Strong leadership, A Clear Economic Plan, a Brighter, More Secure Future!
Career politicians have learned the fine art of not answering the question.
I guess I’m just not that sophisticated, nor a sycophant, nor smarmy!
I have learned the fine art of listening. . . and sometimes that IS the difference.
It is not about my why. . . it is about your why, and if I am the right candidate for you.
That listens to you, takes to heart your needs. Works to be his brother’s keeper.
So, want to know my why?
Sitting on my couch on January 6th, and watching our grand experiment of a republic be attacked by white supremacists, QAnon clowns, and sycophant politicians that are more interested in consolidating their power-than serving the people that elected them.
So tired of railing against wrong on Facebook, I stood up, jumped in, and am standing for the most vulnerable of our society.
Please read this, my manifesto. I am not a professional politician.
I am a black man, who is tired of folks being mistreated, misrepresented, misunderstood.
Y’all deserve better.
If you are moved by what you read, watch, and hear.
Find your why, join us, join the movement for a better Los Angeles!
What if we could help the working poor of Los Angeles County with a smidgen of help: $500 per month?
The concept of universal basic income, which has received a boost from economic conditions during the pandemic, has just received another favorable vote.
This one comes from a study of a two-year guaranteed income project in Stockton, which delivered monthly no-strings-attached checks of $500 to 125 mostly low-income residents.
A preliminary analysis of the first year of the program, through February 2020, found that recipients were “healthier, showing less depression and anxiety and enhanced well-being” than those in a control group not receiving the stipends.
Poverty is not the result of individual bad decisions; it’s the result of policies that keep people down.
They also experienced less month-to-month fluctuations in household income. Most notably, they had greater success finding full-time work or upgrading their employment. That turns on its head the conventional conservative argument that such programs will disincentivize the search for work and turn recipients into layabouts.
At the start of the study period in February 2019, according to the analysis, 28% of recipients had full-time employment; a year later, 40% did. By comparison, full-time employment in the control group rose only from 32% at the start to 37% after a year.
In other words, recipients were able to move into full-time work at about twice the rate of the control group.
“What we saw was that individuals were able to leverage the $500 in ways that enabled them to show up and fill out a job application — if you’re working part time and taking care of a child, there’s not a lot of time in your day,” says Stacia West, an expert in social work at the University of Tennessee. “Financial scarcity creates time scarcity.”
In the Democratic Party primaries, a newcomer, Andrew Yang, had basic income as his core policy. He phrased the policy as “Freedom Dividend” and the idea was to give every American 1000 dollars every month, which they would be free to choose how to spend.
Basic income, health and poverty
The first comprehensive systematic review of the health impact of basic income (or rather unconditional cash transfers in general) in low- and middle-income countries, a study which included 21 studies of which 16 were randomized controlled trials, found a clinically meaningful reduction in the likelihood of being sick by an estimated 27%. Unconditional cash transfers, according to the study, may also improve food security and dietary diversity. Children in recipient families are also more likely to attend school and the cash transfers may increase money spent on health care.
Biden To Split New $3 Trillion Recovery Plan Into Two Proposals,
With Infrastructure First On Deck
President Joe Biden’s long-awaited Build Back Better package, a follow up to the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, will be split into two separate legislative proposals, the White House said Sunday, adding that new details on infrastructure investments–the plan’s first part–will debut Wednesday, with more to come on healthcare and childcare in late April.
Speaking to Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Sunday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden will debut the first part of his Build Back Better plan in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, confirming reports over the past week that the president would split the plan up into two proposals.
She also confirmed the plan’s first part will tackle infrastructure but dodged a question about whether Democrats would work to pass the plan without Republican support, as was the case with the American Rescue Plan, saying instead that rebuilding roads and railways “isn’t a partisan issue.”
The president will “have more to say later in April about the second part of his recovery plan,” which is set to include provisions on healthcare and childcare, Psaki said, adding that “it’s a crisis right now, the number of women who have left the workforce.”
