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Progressive News and Views January / February 2007
Inside this issue:
Geting Over the American Dream.... 3
Art Exhibit: “Dark Metropolis”......... 4
Afer the (Republicans) Fall................ 5
Poetry Out Loud................................. 6
Poem: “Tears”..................................... 6
Big Media Goes Afer More................ 7
Radioactive WMDs............................. 8
Out Now!............................................ 9
Book Reviews.................................... 10
Media Clipped................................... 11
Salute to Arline Prigof..................... 11
Peace Action...................................... 12
Pentagon Spies.................................. 13
Ugly Realities in Palestine............... 14
Progressive Media............................. 16
By Jeanie Keltner
Impeachment is not optional. One doesn’t choose
whether or not to enforce the law—unless you are Bush/
Cheney. And that is just the problem.
Impeachment was invented
in the 17th century to assert
that the king was not above the
law. Edmund Randolph, the frst
US Attorney General under the
new nation’s new Constitution
argued for the impeachment
power, observing “Te Executive
will have great opportunity of
abusing his power; particularly
in time of war when military force, and in some respects
the public money will be in his hands.” Indeed, under the
cover of the War on Terrorism Bush/Cheney have grossly
abused their power.
Te system of checks and balances that protects us
against a tyrannical executive has broken down. To reas-
sert that balance, to restore the Constitution, to ensure
accountability, to prevent the catastrophe of a wider war,
impeachment proceedings against Bush/Cheney must
Te charges? Illegal wiretapping, manipulating intel-
ligence and lying to Congress and the American people
to start an aggressive war, illegal detention and torture
of thousands of innocent people, and gross negligence in
the prosecution of the war and in response to Hurricane
Katrina—to start with.
A call for impeachment is frst a call for investiga-
tion—which is desperately needed. From the moment
that Cheney refused to release crucially important
national energy policy deliberations or identify the
deliberators, this most secretive administration in his-
tory has ignored, thwarted, stonewalled, and rebufed
all congressional demands for information. Sen. Patrick
Leahy identifed 65 such requests
the White House has rejected or
refused to reply to (Bee, 11-24-
06). Without information there
can be no oversight.
When soon-to-be Speaker
Nancy Pelosi took impeachment
of the table she was misreading
the will of the voters who gave
the Dems their majority.
Remember the old joke about the man who bought
a donkey the seller swore was controllable simply with
voice commands? When the mule refused to obey the
new owner’s order, he brought it back to the seller, who
hit the mule with a big stick—and the mule then obeyed.
“I thought you said this mule would follow verbal com-
mands,” the new owner said. “He will,” said the seller,
“but frst you have to get his attention.”
We must agitate for impeachment because impeach-
ment is the fery issue that will get their attention. Whose?
It will get the media’s attention. Corporate media
is understandably reluctant to cover the many cans of
worms that will be opened in an impeachment investiga-
tion because of their complicity in keeping these worms
hidden in their cans. Ordinary hearings and investiga-
tions can be relegated to back pages or late night slots on
cable news, but impeachment is headline material.
As such, it will get the larger public’s attention. Te
November election showed that—miraculously—the
voting public had broken through administration and
media lies—the greatest propaganda system in history—
to reject Bush/Cheney’s war. But as Nat Hentof noted in
an article on the 2006 Military Commissions Act—which
takes away habeas corpus for those the president defnes
as “enemy combatants”—the general US public seems
unaware or indiferent to this administration’s unprec-
edented attack on our constitutional protections and
By Seth Sandronsky
Tese are tough times for black youth in Sacramento and
nationwide. Tey are more likely than other racial groups
to live in poverty, be a murder victim, drop out of high
school, be jobless and enter prison (www.jointcenter.
Locally, there are people working on solutions to this
social crisis. For example, the Sacramento chapter (Zeta
Beta Lambda) of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has
launched the Alpha Academy, a partnership with Con-
sumnes River College and the March of Dimes.
In a recent Alpha Academy meeting, local African
American men mentored black youngsters, ages 12 to
18, to lead more positive and productive lives. Te adults
emphasized to them the Alpha motto: “We have power;
we will excel and we are in control.”
Tis approach “helps us to
make better decisions,” said Ber-
nard Watts, age 12. Ashanti Jack-
son, age 13, agreed, appreciating
newfound knowledge on “how
to overcome everyday obstacles.”
In all, 32 local youth partici-
pated with eight mentors, one of whom is Christopher
Hicks, Alpha Academy co-director. He and the other
mentors worked with the youngsters in small groups,
discussing present and past conditions of African
“We learned about African builders in the 1600s,”
said Myles Taylor, age 12. Mike William, age 13, enjoyed
“learning history about our ancestors.”
Toward the end of the day, the youth tackled a
hypothetical dilemma involving ethics and morals titled
“found money.” Later, these middle and high school stu-
dents presented their fndings and the reasons for them.
Travis Parker, CRC professor and track coach, dia-
logued with the youngsters during their presentations.
He queried them on their opinions, and urged sof-spo-
ken students to speak up.
“We try to focus the youth on the consequences
of their choices,” added John Taylor, Alpha Academy
To conclude the day’s activities, he led a lesson
which involved the students listening to musician Kool
Moe Dee. As his music played, Taylor questioned the
youngsters on the content of the lyrics. Ten he assigned
the youth to produce answers
due back to him, in writing, in a
Te intergenerational union
of Sacramento’s Alpha Academy
has its roots a century ago at
Cornell University in upstate
New York. In December 1906, seven students organized
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the frst intercollegiate fra-
ternity among African American men.
Alumni of Alpha Phi Alpha include the Rev. Mar-
tin Luther King Jr., Supreme Court Justice Turgood
Marshall, and author and scholar W.E.B. Du Bois. Te
Sacramento chapter of the national fraternity began in
1954 under the leadership of Dr. George Stewart, a local
Currently, the Alpha Academy meetings are held
one Saturday a month during a four-hour workshop in
the Learning Resources Center at CRC. Scholarships are
available to high school students based on community
service, academic excellence and fnancial need, accord-
ing to Taylor.
For more information, call (916) 691-7636.
Seth Sandronsky is a co-editor with Because People
See Impeach, page 4
Impeachment Is Not Optional
And it will get their attention!
…the general US public
seems unaware or indiferent
to this administration’s
unprecedented attack on our
Sacramento’s Alpha Academy
Mentoring community youth
“We try to focus the youth on
the consequences of their
choices.” John Taylor, Alpha
Academy chapter president.
The Alpha Academy is a partnership with Cosumnes River College and the March of Dimes.
Photo: Seth Sandronsky
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By Jeanie Keltner
hat a great idea! Kudos to Joe Moore, the founder
and director, and Allen Warren, the New Faze
developer, who propose a truly imaginative way to
revitalize the Del Paso Blvd. area: the California Central Valley
Museum of Working Class Art and Culture. Tat’s a mouthful
to say, and there will be another mouthful when the museum
opens in 2008 because the museum will feature the Edible Gal-
lery. Tis gallery will showcase the produce and cheeses from
small-scale local farmers and farmers’ markets as they appear in
the food traditions of the 50 or so diferent races and ethnicities
that Moore has identifed in the Central Valley. Te museum
will also feature special events and programs as well as function
as a research center, complete with a research library onsite.
Te arts and traditions of the Central Valley’s wildly diversi-
fed population, including the frst inhabitants, rarely make it
into the museums—and yet they are the living culture that has
shaped the unique quality of our area. Tis museum aims to
highlight the culture, contributions and diversity of the work-
ing class to Central Valley life. Paintings, baskets, photographs,
costumes, books, “traditions from home countries,” and the rich
musical landscape of the valley—blues, country, zydeco, folk
dance, border ballads—all will fnd a home in this treasure trove
of peoples’ creativity—a resource for students, scholars, and the
general public. We’ll be waiting for the opening!
By Paolo Bassi
he much lauded “American Dream”
has become part of and reinforces the
dominant capitalist ideology imposed by
corporate and political US elites. Tis powerful
dream has cleverly seduced Americans for nearly
a century. It encourages working and middle class
Americans to work hard and better themselves
socially by joining the propertied classes. In the
US, having the security of a house, something
very basic to a decent life, has
been turned into a life-con-
Te American Dream has
also been used to reduce class-
awareness and class-based
politics amongst US workers.
Te idea that owning a house
and tending the lawn on
weekends vaults working class
families into the middle class
is fantasy. Te defnition of working class is based
on a lack of independent sources of income and
having little or no independence at work. So the
notion that home-owning workers will suddenly
start living meaningful, more secure lives is an
illusion plastered over real class division. In fact,
the debt of home-ownership ofen shackles work-
ers even more.
Tere is little doubt that long-term, home
ownership is fnancially advantageous due to tax
benefts, rising values, and no rent in old age.
However, this argument is in danger if property
values keep rising and people are unable to pay
their mortgage over one working life. And as
home buyers are fnancing bigger price tags,
inter-generational mortgages of 50 or more years
may become the norm, as in Japan.
Beyond being fawed and unquestioned, the
American Dream is slipping out of reach for mil-
lions of workers due to falling real wages, the loss
of well-paid jobs, and the recent property boom.
In the last 10 years property prices have more than
doubled, only slowing down marginally in 2006.
In the Sacramento region only about 20% of the
working population can even qualify for a median
priced home. Working class Americans have been
priced out of the market. Te ability to live in secu-
rity and raise a family, relatively easy 30 years ago,
is becoming a privilege of the wealthy.
But the property boom
has benefted some. Existing
property owners feel wealthier
and have access to cash through
refnancing. Home builders,
mortgage companies, realty
agents and loan brokers all ben-
efted from encouraging people
to enter the market at its peak.
Te federal government
also recklessly encouraged the
property boom. Since almost two-thirds of the US
economy is domestic spending, Washington has
partially masked manufacturing job losses by fuel-
ing a consumer boom made possible by re-fnanc-
ing and equity loans. Tis policy created record
personal debt levels, which, coupled with inter-
est-only mortgages, have become major economic
Beside the obvious unafordability of decent
housing, there are other troubling long-term politi-
cal and economic efects of the recent boom. First,
many who purchased using “exotic” mortgages
are losing their homes now that loan terms have
changed, leading many middle and working class
families into bankruptcy.
More broadly, if we regard housing as a right
in a meaningful democracy, then pricing out most
people will lead to social insecurity and instabil-
ity. However, unafordable housing is only part
of a larger pattern of increasing insecurity for
Economic globalization in the last two
decades has slashed worker living standards in
every free market economy. Even as better of
workers and the middle classes hang on with
bleeding fngers, Americans should recognize
that Tird Worldization is well underway in the
US. Tose who doubt this only need look at cor-
porations like WalMart, which, while registering
record profts, burden workers with low wages,
and greater health and pension costs.
According to the cold logic of global capital-
ism, without a valid business or political reason,
there is simply no reason to safeguard workers’
living standards anywhere or anytime.
Unafordable housing means that wealthy
individuals and property corporations can
accumulate more rental properties, extend their
power and increase the wealth gap. Tis wealth
gap is now the same as it was in the late 1920s.
