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*** TUES AUG 13 at 10:00AM  " Come, Join us in presenting DUNCAN HUNTER ~ THE CLIMATE DENIER AWARD! " In case there is confusion about the purpose of this event:  This is to call out Duncan Hunter and shame him for being a denier of climate change. See: https://my.barackobam...­ A climate change denier is someone who denies, downplays or dismisses the scientific consensus on the extent of global warming, its significance, and its connection to human behavior.  Shame on any Congressman who continues to doubt or deny the planet is getting warmer.  Related article:   http://www.huffington...­ Event RSVP link: https://my.barackobam...­ RSVP: https://my.barackobam...­ *Where:   1611 N. Magnolia St. Suite 310  El Cajon, CA 92020 All other issues are irrelevant if we don't protect our planet.    Please come out and help us call out climate change deniers like Duncan Hunter.  Congratulations, Duncan.   Rhoda Quate Neighborhood Team Leader, Organizing for Action (OFA)  (619) 742-9555 (cell)


***** TUESDAYS ***** at  4:00 -6:00PM "MARTHA'S OVERPASS BANNER EVENT ~ CLAIREMONT/MISSION BAY BRIDGE ~   TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership), also known as NAFTA on steroids." Martha's Overpass Banner event Come and banner on bridges to let people know about the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership), also known as NAFTA on steroids.  INFO: http://www.citizen.or...­  . We will also have info flyers to hand out to passers by. See you there!  Martha Sullivan Where: Tuesdays: Clairemont Drive over the I-5, park at Mission Bay Visitor's Center just west of the overpass: 4 to 6 pm, need at least 8 people.


*** TUES AUG 13  WEDNESDAY: Leaving at 5 a.m. " Join the road to citizenship caravan to Bakersfield  Caravan to Bakersfield for a Commonsense Immigration Process " WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 14, leaving at 5 a.m. WHERE: ASSEMBLE & MEET AT San Diego Central Labor Council, 3737 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, 92108 Can you make it?   Working families and community members from San Diego and all over California are joining a caravan to Bakersfield to demand a vote on comprehensive immigration reform.  Why Bakersfield? That's the district of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the No. 3 ranking Republican in the House of Representatives. McCarthy has the ability to influence House leadership like few others can to get a vote on a commonsense immigration process that includes a road map for citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans.  People will begin assembling for the caravan depart San Diego at 5 a.m. A rally and march to Rep. McCarthy's office. Click here to RSVP now: http://afl.salsalabs....­

***TUES AUG 13 at  7:00 - 9:00PM  " CLAIREMONT DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETING " Website: http://clairemontdems...­ Contact: Where: Boomerangs Gourmet Burger Joint, 4577 Clairemont Dr., San Diego, California 92117


*** WED AUG 14 at  " CARAVANS & RALLIES ALL OVER CALIFORNIA  ~  TO DEMAND A VOTE on COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM " Next week, dozens of groups from all over California are joining a caravan to Bakersfield to demand a vote on comprehensive immigration reform. Why Bakersfield? That's the District of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the #3 ranking Republican in the House of Representatives. He has the ability to influence House leadership like few others can.   On Wednesday, August 14th, join thousands of Californians from all across the state as we caravan through Bakersfield for immigration reform, and conclude with a rally at Rep. McCarthy's Bakersfield office. Caravans will be leaving from Sacramento, Salinas, Modesto, Fresno, LA and Orange County ( FOR DETAILS go to: http://www.calaborfed...­ )  & HOPEFULLY SAN DIEGO! . All working families and immigrant rights activists are welcome to join this historic event!   Contact: "Susan Sachen, California Labor Federation"  Email:  Website: http://www.calaborfed...­

***THUR AUG 15 at 4:00PM - 6:00PM  JOIN MEDEA BENJAMIN &  THE SAN DIEGO VETERANS FOR PEACE ~  for the One Year Anniversary of Anti-Drone Protests at General Atomics in Poway.    Where: Scripps Poway Parkway and Stowe Drive, Poway CA. This is the same place as the April No Drone days demonstration was.  This location has parking to the South East at Costco and Home Depot and on the North side some in the strip mall.     Martha Sullivan


