Jan 06

January 9th – TAKE ACTION – Phone Tree Against Denial

On Monday January 9th, people in all 50 states will send a message to every US Senator: reject Donald Trump’s reckless climate-denying cabinet nominees.

The Day Against Denial will fight back against some of Trump’s most dangerous cabinet picks: – Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon, for Secretary of State – Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator – Ex-Gov. Rick Perry for Secretary of Energy – Rep. Ryan Zinke for Department of Interior.  The climate is changing, and anyone who denies it shouldn’t be in the White House cabinet.

It’s up to the Senate to confirm or stop these nominations — and up to us to tell our Senators to fight Trump’s Climate Denial Cabinet. That starts with calling out our Senators to do the right thing and reject the nominations, and having conversation with the Senator’s staff to pass along the message that we, as constituents and voters, do not accept Trump’s dangerous nominations.

In the Auburn area, let’s start a phone tree Monday January 9th to call our Senator then call 5 friends, asking them to call their Senator and then ask your friend to call 5 others and ask them to call their Senator and 5 others.  In that way we will grow the phone tree exponentially and flood our Senators’ offices with calls.

Our new Senator, Kamala Harris, is supportive of climate change, but she needs to know we will have her back if she fights these nominations.  Her Washington, D.C. office number is (202) 224-3553.

So call Kamala Monday and tell her to block these nominees, then call 5 friends and ask them to call Kamala and call 5 friends…and so on…and on…


350 Sacramento

Jan 02

Saturday January 21st March on Sacramento

Solidarity March on Sacramento Join the March on Sacramento Saturday January 21st, in solidarity with the March on Washington D.C.

As many of you know, Hillary supporters who were going to her Inaugural have shifted to a March on Washington D.C. Saturday January 21st to show their protest to the Trump Administration. In solidarity with that event, everywhere in America local Marches have been set up to express their protests of Trump as well. While this started as a women’s and progressive movement, it has expanded to include anyone (men and conservatives) who say “Love trumps hate!”

Locally there is a MARCH ON SACRAMENTO, Saturday January 21st from 10 am to 2 pm. It will start at the Southside Park at U and 8th Streets and march on the Capital, about 15 blocks away. JOIN US! If you can join us, here’s some information to help you express your protest to the Trump administration that day:

PROTEST SIGN MAKING PARTY – We have reserved the Placer County Library’s Beecher Room (at 350 Nevada Street, Auburn) from 1 to 4 pm on Monday January 16th for a Sign Making Party. Join your fellow protesters and make your signs together. Bring your own sign materials and have some fun!

Getting there – Two Placer County buses have already filled up, and we don’t recommend you drive there on your own as parking will be horrible to find.

Light Rail is a great option if you want to travel on your own as it can take you to 8th & O Streets where the March starts. Drive down to the Light Rail station at I-80 and Watt to park. Plan your trip via the blue line to the gold line by viewing this map and linking to the schedule for both Light Rail lines: Sacramento Light Rail map & schedule

Or join the Auburn Area Carpool – we’ll meet at the Ophir Park & Ride off of I-80 (take Exit 116 to Hwy 193/Lincoln and go to the Park & Ride lot) between 8:30 and 8:45 am on Saturday, January 21st, and consolidate in the fewest, largest vehicles to drive into Sacramento. If you have an SUV and are willing to drive, please come. There is no leader of the Carpool, so just work with each other to get into as few cars as possible and get on your way! Don’t be late…by 8:45 everyone will be gone and you’ll miss the carpool.

Tips to survive the March – Dress warmly, in layers. Bring bottled water and snacks. And your protest signs. Wear comfy shoes. And, if it rains….hoods and umbrellas. Expect to spend 4 hours on your feet. Limited seating, except the ground. Rest up the day before.

Driver advice: Suggest you drop off your passengers at the Southside Park at U and 8th Street, then drive to one of the parking lots and park your car. Agree with your passengers, before you drop them off, where you will meet at 2 pm when the march ends – back at the Park? at the front of the Capitol? Or where you plan to park?