Te property-based wealth gap is also exacer-
bated by the tax write-of of mortgage interest.
Te more expensive the home, the greater the
subsidy, while new homeowners are burdened
with high property taxes.
Another efect of prohibitive home prices
is increasing racial and class segregation as the
wealthy gentrify and close the doors on the poor,
immigrants and minorities. Te idea of equal
citizenship becomes meaningless with half the
population tucked out of sight.
Tere’s only one conclusion. Te American
Dream is defunct and damages the interests of
working people. Let’s discard the myth that home
ownership is a passport to the middle class. A
new political approach to housing based on
reality, not dreams, is needed—one that regards
housing as a right central to a decent life.
Paolo Bassi is an attorney and free-lance
writer based in Sacramento.
Working Class Art & Culture
New museum in the works
Getting Over the “American Dream”
Class and housing in America
The idea that owning
a house and tending
the lawn on weekends
vaults working class
families into the
middle class is fantasy.
Top: Ronnie Stewart, left, executive director, Bay Area Blues
Society, and Sacramento bluesman Guitar Mac, perform at
the reception announcing plans for the California Central
Valley Museum of Working Class Art and Culture.
Bottom: the architect’s concept of the museum/residential/
restaurant complex planned for Del Paso Blvd. at El Camino.
photos: Ellen Schwartz
4 BECAUSE PEOPLE MATTER January / February 2007 www.bpmnews.org
A CNN poll reported that “most Americans
do not believe the Bush administration has gone
too far…in restricting civil liberties as part of the
war on terror.” Constitutional law professor Jona-
than Turley writes: “Te strange thing is, we’ve
become sort of constitutional couch potatoes. I
mean, Congress just gave the president…despotic
powers…and you could hear the yawn across
the country…” (Bee 11-24-06). Impeachment
and the media furor it will generate will awaken
Impeach from page 1
By Ellen Broms
ho would have imagined that the
Crocker Art Museum would take a
chance on showcasing a little known
anti-war artist? Artist Irving Norman was born
in 1906 and died in 1989. He was an immigrant
from Eastern Europe. He fought in the Spanish
Civil War with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and
saw action at the battle of Ebro in 1938. One third
of the American volunteers died during the war
from 1936-1939. For much of his life Norman was
tailed by the FBI because he was a veteran of the
Abraham Lincoln Brigade and considered subver-
sive by J. Edgar Hoover because of the Brigade’s
link to the Communist Party.
Norman was a visionary. His paintings are
enormous depictions of human sufering. Te
“graphic” nature of Norman’s work has made
it a controversial exhibit. Museum-goers are
invited to leave notes
and what they write
reveals the intensity
of feeling aroused by
Norman’s work. Visi-
tors note their visceral
reactions to the work
and agree with critic
Michael Duncan that
pingly efective social
indictments” (Art in
America, July 2003).
Norman’s art is wonderful in form and color
viewed from a distance, while mesmerizing up
close. An ultimate technician, Norman includes
thousands of individual fgures (mostly nude)
in his drawings and
paintings. In his major
work, “War and Peace,”
even the blades of
grass are screaming.
Crocker now owns two
of Irving Norman’s
works. One is in the
on the second foor;
the other is in the cur-
rent exhibition and
will be traveling for the
duration of the show
before its return to
Te book Dark
Metropolis edited by
Ray Day and Scott
Let’s Impeach Bush
these sleepers to the gravity of our situation, to
how close we are to losing the liberties that have
defned this country.
Impeachment will also get the attention of
our allies as well as our current enemies around
the world. It will act as an apology, a repudiation
on the part of the rest of the country of a corrupt
lying administration, proof that we reject these
lawless men and their despotic actions.
And it will get the White House’s attention.
Impeachment will be the stake driven through
the heart of an administration whose crimes
range from massive corruption to crimes against
humanity—especially since it nullifes the presi-
dent’s pardon power. If we had been more thor-
ough in prosecuting Iran–Contra—similarly a
criminal executive branch defying congressional
power—these same perpetrators, pardoned by
the frst Bush, would not be once again striding
the halls of power. We can be sure that the abuses
we know about aren’t the only ones—there are
still many “unknowns.”
Impeachment will also help the Democrats
be better democrats. Even afer the strong
repudiation of Bush/Cheney at the polls,
Bush/Cheney still have all the power and are
dangerous to confront. And legislators are
rarely courageous. I’m not afraid of impeach-
ment disrupting Congress because I don’t
have much faith that Dems will give us what
we want. Whether because Bush/Cheney’s
illegal wiretapping turned up such good dirt
on our legislators or whether they simply
agree with (too) many Bush/Cheney posi-
tions, the Dems have been unimpressive in
their plans for the new Congress, especially
in their wafing about the war.
When an impeachment investigation
exposes the dark deeds connected with Bush/
Cheney’s hideous war, it will be impossible to
support the war. And possibly any war.
Former US attorney General Ramsey Clark,
our moral conscience since Viet Nam, wrote:
“Congressional proceedings for impeachment
can bring about open, fearless consideration of
the most dangerous acts and threats ever com-
mitted by an American President. If courageously
pursued, they can save our Constitution, the
United Nations, the rule of law, the lives of count-
less people, and leave open the possibility of
peace on earth. Each of us must take a stand on
impeachment now, or bear the burden of having
failed to speak in this hour of maximum peril.”
Go online, educate yourself further, and
sign the impeachment petitions. Use these toll
free numbers (800-828-0498, 800-459-1887 or
800-614-2803) to call your Congress members
frequently. Get friends to call. And keep your eye
out for impeachment demonstrations. As in the
Viet Nam period, Congress didn’t want to end the
war or impeach Nixon. Te people forced both
issues. We must do the same.
Irving Norman’s social
surrealism at Crocker
Exhibit visitors agree with
critic Michael Duncan that
Norman’s paintings are
From Work, 1977. Lithograph. Editions Press, 20x25 inches.
Courtesy Hela Norman
Books, 2006) released with the opening of the
exhibit is available for purchase at the Crocker
store. Pictures of Norman’s work and essays by
art essayist/critic Michael Duncan, professor of
American art and culture Charles Eldredge, long-
time curator Patricia Junker, and Crocker’s own
chief curator Scott Shields are included. An excel-
lent resource to study an artist whose aim, he said
was “to tell the truth of our time.”
Crocker director, Lial Jones, and chief cura-
tor, Scott Shields, must receive credit for mount-
ing this outstanding retrospective and the book
accompanying the show. Te Crocker exhibit
of “Dark Metropolis” ends January 7, 2007. Te
exhibit will still be in California, making its next
stop in Pasadena. For more information, visit
War Wounded, 1942. Graphite, color pencil. 22x30 inches.
Courtesy Hela Norman.
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K—we have a very imperfect political
system that, under the Bush regime, has
degenerated into something even many
Republicans no longer recognize. Yet we must
work with what we have now while simultane-
ously working for a truly democratic system that
stands for economic/social/
political justice. So, that said,
is there anything about the
November 2006 elections we
Time will tell. But the
news has been so bad for
so long, even a glimmer of
thing with potential for
restoring the balance of
power and reigning in an
out-of-control puppet president and his regime
standard-bearers ofers some hope. And causes
for hope and celebration exist right here in “River
“Tere’s a new sherif in town”—his name
is Assemblyman Dave Jones. (So he’s not really
the sherif, but he’s certainly earned the title as
the Democrat for other local Dems to look up
to.) Jones deserves a major portion of credit for
defeating Measures Q & R (Arena taxes) and
kudos for championing working people/families.
At best, local Democratic Party unity is
lukewarm. But on Measures Q & R, there was no
Party unity. Te Sacramento County Democratic
Central Committee formally opposed these mea-
sures, while local Democratic ofcials (including
those holding non-partisan ofces—e.g., City
Council and County Supervisor) openly and
vigorously supported the measures. And these
local Democrats have lost considerable credibility
within the community. But their loss of credibil-
ity doesn’t stop with the disunity they displayed
with Measures Q & R. For the most part, these
are the same Democrats who have been known to
endorse conservative Republicans.
If Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is
expected to enforce party unity on issues that are
important to reversing the present course at the
federal level, then unity must be expected among
local Democrats to tackle real issues that afect
And despite the Sacramento Bee’s unwar-
ranted and lone opposition, Sacramento voters
can congratulate themselves on passing Measures
J & K. Every area of the Sacramento City Unifed
School District will now have equal representa-
tion. One trustee will now be elected from within
each of the seven newly established trustee
areas—the same model of representation used
for every other elected ofce.
Yes—four more years for “Te Termina-
tor” due to Phil
inept and weak
lack of Demo-
cratic Party unity
in providing key
support for their
the voters of
through pro-Diebold voting machine Secretary
of State Bruce McPherson. Debra Bowen was
clearly the best choice to ensure voting system
accuracy and security, improving campaign
contribution disclosures to candidates and ballot
initiatives, and expanding voter registration and
Debra Bowen—the only woman elected to
a state constitutional ofce—and John Chiang,
newly elected Controller, represent fresh faces
of leadership and much-needed diversity in
California’s Democratic Party.
On two more positive notes, extremist Tom
McClintock (Lt. Governor Candidate) and Prop-
osition 85 (presented as parental notifcation, but
was an initial step in chipping away reproductive
rights) were defeated.
California will make history by producing
the frst female Speaker of the House. Nancy
Pelosi isn’t perfect—there can be no “10s” in our
current system of campaign fnancing and elec-
toral politics. But she voted against using mili-
tary force against Iraq (House Joint Resolution
114, Oct. 10, 2002). And she, along with Rep.
John Murtha and others, is calling for redeploy-
ing troops from Iraq.
Speaker Pelosi’s goal is to pass six priority
bills during the short period prior to Bush’s State
of the Union address. Tese measures would
toughen House ethics rules (end current prac-
tice of big business writing laws that Congress
passes), raise the hourly federal minimum wage
from $5.15 to $7.25, cut student loan interest
rates in half, broaden federally-supported stem
cell research, and permit government to negotiate
lower Medicare drug prices.
In order for Pelosi to become House Speaker,
key House Republicans supporting the Bush
agenda were defeated—like anti-environment
Richard Pombo (Tracy, CA).
Some challengers didn’t win, but they gave
us cause to celebrate: Charlie Brown gave Con-
gressman John Doolittle a run for his money, and
even though Doolittle “squeaked by,” this close
election demonstrates Doolittle’s vulnerability the
next go-around. And Dr. Bill Durston’s challenge
of Congressman Dan Lungren was commend-
able. Charlie and Bill: Hope to see you again! We
And on the Senate side, we can celebrate
what Bush himself described as “a thumpin’” of
the likes of Senators Mike DeWine (OH), Rick
Santorum (PA), Jim Talent (MO), and George
Allen (VA)—while celebrating the win of pro-
gressives such as Bernie Sanders, newly elected
US Senator from Vermont. Sanders, described by
Te Nation as “the most prominent democratic
socialist in America,” previously served eight
terms in the House of Representatives and is a
champion for the working class, the environment,
universal healthcare, civil liberties, and peace.
