March 2, 2009

 
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'm not suggesting President Obama is a communist, but he is a utopian - and that's the danger.

-- Linda Chavez: Obama's utopian plans will ruin us (for chuckles)

Activist Update - A Service of Activist San Diego

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ASD News and Views

Published in the Feb 26 La Jolla Village News

Dear Editor:

It is truly remarkable, how San Diego "Educators" do not understand the impact on children of ROTC military training. Our public schools should be off limits for any military recruiting. Children becomes fodder for the military. They are taught that war is glorious. In reality it is a dishonest way to entice the youth into the military. It also costs the district $65,000.

Mission Bay High Principal Cheryl Seelos supports the marksmanship program at her school and sees no conflict with existing "zero tolerance" policy regarding weapons on campus. She calls weapons training a "collegiate sport" with no connection to killing people.

Fortunately, after considerable community outcry, the district voted to eliminate the rifles and shooting ranges. But it retained much of the ROTC incursion into our schools. It allows ROTC to fulfill physical education graduation requirements. Don't our children need REAL physical education?

Point Loma High principal Barbara Samilson supports weapons practice because "ROTC marksmanship teaches self-discipline, the value of hard work... and the value of working as a team". How about music education, drama or arts programs? They serve all of these needs and in addition develop creative, useful and joyful life skills.

Shooting is only good for one thing. To hit a target, period. Unfortunately the target is often a person. ROTC is a devious way, with extravagant promises, of getting our children funneled into the military. It is a tragic corruption of education. Unfortunately it is mostly the less educated and less advantaged youth who become the main target of recruiters. Many of them return from war destroyed in mind and body. Preparation for war is not an acceptable career option for anyone. In the nuclear age, when 90% of war victims are civilians, our goal should be the abolishing of war.

Tanja Winter

ASD Board member Tanja Winter has sent hundreds of letters to the editor and had a hundred of more published. After dozens of students and parents mobilized under the leadership of Project Yano against the JROTC target practice, the Board of Education voted 3-2 for closing the shooting ranges! Let's keep the pressure on the District so that all JROTC is eliminated from curriculum. www.sdnews.com

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Food for Thought

In this spirit, we propose a paradigm shift in drug policies based on three guiding principles: reduce the harm caused by drugs, decrease drug consumption through education and aggressively combat organized crime. To translate this new paradigm into action we must start by changing the status of addicts from drug buyers in the illegal market to patients cared for by the public health system.

We also propose the careful evaluation, from a public health standpoint, of the possibility of decriminalizing the possession of cannabis for personal use.

-- The war on drugs has failed. By Fernando Henrique Cardoso (former president of Brazil), César Gaviria (former president of Colombia) and Ernesto Zedillo (former president of Mexico).

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Featured Activist San Diego Events

M A R C H F O R T H O N M A R C H 4TH: A Candlelight Vigil to Support the Constitution’s Promise of Equality for All. On the evening before the California Supreme Court holds oral arguments on the validity of Proposition 8 and whether the initiative process can be used to take away fundamental freedoms from minorities, join us for a candlelight vigil for justice and equality. Rally with speakers and singing converging on the Hall of Justice at 330 W Broadway, San Diego. A candlelight vigil will then line the streets of Downtown San Diego starting at 6 pm. More Info

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Featured Activist Events for the Upcoming Week

M A R C H F O R T H O N M A R C H 4TH: A Candlelight Vigil to Support the Constitution’s Promise of Equality for All. On the evening before the California Supreme Court holds oral arguments on the validity of Proposition 8 and whether the initiative process can be used to take away fundamental freedoms from minorities, join us for a candlelight vigil for justice and equality. Rally with speakers and singing converging on the Hall of Justice at 330 W Broadway, San Diego. A candlelight vigil will then line the streets of Downtown San Diego starting at 6 pm. More Info