Biden is also set to introduce “some ways to pay for [the package], and he’s eager to hear ideas from both parties as well,” Psaki said without referring to tax hikes, but likely referring in part to the president’s campaign proposal to raise the corporate tax rate to 28% from 21%.
Though Psaki gave no further details on tax hikes, officials are reportedly discussing raising taxes on the ultra-wealthy, raising the global minimum tax (an international tax levied on multinational corporations) from 13% to 21%, eliminating subsidies for fossil fuel companies and imposing U.S. tax rates on multinational corporations.
“We’re not quite in the legislative strategy yet, but I will say that I don’t think Republicans and the country think we should be 13th in the world as it relates to infrastructure, roads and railways,” Psaki said Sunday. “That’s a lot of what the President will talk about this Wednesday; then he will have… another proposal that he will put forward in just a couple of weeks that will address a lot of issues that American people are struggling with–childcare and the cost of healthcare.”
Details on Biden’s Build Back Better plan have been vague thus far, but last Monday, Psaki last week said the plan’s “focus will be on jobs,” along with infrastructure, caregiving and “making sure the tax code rewards work and not wealth.” According to the New York Times, Biden may be about to “usher in the largest federal tax increase since 1942,” and that should make it difficult to get Republicans on board with the plan. In a note to clients Friday, market expert Adam Crisafulli, the founder of Vital Knowledge Media, said “investors should be prepared for weeks and weeks of tax hike threats, although rates at the end of the day may not rise dramatically,” given the opposition big hikes will face in an evenly split Senate with very vocal moderate Democrats.
Republican lawmakers have already signaled early opposition to Biden’s plan. “That’s a hell of a way to make tax policy,” Sen. John N. Kennedy (R-La.) said last week of tax hikes specifically targeting wealthier Americans. “You don’t make tax policy on the basis of class.” Others have suggested they won’t negotiate on either of the two proposals if reconciliation, the budgetary process that would allow only a simple majority of votes for legislation to pass, is used. “It’s a pretty cynical ploy to try and appeal to Republicans to vote for all that [infrastructure] stuff, and then do reconciliation to do all the other hard stuff,” Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said Tuesday.
$3 trillion. That’s how much Biden’s two recovery proposals could ultimately cost, according to multiple reports. The spending is likely to be split up over roughly 10 years.
The answer to your vexxing question:
As your candidate for Supervisor. I am going to attack your and my ridiculous property taxes. My proposal. Governor Newsom gave every homeowner a gift October 2019!
If you build an Alternative Dwelling Unit (ADU) in your backyard, and host a homeless veteran who can pay rent, we will lower your property taxes. This fixes the homeless vets problem, fixes your run away property taxes problem, and makes you an angel!
Reforming the Police State, Stop Armed Traffic Stops!
Democratic lawmakers unveiled legislation on Monday to reform national law enforcement policies and create more accountability for police. The bill was introduced amid nationwide demonstrations protesting police brutality and demanding justice for George Floyd.
The bill, known as The Justice in Policing Act of 2020, was principally drafted by Black Caucus Chair, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), and House Judiciary Committee Chair, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY). It also has at least 200 co-sponsors in the House and Senate.
Some of the bill’s proposed measures include a federal ban on chokeholds, mandating the use of dashboard and body cameras for federal offices, and establishing a National Police Misconduct Registry. The registry would track police misconduct and is designed to prevent officers who are fired or leave an agency from moving to another jurisdiction without accountability.
It would also reform “qualified immunity” so that individuals are not barred from recovering damages when police violate their constitutional rights, make lynching a federal crime, and offer grants for community-based organizations to create task forces and explore other ways to enforce public safety.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who introduced the bill on Monday along with Bass, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and other House and Senate Democrats, called the bill a “first step” at countering the police brutality and racial injustices embedded in the country.
