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Jun 7 – Celebrate 80 Years of the San Diego ACLU

Join the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties’ to celebrate their 80th Birthday, and 25th year as an ACLU affiliate!

This is not a stodgy, cardboard chicken dinner they’re celebrating in style, with a no-program cocktail party at Vin de Syrah in the Gaslamp. Enjoy mingling and toasting fellow civil liberties and civil rights aficionados, meet new friends, and reconnect with long-lost colleagues.

Buy your tickets here!

It’s a relatively small venue, so buy your tickets early—or risk missing out on this special, intimate celebration.

If you’re already an ACLU member, the cost for drinks and appetizers is just $25. If you have let your membership lapse, or have long been wishing to join, take advantage of a we’re-in-a-festive-spirit special: join the ACLU and the party for just $45.

Want to read about the photos on the anniversary celebration invitation? Click here for the low-down on 80 years of San Diego ACLU.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Jun 7, 2013 – 6:00 PM

Vin De Syrah Spirit & Wine Parlor
901 5th Ave, San Diego, CA



  1. As a proud “card carrying member” I think it sounds like a great event to support the ACLU and meet ‘smart people’. It’s especially important to generate interest now with the upcoming reforms of immigration laws and drug sentencing, abolition of the death penalty, and protecting voting rights.


  2. I find a request to support the ACLU by a Democratic Club offensive.

    Yes, the organization does some good but until they stop trying to remove the Mount Soledad War Memorial Cross, I will consider them a subversive organization. Their actions show they have no respect for the service of our country’s military members, including those who died for our country.


    • Ruth, I’d be genuinely surprised if the majority of club members are offended by the work of the ACLU, a tireless defender of civil liberties.

      By subversive, do you mean to imply that the ACLU uses insidious, dishonest, monetary, or violent methods to bring about change? Or do you think that the ACLU arguments that have been supported by the United States District Court for the Southern District of California (1991), the Ninth Circuit Appellate Court (1993), the California Superior Court (2005), and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2011) are subversive?

      The Ninth Circuit ruled that the local cross is unconstitutional and the Supreme Court denied certiorari to hear the case. The ACLU’s work to support the separation of church and state respects all military service members (including the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America) not just those whose symbol is a cross. The United States has been a country of secular laws, and I hope that it remains so. As a club I urge us to look beyond this local, petty, purposely divisive issue, to the more important work that the ACLU is actively involved with.

      I encourage all club members to make themselves aware of the ACLU’s work on immigration and drug sentencing reform, support for abolition of the death penalty, and protection of voting rights, all of which Democratic clubs can wholeheartedly support.


      • By subversive, I mean they undercut the morale of the military with some of their activities here in San Diego as related to the Mount Soledad Cross. I told their area rep, who invited me to lunch a year or so ago that until they dropped their challenge to have the cross removed, I did not care how much good they did, I would never support them beyond paying for her lunch.


  3. judi says

    You have to be kidding, Ruth. You, a pillar, are calling the ACLU “subversive” because they support removing the cross from Mt. Soledad? What happened to separation of Church and State in your philosophy? Many of the cases the ACLU takes are unpopular, but they have always been on the “right” side of the law. This is another example where they are doing what is right. Check the Ninth Circuit court decision if you doubt it. I am very disappointed in your comment and surprised that you are allowing your own bias to stand in the way of correcting a wrong.


  4. nancystew says

    I am surprised also, Ruth, that you’re so upset with the ACLU. I’m also a proud ACLU member and have been for a long time. Remember how they represented the white supremacist group that wanted to have a parade in Chicago area many yrs. ago? Offensive group for sure, but the ACLU saw the full picture and backed their right to do so. They are rightfully representing the minorities, not just the majority.

    I’m all for separation of church and state also. The crosses on Mt. Soledad don’t mean the same thing to the Jewish faith or to agnostics and atheists. The cross may be thought of as the main religious symbol in this country but that’s not being sensitive to the other religions or lack thereof. To me, that’s what being “christian” is all about.

    I know you love the military, and that’s fine. All minorities and religions have and are serving our country which is wonderful. They are to be commended.

    I appreciate the symbols in the military cemeteries, with the appropriate religious signs on the neutral markers. Having a cross on a hillside is not appropriate.


  5. judi says

    I have already commented on this but would like to add one additional thought. I am of Jewish persuasion – if my loved one is to be honored at Mt. Soledad I sure don’t want him to have a cross over his name, implying that his religion is not good enough to be noticed and only Christians are honored at this site.


  6. Howard G. Singer says

    Pfaff May 17, 2013 at 1:26 pm
    I served on active duty in the United States Army from 1962-1964. I served in the United States Naval Reserve from 1981-2001. Although I would have preferred to remain in the United States Naval Reserve, everyone, with the exception of chaplains, is required to accept a mandatory retirement at age 60. I retired at age 60 with a full United States Navy retirement.
    A cross has always been a cross and never a war memorial. An example of a war memorial is the Iwo Jima War Memorial. The Iwo Jima War memorial is the depiction of four men raising the flag atop Mount Suribachi during World War II, Those men on Iwo Jima atop Mount Suribachi are not raising a cross! Those men on Iwo Jima atop Mount Suribachi are not raising a Star of David! They are raising a war memorial, the Unites States Stars and Stripes.

    Because a cross is a Christian religious symbol, a cross has ONLY represented denominations of Christianity in the military. A cross has NEVER represented one particular religion in the military including atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, etc. Therefore a cross is simply a religious symbol.

    Prior to 1989, the cross atop Mount Soledad was always referred to as the “Easter Cross.” Please source the Mount Soledad Cross on Wikipedia. This Easter Cross was dedicated in 1954 by the mother of Billy Kellogg, who has masked the area surrounding this religious marker, a Christian cross, with plaques commemorating the lives of those who served in the military.
    Based on your remarks which follow:
    “ I find a request to support the ACLU by a Democratic Club offensive.”
    “Yes, the organization does some good but until they stop trying to remove the Mount Soledad War Memorial Cross, I will consider them a subversive organization. Their actions show they have no respect for the service of our country’s military members, including those who died for our country.”

    Yes, you have been fooled by Billy Kellogg and his ilk.

    I have made the determination that you have never served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces. I am uncertain whether you discriminate against other religions or are simply lacking a religious education.

    There has never been an authentic entity by the name of the “Mount Soledad War Memorial Cross.” It is simply the name of an attempt to spin by Billy Kellogg and his contrived “Mount Soledad War Memorial Association.”

    For reasons of separation of church and state, keeping a cross atop Mount Soledad has been declared unconstitutional. That “association” can add as many plaques as they wish and light that area at night, but eventually that religious symbol will be moved.

    Yes the ACLU is a democratic organization. Please note the “d” in the word democratic is a lower case “d.” Contrary to your belief, The ACLU is not a “Democratic Club.”


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  8. I don’t think that the ACLU wants to, nor ever could, undercut the morale of the military. In fact, due to a recent denial of the military personnel’s civil rights, to allow them to go otside their chain of command to adjudicate the crime of molest, errodes their ranks from within to a greater degree than the whole history of the Soledad Cross.


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