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Progressive News and Views September / October 2006
By Dorothy L. Wake
magine Sacramento City Council election rules that
would eliminate representation for a large percent-
age of residents. Outrage and demands for restoring
equal representation would no doubt ensue.
Electing city council members at large rather than
from small representative districts would likely produce
very lopsided results. Council members would be clus-
tered within the more afuent areas.
But wait! Tis undemocratic model is exactly how
Sacramento City Unifed School District (SCUSD)
trustees are elected now! Five of the seven trustees live
in the Pocket or Land Park areas. Meanwhile, areas
such as midtown, East Sacramento, and Oak Park lack
All public school students and their parents/guard-
ians deserve a school board representative who is elected
by, and is accountable to, the constituents living in their
specifc trustee area. And this is only possible if one
trustee is elected from each trustee area by only the vot-
ers who reside within that specifc trustee area.
Currently, SCUSD trustee candidates must run
costly and exhausting at-large campaigns that cover the
entire district. Something is terribly wrong when the
campaign area for school board elections is several times
larger than city council campaign areas. And something
is surely amiss when school board campaigns can cost
signifcantly more than city council or even congressio-
November Ballot Proposals can eliminate at-large
Elections for School Board.
Te Sacramento County Ofce of Education
resolved that: “An election on the proposal to establish
seven trustee areas and the alternative method of elec-
tion shall be held on November 7, 2006” (Resolution No.
Measures J and K aim to fx current SCUSD trustee
election inequities. Measure J seeks to establish seven
trustee areas in the SCUSD for election purposes (see
trustee area map). Measure K seeks to elect one board
member per trustee area by voters within their trustee
area of residence. (Tis is the same model used to elect
city council members, county supervisors, state assembly
members and senators, etc.)
Passage of Measures J and K will result in repre-
sentation for every area of the SCUSD. And hopefully,
grass-roots candidates, who truly represent their specifc
districts, will emerge.
The legacy of the “Serna juggernaut”
Te current “machine politics” model of electing
SCUSD trustees needs to be understood within the con-
text of the “Serna juggernaut” formed in 1996. Former
Sacramento Mayor Serna’s coalition of higher elected
ofcials took control of SCUSD school board elections to
ensure political agendas.
For example, on June 17, 2004, SCUSD trustees
voted to lease the old district facility at 16th and N
Streets to the Capital Unity Center, founded by then
Democratic state Assemblyman Steinberg (and others).
Tis helped to boost his political fortunes. It is worth
noting that the annual lease rate for the old district
facility is $1.00, according to some sources. However,
confrmation of this rental rate was “unavailable” from
SCUSD’s legal ofce.
Why two ballot measures?
When questioned about the necessity of two separate
ballot measures, David W. Gordon, Sacramento County
school superintendent, stated, “Election law splits the
In other words, only one question can be presented
in each ballot measure. Measure J addresses the question
of establishing trustee areas. And Measure K addresses
the question of electing one SCUSD trustee from each
trustee area by only the registered voters in that trustee
Gordon cited one criticism of Measures J and K:
“Tey would allow people to become too provincial,”
whereby “the seven members would all want what other
members have in their districts,” he said in a July 31
“Passage of Measures J and K will
result in representation for every
area of the SCUSD.”
Improving City School Elections
Tis criticism rings hollow, however. It ignores the
right for all citizen/taxpayers to have equal representa-
tion. And it disregards the need to (a) provide equal
educational opportunities to all students, (b) eliminate
“machine politics” from local school board elections, (c)
promote the emergence of grass-roots candidates who
truly represent constituents within their specifc trustee
area, and (d) eliminate expensive, unwieldy, and exhaust-
ing school board campaigns.
Passage of Measures J and K is a step in the right
direction for managing our local schools more demo-
cratically and equitably. Vote “Yes” on Measures J and K.
Dorothy L. Wake is a Sacramento area writer and
poet, and author of Mother Jones, Revolutionary Leader
of Labor and Social Reform <www.xlibris.com> or
Vote Yes on Measures J & K
Inside this issue:
9/11 Truth ...............................2
Opt Out: protect your
children from military
Ballot propositions ..............4–5
The Maloof Arena Tax ............6
Education issues .................7–9
Black Panthers ......................10
Lebanon and Palestine ..........12
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ummer is coming to a close. Students and
teachers are returning to schools. Tis issue
of BPM focuses on education. It is a broad
feld with many issues that are subject to much
debate. Our writers weigh in on a variety of edu-
cational issues—local, national and global—that
we hope will expand the debates in a direction of
progressive action that puts human needs frst.
Heidi McLean and Dorothy L. Wake look at
issues involving parents, students and teachers
in the Sacramento City Unifed School District.
From high school reform to electoral politics,
they provide crucial information and analysis to
help you better understand what is at stake.
Michelle Matisons teaches in the women’s
studies program at CSUS, and focuses on man-
agement, junior professors, and students there.
Brigitte Jaensch exposes right-wing censorship
on college campuses aimed at critics of the Bush
Mary Schleppegrell is a former co-editor
with BPM who is also a linguist and author of
many articles and books. She addresses the lan-
guage of learning and the learning of language in
Heather Woodford of Code Pink in Sacra-
mento presents what the group has done and
plans to do to educate local people on issues of
peace and war. Anie Wilson gives teachers infor-
mation on progressive Web sites to share with
their students to supplement assigned textbooks.
Staajabu, a former Sacramento poet who is
on the East Coast now, contributes a poem on
education. Rhonda Erwin tackles the substan-
dard instruction that some low-income youth
face in our schools.
In the meantime, on the national educational
front, top US billionaires are becoming more
involved in public schools. Take philanthropist
Warren Bufet. Recently, he announced a future
multi-billion dollar give-away to the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation.
Te foundation, launched by the co-founder
of the Microsof Corp. and his wife, seeks to
improve US education. Bufet and the Gates
claim to be interested in helping the nation’s
school kids. Tey certainly have the personal for-
tunes to do so, but shouldn’t the government we
pay our taxes to pay the bill for education?
Recall that Sacramento’s St. Hope Academy
was launched with a multi-million dollar grant
from the Gates Foundation in August 2003. Tat
cash successfully changed Sacramento High
School (in Oak Park, a working-class, major-
ity non-white neighborhood) into Sacramento
Charter High School.
Former National Basketball Association star
Kevin Johnson is involved in this change. From
humble beginnings, he became a star guard at
Sacramento High who later lead the University
of California basketball team and played for the
Phoenix Suns of the NBA.
Johnson is also the head of St. Hope, and was
recently appointed as the spokesperson for the
national STAND UP, a campaign launched by the
Gates Foundation to improve US public schools.
Johnson is a former pro athlete helping Gates to
sell education reform.
A charismatic man like Johnson is much in
demand by the business forces that push educa-
tion reform. Consider also his recent appoint-
ment to the board of directors of the California
Business for Education Excellence Foundation.
Te CBEEF backs the increase of competition
for public education via the expansion of charter
schools such as St. Hope in Sacramento.
Why charter schools? Charter schools do
not have to follow many of the regulations and
rules of community school districts and state
lawmakers. Tat means respecting the rights of
teachers and other school workers to form labor
Against that backdrop, US labor unions are
facing extinction. In 1946, 35% of American
labor was unionized. Currently, 12.5 % of the
US work force are members of labor unions.
Tis is a complicated and complex situation with
Why do employers dislike unions? Union
members earn higher wages and better benefts
than their non-union counterparts. Labor
unions help most working people most of the
Current US struggles around education are
taking place against the backdrop of the war
on terror, apparently without an end. Tis war
began afer the attacks of September 11, 2001
which killed thousands of innocent people. Sup-
posedly, this crime “changed everything” about
our world. At least that is what most leaders
from both political parties say about that tragic
day fve years ago. President Bush and Sen. Rick
Santorum (R-PA) have even called this a war
against Islamic fascists, using World War II imag-
ery to build support.
At any rate, endless war is sour news for
meeting the needs of all people, which includes
a decent education. We hope that you fnd this
issue of BPM useful as a resource for progressive
social change that enhances the lives of people
from every background.
Seth Sandronsky is a co-editor with Because
“Endless war is sour news
for meeting the needs of
all people, which includes a
Terror myths and politics
By Jeanie Keltner
t was a brilliant, ingenious, and, above all,
cinematic event. Te huge towers exploding
streamers of dust and
then toppling into
giant smoke clouds that
seemed to chase people
through the Manhattan
streets were the stuf of
into powerful feelings of terror and rage.
Suddenly we were at the mercy of blood-
thirsty, brilliant, fanatical, unstoppable terrorists
out to destroy us. Tat justifed any expense,
any measure to protect us—illegal wars, illegal
wiretaps and searches, signing statements, tor-
ture, more hundreds of billions to defense and
“security” contractors. Te warmongers repeated
continually, 9/11 changed everything.
And yet even a single afernoon spent on
<911truth.org> will convince the most skepti-
cal person that the ofcial story is a lie. Te
Bush/Cheney easy success in the crudely obvious
thef of the 2000 presidential election must have
made them careless. Tey lef threads dangling
in every direction—from obvious lies about fore-
knowledge to fghter jets that didn’t scramble to
still alive hijackers to a non-responding president
to improbable explosive collapses to Pentagon
pictures without plane parts to FAA tapes cut
in little pieces to stock options on corporations
damaged by 9/11 (they just couldn’t pass up a
chance to make a buck) to three diferent 9/11
day stories by Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Gen. Myers
(former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staf).
Te wonder is they thought they could get
away with it. Of course the arrogance of people
who believe that they can rule the world with
force cannot be underestimated. (May it be their
undoing!) And without the internet through
which thousands of cunning and dedicated
investigators gathered and spread their assidu-
ous research—they might have gotten away with
it. (Tey still might—though it looks less likely
Carole Brouillet <Deception Dollar.com>
captures the wider implications: “I began to
understand 9/11 as ‘a special operation’ designed
to gain public support for a war without end
against a new ‘elusive’
enemy, to justify a
police state, to rede-
fne opposition to
policies as domestic
terrorism, to give the
green light to the
crushing of dissent worldwide, to permit the
militarization of outer space by a small minority
to control the world’s resources and people. It
was a crime against humanity, with clear victims
and clear benefciaries, which demanded a loud
And despite the corporate media blackout
of 9/11 research—or mocking of “conspiracy
wingnuts”—9/11 truths are surfacing daily in the
mainstream. As the Bush/Cheney/neocon war
and other lies become more blatantly obvious, it’s
easier for people to doubt the ofcial myth—if
this administration is telling the truth about 9/11,
it’s the frst time they’ve told the truth so far.
Ridicule is a powerful weapon, and it’s still
daring in the mainstream to discuss 9/11 as an
open question. So kudos to SN&R’s RV Scheide
who highlighted Sacramento’s very active 9/11
truth group (see Calendar Page for meeting info).
All over the country such groups have plowed
the ground for the change in public opinion now
taking place. Vanity Fair, likewise, has run 9/11
truth stories in the last two issues. A panel on the
Neocons and 9/11 has been aired on C-SPAN sev-
eral times and is a top online request. And then
there’s Loose Change, the downloadable video
that’s informing thousands daily. Attempts to fre
Kevin Barrett, U of Wisconsin professor and 9/11
researcher, have also raised awareness.
Te Zogby opinion poll in May showed that
more than half the American public distrusts
the ofcial 9/11 story and believes the attacks
The 9/11 truth movement grows
“My job is to remind folks of
9/11 and that we’re protecting
them.” President Bush to Fox
News interviewer, August 2.
See 9/11 Truth, page 14
September / October 2006 BECAUSE PEOPLE MATTER 3
Send calendar items
to Gail Ryall,<gryall
By Dan Bacher
indy Sheehan, the Vacaville mother
whose son Casey died in Iraq, recently
appeared in Sacramento at an evening
anti-war demonstration at 16th and Broadway,
which Steve and Virginia Pearcy organized.
About 300 people were there.
Sheehan reinvigorated the anti-war move-
ment in the US last year during her vigil, dubbed
“Camp Casey,” outside President Bush’s vacation
ranch near Crawford, Texas. Sheehan began that
protest afer she repeatedly asked to meet with
Bush. He refused her each time.
“Bush is too cowardly to meet with me,”
she said. “We are beginning to believe that he
is frightened of us. It can’t be because we are a
physical threat to him.
Tis year, Camp Casey was held on Sheehan’s
land in Crawford near Bush’s vacation home
August 12 - September 2. She bought the land
with some insurance money from her son’s death
“Half of Camp Casey is woodland and the
other half is pasture,” said Sheehan. “It’s a beauti-
ful and peaceful spot.”
She will keep Camp Casey near Bush’s vaca-
tion home until two things—the US withdraws
from Iraq and he leaves ofce. When both of
them happen, she will donate the property to the
city of Crawford to use for a peace park in honor
of her son.
“GW is a war criminal,” said Sheehan. “Bush
lied to the public about going to war in Iraq.
