A NORCAL Publication
Vol. XL

ISSUE 1 Saturday, November 21, 2009
elcome to lall State 2009, I am pleased to in·ite vou to our £rst o·ernight con·ention
oí the vear. Manv weeks oí planning ha·e gone into this e·ent and we hope vou enjov
it. So how does an e·ent like this come together· \ell, it all starts with a theme, which the
council oí go·ernors which the council oí go·ernors take hours and hours to come up with.
Aíter eliminating repetiti·e ideas and ideas not rele·ant to present dav societv, the council oí
go·ernors £nallv decided on Bevond WKH+RUL]RQ$VVHVVLQJ$PHULFDQ,QÁXHQFH. L·erv single
JSA state uses this theme and molds their own debates, thought talks, and acti·ities around
it. In northern (aliíornia, we then take this theme and begin the planning process.
Debate department thinks up hundreds oí resolutions ranging írom topics such as nuclear
weapons control to the United Nations. 1he best debates are chosen írom that list, and
íorm the £nal debate list. 1he Debate Department then runs debateware, helps £nd debat-
ers to £ll those positions and writes the brieís that gi·e background iníormation to be put
in the agenda. (IA and RL( continuouslv call chapter presidents, gi·ing them iníormation
on what`s happening on the state le·el oí JSA, and assist them through the new registration
portal. 1he Speaker`s Department, headed bv Speaker oí the Assemblv, Lrica \ooslev,
prepares political íair and contacts all oí the organizations in attendance. Acti·ism depart-
ment has planned an acti·itv íor e·erv single block at lall State, stri·ing to promote concern
íor Iuman 1raí£cking. 1he Public Relations department puts together the Northstar and
Letter from the Governor
\elcome to Fall State :ooo
is currentlv working to rebuild the Nor(al JSA website with a new domain. 1he (on·en-
tion department takes all oí the work all oí the other departments ha·e done and puts it all
together. 1hev work out the logistics oí the con·ention, put the agenda together and assist
all oí the other departments in completing their goals in preparation íor lall State.
All oí the departments in JSA work together. 1hev all somehow relv on each other. Putting
a con·ention together mav sound easv once broken into steps, but making the coordination
oí all oí the departments now smoothlv is the greatest challenge. So what does the Go·-
ernor do in this process· I run the coordination process, and it`s a lot more work than one
could e·er imagine. All oí the hours oí blood, sweat and tears are well worth it to de·elop
a well run lall State. I hope vou ha·e the most intellectuallv exciting weekend oí vour liíe.
1his is lall State 2009: Assessing American Innuence.
Jessica Du
Fall Regionals:
Fun, but
extremely low
Juy Moody
ctober 1¯, 2009 this vear`s
£rst JSA e·ent was held
at Staníord (ourt Iotel
in San lrancisco. \es, vou
guessed right! It was none other than
the lall Regional (oníerence. 1he e·ent
was put on bv our íour lo·elv mavors
who made sure that this was nothing
short oí íantastic. It was a nice wav íor
me to learn about what JSA is all about,`
said a JSA newbie. .A couple íamous
JSA Alumni were present including
Mike Mc(urrv íormer \hite Iouse
Press Secretarv under (linton, and Ld-
win Meese íormer U.S. Attornev Gen-
eral under Reagan,. 1his was perhaps
one oí our best one davs e·er! Iowe·er,
attendance was disappointing so all oí
vou JSAers reading this right now, get
out there and attend these!
Golden Gute
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Activism Department Focus
Monicu Puulino
enerating o·er 30 billion
dollars annuallv, human
traí£cking has reached
massi·e proportions with o·er 2¯
million people ensla·ed throughout
the world. \hether íound in the
íorm oí íorced labor, prostitution,
or domestic ser·itude, sla·erv exist
e·ervwhere. 1his isn`t something
Americans can adopt as a íoreign
issue`, simplv because this isn`t.
\e can aid reíugees in Daríur and
send supplies to the ·ictims oí the
connicts in North Ki·u and smile
upon oursel·es íor doing a good
deed. \e can place oursel·es on
a moral pedestal and think, that
would ne·er happen here.` But in
realitv, it does. Iuman traí£cking
exists here, in our own countrv and
state, and unsurprisinglv, no one is
It is estimated there are o·er
100,000 ensla·ed working in the
U.S. todav with 14,000-1¯,500
more being traí£cked into the na-
tion annuallv. Not lor Sale, a Bav
Area based agencv working to re-
abolish` sla·erv, shares the stories
oí se·eral sex sla·es and domestic
ser·ants on their website.
