As we head into the midterm elections, the administration’s “Make America White Again” agenda is kicking into high gear.
The zero-tolerance program at the border, which had zero intention of ever showing any compassion to children separated from their families has 497 of migrant kids *still* in custody, according to a just-filed government update. Parents of 322 of those kids have already been deported; 22 of the still-separated kids are under 5 years old.
The Trump administration and their allies hoped to defuse citizen outrage over their cruel policies by publicizing and politicizing the death of a Mollie Tibbets, a young woman from Kansas. The man charged with her murder was, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, not a legal resident, although his employer –a prominent Republican businessman– initially denied the claim.
Her family pushed back against administration attempts to use the murder to denigrate those who were speaking up on behalf of immigrants in detention. During her funeral, Tibbetts’ father made it their position clear.
“But we need to turn toward life – Mollie’s life – because Mollie’s nobody’s victim. Mollie’s my hero.” He continued his support for the Hispanic community and rebuked the negative comments made by others by stating; “The Hispanic community are Iowans. They have the same values as Iowans. As far as I’m concerned, they’re Iowans with better food.”
Additional stories of abuse of detainees continue to surface. From the Associated Press:
Three minors from El Salvador separated from their parents after crossing the U.S. border were sexually abused in shelters in Arizona, Salvadoran officials said Thursday.
Liduvina Magarin, deputy foreign relations minister for Salvadorans overseas, said authorities had received reports of the abuse of the children ages 12 to 17 by workers at unnamed shelters.
“They are sexual violations, sexual abuses, that is what this is about,” Magarin told journalists.
Detainees being held at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, Washington, are participating in a hunger strike, part of a national protest. The prison strike, launched by prisoners in South Carolina in response to the riot in the state’s Lee Correctional Institution in which seven prisoners lost their lives, began August 21, on the anniversary of the death of incarcerated activist George Jackson and has spread nationally.
Women in detention who’ve tried to join the hunger strike have been told they will be moved to a different facility, away from their children. ICE has a history of transferring hunger strikers to other facilities. ICE ain’t nice, follks.
Earlier this week, the Washington Post quoted a 40-year-old man named Juan — he didn’t want his last name used for fear of being targeted — who has a birth certificate stating he was born in the Texas border city of Brownsville. He served his country for three years in the U.S. Army, then was a cadet in the Border Patrol, and now works as a Texas state prison guard. But when he applied to renew his passport this year, the State Department responded with a letter saying it didn’t believe he was a citizen.
Some of the people who have been denied passports have later even been jailed and placed into deportation proceedings, according to the Post.
The stunning report reveals the depths to which the administration will sink in its campaign against immigrants — or even just people it thinks might be immigrants. Although the government is currently denying the existence of a new policy, the Washington Post story has encouraged hundreds of people to come forward with similar accounts. Basically, if you are a brown-skinned person born along the southern US border, your citizenship is in question.
Additional reports are surfacing about the Bank of America’s actions towards immigrants. The Sacramento Bee‘s reporting this week included statements from Paulina Gonzalez, executive director of the California Reinvestment Coalition, who said these actions were the latest form of harassment aimed at immigrant communities.
“Fear is gripping these communities,” Gonzalez said. “It’s like walking into a grocery store to buy milk and being asked for your citizenship at checkout—banking is one of the core aspects of daily life in this country. To be faced with this question in order to do banking seems as un-American as you can get.”
Gonzalez’s coalition has now launched a petition, “Tell Bank of America: Stand with immigrants,” that accuses the bank of abetting the Trump Administration’s crackdown on immigrants, and calls on the bank to “protect immigrants’ civil rights and stop collecting information about the citizenship status of its customers.” The petition has received more than 61,000 signatures since Aug. 29.
The Department of Homeland Security dismissed one of its senior policy analysts after a reporter with the Atlantic Magazine revealed Ian M. Smith’s involvement with email threads planning events that featured alt-right figureheads.
In another thread, Smith said he was sorry he missed an event hosted by Spencer’s National Policy Institute. When reached for comment by the Atlantic, Spencer said he didn’t recall meeting the DHS aide.
Responding to one 2015 email that included the term “judenfrei,” the German word for “free of Jews” as used by Nazis to describe areas where Jews had been killed, Smith remarked that he was planning on socializing with a former neo-Nazi leader.
