Mayoral candidates against sprawl by wuxiangyu



Volume XXVI, Number 4                            Published by the Peace & Justice Network since 1986                                                                     May 2008

Save the                       Mayoral candidates against sprawl
DateS                                    Bruce Giudici                the funds of the other candidates
                                                                      combined (see box) may explain
                                                                                                              strongly urged that offenders be
                                                                                                              punished, while Gutierrez and
                                  On the eve of tax day, Campaign
                                                                      his lack of attendance at a forum       Sanchez both took an approach
April 19                       for Common Ground hosted a forum
                                                                      the Stockton Record devoted a           that emphasized neighborhood
                               that exposed the views of five of
                                                                      full 91 words to on page B3, April      and community outreach and
Peace Party (p. 20)            the six mayoral candidates. Present
                                                                      15. Stockton Record coverage            education. Gutierrez underlined his
                               for questions that focused on issues
                                                                      featured one small Gutierrez            experience in community outreach
                               of urban growth, development
April 20                                                              quote, mentioned that Lee was at        as a County Supervisor, saying that
                               and crime were Woody Alspaugh,
                                                                      another event and gave a single         this approach of mediating disputes
Earth Day Festival             retired longshoreman; Steve
                                                                      Johnston position. The other three      can bring positive results on issues
                               Gutierrez, San Joaquin County
                                                                      candidates were not mentioned.          between the City of Stockton, the
                               Supervisor; Ann Johnson,
                                                                         Candidates also addressed issues     county and neighboring cities.
May 31                         former City Councilmember and
                               businesswoman; Motecuzoma              of crime and graffiti prevention,          Management of the downtown          down neighborhood housing
Waldo Conservancy              Patricio Sanchez, an Iraq war vet      unemployment and job creation,          venues was an easy target, with        values. She also said that, with
                               and war critic; and Ralph Lee White,   the importance of education and         each candidate complaining about       available funding, the city could
festival                       former City Councilmember and          libraries, community action and         the terms of the city contracts that   purchase homes and re-sell them
                               businessman. Absent was Clem           mismanagement of Stockton's             all would re-negotiate. Sanchez        through the City's re-development
                               Lee, sitting City Councilmember.       money-losing ventures - the Fox         said that opening these venues to      efforts. White complained about
IN thIS                           After the candidates answered
                                                                      Theatre, Arena and Ballpark.            more local acts would keep money
                                                                                                              in the community and create
                                                                                                                                                     code enforcement, saying this
                                                                      Crime was Gutierrez' and                                                       made the community distrust the
                               a series of randomly selected
ISSue                          questions, a theme of putting the
                                                                      Johnston's number one priority,
                                                                      while Sanchez emphasized an
                                                                                                              jobs; Johnston said the contracts
                                                                                                              could be better managed and that
                               brakes on current development                                                                                            White thought a restriction on
                                                                      unemployment problem that               delegating too much power to the       campaign financing would violate
                               became evident. On questions of
Crossing the                                                          creates the atmosphere for criminal     City Manager should not happen         free speech, favoring a return to
                               smart growth, a greenbelt between
                                                                      and gang activity. At 32, Sanchez       again. Others agreed.                  district voting (where candidates
livermore line ........3       Lodi and Stockton, city infill, and
                                                                      pointed out that he is closest to          On foreclosures, the City can do    spent less in order to get elected)
                               Measure Q support, all voiced
                                                                      Stockton's median age (29), and         little, although Johnston pointed      from the current city-wide voting,
                               concern about the current direction
                                                                      that through better educational and     out that through code enforcement,     which requires a much larger
supervisors on                 of the recently-approved General
                                                                      employment opportunities, crime         abandoned houses needn't bring         budget.
                               Plan. On the downtown waterfront,
urban growth .........4                                               could be cut. While increasing
                               Albaugh preferred housing on
                                                                      the number of police staff was on
                               the south, with commercial
                               development on the north past I-5
                                                                      Johnston's and Gutierrez' agenda,        As of March 17
war cost: $3 trillion                                                 both White and Sanchez disagreed,
                               on the west. Most of the statements                                             The Money               Raised           and spenT
                                                                      saying that a re-deployment of
too low ...................7   made by the candidates denigrated
                                                                      existing police staff was possible       Clem Lee                $105,391          $44,068
                               rampant development, giving
                                                                      and could more efficiently marshall      Ann Johnston             $35,382           $6,609
                               hope to those who want a slower
                                                                      available resources. White made a        Steve Gutierrez             $500               $0
may day in US .........8       growth path in the General Plan
                                                                      pledge that he would not take a
                                                                      City salary if he were not able to
                                  The absence of Clem Lee in          reduce crime by 40% in his first         As reported in the Record, "Lee's fundraising has relied most
lobbyists buy                  this discussion was felt, since his    year as Mayor, claiming that he          heavily on developers and development-related businesses. A.G.
                               acceptance of significant developer    had achieved this figure in his          Spanos Co., for example, contributed $5,000. Johnston's largest
congress ..............11      campaign funding presupposes                                                    contributions were from two city labor groups, which each gave
                                                                      south Stockton neighborhood.
                               pro-development beliefs. The fact                                               $5,000, according to her report."
                                                                         On the issue of graffiti, Johnston
                               that Lee has raised three times
climate change
means jobs ...........13
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Time to leave Iraq
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          Bruce Giudici                remain. The rich-poor divide            a commodity to be sold for an                                                Editor: Bruce Giudici, 786-3109;
                                       remains, and the disadvantaged          action to be taken. Buy the t-shirt                                 
  Earth Day, May Day and               still fight the wars for the wealthy    and it's as if you were there. This
                                                                                                                                                            Associate Editors:
Mother's Day all began for             and powerful. Yet the differences       has to stop.                            Bruce                                 War & peace: John Morearty
different and important reasons -                                                                                    Giudici,                                Politics: Gary Barrington
                                       are more important. We are                This year, think of celebrating
reasons we should now remember,                                                                                       editor                                 Environment: Sally Galiste
                                       seemingly more informed, yet not.       the meaning of the holidays we                                               Layout: Laurie Litman
as the distractions of food, shelter   Connected, but more distant. Most       have—celebrate the earth, labor,                                             Proofreader: Debbie Cousyn
and clothing blow away in the          important, our self-confidence in       peace. By understanding the past,     on a peaceful and livable planet.      Ad Rep: Beth Luna, 931-4543
winds of the coming recession.         our abilities as a people, a society,   we should be able to build a better   And who can argue with that?           Distribution Coordinator: John
These were progressive, liberal        and a community have diminished         future based on meaningful work       Happy Holidays!
holidays grounded in an idealism       significantly. Beaten for decades,                                                                                   Distribution Site: Lela Nelson
determined to move society             convinced of our own ineptitude,
forward and to make the world a
better place in which to live.
                                       we can't even figure out the DVD
                                       timer or how to build anything.
                                                                               Feedback                                                                     Distributors: Rosemary Atkinson,
                                                                                                                                                             Antoinette Celle, Clarence
                                                                                                                                                             Edwards, Daniel Fong, Doris
  Earth Day 1970 was a reaction        We are told we can't even do our                                                                                      Haskell, Virginia Hubbard, Harry
to a lake you could walk on,           own taxes—so we don't even try.         Fran Abbott remembered                intense—but her joyful kindness         Mersman, John Morearty, Diane
                                                                                                                                                             Parks, Art Raab, Stanley Thomas,
a river that caught fire and air       The list is long.                       Editor,                               soon brought me into her capacious      Jim Walsh
you couldn't breathe: as a result,        Now is the time, however, when                                             fold.
                                                                                 Thank you for running the                                                  Community Calendar: vacant
the modern environmental               we must face the reality before us                                               When I had the hot idea to
                                                                               memorial box for Fran Abbott in                                              Deadline: 7th of each month (except
movement was born. May Day             and come up with new holidays,                                                bring a labyrinth—an ancient            Aug & Dec)
                                                                               your March issue.
commemorated a deadly Chicago          new inspirations, new actions.                                                spiritual tool that encourages         Circulation: 8,000
worker's riot that began as a                                                    Fran and I crossed paths when
                                       Looking back 40 years at civil          we both worked at University of       contemplation and meditation—to
rally for the 8-hour work day in       rights actions is meaningless, if it                                          Stockton, I knew Fran would
                                                                                                                                                            ConneCtions is a monthly publication
1886: subsequently, the US labor                                               the Pacific. I found her a little                                            of the Peace & Justice Network of San
                                       doesn't inspire civil rights actions    scary at first—she could be pretty    know how to proceed. She did!          Joaquin County. The views expressed
movement began. Orginally a            today. Holidays are not just an                                               She brought us together with three     in ConneCtions are those of the authors
reaction to the horror of the          excuse for a three-day weekend                                                other supportive women and over
                                                                                                                                                            and are not necessarily endorsed by
                                                                                                                                                            the Network. News, articles, letters and
American Civil War, Mother's           (of which we would have more                                                  lunch at the Wok Inn, she worked       calendar items should be sent to the
Day in 1872 was an effort to           —divorced from holidays—if we                                                 with us to come up with a name—
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                                                                                                                                                            Stockton, CA 95204. The editor reserves
have women come together               had an alive worker's movement).                                              Women’s Spiritual Forum—and a          the right of final decision on copy. Call
across national lines and commit       They can mean something—but                                                   mission statement.
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to finding peaceful resolutions
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                                       we are too often worn down by                                                    Fran Abbott was the Queen

to conflicts: regrettably, war         the economic system to take them                                              of Networking. She often did a
remains.                               for what they mean. Too often,                                                great deal with little or no money.
  So, where are we today?              popular culture drains the life out                                           Our Women’s Spiritual Forum
Similarities to those past days        of meaningful events, substituting                                            tagged along with the Celebrate
                                                                                                                     Diversity party at Pacific in 1997,
                                                                                                                     and we built our labyrinth on the
earth Day 2008 environment Grants                                                                                    south campus out of donated and
                                                                                                                     scavenged rocks, with help from
                                                                                                                                                                 Peace & Justice Network
                                                                                                                                                                 Board of Directors
The following classes won Earth Day Festival 2008 grant awards of $250 each to further environmental                 more interested women and some         Co-Chairs: Christie Kelley
study in their classes. Congratulations to all!                                                                      of our husbands. We brought in         Vice-Chairperson: Gary Barrington
                                                                                                                     an expert to lay it out according      Treasurer: Bruce Giudici
                                                                                                                                                            Secretary: Bill McLaury/Paula
                                                                                                                     to sacred geometry and were even
 TeacheR school                 GRade pRojecT                                                                        able to pay him a stipend through
                                                                                                                                                            Volunteer Coordinator: Vacant
 Julia Khade Stagg High            9-12     Students do shoreline clean-up and do research into non-point            donations.                             Members-at-large: Sally Galiste,
                                            source pollution, students create informational booklets to                 When Pacific asked us to take
                                                                                                                                                             Beth Luna, John Morearty, Jim
                                            be distributed in the community, showing ways to reduce                  the labyrinth out, Fran offered the    Organizational members: Health
                                            pollution                                                                garage at the Anderson Y Center         Care for All, Hispanics for Political
 Dinah Frey     Lincoln            1-3      Students collect samples of water and plant life in local pond           (now the Center for Community           Action, Sonora-Sierra Heritage
                Elementary                  and slough. Examine water for microscopic organisms with                 Involvement) to store our rocks,        Foundation, United Nations
                                                                                                                                                             Association, Youth Matters
                                            EyeClops which projects the images onto a television so all              which eventually were installed as
                                            the students can see. Study food chain and threats such as               a labyrinth near Central Methodist           “The Peace and Justice
                                            pollution.                                                               Church. Now there’s a more                   Network is a nonprofit
 Denise         Waverly            7-8      RECYCLE: Create DVD’s about recycling to share with                      permanent one at the Hospice next          educational organization
 Vaughan        Annex                       other classes and with parents. REUSE: Disseminate reusable              door. Labyrinths are practically
                                                                                                                                                              committed to the vision of a
                                            grocery bags along with the class DVD REDUCE: Adopt a                    ubiquitous 10 years later, and
                                                                                                                                                              world in which the equality
                                            Manteca park to clean up monthly                                         Stockton has one because of Fran
                                                                                                                                                                of all persons is achieved,
 Chris          Redwood            SH       Establish a pond and study aquatic creatures, build planters                                                      basic needs are met, conflict
                                                                                                                        She wholeheartedly lived a
 Negus                                      for existing greenhouse and establish a garden.                                                                   is resolved nonviolently, and
                                                                                                                     spiritual life, always exploring, so
 Caroline       Write Start       PreK      Explore varying stages at which all things grow and learn,               open to the next thing. She was        the earth’s resources are shared
 Mayhew         Preschool                   including us. Root-vue farm, butterfly kit, praying mantis kit,          completely at home anywhere.            responsibly for the well-being
                                            private greenhouses                                                      She took the basics, like reading       of all her inhabitants and all
 Elizabeth      Fremont            SDC      Students make vermicomposting bins to use in their homes                                                               future generations.”
                                                                                                                                 (continued next page)
 Coffey         Elementary       element    and share their knowledge with their families.

2 Connections May 2008
Why I crossed the line
           Ria de Groot                 of the lab.
   After attending numerous Good           As the three Physicians for
Friday Services at Livermore            Social Responsibility and many
Lab over the years, I began to          others stated so clearly during the
wonder: why not cross the line?         hearings, this is not safe for the
Then in 2007, Marylia Kelly             workers at the Lab and not for the
again sent out her newsletter with      7 million people living within a 50-
the latest development. This time,      mile range. Already convinced that
mini-nukes were now going to            it was important for me to cross the
be designed and developed at            line on Good Friday, this news just
Livermore Lab. My heart fell,           added to my conviction.
"Isn't this enough already?" Not           We prepared ourselves for this
more nuclear weapons.                   crossing the line, by having a
   So I decided that at the next        Passover meal at our home with
Good Friday Service, I too would        friends and family. If Moses can
cross the line with the others. This    cross the Red Sea in order to gain
next step of designing mini-nukes       liberty from oppression, then we
is too much and someone needs to        too can cross over that line at
say no.                                 Livermore and gain freedom from
                                        the oppression of nuclear weapons
   This winter, a newsletter
                                        in our world.
arrived in the mail from Marylia,
announcing open hearings in                On the actual day we listened,
Livermore and Tracy on our              prayed and sang songs of freedom
current administration's intention      and peace. Supporters were there
to "Revitalize the Nuclear Weapons      to cheer us on: Barry Stadtner,
Program" beginning in the summer        Art Raab, Lynn Kirk Connell,
of 2008. Livermore Lab would            Judy O'Donnell, Nita Stevens and        Ria DeGroot arrested for protesting nuclear weapons development at Livermore Lab on Easter Sunday.
be one of eight sites where the         John Morearty. Along with ninety
                                        others, Katherine Hourcade and I,
                                                                                a few bad apples? Bush
work would be done, including an
increase by substantial amounts the     both from Stockton, then crossed
level of plutonium on the grounds       the line and did not resist arrest.

