Friday, April 17, 2015

Stop Fast Track ! Stop FTT

Legislation granting Fast Track trade authority to President Barack Obama was introduced in the U.S. Senate today. In a statement, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:
At a time when workers all over the country are standing up for higher wages, Congress is considering legislation that will speed through corporate-driven trade deals. For decades, we’ve seen how fast-tracked trade deals devastated our communities through lost jobs and eroded public services. We can’t afford another bad deal that lowers wages and outsources jobs.
Call your senators—855-790-8815—and tell them to say no to Fast Track.
Fast Track would make it easier to ram through complicated trade deals without significant oversight from members of Congress or the public, just a simple "Yes" or "No" vote with no amendments allowed on trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who has been a leading voice in the Senate against Fast Track, said:
There’s too much at stake for Congress to be rushing through a bill that would allow more NAFTA-style trade deals. Our manufacturing sector has lost more than 5 million jobs since 1994. While we’ve seen an impressive recovery, the more than 629,000 Ohio jobs tied to the auto industry could be at risk if our trade deals don’t protect against competitors that cheat trade law or manipulate currency. Rushing a trade package through Congress without a healthy debate is not only reckless, but it’s a betrayal to middle class and working families in Ohio.
Trumka called on Congress to reject Fast Track and “maintain its constitutional authority and leverage to improve the TPP and other trade deals.” He added:
Trade deals have wide-ranging impacts and shouldn’t be negotiated behind closed doors and then rubber-stamped.  The current Trans-Pacific Partnership deal under discussion would cover 40 percent of the world’s GDP.  A deal this big should be debated in a full and open manner like every other piece of legislation.
On Saturday, a coalition of labor, environmental, consumer, faith, farm, business and other groups is staging a national day of action to stop Fast Track. Click here to find a Fast Track action near you.
From the AFL-CIO blog.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Progressive Forum 2013 Part II: Free Screening of "WISCONSIN RISING"

Campus Progressive Alliance
The Progressive Forum 2015 Presents
WISCONSIN RISING
“Don’t miss it!” – Amy Goodman, Host
& Executive Producer, Democray Now!

“Wisconsin Rising captures the spirit and intensityof dramatic events as they unfolded. – Prof. Robert McChesney, University of Illinois

Thursday, April 16th, 6pm
 Folsom Hall #1063
Sacramento State University
(7667 Folsom Blvd., Across from Campus)

Progressive Forum 2015 Presents...

Campus Progressive Alliance
The Progressive Forum Presents
The Working Class Under Siege
Labor & Students Fight
For a Better Future
Featuring...
Fabrizio Sasso, Executive Director Sacramento Central Labor Council
 Dr. Kevin Wehr, President California
Faculty Association Capitol Chapter
And a Panel of Student 
and Community Activists
Thursday, April 16th, 3pm
Hinde Auditorium
Sacramento State University Union
More Info: paulb@csus.edu

Friday, April 10, 2015

Forum- Working Class Under Siege


Working Class Under Siege:
Organized labor and students fight for a brighter future.
Forum:  April 16, 2015.   3 PM.
Speakers, video, dialogue.  Join us.
Fabrizio Sasso; Executive Director of Sacramento Central Labor Council.
Kevin Wehr, President, California Faculty Association. Paul Burke, Sociology, Ian Lee, the Fight for $15,  Citizens to Trade Campaign TPP, 
Andee Suderland. DSA Student Debt Campaign
Leisa Falkner- exploitation of adjunct faculty. Students from SQE- Sac State
 3 PM. Hinde Auditorium, CSU –Sacramento

Sponsored by Sacramento Progressive Alliance, DSA, California Faculty Assoc. , Students for Quality Education,  Campus Progressive Alliance.

Preliminary announcement.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Eric Guerra, a candidate who worked his way up.