Tis past election was about change—espe-
cially about changing direction in Iraq. But it is
also widely viewed as being more against Bush
than being for the Democratic Party. Indeed,
the newly elected Democratic leaders will have
a short honeymoon if they continue to give us
more of the same by acting like Republicans and
failing to show leadership and unity in drastically
changing course. Because afer all is said and
done, corporations remain frmly in control.
And, although Pelosi has stated that
impeachment is “of the table,” the people need
to demand that it be placed squarely on the
table and that Congress fulfll its constitutional
Dorothy L. Wake is a Sacramento area writer
and poet, and author of Mother Jones, Revolu-
tionary Leader of Labor and Social Reform www.
xlibris.com or www.amazon.com. Richard R. Wake
is an elected member of the Sacramento County
Democratic Central Committee.
Write Your Reps!
To voice our priorities to Congress, faxed signed letters are fastest and
carry equal weight as “snail mail” letters:
Senator Barbara Boxer: FAX: Sacramento ofce: 916-448-2563 (no
Washington, D.C. FAX) - Phone: D.C. ofce: 202-224-3553, Sacramento
ofce: 916-448-2787. Website: http://boxer.senate.gov
Senator Dianne Feinstein: FAX: Washington, D.C. ofce: 202-228-3954
- Phone: 202-224-3841. Website: http://feinstein.senate.gov
House of Representatives contact info: http://www.house.gov
Here are the sites to representatives in the Sacramento Region
Doris Matsui, Democrat, Fifh Congressional District
Dan Lungren, Republican, Tird Congressional District
Jerry McNerney, Democrat, Eleventh Congressional District
John Doolittle, Republican, Fourth Congressional District
Mike Tompson, Democrat, First Congressional District
http://www.worldcantwait.org – The World Can’t Wait—Drive
Out the Bush Regime
http://www.pdamerica.org – Progressive Democrats of
http://www.democrats.com – “Aggressive Progressives”
http://democraticleader.house.gov – Newly elected Speaker
http://www.votetrustusa.org – National network of state-
based organizations working for secure, accurate and trans-
After the (Republican’s) Fall
What now? A post-election analysis
By Dorothy L. Wake & Richard R. Wake
This past election was about
changing direction in Iraq. But
it is also widely viewed as being
more against Bush than being
for the Democratic Party.
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By Jacqueline Diaz
Poetry is alive again in US classrooms. From
California to Wyoming and Florida, high school
students are studying, memorizing and per-
forming poems in class, on stage and in county
and state-wide competitions. And all the while,
students are actually starting to have fun with
poetry—fnding its humor, heartache and refec-
tive narratives relate to their lives.
In 2005 the National Endowment for the
Arts and Poetry Foundation began a pilot proj-
ect, called Poetry Out
Loud, where Wash-
ington DC area high
school students com-
peted in a poetry reci-
tation contest. Recited
poems refected a wide
range of styles, genres
and time periods, and each poem was brought to
life through student performances.
Arts Chairman Dana Gioia and Poetry Foun-
dation President John Barr recognized the need
to revitalize poetry instruction in classrooms
and wanted to support a program incorporat-
ing the performance aspects of popular poetry
trends like spoken word and slam. Gioia and
Barr also made a point to ensure contemporary
and canonical works were eligible for the com-
petition so that students could choose from
working poets to “the dead guys.”
Last year Poetry Out Loud expanded,
and the national competition had student
representatives from each US state compete
in DC. Each state created a plan for selecting
a state winner. For the program’s frst year, the
California Arts Council focused on involving
schools in the Sacra-
mento region. Ken
Hufman, senior at Elk
Grove High School,
became state champi-
on, solidly representing
California at nationals
Poetry Out Loud
continues to expand
as states fnd ways for
students from various
regions and counties to
compete. In California
this year, over a dozen
counties from south-
ern to northern Cali-
fornia will participate,
County. Trough the
Ofce of Education, area schools are engaging in
the program, ready to take on a widened com-
Students competing in the recitation con-
test are judged on six elements, ranging from
evidence of understanding to appropriateness
of dramatization. Preparation for competition
involves formal practice, workshops, explication,
and sometimes tips from school drama teachers
or teacher-poets from California Poets in the
Schools. Key to the program is getting students to
navigate and fnd the intersection between clas-
sical recitation and contemporary performance
practices. Trough their recitations, they answer
where for them the lines between poetry and
drama end or if they do at all.
Tis year and last, I was honored to help
guide students through the competition process
as a poet-teacher. Each school I’ve visited has
had students with promise, hope and aspira-
tions shining through memorized verse. I’ve
been stunned by the
dramatic talents of
students like Ashleigh
Yaya at San Juan High,
moved when Natomas
Charter’s Yuliya Pri-
lepina took on John
Ashbery, and delighted
by the rich performance abilities of students at
Luther Burbank High. I also remember students
who didn’t make it to state fnals but gave a
part of their heart to their poem, and instead
of frowning, bolstered their winning classmate.
Tese are only a few strong memories from the
2006 competition, who knows what students will
have in store this year!
For more information on Poetry Out Loud,
visit www.poetryoutloud.org and the Sacramento
County Ofce of Education, www.scoe.net.
Jacqueline Diaz is a California Poets in the
Schools (CPITS) poet working with Sacramento
area students for the Poetry Out Loud National
By Terry Moore
I have seen the tears in a single
She was crying at the politics that
prevented her from the good life
Or at least simply a life that was
Her tears flooded the hood
Drenched the future
Washed away the positive hope
that was attempting to be born
She was eager but torn
Between trying to be politically
And trying to protect
Her own dignity
Her own pride
Her own integrity
Her feelings inside
She illegally attempted to purse a
can of Similac
Looking over her shoulder as she
jammed it into her backpack
Because it would not fit into her
tiny ripped purse
What could be worse?
Only her getting caught
Stealing a can of Similac for her
baby that could have been bought
Only she gave into the politics and
lost her religion
Gave into a bad decision
And now her babies will suffer and
That their momma wanted to, but
That mother who provided
And we just continue to sing
Open barbeque joints
Overlook tear covered faces
We just keep
Passing from hand to hand
Focusing on spinning rims instead
of spending in our communities
I’ve seen the tears of a single
Left to turn left instead of right by
a frustrated lover
Reaching into empty air
Crying rivers that fail to find folks
And we dare to mention the
budget to sore ears
And we squeeze funds for our
highly regarded peers
But what about that single mother
She won’t be vacationing in Europe
or on the beaches of Jamaica or
It’s more than plain
Can’t we change?
Can’t we feed our single mothers?
So they can cope
Can’t we re-vote?
Yes, I’ve seen the tears
And now my tears combined
Are rinsing away our chances
Cut the political dances
Let’s stand still for a moment
Because the last dance
Could be the last dance
That turns off the music
on our children’s lives!
Terry Moore is a spoken word artist
living in Sacramento. A slam champion,
Moore also works for the Center for
Fathers and Families. www.terrymoore.
Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest
Sacramento Youth Competing
Each school I’ve visited has
had students with promise,
hope and aspirations shining
through memorized verse.
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in the next column.
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By Charlene Jones
etwork neutrality, media consolidation?
Sounds like trivial concerns of web surf-
ers or TV junkies distressed about their
menu choices as the new Congress wrestles with
issues beyond measure in their consequence for
the future. Te stink hole of war, nuclear mad-
ness, an exiled habeas corpus, millions in poverty
and a heating planet, is only their short list.
Nevertheless, try imagining this. What if
information about these controversial dilemmas
is selected, produced and distributed by only
three or four media conglomerates? How about
Internet providers excluding web sites of their
choosing or speedier travel to selected destina-
tions available only to those who can pay more?
Suppose Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp’s oversaw
not only Sacramento’s Fox 40 television station,
but owned the Sacramento Bee and held licenses
for the region’s radio stations?
While watchers of the shif in Congress hope
for progress on many fronts, potential changes to
the nation’s telecommunication law and media
regulations should worry many because these
imaginings are all
Tis past year
Congress tried to pass
an overhaul of telecom-
munication law that
would allow telephone
and cable companies
to compete in ofering
Internet access and video services. In the name of
competition, telecom giants sought the legal pre-
rogative to give premium service to content pro-
viders willing to pay for faster delivery—Yahoo,
for example, if it paid up, would have a speedier
search engine than Google. According to news
accounts (Te Atlanta Constitution, 9/22/06, San
Francisco Chronicle, 9/8/06), the industry will
try again during this congressional session.
Public interest advocates like Consum-
ers Union and Common Cause want laws that
require network neutrality where companies
handle all content in the same way, protecting
an open network and its vast informational fare.
Consumers would retain the liberty to choose
sites and services they prefer, not only the ones
doing business with their service provider.
Proposed federal law would also open the
door for phone company competition with cable
and satellite vendors by using their wire networks
to ofer television. Mammoth corporations like
AT&T would not be required to negotiate with
local governments on how to best serve a city
or county. Tey would be
given a national franchise,
with little local accountability
and few, if any, public interest
requirements to American
Cleared away by years of
“regulatory relief,” public inter-
est obligations of broadcasters
and media concentration pro-
tections have been eradicated,
according to the public policy
group New American Founda-
tion. In the 1980s the Federal
(FCC) eliminated rules concerning commercial
time limitations, ascertainment of community
problems and non-entertainment requirements
while creating a simplifed license renewal appli-
cation containing only fve questions. It found
market forces sufcient to regulate both com-
mercial and non-com-
and repealed the Fair-
ness Doctrine which
had been established to
ensure that all coverage
of controversial issues
by a broadcast station
be balanced and fair.
Afer that the 1996
Telecommunications Act, promoting a “competi-
tive marketplace,” paved the way for the FCC to
relax media concentration rules in 2003 allowing
one company to own eight radio stations, three
TV stations, the only daily paper, the dominant
cable TV provider and the largest Internet service
provider in a community. It took a federal court
decision and Congress, moved by
public outcry, to push back this last
However, worries have not ceased.
Media ownership is again under
review and according to FCC Com-
missioner Michael Copps; the battle
against corporate domination will be
difcult. Commissioners who support
increased diversity and oppose further
ownership concentration are out-
numbered, and have difculty getting
information from the federal agency
they serve. According to Te Associat-
ed Press (9/14/06), a report suggesting
ownership concentration would harm
local TV was ordered destroyed by
the FCC. Te study, initiated in 2003,
had analyzed data from thousands of
broadcast news stories gathered by the
Pew Foundation’s Project for Excel-
lence in Journalism.
