Friday, April 29, 2016

Violence Against Donald Trump Will Help Him to Win the Election

by Duane Campbell
Although well meaning, the violent protests against Trump this weekend  for his racism will help him to get elected. We know.  They served to help elect Ronald Reagan and to re-elect Governor Pete Wilson.
We need to recognize that  bold racism can win elections in California, as it did
in 1994 ( Proposition 187), 1996 ( Proposition 209) and 1998 ( Prop 227).  They even re-elected a weak, inarticulate Governor Wilson in 1994, how much more dangerous are they in 2016 with a flamboyant, energetic, pseudo populist like Trump.

We need to recognize the potential advantage  for Republican candidates of racist scapegoating as revealed in the Wilson-promoted Proposition 187 initiative passed by 2/3 of California voters in 1994. The campaign produced a large turnout of right wing voters.  It banned over 600,000 immigrants from receiving needed food stamps, medical care.  

Components of Prop. 187 became national law in 1996 as a part of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation act of 1996, and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996. They are Public Law 104-208.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Stop with the Clinton campaign message that Bernie should end this campaign.

I would like my friends who are campaigning for Hillary to stop telling us all that Bernie should withdraw from the race.  Your whining  serves no useful purpose.
Bernie’s campaign is about building a left opposition in the U.S. Great progress has been made in this effort.  Some 40% of Democrats now consider themselves socialist, some mean social democrats.
Do you think that this campaign is like a basketball game or something ? Someone wins, someone loses, you cheer and you go home ?  It is far more important than a game. This campaign is about taking our economy back from the super rich and creating a positive future for our country.
We still have much to do, particularly the election in California.  We are not going home.  We are building an opposition movement.  I read the generational divide.   You haven’t convinced the millennial generation that he should drop out.  You don’t seem to get it.  Your advice has not been taken, so you give more advice.
And your campaign message that Bernie is getting too divisive is hollow.  You are obviously only listening to the Clinton campaign.  If you follow both campaigns, or progressive media, you will find that the Clinton campaign has been at least as divisive and taunting.
We need to build an opposition movement to defeat Trump.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Hillary and the Coup in Honduras

Monday, April 18, 2016

Supreme Court Hears Arguments on DACA

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on President Obama's Executive Actions on Immigration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The implementation of these programs was initially blocked by a federal judge in Texas and later a federal appeals court upheld the preliminary injunction.

As a result, millions of undocumented immigrants who qualified under DAPA or expanded DACA have been denied the opportunity to receive temporary relief from deportation and to apply for work authorization.

“Today, we urge the Supreme Court to put partisan politics aside and follow previous court precedent by reaffirming the President’s executive authority to determine the Federal government’s immigration enforcement priorities,” said LULAC National Executive Director Brent Wilkes. “There is no question that the proper legal ruling in this case is to lift the lower court’s stay and allow as many as 5 million immigrants to apply for work permits and temporary reprieves from deportation through the DAPA and expanded DACA executive orders issued by the President in 2014. At stake today is the livelihood and dignity of immigrants across this country.”

Monday, April 04, 2016

The Browning of America : Trump and the Twilight of White Supremacy

by Jimmy Franco Sr.
Ethnic minorities within the US continue to see their numbers grow as these demographic changes are rapidly transforming the character of our society. This expanding sector is on average much younger than the general population and tends to be situated and expanding primarily within our urban areas. Changing immigration patterns are also reinforcing this demographic trend
A diversified group protests at at an anti-Trump event. (Photo by Jabin Botsford
A diversified group protests at at an anti-Trump event.
(Photo by Jabin Botsford
as the number of migrants from Europe has declined while those from Latin America and Asia have steadily increased. Moreover, the overall number of the white population is decreasing due to rapid aging, a low birth rate and a decrease in longevity. Such demographic changes are creating new economic and political challenges that require specific answers. This social transformation has also encountered hostility from a certain sector of our society that does not welcome change and wishes to maintain the status quo. What is urgently needed at this time are constructive proposals that address these new changes and issues and arrive at a collective resolution that will improve the lives of these young people as well as the well-being of the country as a whole.
The historical pattern of immigration and demographics has now changed
US history and its dialectical pattern of immigration has now been transformed into its opposite. During the 1700’s and 1800’s, colonial settlers were comprised of primarily poor immigrants who left Europe to improve their lives by seeking land to farm or sources of employment. About the middle of the 19th century, the white European population was still outnumbered in the South by enslaved Africans, by Mexicans within the Southwest and native Hawaiians and indigenous peoples in other parts of the country. Through a combination of accelerated immigration from Europe and officially-sanctioned racial violence inflicted upon these repressed ethnic groups, Euro-Americans eventually became the majority population by the end of the 19th century. During this period, the earlier European immigrants also reacted antagonistically toward the newly arrived Jews. Irish, Italians
Non-European immigration into the US is changing the character of society.
Non-European immigration into the US is changing the character of society.
and other East Europeans with an upsurge of ugly racism and nativist campaigns. On the West Coast, Chinese and Japanese immigrants encountered the same type of bigotry. These hostile political campaigns were armed with a pseudo-science that attempted to prove that these new immigrants were biologically and ethnically inferior in contrast to the earlier Anglo-Germanic immigrants from northern Europe. From the latter half of the 20th century to the present, we have witnessed a reversal of this trend and the development of a new pattern of non-European immigration. The out migration from Europe to the US has now decreased while newcomers arriving from Latin-America, Asia and the Middle East have steadily increased in number. Also contributing to this change in demographic factors are a higher birth rate for US minorities and a decrease in longevity for whites. This has created the conditions for rapid economic, political and cultural changes to occur within society and for social conflicts to arise that require urgent solutions.