Sunday, April 2, 2017

California Plans to Undo Trump Efforts

by, Harold Meyerson,

American Prospect              
Spasms of fear often shake California, a state prey to earthquakes, fires, and floods. One such spasm—a manmade one—is shaking the state today.
Business is down at groceries featuring Mexican and Central American food, and at other stores catering to an immigrant clientele. The possibility of stakeouts by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents has led thousands of Angelenos to abbreviate their daily rounds.
“Since Election Day, children are scared about what might happen to their parents,” says Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights of Los Angeles. “And parents for their children. We fill out at least ten guardianship letters every day for [undocumented] parents who fear for their [U.S. citizen] kids if they—the parents—are deported.”
The fear is rooted in the grim reality of the new president’s war on immigrants, and in the power that ICE possesses to wage that war. “Sanctuary city, or sanctuary state, is a misleading term,” says State Senate President Kevin de León, who more than any other public official has emerged as the leader of California’s resistance. “It creates the image of an invisible force field you’re safe behind, or reaching home base when you’re a kid playing tag. Actually, that force field doesn’t exist. If you’re undocumented, ICE can pick you up whether you’re in Paducah or liberal Santa Monica.” ICE can and does conduct sweeps in search of undocumented immigrants, and it doesn’t need a warrant to do so.
All of which has made California’s undocumented—about 2.5 million, by recent estimates, fully one million of them in Los Angeles and Orange Counties—and their family members who are citizens, deeply and understandably fearful.
It has also made millions more Californians angry. The Trump crackdown on immigrants has few supporters in the Golden State. In a January poll, the Public Policy Institute of California asked respondents whether they believed “there should be a way for them [undocumented immigrants] to stay in the country legally if certain conditions are met,” or believed instead that “they should not be allowed to stay in this country legally.” Fully 85 percent said they should be allowed to stay, a figure that included 65 percent of Republicans. Asked further if they favored or opposed “California state and local governments making their own policies and taking actions—separate from the federal government—to protect the legal rights of undocumented immigrants,” 65 percent “favored” while just 32 percent “opposed.”

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Legacy of Cesar Chavez

When we are really  honest with ourselves, we must admit that our lives are all that really belong to us.  So it is how we use our lives that determines what kind of people we are. ..I am convinced that the truest act of to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally nonviolent struggle for justice.
Cesar Chavez (1927-1993)

On March 31, 2017, Eleven states and numerous cities will hold holidays celebrating labor and Latino leader Cesar Chavez.
Conferences, marches and celebrations will occur in numerous cities and particularly in rural areas of the nation. A recent film Cesar Chavez: An American Hero, starring Michael Peña as Cesar Chavez and Rosario Dawson as Dolores Huerta presents important parts of this union story.  With the work of the Chicano/Mexican American Digital History Project their story of union organizing will begin to be covered in all public school history texts in California this year,
The current UFW leadership, as well as former UFW leaders and current DSA Honorary Chairs Eliseo Medina and Dolores Huerta are recognized leaders in the ongoing efforts to achieve comprehensive immigration reform in the nation.

UFW President Arturo Rodriquez says, “We urge Republicans to abandon their political games that hurt millions of hard-working, taxpaying immigrants and their families, and help us finish the job by passing legislation such as the comprehensive reform bill that was approved by the Senate on a bipartisan vote in June 2013,” Rodriguez said. “The UFW will not rest until the President's deferred relief is enacted and a permanent immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants, is signed into law.”

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

DSA Action Alert

Sacramento County Sheriff, Scott Jones, is hosting an immigration community forum with ICE Director, Thomas Hamon, at the Sacramento County Youth Gym, 4000 Branch Center Road, Sacramento CA 95827, MARCH 28 at 5:00-7:00pm. There is a large counter- protest, organized by many different groups, being held at this forum. Sac DSA invites you to join the counter-protest, be loud, and stand up for immigrants!

Sacramento County jail currently cooperates with ICE- reserving 165 beds in the county jail for ICE detainees and allows ICE officials access to inmates for interrogation in exchange for 8 million dollars.

As democratic socialists, we believe in people over profit- all workers in our society, no matter their documentation status, deserve equal rights and treatment.

Join us as we protest Scott Jones, ICE director Thomas Hamon, and Trump's racist agenda. We need you!

