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Eighteen of the 26 regents are now appointed by the governor for year terms. The regents appoint one student representative who serves a one-year term. The remaining seats are filled by ex officio members, including the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the Assembly, superintendent of public instruction, president and vice president of the Alumni Associations of UC, and the UC president. According to Oatfield, the university works harder to frame an issue than to deal with an issue itself. Schwartz pointed out that the movement needs not only to propose a democratic model, but also to organize a constituency of voters.

The current system was justified by the source of the money, Schwartz said. When the university was created, the state provided most of the money and therefore appointed the people to manage that money. But now, according to Schwartz, citing his independent research, the ever-increasing student fees now cover percent of actual undergraduate education costs.

In reality, Schwartz says, no state money now goes to undergraduate education: The students pay for that themselves. Schwartz proposes that the regents be appointed or elected in proportion to the sources of the money. He calculates that eight regents should be elected by the students and parents who pay the fees. According to Chapela, faculty was notified of the deal 30 minutes before it was announced and had no say in the decision.

Although Chapela and other faculty challenged the deal and drew national attention to it, no changes were made to the original agreement. Chapela argued that the university has absolutely no transparency, is completely shielded from public scrutiny and answerable to no one. To overcome that, the project must gain significant public support and force the university to listen. The Phoenix Project will hold a statewide summit in Berkeley Jan.

The CGB is scheduled to vote Tuesday on funding for a second new building planned for the lab, covering interest costs during construction of the already approved Computational Research and Theory CRT building. Yarris said conceptual drawings will be presented to the public at a scoping session to gather comments for a new environmental impact report EIR , with the meeting to be held sometime next month. Yarris said cost increases would be offset by long-term benefits arising from a more cost-effective design. The CGB is scheduled to vote for a second time on approving external funds for the CRT building, which will be built at the opposite, northwestern end of the lab complex from the Helios Building.

One unresolved issue is whether or not the DOE will house a supercomputer facility inside the new structure, calling into question a major potential funding source. Both actions contend that the regents acted improperly when they certified environmental impact reports on the projects and approved funding for buildings critics contend are located in an environmentally sensitive landscape that contains threatened species and faces the risk of serious damage from earthquakes along the Hayward Fault.

The UC Berkeley Police Department is investigating a fight that erupted Thursday evening between a group of current and former UC Berkeley students after a Palestinian flag was hung over a balcony overlooking a pro-Israel concert on campus. He said that a number of witnesses identified at least five students involved in a fight, which he said broke out, according to eyewitness testimony, when some Palestinian students hung a Palestinian flag over the railing of the balcony to protest what they alleged were anti-Palestinian lyrics performed during a concert for Israeli Liberation Week.

According to Tejada, some of the people attending the concert went up to get the flag off the balcony, which led to pushing and shoving. The exact details of what happened at that point are still under investigation, he said. Two students and one former student were cited for battery, authorities said, and several witness statements were taken. UCPD has not released the names of the students involved in the incident pending investigation.

He said that the alleged statements made during the incident were still under investigation and could not be released. Tejada said that there was little possibility that the incident was connected to acts of vandalism that occurred on campus last month, when pro-Israel posters at a UC Berkeley bus stop outside Eshelman Hall were defaced with anti-Israel graffiti. Although UC police have not stepped up security measures on campus after the incident, he said, university officials and student groups were doing extensive outreach to unite students across campus.

It charged that around 6 p. In their press release, the Students for Justice in Palestine dismissed all the allegations put forward by the Zionist Freedom Alliance. It claimed that in the process, one of the protesters was knocked against the balcony railing, which was followed by a scuffle leading to one male and one female Arab student being hit several times, within minutes of which the perpetrators began to rush away. UC Berkeley spokesperson Dan Mogulof said Monday that university officials had written an open letter to the campus community outlining how the campus was responding to the incident and laying out possible resources for students in the event something similar happened in the future.

An Equity and Inclusion division, headed by Basri, will be part of a long-term strategy for improving campus climate, authorities said. A new court ruling granting further independence to the California Hotel has given its residents hope for a bright future. On Oct. The restraining order prevents building owner Oakland Community Housing Inc. In an even greater victory for tenants, Judge Keller granted many new powers to court-appointed trustee Anne Omura, executive director of the Eviction Defense Center in Oakland.

Omura now has the power to hire a management company that will provide security, repairs and a business plan for the hotel. Additionally, Omura will be able to rent out all rooms in the hotel once they are up to code, creating the potential for the hotel to generate enough money to stand on its own. As a first step toward improving the hotel, Omura has used the money left over from paying the utility bills to hire the Jay-Phares Corporation JPC , an Oakland-based property management and consulting firm, to run and rehabilitate the hotel.

