Wednesday, December 31, 2008

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[SDCPJ] March for Marriage Equality Janiuary 10

Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2008 11:46:26 -0800
Subject: Blurb For DOMA Dissemination

March for Marriage Equality -- Unite to Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)!
January 10, 2009, 10am, County Administration Building, which called for the national day of protest against Prop 8 in November, has again called us all to action.  The march here in San Diego on November 15 was the largest in the nation and we have a lot of work to keep the cause of equality in the headlines.  So on January 10th, we'll take up the federal equivalent of Prop 8 -- the Defense of Marriage Act.  Please join us in a march and rally to remind President-elect Barack Obama that he has said he "supports repealing the Defense of Marriage Act."

Why the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)?  Because DOMA represents a Prop 8 type law at the federal level.  DOMA exists to define marriage as one man and one woman for any Federal purposes, including tax structure, federal student aid, immigration status, and about 1049 other rights (  For twelve years marriage has been defined federally as one man and one woman; that's not okay with me, and it shouldn't be okay with you either.

So we are gonna march, on January 10.

There will be a pre-rally at 10:00am in front of the County Administration Building.  Please join us for speakers and music before we march!  Step-off will be at 11:00am, as we march through downtown and past the Manchester Grand Hyatt.  Representatives from Unite Here, which has joined with the LGBT community in boycotting the Manchester Hyatt ( will join us there as we continue to march through downtown and back to County Administration.  There will be a second rally at County Administration following the march, with additional speakers.  For those who are differently abled, there will be entertainment provided while the march is happening, at the rally point at County Admin.

Are you excited?  Because I am excited.  DOMA is Prop 8 federally, and we can't allow it!  Are you asking yourself how you can get involved?  Excellent!  There's a few things you can do:

The first thing is to spread the wordThere are fliers available to be delivered to you, already printed, that the wonderful Gabriel Conway will bring to you if you email him at  If you want some of these fliers, please let him know and he'll swing them by to you.

The second thing is to volunteer!  We need crowd control monitors for the march and rally.  Please email me to volunteer for the march, and please email me at  If you'd like to volunteer for the rally portions, please email Wendy Sue at  Please include the word Volunteer in your subject line.  There will be two volunteer trainings held next week on Sunday and Tuesday evenings.  Volunteers need only attend one of the trainings.  Volunteers will get more information in their email later this week.

The last thing you can do is to show up!  San Diego has quite a reputation to live up to after we showed the largest march in the nation on November 15.  So bring your family, bring your friends, bring your barista and your babysitter and your mother's best friend's cousin too.  Equality is not just about LGBT issues -- it's about everyone being treated fairly.

Please join us as we ring in the new year with the same message: Equality for All!!

Sara Beth Brooks
San Diego Equality Campaign
Sara Beth Brooks
Executive Chair, San Diego Equality Campaign
California Regional Liaison, Join the Impact for San Diego, Imperial, San Bernadino, Orange, Inyo, Mono, and Riverside Counties
(619) 368-9948

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Monday, December 29, 2008

[SDCPJ] See MECIC's response to "Obsession" on YouTube

The Middle East Cultural and Information Center has produced a response to
the dvd "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West." It's posted on
YouTube. It's called "Obsession: A Viewer's Guide." Please click on the
link below.


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[SDCPJ] Gaza: the logic of colonial power

Gaza: the logic of colonial power

As so often, the term 'terrorism' has proved a rhetorical smokescreen under cover of which the strong crush the weak

I have spent most of the Bush administration's tenure reporting from Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Somalia and other conflicts. I have been published by most major publications. I have been interviewed by most major networks and I have even testified before the senate foreign relations committee. The Bush administration began its tenure with Palestinians being massacred and it ends with Israel committing one of its largest massacres yet in a 60-year history of occupying Palestinian land. Bush's final visit to the country he chose to occupy ended with an educated secular Shiite Iraqi throwing his shoes at him, expressing the feelings of the entire Arab world save its dictators who have imprudently attached themselves to a hated American regime.

