Because People Mater
Progressive News and Views July / August 2008
Inside this issue:
Poor People’s Trafc Court................. 4
The New Peace Movement.................. 5
When Americans Are Not American.. 6
Native Intelligence.............................. 7
Poem: George the Decider................... 7
Homeless Victory in Fresno.............. 10
Corporate Encroachment.................. 11.
Stop BigMedia.................................. 11
Sacramento Area Peace Action......... 12
Review: Married to Another Man.... 13
Progressive Media............................. 16
by: Felicia Martinez
avier* had been living
in Bakersfeld for years
and worked in the
construction industry there. He had the habit of lunch-
ing at local eateries near his job sites, but one day he
changed his routine. On that particular day, his job site
was close to his home. Javier had lefover cold cuts in his
refrigerator, so he decided to go home and make himself
a sandwich. He never made it. Local police pulled him
over a few blocks away from his destination, and within
hours Javier was in Immigration and Customs Enforce-
ment (ICE) custody. Javier blamed it on his recently
“Ever since I went bald they pull me over all the time,”
Javier told me as he lifed his knitted cap and rubbed his
scalp. “It’s because I look like a cholo.” Te last time they
pulled him over they didn’t let him go.
Now Javier, a young man in his mid-twenties, was
sitting across from me inside a tent at the migrant aid
station located in the shadow of a truck crossing near the
border town of Nogales, Sonora. It was January 2008. I
was at the aid station as a volunteer. Javier was there try-
ing to get his bearings.
Te Mariposa migrant aid station was established as
the result of a historic accord between No More Deaths,
the Tucson-based Coalición de Derechos Humanos,
and the Comisión Estatal para la Atención a Migrantes
(State Commission for the Care of Migrants) of Sonora,
Mexico. Tucked into a dirt lot behind the border crossing
designated for commercial trucks, the aid station is a hub
of services and resource sharing. During the time I spent
there, the station consisted of a tent, a camper, a supply
shed, and a port-o-potty. Te camper housed volunteers
and medical supplies, while the tent served as a reception
area, medical station, soup kitchen, and refuge from the
elements. Most months, the station also counts on the
presence of the Mexican Red Cross, which provides a
trailer full of resources along with a small cadre of volun-
teers. On its busiest days, the aid station serves well over
During my time there, the people who passed through
were mostly men. Most were Mexicans from southern
states like Veracurz. Some were from other countries,
like Honduras. Some were married. Others were not.
Some were fathers. Others were not. One man had
tuberculosis and was missing an eye. Another arrived
with leg injuries. Te ill man had been incarcerated for
fve years in various US prisons for having been present
in the US afer having previously been
served a deportation order. Another
young man I met had been given fve
months for the same infraction. Tere
were women, too, traveling mostly with
groups. Some had children traveling
with them. One middle-aged man
looked as if he had been plucked out of
an ofce. He wore dress shoes, a pressed yellow shirt, and
slacks. Most people who came to the station had been
picked up in the desert by the Border Patrol. It was their
clothing that gave them away—athletic shoes for the long
walk North, baseball caps to shield them from the sun,
and dark shirts to protect them from being spotted at
Ten there were those who, like Javier, had been
yanked away from long established daily routines. In
spite of having spent the last few nights in a shelter in
downtown Nogales, Javier was talkative. Our conver-
sation fowed easily, switching ofen
between Spanish and Spanglish. Since we
both lived in California, we had much to
“Do you ever go to the bailes?” Javier
“No.” I am not one to frequent the
dances where the norteño bands play,
but I do go to a lot of rock en español concerts. So I told
Javier this, and we talked. We talked about the nightlife
in the cities we both knew. We talked about our favorite
performers and the venues we frequented. Ten we
talked about the crossing.
“Are you going to try again?” I asked him.
by Beau Grosscup
ince 9/11, the Bush Administration has used its
War on Terror to focus attention on fghting a per-
manent war abroad to justify the globalization of
the instruments of force. Today, 800-plus military bases
in at least 130 countries, along with secret prison gulags,
paramilitary forces and covert operations, span the globe
to punish those who resist corporate North America’s
exploitation of the earth’s human and natural resources.
Te War on Terror is also being utilized to justify a
permanent war on Western liberal democratic tradi-
tions at home. Te deadly smoke of 9/11 had barely
cleared when the Bush Administration, pursuant to the
neoconservative political strategy frst articulated in the
mid-1970s, began constructing a more militarized and
repressive society. Te erosion of privacy, restrictions
on public information, attacks on individual rights,
including Habeas Corpus and the militarization of public
discourse that have accompanied the rise of a privatized
and privileged National Security State (NSS) are well
What remains invisible in US media and political
discourse has been the Bush Administration’s war on US
Labor in general and the immigrant population in par-
ticular. Yet, it is these domestic ‘wars,’ prosecuted under
the banner of a War on Terror that constitute an attack
on the constitutional rights and professional standing
of workers. Moreover, in separating the undocumented
immigrant from the rest of the working class, the Bush
Administration and its NSS agents are conducting a
wholesale assault on the very humanity of millions of
citizens and would be citizens.
Due to the global ‘boomerang’ efects caused by
neo-liberal economic privatization (poverty, debt, star-
vation, violence, environmental erosion and political
repression), the infux of illegal immigrants has afected
the US for decades. With the 9/11 attacks the Bush
Administration put a ‘terrorism face’ on undocumented
immigrants in particular, dramatically intensifying the
historic ‘criminalization’ of the immigrant population in
public discourse and public/private policy. Immigrants
now endure greater social repression, legal discrimina-
tion and institutional racism. What follows is the tip of
Utilizing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA),
the federal government has stepped up its pre-dawn
raids, search and seizures, evictions, arrests and public
segregation. In lieu of legislative inaction at the Federal
level, state and local governments have enacted anti-
immigrant measures such as making English the ofcial
language, denial of drivers licenses, and penalties for
landlords who rent to and employers who hire immi-
grants deprecated as ‘illegal aliens.’
All ffy states “are considering more than twice the
number of immigration-related laws as in previous years
– with most imposing tougher restrictions on illegal
immigrants.” Utilizing ‘Jim Crow black code’ anti-gang
legislation of the 1990s, terrorism worries and height-
ened anti-immigration sentiment, federal, state and local
law enforcement have renewed the intimidation practice
of ‘jump-out squads’ where afer leaping from their cars,
police briefy detain ‘suspects’ for loitering and take their
Stories from the migrant aid station in Nogales, Mexico
Serving the ones “sent back”
On its busiest days,
the aid station
serves well over
see Migrant Aid, page 6
See War on Immigrants, page 7
War on ‘Terro-Immigrants’
In Washington on March 18, the day before the 5th anniversary of the Iraq War Code Pink carrried this gigantic
constitution down Pennsylvania Ave to the nation’s Capitol—just in case they had forgotten what it actually said.
Photo: Paulette Cuilla
* Not his real name.
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A Walled Fortress: The
Consequences of 9/11
by Richard Nadeau
Scott McLellan’s latest book “What Happened?”
has revelations on how the Bush administration
and a complicit corporate media manipulated the
climate of fear in the US to justify the invasion of
Iraq. It is undoubtedly true that the neo-cons in
the Bush administration treated 9/11 as “a new
Pearl Harbor,” as their blessing in disguise.
While some “9/11 Truth” researchers focus on
contradictions in “the ofcial story” and possible
administration complicity with the terrorists,
others argue that 9/11 was an “inside job” that
would facilitate the project of the political right
to dismantle long established constitutional pro-
tections and build an authoritarian state inside
America. Of course, both of these scenarios
would involve the worst form of treason.
Yet, even skeptics of this “9/11 truth theory”
must admit that it reveals a signifcant emotional
fact—just how little trust many Americans have
in their government under the reign of this
duplicitous administration that has constantly
lied to us. Tis is supported by an October 2006
New York Times CBS poll which revealed that
53% of the American people were skeptical about
the ofcial 9/11 account and 28% rejected it out-
right. Only 16% believed the ofcial story!
(NY Times, “Americans Question Bush On 9/11
Intelligence,” October 14, 2006)
In the last BPM, we covered “the three trillion
dollar war” and many of the costs of the two
counterinsurgency wars and military occupations
of Iraq and Afghanistan. Te continuation of
these wars has meant more resources for a more
thoroughly militarized America. Not surpris-
ingly, the 2008 request of a $515 billion dollar
“defense” budget was combined with attacks
on Medicare, Social Security, and myriad relief
programs for the poor. It also meant less money
was available for the development of renewable
What does the future promise? A vastly
expanded and costly homeland security budget
is in the cards. Te foolish “neocons” in the Bush
administration have articulated and implemented
a policy of worldwide US military supremacy,
what some call “full spectrum dominance.” To
accomplish this they need greater authoritarian
social control of the American population at
home. Apparently, support from the established
media alone is not enough. Of course, China and
Russia, who have brokered a military and energy
alliance, may ultimately have something to say
about this. So may the rest of the world.
Since 9/11, the US signifcantly expanded
the homeland security apparatus and built a
large invasive state bureaucracy around it. Even
Republicans like Ron Paul are upset about this.
Tis meant increased resources going into sur-
veillance of American citizens and to domestic
national security under the banner of protection
and safety from terrorists. Immigrants from
Mexico remain the most vulnerable targets in
this climate of fear. We are building walls to keep
In fact, America is rapidly becoming a
walled fortress, a military Leviathan of historic
proportions. Militarization of the border and
the construction of an immigration wall and
border outposts fts with the larger trend. Tis
means greater repression of the so called “terro-
immigrants.” Raids, roundups, deportations are
already a fact. Tis whole repressive trend dehu-
manizes immigrant laborers. We already have a
long history of dehumanizing Native Americans
and the dispossessed Palestinians.
In spite of all the talk about national security
in the “homeland,” the government did a miser-
able job in coming to the rescue when Hurricane
Katrina slammed into New Orleans, threatening
the security of hundreds of thousands of Ameri-
cans. When it counted, the Bush administra-
tion foundered in every conceivable way. New
Orleans is still in a desperate condition.
While acknowledging these depressing trends,
it is important to recognize that there are impor-
tant counter trends since 9/11 that can still give
us hope. People are fghting back. In spite of a
lack of media coverage, there are signs that more
young Americans are getting involved in the new
peace movement. Also, many Americans are
involved in sending relief to New Orleans. Citi-
zen groups are fghting corporate encroachment.
American border and immigration activists are
providing relief and help to stressed out immi-
grants. Tese are the post 9/11 heroes we never
Right now it appears that many of the Ameri-
can people are asking questions and may be more
progressive than their government. We can only
Utah Phillips, 1935-2008
Te “Golden Voice of the Great Southwest”:
Legendary Folk Musician, Activist
Utah Phillips, the legendary folk musician and peace and labor
activist, has died at the age of seventy-three. Over the span of
nearly four decades, Utah Phillips worked in what he referred to
as “the Trade,” performing tirelessly throughout the United States,
Canada and Europe.
Te son of labor organizers, Phillips was a lifelong member of
the Industrial Workers of the World, known as the Wobblies. As a
teenager, he ran away from home and started living as a hobo who
rode the rails and wrote songs about his experiences. In 1956, he
joined the Army and served in the Korean War, an experience he
would later refer to as the turning point of his life.
