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*** TUES JULY 23 at 6 pm, " Military Families Support Group " The Center and Fleet and Family Support Services offer this support/education group for LGBT Service Members and their families. This group is for couples with or without children and meets the 4th Tuesday of every month. Free child care is available if you RSVP by the 3rd Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact Caroline Bender at 619.222.5586 or caroline.bender.ctr@navy.mil To RSVP for childcare, contact Jane Schmoll at families@thecentersd.org The Center



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*** WED JULY 24 at 11am – 1:30pm Register New Citizens Come help us register new citizens to vote after they are naturalized at this month's ceremony. We'll provide the training and materials--all you need to do is show up! Civic Center Plaza - just outside Golden Hall downtown. Contact: sdvoter@gmail.com When Wed Jul 24, 2013 11am – 1:30pm Where: Golden Hall, 202 C Street, Downtown San Diego
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***THUR JULY 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm " SAN DIEGO FOSSIL FUEL DIVEST MEETING " USA Join us to learn about the fossil fuel divestment campaign that’s sweeping the country, efforts in San Diego county to get CalSTRS and CalPERS to divest, and how you can get involved. Why divestment? We need to leave 80% of known fossil fuel reserves in the ground to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. And the oil/coal/gas companies won’t do that unless we force them to. This is their wake up call. More info and petition to sign are at our Website: http://www.teachersfo...­ Note on location: we’re meeting at the office of Sierra Club San Diego. It is in a large office complex, in the building close to Clairemont Mesa Blvd, on the west end. RSVP or contact us with questions: email us: volunteer@SanDiego350.org WHERE: Sierra Club San Diego 8304 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard #101 San Diego,CA 92111
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*** THUR JULY 25 at 2:00pm - 5:00pm PDT "LIVE WEBCAST From UCLA on: Science, Democracy, and Community Decisions on FRACKING " A LEWIS M. BRANSCOMB FORUM We are three days away from our Science, Democracy, and Community Decisions on Fracking forum, so please don't forget to REGISTER NOW! http://www.ucsusa.org...­ TO SECURE YOUR SPOT! Science, Democracy, and Community Decisions on Fracking.  A Lewis M. Branscomb Forum Date: Thursday, July 25 Time: 2:00-5:00 p.m. PDT/5:00-8:00 p.m. EDT WHERE: Live webcast from UCLA  Register Now! We hope you will be able to join for this dynamic discussion about the state of the science around hydraulic fracturing, the state and federal policy landscape, and what citizens and policy makers need to know to make informed decisions on oil and gas fracking.  Please click here for the most up-to-date information on the speakers and program schedule, and contact dfox@ucsusa.org if you have any questions.  Sincerely,  Andrew A. Rosenberg, Ph.D. Director, Center for Science and Democracy Union of Concerned Scientists P.S. Check out our video, The Curious Case of Fracking: http://www.youtube.co...­ Questions from the Road, to get a flavor of the types of questions that arise when people are faced with making decisions on fracking in their communities. Register online here: http://www.ucsusa.org...­
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***THUR JULY 25 @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm IN WASHINGTON, D.C. NATIONAL GUESTWORKERS ALLIANCE  CONFERENCE: GUESTWORKERS, IMMIGRATION, AND THE FUTURE OF WORKERS' RIGHTS SAVE THE DATE: July 25th, 2013 Join the National Guestworker Alliance, Dissent Magazine, and Georgetown University's Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor in a discussion about the future of workers' rights in the United States.  GUESTWORKERS, IMMIGRATION, AND THE FUTURE OF WORKERS' RIGHTS  July 25th, 2013  6:00pm – 8:00pm Washington, D.C. (Location to be announced) ★ SAKET SONI, Executive Director of the National Guestworker Alliance ★ JOSH EIDESON, journalist covering labor for The Nation, Salon, and Dissent Magazine Guestworker whistleblowers and leaders of major workplace campaigns ★ JANICE FINE, Assistant Professor, Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. They will be joined by a panel of experts and labor rights activistsMore to be announced Guestworkers show us where the new economy is heading -- unless we organize. As the nature of work in the U.S. shifts from permanent to contingent, the conditions of guestworkers are more and more what work looks like for all workers. Today, 24 million U.S. workers work alongside guestworkers in critical sectors of the economy. Immigration reform will come with a vastly expanded guestworker program. On July 25, hear from guestworkers who have blown the whistle on giant corporations -- like Walmart and McDonald’s -- and are helping shape the future of workers' rights and organizing. .  Please see the Facebook Event Page for updates, or write with RSVPs and questions to sheydemann@nowcrj.org ★ Saket Soni, NGA/NOWCRJ > Reply-To: info@guestworkeralliance.org FACEBOOK https://www.facebook....­ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/N...­


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*** THUR JULY 25 from 5:30pm-7:00pm The Montford Point Marines of San Diego Project will preview “The Marines of Montford Point” on July 25, 2013 from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the Community Actor’s Theater (CAT). The Community Actor’s Theater is located at Where: 2957 54th Street, San Diego, CA 92105. The hour-long film is narrated by Award winning actor, Louis Gossett, Jr. Discussion following the film will be led by Sgt. Major (Retired) Melvin O’Neal Chestnut. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Please reserve seating by contacting Elneda Shannon, (619) 293-4431 or email: Eshannon@sandi.net. Light refreshments will be served. The Montford Point Marines were the first African Americans to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps following President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1941 Executive Order 8802 requiring the U.S. military to recruit and enlist African Americans. Despite horrendous discrimination at home and within the ranks of the military, the Montford Point Marines served with honor and distinction.  This event is made possible through a prestigious Community Stories grant that SDUSD’s Project Ujima has received from CAL Humanities. Project Ujima of the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) is a dynamic program engaging underserved African American families to achieve student academic success. For more information about Project Ujima, contact Elneda Shannon, (619) 293-4431 or email: Eshannon@sandi.net. Since 2003, Cal Humanities has supported approximately 400 story projects and granted nearly $3 million to enable communities to voice, record, and share histories- many previously untold or little known. Through video, photography, murals, zines, documentary theater, audio project, and more, these collected stories have been shared with broad audiences, both live and virtual. Cal Humanities is an independent non-profit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information on Cal Humanities, please visit www.calhum.org. *** THUR JULY 25 at   from 5:30pm-7:00pm The Montford Point Marines of San Diego Project will preview “The Marines of Montford Point” on July 25, 2013 from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the Community Actor’s Theater (CAT). The Community Actor’s Theater is located at Where: 2957 54th Street, San Diego, CA 92105.
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*** FRIDAY JULY 26 at 7:30AM -9:00AM " COMMUNITY COALITION BREAKFAST:  COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM " Friday, July 26, 7:30 am, Community Coalition Breakfast: Comprehensive Immigration Reform As we celebrate a historic chapter in our history, we turn to an issue that impacts our community and remains in limbo: Comprehensive Immigration Reform. What does it mean? What is the overall status and how does it affect our community? Please join us at our Community Coalition Breakfast on Friday, July 26, 7:30 - 9, where we will hear from Pedro Rios of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium. Admission is free and open to the public. Breakfast is provided for a suggested donation of $10. RSVP to Denise Serrano at dserrano@thecentersd.org.
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*** FRIDAY JULY 26 at 5:30 pm " Grupo de Apoyo Transgenero 2000 " Este grupo se lleba acabo de 5:30 pm a 8 pm, es un grupo abierto a familias, amigos y personas que quieran comprender y dar apoyo a trangeneros, en este grupo se dan diferentes temas educativos y tambien las chicas comparten sus experiencias de la vida. Para informacion, latinos@thecentersd.org, 619.692.2077 x116

