Demand Over-ride of Govs Veto of Prison Media Access Bill/Let Peter Camejo Debate The citizens need to be outraged and write short letters to editors over two threats to liberty
The First Amendment is being trampled in California. First the Governor vetoes the media access bill to prisons SB1541 in the midst of a humanitarian crisis. Then Peter Camejo, a popular Gubernatorial candidate is denied the right to debate in a public University Facility just because he definitely has an impact. What is going on here?
I have promised a fourth column on prison reform dealing with the dysfunction and corruption of the state courts and criminal justice system at every level.
This is not it.
Governor Schwarzenegger's excuse for the veto is weak and unsubstantiated, especially in view of the murders, medical neglect and sucides taking place in the mismanaged prisons. What is he hiding by continuing to unconstitutionally ban the media from interviewing the prisoners in a time of crisis?
Most of the journalists have been repeatedly lied to by the California Department of Corrections and they're not accepting that access will be allowed on a limited basis, the latest promise of the new CDC Director James Tilton.
You as a citizen can write 100 word letters to editors and flood your local politicians with phone calls to urge an over-ride of the Governor's veto of the media access bill. There is an excellent editorial in today's Vacaville Reporter about it. The Governor's Third Strike.
When the son-of-a-Nazi slaps the journalists AND the legislators in the face with a veto in the midst of a human crisis, it reminds me that the first thing Hitler did was to kill the journalists, then the attorneys. No State institution, no public official should enjoy such immunity from scrutiny and the laws of our land.
Please chime in to "Over-Ride the Veto of SB1541 of the Media Access Bill" in letters to editors and phone calls to politicians Noisy citizens cannot be ignored especially at election time
While you're at it, please take action on another disturbing block of public information that the voters have the right to know. The Green Party Candidate, Peter Camejo has been excluded from the debate between Schwarzenegger and Angelides at the California State University campus, this Saturday, October 7.
Camejo is not a corporate candidate and he made the debates in the last election very informative by putting the issues out to the people. Now he is excluded from debating by the California Broadcasters Association!
And is CSU cooperating with Camejo's exclusion at a University, also financed with our tax dollars, an institution of higher learning which encourages education and wide participation in the voting process? My understanding of the First Amendment is that school buildings are subject to the laws of our land that forbid discrimination. Perhaps a lawyer needs to get involved on defining selective public use of a University campus facility.
Please email the California Broadcaster's Association at email@example.com and ask them to "Let Peter Camejo debate" on October 7. A press conference is being organized on the CSU campus at 5 pm on Saturday if Peter continues to be excluded in front of Capistrano Hall
This is an article about the debate at the Ca. State University Sacramento website.
The reason for this exclusion of Camejo in the public debates is that he has a good chance to win if he can get some press coverage of his views on the issues. In my opinion, Camejo is by far the best candidate, even though I am not typically a Green Party voter. Angelides appears to be as ridiculous as Schwarzenegger on criminal justice issues in particular, there is no advantage there.
Decline to State voters are at an all time high of 19% as of September 6 and growing as people realize the two corporate candidates do not represent them. There are 12 million potential voters who are not even registered so I hope everyone is out registering at least 20 people to vote by October 23, the last day to register. It is necessary to register as "Decline to State" to get all the ballots. Here is my source for the statistics.
Decline to State - Voter Information Total Registered as Decline to State as of September 6 (Calif) 2,900,269
Decline to State information can now be heard through the Secretary of State's toll-free number of 1-800-345-VOTE (8683). You may refer all voters to call this line and press option 7 to hear specific information regarding DTS voters.
You can have ten "Register to Vote" forms mailed to you at a time and do this online at the link on http://www.votecamejo.com
Have ten voter registration cards sent to eveyone on your Christmas card list. It appears to me that the majority of the people showing up to vote are friends and family members of law enforcement labor unions. That's why the politicians kiss their feet and not ours, even though we outnumber all the jackboots. The power goes to those who cast a vote at the polls, so we can either do that and bring all our friends and family members or live with unbearable repression.
If the poor would actually support their candidates and send them $5 once in awhile, we would not have to settle what law enforcement's candidates dish out to us in the name of justice
Here are a couple of interesting websites that I put up to illustrate the hard work of the parents of prisoners who are doctors, teachers, nurses, social workers, four journalists, people from every walk of life, the grocery clerk, receptionist at the doctor's office, all these people are connected to a state prisoner now, so great is our police state.
Many people want to know how the August 27 protest of the mamma bears taking on the Green Wall Jackboots at Salinas Valley Prison went. The answer is that it was a big success and received excellent press coverage considering it was a Sunday and we were out in the middle of no where. Here are some photos and heartbreaking perspective of why people came to it (read the captions and links to the side)
This is another special website that the families set up so you can know the facts about Prop 83, Jessica's Law, a coming war on the people if it gets passed that will do nothing to help children. In fact it will harm the one million women and children connected to a "sex offender" which is very damaging to our society and does not serve public safety at all. There are stories here from real people who never dreamed that their loved one would be accused, prosecuted and convicted as a sex offender in many cases. We never think when agreeing to these harsh laws that we could be the next to be taken into slavery in our state's biggest industry - that of human bondage. See the stories, learn the facts and take a look at who's recommending a "no" vote.
Writing, protesting, recruiting more workers, getting out the vote, that's what real patriots do when their chains become too heavy. We never have enough volunteers in action which is why the problems still exist. You can do something about this needless suffering when you work in a group
"Ignorance and apathy of the people rule governments.
Knowledge is power. Knowledge comes from reading newspapers,
B. Cayenne Bird is a 45-year veteran op-ed journalist and publisher. A descendant of Mary Todd Lincoln, and General Andrew Porter, she is passionate about human rights and criminal justice issues. A mother and grandmother with advanced degrees in Journalism, Liberal Studies, and Humanities (Cultural Anthropology) she has focused on prison reform making great strides in Calif. supporting the landmark Plata-Coleman case for a decade which resulted in major prison reform. She writes scholarly articles too but prefers op-eds.