Tuesday, July 17, 2018

[SDCPJ] Fwd: [SanDiego350.org] Two Environmental Petitions to Sign!

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From: Ryan OConnor <ryanfoconnor11@gmail.com>
Date: July 17, 2018 at 11:39:10 AM PDT
To: SanDiego350 <SanDiego350@googlegroups.com>
Subject: [SanDiego350.org] Two Petitions to Sign!
Reply-To: ryanfoconnor11@gmail.com

Hi All, 

We have two opportunities to take action, both of these items will not take more than a few minutes. 

The first is signing the petition to support the proposed styrofoam ban ordinance at the City of San Diego. We would be the largest City in California to have ban of this polluting, petroleum based plastic. All you have to do is click on the link below and add your name to the petition:

You can also send an email with the attached letter to the California Public Utilities Commission and let them know that you oppose SDGE's application to purchase the Otay Mesa natural gas power plant. Not only does this promote the continued use of dirty natural gas, but SDGE would pass the cost on to the ratepayers. Additionally, the purchase of the $280 million power plant would be passed on to future Community Choice Energy customers. All you have to do is type in your name at the bottom of the attached letter and email the letter to public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov

If you have any questions on how to submit the letter please email me at Ryan@SanDiego350.org

Thank you for your support on these!



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[SDCPJ] Fwd: You're Invited: ACLU Legislating for Our Lives Forum on Wednesday, July 25th

From: "ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties" <info@aclusandiego.org>
Date: July 17, 2018 at 11:30:12 AM PDT
Subject: You're Invited: Legislating for Our Lives Forum on Wednesday, July 25th
Reply-To: "Gaia Croston, ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties" <gcroston@aclusandiego.org>

As a reminder, you are invited to the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties' community forum on Police Accountability Legislation on July 25, 2018.

We hope you'll attend this important event to learn about progressive California bills currently under consideration by our state legislature and how you can support the local movement for policing that is fair, transparent, accountable and community-centered.

What: Legislating for Our Lives: Police Accountability Legislation in CA Forum

When: Wednesday, July 25th, 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Where: Cherokee Point Elementary School, 3735 38th St, San Diego, CA 92105

Please follow this link to RSVP today.

In Solidarity,

David Trujillo | Advocacy Director
ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties

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The ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties fights for individual rights and fundamental freedoms for all through education, litigation, & policy advocacy.
P.O. BOX 87131
San Diego, CA 92138
United States

Monday, July 16, 2018

[SDCPJ] Free Film Tonight! “The Occupation of the American Mind”

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Date: July 16, 2018 at 1:31:48 PM 
Subject: Fwd: Free Film Tonight!

Free Film Tonight!
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Looking for something interesting to do tonight?
Join us for a free showing of

Occupation of the American Mind

In the wake of more Israeli bombing in Gaza.... This important Film helps us to face the ongoing public relations campaign that we are subject to daily!

Tonight - July 16
Central Library
330 Park Blvd., San Diego 92101

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Special San Diego Arab Film Festival Screening
Saturday, September 22
Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park
...Watch for details coming soon!
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Sunday, July 15, 2018

[SDCPJ] Please Forward! Mon. July 16, 7 PM ~ Youth Town Hall - Youth Organizing to end gun violence, Train social justice activists

Mon. July 16, 7 PM
~ Youth Town Hall ~
Youth Organizing
to end gun violence & build a just society
It is critical that the movement train the next generation of  social justice activists
Joyce Beers Community Center, 1.5 Blocks N. of Univ. Ave on Vermont St.

Youth Organizing for Unity and Activist San Diego invite you...

'March for Our Lives' was just the beginning!
How can we can build an intersectional movement for Social Justice?
Join us for Mon. July 16th 7-9 PM
Joyce Beers Community Center ( 1.5 Blocks North of University Ave on Vermont in Hillcrest, SD)

Linking to ongoing organizations & organizing is key

This summer Join activist  Youth Organizing for Unity (YOU)

Together we can build an intersectional movement; for peace with justice & equity. The NRA & Trumpsters are undermining democracy, igniting racism, tax breaks for billionaire$. Youth are saying "A new world is possible"

How do we unite and interconnect this movement into the core of all our causes? -How do we advance youth leadership within other struggles for social justice? How do we assure that our movement will be strong, multi-racial with gender equity?

Had Enough? Ready to organize to end violence in the US and abroad? Corporate capitalism is at the root of a society that degrades human relationships with environmental, racial, gender, LGBTQ and immigrant intolerance. Unite!

Youth will lead, but everyone Welcome, Volunteers encouraged: For info - 619-283-1100

Contact: Sarah Kadous <skadous@gmail.com>

American Fascism

This is a very interesting article. I was part of this attack on Beirut. I am very ashamed of my actions in 1984.


Friday, July 13, 2018

I thought I Was a Freedom Fighter

I thought I was a freedom fighter and learned that I was a storm trooper.
Walter in Naples, Italy 1985

I took a hiatus from writing this book as a painful truth became clear to me.

