Anti-fracking film “Backyard”, discussion with Calvin Tillman, meeting
Jul 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Join us for an exciting evening to hear about what’s happening with fracking in California, and around the country.

We’ll start with a screening of the film, “Backyard”, a short 28 minute documentary that chronicles the impact of fracking on five people’s lives in Pennsylvania, Colorado, North Dakota and Montana.  You can view the trailer here:


Calvin Tillman

Next, we’ll have comments and discussion with Calvin Tillman, the former mayor of Dish, Texas featured in the Gasland movies. Short bio of Mr. Tillman below.

Finally, we will have a brief update on actions underway in San Diego and California, and discuss future actions and strategy for keeping the focus on halting this horrific practice.

This event is free of charge.  San Diegans Against Fracking t-shirts will be available with a $15 donation at this event.

WHERE: The Community Room at La Jolla Village Square, 8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego CA 92038.  In the lower level of the mall next to the AMC Movie Theater.

Refreshments will be served. Co-hosted with our allies, Food and Water Watch.


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Calvin Tillman Bio

Calvin Tilman is the former mayor of the small town of DISH, Texas. Elected as mayor of DISH in May of 2007, he served two terms as mayor, after serving one two year term as town commissioner of DISH. Due to DISH being the crossroads of many natural gas pipelines, he was active in pursuing state legislation regarding the routing of natural gas pipelines as well as the powers that the pipeline companies have been given. A resolution was passed by the town of DISH regarding this subject and was passed by forty other towns with well over a million people represented.

Tilman originally was a supporter of “responsible drilling” when the industry came to his town, a town where he built his “dream home”. However, due to the impact of fracking and the significant impact to the town of Dish, his children experienced health problems and his property rights were trampled. As he describes, “My dream was taken from me”. He has traveled extensively around the country to all areas where fracking occurs, documenting the impacts to families and speaking on organizing to combat these impacts. As he says, “I travel on my own expense to help communities get in front of this to ban it before it happens. I’ve seen communities destroyed and lives lost. if you don’t get involved and stay involved, the same thing that happened to us will happen to you. You can become DISH, TX, Pavillion, WY, or Dimock, PA, and will if you don’t get involved.”

A veteran of the United States Air Force, he has degrees from the Community College of the Air Force, and Concordia University of Texas, as well as being a licensed aircraft mechanic and pilot. He is married to his wife Tiffiney for fourteen years and has two sons, ages six and eight, and a daughter that is 20 months. Due to concerns for the health of his children the Tillman family moved from DISH in March of 2011, and therefore, Calvin did not seek reelection as mayor. Tillman was featured in the award winning, Oscar nominated documentary Gasland and Gasland Part 2; and also Detroit PBS documentary Beyond the Light Switch.

SD350 Annual Potluck Picnic
Jul 27 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join for a fun, relaxing afternoon at our summer potluck picnic. This is an opportunity to take a break from our climate work, get to know each other, recharge our batteries.

Please bring:
*  a dish or beverage to share (to ensure a mix of dishes, feel free to say what you’re bringing in a comment)
*  chairs or blankets to sit on
*  non-disposable dinnerware, flatware, napkins
*  sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
*  games/sports equipment (Frisbee, volleyball?)
*  musical instruments (guitar, harmonica)
*  your spouse/significant other or a friend who’s interested in getting active with SD350 (kids welcome)

Help keep our picnic carbon footprint low:
*  bike, carpool or take public transit to the picnic
*  zero waste (bring own non-disposable dinnerware, flatware, napkins please!)
*  low-carbon footprint / sustainably-raised food (see “Cool Cuisine: taking the Bite out of Global Warming” for tips)

No raindate – on the odd chance that it is pouring, we’ll have to cancel.

DIRECTIONS: Take Texas St. south into the north end of the Park near Morley Field. We’ll be south of Jacaranda Drive, to the east (left) from Texas St, so you can either park along Jacaranda or in one of the parking lots at the end of Texas. Look for the SD350 banner.

Email us to help (setup/cleanup, etc) or with questions.

Climate Change Workshop
Aug 16 @ 8:30 am – 7:30 pm

Learn. Organize. Act. Build A Social Movement to Demand Climate Justice.

WHAT: Learn how to organize, communicate, engage others, and apply lessons from past movements. Network. Get inspired by local community leaders and organizers. Gain practical and analytical tools to act and lead.

WHO: Workshop is specially geared toward new, younger activists (under 35 years old). Space is limited to 40 participants.

LOGISTICS: Registration/breakfast at 8:30am. Workshop ends 6pm, followed by optional happy hour.

Sessions will include:

  • Political Power, Social Movements & Activist Tactics
  • Communicating Climate
  • The Why, How, and Hope of Organizing
  • Get Uncomfortable! Climate Justice and the U.S.’s Lack of Urgency
  • Speaker Panel: Young, Inspiring Activists who have been there and are STILL doing it.
  • Setting Goals and Taking Action Locally

COST: $15 to cover food (breakfast, lunch, snacks & 1 happy hour drink provided) and materials. If $15 is too much for you to pay, we’ll ask you to contribute what you can. We want you to participate, regardless of your ability to pay!

APPLICATION PROCESS: Each participant must complete an application in order to attend. Your answers will help us make the workshop as useful as possible for everyone participating.  Space is limited, so we encourage you to apply now.  Once you complete the application we’ll confirm with you within a few days. APPLY NOW 

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Global Power Shift, Istanbul 2013

“What could be more important than the future of our world? As young people, we have the most at stake, so we should be stepping up to our roles as the major stakeholders and stand up for the kind of future we want.”  -PauPau, Philippines

“Climate change is a human rights issue, an economics issue, a social justice issue. The issue with climate change is to protect human civilization. ”  -Tim DeChristopher

“Now, more than ever, we need to connect the dots between climate, poverty, energy, food and water. These issues cannot be addressed in isolation.”  -United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

“Someday, our children, and our children’s children, will look at us in the eye and they’ll ask us, did we do all that we could when we had the chance to deal with this problem and leave them a cleaner, safer, more stable world?  -Barack Obama

SD350 Monthly Meeting
Aug 19 @ 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm

Join us for the August Membership meeting at Dudek. Great way to learn what is working on, how you can get involved, and to meet like-minded climate activists.

We encourage carpooling to all our events. If you’d like to carpool please email and we will try to find you a ride/rider.

SD350 Monthly Meeting
Oct 21 @ 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm

Join us for the October Membership meeting at the Environmental Health Coalition. Great way to learn what is working on, how you can get involved, and to meet like-minded climate activists.

We encourage carpooling to all our events. If you’d like to carpool please email and we will try to find you a ride/rider.

SD350 Monthly Meeting
Nov 18 @ 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm

Join us for the March Membership Meeting located at Bethel University Seminary. This is a great way to learn what is working on, how you can get involved, and to meet like-minded climate activists.

We encourage carpooling to all of our events. If you’d like to carpool, please Email and we will try to find you a ride/rider.