Once again, the Israelis bomb the starving and imprisoned population of Gaza. The world watches the plight of 1.5 million Gazans live on TV and online; the western media largely justify the Israeli action. Even some Arab outlets try to equate the Palestinian resistance with the might of the Israeli military machine. And none of this is a surprise. The Israelis just concluded a round-the-world public relations campaign to gather support for their assault, even gaining the collaboration of Arab states like Egypt.

The international community is directly guilty for this latest massacre. Will it remain immune from the wrath of a desperate people? So far, there have been large demonstrations in Lebanon, Yemen, Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Iraq. The people of the Arab world will not forget. The Palestinians will not forget. "All that you have done to our people is registered in our notebooks," as the poet Mahmoud Darwish said.

I have often been asked by policy analysts, policy-makers and those stuck with implementing those policies for my advice on what I think America should do to promote peace or win hearts and minds in the Muslim world. It too often feels futile, because such a revolution in American policy would be required that only a true revolution in the American government could bring about the needed changes. An American journal once asked me to contribute an essay to a discussion on whether terrorism or attacks against civilians could ever be justified. My answer was that an American journal should not be asking whether attacks on civilians can ever be justified. This is a question for the weak, for the Native Americans in the past, for the Jews in Nazi Germany, for the Palestinians today, to ask themselves.

Terrorism is a normative term and not a descriptive concept. An empty word that means everything and nothing, it is used to describe what the Other does, not what we do. The powerful – whether Israel, America, Russia or China – will always describe their victims' struggle as terrorism, but the destruction of Chechnya, the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, the slow slaughter of the remaining Palestinians, the American occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan – with the tens of thousands of civilians it has killed … these will never earn the title of terrorism, though civilians were the target and terrorising them was the purpose.

Counterinsurgency, now popular again among in the Pentagon, is another way of saying the suppression of national liberation struggles. Terror and intimidation are as essential to it as is winning hearts and minds.

Normative rules are determined by power relations. Those with power determine what is legal and illegal. They besiege the weak in legal prohibitions to prevent the weak from resisting. For the weak to resist is illegal by definition. Concepts like terrorism are invented and used normatively as if a neutral court had produced them, instead of the oppressors. The danger in this excessive use of legality actually undermines legality, diminishing the credibility of international institutions such as the United Nations. It becomes apparent that the powerful, those who make the rules, insist on legality merely to preserve the power relations that serve them or to maintain their occupation and colonialism.

Attacking civilians is the last, most desperate and basic method of resistance when confronting overwhelming odds and imminent eradication. The Palestinians do not attack Israeli civilians with the expectation that they will destroy Israel. The land of Palestine is being stolen day after day; the Palestinian people is being eradicated day after day. As a result, they respond in whatever way they can to apply pressure on Israel. Colonial powers use civilians strategically, settling them to claim land and dispossess the native population, be they Indians in North America or Palestinians in what is now Israel and the Occupied Territories. When the native population sees that there is an irreversible dynamic that is taking away their land and identity with the support of an overwhelming power, then they are forced to resort to whatever methods of resistance they can.

Not long ago, 19-year-old Qassem al-Mughrabi, a Palestinian man from Jerusalem drove his car into a group of soldiers at an intersection. "The terrorist", as the Israeli newspaper Haaretz called him, was shot and killed. In two separate incidents last July, Palestinians from Jerusalem also used vehicles to attack Israelis. The attackers were not part of an organisation. Although those Palestinian men were also killed, senior Israeli officials called for their homes to be demolished. In a separate incident, Haaretz reported that a Palestinian woman blinded an Israeli soldier in one eye when she threw acid n his face. "The terrorist was arrested by security forces," the paper said. An occupied citizen attacks an occupying soldier, and she is the terrorist?