Subsequent investigations by
public interest organizations, the
Benton Foundation and Social Science
Research Council, as well as the media
reform group FreePress, also con-
cluded reducing restrictions on media
ownership would not generate better
or more local and diverse broadcast
content. Tey strongly suggested own-
ership rules should be tightened, not
Te FCC and Congress will address media
rights of way and ownership matters fundamental
to American discourse. If net neutrality is com-
promised, corporate control of the Internet could
reduce choices and stife independence now
expected from the digital world. If current own-
ership rules are eliminated, communities could
become “company towns,” where one media
conglomerate dominates the dialogue. Americans
rely on locally owned newspapers and TV for
news. Protection of their rights to their airwaves
and to information from wide-ranging sources is
up for grabs. It is at risk in proposed telecommu-
nication bills and deregulation eforts escorted
by very large, very moneyed media corporations,
standing to make billions
more. Te consequence of los-
ing access to diverse sources of
Internet, television and radio
fare is dire to a democracy
nourished by free informa-
tion. Tell the media industry,
the FCC and Congress, corpo-
rate concentration and limits
to information threaten this
nation and its people.
Charlene Jones is a mem-
ber of Sacramento Media
Group and the writing team for
Project Censored. For more info: JoAnn Fuller at
California Common Cause 443-1792
Sacramento Media Group smg@commoncause.
“Network Neutrality” is the Inter-
net’s First Amendment, a principle
that prevents companies like
AT&T or Comcast from deciding
which websites work best for you
based on which sites are paying
them the most.
“Media Consolidation” is a media
landscape controlled by a handful
of massive corporations leading
to little diversity in viewpoint,
diminished local programming,
and increasingly homogenized
Big Media Goes After More
Congress to battle over “net neutrality,” media deregulation
“The consequence of losing
access to diverse sources of
Internet, television and radio
fare is dire to a democracy
nourished by free information.”
This fne documentary by Robert Kane Pappas presents
a good picture of the efects of media consolidation.
8 BECAUSE PEOPLE MATTER January / February 2007 www.bpmnews.org
“Te use of radioactive materials in
weaponry is a disaster for the planet”,
said Leuren Moret speaking at the Newman
Center in Sacramento on November 13. Moret is
an international expert on the efects of radiation
on public health and on the environment. She
explained the development of “depleted” uranium
(DU), its use and atmospheric contamination
to raise public awareness of the problem. Te
adjective “depleted,” clarifed Moret, is a technical
term used for Uranium 238, a by-product from
the production of enriched uranium (U-235).
U-238 has a half-life of 4.5 billion years, making
it longer-lasting than U-235 which has a half-life
of 704 million years.
In her November appearance on Sacramento
Soapbox, Moret explained that DU and Agent
Orange were developed in 1943 as part of the
Manhattan Project. DU is not a thermonuclear
weapon, but a radiological one used to produce
dirty bombs, dirty missiles, and dirty bullets that
spread radiation as a poison gas. Because DU
is dense, it penetrates
heavy armor to destroy
tanks, planes, and per-
sonnel carriers. Upon
impact DU aerosolizes
into tiny radioactive par-
ticles; very small doses
of these particles can
cause genetic changes,
cancer, and other diseas-
es, noted Moret. Tere
is no efective clothing
or gas mask to prevent
humans from absorbing DU.
DU was frst tested in 1973’s Yom Kippur
war, when the US government gave it to the
Israelis, then supervised its use to destroy Syr-
ian and Egyptian tanks. Its efectiveness led the
US into full production. Soon all branches of
the US military and some foreign countries had
DU weapons. US use of DU began with the 1991
invasion of Iraq, fol-
lowed by the 1995 and
1998-99 grid and carpet
bombings of Yugoslavia.
It was used again in the
2001 attack on Afghani-
stan and 2003 attack
on Iraq. Most recently,
Israel used US-supplied
DU in its August assault
Te British gov-
ernment has secretly
monitored DU levels
in the atmosphere at
its Atomic Weapons
Establishment site at
Aldermaston in south-
ern England. Some of
the data collected there
from 1998-2003 was
reported in March 2006
by Dr. Chris Busby, a
radiation expert for the
British government and
Moret shared, revealed
that 7-9 days afer the
use of DU in Iraq in
2003, DU-contaminated dust and sand from the
battlefelds was detected in high volume air mon-
itors near Aldermaston. Dr. Busby calculated that
an average person living within 100 miles of the
Aldermaston air monitors would inhale 23 mil-
lion DU particles in two weeks. Tis is alarming,
explained Moret, because under the right condi-
tions, cancer can develop from smaller amounts.
“Te British Medical Journal, Lancet, has
reported alarming increases in many diseases and
infant mortality since 1991,” explained Moret.
“Te rates of cancer, diabetes, birth defects, and
neurological and neuromuscular diseases like
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Parkinson’s, Lou
Gehrig’s, and Hodgkin’s have increased among
soldiers and the civilian populations in the
afected regions,” said Moret. Medical disability
rates for soldiers have also increased, and depart-
ment chair at the US National War College, Dr.
Terrell Arnold, was quoted admitting that US
Government–coalition deaths may be twice as
high when long-term causalities are counted
Getting information about DU to the public
is difcult. “Tere has been a cover-up at the
Federal level since 1991, by Congress and three
presidents. …As a result, no efective Federal bills
were passed to address the health efects in US
Widespread disaster in the making
soldiers,” said Moret.
Nevertheless, 18 states have introduced or
passed legislation to provide for DU testing of
veterans and soldiers serving since 1991. When
Moret learned of a DU testing bill being held
in committee in Connecticut, she took the text
of the bill to an anti-war rally in New Orleans
in 2005. Two local Vietnam vets took the text,
crossed out Connecticut, wrote in Louisiana, and
were able to get it signed by the Louisiana legisla-
ture in three months.
Moret also noted that while only 7,039 Gulf-
era soldiers had been injured on the battlefeld,
by mid-2004, there were over a half-million Gulf-
era soldiers on medical disability. Tis is a major
health crisis afecting state and local govern-
ments. Te federal government should recognize
and address the health impacts of DU. Soldiers,
their families, and the public are becoming more
aware of this problem.
Te Pentagon has admitted to testing only
270 soldiers for DU. “We know that the US
government does not care about its soldiers,”
said Moret. Instead, it’s up to the public to bring
action. Moret donated several DVDs on radioac-
tive weapons to the Sacramento Peace Action
Library now available for check out. For info, visit
www.sacpeace.org or call (916) 448-7157.
For more information about DU efects,
research and activism, see:
Te World Depleted Uranium Weapons
Discounted Casualties: Te Human Cost of
Depleted Uranium by Akira Tashiro
photo: courtesy Leuren Moret
From S.F. peace march, 2003
GI’s child, born without arms
By Maggie Coulter
DU has created a major health crisis afecting
our state and local governments.
30mm munitions—jackets and penetrators,
made with depleted uranium.
photo: United Nations Environmental Program
“Mankind must put an end to war, or war
will put an end to mankind.”
—Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
www.bpmnews.org January / February 2007 BECAUSE PEOPLE MATTER 9
“Our scientific power has outrun our
spiritual power. We have guided missiles
and misguided men.”
—Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
Costing Us Dearly
See the real costs of the war in Iraq
Te National Priorities Project keeps a
running total of the US taxpayer cost of the
Iraq War. Find out how much the war in Iraq
is costing your community at www.costofwar.
See Casualties in Iraq: Te Human Cost
of Occupation edited by Michael Ewens at
Te Institute for Policy Studies pro-
duced a review of the mounting human,
economic, social, global and political
costs of the war in Iraq. Read it at www.
CNN maintains profles of US
and Coalition casualties at www.cnn.
Hear from veteran voices and military
families who say Bring Tem Home Now. Site
includes links to Veterans for Peace, Iraqi Vet-
erans Against the War and Military Families
Speak Out: www.bringthemhomenow.org.
Meet Gerard Darren Matthew. Sent home
from Iraq with DU exposure, his daughter Vic-
toria was born missing most of her right hand.
Article and picture at Te Daily News www.
By Jef Kravitz
ow that the Democratic Party has
regained control of both houses of Con-
gress, the debate over the war in Iraq is
fnally taking center stage.
Unfortunately, the way Democrats are fram-
ing the debate would ensure our troops lose.
Instead of looking at history and sound military
policy, Democrats and the media are discussing
setting a timetable for a phased withdrawal of
troops. Tis type of wishy-washy talk will do
nothing but leave scores of our brave soldiers
dead or wounded and assure that the civil war in
Iraq will last for years to come.
Our troops deserve decisive leadership
that uses military logic at its center. Now is not
the time for the weak of heart, but those who
understand bravery must come to the forefront
to make hard, gut-wrenching decisions. We
must call with one unifed voice for the rapid
and complete withdrawal of all American troops
from Iraq. Tis is the only way the US can pre-
vent total disaster.
Every day since American troops have
entered Iraq, the various religious and ethnic
factions have grown more violent in their con-
frontation with our troops and with each other.
US soldiers are training the very insurgents who
quickly strip of their uniforms and fght them.
Te Iraqi army and police forces have simply
become conduits for weapons to the various
militias. Death squads associated with the Iraqi
government terrorize entire neighborhoods. Our
soldiers learn who it is they are supposed to be
fghting on a day-to-day basis.
As long as US soldiers remain in Iraq, Iraqi
factions will be able to accuse each other of being
puppets for the US
occupiers. Tis denies
any formed Iraqi gov-
ernment the ability
to gain the support of
Afer three years
of fghting, the Iraqi
government has been
unable to control
the country’s capital.
Te US presence in
Iraq defes historical
that cannot control
their own capital for
even six months fall
from power. Nor has
there been a success-
ful government that
came to power afer
the fall of a dictator
that was unable to
form an army and
police force within
Any person who advocates phased with-
drawal, “stay the course,” or Senator McCain’s call
to increase US troops should be asked why they
believe US troops in Iraq will reduce the violence.
Each day US troops are in Iraq, the level of vio-
lence increases. Civilian deaths are sharply rising,
and US troops died at an average of over three
per day in October, now dubbed the bloodiest
month of the war for the number of civilian,
coalition and insurgent forces killed.
Te Democrats’ idea of phased withdrawal
would mean that as some troops withdraw, those
remaining would be weaker and more vulner-
able to attack. Enemy forces would still consider
them legitimate targets. Moreover, the path to
governmental power in Iraq is now based on
demonstrating that a faction’s forces have bested
the Americans. Small groups of remaining US
troops would be sitting ducks.
As for Senator McCain’s call to increase
troops, any troops entering Iraq now would add
fuel to the fre. Te people of Iraq do not want
us there. Te more US forces fght on in Iraq, the
more Iraqis arm themselves to fght against us
and each other. Tis is an inescapable truth about
the war in Iraq.
Te ideas now being foated by Democrats,
McCain and withdrawal solutions ofered by the
US Institute of Peace’s “Iraq Study Group” are
naïve at best, and fail to address the consequences
of waiting for a “real course of action.” Tis
bipartisan study group is aimed more at fnding a
middle ground in Congress than discussing what
would really work for Iraqis. In fact, the Iraq
Study Group’s report ofers little new information
while advocating only for a transition of respon-
sibilities from the US to the Iraqi government
(including the privatizaton of Iraq’s oil industry
into the hands of Big Oil corporations) and the
possibility of phased withdrawal. It is clear that
as we wait for “solutions,” we continue to create
enemies who seek to harm the US.
