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For The Week of 10/20/05 - 10/28/05
This Week:
10/13: Toxic Chemicals Found in Some Children's Toys
10/15: Elaine Brown tossed from ballot
10/18: First Report from New Orleans
10/18: Students Greet Military with Rally and Queer Kiss-In
10/20: Happy Hour Benefit for Commercial Alert with Matt Gonzalez and Gary 
10/21: Art Opening Reception for Tim Gaskin at City Hall
10/23: Ross and Friends Phonebanking Night
10/24: GOTV Sunset Precinct Walk
10/24: Schwarzenegger Corporate Debate Protest
10/25: An Evening with The Honorable Mayor of Bethlehem, Dr. Victor Batarseh
10/26: Prop 13 Public Talk with David Giesen

Joke of the Week
Early Voting Open At City Hall
Emmie is Editing Announce This Week
Become A Sustainer!

Thursday, October 13, 2005, in the San Jose Mercury News

"Toxic chemicals found in some children's toys"
Bay City News Service

SAN FRANCISCO - Babies who use plastic toys may be at risk later in life, 
according to a report released Wednesday that shows that many products used 
by babies and young children contain toxic chemicals.  Phthalates and toxic 
flame-retardants were present in 18 of 25 products tested by the Environment 
California Research and Policy Center and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund. The 
study, which was motivated by existing bans on six types of phthalates in 
Europe, was released today.  The report calls for a ban on the most toxic 
chemicals in children's products, including flame retardants known as PBDEs 
and 6 types of phthalates. There are currently no restrictions on phthalates 
in children's products. A statewide ban on the manufacture and distribution 
of two PBDEs, Penta and Octa, will take effect on June 1, 2006.  AB319, 
written by Assemblywoman Wilma Chan, D-Oakland, aims to ban phthalates from 
products used by children under 3. If passed, it would go into effect Jan. 
1, 2007.

Phthalates, which make plastics soft and pliable, are commonly found in baby 
products such as plastic teething rings and plastic books, and in personal 
care products. PBDEs are present in products such as electronics casing, 
furniture foam and fabric backing.  According to the report, "phthalates are 
linked to premature birth, reproductive defects and early onset puberty." 
The report cites a study of 85 babies by Dr. Shanna Swan at the University 
of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, which found that prenatal 
exposure to phthalates can affect genital development in boys.

Some children's products labeled "phthalate-free" or "non-toxic" tested 
positive in the study, and Environment California recommends using wooden 
toys as a safer alternative to plastic.  The best way to ensure that plastic 
toys are phthalate-free is to contact manufacturers directly, said Rachel 
Gibson of Environment California.

Guidelines for parents can be found at http://www.environmentcalifornia.org

You can read the full report and take a survey on toxics in kid's toys here: 

To take action, click on this link or paste it into your web browser: 

Dan Jacobson
Environment California Legislative Director
DanJ at environmentcalifornia.org http://www.EnvironmentCalifornia.org
Brown tossed from ballot
Elections panel says she failed residency test

By Keith Laing
The Brunswick News
Sat, Oct 15, 2005

The Glynn County Board of Elections has decided that Brunswick mayoral 
candidate Elaine Brown cannot participate in the upcoming municipal election 
– as either a candidate or a voter.  The elections board voted unanimously 
Friday to disqualify Brown as a candidate for mayor and remove her from the 
voter rolls after a week of considering whether or not she has lived in the 
city long enough to be a candidate.

Complete article:
First Report from New Orleans
by Susan King
October 18, 2005

Hi all,

I am in New Orleans with Medea Benjamin and a group of fabulous women to 
join the Common Ground Collective. It is hard to describe in one short post 
the amazing level of organization and work that is coming out of this small, 
young organization. For more info, please take a moment and go to 

I will send a more thorough report later about specific needs and ways that 
the Green Party can step up and be a part of this amazing work. For now, 
here are a few ideas:

1. There is a national caravan being organized from November 20-27 to bring 
folks from across the US to work over Thanksgiving week to help rebuild the 
9th Ward in New Orleans. Plans are being made to help folks organize 
caravans from their communities. The Collective is working on developing 
hubs to work out of, set up housing and other infrastructure to support 
volunteers to help in this effort.

The plan is to have 300 volunteers work block by block cleaning up the 9th 
ward.  Clean up includes refuse removal (much is being hauled out by the 
Army Corps of Engineers, but there will still be lots to do on this front). 
Volunteers will work side by side with residents of the 9th ward to make 
this community habitable and functional, so people can move back into their 

will be organizing in SF, if you can help, we can work together to set up a 
team to help get the SF caravan ready to go.

2. The needs are overwhelming, and it is amazing how much this group has 
with so little. Yes, of course, funds are needed, but that is not the only 
need.  I will try to get a comprehensive lis of things that we can help line 
up to have shipped here. Efforts are underway to ask for donations from 
corporations and businesses large and small. In the meantime, they still 
need items either sent or driven here. I will post a list soon.

