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sdindymedia | 12/30/16 02:08am

PLEASE join United Against Police Terror - San Diego and The Movement Productions San Diego as we remember the following 23 San Diego Stolen Lives of 2016, reminding us for the new year, we must fight for EVERY life taken at the hands of every branch of Law Enforcement. This will be a vigil/visuals, candles and drawings encouraged. --Read More--

Saturday, December 31 500-800pm
City Heights/Weingart Library and Performance Annex
3795 Fairmount Ave
San Diego, California 92105

San Diego Stolen Lives List || Lives Brutalized by Law Enforcement List (Non-Fatal) || Known Killer Cops in San Diego || United Against Police Terror San Diego

sdindymedia volunteer | 12/05/16 04:38pm

There are at least three reasons why organizing using social media is a bad idea:
(1) It robs us of the face-to-face relationship building that is necessary to develop the trust required to do anything that could challenge the state. f***book events are either toothless or a security risk.
(2) Governments and corporations have finely tuned their ability to use social media for surveillance. The recent revelations that social media platforms were giving Geofeedia, a firm used by pigs, preferential access and that only tw***er committed to not helping the government to build a Muslim registry are only two of numerous examples of how social media are our enemies.
(3) Relying and becoming dependent on corporate social media prevents us from working towards Autonomy. The decline of Indymedia, which corporate social media co-opted and fed off of, is one example of the losses our movements are suffering by organizing through social media.

sdindymedia | 09/06/16 10:53pm

The Dakota Access Pipeline is being built to carry 500,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the heavily fracked Bakken oil field in North Dakota to Illinois and from there along existing lines to Texas. The construction of the pipeline is destroying and desecrating numerous indigenous burial and sacred sites, and threatens the water and environment of lands it is invading. The Standing Rock Tribe, along with many other Tribes and accomplices is saying NO to the pipeline and calling for construction to stop.

Local Kumeyaay and urban Natives are organizing a Rally in solidarity with Standing Rock on Friday, September 9, 930am-300pm at the San Diego Federal Court House. A meeting to organize San Diego's response to the pipeline and to plan for the rally is scheduled for Wednesday, September 7, 500-800pm at Sixth and Laurel in Balboa Park. The organizers are asking folx to participate in the planning on Wednesday and come out to support at the rally on Friday.

NO Dakota Access PipeLine Organizing Meeting
Wednesday, September 7, 5pm to 8pm
Balboa Park
Corner of 6th Street and Laurel

NO Dakota Access PipeLine Rally
Friday, September 9, 9:30am - 3pm
San Diego Federal Court House
333 W Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101

Background: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

anonymous | 08/04/16 05:34pm

On the weekend of February 13 and 14 of 2016, nineteen presentations were shared focusing on the border region of Southern California and Baja California. A purpose of the semillero organized by Sexta Tijuana and San Diego was to better know and understand our region to organize ourselves against Colonialism that uses Neoliberalism to try and save Capitalism from destroying itself. Each day consisted of 3 two-hour blocks of presentations. After each block, there was a 30-minute question and answer segment.

We share with community the presentations of those that wanted to share their word. We share 16 videos along with a translated summary for each presentation. --Read More--

Videos: Angélica Medina || Manuel García Vega “Bule” || Daniela Fernandez || El Flipper || Colectivo Grieta || Jaime Cota Aguilar || José Manuel Valenzuela Arce || Juan Carlos Cota || Mujeres en Resistencia || Nicolette Ibarra || Partido Comunista de Mexicali || Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM) - SD || queer-j brad || Rogelio Ruiz || Waldo López || Yhaira Gonzalez

anonymous | 06/29/16 05:37pm

We call on anyone who practices art to contribute rebellious art, resistant against capitalism, to CompArte San Diego during the week of July 10-16, 2016. Capitalism uses exploitation, displacement, repression, and disdain to attack us. CompArte San Diego is the local version, here on Kumiai land, of the Zapatista Festival and Sharing Exchange ‘CompArte for Humanity.' The location for CompArte San Diego is the streets of our barrios, classrooms, gathering places, anywhere we claim as our communities.

