Nan Abrams makes it most clear that she is a Zionist when she says she says she "knew it could not be true" that Palestinian women were shackled when giving birth while in custody.
Sorry, Nan, you're living in a dream world. Israel is guilty of so many crimes against humanity that as a Jew myself I cannot forgive them. You can nit-pick all you want about the exact veracity of the story but the reality of how Israel edeals with Palestinian women in custody is ugly and unforgivable. If you want to know the truth look at some of the following sites:
IPS: Is it true that pregnant women are shackled during childbirth?
FF: It is true. Pregnant women are shackled while giving birth, and soon after. There is a total lack of medical care, particularly during childbirth. Women lament that infants born to them are taken away after two years. In Israeli prisons, the rights of Palestinian women prisoners is recognized, but not respected.
read pages 3 & 4 to see how Palestinian women are treated when in prison:
Yes, I included the intifada site. It is also true, as someone else has pointed out, there are incidents in the US of women in prison giving birth in shackles.
Excellent comment above by Ben Manski. I agree that there is no point in not voting for Stein in CA. Obama and Romney are hardly paying attention to CA because the outcome here is known. A vote for Stein or for Rocky Anderson will, I hope, send a message to Obama (who I am assuming is likely to be re-elected) about what many of us want to see happen. Obama has done a lousy job in terms of rights, environment and foreign policy, he needs a large kick.
Good letter ! A well aimed kick in the butts of the 3 sups.
I just returned from a trip to Santa Cruz County where I once lived many years ago and after seeing what has happened to SC I came back fearing for the future of Humboldt Cty. SC Cty has been destroyed by growth. It's jammed end to end with strips of endless stores everywhere. Driving is a nightmare, bumper to bumper. I used to live in Aptos, a 12 mile drive from SC that once took 10 minutes. Now it is a crawl from start to finish. Aptos has crammed houses in everywhere they could get a backhoe in and downtown Aptos is a strip mall. All that took between 10 and 20 years and once it's done there's no going back.
Excellent letter, Maureen. Listening to Jill Stein was like a breath of fresh air. She moved from issue to issue in a clear and substantive manner saying this is the issue, this is what "they" propose doing, here is what I will do and here is why. Clear as a bell, no beating around the bush, no BS. Radically different than the crap we hear from O and R.
I will vote for her. People are afraid to vote for her because they fear Romney getting elected but here, in California, Obama has a sure thing and every vote for Dr. Stein sends a critical message to Obama. I want Obama to hear that message loud and clear.
Thank you for an excellent article. Loved seeing Chris Hedges being quoted.
Decker says he is unhappy they were unable to sustain their momentum but he doesn't seem to realize that Occupy Eureka never had any momentum to sustain. I am more than happy to see them gone. What saddens me is the damage that they did to a very important movement for change. They managed to kill off any attempts at establishing a viable Occupy in Humboldt County. They never seemed to understand what Occupy was about. It was always only all about them and their childish game of cops and robbers.
While I have a problem with the commentor "Steven" referring to "the political left fringe" on the whole he has it right.His last sentence says it all.
Mr. Van Fleet--GREAT letter! So sad though to see the truly ignorant comments by a few people. The American public is perhaps the most ignorant citizenry of any developed country and that's not an accident. Our rulers make sure of that and now the push is on to privatize schools and that'll ensure a mind-fucked citizenry. Wal-Mart, not surprisingly, are major supporters of privatizing schools.
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