In solidarity,


Mayor, Activist Protest Jones' Forum to Promote ICE

The Sacramento Bee:
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg took aim Monday at Sheriff Scott Jones’ decision to host a public forum with the nation’s top immigration enforcement official, calling the decision “cynical” and “mean.”
Steinberg said he will be joined by a large group of protesters before the Tuesday forum with Jones and acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan. Labor unions, faith leaders and pro-immigrant groups are expected at the vigil, while state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León is expected to attend the forum.
“This is the worst time for an elected official to organize such a forum to stoke the fears of people, people who are already afraid,” Steinberg said. “We’re going to make it clear that the people of Sacramento stand with those who are just trying to make a place for themselves in our great country and in our great state.”

Read more here: ht

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

While Nobody's Watching, Paul Ryan Is Taking A Sledgehammer To Medicaid's Promise To Seniors | The Huffington Post

While Nobody's Watching, Paul Ryan Is Taking A Sledgehammer To Medicaid's Promise To Seniors | The Huffington Post

Republicans Plan to Gut Medicaid / Medical

The Real Story

From Talking Points Memo:

As we move toward Thursday's (likely) vote on the Ryan/Trump Obamacare repeal bill, we should remember that under the guise of repealing Obamacare, the House bill writers are actually going to great lengths to gut Medicaid.
Last week, TPM Reader EE gave us some indication of what that will entail.
I work in a nursing home and it seems that no-one is talking/asking questions about the devastating effect the medicaid cuts will have on nursing home residents and their families.
Families, including middle and upper income families, will be destroyed if they have to cover nursing home costs out of pocket or provide care themselves. Not to mention the oversight and quality control that will disappear.
A lot of people are going to die miserable, painful deaths. 
This is truly what death panels are. Starve funding. Starve the elderly. Maybe that's the plan.

Monday, March 20, 2017


On Tyranny : Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
Timothy Snyder.  2017.

How do we resist the rise of tyranny ? the rise of  fascism ?
1.     Do Not Obey in Advance.
2.     Defend institutions.

For more, read the book.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Foothills Progressive Alliance

Inaugural Organizing Meeting
Saturday, March 18th, 2017
Leisa & Paul's House
3025A Cambridge Rd., Cameron Park

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Senator de León presents The California Values Act (SB 54) to committee

Sacramento Marchers Demand State Sanctuary Law

Duane Campbell
Over 1,500  marchers from around California descended on the Capitol on Wednesday  March 15,  seeking to pass SB 54: The California Values Act which would significantly prohibit local law enforcement from coordination with federal immigration agents.  While many cities and counties have sanctuary policies, this bill would  make it a state law and shield many immigrants from mass deportation efforts of the federal authorities. The bill is strongly opposed by the Association of County Sheriffs who manage county jails and receive federal funds for their cooperation.
  The massive demonstration on Wednesday was organized primarily by PICO of California and supported by immigrant rights organizations up and down the state.  The events began at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacramento in Sacramento, and then marchers proceeded to the Capitol to hear a rousing support speech from the President of the California Senate Kevin de León.
PICO is a structured multi racial organizing project with roughly equal participation and leadership from African American, Mexican, Latino, and Anglo religious traditions.

After singing civil rights songs in English and Spanish, and hearing speeches, the crowd entered to Capitol chanting One People: One Fight.  Delegations to legislative office insisted on the passage of SB 54, and SB 6 that would provide funds for legal defense of immigrants, as well as SB 31, the Religious Freedom Act which would prohibit any state agency from collecting information on religious affiliation and sharing that federal authorities – such as in creating a Muslim list.  

Friday, March 10, 2017

The High Cost of Defunding State Universities

Seth Sandronsky,
Last month a seven-member panel met in the state Capitol to discuss the calamitous funding situation of the California State University system, as well as the prospects for creating free public higher education in the state. The latter idea of nationally establishing cost- and debt-free learning at the college and university levels had been popularized by Bernie Sanders during his presidential campaign last year. Yet in California, the legacy of the revenue-slashing Proposition 13, which California voters approved in 1978 to cut property taxes, remains a formidable stumbling block.
At the heart of the February colloquium in Sacramento was a new report released by the California Faculty Association called Equity, Interrupted: How California is Cheating Its Future. (Disclosure: CFA is a financial supporter of this website.) Among the report’s findings is that the CSU student body rose 64 percent from 1985 to 2015, yet state funding for the system as a percent of the total general fund fell from 4.4 percent to 2.4 percent. 
Panelist and Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) stressed the practical politics of raising taxes and spending them on public higher education. Ting, who chairs the Assembly Budget Committee, pointed to November’s approval by San Francisco voters of Proposition W, which will establish free City College of San Francisco tuition for students who are city residents. It will be funded by a real estate tax on properties that sell for over $5 million.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Labor Book Talk

A Bernie-Recommended Guide For Taking Our Revolution Into Local Politics--and Winning!