“I was planning to hit the bar during the dinner hours and talk to people like Matt Parrot, etc,” Smith wrote, referencing the former spokesman of the now-defunct Traditionalist Worker’s Party, a neo-Nazi group that splintered after leader Matthew Heimbach had an affair with Parrot’s wife.
Lest anybody think this is all unconnected or a coincidence, I invite them to read Brooke Binkowski’s The Roots of United States Immigration Policy.
The racism has been there all along. Donald Trump and his cohorts have just brought it out of the shadows.
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— Ally Maynard (@missmayn) August 29, 2018
Get your event listed in the SDFP Progressive Activist Calendar: 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.
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Art Build and Drumming Workshop for Rise for Climate!
Join us at the Rise for Climate Art Build! We’ll make banners, signs and other artwork for the march.
You don’t need to be artistic or to bring anything, but if you have markers or other arts materials handy, please do, and juice or fruit to share is welcome too!
Did we mention this is super fun?
Joint Progressives Superwalk for Ammar and James Elia
Come walk and precincts for 2 progressive candidates running in East County: James Elia for State Assembly and Ammar Campa Najjar for Congress! Let’s unseat both Duncan Hunter Jr. and Randy Voepel. The best way to do that is by knocking on doors and making calls!
We will be meeting at our El Cajon office at 11am to walk! We will provide packets, literature for both candidates and training. Please wear comfy shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, and a reusable water bottle.
Join us for a potluck directly after at Ammar’s El Cajon Office! Bring your favorite dish to share.
The Official Animal Rights March | San Diego
Saturday, September 1, 11:30am
G & India Streets (Downtown)
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The Official Animal Rights March is an annual march founded by UK animal rights organization Surge. The march began in London in 2016 with 2,500 vegans and in 2017 the march doubled to 5,000 vegans marching for animal liberation through London. In 2018 we’re bringing The Official Animal Rights March to San Diego, California to spread the message of animal liberation across the globe.
In order to make this march succeed, we need your help. Invite your friends, tell every vegan you meet, this is the day where we unite, where we stand up, rise up and say no more, not in our name.
The future is vegan, but we must continue to speak out on behalf of the animals until the day that their suffering ends.
Protest Horse Racing – Del Mar
Saturday, September 1, 11:45am
Del Mar Turf Club
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard
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This the last weekend of the races for the summer here in San Diego.
Volunteer Social & Info Session for Ammar
Sunday, September 2, 3pm
Working Class (New Location!)
4095 30th Street
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Come hang with other volunteers and learn about how you can support the Ammar Campa-Najjar for Congress campaign – even if you don’t live in the 50th District!
We’ll specifically be talking about ways volunteers from North Park & Central San Diego can get involved. This race is unbelievably close and it will take ALL of us working from now until November to turn this district blue for the first time in 40 years! (Also, there will be FOOD)!
CLUW SD Summer Film Festival – Delores Huerta
CLUW San Diego is proud to bring you a Summer Film Festival Screening to remember. From Norma Rae to Dolores Huerta it is only fitting that the Coalition of Labor Union Women honors the trailblazing women who came before us in the labor movement.
These will be three separate film screenings hosted at National City’s historic Olivewood Clubhouse, with its own rich history of suffragettes and activism!
Labor Day Mass with Bishop McElroy
Bishop Robert McElroy and Unite Here Local 30 invite you to a special Labor Day Mass to celebrate union members and their commitment to organizing for social justice. This will be a unique opportunity to combine Catholic social teaching and our labor movement. The Mass will be in Spanish and English. All are welcome.
Unite Here Local 30 se enorgullece en darle la bienvenida al Obispo Robert McElroy a una misa especial del Dia de Trabajo para celebrar a los miembros del sindicato por su compromiso para organizar en nombre de la justicia. Esta sera una oportunidad unica de combinar las ensenanzas sociales catolicas y nuestro movimiento laboral. La misa sera en espanol y ingles. Todos son bienvenidos.
Protest Sea World – Holiday Protest
Sunday, September 2, 10am
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Today we will protest Sea World and the start of the killing in Taiji Japan at the Cove.
Please make homemade signs and join this very important protest.
We will meet at the corner of Sea World Drive and Sea World Way.
