Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Trump's Immigration Speech. 8/31/2016

Major points

No change in policy directions he has advocated this year.
Calls current policy and “open door” policy. Which it is not.
Claims undocumented are treated better than U.S. vets. They are not.
Accuses Obama and Clinton of, surrendering the safety of U.S. citizens to an open borders policy.  Which is false.
Calls Hillary Clinton’s immigration plan amnesty.  Which it is not.
Claims that Mexico will pay for the Wall.  Mexico’s President denies this.
Would form a new task force in ICE to speed up deportations.

Would end DACA and DAPA.  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

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Peña Nieto a Trump - Mexicans deserve respect !

Enrique Peña Nieto a Trump.

Mexicans deserve respect.  Mexicans residing in the U.S. deserve respect.
See the speech here.

Enrique Peña Nieto sobre Donald Trump: "Mi prioridad es proteger a los mexicanos donde quiera que se encuentren"

Monday, August 29, 2016

Assembly Votes for Farm Worker Overtime - Local Assembly men vote No

Now, it  is up to Governor Brown.

The California Assembly on Monday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a hard-fought and historic expansion of overtime rules for farmworkers, but it remains uncertain whether the Democratic governor will sign off.
A nearly identical bill fell three votes short of passage on the Assembly floor in May, with 15 Democrats voting against the measure or declining to vote. But on Monday, an amended version of the measure, now contained in Assembly Bill 1066, passed on a 44-32 vote. 
Agricultural workers already receive some overtime pay under California law thanks to a 2002 state directive that entitles them to extra wages if they more than 10 hours in a day or more than 60 hours in a week. AB 1066 would expand that to bring it more in line with other industries, offering time-and-a-half pay for working over eight hours in a day or 40 in a week and double pay for working more than 12 hours a day. The pay boosts would kick in incrementally over four years and the governor could suspend them for a year if the economy falters.
Business groups quickly condemned the vote. “We are deeply concerned with the passage of AB 1066 today and the devastating impacts this bill will have on our small, independent farmers and the workers they employ,” said Tom Scott, state executive director of the National Federation of Independent Business. “This mandate does not consider the thousands of agricultural workers who will lose their jobs and the billions of dollars in lost crop production resulting from these new overtime regulations.”

In the final vote, local Assembly men Ken Cooley,  District 8;  and Jim Cooper , District 9 ( Elk Grove) voted No.  They voted against the farm workers.  We should remember them in the next election.
For a detailed description of changing Latino power in California see

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Solidarity with Native Nations- Oppose the Pipeline on Dakota territory

Aug. 19, 2016.  Standing Rock 
PLEASE SIGN ON ASAP - sign on by Saturday 5 pm - please also forward this to others for sign on!

TO SIGN ON please send your name, organization, title, and city/town to  

To: President Barack Obama
Governor Jack Dalrymple
US Army Corps of Engineers

We the undersigned environmental justice, social justice and indigenous organizations stand in solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples and Native Nations peacefully defending sacred cultural resources, land and water from the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline that would carry fracked oil from the Bakken oil fields.

We fully support the thousands of Indigenous Peoples who are taking action to peacefully block construction of the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline in North Dakota that would run under the Missouri River and destroy sacred cultural resources.  Families with children, women and elders of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, other Native Nations and allies are armed with banners, song and prayers and are camped along the Missouri and Cannonball rivers. They remain undaunted in their vigilance to protect and defend the sacredness of water, burial and significant cultural sites, and sensitive wildlife habitat in immediate danger from the pipeline being built by Dakota Access LLC/Energy Transfer Partners.  

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Assemblyman Ken Cooley - Vote for Farm worker justice

The Assembly did not vote on the bill on Thursday.

an editorial in the Sacramento Bee
By Marcos Breton

This is the week that California’s progressive values will be put to the test. Are these values genuine? Or do they exclude the state’s most vulnerable workers because legislators typically eager to support labor causes will deny laborers who are poor and of Mexican origin?

That’s where we are in California. It’s 2016, and we’re still arguing about granting the basic right of overtime pay for agricultural workers who labor beyond an eight-hour workday.

A watered-down version of the bill, AB 1066, loaded with concessions, barely squeezed through the state Senate on Monday and is headed to a critical vote Thursday in the Assembly. That’s the same body that shot down the original bill in May.

The bill, by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, a San Diego Democrat, would extend to farmworkers the same overtime rights as every other hourly wage group in California. That means getting paid time and a half for every hour they work over eight in a day or 40 in a week. Working more than 12 hours a day would mean double pay.

