Monday, August 22, 2016

Tell Assemblyman Cooley_ Support Farmworkers

TAKE ACTION: Farm worker overtime bill JUST passed CA Senate. Will move on to full Assembly next.

“As farm workers, we work during the hot summers and the cold winters. I believe that we deserve the 8 hour day like any other American worker has."

-Daniel Navarrette,
Strawberry Worker

Breaking news. The new farm worker overtime bill just was voted on in the CA senate and passed 21-14! It next moves on to the full Assembly floor for a final vote that has to happen before August 31. Can you help us pass this legislation by sending your email today to your CA Assembly person and ask them to support this vital bill?

The bill must be voted on before the legislative session ends on or before August 31 or CA farm workers will continue to be excluded from overtime laws enjoyed by most American workers.

Trump Begins Ad Campaign with Anti Mexican Lies

Donald Trump begins his national ad campaign with a deceitful assault on Mexican immigrants.

We should recognize how dangerous such ads are. In November of 1994  Pete Wilson won re-election with over 56% of the vote based in large part on a similar  mean-spirited, divisive, and racist campaign directed against Mexican and Mexican Americans  in Proposition 187.  We need to recognize the potential advantage of racist scapegoating in winning elections.

The purpose of Trump’s intolerant bombasts are not to develop a policy -- it is to capture and exploit the anxiety and emotion of a particular sub-set of voters: xenophobic Republicans and the hard Tea Party Right.

Anti-immigrant campaigns such as that promoted by Trump  and the Republican Party  have effects and must be opposed.  Currently, Trump  is  repeating and amplifying  inaccurate, oppressive, and highly charged stereotypes about race and immigration in the U.S.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Learn to Organize and to Win

Congressional District 10.  Tracy/Modesto

 This fall we are looking for students and recent graduates who want to be a part of a new generation of leadership that believes, that real change comes from the ground up. 
Students will be operating out of Tracy and Modesto offices 
Fellows will be trained on the basics of organizing & campaign fundamentals and then placed in a community to carry out grassroots activities. Fellows will be asked to commit to a minimum of 6 hours per week . 
This Fellowship Team is an opportunity for you to see a fiercely contested, highstakes campaign from the inside

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Clinton’s Fibs vs. Trump’s Huge Lies - The New York Times

Clinton’s Fibs vs. Trump’s Huge Lies - The New York Times

Donald Trump in Context

by Kurt Stand
Near the end of the 1970's New York City  went bankrupt, was put under management by banks, union strength (and union belief in its strength) undercut, black and Latino community organizations isolated, repressed or coopted, and the left (the organized left and the community of which it was a part) unmoored and demoralized.  Given slightly different starting and ending times, the same picture could be given of other urban areas, other industrial centers, other university towns – and the country as a whole personified in the image of Ronald Reagan.  It is a set of developments that has everything to do with the rise of Donald Trump whose success to date – whatever the outcome of his current presidential run – will pose a continued threat to formal democratic governance in the years ahead.
The neo-liberal changeover in the nature of New York’s local economy in the 1980s meant that greater profits could be made from the real estate boom in hotels, casinos and other commercial venues.  And that was where Donald Trump invested the fortune he inherited from his father.  Along with the money he inherited his political connections (a Republican with longstanding ties to Joe McCarthy’s advisor Roy Cohn, yet also in bed with Democratic politicians in money-making deals) and his racism.  Rooted in US culture and institutional structures, racism has been a useful tool for political demagoguery even in the liberal New York City.  Moreover it was and is a money-making proposition.  Redlining — the bank-practice of excluding blacks from neighborhoods as a means to raise property value – contributed to Fred Trump’s wealth while undercutting worker solidarity.  And it was a forerunner of gentrification – artificially inflating property values by pushing out industry as well as low and middle-income housing in favor of luxury office space and housing for the well-to-do – which is the source of Donald Trump’s wealth and political strength.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

If We Felt the Bern : Why Should We Vote for Her ?

By Christine Riddiough
The Sanders campaign had a tremendous impact on U.S. politics  – democratic socialism has never been this much in the media in any of our lifetimes.Why should those of us on the Left even be thinking about Hillary Clinton?
Because the nominees of the two major political parties are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. As democratic socialists we need to think seriously about what is going to move our country in a positive direction; what is going to result in better lives for more people. And that’s not Donald Trump.
In May the National Political Committee passed a set of talking points on DSA’s electoral work going forward:
  1. Organize against a Trump victory
  2. Criticize the Clinton administration if she’s elected
  3. Support left-wing candidates
How do we do that and build a progressive movement, democratic socialism and, specifically, DSA? Dustin Guastella and Jared Abbott recently described their strategy in a post. I agree with some of what they say, but I think they are both too optimistic about Trump’s likely defeat and too lacking in specificity in regards to alternatives.