Educational Leaders Believe in Ruben Major

Left to right: Dallas Fowler, Carolyn Fowler

Wow! I have been so humbled and honored with the flurry of endorsements for our campaign! I started this campaign with the belief that the people of Oceanside are ready for a change, and I am truly in awe of the love and support you’ve all shown for this campaign and my candidacy.

As a proud husband and father of three school aged children attending local schools here in Oceanside, I believe that education is vitally important to ensuring our youth have a sustainable future. Having grown up in extreme poverty and having been homeless as a child, I was blessed to be able to get an education that allowed me to change my pre-determined fate. However, times are changing and there is too much emphasis on correcting problems and not enough effort is given to preventing issues before they arise. If we take the time to invest in our children, it will pay dividends for future generations.

While the Mayor of a city cannot change school board policies directly, it is possible to have an impact on them. A Mayor should be an advocate, first and foremost for the community and our schools are a big part of our community.

That’s why I’m honored to have the endorsement of educational leaders throughout Southern California, such as Carolyn and Dallas Fowler, who have done so much to prepare future generations, including women and minorities, for success.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY LEADERS CAROLYN AND DALLAS FOWLER AND ENDORSE RUBEN MAJOR FOR OCEANSIDE MAYOR

(OCEANSIDE, CA – March 1, 2020)

Ruben Major is announcing today that he has received the endorsement of two important community leaders in education and youth empowerment.

Carolyn Fowler, Los Angeles Unified School District 1 Government Relations Advisor, and Dallas Fowler, Former Los Angeles Commissioner are both endorsing Major for Mayor of Oceanside.

Left to right: Dallas Fowler, Carolyn Fowler

Carolyn Fowler is a Government Affairs Advisor for LAUSD Board member, Dr. George J. McKenna III. Active in the community, Ms. Fowler is Southern Region Vice Chair for the California Democratic Party’s Women’s Caucus, encouraging more women to seek appointments and run for elected office. She was recently elected as CDP Executive Board Member and Senior Assembly Member of the California Senior Legislature. Carolyn is appointed by the LA County Registrar on the LA County Voting Solutions For All People Advisory Committee (VSAP). She was recently honored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for 50 years of service and the National Action Network with the Los Angeles Vanguard Award for Extraordinary Leader. She is also an active member of AARP and California Alliance for Retired Americans, (CARA).

Dallas Fowler, daughter of Carolyn Fowler, is a proud Los Angeles native and graduate of the School of Business and Industry at Florida A & M University. Before Dallas became the Principal of Daltek Global Solutions , LLC a boutique digital and print media firm specializing in outreach, diversity, poltical & business development consulting. She served in Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s cabinet as Commissioner on the Los Angeles Police Department Police Permit Review Board. She holds over 10 years of experience in the Supplier Diversity & Community Affairs arena and 15+ years of project management and event planning experience. At Turner Construction Company, she served as their Community Affairs & Marketing Coordinator and Program Manager of their Youth Force 2020 Initiative. In addition Ms. Fowler and sat on the U.S. Bank Employee Development Network board in Los Angeles Chairing their Diversity Expo for two consecutive years. A graduate and past Alumnae President of the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute housed at USC, she recently established HEIRSPAC Helping Empowered Individuals Reach Success and hopes to provide a resource for individuals looking to run for office and raise awareness of issues impacting women and minorities. A life-long Democrat, Dallas has been actively working on campaigns for over 20 years.

Major says, “I am extremely honored to have the support of two outstanding, accomplished Southern California leaders in the area of education and empowerment for women and minorities. It is critical that the next Mayor of Oceanside have a strong network of leaders and subject matter experts to call upon, and these women have dedicated their lives to making our communities better, ensuring that all voices are heard, and supporting future generations through education and mentoring. I am inspired by their leadership and look forward to working with them when I am Mayor.”