Since July, the residents of the hotel have been working security shifts, cleaning the hotel and self-organizing to keep their home intact. The management company will relieve the tenants of those responsibilities. For now, however, the hotel can only afford nighttime security, which is an improvement, but not the optimal situation. JPC has also brought in contractors, plumbers and a property manager to ensure that the building is safe for the existing residents.

Jay said the company will work to make the occupied rooms pest-free and in good repair before improving the rest of the hotel. In the future, the release of the unrented apartments, many empty and unprofitable since , could allow the hotel to generate enough money from rent to support itself independently. But the unoccupied rooms must meet safety codes before they can be leased out, and the occupied rooms must receive the first attention.

Funds remain a prime concern for the maintenance of the hotel and could prohibit the recovery of the empty rooms. Estimates have been made for the repair of broken windows, plumbing, elevators and sprinklers. Additionally, JPC hopes to lease retail space on the ground floor of the hotel to independent, women- or minority-owned, and non-profit businesses to generate further income. The company is willing to support low-capital ventures run by dedicated people who are willing to work hard, Jay said.

For John Murcko, the primary goal for the hotel is to keep it operating for the 12 years that remain of the 30 agreed upon when grants were given to make the hotel into low-income housing. Now the state Supreme Court will decide what to do about Prop. Now people are angry, and this weekend we saw mass protests across the country. As Barbara Ehrenreich once argued, Roe v. It was after a mass movement worked hard for many years to make that politically possible.

While we like to believe the best legal arguments always win in court, judges are—at the end of the day—politically connected lawyers who wear robes. And citizen action—if done effectively—can go a long way to give them the political courage to do the right thing. Public outrage at Prop. Efforts are afoot to collect signatures for a statewide proposition—in , or sooner if we have a special election.

The campaign had just collected thousands of postcards at Pride, and our task was to call these people and recruit them to volunteer. But a lot of people come to SF Pride from across the state, and all the volunteer activities were in San Francisco. My suggestion was ignored. People are upset, and want to get involved. Now Prop. Peaceful protests can give the judges the resolve to do the right thing. Unlike George W. Which is why they matter so much. UC Berkeley students joined the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigrant Rights, and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary BAMN last week to launch a national campaign urging President-elect Barack Obama to enact the federal Dream Act, which would legalize federal financial aid and open a path of citizenship for undocumented immigrant college students across the nation, who are otherwise entrapped in complicated paperwork.

Shanta Driver, national chairperson for BAMN, asked students to seize this important moment in history to start a new kind of civil rights movement which would oppose racism and bring equal opportunities to all. We need to resolve deep social problems and engage in a real debate and discussion on racism. Thousands of students who had mobilized in support of the bill were disappointed by his decision.

Castillo added that the governor supported a local bill which allows undocumented students to pay in-state tuition. I have to commute three to four hours every day. I had to sacrifice many things to be at UC Berkeley. I have hope that the Dream Act might get passed one day. All undocumented students are equal and deserve the same rights. Berkeley teachers rallied at 21 school sites throughout the city Tuesday, citing an urgent desire for an agreement on working hours, wages, health benefits and other contract provisions. Cathy Campbell, president of the Berkeley Federation of Teachers, said that although the union was aware of the economic constraints on the district, it wanted district officials to come to a swift and amiable agreement.

Berkeley Unified Superintendent Bill Huyett said that although the district had yet to renew its contract with the union, it was still honoring the terms of the old contract. The Berkeley Federation of Teachers is a very progressive organization and we always want to listen to their ideas. They are an important part of BUSD. The contract has to be productive and timely—the longer it takes the more diversion it creates. The district spent three of those four and a half hours preparing for something they should have prepared for hours before the negotiations.

Long acknowledged that although the district had made some progress during the course of their discussions with the union, the negotiations took a step backward when it was time to talk about a revenue-sharing formula, which would ensure that when the district receives a revenue boost, the teachers would be entitled to their fair share. Mary Wrenn, a teacher at Willard Middle School in Berkeley, said that teachers were beginning to feel the economic pinch as well.

Berkeley Board of Education member Karen Hemphill said she was hopeful the district would be able to create a multi-year contract. Hemphill said that more and more unions and school districts were looking at revenue sharing formulas in the face of a fluctuating economic scenario. Campbell said the next bargaining session was set for Monday, and then again a week later. A student at Willard Middle School in Berkeley has admitted to starting some of the trash can fires at the school more than three weeks ago and will take part in intervention services.

Berkeley fire officials responded to a fire alarm activation on Oct. A total of three small trash can fires were reported, and two of them had started in restrooms located inside the school, Dong said, resulting in smoke but no injuries. School authorities interviewed several students in the weeks following the incident to get an idea about who could have been involved in the incident and finally identified one student, Dong said.

