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03/06/2020 - Amnesty International Annual Human Rights Conference
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is an opportunity for members and activists to come together and inspire one another, to learn about each other's efforts and campaigns, to share stories and experiences, and to listen and participate in our sessions and panels.

Throughout the weekend, you will meet and interact with individuals and groups who share your commitment to human rights. We hope that when you leave AGM, you leave with new skills, inspiring stories, and a refreshed sense of hope and determination. Join us for AGM in March!

Registration is only $20 for San Diego residents! Email: fieldorganizingteam@aiusa.orgl to receive your discount code!

Admission/Cost: $20 - $130

Location:
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
10950 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
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Dates & times:
Ongoing from Friday, March 6 to Sunday, March 8, 2020
Friday, March 6 - 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Saturday, March 7 - 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 8 - 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM
03/08/2020 - Amnesty International Annual Human Rights Conference
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is an opportunity for members and activists to come together and inspire one another, to learn about each other’s efforts and campaigns, to share stories and experiences, and to listen and participate in our sessions and panels.

Throughout the weekend, you will meet and interact with individuals and groups who share your commitment to human rights. We hope that when you leave AGM, you leave with new skills, inspiring stories, and a refreshed sense of hope and determination. Join us for AGM in March!

Registration is only $20 for San Diego residents! Email: fieldorganizingteam@aiusa.orgl to receive your discount code!

Admission/Cost: $20 - $130

Location:
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
10950 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
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Dates & times:
Ongoing from Friday, March 6 to Sunday, March 8, 2020
Friday, March 6 - 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Saturday, March 7 - 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 8 - 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM
03/03/2020 -  Talk About Series: Venezuela - What Does It Mean To Live in a Failed State?
The San Diego Diplomacy Council and the Worldview Project cordially invites you to a Talk-About Event featuring Dr. Patricia Márquez, Dean of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at University of San Diego, on Tuesday, March 3 at the Coronado Public Library at 6:30 PM.

The oil-rich Venezuela is a country in crisis with high levels of chaos, anarchy, poverty and violence. Not that long ago it was hard to imagine a Venezuela defined by extreme corruption, the collapse of all basic services and institutions, massive migration, hyperinflation, and significant political repression.

Dr. Márquez will discuss how Venezuela moved so rapidly from being a budding economy with tremendous oil wealth to a bankrupt society in desperate need of humanitarian aid. Through stories of everyday life, listeners will gain a vibrant picture of economic, political and social aspects essential for understanding the complex dimensions of the Venezuelan crisis. This event is co-hosted with The Worldview Project.

Dr. Márquez joined the USD School of Business in 2007 and has since developed the Center for Peace and Commerce (CPC), the Social Innovation Challenge and the USD Changemaker Hub. Her research has focused on the intersection of business and social value creation, with an emphasis on poverty alleviation through market mechanisms. Previous to joining USD, Dr. Márquez was a professor and dean at IESA, a School of Business in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2016, Dr. Márquez received the San Diego Business Journal Women Who Mean Business Award. In 2017 she received the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club Peacemaker of the Year Award and in 2018 the Rotary, District 5340 Pathways to Peace Award and Paul Harris Fellowship.

Admission/Cost: FREE Click HERE to RSVP

Location:
Coronado Library
640 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118
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Tuesday, March 3 - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
02/21/2020 - Where The Light Travels: Portraits Of San Diego Refugee Students
Outside The Lens presents Where The Light Travels: Portraits of San Diego Refugee Students - a collection of collaborative portraiture and audio interviews. Each individual in this exhibition is the face of a wider story - the story of their journey, family, resilience, and joy.

The medium of large format was more commonly used during a time when photography was less accessible and less democratic. An aim of this project was to subvert that context and use this format to photograph an often overlooked and marginalized community. The time and care needed for each shot on a large format camera, with its intricate and antiquated handling, is a way to honor these incredible young people and help to bring attention to themselves and their stories.

In partnership with the San Diego Refugee Tutoring program.

All images shot on a 4x5 large format film camera by Outside the Lens Media Educator and photographer Jana McBeath.

About Outside the Lens: The mission of Outside the Lens is to empower youth to use digital media to create change within themselves, their community and their world.

About San Diego Refugee Tutoring Program: San Diego Refugee Tutoring program is an organization whose mission is to achieve social justice through educational access for refugee students in eastern City Heights.

