Saturday’s Antifa apocalypse won’t be televised… …mostly because no such thing is happening. It’s phony, ginned up, and publicized by the usual suspects in conspiracy circles.
Those unfortunate enough to be exposed to Faux News and other fearmongering outlets have heard a lot in recent weeks about demonstrations by a group calling itself Refuse Fascism, set for roughly twenty cities on Saturday, November 4.
The publicity surrounding this excuse for right-wingers to buy more guns has brought some bitter memories to the surface for me.
From the Guardian:
Since late September, the idea has been circulating on Facebook groups, subreddit message boards, Twitter, and leading conspiracy media outlets that on 4 November, anti-fascist groups will begin a violent insurrection.
Some websites are telling their readers that antifa groups are “planning to kill every single Trump voter, Conservative and gun owner” this weekend. Hundreds of Facebook posts show how seriously consumers of such media are taking the news, and comments like “One more threat against white people and I swear to God I’m going to take a goddamn car and run over every fucking one of them” are not unrepresentative of the response.
But antifa groups have no plans to protest that day, and the small leftist groups who are planning protests have only dubious connections to the antifa movement. So what gives?
From a Mic article entitled The Alt-Right Fell for a Twitter Joke and Now It’s Total Chaos:
On Sept. 29, InfoWars’ Alex Jones told his viewers that “we have a flood of antifa saying that they’re preparing with weapons, knives and guns to kill conservatives, patriots and white people en masse.”
Posts like this one started to go viral, with far-right activists claiming law enforcement sources told them things like “Black Lives Matter” received “almost 25 million [dollars] for weapons and other tools to supply groups that plan to attack ‘white people,’” that Trump had deputized “over 4 million military people” to prepare for a coming civil war with antifa and that “800,000” antifa soldiers would likely team up with gang members from MS-13 for the fight.
Needless to say, the propaganda circulating in the conspiracy-right silos looks remarkably similar to what we’ve seen exposed as Russian internet operations in recent days.
😡♥️🙏🏻🇺🇸God Please Protect America 🙏🏻🇺🇸 Heartbreaking 💔😓 pic.twitter.com/BTfLWHLL6Z
— 🌵ArizonaKat🌵 (@mccraw_birkie5) October 30, 2017
Okay, so now we know it’s another Jade Helm-type scam designed to keep certain people’s fear or flight neurons firing. The problem is some of these folks are not quite stable. Innocent people are going to get hurt, sooner or later.
San Diego wasn’t apparently worthy of staging an Antifa apocalypse event, mostly because there isn’t an active branch here of Revolutionary Communist Party, a cult-like group that’s been prowling the outer reaches of the left since the 1970s. The November 4 demonstrations are just their latest attempt to recruit suckers drawn by bravado and bullshit.
There is some humor in all of this, Alex Jones and his fellow zombies have been saying we should expect a nationwide riot, led by the “Antifa,” who are mostly anarchists who wouldn’t be caught dead worshiping at the feet of Fearless RCP Leader Bob Avakian.
For those readers puzzled by my treating the RCP the same as I do Right Wing Nutjobs, I have to say there’s a personal angle involved. Back in the 1970’s these folks did a lot of undercover organizing, competing with the FBI to infiltrate activist groups. Their game wasn’t dissimilar to what the bureau did with COINTELPRO: divide and conquer.
I came out a loser on the divide part of the equation. A ‘trusted’ individual–since deceased– started a whispering campaign naming yours truly as an undercover agent for the police. In the politically charged and paranoid post-Watergate era in Washington DC (where I lived at the time), this was the kiss of death. In the space of two weeks, I lost my job and most of my friends.
It took me 40 years to learn the truth, via events triggered by the publication of an article in Gawker.
In the meantime, there are plenty of real events happening in San Diego over the next 10 days.
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.
Homelessness is to San Diego as Unsafe Water is to Flint MI
Friday, November 3, 11:30am
San Diego Civic Center Concourse
202 C Street (Downtown)
We will stand Silent Vigil with Signs for the 3000+ Unsheltered San Diegans who have no safe place to stay, as Mayor Kevin Faulconer continues to refuse to activate San Diego’s designated Mass Emergency Shelter: Qualcomm/now SDCCU Stadium — as it was for wildfire victims in 2007. Why not for indigent San Diegans, of which 21% are African-American/Black, made homeless by the City’s decisions to replace low income housing with market-rate/luxury development?
