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labor rights

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Petition to California Governor, Nancy Vogel, Renee Rodriguez

Save Our Salmon, No New Massive Diversions and Reservoirs in Northern California

In early January, California’s Governor Gavin Newsom released his highly anticipated California Water Portfolio. Even though the portfolio discusses prioritizing restoration and water savings, it also prioritizes the three most controversial and environmentally destructive threats to California’s rivers; the Delta Tunnel project; The Sites reservoir project; and voluntary agreements for agriculture. The portfolio even suggests accelerating environmental permitting for new  the Sites  Reservoir and diversions, despite the fact that fisheries in the areas targeted are facing extinctions and agencies have warned of potentially devastating fisheries impacts. Only two of the “listening sessions” for these meetings happened north of Sacramento and no hearings happened in Northwest or Northeast California, from which much of the water the state uses is diverted. Most California Tribes and counties of origin were not consulted on the portfolio.  Less than a week after the release of the plan, the state opened the comment period for the new “Delta Conveyance Project” or Delta Tunnel (formally the Twin Tunnels) diversion proposal, showing that the Governor does not care what the people of California have to say about his portfolio. The one tunnel  project is a proposal to build a massive new water diversion in the Northern Bay Delta near where the Sacramento River enters. This is where the Delta’s water is the cleanest and it is an extremely important area to endangered and subsistence salmon and smelt species.  The governor has also not followed through with his promise to sue the Trump administration for their new water plan and biological opinion. These Trump plans will most likely force many of California’s salmon species into extinction and decimate the fishing industry. California released a state alternative to this plan that also threatens California’s fisheries and drinking water quality by diverting more water.  The state again failed to value public opinion by only holding one daytime hearing in Sacramento on this water plan.  The governor’s water portfolio supports spending taxpayer money on new privately owned reservoirs and canals, and water transfers that would mainly benefit large agricultural corporations and water brokers, such as Westlands Water District. This is despite the fact that the state has already committed over a billion dollars of tax paper money to building new privately owned reservoirs and new freshwater diversions.  Make no mistake this Portfolio and new massive One Tunnel diversion are  modern day water grabs and are in line with the Trump administration’s attack on California’s environment.  Orwellian language cannot save the salmon or our drinking water supplies. The governor is selling out the north state, the fishing industry, tribes, cities, and the environment to benefit wasteful agricultural water users.  Help us fight the water Portfolio, State Water Plan, Delta Tunnel Proposal and Sites Reservoir.  Water Is Life!  Comments on the Water Portfolio can go to: Nancy Vogel, Director, Governor’s Water Portfolio Program, California Natural Resources Agency 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA 9581Or  input@waterresilience.ca.gov   Delta Tunnel comments can go to: DeltaConveyanceScoping@water.ca.gov  or, Delta Conveyance Scoping Comments, Attn: Renee Rodriguez, Department of Water Resources, P.O. Box 942836, Sacramento, CA 94236 Public Scoping meetings for the Delta Tunnel are at :  February 3, 2020, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. California Environmental Protection AgencyBuilding, 1001 I Street, Sacramento February 5, 2020, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Junipero Serra State Building, 320 WestFourth Street, Los Angeles February 10, 2020, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Jean Harvie Community Center, 14273River Road, Walnut Grove February 12, 2020, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Santa Clara Valley Water District BoardRoom, 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose February 13, 2020, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. San Joaquin Council of GovernmentsBoard Room, 555 Weber Avenue, Stockton  February 19, 2020, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Clarksburg Middle School Auditorium,52870 Netherlands Road, Clarksburg February 20, 2020, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Brentwood Community Center ConferenceRoom, 35 Oak Street, Brentwood Anyone interested in more information concerning the EIR process, or anyone who hasinformation concerning the study or suggestions as to significant issues, should contact Marcus Yee at (916) 651-6736.  Despite impacts to the Sacramento watershed and Trinity and Klamath River watersheds there are no hearings in Northern California. Call and ask for some! Travel assistance is available for Tribal members and low income subsistence fishermen who have to travel to get to a meeting.  For more information go to Save California Salmon on Facebook or Californiasalmon.org or contact regina@californiasalmon.org. 

Save California Salmon !
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Update posted 16 hours ago

Petition to Beto O'Rourke, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Veronica Escobar, Joaquín Castro, Judy Chu, Pete Aguilar, Norma J. Torres, Sylvia R. Garcia, Lori Trahan, Cory A. Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Al Green, Sheila Jackson Lee

Equal Rights for All Workers to Organize- End the Criminalization of Undocumented Workers

LA PETICION EN ESPAÑOL AQUÍ It is clear that Trump's recent calls for raids and deportations is NOT for the purpose of simply controlling immigration in this country. It is for the purpose of scaring immigrant workers to submit to silence, to pit working people against each other so that we do not come together to fight! Trump's calls for ICE raids in our communities and the humanitarian crisis at the border are the latest episodes of the government's long-standing criminalization of undocumented immigrants. For three decades, the federal government has maintained undocumented working families as an underclass in our society with no rights to speak out against their exploitation at work and in their communities. Having an underclass of workers allows employers to keep documented and citizen workers working longer hours, at lower wages, under increasingly unsafe and unhealthy work conditions. It also gives employers a wedge they can use to divide and suppress all workers. The law that criminalizes undocumented workers for working is the employer sanctions provision of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986. This law has been key to driving down the working and living conditions of all working people, creating divisions and hate between our communities, and undermining our ability to come together to assert their collective power. It is the foundation of the rash of regressive, anti-immigrant measures we are seeing today.  While we are calling for the end to the  raids and the humanitarian crisis at the border, it is not enough to merely fight against the symptoms of the repressive provisions of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act. No immigration or labor reform will be truly comprehensive without ensuring equal rights for ALL workers and  repealing the employer sanctions provision of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. To repeal employer sanctions would signify eradicating the law’s most profound effect- the criminalization of undocumented immigrants and the maintenance of undocumented working families as an underclass, and the perpetuation of hardship for all workers.  We are calling upon our congressmembers and presidential candidates to: 1. End the inhumane detention of immigrant families 2. Legislate equal rights for all workers to organize and unionize by: Protecting the rights of all workers under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), regardless of immigration status; protecting all workers from firing due to union/ organizing activities; protecting workers from harassment and retaliation, such as calling for deportation as a result of organizing 3. Fight the criminalization of undocumented workers by repealing the employers’ sanctions provision of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act 4. Initiate a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants working in the U.S. For more information or to join, go to: equalrightsforallworkers.org  Current Organizational Sponsors of the Break the Chains Alliance: El Pueblo Primero Community Workers Organization (TX), Reverend Ronnie Lister (TX), Reverend Edward Gomez of San Pablo Episcopal Church (TX) Asociacion de Trabajadores Fronterizos (TX), Council on American-Islamic Relations (TX), Chinese Staff & Workers’ Association (NY), National Mobilization Against Sweatshops (NY), Flushing Workers Center (NY), Working People Lead Tulsa (OK) 

Break the Chains Alliance
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