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FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 4:30PM: Join Gloria Steinem for a community reception celebrating peace and International Women’s Day at the LGTB Center, Hillcrest, 4:30 to 6:30 P. M. $10.00 per person/$5.00 for limited income, students with ID, and seniors. Questions: Gracia at 858.459.6738.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 10AM: UNA’s Women’s Equity Council, and TJSL present No Way to Treat a Treaty, a workshop to learn about treaties not ratified (e. g., Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)) by the U. S. Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 2121 San Diego Avenue, Rm. 101, in Old Town. Christie Edwards, Adjunct Professor of Law, leads a discussion on the current status of three international treaties. Free; light refreshments. More Info

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SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 10:30AM: Women from Iraq, Somalia, U. S. A., Iran, Philippines, and Venezuela discuss their Roles, Realities, and Hopes, sponsored by UNA’s Women’s Equity Council. Women’s History Museum, 2323 Broadway, #107, Golden Hill. Free; coffee and muffins. More Info

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SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2PM: American Association of University Women, Cabrillo-Diego Branch, presents Women in America, a DVD of photographs, music, and poetry celebrating the Women’s Movement in the U. S. A., followed by an interactive discussion, 2:00 P. M., Women’s History Museum, 2323 Broadway, #107, Golden Hill. Free; light refreshments. More Info


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SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 6:30PM: SD911Truth FILM The Elephant in the Room. The Elephant in the Room is a documentary following British filmmaker Dean Puckett through his journey into the 9/11 Truth Movement: a global movement of ‘conspiracy theorists’ who believe that the official explanation about what happened on 9/11 is totally or partially inaccurate. Joyce Beers Center 3900 Vermont Street, one block north of University Ave. (Ralph’s/Trader Joe’s Shopping Center, right next to Aladdin Mediterranean Café). Donations accepted at the door, no one turned away. More Info

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LAST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH: San Diego Critical Mass Bike Ride. The last Friday of every month, we meet at the big fountain in Balboa Park at 7:00 PM and ride bicycles through the streets of San Diego, providing motorists, as well as ourselves, with a vision of how things could be different. It's a celebration of cycling! Bring your friends; meet new friends. More Info

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EVERY SATURDAY UNTIL MARCH 7TH: Old Town State Park Picket Line and Rally. Where: Old Town State Park, inside the park off the corner of Calhoun and Wallace. Who: Restaurant workers at Old Town State Park. Background: Workers employed by restaurant operator Delaware North at Old Town State Park were informed at the beginning of the year that they would all be terminated in early March, as Delaware North plans to bring in a subcontractor to take over the state lease to operate concessions at Old Town. While Old Town Hospitality Group has remained mum on the workers' future, it has announced plans that include major renovations and capital improvements. Nearly 130 workers could lose their jobs.More Info

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“ENOUGH” PEACE AND IMPEACHMENT VIGILS ~ EVERY WEEK UNTIL THE IRAQ WAR ENDS. More Info

EVERY SUNDAY 3PM: Free Vegan Food at the North Park Community Park with San Diego Food Not Bombs. The North Park Community Park is located at the intersection of Oregon and Polk in North Park. More Info

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Future Activist Events

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2009: Free Resources Engage Youth/Students on Chavez Day 2009. Attention teachers and community Organizations join us for a FREE training: Chavez Day 2009, Si se Puede! Yes We Can! Participants will receive FREE educational materials and videos; FREE Resources to teach about Cesar E. Chavez, and FREE tools to create standards-based service-learning projects. More Info

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SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 7:30AM: San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women presents the 2009 Forum on the Status of Women and Girls in San Diego County, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego. More Info

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Tuesday, March 17, 2PM and 7PM: CPUC Public Hearings on Power Lines & Wildfires. Al Bahr Shriners Center 5440 Kearny Mesa Road, San Diego. The CPUC NEEDS to hear that deferred spending on power-line maintenance (including vegetation trimming) is NO LONGER acceptable AND that we don't need additonal power-line hazards in wildfire country when we can generate clean, renewable energy on SoCal rooftops and low-profile wind turbines. The CPUC is conducting an Order Instituting Rulemaking (OIR) to potentially change CPUC rule(s) regarding power lines and wildfires. More Info

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 7PM: The Fifth Annual International Women’s Day Breakfast celebrates Powerful Voices in Peacebuilding. Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego. More Info