                                                                                admits to approving torture
Feedback (continued from page 2)
                                                                                  On April 11, in a national           Anti-Torture Act and federal            the Bush administration's torture
to children, and built community.       out extra funds for firewood and        television interview, President        assault laws.                           policies head-on, we can begin
                                        food. People have been stranded         Bush directly admitted what we            These latest revelations             restoring the values and due process
 The very best thing I learned from
                                        in their homes because of the           have suspected all along: The          confirm our worst fears about           that the Bush administration has
Fran is to relax, accept everyone
                                        excessive rain, snow, ice, and mud,     White House was deeply and             subversion of the Constitution          severely undermined in the name
just as they are. Such a simple
                                        so we have been asked to send           intimately involved in decisions       and betrayals of the rule of law by     of national security.
concept, so hard to get. It wasn’t a
                                        out the message for supporters to       about the CIA's use of torture.        top government officials. Recent        acTion: There must be an
conscious exchange of information
at all, rather more like it came from   do what they can for the elders in        For the first time, George W.        reports indicate that members of        unyielding public outcry. Demand
her heart, and just landed on me        resistance.                             Bush acknowledged that he knew         the Bush administration including       that your members of Congress
because I happened to be within            The issues of coal, and especially   his top national security advisers     Dick Cheney, Condoleezza                reject torture by holding to account
her circle of love. How lucky we        uranium, mining are more pressing       discussed and approved specific        Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin            those responsible for approving
all are, this entire community, to      than ever, with energy demands          details of the CIA's use of torture.   Powell and George Tenet met             and implementing these un-
have lived when she did! Fran           and prices ratcheting up and the        "I'm aware that our national           regularly and approved the CIA's        American policies. Contact your
Abbott made us all rich.                big companies lining up for the         security team met on this issue        use of "combined" "enhanced"            representatives and visit http://
                                        next wave of resource extraction        and I approved," he said. He also      interrogation techniques, even
      With much appreciation,
                                        and new generators. The time to         defended the use of waterboarding      pushing the limits of the now
          Joyce McCallister                                                                                                                                    Source: ACLU letter, ACLU, 125
                                        act is now - to idenitfy old toxic      —simulated drowning where the          infamous 2002 Justice Department        Broad Street, 18th Floor New York,
                                        uranium mines and to prevent new        victim feels like they are about to    "Yoo torture memo."                     NY 10004
A note from Bear                                                                die.
                                        ones from going in, as the nuclear                                                That long-secret memorandum
(Ed note: Clan Dyken and crew
                                        industry prepares for another             Congress should long ago have        became public recently as a direct
make an annual visit to Big
                                        onslaught to the health of these        gotten to the bottom of which          result of ACLU lawsuits aimed at
Mountain and the surrounding
                                        indigenous communities and the          top officials approved, condoned       getting out the truth. And the truth
communities of the Dineh indian
                                        earth itself. Spring is the time to     and authorized U.S. involvement        is, the indefensible legal opinions
reservation in NE Arizona. As in
                                        plant corn and other native crops       in torture. But, now that the          put forward in the torture memo
past years, Bear has run the Big
                                        so important to the cultures of this    President has admitted to a policy     tried to give the President a virtual
Sur marathon to raise funds to
                                        region. Please support our spring       of top-down torture, the ACLU is       blank check to ignore the rule of
help the people at Big Mountain.
                                        trip to the reservation by pledging     calling on Congress to demand          law and to violate human rights
Interested in pledging? contact
                                        some money on my 26.2 mile              an independent prosecutor to           standards.
                                        vigil.                                  investigate possible violations of        If President Bush's admission
  It has been a particuarily hard                                               the War Crimes Act, the federal
                                                     Bear Dyken                                                        finally gets Congress to challenge
winter on the res. We have sent

                                                                                                                                                                         May 2008 Connections 3
                                                                                                                 Measuring the
                                                                                                                          Michael McGuire                   League of Conservation Voters
                                                                                                                    “Obama is the most liberal              gave the following rankings to
                                                                                                                 s e n a t o r. ” “ M c C a i n i s n ’ t   Obama (100), Clinton (71) and
                                                                                                                 conservative enough.” “We don’t            McCain (29). The business oriented
                                                                                                                 know where Clinton stands.” We             U.S. Chambers of Commerce rated
                                                                                                                 have all heard these statements            Obama (55), Clinton (67) and
                                                                                                                 the past few months. Is there any          McCain (100). The AFL-CIO
                                                                                                                 objective way we can verify these          union scored Obama (93), Clinton
                                                                                                                 claims?                                    (93) and McCain (7).
                                                                                                                    I taught a political science               The National Journal also
                                                                                                                 class for Delta College for three          ranks politicians as liberals and
                                                                                                                 decades beginning in the 1970s.            conservatives. They actually
                                                                                                                 My classes actually completed              provide separate scores on
                                                                                                                 an exercise where we attempted             economic, social and foreign
                                                                                                                 to place various congressmen               policies. Then they produce a
                                                                                                                 along a liberal/conservative axis          composite score. One could subtract
                                                                                                                 using roll call votes. Dozens of           the composite liberal score from
                                                                                                                 organizations score legislators            the composite conservative score
                                                                                                                 according to whether they vote to          and make a second comparison
                                                                                                                 support the organization’s interests.      like the ADA/ACU analysis.
                                                                                                                 Some, however, rank congressmen               The two comparisons are shown
                                                                                                                 along ideological lines. The two           below. In addition to the three
                                                                                                                 oldest are the Americans For               front-runners, I have added the
                                                                                                                 Democratic Action (liberal), and           scores of a well-known liberal, Ted
                                                                                                                 the American Conservative Union            Kennedy, and the very conservative
                                                                                                                 (conservative). Both organizations         senator, John Cornyn of Texas.
                                                                                                                 scored congressmen from zero
                                                                                                                 support to 100% support.                   liberal conservative scores
                                                                                                                    In the class exercise each student      Kennedy Obama
                                                                                                                 chose a senator or representative           Clinton McCain Cornyn
                                                                                                                 and subtracted the ADA from the             ---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
                                                                                                                 ACU score. The result would be a           -100 -87 0 +50 +96
                                                                                                                 number from -100 to +100, with
                                                                                                                 zero in between. A person with a           national journal lib/cons
                                                                                                                 high liberal score would inevitably        composite scores
                                                                                                                 have a low conservative score, and
                                                                                                                 would end up on the minus (left)           Kennedy Clinton McCain Cornyn
                                                                                                                 side of the line.                          Obama
                                                                                                                    Today you can find these                ---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
                                                                                                                 scores, along with dozens of               -87 -72 -40 0 +13 +81
                                                                                                                 others, at It is a
aFL-CIO health survey                                                                                            non-partisan organization that
                                                                                                                 features biographies of prominent
                                                                                                                                                               While the National Journal
                                                                                                                                                            and ADA/ACU scores differ, the
 Tabulation and analysis Peter       say our system has fundamental        covered—report particularly           politicians, their major contributors,     various politicians still end up in a
  D. Hart Research Associates        problems that must be fixed.          troubling problems getting the        important roll call votes, and             similar sequence from left to right.
                                                                           care they need because of cost.       ratings from close to a hundred            Clinton and Obama appear to be
                                     • The demand for change in
  Over a period of just seven                                                                                    organizations.                             solidly liberal, but Hillary may
                                     today's health care system is based   • More than half of survey takers
weeks, from Jan. 14-March 3,                                                                                        Among the listed lobby groups           be the more moderate of the two.
                                     primarily on deep concerns about      say their health insurance does not
a total of 26,419 people took                                                                                    scoring our congressmen in                 If McCain is conservative, he is a
                                     costs.                                cover all the care they need at a
the online 2008 Health Care for                                                                                  Project Vote Smart’s database              very moderate one compared to
                                     • The failures of America's health    price they can afford.
America Survey sponsored by the                                                                                  are the National Stone & Gravel            Cornyn. Ted Kennedy, measured
AFL-CIO and Working America.         care system, the survey reveals,      • Medicare is not a shield against                                               by the figures above, is the arch
                                     are a significant factor in broader   unaffordable prescription drug        Association, The National Trust
Most are insured and employed.                                                                                   For Historic Preservation, the             typical flaming liberal, and John
Most are college graduates. More     economic problems facing              prices.                                                                          Cornyn appears to be a couple
                                     working families today.                                                     Academy of General Dentistry, and
than half are union members.                                               • Concerns about today's health                                                  of clicks to the right of Attila the
                                                                                                                 the Family Research Council. The
These are the people, it would       • Having insurance coverage is not    care system span all ages, races,                                                Hun.
                                                                                                                 variety of interest groups scoring
seem, most likely to have positive   insulating families from problems,    and education levels and affect the                                                 If you want more details about
                                                                                                                 legislators is fairly impressive.
experiences with America's           concerns and dissatisfaction with     insured as well as the uninsured.                                                the candidates, head for votesmart.
                                     today's health care system.                                                    A few more common
health care system. Instead, their                                         Source: AFL-CIO 2008 Health Care                                                 org. If you appreciate the service,
                                                                                                                 organizations that represent broad
responses tell a sobering story      • But people who lack insurance—      for America Survey 3/26/08 http://                                               you may even want to contribute
                                                                                                                 categories can demonstrate the
about the breadth of the problems    and those who have children                                                 to them.
                                                                           upload/healthcaresurvey_report.pdf    usefulness of these measures. The
with health care in America. They    younger than 18 who are not

4 Connections May 2008
Delay, diminish,    Majority of doctors support
deny, and blame:    national health insurance
must be health care                                                            The call for publicly funded
                                                                             health insurance received a major
                                                                                                                       “Physicians see, first hand,
                                                                                                                    how insurance companies are
                                                                             boost April 1 after recent findings    dismantling the U.S. health care
    Peter Phillips and                                                       that a solid majority of U.S.          system in terms of affordability,
    Bridget Thornton                                                         physicians now support national        access and quality”, stated Senator
   In order to understand                                                    health insurance, according to a       Kuehl. “This study mirrors the
the money and power                                                          new study published in today’s         steady growth in support that          healthcare quality. OneCareNow,
connections of the health                                                    Annals of Internal Medicine, a         we’ve been seeing among the            the coalition made up of hundreds
insurance industry, we                                                       prominent U.S. medical journal.        public, generally, as well as nurses   of supporting organizations
should look at the boards                                                    Importantly, the study cites an        and other health care providers.       around the state, is continuing to
of directors of nine of the                                                  overall trend of growing support       The public is way ahead of the         organize support for SB 840, as
largest insurance companies                                                  among physicians in favor of           politicians on this issue.” SB 840     well as to educate communities
and the affiliations of each                                 members of      national health insurance across       is the only fully vetted and tested    on the need for the bill. SB 840
member. We found one hundred                              the major health   a broad range of specialties since     health reform model currently          is currently in the Assembly
thirteen board members who                        and disability insurance   2002, when a similar study was         being discussed in California and      Appropriations Committee.
held one hundred fifty past and/       firms in the US are a core element    conducted.                             has been empirically proven able       Source: Office of Senator Sheila
or present positions with major        of the socio-economic-political         The 2008 study found that            to cover every California resident,    Kuehl release, (916) 651-4023 www.
financial or investment institutions   elite in the US and uniquely          59% of U.S. physicians now             contain costs, and improve   
including such major firms such        positioned to dominate health care    support government legislation
as J.P. Morgan, Citigroup, Lord        policy-making decisions for the       to establish national health
Abbett, Bank of America, and           American people.                      insurance, reflecting an increase
Merrill-Lynch. These men and              Adding to their direct power in    of 10 percentage points from the
women sit on the boards of financial   the government, major financial       2002 study, at which time 49% of
corporations commanding $482.2         institutions, and across many         physicians were in support. The
billion in annual revenues in the      industries in the US, the health      increase in support for national
US. (Department of Commerce            insurance company directors           health insurance is mirrored by
2006)                                  als o maintain s ome thirty           a decline in opposition among
   Additionally, these board           direct connections to media           doctors, from 40% in 2002
members have connections to            organizations in the US ranging       down to 32% in 2008. Support
some of the largest corporations       from local newspapers, radio, and     among doctors for national health
in the world including General         TV stations to major corporations     insurance has increased across
Motors, IBM, Ford, Microsoft,          such as ABC, Washington Post,         almost all medical specialties,
                                                                             said Dr. Ronald T. Ackermann,
                                                                                                                       Contact Your Reps
and Coca Cola. We found direct         Cox Communications, and AOL-
corporate affiliations among           Time Warner. Thus, they are in        associate director of the Center for      Pres. George W. Bush, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave,
the one hundred thirteen health        a strong position to influence        Health Policy and Professionalism         NW, Washington DC 20500. 202-456-1414
insurance directors to thirty-         national media editorial policy       Research at Indiana University’s
                                                                                                                       Sen. Barbara Boxer, 1700 Montgomery St, Ste 240, San Francisco,
four corporations on the Fortune       and news reporting perspectives       School of Medicine and co-                CA 94111. 415-403-0100; 112 Hart Building, Washington, DC
500 list for 2007, which had a         on key health and disability issues   author of the study. Dr. Aaron            20510. 202-224-3553,
combined revenue of over $2.5          of the day.                           E. Carroll, Director of Indiana
                                                                                                                       Sen. Dianne Feinstein, One Post Street, Ste 2450, San Francisco,
trillion dollars 2006.                    Many of the board members          University's Center for Health
                                                                                                                       CA 94104. 415-249-0707; 331 Hart Building, Washington, DC
                                       have cross-affiliations with the      Policy and Professionalism
   The board members also held                                                                                         20510. 202-224-3841,
                                       nine companies we researched,         Research and lead author of
or hold eighty-two governmental
                                       whereby board members of one          the study, commented: "Many               Rep. Jerry McNerney, 11th District, 2222 Grand Canal Blvd #7,
or government-related positions.                                                                                       Stockton, CA 95207. 209-476-8552. Fax 209-476-8587. 312 Cannon
                                       company serve on boards of other      claim to speak for physicians
These positions range from                                                                                             House Office Bldg., Washington DC 20515; info@jerrymcnerney.
                                       companies such as Wellpoint,          and reflect their views. We
members of the US House and                                                                                            org, 925-833-0643,
                                       Unum, Blue Cross-Blue Shield,         asked doctors directly and found
Senate to Cabinet positions,
                                       and Kaiser Permanente, along          that, contrary to conventional            Rep. Dennis Cardoza (R-District 18) 137 E. Weber Ave, Stockton,
Ambassadors, Governors, State                                                                                          CA 95203. 209-946-0361, 503 Cannon House Office Building,
                                       with many connections to              wisdom, most doctors support
Insurance Commissioners, and                                                                                           Washington, DC 20515, 202-225-6131.
                                       the pharmaceutical industry,          the government creating national
Democrat and Republican Parties
                                       health policy organizations, and      health insurance."                        Rep. John Doolittle (R-District 4), 2130 Professional Dr, Ste 190,
posts that show a deeply embedded                                                                                      Roseville, CA 95661. 916-786-5560; 1524 Longworth Bldg, Wash-
government-health insurance            hospitals.                              California State Senator Sheila         ington, CA 20515. 202-225-2511
industry inter-connectedness.             These board members tend to        Kuehl, author of legislation to
Three board members actually           hold industry-wide perspectives       establish a publicly funded health        Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, 2201 C St, NW Washington,
                                                                                                                       DC 20520
held positions in the Canadian         on protecting health insurance        insurance system in California,
government as well. Additionally,      company profits, maintaining a        cited the study as evidence               Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, State Capitol, Sacramento, CA
many board members were/are            healthy business environment for      that health care providers are            95814. 916-445-2841

affiliated with influential policy     long-term economic growth, and        unsatisfied with private health           State Sen. Michael Machado (District 5), 31 E Channel St, Room
organizations such as the Trilateral   insuring that any movement for        insurance and are ready to support        440, Stockton, CA 95202. 209-948-7930; State Capitol, Rm 4035,
Commission, Brookings Institute,       expanded health care in the US        a system where health care is             Sacramento, CA 95814. 916-445-2407
US-China Business Council, US          will maintain their companies as      publicly funded but privately             Assemblyperson Kathleen Galgiani (District 17), 31 E. Channel
Chamber of Commerce, and The           the primary officiators.              delivered, similar to what she has        St., Rm. 306, Stockton CA 95202, 209-948-7479
Business Roundtable. The board                                               proposed with SB 840.

