Articles Posted in the Politics Category

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    NationBuilder: Increasing Grassroots Access
    to the Voter File

    Today I begin a new role as chief organizer for NationBuilder, a software platform that aims to equip grassroots activists, small businesses, NGOs and candidates with the kind of organizing tools that are usually reserved only for those with deep pockets. NationBuilder is the brainchild of Jim Gilliam, a progressive activist who co-founded Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films. Jim is also creator of and TweetProgress.

  • Overheard in Fog City: Campos to Vote Against His Conscience?

    Overheard in Fog City: Campos to Vote Against His Conscience?

    Apparently the progressive supe is uncomfortable with his support for Turman, according to a reliable source, but remains committed to Turman despite damaging reports of Turman’s record absenteeism on the Human Rights Commission.

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    Congress Should Reject US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

    The negotiated U.S.-Colombia FTA will give market access for U.S. agricultural, consumer, and industrial products, and will immediately remove all tariffs on about 80 percent of U.S. goods entering Colombia. This includes immediate duty-free treatment of beef, cotton, wheat, soybeans, many fruits, and other agricultural products. The remaining 20 percent of tariffs will be phased out over a period of 10 years for both agricultural products and industrial products. In addition, the agreement provides protections for U.S. investors that will be enforced through a binding international arbitration program.

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    Will U.N September Vote be Palestine’s Last Hurrah?

    The last thing Israel wants is for the issue to end up in the U.N with a vote for Palestinian statehood. But why not the U.N.? Consider that at the creation of Israel in 1947, the U.N. partitioned the land, allotting the Jews 55 percent of Palestine. The Arabs did not agree to this partition. The action of the UN conflicted with the basic principles for which the world organization was established, namely, to uphold the right of all peoples to self-determination. By denying the Palestine Arabs, who formed a two-thirds majority of the country, the right to decide for themselves, the U.N. had violated its own charter. Now is the chance for the U.N. to rectify its 1947 action and give the Palestinians a chance, denied them in 1947, to have a say in their future.

  • Overheard in Fog City: Will Adachi Run?

    Overheard in Fog City: Will Adachi Run?

    That potential candidate is Public Defender Jeff Adachi who is singularly responsible for making this year’s mayor’s race a referendum on pension reform, the Care Not Cash, if you like, of 2003 that helped to elect then Supervisor Gavin Newsom over former Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez to Room 200.

  • National Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton. Photo by Donald Weber.

    Canada Hits Political Breaking Point and What it Means for Us

    Unlike the US, Canada has a parliamentary system. But for those who don’t know too much about the way our northern neighbor runs elections, they actually elect their Parliament in exactly the same way we elect our House of Representatives. In other words, in the most absurd manner possible -winner-take-all, first past the post, with geographically delineated districts by province.

  • Mayor Lee Presents Budget Proposal

    Mayor Lee Presents Budget Proposal

    To help balance the budget, Lee’s proposed budget includes $106 million in reductions to city departments, including $32 million from the Department of Public Health, $26 million in salary increase deferrals and $14 million in cuts to Human Services.

  • Court Jester Surveys Political Field on Memorial Day

    Court Jester Surveys Political Field on Memorial Day

    Same for Leland Yee whose one great ability is to raise money and hide its source in piles of litter. Ed Jew has a better chance of being elected Mayor than Phil Ting does and Dennis Herrera has more arrows in him than General Custer. Face it, unless Chicken John declares again, this is as exciting as this field is gonna get.

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    Are For-Profit Prisons the Answer
    to California Prison Overcrowding?

    Why is the prison system overcrowded? California’s tough-on-crime policies have led to the passage of hundreds of laws that increased prison terms. One of the most significant was the 1977 policy mandating that every prisoner leaving the system get paroled resulting in thousands of ex-convicts being sent back to jail each year for minor parole violations. Last year’s change in parole laws, which allows some non-violent offenders to avoid parole and others to avoid getting sent back to jail for minor violations, was a step in the right direction.

  • Documentary of the Year: Lifting the Veil

    Documentary of the Year: Lifting the Veil

    Lifting the Veil is the long overdue film that powerfully, definitively, and finally exposes the deadly 21st century hypocrisy of U.S. internal and external policies, even as it imbues the viewer with a sense of urgency and an actualized hope to bring about real systemic change while there is yet time for humanity and this planet.

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    Charleston: A Hodgepodge of Impressions,
    Trivia and History

    The Sesquicentennial did go out of its way to point out that Charleston’s economic and political power were attained on the backs of thousands and thousands of slaves. As of 1860 the percentage of Southern families that owned slaves has been estimated to be 43 percent in the lower South, including South Carolina. Half the owners had one to four slaves. A total of 8000 planters owned 50 or more slaves in 1850. According to the 1860 U.S. census, 393,975 individuals, representing 8 percent of all U.S. families, owned 3,950,528 slaves.

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    2011 Justice Summit: An Ode to Criminal Defense

    In his opening remarks at his annual summit on criminal justice on May 18, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi assured the audience that this year’s conference was to be “by far, the most exciting” of the seven he has organized and hosted.

  • Overheard in Fog City: Yee Opposes Shark Finning?

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    Overheard in Fog City: Yee Opposes Shark Finning?

    “I am absolutely opposed to the killing of sharks,” Yee said. “I think that the finning of sharks is not something I support. I’ve always said that and I continue to say that. We ought to not allow that to happen. I am very supportive of banning the finning of any sharks whatsoever.”

  • Mayor Lee, Elsbernd Introduce Consensus Pension Reform Measure

    Mayor Lee, Elsbernd Introduce
    Consensus Pension Reform Measure

    After months of working with labor leaders, business leaders, community-based organizations and the City family, the consensus reform measure would restructure San Francisco’s pension and health benefits. The proposed Charter amendment is co-sponsored by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and Supervisors Carmen Chu, Malia Cohen, Mark Farrell and Scott Wiener.

  • Activists Rally for EIR: No Free Ride for AT&T Utility Boxes

    Activists Rally for EIR: No Free Ride for AT&T Utility Boxes

    Representatives from Walk SF, Sierra Club, and the Duboce Neighborhood Association spoke of the need for an EIR. At the center of the debate is a key decision related to how we use our public sidewalks—a topic several speakers emphasized. As background, voters approved a Sit/Lie measure in the November 2010 election that makes it illegal for individuals to sit or lie on public sidewalks in certain commercial corridors in San Francisco.