***THUR AUG 15 at 6:00pm - 8:30PM " CHICANO DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION MEETING " Agenda: Business meeting of the Chicano Democratic Association. Contact: Website: http://www.chicanodem...­   *Where: Malcolm X Library, 5148 Market St, San Diego, 92114

*** THUR AUG 15 at 7:00pm Women in Comics Panel As part of the current exhibit, "Wonder Women: On Paper and Off," a second panel discussion highlights the joys and challenges of women in the comic and gaming industries. Panelists include professional comic artists: Jackie Estrada, Joyce Farmer, Laurie Fuller, and Kacey Helms. AT THE MUSEUM * Where: Women's Museum of California located in NTC Liberty Station,  Barracks 16 2730 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, 92106 Phone: 619 233-7963 FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Save your seat by emailing ______________________________
***** FRIDAYS ***** AUG 16 at  4:00 -6:00PM "MARTHA'S OVERPASS BANNER EVENT  ~ IN HILLCREST on ROBINSON & TENTH OVER 163 BRIDGE ~   TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership), also known as NAFTA on steroids  IN HILLCREST " Martha's Overpass Banner event Come and banner on bridges to let people know about the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership), also known as NAFTA on steroids.  INFO: http://www.citizen.or...­ We will also have info flyers to hand out to passers by. See you there! Fridays - Where: Robinson and Tenth on the bridge over the 163 in Hillcrest from 4 to 6 pm, need at least 8 people. Martha Sullivan

*** 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)


***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 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 : WEBSITE: http://www.familyequa...­ ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook....­


***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: *Where: MOXIE Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115 VOW WEBSITE: http://voicesofwomen....­

*** MON AUG 19 at 1:00pm to 2:30PM  Please join Democratic Whip STENY HOYER & SCOTT PETERS for a unique dialogue at UC San Diego about how Congress can support America's growing innovation economy. The invitation for this special event. With Welcoming remarks  by UC San Diego Chancellor PRADEEP K. KHLOSLA. Introductions by the HONORABLE LYNN SCHENK. Discussion Panel also includes •MARK CAFFERTY, President/CEO, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation • JOHN DUNN, Board of Directors CONNECT •MADGA MARQUET, Phd., Chair, Board of Directors, BIOCOM • JERRY SANDERS, President & CEO, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce •HOLY SMITHSON, President & COO CLEANTech San Diego • The Panel will include executives from San Diego's most engaged economic  development  and Trade Organizations.  During this special dialogue, panel members of this high level panel will discuss what is needed from WASHINGTON, D.C. to support San Diego's & America's science and innovation economy.    Space is limited, so RSVP soon.  Please respond by NOON, Friday August 16,2013 to Arvil Parhash at Or you have more questions please call (858) 455-5550. Hope to see you there.   Sincerely, Scott Peters Member of Congress Where: The Great Hall, UC San Diego, Parking Available in the Pangea Structure. Info & Contact:

***TUES AUGUST 20 at 6:45PM – 8:15PM "Join Us for SD350 Monthly Meeting -   Great way to learn what is working on, how you can get involved, and to meet like-minded climate activists. We encourage carpooling to all our events. If you’d like to carpool please email and we will try to find you a ride/rider August 20th 6:45 pm Join us for the August Membership meeting at Dudek - Where: Dudek (605 3rd Street Encinitas, CA 92024) It's a great way to learn what is working on, how you can get involved, and to meet like-minded climate activists. Details. Join our Facebook Page and invite your friends.