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***SAT JULY 27 at 6:30 pm " Hillcrest Wind Ensemble "  Join Hillcrest Wind Ensemble to celebrate "The Big Apple" at the Mississippi Room in the Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd. Music from Broadway and of the Big Band era will fill this historic ballroom. For this concert the band welcomes back local jazz vocalist Andrea Sperling, who will perform two songs. Concert time is 7 pm, with hors d'oeuvres starting at 6:30 pm and no-host bar throughout the night. Tickets are $15 in advance, available at The Windsmith on Granada Ave, and $20 at the door. Visit www.hillcrestwindensemble.com for more information. Where: The Mississippi Room, in the Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego, CA 92


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*** SAT JULY 27 at 12:30 - 2:30 P.M. " NOT MY LIFE " FREE Screenings " NOT MY LIFE "   " takes viewers into a world that is difficult to imagine, let alone accept.   Following the film, three local experts will discuss their work in ending sex trafficking and labor trafficking.  Written, directed, and produced by Academy Award nominee, Robert Bilheimer, this documentary depicts the cruel and dehumanizing practices of global human trafficking and modern-day slavery.  A program of the World Affairs Councils of America, in partnership with the Women's Museum of California, and BSCC and other partners. Financial support provided by a grant from Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation   Following the film, three local experts will discuss their work in ending sex trafficking and labor trafficking.  " Not My Life " takes viewers into a world that is difficult to imagine, let alone accept. A program of the World Affairs Councils of America, in partnership with the Women's Museum of California, and BSCC and other partners. Financial support provided by a grant from Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation Website: http://www.lajolladem...­ Where: La Jolla Branch Library 7555 Draper Avenue La Jolla, CA 92037 Phone at  858.552.1657


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*** SAT JULY 27 at 9 am to 3 pm " TIJUANA MAQUILADORA  Tour - ENGLISH- July 27 " Tijuana Maquiladora Tour  ~        Come to learn about Tijuana communities and workers' conditions and struggles! Come to learn about Tijuana communities and workers' conditions and struggles!   Saturday, July  27, 9 am to 3 pm San Diego Maquiladora Workers Solidarity Network ~ San Diego Maquiladora Workers Solidarity Network   Website: http://sdmaquila.org/...­ http://sdmaquila.org/...­         Important Notice:   ·         Citizens returning from Mexico should present an U.S. passport. (Otherwise, they need an official ID, birth certificate, and waiting in line when returning to the U.S. for a period of time to be decided by the border gate officer.) More information: the U.S. State Dept. web site: http://travel.state.g...­. ·         All tour participants must read the US travel alert to Mexico and sign the tour waiver. Please read the Tour Waiver Go To :https://www.dropbox.c...­ .   Schedule (There may be slight variations from tour to tour.)   ·      9:00 am sharp- San Ysidro. Additional information about the meeting place will be provided.   ·      9:15 am- The crosses at the border: More than 7,000 immigrants have died trying to cross the border since 1994, when NAFTA was imposed.   ·      9:30 am- Otay Industrial Park, Sanyo and other maquiladoras: workers' labor conditions, labor rights and struggles  NOTE: We will visit the Tijuana industrial area but won't enter any factory.   ·      11:15 am- Rio Alamar, or how maquiladoras, distorted urban development and wild industrialization define Tijuana   ·      12:00 pm- Foxconn: the largest maquiladora in both Tijuana and the world   ·      12:45 pm- Lunch   ·      1:15 pm:- Group dialogue about the experience; time for questions and comments   ·      2:00 pm- Working women in Tijuana are organizing artisan cooperatives and promoting an alternative economy. They will bring their handcrafts to the tour. To learn in advance about these cooperatives, please go to: ollincallicm.blogspot.com   ·      3:00 pm- Return to the bus station   Donations   ·      $30 regular, $20 students, $ 50 solidarity   ·      Donations cover the bus, lunch, and a donation to the workers' organizations.   ·      For tour registration go here: sdmaquila.org Sponsored by Colectivo Ollin Calli Tijuana, San Diego Maquiladora Workers' Solidarity Network and Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras  -- Posted By San Diego Chicanao to Maquiladoras: Explotación y Resistencia at 6/27/2013 05:24:00 PM From: Fred Lonidier Subject:  Tijuana Maquiladora Tour ENGLISH- July 27
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SUN JULY 28 Be looking for notice of ROBERT REICH'S appearance in North County on Sunday, July 28th. I haven’t heard if a venue has been chosen. He was President Clinton’s Labor Secretary and one of the finer minds in the country. ★ ★ ★
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★ ★ ★ SUN  JULY 28 at 4pm – 5:30pm ★ ★ ★ Pt. Loma Club Meeting –  ★ ★ ★ The Climate Reality Project The Climate Reality Project ★ ★ ★ founded and chaired by former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore, is dedicated to unleashing a global cultural movement demanding action on the climate crisis. Despite overwhelming international scientific consensus on climate change, the global community still lacks the resolve to implement meaningful solutions. Al Gore has personally trained over 4,000 presenters worldwide to deliver presentations in schools, homes, places of worship, businesses and government forums. These presentations both educate people about climate change, and build local networks of climate activists who work in their own communities and countries demanding solutions.  For additional info call Susan Peinado at (619) 800-5098 or pldprez@gmail.com Website: http://peninsulademocrat.wordpress.com/­ When Sun Jul 28, 2013 4pm – 5:30pm Where: Point Loma Assembly, 3035 Talbot St, San Diego, CA 92106
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***SAT AUG 3 at 10AM -2PM  "Win $5,000 for a Community Project by Competing in the Politifest Idea Tournament, Saturday, August 3 Submissions due by June 30 Politifest is back in 2013. This year we're shifting the emphasis to a celebration of San Diego's neighborhoods -- where they're at and where they're headed.  The event is Saturday, August 3, and you’ll hear a lot more about it over the next several weeks.  And we're doing something special for the Idea Tournament this year.  Instead of individuals competing for the most innovative solution to a local problem, we’re inviting community groups to vie for funding of a worthwhile neighborhood project.  The winner will be awarded a $5,000 grant to fund that project presented by our partners at the Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement.  We invite you and your community to band together to present your idea, whether it’s a community garden, a needed design for a special new park or monument, a new streetlight or a much-needed crosswalk. You can find out all the details here.  Submissions are due by June 30. May the best project win!   you missed our email yesterday announcing this year’s Politifest, here are the deets: It will be held on Aug. 3 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Liberty Station’s Central Promenade. When you’re not busy promenading, you’ll be able to enjoy this year’s new focus on San Diego’s neighborhoods and their future.  And we’ll be offering something extra: $5,000. It would be a grant from our partners at the Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement. The money will fund the community group that offers the best neighborhood project in Politifest’s revamped Idea Tournament.  The details are here. Send in an idea or I will personally come to your house and look askance at you. Well, as soon as I figure out what that means. http://www.politifest.org/idea-tournament/­

