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Protest ALEC in San Diego [Video]

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) held its annual meeting in San Diego at the Grand Hyatt. Democrats, organized labor, community groups, and other allies rallied to make their voices heard. Funded by shadowy special interests, ALEC works to maximize corporate power and undermine democracy by providing “model legislation” for right-wing legislators. It seeks to block wage increases, disenfranchise voters, privatize schools and prisons, and deregulate firearms, to name just a few examples. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer spoke at the event, sharing the stage with fringe Republicans like Scott Walker and Mike Huckabee. ALEC is not welcome in California! For an in-depth description of why this was a big deal, read Doug Porter’s column(s) The ALEC Annual Meeting in San Diego: Who’s Coming and Why?

Jul 22 – Action Alert: Protest ALEC in San Diego

Get your protesting shoes ready, because we have a big one coming up. When Wednesday, July 22, starting at 3:00 p.m 3:00pm Union-sponsored Rally at Embarcadero Park North (just south of the hotel) (Public Restrooms are available here) 4:30pm Union March arrives at the Grand Hyatt Hotel; Gathering time. 5:00pm MAIN EVENT Rally begins at the Hyatt 6:00pm Launch tethered balloon banners (Not a “balloon release”) & Active Protest Events More events are being added all the time. Please check latest at Facebook “StopALEC Fest 2015” and RSVP Where Embarcadero Park North (400 Kettner Blvd) Transportation Public Trolley, Seaport Village Station (Green Line) is within a block of the hotel. Driving West on SR 94 — Take I-5 North and follow directions below for “North on I-5” North on I-5 — Exit 6th Ave. Left on 6th. Right on Ash Street. Left on Pacific Highway to Hyatt Hotel. South on I-5 — Exit Front St. Right on Ash Street. Left on Pacific Highway to Hyatt Hotel South on 163 — Exit Ash St. Left on …

Petition Asking Lori Zapf to Do the Right Thing

District 2 Councilmember Ed Harris had only been out of office for an hour when one of incoming Councilmember Lori Zapf‘s staff made national headlines. The Student Justice Coalition led by Marine Veteran and SDSU student, Mark Jones had been demonstrating peaceably at City Hall to ask for systemic changes by the City Council in light of recent police atrocities reported from around the country. Students handed out a list of demands that included the appointment of a Special Prosecutor for all Deadly Force cases, the establishment of a Police Oversight Committee in San Diego City (and San Diego County), and the adoption of the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act of 2014. The staffer, Shirley Owen, referred to the protestors as “f—— idiots with their hands up” and said “I wanted to shoot them.” Lori Zapf suspended Owen for two weeks without pay and her office released an apology, but many in District 2 and throughout the city feel this doesn’t go far enough. 10 News reported Rafael Bautista as saying “She needs to be held accountable.” and “She needs to be fired immediately. The fact that the council members are …

Organizing For Action Policy Briefings

Join Organizing for Action staff, policy experts, and other supporters online at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month for a policy briefing. Email with any questions you have during the lifestream. Email with any questions you have about OFA and getting involved locally. Link to Livestream Make a difference “Change comes about because people are activated, people are involved. When those voices are heard, you can’t stop it.” When Wednesday, October 16, 2013 5:00pm PT  – 1 hour Wednesday, October 23, 2013 5:00pm PT  – 1 hour Wednesday, October 30, 2013 5:00pm PT  – 1 hour Wednesday, November 6, 2013 5:00pm PT  – 1 hour Wednesday, November 13, 2013 5:00pm PT  – 1 hour Wednesday, November 20, 2013 5:00pm PT  – 1 hour Wednesday, November 27, 2013 5:00pm PT  – 1 hour Wednesday, December 4, 2013 5:00pm PT  – 1 hour Wednesday, December 11, 2013 5:00pm PT  – 1 hour Wednesday, December 18, 2013 5:00pm PT  – 1 hour Related articles Organizing for Action raises nearly $8 million …

Best Political Ad Ever?

In the viral campaign ad that has received national attention, Carl Sciortino Jr., the liberal Democratic state representative running for Congress in Massachusetts’s 5th Congressional District, goes back and forth with his father, Carl Sciortino Sr., an unabashed conservative and Tea Party member. The ad plays with the fact that not only is Sciortino Jr. a proud “Massachusetts liberal,” he’s also openly gay and struggling with the fact that he’s marrying his partner 10 days before the Democratic primary. For more information read “Inside Carl Sciortino’s Viral Campaign Ad” on the Daily Beast. Related articles Carl Sciortino, Gay Democratic Candidate, ‘Comes Out’ To His Tea Party Dad In New Campaign Ad (