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After a long struggle, San Diego Indymedia is back on the web and coming at you with ~monthly media-themed events (our next event is Friday, July 17). In a media environment dominated by corporate, commercial, anti-community monsters like f***book and utube, we are working on figuring out what our role should be and hope to post some thoughts on that in the coming months. The web site appears stable for now, but there might be a few hiccups in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience.

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sdindymedia | 07/29/15 08:13am

About 40 people gathered on Friday, July 17 for a vegan barbeque at the Purple House in City Heights to raise funds to send a carful of computers to Outta Your Backpack Media in Flagstaff, Arizona. Live revolutionary music by Sol Remedy and The I-Ways was interspersed with radical convos, veggie burgers and potato salad.

Outta Your Backpack Media is a collective based in Flagstaff that teaches indigenous youth the skills needed to document events occurring in their communities, such as camera techniques and video editing, and gives them a backpack filled with the essentials, including a camera and a laptop. The computers we are sending will be used to construct a video editing lab.

We collected enough funds to get the computers to OYBM. Sending love out to Sol Remedy and The I-Ways and to all who came out to the event to support!

Stay tuned for a report on the computer delivery road trip.

Picture and Videos || Event Announcement

Features

sdindymedia | 07/18/15 01:31pm

The community of La Huerta, in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico experienced a wildfire on June 20-21, 2015, that ravaged through their territory. The authorities in charge of wildfires acted in negligence and were inefficient in fulfilling their duties to control the fire. Also, the La Huerta community is in need of support to continue reclaiming their culture, maintaining their way of life, and keep their lands.

A letter from a member of the community, Ofelia, describes the fire, the interaction with the authorities, and struggles the community is facing. Because of significant damage to their lands, support to the community will help them maintain their traditional ways.

Ofelia's letter, in english and español, with Photos || To Support, e-mail ehuatoma@hotmail.com


sdindymedia | 07/12/15 06:38am

This Friday at the Purple House in City Height, San Diego Indymedia is hosting a Vegan BBQ Fundraiser to support Outta Your Backpack Media, a Flagstaff collective that educates and empowers indigenous youth to report on the events affecting their communities. This is part of SD Indymedia's efforts to contribute to a network of mutually supporting independent media collectives in the region to help empower communities of change. Please come to the fundraiser to help support these efforts and indigenous media, and share this announcement with your friends. Thanks!

"Since 2004 Outta Your Backpack Media has empowered Indigenous youth through free movie making workshops and resource distribution. OYBMedia is an Indigenous youth response to the need for media justice in our communities. We seek to create community ownership of media through youth empowerment. We challenge corporate dominated media by telling our own stories and by establishing our own networks and opportunities for media distribution.

We will have Veggie Burgers, Potato Salad, Choc Chip Bars, Drinks and Music by Latin Roots Rock/Steady Reggae local band Sol Remedy (link to bandcamp page). All proceeds will go to Outta Your Backpack Media and SD Indymedia. Bring some cash for food and to donate for native youth! No one turned away for lack of funds.

Friday, July 17 @ 7PM
The Purple House
2561 44th Street, City Heights

Event Announcement w/ Flyer


anonymous | 07/06/15 11:46am

Last weekend indy and diy publishers converged in Tijuana for the first Feria de Publicaciones Independientes (Independent Publishing Fair) hosted at and around Raices Infoshop, off Avenida Revolución opposite the Arch of Tijuana.

The three day festival featured workshops and discussions on feminism, anti-border activism, anarchism, political prisoner solidarity, and film screenings, photo exhibition, bike ride, and live art and music. Zinesters and other indy media publishers from Mexico and southwestern US tabled with a variety of comics, writings, and art.

And vegan donuts. Oh boy were there vegan donuts.

The fair was hosted by Raices Cocina Vegana, a vegan cafe, social center, and radical literature space/infoshop, and Tijuana Comida no Bombas (Food Not Bombs), a collective that gathers and cooks food to give away.

Photos || Event Announcement


anonymous | 07/01/15 12:47am

On the night of November 5th 2014 community members of San Diego gathered to denounce the former Mexican ambassador to the U.S. While news of the 43 sequestered Normalista students was barely a month old, the representative of the bad government of Mexico made his way to the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) to sell his neo-liberal agenda to a crowd of hopeful geo-political junkies. In the wake of an insurrectionary atmosphere all over Mexico on the 47th anniversary of the Tlatelolco Massacre, the Mexican people also took to the streets to demand answers regarding the murder and disappearance of students from the Normal Rural Raul Isidro Burgos in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero.