The final meeting has not taken place yet. In the Nov. In addition, board president Chris Peeples at large and Boardmember Greg Harper Ward 2—Emeryville, Piedmont, and portions of Berkeley and Oakland fought off electoral challenges, winning new four-year terms on the board.

Fernandez said that AC Transit put out a fequest for proposals RFP for the new foot suburban contract last June to 11 domestic and international bus manufacturers, but that only three manufacturers Van Hool, Motor Coach Industries, and Bluebird attended a July pre-proposal conference, and only Van Hool ultimately submitted a bid. The back-and-forth discussion finally became so confusing that it caused an irritated Board President Chris Peeples to declare that the state financial request had nothing to do with the current bus purchases, and called for a separate vote on each issue.

Eventually, board members approved the purchase of the nine foot Van Hool articulated buses on a vote Harper voting no and outgoing board member Rebecca Kaplan—newly elected to the Oakland City Council—abstaining and authorizing the foot suburban prototype and contract negotiations for up to 40 of the buses on a unanimous vote. Late last June, on a vote Chris Peeples and Jeff Davis yes, Greg Harper, Elsa Ortiz, Rocky Fernandez, and Rebecca Kaplan no, Joe Wallace abstaining , the seven-member board voted to reject going directly back to Van Hool for the new 60 footers, instead calling for the contract for the 19 new buses to be up for competitive bidding.

What I and Rebecca [Kaplan]had asked for last May was a complete re-evaluation of our fleet plan. In Behrampada, a slum in Mumbai, India, the fight for water starts as early as five in the morning. A report from the World Health Organization indicates that annually there are 1. The importance of our project lies in the immensity of the problems we chose to tackle. In a world where two million people, mostly children, die every year from easily preventable enteric diseases, any step to try to provide adequate water, sanitation and hygiene to those who do not have access to it is a valuable endeavor.

The Safe Water for a Safe World project was modeled on Haath Mein Sehat health in your hands , an initiative started by UC Berkeley graduate student Ashley Murray to educate slum dwellers about issues such as sanitation, hygiene and water testing. What I saw in Mumbai was beyond my expectations just because of its sheer dimensions. The first thing you notice is the abundance of people and the lack of space. The next thing is the sanitation. The private ones charge around 1 rupee around 2 cents , are fairly clean and come with water, and the public restrooms are free.

Most houses, she said, now have taps in front of their building but at times arguments break out between families who share a tapabout who can get to it first to collect water. In Behrampada, there is no round-the-clock, water pressure on the pipes, so residents start rationing water in matkas earthen pots , drums, jugs, mugs, buckets, bottles, cans—pretty much anything they have—between 5 and 9 a.

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Also the fact that the people collect the water so early in the morning and store it the entire day makes it more susceptible to get contaminated inside the container. Most of the samples Ercumen collected from the houses in Behrampada showed contamination in the stored water, she said. Teaching a bunch of toddlers and their families—most of them uneducated—about boiling drinking water, disease transmission and personal hygiene was a Herculean task for Ercumen, given the language barrier and the fact that she got diarrhea herself during her stay there, but the experience helped her became a stronger person.

Around the same time Ercumen was battling cultural differences to save the residents of Behrampada from an endemic, UC Berkeley Integrated Biology senior Sina Akhavan was trying to give Roma children in Kosovo a chance to build a career for themselves in the near future. A passion for Flamenco music led Akhavan, who is of Iranian descent, to spend his summer in Preoce, working on Project Sastimasa with Voice of Roma, a non-profit based in Sebastapol.

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Thomas G. A singing group which opened Sept. Reiter Seattle theatrical managers. Billy Harris sits on pile of old streetcar ties. The argument turned physical: the man disarmed Romero Butticci, 30, of Berkeley, and called the Berkeley police, who took Butticci into custody.

So people just throw trash right outside their houses or burn it. But the garbage and the smoke were nothing compared to the political tension in the air, Akhavan said, which kept the Romas from leaving certain pockets of the village and driving freely on the streets or playing loud music in their cars for fear of attracting the Albanians. About 90 percent of Romas are unemployed and most survive on humanitarian aid, he said, which was enough to buy flour, but not adequate to buy sugar or water.

A lucky few get around 60 euros every month from family members who have migrated to Germany or Italy. We wanted to teach them English and how to use computers, not to work with the Albanians or Serbs but rather the various international organizations such as the United Nations and the European Union. Akhavan said that it angered him when people referred to Romas as gypsies.

Nobody supports their cause. I want to demystify the belief that they are magical people. They are people who need international help. Donated laptops, a make-shift classroom and elementary school English texts brought the program to an exciting start. However, teaching 3- to year-olds Microsoft Word and Powerpoint proved to be a bit of a challenge for Akhavan and the other volunteers in the project, especially since younger students were often distracted at night after going through a grueling schedule at school the whole day.

