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FBI Files Link Christian Televangelist To Mafia, Gun Running, Narcotics, White Supremacism - The New Civil Rights Movement

The co-founder of the world’s largest Christian evangelical television ministry has been linked in FBI files to the Mafia, gun running, narcotics, money laundering, anti-Semitism, white supremacism, and other activities around the world.

It was always fun driving up the 405 through Costa Mesa, seeing this guy’s palace along side the freeway, knowing how many people he was duping around him.

Sign the petition: Healthcare Should Not Be a Loan! STOP California from Taking the Homes Of Deceased Medi-Cal Recipients

CA SENATE: Provide paid sick days to every CA worker to ensure healthy workplaces and healthy workers

Roughly 33% of California’s workforce, nearly 6 million California workers, cannot take an hour off of work to care for themselves or a loved one who is sick without putting their pay or job in jeopardy. Workers without paid sick days must either work while sick or forego wages — losing three days of pay can equate to a whole month’s worth grocery bill for a low-income family.

Public health is very much at risk when we force people to work while sick and expose customers, co-workers, and others to often very contagious illnesses. Additionally, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research shows that 1.3 million emergency room visits could be avoided if the patients had access to paid sick leave, giving them time to visit a doctor when they were sick.

Research shows that sick workers are roughly half as productive as healthy workers—a disparity that dwarfs the cost of three sick days per year. More than $160 billion is lost annually in our national economy because of low productivity when workers show up to work sick.

Nearly 23 percent of adults in the US report that they have lost a job or have been threatened with being fired for taking time off due to illness or to care for a sick family member.

In the recently released “Shriver Report,” more than 90 percent of single women said paid sick day reform was the most important policy that their employer could adopt to improve their lives.

Connecticut is currently the only state with a statewide law on sick days. The Center for Economic and Policy Research found 3 out of 4 employers in Connecticut said the law had a positive impact on business. Fifteen percent of employers said productivity increased and 30 percent said it resulted in increased morale.

AB 1522 creates a new workplace standard similar to minimum wage or the 8-hour workday. AB 1522 allows workers to seek redress for being cheated out of the sick days they earn.

ACTION ALERT: Tell the SD City Council to Stand With Working Families

Alliance San Diego is supporting the campaign to raise the minimum wage in San Diego. As part of the Raise Up San Diego coalition, we are backing the San Diego City Council efforts led by Council President, Todd Gloria (CD 3).

The campaign has progressed rapidly and a compromise with small business was recently announced by Council member Gloria to raise the minimum wage in San Diego. The compromise would raise the minimum wage to $9.75 in 2015, $10.50 in 2016, and $11.50 in 2017. Indexing the increase to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) would start in 2019 and there would be no exemptions. (read and see more here: http://bit.ly/1rI8l8b).

Recently, ASD’s Spring Civic Engagement Program (May 5- June 2, 2014) engaged voters on the question of raising the minimum wage. Voters, north and south of Interstate 8, strongly supported raising the minimum wage in the city of San Diego. We talked to more than 5,800 voters and 83% agreed to raising the minimum wage (only 9% said no to the wage increase). It is clear that San Diego residents think more needs to be done to support working class families in San Diego. Raising the minimum wage would increase wages for approximately 172,000 workers locally and put $267 million into their pockets annually.

Ask your city councilmember to support raising the minimum and make it possible for working class folks to take care of their families to call or email their city council member. It’s important that your city councilmember hear from people that support this effort to Raise Up San Diego!

TAKE ACTION TODAY!

Please send emails to http://org.salsalabs.com/o/1388/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=15727

Don’t let California Backslide to More Dirty Energy

I just signed the petition “Don’t let California Backslide to More Dirty Energy” and wanted to ask if you could add your name too.

This campaign means a lot to me and the more support we can get behind it, the better chance we have of succeeding.

Lalo Alcaraz or who ever put this graphic together nailed it.  Shame on #Murrieta, California.

Lalo Alcaraz or who ever put this graphic together nailed it. Shame on #Murrieta, California.


Escondido’s now-famous racism ran rampant in the room. Despite Escondido Commission Chairman Jeff Weber repeatedly emphasizing that, by law, the panel could only consider local land-use issues, the fear of being overrun with Brown People dominated the discussion.
The mood at the meeting was overwhelmingly hostile, coming after a concerted campaign waged via right wing blogs and news media whipping up fears of crime, disease and gangs.
By a 7-0 vote the commission decided not to approve the project, saying it would generate more noise and traffic in the neighborhood.

 (via Escondido Bigots Unite to Keep Migrant Child Shelter Out)

Escondido’s now-famous racism ran rampant in the room. Despite Escondido Commission Chairman Jeff Weber repeatedly emphasizing that, by law, the panel could only consider local land-use issues, the fear of being overrun with Brown People dominated the discussion.

The mood at the meeting was overwhelmingly hostile, coming after a concerted campaign waged via right wing blogs and news media whipping up fears of crime, disease and gangs.

By a 7-0 vote the commission decided not to approve the project, saying it would generate more noise and traffic in the neighborhood.


Pledge To Support Cannabis Reform

Prohibition is still dumber than a rock. Everybody on get the bus, now.

Tell your California Assemblymember: Stop dealers from selling killer cars to consumers!

Due to a loophole in California law, car dealers are allowed to sell used cars without repairing safety recalls first.  Millions of Californians are driving cars with unrepaired safety recalls, and most don’t even know it.

An analysis by CarFax shows that 36 million cars on the road right now — or roughly one in seven — are subject to a safety-related recall but have never been repaired. Good Morning America has gone undercover to investigate, catching car dealers telling consumers that used cars are “safe” and passed rigorous inspections, when they’re actually ticking time bombs.

It’s obvious that the law needs to change, but the car dealers are lobbying furiously because they don’t want to bother repairing the cars before they make another sale.

The next victim could be you, or someone you love, even if you don’t buy a recalled used car. You share the road with these cars every day. SIGN THE PETITION and send an email to your California Assemblymember and say:

“Support Senate Bill 686 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson to help keep Californians and their families safe from killer cars by making car dealers repair used cars with open safety recalls before selling them to consumers.”

Rates for probationer arrests as a percentage of all adult arrests after the onset of AB 109 — the prison realignment law enacted in late 2011 in response to federal court orders to reduce overcrowding — only went up two percent the next year, from 10 percent two years earlier.

Meaning, only one in eight adults arrested in 2012 was under probation supervision.

“I think that what this tells us is that the sky is not falling,” said Cynthia Burke, criminal justice research director for the San Diego Association of Governments. “It’s something that we need to keep looking at. But Probation, the Sheriff’s Department and the other partners are using evidence-based practices to try to supervise these offenders.”