Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Global Economy is Slowing: Trump’s Trade Wars Make it Worse.

Global Economy is Slowing: Trump’s Trade Wars Make it Worse.

Trump knows twitter; He doesn’t know trade and economic policy, 

From the NY Times.

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s trade war is chilling business investment, confidence and trade flows across the world, a development that foreign leaders and business executives say is worsening a global economic slowdown that was already underway.
Recent softening in Europe, Australia and other parts of the world coincides with Mr. Trump’s intensified trade fight with China and other partners. Economists warn that further escalation by Mr. Trump — like tariffs on more Chinese goods or levies on foreign autos — could slow global growth to a crawl.
“With these trade tensions, the global economy, in a sense, is getting close to a crossroads,” said Ayhan Kose, the director of the World Bank’s Prospects Group.
Weakness in China, driven in part by fallout from the trade war, has spread to Germany, Australia and other nations, raising supply chain costs, chilling exports and worrying political and economic leaders.

On Tuesday, Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, said the bank was prepared to inject more stimulus into the eurozone economy to combat the economic slowdown.

The effects of Mr. Trump’s trade war have been particularly hard on Germany, Europe’s largest economy, which has been bracing for a decision about whether the United States will impose tariffs on auto imports. Trade anxiety has led to a decline in business sentiment and spending: Overall German industrial production contracted sharply in April, falling 1.9 percent on the month versus the 0.5 percent analysts expected.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

How Kamala Harris Dodged California’s ‘Sanctuary State’ Debate

How Kamala Harris Dodged California’s ‘Sanctuary State’ Debate



The increasingly vocal immigrant rights champion shied away from her state’s trailblazing effort to pass a statewide “sanctuary” policy.



By Roque Planas  Huff  Post

As she seeks the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) has become an ambassador for her state’s “sanctuary” laws that limit local law enforcement’s power to hold migrants on behalf of federal immigration authorities.

But in her first years as California attorney general, Harris was far more cautious about endorsing policies that protect undocumented people from deportation. From 2011 to 2013, as pro-immigrant California activists and legislators struggled to pass a trailblazing, statewide sanctuary law called the Trust Act over the objections of then-Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and the Obama administration, Harris remained largely silent.

“Around the Trust Act, it was bupkus. It was zilch. It was invisible. There was just no help from that office,” Trust Act author Tom Ammiano, who is now backing Bernie Sandersin the presidential primary, told HuffPost of Harris’ office. “It didn’t land well with the immigrant rights folks.”

Harris is now a leading foe of President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown. The daughter of immigrants, she has called for the deprivatization of the immigrant detention system and vowed that, if elected, she’d issue a far-reaching executive action that would extend citizenshipto many Dreamers. And Harris supporters, including a spokesperson for her campaign, insist that she harbored misgivings about state collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement since before her election as California’s top law enforcement officer, even if she rarely aired them publicly and declined to take a position on legislation that would have addressed the issue.

Many activists and political figures who pushed the Trust Act see Harris’ growing support of their cause as a genuine evolution that has gained urgency since Trump upended the immigration debate. But they also view her reluctance to get involved as a misunderstanding of where the immigrant rights movement was heading ― and her caution left some worrying she may continue to lead from behind on immigration, Trump’s signature issue.

“The Trust Act was a new way to limit ICE at the state level,” Angela Chan, policy director for Asian Americans Advancing Justice, told HuffPost. “We were at the forefront. She didn’t get why it was important to support it at the time. … She only signaled support when it was safe to do so.”

Caution And Silence


Dating from her time as San Francisco district attorney, Kamala Harris kept discussions about immigration at arm’s length, immigrant rights activists say.

Today, support for sanctuary policies is widespread among Democrats, who now see such laws as a last line of defense against Trump’s draconian immigration measures.

But when Harris took office as California attorney general in January 2011, Democratic leaders were at war with each other over the subject.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Trump's Tariff War

Trump Makes America Irresponsible Again
Why “tariff” isn’t a “beautiful word.”
Opinion Columnist

Donald Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on Mexican exports unless our neighbor does something — he hasn’t specified what — to stop the flow of asylum-seekers is almost surely illegal: U.S. trade law gives presidents discretion to impose tariffs for a number of reasons, but curbing immigration isn’t one of them.