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*** AUG 3-10 SATURDAY to SATURDAY, "FAMILY EQUALITY COUNCIL CONFERENCE In PROVINCETOWN, RI We can’t wait to welcome families from all over the world to Provincetown from August 3rd to  10th.  I promise, there’s nothing quite like seeing so many of our families in one place celebrating.  Check out what we have planned this year and register by June 21st before prices go up! Go to: http://www.familyequality.org/get_involved/events/annual_events/family_week/­ We’ll have more activities than ever before, including new parent café topics, new trips like bike tours and jetty walks, a special State of the Movement workshop with our Policy team, and tons of other events for everyone from toddlers to teens to grandparents. This is already shaping up to be our biggest Family Week yet, and I really don’t want you to miss it.  Hurry and make your plans before June 21st and take advantage of this special deal! http://www.familyequality.org/get_involved/events/annual_events/family_week/­ See you soon in Ptown! Ally Kuriloff, Family Week Organizer
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*** WED AUGUST 7 at 7:00PM " SAN DIEGO DFA & SD PDA METRO MEETUP " • Guest Speaker: San Diego County SUPERVISOR DAVE ROBERTS. He will discuss his visit w/ Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Nan & Issues facing SD County Board of Supervisors. Dave Roberts is the first new Supervisor on the board in 18 YEARS! • JOHN HARTLEY from Clean & Fair Elections Campaign, presents this 15 minutes is to just list it as "The Road to Clean Elections" narrated by Bill Moyers. - truly inspirational! Our targeted election is now November 2016 - the largest voter turn-out possible & that will be the November 2016 general elections. IV. • Members JOHN MARTES & MIKE THALLER, from their org - muchbetterchioces.com - will discuss strategies and explain any new developments... will update us on their re-organization & their e "new" Rapid Response"' • ROUND ROBIN Email: cchangus@san.rr.com *Where: Giovanni's restaurant's meeting room, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92123. (Corner of Clairemont Mesa Blvd. & Ruffin Rd. across from the Voters Registrar's Office). FREE EVENT! ALL ARE WELCOME! Website: www.meetup.com/dfa-23­

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***WEDNESDAY AUGUST 7 THRU SUNDAY AUGUST 11, 2013 " Democracy Convention 2013 "August 7-11, 2013 • Madison, Wisconsin
*** TUES AUG 7-11 in MADISON, WI. " Representative Democracy Conference at the 2013 Democracy Convention! " Bev Harris, founder of Black Box Voting, Victoria Collier, National Coordinator, National Election Integrity Coalition, Senator Ben Ptashnik (VT), key sponsor of Vermont Clean Elections Act, Robert Fitrakis, Columbus Free Press, Harvey Wasserman, author, How the GOP Stole America's 2004 Election, and What Happened in Ohio? Beverly Speer, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Nancy Tobi, author, Hands-On Elections Sally Castleman, co-founder, Election Defense Alliance, Mimi Kennedy, actress, Chair of Progressive Democrats of America, Jonathan Simon, co-founder, Election Defense Alliance, Gail Work, California Election Protection Network, Karen McKim, Wisconsin Grassroots Network Election Integrity Action Team. You are invited to this year's Representative Democracy Conference, convened by the nation's top election integrity activists, one of nine conferences taking part within this year's Democracy Convention (August 7-11 in Madison, Wisconsin). Tired of big money controlling government? Questionable election results? ALEC's voter suppression strategies? Two party dominance? So are we! Register now for the Representative Democracy Conference at the 2013 Democracy Convention!
Plan to participate in the next Democracy Convention. Join us in one of the U.S.A.'s most forward-looking cities for a gathering like few others. More than a conference, this convention will house multiple conferences at the same time. If you want to strengthen democracy where it matters most -- in our communities, our schools, our workplaces and local economies, our military, our government, our media, our constitution -- you will find something useful and inspiring at the 2013 Democracy Convention. Event Fee: Regular Registration, $50.00 Contributor, $100.00 Student/Low Income, $20.00 Democracy Convention"


REGISTER NOW for the 2013 Democracy Convention >>>>> at:
https://democracyconvention.org/democracy-convention-2013-registration­INFO:Many of you have been waiting for the news, and here it is: Registration is now open for the 2013 Democracy Convention! This 2nd Democracy Convention will be an exciting opportunity for individuals and organizations from around the country to connect with and learn from each other in the service of building a stronger democracy movement. More than one conference, the Democracy Convention actually houses -nine- conferences under one roof. As the great progressive reformer Fighting Bob La Follette said, "democracy is a life," and "involves constant struggle" in all sectors of society. So register now, and plan on attending one or more of the following: Constitutional Reform Conference Democratizing Defense Conference Education for Democracy Conference Earth Democracy Conference Economic Democracy Conference Local Democracy Conference Media Democracy Conference Race & Democracy Conference Representative Democracy Conference With the 2013 Democracy Convention, we recognize the importance of each separate democracy struggle, as well as the need to unite them all in a common, deeply rooted, broad based, movement for democracy. This year's Democracy Convention, will be held in Madison, Wisconsin on August 7-11, 2013. https://democracyconvention.org/democracy-convention-2013-registration­ Democracy Convention 2013 Registration August 7-11, 2013 • Madison, Wisconsin Plan to participate in the next Democracy Convention. Join us in one of the U.S.A.'s most forward-looking cities for a gathering like few others. More than a conference, this convention will house multiple conferences at the same time. If you want to strengthen democracy where it matters most -- in our communities, our schools, our workplaces and local economies, our military, our government, our media, our constitution -- you will find something useful and inspiring at the 2013 Democracy Convention. Event Fee: Regular Registration, $50.00 Contributor, $100.00 Student/Low Income, $20.00 Democracy Convention


