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Activist San Diego ELECTIONS for the 2020-2021 Board of Directors

Continuing ASD Board Members for 2020-2021 term:
• Setche Kwamu-Nan (She/Hers) ASD Board Chairperson setchenana1989@gmail.com
• Casey Hickenbottom (He/Him) ASD VP caseyhick@hotmail.com
• East Coast ( John William) (He/Him) ASD Youth & Homeless advocate johnwilliam1350@gmail.com
• Martin Eder (He/Him) ASD Treasurer activistsd@gmail.com
• Patricia Murphy (She/hers) murphsurfny@yahoo.com, Interim ASD Board member ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

New Candidates for the ASD Board to be voted on Sept. 21 @ 7 PM
Ajara Boulibekova (She/hers) M.A. PolSci, aboulibekova@gmail.com,
Statement pending due to email snafu…

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Yusef Miller (He/Him) yusefm@hotmail.com
Past participation in ASD and KNSJ and other activist orgs
*I have been actively involved in support of justice orgs throughout San Diego and in the counties as a Speaker, at rallies or am an ally in parades and marches. Founder of Mosques Against Trafficking, Co-Founder of The North County Equity & Justice Coalition and Member of the Racial Justice Coalition of San Diego.
Upon retirement from the Armed Service, filled my time with Social Justice activities, first though Interfaith teams, Escondido Together, Poway Interfaith Team(POINT), San Diego Regional Interfaith Collaborative(SDRIC),..as well as the District Attorney’s Interfaith Advisory Council and the San Diego Anti-Hate Crimes Coalition…fighting disparities on all fronts, Race, Religion, Gender, Immigration Status… Just to name a few.
I have also been invited as a guest speaker on KNSJ Alafia.

Vision for ASD and KNSJ:
* My vision is for ASD & KNSJ to increase its countywide reach to a regular source of support information to marginalized groups. ASD and KNSJ have a unique opportunity as combined, yet independent venues to amplify the voice of the muffled masses shouting for Justice.

Why running and time commitment/level of participation in ASD & KNSJ
* I am running because I believe in ASD & KNSJ's mission, which is in line with my own. I have been impressed with the unapologetic courage and the goal of the people who staff the teams, and hope to serve as one of their numbers.

Resources and funds pledging to attract to ASD and KNSJ
*Answer: l pledge the resource of my humble but wide network of like-minded allies, to encourage as all to fortify or united front; as a protection from the "divide and conquer" strategy. Aim to include ASD in RJC-SD, NAACP, East County Justice Coalition, and North County Civil Liberties Coalition, and many more.
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Josie Caballero (She/her) josiecaballerosd@gmail.com
My entire adult life has been focused on fighting for justice. My childhood prepared me for my life of service. I faced a great deal of discrimination attending a majority white school. As a Latino, my intelligence was often discounted or outright ignored. I faced a great deal of discrimination attending a majority white school. As a Latino, my intelligence was often discounted or outright ignored. I served six honorable years, deploying four and a half times in the hostile waters of the Persian Gulf as part of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. It was during this time that I became intimately acquainted with the horrors of war and saw firsthand the loss of life that came as a consequence of my contributions to the war effort. I made a conscious decision then to fight for a world without wars and end the needless loss of life. This desire drives me to this very day. After being honorably discharged, I chose to make San Diego my home and pursue a Political Science degree with an emphasis in American Politics and Philosophy from San Diego State University. This opened the doors to my life as an activist, where I have been focused on helping progressives get elected since my days as the President of the SDSU College Democrats. I would go on to found the San Diego Progressive Democratic Club in 2015 and in 2016 would serve as a national delegate for Bernie for District 53. I have served as a delegate to the California Democratic Party and have been a member of the San Diego County Democratic Central Committee for 5 years. My name is Josie Caballero, and I have been a progressive leader in San Diego for several years. I’m a US veteran and have seen the horrors of war. My experience in the U.S. Navy has informed my position as an antiwar activist. I am also the proud founder of the SanDiego progressives Democratic club, one of the largest democratic clubs chartered by the San Diego County Democratic Party. I am a political consultant by trade, and I have run for political office for San Diego city council district seven, and I recently ran for US Congress in District 53. I have recently come out as a trans woman here in San Diego a little over two months ago. As a member of the trans community, I understand the marginalization of transgender people across this country. I have known difficulty as a Latina and someone who was not born into wealth. I am a proud socialist, and I will bring my values and experience to Activist San Diego.

