“Not since Richard Nixon started talking to the portraits on the walls of the West Wing has a president seemed so alone against the world.”
The insanity in national politics is speeding up. Following are just a few random tidbits, plucked from the news this morning…
The President has announced trade tariffs likely to have a profound impact on the economy. Protecting a domestic steel industry that produced 90 million tons of steel last year (up 5%) and had 72.5% of the US market has nothing to do with anything other than lining the pockets of his wealthy supporters.
Take billionaire investor and longtime Trump confidant Carl Icahn, for instance. He dumped $31.3 million of stock in a company heavily dependent on steel last week, according to a little-noticed SEC filing, brought to light by Think Progress. Icahn got an average of $33 per share on stock for Manitowoc Company Inc., which lost more than a quarter of its value in early trading on Friday.
The Intercept revealed this morning the Saudi blockade against Qatar came shortly after they turned down financing for a Jared Kusner project. This revelation comes the day after the New York Times wrote about a half-billion dollars in loans materializing for the Kushner family real estate group shortly after meetings with company heads in his official government capacity.
And then there’s the President’s cabinet:
- The Department of Housing and Urban Development spent $31,000 for a dining set for Secretary Ben Carson’s office while programs for the poor were being slashed.
- The Environmental Protection Agency has been paying for Administrator Scott Pruitt to fly first class and be protected by a squadron of bodyguards so he doesn’t have to mix with the great unwashed in economy class.
- The Department of Veterans Affairs spent $122,334 for Secretary David Shulkin and his wife to take what looks like a pleasure trip to Europe last summer; Shulkin’s chief of staff is accused of doctoring emails and lying about what happened.
- The Department of Health and Human Services paid more than $400,000 for then-Secretary Tom Price to charter private aircraft — a scandal that forced his resignation.
The inner circle at the White House is in complete turmoil.
From CNN’s Gloria Borger:
Not since Richard Nixon started talking to the portraits on the walls of the West Wing has a president seemed so alone against the world.
One source — who is a presidential ally — is worried, really worried. The source says this past week is “different,” that advisers are scared the President is spiraling, lashing out, just out of control. For example: Demanding to hold a public session where he made promises on trade tariffs before his staff was ready, not to mention willing. “This has real economic impact,” says the source, as the Dow dropped 420 points after the President’s news Thursday. “Something is very wrong.”
Even by Trumpian standards, the chaos and the unraveling at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue are a stunning — and recurring — problem.
Meanwhile, the administration’s social warriors are keeping the faithful riled up. The President is making noises about executing drug dealers…
From The Hill:
Vice President Pence predicted Tuesday that legal abortion would end in the U.S. “in our time.”
“I know in my heart of hearts this will be the generation that restores life in America,” Pence said at a luncheon in Nashville, Tenn., hosted by the Susan B. Anthony List & Life Institute, an anti-abortion organization.
Today’s GOP is a result of 60 years of concerted effort to create a coalition of racists, misogynists, book burners, and billionaires. Donald Trump is a symptom, not the disease afflicting the representative Democracy known as the United States.
Unraveling this mess isn’t going to happen quickly. It may not feel like it today, but real change is made up of millions of small steps. If you havern’t already, get out there and take your first step today. Our calendar offers up dozens of opportunities every week.
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.
Chicano Mexicano Political Prisoner Fundraiser Dinner
Join Union del Barrio on Friday, March 2nd from 6-8pm at the Centro Cultural de la Raza for our Ernesto Bustillos’ Fundraiser Dinner. This event will be the kickoff event for Chicano Mexicano Prison Project 20th Annual Conference on Prisons and Colonialism. This year’s Conference will be titled: “Mujeres Resistiendo en Las Calles y la Torcida.” We will be having mole and music!
This year’s kickoff event will celebrate the life, work, and legacy of Union del Barrio and the Chicano Mexicano Prison Project’s founder, Chairman, and ideological and political leader, Camarada Ernesto Bustillos. On March 26th, 2012 Chairman Neto as the people knew and remember him passed away leaving behind a heroic body of work and example of revolutionary struggle not only for Raza but for oppressed, colonized, and working class people throughout las Americas and the world. Join us as we celebrate and honor Chairman Neto’s life and legacy by kicking off another campaign of struggle.