In September, Bush spoke at the United Nations. No cause could justify the deliberate taking of human life, he said. Yet the US has killed thousands of civilians in airstrikes on populated areas. When you drop bombs on populated areas knowing there will be some "collateral" civilian damage, but accepting it as worth it, then it is deliberate. When you impose sanctions, as the US did on Saddam era Iraq, that kill hundreds of thousands, and then say their deaths were worth it, as secretary of state Albright did, then you are deliberately killing people for a political goal. When you seek to "shock and awe", as president Bush did, when he bombed Iraq, you are engaging in terrorism.

Just as the traditional American cowboy film presented white Americans under siege, with Indians as the aggressors, which was the opposite of reality, so, too, have Palestinians become the aggressors and not the victims. Beginning in 1948, 750,000 Palestinians were deliberately cleansed and expelled from their homes, and hundreds of their villages were destroyed, and their land was settled by colonists, who went on to deny their very existence and wage a 60-year war against the remaining natives and the national liberation movements the Palestinians established around the world. Every day, more of Palestine is stolen, more Palestinians are killed. To call oneself an Israeli Zionist is to engage in the dispossession of entire people. It is not that, qua Palestinians, they have the right to use any means necessary, it is because they are weak. The weak have much less power than the strong, and can do much less damage. The Palestinians would not have ever bombed cafes or used home-made missiles if they had tanks and airplanes. It is only in the current context that their actions are justified, and there are obvious limits.

It is impossible to make a universal ethical claim or establish a Kantian principle justifying any act to resist colonialism or domination by overwhelming power. And there are other questions I have trouble answering. Can an Iraqi be justified in attacking the United States? After all, his country was attacked without provocation, and destroyed, with millions of refugees created, hundreds of thousands of dead. And this, after 12 years of bombings and sanctions, which killed many and destroyed the lives of many others.

I could argue that all Americans are benefiting from their country's exploits without having to pay the price, and that, in today's world, the imperial machine is not merely the military but a military-civilian network. And I could also say that Americans elected the Bush administration twice and elected representatives who did nothing to stop the war, and the American people themselves did nothing. From the perspective of an American, or an Israeli, or other powerful aggressors, if you are strong, everything you do is justifiable, and nothing the weak do is legitimate. It's merely a question of what side you choose: the side of the strong or the side of the weak.

Israel and its allies in the west and in Arab regimes such as Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia have managed to corrupt the PLO leadership, to suborn them with the promise of power at the expense of liberty for their people, creating a first – a liberation movement that collaborated with the occupier. Israeli elections are coming up and, as usual, these elections are accompanied by war to bolster the candidates. You cannot be prime minister of Israel without enough Arab blood on your hands. An Israeli general has threatened to set Gaza back decades, just as they threatened to set Lebanon back decades in 2006. As if strangling Gaza and denying its people fuel, power or food had not set it back decades already.

The democratically elected Hamas government was targeted for destruction from the day it won the elections in 2006. The world told the Palestinians that they cannot have democracy, as if the goal was to radicalise them further and as if that would not have a consequence. Israel claims it is targeting Hamas's military forces. This is not true. It is targeting Palestinian police forces and killing them, including some such as the chief of police, Tawfiq Jaber, who was actually a former Fatah official who stayed on in his post after Hamas took control of Gaza. What will happen to a society with no security forces? What do the Israelis expect to happen when forces more radical than Hamas gain power?

A Zionist Israel is not a viable long-term project and Israeli settlements, land expropriation and separation barriers have long since made a two state solution impossible. There can be only one state in historic Palestine. In coming decades, Israelis will be confronted with two options. Will they peacefully transition towards an equal society, where Palestinians are given the same rights, à la post-apartheid South Africa? Or will they continue to view democracy as a threat? If so, one of the peoples will be forced to leave. Colonialism has only worked when most of the natives have been exterminated. But often, as in occupied Algeria, it is the settlers who flee. Eventually, the Palestinians will not be willing to compromise and seek one state for both people. Does the world want to further radicalise them?

Do not be deceived: the persistence of the Palestine problem is the main motive for every anti-American militant in the Arab world and beyond. But now the Bush administration has added Iraq and Afghanistan as additional grievances. America has lost its influence on the Arab masses, even if it can still apply pressure on Arab regimes. But reformists and elites in the Arab world want nothing to do with America.

