|Did you ever wish there were champions in Congress offering up better ideas than draconian Republican austerity or corporate Democratic mush? Well, there are. The Congressional Progressive Caucus, a highly diverse, 70+ member group of House Democrats, just unveiled the populist, progressive People’s Budget. Congress will vote on the People’s Budget next week, and Daily Kos has banded together with a big coalition to try and get over half of all House Democrats to vote for it: Sign the petition by Daily Kos and a wide coalition of allies in demanding that Congress pass the Progressive People’s Budget. The People’s Budget would, among other things:
Congress will vote on budget proposals next week, and Republicans will be pushing more devastating cuts. We expect it will be ugly, which is why the People’s Budget is so crucial. If we can get a majority of House Democrats to vote for the People’s Budget, it will send a powerful message to the 1% that a new populist movement is on the rise. Please join Daily Kos and a coalition of allies in supporting the People’s Budget. Keep fighting, Paul Hogarth, Daily Kos
Since General Eaton’s letter, over 30,000 veterans, military family members, and VoteVets supporters have signed our petition expressing their disappointment with Tom Cotton’s mutinous letter to Iran’s leaders. Now he needs to hear your voice. Call Senator Cotton’s D.C. office at 202-224-2353 and let him know that you support a diplomacy-first approach to disabuse Iran of their nuclear ambitions. Report on your call when it’s complete.
A few very important notes:
1. If you’re a veteran or military family member, please be sure to indicate that when you begin the conversation.
2. Be brief, polite, and courteous when you call. You’re probably talking to a hard-working staff member and others are trying to call, many with local concerns.
3. Above all else, make sure you let the staffer know you disapprove of Senator Cotton’s letter and that you’ll be following this issue with interest.
Thanks for making the call, Jon Soltz Iraq War Veteran and Chairman VoteVets.org
Utilities wage campaign against rooftop solar
2015-03-07, Washington Post
Posted: 2015-03-16 14:44:06
Three years ago, the nation’s top utility executives gathered at a Colorado resort to hear warnings about … rooftop solar panels. According to a presentation prepared for the group, “Industry must prepare an action plan to address the challenges.” Three years later, the industry and its fossil-fuel supporters are waging a determined campaign to stop a home-solar insurgency that is rattling the boardrooms of the country’s government-regulated electric monopolies. Recently, the battle has shifted to public utility commissions, where industry backers have mounted a … successful push for fee hikes that could put solar panels out of reach for many potential customers. In a closely watched case last month, an Arizona utility voted to impose a monthly surcharge of about $50 for “net metering,” a common practice that allows solar customers to earn credit for the surplus electricity they provide to the electric grid. Net metering makes home solar affordable by sharply lowering electric bills to offset the $10,000 to $30,000 cost of rooftop panels. A Wisconsin utilities commission approved a similar surcharge for solar users last year, and a New Mexico regulator also is considering raising fees. In some states, industry officials [are now] arguing that solar panels hurt the poor. “It’s really about utilities’ fear that solar customers are taking away demand,” said Angela Navarro, an energy expert with the Southern Environmental Law Center.
Note: In Arizona, traditional utility companies are brazenly manipulating the law to attack solar power installation companies. Meanwhile, the Rockefellers have stopped investing in fossil fuels. Does this mean that the renewable energy revolution is now in full swing?
March is Women’s’ History Month. Here are some of women who are making a difference
Wangari Maathai, is a woman of many firsts: not only is she the first African woman and first environmentalist to bring home a Nobel Peace Prize, she was also the first Eastern African woman to receive a Ph.D. in 1971 and the first woman to hold a professorship at one of the universities in Nairobi, Kenya. Her inspiring story is one of incredible tenacity and purpose. Maathai is also famous for being the frontwoman of the United Nations Billion Tree Campaign.
As a well-known modern environmental heroine, Rachel Carson is credited with bringing ill-managed DDT pesticide contamination under national attention with her 1960s ground-breaking book, Silent Spring. The book helped to crystallize the beginnings of an American environmental movement, and was a catalyst for changing national pesticide policies. Her work provided formative inspiration for the deep ecology and eco-feminist movements, in addition to laying the groundwork for organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency.
Indian environmental and activist Vandana Shiva is an outspoken campaigner for protecting seed biodiversity against biotech-profiteering and genetic engineering. Her grassroots approach has helped to redefine food security and the green revolution as a movement that empowers local food growers, rather than big agribusiness. She is the founder of Navdanya, a NGO based in Dehradun, India that promotes organic farming and seed-saving.
Recently named as the U.N Senior Advisor on Water Issues, Maude Barlow is a Canadian activist and author whose work deals primarily with the unsustainable practices that are wasting this precious gift. For Barlow, water is a public trust that must be preserved in our culture and laws, and must be delivered as a public service, not a profitable commodity. Her so-called blue covenant boldly calls for access to clean, affordable to be recognized as a fundamental human right.