*** 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: When Wed Aug 21, 2013 11am – 1:30pm Where: Golden Hall, 202 C Street, Downtown San Diego


*** SAT AUG 24 at  6 - 9 PM " VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN " NO MORE EXCUSES! STOP IT NOW! " San Diego Campaign Kick-Off Saturday, Aug. 24th 6 - 9 PM * Where: World Beat Center - 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101 Presented by Women Occupy San Diego In parnership with: League of Women Voters-San Diego, International Museum of Human Rights at San Diego Women's Equity Council, United Nations Association, San Diego Chapter Women's Museum of California, Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition The recent spotlight on sexual harrassment in San Diego is indicative of what women endure every day, in all areas of our lives: in our homes, our workplace, our military and in public. We declare San Diego as Ground Zero for ending violence against women in every form. Join the conversation and the movement. No more excuses - Stop It Now! * Where: World Beat Center - 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101


*** SAT AUG 24 at  9:30AM Brunch & Forum From 10:00AM to 2:00PM " WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY: YOUR VOICE COUNTS In SAN FRANCISCO " The San Francisco Department on the Status of Women Women (SFDOSW) and Women's Intercultural Network (WIN) invite you to join us for lunch celebrating the 93rd Anniversary of US women achieving the vote, honoring key social justice activists, with provocative conversation,  good food and great networking. We will also acknowledge the 25th Anniversary of the March on Washington in process in DC also.  Forum tables on the issues driving California women with policy activists, legislators, interested media, corporate partners and everyday women and girls of all ages and cultures       Every five years we 'reboot' our agendas for a California and US Women's Plan of Action that go to the global agenda at the UN. This is a critical year to launch an effort for the most important gathering of women since 1995 - a celebration of Beijing+20 in 2015.   Join us on August 24th and hear about a game plan for the first grassroots US Women's Plan of Action since 2000 and for San Francisco's leading role in the first National Women's Conference since 1978. We are launching a REBOOT of the US WOMEN'S PLAN OF ACTION that will go to the UN Beijing+20 Review and give women and girls a stronger voice in US and global deliberations.    The discussions that we hold and the stories we hear on August 24th will be included in these Action Plans. We need to hear the voices of all California women and girls  and YOUR VOICE COUNTS.    See last year's Equality Day page for an idea of the energy generated by participants with some of the outcomes.  (   Event Highlights:  Rebecca Blanton, Executive Director, California Commission on  the Status of Women and Girls, dynamite researcher, activist and political psychologist;   Lys Anzia, Founder and Editor-at-Large, WOMEN NEWS NETWORK, and other Special Guests to be announced.  Follow this page and the WIN and SF DOSW Facebooks for program updates and other highlights. Where :African America Arts and Culture Complex, Hall of Culture, 3rd fl San Francisco, CA Register Here: http://winaction.brow...­

***  SUN 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 Martin is 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 Where:  San Diego Marriott, Mission Valley - The Pavillion, 8757 Rio San Diego Drive, SD CA 94108

*** MON AUG 26 at   Monday, August 26, 5 pm WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY Let's celebrate and acknowledge the 72-year struggle by those dedicated women who fought to gain the right to vote in 1920!     We invite you to join us in conversation about today's meaning and interpretation of "Women's Equality" in the community, the home and the workplace.  Share your stories of equality issues from your life and enjoy hearing about the experiences of other women.     We need to talk!  Refreshments will be served.  FREE Women's Museum of California Phone: 619-233-7963 * Where Women's Museum of California,  2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, San Diego, CA 92106 619-233-7963


*** TUES AUG 27 at 6:00PM "   PAINT & PALATE  & FUN  ~  DISCOVER YOUR CREATIVE SIDE  ~    AND HELP RAISE MONEY FOR A GOOD CAUSE! " Have fun painting and sipping wine while raising money for the Women's Museum of California and STAT! (Soroptimists Together Against Trafficking). Join us Tuesday August 27, 6pm at the Women's Museum of California.  No experience necessary! Paint and Palate will bring all the supplies you need to create your very own masterpiece in the style of a famous woman painter of our time.  A great GIRL'S NIGHT OUT event. You may be the next Georgia O'Keefe! Register Now! Go to:­ If you have any further questions about the event or registration please email us at or call us 619 233 7963. Thanks and hope to see you at the event!     Women's Museum of California Phone: 619-233-7963 * Where Women's Museum of California,  2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, San Diego, CA 92106 619-233-7963