A failed American administration departs, the promise of a Palestinian state a lie, as more Palestinians are murdered. A new president comes to power, but the people of the Middle East have too much bitter experience of US administrations to have any hope for change. President-elect Obama, Vice President-elect Biden and incoming secretary of state Hillary Clinton have not demonstrated that their view of the Middle East is at all different from previous administrations. As the world prepares to celebrate a new year, how long before it is once again made to feel the pain of those whose oppression it either ignores or supports?

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[SDCPJ] EMERGENCY VIGIL FOR GAZA - Tuesday, December 30, 4 PM

Activist San Diego worked with others to initiate this vigil for Gaza.
ASD will participate in all future events which offer solidarity to innocent victims of aggression.

We encourage our supporters to take a bit of time away from their holidays to participate in Tuesday's emergency event. Calling elected officials will not be very effective unless they and the public see a public outcry against the Israeli occupation and massive bombings. It is the civilian population, which is being collectively punished for the acts of a few militants. The Bush administration has lied to us before. We must end the complicity of the Bush Administration and the US military-industrial complex. We must demand that Obama break his silence. It is time that we discuss an ongoing boycott of products coming from the occupied territories and all products which sustain an aggressive state.
  Please join us on Tuesday!



Join Us In An International Day of Protest
against the Israeli carnage against the
Palestinian people of Gaza.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008, 4 PM
Downtown San Diego, Front Street - South of Broadway
in front of the Federal Building .

  • >> Activist San Diego
  • >> Al Awda San Diego
  • >> American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
  • >> Answer Coalition
  • >> MAS San Diego
  • >> Middle East Cultural and Information Center
  • >> Peace Resource Center

Tuesday, December 30th starting 4:00 PM
San Diego Federal Building - Front and Broadway, SD

Please send in your organization name if you want to be a sponsor of the event to and .  -  619-871-9354


ASD Co-Sponsored event:
Tuesday, January 6, 7PM: Matters of Controversy.
The New American Censorship

Special guest: Peter Phillips Professor of Sociology and Director of Project Censored.

Project Censored is a media research program to train Sonoma State University students in media research, First Amendment issues and the advocacy for, and protection of free press rights in the United States. Prof. Phillips will be signing "Censored 2009."
First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego 4190 Front Street, Hillcrest, San Diego. $5-10 Donation


January, 24, 2008: Save The Date: ASD People's Ball in Balboa Park
Save The Date: ASD People's Ball

The "People's Ball" was started in 2000 actually called "The Counter Inaugural Ball" because of the out turn of the 2000 election and the exclusiveness of the Inaugural Ball in Washington. People came dressed in gowns and black tie to costumes of hanging chads. Since the first ball the name has changed to the People's ball. This is an event for all organizations, unions, organizers, media and community members to come together learn about each other and just kick off your shoes and celebrate.

Friday, December 26, 2008

[SDCPJ] FRIDAY - Dec. 26, 7:30 pm; AMANDLA! Activist Film Series, Sat, Dec 27, 7PM: Kwanzaa; Tue, Jan 6, 7PM - Project Censored

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FRIDAY, DEC. 26TH @ 7:30 PM at Joyce Beers Community Center

                    A joyous film of music and resistance

DIRECTOR: LEE HIRSCH Winner of the Audience Award and Freedom of Expression Award at the Sundance Film Festival, AMANDALA! ("Power to the people!") documents the history of freedom songs during the near half-century that South Africa suffered under apartheid. Notes one activist, "Because you can't beat these people physically, you've got to scare the shit out of them with songs." Most songs featured in the film became so popular that the government banned them along with the artists who sang them. Still, the freedom songs created an effective underground form of communication within prison boundaries and united a nation of oppressed citizens. Director Lee Hirsch combines an engaging mix of interviews with previously exiled activists and musicians along with archival footage of organized protests and performances featuring Abdullah Ibrahim, Sibingile Khumalo, Vusi Mahlasela, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, and Dolly Rathebe. (108 mins.)

