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Thu Jul 14 15:10:23 PDT 2005

For The Week of 7/14/05 - 7/21/05
This Week:
7/8: If we are fighting insurgency in Iraq, what makes us think insurgency 
won't come to us?
7/9: Terrorism, "The War on Terror" and the Message of Carnage
7/12: Nurses and Teachers "Stop Arnold"
7/12: California Senate Passes Historic Marriage Equality Legislation
- 7/15: Green Convergence at the Bohemian Grove
- 7/15: Sup. Ross Mirkirimi Hosts Art Opening Commemorating the 60th 
Anniversary of the Hiroshima Bombing
- 7/16 and 7/23: Defend a Woman's Right to Choose!  Stop the anti-abortion 
"Crusade for Life"
- 7/17: United Farm Workers Rally and March
- 7/21-7/23: "Spiritual Activism Network" Conference
- Joke of the Week
- Become A Sustainer!
7/8: If we are fighting insurgency in Iraq, what makes us think insurgency 
won't come to us?
By Robert Fisk
"If you bomb our cities," Osama bin Laden said in one of his recent video 
tapes, "we will bomb yours." There you go, as they say. It was crystal clear 
Britain would be a target ever since Tony Blair decided to join George 
Bush's "war on terror" and his invasion of Iraq. We had, as they say, been 
warned. The G8 summit was obviously chosen, well in advance, as Attack Day.
And it's no use Mr Blair telling us yesterday that "they will never succeed 
in destroying what we hold dear". "They" are not trying to destroy "what we 
hold dear". They are trying to get public opinion to force Blair to withdraw 
from Iraq, from his alliance with the United States, and from his adherence 
to Bush's policies in the Middle East. The Spanish paid the price for their 
support for Bush - and Spain's subsequent retreat from Iraq proved that the 
Madrid bombings achieved their objectives - while the Australians were made 
to suffer in Bali.
It is easy for Tony Blair to call yesterdays bombings "barbaric" - of course 
they were - but what were the civilian deaths of the Anglo-American invasion 
of Iraq in 2003, the children torn apart by cluster bombs, the countless 
innocent Iraqis gunned down at American military checkpoints? When they die, 
it is "collateral damage"; when "we" die, it is "barbaric terrorism".

Read the rest of the article at: 
7/9: Terrorism, "The War on Terror" and the Message of Carnage
By Norman Solomon
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

