Now that we’ve reached the one year mark in the Trump administration, there are many successes to look back on. It should also be clear this process of protest and activism is a marathon, not a sprint. Ain’t no superhero gonna fix this mess.
We can all look to the victory of those participating in the weekly protests outside Rep. Darrell Issa’s office for inspiration. They resisted. They persisted. And the richest man in Congress decided he could take it no more.
There are more than a dozen contingents participating in the San Diego and North County Women’s Marches; people whose common activism leads them to want to show their solidarity with his and other events.
Not all of us have the time and energy to make full-time commitments. And that’s okay. Do what you can, and do it with a smile on your face and a song in your hear.
There are more than 30 events taking placing throughout San Diego County listed in the week’s Progressive Activist Calendar. Perhaps one of them is a good fit for you. And if this week’s offerings don’t entice you, click on this link to get this calendar via email every Friday.
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.
San Diego Dream Act Rally
Friday, January 19, Noon
City Heights Performance Annex
3795 Fairmont Avenue
For More Information
We need the Dream Act this January 19th. California is the state with the largest number of immigrant youth who would be protected by the passage of the Dream Act. As Congress votes on the Dream Act on the 19th, national efforts will continue to fight for a permanent solution. Regardless of the result, our communities are somebody and they deserve full equality.
Community Budget Alliance: Budget 101
Why does the budget matter?
The budget is a set of priorities set by city staff, councilmembers and the mayor and is crucial to what gets built and what services you have access to in your neighborhood.
“Lack of funding” is a common reason that officials give for denying a request, so staying informed & advocating helps you keep and get valuable resources in your neighborhood.
Understanding what the budget is and how it is created helps you push for what your neighborhood needs. Learn how to make your project a priority and push for what your neighborhood needs.
Jane Elliott in San Diego – Brown Eyes or Blue Eyes?
Welcome author & anti-racism activist Jane Elliot for our Martin Luther King 88th birthday celebration. In response to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Jane Elliott devised the controversial and startling, “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes” exercise. This, now famous, exercise labels participants as inferior or superior based solely upon the color of their eyes and exposes them to the experience of being a minority. Everyone who is exposed to Jane Elliott’s work, be it through a lecture, workshop, or video, is dramatically affected by it.
Women’s March San Diego | Hear Our Vote 2018
Links for Groups Meeting Up at the Women’s March
March with TWW San Diego!
March with the ACLU
Women’s March with ACLU & WLC
Indivisible #BlueWave2018 at Women’s March San Diego
Palestine Contingent at the San Diego Women’s March
Women’s March – Climate Contingent/SanDiego350
Run Women Run Contingent
Women’s March SD with Las Tres Hermanas and Friends!
Labor Rights Are Women’s Rights Contingent/Labor Council
Women’s March San Diego with SD Enviro Dems
Reproductive Justice Contingent at SD Women’s March/ISO
San Diego Women’s March w/ Sara Jacobs
Fayaz Nawabi for City Council Women’s March Contingent
On January 20, 2018, we will unite in San Diego to reaffirm our commitment to building a positive and just future for all, and to celebrate the spirit of resistance efforts over the past year. This march is designed to engage and empower voters to support women’s rights, human rights, social and environmental justice, and to encourage participation in 2018 midterm elections.
The San Diego march will be one of many worldwide events honoring the movement that brought out 5 million marchers on January 21, 2017, in what is considered the largest single-day demonstration in U.S. history.
The mission of Women’s March San Diego is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. Women’s March San Diego is a women-led movement providing intersectional education and activism on a diverse range of issues. We create entry points for grassroots activists & organizers to engage in their local communities to dismantle systems of oppression.
We recognize that there is no true peace, freedom, or inclusion without equity for all. Our march will represent voices of resistance aligned with our Unity Principles – ending violence, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, workers’ rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights, Indigenous people’s rights and environmental justice.
Women’s March North County San Diego 2018
Links for Groups Meeting Up at the Women’s March
March with the ACLU
North County Women’s March w/ Sara
March with Elizabeth Warren for Assembly 2018
10:00 AM: Gates open
11:00 AM: Opening statements
11:30 AM: March for 1.2 miles *Walk on the South side of W Mission Rd to San Marcos Middle School and then walk back on North side of the street to Palomar College.
12:45 – 1:45: Rally and speakers
Take Sprinter to Palomar Station (preferred). By car, park in Palomar indicated lots (we will update as the lots are identified.) The event will be located at Parking Visitor/Staff Lots #1 & #2.
