The Rodriguez Campaign wants to congratulate and thank the scores of volunteers across the state who collected thousands of signatures to put Luis J. Rodriguez on the ballot. In Los Angeles County alone, we submitted in excess of 2,500 signatures towards the 10,000 needed to avoid a hefty filing fee with similar results from across the state.
Every single signature counts and will be credited to reduce the filing fee. The signature gathering has been a long and difficult process by a dedicate core of unpaid volunteers and we thank each and every one of them. However…. the job is not finished!
We anticipate that between 25% and 35% of the signatures that were submitted during the “regular” signature-in-lieu period (that ended on February 20th) will be found invalid by the Secretary of State. There is a “Make-Up” signature-in-lieu period during which signatures can still be submitted to cover the invalid signatures from the regular period.”Make-Up” valid signatures submitted up to the number of invalid signatures will be counted.
We call upon all of our supporters to continue their efforts through the new deadline of March 7. We are looking for volunteers across the state who will each commit to collecting signatures so whatever you can do to help will be greatly appreciated.
Since we have only two weeks, we strongly suggest that volunteers team up and go to locations where we have had proven success: farmer’s markets, college campuses, large scale public events, etc. Since we now need to get a very high validity rate of these signatures, please make sure that the signators are registered voters in the county, residing at the address they registered at and write legibly on the petition.
In the Affidavit portion of the petition, write Feb. 21, 2014 through March 7, 2014 for the time period of circulation of the make up petitions, and before you submit the petitions, be sure to sign and date the Affidavit.
All “Make-Up Signature” volunteers should report in now to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will give you instructions on what to do with completed petitions, let you know who else in your area you can team up with and answer any questions or concerns.
Won’t you help us collect make-up signatures and put Luis J. Rodriguez on the ballot?
The petition to place Luis J. Rodriguez on the ballot for the June, 2014 primary election for California governor is now available and can be downloaded here! To avoid paying a substantial filing fee, we must collect 10,000 valid voter signatures by February 20, 2014. To insure that we survive any challenges and get on the ballot, we have set a goal of 20,000 signatures.
As of now we are half-way to our goal of enlisting one hundred volunteers to obtain two hundred signatures each. Now we need fifty more dedicated Rodriguez supporters to become one of the “100 for 200″ and insure Luis’ place on the ballot for the June, 2014 primary. To join, please go to the “Get Involved” tab on this website.
(Note: If you are unable to download and print the petitions, please email email@example.com and we will arrange to get them to you.)
But first, PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION BELOW:
1. Each petition has space for ten (10) signatures. Therefore, those who have agreed to become one of the “100 for 200″ should download and print 20 petitions each.
2. The petition is a two page document. When downloaded, it needs to be printed as a double-sided document. If you do not have access to a printer that prints double-sides then print out the first page, then turn the sheet upside down and print page two on the reverse side. If you have any difficulties, please contact the campaign and we will send you hard copies of the double sided petitions.
3. DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE SEAL OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY THAT APPEARS ON THE FACE OF THE PETITION. The petition can be used in any California county. Just write the name of your county in the space provided on the petition and make sure that anyone who signs is registered to vote in that county. Also, make sure that signers write the address at which they are registered to vote. Finally, make sure that signers write out and not abbreviate the name of the city in which they live. For example, ask signers to write out “Los Angeles” not just ‘L.A.’
3. If you agree to circulate the petitions, you must read, understand and agree to abide by the regulations spelled out in the Affidavit of Circulator that appears on Page 2 of the Petition.
4. Petition circulators must notify the Campaign of their names and contact information by emailing this info to firstname.lastname@example.org. We need to keep track of this process. TAKE VERY GOOD CARE OF THE PETITIONS and hold onto completed petitions until we provide you with further instructions. Please DO NOT take completed petitions to the County Registrar’s office on your own! Please wait until you are contacted with further instructions. Also, while we encourage you to recruit others to help circulate the petitions, we ask that the names and contact information of new volunteers be provided to us.
5. Where can you go to gather signatures?? At your job, in your community, to family and friends, shopping centers, farmer’s markets, parks, college campuses, etc. Where can you go to get help? Contact the campaign. We’ll put you in a team and pair you up with other volunteers. Can’t commit to 200 signatures? You can still help us reach our goal because every signature helps!! Just contact the campaign at email@example.com.
6. To help you spread the word and get signatures, we have Rodriguez Campaign Brochures in English and Spanish for you t0 download, print and distribute. (We can also send you hard copies; just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the campaign at email@example.com.
“I call on all of our supporters – those who have viewed our website, the 1000+ visitors who have “liked” us on Facebook and the hundreds who have turned out to campaign events in Los Angeles, Fresno, San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond and Santa Rosa to become one of the ‘100 for 200’ and make grassroots movement history in California!”
