Sunday, January 31, 2010

[SDCPJ] {BA} marcha migrante poster

Feel free to copy and post, get the word out!!!


Several cars are leaving from San Diego beginning Monday afternoon around 200pm through Friday Morning to join in some or several of the activities, join us, not too late. For more info on MARCHA MIGRANTE V or to support us as there are lots of costs. (ps also need crosses)  marcha migrante gracias  enrique


Clean Elections Campaign - February Update, "Bad News!"

February 2010

Hi Everyone - The Supreme Court's recent decision allowing corporations to spend unlimited funds on political campaigns makes our clean elections campaign all the more important.  See the article below by local Diego political consultant, Larry Remer.

Phone bank moves to Wednesday nights
We have moved our clean elections phone bank to Wednesday nights starting this Wednesday, February 3.  The location is still the same, 3609 Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest and we start at 6pm.  Volunteers are always appreciated.  Come join us!  For more information, contact John Hartley.

We are targeting the 2012 general election
Just a reminder that our intention is to put a clean elections ballot measure on the 2012 general elections ballot for the city of San Diego.  There is also a statewide ballot measure on this June primary which if it passes, will provide for a pilot clean elections process for the statewide, Secretary of State office.  For more information on this effort, give Common Cause organizer, Jeanne Brown, a call at 619-857-1807.

Court Opens the Way for Influx of Corporate Big Money
The US Supreme Court's unprecedented tilt towards "Big Money" politics has made the need for Clean Elections more urgent than ever.
In late January, the Supreme Court, by a 5-4 margin, overturned more than 100 years of precedent by ruling that restrictions on campaign spending by corporations and labor unions is an unconstitutional violation of the 1st amendment. The Court's decision overturned key provisions of the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Law as well as other federal limits on special interest spending.
In essence, the Court lifted virtually all restrictions on campaigning by corporations and unions. Some observers believe that this will open the floodgates to hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign spending in the upcoming midterm elections.
President Obama criticized the Court's ruling during his State of the Union Address and public interest groups from across the country have joined in a rising chorus of outrage.
The ruling has given new life to Clean Elections efforts across the country. With a political system that places virtually no limits or restrictions on special interest money, Clean Elections style ordinances offer the only hope for ordinary citizens to make their voices heard.
Larry Remer, Political Consultant

Thanks again for your clean elections donations
Thanks again to those who have sent in checks for our campaign.  We do need to raise money in order to successfully qualify and pass a clean elections initiative.  If you have not done so, please consider making a contribution now.  Make a check out to: Neighborhoods for Clean Elections and mail to: Neighborhoods for Clean Elections, P.O. Box 16066, San Diego, CA, 92176
John Hartley, Coordinator for Neighborhoods for Clean Elections

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Tracy Emblem for Congress

Tracy Emblem is interviewed by Walter Davis about her outlook on policies. Staff members give testimonials.

Truth to Power: Chad McKinney Interviews Intransit Audio

Local San Diego music group Intransit Audio is interviewed by Chad Mc Kinney on Truth to Power - A San Diego County Community Coalition Public Access TV show.

Truth to Power: Chad McKinney Interviews Floyd Morrow

Executive Director Chad McKinney Interviews San Diego Businessman and Politician Floyd Morrow.

Progress In San Diego TV Show - One Care Now Interview with Hugh Moore

This is the Compressed Cable TV version of this interview.

Progress In San Diego TV Show: Universal Health Care with Hugh Moore

Truth to Power: Chad McKinney Interviews Floyd Morrow

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Intransit Audio on Truth to Power

[SDCPJ] Cut the Pentagon, Not Real Security

FCNL: Friends Committee on National Legislation, A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
FCNL: Friends Committee on National Legislation, A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
Ask Congress to Cut Military Spending

Cut the Pentagon, Not Real Security

Last night in his State of the Union address, President Obama said that the government should address the jobs crisis, fix our broken health care system, and take urgent steps to address global warming. Exactly right. Yet hidden in the president's budget proposals is a line that could undermine all of these efforts.

The president's proposal - according to some analysts1- will increase military spending, by a lot. Over the next 7 years, the United States would spend $5 trillion dollars on the military. If this sum is proved true when the administration releases its formal budget documents next week, it will mean that President Obama is spending 5% more on the military than President George W. Bush did in his last seven years as president.

Meanwhile, the president wants to freeze "non-security related" spending at current levels for the next three years. Many of the programs that could fall into this category- nutrition programs for the poor, funding for transportation and infrastructure, and energy assistance in cold winters -are critical in providing for the real, day-to-day security of people across the country.

This doesn't add up. Real security won't come from more military spending. Congress should instead be taking money out of the Pentagon and increasing support for diplomacy, development and international cooperation, expanding allocations for green jobs, environmental protection and energy efficiency, and providing additional money to meet increasing human needs, particularly at the state level.

Take Action

Ask your members of Congress to reject the president's proposal to increase Pentagon spending. Ask them to find ways to reduce the military budget so that the government has money to spend to provide real security for people in the United States.

We hope that at least 3,000 people will contact their members of Congress in the next few days opposing this proposal. Once you've taken action, please ask three friends to write Congress as well.


