Friday, January 20, 2017

Trump, unprepared, ill informed, morally compromised

David Brooks.  ( conservative) NYTimes Jan. 20,2017.

"This is a remarkable day in the history of our country. We have never over our centuries inaugurated a man like Donald Trump as president of the United States. You can select any random group of former presidents — Madison, Lincoln, Hoover, Carter — and none of them are like Trump.
We’ve never had a major national leader as professionally unprepared, intellectually ill informed, morally compromised and temperamentally unfit as the man taking the oath on Friday. So let’s not lessen the shock factor that should reverberate across this extraordinary moment…"

Stand Against Trump

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Progressive Alliance Strategy -- Visualizing a Neo-Rainbow

Dear Friends, For those of you who may be new to the Progressive Alliance and our politics, this brief but important essay by veteran activists Danny Glover and Bill Fletcher, Jr. is probably the most succinct overview of our strategy for building progressive power and achieving social justice and peace. Keep Hope Alive! -- Paul B
Visualizing a Neo-Rainbow

History holds clues to a winning electoral strategy for progressives.

MLK Commemoration in Placerville -- Monday, January 16th, 2017

MLK Legacy Event -- Monday, January 16th, 2017

2017 Sacramento MLK March -- Monday, January 16th


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Stand Against Trump - In Sacramento


The new right-wing Republican Congress is off and running. At a time when the United States remains the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care to all as a right, the Republicans want to end the Affordable Care Act (ACA), throw nearly 30 million people off of health insurance, make massive cuts to Medicaid and defund Planned Parenthood. At the same time, in the midst of a grotesque and growing level of income and wealth inequality, they want obscene tax breaks for the top one-tenth of 1 percent.

Our message to the Republicans is simple and straight forward. You are not going to get away with it. You are not going to punish the elderly, disabled veterans, the children, the sick and the poor while you reward your billionaire friends.

On Sunday, January 15, Democratic members of Congress, trade unions, senior groups, health care activists and all those who believe in economic and social justice are organizing a day of action called “Our First Stand: Save Health Care.” Rallies will be held in communities around the country.

Here's the information for a rally happening near you:

Our First Stand Rally With California Nurses Association
California State Capitol
Sunday, January 15ᵗʰ at 5:00 pm PST

Sacramento, CA 95814

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Stand Against Trump

Come join us in DC to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump! DSA has a full weekend of activism and entertainment planned:

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20: Inauguration Day

At 10:00 AM, DSA will protest the inauguration. We will meet at McPherson Square by the CVS at the northwest corner of the square (1500 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005) along with other groups to stand against Trump during the inauguration. RSVP on Facebook here.

Closest Metro station: McPherson Square (Orange, Blue and Silver Lines) Closest bus stations: K St NW & 15th St NW (Metrobus lines 3Y, 16Y, 80, D1, D4, and D6), I St NW & 15th St NW northbound and westbound/H St & Madison PL NW southbound and eastbound (11Y, 30N, 30S, 32, 33, 36, 37, 39, 42, 43, P17, P19, S4, X2 eastbound, W13 northbound), H St NW & 16 St NW (X2).

Afterwards, from 5:00 until 7:00 PM, national DSA members will be meeting for dinner at Young Chow Asian restaurant (312 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003). Light food will be provided.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Reform the Democratic Party

The Political Revolution continues and we need your help this weekend!

One way we are continuing the political revolution is by seeking to transform the California Democratic Party into a truly progressive force. An opportunity to do that is coming up January 7 or 8,. when caucus-style elections will be held in each state Assembly district (AD) for delegates to the state party Central Committee for the next two years. We hope you'll make it out to support the Progressive Labor Alliance in each Assembly District. Every two years, there are elections to choose delegates to the California Democratic Party Convention. These delegates help decide the leadership of the California Democratic Party, as well as endorsements, platform and resolutions. If overall, you aren't pleased with the direction of the Democratic National Committee, this is one thing that you could do locally to have an impact. In addition to choosing 7 women and 7 men to represent each Assembly District, each caucus also selects a member of the State Party's Executive Board. This is where many of the decisions about the direction of the party and who will represent CA on the DNC are made. Please come out and support our Progressive Labor Alliance for ADEM delegates and make sure to vote for our Executive Board pick twice (once for ADEM delegate and once for Executive Board).






