Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Democracy Blocked

We changed our country for the better on November 6th, 2018.

We elected hundreds of new, diverse representatives and passed ballot measures that will impact thousands of lives right away and in the years to come.

But gerrymandering still kept too many voters from having their voices heard. 

Gerrymandering had an undeniable impact on these midterms. The results in Pennsylvania and North Carolina show exactly what I mean:

In Pennsylvania, the state Supreme Court struck down the state's unfair maps, declaring them unconstitutional and ordering them redrawn before the 2018 election.

That decision resulted in a fair representation of Pennsylvania voters' choices. On Election Night, Democrats picked up 4 seats in Pennsylvania -- sending 9 Republicans and 9 Democrats to Washington. A result that fits the state.

But in North Carolina, where maps have been ruled unconstitutional but weren't redrawn in time for the election, fair representation broke down. Despite winning nearly 50% of the popular vote, Democrats won only 3 of 13 congressional seats.

These two states are proof that when gerrymandering goes unchecked, votes don't count the way they should. That's not how democracy should work -- and that's why our fight is just beginning,

Monday, November 19, 2018

From a neighborhood list serve.
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. -Martin Luther King Jr. In today's highly politically-charged environment, and with countless examples of corporate, and government waste and greed it's easy to understand why some people partake in resistive efforts, and in extreme cases taking political "pot shots" against many. SMUD is a customer-owned, public utility. We customers benefit not only from lower costs, but also much from the numerous ways that SMUD "gives back" to improve our community. Believe what you wish and espouse what you may. However, make no mistake about it that the competetive threat to SMUD is real. This threat has been increasing ever since AB 1890 (California Electric Utilty Deregulation) was first introduced in the late 1990's. At that time, the viabilty of SMUD's future existence and it's roughly 30 percent lower residential electricity costs were threatened. SMUD didn't advertise at that time, and laws prevented it. The ENRON scandal stalled it and caused the voting public and many lawmakers to question the move. In efforts to stave off the threat and to position themselves, many utilities diversified and split up factions of their business. We saw the creation of specific and separate entities such as power generation, power contracts, transmission, and distribution create even more fractured subentities. The bottom line is this all ended up in driving up consumer costs. Don't believe me? Let's see if this helps; A single residential customer kwh in the late 1990's was AND expected to slightly go lower in the approximately 3-4 cents range. Look at your bill to see today's cost. Thank you California Lawmakers, NOT! Some things were not broken. Utilities had to restucture rates to prevent competitors "cherry-picking." As an example, Commercial rates were reduced as they had been subsidizing "lower" Residential rates. Our costs further increased.

Air Quality

Northern California. Wed. Nov.14. 

Friday, November 16, 2018


LOCATION CHANGE!: Sac State remains closed this weekend due to the poor air quality. As a result, we will be moving our Progressive Alliance November Organizing Meeting to Paul & Leisa's house on Cameron Park Lake: 3025A Cambridge Rd., Cameron Park 95682. Hope you can join us!

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Joins Climate Change Activists In Protest At Na...

Monday, November 12, 2018

Trump Deploys Troops to Southern Border


By Courage to Resist.  October 23, 2018
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, once again declared that active duty US military personnel need to be deployed to the southern border in order to repel, “the assault on our country.” (Militarytimes.com, October 18, 2018)
October 25, 2018 update: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis today authorized 800 active-duty troops, to bolster the roughly 2,100 National Guardsmen who have already been sent to the border.

It’s easy to attack a ragtag group of immigrants, traveling in a public caravan, seeking asylum, and this kind of rhetoric plays well to his anti-immigration base, leading up to the midterm elections. However, it’s more than just rhetoric.
This summer, the Trump Administration ordered the military to detain tens of thousands of immigrants in tent cities across the United States. Eight military installations were identified, primarily those near the southern border with unused air strips. The military agreed, and the Department of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services (HHS) got onboard.
Military brass suggested that these camps would not violate the constitutional prohibition against using the military to police and enforce domestic immigration law, based on the fact that the military has occasionally provided shelter to people during humanitarian crises, for short periods of time. Apparently, because the military helped out a bit following a hurricane then long term immigrant concentration camps are just fine.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Work Together- Defeat Trump

Help Us Defeat Trump !!