Say No to Walk For Life’s Lies
Join us to counter-demonstrate the anti-women, anti-trans, anti-reproductive justice “Walk For Life”
We are here to protect women’s lives. Not only is the self-proclaimed “pro-life” movement an attack on women’s bodily autonomy, it also encourages cruelty and violence towards women, and plays a direct hand in causing their deaths. The UN acknowledges denying women access to abortion as a form of torture. Forced pregnancies require that women suffer through pain and expense, and risk death. Worldwide, 68,000 women die of unsafe abortions annually, making it one of the leading causes of maternal mortality, and of the women who survive unsafe abortion, 5 million will suffer long-term health complications.
The necessity of free abortion on demand is reflected in how the inaccessibility of legal abortion disproportionately affects lower-income women and women of color. Today, 32 states won’t cover abortions for low-income women who become pregnant as a result of rape or incest, or in cases of a severely deformed fetus. Low-income women of color are then scapegoated for the social ills caused by wealthy men legislating devastating cuts to social services. The fight for free abortion on demand, then, is a fight for healthcare for all, and a fight against austerity.
We cannot afford to compromise on this issue–the anti-choicers have no issue with using intimidation tactics. They storm women’s clinics, harassing them and threatening their lives; and with the administration on their side, they face no repercussions. So, it’s up to us to defend women’s autonomy over their own bodies, as well as their lives. Free abortion on demand, can we do it? Yes we can!
J20–A Year of Resistance!
One year has passed since J20, and the people have not been, and will not be, silenced.
We have many of Trump’s policies being implemented that have affected the most marginalized sectors of our society, include the native, immigrant and poor. We must organize and stand up against these attacks on our communities.
Join us in the streets. We will begin our march immediately following the conclusion of the Women’s March at Water Front Park behind the County Admin Building. Bring your signs, puppets, instruments and voices to impeach the system.
District 2 Endorsement Meeting
Point Loma Democratic Club will hold our first meeting of 2018. This is an important meeting, as we will consider if and who the club should endorse to run against Zapf in our home San Diego City Council District 2. This will be a huge opportunity for you to hear the candidates in person and to ask them questions – so read up on the candidates and bring your questions to ask! The three candidates that we will bring forward are:
Jordan Beane | Website: https://jordanbeane.com/| Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/
Bryan Pease | Website: http://www.bryanpease.com/| Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/
Dr. Jen Campbell | Website: http://drjen2018.com/ | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/
In addition, if you have not already renewed your dues for 2018, please be prepared to do so at our January meeting. Only members in good standing will be allowed to vote on the endorsement.
San Diego Handmaids March
Sunday, January 21, 10am
2017 First Ave
For More Information
We will meet at the Downtown San Diego Planned Parenthood to show our support for this valuable organization, we will then march about a mile to the Hall of Justice to lift our voices and say we are tired of the Trump Administration! Let’s join together and loudly call out the sexism and anti-women policies of Trump and politicians – or risk starring in a real-life version of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” This November is a key moment for women to resist – to rise up and boldly demonstrate that a society where women are treated as anything but equals will not be tolerated!
Canvassing at Hamilton Performances
We’ll be handing out flyers and talking with folks as they exit the matinee show, take a quick break, then canvass the people going in for the evening show. This is a HUGE opportunity to educate a lot of people on SB 562 and it is tons of fun.
Training for Hamilton Canvassing will be held on January 13th. Follow link for info.
January New Member Orientation
Welcome to DSA-San Diego! Come join us at 3pm to learn about our organization, democratic socialism, and the work we do in the greater San Diego community.
Meet members of our Steering Committee and sign up to get involved in our active Working Groups. If you like what you see after the orientation, stay for the general meeting that goes on from 4-6pm.
Join us for New Member Orientation if you are brand new or if you have been around for a while and want to get more involved in the chapter.
58 Years of Activism. The Brown Berets Speak!!
Sunday, January 21, 1pm
Activist San Diego
4246 Wightman Street (City Heights)
For More Information
The Brown Berets (Los Boinas Cafes) are a pro-Chicano organization that emerged during the Chicano Movement in the late 1960s founded by David Sanchez and remains active to the present day. The group was seen as part of the Third Movement for Liberation. The Brown Berets’ movements largely revolved around farm worker’s struggles, educational reform, and anti-war activism; they have also organized against police brutality. Several groups have been quite active since the passage of California Proposition 187.
