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Because People Mater 
 
Progressive News and Views November / December 2006
By Gail Ryall 
Over 200 union hotel workers and their supportersrom many Sacramento unions, community organizationsand churches, participated in a spirited picket line out-side the Sheraton Grand Hotel in downtown Sacramentorecently, chanting and singing to the accompaniment o drums and noisemakers.Te UNIE HERE Local 49 “Hotel Workers Ris-ing” campaign, to gain better union contracts or hotelemployees in Sacramento, has been escalating this all. Insupport, a coalition o local clergy, community leaders,elected ocials and even some small businessmen havebeen sending delegations to meet with the managemento the Sheraton Grand Hotel to urge better health care andworking conditions or their employees.Te Stonewall Democratic Club sponsored a commu-nity support event, eaturing Cleve Jones, national ound-er o the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Jones isspearheading a national campaigncalled “Sleep With the Right People”www.sleepwiththerightpeople.org.Te Sheraton Grand is the largestand newest o the ve union hotels inSacramento. Negotiations have beenunderway or several months. Work-ers have been doing inormationalleaeting outside the hotel.At a Sacramento community meeting in August, hotel workersdescribed the physical drudgery andspeed-up that they endure. Christineroughton, a cook at the SheratonGrand, told o liing heavy pots and50-pound sacks o onions or pota-toes. She needs surgery and therapy or her shoulders, but can’t aord it,so she takes ylenol or Motrin to keepgoing. “I have to get my paycheck to pay my bills, so I keepworking through the pain,” roughton said.Eva uaga, who has a sick husband, has worked or16 years as a hotel maid, earning $8.50 an hour. She pays$156 every two weeks or health insurance. In an 8-hourshi she is required to clean 16 messy rooms, includingmaking two luxury beds with heavy mattresses, thick cov-ers and several pillows in each room. “Many people clock out at the end o the day and then go back to nish theirrooms on their own time,” uaga told the audience.UNIE HERE labor contracts, expiring across the USthis year, provide a key opportunity to raise workers’ liv-ing standards.In San Francisco, UNIE HERE Local 2 has justwon a contract struggle with 13 o the city’s largest hotelcorporations. In addition to gains in health care, wages,pensions and workload protections, the ve-year contractgives workers the right to remain union when a hotelchanges hands. In Chicago, hotel workers have ratied anew contract with the Hilton Hotels, raising wages nearly 21 percent and cutting workloads.In both cities, the unions willnow call on other major hotels tosign similar agreements.Hal o the recent increase in USservice jobs is in hotel maintenance,in hotels owned by large national andinternational companies. Most hotelworkers are women and people o color, and many are immigrants.Te hotel workers’ strugglerequires them to conront interna-tional companies on a national level.Vivian Rothstein, deputy director o the Los Angeles Alliance or a NewEconomy, spoke at the Sacramentocommunity meeting in August. “Allo us need an economic and social justice movement,” Rothstein said.Trough the process o conronting poverty, clergy andcommunities can strengthen their own organizations,while helping to rebuild the labor movement, she added.“Te “Hotel Workers Rising” campaign is undamen-tally about raising the working poor out o poverty,” saidSherry Chiesa, UNIE HERE international vice president.“What the auto workers union did in the private sector inthe last century is what we have to do or the service sec-tor now,” she said.For more inormation about the “Hotel WorkersRising” campaign in Sacramento, contact UNIE HERELocal 49 at (916) 564-4949 or Josh Eidelson at jeidelson@unitehere.org
Gail Ryall is a long-time labor activist, and a delegate tothe Sacramento Central Labor Council rom the CaliorniaCapital Chapter o the Coalition o Labor Union Women.
Sacramento Backs Sheraton Grand Hotel Workers
Seeking higher wages and lower workloads
“Many people clock out at the end o the day and then go back to nish theirrooms on their own time.” Eva Tuaga,hotel maid at the Sheraton Grand.
