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Because People Mater 
Progressive News and Views November / December 2008
Inside this issue:
Editorial.2Social.Studies.Famiy.Style.2Giving.That.Helps.Others.2Too.Big.To.Fail.3 Male.Violence,.Financial.Terrorism.3Kuehl.on.Schwarzenegger.4
Working Harder, Geing Nowhere
El Porvenir—Water for Nicaragua
Sacramento NOW 
Gimme Shelter—Aordable Housing
Nuclear Weapons Policy
By Paula Lomazzi and Patsy Byers
Relocalize Sacramento! is an imperative, and it’s alsothe name o a grassroots group in Sacramento that’s parto the movement away rom globalization and towards amore rational and rewarding use o energy and other resources. Relo-calization promotes the local pro-duction o ood, energy, services,and goods, to meet primarily localneeds. It strengthens a community’seconomic and ood security by making that community moresel-reliant and less dependenton dwindling oil supplies. It alsostrengthens “community” and the sense o “belonging”to the place where you live. It is a global movement thatis neither nostalgic nor isolationist. So very much o oureveryday lives depends on material inputs rom outsideour region (such as chemicals that are used to puriy oureveryday drinking water), and so much o our by-prod-ucts and reuse is shipped away to become someone else’sproblem or prot (such as landll “waste” trucked toNevada and recyclable paper going to China). We needto close the loops!Relocalize Sacramento! was ormed in June o 2003.We started by educating ourselves more about ourlocal resources and our regions reliance on non-localinputs. We had a water study group to explore this mostbasic o all our survival needs, with eld trips to a waterintake acility and our region’s wastewater treatmentplant. We have hosted a series o Eat Local Potluckswith guest speakers on sustainability, sharing deliciousstu rom the Sacramento “oodshed.” At the last twoEarth Day celebrations, we’ve had a table o ree ruitand vegetable “starts,” hoping to encourage recipientsto grow some o their own, and we also gave away “StopJunk Mail” postcard packets andthe notorious Sacramento seedballs (like the ones made o clay andcompost in a workshop on alterna-tives to biotech and corporate oodproduction during the 2003 Agri-cultural Ministerial conerence, andthen conscated as potential ter-rorist projectiles by the SacramentoPolice Department).We have become a local voice or local action. We needmore actual action and more people to act. We all mustadjust our lives to the new paradigm orced on us duringthis very unique decade in human history. Please join usin this endeavor, either by recommitting yoursel to morestringent conservation, recycling, and encouraging oth-ers, or by joining our group or our activities.We meet regularly on the rst Sunday evening o each month. Keep abreast o our activities with ourwebsite:
. You can alsoparticipate in our online projects via our wiki:
, where we seek to educate each other about our most vital systemsand local resources, and maintain a calendar o localsustainability actions and events.
Patsy Byers and Paula Lomazzi are among the ound-ing members o Relocalize Sacramento! who invite you to join them.
By Bob Metcal 
Can cardboard, aluminum oil, and a clear plastic bagbe used to cook and bake as well asyour gas/electric stove and oven?I you answered “yes,” you knowabout solar cooking, something I’vedone regularly during Sacramento’ssolar season ever since 1978.I you answered “no,” considerputting solar cooking on your list o things to discover in 2009. You willlearn an amazing, environmentally riendly skill, and youwill also realize why this knowledge needs to be spreadto the 2.5 billion people in sun-rich developing countrieswho are using wood or cooking at a non-sustainablerate, and suering respiratory and eye damage rom thesmoke o res.Te repository o inormation on solar cooking isound with Sacramento’s non-prot organization, SolarCookers International (SCI),ounded in 1987. Initially promot-ing solar box cookers, in 1995 SCIdeveloped the ultra-simple CooKitsolar cooker. With a CooKit, a clearplastic bag replaces glass as theheat-trapping device, and a simplepanel replaces the box.Using a CooKit is simple. Food isplaced inside a darkened, covered pot. Te pot is placedinside a clear plastic bag and set in the center o theCooKit acing the sun. CooKit panels direct sunshinethrough the plastic bag to the dark pot, where light isabsorbed and converted to heat. Te plastic bag trapsmuch o the heat and acilitates cooking most oods in2-3 hours, with no stirring needed during cooking.Remove the pot with hot pads, take o the lid, watchthe steam roll out, and see the perectly solar-cookedood. It’s an experience that continues to delight me evenaer more than 6,000 solar-cooked meals.Because no water is needed or vegetables, ruits, meatand sh that already have plenty o water, solar-cookedoods have a great avor as oods cook in their own juices. Bread and cakes can also be solar-baked with aCooKit.Go to a village in a developing country, and twodaunting challenges ace amilies every day—the lack o wood or cooking, and unsae local water sources. SCI’sCooKit can contribute signicantly to solving both o these problems, as it is doing in SCI’s Kenya projects nearLake Victoria. Heating contaminated water in a CooKitto 65°C pasteurizes it in a manner similar to milk pas-teurization. o veriy that 65°C has been reached, SCIdeveloped a reusable, wax-based water pasteurizationindicator (WAPI) that is included in the project.Villagers also have been taught how to check theirwater sources or contamination by testing or the ecalindicator bacterium,
Escherichia coli
, using two simplemethods I’ve assembled into a Portable Microbiology 
Energy Descent? Global Warming? 
