The Issues We Face
It is important to recognize that all issues are interconnected. For example, homelessness is directly connected to the need for a living wage. Did you know 44% of the homeless in the USA are employed? Perhaps, if we had a guaranteed living wage the number of homeless would shrink considerably. In the end, We the People need real representation in order to truly solve these problems. The list below does not include every issue. Please contact me if you wish to hear my stance on an issue not covered on this page.
Several wonderful citizens of Sacramento, including myself, advocate for the homeless every week at city council meetings. There are more than 13,000 homeless in Sacramento County. However, the number of homeless continues to grow along with rent prices (Sacramento rent prices are rising faster than any other city in the USA). Unfortunately, the elected members of city council have taken a completely backwards approach to solving the homeless crisis. The city council criminalizes the homeless with an inhumane and unconstitutional 'no camping ordinance.' The ordinance breaks several constitutional rights including the 14th Amendment "No state shall deprive a citizen of life, liberty or property without due process of law." The ordinance entails police taking survival supplies such as sleeping bags, blankets and tents from human beings. This is depriving people of their property. Furthermore, there are many cases of this inhumane ordinance directly leading to the death of human beings. Depriving people of survival gear in the middle of winter has led to the death of several Sacramento citizens, including a man freezing to death on the steps of city hall. Justice for All???
I believe the misuse of funds in Sacramento county and city is a deliberate choice and an immoral action. Elected officials are clearly more interested in building arenas, prettying up the riverfront, closing public bathrooms, shutting down water fountains, and arresting the poor, than they are in finding solutions. Did you catch that? Yes, the Sacramento City Council has shut off water fountains and closed public bathrooms! Can this be anything but a deliberate attack on the homeless citizens of Sacramento?! What's more the city has invested in noise machines! These machines blare all night as a way to deter sleep. #Right2Rest
We advocates provide solutions to the council every week. I bring up tiny homes and point out that other cities such as Seattle, St. Louis, Portland, and Detroit have found great success with tiny homes. We have also pushed for a temporary tent city. It is impossible to find a job or get back on your feet when you are constantly being harassed by police and forced to move from one piece of public land to the next. Allowing people to tent in a pre-ordained location would at least provide stability and remove a large amount of anxiety for all the homeless trying to re-enter the workforce.
Other solutions include making use of the high number of vacant buildings and vacant lots in the city. The current mayor has said "Sacramento has a problem with too many vacant lots in the city." I say "Let's use that space to provide affordable housing!" Other innovative ideas include, jackets that turn into tents, portable hammocks and mobile tiny homes.
I reject gentrification as a model of economic development. At the moment, Sacramento policies indicate a massive move towards gentrification. I support rent control in Sacramento. As mentioned above, the city of Sacramento has rents rising faster than anywhere else in the USA. People, who have lived in Sacramento for generations are being forced out of their homes. This is an appalling practice that needs to be dealt with. Rent control and just cause eviction can be one step in curbing this injustice.
The bottom line: it makes economic sense to help the homeless! When we house people we provide stability. Stability (and an address) makes it much easier to find a job. Once working, people can finally contribute to the economy both as a worker and a consumer. Finally, those newly employed members of society will be able to pay taxes to support public works. We waste money and police resources enforcing an inhumane and unconstitutional 'no camping ordinance.' It is time to repeal the ordinance and start helping human beings instead of pushing them farther down the ladder. Remember, the homeless community includes children, families, veterans, women, men and pets.
Eric Frame on the Radio discussing homelessness and more https://kdvs.org/playlist-details/42248/
Eric Frame on addressing the homeless issue in Sacramento: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNxJqqWiszc&t=99s
Occupy Sacramento: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BZraIjevcc&t=22s
A well-made Sacramento Homeless Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E49x4nSrZJU
The FBI called Sacramento, California a "hub of human/child trafficking." As mentioned above, the Sacramento Police currently wastes money and police time enforcing an inhumane and unconstitutional 'no camping ordinance.' I say it is time to repeal the ordinance and free up Police time and resources to investigate real crimes such as the child trafficking running rampant in California. As stated in the FBI Archives, "The average age of a child targeted for prostitution in the United States is between 11 and 14 years old. " These are our children, too young to know how to protect themselves. It is our jobs as parents, advocates, neighbors, and humanitarians to demand that these children be protected. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports "Of the more than 18,500 endangered runaways reported to NCMEC in 2016, one in six were likely victims of child sex trafficking." One in Six... and "Of those, 86 percent were in the care of SOCIAL SERVICES when they went missing." It is time we hold our police force, state, FBI and federal government accountable for the protection and recovery of these children. It is time we, as parents, demand change for our children, the future.