Freedom From War 
David Dionisi’s work for apeaceful world
by Tom King 
“Tey also serve who only stand and wait.” Tisamous sentence rom the pen o John Milton, himsel apassionately politicized writer, might just be the maxi-mum encouragement to us who stand with our signs atintersections promoting the dream o peace. Sometimeswe grow discouraged out there when it seems the weekspass without evidence o sucient change. Tat’s why,when something remarkable does happen, right inSacramento’s backyard, it’s so inspiring.Sacramento’s backyard? No oense, Davis, but thatmeans you! What has come orth in Davis is a world-beating organization with a world-beater at its helm! Tisis Freedom From War, created by David Dionisi, who inless than a year aer its ounding has already made it aninternational organization active in our countries.Tis man Dionisi is many admirable things. In 1985,while an army intelligence ocer in Korea, he rst beganto question this country’s oreign policies. A book he’swritten to reawaken our sleep-walking world to the all-too-real nightmare o nuclear weapons,
 American Hiro-shima
, is translated and available even in Korea, and thesource or a motion picture being made in England. Hisund o inormation on world aairs, much o it gatheredas an intelligence community insider, is prodigious.Dionisi will address thepublic wherever they’re will-ing to listen, and as a speakerhe’s not just good, he’s ormi-dable. More than just a highly talented tongue, however, he’sa humanitarian who organizesand serves orphanages in thirdworld countries. In act he’s taken allhis inordinate capabilities and trained them uponone objective: to rescue the world rom the terminaldisaster that appears about to swallow it.Now I come to one nal talent o this man: hisgenius or organization, with its ruition in the rapidly swelling membership o Freedom From War.So what distinguishes FFW? Te paramount dis-tinction must be Dionisi’s vision o a peace movementsweeping up all the little “pieces o peace” into a strong,unied orce eld. “Our open source peace model andsharing o best practices,” he writes, “has the potentialto change the insular and oen ineective eorts o many peace organizations.”In terms o community service, its umbrella coversworld-beating undertakings, some o them truly heartliing. Umbrella is the operative word here: Dionisi isthe systemic unier, administrator and servant to otherolks’ independent projects.One o the most impressive o the projects beingadvanced is the eort by FFW member Nadia McCa-rey to create homes to care or soldiers shattered to thepoint o dysunction. Now in the process o becominga separate organization, the homes or veterans pro-gram, while so ar only a concept, illustrates how FFW,disapproving o war, reaches out to the victims o war.Te nal good news bulletin: FFW will soon have a Sac-ramento chapter! o learn more about Freedom FromWar, visit www.reedomromwar.org. You can reachDavid Dionisi at ddionisi@sbcglobal.net. Toseinterested in purchasing his book can visit www.americanhiroshima.
om King is a retired college proessor who livesand writes in Sacramento.
Above and let: drums and bullhorns, and cans flled withpeas accentuated a sea o signs, as over 300 workers andcommunity supporters wearing Hotel Workers Rising t-shirts marched in ront o the Sheraton Grand Oct. 19.
photos: Ellen Schwartz
Inside this issue:
Editorial.2Demonizing.Arabs.&.Muslims.2Teen.and.Youth.Violence.3Rethinking.Jesus.4Poem:.Destiny.Calls4Black.Panther.Party.reunion.5
Boling Public Water
.6Project.Censored.2007.7The.Case.for.Impeachment:.
The White House &
.
Hurricane Katrina
.8Book.Reviews.10 Media.Clipped.11Peace.Action.12
Hugo Chavez: Hero
.13Poem:.This.Time.Oaxaca.14Calendar.15Progressive.Media.16
“A peace movement sweeping upall the little “pieces o peace” into astrong, unied orce eld.”
