Monday, November 20, 2017

Autopsy: An Analysis of What Went Wrong with the Democratic Party in 2016

Trump, GOP Tax Plan is Class War

And the 0.1% are winning. 

 Bill Barclay

The Trump/GOP “Unified Framework” tax plan has something for everyone – if by everyone you mean the wealthy, corporate and non-corporate businesses and the alt-right.  The plan embodies both the neoliberal class warfare that believes poor people have too much money and rich people have too little money and connects with the social conservative politics that the Trump and the GOP draws upon to mobilize its supporters. 
Class Warfare: I
Some of the class warfare politics of the Trump/GOP proposals are obvious; others less so.  The proposal provides a small tax cut for households in the bottom three quintiles, ranging from about 0.5 – 1.2% of after tax income in all cases well under the $1,182/family income boost claimed by Rep. Paul Ryan.  At the upper end of the income pyramid, the story is much different.  Over half of the total tax cuts for individuals will accrue to the top 1% of households, boosting their after tax incomes by 8.5%. Of course, life can be even better: the top 0.1% households would grab an average tax cut of almost $750,000, capturing over 30% of the total tax cuts for families and individuals.  
And Trump has not neglected people like himself.  He – and others in his income and wealth sphere – will gain in three ways from the changes in the individual income tax.  First, the elimination of the alternative minimum tax (AMT): in 2005, Trump paid $38.4 million on income over $150 million – but without the AMT he would have paid only $7.1 million. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

WATCH: 16 Women Tell Their Heartbreaking Stories of Sexual Assault By Trump @alternet

WATCH: 16 Women Tell Their Heartbreaking Stories of Sexual Assault By Trump @alternet: A new film presents a powerful case against the president. Among the deluge of sexual assault accusations pouring in against powerful men around the country, it’s critical to remember that Donald Trump is among the accused. At least 16 women have charged Trump with sexual assault or harassment, and allegations date back three decades. A documentary short from Brave New Films compiles statements from those 16 women, creating story “together is incredibly powerful, and damning.”

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Another step toward an authoritarian state ?

Another step toward an authoritarian state-  Government interference in news reporting.  Defend institutions. ( News Media).  On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.  Timothy Snyder.  2017.

AT&;T’s proposed $85-billion purchase of Time Warner Inc. is encountering stiff resistance from the U.S. Department of Justice, which is pressuring the companies to sell Time Warner’s news channel, CNN, to win approval of the deal.
The move — which analysts called “unprecedented” — could set up a titanic court battle should the Justice Department sue AT&T to block its purchase of Time Warner. The Justice Department has told AT&T to divest its Turner Broadcasting unit, which includes CNN, Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies — or sell its satellite television unit, DirecTV.
"This has become political," said one person close to the situation who was not authorized to comment. "It's all about CNN."
President Trump has made no secret of his disdain for CNN, calling the 24-hour channel “fake news.” But the move to require the companies to sell assets, in part because of news coverage, appears to be taking his opposition to CNN to a new level.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Stand Up for the Homeless


November 8, 2017 Noon – 1 PM

Gather @ City Hall to check in at 11:30 AM



Join Mayor Steinberg, Supervisor Kennedy, Councilmember Guerra and hundreds of your neighbors to form a human chain to link City Hall with the County Board of Supervisors to support one unified plan to end hunger and homelessness in our community.

Over 250,000 of our neighbors go hungry everyday while nearly 4,000 of our neighbors are homeless - 2,000 of which call the streets, alleys and parks their "home."

It is time for us to stand as one across I street and say Sacramento will no longer manage hunger & homelessness – we can and will end & prevent it!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Teachers' Strike Averted !

The Sacramento City Unified School District and its teachers union have reached an tentative agreement on a new contract that gives teachers up to an 11 percent raise over the three-year deal and averts a strike for the 43,000-student district.
The deal was finalized Monday after being brokered over the weekend by Mayor Darrell Steinberg, schools Superintendent Jorge Aguilar and the Sacramento City Teachers Association.
The agreement, announced Monday afternoon at City Hall, ended more than a year of bitter contract negotiations and rhetoric between the district and the teachers union. The deal came just two days before the union’s 2,800 members planned to strike.




Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article183073406.html#storylink=cpy

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Teachers' Unions Defend Public Education

By Diane Ravitch

The only things that stand between the privatization movement and its destruction of public education are teachers’ unions.