A) Your past participation in ASD & KNSJ and other activists
org?

I have been involved with ASD for about 5 years as an activist attending events, actions and meetings. I have also had the honor of being a guest for many programs on KNSJ. I’m also the founder of the San Diego Progressive Democratic Club. I’ve also been active I multiple organizations as a member and board member.

B) What is your vision for ASD & KNSJ?

My vision for ASD is for it to be an organizational powerhouse that will mobilize 1000’s of activist in San Diego for actions across San Diego.

I also want ASD to have an active phone bank program that is designed to contact 100,000’s of San Diego to expand membership and donor base.

Ultimately I want to see ASD modeled across the state then the country.

As for KNSJ I would love to see it each expanded by being more active on YouTube/Podcast and other major broadcast platforms to increase monetization (I suggest that we bring in a new media consultant to accomplish this).

C) Why are you running and what will be your time commitment/level of participation in ASD & KNSJ?

I’m running because I see a huge opportunity for ASD to grow more influential as this moment in history continues to be more fascist and authoritarian. The growth of ASD in my opinion should be a vital voice in these troubling times as more and more people get angry ASD has the opportunity to recruit and mobilize new community activist. The foundation that ASD has set has created a vehicle for new and innovative strategies for the new community activist in San Diego. I would be honored to help steer this organization in that new direction.

D) What resources and funds are you pledging to attract to ASD & KNSJ?
I will be contributing my expertise of six years of political experience and consulting abilities. I will utilize my connections and my resources to ensure that ASD and KNSJ have the expertise know how to solidify the new direction for our organization.

Best,

Josie Caballero

NOTE: Josie and her partner are backpacking in New Mexico and she was unable to submit all in time to publish here.

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Patricia Murphy (She/hers) murphsurfny@yahoo.com, Interim ASD Board member to be affirmed by the ASD Membership vote.