Toxic Masculinity in Organizing Spaces: Platica and Healing
Let’s be real, organizing spaces are not immune to patriarchal, heteronormative and hypermasculine attitudes and actions. If we don’t do the internal work to confront those problems, then we won’t ever have a world where all of us are free!
It is key for our healing process to express our thoughts, feelings, and deconstruct. This workshop will be an open space for us to collectively engage each other in difficult but necessary dialogue and practice/exchange ways to heal.
TWW & Escondido Indivisible Monthly Meeting
Monday, January 22, 6pm
Chalice Unitarian Universalist Church
2324 Miller Avenue (Escondido)
For More Information
It’s January and we are ready to turn our district and our city of Escondido BLUE! We will have speakers running for local office, snacks, and information on how YOU can get involved. It’s up to us in 2018. From 6:00 – 6:30 is our snack/social time. Bring an appetizer if you wish.
We meet the 4th Monday of each month at Chalice Church.
End the Chokehold Policy: A Town Hall Meeting
Monday, January 22, 7pm
Christian Fellowship Congregational Church
1601 Kelton Road
For More Information
Hosted by Showing Up for Racial Justice – SURJ San Diego
Join us as we actively work towards ending the chokehold in San Diego! Guest speakers are: Dr James Grisiola MD (Neurologist), Bishop Cornelius Bowser (CAST), Rev Moten (Vice Chair of NAN), Genevieve Jones-Wright (Deputy Public Defender), Robert Branch (Survivor of Carotid Restraint), Marc Kohnen (Defence Attorney for Robert Branch).
NOT ONE PENNY MORE Tour – Darrell Issa
Tuesday, January 23, 10am
Congressman Duncan Hunter’s Office
1800 Thibodo Road (Vista)
NOT ONE PENNY MORE Tour -Duncan Hunter
Join the National 100 DAY, “NOT ONE PENNY MORE TOUR” as they hit the 49th and 50th District offices! They will be at Rep. Issa’s office at 10 AM and then will bus up to Temecula to Rep. Hunter’s office at 12 noon. Get your signs READY and join us. There will be press coverage. We need to get it on local and national news so EVERYONE KNOWS, we are sick and tired of paying for corporate tax cuts on the backs of the elderly, poor and working middle class.
The Repeal the TrumpTax Tour will let the American people take action to demand Congress repeal the #TrumpTax that passed last month. The 100-day tour will include grassroots actions, rallies, and town halls from coast to coast, leading up to a day of action on April 15 — the one-year anniversary of the Tax March.
Uptown Democratic Club
Tuesday, January 23, 7pm
Joyce Beers Community Center
3900 Vermont Street (Hillcrest)
For More Information
Please join us to meet our two Democratic “law and order” candidates for the top San Diego County law enforcement positions.
Geneviéve Jones-Wright is running for San Diego County District Attorney. Genevieve believes every segment of the community must be involved in public safety and supports criminal justice reform.
Dave Myers has been with the San Diego Sheriff Department for 32 years. Dave would like the department to be more transparent with the community and believes a change in leadership is necessary in order to meet the community’s desires and goals.
Sips & Civility: Discussing Sexual Assault
Join your peers for a community discussion on the topic of Sexual Assault. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Doreen Mattingly, a Professor and the Chair of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University. Attendees are invited to enjoy free drinks (selection of beer, wine, or other non-alcoholic beverages) and light snacks. To enjoy adult beverages you must be 21 or older and bring your ID.After the keynote presentation attendees will be asked to join discussion groups led by trained LWVSD moderators.
LWVSD will also be holding an opportunity drawing at the end of the program, so if you want to be a lucky winner, come prepared to donate to LWVSD. Tickets for the drawing are available at the event and are two for $5, five for $10, twelve for $20.
Building Our Future: ACLU Trainings for Change Makers
Tuesday, January 23, 6pm
For More Information
Start your year off right by learning how you can get involved in on-the-ground campaigns to make 2018 a visionary year. Join us for one of several webinars trainings on critical civil liberties issues facing our state and the nation.
WEBINAR INFORMATION (www.aclunc.org/ourfuture)
California has one of the lowest rates of voter registration and voter turn-out in the country. 2018 is a critical year for ballot measures, local elections like the DA races, and of course, changing who holds the keys to power. In this webinar, we’ll give you the resources you need to get all eligible California voters to the polls, starting now!