 
BECAUSE PEOPLE MATTER
 
November / December 2006
People Maer
 Vlume 15, Numbe 6
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On October 19, outside theSheraton Grand hotel in down-town Sacramento, as over 300union hotel workers and their supporters marched in a spiritedpicket line, four clergymen, rep-resenting Catholic, Protestant andJewish faiths, attempted to deliver a statement to the hotel manage-ment called “On Hospitality andHuman Dignity”, signed by 47local Catholic, Protestant, Jewishand Muslim clerics. They weretold none of the managers wereavailable.Before the demonstration brokeup, the participants outside thehotel chanted to the manage-ment that wasn’t there, “We’ll beback, we’ll be back,” promisingto return in even larger numberson November 2.See story on Page 1.photo: Ellen Schwartz
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o you like shorter days and longernights? Whatever your answer, all ishere. And winter is ast upon us. It isa ne time to look back and catch your breath.What a year 2006 has been, ull o perils andpromises. Tis mix can and does spur regularpeople to use their creative energies to try tosolve some o our pressing issues and problems.BPM is a progressive voice in these struggles.In this edition o the paper, our writers oeranalysis, artwork, events, news, poetry, and moreto help you better understand our world, and toget a glimpse o what ordinary olks are doing totry and make it better. Your participation in theseeorts is most welcome. In act, it is necessary tocreate the progressive change we so dearly neednow!Mazda Majidi decodes the schemes o theBush White House over Iran’s presumed mili-tary threat to the US. Once again, he notes, theadministration is trying to make the Americanpeople ear a oreign government. Sound amil-iar? Te same president and his (wo)men madethe case or Iraq’s weapons o mass destruction(still missing!) as an excuse to invade that nationin March 2003.om King and Jeanie Keltner (BPM editorat-large) join Majidi in critical thought about war,ocusing on local people laboring or peace andunderstanding. Bob Richards discusses a very amous social activist, Jesus, in relation to the violent empires o Rome and US.Violence in war cultures is both global andlocal. Rhonda Erwin details who is mobilizingto address Sacramento’s awul crisis o teen andyouth violence, and why.A.J. Crisostomo reports on a new studentgroup struggling to improve the Multi-Cultural/Women’s Resource Center at CSU Sacramento.Enjoy the poetry o Felicia Martinez and ShayanaMendes about Mexico and the US.Dan Bacher lauds Hugo Chavez, presidento Venezuela, who recently criticized PresidentBushs concern or the reedom o oreign peo-ples. How can the White House with Democrats’backing export reedom while crushing humanrights here in the name o security?On that note, Kevin Wehr has a major piecein our centerold (pages 8 and 9). He argues thatimpeachment o the president and vice presidentor what they did not do to help innocent Ameri-cans during the Hurricane Katrina disaster andood is a punishment that ts their crimes.Water is where all lie began and what lieitsel requires. Nancy Price explains the corporateprivatization o that natural resource, and whatpeople can do to stop it.I consider some press coverage o the UShealth care system. Te rising price o health carehas propelled the recent walkout o thousands o Sacramento County workers. Gail Ryall reportson some hotel workers in the city struggling orbetter health care and pay rom their employers.Mary Bisharat and Leon Leson review bookspenned by journalists o diverse eras. CharleneJones reviews a volume o news analysis by Proj-ect Censored, based at Sonoma State University.Elbert “Big Man” Howard o the Black Pan-ther Party brings us a bit o hidden history romthe 1960s. Ten, Panthers were on the move,bringing various peoples together or the com-mon good.Ten and now, as 2007 approaches, overcom-ing our divisions o class, gender and race is abig key to creating a better society. BPM is parto this reedom movement, which has its uniquestrengths and weaknesses.Please join us to help strengthen BPM, tokeep it going as a voice in struggle. Does thatinterest you? On behal o the many volunteerswho produce and distribute this paper, we look orward to working with you.
Seth Sandronsky is a co-editor with BecausePeople Matter.
“Please join us to helpstrengthen BPM, to keep itgoing as a voice in struggle.”
