Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Text your friends. Vote

One of the most important things you can do today is remind your friends and family that Election Day is coming up, and let them know why voting is important to you. After all, the number one predictor of whether or not someone will vote is whether a person they know asks them to. Seriously — it’s as simple as that.

So right now, send a text to 10 friends and family members reminding them to vote. Here is a sample text that you can send to your contacts:

Election Day is on Tuesday! Do you know where and when you’re voting? If we all vote, we can change the House and put Democrats in charge to actually put a check on Trump.

As you know, over 1,000,000 immigrants in California can not vote.  But, we can vote to protect their rights.

Boosting voter turnout makes our democracy stronger.

Take a moment to text 10 friends about why voting is important to you this year, and a reminder to get out and vote on Election Day.

Here are the Progressive Alliance Voter Recommendations.

Thanks for your support!

As a thank you, Here is a video about Coco ( in Spanish)

Duane Campbell 
 Also: see the post below, 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Trump Seeks to Take Away Citizenship - Vote !

Our nation, and the 14th Amendment of our Constitution, were built on the promise that no matter who you are or where you come from - you can build a brighter future for your family on American soil. President Trump’s claim today that he can roll back a constitutionally protected birthright is not only an absurd, racist conspiracy, it is driven by a strategy to gin up his base, against you. 
I know Donald Trump wishes he could take my citizenship away from me. My mother came here and forged a better life for her family, but Donald Trump would take away the promise that you can be an American no matter where you come from. 
Donald Trump is attacking the very idea that we are a nation of immigrants who build vibrant communities that contribute to the rich fabric of America.
This President is quick to forget his own immigrant past. But he doesn’t see Latino immigrants as entitled to the American dream like his grandparents were. He sees us as less than, browner, rapists, thieves and criminals. 
We are notWe are votersand we are going to take our power back on November 6th. 
Donald Trump is trying to take away citizenship from a whole generation of Latinos being born in the United States. We cannot let that happen. Please vote. Please get your neighbors to vote. Make it count. 
Now’s our chance.    Kevin  de Léon 

     Help Us Defeat Trump !!
Sacramento Progressive Alliance
Progressive Voter Guide 
 November, 6, 2018.

U.S. Senate
Kevin de León

Gavin Newsom

Attorney General

Xavier Becerra 

Superintendent of Public Instruction
Tony Thurmond

Congressional District 4  Jessica Morse
                      District   10  Josh Harder
          District 6.  Doris Matsui
        District 7 Ami  Bera 
       District 9   Jerry McNerney 
District 3 John Garamendi 

State Senate District 4
Phil Kim
District 6  Jacky Smith 

American River Flood Control District
Rachelanne Rae Vander Werf

Yes on Prop. 1  & 2
Veterans and Affordable Housing

No on Prop 6:  Gas Tax

Yes on 10.  Permits Rent Control

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Defeat the Trump Fear Campaign- Vote !

Contrary to the current Trump Administration statements, we are not being invaded by people from Central America President Trump  has called the upcoming midterms an election of the caravanin reference to migrant caravan group of Central Americans currently walking towards the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Referring to the caravan as “an assault to [the U.S.],” Trump is extending  his racist rhetoric he used against Mexicans—calling them “rapists” and “criminals”—to migrants from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. 

This fear campaign being mounted by the Administration is an attempt to win the November Congressional electionat the cost of once again promoting racially exploitive politics. 

The caravan of poor people, mostly Hondurans, heading toward the border should not be stopped.  The Trump administration now threatens to deny refugee status to all of the migrants.  That would be a violation of our treaty obligations as required by the Convention Relating to the Status of Migrants a United Nations Multilateral Treaty (1951) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1946), which the U.S. government helped to draft. Many migrants are seeking asylum because the communities from which they are fleeing are taken over by violence. The U.S. has laws that allow suchrefugees to seek asylum and we have a due process system for determining who is eligible. 

