a retro poster of nader and gonzalezRalph Nader has been selected as California's Peace and Freedom Party presidential candidate for 2008. Ralph Nader is a nationally renowned consumer rights activist whose efforts have helped create important regulatory agencies and the passage of several major laws including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Safe Drinking Water Act and the Freedom of Information Act of 1974.

Nader's running mate, Matt Gonzalez, is former San Francisco Board of Supervisors president who was narrowly defeated for mayor in 2003 after being outspent 10-1. Both nominees agree with the fundamentals of the P & F platform and bring with them a strong combination of experience, credibility, and legislative accomplishment.

Proposition 1A
Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century
NO POSITION - We support high speed rail but are opposed to financing it by bonds.
Position adopted by the State Central Committee on August 3, 2008.

Proposition 2 - SUPPORT - Vote YES
Treatment of Farm Animals. Statute.
Position adopted by the State Central Committee on August 2, 2008.


Proposition 3 - OPPOSE - Vote NO

Children's Hospital Bond Act. Grant Program. Statute.
While this is a worthy cause, it is financed by borrowing money which future generations will have to pay off (with interest).  In addition, private medical care corporate involvement means that as little as 25% of the money would actually go to the promised programs.
Position adopted by the State Central Committee on August 3, 2008.

 

Proposition 4 - OPPOSE - Vote NO
Waiting Period and Parental Notification Before Termination of Minor's Pregnancy. Constitutional Amendment.
OPPOSE
Position adopted by the State Central Committee on August 2, 2008.

Proposition 5 - SUPPORT - Vote YES
Nonviolent Offenders. Sentencing, Parole and Rehabilitation. Statute.
Position adopted by the State Central Committee on August 2, 2008.

Proposition 6 - OPPOSE - Vote NO
"Runner Initiative" Criminal Penalties and Laws. Public Safety Funding. Statute.
Position adopted by the State Central Committee on August 2, 2008.

Proposition 7 - OPPOSE - Vote NO
Renewable Energy. Statute.
Position adopted by the State Central Committee on August 2, 2008.

Proposition 8 - OPPOSE - Vote NO
Limit on Marriage (to ban gay marriage). Constitutional Amendment
Position adopted by the State Central Committee on August 2, 2008.

Proposition 9 - OPPOSE - Vote NO
Criminal Justice System. Victims' Rights. Parole. Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Position adopted by the State Central Committee on August 3, 2008.

Proposition 10 - OPPOSE - Vote NO
Bonds. Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Renewable Energy. Statute.
Position adopted by the State Central Committee on August 3, 2008.

Proposition 11 - OPPOSE - Vote NO
Redistricting. Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Position adopted by the State Central Committee on August 3, 2008.

Proposition 12
Veterans' Bond Act of 2008
NO POSITION
Position adopted by the State Central Committee on August 3, 2008.

photo of Cindy Sheehan After her son; Casey, was killed in Iraq , Cindy Sheehan began a tireless campaign against both the war and the Bush administration. Disillusioned by the corporate, pro-war policies of the Democratic Party, Sheehan is running as an independent for Congress in San Francisco 's 8th District against the Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi.

The Peace and Freedom Party proudly endorses Cindy Sheehan's campaign.
Just when many people thought the threat of being sprayed with pesticides to eradicate the Light Brown Apple Moth was over because of two court decisions, we learn that the eradication program will continue.

1. Millions of sterile moths will be released over our neighborhoods beginning in 2009.

2. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) still plans to aerially spray “forested” and “agricultural” areas with a pheromone-based pesticide, but has not said where those areas are or what specific product they will be using.

3. Quarantines remain in place that threaten the livelihood of farmers and growers.

4. All from-the-ground pesticide applications will go on as planned - which include the widespread use of a dangerous pesticide called Permethrin and the mobile fogging of neighborhoods with Btk and Spinosad, two products that are used in organic agriculture, but are not appropriate for residential/urban settings.

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Dina Padilla speaking at Workers Memorial Day in Sacramento, CA on April 28, 2007
Dina Padilla, the Peace and Freedom Party candidate for Congress in California Congressional District 3, has been sued along with Downey injured workers and Kaiserpapers.org website developer Vicki Travis by the Downey brownfield toxic site developer Stuart Lichter. Candidate Padilla has made a large part of her campaign the issue of cost shifting of injured workers' healthcare costs by self-insured employers and the insurance industry. Lichter who formerly worked for the Federal GSA has allegedly been developing highly toxic sites without properly cleaning them up. As a result, workers at the Downey site in Southern California have become sick from fungus and other toxic material. Following the suit, a hacker attack was also made on the www.kaiserpapers.org website which blocked much of the material and temporarily shut down Dina Padilla's campaign site as well.

Peace and Freedom Party condemns 'brutal' attack

A volunteer with the Ralph Nader for President campaign — and an official of the Peace and Freedom Party California State Central Committee — was beaten by police and hospitalized at the Republican National Convention here in what party leaders condemned as a "brutal assault on Barry Burgess and our liberties."

Burgess, elected to the Peace and Freedom Party Contra Costa County Central Committee and state committee in June, was attacked distributing literature for the Ralph Nader for President campaign, according to Kevin Akin, California State Chair, Peace and Freedom Party. Akin's statement follows:

photo of Gloria La Riva being handcuffed Peace and Freedom Party member Gloria La Riva was arrested on September 12, 2008 in an action that received significant media attention.

On the 10th anniversary of the unjust imprisonment of the Cuban Five political prisoners, five people were arrested in a civil disobedience action, trying to present 102,000 signatures on petitions that call on President Bush to free the Five.
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by Dan Bacher

photo of peter camejo Peter Camejo, Green Party gubernatorial and vice-presidential candidate and longtime progressive political activist, passed away this morning in Folsom, California at the age of 69 after a long battle with cancer.

"It is with great sadness and regret that I have to inform you that Peter Camejo died this morning," according to a statement this morning from The Camejo Family. "Peter decided that he would be more comfortable at home, and the doctors agreed. Arrangements were made, and ultimately Peter returned home yesterday. Peter's health had declined rapidly over the last two days due to the aggressiveness of his cancer and the strength of the drugs used to combat his disease. His wife was at his side when he passed peacefully this morning."

Peter is survived by his wife Morella, his daughter Alexandra, his son Victor, three brothers Antonio, Daniel, and Danny, and three grandchildren Andrew, Daniel and Oliver.

"Arrangements and memorial services will be announced at a later date. As a courtesy, the family requests that there be no calls at this time," the statement concluded.

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