Louis Lntongwe has dedicated
his liíe to íreeing ser·ants írom
the grips oí wealthv íamilies in the
Northeast. Iis stories tell oí how
easv it is íor íamilies to £nd sla·es
in 1hird \orld countries, like his
nati·e (ameroon in \est Aírica.
\ith the promise oí an education
and a better liíe, parents are tricked
into selling their daughters into the
brutal sex industrv. Oíten times,
these girls are shipped oíí to work
in other countries, including the
United States. \hile at what was
supposed to be a good ol` íash-
ioned 1hanksgi·ing dinner at his
cousin`s, Louis was introduced to
the mvsterious voung girl whom his
cousin was housing. Louis disco·-
ered that the girl had recentlv ned
írom her captors, a wealthv íamilv
in the Richmond, Virginia area that
íorced her to períorm domestic
work and sexual ía·ors. Louis con-
tacted the lBI and opened up an
in·estigation into the sla·e trade
out oí his nati·e (ameroon.
1he 1odav Show`s Meredith Vi-
eria co·ered human traí£cking
in America and íeatured a voung
Ukrainian uni·ersitv student who
had been lured to America with
the promise oí an experience oí
a liíetime.` Little did she know
that this would be an experience
oí rape and sexual abuse. Aíter ar-
ri·ing in Virginia
Beach, she was
met bv two
voung, Ameri-
can men who
dressed her into
re·ealing clothes
and demanded
that she dance
at their club and
bring in thou-
sands oí dollars
a week. Alone in
a íoreign coun-
trv with no one
to sa·e her, she
had no choice:
she became their
sla·e. Aíter be-
ing raped, abused
and íorced to work as an erotic
dancer at a club, the girl was able
to escape. She still li·es in íear that
her pimps will £nd her and her
íamilv again.
\e can pretend sla·erv disap-
peared írom American aíter its
abolishment` in 1865 but in re-
alitv, we all should know sla·erv
is still pre·alent not onlv globallv
but within our countrv. \e must
íall out oí our ignorant bliss and
realize sla·erv is here. Once we
recognize the extent oí sla·erv`s
presence in the U.S., we can reallv
abolish sla·erv.
Illeuully truIñcked culluirls Irom Thuilund
Photo Courtesy of
Previous Activism Project
Aid Ior Aghanistan \as a Success
Avu Ghezeluyuuh
ast vear`s JSA Nor-
(al Acti·ism project,
Aid íor Aíghanistan,`
turned out to be hugelv
successíul. \hether vou bought
a bagel or some merchandise, at-
tended one oí the Acti·ism De-
partment`s iníormational sessions,
or told vour íriends and íamilies
about the current educational and
economic problems the people oí
Aíghanistan íace, vou all made a
At the beginning oí last vear,
one oí the Acti·ism Department`s
goals was to join the local grass-
roots organization, 1rust in Ldu-
cation, in helping to reconstruct
the economv oí rural Aíghanistan
and in building and supporting
schools in the poorest areas oí the
countrv. 1his goal has certainlv
been met. 1he Junior Statesmen
oí America in Northern (aliíor-
nia raised nearlv >2000, and when
the cost oí educating a child in
Aíghanistan is about >1 per month
per child, our monev went a long
wav. \hile we cannot be sure
oí how exactlv our monev was
spent íor example, it mav ha·e
been used to pav a íemale teacher
named larzana with a class oí 49
students or to help construct an ir-
rigation project that would pre·ent
the spring run oíí írom nooding
land owned bv more than 80 íarm-
ers,, we certainlv know it made a
Iowe·er, it is important to note
that the Acti·ism Department`s
primarv goal was simplv to raise
awareness on how U.S. in·ol·e-
ment in Aíghanistan has negati·elv
aííected its ci·ilians. JSA`s decision
to help Aíghanistan began as a re-
sult oí the belieí that no countrv
should o·erthrow another`s go·-
ernment without helping with the
reconstruction that íollows. De-
struction without reconstruction
is wrong.
