Sunday, September 15, 2019

Causes of Migration- Honduras

Choosing Democracy: Causes of Migration- Honduras: Ismael Moreno Coto, SJ “Padre Melo”  will discuss the root causes of mass  migration from Central America, focusing on th...

Ismael Moreno Coto, SJ   “Padre Melo”

will discuss the root causes of mass migration from Central America, focusing on the ongoing human rights crisis in Honduras.

Sponsored by  Sacramento Solidarity with Honduras Coalition

St. Francis of Assisi ,Pathways for Justice
St. Ignatius Parish

Unitarian Universalist SS
Sacramento Area Congregations Together

Racine Dominican Sisters

Date and Time: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Location: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
2620 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA
Enter on 27th Street for Free Parking

Cultural Presentation TBA, Reception to follow

International Human Rights Award Winner

Director of Radio Progreso and ERIC-SJ
(center for reflection, research, and communications) in Honduras

Free Will Offering

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Beto O'Rourke on gun reform: 'We're going to take away your AR-15, your ...

Trump's Campaign to Divide

George Goehl

Trump’s Reelection Strategy: Pit Us Against Each Other

You would think after a white nationalist murdered 22 people and injured dozens more in El Paso, Donald Trump would lay off the hate, even just for a moment. Apparently he’s not capable. Or not willing. Whether it’s immigration raids, cutbacks on legal immigration, or attacking women of color in Congress, Trump is doubling down on division. Clearly the Trump campaign is planning to stir up new levels of anti-immigrant sentiment as a path to re-election. This strategy takes advantage of the fact that many Americans are experiencing economic decline. In large parts of the country, gone is the sense that our children will do better than we did. Instead, people are asking: “Who’s fighting for us?” It’s a valid question. For the last 40 years, leading Democrats have failed to directly name who was responsible for that decline — big corporations hijacking our government, rigging the system, and creating the biggest gap between the rich and everyone else in American history. That vacuum has left space for other side to blame immigration for the end of good jobs with solid benefits and health care. Sadly, that sets off a race to the bottom that benefits the most abusive corporations — and hurts the rest of us. Instead of taking the bait, we should come toward each other. If we unite to take on the real cause of economic decline — a corporate class intent on becoming ridiculously rich at the expense of the rest of us — we have the power to create the change we so desperately need. Then we can begin to bring back good jobs, expand affordable and quality health care, protect our air and water, and so much more.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Defeating Trump and his White Nationalists- Priority

Is there any doubt now about the deadly consequences of Trump’s election? 
There is a direct line between the recent mass shootings in Gilroy and El Paso and the President’s stoking of racist hatred against left-wing Congresswomen of color and Latinx immigrants, his refusal to condemn neo-Nazis at Charlottesville, his cries of “send them back,” “infestation” and “invasion.” Trumpism draws on a long history of racism, nationalism, and xenophobia in U.S. politics to inspire what are essentially modern day lynchings. And policy accompanies the weaponry: concentration camps on the border, the acceleration of voter suppression, the “Muslim ban” and more. As others have pointed out, white supremacist terror and white supremacist policy go together, hand in glove. And they are the battering ram for pushing through Trumpism’s full reactionary package: roll back women’s and LGBTQ rights, decimate the labor movement, deny climate change, expand the military budget and threaten war against Iran.

The bottom line: The virulence and intensity of this weekend’s racial violence, ginned up from the White House, is a five-alarm emergency for the country and the left.

Debating the strategy and tactics for the struggle against Trumpism, and the role of socialists and the left within that struggle, have been at the center of radical attention and of Organizing Upgrade’s work over the past two years. Those debates—over the best ways to combine class politics with racial justice, internationalist, and feminist commitments, the possibilities and limitations for building power utilizing electoral politics, the balance of forces within and beyond the Democratic Party, the significance of increasing militancy among teachers, environmental activists, and others—will continue. The struggle against Trumpism will last longer than any electoral cycle. But we are clear that the 2020 elections, which is already underway, is a pivotal contest in the course of our struggle. Defeating the political bloc that is driven by white nationalism and has captured the Republican Party is our immediate responsibility as left organizers committed to the defense of the oppressed, the exploited, and the democratic space required to organize a movement large, united and powerful enough to contend for power and change the world. More than ever, we hold onto our belief that we can organize to win, if we stay focused on the scale and scope necessary to build real power. Let’s do this thing.
In solidarity,
The Organizing Upgrade Editorial CollectiveCalvin Cheung-Miaw, Claire Tran, Harmony Goldberg, Jacob Swenson-Lengyel, Julie Chinitz, Kim Diehl, Max Elbaum, Rishi Awatramani, Stina Janssen

Wednesday, August 21, 2019


As you know, Bernie is coming to town on August 22. He will be at Caesar E. Chavez Plaza at 910 I Street in Downtown Sacramento.

