LA Connection to African LGBTI attacks


 

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AFRICAN ANTI-LGBTI CRUSADES: THE L.A. CONNECTION

 

 

On Monday January 13, 2014 Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed into law a measure which states that “Persons who enter into a same-sex marriage contract or civil union commit an offence and are each liable on conviction to a term of 14 years in prison…” and that “Any person who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organizations or directly or indirectly makes public show of same-sex amorous relationship in Nigeria commits an offence and shall each be liable on conviction to a term of 10 years in prison.” The Nigerian law follows legislation in Uganda which established life in prison for what it calls “aggravated homosexuality” and “years in prison for anyone who counsels or reaches out to homosexuals, a provision that would ensnare rights groups and others providing services to lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people” according to CNN.

 

 

These anti-LGBTI laws in Africa are indirectly related to the recent decision of the United Methodist Church in America’s decision to defrock Rev. Frank Schaefer of Pennsylvania for refusing to recant after performing a same-sex wedding for his Gay son and son-in-law.

 

 

Adonijah Okechukwu OgbonnayaSeveral years ago the UMC brought in Adonijah Okechukwu Ogbonnaya as pastor at the Venice United Methodist Church. “Dr. O” as he is called is an Igbo tribe member from Nigeria…..and he’s a religious fanatic who has campaigned all over Africa for anti-LBGTI legislation while throwing LGBTI children out of youth programs at the VUMC, running Latinos out of the VUMC, and apparently colluding with a long time youthful church member to fabricate charges of molestation against another church leader.

 

 

Dr. O’s fanaticism does not stop with LGBTI issues. OGBONNAYA has expressed, personally to me, the following beliefs, which indicate nothing short of apocalyptic fanaticism:

 

 

In connection with the Igbo tribal belief that they are descendants of ancient Hebrews, he believes that Israel will eventually be destroyed;

 

Biafra” must be resurrected through secession from Nigeria;

 

The survivors of the destruction of Israel will be brought to “Biafra” as their new homeland.

 

 

Biafra was the short lived Ibo secessionist state of Nigeria which fought a bloody civil war from 30 May 1967 to 15 January 1970 (exactly 44 years ago today). Of the 13.5 million population, estimates of civilian casualties of the war are between 1-3 million people. The group that Dr. O has advocated and organized for is described in Wikipedia:

 

 

The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) advocates a separate country for the Igbo people of south-eastern Nigeria.[16] They accuse the state of marginalising the Igbo people. MASSOB says it is a peaceful group and advertises a 25-stage plan to achieve its goal peacefully.[32] There are two arms to the government, the Biafra Government in Exile and Biafra Shadow Government.[33] The Nigerian government accuses MASSOB of violence; MASSOB’s leader, Ralph Uwazuruike, was arrested in 2005 and is being detained on treason charges; MASSOB is calling for his release. MASSOB is also championing the release of oil militant Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, who is facing similar charges.[16] In 2009, The MASSOB launched “the Biafran International Passport” in response to persistent demand by Biafrans in diaspora.[34]

 

 

A Los Angeles Weekly report in 2010 on Dr. O noted that:

 

 

The church’s new pastor, A. Okechukwu Ogbonnaya, who was appointed in June and moved here from the Chicago area, abruptly ended the youth group’s active participation in Sunday morning services, which had included performing raps and poems to the full congregation about their spiritual journeys.

 

 

Then Ogbonnaya, a fiery preacher during his Sunday sermons, forbade the kids from conducting their own service in the sanctuary.

 

 

Finally, the pastor locked the youth group out of its nighttime meeting room in the church complex.

 

 

Pine says he and other members of the youth group are still gathering, praying and talking — in the darkened Venice church parking lot twice a week.

 

 

“To be locked out from a place that I love to go, it felt like getting kicked out of my own home,” says Robert Alvarez, 18, who prays alongside Pine.

 

 

 

According to a former VUMC church official a person utilized by Dr. O to bring allegations of homosexual sexual misconduct was represented as being previously unknown to Dr. O prior to his VUMC assignment. However, the individual identified as having brought the charges against the other church leader turns out to have a record of utilizing Dr. O’s social security number in 2004, 2005, and 2010 in Auburn and Puyallup, Washington, when Dr. O was also living in those cities.

