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From the Santa Barbara County Water Guardians

Progressive Democrats of Santa Barbara
April Meeting:
Protect our Environment & Stop Global Warming

Join the rapidly growing movement to ban fracking in Santa Barbara County, by helping us get an initiative on the ballot this year!

When: Guests from Santa Barbara County Water Guardians will join us at our next Progressive Democrats of Santa Barbara Meeting -- This Wednesday, April 16 at 5:30 pm. We will be meeting at 701 E Victoria Street, Santa Barbara. We will also have information about other local campaigns. 

Who: The Santa Barbara County Water Guardians (http://www.sbcountywaterguardians.org/) is a rapidly growing coalition of students, professionals, farmers, parents, professors, non-profits and retirees. 

What: Place an initiative on the November 2014 ballot to ban fracking and other hazardous extraction techniques in our beautiful county.

Why Ban Fracking Now:  Because fracking in California is for heavy, dirty tar-oil that will be transported to the highest bidder. Because we like clean air, fresh water, and safe energy. Because we must protect our precious resources and health from the multiple hazards of extreme oil extraction techniques facing our county. Because we are at an energy crossroads, with companies like Santa Maria Energy, proposing 7,700 new wells, using the most emissions intensive form of extraction in the world, which won't be covered by SB4 regulations, nor the proposed statewide moratorium. Because there is no way that we can lower our countywide emissions if these projects go through. And because we cannot afford to wait even two more years. 

Why a ballot initiative: In order to get a ban passed through the County Board of Supervisors we would need support from 4 out of the 5 board members and that is very unlikely to happen anytime soon. 

Why join the fight? Because it allows us to become more fully alive at a time when the world desperately needs us to be. And because we always have A LOT of fun together! Join us!

Get Involved With Our Current Campaign: MOVE TO AMEND! 

CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE & SANTA BARBARA does not want unlimited and undisclosed amounts of corporate money coming into our local elections to influence the outcome that should belong to REAL PEOPLE in our community.  We will have tables set up with our petitions for community members to sign!

Help circulate petitions to present to the Santa Barbara City Council in support of overturning Citizens United. Contact Lois at vlhamiltion1@cox.net for more information!
"We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights." http://movetoamend.org
PDSB Issue Areas Include:
1. Economic Justice
2. End the War, Redirect Funding
3. Health Care for All
4. Clean, Fair & Transparent Elections & Government
5. Protect our Environment & Stop Global Warming
6. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Educate Congress Letter Drop-Off 

Visit  http://www.pdamerica.org for more details!

Will you be able to meet with us for a few minutes? Hope to see you then!

We’re asking our Elected Officials to Support this Legislation:

Educating Our Representatives and Senators 

The "fiscal cliff" is approaching - largely a ginned up crisis. We will bring facts and ethics into these debates, working to educate Congress.

The "Deal for All"- includes Robin Hood TaxMedicare for All, prosperity, and peace:

H.Res. 733 - to invest in education, job training, job creation. Oppose any legislation or effort which would cut benefits or endanger Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid--Cut spending on weapons 25%.

Robin Hood Tax:
HR 6411 - Rep. Keith Ellison's "Inclusive Prosperity Act - "financial speculation tax (FST) would generate hundreds of billions of dollars to fund job creation and kick-start the economy as well as save the social safety net.

Out of Afghanistan:
H.R. 780--Rep. Barbara Lee - funds for operations in Afghanistan shall be expended only for the safe and orderly withdrawal of all U.S. armed forces and Department of 
Defense contractor personnel from Afghanistan. Cut spending on weapons  and warby 25%.

Medicare for All:
H.R. 676--Rep. John Conyers’s bill establishes a non-profit universal single payer healthcare program, an improved "Medicare for all" program
H.R. 1200--Rep. Jim McDermott’s "American Health Security Act" establishing universal health care coverage by incorporating existing programs.

Jobs for All:

H.R. 870 / 4277--Rep. Conyers' 21st Century Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment and Training Act- establish National Full Employment Trust Fund to create employment opportunities for the unemployed. 
H.R. 2914--Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s "Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act" - create/fund 2,242,000 emergency jobs

Progressive Democrats of America (PDA)

PDA is a grassroots PAC that works both inside the Democratic Party and outside in movements for peace and justice. Our goal in 2009: Expand progressive influence in Congress as we build on our 2008 electoral successes. PDA's advisory board includes seven members of Congress and activist leaders such as Tom Hayden, Medea Benjamin, Thom Hartmann, Jim Hightower, and Lila Garrett." www.pdamerica.org

The Nation Magazine

Progressive Democrats of America:

Paul Wellstone's "Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party" finally has a functional voice, in the form of PDA, a national group that has over the past several years struggled mightily – and often effectively – to pull the party to the left on issues of war and peace, health-care reform, economic justice and presidential accountability. 

While Democratic "leaders" in Washington compromised on matters of principle, PDA pushed for a fixed timeline for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, questioned Barack Obama's talk of surging more U.S. troops into Afghanistan, worked with Michigan Congressman John Conyers to promote a single-payer response to the health-care crisis and argued that, yes, George Bush and Dick Cheney should be impeached. When Obama secured the Democratic presidential nod, PDA forged an essential bridge to independent lefties, mounting a Progressives for Obama campaign, successfully pressuring party platform writers to improve language on health care and trade issues and organizing (with support from The Nation) a busy program of policy events on the fringe of the Democratic National Convention in Denver. 

In a measure of the PDA's expanding role within the party, those convention sessions attracted a dozen key members of Congress including Conyers and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, actor Sean Penn and dozens of delegates. As 2008 ended, PDA was still taking on the most daunting issues – urging Obama and other Democrats to do more to promote a ceasefire in Gaza – and proving that this group understands the importance of keeping the pressure on party leaders in Washington to serve not just as Democrats but as progressives.
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