Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Richmond California Progressives Run for State Offices

"Corporate Free" Richmond Candidates Moving UP.

Two Progressive Alliance leaders–city councilors Jovanka Beckles and Gayle McLaughlin–are preparing to run as “corporate free” candidates for higher office.
Steve Early
May 23, 2017
Since 2004, members of the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) have won ten out of the sixteen city council and mayoral races they have contested in their majority minority city of 110,000.
Last November, progressives gained an unprecedented “super-majority” of five on Richmond’s seven-member council—despite more than a decade of heavy spending against them by Chevron Corp. and other big business interests. For 12 years, RPA candidates have distinguished themselves from local Democrats by their lonely, Bernie Sanders-like refusal to take corporate contributions.
Now two Progressive Alliance leaders–city councilors Jovanka Beckles and Gayle McLaughlin–are preparing to run as  “corporate free” candidates for higher office. It’s the first time either one has sought a ballot line outside their own blue-collar refinery town.  Both hope to capitalize on the energy and enthusiasm (and campaign donations) of thousands of former Sanders supporters, including those who tried to reform the Democratic Party at its statewide convention in Sacramento May 20-21.
At a lively pre-convention gathering of 500 “Bernicrats” last Friday night, McLaughlin discussed her not-quite-final decision to run for lieutenant governor of California as a progressive independent.  Like Sanders during his 2014 visit to Richmond–when he was still soliciting advice from out-of-state audiences about running for president—the former Richmond mayor asked the crowd for its “input.” (The response when she finished her speech, was loud chanting: “Run, Gayle, Run!”)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Healthy California Rally Wed.



URGENT VISIT TO DR. PAN'S OFFICE


Senator Dr. Richard Pan still does not support SB 562, the Healthy California Act, and the CA Senate votes on the bill any day this week.

As a pediatrician, Dr. Pan should be leading the fight to guarantee healthcare for all, not standing in the way of progress.

Come rally to show Senator Pan that now's the time for single payer healthcare! #YesOn562 #2018Primary

Bring musical instruments!

Date: TOMORROW, May 31, 11 AM-12 PM
Location: 2251 Florin Rd, #156, Sacramento, CA 95822
RSVP on Facebook

antiracismdsa: Texas Protests Over SB 4 Lead to Call to ICE

antiracismdsa: Texas Protests Over SB 4 Lead to Call to ICE: By the end of the state legislative session in Texas on Monday, the Capitol had devolved into scuffles and grave accusations. A Democrat...

Monday, May 29, 2017

A Memorial Day observance: The destruction that is war


A collaborative effort of the DSA Veterans Working Group

Memorial Day began as a consecration of war dead following our Civil War, by recently freed people honoring their comrades who fought and died with the Union Army for their freedom. Its purpose was one of mourning, not celebration; it is only in this generation that it has become — in the mass culture of the United States of America, at least — a festival for commerce and pageantry, far removed from any context or awareness of battlefield casualties. Out of respect for those who died and for those whose lives were forever changed by war, we must not allow this to happen. We don’t need bumper stickers or parades; we need solidarity.

It is not the first time that capitalist society has hijacked the intended meaning of a holiday; we see the same kind of ahistorical interpretation of Mother’s Day, which was itself a product of 19th century anti-war movements. As veterans of America’s adventurism abroad, we reject the notion that Memorial Day should avoid the uncomfortable question of this nation’s longest-running conflict.

Since 2001, the United States has waged ceaseless, objectiveless warfare in the Middle East, Central Asia, North and East Africa, and the islands of Southeast Asia. We’ve been at war in Afghanistan for nearly seventeen years. A generation has been born into this unending conflict, and we will soon have service members who have never known a time when this country was not at war. As of today, we have lost 6,915 service members directly in battle or in support of hostilities abroad, the overwhelming majority of whom were working class. We have lost many more to suicide and the after-effects of military service, at an average rate of 20 veteran suicides each day. We have contributed to the deaths of over a million people worldwide by bombing their homes, destroying their livelihoods, and instigating a near-apocalyptic refugee crisis in the Middle East. We have spent more than $5 trillion at the expense of all else while we’ve allowed our nation’s infrastructure and schools to rot away. With no real tangible objective, the endless campaign to support American Exceptionalism abroad resembles a truck marooned in sand, spinning its wheels and churning, getting nowhere while digging itself into an even deeper hole. There is no turning point on the horizon; continued engagement by armed forces will not improve the situation. It will cause only more death and waste: all of it unaccountable, most of it invisible to all but its victims. And there are always victims; entire communities overseas live in our shadow, wondering if the next plane overhead will be the last.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Senator Pan- Town Hall. Single Payer Health Care

Last week supporters of The Healthy California Act swarmed Sacramento as the deadline for a vote in the State Senate approached. You could feel the electricity in the halls of the Capitol building as hundreds of volunteers lobbied hard for SB 562!
Help us keep up the heat in the home districts of senators who haven't committed to supporting our bill to guarantee healthcare to all Californians! Can you join us for a Town Hall in Senator Pan's District?