International trade, trade agreements such as Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), the global drug trade, and increasing violence has led to thousands of people in Honduras and Guatemala to flee their homes in a caravan searching for a safer place, where families could have their basic needs such as food met.  

Rather than  recognizing the violence that  migrants are facing, Trump is suggesting that they are instead coming here to inflict violence by selling drugs or commit crime.  This campaign extends again  the fears of migrants he  used to win the election in 2016.  

Friday, October 26, 2018

Defeat Trump

             Trump Escalates Racism in Campaign
                              His Racially Divisive Politics Must Be Exposed and Opposed !
Foul tactics: Fox News and Donald Trump are creating fear about the caravan of migrants from Honduras in an effort to win this election. 
This fear campaign could cost the Democrats several seats in the very close Congressional election on Nov. 6.  What we can do is work twice as hard to defeat theTrump/Republican  anti-immigrant agenda.  
·      We must stop him now before he and his enablers can further consolidate power.  
·       Stop him by voting  to win control of the U.S. Congress in the 2018 election.  
We need to defeat local Trump enablers Congressmen  Jeff Denham &  Tom McClintock and to  elect a stronger advocate for U.S. Senate-   Kevin de Leon
 Vote for Jessica Morse in District  4 and Josh Harder in  10.
(Who you vote for depends  upon which Congressional district you live in)
 Donald Trump is a serial liar, he  regularly incites political violence and he  is a  rampant xenophoberacist, and  misogynist. He has repeatedly  sought to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S. He promises to build a wall on the border that would cost at least $35 billion to build, and billions each year to maintain.  And, it would not work. 
Trump has an overly cynical and conspiratorial view of immigration: calling for  building  walls, breaking up families,  violating international law and norms  and deporting people.  His fear mongering political message has once again found a very receptive base within our society among some xenophobic and angry conservative  voters.

This racial campaign is dangerous. It mobilizes right-wing  anti-immigrant forces. Trump’s campaign is not just racist- it is a strategy to magnify racism to win the election – and we must defeat it. He is promoting an anti Mexican, anti-immigrant, anti Muslim agenda. He is mainstreaming racism. 

This is Dog Whistle Politics, as described well in Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, by Ian Haney López (2014).

The Trump campaign provides an example of strategic racism, which is a system of racial oppression created and enforced because it benefits the over class, in this case the many billionaire funders of the Republican Party.   These groups foster and promote interracial conflict and job competition as a strategy to keep wages and benefits low for all. 

Mexicans, Mexican Americans and other Latinos have  a particular reason to be concerned about the mobilization of racist movements by these  harsh and xenophobic  campaigns. During the 1930’s some 1,000,000 Mexicans were deported in response to similar campaigns, including over 500,000 US citizens, and  an additional 1,000,000 Mexicans were deported in Operation Wetback in the 1950's. In California in 1994 then Governor Pete Wilson used similar tactics to win election and to pass the anti-immigrant Proposition 187.  Unfortunately, racism often works in elections.  Trump proposes that it should happen again. 

We should recognize the potential  voting advantage of racist scapegoating in winning elections.  The purpose of Trump’s intolerant bombasts is not to develop a policy -- it is to capture and exploit the anxiety and emotion of a particular sub-set of voters: xenophobic Republicans and the hard Tea Party Right. See an analysis of their present campaign here 

Anti-immigrant campaigns such as that promoted by Trump  and the Republican Party  have effects and must be opposed. The campaign can be defeated if we unite the growing electoral strength of the Latino community with women, people of color, immigrants, and other voters of good conscious (Democrats, Republicans, and independents).   Together we are the majority.  But to win we all need to vote. We need to work together to defeat Trump and his dangerous plan to divide us. 
Low voter turnout among young people and progressives gives the radical right an opportunity to win.  If you believe in a democratic society -   

Join us in a campaign to get your family and friends out to vote !

