the US District Court Building at 333 West Broadway–5 to 8pm daily. (More info)
In Escondido, the site of protests is slated to be near the westfield North County Mall, 272 East Via Rancho Parkway–5 to 8pm daily. (More info)
Even though we’re headed into August, there is lots of activist action in San Diego over the next ten days.
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.
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.
Our Lives Are On The Line Rally
Saturday, July 29, 10am
6th Avenue & Laurel Street
Hosted by Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Don’t think for a minute that the Republicans are going to quit trying to undermine healthcare and women’s health accessibility.
Hold Congressmember Issa Accountable
Rally/CD49 Precinct Walk with Mike Gipson
Join Senator Ben Hueso & Senator Toni Atkins, Assembly Members Todd Gloria, Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher & Shirley Weber along with Flip the 49th, Neighbors in Action, & LA County Young Dems Together to organize our neighbors and identify 75,000 voters that are ready to Flip the 49th! (They will be bringing a few busloads!!!)
The Alfred Olango 39th Birthday March and Celebration
Saturday, July 29, 11am
390 West Main Street (El Cajon)
For More Information
Alfred Olango would have been 39 years old and it is more important than ever to join hand in hand in a unified message of non violent protest of the El Cajon Police Department keeping the officer who killed Alfred on the force and furthermore give positive updates to where we are in the fight for justice in Alfred Olango’s name. Join us as we march for Alfred Olango’s 39th birthday and rally on the progress we have made in his name. Join the National Action Network & Alfred Olango Foundation along with partners in standing up for police reform now!
SlapJazzDanny and Friends Part Deux!
Last year, SlapJazzDanny & Friends absolutely got the Grassroots Oasis Movin’ Groovin’ and Dancin’. We are SO pleased and excited to have them return!
Potluck for the Homeless
Saturday, July 29, 9am
San Diego Harbor Marina
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As you know we’ve been building relationships with the local homeless of San Diego. Twice now we have brought them breakfast, sat and dined with them, and got to know them. It’s a really good experience. So good, that we’d like to invite those interested to join us on Saturday July 29.
Think of this like any other potluck, except a breakfast potluck. We will make a poll to see what each person can bring. You can just show up and bring your item, and instead of just handing it off, you can sit with us and connect with those you might’ve just passed by before.
Midsummer Night’s Garden Party
Fundraiser for SanDiego350
Saturday, July 29, 4pm
Hillcrest (RSVP for address)
The event will be held in a beautiful garden in Hillcrest. There’ll be beer, wine and appetizers (vegetarian and vegan), entertainment from amazing local musicians Peggy Watson and Devan Moncrief , a guided tour of the permaculture garden and a fun party game or two. This will be a wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with other SD350 members. The event is open house style, so stay for the whole event, or just an hour or two.
VetDems July General Meeting
We will have a couple guest speakers at the meeting. One will be Cody Petterson, Col. Doug Applegate’s campaign manager to talk about the Democratic Party and a little bit about being a campaign manager for Doug. Our second speaker is a conservative veteran who will be talking about common veteran issues across the aisle. Pizza and beverages will be provided and there is ample parking!
Equal Pay Ordinance at City Council
Join San Diegans to call on city council to approve the Equal Pay Ordinance, our opportunity to make San Diego the largest city in the U.S. with a local ordinance to help close the wage gap.
Campaign Training: Introduction to Campaigns
Monday, July 31, 6:30pm
8340 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard #105
Campaign and Candidate Trainings: Sign up here if you’re interested in running for office as a Democrat or managing a campaign. Questions? Feel free to call us at (858) 277-3367.
Weekly Issa Resistance Rally
Tuesday, August 1, 10am
1800 Thibodo Road #310 (Vista)
We are making a difference! Issa is feeling the heat. Let’s do this!
Demcco Voter Registration at Sunset Market
Thursday, August 3, 3-9pm
Oceanside Pier (Oceanside)
For More Information
Registering Voters is how we will win! The Democratic Club of Carlsbad/Oceanside is looking for volunteers to help with voter registration at the Oceanside Sunset Market Lot 35 (Near the Stage)
You can volunteer for 1-6 hours from 3:15 PM to a little after 9 PM when we break down. This event will be occurring every 2 weeks from May 25th until the end of October. This is a great opportunity to make a difference in 2018.
Stand with Planned Parenthood
First Saturday [August]
Saturday, August 5, 8am-Noon
Planned Parenthood Offices
2017 First Avenue (Bankers Hill)
For More Information
Come join us for our monthly counter protest at Planned Parenthood. Clinic on 1st ave. Come anytime from 8am-12pm, however we are better in numbers together. We were outnumbered severely last time, so PLEASE come.
Justice For Victor Ortega BBQ Fundraiser
We will be selling plates for a $10 donation.. You will have a choice of 1 meat (carne asada, ribs, or gumbo) and 2 sides (potato salad, greens, or yams). Vegan Hotdogs will be available for those who do not eat meat. Dessert for $3 and Beverages for $1. There will also be a raffling off of a few prizes which will be from 2pm-3pm. Raffle tickets are $3 each.
Please come out and show your support and share this event. The wife of Victor Ortega, killed by Officer McCartney of the San Diego Police Dept on June 4th, 2012 is in need of our support in raising the money to continue fighting for justice for her husband. Earlier this year a jury sided with the officer finding him not guilty.. The judge then refused to waive the fees associated with the appeal process.. She was able to raise the money to file the appeal but now is in need of raising money to obtain legal representation to fight her case.
Hard Realities and Pragmatic Optimism
Join us for an eye-opening, inspiring, and nonpartisan afternoon with keynote speaker, environmental advocate, former photojournalist and wildlife guide, Eve Simmons. She’ll bring a blast of hard realities and pragmatic optimism. Sourcing the world’s top experts, Eve brings awareness, humor and hope to the climate challenges we face and explores the many solutions at hand.
Farm to Bay
Join us for the 8th annual Farm to Bay fundraiser, a unique tasting event that supports coastal wildlife, education, and sustainability programs at the Living Coast.
This fundraiser is perfect for:
- Food Lovers – Enjoy tastes and sips from over 40 food and beverage partners!
- Animal Lovers – Experience animal encounters on a National Wildlife Refuge with views of San Diego Bay.
- Earth Lovers – Support sustainability with a Zero Waste event goal!
Get your tickets today through Facebook or at www.farmtobay.eventbrite.com
The DocumentMe Conference
Pillars of the Community’s “Document Me” Conference is day of brainstorming and strategizing on how to fight this systematic injustice by the people closest to the pain.
It is our hope to get personal experts at the table so that we can have an authentic and robust discussion about all the tools it takes to fight the devastating impacts of gang documentation, gang injunctions, and gang conspiracy laws. Our panels and break-out discussion topics will include the implementation of new legislation such as AB 2298, the criminilization of culture and narrative, creating accountability for law enforcement, and the power of Black/Brown unity.
It is a free event but there is limited space available so please register today!https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=36029267509
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!)
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