Here’s someone who’s name has been in the news quite a bit lately. If you’re not familiar with the comedy of Tiffany Haddish here’s an introduction by way of Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show. Some of Tiffany’s material can be crude, but in this recording has been bleeped for safety. [Read more…]
This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week contains articles, commentaries, columns, and other work by San Diego Free Press regulars, irregulars, columnists, cartoonists, at-large contributors, and locally and nationally sourced writers on: Trump’s upcoming visit, Women’s Herstory Month, Dem desmadre in the 49th, Tuck’s dirty secret, responding rapidly to ICE, SD area legislators leading on environmental justice, and lots of other grassroots news & progressive views from San Diego’s feisty, all volunteer, slightly funky, community news site. [Read more…]
This is “Bring Me a Little Water, Silvy” by Huddie Ledbetter (Leadbelly), arr. Moira Smiley. The body percussion is adapted from choreography of Evie Ladin. Performed by the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock Folk-Quartett. [Read more…]
If protests aren’t your thing, there’s now another way for San Diegans to express their opposition to Trump.
As I’m writing this post on Saturday morning, there are a half-dozen protests, press conferences, and rallies announced in anticipation of a Presidental visit to San Diego for the purpose of inspecting prototypes of a border barrier erected in Otay Mesa. Additional responses are being organized for an expected stop later in the day by Trump at a GOP fundraiser in Beverley Hills.
Fourteen organizations in the San Diego have joined forces to fundraise for a digital billboard aimed at countering the pro-Border Wall message Donald Trump is expected to deliver on Tuesday, March 13. The 10 X 20 Digitron billboard at the San Ysidro border crossing, will be visible to those crossing the border from Tijuana. It is expected the message will garner up to 150,000 daily views during the average 100-minute border wait, running for 20 seconds every hour, 24 hours a day for 28 days. [Read more…]
The Valiha is a traditional instrument of Madagascar made from a local bamboo. It’s often characterized as the country’s national instrument. Here it is played by Linda Volahasiniaina, a Malagasy musician and composer. [Read more…]
This is likely to be a historic week for activism in San Diego. Black Women will march to build power and community on Saturday, Anti-Trump Protests will span Monday & Tuesday, and students from five colleges, along with 29 elementary thru high schools will walk out for 17 minutes on Wednesday to protest gun violence.
Plus! There are thirty-two other opportunities to educate, organize, demonstrate, and engage with progressives throughout the region. Whether it’s electoral politics, teach-ins, grass root community activism on neighborhood issues, there’s something to do.
I’ll maintain and update a page about anti-Trump demonstrations here. Email me firstname.lastname@example.org or tag me on Facebook if you have information that needs to be added. Oh, and the County of San Diego is kinda freaking out about demonstrations near the border; learn about those restrictions here. [Read more…]
The County of San Diego has announced Temporary Area Restrictions in the area near the Border Wall prototypes effective March 9 -16. Via the Times of San Diego, here’s their release directed at people planning to demonstrate during Trump’s visit.
It has been widely advertised that there will be a Presidential visit to San Diego during the second week of March. This visit may prompt individuals and groups with contrasting opinions to gather in the area near the Border Wall Prototype Construction in Otay Mesa.
In preparation for demonstrations and in an effort to protect the rights of citizens to peacefully protest, the Sheriff has requested and been granted Temporary Area Restrictions by the San Diego County Assistant Chief Administrative Officer. Anyone found to be in violation of these Temporary Area Restrictions will be prosecuted pursuant to County Regulatory Code sections 32.1501 and 11.116. [Read more…]
the rain takes names
Time does not tell the truth:
It doesn’t count.
Not a mark made
the ground won’t swallow
no part of earth
that doesn’t float on fire
How International Women’s Day was celebrated around the world: The Guardian provides glimpses of events in Paris, London, Madrid, Jerusalem, Kosovo, New Delhi, Karachi, and Rio de Janeiro. [Read more…]
UPDATED as of 3/11
Rally and Press Conference — Monday, March 12 at 11 am, Chicano Park, Participants include Alliance San Diego, American Friends Service Committee, San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, Southern Border Communities Coalition, Interfaith Justice Coalition, Unite Here Local 30, Union del Barrio, City Councilmember Georgette Gomez (D-9)
NOTE: Both protests scheduled for Otay Mesa have been moved to San Ysidro due to safety concerns. This listing is accurate as of 7:20am Tuesday.
We are meeting at the San Ysidro border crossing and welcoming our Mexican brothers and Sisters into the United States. We are meeting at the corner of Virginia Ave and Camino de La Plaza. We will have a couple of speakers and open Mic for our community members. We hope to see you all there. Afterward feel free to stop by at the Women’s March and Clergy event located at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
2020 Alaquinas Drive
San Ysidro, CA 92173.
Please show up in masses and support us! Park at Las Americas mall outlet, plenty of free parking there. The rally will be at the corner of Camino de la Plaza and Virginia Ave.
Press Conference and Rally:
Interfaith Leaders and Elected Officials to Urge Trump
to Build Bridges Not Walls in San Diego Visit
Tuesday, March 13 at Noon, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 2020 Alaquinas Drive, San Ysidro. Hosted by San Diego Organizing Project.
Women’s March San Diego issued the following statement late on Monday
After gathering information and many considerations, Women’s March San Diego has decided to join forces with many community organizations and rally (see above) at the following location near the border:
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 2020 Alaquinas Drive, San Ysidro, CA 92173
Rally and Press Conference: Stand with Immigrant Families’
Hosted by San Diego Organizing Project
Speeches begin at NOON!
WOMEN’S MARCH SAN DIEGO WILL ARRIVE AT 11:30 TO VOICE OUR OPPOSITION TO THE WALL AND THIS VISIT!
For More Information, Hosted by Women’s March San Diego
Taxpayers Resist Trump’s Wall – Tuesday, March 3, 9:30am, Corner of F St and Front St (on lawn behind IRS Building), For More Information, Hosted by Indivisible San Diego
Washington D.C. schools are classified as a portfolio district by the Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE). CRPE is the Bill Gates-funded think tank on the campus of the University of Washington whose primary function is to promote portfolio district governance. Oligarchs and politicians call D.C. an education model. I agree. It is like when my mother held up Glenn Elmore as a model for me saying; “When you graduate from high school you’re not going to sponge off your parents the way that lazy freeloader, Glenn Elmore, sponges off his family.” [name changed]
Portfolio district management means closing some percentage of “failing schools” as determined by standardized testing and replacing them with innovation schools, charter schools, or voucher schools. In the same way a stock portfolio is managed, the continuous closing of “failing schools” and replacing them with “superior schools” is the path to education nirvana.
Only someone who has never worked with children and especially children living in poverty, could even remotely imagine this kind of disruption would lead to better schools and healthier children. [Read more…]
City ordinance prohibiting people from living in their vehicles is “vague, discriminatory and unconstitutional,” advocates and attorneys say
The ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties and Think Dignity filed an amicus brief in the case of a man cited for allegedly living in his truck. The man’s defense attorney, Think Dignity and the ACLU say the law he is accused of violating is vague, discriminatory and unconstitutional.
“This law doesn’t adequately define what constitutes the criminal act of ‘living in a vehicle’,” said Coleen Cusack, an attorney defending Tony Diaz. “The law is overbroad and may encompass innocent activities that many of us do every day in our vehicles, such as eating, reading or resting.”