He lied to my son. I don’t want to see any more
Cindy Sheehans created in this country. Te war
has to stop.”
Palestine and Leba-
non, as well as the
continued US and
Israeli aggression in
the Middle East. Te
ment of Lebanon’s
the massive death
toll of innocent
civilians there was
“Israel has the
right to defend itself,
but that doesn’t
innocent people like
it is doing in Leba-
non and Gaza now,” she said. Somebody has to
say no to the killing and stop this war!”
Te US corporate media has portrayed
Hizbullah, the Lebanese resistance fghters, as
starting the confict in mid-July by capturing
(“kidnapping” in many reports) two Israeli sol-
diers. However, they were actually captured on
Lebanese soil, Sheehan pointed out.
Many signs displayed at the recent vigil
had slogans protesting the Israeli invasion of
Lebanon, including “Free Palestine: No Aid to
Israel,” “Impeach AIPAC,” and “Occupation Is a
Crime, From Iraq to Palestine.” Activists came
from a diverse array of groups, such as the Sac-
ramento Coalition Against the War, Sacramento
For Democracy, Code Pink, Voluntarios de La
Communidad, the Women’s International League
Sacramento Welcomes Cindy Sheehan
Anti-war activist moves near President Bush’s ranch
“Bush lied to the public about
going to war in Iraq.” Cindy
for Peace and Freedom, Zapatista Solidarity
Committee and the Central America Action
Cindy Sheehan has been fasting since July
4 to urge the Bush administration to bring US
troops home from Iraq. Code Pink and Gold Star
Families for Peace have organized the fast.
“We hope the fast will stir public attention,
invigorate the peace movement, build pressure
on elected ofcials, and get our troops back
home,” Sheehan said in a statement before start-
ing the fast.
For more information, contact Gold Star
Families for Peace, <www.gsfp.org>.
Dan Bacher is an outdoor writer, alternative
journalist and satirical songwriter in Sacramento,
Military news that
families can use
By Dan Bacher
he unpopular Iraq war and occupation
caused US troop recruitment to drop in
2005. Te military dislikes that. Tus it
portrays service as a smart move for those seek-
ing to gain new skills.
“In the Army, soldiers can take advantage
of a long list of job and leadership training
opportunities to keep their skills sharp,” states
the US Army Web site <www.goarmy.com>.
“And because there are over 150 army jobs, every
soldier plays an important part in the army’s
Roanna Costa-Krisko of the Sacramento
Coalition to End the War has a diferent view
of military service, and is reaching out to local
high school students and their parents. Her focus
concerns section 9528 of the federal “No Child
Lef Behind Act” that allows students to “opt out”
of having their personal information released to
Tis isn’t information the government wants
parents of high school students to know.
“Our goal is to save kids’ lives by giving them
options other than joining the military,” she said.
Costa-Krisko encouraged people to join
“Adopt-A-School,” which involves giving fyers to
children and parents informing them about opt-
ing out, the reality of military life, as well as other
career and non-military school opportunities.
To “opt out”, a parent or guardian signs a
form restricting the release of his/her child’s
personal information, including age, sex, phone
number, address and other data, to recruiters.
Te law requires the schools to release this infor-
mation to recruiters unless the parent signs the
“opt out” form.
Costa-Krisko and volunteers distributed
information to parents and their kids during
“back to school nights” at Mira Loma and El
Camino High schools in the San Juan Unifed
School District in September. Tese magnet
schools are attended by students district-wide.
Volunteers are also involved with Natomas
High, Grant High, Cordova High and high
schools in the Sacramento Unifed School Dis-
trict to distribute “opt out” information. Later,
Costa-Krisko plans to organize volunteers to
inform parents and students about the “opt out”
option at career days and Parent Teacher Asso-
“I want the students to know that there are
people out there fghting for them to make sure
that they don’t get lied to by military recruiters,”
she said. “I have two children I want to keep
alive. I’m sure there’s a mother in Iraq who wants
to keep her children alive.
“Te politicians are sending our children
out to slaughter and be slaughtered. Te soldiers
don’t know the enemy and may end up killing
innocent people because they are afraid of being
killed by them.”
For more information, contact Roanna
Learning About “Opting Out”
“Our goal is to save kids’ lives
by giving them options other
than joining the military.”
Costa-Krisko at 730-9044 or <ruthgeo@aol.
Dan Bacher is an outdoor writer, alternative
journalist and satirical songwriter in Sacramento,
Bill Lackemacher and Karen Bernal of Sacramento For
Democracy with Cindy Sheehan (center), holding a picture of her
son, Casey, at the July 29 rally.
photo: Dan Bacher
Grandmothers for Peace International is
also distributing “opt out” brochures. They
are available in English and Spanish at
4 BECAUSE PEOPLE MATTER September / October 2006
By JoAnn Fuller
olitical campaign fundraising is skyrocket-
ing. More and more Californians are feel-
ing ignored by Sacramento policy makers.
Tere is a solution on the November 7 ballot:
Proposition 89, Te Clean Money and Fair Elec-
tions Act. Prop. 89 would allow ordinary people
to mount campaigns without having to depend
on wealthy special interests to bankroll—and
buy—their political platforms.
Statewide campaigns have become multi-
million dollar afairs, making candidates increas-
ingly reliant on private contributions from
millionaire contributors, powerful unions and
deep pocket corporations. We can no longer
pretend that the current campaign fnance system
values the participation of Californians who can-
not aford to contribute thousands of dollars to
Prop. 89 sets up a voluntary system of public
fnance for political candidates to end the links
between state policy and political contributions.
Prop. 89 also sets new limitations on political
contributions to ballot measures and candidates.
Clean money candidates are not tainted by
special interests. Once elected, these ofcials are
accountable to all of us, rather than to wealthy
backers and special interests.
To qualify, candidates must demonstrate
popular support. Tey would do this by collect-
ing a certain number of $5 contributions from
residents of the districts they hope to represent.
Once clean money candidates qualify, they
receive a limited amount of public funds for their
campaigns and are prohibited from receiving
private contributions or using personal funds to
fnance their campaigns. Te Clean Money Fund
will be paid for by a slight tax increase on corpo-
rations—not individuals or small businesses.
Prop. 89 also places limits on political con-
tributions, lowering the amount a person can
give to candidates for state ofce. And it prohibits
corporations, lobbyists and state contractors from
contributing to candidates and political parties.
Prop. 89 also sets tough penalties for those
who violate the law. For details visit < www.com-
Prop. 89 will save taxpayers money. Prop.
89 would end legislative giveaways on lobbyist-
driven projects. Te $3.3 billion in corporate tax
loopholes today cost each California household
$275 every year.
Candidates who accept public fnancing
must participate in open debates and cannot hide
behind negative 30-second TV ads. Prop. 89 will
open our elections to a diversity of qualifed can-
didates from all walks of life, not just those with
access to the most money.
Elections should be decided by voters, not
special interests. Elections should be about the
best ideas, not who has the most money. Vote yes
on Prop. 89 for fair and clean elections.
JoAnn Fuller is associate director of California
Common Cause and an editor with Because Peo-
ple Matter. For more info: 443-1792 x11 <jfuller@
Frequently asked questions
Q. What is ‘clean money’?
A. Clean money describes public fnancing of
elections. Te people, the taxpayers, provide the
funds needed for candidates to run for ofce.
Tis money is clean—not tainted by special inter-
ests. Tus, once elected, ofcials are accountable
to all the citizens, rather than only to wealthy
Q. How do candidates get the money?
A. Each candidate voluntarily decides whether
to participate. To qualify for clean money, a
candidate must agree to limit over-all campaign
spending and use of personal funds, and to agree
to be audited and participate in public debates.
Candidates then receive enough money to run
their campaigns without any private funds.
Q. Why do we want a clean money sys-
tem in California?
A. Clean money:
Lets qualifed people run for ofce even if they
don’t have access to a lot of money.
Makes candidates accountable to the people
who elect them.
Decreases tax breaks and subsidies to big
Allows politicians to concentrate on legislating,
Increases participation in elections.
Upholds democracy to ensure that all qualifed
candidates have an opportunity to debate their
views on important issues with others.
Q. What if I don’t want my tax dollars
A. Currently, special interest groups are making
investments when they contribute to candidates.
In return for contributions, these special interest
groups are awarded tax breaks and special favors
such as government bailouts—all of which come
from taxpayer dollars. With clean money, tax
dollars will be spent in the interests of all people
and not used to pay back
Politicians are accountable
to those who fund them. If
your taxes fund candidates,
they will be accountable to
Q. Aren’t clean money elections just wel-
fare for politicians?
A. We already are supporting politicians. For
example, every time you buy gas, a fraction
of your money is used by the oil company to
lobby politicians. Tat money comes from us,
the consumers, but it is not used to advance our
interests. Clean money is an investment in fair
Q. But why should I pay for the cam-
paign of someone I don’t agree with?
A. Currently, tax money funds election informa-
tion produced by the secretary of state, including
pro and con ballot arguments—the public infra-
structure of democracy. We all have an interest
in supporting an elective process in which every
candidate’s ideas and qualifcations are communi-
cated fairly. Furthermore, if a politician is corrupt
or has disgusting views, challengers supported by
clean money will be able to communicate this to
the voters. Clean money makes it possible to have
this debate. Clean money is non-partisan. People
across the political spectrum can agree on that.
Q. How do you ensure that the rich don’t
always win by outspending everyone
A. Since the system of clean money is voluntary,
candidates who refuse to take public funds and
limit what they spend can indeed raise as much
as they want to. However, clean money ofers
other candidates the chance to get their message
out to the public. It makes sense to voters that
candidates limiting spending and qualifying for
public funds will be free to support what is good
for the people.
Q. Why don’t we just focus on campaign
A. Being able to see the names and occupations
of major campaign contributors is indeed essen-
tial. But it is not realistic to expect voters to ana-
lyze all campaign contributions. And with every
candidate receiving money from big contributors,
our elected ofcials will still be disproportion-
ately infuenced by special interest groups. With
clean money, citizens can be confdent that their
elected ofcials will be responsive to their needs.
Q. Do clean money systems really work?
A. In the clean money states of Arizona, Con-
necticut and Maine, there has been an increase in
the number of competitive elections, and more
women and minority candidates.
Q. Are clean money elections
A. Te courts are concerned about limiting the
amount of campaign contributions or spending
on this basis: that limiting spending stops can-
didates from communicating with voters. Te
courts, however, have expressly and consistently
upheld public fnancing.
Clean money allows spending limits to be
enforced because candidates voluntarily limit
how much they spend on their campaigns in
order to receive public fnds. Clean money allows
for more political speech by a larger and more
diverse group of candidates because it provides
more opportunities to get political ideas to vot-
ers. Clean money broadens the political dialogue
and enhances democracy.
Voting for fair elections
“Elections should be about the
best ideas, not who has the
Last day to register to
vote for the November
7th election: October 23
Last day to request an
absentee ballot: Octo-
Election Day is Novem-
ber 7, 2006.
For election questions,
call the Sacramento
County registrar at 875-
6451or on the web at
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By Dorothy L. Wake
roposition 85 calls for a State Constitution-
al Amendment requiring parental notifca-
tion and a 48-hour waiting period prior
to pregnant un-emancipated minors obtaining
abortions. Tis measure
would result in some
teens postponing critical
medical care or turning
to self-induced or “back-
What part of “No”
don’t these forces who
choice understand? State
voters defeated Prop.
73—nearly identical to Prop. 85—in November
2005. Now, the same anti-choice forces have
demonstrated that they won’t accept the vot-
ers’ decision by bankrolling a new initiative to
weaken women’s reproductive rights.
Prop. 85 supporters include the Traditional
Values Coalition, Evangelicals for Social Action,
and Right to Life of Central California. Tese
are the same people who want to overturn Roe v.
Wade, ban all abortions, and even outlaw birth
Make no mistake—their agenda is not about
protecting female teens’ best interests or promoting
teen-parent communication. Prop. 85 “is “part of a
larger strategy to chip away at legalized abortion in
the United States,” (San Jose Mercury News).
Te California Medical Association, Califor-
nia Nurses Association, American Academy of
Pediatrics-California District, California Acad-
emy of Family Physicians, California Teachers
Association, American College of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists-District IX California, strong-
ly oppose Prop. 85.
Tese groups understand that parents right-
fully want to be involved in their teens’ lives. But in
the real world, some California teens live in homes
where there’s violence or where a family member
has sexually abused them. Some of these teens
fear being kicked out of their homes, beaten, or
worse for being pregnant
and seeking an abortion.
Some would go across the
border, consider suicide,
and sufer serious injuries
or even die.
Prop. 85 backers
claim these vulnerable
teens can go to court.
But forcing a scared,
can’t go to her parents—into California’s over-
crowded court system won’t work, and could
cause more harm. Courts are already backlogged,
there’s lots of red tape, and they are hard to navi-
gate—even for adults.
Although parents are responsible for their
children, a teenage girl’s body is her own.
