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Human Rights, Refugees, and San Diego

Whether we are talking about the rights of Syrian refugees, the rights of black Americans, child soldiers, girls being trafficked for sex, or students being shot while at school, a discussion on human rights seems very timely. Not just because it’s Human Rights Day, but because of the upheaval that is putting record numbers of people at risk in conflicts here and around the world. In his 1941 State of the Union address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt articulated what he called the “Four Freedoms”. He asserted that people “everywhere in the world” should have: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. Events this year — whether in the wake of the uncertainty and violence in the Middle East or the heated rhetoric of the Presidential debates — are testing our values as a human and humane civilization. Countries from Venezuela to China silence political prisoners who dare to speak out. A U.S. presidential candidate advocates closing our borders and mosques to millions of Muslims. Floods of refugees flee war and violence that has decimated their lives …


Dec 10 – Human Rights Day – Community Action for Refugees

December 10th is Human Rights Day! Join the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans – PANA and 20 other organizations 5pm downtown at the Waterfront Park (by the County admin building) to demonstrate support for refugees! County Center/ Little Italy trolley stop (Green line) MTS buses 280 / 923 / 83 We will be gathering as a community to lift up the refugee crisis, to stand up against hateful rhetoric, and to ask our public officials to take responsible action to welcome refugees. “California welcomes the most U.S. refugees each year, and San Diego is the #1 destination city. Every day, 10 refugees move to San Diego, and 80% are women and children.” Welcoming refugees requires that we ensure their inclusion in economic, social and political opportunities.​


Oct 25 – Monthly Meeting – The Spirit of Service: America’s Veterans and the Obligation We All Share

Nathan Fletcher is the featured speaker at our October meeting discussing veterans affairs and the work of his foundation, the Three Wise Men. The Three Wise Men Foundation exists to raise awareness of the problems our veterans face and raise funds that provide needed transition programs to ensure our veterans have the services they need to succeed when their military service ends. Previously, Nathan represented San Diego in the California State Assembly. During his time in office, he served as Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Jobs in the New Economy and was a leading advocate for repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. He also authored the landmark public safety legislation “Chelsea’s Law,” which imposed tougher penalties on the worst child predators in California. Before his election to the legislature, Nathan served in the United States Marine Corps and was recognized for valor in combat. He is the Chairman of the Three Wise Men Foundation, a veteran-focused organization he founded in memory of his friends and family killed in action in Afghanistan. Nathan has also worked …

SOTU 2015

State of the Union

President Obama used the State of the Union 2015 to set the discussion on issues of importance to all San Diegans – Tax Cuts for the Middle Class, Free Community College, Paid Family and Medical Leave, and Fast Internet Access. Learn more here. President Obama’s State of the Union Address — Remarks As Prepared for Delivery There is a ritual on State of the Union night in Washington. A little before the address, the White House sends out an embargoed copy of the President’s speech to the press (embargoed means that the press can see the speech, but they can’t report on it until a designated time). The reporters then start sending it around town to folks on Capitol Hill to get their reaction, then those people send it to all their friends, and eventually everyone in Washington can read along, but the public remains in the dark. This year that changed. For the first time, the White House made the full text of the speech available to citizens around the country online. On Medium, you can follow along with the speech as …

VA San DIego Nurses Vote to Organize!

Oct 2 – Support Nurses Organizing at the San Diego Veterans Administration Hospital

Update: The vote was successful! See more details here. Thanks to the hard work of the nurses and the support of the community there is a union representation election set for October 8th and 9th. But the struggle is not over. Unfortunately management is using some tactics out of a union busters manual to intimidate the nurses from having representation. So the nurses are having a rally on October 2nd, at 12noon at the San Diego VA, 3350 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92161. At the summer BBQ Katie Phelan of National Nurses United addressed the club about the state of affairs at the San Diego Veterans Administration Hospital, and the upcoming election to organize nurses. The election would cover some 500 RNs at VA San Diego Hospital which is located adjacent to the Thornton campus of the University of California San Diego Medical Center. UC San Diego RNs are already represented by CNA, which represents more than 85,000 California RNs, including nearly 6,000 in San Diego County. NNU, the fastest growing union …