*** WED AUG 28 at 7:00Pm  Wednesday, August 28, 7 pm  FREE MOVIE NIGHT This award winning film sheds light on the controversial issue of population growth and humanity's most pressing social and environmental problems. The film treats overpopulation as a symptom of a "domination system" that for most of human history has glorified the domination of man over nature, man over child, and man over woman.  The first step in breaking this pattern is to raise the status of women worldwide.  "Mother" is a gentle treatment of a brutal issue that urges humanity to work together to bring about a peaceful, just and sustainable world. Women's Museum of California Phone: 619-233-7963 * Where: Women's Museum of California,  2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, San Diego, CA 92106 619-233-7963

*** THUR AUG 29 at  5:00PM Thursday, August 29, 5 pm SUFFRAGE RALLY and PARADE Balboa Park, 6th and Laurel  One of our most popular events! Dress up in vintage clothing, bring your organizations banners and signs, and  *Where: Meet us at the Kate Sessions statue at 5 pm for an old fashioned RALLY with famous women activists, past and present. Then, march across the Laurel Street Bridge into the Organ Pavilion and onto the grassy area for a picnic, concert and networking. Suffrage Flyer you can print - Call 619= 233=7963 email: Women's Museum of California located in NTC Liberty Station,  Barracks 16 2730 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, 92106  619 233-7963


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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.


***WED SEPT 4  at 7-8:45PM " San Diego DFA & San Diego PDA Metro MEETUP " • Guest Speaker: TBA . Email: *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:­

??? ***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:­

* 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 ($25 per adult, $10 for children under 12) or call (858) 277-3367.


*** 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 or 619-994-9648. If you are unable to attend but would still like to contribute, click here: https://secure3.convi...­[/url]...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



-  ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE? " THE LARGEST ONE DAY HIV/AIDS FUNDRAISER in SAN DIEGO COUNTY! " Where: IN BALBOA PARK Summer To-Do List – Register for AIDS Walk San Diego! GO  TO:­ 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 or visit and “like” our Facebook page at­. Where: IN BALBOA PARK
*** 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 then visit and “like” our Facebook page


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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:­ 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.

***WED OCT 2 at 7-8:45PM  " San Diego DFA & San Diego PDA Metro MEETUP " • Guest Speaker: TBA . Email:­ *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:­

***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 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 for assistance or more details.  REGISTER at:­
** 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:­ 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 email:­, or call (858) 277-3367.


*** SAT OCT 19 AT  6:00PM - 10:00PM" 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 Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Same Event: THE CENTER'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY GALA  Date: Saturday, October 19, 2013 Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront From a single answering machine set up in a utility closet to a thriving community center that provided more than 50,000 service visits last year alone, The San Diego LGBT Community Center has grown steadily for forty years.  Now, we invite you to join over 800 of your closest friends to celebrate The Center’s Ruby Anniversary! Enjoy a lively silent auction, 3-course gourmet dinner, signature cocktails and lots of dancing as we recall the triumphs and challenges of the last four decades. Whether you wore bellbottoms, stirrup pants, bike shorts or skinny jeans when you first came to The Center, we hope that you will save the date for this special anniversary gala and journey with us across the years from Disco to Techno. Proceeds benefit more than 40 vital community programs and services at The Center. Tax ID#: 23-7332048

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


***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:­ phone: 858-642-6771 web: http://www.voicesofwo...­

*** 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...­ 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


★ ★ ★ ***** ★ ★ ★ NOVEMBER 2013 ★ ★ ★ ***** ★ ★ ★

***WED NOV 6 at 7-8:45PM " San Diego DFA & San Diego PDA Metro MEETUP " • Guest Speaker: TBA . Email:­ *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:­


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!   `


*** 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: (858) 597-0240 Registration Start Time:  6:30 AM  Walk Start Time:  8:00 AM  Length of Walk: 5K  REGISTRATION & EVENT I NFO:­


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***WED DEC  4  at 7-8:45PM  " San Diego DFA & San Diego PDA Metro MEETUP " • Guest Speaker: TBA . Email:­ *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:­


