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Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
-- Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

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Isn't it about time we took our principles seriously?
Some say that this once great nation has falling away from it's principles it was founded upon. Many people on the Left and the Right hold that there is a serious erosion to our constitution taking place with policies and practices that are a direct contravention of the Amendments and the Bill of Rights. However, many who have studied beyond the high school history text book will point to the fact that if such principles and protected freedoms are rooted in the founding of this country, they didn't sprout for everyone (the indigenous, indentured servants, slaves, African Americans, women, workers, immigrants, etc.).
Why is this? Because the institutions of power have historically been controlled by the kind of people who wrote the Constitution and Bill of Rights and they have not forgotten its meaning nor who it was written for; the owning class. Understanding this, is essential to realizing that there is a big difference between the 'ideology' of the United States and the reality of the United States (or the disconnect between the United States professed theory and actual practice).
A wise professor once said, you are not really educated until you have read The Prince by Machiavelli (principle techniques for the strategy and tactics of dividing and conquering as a way to control people) and essays numbers 10 and 51 from the Federalist Papers (James Madison's description of the proposed U. S. governing system's design to appear democratic and equitable to the masses while actually being always protective of the owning class' interests).
Understanding the thesis of these texts gives us the ability to realize that as much as we put hope in the hierarchy of the most powerful institutions in this country (government, corporations, financial institutions, etc.), there is something stacked against us and our efforts to make the principles of this country real. And that if we organize in an attempt to make our lives better based on the ideology of American freedom as opposed to the reality of American freedom, we are likely to put our efforts into a practice that is set up to only recreate a freedom and equality that is not real but part of America's ideology.
Knowing about our history is essential to being effective in our analysis and understanding of what we as working and caring U. S. citizens seek to challenge in this current context of the owning class' financial plunder of our money and resources. Radical social movements have always sought the root of the problems they address. And they have based their practice/organizing on the principles that most people in this country believe to be the defining features of why they think of their selves as Americans.
Confronting the hard to look at truth of the disconnect between U. S. mentality and U. S. reality can help to achieve the collection of goals we seek in our effort to build a future that is based on a vision of making our principles real. If not now, when…; if not this way, how…? Let's do something if you really want to make America real…..
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At the same time, Israelis must acknowledge that just as Israel’s right to exist cannot be denied, neither can Palestine’s. The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements. This construction violates previous agreements and undermines efforts to achieve peace. It is time for these settlements to stop.
-- President Obama, Cairo University, June 4, 2009
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TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 7PM: Activist San Diego Film Series Presents: The Take. Where: 8Teen Art & Cultural Center 3925 Ohio St., North Park. In the wake of Argentina's dramatic economic collapse in 2001, Argentine workers face off against the bosses, bankers and a whole system that sees their beloved factories as nothing more than scrap metal for sale. All they want is to restart the silent machines, but this simple act The Take has the power to turn the globalization debate on its head. This film documents a great case study in the power of working people's ability to come together in the face of an economic crisis in order to change their lives and their communities for the better. More Info
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MONDAY, JUNE 22, 7PM: ASD General Meeting: Social Justice "Ice Cream" Social for Activists. Potluck Dinner at Joyce Beers Community Center 1220 Cleveland Street, Hillcrest, San Diego. Network and meet people from Marriage Equality, Single Payer, Immigration, Affordable Housing, Youth, anti-racism, labor, environmental and other social justice movements. Together to discuss collectively; "What can we do to raise the level of coordinated action and activism in San Diego?" More Info
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MONDAY, JUNE 8, 8:15AM: Court Support For Medicinal Marijuana Patient Eugene Davidovich. My name is Eugene Davidovich and I am a medical cannabis patient. On February 3rd my house was raided and I was arrested in Operation GreenRx disguised as Operation Endless Summer This was a clear and direct attempt to shut down all distribution of medical cannabis in San Diego County between patients under the disguise of an undercover drug sting operation. Please join me in the struggle to collectively cultivate, possess, and distribute medical cannabis in San Diego County without fear of prosecution. The preliminary hearing in my case will be held in the San Diego Superior Court (200 W. Broadway, San Diego CA) in Department 11. I would sincerely appreciate your support in court that day! More Info
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TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 7PM: Activist San Diego Film Series Presents: The Take. Where: 8Teen Art & Cultural Center 3925 Ohio St., North Park. In the wake of Argentina's dramatic economic collapse in 2001, Argentine workers face off against the bosses, bankers and a whole system that sees their beloved factories as nothing more than scrap metal for sale. All they want is to restart the silent machines, but this simple act The Take has the power to turn the globalization debate on its head. This film documents a great case study in the power of working people's ability to come together in the face of an economic crisis in order to change their lives and their communities for the better. More Info
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, NOON: Healthcare Insurance for One Million Children on Cutting Block!! Come Rally With The San Diego Organizing Project To Oppose the Governor's Cuts to Healthcare Insurance for One Million Children . Where: State of California Building 1350 Front Street. More Info
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SATURDAY, SUNDAY, JUNE 14 & 15th: Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth - Richard Gage, AIA in San Diego Richard Gage, AIA, a practicing architect for more than 20 years, will present research and data supported by hundreds of architects, physicists, chemists, structural, civil, mechanical and chemical engineers, and many other professionals calling for a new, independent investigation into the atrocities of 9/11. Sat. June 13, 2:30PM: Encinitas Public Library 540 Cornish Drive. Informal reception to follow 5pm E Street C@fe 130 West "E" Street, Encinitas. Sun. June 14, 6:30PM: Joyce Beers Center 3900 Vermont St., San Diego. More Info