3. If you can arrange time off anytime, there are specific skills that are 
useful, especially skilled labor like construction, legal aid, medical 
assistants, computer skills, finance and accounting skills.  If you know 
folks who can do these things, please forward this email.

I will send more reports later, and a more thorough description of the 
vision of The Common Ground Collective. If you want these reports, please 
email me so I can add you to the list, since I do not want to bog the staff 
list down with daily reports. Please forward contact for others who want 

Bye for now,
Students creatively and peacefully block access to military recruiters

Today, October 18th, 2005 UCSC Students Against War (SAW) organized a 
nonviolent rally and Queer Kiss-in against the presence of military 
recruiters on the UC Santa Cruz Campus. About forty students participated in 
protest of the military’s discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. The 
Queer Kiss-in was staged in front of the military’s tables during the march 
and rally. From inside the fair, kissers were able to effectively block 
access to military recruiters without shutting down the entire career fair. 
When asked about why the Queer Kiss-in was the most effective tactic to use 
against the military, Steve S. a third year Literature major answered, “The 
kiss as “an act of love” is fundamentally antithetical to the military as an 
institution of war and death and strife.”

Outside of the University Center over a hundred students rallied against the 
recruiters and in support of those participating in the kiss-in on the 
inside. The students were flanked by supportive faculty and staff, many of 
who wore “UCSC Faculty Against War” badges. The rally at the College Center 
lasted for the duration of the career fair and included speeches by students 
and faculty members such as UC Professor Bettina Aptheker, music, as well as 
an impromptu question-and-answer session between SAW organizers and rally 

As they rallied, the students presented a list of five[sic] demands to the 
UCSC administration. They demanded that: 1) All military recruiters leave 
the Job Fair immediately; 2) UCSC join dozens of prestigious law schools 
nation-wide in the Supreme Court case FAIR v Rumsfeld to oppose the Solomon 
Amendment, which forces colleges to allow military recruiters, even though 
it violates their own nondiscrimination policies; 3) UCSC Faculty and 
Administration write a resolution promising to officially ban recruiters 
from campus as soon as the Solomon Amendment is overturned; and 4) UCSC 
Chancellor Denice D. Denton make a public statement denouncing military 
recruitment as a violation of campus non-discrimination policies, affirming 
the campus’ will to ban recruiters, once legally able to do so.

Second year student, Tom Fleming, who took part in the rally said, “I feel 
that we really made a strong point today, our goals are tangible and the 
pressure is now on the administration to formulate a strategy that will be 
in support of the student body.”

For more information, contact Students Against War’s press team through 
saw_action at yahoo.com
Photos and personal accounts can be found at:
10/20: Happy Hour Benefit for Commercial Alert

Please join Matt Gonzalez and Gary Ruskin, executive director of Commercial 
Alert, for happy hour.
Date: Thursday, October 20
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Place: Cafe Royale, 800 Post Street at Leavenworth
Suggested contribution: $30, $50, $100 or whatever you can afford

Commercial Alert is not your typical nonprofit. Commercial Alert's mission 
is to keep the commercial culture within its proper sphere, and to prevent 
it from exploiting children and subverting the higher values of family, 
community, environmental integrity and democracy.

*** Read more about Commercial Alert at

*** RSVP at

*** Donate at


Gary Ruskin | gary at commercialalert.org
Commercial Alert | www.commercialalert.org
Congressional Accountability Project |
Tel. (503) 235-8012 | Fax (503) 235-5073
10/21: Art Opening Reception for Tim Gaskin
Friday, October 21st, 2005, 5-8 PM
San Francisco City Hall, 1 Carlton B Goodlett Place, Room 282

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi hosts the monthly Third Friday’s Art Reception in 
his City Hall office, Room 282.
10/23: Ross and Friends Phonebanking Night
Sunday, October 23rd
5:00-8:00 pm
United Health Care Workers
1338 Mission St., 2nd Floor

With the November 8th Special Election, Arnold Schwarzenegger is bringing 
the Karl Rove right-wing agenda to California. His propositions threaten a 
woman's right to choose, a worker's right to organize and will bring 
devestating cuts to education and health care.

Schwarzenegger is bringing in Republican operatives from across the country 
to increase conservative turnout in California. It is critical that we in 
San Francisco work twice as hard and double the expected voter turnout in 
order to counter-act these efforts. If we all work together, we can defeat 
these dangerous propositions.

Join Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi as we call San Franciscans and tell the truth 
about the Special Election. For more information, call the Alliance for a 
Better CA at (415) 503-5797.
10/24: Mark your calender for October 24th from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Meet at Other Avenues Food Store
3930 Judah St (between 44th & 45th)
San Francisco, CA Map
(415) 661-7475
Public Transportation: ( MUNI Judah N streetcar).