To participate in CompArte San Diego: However/wherever you or your group or collective practice rebellious art between the week of July 10-16, document the art and upload the images, audio and/or video to --Read More--

Update from the EZLN: But we Zapatistas think that supporting the teachers is so important that we have decided…
First: To suspend our participation in the CompArte festival, in the caracol of Oventik as well as in CIDECI in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, which will be held July 17-30, 2016.
Second: To donate all of the money and food we have saved for our transportation to and from Oventik and CIDECI and for provisions while we are there to the teachers in resistance. Read More

Update: Compilation Video

Zapatista Convocation for 2016 Activities

anonymous | 06/20/16 10:09pm

On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in early morning hours several activists and organizers protested in front of the Mexican Consulate office in San Diego to demand an end to the violent repression and attacks against the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) and their supporters by the government of Mexico. The CNTE teachers, along with community, are denouncing the education reform implemented by Mexican President Peña Nieto, supported by all of Mexico’s political parties. This reform attempts to privatize public education and exploit labor, among more horrendous effects on the people of Mexico.

At this protest organized by Raices Sin Fronteras, there was an introduction by one of the organizers, leaflets handed to patrons, and rebellious music blasted from the PA system. Also, beautiful rebellious and resistant art hand drawn with chalk in front of the consulate office. --Read More (with fotos)--

sdindymedia volunteers | 03/09/16 02:55pm

“From Big Mountain to Palestine, relocation is genocide!” sings Klee Benally, Diné activist, filmmaker and former member of the indigenous punk band Blackfire, in his song 'An Act of Liberation.'

Benally refers to two of numerous politically and economically motivated displacements of people in recent memory. For one, the Nabka, 700,000 Palestinians were forced to leave their villages in 1948 to make way for the creation of the state of Israel.

The other was the topic of a screening and discussion of the 1985 documentary film Broken Rainbow, hosted by the San Diego Independent Media Center at the Metate Infoshop on January 29, as part of Enero Zapatista. The film details the historical context, events leading up to, and human and environmental impact of the forced relocation of 14,000 Diné people from the Black Mesa area, beginning in 1974, to permit expansion of the operations of Peabody Coal. --Read More--

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sdindymedia volunteer | 03/03/16 11:52pm

Early this morning, March 3, 2016, armed individuals forcibly entered and assassinated Honduran activist Berta Cáceres, founder of COPINH, in her home in La Esperanza, department of Intibucá in southwestern Honduras.

Our friend and colleague Gustavo Castro Soto was injured during the attack. Gustavo is Mexican and a member of the organization Otros Mundos Chiapas/Friends of the Earth-Mexico, the Mexican Network of Mining-Affected Peoples and the Mesoamerican Movement against the Extractive Mining Model (M4). Gustavo survived the attack and has become a key actor in the investigation into the murder of our friend Berta.

In the context of the terrible assassination of the much loved Berta Cáceres, we call on the government of Honduras to pay immediate attention, to intervene, and to follow up on this devastating moment for the Honduran people. We also call for all legal and political measures possible to guarantee the immediate protection of our friend and colleague Gustavo Castro so that, once he has given his testimony to the Honduran state, he can safely return to Mexico. --Read More (english)-- | --Read More (español)--

Sign the Petition (english) || Sign the Petition (español) || Interviews with Berta Cáceres || Interview with Gustavo Castro

san diego indymedia volunteer | 02/28/16 07:24pm

PM Press author and legal/media activist Kris Hermes spoke at Groundwork Books Friday evening about the ways that activists can use the legal system to push back against state repression. Drawing on his experience organizing with ACT UP and against the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, Kris described collective strategies that dissidents planning an action or caught up in the legal system could implement to avoid or reduce charges, including jail solidarity such as withholding identity, clogging up the court system by demanding a jury trial and refusing to plead out, and developing a coordinated media strategy that paints a sympathetic picture of activists and their cause for the general public. --Read More--

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sd indymedia volunteers | 12/22/15 04:59pm

Orlando Watley, a Chickasaw Native from Corcoran, California, is a political prisoner with a life sentence at Calipatria State Prison in the Imperial Valley. He was charged and acquitted for one crime, a double armed robbery and double attempted murder, and then Riverside County tried to pin another crime on him, a triple homicide, because they were trying to clear unsolved cases by targeting Native Youth and People of Color. Despite being 100% innocent, Orlando was convicted based on falsified testimony and DNA evidence, and has been in prison for twenty-two years for crimes he didn't commit.

On November 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, San Diego Independent Media Center interviewed Kanahus Manuel from the Orlando Watley Innocence Project, which is working to reverse Orlando's conviction and secure his release. Kanahus, a Secwepemc womyn warrior based in so-called British Colombia, described Orlando's case, Orlando's life as an Indigenous political prisoner, Orlando's reunion with his Mother after eighteen years, the connection of Orlando's situation to colonial repression of Native peoples on stolen lands, and the ongoing struggle for justice and freedom for Orlando Watley.