FCNL and our colleagues have started a campaign, Our Nation's Checkbook, to shift federal spending priorities toward meeting the needs of people in the United States, preventing wars, and protecting the environment. We're working in key states and congressional districts to change the way this country allocates its financial resources. Find out how you can get involved.

Read Ruth Flower's blog post, "Mr. President – Bring Some 'Budget Discipline' to the Pentagon"


(1) "An Undisciplined Defense: Understanding the $2 Trillion Surge in US Defense Spending," Carl Conetta, Project for Defense Alternatives

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[SDCPJ] Mobilization for Immigration Legalization Protest and Rally

In Solidarity with Marcha Migrante V

Mobilization for Legalization Protest and Rally

Day of Protest
Wednesday, February 3
4:30-6 p.m.
Federal Building
Front and Broadway Ave. downtown San Diego

Day of Rally
Saturday, February 6
12-3 p.m.
Chicano Park, San Diego




For further information contact sisepuedesd@gmail

Sponsored by coalitions  for legalization

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

[SDCPJ] Howard Zinn dies at 87

Democracy Now! will cover Howard Zinn tomorrow morning (Thursday). Howard was a regular guest on the show.

Howard Zinn, historian who challenged status quo, dies at 87
 January 27, 2010 07:12 PM

Howard Zinn, the Boston University historian and political activist who was an early opponent of US involvement in Vietnam and whose books, such as "A People's History of the United States," inspired young and old to rethink the way textbooks present the American experience, died today in Santa Monica, Calif, where he was traveling. He was 87.

His daughter, Myla Kabat-Zinn of Lexington, said he suffered a heart attack.

"He's made an amazing contribution to American intellectual and moral culture," Noam Chomsky, the left-wing activist and MIT professor, said tonight. "He's changed the conscience of America in a highly constructive way. I really can't think of anyone I can compare him to in this respect."

Chomsky added that Dr. Zinn's writings "simply changed perspective and understanding for a whole generation. He opened up approaches to history that were novel and highly significant. Both by his actions, and his writings for 50 years, he played a powerful role in helping and in many ways inspiring the Civil rights movement and the anti-war movement."

For Dr. Zinn, activism was a natural extension of the revisionist brand of history he taught. "A People’s History of the United States" (1980), his best-known book, had for its heroes not the Founding Fathers -- many of them slaveholders and deeply attached to the status quo, as Dr. Zinn was quick to point out -- but rather the farmers of Shays' Rebellion and union organizers of the 1930s.

As he wrote in his autobiography, "You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train" (1994), "From the start, my teaching was infused with my own history. I would try to be fair to other points of view, but I wanted more than 'objectivity'; I wanted students to leave my classes not just better informed, but more prepared to relinquish the safety of silence, more prepared to speak up, to act against injustice wherever they saw it. This, of course, was a recipe for trouble."

Certainly, it was a recipe for rancor between Dr. Zinn and John Silber, former president of Boston University. Dr. Zinn, a leading critic of Silber, twice helped lead faculty votes to oust the BU president, who in turn once accused Dr. Zinn of arson (a charge he quickly retracted) and cited him as a prime example of teachers "who poison the well of academe."

Dr. Zinn was a cochairman of the strike committee when BU professors walked out in 1979. After the strike was settled, he and four colleagues were charged with violating their contract when they refused to cross a picket line of striking secretaries. The charges against "the BU Five" were soon dropped.

In 1997, Dr. Zinn slipped into popular culture when his writing made a cameo appearance in the film "Good Will Hunting." The title character, played by Matt Damon, lauds "A People’s History" and urges Robin Williams’s character to read it. Damon, who co-wrote the script, was a neighbor of the Zinns growing up.

"Howard had a great mind and was one of the great voices in the American political life," Ben Affleck, also a family friend growing up and Damon's co-star in "Good Will Hunting," said in a statement. "He taught me how valuable -- how necessary -- dissent was to democracy and to America itself. He taught that history was made by the everyman, not the elites. I was lucky enough to know him personally and I will carry with me what I learned from him -- and try to impart it to my own children -- in his memory."

Damon was later involved in a television version of the book, "The People Speak," which ran on the History Channel in 2009, and he narrated a 2004 biographical documentary, "Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train."

"Howard had a genius for the shape of public morality and for articulating the great alternative vision of peace as more than a dream," said James Carroll a columnist for the Globe's opinion pages whose friendship with Dr. Zinn dates to when Carroll was a Catholic chaplain at BU. "But above all, he had a genius for the practical meaning of love. That is what drew legions of the young to him and what made the wide circle of his friends so constantly amazed and grateful."

Dr. Zinn was born in New York City on Aug. 24, 1922, the son of Jewish immigrants, Edward Zinn, a waiter, and Jennie (Rabinowitz) Zinn, a housewife. He attended New York public schools and was working in the Brooklyn Navy Yard when he met Roslyn Shechter.

"She was working as a secretary," Dr. Zinn said in an interview with the Globe nearly two years ago. "We were both working in the same neighborhood, but we didn't know each other. A mutual friend asked me to deliver something to her. She opened the door, I saw her, and that was it."

He joined the Army Air Corps, and they courted through the mail before marrying in October 1944 while he was on his first furlough. She died in 2008.