Anything less is reproductive slavery for the
most vulnerable. “Parental consent” supporters
illogically compare abortion to a tonsillectomy
or a tooth extraction, both of which require
parental involvement. But the decision whether
to carry a pregnancy to term, go through labor
and delivery, and have responsibility for another
individual for 18 years or more cannot be reason-
ably compared to a routine medical procedure.
One is a critical life decision that involves serious
educational, economic, and social consequences.
And medical procedures are just that—and noth-
Further, Prop. 85 demonstrates the need
to reform California’s initiative process. Tat
process was originally seen as a tool to empower
ordinary people. But something went very, very
wrong. Big money controls the initiative process,
and like electoral politics, has for a long time.
In order to comply with the initiative pro-
cess’ intent, we need the following reforms:
Ban out-of-state money.
Require fve-year California residency for
Require one-year California residency for
initiative signature gatherers.
Require donation limits and full contribution
Require signature gatherers to be volunteers
or to be paid a nominal hourly wage.
Require signature gatherers to complete a state
training course, be registered with the State of
California, and display state-issued identifcation
when collecting signatures, which confrms satis-
factory completion of a mandated training course.
Require a waiting period—perhaps four
years—before an issue can be placed again on the
Require a qualifying number of signatures
from all 58 state counties and raise the qualifying
signature number threshold.
Require proponents and opponents of ballot
measures to participate in televised debates.
Just say No to forces who seek to reverse
constitutional guarantees of equal protection
under the law and introduce discrimination into
our California Constitution. No on Prop. 85. For
more information, visit <www.noon85.com>.
Dorothy L. Wake is a Sacramento Area writer
and poet, and author of Mother Jones, Revo-
lutionary Leader of Labor and Social Reform
(www.xlibris.com or www.amazon.com).
No on Prop. 85
Don’t put pregnant teens’ health at risk
“Forcing a scared, pregnant
teen—who can’t go to her
overcrowded court system
won’t work, and could cause
Sacramento County workers Strike!
Contract talks stall over health care and wages
By Michael Monasky
housands of Sacramento County workers
in a coalition of unions went on strike
September 5. Te contracts for all of the
county’s 20 labor unions expired on June 30.
An energized and organized work force has
consolidated its eforts in a labor coalition that
agrees not to undermine the other in bargaining.
Divide and conquer worked for Roman emperor
Julius Caesar. But county management has had
little success with this strategy by ofering more
to doctors and less to clerks.
Property tax revenues to the county have
never been higher. Although real estate sales have
dropped of recently, county government contin-
ues to tax property assessed at historic highs. Tis
means no cutbacks in services—and might mean
flling job vacancies, with equity adjustments and
full health-care benefts.
Overall, there is a 10% staf vacancy rate coun-
ty-wide, ranging from 30% to 50% in some jobs.
In the past, county management has run
roughshod over labor. Management has forced
workers to deal with higher caseloads, workplace
speedups and mandatory overtime.
With the gutting of Assembly Bill 2193
(Bass), county social workers have lost a 10-year
legislative battle to reduce Children’s Protective
Services’ huge caseloads from half to one-third of
and labor have
agreed to compare
workers’ wages to
those in other Cali-
fornia counties with
workers are woe-
fully below their
hit by this lack of
equity are 2,000
county clerks. Tey
low wages when
compared to wages
county workers have
been without pay
raises for over a decade. Plus, their cost-of-liv-
ing adjustments have been lower than needed in
order to keep up with rising prices.
In the meantime, the costs of health-care
benefts have skyrocketed. Health-care costs are
being driven up by the double-digit infation
of medical services and goods, pharmaceutical
company profts, and for-proft health mainte-
Sacramento County management seeks to
reduce health-care costs in any way it can, even
if it means shifing those costs to employees.
Instead, the labor coalition has recommended
that the county endorse a wellness program,
which encourages diet, exercise, stress reduction,
and higher productivity on the job. Such a pro-
gram has a proven track record in King County,
Sacramento County employees are civil
servants who seek to do the very best job for
their community. It’s high time for county man-
agers and elected ofcials to raise low wages,
improve health-care benefts, and lighten heavy
Michael Monasky is a steward of United
Public Employees, Sacramento, and member of the
board of directors of its parent organization, Public
Employees Union, Local 1.
Tis story is adapted from Metro/Regional
News at <www.sacbee.com>.
management seeks to reduce
health-care costs in any way it
can, even if it means shifting
those costs to employees.”
Striking County Employees in front of the Administration Building, Weds.,
photo: Ellen Schwartz
6 BECAUSE PEOPLE MATTER September / October 2006
on the Web
Keep up to date
on peace activism
Outreach for a
11:30am to 1:30pm.
L Street at 11th.
We bring petitions,
literature and banners.
You bring yourselves.
Cafe nearby for coffee
after the vigil.
By Cres Vellucci
he deal to build a new arena for the Sac-
ramento Kings is a “massive giveaway” of
taxpayer monies to millionaires, accord-
ing to People United for a Better Sacramento
(PUBS), a coalition of community organiza-
tions—and even a politician.
Te announced measure—which calls for
an additional quarter-cent sales tax increase—is
scheduled to be voted on this November by the
voters of Sacramento County. But it has drawn
hoots and catcalls from community groups and
even sports fans who do not want the new digs
to beneft multi-millionaires while sacrifcing
services in the community.
Dave Tamayo, spokesperson for PUBS,
whose partners include advocates for labor,
seniors, the homeless, afordable housing,
transportation, the environment, and other com-
munity concerns, said that deal is just not a good
one for Sacramento.
“Tis deal is even worse than we expected.
Te county and city of Sacramento agree to
spend a half billion dollars to build a stadium,
accept all risk of cost overruns, and in return the
Kings agree to pay rent and receive the rent from
all other events there. If the Maloofs really just
want a better stadium for their team, why do they
need all the revenue from the stadium?” Tamayo
Assemblyman Dave Jones, a former Sacra-
mento City Councilman who opposed public
fnancing of sports arenas in the past, announced
his opposition to the plan, calling it a “backroom
deal” that is “rigged.”
Independent analysis of the deal announced
in late July suggested that Tamayo and Jones are
correct. One analyst familiar with public fnanced
stadiums said that the Maloof family, owners of
the Kings, Sacramento’s WNBA Monarchs, and
Arco Arena where the teams
play now, would pay as little
as $10 million toward the
new stadium rather than the
advertised $20-$30 million.
Another analyst did the math
and said that the public would
be better of just giving the
arena to the Kings because
under the plan to charge them
$4 million a year, the county
loses tax and other revenues.
For years city leaders
have maintained that raising
money for school, transit or
other needs in the community
was politically impossible,
Jones and Tamayo said. “Now
there’s a massive giveaway of
public funds attached to the
arena,” they added. “Some-
how it is no big deal.”
Speaking of dealing, the
November vote appears to be
a bit of trickery. Voters will
be asked to back the sales tax
increase apart from an “advi-
sory” measure asking them
if they support part of the
money be used for the arena.
Te ballot questions were
designed to avoid and maybe
evade the intent of Proposi-
tion 218, which requires a 2/3
majority approval for a special
Backers of the arena deal are sneaking the
measure through as a general tax and majority
vote when the intent to fund an arena is clear.
Opponents of the arena deal for the Kings
claim the proposed sales tax hike falls hardest on
lower income families (who can’t aford a Kings
ticket). Tese taxpayers are already struggling to
make ends meet.
Te Kings deal would shif resources from
“This deal is even worse than
we expected.” Dave Tamayo,
People United for a Better
By Dan Berman
Q: What should we do about Sacramen-
to Municipal Utility District (SMUSD)
A: Vote “Yes,” on Measure L this November
7. Contact Pat Cole of the SMUD-Yes Campaign
at 916-736-1797 or email <SMUDyes@aol.com>
to get involved in the campaign.
Q: Why does SMUD want to expand in
A: SMUD is responding to requests from
Yolo. In the spring of 2005, the City Councils
of Davis, West Sacramento and Woodland, and
the Board of Supervisors of Yolo County each
voted unanimously to ask SMUD to extend its
service to Yolo County. Teir decision was taken
afer careful study of the question by R. W. Beck,
an engineering consulting frm, which found
that existing SMUD customers as well as new
customers in Yolo County would beneft. In May
2005, the SMUD Board of Directors voted to
submit an application to the Sacramento County
Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO)
to approve the expansion. LAFCO approved
SMUD’S application and said there would be
benefts to both Sacramento and Yolo customers.
Q: What are the benefts to existing
A: SMUD’s present customers will beneft,
because fxed costs, (staf overhead, debt servic-
ing, etc.) will be spread out over a larger custom-
er base. Total revenues are expected to increase
by 13%, while fxed costs will increase by only
7%, helping to keep rates low. SMUD will use any
savings in costs from serving Yolo to keep rates
low and invest in renewable-energy efciency.
Q: Who will pay for PG&E’s poles and
wires in Yolo County?
A. Tose costs--estimated at $110 million by
Sacramento LAFCO--will be borne by SMUD’s
77,000 new customers in Davis, West Sacramen-
to, and Woodland, rather than by existing SMUD
Q: What’s in it for new Yolo customers?
A: Lower rates, better service, greener ener-
gy, happier customers, and democratic decision-
making by SMUD’s elected Board of Directors.
Overall, SMUD charges 10 cents per kilo-
watt-hour (kWh), while PG&E charges over 13
cents. New SMUD customers will get an immedi-
ate 2% cut in their electric bills. Once the Yolo
poles and wires are paid of, rates will fall sub-
stantially. Tis July, for example, a typical SMUD
residential customer paid $65 for 700 kWh of
electricity. Meanwhile, PG&E charged $106 in
Yolo County for the same amount.
Q: How has PG&E responded?
A: Since mid-October PG&E has spent
over $3.5 million to fght SMUD service to Yolo,
including over $1 million in TV ads. TV person-
ality Stan Atkinson was paid over $180,000 by
PG&E for his TV spots. He was replaced by Lon
Hatamiya, a director for LECG-LLC (a consulting
frm) and a past attorney for Orrick, Herrington
& Sutclife (a global law frm). LECG-LLC did
$5.2 million of work for PG&E from 2001-2005,
and Orrick, Herrington & Sutclife billed PG&E a
combined total of over $3.6 million for 2004 and
2005. Hatamiya is hardly the unbiased “expert
economist” PG&E touts on TV.
Dan Berman is an energy activist and co-
author of Who Owns the Sun? For more informa-
tion, contact 530-757-6609 or 530-383-5510(cell).
SMUD Expansion to Yolo County
Yes on Measure L for better service, lower costs
Kings Arena Deal a ‘Massive Giveaway’ to Millionaires
Hurts most people in community, charge opponents
taxpayer pockets to private interests. Tat trans-
fer of taxes from the many to the few would de-
fund vital community programs and services.
Community organizations opposing the
arena deal are asking for volunteers. For more
information, call 880-1233.
Cres Vellucci is a member of Veterans for
Peace in Sacramento.
Your “Maloof Tax” dollars at work
graphic: Ellen Schwartz
September / October 2006 BECAUSE PEOPLE MATTER 7
By Brigitte Jaensch
r. Sami al-Arian was a professor in Flor-
ida who made pro-Palestinian speeches.
For 11 years the FBI surveilled his
speech, actions, associates, and recorded thou-
sands of phone conversations. Arrested in a pre-
dawn SWAT team home invasion in late February
2003, al-Arian was denied bail and imprisoned
for three years, mostly in solitary confnement.
Federal prosecutors charged him with 56 crimi-
nal counts, later reduced to 34. At the end of the
six months’ trial, the jury acquitted al-Arian on
most of the counts. Te jurors couldn’t reach a
decision on several other counts.
Financially and emotionally drained, al-
Arian pled guilty to one watered-down conspira-
cy count and agreed to be deported from the US.
Te defense and prosecution requested release
for time served, but the judge, who disgusted
Political Censors and Uncle Sam
Free speech under attack
“HR 3077 would coerce schools:
censor ideas and facts or lose
By Anie Wilson
acramento Area Peace Action recently
showed a flm produced by Paper Tiger
TV <www.papertiger.org> titled “Class
Dismissed.” Te flm focuses on high schools,
standardized tests, and race and class analysis in
US history textbooks.
Today’s teachers have limited time to focus
on educating children about real history let alone
the concepts of peace and justice. Tere are
many online resources for teachers to share with
their students. Below are some examples.
Te Canadian Center for Teaching Peace
has a Web site: Peace Curricula and Classroom
Te Nuclear Age Peace Foundation ofers
a free publication on its Web site “A Mind is a
Terrible Ting to Waste: A Guide to the Demili-
tarization of America’s Youth & Students,” written
and produced by and for youth and students
In addition, the NAPF provides students and
educators with information on the political, legal,
and ethical challenges of the nuclear age <www.
Te California Federation of Teachers has
produced a video and curriculum guide titled
“Golden Lands, Working Hands, on California
Labor History” <www.cf.org/glwh/index.html>.
