How can we make sure the Blue Wave washes some of the sludge out of local government?
By rolling up our sleeves and getting to work. Early. Like now. And that’s what the San Diego County Democratic Party and many local activists are doing. And there is still time for YOU to get in on the action.
It’s the middle of ‘winter’ in San Diego, and this calendar lists eight canvassing efforts, along with four forums giving people an opportunity to see candidates in person over the next week or so. Bravo!
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. —Democratic Party call for canvassers.
At SDFP we’ve started with our candidate profiles (and more are coming). This week’s four-part series gave an overview of the County’s electoral landscape and a brief introduction to leading Democratic candidates.
Pro Tip: The headline on each of these articles offers up a clue on each candidate’s approach to tackling the GOP monolith at the Board of Supervisors.
Part One: An Overview – These Elections Are the Ones to Watch
Part Two: Lori Saldaña – The Truth Will Set You Free
Part Three: Omar Passons – Policy Wonk With a Heart of Gold
Part Four: Nathan Fletcher – Build a Coalition for Change
Other Related Posts
Republican Bonnie Dumanis Declares for Supervisor
District Attorney Candidate Geneviéve Jones-Wright Runs on a Reform Agenda for San Diego
Help Wanted: A 21st Century San Diego County Sheriff
County Elections Matter: Matt Strabone’s Campaign for Assessor/Recorder/Clerk
Also, a brief shout-out to two arts+politics events:
- The MeTwo Chain March (Saturday, January 27)- a participatory art installation by local activist Aliza Amar representing the suffering of human sex trafficking victims.
- The Human Rights Film Festival (February 1-4) at the Museum of Photographic Arts, featuring a half-dozen films from around the world.
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.
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.
CommUnity Ofrenda Potluck
This invitation is extended to all individuals, organizations, collectives, artists, and activists from past and current participation at the Centro Cultural de la Raza. It is also to all members who form part of our broader San Diego community. In this way, we may come together in the spirit of conviviality and share the work we do with the rest of the community. This gathering will serve the purpose of our mission as a space for our communities coming together.
Our potluck is an Ofrenda to enjoy with the Community, together, where sharing something to eat is encouraged but is not required. However, if you would like us to know about it, write what plate you are bringing in comments on our Facebook page.
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 With Sheriff Candidate Dave Myers
North County: Shadowridge Park (Vista)
Central San Diego: Democratic Party HQ (8340 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard) With Supervisor Candidate Nathan Fletcher
Chula Vista: Friendship Park, Chula Vista (4th Ave. & Davidson St.) With District Attorney Genevieve Jones-Write
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!
Escondido Democratic Club Super Saturday
Saturday, January 27, 10am
City Hall Water Fountain
201 North Boardway
For More Information
This will be a group canvassing event. We will be meeting at The City Hall water fountain, which also be a table location for those who can’t canvass. Once there you will be provided supplies, a location to work, and partner(s) to work with. This will be a great chance to get your feet wet with canvassing.
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
Emma’s Revolution Concert
Saturday, January 27, 8pm
First Unitarian Universalist Chuch
4190 Front Street (Hillcrest)
For More Information (Tickets)
Hosted by Emma’s Revolution and First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego
Food Is A Right! El Cajon Solidarity Action
While the El Cajon City Council has lifted the ban, the misdemeanor citations given out two weeks ago still stand. As of Thursday afternoon, this event was still a go.
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.
4th Annual Enero Zapatista Youth Encuentro
The Enero Zapatista Youth Encuentro is a free conference that aims to raise consciousness with youth about a diverse range of topics relating to empowerment, leadership development, social justice, Zapatismo and defending human rights. There will be workshops, speakers and entertainment, and free breakfast and lunch will be provided.
The Youth Encuentro is part of Enero Zapatista, a month-long series of socially and culturally conscious events in the San Diego region. It is organized by community groups and individuals and is currently in its fourteenth year.
Walk and Knock Encinitas
Join us to talk to voters about issues that matter to all of us and the future of our country! This precinct walk is co-hosted by the Working Families!