Black Minds Matter
Saturday, November 4, 3pm
Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library
5148 Market Street
The San Diego NAACP will host Dr. Luke Wood, and serve as a video replay broadcast site for “Black Minds Matter: A Focus on Black Boys & Men in Education.”
Protest the Breeders Cup at Del Mar Race Track
Saturday, November 4, 8am
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard
For More Information
This year the Breeders Cup will be at Del Mar. They are selling tickets from $85.00 to $1875.00. Horse racing is animal cruelty. We will meet inside the parking lot at the entrance to the grounds.
Media, Manipulation & Minorities
Communities of color have been maligned and our images distorted by lack of representation and misrepresentation in the media. Our journalists are often on the front lines. (Jorge Ramos, April Ryan & Jemel Hill)
Free speech and freedom of the press is challenged at every turn. Spanish-language broadcaster Univision was banned by Trump during campaign, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman was charged with inciting a riot while covering Standing Rock, the Native American-led protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline project. Jemele Hill, the “SportsCenter” host on ESPN was suspended for two weeks for speaking up for NFL players.
Join us for an informative discussion on re-shaping the media narrative as we look to the 2018 and 2020 elections.
Confirmed Media Panelists:
Dr. John Warren, Publisher Voice & Viewpoint,
Art Castañares, Publisher La Prensa
November Endorsement Meeting
Saturday, November 4, 9:30am
San Diego Machinists Hall
5150 Kearny Mesa Road
For More Information
Hosted by San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action
This meeting is free and open to the public, and will come to order at 10 a.m.
We’ll consider friendly endorsements for Scott Peters in California’s 52nd Congressional District (CA-52) and Todd Gloria in California’s 78th State Assembly district (AD-78), and then move on to endorsement considerations and votes in California’s 49th Congressional District (CA-49), San Diego County Board of Supervisors District Four (BOS-4) and San Diego City Council District Eight (D-8).
Only members in good standing are permitted to vote in club endorsements. According to our bylaws, a member in good standing “has attended at least one (1) prior club meeting or has paid dues 34 days prior to the meeting.” Only those members who meet those requirements will be eligible to vote at our endorsement meetings. Absolutely no proxy voting is allowed.
8th Annual Coffee & Pie Fundraiser
Saturday, November 4, 1:30
3933 30th Street (North Park)
For More Information
The Tutoring Program in City Heights helps kids from refugee camps adjust to their new schools and homes in San Diego. Come meet our students! ($10 donation)
Resilience Conference – An Answer to Address Community Trauma
Please join us in viewing “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope” (A TUGG Film), then participate in the conversation as we analyze the effects that trauma has on our youth’s resilience and how it affects our community.
The daily trauma of our children and adults experience affects our health, learning ability, and safety. Come hear about Community Trauma and how WE can address it.
CA to VA GOTV Phone & TextBank
It’s time to GOTV. Our work is not limited to one seat in one race or even to one county or one state.
We’re part of a nationwide movement to take back our democracy and that means flipping seats up and down the ballot, from coast to coast. In 2017, some of the hottest races in the country are in Virginia. We’re going to show our Virginia Resistance family some love and phonebank our hearts and our voices out for them on GOTV weekend.
Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of the 2017 Resistance that Flips Virginia Blue!
1st Saturdays – Help the Homeless
We will be organizing at 12:00 pm in the small parking lot on the northeast corner of State St. and A St. (ACROSS THE STREET from 339 W A St. address shown on the event). Please park on the street because we will need all the space in the lot. (Carpooling is a great idea if you can. Plan on spending some $ for parking.)
We will sort clothes and build care packs in the parking lot. Once completed, we’ll circle up for a quick meeting, then move to the Children’s Park (on Island St., between 1st & Front St.) and distribute all of our goodies at about 1:00 pm.
San Marcos Neighbors in Action Coordinated Canvass
A chance to knock on some doors with newly trained and seasoned canvassers in the San Marcos area immediately following a training.
Day Laborer Outreach
Saturday, November 4, 8am
2258 Island Avenue (Sherman Heights)
For More Information
Volunteers will then go out to meet with Day Laborers at sites around San Diego and Los Angeles, to distribute information regarding their rights, access to services (such as immigration advice, language courses etc) as well as distributing food, water, and hygiene items.
