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 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

Monday, September 3, 2018

The Labor Question is Back:

Harold Meyerson,
The Labor Question is back, big-time. The term came into use around the turn of the 20th century; it was a shorthand way of asking: What should be done about the working class’ smoldering discontent in the wake of industrialization? The anger was palpable, made manifest in waves of worker revolts that stretched from the nationwide rail strike of 1877 through the general strikes of 1919.
Not all the battles were fought in the plants and in the streets. Progressive state legislatures in the early 20th century enacted laws setting minimum wages and limiting the hours women and children could be compelled to work; the courts routinely struck them down, and just as routinely short-circuited strikes by imposing jail sentences on strikers.
It was the New Deal, and the rise of unions that the New Deal facilitated, that rendered the Labor Question seemingly moot. In the three decades following World War II, when unions were strong and prosperity broadly shared, the term receded into the history books alongside other phrases – like, say, “slaveholder” – that evoked a dark and presumably buried side of America’s past.

The economic inequality that preceded the New Deal is back with us; the Labor Question has returned.
AND, DSA now has 50,000 members.  (Ed. Note)
For the last several decades, however, it’s the largely egalitarian spirit of the New Deal that has receded into the shadows. The economic inequality that preceded the New Deal is back with us; the Labor Question has returned.

At the core of the problem is the imbalance of economic power, which takes the form of booming profits and stagnating wages. The Financial Timesrecently reported that the share of company revenues going to profits is the highest in many years, which necessarily means that the share going to the main alternative destination for company revenues – employees’ pockets – has shrunk.