 

 

An internal complaint by long time church members to the UMC went nowhere:

 

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 JudicialComplaintDrOgbonnaya - SignedByChurchMembers_003

 


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New Jersey: the laws broken


 

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With the recent revelations of e-mails between various New Jersey government functionaries and aides of Governor Chris Christie (up to and including his Deputy Chief of Staff, Bridget Kelly) prosecutors are probably looking at what laws may have been violated.  Here’s what the New Jersey Code of Criminal Procedure has to say:

 

2C:27-5. Retaliation for past official action

 

 

A person commits a crime of the fourth degree if he harms another by any unlawful act with purpose to retaliate for or on account of the service of another as a public servant.

 

Arguably Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich was retaliated against because of his service as mayor of a New Jersey City.  Unlawfully shutting down a bridge in retaliation against him sure sounds like it fits the definition of the crime.

Lord Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton

Lord Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton

2C:27-12 Crime of corruption of public resources; grading.

1. a. A person commits the crime of corruption of public resources if, with respect to a public resource which is subject to an obligation to be used for a specified purpose or purposes, the person knowingly uses or makes disposition of that public resource or any portion thereof for an unauthorized purpose.

George Washington BridgeThe George Washington Bridge itself was “used” as an instrument by which to retaliate against Mayor Sokolich and against people who’d voted for Barbara Buono for Governor against Chris Christie, based upon the plain language in the emails that have been made public.  Again, this statute seems to fit the acts and omissions of Christie’s staff.

Obstruction of Justice2C:29-1. Obstructing administration of law or other governmental function

2C:29-1. Obstructing Administration of Law or Other Governmental Function.

a. A person commits an offense if he purposely obstructs, impairs or perverts the administration of law or other governmental function or prevents or attempts to prevent a public servant from lawfully performing an official function by means of flight, intimidation, force, violence, or physical interference or obstacle, or by means of any independently unlawful act. This section does not apply to failure to perform a legal duty other than an official duty, or any other means of avoiding compliance with law without affirmative interference with governmental functions.

b. An offense under this section is a crime of the fourth degree if the actor obstructs the detection or investigation of a crime or the prosecution of a person for a crime, otherwise it is a disorderly persons offense.

This statute speaks for itself and the subsequent efforts of Christie’s aides to cover up the offense fits the element of “obstructs the detection or investigation of a crime….”

Aiding Terrorism

One thing that causing the traffic chaos in Fort Lee teaches the world, including Al Qaeda and other terrorists who might have an interest in disrupting America, is that by simply screwing up bridges at the right place and the right time can cost billions of dollars and as we’ve seen, cost lives (like the 91 year old woman who may have died from the delay of EMT response services).  During the Vietnam War, a technique of disruption used by some activists was the “stall in.”  You get 3 or 4 junk cars the run, stall them in tandem on a downtown freeway interchange and voila:  chaos.  So now, terrorists need to take a few vehicles onto a bridge, get out, perhaps set them on fire, and walk away.  They don’t even have to blow themselves up in the process…and we have the Christie administration to thank for giving them the idea.

 

 

 


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150 Years Since Chivington’s Massacre


 

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We need to start planning for the 150th Anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre, which will be November 29, 2014. From Wikipedia:

John Milton Chivington, war criminal

John Milton Chivington, war criminal

Damn any man who sympathizes with Indians! … I have come to kill Indians, and believe it is right and honorable to use any means under God’s heaven to kill Indians. … Kill and scalp all, big and little; nits make lice.
—- Col. John Milton Chivington[15][16]

 

 

 

Kit Carson

Kit Carson

Jis to think of that dog Chivington and his dirty hounds, up thar at Sand Creek. His men shot down squaws, and blew the brains out of little innocent children. You call sich soldiers Christians, do ye? And Indians savages? What der yer ‘spose our Heavenly Father, who made both them and us, thinks of these things? I tell you what, I don’t like a hostile red skin any more than you do. And when they are hostile, I’ve fought ‘em, hard as any man. But I never yet drew a bead on a squaw or papoose, and I despise the man who would.
—- Kit Carson[23]

Captain Silas Soule, abolitionist, Union Army officer

Captain Silas Soule, abolitionist, Union Army officer

There was a hero on the American side, Captain Silas Soule, a Kansas Jayhawker and Union Army officer in the Civil War who refused to allow his troops to participate in Chivington’s Massacre. He told the truth at Chivington’s court martial and was later assassinated by Chivington’s friends for his courage.


