“In many places, like California, the same person votes many times. You probably heard about that. They always like to say ‘oh that’s a conspiracy theory.’ Not a conspiracy theory, folks. Millions and millions of people.” — President Donald Trump, April 5, 2018.
I knew something was up in the voter fraud rumor mill as I checked our daily statistics in the morning. There it was: hundreds of people searching and ending up at an article from a few years back in our archives on voting in California.
Voter suppression has become a core strategy for Republicans in recent years, and if they can’t figure out a way to block people from casting their ballots, this kind of rhetoric is used in the hope of people just staying home.
This kind of soul-sucking nihilism is characteristic of people who know their ideas are so bankrupt that they’ll never get any traction in an open setting. While I’m more than familiar with the limitations of Democracy (and believe strongly in other forms of activism) as practiced in the U.S., like any other tool, voting is worthless unless it gets used.
Everytime Fox News or El Jefe start up with that crap, people start looking to validate those claims, and Google sends them to us. We added an introduction to the story warning people they weren’t going to find proof of voter fraud or non-citizens voting. Then we had to close the comments–something we rarely do–to shut down the vitriol.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla responded to the President’s latest flailing:
“Frankly, it is tiring to have a conspiracy theorist in the White House. His dishonesty and his rants dishonor the thousands of local elections officials and volunteers who work hard to administer our elections with integrity. Trump was even forced to dissolve his sham election commission, which was a waste of taxpayer dollars and failed to provide a shred of evidence to support his voter fraud lies.”
Which is worse? A President who tells the public things he knows to be patently false? Or a President who cannot tell fact from fiction and believes his own conspiracy theories? Either way, his bogus claim of voter fraud is repugnant. https://t.co/Uj8cSAwoUx
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 5, 2018
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
Chris Carson, president of the nonpartisan League of Women voters, said Trump “has been spreading false claims about voter fraud since the 2016 election.”
“Mr. Trump disbanded his own discredited ‘election integrity’ commission earlier this year after they failed to find any evidence to back his lies,” Carson said. “The mere mention of voter fraud is a dirty tactic to suppress voters and turn people off from participating in elections. This undermines the public trust in our election system.”
Not that I should have to say it, but zero evidence has been found of widespread voter fraud in California. And as we know from the jumps in traffic we see on our website, there are plenty of people looking for it.
Registering voters and mobilizing them to get to the polls, even in a Blue State like California, has to be a big priority in 2018. In May there will be “Get Out the Vote” rallies as mail-in ballots arrive. Dozens of campaigns are already knocking on doors, trying to engage voters.
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 haven’t already, get out there and take your first step today. Our activist 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.
Budget 102: Our City Budget
Join us for Budget 102: Our City Budget to learn about where the money for our city budget comes from, who benefits and who loses in budget decisions, and how you can advocate for your community’s needs. This is the second part to the Community Budget Alliance’s Budget 101. But don’t worry, if you missed the first part, we’ll start off with a recap!
The event is free but we ask you to please RSVP. Food will be provided at 5:30 p.m. and the program starts at 6:00 p.m
Activist Defense Training
This event is largely In response to very recent assaults initiated by rallying extremists, hate crimes against activists.
Dedicated to Heather Heyer and other past community activists.Training activists on situational, environmental awareness, street self-defense against bullying extremists, arrest prevention techniques, threat recognition, de-escalation techniques, Equipment will be provided. Plus, you will get to go home with self-defense tools, resources, and a basic manual.** Queer and Disabled, Marginalized inclusive.
Saturday Phone Bank in North Park for Genevieve, Matt & Dave!
Saturday, April 7, 2pm
4015 Park Boulevard #215
For More Information
Hosted by Get Out The Vote – San Diego
Our phone-banking operation is up and running. Come make calls out of our North Park office or sign up to make calls from the comfort of your home! We are the #BlueWave that will flip San Diego County on June 5th!
We’ve got less than 80 days to raise awareness and generate turn-out for the June 5th election. Get Out The Vote – San Diego is making calls to spread the word about these important races:
> Genevieve Jones-Wright for District Attorney
> Matt Strabone for County Clerk
> Dave Myers for Sheriff
Time to be Involved! – Canvassing for James Elia for CA SA 71
Now’s the time for us to keep working hard for the candidates we support. The primaries are right around the corner, and there are state and county candidates that need our network to get elected.
