Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Who do you want deciding on school policy for California ?

 Your vote is important !

Or,  do you prefer the people who fund the Tuck campaign ?

A handful of ultra-wealthy donors who support school privatization and cutting public pension systems are behind a flood of spending supporting former Wall Street Banker Marshall Tuck's campaign for state schools superintendent, campaign disclosure records show.
Far from "Parents and Teachers for Tuck," the $4.7 million collected so far comes instead from sources that support school vouchers, privatization of public pension systems and using disruptive business tactics to overhaul public schools.
Major funders include:
$500,000 from Carrie Walton Penner, whose family made its fortune running anti-union, low-wage paying Wal-Mart. The Walmart 1% website reports that Penner's biography includes serving on the board of the Alliance for School Choice - a school voucher advocacy group.
We have a choice between a teacher with a record of standing with teachers to fund the schools, and a corporate "reform" agent. Your vote will count. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Nurses Call on U.S. Hospitals to Better Prepare for Ebola | California Progress Report

Nurses Call on U.S. Hospitals to Better Prepare for Ebola | California Progress Report

What would happen under a Republican Senate?

312 votes.
That's how many votes a U.S. Senate election came down to. It's the number of votes that ultimately propelled progressive champion Senator Al Franken to the Senate six years ago. MoveOn played a key role in electing him to the Senate, from endorsing him to recruiting volunteers for his campaign. 
This fall, Sen. Franken's race is one of fewer than a dozen that will determine control of the Senate for the next two years—and any one of those could hinge on just a few votes. In fact, polling is showing that a number of key Senate races are tightening in favor of the Republican candidate.This is real. Republicans are about to pull off a huge victory on November 4.
 It's simple. If a few votes can be the margin of victory, and just a few close Senate races will determine control of the entire U.S. Senate, then every volunteer pitching in to get out the vote matters.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Freedom Summer - film

Campus Progressive Alliance
The Friday Night Film Series Presents
“Powerful.” – Variety
“Potent.” – Chicago Reader
“A searing portrait of those violent, racist times.” – Hollywood Reporter
Free Admission! Everyone Welcome!
Friday, October 10, 2014
Shorts – 6:00pm     Feature - 6:30pm
 Mariposa Hall 1000
Sacramento State University

Monday, October 6, 2014

Support Hong Kong Movement for Democracy

The Democratic Socialists of America supports the goals of the Hong Kong movement for democracy (the “Umbrella Movement”).
When the British handed Hong Kong over to China in 1997, the Chinese government promised both in the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the mini constitution of Hong Kong (the Basic Law) that a democratic system eventually would be implemented in Hong Kong.
However the current resolution passed by the Chinese National People’s Congress for implementing that promise by 2017 would sharply restrict candidates for political office to those preselected by an unrepresentative body representing mainly business interests.
The struggle to create a political system with more democratic self-determination is an essential step towards rectifying the growing economic inequality in Hong Kong.
As democrats and as socialists we support our sisters and brothers in Hong Kong who are fighting for the same goals we have in the USA.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Yes on Proposition 47 - Safe Neighborhoods and Schools.

 The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act of 2014. The Progressive Alliance endorses Yes on Proposition 47.  

The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act of 2014 is a voter initiative for the November 2014 California ballot that will change sentencing for low-level nonviolent crimes such as simple drug possession and petty theft from felonies to misdemeanors and direct financial savings to K-12 schools, mental health treatment, and victim services. This reform maintains the current law for registered sex offenders and anyone with prior convictions for rape, murder or child molestation. 
The proponents of our reform proposal are retired San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón. In addition to law enforcement leaders, crime victims, teachers, rehabilitation experts, business leaders and faith-based organizations support the reform.

Details of the Act

  • Stops wasting prison space on low-level nonviolent crimes: Changes the lowest level nonviolent drug possession and petty theft crimes from felonies to simple misdemeanors. It authorizes resentencing for anyone who is incarcerated for these offenses and poses no threat to public safety. These changes apply to juveniles as well as adults.
  • Keeps rapists, murderers and child molesters in prison: Maintains the current law for registered sex offenders and anyone with prior convictions for rape, murder or child molestation.