In Memoriam to Andy Lopez


 

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IN MEMORY OF ANDY LOPEZ – TURN A NEGATIVE INTO A POSITIVE
Elbert “Big Man” Howard July 17, 2014

Big Man (far right), Black Panther demonstration, Oakland CA, July 1968. Photo courtesy of Pirkle Jones

Big Man (far right), Black Panther demonstration, Oakland CA, July 1968. Photo courtesy of Pirkle Jones

Thirteen-year-old Andy Lopez was an aspiring musician when he was shot and killed on October 22, 2013 by Sheriff’s deputy Erick Gelhaus. Andy played the trumpet. Unfortunately, the world will never have the opportunity to see what he could have become or how far his talent might have taken him. However, rather than just bury his memory, those of the living, including those responsible for his loss of life because they work in some capacity in this injustice system, can make his memory mean something, especially to young people as they struggle towards adulthood.

I am proposing that a fund or funds be set up in his name to help students, especially Latino students and other disenfranchised students of color, who are in need of financial support and are struggling to achieve the goal of higher education. I strongly urge that the District Attorney, the Sheriff, the City Council and the Board of Supervisors, as well as all Law Enforcement agencies contribute to these efforts. At this point, none of them have publicly expressed any meaningful regret that Andy was shot and killed under their watch, nor have they accepted any responsibility for his senseless killing. The public has a right and also a responsibility to be outraged by all of this.
However, over time, even the deepest outrage tends to subside and many tire of going to rallies and taking part in protest marches. No one wishes for this, but human nature and time being what they are, this just happens. I say that before this occurs, before coalitions and committees start to disband, I am hoping that they evolve into constructive organizing. People would have to be willing to do the consistent hard work involved in order to organize events, such as concerts, scholarships and other events which would create lasting monuments and programs in the memory of Andy Lopez. How about focusing on getting serious about the Memorial Park and playground? These efforts could achieve a lasting legacy and some kind of Justice for Andy.
I also propose arranging a Jazz Festival which would consist of local high school and college jazz bands, and include student musicians such as those from Healdsburg High, El Molino High, Santa Rosa JC and others. Ask venues to donate their facilities; ask local businesses to donate goods and money. Ask local media to donate ads in papers; ask DJs to make announcements on local radio and television programs. Ask local printers to donate posters and flyers. Promote these events locally and throughout the Bay area heavily so that this event will be successful and so that no one will ever forget Andy Lopez.
Funds which are raised can then be utilized to help young people in need of help – with educational assistance , legal defense needs, and with basic needs for shelter, clothing, food and medical and dental care. They need help – we could make a difference in their lives. What has happened to young Andy Lopez has created a tragedy, not only for his family and friends, not only for the community in which he lived, but for so many of us in so many communities. It is time to focus on taking actions which will allow us to start the healing process. I feel there are many ways to start this process, including the ones I have suggested here. In order to achieve our goals and create positive and lasting change in our struggle for freedom and justice, it would require each of us to take an evolutionary leap into consciousness and recognize the need to commit to each other as human beings. We must set the example – our children and grandchildren are depending on us.
Elbert “Big Man” Howard Santa Rosa, CA
Elbert “Big Man” Howard is a founding member of the Black Panther Party and is an author, lecturer and community activist in Sonoma County.  For more information about Big Man:
http://www.bigmanbpp.com/

 


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Boxing: Enforce & Strengthen Regulatory Laws


 

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For background on this issue, see my blog on the Conspiracy In Restraint of Trade in the Boxing Industry:

 http://janbtucker.com/blog/2014/06/09/boxing-a-conspiracy-in-restraint-of-trade/

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Sonoma County D.A. Report on Andy Lopez Shooting


 

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Here are some choice quotes from my commentary on the Sonoma County District Attorney report on the shooting of Andy Lopez:

By reason of the Government Code Section 3307, Peace Officers cannot be required to take polygraph examinations, a privilege that does not exist for the FBI, CIA, or any other State of Federal employee. Their “Methodology” begins as inherently flawed as arbitrarily limited by the Government Code for strictly political reasons. That the report fails to note such limitation represents a gross disregard of epistemology.

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As a member of the MAGNET team did he ever testify as a gang expert in court to get a “gang enhancement” charge or conviction? If so, did they review his testimony? So-called law enforcement “gang experts” are frequently liars and/or idiots who might technically meet “Frye” standards but could not possibly meet the more stringent “Daubert” standards in a federal court proceeding.

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Remember, supposedly this is happening with a 10.5 pound weapon. There is an obvious difference between a kid with a replica and a kid with a 10.5 pound real weapon in how they will handle it.

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For them to editorialize like this they should have been tested to detect deception in investigative interviews and found competent. Were they tested? What were the results?

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A test needs to be performed re-enacting the difference with several males of similar stature and size to Andy Lopez of doing this with the replica weapon and with a real AK 47. This is obvious and nobody should have drawn this conclusion without doing such a test.