                                                                                                                                                                    May 2008 Connections 5
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                                                                                 assault in Basra, the NPR reporter's
                  1955 Lucile Ave, Suite B                                                                                  Siegel asked about the
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                    Stockton CA 95209                        $60 for 2 hours                                             progression of assaults on U.S.
                                                                                 this morning: "There is no doubt
                                                          (1st hour devoted to
                                                                                                                         troops over the years: "How have
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                                                                                                                         the attacks and the countermeasures
                                                                                                                         to them evolved?"
                                                                                    Such flat-out statements, uttered
                                                                                                                            Naturally, Gen. Scales responded
                                                                                 with journalistic tones and without
                                                                                                                         with the language of a military man.
                                                                                 attribution, are routine for the U.S.
                     TheHolisticzone                                                                                     "The enemy has built ever-larger
                                                                                 media establishment. In the "War
                                                                                                                         explosives," he said. "They've
                                                                                 Made Easy" documentary film, I
                Rev.GayLynnSaunders,D.C.                                                                                 found clever ways to hide their
                                                                                 put it this way: "If you're pro-war,
                                                                                                                         IEDs, their roadside bombs, and
                                                                                 you're objective. But if you're
                                                                                                                         even more diabolical means for
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                                                                                    So it goes at NPR News,
                                                                                                                         became even more "diabolical."
                                                                                 where—on "Morning Edition"
                                                                                                                         But what about an American
                                                                                 as well as the evening program
                                                                                 "All Things Considered" - the                                                   those of the ostensibly independent
                              Ann M. Cerney                                      sense and sensibilities tend               We l l , i f t h e A m e r i c a n
                                                                                                                         journalist is careful to function       journalist—who, along the way,
                                     Attorney at Law                             to be neatly aligned with the                                                   made the phrase "the enemy" his
                     45 Hunter Square Plaza, Stockton                            outlooks of official Washington.        with independence instead of
                                                                                                                         deference to the Pentagon, then         own in a followup question.
                        104 n. School St. #205, Lodi                             The critical aspects of reporting
                                                                                                                         the journalist's assumptions will          It wouldn't be fair to judge
                           948-9384 or 369-1333                                  largely amount to complaints
                                                                                                                         sound different than the outlooks       an entire news program on the
                                                                                 about policy shortcomings that
                                                                                                                         of a high-ranking U.S. military         basis of a couple of segments.
                         • Personal Injury         • Probate                     are tactical; the underlying and
                                                                                                                         officer.                                But I'm a frequent listener to "All
                         • Social Security         • Trusts                      shared assumptions are imperial.
                                                                                                                            In this case, an independent         Things Considered" and "Morning
                         • Immigration             • General Practice            Washington's prerogatives are
                         • Wills                   • Se Habla Espanol                                                    reporter might even be willing          Edition." Such cozy proximity of
                                                                                 evident when the media window
                                                                                                                         to ask a pointed question along         world views, blanketing the war
                                                                                 on the world is tinted red-white-
                                                                                                                         these lines: You just used the word     maker and the war reporter, is
                                                                                                                         "diabolical" to describe attacks        symptomatic of what ails NPR's
                                                                                    A few days into the sixth year                                               war coverage—especially from
                                                                                 of the Iraq war, "All Things            on the U.S. military by Iraqis, but
                                                                                                                         would that ever be an appropriate       Washington.
                                 Roger K.Lang, D.D.S., Inc.                      Considered" aired a discussion
                                                                                                                         adjective to use to describe attacks       Of course there are exceptions.
                                                                                 with a familiar guest. "To talk
                                 3031 W. March Lane, Suite 318E                                                          on Iraqis by the U.S. military?         Occasional news reports stray
                                                                                 about the state of the war and how
                                 (Go north on I-5, exit March Lane, go west to
                                                                                                                            In sharp contrast, what              from the narrow baseline. But the
                                 “The Fountain” and turn right)                  the U.S. military changes tactics to
                                                                                                                         happened during the "All Things         essence of the propaganda function
                                 (209) 956-0601                                  deal with it," said longtime anchor
                                                                                                                         Considered" discussion on March         is repetition, and the exceptional
                                                                                 Robert Siegel, "we turn now to
                                                                                                                                                                 does not undermine that function.
                                 Fax: (209) 952-8845
                                 Email:                       retired Gen. Robert Scales, who's       24 was a conversation of shared
                                 Web:                          talked with us many times over          sensibilities. The retired U.S.            To add insult to injury, NPR calls
                                                                                 the course of the conflict." This       Army general discussed the war          itself public radio. It's supposed to
                                                                                 is the sort of introduction that        effort in terms notably similar to      be willing to go where commercial
                                                                                                                                                                 networks fear to tread. But overall,
                                                                                                                                                                 when it comes to politics and
                                                                                                                                                                 war, the range of perspectives on
                                                                                   Overall, when it comes to politics                                            National Public Radio isn't any
                                                                                                                                                                 wider than what we encounter
 Publications                                                                    and war, the range of perspectives                                              on the avowedly commercial
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                                                                                  on National Public Radio isn't any                                                The documentary film "War
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                                                                                        on the avowedly commercial                                               went into home-video release this                                                                                                                                            week For more information, go
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6 Connections May 2008
Cost of Iraq occupation:                                                                                                    What if they were
$3 trillion too low                                                                                                         your kids?
Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes                                                                                            NOTE: If you want to understand
                                               Almost every expert we have                                                  what's happening in Iraq—not
   Notwithstanding Bush's                                                                                                   to mention what kind of parallel
response, our original estimate of         talked to agrees that the war has                                                universe our own media report
the cost of the Iraq war was too                                                                                            out of the conflict—be sure to
conservative: in reality, it will be
much higher. President Bush has           had something to do with the rise                                                 read the on-the-ground reporting
                                                                                                                            by the Gorilla's Guides <http://
tried to give the impression that                                                                                 >
the $3 trillion dollar estimate of          in the price of oil; it was not just                                            team every day. It can
the total cost of the war that we                                                                                           be jarring for American
provide in our new book may be              an accident that oil prices began                                               ears—we're not the
exaggerated.                                                                                                                target audience—but
   We believe that it is, in fact,
conservative. Even the president
                                             to soar at the same time as the                                                it's an important
                                                                                                                            perspective that we
would have to admit that the $50                                                                                            rarely get to see.
to $60 billion estimate given by the                               war began.
administration before the war was                                                                                              Spot the difference
wildly off the mark; there is little                                                                                        between these two
reason to have confidence in their       billion; second world war veterans'     lonely surviving supply-siders,            children:
arithmetic. They admit to a cost so      costs didn't peak until 1993), and      most economists believe that                  Did you spot the
far of $600 billion.                     restoring the military to its prewar    deficits matter, and the huge              difference? It's not the
                                         strength. If you include interest,      deficits to finance the war will have      obvious one that one
   Our numbers differ from theirs
                                         and interest on the interest—with       their toll in the long run. Deficits       is a boy and one is a
for three reasons: first, we are
                                         all of the war debt financed—the        matter in both the short run and           girl. The difference
estimating the total cost of the
                                         budgetary costs quickly mount.          the long. They help crowd out              between the two is that
war, under alternative conservative
                                            Finally, our $3 trillion dollars     private investment that would have         the girl was wounded in
scenarios, derived from the defense
                                         estimate also includes costs to         stimulated the economy far more            the roadside bombing
department and congressional
                                         the economy that go beyond the          than the war expenditures; and             attack on a bus south
budget office. We are not looking
                                         budget, for instance the cost of        the reduced investments reduce             of Baqubah. The boy
at McCain's 100-year scenario—
                                         caring for the huge number of           long-run productivity. With 40             was wounded in one of
we assume that we are there, in
                                         returning disabled veterans that        percent of the funds borrowed              several American rocket
diminished strength, only through
                                         go beyond the costs borne by the        from abroad, Americans will be             attacks on Sadr City today.
2017. But neither are we looking
                                         federal government—in one out           sending interest payments abroad
at a scenario that sees our troops                                                                                             Can you spot the difference        those could be my children. I know
                                         of five families with a serious         —lowering living standards at
pulled out within six months. With                                                                                          between the child killer who          plenty of young mothers whose
                                         disability, someone has to give up a    home. Finally, even Fed Chair
operational spending going on at                                                                                            uses a roadside bomb which is         children have been murdered
                                         job. The macro-economic costs are       Bernanke (formerly the president's
$12 billion a month, and with every                                                                                         a notoriously imprecise weapon        by the barbarism that America
                                         even larger. Almost every expert        economic adviser) admits that the
year costing more than the last, it is                                                                                      without any regard to civilian        brought here and continues to
                                         we have talked to agrees that the       deficits have reduced the room
easy to come to a total operational                                                                                         casualties to achieve his objective   foster here. Do not expect me to
                                         war has had something to do with        to manoeuvre—the ability of the
cost that is double the $600 billion                                                                                        and the American child killer         feel even the slightest pity for
                                         the rise in the price of oil; it was    government to respond to the
already spent.                                                                                                              who fires a rocket at a densely       any American who is here as part
                                         not just an accident that oil prices    looming economic crisis.
   Second, we include war                                                                                                   populated civilian area without       of the American war against my
                                         began to soar at the same time as          Spending so much on the war             any regard to civilian casualties     children. What I feel is exactly the
                                         the war began.                          has economic consequences, even            to achieve his objective?             same as what I feel when I hear
hidden elsewhere
                                            We have been criticized, but for     if you don't think there is any                                                  that a bomber has been killed.
in the budget,                                                                                                                 No, neither can I, because
                                         being excessively conservative, for     connection between the war and                                                   Relief. Relief that that is one less
and budgetary                                                                                                               there is none. The target of that
                                         including only $5 to $10 of the $75     the economy's current woes. In                                                   child-murdering pig to prey upon
expenditures that                                                                                                           particular airstrike was a school
                                         to $85 increase in the price of oil     adding up the quantifiable costs                                                 my children and satisfaction that
we would have                                                                                                               by the way. There is absolutely
                                         since then. Money spent on the war      of the war, it is hard not to come                                               a barbarian got what was coming
to incur in the                                                                                                             no difference whatsoever between
                                         -- on a Nepalese contractor working     up with a number in excess of $3                                                 to them.
future even if we                                                                                                           the two. None. They are both
                                         in Iraq -- does not stimulate the       trillion. In putting a $3 trillion price
left tomorrow.                                                                                                              barbarians. Neither of the two        Source: Writer Um Thalit, Gorilla's
                                         economy as much as money spent          tag on the war, we believe we have
Most important                                                                                                              types of barbarian are welcome        Guides <>,
                                         on hospitals or research or schools     been excessively conservative—a
of these are                                                                                                                here. I am a mother; I am Iraki;      12:28 pm, 4/10/08.
                                         at home. These contractionary           $4 or $5 trillion tag would be more
future costs of
                                         effects were temporarily covered        reasonable. And remember—this
caring for the
                                         up, hidden, by the flood of liquidity   is just the cost for America.
40 percent
of returning                             and lax regulations that led to a       Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate,
veterans                                 housing bubble and a consumption        is a professor of economics at
that are                                 boom—with household savings             Columbia University.
likely to                                plummeting to zero. But this
                                                                                 Source: Comment Is Free <http://
suffer from                              simply postponed paying these 
disabilities                             costs—and increased them.               html>, 4/8/08
(in excess of $600                          With the exception of a few

                                                                                                                                                                            May 2008 Connections 7
                                                                                May 1
                   Photographs for viewing at the

                                                                                May Day’s american history
                Henry Paine Gallery, 147 E. Alpine Ave.,
                    Mon–Fri., 1–6pm. Stockton

                                                                                           Harold Bell                  were killed and injured.
                                                                                                                           This action by the police and
                                                                                   Back in September I asked
                                                                                                                        industrial leaders of Chicago
                                                                                a friend from the Philippines if
                                                                                                                        infuriated the workers and labor
                                                                                she celebrated Labor Day? A bit
                                                                                                                        leaders. Organizer August Spies
              147 e. alpine, stockton, 95204                                    surprised she answered no, we
                                                                                                                        was sickened by the sight of
        (209) 942-2821—open M–F, 1:00–6:00 pm                                   have May Day.
                                                                                                                        the clubbing and shooting
                                                                                   On May 1, the International          of unarmed strikers and
                                                                                Workers holiday is celebrated in        consequently wrote a
                                                                                most countries of the world. In         leaflet titled, “Revenge!
                                                                                many countries, it is a national        Workingmen to Arms.”
                                                                                holiday—a day not to go to work         A call went out for
                                                                                but a day to march in the streets, in   a mass rally at the