In 1968, he ran for the US Senate on the Peace and Freedom
Party ticket. For the past twenty-one years he lived in Nevada City,
where he started a nationally syndicated folk music radio show.
He also helped found the Hospitality House homeless shelter and
the Peace and Justice Center.
From Democracy Now!, May 27, 2008
Utah Phillips at the WHole Earth Festival, May 12, 2002.
Photo: Dick Woods.
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by Rick Nadeau
t is said that “truth is the frst casualty
of war.” But there is another immediate
casualty—compassion. In fact, compassion
may even be the frst casualty. Once the war
machine has geared up, the propaganda dis-
seminated, hatred of an enemy proclaimed, a
culture of malice becomes a necessary ingredi-
ent. Te enemy must be portrayed as a monster
of inhumanity, as an Other with no legitimate
grievances, as a dark irrational object that must
be destroyed. Hatred cannot ask the following
questions. Why are they the way they are? What
social conditions are they responding to? Have
we done anything that would explain their hostile
behavior toward us? Tese questions are forbid-
den once malice has taken over and compassion
has been thrown out the window. Necessarily,
truth goes out with it.
I got a frst-hand lesson in the spring of 2003
during a visit to New England. Friends I grew up
with were enthused about the war against Iraq.
Knowing I was against the war, they taunted
and provoked me. I asked them if they cared
that innocent civilians were being killed. One of
them laughed and mocked me, asking “who cares
about a bunch of “ragheads?”
Te truth was irrelevant—we had to kill the
Arab “ragheads.” Hatred of the them seemed
more important than the truth of whether
Iraq actually posed a threat to America, or had
WMDs, or had anything to do with 9/11. Iraqis
were racially characterized and had to pay collec-
tively for the crimes of Saddam Hussein. Because
malice and greed for oil triumphed, hundreds
of thousands of innocent Iraqis have been killed
and millions turned into refugees. Over four
thousand Americans have also been killed, and
the economic impact on American society has
been devastating. And the war goes on and on.
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who
voted to authorize the war, sounded another
war cry on the morning of the Pennsylvania
primary when she bragged to the world that she
would “obliterate” Iran if it attacked Israel. Tis
statement of an acceptable genocide was treated
with reverence by the media, even though it is
far worse than anything uttered by the Reverend
Clinton was clearly pandering to the para-
noia of pro-Israel voters in the American 2008
elections. But what she said was objectively
horrible—that she was willing to nuke over 70
million Iranians to protect Israel, even if most
of them had no impact or say on Iranian policy.
Ironically, it came in the context of US and Israeli
threats to launch a pre-emptive military attack on
Iran should it try to obtain nuclear weapons. Tis
is surely a road to madness.
Israel, which has a signifcant modern nuclear
arsenal and superior conventional weapons sys-
tems and air power, obviously wants to maintain
its nuclear monopoly and has opposed Iranian
proposals for a “nuclear free Middle East.” Iran
knows it would be suicidal to attack Israel, and
has not attacked another country in the modern
period, although it did defend itself when it was
attacked by Iraq in the 1980s. Tese truths are
irrelevant to Hillary Clinton. Malice triumphed.
Once she demonized the Iranian “Other,” no level
of violence could be ruled out.
Te philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer argued
that compassion was the highest human virtue.
“Compassion,” Schopenhauer wrote, “is the sole
source of disinterested actions and hence the true
basis of morality.” Compassion overrides odious
self-assertion and fosters self refection. What
would I do if I were in their shoes? Is the Other’s
behavior understandable given the circumstanc-
es? Should I intervene to alleviate their sufering?
Should I protest those responsible for the suf-
fering? So speaks compassion. It is the opposite
of malice, which is based upon the desire to do
harm to others.
Compassion is a form of wisdom that requires
us to look outside the narrow shell of our self,
our gender, our group, our tribe, our religion,
our ethnicity, our class, our race, our nation
state, our civilization. It is a wisdom that tries to
understand and alleviate the suferings
of others who are diferent. It is an
antidote to boundless egotism, anger,
and hatred. It involves a diferent
type of enlightenment than the cold
western enlightenment based on
science, rationality, knowledge, and
technology. Compassion is diferent
from pity, since the latter is conde-
scending and further diminishes
the sufering victim.
One sees little compassion for
others expressed in America’s
ruling circles or in the mass
media. Tey are blinded by their
craving for power, profts, and
oil. For many in the third world,
America is “the land of no Bud-
dha” inasmuch as it deliberately
pursues policies that starve and
harm others. Under American
“neoliberal” economic poli-
cies, the gap between the rich
and poor is growing as is hunger and poverty
at home and abroad. We are creating, as author
Mike Davis argues, “A Planet of Slums,” where
the oppressed and impoverished live in misery in
the shadow lands of the American empire. Tis is
why President Chavez of Venezuela is viewed as
such a threat by American elites—he is practicing
a politics of compassion by redistributing some
of Venezuela’s oil wealth to help the poor.
We see little commentary in our mass media
about innocent Iraqis that have lost their houses
or their lives as a result of the American Crusade
and occupation. Many Americans refuse to
examine the violence or sufering brought about
by the policies of their government. Tis was
true in the Vietnam era when it was rare to hear
any concern expressed for the millions of Viet-
namese who were being bombed and pummeled
by American B-52’s. I saw more compassion
expressed for animals than I did for the burned
human victims of napalm. Animals certainly
deserve compassion, but so do humans even if
our greatest danger comes from other humans.
While it may be true that most human beings
in most societies are a mixture of egoism, malice
and compassion, many dedicated people in the
peace movement display genuine compassion
that goes beyond caring for one’s own little cor-
ner of the social world. Tey are people trying to
change society for the better, who are protesting
the bombings, the torture, the occupations, the
rendition programs, while criticizing the general
drif of American society towards authoritarian
rule, militarism and war. Tey do it while making
sacrifces in their personal lives. Tey represent a
humanity that is waiting to be born.
Aggressive war is the antithesis of compassion
and truth—it requires lies, acts of revenge and
hatred to continue. It is a crime against humanity.
Certainly, it is important to analyze the structur-
al, political, ideological, and sociological tenden-
cies that gave rise to it. Yet without compassion
for the sufering of others, especially those others
who are diferent from us, it is unlikely that any-
one will ever raise a fnger or take a risk to stop it.
Rick Nadeau has been a peace and environ-
mental activist since the 1960s. He lives in Sac-
ramento and is an editor with Because People
but so do humans
even if our greatest
danger comes from
Compassion: Te First Casualty of War
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About a month ago, I got a ticket for going
through a stop sign.
As usual, I had decided to escape the craziness
of I80 at the frst exit west of the causeway for a
quiet drive to Davis. Te cop who pulled us over
accused me of not coming to a complete stop
before proceeding on the lightly used frontage
road. Te ticket was for $182. My frst moving
violation in over 50 years of driving. Angry at
the injustice of it all, I decided to fght the ticket,
though the cop was technically correct.
At the hearing there were about a dozen
cases before mine. Only two defendants got
of—people with insurance violations who came
with proof. Otherwise the law was applied to the
letter, but with a certain tired humanity by the
judge. Yet, it was evident to me that justice was
not served. Long before I got to stand before the
podium, I had lost interest in my own case.
I remembered having read recently that justice
in capitalistic societies like ours demands that the
law be administered with cold objectivity. Rich or
poor, we are all equal before the law.
Needless to say, there’s something fshy about
this concept. For one thing, it doesn’t take into
account who’s writing the law. For example, laws
regarding issues of war and peace and taxes and
capital versus labor are written to protect wealth
and the power that goes with it, with the opposite
of justice in mind. Here we have a steeply slanted,
but “legal” playing feld.
Similarly, in criminal cases, such as murder
and other felonies, the cold “objectivity” of the
law is warmed (ofen to putty) proportionally to
the wealth of the ofender. Tat’s why our jails
are flled with “objectively” sentenced “working
poor.” Equality before the law is just another
illusion of our “democratic” but very unequal
It’s the same in Trafc Court. Few rich people
bother to come here because you don’t have to.
Apparently, well-paid lawyers painlessly deal with
these “little people” issues. Waiting for my turn, I
wondered how my $182 fne might translate into
an equally painful judgement in an imaginary
Rich People’s Trafc Court—against someone,
say, like Dick Cheney? I calculated that about
$500,000 would do for a lonely road stop sign
violation. And while I was at it, I stuck it to the
villain for $1.5 million for snarling while speed-
ing to a sneaky policy session on energy and
Meanwhile in the reality of Poor People’s Traf-
fc Court, the fnes the judge imposed on the
guilty were obviously too high for the margin-
ally employed speed demons ahead of me, but
brutally unfair for the working mother who
explained how she had found herself pinned
in the right lane by a speeding 16 wheeler and
was harassed by the driver on her tail to pass
the speeding truck. Tis poor woman, pushed
by the enraged lout and perhaps frightened, or
maybe angry and not wanting to appear to be a
wimp—passed the truck. Te judge, applying the
law “objectively,” found her guilty of speeding:
hundreds of dollars in fnes, loss of her license
(and therefore maybe her job), probable increase
in insurance costs, but the privilege of attending
trafc school for the mere cost of $39.
Te $1,300 fnes handed out to the young
machos seemed more a kind of joke than justice.
Te kids can’t pay. Tey lose their license. Ten
their jobs. Indeed, some were back for speeding
without a license. For others, like the working
mother, the law was neither justice nor joke; it
was a form of state terror.
Trafc court can really bring home to you the
fact that the cold, objective application of the
law is really only for us working people—mass
society—where there is neither the time nor the
inclination to deal with people as people, unless
in the guise of fools on Court TV.
In the two cases before mine I learned that
nothing serves mass justice better than surveil-
lance technology. Both cases involved the trafc
camera at 1
and E Streets in Davis. Tere was
a projector and a big screen. Cops had fun with
stop motion, reverse, enlargements, angle of view,
photos of the license plate, even the driver’s face.
Law became a police toy that produced the “real-
ity” of “reality tv,” and the judge watched with
pleasure. He no longer had to be judge. And once
the concerned cop testifed that according to the
county technician, the camera was operating cor-
rectly, the Church (of Technology) and the State
merged in the court room.
Te ofcers testifed that the light was timed
to give drivers exactly 3.2 seconds between when
the light turned yellow and the yellow turned to
red, long (or short) enough to capture the num-
ber of violators necessary to make the system
cost-efective. Both defendants believed they had
entered the intersection when the light was still
yellow, but, rather than stomping on their brakes
and risking either a rear-end collision or ending
up in the middle of the intersection, they allowed
their vehicles to roll through. In other words,
both thought they were reacting in the safest
possible way given the circumstances. Yet, there
it was: the objective truth on the screen: the light
red, their vehicles not quite up to the intersection
line. Teir license plates, their unsuspecting faces.
Te judge naturally found both defendants guilty
and fned each $300 plus court costs, plus $39 for
Some European cities the size of Davis have
discovered that their trafc ordering devices
invited reckless behavior and have removed them
all, with the result that everybody
slowed down and paid attention to
trafc. Most authorities here don’t
really trust people to act responsibly
and would consider these types of
democratic experiments “quaint.”
