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I saw that the Resolution passed, but my comment below (which wouldn't publish earlier) is still relevant.
The rules for passing an ordinance should not be the same for a resolution. The Resolution should pass without the dishonest and right wing Jager and Brady having to sign on. But, if it is going the way of an ordinance, Jager should explain himself (if he knows how) and then be booted out of the mayor's position.
I appreciate this article and the quotes from the council members. It was especially important that the writer here shows that Brady (a Donald Duckkk supporter) made a diversionary statement about clitorectomies (although I would hope Brady IS opposed to genital mutilation) with the intention of misleading people and misrepresenting the Resolution. Brady and Jager are blatant enemies of human rights.
It would be good if girls and women and trans girls and women could be specifically named in the Resolution given... well, you know, thousands of years of disrespect and horrors against us.
I appreciate what Bergel said (worth repeating): "I think we would be remiss not to consider the people that are potentially being deported ...the homeless that are being discriminated against all the time...People are a priority." And her referring to the Resolution "as an 'intention,' a statement of how the city will treat people who may feel discriminated against or fearful in the face of an administration that has tried to use an executive order to restrict the entry of Muslim people into the United States, is preparing to build a wall along the country's southern border to prevent the entry of migrants [and made horrible, false, dangerous characterizations] ... and which includes a vice president who has blamed gay marriage for "societal collapse."" I'm glad Kim Bergel is not afraid to speak in defense of people and speak words unpopular with the right wingers. The rest of the council is frighteningly silent on issues of human rights.
Too bad Eureka gave 3/4 of a million dollars of tax/public money to Lost Coast Brewery instead of using it for housing and other essentials for many of us poor tax-paying residents. The only things that Brady (and her ilk) "move forward" are the gestapo state and the local, greedy 1% pocketbooks. All of this while the City of Eureka is a major violator of human rights and the majority of Eureka residents are poor.
Disappointingly, the last paragraph of this article falsely summed up the political and social reality here. Definitely, there ARE hate crimes occurring in Eureka (including hate crimes perpetuated by the Eureka police) that are racist, anti-homeless, anti-disabled, and anti-LGBTQIA. Do not tell me that immigration raids (locally and elsewhere) are due to crime; I know that to be NOT true. ICE (and plain old Humboldt-grown racists) continue to terrorize people locally. I stand in solidarity with the people being threatened by ICE, the racist system, and bigoted jerks.
This Human Rights Resolution 'debate' shows us who the neo-fascists on the council are- Brady and Jager don't even pretend that they are for human rights. We need the rest of the council to show more courage and principle in action. Hopefully, with or without a resolution, Eureka will work for and protect basic human rights including: shelter, potable water, available bathrooms, and protection from race, class, gender, age, identity, and status-based discrimination, harassment, and violence. We need to create that protection, and it comes into direct conflict with the violent police state and with both neo-fascists and neo-liberals. Eureka really needs some humanity.
ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE
Good on Patrik Griego for this lawsuit. Griego was excellent when he worked in the Humboldt County Public Defender's office. He worked for the people ("defendants") in a good and authentic way. I trust what I know of his claims here regarding the inappropriate hire of Marcus by the County. And I don't trust the County who would like poor people to be denied their right to competent counsel.
I would like to see the Petition for Writ of Mandate. Could the Journal please publish it?
I am hoping the presentations leading up to Dr. Stein's were recorded. I see the Soundcloud logo, but when I click on it, nothing happens. Did the Journal record the pre-lecture including Jene McCovey, Fernando Paz, and Sarah Torres?
Great evening. It is unfortunate that HSU (the institution) tried to sabotage the event by keeping it in the KB Room rather than offering the Van Duzer even when it was selling out and so many people wanted to attend. Requiring people to pick up tickets in advance ("sold out" by Friday) was prohibitive, too. Both of these moves by HSU stopped many more people from attending.