                  Nouns to Go                                                   solidarity with all workers around
                                                                                the world. For many people, this
                                                                                holiday was thought to be a foreign
                                                                                                                        Haymarket Square
                                                                                                                        on May 4.
                                                                                                                           August Spies,
                                                                                holiday, a Russian thing not for us
                                                                                                                        Albert Parson & Samuel
             Writing Editing Proofreading                                       Americans. But it started here.
                                                                                                                        Fielden spoke that day and
                                                                                   May Day began with the fight         by all accounts (including
            » Public Relations Consultation                                     for the eight-hour day, starting        Chicago Mayor Carter H.
                                                                                in 1886 Chicago. At this time,          Harrison), their speeches were        became an international working
                                                              209.926.4074      the fight for the 8-hour day was        not inflammatory. As Fielden was      class movement, it became more
                                                      Joyce McCallister         sweeping the nation; Chicago was        ending his speech (talking about      than a struggle for the 8-hour day. It
                                        «          the epicenter of this struggle. The     how the rule of law was written       became a day of solidarity for social
                                                                                powerful Central Labor Union,           for the rich to keep the workers in   justice and equality for all workers.
                                                                                backed by the International             bondage, that workers have no use     The 1889 International Socialist
                                                                                Working Peoples Association             for the law), police started moving   Congress held in Paris founded
                                                                                (IWPA), was organizing strikes for      in on the dwindling crowd.            the new Socialist International,
                                                                                the 8-hour day. The Commercial                                                formally adopting the principles
                                                                                                                           As the police were charging
                                                                                Club represented powerful forces
                        PACIfIC                                                 on the other side of this battle.
                                                                                                                        toward the crowd to disperse them,
                                                                                                                        a powerful bomb was thrown,
                                                                                                                                                              of the International Workingmen's
                                                                                                                                                              Association. May Day was declared
                                                                                This was the elite Club with                                                  as an international working-class
                    COMPLEMENTARY                                               members like Marshall Field,
                                                                                Cyrus McCormick Jr., Philip
                                                                                                                        killing 7 policemen and wounding
                                                                                                                        many more. In the aftermath           holiday.
                                                                                                                        of the explosion, confused and           May Day today is the day
                    MEDICINE CENTER                                             Armour, George Pullman and
                                                                                other members of the corporate big
                                                                                                                        disoriented police started firing
                                                                                                                        their pistols in every direction,
                                                                                                                                                              to demonstrate international
                                                                                                                                                              solidarity with worker’s struggles
                                                                                business. They were dedicated to
             serving Stockton since 1984                                        stopping this movement that would
                                                                                                                        hitting civilians and also other      in every country. May Day is
                                                                                                                        police officers.                      the time for the working class to
                                                                                wreak havoc with maximizing
    Yi-Po Anthony Wu, M.D., M.P.H.                      Teresa M. Chen, Ph.D.
                                                                                their profits.                             Eight labor organizers (Albert     demonstrate its awesome power.
     Medical Director, Internal Medicine                  Program Coordinator
                                                                                                                        Parsons, August Spies, Adolph         May Day is the day to fight against
                                                                                   At the McCormick Reaper                                                    racism, whether it is in Baghdad
                             Dorel Rotar, L.Ac., MTOM
                                                                                                                        Fischer, George Engel, Louis
                         Brian Chee C. Loh, L.Ac., O.M.D.                       Works in 1886, there was a bitter                                             and against the war in Iraq or
                                                                                                                        Lingg, Samuel Fielden, Michael
                    Shu-Chuan Susan Wang, L.Ac., Ph.D, O.M.D.                   strike going on for the 8-hour day.                                           it is in Jena, Louisiana against
                                                                                                                        Schwab and Oscar Neebe) were
                            Licensed Acupuncturists, Herbalists                 Owner Cyrus McCormick Jr. was                                                 another attempted lynching of the
                                                                                                                        arrested and tried for the murder
                                                                                always looking for automation                                                 black students daring to demand
   The Best of Eastern and Western Medicine                                                                             of the police in the Haymarket
                                                                                that would allow him to cut his                                               equality. Recently, in Stockton
                                                                                                                        bombing. On November 11 1887,
             for Health and Healing                                             work force, determined to keep                                                and other cities, the May Day
                                                                                                                        Parsons, Spies, Engel and Fischer
                                                                                his factory running even through                                              marches by hundreds of thousands
            • Internal Medicine • Acupuncture & Moxibustion •                                                           were excuted by hanging and Lingg
                                                                                a strike. McCormick would use                                                 of immigrants and their supporters
                           East & West Herbs •                                                                          committed suicide the day before
                                                                                scabs and thugs like the Pinkerton                                            have kept the spirit of working
              Chinese Health Exercises (Tai Chi & Qi Gong)                                                              the scheduled execution. Fielden,
                                                                                Detective Agency and the Chicago                                              class solidarity moving toward an
                                                                                                                        Schwab and Neebe each received
                                                                                police to break the union. During                                             egalitarian future.
                                                                                                                        long prison terms. However, they
               Shop at the Herb Store                                           this strike, McCormick had hired
                                                                                scabs and strike breakers. At the
                                                                                                                        were pardoned in 1893 by the          NOTES: The material for this
                                                                                                                        Illinois Governor.                    article comes from The Haymarket
      Specializing in Traditional Chinese Herbal Remedies                       shift change on May 3 1886, the
        wide variety of western herbs & nutritional supplements                 strikers and their supporters were         Before their executions, the       Tragedy by Paul Avrich; Death
          imported teas  vitamins & minerals  health bars                     harassing the scabs. There was          movement to save the condemned        at the Haymarket by James
           essential oils  healthcare & educational books                     yelling, pushing, and shoving           men spread around the world.          Green; http://www.marxists.
                     over-the-counter medications                               that led to fighting. The police        From Boston to San Francisco,         org/history/international/social-
               Store Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.                        were called to protect the scabs        mass meetings were held to mourn      democracy/index.htm; http://cpl.
                                                                                and the McCormick property; in          the loss of the defendants. The
                                                                                this action the police drew their       same actions were taking place in     haymarket.html
              645 West Harding Way • 464-4800
                                                                                revolvers. A number of workers          Europe and Latin America. As this
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8 Connections May 2008
Longshoremen to protest war
   Nearly one hundred Longshore         them home safely and ending the            The union’s International

Caucus delegates voted on               War in Iraq. Concerns were also         Executive Board recently
February 8 to support a resolution      raised about the growing cost of        endorsed Barack Obama, citing
calling for an eight-hour "stop-        the war that has threatened funding     his opposition to the War in Iraq as
work" meeting during the day-shift      for domestic needs, including           one of the key factors in the union's
on Thursday, May 1 at ports in CA,      education and healthcare. Nobel         decision-making process. Caucus
OR and WA to protest the war by         prize-winning economist Joseph          delegates are democratically
calling for the immediate, safe         Stiglitz and Harvard economist          elected representatives from
return of U.S. troops from Iraq.        Linda J. Bilmes recently estimated      every longshore local who set
   Caucus delegates, including          that the true cost of the War in Iraq   policy for the Longshore Division.
several military veterans, spoke        to American taxpayers will exceed       ILWU International President
passionately about the importance       3 trillion dollars--a figure they       Robert McEllrath has written
of supporting the troops by bringing    describe as "conservative."             letters to President John Sweeney
                                                                                of the AFL-CIO and President
                                                                                Andy Stern of the Change-to-Win
                                                                                Coalition, and to the presidents of
                                                                                the International Transport Workers
                                                                                Federation and the International
                                                                                Dockworkers Council to inform
                                                                                them of the ILWU's plans for May
                                                                                1. Anyone interested in supporting
                                                                                the Stockton ILWU local, please
                                                                                call Jim at 981-0544.

Judge Judy, mediate this
          Christian Jutt                parties may still seek a litigated      between the two have been broken
                                        solution.                               in the past or one of the parties
   As a small claims advisor at                                                 appears to be hiding from the
                                           Some detractors accuse
the Mediation Center I receive
phone calls from potential litigants
                                        mediations of presenting less           other. However, certain cases           Grants Writer
                                        likelihood of securing compensation     seem to cry out for mediation           School, City & County government
seeking justice or maybe just to                                                and the prospect of going to court
                                                                                                                        Non-profit & Private Industries
                                        from those promising to pay a
settle a score. The cases have                                                  conjures up a Sisyphean task for
                                        settlement than if they had gone                                                P.O. Box 4588
a low dollar value and usually                                                  all those involved. These conflicts
                                        to court. Although it is true that                                              Stockton, CA 95204
someone has informed them that                                                  hopefully will end up at the door
                                        while in some cases, parties that
it’s not likely that anyone will                                                of the Mediation Center.
                                                                                                                        Beverly Joyce ford
                                        have promised to make payments
represent them. After years of                                                                                          (209) 474-2270
                                        later default on their agreements,         Litigators should keep this
Judge Judy, the choice seems clear:
                                        in most cases agreements are            solution in mind when clients
the People’s Court!
                                        honored. Even more to the point,        come asking for representation
   Unbeknownst to them, the             at least when parties agree to make     in certain types of cases. The
prospective litigants often face        payments at that point in time,         following checklist comes to
months and months of completing         they are making a conscious and         mind:
legal documents, difficult service of   deliberate choice to pay and settle     • the conflict seems to be
the summons to wary defendants,         the conflict.                           negotiable
court appearances, and more
                                           Litigants in search of               • parties are well known to each
challenges later in trying to collect
                                        compensation from a defendant           other
the judgment. To those who are
                                        should not labor under the illusion
inclined to listen, I present to them                                           • there is no special reason to doubt
                                        that a judge’s decision will compel
another option —mediation.                                                      the other’s integrity
                                        the party to pay. Often the plaintiff
   The mediations, which are held
at the Mediation Center of San
                                        has to go a step further after          • the parties hope for a quick
                                                                                                                        Michael–David Winery
                                        obtaining a decision in his favor,
Joaquin, are low-cost affairs with      to see any of the money awarded         • there is low dollar value to the                       Phillips Farms
a sliding scale for those who are       in the case. The strategies for         case
economically disadvantaged. At          collection include bank levies,         • the potential defendant would
                                                                                                                                             Wine Tasting Daily
the mediation, the participants         wage garnishment, property liens        like to protect his credit rating.
                                                                                                                                       Gold Medal Wines from Lodi
exchange their perspectives with        and sometimes, a “till tap” or a           Pessimists may not be persuaded                              Breakfast—Lunch
one another and the mediators           “keeper” (don’t ask). If, on the                                                                        Homemade Pies               Enjoy our
                                                                                that the idea of settling issues
encourage them to see the other’s       other hand, the party promises to                                                                               and                farm meals!
                                                                                peacefully by simply talking with
point of view. After working            pay in the mediated agreement,
                                                                                                                                             Fresh Local Produce
                                                                                one’s adversaries is enough to
through all of the issues and           this is a risk definitely worth the
                                                                                                                                          Sustainable Natural Farming
                                                                                make them try mediation. Still,
finding the ground that unites          investment.                             this is not an idea that is going                               Open daily 8–5 pm
them, the majority of cases result                                                                                                    1 mile east of I-5 on Highway 12 in Lodi
                                           Not all cases may be mediated,       away. As anyone can see, there
in an agreement which avoids the                                                                                               
                                        such as when one of the parties         is no shortage of conflicts going
courtroom altogether. In the event                                                                                                             (209) 368-7384
                                        has a restraining order, agreements     around for us to worry about a lack
of an unsuccessful mediation, the
                                                                                of demand for mediation.

                                                                                                                                                                     May 2008 Connections 9
  valleydance: Community In Motion                                                                                             Clear-cutting
    New Dance Company and
 San Joaquin County Dance
                                                                                                                               clearly harmful
 Alliance sponsor Valleydance
 2008, a free dance festival                                                                                                            Alan R. Willard              logging to a stop. Notice I didn't
 featuring an exciting line-up                                                                                                                                       say stop logging. Take a look at
                                                                                                                                   "May we live in interesting       satellite images of the Sierra and
 of local dance performances at                                                                                                times." Housing and property
 Stockton’s downtown Weber                                                                                                                                           you will see all forests are under
                                                                                                                               markets are grabbing headlines        siege. Sierra Pacific Industries is
 Point stage. Performances will                                                                                                and more people end up homeless.
 run continuously throughout                                                                                                                                         the largest timber landholder in
                                                                                                                               The U.S. dollar is losing its         California. The timber industry
 the day beginning at 11 am on                                                                                                 global dominance. Energy costs
 Saturday, May 10th. In addition,                                                                                                                                    has claimed that clear-cutting
                                                                                                                               skyrocket, a seemingly endless        our forests doesn't cause global
 dance organizations will provide                                                                                              war proceeds, credit card debt
 information booths and raffle                                                                                                                                       warming impacts. What else would
                                                                                                                               has reached critical mass and we      one expect such self-interested
 prizes, and food vendors will be                                                                                              don't seem to have leadership with
 on site. Party and picnic all day,                                                                                                                                  "forest experts" to say? Respected
                                                                                                                               answers to these issues. With this    forest experts not working for the
 then spend the evening with                                                                                                   taking place, how could anyone
 regional master choreographers                                                                                                                                      timber industry have pointed out
                                                                                                                               think of the environment? Except      (in a Jan. 28 conference titled
 and their companies performing                                                                                                that global warming and climate
 fabulous new dance pieces in                                                                                                                                        "Clear-cutting the climate" and on
                                                                                                                               change is part of the mix. Everyone   climate and forest Web sites) that
 an open air concert beginning                                                                                                 needs to do what they can to slow
 at 6:30 pm.                                                                                                                                                         clear-cut logging and systematic
                                                                                                                               it. Those of us who live in or near   deforestation of western forests is
                                                                                                                               the forest have a responsibility      contributing to global warming.
                                                                                                                               to recognize that deforestation is    The unvarnished truth is: it's time
                                                                                                                               a primary contributor to global       to change our attitude towards our
                                                                                                                               warming. Local forest practices       forests.
                                                                                                                               and principles can bring clear-cut

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10 Connections May 2008
Lobbyists buy Congress: price…$2.8 billion
   Corporations, industries,              CRP, which tracks lobbying          insurance, which spent $138               General Electric was the number-
labor unions, governments              spending on its award-winning          million on lobbying, followed           two spender ($23.6 million),
and other interests spent a            Web site, found that, for the          by electric utilities, which spent      followed by three interests in the
record $2.79 billion in 2007 to        second straight year, health           $112.7 million, the computers/          health sector: the Pharmaceutical
lobby for favorable policies in        interests spent more on federal        Internet industry, which spent          Research and Manufacturers
Washington, the nonpartisan            lobbying than any other economic       $110.6 million, and hospitals           of America ($22.7 million),
Center for Responsive Politics         sector—$444.7 million. The             and nursing homes, which paid           American Medical Association
has calculated. This represents an     finance, insurance and real estate     lobbyists at least $90.5 million.       ($22.1 million) and the American
increase of 7.7 percent, or $200       sector was second, spending about      The securities and investment           Hospital Association ($19.7
million, over spending in 2006.        $418.7 million.                        industry, which ranked sixth,           million). Other big spenders
And for every day Congress was            Looking more specifically           spent $87.3 million, increasing its     on the Top 20 list included
in session, industries and interests   within the larger sectors the Center   lobbying 40 percent over 2006.          AARP, Exxon Mobil, AT&T,
spent an average of $17 million to     tracks, the pharmaceuticals/health        Drilling even further to look        General Motors, the National
lobby lawmakers and the federal        products industry outspent all         at particular corporations, trade       Association of Realtors, Verizon
government at large.                   industries by shelling out $227        associations, unions and other          Communications and several
   "At a time when our economy         million for lobbying services, or      organizations, the biggest spender      defense contractors, Northrop        Child Left Behind act.
is contracting, Washington's           an average of $1.4 million for the     in 2007 was again the U.S.              Grumman, Boeing and Lockheed            Among Washington's lobbying
lobbying industry has been             164 days that the 110th Congress       Chamber of Commerce. Although           Martin.                              firms, Patton Boggs reported the
expanding," said Sheila Krumholz,      met in 2007. The drug industry         the business booster's reported           The amount of money spent on       highest revenue from registered
executive director of the 25-year-     has spent $1.3 billion on federal      lobbying decreased about 27             federal lobbying has increased       lobbying for the fifth year in a
old watchdog group. "Lobbying          lobbying over the last 10 years,       percent last year, following a          about 8 percent annually since       row, $41.9 million, an increase
seems to be a recession-proof          more than any other industry. Its      record year in 2006, the Chamber        the late 1990s, making last          over 2006 of more than 20 percent.
industry. In some respects,            reported lobbying increased 25         and its affiliates still managed to     year's growth typical. But some      The firm's most lucrative clients
interests seek even more from our      percent in 2007.                       spend nearly $52.8 million on in-       interests vastly increased their     included the private equity firm
government when the economy               The second-biggest spender          house lobbyists and with K Street       lobbying in 2007. Blackstone         Cerberus Capital Management,
slows."                                among industries in 2007 was           firms.                                  Group, the private equity firm       the candy and pet food company
                                                                                                                      lobbying to prevent higher taxes     Mars Inc., telecom giant Verizon,
                                                                                                                      on its profits, ramped up 477        the pharmaceutical manufacturers

tax score: military spending                                                                                          percent to spend $5.4 million. The
                                                                                                                      National Education Association,
                                                                                                                      the nation's largest teacher's
                                                                                                                                                           Bristol-Myers Squibb and Roche,
                                                                                                                                                           and the American Association for
                                                                                                                                                           Justice (formerly the Association