Saturday, December 27, 7PM: Kwanzaa - Kujichagulia Celebration at WorldBeat Cultural Center
WorldBeat Cultural Center 2100 Park Blvd. San Diego.  FREE Community Celebration
        With A Film Screening and Presentation of "The Black Candle"

Narrated by world renowned poet Maya Angelou and directed by award-winning author and filmmaker M. K. Asante, Jr., The Black Candle is an extraordinary, inspirational story about the struggle and triumph of African-American family.

ASD Co-Sponsored event:
Tuesday, January 6, 7PM: Matters of Controversy. The New American Censorship

Special guest: Peter Phillips Professor of Sociology and Director of Project Censored.

Project Censored is a media research program to train Sonoma State University students in media research, First Amendment issues and the advocacy for, and protection of free press rights in the United States. Prof. Phillips will be signing "Censored 2009."
First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego 4190 Front Street, Hillcrest, San Diego. $5-10 Donation

Sunday, December 21, 2008

[SDCPJ] Meeting to plan: March 21 march and rally/6th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq

The San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice (SDCPJ) is planning a
march and rally on Saturday, March 21, 2009, the sixth anniversary of
the invasion of Iraq. Similar marches will be taking place that day in
Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and other cites throughout
the US.

Our current plan is to call for troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan and
also for money for healthcare, jobs and education, not for war and

We recognize that we are living in a changing world. The election of a
new president has raised the hopes of many for change, while the
greatest global economic crisis in generations has led to profound

As John Nichols wrote recently in The Nation:

"Just as a well-inclined but cautious Roosevelt needed the prodding of
mass movements and militancy to talk the Washington establishment into
accepting radical shifts in the economic order, so Obama will need to be
able to point to some turbulence at the grassroots."

We need your help and we need your input to organize 'grassroots
turbulence' here in San Diego. Join us at the next planning meeting of
the SDCPJ on Monday, January 5, 7 pm, at the Church of the Brethren,
3850 Westgate Place, San Diego. This is the meeting where we will decide
on the themes of the march, and also on the march route and rally site.

For more information, contact

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

[SDCPJ] Help Prisoner of Conscience Robin Long

Veterans For Peace Action Item - Please pass this on to all your friends - Immediate Action Needed!

Hi everyone
In the brig at Miramar is a prisoner of conscience, Robin Long.

Robin deserted to Canada, rather than go to war in Iraq.  While there he fathered a son with his mate.  His mate has existing medical problems, so she cannot come to America to be with Robin because she cannot get medical insurance here. 

Robin's sentence is for 15 months, and his return to Canada and his family is precluded automatically if he has been sentenced for more than 1 year. 

Robin's family cannot come here, and as things sit Robin will not be allowed to go to his family when he gets out of prison.

SDVFP is trying to get Robin Long's sentence shortened by 3 months, or commuted.  Toward that end we are asking all concerned citizens to please write one letter, addressed to each of the 3 Congressmen listed below.  Send the letters you write to me at the address in Ramona, Below.  A snail mail hard copy of your letters with a signature is preferable, but if you cannot do that, send me an electronic copy.  Make sure you put your mailing address and phone number on the letter.

Dave Patterson
1003 6th street
Ramona, CA 92065

My E-mail  -

I will compile the letters and take them personally to the Congressman's offices.

The subject of the letter should be commutation of Robin Long's sentence.  

The letter should be very brief, highlighting how Robin decided that the war in Iraq was illegal, and refused to fight. 

you can remind the Congressman that it is the obligation of every soldier to refuse illegal orders, and thus Robin should be a free man, not in prison. 

A short explanation of how the lack of medical insurance in the U.S. precludes his wife from coming here, and his felony conviction prevents him from returning to Canada to his family. 

We need to do the right thing and get him back with his family. 

Ask the Congressman to do what they can to get his sentence commuted.

This is the start of a SDVFP push for Robin Long.  Please get them in the mail to me this week!

