Saturday, April 10, 2021

Recognize the Cries of the Poor


 

Poverty is a sin, and the current federal poverty measure is so outdated we can’t even see the crisis for what it is. Join the Poor People’s Campaign for an online mass meeting on Monday April 12th at 3pm ET / 12pm PT to hear from poor and low-income people, economists and faith leaders who will challenge the dominant narratives on poverty, a narrative that blames poor people for our situation, frames poverty as a racial issue to undermine multi-racial solidarity, and doesn’t recognize the full 140 million and growing who live in poverty or are one emergency away from poverty.

 

*This online event will be ASL interpreted and open captioned*

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As Congress debates a long overdue infrastructure bill, we will continue to fight for voting rights, labor rights, immigrant rights and living wages. On Monday, we will hear how narratives scapegoating poor people are translated into policies that further concentrate power and money in the hands of a few, deny adequate health care, housing, clean water and sanitation, good jobs and welfare programs, and feed attacks on our democratic participation.

 

We have the opportunity to rebuild this nation from the bottom up, lifting up communities that have faced deindustrialization, disinvestment and the devastation of the climate crisis. To do so, we must develop an accurate poverty measure to see clearly the need at hand, and build the political will to make poverty obsolete. Join us.

 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Choosing Democracy: Cesar Chavez Day _ Organize

Choosing Democracy: Cesar Chavez Day _ Organize: The author and Cesar Chavez, 1972,    Cesar Chavez Day               Cesar Chavez Day is a state holiday in California – one of eight states...

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Monday, March 15, 2021

The Party of Covid Criticizes Migration

 A group of House Republicans gathered on the southern border Monday to press on with their pivot to “Biden’s border crisis,” claiming that an influx of COVID-19-infected immigrants will set the country back in its fight against the pandemic.

Republicans have increasingly aired their concerns about the spread of COVID-19 at the border, a worry starkly at odds with their stance on the pandemic and desire to reopen society almost everywhere else.

“For our President to think opening the southern border to allow those coming in that are infected with or have been exposed to COVID makes no sense at all,” said Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-NM).  

“All the work we’ve done as a country to get our kids educated, open up our economies, ensure we’re doing the right thing to overcome this pandemic — opening the southern border makes no sense,” she added. “We’ve just taken three steps forward and 10 giant steps backwards.” 

There is not a crisis.

https://www.dsanorthstar.org/blog/there-is-not-a-crisis-at-the-border




Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Poor People's Campaign- Sacramento

 We refuse to be silent as our elected leaders undermine access to the ballot box, destroy healthcare and the social safety net, and deny living wages—all while cutting taxes for the wealthy.


Join us on 10:30am on Monday, March 15th at the State Capitol in Sacramento as we deliver our 14 Policy Priorities to our legislative leadership and governor.

As the moral agents of our time, we’re building a movement to ensure political leaders take action to end the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, poverty and inequality, the war economy and militarism, ecological devastation, and the distorted moral narrative.  

There are 140 million poor and low-income people in America—we can't wait another 50 years for change to come—the time to act is now.

In solidarity,

The California Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

We refuse to be silent as our elected leaders undermine access to the ballot box, destroy healthcare and the social safety net, and deny living wages—all while cutting taxes for the wealthy.

 

10:30AM - Public reading of the Poor People's Campaign’s 14 Policy Priorities to Heal the Nation in the First 100 Days

11:00AM - Testimonies from Poor People's Campaign members, impacted folks, and local and regional partners.

 

West Steps of the State Capitol•1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814

 

Community members can RSVP at: https://actionnetwork.org/events/california-moral-monday-and-poor-peoples-campaign-legislative-demand-deliveries/

 

Thank you!!!


Monday, March 8, 2021

American Recovery Act

2021 Stimulus  America Recovery and Re-investment  Act - context

 

$1.9 Trillion.

 

Cost of 2017 Corporate Tax cut.

 

 $ 1.9  Trillion over 10 years.

            ( addition to national debt 2.2 Trillion)

 

Cost of development of F 35 fighter jet

 

 $ 1.7 Trillion,  

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Kevin McCarthy- California

 Ahead of the vote on President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package, lawmakers have offered an array of misleading claims to promote their position on the bill. Here’s a fact check of some common talking points.

NYT. Linda Qui,  Feb 28, 2021. Page A 23


Republicans mischaracterized elements of the bill.

WHAT WAS SAID

“This is supposed to be a Covid bill. Only 9 percent of it goes to Covid.” — Representative Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California and the House minority leader, in an interview this week on Fox News.

This is misleading. A spokeswoman for Mr. McCarthy said that the 9 percent referred to the $160 billion for a national vaccination program, expanded testing and a public health jobs program, as outlined by the Biden administration. In other words, 8.4 percent, or $160 billion of the $1.9 trillion package, is allocated specifically to fighting the coronavirus.

But that is a rather narrow interpretation of pandemic-related funding. The bill also includes other health care spending like subsidizing insurance coverage for laid-off workers, extending paid sick leave and funding for veterans care.


And like the first two relief bills signed by President Donald J. Trump and an alternate measure proposed this year by 10 Republican lawmakers, much of the Biden plan is devoted to providing financial help to families and businesses harmed by the economic effects of the pandemic. The $1,400 stimulus checks and extension of unemployment benefits are the two biggest single expenditures, according to a breakdown by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.



Friday, February 26, 2021

Sanders on the $15 per hour minimum wage fight

 In a disgraceful decision, the Senate Parliamentarian ruled yesterday that raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour could not be done through budget reconciliation. The House is voting right now and we are pushing to make sure $15 stays in the COVID Relief Package.


Duane, the fight for $15 is not over. Vice President Harris can and should overrule the unelected Parliamentarian’s decision — but if that doesn’t happen, Democrats MUST abolish the filibuster to get a $15 minimum wage done.

Struggling working people across the country donated their time and money last year to help Democrats win the Senate and White House — Democrats now have no excuse not to use every tool they have to get the bare minimum done for working people.

Our Revolution members have been actively organizing actions to demand a more just minimum wage, and this blow means we only need to scale up more. Can we count on you to pitch in to help us keep fighting to raise the minimum wage?