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★ ★ ★ *****  II.  ANNOUNCEMENTS & INFO  ****** ★ ★ ★

★ #  1.  From John Mattes: Carol can you post this on your email when it goes out  Begin forwarded message:

Help Us pick our next Mayor..Draft Lori or Donna for Mayor Help Us pick our next Mayor..Draft Lori or Donna for Mayor   We don't know exactly when our mayor may be leaving office.
But, we need to be ready to keep Progressive ideals and causes from leaving with him.
The time is now to move the conversation from what it is to what it should be. Now let's start a  discussion of which Progressive candidate should be mayor rather than which Republican or which corporate Democrat should run.
The Race has to be about respect .
Respect for women • Respect for workers • Respect for taxpayers
After much discussion , we concluded that Donna Frye or Lori Saldana are the kind of leaders we need as our next mayor and they have more of a chance of winning a special election than most others likely to run.
Join us in a draft Donna Frye for Mayor and draft Lori Saldana for Mayor banner waving! This coming Friday, August 16th 4:00pm to 6:00pm Clairemont Drive over the I-5, park at Mission Bay Visitor's Center just west of the overpass: 4 to 6 pm >>>>>  Bring signs.   Bring balloons.   Bring friends.   Bring Joy. MUCH BETTER CHOICES.COM

★ #  2. My favorite article of the week:

THU AUG 08, 2013 AT 10:17 PM PDT
Walker forced to back off from arresting observers of Solidarity Sing Along

I'm reposting this from Corrente­
In Wisconsin, the Department of Administration has now released a statement that observers of the Solidarity Sing Along will no longer be arrested or threatened with arrestVideos of tourists being threatened with arrest, and complaints from legislators who were threatened with arrest for merely observing the Sing Along, have proven an embarrassment to Walker.
Prior to today, not only were non-participants at the Capitol warned of possible arrest, but in some cases they were actually arrested.
Here's video of Dominic Salvia, a complete non-participant (purely media), being arrested while reporting the protest for his radio show
Dominic sent me the link and wrote me "Here is a third party link recording of arrests. At 10.43 minutes, I can be seen entering the camera shot from lower right. This video proves at no point was I a participating member of the protest, and was simply taking pictures, notes and engaging in brief conversations as media would do. My arrest begins at 14.00 minute mark."

TO SEE THE VIDEO GTO TO: http://www.dailykos.c...­
Dominic Salvia is wearing a white shirt, has longish dark hair, and has glasses perched on his head.
Here's a statement the ACLU released about his arrest:
ACLU Statement on Arrest of Media Covering Capitol Protests
CONTACT: Sarah Karon, ACLU of Wisconsin, (608) 469-5540;
MADISON – In the past week Capitol Police have arrested and cited dozens of protestors, some as old as 85, who have participated in peaceful demonstrations inside the Capitol rotunda.
On Wednesday, July 24, Capitol Police arrested Dominic Salvia, the host of “The Devil’s Advocates Radio,” a talk show on Madison’s 92.1 FM The Mic. Salvia was covering a protest inside the rotunda as a member of the media.

Today the ACLU of Wisconsin issued the following statement regarding Salvia’s arrest:
“The arrest of a member of the media illustrates the vagueness of the Capitol permit rules, which allow police to prosecute not only ‘participants’ in an event that is declared unlawful, but also ‘spectators.’ If spectators can include media, these rules are overly broad.”
Here's another example (someone who was photographing but not participating).
On a completely unrelated note, here's a picture of me being arrested today.
Handing officer a flower as I'm being arrested.
When they took me to holding, they had to describe my offense. Officer's statement was "He was singing and holding a flower". Lol.

Before the Sing Along today, participants took a page out of the Otpor playbook, and delivered flowers and cookies to Capitol Police, along with a statement expressing our condolences for the loss of their union rights and support for their lawsuit against Scott Walker to get their union rights reinstated. That action made it onto the local news channels. Among the flowers, we included red carnations, given their symbolic value (initially used in the ­Turkish protests).

