Wed Jan 20, 2016
Ban Fracking in Monterey County Action Group
Peace & Justice Center
1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, CA
Protect Monterey County
Coalition Meeting to Ban Fracking in Monterey County
Wednesday, Jan 20 starting at 6:30 pm.
Peace & Justice Center, 1364 Fremont, Seaside
We need your volunteer help and funding to win! We are at risk, our politicians won't protect us.
We are aiming to gather signatures to qualify for the ballot starting soon. Can you commit some time to collecting signatures? Can you ask all of your friends and family that may live in the area to pledge to vote for this ban in November and help out the campaign in some way before then?
Please help spread this info to your networks today.
Sign up to donate, volunteer, pledge to vote and get more informed here:
Fri Jan 29, 2016
FUKUSHIMA to MONTEREY BAY
Peace & Justice Center
1364 Fremont Blvd, Seaside, CA
FUKUSHIMA to MONTEREY BAY:
A crisis in motion.
Noted bay area journalist, filmmaker and activist Steve Zeltzer and local environmental activist Nina Beety will present and facilitate a discussion on the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and the current situation impacting the west coast and the Monterey Bay. After nearly 5 years, radiation-contaminated water and air still hit our shores with no end in sight. Discover what occurred in 2011, and what the current dangers are, including damages to marine life and potential human risks from interactions with the ocean.
Jan. 29th, 7 PM at the Peace & Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd. (btwn Hamilton & Sonoma) , Seaside.
For info. call 655-9902, or 622-7455.
Sponsored by the Green Party of Monterey County
JILL STEIN FOR PRESIDENT
If you are interested in helping Jill Stein appear on the ballot for 2016, contact her campaign:
Americans deserve real solutions for the economic, social and environmental crises we face. But the broken political system is only making things worse.
It's time to build a people's movement to end unemployment and poverty; avert climate catastrophe; build a sustainable, just economy; and recognize the dignity and human rights of every person. The power to create this new world is not in our hopes; it’s not in our dreams — it's in our hands.21
Thu Jan 21, 2016
Pesticide Working Group – Protect our Schoolchildren
Monterey Bay Central Labor Council Office
931 E Market, Salinas, CA
Safe Strawberry Working Group – Protect our Schoolchildren
Meetings every third Thursday.
Join the Safe Strawberry Working Group Thurs., at the MBCLC office in Salinas, 931 E Market. Our Ag Commissioner claims he has no power to create or enforce pesticide regulations, unlike every other Ag Commissioner in the State of California. Help us find out why he's so impotent.
If you like your strawberries and kids safe, join us.
BACKGROUND AND DETAILS:
A 2014 California Department of Public Health report found that 1 in 4 Monterey County schoolchildren attend school within 1/4-mile of fields that apply some of the most hazardous agricultural pesticides on the market. That is the highest rate in the state. The report also showed that Latino schoolchildren are most heavily impacted–320% more likely than white children to attend schools near the heaviest use of hazardous pesticides in Monterey County. Read the report, A Generation in Jeopardy: How pesticides are undermining our children’s health & intelligence at this link.
We want our schoolchildren better protected from the health threats of hazardous drift-prone pesticides. Most immediately, we call for the following two policies that could be enacted by our County Ag Commissioners or the Department of Pesticide Regulation today:
1) One-mile protective “buffer zones” around schools that are free from drift-prone hazardous pesticides; and
2) One-week advanced notification of schools of any pesticide applications within one mile of school grounds.
SPREAD THE WORD ! CIRCULATE THE PETITION !
CONTACT: Mark Weller
Californian for Pesticide Reform
Act Now to STOP the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Stop the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free” trade agreement.
Our representative Sam Farr decided to vote yes on the secret TPP Fast Track, explaining we should trust the President. Secret negotiations continue.
Continue to visit and call Congressman Sam Farr's office:
100 W. Alisal Street
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: (831) 424-2229
Toll Free: 800-340-FARR
Fax: (831) 424-7099
Fast Track will cover three agreements: the TPP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), that European civil society is vigorously opposing and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), all being negotiated in the deepest secrecy.
The TPP “Investment” Chapter, just leaked, details the huge transfer of power to corporations and investors:
- Corporations have more legislative and judicial rights than nation states.
- Federal, state and local law-making authority is gutted
- Corporate and investor rights to profit is prioritized over democracy, worker rights and environmental protections.
Read the “investor-state dispute settlement” system (ISDS) exposed by Wikileaks. Over 9,000 corporations in the 11 Pacific Rim countries could use the TPP supra-nation legal system and secret trade courts to sue our government for loss of “expected future profit” and thereby overrule U.S. national, state and local laws and court decisions on labor, the environment, energy, land-use and zoning and much more.
The Clock is Ticking!
Conserve Monterey Peninsula Forests
Our Monterey Peninsula forests are cumulatively endangered by numerous development plans.
MONTEREY COUNTY AGAINST FRACKING
MONTEREY COUNTY AGAINST FRACKING UPDATE
Stand up for Farmworkers!