I have attended meetings of Activist San Diego since 2015. The initial experience revealed to me that I was lacking recent experience of really hearing and seeing activism in action. The concepts and beliefs I held on were within me on an intellectual level, but it had been an exceptionally long time since I expressed myself and engaged in activism. I was both humbled and intimidated but continued to attend whenever I could do so.
In 2016, due to the ascendancy of our current United States President, I joined a group of San Diego women activists who had a plan for creating and fulfilling opposition to the Trump administration. For nearly two years, in San Diego, there was active opposition. My group of colleagues focused on education and on protests. I learned a great deal and became comfortable with being oppositional.
My background as a Mid-Western Catholic had both yin and yang. In the era of the 60s and 70s I was incredibly pleased to see that certain Catholic figures had become rebellious in terms of expression and lifestyle. The Berrigan Brothers, both priests were examples for me to emulate. The Catholic Church which I attend throughout the mid- sixties, while still rigid, did have a wave of individuals and groups who were concerned about war, poverty, women’s rights, and male domination. The formal church did much to ignore these groups, but many Catholics were moved by the renaissance and many left the Church formally. I was of the latter persuasion.
While I was not comfortable openly protesting, I did attended action concerning the Vietnam War. The pain of that era was deep and divisive. Followed by Nixon and his antics during the early seventies, I had converted to a more radical mental state. My Irish and Polish Catholic family was torn by the war but I could not express my new found state to them as I knew that they would not quite understand their rogue daughter.
In 1978, I was completing a Masters’ Degree in Counseling Psychology and a one-year internship in Family Therapy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, all set to start a private practice in psychotherapy. I had been a Registered Nurse for nearly twenty years and mainly worked in Psychiatry but was looking to leave the profession and do counseling work exclusively. At about that time, I heard that there was a nascent movement of individuals on the East Coast formed to take a deep look at the plight of people dying …particularly in hospitals. I had always wanted to improve and inform the way people died in this country. I have witnessed terrible situations where dying people were neglected, dying without family present and in dying in the last bed in a long hospital corridor… far away from Medical staff who sometimes chose to withdraw as they had had little education about the dynamics of death. So, I spent a year in a weekly Buddhist training focused on dying. I then Traveled England to examine their Hospices and then in 1980 had a formal role in developing Hospice in the United States.
Over time, I was on many National and State Boards concerning hospice Federal and State regulations and practice. A Hospice Medicare Benefit was created in 1981 after much negotiating with the Federal Government. Hospice went on to garner great success throughout the USA. I worked in 5 states as a Hospice Executive and continued to assist Hospice Public Policy. In all of those states I was an officer of the State Hospice Organization and am very proud to say that I was the President of the California Hospice Organization, the largest Hospice Organization in the country. My career was interesting and fulfilling.
Once I retired in 2016, I sought to belong to organizations which fed my soul so I could continue to do good works. Found that I am more a worker than a retiree so I floated in and out of various orgs and did not have a feeling of satisfaction about most of my volunteer work.
I took me a while to understand that there very few soulful organizations dedicated to both intellectual and spiritual growth for members. It was a complete accident really that I found Activist and bonded with several members. The sense of unconditional acceptance of each other is wonderful. There is transparency. The leadership style is laid back but effective. Truth and altruism are paramount. Equality is the rule.
I was a member of the Board of Directors of Activist in 2019 but resigned due to a private issue with one individual. That individual is no longer in the organization.
It feels good to be back.
I admire, Martin, our strong leader, and appreciate his wisdom and ability to let go of ego. Activist is a place to come not to be judged but to be accepted.
I cannot quite believe that I have much to offer to the organization intellectually but hope that my words are helpful. When they are not, I am willing to hear that and learn.
It is a privilege to be asked to be on the Board during a time of renewal and discovery. I wish to contribute in a meaningful way. Patricia Murphy

Activist San Diego ELECTIONS for the 2020-2021 Board of Directors
Continuing ASD Board Members for 2020-2021 term:
• Setche Kwamu-Nan (She/Hers) ASD Board Chairperson setchenana1989@gmail.com
• Casey Hickenbottom (He/Him) ASD VP caseyhick@hotmail.com
• East Coast ( John William) (He/Him) ASD Youth & Homeless advocate johnwilliam1350@gmail.com
• Martin Eder (He/Him) ASD Treasurer activistsd@gmail.com
• Patricia Murphy (She/hers) murphsurfny@yahoo.com, Interim ASD Board member ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
New Candidates for the ASD Board to be voted on Sept. 21 @ 7 PM
Ajara Boulibekova (She/hers) M.A. PolSci, aboulibekova@gmail.com,
Statement pending due to email snafu…
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Yusef Miller (He/Him) yusefm@hotmail.com
Past participation in ASD and KNSJ and other activist orgs
*I have been actively involved in support of justice orgs throughout San Diego and in the counties as a Speaker, at rallies or am an ally in parades and marches. Founder of Mosques Against Trafficking, Co-Founder of The North County Equity & Justice Coalition and Member of the Racial Justice Coalition of San Diego.
Upon retirement from the Armed Service, filled my time with Social Justice activities, first though Interfaith teams, Escondido Together, Poway Interfaith Team(POINT), San Diego Regional Interfaith Collaborative(SDRIC),..as well as the District Attorney’s Interfaith Advisory Council and the San Diego Anti-Hate Crimes Coalition…fighting disparities on all fronts, Race, Religion, Gender, Immigration Status… Just to name a few.
I have also been invited as a guest speaker on KNSJ Alafia.