Here are some downtown Parking Lot locations. There is NO parking lot near the Southside Park, only on-street parking.
1517 11th Street (State of California lot)
1303 10th Street (City of Sacramento lot)
1010 8th Street (Standard Parking lot)
1100 J Street (Sacramento Convention Center lot)
725 7th Street (Sacramento County lot)
Firehouse Alley (Old Sac lot under the I-5 freeway)

See you there!!!!!

Dec 21

Sign Petition against 27% cuts to Social Security

Are you prepared for a 27 percent reduction in your Social Security benefits? If Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), Chairman of the House Social Security Subcommittee, has his way, that’s what 70 percent of beneficiaries would see on average under his new plan.

The newly introduced “Social Security Reform Act” that conservatives are parading around Washington attempts to camouflage the draconian nature of the plan with targeted benefit increases for low earners (26 percent of recipients). But don’t let this phony progressivism fool you.

Johnson’s bill includes an assortment of benefit cuts including raising the retirement age to 69 (equivalent to a 13.5 percent across-the-board cut), changing the benefit formula (9 percent average cut), and slashing the cost-of-living adjustment (13 percent average cut). Some long-lived beneficiaries could see cuts of up to 74 percent.

Despite Johnson’s window dressing, as many low earners will see cuts as increases.

Stand with the EPI Policy Center and our friends at Social Security Works to oppose the “Social Security Reform Act,” which cuts benefits for 70 percent of Social Security recipients.

The Johnson bill disproportionally hurts women and low-income workers who had employment gaps due to caregiving and unemployment. And it hurts those who had uneven earnings during their wage-earning years.

Johnson disingenuously claims his plan is motivated by an interest in extending Social Security’s trust fund. But he then turns around and eliminates the taxation of benefits on high earners—the very people who can afford to pay a little more.

Sign the petition today! Oppose the Johnson plan to cut Social Security benefits for 70 percent of recipients.

Together we must stop this thinly veiled attempt to destroy Social Security.

Thank you,

Monique Morrissey
Economist, EPI Policy Center

Nov 17

Michael Moore’s Plan to impeach Trump

By Grant Stern of Occupy Democrats

“For the second day in a row, the liberal filmmaker Michael Moore has published a listicle plan for activists to put into motion. What’s getting all of the attention is item #2 on the list, pursuing the impeachment of Donald Trump. It’s highly unlikely that the requisite minority of obedient House Republican tea-party members would defend the Constitution from a rampaging member of their own party. But theoretically it could happen at any time with the number of lawsuits and charges leveled against Trump across the country.

He also wants to ditch the electoral college, which at this point makes sense considering that until 1996 it had only a 5% failure rate to deliver the most voted candidate and since 2000 has failed to deliver the elected candidate to office 40% of the time.

Moore’s second list of day-after recipes for the American left to move forward isn’t strictly an anti-Trump declaration either. Beyond proposing that a swift opposition movement emerge, he also demanded a Republican-style program of obstruction to deny Supreme Court judges, reform within the Democratic National Committee and even an apology to Bernie Sanders from the party.

The most immediately doable item on the list would be a special prosecutor to investigate FBI Director James Comey’s partisan interference in this year’s election. There’s already a bi-partisan movement to terminate the FBI Director‘s employment for violating the Hatch Act. If there could be a yearlong email server investigation, surely the government does have the resources to investigate its top lawman after the Justice Department’s Office of Special Counsel rules on the Hatch Act complaints.

Moore’s wish list ended with the national and the personal. He called for major changes to our country’s voting systems for federal elections to ensure an accountable paper trail, a holiday on election day and to end the disenfranchisement of felons who have completed their sentences.

Here’s all of them:

1. Must quickly and decisively form an opposition movement, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the 1960s. I will do my part to help lead this as I’m sure many others (Bernie, Elizabeth Warren, MoveOn, the hip-hop community, DFA, etc.) will, too. The core of this opposition force will be fueled by young people who, as with Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter, don’t tolerate b.s. and are relentless in their resistance to authority. They have no interest in compromising with racists and misogynists.