Community Kick-Off Precinct Walk
Please join us to spread the word about the Fresh Leadership and Fresh Vision that Patrick MacFarland has to offer Chula Vista. Special guest Councilmember Steve Padilla will kick off the event.
Meet The Avengers
Join Our Revolution North San Diego County and The Wagon Circle for a local meet and greet with three justice candidates that will be elected in the Primary on June 5, 2018: Matt Strabone, county recorder Dave Myers, county Sheriff and Genevieve Jones Wright , DA.
Justice for Students
Saturday, March 3, 8:30am
1061 Tierra Del Ray #100 (Chula Vista)
For More Information (Tickets)
Hosted by South County Teachers United
Join educators, parents, students, and community activists as we explore issues of equity and justice that impact students in our classrooms and communities.
Keynote speaker Lois Weiner, of the Urban Education and Teacher Unionism Policy Project, and Professor of Education at New Jersey City University will lead a discussion on the future of our schools, and the ways that teachers can use their collective power in the fight for justice for students.
Breakout sessions will feature workshops focused on unconscious bias, the transformation of teachers in urban settings, ethnic studies, BLM in schools, and more! Continental breakfast and lunch provided. Space is limited; registration required.
Community Kick-Off Precinct Walk
Please join us to spread the work about the Fresh Leadership and Fresh Vision that Patrick MacFarland has to offer Chula Vista. Special guest Councilmember Steve Padilla will kick off the event.
A Rally for the Kids Against Gun Violence
Join Reverend Shane Harris & the National Action Network for our weekly Saturday. This week the topic is we will have a RALLY AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE FOR THE KIDS BY THE KIDS! In this time it is important we remember that kids must be our priority and their voices must be heard on this issue!
Bring your kids, other kids, and let’s pack the NAN House of Justice for full-fledged conversation with the media and churches as well as others present on what must be done for Gun reform in this Country! Civil Rights organizations must stand up for gun reform in America and the time is now. Join this rally and share with others as you will hear from nationally known Civil Rights Leader & President of the National Action Network Reverend Shane Harris will give an empowering keynote of action to attendees as well as provide a platform for kids and youth to share their call to action on this issue!
Join us at Plant Power Fast Food for a great breakfast followed by voter outreach and signature gathering.For our volunteers, we’ll give you a highly targeted list of likely supportive voters to talk to and collect signatures from.
For those who can’t do voter outreach but still want to help, stop on by Plant Power between 10 and 11 and add your name to the petition! It’s our last chance to collect as many signatures as possible for Bryan’s nominating petition.
San Diego City Council District 6 Candidate Forum
Join Tommy as he takes part in the San Diego City Council District 6 Candidate Forum on Saturday, March 3, at 3:30 p.m. at the Mira Mesa Library. Register now via the Eventbrite link at “Ticket URL” to reserve your seat, and come by to meet and support Tommy.
El Cajon Weekly Food Sharing Event
Congratulations to all of those who took action to get the food sharing ban in El Cajon lifted! Food Not Bombs is excited to announce the launch of a WEEKLY food sharing event in El Cajon. Food will be prepared nearby & shared at 5 PM on Saturdays.
WAYS TO HELP:
– Sign up to bring food to the event! Vegan or vegetarian please. Please post what you will bring in a comment below
– Help hand out fliers to people in El Cajon the morning of to make sure everyone who needs food gets some!
– Make a donation! Money and supplies (fresh fruits and vegetables, rice, beans, oil, spices, paper plates and/or bowls, plastic spoons and/or forks) can be dropped off at the San Diego Justice Center. Please message the page to confirm a drop off time! If you have supplies that need to be picked up, please message as well.
Mira Mesa Neighborhood Canvass
Join the Tommy Hough for San Diego City Council campaign as we meet atMesa Verde Park on Gold Coast Dr. in Mira Mesa, and then fan out to canvass a pair of precincts ahead of the Meet San Diego City Council Candidate Tommy Hough event later in the day.
Meet at the park on the Gold Coast Dr. side at 10 a.m. to pick up your canvassing packets, and if you’ve never knocked doors or gathered signatures for a candidate before, no problem – we’ll partner you with a veteran so you can learn how.
