Friday, September 22, 2017

DOLORES Official Theatrical Trailer

A great film. A tribute to a great organizer !

DOLORES  |  1 hour 38 minutes

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Resistance Guide

Thursday, September 14, 2017

antiracismdsa: DACA Renewal Workshop

 DACA Renewal Workshop

It is Time for Health Care for All

Bonnie Castillo, National Nurses United

When nurses stand up for Medicare for all, guaranteed healthcare as a human right — which some have dismissed as a “free pony,” despite its existence in every other major industrialized nation — we know that we are fighting beyond disdain, beyond political or corporate jargon, on the ground, for real patients whose names we speak, whose hands we hold, whose families we know, and whose very last breaths we have witnessed, often far too soon.

The GOP has tried and failed in recent months to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and in the resulting void, now is the time to stop all attempts to move backward or to stand still, and instead to move forward. To that end, this week, Sen. Bernie Sanders has unveiled new legislation, the Medicare for All act of 2017, to advance genuine universal care for everyone, regardless of ability to pay, gender, race, nationality, or background.

Nurses share why we need guaranteed access to healthcare, as a human right.

To emphasize why nurses across America stand with Sen. Sanders on this humane legislation, I’d like to take a moment to illuminate exactly what inspires nurses to fight. If we need to underscore the dire necessity for this bill’s passage, there are millions of stories to tell. Let’s zoom in on the last breath of just one patient whose final moments were filled with suffering, in a system that failed her.

“There are patients that I think of almost every day. One young woman still lives deep in my heart,” says National Nurses United member Melissa Johnson-Camacho, RN, who spoke out in Washington, D.C., in support of the Medicare for All Act. “Her cancer had metastasized and her lungs constantly filled with fluid. She needed to have that fluid drained in order to breathe, to survive.”

Noticing that her patients’ lungs never totally drained, Johnson-Camacho asked why, given that a medical intervention existed to clear them completely of fluid. The answer? Because she couldn’t afford it.

RN Melissa Johnson-Camacho speaks at the release of the Medicare for All Act of 2017.

“These bags are very expensive and her insurance did not cover the full cost. So she was never able to have her lungs fully cleared and was in constant distress and pain struggling to breathe,” says Johnson-Camacho. “To make matters worse, the insurance policy soon renewed, meaning a new annual deductible was in place. At that point she had to pay the full amount for her medications and supplies until the deductible was met.”

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

David Bacon to Speak at Sac State on Wed,


as a part of the campus Farm to Fork celebration.  Sept  13. 

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. . . They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

-Donald Trump, June 16, 2015

In the Fields of the North/ En Los Campos del Norte by David Bacon
Univerity of California Press, 2017
Reviewed by Duane Campbell

We are not animals. We are human beings.”

In an impressive and important new book, David Bacon effectively counters the racism and xenophobia advanced by our current president and promoted in right-wing media by providing hundreds of photos and clear descriptions of the real life and work of the immigrants harvesting the food we eat.  

Bacon does so by interviewing farmworkers and photographing farmworkers in their “housing” and in their work. He reports and records the humanity of the thousands of people who come north to harvest our crops and to feed their families as best they can.

Photojournalist David Bacon has a long history of documenting the lives of immigrant people, including the important books:, Illegal People: How Globalization creates migration and criminalizes immigrants. (2008) and The Right to Stay Home: How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration (Beacon Press, 2013), as well as a long list of journal articles.

In The Fields of the North, Bacon uses his extensive and award-winning photography to tell more of the story. This is not just a book with some photos, but rather a series of extended photo essays (with over 300 photos)  showing that images and words have a combined power far beyond either words or images by themselves. Bacon tells the story of cycles of exploitation and poverty suffered by tens of thousands moving from season to season, working in the fields to harvest our food for subminimum wages, and facing the racism and political power of growers and their labor contractors.

A Left Strategy for Breaking the Power of Trump and His White-Supremacist Base - In These Times

A Left Strategy for Breaking the Power of Trump and His White-Supremacist Base - In These Times

Monday, September 11, 2017

California Sues Trump on DACA

California sued the Trump administration Monday over its decision to end a program that shields young immigrants from deportation, saying it would be especially hard hit because it has more of the immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally by parents or by parents who overstayed visas than any other U.S. state.