During World War II, he served as a bombardier, was awarded the Air Medal, and attained the rank of second lieutenant.

After the war, Dr. Zinn worked at a series of menial jobs until entering New York University on the GI Bill as a 27-year-old freshman. He worked nights in a warehouse loading trucks to support his studies. He received his bachelor’s degree from NYU, followed by master’s and doctoral degrees in history from Columbia University.

Dr. Zinn was an instructor at Upsala College and lecturer at Brooklyn College before joining the faculty of Spelman College in Atlanta, in 1956. He served at the historically black women’s institution as chairman of the history department. Among his students were novelist Alice Walker, who called him "the best teacher I ever had," and Marian Wright Edelman, future head of the Children's Defense Fund.

During this time, Dr. Zinn became active in the civil rights movement. He served on the executive committee of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the most aggressive civil rights organization of the time, and participated in numerous demonstrations.

Dr. Zinn became an associate professor of political science at BU in 1964 and was named full professor in 1966.

The focus of his activism became the Vietnam War. Dr. Zinn spoke at many rallies and teach-ins and drew national attention when he and the Rev. Daniel Berrigan, another leading antiwar activist, went to Hanoi in 1968 to receive three prisoners released by the North Vietnamese.

Dr. Zinn’s involvement in the antiwar movement led to his publishing two books: "Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal" (1967) and "Disobedience and Democracy" (1968). He had previously published "LaGuardia in Congress" (1959), which had won the American Historical Association's Albert J. Beveridge Prize; "SNCC: The New Abolitionists" (1964); "The Southern Mystique" (1964); and "New Deal Thought" (1966).

He also was the author of "The Politics of History" (1970); "Postwar America" (1973); "Justice in Everyday Life" (1974); and "Declarations of Independence" (1990).

In 1988, Dr. Zinn took early retirement to concentrate on speaking and writing. The latter activity included writing for the stage. Dr. Zinn had two plays produced: "Emma," about the anarchist leader Emma Goldman, and "Daughter of Venus."

On his last day at BU, Dr. Zinn ended class 30 minutes early so he could join a picket line and urged the 500 students attending his lecture to come along. A hundred did.

"Howard was an old and very close friend," Chomsky said. "He was a person of real courage and integrity, warmth and humor. He was just a remarkable person."

Carroll called Dr. Zinn "simply one of the greatest Americans of our time. He will not be replaced -- or soon forgotten. How we loved him back."

In addition to his daughter, Dr. Zinn leaves a son, Jeff of Wellfleet; three granddaughters; and two grandsons.

Funeral plans were not available.

[SDCPJ] REMINDER: This Sat, Jan 30: LGBTQ Rights Protest

REMINDER:  Protest the US Gov't's inaction on LGBTQ rights this Sat., Jan 30, 1pm at University Ave and Centre St's.
(This is the protest originally scheduled for 1/20 but was rained out)

[SDCPJ] February 4th Protest Against Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Join us February 4th from 5pm to 6pm at 6th and University for a
protest action to spread the word about the Anti-Homosexuality Bill
that has been introduced in Uganda.We will meet around 4:50 pm to
bullhorn and wave signs and let the people know about this horrible
legislation. This event is also running in conjunction with Equality
Across America's protest of the "Family's" ( a U.S.-led right wing
group with more than 10,000 cells worldwide) National Prayer

Anti-gay extremists in Uganda are crafting that
country's dangerous "Anti-Homosexuality Bill" promising ruthless
punishments such as the death penalty or life in prison for LGBTQ and
HIV-positive people. The Ugandan government has long misspent and
wasted millions of dollars of U.S. funding intended for HIV/AIDS
prevention and wellness services. The new bill's chief authors are
Family members James Nsaba Buturo, Uganda's Minister of Ethics and
Integrity, and Member of Parliament David Bahati, both of whom have
proceeded with the encouragement of Ugandan President and Family
member Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

Join us if you can. This will only run for about an hour, thanks in
advance anyone who can make it!

[SDCPJ] Anti-militarist Web site recently updated

This is to let you know that NEW articles and updated content have recently been posted at, the Web site of the San Diego-based Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft (COMD).
Included in the current update are three articles from the latest issue of COMD's printed newsletter, Draft NOtices:

- "Still Waiting, Still DREAMing," by Jorge Mariscal with Mónica Jaúregui, reviews recent developments in proposed immigration legislation that would steer more youths toward the military.

- "The Education Crisis and Militarization," by David Morales, looks at how the increases in college student fees and caps on enrollment are serving to further militarize youth.
- "Military Testing in Schools Dealt Setback by Public Concerns," a report by Pat Elder on the growing resistance to military aptitude testing in high schools.
In addition to the above three articles, the current printed version includes an update on military recruiter access to San Diego high school students.
To order the complete printed version of Draft NOtices, visit the Web site's Draft NOtices page.

Monday, January 25, 2010

[SDCPJ] Important Presentation About Al-Awda's Work

Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
Important Presentation About Al-Awda's Work

January 25, 2010
An important two-part PowerPoint presentation has been posted to Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition's website ( ). The first part of the presentation provides an overview of Al-Awda's work in the U.S. educating, advocating and organizing since the founding of the organization in 2000. The second part of the presentation provides a report about Al-Awda's work with Palestinian refugees arriving in the U.S. from Iraq.
PowerPoint Presentation Part 2Refugee Support Programs - Palestinians Arriving in the U.S. from Iraq

These presentations may be updated further over the next few weeks.
To become a member of Al-Awda, please go to and follow the instructions.
Thank you for your support. We depend on it. 