“Police brutality is a heartbreaking reflection of an entrenched system of racial injustice in America,” Pelosi said. “True justice can only be achieved with full, comprehensive action. That is what we are doing today. This is a first step. There is more to come.”
Before introducing the bill, Pelosi and the other Democratic lawmakers knelt on the floor for eight minutes and 46 seconds as a tribute to Floyd who, on May 25, died after then-Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck during a violent arrest.
Pelosi said that, in the coming weeks, the House will hold hearings and mark up the legislation in coming weeks and that she hopes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will “swiftly take it up” (though McConnell has already opposed state-level commitments at police reform). Schumer also said on Monday that Senate Democrats will “fight like hell” in order to pass the bill, and called on McConnell to bring the bill to the Senate floor by the end of the month.
Though some have praised the bill for attempting to reform the county’s law enforcement, others have said the bill falls short of their demands to “defund police” — an idea that some cities including Minneapolis have begun to pursue.
In a Monday statement, Kanya Bennett who serves as Senior Council for ACLU Washington’s Legislative Office said that, while the bill offered “significant steps” to protect people and ensure accountability, it didn’t cover divestment from law enforcement agencies.
“There can be no more Band-Aid or temporary fixes when it comes to policing, which is why we are calling for divestment from law enforcement agencies and reinvestment into the Black and Brown communities that have been harmed by over policing and mass incarceration,” Bennett said.
Why male legislators need to let go of women’s uterus’.
They don’t know any better!
I grew up learning from a very young age what it means to be a feminist. My mother’s generation of women saw the rights of women to their own bodies granted with Roe v. Wade in 1973, and have since fought many battles for women’s equality on both personal and professional levels.
Roe v. Wade was passed over four decades ago, and yet women in this country are still having their reproductive rights questioned, infringed upon and violated by mostly old, white men, who have no concept of the decision they are trying to make for us all.
In 2013 alone, 70 different restrictions on reproductive rights were passed in 22 different states. We’ve had more laws restricting reproductive rights pass in this country in the past three years than we had in the entire decade of 2000 – 2010. Despite this, the rate of unintended pregnancy in low-income women and in women of color at all income levels has been rising.
Regardless of the explanations that are given for these kinds of laws in official statements, the intent is to strip women (especially poor women and women of color) of their rights in favor of one viewpoint that is ubiquitous with one religious perspective. In the 21st century, we are still living in a patriarchal theocracy, where men in power will even bypass the democratic process to maintain their frantic control over women’s bodies.
Women seeking abortions are painted to be fickle, flighty, loose women with no moral integrity. Not only is this categorization of women absurd and completely dismissive of the complicated and diverse situations that lead women to seek abortions, it also begs the question: If it were true, why would anyone in their right mind be in such a hurry to give said women the responsibility of shepherding a human life into the world in the first place?
More than this, however, is the inherent conclusion that an unborn child holds more value as a human being than a grown woman. We already fail as a nation to adequately care for every American child. As of 2010, there were 1.6 million homeless children in the U.S., another 1.3 million are living in foster care, and a staggering 16.4 million children are living in poverty. That is 22% of all American children under the age of 18, by the way. Personally, I find these figures absolutely shocking.
The rates of teen pregnancies and access to adequate prenatal care paint an equally dismal picture. There are over 329,772 teenage girls (ages 15-19) giving birth in U.S. each year, and nearly 1 million pregnant women receive late or no prenatal care. How are we to force women to bring more children into this world when there are thousands of children lacking care and a viable future?
More troubling to me personally than any of these statistics, and they are deeply troubling, is the archaic idea being perpetuated by social conservatives, patriarchs, misogynists and sexists that a woman’s primary role in life is only limited to her capacity to make babies, and that any aspirations, talents and contributions she might have in store for her are secondary to her function as a baby-making machine.