Don Arminio of the Arcata Police Department is a violent bully. Doesn't surprise me that he'd shoot someone, and not in any way justifiable, not defending ANYONE. I hope Joshua pulls through! The cops need to stop terrorizing and stealing lives. They are cowards, creeps, and bullies. #FireDonArminio #FTP
It is too bad, also, that Breslin and the rest of the Neighborhood Watch use the slogan, design, and money (from selling stuff donning the slogan) in their volatile campaign to denigrate poor and houseless residents of Eureka. I have heard and seen the Neighborhood Watch bunch use the slogan in ugly speeches about their "pride" --similar to how white supremacists claim it is their "pride" that moves them to hate, harm, and blame everything on people of color, Jews, etc. The kind of pride that gloats about their not-so-far off ancestors who were here in Humboldt long enough ago to steal from and kill first nations people here- but somehow they think that history puts them above other people. Breslin and these privileged loud mouths ALSO tried to co-opt "Power to the People" as they were applauding and showing their "pride" to be working with the police. Disgusting... but not surprising, that Breslin et al would stoop so low.
When I used to see the stickers pop up (before the co-optation) I would laugh sometimes and think, "I guess I like Eureka, but it would be way better if we could lose most of the politicians, cops, greedy businesses, and people like [Breslin] who make Eureka such a cruel and dirty town.
Down and Out in Paris and London, excerpt from Chapter 31
by George Orwell, 1933
It is worth saying something about the social position of beggars, for when one has consorted with them, and found that they are ordinary human beings, one cannot help being struck by the curious attitude that society takes towards them. People seem to feel that there is some essential difference between beggars and ordinary "working" men. They are a race apart--outcasts, like criminals and prostitutes. Working men "work," beggars do not "work"; they are parasites, worthless in their very nature. It is taken for granted that a beggar does not "earn" his living, as a bricklayer or a literary critic "earns" his. He is a mere social excrescence, tolerated because we live in a humane age, but essentially despicable.
Yet if one looks closely one sees that there is no essential difference between a beggar's livelihood and that of numberless respectable people. Beggars do not work, it is said; but, then, what is work? A navvy works by swinging a pick. An accountant works by adding up figures. A beggar works by standing out of doors in all weathers and getting varicose veins, chronic bronchitis, etc.
It is a trade like any other; quite useless, of course--but, then, many reputable trades are quite useless. And as a social type a beggar compares well with scores of others. He is honest compared with the sellers of most patent medicines, high-minded compared with a Sunday newspaper proprietor, amiable compared with a hire-purchase tout--in short, a parasite, but a fairly harmless parasite. He seldom extracts more than a bare living from the community, and, what should justify him according to our ethical ideas, he pays for it over and over in suffering. I do not think there is anything about a beggar that sets him in a different class from other people, or gives most modern men the right to despise him.
Then the question arises, Why are beggars despised?--for they are despised, universally. I believe it is for the simple reason that they fail to earn a decent living. In practice nobody cares whether work is useful or useless, productive or parasitic; the sole thing demanded is that it shall be profitable. In all the modern talk about energy, efficiency, social service and the rest of it, what meaning is there except "Get money, get it legally, and get a lot of it"? Money has become the grand test of virtue. By this test beggars fail, and for this they are despised. If one could earn even ten pounds a week at begging, it would become a respectable profession immediately. A beggar, looked at realistically, is simply a businessman, getting his living, like other businessmen, in the way that comes to hand. He has not, more than most modern people, sold his honor; he has merely made the mistake of choosing a trade at which it is impossible to grow rich.
The so-called "aggressive panhandling" law in Arcata was struck down as unconstitutional (except in very limited circumstances like at ATM machines) and the City of Arcata also tried to say that panhandling interfered with traffic- NOPE!
First Amendment rights are not about pleasing business owners or politicians or about keeping tourists happy. It's 'too bad' some people don't like panhandling. I don't like a lot of things people say, I don't like lots of signs I see, and I don't agree with the the way many people use their money, and I can tell them that, work to shut them up, educate them, or pressure them to use their money differently but... the Constitution prohibits government from interfering with what people say, what signs they hold, with the way they use their money. That prohibition means the government cannot interfere with people PANHANDLING.
The real problem is POVERTY, not poor people begging for survival. POVERTY is what the government should be trying to eliminate.
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Apr 27, 2017
vol XXVIII issue 17
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