Te real course of action is clear if we can
imagine ourselves as Iraqis and recognize that
people naturally oppose foreign soldiers fghting
in their country, interfering in their politics and
killing their people.
It is time to think responsibly, and the only
responsible thing to do is to withdraw quickly.
Withdrawal could be relatively simple. Te US
would announce its plan to withdraw all troops
as soon as possible. We would cease all ofensive
military operations. Troops would be recalled to
secure bases and would begin deploying from
Iraq by plane and transport convoys to Kuwait
and then to transport ships.
Military history has shown that when foreign
troops announce their plan for total withdrawal,
they are able to do so without sufering many
casualties. Fighters see no need to waste bullets
when no one is fghting back. Tis was true in
the Russian withdrawal from Afghanistan, the
Israeli withdrawal from both Lebanon and Gaza,
the Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon, and the
Vietnamese withdrawal from Cambodia. How-
ever, there are no examples of efective phased
What will happen to Iraq if the US with-
draws? No one can say. Civil war will likely fare
up, but could wind down in a relatively quick
manner. Without the US presence, various fac-
tions will be forced to compromise or one will
attain an upper hand.
Te future cannot be predicted, but recent
history proves one fact. Each day our troops are
in Iraq, more young Americans and countless
Iraqis die in a pointless war.
Let’s be brave and decisive, and withdraw our
Jef Kravitz is a law professor and former
Green Party candidate for congress in Sacramento.
He can be reached at Kravitzlaw@aol.com
Democrats’ and Iraq Study Group’s plans for Iraq are dreadful
We must call with one unifed
voice for the rapid and
complete withdrawal of all
American troops from Iraq.
This is the only way the US can
prevent total disaster.
The screen shot is funny, but Bush isn’t the only disaster...
image: various websites
A rare photo of cofns returning from Iraq.
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Vice: Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency
by Lou Dubose and Jake Bernstein
Hardcover: Random House Publishing Group, October 17, 2006, 272 pages.
Reviewed by Jacqueline Carrigan, Ph.D.
The Power of Israel in the United States
by James Petras
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Dick Cheney: CEO Vice President
Lou Dubose and Jake Bernstein’s Vice: Dick
Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presi-
dency is a startling account of the immense and
growing power of our current vice president
(and putatively true president) over the last 30
years. Cheney has had his fngers deeply embed-
ded in the highest centers of power since Presi-
dent Nixon. Tis early experience has shaped
Cheney’s world view and our national policies
He was there for Watergate, the Iran Contra
afair, the frst Iraqi war, and so on. Cheney’s
career is told in considerable detail, and he is
portrayed as an extremely intelligent, unemo-
tional, yet unyielding ideologue who knows how
to work the political system to achieve his goal.
Cheney, a cold warrior long afer the fall of
the Soviet Union, continues to push the arms
race. He resisted international collaboration and
compromise for fear of losing America’s domi-
nant position in the world.
It is well known that Cheney did not serve in
the military (he had fve draf deferments for the
Vietnam War). However, Dubose and Bernstein
show that he was actively involved behind the
scenes in every American military action since
the Korean War.
Cheney spent the Clinton years building Hal-
liburton (typifying the revolving door between
business and government), yet found his tal-
ents did not serve him as a businessman. Hal-
liburton sufered from his leadership style, but
benefted from his connections. In the fve
years prior to Cheney, Halliburton received
about $100 million in loans from a govern-
ment agency promoting American exports.
But during Cheney’s fve years at the frm it
received $1.5 billion from the same agency.
Te book also includes a brief history
of the now notorious corporations, Hal-
liburton and Kellogg, Brown and Root,
and Enron, which would make a great
basis for a case study on the corruption
inherent in the intersection of business
Dubose and Bernstein tell of a plan for US
domination, starting with an attack on Iraq,
being laid out in a 1992 report by Paul Wolfow-
itz (current World Bank president) and Lewis
“Scooter” Libby Jr. (Cheney’s former chief of staf,
indicted on federal charges). Te report was
denounced by President Bush Sr. and attacked
by Clinton, but Cheney adopted it as a “new
rationale for our role in the world.” Te current
Iraq war is described as Dick Cheney’s war, as it
refects the culmination of his experiences within
the government and his ideology.
While Dubose and Bernstein paint a fasci-
nating picture of the vice president’s career, it
portrays national politics as a refection of the
personal psychic troubles of an individual man
who was burned by his early government experi-
ences and who set out to right the wrongs that
the congressional Democrats and weak-willed
Republicans perpetrated on Nixon. We do not
see the early days of Cheney to know why he
identifed with this worldview so strongly, which
would be necessary information if we are to
place history in the context on one man’s psychic
However, a better approach would examine
the class basis of the worldview and decisions
that a person in Cheney’s position makes, and the
out in the US
in his book
ly Review Press,
2003), the ruling
class is divided
on how best to
preserve capitalism. Tat is, there are those who
feel that the government has a role in taming
some of the excesses of the free market (the clas-
sic Democratic position). And there are others
who say the free market should be unfettered (the
Cheney’s approach to government refects
the latter position, and his decisions ofer insight
into how the CEO vice presidency plays out. How
do corporations view the law or ethics? As things
to go around to get what you want (proft). How
would this view afect how businessmen would
run the country?
Dubose and Bernstein tell us that the Demo-
crats believe in government and act to bolster
and support it, while the Cheney-style Repub-
licans want to reduce the role of government,
and when that fails, they feel justifed in gam-
ing the system and bending it to the service of
proft. Cheney was asked to defend Halliburton’s
operations in countries with questionable human
rights records. “We go where the business is,” he
replied. Tis statement puts his support for an
unprovoked war and the practice of torture in
perspective—his ends justify any means.
Jacqueline Carrigan is an assistant professor of
sociology at CSU Sacramento.
Reviewed by Dan Elliott
Petras Blames AIPAC for Iraq War
Te Power of Israel in the United States by
James Petras is a book of enormous signifcance.
His subject matter is the infuence of the America
Israel Public Afairs Committee (AIPAC) on US
foreign policy. An emeritus professor of sociol-
ogy at Binghamton University, New York, and
a longtime social activist, Petras writes in the
context of the March 2003 US invasion and occu-
pation of Iraq.
President George W. Bush said that military
action was needed due to Iraq’s dangerous arma-
ments and Sept. 11 involvement. Accordingly,
US armed forces overthrew the government of
Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
Now the US public has realized that it was
lied into this war. Terefore, it becomes vital to
know who got us into this mess in Iraq, and why.
Petras lays primary blame for US involvement in
Iraq squarely on AIPAC.
Petra echoes the arguments
of US professors Walt and
Mearsheimer, who attribute the
US attack on Iraq as a result
of Israeli interests, and not
those of US oil companies, as
some critics claim. (Walt and
Mearsheimer’s abridged study
is at: www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n06/
Crucially for Walt and
Mearsheimer and Petras,
AIPAC gives top prior-
ity to the interests of the
state of Israel, even over
US national security. To that end,
AIPAC lobbies Congress and the White House to
do the bidding of the Israeli state.
Author and scholar Noam Chomsky dis-
agrees with this assessment of Israeli and US
policy. In his fnal chapter, Petras, in a very
courteous but direct and successful way, attacks
Chomsky’s credibility as a radical authority on
the causes of the Iraq war.
How accurate is Petras’ view of the US, Israel
and Iraq? Te deafen-
ing silence with which
advocates of other expla-
nations have greeted his
book is convincing testi-
mony to its accuracy.
Te antiwar, labor, civil
rights and all “progressive”
movements including most
sources in the US are satu-
rated with Israeli infuence.
Tis saturation has caused the
entire “progressive agenda” to
be put on hold in favor of mili-
tary adventures which beneft
only Israel’s drive to expand its
power in the Middle East, particularly Lebanon
and Palestine. Te US populace needs to become
alert to this. Reading Petras’ important book—13
chapters and an index—is a useful place to begin
that learning process.
Dan Elliott is a Sacramento activist. Contact
him at firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase Te Power
of Israel in the United States.
“In the fve years prior to
Cheney, Halliburton received
about $100 million in loans
from a government agency
promoting American exports.
But during Cheney’s 5 years at
the frm it received $1.5 billion
from the same agency.”
“Petras lays primary blame
for US involvement in Iraq
squarely on AIPAC.”
www.bpmnews.org January / February 2007 BECAUSE PEOPLE MATTER 11
oes bigger mean better? Yes, for the con-
ventional wisdom on the US economy,
the world’s largest in terms of output,
or gross domestic product. Tomas Friedman, a
columnist with the New York Times whose work
also appears regularly in Te Sacramento Bee, is
perhaps the leading voice for this view.
For Friedman, citizens of developing
nations will prosper if their leaders emulate the
US model of growth. One of these developing
nations is India.
Lost in Friedman’s rhetoric is the fact that
the American economy also creates a big labor
market surplus. Typically, the likes of Fried-
man sidestep this ongoing human tragedy of the
grow-or-die US economic model. Talk about the
waste of a nation’s people.
Capital accumulation itself, as well as mar-
ket conditions of supply and demand, constantly
generates a surplus of labor. Under capitalism,
there are always too many workers for too few
jobs. Unemployment is built into the system.
Where do some of these job seekers end up
when they are not hired? One answer is behind
bars, especially in the USA, a trend that has been
underway for years and shows no sign of slow-
ing down. According to a recent report by the
Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics,
there were 2.2 million people held in federal or
state prisons in December 2005, a 2.7 percent
increase from 2004. The average annual increase
of the US prisoner population has been 3.5 per-
cent since 1995.
There is a gender dimension of this incar-
cerated population. The average annual rate of
growth for incarcerated
women has been 4.6 per-
cent versus 3 percent for
men during the past 10
years. Women, like men,
are surplus workers in the
In a perverse way, the
American economy provides both genders with
the opportunity to be free of employment. Such
Moreover, the US prison population is not
counted in Uncle Sam’s employment surveys.
There were 7.4 million persons unemployed
nationwide in December 2005, according to the
US Department of Labor. Now add the 2.2 mil-
lion incarcerated people for a total jobless figure
of 9.2 million.
African American men in their late 20s were
locked up at a rate three times that of Hispanic
men and over seven times the rate of white men.
The racial disparity of young male prisoners
mirrors and magnifies the unemployment pattern
of the Labor Department’s household survey of
December 2005 by racial groups. The jobless
rate for black men over age 20 was 8.8 percent
versus 5.1 percent for Hispanic men and 3.9 per-
cent for white men.
African American females “were more than
twice as likely as Hispanic females and over
3 times more likely than white females to have
been in prison on December 31, 2005,” accord-
ing to the Justice Depart-
ment. “These differences
among white, black,
and Hispanic females
were consistent across
all age groups.” The
unemployment rate for
white women age 20 and
up was 3.4 percent versus 8.1 percent for black
women and 6.6 percent for Hispanic women.
