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How California Tea Partiers Hijacked Redistricting Reform

How California Tea Partiers Hijacked Redistricting Reform

SAN FRANCISCO—Few ordinary Californians have been more intensely interested in the state’s new Citizens Redistricting Commission than Berkeley-based Tea Party activist David Salaverry. Back in March, he realized that the fledgling panel, with its 14 citizen members drawing political districts instead of politicians and its commitment to openness and transparency instead of behind-the-scenes deal-making, offered a golden opportunity for conservative Californians to influence the redistricting process at a time when their political clout was waning … Read entire article »

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Supreme Court Ruling another Blow on Women’s Right to Fair Pay and Treatment on the Job

Supreme Court Ruling another Blow on Women’s Right to Fair Pay and Treatment on the Job

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), the senior Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, issued the following statement on today’s United States Supreme Court decision that invalidated a class-action lawsuit brought against Wal-Mart by women from across the country alleging years of discrimination in pay and promotions. “Today’s ruling from the right wing Roberts court is another blow to a woman’s right to fair pay and fair treatment on the job. There is no place in … Read entire article »

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Richmond council divided over proposed Congressional redistricting

Richmond council divided over proposed Congressional redistricting

By: Robert Rogers, Richmond Confidential By August, Richmond may have a new representative in Congress – and the city’s leaders are divided over whether that’s a step in the right direction. Democrat George Miller has been Richmond’s Congressman for more than three decades, but that run could effectively be over this fall. A state commission created to redraw state and federal district boundaries has proposed moving Richmond out Miller’s 7th District and into Democrat … Read entire article »

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Alameda County Board of Supervisors Adopts a Resolution Apologizing for Slavery of African Americans

Alameda County Board of Supervisors Adopts a Resolution Apologizing for Slavery of African Americans In commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States also known as Juneteeth, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors formally adopted a resolution this week apologizing for slavery of African Americans and calling for reparations and reconciliation. “I want to thank President Nate Miley for his leadership on this issue and allowing me an opportunity to co-sponsor the resolution,” said Supervisor Keith Carson at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting. “Apologizing for slavery is not just about past tense but the impact that it has on the present day community.’’ The resolution calls for economic reparations through health, education, employment and housing programs to address the disparities in the African American … Read entire article »

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Miller Statement on Proposed WIC Cuts in Agriculture Appropriations Bill

Miller Statement on Proposed WIC Cuts in Agriculture Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In light of harmful cuts proposed by House Republicans, U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), senior Democrat on the Education and the Workforce Committee, issued the following statement regarding the proposed cuts to the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). These cuts further the attack on poor and working class Americans outlined in … Read entire article »

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Herman Cain and GOP Presidential Nomination an Oxymoron

Herman Cain and GOP Presidential Nomination an Oxymoron

New America Media, Commentary, Earl Ofari Hutchinson
, The name Herman Cain and the words GOP presidential nominee make for a pitiable oxymoron. But the irrepressible talk show host and former Godfather Pizza CEO still thinks that he can stand the GOP on its head and get it to nominate him, an African-American, as its 2012 presidential standard bearer. Cain certainly has the right stuff to be considered a serious contender. … Read entire article »

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BARBARA LEE FIGHTS AGAINST BLANK CHECK FOR ENDLESS WAR, PUSHES FOR SWIFT WITHDRAWAL FROM AFGHANISTAN AND SENSIBLE CUTS TO BLOATED PENTAGON BUDGET

BARBARA LEE FIGHTS AGAINST BLANK CHECK FOR ENDLESS WAR, PUSHES FOR SWIFT WITHDRAWAL FROM AFGHANISTAN AND SENSIBLE CUTS TO BLOATED PENTAGON BUDGET

Lee Opposes Defense Authorization Bill That Repeats the Same Mistakes All Over Again Washington, DC – This week, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced several amendments to the Defense Authorization bill. Through her bipartisan work with Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI), Congresswoman Lee forced a floor vote on the Amash-Lee amendment which would strike the controversial Section 1034 from the bill. Section 1034 represents a broad definition of undefined enemies in any … Read entire article »

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BARBARA LEE: PATRIOT ACT SACRIFICES OUR FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

BARBARA LEE: PATRIOT ACT SACRIFICES OUR FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) released the following statement this evening following House passage of the PATRIOT Act, which she opposed: “We should balance our national security with protection of our civil liberties, but the PATRIOT Act does not achieve that necessary balance. I opposed the extension of the PATRIOT Act because we cannot sacrifice fundamental freedoms, including the right to privacy, in our effort to manage the … Read entire article »

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ACCESS TO SALARY SHOULD NOT DETERMINE ACCESS TO JUSTICE, SAYS SWANSON

ACCESS TO SALARY SHOULD NOT DETERMINE ACCESS TO JUSTICE, SAYS SWANSON

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The Equal Access to Justice Act, authored by Assemblymember Sandré R. Swanson (D-Alameda), Chair of the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee, passed the Assembly today. The bill will increase low-wage workers’ access to the justice system after a recent court decision, Chavez v. City of Los Angeles (2010) 47 Cal.4th 970, effectively discouraged low-wage workers from making employment discrimination claims under the Fair Employment and Housing … Read entire article »

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U.S. Supreme Court Orders Release of 46,000 Inmates, Emphasizing the Need for Swanson’s Nutritional Assistance for Families Act

U.S. Supreme Court Orders Release of 46,000 Inmates, Emphasizing the Need for Swanson’s Nutritional Assistance for Families Act

(Sacramento, CA) –The Nutritional Assistance for Families Act, which provides critical food services to individuals released from prison for certain non-violent felonies, passed the Assembly this week and now moves to the Senate. The bill is significant in light of yesterday’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring the California Department of Corrections to release 46,000 prisoners within the next two years. “Nearly 46,000 prisoners will soon be released … Read entire article »

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