Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Healthcare Rally Sacramento -Wed.

CA Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon is blocking SB 562, the single payer healthcare bill!

There is an emergency action TOMORROW (Wed.) at 11:30 AM. Meet at the South Steps of the Capitol, 1315 10th St, Sacramento. Note: new time/location.
Join us to urge the California Assembly to stop the delay and pass SB 562 - guaranteed healthcare for all Californians.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Support SB 54: The Sanctuary Bill

antiracismdsa: Support SB 54: The Sanctuary Bill: Yesterday, the Assembly Public Safety Committee passed SB 54 by a 5-2 vote! Now it's time to call Governor Brown. Please call Gov...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Can Progressives Gain Control of the Democratic Party ?

An alternative view to that presented in the Sacramento Bee. 

From California to Massachusetts, a grassroots revolt from the left is wresting control of the party away from the corporate establishment.

WHEN KIMBERLY ELLIS ENTERED THE CONTEST FOR CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY (CDP) chair in 2015, she adopted a slogan from Shirley Chisholm’s groundbreaking 1972 presidential campaign, “Unbought and Unbossed.” Four years before becoming the first woman and the first African American to run for the Democratic presidential nomination, Chisholm had defied the Democratic machine “bosses” in Brooklyn to win a House seat.

For Ellis, the slogan was both a nod to Chisholm and a dig at the bossed and bought character of the Democratic Party. She and her opponent in the race, Eric Bauman, agreed on a range of progressive policies, like single-payer healthcare and a minimum wage of at least $15. The heart of their dispute was the influence of economic elites and the political establishment over the party. Ellis, the former head of an organization devoted to recruiting women to enter politics, has long advocated reducing the influence of lobbyists and corporate money, and broadening the base by building a network of organizers and activists.

“I believe the CDP should hire organizers, not build an institute,” she noted in a statement of her principles, taking a swipe at Bauman’s idea of building a think tank devoted to progressive ideas. In her pitch at the state convention, Ellis told delegates, “If we want people to fight for the Democratic Party, we have to give them a Democratic Party worth fighting for.”

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Pass the California Sanctuary Bill

Local Assembly persons  Cooper and Cooley need to be called !

Your phone calls have made the difference in getting SB 54, the California Values Act, through the Senate to the Assembly. This campaign has serious momentum, and we're ready for the next step. The Assembly Public Safety Committee is holding a hearing on SB 54 this Tuesday, and our next task is making sure it passes the committee vote.
The California Values Act gives sanctuary to undocumented California residents and their families by prohibiting state or local law enforcement cooperation with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. ICE has made communities less safe, not more. When undocumented people are so scared of being detained or deported that they won't report serious crimes that our law enforcement should be dealing with, we all suffer.
SB 54 protects our neighbors from detention and deportation, and makes communities safer as a whole by allowing law enforcement to focus on crimes that actually endanger people. Please call your assemblyperson today and get their support for SB 54, the California Values Act.
The need for immigration reform predates Donald Trump's presidency, but ever since he took office our immigrant communities have been put in even greater danger. No undocumented person is immune from detention or deportation. There is no regard for their job, family, time lived in this country, or even children who are American citizens. It is our duty to take action, and California's to lead on making a home for our beloved immigrant communities when the federal government won't. That's what this campaign is about.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

BREAKING: Trump’s Saudi Arms Deal Is Actually Fake – Talking Points Memo

BREAKING: Trump’s Saudi Arms Deal Is Actually Fake – Talking Points Memo

Help Pass Single Payer in California

Thanks to your unprecedented efforts calling the California Senate in support of SB 562, state senators responded by passing the Healthy California Act and moving it to the Assembly. Because of your dedication to creating a single payer health care system, we are now one step closer to this becoming a reality!
The insurance and pharmaceutical industries fiercely oppose SB 562, but their political clout wasn't enough to stop the power of our movement for universal health care in California's upper chamber. Our opponents are still trying to submarine our efforts to pass this bill, but if we keep calling, we can see it through the Assembly.
We're on the side of California's tens of millions of residents who can't wait a moment longer. This bill will ensure that everyone has equal access to health care, no matter their income. Please call your assemblyperson today to get their support for SB 562, the Healthy California Act.
Insurance and pharmaceutical companies are trying to paint our efforts as childish, whimsical, and unrealistic. What they are really worried about is losing the profits they make by charging exorbitant prices for health care services and prescription drugs. Once again, it is time to say, loud and clear, we are here to disrupt that status quo and create a system that truly works for the people of California, whether they were born in the state or immigrated from another country.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Richmond California Progressives Run for State Offices

"Corporate Free" Richmond Candidates Moving UP.

Two Progressive Alliance leaders–city councilors Jovanka Beckles and Gayle McLaughlin–are preparing to run as “corporate free” candidates for higher office.
Steve Early
May 23, 2017
Since 2004, members of the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) have won ten out of the sixteen city council and mayoral races they have contested in their majority minority city of 110,000.
Last November, progressives gained an unprecedented “super-majority” of five on Richmond’s seven-member council—despite more than a decade of heavy spending against them by Chevron Corp. and other big business interests. For 12 years, RPA candidates have distinguished themselves from local Democrats by their lonely, Bernie Sanders-like refusal to take corporate contributions.
Now two Progressive Alliance leaders–city councilors Jovanka Beckles and Gayle McLaughlin–are preparing to run as  “corporate free” candidates for higher office. It’s the first time either one has sought a ballot line outside their own blue-collar refinery town.  Both hope to capitalize on the energy and enthusiasm (and campaign donations) of thousands of former Sanders supporters, including those who tried to reform the Democratic Party at its statewide convention in Sacramento May 20-21.
At a lively pre-convention gathering of 500 “Bernicrats” last Friday night, McLaughlin discussed her not-quite-final decision to run for lieutenant governor of California as a progressive independent.  Like Sanders during his 2014 visit to Richmond–when he was still soliciting advice from out-of-state audiences about running for president—the former Richmond mayor asked the crowd for its “input.” (The response when she finished her speech, was loud chanting: “Run, Gayle, Run!”)