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SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 1PM: End the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan! Meet at 5th and University (Hillcrest) at 1pm and march to the War Memorial (Park and Upas) for a 2:30 rally. Similar demonstrations are planned on that day in Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and other cities throughout the US. The bankers get their billions, the war machine continues to spend $1 trillion a year, and the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestine continue. Bush may be gone, but we still need a popular movement to win the change that we need. We need your support and your endorsement. More Info

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SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 3PM: Dr. Gail Dimitroff discusses memoir writing and her memoir, Mande!, for the Authors’ Series, Women’s History Museum, 2323 Broadway, #107, Golden Hill. Free. More Info

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SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2009: Cesar Chavez Parade & Community Celebration. Parade: 10:00am-12:00pm. Community Celebration: 12:00pm-4:00pm. The Cesar E. Chavez Commemoration Committee presents the Cesar E. Chavez Memorial March/Parade & Community Celebration and invites organizations and community groups, to sign up to participate. More Info

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SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 11AM: 51st Annual Ebony Fashion Fair. The Ebony Fashion Fair, the world's largest traveling fashion show, returns to San Diego to showcase the latest runway designs and raise funds for the Elementary Institute of Science (EIS), San Diego’s premier science enrichment center for children. This year's show will be held at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center. The social hour begins at 11 AM, and is followed by a sit-down luncheon. Ramp seats, which are located right next to the runway and include VIP parking with escorts, are $125. General admission tickets are $75. More Info

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MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009: National Day of Action for Colombia. Colombia has just surpassed Sudan as having the worst internal displacement crisis in the world. Over 4 million Colombians have been violently forced from their homes. While the war responsible for this crisis has raged for decades, the pace of displacement has intensified in recent years. Last year, 1500 Colombians fled their homes every day. You can be a part of "Change Colombia Can Believe In".More Info

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SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 12PM: San Diego County Library. Vegetarian Day @ Your Library. Come watch movies, learn about being a vegetarian, sample foods, raw and vegetarian cooking demos, speakers, crafts and much, much, more! Free @ your library. Limited Supply of food, please arrive early. Spring Valley Library 836 Kempton Street. More Info

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Culture Corner - Progressive Arts ∓mp; Entertainment

FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 7:30PM: I Be….Woman. An Evening of Poetry, Music and Visual Arts. City Heights Performance Annex 3795 Fairmount Ave San Diego. With poets Sylvia Telefaro, Hafssa Mohamed, Beth Alexander; Pianists Bobbie Hearns, and Delores fisher; Visual Artists Lonetta Wilkes and Jhymie; Performance Artist Gloria Vierdu. All programs are free, unless otherwise noted. For outdoor programs, lawn chairs and/or blankets are recommended. More Info

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MARCH 12 - 22, 2009: 16th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival: Latino Stars Light Up The Screen at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center (7510 Hazard Center Dr. San Diego, CA 92108). Close to 20,000 festival goers will have the opportunity to attend over 150 screenings, meet approximately 100 actors and filmmakers and attend workshops, live music events, parties and other exciting events. More Info

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SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 4PM: Page to Stage. City Heights Performance Annex 3795 Fairmount Ave San Diego. New York's Aquila Theatre in partnership with the San Diego Public Library, performs The Iliad, Homer's epic story of Achilles and the Trojan War, with a post-performance discussion exploring the themes of the Page and Stage program. Acting Master-Class 2:30PM. Teaching artists from Aquila will conduct an acting Shakespeare master class exploring how a classical performance text develops from the page to the stage (Refreshments will be served). All programs are free, unless otherwise noted. For outdoor programs, lawn chairs and/or blankets are recommended. More Info

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SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 11AM: San Diego IndieFest (SDIF)V ~ The Culture of Possibility In San Diego's North Park. 7 Stages on & off University Ave., between Kansas and 30th Streets. $23 General, $20 Students, Seniors and Military w/ Valid IDs, Kids 8 and under FREE. Wildly diverse & exciting independent music, film, art, business and ideas all day long. Rock, Hip Hop, Folk, World, Country, Funk, Punk, Jazz, Latin, Spoken Word... Film, Photography, Dance, Painting Poetry and more. More Info