2. Prepare to impeach Trump. Just as the Republicans were already planning to do with President Hillary from Day One, we must organize the apparatus that will bring charges against him when he violates his oath and breaks the law — and then we must remove him from office.

3. Must commit right now to a vigorous fight (including civil disobedience, if necessary) which will block any and all Donald Trump Supreme Court nominees who do not meet our approval. We demand the Democrats in the Senate aggressively filibuster any nominees who support Citizens United or who oppose the rights of women, immigrants and the poor. This is non-negotiable.

4. Demand the DNC apologize to Bernie Sanders for trying to fix the primaries against him, for spinning the press to ignore his historic campaign, for giving Clinton the questions in advance at the Flint debate, for its latent ageism and anti-Semism in trying to turn voters against him because of his age or religious beliefs, and for its anti-democracy system of “superdelegates” who are elected by no one. We all know now had Bernie been given a fair shot, he probably would have been the nominee and he — as the true outsider and “change” candidate –would have inspired and fired up the base and soundly defeated Donald Trump. If no apology is soon forthcoming from the DNC, that’s ok — when we take over the Democratic Party (see yesterday’s To-Do List, #1), we will issue the apology in person.

5. Demand that President Obama establish a Special Prosecutor to investigate who and what was behind FBI Director James Comey’s illegal interference into the Presidential election 11 days before the vote was held.

6. Begin a national push while it’s fresh in everyone’s mind for a constitutional amendment to fix our broken electoral system: 1. Eliminate the Electoral College — popular vote only. 2. Paper ballots only — no electronic voting. 3. Election Day must be made a holiday for all — or held on a weekend so more people vote. 4. All citizens, regardless of any run-ins with the criminal “justice” system, must have the right to vote. (In swing states like Florida and Virginia, 30-40% of all Black men are prohibited by law from voting.)

7. Convince President Obama to immediately do what he should have done a year ago: Send in the Army Corps of Engineers to Flint to dig up and replace all the poisoned pipes. NOTHING HAS CHANGED; the water in Flint is still unusable.”

Nov 17

Donald Trump’s 100 day Plan

Here Is What Donald Trump Wants To Do In His First 100 Days

November 9, 20163:45 PM ET
Amita Kelly 2016 
Barbara Sprunt 2016 

At the end of October, Donald Trump spoke in Gettysburg, Pa., and released a plan for his first 100 days in office.

The plan (below) outlines three main areas of focus: cleaning up Washington, including by imposing term limits on Congress; protecting American workers; and restoring rule of law. He also laid out his plan for working with Congress to introduce 10 pieces of legislation that would repeal Obamacare, fund the construction of a wall at the Southern border (with a provision that Mexico would reimburse the U.S.), encourage infrastructure investment, rebuild military bases, promote school choice and more.

Transcript: Donald Trump Speaks At Victory Rally
Below is the 100-day plan Trump’s campaign released in October, called “Donald Trump’s Contract With The American Voter.”

“What follows is my 100-day action plan to Make America Great Again. It is a contract between myself and the American voter — and begins with restoring honesty, accountability and change to Washington

Therefore, on the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:

* FIRST, propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress;

* SECOND, a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health);

* THIRD, a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated;

* FOURTH, a 5 year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service;

* FIFTH, a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government;

* SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.

On the same day, I will begin taking the following 7 actions to protect American workers:

* FIRST, I will announce my intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205

* SECOND, I will announce our withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

* THIRD, I will direct my Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator

* FOURTH, I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately

* FIFTH, I will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.

* SIXTH, lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward

* SEVENTH, cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure

Additionally, on the first day, I will take the following five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law:

* FIRST, cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama

* SECOND, begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States

* THIRD, cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities

* FOURTH, begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back

* FIFTH, suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.

Next, I will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration:

Middle Class Tax Relief And Simplification Act. An economic plan designed to grow the economy 4% per year and create at least 25 million new jobs through massive tax reduction and simplification, in combination with trade reform, regulatory relief, and lifting the restrictions on American energy. The largest tax reductions are for the middle class. A middle-class family with 2 children will get a 35% tax cut. The current number of brackets will be reduced from 7 to 3, and tax forms will likewise be greatly simplified. The business rate will be lowered from 35 to 15 percent, and the trillions of dollars of American corporate money overseas can now be brought back at a 10 percent rate.