Not printed nor distributed at any candidate’s expense or direction. 

Monday, October 29, 2018

Trump's Enablers Produced the Hate in Pittsburgh

Sasha AbramskyWe don’t yet know everything that motivated the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter Robert Bowers. And, truth be told, we may never know exactly what psychological aberrance led to his deadly rampage this Saturday morning.
Bower’s twitter postings, however, give at least a partial window into his soul. The man is a rabid nationalist. He believes that Jews seek to control the world. He is convinced that Jews, via HIAS, the refugee-rights and -resettlement organization formerly known as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, are bringing in “invaders”—such as the caravan of destitute and terrified Central American families walking their way north through Mexico.
Bowers is a Nazi sympathizer. And, unlike Cesar Sayoc, the man suspected of mailing more than a dozen pipe bombs to political and media figures around the country over the past week, he hates Trump, believing that Trump isn’t nearly nationalist enough and, in fact, is controlled by a cabal of globalist Jews.
But here’s the thing: While Bowers might fashion himself as an anti-Trump figure, the reemergence of deadly anti-Semitic violence perfectly fits the awful political moment Trump himself is presiding over. The viciously nationalist rhetoric Trump now uses at his rallies, his onslaught against “globalists”—the word itself, along with “cosmopolitan” has always been anti-Semitic code for “Jewish”—his demonizing of immigrants, of refugees, of asylum seekers, his accusation that George Soros is somehow behind the caravan of Hondurans and Guatemalans, this is quite simply fodder for anti-Semites. “Soros” to anti-Semites in 2018 is a similar slur to “Rothschild” in the previous century.
Most American Jews are all too aware of what Trump’s rhetoric and actions can lead to. While much of the Orthodox community supported him in 2016, the overwhelming majority of Jewish voters did not. An American Jewish Committee poll last year found that 77 percent of US Jews opposed Trump. In solidarity with other immigrants’ rights organizations, groups like HIAS have continually sounded the alarm on the toxic nature of Trumpism. And the rabbi of the synagogue that was attacked today himself penned an article earlier this year warning of the dangers of both the gun culture and the anti-immigrant moment. “Our school students deserve better. Immigrant families deserve better. We deserve better,” he wrote.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Defeat the Trump Fear Campaign- Vote !

antiracismdsa: Defeat the Trump Fear Campaign- Vote !: Contrary to the current Trump Administration statements, we are not being invaded by people from Central America .    President Trump ...

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Defeat Trump - Vote

     Help Us Defeat Trump !!
Sacramento Progressive Alliance
Progressive Voter Guide 
 November, 6, 2018.

U.S. Senate
Kevin de León

Gavin Newsom

Attorney General

Xavier Becerra 

Superintendent of Public Instruction
Tony Thurmond

Congressional District 4  Jessica Morse
                      District   10  Josh Harder
          District 6.  Doris Matsui
        District 7 Ami  Bera 
       District 9   Jerry McNerney 
District 3 John Garamendi 

State Senate District 4
Phil Kim
District 6  Jacky Smith 

American River Flood Control District
Rachelanne Rae Vander Werf

Yes on Prop. 1  & 2
Veterans and Affordable Housing

No on Prop 6:  Gas Tax

Yes on 10.  Permits Rent Control 

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

College Students Can Make the Difference-- Vote!

College Students To Vote In Record Numbers

More college students expected to vote in 2018 midterms. The Conversation: “The 2016 presidential election results jolted college students – and faculty and administrators at their colleges – to attention. Young Americans preferred Hillary Clinton over Trump by 55 percent to 37 percent, so many were disappointed and surprised by the results. Our research institute provides campuses with individual reports of their students’ registration and voting rates. When campuses saw their rates, which averaged 48 percent in 2016, that was a wake-up call. When I talk with college students throughout the nation, they say they care about immigration and the treatment of Dreamers, #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter, gun violence and ownership, economics and jobs, student loans and the environment. This Harvard poll confirms many of my impressions. Students represent a formidable voting bloc. There are 20 million college and university students nationwide. There are now more eligible voters under the age of 30 than over the age of 65, with 49 million ages 18-29 and 45 million over 65.”