It’s also a clear violation of U.S. international agreements. And it will reduce the living standards of most Americans, destroy many jobs in U.S. manufacturing, and hurt farmers.


But let’s put all of that to one side and talk about the really bad stuff.


Trump says that “TARIFF is a beautiful word indeed,” but the actual history of U.S. tariffs isn’t pretty — and not just because tariffs, whatever the tweeter in chief says, are in practice taxes on Americans, not foreigners. In fact, it’s now a good bet that Trump’s tariffs will more than wipe out whatever breaks middle-class Americans got from the 2017 tax cut.


The more important fact is that until the 1930s, tariff policy was a cesspool of corruption and special-interest politics. One of the main purposes of the 1934 Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act, which eventually became the template for the modern world trading system, was to drain that particular swamp by removing the capriciousness of previous tariff policy.














https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/03/opinion/trump-tariffs.html

Sunday, June 2, 2019

I Know Where I Came From; Does President Trump?


I Know Where I Came From; Does President Trump?
Bernie Sanders


My political agenda has been shaped by my family’s experiences of struggling to make ends meet.


Today our rate of childhood poverty is among the highest of any developed country in the world, millions of workers are forced to work two or three jobs just to survive, hundreds of thousands of bright young people cannot afford to go to college, millions more owe outrageous levels of student debt, and half a million people are homeless on any given night. Over 80 million Americans have inadequate health insurance or spent part or all of last year without any insurance, and one out of five cannot afford the prescription drugs they need.
While wages in the United States have been stagnant for over 40 years, we have more income and wealth inequality than at any time since the 1920s. 
Today, the wealthiest three families in the country own more wealth than the bottom half of the American people and the top 1 percentowns more wealth than the bottom 90 percent. Millions of workers earn starvation wages even as nearly half of all new income is going to the top 1 percent.  read more, 


Saturday, June 1, 2019

Trump's Path to Electoral Victory

The GOP's plan to re-elect Trump in 2020 can only be stopped through unity—and that unity is under threat by centrists in the Democratic establishment. 
BY JOEL BLEIFUSS

Friday, May 31, 2019

How Democrats Should Respond to Trump's Red Baiting




You  might be interested in an  article in the Nation this week:  “How Democrats Should Respond to the GOP’s Red-Baiting,” The Nation, May 28, 2019 https://www.thenation.com/article/gop-red-baiting-2020/

Peter Dreier

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Obama's Original Sin

Obama's Original Sin: A new insider account reveals how the Obama administration’s botched bailout deal not only reinforced neoliberal Clintonism, but also foreshadowed an ongoing failure to fulfill campaign promises.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

#RedForEd | Rally - May 22nd

PROGRESSIVE ALLIANCE MAY ORGANIZING MEETING -- SATURDAY, MAY 25TH, 11AM


Red for Ed. Education Rally at State Capitol








Public Education Statewide Day of Action /    Capitol.       



Together, we will join educators, parents, students, and community members to demand the full funding of our public schools, common-sense charter school accountability, and social & racial justice.

Shoulder to shoulder with thousands of educators, students, and community members, we'll take over the rotunda of the state capitol. That building belongs to all of us — it's about time that the lawmakers who make decisions that impact our daily lives remembered that.

Sacramento DSA will welcome DSA members from all over California on May 22 for a statewide day of action to demand the public education California students deserve!


We'll meet at 4:30 PM for a group photo with DSA members all over the state!

Date: Wednesday, May 22nd, 9:00am-5:30pm
Location: California State Capitol (Exact meeting location TBA)

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Mass Climate Demonstration

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SUNRISE MOVEMENT CALLS FOR MASS CLIMATE DEMONSTRATION OUTSIDE DEMOCRATIC DEBATE IN DETROIT


May 13 2019, 8:24 p.m.