– Food + Drink for yourself
– Food + Drink to distribute to day laborers (Bags of Fruit/Vegetables, Granola Bars, 12 Oz bottles of drink, pre-made sandwiches etc)
-Any Other donations will be helpful but not required such as clothing and blankets (shirts/jackets/sweaters/
San Diego Member Meeting
Please join us for our monthly membership meeting to reflect on past events and plan for upcoming ones. New Members welcome. Come and find out how you can fight the NRA for common sense gun laws.
Images of Pride: Opening Reception
Saturday, November 4, 6pm
San Diego Pride
3620 30th Street (North Park)
For More Information
A Photographic Display of the 2017 San Diego Pride Celebration
Art of Pride and San Diego Pride are pleased to present the works of local established and aspiring photographers capturing this year’s Pride Celebration. Included will be scenes from the Music Festival, the Parade, and the Rally. Refreshments and Awards.
Climate Mobilization March
The event begins at San Diego Civic Center Plaza and we will march to the Federal Building at Front and Broadway where we will post the Pledge on the Federal Building calling upon the Federal Government to implement a World War II-scale Mobilization to transition the U.S. off of Fossil Fuels and onto Wind, Water & Solar Renewable Energy as computer modeled by Engineering Professor Mark Jacobson and his colleagues at Stanford University. Fossil Fuels must be abolished if humans are to survive.
We now have the technology to build a new American Energy System based on Renewable Energy. All we need is for millions of Americans to peacefully get in the streets and let the Government know we want it. World War I, World War II, World War CO2. 100% Renewable is 100% Possible. Onward!
CD-50 Democratic Candidates Debate w/KPBS Roundtable Host
We’re very excited to announce that the Forum, hosted by Indivisible CBFD (Courageous Bold Focused Democrats), will be moderated by Mark Sauer, host of KPBS Roundtable. The Forum will include questions from Mr. Sauer as well as others submitted by audience members at the time they register.
Seating is limited at the Center so sign up as soon as possible and encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same. In addition to the Forum itself, there will be 30 minutes before and after for attendees to interact directly with the candidates.
Meals for Neighbors in Need
As part of the Pious Projects of America, cities across America commit to making 2000 lunches to feed the hungry all over their city. We are partnering with shelters in San Diego to take these sack lunches to distribute to those in need.
1) You can come for the entire event or just a portion of it. Even if you can come for 30 mins, please come!
2) We need volunteers to bring jars of peanut butter and jelly, fruits, snacks, or water bottles.
Walk with Monica
We need to spread the word by walking and knocking on doors, informing our neighbors that they can also be a part of change in District Four. Join the team as we walk on November 5th, I look forward to seeing you then!
Time to Act: City Council Hearing on Minimum Wage Enforcement
The City Council is holding a hearing to evaluate if the minimum wage and earned sick leave law is being properly enforced. Raise Up San Diego will be attending the hearing to ensure that the City Council and Mayor’s decisions are centered on the realities that low wage workers face.
We’ve heard from some people that they are being paid less than $11.50 an hour, even though they work in the City of San Diego. We’ve heard from others that they aren’t being allowed to take sick days or are receiving disciplinary action when they do. We need your help to tell the City Council your story if this is happening to you. They need to hear from you why the minimum wage and earned sick leave law should be enforced and made a reality. In order to ensure that workers’ rights are protected we need you at this hearing. This way you can share your experiences with the City Council and Mayor.
Flip Congress Candidate Forum: CA-49 and CA-50
On Monday, November 6th at 6:30 PM at Elijah’s Restaurant, Delicatessen & Catering, the San Diego Progressive Democratic Club is thrilled to present a Flip Congress forum with candidates for California Congressional Districts CA-49 and CA-50! This is our chance to meet the candidates, hear their pitches, and ask them the questions that really matter to us as progressive Democrats deciding who we’d like to support. With our chapter clubs slated to recommend endorsements at their next meeting on November 13th, you won’t want to miss this chance to get your questions in!
Joining us will be: Mike Levin, CA-49, Col. Doug Applegate (Ret.), CA-49, Ammar Campa for Congress, CA-50, Pete Beauregard for Congress, CA-50.