\hile the war in Aíghanistan,
once described as the justi£able
war` or the necessarv war,` is rap-
idlv becoming portraved as the war
not worth waging` and the crv íor
an exit strategv is not íar awav, we
must remember that organizations
like 1rust in Lducation do not ha·e
an exit strategv. 1he exit strate-
gies` oí such organizations include
continuing to pro·ide education,
humanitarian, reconstruction, and
economic aid, aíter militarv íorces
ha·e e·entuallv withdrawn. Al-
though JSA Acti·ism has adopted
a new project this vear, the Acti·-
ism Department hopes that in the
íuture vou will all continue to £nd
wavs to aid the people-particu-
larlv the children-oí Aíghanistan.
AIuhun uirls ure uettinu whut they deserve: u busic educution thut will provide them with limitless oppurtunities
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Iric Simmons
he United States, and indeed the
entire world, has been experienc-
ing a particularlv arduous eco-
nomic crisis íor the better part
oí a vear: it is estimated that our stock mar-
ket alone has shrunk bv 30 to 40°. Manv
economists ha·e proposed diííerent wavs oí
reco·ering the U.S. economv, but it usuallv
in·ol·es pumping monev into the svstem
írom one side or another and seeing what
happens, instead oí looking at what the U.S.
seems to spend too much on. One oí these
o·er-expenditures is that oí our roughlv es-
timated 1000 o·erseas bases, leít írom our
dabblings through out the world.
Germanv alone makes up more than 25° oí
that number. Germanv contains 268 oí our
bases, each and e·ervone taking a toll on our
budget. Japan has 124, and South Korea has
8¯. 2006 expenses on Deíense correspond
to 3.¯° oí the US GDP, which mav not
seem like a lot, but that is >455,600,000,000.
1hat is about halí oí the initial cost íor the
bailout. (hina, recentlv acclaimed to pass
us in the íuture bv industrial capacitv, had
a deíense budget oí >14,600,000,000, in
2006. Seeing as how (hina is doing so well
economicallv, the e·idence suggest that we
should be spending more on the economv
rather than our deíense. Not onlv is (hina
predicted to somedav surpass us economi-
callv, through its extraordinarv rise to aínu-
ence, it has attained a regional innuence al-
most unparalleled in modern historv.
L·en ií we just closed 100 bases in Ger-
manv, and 100 in Japan, we would still ha·e
major presence in each region, but be able
to sa·e millions oí dollars that can be used
elsewhere, and could potentiallv íortiív re-
maining bases with those troops. lor ex-
ample, we could send troops írom the newlv
closed bases to areas oí connict like Iraq and
Aíghanistan, places where thev`re debatablv
1he sole purpose oí our o·erseas bases is to
protect America, and gi·e the U.S. 1he íast-
est response time to anv sort oí threat or ad-
·ancement made bv another countrv. 1hese
bases stand as a svmbol oí power, tower-
Current Economic Crisis
ing o·er our íoes, and standing strong íor
our allies. 1hev are used to reduce connict
bv acting as a poweríul deterrent. Iowe·er
one oí the main causes íor the 9´11 attack
is that Al Oaeda ·iewed American meddling
in the Middle Last, as a threat to the Muslim
world. 1hev see our bases as a wav to project
this power. Bv ha·ing our bases so close, we
create a phvsical object to which people can
·isuallv associate with their problems. Aí-
ghanistan has been plagued with problems
like star·ation and po·ertv practicallv since
it`s íormation. It`s people need a target íor
their anger and íeeling oí injustice, and the
US is just the latest scapegoat.
Ií we are to remain competiti·e against
growing economies like (hina, ií we are to
remain competiti·e in the world, and help
lessen aggressi·e tension that hostile coun-
tries mav ha·e upon this nation, we must un-
equi·ocallv reconsider and re·olutionize the
distribution oí our budget, which £rst starts
bv cutting back our incredulous amount oí
o·erseas bases that are costlv and ineí£cient
to securing and maintaining the power oí
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Sushu Reud
thiopia is mainlv
known as the
center oí the
earliest human
liíe, including
the internation-
allv íamous íossil Lucv and her
recentlv disco·ered counterpart
Ardi. 1he current Lthiopian pop-
ulation and its manv problems,
howe·er, are less well-known.
he human rights ·iolations in
Lthiopia £rst came to wide-
spread public attention during
their 2005 presidential election and
ha·e continued to worsen despite
the eííorts oí manv go·ernments
and watchdog groups around the
world. Aíter the election in 2005,
manv protesters gathered to ex-
press their dissatisíaction with the
hat íollowed is reíerred to
as the Lthiopian Police
Massacre`, during which the po-
lice oí£cers £red into the crowd,
both at protesters and at bvstand-
ers, killing 193 people and injur-
ing ¯63. Since then the Lthiopian
armv has consistentlv ·iolated hu-
man rights in the name oí what
thev call a counterinsurgencv
campaign. According to Iuman
Rights \atch, the Lthiopian armv
has been responsible íor wide-
spread executions, torture and rape
within the territorv oí Ogaden.