La campana racista y conflictiva de Trump debe ser descubierta y combatida ¡
La campaña intolerante promovida por Donald Trump y apoyada por el Partido Republicano es un toque de guerra dirigida al sector de blancos conservadores en EU para recuperar sus antiguos privilegios raciales. Como ataque principal, incluye la demanda de deportar a 11 millones de inmigrantes sin documentosy construir una muralla en toda la frontera.  Por lo tanto, y mucho mas, se necesita una vigorosa oposición del pueblo entero en Los Estados Unidos.
Donald Trump es un mentiroso de fama, un farsante que regularmente inicia violencia política entre sus simpatizantes. El es un racista y sexista que promueve el odio contra mujeres, contra latinos y contra los 1.6 mil millones de Musulmanes en el mundo entero. Trump  cínicamente promete construir su gran muralla en la frontera sur al costo de $35 mil millones de dólares, cobrado a fuerza a nuestro vecino México y destinado a dividir familias y a nuestros pueblos.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Fox News and Trump Create Crisis Image of Caravan

Foul tactics: Fox News  fear creation about the caravan from Honduras.  See  how Trump is using the news cycle to build the Republican campaign

What can we do?  
This fear campaign may cost the Democrats several seats in the very close Congressional election on Nov. 6.  What we can do is work twice as hard to defeat the Trump/Republican campaign.

We must Defeat Trump and the  anti immigrant Republican agenda:. 

·      We must stop him now before he and his enablers can further consolidate power.  
·      The available way to stop him is to Vote to win control of the U.S. Congress in the 2018 election.  

We need to defeat Trump enablers Congressmen  Jeff Denham &  Tom McClintock. 
Elect a stronger advocate for U.S. Senate,   Kevin de Leon, rather than Dianne Feinstein. 

Who you vote for depends  upon which Congressional district you are in:

Congressional District 4  Jessica Morse
                   District   10  Josh Harder
          District 6.  Doris Matsui
          District 7 Ami  Bera 
       District 9   Jerry McNerney 
District 3 John Garamendi 

October 22, Last day to register to vote.  After 22, you will need to register for a provisional ballot. 

Let the Caravan Pass

Let the Caravan Pass
Photo/ NY Times

By Carlos Alcala
CLC Chair
   Border separation of families are skyrocketing.  The Charlatan President is using the "caravan" from Honduras as the new boogieman.  The caravan should not be stopped.  People in the caravan are refugees.  Our country has laws that allow refugees to seek asylum and we have a due process system.  By comparison, there are many Ukranium refugees who come to this country every year.  We are all people and we are all entitled to equal protection under the law.  There should not be different treatment for Latinos and European refugees.  Trump has increased European refugee immigration by 200% since 2014 including an 1100% increase in Ukranium refugees  from 2014.  At the same time, Trump  has reduced 2018 refugee Latino refugee immigration by a whopping 65% from 2014 including zero refugees allowed from Mexico.  Refugees should not be about white culture, as GOP Steve King suggests.  Race should not enter into refugee status.  The laws of our country should outweigh racism.  Let the caravan pass.  Let our refugee laws function.  Keep racism out of refugee decisions.   
     Make no mistake about it, Republican Congressmen prop up this system. Without their support, Republican Speakers could not prevent votes on DACA or other immigration reform. These votes will never be taken because the same Republican Congressmen that proclaim support for Dreamers also vote to prevent any votes for Dreamers from ever occurring. That way they can give lip service to the Dreamers and the children, while not having to vote on the issue. This is true corruption.

