Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Will California Choose Prisons Over Schools—Again? | The Nation

Will California Choose Prisons Over Schools—Again? | The Nation

Free Screening of "The House I Live In" Friday Night @ Sac State!

Campus Progressive Alliance
The Friday Night Film Series Presents
The House I Live In
“The best documentary of the year!” – Forbes

“Fearless!” – NY Times

“Searing! One of the most important pieces of nonfiction to hit the screen in years.” – LA Times

Friday, September 27, 2013
 Hinde Auditorium
Sac State University Union
Shorts--6:00pm    Feature Film—6:30pm


Event info: or 916-248-3970

Brown signs bill to expand fracking

Brown Administration Media Tour Excludes Delta Communities

by Dan Bacher

The Brown administration on Monday, September 23 amped up its public relations campaign for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build twin tunnels to export massive quantities of northern California water to corporate agribusiness interests on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. As usual, the voices of Delta communities were completely excluded. 

Restore the Delta (RTD) called out the Natural Resources Agency and the Department of Water Resources for choreographing a media tour of the Delta that does not include one Delta area representative. The group strongly opposes Governor Jerry Brown’s rush to build peripheral tunnels under the Orwellian-named Bay Delta "Conservation" Plan, noting that the $54.1 billion dollar boondoggle would drain the Delta and doom Central Valley Chinook salmon and other Pacific fisheries. 

Restore the Delta Executive Director, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, said, “Directors and public relations officials are conducting a tour with officials from the Metropolitan Water District in the Delta at taxpayer expense to sell the project to Southern California media, but they have managed to exclude all Delta community representatives from talking with these members of the media to learn the Delta perspective of the peripheral tunnel project." 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Phil Angelides- The Economic Crisis and its alternatives

Phil Angelides: Five sweeping reforms needed to prevent another financial crash

PUBLISHED SATURDAY, SEP. 21, 2013  Sacramento Bee.

Five years ago this week, the nation’s financial system unraveled due to recklessness on Wall Street and regulatory failure in Washington.
The fallout from the financial crisis cost millions of Americans their jobs, homes and life savings, and resulted in deep and lasting damage to our nation’s economy. Yet, Wall Street bounced back quickly after receiving trillions of dollars in taxpayer assistance.
By 2010, the 10 biggest U.S. banks were earning more than $62billion in annual profits and compensation at publicly traded Wall Street firms reached a record $135billion. By 2011, the 10 largest banks controlled a whopping 77percent of the nation’s banking assets.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Tim Wise- Anti Racism scholar to speak at Sac State - Free

Tim Wise Lecture- Sep. 19- CSUS-University Union: Sacramento State’s University Union UNIQUE Programs, Associated Students, Inc. and the Multi-Cultural Center are pleased to announce a lecture by Tim Wise at the Sacramento State campus’ University Union Ballroom, 7:30 pm, Thursday, September 19, 2013. Admission is FREE to all. Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and activists in the U.S. He has spoken in 49 states, and on over 700 college campuses, including Harvard, Stanford, and the Law Schools at Yale and Columbia, and has spoken to community groups around the nation. Wise has provided anti-racism training to teachers nationwide, and has trained physicians and medical industry professionals on how to combat racial inequities in health care.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Activists urge Senator Pavley to withdraw dangerous fracking bill

by Dan Bacher 

Following the adoption of anti-environmental amendments to Senate Bill 4 under intense pressure from the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) on Friday, September 6, major environmental, consumer and progressive groups are calling on Fran Senator Pavley to withdraw the bill. 

The bill, the only remaining bill in the California legislature addressing hydraulic fracturing, was amended on the Assembly floor on Friday in ways that "undermine existing environmental law and leave Californians unprotected from fracking and other dangerous and extreme fossil fuel extraction techniques," according to a news release from Californians Against Fracking. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

100,000 Join Peace Vigil in Vatican- Sacramento Bee ignores it

Tens of thousands of people filled St. Peter's Square at the Vatican for a four-hour Syria peace vigil late Saturday, answering Pope Francis' call for a grassroots cry for peace that was echoed by Christians and non-Christians alike in Syria and around the world.
The Vatican estimated that about 100,000 took part in the gathering at the square, making it one of the largest rallies in the West against proposed U.S.-led military action in Syria following the alleged Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack near Damascus.
Francis spent most of the vigil in silent prayer, but during his speech he pleaded for peace and denounced those who are "captivated by the idols of dominion and power," and destroy God's creation through war. Story from Aljazeera America

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Syria- contact your Congressperson today

Please contact your Congressperson. Urgent.

Sacramento  Progressive Alliance
The Sacramento Progressive Alliance opposes U.S. military intervention in the civil war in Syria.
The U.S. and the  international community must condemn the use of chemical weapons on civilians in Syria and  support the United Nations inspectors’ efforts to discover the perpetrators of such violence. But even if it is determined that chemical weapons were used by the Assad regime, a unilateral air strike by the United States would not cease that threat.  U.S. air power cannot surgically take out those individuals who can deploy such weapons.  What it will do is kill many innocent civilians.  And our experience in Iraq and Afghanistan demonstrates that United States troops on the ground may only serve to increase the level of violence in civil wars.
We believe that the international community should provide humanitarian aid to the millions of Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey, and elsewhere in the region.  In addition, the U.S. and all other countries should engage in the necessary diplomacy to press Russian and Iran to participate in a mobilization of the U.N. Security Council to expand its future monitoring of chemical stocks, as well as increasing pressure toward holding the long promised peace conference in Geneva designed to engage Syrian parties, military leaders, and political players to promote and end to the violence in Syria.
Passed. Sept.6, 2013.
Recorded by Dr. Duane E. Campbell
The Sacramento Progressive Alliance is a 5,000 member active grassroots membership organization in the Sacramento Valley. We are affiliated with United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ), the largest peace and justice coalition in the United States.

Friday, September 6, 2013

LA City Council Members call for fracking moratorium

Photo courtesy of Councilmember Mike Bonin's Office.

by Dan Bacher 

LA City Council members Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin on Wednesday, September 4 called for a fracking moratorium in Los Angeles at a press conference on the steps of City Hall. 

"Oil companies have already begun fracking in the Los Angeles region, and residents near confirmed activity have experienced severe property damage and a spike in serious health concerns," according to a statement from the Council members and environmental and consumer groups. "Oil companies have targeted the LA region for expanded fracking - a major threat to L.A.’s water supply, air quality, and private property." 

Council members Koretz and Bonin discussed a proposed moratorium on fracking within the City of Los Angeles and along the City's water supply route. 

They also called on Governor Jerry Brown to listen to the majority of Californians who oppose the inherently dangerous process of fracking and impose an immediate statewide moratorium on fracking. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Austerity budget cuts and the Yosemite fires

Congressional budget cuts made the Yosemite fire worse!
A cluster of controlled fire and tree-thinning projects approved by forestry officials but never funded might have slowed the progress of the massive wildfire in California, a wide range of critics said this weekend.
The massive blaze at the edge of Yosemite national park in the Sierra Nevada mountains has scorched an area larger than many U.S. cities – becoming the fourth-largest conflagration in Californian history, at 348 square miles. The Rim fire -- so-called due to its proximity to a scenic look-out point nicknamed 'The Rim of the World' -- is still spreading, although on Sunday fire officials said it was 40 percent contained – up from 35 percent a day earlier.

Assembly passed Inadequate Fracking Bill.

by Dan Bacher, September 1, 2013

The Assembly Appropriations Committee voted 12-5 on Friday, August 30 to approve a weak fracking bill, Senate Bill 4 , strongly opposed by over 100 groups that are calling for an immediate moratorium on the environmentally destructive oil extraction method. 

The passage of the controversial bill, sponsored by Senator Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, clears the way for the full Assembly to approve regulations for hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), acidizing and other unregulated oilfield practices, according to a news release from Pavley's Office. 

The weak bill was the only fracking legislation to pass through the Legislature's Committees. Other bills, including one calling for a moratorium on fracking in California, were defeated under intense pressure by the Western States Petroleum Association, the most powerful corporate lobby in Sacramento. The bill was weakened during the legislative process because of pressure from the oil industry and pro-Big Oil lawmakers. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Where Labor Day Came From, and Where it is going.

By Jim Hightower

Webster’s dictionary tells us that Labor Day was “set aside for special recognition of working people.”
That's nice, but “set aside” by whom? It certainly wasn’t the Wall Street corporate and political powers that be. They nearly swallowed their cigars when the idea of honoring labor’s importance to America’s economy and social well-being was first proposed in 1882. Rather, this holiday was created by the workers themselves, requiring a 12-year grassroots struggle that finally culminated with an act of Congress in 1894.
The campaign helped coalesce unions into a national movement. And its message of labor's essential role also countered the haughty insistence of the robber barons of that time. The barons insisted they were America's "makers" — the invaluable few whose monopolistic pursuits should be unfettered. For they claimed that they and their corporations were the God-ordained creators of wealth.