Wednesday, June 30, 2010

[SDCPJ] Change Southwestern College's Governing Board!! Tim Nader's Fundraiser Flyer

Dear SDCPJ Members,

You are invited to a Fundraiser,

The teacher's union (SCEA) and the staff union (CSEA) at Southwestern College are working hard to replace our current Governing Board. Southwestern College is really at stake here, and we need new, responsible and effective leadership to get us through these times. The current Board's initial acceptance of the Blackwater contract and the protracted struggle that campus and community members had to engage in to finally have the contract rescinded reflects the mind set of the current Governing Board. 

When Tim Nader and Norma L. Hernandez decided to run for our Governing Board our campus staff and faculty stepped up to support both of them. We are delighted that Tim and Norma are willing to take on the task of restoring respect and civility to  our campus.  Our current Governing Board does not even possess the requisite skills needed to conduct a professional meeting, and openly fight with each other and the public in open meetings (in addition to maintaining a top heavy management and cutting 25% of our course offerings to students). They are simply out of control.

I have attached a flyer for an upcoming event (next Friday) in the South Bay in support of Tim Nader's candidacy. If you can make it you can send an RSVP to or you can call 421-5767 for more information.


Carla Kirkwood
Faculty member with 20 years of Service at Southwestern College

Contact Info: or phone 619 421-5767


[SDCPJ] July 12 - Palestine eyewitness report -San Diego Coaltion for Peace and Justice

Please forward widely - help us get the word out.
Eyewitness report from  Palestine - Monday, July 12, 7 pm, Church of the Brethren
San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice -
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

[SDCPJ] McChrystal: Marjah offensive was "a bleeding ulcer"

On June 22nd, Rolling Stone published a candid interview with General Stanley McChrystal and members of his staff. "The Runaway General" is valuable because it gives an unfiltered look at how the men who led the war in Afghanistan truly feel. Nine years ago our government sold the American people snake oil to get us into Afghanistan, and they did it again with Iraq. But as this article shows, they've never stopped selling it:

"The commander of all U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan is sitting in a four-star suite at the Hôtel Westminster in Paris. He's in France to sell his new war strategy to our NATO allies - to keep up the fiction, in essence, that we actually have allies.   Opposition to the war has already toppled the Dutch government, forced the resignation of Germany's president and sparked both Canada and the Netherlands to announce the withdrawal of their 4,500 troops."

We have to press harder because we're coming to a turning point. We must force Obama to withdraw just like his NATO allies have. In the words of one retired U.S. colonel Douglas MacGregor, "The entire COIN strategy is a fraud perpetuated on the American people." Repeatedly, the White House and Congress have been given the right information, we have to keep pressuring them to make the right decision.

With the $33 Billion war supplemental funding bill planned for a vote this week, we have a critical opportunity to pressure Congress to end the war.

Call Congress at (202) 224-3121 or use our call-script here.

Tell your Members to vote "No" on all future war funding bills. And then tell them we need an exit strategy from Afghanistan right away. Ask them to co-sponsor the Afghanistan Exit Strategy bill which is Representatives McGovern and Jones' HR 5015 in the House, and Senator Feingold's S. 3197 in the Senate. Tell them it's time to focus on a political solution and a comprehensive peace plan in the region while investing in Afghan-led aid and development.

Thank you,
Kevin M. Martin 
Executive Director 
Peace Action Education Fund

P.S. The war supplemental funding bill is coming up for a vote this week. Forward this e-mail and call your friends. Ask them to call Congress and help us end this war.


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[SDCPJ] Southern California's PALESTINE PICNIC DAY


For the 4th Annual
SUNDAY AUGUST 8, 2010, 11:00 am
The last Sunday before Ramadan begins 
Food served: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

El Dorado Park West - Willow Grove
2800 N Studebaker Road, Long Beach, CA 90815

Photo from 3rd Annual Palestine Picnic Day  ALL WELCOME!

Picnic Menu
hot off-the-grill beef and chicken kebab, hummus, falafel, salad, beverages, coffee, fruit, soft drinks, water and more!

Games for Adults and Children
Volleyball, Soccer, Backgammon, Prizes,
Fun and Free Face Painting for the Kids, and more!!!

Dabke with Music by
Abdul Abu-Shaweesh, King of Eastern Tone & Others

Come spend a nice summer afternoon and evening with the Arab community and our friends!

