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Divisive Rhetoric no solution to Immigration
By Tracy Emblem: - "Congressman Brian Bilbray never misses an opportunity to air his illegal immigration rhetoric on local and national news." Bilbray is confusing the difference between "amnesty" and "an earned pathway to citizenship". Bilbray's untruthful "facts" refuted. Read More

Event Reminders:

What I saw on the Humanitarian Flotilla to Gaza
Thursday, 06/17/2010
A first hand report by Col. Ann Wright: "I just returned from the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and started my speaking tour last night in NYC to share what I witnessed aboard the flotilla, and what people can do to end the siege. I witnessed the Israeli attack that killed 9 persons and wounded 50 on the Gaza Flotilla - the six unarmed civilian passenger and cargo ships that were taking humanitarian aid to the 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza to break the over three year Israeli siege of Gaza."

Dan Connor and Friends Concert at Fashion Valley
Thursday, 06/17/2010
Dan Connor, writer of "Boom Boom", is visiting San Diego and will be playing his insightful and topical music along with Joe Rathburn and Dan Byrnes at the Milano Coffee Company in Fashion Valley.

Hands Across The Sand
Saturday, 06/26/2010
350.org asks concerned citizens to join forces with a new initiative--"Hands Across the Sand," which is bringing together people across the country to stand together against offshore drilling, and for clean energy. "Hands Across the Sand" is launching with a simple but powerful plan: next Saturday, June 26th, at Noon, thousands of people across the country will stand on their local beach, join hands, and show our leaders that we demand a change. Let's draw a line in the sand!

Sixth Annual BVAS Film Festival
Wednesday, 06/16/2010
Join Buena Vista Audubon Society for screening of the award winning film "Oceans Oasis." This film takes you on a fascinating journey through the rich ocean waters and seemingly barren lands of Baja California.

RITZ at the San Diego Zoo
Wednesday, 06/16/2010
The Zoo’s 2010 upscale black-tie event is themed "A Night In Paradise". Proceeds will benefit the San Diego Zoo’s tropical conservation programs in Hawaii and the Caribbean.

OFA Hosts Vista Phonebank
Thursday, 06/17/2010
On Thursday, June 17, OFA will have a Vista phonebank, calling first time voters and recruiting volunteers.

MoveOn Asks Us to Write Letters to the Editor
Friday, 06/18/2010
40,000 barrels a day. That's the latest estimate of how much oil is gushing into the Gulf of Mexico daily, according to a new report—nearly twice as much as the last estimate.1 And yet even now Washington and the mainstream media barely mention the only true solution: ending America's addiction to oil. By organizing nearly 200 oil spill vigils last week that were covered by dozens of newspapers, CNN, MSNBC, and more, MoveOn members have started to force a real public debate about ending our oil addiction. But we need to keep speaking out. One great way to do that is by writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Can you write a letter to the editor of The North County Times—or another local paper—about the urgent need for a real plan to get America off of oil once and for all?

OFA Canvass in Vista
Saturday, 06/19/2010
On Saturday, June 19, OFA will start our first canvass in Vista, knocking on doors of first time 2008 voters.

Fundraiser to Stop Big Box Store in La Costa
Saturday, 06/19/2010
Fundraiser by N. County Advocates to stop Big Box Store in La Costa. Enjoy the live music, food, wine, beer, and soft drinks and a FABULOUS silent auction.

NC Film Club Series Offers The Lookout
Sunday, 06/20/2010
North County film Club is promoting a series of 10 independent, limited release and foreign films at UltraStar Cinemas Mission Market 13 for a season pass price of $40 (popcorn included), five films for $25 (no popcorn), or individual films for (tentatively) $7 each (no popcorn). Each showing begins at 4pm.

OFA Hosts Vista Phonebank
Tuesday, 06/22/2010
On Tuesday June 22, OFA will continue with our phonebanks in Vista, calling first time voters and recuiting volunteers.

Demcco Annual Summer Event
Saturday, 06/26/2010
This is the annual fundraiser for Demcco. It includes a gourmet buffet luncheon from Ciao Ristorante Italiano, a no-host bar, a live auction & 50/50 Raffle. Featured Speaker is Jon Elliott, host of “This Is America” and former KLSD radio talk-show host. Guests are welcome and volunteers are also needed for this event.

