PFP 1 Step Forward 2 Back


 

One Step Forward & Two Giant Leaps Backward for PFP

I was on cloud nine when I learned that my 1998 running mate Gloria La Riva and legendary AIM (American Indian Movement) activist Dennis Banks won the PFP (Peace & Freedom Party) nomination for President & Vice President. I knew my elation couldn’t last though if La Riva’s forces did not make a clean sweap of the old party officers …. and that is a mistake the party will come to regret.

Kevin Douglas Akin

Kevin Douglas Akin

In a giant leap backward, the party re-elected the most recycled party chair in it’s history, Kevin Akin. For background on Kevin, search in this blog for “Konversations with Kevin” and you’ll understand why his lack of impulse control, his deficient education, and his inability to write anything important without pontificating (and frequently ranting and raving) makes him the most singularly incompetent party officer in history. Of course, I have long suspected that keeping and returning Kevin to office in PFP is a Democratic Party strategic move in part orchestrated by Kevin’s son, Senatorial Aide to arch-right-wing Zionist Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). As chief policy wonk to Wyden on Foreign Policy, Military and Veterans Affairs, Isaiah is complicit in why Wyden was once denounced by a Counter Punch article as being “to the right of Ariel Sharon” in the context of Israel politics….and why Kevin invariably waters down or delays to death any attempt by PFP to take reasonable positions against the Israeli right.

In a worse move, without any due diligence or vetting whatsoever the party convention passed a motion which endorses an imposter “Chicano Moratorium” event in Los Angeles organized by three (3) notorious anti-semites and their supporters:

Chris Eichwald aka Agustin Cebada

Chris Eichwald aka Agustin Cebada

Chris Eichwald aka Agustin Cebada—a former New Mexico State Parole Officer, Eichwald was expelled from the old August Twenty-Ninth Movement (ATM, see http://janbtucker.com/blog/2016/08/17/people-in-glass-houses-should-not-throw-stones-at-the-chicano-moratorium/ and http://janbtucker.com/blog/2014/09/23/is-tucker-a-jew-a-zionist-a-mossad-agent-or-or-or/) on allegations that he was a government informer, according to Michael Sermeno. His KPFK radio show was shut down because of his incessant anti-semitic rants—and they were bad because to get KPFK to shut you down you have to be off the deep end.

Eichwald is so delusional that he once claimed in a paranoid email that I “flew for the IDF” in the 70s. That would have been kind of hard given that I was in class with Rudy Acuna and other Chicano Studies professors at CSUN during that time period so what was I doing: flying to Israel and back on the weekends?

James P. Segall Gutierrez

James P. Segall Gutierrez

James “Jaime” P. Segall-Gutierrez—Respected Chicano Journalist Gustavo Arellano did a definitive expose’ on him in the Orange County Weekly: http://www.ocweekly.com/news/jaime-segall-gutierrez-wackjob-pendejo-lawyer-comes-to-anaheim-to-sue-city-pretend-to-care-about-injustice-6468063. Gutierrez represented Eichwald in the past and currently represents Douglas Paul Ruiz [See http://janbtucker.com/blog/2016/08/17/people-in-glass-houses-should-not-throw-stones-at-the-chicano-moratorium/]

Douglas Paul Ruiz, as I pointed out in the 8/17/16 blog, has conveniently had all of his felony (4 of them in LA County alone) cases sealed and an outstanding Phoenix AZ felony warrant for forgery abruptly dismissed (outstanding from 2002-13) just before he started coming to Chicano Moratorium meetings. In an email openly and brazenly sent to me, Ruiz denounced the National Chicano Moratorium Committee for allowing Jews to participate:

The so-called leaders of this committee have allowed a Jew to come in and break up any bit of comradery (sic) within the movimiento, and instead of settling the strife, it seems they relish it.

So, that’s the crew that is organizing a so-called “Chicano Moratorium” event to detract from the legitimate National Chicano Moratorium Committee (NCMC) event set at Salazar Park for August 28, 2016….and PFP voted to support them….

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National Chicano Moratorium Speaker & Entertainment Lineup


 

J.B. Tucker & Associates

News Release

P.O. Box 433 Torrance CA 90508-0433 Tel: 310.618.9596 Fax: 310.618.1950

Cell: 818.720.3719 pr@janbtucker.com

Criminal Justice Columnist, Counter Punch Magazine

Commentator, Black Talk Radio

Public relations guru”Los Angeles Times 1996

Former 1st Vice President, LA Newspaper Guild

Member, CWA Local 39521, Pacific Media Workers Guild

For Immediate Release: August 19, 2016

For Information: Jan B. Tucker, 818.720.3719, Jaime Cruz 323.687.0963

46TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CHICANO MORATORIUM KICKS OFF

AUGUST 28 2016 AT SALAZAR PARK

The 46th Annual National Chicano Moratorium commemoration of the death of crusadiing Chicano Journalist Ruben Salazar will kickoff with a march and rally to the park that now bears his name on August 28, 2016. Participants will gather at 9:00 am and march from Atlantic Park, 570 S. Atlantic Blvd., & 6thSt., to Ruben Salazar Park, 3864 Whittier Blvd., and Ditman Ave., for the 12:30pm Rally.