Advance Reservations Encouraged - Avoid Long Lines!
$10 Adults, $5 Children (12 and under)
Call 760-918-9441 or go to

We welcome sponsorship to help underwrite costs associated with the picnic.
Sponsors will be recognized at the picnic unless requested otherwise.
To submit your sponsorship donation, please go to

From 605 take Katella/Willow St. exit. Stay on Willow until Studebaker. Willow Grove picnic area is located on corner of Studebaker Rd. and Willow St., next to the Duck Pond.

Park along Willow St. or along Studebaker Rd., or in the parking area adjacent to the picnic site (make a left on light at El Arcos from N Studebaker Rd to get to parking area adjacent to picnic site).
Parking is free!
Hosted by various community organizations including:
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition Southern California Chapters;
Palestinian American Women's Association; Palestine Children's Relief Fund;
Union of Palestinian American Women; Arab Community Center of the Inland Empire;
Bethlehem Association; Students for Justice in Palestine SDSU; Students for Justice in Palestine UCSD; El Bireh Society; Al-Mubadara Southern California; House of Palestine; Arab American Friends of Nazareth; Palestinian American Foundation; Alternate Focus; Sabeel Orange County;
Birzeit Society plus others!
Organizations wishing to table literature and non-food items,
please contact

For further information please call
Mazen 714-772-0411, Ghattas 951-965-6911, or Janan 619-228-5380

Al-Awda Chapters in Southern California
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 | PO Box 131352 | Carlsbad | CA | 92013

[SDCPJ] Actions against BP at the Tate

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Sent: Monday, June 28, 2010 4:37 PM
Dear Friends:
I've attached a flyer with information for new documentary, "Imagining Tijuana" premiering
on KPBS.
Hope you can catch it!
Isaac Artenstein

KPBS-TV premieres "Imagining Tijuana," Tuesday June 29th at 11PM.  It's  one-hour documentary focusing on the city's unique history, contemporary realities, and its place in the popular imagination.   Artists, writers, sports figures, business executives and renowned professionals from Tijuana's Paseo de la Fama (Walk of Fame) take part in a lively exchange about Tijuana's current situation as well as the possibilities and challenges  confronting their community.
Award winning director Isaac Artenstein ("Break of Dawn," "Border Brujo," "Tijuana Jews") juxtaposes news footage, contemporary artwork, vintage post cards, landmarks and other images to create a dynamic and compelling narrative.  The original soundtrack by Tijuana's own Jaime Valle helps capture the themes and sensibilities of this near-mythic border city --- and our own imagination.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