40%, education 4%                                                                                                     union, spent $9.2 million last
                                                                                                                      year—up 464 percent —and
                                                                                                                      presumably focused its lobbying
                                                                                                                                                           of Trial Lawyers of America).
                                                                                                                                                           Source: The Center for Responsive
                                                                                                                                                           Politics release, 4/10/08 http://www.
  As taxes come due on April           services, and 2.6 percent towards      total allocated to the war to $745      on the reauthorization of the No
15th, taxpayers can take stock         the environment, energy and            billion. Also under the President's
of how the federal government          science programs.                      proposal, tax cuts for the richest
spent their 2007 income tax
dollars: over 40 percent went
                                          "The current Administration
                                       made a priority of funding a half
                                                                              10 per cent would cost $116.6
                                                                              billion in Fiscal Year 2009. At the     Funeral plans—
towards military spending, while                                              same time, spending on renewable
education received just over
4 percent, according to a new
                                       a trillion dollar war in Iraq and
                                       a yearly military budget of the
                                       same amount at the expense of
                                                                              energy and conservation would
                                                                              receive $1.3 billion.
                                                                                                                      better now than later
analysis released by the National      virtually everything else," said         "Voters have made clear in
Priorities Project (NPP), a non-       Greg Speeter, spokesperson for         the latest polls that they are                     Marj Fries
profit research organization that      the National Priorities Project.       not happy with the country's
examines the local impact of           "Every elected official owes           current direction," noted Speeter.         Preplanning your own funeral
federal spending policies.             their taxpaying constituents an        "With a quick look at how the           or memorial service allows for a
  In Where Do Your Tax Dollars         accounting for spending their          government spent last year's            simple business transaction when
Go?, NPP offers a breakdown of         tax dollars on war and excessive       income tax dollars, it's easy to see    the time comes. Young and older,
how the federal government spent       weapon systems while people            why."                                   it’s the best end-of life gift you
the median income family's 2007        struggle to hold onto their jobs                                               can give family and loved friends.
                                                                                The National Priorities Project
tax payment in each state and          and their homes."                                                              What makes mortuary service
                                                                              (NPP) is a 501(c)(3) research
almost 200 cities.                                                                                                    different from other purchases
                                          The National Priorities Project     organization that analyzes and
                                                                                                                      is the speed with which it must
  In 2007, according to the            is also the leading source for the     clarifies federal data so that people
                                                                                                                      be done, the emotion involved,
National Priorities Project, the       cost of the Iraq War, offering         can understand and influence
                                                                                                                      and the lack of knowledge of
federal government spent 42.2          breakdowns of the cost by state,       how their tax dollars are spent.
                                                                                                                      possibilities.                       U.S., affords no-hassle access to
percent of every income tax dollar     city and congressional district.       Located in Northampton, MA,
on military spending. This figure                                             since 1983, NPP focuses on the             The Funeral Consumer              contracted services with a local
                                          NPP's latest tax day publication
includes 28.7 percent for current                                             impact of federal spending and          Alliance enables you to preplan      mortuary. This is not prepaying.
                                       also looks ahead at the Bush
military and war spending, 10                                                 other policies at the national,         arrangements for a dignified and     Your PrePlanning is caring for
                                       Administration's proposed federal
percent for interest on military                                              state, congressional district and       affordable cremation or burial.      those who love you!
                                       spending and tax cuts for Fiscal
debt and 3.5 percent for veterans'                                            local levels.                           Their simple form allows you to         Call 209-465-2741 or go to web
                                       Year 2009. Under the President's
benefits. At the same time, 8.7                                                                                       take care of the basics right now.   site:
                                       proposal, the Iraq War would           Source: National Priorities Project
percent went towards anti-poverty                                                                                     The $25 lifetime membership,         SanJoaquin. Right now is a good
                                       receive another $139 billion in        release, 4/7/08. NPP, 17 New South
programs, 4.4 percent towards                                                                                         transferable throughout the          time—or do for your birthday!
                                       Iraq War spending, bringing the        St, Northampton, MA, 01060. http://
education, training and social                                      

                                                                                                                                                                    May 2008 Connections 11
                                                                                                  Recycling 101                                                                    Recycling
                                                                                                     Recycling is one of the most feel-   your city's recycling policies, so
                      Tori L. Davis, L.C.s.W.                                                     good and useful environmental           you don't have to separate it out          The U.S. currently recycles
                                                                                                  practices around. The benefits          later. If you tend to forget what's      32.5 percent of its waste,
                Licensed Clinical Social Worker, License #18235
                                                                                                  go way beyond reducing piles            recyclable and what's not, make a        compared with about five
     Psychotherapy/Consultation/Trainings                                                         of garbage -- recycling protects        sign and post it near your bins.         percent in 1970.
                                                                                                  habitat and biodiversity, and saves
                             7510 Shoreline Drive, Suite A7                                                                                                                          According to the EPA,
                                                                                                  energy, water, and resources such       Don't forget to reuse
                                  Stockton, CA 95219                                                                                                                               recycling cuts global warming
                                                                                                  as trees and metal ores. Recycling        Paper, plastic, glass and cans
                                    (209) 477-8482                                                                                                                                 pollution by the equivalent
                                                                                                  also cuts global warming pollution      aren't the only items that should        of removing 39.6 million
                                                                                                  from manufacturing, landfilling         be diverted from incinerators and        passenger cars from the road.
                                                                                                  and incinerating.                       landfills. Reduce the environmental
                                                                                                                                                                                     Before 1973, no curbside
                                                                                                     But recycling means a lot more       impacts of organic waste by
                                                                                                                                                                                   recycling programs existed in
                                                                                                  than bringing your newspapers and       composting food scraps, and by
                                                                                                                                                                                   the United States. By 2006,
                                                                                                  cans to the curb. Truly successful      leaving short grass clippings on
   Great programs for new and                                                                     recycling involves minimizing           lawns to decompose. Donate old
                                                                                                                                                                                   about 8,660 curbside programs
                                                                                                                                                                                   had sprouted up across the
  existing small business owners                                                                  waste along the entire life cycle       clothing to homeless shelters, thrift
                                                                                                  of a product, from acquiring raw        stores, animal shelters and other
                                       Contact us at                                              materials to manufacturing, using       community organizations. Take              31 percent of plastic soft
                   San Joaquin Delta College                                                      and disposing of a product. Most        advantage of manufacturer take-          drink bottles, 45 percent of
            Small Business Development Center                                                     environmental impacts associated        back programs for your unwanted          aluminum cans and 67 percent
            56 S. Lincoln Street • Stockton, CA 95203                                             with the products we buy occur          electronics.                             of all major appliances are now
                                                                                                  before we open the package,                                                      recycled.
                                                                                                  so buying products made from            Make waste an endangered                   Less than half of all post-
                   Web:                                                                                                                               consumer paper discarded in
                                                                                                  recycled materials is just as           species
                                                                                                  important as sorting waste into                                                  the United States is recovered
                                                                                                                                             Bring your own reusable bags
                                                                                                  the right bins.                                                                  for recycling.
                                                                                                                                          to local stores. Keep a ceramic
                                                                                                     And when we reduce the amount        mug for water or coffee at work            Only 13 percent of water
                                                                                                  of stuff we buy in the first place,     rather than using disposable paper       bottles are recycled. In 2005,
                                                                                                  and reuse what we can, we reduce        or plastic foam cups. Most cities        Americans purchased 30
           Servamatic Solar &                                                                     the environmental harm associated       in the United States have clean,         billion water bottles, and 26
                                                                                                  with acquiring raw materials and        drinkable water, so use tap water        billion of them wound up in
                 Water                                                                            manufacturing. Here are some                                                     landfills.
                      Photovoltaics & Solar Electric                                                                                      (you can filter it if you'd like) and
                                                                                                  tips that will help you cut down        refillable water bottles instead of        Airports and airlines recycle
                          Hot Water Heating                                                       on waste and boost your recycling       buying bottled water.                    less than 20 percent of the
                           Water Softeners                                                        skills:                                                                          425,000 tons of passenger-
                           Reverse Osmosis
                                                                                                                                          Talk to your local                       related waste they produce
                            Water Pumping                                                         Shop smart                              government and                           each year.
                     482-1044 931-5731                                                              Purchase paper and other
                                  George Nahas                                                    products for your home and office
                                                                                                  that are made with post-consumer          Encourage local officials to
                                lic. 668257 Bc-36C46                                                                                                                              A plastic container you recycle at
                                                                                                  recycled content and packaged in        consider incentives and more
                                                                                                                                                                                  home might be garbage-bound in
                                                                                                  recyclable materials. Buy in bulk       ambitious recycling initiatives.
                                                                                                                                                                                  another community. Or something
                                                                                                  when you can to reduce the amount       Give positive feedback to store
                                                                                                                                                                                  you can't recycle at home might
                                                                                                  of packaging that gets thrown           managers and manufacturers who
                                                                                                                                                                                  be recyclable in your school or
                                                                                                  away.                                   are making good environmental
                                                                                                                                                                                  workplace. When traveling away
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12 Connections May 2008
Solving climate change saves
billions, creates jobs
   Amidst increasingly dire news      barrels of oil, save consumers         any new conventional coal plants,
about the economy and climate         $8.46 billion in energy bills and      and the gradual phasing out of all
change, Architecture 2030 released    create 216,000 new jobs. As Mazria     existing conventional coal plants              MSM = truth? Check out the
a seminal study at the Eileen         explained, because building is a       by 2030 to place an immediate
Rockefeller Growald Symposium         local activity (construction jobs      cap on coal plant emissions while           alternatives & decide for yourself
on Collaborative Philanthropy         cannot be outsourced), the money       allowing time to retrain coal
early April, showing how a small      invested in the Building Sector        workers for new jobs, ii) require           If you tap in to some of the alternative media, you will get a very different
investment of only $21.6 billion in   cycles through local economies         that all developments using federal         perspective on events. Especially now, when the mainstream media often acts
the Building Sector would produce     several times, bolstering the entire   funds meet the 2030 Challenge               as a cheerleader for whatever the administration does, it’s necessary to go a
216,000 permanent jobs and save       US economy.                            targets to create additional models         little further to get your news. An internet connection is helpful.
86.7 Million Metric Tons (MMT)           Neither "clean' coal plants (with   of building energy efficiency for
                                                                                                                         KPFA (94.1 FM) provides the best coverage around for many issues. You can
of CO2 in a single year. This same    carbon capture and sequestration)      the marketplace, iii) upgrade the           listen on the internet at
amount invested each year for five    nor nuclear plants can compete         National Energy Conservation
years would net over one million      with the clean energy, cheap price,    Code Standard to the 2030                   Democracy Now! on KPFA, 94.1 FM at 9am, on KVMR, 89.5 at 7pm or on the
permanent jobs and save 433.5         widespread economic benefits           Challenge targets for residential           web at:
MMT.                                  and job creation of building           and commercial buildings to                 Firedoglake
   According to Edward Mazria,        energy efficiency. Investing the       immediately stabilize and begin             Think Progress
founder of Architecture 2030,         same money in either "clean'           reducing energy demand in the
                                                                                                                         Talking Points Memo
"Although difficult, the economic     coal plants or nuclear plants          Building Sector and iv) invest
and global warming crises are the     costs significantly more (rather       $21.6 billion each year for five            TPM Muckraker
motivation we need as a nation        than saving consumers money),          years in building energy efficiency         Froomkin’s White House Briefing
to retool our thinking. If we're      replaces far fewer conventional        measures through existing federal
                                                                                                                         The Next Hurrah
smart enough to jump on this          coal plants, reduces CO2 by far        programs (i.e. New Markets Tax
opportunity, we will not only solve   less and would create no new           Credits; Low Income Housing Tax             Eschaton
global warming, we will set the US    jobs, since the jobs at these new      Credits; a five-year extension and          Huffington Post
up for unprecedented economic         plants would be replacing existing     increased funding for efficiency
success."                             conventional coal plant jobs.          in the Energy Policy Act) and new
   The study is a comparative            To bring the energy use of the      energy efficiency incentives, tax           Media Matters
analysis of three approaches          Building Sector under control,         credits and programs to stimulate           Daily Kos
to addressing climate change:         Architecture 2030 issued the 2030      building construction, reduce
                                                                                                                         Common Dreams:
building energy efficiency, "clean"   Challenge in January 2006. The         annual Building Sector energy
coal (coal with carbon capture        2030 Challenge calls for all new       consumption by 5 QBtu, reduce               Truth Out:
and sequestration) and nuclear        buildings and major renovations        annual U.S. CO2 emissions by                Raw Story
power. According to the study,        to reduce their fossil- fuel GHG-      433.5 MMT, save consumers
                                                                                                                         Open Left
"The economic feasibility of any      emitting energy consumption by         $128 billion (which more than
proposed actions regarding climate    50% by 2010, and incrementally         covers the cost of this solution)           AlterNet:
change is a particularly important    increasing the reductions every five   and create more than one million            Independent Media Center:
consideration in this time of         years so that all new buildings are    permanent new jobs and v) fund
                                                                                                                         The Nation—
looming recession. Therefore,         "carbon neutral' by 2030. According    and implement a joint labor-
the study is an investigation not     to the study, by addressing several    management job training program             Hightower News —
only of the most effective actions    key factors, the 2030 Challenge        for displaced coal industry jobs            Mother Jones—
that can be taken in addressing       offers a comprehensive, effective      based on successful models
                                                                                                                         In These Times —
climate change, but also of the       approach to the Building Sector's      developed over the past two
implications of these actions on      role in the climate change crisis.     decades in the tire/rubber, steel,          Tom Paine.common sense —
the US economy."                      The Challenge calls for the            automobile and communications               Global Alliance Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space — http://www.
   The study concludes that, of       necessary reductions required to       industries.                       
the energy and climate change         avert dangerous climate change, is        The study concludes that there           The Guardian:
solutions proposed today, the         achievable within the timeline set     is a clear, simple, realistic and
                                                                                                                         Angry Arab News Service—
one that costs the least and offers   by scientists, centers on building     achievable solution to addressing
the greatest benefits to both the     energy efficiency and renewable        climate change with significant             Corporate Watch—
planet and the economy, is energy     energy as the preferred means to       economic benefits: building energy
efficiency in buildings.              achieve the reductions called for,     efficiency.
   Buildings are responsible for      and is already widely adopted.         A b o u t A rc h i t e c t u re 2 0 3 0 :
almost half (48%) of all energy          Based on this information,          Architecture 2030 is a non-profit           We’re on the web too!
consumption and greenhouse            and the momentum of the 2030           organization working to achieve a
                                                                                                                         The Peace & Justice Network of San Joaquin County
gas (GHG) emissions in the US         Challenge, Architecture 2030 has       dramatic reduction in the global-
annually. With an investment of       developed the "2030 Blueprint,"        warming-causing greenhouse gas              (pjnsjc) website has information, calendar, media links,
just $21.6 billion, building energy   a roadmap for turning the global       (GHG) emissions of buildings                and more. Under construction and growing. Share your
efficiency would replace 22.3         warming and economic crises            by changing the way they are                ideas on how the website should evolve.
conventional coal-fired power         into an historic opportunity. The      designed and constructed.
plants, reduce CO2 emissions by       2030 Blueprint calls for the US        Source: Architecture 2030 release
86.7 MMT, save 204 billion cu.        to i) implement an immediate           4/10/08, http://www.architecture2030.
ft. of natural gas and 10.7 million   moratorium on the construction of      org