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*** SUN AUG 18 @ 11:00-2:00 p.m " FUN " LA JOLLA DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETING ! Plan ahead for the August Meeting. It will be on the 3th Sunday.  Sunday, August 18, 2013 Where: Ellen Browning Scripps Park at the Cove (Handicapped paths are available) COME EARLY TO GET A PARKING SPOT!!  What: Bring a dish to pass (appetizer, side dish or dessert). Paper plates and cup, utensils, drinks, meat and rolls will be furnished. BRING A LAWN CHAIR OR BLANKET TO SIT ON. At 2:00 p.m at that same location, we will enjoy the concert:  THE HEROES (Classic Rock & Roll)  7-piece band features the talents of two amazing female singers backed by a guitarist, keyboardist, bassist, drummer, and saxophonist, all of whom sing as well! The 7 piece line up also offers flute, 2 saxes and various percussion including congas.  Their unbelievably extensive song list includes everything from big band swing and standards from the ’30′s and ’40′s to today’s current hits, with oldies, Motown, classic rock, funk, ’70′s disco/ dance, and rock and roll mixed in. Where: Ellen Browning Scripps Park at the Cove (Handicapped paths are available)
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***AUGUST 18 - AUGUST 23  *** SUNDAY THRU FRIDAY *** " FAMILIES ON THE WEST COAST  at  the Wonder Valley Ranch Resort in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills". (This location is an easy drive from Northern and Southern California and just 30 minutes from Fresno Yosemite International Airport.) Family Equality Council is partnering with R Family Vacations to co-present a truly amazing event. Join us for a five-day family vacation for parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT), their children, extended families, prospective parents, and friends. This fun-filled week includes opportunities to build community; learn about issues that face our families today; and enjoy activities including swimming, equestrian riding, yoga, paintball, and more!    For information about R Family vacation's registration pricing and policies, click here. To register for the event. please contact Gregg Kaminsky at R Family Vacations at by phone at 917-522-0985 or by email at info@rFamilyVacations.com WHERE: *Where: Wonder Valley Ranch Resort. (This location is an easy drive from Northern and Southern California and just 30 minutes from Fresno Yosemite International Airport.) This event takes place in a spectacular location just minutes from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills. REGISTRATION : info@rFamilyVacations.com
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***MON AUGUST 19 at 7:00 pm   ' YOU'RE INVITED TO  A SPECIAL THEATRE EVENT ! ~ The Play:  " SEVEN " Presented by VOICES OF WOMEN (VOW) &  The MOXIE THEATRE ' Join Voices of Women and MOXIE Theatre August 19, 2013, at 7:00 pm for an unforgettable evening of theatre. Seven is a documentary theatre piece, based on verbatim extracts from personal interviews with seven women from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Guatemala, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Pakistan and Russia. The stories were written by seven award-winning female playwrights. Seven  by Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith, Susan Yankowitz “The lives of these women provide a portal through which audiences will be able to experience a diversity of cultures while bearing witness to the varied way in which individual women have overcome seemingly insurmountable hurdles to justice and freedom.” —Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. A Staged Reading Presented by:  Voices of Women & MOXIE Theatre  August, 19, 2013 7pm at MOXIE Theatre 6663 El Cajon Blvd San Diego, CA 92115 ***Please RSVP by August 16! *** CALL: 858-598-7620 Or BUY TICKETS Online: https://app.arts-peop...­ INFO: Reply-To: info@voicesofwomen.org *Where: MOXIE Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115 VOW WEBSITE: http://voicesofwomen....­

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*** WED AUG 21 at 11am – 1:30pm " REGISTER NEW CITIZENS - DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO " Come help us register new citizens to vote after they are naturalized at this month's ceremony. IT'S FUN! TRY IT, YOU WILL LIKE IT!   We'll provide the training and materials--all you need to do is show up! Civic Center Plaza - just outside Golden Hall downtown. Contact: sdvoter@gmail.com­ When Wed Aug 21, 2013 11am – 1:30pm Where: Golden Hall, 202 C Street, Downtown San Diego


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*** AUG 25 at ? " 38th ANNUAL NICKY AWARDS - Honoring Outstanding Achievement in the Community " at the Marriott Mission Valley - an evening of glamour, celebration and great entertainment. Nominations are open through June 30 and the nomination party will be held at Martinis Above Fourth on July 8 at 7pm. Online voting will take place from July 15-August 15, with Multiple Voting Parties on August 9 and 10. For more information or to vote, visit www.nickyawards.org. Where:  San Diego Marriott, Mission Valley - The Pavillion, 8757 Rio San Diego Drive, SD CA 94108
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***SUN  SEPT  1 Tickets go on sale for ***TUES OCT 15 ALL FEMALE MARIACHI CONCERT October 13 *Where: On the green at NTC Liberty Station Tickets available on September 1.

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***WED SEPT 4  at 7-8:45PM " San Diego DFA & San Diego PDA Metro MEETUP " • Guest Speaker: TBA . Email: cchangus@san.rr.com­ *Where: Giovanni's restaurant's meeting room, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92123. (Corner of Clairemont Mesa Blvd. & Ruffin Rd. across from the Voters Registrar's Office). FREE EVENT! ALL ARE WELCOME! Website: www.meetup.com/dfa-23­

