Sunday, October 11, 2015


Campus Progressive Alliance
Democratic Presidential
Debate Watch Party!
Free Admssion!
 Everyone Welcome!

Tuesday, October 13th
Round Table Pizza
Sac State University Union

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Still an Activist at 82, Dolores Huerta Calls Herself 'a Born-Again Femi...

Celebration of National Latino Heritage Month.
DSA Honorary Chair. Dolores Huerta.  Feminist, 

Film Showing - McFarland USA

Campus Progressive Alliance
The Freedom School Project
Celebrates Latino Month


“A rousing crowd pleaser.” 
-- Tim Holland, TV Guide

“Inspiring… the first great film of
2015. Kevin Costner is wonderful.”
-- Pete Hammond, Hollywood Daily 

Free Admission!

Everyone Welcome!

6pm -- Thursday, October 8th
Folsom Hall #1050
Sacramento State University

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Working on the Sanders Campaign

Considerations, Context, Courage, and Connections

By Kurt Stand
  “I did not say anything.  I was always embarrassed by the words sacred, glorious, and sacrifice and the expression in vain.  We had heard them … and had read them … now for a long time, and I had seen nothing sacred, and the things that were glorious had no glory and the sacrifices were like the stockyards at Chicago if nothing was done with the meat except to bury it. … Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene beside the concrete names of villages, the number of roads, the names of rivers, the numbers of regiments and the dates.” Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms (1929, Shocken edition 1969 p. 185)
As Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign continues to gather support, he comes under ever sharper scrutiny – not only by Republican and Democratic Party opponents, but by others who are themselves working to address the social inequities that abound in our society.  Some such criticism is itself destructive; the tendency to view every insufficient step forward as a form of betrayal is a charge that every alternative candidate from Eugene Debs to Jesse Jackson has faced.  Yet criticism and debate is a healthy and necessary part of the process of building a social justice movement that is rooted in the diverse and unequal experiences of our society.  The idea that unity can be created solely by seeking to overcome economic inequality — as a goal shared by all working people — while putting all other concerns on the backburner is false; all such attempts have come to grief on the realities of how people understand the world they inhabit.  As the history of organized labor has repeatedly shown, division is not caused by those who have challenged racism or sexism, those who have challenged discrimination in any form – rather division is caused by the reality of such discrimination and perpetuated by those who wish to close their eyes to truths others know to be true through experience.
The importance of incorporating that experience in the Sanders campaign was expressed in an article by Bill Fletcher Jr. “The suggestion that race can be resolved through an appeal to class and economic justice alone suggests that economic justice will equally resolve the racial differential,” Fletcher wrote.
 “It is not simply a matter of ‘a rising tide raises all boats’. The reality is that all boats may rise, but who finds one’s self in which portion of each boat? Or, to use the metaphor of the Titanic, who is in steerage and who is closer to the main deck?
“When movements like #BlackLivesMatter and many in the immigrant rights movement point to this matter of racial injustice, they are not suggesting attention for a ‘special interest.’ Rather, they are pointing out that there can actually be no economic justice in the absence of racial justice. There can be no unity without a commitment to the fight for equality and justice. These struggles are interlinked.  The sort of ‘political revolution’ that the Sanders Campaign proclaims has been a long time coming. Yet it will never arrive if there is not a full recognition that the class struggle overlaps that of racial justice. The ruling elites, for several centuries, have appreciated that race is the trip wire of U.S. politics and social movements. When will progressives arrive at the same conclusion?”
What follows is a consideration of several ways of connecting the dots to which Fletcher alludes.  Taken together as an overview they may inform an orientation toward the Sanders campaign in its specificity and toward the broader challenge of addressing universality and difference, of building a unity that is genuine because it is built upon an appreciation of the fuller dimension of how social injustices impact upon individuals in all aspects of life.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Government Programs Keep Millions Out of Poverty

Without Government Programs, Millions More Would Be in Poverty

In 2014, 48.4 million people (15.3 percent of the U.S. population) were in poverty, as measured by the Supplemental Poverty Measure—a more sophisticated approach to measuring economic well-being than the official federal poverty line. However, that number would have been significantly higher were it not for government programs including Social Security, refundable tax credits (including the Earned Income Tax Credit), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. In the absence of stronger wage growth for low- and middle-income workersthese safety-net programs play an increasingly important role in helping struggling families afford their basic needs.

Robert Reich on Saving Capitalism

Join EPI cofounder Robert Reich, EPI, and the Center for American Progress for a discussion of Reich’s new book, Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few, on Friday, Oct. 2 at noon ET. Reich, a former Secretary of Labor, writes that the critical choices ahead are not about the size of government, but about whom government works for—and that we must choose not between a free market and big government, but between a market organized for broadly based prosperity and one designed to deliver the most gains to the top. To attend the event in Washington, D.C., RSVP here. Or watch online here.

Workers 65 and Older Are 3 Times as Likely to Die From an On-the-Job Injury as the Average Worker
David CooperPoverty Day Numbers Show the Need for Higher Wages
Josh Bivens and Lawrence MishelWrong Question Answered BadlyIndustry Data Can’t Be Used To Infer Individuals’ Productivity
Josh BivensThe Real Stakes for This Week’s Fed Decision on Interest Rates

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Pope Francis, Dorothy Day, Bernie Sanders

"If politics must truly be at the service of the human person, it follows that it cannot be a slave to the economy and finance. Politics is, instead, an expression of our compelling need to live as one, in order to build as one the greatest common good: that of a community which sacrifices particular interests in order to share, in justice and peace, its goods, its interests, its social life. I do not underestimate the difficulty that this involves, but I encourage you in this effort." - Pope Francis addressing Congress today
Brothers and Sisters: I am not a theologian, an expert on the Bible, or a Catholic. I am just a U.S. senator from the small state of Vermont.
But I am emailing you today to discuss Pope Francis in the hope that we can examine the very profound lessons that he is teaching people all over this world and some of the issues for which he is advocating.
Now, there are issues on which the pope and I disagree — like choice and marriage equality — but from the moment he was elected, Pope Francis immediately let it be known that he would be a different kind of pope, a different kind of religious leader. He forces us to address some of the major issues facing humanity: war, income and wealth inequality, poverty, unemployment, greed, the death penalty and other issues that too many prefer to ignore.
He is reaching out not just to the Catholic Church. He's reaching out to people all over the world with an incredibly strong message of social justice talking about the grotesque levels of wealth and income inequality.
Pope Francis is looking in the eyes of the wealthiest people around the world who make billions of dollars, and he is saying we cannot continue to ignore the needs of the poor, the needs of the sick, the dispossessed, the elderly people who are living alone, the young people who can't find jobs. He is saying that the accumulation of money, that the worship of money, is not what life should be about. We cannot turn our backs on our fellow human beings.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Tsipras and Syriza Win Greek Elections

Syriza wins Greece elections, as Tsipras defeats anti-austerity rebellion

Leftist Syriza to form coalition with right-wing party, with Tsipras facing down critics of third bailout's terms

Alexis Tsipras, head of the left-wing Syriza party, won Greece's parliamentary election for the second time this year on Sunday and says he will form a coalition government with the small right-wing Independent Greeks.
More to come.