                                                                                                                                                                           May 2008 Connections 13
Socialism for the rich bails out bankers & builders
           Dean Baker                  prompted Congress to rush into         $170,000 and $200,000. This            bankers under the guise of helping
                                       action when it came back into          means a loss for the bank, but,        homeowners.
   Conservatives used to complain      session last week.                     almost certainly, a much smaller          There are real ways to help
liberals always wanted to throw
                                          The centerpiece of the              loss than if it carried through the    homeowners facing foreclosure.
money at problems. While there
                                       "Foreclosure Prevention Act"           foreclosure.                           Amending the bankruptcy law to
may have been some truth at
times to this charge, Congress         approved by the Senate is a tax          The handout to the banks is          allow judges to rewrite the terms
decided to literally take this path    break for the homebuilders and         justified as an effort to keep         of home mortgages,
in its approach to the housing         the mortgage bankers -- in effect      homeowners in their houses. This       so families can keep their
bubble last week.                      throwing taxpayer dollars at two of    may be reasonable in depressed         home, would be a good
                                       the industries most responsible for    markets like Detroit or Cleveland,     start. We can also change
   There are many villains in          the housing bubble. That should        but simple arithmetic shows            the rules on foreclosure to
the story of the housing bubble,       satisfy troubled homeowners.           this plan provides no benefit to       allow homeowners the
but the homebuilders and the
                                          But this may not be the end         homeowners in bubble-inflated          option to remain in their
mortgage industry would go
                                       of it. There are plans for a large-    markets like Los Angeles and           home as renters paying
on almost everyone's list. The
                                       scale buyout of bad mortgage           Boston.                                the fair market rent.
homebuilders rushed ahead
with new developments under            debt. There are several different        In these markets, houses now            This would provide
the delusion the bubble would          proposals being circulated, but        sell for more than 20 times the        security to homeowners,
last forever. The result is an         the basic story is the same. The       annual rent on a comparable unit.      since they could not just
unprecedented glut in housing.         government would guarantee new         This means, even with a low 6          be thrown out on the
                                       mortgages that would be used           percent mortgage, after adding in      street. More importantly,
   The mortgage industry               to buy up existing mortgages of        taxes, insurance and maintenance,      it would provide lenders                                         now seems
aggressively promoted                  homes facing foreclosure.              homeowners will likely pay 60          with a real incentive                                           determined
adjustable rate mortgages to
                                          While the new mortgages             percent to 80 percent more in          to negotiate terms that                                        to compound
the most vulnerable segments
                                       would be issued at prices that         housing costs than if they rented.     allow homeowners to                                           this failure.
of the population, giving us the
                                       are less than the value of the         The additional housing costs will      stay in their homes as                                      It is trying to
subprime crisis. They didn't
                                       original mortgage, they will           come at the expense of health          owners, since banks do not               hand as         many taxpayer
care mortgages couldn't be paid
                                       almost certainly give the banks        care, quality childcare, and other     want to become landlords.                dollars as possible to the banks
because they could dump them
                                       far more money than if the market      necessary expenses. Furthermore,          The Fed and Congress were             in a futile attempt to prop up
into the secondary market almost
                                       was left alone.                        since house prices are falling         incredibly negligent in allowing         the bubble and keep homes
immediately after they were
                                          For example, a bank may have        in these bubble markets, it is         the housing bubble to grow to such       unaffordable for young people.
                                       issued a mortgage for $220,000         extremely unlikely these families      enormous proportions. Acting on          Thankfully, it is an election year.
   During their spring recess,                                                will accumulate any equity. In
members of Congress heard from         on a home that is now worth                                                   the advice of economists who
                                                                              short, just like the tax breaks                                                 Source: 4/10/08 http://
angry constituents who feared the      $200,000. Under the various                                                   couldn't see the bubble, Congress
                                       proposals, the government-             approved last week, these bailout
loss of their home or the loss of                                             proposals are yet another way
much of their home equity due          guaranteed mortgage would give
                                       the bank a check for between           to put money in the pockets of
to plunging house prices. This

                                                                                                                         Lawn signs, mugs, t-shirts
Why not drink local water?                                                                                               “War is NOT the answer” lawn signs come from the Friends Committee
                                                                                                                         on National Legislation (FCNL). We are requesting a $5 donation to cover
         Jim Hightower                 the results are kept secret by the     menu items. Think about it: In             costs (sorry, we can’t ship lawn
                                       corporations.                          terms of energy, environment, and          signs). We also have elegant
   In a triumph of marketing              One group that is beginning to      sustainability, it makes no sense          pins made of pewter in the
over reasoning, the bottled            rebel is one you might not expect:     to load cargo ships with millions          shape of the peace symbol
water industry has turned us into      upscale restaurants. Such places       of bottles of water, haul them             for $10. Also, handsome PJN
conspicuously silly consumers.         profit handsomely from offering        thousands of miles to our shores,          T-shirts in many colors, and
   Controlled by a handful of          Perrier, San Pellegrino, Fiji, or      truck them hundreds of miles               more. Come by the P&J Center
global conglomerates (such             other designer waters, paying a        to our restaurants, then chuck             to see these items, plus buttons
as Coca Cola and Nestle), the          dollar or two for each bottle and      the bottles into our overloaded            and bumperstickers galore,
water industry has created the         selling them for eight or ten bucks.   landfills—when the local, public           231 Bedford Rd, Stockton CA
fantasy that if it's in a bottle,      Yet, Chez Panisse in Berkeley,         water system supplies perfectly            95204. Call 467-4455.
it's purer than what comes out         California, and Del Posto in           good water available at the turn
of the tap. But wait—the EPA           New York City are among the            of a faucet.
stringently regulates the public       pioneers who are foregoing this           Just as it makes economic
water systems, requiring tests         profit center, substituting free       and environmental sense to "eat
several times a day for bacteria       filtered tap water or house-made       local," it also makes sense to
and other contaminants, and these      sparkling water that's also drawn      "drink local."
test results are public information.   from the tap.                          Source: Hightower Lowdown 4/10/08
The corporate bottlers, on the            Why would they do this?   ,
other hand, are overseen by the        Because they are part of a growing     with help from "Fighting The Tide, A
more lackadaisical FDA, which          sustainable food movement              Few Restaurants Tilt To Tap Water,"
requires them to test their water      that prides itself in using local,
                                                                              The New York Times, May 30, 2007.
sources only once a week—and           seasonal ingredients for their

14 Connections May 2008
enough already
         Robin Mittenthal               from ores previously mined.             figuring out how to use resources
                                           Similarly, in Alberta, Canada,       more efficiently, making cars and
   One classic definition of insanity                                           electronics and other doodads with
                                        petrochemical companies have
involves doing the same thing                                                   less metal and plastic and whatnot
                                        built giant facilities to produce
over and over again and expecting                                               than a generation ago. In general,
                                        oil from thick, tarry gunk that's
different results. A twice-divorced                                             they seem sure that our big brains
                                        bound to sand under much of the
friend of mine who recently married                                             will keep coming up with solutions
                                        province. Short of liquefying coal,
again seems insane in this way.                                                 when we need them.
                                        there's no less efficient source of
   So, unfortunately, do most           oil. But oil is now valuable enough        Those things are all true at some
economists, policy-makers and           to justify the enormous expense.        level - we're clever enough that
pundits, who think the economy                                                  many manufactured goods have
                                           Metals and oil are nonrenewable
can—must!—grow forever.                                                         been getting cheaper for years -
                                        resources, but the picture is pretty
Whenever recession looms, as                                                    but sky-high oil and gas prices
                                        much the same for resources that
it does now, these folks seem to                                                now make these claims seem
                                        theoretically replace themselves.
think the answer is for us all to                                               increasingly hollow. There are no
                                        Between timber harvesting and
make, buy and sell each other more                                              substitutes at all for products like
                                        agriculture combined, some
stuff.                                                                          nitrogen fertilizer, which can't
                                        scientists estimate that we now
   What's the problem with growth?      consume more than 40 percent            be made on a large scale without
There are several, not the least of     of the earth's "net primary             natural gas and is now 30 percent
which is the gradual transformation     productivity," the total amount of      more expensive than it was in
of our country into a coast-to-coast    energy accumulated by all plants        2000. Plastics, themselves the
strip mall. In the long run, though,    everywhere. You might think that's      "cheap" substitute, now cost more
the biggest problem is simply that      OK—100 minus 40 leaves 60,              for the same reason.
we've already bought, sold and          after all. But the natural systems on      So what might our economy
buried in landfills an awful lot of     which we depend for clean water         look like if it weren't based on
the material goodies Earth has to       and air and other useful perks          more, more, more? It's hard to
offer.                                  seem to need just about all of that     say, but a cornerstone of it would
   The closer one looks at where        60 percent to keep going. That's        necessarily be the concept of
we're getting the resources to          especially true as those systems        "enough," as in "I have enough
grow with, the more the idea            are stressed by climate change,         possessions" or "I have a large
of perpetual economic growth            pollution and just plain abuse.         enough house."
starts to smell like yesterday's           Economists have long answered           This would be a profound shift
diapers. To get gold, copper and        this sort of argument by pointing to    for most of us. Some of us would
even common metals like iron            "resource substitution"—the idea        have to be pushed there, perhaps
and aluminum, we're mining ores         that scarce metals, for example,        by a Scandinavian-style system
today that companies 50 years ago       can be replaced in many situations      where the tax rate for the wealthiest
ignored as inferior. In many cases      with high-tech plastics. They           was closer to 70 percent than 35
we're so desperate for metal that       also argue that we're good at           percent. But others of us might
we're actually mining the waste                                                 be attracted to this, maybe by the
                                                                                more-or-less guaranteed access to
                                                                                food, shelter, medical care, child
                                                                                care and education that the same
                                                                                Scandinavian system provides.
                                                                                   Would such an economy provide
                                                                                enough jobs for everyone? It doesn't
Book Note                                                                       seem that far-fetched. For starters,
                                                                                providing quality health care, child
                                                                                care and education to everyone
Gems of Wisdom                                                                  would keep a lot of us busy. So
                                                                                would generating clean power,
                                                                                designing and manufacturing
The Little Bird Who Found Herself by ed McMahon.                                products that were really intended
illustrated by prabhjot Uppal; lifevest publishing, 2008                        to be reused and recycled, and then
                                                                                actually reusing or recycling them
   This little book is at once a        process is "bio-spiritual focusing,"    as if our lives depended on it.         John Morearty's Memoirs—FREE OFFER!
jewelbox, a healing fable and           developed and taught worldwide             After all, eventually they will.
a guidebook for children (and           since 1985 by the author, a Ph.D.                                               Reid Cerney, Daniel Berrigan and Joanna Macy loved Walking
adults) who don't feel comfortable      psychotherapist and priest; lately        Robin Mittenthal has worked on        to Omega: Tales of a Peacenik Carpenter.
because they are different. The         he's been teaching children and         farms, taught high school biology
                                                                                and now pursues a doctorate in          Buy a personally inscribed copy for $20, and get FREE,
little bird loves to chirp, loudly.     parents. Glorious illustrations
                                                                                entomology at the University of         your choice of a 70 minute music CD performed by John.
But her cousins sniff, "Birds           shimmer like stained glass,
                                                                                Wisconsin. He wrote this comment        1) 14 songs plus Japanese bamboo flute, or
don't chirp like that!" She feels       quicken the eye and illumine
                                                                                for the Land Institute's Prairie        2) Native American and Tibetan chanting plus Japanese
confused, lonely and sad. Then          the heart. Give it to children you
                                                                                Writers Circle <http://www.                bamboo flute.
a gentle old owl advises, "Go           love.
deep inside and listen...." The                   —John Morearty, Ph.D., Salina, Kan., or 464-3326.

