Activist San Diego
September 30, 2014 (San Diego)--Douglas Holbrook, a San Diego attorney, KNSJ radio host, and past president of Activist San Diego, has died of heart failure that occurred while driving over the weekend. He is survived by his two daughters and a two-year-old granddaughter.
February 21, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The 2014 Activist People's Ball will be held on Saturday, March 15 at 7:00PM at the World Beat Center in Balboa Park. The extravaganza is a benefit for Activist San Diego and its newly-launched radio station KNSJ (Networking for Social Justice).
June 15, 2013 (San Diego) – The world premiere of the documentary film “Who are My People?”, presented by the Activist San Diego, will be June 22, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Joyce Beers Uptown Community Center, 3900 Vermont Street, San Diego. The film created by Robert Lundahl is about the environmental struggles, indigenous lands and native peoples. Lundahl and several tribal elders and leaders will attend the premier.
June 1, 2013 (San Diego) –Access to information from truthful, unbiased media are cornerstones to democracy. As KNSJ prepares to launch its public, nonprofit radio station transmitting from Descanso in East County, you’re invited to a forum on media justice hosted by Activist San Diego.
East County Magazine editor Miriam Raftery will be among the panelists at the forum on Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m. at the Joyce Beers Community Center on Vermont Street (one block north of University Avenue across from Trader Joe's).
Joseph Pulitzer observed back in 1883 that the media “should always fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice or corruption, always fight demagogues of all parties, never belong to any party, always oppose privilege classes and public plunderers, never lack sympathy with the poor, always remain devoted to the public welfare, never be satisfied with merely printing news, always be drastically independent, never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty.”
But today, the major broadcast media and many print publications are owned by the very same corporations over which media should serve as watchdogs--and they have are far from impartial . Six corporations control the vast majority of our airways and more. Consider this:
By Miriam Raftery
May 7, 2014 (San Diego)--“How do you beat the national average with below average wind speeds?” Attorney Bill Pate posed that intriguing question at a forum hosted in San Diego recently by Activist San Diego.
Good question. Pattern Energy told the California Public Utilities Commission that it would reach 34% capacity at Ocotillo Express Wind Facility, a site rated just a class 2, the second lowest federal rating for wind speeds. The first three months of data for the Ocotillo project show only about a 19% capacity reached. In the entire U.S., there is only a 22 to 23% net capacity on average.
So how did the project get approved?
EAST COUNTY LEADERS AMONG THOSE SPEAKING OUT APRIL 15 AT SAN DIEGO EVENT ON ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ISSUES
April 13, 2013 (San Diego) – A growing movement seeks to build awareness of social and environmental justice issues related to energy production. While the world has jumped on the “green bandwagon” in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and use of fossil fuels and nuclear, how much difference are alternatives such as wind and solar power really making? What are the unforeseen consequences on communities, public health and the environment? Why isn’t the media reporting on these issues?
On April 15, prominent environmentalists and community leaders will speak on local experiences and on growing national/international movements seeking social and environmental justice. Speakers at the event titiled “Energy Projects, Fracking, and Rights of Mother Earth” include Donna Tisdale, chair of Boulevard Planning Group and co-founder of two nonprofits battling big energy projects in East County, Terry Weiner with the Desert Protective Council and Solar Done Right, attorney Bill Pate who handled a legal challenge to the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility, Peg Mitchell with SanDiego350.org and Citizens Climate Lobby, and Carlos Pelayo, Asociación de Jornaleros y Trabajadores de Casa.
Speakers see parallels between destruction by energy companies in our region to environmental degradation, erosion of protections for people around the world
By Miriam Raftery
January 31, 2013 (San Diego) – Idle No More, a movement for the rights of indigenous people and environmental protections that began in Canada, has spread around the world and has now taken root here in San Diego. Earlier this month, members of local Native American tribes met convened at a forum sponsored by Activist San Diego to share their concerns and invite all people to join the movement.
“We must stand up to unite, to respect the Mother Earth,” Dennis Alto, a Viejas tribal member, said. “We are not just addressing the red nations; we are addressing all people.”
The Idle No More movement arose in Canada as a protest against the Canadian Government passing bills which enabled the government to control lands reserved for native people and reduce environmental protections for lakes and rivers. Tar sands, pollution from mining and other sources are polluting the waters and the lands. Tribal members draw parallels to what is happening in the U.S., where mining, dams, and now large-scale wind and solar projects are ravaging the environment , destroying cultural resources and the way of life for many indigenous Americans.
By Ron Logan
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 (San Diego) – Internationally recognized investigative journalist and New York Times bestselling author Greg Palast will be speaking and signing copies of his latest book, Vultures’ Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores (available in stores November 14) on Thursday, November 17th at 7 p.m. in Hillcrest.
Plus popular East County liberal and conservative talk show hosts return to airways in resurgence of localism
July 4, 2009 (San Diego)—Alpine resident and East County radio personality Stacy Taylor will be returning to the airways soon on Liberty One Radio, organizers announced at a July 4 press conference. “As our forefathers did in creating this great nation, we are here to announce the creation of Liberty One Radio, where your voice and the voice of freedom can again be heard,” Hector Bonilla, chief financial officer said. The station will feature locally-produced newscasts, national and local talk show hosts including East County radio personality Stacy Taylor.