Summary Interview of Kanahus Manuel (Video: 16 minutes) || Full Interview (Video: 32 minutes) || Selected Quotes from the Interview (with Photos) || Article: Secwepemc Activist Fights for the Freedom of Chickasaw Political Prisoner Orlando Watley

For more information, go to
To contact the Orlando Watley Innocence Project, write to: orlandowatleyinnocenceproject At
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orlandowatleyinnocenceproject At

anonymous | 12/11/15 11:32am

El sábado 24 de octubre, en Tijuana, B.C., a las 17:00 horas, en el Campus Etzétera, con la asistencia de poco mas de 60 personas, Presentan el libro El Pensamiento Critico Frente a la Hidra Capitalista: María de los Ángeles Eraña Lagos, Sergio Rodríguez Lascano, Carmen Valdez Pérez, adherente a la Sexta y Miriam García Aguirre, maestra de la Ibero, perteneciente al grupo Dialogantes y simpatizante de La Sexta. El libro nos invita a aprender a ver, a leer, a tocar, a sentir. Aprender a observar el momento, aprender a observar el cambio. --Leer más--

Video: Parte Uno | Parte Dos | Parte Tres | Parte Quatro | Parte Cinco || El Evento in San Diego || Las Partes del Libro en Español más Traducciones Inglés

anonymous | 11/22/15 06:18pm

The purpose of this political graffiti video is to challenge Hip Hop graffiti writerz to move away from the egotistical and tag bang mentality to a more community based, revolutionary way of life. Those of us that study our surroundings and keep our eyes and ears to the streets know the Graffiti element can and should be used to educate, share and spread knowledge amongst those that refuse to be in their skkkools and kkkolleges. Also, this video is to inspire conscious people to take action and hit the streets, share and spread your knowledge too. --Read More (with Video*)--

Prior Coverage: Graffiti Against the System || Political Graffiti in San Diego || Starbux Targeted for Graffiti || Recruitment Centers Defaced || The Co-Optation of Hip Hop: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

*Video must download completely before playing

sdindymedia | 11/17/15 03:03pm

On October 23, 2015, at the Centro Cultural de la Raza, four presenters, three local and one from Mexico City, talked about the new book from the Zapatistas: Critical Thought Versus the Capitalist Hydra. The four talked about capitalism, how it functions and works and how being rebellious and resistant to capitalism can be a way to destroy it. If you were unable to attend this event, take a look and listen to their critical thought versus the capitalist hydra. The audio is in spanish.

Video: Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four || Event Announcement || Parts of the Book in Spanish plus English Translations

sdindymedia | 11/04/15 01:11pm

The Walk for the Ancestors came to our region on November 3 with a gathering at the San Luis Rey mission in present-day Oceanside hosted by Mel Vernon of the Luiseño community (the Ataaxam People). The Walk for the Ancestors is a pilgrimage to the twenty-one California missions to bring attention to their central role in genocide of California Indigenous peoples and to oppose the canonization of the mission founder, Junipero Serra.

The gathering began with a circle in front of the mission in which stories from the past were shared (which I missed because of rain-induced traffic), continued with an indoor drum circle when the rain intensified, and concluded with a dinner and further stories at the adjacent San Luis Rey Bakery and Restaurant. --Read More--

The Walk for the Ancestors will conclude with a closing gathering at Mission San Diego at 400pm on Saturday, November 7, 10818 San Diego Mission Rd, San Diego, CA 92108 (near the intersection of I-8 and I-15 in Mission Valley)

Walk for the Ancestors Report on San Luis Rey Gathering || Walk for the Ancestors Web Site || Event Announcement

sdindymedia | 10/25/15 03:45pm

San Diego Independent Media Center (SDIMC) facilitated getting Tijuana’s Etzétera, formerly known as Casa de Cultura Obrera, 4 Mac G5’s, 4 monitors, and 4 keyboards. Etzétera is a space for organizing against capitalism and fighting for worker rights, among other liberation work.