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JANUARY 31 – MARCH 8, 7PM: Visual Migrations. Opening reception. FREE. Deportation Nation: History Repeats A cultural series highlighting the issue of deportation in America presented by USD Ethnic Studies, Calaca Press and the Red CalacArts Collective. Centro Cultural de la Raza 2125 Park Blvd, SD. Art exhibit addressing the issue of deportation. Opening reception music by Gabriel J. Vélez. More Info

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Alerts, Announcements, and Happenings

Announcements / Workshops

POTS AND PANS FOR PEACE! .... and pens, pencils, paper, hats, gloves, etc. too! Since most people's first reaction will likely be, "HUH?!"---- let me follow up quickly with "Citizen Diplomacy: Reaching out to the needy people in Afghanistan!" We have an opportunity to let the people of Afghanistan know that the people of the United States care about them, by filling "flat rate" boxes of donations to be shipped to Afghanistan! Help put a smile on the face of a child half a world away! To participate, please bring your donations to: San Diego First Church of the Brethren 3850 Westgate Place San Diego. More Info

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LIBRARIES THREATENED AGAIN! Your help is needed now to help protect our Libraries as the City Council begins its budget preparation for Fiscal Year 2010. Budget & Finance Committee Chair Tony Young has scheduled meetings to solicit public input in preparation for the FY10 City budget. Most City departments have been asked to present the Mayor with budgets that show 15% cuts for FY10 (compared to the 10% budget cuts that were sought in the mid-term FY09 budget adjustments). Library supporters must let the Committee and Council know that Library services must be protected. The February meetings will help the Committee prioritize City services as they consider budget cuts. Please try to attend these meetings and make it clear that all San Diego Public Libraries and services are essential! Sat., February 14 & 21st and Wed & Thur., February 25th & 26th. More Info

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MARCH 15, 2009: Z-Day; The Zeitgeist Movement. www.thezeitgeistmovement.com to get more info. What we're trying to do is spread the word and have several presentations around the world on 3/15/09. In January 2009 the website will have their movies available for download along with a digital presentation. The digital presentation is to be used to present the idea of the zeitgeist movement to others. More Info

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Get FREE copy of "A Question of Power", A documentary about the resistance in San Diego against this powerline. Video Link provided here: Also attached are action items for folks to talk once they have seen the documentary. We have complimentary copies of the documentary that can be requested by emailing: thecoane5 <thecoane5@cox.net There is no charge for the DVD or the mailing.More Info

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SDCPJ HIGH SCHOOL LEAFLETING PROJECT. The SD Coalition for peace and justice high school leafleting project is still looking for volunteers. Please reply to this e-mailsjagitator@ucsd.edu if you can join us with this special outreach to Latino students as they are heavily targeted by military recruiters. Help deny the military what they need most - young men and women to send to war or call me at 619-237-8870. More Info

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90.7 KPFK PACIFICA RADIO IS BACK ON THE AIR IN SAN DIEGO.....!!!!!! KPFK is back and it is the only information and cultural programming of it's kind in San Diego. People should listen, tell others and work to keep it here in San Diego and South Orange County. More Info

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Peace Flags. Excellent for display or for Peace Rallies. Call 858.459.4650 or email TanjaWinter@ActivistSanDiego.org

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The Guerrero Azteca Project ~ www.guerreroazteca.org

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The GI Rights Hotline ~ girights.objector.org

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LA VOZ Community Events Newsletter over the last 12 years has worked towards keeping the San Diego non-profit, Latino, and community at large connected ~LA VOZ Community Events Newsletter

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This Weeks Featured Web Sites

Important SD Unified School District Survey ~ This is a survey anyone can take on your opinions about cuts to the schools. You may also help direct the district towards more humane budget cuts. www.sandi.net

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Watch new video exposing Sheriff Joe Arpaio - then sign the petition to the Department of Justice ~ www.AmericasVoiceOnline.org/SheriffJoeMustGo

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La Otra San Diego ~ otrasd.insurreccion.org

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iMAGES OF THE BORDER ~ mariposa.yosemite.net

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