Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Support Firefighters in California


Government invests $44 million to protect foothills communities.  Tax payers fund. 

This is a good time to thank all of those public workers – the Firefighters ( men and women) and their support crews who are fighting the fires in the California mountains. And, we should thank the public who fund the fire fighting efforts through their tax dollars. This is how government works.
Unfortunately a minority living in the mountains tend to be anti government and anti tax. Well- someone needs to promote a democratic society in opposition to the political project of the Tea Party and Right Wing Congressmen and elected officials like Mc Clintock. 
Update: Sacramento Bee.  On Sunday, President Barack Obama called Gov. Jerry Brown and committed federal resources to help the state, according to a statement form the White House.
Following that telephone call, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today it had authorized federal funds to help fund the firefight. The agency said it would reimburse the state for as much as 75 percent of eligible costs, including expenses for field camps, materials and supplies and mobilization and demobilization efforts.

Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2013/08/californias-firefighting-costs-hit-44-million.html#MTRecentEntries#storylink=cpy

Friday, August 23, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Join DSA in the March on Washington


“You can’t talk about ending the slums without first saying profit must be taken out of the slums. . . . There must be a better distribution of wealth . . . and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., speech to the SCLC staff, Frogmore, S.C., November 14, 1966

Join us.  Washington, D.C. August 24. 

We March 

to Realize the American Dream



    Democratic socialists Bayard Rustin, Walter Reuther and A. Philip Randolph (above) helped organize the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 50 years ago.
    They knew that ending legal segregation and winning political rights for African Americans were essential, but not sufficient, to ensure justice and freedom for all. Without access to good education, to health care and above all to decent jobs that paid living wages, the vote was not enough.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Join the March on Washington


Join DSA at the March on Washington

Why We March
DSA is an official partner organization sponsoring the August 24, 2013 March on Washington 50 years after activists, led by Martin Luther King, Jr., marched on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  That march, and the years of organizing which preceded it, built public pressure and helped lead to landmark civil rights legislation and later the expansion and protection of voting rights.

Why Ban Fracking? | Food & Water Watch

Why Ban Fracking? | Food & Water Watch

Monday, August 12, 2013

Fracking in California is bad for us all


by Duane Campbell

Hydraulic fracturing is a controversial and potentially risky well stimulation treatment to enhance oil and gas production.  California SB 4 ( Pavely) directs the California Division of Oil Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) to enact comprehensive hydraulic fracturing regulations, in consultation with additional regulators, which include advanced public notice of planned fracking activities and fracking fluid chemical disclosure.

A new form of fracking (horizontal hydraulic fracturing), using deep L-shaped wells, lets gas drillers get at large deposits that were previously inaccessible, giving the companies a new lease on life. Where a short while ago they were facing dwindling gas reserves and questions about the future of their business, now they see a hundred-year inventory within their grasp.

Current regulation is pathetic due to exemptions secured by the gas drilling industry from many major federal environmental laws, including the Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. As a result, gas drilling companies can disregard requirements that other industries have to follow. Among other things, in most places they do not have to identify the toxic chemicals they use in their operations, despite the risks those chemicals pose to drinking water.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

This immigration reform is not good enough - PICO ...

antiracismdsa: This immigration reform is not good enough - PICO ...: This immigration reform is not good enough – Pico of California . At a mass meeting and send-off of pilgrims, hosted by...

How the elite rule- Krugman


'To this day, one often hears pundits and
establishment types in general talking as if we had a
clear distinction between the elite, who know How
Things Work, and the great unwashed who need to
be led to elite wisdom. The reality, however, is
nothing like this. It's true that there are crank
doctrines - goldbuggery, the Laffer curve,etc. -
that play a substantial role in popular opinion but
have no traction with the elite. But the elite itself
has spent much of the past five years committed to
economic doctrines - the prevalence of structural
unemployment, the urgency of deficit reduction and
entitlement reform, the destructive effects of
"uncertainty" - that may not be quite as contrary to
the evidence as fears of hyperinflation just around
the corner, but are pretty bad. And the influence of
these doctrines has remained almost unscathed
even though this past year should have driven them
completely out of respectable discussion.'
Economist Paul Krugman
New York Times
August 7, 2013

Friday, August 2, 2013

Californians Oppose Expanded Fracking



by Dan Bacher 

A poll released by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) on July 31 reveals that the majority of Californian residents oppose expanded fracking in the Golden State. 

Fracking (hydraulic fracturing) employs huge volumes of water, mixed with sand and toxic chemicals, to blast open rock formations and extract oil and gas. The technique is environmentally destructive, resulting in pollution to groundwater supplies and streams, as documented in the documentary films Gasland 1 and 2, directed by Josh Fox. 

"As state legislators debate stricter regulations on fracking—already under way in California—51 percent oppose increased use of the drilling method used to extract oil and natural gas (35% favor it, 14% don’t know)," according to PPIC, a nonpartisan research foundation. "Asked whether they favor or oppose stricter regulation of fracking, 50 percent say they are in favor. Among those who favor increased use of fracking, 62 percent also favor stricter regulation." (http://www.ppic.org/main/pressrelease.asp?i=1378

The controversial technique, currently unregulated and unmonitored by California officials, has been used in hundreds and perhaps thousands of oil and gas wells across the state, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.