March 8, 2009

 
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For however much audacity may be tethered to the concept of hope, let us be mindful that truth is more audacious still. May we find the courage, some day soon, to tell it.

-- Holder's Much Touted Speech on Race Lets White People Off the Hook by Tim Wise, CounterPunch. March 2, 2009

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Activist San Diego Monthly Meeting Third Monday each month, 7pm - Joyce Beers Community Center, 1090 Vermont, one 1/2 blocks north of University, just east of Trader Joe's in the Hillcrest Shopping Center. Call ASD early on at 619-528-8383 or cell 619-871-9354 if no answer. Everyone welcome Please join us

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ASD News and Views

THE WAR IS NOT OVER, MOBILIZE NOW!

John Lennon had a wonderful anti-war campaign declared, “War is Over”.

Most Americans probably think that Obama’s pronouncements that we are withdrawing from Iraq will mean that the war is going to be over soon. Pleaeeze! War is leaving 50,000 troops in Iraq on huge military bases with tens of thousands of military contractors to keep the oil flowing under US auspices. What happens when the private and religious armies stop receiving payments from the US military? Occupation will always be a form of war no matter what the level of hostilities.

While troops may be shipped out of Iraq many will be deployed into Afghanistan to maintain the occupation and increase conflict. Afghanistan promises to drag the Obama administration into the quicksand of regional warfare. Meanwhile the generations-old occupation of Palestine and Gaza with US tax monies. These 3 occupations fester as a raw wounds in the Middle East.

It is time for us to ramp up our activism and be increasingly visible pushing Obama and our nation away from empire and towards building a new people’s economy.

Next Monday is ASD’s General Meeting. It will focus on several aspects of war resistance including the defense of Robin Long and keeping Blackwater on the defensive. More

And critical to the local peace movement, all-out support for the Peace Mobilization on Sat. March 21st. All of us must lend our hands, hearts and mind to make sure that this march and rally will expresses our outrage at the ongoing travesty. More

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Food for Thought

Seven newly released memos from the Bush Justice Department reveal a concerted strategy to cloak the president with power to override the Constitution. The memos provide 'legal' rationales for the president to suspend freedom of speech and press; order warrantless searches and seizures, including wiretaps of US citizens; lock up US citizens indefinitely in the United States without criminal charges; send suspected terrorists to other countries where they will likely be tortured; and unilaterally abrogate treaties.

-- Memos Provide Blueprint for Police State , Marjorie Cohn

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I think essentially that the Leahy commission is an excuse for non-prosecution. It’s essentially saying, “Let’s put some stuff on the public record. Let’s immunize people. And then,” as he even said, “let’s turn the page and go forward.” That’s really an excuse for non-prosecution.

-- Michael Ratner, human right attorney and president of the Center for Constitutional Rights and author of the book The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld on Democracy Now! March 05, 2009

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Featured Activist San Diego Events

MONDAY, MARCH 16, 7PM: ASD Monthly Meeting: Resisting the War - Stepping up the Pressure Focus will be on War resistance by members of the US Military (a speaker on Robin Long's situation), Blackwater - an update on Southwest College and their relocations in San Diego and building-up to March 21 rally/demonstration. Activist San Diego Monthly Meetings are now the THIRD Monday each month. Joyce Beers Community Center, 1090 Vermont, one 1/2 blocks north of University, (just east of Trader Joe's in the Hillcrest Shopping Center). Everyone welcome Please join us. 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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Featured Activist Events for the Upcoming Week

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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SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 12PM: Ghana Independence Day - Free Event! Where: WorldBeat Center 2100 Park Blvd. San Diego. What: 52nd Independence Day Anniversary of Ghana. Guest Speaker: Dr. Dora Akuette Saforo, MD. After years of suffering under British colonial rule, Ghana known as the Gold Coast became the first African State to achieve independence in 1957. Come and enjoy best Ghanaian Music and Dishes! More Info

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SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 12PM: MID CITY I Love To Bike St. Patrick’s Day BIKE RIDE. 1130am Meet at City Heights Farmers’ Market (Wightman & 43rd) Short, Comfortable Ride. We are having our second installment of the monthly bike ride, this one focusing on Azalea Park. We'll be meeting at 11:30 and leaving on the ride at 12:00 noon. Please pass on the information and wear green! It's gonna be a St. Patrick's day theme.... On Wightman St. between Fairmount and 43rd St. San Diego. More Info

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MONDAY, MARCH 16, 7PM: ASD Monthly Meeting: Resisting the War - Stepping up the Pressure Focus will be on War resistance by members of the US Military (a speaker on Robin Long's situation), Blackwater - an update on Southwest College and their relocations in San Diego and building-up to March 21 rally/demonstration. Activist San Diego Monthly Meetings are now the THIRD Monday each month. Joyce Beers Community Center, 1090 Vermont, one 1/2 blocks north of University, (just east of Trader Joe's in the Hillcrest Shopping Center). Everyone welcome Please join us. More info

