The Coastal Post - July, 1996

PR July 96

Dotty LeMieux Party

Dotty LeMieux, candidate for Fourth District Supervisor, is planning a gala Kick Off to coincide with her July birthday and invites all to attend.

The party will take place on Thursday, July 18 from 5-8 pm at the Larkspur Cafe Theatre 500 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur. There will be the Goodman/Hopkin group, food by the Bolinas Bay Bakery and Kathleen, fine wines and a silent auction with many unique items

The requested donation is $25 per person. Don't miss this opportunity to help our candidate get off to a rip-roaring start! RSVP to 927-3696 or sent check to Dotty LeMieux for Supervisor, 5633 Paradise Drive, Corte Madera 94925.

Benefit Raffle For COAST

A beautiful "Ocean Waves" quilt will be raffled off at the Village Green in Stinson Beach on July 28 at 3:00 pm. Cela O'Connor created this quilt especially for Citizens for Open Access to Sand and Tide to help cover costs of COAST's public interest lawsuit to restore full public access to Seadrift beach. Jury trial is due to start on July 11.

Raffle tickets at $2 each may be purchased by calling 868-1617, or write to COAST, P.O. 541, Stinson Beach 94970. "Ocean Waves" can be seen at the quilt exhibit at the Marin County Fair July 3-7.

Food Exchange

The food program formerly held at St. Aidan's church has evolved into being a Food Exchange and has changed location. Those in need can pick up bread, deli items and organic produce at 108 Olema-Bolinas Road, just opposite the Bolinas school office, Sundays from noon to 1:30 or until the food runs out, or ask that a full food box be put aside to be picked up later on Sunday.

A monthly donation of $10-$15 per household (or whatever is affordable weekly) is requested, and also that recipients participate at some level with the jobs involved in maintaining this useful service, such as taking compost to the farm, recycling boxes, being a driver. There is a $5-$10 stipend for drivers. Call 868-1359 for info, or just show up on Sunday.

Macrobiotic Camp

Mendocino Summer Camp is located in Mendocino surrounded by redwoods which are descendants of trees that have been here since the dinosaurs. Through the middle of the camp runs a clear stream that the salmon spawn in. In a week of clean food and oxygen-rich air, people lose the confusion of urban life.

The children have a Waldorf program which anchors them for their exploration of the magic in the woods. Adults have their choice of a wide variety of workshops and classes, or are encouraged to simply be. Surrounded by 2,700 acres of redwoods and woodlands, people find themselves deeply relaxed and renewed.

The camp runs from June 29-July 7, and costs $425 a week or $80 per night. Price includes three macrobiotic meals a day, all programs and a lovely cabin. Kids 2-12 are $175, 13-18 $300. Bring camping gear, and be prepared to be inspired and nourished. To register, call Yolanda Huang at 510-841-8096.

Environmental Training Offered

The Environmental Forum of Marin is now accepting applications for the 24th annual Forum Training Program.

The program will begin in September and continue weekly through February. Participants will study a wide range of topics including wildlife, wetlands, energy, toxins, transportation, agriculture, business and land use through both classroom and field study.

The Forum's goal is to provide environmental training for community members. For more information, call Coral Cotten at 479-7814.

Feed-The-Hungry Activist Jailed

On June 17 Robert Norse Kahn started a 59-day jail sentence in San Francisco County Jail for feeding the hungry with the group Food Not Bombs. The same day in Whittier, California, Food Not Bombs volunteers Bruce Hagert and Carrie Chandler went to court for feeding the hungry in Richard Nixon's home town. Volunteers in Arcata still face civil contempt charges for sharing food with the hungry in protest to war and poverty. Activists in Houston, Texas, were subpoenaed for trying to prevent the destruction of safe, low-income public housing at Allen Parkway Village. Business leaders in these communities have called on the local governments to drive the homeless and their supporters out of sight.

These human rights violations are under investigation by the United Nations and Amnesty. Amnesty International in London has been asked to work for Robert's unconditional release as a "Prisoner of Conscience."

New Directors Add Clout To Audubon Society

At the annual Meeting of the Marin Audubon Society, three new directors were elected to serve three-year terms. Ron Baker of Mill Valley and Mardi Leland of Tiburon have been Ranch Guides at Audubon Canyon Ranch for five and seven years respectively, and signify Marin Audubon's commitment to "active participation in conservation, environmental education and enjoyment of our natural heritage." Lizabeth Gluck of Fairfax has been the publisher of The Redwood Log, the society's monthly newsletter, and has previously served on the Board as well as being a leader of birding trips.

Also elected were the officers for the coming year. Barbara Salzman of Larkspur will serve as president, Nance Becker of Mill Valley as Vice-President, Doug Sobey of Nicasio, Treasurer, and Mary Anne Cowperthwaite of San Anselmo, Secretary.

Teens Invited To Join Film Project

Marin County teens are invited to "Sneak Previews," the prelude to a year-long film project at the new teen center in downtown San Rafael.

"Sneak Previews," held every Tuesday at 7:00 pm July 16 through August 27, will feature a different film each week, followed by discussion with film producer Sharon Fox.

The upcoming Filmmaking Workshop Series will give teens an opportunity to learn about great films, develop stories and film projects, and meet firsthand with actors, writers, and cinematographers. The program is a collaborative venture between the Marin Interfaith Youth Outreach and Twenty-First Century World.

Call 454-2043. Pre-registration is advised.