While watching a news program recently, small infants were shown arching their backs in agony in the aftermath of being chlorine gassed. I thought to myself, "What kind of monster could do that to infants, then, I remembered, I was one of those monsters. I had coordinated air strikes, missile strikes and shore bombardment operations against Hezbollah in the mid 1980's.

I realized that I did not know how many people I had killed in my 25 year military career. How many grand moms, babies, dads, children, women, girls?

I thought I was a freedom fighter and learned that I was a storm trooper.

The realization was so painful that I remained in a fetal ball in my bed for days in shame and depression.

I have shed tears at least once daily since this happened over this issue.

Many people who do not know about nonviolent communication or mindfulness ...or the need to validate people when they are in pain ...say things like...."You were doing what you were told"...instead of..."I have been ashamed of myself before, tell me more".

The concept of latent memory needs to be discussed. Latent memory is known as the subconsciousness or UNKNOWN AREA in the Johari Window.

I was well aware that writing this book was going to result in me discovering things in the UNKNOWN and BLIND areas of my life and that it would take courage to put them in the PUBLIC or OPEN area.

You see, in order to have functional relationships, the OPEN or PUBLIC area about us must be larger than the other three boxes.

In the Public or Open area, there are things that we know about ourselves and things that others can see. The Blind area has things that we cannot see about ourselves that others can see. The Unknown area has things that we do not know about ourselves and that others do not know either...like...the first time we fell and hurt ourselves as a baby...that memory is in our minds clear as a bell even though we may not be able to retrieve it.

The HIDDEN or SECRET Area is an area that contains our secrets......we know things that others do not know. A counselor's or psychologist's job is to make it a safe place to explore and express feelings.

I was leading a group where two men had been raped. I kept encouraging them to talk about their rapes in the groups. Finally one told his story in the morning group and the other in the afternoon group.

A man next to me was rubbing his hands on his pants, sweating. I asked him, if he was ok and he said he was "Fine". Finally, he broke down and began crying. He told us of how his uncle had raped him between the ages of 4 and 7. He did not remember that until the other men told their stories.

You see, the mind protects us by not letting us remember things.

It is sometimes important to  bring these things to the focal point as they may cause us to react in negative ways to similar situations as we go through life. This is how treatment works.

We become aware of things in our Unknown Area, hold on to the info in our Secret or Hidden Area. We have the courage to bring it out in Public or Open Area and people give us feedback and we discover more in the Blind Area and then Unknown Area.

The tenants of nonviolent communication guide us to speak in terms of emotions and to avoid rationalization, justification and minimization in this process.

(I was not THAT drunk, I was not THAT mad, I was not THAT LATE..or....Everybody does it...or...If you had a wife like mine you would drink too.)

It is important to speak on how we feel as opposed to what we think.

Emotional words are intrinsic to this process.

It is important to state what happened and how we felt about it.

I have learned to go through feelings, not around them.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

[SDCPJ] Press release Fwd: San Diego tells Rules Committee We Need a Commission on Police Practices

From: Anne Barron <barronsings@gmail.com>
Date: July 10, 2018 at 8:46:12 PM PDT
Subject: Fwd: San Diego tells Rules Committee We Need a Commission on Police Practices
Reply-To: barronsings@gmail.com

Press Release

July 10, 2018

For more information contact:

Andrea St Julian   Tel. (858) 792-6366 | Fax (858) 792-6069 | astjulian@san.rr.com

Anne Barron   Tel. (619) 836-2494 |barronsings@gmail.com

Rules Committee to Hear Final Arguments for

A City Charter Amendment to Establish

an Independent Commission on Police Practices

What: Rules Committee, San Diego City Council

When:  Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 1PM

Where:  City Hall @ 202 C Street, 10th floor

The ballot measure that would amend the City Charter to replace the current Community Review Board on Police Practices with an independent Commission on Police Practices is again before the Rules Committee of the City Council.  The proposal by Women Occupy San Diego has strong community and organizational support, with over 30 allies. However, community members are anticipating strong law enforcement push-back as in past efforts. At tomorrow's Committee meeting, residents affected by police misbehavior will be making a strong case to allow voters to decide on an independent Commission.   Women Occupy San Diego, the ACLU, the League of Women Voters, Black Men United, the NAACP and other justice organizations will speak about the context and community need for transparency and independence. This time, City Council should let the voters of San Diego decide on what community oversight should look like.

If this feels like deja vu, it is.  Women Occupy San Diego (WOSD) authored a similar proposal in 2015, to provide more tools and power to the existing Citizen Review Board (CRB).  That Board was enacted in 1989 in response to community concerns about police brutality.. The police came out to support the weaker ballot question, which placed the Board directly under the supervision of the Mayor and the San Diego Police Department Internal Affairs.  This was and is a clear conflict of interest. Another conflict was the reliance of the Board on the City Attorney, who also defends SDPD against lawsuits. The 2016 proposal by WOSD for an strong community oversight board was watered down by the then City Council, and these conflicts continues.