For the past three decades, a well-organized and wealthy alliance has created a false narrative about the “failure” of public schools and the necessity of turning children over to privately managed schools, private schools, religious schools, and even cyber schools. Their stated goal is “school choice,” but their true goal is to redirect public funding to private hands. As Rupert Murdoch memorably said, the $500 billion public education market is a market ripe for entrepreneurs.

Free public education—open to all and democratically controlled—is one of the pillars of our democracy. The privatization movement is led by billionaire-funded nonprofits such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Edythe and Eli Broad Foundation, and the right-wing Walton Family Foundation. Hedge fund managers, equity investors, technology companies, and Wall Street have donated millions of dollars to create new charter schools and to aid state and local political candidates who support them. The great appeal of charter schools to entrepreneurs and Wall Street is that more than 90% of them are non-union. Every Republican governor and legislature has endorsed charter schools, and many have enacted voucher programs, despite the specific prohibitions in their state constitutions against sending public money to religious schools.

Support the Teachers' Strike

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Hands Across J. Street

November 8, 2017   Noon – 1 PM
Gather @ City Hall to check in at 11:30 AM

 


Join Mayor Steinberg, Supervisor Kennedy, Councilmember Guerra and hundreds of your neighbors to form a human chain to link City Hall with the County Board of Supervisors to support one unified plan to end hunger and homelessness in our community.

Over 250,000 of our neighbors go hungry everyday while nearly 4,000 of our neighbors are homeless - 2,000 of which call the streets, alleys and parks their "home."  

It is time for us to stand as one across I street and say Sacramento will no longer manage hunger & homelessness – we can and will end & prevent it!
 
 







SPONSORED BY:
Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness & Sacramento Hunger Coalition
Area Congregations Together [ACT]
Cottage Housing, Inc.
Elk Grove Food Bank Services
First Steps Communities
HandsOn Sacramento – Regional Center for Volunteerism
Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento
Loaves & Fishes
Mutual Housing California
River City Food Bank
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services
Sacramento Housing Alliance
Sacramento Self Help Housing
Stockton Blvd. Community Development Corporation
Studio 81 International, Inc.
Uptown Studios
Volunteers of America, NCNN
Wind Youth Services
Women’s Empowerment

TO REGISTER & PURCHASE AN EVENT T-SHIRT:  WWW.SRCEH.ORG

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Bob Erlenbusch, Executive Director       916-993-7708   bob@srceh.org

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sac City Teachers Prepare for a Strike

 Sac City Teachers Prepare for a Strike: Sacramento City Teachers Vote to Okay Strike Make S.C.U.S.D. a Destination District Rally November 2nd, 4pm @ S.C.U.S.D. HQ PLEASE JOIN TH...

Sacramento City Teachers Vote to Okay Strike

Make S.C.U.S.D. a Destination District Rally

November 2nd, 4pm @ S.C.U.S.D. HQ









PLEASE JOIN THE TEACHERS OF THE SACRAMENTO CITY TEACHERS ASSOCIATION AND COMMUNITY ALLIES ON NOVEMBER 2ND @ 4PM

WHAT: 'MAKE S.C.U.S.D. A DESTINATION DISTRICT RALLY'

WHERE: - Serna Center, 5735 47th Avenue, Sacramento Ca 95824

WHEN: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd, 4pm

Please join educators, parents, students and community members to rally to stand with Sac City Teachers. The Sacramento City Unified School District is in the best financial position in its history.

It is currently sitting on $81 million dollars in reserves while hundreds of our students do not have fully qualified teachers in their classrooms. Sac City educators have united with parents, students and the community to put forward proposals that would make Sac City the Destination District.

democrats move left

Back to (our) Future

Essay  by Richard Escrow analyzing recent polling.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Impeach Donald Trump




Interesting video. I wonder if it is running nationally, or primarily in California ?
 Video Not produced at the expense of the Progressive Alliance.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Health Care Rally - October 23 & 25

Healthy CA Act S.B. 562 Rally

The Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage in meeting in Sacramento on Monday, October 23 and Tuesday, October 24, 2017.
It’s crucial that we demonstrate that Californians are READY for Single-Payer and that S.B. 562 is the bill to get it done — the legislature simply needs to start moving it.
STOP THE DELAY!
NOW IS THE TIME TO GUARANTEE HEALTHCARE TO ALL CALIFORNIANS!

