Resolution to Secure the Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food

Resolution to Secure the Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food

WHEREAS people have the right and need to be aware of the contents of their food under the 1992 U.S. Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act which states labeling is misleading if it fails to reveal “material” facts; and

WHEREAS public health and consumer groups are already concerned that genetically engineered crops have contaminated native and related species and that genetically engineered seeds can be spread by wind, insect or bird vectors contaminating conventional and organic food crops; and

WHEREAS surveys of the U.S. public consistently show overwhelming support for labeling genetically engineered food products that may cause allergic reactions, other potential health hazards and potential environmental and ecological disasters;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party declare support for the President of the United States to use his executive power to instruct the Food and Drug Administration to close the labeling “loophole” and require the labeling of all food for human or animal consumption that includes genetically engineered material or DNA manipulation in their manufacture.

Authored by Nancy Casady (AD 78)
Proposed for adoption by the La Jolla Democratic Club at the Feb.15, 2015 General Membership Meeting
Contact: Derek Casady, President, La Jolla Democratic Club
[email protected]

Resolution for a State Bank

Resolution for a State Bank

WHEREAS the State of California is the eighth largest economy in the world and the security of that economy depends upon a sustainable supply of affordable credit for individuals, businesses and such public purposes as infrastructure and job creation; and

WHEREAS the current system of banking and finance in California does not prioritize the prosperity of millions of ordinary California citizens and has not provided the critical mass of affordable credit needed to secure a prosperous future for them; and

WHEREAS the public funds of California are regularly and in vast amounts transferred to, held in and invested by out of state private banks;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California State Democratic Party support the creation of the public Bank of California, capitalized  with existing but underutilized public funds, held out of California in private banks for purposes and profit external to the needs of the people of California; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that all profits of said Bank of California be returned annually to the General Fund of the State of California for the purpose of sustaining public services and/or reducing tax impacts on California citizens and/or reinvestment in said Bank of California by such formula as the California State Legislature shall direct.

Authored by Derek Casady (AD 78)
Proposed for adoption by the La Jolla Democratic Club at the Feb. 15, 2015 General Membership Meeting

Contact: Derek Casady, President, La Jolla Democratic Club
[email protected]

Resolution for Health Care Reform

Resolution for Health Care Reform

WHEREAS access to quality health care is essential for the good health and productivity of every American citizen and qualifies as a human right, not a privilege; and

WHEREAS the passage of the Affordable Care Act has demonstrated the government’s ability and responsibility to provide affordable health care for those with pre-existing conditions and other previously uninsurable circumstances; and

WHEREAS the United States continues to spend more than any other industrialized country for health care with demonstrably inferior outcomes due to the current inclusion of private health insurance corporations who function to provide profits for their companies, administrators and shareholders;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party support the establishment of a universal, single-payer state health care system in California including all appropriate medical services including long term, in-home care.

Authored by Margaret Budd and Dr. Jeoffrey Gordon, MD, MPH (AD 78)
Proposed for adopted by the La Jolla Democratic Club at the Feb. 15, 2015 General Membership Meeting

Contact: Derek Casady, President of the La Jolla Democratic Club
[email protected]

Resolution for Climate Mobilization Action

Resolution for Climate Mobilization Action

WHEREAS climate disruption is the central moral issue of our time; and

WHEREAS studies by Stanford University show the United States can successfully transition off fossil and nuclear fuel sources and onto safe, renewable energy; and

WHEREAS the United States government has previously demonstrated its ability to successfully mobilize the country when the survival of its citizens and their way of life is in jeopardy;

THERFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California State Democratic Party support a call to President Obama and the U.S. government to protect our life, liberty and happiness as required by the U.S. Constitution by immediately commencing a national World War II style mobilization to transition the country off oil, coal and natural gas energy and on to safe, renewable energy sources.