Etzétera is nestled in fraccionamiento Sonora, just several blocks from the busy 5 y 10. We met with one of Etzétera’s members who accepted the computers that will be used for organizing against capitalism and defending workers predominately in the maquiladora sector, among other uses. Etzétera’s space consists of a kitchen, used to sell food, event room for film screening, workshops, and events, and a smaller room that acts as an office and workshop space too. The outside has recently been adorned with Zapatista rebellious art. And there is a small garden at the side of the house where nopales and plants grow. --Read More (with fotos)--

Etzétera's Web Page (warning: f***book)

anonymous | 10/22/15 08:31pm

We, the Palestinian Youth Movement-USA chapter (PYM), call on all Palestinian youth and our allies to defend our homeland and support the steadfastness of our brothers and sisters in Palestine. Friday, October 23, 2015 at 3:00 pm in front of the Federal building in Downtown San Diego. (880 Front St San Diego, CA 92101)

The Zionist bombardment on Al-Aqsa mosque, mass youth arrests, continuous displacement, home demolitions, and vigilante settler violence has taken the lives of more than 35 Palestinians in the last two weeks and left over 2000 injured. In response to the immense surge of Zionist aggression in Palestine, we in the Palestinian Diaspora must recognize that our peoples resistance is a mandatory element of maintaining survival, bonds to land, to society and to surviving in the face of an ongoing project of ethnic cleansing. But they cannot do it alone.

Flags, posters, and noise are encouraged. --Read More--

Friday, October 23, 3PM @ Federal Building, Downtown San Diego, 880 Front St

Event Announcement

anonymous | 10/19/15 12:04am

Monday October 12 marked a day of reflection and questioning, even though some have already made up their minds on the issue of the "discovery of America," it ​​has not yet been given the deserved analysis and discussion. For over 10 years the dance group Mexica Chicahuac Ollin Tijuana - Force and Movement of Tijuana, celebrated this day of resistance of native nations of this continent with a demonstration of dance and word, to further raise public awareness in the city. Dancing in front of the monument to the young grandfather Cuauhtemoc, in Tijuana Zona Rio, the smoke of incense filled the gazebo and drums were heard loud and vibrant. Our culture is not dead - it is still beating. Read More (with photos)

anonymous | 10/16/15 10:22am

Last weekend the Coalition For Labor & Community Solidarity (CLCS), a group that started as the labor solidarity committee of Occupy San Diego, hosted their second labor conference at the Lincoln High School campus.

The conference opened with a plenary of the local workers and organizers for the FIGHT FOR $15 campaign that is putting pressure on private sector jobs to raise workers wages and advocating for raising the minimum wage. The city of San Diego has approved a minimum wage increase to $11.50 per hour, but is being challenged before it even goes into effect. It will likely end up on an upcoming ballot. The FIGHT FOR $15 folks encouraged voters of San Diego city to vote to approve it and continue advocating for $15 per hour in San Diego County.

The 2015 conference included 12 workshops with a diversity of issues and their intersections at work: students, faculty, women's rights, racial justice, environmental justice, union history, democratic union building, social justice unionism, and international and regional worker struggles. --Read More (with Audio)--

Event Announcement || Coalition for Labor and Community Solidarity (warning: f***book)

sdindymedia | 09/20/15 08:33pm

Two San Diego Independent Media Center representatives recently drove to Flagstaff, Arizona, to deliver 10 mac g5s, 10 monitors, and 9 keyboards to Outta Your Backpack Media, an organization that teaches indigenous youth media skills so they can document the events affecting their communities. The trip was 500 miles each way and we did it in one day.

A big shoutout to all who came to support us at the fundraiser that made this trip possible, especially the revolutionary bands who supported us: Sol Remedy and The I-Ways. Read More (with Photos)

This Friday, September 25, 7PM @ the Metate Infoshop, Colectivo Zapatista and San Diego Indymedia are collaborating to present, Cine en el Barrio: THE SNOWBOWL EFFECT directed by Klee Benally of Outta Your Backpack Media. The film chronicles the struggle over the San Francisco Peaks, sacred sites to at least 13 indigenous peoples of the area. The event will include an activity regarding our relationship to the land, a discussion and snax.

SNOWBOWL EFFECT Event Announcement || Trip Reportback || Fundraiser Rerportback || Fundraiser Event Announcement

anonymous | 09/20/15 05:51am

As part of the 50th anniversary of the Delano Grape Strike recognition in San Diego, on Saturday, September 19 the Silayan Filipina National Organization hosted a screening of the half hour documentary The Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers. The event, held in the nearly full 350 seat auditorium at the central library, featured a Q&A with filmmaker Marissa Aroy and special guest Rob Bonta, the first Filipino to hold office in the California Legislature.

Read More (with Photos and Video) || Event Announcement

sdindymedia | 09/03/15 10:37pm

Support the Kumiai from La Huerta, Ensenada, after a devastating fire ravaged through their community on June 20, 2015. Due to the fire and its destruction of nearly 2/3 of the land, they are unable to feed their farm animals that grazed on the land. Working the land and tending to the animals created a source of income and jobs for community members. Today, some community members consider moving to the city for work. Also, the animals may be sold because there is no longer any food to feed them. The Kumiai of La Huerta need your support to feed the animals until winter and to keep community members from leaving.