Bullfrog Films ofers a variety of indepen-
dently-produced, environmental videos <www.
Paper Tiger TV (with the War Resisters
League) ofers “Military Myths,” a counter-
recruitment video. Te Web site provides infor-
mation for a fve-day curriculum produced by the
New York Collective of Radical Educators.
Radical Teacher Magazine is a socialist,
feminist, and anti-racist journal dedicated to
the theory and practice of teaching. It serves the
community of educators who are working for
democracy, peace, and justice. Te magazine
examines the root causes of inequality and pro-
motes progressive social change <www.radical-
Green Teacher Magazine is a magazine by
and for teachers concerning environmental and
global education across the curriculum at all
grade levels <www.greenteacher.com>.
North American Association for Environ-
mental Education provides a database of environ-
mental educational resources <www.eelink.net>.
Te Institute for Middle East Understanding
is an independent source of information about
Palestine and the Palestinian people <www.imeu.
Bring alternative perspectives into the class-
room. Invite a speaker from Sacramento Area
Peace Action, a local labor representative, or a
representative from another local organization to
speak to students. It just might spark some inter-
est and possibly some progressive change.
For more information, contact 448-7157 or
email < email@example.com>.
jurors with venomous and inaccurate comments,
added 18 months to the defendant’s sentence, the
A Palestinian, born in Kuwait, al-Arian was
reared in Egypt and spent his adult years in the
US. His wife and fve children are all US born.
Tey must leave the US. Te story of al-Arian
serves as a warning to professors who dare to
Meanwhile, well-funded groups (Campus
Watch and the [UCLA] Bruin Alumni Associa-
tion-not the ofcial alumni association) with
political agendas are urging students to monitor
what their professors say in order to silence pro-
fessors whose course content disagrees with these
groups’ politics. Students confront their profes-
sors, who are then denounced on the groups’
Web sites. If such intimidation tactics don’t shut
the professors up, the groups orchestrate cam-
paigns to get them fred.
Professors in Middle Eastern studies and
languages programs are chiefy vulnerable if their
courses include facts about US foreign policy
which difer from Bush administration talking
points. Such censorship has increased since the
attacks of 9/11.
Te House of Representatives has passed
Te International Studies in Higher Education
Act, HR 3077. HR 3077 would cut Title VI
funding (essential to schools without wealthy
endowment programs) if course material was
not sufciently supportive of government policy.
In short, HR 3077 would coerce schools: censor
ideas and facts or lose funding. HR 3077 is not
law, but neither is it dead.
In 1995, the unlikely duo of Lynn Cheney
(VP Cheney’s wife) and Senator Joseph Lieber-
man (D-CN) started the American Council of
Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). Months afer
9/11, ACTA issued a report that criticized
academics who connected 9/11 to US foreign
policy. It not only challenged the patriotism of
the academics, but accused them of providing
intellectual support for terrorism.
ACTA seeks to eliminate speech codes that
safeguard harassment-free environments for
diverse student populations. Some schools have
adopted speech codes to bar racist, sexist, homo-
phobic and ethnically demeaning speech and
conduct. ACTA wants to make it okay to insult
women, homosexuals, ethnic minorities, and
adherents to particular faiths.
Brigitte Jaensch is a human rights advocate.
Education for Change
Web sites highlight social justice
“There are many online
resources for teachers to
share with their students.”
Freedom From War’s (FFW’s)
Week of Peace
October 1–October 7, 2006
Get dinner, a movie, and more, and support your fa-
vorite peace group!
A $50 “passport” gets admission to all events, and the $50 goes to the peace
group of your choice! The events can also be attended individually; individual
prices are shown below. Be sure to check the <www.freedomfromwar.org>
calendar for final times and places.
Sunday Oct. 1: Evening of Peace Dinner at Cantina Del Cabo, 139 G Street,
Davis. 5-9:30pm. (Individual price, $25—included in Passport.)
Monday Oct. 2: Movie, Beyond Treason. Varsity Theatre, 616 2nd St. Davis.
7-9pm. (Individual ticket price: $10—included in Passport.)
Tuesday Oct. 3: Annual Meeting with Board of Directors, Freedom From
War. Meeting House, 345 L St., Davis. 7-9pm. (Free Access; FFW lapel pin,
$20, free with Passport.)
Wednesday Oct.4: Candidates for Congress discuss solutions for Peace.
Machinists Hall. 2749 Sunrise Blvd, Rancho Cordova, 7-9pm. (Individual
ticket price: $10; free for students; included in Passport.)
Thursday Oct. 5: Presentation: “The first casualty of war is the truth” by
David Dionisi. ARC Pavilion. UC Davis. 7-9pm. (Individual ticket price: $10;
free for students; included in Passport.)
Friday Oct. 6: Music & Mixer: Gigabyte Cafe. 2427 Marconi Ave., Sacramento.
6-9:30pm. (Individual ticket price price $10—included in Passport.)
Saturday Oct. 7: Direct Action: This is not a scheduled event. Use this time
to support your favorite peace organization.
Buy tickets online at <www.freedomfromwar.org> or contact <freedomfrom-
firstname.lastname@example.org>. After Oct. 7 (deadline Nov. 7), return the Passport to
Freedom From War, 3409 Tanager Ave., Davis, CA 95616, with the name of
the peace organization that you want your $50 to go to!
Anie Wilson is a board member of Sacramento
Area Peace Action.
8 BECAUSE PEOPLE MATTER September / October 2006
What size means
By Heidi McLean
“High school reform” sounds great. Te Bill
and Melinda Gates Foundation is pouring lots
of cash into it. In 2002, the Gates Foundation
gave Sacramento City Unifed School District
(SCUSD) $4 million dollars to create eight small
high schools of 500 students or less.
Since then, fve small high schools have
opened and two more are planned. However,
this version of high school reform is unproven.
Because these small high schools have had an
impact on the whole district, educational equity
and access are issues.
Te overwhelming majority of SCUSD stu-
dents attend large, comprehensive high schools
such as Johnson and Kennedy. Students are
assigned to such high schools based on where
they live. Less than 10% of SCUSD students
attend “small” high schools. Why? Students and
parents have to choose to attend a small high
All small high schools are “choice” high
schools. No student is automatically assigned
to one. Students’ enrollment in a high school
of their choice is an option with two limiting
conditions. First, there must openings at a small,
choice high school. Second, students must have
the means to physically get to such a school.
How will the SCUSD make these small high
schools more accessible to all students and when?
Even if every student wanted to attend a
small, choice high school, he or she couldn’t
because there are only fve of them in the SCUSD.
Is the solution to build
more such schools?
are lower for building
a small high school on
an existing elementary
or middle school site.
Communities now fear that their neighborhood
school will be closed to make way for a small
Recall that new school construction requires
state matching funds. Te SCUSD is not eligible
for these matching funds until its student enroll-
ment increases. And there’s the rub.
Four of the fve small SCUSD high schools
(America’s Choice, Genesis, New Tech and the
MET) are charter schools. Tis is causing a
decline in yearly enrollment. Why? Te four
small high schools are not part of the SCUSD for
the purpose of yearly enrollment.
Te result is a loss of SCUSD student enroll-
ment. Fewer students enrolled in SCUSD means
“Students’ enrollment in a
school of their choice is an
option with two limiting
Rethinking High School Reform
ecently, California’s public universities have
been in the media spotlight due to pay
scandals involving high-level administra-
tors. While junior and part- time faculty struggle,
many system administrators, including recently
retired ones, enjoy staggering pay arrangements.
Shrinking educational quality and the salary gap
between managers and workers has put the system
in a crisis; professors, staf and students know this.
Te “powers that be” couldn’t care less.
Exploitation of junior
faculty (full-time, tenure-
track, but untenured) rose to
a higher level at CSUS dur-
ing the past academic year.
Te junior faculty objected.
Tey also realized that
faculty members hired in
2002-2005 (average annual
salary $48,000) had not received the same annual
raises enjoyed by others. Te “experience penalty”
grants newly hired faculty higher salaries than
those working at CSUS for years. Add that ineq-
uity to increased workloads, rising housing costs,
and debt incurred from years of graduate school.
Despite the lack of tenure security and work-
ing in classrooms isolated from other faculty,
CSUS junior faculty and part-time lecturers
made great strides this past year.
We did door-to-door advocacy. We passed a
unanimous faculty senate resolution supporting
it gets less matching funds from the state. As a
result, the SCUSD is looking for ways to spend
less to build two small high schools. One high
school would specialize in science and engineer-
ing and the other in Waldorf methods (arts-based
Te science and engineering school has
raised concerns. Will this
small school siphon of
students who would other-
wise go to Kennedy High
School? Would that impact
Kennedy’s class oferings?
Where will a science and engineering school
recruit the best math and science teachers? Will
teachers leave a large high school for a small
high school? Math and science teachers are hard
to fnd. How will those gaps in teaching staf be
flled at large high schools?
Last, we turn to enrollment and per-pupil
spending at small and large high schools.
School Projected student Spending
enrollment per pupil
MET 85 $8,319
New Technology 335 $7,234
Genesis 300 $6,444
America’s Choice 180 $6,376
Kennedy 2,402 $4,308
Hiram Johnson 1,923 $4,755
Source: SCUSD for the past school year.
SCUSD has not looked adequately at how
small high schools impact large high schools.
In the near future SCUSD should answer these
questions: What is the optimum size for a large
high school? At what point does the movement
of students and teachers away from large high
schools afect the quality of educational programs
ofered to the majority of SCUSD students?
High school reform shouldn’t beneft a few at the
expense of the many.
For more information on high school reform
in the SCUSD, contact 456-9435.
Heidi McLean is the chairperson of the Coali-
tion to Save Public Education.
junior faculty pay issues. We wrote editorials on
education issues for campus and city newspapers.
We organized a junior faculty survey highlighting
pay and workload dissatisfaction. And, at a high-
ly attended town hall meeting in spring 2006,
we presented our survey fndings to campus
and statewide leaders of the California Faculty
Association (CFA—our union) and to Alexander
Gonzalez, the CSUS president.
In response, Gonzalez ofered lowest paid
faculty members a one-time
summer stipend of a couple
thousand dollars. (His own
$61,000 raise brought his
annual compensation to
around $327,000!) Gonzalez
also committed to revisiting
the specifc issue of the expe-
rience penalty. In the mean-
time, issues of guaranteed annual raises for junior
faculty remains tied up in CFA bargaining, due to
the CSU system’s Board of Trustees’ predictable
lack of concern for faculty salary and workload.
Tis fall, it is likely that we will be working
without a contract. However, we are fghting to
freeze student tuition and administrative salaries,
and for more courses and higher faculty sala-
ries. We are also challenging the current CSUS
administration’s corporate agenda such as Pres.
Gonzalez and his minions selling of chunks of
the campus, such as the bookstore, to private
Spending decisions made in the next years
will have a huge impact on California’s public
university system, which serves millions of work-
ing families statewide.
Stay tuned. Better yet, support the CFA in
our eforts to defend the quality of our public
institutions of higher learning. What’s happening
on our campuses impacts us all.
For more information, contact <matisons@
csus.edu> or visit <www.csusresistance.org/>.
Michelle Renee Matisons is an assistant profes-
sor in the CSUS Women’s Studies Program. Her
scholarly interests include critical theory, political
economy and social movements, including resistance
to the corporatization of higher education. She is
co-author of Institutions, Ideologies and Individu-
als: Feminist Perspectives on Gender, Race and
Class. In 2004-05, CSUS Associated Students named
Matisons Outstanding Professor of the Year.
Labor Strife at CSUS
Junior faculty struggles for campus equity
By Michelle Renee Matisons, Ph.D.
“We are fghting to freeze
student tuition and
and for more courses and
higher faculty salaries.”
Michelle Renee Matisons
September / October 2006 BECAUSE PEOPLE MATTER 9
By Rhonda Erwin
acramento’s low-income youth are likely to
be locked up. Teir circumstances did not
pop up out of thin air.
incarcerated, many local
low-income youth attended
continuation schools with
4-hour instructional days.
Why? Tey had been
expelled from mainstream schools with 7-hour
A child attending a continuation school
should receive the same hours of instruction
available at a mainstream school in Sacramento.
Yet this is not the case. Why?
In the meantime, all youth in the state must
pass the California High School Exit Exam to
graduate from high school. Due to our society’s
inequality of opportunity, some students are
more prepared than others to pass this required
What happens to the youth who fail this
exam? Tey are less likely to fnd gainful employ-
ment. Tus, such youth are more likely to be on
a path to juvenile hall and then to prison.
By Mary Schleppegrell
hy are students who are still strug-
gling to learn English placed in regu-
lar classrooms? Common wisdom has
it that children easily learn new languages. So if
that’s true, why don’t we just teach them English
frst, and then put them in
classrooms to learn school
It’s true that children
ofen quickly pick up the
informal language they
need for everyday social
situations, and this can give
the misleading impression
that they “know” English.