Without a doubt, harsh laws that sentence
non-violent drug offenders to decades behind
bars are propelling the rise of the US prison
population. At the same time, national minorities
of both genders are more likely than their white
counterparts to be unemployed. In short, US pris-
ons are caging surplus workers whose labor the
American economy does not need.
This spiral of unemployment and impris-
onment is not an unfortunate byproduct of an
otherwise rational economy. To the contrary, it
is an irrational economy that requires more and
more prison cells for those who have no chance
of finding their way onto payrolls. Why should
people of any developing nation wish to emulate
the job and prison conditions of the US?
Seth Sandronsky is a BPM co-editor.
Prison Nation: Locking Up Surplus
Labor in America
By Henry Clark
PM is proud to salute Arline Prigof, who
recently retired as professor of social work
at Sacramento State.
A passionate believer in networking and
cooperation, Arline is loved and respected for her
contributions to Sacramento’s progressive peace,
labor, and race and gender justice groups.
As a Jewish child growing up in the US dur-
ing the Nazi Holocaust years, she saw herself as
a survivor, for had her grandparents not been
immigrants, she would have sufered a tragic fate.
She resolved to make a diference in her world.
Politicized in her high school years, she
attended civil rights activist Bayard Rustin’s sum-
mer camp. Ten, as a precocious teen at Radclife
majoring in economics, Arline studied with pro-
fessors like Joseph Schumpeter, who trumpeted
capitalist values, and also studied Marxism. She
found the John Reed Society more to her liking,
and joined the famous organization, identifying
with its working class and union values.
In 1945 she married her high school sweet-
heart, Jim Prigof.
When her four children went of to school,
Arline joined the work force, soon realizing the
necessity of get-
ting a master’s in
social work (New
1984, earned a Ph.D.
from the University
Her passion for
social justice took
her to Washington
on many occasions.
She marched with
Martin Luther King,
Jr., civil rights, and
seeking to expose
the hypocrisy and
tragedy of the Viet-
nam War. She was
tear-gassed at the
Pentagon and jailed
briefy on another occasion for peaceful protest.
She has ofen been in the streets of Sacramento
and San Francisco—and Seattle— joining thou-
sands of others opposing unjust US government
Dr. Arline Prigof has infuenced genera-
tions of students by opening their eyes to the
world’s injustices and modeling a courageous,
compassionate, and intellectually informed
social activism. She’s worked tirelessly to infu-
ence the thinking of her colleagues in the feld
of social work, and her widely used book,
Economics for Social Workers, had a powerful
impact on perspectives in the feld. She traveled
Working towards that “otro mundo”
“ She has infuenced
generations of students by
opening their eyes to the
world’s injustices and modeling
a courageous, compassionate,
and intellectually informed
to Brazil for the World Social Forum in 2002 with
her husband Jim, known in recent years for his
photographic books on popular street art around
the world. In truth, the motto of that great con-
ference might well serve as a symbol of Arline
Prigof’s life as a scholar, teacher, and activist. For
throughout all the years she has never faltered in
proclaiming—and living—its ringing declaration:
Another World is Possible—“Un Otro Mundo es
Henry Clark is a longtime colleague of Arline
Prigof in the Greater Sacramento Chapter of the
Alliance for Democracy.
“US prisons are caging
surplus workers whose
labor the American
economy does not need.”
Arline Prigof in a typical activity
photo: Jim Prigof
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Stop pro-war foreign policy!
Evoking the Spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr
to end the war agenda and occupation of
Martin Luther King Jr. poignantly linked
war and poverty in his famous speech, deliv-
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1967. Sadly, King’s assessment of US foreign
and domestic policy would perhaps be worse
today than it was when King shared:
A nation that continues year after year to
spend more money on military defense than
on programs of social uplift is approaching
The greatest purveyor of violence in the world
today [is] my own government.
There is much hard work ahead for those
who want to change the direction of the US for-
eign policy Titanic which has already sent mil-
lions of the planet’s non-upper class passengers
to early graves. Here are a few opportunities:
Get your body to the anti-war contingent of
the MLK annual march
Sunday, January 15, 2007 (Info: 916-448-
7157). The march starts at 8:30am at Oak Park
Community Center (3425 Martin Luther King
Jr Blvd.), passes by Sacramento City College at
9am, and goes to the Sacramento Convention
Center (1301 L St.) where there is a job/health/
education fair from 10am-3pm. See www.
Let Congress hear your voice and feel your
We cannot be deluded into thinking Demo-
crats will end the occupation or war agenda,
including Sacramento’s Representative Doris
Matsui. Matsui has continued to vote to fund
the occupation and has not signed on to HR
4232 (McGovern) which would end funding.
Unfortunately, Matsui did sign on to HR 282
accusing Iran of wrongdoing and allowing
sanctions, thus creating the false pretext that
the Bush administration needs to eventually
overthrow Iran’s current government.
Many of Matsui’s constituents have
received her recent letter which defends Isra-
el’s brutal assault on Lebanon in which Israel
reportedly used US -supplied cluster bombs,
depleted uranium, and chemical weapons.
Call Matsui regularly and tell her to sign
HR 4232 and agree NOT to vote for any more
funding of the Iraq occupation or support
US interference with Iran: 916-498-5600. You
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A Call for Occupation of Congressional
Voices for Creative Non-Violence, formerly
Voices in the Wilderness, an organization that’s
been fighting to save the lives of Iraqis since
1991, is calling for a campaign of sustained
nonviolent civil disobedience to end the
Iraq War. Noting that resolutions supporting
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Voices can be reached at 773-878-3815,
Mark your Calendars for March 17, 2007
Large demonstrations are being planned
for San Francisco and other US cities on the
fourth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq.
US-made crisis with Korea
Like Iran (see Nov/Dec BPM, “The US Threat
to Attack Iran”), the Bush administration is seek-
ing a pretext to overthrow the government of
North Korea. Below are excerpts from a histori-
cal analysis by Brian Becker, written in October,
Looking back to 1994: ‘almost war’
In 1994, Clinton’s administration was on
the verge of initiating military action against
North Korea. At issue was North Korea’s plan to
develop nuclear power as an energy source.
Instead of escalating into a full scale war,
the two sides signed the General Framework
Agreement. Korea agreed to suspend and
freeze its program to construct “heavy water”
nuclear energy reactors in exchange for the US
agreeing to finance and construct light water
North Korea, which had experienced
a catastrophic loss of energy supplies with
the collapse of its socialist allies in the Soviet
Union and Eastern Europe from 1989 to 1991,
desperately sought a replacement source. ...
[Light water reactor] technology does not pro-
duce the plutonium byproduct or waste that
could be enriched and used for the creation of
Although North Korea lived up to its side of
the General Framework Agreement, the US did
not. Eight years passed before the US took even
the first steps to begin constructing the light
water reactors. Lacking energy sources, North
Korea’s agricultural system nearly collapsed.
[With] only 15 percent of the land [being]
arable, the absence of energy sources was a
kind of death sentence….North Korea was sup-
posed to collapse, according to…policy makers
in Washington, DC, the Pentagon and Wall
Street. But [it] survived. Its resilience opened a
short-lived shift in US policy.
In the final years of the Clinton administra-
tion, the US began moving back toward the
promise of the 1994 General Framework Agree-
ment… [But] the Clinton administration, like all
US governments, embraced the need to over-
throw the government in North Korea....
Bush White House changes strategy
In 2002, Bush used his state of the union
address to label North Korea as part of the
so-called axis of evil, along with Iraq and Iran.
Instead of normalizing relations with North
Korea and lifting economic sanctions, North
Korea was explicitly targeted for “regime
Bush’s open bellicosity and threats led
North Korea to unfreeze its nuclear program,
expel inspectors from the International Atomic
Energy Agency and announce that it would
pursue developing nuclear weapons as a legiti-
mate form of self-defense.
North Korea, like the entire world, knows
that the US government possesses 16,000
nuclear weapons and has adopted a nuclear
first-strike option against North Korea as part of
its official operational strategy. (National Secu-
rity Strategy of the United States, 2002).
Seeking nuclear primacy
The US, as evidenced by [the] invasion of
Iraq and destruction of its government, wants
absolute power. It wants to crush those who
seek independence, or even neutrality, from
the US empire. The idea that North Korea
could develop nuclear weapons is a sign that
resistance to Washington’s plans by formerly
colonized countries is possible.
This runs contrary to the strategic planning
of the Pentagon and the White House. Their
goal in the next decade is to retake the posi-
tion of US nuclear primacy. …All people who
fear the danger of new and even larger military
conflict must understand that the origin of the
threat emanates not from Pyongyang, but from
within the belly of the US military-industrial
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he ground-breaking release of nine
reports by the Pentagon’s Treat and
Local Observation Notice (TALON)
surveillance program last November 21 reveals
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terrorism agencies directed against peace and
social justice activists engaged in anti-war and
counter-recruiting work, including George Main,
president of the Veterans for Peace (VFP) Sacra-
Te Pentagon released the reports under a
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geted the protest at the Sacramento Military Pro-
cessing Station (MEPS) on November 11, 2004 by
VFP and other local peace organizations.
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gon spy fles, the ACLU called on Congress to
investigate the widespread surveillance of politi-
cal and religious groups by the Defense Depart-
ment, the FBI and the Department of Homeland
Security. Te TALON documents are the latest
in a series of domestic spying scandals that
include secret wiretapping by the National Secu-
rity Agency (NSA) and the California National
Guard’s spying on Grandmothers for Peace.
“Tere is increasing evidence that the Pen-
tagon improperly targeted innocent Americans
for surveillance,” said Ben Wizner, an ACLU staf
attorney. “Tese documents send a chilling mes-
sage that if you oppose the war, the military is
watching you. Tat is simply un-American.”
Main blasted the surveillance of him and
other anti-war activists disclosed by the release
of the documents and noted that reading the
document has only recommitted him to working
harder against the Iraq war, military recruitment
and domestic spying.
“What kind of father and what kind of
patriot would accept an America for his children
that enjoys less freedom?” emphasized Main.
“Every GI sacrifced in Iraq pledged fealty to the
Constitution and its guarantees of liberty.”
Te documents released consist of nine
reports from the Pentagon’s TALON database
that describe as “threats” several planned dem-
onstrations at military recruitment stations,
including sites on college campuses, apparently
considering domestic activists as some sort of
“terrorist threat” to the country, according to the
Te frst report focuses on the planned pro-
test at the MEPS in Sacramento by “a Sacramento
chapter of a US domestic group,”
VFP. “Tis specifc group is deeply
into ‘counter-recruiting,’” and views
the station “as their last chance
to infuence a decision to enlist,”
according to the report.
Te San Francisco Joint Ter-
rorism Task Force advised the
commanders of the Sacramento and
San Jose stations of the protests. “It
appears this protest will most likely
be peaceful, but some type of van-
dalism is always a possibility,” the
report ominously noted.
Main is concerned that his
personal emails were monitored
to obtain some of the material in
the report, although the rest of
the information was apparently
obtained through press releases
about the event distributed openly
to the media and posted on activist
One specifc quote listed in the
report documented Main’s involve-
ment in a demonstration: “Te
promoter of this event further states
that there are 65 MEPS stations and
‘maybe one is located near you.’”