Flipping the 49th depends on communities in Encinitas. We just need 2000 more voters to get to the polls next year to say NO to Issa. YOU can help make that happen!
No experience needed! We provide training, scripts, walk lists, breakfast food & snacks. Wear walking shoes, hats (or sunscreen) and sunglasses, and get ready to take some direct action and talk to voters.
Climate Mobilization Rally and March
An opportunity for San Diegans to take a stand for a World War II-scale National Mobilization to get America off of Fossil Fuel and onto Renewable Wind, Water & Solar Energy at wartime speed as computer modeled by Engineering Professor Mark Jacobson and his colleagues at Stanford.
Speakers will include Professor Ralph Keeling, Scripps Institute, an expert on CO2 in the atmosphere and loss of ocean oxygen, and Russell Greene, L.A. activist, who got The Climate Mobilization included as a plank in the Democratic Party National Platform. Music included.
The UT reported that human-caused climate disruption is now more of a world threat than nuclear war. The report was given at the World Economic Forum in Davos where the world’s richest humans gather annually to figure out how to have unlimited growth on a finite planet.
Demcco January General Meeting
Saturday, January 27, 3pm
Woman’s Club of Carlsbad
3320 Monroe Street
For More Information
Hosted by Democratic Club of Carlsbad – Oceanside
Paul Kerr, Candidate for Congress in the 49th, 3:30-4:00
Sara Jacobs, Candidate for Congress in the 49th, 4:15-4:45
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
Oceanside Canvass with Flip the 49th and SOAR
Join us to talk to voters about the future of our country and the protecting our open space resources for future generations through the SOAR Initiative.
Flipping the 49th depends on communities in Oceanside, and we just need 2000 more voters to get to the polls next year to say NO to the anti-environmental Trump agenda. YOU can help make that happen!
No experience needed! We provide training, scripts, walk lists, breakfast food & snacks. Wear walking shoes, hats (or sunscreen) and sunglasses, and get ready to take some direct action and talk to voters.
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.
State of the Union Viewing (Booing) Party
Join the Chula Vista Democratic Club for the first State of the Union Address by # 45. We will be viewing (Booing) and getting ready to fight back!
Noche de Chanclazos :: State of the Union Watch Party
Trump is scheduled to address the 115th Congress with the State of the Union speech on Tuesday, January 30. Join us for a night of chanclazos. Let out your aggression by throwing your chancla at the screen whenever you feel Trump disses you or your community. It will be night of chanclazos, piñata border wall busting, and a good time.
Since this event is on a Tuesday, what better way to enjoy our time together than with tacos. The San Diego Taco Company will sell tacos (2 for $5) which will include carne asada, carnitas, pollo, and veggie. Water and sodas will also be sold. Your generous appetite will be appreciated.
People Over Profits-SD Presents: Q/A with Genevieve Jones-Wright
This week’s People Over Profits-SD meeting will consist of a discussion of the District Attorney’s role in San Diego and the impact of their position on our communities, here then afterwards we will have a Q/A with San Diego D.A. candidate Genevieve Jones-Wright.
Please join us as we analyze and have a real conversation with one of the candidates for San Diego D.A.
Drinks With Donkeys: A California Day Celebration
California is the 31st State of the Union…So let’s celebrate its greatness on the 31st of the month by toasting our tolerant state and raising a class to reason. For: All Central and Affinity Democratic Clubs, Indivisible (and friends – the more the merrier).
Our intention for this event is not to be a rally or even a political event – our intention is to bring people together in an informal, friendly setting so that we can get to know who we’re fighting with (and fighting for) on a different level. Feel free to invite all people interested in helping us on the road ahead!
Human Rights Film Festival
For the eighth year, the Museum of Photographic Arts presents a weekend of dynamic films and inspiring conversations at the annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival from February 1 – 4, 2018
Filmmakers and Human Rights Watch experts will be present at each screening to discuss many of the issues raised by films. Documentaries highlighting the morality of capital punishment, social media as a tool for activism, environmental activism, domestic violence, workers’ rights and police violence, by filmmakers from around the world, are being showcased during this year’s festival. These films challenge individuals to empathize and demand justice for all people.
