Is COPA / Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors a good bang for the buck? Alinsky’s progressive socialism seeks power over immigration, health care, open borders & housing

 

No Borders  espoused by various COPA / Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors  churches

Is COPA  aka Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors Inc. — which is   Saul Alinsky in action –   a good bang for the buck?

Alinksy’s progressive socialism seeks power via churches over immigration, health care, open borders and housing.

For church members & the public,  COPA / Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors Inc.  is not a good bang for the buck  based on   info from Charity Navigator.

Look at the numbers:

COPA  expenses: Seventy-nine percent  or roughly  4 out of 5 dollars pays for Personnel ($288 K) and General/ Administrative ($18.8 K).  Only 21% [$80,400 / $387,233] goes for Program Costs. Wow!

$288 K pays  for three full-time COPA organizers in the 2018-19 Budget.   Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors Inc. is another name for COPA in the Santa Cruz and Monterey CA area.

COPA/ Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors Inc.  is housed at a Lutheran church in Watsonville, CA and pays about $19 K for General and Administrative costs.

 How to evaluate the numbers: 

  • Program Expenses: The majority of charities listed by Charity Navigator   – seven out of ten non profits – spend at least 75% of their expenses directly on their Programs. That means the organization should spend no more than 25% of their total expenses on administrative overhead and fundraising costs.
  • COPA / Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors Inc. reverses the percentages recommended by Charity Navigator  with expenses for Program accounting for  only 21% and  Personnel/ Administrative expenses accounting for  79%. Wow.  That’s a reversal!

     Check for evidence of commitment to accountability and transparency:

    • Website: The best charities are transparent and accountable to the public. You should be able to see evidence of this in the information they provide on their web site. Can you readily find information about the charity’s staff and Board of Directors? Did the charity publish its financial information such as its most recently filed Form 990 or audit?
    •  Accountability:  The IRS 990 form is available from the Central Coast Sponsors Inc. website.    https://www.guidestar.org/profile/77-0557460
  • Industrial Area Foundation (IAF) akin to an octopus with legs

    • Transparency: Low.  One must search to find connections to COPA’s   founding organization — the Industrial Area Foundation (IAF)  of Chicago, Illinois  COPA is a long standing  affiliate of IAF.    And there’s no mention of  community activist  Saul Alinsky  who wrote  the guiding principles for progressive socialists i.e., Rules for Radicals. One might think  it interesting to churches  that Alinsky  dedicated  his book to  Lucifer.
  • Open Borders is one goal of COPA / IAF / Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors Inc.

Churches connected with COPA in Santa Cruz and Monterey CA  fund open  border   immigration policies. Exactly how much dues  each church affiliate  pays COPA is not readily available.

COPA recently   held a conference on immigration “reform” in Monterey, CA  (4/9/2018). No specifics as to number of attendees is provided on their website.

The Catholic church in CA is a long time supporter of open borders.  Five of the seven churches in Santa Cruz County & neighboring two counties  which act as as the governing board of COPA   are Catholic.

Other  supporters of COPA  include  several Episcopal  churches, i.e., St. John’s in Aptos, Calvary in Santa Cruz and St. Mary’s by the Sea in Pacific Grove.

Sunday, 9/16/18 at 9 am,   COPA / Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors Inc.  lead organizer Tim McManus speaks at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Aptos, CA.  You might ask  Mr. McManus  why roughly 4 of 5 dollars  of Expenses  goes to pay staff Personnel & Administrative  and only  21% pays  for Program.

Pope Francis is on record that a nation has the right to control it’s borders.  A nation is an extension of a family.

Aptos Psychologist:    COPA goes to church leaders and gets their “buy in” and them uses that buy in to contact parishioners and teach Alinsky progressive socialist goals.

What is COPA?    On  November 2, 2009 Freedom Advocates wrote,  “COPA targets congregations and unsuspecting parishioners…”

What COPA currently says:   It’s Mission is   “to develop the leadership skills of ordinary people …. to engage effectively in public life  …with power to negotiate with public and private sector leaders … to change the economic, social, political and cultural pressures on their families … 

COPA has 22  member institutions in Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties — including “many religious groups”  they say.

As mentioned above, COPA is an affiliate  of Industrial Area Foundation.  See all the affiliates. 

Per  COPA’s website  (4/2018) Pete Scudder of Scudder Roofing  said about obtaining workers,  “there is no system. There is no line. No way anyone come here  legally unless they have   a lot of money….Scudder Roofing  construction company hires 90% Hispanics.  Scudder  Roofing seeks  to sponsor ‘citizen applications for workers’.