ON MONDAY NIGHT, at the final stop on the Sunrise Movement’s “Road to a Green New Deal” tour across the United States, the group called for a mass, youth-led mobilization to pressure Democratic candidates to make the 2020 election a referendum on climate change. On July 30, the scheduled date for the second Democratic presidential debate, Sunrise hopes to bring tens of thousands of young people to Detroit to present all the Democratic contenders with three demands:  
  Sign the no fossil fuel money pledge·      Commit to making the Green New Deal a day one priority if elected president.
 Pledge support for a presidential debate on climate change, so voters can hear where candidates stand on the issues. 
Sunrise co-founder Varshini Prakash called it the “largest action our movement has organized to date for the Green New Deal.” Monday night’s event came exactly six months since Sunrise activists staged a protest in the office of Nancy Pelosi’s office before she became House speaker; they were joined by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who had yet to be sworn into Congress.
Some 1,500 people turned up for the sold-out event in the Cramton Auditorium at Howard University to hear Ocasio-Cortez, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Ed Markey, policy writer Rhiana Gunn-Wright, and Intercept columnist Naomi Klein, among others. The event came just one week after a landmark U.N. report concluded that at least 1 million species are at risk of extinction due to human activity, and just days after carbon dioxide levels were recorded at the highest ever in human history.
“I wish as a public servant, I could tell you everything is going to be all right,” said Ocasio-Cortez, who was the final speaker of the evening. “But I can’t tell you that today, because I’m not interested in lying to you. … Frankly, there is no reason for us to be comfortable right now.”

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Trump Repeats Misinformation- Offers little new

Roque Planas;
 President Donald Trump offered a broad outline of his administration’s new dead-on-arrival immigration plan Thursday, seeking to rake in more money for border enforcement while restricting family-based migration and upping the number of visas for skilled workers. 
“The Democrats are proposing open borders, lower wages and frankly lawless chaos,” said Trump in a speech from the White House Rose Garden. “We propose an immigration plan that puts jobs, wages and the safety of American workers first.” He outlined a “Build America Visa,” which would prioritize younger workers as well as those with valuable skills and offers of employment.
But the plan is likely to go nowhere.
The proposal, which has yet to be filed as legislation, combines elements of reform long advocated by immigration hard-liners like White House adviser Stephen Miller and U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who rail against both the rising levels of unauthorized migration and the way the legal immigration system is structured. It is also the product of White House adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner’s attempts to broker a compromise on one of the most vexing issues Congress has faced over the last decade. 
The effort at compromise didn’t extend to Democrats, who control the House of Representatives and hold enough seats in the Senate to block legislation. Some have already dismissed the proposal, which lacks protections for so-called Dreamers who came to the U.S. as kids. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said the failure to include Dreamers makes it “pretty much a nonstarter.” Plus, Democrats and have little incentive to cooperate with Trump ahead of the 2020 elections, which could give them a shot at broader immigration reform.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Trump Continues Anti Arab campaigns

President Trump, Vice President Pence, Liz Cheney & the GOP leadership in Congress are, once again, attacking an Arab American Muslim woman in Congress. This time their target is Rep. Rashida Tlaib. They are grossly distorting what Rashida said in a crass attempt to advance their campaign to divide Americans based on religion, race, & national origin.
Lest we forget, it’s the GOP that has courted homophobes, misogynists, anti-Semites, racists, & Islamophobes. President Trump called the white supremacists and Neo-Nazis that were chanting “Jews will not replace us” while marching through the streets of Charlottesville “very fine people.” And just this week, Trump invited to the White House a far-right Hungarian leader who rose to power exploiting anti-Semitism and the fear of immigrants.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Make Smart Cuts- Not Dumb Cuts in Sac City Unified


The president of the Sacramento City Unified School District school board, Jessie Ryan, called for a “ceasefire” following the recent strike by Sac City Unified educators, saying “together we can solve this fiscal crisis and unite to save our schools with smart solutions.”
The Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) couldn’t agree more. We know a state takeover is entirely avoidable.But the district’s leadership hasn’t offered any realistic, “smart solutions.”
Sticking one’s head in the sand and unlawfully avoiding contractual obligations is not a solution. Neither is refusing to make necessary cuts to a bloated bureaucracy. The district needs to do better.
SCTA has proposed a comprehensive budget plan that boosts services to the district’s students. Our plan avoids a state takeover.
The district needs to honor its contracts and obey the law. Superintendent Jorge Aguilar and Board President Ryan’s refusal to honor the SCUSD’s contract with teachers resulted in the transfer of more than $11 million in taxpayer dollars to the for-profit health insurance giant Health Net.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Mueller Report

·      April 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III revealed a frantic, months long effort by President Trump to thwart the investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference, cataloging in a report released on Thursday the attempts by Mr. Trump to escape an inquiry that imperiled his presidency from the start.