When the French government suggested a diplomatic initiative that might 
interfere with the White House agenda for war, the president responded by 
saying that the proposed scenario would "ratify terror." The date was July 
24, 1964, the president was Lyndon Johnson and the war was in Vietnam.
     Four decades later, the anti-terror rationale is not just another 
argument for revving up the US war machinery. Fighting "terror" is now the 
central rationale for war.
    "The contrast couldn’t be clearer between the intentions and the hearts 
of those who care deeply about human rights and human liberty, and those who 
kill, those who’ve got such evil in their hearts that they will take the 
lives of innocent folks," President Bush said Thursday after the London 
bombings. "The war on terror goes on."
     A key requirement of this righteous war is that all inconvenient 
history must be deemed irrelevant. "By accepting the facile cliché that the 
battle under way against terrorism is a battle against evil, by easily 
branding those who fight us as the barbarians, we, like them, refuse to 
acknowledge our own culpability," journalist Chris Hedges has observed. "We 
ignore real injustices that have led many of those arrayed against us to 
their rage and despair."
     Voices of reason, even when they’ve come from within the country’s 
military establishment, have been shunted aside. In late November 2002, a 
retired US Army general, William Odom, told C-SPAN viewers: "Terrorism is 
not an enemy. It cannot be defeated. It’s a tactic. It’s about as sensible 
to say we declare war on night attacks and expect we’re going to win that 
war. We’re not going to win the war on terrorism. And it does whip up fear. 
Acts of terror have never brought down liberal democracies. Acts of 
parliament have closed a few."  …...
     Two years after 9/11, Norman Mailer asked: "What does it profit us if 
we gain extreme security and lose our democracy? Not everyone in Iraq, after 
all, was getting their hands and/or their ears cut off by Saddam Hussein. In 
the middle of that society were hordes of Iraqis who had all the security 
they needed even if there was no freedom other than the full-fledged liberty 
offered by dictators to be free to speak with hyperbolic hosannas for the 
leader. So, yes, there are more important things to safeguard than security 
and one of them is to protect the much-beleaguered integrity of our 
democracy. The final question in these matters suggests itself. Can leaders 
who lie as a way of life protect any way of life?"
     The president who lied his way into an invasion of Iraq is now 
exploiting Thursday’s atrocities in London to justify US policies that are 
bringing daily atrocities to Iraq. Bush is intent on sending a message to 
"the terrorists" by continuing the Pentagon’s war effort.
     The idea of communicating by killing is very familiar. There’s nothing 
new about claiming to send a righteous message with bullets and bombs.
     In his book "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning," former war 
correspondent Chris Hedges writes that he saw such transmissions up close: 
"Corpses in wartime often deliver messages. The death squads in El Salvador 
dumped three bodies in the parking lot of the Camino Real Hotel in San 
Salvador, where the journalists were based, early one morning. Death threats 
against us were stuffed in the mouths of the bodies." Hedges adds: "And, on 
a larger scale, Washington uses murder and corpses to transmit its wrath. We 
delivered such incendiary messages in Vietnam, Iraq, Serbia, and 
Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden has learned to speak the language of modern 
industrial warfare."
     And Hedges notes: "It was Robert McNamara, the American Secretary of 
Defense in the summer of 1965, who defined the bombing raids that would 
eventually leave hundreds of thousands of civilians north of Saigon dead as 
a means of communication to the Communist regime in Hanoi."
     Forty years later, with a "war on terrorism" serving as the central 
theme of pro-war propaganda, the United States and its military allies are 
routinely sending lethal messages. It should not surprise us when such 
messages are returned to sender.
(article reprinted in full. - e.d.)
7/12: Nurses and Teachers "Stop Arnold"
By Charles Kalish
Green gadfly and resident of SF's Bernal Heights, Charles Kalish, joined
the Nurses, Teachers and the Raging Grannies in their "Stop Arnold"
campaign on Tuesday. He's written about their protest here, and asks
that you email Giuliana Milanese at gmilanese at calnurses.org to get more
information or join the campaign.

The Nurses and Teachers (and Raging Grannies) were in full form this 
afternoon - down at Yahoo headquarters in Sunnyvale.
Their "Stop Arnold" campaign was in the Silicon Valley to protest another 
billionaire fundraiser for Arnold's anti-worker ballot initiatives.  Today 
Yahoo founder, Jerry Yang, was hosting Arnold's oligarchy.
I felt honored to be among the heroines and heroes who have managed to stop 
this Schwarz'ngr/Corporate juggernaut in its tracks.  Giuliana Milanese took 
me down there.  She's an organizer for CNA, the Californa Nurses 
Our nurses and teachers have taken the offensive with innovative tactics 
including brilliant TV commercials.  They have reframed the public 
discussion, in this case about the Governor's power grabbing Special 
Election in November.  They are exposing the beast for what it is:  a mean 
spirited, dishonest campaign by Schwarz'ngr and his wealthy supporters to 
capture even more power and wealth for themselves - an almost identical 
replica of what Bush, Cheney, Rove and Delay are doing nationally.
The latest commercial from the teachers spotlights the Schwarz'ngr strategy: 
  create a "phenomenon of anger" against teachers and all public workers by 
blaming them continuously for California's economic woes.  It clearly 
illuminates the vicious "blame game" mentality of Schwarz'ngr and Company.
Meanwhile the Austrian-American California governor has collected $100K 
contributions from everyone from Chevron-Texaco and Wal-Mart to 
Anheuser-Bush and Donald Fisher.
Who is Donald Fisher?  Fisher is an example of the extent to which greed and 
power can pervert the human animal.  We in San Francisco have a particularly 
insulting relationship with this odious creature.  He lives here and he 
continually uses his enormous wealth (The GAP) to manipulate the local body 
politic.  Most recently he is alleged to have paid for a hit piece bearing a 
swastika against local progressive Supervisor, Gerardo Sandoval.
Fisher is now using his wealth to try to drive Sandoval into poverty.  
Fisher's strategy is to put the fear of God into all progressives in San 
Francisco who dare to mess with him.  He's shown that he will use any means 
to increase his strangle hold on this city.
What does this have to do with the nurses and Schwarz'ngr?
I believe that Fisher reflects the ugly reality of the mentality and the 
morality of the Schwarz'ngr/Bush phenomenon.  The California nurses and 
teachers have learned how to expose them for what they are.  All of us had 
better understand the likes of Donald Fisher because we will be doing battle 
with them for years to come.
It's going to be a hard battle to beat Schwarz'ngr in November.  He and his 
funders will spend hundreds of millions of dollars; they will be at their 
meanest;  they will stoop so low as to vilify even our care providers and 
our educators.  They will try to destroy anyone who gets in their way.
Nonetheless, this oligarchy can be beaten.  Our nurses and teachers are 
proving that.  They are in the vanguard of the people's revolution for 
economic and social justice in America.
I urge everyone to add yourselves to Giuliana's mailing list and to 
participate whenever and however possible in the Stop Arnold campaign.  It 
symbolizes everything we stand for, locally and nationally.
Email her at gmilanese at calnurses.org
(Reprinted in full. - e.d.)
7/12: California Senate Passes Historic Marriage Equality Legislation
By LGBT Legislative Caucus, Equality California, And Allies Join Forces to 
Revive Equal Marriage Rights Legislation for Same-Sex Couples