Women have their own right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To have a child is an 18-year commitment that no one should take lightly, much less men, who have little to no personal stake in abortion rights at all. To force a woman to bear a child, even if she gives said child up for adoption, is an unspeakable assault on her body, her mental state and her rights as a human being.
Almost all of the responsibility of pregnancy and childbirth are placed on women, but we are granted such a marginal role in the decision-making. We are fighting for our human rights in a nation that purports the be the most free, most advanced democratic nation in the world. We are certainly not free when the most personal decision a woman can make for herself is taken away from her and her doctor and put in the hands of a handful ignorant, irresponsible, conniving and privileged men, who have neither the right nor the adequate knowledge to even make a judgment in this area.
Better reproductive care actually leads to a decrease in abortions, and if you think about it, that makes sense. If women have access to reproductive health care and contraceptives, they are more likely to practice safe sex and make educated decisions about family planning. These laws that have restricted women’s access will likely lead to more unsafe abortions obtained out of desperation and a lack of a viable alternative.
No one likes abortion. It’s not something anyone advocates for because they think it’s a wonderful thing. It might make you sad to think about it, and indeed the reality of going through it I would imagine is heartbreaking. I understand the emotional resistance to abortion. I get it. It’s not a valid reason, however, for limiting the control a woman has over her own body. More than that — we, as a society, cannot legislate feelings.
Our country doesn’t judge and persecute men for seeking vasectomies. Health providers and employers don’t try to find sneaky ways to guarantee Viagra won’t be covered under their policies. We don’t even have a commercially-available form of contraception for men, although there are options in advanced clinical trials. Why aren’t we critical of men’s sexuality in the same way we constantly scrutinize and blame women?
What I’ve always struggled to understand is this: why are men so afraid of women controlling their own bodies? Why is there such a deep-rooted belief held by many that a woman’s thoughts, feelings, opinions and actions about her own life simply don’t matter?
Georgia illustrates the point. Late Monday, the Georgia Senate passed a measure repealing no-excuse absentee voting for large numbers of voters, a remarkably radical reversal given the huge role vote-by-mail played in the last election.
This comes after the Georgia House passed a draconian package that would sharply cut back on drop boxes, which simply make voting by mail easier. It would also limit “souls to the polls” voting to one Sunday during early voting, an extraordinarily blatant effort to reduce the electoral impact of the African Americans who vote in great numbers after church.
As reporter Ari Berman put it: “Collectively, these bills represent the most sustained effort to roll back access to the ballot in Georgia since the Jim Crow era.”
What’s more, as organizer Stacey Abrams told Berman, the new push is “explicitly” designed to “block communities of color from active participation in choosing the leadership that will guide their democracy.”
Importantly, this is underway in the state where Democratic victories in the two Senate runoffs are the very reason Biden’s $1.9 trillion package will soon become law. A GOP-controlled Senate would have left us debating a package half its size or even smaller.
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The Trump Administration Gutted the Immigration System. “Was Cruel. “
“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.”
— Mahatma Gandhi
I shake my head at the inhumanity and the ugliness that has been shown, black folks, Latin folks, and all those people that Trump referred to as “shit countries.”California is a sanctuary state, and still I think we can do better. Anyone who fixes their mouths to say, “but these people are illegal.” Are troglodyte racists, and we must silence them.There is no such thing as an, “illegal human being.” This is a humanitarian crisis. I need your help, Join the movement. . .
WASHINGTON – Armed with hope for the first time in years that immigration legislation can pass through Congress, Democrats on Capitol Hill are moving forward this week on bills that could help create a pathway to citizenship for millions of individuals living in the USA without legal status.
The House will begin action on both the American Dream and Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s office said Thursday.
The last comprehensive bill, sponsored by a group of bipartisan senators, was brought up in 2013. That legislation, which included a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants and tighter border security, passed the Senate with bipartisan support but died in the House. It’s been more than three decades since Congress last enacted broad immigration changes.
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