TODAY! Join CINDY SHEEHAN for Anti-War march and rally to mark the 6th anniversary of the Iraq War! Saturday, March 21st, 1:00 to 3:30 pm. Assemble at 1:00 pm at 5th and University in Hillcrest,

From: Carol C.
Sent on: Saturday, March 21, 2009 2:46 AM
Peace march to mark sixth anniversary of Iraq War. Saturday, March 21st, 1:00 to 3:30 pm. Assemble at 1:00 pm at 5th and University in Hillcrest, then at 2, march east on University to Park Blvd, then south on Park to the War Memorial Bldg in Balboa Park for a 2:30 rally and program. Featured Speaker: Cindy Sheehan, music by Danielle LoPresti. The rally will provide an opportunity to get pledges for Pledge Project Canvass - for details and to RSVP, go to:

See Barbara Cummings commments, at end of March Events list, entitled "WAR, WAR, WAR!'"

The SDCPJ will be sponsoring a March and Rally on the
6th Anniversary of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq.
Assemble at 1pm at 5th and University in Hillcrest, then at 2pm, march
E on University to Park Blvd, then S on Park to the War Memorial Bldg in
Balboa Park for a 2:30 rally and program.

*Pledge Project Canvass: Poway/Penasquitos, Take the Pledge! Saturday, March 21, 9:00 am-10:00 am. North County supporters meet at Panera on Carmel Mountain Rd. to gather pledges. For details and to RSVP, go to:

*Pledge Project Canvass : Learn President Obama's Economic Plan. Saturday, March 21, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm. Malcolm X Library is the site for learning key points of the President's plan to get information you can share with your friends and neighbors to help identify and mobilize support! For details and to RSVP, go to:

*Pledge Project Canvass: CD 50 Pledges Support for President Obama. Saturday, March 21, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm. Join volunteers at the Del Mar Farmer's market to talk to your neighbors and gather signatures! For details and to RSVP, go to: NOTE: To find more Pledge Project Canvass events.

Dr. Gail Dimitroff discusses memoir writing and her memoir, Mande! Saturday, March 21st, 3:00 pm. At the Women?s History Museum, 2323 Broadway, #107, Golden Hill, Free. [masked] or [address removed]

Progressive Democrats of San Diego meeting. Sunday, March 22nd, 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Jeeni Criscenzo will present "Crisis Economics: Look What They've Done To My World" based on Naomi Klein's "Shock Doctrine" and John Perkins' "Confessions of An Economic Hitman." Meeting will also include officer's elections. In the Vista Library Community Room, 700 Eucalyptus Road, Vista, CA. Library (Ph. [masked]). Info: [address removed].

Democratic Unity Coalition South (DUCS) (Political Action Committee serving the 78th & 79th ADs) General Meeting. Sunday March 22nd, 1:00 - 3:30 pm Special Guests: Assembly Members Mary Salas and Marty Block. Agenda: Adoption of 2009 Goals and Election of Officers. In the Nellie Barrington Room of Sharp Chula Vista, 751 Medical Center Court. Chula Vista 91915. Info: Pat Washington at [address removed] or Georgie Stillman at[masked]-0610.

Electing Women Seminar, presented by Run Women Run & VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood, UCSD Chapter. Sunday, March 22nd, 1:30-4:00 pm. Learn the ins and outs of running for public office from Hon. Dede Alpert, Hon. Midge Costanza, Hon. Crystal Crawford, Hon. Mary Salas, and Hon. Lynn Schenk; moderated by Barbara Bry. Institute of the Americas Complex, Hojel Auditorium, UCSD, Program fee: $25 for Run Women Run members; $35 for nonmembers. Free parking.

Point Loma Democratic Club meeting. Sunday March 22nd, 4:00 pm. Captain Matt Brown, Director of Public Affairs for the US Navy, Southwest Region, will discuss the military?s role in the San Diego area economy and also the Broadway Complex plan. At the Point Loma Assembly building, 3035 Talbot St., just west of Rosecrans St. Info: Ruth Rollins at[masked]-9344.

Uptown Democrats meeting. Tuesday, March 24th, 7:00 pm. Agenda: Discuss/endorse May 19th ballot measures. At the Joyce Beers Community Center, 1220 Cleveland Avenue, east of Trader Joe?s in the Ralph?s shopping Center off University Avenue and Vermont. Just go up the concrete steps south of the Terra Restaurant and through the double doors.

