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Peace & Freedom Party Sacramento County has announced its official endorsement of two candidates running for the Citrus Heights city council, Nicole Castor and Thomas Goetz. Below runs a statement from Nicole released upon receiving PFP endorsement.
I am so grateful for the support of Sacramento County Peace and Freedom Party, as I am whenever we have the opportunity to work together.
This November, I need your help.
My city is in crisis -- through sweltering heat waves, a global pandemic, and now smoke-filled air for days on end, our un-housed community has no emergency shelter, inadequate sanitation services, no access to water, or showers. With gyms closed, drinking fountains closed, there are few options for day-to-day survival. It’s time for Citrus Heights to have a City Council who cares harder, and who will work harder to ensure that our most vulnerable can get the assistance they need and want, and that they may be treated with dignity and be given a voice in the solutions the city constructs.
Additionally, one of the biggest goals of this campaign is the possibility of having a council member elected, who has a realistic chance of introducing this small city to the concept of Ranked Choice Voting. We have a much better chance of passing this with an elected member, but even if we can’t do it yet, we would be setting a record, discussing it publicly and officially, and giving important electoral reforms exposure.
Peace & Freedom Party Sacramento County has announced its official endorsement of two candidates running for the Citrus Heights city council, Nicole Castor and Thomas Goetz. Below runs a statement from Thomas released upon receiving PFP endorsement.
My name is Thomas Goetz, and I am proud to have the Peace and Freedom Party’s endorsement for Citrus Heights City Council, District 3. My top three priorities as a Citrus Heights City Councilor will be:
• ending homelessness through a Housing First approach and investment in a Tiny House village;
• a “Care for the Community, Cops for a Crisis” approach that redirects police funding toward non-violent solutions; and
• strengthening relationships between the city and local unions through a “Citrus Heights Student Empowerment and Trade Apprenticeship Program” to reintroduce trade skills into the classroom and allow students to find a career path through practical, hands-on learning directly from union workers, giving them an immediate path to wellbeing when they join the workforce.
My priorities are designed to address the most pressing needs of Citrus Heights’ residents head on. Homelessness is a major concern throughout ALL of Sacramento County, including Citrus Heights. As someone who was homeless twice at the age of 18 and is a homeowner today, I know the simplest, cheapest, and most effective way to end the issue is to address their named problem: lack of housing. People who have a safe place to sleep, shower, and a door to lock at night are more likely to recover from mental health and substance abuse issues.
A number of Sacramento Peace and Freedom Party activists participated in a labor sponsored “NO on 22” car caravan event on Labor Day. The first photo below shows State Central Committee members Debra Reiger and CT Weber behind their cars waiting to join the dozens of caravan cars and head off the the state capitol for a NO on 22 rally.
PFP has endorsed a NO position on Proposition 22, which would allow app-based delivery services such as Uber, Lyft and Doordash to classify its drivers as independent contractors rather than actual employees, which allows the companies to pay less than minimum wage and provide no healthcare benefits or sick leave.
Twelve propositions will be listed on the November 2020 general-election ballot in California. The Peace & Freedom Party formally announces our endorsements for voting on these propositions.
Proposition 14 – Bonds for stem cell research. NO. Bond financing profits wealthy investors at taxpayer expense.
Proposition 15 – Property tax. YES. Taxes commercial and industrial properties based on market value while keeping Prop 13 tax protection for housing and farmland.
Proposition 16 – Affirmative Action. YES. Repeals Prop 209 from 1996 that outlawed affirmative action.
Proposition 17 – Voting. YES. Gives the vote back to those released from prison on parole.
Proposition 18 – Voting. YES. Allows those who will be 18 by the general election to vote in the primary as well.
Proposition 19 – Property tax. No recommendation by PFP. Changes some property tax rules for transfers of housing ownership.
Proposition 20 – Law enforcement/incarceration. NO. Sends more to jail, stiffens penalties and reduces parole, when we should reduce prison populations.
Proposition 21 – Housing. YES. Changes state law to permit more local ability to control rents. Not perfect, but an improvement.
Proposition 22 – Business. NO. Would slash worker protections for app-based jobs to benefit the large corporations, i.e. Uber, Lyft, and Doordash, that put this on the ballot.
Proposition 23 – Healthcare. YES. Improves regulation of kidney dialysis clinics, forbids discrimination against Medicare and Medical patients.
Proposition 24 – Business. YES. Expands state consumer privacy protections, creates Privacy Protection Agency.
Proposition 25 – Trials. YES. End cash bail. Keep people from staying in jail solely because they don't have bail money.
The Peace and Freedom Party stands with the slogan "Tax the rich and their corporations." As socialists we want society as a whole to cooperatively own and manage industry, resources, and financial institutions. But as we point out in our article "Why Socialists Say 'Tax the Rich...'", we support efforts to increase taxes on the corporations and the wealthy to provide the services that people need now.
The California Budget and Policy Center has a new article on how the State of California has given corporations increasing tax breaks over the last few years entitled “Corporations Pay Far Less of Their California Income in State Taxes Than a Generation Ago – Even Amid COVID-19”, which is reprinted below.
In 2017, the ILO estimated that some 55 million Americans – so about 6.6 million Californians – were employed in “gig economy” work. Ballot Proposition 22, which appears on the California ballot in the upcoming election, is of critical importance for the human rights and future livelihoods of these workers.
Prop 22, more formally known as the App-Based Drivers as Contractors and Labor Policies Initiative (2020), is an initiative which is co-sponsored by rideshare services Uber and Lyft along with delivery driver service Doordash. The initiative comes in response to California Assembly Bill AB 5, passed in September 2019, which codified into law the California State Supreme Court decision on Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles. The law more fully defines which hires must be considered full-on employees as opposed to contract labor.
Since the enactment into law of AB 5, Uber and Lyft specifically have simply chosen to ignore it, continuing to employ workers as independent contractors. On August 10, a California Superior Court handed down a decision ordering the two rideshare companies to reclassify their workers from independent contractors to employees, with commensurate benefits due these employees under extant state law.
Activism has always been a central feature of the Peace & Freedom Party, and we’re proud to say that this spirit has continued among its members from the party’s foundation to the present day – but the present day is of course dramatically different to most before it. So what are the best methods for action in the time of coronavirus? Below, PFP state chair John Reiger makes a few suggestions.
I’m a longtime believer in being physically present at demonstrations. To actually take the time to put your body on the line is a sign of real commitment, commitment to the cause and to your own values. So it pains me to say that this pandemic time is probably not the best time to be out in the streets with lots of other people. Do it if you must, but please try to be safe, and please try to look for other ways to forward the cause.
• Auto Caravans/Parades
Here is a great way to be out in the streets without exposing yourself or others to pandemic dangers. Many groups have scheduled car “caravans” to protest or celebrate their causes. Join one, or schedule one yourself.
In 1998, Rodney Reed was wrongly convicted of murder and since then has been on Death Row in Texas. Five days before his scheduled execution on November 20, 2019, Rodney received a 120-day commutation of execution as attempts to gain a retrial continue.
Peace and Freedom Party recently passed the following resolution regarding Rodney Reed’s sentence and incarceration; PFP encourages everyone to sign The Action Network’s online petition on the matter. Full text of the resolution runs directly below.
Whereas there is strong evidence that Rodney Reed is innocent of the crime of which he was convicted in Texas, we support Rodney Reed speedily being given a new trial where his defense lawyers will have an opportunity to present evidence on his behalf that the lawyers at his trial did not present. The Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees Americans due process, and the Sixth Amendment guarantees a speedy and fair trial.
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