Sex Education Assailed in California

Right-wing state legislators have proposed a bill, that has passed the State Assembly, to decimate sex education programs throughout the state. The legislation would prohibit students from taking sex ed classes unless specific written permission is granted by a parent. This mandate goes far beyond your state's current "opt-out" law which allows parents who object to such programs to keep their children out of classes.

Requiring parental consent for sexuality education will hurt the very students who need it most: those with parents who are not actively involved in their lives. A mandatory written parental consent law will likely prevent many at-risk adolescents form obtaining the information they need to make responsible sexual decisions. As you know, the U.S. has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the industrialized world with more than one million teenagers getting pregnant each year.The state of California has the 13th highest teenage birth rate in the country.

The legislation must now go to the State Senate. Your help is needed to ensure that it is defeated.

What you can do

Write, fax, or call your state senator and urge him/her to oppose AB 2248. Your senator can be reached by calling the Capitol switchboard at (916) 445-4251.

Write or call Governor Pete Wilson and ask him to veto AB 2248. The bill will need his signature to become law. You can reach him by phone at (916) 445-2841.

Please send copies of any correspondence to Zero Population Growth's Government Relations Department, 1400 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Suite 320, Washington, DC 20036. Your feedback helps to strengthen ZPG's advocacy efforts. Thanks!

A Liberal Agenda

1. Free America: Pay off the national debt with a one-time "regeneration tax" on the richest 3%.

2. Full disclosure of all U.S. government information to the America people.

3. All U.S. weapons exports to cease.

4. Peace on earth = goodwill to all. The enactment of the people's treaty.

5. Remake unused government-owned properties into homes, co-ops and businesses for America's needy.

6. Legalize hemp.

7. Practice enduring policies that nourish our earth home and all her species.

8. Make the care and nutriment of America's children a priority.

9. Present an all-woman presidential ticket to implement a peace economy in the United States.

10. Galvanize the liberal majority to facilitate peace-freedom idealism in America and the world.

"The purpose of the United States is not power, it's light." – Ben Franklin.

For more information, write Paradise Paradigm, Box 653, Stinson Beach 94970.

Section 8 Waiting List

Marin Housing is announcing the opening of the Section 8 certificate/voucher program waiting list from Monday, July 8 until August 2. The program is a federal subsidy that permits eligible families, elderly and disabled persons to live in privately-owned rental properties throughout Marin County and to pay 30+ percent of their total gross monthly income for their share of the rent. Marin Housing pays the balance to the owner within reasonable rental limits.

Low-income families, seniors, and disabled and handicapped adults are eligible to apply. Household income must be no more than $21,450 for one person; $24,500 for two, $27,600 for three, or $30,650 for four. Veterans who provide their DD214 will be given a higher priority on the waiting list. Non-citizens will be required to provide proof of eligible immigrant status.

People who wish to apply may pick up a pre-application at Marin Housing, 30 N. San Pedro Road, Suite 265, San Rafael, or at Marin Housing's office at 429 Drake, Marin City, between 8:00-4:00 Monday-Friday, or call the main office at 491-2525, or the Housing Assistline at 491-2345, or 800-735-2929. Pre-applications are available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Pesticide Poisoning

MOW and SOW released a study documenting stories of tragic pesticide poisoning and contamination, and successfully-used alternatives that avoid toxic chemicals. The study released with the national grassroots network Beyond Pesticides, and the National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides, is entitled "Voices for Pesticide Reform: The Case for Safe Practices and Sound Policy," and contains examples of poisoning and alternatives across the country.

Bills in Congress will prevent local governments and school districts from protecting residents as well as weaken federal regulatory standards. The groups call the use of pesticides and resulting poisonings "senseless" and point to the hundreds of examples in the project that feature successful pest management without toxic materials.

The study documents Shoreline School District Tomales High School where the use of toxic pesticides has been stopped. "The cases documented in this report serve as a wake-up call to the health and environmental damage caused by pesticides, the need to move ahead with alternatives, and failed government programs," said Jay Feldman, Executive Director of NCAMP. "When faced with the report's evidence of widespread pesticide poisoning and the existence of alternatives, we must ask what keeps mainstream America from adopting non-toxic pest management universally. The answer can only be a public policy that prefers, and offers incentives to, chemical-intensive pest management," say the report's authors, Sandra Schubert and Terry Shistar. They also called the finding "chilling, in light of government's current laissez-faire approach to pesticides and proposals before Congress that offer even less protection."

Libertarians Applaud Anti-CDA Decision

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to strike down the Communications Decency Act is "good news for freedom of speech in America, and good news for the future," the Libertarian Party said today.

"This decision will help keep meddling politicians away from a technology that most of them don't even understand," said Steve Dasbach, Chairman of America's third largest political party.

A three-judge federal panel in Philadelphia ruled on June 12th that the Internet is the "most participatory form of mass communication yet developed and deserves the highest protection against government intrusion." The judges also ruled that the Communications Decency Act's prohibition of "indecent" material—punishable by a $25,000 fine and two years in prison—was unconstitutionally broad and vague.

"This decision will hopefully create a zone of privacy around electronic communications that the government cannot breach," said Dasbach.

The Libertarian Part opposed the CDA from the start, calling it censorship. "Free speech is free speech, whether it is distributed via an 18th-century printing press or a 20th-century modem," said Dasbach. The Libertarian Party was a member of an Internet coalition to fight the bill, along with the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Council for the Arts, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and People for the American Way.

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