So click below for the keyword searchable report in three parts, with my side note PDF commentary:

http://janbtucker.com/jb_tucker_in_action


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What Would Emma Lazarus Say About Emigrantes?


 

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US Justice Dept Touts US Record on Criminal Defense for the Poor


 

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No comment….yet….see my subsequent blogs on the issue and the platitudes this statement touts…..

Associate Attorney General West Delivers Remarks at the International Conference on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems
~ Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Assistant Attorney General Tony West speaking at the Legal Services Corporation Black History Month event

Assistant Attorney General Tony West speaking at the Legal Services Corporation Black History Month event

Thank you, Jennifer [Smith of the International Legal Foundation] for your kind words.  On behalf of the United States, it is a privilege to be here with all of you today at this historic international convening on criminal legal aid.  I want to thank Minister [of Justice and Correctional Services Michael] Masutha, Judge President Mlambo, the Government of the Republic of South Africa, Legal Aid South Africa, the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, the United Nations Development Programme, and the International Legal Foundation, for coordinating this important gathering so that we may, together, explore how to strengthen and improve access to criminal legal aid around the world.

 

And equally important, I want to thank all of you — the gathered Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Attorneys General, Supreme Court Justices, and criminal legal aid providers and experts — for participating in this conference.  Your presence here epitomizes the dual truths that all free people, wherever they may live, lay valid claim to equality in the eyes of the law, and that the majesty of the law finds its best and highest use in the service of justice.

 

Two years ago, I had the privilege of being in New York, during the opening of the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, to participate in a side-event to the High-Level Meeting on the Rule of Law hosted by the Permanent Mission to the U.N. of the Republic of South Africa.  And during that event, I was honored to express the United States’ strong support for the U.N. Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems.  The principles articulated in that document affirm that criminal legal aid “is an essential element of a fair, humane and efficient criminal justice system that is based on the rule of law.”

 

And now we have come here, to the land of Madiba and in the spirit of Ubuntu, to rededicate ourselves to the urgent task of making real the principle at the core of the U.N. Principles, articulated in the Lilongwe Declaration a decade ago, and reiterated in so many of your national constitutions, as well as mine: a criminal justice system is not just if it fails to guarantee a right to competent counsel through legal aid.

 

For the United States, that constitutional right to counsel is a cornerstone of the U.S. criminal justice system.  And my country’s best articulation of this fundamental principle originated not with an august conference of learned judges and justice ministers, or by a declaration of universal rights and aspirations; its origins were much more humble than that.  It started with the arrest of a man once described as a drifter and petty thief.

 

Clarence Earl Gideon and his handwritten petition to the U.S. Supreme Court

Clarence Earl Gideon and his handwritten petition to the U.S. Supreme Court

His name was Clarence Gideon.  And in 1961, he was arrested for breaking into a pool hall and stealing about five U.S. dollars in change from a cigarette vending machine.  At his trial, Gideon asked the judge for a lawyer, saying he was too poor to hire one himself.  The presiding judge denied Gideon’s request, and, after representing himself at trial, Gideon lost and was convicted and sentenced to five years.

 

From the confines of his jail cell, Gideon wrote a simple, five-page plea asking the United States Supreme Court to grant him a new trial with appointed counsel.  “It makes no difference how old I am or what color I am or what church I belong to if any,” Gideon wrote.  “The question,” he said, “is very simple.  I did not get a fair trial.”

 

The U.S. Supreme Court ultimately heard Gideon’s plea and, in a milestone judicial opinion that bears his name, the justices established the principle that our Constitution guarantees defendants in criminal cases the right to a lawyer whether that person can afford one or not.  Gideon received a new trial – this time with the assistance of a court-appointed lawyer – and this time, he was acquitted.

 

I think it speaks volumes that if you visit Washington D.C. today — and I know that many of your countries will be represented in Washington soon for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit that President Obama is hosting in August — you will find Gideon’s humble, handwritten five-page petition to the U.S. Supreme Court, penciled on prison stationary, sitting in our National Archives, alongside our Nation’s most treasured documents: the Declaration of Independence that created our country; the Bill of Rights which protected our liberty; and the Emancipation Proclamation that eradicated the scourge of slavery from our land.

 

And in the five decades since the Gideon case was decided, the U.S. Supreme Court has continued to refine this important and basic right — expanding the right to counsel to juveniles and in certain misdemeanor cases.

 

So for the United States, the right to counsel is a principle that represents the most basic notions of fundamental fairness.  But it also reflects the aspirations of a Nation that is still very much a work in progress.

 

Because the challenge of effective criminal legal aid and fairness in the criminal justice system are issues that the United States has been grappling with since its founding.  At times, we have made great strides, committing resources, energy and ideas to the task.  At times, we have fallen short of our own ideals.  And with each triumph and setback, we are reminded that justice is as much a journey as it is a destination — as much a process as it is an outcome — and that the fairest criminal justice system gives equal attention to both.