This will be the first unofficial event by Indivisible East County San Diego District 50 in support of real progressive candidates.
James Elia For State Assembly in the 71st District needs our help canvassing. Come for part of it or come for all of it.
A basic script will be provided. We will only be knocking on doors of Democratic and left-leaning to moderate No Party Preference voters. This is a great opportunity for us to get more voters to the polls for progressive candidates. ·
SURJ SD Postcard Party
We Want a Real Police Civilian Review Board
On Wednesday, 4/11 San Diego City Council’s Rules Committee is going to take up the issue of whether to make the current Civilian Review Board an independent and more powerful commission with more oversight of the police and more freedom and power to investigate problems from the outside. SURJ members are invited to send postcards to the Rules Committee members this weekend supporting this proposal. There will be postcards and snacks available.
You can also send postcards yourself to the following city council members, all at 202 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101:
Myrtle Cole D4: (619) 236-6644, email@example.com
Chris Ward D3: (619) 236-6633, firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Bry D1: (619) 236-6611, email@example.com
Chris Cate D6: (619) 236-6616, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stop Tearing Families Apart, ICE!
Sunday, April 8, 9am
ICE Field Office
880 Front Street (Downtown)
For More Information
San Diego’s ICE are the biggest offenders for going after non-criminal Undocumented Immigrants (read: hard working people) in the COUNTRY. That is unacceptable. It is time to stand together and protest the San Diego ICE Field Office and demand a change in their choices in enforcing immigration policy.
Escondido Office “Soft Opening”
Hosted by Ammar Campa for Congress
Be one of the first to walk out of our brand new Escondido office Sunday, April 8 from 11:30am-3:30pm!
We will be starting at 11:30 am, you can hear Ammar’s vision for the 50th and then we will go walk precincts and make calls. Following the walk, we will be having food. It is potluck style, so please bring your favorite dish!
Our official Escondido opening will be taking place next Saturday at 3pm. This will be a joint event with Alan Geraci for California Assembly District 75and Elect Jeff Griffith for State Senate District 38. We will we walking and then you can join us for food. Hope you can join us!
Make the Blue Wave Happen
Write postcards to Democratic voters in RED states with elections that have Democratic opposition to the GOP in order to turn the RED state BLUE. Also, we have postcards to write to voters in Devin Nunez’s district to encourage them to vote Nunez out of office. If you are unhappy about the prospect of a “Veteran’s Day Parade” in Trump’s honor, we have postcards for that too. Want to let the Republicans in the House know Trump should be impeached? We can do that! Please join us! #Indivisible #Resist
CAIR San Diego Hosts Our Next Meeting
Please come to this meeting and help us map out next steps for our “I Can’t Breathe” campaign and build on our huge success at the past Community Review Board meeting. Please also bring your ideas and thoughts about what you would like to see RJC work on and please tell us if you, and others, are official reps for your organization.
CA 49th Candidate Debate Forum & Endorsement
The Veterans Democratic Club of San Diego County – and guest moderator, Christina Prejean – will be hosting a debate forum for the Candidates of the 9th Congressional District at the City of Oceanside Public Library. To conclude the event, the club will vote to endorse a candidate for the June Primary Election.
The event is free and club members will be given priority; however, seating is first-come-first-served and space limited so please RSVP
Town Hall for Our Lives, San Diego
With Congressman Scott Peters
Monday, April 9, 5pm
St. Peters by the Sea Luthern Church
1371 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard (OB)
For More Information
Our names are Chloe Murray (age 14) and Katherine Burgess (age 13). We are very concerned about gun violence. No more students should have to die.
The organizers of “March for our Lives” called for town hall meetings in every congressional district. We live in District 52, represented by Scott Peters. Rep. Peters will attend this meeting to hear from kids. We invite you to join us. If you are a San Diego student, we are also looking for more speakers, just message us!
We are joining the mission to end school shootings… and shootings in churches, nightclubs, movie theaters, concerts, and everywhere.Come ask Scott Peters your questions. See where he now stands on specific gun control issues laid out by March for Our Lives. We can’t stop fighting for our lives. Please help us. Thanks!