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Hanging Out on New Year’s Eve


 

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From goings on at the Talking Stick:

Carol McArthur & Patricia Nazario @ Talking Stick

Carol McArthur & Patricia Nazario @ Talking Stick

Hope Foye & Datri Kory @ the Talking Stick

Hope Foye & Datri Kory @ the Talking Stick

Chilean Singer/Songwriter Jacqueline Angelica Fuentes @ the Talking Stick

Chilean Singer/Songwriter Jacqueline Angelica Fuentes @ the Talking Stick

 

 

 

 

 

Lauri Reimer & Stefani Valadez @ the Talking Stick

Lauri Reimer & Stefani Valadez @ the Talking Stick

 

 

 

 

 

From my FB page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/644051785659328/

Tuesday

6:00pm until 2:00am

  • Partly Cloudy 70°F / 50°F
  • Friends, cohorts, droogs, and my other assorted riff-raff–I’m going to hang out for NY’s Eve at The Talking Stick Venice 1411 Lincoln Blvd, Venice CA 90291. Come & join me to rock in the New Year!

    New Years Eve Party hosted by Liquid Sound
    Tue, December 31, 6pm – Wed, January 1, 2014, 2am
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The Age of Billionaires


 

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The Word Neo is not New

 

The Age of the Billionaires

 

By

 

Rodolfo Acuña

 

 

 

L to R:  Jan B. Tucker, Dr. Rudy Acuna, Estela Ayala; @ Tia Chucha's

L to R: Jan B. Tucker, Dr. Rudy Acuna, Estela Ayala; @ Tia Chucha’s

Every day I realize more how little we have progressed since the nineteenth century in terms of ideas. Our technological advances dwarf our ability to conceptualize new paradigms. It is as if we are trapped in a twilight zone.

 

 

 

I personally agree with Heywood Broun's definition of "liberal" because I am a radical

I personally agree with Heywood Broun’s definition of “liberal” because I am a radical–Jan B. Tucker

Take, for example, the word liberal. During the 18th Century Enlightenment, it meant the secularization of society, i.e., the privatization of Church properties. Today a liberal is someone who is for social justice and a mixed economy – she is for voting rights, abortion rights for women, and government programs.

 

 

 

Neoliberalismo

Neoliberalismo

However, currently the term neo-liberal has crept into our vernacular. This usage is based more on its 18th and 19th Century definitions than that of the sixties.  Today the neo-liberal is for economic liberalization, free trade and open markets, i.e., privatization, marketization and deregulation.    

 

 

 

In the 19th Century, the positivists advocated a laissez-faire policy toward capitalism, believing that the brightest should be left alone to take society to a higher stage of development.    

 

 

 

PorfiriatoIn Mexico, the cientificos (social Darwinists) claimed to be neo-prophets of progress. During the regime of Porfirio Díaz (1876-1910), he and his gaggle of cientificos (not to be confused with scientists) privatized the country. It took the Revolution of 1910 to dislodge them.

 

 

 

Since 1940 the Mexican Revolution has been sold out. The neo-cientificos are back; this time as heirs of the Mexican Revolution. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is a tragic figure. He is so innocuous that he is disarming, and it is difficult to perceive him as a neo-cientifico.

 

 

 

And as much as Mexican leaders want to distance themselves from the United States, they end up being Mini-Me. They revere the 19th century Robber Barons, the ruthless American capitalists who became wealthy by raping the country; they were free-market capitalists such as John D. Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and J.P. Morgan who used government as their personal piggy bank.

 

 

 

Robber BaronsThe Robber Barons became so unpopular that they turned to philanthropy to clean up their act. Following the lead of Andrew Carnegie, they put portion of their fortune in trusts. These foundations shielded their fortunes from taxation and over time they evolved.

 

 

 

Today the neo-Robber Barons use these foundations to push conservative agendas, get tax write-offs, and get their Robber Barons’ names on buildings.

 

 

 

The rich have always had the money to buy history. After the Great Depression of the 1930s, Allan Nevins and U.S. business historians revised history and re-christened the Robber Baron “Industrial Statesman.”  Research is not neutral and scholars follow the money.