OPENING NIGHT SCREENING AND RECEPTION: Thursday, February 1, 7:00 PM
Lindy Lou: Juror Number Two
20 years ago, Lindy Lou sat on a jury that sentenced a man convicted in a double homicide to the death penalty. After wrestling with her conscience ever since, Lindy decides to cross political and religious divides in the rural South to explore the personal impact this decision had on her fellow jurors.
Opening night reception begins at 6PM, followed by the film screening at 7PM, and a dessert reception after the Q & A with Film subject Lindy Isonhood.
Friday, February 2, 7:00 PM
From Syrian citizens tortured for Facebook posts to Brazilian activists using social media to livestream police abuses – Black Code tells the story of how governments manipulate the internet to censor and monitor their citizens, and how those citizens are fighting back.
Q&A discussion to follow screening with Bill Marczak, Senior Research Fellow, Citizen Lab.
Saturday, February 3, 3:00 PM
Silas Siakor is a tireless activist committed to ending corruption and environmental destruction in Liberia. When the government of Liberia secretly signs away the rights to 1/3 of the country’s land to multinational corporations, Silas and a network of community leaders travel from village to village with cellphone cameras to document the pillaging of the country’s natural resources. The film celebrates the power of communities to fight back against the power of money and politics.
Q&A discussion to follow screening with Filmmaker Anjali Nayar.
Saturday, February 3, 7:00 PM
In 1999, Colorado mother Jessica Gonzales experienced every parent’s worst nightmare when her three young daughters were killed after being abducted by their father in violation of a domestic violence restraining order. Determined to make sure their deaths were not in vain, Jessica tirelessly pursues her case to the US Supreme Court, seeking to strengthen legal rights for domestic violence victims.
Q&A discussion to follow screening with Filmmakers April Hayes and Katia Maguire.
Sunday, February 4, 3:00 PM
Shot over 3 yrs in China, Complicit follows critically ill Foxconn factory worker turned activist Yi Yeting as he takes his fight against the global smartphone industry from his hospital bed to the international stage to demand better working conditions for all.
Q&A discussion to follow screening with Filmmaker Heather White.
Sunday, February 4, 7:00 PM
The Blood is at the Doorstep- San Diego Premiere
On April 30, 2014, Dontre Hamilton, a 31-year-old unarmed black man diagnosed with schizophrenia, was shot 14 times and killed by a Milwaukee police officer in a popular downtown park. This intimate verité documentary follows his family as they struggle to find answers and challenge a criminal justice system stacked against them.
Q&A discussion to follow screening with Filmmaker Erik Ljung and Dameion Hamilton.
Open Forum // County District 4 Supervisor Candidates
Thursday, February 1, 6:30pm
Oak Park Elementary
2606 54th Street
For More Information
This will be a public, nonpartisan informational event hosted at the Oak Park Elementary Auditorium. Please submit your questions ahead of time by simply sending us an email directly: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will present the most common and most interesting questions to the candidates. They will address everything from homelessness, affordable housing, education, the environment, and more.
You can expect an opening statement, a response to each question, and a closing statement from each candidate. We will wrap it up around 90 minutes and the candidates that are available may be able to answer more questions and mingle after the forum has ended.
From Hurston to Solange: Black Women’s Art and Activism
Join professor Ebony Tyree for the first part in our Political Education Series on Women and Social Justice. “From Zora Neale Hurston to Solange: An Examination of Black Women’s Art/Lit as pathways to Equity, Empathy, and Activism.”
Turn Out 4 Edward Forman Black CopWatchers Matter
Friday, February 2, 8:15am-4:15pm
Superior Court Kearny Mesa Courthouse
8950 Clairmont Mesa Boulevard
For More Information
Hosted by The Movement Productions San Diego and United Against Police Terror – San Diego
Edward Anthony Michael Glover a copwatcher with uaptsd.org and the founder of The Movement Productions San Diego was detained and cited on June 1, 2017. At the time of the detention, Mr. Forman was filming the police in a public place outside of his home located on the corner of Wightman and 43rd Street. The allegation listed on the citation is one of use of foul language/inappropriate conduct.