Congressman Bob Filner
333 F Street, Suite A
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Senator Barbara Boxer
600 B Street, Suite 2240
San Diego, CA 92101

Senator Dianne Feinstein
750 B Street, Suite 1030
 San Diego, CA 92101

We have little time.

            Think Peace


Dave Patterson
San Diego Veterans For Peace

[SDCPJ] State Department panel urges US to drop Blackwater

A US state department panel has urged the US to drop controversial
security firm Blackwater ... to read the complete story and for more
info on Blackwater, please go to

This comes at a time when Bill Clinton's recently released list of
donors to his foundation names Blackwater as having given money, one of
many potential conflicts of interest when Hilary Clinton becomes
Secretary of State.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

****Important****21 December Coalition Summit

Please come and pass it on!


San Diego County Community Coalition Summit





Focus on Green!

Your 11th Hour or Your Greatest Opportunity ?

Be Surprised About What Sustainability Really Means for You.


When we hear the terms green, eco-friendly and sustainability they remind us that what seems environmentally sound may have unfriendly side-effects. It is often hard to know what is really green or just "green-washing" and the macro issues like global warming and species extinction often scare us more than inspire us to action.

Come hear Jim Bell and Michael McClure (Eco Elf), talk about sustainability where we live and beyond. Their workshop will focus on what you can do in your own home, neighborhood, city, state and country to save and earn money on the way to a sustainable future.


We will also play Eco Elf's GreenSweep Game with a TWIST you'll find out about when you PLAY THE GAME. Score yourself on your greenness and find out what we all can do to become greener on every level.


The Presenters:

Jim Bell is a visionary teacher, political activist and the author of two books, numerous commentaries and now a video on how to create a life-support sustaining future, all free at, click on the appropriate button. Book titles: Achieving Eco-Nomic Security on Spaceship Earth and Creating a Sustainable Economy and Future On Our Planet.


Michael McClure (Eco Elf) is an environmental teacher and trainer for Eco Energy Systems. He advises and administers State Public Purpose Funding for commercial energy conservation programs in California .


Where: Joyce Beers Community Center , 3900 Vermont Street

San Diego, CA


1 and 1/2 blocks north of University across from Ralphs and Trader to Aladdin Cafe


When: Sunday December 21, 6:00pm to 9pm


Admission: FREE


Snacks and beverages provided

Join Us this Sunday!!


Special Announcements:

Meeting Location Change:
We will be meeting at
18Teen Art and Cultural Center
3925 Ohio Street
San Diego, CA 92105
Beginning 18 January 2009.
Meeting time will be 2PM to 6PM followed by salsa classes!


   December 21, 2008

Become an activist  crewmember on our television shows! Come and join us in front of and behind the camera! We have crewmembers as young as 9 and as old as 74!
Learn to be a Producer, Director, Camera Operator, Sound Engineer, Graphics Generator, Floor Director...for free...while working to make our community a better place to live!
Call today for location and reservations!
We are starting production on our third show:
Laura Thompson's San Diego Women's Art Caucus for Art "Artist Connection" focused on activist artists!

  Debut production on 29 January 2009 @6 PM


>Alyce Smith-Cooper's Community Issues: A Tapestry of Concerns Production


9 January 2009 @ 6 PM 


> San Diego County Community Coalition Show: Progress in San Diego

16 January 2009 @ 6 PM
Meet the actors who perform in the Capital One credit card commercials (The Vikings) and the History Channel's Wildwest Tech!
Actors Peter Sherayko and Larry Freeland will be on hand to display and discuss wild west tech, mountain men, reinactments and much, much more!
See: Caravan West Productions and
Also on hand: Doctors from Dr. Douglas Reich's offices will discuss the benefits of chiropractic will be surprised how toxins can accumulate in your muscle tissue and how these fine doctors help you release and cleanse disease causing toxins.  