Major is running for Mayor in order to improve the city’s response to the homeless crisis, climate change, and the changing needs of residents. He is dedicated to getting rid of corruption and restoring the voice of the people. His people-powered, grassroots campaign has been engaging with members of the community in “neighborhood pop-ups” and on a listening tour at major public events in recent months.

The election for Mayor of Oceanside will be held on November 3, 2020.

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DEMCCO Executive Board Bylaw Violations – Challenge Letter

At a time when faith in many of our democratic and governmental institutions is at an all-time low, don’t we have a responsibility to follow the rules that members of this group invested sweat equity in creating to ensure fairness and adherence to a defined process?

Fellow DEMCCO Members, it pains me to write everything below because I have so much respect for our party and the people who have come together here to make a positive impact on the world. I have great respect for all of you and I believe that you want to do the right thing.

As you will see from the attached letter directed to Linda Slater, President of DEMCCO, there have been some egregious violations of bylaws and eastablished precedents in the decision to revisit the endorsement in the Mayoral race and to have a second vote.

DEMCCO Executive Board Bylaw Violations Letter

From the beginning, all I have asked for is equal consideration and adherence to the very process and rules this group worked painstakingly to set forth. I ask that you give this information full consideration with respect for those who put hours of their lives into ensuring that we had guidance for times like these, when there might be some disagreement among members as to how to proceed.

I would also ask that members of this group come together to revise the rules to add additional clarity for situations such as these, when a vote of “no endorsement” has been made, and in situations where the time frame is well in advance of customary endorsement period. As I have noted in the attached, this endorsement vote, if taken, would be in violation of set rules because this race had NOT been deemed as strategically critical. While I believe the current rules are clear on these matters, if other members feel that the rules lack clarity then it is incumbent upon us to correct the situation and to conform to the most conservative interpretation of the rules on these matters.

I respectfully ask members to take a stand in support of the rules of this organization and give full consideration to the attached document detailing the violations and divergence from precedent happening with regard to endorsement in the Oceanside Mayoral race.

I ask you to cancel this endorsement vote and force club officials to abide by our rules.

Best, &c,
Ruben

Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug La Follette Endorses Ruben Major for California Secretary of State

— Press Release —

September 12, 2017

Oceanside, California – I’m excited to share the big news with you – Wisconsin’s Secretary of State, Doug La Follette, has endorsed our campaign for SOS here in California!

 

 

Doug’s endorsement means a lot to me – he’s been in office as Wisconsin’s Secretary of State since 1974, elected again and again by the voters who know and trust him. Secretary La Follette is a Fulbright Scholar and environmentalist who’s served on the board of directors for The Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, and Union of Concerned Scientists.

Following our launch at the recent California Democratic Party annual meeting in Anaheim, my candidacy has begun picking up momentum up and down the state. All you have to do is look at my opponent’s record to know it’s time for change if we’re to secure our critical voting systems.

California’s incumbent SOS is plotting to close down precincts, to fund expensive and insecure voting systems, and to reduce voter protections. We know that the 2016 presidential primary was a mess in California – that rests on Mr. Padilla’s shoulders. We can and must do better.

Thank you,

Ruben Major

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Indiana confirmed hacking of 2016 election systems

In the analysis of Indiana’s election system, we find hacking and confirmed penetration, millions of scans, and alarming concerns related to voter suppression. This is part of a U.S. wide analysis regarding potential “Vote Hacking” in the following states: Arizona, Alabama, Alaska, CaliforniaColorado, ConnecticutFlorida’s primary electionFlorida’s general election, GeorgiaHawaii, Idaho, & Illinois. This analysis follows below.

On October 18, 2016, Secretary of State Connie Lawson explained that thousands of voter registration records were altered using paper forms, through the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and via the state’s online voter registration system. In response, State police blamed and raided the Indiana Voter Registration Project, an organization with a solid reputation for getting out the vote, just prior to the election — thus preventing the additional potential registration of approximately 45,000 of black voters. The IVRP contacted the Department of Justice to assist, claiming Indiana violated the law in a manner which discriminates against minorities.

