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After raising hopes of new progressive policies during the election, our newly elected Governor now claims to be a fiscal moderate. Gavin Newsom now says, “All of this will be whittled down and we will live within our means.” What does he mean?
The “this” he refers to is more preschool opportunity for poor kids and more money for education in general. “This” also means more health care for those left out of the current inadequate US healthcare system. Those are just some of the things he wants to whittle down.
And just what does Newsom mean when he says “our means?” Our means are the financial limitations imposed on California by all the tax loopholes for the rich and all the corporate giveaways that promise jobs and a better economy, yet never live up to their promises.
What we really need is not to be whittled down, but to expand our means by eliminating all those loopholes and all the corporate welfare. And especially the real estate tax loophole that allows large corporations to receive Prop. 13 tax breaks forever while private homes lose their Prop. 13 status when they change hands, which corporations never do. Then “living within our means” can mean a better life for all Californians.
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.
The election is over and workers lost. Not that there was any chance of winning, with the whole election system rigged against any serious challenge to the existing order. No statewide candidate challenged the military-industrial complex, or talked of reining in Wall Street, or spoke up for people fleeing repressive regimes in their own countries, or seriously addressed global warming.
We lost the election because except for a few Green Party or independent candidates running in local elections, no candidates truly represented working folks and our needs and desires. Where progressives ran as Democrats, they often found that big money and their own party campaigned against them.
Big money was able to defeat the few Statewide propositions that would have clearly benefited working class people. A few big operations that run dialysis clinics beat Proposition 8, thus safeguarding their profits; the big realtors beat Proposition 10, thus protecting them against strong rent control, and the ambulance companies won on Proposition 11, enabling them to deprive workers of their constitutionally protected breaks.
The Peace and Freedom Party of California endorses efforts by Veterans For Peace, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Roots Action, and others to return Veterans Day to its original name of Armistice Day.
Through 2018, Peace and Freedom Party members, supporters and voters have been getting out the word on Prop 10 right up to Election Day 2018. On Sunday, the PFP joined those for Prop 10 to rally in Oakland and spread the message Vote Yes on 10.
From the Peace and Freedom Party 2018 Workers Voter Guide on Prop 10: Rent control was blocked at the state level by the Costa-Hawkins Bill back in 1995, and rents have skyrocketed since then. This initiative would again allow cities and counties to use rent control to keep housing prices down and help keep working people from being priced out of cities as presently happens.
Vote Yes on Prop 10 in Election 2018. The rent *is* too damn high, after all...
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.
“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 PFP’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.
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