 

 

 

The neo-liberal model was adopted by the Russians in the 1980s; Perestroika restructured the Soviet economy.  The popular thinking was that the Soviet Union economy was counterproductive, and that the path to democracy was giving away the nation’s resources, scuttling what was arguably the world’s second-largest economy.  Democracy meant the making of billionaires.  So the state gave away its petroleum, public utilities, communication industry, and by 2004, Forbes listed 36 Russian billionaires.

 

 

 

During the same decade, the Mexican economy collapsed. The World Bank’s solution was austerity and privatization policies. Again, the standard was the number of billionaires. Mexico where fifty percent of the people lived in poverty by 2012 had 11 billionaires. 

 

 

 

Bill Gates & Carlos Slim Helu

Bill Gates & Carlos Slim Helu

A leading beneficiary of privatization was Carlos Slim Helú, who became the richest man in the world — a Mexican business magnate, investor, and philanthropist.  As of December 2013 his corporate holdings amounted to US $71.2 billion. Slim made his money in communications, technology, retailing, and finance. 

 

 

 

Slim was a war profiteer of sorts; he bought on the cheap. Unlike the Mexican middle-class his money was sequestered anywhere but in Mexican banks. In concert with France’s Télécom and Southwestern Bell Corporation he bought a landline telephone company Telmex in the 1990s from the Mexican government. By 2006, 90 percent of the telephone lines in Mexico were operated by Telmex. His subsidiary a mobile telephone company, Telcel, operated almost eighty percent of Mexico’s cellphones.

 

 

 

Some 50 percent of Mexicans live below the poverty line; 17 percent live in poverty. Critics charge that Slim’s monopoly prevents the growth of smaller companies, and his monopolistic practices have resulted in a shortage of paying jobs, contributing to migration to the United States.

 

 

 

Every day Slim is becoming more American. He bailed out the New York Times with a quarter of a billion dollar loan. Slim contributes billions to high profile foundations such as the Robert Kennedy Foundation. However, Slim does not contribute much to programs that fight poverty because they, according to him, build dependency.  

 

 

 

Meanwhile, back on the farm in Bel-Air, California, they are building mansions for the uber-rich. According to the L.A. Times 20 houses of 20,000 square feet are projected: “They’re all asking over $20 million and were all built by speculators to flip…Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk paid $17 million for a 20,000-square-foot Bel-Air manse, then bought the former Gene Wilder estate across the street for $6.75 million, perhaps to preserve his view.” Meanwhile, in 2011, an estimated 254,000 men, women and children experienced homelessness in Los Angeles County.

 

 

 

The potential profit from privatizing higher education has not gone unnoticed. In 2009, the for profit University of Phoenix generated $3.766 billion in revenues.

 

 

 

TuitionThe neo-Robber Barons resent paying for higher education. So they have already privatized public higher ed. At California State University Northridge, students forty years ago paid $50 a semester; today they pay $3200 a semester. CSUN’s blue collar jobs are contracted out; food services are franchised; and the Tseng College, a private college, uses state facilities and state technology. Its president and vice-presidents are paid executive salaries; middle management earns the equivalent of private corporations.

 

 

 

The tale is not so much that the cost of education is higher, proportionately it isn’t. The price of education has skyrocketed as state and local financing for higher education has declined at a time that there are more students. The neo-liberal solution is for students to pay the cost of running their neo- Taj Mahals.  

 

 

 

The cost of a college degree in the United States has increased “12 fold” over the past 30 years. According to Bloomberg, college tuition and fees have increased 1,120 percent since 1978. Thus, students graduate with huge loans that neo-exploiters profit from.

 

 

 

Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan wanted to privatize everything in Los Angeles. He even proposed privatizing the historic Los Angeles Public Library. Increasingly, cities across the country are selling city landmarks to pay off their debts so as not to tax the super-rich.

 

 

 

Universities are following this neo-liberal model. UCLA’s Anderson School of Management proposed not taking tax dollars. It wanted to privatize and live off grants, and tuition. How convenient, the School’s brand had already been established, financed by the People of California.  