(the other declared candidates were invited, but unable to attend)
Support MBG at Critical Meeting of Mission Bay Park Committee
Tuesday, November 7, 6pm
Mission Bay Senior High
2475 Grand Avenue
For More Information
Hosted by Mission Bay Gateway
City consultant will present their inadequate plans and community feedback received. This is the critical meeting to attend if you want the city to integrate the MBG plan. Come and show up – speak up in public comment or just show your support.
Community leaders and families are getting behind Mission Bay Gateway and this Nov. 7th meeting is when we can show how large our MBG community is.
If we don’t show our leaders now there is a better way for all San Diegans – they may go forward with the city consultant’s plan with all of its drawbacks and missed opportunities.
How Community Planning Groups Can Support the Climate Action Plan
Join Circulate San Diego and our partners for a panel and discussion on how Community Planning Groups can support the Climate Action Plan.
Community Planning Groups have an important role in San Diego’s land use and transportation decisions. Panelists will speak on the ways that current and potential members of Community Planning Groups can contribute to climate change mitigation.
Panelists: Vicki Granowitz, City of San Diego Planning Commissioner, former head of North Park Community Planning Group – Nilmini Silva-Send, Ph.D., Assistant Director/Adjunct Professor, Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) – Maya Rosas, Advocacy Manager, Circulate San Diego – Moderated by Andrew Keatts, Reporter, Voice of San Diego
Weekly Issa Resistance Rally
Tuesday, November 7, 10am
1800 Thibodo Road (Vista)
Just show up! Something new and exciting every week. Best of all, it’s working.
Politics and Pizza: Panel Forum & Discussion
Let’s talk: POLITICS & PIZZA! The Indivisible Club at Grossmont College is hosting a panel forum and discussion with local San Diego politicians, political and social leaders, and community organizers. Get a FREE bite of pizza while discussing important issues and current events that concern students! Sign up to reserve your spot, we have limited space available. EXTRA: get a chance to network with the panelists after the event!
Zapatista Mayan Art Project ~ Chicano Park to CompArte Chiapas
Dreamers needed to create visions for a new and unique art collaboration designed to create links between Barrio Logan in San Diego, CA, and Zapatista rebel school art projects in Chiapas, Mexico! Join us in forming an artistic cooperative of creative people in Southern California interested in honestly collaborating with Mayan students, their families, and Zapatista education promoters at an indigenous, rainforest-based school in Chiapas, Mexico.
LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor 2017 Induction Ceremony
Thursday, November 9, 6pm
San Diego LGBT Community Center
3909 Centre Street (Hillcrest)
Join us for The Benjamin F. Dillingham, III & Bridget Wilson LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor 2017 Induction Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 9 from 6-8 pm at The Center. The evening will include a brief program with a celebration of military colors, the National Anthem, an announcement of inductees, and remarks from honorees in attendance. Light refreshments will be served.
The Benjamin F. Dillingham and Bridget Wilson LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor recognizes LGBT veterans with ties to San Diego who have taken the oath to serve our country and have done so honorably, and with distinction, acting as role models in advancing equality. The Veterans Wall commemorates these veterans’ lives in hopes that their courage, bravery, and sacrifices will continue to inspire future generations.
SURJ SD Presents The Criminal Justice System: A Panel Discussion
Hosted by Showing Up for Racial Justice
Geneviéve Jones-Wright is a Deputy Public Defender for San Diego County and a candidate for District Attorney. Marc Kohnen is a criminal defense attorney. Join them for a discussion of the criminal justice system and institutional racism from 6:30-8:30 pm on Thursday, November 9 in conference rooms E & F of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies.
RSVPs are required, but there is no cost to attend. Parking is free after 5 pm.
Bad to the Bone: Deconstructing the “Insta Baddie Image”
Bad to the Bone: Deconstructing the Insta Baddie image is a space for those that self-identify as a Womxn, gender nonconforming, or femme of color to discuss the oppressive roots of the “Insta Baddie” aesthetic. This dialogue will focus on the deconstruction of cultural appropriation, colorism, and body policing in the age of social media.