 

Addressing this challenge is something that our nation’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, has made a priority of his tenure in office.  In his first year, he launched the Access to Justice Initiative — an effort that I oversee at the U.S. Department of Justice and which seeks to ensure basic legal services are available, affordable and accessible to everyone in the United States regardless of wealth or status.   Much of the work of this initiative is directed at strengthening criminal defense for the poor by focusing on many of the same values outlined in the U.N. Principles and Guidelines.

 

Our work through the Access to Justice Initiative has helped to raise awareness about the urgent need that exists in indigent criminal defense in the United States.  The lawyers who provide legal aid to criminal defendants — we call them public defenders — too often they are overworked, underpaid, and overwhelmed by the need for criminal defense services among the poor.

 

In response, the Access to Justice Initiative — which is fortunate to have the leadership of Maha Jweied, the Acting Deputy Counselor of Access to Justice and a participant in this week’s conference — has supported piloting programs that test innovative indigent criminal defender services throughout our country and identified best practices that can improve the way we serve indigent clients who need legal representation.

 

There are other steps we’ve taken to make real our commitment to legal aid in the criminal justice system.  One of the most comprehensive is an effort launched by our Attorney General aimed at reforming and improving our criminal justice system in ways that not only improve access to justice and public safety, but also saves money and more effectively deploys our limited criminal justice resources.

 

We call it the “Smart on Crime” initiative.  It’s a reform effort based on the premise that while aggressive enforcement of our criminal statutes remains our Justice Department’s central law enforcement mission, experience teaches us that we cannot arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate our way to becoming a safer nation.  Over the last three decades, the United States has enjoyed great success — for a variety of reasons — in bringing down violent crime rates.  Yet over that same time period, our prison populations have exploded by more than 800 percent, requiring the commitment of greater and greater resources.

 

And for those offenders who are non-violent and low-level, it’s not clear that spending increasing amounts of our nation’s treasure to incarcerate them is a sound investment in public safety; indeed, there may be better, less expensive ways of keeping our communities safe while at the same time holding offenders like these accountable and reducing the likelihood they will return to prison after they’ve been released.

 

So to truly be effective, our Smart on Crime initiative encourages our law enforcement officials at both the federal and state levels to focus on other aspects of criminal justice, like crime prevention, reducing over-incarceration and facilitating the successful reentry of individuals back into their communities after release.

 

Because if our experience in the United States teaches us anything, it is that building a better criminal justice system is always unfinished business.  Like our nation itself, our criminal justice system is in a state of constant self-evaluation, constant self-improvement, constant reform.  And our participation in this important conference is but one part of that infinite process.

 

So let me close where I began: by thanking all of you for your participation in this conference.  Because at the end of the day, after all of the keynote speeches are forgotten and resolutions adopted; after the outcome document is written and this conference center is empty, what will be left is the hard work of engaging in what I call “doing justice”:  building criminal and civil legal systems that deliver the promise of dignity and equality before the law for every individual, regardless of who they are, their color or class, the god they worship or the person they love.

 

“Doing justice” means embracing the aspirations expressed in the U.N. Principles and Guidelines while at the same time being honest with ourselves about addressing those areas where we fall short, where we can learn from one another, and where we can do better.  It’s about becoming, to paraphrase an American statesman,  a society whose greatness is measured not by how it treats those at the top, but how it treats those who dance in the dawn of life, those who rest in the sunset of life, and those who struggle in the shadows of life; those who often work the hardest but have the least; those who know not the mainstream but life’s margins.

 

And honorable guests, our hands — yours and mine — we must do that work.  We come here from the perches of privilege — the privilege of being servants of the people we represent, and whose dreams and aspirations we strive to realize.  We must make the persuasive arguments in the halls of power for those who find no voice there.  We must take the bold steps, make the hard choices and, yes, even at times accept the political risks, because that is what building the future of fair and effective justice systems requires.

 

And I am thankful to you because I know you are up to the task, or you would not be here today.  And I am grateful for the opportunity to be your partner in this endeavor, for there is much we can learn from you, much we can share with you, and so much we can achieve working with you; as we, in the writer’s words, float “as riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold — brothers who know now that they are truly brothers,”  bound together by a shared commitment to the majesty that is the law and the justice that it must always serve.

 


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UNIONIZE HOBBY LOBBY


 

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The rights of workers under the National Labor Relations Act (“Wagner Act”):

Sec. 7. [§ 157.] Employees shall have the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection, and shall also have the right to refrain from any or all of such activities except to the extent that such right may be affected by an agreement requiring membership in a labor organization as a condition of employment as authorized in section 8(a)(3) [section 158(a)(3) of this title].

For more info on unionization rights:

http://www.nlrb.gov/resources/national-labor-relations-act

https://www.google.com/search?q=Section+7+National+Labor+Relations+Act&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox&channel=sb

Hobby LobbyCalls are out to boycott Hobby Lobby and other businesses that just won the right to refuse to pay for their employees’ contraceptive coverage in mandated health insurance plans.  That’s a nice idea, but the best way of protecting workers’ and women’s rights in the workplace is to help them to unionize so that they can protect their own rights.