–Luis J. Rodriguez
Thanks!! And Good Luck to our “100 for 200″ teams and all our volunteers!!!
Two Days; 100 Volunteers; 5000 Signatures to put Luis J. Rodriguez on the Ballot…We Can Do It!!
Across California, dozens of volunteers inspired by his vision and program have spent weeks gathering voter signatures required by law to put Luis J. Rodriguez on the ballot for the June primary.
Now, as the February 20 deadline for submission approaches, we call on our volunteers, supporters and all those who care about eliminating poverty and creating a new California to help cross the “finish line” and be part of the “All Out to Win Weekend”.
On Wednesday, February 5th, in San Francisco low income tenants facing eviction under the Ellis Act filed criminal complaints at the San Francisco District Attorney’s office. There were fifty low income tenants and their supporters in attendance. Luis Rodriguez was a featured speaker at the rally.
The D.A.’s office informed the group that they needed to go to SF police first to file a complaint. However, with the intervention of Rodriguez campaign manager and attorney Anthony Prince, officials admitted that the D.A. has the authority to directly take a criminal complaint and initiate its own investigation. A formal meeting with the D.A.s office is now set for February 14.
The Ellis Act (download copy of law) is a state law which states that landlords have the unconditional right to evict tenants to “go out of business.” Due to the predatory speculation of landlords trying to scramble to make profit from the huge influx of new tech employees flooding the Bay Area, thousands of families with young children and disabled elders have been served with Ellis act eviction notices, or have already been evicted, ending up in the streets, in shelters or most terrifying of all, dead from the trauma of eviction and homelessness.
Attorney & Rodriguez Campaign Manager Anthony Prince assists low income tenants in confrontation in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office
Tenants demand the S.F. District Attorney prosecute eviction-related elder abuse.
Evicted, houseless elders and families and their advocates will be filing criminal charges for elder abuse with the district attorney on some of the most predatory LLC’s, realtors and landlords who have used this state law to increase their profit – a heartless act of abuse, harassment and arguably even, homicide.
“We need to put an end to the Ellis Act and other laws like it which cause more poverty and homelessness,” Luis Rodriguez, Candidate for Gov of California.
Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia, editor of Poor Magazine and organizer of the action
Demonstrators outside the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office
Luis Rodriguez’s official statement:
Repeal Ellis and Prosecute Predatory Landlords!
(Statement of Luis J. Rodriguez, February 5, 2014)
My name is Luis Rodriguez. As an independent candidate for Governor of California, I wholeheartedly support today’s action bringing criminal complaints against those predatory, speculating landlords and other defendants who have profited from the pro-business, anti-tenant, profit-based Ellis Act.
As governor, my first act would be to invoke the emergency powers of the office, impose a moratorium on these evictions and halt all Ellis-motivated demolition of existing affordable housing. I would instruct the Attorney General and all law enforcement authorities under state jurisdiction to arrest and charge these predatory, speculating landlords with violations of Section 368 of the California Penal Code.
We should never forget that the Ellis Act was enacted by a Republican-dominated legislature in direct response to a decision of the California Supreme Court in 1983 that found that cities had the right to enact ordinances designed to preserve affordable housing. Now, thirty years and thousands of Ellis Act evictions later, it is a disgrace that we have a Democratic Governor and a Democratic-controlled legislature and the Ellis Act is still on the books. As governor I would immediately introduce legislation to repeal Ellis and use all the executive, constitutional and persuasive powers of the office to insure housing for every single man, woman and child in this state!
By taking this action today, you—the actual and potential victims of the Ellis Act—are doing what my campaign is all about: insisting that the law act in the interests of the people! This fight is part of a broader fight against poverty and the system that generates it daily, hourly. Here in California, the budget has been balanced on the backs of 8.7 million people in poverty. The Ellis Act is part of a poverty-creating structure that can and must be taken down.
The time has come for us to think strategically, to unify our scattered forces across this state and challenge the status quo. What you are doing here today is on the cutting edge of that challenge—I join you, I embrace your cause as my own.
Luis J. Rodriguez
Luis Rodriguez speaking with KGO Television about the action.
“Inside Each Voter”
(Written for the Luis J. Rodriguez for California governor campaign)
Inside each voter is history.
The woman suffragist with her boycotts, rallies,
going door to door, meetings, convening and reconvening,
risking arrest, risking ridicule,
being turned away at the polls,
attempting to cross the gender divide.
The black man with his courage and determination,
risking ridicule, risking arrest, risking death,
attempting to cross the racial divide,
wishing to break free from another shackle.