We need to relocalize, now!
Relocalization promotes the local  production o ood,energy, services,and goods, to meet  primarily local needs.
Solar Cookers International
Tapping into the sun or cooking inSacramento and worldwide!
…consider putting solar cooking on your list o things todiscover in 2009.
Relocalize Sacramento! 
members inside a pipe outsidethe wastewater treatment plant on one o the group’seld trips.
Photo: RelocalizeSacramento!
Relocalize Sacramento
! potluck.
Photo: Relocalize Sacramento!
Woman and child with CooKit in Nyakach, Kenya.
Photo: Bob Metcalf 
Bob Metcal shows 2004 Nobel Peace Prize WinnerWangari Maathai the Colilert test results rom watertested at the Arican Women and Water Conerence,Nairobi, Kenya, July, 2008.
Photo: Bob Metcalf 
See Solar Cooking, page 13
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 Make donations to local organizations such asood banks, Sacramento Children’s Home, andWEAVE in the names o those you are giing.Many organizations send cards inorming peoplethat donations have been made in their names.And you can visit your local post oce to ask about participating in Operation Santa Claus,which is a great way or amilies or work placesto collectively contribute to kids in need. Happy Holidays!We homeschool our daughters. Tere were many reasons that led to this choice, but none thatreally had to do with disliking school. I attended,beneted and sometimes enjoyed my publicschool experience. My husband’s experiencewas similar. Yet when we weighed the possibleschooling options or our kids, continuing todirectly support our daughters’ learning beyondthe time they grew to “school age” seemed likethe best option or our amily. And so ar, we arehaving a great time.Many people think o homeschoolers and pic-ture kids sitting at the kitchen table with work-books, or think o homeschoolers as deprived o social interaction. Certainly there must be someamilies who are doing lots o workbooks or whowould just rather hang at home, but in our com-munity there are many more amilies who are outall the time, avoring experiential learning overworkbooks.My daughter also takes classes with otherhomeschoolers sometimes, and this is how Idiscovered that there is one thing that bugsme about traditional school—social studies.I realized this when my daughter and I werethinking over classes or her to take and I beganto begrudgingly read the descriptions or thesocial studies ones so she could decide betweenclasses in various disciplines. Tese social studiesclasses all seemed ne, but I was concerned aboutperspective. Whose version o history would my daughter be studying?I just didn’t like the idea, and thankully, shedidn’t pick a social studies class this year. Nev-ertheless, this experience gave me ashbacks o years o schooling where I wondered i I wouldever hear anything about mysel as a Chicana ando being the only kid on the le side o the debatein my less-than-diverse classes. But quickly I letout a sigh o relie, thankul to be homeschooling.Our social studies plan while our daughtersare still young is to share historical, culturaland political inormation and experiences withthem. We won’t be plotting out goals or pullingor them to make specic discoveries throughcritical thinking, but I can’t say they’ll go withoutbias—without experiencing our own perspectiveon things (which is what most school social stud-ies classes pretend to do).Our hope is that as they get older, they’ll con-tinue to choose their own readings and gureout or themselves what seems most plausibleor “real” to them. Until then, I’d just as soonskip getting to see them in cute little pilgrim orIndian outts in a Tanksgiving play or recitingthe “story” o Plymouth Rock. Instead, this yearour Tanksgiving plan is to participate in the“Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering” at Alca-traz, commemorating the island’s occupation by American Indian activists in 1969. Luckily, youdon’t have to be a homeschooler to join us. Go to
 Jacqueline Diaz is a mother, teacher and poet living in Sacramento.