Here’s my game plan for how to unionize Hobby Lobby:

  • Hobby Lobby EthicalEvery feminist organization in America like NOW, NARAL, or whoever needs to find out if there are Hobby Lobby stores in their area
  • Recruit politicized feminist/pro-labor students from Women Studies, Black Studies, Chicano Studies and Labor Studies programs at local colleges and universities to try to get summer and/or holiday vacation jobs at Hobby Lobby
  • Train them in how to organize and organize them to organize; some who get jobs lay low and wait until they’re off probation
  • Some who don’t really need jobs walk in and write on their employment applications that they’re trying to get jobs in order to unionize to demand contraceptive coverage in union negotiations; none of these employees will get hired so they immediately file charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the EEOC and local civil rights agencies like the California Dept of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) alleging they weren’t hired because of discrimination
  • After probation, some of the organizers who were hired come out of the closet as organizers; those who get fired or harassed immediately file charges with the NLRB, EEOC, etc.

These kind of tactics have been successful in other industries, such as the Building and Construction Trades.  Here’re Hobby Lobby locations to unionize in California:

Hobby Lobby - Store Locations - Text_001If you want more information on how to get involved in unionizing Hobby Lobby, use the form below to email me.  To comment on this blog, use the subscription form link at the top.

 


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Sexual Harassment: What I said years ago is still timely


 

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Following is an old article I did for Claims People, a magazine for insurance defense investigators, lawyers, and claims adjustors:

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Donald Sterling has a friend in the Black Community


 

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Earl "Skip" Cooper II extolling the virtues of Donald Sterling at the BBA 2014 Awards Banquet

Earl “Skip” Cooper II extolling the virtues of Donald Sterling at the BBA 2014 Awards Banquet

The Los Angeles City Council voted to declare February 28, 2013 as “Skip Cooper Day” in the city honoring the work of Earl “Skip” Cooper II, President of the Black Business Association.  For more on how that happened:  http://www.lasentinel.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10630:skip-cooper-day-in-los-angeles&catid=80&Itemid=170

I was privileged to attend the BBA 2014 40th Annual Awards Dinner last night:

Scan_20140626_101204Overall the event was positive.  One speaker in particular spoke eloquently about the history of civil rights activism and civil rights laws and executive orders that assisted African American business and the critical effect on African American employment.  But the event had a low mark where it started at the bottom when people realized that there was a full page ad in the program from Donald Sterling; starting at the bottom it managed to work its way down when BBA President Earl “Skip” Cooper II said that Sterling is his “friend” and claimed that Sterling “isn’t a racist.”

NEGRO PLEEEAAASSSE!

Seriously.  I’m not making this up:

Donald Sterling Scan_20140626_100655If you’re not familiar with my past writings about Donald Sterling, check these blog entries out:

http://janbtucker.com/blog/2014/04/27/happy-birthday-donald-tokowitz-sterling-you-jewish-oreo/

http://janbtucker.com/blog/2014/04/30/rico-not-profit-for-donald-sterling/

http://janbtucker.com/blog/2014/05/14/donald-sterling-keep-quite-until-yom-kippur/

To me, Donald Sterling is about as welcome as Adolf Hitler at a Bar Mitzvah.  Frankly, that’s the way most of the people in the audience took Skip’s remarks about Sterling:  jaw dropping; “no you didn’t just go there?” “WTF!” etc and so on….and then there was my reaction…..  “What kind of Negro said that?”

You be the judge of whether Skip’s statements about Sterling and his denial of Sterling’s being a racist is consistent or inconsistent with BBA’s claimed Mission (see below).  If it’s inconsistent, maybe BBA should change it’s name to Negro Business Association.  Of course to me, denying that Sterling is a racist is like a Jew joining the Neo-Nazi so-called Historical Revisionists in claiming that the Holocaust is a myth and nothing but Jewish propaganda….

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Take Cover: Hired Mudslinger Rides Into the 2014 Election


 

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OPPOSITION RESEARCH: “Take Cover, Hired Mudslinger Rides Into Town”

The self appointed Commisar/Fuehrer of the California Peace & Freedom Party, Kevin Douglas Akin, fancies himself to be a brilliant researcher and freelance writer. Now and then, he makes me the target of his outstanding skills and comes up with stuff that my other enemies have never accused me of before; e.g., that supposedly I’m not Jewish, was not brought up as a Jew, and my family had no known connection to Judaism. See for my refutation of that bizarre canard amongst other things:  http://janbtucker.com/blog/2012/10/30/konversations-with-kevin-7/

Kevin’s latest attack on me isn’t really worthy of analysis. It’s just too weird:

On Tuesday, June 3, 2014 9:18 AM, Kevin Akin <kevinakin1950@hotmail.com> wrote:

I am very sorry to bother the majority of you, whom I believe had no desire to receive the original e-mail from Jan Tucker that was sent to this list, but I think it necessary to inform you that his charges are entirely baseless.