  Questions? Contact:
Walter Davis

  Phone: 760-917-1251


The San Diego County Community Coalition
and RSVP

[SDCPJ] Local info for Light up the Night For Equality, December 20

Here's some information about the event that's happening on Saturday. 

Sara Beth Brooks
Executive Chair, San Diego Equality Campaign
California Regional Director, Join the Impact for San Diego, Imperial, San Bernadino, Orange, and Riverside Counties
(619) 368-9948

Thursday, December 18, 2008

[SDCPJ] Light up the Night for Equality this Saturday!

Join the Impact


In just a few days, our community will join together once more to make an IMPACT this holiday season. Just like on November 15th, people in cities across the country and around the world will join together to spread the message of equal rights. Peaceful candlelight vigils will be held at commercial centers in honor of the rights lost to Proposition 8 and the many rights that have remained non-existent for 1 in 10 US citizens.

Please join us this Saturday in making an impact on our nation!

Light up the Night

As part of this Saturday's outreach, we encouraging everyone to pass out the "5 Rights Holiday Card" to shoppers. This cordial holiday card states just 5 of the many rights not afforded to our community. These include the right to fight for one's country, US citizen sponsorship of one's partner, legal guardianship over one's child, job protections based on sexual orientation (not available in 30 states), and federal as well as state-wide civil marriage.

Print cards in English | Print Cards in Spanish
Join The ImpactJoinTheImpact prefers to stay a grassroots organization that works with and for the people. You are all a part of the impact and we need to ensure that we stay yours.

Because of this, members and founders of JTI work on a volunteer basis, but there are still bills to pay to keep the organization going strong. As such, we have added some unique ways to make money on our site: Banner advertising, a "Donate Now" button, and a T-shirt store with designs from members of the LGBTQ community. All proceeds go toward keeping JTI strong as a non-profit organization and allow us to put money back into this movement in ways that help our members, our initiatives, and the LGBTQ community.


JoinTheImpact just learned that Obama's transition office has announced that they are no longer accepting postcards and will now only accept #10 envelopes. We won't go away that easily!

Put your postcard in a #10 envelope and send it along to him anyway. Get the suggested message and transition office mailing address here, then post a photo of you and your card in the photo gallery

Let's keep this going until the new year!

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Monday, December 15, 2008

[SDCPJ] one more plea

One more plea for volunteers to leaflet later this week.

In order of need:

1. Mount Miguel in Spring Valley
2. Oceanside high
3. Pt. Loma in San Diego
4. Hoover high in San Diego

If you have 45 minutes in the morning please join us.  We could use more help.  contact me with school of choice and I'll send you date, time, directions and other pertinent info.

for those of you wondering about the activity attached is a copy of the leafleters guide.  It quick, easy, fun and a great way to reach young people with a message of peace and opportunities other than the military when they finish school.

here's to a peaceful and just new year -
for SDCPJ high school leafleting project

[SDCPJ] Nonviolence Training for Personal & Social Change February 5-8; Register NOW!

Nonviolence Training for Personal and Social Change
co-sponsored by San Diego Veterans For Peace & The Peace Resource Center of San Diego

February 5-8, 2009
7380 Eads Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
(La Jolla Quaker Meeting House)

Thursday February 5, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Friday February 6, 6:00pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday February 7, 9:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday February 8, 1:00pm to 6:00 pm (possibly 2:00 to 7:00pm)

Co-Facilitators: Janet Chisolm, Founder of Creating a Culture of Peace
Elliott Adams, National President of Veterans For Peace

“Creating a Culture of Peace – Nonviolence Training for Personal and Social Change,” (CCP),
traveled to 36 states and Palestine, trained thousands of participants and 300 trainers, and was
adopted by national faith organizations and Veterans for Peace within its first four years. Janet
Chisholm, who established CCP at the Fellowship of Reconciliation, moved with the program to
Kirkridge Retreat Center in January 2007.

CCP emphasizes two forms of active nonviolence:
--Constructive Nonviolence is the way to change the status quo and create a just and
peaceful culture by developing new relationships, practices, and organizations. This
requires the majority of our time and effort.
--Nonviolent Resistance is designed to oppose injustice and oppression through actions
like petitions and rallies or even boycotts.