Te editors or this issue o BPM invite youto read about the important issues o the day ascovered by olks who live and work in Sacramen-to. Despair about global warming? Be inspiredby the work o Solar Cookers International, andothers who are working rom here to make liebetter everywhere. Need some good news aboutthe uture o nuclear weapons? We have it. Won-der what happened to the pollution at the ormerMcClellan base? Here’s an update. Conusedabout the coverage on the ghting in Georgia?We include inormation and places to get moreinormation.Our writers cover many o the important issueso the day, rom healthcare to the nancial crisisto housing—all rom an alternative and progres-sive point o view, as usual. But we don’t stopthere, we also tell you who is working on theseissues locally and how you can get involved!Plus we list ideas or where to buy your holiday 
Social Studies, Family Style
No pilgrim costumes for this family! 
By Jacqueline Diaz
gis, such as the locally produced PAX peacecalendar or a “CooKit” solar stove.Don’t orget, this paper is built on the volunteereorts o many olks. We need olks to write,edit, and deliver the paper. Or you could help by introducing others to BPM with a gi subscrip-tion—only $20 a year!Coordinating Editors,Jacqueline Diaz and JoAnn Fuller
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November / December 008 BECAUSE PEOPLE MATTER 
By Roger White
ne question that hasn’t been asked muchabout the current nancial crisis thatcould turn into a depression is who hasmore o a moral claim on public dollars? Strug-gling single moms on welare? Or corporatebanking titans whohave been deemed“too big to ail” by Wall Street “analysts”and corporatists inWashington?Looking at theheadlines over the lastew months about thebailouts on Wall Streetbrought me back to1995 and the debateover welare reorm. Back then, we heard a loto talk about dependency, the irresponsible lie-styles o single mothers on public assistance andthe sanctity o “middle class values.”While much o this talk came rom the con-servative establishment, it was a Democraticpresident along with a signicant number o Democrats in Congress that made the passageo so-called welare reorm possible. In that casethe political class had come to a broad consen-sus—the days o big government were over (atleast in service o the poor) and rom now on
…it would take about 35 years o aid to poor olk onwelare to match what just this installment o Bush’sbailout o Wall Street will cost taxpayers” 
Who’s Too Big To Fail? 
Corporate welare vs. poor people’s welare
midst the worst nancial crises in UShistory, I recalled a book by June Ste-phensen, Ph.D., published in 1991,
 Men Are Not Cost-Eective
. Dr. Stephensen, a researchpsychologist and author o many other books,demonstrates how“men are bankruptingour country.Stevenson nearly two decades ago setthe annual cost o male violence—everythingrom murder to “whitecollar” crimes—at $300billion. Now, update that gure (undoubtedly threeold) and add what ended up being over$800 billion the middle class is being orced to“pony up” to bail out Wall Street and pay or deal“sweeteners”—a bag ull o goodies ranging romtax breaks or NASCAR racetracks to children’swooden arrow makers. In an attempt to makethis bailout more palatable to Main Street, “con-cessions” were made by lawmakers. For example,we will get shares in these “toxic assets” thatthe rich need to quickly dump and the FederalDeposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) willraise the insurance on our savings to $250,000.(How many readers have $250K in the bank?)Many don’t realize that the FDIC has up to 10years to pay up on that insurance. Te taxpayer“sugar daddies” and “sugar mommies” can nolonger aord these “kept men”—predators o allstripes, rom the Wall Street big boys, to the menentrenched in warare, to the common thugs whoare raping, murdering, robbing, and plundering.Bush’s monstrous bailout plan gives broadauthority and a blank check to the tune o $700billion to unelected appointee reasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr., raising the national debt to$11.3 trillion. Additionally, Bush demanded thatthe program be shielded rom judicial review.Interestingly, according to Hungtonpost.com(“China’s Investment House,” 12/13/2007), China“purchased $700 billion in US long-term assets.A huge and growing category o purchase hasbeen the agency bond. Tese are bonds made o 
Male Violence, Financial errorism
Taxpayer “sugar daddies,” “sugar mommies” askedto bail out “kept men” of Wall StreetBy Dorothy L. Wake
“…a ew members wereeven told that there would be martial law in Americai we vote ‘no.’”—Rep. Brad  Sherman, D-CA.
