Monday, May 22, 2017

Trump Admin. begins NAFTA campaign

Trump's NAFTA Plans Fail to Protect Workers and the Environment

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Oakland, CA — Now that President Trump has formally issued notice to Congress of his intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the California Trade Justice Coalition is urging his administration to commit to an open, public process, remove job-killing special investor provisions, and include enforceable labor and environmental standards.

Today’s notification from the Trump administration does not offer any concrete plans for NAFTA renegotiation. However, in late March, a leaked outline of his NAFTA plans read like a wishlist from Wall Street  and even revived parts of the defunct Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) like expanded rights for pharmaceutical firms to block generic competition and keep drug prices high and more investor incentives to offshore jobs that working families depend on.

“The promise of NAFTA being a job creator was hollow,” said California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski. “Thousands of California workers watched helplessly as this flawed trade agreement led to the outsourcing of middle-class jobs. While renegotiating NAFTA is a start, the Trump Administration must fulfill its promise to working people to create an agreement that prioritizes good jobs over corporate greed. We’ll be watching closely to ensure that the voices of working people are heard throughout this process.”

Saturday, May 20, 2017

CWA On Strike at AT & T Sites.

The strike is over- for now. The CWA workers have gone back to work.

CWA union members have been working closely with DSA on organizing efforts across the country. 38,000 CWA folks at AT &T have been working without a contract. This has gone on far too long. Now AT&T workers in 36 states and Washington, DC are on strike.
DSA's national Steering Committee endorses this strike. DSA local groups and individual members are joining striking workers at picket lines across the country. Click here to RSVP for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Downloadable DSA solidarity signs are available here and here.
Members who can't join a picket line are encouraged to email AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and tell him to settle now.
UPDATE: DirecTV employees are joining the potential strike as well. Now 40,000 workers are ready to stand up for their livelihoods — and their dignity.

Join the CWA picket lines at the locations below and support our comrades fighting for better wages and better livelihoods!
  • 1743 ARDEN WAY
    SACRAMENTO, CA 95815
    SACRAMENTO, CA 95825
  • 3591 TRUXEL ROAD
    SACRAMENTO, CA 95834
  • 5550 SUNRISE BLVD STE 100

Read DSA National's statement here.

To find other/additional picket lines, click here.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Free Screening of "WHERE TO INVADE NEXT" on Cameron Park Lake!

Art Exhibit: Sin Fronteras

An exhibition of over 100 prints, sculptures and artifacts
Curator: David Bischoff

For 30 years, a brilliant artist-activist, RINI TEMPLETON illustrated the struggles of the people in the United States, Mexico, Central America and Cuba. Before her early death in 1986, Rini made thousands of unsigned drawings to be reproduced and used freely for popular movements. 

On May 13th the Latino Center of Art and Culture presents SIN FRONTERAS/IMAGES OF HOPE: RINI TEMPLETON PRESENTE! an exhibition of over 100 prints, publications and original sculptures. They present Rini’s legacy of art --- of and for the people. The exhibition includes a multi-media biography, “Rini Templeton, A Life of Struggle and Creation,“ created by Mexico City’s Punto Critico magazine collective. 

The work is on loan from Mexican and US collections. 

WHAT                                               SIN FRONTERAS/IMAGES OF HOPE: RINI   TEMPLETON PRESENTE!
May 13-July 17, 2017
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12PM – 6PM

OPENING RECEPTION:                        Saturday, May 13
(speakers, music, refreshments)       5PM – 9PM

WHERE:                                              Latino Center of Art and Culture
                                                            2700 Front St.
                                                            Sacramento, CA 95818

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Trump Fires Comey

BREAKING: Donald Trump just fired FBI Director James Comey, compromising the only semi-credible and somewhat-resourced investigation into Trump and his administration's ties to Russia.1 Trump fired Comey on the advice of Jeff Sessions, who was forced to recuse himself from Russia-focused investigations because he lied under oath about his own conversations with Russian officials.2
We now face a constitutional crisis. The security and integrity of our democracy is at stake.
More than ever, what we need now is a truly bipartisan and independent commission to investigate Donald Trump and his administration's foreign entanglements, business conflicts of interest, and violations of federal ethics laws. Will you join me in demanding an immediate, independent investigation into the Trump administration? Click here to sign the petition, which says:
Create a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate Donald Trump and his administration's foreign entanglements, business conflicts of interest, and violations of federal ethics laws.
Comey's record at the FBI isn't flawless—plenty of people take issue with the way he handled investigating Hillary Clinton's emails in the days before the election, and the news reports today about him mischaracterizing backing up emails as forwarding them don't help. But the argument that Trump would fire Comey for being overly critical of Clinton, when Trump personally led chants of "lock her up," is absurd. This isn't about good governance. It's about BAD government and the kind of cronyist cabal that fires someone who a week ago testified that he was made nauseous by the thought of helping Trump win office.

Choosing Democracy: Know Your Rights - Front Door (English)

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