Thursday, May 24, 2018

Voter Guide - Important

 Sacramento Progressive Alliance
Progressive Voter Guide 
Vote Before June 5th!

U.S. Senate
Kevin de León

Gavin Newsom

Lt. Governor
Gayle McLlaughlin

Superintendent of Public Instruction
Tony Thurmond
Congressional District 4
Jessica Morse
State Senate District 4
Phil Kim
Sacramento County District Attorney
Sacramento County Sheriff
Milo Fitch 

Sacramento City Council District 5
Tamika L’Ecluse
       Sacramento City Council District 7
Tristan Brown

Sacramento County Office of Education Area 2
Sacramento County Office of Education Area 3

Yolo County Supervisor District 2
Don Saylor

American River Flood Control District
Rachelanne Rae Vander Werf

Republicans Push Nightmare Immigration Bill - UFW

The House of Representatives last week voted down a bad Farm Bill. That seems like good news. But it’s not over. The House leadership is discussing a complicated deal that involves combining a revised Farm Bill and terribly anti-immigrant, anti-worker immigration legislation introduced by Rep. Goodlatte. Why? Because some right-wing conservatives in the House voted against the Farm Bill because they first want a vote on Goodlatte’s terrible immigration bill. We must stop the bill. 
According to Roll Call, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise has said that they will give in to this demand by the far right and the Goodlatte immigration bill will get a vote early the week of June 22 followed by the Farm Bill. This is a nightmare for farm workers. The Goodlatte immigration bill basically creates a modern day Bracero program that would undermine the wages and working conditions of all agricultural workers. The bill would expand the scope of the current H-2A program in a way that will harm both US and immigrant workers.
We cannot let agriculture be taken back to the 1940's.The current Republican efforts to replace the H-2A program with a new agricultural visa system will create even more unfairness and dysfunction in our already broken immigration system. Even worse, it would deprive US citizens and lawful permanent residents of job opportunities. It does this by weakening the laws that requires US citizens and legal residents to be offered these jobs first. The bill expands access to guest workers for even more employers, such as those in year-round food processing. It would also lower farm workers' already poor wages and allow exploitative conditions for hundreds of thousands of new guest workers who would have even fewer labor and political rights. The legislation would allow growers to replace any farm worker not willing to work for $8.34/hour or their state minimum wage.
Workers are concerned that the bill could affect their livelihood. Vicente Pizano has worked year round harvesting mushrooms for 39 years and is concerned about expanding the guestworker program to include year round jobs like his. He tells us, “I think that this program will affect the wages that we earn and also the benefits that we have. In my opinion, this program is going to create competition that will reduce our salaries. Ultimately, in the end, our lives and our families’ lives that are established in this country will be drastically impacted.”
One of the things we give thanks for living here in America is that we have laws that protect workers. Why would we change the law to lessen the protections of the people who work so hard to feed us? Or put new laws in place that would lower the wages of people already doing this work? We must defeat this bill and others like it.
Click here to contact your House of Representatives Member today and ask that they oppose the Goodlatte bill.  
PS: We have just started using our brand new system, so the click through page will look a little different than you might be used to. 

ICE Expands Deportations

The Immigrant Legal Resource Center released our latest survey and analysis of the disturbing trends in gang allegations against immigrant youth. Our new reportDeportation By Any Means Necessary: How Immigration Officials are Labeling Immigrant Youth as Gang Members reveals how immigration officials are accusing immigrant youth of gang involvement, putting young people at immediate risk of detention and deportation. This survey found the evidence immigration officials are employing of gang allegations in immigration proceedings is tenuous and lacks transparency. Our analysis sheds light on the often-specious evidence collected against immigrant youth, adding a disturbing new dynamic to the school-to-deportation pipeline. 

In light of the Trump administration’s recent, cruel characterizations of immigrant youth as “animals”, it is essential we understand the methods by which officials gather evidence against immigrant youth in cases where gang allegations are in play. Read our new report to learn more, and please share with your networks. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

18 Moral Witnesses Arrested Standing for Justice

After a rally packed with powerful voices from AIM, to BLM, to CIYJA, with leaders from the Islamic, Jewish and Christian faiths, we set off to deliver our demands to the Capitol. We filled the halls, singing, chanting, and blocking off Gov. Brown's office while delivering him a letter with our grievances. 5 hours after we entered the Capitol, police arrested 18 Moral Witnesses who had committed to stay until our demands were addressed. Sacramento

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Poor People's Campaign - Week 2

The California Poor People’s Campaign is uniting people and organizations across the state to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and ecological devastation.  This second week of the campaign focused on Systemic Racism, Voting Rights, Immigration, Islamaphobia and the destruction of Indigenous communities.  
The May 21 non violent direct action  in Sacramento followed the May 14 launch of the nationwide poor people’s campaign. In the first action, on May 14s hundreds participated in non violent direct action and were arrested, including Poor People’s Campaign co chairs William J. Barber II, and Liz Theoharis. They were taken into custody along with over a hundred people from various states. Non violent events were held in over 35 state capitols the same day. 

At the conclusion of the 40 days, on June 23, poor people and clergy and advocates from coast to coast will join together for a mass mobilization at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Speakers at the Sacramento event included representatives from CAIR . indigenous communities, Wes White of the Salinas Homeless Union, Melina Abdullah, Black Lives Matter, and religious leaders from numerous communities including the PICO Network. 