Rally speakers and entertainment at this year’s event include:

  • Kwazi Nkrumah of the Martin Luther King Jr Coalition

  • Jan B, Tucker & Michael D, McCarty

    Jan B, Tucker & Michael D, McCarty

    Black Panther and professional story teller Michael D. McCarty for spoken word presentation

  • Allegra Casimir Taylor

    Allegra Casimir Taylor

    Allegra Casimir Taylor, daughter of the late Black Panther Party political prisoner (51 years, murdered in prison last year) Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinnell who will discuss her father’s case and the ongoing events since his murder

  • Wayne Arroyo, longtime American Indian Movement (AIM) activist who will talk about the ongoing protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access Pipeline

  • Kiko Salazar who will speak on long time Chicano political prisoner Ramsey Muniz

  • James Preston Allen

    James Preston Allen

    James Preston Allen folk/labor singer (and Publisher of San Pedro’s Random Lengths community newspaper)

  • Roberto Tijerina, internet radio talk show host from UC Riverside

  • David Rico

    David Rico

    David Rico, Commander of the National Brown Berets de Aztlan

  • Relf Alison Star (Native American activist) and Cindy Allaire, folk singers

 

  • Deacon Alexander

    Deacon Alexander

    Deacon Alexander of the Black Panther Party Alumni Association

  • Bamby Salcedo, TransLatina

  • Jan B. Tucker of the California League of Latinos And Chicanos (CALLAC) will speak on immigration and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

  • Seferino Garcia, Orange County National Brown Berets de Aztlan
  • Son Real

    Son Real

    Son Real, a Los Angeles based son Jarocho band

  • Elisa Mejia and Rodrigo, KPFK – FM, Pacifica Radio for Los Angeles

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People in Glass Houses Should Not Throw Stones at the Chicano Moratorium


 

Actually, People in Glass Houses Should Dress in their Basement

The following post was recently put out publicly on Facebook by the so-called “August Twenty-Ninth Movement” or as it is usually abbreviated “ATM.” Following their statement, which appears written by somebody who couldn’t pass elementary school grammar or English composition based on the spelling and punctuation, is my analysis:

As of this day, August 15, 2016, we, “August Twenty-ninth Movement”, will no longer volunteer or support the “National Chicano Moratorium Committee” (NCMC), which consist of one known member, Jaime Cruz, Chairman of the NCMC. The NCMC has failed its supporters, which consist of grass roots organizations, Local progressive groups, students, and local educators by allowing its supporters and volunteers to be subjected to a “Slapp Lawsuit” by a Private Investigator, Jan B. Tucker. Meanwhile, this Slapp lawsuit has crippled the honest efforts and elements of the community while the struggle continues in its presence. These supporters, grass root organizers, and community members, who have looked forward to the annual Chicano Moratorium as a reminder of our peoples Strength, Cultura, and Inspiration. The community and its true supporters, do not deserve to be treated in this manner by an Organization such as the NCMC who claim to fight for self-determination and independence. It is very Individualistic for the “NCMC” (Jaime Cruz) to abandon its/ his (NCMC) supporters and volunteers at a time of need and treat them as “Fair Weather Friends” after all the support they have shown and given to the “NCMC” and its community in support of the Annual Chicano Moratorium.
In the efforts of: “Self Determination”:

The Right of the people of a particular place to choose the form of government they will have”
“The Freedom to make your own choice”
“Free choice of one’s own acts or states without external compulsion”
“Determination by the people to a territorial unit of their own future political status”

Supporters, Grass Roots Organizations, Students and Educators should be able to contribute to the community without the fear of being sued by those who allow the community and its people to be oppressed and restricted.

August 29th, 1970!!!!
The Fight?
Social injustice
Ethnic Studies
Police Brutality
Vietnam War
And the Murder of Ruben Salazar!!!!

Today, our local community members are being sued, in an act AGAINST “SELF DETERMINATION!” while utilizing the system which has been used to oppress the people

August 29th, 1970
Grass root organizations, students, and educators, supporters and family came together.
The “Chicano Moratorium” belongs the “People, the Community”, and should not be restricted or oppressed.
“Chicano Moratorium!”
Belongs to the people!
The Community!

La Lucha Sigue!!

Chican@!!!!!!

Superior Court
Los Angeles County
Case No. BC 592038

First and foremost, who or what is the so-called ATM? Wikipedia writes that:

The August 29th Movement (or August Twenty-Ninth Movement, ATM), was a Chicano communist organization that lasted from 1974 to 1978. It formed out of the Labor Committee of La Raza Unida Party in Los Angeles, and other collectives, officially forming at a Unity Conference in May 1974. It was one of several organizations that were part of the New Communist Movement, which were influenced by the thought of Mao Zedong and Joseph Stalin‘s theories on the National Question.

The ATM published a manifesto, “Fan The Flames: A Revolutionary Position on the Chicano National Question,” in 1975. In it, the organization articulated the view that Chicanos living in the Southwestern United States were an oppressed nation due to the annexation of northern Mexico in the Mexican-American War of 1846-48, and had a right to independence. The strategy of ATM, like other NCM formations, was to build a multinational communist party.