So Thursday is a judgment day of sorts in California. How progressive are we really? How much longer will the bluest of states perpetuate an injustice rooted in a shameful past?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Trump's Border Wall is Already (mostly) in Place

Todd Miller
August 23, 2016

Although wall construction began during Bill Clinton’s administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) built most of the approximately 700 miles of fencing after the Secure Fence Act of 2006 was passed. The 2006 wall-building project was expected to be so environmentally destructive that homeland security chief Michael Chertoff waived 37 environmental and cultural laws in the name of national security.

Migrants walk toward the U.S.-Mexico border wall on the outskirts of Nogales, Mexico, Tuesday, April 1, 2008., ,

At the federal courthouse, Ignacio Sarabia asks the magistrate judge, Jacqueline Rateau, if he can explain why he crossed the international boundary between the two countries without authorization. He has already pleaded guilty to the federal misdemeanor commonly known as “illegal entry” and is about to receive a prison sentence. On either side of him are eight men in the same predicament, all still sunburned, all in the same ripped, soiled clothes they were wearing when arrested in the Arizona desert by agents of the U.S. Border Patrol.

Once again, the zero tolerance border enforcement program known as Operation Streamline has unfolded just as it always does here in Tucson, Arizona. Close to 60 people have already approached the judge in groups of seven or eight, their heads bowed submissively, their bodies weighed down by shackles and chains around wrists, waists, and ankles. The judge has handed out the requisite prison sentences in quick succession -- 180 days, 60 days, 90 days, 30 days.

On and on it goes, day-in, day-out. Like so many meals served in fast-food restaurants, 750,000 prison sentences of this sort have been handed down since Operation Streamline was launched in 2005. This mass prosecution of undocumented border crossers has become so much the norm that one report concluded it is now a “driving force in mass incarceration” in the United States. Yet it is but a single program among many overseen by the massive U.S. border enforcement and incarceration regime that has developed during the last two decades, particularly in the post-9/11 era.

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Farm Workers Deserve Labor Protections- Overtime pay

TAKE ACTION: Farm worker overtime bill JUST passed CA Senate.  Bill before the California Assembly.  Call Assemblyman Ken Cooley. (D)  916- 319- 2008.  Tell him to support workers rights.

“As farm workers, we work during the hot summers and the cold winters. I believe that we deserve the 8 hour day like any other American worker has."

-Daniel Navarrette,
Strawberry Worker

Breaking news. The new farm worker overtime bill just was voted on in the CA senate and passed 21-14! It next moves on to the full Assembly floor for a final vote that has to happen before August 31. Can you help us pass this legislation by sending your email today to your CA Assembly person and ask them to support this vital bill?

The bill must be voted on before the legislative session ends on or before August 31 or CA farm workers will continue to be excluded from overtime laws enjoyed by most American workers.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Donald Trump Posts first Anti Mexican ad- Remember Pete Wilson

Donald Trump met with his Hispanic advisory council, and then began his national ad campaign with a deceitful assault on Mexican immigrants.

We should recognize how dangerous such ads are. In November of 1994  Pete Wilson won re-election with over 56% of the vote based in large part on a similar  mean-spirited, divisive, and racist campaign directed against Mexican and Mexican Americans  in Proposition 187.  We need to recognize the potential advantage of racist scapegoating in winning elections.

The purpose of Trump’s intolerant bombasts are not to develop a policy -- it is to capture and exploit the anxiety and emotion of a particular sub-set of voters: xenophobic Republicans and the hard Tea Party Right.

Anti-immigrant campaigns such as that promoted by Trump  and the Republican Party  have effects and must be opposed.  Currently, Trump  is  repeating and amplifying  inaccurate, oppressive, and highly charged stereotypes about race and immigration in the U.S.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Mexico's Teachers Union Stand Up to Bullets and the Government

by David Bacon
Equal Times, August 2, 2016

Teachers from Zimatlan, a town in the central valley region of Oaxaca, march in Mexico City to protest the federal government's corporate education reform program. The teachers belong to Sección 22, Oaxaca's teachers union. The march was organised by the National Coordination of Education Workers (CNTE), and brought teachers from all over Mexico to the capital to protest.

On Sunday, 19 June, demonstrators blocked a highway - a common form of protest in Mexico's southern state of Oaxaca - after the federal government arrested leaders of the state's teachers union. Heavily armed police then fired on teachers, students, parents and supporters. Nine people were killed, and many more were wounded.

Nochixtlán, the town where the massacre took place, has since become a symbol of the resistance of Mexican teachers to corporate education reform. In the United States educators quickly responded to support their embattled Mexican colleagues, condemning the attacks and calling for the release of the imprisoned unionists.