Defend the Immigrants

Don't give Trump a Nobel Peace Prize. Defend the immigrants he bullies instead | The Sacramento Bee.  Sasha Abramsky.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Move ICE Out of Sacramento Sheriff's Jail

 On Tues. May 22, 2018, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will be meeting. A group of persons working with The Step Up Coalition, the Sacramento Immigration Coalition, ACT, and more will introduce a resolution to oppose Sacramento Country from extending the current contract for the Sacramento jail to be used as a holding facility of ICE. 
If they cannot get a supervisor to introduce the legislation, it will be introduced during the public comment time. 

The current contract expires June 15, 2018.   The Sheriffs Dept. receives over $1,000,000 per year for this service.  There are substantial testimonies of abuse and neglect at the facility. 
Meanwhile, the Sheriff is up for re-election. Vote prior to June 5. 


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Kevin de León Responds to Trump

On November 9th, 2016, many of us woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land; abandoned by Donald Trump's dark vision for the future of America - one that included some, and excluded many.

By a margin in the millions, Californians overwhelmingly rejected politics fueled by resentment, bigotry, and misogyny and embraced a resistance fueled by diversity and inclusivity. 

Last night San Diego joined the majority of Californians in supporting SB54, which protects immigrant families and keeps our communities safe. 

Yesterday, Trump brought a gaggle of Republican, anti-immigrant politicians from California to the White House, to plot against the policies that keep all of our residents safe. 

The entire meeting was disappointing, but when President Trump called immigrants "animals," it became offensive. 

Our hardworking immigrant families aren’t “animals”, Mr. President. 

The families you’re tearing apart are people, just like you. No matter how hard you try, you can’t strip away their humanity.

Mr. President, you're lying through your teeth because you're terrified Republicans will lose control of Congress. I have news for you: California -- the largest state in the union and the strongest driver of our nation’s economy -- will make sure they do.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

English Learners Need Your Support -Sacramento

Choosing Democracy: English Learners Need Your Support -Sacramento: The Community Priorities Coalition in Sacramento announces that it will present its alternative budget for Sacramento City Unified at Bo...

Monday, May 14, 2018

Launch Video - Poor People's Campaign | A National Call for Moral Revival

Progressive Alliance Voter Guide

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Poor People's Campaign Comes to Sacramento

California Poor People’s Campaign 

Some 300 activists from a wide variety of organizations rallied at the California  Capitol today claiming Somebody’s Hurting Our People : and We are Not Going to Take It Anymore !

Some 55% of the people in California are poor or low income- a total of 21.4 million residents. This incudes 65% of children and 57 % of women.  From 1979 to 2012 the income of the top 1 % grew by 190 percent, while the income of the bottom 99% decreased by 6 %. Meanwhile the richest 1 % of California residents are expected to receive 14% of the new federal tax law. Their average tax cut in 2027 is expected to be $14,170, while the poorest 20% are expected to pay $270 per year more.
Danny Glover

"Though we have a reputation as being ’liberal’ in California, the four pillars of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, and the war economy are rampant in our state and are ‘hidden in plain sight.’ With the 1% prospering in their unregulated wealth, California has the highest poverty rate when housing is factored in. We must shine a bright light on the oppression and interlocking injustices which poor, impacted communities must face everyday regarding local to statewide issues, including but not limited to: immigration and ICE, racist police violence, homelessness, evictions, inequity in education, the school-to-prison pipeline, gentrification, rising cost of living, low wages, and the continuous commodification of Mother Earth causing ecocide in poor communities, all of which could be eliminated in California if our state's leaders and legislators would create policies that had human rights and non-partisan morality at their core." - Kait Ziegler, Co-Chair of California Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
Advocates for the poor marched around the Capitol and briefly occupied a street intersection to demand attention to the issues of poverty. 
Protests and other activities during this first week will focus on child poverty, women in poverty and people with disabilities. Subsequent weeks will focus on systemic racism, veterans and the war economy, ecological devastation, inequality, and our nation’s distorted moral narrative.

Across the nation :

The plan is to have simultaneous "waves" of action across the country calling attention to the "enmeshed evils," including systemic racism and America's war economy that organizers say are contributing to so many living in poverty, the majority of whom are white.
According to the U.S. Census, there are nearly 41 million people living in poverty, though Barber believes that number is off.
He points to research by the Institute for Policy Studies, which estimates 140 million Americans are living in poverty when items beyond income are considered, including out of pocket costs for food, clothing, and utilities.
"It's just constant juggling, figuring out what bill to pay and what not," says Terrence Wise, a fast food worker for 20 years.
He lives in Kansas City but is making the trip to Missouri's capital, Jefferson City, to protest.
As a shift manager at McDonald's, he makes $10.25 an hour. His fiancé is a home healthcare worker who makes $12 an hour. Wise says it is difficult to make ends meet while raising their three teenage daughters.
"And it's really dangerous when we are skipping meals or having to buy less food. Now you are not only struggling financially, you're possibly affecting the health of your family and your children."
Wise is a leading voice in the push to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
He hopes that the new Poor People's campaign helps make Americans more mindful of the struggles low-income people go through.
"I'm hoping it shakes America's conscience — that it makes many more aware," Wise says. "The goal is to bring more and more Americans into the movement and help make things better on all levels for everyone."

At the conclusion of the 40 days, on June 23, poor people, clergy and advocates from California and coast to coast will join together for a mass mobilization at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. They’ll then return to their states to continue building the campaign, which is a multi-year effort.