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Thursday, June 18 
              Democratic Headquarters

                  740 Front Street, ground floor of the Galleria

Agenda Item:    Election of officers for 2015-2016

Dear Friends, 

Although the Senate has pushed forward and may likely make a final vote to pass Fast Track very soon, our fight is not over! Our next opportunity to kill Fast Track will be in the House of Representatives. As our Congressional Members travel back to their districts for the Memorial Day recess we need to make our voices heard! 

Please join us at the upcoming actions to let Rep. Farr know that when he has to make the decision, we want a NO VOTE on FAST TRACK for the Trans Pacific Partnership. 

Thursday, May 28th 11am - 2pm 

Join us to THANK Rep. Farr & Ask him to continue to champion Climate and Environmental Justice by voting NO on Fast Track for the Trans Pacific Partnership! 

Rep. Farr has done a great job in Congress w…

20 people in attendance

Deborah Luhrman, chair of the Santa Cruz County Democratic Central Committee (DCC) explained how the PDC fits into the structure of the County and State Democratic Party.  A Democratic Club is connected to the party structure through membership in the county central committee which elects delegates to the state central committee.

While our PDC representatives (Ron Pomerantz, member and Glen Schaller alternate) don't have a vote in the Central Committee's endorsement of candidates, we have a vote on all other decisions and, in fact, our PDC representatives can run for and hold office.  For a list of the current members of the DCC http://www.cruzdemocrats.org/about/member-roster/ .

She did point out that the PDC has taken an active role in the…

A delegation of trade unionists and environmentalists met with Rep. Sam Farr recently regarding renewal of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA "fast-tracking") and the Trans Pacific Partnership. 

The group expressed their concerns over the lack of transparency in the negotiation of the trade agreement and asked Rep. Farr to assure them he'd vote against the TPA - citing their concern that Congress by fast-tracking would lose their ability to have real input into regulations of the trade agreement.

Rep. Farr maintained his position that fast-tracking the bill was a necessity, and that he would vote for the renewal of TPA.  (The House Ways and Means Committee has favorably reported the TPA bill - H. R. 1890 - out of committee by a vote of 25-13.)

Rep. Farr has not yet…

On January 25th, state Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced a housing-bill package designed to stabilize the lives of young people, families, and Californians struggling to get by on threadbare budgets. 

 AB 35 (Chiu and Atkins)One of the biggest challenges faced by affordable developers is the lack of funding available to build apartments and homes that remain affordable. Introduced by long-time housing champion and freshman Assemblymember from San Francisco, David Chiu, AB 35 would expand the state's Low-Income Housing Tax Credit by $300 million annually. Expansion of the state tax credit will have two positive effects: Developers will not only have access to more funding for building developments where the rents remain affordable, but they will also …

The California Democratic Party passed a resolution opposing fast-tracking the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement that the Administration has been promoting.

This message will hopefully influence Rep. Sam Farr to vote no on the Trade Promotion Authority (fast tracking) bill when it comes to the house. Anna Eshoo has said for months that she'll vote against fast tracking, but Sam has not been willing to commit to a "no" vote.  Let's see what happens now.

Trans-Pacific Partnership - Resolution 15-05.52

WHEREAS, the latest provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership's Investor-State Dispute Settlement System aggressively expand the powers of multinational corporations, giving them the ability to undermine democracy by challenging our federal, state and local laws an…

U.S. and Mexican Workers Call for Boycott of Driscoll's BerriesSuppliers of Driscoll's, which may be the U.S.'s most recognizable brand name on strawberry, raspberry, blueberry and blackberry cartons, are coming under fire for allegedly abusing workers, in the U.S. and Mexico. One Driscoll's grower has spent weeks embroiled in a major farmworker protest, while a nearly two-year boycott against another grower recently intensified. Workers in both disputes have called for a boycott against the company.

Read more at Santa Cruz Indymedia:https://www.indybay.org/santacruz/

Women Lawyers of SCC Is Proud to Announce: 

"SHE'S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE'S ANGRY", directed by Mary Dore

SHE'S BEAUTIFUL resurrects the history of the women's movement in the U.S. from 1966-1971.  The film does not shy away from controversies over race, sexual preference and leadership that arose within the movement.  It is an incredible film containing amazing imagery and buried footage.  You can view the trailer and reviews at: www.shesbeartifulwhenshesangry.com.   

Women Lawyers of SCC worked very hard to get the film here in Santa Cruz County.  We ask that you see this brilliant documentary and spread the word to friends and colleagues.

