Thursday, October 27, 2016

Your Money Or Your Life [Official Trailer]- Yes on Prop. 61

Rx prices) is facing the most expensive opposition campaign in history.  Pharma has spent over $100 million to defeat this proposition – but Prop 61 is still slightly ahead in the polls .  We need to seal the deal and show Pharma that Californians are sick of the high prices of drugs and it is time that we do what every other country does and negotiate for fair drug prices so that everyone can afford the drugs they need.

Today in Riverside, and then this Saturday in Oakland, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and Fresno, there will be a Town Hall meeting with a Documentary screening of a new film about drug prices (see details below).  

Bring Friends, Neighbors to ‘Your Money or Your Life: A Fair Drug Pricing Town Hall & Short Documentary Screening this Saturday or watch on Your Local TV Station
This Saturday, in cities throughout California, you can join nurses, doctors, veterans and seniors at a sneak preview of a new documentary film—featuring BERNIE SANDERS—about pharmaceutical greed, and discuss the groundbreaking changes Proposition 61 will bring for many Californians struggling to afford medications.  
Bring your friends, family, and neighbors to this important event, to help them better understand Proposition 61. And if you can’t make it in person, documentary broadcast times on local TV stations are listed next to each city:

Town Hall & Documentary Screening: Saturday, Oct. 29, 1-3 p.m.
Town Hall location: AARP Office, 1415 L. St., Sacramento, CA 95814
Documentary Shown on Local TV: KOVR/CBS Saturday, Oct. 29, 10-10:30 a.m.  

Poverty in California

Monday, October 24, 2016

Our Ballot Recommendations - Candidates

Sacramento Progressive Alliance- Ballot Recommendations

United States
Hillary Rodham Clinton (D)
U.S. Senate
Kamala Harris (D)
U.S. House
District 3
John Garamendi (D)

District 4
Robert Derlet (D)

District 5
Mike Thompson (D)

District 6
Doris Matsui(D)

District 7
Ami Bera (D)
California Assembly
District 6
Brian Caples (D)

District 7
Kevin McCarty (D)

District 8
No endorsement

District 9
No endorsement
California Senate
District 6
Marika Yamada (D)
Natomas Unified Board
Sue Heredia
Los Rios College Board
Pam Haynes
Bond Issues
Davis Measure  H

Sac City Unified – B

 For recommendations on the ballot propositions see prior post below. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Voter Guide - The California Propositions

Voter Guide with Voting Recommendations

in November 2016 Elections, with prominent YES co-endorsers

YES on 51-Authorizes a statewide facilities bond for K-12 schools and community colleges to upgrade and repair older classrooms. (Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, California Labor Federation (AFL-CIO))

YES on 52-Maintains billions of dollars in federal matching funding to support health for low-income children and seniors. (Sacramento Labor Council (AFL-CIO), California Teachers Association, National Union of Healthcare Workers)

NO on 53-Right-wing measure requiring state approval of local bond measures, for schools, roads, other infrastructure.

NO on 54-Billionaire-funded measure that would institute waiting period for passage of legislation, giving lobbyists extra time to block.

YES on 55-Maintains tax on wealthiest Californians to prevent $4 billion funding cut to public schools and children’s health care. (California Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of California, Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce, Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce)

YES on 56- $2-per-pack tax on cigarettes and electronic cigarettes to fund healthcare, tobacco-use prevention/control programs, and tobacco-related disease research. (American Heart Association, California Medical Association, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) of California)

YES on 57-“ …most significant revision of California sentencing laws in 40 years, would allow the state parole board to consider releasing inmates who have served their basic term for a crime the law defines as nonviolent.”-S.F. Chronicle. (Service Employees International Union (SEIU) of California, Equality California, California League of Women Voters, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU))

YES on 58- Current law restricts the instructional methods school districts can use to teach English and also limits the ability of English-speaking students to participate in language immersion programs. Prop. 58 amends the law to ensure all students can learn English as quickly as possible. (California Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers, California School Boards Association, California Association of School Administrators, La Raza Roundtable de California)

YES on 59- Advises legislature to try to overturn U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing unlimited corporate influence in electoral campaigns. (California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California, California Labor Federation)

NO on 60-Well-intentioned proposition would mandate condom use in pornography filming. The law would gives anyone watching said pornography to sue film performers, filmmakers, and film crew. Performers would also have to disclose legal names and home addresses.

YES on 61-Gives state government authority to negotiate lower drug prices, saving taxpayers billions. Drug companies spending over $80 billion on the “no” campaign. (California Nurses Association,

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) of California)

YES on 62-Repeals the death penalty in California. (California NAACP, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Amnesty International USA)

YES on 63-Bans large-capacity ammunition weapons, requires background check to purchase ammunition, and prohibit persons convicted of stealing a firearm from possessing firearms. (California League of Women Voters, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), California Medical Association, California Federation of Teachers)

YES on 64-Decriminalizes, taxes, regulates marijuana. (California Medical Association,

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of California)

NO on 65-An attempt by plastic industry bid to undermine Prop. 67.