Back to general  discussion of COPA /  Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors Inc. 

It’s vital to  look at how charities are rated for financial health and transparency.  Neither COPA  aka Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors Inc is rated by Charity Navigator. That’s because their financials are too small for Charity Navigator.

What if all the legs of the founding organization — IAF — were examined by Charity Navigator?  What if COPA was transparent about its  socialist progressive agenda?  Would parishioners and the public support COPA / Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors Inc?

It’s best to view COPA and Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors Inc. for what they are — community organizing entities which seek progressive socialist goals.

 

Per D Souza both Barrack Obama and Hilary Clinton — both students of Alinsky — implemented  Saul Alinsky’s political tactics.

Remember Obama’s promises that “you can keep your doctors…” and that “insurance premiums costs  were going down …”  Then Obama took over health care and 1/6th of private economy.  Check out D. Souza on YouTube.

Both Obama and the Clintons entered politics with little money and left as mult- millionaires.

 

What do you want for your children and grandchildren?   That your children learn progressive socialism in church via COPA / Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors Inc? 

Or that your children learn to think for themselves and seek freedom? 

written by Aptos Psychologist  Cameron Jackson PSY 14762

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What’s Palestine? [All Walls must go says Cory Booker]

 

All the Walls have to Go sign held by Cory Booker

Is  Cory Booker pro Palestine? Just not understand Israel’s need for a defense Wall?  Or just  fuzzy thinking? His denial does not hold up.

Senator Cory Booker was photographed holding a sign bearing a pro-Palestinian movement slogan. The image appeared on the Twitter feed of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, a self-described “coalition of 330+ groups” working “for a US policy toward Palestine/Israel based on        freedom, justice, and equality.”

From Palestine to Mexico, all the walls have got to go,” the sign read.

Trump Wall opposed by open borders Booker

Booker, however, claims he wasn’t aware that the sign called for an end to the border wall between Israel and the Palestinian territory, but rather only a U.S. border wall with Mexico.  

“In one instance, amid the rush, he was posing for a photo and was passed a sign to hold – he didn’t have time to read the sign, and from his cursory glance he thought it was talking about Mexico and didn’t realize it had anything to do with Israel,”

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Firenze Sage opines:  Do you suppose  he [Cory Booker]  reads proposed legislation with the same acuity?

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$12 – 25 BILLION for a Wall built by Corp of Engineers, National Guard or private sector “shovel ready jobs”? Looks possible …

 

$12 to 25 BILLION for a WALL? It’s possible …

$12 – 25 BILLION for a Wall built  by Corp of Engineers, National Guard or private sector “shovel ready jobs”?  Looks possible ….

The military budget is $700 BILLION for 2018 and $716 BILLION for 2019.

Trump is   willing  to fund shovel ready jobs that  start in 90 days.

The Corp of Engineers recently moved a river.  

So, yes,   the National Guard and or Corp of Engineers can   use  a shovel, clean out a drug infested tunnel, build a road.

Trump plans to build a military base along the wall.

WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is requesting that the U.S. military build walls for at least one military base along the U.S.-Mexico border, part of President Donald Trump’s plan to fortify the border, U.S. officials say.

“We are looking into options for the military to build a wall on military installations on the border,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told reporters Wednesday afternoon.

Details of the plan, expected to be released later Wednesday afternoon by the White House, come days after Mr. Trump suggested the military could pay for the wall he wants to build along the southern border.

Where might the  $25 BILLION to build a WALL  come from?   The military got $700 BILLION in 2018 and 716 BILLION for 2019.

President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis have discussed the possibility that the U.S. military front the costs for a border wall, the Pentagon confirmed Thursday.

“The secretary has talked to the president about it,” said Pentagon press secretary Dana White. “Securing Americans and securing the nation is of paramount importance to the secretary. They have talked about it but I don’t have any more details as to specifics.”

President Trump signed the $1.3 trillion budget into law last Friday. The bill provides $700 BILLION in 2018 and $716 BILLION  in 2019 to the Defense Department, money Mattis and the service chiefs have repeatedly emphasized is critical to rebuilding military readiness and lethality.

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Aptos Psychologist:  The “caravan” of 1,200 +  coming from El Salvador provided incentive for Trump to  send the National Guard. That caravan dissolved after intervention from Mexico providing assistance.  What to do abut DACA remains.  And what about   the 12-20 MILLION illegals who live and work in the USA?

What say you?   Immigration was and remains the issue that propelled Trump into the Presidency.

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Why & How Immigration policies must change

 

Stand in line when entering the USA to live & work. Follow the federal immigration policies.