I have not in fact telephoned anyone at all on the list of those people Jan claims as his endorsers. I did send an e-mail (a polite and friendly one, that led to some hours of friendly discussion by e-mail during the day) to one of the people he listed, whom I know. And another Peace and Freedom Party official sent an e-mail to another of his supposed “endorsers” who was an old friend.

I certainly have not threatened anyone with anything.

Jan, I have learned, totally misrepresented the situation to those from whom he sought endorsements. He claimed that he was the only Peace and Freedom Party registrant running for Board of Equalization in the Third District. And he presented an endorsement of his campaign as a way to show solidarity with the Peace and Freedom Party.

In fact, Jan Tucker is not supported or endorsed by the Peace and Freedom Party at any level. The Los Angeles County Central Committee and the State Officers (acting by prior authorization of the State Central Committee) have endorsed Eric Moren of Ventura as our candidate for Board of Equalization, and are pushing hard for write-in votes for Eric. He is the only candidate with a chance of displacing a particularly nasty race-baiting Republican, G. Rich Marshall, as the second vote-getter in the “top two” primary today.

Since 1998, two years after private detective Jan Tucker got just one vote at the California State Convention for the Peace and Freedom Party nomination for president, he has conducted a fairly incompetent but still vigorous effort to damage or destroy the PFP. I will not bore you with a long list of his outrageous trickery and lies, but I will just mention that after I was elected State Chair for this two-year term in August of 2012, Tucker sent red-baiting letters to the employers of two of my adult children, urging them to fire my children because their father is a notorious socialist activist. (Shocking, I know, but I have retained copies of these communications in case anyone doubts me.) (Jan’s red-baiting did not work, and my kids kept their jobs.)

As you should all recognize, Jan Tucker would not have a chance at a Peace and Freedom Party endorsement for any office at all, even should hell freeze over and pigs fly. His campaign is just another effort at disruption and confusion.

If any of you live in the Third District (Ventura and most of the population of Los Angeles Counties), and have not voted yet, I urge you (and the Peace and Freedom Party urges you) to write in Eric Moren for that office.

Again, I apologize for bothering you once more. The election is today, and I don’t think anyone will find this interesting after the election. With my apologies, Kevin Akin

Here are a couple of the responses of the people who received Akin’s tirade:

Jan… I just noticed this weird response in my inbox. I thought maybe you would want to have a copy of this if this person didn’t send you a copy. He doesn’t say very nice things about you, I thought perhaps you would like to respond to him personally.
~Tina

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Greetings all on this list:

I find it most disturbing how a person like Kevin Akin, the Party sitting State Chair can make demands of other party members to vote his way! Voting is very private matter, and while we can try to influence another person’s voting preference persuasively, we must not cross the line of intimidation.

This seems to be just what the P&FP State Chair Keven Akin has recently done with the former party Presidential Candidate Roseanne Barr! Demanding she withdraws her support for her selected pick for 3rd District Board of Equalization, which happens to be Jan Tucker. Well, I also support Jan Tucker’s Candidacy!

So does Mr. Akin feel he can force others to vote his way? This is just unconscionable for sure and does not serve the party well. No one has the right to force anyone to vote or not to vote!

This is just reminiscent of slavery times, when slaves had no rights, but once able to vote have faced tremendous intimidation to date through all kinds of machinations!

A couple of months ago, I prepared a document, which I have sent out via email and distribute at events, etc. This is how I try to influence others without demands.
Bella

There are clear choices on June 3rd 2014 CA Primaries for your consideration

 

It is critical to vote outside of the 2 electoral political party Dictatorship (Dems/Reps) Black box, instead choose Socialist Candidates at every cost. Because you may or not know that since 2010, two earlier propositions were pushed/passed by Democrats and Republicans to undermine/eliminate all Third (2nd) registered Candidates in California!

 

Socialist Candidates can be registered with Electoral Partys like the Peace and Freedom, be Independent, or Decline to State. Their challenge is greater to raise necessary funds to compete with the Top 2!!

**Read more here: “In statewide debut, top-two primary blocks third parties from June ballot” and Small Parties Sue to Block Prop. 14 And at: http://peaceandfreedom.org/home/articles/general/966-small-parties-sue-to-block-prop-14

This means that if Socialist Candidates are not elected in this June 3rd Primary cycle with enough vote support, they are then eliminated from the November wide Elections!!! They can only participate in the Primaries!!!

 

***Here are some Socialist candidates for your strong support, you will see on your Ballot, depending on your CA region:

 

Ø Cindy Sheehan for CA Governor, http://www.cindy2014.org/

Ø Howard Johnson for U.S. Representative 34th District,

mailto:Cstgeondragon2@msn.com,

Ø Mohammad Arif for 16th State Senate district, http://www.senate16mohammadarif.com/

Ø Marianne Williamson for CA 33rd Congressional District.

http://www.marianneforcongress.com/

Ø Amos Johnson for CA Lieutenant Governor, mailto:firebourn@msn.com

Ø Emido”Mimi” Soltisik for 62nd Assembly District, http://mimiforstateassembly.wordpress.com/

Ø Nathalie Hrizi for State Insurance Commissioner, http://www.ourcampaigns.com/CandidateDetail.html?CandidateID=189595

Ø Write In – Alanso Warren for 59th Assembly District,

Ø Write In – Jan B. Tucker for 3rd District Board of Equalization.