Authored by Derek and Nancy Casady (AD 78)
Proposed for adopted by the La Jolla Democratic Club at the Feb 15, 2015 General Membership Meeting

Contact: Derek Casady, President of the La Jolla Democratic Club
[email protected]

Our Legacy: To Save Civilization

Our Legacy: To Save Civilization

by Nancy Casady

I can almost bet that most of us were born without thinking that our legacy would be to save civilization. And yet, here it is; the opportunity to make individual decisions that, in fact, will facilitate the “great turning” that must occur if our species—and many others—are to survive. Of course, I am speaking about global climate change action and the growing urgency to stop behaviors that produce greenhouse gases. There are some that still say human activity is not “the cause.” This debate is a distraction in the face of what human activity can do to reduce rapidly escalating weather change effects. Namely, we must demand a transition from carbon energy to smart sun, wind, and water energy. Stanford University has modeled the transition. Not only can this transition work, it will produce almost two million more jobs than the fossil fuel industry does. Good jobs that build things like distributed solar systems, windmills, buses and energy-efficient motors.
As previously reported, non-violent demonstrations in the street of America are required if we are to succeed. The President had reportedly told activists he needs us in the streets. He needs the will of the people to trump the will of the oil, coal and gas oligarchs. So here’s what you can—neigh, I say must do if we are to prevail. First: eat less beef. Not just to save water but to reduce the number of methane-producing units (cows) in the environment. Second: join us on March 15 at San Diego City Hall at 2 p.m. There will be music; there will be bike raffles; and there will be peaceful and joyful marching in the streets. Join us and make your contribution to a sustainable future starting here, starting now. Save the date, save the planet. Future generations are calling you.

Climate Change Isn’t Coming – It is Here!

Climate Change Isn’t Coming – It is Here!

Dire predictions were made of steadily increasing temperatures, deteriorating public health, reduction in fresh water supply, increased rates of wildfires, rising sea levels, loss of habitat for native plants and species.  The specter of seven times more days of extreme heat with incrased smog and ozone levels, sixteen percent less days of rain but eight percent more frequent intense rains which cause flooding, 100-year weather events becomoing annual events – all lie on the horizon.  These predictions and a host of other negative impacts of cllimate change were laid out in detail at a recent League of Womens Voters “Climate Change and It’s Challenges” Luncheon co-sponsored by the San Diego Sierra Club and other environmental action groups.

Nicola Hedge, Director of the Climate Initiative from the San Diego Foundation, Timu Gallien, UCSD Chancellor’s Fellow and Postdoctoral Scholar from Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and Kayle Race, from the Environemtal Health Coalition, spoke passionately about the consequences of not taking action now to mitigate the effects of climate change.

The speakers emphasized that the future is here in many respects.  We are already seeing significant impacts and changes in our local climate.  During high tides and winter storms already the San Diego Airport, the Convention Center, La Jolla Shores, Imperial Beach, Shelter Island and Mission Beach experience costly flooding and destruction from the backing up of the storm drains and sewer systems due to rising sea levels.  Wildfire season began early this spring, and Cal Fire reports it exhausted its annual budget in September, experiencing 1000 more fires this year than all of 2013.  Our average annnual temperature has increased 1.7 degrees since 1985 baseline with an expected 4.8-degree rise by 2050…..

Currently, the extreme California draught is causing alarm, not in the future, but now, about our decreasing water supply due to reduced snow pack in the Sierras, decreased availability of Colorado River supplies and our ever-increasing population  Likewise, extreme high termpatures, extended heat waves with resultant poor air quality are causing our hospials to be over-whelmed during heat emergencies with emergency room visits for heat stroke, asthma and other heat-related illnesses.

….San Diego City is to be commended for its leadership in developing a Climate Action Plan that takes positive steps for our future, most notably its goal of 100% clean energy by 2035.

This article, by Karenlee Robinson, was excerpted from HISIERRAN, the newsletter of the Sierra Club San Diego Chapter, November/December, 2014.