Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Trade Deal is an Attack on Working People

As a dozen nations gather in New Zealand this week to officially sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), working families in the United States are sounding the alarm on a deal that would lower wages and ship even more jobs overseas. 
The final text of the agreement, released in November, is even worse than we imagined, with loopholes in labor enforcement and rewards for outsourcing. Like its predecessor agreements NAFTA and CAFTA, the TPP is a giveaway to big corporations, special interests and all those who want economic rules that benefit the wealthy few. It is no wonder the presidential front-runners from both political parties oppose it.
It didn’t have to be this way. The labor movement supports trade. We know that opening up new markets to American products the right way can create jobs and lift up working people. But trade must be done under a fair set of rules that puts people ahead of profits. The TPP fails that test miserably.
From the outset, the AFL-CIO provided detailed and substantive suggestions for improving this agreement and evidence to support our positions. On everything from labor enforcement to investment rules, we offered a path forward. Unfortunately, our policy recommendations were ignored, as were those from the environmental, consumer, public health, global development and manufacturing sectors. That’s what you get from secret
negotiations driven by corporate and investor interests.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Iowa Turn


 
Now the pace accelerates: New Hampshire next week, followed by South Carolina, Nevada and the Super Tuesday states, as more and more Americans discover that a presidential campaign has begun. Iowa will be dissected over the next days, but here are five quick takeaways the morning after.
 
   
 
The Iowa caucuses just supercharged the 2016 presidential race. Younger and lower-income voters drove Bernie Sanders into a head heat with Hillary Clinton. A record Republican turnout of white voters elevated an odd couple – two first term Cuban-American Senators – and deflated Donald Trump, the fear peddler.
The winnowing has begun as Mike Huckabee and Martin O’Malley dropped out, with more to come. And now the pace accelerates: New Hampshire next week, followed by South Carolina, Nevada and the Super Tuesday states, as more and more Americans discover that a presidential campaign has begun. Iowa will be dissected over the next days, but here are five quick takeaways the morning after
Sanders is for real.
Sanders ended in a stunning dead heat with Hillary Clinton, after starting in single digits in Iowa. Commentators suggest he was no Barack Obama (who is?), but the real measure of his achievement is that he overcame a Hillary Clinton campaign that Obama never faced. Determined not to be blindsided as she was in 2008, Clinton invested early and big in Iowa. She hired the best Obama operatives, and built an unprecedented ground operation. She identified, contacted, and mobilized her voters. And Clinton’s strengths in the voting population – older voters, older women, more educated, more affluent, experienced caucus goers – were exactly the voters most likely to show up on caucus night. Sanders’ strengths – younger voters, first time caucus goers, lower income – were the least likely to show up.
Despite this, the race ended in a dead heat. Sanders is for real. If he sustains his lead in New Hampshire, he’ll come out of the first states with a head of steam

Message from Bernie Sanders

When I think about what happened last night, I think the people of Iowa sent a very profound message to the political establishment, to the economic establishment, and to the media establishment.
And what that message said was that given the enormous crises facing our country, it is too late for establishment politics and economics in this country. That we can no longer continue to have a corrupt campaign finance system. And that this moment in our history requires us to think big.
I am overwhelmed and moved by the fact that millions of people throughout the country made last night possible, and that we were able to do it without begging millionaires for money, and without a super PAC. We are going to win this campaign or we are going to lose, but we are going to do it together. And we can’t let up now.
Bernie Sanders. Feb.2, 2016. 
The closest race in history.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Stop the TPP- Sacramento



Call to Californians:
Stand Up Against the Trans-Pacific Partnership


Day of Action


On February 4, 2016, President Obama will be permitted by Fast Track authority to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). A signing ceremony will take place that day in New Zealand (February 3rd in California).

As you would expect from a deal negotiated behind closed doors with hundreds of corporate advisors, while the public and the press were shut out, the TPP would have detrimental impacts on jobs, wages, environmental sustainability, public health and human rights.

Following the signing, Congress will still have to ratify the TPP. The Obama administration is expected to send it to Congress as soon as it anticipates having enough votes to pass it. We can make sure that never happens. Tell Congress to oppose the TPP. Show your support at one of the events listed below and sign the petition telling your representative that the TPP hurts California!

Sacramento:

Feb. 4, 2016
1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Ca State Capitol – North Side L St.

For more info visit Facebook page.

Monday, January 25, 2016

America | Bernie Sanders




This is a non partisan posting  to encourage civic engagement and political participation.  The video is by the Sanders campaign.  The Sacramento Progressive Alliance has not yet endorsed any candidate for 2016.  Private donations fund our work . We are  not endorsed, authorized  nor affiliated with any candidate or committee.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Activism School


Bernie Sanders is a Socialist - no kidding

It is interesting that some Democratic elected officials express concern that candidate Bernie Sanders is a socialist.  Yes, he is. (NY Times, Sac Bee)

I hope that in the meantime they don’t use SMUD, medicare, medical, social security, (all social democratic), public colleges and universities, and don’t use the water or flood control from Shasta, Oroville, or Folsom dams, the postal service, the Veteran’s Administration, the free way system, CalPers, STRS, or credit unions- all social democratic institutions.
Duane Campbell, DSA

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

CFA Prespares for a Strike at Sac State

Sacramento, CA—Despite an improved budget situation and extensive research showing that faculty play a critical role in student success, the California State University administration has consistently failed to invest in CSU faculty.  
In fact, for at least a decade, regardless of the ups and downs in state funding and in CSU tuition charged to students, or increases in the cost of living, faculty pay has remained stagnant.
Trustees have not budged from the 2% offer they made last year. CSU faculty are calling for a 5% increase that would restore some of the purchasing power they had 10 years ago. In rejecting CFA’s proposal management negotiators say they “have other priorities.”
Their unwillingness to be flexible despite increased state funding is at the core of the conflict that could lead to a strike of CSU faculty this term.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Democratic Political Revolution 101

People for Bernie, Sacramento for Bernie, and the Democratic Socialists of America are excited to announce the  Democratic Political Revolution 101 Tour to Sacramento in February.

As the rise in popularity of Bernie Sanders over the last six months has confirmed, voters — including many first-time voters — are excited about the possibility of a Sanders presidency. Despite the stigma once attached to his identification with democratic socialism,  he continues to surge in the polls, raise record-breaking amounts of grassroots donations and draw tens of thousands to volunteer and attend events.

Sanders is calling, explicitly, for a “political revolution.” But what does that mean?

Socialism in Black America

antiracismdsa: Socialism in Black America: by Rev. Andrew J. Wilkes We live in strange times. We have a black president using race-neutral framing for social justice, alongsi...

Saturday, January 16, 2016

MLK March- Monday



Join Sac CLC Executive Director Fabrizio Sasso, your union Brothers & Sisters & the California Endowment at the MLK Day March this Monday, January 18th @ 8:30am at Sacramento City College (Student Center) for a conversation & meet-up about: Why raising the minimum wage is healthy for California's working families. 

Following a short program, all will join the march to the Sacramento Convention Center for MLK365.org's MLK Day Celebration & Festivities!