Here, more and more cities are buy-
ing surveillance technology of all
kinds. It’s a “win win” deal. Good for
investors, they infallibly transform
real people into compliant objects
for our system of mass “justice.”
Everybody but me got “justice”
that day. I only got what I deserved.
I should have paid the ticket. It
wouldn’t have hurt that much. I
didn’t have to attend Poor Peoples’
Trafc Court to learn that justice in
the United States is having enough
money to either own it or not sweat
Murray Cohen is a retired teacher
interested in issues of peace and
social justice. He is co-editor of this
issue of Because People Matter.
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Te antiwar protests that swept across America
last March refected the new face of the peace
movement. Te new face is younger, more mili-
tant, lives outside the major US cities, and is new
to the antiwar campaign. It portends a stronger,
deeper, more pervasive antiwar presence and
sentiment in the political makeup and landscape
of the country.
To commemorate the 5th anniversary of the
war and occupation of Iraq, and the tragic total of
4,000 American military deaths, antiwar protests,
vigils, marches, rallies, sit ins, trafc blockades,
and sign waving demos were held across the
nation, culminating on March 19th. For the frst
time in years, there were simultaneous civil dis-
obedient actions occurring on both coasts, Wash-
ington, DC, and San Francisco. Protests were
staged throughout the country employing similar
militant tactics. In the smaller towns and cities
were folks holding up peace signs and banners at
main intersections and freeway overpasses. Tey
were met with supportive horn honking and
We didn’t see the traditional massing of thou-
sands upon thousands in protests against the war,
the type of demonstrations usually organized in
a few major cities like New York, DC, San Fran-
cisco. We saw both during the run up to the war.
Tis time antiwar protests occurred in small
and moderately sized cities, in big towns and
small towns. One antiwar network, “5 Years Too
Many,” recorded 700 antiwar events; another
source cited 640 actions. United for Peace and
Justice coalition (UFPJ) documented protests
in 124 diferent towns and cities. Our research
found 85 locales with protests.
San Francisco had a nighttime rally of thou-
sands; Chicago, an outpouring of 4,000; Los
Angeles, between 2,000 (police estimate) and
10,000 (organizer’s estimate); Portland, up to
12,000 marched in the rain; 10,000 rallied in
downtown New York.
Te antiwar movement was visible in Syracuse,
Vestal, Rochester, Brooklyn, and Niagara Falls
in New York; Millersville, King of Prussia in
Pennsylvania; Hyannis, Newburyport, Chicopee,
Worcester in Massachusetts; Providence (Rhode
Island); Ewing, Trenton, Princeton, and New
Brunswick, in New Jersey.
2,000—including hundreds of high school
students—demonstrated in Minneapolis; protests
occurred in Duluth, and in Grand Rapids, East
Lansing, Kalamazoo and other Michigan towns
you’ve never heard of. Despite the snow and cold,
events were held throughout Wisconsin, includ-
ing the state capitol in Madison; in Cedar Falls
and Des Moines (Iowa), Columbia (Missouri),
Lawrence (Kansas); there was a large student
walkout in Grand Forks (South Dakota).
Antiwar sentiment was on display in the
South: in Augusta and in Atlanta, in Charlotte,
Chapel Hill, Asheville, and Greensboro in North
Carolina, in St. Augustine, Tampa, Orlando and
Gainesville in Florida; in Dallas, Houston, and
Austin, the Texas capitol, where 1000 marched.
In Norfolk (Virginia), home of the largest Navy
base, demonstrators received warm responses;
actions were held in Lewisberg (West Virginia)
and in Columbia (South Carolina).
On the West coast, hundreds marched on
the Chevron oil refnery in the East Bay city of
Richmond, with many blocking the gate. Actions
were also held in Alameda, Santa Cruz, Berkeley,
San Jose, Sacramento, Fresno, Palo Alto, Irvine,
San Diego, Montrose, and even in the small city
of Redding. Other western protests occurred in
Reno, Denver, Honolulu; in Phoenix hundreds
converged on McCain’s ofce; in Tucson over 500
rallied, and in Grand Junction (Colorado) hun-
dreds marched against a local war profteer.
Spreading to every region and corner of the
country, and visible in hundreds of small towns
and cities, the antiwar movement has decentral-
ized and deepened, a positive development. It is
better to have diferent people organizing each
of the 500 events than to have two or three large
demonstrations in a few major cities. Because of
local media coverage, the signs, ban-
ners, and fags of protesters are now
in front of the “average” citizen, no
longer just a quick blurb on CNN.
Te new militancy has arrived.
Trading signs and placards for hand-
cufs, antiwar demonstrators, gray
hairs and young college students,
were arrested for blocking military
recruitment centers and corporate
profteers. Tis represents a new
level of resistance, signifying a shif
in attitude within important sectors
of the peace movement. By physi-
cally placing their bodies in front of
military, government and corporate
facilities, activists are acting in the
civil disobedience tradition of Martin
Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi.
Tis new militancy was shown by the 399
arrests during the “March madness” days of
protests that we documented, a number the
corporate media failed to report. Sixty-six in DC,
147 in San Francisco, 24 across the Bay in Rich-
mond. Also 22 arrests were made in Syracuse;
nine students were arrested in Vestal (New York),
six activists were arrested afer disrupting Easter
Mass at a local Chicago parish; seven were taken
in Memphis for refusing to leave their Senator’s
Military recruitment ofces and centers were
a central protest target, as were Congressional
ofces, Federal Buildings, and Courthouses.
Many protests were directed at corporate war
profteers, as in San Francisco and DC, but also
at the Carnegie Mellon University, a Pittsburgh
military funded facility; at war profteer Lock-
heed Martin; the Chevron refnery. Corporate
media were targeted, as well as the CNN building
in LA, the NBC headquarters in San Diego, and
the local mainstream daily in Syracuse.
Te new face of the antiwar movement is a
youthful one. College and high school students,
student groups like SDS and the Campus Antiwar
Network had a stronger and more visible pres-
ence. Tere were walk outs and spontaneous
actions in Chapel Hill (North Carolina) where
hundreds of students took over the town’s main
intersection. In downtown San Diego, 90 high
school and college aged people participated in a
“die in.” At one high school in Princeton (New
Jersey), 250 students walked out to attend a
demonstration, and all were given detention for
punishment, which was also protested.
In Portland, protesters were harassed and
pepper-sprayed by police, prompting a massive
outpouring and march the next day on City Hall
by 400 high school students, and a handful were
arrested. A college student with the youthful
crowd said, “I’ve never seen a protest where the
average age is 14, 15, 16 years old. Tese kids
don’t even have facial hair.”
Tat young people participated in large num-
bers this past March is indeed a signifcant sign
for the peace campaign, as their absence was
the topic of movement angst and debates, with
a common thought being that without a draf,
there would not be massive numbers of young
people. Yet, the prominence of youth and student
led actions this March gives credence to the
observation that the peace movement is becom-
ing a youth movement.
Te marchers in Los Angeles “were over-
whelmingly young” and many were “frst timers.”
Antiwar demonstrations are now attracting
people who have never before attended a protest.
Tis is substantiated by a recent poll of English
antiwar demonstrators, where 22% said they were
at their very frst protest.
Tere is a new kind of antiwar movement in
America now. Decentralized and in every region
of the country, the activists are willing to be
arrested as the movement moves from protest to
resistance. It’s a more youthful and healthy move-
ment, and is still, afer fve long years, bringing in
new people. It is a movement that could very well
save America, despite the eforts of the corporate
media to hide the signifcance and extent of anti-
war actions. But they can no longer hide the face
of the new peace movement, for it is a beautiful
face, the face of the future of this country.
Frank Gormlie is a lawyer, blogger and com-
munity activist in San Diego, California. A
longer version of this essay can be found at www.
Te Peace Movement Shows Its New Face and It’s Beautiful
High School Students descend on Portland City Hall, March 2008.
Protesters Pepper-Sprayed in Portland, March 2008
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by Jack D. Forbes
I have been following the newspaper reporting
of the America Cup (“Copa America”) in soccer
and the Pan American Games in baseball. In the
former case, all of the teams were from South
America except for a few invited outsiders, such
as the United States and Mexico. In the latter
case, all of the teams are from North, Central, or
What I found to be very disturbing is that
the Associated Press reports consistently have
referred to the Yanks as “Americans” while refus-
ing to refer to the other American team players
as Americans. Te US players can, of course, be
referred to as US players, as Yanks, as Yankees,
or as North Americans. But it is shocking to fnd
them exclusively bearing the name of “Ameri-
cans” as if they alone existed in this hemisphere.
Unfortunately, the exclusive and political use
of “American” for only United-States-ians, has
been gradually escalating, especially since World
War II. I grew up knowing that “America” was
the entire hemisphere. My old maps, dictionar-
ies, and encyclopedias made it crystal clear that
America was the entire continent or land mass
consisting in North and South America, with
Central America and Meso or Middle America
also being commonly used for parts of the
hemisphere. All of the people of America were,
of course, Americans either by ancestry or by
Many of my old books and encyclopedias also
made it clear that the original Americans were
the people also known as American Indians. I
soon came to realize that the people from south
of the US border, from Mexico to southern Chile
and Argentina, had a lot of original American
ancestry and were Americans in a double sense,
both being descended from Ameri-
cans back for tens of thousands
of years and being inhabitants of
America, north or south.
Unfortunately, the domination
of the media by US corporations
has been spreading the idea far
and wide that “Americans” are only
from the USA. Te other Ameri-
cans resist as best they can, but they
fnd it difcult to ofset the Yanks’
dominance of world news.
Ofen, Latin Americans use
the phrase Nuestra America (Our
America) to refer to their part of
the Americas or to their participa-
tion in the American heritage and
ongoing cultural life. For example, a
series of books published in Mexico
by the publisher Siglo Veintiuno
(Twentieth-frst Century) bears
the name of Nuestra America (Our
America) and covers “the reality
that our countries have lived for
centuries.” Te expression “Our America” was
used in the early days of the twentieth-century in
an article by the great Cuban thinker and writer,
Jose Marti, when, as I recall, he was living in New
One of the earliest treaties of the USA, with the
Delaware Nation, referred to the thirteen states
as the “United States of North America.” Te Jay
Treaty between the USA and Britain refers to the
“continent of America” as the entire hemisphere.
Perhaps it is too bad that we have not adopted
“North America” as our name, but then we are
also only part of North America, not the whole.
Personally, I have always liked “Yanks” ever
since I heard the stirring song of World War
I, “Over there, over there, the Yanks are com-
ing, ….” It is, however, very important for us to
understand that the immigrants coming to the
USA today from the south are already Americans
before they cross the Rio Grande and that, for
most of them, their ancestors have been living in
America for up to 30,000 or more years. Perhaps
we need to rethink our use of words!
Jack Forbes is of Powhatan, Delaware, and
other ancestry. His latest book is Te American
Discovery of Europe, published this year.
from page 1
When Americans Are Not American
might be able to provide information about where
their family members had ended up.
An hour or so afer I met Javier, one of the aid
station volunteers revved up a pickup to take
Javier and a few other guys back to the shelter
“It was a pleasure meeting you.” I extended my
hand to Javier.
