Thursday, September 30, 2010

[SDCPJ] Photos - San Diego says NO to FBI attacks at Peace Activists

Peace Up Friends!!!!

In Solidarity,
MIchael Gomel

[SDCPJ] Calling All Unemployed to One Nation Rally in SD, Oct. 2

Hello Peace Community!
As one of the nation's 15 million unemployed, I'm reaching out to other unemployed and hope you will join me at the One Nation Rally in Balboa Park (6th & Laurel), on Oct. 2, 3:30-4:30 pm. I'm working with the San Diego Unemployment Examiner to gather the unemployed to this rally.  If our nation can pay for war, we can certainly pay for unemployment benefits or jobs for all!  Below is a link to the San Diego Unemployment Examiner article:
Marcia Boruta
San Diego Economic Conversion & Permaculture Center

[SDCPJ] Call for a virtual sit-in on October 7th, 2010, against UCOP and Regents

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In solidarity with the October 7th Day of Action for Public Education
[] we
call for a virtual sit-in of the websites of the Office of the
President of the University of California and the UC Regents.
This virtual sit-in will take place for all of October
7th, from 12:00AM the night before to 11:59PM the night of.

We need hosting for this action. Please contact any of us if you can provide hosting for the html files for the action.

Recent actions taken on March 4th by students, faculty, staff and
allies around the world were joined online by a virtual sit-in. The
swift and violent response to the virtual sit-in from the UC
administration and police against Ricardo Dominguez only reveal the
effectiveness of the action and must be seen as part of a larger
strategy of the criminalization of resistance including the arrest of
hundreds of faculty, students and staff around the world who are struggling to redefine what the future of education will be. The UC continues to make efforts to expand the prison-military-education-industrial complex in the face of demands, occupations, strikes and blockades by those willing to put their
bodies, physically and digitally, on the line for a better future for education.

By organizing this action, in the tradition of ECD as a distributed tactic as performed by the Electrohippies, the Federation of Random Action and the borderlands Hacklab, we are demonstrating that the hydra has a million heads and Yudof, the Regents and their police cannot stop Electronic Civil Disobedience by putting their boot on the neck of one man. A virtual sit-in is a mass action by thousands of people and we will not be stopped.

More virtual strikes can be expected until:

* The budget cuts across the UC system are turned back
* Those laid off in the past year are rehired
* Charges are dropped and investigations ended against all of those arrested for struggling for the future of their education

Join the actions in the streets, the campuses and the university buildings if you can. If you want to join the virtual sit-in, go here for a list of urls:

If you have any questions about this e-action contact:


Zach Blas,
Xandre Borghetti
Micha Cárdenas,
Elizabeth Chaney,
John Falchi,
Autumn Hays,
Linzi Juliano
Rashne Limki
Bradley Litwin
Benjamin Lotan,
Luis Martin-Cabrera
Elle Mehrmand,

If you would like to help organize the action and be added to the list of organizers, email us.

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micha cárdenas

Co-Author, Trans Desire / Affective Cyborgs, Atropos Press,
Lecturer, Visual Arts Department, University of California, San Diego
Lecturer, Critical Gender Studies Program, University of California, San Diego
Artist/Researcher, UCSD School of Medicine
Artist/Theorist, bang.lab,



[SDCPJ] Cultivating Compassion. a daylong Empathic Communication practice gathering. Saturday. November 20th.



A Daylong Empathic Communication Practice Gathering.

Saturday, November 20th. 10am-6pm.



We welcome you to join us for a daylong Compassionate Communication (Nonviolent Communication) practice gathering at a private  home in Oceanside. We will come together to sense into what topics are most alive for each participant and invite practice clusters to form around these topics.


Come seek support, companionship, self-expression, inspiration, learning, and growth as we ask ourselves...

. When it comes to living daily from compassion, what has most life for me?
. What are my challenges? Where am I getting stuck?

. Where in my life am I unwilling to practice Compassionate Communication?

. What are my blindspots?
. Where might I want to request empathy?

. What blocks me from expressing honesty and empathy?
. What am I learning that I might feel called to share with others?


When: Saturday, November 20th 10am-6pm

What: an opportunity for dedicated NVC practice on those topics which are most alive for us. You can learn more about the format here (

Where: Private home in Oceanside. (full details will be made available after registering)


Cost: $40 (no one turned away for lack of funds).