The August Twenty-Ninth Movement published a newspaper, Revolutionary Cause, and a theoretical journal, The Red Banner.

In New Mexico, the ATM chapter entered into the Chicano Communications Center, a media organization founded by Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez. They were responsible for the destruction of an entire edition of her book 450 Years of Chicano History, one of the first Chicano histories, due to disagreement of how ATM saw the books portrayal of the Chicano National Question.[1]

In 1978, ATM merged with I Wor Kuen, an Asian-American Communist organization, to form the League of Revolutionary Struggle.

The fact is, today’s ATM’s only link to the original ATM is that its founder was thrown out of the League of Revolutionary Struggle (LRS) on suspicion that he was a management informer during a successful union decertification campaign. Following the vote all other union officials and LRS members at the plant were systematically fired…he was the sole person standing who kept his job after the purge. This was according to his ex-wife who was told this by one of his long time comrades literally on his death bed. LRS itself disbanded years ago so ATM today is not a successor organization.

What is the lawsuit about?

I am a private investigator. Accusing me of being a “government informer” against the National Chicano Moratorium Committee could not only ruin my professional practice, it could get me attacked and killed and could result in clients in jail or prison being attacked and murdered simply through guilt by association.

L-R: Jan B. Tucker, Guillermo Suarez, Carlos Callejo, with Black Panther Roland Freeman

L-R: Jan B. Tucker, Guillermo Suarez, Carlos Callejo, with Black Panther Roland Freeman

That is precisely what suspended attorney Guillermo Suarez insinuated at an NCMC meeting. His sole basis for the claim is that I am a member of InfraGard which provides me with free continuing education opportunities courtesy of the FBI. My business clients greatly benefit from this training. So do my criminal defense clients. It’s no secret and never has been and in fact Suarez freaked out over the fact that I openly pointed it out in my blog, in public, on the internet.

Suarez was suspended by the State Bar for failing to properly supervise an immigration service that he claimed to have been employed by from San Bernardino. As a result of what he admitted to the Bar at least one man got deported because of his sloth and ineptitude. Currently he’s under active investigation by the Bar for continuing to hold himself out as an attorney well after he was suspended. 

Jesse Hurtado

Jesse Hurtado

Another of the cast of characters being sued is Jesse Hurtado, “General” of the so-called BBNO, Brown Berets National Organization.  Following the meeting–which he wasn’t even at–he called around the United States telling people I was a government informer.  Unfortunately for him he called one of my out of town clients who promptly told me what was going on.  Jesse, who for years has been telling me he’s an ex-convict is kind of interesting.  I couldn’t find any record of him on the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation website which has a data base of both current and former prisoners.  Nor does he show up on the U.S. Bureau of Prisons data base.  I ran other data bases and….nada.  Why exactly would you make this claim if it wasn’t true….or, why would the authorities cover up your record so tight?  Inquiring minds want to know.

After I left that meeting Carlos Callejo was reported by witnesses to have claimed that I had sued LULAC—the League of United Latin American Citizens—and cost them a lot of money. That claim was a complete fabrication. Feel free to read the lawsuit [email me at pi@janbtucker.com and I’ll send it to you] which tells the entire and complete truth. Later, at a meeting over lunch at Philippes French Dipped Sandwiches in DTLA, Carlos denied he said that and claimed he was only trying to clear the air about something he’d heard….but hemmed and hawed about who told him. The problem for Carlos is that I’ve both been trained and tested on my ability to detect deception and Carlos is not a very good liar.

Anti SemitismAnother aspect of the suit is that the people being sued brought in openly notorious anti-semites to the NCMC in an effort to harass me. One such person–who openly cc’d me an email denouncing the NCMC for allowing me as “a Jew” to participate–in particular has a very, very interesting criminal record which brings the matter full circle. He had an outstanding felony case (forgery) in Maricopa County, Arizona—where Joe Arpaio is the County Sheriff. It’s not like the authorities are notoriously lenient with Chicano activists, so I’d like to know why, after he was on the lam and wanted on an arrest warrant from 2002-2013, the case was abruptly dismissed? BTW, that’s just shortly before his friend Carlos Callejo started trying to get him into the NCMC.

While he had the arrest warrant outstanding for him, he picked up four (4) other felony cases in Los Angeles for everything from burglary and grand theft to drugs. THOSE CASES ARE NOW SEALED SO TIGHTLY THAT I CANNOT EVEN GET THE DOCKETS FROM THE COURTS THAT ARE NORMALLY PUBLIC RECORD EVEN AFTER A SO-CALLED “EXPUNGEMENT” MORE TECHNICALLY DESCRIBED AS A “TERMINATION & DISMISSAL.”

Hmmmmm….I wonder why? Yet Suarez and his cohorts had the gall to insinuate that I’m an informer?

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A comment from Harriett Elliott:

Jan, you say at the end of your great and interesting expose of the two men in the picture, standing next to you:  “mm….I wonder why? Yet Suarez and his cohorts had the gall to insinuate that I’m an informer?”  

What you are insinuating, Jan, is that these two are informers?   Right on!!  That’s exactly what it sounds like to me!!!! 

