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As part of actions in 90 countries, a Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice March was held in San Francisco on September 9. According to Democracy Now, who provided some nice coverage of the San Francisco event, “up to 30,000 people took part in the Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice march. It is believed to be the largest climate march ever on the West Coast.”
(Please do check out the Democracy Now coverage of the march; such popular actions are rarely reported in mainstream media sources with any depth, if at all.)
The march was a preemptive action in advance of the Global Climate Action Summit, which began on Wednesday the 12th and is hosted by California Gov. Jerry Brown.
Having endorsed the action earlier in the year, Peace and Freedom Party members were naturally on-hand. Below are pictured (L to R) PFP State Central Committee members Dave Campbell and Tom Lacey at the event. (Photograph by Nguyen Che.)
The buzz is that “we” have to “take back” the House and Senate in the November midterm elections. Legendary bluesman Muddy Waters said it best: “you can’t lose what you ain’t never had.” What the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is really telling us to do is to give them Congress, which is a whole other story.
“We” Never Had Congress
Trump has an abysmal 38% approval rating. The Democratic Party in the same independent national poll is even deeper in the abyss with only a 31% approval rating … for at least a dozen reasons:
1.The Democratic Party is consistently far to the right of its constituents. While nearly 75% of Democrats support single-payer health care, President Obama and the Democratic Congressional members didn’t even allow single-payer to get before Congress. Single-payer was rendered “off the table.”
On October 20-21, thousands will gather in Washington D.C. to participate in the Women’s March on the Pentagon. At the request of the event’s organizers, we are pleased to state that the Peace and Freedom Party officially endorses the Women’s March on the Pentagon.
The PFP is proud to note that the Women’s March steering committee is chaired by our own State Central Committee member Cindy Sheehan; our 2016 presidential nominee and 2018 gubernatorial nominee Gloria La Riva is on the board of organizers as well.
The dates for the demonstration were chosen to commemorate the original Women’s March on the Pentagon, which in 1967 drew some 50,000 participants. In 2018, the event is designed explicitly to “Confront the Bipartisan War Machine” of America in peaceful resistance to “the continuing march of military aggression by the USA.” Event organizers also seek to revive the concept of an antiwar agenda for activists in this country going forward.
“Stop Prison Slavery” was just one of the demands of a group of Sacramento activists, including many Peace & Freedom Party members, at a recent rally and press conference held outside the federal building in downtown Sacramento. One of the main demands was to stop the use of incarcerated people as cheap labor.
John Reiger (pictured in top image below), State Chair of the Peace & Freedom Party, reminded the public and the press of the PPF’s longstanding support for prison reform measures. He not only talked about the need for comprehensive prison reforms, but also an end to solitary confinement, an end to the death penalty, no more life-without-parole sentences, and the need to shift resources from prisons to programs to help people who might be in danger of ending up in prison.
Other prison strike supporters from the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), labor, prison reform groups, and ex-prisoners stressed the need to change the racist, expensive, exploitative American criminal justice system.
The signatures have been verified. An initiative whose working title is “The Affordable Housing Act” will be on the November 5, 2018, ballot in California. This measure would repeal the 1995 state legislation which limits local governments’ power to enact and exercise strong rent control.
(image courtesy TenantsTogether.org)
On Monday, August 28, dozens of activists demonstrated at the state capitol in favor of Assembly Bill 931. AB 931 is a response to all the police shootings of unarmed citizens. It would “require peace officers to attempt to control an incident by using time, distance, communications, and available resources in an effort to de-escalate a situation.”
Many Peace & Freedom Party members were among the demonstrators who marched around the Capitol with a casket representing the 172 people killed in recent police shootings. Another group of activists, including Peace & Freedom Party members, went into the Capitol to lobby legislators to support AB 931.
The action was enough to earn a front-page photo in the print edition of Tuesday's Sacramento Bee print edition. Click the link for the Bee’s video coverage, engaging titled “Why these men were dragging a casket around the Capitol.”
The Peace and Freedom Party has taken positions for or against a number of bills in the 2017-2018 session of the California legislature. This article lists our current positions with links to relevant documents.
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