Until Return,
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
PO Box 131352
Carlsbad, CA 92013, USA
Tel: 760-918-9441
Fax: 760-918-9442

Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition (PRRC) is dedicated to advocacy for the restoration of all Palestinian human, national, legal, political and historical rights in full with particular emphasis on the right of Palestinians to return to their homes and lands of origin from which they have been dispossessed since 1948. PRRC is a not for profit tax-exempt educational and charitable 501(c)(3) organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the United States of America. Under IRS guidelines, your donations to PRRC are tax-deductible. To donate, please go to and follow the instructions.
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition | PO Box 131352 | Carlsbad | CA | 92013

[SDCPJ] Can't Afford War No More! ACT NOW!

Since President Obama announced Dec. 1 that he will escalate the Afghanistan war by sending 30,000 additional troops, the disastrous failure of the Administration's war policy is becoming more apparent.   

This week, U.S., UK, European, UN, and Afghan leaders will hold an international conference on Afghanistan.  The purpose of the meeting is to turn the tide of European and international public opinion which is running strongly against a futile, unwinnable war, and to extract pledges of additional troops. The British antiwar movement will be out in force to blockade it, and we must also keep up the pressure in the U.S.

  • Tell your Congressional representative to vote against war funding. Call 202-224-3121.
  • Join or organize a Brown Bag Lunch Vigil at your Congressional office Feb. 17 and every month.

Afghanistan cannot be subdued by force. The Taliban showed last week that it can freely strike in the heart of Kabul, only yards from the Presidential palace.   It has shadow governors in all but one of Afghanistan's provinces.  And the killing of 5 CIA officers, including the agency's leading experts on Al Qaeda, by a double agent at a CIA base in Khost province Dec. 30, illustrates that the U.S. is facing sophisticated and disciplined adversaries.

The war is causing rising civilian casualties and Afghan resentment of foreign forces.  2009 was the worst year since 2001 for Afghan children. Just in the past month, NATO forces killed 10 civilians including 8 schoolboys in Kunar province, 4 civilians in Nangarhar province (arousing a 5,000-person protest), 10 protesters in Helmand province, and 4 people in Ghazni province whom the Americans said were Taliban, but who the local people said were civilians. The UN reported that 2,412 civilians were killed in Afghanistan in 2009, a 14% increase over 2008.   

Pressure is increasing on the U.S. for a diplomatic settlement. An International Herald Tribune op-ed last week joined a growing number of experts calling for restoring Afghanistan's neutrality, including  the departure of U.S. forces and bases.   And opposition to Obama's war is stirring in Congress, too.   Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) plans to introduce a privileged resolution repealing Congressional authorization for the war.  Rep.  Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) will offer a bill to require an exit strategy.   And Rep. Barbara Lee's (D-CA) HR.3699 withholds funds to pay for any increased troop levels.

On February 1, the White House will present its FY2001 budget, which is expected to include a record-shattering $709 billion for "defense" with $159 billion for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Congress will also vote this spring on President Obama's request for another $33 billion for the Afghanistan escalation on top of the $709 billion.  At a time when millions of Americans are jobless and cities and towns across the country are slashing budgets for basic services, we urgently need to challenge the Administration's budgetary priorities.      

Starve the war, not the nation!  Across the country students, teachers, women, the disabled, hospital and healthcare workers, the homeless, domestic workers, the unemployed, seniors and many others are protesting deep budget cuts to essential programs.

It's time to join our efforts for a just economy with our call for peace and to tell Congress we can't afford war anymore. Find out who in your community is organizing in support of economic justice. Invite them to join peace activists in a monthly Brown Bag Lunch Vigil (BBLV) at your local congressional office. The next set of vigils, initiated by Progressive Democrats for America, will be on Thursday, February 17. Update us at!

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Friday, January 22, 2010

[SDCPJ] High school outreach next week

We are confirmed to pass out flyers next week at the following schools:

Vista High in North County
Grossmont High in East County
Mission Bay high school in San Diego

We especially need help at Mission Bay High School but all schools could use additional volunteers.

Please contact me (if you haven't already) at if you can help.

I will send you the date, time, address, directions and name of your team members.

Lets spread the word & let students know that they are not forgotten!  Lets give them alternatives to going to war.

Stephanie Jennings
for SDCPJ high school leafleting project

Thursday, January 21, 2010

[SDCPJ] This Saturday: Education for All Summit!

Alas all, I have a union meeting in L.A.


Education for All Summit!

Agenda for January 23 Summit

History, Guest Speaker, Discussion
Points of Unity, Discussion
March 4 Planning, Guest Speaker, Discussion

!st Agenda Item

History of Movement To Include Guest Speaker        
Introduction of History
Speaker: Marcos Perez, City College Student, EFA
  Approx Time: 5 Min
Guest Speaker: Dr. Jorge Mariscal, Prof. UCSD
 Subject Matter: History, Budget Cuts, Future (To Be Discussed w/Wayne)
 Time: 10-15 min.