Why & how U.S. immigration policies must change:

The  USA backlog of illegals entering  is huge and the USA decision rate for these cases  is low.

There is a backlog of 660,000 cases. That’s a lot of cases.   That’s a lot of  undocumented individuals  running around finding some sort of employment as they stay  under the radar.

Legal advise is ‘get a lawyer’  (this improves the odds of winning from 10% to 50% currently) and lawyers cost money.  Hence, undocumented person are advised to get a job to pay for the lawyer.

Immigration judges decided 32,000 cases   in 2017.   That rate was the highest in 5 years. Roughly 62% of cases overall are rejected currently.

Do the math. It would take 20 years to decide a backlog of  660,000 cases  divided by a rate of  32,000 a year.

The policy of “catch and release” came about under President  Obama.  Overwhelmed by thousands of  undocumented persons —  largely from El Salvador and other central american countries  — the USA was flooded.

Roughly 330,00  individuals were “caught and released” and these persons  went underground and did not go to their court appearances.  Many did and continue to get   jobs.

These ‘catch and release’ individuals  affect the  overall jobs that are  available to persons legally in the USA.

Why don’t these economic/ political refugees, largely from El Salvador and central america,   go elsewhere?  Mexico rejects rougly  90% of “refugees”.   Same rate for  the Philippines.  Where to go?  Russia only declines 11%.

In March 2018 Attorney General Sessions implemented several  major changes in USA  immigration policies. These changes may  reduce the backlog.

One change:   Judges can now decide cases based on written evidence without a full hearing. That could speed things up.

Another change coming up:  will “economic refugees” continue to be granted special status?

The overall goal is to reduce the backlog of 660,000 persons sufficiently so that persons who are apprehended for illegal entry  into the USA are kept incarcerated until their hearing.

Perhaps — if people who ‘jump the fence’ know that, once caught,  they are in a USA  jail and not free to get a job,  that may slow down the rate of persons who come. Maybe.

Aptos Psychologist:  Yes the USA welcomes immigrants.  In the 1600’s immigrants  came on  boats to escape religious persecution.  Today the USA continues   to welcome  more legal immigrants than any other nation.

Yes,  immigrants are welcome.  Stand in line. Follow the laws.

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Trump Wall? Immigration control? Chain migration? The DACA / Dreamers? Time to speak up?

 

chain migration

Where are we?  A Trump Wall?   Control of chain migration?  Will the DACA/ the Dreamers get right to citizenship?

Immigration  — the control of  legal and illegal  immigration  —  which include “chain migration”  and “the lottery system”    — are right now  on the table for discussion by Congress and the President.

The House, which  is likely to support what comes from President Trump, probably   opposes chain migration and the  continuation of the Lottery System which allows anyone from anywhere to become an American citizen.

For 40 + years — from 1921 onward   the USA stopped all immigration.

Do we need to integrate those who have come so that they do speak English and have the necessary skills to be successful here in America?

Or do we simply open our doors to all refugees who suffer oppression i.e. “I was a stranger and you welcomed me…”?

What say you?

written by Cameron Jackson   drcameronjackson@gmail.com

 

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Dreamers – are they productive, law abiding and speak English? What Arizona statistics show ….

 

Are the Dreamers productive, law abiding and speak English?  Look at the statistics ….

What do we know whether  the Dreamers  are productive, law abiding and speak English.

A majority (74 percent) of U.S. Protestants and Catholics support “Dreamers” receiving permanent legal status, according to a Pew Research Center report released on Jan. 19. Catholic Hispanics overwhelmingly support the Dreamers (92%).

“Dreamers” are persons brought to the U.S. as minors and who have only known the U.S. as their home.

In Arizona, the Dreamers are 4 times more likely to commit crimes than their numbers would suggest.

Younger illegal immigrants in Arizona make up a far larger percentage of the state’s prison inmates than their share of the population would suggest, according to a new analysis.

While illegal immigrants ages 18 to 35 — a group immigration activists call “Dreamers” — are about 2 percent of of the Arizona population, they are almost 8 percent of the prison population. The over-representation by a factor of four shows that younger illegal immigrants in Arizona are far more likely to commit crimes than U.S. citizens or legal immigrants of a similar age, says John Lott Jr., president of the Crime Prevention Research Center.

Roughly half of the Dreamers are literate in English.  Persons who don’t speak English are not able to get jobs that will support themselves and their families.

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Aptos  Psychologist:   America stopped all immigration for 40 years  (1924-1965) which allowed for assimilation of all the millions who had come.  Perhaps it’s time again to stop immigration and again assimilate those who are here?   To be successful here immigrants need to learn English and learn skills so  they can be  productive members.  What say you?  Comments welcome.