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**SUNDAY SEPT 15 From 1:00PM to 4:00PM  We are pleased to invite you to “Mayor Bob Filner's Birthday BBQ by the Bay” Celebrate the “People's Mayor” — a true champion for San Diego taxpayers, workers, and residents — who leads with passion, vision, and common sense. BOB FILNER'S BIRTHDAY BBQ is on n Sunday September, 15, 2013, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Where: Campland on the Bay (2211 Pacific Beach Dr., San Diego, CA 92109 Adults  ($25.00 each)  Children (Under 12)  ($10.00 each)  Total: 0  /   Can't attend? Donate!  $ Funds raised through this event support San Diego County Democratic Party (Federal Account) Go to: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/filnerbbq­
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* Celebrate Mayor Filner's Birthday BBQ on the Bay: September 15   Reserve your space today so you don't miss out on the fun atBob's Birthday BBQ on the Bay in celebration of "The People's Mayor," Bob Filner. Join us on Sunday, September 15, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at *Where: Campland by the Bay on Mission Bay.  Bring the whole family. Enjoy a slow-cooked, melt-in-your-mouth barbeque lunch with all the fixins, plus cake and ice cream, live music, sports, and special activities for the kids. You can also rent pedal boats, kayaks, Hobie cats, and jet skis ... or just enjoy a day on the bay. (Download sponsorship information and a detailed invitation here.)    You'll also hear from special guests who want to honor Mayor Filner for his courage and his commitment to all the families and neighborhoods of San Diego. Purchase your tickets today at www.sddemocrats.org/birthday­ ($25 per adult, $10 for children under 12) or call (858) 277-3367.
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***SUN SEPT 29 at "24th ANNUAL AIDS WALK/RUN  -  ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE? " THE LARGEST ONE DAY HIV/AIDS FUNDRAISER in SAN DIEGO COUNTY! " Summer To-Do List – Register for AIDS Walk San Diego! GO  TO: http://events.thecentersd.org/site/TR?fr_id=1060&pg=entry­ In the wake of last week's historic marriage equality decisions, this summer could not be off to a better start!   Now, you can make it even better by checking one more item off of your must-do list this summer – register for AIDS Walk today! It’s quick and easy and will leave you with plenty of time to prepare for all the fabulous weddings!    By registering today, you'll jump start our fundraising efforts and help us get the word about exciting new additions to this year’s event. Not only does this year's event feature new routes for both the Walk and Run, but there will also be a fun and unique “Street Challenge” obstacle course! Early registration rates for the Street Challenge are available now.  The 24th annual AIDS Walk San Diego will take place on Sunday, Sept. 29 in Balboa Park.   This inspiring community event is San Diego County’s largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser – generating HIV awareness and much-needed funds for local HIV/AIDS service organizations. It’s vital that we continue to step up and support the approximately 12,500 people living with HIV in our community and show them we care.  For more info, please check out our website at www.AIDSWalkSD.org­ or visit and “like” our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AIDSWalkSD­. Where: IN BALBOA PARK
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*** SUN SEPT 29 2013 ar Fwd: Get crowned in 2013! Reply-To: "The Center's AIDS Walk, Run & Street Challenge" Go the Extra Mile for AIDS Walk and Get Your Crown!
At AIDS Walk, we owe a great debt of gratitude to a very special group of people who register forAIDS Walk, Run & Street Challenge San Diego and set the incredible goal of raising $1,000 for this important community fundraising event.   These dedicated individuals are known as members of the “Extra Mile Club” – and you’ll recognize them as the folks wearing those dazzling and stylish gold crowns on AIDS Walk Sunday.   This year, we’d like to invite you to consider joining the “Extra Mile Club” when you register. Not only will you help us generate much-needed resources for our fight against HIV/AIDS in San Diego, you’ll get crowned, too!  Registration for the 24th annual AIDS Walk & Run San Diego on Sunday, Sept. 29 is now in full swing.   By registering at this time, you’ll have time to meet your fundraising goals whether you walk, run or take the new “Street Challenge Obstacle Course.” And, we will be truly grateful for your commitment and generosity, as will the 12,500 people living with HIV/AIDS in San Diego County.  For more info, or to register, visit our website atwww.AIDSWalkSD.org then visit and “like” our Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/AIDSWalkSD.
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*** SAT SEPT 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM " LAMBDA LEGAL'S San Diego GOLF EVENT ! "Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013 •Where: Aviara Resort Golf Club 7100 Aviara Resort Drive Carlsbad, CA 92011

Registration 11:15 -11:45 am | Golf Clinic with PGA Pro's (with sponsorship purchase only) 12:00 pm | Shotgun Start (scramble format) 6:00 pm | Cocktails & Dinner Join us for Lambda Legal's inaugural golf event! You will get to enjoy 18 holes of golf at the beautiful Aviara Resort, alongside other LGBT people and allies,while supporting Lambda Legal's important work for equality. For more information, please contact Holly or John at tournament@kennedy-golf.com­ or 619-994-9648. If you are unable to attend but would still like to contribute, click here: https://secure3.convi...­...LAMBDA LEGAL Website: lambda-legal@lambdalegal.or­g Where: at the beautiful Aviara Resort • Where: Aviara Resort Golf Club, 7100 Aviara Resort Drive Carlsbad, CA 92011

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*** WED OCT 2, 2103 from 6:00-10:00PM In Washington, D.C. " 2013 EVENING with the 21st Annual STARS of ENERGY EFFICIENCY AWARDS DINNER " The Alliance to Save Energy Using Less. Doing more. presents The 2013   Stars of Energy Efficiency Are...   Seven diverse, yet equally outstanding leaders in energy efficicency! Congratulations to the 2013 Star of Energy Efficiency Award Recipients: Secretary of Navy Ray Mabus has been selected by Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) to receive the prestigious Chairman’s Award for his commitment to helping make the U.S. Navy a global leader in energy efficiency. Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) will receive the Charles H. Percy Award for Public Service for its investments to spur energy efficiency improvements for businesses and homes in 10 Northeastern states. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is awarded the Galaxy Star award for implementing a comprehensive sustainability plan which achieved outstanding energy and energy efficiency improvements in the Metro’s fleet and buildings. Lime Energy is the recipient of the Super Nova Star award for its Small Business Direct Install model which works with nine utilities in six states to help small businesses become more energy efficient. Keystone HELP is this year’s Andromeda Star award recipient for providing low-cost financing options to help Pennsylvania residents perform energy-saving ENERGY STAR improvements in their homes. Whirlpool Corporation is this year’s Innovative Star of Energy Efficiency award recipient for introducing a new line of Smart Grid home appliances that will educate consumers on how to avoid peak times to maximize energy efficiency. The Building and Construction Authority of Singapore is receiving the International (I-Star) award for its commitment to achieve a national target of greening at least 80% of the buildings in Singapore by 2030. Join us!  Over 500 industry leaders, including members of Congress, high-ranking administration officials, and titans of industry, will gather on October 2nd at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. to raise a glass in recognition of the monumental achievements made by these stellar award winners. Learn more about the 2013 award recipients via the tabs on the dinner homepage: http://www.ase.org/event/2013-evening-stars-energy-efficiency-awards-dinner­ Become a part of this 21st annual celebration by contacting Marcy Devaney for information about sponsorship, tables and seating options. We look forward to seeing you in your black-tie best in October! Where: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington D.C.
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***WED OCT 2 at 7-8:45PM  " San Diego DFA & San Diego PDA Metro MEETUP " • Guest Speaker: TBA . Email: cchangus@san.rr.com­ *Where: Giovanni's restaurant's meeting room, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92123. (Corner of Clairemont Mesa Blvd. & Ruffin Rd. across from the Voters Registrar's Office). FREE EVENT! ALL ARE WELCOME! Website: www.meetup.com/dfa-23­___________________________