The lawsuit's legal arguments largely mirror those already filed in a lawsuit last week by 15 other states and the District of Columbia. Attorney generals for the states of Maine, Maryland and Minnesota joined California's lawsuit.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said California's case is stronger than the first lawsuit, filed last week, because more than 200,000 of the 800,000 participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program live in the state.

"I don't think there's any doubt that California has the most to lose," he said, flanked by two program participants who were brought to the United States as 4-year-olds who now attend college in the Sacramento area.

The lawsuit alleges the Trump Administration violated the Constitution and other laws when it rescinded the program.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

David Bacon to Speak at Sac State on Wed. Sept, 13...

 David Bacon to Speak at Sac State on Wed. Sept, 13...: FILM IN HINDE, UNIVERSITY UNION   3 PM KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT GUY WEST PLAZA  David Bacon, Free. 5:30 PM as a part of the campus Farm to...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

antiracismdsa: Trump is Wrong on DACA : Resist

antiracismdsa: Trump is Wrong on DACA : Resist: Trump is wrong on DACA. We will not retreat. DSA Immigrants’ Rights Committee Statement on DACA President Donald Trum...

Monday, September 4, 2017

Stand With Immigrants- Tues. Sept. 7

Sept. 7 in Sacramento: Stand with California’s immigrants
When Donald Trump set his anti-immigrant agenda in motion, California lawmakers and Gov. Brown were among the first to stand up and say: Not in our state. We need to make sure they put their words into action now.
California sheriffs are ramping up their opposition to the California Values Act (S.B. 54), and Trump’s racist administration is doubling down on its threats to punish states that refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement. Now it seems that California lawmakers and Gov. Brown are caving to the opposition’s pressure and trying to water down the bill. To get all of the immigrant protections in S.B. 54 on the books, we must be relentless in our activism and show up in force on Sept. 7. Click here to RSVP
  • Event Name: Show up for Immigrants and the CA Values Act in Sacramento
  • What: 9:00 a.m.: Rally in front of the Capitol Building. 10:00 a.m.: March to the California Sheriffs' Association (1231 I St #200, Sacramento, CA 95814). Noon: Petition delivery at Gov. Brown's office.
  • Where: California State Capitol, 1315 10th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
  • When: Thursday, Sept. 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Trump’s war on immigrants is escalating. Last week, he pardoned the country’s number one racial profiler, former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who abused thousands of immigrants in his horrific “Tent City” detention camp. And now, Trump is seriously considering ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – a highly successful program that has given opportunity and peace of mind to nearly 1 million immigrants who came to the country as children. 
California passing S.B. 54 could shift the momentum. The California Values Act would build a firewall between local police and immigration enforcement, prohibit state agencies and employees from sharing information about an individual’s immigration status with the federal government and, most importantly, it would serve as model legislation for other states resisting Trump’s hateful, anti-immigrant regime. 
Will you join us in Sacramento for the Sept. 7 day of action? Click on the link below to RSVP.
Thank you for all you do,
Nicole Regalado, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

Friday, September 1, 2017

Anti Fascist Protests in Bay Area

Photographs by David Bacon

Relying on the photographs, reporting and video in the mainstream media can give you a false idea about the marches and demonstrations against white supremacists and Nazi sympathizers in San Francisco and Berkeley last weekend.  The newsroom adage says, "if it bleeds it leads."  But screaming headlines about violence, and stories and images focused on scuffles, were not a good reality check.  

Mainstream coverage was miles away from the reality most people experienced.  One racist quoted for each counterprotestor ignored the fact that there were at most a few dozen of one, and many thousands of the other.  More important, where were the reasons why people came out to demonstrate against racism and rightwing politics?  How did people organize their broad constituencies of faith and labor, communities of color, women and immigrants?

In the confrontations between a tiny number of white supremacists and a very small number of demonstrators, the photographers who chased them sometimes outnumbered those involved.  At those same moments, hundreds of Black, Latino, Asian and white church people were marching up Martin Luther King Jr. Way.  The two banners of the Democratic Socialists of America (one all the way from Santa Cruz) stretched across the four lanes of the avenue.  Where were the photographers? In San Francisco thousands marched up Market Street.  I saw fewer photographers there than at any march in recent memory.

Making the scufflers so visible makes everyone else invisible.  Sure, editors choose what to put on the page or website.  But as media workers we can also see what's real and what's not.

What Should Socialists Do?

What Should Socialists Do?  Jacobin