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Fighting for Racial Justice and Immigrant Rights on the Frontlines

By Tefere Gebre

This week marks the five year anniversary of Arizona’s notorious SB-1070 law, which codified a set of anti-immigrant regulations designed to promote self-deportation of local residents or “attrition through enforcement” in the explicit language of the bill. Among the most disturbing aspects of the law is the provision that mandates racial profiling by requiring law enforcement agents to determine the immigration status of community members who they “suspect may be undocumented.” Those requirements are still in effect today.

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Megan Doyle

Yeager Chief of Staff Becomes Clerk of the Board

By The Left Hook

Congratulatory messages and calls were have been rolling in to County District 4 Chief of Staff Megan Doyle who’s been hired as the County’s new Clerk of the Board.

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Supervisor Cortese, Mayors Pledge to End Veterans Homelessness

By Janice Rombeck

With a goal of preventing and ending homelessness among U.S. military veterans by the end of 2015, Santa Clara County Board President Dave Cortese and mayors of Bay Area cities met with U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, and pledged to step up efforts in their own communities.

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It’s Earth Day, Consider the Environmental Implications of TPP

By Junior Romero

Across the country, fair trade activists like the Sierra Club are raising our voices against putting harmful trade deals on the fast track to completion. At the same time, negotiators and corporate executives are meeting behind closed doors to write the rules of a massive new trade deal, the TransPacific Partnership or TPP, that would affect nearly every aspect of our lives: our jobs, the food on our tables, the quality of our air and water, and so much more.

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Recent Articles


Apple’s Employment Policy on New Campus Construction Needs Improvement

By Dennis Meakin

Apple’s reversal of a policy banning workers who have a criminal record from working on its new Spaceship campus is a good start.  But just a start.  The company still has not replied to a letter from the leaders of Ironworkers Local 377, which supplies workers for the construction of the new campus, to explain the criteria for the “case by case basis” on which Apple now plans to evaluate workers. Read more »


Policy Watch: Your weekly tip sheet for what’s going on in your community

By The Left Hook

Palo Alto
Minimum Wage increase
Palo Alto Policy and Services Committee
To be heard:  April 28, 2015 7:00pm

Recommendation to adopt City-wide minimum wage of $10.30 effective July 1, 2015 and to be adjusted annually by CPI increases every January 1st. Read more »


SJ Council Embarks on Budget Transparency

By Derecka Mehrens

Score one for democracy and transparency in government, thanks to freshman SJ council member Raul Peralez.  The City Council voted unanimously on April 14 to adopt recommendations in his memo asking that City staff be required to show all the money available for the City’s General Fund when Council and community are reviewing the proposed budget. The memo also calls for the Council to include in its June vote a contingency budget, planning in advance for how it will spend excess funds that typically become available in fall. Read more »


Fight for $15

By Steve Greenhouse

Hundreds demonstrated in the South Bay earlier this week to call attention to the need to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.  Those protests were among events across the country held to support better working conditions and wages for low wage workers.

From the New York Times

Most mornings last year, Terrance Wise left home before his three daughters woke up, to head to his $9.30-an-hour job at Burger King.  And after working his second job of the day, as a $7.47-an-hour cook for Pizza Hut, he returned home 16 hours later, around 11 p.m., after his daughters had gone to sleep. “The kids started saying, ‘Daddy, we never get to see you,’ ” said Mr. Wise, 35. Read more »


Inside The White House’s War On The Left, Over Trade

By The Left Hook

Evan McMorris-Santoro
BuzzFeed News Reporter
Kate Nocera

WASHINGTON — Last Thursday at noon, Jeff Johnson, president of the Washington State Labor Council, sat waiting for a call from the White House. It would be his first such
call in 35 years of organizing. Johnson had been told by White House aides just 90 minutes before to expect the call.  Read more »


The California Drought: Selected Social Justice Issues

By Gary Kremen

Fairly priced clean water is considered to be a basic human right. Given all Californians are in a severe and historic drought, we must ask: What can be done to minimize the effects on the disadvantaged? Read more »


Madison Nguyen Running for State Assembly

By The Left Hook

Former San Jose City Councilmember Madison Nguyen has set her sights on a seat in the California State Assembly.  She plans to challenge former councilmate Ash Kalra, who has a $130,000 head start in the race. Read more »


Orozco Leads Going Into D4 Runoff

By The Left Hook

He entered the race later than any other candidate, and with just three months to raise money and campaign Tim Orozco came out ahead.  The candidate for San Jose City Council in District 4 is in first place with a 4 point lead over media executive Manh Nguyen and attorney Lan Diep in second and third place respectively. Read more »


San Jose District 4 Special Election is Today

By The Left Hook

Voters in San Jose City Council District 4 are choosing their city councilmember today.  Or at least they’re supposed to.  Election officials expect a dismal turnout for this little-known election but that doesn’t make it any less important.  The candidate that takes over for the rest of the term left open when Kansen Chu was elected to the State Assembly last fall will help make decisions about some critical projects and issues in the North San Jose-Berryessa-Alviso district.  Former Councilmember Margie Matthews has been filling in by appointment until a permanent member is elected. Read more »


Policy Watch: Your weekly tip sheet for what’s going on in your community

By The Left Hook

San Jose

Referral to ban City travel to Indiana

City of San Jose Actions in Opposition to State of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Public entity: San Jose Rules Cmte
Date/time/location item will be heard: April 8, 2015, 2 pm Read more »


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