                                                                                                                                                              May 2008 Connections 15
Immediate withdrawal: the only sensible option
     General William Odom                 military incursion to destroy            they can break the lease at any            How can our leaders celebrate        completely. I have refuted them
                                          Kurdish PKK groups in the border         moment. At the same time, this          this diffusion of power as effective    repeatedly before but they have
Below is the testimony of General         region. That confronted the US           deal protects them to some degree       state building? More accurately         more lives than a cat.
William Odom, a retired U.S. Army         government with a choice: either         from the government's troops and        described, it has placed the            Let try again me explain why they
3-star general and former Director        to support its NATO ally, or to          police, hardly a sign of political      United States astride several civil     don't make sense.
of the NSA under President Ronald         make good on its commitment              reconciliation.                         wars. And it allows all sides to
Reagan, before the Senate Foreign                                                                                                                                     First, it is insisted that we must
                                          to Kurdish leaders to insure their          Now let us consider the              consolidate, rearm, and refill          leave behind military training
Relations Committee on Iraq.              security. It chose the former, and                                               their financial coffers at the US
                                                                                   implications of the proliferating                                               element with no combat forces to
                                          that makes it clear to the Kurds         deals with the Sunni strongmen.         expense.                                secure them. This makes no sense
   Good morning Mr. Chairman              that the United States will sacrifice    They are far from unified among            To s u m u p , w e f a c e a         at all. The idea that US military
and members of the committee. It          their security to its larger interests   themselves. Some remain                 deteriorating political situation       trainers left alone in Iraq can be
is an honor to appear before you          in Turkey.                               with al Qaeda. Many who break           with an over extended army. When        safe and effective is flatly rejected
again. The last occasion was in              Turning to the apparent success       and join our forces are beholden        the administration's witnesses          by several NCOs and junior
January 2007, when the topic was          in Anbar province and a few other        to no one. Thus the decline in          appear before you, you should           officers I have heard describe their
the troop surge. Today you are            Sunni areas, this is not the positive    violence reflects a dispersion of       make them clarify how long the          personal experiences. Moreover,
asking if it has worked. Last year        situation it is purported to be.         power to dozens of local strong         army and marines can sustain this       training foreign forces before
I rejected the claim that it was a        Certainly violence has declined          men who distrust the government         band-aid strategy.                      they have a consolidated political
new strategy. Rather, I said, it is a     as local Sunni shieks have begun         and occasionally fight among                                                    authority to command their loyalty
new tactic used to achieve the same       to cooperate with US forces. But         themselves. Thus the basic military     Time to go                              is a windmill tilt. Finally, Iraq is
old strategic aim, political stability.   the surge tactic cannot be given         situation is far worse because of                                               not short on military skills.
                                                                                                                              The only sensible strategy is
And I foresaw no serious prospects        full credit. The decline started         the proliferation of armed groups       to withdraw rapidly but in good            Second, it is insisted that chaos
for success.                              earlier on Sunni initiative. What        under local military chiefs who         order. Only that step can break the     will follow our withdrawal.
   I see no reason to change my           are their motives? First, anger at       follow a proliferating number of        paralysis now gripping US strategy      We heard that argument as the
judgment now. The surge is                al Qaeda operatives and second,          political bosses.                       in the region. The next step is         "domino theory" in Vietnam.
prolonging instability, not creating      their financial plight.                     This can hardly be called            to choose a new aim, regional           Even so, the path to political
the conditions for unity as the              Their break with al Qaeda             greater military stability, much        stability, not a meaningless victory    stability will be bloody regardless
president claims.                         should give us little comfort. The       less progress toward political          in Iraq. And progress toward            of whether we withdraw or not.
   Last year, General Petraeus            Sunnis welcomed anyone who               consolidation, and to call it           that goal requires revising our         The idea that the United States has
wisely declined to promise a              would help them kill Americans,          fragility that needs more time to       policy toward Iran. If the president    a moral responsibility to prevent
military solution to this political       including al Qaeda. The concern          become success is to ignore its         merely renounced his threat of          this ignores that reality. We are
problem, saying that he could lower       we hear the president and his aides      implications. At the same time,         regime change by force, that could      certainly to blame for it, but we
the level of violence, allowing a         express about a residual base left       Prime Minister Maliki's military        prompt Iran to lessen its support to    do not have the physical means to
limited time for the Iraqi leaders        for al Qaeda if we withdraw is utter     actions in Basra and Baghdad,           Taliban groups in Afghanistan. Iran     prevent it. American leaders who
to strike a political deal. Violence      nonsense. The Sunnis will soon           indicate even wider political and       detests the Taliban and supports        insist that it is in our power to do so
has been temporarily reduced but          destroy al Qaeda if we leave Iraq.       military fragmentation. What we         them only because they will kill        are misleading both the public and
today there is credible evidence          The Kurds do not allow them in           are witnessing is more accurately       more Americans in Afghanistan           themselves if they believe it. The
that the political situation is far       their region, and the Shiites, like      described as the road to the            as retaliation in event of a US         real moral question is whether to
more fragmented. And currently            the Iranians, detest al Qaeda. To        Balkanization of Iraq, that is,         attack on Iran. Iran's policy toward    risk the lives of more Americans.
we see violence surge in Baghdad          understand why, one need only            political fragmentation. We are         Iraq would also have to change          Unlike preventing chaos, we have
and Basra. In fact, it has also           take note of the al Qaeda public         being asked by the president to         radically as we withdraw. It cannot     the physical means to stop sending
remained sporadic and significant         diplomacy campaign over the              believe that this shift of so much      want instability there. Iraqi Shiites   more troops where many will be
in several other parts of Iraq over       past year or so on internet blogs.       power and finance to so many local      are Arabs, and they know that           killed or wounded. That is the
the past year, notwithstanding            They implore the United States to        chieftains is the road to political     Persians look down on them.             moral responsibility to our country
the notable drop in Baghdad and           bomb and invade Iran and destroy         centralization. He describes the        Cooperation between them has its        which no American leaders seems
Anbar Province.                           this apostate Shiite regime. As an       process as building the state from      limits.                                 willing to assume.
   More disturbing, Prime Minister        aside, it gives me pause to learn        the bottom up.                             No quick reconciliation between         Third, nay sayers insist that our
Maliki has initiated military action      that our vice president and some            I challenge you to press the         the US and Iran is likely, but US       withdrawal will create regional
and then dragged in US forces             members of the Senate are aligned        administration's witnesses this         steps to make Iran feel more secure     instability. This confuses cause
to help his own troops destroy            with al Qaeda on spreading the war       week to explain this absurdity. Ask     make it far more conceivable than       with effect. Our forces in Iraq and
his Shiite competitors. This is a         to Iran.                                 them to name a single historical        a policy calculated to increase its     our threat to change Iran's regime
political setback, not a political           Let me emphasize that our new         case where power has been               insecurity. The president's policy      are making the region unstable.
solution. Such is the result of the       Sunni friends insist on being paid       aggregated successfully from local      has reinforced Iran's determination     Those who link instability with
surge tactic.                             for their loyalty. I have heard, for     strong men to a central government      to acquire nuclear weapons, the         a US withdrawal have it exactly
   No less disturbing has been the        example, a rough estimate that           except through bloody violence          very thing he purports to be trying     backwards. Our ostrich strategy
steady violence in the Mosul area,        the cost in one area of about 100        leading to a single winner, most        to prevent.                             of keeping our heads buried in the
and the tensions in Kirkuk between        square kilometers is $250,000 per        often a dictator. That is the history      Withdrawal from Iraq does not        sands of Iraq has done nothing but
Kurds, Arabs, and Turkomen. A             day. And periodically they threaten      of feudal Europe's transformation       mean withdrawal from the region.        advance our enemies' interest.
showdown over control of the oil          to defect unless their fees are          to the age of absolute monarchy.        It must include a realignment              I implore you to reject these
fields there surely awaits us. And        increased. You might want to find        It is the story of the American         and reassertion of US forces and        fallacious excuses for prolonging
the idea that some kind of a federal      out the total costs for these deals      colonization of the west and our        diplomacy that give us a better         the commitment of US forces
solution can cut this Gordian             forecasted for the next several          Civil War. It took England 800          chance to achieve our aim.              to war in Iraq. Thanks for this
knot strikes me as a wild fantasy,        years, because they are not small        years to subdue clan rule on what                                               opportunity to testify today.
wholly out of touch with Kurdish          and they do not promise to end.          is now the English-Scottish border.     Reasons to stay refuted
                                          Remember, we do not own these                                                                                            Source: AlterNet <http://www.alternet.
realities.                                                                         And it is the source of violence in       A number of reasons are given         org>, 4/7/08.
   Also disturbing is Turkey's            people. We merely rent them. And         Bosnia and Kosovo.                      for not withdrawing soon and

16 Connections May 2008
                     “Saw”: a tool for analysis, taking things apart; a proverb, often trite
                     “Hammer”: a tool for synthesis, putting things together; to pound away

Nuclear weapons are
wasted resources
Testimony by John Morearty,                I got arrested blocking the road to
Ph.D., at "Bombplex" hearings           Livermore Lab in 1982, and went
held by the U.S. Dept. of Energy.       to jail, with thousands of others.
Tracy California, March 18, 2008        Did it again in 1983, and then
(DOE calls the hearings "Complex        crossed the line onto the Nevada
transformation")                        Test Site a few times. I've worked
                                        for peace candidates for Congress,
    On this beautiful spring evening,   created and hosted a public affairs
I wish you peace. And that very         cable TV show every week for
much includes you, Mr. Wyka.            fourteen years as a volunteer,
[presenter from DOE]                    and I still help produce a free
                                        monthly community newspaper,
    Let me offer you an image,
                                        Connections, published by the
from James Carroll's magnificent
                                        Peace and Justice Network of San
recent book House of War: The
                                        Joaquin County. [www.pjnsjc.
Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise
of Pentagon Power. The image
is, we are all on a lovely pleasure        What happened to me at the age
boat, drifting with the current         of forty was, it dawned on me that
down a broad river. It's a sunny        the very existence of thousands of
afternoon, people are chatting,         nuclear weapons threatened the
drinking their coffee and their         lives of my beautiful twin sons,                                                           FuNeRaL & CONSuMeRS
wine, enjoying the day. We're           who were then fourteen years old-
drifting on a quiet day-or almost       and I could not tuck them under                                                            aLLIaNCe of S.J. COuNtY
quiet. Except that from somewhere       my arms and run away to hide.                                                              Nonprofit consumer advocate information
ahead, down river, there seems to       No place to hide. Have you read                                                            about funeral and memorial services
be a soft noise. One can barely hear    On the Beach, by Nevil Shute, or
                                        seen the movie? You really should.         urgent problems that confront our
it. A sort of gentle roar.                                                         species and our planet. Economists
                                        It's about people in Australia,                                                  
    The name of the river is                                                       call it "opportunity cost." There
                                        when there is a nuclear war in the                                                         Post Office Box 4832
Niagara.                                                                           are thousands of brilliant scientists
                                        northern hemisphere.                                                                       Stockton, Ca 95204
    I'm John Morearty, I'm sixty-                                                  and meticulous engineers in the
                                           Nuclear explosives are not even                                                         Telephone: (209) 465-2741
nine and a half, I live in Stockton.                                               nuclear system: I honor them,
                                        properly "weapons." A weapon is
Between us, my wife and I have                                                     and we need them. Our country
                                        something like a knife or a gun;
ten grandchildren, ages three to                                                   needs them, the world needs them,
                                        you use it, and you may survive.
fourteen. They are the first of three                                              we need them to become green
                                        But the intrinsic dynamic of these
reasons I'm here this evening.                                                     scientists and engineers. My twin
I'd like them to have the same
                                        clever and horrendous devices,
                                                                                   sons are successful engineers-but
                                                                                                                                         FIRST UNITARIAN
                                        in a world full of them, is that
opportunities which God and                                                        they have never done war work.                        UNIVERSALIST CHURCH
                                        once some fool uses one, global
our beautiful country have given                                                      Livermore and Los Alamos
                                        catastrophe threatens. And we
me-to live in joy, and contribute
                                        all know that. These nuclear-              and the rest must become Green                        OF STOCKTON
to building the earth community.                                                   Laboratories, working not on
                                        things are the absurd culmination
But I'm afraid they won't get that                                                 bombs but on clean sustainable
                                        and linchpin of the imperial war                                                      A liberal religious community in the
chance; as the Chinese proverb                                                     energy and transportation systems,
                                        system which has dominated and                                                       San Joaquin Valley — Come find a home!
says, if you keep on going the way                                                 medical technology, ways of
                                        bedeviled humankind for about
you're going, you're likely to wind
                                        five thousand years. But Martin            cleaning up and cooling down the            10:30 am Sunday Service
up where you're headed.                                                            rivers and oceans, saving the forests
                                        Luther King was right. He called                                                                 (childcare provided)
    The second reason I'm here is,      our country "the greatest purveyor         and the topsoil, so our great-great-
I'm a Ph.D. in Social Thought from      of violence in the world today," and       grandchildren can live in peace                 2737 Pacific Avenue
the University of Chicago, trained                                                 and plenty. The immense dangers          (at Bristol Street – near the Miracle Mile)
                                        he said: "Our choice is no longer
as a cultural historian. As a young     between violence and nonviolence.          of this planetary era summon us
guy I helped found a small liberal      It is between nonviolence and              to immense opportunities. We                    For More Information:
arts college at University of the                                                  human beings are so smart! We
Pacific in Stockton, dedicated
                                                                                   are so inventive, so capable. And
                                           The third and final reason I'm here                                              (209) 466-7743 •
to global understanding. I left                                                    now we get to decide: Will we be
                                        is that the whole nuclear enterprise
academia in 1975, became a                                                         midwives of a new time on earth,
                                        is so sad: it's a tragic squandering                                               WE AFFIRM & PROMOTE THE INHERENT WORTH & DIGNITY OF
carpenter, a licensed general                                                      or hospice workers?                        EVERY PERSON & ARE A WELCOMING CONGREGATION.
                                        and diversion of capital resources
contractor-and a peace activist.                                                      Again, I wish you all peace!
                                        and human ingenuity from the

                                                                                                                                                              May 2008 Connections 17
                                                                                                                                                 Postal food drive
                                                                                                                                                   2008 marks the 16th Anniversary of the National Association of
                                                                                                                                                 Letter Carriers Annual Food Drive. On Saturday, May 10, 2008, letter
                                                                                                                                                 carriers across Stockton will be delivering both mail and hope. The
                                                                                                                                                 National Association of Letter Carriers, in conjunction with the United
                                                                                                                                                 States Postal Service, will be collecting non-perishable food items like
                                                                                                                                                 canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats and fish, canned soup, juice,
                                                                                                                                                 pasta, cereal, and rice to help families in need in our community.
                                                                                                                                                   You can help by placing your food donation at your mailbox on May
                                                                                                                                                 10th before your letter carrier arrives. Your letter carrier will take your
                                                                                                                                                 donation to the Post Office where trucks from the Emergency Food
                                                                                                                                                 Bank will be waiting. Your donated food will arrive at the food bank
                                                                                                                                                 Saturday afternoon to be distributed to hungry families in Stockton and
                                                                                                                                                 San Joaquin County. Last year the letter carriers of Stockton collected
                                                                                                                                                 over 48,000 pounds of food for the Emergency Food Bank!
                                                                                                                                                   For more information, call the Emergency Food Bank at 464-

                                                                                                                                                  aIDSWalk for heart and sole
                                                                                                                                                               AIDSWalk of San Joaquin is hosting its 14th annual
                                                                                                                                                                 walk, "The Heart and Sole" event of the year on
                                                                                                                                                                 Saturday, May 10, at Banner Island Ballpark. Early
                                                                                                                                                                 registration is encouraged: check-in is at 9 am and the
                                                                                                                                                                 walk begins at 10 am.
                                                                                                                                                                   The AIDS Walk is an opportunity for friends and
                                                                                                                                                                     family members to commemorate the lives of
                                                                                                                                                                      loved ones who have died of AIDS. Community
                                                                                                                                                                     members and businesses are also encouraged to
                                                                                                                                                                     show their support for AIDS awareness in San
                                                                                                                                                                      Joaquin County. We are currently recruiting
                                                                                                                                                                       individual walkers, teams and team captains, as
                                                                                                                                                                          well as corporate sponsorship of the event.
                                                                                                                                                                           In addition to the walk, there will be live
                                                                                                                                                                           entertainment from the James Blonde Band,
                                                                                                                                                                        food, a raffle, and other prizes.
                                                                                                                                                   For more information, please contact AIDSWalk at (209) 608-WALK
                                                                                                                                                  (9255) or go online to