Open Discussions
Time: 25 Minutes
2nd Agenda Item

Points of Unity

Introduce Points of Unity
Speaker: Elizabeth Rodriguez, City College Student, EFA
Time: 10 Minutes

Open Discussion
35 Minutes

3rd Agenda Item

March 4 Planning

Introduction March 4 Planning
Speaker: Wayne Scherer, City College Student, EFA
Time: 5 Minutes

Guest Speaker: Kiki Ochoa, A.R.E, Lincoln High School, MeCha
Subject Matter: To Be Discussed w/Wayne
Time:10 Minutes

Open Planning Discussions
Time: 50 Minutes

Closing/Future Meeting Dates
Time: 10 Minutes

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

[SDCPJ] high school students STILL need you!

To all high school outreach volunteers-

We need to reach students next week about the continued wars in which they will be recruited to fight!

We will be going to a school in North County
Would like to add 2 San Diego schools like: Mission Bay, any other school that is good for you!
Would also like to add a school in South Bay and East County

Please contact me if you can give an hour next week in front of a local high school in any area of SD County.
send me your preferred location and I'll put together a team to work with you.

This is peace work that pays!  Help build the peace movement.

Hope to hear from you:
Stephanie Jennings
for SDCPJ high school leafleting project

many of the students pictured below have graduated & moved on as activists- 
help build their movement and reach more students, creating more activists!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

[SDCPJ] Wed. Jan 20th LGBT Event postponed until Jan.30th!‏

Due to this week's storm, and in order to make our rally as successful and accessible to as many people as possible, the San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (SAME) steering committee voted tonight to reschedule our rally for LGBT Federal Equality to:

Center Street @ University

An updated flyer and facebook announcement will be forthcoming.

We will be rallying Saturday the 30th from 1-3pm on Center St @ University, demanding action from our Federal Representatives on passing full equality for LGBT people in matters governed by Federal Law, including but not limited to a repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, the Defense of Marriage Act, the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, and the Uniing American Families Act.  This rally will also have been the culmination of efforts to gain commitments from our federal representatives in passing federal equality for LGBT people, and we will be announcing progress of commitments from Federal Representatives on these issues at the rally. 

Wed. Jan 20th LGBT Event postponed until Jan.30th!‏

[SDCPJ] Corrected copy: The International Rescue Committee]

[SDCPJ] The International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee is seeking volunteers and interns.

*IRC Volunteer and Internship Opportunities*

* *


§ All positions are unpaid.

§ All positions have a minimum age requirement of 18.

§ All volunteers must complete an online background check and contribute
$20 towards its cost. **

§ All volunteers or interns must attend an IRC Volunteer Orientation.**

§ The dates and times listed are somewhat flexible, but those who are
able to commit the most time are preferred.

* *


*_Vocational ESL Program Tutor^ _*

*Starting: January – May *

*Monday – Friday 9:30am – 12:00pm 2 – 5 days per week***

Our students are Iraqi refugees living in El Cajon, and they usually
form a multi-level group with varying degrees of English skills. We are
seeking self motivated applicants with ESL tutoring experience or
experience learning a foreign language.

*_Job Development Assistant_*

*Starting: January – May*

*Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm 6 – 16 hours per week*

Job Development Assistants will work in the Community and Economic
Development Department to help refugees find employment.

*_Career Development Assistant_*

*Starting: January – June*

*Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm 6 – 10 hours per week*

The Career Development Assistant will assist our Career Development
Coordinator ensure that our refugee clients are able to pursue their
previous careers and explore new career paths. **

*_Microenterprise Program Research and Administrative Intern_*

*4 month Commitment*

*4 – 8 per week, Monday – Friday*

*_Volunteer Income Tax Assistant_*

*Starting: January – April*

*3 hour shifts from 10am – 1pm and 1pm – 4pm Monday – Friday *

*_ _*


*_Immigration Department Assistant_*

* Starting: December - April*

* 1pm – 5pm 10 – 15 hours per week*

Experience with a second language is preferred, specifically Arabic,
Spanish or Vietnamese.


*_Students Plus Program Tutor_*

*Starting: November – April *

*Monday – Friday 2 – 5pm 2 – 5 days per week *

The Students Plus program is for refugee teens at Crawford High School.

*_First Things First Childcare Assistant_*

*Starting: September – December ^ *

*Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 11:30am 2 - 4 days per week*

Assist in the childcare for refugee children ages 1 year to 6 years old.**


*_Food and Farming Outreach Intern^ _*

*Starting: November – April *

*Days and times are flexible. 10-15 hours per week*

Assist with the New Roots Community Farm outreach program.

*_Food and Farming Volunteer^ _*

*Starting: November – April *

*Days and times are flexible. 3 – 6 hours per week*

Assist with general maintenance and development of the New Roots
Community Farm.

*_ _*

*_Crawford Garden Assistant_***

*Starting: November – April *

*2 weekdays in the afternoon and Saturday 10am – 2pm. 3 – 5 hours per
week^ *

Help refugee teens garden at Crawford High School.

*_ _*

*_Pantry Volunteer_** *

*Starting: November – April *

*Must be available on Wednesdays! 8-12 hours per week during office hours*

Assist refugees with food needs at the pantry.