About the Artist: Jana McBeath is a photographer and teaching artist based in San Diego. Originally from England, she received her BA (Hons) and MA from Manchester School of Art. She is driven by her fascination with the world and her work explores boundaries, change and the transition of things, places and states of being. Her passion is analogue photography and her work spans from the abstract through to documentary portraiture.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Location:
You Belong Here
3619 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104
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Friday, February 21 - 6:00 PM
01/27/2020 - CANCELLED Book Signing: Jeanine Cummins
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED "DUE TO SAFETY CONCERNS"

Warwick's will host Jeanine Cummins as she discusses and signs her new book, American Dirt. Jeanine Cummins is the author of three books: the novels The Outside Boy and The Crooked Branch and the bestselling memoir A Rip in Heaven. She lives in New York with her husband and two children. This event is free and open to the public. Reserved Seating is available when the book is pre-ordered from Warwick's for the event. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

También de este lado hay sueños. On this side too, there are dreams.

Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

Even though she knows they'll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy - two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia's husband's tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia - trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier's reach doesn't extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?

American Dirt will leave readers utterly changed. It is a literary achievement filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page. It is one of the most important books for our times.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Location:
Warwick's
7812 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Monday, January 27 - 7:30 PMN
01/26/2020 - Voices Of Hope: Survivors Of The Holocaust Share Their Stories
Author and speaker Fanny Krasner Lebovits shares her story of loss, resilience and survival during the Holocaust.

Born in Liepaja, Latvia Lebovits was nineteen when Nazis invaded her town. She survived five concentration camps and went on to become a nurse with the United Nations.

She wrote her memoir "Memories, Miracles, and Meaning: Insights of a Holocaust Survivor" at age 95. Now 96, she resides in La Jolla, California and is an active public speaker and community advocate.

Fanny Krasner Lebovits will be sharing her personal story and insights at New Americans Museum on Jan. 26, 2020 to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day and as part of an ongoing speaker series Voices of Hope: Survivors of the Holocaust Share their Stories, happening quarterly through out 2020 as part of a collaboration between New Americans Museum and The Butterfly Project.

Admission/Cost: $10

Location:
New Americans Museum
2825 Dewey Rd., Suite 102
San Diego, CA
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Sunday, January 26 - 1:00 PM
01/15/2020 - 7th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Rally
The Junior League of San Diego’s annual Human Trafficking Awareness Rally focuses on the issue from a local level and explores how we can recognize the signs of those currently held captive.

The main purpose of this event is to listen together, walk together and raise awareness about human trafficking in San Diego.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Location:
6th & Laurel
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
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Saturday, January 25 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
02/16/2020 - Film: Crescendo
When a world famous conductor tries to create an Israeli-Palestinian orchestra, it takes all his skill and resources to overcome the discord and get them to play in harmony, rising to a tense and emotional finale. Loosely inspired by Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, this remarkable theatrical movie takes a special look at world-wide efforts towards understanding, humanity and peace.

This San Diego Jewish Film Festival screening is sponsored by Hands of Peace.

Admission/Cost: $13.25 - $16.25 At checkout, use code HOP20FF to purchase tickets at only 12.25! (Thanks to Hands of Peace!)

Location:
Reading Cinemas Town Square
4665 Clairemont Dr
San Diego CA 92117
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Dates and times:
Sunday, February 16 - 1:30 PM
Monday, February 17 - 6:30 PM
02/17/2020 - Film: Crescendo
When a world famous conductor tries to create an Israeli-Palestinian orchestra, it takes all his skill and resources to overcome the discord and get them to play in harmony, rising to a tense and emotional finale. Loosely inspired by Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, this remarkable theatrical movie takes a special look at world-wide efforts towards understanding, humanity and peace.

This San Diego Jewish Film Festival screening is sponsored by Hands of Peace.

Admission/Cost: $13.25 - $16.25

Location:
Reading Cinemas Town Square
4665 Clairemont Dr
San Diego CA 92117
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Dates and times:
Sunday, February 16 - 1:30 PM
Monday, February 17 - 6:30 PM
01/15/2020 -  The Voices of Peace Concert
The Voices of Peace Concert brings together the Jerusalem Youth Chorus and Voices of Our City Choir to celebrate an evening of Peace and Music and is a fundraiser for both organizations.

The Jerusalem Youth Chorus
A choral and dialogue program for Israeli and Palestinian high school students in Jerusalem. Our mission is to provide a space for these young people from East and West Jerusalem to grow together in song and dialogue. Through the co-creation of music and the sharing of stories, the chorus seeks to empower youth in Jerusalem to become leaders in their communities and inspire singers and listeners around the world to work for peace.

Voices of Our City Choir
Helping San Diego's unsheltered neighbors reconnect with hope and possibility through the healing power of music. Choir members are given opportunities to sing and perform professional gigs all over San Diego. The sense of purpose and joy that music and connection brings to our choir members helps them to make changes in their life that they themselves didn't feel possible previously.

Sponsored by Hands of Peace, The Leichtag Foundation, Voices of our City Choir and The Jerusalem Youth Chorus

Admission/Cost: $10 - $30

Location:
First Unitarian Universalist Church
4190 Front Street
San Diego, CA 92103
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Wednesday, January 15 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
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