▼▼▼Reproductive Justice & Sex Education▼▼▼
We’re in a critical moment. Sexual harassment and abuse is being both challenged and normalized. Discrimination against LGBTQ people is on the rise. Here in California, we have the power to make a change. Our schools are required to teach sex ed that addresses healthy relationships and consent and that challenges stereotypes about gender and sexual orientation. But many school districts need extra encouragement to provide the required instruction. They need to hear from you. In this webinar, you will learn how to be an advocate for sex education in your district.
▼▼▼Criminal Justice Reform▼▼▼
Right now, a powerful coalition of conservative law enforcement is targeting California mayors and city councils with a cynical misinformation campaign. Their goal is to increase support for mass incarceration and roll back the clock on criminal justice reform. We need you to counter their lies with the truth. In this webinar, we’ll set you up with the skills you need to advocate for local initiatives that truly promote public safety and healthy communities.
Human Trafficking in San Diego: Solutions & Support for Survivors
The issue of human trafficking is a global problem with no easy solution. While overwhelming, this is a societal problem we can solve. Join us for a dynamic panel focused on a solution-based approach to human trafficking in San Diego, followed by an interactive discussion.
Everybody is welcome to attend and we highly encourage you do!
Enero Zapatista 2018: Environmental Justice & Decolonization
As a settler-colonial nation, the United States occupies indigenous land and it continues to seize/pollute native land and water, as seen through the Dakota Access Pipeline violence at Standing Rock in 2016-2017 – one of the many examples of settler violence. Land/water/air/fire justice is crucial for decolonization and for the defense and repatriation of indigenous land and life. Zapatista autonomy has shown us that land, water, and life are intimately connected and must be protected and renewed. How do we take these lessons into our own movements?
By focusing on indigenous and POC activism, we will discuss the possibilities and limits of environmental justice struggles locally and globally, including: San Diego-Tijuana border pollution & toxicity, Los Angeles/Bay Area activism, and South American anti-colonial struggles for water.
Carolina Martinez, Environmental Health Coalition San Diego
Marlene Brito-Millan, Marine Biologist & Solidarity Activist with South America’s Water Struggles
Oscar Gutierrez, LA/Bay Area Environmental Justice Activist
Amrah Salomon J., UCSD Community Labor Project
Manuel Belmonte, Biochemist and Environmental Justice Activist
Guaranteed Healthcare: The Business Stimulus Plan
Attention business leaders, entrepreneurs, and the self-employed! Come discover why universal single-payer healthcare is a smart business decision.
SB 562 The Healthy California Act would enact single-payer universal healthcare in California. A statewide plan such as this would save businesses money by eliminating waste, reducing administrative duplication, and introducing better cost controls.
Beyond cost-savings, it would also free up Human Resource departments from the tedious process of selecting and implementing plans for employees. Plus, small businesses and start-ups would be more competitive in attracting top talent because potential employees would no longer fear losing benefits. We’ll cover these topics and much more! There will be a showing of excerpts from the film “Fix It,” followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.
Cine En Sherman ~ Film Series ‘Tony’
Join us for Tony The Movie by Dennis Stein
About the movie: The Movie follows Tony’s life on the streets in San Diego and him learning about solutions to the homelessness crisis.
60 min. Stay after the movie for Q&A with Dennis & Tony. Please RSVP. Free Event
2018 WeAllCount: San Diego County’s Annual Homeless Census
San Diego’s annual homeless census is happening and we need your help in our ongoing efforts to end homelessness! The WeAllCount campaign helps us fully understand the state of homelessness in our region in order to help individuals, veterans, and families leave the streets.
Volunteers will be assigned to a team to help count or interview homeless persons to produce an estimate of the total number of individuals living unsheltered in San Diego County.
Individuals who wish to count must watch a brief training available on YouTube that will be sent out once you have signed up. Individuals who wish to interview homeless individuals must complete an In-Person Training or online Webinar. Details on when these will occur are available on VolunteerHub.
2018 May 1st Planning Committee
Join Union del Barrio as we organize for May 1st 2018! We must unite to resist and defend our community! SPREAD THE WORD AND JOIN US FRIDAY JANUARY 26th at the 1st organizing meeting. Organizing meetings will take place every last Friday of the month leading up to May 1st 2018!
Lgbtqi TOWN HALL Meeting
This event is free and for everyone that wants to know more about the work our LGBTQ Center does in North County. If you are a donor find out how the money is spent. If you are a client tell us about your experience. If you are a volunteer check out what we were able to accomplish because of you. If you are an elected official come and hear what your constituents have to say. Food and drinks will be available for those participating. Feel free to invite others.