We’re less than 100 days from the June 5 primary, so if you’ve thought about supporting Tommy‘s race for city council, now is the time.
Mark Bartlett for City Council – D1 SUPER Walk
Sunday, March 4, 9am
Discovery Park – Rancho del Rey
For More Information (RSVP)
Hosted by Mark Bartlett for Chula Vista City Council – District 1
We are counting on you to come out and walk with us.
*Wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat with sunscreen. Light morning refreshments will be provided. Get your blood pumping as we walk the streets of district 1. If you can’t walk, but would still like to volunteer? No problem, bring your cellular phone and a phone bank lists will be available for you.
Remember this a grassroots campaign and we need all the help we can get. Knocking door to door is how we will get it done.
Walk and Knock w/ Team Beane!
We’re knocking on doors all over District 2 to tell people about our goal to turn D2 blue.
March General Meeting
Please join us as the primary election quickly approaches. Kimberly Ellis, Former Executive Director of Emerge CA and candidate for CDP Chair in 2017, will be our keynote speaker. We will hear from candidates and learn how to get involved in local issues and races that affect our community, so we can make educated decisions in 2018
Asian Solidarity Collective Welcome Event
Sunday, March 4, 1pm
541 East 24th Street (National City)
For More Information
Meet the Asian Solidarity Collective and join us for our first event as we introduce ourselves to the community and our vision in solidarity organizing and co-conspirator work.
The Asian Solidarity Collective (ASC) is a new grassroots organization in San Diego whose mission is to activate Asian American social justice consciousness, identify intersectional affiliations, condemn anti-Blackness, and build Asian solidarity with Black folks and other communities of color. Our work includes community building, political education, and community events.
A. PHILIP RANDOLPH INSTITUTE
SD Chapter 3rd Annual Black History Program
You are cordially invited to attend A. Philip Randolph Institute-San Diego Chapters’ Annual Black History Month Celebration; “Fight, Music and March”. There will be light refreshments provided and a short program.
Join us at City Council to Save PQ Village!
The San Diego City Council will convene to decide whether or not to approve the development over PQ village. This will be the FINAL meeting, the last step that will determine the fate of Save PQ Village.
Background: About 900 PQ residents will lose their homes as 332 units are replaced by expensive town homes and luxury apartments. San Diego County has been experiencing a crisis of homelessness and affordable housing since 2013. This is the worst time to lose affordable homes in our neighborhood. We believe our City Council and Community Planning Boards require an increase of affordable housing development – not a decrease. We are advocating for low to moderate affordable housing units and a balanced community.
Sanctuary Campus Protest
MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlan) de SDSU & allies are protesting to have San Diego State create a safe atmosphere by implementing itself as a SANCTUARY campus.
Being that we have students on campus who are undocumented and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients, we want to ensure that they feel safe on campus considering that the current presidential administration is seeking to phase out DACA on March 5th.
To ensure this, we are making our voices heard to be in solidarity with those who are silenced to make SDSU administration adopt policies that will protect our undocumented colleagues and friends.
Interfaith Shelter Network: LGBTQ Summit
With the goal of reducing LGBTQ homelessness in San Diego, the summit aims to provide tools for your congregation to help some of our most vulnerable residents as they work toward permanent housing.
Up to 1.6 million people in the United States experience homelessness each year and our LGBTQ population are at greater risk than non-LGBTQ people. In fact it is estimated that 40 percent of homeless youth identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. People within the LGBTQ community face unique challenges when seeking supportive services. With your help, we can create a network of congregations that are welcoming and affirming to the LGBTQ community while providing them a safe place to turn their lives around.
Activist San Diego Hosts Our Next Meeting
Join us on Monday as we actively work towards bridge building amongst our people of color and also work towards policy change!
North County Latino Democrats March Monthly General Meeting
Monday, March 5, 6pm
Flip the 49th Neighbors in Action Workspace
5145 Avenida Encinas (Carlsbad)
For More Information
Please join us for our monthly meeting of North County Latino Democrats. All are welcome. The March meeting features guest speakers with timely information on issues important to workers. This March meeting will be chaired by Corinna Contreras. Come check out our candidate for Vista City Council District 1, Corinna Contreras. iAdelante!