As of 2016, the California Department of Justice reports that an average of over 87,000 children have gone missing every year for the last 5 years. That is staggering. That is unacceptable. What's more, the district attorney's presentation to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors: Final Budget Hearing on June 13th, 2017 devoted an amount of less than $100,000 to the investigation of human trafficking. According to a Sac PD officer I have spoken to, the police force in the city of Sacramento has only two investigators working on the trafficking. The victims of this trafficking epidemic deserve a full investigation with citizen oversight! This issue goes deeper and darker than most care to imagine. The books below delve deeper into this dark topic. We the People need to be unified. If we can unite around anything, it's the safety of OUR children.
Wake the Police. Save the Children. Save the World
Books: Why Johnny Can’t Come Home by Norreen N. Gosch, Access Denied: For Reasons of National Security by Cathy O’Brien and Mark Phillips, The Franklin Cover-Up: Child Abuse, Satanism And Murder in Nebraska by John W. DeCamp
KCRA 3 Sacramento Sex Trafficking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJwB9KyXr-U
Save Our Children Speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2Uj92tGjkg&feature=youtu.be
Proper healthcare for ALL
Proper Healthcare is a human right. I witnessed my mother go through debilitating sessions of chemotherapy. During the same time, Jimmy Carter was diagnosed with brain cancer, received "cutting-edge immune boosting treatment" and was cancer free within weeks. Why does my mother go through painful and expensive chemo while former presidents receive better care? Where is the justice in that? My mother never bombed anyone.
Unfortunately, we have a healthcare system which values profit over health. Big Pharma drugs that have more side effects than good effects and treat symptoms while ignoring root causes of conditions and disease. Our system turns people away at the hospital door. Each year, our system forces thousands of citizens to declare bankruptcy in order to pay for their medical bills. Our system is sick.
I actively supported Senate Bill 562 Healthy California. I am also a member of Healthcare for All California. A single payer system is a big part of the solution. The Single Payer system saves money and saves lives. It saves us money by removing health insurance from the picture. That means no more high insurance copays, premiums, or deductibles and no more annoying insurance phone calls! The moral win is even greater: No one is turned away or dumped from the hospital. The citizens of the USA pay more for drugs and healthcare than any other country in the world (see chart below). A single payer system would finally allow us to negotiate drug prices. The common question: How do we pay for single payer? Well, Sb562 for example, would have utilized a 2% tax on business deals of >2$ million and a 2% sales tax on non-essential goods. Compared with the savings We the People would receive by cutting useless middlemen these taxes are a cake walk.
The suppression of alternative medicine and Eastern medicine within our Big Pharma controlled system is another issue that needs addressing. Look at our government's history with medicinal herbs like marijuana as an example. A natural product that we now use for countless medical conditions is still illegal on the federal level! Why is this? Could it be that such natural remedies are deemed harmful to big pharma's profit margin? I support a utilization of both eastern and western philosophies of health. I support research and education of alternative medical care; including preventative care, herbal remedies, chiropractic and acupuncture.
We were behind in the 60's! JFK on Healthcare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14A1zxaHpD8
Teachers deserve a raise. My brother is a Substitute Teacher and my Sister-in-law is a 3rd Grade Teacher. At times, they are forced to use food stamps to feed themselves and their child. Teachers need a raise and our children deserve a happy teacher. The education of our children is clearly one of the most important jobs in every community. If we continue to pay teachers such low wages we will continue to hear about bad teachers.
I believe education is a right to all people. We the People deserve tuition free public college. It does not matter what economic standing one is born into, keeping education from hard working students that simply cannot afford high priced schooling is discrimination. Plus, educating people is good for the economy! An educated person can pursue a career that helps the community. As a person who recently left school, I am a big fan of apprenticeship programs. An apprenticeship allows one to learn the trade while being paid. We need to expand apprenticeships to include as many industries as possible.