ONE JOB Should Be Enough – Labor Day March
Fight Back on Labor Day! Join Westin Gaslamp workers, Unite Here Local 30 members, and Marriott workers around the country for a National Day of Action as we demand: One Job Should Be Enough
Westin Gaslamp workers are fighting for dignity, respect, and a fair contract.
Marriott’s profits went up 279% since the recession. In the same years, hotel workers’ annual income only increased by 7% and our hours went down.
As the largest hotel employer in the world, Marriott is more than big enough to provide jobs that are enough to live on. We are calling on Marriott: Make one job at Marriott enough to live on
Labor Is Community Rally & Celebration!
Join us for a day of service + free food (while it lasts) & games for the entire family!
SD Progressive Democratic Club – West Meeting
Monday, September 3, 6:30pm
7061 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
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Hello West Blue Wavers. We are all about getting busy for the November Mid-Terms and Climate Change. Our first Pub party on August 23. Walks for Tommy and Monica and for SD 350 Rise for Climate. Join us and bring a Progressive friend!
City Council Meeting – National City
City Council meeting officially begins at 6pm, however, due to large crowds for the past few meetings, we recommend everyone arrive at 5:15pm to ensure they can find a seat and hand in speaker slips before the meeting begins.
Local organizing groups will be selling buttons reading “Justice for Earl McNeil” – all proceeds go directly to the McNeil family to help cover burial costs.
Organizing groups are asking everyone to wear black shirts/tops to the event.
Court Support for Kim and Robert!
In late July, San Diego’s oldest collective, Mother Earth, was raided and charges were levied against our beloved Kim and one other person, Robert. Even though the collective was closed and there was no activity, the NTF‘S Team 9 raided and destroyed furniture, equipment, took a small amount of medicine and robbed them of 500 dollars.
We fully expect to win in court because there is a collective defense still valid until January. For this reason, Kim has filed a dumur motion (to dismiss), the motion will be argued on September 4th.
Please come to court and show your support!
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.
What’s with the DNC?
Come early and join us for dinner and/or a drink.
The forum will be just over a week after the Chicago DNC meeting. The subject will be the DNC with special interest in Super Delegates, Tom Perez’ unilateral (?) decision to accept money from the fossil fuel industry, what is going on with the “Deputy” DNC Chair and anything else of interest from the DNC. We’ve heard rumors that Keith Ellison is about to resign. He certainly has been marginalized.
Jess Durfee, the one DNC member from San Diego County will be there. We’ve invited a couple Los Angeles based DNC members who may or may not also come for the forum.
September 5th Rally for the DREAM
September 5th, 2018 will mark one year since the attempted termination of DACA and Congress has yet to provide permanent protection from deportation and a path to citizenship for the millions who live and contribute to this country. We are demanding that the White House, Trump and Congress keep their word and help mend the problem they created.
We need a permanent resolution in the form of a Clean DREAM Act, which will protect millions of hard-working undocumented peoples in this country and their families. We will not exchange our safety and futures for additional funds to further bolster this countries deportation machine. We will not trade our communities well being for a wall or additional agents for ICE or CBP; so that even more children can be ripped from their parents. It has been one year things have only gotten worse. We, the undocumented community and our allies will no longer tolerate negligence from this government.
Congress needs to do their job and provide a permanent solution and a pathway to citizenship for our sisters and brothers. We are willing to do whatever it takes to fight for the dignity, respect and human rights of the undocumented community. Join us on the one year anniversary of the attempted termination of DACA at Waterfront Park to remind Congress that they need to do their job and work to provide a permanent solution for millions of people in this country whose lives are in a state of uncertainty.
Phone Bank Thursdays for Cori!
Thursday, September 6, 6pm
570 Laguna Drive #B (Carlsbad)
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Hosted by Cori Schumacher Carlsbad Councilmember, Candidate for Mayor
Join us on Thursday evenings as we call Carlsbad voters for Cori!
Cori and our campaign volunteers are having conversations with residents who have never previously been contacted by their council members or a candidate for Mayor, and they appreciate it. Neighbors are coming together to participate in shaping the future of Carlsbad, and the discussions are meaningful and exciting.
Border Angels Movie Night – “Who is Dayani Cristal?”
Suggested $5 donation. $1 refreshments will be available!