NCLD’s purpose is to empower the Latino community in North County via civic engagement, protection of our civil rights, grassroots organizing, voter registration, and election of Latino candidates at all levels to ensure representative government. We support Latino elected officials and others who are committed to our Latino goals and communities.
SDPDC East March Meeting: Labor 101
Monday, March 5, 7pm
211 East Main Street (El Cajon)
For More Information
Hosted by East Chapter San Diego Progressive Democratic Club
Join the East Chapter of the San Diego Progressive Democratic Club for our March Meeting as we discuss how to support candidates in East County!
Nate Fairman, President of the San Diego Labor Democratic Club will be presenting on Labor 101.
We Said Enough and Ron’s Time is Up! #AbuseOfPower
Tuesday, March 6, 5pm
National City Civic Center
1243 National City Boulevard
For More Information
Protest and Media Press Conference. We will voice our disgust for the ballot measure which would repeal term limits for the mayor and cost National City over $65,000 dollars for a special election in June. Council will vote to spend the money to put the ballot measure on the June special election. This is a political power grab! Let’s preserve and protect term limits in National City by saying no to a special election in June!
San Diego Chapter #91 Monthly Meeting
We are a concerned group of patriotic veterans who feel compelled to speak out at this crucial time in our country’s history. While members of the American uniformed services, we were duty-bound and did not ask questions concerning our mission. Now, as discharged veterans and private citizens, we feel duty-bound to demand answers concerning the mission of our current service members, and to ensure that the sacrifices of American soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen are not taken lightly nor expended on frivolous endeavors.
As veterans with a range of experience and of military service, we act together to help educate our community about the American military culture and concerns. It is without a doubt that our activism stems from a deep love of our country, but also with a connection to humanity. It is from this background that we have all come together in the San Diego area to join in one clear voice to work toward a world of peace and justice. We will continue our commitment toward security, national and global, always using nonviolent means.
San Diego Says No to Offshore Drilling!
On Tuesday, the City of San Diego will join dozens of cities in California in opposing the Trump administration proposal to open U.S. coastal waters to oil drilling. Join Councilmember Ward, SanDiego350 and Oceana on Tuesday for a press conference ahead of the City Council vote.
Offshore oil drilling threatens our beaches and marine life, and pollution from burning fossil fuels is the leading cause of climate change.
We’ll have signs. Please arrive by 8:45 am (allow enough time to park or take the trolley) for setup. The press conference will take place at 9:00, then we’ll go to the Council chambers for passage of the resolution at 10 am. We should be done by 10:30 am.
EVERY Tuesday Until the Primaries
Although Darrell Issa has declared he will not run for re-election in CD49, weekly rallies at his office on 1800 Thibodo Road, Vista 92081 will continue until the primaries. Rallies there often make local and national news and are often supported by CD50 allies.
District Attorney Race Candidate Forum
Join us to hear from two candidates vying for one of the most powerful roles in our local criminal justice system. Hear about the District Attorney’s impact on our communities and how each candidate plans to lead!
International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women while calling to action for accelerating gender parity. Every year, IWD provides an important occasion to showcase commitment – across genders – to women’s equality, launch new initiatives and action, celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness and highlight gender parity gains.
Join us and our partner, Women’s Empowerment International (WE) to commemorate this day with a #PressForProgress and show your local leadership for global goal #SDG5. Enjoy a narrated slideshow from WE’s recent site visit to Haiti and take part in discovering how we can empower women in Haiti and around the world through local leadership. All are welcome!
Networking Night 2018 – The Housing Crisis
Thursday, March 8. 5pm
City Heights Center
4035 University Avenue
For More Information
Hosted by Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans – PANA and Mid-City CAN (Community Advocacy Network)
Join us for our first Networking Night of 2018. Lisa Halverstadt from Voice of San Diego will moderate the conversation about the housing crisis with our amazing team of panelists.
Networking Night City Heights is a fun chance to gather, meet new people, and build deeper relationships in our community. This quarterly networking event provides an opportunity for community residents and representatives from various organizations to get to know each other.
Basic Science of Climate Change and Some Really Cool Solutions!
Presentation by Nicola Peill-Moelter, Ph.D.