Apart from the fiscal aspects of our education, reforms are also needed in regard to quality. Far too much emphasis is put on testing, homework and more testing.We are simply overworking our children. More often than not, students come home with hours of homework. The stacks of homework combined with all the tests have significantly diminished an entire generation's social skills. More emphasis on creativity, social activities and outdoor free time is needed in order to grow the whole person.
Charter schools and vouchers are a way to syphon public funds into private schools. So, instead of public funds being used to improve public schools, the charter school system has those funds line the pockets of private entities. Charter schools are controlled by a corporate board. They lack oversight and accountability. This means fraud, grossly underpaid teachers, curriculum chosen by a corporate board, and even such horror stories as kidnapping take place in unaccountable charter schools. In addition, black and hispanic students are four times more likely to be suspended or expelled by corporate-board-run-charter-schools.
Noam Chomsky on Education System: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVqMAlgAnlo
Interesting Valedictorian speech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5uqNhfNHL8
"Abolish student debt to free a generation of Americans from debt servitude. Guarantee tuition-free, world-class public education from pre-school through university. End high stakes testing and public school privatization." Jill Stein
I was a poll worker during the 2016 primary and general election. I saw the 'discrepancies.' I saw people magically registered to the wrong party. I saw people who showed up to vote but never received their ballot in the mail. These citizens were forced to vote provisionally. During our day long training, poll-workers are informed that provisional ballots are solely used for the poll workers' safety. In other words, instead of poll workers saying "sorry you can't vote" and facing the understandable anger from the voter. We can say "here is a provisional ballot." Provisional ballots are not counted they are for the safety of the Poll worker. We need Same Day Registration to avoid the 'discrepancies' mentioned above. We need Ranked Choice Voting (Vote FOR someone! no more fear based voting). We need a Committee of Citizens to hand count votes. We need an extra eye on voting machines. Check out the documentary below to see the major problems with voting machines. We need alternatives to the main stream media so that 'official' vote totals can be trusted. We need recounts to be allowed and free for the People, because they are OUR VOTES! As opposed to 'recounts' we had in the 2016 election, which costed millions of dollars only to be cancelled after the payment. We need proportional representation and open debates, so that candidates from all parties are heard.
I support Move to Amend. The goal of Move to Amend is to enact the 28th Amendment, also known as the "We the People Amendment." This amendment would overturn citizens united supreme court decision, which gave corporations way too much power to purchase elections and candidates. Money is not speech!
Hacking Democracy HBO Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_Bq9A1F3X8
An interesting Article about California's form of Same Day Registration. Isn't it odd that California delayed SDR until after 2016 election?http://www.calnewsroom.com/2014/02/05/same-day-voter-registration-law-delayed-until-2016/
Protecting our Environment
I support The Green New Deal: "Create millions of jobs by transitioning to 100% clean renewable energy (wind, solar, water etc.) by 2030, investing in public transit, sustainable agriculture, and conservation. Protect our public lands, water supplies, biological diversity, parks, and pollinators. Label GMOs, and put a moratorium on GMOs and pesticides until they are proven safe. Protect the rights of future generations."
I also believe in cruelty-free farming and reject the overuse of antibiotics in our animals. In Spain, and other parts of the world, egg yolks are a healthy orange color. What is going on with our eggs? Furthermore, I believe in the right to grow your own organic garden and raise livestock. The federal government has no right to come into your home and remove your garden or kill your livestock. For that matter, the government as no right to force farmers to use pesticides, antibiotics or any other chemicals which the farmer does not wish to use.
In my opinion, the best path to defend our Earth is to gain real representation for US and the planet. Unfortunately, we have a political situation in which many aspects of government are compromised by fossil fuel lobbyists. For example, in Richmond, CA, it was common knowledge that the city council was owned by Chevron. In 2012, Richmond was hit hard by a Chevron fire. People went as far as to put towels under there doors to keep out the smoke. Some lovely citizens, who realized the need to replace Chevron politicians with People politicians, started the Richmond Progressive Alliance or RPA. This orginization has slowly but surely managed to replace several Chevron puppets on city council with RPA members. Only after winning proper representation were the citizens of Richmond able to start making positive changes in their community. In summary, the problem we face with Climate Change is not as much caused by We the People taking long showers or using the wrong lightbulbs. On the contrary, it is almost entirely caused by our 'representatives' who actually represent Big Oil, Big Agra, and the military industrial complex. With disregard for the Planet we inhabit, these representatives, lobbyists and fat cats push for more profits, more fossil fuels and the occasional underwater nuclear test.