In response to the Iuman Rights
\atch report, the Lthiopian Min-
istrv oí loreign Aííairs responded
with bv releasing as statement that
claimed thev had íound no trace
oí serious human rights ·iolation
let alone war crimes or crimes
against humanitv`.
he accuracv and indepen-
dence oí the research behind
the statement were called into
question bv manv organizations
including the U. S. State depart-
ment. lurther disdain íor human
rights was shown bv the Lthiopian
go·ernment in Januarv oí this vear.
1he Lthiopian parliament adopted
legislation that criminalized the
human rights acti·ities oí both
íoreign and domestic non-go·ern-
mental organizations or NGOs,.
It allowed the go·ernment to
monitor these organizations close-
lv which the go·ernment claims
could promote £nancial transpar-
encv and higher standards, howe·-
er, its seemed to be preparing íor
the 2010 parliamentarv elections
bv dampening go·ernmental op-
position. 1hen, in June oí this vear,
the Lthiopian go·ernment passed
an Anti-1error` Law, which was
presented bv the go·ernment as
promoting securitv íor the people.
According to Amnestv Interna-
tional, it is mainlv concerned with
acts oí terrorism`, which are ·erv
·aguelv de£ned within the legisla-
tion and could easilv encompass
legitimate and peaceíul dissent. In
an Amnestv International press
release, the organization savs that
the law de£nes acts oí terror-
ism` as including damage to prop-
ertv and disruption to anv public
ser·ice, íor which an indi·idual
could be sentenced to 15 vears in
prison or e·en the death penaltv.`
One oí the main problems with
the current situation in Lthiopia
is the íear oí the go·ernment and
oí the big corporations that are re-
sponsible íor all the damage. Lthi-
opian human rights acti·ists, e·en
those now in the United States, are
oíten aíraid to speak out against
their go·ernment íor íear that thev
will be íorced back into prison.
he most accessible aspect
oí this problem íor JSAers
is Lthiopia`s number one export:
coííee. (oííee was apparentlv £rst
disco·ered in Lthiopia, and coí-
íee remains the nation`s £rst cash
crop, responsible íor 65° oí their
íoreign currencv earning. 1he coí-
íee industrv is under a complete
monopolv bv the Guna 1rading
Iouse companv, which is owned
bv the political that came to power
in 2005.
o top oíí the corruption, the
(LO oí the Guna companv
also happens to be the wiíe oí
the Prime Minister oí a North-
ern region oí the countrv. 1he
go·ernment clearlv has complete
control oí the coííee industrv and
as it thereíore controls the major
source oí íoreign currencv earn-
ing, it is able to íul£ll its needs íor
the purchase oí militarv hardware.
Up until 200¯, Starbucks was buv-
ing coííee írom the Lthiopian go·-
ernment. Since then it has made
an eííort to clean up its image and
its human rights íootprint, but the
problem remains in the coííee in-
s a member oí JSA, vou can
do vour part to help Lthiopia
itselí bv making sure to ·eriív the
source oí the coííee vou drink, and
vou can expand this habit to other
aspects oí vour liíe: research vour
ía·orite clothing store`s production
policies to decide where to shop,
and pav attention to labels at vour
local supermarket when vou`re
getting dinner. Just as choosing a
diííerent cup oí coííee can stop
vou íor paving íor weapons íor the
Lthiopian armv, educating vourselí
in an eííort to become an acti·elv
in·ol·ed consumer can help make
the world a better place.
t is exceedinglv dií£cult
to chart the gains made
in combating insur-
gencies. Guerrilla wars
tend to wax and wane.
So we cannot without
equi·ocation predict
how solid our progress will pro·e.
\e can, howe·er, discuss the indi-
cators a·ailable and hope that thev
are not illusions. \e must account
íor a constantlv shiíting enemv
strategv: one that, perhaps, began
bv emulating ubiquitv but now has
grown, not weaker, but more care-
íul. \e ha·e established the near
impossibilitv oí our task, now let
us undertake it.