We cannot take for granted that the
right to vote wasn’t a right for all in the past
and that those who came before us made it possible
so that even I, an American-born citizen, a woman
of Filipino descent, can go to the polls without the fear
of being turned away, without the fear of arrest,
without the fear of ridicule.
Inside each voter is the future.
With each vote we can shape our lives.
We can protect our rights for this generation
and the next.
We can demand a better education for our children.
We can move towards the direction of progress.
My hope is that we can find businesses of sustainability.
Ones that work with and not against our precarious ecology.
Ones that value their employees and a government
That would allow these businesses to flourish.
Inside each voter is a poet
communicating through an action
making known to the world at large
an opinion, a choice, a decision.
Inside each voter is a voice
of democracy, of urgency, of substance.
Inside each voter is a believer
Keeping faith in the system
believing her vote matters
that her vote counts.
If you are a supporter of Luis J. Rodriguez, if you would like the opportunity to vote for real change in California, then help get Luis Rodriguez on the ballot. California election rules stipulate that a candidate needs 10,000 signatures to be eligible to be on the ballot. We need everyone’s help to get there!
Outspoken Salinas City Council Member José Castañeda (above, left) has thrown his support behind Luis J. Rodriguez, the insurgent, Green Party-endorsed candidate for California Governor. The former school board member and current District 1 Councilmember last week welcomed Rodriguez to the impoverished, overwhelmingly Latino eastside where he gave Rodriguez his enthusiastic endorsement.
“I am proud to have the support of this outstanding community leader,” said Rodriguez. “What José Castañedahas done in Salinas is what we aim to do statewide: politically empower the poor, the workers, the oppressed minorities—all those on whose backs Jerry Brown has ‘balanced’ the budget.”
Here, in the lettuce-growing capital of the world –home to “Grapes of Wrath” author John Steinbeck–Councilmember Castañeda is a highly regarded champion of working people who has taken on the “old guard” big business-connected politicians. As candidate Rodriguez swung through Salinas, a growing campaign organization led by high school teacher and community activist Ana Barrera was on the job and in the neighborhoods daily collecting the voter signatures required to put Luis on the ballot.
“I am grateful to the genuine, grassroots leaders of Salinas for their support,” says Rodriguez. “Connecting with people like AnaBarrera, Councilmember Castañeda and others has meant connecting with thousands of Salinas voters who deserve respect, safe and meaningful livelihoods, clean water, decent housing. en they sign petitions for me, they are signing for themselves. That’s what my campaign is all about.”
For Further Information and To Help Gather Signatures to Put Luis J. Rodriguez on the Ballot, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In a slap in the face to 8.7 million Californians struggling to survive below the poverty line, Governor Jerry Brown’s January 22 state of the state speech was that of a corporate CEO, calling for austerity and a “rainy day” fund while the poor continue to drown in a steady downpour of unemployment, homelessness, child hunger and a shredded “safety net.” The word “poverty” was not even uttered although at 23%, California has the highest poverty rate in the United States.
Instead, Brown bragged of the billions of dollars in the surplus and a budget that was “balanced” on the backs of the poor and working people. Brown said nothing about restoring the massive cuts to CalWorks and CalFresh that, according to the Western Center on Law and Poverty, have helped add 2.7 million to the ranks of the poor since Brown took office. Brown’s speech practically described California as a corporation, outrageously declaring “fiscal discipline” as the “fundamental predicate” of democracy.
“Really?” says Luis J. Rodriguez, the independent, Green Party-endorsed candidate now collecting signatures to face likely candidate Brown in the June primary. “I always thought democracy is about everyone having a voice, a vote and choices. This is not true when Democrats and Republicans are the only parties that matter, when big bucks determine who can run for office, let alone win, and when other voices find it near to impossible to take part.”
Brown’s speech came as Rodriguez finished a campaign swing through California, including a “Poor People’s Movement” rally at the Capitol. Says Rodriguez, “Governor Brown cynically quotes the Bible urging us to deal with the “boom and bust” of the economy with the ancient advice of Joseph to the Pharoah recounted in the Book of Genesis, ‘put away your surplus during the years of great plenty so you will be ready for the lean years which are sure to follow.’”
“How about this from Deuteronomy 15:7” counters Rodriguez, “‘If there is a poor man among you, one of your brothers, in any of the towns of the land which the Lord, your God, is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand to your poor brother; but you shall freely open your hand to him, and generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks.’”
Rodriguez slammed Brown’s equating of democracy to “fiscal discipline.” “The Governor needs to read the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States and its command to ‘promote the general welfare,’” says Rodriguez. “Brown is owned by the big corporations and financial institutions of this state. It is their welfare that he is protecting, not that of those who have lost their jobs and their homes.”