Healthy California Town Hall in Senator Pan's District!
Thursday, May 25th 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Fruitridge Community Collaborative
4625 44th St
Sacramento, CA 95820

Monday, May 22, 2017

Trump Admin. begins NAFTA campaign


TRUMP LAUNCHES NAFTA TALKS
Trump's NAFTA Plans Fail to Protect Workers and the Environment


Take Action!


Sign the Petition Demanding Trump Put Workers and the Planet First

Oakland, CA — Now that President Trump has formally issued notice to Congress of his intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the California Trade Justice Coalition is urging his administration to commit to an open, public process, remove job-killing special investor provisions, and include enforceable labor and environmental standards.

Today’s notification from the Trump administration does not offer any concrete plans for NAFTA renegotiation. However, in late March, a leaked outline of his NAFTA plans read like a wishlist from Wall Street  and even revived parts of the defunct Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) like expanded rights for pharmaceutical firms to block generic competition and keep drug prices high and more investor incentives to offshore jobs that working families depend on.

“The promise of NAFTA being a job creator was hollow,” said California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski. “Thousands of California workers watched helplessly as this flawed trade agreement led to the outsourcing of middle-class jobs. While renegotiating NAFTA is a start, the Trump Administration must fulfill its promise to working people to create an agreement that prioritizes good jobs over corporate greed. We’ll be watching closely to ensure that the voices of working people are heard throughout this process.”

Saturday, May 20, 2017

CWA On Strike at AT & T Sites.

The strike is over- for now. The CWA workers have gone back to work.

CWA union members have been working closely with DSA on organizing efforts across the country. 38,000 CWA folks at AT &T have been working without a contract. This has gone on far too long. Now AT&T workers in 36 states and Washington, DC are on strike.
DSA's national Steering Committee endorses this strike. DSA local groups and individual members are joining striking workers at picket lines across the country. Click here to RSVP for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Downloadable DSA solidarity signs are available here and here.
Members who can't join a picket line are encouraged to email AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and tell him to settle now.
UPDATE: DirecTV employees are joining the potential strike as well. Now 40,000 workers are ready to stand up for their livelihoods — and their dignity.


Join the CWA picket lines at the locations below and support our comrades fighting for better wages and better livelihoods!
  • 1743 ARDEN WAY
    SACRAMENTO, CA 95815
  • 2228 FAIR OAKS BLVD
    SACRAMENTO, CA 95825
  • 3591 TRUXEL ROAD
    SACRAMENTO, CA 95834
  • 5550 SUNRISE BLVD STE 100
    CITRUS HEIGHT, CA 95610


Read DSA National's statement here.

To find other/additional picket lines, click here.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Free Screening of "WHERE TO INVADE NEXT" on Cameron Park Lake!


Art Exhibit: Sin Fronteras



SIN FRONTERAS/IMAGES OF HOPE: ¡RINI TEMPLETON PRESENTE!
An exhibition of over 100 prints, sculptures and artifacts
Curator: David Bischoff

For 30 years, a brilliant artist-activist, RINI TEMPLETON illustrated the struggles of the people in the United States, Mexico, Central America and Cuba. Before her early death in 1986, Rini made thousands of unsigned drawings to be reproduced and used freely for popular movements. 

On May 13th the Latino Center of Art and Culture presents SIN FRONTERAS/IMAGES OF HOPE: RINI TEMPLETON PRESENTE! an exhibition of over 100 prints, publications and original sculptures. They present Rini’s legacy of art --- of and for the people. The exhibition includes a multi-media biography, “Rini Templeton, A Life of Struggle and Creation,“ created by Mexico City’s Punto Critico magazine collective. 

The work is on loan from Mexican and US collections. 

WHAT                                               SIN FRONTERAS/IMAGES OF HOPE: RINI   TEMPLETON PRESENTE!
May 13-July 17, 2017
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12PM – 6PM

OPENING RECEPTION:                        Saturday, May 13
(speakers, music, refreshments)       5PM – 9PM

WHERE:                                              Latino Center of Art and Culture
                                                            2700 Front St.
                                                            Sacramento, CA 95818
916

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Trump Fires Comey



BREAKING: Donald Trump just fired FBI Director James Comey, compromising the only semi-credible and somewhat-resourced investigation into Trump and his administration's ties to Russia.1 Trump fired Comey on the advice of Jeff Sessions, who was forced to recuse himself from Russia-focused investigations because he lied under oath about his own conversations with Russian officials.2
We now face a constitutional crisis. The security and integrity of our democracy is at stake.
More than ever, what we need now is a truly bipartisan and independent commission to investigate Donald Trump and his administration's foreign entanglements, business conflicts of interest, and violations of federal ethics laws. Will you join me in demanding an immediate, independent investigation into the Trump administration? Click here to sign the petition, which says:
Create a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate Donald Trump and his administration's foreign entanglements, business conflicts of interest, and violations of federal ethics laws.
Comey's record at the FBI isn't flawless—plenty of people take issue with the way he handled investigating Hillary Clinton's emails in the days before the election, and the news reports today about him mischaracterizing backing up emails as forwarding them don't help. But the argument that Trump would fire Comey for being overly critical of Clinton, when Trump personally led chants of "lock her up," is absurd. This isn't about good governance. It's about BAD government and the kind of cronyist cabal that fires someone who a week ago testified that he was made nauseous by the thought of helping Trump win office.

