Wednesday, October 09, 2002

not enough debates these days

Got yet another email, this one from Action-LA, for those of you in the Los Angeles area, about a debate over civil liberties at Cal State LA on Oct. 17. You may want to attend:

A Panel Debate on Civil Liberties
Thursday, October 17, 2002, 6:30 P.M.
Los Angeles Rooms A & B, 3rd floor, University-Student Union, Cal State

"Is the Constitution under attack from the Bush Administration?" This question will be debated by the four panelists at this event. Arguing on the "yes" side of the question will by Cy Husain, an American-born Muslim student, and Randy Hamud, an Arab-American lawyer who has defended some of the immigrants detained after 9/11. Arguing on the "no" side will be Jeremy Rosen, an attorney and Pepperdine faculty member who is also a member of the Federalist Society, and Matthew McLaughlin, a spokesman for the FBI. Moderated by Professor Marjorie Bray, Latin American Studies (CSULA). Sponsored by the Humanist Association at Cal
State L.A., a registered student organization.

The Cal State L.A. campus is located at the intersection of the San Bernardino and Long Beach Freeways (10 and 710). The University-Student Union is located at the north end of the campus. Meter parking is available in the parking structure nearby.

Information: (323) 227-4678 or .

Capsule biographies of the participants:

Randall B. Hamud, the U.S.-born son of an Arab immigrant and a graduate of UCLA Law School (1970), agreed to represent three young Arab Muslim
immigrants from the San Diego area who were arrested after the September 11th attacks. In so doing, he has become a vocal critic of what he considers the Bush Administration's attack on fundamental Constitutional rights. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, CBS and debated Alan Dershowitz on Court TV. He authored a personal account, "Diary of a 'Terrorist's' Lawyer," which appeared in California Lawyer magazine (April, 2002).

Cy Husain is a born and raised U.S. citizen of Albanian Muslim descent and a graduate student in Theoretical Physics at Cal State L.A. After the September 11th attacks, he lost his job as a technician when FBI agents came to interview him at work. Later, armed men claiming to be with the Joint Terrorism Task Force searched his house without a warrant. Husain is also a liberal Democratic Party activist and has spoken out about the human rights of Muslim people.

Matthew McLaughlin has been a Special Agent with the Los Angeles office of the FBI for ten years. Prior to that, he worked for the Naval Investigative Service as a white collar crime investigator and polygraph examiner, and before that as a radio news anchor/reporter. As an FBI agent, he has experience in undercover assignments, gang and kidnaping investigations, and for the past two years has been the spokesperson /media coordinator for the FBI's Office of Public Affairs in Los Angeles. A Cal State Fullerton graduate with a B.A. in Communications, he is married with children.

Jeremy B. Rosen is a graduate of Cornell (B.A., 1993) and Duke (J.D. and L.L.M., 1997). He has been at associate with the Horvitz and Levy firm since 2001 and has handled appeals from Internet defamation cases, as well as tort and contract cases. He is an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine Law School, a member of the Federalist Society, and has written articles critiquing the Independent Counsel Act and excessive jury awards (Los Angeles Daily Journal, vol. 114, No. 168).

forget the war, how about my stand on medicare?

We got the following email from Sen. Boxer's office, and thought we'd share it with you:

Boxer Scores 100 Percent on the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Scorecard

At the close of each session of Congress, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare examines the votes of all members of the House and Senate and releases a "scorecard." This year, 15 votes were considered important for the preservation of a sound Social Security and Medicare program. I am pleased that my score was 100 percent.

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare's scorecard may be found on its website at Among the votes used in its calculation were several votes regarding prescription drug coverage, including provisions to include prescription drug benefits in Medicare services, a measure to take the Medicare Insurance Trust Fund off-budget, and votes for tax reduction. One vote also expressed the sense of the Senate that no Social Security surplus funds should be used to pay for making currently scheduled tax cuts permanent.

Social Security and Medicare were created so that the people who built America and made it strong could enjoy their retirement years without fear of poverty. It was intended as a safety net for all of America's workers. I am very proud of my 100 percent rating. You can count on me to continue to work in the U.S. Senate to preserve Social Security and Medicare.

Stay in Touch

As always, I appreciate hearing from Californians. If you have thoughts on these or other federal issues, please be sure to contact me.

For more information, please go to:

act for change part 1

working assets sent us an email with this action alert included:

maintain and independent judiciary

The Bush Administration is continuing its aggressive efforts to remake the Federal appeals courts by nominating ideologically driven candidates. While much of the public’s attention is distracted by the drumbeat of war, Mr. Bush and his conservative allies are trying to push through candidates who will tilt critical appeals courts and remake the laws. If approved, these nominees receive lifetime appointments and are often considered for the Supreme Court. Take action!

There are several nominees in the final stages of consideration that deserve a no vote by thoughtful senators:

Professor Michael McConnell to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
Mr. Miguel Estrada to the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals
Judge Dennis Shedd to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
Urge your senators to vote against judicial nominees who are hostile to values of freedom, reproductive choice, privacy and justice. Take action!

act for change part 2

working assets also included this action alert:

Protect Arctic Refuge

Key senators are negotiating to resurrect a Bush energy plan that includes drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Any energy plan that can pass this Congress will be destructive to our nation’s energy security, air quality and natural areas. At this point, it would be better for Congress to go home than pass a flawed energy plan.

Urge your senators to oppose the energy legislation currently under consideration.

Take action now!

act for change part 3

working assets also included this action alert:

Time Is Running Out to Register to Vote

The upcoming November elections will have a serious impact on the balance of power in Washington as well as on local and state issues in your community. Time is running out to register to vote, and in some states the deadline has already passed. If you’ve recently moved or are not currently registered to vote and the deadline has not yet passed in your state, please register immediately. Our future depends upon it.

Please review the WorkingForChange Get Out and Vote resource center (on the left hand side of the page) to review the deadline for your state or to apply for an absentee ballot if you aren’t going to be available to vote in person on November 5.

act for change part 4

working assets also included this action alert:

$130,000 Matching Grant to Stop the Impending War With Iraq

The Iraq Peace Fund (IPF) has been established by the Tides Foundation to make strategic grants over the next three months focused on preventing war in Iraq by elevating the voice of peace and justice in this nation.

Grants have already been made to the Anti-War Room (a resource center for journalists covering the Iraq conflict to educate the mainstream media about the potential consequences of a U.S.-led preemptive strike on Iraq), (an Internet-based outreach and organizing network) and The Friends Committee on National Legislation (an affiliate of the American Friends Service Committee working on education and advocacy efforts).

Right now, thanks to three anonymous donors, your donation to the Iraq Peace Fund via GiveForChange will be matched, doubling the impact of your donation at a time when it is needed the most. This matching grant will run until December 31, 2002 or until $130,000 is reached, whichever comes first. The need is especially great at this time, so please give generously if possible, and please pass this along to your friends and other like-minded contacts so funds can be generated as quickly as possible. Thank you for your support.

Click here to donate now!

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