Please post since I am not able.

Thanks, Harriet

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Bring Hollywood Home Fundraiser October 7th


 

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The Many Menus of Socialism


 

The many menus for socialism

220px-Debs_campaign“Voting for Socialism is not Socialism any more than a menu is a meal. Socialism must be organized, drilled, equipped, and the place to begin is in the industries where the workers are employed…Without such economic organization and the economic power with which it is clothed, and without the industrial co-operative training, discipline and efficiency which are its corollaries, the fruit of any political victories the workers may achieve will turn to ashes on their lips.”–Eugene V. Debs

Doesn't this sound strikingly similar to Bernie Sanders' message?

Doesn’t this sound strikingly similar to Bernie Sanders’ message?

On the left we refer to the many different self-professed “socialist” or “communist” political parties as the “Alphabet Soup Groups.” This is because they all abbreviate their names into initials, like SP, SLP, SDUSA, SWP, CP(ML), CPUSA, RCP, PLP, and so on and so forth. They all have differing catechisms of belief systems that are very much like the catechisms of religions: if you disbelieve what you are told to believe you can and will be excommunicated. Most leftists who are excommunicated will cast about until they find a new organization to accept them until such time as you run afoul of the new catechism you adopted to get in, at which time you are once again excommunicated.

Crit Self Crit_001Those who think for themselves just don’t fit in well with the Alphabet Soup Groups. To mock this state of affairs amongst Maoist organizations, one malcontent set up a Catholic confessional booth at an anti-war coalition’s fundraiser: one booth was labeled “Criticism” and the other “Self-Criticism” because at that time it was the chic thing to do in Maoist organizations of going through rituals of “criticism” and “self-criticism.” It was very similar to the Synanon cult’s practice of “The Games” which was even brought into the administrative practice of the United Farm Workers by Cesar Chavez (other practices of Synanon also came into de facto effect in the California Association of Licensed Investigators [CALI] promulgated when ex-Synanon private investigator Chris Reynolds became president; when he tried to pull those tactics on me, I knew it was time to go and resigned from the Board and all committee assignments).

In light of the campaign of Bernie Sanders, many of the Alphabet Soup Groups (ASG) have written critiques and circulated them about why Bernie is or is not a “socialist” because he does or does not agree with their particular menu of what socialists are supposed to propose programmatically. The fact is that most of these critiques are by people who, if they actually majored in Political Science at a college level, probably missed the requisite course in Methodology (or took it and didn’t understand it) and therefore place the ideology of socialism (as they believe it to be because their ASG says so) before the science. This leads to surreal internal discussions amongst leftists where even the terminology can be the opposite of the way political scientists define concepts.

Two examples:

  1. ASGs universally refer to political parties as “Cadre” and “Mass” parties in exactly the opposite meanings of how political scientists who study and write about political party theory and sociology use those terms;

  2. ASGs almost universally define “fascism” according to a definition which describes the demographic characteristics of the fascist political parties of the 1930s-40s without recognizing that “ism” refers to an ideology. In the ASG definition it is always an obligatory article of faith that to be fascist something has to be a movement involving the middle class. This led former Trotskyist turned Green Party History (not political science) major Peter Camejo to make the absurd claim that William Simon – largest financier of the overtly fascist Catholic Opus Dei order in the United States – was not a fascist because Opus Dei was not a mass movement (seriously…Peter and I engaged in a series of “open letter” polemics over his defense of William Simon; see http://janbtucker.com/blog/2011/09/04/fascism-for-dummies/). The ASGs almost universally reject and ignore the nature of fascism as an ideology as being the right wing version of Communitarianism as opposed to Catholic Liberation Theology as left-wing Communitarianism; if they admitted the distinction they might have to admit that the way Fidel Castro organized Cuba was based on Communitaian rather than Marxist principles and that Allende’s program for Chile was decidedly Communitarian rather than Marxist.

At this point let me state that there are some brilliant political scientists who have intellectually honest views of the history of socialist and Marxist ideological development. I recommend in particular Roy Medvedev of Russia and Wolfgang Leonhard of Yale University. Additionally I would point out that “socialism,” that is “social ism” as an ideology did not start with Karl Marx and to put that into context, people should peruse the writings of [see my blog, http://janbtucker.com/blog/2011/11/12/tristanism-acunism/] Claude Henri de Rouvroy, Comte de Saint-Simon, Francois Marie Charles Fourier and especially Flore-Celestine -Therèse-Henriette Tristan-Moscoso (Flora Tristan). Nor will “socialism” end with so-called Marxists as the only bearers of the true faith. The existentialists, myself included as a phenomenologist (as a methodological school of thought in Political Science) have had as much to offer socialist thought in the 20th and 21st centuries as anybody else.

WHAT DOES ANY OF THIS HAVE TO DO WITH THE REAL WORLD?

This has all been introductory for how I think Bernie Sander’s “socialism” should be seen contextually and judged in the modern world; forget the cluttered and muddled pronoucements of the ASGers.