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EVERY SATURDAY 11AM-12:30PM: Ongoing Puppy Mill Protest. San Diego Stop Puppy Mills Group. If you love your pets. If you believe they should be treated humanely. We need you to Stand With Us. ***P e t W o r k s P e t S t o r e*** Grossmont Center Shopping Mall near the food court, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., La Mesa. 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 2PM: 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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SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 1PM: Somali Family Service Health Fair in Honor of World Refugee Day. City Heights Community Park, South of the City Heights/Weingart Branch Library at 3795 Fairmount Ave., SD. There will be free health screenings and educational speakers, authentic East African food, cultural entertainment and a fashion show. More Info
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MONDAY, JUNE 22, 7PM: ASD General Meeting: Social Justice "Ice Cream" Social for Activists. Potluck Dinner at Joyce Beers Community Center 1220 Cleveland Street, Hillcrest, San Diego. Network and meet people from Marriage Equality, Single Payer, Immigration, Affordable Housing, Youth, anti-racism, labor, environmental and other social justice movements. Together to discuss collectively; "What can we do to raise the level of coordinated action and activism in San Diego?" More Info
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SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 6PM: Evening on the Nile - A Nile Sisters Fundraiser on National Refugee Day! On refugee and Immigrant day, WorldBeat Center will host a Nile Sister fundraiser; a non profit organization that helps refugee women and their families in San Diego County overcome barriers to social and economically self-reliant through education, training, and support. More Info
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 9AM-NOON: 25th Aniversary California Coastal Cleanup Day. Mark your calendar for the biggest volunteer cleanup event in San Diego County and join together with your community in keeping our ocean, coastlines and waterways clean and free of debris. Location: Over 70 sites throughout the county. More Info
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TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 8PM: SLY and ROBBIE and The Taxi Gang and special guests Heavyweight Dub Champion and Roots Covenant! Live in Concert at Ital Vital WorldBeat Cultural Center. $15 ADV. More Info
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FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 7:30PM: Documentary Screening: Race is the Place. Movies that Matter, the new documentary series at the Centro Cultural de la Raza screens Race is the Place, a no holds barred look at race, dialog and identity in the US, by spoken word artists and performers such as Kate Rigg, Ahmed Ahmed, Danny Hoch and James Luna. Guest artists to be announced. Doors at 7 pm, screening at 7:30 pm. $5 donation requested. More Info
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SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2PM: Free Screening: “Happy-go-Lucky." Directed by Mike Leigh; Origin: UK (118 min) A look at a few chapters in the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful, North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her. Special introduction by film critic Beth Accomondo! San Diego Public Library at 820 E Street, San Diego in the 3rd Floor Auditorium. More Info
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FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 8:30PM: Bushman w/ Detour Posse - Jamaican Reggae Ico n Live! Bushman is currently one of the strongest voices coming out of Jamaica. He is called the musical medicine man. His lyrics are positive, conscious, uplifting and inspirational. He hopes that his music will bring joy and strength to the people who hear it. Bushman is focused on healing and making people feel better with the power of song. Live in Concert at Ital Vital WorldBeat Cultural Center. More Info
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SUNDAY, JULY 19, 2PM: Free Screening: The Sensation Of Sight." Directed by Aaron J. Weiderspahn; Origin: USA (134 min) This off-beat drama about man's search for meaning amidst the ache of despair chronicles Finn, an English teacher entering a mid-life crisis impelled by a recent tragedy, as he sets afoot selling encyclopedias to the town locals. Special introduction by film critic David Elliot! San Diego Public Library at 820 E Street, San Diego in the 3rd Floor Auditorium. More Info
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THURSDAY, JULY 23, 8PM: Haile Selassie I Celebration 2009 Celebrating Makeda Dread Birthday Bash!! Featuring THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS Live in Concert! at Ital Vital WorldBeat Cultural Center. Tickets onsale Now! More Info
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MAY 21 – JUNE 14, 2009: Mo`olelo Performing Arts Presents Good Boys by Jane Martin. In residence at La Jolla Playhouse Two fathers. A school shooting. Eight years later, how do we forgive? Good Boys is the story of two men, one black and one white, who meet eight years after a school shooting in which their both sons died, one a victim and the other the shooter. As the fathers search for understanding and viciously cast blame, they confront difficult questions about bullying, vengeance, responsibility, loss, grief, and hope. Is it possible to heal? Mo`olelo's second production as the Inaugural Resident Theatre Company at La Jolla Playhouse. More Info
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Announcements / Workshops
IMMEDIATE HELP FOR LORI BERENSON - Political Prisoner in Peru. Lori is in her 8th month of pregnancy and very excited and busy preparing for the birth. Unfortunately the pregnancy has exacerbated her back pain and she expects to have back surgery as soon as appropriate after the baby is born. REQUEST FOR IMMEDIATE HELP Call President Obama and Write to Secretary of State Clinton. Lori has now served 13 years and 5 months of her 20-year sentence. She has been a model prisoner and she is eligible for conditional liberty in November 2010. However, given the precarious nature of her health and the forthcoming birth of her baby, we will be urging President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton to secure Lori’s immediate release. 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 ~ www.girightshotline.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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First Person Arts Seeks In These Hard Times Stories From Around the Country ~ The website for the contest is: www.firstpersonamerica.org
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Noam Chomsky on Torture, Imperialism & History ~ hnn.us/roundup/entries/85898.html
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