Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Campus Progressive Alliance 
The Progressive Speaker Series Presents
Steve Early
Labor Journalist, Organizer & Author of...
"This book shows what it takes to defend democracy, workers rights and social justice unionism." — DOLORES HUERTA, Co-founder, United Farm Workers

With Special Guest Nichole Trujillo
Co-Founder, Young Workers of California
& Legislative Representative, United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 8

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 3pm
Folsom Hall #1063
Sacramento State University
(across the street from campus on Folsom Blvd., kitty corner from Home Depot)
Co-Sponsored by Democratic Socialists of America, Sacramento Chapter

Friday, April 11, 2014

How can we save our unions?

 How Can We Save Our Unions? Find out at a book talk and discussion of progressive labor initiatives in California and other states. with Steve Early. 
Date: Thursday, April 17
Time: 3  P.M.  Folsom Hall, 1063.
Sac State.  Sacramento, CA
“This book shows what it takes to defend democracy, workers rights, and social justice unionism.”
co-founder, United Farm Workers Union
Meet labor journalist and former CWA organizer Steve Early, author of Save Our Unions: Dispatches from a Movement in Distress
Sponsored by: Sacramento Progressive Alliance, Democratic Socialists of America (Sacramento).

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Senate Committee passes fracking moratorium

California Progress Report : California Senate Committee passes fracking moratorium bill

Earth Day Films

         Two days of programs presenting approaches to and tools for "Guardianship for Future Generations" begin with a film showing and discussion of environmental and water issues.  The presentation on Friday, April 11, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, is at Southside Park Cohousing, 434 T Street, in Sacramento.  The workshop the following day, from  9:30 am to 2:00 pm, is at the same location. 
          Both programs are sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Sacramento-Sierra Foothills Branch and are designed to be accessible to everyone, based on a sliding-scale donation for admission, with no one turned away for lack of funds.
         The Friday program features chief and spiritual leader of the Winnemem Wintu tribe, Caleen Sisk, and Sacramento journalist, Dan Bacher.  Sisk will present the film, “Standing on Sacred Ground,” and talk about the Winnemem Wintu connection to water, Native American tribal wisdom and guardianship of Mother Earth, and why we must restore natural water systems at their source and stop the raising of Shasta dam.  Joining her, a national WILPF activist and Bacher, an investigative journalist and editor of the Fish Sniffer magazine, will share in this discussion. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Job's Report and the Supreme Court's McCutcheon Debacle

Robert Reich

Today’s Jobs Report and the Supreme Court’s “McCutcheon” Debacle

What does the Supreme Court’s “McCutcheon” decision this week have to do with today’s jobs report, showing 192,000 new jobs for March?

Connect the dots. More than five years after Wall Street’s near meltdown the number of full-time workers is still less than it was in December 2007, yet the working-age population of the U.S. has increased by 13 million since then.

This explains why so many people are still getting nowhere. Unemployment among those 18 to 29 is 11.4 percent, nearly double the national rate.

Most companies continue to shed workers, cut wages, and horde their cash because they don’t have enough customers to warrant expansion. Why? The vast middle class and poor don’t have enough purchasing power, as 95 percent of the economy’s gains go to the top 1 percent.

That’s why we need to (1) cut taxes on average people (say, exempting the first $15,000 of income from Social Security taxes and making up the shortfall by taking the cap off income subject to it), (2) raise the minimum wage, (3) create jobs by repairing roads, bridges, ports, and much of the rest of our crumbling infrastructure, (4) add teachers and teacher’s aides to now over-crowded classrooms, and (5) create “green” jobs and a new WPA for the long-term unemployed.

And pay for much of this by raising taxes on the top, closing tax loopholes for the rich, and ending corporate welfare.

But none of this can be done because some wealthy people and big corporations have a strangle-hold on our politics. “McCutcheon” makes that strangle-hold even tighter.

Connect the dots and you see how the big-money takeover of our democracy has lead to an economy that’s barely functioning for most Americans.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Oil Lobby Spent $56.3 Million on Sacramento Lobbying

Oil lobby spent $56.3 million in Sacramento over past five years

by Dan Bacher 

A new chart released by Stop Fooling California reveals that the oil industry, including the Western States Petroleum Association, Chevron, BP and other oil companies, spent $56.63 million on lobbying at the State Capitol in the five years from 2009 through 2013. 

"It’s enough to spend $471,000 on each California Senator and Assemblymember," according to, an online and social media public education and awareness campaign that highlights oil companies’ efforts to mislead and confuse Californians. "It’s enough to buy a gallon of $4 gas for every household in California. It’s a lot of lobster dinners." 

The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), headed by President Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the former Chair of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative Blue Ribbon Task Force to create so-called "marine protected areas" in Southern California, is the most powerful corporate lobbying organization in Sacramento. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Join the Cesar Chavez march on Sat.

Brothers and Sisters, 

Join me in the march to commemorate the life and times of human rights leader Cesar Chavez in Sacramento’s 14th Annual Cesar Chavez March.Arriving early will allow you to find better parking as well as friends who will be marching with Team Ali.

When: Saturday, March 29, 2014 10:00am - 1:00pm
Where: Southside Park (corner of 'T' Street and 6th Street)

The march will end at Cesar Chavez Park downtown. In addition to live music, food, dancing and vendors of all kinds, there will be a schedule of speakers.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Chavez film- Inspiring

Cesar Chavez, a feature film on the farmworker leader, was previewed in Berkeley on March 5 prior to its March 28 national release. Based on the audience response, the film will help inspire a new generation of young activists to push for social justice, and will particularly resonate with Dreamers and others pushing for immigration reform.
The atmosphere was electric in Berkeley’s California Theater as a full house waited in anticipation for Diego Luna’s new film, Cesar Chavez. A block long line of people were turned away, reflecting an interest in the movie that Luna hoped would return when the film is released in three weeks.
Having spent years researching and thinking about Cesar Chavez for my book, Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW, and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century, I was intrigued by how a feature film would handle the long and complex story of the farmworkers movement. And I think it covered the story of Cesar Chavez himself remarkably well for the years covered in the movie.