The first Meidner Plan was designed to produce social democracy--the second democracy--within Swedish macro-economic policy

The first Meidner Plan was designed to produce social democracy–the second democracy–within Swedish macro-economic policy

The best context to understand what Bernie has been talking about is that he is programmatically advancing the first two democracies of the 2nd Meidner Plan of the Swedish Socialist Party’s theory of the three democracies. Whether or not Bernie sees it that way I don’t know, but like me he realizes that it’s pointless to advance the third democracy—economic democracy—until we’ve achieved the first two: political democracy and social democracy.

Reducing the power of the Swedish monarchy to a ceremonial role was a critical element of the "first democracy"

Reducing the power of the Swedish monarchy to a ceremonial role was a critical element of the “first democracy”

The first democracy in Sweden entailed the curtailment of the powers of the monarchy, the establishment of universal suffrage, the consolidation of the original five-house parliament system into the workable unicameral parliament (each of the original houses in essence became one of the traditional political parties, as the old sysem represented in Lutheran Sweden a Communitarian governance model straight out of the Catholic doctrines of St. Thomas Aquinas) and similar examples of what we call “small d democracy.” In the United States this fight is similar to Sanders’ calls for abolishing the Citizens United ruling, making voting easier for everybody, and generally curbing the power of the rich to dominate elections.

The second democracy achieved by Sweden is social democracy: the rights of women, minorities and LGBTI people; universal health care; a limitation on rents; the rights of workers to organize trade unions and the other institutions we equate with the so-called “welfare state.” Again, these are the kinds of reforms that Bernie is pushing when he calls for single payer health care, “immigration reform,” an end to police violence and corruption and tuition free higher education.

Economic DemocracyWhat of the third democracy, “economic democracy?” Professor Kjell Östberg of history at Södertörn University in Sweden wrote on September 10, 2015 [https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/09/sweden-social-democracy-olaf-palme-assasination-reforms/] on this topic:

The trade unions wanted to. In 1976 the LO called for the establishment of wage-earner funds. Under the proposal, every year a proportion of a company’s profits — in the form of shares — would be transferred to union-controlled funds. After anywhere from twenty to seventy-five years, workers would control a majority of shares in most companies.

The plan’s call for gradual socialization roiled the party. Palme and the party leadership favored what they used to call “functional socialism”: the deepening of democracy, a growing public sector, greater state planning resources, laws to reduce the influence of employers. Ownership itself they refused to touch.

The “Meidner Plan” was an attack on this credo, and Palme spent several years killing the proposal’s radical elements. His reaction demonstrated that, for all his reform accomplishments, he was not prepared to step beyond the boundaries of capitalism.

While Bernie has not gone there yet, other relatively mainstream politicians have. Former Congressional Representative and Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, repeatedly introduced the National Health Service Act in Congress. I wrote of the proposed NHSA in contrast to “single payer” health care at http://janbtucker.com/blog/2012/01/18/pass-sb-810-for-single-payer-health-care/. Because Dellums was actually doing something to create economic democracy rather than just sit around writing menus of socialism, he was the target of the Peace & Freedom Party’s “Berkeley Bullsheviks” who opposed his attempt to be cross-nominated by the PFP along with his Democratic Party nomination one year.

Because Bernie did not actually propose the third democracy the ASG and related groups like the Berkeley Bullsheviks denounce him as not being a “socialist.” This is because they lack Karl Marx’s understanding of the dialectical progression of history; because they fail to appreciate Marx’s notions about the difference between the sub-structure of society, the superstructure of society and that they are just a pimple on the super-structure; because they have no concept of “The Political Consequences of Modernization” [1972 by John H. Kautsky, the son of the Karl Kautsky denounced by V.I. Lenin as “the renegade Kautsky”]; and because few of them have actually gained a well-grounded education in political science or any social science for that matter.

So, unlike Bernie and the movement he’s unleashed, who have advanced the first two democracies far beyond what anybody imagined was possible just a year ago, these ASG pundits prate on about how he’s not a real socialist because he hasn’t put the third democracy on the menu yet. For those of us who already took Eugene V. Debs at his word that “”Voting for Socialism is not Socialism any more than a menu is a meal” I am willing to settle for Bernie’s having organized a movement that is moving towards socialism faster than anything I ever anticipated in the last 50 years.

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Strategic Voting Options for those who felt the Bern


 

Strategic Voting Options for those who felt the Bern

Bernie Sanders 2I felt the Bern a lot longer than others who’d never heard of Bernie Sanders before 2016. In 1972 and 1975 Bernie and I were delegates to the conventions of the People’s Party that nominated anti-war hero Dr. Benjamin Spock for President (1972) and Black Panther Party Education Minister Margaret Wright for President (1976). See http://janbtucker.com/blog/2016/06/04/i-like-bill-but-i-back-bernie-feeling-the-bern-since-1972/ where I wrote extensively about that history.

