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|The California primaries are over, and while unfortunately many of our best and most progressive candidates did not make it to the general (and none of our statewide candidates), many others did. It is incumbent upon us to help them win! This is the list of the candidates supported by the members of the California Super-Progressive Anti-Corporate Political Activists Facebook group, a coalition of Bernie delegates and super-volunteers, progressive members of the California Democratic Party and Green Party activists. Key races are in bold. Please volunteer in their campaigns!
We will be adding local candidates as we learn about them.
November 2018 Election
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Note: At this point candidates we are adding candidates that commit to be corporate/special interest free and who have a progressive record without additional vetting to give voters a chance to learn about them. We are working to develop methods for further determining what qualifies as an #unbought candidate at the local level and a questionnaire to make sure they share our values
Castro Valley School Board: Dot Theodore
Fremont City Council D3: Jennifer Kassan
Oro Loma Sanitary District: Guillermo Elenes
Contra Costa County
Concord City Council D3: Kenji Yamada
City Council D10: Toni Kelley
Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz City Council: Drew Glover
(i) = incumbent
(D) = Democrat
Note: Inclusion on this list does not imply my support or the support of any individual member of the FB group. Members of the California Democratic Party are prohibited from expressing support or preference for candidates for state or national office not registered Democrat, and no such support should be implied.
Berniecrat and Black Lives Matter Activist Justin J. Stewart IV was released from jail yesterday, August 7, 2017, after two months of imprisonment.
In September 2015 , Stewart had participated in a protest against the police killing of Keith L. Scott , an African American man summarily executed by Charlotte police. Following the protest, Justin was arrested on 27-trumped up charges. He was accused of having taken part on burglaries of nearby businesses. The only “evidence” against him was a grainy security video that showed a much shorter, stockier man. Police alleged that the person in the video looked like Justin’s photos in social media.
While the charges have now been dismissed, Justin’s case highlights how the Police Departments and District Attorneys are willing to persecute activists – in particular activists of color – that are willing to stand up against the system.
Berniecrats all over the country were quick to express their support for Justin.
WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
Corporate Democrats speak about “unity” in the party, but in truth, establishment Democrats have far more in common with Republicans than the do with progressives.
Progressives were against the TPP, Republicans and establishment Democrats are for it.
Progressives oppose wars for aggression, Republicans and establishment Democrats are for it.
Progressives oppose giving Israel a blank check, Republicans and establishment Democrats are for it.
Progressives oppose fracking, Republicans and establishment Democrats are for it.
Progressives oppose pipelines, Republicans and establishment Democrats are for it.
Progressives oppose forcing developing countries to pay their workers slave wages, Republicans and establishment Democrats are for it.
Progressive oppose supporting coups d’etat in other countries, Republicans and establishment Democrats are for it.
Progressives oppose mass surveillance, Republicans and establishment Democrats are for it.
Progressives oppose police militarization, Republicans and establishment Democrats are for it.
Progressives oppose mass incarceration, Republicans and establishment Democrats are for it.
Progressive oppose impunity for human rights violations, Republicans and establishment Democrats are for it.
Progressives support transparency in government, Republicans and establishment Democrats oppose it.
Progressives support a livable wage, Republicans and establishment Democrats oppose it.
Progressives support rent control, Republicans and establishment Democrats oppose it.
Progressives support free college education, Republicans and establishment Democrats oppose it.
Progressives support allowing immigrants to stay in the country, Republicans and establishment Democrats oppose it.
Progressives support comprehensive healthcare, including gender realignment surgery, for prisoners, Republicans and establishment Democrats oppose it.
Progressive support single payer, Republicans and establishment Democrats are against it.
Progressives and establishment Democrats agree on abortion, gay marriage and whether transgender people can use the bathroom of their choice. I guess that’s something.
Sadly, I could go on.
Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom (who merits his own Yelp reviews) is many things, but a man of his word is not one of them. Newsom, who is running for Governor of California in 2018, has long suggested that he supported a single payer healthcare system. He won the endorsement of the California Nurses Association with that promise. He had been a little unclear as to what exactly he supported, but at the California Democrats Convention in May, he was asked specifically by single-payer supporters if he supported SB 562, the single-payer healthcare bill authored by CNA and introduced by Senators Richard Lara and Tony Atkins, he unequivocally said that he did.
His support did not last long. In a recent public appearance, Newsom has backed away from single payer and now supports a a mix of public and private coverage similar Healthy San Francisco – basically, a public option. But Healthy San Francisco is not health insurance and has considerable limitations. For one, it only covers San Francisco residents that utilize designated San Francisco doctors, clinics and hospitals. Someone covered by Healthy San Francisco that falls ill or gets into an accident elsewhere, is on the hook for all of their medical bills – which can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Indeed, Healthy San Francisco does not qualify as “insurance” for Obamacare purposes, and most of the people that were covered by it moved to private insurance once that became an option. Just as significantly, Healthy San Francisco does nothing to control private insurance premiums as it does not provide bonafide competition to insurance companies. This means that many San Franciscans are still painfully under-insured and subject to high premiums and deductibles.
Newsom may feel comfortable disavowing single payer, because his main opponent for the governorship, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, also opposes it. State Treasurer John Chiang, who is also running for governor but polling in the single-digits, is cagey about most of his policy views, including single-payer. Indeed, the only strong advocate of single payer among the declared candidates for Governor is former Superintendent of Schools Delaine Eastin, who, non-coincidentally, has garnered the support of the progressives in the party.
The anti-universal healthcare stance of the three male Democrats in this race might appear to create the space for other well funded candidates to jump in and campaign on a pro-single payer basis. Among those who are rumored to be entertaining a run is Kevin de León, the President pro tempore of the California Senate who voted for SB 562 and whipped the votes to get the bill past the Senate. De León, however, has sided with the corporate establishment against progressives on a variety of issues and has little credibility with the Berniecrat wing of the party. Billionaire pseudo-environmentalist Tom Steyer is also said to be considering a run and has recently made positive noises about single payer and Bernie Sanders. However, he is unlikely to garner the support of progressive activists who are troubled by the increase in wealth inequality and the rise of the American oligarchy. In a similar vein, there are rumors that Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg is planning to run for California governor instead of President. Given his lack of a firm ideology or principles, and his ability to self-fund his campaign, he would likely run on whatever issues poll best and single-payer is very popular among California voters.
In all, now that Gavin Newsom has shown his true colors, the conditions are set for Delaine Eastin to capture the energy of Berniecrats and the progressive vote in the race for Governor.