Thursday, November 27, 2014

Solano Peace and Freedom Party

A Community political party on the California state ballot!
Contact us at [SolanoPeaceFreedom@gmail.com]
Get active with the Solano Peace, Justice & Freedom Coalition [solanopeacejustice.blogspot.com]
Register to vote with Peace and Freedom [link]!

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* Biographies [peaceandfreedom.org/home/about-us/historical-information/biographies]

Peace and Freedom Party Statement for November 6, 2012, General Election Voter Information Guide
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The Peace and Freedom Party is a working-class party in a country run by and for the wealthy and their corporations.  We should not have to sacrifice our health, our livelihoods and our planet for our bosses' profits. We can tax the rich, whose wealth is entirely created by workers, to pay for the people's needs. We favor:
·    Decent jobs and full labor rights for all.
·    Free education for all from preschool through the university.
·    Free health care for everyone.
·    Good services for disabled people.
·    Bringing all troops home now.
·    Ending all discrimination.
·    Full rights for immigrants.
·    Real democracy and fair political representation.
·    Restoring and protecting the environment.
As long as our system puts the wealthy first, we will suffer war, police brutality, low wages, unsafe workplaces and pollution. We advocate socialism, which we see as the ownership and democratic control of the economy by working people. If we join together to take back our industries and natural resources, we can work together democratically and cooperatively for the common good, rather than being slaves to the rich and their corporations.
Vote for those who will fight for what you need, the candidates of the Peace and Freedom Party.

Cindy Sheehen for Governor, An EPIC Campaign

Peace and Freedom Party's Cindy Sheehan is running for California State Governor in 2014 in "An Epic Campaign".
Campaign website [www.cindy2014.org] Campaign volunteer coordinator Andy Conn [andy@systemsnspace.com]
[
2124 Kittredge St. # 104, Berkeley Ca. 94704]

Twitter @SheehanforGovCa
Facebook [facebook.com/pages/Cindy-Sheehan-for-California-State-Governor-2014/1401864400028969]



[http://www.cindy2014.org/epic_people_power_bike_tour]
Her campaign announcement was themed "The Need for Left Unity in the Age of the Two Parties of War and Wall Street"


Silk Screen Poster created by Eddie Lampkin an incredible young political poster artist from Woodland CA. His iconic poster, Monsanto is part of an exhibit put on by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics that will travel the nation for 3 years. We will be giving the posters to supporters who donate more than $ 25.00 to the campaign. More info contact Andy Conn [andy@systemsnspace.com]
Make checks made-out to: "Cindy Sheehan for Governor 2014", and p
lease write Lampkin Poster on the memo section. Send donation to  [2124 Kittredge St. # 104, Berkeley Ca. 94704]


"Peace Mom Cindy Sheehan Formally Launches Campaign for Governor Tuesday at State Capitol; Calls for EPIC (End Poverty in California) Reforms Statewide"

2013-08-27 from the campaign press office: SACRAMENTO--
Cindy Sheehan will formally announce her campaign for Governor of California at a news conference *Tuesday/August 27 at 10:15 a.m. at the State Capitol (North Steps area)*.
Ms. Sheehan said she plans to unseat incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown, and to bring California"peace, economic equality and environmental sustainability," and reforms through an EPIC (End Poverty in California) campaign.
(see: http://cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com/2013/08/10-million-reasons-to-vote-for-me-by.html)
Ms. Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq and has devoted her life since then to fighting for peace and social justice, is a former Vice-Presidential candidate and Congressional candidate. She outpolled the Republican candidate in her 2008 run against Rep. Nancy Pelosi, finishing second in a race with 7 candidates.
More details will be provided Tuesday. More information at [www.Cindy2014.org].
(Note: As part of her environment focus, Cindy will be biking to Sacramento to join supporters Tuesday. For more information about this contact the Press Office).

