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Human Rights

Harvard student stranded in Mexico returns to U.S.

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014

“In a system that forces people to make risky decisions, the young man is one of our best. He should’ve never been through this,” said immigration activist and attorney,...

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Educational Equity

SDUSD Class of 2016 Better Prepared for 21st Century

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014

New Graduation Requirements area Game Changer at SDUSD Download: SDUSD A-G Board of Education Presentation | Preparing for the Future San Diego, CA: On Tuesday, the San Diego...

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Inclusive Democracy

MTS Ad Policy: Incoherent, Inconsistent and Anti-Democratic

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014

San Diego’s publicly funded transit system bites the hand that feeds it By Anna Daniels – San Diego Free Press MTS-  you are a craven, pathetic mess.  When Alliance San...

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Community Development

Free Assistance to Become a Citizen in November

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014

Are you a permanent resident who is ready to become a citizen? Alliance San Diego and our partners in the the San Diego Naturalization Collaborative along with NALEO and Wells...

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Alliance Updates

SDUSD Class of 2016 Better Prepared for 21st Century

New Graduation Requirements area Game Changer at SDUSD

Download: SDUSD A-G Board of Education Presentation | Preparing for the Future

San Diego, CA: On Tuesday, the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) presented data on the progress of the Class of 2016 in completing the new graduation requirements, which align with the college-eligibility requirements.

In response, Alliance San Diego Executive Director, Andrea Guerrero, stated:

“The data shows that our students are capable of more when we raise expectations. Now we need to ensure that we provide the support and intervention for even more students to be prepared to fully participate in the 21st century.”

SDUSD’s data shows that overall 70% of students who are currently high school juniors are near or on track to completing the requirements: 59% are meeting all requirements, 9% are missing only 1 semester in one area, and 2% are missing credits only in Visual and Performing Arts or a Foreign Language, which they have plenty of time to complete.

The Public Policy Institute of California projects that by 2020, an estimated 75% of the jobs in California will require some college education and more than half of those will require a Bachelor’s degree. To keep up with the changing economy, all San Diego students should graduate prepared to enter a degree program in either a community college or university. The A-G curriculum prepares them for their choice of college and career.

MTS Ad Policy: Incoherent, Inconsistent and Anti-Democratic

San Diego’s publicly funded transit system bites the hand that feeds it

By Anna Daniels – San Diego Free Press

MTS Poster3MTS-  you are a craven, pathetic mess.  When Alliance San Diego launched a non-partisan effort to increase awareness about elections in communities with historically low voter turnout like my community of City Heights, they approached San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) with the intention of buying printed bus ads.

The ads would include the message Vote for San Diego, along with the date of the election. Images of native San Diegans were included with motivational messages such as “Vote for what’s best for your community.”

Did I say that Alliance San Diego’s intention was to buy bus ads?  They weren’t asking for a public service freebee.  MTS declined the request and herein lies the tale of how our publicly funded, public benefit agency proceeded to simply make sh*t up.

KPBS: Group Wants MTS To Run ‘Vote for San Diego’ Ads


By Dwane Brown

Members of a San Diego coalition promoting social justice took to the streets Tuesday in downtown San Diego, just outside the Metropolitan Transit System headquarters. They want MTS to run ads on its buses and trolleys encouraging people to vote on Nov. 4.

Alliance San Diego created non-partisan bus ads with the message, “Vote for San Diego,” with the date of the election as part of an effort to increase awareness about the election. But MTS has an advertising policy that prevents the group from placing ads on public transit.

Rob Schupp, director of marketing for MTS, said the transit agency has tightened its ad policy in the past couple of years. MTS ads are limited to a commercial service — things that can be bought, sold or leased.