Filming the police is not a violation of California law. In fact, filming the police is a statutorily protected right in California. The officers who detained and cited Mr. Forman violated California statutes.
Welcoming San Diego Kickoff Summit: Integrating New Americans
Join fellow community members and leaders to craft San Diego’s strategic plan on immigrant and refugee integration! Throughout Spring, there will be a series of community forums to gather input from residents and thematic focus groups.
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.
CA Conversations: Leading the Way on HIV Decriminalization
Moderated By: Melissa Goodman, Audrey Irmas Director, LGBTQ, Gender & Reproductive Justice Project, ACLU
Join us for an insider’s look at the recent groundbreaking changes to California’s HIV criminalization laws. Learn from bill co-sponsors how a broad coalition of groups navigated the legislative process and overcame right-wing opposition to modernize the law, encourage engagement in care, promote disclosure, and ultimately improve public health. This is a free event, however, RSVP is required
San Diego Progressive Labor Summit 2018
The Progressive Labor Summit is a one-day event, bringing together members of the San Diego Labor community with left-of-center activists and leaders to build stronger understanding, knowledge, skills, and partnerships in tackling the broader social challenges we are facing today. Within the context of the current political climate, it is more important than ever that we are able to build strong, authentic, non-transactional relationships that allow us to move forward together in solidarity, as we strive towards greater justice for the communities we serve and represent.
While many of us have collaborated and interacted tangentially – and are even members of both organized Labor and the Democratic Party – the new political landscape requires us to be more intentional and strategic than ever in order to create the changes we seek. This second annual summit will build on the work begun last year, to help us strengthen our foundation for that work.
Boxed Lunch provided. T-shirt provided (please designate desired size when selecting ticket.)
Hands Across the Sand: SD Voice Matters!
Saturday, February 3, 11am
Mission Beach at Belmont Park
For More Information (RSVP)
The Trump Administration’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has proposed drilling off nearly all U.S. coastline and has only scheduled one public hearing in Sacramento. They are neglecting the voice of San Diegans in the process.
We will rally together and have a panel of local leaders addressing the media, and an empty seat where BOEM representatives should be. We will take a picture linking arms on our beach to spell out “NO OIL”
This is your chance to have your voice heard on a national level that we will not welcome off-shore drilling on our coast!! The extraction and use of fossil fuels increases carbon emissions and jeopardizes both California’s clean energy goals, and the mandated enforceable Climate Action Plans of many jurisdictions. This is a survival issue for all life on the planet. Every resource we have should be dedicated to converting to clean energy.
Fate Rumbled Album Release Soirée
Dave has released his new album – Fate Rumbled – and it’s very different than what you may have heard already. We’d love for you to come on February 3rd and listen to some of the choice songs with us, but also listen as Dave is interviewed about the construction and production of this album. It will be a fun night, and an interesting night. If you’re a music lover or know someone who is, or just appreciate Dave, please come!
The current socio-political climate in the U.S. and the madcap adventures of the Tweeter-in-Chief will certainly be documented in books and blogs for years to come. But can a local songwriter deliver a potent and captivating concept album that puts it in the artist’s perspective? If you’re Dave Howard, the answer is Yes, it’s ready.
HappyPeriod San Diego Drive/Distribution
Menstrual Hygiene Kit assembly (On the Lawn at the World Beats Cultural Center)
Distribution (Island Ave area)
County Supervisor District 4 Candidates Forum
Are you interested in knowing where candidates running for San Diego County Supervisor District 4 stand on Homelessness, Foster Care, the County Law enforcement review board backlog issues and pert teams?
**The Facebook page for this event says you need tickets. But if you click the link to get tickets, you end up on NAN’s website, which has no place to actually get tickets. I have left a comment pointing this out and, hopefully, they’ll fix this.
UPDATE: Rev. Shane Harris reached out to me and says the event is free and open to the public. So I guess you can just ignore that Facebook “ticket” link.
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
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