One of the many labor-backed local groups now affiliated with Our Revolution is the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA), subject of a new Beacon Press book by former CWA organizer and Labor for Bernie volunteer Steve Early.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Health Care California- Wednesday. Capitol

Join Statewide Rally for a Major Step Forward - Time for California to Make Healthcare a Human Right!

Join the Campaign for a Healthy California as we as we join with legislators, labor, community, nurses, doctors, healthcare advocates and grassroots activists to make a major announcement that will positively impact the future health of everyone in the state.  

What California needs:

  • Universal coverage
  • No deductibles, co-pays
  • Real patient choice
  • Comprehensive benefits

With the future of healthcare in California and the U.S. at stake, now is the time to act.

When – Wednesday, February 22

Time – 11 a.m.

Where – Secretary of State Auditorium
1500 11th Street, Sacramento


Friday, February 17, 2017

NAFTA and Trade

Join us for a town hall discussion on the impact of NAFTA at Sacramento State University

The North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, is a trade deal between the United States, Mexico and Canada that has negatively impacted millions of workers in the United States and partner countries. After years of pressure and discontent amongst communities hurt by NAFTA and NAFTA-style trade deals, it is time shift away from corporate-dominated trade policy.

But will a renegotiated NAFTA be good for our communities? Or will we continue to get rigged trade deals that only benefit billionaires and corporations? Already we are seeing big corporations chomping at the bit to use this opportunity to renegotiate NAFTA in their own narrow interests, gaining the most profit with no consideration as to the consequences for working families, the environment and public health. The same conditions that we saw in the initial NAFTA negotiations. At the same time, most of the people President Trump has nominated to his cabinet are multimillionaires and billionaires who support TPP and NAFTA-style trade agreements.

Just like in the fight to stop the TPP, your voice will have an immense impact on the renegotiation of NAFTA.

Join us for a town hall we are hosting in partnership with the Sacramento Central Labor Council in which we will discuss the harmful impact NAFTA has had for working people along with how we will need to mobilize to push for a renegotiated NAFTA that benefits workers and the environment.
When: Join us Thursday, February 23rd at 5:30PM
Where: Sacramento State University, Folsom Hall, Room 1050, 7667 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA, 95826

Withdrawing from an already-defunct TPP and simply reopening NAFTA aren’t enough. We need new trade agreements that actually create good-paying jobs and reign in abuses of corporate power at home and abroad.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Trump vs. Truth: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Millionaires Stop Paying Into Social Security Thursday

This Thursday, millionaires and billionaires will stop paying into Social Security. To shine a spotlight on this unfair policy, Social Security Works is joining with Social Security Champion Bernie Sanders for a national day of action.

Sign the pledge today! Pledge to call your Senators this Thursday, February 16th and tell them that millionaires and billionaires should pay into Social Security at the same rate as the rest of us—and that doing so would allow us to expand benefits. We will send a script and a reminder Thursday.

Right now, the way we fund Social Security―a regressive practice that only applies to the first $127,200 of a wage earner’s income―contributes to wealth and income inequality in the U.S.

A millionaire won’t pay anything into our Social Security system for at least the last ten and a half months of the year. This is because our Social Security system is primarily funded by payroll contributions (or FICA). Once the FICA cap of $127,200 is reached, millionaires and billionaires stop paying into the system, while the vast majority of Americans continue to pay in on all of their salary.

Stand with Senator Bernie Sanders and Social Security Works. Pledge to call your Senators this Thursday and tell them to “scrap the cap” on Social Security payroll contributions and demand the wealthy pay their fair share.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Defend the Immigrants Among Us- Our Revolution

Donald Trump’s attack on immigrants has taken a frightening turn. I’m writing you from Phoenix, one of the dozens of cities under attack from Trump’s gestapo-style raids targeting immigrant families.
Since Wednesday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers have detained and deported hundreds of undocumented Americans, including the parents of U.S. citizen children. There have even been reports of ICE agents following Latino children home from school in hopes of arresting undocumented parents and demanding documents from citizens and immigrants alike.
These raids targeting people based on where they live and the color of their skin have already happened at homes, stores and workplaces in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia. Will you help stop the attacks on immigrant families? Sign up now to let us know we can count on you to protect victims of ICE raids in your community.
Donald Trump claims that millions of "criminal" immigrants live among us -- but this is a lie, designed to give him cover for his racist plan. The immigrants Trump is targeting aren’t “rapists” or “bringing drugs” -- they are people like my friend Lupita, who was separated from her citizen children this week after living in Arizona for 20 years.
Families and communities across America are being torn apart by Trump’s xenophobic raids. This is not who we are. The raids must stop.
I am a proud and unafraid Dreamer, an undocumented immigrant who came here as a child. Through my years working with the immigrant rights’ community, I know first-hand that we build power through organizing. Through that power we have been able to reunite thousands of immigrant families. We have the power to stop these unjust deportations -- but we must act fast and take action locally.
If you marched for women’s rights in January and let Donald Trump know that “immigrants are welcome here,” your voice voice is needed once again. Demand decency and justice for the undocumented community. Sign up to if you’re willing to take action locally to protect immigrant families and stop the raids.
In solidarity,
Erika Andiola
Our Revolution