“Same to you,” he replied, smiling.
“Maybe I’ll see you around.”
“All right,” he said, “maybe at one of the bailes.”
With that, he ducked out of the tent, hopped onto
the bed of the truck, and was gone.
For information about No More Deaths or to
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Felicia Martinez is a poet and attends Mills
College. She has worked with immigrants and
immigrant rights organizations.
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As the immigration rights movement raised
its banner in major US cities in May 2006, the
NSS has stepped up its ‘counter-insurgency’
war on immigrants with the intent to dismantle
the largest mass movement in the US since the
1960’s Civil Rights and Black Power campaigns
for racial justice. In May 2007, the ugly side of
the counter-insurgency campaign was recorded
on video when Los Angeles Police Department
(LAPD) riot police assaulted protesters and jour-
nalists and shot rubber bullets and tear gas into
an immigration rights rally full of migrant fami-
lies and their children. Journalist and eyewitness
Roberto Lovato pinpointed the larger dimensions
of this incident: “I saw the LAPD…dragging the
immigrants and the entire country into danger-
ous terrain, a new threshold in the . . . immigra-
tion war raging around the country.”
Across the nation, the weapons of the war
on immigrants are many and varied, including
“…mass raids on meat packing plants, pre-dawn
raids by ICE agents on people’s homes, incarcera-
tion in prisons thousands of miles away from
lawyers, families and friends, and the terroriza-
tion of small children whose parents had been
locked away, or who were themselves taken into
custody and locked up like felons in federal pris-
ons with their mothers and fathers.”
Utilizing the privatized prison system, the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is
quietly jailing thousands of immigrants where,
according the DHS Inspector General, parents
and children are subject to lack of medicine,
adequate food and sexual harassment. A $385
million contract to Halliburton for DHS ‘emer-
gency temporary’ detention centers has raised
fears among immigration rights advocates that
the centers are meant to detain even more immi-
grants. Te DHS has proposed regulations giving
it oversight over the Social Security Admin-
istration (SSA) “no match” letters (when the
combination of name and social security number
submitted for an employee fails to match) allow-
ing employers to fre employees and avoid any
penalty for breaking the law. Labor leaders argue
these ‘criminalizing’ measures are being used to
intimidate worker rights activism and prevent
union organizing in the immigrant community.
Te post 9/11 jingoist and militarized politi-
cal climate has also produced a resurrection of
vigilante racism and violence. White supremacist
groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) have
invoked immigration issues, particularly the fear
that unless stopped, the swarm of brown people
will overwhelm American White Anglo-Saxon
culture and society. According to the Southern
Poverty Law Center, there has been a 33 percent
increase in the number of hate groups from
2000 to 2005 whose activities range from anti-
immigration rallies, leafets, and Internet racist
discourse. Anti-immigrant hate crimes have risen
Meanwhile, “authorities arrested groups and
individuals caught stockpiling grenades, semi-
automatic weapons and thousands of rounds of
ammunition in preparation for attack on immi-
grants.” Led by the Minutemen, vigilante groups
have taken up positions on the US-Mexico bor-
der to ‘assist’ federal ofcials. Afer 9/11, reports
of ‘suspicious incidents’ rose in rural entry points
where criminal activity is less likely to be detect-
ed. Tus, “assailants are rarely captured, crime
scenes ... are rarely located, and victims disap-
pear. Bodies rot fast in the desert, and bones are
quickly scattered.” Accusations abound that bor-
der law enforcement ofcials are ‘turning a blind
eye’ to the vigilante border guards. Meanwhile,
federal counter-terrorism ofcials are aware that
the most radical elements of the anti-immigra-
tion movement are very susceptible to recruit-
ment into violent White supremacist groups.
In conclusion, the immigration boomerang
and the 9/11 attacks have combined to justify
both a state-sponsored and vigilante war on
immigrants whose main strategy is to set the citi-
zen ‘self ’ against the immigrant ‘other.’ Portraying
illegal immigrants and their supporters as terror-
ists and terrorist sympathizers has meant millions
of intimidated and harassed North Americans are
subject to ‘guilt by association.’ In this post 9/11
militarized and politically charged context, as
terrorism’s agents they are said to be and treated
as deserving of their fate.
Beau Grosscup is the author of Strategic Ter-
ror: Te Politics and Ethics of Aerial Bombard-
ment. He is professor of International Relations
at CSU Chico.
by Jack D. Forbes
Te current celebration of the Jamestown colony
in Attan-Akamik (Virginia) is an example of the
distortions of north American history found in
the popular culture of the USA and Canada, and
also in our schools’ educational curricula. Te
latter, at heart, is designed to frmly plant in every
child’s mind the priority and dominance of the
English heritage in north American development.
Jamestown was a “corporate” attempt to seize
and invade an American territory solely for the
purpose of proft-taking and imperial expansion.
It was a completely illegal, immoral, and selfsh
undertaking by British government ofcials and
entrepreneurs who had already been raiding the
American coasts, from Newfoundland to the
Caribbean (and even along the Pacifc Coast
of south, central, and north America. In these
early raids many Americans (Indians) had been
seized and carried back to Europe, including
several seized along the Rappahannock River of
Many of the English raids were very much like
modern CIA kidnappings, designed to produce
valuable intelligence about America for future
Te Virginia Company which established the
Jamestown base on the Powhatan River in 1607
was a joint-stock company, a corporation. Its
investors expected a proftable return on their
investment, I suppose very much like many huge
corporations do today.
In any case, Jamestown was not the frst Euro-
pean base in North America, and it was not even
the frst European foothold in the future United
States. Te Spaniards, with the use of persons of
Native American and African ancestry as labor-
ers, had already established St. Augustine (1565)
and Santa Fe, New Mexico (initiated in 1598).
Te French already had outposts in Acadie (Nova
Scotia) and along the St. Lawrence river, while
the English had bases in Newfoundland and on
Providence Island (of of Nicaragua).
But why is it that the media and state govern-
ments promote Jamestown and other English
settlements (Plymouth Colony will be coming up
in 2020!), but neglect far older activities of the
Spaniards with their African and Native Ameri-
can workers, and collaborators? I would suggest
that it is because the Anglo-Americans who have
controlled the USA politically and economically
only want to honor and trace their own ethnic
heritage. Others can be ignored because they
might corrupt the Anglo-Americans’ essentially
genealogical approach to US history.
Even English activities will be largely ignored
if they took place in areas that became part of
Canada or one of the Caribbean republics.
War on Immigrants
from page 1
Jamestown Celebration: Colonialism and Racial
Ellen Broms holding one of the two pillows she made. Along the top it says
“As the War in Iraq goes on and on and on”and below the stripe of images
of dollars, it reads “HOW CAN YOU SLEEP?”The pillows were stufed with
strips of paper with the names of Iraq war casualties. They were presented
to Reps. Matsui and Lungren last March. Matsui’s was delivered to her
ofce, and accepted by her staf; Lungren would not take his at the Rancho
Cordova Town Hall Meeting, and let it fall on the ground!
Photo, Zohreh Whitaker
George W., A soliloquy by the Decider
I’m George W. Bush, a politician, a “noblesse
A patriotic private school, Yale-Harvard Bush
A Vietnam avoiding, smart Texas National
A horsy Texas rancher buckaroo
A big hat, big ranch, no cattleman
Some cut cattle, instead I cut taxes
It happens mainly for my friends, the rich
But then as a smart politico, I always favor the
It’s reputed to be good for business, you know
Especially my business of fat campaign funds
Compassionate, glad handing while ensnaring
Full of smiles and fancy pledges
Passing out assurances
Promising, promising delivering mostly words
It’s cheaper that way
No matter what, I always claim victory
In that manner I’m never a loser
Other countries must do my bidding
I’m an impatient, go-it-aloner from the Lone
My hear is not in nation building
Except if there’s oil there
I’m a touch oil-gas, rope twirling cowboy
I want to round up oil wells and pipelines
Fulflling my promises to the common folks?
Funny that should be raised
Sorry, the common folks will have to wait; I just
want their kids in the armed forces
Ah yes, it’s true I want to privatize Medicare
and Social Security
That’ll earn more billions for my Wall Street
friends, you see
I’m George W, an ambitious, amoral really con-
I’m George W, the Decider, the rich son of a
by Ted Ruhig, old radical, jounalist and poet, is
a former Sacramentan who is retired to the East
Coast with his family.
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by Paulette Cuilla
aving just returned from my frst visit to New
Orleans, I must admit I am still in a state of
shock about what I saw there. Tis August will
be three years afer Katrina, and New Orleans still looks
like a war zone.
Since New Orleans is not in the news anymore, I guess
I assumed that the process of rebuilding the city was well
underway, and people were starting to put their lives back
together. Tis is somewhat true, but New Orleans is still a
disaster area, and many people are lef out of the rebuild-
Te magnitude of this disaster is shocking, and there is
no way you can get the full picture of the damage without
actually seeing it for yourself. Just imagine that all of Sac-
ramento, Elk Grove, Roseville, North Highlands, Rancho
Cordova, Citrus Heights, North Sac, Carmichael, and
West Sacramento are fooded, except for Old Sac and ten
blocks of Sacramento’s biggest mansions. Tis will give
you some idea of the area impacted.
Over 1,500 people died in the New Orleans area. Many
of them died in one of the worst hit areas, the Ninth
Ward. Tis is along an inner navigational canal that
connects the Mississippi river with Lake Ponchartrain.
Tere is a maritime law that requires any vessels to get
out of the navigational canals whenever there is a storm
warning announced. However, a barge in the area was
not removed. It continued to pound against the retain-
ing wall until it broke through. It caused such a surge of
water; it actually foated the barge into the neighborhood
and crashed through several houses. Sometime later, the
citizens of that area tried to bring a lawsuit against the
shipping company. Te courts decided that the case had
no merit, even though there were many photos and eye-
witness testimony that the barge broke through the wall.
Tere are some restaurants, banks, and gas stations
now open, but for the most part, businesses are boarded
up everywhere and services are limited (except in the
French Quarter and Garden District, where business is
booming). Tere are only two Emergency Rooms in the
New Orleans area, and many hospitals remain closed.
Only 30% of public schools have opened, but charter
schools are opening everywhere.
Te neighborhoods are still mostly boarded up. On
most streets, maybe 10% to 30% of homes have been
repaired and are occupied. Te rest of the homes are
boarded up and falling apart. Insurance companies
denied most claims by insisting that the damage was
caused by the food, not the hurricane, regardless of the
fact that if there had not been a hurricane there would
not have been a food. Te Louisiana Insurance Commis-
sioner J. Robert Wooley defended the denial of payment.
People who were evacuated and are now living in
other states fnd it very difcult to come back to rebuild.
Tere are few jobs and even fewer housing options. Any
home that has been declared safe for people to live in will
cost 3 and 4 times more to rent than before Katrina.
Afordable housing is one of the biggest problems in
New Orleans. Te people in FEMA trailers have been
told that they will be moved out by June 1. Tey could
be moved anywhere in the Gulf Coast region, with no
consideration for existing jobs, schools, etc.