★ #  3. My favorite petition:  PLEASE SIGN CARL MANASTER'S PETITION!

I worked hard to help Scott Peters defeat incumbent Representative Brian Bilbray, because I thought Scott, as a Democrat, would have a better voting record. I want to know why he doesn't vote better than Brian on so many important issues.

That's why I signed a petition to Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52), which says:

"The Affordable Care Act, known by friends and foes alike as "Obamacare", is one of the signature achievements of the Obama administration. It is a step forward in America's move toward healthcare for all. San Diego's Scott Peters voted against it, and we who supported him in his successful bid to depose a Republican incumbent are entitled to understand why."

Will you sign the petition too? Click here to add your name:­

Thank you for signing my petition, Scott Peters, explain why you voted against Obamacare.

To really make a difference, we need a lot more people to join in. Can you share this petition with all your friends?

Click here to share it on Facebook:

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Then, forward the email below to everyone you know.


—Carl Manaster


You Don’t Need a Weatherman to Kick Bob Filner
By Paul Broadway
I woke up this morning thinking about the Bob Dylan lyric, “you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows”.  This lyric is a good explanation about my view of the Mayor Filner issue that is being orchestrated by the rich, powerful, and connected in San Diego.
You see, I supported Carl DeMaio in the Mayoral election.
I should feel vindicated that Mayor Filner is proving that he was not the right choice for Mayor of America’s finest city.  I should feel that way, but I don’t.  From my point of view, I see something that scares me.  I see a political machine that is using its power to force an elected official out of office.
I do not know what our Mayor did to earn the wrath of the rich and powerful, but it is clearly apparent he did something.  The reason that I state this observation, is that most of the early allegations that have come to light occurred prior to his election.
If the Mayor committed all of these acts, why didn’t these allegations become part of the political dialog of the election?  I am sure that Carl DeMaio would have loved this information.
I am sure that Mayor Filner would have never won the election if this information was common knowledge.  Why were the all of victims silent?  Was it because they were being coerced to keep it to themselves?
No person alleging misconduct on the Mayor’s part has stated this to be true.  Was it because they believed that no one would believe them?  I don’t think that this is the case.
We all remember when our Mayor (then a congressman) had a physical altercation with TSA agent.
I don’t think that the press outlets have any reason to keep the allegations quiet until now.  The press loves any salacious story that will drive circulation, so I don’t think that the press would have kept such allegations quiet in an election season.  So the timing of the allegations are suspect to me.
I am not stating that the behavior did not happen.  I am saying timing of the allegations does not make sense to me.
Then there is the politicians response to the allegations.  I am shocked how fast the entire established power structure turned against the mayor on this issue.  You might say it looked rehearsed.
I have seen the Mayor and the City Council circle their wagons on issues that were much bigger than this issue.
I observed the city council vote in November of 2005 to pay the legal fees of former Councilman Jim Madaffer: $244,057.00, Former Mayor Murphy: $209,660.00, former Councilperson Toni Atkins: $206,689.00, former Councilman Brian Maienschein: $170,558.00, former Councilman Michael Zucchet: $2,555.00 and former Councilman Scott Peters: $131,497.00 for their involvement in the Strippergate scandal.
Remember that former Councilman Zucchet was already convicted for his involvement in Strippergate when his fees were paid for by the City. There were redacted statements, closed door meetings, and various non transparent forms of misconduct routinely being committed in the star chamber of San Diego.
No one was up in arms over the misconduct. It hardly made a ripple in the San Diego conscience.  A lot of those people on that list are now serving in office and critical of the Mayor’s request for the city to pay for his legal fees.  This does not add up.  Again, I have to ask myself, who did the Mayor anger to get this kind of treatment from the political elite who have been so generous to indicted peers in the past?
Indictment, that is the next part of this controversy that does not add up to me.  The national media has reported the allegations against our Mayor.  The issue has national attention.  Why isn’t there a string of indictments lined up and scheduled for our Mayor to answer to?
By the news reporting, you would think that your wife, daughter, sister, and mother should stay inside, lock their doors, and watch out for a 70 year old serial groper loose on the streets of San Diego.
Finally, who will benefit if the Mayor is removed from office?  Who has the Mayor shown favor to?  Who has the Mayor been fighting with.  I think that explains itself.  If the Mayor is removed, then the Council President will take his place until an election is scheduled.  What differences are there between the Council President and the Mayor?  Well, there won’t be many attorneys ejected out of meetings under the Council President.
In the final analysis of Mayor Bob Filner’s innocence or guilt, we may never know.  The only thing that  we will know about the mayor is, that he is being run out of office.  This may be deserved by the mayor, but the true reasons may never be known by the people who elected him in to office.  I am a fan of our system’s ideal of someone being innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.  I think that all involved in this scandal has given that concept a black eye.  Stay classy San Diego.
★ #  5. Sent by a SD DFA MEMBER Greece rounding up "undesirables," sending them to camps.
First migrants and recent immigrants were rounded up from Greece's streets and forced into internment camps. Then they threw the drug users in. Next came the sex workers, forcibly HIV tested, publicly humiliated, and imprisoned. Now they're coming for transgender men and women — and the list of "undesirables" just keeps longer. Operation Zeus is a cleansing campaign targeting and imprisoning the most vulnerable members of Greek society, accompanied by spikes in racism, gender hate and homophobia.
There are now at least 5,000 people languishing in these hellholes simply for existing We can still save the people persecuted under Operation Zeus — but we can't afford to stay silent for long!
PETITION TO EU MEMBER STATES: We cannot afford to sit by while another European country rounds up "undesirables" and imprisons people in camps simply for existing. Let the Greek government know it must release these people now.
Click here to sign -- it just takes a second. Thanks,
-- The folks at­P.S. If the other links aren't working for you, please go here to sign:­