Wednesday. March 25th, 5:30-7:30.****Nationwide DFA Birthday Party. ALL INVITED !!!!! Wednesday. March 25th, 5:30-7:30. Celebrate Democracy for America's fifth birthday with DFA Founder GOV. HOWARD DEAN w/ Exciting News & w/special guests on a LIVE conference CALL at 6:00 pm. Free Event! Birthday Cake & Goodies! Good Company! At Giovanni's, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 92123;
or email; [address removed] or call Carol (858)[masked]*****

Free Seminar for Same Sex Married Couples & Registered Domestic Partners with California State Controller John Chiang. Wednesday, March 25th, 6:00 to 8:30 pm (Registration begins at 5:30). Topics include: A discussion of new filing requirements for same sex married couples, new benefits for qualified taxpayers and other practical filing tips and advice to ensure accurate tax returns; Learn practical estate planning tips and advice for same sex married couples and registered domestic partners; and, An overview of the lawsuits surrounding same sex marriage. At San Diego City Hall, 202 C Street, 12th Floor, Council Chambers, San Diego 92101. RSVP: Contact Charles Taylor at[masked] or [address removed]

East County Community Meeting about East County environmental issues. Thursday, March 26 from 4:30 to 6:45 pm (with dinner provided). This is one of several meetings hosted by the San Diego Women's Foundation (SDWF), whose mission is to engage women in significant philanthropy in the San Diego Region, to learn what is most important to those who live and/or work in those communities. At the Cuyamaca College Heritage of the America's Museum Conference Room. RSVP to [address removed]. Info: Muriel McElhinney[masked]-1663. .

San Diego Democratic Club meeting. Thursday, March 26th, 6:30 pm. The LGBT San Diego Democratic Club welcomes all who support equality as they debate pay raises for state legislators, property tax re-evaluation and other budget measures at their monthly mtg. At Joyce Beers Community Ctr, 1220 Cleveland Ave. in Uptown area of Hillcrest. Info: or[masked]

Chicano Democratic Association's Cesar Chavez March and Parade. Saturday, March 28th. 1:00 pm. Kick-Off at the San Diego Convention Center; 2:00 pm: Civic Center Plaza; 3:00 pm: County Administration Center; 4:30 to 6:00 pm: Finale at Spanish Landing. GRACIA Molina de Pick will be the Grand Marshall! Info: Ricardo Flores at [address removed].

Democratic Club of Carlsbad-Oceanside Regular Meeting. Saturday, March 28th, 10:00 am-noon. ***James O. Goldsborough, ***formerly a staff writer on international affairs for the Union-Tribune, will discuss "The State of the Economy, the Bush Legacy, and the Problems Obama Faces.? He will also touch upon his newly released book, ?Misfortunes of Wealth.? Refreshments. Info: Robin Friedheim,[masked]; [address removed]. At the Carlsbad Woman's Club, 3320 Monroe St., Carlsbad (4 blocks east of Freeway off Carlsbad Village Dr., C'bad High School area).

San Diego Democratic Women?s Club Meeting. Saturday, March 28th, 10:00 am-Noon. Special Program Celebrating Women?s History Month. Featured Speaker: Honorable Betty Yee, Chair, California State Board of Equalization. At the City Heights Library, 3795 Fairmount Avenue, San Diego (Corner of Fairmount and University Avenues in the City Heights Village behind Denny?s). Info: [address removed] or (619)[masked]

Mark your calendar for the annual San Diego County Women?s Hall of Fame, honoring six San Diego women! Saturday, March 28th. Questions:[masked] or [address removed]

14th Annual English Tea "In Celebration of Friendship" - a Community Resource Center Fundraiser. Saturday, March 28th, 1:30 to 4:30 pm. A silent auction followed by traditional English sandwiches, fresh-brewed tea, and a celebration of friendship, and the program: Carol LeBeau of 10News will be co-presenting "In Celebration of Friendship" with her friend, Susan Haber. At the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas EARLY BIRD Special through March 6th only: Tickets: $50 (Regular Ticket Price: $65) Join us for. Tickets may be purchased by calling (760)[masked] or by contacting Suzie Colby at (760)[masked], ext. 1305, Mobile: (760)[masked] or [address removed].

Sunday. March 29, 2009, Walk for Darfur, on De Anza Cove in Mission Bay Park. *Registration opens at 7:30am, the walk begins at 9:00am.* There will be refreshments, entertainment and awards for the highest fund-raising teams! VOW President Jenni Prisk is emceeing the event; please join Team Voices of Women. 20 of us participated in this walk two years ago and it was an excellent opportunity to meet VOW supporters and make new friends, while supporting a very worthy cause. Please follow the link below to register. There is an $18.00 registration fee for every adult (before March 15). You can donate as little or as much as you choose! Please join, and spread the word! Website:

Annual Cesar Chavez Breakfast at the San Diego Convention Center. Monday, March 30th, 7:30 am. $35 per person. To reserve your spot at the San Diego County Democratic Party table contact Kendra at[masked] or [address removed].

Organizing For America (OFA) 50th Congressional District (CD) Health Policy Team meeting. Monday, March 30th, social at 6:30, meeting/campus tour at 7:00 pm. On the 2nd floor of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences campus in San Marcos, 700 Windy Point Drive, San Marcos, 92069. For info and/or to join the team, e-mail Solana Beach Councilman and Health Policy Team Chair Dave Roberts at [address removed].