"Arrests Possible Tuesday When Cindy Sheehan Launches Campaign for CA Governor; Peace Mom Bikes to State Capitol"
2013-08-27 from the campaign press office:
SACRAMENTO--
Arrests are possible when Cindy Sheehan holds a news conference Tuesday *(10:15 a.m., North Side, State Capitol)* to announce her candidacy for Governor of California.
Ms. Sheehan has refused to obtain a permit to hold the news conference, maintaining that if Gov. Brown and other elected lawmakers can speak with media without one then she can as well.
Ms. Sheehan is biking to the press event from Davis -- part of her commitment to the environment.
Ms. Sheehan said she plans to unseat incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown, and to bring California"peace, economic equality and environmental sustainability," and reforms through an EPIC (End Poverty in California) campaign.
(see: http://cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com/2013/08/10-million-reasons-to-vote-for-me-by.html)
Ms. Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq and has devoted her life since then to fighting for peace and social justice, is a former Vice-Presidential candidate and Congressional candidate. She outpolled the Republican candidate in her 2008 run against Rep. Nancy Pelosi, finishing second in a race with 7 candidates.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

November 2014 Recommendations on Ballot Propositions

For more information, to register Peace and Freedom, or to donate, visit our website: [www.peaceandfreedom.org]

NO on Proposition 1: The Water Bond
Proposition 1 will not give us the water we need. It will put us, our children, and our grandchildren deeper into debt. With interest (tax-free to the wealthy bond investors), the $7.5 billion bond will cost us $360 million each year for 40 years. 36% of the bond money is devoted to the construction of dams and pipelines that will send Sacramento River water to big agricultural companies in the Central Valley. Only 6.9% is earmarked for safe and clean drinking water, some of which will benefit low-income communities. There is no guaranteed funding for much needed projects to replace crumbling infrastructure (like sewer systems) in urban areas.Proposition 1 will not make rain fall from the sky. But it will take our money and use it for the benefit of big agricultural corporations,while building dams will impact the few natural resources we have left.

NO on Proposition 2: Restrictive “Rainy Day Fund”
This is a major revision of a state government "rainy day fund" that voters approved in 2004. Its net effect is to make the state'sbudgetary straightjacket even tighter than it already is. A rainy day fund might be useful as a way to soften the periodic blows of thedepressions and recessions that are built in to capitalist economies. But only if it is funded from steeply progressive taxes on the rich and their corporations that generate budget surpluses when the economy is growing and government is doing its job. With our currenttax structure and meager state budgets, everything that goes into these reserve accounts is being taken away from desperately needed services and infrastructure projects. We urge a No vote on Proposition 2.

YES on Proposition 45: Brake on Health Insurance Rate Increases
There is no "independent commission" which can regulate excessive health insurance rate hikes. Rates have gone up 185% in the last decade. Right now, no one in California has the authority to regulate excessive health insurance rate hikes. We need Prop 45 to fix that hole in healthcare reform.
Proposition 45 would simply impose the same health insurance rate regulation system that Prop. 103 (1988) imposed on automobileand homeowner's insurance. The Peace and Freedom Party supports a single payer model as a step toward a National Healthcare System. In the meantime, we must give the Insurance Commissioner the same advance approval authority over health insurance ratesthat 35 states and the District of Columbia already have. Proposition 45 is a modest step toward reform of a dysfunctional system that, for the present, includes private healthcare insurers.

NO on Proposition 46: More Mandatory Drug Testing
Proposition 46 increases the cap on medical malpractice awards and imposes mandatory drug testing of doctors. In addition to requiring all doctors to submit to drug testing, it requires all medical personnel to report any doctor they suspect of taking any drug to the authorities. The writers of this initiative included the drug testing provision to get people to vote for it. We think the expansion ofthe police powers of the state tells us to just say “No.”

YES on Proposition 47: Decrease Criminal Penalties
Proposition 47 is a step towards making the California criminal justice system less unjust. This proposition would reduce theclassification of certain non-serious and nonviolent property and drug crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. It also calls for theconsideration of re-sentencing those currently incarcerated for the offenses changed to misdemeanors. However, if the defendant hasprior convictions for murder or rape, or is a registered sex offender, that person is not eligible for reduced classification of the newlesser crime. The Peace and Freedom Party is committed to the end of the prison-industrial complex, and civil rights and humanetreatment for all human beings. We support Proposition 47 as a step in the right direction, but we are concerned that ruling outindividuals with certain prior convictions, without consideration of the circumstances of the crime, is fundamentally unjust andunnecessarily draconian.