[SDCPJ] Tijuana Maquiladora Tour July 3, 2010

Come to learn about Tijuana workers' conditions and struggles!
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Conoce las luchas y condiciones de trabajo de los y las trabajadoras de las maquilas
Sábado 3 de Julio, 2010
[Versión en español: ver abajo]
==> English Version <===
Citizens returning from Mexico must present an U.S. passport. For more information, see the State Dept. web site at:
All tour participants must read the US travel alert to Mexico and sign the tour waiver. Please see the alert below.
9:00 am sharp: San Ysidro/Tijuana border-bus station. We will walk together to cross the border gate and travel to our locations in Tijuana using chartered buses for transportation.
9:45-10 am: The crosses at the border: 4,500 immigrants have died trying to cross the border.
10:30- 11:15 am: Otay Industrial Park: Sanyo, Metales y Derivados, other maquiladoras
NOTE: We will visit the Tijuana industrial area but won't enter any factory.
11:30 - 12:00 pm: Community Ejido Chilpancingo-Rio Alamar: industrialization, health, environment
12:30- 1 pm: Lunch
1-2:30 pm: Maquiladora workers and Indigenous immigrants: NAFTA and fair trade, immigration and exploitation, industrialization and labor health, activism and social change
NOTE: Working women in Tijuana are organizing artisan cooperatives and promoting an alternative economy. They will bring their handcrafts to the tour. To learn in advance about these cooperatives, please go to
2:30-3:00 pm: Return to the bus station
Reservations for the tours can be made online at
US: $30 regular, $20 undergraduate students
Donations cover the bus, lunch, and a donation to the workers' organizations.
If you prefer to use the postal system, or for more information, please contact:
Herb Shore:, (619) 287-5535
Sponsored by Colectivo Ollincalli Tijuana, San Diego Maquiladora Workers' Solidarity Network, and Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras
==> version en Espanol <===
SABADO 3 de JULIO, , 9 AM TO 3:30 PM
Nota importante:
Ciudadanos de EUA necesitan pasaporte para regresar a EUA.
Ciudadanos de EUA tienen que leer la alerta del Departamento de Estado y firmar el waiver. Please see the alert below.
9:00 am en punto en la estación del trolley de San Ysidro o la estación de taxis de la entrada a Tijuanas desde San Ysidro. Desde la estación de trolley cruzaremos la frontera a pie para abordar un autobús particular que nos transportará en Tijuana
9:45-10 am: Visita a las cruces en la frontera: 4,500 emigrantes han muerto tratando de cruzar la forntera.
10:30- 11:15 am: Parque Industrial de Otay: Sanyo, Metales y Derivados, otras maquiladoras
NOTA: Visitaremos una zona industrial de Tijuana pero no entraremos a ninguna fábrica.
11:30 - 12:00 pm: Comunidad Ejido Chilpancingo-Rio Alamar: industrialización, salud, medio ambiente
12:30- 1 pm: Lunch
1-2:30 pm: Trabajadoras y trabajadores de la maquila e indígenas inmigrantes: TLC y libre comercio, emigración y explotación, industrialización y salud laboral, activismo y cambio social
NOTE: Trabajadoras de Tijuana están organizando cooperativas artesanales y promoviendo una economía alternativa. Ellas traerán su producción al tour. Para saber de ellas, favor de visitar la página:
2:30-3:00 pm: Regreso a la terminal del autobús en la frontera
La reservación al tour puede hacerse (en inglés) en la página internet:
USA: $30 regular, $20 undergraduate students
México: $20 regular, $10 estudiantes, Gratis a trabajadoras/es
Las donaciones cubren el autobús, almuerzo y una donación a las organizaciones de trabajadoras
Para reservar, favor de escribir a
Invitan: Colectivo Ollincalli Tijuana, Red de San Diego en Solidaridad con los y las Trabajadoras de las Maquiladoras, y la Coalición Pro-Justicia en las Maquiladoras
Travel Alert U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Bureau of Consular Affairs
The Department of State has issued this Travel Warning to inform U.S. citizens traveling to and living in Mexico about the security situation in MexicoŠ
   Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year.  This includes tens of thousands who cross the border every day for study, tourism or business and at least one million U.S. citizens who live in Mexico.  The Mexican government makes a considerable effort to protect U.S. citizens and other visitors to major tourist destinations. Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the border region and in areas along major drug trafficking routes. Nevertheless, crime and violence are serious problems. While most victims of violence are Mexican citizens associated with criminal activity, the security situation poses serious risks for U.S. citizens as well.
   It is imperative that U.S. citizens understand the risks involved in travel to Mexico, how best to avoid dangerous situations, and who to contact if one becomes a victim of crime or violence. Common-sense precautions such as visiting only legitimate business and tourist areas during daylight hours, and avoiding areas where criminal activity might occur, can help ensure that travel to Mexico is safe and enjoyable.  U.S. citizen victims of crime in Mexico are urged to contact the consular section of the nearest U.S. Consulate or Embassy for advice and assistance. Contact information is provided at the end of this message.
General Conditions: Since 2006, the Mexican government has engaged in an extensive effort to combat drug-trafficking organizations (DTOs).  Mexican DTOs, meanwhile, have been engaged in a vicious struggle with each other for control of trafficking routes.  In order to combat violence, the government of Mexico has deployed military troops throughout the country.  U.S. citizens should expect to encounter military and other law enforcement checkpoints when traveling in Mexico and are urged to cooperate fully. In confrontations with the Mexican army and police, DTOs have employed automatic weapons and grenades.  In some cases, assailants have worn full or partial police or military uniforms and have used vehicles that resemble police vehicles.  According to published reports, 22,700 people have been killed in narcotics-related violence since 2006.  The great majority of those killed have been members of DTOs. However, innocent bystanders have been killed in shootouts between DTOs and Mexican law enforcement.
Recent violent attacks and persistent security concerns have prompted the U.S. Embassy to urge U.S. citizens to defer unnecessary travel to Michoacán and Tamaulipas, to parts of Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Durango, and CoahuilaŠ and to advise U.S. citizens residing or traveling in those areas to exercise extreme caution.
Violence Along the U.S.-Mexico Border: Much of the country's narcotics-related violence has occurred in the northern border region. For example, since 2006, three times as many people have been murdered in Ciudad Juarez, in the state of Chihuahua, across from El Paso, Texas, than in any other city in Mexico.  More than half of all Americans killed in Mexico in FY 2009 whose deaths were reported to the U.S. Embassy were killed in the border cities of Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana.
Since 2006, large firefights have taken place in towns and cities in many parts of Mexico, often in broad daylight on streets and other public venues.  Such firefights have occurred mostly in northern Mexico, including Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana, Chihuahua City, Nogales, Nuevo Laredo, Piedras Negras, Reynosa, Matamoros and Monterrey. During some of these incidents, U.S. citizens have been trapped and temporarily prevented from leaving the area.