End The Offshoring Act. Establishes tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate in other countries and ship their products back to the U.S. tax-free.
American Energy & Infrastructure Act. Leverages public-private partnerships, and private investments through tax incentives, to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over 10 years. It is revenue neutral.

School Choice And Education Opportunity Act. Redirects education dollars to give parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice. Ends common core, brings education supervision to local communities. It expands vocational and technical education, and make 2 and 4-year college more affordable.

Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act. Fully repeals Obamacare and replaces it with Health Savings Accounts, the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines, and lets states manage Medicaid funds. Reforms will also include cutting the red tape at the FDA: there are over 4,000 drugs awaiting approval, and we especially want to speed the approval of life-saving medications.
Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act. Allows Americans to deduct childcare and elder care from their taxes, incentivizes employers to provide on-side childcare services, and creates tax-free Dependent Care Savings Accounts for both young and elderly dependents, with matching contributions for low-income families.

End Illegal Immigration Act Fully-funds the construction of a wall on our southern border with the full understanding that the country Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall; establishes a 2-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation, and a 5-year mandatory minimum for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations; also reforms visa rules to enhance penalties for overstaying and to ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first.
Restoring Community Safety Act. Reduces surging crime, drugs and violence by creating a Task Force On Violent Crime and increasing funding for programs that train and assist local police; increases resources for federal law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to dismantle criminal gangs and put violent offenders behind bars.

Restoring National Security Act. Rebuilds our military by eliminating the defense sequester and expanding military investment; provides Veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice; protects our vital infrastructure from cyber-attack; establishes new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values.

Clean up Corruption in Washington Act. Enacts new ethics reforms to Drain the Swamp and reduce the corrupting influence of special interests on our politics.
On November 8th, Americans will be voting for this 100-day plan to restore prosperity to our economy, security to our communities, and honesty to our government.

This is my pledge to you.

And if we follow these steps, we will once more have a government of, by and for the people.”

Nov 17

California’s Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, what the repeal of “Obamacare” means to Americans

“Repeal and Replace” of the Affordable Care Act threatens more than 20 million Americans with death and despair.

Over 20 million Americans who were uninsured now have health insurance thanks to the ACA.

President-Elect Trump and Republican leaders in Congress propose to repeal the ACA. And replace it with health savings accounts which are not sufficient to enable many people to afford health insurance.

As a result, over 20 Million Americans newly insured who rely on the federal assistance in the ACA will lose their health insurance. And so at least 20 million Americans will be denied the life saving treatments and medical care they need.

Everyone already insured got a host of important consumer protections from the ACA. Like protection from being thrown off your insurance when you get sick. And banning insurers from denying health insurance to Americans with pre-existing health conditions.

So we all lose. Read my full statement here.

We won’t let this happen without a fight. But it is going to require sending a loud and clear message to Republicans in Congress and to President-Elect Trump. To learn how you can help, go to Families USA, the “leading national voice for health care consumers.”

Thank you for continuing to advocate for policies that help all Americans.


Insurance Commissioner

Jun 03

“Everybody Got Choices – VOTE!” and “Don’t Boo, VOTE!”

This election year has graphically illustrated the disenchantment Millennials and minorities have for our political process – they complain about dark money and cronyism.  However, the answer isn’t to give up on our democracy, but to demand it’s return!

President Obama has challenged us – “Don’t boo, VOTE!” – so check out the information on the flyer to left and get out and VOTE!

Need more inspiration?  Check out a song by J Ross Parrelli which is a call to action for Millennials and minorities…take a listen….and if you want more music by J Ross, go to her website (click here).


May 26

Common Cause Call to Action – Pass SB1107 for citizen funded elections

1606The Citizens United decision threw our democracy completely out of balance. It tipped the scales wildly in favor of wealthy special interests – but the people are fighting back.

In 2015, from Seattle to Illinois to Maine, voters came together and won major victories. Americans are saying they’ve had enough of big money and are standing up to fight — and WIN.