Vision for ASD and KNSJ:
* My vision is for ASD & KNSJ to increase its countywide reach to a regular source of support information to marginalized groups. ASD and KNSJ have a unique opportunity as combined, yet independent venues to amplify the voice of the muffled masses shouting for Justice.

Why running and time commitment/level of participation in ASD & KNSJ
* I am running because I believe in ASD & KNSJ's mission, which is in line with my own. I have been impressed with the unapologetic courage and the goal of the people who staff the teams, and hope to serve as one of their numbers.

Resources and funds pledging to attract to ASD and KNSJ
*Answer: l pledge the resource of my humble but wide network of like-minded allies, to encourage as all to fortify or united front; as a protection from the "divide and conquer" strategy. Aim to include ASD in RJC-SD, NAACP, East County Justice Coalition, and North County Civil Liberties Coalition, and many more.

Josie Caballero (She/her) josiecaballerosd@gmail.com
My entire adult life has been focused on fighting for justice. My childhood prepared me for my life of service. I faced a great deal of discrimination attending a majority white school. As a Latino, my intelligence was often discounted or outright ignored. I faced a great deal of discrimination attending a majority white school. As a Latino, my intelligence was often discounted or outright ignored. I served six honorable years, deploying four and a half times in the hostile waters of the Persian Gulf as part of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. It was during this time that I became intimately acquainted with the horrors of war and saw firsthand the loss of life that came as a consequence of my contributions to the war effort. I made a conscious decision then to fight for a world without wars and end the needless loss of life. This desire drives me to this very day. After being honorably discharged, I chose to make San Diego my home and pursue a Political Science degree with an emphasis in American Politics and Philosophy from San Diego State University. This opened the doors to my life as an activist, where I have been focused on helping progressives get elected since my days as the President of the SDSU College Democrats. I would go on to found the San Diego Progressive Democratic Club in 2015 and in 2016 would serve as a national delegate for Bernie for District 53. I have served as a delegate to the California Democratic Party and have been a member of the San Diego County Democratic Central Committee for 5 years. Ran for election to the U.S. House to Representative in 2020 California's 53rd Congressional District; was a candidate for the nonpartisan District 7 seat on the San Diego City Council in California. 2016.
It’s been six months since I started my medical transition with hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
NOTE: Josie and her partner are backpacking in New Mexico and she was unable to submit all in time to publish here.