Another problem was the power failures which kept happening every three hours, interrupting lessons and forcing the teachers to hold classes by candle or cellphone light. A typical day in Preoce would start with kids screaming, dogs barking and roosters crowing, Akhavan said, followed by lots of Turkish coffee. A few dozen houses but enough people and enough drama for it to be fun.

Project Sastimasa is still alive in Preoce today and Akhavan plans to pay his students a visit soon. But this opportunity brought, in some small way—a chance at hope, a chance at a better quality of life. Berkeley police Tuesday arrested an already-jailed South Berkeley man for the two Sept. The suspect, year-old Desmen Riashem Lankford, was already in custody following an Oct. Berkeley Police spokesperson Officer Andrew Frankel said the weapon in that case was subsequently found to have been used to kill Kelvin Earl Davis, a year-old Berkeley man, who was found mortally wounded along the curbside, and year-old Oakland resident Kevin Antoine Parker, whose body was discovered slumped nearby behind the wheel of his wrecked car.

On June 24, , he was booked by Berkeley police after leading them on a foot chase that ended in a back yard near his home in the block of Alcatraz Avenue. Lankford was taken into custody then at Berkeley City Jail on suspicion of the murder of Ronald Easiley, a year-old continuation school student who was gunned down on the previous Jan. The double murder on Derby Street led to a third shooting, the wounding of a woman who lived across the street from a makeshift shrine erected after the killings.

She survived her injuries. Those with information who would prefer anonymity may relay it through Bay Area Crime Stoppers at An argument over alcohol at the Marina Liquor store on University Ave.

At that moment, another customer, a year-old Berkeley resident, stepped in to calm the argument and Jacobs unleashed his anger on him, stabbing him in the stomach. The man struck Jacobs in the head with a bottle. An acquaintance of Jacobs, a year-old Berkeley woman who also uses a wheelchair, became involved and tried to make peace, but Jacobs stabbed her too.

The Berkeley Fire Department also responded to the incident with three ambulances and a fire engine at p. Kusmiss said that the suspect and the two victims had been drinking at the time the stabbings took place. The clerk was doing the appropriate responsible thing by refusing to sell to an obviously intoxicated Jacobs. The male victim underwent emergency surgery but is expected to survive, Kusmiss said. The woman was treated for a stab wound to the leg. Jacobs, 55, was booked into Santa Rita County Jail for two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. At a. Dong said that when fire department officials reached the location, they saw that the fire had caused severe damage to three vehicles.

Two of the vehicles were total losses, he said, and the electrical system had been damaged in the third.

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A large crowd had gathered on the site of the incident by the time authorities arrived, Dong said, adding that the fires seemed extremely suspicious. Officer Andrew Frankel of the Berkeley Police Department said Tuesday that investigations had revealed that the burn patterns appeared inconsistent with that of an engine fire which might lead the BPD to believe that it was arson. Frankel said that the fire started with a red Ford Mustang and spread to a Nissan parked next to it, from which it expanded to a power line connected to a building on the block, which melted and landed on a Honda.

The red Mustang belonged to an Oakland resident, authorities said, and the two other cars belonged to residents of that particular block. A man was attacked without provocation by a stranger on Telegraph Avenue on Nov. Shortly before noon, the victim was punched by a tall man in his 20s, of medium build, with tattooed arms and wearing a white T-shirt and black cap. The assailant fled immediately afterwards, according to Berkeley police spokesman Officer Andrew Frankel.

A year-old woman had her phone snatched on Nov. The woman was standing with a year-old man on the corner of 6th Street and Hearst Avenue when they were approached by three strangers: a woman in her mids, a second assailant of unknown description, and a tall, heavyset man with dreadlocks and wearing eyeglasses, a white shirt and blue jeans. The year-old was asked by the other lady if she could use her phone. When she declined, the other woman sprayed her in the eyes with perfume and grabbed her phone. The three robbers ran eastbound on Hearst Avenue. Around p. After she handed over her cash, the woman went into the apartment of her friend and told him of the incident.

The man went outside and confronted the robber. The argument turned physical: the man disarmed Romero Butticci, 30, of Berkeley, and called the Berkeley police, who took Butticci into custody. He is charged with counts of armed robbery and battery. A horse trainer at Golden Gate Fields was killed on Nov. Ignacio Ramirez, 58, of Hayward, took the horse out of the barn for exercise when the horse spooked, reared up, and fell, crushing Ramirez beneath it. He was pronounced dead at the scene. An year-old man was robbed at gunpoint by three youths on Milvia and Stuart streets on Nov.

After getting off a bus at Shattuck and Stuart streets around p. The man with the gun ordered the year-old to the ground, while another robber rifled through his pockets, taking cash and a cell phone.