Key facts about Latinos in the 2018 midterm elections

Pew Research 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Bernie Sanders' Speech on Fighting Authoritarian's Assault on Democracy

'Our job is to build on our common humanity and do everything that we can to oppose all of the forces, whether unaccountable government power or unaccountable corporate power, who try to divide us up and set us against each other.'
By Jon Queally
Common Dreams

Oct 10, 2018 - While Donald Trump took to the editorial page of USA Today on Wednesday to spew new lies about key social programs like Medicare and sow fresh divisions with unhinged rantings about the "radical socialist plans" of the Democratic Party, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday offered a scathing and far-reaching rebuke to Trump's brand of politics by tackling head-on the threat posed by the president's penchant for authoritarianism and his consistent stoking of social divisions.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Get Involved ! Do It Now !

Too many Americans who oppose Trump and Kavanaugh did not even vote in the last election. In 2014, the last midterm election, only 16 % of citizens between 18 and 29 voted.
Perhaps  the best way to encourage turn out is to talk with your families and friends.  Use social media to reach out to persons who might not vote. 

The critical issue for this election is to defeat Donald Trump and his enablers. 
·      He has magnified racial prejudice to win tax cuts for the wealthy, to assault labor unions, and to reverse efforts to halt climate destruction. 
·       He has collaborated with the Russians while cutting health care for the poor in the U.S.  
·      In the Kavanaugh fight he has proven to be a misogynist, sexist, bully.
·      We must stop him now before he and his enablers can further consolidate power.  
·      The available way to stop him is to vote to win control of the U.S. Congress in the 2018 election.  
 ( See post below)

Campaigns need volunteers to knock on doors and make phone calls.  These are the critical local Congressional races
District 4  Jessica Morse
District 10 Josh Harder
District 6.  Doris Masui
District 7 Ami  Bera
District 9   Jerry McNerney
District 3   John Garamendi

Watch this space for further developments

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Beto O'Rourke on the Kavanaugh Vote

Today, the Senate voted on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. If I were in the Senate, I would have voted no.
The events of the past two weeks — including Dr. Ford’s courageous, powerful, and credible testimony and Judge Kavanaugh’s temperament in his response — have only added to my concern that he does not meet the bar to serve on the Supreme Court.
I am disappointed that he was confirmed. I know that today’s news and the headlines we’ve seen over the last few weeks have been extremely difficult for many Texans and especially painful for survivors of sexual assault and sexual harassment — so many of whom bravely spoke out, shared their stories, and continue to lead the way. The news has also been hard on those who might feel let down after making their voices heard by calling their senators, organizing with one another, uniting for what we believe in. Today, we are going to come together for one another.
But tonight and tomorrow and in the days that follow, I want you to know that we are going to meet this disappointment weighing on many of us with the power of people who want to make sure that our government represents all of us. In a democracy, the government is the people and the people are the government. If the government does not represent the will of the people, we will change the makeup of the government.
We will ensure that the senators voting on lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court fight for people, for our rights, for our future. That they put country over party. That they bring a sense of civility and decency to what is supposed to be the greatest deliberative body in the world.
Together — not as Democrats or Republicans but as Texans and Americans — we will ensure that the next nominee to be confirmed to the Supreme Court represents all of our interests.
We will do it because in a state that is last in voter turnout — not by accident but by design — we understand the importance of voting rights.
We will do it because in a state that is the epicenter for the maternal mortality crisis — three times as deadly for African American women — we understand that Roe vs. Wade is the decided law of the land and that women should be able to make their own decisions about their own bodies, and have access to the healthcare that will save their lives.
We will do it because in a state where you can be fired for being gay and where the justice system does not serve everyone, we understand the importance of civil rights and equal justice under law.
And we will do it because we understand the need to put people over PACs, people over corporations, and people over special interests.
Thank you for staying strong for one another, for Texas, and for this country. We will not let one another down.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Casual Cruelty of Privilege