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freedom ? — Trump, Hilary and the “swamp” in Washington square off…. who is winning?

Three issues:  immigration, taxes and health care.  Looks like  the “swamp” still runs Washingon D.C. The alligators are strong.

And the world keeps getting less safe in so many ways…. Las Vegas with 50+ dead and 500 sent to hospital. So sad.  So terrible.

Trump stumped for a physical   Wall to control illegal immigration,  he wants to  reduce taxes on the middle class  and Trump  wants to repeal Obama-Care.

Where are we?

So far, 10 months into his Presidency,  Trump   can’t seem  get much done on any of these three issues.  The ‘swamp’ [big time donors, the ‘establishment’ of both Democrats and Republicans] oppose Trump’s stance on all  3 issues.

Remember Hillary?  Hilary opposed a Wall, wanted  a single payer system of health care and said  she wants to soak the rich —  but who knows really what her policies would have been on taxes.

Freedom for the little guy.  The small business.  The lemon juice  stand.  People who want to start a business or grow one.  How can we help to  increase freedom?

And how can people safely go to a Country Western concert and just ‘hang out’ with friends listening to music that heals them?  How do we as a People heal …?

written  Oct. 7, 2017  by Cameron Jackson    DrCameronJackson@gmail.com

 

 

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Want to change the world? Jim Wallis of Sojourners online class forms basis for discussion

change the worldOur current political and world situation provides an incentive for us to learn and act says Pastor Dale with Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos, CA.  This church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Come  to Christ Lutheran on Sundays  in March at 11:15 for  a series of six classes titled Faith and Public Policy. Location: 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA.  831 688-5727  www.aptosChurch.org

The classes on Faith and Public Policy  follow  Christ Lutheran’s   10 am Worship service and  time for  Coffee, Food and Fellowship.

Pastor Dale will lead  the discussion sessions based on online lectures and suggested readings by Jim Wallis, President and Founder of Sojourners.

Class 1 is titled  Introduction.  Class 2 is titled  Poverty (Part II) of Jim Wallis’ online lectures.  Class 3 is titled Immigration.  Class 4 is titled Race and Religion.

For information on the online classes available through Jim Wallis:

Faith, Social Justice  and Public Life

https://sojo.net/faith-social-justice-public-life

Breitbart’s perspective of Jim Wallis and Sojourners:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/09/13/jim-wallis-progressive-cleric-tortures-bible-to-promote-intolerant-islam/

http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/05/23/anti-trump-religious-leader-radical-sixties-group-students-democratic-society-sds1/

Resource for the  Social Statement by Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (1991):

http://download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Church_SocietySS.pdf?_ga=1.205253843.2103735961.1488843566

Start small in changing the world?  Garden plots are available at Aptos Community Garden, an outreach of Christ Lutheran Church.  Spade that dirt!  Turn that soil!  Make beautiful vegetables and flowers.

 

 

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Sanctuary city lost $410 K school revenue in one day

 

PVUSD lost $410 K as students refuse to attend one day

PVUSD lost $410 K as students refuse to attend one day — Watsonville, CA sanctuary city

Sanctuary city Watsonville CA school district  PVUSD  lost $410 K  school revenue in one day  —  because 7,600 students failed to attend school on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.

Students choose freedom of speech over a free, public education provided by CA taxpayers.

On the average it costs about $10,600 to educate a student through public education

Thursday PM there was a Day without Immigrants protest calling on all immigrants to abstain from work, school or shopping.

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LA: bad dudes from 12 countries arrested for deportation

 

LA: bad dudes from 12 countries arrested by ICE

Illegal immigration: Over 700 arrested  by ICE

Illegal immigration:  The travel plans of over 700 were disrupted  this last week by ICE.

In LA, bad dudes — largely felons —  from 12 countries  were arrested by federal government on immigration violations.

These are bad men, largely felons:   Of the 160 arrested in Los Angeles, CA about 150 had criminal histories, while five more had either been previously deported or had “final orders of removal”. Many of those arrested had prior felony convictions for “serious or violent offenses” including child sex crimes and assault.

The arrestees in the LA area  – which were 95 percent male – included nationals from a dozen countries, according to ICE.

Across the USA over 700 arrests were made:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/13/politics/ice-raids-enforcement-arrest-numbers/

Interesting development:  Mexico urges illegals to fight deportation via the court system.

In Mexico, influential Mexicans want illegals to go overwhelm the USA legal system via the court system.

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