An environmental justice advocate and consultant, Majora Carter is the founder of Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx), which has been instrumental in leading a number of sustainable restoration projects along the Bronx waterfront, including Hunt Point Riverside Park. SSBx also runs the Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training (BEST) program, one of the first urban, green-collar job training programs in the country. Carter has won a number of awards for her pioneering work, including the MacArthur Fellowship and the Rachel Carson Award from the National Audubon Society.
Safia Minney. In the mid-1990s, before ethical fashion became a uber-trendy catchphrase, innovative fair trade clothing company People Tree was already using eco-textiles and helping skilled, local artisans gain access to markets. Known as one of the world’s foremost social entrepreneurs, establishing World Fair Trade Day (observed every second Saturday of May). Minney’s work strives to change the fashion business by addressing integral issues of fair wages, gender equity, transparency, accountability, capacity building, improved working conditions and environmentally sound practices.
La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club, the third largest chartered club in San Diego County, and serving the communities of Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, San Carlos, College Area, La Mesa, Mt. Helix, Santee and Casa de Oro, will have a fantastic speaker headlining their Wednesday, Feb. 4 meeting.
Recently named one of the most-admired CEOs by the San Diego Business Journal and one of San Diego’s new civic power brokers by San Diego Magazine, Christopher Yanov raised and awarded over $1 million in scholarships to inner-city students before turning 30 years old.
Mr. Yanov earned four college degrees in just five years. He graduated in two and a half years from both UC San Diego (with Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Spanish Literature) and the University of San Diego (with Master’s degrees in Peace & Justice and International Relations).
Previously, Mr. Yanov worked with gang members for five years before starting Reality Changers in May 2001 with just $300, yet now the program’s students have earned $60 million in scholarships from all sources. He credits his appearance on “Wheel of Fortune” in late 2001 for providing the initial financial support for Reality Changers to truly become a bona fide program.
Mr. Yanov has also served on the San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention & Intervention as well as the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Education & Workforce Development Committee.
Currently, Mr. Yanov serves on the Tijuana Innovadora Binational Committee, the University of San Diego’s Emerging Leaders Council, the Voice of San Diego Member Council, and the Federal Employees Scholarship Foundation. He is also presently putting the finishing touches on his book, “The Tightrope Theory: Why Prevention Programs May Do More Harm Than Good.”
Our club will also host the return of Larry and Arlene Howe, longtime club stalwarts, who will be visiting San Diego after an absence of nearly two years. The Howes are currently living in Italy, and will share details of their wonderful European experience with their many friends and admirers.
People are still raving about the environmental policy lesson they got from our inspirational January speakers, the dynamic duo from our local Sierra Club Political Committee, Davin Widgerow and Brian Elliott. The Sierra Club of San Diego shares our concerns about climate change, fracking, traffic and pollution, over-development of our open spaces and parkland, water quality, and so much more. We learned a lot about legal precedence in local environmental battles, issues that we will face with the new Congress, and the role the Sierra Club will play in the pivotal 2016 election. It turns out most of the 75 club members present were also members of the Sierra Club, so many of the beautiful photos and storied history of the Sierra Club shared by Davin and Brian were a great and meaningful refresher as to why our clubs share so many common goals. Many key battles lay ahead for progressives and environmentalists in San Diego County, the state of California, and nationally.
We also bid a tearful goodbye to our longtime treasurer and friend, Ann Stiles, who’s moving to Hemet to be closer to family. She will be sorely missed, and was always appreciated! Good luck Ann!
Our club meets at the very nice La Mesa Community Center, just up the hill from the intersection of Memorial Drive and University Avenue. We have a social half hour at 6:30 p.m., featuring snacks and desserts provided by members, and then meetings start at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend as our guests, and we promise to have you home by 9 p.m. Please visit our website at lamesafoothillsdemocraticclub.com, or like us on our Facebook page.
Stonewall Pride Parade –LMFDC Members will be marching with Dems for Equality, please see directions below
Join marchers from the County Party, several other Democratic Clubs, Carol Kim and her campaign volunteers, Kevin Beiser and his campaign volunteers and your fellow Dems for Equality members. We will all be meeting at the Parade Staging Area, Zone G (East side of Normal Street North of Harvey Milk Street), Contingent 20 at 10am; please arrive no later than 10:30am. The entrance to the staging area is at the corner of Park Blvd and Lincoln Street.
We are still short of volunteers to staff our booth from 3-5PM and 5-8:30PM on Sunday. Even if you can’t help out during those shifts, let us know HERE when you can help. If you’ve already volunteered, please try to arrive at the booth ten minutes before your selected shift.