Parking will be scarce, so you need to get there early. We encourage you use alternate transportation if possible! You can follow this link to find a public transit route to get you there on time! Please be aware of Sacramento's parking enforcement policies. 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Leading Civil Rights Lawyer Shows 20 Ways Trump Is Copying Hitler’s Early Rhetoric and Policies

Leading Civil Rights Lawyer Shows 20 Ways Trump Is Copying Hitler’s Early Rhetoric and Policies

Student Scholarship Fundraiser - LULAC

 Lorenzo Patiño LULAC Council
No. 2862 of Sacramento

You are invited to Our
 2019 LULAC Scholarship Awards Lunch
                         A Family Event for Members & Guests 

Sunday, August18, 2019
1:00 – 4:00 PM
2971 24THStreet, Sacramento, CA 95814
Lunch: Grilled Chicken, Salads, Fruit & Tea/Lemonade/Water, Dessert    

                                                      2018 Scholarship Recipients

Adults: $20                                                To reserve call Mike Vasquez                                                                                                              Children(12 & under): Free!                    At 916-804-2502     May Pay at event                                                           
Two of the Five Scholarships will be named after donors:

                                 Sacramento City Councilmember, Eric Guerra
                             Sacramento City Councilmember, Jay Schenirer

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Why Democratic Socialism Is Gaining Popularity In The United States

Sacramento United Against Hate - Demonstration

Sacramento Poor People’s Campaign, A National Call for Moral Revival

#ElPasoFirme: A call to action against white supremacy

#SacramentoUnitedAgainstHate Peace Vigil

The  Sacramento  Poor People’s Campaign, A National Call for Moral Revival (CAPPC), united with  Sacramento Region,  NorCal Resist, Zapatista Coalition of Sacramento, Sacramento Area Black Caucus, The Culture C.O-.O.P, LCLAA Sacramento Chapter, AFL-CIO, Urban Advocates & Achievers; Restorative Schools Vision Project, African Research Institute; Florin Chapter - Sacramento Valley (Florin JACL-SV) Japanese American Citizens, Indivisible CA-7,Sunrise Movement Sacrament, Sacramento to Black Child Development Institute, Coalition of Labor Union Women, CA Capital Chapter,  350 Sacramento, Sac Cultural Hub, Jewish Voice for Peace Sacramento, Sacramento Safe Ground, Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee, Alianza and Jewish Action NorCal,  take a stand against white supremacy as #ElPasoFirme.

Across the country, millions of hearts beat with El Paso. El Paso is a community that straddles borders and cultures, a symbol of safety and inclusion for people from around the world, citizens and non-citizens alike. This is El Paso’s strength. Nothing will change that. Today, we must reaffirm our commitment to that strength. We must redouble our commitment to defeat the vile worldview of white supremacy. It is a moral imperative that ALL decent people speak out against this violence towards our Latino families.  

Today, communities across the country plan to hold vigils to remember and celebrate the lives lost and recommit to confronting the contemptible worldview behind the violence committed. Whether you work with an organization, church, business, or just want to express your individual support with family and neighbors, now is the time to speak out. Join us!

What:    #SacramentoUnitedAgainstHate Peace Vigil
Where:  California State Capitol, - West Steps
When:   Thursday, August 15, 2019 • 6:30PM-8:00PM
Who:    We stand in solidarity with the community of El Paso, Gilroy, Charleston, Dayton and all community impacted by gun violence and hate.

Please note:  no real candles with flames, instead please bring battery operated candles, flashlights or use your cell phone. Thank you for your cooperation!!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

What Terrorism Does

antiracismdsa: What Terrorism Does: On Saturday, we lost 22 innocent lives. We have the power to end this epidemic. Let us do better for them, for ourselves, and for the next...