But there is no such thing
as knowing English “in
general.” We learn language
in the situations in which
we fnd ourselves, and
each new situation calls for
new language learning. If
you’ve ever studied another
language and then traveled
to a place where you could
use it, you’ve probably
had this experience. You
use the language to order
a meal, take a bus, or do
other tasks that your learn-
ing has prepared you for.
But when someone asks
you about current events,
or about American culture or history, you fnd
yourself tongue-tied. It’s quite a diferent thing
to talk in the new language about complex or
For children in schools the situation is
similar. It is one thing to know the English
needed to successfully interact with others, and
quite another challenge to learn the English of
mathematics, science, and history. To negotiate
academic subjects in English, students need to
learn how language works in those subjects. Take
this example sentence from a history textbook
discussion about the American revolution: “Te
colonists were justifed in rebelling against a
tyrant who had broken the social contract.”
Almost no one would express this idea in
those words in ordinary conversation. Instead,
we would probably say
“It was okay for the
early American settlers to
start a war against England
because the king of Eng-
land had not acted in the
ways that people should be
able to expect their ruler to
act. He acted like a dictator
who didn’t respect people’s
As we see, the vocabu-
lary and grammar of “ordi-
nary” ways of talking are
diferent from the dense
and “academic” ways that
we use language at school.
Tat means that every
teacher is in some sense
a language teacher. Every
teacher needs to help stu-
dents recognize the ways
language works in difer-
ent subjects. “Content,”
afer all, is presented and
assessed through language,
and students who do not
know the language of mathematics or science are
not able to engage in the learning of mathematics
Since language is learned in the contexts in
which it is used, the language of school subjects
has to be learned in the classroom.
Teachers need to understand the challenges
of the language used in the subject being taught
so that they can raise students’ awareness of the
way language works to construct that knowledge.
And English language learners can’t be expected
to learn the language needed for success in school
outside the classrooms where that language is
Mary Schleppegrell is a professor of linguistics
at the University of Michigan School of Education,
and a former editor with Because People Matter.
Why are we as a society so fxated with
devoting more resources to incarceration than
education? Why do we accept the waste of young
lives spent behind bars?
Our local government is
failing low-income youth and
their families (many of whom
live in violent neighborhoods)
by not providing needed social
and educational support. Tis is a destructive
situation for many of these families who struggle
to focus on education due to time spent protect-
ing themselves from daily violence.
We need to fund coordinated and research-
based prevention programs to keep low-income
youth out of prison. Without placing more
emphasis on truly educating all of our children,
too many of our youth from low-income neigh-
borhoods will continue to become commodities
for our prison system.
Rhonda Erwin is a youth violence prevention
activist and mother who lives in Sacramento and
welcomes those who can help <amomscry@yahoo.
Education and Incarceration
Sacramento’s low-income youth main ingredient for imprisonment
“Why do we accept the
waste of human lives
spent behind bars?”
Learning the language of schooling
What’s at stake for student and teachers
“To negotiate academic
subjects in English, students
need to learn how language
works in those subjects.”
By The Numbers
In the beginning cells divided and multiplied,
and a species became by the numbers
we by the numbers educate our prescribed
number of children teaching them the
importance of numbers as soon as they can
say two-years old then turn them over to
a school system that disburses funds
by headcounts and tax bases not faces,
not races, not places in need of more
because of poverty or language
how many students in overcrowded
classrooms can sit and listen after
breakfasting on sugar/chocolate
marshmallow non foods while
watching cartoons that make them want to
run, shout, scream jump
hit somebody or tear something up?
how many can become creative, pursue
knowledge, invent, imagine, revolutionize
theorize, philosophize in this antiquated school
system where bore, bored and boring have become
the standard description spit from the lips of children
as young as fve and how do they survive teachers
whose sole purpose is to count heads then
count the ducats in their digit on pay day
whether they teach anyone anything or not?
by the numbers we declare a person educated
when they have studied a number of years,
completed a number of courses, written a number
of publications, and display a number of letters
after their name not by evaluating their intelligence
by the numbers students pursue careers, instead
of vocations, callings, truths, passions or beliefs
seeking the highest pay with the least sweat
musn’t sweat, that is a big no no in this
no sweat man, no sweat boss, no sweat
society where sweating is only allowed
in ftness centers.
by the numbers we are losing our young to
consumer oriented happy happy happy
buy buy buy advertising which will teach them
the number of things to possess if
they want to be considered a success
regardless of the consequence, regardless
of the price, the highest being not a number,
but their soul.
What happens to the youth who fail the California High
School Exit Exam?
Mary Schleppegrell’s recent book
demonstrates that the variety of English
expected at school differs from the language
that students use for social purposes outside
of school. It analyzes the challenges of the
school curriculum, particularly for non-native
speakers of English, speakers of non-
standard dialects, and students who have
little exposure to academic language outside
10 BECAUSE PEOPLE MATTER September / October 2006
Code Pink Sacramento
Women teaching peace
By Heather Woodford
Sacramento’s new chapter of Code Pink:
Women for Peace, has been making a big, pink
ruckus this year. For example, we were at CSUS’s
annual “Earth Day to May Day” festival.
Code Pink Sacramento members Jo Souvi-
gnier, her husband Rod, and founding member
Mary Ellen Asebedo, stafed a booth at the fes-
tival. Te trio spent hours chatting with CSUS
students about US foreign policy and its far-
reaching implications for education.
Jo discussed the links between women and
students and the harmful economic, social and
political efects of war. She also spoke about our
role in the community.
Code Pink’s approach to our teaching in Sac-
ramento is to work with youth, and inform the
community about the war in Iraq. In the future,
we plan to participate in military counter-recruit-
ment campaigns on high school and college cam-
puses such as the Not Your Soldier Project.
Long-term eforts also include flm festi-
vals and other fun, high-profle events that will
engage and educate our community. We seek to
teach Sacramento about the real impact of war on
“Code Pink’s approach to our
teaching in Sacramento is to
work with youth, and inform
the community about the war
By Elbert “Big Man” Howard
t this 40-year reunion of the Black Pan-
ther Party, it’s time to remember and give
recognition to the members who did the
work that made the Black Panther Party
programs happen around the world.
Te surprising reality is that the aver-
age Party member was between 18 to 20
years old. Tese young Party members
worked long and hard, day and night,
without any pay. Tey owned nothing;
they lived collectively and shared almost
everything with fellow Panther members.
For the most part their closest relation-
ships were with their
Te young Panthers
rose at dawn and worked
until their assigned
jobs were done. Tey
functioned for the people and for their
communities. Tey cooked breakfasts
for school children and worked in the
communities soliciting donations to keep
programs supplied. Tey went door-to-
door, educating those communities, and
gathering signatures for petitions on
issues afecting their communities. Tey
collected clothes for the free-clothing
Te job of selling the Black Panther Party
newspapers was very important, which the young
Panthers did every day, door-to-door, on college
campuses, in bars, restaurants, clubs, bus stations,
and on street corners. Tis work brought harass-
ment by the police, including arrests and time in
jail. Even imprisoned, they worked to politically
educate and recruit inmates to join the Black
At the end of the day, the young Panthers
were expected to read the Black Panther Party
newspaper cover-to-cover. Tey also had to
attend political education classes, as well as ral-
lies and demonstrations. Tey were expected to
memorize and understand the 10 Point Party
Program and Platform, the Tree Main Rules of
Discipline, and the Rules of the Black Panther
Te rank and fle members of the Black
Panther Party forged new revolutionary ways of
thinking and demonstrated new ways of behav-
ing. Tey developed and practiced the art of
collective thinking by casting aside egotism and
arrogance. Te ‘We’ became more important than
Tese were no easy tasks, but for rank and
fle members to accomplish
them on a national level, among
poor, black, disenfranchised, and
oppressed people, was a monu-
mental and astounding revolu-
So, on the occasion of this 40-year Reunion
and Celebration in Oakland, CA, October 13-15,
we recognize and invite former members of other
solidarity groups (especially all those rank and
fle members), our friends, and all those com-
munity workers who continue to struggle for
freedom and justice to join us. We will talk about
the past. Most importantly, we will look at what
we are doing today to explore the possibilities of
what we can accomplish in the future. I believe
we have much to do, for the struggle does not
end with us and, perhaps, by coming together in
solidarity again, we can set into motion the birth
of a new beginning.
More reunion information is available at:
Elbert” Big Man” Howard went to Merritt Col-
lege in Oakland with Huey Newton, co-founder of
the Black Panther Party. Howard joined the Pan-
thers at the very beginning. He was the frst editor
of the Panther newspaper. Later, Howard became
the Panthers’ deputy minister of information and
Honoring the Rank and File
Young people made the Black Panther Party happen
The ‘We’ became
than the ‘I.’
women, and to empower new feminist activists to
work to stop the war.
For more information on Code Pink Sacra-
mento contact <codepinksacramento@yahoo.
Mary Ellen Asebedo and Rod Souvignier decorate the Code Pink Booth, and chat with young potential
Code Pink members.
Photo by Jo Souvignier.
Black Panther Party
courtesy of It’s About Time
September / October 2006 BECAUSE PEOPLE MATTER 11
Progressive Talk Show
with Jeanie Keltner &
Monday, 8pm, Tuesday
noon, Wednesday, 4am.
Now in Davis, Channel
15, Tuesday, 7pm.
id you know that the 2006 Social Secu-
rity Trustees Report was released, which
includes the Medicare program? Te
trustees projected the year 2040 as the depletion
date of the Social Security trust fund versus 2041
in the 2005 report.
Tanks to the Greenspan Commission in
1983, the trust fund is running a surplus of
Social Security taxes collected. Contributors
include employees, their employers and the
As in the 2005 report, the trustees still proj-
ect 2017 as the year that the costs of the Social
Security program will exceed its tax revenues.
Te trust fund is designed to address this esti-
Te New York Times ran a
report (5/2/06), and the Wash-
ington Post a column (5/9/06),
that snubbed the non-partisan
Congressional Budget Ofce’s
projection of 2052 as the year
for the depletion of the Social
Security trust fund. What is
my point? Readers are being
misled as to Social Security’s
Further, the Post colum-
nist wrote that the bonds held
by Social Security were “IOUs
from the US Treasury.” Tat is
an odd way to describe bonds.
In serious business jour-
nalism, a bond is called a bond. Apparently, such
journalistic standards do not apply to the Post
columnist’s coverage of Social Security.
Te federal government is legally obligated to
repay the bonds in the Social Security trust fund.
A default would be illegal, and would drop the
credit rating for other government bonds.
Te Times reporter and the Post columnist
also did a poor job of explaining the fnancial
crisis facing Medicare, the government program
that provides health care to Americans age 65
and up, plus some disabled recipients of Social
Security. In the new report, Medicare’s hospital
insurance trust fund is projected to run short of
cash in 2018 versus the 2020 date projected by
the trustees a year ago.
In brief, Medicare’s cash crisis is being driven
by the rising cost of US health care. Te price of
health care is rising faster than the rate of other
goods and services in the economy.
In 2003, the US spent 15 % of its gross
domestic product (the market price of all goods
and services produced within the country
annually), on health care versus 5 % in 1960,
according to the Organization for Economic Co-
operation and Development. Meanwhile, the US
lacks a national health care program for all of its
Canada spent 9.9 % of its GDP on health care
in 2003 compared with 5.4 % in 1960. Crucially,
Canada provides universal health-care coverage
to its populace.
Corporate monopolization is driving up the
cost of US health care. How? In one case, the
federal government grants patent monopolies to
Tese patents can
increase by triple digits
the prices of prescrip-
Drugs that cost a dollar
to produce sell for hun-
dreds of dollars, thanks
to patent monopolies from the government to the
Another factor that causes US health-care
costs to rise is a government restriction on the
number of foreign physicians
who may practice medicine
in the US. Tis policy makes
domestic doctors the most
highly paid in the industrial-
US doctors are insulated
from foreign job competi-
tion. Tis process limits the
number of doctors practicing
medicine in the US.
Limiting the number
of doctors practicing medi-
cine stateside increases the
demand for their labor
services. Tis policy boosts
doctors’ annual salaries, and
helps to drive up the over-all price of health care
throughout the country’s economy.
Such processes and policies are helping to
cause its projected shortfall of funds, and not
Medicare itself. Repairing the US health care
system is the solution for what ails Medicare and
Corporate press coverage can stink when it
comes to the US economy. Such reporting can be
even worse when it comes to Mexico.
On April 17, 2006, the Washington Post ran
an article about Mexico’s economy and the North
American Free Trade Agreement, which took
efect on January 1, 1994. Part of the focus was
on market forces and the fight of some Mexicans
to the US.
“Still, the past 13 years haven’t been all bad
economic news for Mexico,” wrote Manuel Roig-
Franzia of the Post’s Foreign Service. “Spurred
by NAFTA, Mexico’s gross domestic product has
ballooned, multiplying nearly seven-fold, from
$108 billion in 1993, the year before NAFTA
implementation, to $748 billion in 2005.”