Sacramento, CA –  With a 5-2 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed 
Equality California-sponsored Assembly Bill (AB) 849, the Religious Freedom 
and Civil Marriage Protection Act, authored by Assemblymember Mark Leno 
(D-San Francisco), Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez (D-Los Angeles), and 
supported by more than 30 other co-authors. The Religious Freedom and Civil 
Marriage Protection Act would grant equal marriage rights to same-sex 
couples and affirm the religious freedom of all Californians.
State Senate Pro Tem Don Perata (D-Oakland) and Senate Judiciary Committee 
Chairman Senator Joe Dunn (D-Garden Grove) have been working with the LGBT 
Legislative Caucus to move the bill forward.  The previous marriage bill (AB 
19) was narrowly defeated by four votes in the Assembly in early June.  
Through a common procedural move, the exact language of the bill was placed 
into the body of another bill (AB 849) that was moving through the 
legislature.  The bill now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee 
after legislators return from summer recess on August 15.
"I am buoyed by the support of many of my colleagues in the Senate, who are 
co-authors of the measure, and who believe we can pass this bill this year 
and move it out of the Assembly and to the Governor's desk this September," 
stated AB 849's lead author, Assemblymember Mark Leno.  "Because civil 
rights battles are never won in a day, we must move this issue forward 
whenever we can. This is the year to do it. We came so close to victory in 
June. With a few more months to make our case, the LGBT Legislative Caucus 
believes we will prevail.”

Read the full article at:
7/15: Green Convergence at the Bohemian Grove
Friday, July 15th through Sunday, July 17th
12:00 noon- 8:00pm

Each year, the most powerful men in the world meet for a summer retreat in 
Bohemian Grove, one of the last stands of ancient redwood, nestled along the 
Russian River in Sonoma County. Correspondingly, activists gather to greet 
these powerbrokers as they set about for their two week vacation which 
culminates with a secret ceremony "the Cremation of Care".
Activists plan full day activities on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 
15-17. On Friday, from 12- dusk, join Greens and activists of all stripes at 
the gates of Bohemian Grove. Bring banners, signs, drums and costumes.
Saturday, 11 am rally, noon march to the gates to protest the Bohemians: War 
for Oil in the Middle East, environmental destruction across the globe, the 
rich recieve tax cuts while the poor get service cuts.
Sunday: Green Convergance, Monte Rio Outdoor Ampetheater. 10:00 am gather, 
11-1 special guest speakers and music. 1:00 pm design your own protest- 
community discussion to plan ongoing actions to stop the war, environmental 
destruction, loss of civil liberties caused by the Bohemians.