These events were set into motion a week earlier, when Rubén Núñez - head of Oaxaca's Sección 22 of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE) and a national leader of the National Coordination of Education Workers (CNTE or Coordinadora, a group within the SNTE organized in the late 1970s) - was arrested as he left a meeting in Mexico City. He was then flown a thousand miles north to Hermosillo, Sonora, to a high-security federal lockup.

Friday, August 12, 2016



Farmworker Overtime Bill Heads to Another Vote

By David Bacon
Capital and Main, August 11, 2016

A farm worker harvests romaine lettuce near Mecca, in the Coachella Valley, where the temperature this summer reached 115 degrees. Workers cutting lettuce in this crew are paid by the piecerate, and work so fast they are almost running through the field, bent over double all day.

The fight for farm worker overtime is going down to the wire in California's current legislative session, which will adjourn at the end of August. And as Assembly Bill 1066, which would require it, moves through the legislature, Jewish and African American organizations have made a commitment to win the votes it needs for passage.

A bill that would have phased in overtime pay for farm workers, Assembly Bill 2757, passed the State Senate earlier this year, but then failed to pass the State Assembly in a vote on June 2. Since then a new bill, AB 1066, has progressed through the Senate's Appropriations Committee, and may be sent to the Assembly within days.

The bill would then need to pick up the four votes by which AB 2757 failed in June. They will have to come from either the eight Democrats who voted "no" or the six who failed to vote at all.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Trump's authoritarian movement

As an organization primarily oriented towards social movement building, DSA does not normally endorse presidential candidates. We decided to encourage Bernie Sanders to run for President — and then proudly participated in his movement — because he offered a political program that genuinely advances the democratic socialist vision. Hillary Clinton’s politics are quite different, and therefore DSA will not offer her our endorsement.
Nonetheless, DSA recognizes that a Trump “law and order” authoritarian administration would threaten the most elemental rights of immigrants, people of color, Muslims, women, workers and the LGBTQ community – as well as bring greater repression of left movements such as #Black Lives Matter. Even bracketing the many other actions he could take through Executive Branch agencies or in league with a Republican-controlled Congress, Trump’s capacity to appoint at least two new Supreme Court justices alone would spell disaster for many of these communities. Further,  having witnessed the radical rolling back of voting, labor, reproductive and immigrant rights brought about by Republican control of all three branches of government in 25 states – including Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio – we have a clear picture of just how devastating GOP control of all three branches of the federal government would be.  While we also vehemently oppose the pro-corporate, imperialist policies of neoliberal Democrats like Hillary Clinton, we recognize that defeating the authoritarian Donald Trump is a crucial step toward building both a strong opposition to neoliberal democrats as well as a powerful democratic socialist movement.
Dump Trump in Contested States, Down-Ballot Races and Multiracial Social Movement Work in Safe States

As a result, many DSA chapters, particularly in swing states, will work within what we believe will be a growing independent “Dump Trump” movement. Through this work, which will consist largely of registering voters in black and Latino communities, fighting voter suppression and attending/organizing anti-Trump rallies, DSA and other radicals can increase the likelihood of a Trump defeat without working with the official Clinton campaign. While many DSA chapters in swing states will be focusing on Dump Trump work, many of our chapters in non-contested states will focus on down-ballot races that feature Bernie Democrats, as well as explicitly socialist candidates both within and outside of the Democratic Party.

Monday, August 08, 2016

UFW Seeks Help on Overtime Bill

Tell Assemblyman Cooley. We are waiting.
One month left to pass CA farm worker overtime in 2016

We have just started the critical month for farm worker overtime. Either farm worker overtime will pass in August before the legislative session ends on/before August 31st or that’s it for 2016. Can you help us make this happen?

Today is August 1 and California legislators have just come back from recess and are in their Sacramento offices. Our overtime bill, AB 1066, is in the CA Senate, where it will be heard next by the Senate Appropriations Committee. After that it goes to the full Senate floor and then over to the Assembly floor. The bill must be voted on before the legislative session ends on or before August 31 or CA farm workers -- who perform some of the most physically-demanding jobs -- will continue to be excluded from overtime laws enjoyed by most American workers.

The UFW is determined to change this. Despite the California State Assembly’s failure to pass legislation in June, we will do everything in our power to give the Assembly another chance to right this wrong in August. In June, the bill received a 38-35 vote, three short of the needed 41-vote majority. Fourteen Democrats sided with the Republicans, including six who chose not to vote at all -- when they knew their vote was needed.