Mayor Ray Nagin, the city counsel, and HUD have
authorized the destruction of 4500 units of public hous-
ing. Tese units are being demolished regardless of
building inspection reports that declare them safe to
occupy or requiring only minimal repairs. Te United
Nations experts on housing and minority rights have
criticized the demolition, calling it a violation of human
rights. Many of the people evicted are now living in tents
under the freeway.
Te world donated over 4.25 billion dollars for Katrina
victims. FEMA is in charge of allocating that money.
Over 2 billion went to the Red Cross. While talking with
people throughout the city, the general consensus was
that it was very difcult to get assistance from FEMA,
New Orleans, the Forgotten Disaster
This is one of many public housing projects being demolished even though building inspectors
declared them safe to occupy or requiring only minimal repairs.
photo: Paulette Cuilla
A typical street scene in the French Quarter, largely undamaged.
photo: Paulette Cuilla
A typical house on any street in New Orleans, boarded up and falling apart.
photo: Paulette Cuilla
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but almost impossible to get help from the Red Cross.
Both agencies have countless roadblocks for provid-
ing the help that people need. Many people were ask-
ing: What happened to the money that was supposed
to be there to help us? Where did it go? Why wasn’t it
being released? Tese are all very good questions for
FEMA and the Red Cross to answer.
Te groups that are providing the most help to
the people of New Orleans are church groups and
organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Make it
Right, Common Ground, and others. I was there to
volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Teir program
provides homes for families who qualify. Tey are
required to work 350 hours sweat equity, and qualify
for the loan to purchase the house. Te future owner
that I met was very excited to be moving in to his new
home in a couple of weeks. His initial application for
a home through Habitat for Humanity was fled 2 1/2
One of the projects that Habitat for Humanity is
working on is called Musicians Village. Harry Con-
nick Jr. and Branford Marsalis purchased some land
and teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to build
houses for New Orleans musicians who lost their
homes to Katrina.
Te spirit of the music in New Orleans is totally
infectious and it’s everywhere throughout the city, in
the French Quarter, grocery stores, burger stands, gas
stations, banks. Tat soulful, funky, jazzy, bluesy beat is the heart
of the city. Without it, I think New Orleans would cease to exist.
Te people that I met were incredible. Most of them have lost
friends and family, their homes, and all of their belongings. Afer
all they have been through, they were still very friendly and will-
ing to talk about what life is like in New Orleans three years later.
Tey seem to maintain an attitude of hope for the future. Tey
were very grateful for people showing up to help them rebuild
If you want to volunteer, contact www.habitat-nola.org , www.
makeitrightnola.org , or www.commongroundrelief.org . Tere
are others (I am sure) but these are the ones I saw doing the
work. Also, grassroots citizen groups are forming to provide
support to people who have been treated unfairly. Some of these
are Safe Streets www.safestreetsnola.org, Katrina Information
Network www.katrinaaction.org, Defend New Orleans Hous-
ing www.defendneworleanshousing.org, and the Committee
to End Police Repression. You can be sure your donations will
go directly to helping the people of New Orleans by supporting
If you are in New Orleans and would like to experience a real-
ity tour of the area, call Roderick Dean at 504-430-8491.
Te bottom line is the only way that the people of New Orleans
are going to get help rebuilding their lives, is if we private citizens
help them. It appears that Uncle Sam and the media have already
forgotten about this disaster and the people afected by it.
Paulette Cuilla is a human rights and environmental activist
working with many groups in Sacramento.
One of many destroyed homes in New Orleans. A sign at the top of the stairs reads “I AM COMING HOME—I
WILL REBUILD—I AM NEW ORLEANS”
photo: Paulette Cuilla
The author at work.
photo courtesy Paulette Cuilla
Musicians’ Village—Musicians Harry Connick Jr and Branford Marsalis are working with Habitat for
Humanity to provide housing for New Orleans musicians.
photo: Paulette Cuilla
Many people who were evicted from public housing are now living in tents under the freeway.
photo: Paulette Cuilla
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by Karen Blomquist
Something happened one night that caused
me to cry so very hard. It was the beginning of
the Fall, and I had bought some granola bars and
individual packs of milk to give to the homeless
(through the Fall and Winter). I worry more
about the homeless when it is cold.
I saw a man with a missing leg on my way
home from work. He was holding a sign that
said: “Veteran,” “Anything Will Help.” So I
quickly went home, collected ten granola bars
and fve containers of milk. I also pulled out two
long-sleeved men’s shirts I had bought at the
thrif store and gathered two dollars to give to the
man. I went back straight away in hopes of not
Tere he was. I parked my car and started
walking towards him. I could feel his anticipation
at seeing me, a glimmer, just a sliver of hope, in
his eyes. I presented him with the gifs and he
said “Bless You” several times. Close up now I
noticed that he was not only missing a leg but
also missing an arm. He had a wheelchair by his
side, but had used the one crutch that he had to
manage to stand.
Knowing that many homeless people feel
very alone, forgotten and hopeless, I asked him
if he was okay and if he had a place to stay. He
said he was okay and had a place to stay with
a friend—that they managed to gather enough
money each night to stay at a motel. I felt that he
needed a hug. I reached out to hug him and he
hugged me closely. Yes, he needed a hug. Tears
started pouring down my face. He told me it was
alright and not to cry.
He hugged me closer and on his one leg started
to fall backwards. I tried to keep him from fall-
ing, only to be pulled down too. Tere we were
both fallen on the sidewalk in front of many
people driving past.
His wheelchair, full of his belongings, was
also knocked down in our fall. I managed a grin
through the tears and said, “Boy, what a sight
we must be.” I kept asking him if he was alright,
worried that he might have hurt the stump of his
leg or arm. He kept saying he was alright.
I helped him back onto his crutch, gathered his
belongings, and restored them to the wheelchair.
It was difcult for me to pull away because, yes,
he so very much needed acceptance, care, and
hope. I asked what motel he was staying at, but
failed to ask him his name.
He positioned himself in his wheelchair, sitting
down, and motioned for another hug. I gave him
one and walked away, looking back with tears in
my eyes, regretting later that I had not given him
my phone number or thought to get his name.
His fnal words were (again), “Bless you.”
It took me an hour to fully stop crying. Tis
man had once been complete, not just physi-
cally but emotionally as well. He is now broken,
trying to maintain his balance in a world that is
not supportive. I thought of all the other men
that were probably in similar circumstances, had
similar injuries, for similar reasons. How many
more might fnd themselves in this same fate, out
of touch and unsupported due to the present war
our country is embroiled in?
It might have been easier for me to have just
kept driving past, instead of stopping, hurried
in my busy world, denying his need—instead I
found the compassion to stop. I realized it took
getting closer, talking with him, and reaching out
to feel the full impact of my emotions and his
need and pain—this human being.
In that hour of tears, I realized that we as a
people must fully open our eyes, our hearts and
our souls in order to reconnect, care for one
another, and end this war. We need to stop the
ridiculous fghting, which only invites more
hatred toward humanity, disregard for the human
psyche and for one another’s needs. We must
learn to love and care—not just here at home, but
all over the world.
Like Christ, we must strive to feed the hungry,
house the homeless, and heal the sick. Anything
less would be to deny our humanity.
Karen Blomquist lives in Davis and is involved
in environmental, peace and health care issues.
by Mike Rhodes
Homeless people and their allies won a
legal victory in Fresno that could have
statewide implications. Te class action
lawsuit against the City of Fresno resulted
in a $2.3 million settlement and has
stopped the city from taking and immedi-
ately destroying homeless people’s property.
Fresno mayor Alan Autry argued that the
city had a right to keep city streets clean
and that city sanitation workers were just
doing their job. Government agencies in
communities throughout California make
the same argument as they conduct sweeps
through homeless encampments. Te
Federal Court in Fresno found that these
sweeps are illegal and violate the 4th and
5th amendment of the US Constitution.
“Te Court’s ruling and the settlement
should send a strong message to other cities
throughout California that if they violate
the rights of their most vulnerable resi-
dents, they will be held accountable,” said
ACLU-NC staf attorney Michael Risher.
Te homeless plaintifs in the lawsuit,
Kincaid v. Fresno, were represented by a
team of attorneys from the American Civil
Liberties Union of Northern California
(ACLU-NC), the Lawyers’ Committee for
Civil Rights (LCCR) and the law frm of
Heller Ehrman LLP.
Te lawsuit began in 2006, afer the
City of Fresno repeatedly used bulldozers
to plow through homeless encampments
in the downtown area. Te city’s policy,
designed by a low ranking police ofcer
in the code enforcement division, was to
provide residents of the encampments with
written notice that a “clean-up” was about
to take place. Many homeless people say
they never received a copy of the notice,
and it is not clear from the court’s decision
that it would have made any diference if
they had received the notice. According
to the city’s policy and testimony in court,
the city would then deploy the sanitation
department, backed up by police ofcers,
Homeless Victory in Fresno has
Implications for Sacramento
Te Fall (A True Story)
The attack began, as the city of Fresno moved to outlaw
poverty and evict the homeless when they form a community.
photo: Mike Rhodes
February, 2004: disabled veteran asking the corporate
media “Where the f*** am I supposed to go now?”Nighttime
temperatures in Fresno were in the mid-30s.
photo: Dallas Blanchard
who would then clear the area of anything
that the homeless did not remove. Te city
claimed that everything lef was rubbish.
Te problem with the policy, according to
the court, was that it treated poor people’s
property diferently from that of anyone
else. For example, if you lose your bike
and the police fnd it, they do not call in
a bulldozer, crush the bike, and put it in a
garbage truck. Te likely policy would be to
take the bike into possession and try to fnd
Homeless people in Fresno, during the
sweeps conducted between 2004–2006
lost bicycles, tents, clothing, their ID, and
everything of value they had in the world.
One person lost an urn that contained her
grand-daughter’s ashes. Al Williams, who
is homeless, sufered the efects of the raids
on three occasions. In addition to losing
clothes and food, his wife’s wheelchair was
destroyed and her medicines confscated
by Fresno police ofcers. “I felt like every-
thing was taken away from me, but this
settlement gives me hope for the future for
myself and all the other people who suf-
fered,” said Williams.
In addition to the lawsuit, homeless
people and their allies held a sleep-in at
City Hall, the Homelessness Marathon
radio show was broadcast from Fresno put-
ting a national spotlight on this city’s illegal
practices, and intense pressure was brought
upon city government to end their attacks
on the homeless. Te eforts have had an
efect, and mayor Autry has declared the
city’s previous policy a failure. Te stated
goal of the new policy is to provide aford-
able and decent housing for all of Fresno’s
chronically homeless residents.
For a list of articles and documents
about the struggle for civil liberties for
homeless people in Fresno, see: www.