SURJ SD: White People for Racial Justice 101
Join us for an interactive workshop where we will discuss the basics of white supremacy, privilege, and fragility. We will also go over practical tools for unlearning your own biases, identifying everyday racism and taking action to fight for racial equality. Breakfast will be provided.
7:30 am – Check-in and light breakfast
8:00 am – 12:00 pm – Workshop
We’re all about building community, and that is why San Diego Pride is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity! This brand new partnership will bring together LGBTQ folks from all across the San Diego region to build bridges by building homes and supporting our shared values.
Pride’s Vision: A world free of prejudice and bias.
Habitat’s Vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Pride volunteers will participate in 4 different locations:
Harrison Street – Build site – Logan Heights
Kearny Mesa – ReStore
National City – ReStore
Escondido – ReStore
We only have 60 shifts available, so space is limited. Volunteers will be provided with an official San Diego Pride T-shirt, free lunch, snacks and water throughout the day. Specific details regarding logistics for shifts will be provided to registered volunteers as event approaches.
Countywide Walk for Progress
Saturday, January 27, 10-2pm
East County: El Cajon City Park
North County: Shadowridge Park (Vista)
Central San Diego: Democratic Party HQ (8340 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
Hosted by San Diego County Democratic Party
Kick off 2018 with a neighborhood walk to mobilize voters! At four simultaneous events throughout the county, volunteers will be walking in precincts with a high percentage of newly registered Democrats. First we’ll ask voters to commit to turn out in the upcoming elections. Then we’ll give them information about our endorsed Democratic candidates for countywide office: District Attorney, Sheriff, Assessor, and Board of Supervisors.
Many voters are not aware that our elected leaders in county government are all Republicans – despite the fact that Democrats outnumber Republicans here by more than 100,000. Voters also need to know that these county races could be won outright in June, so voting in the primary is critical to ensure county leadership that represents our community. Please join us to help spread the word!
Please join us as #MeTooMarch San Diego hosts a live art installation created by our local activist Aliza Amar. Marchers are invited to participate in the performance by helping to carry this art piece: a football-field long length of chain linked with hundreds of children’s shoes to represent the suffering of human sex trafficking victims.
Aliza has traveled the country to display her #MeToo chain installations but on this day we can bring Nationwide awareness & begin to put an end to sex trafficking by creating a tremendously impactful visual together
Food Is A Right! El Cajon Solidarity Action
On October 24, 2017, the El Cajon City Council voted 5-0 to ban “food sharing events” that specifically benefit homeless residents of El Cajon. Food Not Bombs alongside various community members will continue to openly defy this ban by sharing free food, clothing, and hygiene items!
Food Not Bombs has fed hundreds of thousands of people across the world, including families, kids playing in public spaces, residents that live in nearby low-income housing and anyone else passing by that wants a bowl of soup. We strongly believe that sharing food in public places is not what maintains issues with homelessness, and that the city of El Cajon and the county of San Diego have a responsibility to provide sanitation facilities and housing first.
IF YOU ARE WILLING TO BE ARRESTED, PLEASE MESSAGE US!
Indivisible SD Downtown January Meeting
Sunday, January 28, 1:30pm
2219 30th Street (South Park)
For More Information (This venue is 21+)Agenda:
1:30 New members arrive early to find out more about our group
2:00 Regular meeting starts:
—2018 is upon us: frame this year’s activities
—How in 2017 we set ourselves up for success
—How we plan to capitalize in 2018
—Monthly updates (including working group activity)
—Brief summary of chapter values
—Cover 2 policy goal areas: Immigration & Government Ethics
Suggestions for 2018
—What else should we be doing to achieve our goals in 2018?
Plans and Action Steps
—Working groups updates
Randy Noojin in: SEEGER
Monday, January 29, 7:30pm
North Coast Repertory Theater
987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive (Solana Beach)
For More Information & Tickets
North Coast Repertory Theatre is proud to welcome back Randy Noojin, as he takes the stage as America’s beloved folksinger/activist, Pete Seeger, SEEGER is a multimedia, solo show that uses Seeger’s signature songs including: If I Had a Hammer, Turn, Turn, Turn, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Bring & Em Home, We Shall Overcome, and Guantanamera, to tell the story of his personal struggles for free speech in America. Tickets for the one-night- only performance are $25.
Save the Date
Call to Action if Trump Fires Mueller
5pm the Day It Happens & Thereafter
US District Court Southern District of California
330 West Broadway (Downtown)
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.
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