[SFGP] SF Green Party Weekly

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Fri Aug 19 14:13:54 PDT 2005

For The Week of 8/18/05 - 8/25/05
This Week:
8/16: San Francisco to Participate in Nation-wide Vigil for Cindy Sheehan
8/17: Sweating Slave Labor: San Francisco Poised To Pass The Country's 
Strongest Anti-Sweatshop Law
8/17: SFGP Up-To-Date Endorsements
- 8/19: Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi Hosts Art Opening of Mohammad Hourian's 
- 8/20: Northern California Clean Money Working Group Meeting
- 8/20: Aimee Allison Supporters Gathering
- 8/20: Our Health Is Our Wealth
- 8/20: And Castro For All Rally
- 8/23: Transportation Working Group Meeting
Joke of the Week
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8/16: San Francisco to Participate in Nation-wide Vigil for Cindy Sheehan
Casey Mills 16.AUG.05

Tens of thousands are expected to participate in candlelight vigils held 
across America tomorrow in support of Cindy Sheehan. Sheehan, the mother of 
a soldier killed in Iraq, has garnered widespread attention for camping 
outside George W. Bush’s home in Crawford, Texas, demanding the President 
speak to her about the loss of her son. So far, Bush has refused, sparking 
MoveOn.org to launch a campaign to organize grassroots action on the issue. 
More than 25 vigils will be held in the Bay Area alone, with San Francisco 
holding its own at the Federal Building at 7:30 tomorrow [8/17] evening
Read more at www.beyondchron.org
8/17: Sweating Slave Labor: San Francisco Poised To Pass The Country's 
Strongest Anti-Sweatshop Law
By: Camille T. Taiara
Source: San Francisco Bay Guardian

As activists and bureaucrats chiseled out the final details of a 
historically rigorous, sweat-free purchasing standard for San Francisco, 
state agents raided dozens of garment manufacturing plants throughout 
The actions shed light on the stubborn ills of substandard wages and working 
conditions in the clothing industry. But labor advocates say raids have only 
a limited impact on the problem ˆ and San Francisco's pending law may offer 
a more systemic remedy.
"These sweeps promote fear and intimidation, create more unemployment, and 
don't genuinely address the root causes of these labor violations and 
sweatshop conditions," said Alex Tom, an organizer at the Chinese 
Progressive Association (CPA).
The Economic and Employment Enforcement Coalition, a new, interagency task 
force, raided 135 garment factories in the Bay Area and southern California 
Aug. 3 through 5. Thirty of those shops are in San Francisco and Oakland, 
and most of the violations investigators found locally consisted of shops 
operating without a license or violating worker compensation laws, according 
to details released to the Bay Guardian by the California Department of 
Industrial Relations.
DIR spokesperson Renee Bacchini couldn't tell us how many of these had been 
shut down, but the department expects civil penalties for Bay Area shops to 
total more than $100,000.

Read more at: http://www.sfgreenparty.org/news/newsitem-start.gem?idx=1366
8/17: SFGP Endorsements
Here are the SFGP's endorsements on various items in the November 2005 
election as of 8/18.  Items not seen have not been decided on yet.
YES: Proposition C - Ethics Commission Budget and Outside Counsel

YES: Proposition D - Appointment of Municipal Transportation Agency Board of 

YES: Proposition E - Election Date of the Assessor - Recorder and Public 

NO: Proposition F - Neighborhood Firehouses

YES: Proposition I - No Military Recruiters in Public Schools, Scholarships 
for Education and Job Training

Statewide Ballot: NO - Prop. 73 - Termination of Minor's Pregnancy.

NO - Prop. 74 - Public School Teachers. Waiting Period for Permanent Status.

NO - Prop. 75 - Public Employee Union Dues. Required Employee Consent for 
Political Contributions.

NO - Prop. 76 - School Funding.

NO - Prop. 77 - Reapportionment.

NO - Prop. 78 - Prescription Drug Discounts.

YES - Prop 79 - Prescription Drugs. t

NO - Prop. 80 - Electric Service Providers. Regulation.
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi Hosts Art Opening of Mohammad Hourian's Work
Friday, August 19th
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlet Pl., (City Hall)  Room 282

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi hosts the monthly Third Friday's Art Reception in 
his City Hall office, Room 282. This month's featured artist is Mohammad 
Mohammad Hourian was born in Hamedan, Iran, the capital of ancient Persia.
At age 12 he apprenticed with Haj Hosen-I-Eslamiyan, the greatest Persian
miniaturist of this century. At age 19, Horian won public recognition in
his first one-man show of paintings at the Gallery of the University of
Tehran. At age 20 he became the youngest artist to be elected to the
National Academy of Fine Arts. In 1976 the German government invited him
to visit West Germany and exhibit his work at the Goethe Institute. That
same year he traveled throughout Europe, Japan and the United States
displaying his artwork.
Mr, Hourian is a Bay Area resident and the owner of Hourian Fine Art
Publishing and Hourian Fine Art Galleries, both based on Union Street in
San Francisco.
Northern California Clean Money Working Group Meeting
Saturday, August 20th
10:30am-12:30pm. Video from 10:10am-10:30am
592 Pennsylvania Ave (A home on Potrero Hill between 20th & 22nd Streets) 
San Francisco