In Iraq the people ha·e been at
least partiallv paci£ed - the word
is used intentionallv. 1he elections
cannot be said to be representa-
ti·e as masses oí people £nd the
concept abhorrent and do not par-
ticipate, but at least thev ha·e not
blatantlv been corrupt. American
casualties ha·e begun to decrease,
but not drasticallv - the distribu-
tion is a surprisinglv uniíorm one:
September oí 2003 saw onlv £·e
more American losses than Mav oí
1he sectarian ·iolence, which ig-
nited a £restorm soon aíter the
original in·asion, has been all but
ended, vet, that íacet was not what
American íorces aimed to dismem-
ber - lest thev predicted exactlv
and planned íor the consequences
oí their actions. 1he ideological
insurgencv in Iraq retains a solid
inírastructure. It retains the abilitv
to strike with accuracv and to strike
poignantlv. L·idence suggests that
American attempts ha·e injured it,
but greater e·idence asserts that
those attempts ha·e not ended it.
Bv obser·ing the onlv slight de-
crease in American casualties írom
2003 to 2009, attributing the spike
in the middle to mostlv sectarian
·iolence, it can be postulated that
American íorces ha·e mostlv onlv
mopped up their own mess and
allowed the original opposition
to gain íamiliaritv with resisting a
hostile íoreign presence.
\hile progress has been made, in
the main, it has been made against
íorces that did not exist beíore
the in·asion. Saddam and his re-
gime ha·e been toppled, certainlv,
but this has shown to ha·e little
rele·ance to the greater \ar On
1error. 1here is no democratic
tradition in Iraq: it is likelv that ií
American íorces withdrawal soon
the situation will rapidlv de·ol·e
and some ·arietv oí autocracv will
1he other major íront in the \ar
On 1error, Aíghanistan, scarcelv
enjovs e·en that illusion oí a near
·ictorv. Rather than grow smaller,
the insurgencv has shown itselí
capable oí maintaining a íorceíul
presence across two countries -
Pakistan and Aíghanistan - with a
concentration along the rural and
mountainous border. 1he entire
NA1O operation is disorganised:
partiallv because oí the diplomatic
ambiguitv in·ol·ed in períorming
transborder operations and the ire
e·oked bv extramission casualties,
but also because oí genuine strate-
gic coníusion.
Oí late, a surge similar to that
which contributed to ending the
sectarian ·iolence in Iraq has been
proposed íor Aíghanistan but con-
cerns about the Karzai go·ern-
ment`s corruption ha·e the poten-
tial to push such plans back írom
1he recent elections in Aíghani-
stan ha·e rather underlined the
general íailure oí nation-building
initiati·es in Aíghanistan. \hile
the UN contests that the elections
were indeed legitimate - herein
no judgment is made - the striíe
that accompanied them speaks to
the atmosphere oí the popula-
tion. American oí£cials ha·e said,
howe·er, that the goal oí nation-
building is subser·ient to that oí
disabling the ·arious insurgent
groups at work within the region.
In this objecti·e too signs oí íail-
ure can be discerned. 1he border
remains in chaos. 1he insurgencv
remains capable in both countries.
1he íormerlv quiet Northern re-
gions oí Aíghanistan ha·e recentlv
come under the innuence oí the
1he 1aliban has been pushed back,
and progress has been made, but
·ictorv remains a distant prospect.
A surge could bring ía·ourable re-
sults, but it could also undermine
American eííorts to extricate itselí.
1he requisite troop increase would
likelv undermine peripheral initia-
ti·es to shiít the burden oí war
onto the Aíghan go·ernment - a
go·ernment that is questionablv
legitimate. At least it can be said
that the Obama administration has
a slew oí options a·ailable to it,
uníortunatelv, though, none oí the
options are without ills.
It is unlikelv that, judging írom
present le·els oí progress, either
Iraq or Aíghanistan will termi-
nate in a wav exactlv congenial to
American intent. 1here are, then,
two general options: to perse·ere
and hope it pavs or to cut losses
and escape. Neither carries with it
the best oí implications - the íor-
mer a bloodv ·ictorv and the lat-
ter a shameíul deíeat - but both
must still be considered, and con-
sidered as exactlv what thev are.
1he American populace seems to
íeel that an unequi·ocal ·ictorv is
ine·itable: it is the responsibilitv oí
those in power to allow, and realise
themsel·es, that this might not be
the case.