*_ _*

*_City Heights Farmers Market Volunteer_*

*Must be available Saturdays between 7am and 2:30pm! 3 - 6 hours per week*

Help with set-up, maintenance, and breakdown of the City Heights
Farmer's Market.

*_City Heights Farmers Market Fresh Fund Assistant_*

*Must be available on Saturdays from 9am – 1pm. 4 – 6 hours per week*

The fresh fund provides vouchers for residents who use their food stamps
at the City Heights Farmers Market.

*_City Heights Farmers Market Film Documentarian_*

*Days include occasional Saturdays and flexible times during the week. 4
– 6 hours per week*

Make short films about the City Heights Farmers Market and related projects.

*_City Heights Farmers Market Graphic Designer_*

*Days and times are flexible; can work from home. 3 hours per week*

Work to create posters and flyers for events at the City Heights Farmers
Market. Work from home.

*_City Heights Farmers Market Environmental Outreach Facilitator_*

*Must be available on Saturday mornings and/or early afternoons 4 – 6
hours per week*

Create information and activities that address waste reduction, energy
and water conservation, and sustainability in relation to food justice
and daily practices.

*_ _*

*_City Heights Farmers Market Wellness Booth Facilitator_*

*Must be available on Saturday mornings and/or early afternoons 4 – 6
hours per week*

Develop nutrition and physical activity information and activities
relevant to the City Heights community.

* *


(These offer scheduling flexibility and are great for those who work
full time!!!)**

*_ESL Mentor_* (in the IRC's *Families Connect Program*)

*Starting: November – June *

*Days and times are flexible. 3 – 5 hours per week*

The IRC's Families Connect* *matches you with one refugee family and you
provide in-home ESL tutoring.

*_ _*

*_Job Mentor_* (working with the *Employment Department)*

*Starting: November – April *

*Days and times are flexible. 3 – 5 hours per week*

Work intensively 1 on 1 with a refugee to help them obtain employment.

*_In-home Citizenship Tutor for Seniors_*

*Starting: November – April *

*Days and times are flexible. 3 – 5 hours per week*

In-home tutors will spend 3-5 hours weekly with a naturalization
applicant preparing them for their final test.

*_Financial Home Educator_* (working with the *Financial Education

*Starting: July - December*

*Days and times are flexible. 3 – 5 hours per week*

The Financial Education program is designed to aid refugees in
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If you have any questions or inquiries please do not hesitate to contact
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possible and look forward to working with you in the future.

All the best,

Gabriel N. Davis

Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator
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5348 University Ave, Suite 205 C
San Diego, CA 92105
Office: (619) 641-7510 ext. 272 <>


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Monday, January 18, 2010

[SDCPJ] Remember Dr. King by taking action

Wars bleed the United States of lives, dollars, and morality.  Dr. King would oppose the continued military
occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. 

While trillions are spent on military occupations, we starve our schools of the ability to prepare our children for the future!
We are squandering our children’s future for the sake of military-corporate profits. 

While trillions are spent on military occupations, health care remains unavailable to tens of millions of Americans.  We use our children as cannon fodder, while making health for them unavailable. 

While trillions are spent on military occupations, we do not spend to heal our environment.  Our air, water and land decay in pollution and global warming.  We are dooming millions of people across the world to famine and destruction.

This is not the world we, or Dr. King, would want.  Take action. 

Saturday, February 6, showing of the film "Rethink Afghanistan" with speaker Jacob Diliberto
from Rethink Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans Against the War.
7 p.m., First Church of the Brethren, 3850 Westgate Place, San Diego 92105

Saturday, March 20, 7th Anniversary of the Iraq War
Events will include a car caravan, bannering and a candlelight vigil with San Diego Veterans for Peace
(Details being developed)

Sponsored by San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice



Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Riverside Church, New York City, on April 4, 1967

A time comes when silence is betrayal. Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government's policy, especially in time of war. Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one's own bosom and in the surrounding world. Moreover, when the issues at hand seem as perplexing as they often do in the case of dreadful conflict, we are always on the verge of being mesmerized by uncertainty. But we must move on. 

Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony. But we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision. But we must speak. For we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness that seems so close around us. 

We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation, for those it calls ''enemy.'' For no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers. I think of them, too, because it is clear to me that there will be no meaningful solution until some attempt is made to know them and hear their broken cries.

I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered. 

A true revolution of values will lay hand on the world order and say of war, ''this way of settling differences is not just.'' A nation that continues year and year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death. 

America, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, can well lead the way in this revolution of values. There is nothing except a tragic death wish to prevent us from reordering our priorities over the pursuit of war.  This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one's tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all mankind. We can no longer afford to worship the god of hate, or bow before the altar of retaliation.  The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate.  History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate. 

We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence, or violent co-annihilation. We must move past indecision to action. If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who posses power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight. 

Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves in the long and bitter but beautiful struggle for a new world. If we will but make the right choice, we will be able to speed up the day, all over America and all over the world, when justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream. 