Check out the narrative of the fire by Ofelia, a Kumiai woman from La Huerta.

This fundraiser is organized by longtime supporters of the Kumiai of La Huerta.

Click here to support || Pictures of the Community and Fire: 1 | 2

sdindymedia | 08/28/15 09:54pm

A full house crowded into the Digital Gym Cinema on August 26 for the San Diego premiere of the film Ayotzinapa: Crónica de un Crimen de Estado.

The documentary "reveals how the forced disappearance of 43 students and the murder of three others in Ayotzinapa was an organized crime of the state, and not an isolated incident."

The night of September 26, 2014, in the city of Iguala, Guerrero, in Mexico, more the 100 young students of the Escuela Normal Rural of Ayotzinapa, that had left the school to make a public collection to fund their trip to Mexico City, were attacked by police forces, resulting in 3 students dying, more then 20 injuries, and 43 kidnapped by the police, with the involvement of the Mexican military.

Two student survivors of the massacre of Iguala reconstructed the climate of impunity, corruption, and criminality that exists, not only in the state of Guerrero but in the entire country. Through an interweaving story, those interviewed tell the story of the actual decomposition of Mexico, beginning with the crime in Iguala, denouncing that this is not an isolated action, but an event with preceding criminal stories that are part of the political narco-state of Mexico.

Within a few days of the state having perpetrated the crime, tens of thousands of voices, especially young voices, echoed through streets and avenues of cities of Mexico and the world, demanding the appearance of 43 student with life, who were victims of the enforced disappearance, and denouncing this act as a crime of State, which to this day still has gone unpunished.

Proceeds from the screening benefit the families of the disappeared students.

Photos || Event Announcement || Solidaridad con Ayotzinapa: Video ||Caravana 43 || Film Trailer

sdindymedia | 08/28/15 11:19am

While Cali Congress folks Susan Davis and Scott Peters were in Balboa Park at the Old Globe on August 11 waving public funds in the air to local artists, the So Cal Fair Trade Campaign was picketing both Davis & Peters for their YES votes to fast track the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) trade agreement.

The TPP is thought to be a neoliberal free trade agreement that would expand NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) modeled policies to New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Brunei. However, specifics are not known as the negotiations were held privately and documents have not been made public (except a few drafts released through Wikileaks). --Read More--


sdindymedia | 08/24/15 11:47pm

On August 10, Dennis Childs (Professor of Literature, UCSD) spoke about the history and significance of Malcolm X at the San Diego Central Library History Talk for the 50th anniversary of the Autobiography of Malcolm X. A collaboration between Malcolm X and Alex Haley, the book tells the story of the life of human rights activist Malcolm X through a series of interviews that took place between 1963 and his assassination in 1965.

"Something about Malcolm that doesn't often get elucidated - that is his humor, his humerous tone. What kept people rivted for 4 and 5 hours on 7th Avenue and Lenox in Harlem? What kept them riveted? Now the establishment, the media establishment during that time would have had you thought that what kept them riveted was some sort of pseudo-scientific hatred of white people, which is just preposterous. Because what he often talked about was that there was a system, a structure of terror, that made it so, with the attrocities of slavery and neoslavery and Jim Crow apartheid, that something like a healing was taking place in those moments when he was speaking in front of Oscar Micheaux's bookstore on that corner, there was something like a healing involved. And being told by someone who they trusted, who was of them, of their community, that their life meant something. In other words, the Black Lives Matter movement is something that owes part of its lineage to the movements Malcolm X was a part of, either central or tangential to."

Video (110 minutes) - will download completely before playing || Event Announcement

sdindymedia | 08/18/15 06:49pm

Please come out and join San Diego Indymedia for our monthly event - a film screening and discussion @ the Metate Infoshop on Friday, August 21, 700pm.

We will be showing Gringo in Mañanaland, a film by DeeDee Hallack that explores the strained relations that Latin America has with the United States. Halleck says at the beginning that the images of Latin America she saw in Hollywood films didn't match the reality she knew growing up in Cuba. She then uses footage of old Hollywood films, newsreels and corporate advertising films to show that, even in the early 20th century, these problematic relations between Latin America and the US were well known to Americans, even if they didn't want to recognize them.

The film will be followed by a discussion of the role of media in perpetuating racism. Additionally, there will be SNAX! drinks! STORYTELLING! media-making!

Friday, August 21, 700pm
Metate Infoshop
Harvey Milk Street between Centre and Normal
Look for the red lights – can't miss it!

Event Announcement with Flyer