To find your district, please check out this website:

Please check below for the date, time and place for your district's caucus (see list below), mark it on your calendar and then show up to cast your votes, and bring others with you.

Please take a minute to respond, using this form. It will help us anticipate who's coming as well as stay in touch for future developments.

You can see all candidates in each district and their self-descriptions at You may vote for up to seven men and seven women, plus one candidate who is also running for party Executive Board.

The results of these elections will affect formation of the party platform, resolutions, candidate endorsements and the highly contested election of state party officers at the convention in May 2017. At these caucuses, "business-as-usual" candidates are facing off against progressive slates in most of the 80 Assembly districts around the state. Bernie-activists are running slates of candidates in each of these districts.

Whether or not you think working within (and aiming to take over) the Democratic Party is the best strategy, please help those of us who are trying to do that as we also seek to upgrade coordination on local campaigns with the entire spectrum of progressive and socialist groups in the region.

In the Sacramento area, members of the Wellstone Progressive Democrats, organizers from unions who worked for Sanders, consumer and labor attorneys have teamed up with independent progressives in Districts 4 (Dodd), 6 (newly elected Keven Kiley, GOP), 7 (McCarty), 8 (Cooley) and 9 (Cooper) to form the Progressive-Labor Alliance, with slates of up to seven men and seven women in each district -- and one of them running also for party Executive Board. Slate members are pledged to support each other, to avoid diluting the progressive vote and letting the corporate Dems slip in.

Please visit, "LIKE," mark that you're going to yours, then share with others you know. Create carpools!

Some important facts:
These elections are not widely publicized. Turnout in each district will most likely be in the hundreds, not thousands, so every vote really counts.
You must be a registered Democrat to vote, but you can register/re-register at the election site; and if you wish, change back later to something else or "no party preference."
The ballots include only individual candidate names. To vote for the progressives, you should familiarize yourselves with the men's and women's slates in your district, and double check at the caucus site by picking up a Progressive-Labor Alliance slate card from candidates and supporters on the spot.
Beware of imposters! It's become fashionable to use the label "progressive." At least one establishment slate, maybe more, are employing it to confuse voters.

Here's are the times and places for our area. Make a note of yours, then please use this form to let us know whether you'll make it.

AD 4:

Sunday, Jan. 8

Mary Stephens Library

315 E 14th Street

Davis, CA 95618

Speeches 1 p.m., registration and voting 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

AD 6:

Sat., Jan. 7

Placer County Democratic Party HQ

699 Washington Blvd, Ste B-7

Roseville, CA 95678

Speeches 12:30 p.m., registration and voting 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

AD 7:

Sun., Jan. 8

California Teachers Association Region 2 Office

4100 Truxel Road

Sacramento, CA 95834

Speeches 9:30 a.m., registration and voting 10 a.m. to noon

AD 8:

Sat., Jan. 7

CWA Local 9421

2725 El Camino Ave

Sacramento, CA 95821

Speeches 12:30 p.m., registration and voting 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

AD 9:

Sat., Jan. 7

Pins-N-Strikes Bowling Alley

3443 Laguan Blvd.,

Elk Grove, CA 95758

Speeches 9:30 a.m., registration and voting 10 a.m. to Noon.

Stay involved!

This political revolution, led by Bernie Sanders, has never been about Bernie Sanders. It's about taking on the establishment and changing business as usual,  It's about uniting, not dividing. We fight for economic justice and opportunity for all.  We believe that  we need a World War scale mobilization effort to combat climate change.  We need campaign finance reform.  We need to change laws designed to disenfranchise millions of eligible voters from being able to participate in this "Democracy."  We need better representation, not just in the White House, but throughout Congress, the California State Legislature, and at the county, city and school board levels here in Sacramento.  Many of you should consider running for office.  Many of us would be happy to help.

The Wellstone Progressive Democratic Club has consistently fought for Progressive values within the Democratic Party.  Many of us were early supporters of Bernie Sanders and as such we were able to begin hosting regular phone banks back in September of 2015.  Wellstone Progressive Democrats of Sacramento