Pay the most you can afford.

Meals: Bring a snack to share! And bring a lunch to share! Or join others for lunch at a nearby restaurant.

Curious what happens at such an event? See this Harvest Document ( from the previous gathering.

For more information, read the FAQ,( or contact Raffi at


[SDCPJ] Oct 2nd


Join us this Sat, Oct 2nd from 3:30-4:30 for a solidarity action with the "One Nation Working Together" march going on in DC.   We will meet at 6th ave and Laurel to listen to many speakers representing numerous perspectives, bring sings, noisemakers and energy.   Hope to see you there!  For more information or to RSVP please visist

Solidarity and Peace,

Michael Anderson
UNITE HERE! Boycott Organizer
Pride At Work Political Chair

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Safe Access Railroaded by DA Dumanis in San Diego

Further evidence of a judicial system out of control.


--- On Wed, 9/29/10, Eugene Davidovich <> wrote:

From: Eugene Davidovich <>
Subject: Safe Access Railroaded by DA Dumanis in San Diego
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 4:10 PM

Safe Access Railroaded by DA Dumanis in San Diego
By: Eugene Davidovich, September 29, 2010

SAN DIEGO – On Tuesday, September 28, 2010 in the second medical marijuana trial of Jovan Jackson, San Diego District Attorney (DA) Bonnie Dumanis, through her Deputy DA Chris Lindberg, was successful in manipulating the law as it is written to the point where all jurors in the Jackson case had no choice but to return a guilty verdict.

At 2pm on Tuesday, San Diego Americans for Safe Access received word from Lance Rogers, Jackson's defense attorney that the jury had reached a decision. The word was quickly spread throughout the community and within minutes, Jackson's supporters were in court ready to stand by him.

The courtroom quickly filled up with supporters, the media and at least ten representatives from the DA's office, including Paul Levikow the DA's public relations head. At least twelve bailiffs were also dispatched to the courtroom and spread throughout in a show of force and intimidation at the supporters, and to make sure when the verdict was read there would be no emotional outbursts of any kind.

At 3:30pm, all the Jurors were seated and the court called to order. The clerk was handed a stack of papers by the Judge and asked to read the verdict. "In the case of People v. Jovan Jackson, we find the defendant, Guilty," the court's clerk stated with no emotion.

As those words were uttered, the silence in the room was deafening and the two minutes that the clerk took to read all the forms, seemed to last a lifetime. Even the DA's gathered in the room were speechless and sitting with jaws dropped, not knowing how to react.
The clerk proceeded to read the verdicts reached and as the word 'guilty' was repeated in each count tears could be seen in the eyes of the majority of the people gathered in the courtroom. Several people became so overwhelmed with emotion that they had to excuse themselves. Even several of the jurors could be seen wiping tears away as the verdict was being read.

The Deputy DA's gathered to watch this injustice all sat quietly trying hard to conceal their joy and excitement at the decision. Mr. Levikow however, could not resist. He turned around in his seat with delight each time the word 'guilty' was uttered by the clerk and each time gave a smirk and a long and demeaning stare at the supporters.

After the verdict was read, Judge Shore told the jurors that their work had been completed and that they could now be excused. Before the jurors left however, Judge Shore added that the attorneys in the case had a few questions for them and asked them to stick around and a give a post verdict interview if they wished. The interview was conducted outside of the presence of the public with just about all of the jurors staying behind to talk to the attorneys.

Following the post verdict interview, the public found out that the jurors unanimously said "we wanted to find a way to let Jackson go, but could not".

The jurors explained that the jury instructions they were given, contained no defense for possession for sale or sales; the very portion that was redacted away by the prosecutor and Judge Shore.

Aside from looking for a way to find Jackson not guilty, the jurors all said that although they did not agree with the law as it was given to them, that they still had to respect it, as Judge Shore ordered them to only consider the law that was written in the Jury Instructions.

So who convicted Jackson, a jury of twelve peers, Judge Howard Shore, or Bonnie Dumanis herself?

