Border Angels

border angels

Please join us August 28 with Enrique Morones, Executive Director and Founder of Border Angels, and author of “Border Angels: The Power of One.” Enrique will speak about the Border Angels organization, border realities and immigration today under the current administration.  You won’t want to miss this fascinating presentation!

Our meetings are open to the public at no charge and begin at 6:30 p.m. for social, 7:00 p.m. program. Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont – across from Ralphs/Trader Joes.

Notes from July 16 meeting – Starla Lewis – America the Great: An Experience in Diversity

Professor Emeritus Starla Lewis

Club Secretary, Cathie Hyatt, opened the meeting at 7:00pm

Welcome of guests and members
Approval of Agenda by unanimous vote


  • Charlie Brown – Representing Congressmember Scott Peters


  • Leticia Cazares – Candidate for Southwestern College Board, Seat 4
  • Tommy Hough – Candidate for San Diego City Council District 6
  • Nicole Jones – Candidate for Southwestern College Board, Seat 4

Treasurer’s Report: Rosamond Blevins

Meeting turned over to Ellen Nash presiding over introduction of guest speaker

Guest Speaker: Professor Starla Lewis, “America the Great, an Experience in Diversity”

Alyce Pipkin-Allen

Member discussion with Starla Lewis: Alyce Pipkin-Allen presiding

Meeting turned over to Treasurer, Rosemond Blevins presiding

Endorsement Committee Chair, Doreen Mattingly: Invitation to Endorsement Committee meeting on Monday, July 30 at 6:30pm

New business

  • Oren Robinson: City Charter Amendment for Commission on Police Practices
  • Overview and update on the Rules Committee outcome, Cathie Hyatt motioned that DWC officially support amendment
  • Approved by unanimous vote

Announcements from the floor:

  • Kelly King: Governor Brown’s nomination of Bill Gore to the Board of State and Community Corrections• David Myers –
  • Cadmpaign to demand candidates return contributions obtained from for profit prisons
  • Michelle Krug – Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT)
  • Ellen Nash – BAPAC SD Walkathon, Saturday, July 22, 2018

Meeting adjourned: 9:00pm
Next regular meeting is 7pm, Monday, August 20, at Elijah’s Restaurant.

Notes: Cathie Hyatt, Secretary

Marcia Bookstein’s Bookshelf

Marcia Bookstein’s Bookshelf

Here are three highly recommended books.
1. The first is “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn. Beautifully written, it gives you the history of what’s not written in the history books from high school. From the murderous rampages and trickery of Christopher Columbus’ people to the trajectory-changing election of 2000, Zinn takes us on a fascinating journey through our history. Not pretty, but you just can’t look away. In order to change the present in the future, you need to know where you come from. This book will tell you everything you need to know and more. A long but engrossing read.

2. At present I’m just finishing “Reporter,” by Seymour Hersh. I love this book. What a brave and energetic person. He follows a lead and will not let go until he finds his man or woman. (For the My Lai story it’s men he’s after.) When he finds him he’ll knock on the door at two a.m. and someone will answer and want to talk to him! I wouldn’t answer the door at two a.m. The reason they want to talk is because he’s done his research beforehand and knows enough to make the other person want to spill as many beans as possible. What’s fascinating is the reaction of the executive editor at The New York Times. How reluctant he was to put some of this stuff in print. Often Hersh would have to get another entity to publish first. It’s incredible the lengths Hersh would go through to get to the truth, and amazing how, if it wasn’t what was thought to be the truth in the general public, the reluctance to print would be nearly insurmountable. Makes me look at that “newspaper of note” with different eyes. This is a super story and not to be missed. One thing: he sounds like a reporter! This might be a turn-off for some. But this book is a must-read.

3. I’ve read 119 pages of Thomas Piketty’s book, “Capital in the 21st Century.” I started to read this book to help with my insomnia. Economics! What could be more boring, using up lots of brain glucose and putting me into a delicious slumber? Wrong. It’s fascinating, and kept me up way past my bedtime. Difficult for me, for sure. (At UCLA I took Econ 101. After one class and not understanding a single word except for “the” and “and” I gave up. Flash forward a bit more than thirty years and I’m thinking, “I’m not giving up on myself!” I started with The Worldly Philosophers.) OK, full disclosure: I’m still not sure what alpha equals r times beta means. Did I get that correct? Piketty looks at every aspect of wealth and income, private and public, mostly comparing the US, France and Britain, and this is why his book is over 500 pages long and I’ll be reading it into 2020. But what an important book! Now I know how wealth inequality happens (it’s math!) and how potentially devastating it is for a society. He adds in wealth in literature, and the picture is complete. If you can understand it. Apparently this is in the top ten of the most bought, started, and never finished books. But it is super-important to try to understand what we’ll be fighting against for a very long time. And the fight against the super-wealthy is essential. I will tell you why next time in a fabulous and short book by the most decorated war hero this country has ever seen.

Will’s Birthday Message

At the CDP Executive Board meeting in Oakland, I had the opportunity to have some heartfelt conversations with Kevin de Leon — our party’s endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate.

Democrats for Equality,

Thank you for all the birthday wishes today.

When I ran to be President of San Diego Democrats for Equality, we set out a mission to continue our status as the largest Democratic club in San Diego County.

Never in my wildest dreams was it possible to have the success our club has had in the last 2 years.

The elections of Georgette Gomez and Cori Schumacher in 2016 proved that our club could make the difference — be the difference. Today, it’s unfathomable to envision a political landscape without these two incredible LGBTQ elected leaders.

This year, we have a number of opportunities to impact the regional landscape, and I wanted to take the time on my birthday this year to highlight our endorsed LGBTQ candidates (thus far) for November’s election:

In fact, we can make history with all of our candidates.

Craig Milgrim, our endorsed candidate for San Diego Community College in District C, would be the first LGBTQ candidate elected to the San Diego Community College District Board. Craig is a community college professor in Grossmont, and helped his students found a campus LGBT club in 1994 where he’s served as their faculty club advisor.

Together, we can win these local elections across San Diego County, and build a formidable, progressive bench that will pay dividends — not just for our club, or our Democratic party — but for local public policy for decades.

Finally, a friendly reminder about our next club meeting on Thursday, August 16th. We’ll be meeting at 7:00pm inside the Joyce Beers Center in Hillcrest.

In Solidarity,

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
San Diego Democrats for Equality

Cheers! Have a pint on us this Friday.

This Friday join us at Pints for Progress, an event to raise funds for the County Democratic Party’s get-out-the-vote efforts this fall. For a minimum contribution of $25, you’ll receive a complimentary beer and a souvenir “San Diego DEM” pint glass. Your support is vital to ensure that we can register voters, train candidates, and organize to win throughout the county in 2018. Here are the event details:

When: Friday, July 27 from 6:00 -7:30 p.m.

Where: Intergalactic Brewing, 9715 Carroll Centre Rd. #107, San Diego 92126

To RSVP visit or call us at the office at (858) 277-3367.

Cynthia Jurado

ARC Leadership Dynamics

Direct line 619-955-6125

Cell 619-206-5506

6618 Vireo Ct.

Carlsbad, CA 92011