PHONE BANK FOR JILL STEIN
If you are interested in helping phonebank for Jill Stein to help her win primary matching funds (in which the government doubles her campaign $$), please sign up here:
There is a conference call this Thursday at 9:00 p.m. EST to touch base and train phonebankers, so if you want to take part in that, please make sure you sign up now.
If you support Jill, don't miss this opportunity to help out.
Annual Peace Lantern Ceremony
11th Annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembrance Day Memorial
Sat., Aug. 8th from 7-9 pm at Lovers Point Cove, Pacific Grove
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nakasaki in August, 1945. Honoring those who suffered the atomic bombings in 1945, this ceremony reaffirms a commitment to a nuclear weapons-free world and to alternative, safer forms of energy so that such tragedies are not repeated.
The short program at 7:45 pm will be followed by the launching of the paper lanterns lit by candles on rafts pulled by kayaks into the cove at 8:15 pm. Everyone is welcome at this free event.
Sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and
Freedom, the Peace Coalition of Monterey County, Monterey Peace and Justice Center, and the Monterey Peninsula Friends Meeting.
For information, please contact 375-8216 or 372-5762.
Thu Aug 13, 2015
Pesticide Working Group – Protect our Schoolchildren
Monterey Bay Central Labor Council
931 E Market St., Salinas, Salinas, CA
Safe Strawberry Working Group – Protect our Schoolchildren
Our children deserve better! Please join this dynamic group of residents pressuring officials to regulate for greater protections from pesticide use near schools.
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!
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.
Plastic Bag Ban
Monterey County has enacted a plastic bag ban!
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
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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