Thursday, November 26, 2015
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Monday, November 23, 2015
[SDCPJ] Fwd: The House vote hurts Syrian and Iraqi refugees. We can't let the Senate make the same mistake
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Action Alert Network: Take Action for Peace
Last week, the House of not always so Representative(s) voted for the misnamed American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act, aka the stiff the Syrian and Iraqi refugees bill to put more hurdles in the way of desperate people fleeing wars and carnage for which the U.S. bears much responsibility. Forty-seven Democrats joined all but two Republicans in supporting this fear-mongering wrong-headed reaction to the recent tragic attacks in Paris. The vote in the House is right on the cusp of the 2/3 majority needed to override a promised presidential veto.
We can't let the Senate make the same mistake. While Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says he will keep a similar bill from even being voted on in the Senate, we need to raise our voices, especially as the issue could be attached to a must-pass Omnibus spending bill in a few weeks, even if the Senate doesn't vote on the anti-refugee bill.
Please make two calls to your Senators today. You can reach their Washington, DC offices via the Congressional switchboard at 844-735-1362. As Congress is in recess for the Thanksgiving holiday, you may have better luck calling their home offices. You can find those phone numbers on your Senators' websites or via links from this page http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
Please tell your Senators to oppose any and all attempts, such as the House bill, to make it harder for refugees from Iraq and Syria to come to the U.S. Instead, we should not only welcome but provide more assistance to refugees.
The moral stakes are simple -- the golden rule on a global scale. What would we want for our families if our communities were torn apart by unthinkable violence? The United States has a proud tradition of welcoming the persecuted. Now is no time to turn back on that tradition.
Please call the Capitol Switchboard now: 844-735-1362. Urge your Senators to vote no on bills that would stop the US from welcoming these refugees.
Thank you in advance for your compassionate action.
Tell your Senators to oppose SAFE or any bill like it.
Please call the Capitol Switchboard now: 844-735-1362.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Opening night features The Wanted 18, an award-winning film that tells the true story of Israeli authorities' attempt to capture 18 Palestinian-owned cows which they deemed to be a security threat. The festival also will screen the US premiere of Queens of Syria about Syrian women refugees in Jordan putting on a production of the classic Greek play Trojan Women about the effects of war on women. Go to www.SanDiegoAFF.org for more information and to see trailers.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Dear Friends,Please take time out to pack the courtroom and show solidarity.The long-awaited hearing on our appeal of the October 2014 trial court ruling in the Che Café unlawful detainer (eviction) lawsuit is upon us.November 18, 20152:30 pmAppellate Division of the Superior Court, 220 West Broadway, San Diego, CA.
It's in the presiding department on 2nd floor. It's a big room by the elevators.
It will be before a three judge panel.
Although we negotiated a "suspension" of eviction enforcement action with the UCSD administration on July 15, 2015 and opened talks -- weekly meetings -- with them to resolve the conflict peacefully, the administration still has the legal "right" to complete the eviction process and has refused to ask the trial court to set aside the eviction ruling or, alternatively, has refused to negotiate a legal settlement out of court to resolve our appeal of that ruling. They are hanging on to the chance of winning the appeal. We all have to ask "why?"
WHAT IS AT STAKE?
1) If we win then the June 13, 2014 Notice of Termination of the Che Café lease will be nullified;
2) If we win then the 2006-2016 Master Space Agreement (MSA) lease will be reinstated;
3) If we win then the UCSD administration will be ordered to comply with the dispute resolution procedure contained in the MSA; ironically, the last step in that procedure (Chancellor Review) is similar to what we have been doing with the Che delegation meetings with the Chancellor and his administration since July 15, 2015;
4) If we win then the eviction ruling will be overturned and the eviction order posted on the Café in March 2015 will be nullified;
5) If we win then the court may order the UC Regents and UCSD administration to pay our legal expenses (over $20K, so far);
6) If we lose then it is unlikely that the UCSD administration will immediately change course and stop the positive negotiations we have had since July 2015 -- to resolve the dispute without an eviction confrontation and with the administration agreeing instead to pay for some or all building repairs and maintenance work -- but the administration would be on stronger legal ground if they changed their public position again and decided to push forward with eviction;
7) If we lose then both a trial court and an appellate court would have rubber-stamped a "right" of the UCSD administration to ARBITRARILY terminate a student coop lease. The long term ramifications for all four of the current student/worker-owned and operated coops* could include constant risk of eviction and no security of their place on the campus. Whether new protections against arbitrary eviction could be written into a new lease, and hold up in court, would be in question;
8) If we lose then we may have to depend even more than we have (which is substantial and impressive already) on direct action and public pressure to not only Save the Che Café, but to Protect All the Coops.
Che Café Support Network
* The four current UCSD student/worker cooperatives are:
The Food Co-op
The General Store Co-op
The Che Café
See background information on the UCSD admnistration's attack upon the Che Café and the Save the Save the Che Café Campaign at http://newindicator.com/wp/
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Joyce Beers Community Center ~ Hillcrest - 3900 Vermont
1.5 blocks north of Univ. Av, near Panera's & Aladdin's Restaurant
Is Racism Alive and well in America?
Dynamic Panel with
Public Discussion Q&A
Monday, 7 pm Nov. 16
*Come Hear panelists and participate:
Tayari Howard Moderator: ASD Board Member, KBLK, KNSJ, NAN-SD, Black Men United
Channing Moore: NUBIAN
Jose Medina - Freedom Road, EHC
Andrew Le - ASD; On Mass Incarceration
Reverend Shane Harris: National Action Network (NAN-SD)
Many people claim that the USA's melting pot is heading for a color-blind society in the near future.
Racial justice activists point out the rising economic and racial divide,
the growing re-segregation of our schools, mass incarceration, police shooting ,
'gang injunctions, growing unemployment among communities of color
--especially among youth, ever-tighter voting restrictions
Participate in the Dialogue:
Racism: WHAT'S YOUR OPINION?
WHAT ACTIONS AND SOLUTIONS DO ACTIVISTS PROPOSE?
for more info: 619-871-9354 or ActivistSD@gmail.com
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