The Labor Council's Annual Cesar Chavez Day March. Tuesday, March 31st, 12:00 pm. Rally at the Convention Center followed by a walk through downtown, with a stop at Sen. Feinstein?s office on B Street to ask her to support the Employee Free Choice Act. Info: [address removed]

Progressive Grandmothers for Political Action meeting. Tuesday, March 31st, 1:00 pm. Drew Reiff, producer of the "Save KLSD /Media Consolidation" movie will discuss the movie and national pattern it represents. At the Remington Club, 16916 Hierba, Rancho Bernardo. All are welcome regardless of age or gender. Info: Vi Mooberry[masked]-7833.


Barbara Cummings <[address removed]>
[address removed]

Subject: War, war, war

Non violent activists arrested at Pentagon trying to talk to Gates. I saw this and my heart just dropped. I know all of these people and some of them face some jail time for multiple arrests. They are doing the work for the rest of us who cannot be there. Following this story are details for San Diego's protest on Saturday. You can march with the main group or if unable to do that please join the GROUND ZERO PLAYERS who will be dressed in white and standing in silence as the main march approaches. I will be with the GZ PLAYERS since my walking is still not that great at times. Please make the effort to come out on Saturday whereever in the world you are. There are protests all over the country. And while you're at it, call OBAMA and let him know escalating the war in Afghanistan will doom his presidency to irrelevence. He will never be as great as we suspect he could be with this albatross dragging him down.

Group dedicated to nonviolent action urges Secretary Gates to stop pursuing war against Afghanistan and Iraq
ARLINGTON, VA - Seven peace activists were arrested this morning as they attempted to meet with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at the Pentagon.

The peace activists are associated with the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR), and their visit followed a letter to Gates demanding all military forces be withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan, and that bombings of Pakistan immediately cease. The committed activists from New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia, and the District of Columbia were arrested by Pentagon Police after they strenuously requested to meet with Gates.
"We wish to petition our government for a redress of grievances," said Michelle Grise, coordinator of NCNR. "Our grievance is that our government continues to engage in clear violations of international law by aggressively and immorally waging wars on countries which pose no immediate threat to our nation."

Grise was arrested along with six other activists, including 78 year-old Eve Tetaz. A retired D.C. public schoolteacher, Tetaz is a veteran peace activist and faces potential jail time for her protests.

"We are here to demand that these illegal and immoral wars cease, and that our government instead seek peace and justice," Tetaz said. "We must remind Secretary Gates that all life is sacred."

Those arrested included: Manijeh Saba, Eve Tetaz, Michelle Grise, Ellen Barfield, Pete Perry, Steve Mihalis, and Max Obuszewski.

The action took place on St. Patrick's Day, and the activists remembered Peter DeMott, one of the four activists who were arrested for entering a military recruiting station on March 17, 2003, two days before Shock and Awe. DeMott and the three others poured their blood, and recited liturgy in order to show their opposition to the Iraq War. The violent occupation of Iraq begins its seventh year this week.

Other anti-war actions this week in Washington include nonviolent direct action by the college-aged group, Our Spring Break, on Thursday, and a large march to the Pentagon on Saturday.

Below you will find the letter sent to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

Saturday March 7, 2009
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Washington, DC 20001

Dear Secretary Gates,

I am writing as a representative of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance. We are a group of citizens dedicated to working for an end to the illegal war and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the illegal bombing, since July of 2008, of Pakistan. These actions are causing incredible human suffering, growing distrust of the United States around the world, and are diverting our resources which could be better used to ease human suffering. We follow the principles of Gandhi, King, Day and others, working nonviolently for a peaceful world.

We would like to meet with you to discuss this situation. As members of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, we adhere to the Nuremberg protocols. These principles, established during the trials of Nazi war criminals, call on people of conscience to challenge their government when it is engaged in criminal activity. Not only do we have the responsibility to meet with you, but you have a responsibility and duty to follow the laws and uphold the constitution as you swore when you took your oath of office.
On March 19 the seventh year of the Iraq war begins. The attack and invasion of Iraq was a violation of international law and an immoral chapter in U.S. history, staining our country's reputation, and it must end immediately. The war in Afghanistan and the bombing of Pakistan must also end immediately. Despite mounting U.S. military and civilian casualties, the people of the U.S. are now being asked to financially support an enlarged and prolonged occupation of Afghanistan, with no end in sight, and which we believe is immoral. It is urgent that we meet soon as innocent people are dying everyday.

We would appreciate a response by March 14, so that NCNR members can arrange their travel plans to be at the meeting at a time appropriate to your schedule. If perchance, you fail to respond we will come to the Pentagon some time in the next few weeks to request a meeting.
In peace,


The SDCPJ will be sponsoring a March and Rally on the
6th Anniversary of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq.
Assemble at 1pm at 5th and University in Hillcrest, then at 2pm, march
E on University to Park Blvd, then S on Park to the War Memorial Bldg in
Balboa Park for a 2:30 rally and program.

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