 

 

 

Public universities such as CSUN are prime targets.  Its rolling 360 acre campus has plenty of room to build. The recently constructed $125-million Valley Performing Arts Center must have caught the eye of Riordans and the Slims of this world. The institution also buys supplies and spends in the hundreds of millions on construction. Privatization would reap another Carlos Slim or two – showing that democracy works.

 

 

 

The corporate rich resent paying taxes for education. They give when they can put their names on buildings.  This resentment has been building up since World War II when they made trillions off war profiteering. In contrast, they hypocritically fought the G.I. Bill on the grounds that it would build dependency.

 

 

Education was once considered a right. People died for that right. Today it is too costly for corporations that have their money off-shore and can outsource their technical jobs to the Philippines, India and Latin America. In their neo-liberal worldview, there is no commercial value in educating people for free.


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An Execution in Bangladesh


 

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Abdul Quader Mollah

Abdul Quader Mollah

Some people may be freaked out by the execution in Bangladesh of Abdul Quader Mollah after his conviction for war crimes committed on behalf of Pakistan during Bangladesh’s fight for independence. I for one shed no tears. For those too young to remember Pakistani atrocities of that time, read the lyrics to Joan Baez’s song, Bangladesh:

SONG OF BANGLADESH
(Words and Music by Joan Baez)

Bangladesh, Bangladesh
Bangladesh, Bangladesh
When the sun sinks in the west
Die a million people of the Bangladesh

The story of Bangladesh
Is an ancient one again made fresh
By blind men who carry out commmands
Which flow out of the laws upon which nation stands
Which is to sacrifice a people for a land

Bangladesh, Bangladesh
Bangladesh, Bangladesh
When the sun sinks in the west
Die a million people of the Bangladesh

Once again we stand aside
And watch the families crucified
See a teenage mother’s vacant eyes
As she watches her feeble baby try
To fight the monsoon rains and the cholera flies

And the students at the university
Asleep at night quite peacefully
The soldiers came and shot them in their beds
And terror took the dorm awakening shrieks of dread
And silent frozen forms and pillows drenched in red

Bangladesh, Bangladesh
Bangladesh, Bangladesh
When the sun sinks in the west
Die a million people of the Bangladesh

Did you read about the army officer’s plea
For donor’s blood? It was given willingly
By boys who took the needles in their veins
And from their bodies every drop of blood was drained
No time to comprehend and there was little pain

And so the story of Bangladesh
Is an ancient one again made fresh
By all who carry out commands
Which flow out of the laws upon which nations stand
Which say to sacrifice a people for a land

Bangladesh, Bangladesh
Bangladesh, Bangladesh
When the sun sinks in the west
Die a million people of the Bangladesh


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Save the Proud Bird Activism


 

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For background on this issue:  http://janbtucker.com/blog/2013/11/24/save-the-proud-bird/

 

Jan B. Tucker, State Director of California League of Latin American Citizens, addresses Board of Airport Commissioners opposing closure of The Proud Bird

Jan B. Tucker, State Director of California League of Latin American Citizens, addresses Board of Airport Commissioners opposing closure of The Proud Bird

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Nelson Mandela


 

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Nelson Mandela ANCNelson Mandela was a great human being, but I wouldn’t have voted for him in South African elections or the ANC. The ANC’s role was closer in an American context to that of Martin Luther King, although unlike King the ANC and Mandela did use violent revolutionary activities to promote their political aims.

 

 

PACCloser to the position of the Black Panthers and icons like Malcolm X was the Pan Africanist Congress which broke off from the ANC. While the ANC called for “one person one vote,” the PAC called for “one settler, one bullet.”

 

 

 

South African Prime Minister Balthazar Johannes Vorster who had Nelson Mandela jailed, was himself jailed from 1942-44 for pro-Nazi activities in the Ossewabrandvag trying to overthrow the British administration in support of Hitler

South African Prime Minister Balthazar Johannes Vorster who had Nelson Mandela jailed, was himself jailed from 1942-44 for pro-Nazi activities in the Ossewabrandwag trying to overthrow the British administration in support of Hitler

Following the end of formal Apartheid, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission approach to rectifying the Nazi like horrific crimes perpetrated against non-white minorities in South Africa was a dismal failure as most whites refused to fess up or cooperate with it. Consequently, South Africa’s equivalent of Nazi war criminals (actually, some of them ARE/WERE NAZIs; look at former South African prime ministers Verwoerd, who was a member of the pro-German Nazi Broederbond Society and his successor, Vorster,  a member of the pro-German Nazi Ossewa Brandwag) have never been made to account for their crimes. If the PAC had come to power, there would have been a reckoning, just as Jews have made Nazis account for their crimes whenever and wherever we hunt them down.