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The three suspects fled east on Stuart. They are described as being between the age of 18 and One wore a black peacoat and had his hair cut in a fade. Another wore a burgundy nylon jacket, while the last suspect wore a gold grill over his upper teeth, is about 6-feetinch tall and wore a gray hooded sweatshirt. Despite a wave of bankruptcies and canceled or stalled refinery construction, the ethanol industry got some good news this week.

Pacific Ethanol, which is partnered with the federally funded Joint Bioenergy Institute JBEI to build a new ethanol refinery, announced Monday that it had been forced to re-state its financial results for the quarter ending Sept. The company had delayed the previously scheduled release of its quarterly statement to recalculate its balance sheet. The new requirement will raise ethanol consumption from 9 billion gallons to But the ethanol industry remains in turmoil, with the Des Moines Register reporting Wednesday that at least 16 plants are in various stages of bankputcy proceedings—including five in Ohio, which has the largest concentration of crop-to-fuel facilities.

The Bread Workshop on University Ave. The bakery, which makes bread and distributes it to local restaurants, caters small events and offers sandwiches in its lunch menu, hopes to start serving dinner as soon as Christmas, owner William Briscoe said. Briscoe said that the need to introduce wine and beer arose when the dinner crowd started dwindling about a year ago, the last time he had introduced a dinner menu to his customers. So we had to close down dinner last November.

I am looking forward to opening up for dinner again. We have been in the neighborhood for 20 years and know that a lot of customers will enjoy it. After starting out as a wholesale business at Addison St. It was ranked as one of the top ten greenest restaurants in the Bay Area by the environmental group Thimmakka, given its penchant for either donating or recycling 95 percent of its waste products.

The bakery also caters to PTA and school districts. The new permit will allow the restaurant to stay open from 7 a. Sun splashed through the sycamore trees as I followed the arrows through the University Avenue intersection. E-mails on our community listserv had passed along advice from the Berkeley police to close and lock our windows, even when we were home in the daytime, for our own protection.

One of the victims lived right around here, I was thinking as I absently drove into a parking lane. My mind made a wild connection: Could it be the rapist? Had I by some incredible coincidence spotted him running from his latest victim? The whirling lights that appeared in my rearview mirror seemed to confirm my suspicion. I pulled over to let the police car pass and to watch the dramatic arrest as it unfolded. But the police car did not pass. It pulled behind me and stopped. Lights still whirling, the policeman got out and walked toward my car, gradually becoming one enormous shiny button in my side-view mirror.

Probably he was going to caution me to lock my car doors and keep my window closed even while I was inside my car. I cranked the window down and squinted up at him. I thought, turning to look. Sure enough there was a second police cruiser parked near the intersection waiting to trap the next unwitting violator. I signed the citation not admitting guilt, he assured me and pulled back into traffic.

Wisely, he claimed not to know what the amount of the fine would be and said that I would receive that information in the mail. To regain perspective, I went to the Berkeley Marina to observe the world turning on summer solstice expressed by the sundial at Caesar Chavez Park. Once silent as Stonehenge, the stones now spoke. Or had God done some ten-commandments-style emblazoning while no one was looking?

Feeling a little violated, I climbed down from the mountaintop and returned home to wait for the traffic summons to arrive. Months passed, and I began to believe that the policeman was just trying to put a good scare into me and that there might not be any further action. Tentatively, I began to feel hope, then determination, and finally, gratitude.

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Also, I had acquired wisdom. I began to drive haltingly, braking every few seconds, just in case. I graciously yielded the righteous-of-way to everything between the sacred white lines; even those riding bicycles. Why, I thought, maybe that police officer had prevented me from running over a pedestrian, or smashing into that bicyclist weaving through traffic like she was leading a pack of environmentalists. Then, sometime before Halloween it appeared innocuously in my mailbox in the jumble of catalogs and credit card offers.

My gratitude vanished much quicker than it had materialized. My husband and I relished the drive through the streets of Albany that evening on our way to dinner during the hour when miniature ghosts, goblins and Baracks skipped through the darkening streets. The next day I received another e-mail message from the Berkeley police reminding me, for my own protection, to keep my windows closed and locked at all times. After a hiatus, it seems the rapist still at large is back molesting single women in their homes on sunny afternoons as the earth moves in its weary path toward the winter solstice.

I have a message of my own, but it would require too many pumpkins. Rick was one of the good guys. On March 21, we squeezed into in the packed Friday night emergency room of Oakland Kaiser Hospital with Ted Veltfort, another one of the good guys. He had fallen earlier in the day and was having trouble breathing. In panic, his wife Leonore had run up to Shattuck Avenue and flagged down a taxi to take him to the hospital instead of calling for an ambulance.

