Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Friday, January 26, 2018

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Actual Forgotten Working Class | January 17, 2018 Act 3 | Full Front...

Sanders: Resist Republican Extremism

Over the last week we have seen the devastating impact of the right-wing extremist agenda that Republican rule in Washington is forcing on the nation. Over 80 percent of Americans support providing legal protection for the 800,000 Dreamers - young people brought to this country as children who are now our neighbors, our co-workers, our friends and our family members. 
Despite the overwhelming view of the American people, Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan chose to hold the entire federal government hostage to their blatantly xenophobic and anti-immigrant views.
As I traveled the country in 2015 and 2016 some of the most moving meetings I held were with young Dreamers terrified that they would be rounded up and thrown out of the only country they have ever known. Trump promised to help the Dreamers while he was running for president but, in one of his series of lies, he has reneged on that pledge.
Make no mistake about it. This government shutdown and budget fight in Washington is also about our priorities as a nation. Republicans want massive increases in military spending while refusing to address the crises we face in health care, education, college affordability, infrastructure and more.
This is the wealthiest nation in the history of the world. Of course we can increase the standard of living of people in every zip code in this country - urban and rural - if we invest in our critical domestic needs. But we cannot expect that will happen when we have a president and a party beholden to the Koch brothers and other billionaire campaign contributors. Their agenda is exactly opposite of what the American people want.

Friday, January 19, 2018

A government shutdown because Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing - Vox

The Trump Government Shut Down


Duane E. Campbell 


Let us be clear.  The shut down of the U.S. government was due to a dispute over spending because Donald Trump ordered the end of the DACA program ( Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). The spending bill assumes the end of DACA and demands a vast increase in spending on the border, including a wall.  At present the  critical issue  is restoring DACA.  Note: restoring.  We had a DACA program that protected the lives of some 800,000 young people who came to the U.S. as children.  Trump created this crisis and the Republicans are using the crisis to promote their anti immigrant agenda.
Since his campaign, Trump has doubled down on racism, sexism and bigotry, to the delight of David Duke, the American Nazi Party, and others like them. The control of the Republican Party by hard core anti immigration forces emboldens hard-core racists, Islamophobes, misogynists, and anti-immigrant groups, while promising an assault on workers' rights.
The White House has demanded that an increase of 33 billion dollars in funding for anti-immigrant measures be included as a part of the DREAM act. 18 Billion dollars of this funding increase would be spent on the border wall and the rest on terrorizing immigrant communities in this country. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Women's March- Sacramento


Pilar 2.  Immigrant Rights 
Rooted in the promise of America’s call for huddled masses yearning to breathe free, we believe in immigrant and refugee rights, regardless of status or country of origin.  We believe migration is a human right and that no human being is illegal.  We support sanctuary cities and state laws, DACA, equal pay, safety and benefits for those with all levels of immigration status, strong refugee support systems and acceptance and celebration of all different cultures, individuals and families. 
(see website) 




Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Wave of Young People Are Joining DSA

Women's March - Sacramento




Join us on Jan 20, 2018, as we march from Southside Park to the California State Capitol to build lasting and meaningful change.

In 2017 we marched and made our voices heard. This year we expand our work to engage youth, uplift women leaders, advocate for gender equity and stand together against voter suppression and for fair protection of all human rights.

We will gather at Southside Park between 6th and 8th Streets. From the Park, we will walk west on T Street to 5th Street, then north on 5th to Capitol Mall, then east to the Capitol building where the rally will convene on the West Steps.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Remembering Martin Luther King and His Roots in the Labor and Socialist Movement

By Nathan Newman
As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, it’s worth remembering that his legacy was based firmly in the labor and the socialist movements of the 20th century. It takes nothing away from King to highlight how his work built on those movements and his voice was magnified by his association with them.
Martin Luther King Jr. was recruited in Montgomery by a labor organizer, gave his most famous speech at a DC rally funded by labor unions, was bailed out of a Birmingham jail with union dues and would die in Memphis fighting for a union.
E.D. Nixon and Montgomery
Most people know at this point that Rosa Parks was not some random woman sitting down on a bus because she was tired, but was a civil rights activist in the Montgomery community who had become chapter secretary of the local NAACP chapter. Less known to many is Edgar Daniel (“E.D.”) Nixon who was a long-time leader of the NAACP chapter and who in fact launched the Montgomery Bus Boycott and recruited the young Martin Luther King Jr. to help lead the campaign.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Health Care Is a Right


Less from Healthy California on Vimeo.

We've had a great start to 2018 already - with spirited supporters at the Rose Bowl parade, canvassing events and signups for future events. When the Select Committee on Health Care met for the first time back in October, they didn’t expect to be greeted by a sea of red-shirt wearing SB 562 supporters that overflowed out of the hearing room. At the second hearing in December, we were promised that SB 562 would (finally) be addressed from the stage.
Now it’s time to show up in force and ensure that our voices are heard. While nearly every public commenter has been in favor of the Healthy California Act, the hearing schedule and speaker selection was designed to exclude us. But we just keep on going!
The Select Committee has just announced their third hearing, to be held in Sacramento at the Capitol. This hearing is another opportunity for us to demonstrate the powerful public support that the movement for SB 562 has built to the very legislators that have the ability to make universal healthcare a reality.
Join us for a rally to call for Guaranteed Healthcare for All directly prior to the start of the hearing.