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Poor People's Campaign in El Paso

If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, if you do not oppress the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your ancestors for ever and ever. But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless.Jeremiah 7:5-8
One week ago, we were in El Paso at the invitation of the Border Network for Human Rights to highlight the violence that their community has been suffering. We heard stories of families separated, asylum seekers turned away and refugees detained like prisoners of war. We heard how their community has been militarized and how poor border communities have been especially targeted. We promised that we would do everything in our power to compel the nation to see this violence. Just a few days later, a terrorist opened fire in El Paso. And then another attack occurred in Dayton.
In reflecting on these outbreaks of violence, our hearts are broken. This moment demands a moral reckoning with who we are and who we want to become as a nation.
The truth is that, while every generation has worked to push us toward becoming a more perfect union, we have also tolerated lies that beget violence. America’s founding fathers spoke of liberty, while drafting documents that called Native Americans savages, accepted the enslavement of Africans, and ignored the voices of women. This hypocrisy created space for slaveholder religion to bless white supremacy, pseudo-science to justify eugenics, a sick sociology to pit people against one another, and predatory policies to scapegoat non-white immigrants and blame poverty on the poor.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Beto O'Rourke slams Trump in wake of El Paso shooting

White nationalism and Donald Trump are to blame !

White nationalism, Congress, and Donald Trump are to blame for mass shootings say 2020 Democratic candidates

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s hometown was struck with tragedy this weekend, after a mass shooting inside an El Paso, Texas, Walmart left 20 people dead and at least 26 people wounded Saturday. 
On the campaign trail in Las Vegas with nine other candidates, O’Rourke, visibly emotional, said he was cutting his trip short to fly back to El Paso, which he represented while in Congress. He went on to deliver a message that has been echoed by the wide field of 2020 candidates, all of whom decried political inaction on gun reform following the attack.
“There is no luxury in this democracy of sitting this one out, whether it is gun violence, whether it is many of the issues we discuss today,” O’Rourke said at a trade union forum. “Universal background checks, a stop to all sales of weapons of wars, some initial reports were that it was a military style weapon or weapons used in Cielo Vista Mall, keep that shit on the battlefield, do not bring it into our communities, I don’t want to see it in our malls or in our schools or in our churches or in our synagogues.”
Just hours later, nine more died in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio early Sunday morning; more than two dozen others were injured. The weekend of violence has reinvigorated the national conversation around gun violence in America, particularly among Democratic presidential candidates
But the focus hasn’t only been on inaction in Congress. As law enforcement investigates reports that the El Paso shooter published an anti-immigrant manifesto online before carrying out the attack, Democratic candidates are also calling out President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly used racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric and has courted support among white nationalist groups.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Call for Massive Rally Against Racism

I'm Reverend William J. Barber, II, of Repairers of the Breach, the Poor People's Campaign, and the Moral Mondays movement. And I am asking you to join me in this call to all the presidential candidates:
All presidential candidates should unite for a massive, pro-voter, anti-racism rally in Greenville, NC—the city in which Trump supporters spread a bigoted, racist and xenophobic chant—to reject racism and regression, register voters, and demonstrate what an America committed to moving forward together looks like.
On July 17, the Trump 2020 campaign held a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, where President Trump used racist tropes to demonize Representative Ilhan Omar before pausing to let the crowd chant, "Send her back!" Along with the vast majority of Americans, all the other presidential candidates condemned Trump's appeals to racism. We are writing to invite them to come together for a mass rally in Greenville to demonstrate what an alternative for America's future looks like.

While the candidates are not enemies, we understand they are competitors. They have real policy differences between them, and they are on the campaign trail to make the case for why they should be the next person to lead the United States of America. But just as the global community of nation-states has at times put aside competitive differences in order to face an existential threat, we believe this is a time for candidates to unite and demonstrate what an America committed to moving forward together looks like.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Robert Reich: The Real Reason for Impeachment

Tax the Rich: not the Poor

Taxing Remittances? How About Taxing the Rich When They Send Their Money Abroad? The Trump hath tweeted, and proclaimed that he wants to subject Guatemalan imports to tariffs, and to subject the remittances that Guatemalan immigrants in the United States send back to their families in Guatemala to a tax. 

What, you may ask, has the little Central American nation done to deserve such treatment? Simple: Its Supreme Court has struck down the nation’s president’s agreeing to Trump’s insistence that the it must stop all Honduran and El Salvadoran refugees passing through Guatemala en route to the United States and compel them either to stay in Guatemala or to return from whence they came.

In other words, Trump is giving Guatemala a choice between death by shooting or death by hanging. The small and impoverished nation clearly has no capacity to house, employ, and provide services to hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers. Nor can it weather the imposition of tariffs on its exports to the U.S., which comprise 40 percent of all its exports. And it would fairly reel from a tax on remittances, which amount to 13 percent of the nation’s GDP. 

But if the Guatemalan high court doesn’t think the president there has the authority to accede to Trump’s demands, what would American courts say about Trump’s authority to punish Guatemala because he’s mightily pissed at it. POTUS can surely slap tariffs on a nation without congressional approval, but I have no idea whether he can slap a tax on individuals sending a portion of their wages across borders to their families. 