"In retrospect, after hearing the jury wanted to acquit him in this case, if one were to consider Dumanis' long history of erroneous convictions, and how much courthouse bullying Jovan's jury and supporters felt during this trial, it's very possible Judge Shore himself was in real fear of being the fifth judge to be boycotted by DA Dumanis had he not played along with all the prosecutors motions and ignored established state law" said Marcus Boyd of San Diego chapter of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the country's leading medical marijuana advocacy group. "It's hard to believe a Superior Court Judge would overtly railroad a defendant in such a way without genuine fear. Jovan's last judge, Judge Bashaunt, was sitting on her last Superior Court case and had nothing to fear from DA Dumanis, therefore Jovan was quickly and correctly acquitted of all marijuana charges".

After the jury interviews were completed, the public was let back into the courtroom for a sentencing discussion.

As the judge took the bench and began to talk about sentencing, everyone in the courtroom was expecting the worse, that Jackson would be remanded into custody right then and there. Fortunately, and to the surprise of the prosecution, Judge Shore realized that Jackson had not missed a single court date and had every intention of coming to court for sentencing. In light of this, Jackson was allowed to stay out on his current bail pending the actually sentencing date of October 27, 2010, 9am when Judge Shore will impose a sentence.

Jackson along with his supporters walked out of the courtroom to face a flurry of reporters asking him for a statement.

Mr. Jackson agreed to speak with the media, and proceeded to give a very touching, heartfelt speech. Jackson thanked his friends, family, supporters, and Americans for Safe Access in their assistance and support in the case. He went on to talk about how important it is to stand up to the unjust ways of the San Diego District Attorney. Jackson expressed his disappointment at the verdict and vowed that he would continue to fight for his rights and appeal this case to a higher court. He also said he felt "pity and anger" for the prosecution pursuing criminal charges against medical marijuana defendants and continuing to harass legitimate medical marijuana providers and patients in San Diego.

"By refusing him a defense, the District Attorney and the court has railroaded Jackson and ensured his conviction," said ASA Chief Counsel Joe Elford, who submitted the amicus 'friend of the court' brief in support of Jackson prior to his trial. "Jackson was denied a fair trial," Elford continued. "His conviction and the basis on which the court relied in refusing him a defense -- that sales are illegal under state law -- should absolutely be appealed."

Has the DA now found a roadmap to conviction for all dispensaries?

Many argue that as a result of this verdict, Dumanis has now discovered a road map to follow in convicting all medical marijuana dispensaries in San Diego. Under her "new and skewed" interpretation of the law, the only way patients qualify for a medical marijuana defense in state court is if they all with sleeves rolled up, plow the fields and grow the actual medicine that they are being dispensed. This results in a true absurdity and surely was not the intent of the voters when they passed Proposition 215.

Now, in order to avoid the possibility of criminal prosecution, wheelchair bound, sick, and disabled patients all will have to find a way to plow the fields together and cannot simply contribute financially to the effort by coming in and purchasing a small amount at their local dispensary.

This skewed and incorrect interpretation will not stand for long. The community is cautiously optimistic that the court of appeals will quickly take this case on and see to it that Judge Shore's error in this case is reversed, and that true justice is served once and for all.

Further Information:

ASA Press Release about Jackson Verdict:

San Diego grand jury recommendations on medical marijuana:

Amicus brief filed by ASA in support of Jovan Jackson:

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

[SDCPJ] Thursday @ 5pm, San Diego : STOP the FBI Witch hunts & 'Terrorism Warrants' against Socialists, Solidarity and Peace Activists!

--- On Mon, 9/27/10, Martin Eder <> wrote:

From: Martin Eder <>
Subject: [SDCPJ] Thursday @ 5pm, San Diego : STOP the FBI Witch hunts & 'Terrorism Warrants' against Socialists, Solidarity and Peace Activists!
Date: Monday, September 27, 2010, 11:27 PM

Your participation in demonstrations
in 30+ cities across the country is essential to holding back the tide of repression:   so please HELP get the word out quickly.

San Diego Demonstrates in Solidarity
Thursday @ 5pm at the Federal Building
STOP the FBI Witch hunts & 'Terrorism Warrants' against Socialists, Solidarity and Peace Activists!

Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892 - –1984) wrote about the apathy and inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power.  "They came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up."

Last Friday, Sept. 24th the FBI raided the homes and offices of more than a dozen activists in 4 states and pursued others in at least 2 other states carting away in one case, 40 boxes of personal, computer and cell phone materials. The AP reported that the FBI served 'terrorism warrants on the accused.  The witch hunt of these socialists, peace activists, Colombian and Palestinian solidarity activists should send shivers up our spines.  The fact that these domestic solidarity activists are charged with support of "foreign terrorist organizations"  for their contact with liberation movements is reminiscent of the FBI's persecution of the Black Panthers and other civil rights activists.  This is the most blatant targeting of leftists and socialists since 'Tricky' Dick Nixon launched COINTELPRO red-scares decades ago.