The situation in northern Mexico remains fluid; the location and timing of future armed engagements cannot be predicted.  U.S. citizens are urged to exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the region, particularly in those areas specifically mentioned in this Travel Warning.
In recent months, DTOs have used stolen trucks to block major highways and thus prevent the military from responding to criminal activity, most notably in the area around Monterrey.  Also in Monterrey, DTOs have kidnapped guests out of reputable hotels in the downtown area, blocking off adjoining streets to prevent law enforcement response.  DTOs have also attacked Mexican government facilities such as military barracks and a customs and immigration post.
U.S. citizens should defer non-essential travel to Ciudad Juarez, ChihuahuaŠ
The Consular agency in Reynosa, Tamaulipas was closed temporarily in February 2010 in response to firefights between police and DTOs and between DTOs.  In April 2010, a grenade thrown into the Consulate compound at 11:00 PM caused damage to the U.S. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. The Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo and the Consular Agency in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, were closed for one day as a resultŠ
Between 2006 and 2009, the number of narcotics-related murders in the state of Durango increased ten-foldŠ
Travelers on the highways between Monterrey and the United States (notably through Nuevo Laredo and Matamoros) have been targeted for robbery that has resulted in violence and have also been caught in incidents of gunfire between criminals and Mexican law enforcement.  Criminals have followed and harassed U.S. citizens traveling in their vehicles in border areas including Nuevo Laredo, Matamoros, and TijuanaŠ
The situation in the state of Chihuahua, specifically Ciudad Juarez, is of special concernŠ
Safety Recommendations: U.S. citizens who believe they are being targeted for kidnapping or other crimes should notify Mexican law enforcement officials and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or the nearest U.S. consulate as soon as possible.  Any U.S. visitor who suspects they are a target should consider returning to the United States immediately.  U.S. citizens should be aware that many cases of violent crime are never resolved by Mexican law enforcement, and the U.S. government has no authority to investigate crimes committed in Mexico.
U.S. citizens should make every attempt to travel on main roads during daylight hours, particularly the toll ("cuota") roads, which generally are more secureŠ
U.S. citizen visitors are encouraged to stay in the well-known tourist areas.  Travelers should leave their itinerary with a friend or family member not traveling with them, avoid traveling alone, and check with their cellular provider prior to departure to confirm that their cell phone is capable of roaming on GSM or 3G international networksŠ
Do not display expensive-looking jewelry, large amounts of money, or other valuable itemsŠ U.S. citizens should be alert for credit card fraud, especially outside major commercial establishments.
 U.S. citizens should be alert to pickpockets and general street crime throughout Mexico, but especially in large cities.  Between FY 2006 and FY 2009 the number of U.S. passports reported stolen in Mexico rose from 184 to 288.
Demonstrations and Large Public Gatherings: Demonstrations occur frequently throughout Mexico and usually are peaceful.  However, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate to violence unexpectedlyŠ During demonstrations or law enforcement operations, U.S. citizens are advised to remain in their homes or hotels, avoid large crowds, and avoid the downtown and surrounding areas.
Demonstrators in Mexico may block traffic on roads, including major arteries, or take control of toll-booths on highways.  U.S. citizens should avoid confrontations in such situationsŠ
   The Mexican Constitution prohibits political activities by foreigners, and such actions may result in detention and/or deportation.  U.S. citizens are therefore advised to avoid participating in demonstrations or other activities that might be deemed political by Mexican authorities.  As is always the case in any large gathering, U.S. citizens should remain alert to their surroundings.
Further Information: U.S. citizens are urged to monitor local media for information about fast-breaking situations that could affect their securityŠ For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's internet web site at where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers from Mexico, a regular toll line at 001-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays)Š For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens in Mexico, please contact the U.S. Embassy or the closest U.S. ConsulateŠ The U.S. Embassy is located in Mexico CityŠ telephone from the United States: 011-52-55-5080-2000; telephone within Mexico 01-55-5080-2000; e-mail:
Tijuana Consulate: Tapachula 96, telephone: 011-52 (664) 622-7400.
Waiver of Liability / Assumption of Risk
I have read and understood the current Travel Alert for Mexico, posted by the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Bureau of Consular Affairs. I have voluntarily joined a Maquiladora Tour to Tijuana, Mexico. I understand that there are great differences between this country and my own. These differences include climate, living conditions, diet, water quality, transportation, medical care, and physical safety. I also understand that health care facilities in Mexico are minimal and that access to all types of health care, including for emergencies, may be difficult.  I understand that I will not be able to expect the same type of health care as I would receive in my own country. I understand that the San Diego Maquiladora Workers' Solidarity Network (SDMWSN) and other individuals and organizations that sponsor, organize and promote this maquiladora tour are not responsible for my health care or coverage, either during the tour or afterwards. Furthermore, I realize that there are no guarantees against personal injury, robbery, or death while part of this Maquiladora Tour.
I understand that there are specific legal requirements for travel to Mexico, and illegal activity could result in grave legal consequences for myself, the SDMWSN, and individuals and organizations that sponsor, organize and promote this maquiladora tour.  For this reason, I agree to abide by Mexican law while I am in Mexico. I understand that the Maquiladora Tour ends with the final planned activity of the tour followed by the immediate return across the border, and after this time SDMWSN and individuals and organizations that sponsor, organize and promote this maquiladora tour are discharged and held harmless in any participant's decision which deviates from this process after the tour is completed in Mexico.
With this understanding, and in consideration for my participation in the Maquiladora Tour, I completely accept and assume all responsibility for any and all risks of damage, sickness, or personal injury which may occur during, or resulting from my participation in the tour, including, but not limited to, those risks described above. In signing this document I expressly release, discharge, and hold harmless the SDMWSN and individuals and organizations that sponsor, organize and promote this maquiladora tour to the maximum extent permitted by law in any state, territory, district, or country.
I have read and understand the foregoing and sign it voluntarily. I am of sound mind and act of my own free will and without any coercion or duress in signing this WAIVER OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK.
Enrique Davalos
Colectivo Ollin Calli-Tiuana
San Diego Maquiladora Workers' Solidarity Network
Red de San Diego en Solidaridad con los y las Trabajadoras de la Maquila
(619) 388-3634