SYNOPSIS: Deep in the sun-blistered Sonora Desert beneath a cicada tree, Arizona border police discover a decomposing male body. Lifting a tattered t-shirt, they expose a tattoo that reads “Dayani Cristal.” Who is this person? What brought him here? How did he die? And who — or what — is Dayani Cristal?
Following a team of dedicated staff from the Pima County Morgue in Arizona, director Marc Silver seeks to answer these questions and give this anonymous man an identity. As the forensic investigation unfolds, Mexican actor and activist Gael Garcia Bernal retraces this man’s steps along the migrant trail in Central America. In an effort to understand what it must have felt like to make this final journey, he embeds himself among migrant travelers on their own mission to cross the border. He experiences first-hand the dangers they face and learns of their motivations, hopes and fears. As we travel north, these voices from the other side of the border wall give us a rare insight into the human stories which are so often ignored in the immigration debate.
Who Is Dayani Cristal? tells the story of a migrant who found himself in the deadly stretch of desert known as “the corridor of death” and shows how one life becomes testimony to the tragic results of the U.S. war on immigration. As the real-life drama unfolds we see this John Doe, denied an identity at his point of death, become a living and breathing human being with an important life story.
Rocío Film Screening & Know Your Rights Event
Alliance San Diego in partnership with Lincoln High School’s MEChA, & Lincoln High School, presents a special screening of “ROCÍO: A TRUE STORY”, an award winning film by Dario Guerrero.
“Rocío” is the harrowing story of an undocumented mother of three, who, after receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis, must choose between facing certain death in the United States, or receiving life-saving treatment in her native Mexico.
Prior to the film, we will host a Know Your Rights workshop as well as a DACA update by immigration attorney Ginger Jacobs. After the film, we will host a Q&A featuring director Dario Guerrero, followed by a panel discussion with DACA recipients from Lincoln High School’s MEChA, San Diego Border Dreamers, and the Dream Riders, 12 young people biking from border to border for #Citizenship4All.
Effective Lobbying – a Training for Nonprofits and Foundations
Join us for this free training for nonprofits organizations, foundations, and individuals who seek to advocate and influence public policy for social change.
For over forty years, Alliance for Justice (AFJ)has protected and advanced the role of nonprofits and foundations in shaping policy through effective lobby training.
At this training by Alliance for Justice, we’ll cover the following topics:
1) Record keeping and Reporting for 501(c)(3) Organizations that Lobby—Proper record keeping skills are critical for meeting filing obligations, strategic planning, fundraising purposes, and for basic organizational management and governance.
2) Nonpartisan Advocacy in Partisan Times—Highlighting some common pitfalls while also providing suggestions on how to avoid partisan advocacy.
3) Seize the Initiative: Nonprofit Organizations and Ballot Measure Campaigns—Understanding the laws that govern nonprofit organizations’ participation in initiatives and referenda.
Rise for Climate March – San Diego
Join us as we march alongside workers, students, human rights activists, frontline, Indigenous, and faith communities at the Rise For Climate March San Diego. We intend to send a powerful message to our leaders: today we are standing at a #ClimateCrossroads. The Trump administration and the fossil fuel industry gravely threaten the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families. We cannot wait to #RiseForClimate and demand the #FossilFree world we need.
On September 8, just before the Global Climate Action Summit brings leaders from around the world to San Francisco to discuss climate solutions, the people will come together to march outside the summit, and in hundreds of locations around the world.
Together we will march to protect our air, water, and land. We will march for our communities, for clean energy jobs, and for the people we love. We will commit to voting for climate champions. In solidarity with all those who are oppressed in our society, we will demand #ClimateJustice.
The Rise For Climate March San Diego will gather at City Hall for live music, inspiring speeches, and participatory actions followed by a short march to South Embarcadero Park where we’ll have voter registration, activities, and a Kid’s Zone with games and face-painting.
Prayer and Meditation for the Earth
As part of the Rise for Climate! events on Saturday, Sept. 8, the new Interfaith Coalition for Earth Justice is holding A Prayer and Meditation for the Earth, Our Common Home at Civic Center Plaza just ahead of the main rally.
Our event will begin with spoken prayers from several of our local faith leaders. Then whoever is able will lie down upon the ground in a square formation for 20 minutes of silent prayer/meditation, facing east, then west, north and south. When the silent prayer is finished, we will create a joyous noise as a sign of action and hope. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. and will be done by 9:30.