Willium Johnston
Iran And Afghanistan
Llection \oes: Iran and Þow AIghanistan
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Castelleja High School Chapter
Cumillu McHuuh
astilleja, an all girls
school in Palo Alto
with about 240 stu-
dents, was exposed to
JSA in 200¯. A group oí ¯ íresh-
men attended lall State, and a íew
more returned in the spring. 1he
next vear almost 30 girls returned,
making the greatest chapter atten-
dance increase between con·en-
tions in Nor(al historv. 1his vear
(astilleja hosted its £rst minicon,
with the theme oí Deterioration
oí American Values. 1he minicon
was held on a lridav aíternoon
and was a lot oí íun. 1here were
3 debates and a thought talk and
all were successíul: perhaps the
most íun being a debate that bans
and £nes íor obese and o·erweight
people should be abolished. (as-
tilleja hopes to host another mini-
con next vear with an e·en bigger
turn out!
t has been reallv reward-
ing to see JSA grow at (as-
tilleja írom a small group oí
students to a club that all
the cool kids take part in. As the
club`s popularitv increases, so does
the political awareness oí the stu-
dent bodv. Because oí JSA, a lot
oí people were more acti·e and
iníormed in the election last vear
and continue to be interested in
politics. \e ha·e weeklv meetings
that include iníormal thought talks
and debates and iníormation about
upcoming e·ents. 1his vear we be-
gan with o·er 50 people at our £rst
meeting with a li·elv debate o·er
whether Milev (vrus should be
remo·ed írom public ·iew.` Last
vear memorable meetings included
debates about the election, the sex
oííender registrv and the death
penaltv. I am con£dent that JSA
will continue to grow at (astilleja
as more and more students realize
how amazing it is!
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An up And Coming Chapter
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Michuel Wu
an Mateo Iigh is a pub-
lic school in San Mateo,
(aliíornia and is the onlv
school in its district to
ha·e a JSA chapter. Although
San Mateo Iigh has had a chap-
ter since 19¯2, it has experienced
manv ups and downs throughout
the vears. Most recentlv, írom the
vears 2005-2009, chapter numbers
ha·e gone down to almost 6 peo-
ple. Iowe·er, this vear`s San Mateo
Iigh`s chapter is again becoming
an increasinglv popular club.
Under new leadership, the San Ma-
teo high chapter has implemented
manv new policies and tactics to
raise unprecedented amounts oí
monev and increase membership.
In íact, the chapter membership
has grown írom a meager 6 to
o·er 50. In addition, bv working
with endless local organizations,
the chapter`s íundraising director,
Jacob Angel has raised o·er >400
in íunds and a club t-shirt sponsor-
1he chapter has also dedicated it-
selí to pro·iding an endless arrav
oí exciting acti·ities. So íar this
vear, the chapter has hosted a se-
ries oí (olbert and Jon Stewart
·iewing sessions, 2 thought talks,
and will be running a joint debate
with the San Mateo`s Iispanic /D
5D]D 8QLGD (lub on Illegal immi-
gration. 1o top it oíí, the chapter
has an acti·e website and íacebook
page to keep members aware oí re-
cent and upcoming e·ents.
Most importantlv, the club will be
sending 15 delegates to this vear`s
lall State. (ompared to the 5 dele-
gates sent last vear, that is de£nitelv
an impro·ement.
All these impro·ements, howe·er,
do not come without hard work.
\hile I, as a chapter president, set
the agenda, mv cabinet works hard
to make e·ervthing a realitvv. \ith-
out mv cabinet, the manv things
that make our chapter inno·ati·e.
Bv the end oí the vear, our chapter
looks íorward to be able to host a
minicon, send e·en more delegates
to both \inter (ongress and
Spring State, and become the larg-
est club on our campus.
