A Progressive Alamedan

Various writings from a resident of Alameda regarding the political scene. The local perspective of local, state and national politics and a few other odds and ends of local concern. May not be particularly interesting to people outside of the Alameda area.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

This what I predict if Hillary Clinton is the candidates that the Democrats choose....

Instead, let's help choose somebody who can actually win in November 2008....

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Republicans for Hillary

I don't want to anybody to be able to accuse this blog of being anything but fair and balanced, so I have decided as a public service to the Republican Party to include a brand new commercial from "Republicans for Hillary." Enjoy!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Upcoming events in/near Alameda

This Wednesday, October 24, I will be hosting Alameda's second meetup for the candidacy of John Edwards. We'll talk about the momentum that Edwards has been gaining in the grassroots (Yesterday Edwards won the Northern California's only Straw Poll in San Mateo), the Unions (10 SEIU states, including California, recently endorsed Edwards), and in the opinion polls (Edwards has a commanding lead in Iowa, despite having spent next to nothing on TV ads).

Come find out what Edwards is all about by talking with other Alameda voters on Wednesday, starting at 7 PM, at the Crosstown Coffeehouse at the corner of High and Encinal in Alameda.

On Thursday, November 1, Alamedan Allen Michaan will once again be using his Grand Lake Theatre for Left-wing and peacenik purposes! This is the stop of a lecture tour featuring William Rodriguez, who was working as a custodian at the World Trade Center, and saved fifteen lives on Sept. 11 2001. Honored by the white house on several occasions, he has been using his recognition to help draft and pass legislation on behalf of victim's family members and survivors, to help raise millions of dollars for the victims of 9/11 and their families, to bring attention to the health concerns of thousands of first responders, now sick with "Ground Zero Syndrome," to lobby for the creation of the 9/11 Commission, and to raise awareness of his testimony that was excluded from the final 9/11 Commission Report. Also at the event will be Peter Dale Scott, whose book The Road to 9/11 — a book I reviewed on Daily Kos — about (among other things) the journey of Monsieurs Cheney and Rumsfeld, starting back in the Ford administration, through the present day in their behind-the-scenes government operations; and Cindy Sheehan, America's most-beloved Anti-War activist mom, who has recently become disillusioned with the Anti-War movement.

On Thursday, November 8, the organization "Mix It Up East Bay" will be holding a Presidential Mix It Up featuring speakers represting several of the presidential campaigns. Yours Truly has volunteered to speak on the behalf of, you guessed it, John Edwards. Come out and support me! :-) The event will be at Arsimona's Bar and Lounge, 561 11th Street (@Clay) in Oakland, 6-9 pm.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Go Pete Stark Go!

This is a must-see. Obviously he's taking a lot of flack from the right-wingers.

I am proud that Pete Stark represents me in Congress.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Hot off the YouTube presses!

This video asks the question "What's wrong with choosing a woman as the leader of your country?"

Monday, October 08, 2007

This week: Immigration forum

Passing this along....

The LWV of Alameda is pleased to announce that the City Social Service Human Relations Board has agreed to co-sponsor our forum. The Forum will be October 11th at 7pm at the new Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak Street.

The Panelists will be: Rev. Mike Yoshii, Buena Vista United Methodist Church; Tamiko Moore, Immigration Attorney; Dr. Tony Iton, Director of Alameda Count Public Health; Cindy Wasko, Social Services Human Relations Board Interim Chair; and Ardella Daley, Superintendent of Schools. Each will be addressing the topic of the impacts of immigration on our community based on his/her expertise and/or work experiences.

Each Panelist will have 10-15 minutes to present and then we will have about 40 minutes of Q and A.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

MoveOn: Rally for Our Children's Health Care

President Bush just vetoed health care for children. In only his fourth veto ever, he blocked health care coverage for millions of uninsured—and mostly poor—kids.

The local MoveOn group is holding an "emergency" action to show how upset the public is about this veto. The group will gather on all four corners of the intersection of Park St. and Otis, with signs and determination not to let this president sacrifice our children's health.

The gathering will be Thursday, Oct 4 2007, 6:00 PM. Bring kids if you have them, and homemade signs if you can!

RSVP Here.

Wal-Mart song

A couple of weeks ago, the memories of going to a $2 Tuesday A's game, and passing by one of Oakland's Wal-Mart branches prompted me to compose this song. No, it will not be performed ... at least by me!

Take me out to the Wal-Mart
Take me to the big store

Buy me some Chinese-made plastic stuff
I don't care 'bout workers making enough

So it's ruin-ruin-ruin my home town
I know that's part of the plan...

'Cause it's 1-2-3 Billion More
for the Wal-ton clan!