All posts filed under: Social Justice

Oct 15 – Prison Industry in California

Our meeting this month has been moved forward a week. It will take place Sunday, October 15th, at the Point Loma Assembly (3035 Talbot St), from 4:00pm – 5:30pm. As announced previously, we will handle two more endorsements – and we will have Chula Vista city council candidate Mark Bartlett speak about the prison industry here in California. The first endorsement we will handle is for Assemblyman Todd Gloria. He will be present at our meeting and members will have the opportunity to ask questions. He has had a very productive session, so check out some of the his legislation here. Second, we will consider endorsing Congressman Scott Peters in his re-election bid. While he will be unable to attend our meeting on Sunday, his representative will be there to answer any policy related questions you may have. Here is his website and propublica information for your review prior to our meeting. Our speaker will be Mark Bartlett, candidate for Chula Vista City Council District 1 and Co-founder of Reentry Resources for Change. After prison, …

Elizabeth Warren at Netroots Nation Describes the Soul of Today’s Democratic Party.

Netroots Nation Conference, Day 3, Senator Elizabeth Warren Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) spoke at the annual conference of Netroots Nation in Atlanta. She talked about many priorities of the Democratic Party including reproductive rights, health care, and immigration while criticizing the agenda of Republicans and the Trump administration. She also cautioned about calls to move her party closer to the center. The annual conference was an “annual gathering for progressives” attended by online organizers and grassroots activists. [Transcript of Warren’s prepared remarks, sent in advance by her staff.] Before I begin, I would like to say a word about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – DACA – that was just discussed. The fights that we fight for – they matter. In 2012 – because of persistence of many of you in this room – 800,000 young men and women were protected from deportation. Because of DACA, DREAMers, who are as American as you and me, were promised a chance. The chance to work. The chance to live without the fear of being ripped …

Apr 23 – Monthly Meeting – Voting Rights

UC San Diego political science professor (and former Assemblyman) Nathan Fletcher teaches a class on the Voting Rights Act of 1965. From the Declaration of Independence through to the 2013 Supreme Court decision which found a section of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional his course covers the history of voting rights in the United States including attempts to disenfranchise voters. Literacy tests were used as a means to deny voters along lines of race and class – Louisiana literacy test (PDF) – and continue to flummox UCSD undergraduates today – Union-Tribune article by @GaryWarthUT. Many of our struggles with the present Administration will come down to the 2018 Ballot boxes and who is willing, and able, to vote. Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher is our featured speaker this evening, and we’re delighted to also welcome Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher who will speak on her recently introduced legislation. 4:00PM – 5:30PM Point Loma Assembly, 3035 Talbot St, San Diego, CA 92106 For additional info call (619) 800-5098 Directions and parking information Social Time Members are encouraged to get together from 3:30PM before the meeting starts, please bring whatever light drinks/snacks that you’d …

San Diegan Takes on Tax Loopholes for the Wealthy — San Diego Free Press

By Sam Pizzigati / Inequality.org Tax law professors don’t normally have much of a public profile. Victor Fleischer does. In fact, one business journalist has just tagged this ace analyst from the University of San Diego “the closest thing the tax world has to a rock star.” Most rock stars have big break-out hits. Fleischer’s… via San Diegan Takes on Tax Loopholes for the Wealthy — San Diego Free Press

Notes from the May Meeting – Politics of Choice in San Diego, Why Planned Parenthood Matters

Club President Susan Peinado called the meeting to order at 4:00 PM. Susan thanked everyone for coming; thanked all who brought goodies, including the new Refreshment Chair. Unusually there were no elected officials, candidates or spokespersons on behalf of a proposition, and therefore we moved straight into the main program. Politics of Choice in San Diego, Why Planned Parenthood Matters Nora Vargas, Vice President of Community and Government Relations, Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest, reported that the chapter was the nation’s second largest, serving San Diego, Riverside, and Imperial counties and was the only one with a bi-national partnership (in Tijuana.) The chapter’s charitable arm has 19 healthcare centers and serves over 271,000 patients and gives over 66,000 healthcare lessons a year. She said in addition to providing reproductive and healthcare services, PP cares for their clients holistically and advocates for issues such as the need for transportation, a raise in the minimum wage, paid sick leave, and for protection from abuse in the workplace. They also offer important services to pregnant patients under 18 who …