antiracismdsa: Immigrants and Allies Fight Back

antiracismdsa: Immigrants and Allies Fight Back: During his first weeks as President, Donald Trump has enacted some alarming and draconian executive orders. The most alarming has been h...

Monday, February 6, 2017

Trump Threatens to Defund California - Stupid Again

The sanctuary cities issue

Trump’s threatening of sanctuary cities and communities that offer protection to immigrants and that recognize the injustice in current immigration laws and practices will undermine public safety and foster further  division in the  nation.

 His threat to take money from sanctuary cities and now the state  is un constitutional overreach.  Notice, the federal government receives tax revenues from these cities. By defending sanctuary cities  citizens and tax payers  can severely limit Trump’s abuse.  Several California cities are already preparing the legal groundwork to resist paying  specific taxes into the federal treasury if Trump  follows through on his threats to cut funds to these  sanctuary cities.

Immigration officers (ICE) need the cooperation of local law enforcement and social services to do their jobs successfully.  They have far too few agents and too few jails to effectively remove large numbers of people.  The last time such removal was practiced in Operation Wetback  in  1952 the government was only  effective because local institutions cooperated.  This time they will not cooperate.

There are some 300 sanctuary cities and districts in the U.S.  Citizens and voters in these cities can have an important role in their defense.

The Sacramento Bee report: 
Trump was responding to a question from O’Reilly about efforts by Democratic state legislators to make California a de-facto “sanctuary state” that would restrict state and local law enforcement, including school police and security departments, from using their resources to aid federal authorities in immigration enforcement.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Last Time We Closed the Gates

My family made it to the United States just before it slammed the
door on most Jewish immigration. Jared Kushner’s grandmother
wasn’t so lucky. Will today’s refugees suffer a similar fate?
Family album: The Ratowzer house
in Bialystok; an ID card for Max and
Moishe Ratowzer; Osher in Germany,
en route to the United States.

The Nation Magazine
Lifeboat: The RMS
Aquitania ferried
the Ratowzers and
countless others to
Aquitania ferried
the Ratowzers and
countless others to

the United States

Statement on Protests at U.C. Berkeley

Statement by U.C. Berkeley Chancellor on  Protests  Last Night 
We condemn in the strongest possible terms the violence and unlawful behavior that was on display, and deeply regret that those tactics will now overshadow the efforts to engage in legitimate and lawful protest against the performer’s presence and perspectives.
The University and the UCPD went to extraordinary lengths to plan for this event and put the appropriate resources in place in order to maintain security. Officials were in contact with other campuses and paid close attention to lessons learned at the speaker’s prior events. Dozens of additional police officers were on duty. Multiple methods of crowd control were in place. Ultimately and unfortunately, however, it was simply impossible to maintain order given the level of threat, disruption, and violence.
We regret that the threats and unlawful actions of a few have interfered with the exercise of First Amendment rights on a campus that is proud of its history and legacy as home of the Free Speech Movement. As Chancellor Dirks made clear in his message to the Berkeley campus community, while Mr. Yiannopoulos views, tactics and rhetoric are profoundly contrary to our own, we are bound by the Constitution, the law, our values, and the campus’s Principles of Community to enable free expression across the full spectrum of opinion and perspective. 
Read the UC Berkeley chancellor’s message, prior to the event, on the Milo Yiannopoulos appearance

Editor Note:  The Left needs to develop means to control or disassociate itself from the action of infantile anarchist movements,  These actions actually advance the agenda of the authoritarian Trump Administration by distracting attention from the important struggles against Trump's border wall, the ban on Muslims, the appointments of neo fascists to government positions.  See post below on non violence. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Support Immigrants in California

Our Revolution

Last month, Senate President Kevin de León introduced SB 54, the California Values Act. This bill would ban the use of state and local resources from carrying out the work of federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in deportation actions.
This is a huge step in standing up for immigrants and those who could become targets of the Trump administration.
Cities and states across the country will play a big role in building the resistance against Trump — that's why it is so important that we continue organizing at the local level in our communities.
California is taking the lead on protecting the people who will be most vulnerable during Trump's presidency. Now we need to show that there's broad support for SB 54 before it reaches Governor Brown's desk.
This bill can pave the way for the rest of the nation to enact policies that will block Trump’s efforts to target, criminalize, deport and incarcerate people of color.
Here's what Senator de León had to say about the California Values Act:
"To the millions of undocumented residents pursuing and contributing to the California Dream, the State of California will be your wall of justice should the incoming Administration adopt an inhumane and over-reaching mass-deportation policy. We will not stand by and let the federal government use our state and local agencies to separate mothers from their children."