Playing Friday, 5/15 through Thursday, 5/21 at the Nickelodeon (210 Lincoln Street)

The screenings on&nbs…

Advances under FMLN Governance: (historical background follows this section - see below)

1.       Food Sovereignty: Because of the destruction of agriculture by the international institutions and the Right: national corn production met only 30% of the nation's needs, beans 15%, and rice production disappeared. CAFTA prevents the FMLN from, for example, planting native species because it is considered a violation of the treaty. The Salvadoran government chose to produce seeds in national cooperatives and distribute them among producers: 400,000 farmers receive seed packets to the chagrin of the US Ambassador. This illustrates how the US stabs the FMLN in the back while shaking their hand. Today El Salvador produces 100% of the corn consumed in the count…

The Affordable Housing Now! campaign started with a forum on April 25 that featured a panel of housing experts including Julie Conway, from the County Planning Department, Karina Cervantes, Watsonville City Council, and David Foster, director of Habitat for Humanity. Over 40 community members attended and joined in the discussion of housing needs and suggested solutions that could be explored by the county, the four cities in Santa Cruz County, and the state. Four committees were formed to address the suggested solutions:

Affordable Housing Experts:  will use their experience and expertise in developing housing to evaluate proposed "solutions" to the lack of affordable housing in Santa Cruz, and recommend advocacy positions for the campaign when we lobby the state a…


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I was in DC yesterday, giving a talk to the National Association of Business Economists. The subject was the Trans-Pacific Partnership; slides for my talk are here.

Not to keep you in suspense, I'm thumbs down. I don't think the proposal is likely to be the terrible, worker-destroying pact some progressives assert, but it doesn't look like a good thing either for the world or for the United States, and you have to wonder why the Obama administration, in particular, would consider devoting any political capital to getting this through.

Actually, I was glad to see Larry Summers weigh in on the same subject in yesterday's FT. Reading that piece, you may wonder what just happened - did Larry come out f…

"I'm not sure it's necessary to get into sexual orientation to resolve this case. I mean, if Sue loves Joe and Tom loves Joe, Sue can marry him and Tom can't. And the difference is based upon their different sex. Why isn't that a straightforward question of sexual discrimination?"

So asked John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, on Tuesday, April 28, during oral arguments in the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges marriage-equality case.

His question was an afterthought, late in the first round of oral arguments, with the justices questioning the Michigan attorney, John Bursch, he of the baby face and bow tie who had already argued before this court eight times and was now arguing to limit marriage to "one man, one woman."

The country's focus has ste…

Last fall, Gov. Brown signed into law major changes to California's initiative process.  The following changes are cited in an article on KQED blog by John Myers.

  1. a new month long public review of initiatives in which backers can make changes;
  2. a process for legislators and initiative proponents to craft a compromise in the state Capitol and avoid an election altogether;and
  3. a new, continually updated online list of top initiative donors.

Read the full article at: http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/09/27/big-changes-to-california-initiative-process-signed-by-jerry-brown/

No Fast Track
U.S. trade policy could be a means of promoting economic justice, human rights, healthy communities and a sound environment ? but not if Congress provides a Fast Track rubber-stamp to corporate trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Tell your Senators to oppose Fast Track, and to oppose any procedural motions that would rush it to a vote this week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying today to put an end to amendments and debate over Fast Track and rush it to final approval shortly after.  Passing Fast Track would allow trade pacts that threaten the economy, environment and public health to be rushed to approval themselves, circumventing ordinary congressional review, amendment and debate procedures.  

Senators who've had enough of race-to-…

Jane Weed on Women in Politicsthoughts offered at Breaking the Glass Ballot

 Question:  How can we break through and get to gender parity on committees? as electeds? as appointees?

Having attended the fifty-seventh session of the UN's Commission on the Status of Women , I have to say that the courage, determination and resiliency of women globally is inspiring.

·         For some it is because they have been denied equity and respect for so long it is a revolutionary action to demand to be a part of civic life.

·         For others it is about safety and will not to have their daughters live through their hell.

·         For others it is …

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"The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is potentially the biggest so-called "free trade" agreement in the world. And you've probably never heard about it!!!

TPP negotiations are being held in secret. Right now. Behind closed doors. Even the U.S. Congress, which is granted sole authority under the Constitution to debate and approve trade deals, has been cut out. But big business has a giant seat at the negotiating table."   James Hoffa - Huffington Post - July 18, 2013.

Check out the following websites for more information and then let Feinstein, Boxer,  Farr and  Eshoo to ask them not to let this get fast-tracked through Congress.



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