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Friday, June 25, 2010

[SDCPJ] Senators getting ready to vote on New START treaty

nuclear weapons free world

Dear Carol,

Developments on the New START treaty are coming fast and furious as we move closer to the critical vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Hearings began on Capitol Hill last week, and a long bipartisan line of generals, admirals, former Secretaries of State, and other national security figures marched through to show unanimous support for ratification of the treaty. You can read more about New START, the landscape, and why this is important on our blog.

The senators have gotten the facts. Now they need the grassroots pressure from you to compel them to take a stand. There are many things you and your organization can do this summer to support ratification of New START. The treaty could come to the floor any time after the committee holds a vote, so the next few weeks are a crucial time to flood senators' offices with calls, emails and letters urging them to vote in favor of ratification,

  • Generate emails, handwritten letters, and phone calls to your senators. Click here to download a sample letter with talking points. And here are some recent quotes to use.
  • Set up a letter-writing table at your next event and collect personalized, hand-written letters based on the samples above. Hand-written letters are one of the most powerful ways to influence a senator.
  • Start up a call-in campaign to get a wave of phone calls into your senators' offices.
  • Find a faith leader, or state legislator or other community leaders and set up a meeting with your senator's office to deliver the hand-written letters in person. Download this Guide to Congressional Visits for samples and tips, or contact me if you would like some help.

Every senator needs to hear from us, whether Republican or Democrat. The stronger the consensus is on the New START treaty, the better positioned we are for next steps, like the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty or further reductions in US arsenals.

Finally, in case you haven't heard, Cara Bautista has left her position as coordinator to start graduate school. I am excited to join you as the new coordinator, and look forward to working with all of you as we make progress toward ridding the world of nuclear weapons in the coming year.