Turning to the drought, Rodriguez ridiculed Brown’s position that “conservation and prayer” alone will solve the problem. “With his green light to fracking, the so-called Bay Delta Conservation Plan and his loyalty to the moneyed water interests of California, Jerry Brown’s program will worsen the impact of this drought.”
“We need a broad and inclusive campaign for the political and economic power to rest in our hands,” says Rodriguez, summing up Brown’s state of the state as a “recipe for the continued domination of California’s “1%”. “Alternatively, my campaign seeks to empower the very people affected by these policies. We won’t be boxed in by the Republicans or Democrats, but will expand the concept of what’s possible, into where the real wealth really lies—in people, in our imaginations, and in our organizations. In how we can obtain full equity, justice, and freedom without any more people hurt, impoverished, diminished, dismissed, or imprisoned.”
Report from the Campaign Trail: Napa and Sacramento Leaders Backing Rodriguez
The Rodriguez Campaign rolled into Sacramento on Jan. 15 where community leaders met to plan a new “Poor People’s Movement” and March to honor Martin Luther King. Then it was on to Napa on Friday, Jan. 17 where the local Green Party hosted a spirited meet and greet. The next day it was back to Sacramento where Luis Rodriguez was cheered by marchers from dozens of Sacramento organizations gathered on the steps of the State Capitol Building.
In Napa, Rodriguez was joined by young “DREAMERS” who pointed out that it was a combination of political expediency and years of grassroots struggle that finally forced Jerry Brown to sign legislation permitting the children of undocumented workers to receive college financial assistance. Credit for the win properly goes to the thousands of students and community members who marched, picketed, conducted sit-ins and created an effective campaign that shifted public opinion.
Luis Rodriguez with Napa DREAMERS L-R: Eduardo Rivera, Sergio Velazquez, Luis J. Rodriguez, Mauricio Villares, Laura Lopez.
Also pledging their support to gather signatures to put Luis on the ballot, local Green Party leaders Alex Shantz, Amy Martenson, Chris Malan and Susan Rushing-Hart are certainly the ones to get it done in Napa County. Last month they led a team of 10 volunteer signature gathers that worked 10 hours a day to get signatures for a local initiative to urge labeling of genetically modified foods. In only 27 days they got 5,000 signatures…and they’re ready to do it again to put Luis J. Rodriguez on the ballot.
Napa Green Party members pledge to gather signatures to put Rodriguez on ballot (L-R: Amy Martenson, Chris Malan, Susan Ruching-Hart). Sacramento Leaders plan new “Poor People’s Movement.” Left to right: Jay’Riah Thomas, Miss Black Sacramento, 2013, Luis J. Rodriguez, Rev.Ashiya Odeye, Steve Payan.
Earlier in Sacramento, Rodriguezand campaign manager Anthony Prince were at the Sol Collective, a beautiful community center where they joined leaders including the Sacramento Brown Berets, Peace and Freedom Party, Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee, Urbanoutreach, the Sacramento Activist School, Justice Reform Coalition and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LACLA) to mobilize for a January 18 March and Kick-Off to a new California “Poor People’s Movement.” “Brother” Kevin Carter led the discussion, invoking Dr. King’s condemnation of “capitalism, militarism and racism.” Steve Payan of LACLA and Sacramento Brown Berets recalled Dr. King’s “last stop”—the Memphis sanitation workers strike and called upon all assembled to initiate a new California “Poor Peoples Movement” by marching through Sacramento’s financial district to the State Capitol.
At start of the MLK March, “Brother” Kevin Carter talks to Sacramento media.
Three days later, 200 people took to the streets to honor King and call for an end to poverty in California. When marchers reached the Capitol on Saturday, January 18, nineteen-year old mistress of ceremonies Jay’Riah Thomas –Miss Black Sacramento, 2013—brought speaker after speaker to the podium, including Luis Rodriguez who electrified the crowd with a powerful call for unity and the creation of a new and just California while supporters gathered signatures to put Rodriguez on the ballot.
Jay’Riah Thomas, Miss Black Sacramento, 2013 leads MLK rally.
“I really like what Mr. Rodriguez had to say,” said Yvette McShan, founder of “Victorious Black Women.” Organized to “eliminate mental health barriers, stigma and discrimination that greatly influence and affect California’s African American Communities,” Victorious Black Women is one of hundreds of grassroots organizations fighting for economic and social justice in this state.
“These groups and their grassroots leadership are an essential component of my campaign,” says Rodriguez. “We are building a movement across racial, ethnic, gender and ideological lines for basic, systemic change; to put people ahead of corporate profit. My bid for governor is aimed at unifying that movement for victory.”