                                                                                                                                                 SJ aIDS foundation garden tour
                                                                                                                                                   Enjoy a May afternoon touring the beautiful gardens of some of
                                                                                                                                                 Stockton’s finest homes during the San Joaquin AIDS Foundation’s
Celebrate at Oak Grove Nature Center                                                                                                             10th annual Garden Tour on Sunday, May 18th from 10 am to 4 pm.
                                                                                                                                                 All proceeds from this event benefit the San Joaquin AIDS Foundation.
   The Nature Center at Oak Grove              You’ll learn about the plants and                plants for food, medicine, and                   Ticket prices are $20 in advance/$25 the day of the event. For more
Regional Park in Stockton will                 animals that inhabit the park as                 shelter. Make your way back inside               information or to purchase tickets, please call 209-476-8533.
celebrate its 27th anniversary on              you walk in the shade of century-                the Nature Center to see our new
Saturday, May 17, with activities              old oaks. There will be live animal              collection of Native American
from 10 am–4 pm.                               presentations and, inside the                    artifacts.                                       Waterfront wine stroll
   It’s been 27 years since Oak                Center, new live animal displays                    There will be face painting and
Grove Nature Center opened its                 and animal artifacts.                            a craft activities table where you                 Enjoy a May evening tasting some of the finest wines California
doors where staff and volunteers                 Everyone is invited to attend                  can make animal track casts.                     has to offer. The evening’s festivities will include food tasting stations
introduce visitors to one of the last          the dedication and blessing of the                  The celebration is free to the                with delectable delights prepared by student chefs from IT School of
remaining oak woodlands in San                 new trail leading to the the Miwok/              public with a park entry fee of $5               Culinary. Additionally, dramatic artwork from local artist will be on
Joaquin County.                                Yokuts village. Come and stroll                  per vehicle. Oak Grove Regional                  display. This event will take place Friday, May 9th at the Spanos Park
                                               through our native plant garden as               Park is on Eight Mile Road just                  Community Events Center in Stockton from 5–9:30 PM All proceeds
   Our celebration will begin with
                                               you make your way to the grinding                east of I-5 in Stockton. For more                from this event benefit the San Joaquin AIDS Foundation. Ticket prices
guided bird and nature walks
                                               rock and tule hut replicas. Learn                information call (209) 953-8814.                 are $20 in advance/$25 the day of the event. For more information or
through the native plant garden
                                               how the native people used the                                                                    to purchase tickets, please call 209-476-8533.
and along the Yokuts nature trail.

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18 Connections May 2008
May Calendar
Editor's note: if your event isn't listed,   in Stockton. All are welcome. 7 pm        Ave. 3-4 pm. $5 adult, $2.50 youth.       NEW TIME: 5 till 6:30 pm rain or           First & Third Tuesdays
let us know. Send all copy to: bgiudici@     sharp. Ria deGroot, 462-3340.             940-6300            shine, grassy edge of Delta campus         Stockton Writers Community by the 7th of every month.                                                                                            along Pacific Avenue, north of light       workshop, Chavez Library, 605 N El
                                             Mon, Apr 28                               Sun, May 18                               and bus stop at Yokuts, across from        Dorado St. 6 pm. Free workshops
Apr 7 - May 3                                Delta-Sierra Club meeting, 7 pm,          Brass quintet at the Haggin Museum,       Sherwood. Free mall parking. Signs         designed for people writing fiction,
Lampwork Beads by Susan Winton.              Central United Methodist Church,          1201 N Pershing Ave. 3-4 pm. $5 adult,    provided, or bring your own. Info John     non-fiction or poetry. 937-8221
M-F 10-5, Sat 11-3 Tidewater Gallery,        Fireside Room, 3700 Pacific Ave,          $2.50 youth. 940-6300 info@               Morearty, 464-3326.
223 E. Weber Ave. 463-4033                   Stockton, 7pm program with social
                                                                                                                                 Infinite Harmony & Reiki Healing
                                                                                                                                                                            First Thursdays
                                             time following. All welcome.                                                                                                   Experimental & improv music, 8 pm
                                                                                       Stockton Garden Tour benefitting SJ       Network. Receive a Reiki mini session
May 6 - May 30                                                                                                                                                              Blackwater Cafe, 914 N Yosemite,
                                                                                       AIDS foundation, 10-4. Tickets            to heal Body, Mind and Spirit. Spiritual
Third annual student work exhibit.           Thu, May 1                                                                                                                     Stockton. $3. 943-6938.
                                                                                       $20/$25. 476-8533                         Truth Center, 4545 Georgetown Pl.
M-F 10-5, Sat 11-3 Tidewater Gallery,        Latin musician Mezklah plays Delta
                                                                                                                                 7:30-9 pm. $10 donation. 983-9633
223 E. Weber Ave. 463-4033                   College, 5151 Pacific Ave. 11 am - 1
                                                                                       Sat, May 31                                                                          Third Thursdays
                                             pm. Free admission. 954-5151.                                                                                                  Hispanics for Political Action - HPA
                                                                                       First Annual Waldo Music Fest. (see       Fridays                                    meets 6 pm at 2080 E 4th St, Stockton.
Mar 29 - Apr 27                              Peace and Justice Network meeting.        page 4 for details).                      Downtown farmers market, Hunter
Robert T. McKee Student Art Contest                                                                                                                                         Call Louis Gonzales 464-9205.
                                             231 Bedford Rd, Stockton. 6 pm Board,                                               Square & E Main, Stockton. 9 am - 2
and Exhibition. Haggin Museum, 1201          7 pm program - Earth Day 2008. All        Mondays                                   pm. 464-5246
N Pershing Ave, Stockton. Artwork by         welcome.                                  Groovenators w/Shad Harris west
                                                                                                                                                                            Fourth Saturdays
SJ County students from K-12. 940-                                                                                                                                          Greater Lodi Area Democrats (GLAD)
                                                                                       coast blues, Chivita's Bar & Grill, 445   First Sundays                              meets 8:30 a.m., Dee Dee's Restaurant,
                                             Fri, May 2                                W Weber Ave. 7 - 11 pm. $3 cover.         Vegan potluck, Peace & Justice Center,
                                                                                                                                                                            1170 S. Cherokee Ln, Lodi. All
                                             Stockton Symphony Abracadabra                                                       231 Bedford Rd, Stockton. 5:30 pm
Apr 24 - May 22                                                                                                                                                             welcome, including recovering
                                             Pops & Picnic featuring Jessica Sienna    Thursdays:                                $2 donation bringing food, $9 without.
Student Exhibition, Tu 11-4, Wed,Thu                                                                                                                                        Republicans. 339-1599.
                                             and Magic Mike. Civic Memorial            Peace demonstrations continue at          Info:
11-6:30, Fri 11-1 Delta LH Horton            Auditorium, 525 N Center St, Stockton.
Gallery, 5151 Pacific Ave. Opening           Picnic 6:30, 8 pm. 951-0196
4/24, 5-7 pm. Free. 954-5507

Apr 23 - May 18                              Fri, May 9
                                             Waterfront wine stroll benefitting SJ
Charley's Aunt, Thu 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat         AIDS foundation, Spanos Park
8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. Stockton Civic            Community Events Center, Stockton.
Theatre, 2312 Rose Marie Lane,               5 - 9:30 pm. $20/$25. 476-8533
Stockton $12 - $22. 473-2424.

Sat, Apr 19                                  Sat, May 10
                                             Food drive sponsored by National
Stockton Peace Fair, Downtown                Letter Carriers. Food donations at your
Stockton. Music, food, fun. Free.            mailbox will be delivered to the
                                             Emergency Food Bank. 464-7369
Sun, Apr 20
20th Annual Earth Day Festival,              AIDSWalk Heart and Sole walk-a-
Victory Park, Stockton. Over 100             thon, Banner Island Ballpark. 10 am.
booths, great local music, veggie food,      608-9255 or
family bike ride (see p 1). A highlight      Valleydance 2008, a free dance festival
of every year. 11 am - 5 pm. Free.           at Weber Point. Performances begin
937-8389.                                    at 11 am. Party/picnic all day, concert
Mendelssohn's Elijah by the Stockton         at 6:30 pm. Free admission.
Chorale, Hutchins Street Square, Lodi.
3 pm. Adult $20, under 18 $10. 951-          Sun, May 11
6494.                                        Pixie Woods Mother's Day, Shimzu at
                                             Occidental. Moms free admission with
Tue, April 22                                children. Kids $3. 937-7366.
Candlelight prayer vigil for peace,          Cello recital by James Jaffe at the
Annunciation Cathedral, Lincoln/Rose         Haggin Museum, 1201 N Pershing

           Talking It Through
                 Talking It Through is now two half-hour shows.
                    The Real Show hosted by Margee Ensign
                             is on Monday at 6pm
               Talking It Through is hosted by Adrian Nichols and
                Sammy Nunez every Monday evening at 6:30pm
             SJTV: Stockton, Lodi and Manteca cable channel 26

            Sponsored by the Peace & Justice Network, InterFaith Council
           of San Joaquin County, Pacific Complementary Medicine Center

              Check the TV page of Wednesday’s Record for latest info.

   Studio volunteers wanted! All ages…we’ll train. Call 467-4455.

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                                                     Earth Day is Happening
                 earth Day Stage                                                                    earth Day 2008 booths
  11:00 am - 11:15 am              Welcome - Kick Off                                1    Information Booth                               55   Bon Appetit (UOP)
  11:15 am - 11:30 am              Taiko Drums                                       2    Volunteer Booth                                 56   BTA Solar
  11:35 am - 12:20 pm              Akimbo                                            3    SJ Co. Office of Ed./ Passport Earth            57   Java J'z
                                                                                                                                          58   Delroy's
  12:25 pm - 12:45 pm              Na Hoku Mai Kanoelani                             4    Audubon Society of SJCo                         59   DeParsia
  12:50 pm - 1:35 pm               Akimbo                                            5    Barking Lot                                     60   Sweet Delights - Louis Gubany
                                                                                     6    Cruelty Free Consumers                          61   Snax Shack
  1:35 pm - 1:40 pm                Announcement of Bike Parade
                                                                                     7    Stockton Animal Shelter Friends                 62   Universal Energy Group
  1:40 pm - 2:05 pm                Los Danzantes del Puerto - Ballet                 8    A+ Materials Recycling                          63   All About Looks/Health
                                   Folklorico                                        9    Allied Waste Services                           64   Delta Sunset Middle East Dancers
  2:05 pm - 2:10 pm                Sponsor Announcements and                         10   City of Stockton - Solid Waste & Recycling      65   Meditating for Health
                                   Endangered Species Parade                         11   Onsite Electronics Recycling                    66   New School Aikido
                                                                                     12   SJCo Solid Waste                                67   Norlinger Chiropractic
  2:10 pm - 2:30 pm                Endangered Species Parade
                                                                                     13   Waste Management, Inc.                          68   Something Else in Mind
  2:35 pm - 3:00 pm                Delta Sunset Middle Eastern Dance                 14   City of Stockton - Police Dept./NHS             69   Unity Church of San Joaquin
                                   Troupe                                            15   City of Stockton - Delta Water Supply Project
  3:00 pm - 3:25 pm                Announcement of Sponsors,                                                                              70   City of Stockton - Fire Dept./First Aid
                                   Teacher Grant Awards and the Bad                  16   City of Stockton - Stormwater Mgmt.             71   City of Stockton - Police Dept./Lost & Found
                                   Goods                                                  Program
                                                                                     17   Delta Flyfishers                                72   Bear Creek HS
  3:25 pm - 4:10 pm                Bad Goods
                                                                                     18   Port of Stockotn                                73   Bethany Elementary School
  4:40 pm - 5:00 pm                Drum Circle                                       19   Restore the Delta                               74   Jefferson Middle School
                                                                                     20   SJCo Stormwater Mgmt. Program                   75   Lammersville Elementary School
                                                                                     21   Stockton Area Water Suppliers                   76   Lincoln Elementary School
                                                                                     22   Stockton Sailing Club                           77   Middle College HS
thank you to earth Day sponsors                                                                                                           78   Muir Elementary School
Port of Stockton                                                                     23   Bev Blum's Solar Cookers                        79   Van Buren Reading Club
                                           San Joaquin County
Mayaco Marketing and Internet                                                        24   Concerned Citizens of Stockton                  80   Waverly Annex Middle School
                                           S.J. County Office of Education
Starbucks                                                                            25   Delta Sierra Group of Sierra Club
                                           S.J. County Registrar of Voters
Dr. Roger Lang                                                                       26   League of Women Voters of SJCo                  81   City of Stockton - P&R Dept.
                                           City of Tracy
A+ Recycling Materials                                                               27   Union of Concerned Scientists                   82   Endangered Species Mask-making
                                           conTRibUToRs                                                                                   83   Family Resource and Referral Services
Californa Donor Network
                                           Stockton Cyclery                          29   Democratic Central Committee for SJCo           84   Haggin Museum
paRTneRs                                   Trader Joe's                              30   Eley for Council                                85   Jack & Jill of America
City of Stockton                           Micke Grove Zoo                                                                                86   Port City Roller Girls
Associated Students of UOP                 Stockton Thunder                          31   Downtown Stockton Alliance                      87   SJCo Foster Care and Adoption Services
Peace & Justice Network                    JoDee Nosanow Eatmon                      32   Family Tree Imports                             88   SJ Valley Vixen Roller Derby Team
                                                                                     33   Go Green San Joaquin

                                                                                     34   Liz Manipol-Lee electric car
                                                                                     35   N-Hance "Green" Wood Renewal
                                                                                     36   Office Liquidators
                                                                                     37   REI
         Would you like Connections                                                  38   Starbuck's

    delivered to your home? It’s FREE!                                               39   California Donor Network
                                                                                     40   Disability Resource Agency for Independent
    Name______________________________________________                               41   Friends Outside
                                                                                     42   Peace & Justice Network
    Address __________________________________ _________                             43   Marriage Equality
                                                                                     44   Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
    City, State, ZIP ___________________________ __________                          45   Rolo Juarez _Non- Violence Display
                                                                                     46   Kellogg Garden Products
    Phone _____________________________________________                              47   Master Gardeners of SJCo
                                                                                     48   SJCo Farm Bureau
    Email________________________________ ______________                             49   Jane Frederick Continuation School
                                                                                     50   Merlo Institute
              Mail to: Peace & Justice Network, Box 4123,                            51   Middle College
                   Stockton, CA 95204 (209) 467-4455                                 52   Venture Academy
                                                                                     53   Venture Academy
     Peace & Justice Network does not sell or donate our mailing list. Connections   54   USDA Resources Conservation Services
     is supported by donations and advertisers.

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