The "Pierre FRAYSSE for SUNSET/D#4 Supervisor Committee" is organizing their 
first GOTV for the November 8th election; The objective is to distribute 
flyers supporting the SFGP slate card and to cover every single home and 
apartment in two Sunset precincts, one progressive, one conservative. Post 
election results analysis will give us tremendous insights on how the 
current SUNSET voters adhere to the endorsements we made and the GREEN Party 
10 keys values.  Furthermore, it will give our committee local information 
on how to organize and focus our coming campaign for the D#4 supervisor 
10/24: Schwarzenegger Corporate Debate Protest
October 24, 2005
5:00 p.m.
Walnut Creek, Civic Park

GREEN Party activists from Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo join the 
Alliance for a better CA to protest Schwarzenegger Corporate sponsored 
"debate" on FOX KTVU Channel #2.

Let's stand beside others progressives to stop CA take-over by right-wings 
special interests!

For information, call Pierre FRAYSSE at 415-608-5651, or email 
pbfgreens at sbcglobal.net
How to get there?  Civic Park is at the corner of North Broadway and Civic 
Center Drive, a few blocks south of the Walnut Creek BART station.  The Dean 
Lesher Center where the "debate" will take place is 3 blocks west from the 
park, on Locust Drive.  Bring your GREEN Party Banner!
10/25: The Arab American Community in San Francisco Bay Area invites you to 
An Evening with The Honorable Mayor of Bethlehem, Dr. Victor Batarseh
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005
7:30 PM-8:30 PM
St. Mary's Cathedral
1111 Gough St. at Franklin St.
San Francisco, 94109
Light Refreshments will be provided
For more information or to RSVP, please call 415-664-2200.

Details: The Honorable Mayor of Bethlehem, Dr. Victor Batarseh, will be 
addressing the Arab American Community in San Francisco on behalf of the 
Holy City of Bethlehem. A Question & Answer period will follow the Mayor's 

Sponsored by: Arab Cultural & Community Center, National Council of Arab 
Americans, Bethlehem Association, Palestinian American Congress, Free 
Palestine Alliance, ADC-SF, General Union of Palestinian Students, Palestine 
Arab Fund
10/26: Proposition 13 - Home Ownership, You and Your Neighbors
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Bernal Heights Library Community Room

David Giesen will be giving a public talk on the history, mechanism and 
effects of Prop 13, California’s landmark property tax legislation.

Sponsored by the Henry George School
(415) 970-9306
Joke of the Week
George W. Bush's Intelligence Quiz

While visiting England, George W. Bush is invited to tea with the Queen. He 
asks her what her leadership philosophy is. She says that it is to surround 
herself with intelligent people. He asks how she knows if they're 

"I do so by asking them the right questions," says the Queen. "Allow me to 

She phones Tony Blair and says, "Mr. Prime Minister. Please answer this 
question: Your mother has a child, and your father has a child, and this 
child is not your brother or sister. Who is it?"

Tony Blair responds, "It's me, ma'am."

"Correct. Thank you and good-bye, sir," says the Queen. She hangs up and 
says, "Did you get that, Mr. Bush?"

"Yes ma'am. Thanks a lot. I'll definitely be using that!"

Upon returning to Washington, he decides he'd better put the Chairman of the 
Senate Foreign Relations Committee to the test. He summons Jesse Helms to 
the White House and says, "Senator Helms, I wonder if you can answer a 
question for me."

"Why, of course, sir. What's on your mind?"

"Uh, your mother has a child, and your father has a child, and this child is 
not your brother or your sister. Who is it?"

Helms hems and haws and finally asks, "Can I think about it and get back to 
you?" Bush agrees, and Helms leaves. He immediately calls a meeting of other 
senior senators, and they puzzle over the question for several hours, but 
nobody can come up with an answer. Finally, in desperation, Helms calls 
Colin Powell at the State Department and explains his problem.

"Now look here Colin Powell, your mother has a child, and your father has a 
child, and this child is not your brother, or your sister. Who is it?" 
Powell answers immediately, "It's me, of course, you dumb ass."

Much relieved, Helms rushes back to the White House and exclaims, "I know 
the answer, sir, it's Colin Powell!" And Bush replies in disgust, "Wrong, 
you dumb ass, It's Tony Blair!"
Early Voting Open At City Hall

For those of you who wish to vote early, the polls at City Hall in San 
Francisco are now open.  Voting will take place during normal buisness hours 
at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlet Pl. (City Hall), San Francisco, CA.  Please go 
to the Elections Department in the basement to find the polling place.  If 
you are not registered yet, voter regestration will be open until Nov. 2nd.

Remember, vote early, vote every election!
Emmie is Editing Announce This Week

I’m filling in as editor of Announce this week while Nicole is in transit.  
(Thanks for the great instructions, Nicole!)
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