Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Contractor Accountability, Milk Labeling, and Peace Caroling

"I think the American people - I hope the American - I don't think, let me - I hope the American people trust me."
President George W. Bush
Washington D.C., 2002

This may well be my last Action Blog entry for 2007!
i hope your holy-days are green and meaningful, and i'll reconnect in 2008! (aka
the year we restore democracy, the year we end war, and Year
of the Planet Earth

In This Issue

Local Happenings
Nader: An Unreasonable Man
Hold Contractors Accountable in Iraq!
Protect "rBGH-free" Labeling of Milk!
Reject Bad Healthcare Bill



· Ojai Peace Vigil - every friday evening from 5-6pm under the Pergola in front
of Libbey Park. bring a candle and a sign, and dress warmly!

Documentary: "An Unreasonable Man"

Ever wonder how Public Citizen got started?
Now is your chance to find out. Check out "An Unreasonable Man," a documentary about
Ralph Nader and the launch of the modern consumer movement, to be broadcast nationwide on PBS Channel 28 (KCET) today, Dec. 18 at 9:00pm.
The film traces consumer activism back to 1968, when a young bunch of "Nader's Raiders" began working on issues ranging from abuses involving public health and safety to nursing homes to economic concentration. Soon after, in 1971, Ralph Nader founded Public Citizen, and we've been fighting for health, safety and democracy ever since. The film also documents Nader's campaign for president in 2000, outlining both the pros and cons of his run.


Hold Contractors Accountable!

Jamie Leigh Jones was a 20-year-old woman working in Iraq for a subsidiary of Halliburton when she was drugged and brutally gang-raped by several co-workers.
The next day, Halliburton told her that if she left Iraq to get medical treatment,
she could lose her job.
Jamie's story gets even more horrific: For the last two years, she's been asking
the US government to hold the perpetrators accountable. But the men who raped her
may never be brought to justice because Halliburton and other contractors in Iraq
aren't subject to US or Iraqi laws. They can't be tried for a crime in any court.
Call on Congress to investigate Jamie's case, hold those involved accountable, and
bring US contractors under the jurisdiction of US law so this can't happen again:
CLICK HERE to sign the petition.


Protect "rBGH-free" Labeling!

Ohio and New Jersey are both trying to make it illegal for dairies to label
their milk as "hormone-free." A recent poll conducted for Food & Water Watchindicates that 80 percent of consumers want milk from cows not treated with rBGH to be labeled "rBGH-free." Consumers have a right to know what's in their milk, and dairies have a right to tell them.

Contact the Governors of Ohio and New Jersey today!


Reject bad healthcare bill ABX1 1

The legislature is about to vote on healthcare reform bill ABX1 1.

Unfortunately, ABX1 1 will neither provide universal coverage nor
will it control costs because it funnels most healthcare dollars
through the inefficient private health industry, which is the main
obstacle to real healthcare reform. Reject ABX1 1 as an impediment to
real universal healthcare reform - SB 840(private health care, public

TAKE ACTIONby sending an email to our State representatives. Be sure to add your
own personal message or story for maximum impact!


Democratic Leadership Training in January

The California Democratic Council and the Democratic Party of Ventura County present
a Democratic Leadership Training on Saturday January 12 2008 from 8am to 6pm in
the EP Foster Library's Topping Room in Ventura.
The training will include such topics as The California Democratic Party Structure,
How to Run a Meeting: Robert's Rules of Order, Club Finances, Increasing your Membership, Reaching Out to Youth, Technology, and The Progressive Challenge.
The Training is FREE ($10 suggested donation to cover food and materials costs)
Please RSVP by January 10 to training@cdc-ca.orgor 1-800-446-9709.


Caroling for Peace at the Mall this Friday

Join the Ventura County Committee to Stop the War this Friday December 21st at the
Pacific View Mall at Main and Mills in Ventura for a Candlelight Vigil from 5:30-6:30pm, followed by caroling for peace from 6:30-7:30pm.
For more information, contact VCCSW or the Peace Coalition of Greater


Merry Everything!,
evan austin
Ojai Peace Coalition

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