People may justifiably argue that lives were spared by the peaceful transition of power from whites to the ANC, but I ask, how many lives have been lost due to the institutional continuance of the oppressive South African economy which has recently resulted in the murders of striking mine workers as just the latest outrage?


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Exclusive: More Corruption in Sonoma Law Enforcement


 

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Deputy Erick William Gelhaus

Deputy Erick William Gelhaus

Detective’s Diary has been keeping watch on the aftermath of the death of 13 year old Andy Lopez in the outskirts of Santa Rosa October 22 of this year. Andy was gunned down by sheriff deputy Erick William Gelhaus within seconds after Gelhaus saw the middle school student walking along Moorland Avenue with a bb gun. Our friend and colleague, Private Investigator Alex Salazar, has been working on the case for the Lopez family’s attorneys (one of whom is, like Jan B. Tucker, a 1970s era CSU Northridge Mechista).

 

 

The killing is being “investigated” by the Santa Rosa Police Department while many activists, community residents, and outraged citizens are calling upon the District Attorney Jill Ravitch to bring criminal charges against the law enforcement officer, a highly trained weapons instructor.

 

 

Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas

Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas

A public records search of campaign filings was made of the incumbent Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas who is seeking another term next year by longtime Peace & Freedom Party activist and Detective’s Diary reporter Irv Sutley. The Freitas financial documents show that the sheriff (whose employee, Deputy Gelhaus is under investigation by the SRPD) has as his campaign committee treasurer one Ernesto Olivares. Mr. Olivares is not only a former high ranking officer of the Santa Rosa Police Department and now a current Santa Rosa city council member but was also formerly city mayor. The Freitas-Olivares connection ordinarily might not have attracted much comment other than being just another example of the old boys network among county law enforcement.

 

 

Children playing at the Santa Rosa City Community Center, 415 Steele Lane:  do they know this is a "campaign headquarters"

Children playing at the Santa Rosa City Community Center, 415 Steele Lane: do they know this is a “campaign headquarters”

That is until Sutley while going through the Freitas for sheriff campaign documents came across the committee’s physical address: 415 Steele Lane, Santa Rosa, California. This location is property owned by the City of Santa Rosa and is the headquarters of the Recreation, Parks, & Community Service programs of the City of Santa Rosa.

 

 

Irv Sutley himself ran for Sonoma County Sheriff in 1970, endorsed by the Peace & Freedom Party in the otherwise non-partisan race

Irv Sutley himself ran for Sonoma County Sheriff in 1970, endorsed by the Peace & Freedom Party in the otherwise non-partisan race

Sutley, a Peace and Freedom Party organizer since February 1967 who served as State Chair from 1970-72, says the filings clearly show that council member Olivares is breaking the law and misusing city assets and city property in furtherance of his personal management of the campaign on behalf of the county sheriff:

 

 

“No candidate or campaign committee has the right to misappropriate public property or public monies while pursuing their political ambitions. There needs to be an investigation of Ernesto Olivares in this matter. Did the sheriff know and when did he know? The city attorney, the district attorney, the state Attorney General and possibly federal agencies need to look into these Olivares misdeeds in the Steve Freitas campaign. A corrupt individual relationship like this in electoral matters may indicate that there can not be justice for Andy Lopez when these same individuals are and have been part and parcel of ‘investigating’ each other’s ‘good shootings’ which are always held to be justified.”

 


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Save the Proud Bird


 

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A few days after Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration, the Los Angeles Tuskegee Airman Chapter had just returned from Washington and hosted the graduation ceremony for youth flight training from Compton Airport.  My Godson Hassan gave his first speech that night.

A few days after Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, the Los Angeles Tuskegee Airman Chapter had just returned from Washington and hosted the graduation ceremony for youth flight training from Compton Airport. My Godson Hassan gave his first speech that night.