Ironically, Ted had driven an ambulance for the Spanish Republic during the civil war. His father never forgave him for following his political beliefs to Spain in After almost two hours, the ER doctor told us that Ted had pneumonia and they were keeping him at least overnight. Before we left, I told the doctor to take special care of him because he was one of the last veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade who had fought in Spain before World War II.

She looked at me blankly.

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The battle for the Spanish Republic from to is regarded by many historians as the first battle of World War II. Five months after free elections, the fledgling democratic government of Spain was attacked by a clique of army officers who had support of troops from Fascist Italy and airpower from Nazi Germany. When the democracies of Europe and the United States declared a policy of nonintervention, the desperate Spanish government put out a call for international volunteers. Young men and women from all over the world poured into Spain to defend the republic.

Approximately 2, of these volunteers came from the United States to form the Abraham Lincoln Battalion, later known as the Lincoln Brigade. They came from all walks of life: seamen, students, dock workers, ranch hands, carpenters, nurses, teachers. They were multi-racial: the Brigade was the first integrated American military unit and the first to have an African-American commander, Oliver Law. They fought major battles with the fascists in the Jarama Valley, at Brunete, Aragon, Teruel, and the Ebro River, often against overwhelming odds and with heavy casualties.

Those odds worsened daily as the Nazi air force and fascist artillery pounded the blockaded and beleaguered republic. After three years of bloody battles, the republic was defeated and the international volunteers were withdrawn. They were fighting for us all, against the combined forces of European fascism.

They deserved our thanks and respect, and they got neither. Back home the Lincolns were subjected to years of harassment from their own government. But while they were being blacklisted and hounded out of their jobs during the epoch when Joe McCarthy and J. Edgar Hoover were riding roughshod over the Bill of Rights, the veterans stood firm on their political convictions and remained active participants in the struggles for peace and justice—demonstrating that same idealist spirit that drew them to the cause of Spain.

The point of the book is to show that none of them left the struggle. There were about a hundred veterans left in August when the late San Francisco supervisor, Sue Bierman, introduced a resolution to the board to honor the Abraham Lincoln Brigade with a monument on the waterfront.

The waterfront was chosen because it was the site of the historic Strike which changed labor relations on the West Coast forever. A number of participants in the strike became volunteers in Spain and returned to the Bay Area not only to work on the docks but also to become actively involved in civil rights and antiwar activities, including shutting down the shipment of goods to apartheid South Africa.

The monument resolution passed the Board of Supervisors unanimously. The dockworkers are gone now, along with the cargo hooks, conveyors, and the low rumble of idling engines of cross-country trucks waiting to be loaded. Stevedores, seamen and strike breakers have been replaced by joggers, bicyclists and tourists. Eleven veterans were there for the ceremonies.

Abe died a week later. Ted Veltfort never made it out of the hospital; he died there on April 7; Dave Smith within a few months at a union hospice in Berkeley. There are only about 24 Lincolns left now, and soon they too will pass into history. You are history. You are legend. Don Santina is a cultural historian who wrote the monument resolution that Sue Bierman introduced to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

He lives in Oakland and can be reached at lindey89 aol. The traditional Thanksgiving editorial starts off by remembering the Pilgrim Fathers. You never, for some reason, hear about the Pilgrim Mothers. It seems unlikely, verging on very improbable, that the Fathers cooked the original turkeys, although if they were barbecued, as they might have been, then perhaps the Fathers did do the honors. More likely the Mothers roasted them the turkeys, not the Fathers.

The latest research on the original menu is revisionist, as the most entertaining historical research always is. The online version of the Monitor, the newspaper in Concord, Mass. Their conclusion, cribbed from a publication of the Plimouth Plantation, a New England tourist attraction: berries, wild grapes and eels—oh my! Mussels, lobster and geese—oh my! Corn, clams and ducks—oh my! But they probably had some honey, and since they were the original sourpusses they might have had a sugarless version, because wild cranberries did grow in Massachusetts even then.

Was it a potluck, as modern Thanksgiving dinners increasingly are? Add to that Jerusalem artichokes, ground nuts and other roots, squashes, several types of nuts and pompions But few of us eat them. What else could we try for a genuinely locavorish Thanksgiving? Well, yellow sorrel, also known as sour grass or oxalis, is taking over many a Berkeley garden, and it can be made into soup. It contains too much oxalic acid for people with kidney problems, but is otherwise edible, if sour. Proper classic French sorrel soup is usually made from a different plant, a standard culinary herb, but my late mother-in-law, desperate for ideas at the last minute, once served soup made from wild oxalis to Richard Olney, a pre-Panisse echt-foody, with such good results that he lauded it in one of his books, never catching on that he had eaten a common weed that is the bane of northern California gardeners.