Sign the petition to the EPA for a safer, healthier workplace for farmworkers.
PUBLIC WATER NOW
We remain strongly in favor of public ownership of water resources despite the failure of the Public Water Now ballot initiative, Measure O. The corporate owner, CalAm, spent millions to defeat the measure that provided for a feasibility study of public ownership of CalAm facilities.The Green Party remains partnered with the advocacy group Public Water Now.
There have been numerous state and educational studies comparing costs between public and private water providers. In every case, public water was about 25% cheaper than private water.
There are two reasons for this:
1) no profit and corporation taxes in public water costs and
2) lower interest rates on bonds for capital project financing.
Another convincing argument includes the many democratic rights surrounding public ownership. These include public hearings and access, transparency, public interest responsibilities, local elected leadership, voter oversight, public rate-setting and local management. Not a single one of these principles exists with corporate CalAm ownership.
The traditional role of comprehensive watershed stewardship by the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District further persuades us to vote for Measure O. The public interest jurisdiction of the district is essential for our water-scarce area. And it is appropriate as costs and project failures call attention to the narrow focus of Cal Am - which is to produce and deliver water at a profit. There is a lack of detailed factual information on public ownership. This subject has been discussed for years but never studied in depth.
OPPOSITION AVOIDS FACTS
The full community will benefit from having the facts followed by public discussion. Public Water Now continues to proceed pressing for a full analysis as ratepayers continue to lose confidence in CalAm, based on past project failures, with all costs passed on to ratepayers. These failures have called attention to poor performance by CalAm and have stimulated community interest in looking at another option.
Public ownership is that option.
Hear what the Mayors say about CalAM. It's embarrassing. Watch the short video from Measure O cheerleaders in Felton, who are now paying less than they paid 8 years ago under CalAm, and will own their own system outright in a few years.
Green Party: 2013 Year In Review
We act as a political party most of the time. But as a group of activists, sometimes we free lance as individuals. Regardless of this, we are proud of our progressive roots and principles.
Green Party sponsored/co-sponsored 7 presentations and/or panel discussions at PRC to educate and advocate. These were taped and aired on AMP Channel 24 by Hebard Olsen to provide greater reach for those who cannot attend in person.
Topics that received our attention:
David Cobb on Challenging Corporate Power
Monterey County Homelessness
Wind energy and turbines
Pesticide use and threats
Public Water Now's Initiative to buy Cal Am
Fort Ord Land Use
Other Green Party activities:
Worked on Measure M for Fort Ord Access, and against the race track proposal
Green Party commentary (Eric Petersen) and call-ins on KRXA 540 AM radio
Member of Peace Coalition of Monterey County
Greens were active in Public Water Now, Fort Ord Access Alliance, Alliance for Democracy, Citizens for Public Water, Communities for Sustainable Monterey County groups, Occupy Monterey, transportation and others.
Summary of 2012 election endorsements* by the Green Party, and others supported by members.
*Marc Del Piero, Board of Supervisors- Won
*Jane Parker, Board of Supervisors- Won
*Marc Del Piero, Board of Supervisors- Lost
*Jane Parker, Board of Supervisors- Won
Bruce Delgado: Mayor, Marina- Won
*Frank O’Connell, Marina City Council- Won
*Gail Morton, Marina City Council- Won
Tom Moore, Marina Coast Water District- Won
*Peter Le, Marina Coast Water District- Won
*Jason Campbell, Seaside City Council- Lost
*Alan Haffa, Monterey City Council- Won
State Ballot Propositions:
Monterey County voted 'our' way on all 11.
CA statewide voted 'our' way on 9 of 11.
WE ARE READY TO GO FOR 2014!
Watch: Ch 24 Access Monterey Peninsula, Green Party broadcast 3 times a week, check AMP schedules HERE.
Sacramento Press Club Excludes Green Party Candidate from Debate
We demand 140 flavors of yogurt but mindless repeat "third party candidates can never win." The the fact that they are systematically refused participation in legitimate political venues maintains domination of the two party duopoly.
From a Democracy Now Report: "Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and vice-presidential candidate Cheri Honkala were arrested Tuesday as they attempted to enter the grounds of the presidential debate site at Hofstra University. Like other third-party candidates, Stein was blocked from participating in the debate by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is controlled by the Republican and Democratic parties. Stein and Honkala were held for eight hours, handcuffed to chairs. As she was being arrested, Stein condemned what she called "this mock debate, this mockery of democracy." Just hours after being released, Stein joins us in the Democracy Now! studio.
David Curtis, the Green Party of California’s choice to serve as California’s chief elections officer, calls the snub unfair and inexplicable, especially since he’s out-polling two candidates that were invited to the April 23 debate.
We're bigger than we appear!
This is a great Al Jazeera article by American political cartoonist, columnist and author Ted Rall. It is about how the American media marginalizes dissent and stifles political opinion in groups like the Green Party. Read it here.
WWJD: What Would Jello Do?
Why Vote Green? Why Register Green?
It's tough to have an effect on an oligarchy, but let's keep trying!
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