A Conversation with Chelsea Manning
Monday, April 9, 5pm
Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center
5250 55th Street
For More Information
As an intelligence analyst for the Department of Defense, Chelsea Manning disclosed classified documents to Wikileaks, revealing human rights abuses and corruption in the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was sentenced to 35 years in prison and was released in 2017 when President Obama commuted her sentence. Manning will speak about national security and democracy; artificial intelligence (AI) and resistance in the age of AI; activism and protest; and the intersection of technology and people’s lives.
Support Margaret Morghen at the Cajon Valley USD Board Meeting!
For the student walk-out on March 14, Cajon Valley Union School District gave their school principals discretion to create a safe opportunity for teachers and students to express their views. The students at Hillside Middle school in Cajon Valley Union School District were put on lunchtime detention for leaving class for 17 minutes during the student walkout to protest gun violence. School counselor intern Margaret Morghen sat with them during their lunch.
Margaret’s Internship was terminated and she was banned from applying to the Cajon Valley Union School District due to her contact with the San Diego Union-Tribune. In the Union-Tribune, she was quoted as saying “They had to sit in a classroom under the supervision of a teacher, just sit quietly and eat their lunch. As a form of solidarity, I sat with them.” She feels this is not a political issue but a basic life-saving issue and she is determined to be a student advocate.
We will show up in support of Margaret and for the rights of students and school employees to speak out against gun violence! Margaret reached out to SD4GVP and shared all this with them. She has written a letter to their board and is involving the ACLU.
Speak About It
Join us for one of Take Back the Week’s special events, Speak About It, a performance that educates on consent and healthy sexual relationships.
Speak About It promotes healthy relationships through directly addressing issues of consent, sexual assault, and bystander intervention. We share wisdom from an array of experiences, successes, misfortunes, and personal discoveries, and bring audiences a humorous, powerful, and provocative show filled with dynamic true monologues and energetic skits. The show sparks dynamic conversations amongst young people about sex and sexuality, and educates and empowers students to create and sustain change in the communities.
Men as Allies
Are you a self-identifying man looking to be a feminist ally? Join us in a discussion on refining our understanding of social justice, feminism, and how to become better allies of the movement.
Homelessness and Affordable Housing Measure at Rules Committee
The Rules Committee of the San Diego City Council will take action on an item regarding a proposed $900 million bond measure for the November 2018 ballot to address homelessness and affordable housing in the City of San Diego.
San Diego is experiencing an unprecedented homelessness and affordable housing crisis. This crisis constrains economic growth by making it difficult to recruit and retain workers, displaces seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities into substandard housing and homelessness, and contributed to a public health crisis that has impacted the quality of life for residents in every neighborhood.
The San Diego Housing Federation is proposing a homelessness and affordable housing bond measure for the November 2018 ballot. This measure would create approximately 7,500 homes for those currently experiencing homelessness; veterans, seniors, and individuals living with disabilities; and hard-working low-income families. The bond measure will provide the funds needed for San Diego to be eligible for additional state and federal funds for construction of affordable housing and will create thousands of good-paying construction jobs. The item was first proposed at the February 7th Rules Committee meeting and is returning to committee on April 11th with additional information from the City Attorney regarding ballot language.
Oceanside City Council Meeting Second Reading
Medical Marijuana Regulations
On April 11, 2018 the Oceanside city council will have a second reading of the newly adopted medical marijuana regulations that cut out SAFE ACCESS to medical marijuana patients by continuing a ban on dispensaries in the city.
All cultivation, lab testing, and manufacturing allowed will be limited to medical marijuana (Type M) Licenses only and limited to very tight zoning specifications that will only serve to choke off the industry we fought so hard to bring into the light of legality.
Mayor Weiss has stated he won’t look at allowing dispensaries until they can be taxed, and agreed to allow Cheif of Police “McCoy” spend a year investigating medical marijuana dispensaries. The city is now looking at anywhere between 180 days up to two years before any medical marijuana business would be operational and dispensaries may never actually be allowed.
On Immigration & Journalism: A Conversation With Sonia Nazario
A free and public event featuring a conversation between Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Sonia Nazario and founder of Studiotobe Joaquin Alvarado. This event is presented in partnership with San Diego Community College District and in association with the 7th Annual Restoring Respect Conference, a community initiative promoting greater civility in San Diego civic dialogue.