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR MARCH INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATIONS: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego. 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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“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

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, 7:30AM: The Fifth Annual International Women’s Day Breakfast. Celebrates Powerful Voices in Peacebuilding Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice University of San Diego. Room A*. Celebrate international voices in peacebuilding and report on the 53rd annual session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations in New York. 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 21, 6:30PM: Celebrating World Water Day w/ FLOW the Movie. WorldBeat Center 2100 Park Blvd. San Diego. What: World Water Day Celebration. Feat: "FLOW" The Movie. World Water Day will focus on water, gender and poverty alleviation. Water and sanitation are critical factors to alleviate poverty and hunger, for sustainable development, for environmental integrity, and for human health. 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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SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 11AM: ACLU'S Action Summit: Reclaiming Our Voices. Keynote Speaker: Rep. John Lewis from Atlanta! Please register today for the ACLU's biannual membership mobilization. We gather our members, friends, and allies in the community for a mobilization conference to restore our constitution and fight for equal rights for all people. We are especially pleased to announce that Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon, gifted orator, and principled member of Congress representing Atlanta will deliver the keynote address to fire up our audience! 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

TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 7PM: Free screening of Bill Maher's 'RELIGULOUS.' At Lestat's West, 3339 Adams Ave. (about 5 blocks east of 30th and Adams (next to Lestat's Coffeehouse)). 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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SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 8PM: Conscious Revolution concert. Where: WorldBeat Cultural Center 2100 Park Blvd. Balboa Park. San Diego's World Beat Center and Sarva Dharma Productions will showcase top headlining World/Reggae/Pop/R&B/Spoken Word artist from the west coast Conscious Revolution music collective. Featured will be Los Angeles based groups "Cipe's & the People" with special guests "Luminaries". In addition, vegetarian / raw food visionary speakers, Drum & Dance Ensemble and top west coast visionary artist Lindsay Swan of Laguna Beach and Davin from San Francisco will be presenting a multi media art display. Raw vegan cuisine from "World Famous Prophets Restaurant." 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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FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 8:30PM: ANTHONY B live in concert! WorldBeat Center 2100 Park Blvd. San Diego. What: Reggae Superstar ANTHONY B Live in Concert! 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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THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 6PM: REGGAE SCHOOL w/ Clive Chin. Where: WorldBeat Center 2100 Park Blvd. San Diego. What: Teach the Youth: A Vintage Reggae Presentation by Clive Chin. This unique event presents legendary reggae producer Clive Chin selecting vinyl hits from Randy's studio with an accompanying Power Point multi-media demonstration. More Info

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Alerts, Announcements, and Happenings

Announcements / Workshops

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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SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 6:30PM: Life Force With Raw Living Foods. WorldBeat Center 2100 Park Blvd. San Diego. Lecture by Dr. Brian Clement of the Hippocrates Health Institute. Free Admission. Escaping fad diets and food myths. Healing starts with our beliefs. Nature's gift to our health. How our food becomes medicine. A pure food strategy for longevity. Create your own health support system. More Info

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SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 1:30PM: Electing Women Seminar presented by Run Women Run & VOX Voices for Planned Parenthood, UCSD Chapter. Learn the ins and outs of running for public office from Hon. Dede Alpert, Hon. Midge Costanza, Hon. Crystal Crawford, Hon. Mary Salas, and Hon. Lynn Schenk; moderated by Barbara Bry. Institute of the Americas Complex, Hojel Auditorium, UCSD. More Info

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SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 6:30PM: ReBuild Green - Freeing Ourselves from the Traps of Terror & Dept. Lecture. Where: WorldBeat Center 2100 Park Blvd. San Diego. Join a likewise global movement of concerned citizens who are waking up to realities. Learn about solutions that can help us to combat the 'economic meltdown', gain control of resources, and survive and even prosper, as we reclaim our creative purpose. Learn about alternatives that are already thriving in greater San Diego and elsewhere--Community Gardens, Farmers' Markets, Renewable Energy, Complimentary Currencies, and more… with Two Guest Speakers Don Paul and Ellen Brown. More Info

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APRIL 17TH - APRIL 27TH: Qi Gong 2 week Workshops, Lectures & Healing. Where: WorldBeat Center - San Diego and Tijuana - Ensenada. Mexico. Tian Gong is a profound method of Qi Gong energy work, which goes beyond gentle exercises for health and well-being. Our goal is to help you integrate your body, mind & soul through meditation, gentle movement, sound healing, Taoist alchemy & spiritual wisdom from both the Eastern & Western cultures. More Info

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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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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

WorldBeat Center in Balboa Park ~ worldbeatcenter.org

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