If the Post’s data for Mexico’s GDP was cor-
rect, it would be a world record for economic
growth, according to economist Dean Baker, co-
director of the Center for Economic and Policy
Review in Washington, DC. Tus, economists
and staf at the CEPR repeatedly contacted the
Post concerning the assertion that Mexico’s GDP
grew at a 17.5 % annual rate over the past 13
In fact, Mexico’s GDP grew at a 2.9 % annual
rate since 1993, the International Monetary Fund
states on its Web site. Mexico’s per person GDP
growth was 1.3 % per
year from 1993 to 2005
versus GDP growth per
person of nearly 4.0 %
per year between 1960
and 1980, Baker adds.
Mexican economy as
measured by GDP grew at an annual rate six
times slower than what the Post reported for the
13 years ending in 2005. Tis is no small error
for the top paper in the capital city of the US.
Does the IMF have a lock on growth fgures
for Mexico? No.
Te Organization for Economic Co-opera-
tion and Development and the World Bank also
have GDP data for Mexico. And as of May 26,
the Post had not printed a correction to its April
17 article, which reported that the Mexican econ-
omy “has ballooned” between 1993 and 2005.
Still, the paper’s ombudsman wrote on May
7: “Te Washington Post is committed to correct-
ing all errors that appear in the newspaper, just
as we are committed to the kind of careful jour-
nalism that will minimize the number of errors
we print. Preventing and correcting mistakes
are two sides of the coin of our realm: accuracy.
Accuracy is our goal, and candor is our defense.”
Te April 17 article ran on the front page of
the Post. Forty-three days later, the paper issued
a correction to its April 17 report:
“An April 17 article about economic forces
driving migration from Mexico gave incorrect
fgures on the country’s gross domestic product.
In terms of 2005 dollars, Mexico’s GDP grew
from $767 billion in 1993 to $1 trillion in 2005.”
Te Post reporter and editor(s) had failed to
adjust for infation, or the rise in prices. In this
way, the paper reported Mexico’s post-NAFTA
growth miracle that wasn’t.
Seth Sandronsky is a co-editor with Because
How the Big Press Tries to Fool Us
A look at economic gobbledygook
“Corporate press coverage can
stink when it comes to the US
economy. Such reporting can
be even worse when it comes
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nited States, July 14, 2006 - Once again,
Israeli colonial policies have engulfed
the Palestinian and Lebanese people
in massive destruction and mayhem. Trough
shocking actions that are clearly crimes against
humanity, Israel is continuing the Zionist project
it started nearly six decades ago. Refugees of the
Palestinian Catastrophe (Nakba) of 1948 [Israel’s
thef of land] can’t return home. Tousands of
Palestinians remain in Israeli prisons. Te people
of Lebanon are subject to systematic atrocities as
the world watches.
US Destabilization of the Arab World
Fully supported by the US, the current
Israeli war against the people of Lebanon aims
to destroy the popular resistance movement and
ignite internal strife within Lebanon with the
ultimate goal of creating a proxy state bufered
with a “colonized zone,” severed from its Arab
neighbors, particularly Syria and Palestine. Such
has been the US-Israeli design for Lebanon for
In its veto on July 12 of the UN resolution
condemning the Israeli attacks in Gaza, the Bush
administration is sending a clear message that
Israeli conquests complement US policies for the
Middle East, as manifested in the occupation and
destruction of Iraq. Efectively, three Arab states
(Palestine, Iraq and Lebanon) are now simultane-
ously under a violent siege and are being drawn
into internal strife.
Remaining in the cross-hairs of destabi-
lization are Syria and Iran. Tere are plans
underway to plant US proxy (stand-in) forces in
both countries for the overall plan of conquest.
US-Israeli strategists hope to ultimately control
the remaining resistance to empire: Palestine,
Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Iran. With that control,
US-Israeli hegemony over the Middle East would
The Role of Arab Regimes
Nearly all Arab regimes, already changed
into proxy status, are incapable of efecting
change in the political process, even if they
choose. Te US-Israeli roles for these regimes
have been well defned and choreographed,
hence their deafening silence and shameless
complacency. Arab states would, at the very least,
be expected to immediately sever all Israeli dip-
lomatic relations and economic exchanges, and
to stand in support of the popular
resistance. On the contrary, Arab
regimes are striking with an iron
fst against the Arab people who
dare to rise against injustice.
Te most atrocious Arab
positions thus far come from
Saudi Arabia which shamelessly
entered the confict on the side of
the colonizer. Te Saudi monar-
chy overtly blamed the resistance
movement in Lebanon and Pal-
estine, holding it accountable for
the ongoing Israeli destruction.
Fully supported by the Egyptian
and Jordanian regimes, the Saudi
position appears to be an attempt
to provide an “Arab voice,” albeit
a token one, that would isolate
the resistance in South Lebanon
and Palestine as “illegitimate”
and “adventurous” forces. Tis
is a dangerous destabilizing role
played on behalf of the US-Israeli
alliance. It serves to open the gates
for what is expected to come—
widening the US-Israeli attacks to
include Syria and Iran.
In the same context, and
in yet another serious development, Mahmud
Abbas, president of the Palestinian National
Authority, has attempted to disassociate the Pal-
estinian fank from the Lebanese, hoping to strike
a deal and exit the ongoing anti-colonial struggle.
Tis is a blow to the Palestinian-Lebanese soli-
darity and must be opposed.
Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq—Inseparable
Te coming period is critical. Attempts to
destabilize Iran and Syria are likely to escalate,
along with an even larger attack on the resistance
in South Lebanon and Palestine. Te confuence
of these policies with US designs in Iraq consti-
tutes the overall defning strategy for the US-con-
trolled “New Middle East. In this “New Middle
East,” the US hopes that natural resources, land
and sea access, and political servitude will be
Te Arab American community and allies
in the peace and justice movement can’t aford
to turn a blind eye to any of the elements of
these colonial policies. It is vital that the support
for an Israeli boycott and divestment campaign
expands. We must jointly call for an end to the
war on Iraq and an end to US funding of Israeli
atrocities. Naiveté in the understanding of geo-
politics is a hindrance to peace and justice—Iraq
is inseparable from Palestine and Lebanon.
More information can be found at <www.
Israel’s US-Backed Attacks in Lebanon and Palestine
Statement by the National Council of Arab Americans (NCA)
“Attempts to destabilize Iran
and Syria are likely to escalate,
along with an even larger
attack on the resistance in
South Lebanon and Palestine.”
Lebanon and Israel:
1982 - 2006
1982: Israel invades and occupies the south
of Lebanon, including Beirut, to quell the Pales-
tinian resistance, massacring thousands of Leba-
nese and Palestinian refugees, and committing
a series of human rights abuses. Hizbullah, the
Lebanese popular resistance, is founded to end
the Israeli occupation of South Lebanon.
1983: Israel partially withdraws and estab-
lishes a “bufer” zone in southern Lebanon near
the northern border of Israel.
1992: Israel assassinates Sheikh Abbas al-
Musawi, the secretary-general of Hizbullah.
1993: Israel carries out its heaviest attack on
Lebanon in more than a decade with the inten-
tion of wiping out Hizbullah.
1996: Israel bombs southern Lebanon as
part of the “Grapes of Wrath” operation, massa-
cring hundreds of Lebanese civilians in an attack
on a UN shelter in the Lebanese village of Qana.
2000: Hizbullah succeeds in forcing Israel
to withdraw its troops from southern Lebanon.
July 2006: While continuing its ongoing
assaults on Gaza, Palestine, Israel attacks Leba-
non with heavy artillery and destroys Lebanese
infrastructure, the Beirut international airport
and all bridges, killing at least 300 people and
displacing over 1 million more afer Hizbullah’s
capture of two Israeli soldiers.
Israel bombs an apartment building in the
village of Qana, killing over 40 people and com-
mitting its second massacre in the village since
• Hizbullah fres more than 230 rockets into
Israel in one day, the highest number so far, vow-
ing to hit Israel with more rockets if it continues
its assaults on Lebanon.
• Israeli helicopters attack a hospital in
Lebanon and kill several Lebanese civilians.
• Israeli soldiers reportedly prepare to
occupy southern Lebanon up to the Litani River.
• Hizbullah’s leader Hasan Nasrallah warns
that his fghters will launch rockets at Tel Aviv if
Beirut is bombed again.
• Israel massacres over 40 farmers in Bekaa
• Hizbullah fres more than 100 rockets near
Over 1,000 Lebanese have been killed and
over 1 million people displaced as a result of the
Israeli bombardment of Lebanon.
Russia, the EU, Iran and some Arab states
condemn the attacks. US President George W.
Bush continues to insist that Israel has the right
to defend itself.
September / October 2006 BECAUSE PEOPLE MATTER 13
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by purchasing organic
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Sudan crisis in focus
By Lara Kiswani
smail Kamal is a founder of the Sudanese
American Society. He earned a bachelor’s
degree in international relations and history
from UC Davis, with an emphasis on North
Africa and the Middle East. A published writer,
Kamal is a Sudanese activist who resides in
Sudan is the largest country in Africa, bor-
dering on a total of nine other nations. Sudan
has played a historically signifcant role in the
politics of Africa and the Middle East. Sudan
has been the subject of growing attention from
the international community as a result of the
devastating tribal confict of the last few years in
Darfur, western Sudan.
In a phone interview, Kamal talked about the
role of Western governments (US and European),
and the international community in Sudan and
Lara Kiswani: Concerning the crisis in
Darfur, what do people need to know about
Western governments’ humanitarian intervention
Ismail Kamal: Te humanitarian crisis in
Darfur, Sudan has become an excuse to achieve
other political objectives for Western govern-
ments. Tat excuse was also used to intervene in
Somalia. By contrast, there was no such humani-
tarian intervention for the Congo and South
Africa, or Lebanon and Palestine.
LK: Clearly, there is a great deal of devasta-
tion as a result of the confict in Sudan. Te
intensifed violence combined with the historical
underdevelopment of Sudan has resulted in the
displacement of hundreds of thousands of war-
afected people. However, this is not uncommon
to the many poor countries in the global south
facing the ravages of wars at the hands of Western
governments. What is the political objective of
these governments in Sudan?
IK: In the case of Sudan, Western govern-
ments see an opportunity to further weaken
the Sudanese government. Since 1989, the
government has taken a political path that has
challenged Western infuence, particularly US
infuence in the region—whether it is the Horn of
Africa or the Middle East.
In 1990, the Sudanese
the frst Gulf War, and
began an attempt to unite
diferent forces in the
region that opposed US
power. In 1993, Sudanese
government ofcials tried
to mediate between the
Palestine Liberation Orga-
nization, Fateh, Hamas
and other Palestinian
factions, afer the signing
of the Oslo Agreement
between the PLO and
Te Sudanese govern-
ment also took a path
that sought self-suf-
fciency and Tird World
solidarity—having an even
greater infuence in the
African region. Tis role
in regional afairs— par-
ticularly the challenge to Western power—led
to UK and the US attempts to destabilize the
Sudanese government. It is also interesting to
note that the Sudanese confict in Darfur has
increased with the discovery and production of
LK: In Sudan, we also witness a great deal of
interest by US nongovernmental organizations
(NGOs). What do you attribute this to?
IK: Te role of US NGOs has been to further
promote an anti-Sudan policy. Te Christian
Right has always viewed and falsely labeled the
confict in southern Sudan as a Christian-Mus-
lim confict. Tere are also many Zionist groups
that have promoted an anti-Sudan agenda due to
the nation being seen as a threat to Israeli inter-
ests in the Middle East and Africa. [Zionism
began as a political movement among European
Jews to form a British state in Palestine nearly a
century ago, ed.]
In the 1990s, many Israeli think tanks pro-
duced material on Sudan, and saw the “Sudan
threat.” Many Israelis also saw the confict in
Darfur as a way to rebuild black-Jewish relations
in the US and globally. Tis is why the Sudan
confict was promoted as an African versus Arab
issue, with the Jewish community coming to the
rescue. Tere are also many liberal groups in the
US that work to interfere in global afairs. Tis
tactic follows the liberal myth of humanitarian
intervention that emerged under the Clinton
administration to hide other motives.
LK: Mainstream media, along with various
organizations and political leaders, have also
advanced the notion of the “African versus Arab”
confict in Sudan. What do you have to say to
those who understand this to be the case?
IK: Tis is by far an over-simplifcation. Iden-
tifying the Darfur confict as an Arab versus Afri-
can confict follows a racial and ethnic line that
doesn’t apply to Sudan. All Sudanese are African,
and an overwhelming majority speaks Arabic.
You cannot tell the diference between those
who do and do not speak Arabic and identify as
Arabs in Sudan. Te crisis is not about ethnicity
and race as much as it is about economics and
Te main issues are specifc to Darfur
locally—water resources, local administrative
powers, development and underdevelopment.
Te neighboring countries of Chad and Eritrea
are also involved. Plus, there are the interests of
governments in France, China and the US. But
the confict cannot be described as Arab versus
LK: What role do you think the international
community should be playing in Sudan?