Under these circumstances, community members gathered and coordinated an interruption of ambassador Arturo Sarukhán's farcical presentation. Not only did these efforts shed light on another mass disappearance orchestrated by Mexican state/para-military forces that was receiving little attention in international news, but it also displayed the willingness of a unified group to defend the lives and dignity of friends and families engaged in social struggle on the other side of the colonial dividing wall. The collective effort was also instrumental in the subsequent unification and coordination that took place between individuals and organizations-collectives to materially effect the social situation both in Mexico and here in the Kumiai border town known as San Diego.

After the community walked out of the room, they continued to chant and denounce outside the building both the attack on the Normalista students and the NAFTA. "Eres embajador de la muerte" translation "You are the ambassador of death" exclaimed a community member who could no longer wait until the sign to begin the action. Why? because Sarukhán was spewing lies and we could no longer let him sell NAFTA as something good and beneficial for the people of Mexico.

Video


sdindymedia | 06/06/15 12:14am

On March 25, 2015 in Vista, California the Pacific Region Caravana 43 group, consisting of two parents and two students, shared their honest and humble words regarded the 43 missing Normalista students forcefully abducted on September 26, 2014 in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. The caravan spent three days in San Diego County; two in South County and one in North County. This video is footage from a Community Forum in Vista’s Public Library. In this video, we hear testimony from the mother of a missing student and a student survivor of the September 26 brutal attack by the bad government. Among many themes in the video, the two discuss impunity of the government, corruption, and Plan Merida.

"For my children, I will sacrifice my life," said Blanca Luz Nava Vélez, Mother to Jorge Alvarez Nava. Keeping her palabra (word) the Pacific Region caravan traveled to 19 cities sharing their story, demanding justice, and the return of the missing 43 Normalista students. The Caravana 43 had a list of 10 talking points that can be found at caravana43.com, among other information, such as how to support.

Video of the Forum || Event Announcements: 1 | 2 || Caravana 43 Web Site


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sdindymedia | 05/31/15 12:58pm

Radio Pulso del Barrio Celebrates their Launch Party with the Community!

Saturday in Logan Heights Radio Pulso del Barrio Celebrated their Launch Party with the Community! Radio Pulso del Barrio is a local radio station in San Diego that values bilingual art, culture, and education. With the help and support of the Logan Heights community, the organizers designed, built and continue to maintain the life of the station to 'empower its neighborhoods by giving residents a voice'.

--Read More (with fotos and video)-- || Radio Pulso del Barrio web site || Event Announcement


Mark Gabrish Conlan | 02/01/12 10:53pm

“By day I was a reporter for KGO-TV” — the San Francisco affiliate of ABC — “and by night I was a writer for the Berkeley Barb,” the Bay Area’s pioneering “underground” paper. Laurence also led a double life of another sort — as a closeted Gay man in an era when almost nobody was “out” in the modern sense — until March 1969, when the firing of a friend with whom he’d appeared in a provocative Barb photo led him to found the Committee on Homosexual Freedom (CHF) and lead the first protests in U.S. history against a private employer for firing a Queer employee...

What they did was mount a picket outside the States Steamship headquarters from noon to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Laurence recalled that his group started with 13 “core” members and ultimately grew to about 25, plus other people on a contact list they could bring out for the States pickets and other demonstrations. Brown recalled that he was made picket captain “because I already had experience leading demonstrations with the anti-Viet Nam War movement.” He sought out training from the American Friends’ Service Committee (AFSC) on how to do nonviolent protesting, but that group — which, Brown recalled, had “organized in the South and risked their lives for Black civil rights” — refused to help a Queer group mount a protest. So Brown bought a dozen copies of the AFSC’s instruction manual on nonviolent civil disobedience and the group’s members taught themselves.