Ø Notice: Only one candidate qualified for the ballot for the June 3 primary election for 3rd District B. of E. http://janbtucker.com/blog/2014/05/06/how-to-write-in-jan-b-tucker-for-board-of-equalization/

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I’m just curious as to why he said “Hopefully your district”? By being a write in candidate for Dist 3, the same as Jan’s makes this even more weirder. The current democratic incumbent is who Eric takes issue with? When he’s also running against Jan? But what hey, what do I know?
Dina

Dina was referring to Eric Moren’s response to my request that he put a stop to Kevin Akin’s campaign tactics on his behalf. This is that exchange:
On Sun, Jun 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM, Jan Tucker <pfp@janbtucker.com> wrote:

Attn: Eric Moren

It was brought to my attention that Kevin Akin, purporting to act on behalf of your campaign, has been telephoning people who have endorsed me and has used threats of political retaliation in demanding that the revoke their endorsements.

If you have been aware that he intended to do this, then so be it. If not and if you disapprove of such degenerate and despicable behavior, then I demand that you put a stop to these tactics and run your campaign in a clean and transparent manner.

ERIC MOREN’S RESPONSE:

To all you friends of Jan Tucker-

I have nothing against Jan, I’ve never met him or her, and frankly, very suprised to see this email.

I am a Write-In Candidate for THE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION- District 3, (Hopefully your District!)

I have a B.A. in Economics, years of experience in Business, Marketing, Sales, Communications and am now pursuing a career as a Business Consultant here in my new town of Ventura, CA.

I am sincerely running in opposition to the On–going Incumbent Mr. Jerome Horton, who, as a Democrat and ‘life-long politician’, has helped to Unravel and Unwind the Good Work being done by ALL Californian Businesses and Workers….that is- taking us Californians to the #5th World Economy, to about the 25th in LESS THAN 10 YEARS!!

Mr. Horton, started his long-running career with the “BOE” at age 18! And has since served several ’2 terms’ along the many years he has been with this ‘Branch of Government’. We are BLESSED to have our country’s ONLY Board of Equalization- Tax Fees and Licenses, (think Sales License, Gas ‘spills’ Licenses, ‘Waste’ Licenses’), and Mr. Horton DIRECTLY has been Instrumental in making California WORSE w. His policies and ‘oversight’.

He is whom I challenge. HE is the one I take issue with…
Let’s Get him OUT OF THERE!!!

Sincerely,
Eric Moren
Peace and Freedom & “Power to the People!”

Okay, that’s the background; now here’s the back story.

Moren writes in pertinent part:

“I have a B.A. in Economics, years of experience in Business, Marketing, Sales, Communications and am now pursuing a career as a Business Consultant here in my new town of Ventura, CA.”

It’s intuitively obvious that anybody with “years of experience” as he claims would have some presence on the internet but the fact is, prior to the Peace & Freedom Party’s putting out biographical information about Moren in this campaign, using Google, Yahoo, or Bing to find anything about him on the web would have proven fruitless. I tried. I failed to find anything about him using the usual methods that ordinary voters would use to find out about somebody they’re considering voting for….or against.

So, being a Private Investigator and having been dubbed by the Los Angeles Times in a 1984 column headlined “Take Cover: Hired Mudslinger Rides Into Town,” about my expertise in “Opposition Research,” I have a few tricks of the trade up my sleeve. I was also particularly intrigued by the fact that when Akin, Marsha Feinland, Cindy Henderson-Gordon and Gary Gordon first started touting Moren’s candidacy that his name was being circulated amongst PFP circles as “Ephren” or “Efren” Moren, not Eric Moren. Only after he was “endorsed” by the State PFP leadership cabal—and I have been led to understand that even at that point they verbally called him “Ephren” or “Efren” rather than his real name—did they finally start calling him Eric.

That raised big a RED FLAG in my suspicious mind. I started a more extensive “Opposition Research” project designed as we say in the industry, to look up Eric’s A-hole with a microscope.

So, I find that in Eric Moren’s background there’s a huge gap in his residential history in a data base normally used by private investigators to track this sort of thing. He’s living in San Francisco in 1994-1995. Then, he disappears off the grid until 2006 when he resurfaces in Woodland Hills in the San Fernando Valley!