IK: Te heart of the current crisis in Sudan
is underdevelopment. Te international com-
munity should focus on promoting development
in Sudan, and providing assistance that promotes
projects that help local people achieve economic
Much of Sudan’s political problems would be
solved with honest and sincere assistance from
For more information on the Sudan visit
Lara Kiswani is a board member of Sacramento
Area Peace Action and a graduate of UC Davis
where she was an organizer with Tird World
Forum and Students for Justice in Palestine. She
is currently the program director for the National
Council of Arab Americans
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Darfur has increased with the
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14 BECAUSE PEOPLE MATTER September / October 2006
were inadequately investigated. Yet only 52% of
respondents were aware of the mysterious col-
lapse of WTC 7—so inexplicable it is rarely men-
tioned in the media and was completely omitted
by the 9/11 Commission. WTC 7’s collapse ofers
the clearest proof that the buildings were taken
down in controlled demolitions. Indeed, owner
Larry Silverstein admitted in PBS documentary
footage that fearing greater loss of life, they
decided to “pull” WTC 7 that afernoon—though
to “pull” a building takes weeks of preparation.
As more people fnd out about WTC 7,
disbelievers will multiply. Scientifc support for
the demolition interpretation comes from the
peer-reviewed research of Steven Jones, a phys-
ics professor at Brigham Young University. He
identifed the presence of the powerful incendi-
ary explosive thermate on the steel of the WTC
In a more recent Scripps Howard opinion
poll, 36% believed that the government was
directly complicit in 9/11. Te cover-up proves
the crime—which one can see in the 9/11 Com-
mission’s eforts to hide the glaring problems with
the ofcial myth—meticulously documented in
David Ray Grifn’s Te 9/11 Commission, Omis-
sions and Distortions.
Now a new book, Without Precedent, a
behind-the-scenes look at the ofcial com-
mission, is going to raise even more questions.
Co-author and member of the commission,
Republican Tomas Kean writes, “We to this day
don’t know why NORAD [the North American
Aerospace Command, responsible for the air-
space above the east coast] told us what they told
us. It was just so far from the truth. . . .It’s one of
those loose ends that never got tied.” Pretty big
loose end—especially since the 9/11 Commission
report presented NORAD’s lies as truth.
Te 9/11 truth movement is using facts and
reason to break the emotional hold of those hor-
rifc 9/11 images. Yes, international terrorism
exists, but, statistically, you’re more likely to be
struck by lightening than attacked by a terror-
ist. Nonetheless the terror and rage generated
by 9/11 allow the Bush/neocon war machine to
keep rolling. 9/11 unchained perhaps the most
ruthless individuals in the history of American
9/11 was the keystone deception, the essen-
tial piece holding up an edifce of lies and power
grabs that have brought the US closer to fascism
than it’s ever been before. What will happen
when a signifcant majority is able to face the
sickening truth about these warmongers/prof-
teers? One cannot predict, but our challenge is to
help that majority grow.
Jeanie Keltner is a retired professor of Eng-
lish and an editor at-large with Because People
9/11 Truth, from page 2
By Mary Bisharat
n March 2006, Professor John J. Mearsheimer,
at the University of Chicago, and Steven M.
Walt, dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of
Government, published Te Israel Lobby and US
Foreign Policy in the London Review of Books
<Vol. 28, No. 6, www.lrb.co.uk>. All hell broke
Te writers assess
the political power of
America Israel Public
(AIPAC), the lead-
ing pro-Israel lobby
in the US. Mainline
headlines read “nutty,”
“paranoid at Harvard,” and the writers were
A debate hidden for decades was out in the
open. I have followed US policy toward the gov-
ernment of Israel since 1947. I found it satisfying
that afer almost 60 dreadful years, something
even-handed about the Palestine/Israel struggle
was published in the mainstream.
Both authors of this AIPAC article are
respected academics. Mearsheimer is a West
Point graduate with 10 years in the military. He
backed the militarism of Israel’s government
until the 1990s. Ten, Mearsheimer began to
read Israeli historians such as Benny Morris and
Ilan Pappe. Teir work probes myths about the
founding and early years of Israel.
Te Lobby (AIPAC) is convenient short-
hand for the loose coalition of individuals and
organizations who actively shape US foreign pol-
icy in a pro-Israel government direction. While
not entirely unifed, the core of the Lobby is com-
prised of American Jews who make a big efort to
bend US policy to help Israel’s government.
“Tere is this image in Congress that you
don’t cross these people (AIPAC) or they take
you down,” according to journalist J.J. Goldberg.
Two US politicians knocked down for opposing
the interests of Israel’s government were Rep.
Paul Findley and Sen. Charles Percy of Illinois.
Te Lobby also includes Christian “born
again” people such as Gary Bauer, and Jerry
Falwell, as well as former Republican majority
leaders Dick Armey and Tom DeLay (indicted
for breaking campaign fnance laws).
AIPAC’s source of power is doing what
lobbies do: lobbying Congress and the execu-
tive branch, molding
public opinion through
shaping the news, and
power fows from its
unmatched ability to
play this game of inter-
est group politics,” say
Mearsheimer and Walt, by controlling debate,
and making support for the government of Israel
the “smart political choice.”
“Smartness” is produced by campaign con-
tributions by pro-Israel government political
action committees, or PACs. Some career totals:
Shelley Berkley, D-NE, $245,205; Eliot Engel,
D-NY, $171,418; Carl Levin, D-MI, $657,887;
Arlen Specter, R-PA, $488,973; Martin Frost,
D-TX, $245,205; David Obey, D-WI, $152,600;
Tom Harkin, D-IA, $520,450; Mitch McConnell,
R-KY,$377,685 McMahon. (Washington Report
on Middle East Afairs, August 2006.)
“Candidates are scared they’ll wake up some
morning and fnd out an opponent has $500,000
to run against you,” says Morton Kondrake of Te
Mort Friedman, a local attorney and national
board member of AIPAC, was contacted for this
article. He does not respond to questions about
AIPAC, according to his secretary.
US taxpayer aid to the government of Israel
was $6.3 billion in 2006. When AIPAC talks,
Congress unites. Ten the White House makes
US foreign policy. Such policy is bloody. A
case in point is the government of Israel’s 2006
bombardment of Lebanon, one of the founding
nations of the UN.
Mary Bisharat is a human rights activist and
retired social worker in Sacramento.
Article Criticizes the Israel Lobby—
Authors catch fak, stir controversy
“The core of the Lobby is
comprised of American Jews
who make a big efort to
bend US policy to help Israel’s
Te Marxist School of Sacramento
P.O.Box 160564 Sacramento, CA 95816
September–October 2006 Activities
Point of View Speaker Series
Lectures are held in Sierra 2 Ctr, 2791 24th St., 7–9pm
Turs. Sept. 21—Green Room. Michelle Matisons, Professor of
Women’s Studies, CSU Sacramento, on Marxism & Feminism in the
Monday, Oct. 16—Room 10. Michael Perelman, Professor of Eco-
nomics, CSU Chico, presenting his new book. Railroading Economics:
Te Creation of the Free Market Mythology.
Book discussions are held in Sierra 2 Ctr, Rm. 11, 2791 24th St.,
Tuesday, September 5: Te Boom and the Bubble, by Robert Brenner.
Discussion led by Mike Osman.
Tuesday, September 19: Te Art of Loving, by Erich Fromm. Discus-
sion led by Mike Monasky and Tony Britto.
Tuesday, October 3: After Capitalism, by Seymour Melman. Discus-
sion led by Dr. Arline Prigof.
Tuesday, October 17: Readings by Gilbert Achcar on the Middle East.
Discussion led by Mike Osman.
“Capital” Reading Group
NEW! Extended book discussion, Vol. 1 of Capital, by Karl Marx.
will meet 7-9pm, 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, starting Sep-
tember 6 through December 20, at SMUD, 6301 S St. (the new build-
ing!), Timberline Rm. 3. Any edition of Capital will do; we will read
together and discuss at each class. It’s not too late to join!
INFO: <www.marxistschool.org>; <firstname.lastname@example.org>; 799-
1354. All activities are free and open to the public.
“Five years after the Sep-
tember 11 attacks, the
US intelligence commu-
nity has so many outside
contractors working for
it that the government
doesn’t know the exact
number. Nor does the
top brass know exactly
what all these compa-
nies are doing” (Busi-
ness Week, 8/21/06).
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September / October Calendar
Center hosts poetry
readi ngs. 7:30pm.
1631 K St. INFO:
441- 7395; <www.
s a c r a m e n t o
Organic Sacto: Coun-
ter ongoing threats
to our food. 6:30pm.
2nd & 4th MONDAyS
UUSS/SAPA Peace and
mittee. 6-8pm. INFO:
Peace Action, 448-
Capitol Outreach for
a Moratorium on the
Death Penalty. 11am
–1pm, L Street @ 11th.
Sacr ament o Ar ea
Peace Action Vigil. 4-
6pm. 16th & J Sts.
Amnesty Int ’l, Da-
vis Chapter Meeting.
(10 College Park).
7pm. Free Pizza. In-
vited speakers. INFO:
Gray Panthers. 2–4pm.
Hart Senior Ctr., 27th
& J St. INFO: Joan,
Amnesty Int’l. 7pm.
Sacto. Friends Meeting
House, 890-57th St.
Peace and Justice Films.
7pm. Peace Action of-
fice at 909 12th Street.
Christ Unity Church:
Speakers and Music.
7pm. Cost: Donation.
9249 Folsom Blvd.
Peace & Freedom Par-
ty. 7pm. INFO: 456-
Sacto 9/11 Truth:
Questioning the “War
on Terror.” 6–8pm. Juli-
ana’s Kitchen, 1401 G
Street, at 14th. INFO:
CAAC Goes to the Mov-
ies. 7:15pm. INFO:
Daddy’s Here (Father
Men’s support group;
info on custody, di-
vorce, raising children.
7-8:30pm. Free! Ctr for
Families, 2251 Florin Rd,
Ste 102. INFO: <terry
com>. 424-3237x 205.
House of Spoken
Words. 7–10pm. Co-
lonial Café, Stockton
Blvd. & Broadway. $5.
for Women (NOW).
7pm. I NFO: 443-
Shiny Object Digital
tion Film Series. Weekly
7pm. 1025 19th St.
$5. INFO: 484-0747or
tango class. 8-9pm.
Social tango dancing.
17th & L, Sacto. $10
for lesson and social
dancing. INFO: <Ken-
dr a. k ambe s t ad@
com> or <www.tango-
Communi t y Con-
tra Dance. 8-11pm;
7:30pm begi nners
lessons. Clunie Audi-
torium, McKinley Pk,
Alhambra & F. INFO:
Dances of Universal
Sierra 2 Ctr, 2791- 24th
St., Rm. 10. $5–$10.
Pr ogr es s i ve Fr ee
Discuss topics of in-
t erest t o at hei st s,
agnosti cs, human-
ists. INFO: <pfxofsac
Workshops at La Raza
Galleria Posada. 1–
3pm. 1421 R St. Under
18, $1; Students over
18, $5; Adults, $10.
Health Care for All.
10am. Hart Senior Ctr,
27th & J. For universal
access to health care.
Sacr ament o Ar ea
Peace Action Vigil.
den and Heritage (en-
trance to Arden Mall).
2nd & 4th SATS
Dance. 8-11pm; 7:30
lessons. YWCA Audito-
rium, 17th & L Street.
Sacr ament o Ar ea
Peace Action Vigil.
11: 30am-1: 30pm.
Fulton and Marconi.
Sacto Food Not Bombs.
1:30pm. Come help
distribute food at 9th
and J Streets.
PoemSpirits. 6pm. Re-
freshments and open
mic. Free. UUSS, Rm.
7/8, 2425 Sierra Blvd.
INFO: 481-3312; 451-
909 12th St. INFO:
Atheists & Other Free-
thinkers. 2:30pm. Si-
erra 2 Center, Room
10, 2791 24th St.
Send calendar items for the Nov.–Dec. 2006 issue to <email@example.com> by
October 10, with “calendar item” in the subject line. Make it short, and in this order, please: Day,
Date. Name of event. Description (1-2 lines). Time. Location. Price. INFO: phone#; <email>.
For online calendars of progressive events, go to <www.sacleft.org> and
Peace Action Vigils
TUESDAyS: 4-6pm. 16th and J Streets. Be
Visible For Peace.
1 s t S AT Ur DAy S : 1 1 : 3 0 a m-
1: 30pm. Ar den & Her i t age
(entrance to Arden Mall).
3rd SATUrDAyS: 11:30am-1:30pm. Ful-
ton and Marconi.
Friday, September 15
14th annual Fairytale Town After Hours. Food-
tasting from Sacramento’s fine restaurants and
tastings from local breweries and wineries, in
support of Sacramento Area Emergency Housing
Center. 5:30-8:30pm. Fairytale Town grounds
in William Land park. Silent auction with get-
aways, foods, theater performances and more.