See Bailout, page 6 
those seeking government help would be madeto work, and would be stripped o their privacy and labor rights. Essentially, they would be madewards o the state in exchange or the $300 or sodollars they received every month. Tese peopleweren’t like “us” andreally didn’t deserveour compassion orsupport. Tey were“too small to matter,”so to speak. Why worry about them?Now, when corporatebanks and investmenthouses started drop-ping like ies andlooking or handouts,bailouts, “debt packages” and other congura-tions o tax-payer monies in the late summer o 2008, the talk coming rom the responsible olkswas quite dierent. Instead o hearing about thedepravities o a permanent over-class that hasgrown dependent on government contracts,tax subsidies, and, when needed, bailouts, wewere told by people like Henry Paulson and BenBernanke that companies like AIG and BearStearns (etc.) were just too important to be leto the vagaries o the market and that the $700billion was a rescue, not a bailout. Te nationally syndicated conservative talk show host HughHewitt said it best, “Sure, we’re in avor o the reemarket—except when we’re against it!”O course, the conservative House Republicansand progressive House Democrats who votedagainst the bailout were immediately admonishedby olks like the moderate Republican politicalcommentator and proessional political classsuperego David Gergan to “grow up,” but theirarguments or being against the bailout werenever seriously engaged. Instead, we all were eda steady diet o ear o what might happen i wedidn’t hand out public dollars to the rich. Eventu-ally the propaganda campaign worked, and theHouse voted in avor o the bailout. Whew. Tatsaved the day. Now we can sleep at night, right?In all, the ederal government spends about$20 billion each year on the emporary Aid toFamilies with Children program. Tat’s $20 bil-lion or poor, single women with children eachyear compared with $700 billion or rich corpora-tions and their stockholders or now. Put anotherway, it would take about 35 years o aid to poorolk on welare to match what just this install-ment o Bush’s bailout o Wall Street will costtaxpayers.And when we actually compare what singlemothers who are permitted to stay home with
See Corporate Welare page 6 
loans—oen home mortgage loans—soldto government sponsored enterprises, oragencies, like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.In other words, they are US mortgages.” Isit just a coincidence that the current bailoutamount is theexact amount o China’s purchaseo mortgageloans? Answer:Probably not.It’s reasonableto surmise thatthe US wouldwant to cover China’s “purchase gone bad”in order to continue receiving loans romthem to und the Iraq war.US Senator Bernie Sanders (D-V)argued or an alternative plan to cope with thecollapse o nancial institutions. Putting MainStreet beore Wall Street, the plan includedimposing a surtax on the wealthiest 400 US am-ilies that garnered a $670 billion increase in theirwealth since President Bush has been in oce.Sanders and others argued that the middle class,whose standard o living has declined, shouldnot be paying or these bailouts. Additionally,Sanders called or stronger oversight o nancialinstitutions and an end to Bush’s deregulationpolicies; a break up o huge businesses, likeBank o America, that are swallowing up otherlarge corporations; and an immediate economicstimulus package which would put people back to work rebuilding our crumbling inrastructureand moving us to energy eciency and sustain-able energy. But unlike Sanders, most lawmakerschose to “sell out” Main Street to prot WallStreet.I would have added to Sanders plan: Nochance or these criminals to receive “goldenparachutes,” obscene buyouts, or any other bene-ts. Rather, charge these nancial terrorists withcrimes—everything rom domestic terrorismagainst the people to raud to inuence peddling
Man who requested anonymity protesting the $700 billion-plus bailout onOctober 6 at the corner o Fruitridge Rd. and Freeport Blvd.
Photo by Dorothy L. Wake

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