Thursday, May 21, 2015

Santa Barbara Oil Spill now reaches 9 miles.



by Dan Bacher



State and federal government crews continue to monitor the clean up of a big oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara as the size of the disaster has expanded. 

The spill from a ruptured pipeline owned by Plains All American Pipeline expanded overnight from 4 miles long to two slicks stretching 9 miles along the coast, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The pipeline carries crude oil from to Flores to Gaviota.

Preliminary reports indicated that the ruptured 24 inch pipeline in Goleta leaked an estimated 21,000 gallons of crude oil Tuesday. However, the pipeline company may have actually released as much as 105,000 gallons, with tens of thousands of gallons going into the ocean, according to the latest data from Plains All American. (http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-83582957/) 

A local first reported the spill coming from a leak in the pipeline at Refugio State Beach around noon on Tuesday, May 19. The Coast Guard dispatched members from the Marine Safety Detachment Santa Barbara and Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach upon initial notification, according to a statement from the Coast Guard.

Monday, May 11, 2015

VOODOO PALOOZA II Featuring "Island of Black & White"

CHILDREN’S HOPE PROUDLY PRESENTS
VOODOO PALOOZA II!
A Haiti Benefit Concert on the Lake Featuring
Island of Black & White
Saturday May 16th, 5pm
3025A Cambridge Rd., Cameron Park
(2 Miles North of Highway 50, Cambridge Rd. Exit)

Suggested Donation: $6 or a Bottle of Chewable Children’s Vitamins (No Gummies Please)

No Host BBQ and No Host Bar Featuring Our World Famous Voodoo Punch for those 21 and Older

Seating is limited -- Please RSVP to: paulb1221@sbcglobal.net

All Proceeds Go to Children's Hope's Projects Serving Haiti's Most Vulnerable Children.

Sanders and Socialism- As American as Apple Pie

Socialism
Long deployed by the right as an epithet, this form of left-wing populism is as American as apple pie.
Now that Bernie Sanders has entered the contest for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, Americans are going to hear a lot about socialism, because the 73-year-old U.S. senator from Vermont describes himself as a “democratic socialist.”
“Ever since I was a kid I never liked to see people without money or connections get put down or pushed around,” Sanders explained in making his announcement. “When I came to Congress I tried to be a voice for people who did not have a voice—the elderly, the children, the sick, and the poor. And that is what I will be doing as a candidate for president.”
We can expect the right-wing echo chamber—including Fox News hosts, Tea Party politicians, and Rush Limbaugh—to attack Sanders for espousing an ideology that they’ll likely describe as foreign, European, and un-American.
But Sanders’s views are in sync with a longstanding American socialist tradition. Throughout our history, some of the nation’s most influential activists and thinkers, such as Jane Addams, John Dewey, Helen Keller, W.E.B. DuBois, Albert Einstein, Walter Reuther, Martin Luther King, and Gloria Steinem, embraced socialism.   
Of course, America’s right-wingers say there’s already a socialist in the White House !

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Free Screening of "SELMA" on Friday, May 8th @ Sac State

Campus Progressive Alliance Presents
The Friday Night Film Series
"SELMA"
"A Truly Great American Film."
                               -- Pete Travers, Rolling Stone

Free Admission! Everyone Welcome!
Friday,  May 8th, 2015
Shorts – 6pm   Feature – 6:30pm
 Mariposa Hall 1000
Sacramento State University

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Lets Put a Socialist in the White House


You don’t often get the chance to vote for an honest-to-goodness socialist, especially one who is a
seasoned politician and proud of the “s” word.
That’s why we’re so happy that Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) has announced his candidacy
for President in 2016.

Senator Sanders is a lifelong champion of the public programs and democratic rights that empower
working class people. His candidacy will help expand both the progressive movement and the
democratic socialist voice within that movement.

DSA will help Sanders build a strong, independent movement to halt the vicious attacks of Tea Party
Republicans at all governmental levels on workers' rights, voting rights, and people of color in
general. By running in Democratic Party primaries, Independent Senator Sanders will challenge the
discourse of the dominant neoliberal capitalist wing of the Democrats that privilege corporate
business interests over those of working people. DSA believes that a strong Sanders campaign will
enable many more people to become comfortable being openly socialist in mainstream politics.

In solidarity,

Maria Svart, DSA National Director

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Call Ami Bera today- No on Fast Track

Dear Friends, 

Rep.Bera is on the verge of making the wrong decision on Fast Track / Trade Promotion Authority for the Trans Pacific Partnership. We need to be loud and clear today that Fast Track is unacceptable for such a dangerous trade deal that will result in more off-shoring of jobs, increase in medicine prices, and threaten our environmental regulations. 

Please take five minutes to make a call TODAY to urge Rep.Bear to VOTE NO on FAST TRACK! 

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Sanders - Fixing Social Security



At a time of massive wealth inequality, when 99% of all new income generated in this country goes to the top 1%, and when over half of the American people have less than $10,000 in savings, the last thing we should do is cut Social Security.

When the average Social Security benefit is $1,328 a month, and more than one-third of our senior citizens rely on Social Security for virtually all of their income, our job is to expand benefits, not cut them.

Despite what some of my Republican colleagues have said, Social Security is not going broke. It has a $2.8 trillion surplus and can pay every benefit owed to every eligible American for the next 18 years.