May our country, on the brink of war, take to heart the final refrain of America, the Beautiful: 

America! America! / God mend thine ev'ry flaw / Confirm thy soul in self-control / Thy liberty in law 


Saturday, January 16, 2010

[SDCPJ] ~ Monday, January 18, 7PM ~ Activist General Meeting on Enero Zapatista; Music, Film, Panelists & your participation

As part of a month long series of events for Enero Zapatista, Activist San Diego will host the following meeting:

Short Film and Panel Discussion on the State of Zapitismo in the 5th Year of La Otra Campaña:
  • What are the local inroads that have been made in the San Diego region following the principles of Zapatismo over the past 15 years?
  • Where are the short falls?
  • What can be done to further the movement?
  • What's happening in Mexico?

Who: Activist San Diego General Meeting
What: Enero Zapatista
When: Monday, January 18th 2010 starting 7:00pm
Where: @ Joyce Beers Community Center, 1220 Cleveland Ave. San Diego, CA 92103

For more information:
(714) 595-6912

[SDCPJ] WANTED, LETTERS OF SUPPORT for 2 applications in for new non-commercial, FULL power FM radio stations in SD County

 Your LETTERS OF SUPPORT for Equipment Grant for
2 new FULL power Community FM radio stations in SD County

Please get this notice to some organization you know or are involved in.

Activist San Diego has 2 FCC applications in for new non-commercial, full power FM radio stations in East County and North County. 
We have received tentative approval for the 1st of the 2 stations from the FCC for the Descanso station pending approval from the Mexican FCC.  Potential listenership is 500,000 people.  For the second application out of Ramona (Potential listenership is 300,000 people), ASD is the only remaining applicant so we are confident that the construction license will come to use.

ASD would like a short letter of support from your organization to submit with grants for Radio equipment. - can you help us?

You might state that :
  • That a new North County or East County public, educational radio station will help women, minorities, underrepresented groups,
  • That the constituencies out in that part of the county want and would use this station.
  • That public radio is essential for these communities to get news and public affairs down to the local level
  • That organizations like your would not only listen, but would look to produce programing on the station.
  • That your constituency would likely financially support this public radio station through membership and donations to build the station.
Might we get something from you in the next week or 10 days?  Email to

thank you,

Martin Eder
619-871-9354  Email to

[dfa-23] The San Diego Democracy for America February 3 Meetup & " List of Upcoming Events!"

Please support DFA and their upcoming events.


--- On Fri, 1/15/10, Carol Changus <> wrote:

From: Carol Changus <>
Subject: [dfa-23] The San Diego Democracy for America February 3 Meetup & " List of Upcoming Events!"
Date: Friday, January 15, 2010, 7:42 PM

Announcing a new Meetup for The San Diego Democracy for America Meetup Group!

What: The San Diego Democracy for America February Meetup & List of Upcoming Events!

When: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 7:00 PM

Giovanni's Restaurant
9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92123

Speakers will be Steven Hadley & Howard Wayne, Both Candidates for San Diego City Council for our Endorsement.Other Speakers: TBA

KEVIN BEISER our San Diego DFA Endorsement Candidate, School Board, District B!

CA Fair Elections, S.D. DFA Endorsement, Proposition on June 2010 Ballot, for the Public Financing Campaign for CA Secretary Office.


Moderator: Carl Manaster, Our Impeachment Guy & Our Single Payer Healthcare Guy
I. Announcements: A. Howard Dean's health care comments. B. New members: Peggy, Jonny, Christine, Joanne, Barbara, Amy, Sean, Elmer, Stu, Kevin, Ryon, Susie.
II. Speakers: Steven Hadley & Howard Wayne, Both Candidates for San Diego City Council
III. Discussion and Q & A session & Endorsements?
IV. Review Candidates & Propositions for June & November 2010 Elections
V. Round Robin: Everyone may speak on any issue for 1-2 minutes.



*Saturday, Jan. 16, 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon, 30th Annual San Diego Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade Meet at the Southwest corner of 13th and J Let us know that you can make it by or contact EQCA's San Diego field manager, Toni Duran, at or 619.886.4871 for questions.

*Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 11:00 AM to Noon, Health Care Rally "Saturday Morning Fun-in-the-Sun for Single Payer." Rally at Nobel Dr. near I-5 entrance. Intersection of Hwy 5 and Nobel Drive. 3400 Nobel Drive, San Diego, CA 92122. Come & Join us. We have about 30 signs. " Info:
." Bring your own signs. Ideas for Signs: "Get the Profits out of Healthcare." "Universal Healthcare NOW" " " "No More Bankruptcies for Healthcare! " We will be educating & building our network for the California SINGLE PAYER initiative work moving forward.