Endorsed by Progressive Alliance, Calif. Nurses, Los Rios Federation of Teachers. 
Marcos Breton. Sacramento Bee
Sitting in a Sacramento diner on Friday morning while preparing to go door to door in his campaign to win a City Council seat, Eric Guerra shook his head while considering his life of achievement over poverty.
“Sometimes even I can’t believe that I am here,” said Guerra, 36, a policy analyst at the state Capitol who is running to fill the Tahoe Park/Elmhurst/College Greens council seat recently vacated by Kevin McCarty. Absentee ballots go out March 9, and election day is April 7.
One of the most interesting candidates to seek political office in the state capital in some time, Guerra has gone from farmworker kid, to college student living out of his car, to student body president at Sacramento State, to an advanced degree, a sought-after job, a home, family and a community where he is a budding leader.
“From where I was to middle class in less than a generation, “ Guerra said. “Where else can you do that?”
Guerra could become the first Latino elected to the Sacramento City Council in nearly 20 years, but that designation sells him short.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Eric Guerra gets union endorsements


Eric has the endorsement of Los Rios College Federation of Teachers, the California Nurses Association, the Sacramento Progressive Alliance, and more. 
One of My Priorities for District 6 -- Safe Streets, Safe Neighborhoods
Fight to ensure all District 6 neighborhoods receive their fair share of public safety funding.
Ensure that Measure U funds are spent wisely to increase and strengthen our police force and fire department.
Reinstate community policing like the POPS Program.
Work with neighborhood associations to strengthen and grow community visibility and our neighborhood watch programs.
For those who live in City Council District 6. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

The People's Budget vs.Republican Budget



By Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Lawrence Mishel - 03/24/15 08:00 AM EDT


The annual federal budget debate typically doesn’t excite many folks outside the Washington beltway. And with good reason – the Republican budget process is intended to lull the public to sleep by staying short on details and long on damaging provisions that will hurt low-income and middle-class families.

But folks should pay attention to the debate because budgets have consequences – and if done right, they can truly move our country forward. The “People’s Budget,” which we both helped prepare, is a bold and responsible alternative to the Republican plans that take from working families while giving more to corporations and the wealthy.


The GOP budgets proposed in Congress would cut about $5 trillion over the next decade. The overwhelming burden would fall on programs that boost working families: education, Medicare and Medicaid, college aid, job training, medical research and rebuilding roads and bridges. Tens of millions of Americans would lose health insurance and millions more would lose food stamps or be priced out of college.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

How the Super Rich Dominate California Politics for Their Own Benefit


Bill Raden
The condition of California’s battered middle class is the result of policies paid for by a statewide fraternity of corporations, trade groups, lobbyists and wealthy individuals. Together, they have blocked needed initiatives through a network of Capitol lobbyists, political action committees, think tanks and libertarian advocacy organizations with a national reach.
In Sacramento, the fate of legislation that could most benefit the great majority of Californians is often sealed behind closed doors by corporate and trade lobbying long before a bill can ever see a floor vote. Numbers released this month by California’s Secretary of State showed that, in 2014, top lobbyists representing big oil and gas, the health care industry, utilities, manufacturing and business interests, together outspent organized labor nearly four-to-one ($28.4 million to $7.7 million).
For their $28.4 million, state policy powerbrokers were able, among other things, to block attempts to aid education and improve the quality of life.  Their target list is revealing, beginning with a proposed law that would have brought California in line with other petroleum-rich states’ tax policies.

Capital & Main

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Act for Prosperity - The Robin Hood Tax

I'm glad to tell you that Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) Advisory Board Member Congressman Keith Ellison reintroduced The Inclusive Prosperity Act (H.R. 1464 in the current Congress) on March 19. PDA has been working for this legislation since its introduction in the prior Congress. Please tell your Representative to cosponsor H.R. 1464, and your Senators to sponsor a Senate version.
Rep. Ellison explained, "America's working families need their country to invest in them again. The money raised from a wafer-thin tax on Wall Street's high frequency trades could raise hundreds of billions of dollars to invest in our families, protect our environment and increase opportunity for all Americans. If the United States joins the dozens of other nations already benefiting from a financial transaction tax, we can create millions of jobs, while also reducing dangerous market volatility." 
If enacted, it would ask securities traders to pay a sales tax of .5% or 50 cents per $100 on certain financial transactions. Ordinary people pay sales taxes 10 times that on many things we buy. It's time for flash traders to join the rest of us.
The Inclusive Prosperity Act represents the principles and goals of the U.S. Robin Hood Tax Campaign, with the backing of 172 national organizations representing millions of members including labor unions, religious groups, health advocates, consumers, housing activists, environmentalists, small businesses and others. Save the date! The RHT Campaign is organizing events around the nation on April 8th.