Perils and Promises
By Jeanie Keltner 
Khaled Umbashi was worried. Aer 9-11, hiswie had been harshly insulted at a gas station,and at school his 10-year-old son Mohamed hadbeen accused o being a terrorist because o hisname. And now here was a textbook rom theboy’s school—World Geography by McDougalLittell—that seemed to Khaled to portray Mus-lins and Arabs as terrorists. Tis could only makethings worse or Muslims.Umbashi is an activist—we’ve worked togeth-er on several issues over the years—so he went to
Te Bee
and the
Sacramento News & Review
, botho which published thoughtul articles about hisconcerns. And the text’s publishers, HoughtonMifin, agreed to take Umbashi’s objections intoaccount when they put out a new edition.But that is hardly the end o the story. Khaledis right to worry.A recent report by the nation’s largest Muslimorganization, the Council on American-IslamicRelations (CAIR), says complaints o discrimina-tion, harassment, and violence against Muslimsin the US jumped over 30% rom 2004 to 2005.One ourth o respondents to a CAIR survey believed stereotypes such as “Muslims value lieless than other people” and “Te Muslim religionteaches violence and hatred.” Over our in 10 saidthey associated anaticism with Muslims (www.antiwar.com/lobe/?articleid=9716). Recent pollsby Gallup and the Washington Post/NBC show46% holding a negative view o Islam. Obviously all these stereotypes make it easier to victimizeMuslims.Yet nearly 60% o US citizens say they havenever met a Muslim—so these opinions are creat-ed by political discourse and by the media—romMohamed’s textbook to the networks to the newsto the rightwing shock jocks who specialize inriling up anger.Interesting and alarming proo that mediaimages and ino work on the mind below thelevel o consciousness and rationality is the Uni- versity o Michigan study reporting that althoughmost non-Muslims eel the media depicts Arabsunairly, they still hold negative opinions (
Wash-ington Post 
3-9-06)!Anti-Arab/Muslim eeling is not new.Michael Parenti showed in
 Make-Believe Media:Te Politics o Enter-tainment 
(WadsworthPublishing, 1991) thatHollywood elt ree toslur Arabs as a groupwhen other subgroups became protected by polit-ical correctness. Now, however, Islamophobia isan essential strategy in the Bush/Cheney regime’smove to control the mineral/oil/gas wealth o theMiddle East and Central Asia. As we are seeing(with war on Iran looming on the horizon), thisentails war on many Muslim nations. And tomake the massive killing and brutalizing accept-able to the US public, the targets must rst bedemonized.Tus Islamophobia is cultivated con-stantly—rom Bushs initially entitling the attack on Iraq a crusade and his current reiteration o Islamoascism as the enemy to the Pope’s recentattack on Islam as violent and irrational (whenin act Islamic societies historically have actu-ally been more tolerant o other religions thanChristianity).Anti-Arab/Muslim sentiment is beingencouraged since this regime needs every dis-traction it can muster to deect a populace thatseems to be rousing itsel to opposition. Hatredo the Other is such a convenient and blindingdistraction that racism is a necessary part o allascist regimes—a way to ocus anger createdby one’s oppression away rom the tyrant abovetoward the Other below.Tis has happened, perhaps, to a greaterextent and intensity with Muslims than withprevious US enemies—maybe because the Bush/neocon imperial project is so grandiose, requir-ing not only harsh aggression abroad but alsoharsh repression at home, that the enemy mustbe big to justiy it. Immediately aer 9-11 Bushintroduced the concept o evil into the discus-sion: the evil-doers, the axis o evil. Tis movesthe discussion rom the political to the meta-physical. Evil: “Te orce o nature that governsand gives rise to wickedness and sin,” associatedwith Satan (Random House Dictionary).We see this magnication clearly in thetextbook: “Te tradi-tional motives, such asgaining independence,expelling oreigners,or changing society,still drive various terrorist groups around theworld…. But other kinds o terrorists, driven by radical religious motives, began to emerge in thelate 20th century. Te goal o these terrorists isthe destruction o what they consider the orceso evil. Tis evil might be located in their owncountries or in other parts o the world. Teseterrorists oen threaten to use weapons o massdestruction, such as chemical, biological, or
See Umbashi, page 14
“Stereotypes make it easierto victimize Muslims.”