There has not yet been an update on the disposition of this case.

On November 1, 2016, Secretary Lawson explained Indiana began having its election systems scanned.

On December 16, 2016, scanning ceased, according to Secretary Lawson

On February 21, 2017, it was reported that an IP address originating from the Department of Homeland Security scanned Indiana’s voter registration database approximately 14,800 times. Secretary Lawson explained:

“we know that between November 1 and December 16 we were scanned with about 14,800 scans, nearly 15,000 different times.”

Accordingly, Indiana had been scanned approximately 222 Million times within one and a half months. The state’s IT team traced the intruder to a DHS computer’s IP address. The same DHS unit attempted 10 times in 2016 to hack into the Georgia electoral system. I discussed this countrywide issue at length in my analysis of Idaho and Georgia.

DHS had asked Indiana if their state wanted assistance with securing their election systems, along with many other states after the Illinois and Arizona election systems were compromised. Secretary Lawson’s IT Director, Thomas Vessely explained that Indiana, “kindly declined [DHS] assistance because we were very comfortable in the work we were doing in monitoring our election system.”

Secretary Lawson was asked why she believed DHS chose to scan their system. She explained that she:

“always assumed it was because I was the incoming President of the National Association of Secretaries of State and because we declined their assistance.”

I think it is important to repeat the same critical questions:

Was scanning the result of an active investigation?

If the IP addresses were from DHS, what would the agency have to gain from scanning a system after the election?

Why would DHS scan a state’s election system thousands of times?

It also calls into question Georgia’s case where there were only 10 scans conducted, versus other states reporting thousands. Further information is required and should be disclosed from the states and federal government so we can make a proper analysis. Transparency related to our elections process is key.

On February 22, 2017,  Computer World reported that Secretary Lawson made an admission that Indiana’s election system had indeed been penetrated. While defending that their voter registration system had not been penetrated, Secretary Lawson shockingly admitted that there was:

“one slight penetration on an (election) website that was actually old and out of date, so it didn’t go anywhere.”

This is highly critical because it represents an admission from a state governmental body that part of the election system, although implied to be insignificant, was penetrated.

Questions arise here, such as what was the extent of the hacking? When did the hacking occur? Is there logging information of the hacking? Also, was the IP address the same as those which came from Georgia or were they different?

Again, many more questions to be answered here.

Currently, there is an ongoing effort by the Indiana Secretary of State to purge voter information from the voter rolls. Secretary Lawson contends that this effort is meant to clean up information that is outdated and is compliant with federal law. In light of suspicious activities surrounding the voter rolls in the last election, such activities need to be scrutinized by the public and must be as transparent as possible and include reporting by the government so that there is accountability to ensure people are not unjustly purged from the rolls.

Analysis

We have numerous concerns related to the practices in Indiana which potentially point to minority voters discrimination. Additionally, with a confirmation of election system penetration, as well as over 200 million scans detected and reported upon, we need further information regarding the breech as well as scanning from Secretary Lawson’s office. There needs to be more transparency with voter registration system with regard to removing voters from the rolls. There also needs to be transparency in investigation process in order for voters to trust that the election system is working properly. Systems with multiple layers of protection best serve the public. Those responsible for maintaining the election systems have an obligation to ensure that we have confidence in administration. Failure to inform the voters does not instill confidence.

We need a full accounting of the voter registration problems in Indiana, answers to the above questions asked as well as a forensic analysis of the election results in order to ensure the vote counts. Same day voter registration, combined with other transparency safeguards, such as those advocated by the National Association of Voting Officials will help improve the system. Paper ballots with open source, general public license voting with a 100% count at each precinct, and an anonymous receipt is the best way to rebuild confidence.

Russian hack of US election system likely done using super computer virus

After a thorough investigation, I have come to a preliminary conclusion regarding the hacking of the 2016 election. There is still a lot of additional documentation to go through and more research to be done to tell the entire story. It is only a matter of time before the full answer is given.