Choosing Democracy: Know Your Rights - Front Door (English)

Choosing Democracy: Know Your Rights - Front Door (English): The Sacramento Immigration committee has established a hot line to report ICE activity in the neighborhoods, at schools, parks, and othe...

Monday, May 8, 2017

Paul Krugman: Under Trumpcare, Millions Will Lose Coverage, Many Will Die—and the GOP Will Try to Blame It on Liberals | Alternet

Paul Krugman: Under Trumpcare, Millions Will Lose Coverage, Many Will Die—and the GOP Will Try to Blame It on Liberals | Alternet

Rini Templeton Art Exhibition : Images of Hope

SIN FRONTERAS/IMAGES OF HOPE: ¡RINI TEMPLETON PRESENTE!
An exhibition of over 100 prints, sculptures and artifacts
Curator: David Bischoff

For 30 years, a brilliant artist-activist, RINI TEMPLETON illustrated the struggles of the people in the United States, Mexico, Central America and Cuba. Before her early death in 1986, Rini made thousands of unsigned drawings to be reproduced and used freely for popular movements.

On May 13th the Latino Center of Art and Culture presents SIN FRONTERAS/IMAGES OF HOPE: RINI TEMPLETON PRESENTE! an exhibition of over 100 prints, publications and original sculptures. They present Rini’s legacy of art --- of and for the people. The exhibition includes a multi-media biography, “Rini Templeton, A Life of Struggle and Creation,“ created by Mexico City’s Punto Critico magazine collective.

The work is on loan from Mexican and US collections.

WHAT:                                                SIN FRONTERAS/IMAGES OF HOPE: RINI   TEMPLETON PRESENTE!
May 13-July 17, 2017
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12PM – 6PM

OPENING RECEPTION:                        Saturday, May 13
(speakers, music, refreshments)       5PM – 9PM

WHERE:                                              Latino Center of Art and Culture
                                                            2700 Front St.
                                                            Sacramento, CA 95818
916

Friday, May 5, 2017

Republicans Take Health Care from Millions of the Poor

 
Lauren McCauley
May 4, 2017
Common Dreams
 
By rushing this bill through Congress, Republicans are creating a manufactured crisis that will devastate millions of families. GOP Trumpcare plan is a disaster. It would take away health care from millions of people, cost thousands more for middle-class and low-income Americans, and strip protections from people with pre-existing conditions, all to give a massive tax break to insurance company CEOs and the wealthiest Americans.

Hopefully, now, people will decide to vote in elections. 

Immigration Hot Line = Sacramento

Immigration Hot Line
The Sacramento Immigration committee has established a hot line to report ICE activity in the neighborhoods, at schools, parks, and other areas.
916-245-6773
If you see ICE activity, please report it.  When you report the activity, volunteers and legal observers will go to the location.
They will document the arrests to be certain that the rights of the accused are respected.  They will also assist with contacting family members and being certain that children are cared for.

Todos tienen derechos consitucionales.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sin Fronteras/Images of Hope-- Art Exhibit



SIN FRONTERAS/IMAGES OF HOPE: ¡RINI TEMPLETON PRESENTE!
An exhibition of over 100 prints, sculptures and artifacts
Curator: David Bischoff

For 30 years, a brilliant artist-activist, RINI TEMPLETON illustrated the struggles of the people in the United States, Mexico, Central America and Cuba. Before her early death in 1986, Rini made thousands of unsigned drawings to be reproduced and used freely for popular movements.

On May 13th the Latino Center of Art and Culture presents SIN FRONTERAS/IMAGES OF HOPE: RINI TEMPLETON PRESENTE! an exhibition of over 100 prints, publications and original sculptures. They present Rini’s legacy of art --- of and for the people. The exhibition includes a multi-media biography, “Rini Templeton, A Life of Struggle and Creation,“ created by Mexico City’s Punto Critico magazine collective.

The work is on loan from Mexican and US collections.

WHAT:                                                SIN FRONTERAS/IMAGES OF HOPE: RINI TEMPLETON PRESENTE!
May 13-July 17, 2017
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12PM – 6PM

OPENING RECEPTION:                        Saturday, May 13
(speakers, music, refreshments)       5PM – 9PM

WHERE:                                              Latino Center of Art and Culture
                                                            2700 Front St.
                                                            Sacramento, CA 95818

916-446-5133