Monday, July 22, 2019

Progressive Churches Challenge the Hard-Line Conservative Evangelical Na...

A Trump Plan to Throw 55,000 Children Out of Their Homes

In 1968 — just a week after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination — Congress passed the Fair Housing Act, or FHA. 
The law secured everyone’s right to housing regardless of race, national origin, disability, familial status, sex, or religion. The FHA protects people from discrimination when they’re renting, getting a mortgage, or seeking housing assistance — including applying for public housing or housing vouchers. 
Now the Trump administration is going against that legacy, proposing a regulation that will target immigrant families living in government-subsidized housing. 
They want to require every single family member in federally assisted housing to have their immigration status screened by the Department of Homeland Security. If just one resident is undocumented, the new policy will effectively block the entire household from receiving any housing benefits — even for legally documented residents and citizens. 
Undocumented people are already ineligible to apply for government benefits. Instead, the rule directly targets “mixed-status” families. In mixed-status families — who all contain members who are legally eligible for public benefits — subsidies are only provided to those eligible members. The family pays the prorated market rent for all non-eligible family members in the household. 

Monday, July 15, 2019

Friday, July 12, 2019

Thursday, July 11, 2019

“Unconscionable & Unacceptable”: Rep. Barragán Decries Detention of Migr...

Activists Demand: Shut Down Trump's Detention Camps

A group of nearly two dozen prominent journalists, academics, and activists Tuesday called on Americans across the nation to use "any nonviolent means necessary" to force the closure of President Donald Trump's immigrant detention facilities.

"What would you do if it were your daughter, grandson, niece or nephew who was sick, denied medicine, deprived of sleep, and so traumatized that they've become suicidal? You'd move heaven and earth to free them. These are all our children; their lives are sacred."
—call to action

"We are calling on all people of conscience to shut down the concentration camps on the U.S.-Mexico border," reads the call to action, which was backedby renowned linguist and dissident Noam Chomsky, environmentalist and author Naomi Klein, Interceptco-founder Jeremy Scahill, and others.

"From abolitionism to Standing Rock, Americans have come together time and again to defy horrific injustice," the call states. "Now, as the government tries to normalize concentration camps, it is time like never before to target those responsible. Inspired by the civil rights movement, ACT-UP, and early labor struggles, we must employ every nonviolent tactic at our disposal to oppose this institutionalized criminality."

The call to action marked the beginning of a new campaign titled "No More Concentration Camps," which aims to mobilize communities across the U.S. to combat the Trump administration's horrific—and often deadly—treatment of migrants.

The new campaign is centered around five demands:
Closure of all of Trump's concentration camps now;
Abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE);
Defunding the Customs and Border Protection (CBP);
Upholding the legal right to seek asylum; and
Decriminalization of the border.

"What would you do if it were your daughter, grandson, niece, or nephew who was sick, denied medicine, deprived of sleep, and so traumatized that they've become suicidal? You'd move heaven and earth to free them," states the call to action. "These are all our children; their lives are sacred. We must shut down these camps today and forever."

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Chicago's Democratic Socialists Take Office

Chicago's Democratic Socialists Promise Change as They Take Office
Democratic socialists now make up more than 10% of Chicago’s city council, potentially wielding considerable influence. It will need to build alliances in order to enact their agenda and their even more ambitious goal of reforming city government.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

July 4, 1776 Declaration

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (and women) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness
Vice President of the U.S. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Close the Concentration Camps- Demonstrate !

Into the streets. No concentration camps for children 

Tuesday, July 2 at noon. 
Robert T Matsui United States Courthouse
501 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Children denied soap and toothbrushes, crowded into unsafe conditions. Separated from their families, subject to cruel treatment that leads to lasting traumas. And some dying in custody—or dying with parents as they cross the Rio Grande. We've seen the images and heard the stories coming out of child detention centers. Horrifically, these conditions aren't an accident. They are the byproduct of an intentional strategy by the Trump administration to terrorize immigrant communities and criminalize immigration—from imprisoning children in inhumane conditions to threatening widespread raids to break up families to covering up reports of immigrants dying in U.S. custody and abuses by ICE and CBP agents. It’s going to take all of us to close the camps. This Tuesday, July 2, while members of Congress are home for the Fourth of July holiday, we will gather at Noon at their local offices in protest. Our demands: -Close the camps -Not one dollar for family detention -Bear witness and reunite families Join Us! Follow the event on Facebook for updates here:

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Donald Trump's Migration Policy

Current policy caused the death of two migrants trying to cross the Rio Grande river after waiting for two months "in line" to apply for asylum. Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his 23 month old daughter Valeria. 
Photo La Jornada.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Monday, June 24, 2019

“Somebody Is Going to Die”: Lawyer Describes Chaos, Illness & Danger at ...