Katie Heald
Coordinator, Campaign for a Nuclear Weapons Free World

P.S. A small request:

Did you or your organization participate in the Week of Action for New START in May? If you did, please send me a quick email telling me what you did and how it went. We would love to get your feedback to help us plan future campaigns and activities for the Campaign.

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[SDCPJ] Hands across the Sand event this Saturday

There's a huge event happening this weekend at a beach near you.
In the wake of the giant BP oil spill in the Gulf, tens of thousands of people are getting together on beaches around the world for a massive event called "Hands Across The Sand." And you can take part at an event right in La Jolla.
We'll join hands on La Jolla Shores in La Jolla, making a literal line in the sand to say "no" to new offshore drilling and "yes" to clean energy. If enough of us join in, we can create a powerful visual display and send a strong message to Washington, DC.
Can you join us at La Jolla Shores in La Jolla on Saturday at 11 am? Here's the link to RSVP:
This event is happening at a crucial time. With oil still gushing into the Gulf, wildlife devastated, and people's livelihoods torn apart, we need to stand up for clean energy NOW. And after President Obama's speech last week calling for an end to our addiction to oil, Congress is getting ready to push forward on a new energy bill.
But Big Oil lobbyists are trying to hijack this legislation to include-of all things-new offshore drilling and taxpayer handouts to Big Oil.1 We can't let that happen. And given how angry people are at BP right now, we can really push Congress to stand up to the Big Oil lobbyists-if enough of us get involved. 
Hands Across the Sand was started by Dave Rauschkolb, a Florida small business owner, in October of 2009 and has grown into a huge, literally global movement. With the help of dozens of great organizations, there will be events in over 400 cities and 12 countries, including the U.S., Japan, India, and New Zealand.
As Dave says, "The image is powerful, the message simple. No to offshore oil drilling, yes to clean energy. We are drawing a line in the sand against offshore oil drilling along America's beaches and in solidarity events across America and around the world."
Hands Across The Sand could be the largest protest against offshore drilling in U.S. history. But to achieve that goal, we need you there. Can you join us at La Jolla Shores in La Jolla at 11 a.m. this Saturday? Here's the link to RSVP:
Hope you can join us, and thanks again for all you do.
-Steven, Adam, Kat, Marika, and the rest of the team
1. "Enviros cringe as Senate committee approves energy bill," Grist, June 17, 2009 

[SDCPJ] News-06/24/2010--Unions At Rite-Aid Call On Its Shareholders For Fair Labor Contracts, Swedish Dock

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News-06/24/2010--Unions At Rite-Aid Call On Its Shareholders For Fair Labor Contracts, Swedish Dock Workers Refuse To Handle Israeli Goods In Week-Long Protest, Detroit IBEW Workers On Strike At DTE Energy, Gulf Oil Spill Is Affecting Restaurant Seafood Supplies
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Economic Report--Gulf Oil Spill Is Affecting Restaurant Seafood Supplies
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Unions At Rite-Aid Call On Its Shareholders For Fair Labor Contracts
On Wednesday, four unions - UFCW, teamsters, SEIU and longshoremen - used the annual shareholders meeting of the national drugstore chain Rite-Aid to call on the company to bargain in good faith with its workers to reach new fair contracts.
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Swedish Dock Workers Refuse To Handle Israeli Goods In Week-Long Protest
Israelis will have a difficult time getting goods in and out of Sweden over the next week.
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Detroit IBEW Workers On Strike At DTE Energy
At midnight Tuesday, 600 tree trimmers walked off the job due to an inability to reach a contract agreement with the five companies that subcontract for DTE Energy.
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

[SDCPJ] Fwd: I need your moral support

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: I need your moral support
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2010 10:39:04 -0700
From: douglas porter <>
To: Andrea Guerrero <>, Richard Barrera <>, Carlos LeGerrette <>, vince compagnone <>, Cindy Marten <>, David Lagstein <>, Matthew Eisen <>, faharijeffers <>, "SD Coalition For Peace & Justice" <>, Jean Louis <>, Ken Msemaji <>, Kelly Mayhew <>,, patwashingtonphd <>, ramone <>

Many of you are aware of my involvement with the blog.  Mostly I write about local politics for them.  