Both forms are enhanced by increasing the participation of ordinary people.

To attend, please register soon, as spaces are limited. There will be a requested donation of
$100.00 (sliding scale) to defray costs, including travel and compensation for the trainers, and for
meals and refreshments. If you are interested in attending but are limited in funds, please let us

For more information, or to register, please contact: David Wiley
San Diego Veterans For Peace

Friday, December 12, 2008



Support local peace, social justice and environmental organizations and avoid the commercialization of the holidays by purchasing alternative gifts at the Annual Peace on Earth Holiday Bazaar, Saturday, December 13, 2008, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 4011 Ohio Street (corner of  Ohio and Lincoln in North Park).

Gift items will include t-shirts, holiday cards, calendars, buttons, peace jewelry, books, imported goods,  free trade coffee and tea, ornaments, soap products, lotions and more! 

Come hungry! Come thirsty!  Middle Eastern food, ice cream and other goodies including baked goods, coffee, cold sodas and hot spiced cider will be available for purchase. 

For more information, please contact the Peace Resource Center of San Diego, 619-263-9301 or e-mail or Project YANO, 760-634-3604.

Participating Organizations:

Peace Resource Center of San Diego
Project on Youth and Non-Military Opportunities (Project YANO)
Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft
Activist San Diego
Jubilee Economic Ministries
Friends of LAFTI Foundation
San Diego Veterans for Peace
Mariposa Ice Cream
Nonviolent Peace Force
San Diego Coalition for Peace & Justice
San Diego Puppet Insurgency
San Diego Food Not Lawns
Quaker Bolivia Link
Shelter From the Storm
The Green Store
Peace and Freedom Party
Ferdinand's Familia
MECIC (Middle East Cultural & Information Center)
San Diego Peace Corp Association

[SDCPJ] FW: Christmas Candlelight Vigil (December 23rd) for Robin Long





Christmas Candle Light Vigil

In Support of GI War Resister

Robin Long, Prisoner of Conscience


Date:       Tuesday, December 23,  2008

Time:      4:30pm to 7:00 pm

Where:    North Gate MCAS Miramar, 9100 Miramar Road (N. W. Corner           

                 of Miramar Rd. @ Clayton Dr.)

Parking:  The Shopping Center behind the office building on the N.W.

                 Corner has  adequate parking as does Clayton Dr.


Free Robin LongRobin Long is the first Active Duty GI Iraq War Resister to desert the U. S. Military and seek political asylum in Canada. He was later extradited and turned over to the United States Government for prosecution. Robin is currently being held in The Naval Consolidated Brig at MCAS Miramar here in San Diego and is serving a 15 month prison term for desertion.


The San Diego Chapters of Veterans For Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out and the Vietnam Veterans Against the War have adopted Robin until he is freed in July 2009. To call attention to his case and to the plight of so many young Iraq War Resisters we will be holding a series of candle light vigil in front of the North Gate to MCAS Miramar on Miramar Road.


His statement to the Judge at his Court martial prior to imposing sentence, when asked to explain himself, was eloquent and to the point, “I believe my President lied to me.” That Robin, who has taken such a courageous stand on moral principles, would serve one day, let alone 15 months, in jail for refusing to deploy to Iraq in an illegal “preemptive”, criminal and morally bankrupt war is beyond belief. He is quite simply, a prisoner of conscience, while the architects and war profiteers of this murderous fraud remain free


With your help we will work to publicize his case and the cause of all War Resisters. In this effort we are holding the first in a series of monthly candle light vigils before Christmas day during the Holiday Season of “Peace on Earth.”


 Link To Robin Web Site developed by his attorneys:



Please RSVP: or call 858-361-6273





Sponsored by:


Veterans For Peace, San Diego, Chapter # 91


Military Families Speak Out, San Diego County Chapter


Vietnam Veterans Against the War, San Diego County Chapter “Speaking Truth to Power”

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