There's No Excuse for Mistreating Children at the Border

Here’s What To Do About It.
Speak up. Donate. Educate yourself. Vote.

By The Editorial Board.  New York Times.

The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.

· June 24, 2019

A young child among the migrants being processed by border patrol agents after crossing into the United States to seek asylum.CreditJoe Raedle/Getty Images

From his promise of a “beautiful wall” to his false alarms about caravans of alien marauders at the gate, President Trump has exploited immigration as his marquee issue. He is right, there is a crisis: Not of undocumented immigrants or thousands seeking refuge, as the president would have it, but a crisis of American values, a crisis of America’s premier tradition as a welcoming and humane haven. A crisis Mr. Trump has created, even as Congress has fueled it.

That is not to deny that comprehensive immigration reform is urgently needed, as is funding for the overstretched facilitieswhere undocumented immigrants, and most horribly the children of undocumented immigrants, are held.

But, by his divisive, incoherent and barbaric policies, Mr. Trump has only made agreeing on an approach to immigration in the United States far more difficult. He has done so by systematically creating a false narrative of immigrants as job-stealing criminals, by insisting that there is a crisis of illegal immigration where there is none and, most maliciously, by dreaming up schemes to torment these people in the perverse notion that this would deter others from trying to reach the United States.

The most appalling of these has been the separation of children from their parents and detaining them in conditions no child anywhere should suffer, and certainly not children in the care of the American government. At a recent hearing before a federal appeals court in San Francisco, judges were stunned by the administration’s arguments that children sleeping on concrete floors in frigid, overcrowded cells, without soap or toothbrushes, were being kept in “safe and sanitary” facilities, as required by law. “You’re really going to stand up and tell us that being able to sleep isn’t a question of safe and sanitary conditions?” asked one judge.

Mr. Trump’s latest display of cruel bluster was the announcement, and then the delay, of nationwide raids to deport undocumented families. In fact, deporting immigrants who have exhausted their legal claims is not uncommon — President Obama, remember, was often referred to by immigration groups as “deporter in chief” — and the targets of these raids are not random. But Mr. Trump sought to use the operation to strut before his base and extract concessions from Democrats, and spread panic through immigrant communities. His announcement delayed action by Congress and made the operation that much more difficult by warning those targeted for deportation. Then he tweeted that he was delaying the raids for two weeks.

The United States urgently needs an immigration policy that combines border security, justice and humanity. President Trump has promoted policies that undermine all these goals, and Congress has failed to agree on a coherent vision. You can help turn that around. Here’s how:

Call Congress, your mayor and local representatives. Contact your representative and tell them you want upcoming ICE raids to be called off and detention conditions improved. The legal defense nonprofit Raices has provided a template and an online form that you can use to email your congressional representatives. You can also reach out to your local representatives to ask that they initiate plans to help immigrant communities that are affected by the raids. This official government website has provided links to finding your city, county and town officials.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Confronting Politicians with the Reality of Poverty

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Poor People's Campaign - Organizing

This is the kind of moral fusion organizing that can sway elections and build lasting change. And with coverage on MSNBCThe New York TimesThe HillThinkProgressThe NationVox and more, this Campaign is breaking through and we are being heard.
With so much at stake, we must keep the political spotlight on poverty. At the presidential candidates forum, we asked each candidate whether they would commit to a presidential debate on the five interlocking injustices. They all said yes. And then today the House Budget Committee acknowledged that poverty is a serious issue in this country. Let’s hold them—and every 2020 presidential candidate—to their word.

What we’ve done over the last three days proves that the poor are not a small, pigeonholed or easily ignored group. We are building the kind of power that, as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said in 1967, could make the power structures of this country say yes—yes to voting rights, yes to health care, yes to good jobs and living wages, yes to welfare, housing, water and food, yes to peace—when they may be desirous of saying no.
The Poor People’s Moral Action Congress was just the beginning. The Campaign will be returning to D.C. next June for a massive march on Washington and will be holding events all over the country to make sure we confront the unjust structures in our country and build something better in their place.
Forward together, not one step back, 
Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II and Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis President of Repairers of the Breach & Director of the Kairos Center Co-Chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival