Thursday, October 29, 2015

Paul Ryan and the Tea Party

The Paradox of Paul Ryan: Why the Tea Party’s Right to be Wary

There’s a paradox to all this. Despite his ideological kinship with the anti-government crowd, Paul Ryan is the embodiment of the troika of money, power, and politics that corrupts and controls the capital, the very thing the tea partiers detest. 
Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
October 27, 2015
Only in a world where Cosmopolitan magazine can declare the Kardashians “America’s First Family” and the multi-billionaire loose cannon Donald Trump is perceived by millions as the potential steward of our nuclear arsenal could about-to-be Speaker of the House Paul Ryan be savaged as insufficiently right-wing.
This is after all a man who made his bones in Congress and the Republican Party as an Ayn Rand-spouting, body building budget-buster slashing away at the body politic like a mad vivisectionist, as well as an anti-choice, pro-gun zealot who never met a government program he liked (except the military, whose swollen budget he would increase until we are all left naked living in a national security state).

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


 Sacramento & Campus Progressive Alliance
October Organizing Meeting
Saturday, October 24th, 10am-12pm
Green & Gold Board (3rd Floor)
Sac State University Union

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Labor Film: Brothers on the Line

Campus Progressive Alliance
The Labor Education Project Presents
“Searing scenes… a moving story…
Needs to be told to every generation.”
 -- Steven Greenhouse, New York Times

“Inspiring… a great piece of filmmaking
                                                     -- Michael Moore, filmmaker

“This film is brilliant… a remarkable piece of history
as well as a cautionary tale for our times.”
                   -- Thom Hartmann, author and radio host

Free Admisson! Everyone Welcome!
 6pm -- Thursday, October 22
 Folsom Hall #1050 -- Sac State University
7667 Folsom Blvd., Sac 95819
(Across the street from main campus)

Co-Sponsors: Sacramento Central Labor Council
California Faculty Assoction (Capitol Chapter)
 More Info:

Monday, October 19, 2015

CSU Union Faculty Begin Strike Vote

After arguing for months that its members are underpaid and need a significant salary bump to make up for years of stagnation, the California State University faculty union and CSU management failed to reach an agreement last week on a new contract.
While the university offered 2 percent raises to all employees this year, the California Faculty Association wants a 5 percent compensation hike for its members, with additional 2.65 percent boosts for those at the lower end of their pay ranks. The CSU administration rejected that plan, which would cost about $102 million, for taking up too much of the budget increase it just secured from the state.

Tea Party Patriots : and Republican Bigots

Choosing Democracy: Tea Party Patriots : and Republican Bigots: Why Today’s GOP Crackup Is the Final Unraveling of Nixon’s ‘Southern Strategy’ William Greider   October 12, 2015 The Nation Tea Par...

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Dollar Democracy

Author Peter Mathews rips the lid off the source of political corruption, and tells “How to Reclaim the American Dream for All”
Saturday, October 17, 2015
California Grange, 3830 U Street
 (just east of Stockton Blvd.) 6:30PM

Meet Peter Mathews, Professor of Political Science and Sociology, TV and Radio Political Analyst and Guest Host. Get his book Dollar Democracy: With Liberty and Justice for Some; How to Reclaim the American Dream for All, and connect with local organizations participating in the fight for sustainability, social justice and a democracy by and for we the people.

Sponsored by Sacramento Move to Amend and the Sacramento Community Grange

Free with a Suggested Donation: $5 or more.
Contact: Jan Rein

A few words about democratic socialism

The Democratic Socialists of America is the largest such group in the United States (formed in 1982 by a merger of the New American Movement—a group I was in—and the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee, a remnant of the old Socialist Party of America. Today the stated view of DSA (which has formally endorsed Sanders) is this:
Democratic socialists do not want to create an all-powerful government bureaucracy. But we do not want big corporate bureaucracies to control our society either. Rather, we believe that social and economic decisions should be made by those whom they most affect.
Today, corporate executives who answer only to themselves and a few wealthy stockholders make basic economic decisions affecting millions of people. Resources are used to make money for capitalists rather than to meet human needs. We believe that the workers and consumers who are affected by economic institutions should own and control them.
Social ownership could take many forms, such as worker-owned cooperatives or publicly owned enterprises managed by workers and consumer representatives. Democratic socialists favor as much decentralization as possible. While the large concentrations of capital in industries such as energy and steel may necessitate some form of state ownership, many consumer-goods industries might be best run as cooperatives.
Democratic socialists have long rejected the belief that the whole economy should be centrally planned. While we believe that democratic planning can shape major social investments like mass transit, housing, and energy, market mechanisms are needed to determine the demand for many consumer goods.
Obviously, not every democratic socialist is a member of DSA, including Sanders himself. And other democratic socialists take a different view on some matters. But the approach laid out above is clearly not the authoritarian socialism that some would like to make of it.
[Full disclosure, I was a member of New American Movement from 1971 until it merged with DSOC in 1982 to become DSA, a group I have been associated with since then.]


Sunday, October 11, 2015


Campus Progressive Alliance
Democratic Presidential
Debate Watch Party!
Free Admssion!
 Everyone Welcome!

Tuesday, October 13th
Round Table Pizza
Sac State University Union

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Still an Activist at 82, Dolores Huerta Calls Herself 'a Born-Again Femi...

Celebration of National Latino Heritage Month.
DSA Honorary Chair. Dolores Huerta.  Feminist, 

Film Showing - McFarland USA

Campus Progressive Alliance
The Freedom School Project
Celebrates Latino Month


“A rousing crowd pleaser.” 
-- Tim Holland, TV Guide

“Inspiring… the first great film of
2015. Kevin Costner is wonderful.”
-- Pete Hammond, Hollywood Daily 

Free Admission!

Everyone Welcome!

6pm -- Thursday, October 8th
Folsom Hall #1050
Sacramento State University

More Info:

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Working on the Sanders Campaign

Considerations, Context, Courage, and Connections

By Kurt Stand
  “I did not say anything.  I was always embarrassed by the words sacred, glorious, and sacrifice and the expression in vain.  We had heard them … and had read them … now for a long time, and I had seen nothing sacred, and the things that were glorious had no glory and the sacrifices were like the stockyards at Chicago if nothing was done with the meat except to bury it. … Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene beside the concrete names of villages, the number of roads, the names of rivers, the numbers of regiments and the dates.” Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms (1929, Shocken edition 1969 p. 185)
As Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign continues to gather support, he comes under ever sharper scrutiny – not only by Republican and Democratic Party opponents, but by others who are themselves working to address the social inequities that abound in our society.  Some such criticism is itself destructive; the tendency to view every insufficient step forward as a form of betrayal is a charge that every alternative candidate from Eugene Debs to Jesse Jackson has faced.  Yet criticism and debate is a healthy and necessary part of the process of building a social justice movement that is rooted in the diverse and unequal experiences of our society.  The idea that unity can be created solely by seeking to overcome economic inequality — as a goal shared by all working people — while putting all other concerns on the backburner is false; all such attempts have come to grief on the realities of how people understand the world they inhabit.  As the history of organized labor has repeatedly shown, division is not caused by those who have challenged racism or sexism, those who have challenged discrimination in any form – rather division is caused by the reality of such discrimination and perpetuated by those who wish to close their eyes to truths others know to be true through experience.
The importance of incorporating that experience in the Sanders campaign was expressed in an article by Bill Fletcher Jr. “The suggestion that race can be resolved through an appeal to class and economic justice alone suggests that economic justice will equally resolve the racial differential,” Fletcher wrote.
 “It is not simply a matter of ‘a rising tide raises all boats’. The reality is that all boats may rise, but who finds one’s self in which portion of each boat? Or, to use the metaphor of the Titanic, who is in steerage and who is closer to the main deck?
“When movements like #BlackLivesMatter and many in the immigrant rights movement point to this matter of racial injustice, they are not suggesting attention for a ‘special interest.’ Rather, they are pointing out that there can actually be no economic justice in the absence of racial justice. There can be no unity without a commitment to the fight for equality and justice. These struggles are interlinked.  The sort of ‘political revolution’ that the Sanders Campaign proclaims has been a long time coming. Yet it will never arrive if there is not a full recognition that the class struggle overlaps that of racial justice. The ruling elites, for several centuries, have appreciated that race is the trip wire of U.S. politics and social movements. When will progressives arrive at the same conclusion?”
What follows is a consideration of several ways of connecting the dots to which Fletcher alludes.  Taken together as an overview they may inform an orientation toward the Sanders campaign in its specificity and toward the broader challenge of addressing universality and difference, of building a unity that is genuine because it is built upon an appreciation of the fuller dimension of how social injustices impact upon individuals in all aspects of life.