Marshall Saunders and North County Climate Change Alliance
Marshall Saunders, founder of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, will do a presentation entitled, “I Thought Important People Were Taking Care of the Important Problems” He will show us how to create the political will for a stable and sustainable climate! We are so lucky that he will be speaking for us! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about CCL, the work they do, and what inspired Marshall to act on mitigating climate change in this way.
SURJ SD Film Night: The Color of Fear
We will be showing the powerful movie “The Color of Fear” at this month’s SURJ meeting. Please invite friends and family to this important movie about confronting issues about race and white supremacy.
Call a Bernie-crat for Gayle – with Pizza
The primary election campaign is in full swing, lets make sure the corporate-$-free champions Gayle McLaughlin and Monica Montgomery are on voters minds. We will have a phonebank of calls to San Diego Bernie Sanders supporters, it should be fun to reconnect with the amazing volunteers that did such good work for Bernie in 2016. We will focus on calls but we will also eat some pizza and then head out to a nearby place to share a beer after…hope to see you there!
Film Night | “Black Snake Killaz: A#NoDAPL Story”
April 12, 7pm
OB Green Center
4843B Voltaire Street
For More Information (Free)
This 2017 documentary by Unicorn Riot, an educational 501(c)(3) media organization, is about the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. This film explores actions taken by water protectors at Standing Rock to stop the construction of the oil pipeline and highlights actions taken by law enforcement, military, and corporate mercenaries to quell the months-long protest. Although the Dakota Access Pipeline is completed, the impact of the movement will be long-lasting. As fossil fuel extraction projects continue to impact some of the most vulnerable communities throughout the United States of America, the importance of the water protectors story grows. Trailer: https://vimeo.com/243709140
Power: Personal Sexual Politics
Be part of a conversation about what influences our sexual decisions and how to incorporate your personal politics into the bedroom
14th Annual Transgender Day of Empowerment
Friday, April 13, 6pm
San Diego LGBT Center
3909 Centre Street
For More Information
Join us in celebrating the rich diversity of San Diego’s transgender community. This year’s program is will include trans speakers, entertainment, refreshments, community awards, and the announcement of the 4th Annual Tracie Jada O’Brien Transgender Student Scholarship recipients! This event is FREE and open to all.
March For Science – San Diego, 2018
In April of 2017, 15,000 San Diegans joined more than a million worldwide, in standing up to demand that science be allowed to do its job and make all of our lives better.
We showcased San Diego’s best science with our speakers and expo, and we rallied for policy that both supports and is supported by, that science. But our job is not done, and we need your help in 2018.
Join us again in 2018, and we’ll show we’re still watching, we still care, and we still demand that officials use and allow science to keep making our lives better!
Justice for Stephon Clark Rally and Vigil
Saturday, April 14, 6:30pm
Waterfront Park – County Administration Building
1600 Pacific Highway
For More Information
This rally will be a peaceful one. Meant to keep the light lit and fire fueled in the fight for justice against police brutality leading to the deaths of unarmed black/brown bodies. I was shocked to see no events organized in San Diego in remembrance of Stephon Clark so I decided to do it myself. I hope to see people show up for Stephon the same way they showed up for March for Our Lives. Police Brutality is GUN VIOLENCE. I hope to see people show up with their signs and candles, etc.
Super Walk for the National City Progress Slate!
Saturday, April 14, 9am
Las Palmas Park
1800 East 22nd Street
For More Information
Come to our next Campaign Super Walk! It’s is time we move National City Forward with Alejandra Sotelo-Solis as Mayor, Mona Rios for City Council and Jose Rodriguez for City Council – The National City Progress Slate.
All three are supported by the Democratic Party, SD Labor Council and National City Firefighters.
We will be located on the corner of East 20th and Newell Street. Coffee, sweet bread and lunch will be provided.
2018 Walk Against Hate
REGISTER NOW: https://www.adl.org/sdwalk
The WALK Against Hate & Diversity Expo began in 2010 at ADL Philadelphia, and has grown to include Las Vegas, and now San Diego, as a way to bring the community together to promote diversity. Hundreds of students, educators, parents, business leaders and community members will walk with one another to celebrate the values of respect and inclusivity that have become the backbone of America’s Finest City, San Diego.
