RISE San Diego Awards Luncheon

Story By Vincent Andrunas, Writer & Photojournalist
Published November 1, 2019

Longtime social activist Dwayne Crenshaw and former San Diego City Council president Tony Young met over coffee in 2014, during a controversy about zoning in Barrio Logan. They were once competitors for a City Council seat, but both now agreed that the neighborhood’s residents had been pushed aside while powerful interests were deciding what should happen to their community.

The two had the intelligence and foresight to see that there was a pressing need to empower people to make a difference in their own urban communities. They wanted to increase local leadership and civic engagement, and to demonstrate that all the toxicity and the hate and the talking down to people didn’t have to happen. They realized that if they could come together as former rivals, they could show the community that we can all be more civil while also doing better for the places we live.

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RISE San Diego celebrates its 5th Anniversary

RISE San Diego is celebrating its 5th anniversary on Monday, October 14. To commemorate the organization’s milestone, we are hosting the 2019 Inclusive Leadership in Action (ILIA) Awards Luncheon – honoring community leaders who demonstrate outstanding commitment to diversity in the categories of prosperity, democracy, security and economy.

See Tony Young, co-founder of RISE San Diego, discuss our organization’s work over the last five, and what the community can expect at highly acclaimed 5th anniversary event on KUSI Good Morning San Diego. Watch the segment now. 

RISE San Diego 5th Anniversary KUSI
Photo credit: KUSI Good Morning San Diego, KUSI News

Immigrants, Refugees, and San Diego’s Urban Communities

The San Diego region is at the epicenter of the immigration and refugee conversation. Many feel we are at a crossroads regarding how we interact with immigrants and refugees making San Diego home. What is life like here for these new San Diegans?  What do YOU, our public agencies, nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses – all of us – need to do together to ensure newcomers are integrated into our urban communities?

On June 16, 2017, the RISE Urban Breakfast Club will host a conversation on Immigrants, Refugees, and San Diego’s Urban Communities. The event will take place from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. in Celebration Hall at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased via Eventbrite. Sign up for our Civic Engagement Initiatives mailing list to be among the first to receive news on upcoming RISE Urban Breakfast Club events.

Trump’s Budget and its Impact on San Diego’s Urban Communities

Update May 9, 2017:

Our RISE Urban Breakfast Club conversation on May 19 has been postponed and ticket purchases will be automatically refunded via Eventbrite. We thank you for your ongoing support of our breakfast dialogues and look forward to sharing details with you about our next event, which takes place on June 16 and will focus on immigrants and refugees.

We also encourage you to consider supporting the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast on May 19, which is organized by our community partner The San Diego LGBT Community Center. Now in its ninth year, the event celebrates equality, justice, and the life of this civil rights activist and proceeds benefit The Center’s social services programs. Please visit their event page for more information and to purchase tickets.

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Urban communities across the nation rely on the federal government for funds that support many important initiatives, including workforce training, affordable housing, early childhood education, and environmental protection. What will President Trump’s 2018 budget priorities mean for San Diego’s urban communities?

On May 19, 2017, the RISE Urban Breakfast Club will host a conversation on Trump’s Budget and its Impact on San Diego’s Urban Communities. The event will take place from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s Rolando Room.

Seating is limited and tickets are $25 per person; please RSVP by purchasing your ticket today. Sign up for our Civic Engagement Initiatives mailing list to be among the first to receive news on upcoming RISE Urban Breakfast Club events.

Human Trafficking: A Form of Modern-Day Slavery

The next conversation in our Inclusive Leadership Breakfast Series will focus on Human Trafficking. It takes place on Friday, April 21 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center’s Celebration Hall in southeastern San Diego.

The scourge of human trafficking is a silent crisis in San Diego’s urban communities. What is being done locally to address this issue? What can YOU do to help? Join us for this important conversation to hear answers to these questions and more.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $25 per person. Please RSVP by purchasing your ticket today. And Join our Civic Engagement Initiatives mailing list to be among the first to receive news on upcoming breakfast events.

Special thanks to our RISE Urban Breakfast Club Presenting Sponsor, San Diego Gas & Electric, and to this month’s Topic Sponsor, Rancho Guejito.