3rd Select Committee Hearing 

Wednesday, January 17

  • 1/17 Event Details:
    • 11am Rally at Capitol North Steps (lunch provided).  This is the updated and correct start time

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Governor Brown- CFA Says Students Deserve a Seat

CFA tells Gov. Brown, lawmakers: All qualified students deserve a seat!

Faculty and students transformed into informative docents today as CFA hosted a pop-up art installation on the North lawn of the State Capitol to symbolize the increasing lack of access to the CSU and quality public higher education.
Last academic year, more than 31,000 qualified students were denied admission to the People’s University, which has suffered systemic underfunding for years.
On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown announced his 2018-19 budget plan, which proposes just $92.1 million in additional state funding for the CSU. CFA is calling for an additional $422.6 million in state funding for the CSU for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which would allow for healthy enrollment growth and provide access to the CSU for an additional 18,205 students.
“By not allowing qualified students access, we’re failing them before they even have a chance to walk in the classroom,” said CFA President Jennifer Eagan. “It’s time for our state to stand up for the CSU—for our students, for our university, and for the future of California.”
On Wednesday morning, the stark sight of 1,570 chairs greeted legislators, staff, and visitors as they entered the Capitol on the North side. Each chair represented a missing seat for 20 qualified students.
The art installation drew questions onlookers throughout the day. CFA leaders and student activists offered docent talks about the art exhibit and funding issues plaguing the CSU.
Jorge Quintana, a senior at Sacramento State and activist with Students for Quality Education, was one of several ‘docents’ talking to reporters and Capitol visitors about the exhibit Wednesday. For Quintana, the art installation was eye-opening.
“It’s hard to see it because you realize that so many people are turned away,” he said. “They weren’t even given the opportunity to attend. It hurts because these students are largely students of color, and low-income students. They’re students like me.”

Monday, January 8, 2018

Trump - a chronic liar and more

The great disgrace of the Republican Party is to deny the appalling reality (or unreality) that is Donald Trump, and to indulge his lunatic behavior because he can be used for their ends—the gutting of regulations, the cutting of taxes, the savaging of workers’ wages and social supports. Even worse, the trampling of democracy itself.
By now, Republicans should have concluded that the king is mad, a chronic liar, and an infantile personality; that catastrophic consequences could easily result. That they did not pursue impeachment or removal under the 25th Amendment is to their eternal shame.
One would like to believe that some divine or human retribution is the inevitable result—the collapse of the Republican Party or a massive wave of voter revulsion against corporate elites and the governing coalition. But this is not how history works. Democracies fail. Dictators govern for a long time.
Absent a lot of hard work and a good dose of luck, it is just as likely that the U.S. will descend deeper into corruption and oligarchy. Alternatively, voters could rise up against both Trump and Republican corporate Trumpism. Or they could just remain mired in cynicism.
The results of the 2017 elections in Virginia, Alabama, and elsewhere, plus Trump’s continuing pratfalls, give some cause for guarded optimism. But the election of 2020, and the run-up in the congressional midterm election of 2018, will be the most momentous since the fateful election of 1860.
That election, won by Abraham Lincoln, came in the wake of the collapse of the Whig Party, and very nearly sundered the American Union. In 2018 and 2020, either we will begin the long and painful process of healing American democracy, or our liberties could be irrevocably lost. ~ ROBERT KUTTNER.  The American Prospect 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

: Family unification and Immigration

Choosing Democracy: Family unification and Immigration:   Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope .    the Church, along with other members of our democratic society, has the righ...

Monday, January 1, 2018

Dear Sisters

The clock has run out on sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace. It's time to do something about it.
  
Our Letter of Solidarity.
Read the original letter of solidarity sent by 700,000 female farmworkers to a legion of Hollywood actors.

1 in 3 women ages 18 to 34 have been sexually harassed at work. 71% of those women said they did not report it.
Sexual harassment is pervasive across industries, but especially in low-wage service jobs. For example, more than charges filed with the EEOC in the last decade came from industries with service-sector workers.
The campaign was  highlighted in November, when an open letter was sent on behalf of 700,000 female farmworkers who said they stood with Hollywood actresses in their fight against abuse. Time’s Up members said the letter bolstered their resolve to train their efforts on both Hollywood and beyond.
“It’s very hard for us to speak righteously about the rest of anything if we haven’t cleaned our own house,” said Shonda Rhimes, the executive producer of the television series “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” who has been closely involved with the group.
“If this group of women can’t fight for a model for other women who don’t have as much power and privilege, then who can?” Ms. Rhimes continued.