Hillary Clinton HondurasThe concept of a Trump presidency scares the living daylights out of me….even more than a Hillary presidency….and if I actually thought my vote would make a difference in California I’d have to think about voting for her. Her direct role in legitimizing as Secretary of State the military overthrow of the elected President of Honduras alone disqualifies her for me. I did double major in Political Science and Chicano Studies for my B.A. and completed 22 units of graduate work (with a 4.0 GPA) with a concentration on International Relations and Latin America…so I do sort of know something about the subject. Wikipedia succinctly explains that:

In June 2009 a coup d’état ousted President Manuel Zelaya; he was taken in a military aircraft to neighboring Costa Rica. The General Assembly of the United Nations voted to denounce the coup and called for the restoration of Zelaya. Several Latin American nations including Mexico temporarily severed diplomatic relations with Honduras. In July 2010, full diplomatic relations were once again re-established with Mexico.[44] The United States sent out mixed messages after the coup; Obama called the ouster a coup and expressed support for Zelaya’s return to power. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, advised by John Negroponte, the former Reagan-era to Honduras implicated in the Iran-Contra affair, refrained from expressing support.[45] She has since explained that the US would have had to cut aid if it called Zelaya’s ouster a military coup, although the US has a record of ignoring these events when it chooses.[46] Zelaya had expressed an interest in Hugo Chávez’ Bolivarian Alliance for Peoples of our America (ALBA), and had actually joined in 2008. After the 2009 coup, Honduras withdrew its membership. [Emphasis added]

Uh, yeah, the U.S. would have had to cut aid….to the corrupt and brutal oligarchs who took over the country. Following the golpe (Spanish for a coup d’etat) Honduras’ murder rate soared to become the highest per capita murder rate in the world. For a glimpse of what Human Rights Watch had to say about the coup a year after it occurred:

Human Rights Watch has also received credible reports of 29 cases involving threats or attacks against journalists, human rights defenders, and political activists in 2010. For instance, on April 8, Father Ismael Moreno—a Jesuit priest and human rights advocate—received a text message threatening to kill the family of a female coup opponent who had been raped by police officers. Father Moreno had been helping the woman and her family to leave Honduras. In early June 2010, Eliodoro Cáceres Benitez, a political activist, received three death threats by phone, stating that members of organized crime would kill him and his family. His son went missing on June 13; at the time of this writing, his whereabouts remain unknown. On September 15, police and military members attacked the offices of Radio Uno, a station that has been critical of the coup. They launched tear gas into the radio station’s offices, broke windows in the building, damaged equipment, and seriously injured one person. [https://www.hrw.org/report/2010/12/20/after-coup/ongoing-violence-intimidation-and-impunity-honduras]

That is the government that then-Secretary Clinton refused to break diplomatic relations with….and that is just plain sick.

In California where I live, the Democrats could dig up the grave (of the bones, I understand he was eaten after the 1968 election) of Pigasus—the 1968 Youth International Party (“the Yippies”) candidate for President, put a suit and lipstick on the pig, nominate him for President, and in California Pigasus could beat Trump. So I don’t have to worry about voting for Hillary; in another state you might not have that luxury.

Using the Federal Public Funding Law as a Guide

Breaking the two party monopoly is a very positive goal. If a third party candidate gets at least 5% of the national vote they get retroactive funding for 2016 and get “minor” party funding for 2020 of up to $20,000,000 plus cost of living allowance (COLA). So if I thought that Jill Stein could get over 5% I’d vote for her even though, as I wrote during the primary [http://janbtucker.com/blog/2016/06/04/i-like-bill-but-i-back-bernie-feeling-the-bern-since-1972/]:

Jill Stein

Jill Stein

Why not Jill Stein? In 2012 I discussed her views on immigration and learned she knew nothing about the subject. She didn’t even know about the implications of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and especially Article XXI of that treaty on the whole debate. I offered her an opportunity to discuss it with me so she could actually say something intelligent about the subject other than to repeat what the left wing of the Democratic Congressional Latino Caucus tell people they’re supposed to support on so-called “immigration reform.” She had 4 years to bone up and I haven’t heard from her.

Libertarian_PartyThere are some okay things and some bad stuff about the Libertarian Party and as to the latter most of their economic views really do suck. But, if the Green Party does not look like it’s going to make the 5% threshhold but the Libertarian Party might, that’s a reason to vote for Johnson and Weld. Since they don’t believe in public funding at the worst it will be amusing to see whether they don’t accept the $20 million they’d be entitled to.

Keeping my fingers crossed for Gloria La Riva & Dennis Banks

Reiterating what I wrote for the California primary:

Gloria La Riva

Gloria La Riva

Peace & Freedom Party: Vote for GLORIA LA RIVA of the Party of Socialism & Liberation (PSL) in the PFP primary. I don’t always agree with Gloria but like me, she’s absolutely despised by the PFP leadership. My slate endorsed her in 1998 when I was the party’s biggest vote getter and she kicked Marcia Feinland’s ass in the primary for governor for which the leadership has never forgiven her (nor me for that matter; our slate decimated theirs that year). Gloria is also well respected in the labor movement and is currently First Vice President of my union local, Pacific Media Workers Guild, CWA Local 39521 (AFL-CIO, CLC).

The PFP leadership – though Gloria beat her primary opponents by an overwhelming vote in the primary – will try any skullduggery to keep her from getting the nomination.