 by Leo Casey  -- October 4, 2018

Our week began with yet another profoundly disturbing chapter in the Trump Administration’s treatment of immigrant and refugee children. The New York Times reports that hundreds of underage Latino youth are being taken under the cover of darkness from their foster homes and shelters across the country and shipped off to a “tent city” in Texas near our southern border. These children will no longer be able to attend school, their access to legal services to pursue their immigration claims will be dramatically reduced, and their new settingswill not be licensed and monitored by the state child welfare authorities who ensure the safety and education of children who have been separated from their families.
The justification for these nighttime evacuations is that the government has run out of space in appropriate facilities. There is no choice, we are told, but to subject these children to the trauma of being torn, yet again, from places where they enjoyed some minimal level of normalcy and being taken to (what must be properly called) an internment camp. Yet the current crisis is not a result of increased immigration – since the numbers of those crossing the border have remained steady – but the predictable consequence of the Trump’s Administration’s draconian immigration policies. These policies have reduced the willingness of relatives to come forward for fear of their own deportation, thus lengthening the time it takes to place these youth with caregivers. The Trump administration apparently anticipated the consequences of these policies, yet made no preparation to deal with them.
This latest episode comes at the same time that hundreds of Latino children, who were forcibly taken from their parents by the Trump administration earlier this year, still remain separated from them months after a court ordered deadline for reunification. In most of these cases, the Trump Administration has deported parents, while keeping their children; it now claims that it cannot locate the parents. Children were taken from parents seeking asylum without any thought, much less a plan, on how, when and under what circumstances they would be reunited.
As a parent, I have often asked myself these past months: “what makes it possible for government officials, many of whom are parents themselves, to inflict such cruelty on children?” I have concluded that the answer lies in the ability to create emotional distance between themselves and the objects of their policy. Establishing physical distance is one way of distancing yourself emotionally: you make decisions in Washington DC that others, hundreds of miles away, execute. You don’t have to witness the wails of children and the sobs of parents as they torn from each other at the border; you don’t have to hear motherless children crying themselves to sleep at night; and you need not confront the fear on the faces of children as they are told moments before they were to go to bed that they are being sent to an internment camp. (Why others would “follow orders” to execute these policies is a separate, no less troubling question.) Emotional distance is also achieved by denying the humanity of the objects of your policy: Latino immigrants and refugees become “animals” who “breed” and “infest.” The greater the emotional distance, the less the empathy; the less the empathy, the easier it is to treat other people’s children in ways that you would never allow your own children to be treated. Racism is central to this process.
My thoughts on what makes cruelty by the power elite possible returned to me last week as I watched Brett Kavanaugh’s appearance before the Senate’s Judiciary Committee. Kavanaugh’s testimony was the capstone of ten days of revelations. After the harrowing tales of sexual assaults told by Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, the reports of Kavanaugh’s binge drinking by college roommates, friends and acquaintances, and Kavanaugh’s own contemporaneous words in the Georgetown Prep High School yearbook, the portrait of the man that had begun to emerge was one of entitled wealth and privilege that left the damaged lives of others in its wake. One moment of Blasey Ford’s entirely credible testimony added a particularly telling piece to that picture: when she recounted how she could never forget the uproarious laughter shared by Kavanaugh and Judge as Kavanaugh assaulted her, one saw in bright relief a toxic masculinity that bonded and found pleasure in the domination and humiliation of others. Deborah Ramirez’s account of sexual assault also involved laughter at her degradation by Kavanaugh. The commonplace truth that rape is not about sex, but power, is starkly evident in the survivors’ accounts of Kavanaugh’s assaults on them.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Stop Kavanaugh _ Defend Christine Blasey Ford