NO on 66- An attempt to undermine Prop 62.

YES on 67-State ban on plastic grocery bags. (Sierra Club of California, California League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council) 

Vote today, or by November 8.  Sacramento Progressive Alliance.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Trump: The Night Stalker

Harold Meyerson
Let’s face it: Trump is looking progressively weirder as the campaign drags on. Up until now, his affect has been more Mussolini than anyone else: upraised chin (so as to obscure any senior sag), sneering mouth, increasingly rigid facial and body motion. But last night, as he stalked around the stage, his face a scowling rectangle, his hair a horizontal blob, his motions stiff, his sense of direction shaky, his form looming suddenly and menacingly over the shorter Clinton—he bore a distinct resemblance to Karloff’s monster.
Would the monstrosities were only visual. In vowing to prosecute and jail Hillary Clinton should he win, Trump’s assault on the way that democracies conduct their business plumbed new depths. It was also, however, just the latest iteration of the right’s nearly 25-year habit of criminalizing Democrats for the crime of winning elections. The frantic and well-funded search for some scandal to bring down Bill Clinton after he had the temerity to be elected president went on for years until the right finally impeached him for getting a blowjob in the Oval Office. The public’s response was to hand congressional Republicans a resounding defeat in the 1998 elections and to boost Clinton’s polling to an all-time high.

Trump was Menacing, Mean, Morose in Debate

 Donald Trump was Menacing, Mean, and Attacking (ed)

BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD- Sacramento Bee (excerpts) Oct. 10, 2016.
Voters who wondered just how low Donald Trump would go in his race against Hillary Clinton got their answer on Sunday night.
From the run-up to the debate – in which Trump held a news conference starring women who say Bill Clinton abused them – to the debate itself, in which he encroached on Clinton onstage, called her names and threatened to have her jailed if he is elected, the Republican nominee made it clear who he is and what he stands for, which is, among other things, misogyny.
The debate opened with the candidates taking the stage and not shaking one another’s hand, a telltale sign of the state of this miserable campaign…
Trump was somewhat more composed Sunday night than in the first debate, but still interrupted, offered sophomoric solutions, and lashed out like a cornered and wounded animal, attempting to use President Clinton’s transgressions against women decades ago in a failed attempt to throw Clinton off her game. She remained composed.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Help for Haiti

Dear Friends,

Hurricane Matthew has caused the worst 
humanitarian crisis since the 2010 earthquake. 
We are very concerned for all those at risk in 
Haiti, especially folks who live at sea level in 
Cite Soleil, where the Lamp clinic, and 
SAKALA are located. 

Not only are families in these low lying 
areas at great risk, they are least likely to
have access to food and clean water, 

and least able to evacuate. 

Now, a resurgence of cholera seems likely.

We so appreciate those who were able to 
come out to any of our "Haiti Solidarity 
events, we feel compelled to ask for 
your support again.
Thankfully, and because of you, we just sent Maco,
orphanage director back to Haiti with a power
inverter and a generator for MABE orphanage.

However, if the Lamp Clinic and SAKALA
survive, they will also need our help more 
than ever as they serve the poorest of the 
poor and those hardest hit.

If you possibly can send, even a little, to 
"Children's Hope" - it could mean so much. 

I just can't stand to think of any child there tonight, hunkered down in the cold and pouring rain,fearful in the dark, 
with the storm stalled 
and swirling around them. 

Won't you please help, 
even just a dollar? Peace, 

All ways and always, Leisa

GOFUNDME: Children's Hope GoFundMe

or checks can be made out to:

Children's Hope3025A Cambridge RoadCameron Park, CA 95682

Below, is some of the news from the 
handicapped orphanage "Children's Hope" 
supports and Renee who manages

Photo of flooded streets in Port-au-Prince
Renee was able to send out a very short message around 1:50pm today. We have not heard from her or any of our other loved ones in Haiti since, most likely due to lack of power and internet. 

Cell phone service only working in about 20 second bursts very infrequently. Wind and rain is still bad in Jacmel. The wind was really wicked for a few hours mid morning to about 1PM. We are still holding out own at Wings, but wish this was over. It seems like it will be a long day followed by another long night.

The New York Times reports that one of the bridges on the road to Jacmel collapsed, cutting off transportation. Reports also indicate that Les Cayes, Guichard's home town, was hit particularly hard. 

Plantains, were unable to be harvested in time before the storm, which will undoubtedly contribute to a food shortage. Additionally, the storm destroyed avocado and banana trees, another major source of food and nutrition. 
Prof. Leisa Faulkner, Folsom Lake College
Executive Director, Children's Hope
3025 Cambridge Road #A
Cameron Park, CA 95682 USA

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