Why do we gather in prayer and meditation for the earth? To acknowledge the damage that we have done to it and move to restore our relationship with it.
The “North County SD” People’s Climate/Beach March
Saturday, September 8, 10am
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This year we want to see;
**From Del Mar to San Clemente
**From Poway to Temecula
**From Oceanside to Escondido
FOR A UNIQUE TWIST;
We ask people to bring umbrellas:):)
Paint your slogans on your umbrella tops(as you would do with regular signs)
Examples: Yes to AB???, No to AB???, or many umbrellas to spell out “Water is Life”, “Clean Air”, “No Nuke Dumping”….
September General/Endorsement Meeting
This will be our 1st endorsement meeting for the 2018 Gubernatorial General Election
Lets Meet La Mesa Voters
Join us as we walk the neighborhoods in La Mesa to introduce them to our amazing candidate for City Council!! The first 30 minutes will be a training session for first time walkers. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday
South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival
Enjoy this great FREE community PRIDE event with great food, spirits, music, art and beach side activities. Bring your chairs and spend your day on the Bay while showing your support to the South Bay LGBTQ* community!
Community Forum: No Internment Camps – Never Again!
The community of Fallbrook has united to oppose the proposed detention camp for immigrants & refugees in Camp Pendleton. According to plans by the Department of Defense, the plan was to hold up to 47,000 people and entire families in detention. For the time being, the plan did not move forward, but the risk is still present and other military bases in Texas have been designated to detain families who deserve due process, not detention.
To continue reinforcing our commitment to defend migrants we invite you to a community forum about the realities of the policies that threaten migrant communities, our democracy and our values.
Attorney Monika Langarica (Immigration Justice Project) will present on the legal history of detention.
Merely Ramirez (Otay Detention Resistance) will present on the refugee led struggle to defend detainees in Otay.
Community groups will share information and resources for people to get involved.
Super Grassroots Walk for Monica Montgomery
San Diego Progressive Democratic Club is organizing a Super Walk for Monica Montgomery. San Diego Democrats for Equality is co-sponsoring. We are inviting all of the Dem clubs which endorsed her. Just imagine – there are 9-10 clubs which endorsed her, and if each club sent 10 members to walk… or 20… or more…
That could be a whole lot of door knocking!
Campaign Kick-Off – Scott Peters for Congress
Get Out the Vote for Democratic Congressman Scott Peters!
Please come and join fellow activists, Indivisible, Progressive groups and Democratic clubs in phone banking and canvassing for Congressman Peters. Meet fellow Democrats, Progressives and Congressman Peters and help work to ensure the #BlueWave! Food and drinks will be provided throughout the day and dinner will be served during the evening phone bank with Congressman Peters! Canvassing from 11am-4pm and Phone Banking from 4-8pm
ACES Candidates Party – La Mesa!
Sunday, September 9, 4pm
7945 Morocco Drive
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Hosted by La Mesa Spring Valley ACES – Action Community for Educators and Students
Bring your friends, family, and neighbors to a meet and greet party with ACES candidates Rebecca McRae, Charda Fontenot, and Jerry Lecko! Learn how we can bring fresh voices to the La Mesa Spring Valley School Board and do what’s best for our community.
Save the Date
Call to Action if Trump Fires Mueller
March for Truth—an organization that is working with dozens of advocacy groups to organize rapid response protests has partnered with MoveOn.org, Public Citizen, Indivisible and many others to prepare emergency ‘Nobody is Above the Law‘ rallies that will happen directly following the firing of the special counsel should it occur. There are already events in 800+ cities and communities scheduled across the country—more than 300,000 people are prepared to take to the streets.
By firing Mueller or Rosenstein, the president would trigger a full-fledged constitutional crisis by asserting that he is above the law. The hours following the firing will determine whether he is proved right.
Local Rallies Starting Today at 5pm & Continuing Daily Thereafter
Bring Pots and Pans – Make Noise
Call to Action if Trump Fires Mueller
US District Court Southern District of California
330 West Broadway (Downtown)
Nobody is Above the Law Rally
Westfield North County Mall (Escondido)
Nobody is Above the Law Rally
Collier Park (Ramona)
Nobody is Above the Law Rally
Carlsbad Premium Outlet Mall
Other Stuff to Do
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