***FRIDAY & SATURDAY ***OCTOBER 4 & 5 *** San Diego County Democratic Convention! The registration deadline is just two months away, on September 4, so don't delay! *** WHERE: at Pala Casino & Resort  11154 Highway 76, Pala, CA 92059 (View a schedule and more details at www.sddemconvention.org.) All of the "Package" options below include the reception and dinner on Friday, Convention registration and the luncheon on Saturday, and a guest room at Pala on Friday night. Alternatively, you may pay for the Friday or Saturday events individually, without the overnight stay.   We will email you immediately after you register to gather any other details needed for your reservation.  Feel free to contact the Democratic Party at (858) 277-3367 or info@sddemocrats.org­ for assistance or more details.  REGISTER at: https://secure.actblue.com/page/sddemconvention­
** Registration is now open for the San Diego County Democratic Convention! The registration deadline is just two months away, on September 4, so don't delay! Experience a political convention this October 4-5 that's fun, informative, affordable, and close to home.
We expect space to fill up quickly at our spectacular venue, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, so make your reservation today at the new Convention website:  www.sddemconvention.org­ For as little as $45 you can register for a full day of activities including breakfast, workshops, general sessions, and more.
Or select the All-Inclusive Package for $240 and enjoy a Chair's Reception and dinner on Friday, a guest room Friday night at Pala's award-winning resort, and a special luncheon on Saturday (per person, based on double occupancy). he fifth biennial Convention organized by the San Diego County Democratic Party, this year's event will include participation from many Democrats in neighboring counties, making it Southern California's Democratic event of the year.  You'll meet and hear from statewide and local candidates and elected officials, participate in stimulating trainings and panel discussions, and enjoy networking and socializing with Democrats from throughout the region. The registration deadline is just two months away, on September 4, so don't delay! Sign up at www.sddemconvention.org­ email: info@sddemocrats.org­, or call (858) 277-3367.


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*** SAT OCT 19 AT  " THE CENTER'S 40th ANNIVERSARY GALA! " The Center’s Gala brings together hundreds of our closest friends and partners for equality *Where: at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront for a delightful evening of dinner and dancing in support of our vital health and human rights programs. Join San Diego’s finest to enjoy a cocktail hour, fabulous silent auction, live entertainment, delicious gourmet dinner and mercifully brief program that lets you enjoy friends and dance the night away. Whether you care about equality, youth, seniors, families, our Latino brothers and sisters, those living with HIV, or community health, you’ll care about this event!  Buy your table or tickets online. The Center


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***TUES OCT 15  ALL FEMALE MARIACHI CONCERT October 13  On the green at NTC Liberty Station Tickets available on September 1.

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***TUES OCT. October 24: " VOW's 5th Annual Beyond Borders Benefit " when we will honor the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs. ***November 8: Five Rings Financial will stage a 2nd Expo to benefit VOW. email: info@voicesofwomen.org­ phone: 858-642-6771 web: http://www.voicesofwo...­
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*** FRIDAY OCTOBER 25 to SATURDAY OCTOBER 26 *** ASSEMBLY AUDUBON 2013 *** Begins at  12:00PM/Noon on FRIDAY 10/25, 2013 > Ends 2:00PM, SATURDAY 10/26/2013     Audubon Assembly 2013 - Boots on the Ground Tickets in Palm Harbor, FL, United States http://florida-audubo...­ Assembly 2013 - Boots on the Ground Friday, October 25, 2013, 12:00 PM to Saturday, October 26, 2013, 2:00 PM Where: Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, 36750 Us Highway 19 N., Palm Harbor, FL 34683 Please enable JavaScript and refresh your browser to continue. TICKETS PRICE FEES QUANTITY Early-Bird Assembly Ticket More Info $129.00 $0.00

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***WED NOV 6 at 7-8:45PM " San Diego DFA & San Diego PDA Metro MEETUP " • Guest Speaker: TBA . Email: cchangus@san.rr.com­ *Where: Giovanni's restaurant's meeting room, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92123. (Corner of Clairemont Mesa Blvd. & Ruffin Rd. across from the Voters Registrar's Office). FREE EVENT! ALL ARE WELCOME! Website: www.meetup.com/dfa-23­

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013  6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. SAVE THE DATE Please join the Campaign for America's Future  and Institute for America's Future for   Honoring  Margery Tabankin Activist, Organizer, Advocate, Strategist Lifetime Achievement Award    Leo W. Gerard  International President, United Steelworkers Progressive Champion Award Featuring remarks by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Wednesday, November 6, 2013  6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Where: Arena Stage 1101 Sixth Street SW • Washington, D.C. • 20024 Additional details and registration information to follow.
This year’s Audubon Assembly focuses on Florida's inspiring grassroots citizen science and volunteer conservation efforts. Learn how Audubon and our dedicated "boots on the ground" supporters are using cutting-edge science to preserve and protect our state's most precious resources.  NOTE: During checkout, Ticketleap will ask you for a password - use any password you wish. This is only needed in case you need to make changes to your order. Also, you may choose to log in with Facebook or Twitter, which is very easy and safe. :)  The 2013 Audubon Assembly is designed to inspire you to get your boots on the ground. Our signature conservation event brings together representatives of Audubon’s 35,000 members and 44 chapters with conservation leaders, scientists, educators and policy makers. Through nature-inspired walking workshops, inspiring speakers and thought-provoking learning sessions, Audubon plans to join together people of all ages and backgrounds in our common interest of protecting Florida's remarkable natural resources.  Assembly 2013 Schedule Outline  Information on walking workshops, keynote speakers, special presentations, and more will be revealed in coming weeks. Be sure to bookmark our website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  Friday Learning Sessions  This year's Audubon Assembly is focusing on the network of grassroots conservationists who are out in the field making a difference for Florida's environment. After our kick-off lunch on Friday, you will have the opportunity to participate in three different breakout sessions. Each session will run twice, so you will have an opportunity to experience two in their entirety. Our Citizen Science leaders are working hard to put together programs that will engage and inspire you. Each session will feature cutting-edge scientists, biologists, conservationists, and leaders from across Florida. Stay tuned for the latest information as it becomes available.   Boots on the Ground for Advocacy: Time spent in Florida’s special places and volunteer bird stewardship instills participants with a personal experience of the vital need for conservation. And when people speak from a place of personal experience with Florida’s lands, water, and wildlife they are powerful conservation advocates at multiple levels of government policy-making. In this session, learn how to cultivate leadership in your advocacy efforts. Boots on the Ground for Citizen Science: Whether it’s Florida Scrub-Jays, beach-nesting birds, sea turtles, or wading bird rookeries, data collected by trained citizen scientists provides information vital to habitat management. Join us for a discussion of the components of a successful citizen science program, volunteer recruitment and retention, and the ways in which these programs support conservation in Florida. Boots on the Ground for Habitat Stewardship: When it comes to habitat stewardship, there is no substitute for a team of engaged, passionate and knowledgeable individuals willing to pull on their boots and apply themselves to a conservation challenge. Stewardship takes many forms; from tackling invasive species to applying prescribed fire, or even working to re-establish native species. These essential tasks are performed routinely throughout our state by committed staff and volunteer from a host of different entities all working toward the common cause of conservation. This session will showcase a handful of these important and effective habitat stewardship strategies. This year's Assembly will be held in Palm Harbor at the beautiful Innisbrook hotel, only minutes from some very exciting options for our not-to-be-missed morning excursions! (more information will be available as we get closer to the event date). The hotel is located about a half hour from downtown Tampa.  Assembly officially begins Friday morning, October 25, and runs until 2 pm on Saturday, October 26.  YOU MUST BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM SEPERATELY: Call 1-800-492-6899 (mention you are with Audubon Florida) and book by October 3 to reserve your group rate room! Group rate is $129 a night.   Check this page often for the latest on what is sure to be the best Assembly yet!