While the report does not find that the president or his campaign aides had committed any crimes in their contacts with Russians, it lays bare how Mr. Trump was elected with the help of a foreign power. When a federal inquiry was started to investigate the Russian effort, he took numerous steps to try to undermine it.
The special counsel found that Mr. Trump had the authority to make many of his most controversial decisions, including the firing of James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, by virtue of the powers the Constitution grants him. At the same time, it is a far more damning portrayal of his behavior than the one presented last month in a four-page letter released by Attorney General William P. Barr.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/18/us/politics/trump-mueller-report.html?
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Monday, April 15, 2019

You Paid Your Taxes: Trump, and these corporations did not



Kathryn Kranhold
April 11, 2019
The Center for Public Integrity

About twice as many of the largest U.S. companies reported they didn’t owe taxes in 2018 compared with previous years, a partial result of the 2017 Trump tax law, according to a report.

Amazon.com Inc.’s U.S. profits before taxes were $10.8 billion in 2018. But unlike its millions of customers, the company paid no taxes in the United States last year., AP Photo/David Zalubowski

About twice as many of the largest U.S. companies reported they didn’t owe taxes in 2018 compared with previous years, a partial result of the 2017 Trump tax law, according to a report.

This story was published in partnership with NBC News. 
INTRODUCTION
Taxpayers are scrambling to make last-minute payments due to the Internal Revenue Service in just four days, but many of the country’s largest publicly-held corporations are doing better: They’ve reported they owe absolutely nothing on the billions of dollars in profits they earned last year.
At least 60 companies reported that their 2018 federal tax rates amounted to effectively zero, or even less than zero, on income earned on U.S. operations, according to an analysis released today by the Washington, D.C.-based think tank, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. The number is more than twice as many as ITEP found roughly, per year, on average in an earlier, multi-year analysis before the new tax law went into effect.


https://portside.org/2019-04-14/you-paid-taxes-these-corporations-didnt


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Oppose Trump's Racist Lies

Trump is using immigrants and refugees at the border to stoke fear and create chaos so he can con all of us out of more money and freedom for his racist anti-immigrant agenda.
This is a deliberate strategy by Trump, Stephen Miller, and the right-wing xenophobes in the administration to create a frenzy and terrorize immigrants—while abusing human rights, sacrificing our democracy, and funneling more of our money into his deportation and detention regime.
Instead of treating these immigrants and asylum-seekers like human beings, the deportation force is herding them into photo ops to manipulate politics and get Trump what he wants. We can’t let ourselves fall into his trap.
That's why my organization, United We Dream, teamed up with MoveOn to lay it all out in this two-minute video. Will you check out and share this short video so everyone knows what the Trump administration is scheming and how to stand up to it?
Greisa Martinez Rosas video
Watch on Facebook or on Twitter.
And after you watch this video, please share it with friends and family.
Too many news sources are amplifying images of Trump's manufactured chaos without giving essential context to understand what's happening at the border and why. That bigger picture is laid out in our video and reflects the work United We Dream, MoveOn members, and many others have been doing to stop Trump's racist attacks on immigrants and on our democracy since he assumed office.
Thanks for all you do.
–Greisa Martinez Rosas, United We Dream

PROGRESSIVE ALLIANCE APRIL ORGANIZING MEETING SATURDAY, 4/13 @ SAC STATE


Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Sacramento Teachers Strike

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Trump creates more crisis at the border.




“If the drugs don’t stop or aren’t largely stopped, we’re going to put tariffs on Mexico and products, in particular cars — the whole ballgame is cars,” he said. “And if that doesn’t stop the drugs, we close the border.”


Here is a good piece on the background to the Trump administration’s jailing even more children and families.

Here is a good piece on how various segments of the Democrats consider the many parts of the immigration issues. 

House Democrats divided on border 

Border Patrol.







Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Monday, April 1, 2019

Poor People's Campaign - Sacramento April 4


From April 3rd to April 13th, the California Poor People's Campaign is organizing a statewide Truth & Poverty Tour to shine a light on the plight, fight, and insight of the poor across California, and the real national emergencies that require immediate attention.
We are coming to Sacramento, CA on April 4th for our second tour stop. We will be hosting a public Poor People's Town Hall, and then a Poor People's March and Rally.
RSVP11 AM-1 PM: Town hall Meeting, Community Space, 400 16th St., Sacramento
1-2 PM: March and Rally, Loaves and Fishes at 12th and North C St. (Cul de Sac), Sacramento
We’ll meet at 400 16th Street, at the corner of D Street. We’ll be running shuttle vans/cars from the Target store parking lot at Broadway and Riverside Blvd. Please park at the far end of the parking lot from the store, along Riverside Blvd. The shuttles will be there beginning at 10:30 am. They’ll be available to bring you back after the event as well.  For shuttle service info please contact Mario at 916 224-4400. 
For more info contact: Kevin Carter, kcwethepeople@gamil.com, Faye Wilson Kennedy, fayek@springmail.com
Join us in lifting the voices of the poor and marginalized in our community and highlighting solutions to our nation’s fundamental issues. You won’t want to miss out!
Forward together,
California Poor People’s Campaign

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Sac City Unified Budget Crisis

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Call Congress: Oppose U.S. Intervention in Venezuela

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We're writing today to request that your call your Representative and urge them to cosponsor H.R.1004, Rep Cicilline’s bill to prevent unauthorized war in Venezuela. We ask this of you because we are concerned that the Trump Administration is considering military intervention in Venezuela without even consulting Congress. Here is what to do:
1. Call your Rep at 202-224-3121
2. Tell the staffer that you want your Rep to cosponsor H.R.1004 to prevent unauthorized war in Venezuela 
3. After the call, ask a friend to do the same
Unauthorized military intervention in Venezuela would make a complex situation far more complex and would be illegal under US and international law. There is no military solution to the crisis in Venezuela and we believe our best chance at peace is through the dialogue called for by the the Vatican, Mexico, and Uruguay, lifting the sanctions, and taking unauthorized war off the table. The American people do not want another U.S. military intervention overseas.
So far, Rep Cicilline’s bill has been cosponsored by 54 other members of Congress who are making it clear that the President does not have the required congressional authorization to use force in Venezuela.
Again, call the Congressional switchboard today at: 
202-224-3121
Endorsed by Democratic Socialists of America. 
Sincerely,

Monday, March 18, 2019

Trump's Use of The Wall Has a Long and Racist History

The notion of a white republic is neither new nor a figment of the imagination of the neofascists of our time.

President Trump inspects border wall prototypes in San Diego, California, on March 13, 2018. For the right, Trump's wall is not just a literal wall, but a symbol of racial domination., Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
Bill Fletcher, jr. 
Although we appear to have been spared another Trump shutdown, we have now been handed an executive power grab in the guise of a “national emergency.” This entire Trump-instigated crisis will remain directly connected in our memories to Trump’s obsession with the “Wall,” i.e., the toy that he has insisted he must have in order to allegedly guarantee the safety of the people of the United States.
Walls have a long history of symbolic importance, signifying not only lines of demarcation but frequently the distinction between zones of alleged civilization vs. zones of alleged barbarism. The phrase “beyond the Pale” — which has come to mean beyond a boundary, over the top, unacceptable or outside of reasonable standards — is just one example. The term originates in Ireland and refers to a piece of the island captured by England, within which the current city of Dublin emerged. The English did what they could to enclose this area, essentially setting up a set of fortifications and a ditch. For the English colonizers, “the Pale” was the center of civilization on an island that was viewed as nothing short of barbaric.
What is important here is that the ditch or Pale was not simply demarcating territory or even a hostile border. With the Pale, much like the Great Wall of China, there was an ideological notion that beyond that barrier lay a barbarian mystery. In the 1790s, Catherine the Great instituted a Russian “Pale,” which was an area for Jews, outside of which they would be subject to overt acts of repression.

Sacramento Community Groups Oppose ICE

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