We must stand as one!  It should matter not if we agree with the political perspectives of the accused.  An Injury to One is an Injury to All!  Many peace activists have watched in horror as the Patriot Act and a massive, secret police and 'intelligence' infrastructure arose under the Bush Administration since 911.  Now the growth shows no sign of slowing down under Obama.  For example, IPS noted that the "New York Times reported this morning that the Barack Obama administration is drawing up legislation to make it easier for U.S .intelligence services to eavesdrop on the Internet, including email exchanges and social networks." Is the repressive power of the state too big to control? 

Is our freedom and liberty threatened?  Yes, but many of us feel that we are far more threatened by the construction of an INTERNAL police state, than by EXTERNAL enemies.  The FBI raids are meant to have the effect of silencing solidarity and peace activists and squelching dissent and opposition to foreign occupations and the wars of aggression. 

Your participation in demonstrations in 30+ cities across the country is essential to holding back the tide of repression:   so please HELP get the word out quickly.

-  Martin Eder for the San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice, Activist San Diego and FRSO/OSCL - San Diego



The facts behind the raid and grand jury subpoenas of activists in Minneapolis, Chicago, Michigan and North Carolina, we want to be clear about several things:
  • The raid on multiple sites of an organization within our movement should alarm us all. It is part of a growing governmental trend targeting the left.
  • The FBI continues to stretch beyond all meaning the designation of "terrorist" in order to make wide sweeps and go on fishing expeditions with seemingly very little hard facts. Too often the designation of "terrorist" has been applied to organizations and movements seeking freedom and independence. For example, the ANC was on the "terrorist" list right up until they won electoral victory in South Africa.
  • These raids and arrests have the effect of stifling dissent and foreclosing democratic rights of minority viewpoints. We should be concerned, whether or not we agree with the politics of the targeted organization.
  • Although the organization in question has a similar name to ours, we are different organizations. (We are officially Freedom Road Socialist Organization/Organización Socialista del Camino para la Libertad (FRSO/OSCL).) We were not targets in these raids.
  •  We will have more to say about the implications of these raids.


From Indy Media

UPDATE 4pm: The office of the Anti-War Committee was also reportedly raided earlier today. See also: Search warrant PDF for Mick Kelly's residence and subpoena to Chicago grand jury PDF (via Earlier: Breaking: At least 4 Mpls homes raided
Press Conference: 4pm, 2911 Park Ave., Minneapolis
Community Meeting: 5:30pm, Walker Church Video [24m via]
See also: Fight Back News: Activists Denounce FBI Raids on Anti-War and Solidarity Activists' Homes | Video: FBI at Hard Times, Mick Kelly Interview - TheUptake
The social justice community in Minneapolis continued to respond Friday afternoon to the raids of several of its members homes, which started before 7am this morning. (See previous TCIMC article--Minneapolis Houses Raided)
Since then, a dozen activists have been served with grand jury subpoenas, including many in Minneapolis, according to Fight Back News.  It is believed the federal grand jury is centered in Chicago, and is investigating alleged ties to "foreign terrorist organizations"--a charge which activists have immediately dismissed as illegitimate and unjustified.
The Star Tribune reported earlier today that according to an FBI spokesperson, a total of six homes were raided in Minneapolis and two in Chicago.  This statement is unconfirmed by activists, who have identified at least four of the homes in Minneapolis--one above Hard Times Cafe in Cedar-Riverside, one north of Powderhorn Park, one on Park Avenue near Lake Street and one in Stevens Square.  Antiwar leaders have said that other members of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization were targeted with raids, surveillance and subpoenas in Michigan, North Carolina and potentially California.

Associated Press --- By STEVE KARNOWSKI (AP) – 3 days ago

FBI serves terrorism warrants in Minn., Chicago

MINNEAPOLIS — The FBI said it searched eight addresses in Minneapolis and Chicago as part of a terrorism investigation Friday. Warrants suggest agents were looking for connections between local anti-war activists and terrorist groups in Colombia and the Middle East.
FBI spokesman Steve Warfield told The Associated Press agents served six warrants in Minneapolis and two in Chicago.
"These were search warrants only," Warfield said. "We're not anticipating any arrests at this time. They're seeking evidence relating to activities concerning the material support of terrorism."
The homes of longtime Minneapolis anti-war activists Mick Kelly, Jess Sundin and Meredith Aby were among those searched, they said. All three were subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury in Chicago: Aby on Oct. 5, Sundin on Oct. 12 and Kelly on Oct. 19.
"The FBI is harassing anti-war organizers and leaders, folks who opposed U.S. intervention in the Middle East and Latin America," Kelly said before agents confiscated his cell phone.  More... (good content)
--    Martin Eder 619-871-9354 = Cell  

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10 signs the us is losing its influence in the western hemisphere: Tech Ticker, Yahoo! Finance

--- On Tue, 9/28/10, <> wrote:

From: <>
Subject: Yahoo! Finance Story - 10 signs the us is losing its influence in the western hemisphere: Tech Ticker, Yahoo! Finance
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 11:23 AM

Walter Davis, Jr. ( has sent you a news article
Personal message:

Insane international policies based on assassination, sanctions and war have sapped America's power and treasure. Think you do not have time for activism now? Wait until our money is worth absolutely nothing.

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An Insurance Victory, Don't Keep It A Secret

From: Doug Heller, Consumer Watchdog <>
Subject: An Insurance Victory, Don't Keep It A Secret
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 11:20 AM

An Insurance Victory, Don't Keep It A Secret

Walter —

This weekend Gov. Schwarzenegger signed Assemblyman Dave Jones's bill to keep alive California's innovative Low-Cost Auto Insurance Program for low-income drivers, which would have expired without this legislation.

As poverty rates reach their highest levels in decades, this is a critical victory. Low-Cost Auto Insurance, with premiums as low as $161 a year and no cost to taxpayers, allows cash-strapped motorists a chance to drive legally. That's not just good for low-income drivers; it's a relief to everyone on the road when fewer people drive uninsured. Watch the KGO-TV News story.

But there's a problem: many insurance companies and agents aren't telling prospective policyholders about the program, even though they're required to by law. As a result, there are thousands of eligible motorists driving without insurance when they could be covered.

Should You Have Been Told?
If you have a basic "15/30" car insurance policy (sometimes called a minimum limits policy), or have been shopping for a basic policy, your company or agent should have given you information about the Low-Cost Program. If you were never told that you might qualify for the Low Cost policy please let us know.

We're also working with community and government agencies throughout the state to raise awareness about the program. If you want to help that effort, please consider making a tax-deductible donation.

The low-cost auto insurance program is an example of government finding an innovative way to address a serious problem and doing it without stretching taxpayer dollars. Let's make sure the people this program is supposed to help are actually finding out about it.

Thanks for everything,

Doug Heller
Executive Director, Consumer Watchdog

Consumer Watchdog is a nonprofit, nonpartisan consumer protection organization. Your contributions are tax-deductible.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

[SDCPJ] Rally Set at SD Humane Society

Re: San Diego Humane Society
We are calling for answers to questions that have been raised by the investigative news coverage (10 News and the SD Union-Tribune) of the SDHS as well as in a letter signed by 11 former Board Members.
We acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the employees and volunteers of the SDHS. We acknowledge the Society's important and long-standing place in the San Diego animal welfare community. However, we also believe it is important that no one is above public disclosure and scrutiny, especially a non-profit that depends on donations and grants for funding and that deals with the lives of our animal companions.
On behalf of the animal community, we ask for answers to the troubling questions raised in these investigations.
The San Diego Animal Defense Team 

--- On Thu, 9/23/10, J/M <> wrote:

From: J/M <>
Subject: Animal Defense Team/Call for Truth
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2010, 3:47 PM

The San Diego Animal Defense Team


In response to the investigations of the San Diego Humane Society by Channel 10 News

 and the SD Union-Tribune

and the courage of rescues, volunteers and former

SDHS Board Members for speaking out, we issue:






1 PM - 3 PM

on the sidewalk in front of the

San Diego Humane Society

5500 Gaines St., San Diego


Please forward to all who care about

San Diego County's animal community.

Dogs welcome. Bring signs. Sign suggestions:


Why was euthanasia not ended

by 2005, as promised?


  Why are most of your


not on public view?


Where is your low-cost

spay and neuter program?


Why do behavior tests sentence

so many dogs to death?


Where do the millions

in donations go?


What are executives paid?


What about the sexual harassment suit

settled with SDHS funds?


Please don't park in the Humane Society parking lot. There is street parking available nearby.  The Morena/Linda Vista Green Line trolley stop is about 2 1/2 blocks away. 


Updates will be on

Thursday, September 23, 2010

[SDCPJ] Sing to demilitarize schools!

Sing to demilitarize schools!


Here is a fun way to support the effort to demilitarize schools and provide students with alternatives to becoming cannon fodder... 

Every year, a group of local volunteers called the Peace on Earth Carolers performs traditional holiday carols between Thanksgiving and Christmas and raises funds for the Project on Youth and Non-Military Opportunities ( The group has been doing this for over 20 years!

Participants dress in Dickensian costumes and sing at venues that pay a set fee for their performances (e.g., shopping malls, street fairs, the botanical gardens in Encinitas, private parties and other seasonal events). 

Additional singers are needed, as well as instrumentalists who can provide accompaniment on guitar, Autoharp or other acoustic instruments. Rehearsals will begin in early October. 

If you would like to participate, or if you want to arrange a performance, please call Project YANO at 760-634-3604, or email Erich Paetow,


Saturday, October 2nd 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Created By

More Info
One Nation Working Together
For Jobs, Justice and Education for All!
We will meet on October 2nd from 3:30pm until 4:30pm. We encourage you to bring signs, noise makers and energy! The location will be changed due to an increase in interest in the event. Folks are RSVPing through the national site as well as via other means, Facebook RSVP is not reflective of groups/people attending.
...For the above reason, we have decided to move the event a few blocks away to Balboa park. We are currently working on securing the space/permit and will let folks know where in the park we will be. Thank you for your patience!
Speakers: Secretary-Treasurer of the Central Labor Council Lorena Gonzales, Communications Chair for San Diego Pride At Work Octavio Velarde , Martin Eder with Activst San Diego, Founding President of San Diego Stonewall Young Dems Jonathan Goetz, President of UNITE HERE (hotel workers union) Local 30 Bridgette Browning, Economist Doug Brown with the Democratic Socialist of America, more speakers to be announced soon! If you or your organization is supportive of this event and would be interested in speaking please contact us.


We are One Nation, born from many, determined to build a more united America - with jobs, justice and education for all.

We are young people, frustrated that society seems willing to spend more locking up our bodies than educating our minds, yet still we find ways to succeed and shine.

We are students and newly-returned veterans - persevering in the face of mounting debt - determined not to be the first generation to end up worse off than our parents.

We are baby boomers and seniors - who saw hope killed in 1968 and will not let the dream of a united America be taken from us again.

We are conservatives and moderates, progressives and liberals, non-believers and people of deep faith, united by escalating assaults on our reason, our environment, and our rights.

We are workers of every age, faith, race, sex, nationality, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and ability - who have suffered discrimination but never stopped loving our neighbors, or our nation.

We are American Indians and Alaska Natives - citizens of Native nations - who maintain our cultures, protect our sovereignty, and strength America's economy.

We are the new immigrants, raising our children in the torchlight of the Statue of Liberty, while confronting the shadows that are bigotry and mass deportations.

We are the native born. We inherited the divided legacies of settlers and American Indians, black slaves and white and Asian indentured servants. And yet, in this moment of shared suffering, we rejoice in newfound friendships and new alliances.

We are people who got thrown out - thrown out of our jobs, schools, houses, farms and small businesses - while Wall Street's wrongdoers got bailed out. We are families who pray every day - for peace and prosperity; for deliverance from foreclosures; for good jobs to come back to urban and rural America.

We are unemployed workers - forced to watch hopes for bold action dashed - because some Senators threaten filibusters, and other would-be champions fold in fear.

And yet, we are the majority - fueled by hope, not hate. We have the pride, power and determination to keep ourselves - and our country - moving up and out of the valley greed created.
And most importantly - from ensuring women are treated fairly at work, to expanding health care coverage for millions- we have been victorious whenever we worked together. We have proven the only thing we need to succeed is each other.

We stand toether for a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. We march for jobs, justice, and education. We march for an economy that works for all. We stand toether for a nation in which each person who wants to work can find a job that pays enough to support a family.

We stand toether to create a million new jobs right away, because the national values that got us out of the Great Depression will get us out of the Great Recession.

We stand toether to build a world-class public education system, from pre-school to community college and beyond - because our nation must start unleashing the greatness of every child today.

We stand toether to end racial profiling and re-segregation- from Arizona to Atlanta. We march to defend the Voting Rights Act and the 14th Amendment. We stand toether to advance human rights, civil rights, equal protection, and dignity for all.

We stand toether to fix the broken immigration system - because no child should live in fear that her parents will be deported.

We stand toether to ensure every worker has a voice at work. We march for green jobs and safe workplaces, so no worker will have to choose between her livelihood and her life.

We stand toether for a clean environment, so no child is ever forced to decide between drinking the water or breathing the air and staying healthy.

We stand toether to move our nation beyond this moment when a handful of Senators can block urgently needed progress - skewing our national budget towards tax cuts for the wealthy, unjustified military spending and prisons.

We stand toether for peace abroad and job creation at home. We march for energy independence, public safety, and public transportation because the nation we want to build most is our own.

We stand toether to demand full equality for all women in all communities, indulging an end to wage discrimination.

Partner Organizations:

This movement includes human and civil rights organizations, unions and trade associations, nonprofit organizations, youth and student groups, religious and other faith groups, educational, peace, environmental, and ethnic associations, and any other groups and individuals who are committed to pulling our country back together now.
These are some of the more than 300 organizations, representing tens of thousands of individuals who have endorsed the One Nation Working Together campaign.

Thank you,

Michael Anderson
Boycott Coordinator for UNITE HERE

Penny Hess at The Southern Sudanese Community Center 16 September 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

[SDCPJ] Tijuana Maquiladora Tour Oct 16, 2010

Come to learn about Tijuana workers' conditions and struggles!
Saturday, Oct 16, 2010
Conoce las luchas y condiciones de trabajo de los y las trabajadoras de las maquilas
Sábado 16 de Octubre, 2010
[Versión en español: ver abajo]
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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 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
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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 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. DTOs have erected unauthorized checkpoints, and killed motorists who have not stopped at them.  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 WarningŠ
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 result. The Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo prohibits employees from entering the entertainment zone in Nuevo Laredo known as "Boys Town" because of concerns about violent crime in that area.
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.

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[SDCPJ] Film: South of the Border by Oliver Stone, September 25th

Activist San Diego's Radical Film Series:

South of the Border

Saturday, September 25th, 7:00pm

Joyce Beers Community Center

1220 Cleveland Street, Hillcrest

There's a revolution underway in South America, but most of the world doesn't know it. In this film, Oliver Stone sets out on a road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media's misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents. In conversations with Presidents Hugo Chávez, Evo Morales, Lula da Silva, Cristina and Nėstor Kirchner,  Fernando Lugo, Rafael Correa, and Raúl Castro, Stone gains unprecedented access and sheds new light upon the exciting transformations in the region.

Contact: // 619-944-9820 //

[SDCPJ] Photos - San Diego Rallies to Free Truth Telling Hero - PFC Bradley Manning

Hi Friends!

next and prev is above, slideshow is in upper rt.

Peace Up,
Michael Gomel

Saturday, September 18, 2010

John Kuek's Show on Progress in San Diego...please forward

Click the link below to see John Kuek's interview with me on Progress in San Diego. Please forward this email.

John Kuek's Show on Progress In San Diego
Even if you are on the right track, you will be run over if you just stand there.

[SDCPJ] Activist Meeting - eyewitness testimony of Wikileak's -DEFEND whistleblower, Pfc. Bradley Manning!


09/19/2010 - 12:00pm
Rally to support and call for the release of alleged Wikileaks whistleblower and hero of conscience and transparency PFC Bradley Manning! (Speakers TBA)

Activist San Diego General Meeting:
Monday, Sept 20th @ 7 pm







On the heals of four days of global solidarity and support for alleged Wikileaks whistleblower, Pfc. Bradley Manning, Activist San Diego dedicates our September General Meeting to the courage of whistleblowers and transparency activists. 


DATE:  Monday September 20, 2010   7:00pm

Location: Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest
(4065 Vermont St. San Diego, CA 92103)




Ethan McCord's eyewitness testimony of Wikileak's 


"Collateral Murder"


5th April 2010 10:44 EST WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff.

Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-sight, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.


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