The Police Officer Association stated in a letter to the Clairmont City Council that "First and foremost, the Citizen Review Board (CRB) is effective as is."  This isn't the reality for too many people, and especially for people in marginalized communities.  Stephanie Jennings experienced the reality of the CRB dependence on police reports after an illegal arrest during the Occupy days at City Hall.  "After my wrongful arrest by SDPD in which I was treated abominably, I realized that complaints needed to be filed by me and others wrongfully arrested.  At that time the CRB claimed they had no record of our complaints. Only those able to file lawsuits against the city ever received any kind of justice. In my case the City Attorney dropped the charges & agreed to a settlement."  

Many civil rights organizations and advocates have pointed out that the dependence of a citizen board on the police to investigate the police only breeds mistrust.  This is especially problematic when that department has a higher than average number of officer-involved shootings for a city of similar size and a proven track record of racial profiling.  The President of the San Diego Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) stresses this in the supporting letter he wrote to the Rules Committee:

"We believe that trust in the San Diego Police Department cannot be restored without a truly independent investigation into potential police misconduct."  

Dr. André Branch, President, NAACP San Diego Branch.

The Grand Jury agrees.  Its May 2018 Report on the CRB stated, " the CRB performs a valuable function, but needs revised operational procedures."  It chastised the city for its delay in implementing Proposition G and noted strong community support for an independent agency.  WOSD can testify that many people facing police misconduct do not file a complaint with the CRB because as one victim who prefers to be anonymous said, "it won't do any good, and because the form is too long, and because the police investigate the complaint themselves".  

Good public safety requires a high level of mutual trust and respect.  Police have power; such power requires oversight. All officers serve the public better when able to engage with residents using best practices.  Women Occupy believes that trust must be earned and can be with proper oversight. We met with all stakeholders over the past two years, to find a common ground where community would also have a seat at the table of justice.  Official concerns over the so-called Police Bill of Rights were addressed through a subpoena power only for civilians. The new Chief of Police has voiced a policy of openness and transparency.  We expect that he will offer the same openness and transparency to the Commission if approved, including access to his officers.

Economic concerns were noted.  While there will be expenses for the independent investigators and legal counsel, we believe that a strong Commission will reduce the millions the City pays annually to settle lawsuits due to SDPD misconduct.

The community wants this amendment placed on the November 2018 ballot as written because it fosters trust in the functioning and outcomes of citizen oversight by doing the following:

  1. Creating an independent commission with independent legal counsel (independence is key to creating trust.);

  2. Giving the new commission the authority to conduct its own investigations and giving it the ability to do so through the retention of expert investigators and policy analysts;

  3. Giving it the power to subpoena civilian witnesses and all relevant documents;

  4. Requiring it to regularly make public it findings and recommendations.

Read the Charter Amendment Here https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/8e9d04d9-326a-4b28-8d5e-0beb37d1069a

This is a Press Release from Women Occupy San Diego



[SDCPJ] Fwd: July 11th - Action needed now for community oversight of police

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From: Peace Resource Center of San Diego <info@prcsd.org>
Date: July 10, 2018 at 8:21:59 AM 
Subject: July 11th - Action needed now for community oversight of police
Reply-To: Peace Resource Center of San Diego <info@prcsd.org>

July 11th - Action needed now for community oversight of police


Wednesday July 11th
San Diego City Council
202 C street, 12th floor

The  city's Rules Committee meets July 11 to decide on the community proposal to create a strong, independent Commission on Police Practices.

The PRC supports this much-needed proposed community oversight of police.
Now is the time to call your council member.  There has been strong opposition by law enforcement. Let your elected officials hear your voice.The Rules Committee must approve and move this proposal to the full Council now - if approved, the proposal will be on the November 2018 ballot for a vote by the people.

Who is on the Rules Committee?
Myrtle Cole (Chair), Mark Kersey (Vice Chair), Barbara Bry, Chris Ward and Chris Cate
You can find city officials contact info here.

Who polices the police?

The District Attorney is charged with investigating when police fire on civilians.
The SDPD Internal Affairs (IA) conducts their own investigations
The Community Review Board (CRB) on Police Practices makes their decision based solely on the IA investigation. 
The Mayor approves appointees to the CRB. 
Despite the deaths of over 300 people at the hands of police in San Diego, the DA has not charged one officer.  

The community also needs to be at the table of justice.
Women Occupy San Diego believes this is best done through a charter amendment that would empower a Commission to independently investigate police.

Why San Diego needs a Commission on Police Practices:

·the independently appointed Commission would replace  the current Review Board appointed by the Mayor.

· independent Investigators to investigate instead of relying on the records of SDPD Internal Affairs .

· independent Legal Counsel -  instead of the Office of the City Attorney, which also defends police officers.

· the power to subpoena civilian witnesses.

·to receive and review all complaints and decides their disposition.


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