Donald Trump has just taken one giant step away from peace and toward reviving the arms race with the Russians. He is blaming the Russians for his decision to pull out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) that was signed by President Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. But even if the Russians haven’t abided by the terms of the treaty, as he claims, there is no good reason for the U.S. to end the treaty. We should stick by our desire for peace and not engage in an arms race, an arms race that will be costly and add nothing to our military defense.
The President’s threat to close our southern border is not only heartless and draconian, it’s exactly the kind of action that has lead to so many undocumented people living in the U.S.
Before 9/11, and before all this racist hysteria about our porous borders, many, many migrant laborers easily crossed the border each year to work seasonal jobs in the United States. And when those jobs were over, they returned to their families and their homes south of the border. When the border became harder to commute across, many migrant workers found it much more difficult to come north for those jobs. Some gave up, but many chose to just stay here. They became undocumented. Families, if they couldn’t get across the border, were split up. Tightening up the border may have kept some people out, but it also kept many people in.
No citizenship requirement for driver’s licenses also meant that we had licensed, knowledgeable drivers on the road. There are no good reasons to require proof of citizenship in order to get a drivers license. Passing the tests should be enough.
Let’s welcome immigrants, let them become full citizens, and join with them to fight for our common interests: productive jobs, a clean environment, peace, and an America that lives up to the promise engraved on the Statue of Liberty.
For the last 55 years, America has celebrated “Veterans Day.” But Veterans Day is nor really Veterans Day. It was, until 1954, “Armistice Day,” a day to celebrate the ceasefire, and eventual peace, of World War I. “Armistice Day” was proclaimed by Congress in 1928 to be “a day dedicated to the cause of world peace” and to “perpetuate peace through goodwill and understanding.”
On June 1, 1954, Congress changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day. A day to celebrate the soldiers, not peace. This was during the McCarthy era and a time of strident patriotism (just like today). Now we honor “heroes” – celebrate our military strength – shower praise on soldiers and veterans, and get great sales deals at the mall. All of this turns the original meaning of the day upside down. This needs to change.
Bring back ARMISTICE DAY!
The C.T. Weber for California Secretary of State campaign has garnered the endorsements of the following individuals. Please note that any titles listed alongside individual name are for identification purposes and do not imply endorsement by the organization.
We endorse C.T. Weber for California Secretary of State in the June 5, 2018 statewide primary election:
• Peace and Freedom Party of California, State Central Committee
• La Original Hermandad Mexicana
• Party for Socialism and Liberation
• Socialist Organizer
• Kevin Akin, Riverside, candidate for State Treasurer
• Richard Becker, San Francisco, Western Regional Coordinator, ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism) Coalition
• Sherry Borg, Peace and Freedom Party
• Nan Brasmer, President, California Alliance for Retired Americans
• Joy Carey, Sacramento
• Christopher Carlson, Antelope, Puppeteer, Self
• Kevin Carter, Sacramento, Organizer, Poor People’s Campaign
• David Cary, Belmont, Board Member, Californians for Electoral Reform
• Stevante Clark, Sacramento, Brother of Stephon Clark who was killed by Sacramento police officers
• Woodrow Coleman, Long Beach, Grey Panthers and California Alliance for Retired Americans
• Marsha Feinland, Berkeley, Former Commissioner, City of Berkeley, Rent Stabilization Board
• Mary Lou Finley, San Diego, candidate for State Controller
• Gerald Allen Frink, Sacramento
• Brian Gorman, Sacramento, member Legislative Committee, California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA)
• Roger Harris, Corte Madera, writer
• Maryanne Henke, Sacramento, Vice President, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Capital Chapter
• Berta Hernandez, San Francisco, Community Health Educator, Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Inc.
• Federico Hernandez, San Francisco
• Vi P Huynh, San Francisco
• Randy Hicks, Sacramento, Organizer, Green Party
• Cheriel Jensen, Saratoga
• Dave Kadlecek, Santa Clara, Former member Santa Clara County Citizens Advisory Commission on Elections
• Faye Wilson Kennedy, Sacramento, Sacramento Area Black Caucus
• Peter Klein, Sacramento
• Don Knutson, Sacramento
• Gloria La Riva, San Francisco, candidate for Governor
• Raymond Lee, Sacramento, Nor CAL Resist
• Paul Leuenberger, Sacramento, member Veterans for Peace
• Gordon Miller, Walnut Creek, Legislative Committee, California Alliance for Retired Americans
• Marilyn Naparst, Berkeley
• Rev. Ashiya Odeye, Sacramento, Director, Order of Olufunmi
• Carl Pinkston, Sacramento, African Research Institute
• Debra Reiger, Sacramento, Vice Chair, Peace and Freedom Party of California State Central Committee
• John Reiger, Sacramento, President, Veterans for Peace, Chapter 87
• Michael Rice, Sacramento, Dentist
• Sarah Richey, Sacramento
• Ibyang Rivera, Rancho Cordova, Engineering Associate
• Harvey Robinson, Sacramento, Past President, Retired Public Employees Association
• Philippe Lawrence Sawyer, Sacramento
• Ellen Schwartz, Sacramento, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
• Alice Stek, Venice, University of Southern California School of Medicine
• Larry Sullivan, Area Director IX, Retired Public Employees Association
• Jeff Tardaguila, Sacramento, Communications, Dog Fite
• Paul Trudeau, Sacramento, Small business owner
• James Vann, Oakland, Chair, Peace and Freedom Party of California Founding Convention in Richmond
• Edwina White, Sacramento
• Nickolas Wildstar
• David H Williams, San Francisco
• Stan Woods, Oakland, Former Executive Committee Member, ILWU #6
• Sheryl Zazzi, Sacramento
The next meeting of the Peace and Freedom Party State Central Committee will be held in San Francisco, this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11. on November 11-12, 2017. For the agenda, please see below or click here to download a PDF document.