Welly, welly, welly my dear droogies! Are there any other Eric Morens out there? Lo and behold, there’s another Eric Moren, aka “Eric Michael,” who also has lived in San Francisco. As an aside, the use of two usual first names, in this case “Eric” and “Michael,” always raises red flags with experienced background investigators.  Yeah, some people do happen to have surnames that are also given names, but frequently when people adopt aliases for some reason they tend to use two first names.  This Eric Moren:

A Twinkyclean.com advertising photo

A Twinkyclean.com advertising photo

1. Has used a social security number that apparently really belongs to a woman by the name of Danelle who lives in Ohio. The social security number was issued between 1992-1994, coincidentally, just before Eric Moren dropped off the map and has only been used twice on credit header records….literally just two times, once by Danelle and once by somebody using the name Eric Moren in San Francisco.
2. Is the registered owner of the internet domain, http://www.twinkyclean.com, which any reasonable person would read and suspect was a website front for underage male prostitution and human trafficking involving New York and San Francisco.

Twinky Clean’s website is associated with http://www.maleverse.com which in turn is registered through Whoisguard, Inc., a highly secretive Panamanian registered service operating out of a Panama City post office box.

Maleverse, Inc. is a suspended California Corporation which traces back to the Eric Moren associated with Twinky Clean at the San Francisco address at which he made his one and only use of the Ohio issued Social Security number also used only once by Danelle.

California Secretary of State Business Search Information

California Secretary of State Business Search Information

Inquiring minds might think that there’s something fishy with all this. For starters, in spite of Kevin Akin’s having in the past called me an incompetent and a “private defective,” were Kevin et al concerned that I might actually be able to dig all this stuff up and put together the connections? Is that the reason that the PFP leaders bandied about his purported first name as “Ephren” rather than as Eric?

Maybe it’s all very simple. Maybe, just maybe, there are two Eric Morens who just have both happened to live in San Francisco (it’s a very, very, rare name to begin with). Maybe Kevin and his cohorts were afraid that his Eric Moren would get confused with the other Eric Moren who appears on the surface to be running an underage male prostitution ring on an interstate basis, potentially in violation of the Federal Mann Act. Maybe that’s why they used an alias to get him endorsed by the PFP executive leadership.

On the other hand, maybe not.

At least two of the current PFP leaders had the sense to distance themselves from this debacle.  Cindy Sheehan listed other PFP write-in candidates but conspicuously NOT Eric Moren on her slate card circulated on the internet.   Perhaps Cindy was pissed at all the obsessive energy being spent by Feinland and Akin to defeat my candidacy which at the very least complicated the campaign for Sheehan and other serious candidates like Amos Johnson and Nathalie Hrizi.   I also hear that C.T. Weber was wise enough to abstain on the endorsement vote for Moren….maybe he suspected something was up since the information his supporters presented was so sketchy.

Following are two photos, juxtaposed of both of the Eric Morens. Are they two different people or are they the same person, one at a younger age and the other at his current age? You be the judge, because I don’t happen to have access to one of those sophisticated facial recognition programs that predicts what somebody looked like at different stages of their life; the kind of software used to catch Nazi war criminals as an example.

Eric Moren and Eric Moren:  Are they two different Eric Morens or the same guy at two different ages?  The photo of the older Eric Moren was taken on May 23, 2014 with an Apple I-phone Sc at approximately 3:51 p.m. PST.  Some people have suggested that the chins of both persons are similar.

Eric Moren and Eric Moren: Are they two different Eric Morens or the same guy at two different ages? The photo of the older Eric Moren was taken on May 23, 2014 with an Apple I-phone Sc at approximately 3:51 p.m. PST. Some people have suggested that the chins of both persons are similar.

 


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Iraq’s Future is Yugoslavia


 

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Whether as a unified multi-ethnic/multi-religious republic or as a failed former federal multi-national state, Iraq has two potential futures and they are both Yugoslavia.  The sooner that American and European politicians admit this reality, the sooner that sectarian warfare can be solved.

Before anything else (unless you have at least a B.A. in political science with a concentration on International Relations and/or Foreign Policy) read my blog on the Ukraine and the blog links within that posting to get some basic background on the academic knowledge you need to digest the issues:  http://janbtucker.com/blog/2014/03/19/constitutional-history-of-secession-of-the-former-ussr/

Pay special attention in my blog on the history of secession in the U.S. [http://janbtucker.com/blog/2012/11/16/mythology-of-secession/] to the concept of “Romantic Nationalism.”  Consider how that notion continues to plague objective efforts to analyze the collective motives of whole groups of people to achieve their aspirations and desires for self-rule.  On the left side of the political spectrum one must consider how the flip-side, Romantic Internationalism, clouds the ability to engage in Political Realism.  Orthodox Marxists for instance espouse essentially romantic notions about internationalism simply because Karl Marx espoused internationalism as an ideal superior to nationalism, the latter being an instrument of the capitalist class to oppress, repress, and generally f–k-over the masses.  The left, which inherently believes that human nature is positive  hopes that subjective differences between ethnic, national, and religious groups are just superficial and that they can live together in a multi-national state(s) harmoniously.