Demonizing Arabs and Muslims
Strategic Islamophobia and the US imperial project
 
November / December 2006 BECAUSE PEOPLE MATTER
 
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By Rhonda Erwin
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ur community is responding to teen andyouth violence. Why do we need to rec-ognize these community members?Te rst reason is to destroy the myth thatwe don’t care. We are not motionless in address-ing the violence within our communities.Recently, I saw the Nation o Islam men doingoot patrol in heavy violent crime areas o bothMeadowview and Valley Hi. As members o thecommunity, the deeds and labor o the NOI arenot going unnoticed, and they are appreciated.Tese men come in peace,stand or peace and leavein peace.Secondly, we needto help teens, youth andamilies involved and aected by violent crime,to transcend their collective suering. Recently, Ispoke by phone with Reynaldo Placencia (the 22-year-old brother o Robert Placencia, a 17-year-old killed this summer in south Sacramento).Reynaldo participated in a revival or teens romSacramento, Modesto and Stockton who werecoming together to address youth violence. Rey-naldo is using his brother’s tragic death to reachout to teens involved in or aected by violence.Finally, we need to prevent teens and youthrom aping gang culture/membership as a mas-querade or youth leadership. Te Zeta BetaLambda Chapter o Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,in partnership with Consumes River College andthe Greater Sacramento March o Dimes, is coor-dinating the Alpha Academy workshop, held oneSaturday a month. Te workshop brings adultproessionals together with middle school andhigh school teens (12 to 18 years old), with theocus being to improve academic perormance,prevent teen pregnancy and enhance career goals.In early all, several school children weremaimed and murdered in school shootingsacross the US. I cried or the school teens as Ihave cried a river o tears or teen and youthmurder victims in Sacramento.President Bush spoke out about ways to pre- vent uture youth murders. I watched news mediareports on the teens who witnessed the schoolkillings. eens and amilies aected by the schoolshootings were given support and helped to moveon. Our children, on the other hand, have diedsenseless deaths or decades, and until recently our suering was not very newsworthy.Meanwhile, our teens and youth are killingone other. One shooting is copying the other.One uneral copies a uneral the day beore. Tegovernment has been slow to respond to amilies’cries and pleas or teens and youth o color dyingthese violent and senseless deaths.In early all, media reported high-schoolshooting stories, acknowledging the emotionso the teens and youth involved. In contrast,news coverage or the violent deaths o our teensand youth is sensationalized. Our children aredehumanized.Current news coverageo our suering rom vio-lent crime comes packagedwith what the SacramentoCounty Sheri’s Depart-ment, Department o Justice and Sacramento City Police Department are doing to round up crimesuspects. I question these law enorcement priori-ties. Why is all the emphasis on apprehendingsuspects? Where is the money and time or pro- viding solutions to preventing more crime that, inturn, creates, more suering?Where are the crime prevention policies basedon research into the violent deaths o our teens andyouth? Why is the solution to our community’spain the building o more jails and prisons? Why isa blanket pulled over our suering? Why is it con-tinuously assumed that we human beings o coloreel no pain or the violent deaths o our childrenand the separation o our amilies?We’re on our own, saving our own. Just aswith Hurricane Katrina, the government that col-lects our taxes, who calls us all Americans, claimswe are all equal, will orce some to save ourselves,but reach out to li others rom eeling pain. Why does our government think the color o yourskin makes you immune rom the pain o violentcrime?Te sad thing is that our government won’tsee our suering and continues to build more jailsand prisons. Tis is not a policy to prevent utureteen and youth violence. We know that. Tat iswhy we are mobilizing to save our daughters andsons rom the violence which disproportionately aects underprivileged communities o color.Tis movement has been stalled. Why? Teanswer in part is the news media. It osters alseimages o people aected by teen and youth vio-lence. Tus this media bias makes it hard to rally 
JUVENILE CLASS ACTION STRIP SEARCH SETTLEMENTIF YOU WERE BOOKED, ASSIGNED TO A UNIT, AND STRIP SEARCHED ATTHE SACRAMENTO COUNTY JUVENILE HALL BETWEEN JANUARY 1, 1998,AND OCTOBER 1, 2004, YOU WILL BE ENTITLED TO MONEY UNDER ASTRIP SEARCH CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT
There is a proposed Settlement of a Class Action lawsuit,
 Robinson, et al. v. SacramentoCounty, et al.
and
 Kozlowski, et al. v. Sacramento County, et al.
, pending in the UnitedStates District Court for the Eastern District of California. The lawsuit concerns the stripsearch policy and practices of the Sacramento County Juvenile Hall.
What is the Litigation About?
Plaintiffs alleged that Defendants violated various federal and state laws by strip searching juveniles booked at the Sacramento County Juvenile Hall between January 1, 1998, andOctober 1, 2004.
Who is Involved?
You are a member of the Settlement Class if you were booked, assigned to a unit and stripsearched at the Sacramento County Juvenile Hall between January 1, 1998, and October 1,2004. To see if you qualify for a payment you should check the website or call the toll freenumber below.