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*** SAT NOV 9 at Scheduled Times " JDRF Walk Kick-Off Concert in the Park ~ 5K *Registration Start Time:6:30AM   * Walk Start Time: 8:00AM" - Save the Date Date:  November 9, 2013  Can't make this date? Be a Virtual Walker! Where: Balboa Park 6th Avenue and Laurel Street San Diego,  Local Chapter:  San Diego Chapter 5665 Oberlin Drive Suite 106 San Diego, CA 92121 Contact:  Alexis Rodriguez: arodriguez@jdrf.org (858) 597-0240 Registration Start Time:  6:30 AM  Walk Start Time:  8:00 AM  Length of Walk: 5K  REGISTRATION & EVENT I NFO: http://www2.jdrf.org/...­ Email: sandiego@jdrf.org



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***WED DEC  4 at 7-8:45PM " San Diego DFA & San Diego PDA Metro MEETUP " • Guest Speaker: TBA . Email: cchangus@san.rr.com­ *Where: Giovanni's restaurant's meeting room, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92123. (Corner of Clairemont Mesa Blvd. & Ruffin Rd. across from the Voters Registrar's Office). FREE EVENT! ALL ARE WELCOME! Website: www.meetup.com/dfa-23­
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★ ★ ★ *****  II.  ANNOUNCEMENTS & INFO  ****** ★ ★ ★
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★ # 1. Facebook Pages in Support of Bob Filner

Please forward these pages to your list. Ask people to LIKE these pages and join in in support of Bob Filner.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bob-Filner-In-Support-of-NOT-recalling/657120234316012­

https://www.facebook.com/SanDiegansForMayorBobFilner­
https://www.facebook.com/SupportBobFilner­
https://www.facebook.com/SanDiegansToKeepMayorBobFilner2013­

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★ # 2.
Carol, if you are interested in something OTHER than the royal baby, here's what's trending on Daily Kos.



  • The one simple graphic that sums up the whole problem with the Trayvon Martin case[/url]
by Occupy Posters

  • Bill Maher rips into the GOP anti-intellectuals with advanced degrees[/url], by BruinKid

  • Dana Perino says President Obama should just shut up about Trayvon[/url], by Jed Lewison

  • Newt Gingrich claims gangs of black people have increased by 40% since Obama's election[/url], by Ministry of Truth

  • Rick Perry’s Texas: Her body was more regulated than the roller coaster she died on[/url], by SemDem

  • Joe Scarborough slams Sean Hannity for response to Obama speech[/url], by Egberto Willies

  • The big lie behind food stamps[/url], by gjohnsit

  • Elizabeth Warren rises, the Village strikes back[/url], by Joan McCarter

  • Major breakthrough in Down’s Syndrome research[/url], by p gorden lippy

  • Allen West says he never experienced racism because he was 'respectful'[/url], by Hunter

  • Meet the Republicans who vote against food stamps while getting millions in farm subsidies[/url], by Laura Clawson

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    ★ # 3. CPI: Next Steps: Prevailing Wage at City council! Hi Everyone- Congratulations! Because of Participation and community support from folks like you, the Prevailing Wage Ordinance moved forward out of Rules Committee this past week on June 19th. We had great turnout and community speakers, and we are excited that this is continuing to move forward in a timely matter. But we aren’t done yet, we are going to need more community support at the end of July. We are waiting for the date to be set for the full council hearing and will keep you in the loop.   NEXT STEPS: Full Council, end of July WHERE: City Council-202 C. Street, 12th floor Thank you! *Normita   P.S. In case you haven’t gotten the invite, we are having a Policy and a Pint event tomorrow Wednesday June 26th, 5:30-7:30pm. to celebrate the accomplishments of the Community Budget Alliance this past year. It will be at Nate's Garden Grill (in City Heights) Address: 3120 Euclid Ave (between Home Ave & Ridgeview Dr): https://www.facebook.com/events/490722667673618/?fref=ts­ Norma Rodriguez Organizer Center on Policy Initiatives Cell: 619-957-3557 Office: 619-584-5744 ext. 62 www.onlinecpi.org­ | Connect with CPI on Facebook or Twitter @onlineCPI
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    ★ # 4. ***  JULY 18 - NO LABELS  -  Everything changes for No Labels on July 18 - NEW WEBSITE: http://www.nolabels.o...­ -- and now we have a new website giving you innovative tools to talk to Congress and help take our movement to the next level.   We just launched a brand new streamlined design, and I wanted you to be the first to know. Thanks to your support and feedback, we put the Problem Solvers front and center so that you can stay up to date and connected with what they’re working on in Washington.   Here’s what’s on the new site: http://www.nolabels.o...­ We launched a brand new, first-of-its-kind Congressional Blog. This is the rare place where both Democratic and Republican members of Congress can come to share their thoughts on the issues of the day. This is where you can go to see what the Problem Solvers are saying and thinking.   We’re also about to unveil an interactive toolkit to give you a direct line to the Problem Solvers in Congress. With this tool, you can share your story, write a letter to the editor to your paper, get in touch with your members of Congress and more. Stay tuned this week as we launch it! Nancy Jacobson backoffice@nolabels.org Reply-To: backoffice@nolabels.org
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    ★ # 5. It's really hard to believe, but fracking is not illegal here. Please read this and sign the petition at this link (and forward/share this with others in San Diego County.  Ask them to please do the same):     http://org.credoactio...­ (There are) "plans to massively expand fracking in a huge section of the state--roughly 1,750 square miles from Southern to Central California, from Modesto to San Diego County."  Cities and counties in California have broad authority to ban fracking, and we should pressure our elected officials to step in where the state government has so far failed to act.  Local bans on fracking may also be one of the most effective strategies for winning change at the state level. If a wave of cities and counties in California reject fracking, it will put increased pressure on Governor Brown to ban fracking in all of California.  Hundreds of communities across the country, from New York and New Mexico, to Pennsylvania, Ohio and Colorado, have successfully passed local bans or moratoriums on fracking in order to protect their homes and pressure state officials to act.

