CA Assemblyman Santiago Wants a Communist Holiday and Here’s Why

Just when you thought you’d heard it all and it couldn’t possibly get more left-leaning and worse in California, enter Miguel Santiago.

California Democrat Assemblyman Santiago last week proposed Bill AB-3042 which is aimed at honoring and celebrating a communist holiday and labor unions.

The bill would allow schools to combine two existing holidays in February, namely Washington Day and Lincoln Day into “Presidents’ Day” and then add a new holiday, “International Workers’ Day or May Day”.

“International Workers’ Day” would be treated just like the holidays for our distinguished Presidents, Washington and Lincoln. The public schools would be closed.

In addition, the public schools would be required by the Bill to do the following:

“Hold exercises in memory of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington and to commemorate and direct attention to the history of labor movements in the United States.”

What would motivate Santiago in wanting to celebrate the history of labor movements and communism?

Hmmm….let me think.

Santiago is up for election in 2018.

He was first elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2016.

While we may not fully understand his desire for communism to be esteemed in the schools (some people claim that communism had a role in the early days of American unions) we can certainly understand why Santiago would push for a requirement that the history of labor movements in America be shared in the schools regarding the proposed holiday.

One look at Santiago’s donors and the answer is clear.

All of Santiago’s top contributors in 2016 were unions.


Santiago won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2016. During that election cycle, Santiago raised a total of $1,276,035.

California State Assembly 2016 election — Campaign ContributionsTop contributors to Miguel Santiago (California)’s campaign in 2016

Los Angeles City County School Employees Local 99 $28,400

State Building & Construction Trades Council Of California$17,000

American Federation Of State County & Municipal Employees / Afscme$17,000

California State Council Of Laborers$17,000California State Council Of Service

Employees$17,000Total Raised in 2016$1,276,035Source: Follow the Money

One lone California Republican Assemblyman Matthew Harper addressed the Assembly when it was time to discuss Santiago’s proposed Bill.

Matthew Harper

Harper said:

“I’m aghast that a bill like this would be able to get through committee. Are we in competition to be the laughing stock of the United States?”
“Are we going that far to the left? This is ridiculous; this is insane; this is un-American. And for folks who think that the U.S. won the Cold War with the Soviet Union, this makes it sound like we’re going in the other direction — that indeed California is kowtowing to the Soviet domination of the Cold War.”
“And indeed, in that kitchen debate Khruschev had with Nixon, oh my God, was Khruschev right, Mr. Author?”

Thankfully, the Assembly didn’t give in. At least not yet.

The bill failed on Thursday by a vote of 27–22 after the Assembly read it three times.

But that hasn’t deterred Santiago.

Santiago immediately submitted a motion to reconsider on the same day.