What are the Terms?
If you were a juvenile booked and assigned to a unit at the Sacramento County JuvenileHall and strip searched during the class period (January 1, 1998, through October 1, 2004),you will be entitled to compensation depending on the number of times you were bookedand assigned a unit, the charges on which you were booked, and your probation status at thetime of booking.Up to $4.0 Million will be available to satisfy claims under this settlement. Class Counselwill apply to the Court for an agreed fee of $1.5 Million for reimburse
ment for attorneys’
fees and reimbursement of costs and expenses. Representative plaintiffs will collectivelyshare $280,000 (Two Hundred Eighty Thousand Dollars), and $500,000 (Five HundredThousand Dollars) will be reserved for Claim Administrator expenses, for a possible total of $6,280,000 (Six Million, Two Hundred Eighty Thousand Dollars).For more information or to receive a claim form, consult the website or call the toll freenumber below.
How Much Will I Get?
If 25% of those entitled to share in the settlement submit Claim Forms, the average payoutwill be $2,000 per person. You may be entitled to more or less than this amount.
What are My Legal Rights?
If you wish to share in the Settlement Fund you must file a claim as discussed below. If theCourt approves the Proposed Settlement, you will receive a payment if you qualify. You
will also be bound by all of the Court’s orders
. This means you will drop any claims youmay have against the Defendants covered by this Settlement.If you wish to file a claim you must complete a Claim Form. You can get a Claim Form bycontacting the Claims Administrators, in writing, at the address given below, or by callingthe toll free number. Claim Forms must be signed and post-marked no later than January 8,2007.If you do not wish to be a member of the Settlement Class, you must sign a Request for Exclusion letter as outlined in the Stipulation of Settlement and Notice which you candownload from the website or get from the Claims Administrator. Your Request for Exclusion must be filed with the Court no later than February 16, 2007.
When Will the Settlement be Approved?
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of California will hold a FairnessHearing to decide if the proposed settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate at 10:00 a.m.on March 2, 2007, at the United States District Court, 501 I Street, Courtroom 2,Sacramento, California 95814. At the hearing the Court will also consider whether Class
Counsel’s request for attorneys’ fees and
costs are fair, reasonable, and adequate.If you remain a member of the Settlement Class you or your counsel have the right toappear before the Court and to object to the Settlement. However, in order to object, youmust file a written objection, as outlined in the Stipulation of Settlement and long formnotice. Objections must be filed with the Court by January 8, 2007.
FOR INFORMATION ON THE PROPOSED SETTLEMENT,YOUR RIGHTS, AND A COPY OF THE NOTICE:VISIT: www.robinsonvsacco.com or Call: 1-800-401-0541 orWrite: Sacramento County Juvenile Strip Search Class Action,c/o Claims Administrator, P.O. Box 1110 Corte Madera, CA 94976-1110PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE COURT
— Legal Notice —
Responding to Teen and Youth Violence
Community versus government solutions
“We are mobilizing to saveour daughters and sons.”
support whenmany people,consciously andunconsciously,eel that wedeserve ourpain and sor-row. In spite o this negativity,the community is creating crimepreventionsolutions.Tere are many events being planned toaddress teen and youth violence. While our gov-ernment shows its lack o concern towards oursuering, many citizens are rising to the call toshow support towards the amilies whose heartshave been broken and who drown in sorrow andtears. We are mobilizing to save our daughtersand sons.
Rhonda Erwin is a violence prevention activ-ist and mother who lives in Sacramento, and welcomes those who can help <amomscry@yahoo.com>.
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Children’s Art about Peace
, its 2007 calendar. The color-ful wall calendar is now available at The Avid Reader, East West Books, Sacramento Area PeaceAction, and the UNICEF Store, all in Sacramento. The artwork above is a detail from June 2007, by Kindergartner Ariana Mirmobiny. To see images from the works of Sacramento area students,or for a full list of outlets, go to www.sacpeace.net. More Info: 736-1678 or 393-7676.
This project is funded in part by the ArtScapes Grant Program of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission withsupport from the City and County of Sacramento.
Rhonda Erwin
photo mrzine.monthlyreview.org

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