Welcome to the SBPA June Newsletter!
The elections are behind us, but the results ar still being certified. This was an important time California's voting cycle as the Primary elections are the only time some of our best candidates get to have any exposure to the voters. Thank you to all of you who voted and made your voice heard for corporate-free candidates.
Congratulations to all three of our endorsed candidates for running such passionate campaigns to create a shift from Profit-Focused politics to a People-Focused government. You have inspired many voters, communities, and future corporate-free candidates by your candidacy and we look forward to supporting your next run for offie in the future! Thank you Gayle McLaughlin Shay Franco-Clausen Omar Vasquez For Supporting People-Focused Politics
Taking Over Local Government
A workshop by the Incorruptibles Saturday, June 23, 3-5 pm
The Joyce Ellington Library, 491 Empire Street, San José
You are invited to an SBPA participatory workshop by The Incorruptibles!
How can we take back our government, step by step?
How can we fill local city council and school board elected positions with incorruptible politicians?
How can we elect policy boards that reflect the ethnic and gender composition of our local population?
How can we get truly progressive majorities elected to legislative bodies, like the Richmond Progressive Alliance?
What are the five key areas needed to build a strong grassroots movement to take over a city or any policy board? The Incorruptibles is a nation-wide organization working to “fill all levels of government with unwavering politicians who fight for economic, racial, social, and environmental justice”. National workshop leader Anna Callahan was also a leader in passing the victorious Berkeley campaign finance ordinance. This free workshop will enable local activists to make move towards the SBPA values of democracy, equity, cooperation, compassion, and sustainability. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD AND INVITE YOUR ORGANIZATION'S MEMBERS “The training The Incorruptibles provides is invaluable. As a sitting progressive mayor, I believe The Incorruptibles’ training will change the nature of politics in my city for the better. I encourage every progressive elected official to learn this effective new model.”— Heidi Harmon, mayor of San Luis Obispo
At our May Steering Committee Meeting, SBPA officially recognized our newest team, the Public banking Action Team, with Chair, Jake Tonkel and five active members, with the goals of:
To educate the community members and elected officials about public banking for fiscal sustainability, social and environmental justice, local reinvestment and community development.
To build new and expand existing coalition partnerships to enact legislative changes at the state, county and municipal levels to implement public banking.
To raise awareness in our community about the social and environmental injustices perpetrated by the private for-profit mega banks.
Provide any preliminary plans, examples of the actions and activities, or ideas on how to get started.
Some of the preliminary plans of the team include:
To organize educational outreach events about public banking and community investing.
To engage local officials at the state level to sponsor a bill to remove language in the state Financial Code requiring California banks to hold FDIC Insurance as this requirement is not relevant to public banks.
To build an outreach strategy for engaging progressive community organizations in the South Bay and establish public banking partnerships with a broad range of organizations that represent the diversity of our community.
Ask City Councils in Santa Clara County to convene a task force to study the feasibility of a public bank for their banking operations.
Ask City Councils in Santa Clara County to divest from major banks (Wells Fargo, CitiBank, Bank of America, Chase Bank and US Bank) and to implement human rights screens on their city investments as possible, and to also invest in education, affordable housing and clean energy projects in our communities
To join the Public Banking Action Team and take part in a statewide public banking effort join the team!
WHOSE WATER? OUR WATER! Saturday, June 9, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
The Rose Garden Library Community Room, 1580 Naglee Ave, San José
Join this timely Water Justice Forum sponsored by the Peoples Tribune and Tribuno del Pueblo; co-sponsored by SBPA Coalition Partners, the Low-Income Self-Help Center and the Santa Clara County Green Party.
Clean water is an essential human right and an ecological necessity, yet it is threatened by the callous disregard for our health by the oil extraction industry and agribusiness, as well as privatization. Join this critical Water Justice Forum to hear a conversation with features guests: Sal Sandoval, MD, MPH, of Merced, a long time health provider and advocate for the poor, the homeless, farm workers, and the protection of the environment.
Mary and Andy Hsia-Coron - Andy & Mary Hsia-Coron of Aromas, leaders of the successful 2014 Measure J campaign to ban fracking and high intensity petroleum extraction in San Benito County, and also Measure Z to ban fracking in Monterey County.
Sponsored by Refreshments served, Free event but donations gratefully accepted.
Join SBPA at our Working Meetings
Our committees and Action Teams meet on the monthly or bi-monthly bases. Joining one of these meetings is the best way to learn what our teams and committees do and how YOU can participate. Check out our FB events or our website's EVENTS page.
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OUR VISION: PEOPLE-FOCUSED POLITICS
OUR MISSION: The South Bay Progressive Alliance is an independent, politically unaffiliated organization with a mission to unite diverse individuals, communities, and organizations into an inclusive coalition that fights to elect local corporate-free candidates, enact progressive policies, and build institutions and a society based on democracy, equity, cooperation, compassion and sustainability.
WHAT WE ARE ABOUT: THE SBPA PLATFORM
● Keeping local government accountable and free of corporate influence, while nurturing democracy and civic participation
● Supporting quality, affordable housing and renters rights
● Promoting well-paying, sustainable jobs
● Mobilizing for criminal justice and immigrant rights
● Holding corporations responsible for worker safety, environmental health, and investing their fair share of taxes
● Promoting quality, equitable healthcare for all
● Protecting full social services essential to our communities
● Supporting high-quality education and public schools
● Supporting gender, racial and LGBTQ+ equity
● Defending public assets for community benefit
● Promoting environmentally sound policies: clean air and water, public transportation and public utilities, and expanding commons open spaces
● Closing the income gap through worker cooperatives, organizing unions, public banks, and living wages.
● Promoting the values of a peace economy that embodies cooperation, compassion, sustainability and mutual respect.