Why are Environmental Activists often placed on the FBI top terror watch lists? Read Green is The New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege by Will Potter to find out.
Cowspiracy is an informative documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-XP79o8gqQ
Based on inflation and our own increased production since the 50s, our living wage is supposed to be around 25$ an hour! How many of us can say that we are making that? How many of us can say that we are living comfortably? That we can throw all the things we are needing in our cart, and not be nervous in the checkout line? There was a time when that was possible. When young couples getting married and starting families did not look towards the future in fear of being lost in the disappearing middle class. We the People deserve to be able to put food on the table, own a savings account, take sick days off from work without fear of debt, homelessness, and just general poverty!
The 1% has made a profit milking the working and middle class, making everyday expenses rise higher than our minimum wage can cover. With increasing minimum wage and not addressing the 1%'s gouging, we are allowing common expenses, like milk and gas, to continue to increase and void the small amounts that workers are able to get ahead.
It is time we have politicians willing to address the crimes against the poor. To go after the fat cats who are starving out the rest of the working class.
My grandfather was a union barber back in the day. He went to his grave insisting that people have a union supporting them, and protecting their rights. I follow in my grandfather's footsteps, and fully support workers' right to form unions. Workers who unionize are much more likely to receive a living wage and proper benefits. I believe these things are not a luxury, but are the bare minimum that we need to have a successful and prosperous society! The "Right-to-work" sounds nice, but the main goal of the right-to-work movement is to prevent workers from forming unions and in effect prevents workers from receiving a living wage and benefits. I want to see a National Workers Union made up of all working People in the 99%. The more people standing up for their rights, the more power we the People can exert on the system.
We need proper benefits for workers. A Single Payer healthcare system would help bring health benefits back to an affordable rate for both employees and employers. In addition, the people deserve a real paid family leave, not only for mother's but for fathers too. "In an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the authors reviewed 43 studies on depression in new fathers. They found that prenatal and postpartum depression was evident in about 10% of men in their studies and was relatively higher in the 3- to 6-month postpartum period. We can help fathers reduce the risk of paternal postpartum depression by getting them more involved with their newborns from the time of birth." (Excerpt from "Father's Day: A father's bond with his newborn...") How can we expect a father to have proper bonding with his child, when we will not give him the time away from work to do it? The USA currently has the an immoral paid family leave system. Why are we the only developed country in the world without guaranteed Paid Family Leave? Parents deserve the right to build connections to their family.
Family Court– Have you experienced the horror of America's profit first family court system? Did you know that in family court you do not have the right to an attorney or a jury? Did you know the average divorce costs $51,000? Watch Divorce Corp to find out more. The Family Court system needs to be held accountable to the US Constitution. We the People need to push hard to reform the unconstitutional family court system so that We have a right to an attorney and to a jury.
Another issue that has been brought to my attention is Parental Alienation. Parental Alienation is a bi-product of the broken family court system. With the family court system putting profit before the needs of the children, more often than not a parent will slander the other parent in the hope to maintain more custody. This is terrible for the children, who can turn against one of their parents based on a lie told by the other. The goal in family court should be 50/50 custody of the child, however, our current system often sides with the more affluent parent or against a parent on the basis of here-say. Find out more about Parental Alienation and family court struggles at Lovedominates.com. Keeping families together and children in loving relationships with both parents is the goal. Children who are cut off from parents are much more likely to struggle with addiction, violence and depression. We must reform Family Court to make more constitutional and to put the needs of children first.
UNiting The People
We the People are the 99%! Trump Voters, Hilary Voters, Non-Voters, Green Voters, Libertarians, Berners, Immigrants, Blue Collar Workers, White Collar Workers, People of all races, religions and sexual orientations. In the end, we are all ONE. The powers that be want US divided. The more divided we are the easier it is for them to control US. We can no longer tear ourselves apart with disunity. Love each other! Talk to each other! United we Stand!