Democratic Socialists of America

Watching the relentless questioning of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, and Brett Kavanaugh having the gall to turn the tables and angrily claim victimhood, made me indescribably furious. The hearings were grueling for survivors across the country, and for their loved ones.
Yet I need you to use rage to fuel action. I need you to take strength from Ford’s courage, and join the fight for our future.
Kavanaugh has demonstrated his contempt for our humanity and dignity. More importantly, his judicial beliefs are dangerous. If he becomes a justice of the Supreme Court, he will undermine our rights, whether in reproduction, work or daily life. We can also expect structural violence against people of color, LGBTQIA folks, people with disabilities and working class and poor people. He has been groomed for this role by the right-wing since he was in prep school. The Senate must reject him.
In the last two days, Allie Cohn and Chris Riddiough of DSA’s national elected leadership, the National Political committee, were arrested in civil disobedience in Washington, DC.
Will you join them in taking emergency action locally?
These six senators are possible swing voters on Kavanaugh. Urge them to vote no!
  • Sen. Susan Collins, Maine: 202-224-2523 / 207-780-3575
  • Sen. Joe Donnelly, Indiana: 202-224-4814 / 317-226-5555
  • Sen. Jeff Flake, Arizona: 202-224-4521 / 602-840-1891
  • Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota: 202-224-2043 / 701-258-4648
  • Sen. Joe Manchin, West Virginia: 202-224-3954 / 304-342-5855
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska: 202-224-6665 / 907-271-3735
I ask you to contact anyone you know in West Virginia, Maine, Indiana, Arizona, North Dakota and Alaska. Ask them to:

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Voter Registration Day

Woo-hoo! Today is National Voter Registration Day – a day that celebrates what our democracy is all about. And in 2018, this day is more important than ever.

Look, I’ll be blunt: Democrats have a real shot at taking back the House and the Senate on November 6.

A Democratic majority could stand up to Donald Trump and hold the line when the Republicans attack the Affordable Care Act. A Democratic majority in the House could conduct oversight investigations with subpoena power. And a Democratic majority in the Senate could beat back disastrous Supreme Court nominations – like Brett Kavanaugh.

But that’s only going to happen if we all make our voices heard and vote on Election Day.

We can’t take anything for granted this November. A lot of races in California and across the country are going to be really close. Every vote will count.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Progressives Need a Strategy for 2020 and Beyond


Progressives Need a Clear Strategy for 2020 and Beyond—Here Are 5 Guidelines

We have significant numbers. But we need to continue to build our ranks, and mobilize behind a winning political strategy.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Obama Returns To Campaign Trail, Directly Attacking Trump

See the entire speech on line.

California Moves Forward on Climate

I’ve got some breaking news for you -- Governor Jerry Brown just signed my clean energy bill, SB100, putting California on a path to 100% clean energy by 2045. This is historic because there is no economy larger in the world that has committed to pure clean energy.

It’s an ambitious goal that will require hard work, but as Governor Brown said, California will lead the way. We won’t wait around for Washington D.C.to do the right thing.. 

Today is a day that reminds me why I got into public service. To push hard for what you believe is right, to protect this beautiful state and all its inhabitants without compromising on the things that really matter. 

The environment really, really matters, and California just renewed its leadership in the world because of our efforts.
Kevin de Leon.  Not printed, posted, at the expense of any candidate or PAC. 

When We Vote- Michelle Obama

It's been 53 years since the Voting Rights Act became law, strengthening our democracy and ensuring that every American could exercise their right to vote.

That might seem like a long time, but when you think about our country's history, it's really not long at all: Just a few decades since all those brave men and women -- knowing they'd be intimidated, turned away, or even beaten -- stood up to fight for their right to cast a ballot anyway.

These courageous leaders didn't lead that movement for themselves alone. They led it for future generations, too. They led it for us.

Now, it's our turn. We need to honor their legacy. We need to continue their work. And that's why I'm reaching out to you today, Duane:

I want you to join me and When We All Vote, my new initiative to make sure every eligible American casts their vote on Election Day.

The right to vote is the most powerful tool we have to make our voices heard as citizens. And if we want to keep this movement alive, it's up to us to make sure everyone exercises that right in November.

There are so many ways you can help When We All Vote in this final push before Election Day:

Host an event in your neighborhood to register voters. Train your friends on how to spread the word to others. Fire folks up to do their part in our democracy. Talk to everyone you know.

There's too much at stake this year to sit it out,

Join me on the When We All Vote team -- and say you're ready to get to work:

I'm in

Thank you,

Michelle Obama