Mike Rhodes is the editor of the Commu-
nity Alliance newspaper in Fresno.
www.bpmnews.org July / August 008 BECAUSE PEOPLE MATTER 11
by Martha Paterson-Cohen
Te story of the ‘Alhambra Corridor’, set between
Midtown and East Sacramento, is not unlike
many urban districts forever altered by freeway
construction in the 1960s. Sliced up by Inter-
states 80 and 50, its quiet neighborhoods became
exposed to predatory suburban-type develop-
ment. Te urban environment of the Corridor
took its second turn for the worse in 1973. A
bond measure, which would have allowed the
City to purchase and preserve the beautiful
Alhambra Teatre and gardens at Alhambra
Boulevard and J Street, failed and the theatre was
bought by the Safeway Corporation, which tore it
down and replaced it with a huge parking lot and
Since then, one by one, independent businesses
throughout the area were replaced, mostly by
medical-related ofces or supply businesses ben-
eftting from nearby hospitals, and by fast-food
restaurants. In 1987, Mercy Healthcare tore down
a furniture store and built the huge, unsightly
(and soon to be vacated in 2008) MedClinic at
Alhambra and Folsom Boulevards. Outraged
neighbors and groups like the Old City Associa-
tion infuenced the City to form the Alhambra
Corridor Citizen’s Advisory Committee, rep-
resenting resident, business, and development
interests, to study land use and zoning in the
Corridor. At the same time, the City imposed
a moratorium on building until the study con-
cluded. Nevertheless, large-scale, inappropriate
development proceeded apace.
Neighbors in diferent sections of the Corridor
organized in response. For example, many neigh-
bors living next to one of the most congested
sections of the Corridor, between J Street and
Folsom Boulevard, mobilized to prevent a pros-
thetic manufacturer on 32nd Street from demol-
ishing a beautiful, double-lot vintage home and
rose garden at the corner of 32nd and M, in order
to expand. Te house and garden were torn down
and replaced with a prosthesis boutique which
eventually closed. Te building and parking lot
are now rented to a church. Te neighborhood
group did succeed however in “down-zoning”
the street to limited commercial (even though its
“San Francisco is
considering a ban
on chain stores in
by Charlene Jones
Afer thousands of phone calls and more than
250,000 letters, the US Senate voted to over-
rule the Federal Communication Commission’s
capitulation to Big Media. In a near unanimous
decision, according to FreePress, the Senate
“Resolution of Disapproval” overruled a late 2007
FCC decision to allow media conglomerates to
expand their monopolies by owning both a major
TV or radio station and a major newspaper in the
same city. Just imagine, News Corp Rupert Mur-
doch, Roger Ailes and their brownshirted min-
ions owning KFBK or Fox 40 and Te Sacramento
Bee or Sacramento News & Review. Whine if you
must, but local broadcasts and print media in this
city can be a vibrant source of local and regional
news. If the FCC has its way, it could be worse.
Sacramento’s major media could sound like Fox
News and read like Te Sacramento Union.
Te cross-ownership ban the FCC is trying
to remove has been in place since 1975, accord-
ing to public interest law frm Media Access
Project. It was to prevent media outlets from
merging bare bones newsrooms—in the name
of competition—and protect diversity of view-
points. To delay complete corporate disregard
for the honored American principle of a fourth
estate, a watchdog media that provides multiplic-
ity of voice, Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) introduced the
Tey also co-sponsored another critical media
protection proposal, the Internet Freedom Pres-
ervation Act, S.215, that has a counterpart in
the House of Representatives, H.R. 5353. Tese
preserve Internet neutrality by barring “unrea-
sonable discriminatory favoritism for, or degra-
use has always been,
and still is, mostly
continued to meet as
and, in 1991, the City
established the Alham-
bra Corridor Special
Planning District. Te
City also adopted very
specifc design guide-
lines to preserve the
acter of the Corridor
through the encourage-
ment of smaller-scale
balanced, mixed usage.
Despite these ofcial guidelines, in 2000, the
City supported the imposition of a Trader Joe’s
store at the corner of 32nd and L. Both streets are
narrow and within a ‘Neighborhood Transition
Bufer Zone’, where new projects should be com-
patible with the residential neighborhood.Trader
Joe’s clearly didn’t comply with intended land
use. For example, trafc volumes as a result of the
project were estimated to increase by between
1500 and 2559 average daily additional vehicle
trips having an impact on the neighborhood
immediately to the East. Finding no support from
City ofcials or existing neighborhood groups,
neighbors in the immediate area formed the East
Sacramento Alhambra Corridor Neighborhood
See Alhambra, page 14
dation of, content by network operators based
upon its source, ownership, or destination on the
Telecoms and Big Media have millions to
gain by limiting Internet freedom and attach-
ing cost to what they choose to deliver in a top
speed fashion. Tey want to charge Internet sites
premiums to have their content delivered faster
than others. Websites confned to slower delivery
speeds would not be able to compete. And what
about content that may be deemed controver-
sial, dissenting or downright radical? Currently
connections don’t discriminate, but service
provider companies could easily do so if such fee
impositions are permitted. In May Te New York
Times endorsed this efort by writing, “Cable and
telecommunications companies are fghting net
neutrality with lobbyists and campaign contribu-
tions, but these special interests should not be
allowed to set Internet policy. It is the job of Con-
gress to protect the Internet’s democratic form.”
For those embittered by media corporations
that disable American principles with propa-
ganda, embedded journalists and empty election
coverage, enough is enough. Gluttonous proft
pressures strip down newsrooms, replace investi-
gation with sensationalism, and avoid signifcant
exploration of the most critical issues facing
this nation. Media concentration is central to
dumbing down what is broadcast and distracting
those who consume it. It is also responsible for
the rise of bellicose extremists like Bill O’Reilly
and Rush Limbaugh. Without Internet neutrality
protection, information gate-keeping will also be
handed over to corporate conglomerates driven,
not by regard for country, but by masters of the
Protect open interconnectivity of the Internet
and every person’s access to information. Insist
on a responsible and diverse media from cor-
porations who use public airwaves—something
the Supreme Court has recognized is critical to
democracy. Te “Resolution of Disapproval”
must be adopted by the House of Representatives,
and not vetoed by the President, to become law.
Congress and the FCC must continue to hear
from constituents opposing further monopoly
and demanding the nation’s interests be served.
Contact members of Congress. Join a media
reform group. Contribute to community media.
It’s time to do something, if you haven’t already.
Charlene Jones is a member of the Sacramento
Media Group. For information on SMG, call
JoAnn Fuller, 916-443-1792.
Corporate Encroachment Moving Along in East
A Neighborhood’s Fight to Stay Healthy in the Midst of a Growing Medical Ghetto
Alhambra at Folsom Blvd.
photo: Martha Paterson-Cohen
Alhambra and K /Sutter Hospital in the
Photo: Martha Paterson-Cohen
Stop Big Media
Media Concentration? No!—Net Neutrality? Yes!
1 Because People Matter July / August 008 www.bpmnews.org
According to a CNN Opinion Research Cor-
poration poll, in March, 2008, 71% of Ameri-
cans think Iraq spending hurts the economy
and in April, 2008, 68% opposed the US war in
Iraq (cnn.com; www.pollingreport.com). How-
ever, in May, 2008, only 32% of Congress voted
against funding the occupation well into 2009.
Congress isn’t listening because they don’t have
to—there is still not enough public pressure to
end this clearly ruinous occupation.
As peace mom, and now Congressional
candidate, Cindy Sheehan explained, if all
the choir were singing, we wouldn’t be in this
mess. (Cindy is running against House Speaker
If you aren’t in the choir, join; if you are part
of the choir, help get more people involved.
Tere is no shortage of actions to take: call,
meet with, and protest the actions of Congress,
attend vigils and events, help leafet, display
lawn/home signs and bumper stickers, organize
with others, learn more, be creative. And ...
Want to End the US Occupation of Iraq?
Fire up the Choir
Have a conversation ....
Talk to the people you live, work, shop,
and sit on public transportation with. A great
conversation starter is to wear a peace mes-
sage. For only $10, you can get a “Want Peace,
Don’t Invade, Don’t Occupy, Don’t Fund War”
shirt from SacPeace (email@example.com). At
least one day a week, wear your message out in
public. Initiate conversations with people. Find
out what they think, share your understand-
ings, let them know how they can get involved.
Connect the dollars
As the City of Davis faces teacher layofs,
California battles budget issues, people go
without health care, etc., the dollars still go
unconnected. We can’t spend billions every
week on funding the Iraq war profteers AND
have money for human needs and the environ-
ment. Contact the advocacy groups to which
you belong and fnd out what they are doing to
oppose more funding of the catastrophic US
occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Resources for Enlisted
Personnel & Veterans
Discharges • DEP • Discrimination • Gay •
AWOL/UA • Harassment • Hazing• Conscientious
Call for information from a network of nonproft,
The service is free. The call is confdential.
The GI Rights Hotline, www.girights.org, 800-394-9544
Free & confdential counseling: 916-447-5706;
Join Sacramento Area Peace Action!
Send your: Name, Address, Email and Phone, with your
check to SAPA for: $30/individual; $52/family;
$15 low-income to:
Sacramento Area Peace Action
909 12th St, Suite 118
Sacramento, CA 95814
Sacramento Area Peace Action
Not Enough Death & Destruction for Congress
By the time this paper hits the stands, Congress will likely have handed Bush another $170 bil-
lion to continue the disastrous imperial US occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. Tere was a bit of
hope generated on May 15, when a third of the House of Representatives voted down more funding
for these wars (this minority was able to temporarily defeat the funding because most Republicans
refused to participate in the vote). Te bill then went to the Senate, where all funding was immediately
put back in, a move resisted by only a quarter of the Senate, so it passed on May 22 and then went
back to the House.
While Reps. Matsui and Tompson were among those in the House who voted against giving
more war money to Bush on May 15, one week later, they voted FOR the $600 billion Department of
Defense authorization which included $70 billion more for the occupation of Iraq. No wonder people
have a hard time believing that either Matsui or Tompson is really against the war. Regardless of
their claims, both have continually voted for bigger and bigger defense budgets and to authorize more
money for the madness that is the US occupation of Iraq.
Abolishing Nuclear Weapons and Informing
August 6, 2008 is the 63rd anniversary of the frst use of atomic weapons: the US bombing of the
civilian population of Hiroshima, a war crime. It is nearly 26 years since the passage of Proposition 12,
California’s nuclear freeze referendum. And it is eight years past the goal of Abolition 2000, a move-
ment of peace groups, including SacPeace, to efect an international ban on nuclear weapons by the
year 2000. Te admittedly bold target has now been pushed back to 2020.
In May, 2008, Lawrence S. Wittner, author of Toward Nuclear Abolition: A History of the World
Nuclear Disarmament Movement, notes in his History News Network article, “A Treaty to Abolish
Nuclear Weapons,” that although there has been progress made towards an international treaty to
abolish nuclear weapons, many obstacles remain. He writes:
“Of course, it’s only fair to ask if there really exists the political will to bring such a treaty to frui-
tion…. Furthermore, the American public is remarkably ignorant of nuclear realities…. Zia Mian, a
Princeton physicist, points to a number of disturbing facts about contemporary US public opinion.
For example, more Americans (55%) mistakenly believe that Iran has nuclear weapons than know that
Britain (52%), India (51%), Israel (48%), and France (38%) actually have these weapons…. Although
the United States possesses over 5,700 operationally deployed nuclear warheads, more than half of US
respondents to an opinion survey thought that the number was 200 weapons or fewer.”