Sunday, Jan. 17, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Meet & Greet Fabio Marchi, Join us for a Fiesta with Fabio Marchi, candidate for San Diego County Supervisor Dist.#5. (appetizers & no host drinks). Location: Acapolco Restaurant, 1020 W San Marcho Blvd. (Restaurant Row), San Marcos 92078 - Directions at TO RSVP! Contact: (760) 471-2150 Website:

*Mon. Jan. 18, 6:30pm, "Committee for Progressive Radio(CPR) meeting" Location:San Diego County Democratic Office, 8340 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. #105, CA 92111. Parking in front of the office. No Stairs: Park around back.Special Guest: MARTIN ELDER "Activist San Diego" will update us on progress to get progressive Radio and our involvement in Common Cause's Media Reform Conference & our plans for 2010. Info Email:

*Monday. Jan. 18, 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM, *22nd Annual All People's Breakfast* Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Location: Golden Hall at the San Diego Concourse. Donation: $35.00 / Person. Call: (619)209-8241 Email: Website:

*Wednesday, January 20, 10am-12pm, Register New Citizens - Downtown, Volunteers are needed to register voters at the Naturalization Ceremony. Please RSVP if you will be able to volunteer. Reply to email: Training & supplies will be provided. All you need to do is to show up. Location: 3rd Ave and B Street . In the Plaza near Civic Theatre. Parking: We suggest you take the trolley. Free parking at Horton Plaza (2 Blocks away) Greg Bolian <>

*Wednesday. Jan. 20, 2010, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, Democratic Professional Club Presents Marti Emerald, Councilmember District. 7. Speaking on the state of the City from a Democrat's perspective and take Questions. Complex issues due to the budget issues will be addressed. Appetizers and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Linda by email: Cost: $10 for Non-Members payable at the door & Free to DPC members. Locaton: Linda Brown's Home, 1870 Sheridan, San Diego 92103

*Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, 6:00 p.m. ~ No-host cocktails, 7:00 p.m. ~ Dinner, " The Coalition for Reproductive Choice invites you to the thirty-seventh anniversary of Roe v. Wade." More than ever, we need to stand and be counted. I AM THE VOICE OF REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE! ~ Diverse community members will present artistic perspectives on reproductive justice. ATTORNEY MATT STEPHENS will provide an analysis update, prospects of a woman's right to choose in 2010 & beyond. ~ The CRC will announce and present, their 2009 Pro-choice Volunteer & Activist, DEFENDER OF CHOICE AWARD. RSVP or Info: 619.881.4595. Purchase info & tickets at- -$60 in advance; $65 after January 15; $20 student / low-income.

*Friday, January 22, 7:30am - 11am, Register New Citizens Location: 1261 Third Ave, Chula Vista, CA . Greetings, Volunteers are needed to register voters at the Naturalization Ceremony Please RSVP if you will be able to volunteer and specify which location. Reply to email: Training and supplies will be provided. All you need to do is to show up. Location: 1261 Third Ave, Chula Vista, CA, Homeland Security/Immigration & Naturalization Building. Greg Bolian <>

*Friday, January 22, 10am - 12noon, "Building A Sustainable Future Forum", Congressmember Susan Davis's Office is cosponsoring an interactive forum along with Congressman Bilbray. Local experts will come together at the UCSD to discuss and answer questions about what is being down in our community to cut energy costs, foster technological growth, and, personal sustainable practices. Speakers : Rene Trevino, Exe. Director for Navy Region Southwest; Jacques Chirazi, Program Manager of San Diego Clean Tech Initiative; Jennifer Green, Local Government Program Manager for California Center for Sustainable Energy; Russell Thackston, AsstVice Chancellor, Auxiliary and Plant Services, UC San DIego; and Kate Ziemba, Intern for Green Campus Student Organization, UC San Diego. PLEASE JOIN US! Location: University of California, San Diego, RIMAC Annex Dugout Conference Room. For more info go to website:

*Saturday, January 23. 10:00 AM til Noon. SD Democratic Women's Club. SDDWC Members, Community members are invited to meet the "Democratic Candidates for CA State Assembly," including Toni Atkins. Open to the Public & Free. All candidates for CA State Assembly should email: or call (619) 582-5383 to be added to the Speaker's List. Location: City Heights Library, 3795 Fairmount Avenue, SD CA 92105.

*Saturday, January 23, 12:00 - 2:30 PM, Honorable Lori Saldana campaign Fundraiser for San Diego County Board of Supervisors. Please join California State Assembly Speaker-Elect John Perez to support Hon. Lori Saldana and her campaign. RSVP & Contribute today, space is limited! VIP Reception: 12:00 PM & Luncheon: 1:00 PM Cost: $500 Host Level VIP Reception, $100 minimum for Luncheon. Location: Aquatera, 5777 Mission Center Road, SD, CA 92108, Call: (619) 239-1721 Email:

*Saturday, January 30, 10AM til Noon, Please join us for Campaign Kickoff Rally for Toni Atkins, candidate for the 76th State Assembly District. Location: 'Ski Beach' on the eastside of Vacation Isle off of Ingraham Street in Mission Bay. There's plenty of parking and a playground nearby, so bring the kid! Food and drinks will be provided. If you'd like to attend, please RSVP by phone Call : Tim Orozco at (619) 884-3748 or Email: Website: Free event.

*Wednesday, February 17, 10:00-12:00PM THRU*Saturday, February 27, 2010
At City Heights Library, 3795 Fairmount Avenue, San Diego CA 92105. Contact (619) 582-5383 Email: email: Free event.

APRIL 2010 >Important Dates:
*1. Saturday, April 10, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, 30th Annual Eleanor & Franklin D. Roosevelt Dinner, at Holiday Inn on the Bay, Downtown San Diego. Call: 858-277-3367 Email: Website:

* 2. Friday, April 16 thru Sunday, April 18th. 2010 State Convention, Annual CDP Convention, Location: Los Angeles Convention Center. Website:

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