★ #  5.
Dear Friends,
We've had an amazing response to our "Don't let Koch money influence public television programming!" petition. Thanks to your support, more than 60,000 CREDO members have added your names to tell public broadcasting to end the self-censorship and air Citizen Koch.
Next up: Delivering our signatures to public television this coming Tuesday. There are two ways you can help:
1. If you're near New York City, this Tuesday, August 13th, join in as we deliver over 250,000 petitions from CREDO, MoveOn, and Working Families members to NYC's public television station, WNET. This will show PBS that there are real people behind the names on these petitions and help deliver the message loud and clear. Get all the event details and RSVP here:­
2. Wherever you are, spread the word about the petition on email and social media, so we can collect as many names as possible to include them in Tuesday's petition delivery.
Share the petition here through email or social media:­
Here are the event details for Tuesday:
What: Delivering our petitions to NYC's PBS station
When: Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
Where: WNET: 825 8th Ave, between W 50th and W 49th Streets, New York, NY
RSVP here:­
Thank you for everything you do, and hope to see some of you at the petition delivery on Tuesday!
PS -- If you have any questions, just email me at


★ # 6. GOOD ARTICLE:  Will left your spirit! Carol

We’re All Being Poisoned by Deregulated Capitalism"
We’re All Being Poisoned by Deregulated Capitalism Submitted by louisehartmann on 8. August 2013 - 8:09 Thom's Blog

There’s an undeclared war going on between the rich and the poor right here in the United States and the rich think they’ve found a way to win it.   They’ve locked themselves into gated communities, lily-white suburbs, and wealthy urban neighborhoods and they’ve priced the poor out.
Happy and blissful in their one percent paradise, the richest Americans think they can ignore how their policies have decimated the poor and the working-class.
Think they can live in a “me” society, and ignore the larger “we society.”
But they’re wrong and here’s why. It’s pretty much common knowledge in the United States that poverty and health are inseparable.

