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Thursday, October 11, 2001
      ( 9:40 AM ) Jackie  
Oh, my! I slept well last night. Rest is good!

Tory just called.Books not Bars is calling for a phone blitz to let Alice Lai-Bitker know how disappointed we are in her turnaround on the Juvenile Detention Center. Alice represents District 3 (Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro) on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors . She is an appointee and at this rate unlikely to become an elected member of the Board in the next election.

Feel free to contact her and let her know your opinion about her flip/flop.


Alameda County Board of Supervisors
1221 Oak Street, Suite 536, Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 272-6693 Fax: (510) 268-8004
E-mail: BOSdist3@co.alameda.ca.us

They (BNB) are also holding a demonstration on Friday afternoon. I'd love to participate but will be at the offices of the CCCO doing my very first shift of phone counseling for Conscientious Objectors, people from the military who are or are thinking of being AWOL, and students who have been conned into the Delayed entry program of the various military services.

This is all very deja vu. My email friend Faith (who is 65 and a retired Professor of Political Science) says that this is the first time she has felt old. She could add up five wars that people of our generation have gone through. Normally a positive and enthusiastic person, she's just tired right now. I think there is a sense of hopelessness and inevitabilty about this current military action that many people of my generation haven't quite experienced before. I'm not quite sure why. Perhaps it is that Bush and cronies have moved so quickly. Perhaps because the Congress have (with the exception of Barbara Lee) abdicated their Constitutional responsibility. Even in the VietNam era the Congress at least fought for their role in declaring war. Perhaps it is because the stated reasons for this bombing are especially specious and it is clear that Bush et al just don't care.

On the positive side, there have been organizations doing Peace Work for many years that have been able to mobilize quickly. We also have the power of the Internet at our disposal and all the other technical tools. This makes it so much easier to make a call to action. Imagine preparing mimeograph and Xerox copies of fliers and handing them out. Using phone trees,calling people one at a time to tell them about where to go and when. And as in the Viet Nam era, young people are mobilized and us old folks are still hanging in there. (Even though the Peace Hikes are harder for us : > )

On another note, I hear that Oaktown Blogger has put the Fear of Mom into Ernie's heart. Sorry about that, Ernie!

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