Encinitas Unity: Darrell Issa Street-Corner Protest
Thursday, November 9, 5pm
Encinitas Boulevard & El Camino Real (NE Corner)
Please join us every Thursday to protest Darrell Issa! He was the deciding vote in the house to approve the AHCA. He is a strong ally and backer of Trump. He is the richest representative in Congress and votes party over country again and again.
We have had enough of Darrell Issa and we will vote Issa out in the coming mid-term elections next year. Please come join us with your signs, friends, neighbors and family members.
This is a friendly non-violent protest exercising our first amendment rights. Parking is available in the shopping center next to the Chase Bank and Discount Tires
Climate Change and National Security
Rear Admiral Hering (ret) is a prominent military and civilian sustainability leader. He holds a masters degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies, as well as degrees in Meteorology and Oceanography.
Film Night “Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock”
Thursday, November 9, 7pm
Ocean Beach Green Center
4843 B Voltaire Street
The Water Protectors at Standing Rock, North Dakota captured world attention through their peaceful resistance. This documentary captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed how we fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet. This 2017 film is a collaboration between Indigenous filmmakers, Director Myron Dewey, Executive Producer Doug Good Feather and environmental Oscar Nominated filmmakers Josh Fox and James Spione.
Dreams Without Borders will begin a series of events at different high transit bridges throughout the San Diego County to advocate solidarity with DREAMers, AB540 Recipients, and the community at large that will benefit from an Immigration Reform.
Opening Night Reception & Youth Scholarship Fundraiser
Friday, November 10, 6pm
Digital Gym Cinema
2921 El Cajon Boulevard
For More Information (Tickets)
Hosted by Youth Media & Tech Camp at the Media Arts Center San Diego
Opening Night Reception & Youth Scholarship Fundraiser. Join us for LIVE MUSIC, celebrity chefs, ART sale, MUST-HAVE RAFFLE PRIZES Y MÁS!
The San Diego Latino Film Festival will be kicking off The Hola Mexico Tour 2017 with an Opening Night reception on Friday, November 10th from 6pm to 8pm. This reception will serve as the annual Youth Scholarship Fundraiser for the Media Arts Center San Diego in support of the organization’s year-round youth education programs. Our goal is to reach $7,000 to offer 40 scholarships for this 2017-2018 project year!
Sierra Club’s Film Night “From The Ashes”
Friday, November 10, 6:30pm
8304 Clairmont Mesa Boulevard #101
For More Information
This powerful documentary explores the experiences of Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry, and what its future should be. From Appalachia and the horrors of mountain-top removal to strip mines and polluted lands in the Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what is at stake for our economy, our climate, and the health of our people.
Escondido Democratic Club – November Meeting & Candidate Forum
Saturday, November 11, 10am
Escondido Senior Center
210 East Park Avenue
For More Information
For our meeting in November, the Escondido Democratic Club will host local candidates running for Assembly and Congress! This is your opportunity to hear directly from the candidates and ask them questions. Bring your friends!
Rally for Deported Veterans at Larsen Field
Saturday, November 11, 11am
455 Sycamore Road (San Ysidro)
For More Information
Please join Charlie Mercado and support deported vets! We are holding a rally for awareness and support. We feel if a person will die for this country, they should be allowed to live here as a citizen.
San Diego Veterans for Peace: “Hometown Arlington West”
Saturday, November 11, 8am-5pm
Lawn in front of the USS Midway Museum
910 North Harbor Drive
Chapter veterans from all five services will be honoring our 300+ fallen brothers and sisters from Southern California who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with special memorial markers. The public is asked to stop by, read their names, honor the ultimate sacrifice made by these local fallen veterans, and to reflect on the overall costs of these two ongoing wars.
Prevent Cruelty California Campaign Kick Offs! San Diego
Please join us for the launch of the historic Prevent Cruelty California campaign! We’re a broad coalition working to end the abusive confinement of farm animals in cages, and they need YOUR help. You’ll learn about the powerful and fun ways that grassroots volunteers can help, while meeting like-minded animal advocates in your community.>
We Are One!
Love is Louder. Join us in a collaborative celebration of one year of resistance and solidarity in protecting marginalized groups and influencing the political outcomes in our district and beyond. We will honor our veterans and transgender service members.
Hear from the three Women’s Convention in Detroit MI. Our giving Circle is on behalf of women and teen girls. Bring tampons, pads, underwear.
Other Stuff to Do
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