Murks oI innovution: Sun Muteo`s Chupter hus u convienient website (sunmuteojsu.oru) und hus udopted u new policy oI
runninu debutes with other clubs
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Juy Moody
Aíter attending mv £rst con·en-
tion in the íall oí mv íreshman vear
and seeing se·eral large chapters
oí thirtv to íortv members, I real-
ized that when I became president
I wanted to expand and become
a poweríul and innuential chapter
in Nor(al JSA. In mv íreshman
vear, a JSA summer school grad
and I decided to start a chapter at
mv school and we agreed that he
would be president and I would be
Vice President. 1wo vears later, I
am now in mv £rst vear as (hapter
President and Alameda has grown
írom two delegates attending con-
·entions in mv íreshman vear to 28
members present at this con·en-
Mv primarv goal as chapter presi-
dent this vear is to keep JSA open
to all, and to ensure that we stav a
íun, relaxed but proíessional orga-
nization on campus. \ith that said,
our weeklv club meetings are quite
relaxed, but still possess the neces-
sarv structure that anv successíul
chapter needs in order to íunction
properlv. During our meetings e·-
erv lridav we £rst discuss all up-
coming e·ents and duties such as
con·entions, mini-cons, and taxes.
1hen we usuallv break out into a
relaxed thought talk or impromptu
debate regarding a not so serious
topic like whether or not our ·ice
principal has a toupeé.
I £nd that making our chapter
meetings more entertaining allows
us to expand our membership
and become a social hub during
those mundane lridav lunches.
1hroughout our campus we ha·e
the glossv picture oí Uncle Sam
telling those who pass bv: \e
want vou íor JSA!` \e also add
a humorous phrase such as, Meet
hot bovs írom other schools!` next
to the picture oí our dear Uncle
Sam. 1his message is enticing íor
our íemale student bodv and it acts
as a wav to draw more people into
our meetings, especiallv those with
a good sense oí humor.
Bv reading this article, vou mav
think oí Alameda Iigh JSA as a
group oí bov crazv girls, as well
as the lame guv writing this ar-
ticle, and that one tall blonde kid
who wears a bow tie. Don`t get me
wrong, we are all oí those things,
but we lo·e e·erv aspect oí JSA
and e·en had iníormal get-togeth-
ers o·er the summer to talk about
the exciting vear to come. \e mav
be a íun group, but we`re serious
about JSA.
Mv main goal this school vear as
chapter president is to pro·ide not
onlv a íun place to be e·erv lridav
at lunch, but to also get more Al-
ameda Iigh students in·ol·ed in
the largest student-run organiza-
tion in the countrv in a welcom-
ing and caring en·ironment. JSA
allows high school students to
become acti·e in politics and take
charge oí the íuture oí our coun-
trv, while most oí our peers can-
not e·en name our current Vice
President. \e are the íuture oí
Another Amazing Chapter
Alumedu Hiuh`s Chupter is Iun yet sucessIul
“Honestly, There’s
Nothing More Legit
Than NorCal
CIA Agents.”
-Jessica Du, Governor
he Chapter Intelligence Agency (CIA) and REC (Regional Expan-
sion Committee), NorCal JSA’s most important departments, are
looking for staf. CIA and REC agents call chapters once a week and
provide them with information, check up on how their chapter is doing,
and troubleshoot problems— they provide the link between the chapter
and state levels of JSA as chapters’ key resources. Dependable agents are
essential for Northern California JSA to run smoothly and be the BEST JSA
II you ure interested in uettinu involved, contuct CIA Ðirector Juliu Pus-
coe ( undJor RIC ÐirectorJ LTG Murissu
Rumirez-Zweiuer (
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The “IN” Thing
asicallv, JSA is an organi-
zation that prides itselí on
encouraging students to take
initiati·e and become acti·e
citizens engaged in the politi-
cal process in their own per-
sonal wav. 1he student created
website Intra·enous embodies
the spirit oí JSA bv stri·ing to
promote and achie·e the same
(reated bv Northgate high
school students and JSA mem-
bers, the website is an online
newspaper that íocuses on in-
ternational and national politi-
cal issues. Sounds great, right·
\ell, it gets e·en better! Man-
agement, design, and contri-
butions depend entirelv on
ambitious, capable high school
students such as voursel·es!
Like 1he Northstar, Intra·e-
nous depends on intelligent stu-
dents to become in·ol·ed in the
political ·entures and opportu-
nities that are oííered to them
in order to spread the passion
íor politics and acti·ism that
our societv and generation des-
peratelv need.
lor these reasons, Intra·enous
and 1he Northstar are partner-
ing up in a joint eííort to gather
a strong base oí dedicated stu-
dent writers who want to gi·e
back to the communitv bv stri·-
ing to promote awareness oí
the crucial issues oí our time
through the respected art oí
journalism. 1o be successíul,
we must relv on vour ·oices,
vour work, and vour contribu-
tions. Pleuse visit und emuil ule× or Ior more inIormution.
Ashley Nukui
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