7/15: Sup. Ross Mirkirimi Hosts Art Opening Commemorating the 60th 
Anniversary of the Hiroshima Bombing
Friday, July 15th
5:30pm- 9:00pm
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlet Pl., SF (City Hall)
Rm. 282

On Friday, July 15th, 2005, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi hosts the monthly 
Third Friday’s Art Reception in his City Hall office, Room 282. In 
commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, this month’s 
featured artists are Lewis Suzuki and Iri and Toshi Maruki.
Lewis Suzuki was born in Los Angeles and studied art in Japan, New York, and 
California.  His watercolors are bold and impressionistic and enrich and 
strengthen the spirit of the viewer. Through his art, Mr. Suzuki hopes to 
give a sense of joy and hope in our difficult and changing world.
“I feel that art has a place in enriching the life of humanity.  Through my 
art, I hope to strengthen that part of culture.” --Lewis Suzuki
Iri and Toshi Maruki traveled to Hiroshima three days after the bomb was 
dropped and witnessed the destruction first hand; several relatives and many 
friends perished. Three years passed before the Maruki’s were able to begin 
to paint what they had seen and this helped them to heal emotionally. Nine 
hundred sketches were merged together to create the first of 15 murals 
commemorating the tragedy of the victims.
“It is a dreadful, cruel scene, but I wanted to paint it with kindness.” 
--Toshi Maruki

Defend a Woman's Right to Choose!  Stop the anti-abortion "Crusade for Life"
Saturday, July 16th and Friday, July 23rd
8am- noon
815 Eddy St. (at Franklin), SF
"Crusade for Life" will be in San Francisco from July 15-24, protesting 
against reproductive rights.  Planned Parenthood is collecting names and 
phone numbers of anyone interested in being on an "on-call" list in the 
event of problems or harrassment by protesters.  We are invited to join 
Planned Parenthood, Radical Women, Code Pink, and various others to defend a 
woman's right to choose.
The "Crusade for Life" plans to disrupt our community by harassing women at 
health clinics from July 15-27. We need your help to defend our clinics and 
to send the message that the Bay Area is pro-choice and stands up for 
reproductive rights!
Saturday, July 16 and 23: Meet at Planned Parenthood to be a visible 
pro-choice force.
United Farm Workers Rally and March
Saturday, July 17th
Dolores Park, SF
Come show your support for the UFW struggle against Gallo and our 
appreciation for UFW's support for queers over the years. How well I 
remember Cesar Chavez speaking at the 1987 National March on Washington, I 
was on the press flatbed and got some pics of him for the Philly Gay News, 
even got to shake his hand...now our shared history of supporting each other 
(my GLF group in the early 70s supported the grape boycott) is being raised 
to another level...queers are making a special effort to be visible in 
Sunday's march...please let me know if you can join us.
nos vemos Domingo!
Si se puede!
"Spiritual Activism Network" Conference
Thursday, July 20th- Sunday, July 23rd
UC Berkley Campus
Berkely, CA

Come to an exciting upcoming conference in Berkeley on July 20th-23rd! The 
conference will focus on creating a national, inter-faith "Spiritual 
Activism Network" and will feature an impressive array of 
nationally-prominent speakers, religious and spiritual leaders, political 
analysts, and performing artists.  To date, over 900 people have registered, 
and it may well mark a turning point in the public paralysis around the 
destructive role of the religious right in American politics ... not to 
mention an excellent opportunity to expand our membership.
Please visit the Tikkun conference site below and see if you'd like to 

Joke of the Week

Iraq Vs. Vietnam
Q. What's the difference between the Vietnam War and the Iraq War?
A. George W. Bush had a plan to get out of the Vietnam War.


Bush's Propaganda Tour

During a propaganda tour, President Bush visits a school to explain his 
politics to kids. He invites the kids to ask him questions. Bobby stands up 
and tells him "Mr. President, I got 3 questions":

1. How come, that although the count of votes was not in your favor, you 
still won the election?
2. Why do you want to attack Iraq without an imminent reason?
3. Don't you also consider the bombing of Hiroshima the biggest terrorist 
attack of all times?

Before the president can answer, the recess bell rings, and the kids leave 
the room. After they came back, Bush invited them again to ask questions. 
Joey stands up and tells him "Mr. President, I got 5 questions":
1. How come, that although the count of votes was not in your favor, you 
still won the election?
2. Why do you want to attack Iraq without an imminent reason?
3. Don't you also consider the bombing of Hiroshima the biggest terrorist
attack of all times?
4. Why did the recess bell ring 20 minutes early?
5. Where's Bobby?

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