Chicano/Latino Caucus of California Democratic Party 

Friday, October 19, 2018

Migrant Caravan Being Used by Trump

The caravan of migrants from Honduras heading across Mexico for the U.S. border is a very inopportune act. It is dangerous,  It will add votes to the Trump forces in this critical last few weeks of the election. The caravan will consolidate the power of the Trump regime, an enemy of all immigrants. 
I have been active in immigrants’ rights for over 20 years and continue today. I understand the motivation of these caravans and empathize with the migrants.
But, at this time, the cost of the caravan is too high.  The caravan will substantially increase the vote for Trump supported candidates in marginal districts and may even leave the House in the hands of the Trump clique. 
Trump and his campaign is already using the fear of a migrant Invasion in swing districts – and it will work. 
In 2013 the many forces of immigration had reached a compromise in the U.S. Senate.  With a few short days left in the session, the compromise was on its way to a vote. ( Full disclosure: I opposed parts of the compromise).  Just as the vote approached, a migrant caravan came to the border- hysteria was rampant, and several Republicans were challenged from the Right.  Eric Cantor lost his seat in the House and his leadership position.  And, the compromise bill died.  We have suffered a oppressive system since then. This failure contributed to the rise of Donald Trump and the nativist segment of the Republican Party.
It could all happen again. 

The intolerant campaign promoted by Donald Trump and supported  by the Republican Party is a call to the “silent white majority” and a demand that 11 million immigrants be deported.  This campaign promotes a dangerous and divisive racial message.  It must be vigorously opposed.

 Donald Trump is a serial liar, he  regularly incites political violence and he  is a  rampant xenophoberacist, and  misogynist

Trump has an overly cynical and conspiratorial view of immigration: calling for  building walls, breaking up families,  and deporting  people.  This fear mongering political message has found a very receptive base within our society among xenophobic and angry conservative older voters.

This campaign is dangerous.  It mobilizes right-wing anti immigrant forces. Trump’s campaign is not just racism- it is a strategy to magnify racism to win the election – and we must defeat it.  He is promoting an anti Mexican, anti immigrant, anti Muslim agenda. This is more than the ranting of a fringe right. He is mainstreaming racism and the caravan gives him a opening to do it all again.  Unfortunately the migrant caravan contributes to this campaign.  

 Only the participants in the caravan  can make the important decisions of the caravan, but as a minimum, it should be delayed until after the election.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Abolish ICE- The Campaign

Tina Vasqez,
New York Review
What transformed this activist debate into a surging hashtag was the Trump administration’s family separation policy at the border, which quietly beganmonths before Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed in April 2018 the “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting every undocumented person arriving across the south-western border. By mid-June, Homeland Security was forced to admit that more than 2,000 children had been separated from their parents as a result. It’s important to note that the Trump administration’s family separation policy did absolutely nothing to deter Central Americans from seeking safety in the US. Statistics from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for August 2018 revealed that apprehensions of migrant families and children along the US–Mexico border increased by 38 percent month-on-month, the fifth highest monthly figure ever recorded.
The public outrage that met the new policy was swift, especially after the journalism nonprofit ProPublica released audio of separated children in detention sobbing for their mothers. There was a slate of reporting about the abuses children were enduring while in federal custody, and images of children in cages went viral. There were nationwide demonstrations toward the end of June, and placards bearing the slogan “Abolish ICE” were ubiquitous. That call was arguably a misdirected protest, since ICE—though the leading agency for deportations—was not actually involved in carrying out the separations; that was CBP. Many protesters were probably also unaware that while the Trump administration’s official policy of separating migrant families was unprecedented, the images of private prison company-run “baby buses” and children sleeping on the floor of “cages” date from the Obama administration.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Trump Proposes More Family Separations !

The Trump administration is apparently considering a reboot of its least popular immigration policy: the widespread separation of families who cross the US-Mexico border.
According to the Washington Post, senior administration officials are discussing a policy that would keep families in detention for a few weeks, and then force them to make a choice: to stay in detention for the months or years it takes for their cases to be resolved (and waive their rights under the Flores court settlement, which prevents the administration from keeping children in immigration detention indefinitely), or agree to be separated so that the child can go to the less restrictive custody of Health and Human Services. (They would also have the implicit option to give up on their asylum cases and agree to imminent deportation.) 
While the Trump administration’s last effort at family separation was put on hold after massive political blowback, first by an executive order from Trump and then with a legal injunction from a federal judge, courts and the American Civil Liberties Union have agreed with the administration that it would be legal to force families to choose between detention and separation, as long as they had the choice.
But that doesn’t really explain why the administration is contemplating doing this. It appears to contradict the administration’s own plans to indefinitely detain all families through a change in regulation. It ignores evidence that shows, uniformly, that harsh treatment isn’t deterring families from seeking asylum. And politically, it refocuses attention to the biggest scandal Trump has faced on his signature issue.