Would you like to create a government that is accountable to the people and 
not to big money campaign contributors?
So would we.
Clean Money full public funding of election campaigns can make it happen.  
Assemblywoman Loni Hancock's Clean Money and Fair Elections bill (AB 583) 
will help voters take back control of politics!  But it will only succeed if 
we have massive public support.  So now is the best time to find your local 
Clean Money Working Group and GET ACTIVE!
Aimee Allison Supporters Gathering
Saqturday, August 20th
5:00pm- 9:00pm
1019 Harvard Rd, Oakland, CA (Map at 

Supporters or volunteers of the Aimee Allison campaign are invited together 
for food, drinks, Latin music by Tua, and good conversation as we build 
Oakland¹s future together.
Our Health Is Our Wealth
Saturday, August 20th
Registration begins at 11:00 am
Festival begins at 12:00 noon
Brava Theater, 2789 24th St., San Francisco

Colored Ink &The SF Peacemakers present:
Our Health Is Our Wealth, a day of film, food, and social justice.
Come join us for a festival like no other! Experience good healthy food, 
holistic health practices, film shorts, and workshops addressing community 
issues of health, poverty and violence, planning a solution of how to heal 
our community. For a lot of us, our mental and physical health is at risk, 
the best way to overcome these issues is to come together, educate 
ourselves, and deal with them collectively. Special panel presented by the 
Campaign to End the Death Penalty, following an excerpt of the movie 
"Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story" addressing Stan, the death 
penalty, and our civil rights.
Featured films include:
Peace Maker in Sudan
Details a personal account of the crisis in Sudan which began in February 
2003. Indiscriminate killing, mass rapes, looting of livestock and the 
burning of villages at the hands of government troops and the militias have 
resulted in 50,000 deaths and forced an estimated 1.2 million people from 
their homes.
Peacemakers 4 life
Takes a look at the violence in our community. Illustrates how a community 
coming together can overcome these issues, break the cycle of violence, and 
unite us in transforming our lives.
Hosted By:
NConscious Eyes TV &KPOO 89.5 FM Radio personality
Pam-Pam "theimposingfigure"
FPerformances, spoken word, live music. The Bay Area's DJ   Fonzilla  
navigates the dance floor.
[Special Celebration for Idriss Stelley's Birthday
Idriss was killed by the SFPD.  He was shot at 48 times on 8-20-01
One of the all too many victims of police brutality...
For more information about the event:
415-240-0093 or visit www.coloredink.org
415-573-8257 or visit www.sfpeacemakers.org
About Stan's case:
And Castro For All Rally
Saturday, August 20
9:00pm. - 12:00am (midnight)
LYRIC, 127 Collingwood (rally and discussion, 9pm)
4121 18th Street (picket, 10pm)

And Castro for All (AC4A) is seeking to gather a large number of
people to participate in this coming Saturday’s Badlands Picket
(8/20).  Mediation is expected to occur the following week but
Badlands owner, Les Natali, has a reputation for backing out of
mediation at the last minute.  AC4A wants to make a strong showing
this weekend to demonstrate that solidarity on this issue is still
strong.  As co-sponsors of the Badlands picket, it would be a
powerful demonstration of our support if the SF Green Party were to
turn out in numbers.

To participate, please meet at LYRIC, 127 Collingwood, at 9:00 p.m.
for rally and discussion.  Or, join the picket at 10:00 p.m at 4121
18th Street.  For more information, please visit AC4A's website:
Transportation Working Group Meeting
Tuesday, August 23rd
7:00PM- 9:00PM
1028A Howard St. (SFGP Office)

Agenda includes reveiw and analysis of two transportation related ballot 
measures: Prop G, the MKL/Golden Gate Park initiative and the Street 
Resurfacing Bond.
Other items include discussion on next screening of End of Suburbia at the 
Red Victorian with Ross Mirkarimi.
Blue Angels Discussion
Car Free Day Sept 22
Emily Drennan appointment to the MTA
Proposal to Reform Muni Routes for Better Service and Lower Costs
Joke of the Week
Things Republicans Believe

Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a 
conservative radio host. Then it's an illness and you need our prayers for 
your recovery.
The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our highest 
national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq.
Government should relax regulation of Big Business and Big Money but crack 
down on individuals who use marijuana to relieve the pain of illness.
"Standing Tall for America" means firing your workers and moving their jobs 
to India.
A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her own body, but 
multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without 
Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary Clinton.
The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches 
while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay.
Group sex and drug use are degenerate sins unless you someday run for 
governor of California as a Republican.
If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won't have sex.
A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our long-time allies, then 
demand their cooperation and money.
HMOs and insurance companies have the interest of the public at heart.
Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing health care 
to all Americans is socialism.
Global warming and tobacco's link to cancer are junk science, but 
creationism should be taught in schools.
Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush's daddy 
made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him and a bad guy 
when Bush needed a "we can't find Bin Laden" diversion.
A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense. A 
president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is solid 
defense policy.
Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution, 
which include banning gay marriages and censoring the Internet.
The public has a right to know about Hillary's cattle trades, but George 
Bush's driving record is none of our business.
You support states' rights, which means Attorney General John Ashcroft can 
tell states what local voter initiatives they have a right to adopt.
What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital national interest, but what 
Bush did in the '80s is irrelevant.
Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is communist, but trade with 
China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.
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