PFP President_001(From California Secretary of State)

In the primary they violated the legislative intent of the PFP Section of the Elections Code (I know because I helped write that law) by soliciting candidates to run against Gloria and tried to put Jill Stein on the PFP primary ballot, also in blatant violation of the legislative intent of those statutes. They’re now doing another end run around the law by having a Jill Stein surrogate speak for her and try to get her nominated over La Riva.

Dennis Banks

Dennis Banks

Gloria’s running mate is the well known and respected Dennis Banks, of American Indian Movement (AIM) fame.

So all things being equal, I’m taking my cues from Eugene V. Debs and Helen Keller, and voting for Gloria La Riva, because as they said:

“I’d rather vote for something I want and not get it than vote for something I don’t want, and get it.”—Eugene V. Debs

HelenKeller01We the people are not free. Our democracy is but a name. We vote? What does that mean? It means that we choose between two bodies of real, though not avowed, autocrats. We choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee. We elect expensive masters to do our work for us and then blame them because they work for themselves and for their class.”–Helen Keller

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National Chicano Moratorium 2016


 

Headline from the original Los Angeles Free Press following the August 28, 1970 Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam War, compliments Steven M. Finger, Publisher, L.A. Free Press

Headline from the original Los Angeles Free Press following the August 28, 1970 Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam War, compliments Steven M. Finger, Publisher, L.A. Free Press

August 28, 1970, pioneering Chicano Journalist Ruben Salazar was killed by a Los Angeles Sheriffs Deputy who fired a tear gas projectile into a bar literally blowing Ruben’s head off. On that day and at other Chicano Moratorium events protesting the Vietnam War and racism, several others were killed by the Sheriffs, including members of the National Brown Berets de Aztlan and Sephardic Jew Gustav Montag.

As we have done ever since, the National Chicano Moratorium Committee holds its annual commemoration of these events with a march, rally, entertainment and speakers that explain the history and how what we protested in 1970 is very much active and alive today as racism and war still plagues the world we live in.

If you are an entertainer (singer, instrumentalist, rapper, story teller, dancer, hip hop, visual artist???) can you serve  la causa with your talents on August 28 at Ruben Salazar Park in East Los Angeles? Let me know ASAP (pr@janbtucker.com)!  If you are concerned with the issues we face today, just come and participate:

YA BASTA !

Unite Against Law Enforcement Abuse

&

White Supremacy

Support Self Determination and the

Liberation of Occupied Territories

The NCMC calls for a Moratorium on:

  • Migra Raids
  • Re-Invasion of Middle East
  • Migra Deportations
  • Environmental Exploitation
  • Sheriff Corruption
  • Ethnic Cleansing
  • Police Abuse
  • Economic Exploitation
  • Drone Surveillance
  • Border Militarization

Join the Marcha Y Rally, 9:00am from Atlantic Park, 570 S. Atlantic Blvd., & 6thSt., to Ruben Salazar Park, 3864 Whittier Blvd., and Ditman Ave., for 12:30pm Rally.

ORGANIZED BY: NATIONAL CHICANO MORATORIUM COMMITTEE (NCMC), NATIONAL BROWN BERETS de AZTLAN (NBBdA), CALIFORNIA LEAGUE OF LATINOS AND CHICANOS, COMITE PRO DEMOCRACIA EN MEXICO. Endorsed by Sonoma County Central Committee, Peace & Freedom Party [County Chair Irv Sutley participated in the 8/28/70 Moratorium and was chased by the Sheriffs through East Los Angeles for the crime of registering voters for the Ricardo Romo for Governor campaign]

CONTACT : NCMC, jcruzor1@aol.com (323) 687-0963

https://www.facebook.com/events/1090868444302054/

Venceremos!

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2.5 Million all-time hits on this blog!


 

The hits just keep on coming!

Sometime in the last few weeks I passed 2.5 million all time hits, thanks to you, my readers:

Site Statistics

Unique Pages Served: 65828

Total Sessions: 735547

Total Page Hits: 2535638

Also thanks to you we’re well over 15,000 subscribers:

 

  • Subscriber Count

    15560

This is a very humbling experience thanks to you all….

Thanks to Readers_001

 

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Hollywood Diversity Fight Escalates


 

The following letter just went out in the U.S. Mail:

June 28, 2016

Graphic_001Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington DC 20530-0001

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Attorney General’s Office California Department of Justice Civil Rights Division P.O. Box 944255 Sacramento CA 94244-2550

Honorable Attorneys General Lynch and Harris:

We are writing you to seek appropriate investigations and actions against disparate impact and disparate treatment against women and protected minority groups caused by:

1. The provisions of California Revenue & Taxation Code Section 17053.95(b)(6)which effectively shuts out women and minorities from accessing a tax credit:

  1. Independent film” means a motion picture with a minimum budget of one million dollars ($1,000,000) that is produced by a company that is not publicly traded and publicly traded companies do not own, directly or indirectly, more than 25 percent of the producing company.

  1. The enforcement of California Revenue & Taxation Code Section 17053.95 by the California Film Commission which has shut out independent productions that qualify for the credit in a way that disparately impacts the employment of women and minorities.

Bob Dylan says in two different songs, "Money Doesn't Talk, It Swears." Notice how much MPAA spends on lobbying....