YES on Proposition 48: Uphold Negotiated Compact
A coalition of rival gambling interests and people who oppose expanding Native American reservation land are trying to overturn thecompact negotiated in good faith by the Wiyot and North Fork Mono. This would be unfair, and a violation of Native Americansovereignty. We urge a "yes" vote to uphold the properly-negotiated compact, which is supported by the unions representing casino and construction workers.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Good News about California Assembly Bill AB 2351

On Monday, August 25, AB 2351 passed the State Senate on a 28-0 vote, although it was left open so more Senators could add their vote.  Because it was amended in the Senate, it will be sent back to the Assembly, where it passed the first time 77-0, for concurrence before it is sent to the Governor.  If the Governor signs it or lets it become law without his signature, Peace and Freedom Party will remain on the ballot in California until 2018.
AB 2351 will move the vote test from the general election to the primary and lower the registration test.  The vote test will remain at 2% and since our candidate for Insurance Commissioner, Nathalie Hrizi, received 5.4% we have met that test.  We also have enough registrations to meet the registration test, but without an organized registration drive our numbers are falling.
But the good news is we are on the ballot until 2018 if the Governor signs our bill.

Monday, June 9, 2014

"Fake socialists" in California politics

2014-06-09 from Stephen Argue of the Revolutionary Tendency (Santa Cruz):
I've debated the mayor, Mike Rotkin, or former mayor now, who claimed to be a socialist, but was the most vocal supporter of the city's anti-homeless laws, including one that makes it illegal for the homeless to sleep at night.
Yes, sometimes when left wing politics are popular, the right claims the that mantle in order to continue the status quo. When I ran for city council in Santa Cruz I said I would use my position to rally the working class to fight to double the minimum wage. In response, fake socialist and establishment Democratic City Council member, Mike Rotkin, responded to my campaign saying it was impossible for a municipality to raise the minimum wage. In addition, Mike Rotkin claimed that if it was possible, they [the city council) would have done it long ago. Rotkin was lying on both counts. As I knew when I ran, municipalities can raise minimum wages. In addition, when an initiative was placed on the ballot to increase the minimum wage, Mike Rotkin campaigned against it.
Similarly, small businesses in Santa Cruz see homeless people as a problem and the Santa Cruz City Council, working on their behalf, directs the police to harass the homeless, in part under laws that make it illegal for homeless people to sleep at night, cover up with blankets, pitch a tent, sleep in a car, or sit on a sidewalk.
It will take a higher level of working class consciousness, organization, and resistance to set these things straight, in the meantime, those who rule have a lot of cards up their sleeves, including fake socialists to do their bidding.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

ELECTIONS 2014: Can’t afford your own politician? Come listen to ours.

The Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party and Movement presents...
Real solutions to the real problems caused by corporate capitalism.
Saturday, May 3, 2014 • 2:00pm-4:30pm
At the Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave, at Prince St in Berkeley
FREE!   (But please buy food & drink at the Pub.)   FREE!


This is part of our on-going Socialist Forum Series on the first Saturday of every month.
Doors open at 2 pm and the featured panel will start promptly at 2:30 pm.
The forum will end by 4:30 pm, but folks can stay and talk as long as you like.
For information, contact: 510-465-9414

Friday, April 25, 2014

Cindy Sheehan speaks on a National Approach for Making the Minimum Wage a Living Wage

This Sunday, April 27, 2014: 8-10pm EDT / 7-9pm CDT / 6-8pm MDT / 5-7pm PDT 
Telephone Call-in: 857-232-0157 • Access Code: 353711
A bold livable wage policy must be viewed as a “keystone” fiscal mechanism that will
trigger subsequent structural changes in the U.S. economic system to achieve an
equitable distribution of wealth and income for all members of our society.
Each panelist will give a 5-minute presentation during the first hour.
The second hour will be open to discussion with Q&A between callers and panelists.
* Cindy Sheehan, California Peace & Freedom Party Gubernatorial Candidate
* Lena Buggs, Minnesota Green Party State Legislative Candidate
* Alan Maki, Director of Organizing, Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council
* Theresa Sanchez, Union Steward, Local #1, Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union
* Frank “Pancho” Valdez, retired trade unionist, Texas Green Party activist
* Curtis Buckanaga, Asst. to District III Rep. for Leech Lake, Ojibwe Reservation
* Bill Leumer, former President IAM Local 565, Labor Fightback Network Steering Committee member
* Luis Diaz-Perez, member of Chicago Political Economy Group
Moderator: Devon Nola, Justice Party of New York
Uniting People for Peace, Equality, Full Employment, Universal Healthcare and Environmental Protection
[unitingpeople1@gmail.com] [www.unitingpeopleworks4us.blogspot.com] [www.facebook.com/USlivablewage]