Tis quote is particularly trou-
bling to Main who explained, “Tis
information was not from a press
release, but could have only been
obtained by intercepting an email
that I sent out to people on the VFP
list a week on November 5, 2004. …Also the
quote made it sounds like an implied threat—it
makes me sound like a terrorist.”
“Tis is absolutely outrageous,” said Main,
emphasizing that he believed his cell phone and
home phone were also tapped. “Te echo delay
on my cell phone was so bad that you would
make the statement, listen for it being echoed
back, and only then could talk again or respond.
I couldn’t even hold a conversation with my wife.
Tere was an eight-second delay all of the way
until this summer.”
Main’s idea for the demonstration came
about afer the election of 2004, when local activ-
ists were discouraged that another presidential
election had been stolen by the Bush regime. “I
knew that people were devastated that we had
been robbed again in the election,” said Main,
“so I put out an email to have a demonstration in
front of MEPS on Veterans Day.”
On the wettest November 11 ever, over 65
demonstrators turned out—and federal law
enforcement agencies were watching the whole
Ironically, Main himself worked in army
counter-intelligence for 7 years during the Viet-
nam War, so he had inside knowledge about the
methods and procedures used by military in
conducting military surveillance.
“Te 902 Military Counter intelligence
Group that monitored us is based out of Fort
Meade and is part of the Joint Terrorism Task
Force,” he said. “What’s amazing is that that the
report indicates that it was the 110th report that
day, so this group was very busy.”
“Tis shouldn’t be happening,” said Main.
“It is a touch ironic that I was in the US Army
Security Agency, whose chain of command went
to the NSA. My frst assignment was to monitor
allies everywhere worldwide. Our motto was ‘In
God we trust. All others we monitor.’”
Te documents were released in response to
a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit fled by the
ACLU earlier this year afer evidence surfaced
that the Pentagon was secretly conducting sur-
veillance of peaceful anti-war and counter-mili-
tary recruitment groups, including Quakers and
“So far Congress has failed to investigate
how the Pentagon collected the information on
innocent Americans, and which other agencies
received these reports,” according to the ACLU.”
In addition, Congress has yet to act on the hun-
dreds of FBI documents previously obtained by
the ACLU that show widespread surveillance by
Joint Terrorism Task Forces of peace activists,
religious groups, environmental groups and ani-
mal rights activists.”
For more information on government sur-
veillance of innocent Americans, including FBI
documents and Te TALON reports, visit www.
Dan Bacher is an outdoor writer, alternative
journalist and satirical songwriter in Sacramento.
“The echo delay on my cell
phone was so bad that you
would make the statement,
listen for it being echoed back,
and only then could talk again
or respond.” George Main,
Veterans for Peace Sacramento
Pentagon Spied on Sacramento Activists
Peace groups targeted
George Main at the Radisson Hotel in solidarity with the Israeli
peace movement, and protesting the policies of AIPAC, which
was meeting inside the hotel.
Photo: Dan Bacher
14 BECAUSE PEOPLE MATTER January / February 2007 www.bpmnews.org
By Brigitte Jaensch
illed in Gaza this past year were civilians
like six-year-old Rawan Farid Hajjah,
who died along with his sister and moth-
er, the seven Salmeya children—Basma (16),
Somaya (17), Aya (9), Yehya (10), Nasr (7), Huda
(13) and Eman (12) and newborn Shahed Saleh
Al-Sheikh Eid. All died in Israeli air strikes.
Palestinian civilians are under attack from
the fourth most powerful military in the world.
Te Israeli occupation is in its 39th year and
80 percent of Gazans know nothing else. Fify
percent of Gazans comprise 850,000 children, all
under age 15. Teir tiny world is surrounded by
a wall and razor-wire-topped fencing on three
sides. Tere are two openings into Gaza. Karni
checkpoint is closed 85 percent of the time and
Rafah checkpoint almost 100 percent of the time.
On side four, the Mediterranean Sea, there are
Israeli gunboats. Te gunboats shell Gaza’s beach-
es. F-16 fghter jets fre missiles. Apache helicop-
ters drop ordnance. Houses are fattened and cars
burned. Te night sound is the whine and boom
of missiles followed by the wail of ambulances.
Since July, more than 400 Gazans have been
killed and more than 2,000 wounded. Our main-
stream news outlets don’t report this. If too many
Palestinians are killed at once, like the 18 mem-
bers of an extended family in Beit Hanoun, Israel
claims “terrible mistake” or “technical problem.”
Also targeted is life’s support: the electric
power plant, bridges, roads, government build-
ings and houses. Since the power station was
bombed in June, one million people live without
electricity, without water or sewer pumping. No
elevators operate in the multi-story apartment
buildings. Hospitals rely on generators that wear
out. Dialysis and other critical hospital machines
aren’t running. Medicine can’t get through Karni
checkpoint. Fuel is scarce. Te only supplier is
Dor Energy, an Israeli company.
And what about agriculture? Basic needs,
including food supplies are kept out of the occu-
pied territories. In just one month the Israeli
military uprooted 5,500 olive and citrus trees,
800 palm trees and 73 acres of vegetables. Also
gone are seven acres of greenhouses and 200
acres of irrigation systems torn apart by Israeli
forces. When there is a surviving harvest, it rots
at Karni checkpoint, held back by Israeli military
resulting in more than $30 million worth of rot-
Gaza’s 1.4 million residents are hermetically
sealed of from the world, strangled by Israeli
One Israeli newspaper theorized that the
Israeli military is especially vengeful in the West
Bank (and Gaza) to compensate for its poor
showing against Hezbollah in Lebanon. Te West
Bank isn’t included in the cease-fre. Illegal Israeli
settlers beat and shoot Palestinians in the West
Bank. Tey throw stones and scream murderous
taunts particularly at children and the elderly.
Israeli soldiers enable them.
Tere are more than 550 permanent Israeli
military checkpoints in the West Bank, plus more
temporary, “fying,” checkpoints. When they’re
closed, the sick can’t go to the hospital. Workers
can’t get to work. Kids can’t get to school. Qalqui-
la, population 35,000, is completely encircled by
an Israeli wall. Te only opening, an Israeli mili-
tary checkpoint, is too ofen closed.
Expatriate Palestinians who’ve worked in the
West Bank for decades can’t get visas anymore.
Residents who get to travel don’t know when
they’ll be permitted to return home. Students
from the occupied territories can’t study in an
Israeli university any more. And beginning this
January, it will be illegal for a West Bank Pales-
tinian to ride in a vehicle that has Israeli license
What Israel does is “collective punishment”
and it’s illegal under the Geneva Conventions.
“War crimes” is the term used by B’Tselm, the
Israeli human rights group. Last year the Israeli
parliament passed a law, efective back to Sep-
tember 2000, which forbids Palestinians to sue
the Israeli government for damages.
And the US government is complicit. In
August 2006 and again in November, the US
vetoed UN Security Council resolutions critical
of Israel. Tus Israel is protected from ofcial
criticism and protected from international laws.
Palestinians don’t have military might and are
blocked from legal recourse.
Israel-apologists in the Democratic Party
as well as Republicans assailed former President
Jimmy Carter for calling the Israeli Occupation
“apartheid.” South African Archbishop Desmond
Tutu, who lived through South Africa’s apart-
heid, dubbed it “Israeli Apartheid” in 2002. John
Dugard, Special Reporter on Palestine to the UN
Human Rights Council, says “many aspects of
Israel’s occupation surpass those of the [South
African] apartheid regime.” For example, the
Israeli military uses mortars, rockets, missiles,
bombs, against unarmed Palestinian children,
women and men.
Brigitte Jaensch is a human rights advocate.
“Te wall was originally conceived by [former Israeli Prime Minister]
Yitzhak Rabin to be put along the border of Israel—along the Israeli territo-
ry—to prevent cross-border raids by Palestinian terrorists. But when Rabin
was assassinated, [former Prime Ministers Ariel] Sharon and [Benjamin]
Netanyahu had the idea: Let’s use it to confscate Palestinian land. We won’t
build the wall on our border. We’ll build the wall on Palestinian land. And
we’ll make tremendous intrusions to encompass settlements that already
exist, and other areas on which we want to build settlements. So that’s what
they’ve done… Gaza’s completely surrounded by walls.”
—Former President Jimmy Carter speaking with freelance writer John
Freeman for Sacramento News and Review in December, 2006.
Progressive Talk Show
with Jeanie Keltner &
Monday, 8pm, Tuesday
noon, Wednesday, 4am.
Now in Davis, Channel
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“There are more than 550
permanent Israeli military
checkpoints in the West Bank,
plus more temporary, “fying,”
checkpoints. When they’re
closed, the sick can’t go to the
hospital. Workers can’t get to
work. Kids can’t get to school.”
Ugly Realities in Palestine
Human rights violations abound in Gaza and West Bank
Left: A Palestinian boy in front of the cordoned-of area of the Old City of Hebron in the
West Bank where 500 Israeli settlers have declared their permanent homes.
Photo: Don Knutson
Gaza: Coming back from kindergarten across the wall.
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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, Green Room, 2791 24th St., 7–9pm
Tursday, Jan. 18: Doyle Saylor, Cohost of KPFA radio show “Push-
ing Limits,” speaking on Marxism and Disability rights.
Tursday, Feb. 15: Class Struggle at CSUS: A Marxist Analysis of
the assault on academic excellence. A panel discussion with faculty and
Discussions are held in Sierra 2 Ctr, Rm. 11, 2791 24th St., 7–9pm.
Tuesday, January 23: “Te Limits of Electoral Politics” Discussion led
by Jackie Carrigan.
Tuesday, February 13: “Te Attack on Higher Education.” See website
for readings on this background discussion for the Feb. 15 panel.
Tuesday, February 27: Book Discussion: Te Right to be Lazy, by Paul
Lafargue, Karl Marx’s son-in-law. Led by Mike Monasky.
“Capital” Reading Group
We’ll be starting Chapter 2! Extended book discussion, Vol. 1 of Capi-
tal, by Karl Marx. meets 7-9pm, 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, at
SMUD, 6301 S St. (the new building!), Timberline Rm. 3, 3rd Floor. Preferred
edition of Capital is Vintage Books 1977, translation by Ben Fowkes. It’s not
too late to join!
INFO: www.marxistschool.org; email firstname.lastname@example.org; 799-1354.
All activities are free and open to the public.
January / February Calendar
Sacramento Poetry Cen-
ter hosts poetry read-
ings. 7:30pm. 1631 K
St. INFO: 441-7395;
w w w. s a c r a me n t o
O r g a n i c S a c t o :
C o u n t e r o n g o i n g
threats to our food.
6:30pm. INFO: www.
Organi cSacrament o.