Bob Dylan says in two different songs, “Money Doesn’t Talk, It Swears.” Notice how much MPAA spends on lobbying….

Additionally, we believe that both as enacted and applied, Section 17053.95 – AB 1839 which was written by entertainment industry lobbyists – was intended to be and effectively promotes a conspiracy in restraint of trade. 95% of the tax credits utilized under this law have in fact gone to the studios that already have a dominant market position and thus reinforce their dominance, stymying and stifling independent film production.

usc-annenberg-logoThe USC Comprehensive Annenberg Study on Diversity to demonstrate the known impact of the lack of diversity in the Entertainment Industry – which we contend stems from that industry’s unlawful market share monopolization — showed that in the 414 studied films and series, only a third of speaking characters were female, and only 28.3 percent were from minority groups — about 10 percent less than the makeup of the U.S. population.

Characters 40 years or older skew heavily male across film and TV: 74.3 percent male to 25.7 percent female; Just 2 percent of speaking characters were LGBT-identified. Among the 11,306 speaking characters studied, only seven were transgendered (and four were from the same series); Behind the camera, the discrepancy is even greater. Directors overall were 87 percent white; Broadcast TV directors (90.4 percent white) were the least diverse; Just 15.2 percent of directors, 28.9 percent of writers and 22.6 percent of series creators were female; In film, the gender gap is greatest: Only 3.4 percent of the directors studied were women, and only two directors out of the 109 were black women: Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) and Amma Asante (“Belle”).

BuncheLikewise, the 2016 Hollywood Diversity Report of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA demonstrates that the trend over the past several years has been towards significantly less diversity in entertainment industry employment. See Exhibit 1, the report’s Executive Summary.

We believe that these statutes and their enforcement are facially unconstitutional under the California Constitution and are in violation of 42 USC 1983 and other civil rights laws, as well as the anti-trust statutes and public policies of the State of California and the United States of America.

As enacted and enforced, California Revenue & Taxation Code Section 17053.95 also violates the California Constitution, Article I, Sections 1, 7 and 31.

We are requesting appropriate investigations into:

  1. The role of industry lobbyists in the drafting phase of AB 1839, which enacted California Revenue & Taxation Code Section 17053.95;

  2. The disparate impact of Section 17053.95 on production by independent film companies and the concomitant adverse impact on employment by women and protected minority groups in the entertainment industry;

  3. The disparate impact and disparate treatment of independent film companies and the concomitant adverse impact on employment by women and protected minority groups in the entertainment industry;

  4. Whether a California Attorney General’s Opinion is warranted on the unconstitutionality of Section 17053.95;

  5. Whether other enforcement action at the state and/or federal levels is warranted into the practices of the California Film Commission.

We can provide you with guidance toward potential witnesses into the Film Commission’s policies and practices, who fear retaliation and blacklisting but who we believe will cooperate forthrightly and candidly with any investigation.

Respectfully Yours,

Jan B. Tucker

for the Same Page/Misma Pagina Coalition (SFV/NELA Chapter, NOW; Miss Revolutionaries; L.A. Progressive; California League of Latinos And Chicanos; California Leadership Institute; Todos Unidos; Bring Hollywood Home Foundation; United For Education Coalition)

Jerilyn Stapleton, President

For California National Organization for Women

David Rodriguez, State Director

For California League of United Latin American Citizens

Erick Holly, President

For Inglewood South Bay Branch, NAACP

Angel G. Luevano

TODOS UNIDOS

Argentina Davila Luevano

California Leadership Institute

Sherry Lear, Esq.

For Miss Revolutionaries

Sharon Kyle & Dick Price

For L.A. Progressive

Norma Ramirez

President, for United For Education Coalition

Karen Eyres, Treasurer

For Hollywood Chapter NOW

Patricia Nazario

Independent Film Producer

Linda M. Pruett

Co-President, San Fernando Valley/Northeast LA Chapter of NOW

Cynthia Conover

Co-President, San Fernando Valley/Northeast LA Chapter of NOW

Roz Brown

Former President, SFV/NELA NOW

Nancy Pearlman

Independent Producer, EcoNews

L.A. Community College District Trustee (for ID only)

Bring Hollywood Home Foundation Press Release

CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS SIGN WITH BRING HOLLYWOOD HOME LETTERS_001

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One Tuff Brand: new clients, new friends


 

Jan B. Tucker @ OTB Fashion, El Monte

Jan B. Tucker @ OTB Fashion, El Monte

Met with new clients and now new friends yesterday, OTB Fashion.  Founded in 1991, OTB focuses on fast fashion and aims at the teenage market. There are two subsidiary brands, ONE TOUGH BRAND and ONE TUFF BABE. ONE TOUGH BRAND designs skateboard clothing for young men and ONE TUFF BABE concentrates on JEANS; it`s very popular among teenagers.

You can meet them at http://www.otbfashion.com/home.html 

5M4001 5M8003 6002 BLACK FullSizeRender GREEN IMG_6183 IMG_6184 IMG_6202 IMG_6373 IMG_6676 IMG_6677 IMG_6678 IMG_6689 pink ROYAL BLUE WIINE

 

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