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Trump's Muslim Ban is a Disgrace

Choosing Democracy: Trump's Muslim Ban is a Disgrace: BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD Sacramento Bee If any American value was served by President Donald Trump’s inhumane treatment of hundreds of o...

If Trump Deports the Undocumented

UFW: If Trump deports most U.S. farm workers, who will feed the Nation—or guests at Trump hotels and golf courses?
United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez issued the following statement from the union’s Keene, Calif. headquarters in response to executive orders announced today by the Trump administration aimed at keeping his central campaign promise to begin deporting many of the 11 million undocumented residents in the United States:
U.S. Department of Labor surveys show the majority of U.S. farm workers are undocumented: The United Farm Workers’ anecdotal experience in California and other states where we are active shows the percentage of undocumented workers is even higher.
So if today’s executive orders from Donald Trump signal the beginning of fulfilling his oft-repeated campaign pledge to deport the undocumented, then who is going to feed America? Who is going to feed the guests at Trump hotels and golf courses? Who is going to feed Donald Trump?

Friday, January 27, 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Progressive Alliance Monthly Organizing Meeting -- Sat., 1/28

Sacramento & Campus Progressive Alliance
Monthly Organizing Meeting
Saturday, January 28th, 10am-12pm
Sacraement State University Union
Oak Room (2nd floor)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Turning a March Into a Movement

Peter Dreier & Donald Cohen

January 24, 2017

The American Prospect

Two professors—Jeremy Pressman from the University of Connecticut and Erica Chenoweth from the University of Denver—conducted a detailed accounting of press and other reports from rallies in over 500 cities and towns across the country. Their conclusion so far: between 3.3 and 4.6 million Americans took to the streets. Despite the remarkable turnout, the question remains whether it heralds the beginning of a new “resistance” movement that can thwart Trump’s agenda . . .

A crowd fills Independence Avenue during the Women's March on Washington, Saturday, January 21, 2017 in Washington., AP Photo/Alex Brandon,

Saturday’s day of protest—against Donald Trump and for women’s equality—was successful in two significant ways.

First, it was the largest one-day protest in American history. Based on news reports from cities around the country, as many as 4.5 million people took to the streets. From 750,000 people in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles to 250,000 in Chicago, 60,000 in Atlanta, 26,000 in Des Moines, and 271 in Morris, Minnesota (with a population of 3,500 and only two stoplights), protesters took over America on Trump’s second day in office.

Second, the protest completely dominated the news on a day when a newly elected president normally is basking in good press. This is a real defeat for a thin-skinned man who lives off dominating news cycles. The front-page headlines in most newspapers focused on the marches in their local cities and around the country. Many papers had no front-page stories at all about Trump’s first day as president. Those papers that did report on Trump focused on his rambling rant at the CIA. The reporters let readers know that Trump lied about the crowd size at the inauguration—a falsehood repeated later that by his press secretary Sean Spicer and his advisor Kellyanne Conway, who described those lies as “alternative facts.”

In contrast, media coverage of Obama’s second day on the job in 2009 was almost universally positive throughout the country.

In reporting on Saturday’s protests, many news outlets estimated the size of the crowds in their cities without calculating the total number nationwide. Papers that attempted to gauge the total, like The New York Times, came up several million people short. But two professors—Jeremy Pressman from the University of Connecticut and Erica Chenoweth from the University of Denver—conducted a detailed accounting of press and other reports from rallies in over 500 cities and towns across the country. Their conclusion so far: between 3.3 and 4.6 million Americans took to the streets.

Despite the remarkable turnout, the question remains whether it heralds the beginning of a new “resistance” movement that can thwart Trump’s agenda and help Democrats regain power, or whether it was a one-day act of defiance that will be difficult to sustain.

This was a nationwide protest but it was highly decentralized. It began as a Facebook post. NARAL and Planned Parenthood provided some support, but the march was not directed by paid organizers for national organizations. There was no central slogan or theme. There were few professionally printed signs. In most cities, volunteers found each other via social media or friendship networks and did the grunt work—getting police permits, identifying march routes, recruiting speakers and musicians—necessary to pull off a public protest.