As senior director of environmental sustainability, Nicola leads Akamai’s global sustainability program, creating the vision, setting strategy, and overseeing execution. She’s excited by the possibilities enabled by rapid innovations in energy, transportation and Internet of Things. Her responsibilities span the gamut of energy and greenhouse gas management and reporting; renewable energy and energy efficiency; electronic-waste management; and employee and stakeholder engagement. A core tenant of her strategy is uncovering the business drivers for sustainability.
Countywide Politics 2018
Genevieve Jones-Wright for District Attorney * Dave Myers for Sheriff * Matt Strabone for Assessor/ Recorder/ Clerk
We all tend to neglect so-called “down-ballot” races. Sometimes we don’t do our necessary research. But these races are no less important than others. Just more neglected.
Our RSF Democratic Club is committed to bringing in candidates from up and down the ballot so our members can meet and question them. Then our members are better-informed than most voters, and take what they learn here and re-join the ongoing political conversations of our time.
Guest Speakers from Redneck Revolt
Redneck Revolt is a national network of community defense projects from a broad spread of political, religious, and cultural backgrounds. It is a pro-worker, anti-racist organization that focuses on working-class liberation from the oppressive systems which dominate our lives by training ourselves and our communities in defense and mutual aid.
As a continuation of our effort as a chapter to hear from multiple groups and multiple perspectives in San Diego working on racial justice work (POPSD, Black Panthers, etc.), we’ll have speakers from Redneck Revolt come speak to their mission to reach out to working-class white people.
Film Night “A Plastic Ocean”
Thursday, March 8, 7pm
Ocean Beach Green Center
4843 Voltaire Street
This 2016 documentary by Australian journalist, Craig Leeson, investigates the devastating impacts that plastic has caused to our environment, especially our marine life. With an international team of scientists and researchers, he travels to twenty locations around the world to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncovers alarming truths about plastic pollution and reveals working solutions that can be put into immediate use. Discussion and resources will be available about what we can do locally after the film. Trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zrn4-FfbXw
Candidate Forum with Republican & Democratic Frontrunners
Friday, March 9, 6pm
Vista Civic Center
200 Civic Center Drive
For More Information
The Vista Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Candidate Forum for California’s 49th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. This is open to the public and no reservations are required.
What is the Women’s Community?
“What is the ‘Women’s Community’? Voices of lesbian, bisexual, queer and heterosexual women”
Many women have a fantasy of a supportive community that welcomes us when we move to a new place, provides friendship and fun activities, and provides support when we need it – but the reality often falls far short of this. This talk will focus on what is meant by “community,” who is in our communities, and hear from Dr. Esther Rothblum of SDSU about her research on lesbian and bisexual women’s communities compared with those of their heterosexual sisters. Dr. Rothblum will also discuss some ways to find community.
Sierra Club Film Night “Requiem for the American Dream”
Friday, March 9, 6:30pm
8304 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard #101
For More Information
In this documentary interview, Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics and longtime political analyst and activist, exposes with searing clarity the forces and policies behind the coordinated campaign to concentrate wealth and power in the hands of a select few. Called “one of the best entry points to the discussion of inequality” by the Hollywood Reporter and “a provocative x-ray of current American realities” by Roger Ebert, Chomsky’s film, provides penetrating insight into the demise of democracy and erosion of opportunity that are likely to be the lasting hallmarks of our time.
National City Mega Walk
Join us! As we pave the way for true leadership for our National City working families.
National City Slate: Alejandra Sotelo-Solis for Mayor * Jose Rodriguez for City Council * Mona Rios for City Council
Together they will fight for: Dignity & respect for working families * Affordable housing * Healthy and safe communities & much more!
March for Black Women San Diego
We are strong, beautiful, and demand respect.
Black Women’s Blueprint, Trans Sistas of Color Project, Black Youth Project 100, and allied state anti-violence coalitions organized the March for Black Women (#M4BW) which took place September 30, 2017. In solidarity, Black women came together in San Diego for two Black Women’s Town Hall to build power and community.
Now we are ready to march for black women. We are strong, beautiful, and demand respect. Kids/Allies/
Save the Date
The Enough Walkout is a 17-minute protest scheduled for March 14.
March for Our Lives involves March 24 protests in Washington DC and cities around the United States.
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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