$50 admission. INFO: 454-2120.
Friday, September 15
Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea. Shiny Ob-
ject Digital Video/Fools Foundation Film Series.
Documentary by Chris Metzler & Jeff Springer
on one of America’s worst ecological disasters
and the people who live there; narrated by John
Waters. 7pm. 1025 19th St. $5. INFO: 484-
Friday, September 15
Annual all-Spanish reading acknowledging Sept.
16: Mexican Independence Day. Sponsored by
the Writers of the New Sun/Escritores del Nuevo
Sol and Dept of Foreign Languages. Poetry of
Rafael Alberti and Federico García Lorca, Dr.
Fausto Avendaño, Mariela Santana. Open mic
for poems in Spanish. 7:30—9:30 pm. Mariposa
Hall 1000, Sac State, 6000 J St. $5 ($3 students
and members; no one turned away for lack of
money.). Campus parking $2.75. Pay at self-serve
kiosks in parking lots. Campus map: <itweb.
Saturday, September 16
The Hip-Hop Legends Concert with Kurtis Blow,
MC Lyte, Big Daddy Kane, Doug E. Fresh, Slick
Rick, Biz Markie. 7pm. The Historic Colonial
Theatre, 3522 Stockton Boulevard, INFO: 448-
Sunday, September 17th
The Sacramento Old City Association’s 31st Home
Tour, in the Poverty Ridge and Newton Booth
Neighborhoods. 8 vintage homes available for
viewing. 10am–4pm. A Street Fair on 23rd Street
between T and U Streets with products and crafts
for older homes. Tickets available at Street Fair.
$20. INFO: 455-2933.
Wednesday, Sept. 20,
Luis J. Rodriguez, award winning poet and au-
thor of the best selling book, Always Running,
La Vida Loca, Gang Days in LA. Reading and
Q&A. 7–8:30pm. Luther Burbank High School
(3500 Florin Road). Tickets $10. Proceeds benefit
The Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project. INFO:
Carrie Rose, 752-3206,< www.pthvp.org>.
Thursday, Sept. 21
Ralph Schoenman and Mya Shone of Pacifica
Radio’s acclaimed “Taking Aim” program will
discuss, “Apocalypse Now: The US and Israeli
Master Plan for the Middle East.” 7pm, Coloma
Community Ctr, Grass Valley Rm., 4623 T St.
INFO: 455-1396, <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Friday, Sept. 22
Sirens of the 23rd Century: Shiny Object Digital
Video and Fools Foundation Film Series. 7pm,
1025 19th St. $5. Hit of the gay and lesbian
film fest circuit. A campy, satirical, androgynous,
futuristic fairytale. INFO: 484-0747 or <www.
Monday, September 25
“What Can We Do About Global Climate
Change and the Energy Crisis?” Multi-spon-
sored discussion featuring six panelists includ-
ing environmental scientist Dr. Amy Lind Luers.
Time permitting, Citizens for Global Solutions
will show the Flash Film on energy issues which
won this year’s international student contest
(9,000 entries). 7pm. SMUD Auditorium, 6291
“S” St. Free. INFO: Chuck O’Neil, 391-6274 or
Thursday, September 28
Ralph Schoenman and Mya Shone of Pacifica
Radio’s acclaimed “Talking Aim” program will
discuss “Apocalypse Now - The US and Israeli
Master Plan for the Middle East.” 7pm, Coloma
Community Ctr, Nevada City Room, 4623 T
Street, Sacramento. Donation requested.
Sacramento Community Forum & Not in
Our Name/Sacramento. INFO: 455-1396,
Friday, September 29
Sacramento Masonic Temple annual open house.
Guided tours, Italian dinner & live Swing band
in the ballroom with Sacramento’s “Party of Six”.
Tours begin at 4:30, music until 10pm. 1123 J
Street. $25 person. INFO: 359-0685. Slideshow
Friday, Sept. 29
The American Astronaut: Shiny Object Digi-
tal Video and Fools Foundation Film Series.
7pm, 1025 19th St. $5. Rarely seen, yet
widely lauded, 2001 Sundance Grand Prize
nominee. A dazzling and bizarre sci-fi musical.
INFO: 484-0747or <www.shiny-object.com/
Monday, October 2
Elk Grove Peace & Justice Forum presents “An
Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore’s documentary
about Global Warming. 4 and 7 pm, Elk Grove
United Methodist Church, 8986 Elk Grove Blvd.,
Elk Grove. INFO: 689-6943 or 685-3612.
Saturday, October 7
27th Annual Women Take Back the Night:
Women, Immigration and Violence. Join us in
the movement to end violence against women.
West Steps State Capitol. INFO: 448-2321 x520,
Sunday, October 8
Sacramento’s 5th Annual Freethought Day.
“A celebration of separation of church and state.”
Speakers, entertainment, education expo, and
children’s activities. Scheduled: Lori Lipman
Brown, Director/Lobbyist, Secular Coalition for
America; Michael Newdow, First Amendment
Advocate, performer; Mel Lipman, President,
American Humanist Association; Roberta
Chevrette, featured musician.12–5 pm. Water-
front Park, Front & L Streets, Old Sacramento.
or <email@example.com> or 447-3589.
Sunday October 8
Sacramento Housing Alliance hosts Antsy McClain
and the Trailer Park Troubadours—skilled musi-
cians who play in the rootsy, rock and roll tradition
of their hard-working, blue collar forefathers, a
hilarious family friendly rock and blues concert.
Crest Theater, 10th and K Sts. 7pm. Tickets at
Be a sponsor! Sponsorship allows entrance to
the VIP Reception.
Double-wide @$500 (Includes 12 tickets+ VIP)
Single-wide @ $250 (Includes 8 tickets+ VIP)
Trailer ……..@ $125 (Includes 4 tickets + VIP
Pop-up..……@ $65 (includes 2 tickets + VIP)
Public Admission Tickets $20. INFO: 442-1198
Sunday, October 15
2nd Annual Feral Cat Walk-a-thon to benefit
Coalition for Community Cats monthly spay/
neuter clinics. Registration 8am; walk 9am.
Southside Park, 6th & T Sts. $20 (includes T-
shirt while supplies last). INFO: 446-4290 or
Sunday, October 22
Daniel Ellsberg, activist and author who released
the Pentagon Papers, speaks at Physicians for
Social Responsibility fundraiser dinner. 6pm din-
ner; 7:45 program. CSUS Alumni Center. Dinner/
talk--$50/person; Talk only—$20($10 student).
INFO: <firstname.lastname@example.org>, 955-6333.
Freedom From War’s (FFW’s)
Week of Peace—
A full week of activities!
October 1–October 7
See details page 7.
The Freedom Equity
Poetry Series with live band LSB. Sacramento’s
biggest poetry event featuring poets from
around the world!
Last Saturday of every month. 7-9 PM,
Wo’se Community Center, 2863 35th Street
(just south of Broadway). ONLY $5.00!
Prentice “2006 Oakland/San Francisco Grand
Noah “SupaNova” Hayes (Birthday)
Love Jones Poetry Night (Open mic)
Neo-Soul vocalist Kevin Sandbloom from
LSB (Live band jam session)
Born 2B Poets featuring Bloom Beloved.
The “UNDERGROUND POETRY SERIES”
Every third Saturday. 7-9 p.m. Underground
Books, 2814 35th Street (at Broadway). $3.00.
Black Men Expressing Tour (All topics)
Red Fox poet Wendy Williams
Red Fox poet Brigit Truex
Lori Jean Robinson
INFO: T.Mo at 208-POET,
ALL AGES ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND!
1517 19th Street
Te exhibition “400 Women” will
be on display in October 2006,
featuring works by Danita Cook
and Patricia Wood and dedicated
to the missing women of Juarez.
Te backroom of the gallery will
feature new chalkboard paintings
by Patricia Wood.
A reception for the artists will
be held on Oct. 14, 6–9p.m. Te
exhibit will run from Oct. 7–Oct.
29. Axis Gallery is a nonproft
cooperative gallery featuring cut-
ting edge contemporary art from
local, regional and national artists.
Regular gallery hours are Sat-
urday and Sunday, 12-5p.m. or by
Phone (916) 443-9900
U.S. POSTAGE PAID
PERMIT NO. 2668
Access Sacramento TV
Cable Channels 17 and 18
Sacramento Soapbox: Progressive Talk Show
w/ Jeanie Keltner & Ken Adams. Mon 8pm, Wed
4am. (In Davis: Channel 15, Tues, 7pm.)
Being Gay Today: Thurs 6am, 10pm, Sat
Democracy Now!: Weekdays 6pm, 12mid-
Media Edge: progressive documentaries,
including local productions.Sundays 8–10pm
Other sources for Media Edge
Davis, Channel 15, Sundays, 8–10pm.
Nevada County, Channel 11, Mondays,
10:30pm –12:30am. West Sacramento,
Channel 21, Mondays, 9–11pm.
Dish Network Satellite TV
▼ Channel 9415, Free Speech TV.
Democracy Now!: News and Analysis. Mon-
day–Friday: 8am, 12pm, 7pm ET.
▼ Channel 9410, Link TV
Democracy Now!: Monday–Friday, 11am.
Mosaic—World News from the Middle East:
Tues–Saturday, 4:30am and 10:30am; 4:30pm
▼ KVMR 89.5 FM
BBC News, M-F 6, 7, 8am;
News & Attitude with Travus T. hipp, M-F
7:30am; KVMr Morning News, M-F 8:05am;
Stories & Songs with U. Utah Phillips, Sun
11am; Soundings (Science), Tues noon;
rabble rousing, Wed noon; Full Logic
reverse, Thu noon; Who Cares? (health),
Fri noon; KVMr Evening News, 6pm daily;
Democracy Now!, Mon-Thu 7pm; Women’s
Show, Mon 8pm.
▼ KCBL Cable 88.7 FM
▼ KYDS 91.5 FM
Saturdays, approx. 3–4 pm., followed by Coun-
ter Spin from the media watch group FAIR:
▼ KDVS 90.3 FM
Democracy Now!: Mon–Fri noon.
Free Speech radio News (FSRN) Mon–Fri
Printed Matter on the Air (interviews with
local writers) alternating with
Panic Attack (attorneys and guests discuss
what makes people panic): Mon 5pm.
Making Contact (int’l radio seeks to create
connections): Tue 8am.
Proletarian revolution (focusing on politi-
cal, social, and economic issues) alternating
with The Simple Show (talk show on human
rights): Wed 8am.
Speaking in Tongues (labor, environmental,
social, and political topics. Callers welcome,
interviews frequent): Fri 5pm.
Memo Durgin and Eddie Salas (Public
affairs and music of the Chicano/Mexicano
people): Sat 6–8pm.
▼ KPFA 94.1 FM Berkeley
Democracy Now!: Reports on US and world
news. M–F 9am.
Living room: Chris Welch. M–F Noon.
Seven Generations: M–F 1pm.
New Directions: including visionary astrolo-
ger. Thur 2pm.
Flashpoints: News and analysis. M–F 5pm.
▼ KSQR 1240 AM (TalkCity Radio Sacramento)
Progressive talk radio all day long with
Christine Craft, Thom Hartman and others.
▼ KCTC 1320 AM (AirAmerica Radio)
Progressive talk radio all day long with Randi
Rhodes, Al Franken, and others.
▼ KZFR 90.1 FM Chico
People Powered Radio! managed and operated
by volunteers, provides mostly locally produced
and community oriented programs.
Sacramento and Central Valley INDyMEDIA: <www.sacindymedia.org>.
Local Progressive TV
The Ground Truth—The Human
Cost of War is a searing documentary
about ordinary young men and women
who join the military to fght in Iraq.
Personal demons, an uncomprehending
public, and an indiferent government
transform each soldier into a new kind of
hero, learning to fearlessly wield the most
powerful weapon of all-the truth.
A fundraiser for equipment to produce
local alternative programming on Media
Edge. At the Crest, Tuesday, Sept. 19,
5:30pm and 8pm. $10. INFO: 803 3909
Iraq for Sale: Acclaimed director Robert
Greenwald (Wal-Mart: Te High Cost of
Low Price; Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War
on Journalism) uncovers the connections
between private corporations making a
killing in Iraq, the decision makers who
set them up, and the soldiers, widows and
children whose lives have been changed
forever as a result of profteering in the
reconstruction of Iraq.
A fundraiser for Media Edge and Soap-
box. At the Crest, Tuesday, October 10 at
6:00 and 8:00pm. $10. INFO:444-3203.
Chew On This!
“Chew on This!”, a monthly progressive
TV show, can be seen on these cable
Access Sacramento Channel 17 (Com-
cast, SureWest) and Davis Community
Television Channel 15 (Comcast) the frst
Sunday of the month at 8pm.
West Sacramento Community Access
Channel 21 (Charter) the frst Monday
of the month at 9pm
Nevada County Television Channel 11
(Comcast) frst Mondays at 10:30pm.
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