Over the past two weeks, we have found ourselves at the center of a controversy about the homeless situation in Ocean Beach.  For background, I suggest this article: Our position on this issue has not been a popular one: we say that selling merchandise that denigrates the homeless is morally wrong. I understand that this issue is complex and emotional.

What I'm writing you about is the undertone of hatred and violence that has been directed our way recently.  Today (4-6pm) we are picketing the store (The Black, 5017 Newport Ave) at the center of the controversy. We are asking people to sign petitions ( and demanding that the store donate a share of its profits from this merchandise to groups that help the homeless.  Based on the hate mail and phone calls that we've received, we have reason to suspect (see the story above) that we'll be physically attacked today.  We're going anyway. It's a matter of principle.

All I'm asking of you is that you keep us in your prayers; if you can stop by with a camera or post a supportive comment on the blog it would be much appreciated. 
It's a lot different doing this sort of thing when you're 60 and have a family than it was when I was 20 and had minimal responsibilities. Your support would be much appreciated.

We will announce the formation of an interfaith council of the Churches in OB to help with the homeless issue some time over the next couple of days.

Doug Porter

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." -Ben Franklin

[SDCPJ] There's still time to stop the attack on public schools

The latest attack on public education is gaining momentum in the Legislature, but there's still time to make your voice heard and take a stand for schools. Check out the campaign below to learn more about what's at stake for California kids. 

Dear Fred,
As if our schools didn't have it tough enough these days, a state Assembly member has launched yet another attack against public education.
Click here to take action to stop a dangerous bill that puts up new red tape and would cost our public schools $50 million dollars in vital funding.
As the legislative session heats up, Assemblymember Brownley has wasted no time launching an assault on innovative public schools.  Brownley's bill, AB 1950, pulls educators away from kids to spend more time filling out bureaucratic paper work.  It's no secret that kids benefit when they spend more time with our great teachers, not less. Yet AB 1950 asks teachers to jump through new hoops to ensure their school will be able to keep its doors open.
Send a letter to make it clear that teachers should spend their time helping kids, not paper pushing.
Think that's bad enough? AB 1950 goes further and creates a new system of quotas that will hurt low-income and minority kids across California.  Should low-income kids be denied seats in innovative public charter schools to make room for their wealthier peers? Apparently Assemblymember Brownley thinks so.
And to make matters worse, this ill-advised proposal breaks rules in a federal grant program that will cost California public schools vital funding. At the same time, it would immediately stifle the growth of high quality schools in low-income communities and arbitrarily modify public charter school waiting lists, potentially separating siblings trying to access a quality public education.
Click here to send a letter to help stop the bill. See a sample letter on the webpage and below, but please customize it with a personal message if you like.
In this difficult time for our schools, we need to help teachers, not tie a hand behind their back with more paper work and limit the opportunities for minority and low-income students to enroll in a quality public school.
Thank you for taking the time to make a difference for our kids.
Bill Lucia, President

Sample Letter Text:
Dear [Legislator's Name Here],
Please vote no on AB 1950, legislation that ties up educators with new red tape, takes money out of the classroom and would cost California public schools $50 million dollars in vital funding.
At a time when our public schools are strapped for staff and resources, we ought to be asking them to fill out less paper work, not more.  AB 1950 pulls teachers out of the classroom and away from kids to jump through new bureaucratic hoops.  And while creating these new rules and regulations, the bill actually eliminates a critical oversight and appeal process for innovative public charter schools.
But AB 1950 doesn't stop there.  The bill creates a system that puts arbitrary quotas above giving all kids a fair shot at a quality education. Under current law, public charter schools take all kids who sign up. If there are not enough spots in a school, kids enter a random, non-biased drawing for admission.  And under this system, California's most successful public charter schools serve primarily low-income and minority students.  AB 1950 introduces quotas that shut this door to opportunity for thousands of African American and Latino kids across California.  Thousands of low-income students will be pulled out of innovative public schools to make room for their more affluent peers.

And to make matters worse, this breaks the rules in a federal grant program, and as a result, would cost California public schools critical funding. Beyond that, the bill would immediately stifle the growth of high quality schools in low-income communities and arbitrarily modify waiting lists, potentially separating siblings trying to access a quality public education.
I urge you to vote no on AB 1950. Our teachers need to spend every minute possible with kids and our schools can't afford to lose another dollar of critical funding.
[Your Name Here]
Click here to send your letter.
Click here to learn more about the bill.

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