I’m going to try to draw this out in a better/more concise story later, but this information needs to get out now – and this is how I think a hack of the 2016 election could have happened – and there is plenty of evidence to prove these claims:

DNC Attack

On June 14, the DNC acknowledged a hack.

Arizona

In late June, Arizona took its election systems offline for 9 days after discovering that a malicious virus on a county election official’s computer.

Illinios

On July 12, the Illinois State Board of Elections computer systems were infiltrated and they posted the information online related to how the event had used form fields to gain access to sensitive information using SQL injection.

The government complained that “hacking tools” had been stolen and issued an alert on August 18, 2016.

Many people attribute the design of the “hacking tools” to a consortium called The Equation Group which techies believe is the NSA. Some of the details on this information was apparently found in some documents which Snowden leaked thus MATCHING The Equation Group with the NSA.

Kaspersky 

Kaspersky, a Russian Cybersecurity firm identified that the “hacking tools [were] believed to belong to a group of malware developed by The Equation Group which was first revealed by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky in 2015.”

Interestingly enough, Kasperskey, works closely with Russian intelligence officials. In an article written by Bloomberg in 2015, the writer explains:

“Unless Kaspersky is traveling, he rarely misses a weekly banya (sauna) night with a group of about 5 to 10 that usually includes Russian intelligence officials”


Hacking Tools & The Shadow Brothers

These hacking tools were taken by The Shadow Brokers, who repeatedly posted messages asking for money for their stolen hacking tools on August 28. Remember, they wanted to be paid in Bitcoin? A group Snowden attributes to Russian Intelligence Officials.

The stolen tools have the capability of installing the virus of completely disguising themselves and can be transferred using removable storage such as a USB stick or other removable media containers such as a memory card or microSD.

On October 30, The Shadow Brothers issued a final warning the message online containing the following statement:

“TheShadowBrokers is having suggestion. On November 8th, instead of not voting, maybe be stopping the vote all together? Maybe being grinch who stopped election from coming? Maybe hacking election is being the best idea? #hackelection2016.

Undoubtedly, an ominous warning.

Florida – Again?

Florida’s votes didn’t count? Again?  On October 12, 2016, the Sunshine State News reported that an election system contractor had been affected by the virus. The FBI and DHS were so concerned about the event that they held two conferences with 67 counties describing the attack and measures to repair the attack. Despite this report, the Secretary of State denied there was anything wrong with the system. What measures were taken to resolve the issue? Why was there such a denial?

DDOS, Bot Networks & Prior to Voting Day Issues

DDOS attacks are those which overwhelm a computer with repeated requests over and over until the server/computer shuts down. Bot networks can infiltrate massive numbers of servers/computers over many networks. The hacking tools discussed above had the ability to both bypass firewalls and inject malicious viruses everywhere. These tools could have been used to hit many different servers/computers across the country where election workers were unwittingly harboring a virus.

There is no need for voting machines to be connected to the internet to get infected.

Prior to election day, voting officials across the country inserted removable media such as memory cards, USBs or microSD cards into voting machines. As discussed prior, USB or removable media viruses can be transferred using the above hacking tools when the voting officials uploaded candidate information into the system. There is no need for voting machines to be connected to the internet to get infected. Andrew Appel, a computer scientist at Princeton University explains: ”

“To hack a voting machine remotely, you might think it has to be plugged in to the Internet.  Most voting machines are never plugged directly into the Internet.  But all voting machines must accept electronic input files from other computers: these “ballot definition files” tell the vote-counting program which candidates are on the ballot.

These files are transferred to the voting machine, before each election, by inserting a cartridge or memory card into the voting machine.  These cartridges are prepared on an Election Management System (EMS) computer.  If that computer is hacked, then it can prepare fraudulent ballot-definition cartridges.  Are those EMS computers ever connected to the Internet?  Most of them probably are…”

The problem with the software is the corporate design which was prone to vulnerability. Additionally, administration of the election process after finding out about the hack is problematic at best.