Now consider [http://anthroanna.com/2012/10/27/political-anthropological-approach-to-nationalism-and-national-identity/]:

YugoslaviaThere are various definitions of the relationship between the nation and nationalism. I would combine Smith (1996) who argues that “The idea of the nation…is fundamentally cultural and social” (1996:325) with Gellner (1997) who states that nationalism is a political ideology of shared cultural traits. In terms of national identity, Calhoun (1997) argues that nations “are constructed as ‘super-individuals’” (1997:125) thus “national identity assumes a special priority over other collective identities in the construction of personal identity” (ibid.). Similarly, Smith (1991) argues that national identity is the most inclusive collective identity that intersects other categories of class, gender, race, religion etc. (1991:143). However, Bringa (1995) may challenge Smith (1991) in her ethnography of Bosnia- Hercegovina where the category of Muslim became a signifier of identity when differentiating from Croat or Serb, hence the use of ethno-religious category highlights that religion does matter when the dominant hegemonic values attempt to assimilate the minority. Meadwell (1993) may argue that ethnonationalism is a form of internal colonialism, an unequal power relation between ethnic groups in one nation. This is akin to a Marxian view on nationalism, which “assumed that nationalism was the ideology used by capitalists” to maintain control (Llobera 1994:96), Marx associated nationalism with the bourgeoisie; hence he held that the common qualities of the working man were universal and should unite against capitalist nationalism (Guibernau 1997:75). However it is generally agreed that nationalism is not an elite phenomenon but based on mass participation through the internalisation of a given identity (Connor 1990). Hence, after the fall of communism, the nation of Yugoslavia could not be maintained as the regional and ethnic differences that led to nationalist splinter groups vying for independence (Hayden 1996).  This highlights the significance of national identity in the construction of the nation, but it also reminds us that the dominant groups attempt to place their ideologies above those of minorities, thus inducing the idea of internal colonialism.

As an undergraduate and graduate in International Relations at CSUN in the 70s, I wrote extensively on the subject of “internal colonialism,” heavily motivated by the learning from my dual major in Chicano Studies.  I compared in my term papers the relationships and comparisons between Northern Ireland, Pakistan and Bangladesh (the former “East Pakistan”), and Portugal in relation to its so-called “Overseas Provinces” (like Angola and Mozambique) on the one hand and the Barrio and Ghetto within the United States of America.  Bottom line is that whenever a majority group dominates politically, the minority groups get screwed economically, culturally, and in many other spheres of human inter-relationships.

Kosovo_Serbia-mapAfter Yugoslavia split up based upon its pre-existing system of federal “republics,” the equivalent of USA “states” vis a vis the federal government, Serbia itself wound up with its ethnic/linguistic Albanian Kosovo province splitting off in yet another bitter civil war.

Yugoslavia, an invention of the European powers which was dictated by the Treaty of Versailles at the end of World War I, was very similar to Iraq, a Treaty of Sèvres creation:  multi-ethnic, multi-linguistic, and multi-religious/sectarian.  Iraq made no sense whatsoever to Middle Eastern peoples, only to the imperialist and neo-colonialist standards of European powers.  In the modern world Iraq and many other former colonial countries makes sense only if you assume the Western political science concept of the “nation state” as a value above all other values.

IRAQ_ethnic_mapForced together by European occupation forces following World War I, the ethnic, linguistic and national groups have never had any credible reason to believe that anything other than an authoritarian regime could or should bring them together and make them stay together.  Nobody ever in power in the artificially created Iraq ever created living conditions for the various peoples of Iraq that made them believe that one group coming to power wouldn’t mean that all other minorities would suffer under their rule.

iraq_languages_mapThe religious differences in Iraq are illustrated above but omit the Yazidi, the indigenous Kurdish religion prior to their conquest by Muslim Arabs.  If you think the hatred between Sunni and Shiite Muslims is bad, the Yazidi are hated by everybody and accused of Devil worship by their detractors.  Now consider the linguistic differences:  Iraq is a real hodgepodge with Arabic, Kurdish (related to Farsi/Iranian), Assyrian, Turkomani (a Turkic tongue), and Mandian/Aramaic.

People need to start thinking about the basic question, is Iraq possible and has it ever been possible?  Rand Paul recently opined that which history and sociology may have dictated to be intuitively obvious, that it may be IMPOSSIBLE to do anything about the situation and Iraq.  Here’s what Rand Paul had to say about the situation:

“And what’s going on now, I don’t blame on President Obama,” Paul said. “Has he really got the solution? Maybe there is no solution. But I do blame the Iraq war on the chaos that is in the Middle East. I also blame those who are for the Iraq war for emboldening Iran. These are the same people now who are petrified of what Iran may become, and I understand some of their worry.”

So, the future of Iraq?  Either another Saddam Hussein or Tito comes to power and reinstates a totally authoritarian regime (somehow) or else the country comes apart, probably as three separate entities each dominated by the major group, the Northern Kurds, the middle Sunni Arabs, and the Southern Arab Shiites.  Either way it’s back to the future, to Tito’s Yugoslavia or the Post-Tito Yugoslavia.


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