As a substitute for cranberries, most of us careless Berkeley gardeners are sure to have raised a few inadvertent sour blackberries during the summer. Perhaps next year When the menu questions have been answered, guests are the next topic. At the First Thanksgiving, multiculturalism traditionally was supposed to have been provided by combining Native Americans with Interloper Brits.

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And those who have difficult in-laws should consider Thanksgiving dinner the perfect opportunity to rub them together and see if sparks fly. Not only do we have the first-ever African-American president-elect, we also have a new young city councilperson of Latino heritage and possible Native American ancestry to boot.

The prospect of the American auto industry going belly-up is sobering, even for those of us who have mocked Detroit cars for 40 years. Revelations about the deliberate perfidy of financial institutions are more and more shocking every day. From top to bottom, you could choose to obsess about everything from global warming to your own IRA. I spent Saturday with two seven-year-olds of my acquaintance. As the economic news goes daily from bad to worse, Obamamania continues unabated. When I went to the lab at Kaiser this week, I saw once again a technician whose cubicle was decorated pre-election with the handsome Shepard Fairey portrait of Barack which was everywhere this fall.

This time, she was all smiles and jokes about the outcome, as were all her colleagues in the lab—and the election was a couple of weeks ago. In the waiting room, a stout grandmother with 2-year-old in tow sported an updated version of the ubiquitious Obama T-shirts, this one with the whole new first family on the front. In front of the Paramount on Friday night, a T-shirt vendor was fast selling out his inventory of new and improved post-election Obama models to well-dressed Oakland Symphony patrons.

Some of the ingredients were the same. The Kennedys too were handsome and stylish, a welcome change from the more-than-somewhat stodgy Eisenhowers. But the Eisenhower family and his administration were generally civil and approximately literate, seldom accused of being mean or nasty. We went with similarly crazy friends to G. Many of us were not much happier with the prior Clinton administration. World literature and mythology are full of images of death and resurrection: the Golden Bough, the Phoenix and more.

Despite good intentions and personal integrity, John Kennedy took the country in some unfortunate policy directions. The disastrous Vietnam war had its roots in the Kennedy administration. Bob Scheer in his syndicated column at truthdig. His father seems to have worked with the Israeli terrorist group Irgun in his youth, and just caused a flap with racist-appearing anti-Arab remarks quoted in the Israeli press, though Rahm apologized for him later. One more good news footnote: For Californians, the passage of Proposition 8 marred an otherwise triumphant election day, but the swift legal response backed by everyone from the NAACP to the ACLU looks like it has an excellent chance of getting that bad vote overturned on constitutional grounds.

And for Berkeleyans, more good news seems to be that only four people in our whole city contributed to the Yes on 8 campaign, as compared to hundreds in the No on 8 column. They know who they are, and history is not on their side. The City of Berkeley needs to reduce autos on its streets. Let's bail out all three by putting the new and bigger football stadium at the Golden Gate Fields track. For a greener environment and for a better quality of life for residents move the stadium to Golden Gate Fields.

I didn't go over the river and through the woods to Grandfather's House this Thanksgiving. Anthony's Dining Room, where I helped serve dinner to over 3, of the city's homeless, displaced persons. Walking along Golden Gate Avenue, I passed long, long lines of people who had waited for hours in anticipation of a warm holiday meal.

What a meal it was—turkey with dressing, cranberries, mashed potatoes, yams, green beans, rolls and butter and pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream. The dining room was packed to the gills—all ages, all races, some neatly attired, others unshaven and poorly dressed. They came in wheelchairs, on walkers and crutches, mostly men, but a few women with children who were seated at their own tables in the back of the huge dining room. My job was to carry trays to the row after row of tables, picking up yellow meal tickets, welcoming our guests and, most importantly, treating them with respect.

While ill at ease, not conversing with each other at first, as the afternoon wore on the room was alive with laughter and animation, very much a festive holiday occasion. This happy scene of friendship and giving was repeated all over the Bay Area. Indeed, I could have helped with dinners here in Berkeley or Oakland, but I have a special place in my heart for the St.

Anthony Foundation. I also have respect for the great work of Glide Memorial Church. It's reassuring to know that in these troubled times, with the economy affecting so many, we Americans are a nation of generous and compassionate people, reaching out to those less fortunate. The "Art of Democracy" show was not seen in the Addison Street Windows Gallery but the resulting discussion, as admirably represented in the pages of the Daily Planet, has been a healthy thing.

Despite protests by some members of the Arts Commission, the commission seems to have accepted that the First Amendment does indeed apply to art. This particular case involved the representation of guns, and those in favor of censorship argued that guns were a special case that could be censored. The argument was not about depictions of violence, or incitement to violence but simply the presence of guns.