Election Day

On November 8th, Election Day 2016, an installed catastrophic malicious code, undetected by thousands of county computer and balloting systems, probably activated software in different places. This would become the basis for the Supreme Court lawsuit that is currently pending which requests a revote of the 2016 election.

Michigan

After the election, Jill Stein requested a recount in Wisconsin, Michigan, & Pennsylvania. There was much dissent regarding why there needed to be a recount. In fact, many people disagreed with doing it, saying it would not make a difference because everything is fine. However, I advocated for a recount so that we could learn from any mistakes. At the time, I was highly doubtful that malicious software could reach a voting system.

Interestingly enough, in Detroit, it was found that most of the ballots in the precinct polls did NOT match the voting machine printouts. There were errors in 392 of the 662 counties. Such an error could be indicative of a computer virus because the variation on each machine would make it difficult to manipulate the count properly upon recount – this would be the reason for so many discrepancies.

However, state law says if there’s an error – there is no recount! So Stein gave up and Trump won Michigan despite the fact that there was a possibility that a malicious virus was embedded on the voting machines. In fact, the virus is probably still there. Finding the virus would need to be done by an independent, non-moneyed interest, however.

Investigation

Yesterday, the Congress stated they will be moving forward with an investigation of Russian Hacking and Donald Trump stated he wanted to open an investigation on voter fraud.

 

Ruslan Stoyanov

Additionally, Ruslan Stoyanov, head of the investigation unit at Kasperkey and a specialist in DDOS protection and administration, was arrested and charged with high treason. Stoyanov has ties to Russian Intelligence. Russian Authorities cited his work with a previous company as a basis of his arrest and charge. At the very least, Stoyanov’s connections need to be fully investigated by U.S. officials prior to his summary trial and/or execution, so we can get the full truth about what might have happened with the 2016 Election. Perhaps there is no connection, but we need to be certain.

[UPDATE: NOTE: 4/18/2017 – I noticed the above CNBC Link had been removed from their website. I have obtained an archived copy and placed it here]

http://www.rubenmajor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/1.25.17-Russia-Arrests-Top-Manager-At-Kasperky-Cybersecurity-firm-on-treason-charge-Russian-Newspaper-Says.pdf

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Additionally, Non-Corporate controlled, open source software, advocated by the National Association of Voting Officials (NAVO) is the best solution to the problem going forward. Brent Turner, Secretary of NAVO explains that depending on the timeline and political will, the system could most definitely accommodate for a revote.

Because of the various issues and facts outlined here as well as so many others demonstrated elsewhere about foreign compromise and hacking issues, there can be no doubt that a new election should be ordered by the Supreme Court as required by the Constitution — a document applicable to universal time… for which our founding fathers so craftily designed to address an issue such as this, which we could never imagined possible.

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What A California Refinery Town Can Teach America

By Kathy Kiely

A soon-to-be-published book by a longtime labor organizer chronicles how a grass-roots democracy movement overcame corporate money.

In Richmond, California, a refinery town near San Francisco, a vibrant community coalition is proving that democracy is powered by votes, not money. (Photo by Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

When longtime labor activist Steve Early moved to Richmond, California, he thought San Francisco’s gritty neighbor would be a good place to observe and participate in a vibrant local political community whose battles against corporate neighbor Chevron have been chronicled by Bill Moyers. What he didn’t know was that he’d find the topic for his latest book — one that is all the more timely following the results of last month’s elections. In his forward for Early’s Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money and the Making of An American City, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) writes: “Our country obviously need a a great deal of change at the state and federal levels. But laying a solid local foundation, like activists in Richmond have done, is an important first step.” Early’s book will be available next month; in an interview with Kathy Kiely of BillMoyers.com, he provides a sneak preview.