2nd & 4th MoNDAyS
UUSS/SAPA Peace and
tee. 6-8pm. INFO: Peace
Capitol Outreach for a
Moratorium on the Death
Penalty. 11am –1pm, L
Street @ 11th. INFO:
Sacramento Area Peace
Action Vigil.4-6pm. 16th
& J Sts. INFO: 448-
Amnesty Int ’l, Davis
Chapter Meeting. Int’l
House (10 College Park).
7pm. Free Pizza. Invited
speakers. INFO: www.
Gray Panthers. 2–4pm.
Hart Senior Ctr., 27th &
J St. INFO: Joan, 332-
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. INFO:
Peace & Freedom Party.
7pm. INFO: 456-4595.
Sacto 9/11 Truth:Ques-
tioning the “War on
Terror.” 6–8pm. Juli-
ana’s Kitchen, 1401 G
Street, at 14th. INFO:
CAAC Goes to the Movies.
7:15pm. INFO: 446-
Daddy’s Here (Father
Men’s support group; info
on custody, divorce, raising
children. 7-8:30pm. Free!
Ctr for Families, 2251 Florin
Rd, Ste 102. INFO: terry
House of Spoken Words.
7–10pm. Colonial Café,
Stockton Blvd. & Broad-
way. $5. INFO: 308-
for Women (NOW). 7pm.
Shiny Object Digital
Film Series. Weekly in-
1025 19th St. $5. INFO:
ate tango class. 8-9pm.
Social tango dancing.
& L, Sacto. $10 for lesson
and social dancing. INFO:
t ango- r enai s s anc e.
com or www. tango-
Communi t y Cont r a
Dance. 8-11pm; 7:30pm
beginners lessons. Clunie
Pk, Alhambra & F. INFO:
Dances of Universal
Sierra 2 Ctr, 2791- 24th
St., Rm. 10. $5–$10.
Progressive Free Thought
Exchange. Discuss topics
of interest to atheists,
I NFO: pf x of s ac @
Workshops at La Raza
Galleria Posada. 1–3pm.
1421 R St. Under 18,
$1; Students over 18,
$5; Adults, $10. INFO:
Health Care for All.
10am. Hart Senior Ctr,
27th & J. For universal
access to health care.
Sacramento Area Peace
Action Vigil. 11:30am–
1:30pm. Arden and Heri-
tage (entrance to Arden
Mall). INFO: 448-7157
2nd & 4th SAtS
Communi t y Cont r a
Dance. 8-11pm; 7:30
lessons. YWCA Audito-
rium, 17th & L Street.
Sacramento Area Peace
Action Vigil. 11:30am-
1:30pm. Fulton and Mar-
coni. INFO: 448-7157
Sacto Food Not Bombs.
1:30pm. Come help dis-
tribute food at 9th and
Community Debke les-
sons 3–3:50pm, children
and 4– 5pm adults.
Yosemite 187, CSUS.
Free, open to all ages.
Beginner level adults
welcome to come to the
children’s lessons for ex-
tra practice. INFO: nca-
net or sjpsac@gmail.
com (530) 902-4000
PoemSpirits. 6pm. Re-
freshments and open
mic. Free. UUSS, Rm. 7/8,
2425 Sierra Blvd. INFO:
Zapatista Solidarity Co-
909 12th St. Info: 443-
Atheists & Other Free-
thinkers. 2:30pm. Sierra
2 Center, Room 10, 2791
24th St. INFO: 447-
Send calendar items for the Mar.–April 2007 issue to <email@example.com> by Feb.
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>.
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Peace Action Vigils
tUESDAyS: 4-6pm. 16th and J Streets. Be Visible For
1st SAtUrDAyS: 11:30am-1:30pm. Arden & Heritage
(entrance to Arden Mall).
3rd SAtUrDAyS: 11:30am-1:30pm. Fulton and
Saturday, Jan 6
Freedom From War Monthly Meeting.1–3:30pm.
Blanchard Room, Davis Library, 314 E. 14th St,
Davis. INFO: Mary Wind, firstname.lastname@example.org,
tuesday, Jan 9
Film Sir No Sir. 7pm. Davis Library Blanchard
Room, 314 E. 14th St, Davis. Free. Info: Free-
dom From War, (530)758-2362 or windml@
Wednesday, Jan 10
Sacramento 911 Truth: Questioning the War on
Terror, monthly meeting. 6 - 8pm. 1401 G St, Sac.
INFO: email@example.com; 372-8433.
Saturday, Jan 13
Continuing seminar on foreign policy and nuclear
weapons. 11am–1pm. Hart Center, 915 27th St.
tuesday, Jan 23
4th Tuesday Films. In Debt We Trust: America
Before the Bubble Bursts, shows the role, level of
control, and impacts resulting from debt, credit
card companies, and the banking industry. 7pm
909 12th St. INFO: 448-7157; sypeaceact@
Sunday, January 14
Annual People’s Weekly World/Nuestro Mundo
Blueberry Blintz Brunch, featuring Michael Sands
talking about and singing the songs of Woody
Guthrie. No-sugar and No-wheat brunches
available. 10am–Noon. 4774 Marlborough Way,
Carmichael. $10 or what you can afford. INFO
and RSVP: 481-5566.
Sunday, Jan 14
“Iraq, Islam, Democracy and the War on Terror”
presentation by Ayad Al-qazzaz, CSUS prof. of
Sociology. 2pm. Unitarian Universalist Society of
Sacramento, 2425 Sierra Blvd. (2 blocks north of
Fair Oaks & Howe). Free. INFO: 483-9283.
Monday, January 15
Anti-War March. Annual Martin Luther King, Jr.
March. Starts 8:30am at Oak Park Community
Center (3425 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd), passes
by Sacramento City College at 9am and goes to
the Sacramento Convention Center (1301 L St) to
the job/health/education faire. INFO: 448-7157
thursday, Jan. 18
Doyle Saylor, Cohost of KPFA radio show “Pushing
Limits,” speaking on Marxism and Disability rights.
7–9pm. Sierra 2 Ctr, Green Room, 2791 24th St.
INFO: see Marxist School box below.
Saturday, January 20
Memorial for Ruth Holbrook,. 1pm. Central Labor
Council, 2840 El Centro Rd. INFO: 456-9282.
tuesday, January 23:
“The Limits of Electoral Politics” Discussion led
by Jackie Carrigan. 7–9pm. Sierra 2 Ctr, Rm.
11, 2791 24th St. INFO: see Marxist School
thursday, January 25
Lecture in honor of Ruth Holbrook. Human rights
lawyer Ann Fagan Ginger speaks on New Paths
for Action. 7pm. Coloma Center, 4623 T St.
thursday, January 25
Lecture. “Bin Laden’s Chessboard” by Ben Sher.
Eclectic Lecture Series, lectures with discussion
presented by Ben Sher. 7-9pm. Green Room @
Sierra 2, 2791 24th St. Free. INFO: 798-1072.
Friday, Feb 2
Film: Iraq For Sale. 7pm. Davis Library Blanchard
Room, 314 E 14th St, Davis. Free. INFO: Free-
dom From War, (530)758-2362 or windml@
tuesday, February 13
“The Attack on Higher Education.” Background
discussion for the Feb. 15 Marxist School panel.
INFO: see box below.
thursday, Feb. 15:
Class Struggle at CSUS: A Marxist Analysis of
the assault on academic excellence. A panel
discussion with faculty and students. 7–9pm.
Sierra 2 Ctr, Green Room, 2791 24th St. INFO:
see Marxist School box below.
thursday, February 22
Lecture. “The Neocon Liberal Hawk Consensus”
by Ben Sher. Eclectic Lecture Series, lectures
with discussion 4th Thursdays. 7-9pm. Free.
Green Room @ Sierra 2, 2791 24th St. INFO:
Saturday, February 24
(Registration deadline Weds, January 24) Early
Music Workshop. Sacramento Recorder Society
sponsors “Music of Peace from the Cold North.”
9:30-4pm, Central Methodist Church 5265 H St.
$45 ($5 discount for members). Day-long work-
shop features renowned international instructors
Eileen Hadidian and Hanneke Van Proosdij lead-
ing 16th and 17th century music from Northern
Europe. The workshop offers instruction for
voice, recorder, viol, lute, harp, and early wind
instruments. INFO: Billie Hamilton, 451-7614
tuesday, February 27
Book Discussion: The Right to be Lazy, by Paul
Lafargue, Karl Marx’s son-in-law. Led by Mike
Monasky. 7–9pm. Sierra 2 Ctr, Rm. 11, 2791 24th
St. INFO: see Marxist School box below.
Gather for president’s message
Watch for time and date!
President Bush has promised to share with the nation
his new program for “moving forward in Iraq.” Sac-
ramento Peace Action wants to gather to listen to the
plan and discuss responses.
Unfortunately the White House has not set a date. As
soon as Peace Action learns the specifics, they will email
their lists, post it on www.sacpeace.org, and add the
information to SAPA’s phone message at 916-448-7157
so that people can gather at the Dose Coffee House at
1825 Del Paso Boulevard (920-3367), which serves
wonderful coffees, teas, freshly-made sandwiches, and
muffins at good prices and has a large, flat TV high
on the wall.The Arden-Del Paso light rail stop is only
Monday, Jan 15, 8:30am,
Join the anti-war contingent MLK
annual March, Sunday, January 15,
2007 (Info: 916-448-7157). The
march starts 8:30am at the Oak Park
Community Center (3425 Martin
Luther King Jr Blvd), passes by Sac-
ramento City College at 9am and
goes to the Sacramento Convention
Center (1301 L St) to the job/health/
education faire. (Above: Scene from the
Perspectives on Venezuela
Friday, January 19, 7-9pm
Sacramento Friends Meeting,
890 57th Street, Sacramento
Slides and narrative by Don Knutson, who trav-
eled to Venezuela in late November, witnessing
the December presidential election in which Hugo
Chavez was elected to a third term and document-
ing the Venezuelans’ fascination with democracy.
Don visited several cooperatives and other govern-
ment “mission” programs to reduce poverty and
also saw how members of the opposition have
adopted “Rovian” political strategies which have so
polluted the wells of democracy worldwide. Final-
ly, Don will discuss his concerns about how much
young women in Venzuela devote themselves to
their personal appearance (the “Miss World/Miss
Universe syndrome”) and ask what that does to
them as people and what the consequences are for
the Bolivarian revolution.
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BLACK AGENDA REPORT
Te weekly magazine of African American
political thought and action
Incisive. Insightful. Independent radio commen-
tary, twice each week from Black Agenda Report
Radio. Freely downloadable broadcast quality
MP3 fles for radio stations or personal use.
Te Black Agenda Report is led by
Executive Editor Glen Ford
Glen Ford is a veteran journalist and seasoned
broadcast professional with a career stretching
back more than three decades. Ford conceived,
co-founded and hosted America’s Black Forum
in the early 1980s, and was lead editor, co-
publisher and founder of the internet magazine
Black Commentator, till leaving there to start
Black Agenda Report. Ford is based in Jersey
Managing Editor Bruce Dixon
A native Chicagoan living in exile near Atlanta,
Bruce Dixon is a longtime and incorrigible
activist whose most recent internet home was
also Black Commentator.
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