All the major indicators of physical health - diabetes, heart-disease, and even access to nutritious foods – are connected to socioeconomic status.   Just take a look at any map of obesity in the United States.
The poorest states like Mississippi and Arkansas are also the most obese.
You can see why when you compare those maps with one of American food deserts, which are defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as places where at least 500 people live more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store.
Those same impoverished and overweight states are also home to the most barren regions for people who want fresh food instead of the stuff they sell at a 7-Eleven or McDonald’s.
And things aren’t getting better for the poorest Americans. Today, 32 years of Reaganomics have brought us record levels of inequality and poverty.

While most developed nation in the worlds have poverty rates below 10 percent, the official poverty rate here in the United States hovers around 15 percent according to the most recent Census data, an all-time high.
This means that about 46 million people struggle to make ends meet in the richest country in the world.
To make matters worse, income inequality has gotten worse in nearly every state in our country over the past three decades since Reagan became President.
As reported on by the Huffington Post, “Incomes for the bottom fifth of Americans, for instance, grew about 20 percent between 1979 and 2007… [while] members of the top 1 percent saw their incomes grow by 275 percent.”
The rich getting richer and the working people and the poor getting poorer is destroying the health of the American people.
Given these facts, the one-percent thinks it has it made.   But it doesn’t.
While rich Republicans demand fewer regulations and think because they live in gated communities and send their housekeepers to shop at Whole Foods that they’re immune from industrial pollution, they’re wrong.
Earlier this month, scientists at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom explained the relationship between socioeconomic status and toxicant chemicals in American adults.
And what they found was surprising.   As expected, the bodies of Americans from poorer backgrounds were filled with chemicals that were almost non-existent in the bodies of rich Americans. Jessica Tyrell, one of the authors of the University of Exeter study, explained the findings in an article for Science World Report:             “Lower socioeconomic status was associated with higher levels of serum and urinary lead and cadmium, antimony, bisphenol A and three phthalates (substances mainly used in plastics)”  A build-up of cadium, she explained, is an especially important chemical indicator of poverty because it’s associated with cigarette-smoking and poor diet, behaviors that are more common among poorer Americans.
But as the University of Exeter study also shows, Americans higher-up on the socioeconomic ladder also have high amounts of toxic chemicals in their bodies.
They’re different toxins, but toxins all the same.   According to the researchers, rich Americans have higher levels of toxins like mercury. Mercury causes birth defects and neurological damage and comes from eating seafood. And surprise, surprise: that mercury originates in the coal fire power plants on which wealthy conservatives want fewer regulations.
The bottom line here is that toxins hurt everyone, rich or poor.
While poorer Americans may be at a higher risk of dying from cadmium - caused heart disease, rich Americans have to worry about the salmon they have for Sunday dinner.
The gig is up.
The unregulated, earth-destroying capitalism that keeps the one-percent on top is killing everyone, whether they live on the Upper East Side or in the Mississippi Delta.
The fact is that we’re all – rich and poor – being poisoned by deregulated capitalism.  -
See more at: http://www.thomhartma...­ **** Watch the Forum on Fracking  You can still watch our Science, Democracy, and Community Decisions on Fracking forum that took place on July 25 in Los Angeles.  View the Forum Video

★ # 7.

Subject: I just took action to stop the Koch brothers from influencing public television -- join me?

I just took action with Working Families to say that the Tea Party-funding Koch brothers shouldn't influence public television programming. Public television should stop the self-censorship and air the documentary Citizen Koch! Add your name to the petition here: http://action.working...­ ______________________________________

Subject:  FIREWORKS AT 77 BEALE STREET!! Reply-To:  Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility <­>
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: (­).     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:­ And an editorial:­ 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

★ # 9. ★ ★ ★ " UPDATE ON FRACKING: 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.

★ # 10. Good Article in reference Supreme Court Ruling on Voting Rights Act - ★ ★ ★ FIRST Supreme Court's Citizens United Ruling 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… ★ ★ ★

★ # 11 ★ 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.go­
★  If you are STILL IN SUPPORT OF BOB FILNER... 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.­­­­

★ ★ ★ III.  LINKS ★ ★ ★

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.­
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:­
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:­
LINK:­ 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;_ylt=AwrNUbGhg7JRrxUAuAbQtDMD­

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