California, we’re next. Tell your state senator we need a democracy of, by, and for the people. We need to pass SB 1107!

Incredibly, in California, voters are prohibited from passing laws that restore balance to the system through citizen-funded elections. Why? Because political insiders rigged the system almost 30 years ago.

But we can work together to fix it. Senate Bill 1107 would remove the 28-year-old ban on public financing, allowing our state and local governments to amplify the voices of all Californians, not just the super-rich.

If we want things to change in California, we’re going to have to work together make it happen. Tell the Legislature to restore balance to our democracy – pass SB 1107!‎
Clean elections work – we’ve seen it. New York City’s small donor matching funds system revolutionized political giving for municipal races, engaging voters in every part of the city, not just the richest precincts. In Connecticut, 74 percent of all elected officials participate in that state’s Citizen Election Program – Republicans and Democrats alike – with wide acknowledgment that it has shifted the balance of power away from lobbyists and back to the people.

It’s time for California to cut our politicians’ dependence on special interest money. Tell the Legislature to pass Senate Bill 1107.

‎Thanks for all you do for democracy!

Gavin Baker, Open Government Program Manager
and the rest of the team at California Common Cause

Apr 13

Does your CA Representative represent you or corporations?

Here’s a handy website that provides you with information about your current representatives voting score on whether they side with policies favoring citizens or corporations.  It’s called the CourageScore.  Click HERE to check out your representatives score.  Check these scores out before the June 7th Primary election.

Ted Gaines’ (Senate District 1 – Republican) score is: 0 (F) – So, vote for Democrat Rob Rowen in SD1 June 7th!

Brian Dahle (Assembly District 1 – Republican) score is: 6 (F) – Sorry, Brian has no Democratic challenger

Frank Bigelow (Assembly District 5 – Republican) score is: 0 (F) – So, vote for either Democrat Kai Ellsworth or Robert Carabas, running against Bigelow in AD5 June 7th!

Beth Gaines’ (Assembly District 6 – Republican) score is: 0 (F) – So vote for Democrat Brian Caples in AD6 June 7th!



Jan 07

Stop Oil Trains – Take Action link from Other98

la-na-oil-train-explosions-20150313In the wake of a devastating oil train derailment and explosion in Mosier, Oregon, Washington state firefighters have once again called for an immediate moratorium on oil trains. Now, we’re calling on Western state governors to stand with them.
Join us in telling WA Governor Jay Inslee, OR Governor Kate Brown, and CA Governor Jerry Brown: Enough is enough.  No more oil trains.

The West coast is now ground zero for the fight against fossil fuels; with the ban on exporting crude oil lifted, oil companies are in a mad dash to build new infrastructure to ship their products overseas. If we can stop oil train traffic through Washington, Oregon, and California, we can put a major crimp in Big Oil’s plans.

Because of sustained pressure from people like you, Gov. Inslee has already taken some important steps toward acting: he asked Union Pacific to voluntarily stop oil train traffic through Washington until they can prove their tracks are safe. Union Pacific, of course, declined. That isn’t good enough: Western state governors need to use their combined power to demand the U.S. Department of Transportation stop oil train traffic immediately.

Add your voice: demand that Western state governors take serious action to stop oil trains.

This is not just the usual pro-climate groups talking. Oregon’s Department of Transportation, multiple Western state mayors, and the Washington State Council of Firefighters are all calling on governors to do everything they can to stop oil train traffic and reject proposals for new oil train terminals.

Firefighters are especially concerned as the Western states enter another summer wildfire season of record-breaking heat and drought. Climate chaos is already making their jobs more dangerous than ever; adding the risk of exploding oil trains is unacceptable.

The momentum is on our side. The Governors are starting to move, and we just have to keep pushing them. This is an opportunity to stand in solidarity with people on the front lines of climate chaos and start taking real steps toward ending this dangerous practice forever.

From firefighters to fishermen, the people who have the most to lose from oil trains deserve the support of the people they elected. Tell Western state governors to take immediate action to get oil trains off our train tracks.
Thanks for everything you do.

John Sellers

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