CHF founders realized they needed allies — and they looked for them in the same places modern Queer activists often do: the militant organizations of people of color. In 1969 that meant the Black Panther Party and the United Farm Workers (UFW). Laurence and Brown recalled how CHF joined the UFW’s pickets outside Safeway supermarkets to get people to stop buying grapes. In addition to signs with the UFW’s slogans, they also carried signs reading “Gay Is Good” and other messages from the new Queer movement. Not everyone on the UFW picket lines liked the idea of marching with a group carrying “Gay Is Good” messages. So, Laurence said, they went right to the top. “We called [UFW president] César Chávez, and he said, ‘Let them picket.’”

Later Laurence got a call from the Black Panthers, who essentially wanted him as a human shield to forestall a police raid on their headquarters they’d been tipped was about to happen. “They wanted some white people there,” he recalled. “I went down and it was obvious that I was Gay. The Panthers were impressed, and they taught us. --Read More from Mark Gabrish Conlan--

See also: Gay Liberation DIDN’T Begin at Stonewall!!!


Persimmon | 01/30/12 12:17pm

On Friday, January 13th, Cipriana Jurado presented her work from the last twenty years as human rights defender and advocate for maquila workers as part of Enero Zapatista. The discussion and presentation took place at the Centro Aztlan Marco Anguiano and was organized by Colectivo Zapatista, San Diego. Cipriana has been organizing in Ciudad Juarez since the 80's, when at the age of 14 she started working in the maquilas.

Much of Cipriana's work has been addressing the victimization, kidnappings, murder and disappearances of women by the Mexican military. She is a co-founder of Centro de Investigaciones y Solidaridad Obrera (Center for Investigation and Worker Solidarity). This is dangerous work and she herself has been the victim of state violence. In fact, she is the first person to be granted asylum in the US due to Mexican military persecution. In 2008 she was taken, without warrant, by masked members of the Mexican military. She described the kidnapping in suspenseful detail and witnessed the brutality of the military first hand. --Read More (with Video coming soon)--

Centro de Investigaciones y Solidaridad Obrera || Colectivo Zapatista San Diego F***book Page


PDJ SD Media Committee | 01/30/12 11:51am

The San Diego Peace and Dignity Journeys familia met for an event discussing the upcoming 2012 Journey, a run Honoring the Water, at the World Beat Cultural Center on Sunday, January 22 as part of Enero Zapatista. After enjoying a delicious potluck meal, about fifty community members watched three videos that described the run and indigenous struggles regarding water and sacred sites. They then participated in a circle where individuals described their roots and their relationships to the Journeys and water.

In the circle, director Makeda Dread, noted that the World Beat Center (and the adjacent Centro Cultural de la Raza) used to be water tanks, and the strong connection of the World Beat to the Journeys and to broader indigenous struggles.

Peace and Dignity Journeys is a spiritual run uniting indigenous communities and strengthening indigenous culture that occurs every four years - starting in the South in Tierra del Fuego, and the North in Alaska. Runners carry sacred staffs that contain the struggles, hopes, dreams and prayers of the ancestors and the indigenous communities they visit. Fulfilling the prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor, the runners from the North and South meet somewhere in the middle of the continent. In 2012, they will meet in Guatemala. The Journeys began in 1994 as a response to the 500th anniversary celebrations of the start of colonization of Turtle Island by Columbus. Each Journey has a theme - in 2008, the theme was honoring Sacred Sites and in 2012 it is honoring the sacredness of Water and its life-giving role. --Read More (with Video)--

Peace and Dignity Journeys Web Site || Abuela Grillo Video (struggle against privatization from inigenous perspective) || Video: In Defense of Sacred Site Wirikuta and Sierra de Catorce || Local Organizing to Save Wirikuta


sdindymedia | 01/30/12 04:25am

On Thursday, January 26, San Diego residents filled the Saville Theatre of the downtown community college to remember the excluded history of their city, the Industrial Workers of the World's Labor Organizing/Free Speech Fight of one hundred years earlier.

The evening started off with the premiere of a short documentary about the San Diego Free Speech Fight and continued with local authors Jim Miller and Kelly Mayhew, reading short segments from the novel Flash, a fictionalized investigation of the actual free speech fight and local Wobbly history; local musicians the Proles and Gregory Page performing labor classics Bound for San Diego and Which Side Are You On?, amongst others; and a panel of fellow workers, students, teachers and historians performing a Peoples history of San Diego. The evening ended with an audience sing-a-long of the union anthem Solidarity Forever.

--Read More (with Photos, Video and Audio)-- || Prior Coverage: 1 | 2 || Event Announcement