Patricia Murphy (She/hers) murphsurfny@yahoo.com, Interim ASD Board member to be affirmed by the ASD Membership vote.
I have attended meetings of Activist San Diego since 2015. The initial experience revealed to me that I was lacking recent experience of really hearing and seeing activism in action. The concepts and beliefs I held on were within me on an intellectual level, but it had been an exceptionally long time since I expressed myself and engaged in activism. I was both humbled and intimidated but continued to attend whenever I could do so.
In 2016, due to the ascendency of our current United States President, I joined a group of San Diego women activists who had a plan for creating and fulfilling opposition to the Trump administration. For nearly two years, in San Diego, there was active opposition. My group of colleagues focused on education and on protests. I learned a great deal and became comfortable with being oppositional.
My background as a Mid-Western Catholic had both yin and yang. In the era of the 60s and 70s I was incredibly pleased to see that certain Catholic figures had become rebellious in terms of expression and lifestyle. The Berrigan Brothers, both priests were examples for me to emulate. The Catholic Church which I attend throughout the mid- sixties, while still rigid, did have a wave of individuals and groups who were concerned about war, poverty, women’s rights, and male domination. The formal church did much to ignore these groups, but many Catholics were moved by the renaissance and many left the Church formally. I was of the latter persuasion.
While I was not comfortable openly protesting, I did attended action concerning the Vietnam War. The pain of that era was deep and divisive. Followed by Nixon and his antics during the early seventies, I had converted to a more radical mental state. My Irish and Polish Catholic family was torn by the war but I could not express my new found state to them as I knew that they would not quite understand their rogue daughter.
In 1978, I was completing a Masters’ Degree in Counseling Psychology and a one-year internship in Family Therapy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, all set to start a private practice in psychotherapy. I had been a Registered Nurse for nearly twenty years and mainly worked in Psychiatry but was looking to leave the profession and do counseling work exclusively. At about that time, I heard that there was a nascent movement of individuals on the East Coast formed to take a deep look at the plight of people dying …particularly in hospitals. I had always wanted to improve and inform the way people died in this country. I have witnessed terrible situations where dying people were neglected, dying without family present and in dying in the last bed in a long hospital corridor… far away from Medical staff who sometimes chose to withdraw as they had had little education about the dynamics of death. So, I spent a year in a weekly Buddhist training focused on dying. I then Traveled England to examine their Hospices and then in 1980 had a formal role in developing Hospice in the United States.
Over time, I was on many National and State Boards concerning hospice Federal and State regulations and practice. A Hospice Medicare Benefit was created in 1981 after much negotiating with the Federal Government. Hospice went on to garner great success throughout the USA. I worked in 5 states as a Hospice Executive and continued to assist Hospice Public Policy. In all of those states I was an officer of the State Hospice Organization and am very proud to say that I was the President of the California Hospice Organization, the largest Hospice Organization in the country. My career was interesting and fulfilling.
Once I retired in 2016, I sought to belong to organizations which fed my soul so I could continue to do good works. Found that I am more a worker than a retiree so I floated in and out of various orgs and did not have a feeling of satisfaction about most of my volunteer work.
I took me a while to understand that there very few soulful organizations dedicated to both intellectual and spiritual growth for members. It was a complete accident really that I found Activist and bonded with several members. The sense of unconditional acceptance of each other is wonderful. There is transparency. The leadership style is laid back but effective. Truth and altruism are paramount. Equality is the rule.
I was a member of the Board of Directors of Activist in 2019 but resigned due to a private issue with one individual. That individual is no longer in the organization.
It feels good to be back.
I admire, Martin, our strong leader, and appreciate his wisdom and ability to let go of ego. Activist is a place to come not to be judged but to be accepted.
I cannot quite believe that I have much to offer to the organization intellectually but hope that my words are helpful. When they are not, I am willing to hear that and learn.
It is a privilege to be asked to be on the Board during a time of renewal and discovery. I wish to contribute in a meaningful way. Patricia Murphy
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Michael Vegas, (He/Him) michael.vegas.mussman@gmail.com

Hello, my name is Michael Vegas, and I would like to contribute my skills to the Board of Activist
San Diego. I’m a playwright, and together with my husband Patricio, I own a small business
caring for elderly people in their homes. We live in the Middletown neighborhood, right next to
the airport, with our dog Mathilde.

My Past Participation
Recently I was approached by Setche Kwamu-Nana, who was spearheading the Board’s effort
to develop a new mission and values for ASD. She asked me to participate in the process, and I
was glad to help.
I’ve never been one to sit back and complain about politics. I prefer to speak up, get involved,
and take action.
Since I moved to San Diego in 2004, I have been politically engaged and volunteered in several
causes that matter. I’ve canvassed for local candidates, including Toni Atkins, Todd Gloria,
Nathan Fletcher, and Stephen Whitburn. I have volunteered with Serving Seniors, providing
meals to elderly people in the community. I joined Amnesty International and helped our local
group get a spot in the annual Pride Parade. Before the US Supreme Court decided to
recognize our marriage, I worked with an organization called Immigration Equality to fight for
same-sex couples to immigrate to this country.
By far my most rewarding experience was volunteering with a group called the Burrito Boyz,
where we met every Sunday morning, made breakfast burritos, and delivered them to hundreds
of people at 13th and K street downtown.

