Join us for our June meeting Wednesday, June 3 – that’s tomorrow. Be there at 6:30 pm on Zoom, programming to start shortly after that. That’s a little earlier than we usually start programming.
Register here for Wednesday’s meeting
And join us for an unstructured, informal get-together today at 5:30 pm, if you can.
Register here for today’s get-together
Read on for details.
A bad year got a lot worse this weekend, as rioting tore apart La Mesa Village. The riots started with peaceful protests, following accusations by a young African-American man that he was unjustly arrested and bullied by police at Grossmont Trolley Station. You can read about the arrest here at the Times of San Diego: Officer Put on Leave After Alleged Police Brutality During Arrest in La Mesa, which includes an Instagram video that went viral, showing the arrest. The San Diego Union-Tribune has more: Man detained by La Mesa police: ‘If we stand united we can’t be beaten’. And the La Mesa Police Department issued a short statement Thursday, saying the incident is under review.
The arrest and viral video followed the brutal death of George Floyd, killed by a Minnesota police officer and captured on its own viral video.
We’ll talk about what’s happening in La Mesa and around the county Wednesday, starting at 6:30 pm on Zoom. (That’s a slight schedule change, by the way. Programming was previously scheduled to begin at 7 pm, but we’re going to start as close to 6:30 pm as we can manage, so we can fit everything in.)
The meeting kicks off with La Mesa City Council Member Akilah Weber, who just now agreed to join us. Dr. Weber took a leadership role in following up on both the Grossmont Trolley Station incident, and the ensuing riots, and she’ll talk with us about where things stand.
Dr. Weber and our other speakers will also discuss the pandemic, economic downturn, upcoming November elections, and more.
And we have quite a line-up of other speakers, whom we told you about last week. They are:
– Congresswoman Susan Davis.
– Carl Luna, a University of San Diego professor and political analyst.
– Laura Fink, a veteran political operative and analyst.
– San Diego Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who has taken a leadership role on the county board during the pandemic despite being the only Democrat.
– Georgette Gomez, president of the San Diego City Council, as well as a candidate for Davis’s 53 Congressional District.
– Sara Jacobs, who is opposing Gomez for that seat.
– And our own Chris Pearson, VP for Political Action, who will talk about the important downballot seats seeking Democratic candidates.
Find out more about our meeting — Politicos, Pundits, Profs & Pandemics — on our blog.
You don’t want to miss this meeting. Register here in advance to join us on Zoom at 6:30 pm Wednesday, June 3
Or watch the live streaming video on our YouTube channel:
YouTube: La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club
Also please join us Tuesday June 2 — that’s later today — at 5:30 pm, for an unstructured, informal discussion that’ll run about 30-45 minutes. The discussion will give us an opportunity to check in with each other and also get familiar with Zoom:
We’ll approve registrations shortly before the events start, so watch your email then .
Thanks, and we hope to see you Tuesday and Wednesday!
Say safe, healthy and sane.
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