The historic Proud Bird Restaurant, a 47 year LAX-area community icon, is scheduled to close due to unresolved lease issues with airport management. Please help save the restaurant and the 104 jobs of the employees.

The Proud Bird is a virtual museum with the photographic history of the early aviation industry, including photographs and monuments to the Tuskegee Airmen; early women aviators like African American Bessie Coleman and Amelia Earhart; an Israeli pilot who fought in Israel’s war of independence, and many, many others. It has served as a critical meeting space for community events, hosting the Los Angeles Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen just a few days after they returned from President Obama’s inauguration in 2009.

Here’s what you can do to help:

Please attend the Board of Airport Commissioners meeting on Monday December 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm at the Los Angeles World Airports Administration Building, 1 World Way, 1st floor commission meeting room, Los Angeles, CA 90045. If you wish to speak, please complete a speaker’s card to address the commission during “Public comment.”

If you cannot attend the meeting, please send an email to LAXBOAC@lawa.org

Please ask any family members or friends to do the same.

Jan B. Tucker
State Director, California League of Latin American Citizens

For further information, email Parviz Gerami, General Manager, The Proud Bird:  pgerami@srcmail.com

RSVP for the protest at the airport commission:  https://www.facebook.com/events/501759103270719/?notif_t=plan_user_joined

Letter to City Powers that be….

November 29, 2013

Honorable Mayor Eric Garcetti

Honorable City Attorney Mike Feuer

Honorable Controller Ron Galperin

(by email and fax)

Board of Airport Commissioners

World Airports Administration Bldg

1 World Way, 1st Floor

Los Angeles CA 90045

By Email: LAXBOAC@lawa.org

RE: THE PROUD BIRD

Honorable Mayor Garcetti, City Attorney Feuer, City Controller Galperin and Honorable BOA Commissioners:

The California League of Latin American Citizens (CALLAC), California’s affiliate of the National League of Latin American Citizens (NLLAC) is opposed to any action of the BOAC that does not fully accommodate the continued existence of THE PROUD BIRD (TPB) at its present location.

EFFECTS ON COMPETITION

In the past I formerly served as a branch officer or activist in three (3) NAACP branches (San Fernando Valley, Inglewood South Bay, and Compton) as well as former Special Assistant to the late Valerie Monroe when she was Southern California Legal Redress Chair of the California State Conference NAACP. Based upon that background and experience I am concerned that any action by the BOAC that ejects TPB from its present location will have a profound effect on competition for banquet and event facilities, especially for African American community organizations in the area.

There are other facilities that compete for business in the region. That existing competition enables community organizations to seek and select from competing bids for NAACP Freedom Fund events, Tuskegee Airmen sponsored events, church events, and a whole host of other community functions. These facilities are vital to the preservation and existence of NGO functionality in the area. Eliminating just one of them, especially TPB, will upset the delicate balance of competition in the area and very likely raise the cost to non-profit NGOs in the region for their critical historical and ongoing events.

Historical, Educational & Inspirational Value

At https://www.facebook.com/jan.b.tucker you will find my Facebook page photo which features me with my godson, Hassan from 2009, taken at TPB. Hassan had just given his first ever public speech for his graduation ceremony from a Compton Airport flight program sponsored by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Tusekegee Airmen. Members of that chapter had just returned from President Barack Obama’s inauguration in Washington DC.

Many people share fond memories of TPB and events that have taken place there. I am however less concerned about reminiscences of the past that I am about the future. Airport museums exist in the area, but none shares the draw of an easily accessible and well run dining facility to draw people in to learn about the history of flight who would not otherwise seek out a flight museum to take their children to. Nor do any competing museums offer such an important array of photographic representations of women and minority aviators.

If you vote to eliminate TPB from its current location, you must be personally prepared to accept the responsibility for answering the following questions:

  • Where will girls be able to see inspiring photos of Amelia Earhart?

  • Where will African American girls get a chance to see photos of Bessie Colemen?

  • Where will African American children see photos of Tuskegee Airmen who came from their neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area?

  • Where will Jewish children be able to see a monument to a US Marine Corp. pilot, Captain Lou Lenart, who went on to serve as a pilot for the Haganah in Israel’s war of independence?

If you vote to eliminate TPB, you vote to eliminate inspiration and opportunities for children.

Respectfully Yours,  Jan B. tucker

 

 


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