25 Years of Activism
With a vegan birthday cake and open mike, Sac-
ramento Area Peace Action celebrated 25th years
at its May 30 annual meeting. One of the original
founding members of the Sacramento Nuclear
Weapons Freeze, Ruth Hultgren, attended. Tat
tion became SANE
Freeze in 1987
when the national
Freeze and the
a SANE Nuclear
until 1993 when
the current name,
Peace Action, was
Although still in the same ofce with the same
phone number, SacPeace has branched out
from being an anti-nuclear group to serve as
Sacramento’s de-facto peace center, working
to educate and mobilize the public to promote
a non-interventionist and non-nuclear US
foreign and military policy and international
and domestic economic, social, and political
justice. SacPeace works in conjunction with
the Sac Coalition to End the War to end the US
occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. Current
committees are working on military counter-
recruitment; Palestine/Israel; nuclear issues; and
outreaching to the public through flms, vigils,
demonstrations, tabling, leafeting, and educa-
tional and cultural events. To get involved call
916-448-7157 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Francisco Alarcon, Susan Kelly-Dewitt,
and V.S. Chochezi were among poets who
read their powerful work at a SacPeace Open
House and Poetry Reading on May 14. Works
from other anti-war poets were also read,
including this one from World War I by Sei-
Suicide in the Trenches
I knew a simple solder boy
Who grinned at life in empty joy,
Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
And whistled early with the lark.
In winter trenches, cowed and glum
With cramps and lice and lack of rum,
He put a bullet through his brain.
No one spoke of him again.
You smug-face crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray you’ll never know
Te hell where youth and laughter go.
Every day, fve US soldiers try to kill themselves. Before the Iraq
war began, that fgure was less than one suicide attempt a day.
(CNN.com, Feb, 2008)
Ruth Hultgren, one of
the founders of SAPA.
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Ghada Karmi: Living History
by Brigitte Jaensch
She was just old enough to remember
the events of the day when she and her
family fed their West Jerusalem home. In
her memoir, In Search of Fatima, Ghada
Karmi recounts her 60 years as a Diaspora
In some respects the Karmis were com-
paratively fortunate. Because her father was
well educated and bi-lingual, he found work
with the British Broadcasting Company in
London, where he worked hard to re-cre-
ate an existence for himself, his wife and
Separated from relatives and friends by
thousands of miles and surrounded by a
diferent language, a diferent culture and a
diferent rhythm and style of living, it was
nothing like the comfortable West Jerusalem
life from which they had been torn loose.
But materially at least, it was better than
what too many other Palestinian refugees
Ghada Karmi studied hard and became
a physician, but she is known as a political
activist, and while reading In Search of Fati-
ma, the New York Times columnist Steven
Erlanger fgured out his ofce was probably
a second story add-on to the Karmi’s West
Jerusalem house. He invited Dr. Karmi to
come and see. Indeed, thus she was able to
briefy visit her family’s home.
But even such a close and personal experi-
ence did not cause Mr. Erlanger to write
about the Israel/Palestine situation with
more human compassion for all the people
in whose homes and on whose lands he and
the Israelis were living.
by Brigitte Jaensch
Te charming and eloquent Ghada Karmi
began her presentation at UC Davis by revealing
that her book isn’t about “marital infdelity” as
some might infer from the Married to Another
Man part of the title. Nor about “gay rabbis”
because the cover photo shows two rabbis in sil-
houette. Instead, Married to Another Man: Israel’s
Dilemma in Palestine is about that dilemma
—from the earliest days of Zionism right up to
Tere’s an 1897 story about her book’s title and
cover photo. Although attendees at the frst Zion-
ist Congress decided to make a Jewish country in
Palestine, it was a place those mostly European
Jewish attendees didn’t know. So, they sent two
rabbis of to check it out. Teir cable back: “Te
bride is beautiful, but she is married to another
man.” De-coded: Palestine is beautiful, but it’s
already full of people. With the “literally inexact”
slogan (so described by its likely author Israel
Zangweil) “a land without a people for a people
without a land,” the Zionists remained deter-
mined to transform Palestine into a Jewish-only
Between World Wars I and II, Britain admin-
istered Palestine, permitting large scale Zionist
immigration, and not hampering the immigrants’
creation of a quasi-government complete with
“underground” militia. When that militia was
powerful enough, it, along with Zionist terrorist
groups, ousted their British protectors as well as
750,000 Palestinians, Ghada Karmi, her brother,
sister and parents among them.
Afer ethnically cleansing 78% of Palestine of
its Palestinian population, the Zionists had a pre-
dominately Jewish state. In this book, Dr. Karmi
tells about the new Israeli government’s appro-
priation of Palestinian real and personal property,
about 80% of the new state. All the while, it
prevented Palestinians from returning to reclaim
their land, homes, businesses, bank accounts, etc.
Te small number of Palestinians who neither
fed in 1948 nor emigrated since then, together
with their children and grandchildren are what
Israel today calls its “demographic threat.” Some
Israelis term their non-Jewish fellow citizens
Afer the 1967 war, Israel began the take over
of Palestinian lands in the occupied Palestinian
territories. As Dr. Karmi points out, illegal Israeli
settlements, supportive infrastructure and the
vast network of bypass roads in the West Bank
and East Jerusalem mean creation of a viable
Palestinian state is impossible. Israel’s best ofer
might be some disconnected bits; a non-starter
“hotchpotch … that can only
cause further dislocation and
hardship and compound the
initial injustice [of 1948].”
For 60 years, the international
community has been AWOL
on Israel/Palestine, at times
pretending there was a “peace
process.” Today’s rhetoric is the
so-called two-state negotia-
tion. But Palestinian and Israeli
realists admit a single Pales-
tinian-Israeli state is the only
arrangement which could bring
about lasting peace. Israel would
need to permit Palestinians to
return and live in their historic
homeland and Palestinians must
accept that Israelis will live there
too. Together they would need
to conceive a democracy with equal rights for
Dr. Karmi presents both the history and ideas
about how to move toward a real peace. Her book
is a fne primer for anyone who wishes to know
more than the “literally inexact” US media narra-
tive. It also includes new and interesting informa-
tion for those already well familiar with the topic.
Brigite Jaensch is a Sacramento based human
by Hank Joerger
It seems certain that the neoconservatives of
the G.W. Bush administration got their ideas of
government from Leo Strauss, the University of
Chicago political philosopher who taught several
of these neocons. Two of them, Paul Wolfowitz
and William Luti, got their PhD’s under the tute-
lage of Strauss.
Here are some of the theories and principles
that he advocated:
Tere is only one natural right, the right of the
superior to rule over the inferior.
Because man is intrinsically wicked, he has
to be governed. Such governance can only be
established, however, when men are united and
they can only be united against the people of
Te inherently aggressive nature of man can
be restrained only by a powerful nationalistic
Society comprises three classes of which only
the wise-elite is capable of governing. Te
wise are lovers of the harsh, unadulterated
truth; they recognize neither god nor moral
Te wise-elite must govern by way of secrecy,
deception and the imperative of a broad exter-
nal threat to inspire the vulgar many.
Te end justifes the means: deception, secrecy,
violence, and abrogation of international law
Perpetual war is necessary; so there must
always be external threats, even if manufac-
tured. Only perpetual war can overturn the
“modern project” with its emphasis on self-
preservation and creature comforts.
Secular society is the least desir-
able situation because it leads
to individualism, liberalism, or
America’s unparalled strength
allows it to do what it pleases
with impunity. It can act unilat-
erally with no regard to interna-
tional law or world opinion.
It is not true that moral conduct
must be universalizable so that
whatever is right for us to do
must also be right for others.
People are told what they need
Married to Another Man: Israel’s Dilemma in Palestine, by Ghada Karmi
Pluto Press, London, 2007. Paperback, 300 pages.
to know and no more.
Te combination of religion and nationalism is
the elixir that turns natural relaxed, hedonistic
men into devout nationalists willing to fght for
god and country.
Te masses cannot be exposed to the truth or
they will fall into either nihilism or anarchy.
Religion is absolutely necessary for impos-
ing moral law on the masses, but it should be
reserved for the masses. Te ruling elite need
not be bound by it, since the truths proclaimed
by religion are a pious fraud.
America will save the world by replacing tyran-
nies with democracies.
Leo Strauss was a guru to many of the neocons
who have infuenced American foreign policy.
A few more examples of their ideology can be
Robert Kagan, a leading neoconservative intel-
lectual, wrote that “concerns with justice and
international law are relevant only for the weak.
It is a strategy by which the weak try to get their
way in the world. American power, employed
under a double standard, may be the best means
for advancing human progress and perhaps the
only way. America should support arms control
but not for itself.”
Michael Ledeen, neoconservative advisor to
Karl Rove, stated “in order to achieve the most
noble accomplishments, the leader may have to
enter into evil.”
Shadia Drury, Professor of Political Teory
at Canada’s University of Regina and author of
Leo Strauss and the American Right, says that
“the deceptions, manipulations, and secrecies of
the Bush Administration fow directly from the
Straussian philosophy that these should be the
normal processes in government”.
Is it not readily apparent that the Bush-Cheney
duo has utilized every one of the fourteen above
listed Straussian principles in their reign of terror
Hank Joerger served in the 99th Infantry Divi-
sion during World War II. His company was
assigned to guard Nazi war criminals at their
trial in Nuremburg. Today, he wants an investi-
gation of 9/11.
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he 1992 draf of the Defense Planning
Guidance for Fiscal Years 1994–1999, pre-
pared by then Undersecretary of Defense
Paul Wolfowitz for the Secretary of Defense Dick
“Our frst objective is to prevent the re-
emergence of a new rival, either on the terri-
tory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere
that poses a threat on the order of that posed
formerly by the Soviet Union.
Tere are three additional aspects to this
objective: First, the US must show the leader-
ship necessary to establish and protect a new
order that holds the promise of convincing
potential competitors that they need not aspire
to a greater role or pursue a more aggressive
posture to protect their legitimate interests.
Second, in the non-defense areas, we must
account sufciently for the interests of the
advanced industrial nations to discourage
them from challenging our leadership or seek-
ing to overturn the established political and
economic order. Finally, we must maintain the
mechanisms for deterring potential competi-
tor from even aspiring to a larger regional or
Analysis of various documents published by
PNAC during the period 1992-2002 reveal that
many aspects of the US post 9/11 geostrategy
were planned in the late 1990’s. Te American
media and general population failed to appreciate
the implications of these radical policy papers
which included decisions about;
How the strategy for US global dominance
requires an economic/military/intelligence
nexus in order to enforce American supremacy.
Access to vital raw materials, primarily Persian
gulf oil, as a key objective of US policy requires
military intervention, preemptive if necessary,
to gain such access.
Te naming of Russia, Germany, Japan, India
and China as regional powers which could pos-
sibly rise to challenge the US. PNAC’s number
one mission would be to quash such ambitions.
Tese countries were, or course, outraged.
Te necessity of pursuing US global domi-
nance as far as possible into the future.
A group of PNAC members, including Donald
Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, James
Woolsey, Richard Perle, John Bolton, William
Kristol, Elliot Abrams, Robert Kagan, William
Bennett, worked hard on their proposed project
during the 1990’s. In 1998, they wrote a letter to
President Clinton suggesting that the US invade
Iraq, but the administration apparently thought
their ideas were “way over the top”.
