Archive for September, 2005

Entry for September 28, 2005

September 29, 2005

DeLay’s Downfall?

The above photo is from Reuters.  The Austin grand jury charged House majority leader Tom DeLay today with conspiring to use corporate donations to support Texas Republican legislative candidates, rather than to pay administrative expenses, as allowed by Texas law.

The DeLay-founded Texans for a Republican Majority PAC allegedly sent $190,000 in corporate money to the RNC in Washington, which then funnelled a  like amount back to distribute to Texas candidates.

The felony charge could brng six months to two years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000. DeLay had to step down as majority leader under House Republican rules.   He is to appear in court on October 21 and his lawyers are scrambling to spare him the humiliation of being handcuffed, photographed and fingerprinted.

For an analysis of the charges against DeLay see


Richard Morrison, Delay’s opponent withdrew from the race April 25.   He had run against DeLay in 2004 and won 41% of the vote after rasing $642,808, 81% from individuals.  He had the endorsement of The Houston Chronicle.   DeLay got 55% of the vote after raising almost 3 million, almost half from political action committees.  This was a 8% drop from 2002.  For more interesting statistics, see the site.




Entry for September 27, 2005

September 29, 2005

1954: U.S. Senate committee calls for censure of Joe McCarthy   Geov Parrish’s this Day in Radical History –Historical events that you never had to memorize in school

The characture above is by Paul Giambarba.

Entry for September 26, 2005

September 29, 2005

Lobby Day and Direct Action

Went by the offices of Boucher, Goodlatte, Allen and Warner and dropped off materials on Iraq, so i could write them later.  The above picture of the capitol is from a great archive of buildings on the site of a  architecture class at Ohio University.

Entry for September 25, 2005

September 28, 2005

Dolores Huerta and Others Speak at Green Festival

One of the most inspiring speakers i heard today at the Green Festival sponsored by Global Exchange and Co-Op America  was Dolores Huerta, longtime activist who founded the United Farm Workers, along with Cesar Chavez, whom I remember hearing when Free Press staffers went down to the  United Mine Workers of America’s  1989-90 strike against Pittston Coal Company.   He told the strikers and their supports, “They can’t put the whole world in jail.”

 “Si, se puede,” the UFW slogan, “yes, you can!” Huerta had us shouting with her. I also got to hear Amy Goodman, host of Pacifica Radio’s program, Democracy Now.  What a barn burner.

I also got to hear Journalist Greg Palast  speak on money and politics.  I hear Kirsten Moller. Executive Director of Global Exchange speak about working with Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.  There were a whole slew of people from Code Pink including Medea Benjamin and Cindy Sheehan and filmaker Patricia Foulkrod of The Ground Truth: the Human Cost of War. 

Later I went to a birthday party at Busboys and Poets with my host for the weekend and his friends from the Arab American Institute.




Entry for September 24, 2005

September 27, 2005

Code Pink and the September Mobilization

The above picture of the Code Pink group is by Los Angeles photographer Sara Terry and can be found at Taiga Presse Images.  You may remember reading about their logistical support of Cindy Sheehan at Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas.  They were out in force in Washington along with every group and individual imaginable.

Including me.  Today I got up at 3:45 a.m. (a most untypical hour, unless still awake from the night before) to travel to Washington, DC.  There were either 99,999 or 299,999 other marchers, depending on whether you believe the mainstream media or the organizers at A.N.S.W.E.R and United for Peace & Justice.  I tend to believe the organizers were closer in their count.  It’s more than a little dispiriting to get home and read/view coverage that in no way resembles what you have actually seen, but it’s been going on for years. 

 I drove up with a van of six others from Roanoke County, Check and Konnarock, VA  organized by Plowshare Peace & Justice Center.  Plowshare’s director, Gary Sandman and others went up in a second vehicle.  There were organized delegations from Blacksburg, Charlottesville and Richmond, among others, all marching with the Virginia Anti-war Network (VAWN). 

Entry for September 23, 2005

September 27, 2005

Puerto Rican Filiberto Ojeda Ríos slain by FBI

Read about him at  The above is by Puerto Rican cartoonist Enrique Estrada. 

Entry for September 22, 2005

September 27, 2005

Writing Group with Mary Hill, Katherine De Lorraine, Jon Musgrove, and Robert Morris

Entry for September 21, 2005

September 27, 2005

Book Group at the Davidsons

Entry for September 20, 2005

September 20, 2005

Entry for September 19, 2005

September 19, 2005