Date: October 23rd and 24th 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: State Capitol, 1315 10 St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Saturday, October 14, 2017

MLK at Sac State

“The ‘MLK 50th Anniversary’ celebration is a historical milestone that commemorates not only Dr. King's speech on campus but his vision for greater equality and justice for all,” Watson-Derbigny says. “For these reasons, we celebrate as a reminder to live out his dream daily by educating students for leadership, success, and service, and working to build vibrant communities that embody diversity, equity, and inclusion.”
"The significance of Dr. King's visit to Sacramento State is that it coincided with a shift in the political climate in the nation and a resultant change in the focus of the movement," says Robin Carter, MLK celebration co-chair. "He spent the last year of his life articulating a shift from civil rights to human rights. His speech on our campus highlighted his advocacy for this shift." - Dixie Reid
MLK 50th Anniversary Celebration at Sac State, Monday, Oct. 16
Everything, other than the fundraiser brunch, is free and open to the public. Tickets are required for both the 4:15 p.m. gospel concert and 7:30 p.m. keynote address. To RSVP for events you wish to attend and to download free tickets, go to Sac State's MLK celebration page.
·       9:30 to 10:45 a.m., University Union, Redwood Room – Brunch to benefit student scholarships features motivational speaker Inky Johnson. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online.
·       11 to 11:50 a.m. University Union, Hinde Auditorium – The March (1964), 33-minute documentary about the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where King spoke. Roberto Pomo, professor of theater, will introduce Richard Blue, brother of the late filmmaker, James Blue.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

California Becomes Sanctuary State

antiracismdsa: California Becomes Sanctuary State: Senator Leon  California Becomes a Sanctuary State With today’s signing of SB 54 into law, one of the most important parts of that l...

Friday, September 22, 2017

DOLORES Official Theatrical Trailer







A great film. A tribute to a great organizer !





SACRAMENTO SCREENING
DOLORES  |  1 hour 38 minutes
FRIDAY, SEP 22- THURSDAY, SEP 28

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Resistance Guide


















https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/guidingtheresistance/pages/17/attachments/original/1504646456/ResistanceGuide_interactive.pdf

Thursday, September 14, 2017

antiracismdsa: DACA Renewal Workshop

 DACA Renewal Workshop

It is Time for Health Care for All


Bonnie Castillo, National Nurses United

When nurses stand up for Medicare for all, guaranteed healthcare as a human right — which some have dismissed as a “free pony,” despite its existence in every other major industrialized nation — we know that we are fighting beyond disdain, beyond political or corporate jargon, on the ground, for real patients whose names we speak, whose hands we hold, whose families we know, and whose very last breaths we have witnessed, often far too soon.

The GOP has tried and failed in recent months to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and in the resulting void, now is the time to stop all attempts to move backward or to stand still, and instead to move forward. To that end, this week, Sen. Bernie Sanders has unveiled new legislation, the Medicare for All act of 2017, to advance genuine universal care for everyone, regardless of ability to pay, gender, race, nationality, or background.


Nurses share why we need guaranteed access to healthcare, as a human right.

To emphasize why nurses across America stand with Sen. Sanders on this humane legislation, I’d like to take a moment to illuminate exactly what inspires nurses to fight. If we need to underscore the dire necessity for this bill’s passage, there are millions of stories to tell. Let’s zoom in on the last breath of just one patient whose final moments were filled with suffering, in a system that failed her.

“There are patients that I think of almost every day. One young woman still lives deep in my heart,” says National Nurses United member Melissa Johnson-Camacho, RN, who spoke out in Washington, D.C., in support of the Medicare for All Act. “Her cancer had metastasized and her lungs constantly filled with fluid. She needed to have that fluid drained in order to breathe, to survive.”

Noticing that her patients’ lungs never totally drained, Johnson-Camacho asked why, given that a medical intervention existed to clear them completely of fluid. The answer? Because she couldn’t afford it.

RN Melissa Johnson-Camacho speaks at the release of the Medicare for All Act of 2017.

“These bags are very expensive and her insurance did not cover the full cost. So she was never able to have her lungs fully cleared and was in constant distress and pain struggling to breathe,” says Johnson-Camacho. “To make matters worse, the insurance policy soon renewed, meaning a new annual deductible was in place. At that point she had to pay the full amount for her medications and supplies until the deductible was met.”