My Vision for ASD and KNSJ
My vision is for a community that takes risks and fights for what we believe. I believe that ASD
can and should become the most influential public organization in San Diego county. Big
corporations, developers, and lobbyists have a ton of influence around here. Why shouldn’t the
people have just as much power?
So I want to build up ASD, to make it a force to be reckoned with. No city council member
should cast a vote without hearing what ASD members have to say. If we can tap into the
passions and talents of our city’s 1.4 million citizens, then I’m confident we can create a clean,
healthy, and sustainable place to live.

Why I’m Running, and a Pledge
ASD could use a big dose of adrenaline, and I’m bringing the needle.
I have a Master degree in Organizational Management, and more than seven years’ experience in marketing and public relations, so I know how to get the word out and attract attention to a cause. Also, my husband and I belong to a large network of successful business owners and philanthropists, some of whom like to host fundraisers and contribute significant funds. I am specifically interested in the role of Secretary of the Board. I would like to see our meetings run efficiently and result in positive action.
In addition to attending Board meetings, I will write emails, flyers, and other communications. I
will help organize public events and demonstrations. If elected, I will devote at least two hours
each week to ASD, not including time spent in regular board meetings. My skills and my time
are at your disposal.
In conclusion, if you want to see ASD grow and thrive, then I am here for you. Vote for Michael
Vegas to join the Board of Activist San Diego.
Thank you!

Michael Vegas, (He/Him) michael.vegas.mussman@gmail.com

Hello, my name is Michael Vegas, and I would like to contribute my skills to the Board of Activist
San Diego. I’m a playwright, and together with my husband Patricio, I own a small business
caring for elderly people in their homes. We live in the Middletown neighborhood, right next to
the airport, with our dog Mathilde.

My Past Participation
Recently I was approached by Setche Kwamu-Nana, who was spearheading the Board’s effort
to develop a new mission and values for ASD. She asked me to participate in the process, and I
was glad to help.
I’ve never been one to sit back and complain about politics. I prefer to speak up, get involved,
and take action.
Since I moved to San Diego in 2004, I have been politically engaged and volunteered in several
causes that matter. I’ve canvassed for local candidates, including Toni Atkins, Todd Gloria,
Nathan Fletcher, and Stephen Whitburn. I have volunteered with Serving Seniors, providing
meals to elderly people in the community. I joined Amnesty International and helped our local
group get a spot in the annual Pride Parade. Before the US Supreme Court decided to
recognize our marriage, I worked with an organization called Immigration Equality to fight for
same-sex couples to immigrate to this country.
By far my most rewarding experience was volunteering with a group called the Burrito Boyz,
where we met every Sunday morning, made breakfast burritos, and delivered them to hundreds
of people at 13th and K street downtown.

My Vision for ASD and KNSJ
My vision is for a community that takes risks and fights for what we believe. I believe that ASD
can and should become the most influential public organization in San Diego county. Big
corporations, developers, and lobbyists have a ton of influence around here. Why shouldn’t the
people have just as much power?
So I want to build up ASD, to make it a force to be reckoned with. No city council member
should cast a vote without hearing what ASD members have to say. If we can tap into the
passions and talents of our city’s 1.4 million citizens, then I’m confident we can create a clean,
healthy, and sustainable place to live.

Why I’m Running, and a Pledge
ASD could use a big dose of adrenaline, and I’m bringing the needle.
I have a Master degree in Organizational Management, and more than seven years’ experience in marketing and public relations, so I know how to get the word out and attract attention to a cause. Also, my husband and I belong to a large network of successful business owners and philanthropists, some of whom like to host fundraisers and contribute significant funds. I am specifically interested in the role of Secretary of the Board. I would like to see our meetings run efficiently and result in positive action.
In addition to attending Board meetings, I will write emails, flyers, and other communications. I
will help organize public events and demonstrations. If elected, I will devote at least two hours
each week to ASD, not including time spent in regular board meetings. My skills and my time
are at your disposal.
In conclusion, if you want to see ASD grow and thrive, then I am here for you. Vote for Michael
Vegas to join the Board of Activist San Diego.
Thank you!