The Diversity Expo will feature local San Diego organizations highlighting the diverse tapestry of San Diego, sharing their work in the community with attendees. Additionally, we will be awarding over 50 local schools with their banners designating them as “No Place for Hate®”.
Conversations with Maria
“Conversations with Maria” is a gathering for people of color that identify within the spectrum of LGBTQI+ and their allies. It is a safe space to share our everyday challenges; how to face racism and stereotypes but also hopes and dreams shared within an affirming and supportive environment. Every 3rd Sunday at 3pm.
Democratic Socialists of America
San Diego New Member Orientation
Sunday, April 15, 3pm
Unitehere Local 30
2436 Market Street
For More Information
Come join us at 3pm for New Member Orientation to learn about our organization, democratic socialism, and the work we do in the greater San Diego community. This orientation is for whether you are brand new or if you have been around for a while and want to get more involved in the chapter.
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, please be sure to stay for the general meeting that goes on from 4-6pm.
Lunch & Learn with Imam Taha Hassane
Monday, April 16, 11:30am
3900 Cleveland Avenue
For More Information
Hosted by Interfaith Worker Justice of San Diego County
Imam Taha Hassane currently serves as the imam of the Islamic Center of San Diego. Hassane graduated from the Institute of Islamic Sciences at the University of Algiers in his native Algeria. He served as a high school teacher and imam in Tenes, Algeria for 10 years before coming to the United States. In the U.S., he served as a youth counselor with the Colorado Muslim Youth Foundation. In addition to his regular duties at ICSD, he provides marriage and family counseling, youth programming and Islamic educational services. Hassane holds a Masters of Theology in Islamic Studies from the Graduate Theological Foundation in South Bend, Ind.
Imam Taha will address some misconceptions about Islam and how everyone can combat Islamophobia.
Protest SD County vs California (Urgent!)
Tuesday, April 17, 8am
County Administration Building
1600 Pacific Highway
For More Information
Hosted by Nuevo Movimiento and San Diego Protests
The all-Republican elected San Diego County Board of Supervisors will be considering joining the Trump lawsuit against California for our “Sanctuary State” Bill, The CA Values Act/SB 54. The Board will be voting in closed session after public comment on April 17th at 9am! We will be holding a massive rally and protest outside of the County Administration Building, and we demand that our elected officials fight for our CA Values, and not against them.
Rally and Press Conference on Harbor Side * Board of Supervisors meets in the North Chamber Room 310
Itinerary for the day:
Meet up and rally at 8:00 A.M.
Press conference at 8:30 A.M.
Public Comment in room 310 at 9:00 A.M (Not closed session).
Protest Outside with megaphones and guest speakers (when they go into closed session)(Anyone who doesn’t want to go in can remain in the rally area).
Closing remarks at (11 A.M. still pending)
Show up in masses and don’t let elected officials vote in favor of hate and bigotry! Keep your elected officials accountable and make sure they vote for the people’s interest and not the interests of the Administration or the DoJ!
District Attorney Candidate Forum
Tuesday, April 17, 6pm
Valencia Park / Malcolm X Public Library
5148 Market Street
For More Information
Hosted by NAACP San Diego Branch – Authorized
Candidates for San Diego County District Attorney will be invited to speak and answer questions. The DA decides what, if any, charges to press against citizens, be they young black men or police officers. The DA has broad discretion to either increase the incarceration rate or unilaterally begin criminal justice reform. The choice in this case is between a career prosecutor (who declined to appear) and a career public defender. If you care about how crime (or non-crime) is punished, you care about this race in this election.
Investigate Jerry Cano’s Abuse of Power
Tuesday, April 17, 6pm
National City Hall
1243 National City Boulevard
For More Information
Jerry Cano has used his power as an elected member of National City Council to shield himself from paying fines associated with code violations at his house. Jerry had illegally constructed a backyard patio, kitchen, etc. without pulling any permits and without any code inspection. While all residents are held accountable for code violations with fines, red tag and even direction to tear down their houses. Jerry was treated differently and hasn’t paid any fines since 2013. Additionally the code violations are still outstanding and nothing has been done to make Jerry address his code violations. Jerry shouldn’t get special treatment! If I had paid a fine, I would want a refund. This is a clear case of Abuse of Power.
Save the Date
Climate Mobilization Rally in Ocean Beach – April 28th
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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