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May 22 – Politics of Choice in San Diego, Why Planned Parenthood Matters

Nora Vargas, the VP of Community and Government Relations department of Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest will be speaking about the politics of choice in San Diego County, why Planned Parenthood matters, and she will share some of our electoral plans for this election cycle. Nora E. Vargas is an accomplished public affairs and political management professional, with over fourteen years of experience working with government entities, NGO’s, foundations, corporations, grass tops and grassroots organizing. Chair of the Board, Hispanics Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) Governing Board Member at Southwestern Community College District Vice President of Community Engagement at Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest Nora is a graduate of the University of San Francisco. She has completed graduate work in both Public Administration and Latin American Studies at San Diego State University and has a Master’s Degree from Claremont Graduate University. Growing up in the Tijuana-San Diego region, Nora Vargas’ mother and father (an economist and professor) stressed to their four children the importance of education. Vargas took it to heart, …

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.​

Notes from September Meeting – Fight for $15 – Rabbi Laurie Coskey of the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice

Club President Susan Peinado called the meeting to order at 4:03 PM. Susan welcomed and introduced guests, including Lucy, Maggie, and Beth. She also welcomed new club members Jess Durfee, Phil and Debbie Currier, Brian Pease, Rena Marrocco, Laura Fink, Deanneka and Ricardo Flores, and Craig Roberts. She then gave a ‘rant’ on the conditions of club’s meeting location – the Point Loma Assembly – and the need for monies for air conditioning and a new electrical system. Susan then introduced elected officials and candidates and welcomed each to give 2 minutes of remarks: Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (who is seeking election to Senate District 39)  provided a legislative update noting that legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage would come up in January or February; Todd Gloria (who is seeking election to Assembly District 78), provided a brief legislative update on City affairs; Georgette Gómez (candidate for San Diego City Council District 9); Sarah Saez (candidate for San Diego City Council District 9); Joe LaCava (candidate for San Diego City Council District 1); and Mara Elliott (candidate for San Diego …

Sep 27 – Monthly Meeting – Fight for $15 – Rabbi Laurie Coskey of the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice

Rabbi Laurie Coskey of the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice will be with us to talk about what the Fight 4 $15 and raising the minimum wage means to real people living in our region. She’ll be joined by clubmember Steve Rivera and workers and organizers from the Fight for $15. In just 3 years what was started by 200 Fast Food workers has become an international Fight 4 $15 movement that connects generations of workers, cuts through borders, unites workers from over a dozen industries. We will have the chance to speak with workers and learn about this and other campaigns in San Diego that are seeking to win better wages, benefits, a voice on the job and a step out of poverty. We will discuss how the Point Loma Democratic Club can participate in passing the minimum wage ordinance and get more involved in exciting campaigns for economic sustainability. Here are two examples of how much this issue means to our community, the names have been changed and these are different stories from the ones …

Speaker Toni Atkins and Senator Marty Block Visited OB Town Council

Speaker Atkins, Lt James Gartland, Jeff Hatfield, President San Diego Lifesaving Association & Senator Block (Photo: Susan Peinado) Speaker Toni Atkins and Senator Marty Block took part in the protest against ALEC on Wednesday July 22, 2015 and that evening both appeared at the Ocean Beach Town Council (OBTC) meeting to speak and hand out certificates of appreciation to the recipients of the OBTC Community Awards. The town council meeting was masterfully chaired by club Secretary and OBTC President, Gretchen Newson (who was also at the ALEC protest earlier that day). Both politicians spoke to some of their recent legislative achievements, and neither appeared to want to leave first – could it be that they are gearing up for a competitive Senate District 39 race next year (as has been rumored)? Or will Speaker Atkins be persuaded to run for Mayor? As previously reported in the OB Rag and reprinted with permission: State Senator Marty Block Senator Block introduced himself as having worked at San Diego State University for 26 years, President of the San Diego Community College District Board of …