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LOCAL Review :: Alternative Media

Santa Cruz Indymedia Newsletter (5/7/04)

MAY 7, 2004

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Commentary :: Globalization & Capitalism

Why the exposure of U.S. torture and abuse serves the Illuminati Agenda.


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News :: Environment & Food

Oaks and Permaculture in Sacramento/San Joaquin Valley

Dependency on petrochemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides is part of the reason the US military is still in Iraq protecting corporations extracting petroleum from Iraqi oil wells. Growing oaks in the monoculture agribuisiness fields of the Sac valley would help reduce our dependency on the petrochemically derived fertilizers..

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LOCAL Interview :: Alternative Media : Police State

Interview with Mitchell Crooks on Police

On April 12, Mitchell Crooks joined me via telephone from Las Vegas on the Indynewswire show on Free Radio Santa Cruz to talk about Police.

Listen to the Stream or Download the mp3

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Commentary :: Animal Rights

about un-American activities

and American activities

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News :: Poverty & Urban Development

Concentration Camp for the Homeless

What's next for the homeless in Fresno

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Commentary :: Civil & Human Rights

Strategies Against Climate Change. THIS explains the Chemtrails!


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Commentary :: Civil & Human Rights

BTL:Former Ambassador to Honduras with Troubling Human Rights Record...

...Named as Chief U.S. Diplomat in Iraq* Interview with Larry Birns, executive director, Council on Hemispheric Affairs, conducted by Between the Lines' Scott Harris

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Open Letter to SEIU Local 415

An open letter to SEIU Local 415 regarding their spokesperson's recent statements of support for the location of a Home Depot store in Santa Cruz's industrial Westside.

I am utterly baffled and incensed by the statements made by Leslie Scanagatta (identified by the Sentinel as SEIU Local 415's "chief spokesperson") regarding the City Council's stance toward Home Depot. In that paper, she was quoted chiding the Council for its perceived inaction in allowing Home Depot to build on the old Lipton site in Santa Cruz's industrial Westside. Generally, I am inclined to give people quoted by the Sentinel the benefit of the doubt considering the bias of its publishers and some of its reporters. However, in this case, Ms. Scanagatta's specific mention of Home Depot and numerous other quotes printed in the Sentinel's May 5th article lead me to believe that her comments were not simply twisted out of context.

It completely escapes my comprehension that someone who "works hard to maintain the rights of union workers and fight [sic] for justice for all workers" (quoted from the SEIU Local 415 website, which Ms. Scanagatta herself apparently coordinates) should consider it positive to locate Home Depot, one of the most vehemently anti-union and anti-worker retailers on the face of the planet, in her own community. This is particularly incomprehensible coming from someone who works on the staff of one of the country's more progressive union locals and acts as its Communications Coordinator. It gives the impression that this is the official stance of the SEIU.

If the latter is the case, it leads me to ask, "What are you thinking?!?" Has it completely escaped the attention of Local 415 that Home Depot is one of the worst employers of its size ever to disgrace the retail industry?

[ Hometowns, Not Home Depot I Retail Worker: Labor News - by, for, and about Retail Employees ]

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Commentary :: Civil & Human Rights



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