In a 1998 book, Z. Brzeszinski said the PNAC
would never be accepted by the American people
unless there was an event like Pearl Harbor to
On Sept 2000, a PNAC strategy document enti-
tled “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” lamented
the possibility that the desired transformation
of the US would be a long and difcult process.
Only a massive external threat, the document
said, like a new Pearl Harbor, could provide the
necessary catalyst for them to achieve their goals.
Following the 2000 election of G.W. Bush, the
former neocon political ‘outsiders’ became pow-
erful ‘insiders’. Most of the PNAC members were
placed in positions where they could exert maxi-
mum infuence on US policy. Wolfowitz served
as Deputy Defense Secretary, Libby as Cheney’s
Chief of Staf, John Bolton as Undersecretary of
State, Richard Perle as Chair of the Pentagon’s
Defense Policy Advisory Board, to name a few.
In efect, PNAC members, led by Cheney and
Rumsfeld, were able to construct the inexperi-
enced Bush’s foreign policies.
PNAC provided a blueprint that has been fol-
lowed closely, to the dismay of 70% of American
people. World opinion is as high as 93% nega-
tive about the transformation of the US from a
multilateralist nation to one that eagerly espouses
global domination and endless preemptive wars.
Since the birth of PNAC in 1992, a subservient
US media has failed miserably to inform Ameri-
cans about this project from the warped minds of
perhaps only twenty neoconservative warmon-
gers. Even if the project had made any sense, the
US could ill aford such a giant undertaking as
the $3 ½ trillion in added debt since 2000 shows.
Instead of an American Empire we have a
fnancial catastrophe that may engulf the world.
And where are the friends that will help us?
Haven’t we alienated just about all of them?
Hank Joerger served in the 99th Infantry Divi-
sion during World War II. His company was
assigned to guard Nazi war criminals at their
trial in Nuremburg. Today, he wants an investi-
gation of 9/11.
Project for a New American Century (PNAC)
and Neoconservative Policies 1992-2002
Association (ESACNA). ESACNA’s concerns
were ignored by the City, which was strongly
in favor of the project, and the group fled a
lawsuit challenging environmental compliance.
Rather than fght the lawsuit, Trader Joe’s chose
to abandon the project at this site and moved to
its present location on Folsom Boulevard—wider
by far than L Street but still creating havoc with
local trafc and the adjacent neighborhood. Even
Folsom Boulevard is not Marconi and Fulton
Neighbors won that battle, but the Corridor
lost the war. Trader Joe’s was followed by the
titanic Sutter Hospital expansion. People burned
out; others moved; ESACNA went dormant. Now
comes Walgreens. Tis corporate giant wants to
replace two popular local restaurants with a 24-
hour super drug store right across the street from
the odious Rite Aide at Alhambra and L—and
become the 23rd drug store within a two mile
ESACNA is now reborn, working together
with the East Sacramento Preservation Task
Force, a group that has organized to curb and
monitor Mercy Hospital’s expansion into sur-
rounding residential streets just east of the
Alhambra Corridor at 39th and J Streets.
San Francisco is considering a ban on chain
stores in some areas as mentioned in the San
Francisco Chronicle (5-7-08). Sacramento should
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consider a similar ban for the Alhambra Cor-
ridor and other sensitive areas of the city. It must
uphold the protections it already has in place for
the Alhambra Corridor and apply them in all
vulnerable urban mixed-use areas.
Neighbors and neighborhood groups through-
out Sacramento must remain vigilant and keep
our city of neighborhoods from turning into
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administration as a manager. Now retired, she is
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11th OF EVERY MONTH:
Sacramento 9/11 Truth
Demonstration. 11th and
L Streets, facing Capitol
nor th entrance. INFO:
Poetry Center hosts poetry
readings. 7:30pm. 1719
25th Street. www.sacra-
1st MONDAYS: Organic
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ongoing threats to our
food. 6:30pm. INFO: www.
1st MONDAYS: Sac Media
Group. 6–8pm. Coloma
Community Center, 4623
T Street. INFO: 443-1792,
3rd MONDAYS: Capitol
Outreach for a Moratorium
on the Death Penalty.
12 noon–1pm, 11th & L
Street. INFO: 455-1796.
3r d MONDAYS: SAPA
Peace and Sustainability
Committee. 6–8pm. INFO:
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3rd MONDAYS: Sacto
the “War on Terror.” 6–
8pm. Denny’s 3rd & J St.
3rd MONDAYS: Lesbian
Cancer Support Group.
6:30 Bring partners or sup-
port people with you. Open
discussions with everyone.
INFO: Roxanne Harden-
TUESDAYS: Call for Peace
Vigil. 4–6pm. 16th and J
St. INFO 448-7157.
TUESDAYS: Improv work-
shop. Solve the world’s
problems through improv
games! 7–9:30pm. Geery
Theatre, 2130 L street,
Sac. $5.00, frst time free.
INFO: Damion, 916-821-
2nd TUESDAYS: Gray Pan-
thers. 1–3pm. Hart Senior
Ctr., 27th & J St. INFO:
2nd TUESDAYS: Peace
Network (speakers and
di scussi on), 6:30pm.
Luna’s Cafe, 1414 16th
Street. INFO: Sac Area
Peace Action 448-7157.
4th TUESDAYS: Peace and
Justice Films. 7pm. Peace
Action, 909 12th Street.
4th TUESDAYS: (Odd num-
bered months) Amnesty
Int’l. 7pm. Sacramento
Friends Meeting, 890-
57th St. INFO: 489-2419.
1st WEDNESDAYS: Peace
& Freedom Party. 7pm.
3r d WEDNESDAY S:
CAAC Goes to the Mov-
ies. 7:15pm. INFO: 446-
THURSDAYS: Urban Farm
Stand, 4–7pm, River Gar-
den Estates, 2201 North-
THURSDAYS: Daddy’s Here.
Men’s support group; info
on custody, divorce, raising
children. 7–8:30pm. Free!
Ctr for Families, 2251 Flo-
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1st and 2nd THURSDAYS:
Storytelling at the Hart
Senior Center, 27th & J
sts. 7pm. Free. INFO: 916-
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FRIDAYS: Movies on a
Big Screen. Independent,
quirky movies and videos.
7pm. 600 4th St, West Sac.
1st FRIDAYS: Community
Contra Dance. 8–11pm;
7:30pm beginners les-
sons. Clunie Auditorium,
McKinley Pk, Alhambra &
F. INFO: 530-274-9551.
2nd FRIDAYS: Dances of
Universal Peace. 7:30–
9:30pm. Sacr amento
Friends Meeting House
890 57th St. $5–$10
donation requested. INFO:
4th FRIDAYS: Dances at
Christ Unity Church, 9249
Folsom Blvd. All Welcome
$5–$10 donation request-
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1st SATURDAYS: Health
Care for All. 10am–noon.
Hart Senior Ctr, 27th & J.
For single-payer universal
health care. INFO: 916-
1st SATURDAYS: Sacra-
mento Area Peace Action
Arden and Heritage (en-
trance to Arden Mall).
2nd & 4th SATURDAYS:
Community Contra Dance.
8–11pm; 7:30 lessons.
Coloma Center 4623 T
Street. INFO: 395-3483.
3rd SATURDAYS: Sacra-
mento Area Peace Action
Marconi & Fulton. INFO:
3rd SATURDAYS: Under-
ground Poetr y Series,
open mic plus featured po-
ets. 7–9pm Underground
Books, 2814 35th Street
(at Broadway), Sacramen-
to. $3. INFO: 737-3333.
SUNDAYS: Sacto Food Not
Bombs. 1:30pm. Come
help distribute food at 9th
and J Streets.
1st SUNDAYS: Zapatis-
ta Solidarity Coalition.
10am–noon. 909 12th St.
2nd SUNDAYS: Atheists
& Other Freethinkers.
2:30pm. Sierra 2 Center,
Room 10, 2791 24th St.
Veterans for Peace
Meeting Again in Sacramento.
We are working to end the war in Iraq and to help sol-
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you who were previously active in this or any other VFP
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pm. It will be held at the Round Table Pizza on Howe
Ave., just south of Arden Way, in Sacramento. Members
and potential members, as well as other supporters, are
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Gray Panthers Sac. general meeting and sum-
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Sacto /11 Truth Demonstration. 11th and L
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Bastille Day Celebration Fundraiser for Sacra-
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CAAC Goes to the Movies: Daylight Robbery, BBC
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“Going Public: Stories of Growing up in the
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Poet Mary Mackey. :0pm. Sac Poetry Center,
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Sacto /11 Truth Demonstration. 11th and L
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Peace Pyramid quarterly convocation. David
Dionisi addressing the issue of militarization in
our schools and what should be done about it.
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Monday, Sept. 1
Comedy in Poetry. :0pm. Michael Rowe,
Carol Moon and other comedic poets. Also,
CD release party for Pop/Folk musician Jenn
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Global capitalism has brought such a massive concentration of wealth
and power that we can rightly say the robber barons are back today with
corporate media to protect and serve their interests. Many have concluded
that resistance to such power is all but futile.
Deepa Kumar, asst. professor of media studies at Rutgers University,
argues against this pessimistic logic. Drawing on her book Outside the
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in taking the training or joining us at
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Progressive Radio Stations
▼ KVMR 8. FM
▼ The Voice, 88. Cable FM; and streaming
audio on www.Accesssacramento.org; SAP
Comcast Channels 1 & 18
▼ KyDS 1. FM
▼ KDVS 0. FM
▼ KPFA .1 FM Berkeley
▼ KSAC 10 AM (TalkCity Radio Sacramento).
—has been silenced. 10 AM has switched
to a gospel format. No more Randi Rhodes,
Rachel Maddow, Thom Hartmann or the
others who brought us an alternative
▼ KZFR 0.1 FM Chico
People Powered Radio! managed and
operated by volunteers, provides mostly
locally produced and community oriented
(Other) Progressive Newspapers
▼ The Flatlander: a free community newspa-
per of fun, opinion and politics in the Davis
Area. firstname.lastname@example.org. Publication
every months, next issue is April/May
Davis, CA 1
▼ you may see the Rock Creek Free Press
in the back of some BPM stands and in
other places you fnd BPM. It’s a great
new paper from Washington DC with em-
phasis on the undernews. Check it out.
▼ Likewise, we are greatly impressed with
the lively goodlooking Midtown Monthly.
It’s not political, but it has the kind of use-
ful and delightful info about life, art, food
and music in Sacramento and beyond
that creates the sense of community
needed for an uncertain future.
Here’s a hot tip! If you don’t have cable TV, and you do have a PC (doesn’t work on Mac), you can
watch Access Sacramento programs as they are being aired by going to www.accesssacramento.
org and clicking on the “Watch Channel 1” button at the top of the frst page.
Great Speeches and Interviews-Local
and national speeches and interviews
to challenge your thinking. An in-depth
radio program on the current issues.
Where to listen and/or download:
Listen Sundays -8pm on Comcast Ch. 1,
18, set your TV menu to SAP or listen on
The Voice www.AccessSacramento.org
Li sten or downl oad f rom www.
a r c h i v e . o r g / b o o k m a r k s / s g l
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