Forcing families to choose indefinite detention or immediate separation would be legal

The initial justification for family separation was that the administration was trying to end “catch and release” — apprehending families who’d illegally crossed the US-Mexico border, giving them court dates, and then allowing them to live in the US while their cases were pending. 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Native Children separated from their families.

The  Trump/U.S. government using separation of families as policy is not new.

Her grandfather and other elders used to recount their experiences at boarding schools, where the government sent hundreds of thousands of Indigenous children, from nearly every Indigenous nation within U.S. borders, to unlearn their languages and cultures. “A lot of them were physically abused, verbally abused, sexually abused,” she said.
At the center of the stories were the children who never came home from the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, where her grandfather was a student. “My grandpa used to say, ‘Don’t forget these children. Don’t forget my brother — he’s still buried there,’” Soldier Wolf said. She promised that she would remember.
The school, which opened in 1879 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and closed its doors 100 years ago this month, was the United States’ most notorious Indian boarding school and the starting point for more than a century of child removal policies that continue to tear apart Indigenous families today. Carlisle, and hundreds of federally funded boarding schools like it, were key to the U.S. government’s project of destroying Indigenous nations and indoctrinating children with military discipline and U.S. patriotism.
It was Soldier Wolf’s closeness to her family and their stories of abuse at the school that inspired her to become the Northern Arapaho tribal historic preservation officer and work on the return of the children lost at Carlisle.

Thursday, October 11, 2018


The Reality Check: “MIGRATION IS A FORM OF FIGHTING BACK”: “MIGRATION IS A FORM OF FIGHTING BACK” Looking at the Root Causes of Migration By David Bacon Dollars and Sense | September/October 2018 ...

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Judge Temporarily Halts Trump TPS Order

JUDGE HALTS TPS TERMINATIONS: "A federal judge late Wednesday blocked the Trump administration's move to end Temporary Protected Status for more than 300,000 nationals from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan," Pro's Ted Hesson reports. "The move temporarily halts the administration's plan to force the beneficiaries — some of whom have lived in the U.S. for decades — to find another immigration status or face deportation."
"In a 43-page order, San Francisco-based U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen concluded the TPS recipients from those countries, along with their children, will 'indisputably' suffer irreparable harm and hardship as a result of the decision to sunset their enrollment. Chen, an appointee of President Barack Obama, wrote that TPS recipients with U.S.-born children could face a difficult choice: Bring their children with them — 'tearing them away from the only country and community they have known' — or leave them behind in the U.S."

Monday, October 01, 2018

Trump Expands Concentration Camps for Children in the Desert

Sept. 30, 2018

In shelters from Kansas to New York, hundreds of migrant children have been roused in the middle of the night in recent weeks and loaded onto buses with backpacks and snacks for a cross-country journey to their new home: a barren tent city on a sprawling patch of desert in West Texas.
Until now, most undocumented children being held by federal immigration authorities had been housed in private foster homes or shelters, sleeping two or three to a room. They received formal schooling and regular visits with legal representatives assigned to their immigration cases.
But in the rows of sand-colored tents in Tornillo, Tex., children in groups of 20, separated by gender, sleep lined up in bunks. There is no school: The children are given workbooks that they have no obligation to complete. Access to legal services is limited.
These midnight voyages are playing out across the country, as the federal government struggles to find room for more than 13,000 detained migrant children — the largest population ever — whose numbers have increased more than fivefold since last year.
New York Times,

Hasta 4,000 niños separados de sus padres podrían ser trasladados a carp...- Univision