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    # 6. Good Article in reference Supreme Court Ruling on Voting Rights Act - ★ ★ ★ FIRST Supreme Court's Citizens United Ruling huff.to/1a5egd2 via @HuffPostLA --- Take That, Citizens United! In a blow against the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, the second-largest city in the U.S. sent a strong, if symbolic, message against corporate personhood and unlimited corporate spending on… ★ ★ ★

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    # 7. ★ ★ ★ Be looking for notice of Robert Reich’s appearance in North County on Sunday, July 28th. I haven’t heard if a venue has been chosen. He was President Clinton’s Labor Secretary and one of the finer minds in the country. ★ ★ ★





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    ★ # 6. ALLIANCE FOR NUCLEAR RESPONSIBILIITY <rochelle@a4nr.org­>
    Subject:  FIREWORKS AT 77 BEALE STREET!! Reply-To:  Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility <rochelle@a4nr.org­>
    A4NR kicks off the 4th of July by tossing a lit firecracker under the door at PG&E's headquarters in San Francisco....with the filing of our legal brief on the inability of Diablo Canyon to meet its seismic design basis-our testimony is quite the read-filled with confidential internal memos and covert emails between PG&E and the NRC. Add this to your summer thriller list: (http://a4nr.org/?p=2758­).     It appears Diablo Canyon cannot meet its original seismic safety design basis after the discovery of the Shoreline Fault, and it will take a major breach of law to prevent a likely premature retirement of DCPP.  A4NR is questioning what we see as the cover up of this important issue.  The New Times did an excellent job of covering this design conundrum: http://www.newtimesslo.com/news/9668/calculational-garbage/­ And an editorial: http://www.newtimesslo.com/shredder/9677/regulatory-meltdown/­ At the same time, we are saddened to announce legislation sponsored by A4NR - the Nuclear Energy Planning and Responsibility Act (SB 418) - was defeated in an Assembly committee vote.   Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (the bill's author) never wavered for a moment-she and her staff gave it her "Hannah-Best" effort.  Former Senator Sam Blakeslee made his first appearance in Sacramento to support our bill, and former California Energy Commissioner (and A4NR attorney) John Geesman made excellent arguments. Both The Utility Reform Network (TURN) and the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) were there in support.  We thank each of these individuals and organizations and are grateful for the time they took to protect ratepayers.   Only Assemblyman Paul Fong voted "yes" at the hearing, with assembly members Nancy Skinner and Das Williams of Santa Barbara adding their "yes" votes while the roll call was still open. Assemblyman Bill Quirk (yep, his real name) is a nuclear physicist who believes the NRC is infallible and the CPUC over-regulated. He was the only member of the committee who volunteered opposing comments and his voice carried weight with so many newly elected representatives.     Other committee members bought into PG&E's story that they had already covered the seismic, waste storage and water impacts in their unsuccessful 2010 application for license renewal.  A4NR found PG&E's argument puzzling as their last study was done  a year before Fukushima and the NRC's new waste policy, so the costs of both events were unknown at the time.  Finally, Scott Wetch, lobbying for the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and other trade unions stated that their legal analysis showed that this bill would have curtailed current capital improvement projects at the plant, causing massive layoffs. This is not true, and their legal analysis (and its conclusions) somehow never found its way into the legislative background the assembly committee prepared for its members regarding this bill.  If you've seen it, please let us know!!   A4NR won round one with the dismissal of PG&E's 2010 application to fund their license renewal.  PG&E won round two with the demise of SB 418, but we will continue to educate these elected officials at every opportunity.  As all of you know this has been, and will continue to be a long fight, but A4NR is in it to win and we only get stronger.   Next up: Senator Padilla's hearing on "Life without SONGS" will be July 10th in Sacramento, and July 11th Independent Panel for PG&E's seismic studies meets in San Francisco.  A4NR will be at both events, continuing to voice ratepayer concerns. On July 15th we will attend (and our attorney will be on the panel) for the California Energy Commission/CPUC/ISO meeting on SONGS decommissioning and transition to non-nuclear generation in Southern California.   Please continue to join our efforts. This is a long road, but having your support is vital to maintain our ability to keep the public's voice before these decision makers.  Persistence!   In Peace, Rochelle rochelle@a4nr.org­ www.a4nr.org­
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    ★ # 7. ★ MAYOR BOB FILNER OFFICE: City Administration Building 202 C St., 11th Floor San Diego, CA 92101 PHONE: (619) 236-6330 Fax: (619) 236-7228 Email the Office of the Mayor: BobFilner@sandiego.gov­
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    ★ # 8 . ★ ★ ★ " VOICES OF WOMEN - VOW " ★ EVENTS TO COME IN ★: A Supporters' salon about women and girls as "leaders" featuring VOW's Board Director Debbie Martinez. ***August: VOW will collaborate with Moxie Theatre to stage a reading of Seven (a play about seven global women written by seven female playwrights). ***October 24: VOW's 5th Annual Beyond Borders Benefit when we will honor the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs. November 8: Five Rings Financial will stage a 2nd Expo to benefit VOW. email: info@voicesofwomen.org­ phone: 858-642-6771 web: http://www.voicesofwo...­

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    ★ ★ ★ III.  LINKS ★ ★ ★
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    LINK:  Here are some YouTube links related to last night’s DFA/PDA discussions.  You might want to forward them to the group.   This is the link to “The Dream is Now,” Which is a 30 minute documentary about immigration. http://YouTu.be/zfiInvpjPtI­
    LINK: And people might be interested in a one and a half minute video Mike and John put together last year about San Onofre and Brian Bilbray at: http://YouTu.be/HOZhB-I_mqc­
    LINK:★ FREE BUMPER STICKER: Democracy for America Liked · 13 hours ago   FREE BUMPER STICKER! Show that you stand with America's future -- Let us know which you would like and we'll put one in the mail. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/12sWV08­
    LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HjZqDIfvN0­ Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan will discuss his concerns about the inherent dangers posed by nuclear reactors. He will be joined by former U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chair Gregory Jaczko, who has emerged as a leading critic of safety at U.S. nuclear power plants. The Friends of the Earth event will be available live both to reporters in San Diego and via Webcast to members of the news media elsewhere in the U.S. News event speakers will be: The Honorable Naoto Kan, former Prime Minister of Japan from June 2010 to August 2011; Gregory Jaczko, former chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from May 2009 to July 2012; Peter A. Bradford, adjunct professor at the Vermont Law School, a former member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and a former utility commission chair in New York and Maine; Arnold "Arnie" Gundersen, chief engineer of the energy consulting company Fairewinds Associates, and a former nuclear power industry executive; and Dave Roberts, County Board of Supervisors, San Diego.  *
    A live Webcast from this news event will be available to reporters outside of San Diego, CA., starting at 8:30 a.m. PDT/11:30 a.m. EDT on June 4, 2013, at http://av4b.com/live/­
    http://news.yahoo.com/former-japanese-prime-minister-ex-head-u-nuclear-150000654.html;_ylt=AwrNUbGhg7JRrxUAuAbQtDMD­
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