In this case the images that were censored were portraying opposition to state-sponsored violence. I am pleased that the Arts Commission has acknowledged this in principle and I hope that the discussion continues as to the value of protected speech. Restrictions placed on speech by those who claim to protect us from immorality or from indecency do a disservice to art when they claim that it is a special case that cannot be protected by the First Amendment.

Back in , the great Brenda Prager invited me, and fellow artist B. We couldn't have asked for a more gracious host. Issues like "free speech" and "censorship" strike deep chords involving high ideals and moral principles, and etc. For that reason, I'm dismayed when I see these terms thrown around in such a sloppy and irresponsible fashion. I haven't seen the artwork that inspired all the "controversy," so I'm in no position to chime in on its merits. But I do find the knee-jerk reaction to all this somewhat repulsive. Certainly, a curator of any public exhibit has to apply standards for what is or isn't presented in a public space.

Certainly, pornographic images, or anti-social images, or images that promote criminal behavior would wisely be "censored" from a forum that is accessible to children. Also too, like it or not, the curator has to make aethetic judgments on the artistic merit of the work. For example, I could slop big piles of cow dung onto pedestals and put it in the window. Would that be "art"? Art is in the eye and the nose of the beholder. But so what? The point is, whenever you have dozens of artists or performers competing for a limited stage, a gate-keeper i. That's just the reality of this big, cruel world of ours.

Is this "censorship"? I think not. Unless, of course, Becky refuses to publish this letter, then I'm gong to start crying about how my "free speech" has been denied by these "fascists. Predictably, when we try to limit this public nuisance, we get the same old cries of "free speech" and "censorship. All too often maybe not necessarily in this case, but mediocre artists throw these terms around, simply to get reams of publicity for mediocre artwork that mostly would have been ignored otherwise.

At any rate, I'd like to express my appreciation for the great work done by the Addison Street Window Gallery over all these years. And to anyone who might disparage it, might I say: Hooey. Thank you for your recent article outlining the pros and cons of developing the waterfront at Point Molate. I live in Richmond, and I'm still scratching my head at all the purported attributes a casino brings to our community. Crime around the San Pablo casino is dense in relation to other parts of our community. We're grateful to live somewhat far from all the action. Levine's thinking out of the box and contributing a whole list of do-gooding is applauded in my opinion.

He's covered every possible argument with a solution that would supposedly counter ill effects in the community. He's offering a lot of green eggs in that basket. But, I stop short of his promise that "undesirable" casino types will not set foot on his resort. I hate to rain on his parade but, Richmond is not a "destination location" and never will be. That particular property is outlying heavy industry, and it smells like industry when you're downwind from it. If it were located across the bay in San Francisco, yacht parking would be a feasible plan for a destination casino.

But it's not San Francisco. It's the shipyards of Richmond, and as much as I love our city, let's not get carried away. Just visit all the little towns surrounding each refinery in the East Bay. They're big "non-destinations" but serve an important purpose, no doubt. The ole' adage is tried and true when it comes to real estate development - location, location, location. Not that Point Molate can't come of age with a development plan and shed its former shell bit by bit, but, it takes more than casino promises of saving the city please note: Chevron's already promised that and everyone's still waiting for it to happen to accomplish a renaissance of a former naval refueling station.

Many converging elements are needed to drag an area out of the dull drums and promising huge bags of money will not make Richmond a more desirable place to live. So what happens when the rich and famous don't pull up in fancy limos and spend fun money as hoped for? After all, it is Mr. Levine's first casino venture and he lacks experience he just fired Harrah's for the folks up in Yolo County. How does he pay for the hundreds of millions in loans? Invite undesirables? If Plan A doesn't exactly work and my gut says that Plan A is not realistic , then here come our country cousins and all their low-wage gambling, drunken shenanigans, theft, and other ill effects on our community.

After all the glossy, green lipstick, it's still a pig, and a huge business risk like any other. So, a question for Mr. Levine: With all due respect for thinking out of the box, what's Plan B? We need to hear your thoughts and scenarios about how the operation will sustain itself and its promises to the good people of Richmond if Plan A doesn't go as planned. On Saturday, Nov. A farm couple decided to do something for their neighbors. They opened their farm fields after the harvest to allow people to glean the fields. Gleaning is the ancient practice of picking up farm crops after the regular harvest.

Typically some of the crops are left in the fields by machines or harvesters and this gleaning eliminates waste, while feeding people at the same time. I grew up in Iowa and some of my relatives that lived on farms would do this each year. Think of it! Forty thousand people had the need to pick up leftover crops. The United States is the richest nation in the world and yet 40, people in one area showed up to get the free food.

What does this say about the economy? Granted not everyone probably needed the food because they were too poor to afford it.

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But I am sure thousands of them did. It was estimated that the 40, people arrived in about 11, vehicles. Because of this, many people who came were not able to park legally.