Luxury Development for the Rich, Displacement and Dispossession for the Poor

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, and San Diego oppose the proposed state-level legislation Senate Bill 827. Despite the most recent amendments (as of March 1, 2018), the bill continues to put forth a flawed market-based, trickle-down approach to housing production and allocation — predicated on the actions of developers and landowners whose profits depend on scarcity, class inequality, and racial injustice. We believe that this bill will intensify gentrification and displacement, and thus we join a growing movement of progressive grassroots organizations across the state that criticize SB 827. Continue reading

How Can Voters Trust Ami Bera?

By James Jackson Jr. Ami Bera, Democrat for District 7 of California in the House of Representatives, has a terrible record for a medical professional presenting himself as a progressive. Continue reading

What’s going on with labor unions?

On February 26th, the dreaded Janus vs. AFSCME case was argued before the US Supreme Court. The decision that follows has the potential to undo public sector unionism as we know it and cause wages, benefits, and workplace safety standards to plummet everywhere. Continue reading

A Statement on the Turkish Aggression Against Afrin by the Rojava Solidarity Committee

Sacramento DSA Rojava Solidarity Committee condemns the latest Turkish aggression against the Kurdish canton of Afrin in Rojava (Syria). Continue reading

Interview: Cal Nurses Public Policy Director Michael Lighty on the Fight for Universal Healthcare in California

By C.R. Mills Universal healthcare came remarkably close to reality last June in California. Senate Bill 562 passed the State Senate, a major feat for legislation that would create a publicly owned and operated system providing comprehensive healthcare services to all state residents. Continue reading

Video: California Historian Fred Glass Presents on California Labor in the Time of Trump

California labor historian Fred Glass presents on California labor in the time of Trump; a look through the lens of California's rich labor history at our contemporary situation and what it has to teach us. Continue reading

Op-Ed: We Must Stand in Solidarity With the Rohingya

By James Jackson Jr. The Rohingya are an Indo-Aryan people from the Rakhine State in Northern Myanmar. They are a mostly Muslim population and are a stateless nationality. Prior to British colonization, they were a part of what was known as the Arakan Empire, later sectioned off by the British into sections of Burma (modern day Myanmar). Burmese and Buddhist nationalists argue that the Arakan/Rohingya people have no claim to the land of the Rakhine State despite evidence of their existence there tracing back thousands of years. Continue reading

Costa-Hawkins and Why It Matters

By C.R. Mills As the local battle to enact rent control in Sacramento heats up, so does another fight on the front to make housing a human right in California. A longtime dream of housing activists - repealing the Costa-Hawkins Act, which severely restricts the ability of cities to implement strong rent control programs - appears ready for prime time. The state legislature will hold a hearing on axing it this Thursday morning. Should lawmakers ultimately fail to kill Costa-Hawkins, activists plan to put a repeal before voters with a ballot measure this November. Continue reading

Rent Control Opponents Heavily Funding Sacramento Politicians

By C.R. Mills As our local housing market continues to overheat, rent control would put a much-needed brake on the growing trend of Sacramento residents being forced from their homes due to major rent increases. A low-cost policy proven to work elsewhere with growing support from housing activists, rent control would seem a slam dunk for local politicians seeking a simple way to ease the suffering caused by the housing crisis and prevent long-time Sacramentans from leaving the city. Continue reading

The Approaching Battle for Rent Control

  Over 100 tenants attending a recent community forum for renter's rights organized by Housing 4 Sacramento. By C.R. Mills Sacramento faces skyrocketing rents as an onslaught of new and higher-income residents move into the city. As landlords raise their tenants’ rent, long-term residents with deep ties to their community grow increasingly at risk of being forced out of the City or onto its streets. Local residents and activists have begun to look towards rent control as a powerful tool to help address this crisis. They face a tough battle. Continue reading