DFA Campaign Academy in San Bernardino
Saturday, 07/10/2010
Democracy for America will host a campaign training academy in San Bernardino on Sat. July 10. 1. Learn how to plan and run a winning grassroots campaign. 2. Meet and hear from local progressive candidates. 3. Learn from trainers with decades of experience. 4. Mingle with other local progressive activists at social events. MUCH MORE. July 10 and 11th.

Escondido Democratic Club Meeting
Saturday, 07/10/2010
This meeting will highlight labor issues

North Area Democratic Summer Picnic and Fundraiser
Sunday, 07/18/2010
Live Bands, BBQ, Games and Honored Guests. By Martha Sullivan.

This 'N That

Do your work as though you had a thousand years to live, & as if you were to die tomorrow.
- Mother Anna Lee, founder of the Shakers

If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in the struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Articles & News:

The Christian Fascists are Growing Stronger
By Chris Hedges: - "Tens of millions of Americans, lumped into a diffuse and fractious movement known as the Christian right, have begun to dismantle the intellectual and scientific rigor of the Enlightenment. They are creating a theocratic state based on 'biblical law,' and shutting out all those they define as the enemy. This movement, veering closer and closer to traditional fascism, seeks to force a recalcitrant world to submit before an imperial America. It champions the eradication of social deviants, beginning with homosexuals, and moving on to immigrants, secular humanists, feminists, Jews, Muslims and ... "

Call to Action: Oppose Gregory Canyon Landfill
Please write or email comments opposing Gregory Canyon Landfill to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by June 18, 2010. This project promises to create inevitable environmental destruction by seriously polluting the San Luis Rey River, a local water source for 200,000 Oceanside residents and agriculture.

Obama War now longest in American history
On June 7 the Obama War in Afghanistan became America's longest war in history, exceeding Vietnam. By Mike Honda: - War in Afghanistan: "Many in Washington warrant that "we are in it to win it". Not only is this paradigm problematic given past precedent of similar, failed attempts by the Russians and the British to "win" in Afghanistan, but we are hardly 'winning' now -- another 104 months (some suggest we should stay indefinitely in Afghanistan) hardly increase our chances of 'winning'."

List of Democratic events in San Diego County
This is a list of Democratic and progressive events in San Diego County:


Prop 8 marriage trial closes arguments June 16
The Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial to determine the unconstitutionality of Proposition 8 is reaching its conclusion. Next Wednesday, June 16, attorneys will deliver closing arguments in the case, the last step before the court issues its decision. Also, read EDITORIAL, NY TIMES supporting marriage equality.

Iceland passes gay marriage unanimously
Iceland, the only country in the world to have an openly gay head of state, passed a law on Friday (June 11)allowing same-sex partners to get married in a vote which met with no political resistance.

Major election victories for gays in Maine
On Tuesday [June 8], Democrats in Old Town [Maine] ousted a three-term state representative who voted against the marriage bill last year in favor of pro-marriage challenger Jim Dill. EqualityMaine was key to this victory in which Dill captured 61 percent of the vote.

ARCO & AM/PM get their gas from BP
BP website: "The purpose of our business is to provide products that satisfy human needs, fuel progress and economic growth and to maintain and invest in a sustainable environment. Our US Brands Include: BP, ARCO, AM/PM and Castrol"

Gregory Canyon Landfill's Heated Opposition
The Public Scoping Meeting for the proposed Gregory Canyon Landfill was attended by over 200 people opposing the project. The opposition included representatives from a number of local water agencies, some politicians, members of the Pala and Luiseno tribes, and several conservation organizations.

BP Oil Spill Video from Progressive Post

Please watch & share this video where photos tell the story, Joan Baez provides the soundtrack and Sarah Palin makes us crazy.

Arlington West with HAIR

On a beach full of crosses to raise awareness of the human cost of war, the cast of HAIR sings about the age of aquarius.

Latest Update - Oceanside City Council Race
Continue to check here for the latest information on the race for Oceanside City Council

Hiroshima: A criminal act on epic scale,
The US dropped the first atomic bomb on August 6, 1945 in Hiroshima. The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a criminal act on an epic scale. It was premeditated mass murder that unleashed a weapon of intrinsic criminality. For this reason its apologists have sought refuge in the mythology of the ultimate "good war", whose "ethical bath", as Richard Drayton called it, has allowed the west not only to expiate its bloody imperial past but to promote 60 years of rapacious war, always beneath the shadow of The Bomb. By John Pilger

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