Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Give Act Some Clarification

Provided by Christina

Some Clarification on the amendment:

Section 125 (42 U.S.C. 12575) is amended to read as follows: [Page: H3605]
``(a) Prohibited Activities.--A participant in an approved national service position under this subtitle may not engage in the following activities:
``(1) Attempting to influence legislation.
``(2) Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes.
``(3) Assisting, promoting, or deterring union organizing.
``(4) Impairing existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements.
``(5) Engaging in partisan political activities, or other activities designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office.
``(6) Participating in, or endorsing, events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms, political candidates, proposed legislation, or elected officials.
``(7) Engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization.
``(8) Providing a direct benefit to--
``(A) a business organized for profit;
``(B) a labor organization;
``(C) a partisan political organization;
``(D) a nonprofit organization that fails to comply with the restrictions contained in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 except that nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent participants from engaging in advocacy activities undertaken at their own initiative; and
``(E) an organization engaged in the religious activities described in paragraph (7), unless Corporation assistance is not used to support those religious activities.
``(9) Conducting a voter registration drive or using Corporation funds to conduct a voter registration drive.
``(10) Such other activities as the Corporation may prohibit.
``(b) Ineligible Organizations.--No assistance provided under this subtitle may be provided to the following types of organizations (including the participation of a participant in an approved national service position under this subtitle in activities conducted by such organizations) or to organizations that are co-located on the same premises as the following organizations:
``(1) Organizations that provide or promote abortion services, including referral for such services.
``(2) For-profit organizations, political parties, labor organizations, or organizations engaged in political or legislative advocacy.
``(3) Organizations that have been indicted for voter fraud.
``(c) Nondisplacement of Employed Workers or Other Volunteers.--A participant in an approved national service position under this subtitle may not perform any services or duties or engage in activities which--
``(1) would otherwise be performed by an employed worker as part of his or her assigned duties as an employee or by another volunteer who is not a participant in an approved national service position; or
``(2) will supplant the hiring of employed workers or work of such other volunteers.''.
Amend the table of contents in section 1(b) by striking the item relating to section 1304 and inserting the following:
Sec..1304..Prohibited activities and ineligible organizations.
Amend the table of contents of the National and Community Service Act of 1990 (as proposed to be amended by section 4101 of the bill) by striking the item relating to section 125 and inserting the following:
``Sec..125..Prohibited activities and ineligible organizations.''.
Ms. FOXX (during the reading). I ask unanimous consent to dispense with the reading.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentlewoman from North Carolina?
There was no objection.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The gentlewoman from North Carolina is recognized for 5 minutes.
Ms. FOXX. Madam Speaker, this motion to recommit codifies current regulations with regard to activities and organizations ineligible for grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps volunteers.
The activities include lobbying, protesting, union organizing, engaging in partisan political activities or religious instruction, conducting voter registration, or providing direct benefits to for-profit businesses, labor unions or political parties.
It also adds to the list of organizations, those that promote or provide abortions, as well as for-profit organizations, political parties, labor organizations, lobbyists, and those indicted for voter fraud. Organizations are also prohibited from receiving funds under these instructions if they are also co-located with an organization that engages in prohibited activities.
Finally, no organization that receives funds under this bill may displace current employed workers or volunteers.
Madam Speaker, the overriding principle here is that money is fungible. Funds must be used for the purpose of service and encouraging others to serve within their communities. They must not be allowed to be used for prohibited activities.
Groups that might be eligible for these grants and volunteers, if this motion to recommit were not to pass, include a laundry list of organizations that engage in activities that many Americans do not support.
For example, ACORN employees and supervisors have been indicted for voter fraud in recent history. During the 2008 election, proof surfaced that voter registration by the group was, in the words of the New York Times, ``vastly overstated,'' including registrations for Disney characters and Dallas Cowboy football players. Experts say that instances of inaccurate registration and fraud are greater when volunteers receive payment for their services. The American taxpayer should not be forced to pay for fraudulent behavior in the name of promoting community service.
For the current 2008-2009 AmeriCorps service year, Oregon Planned Parenthood has listed position for a paid volunteer. This AmeriCorps volunteer would be responsible for ``providing, promoting and protecting access to reproductive sexual health care for the women, men, and teens.''
While individuals should be aware of how to access health care services within their communities, the Federal Government prohibits use of Federal funds to be used for abortion as a form of family planning. Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the U.S. Federal taxpayer dollars should not be used to fund volunteers at organizations such as this.
Volunteerism plays a critical role in meeting many needs in our society. However, the Federal Government should not be paying individuals to volunteer their time at locations that are prohibited from receiving taxpayer dollars, especially when Americans are already facing budget constraints from all the demands they face. This is not acceptable.
This motion to recommit ensures that taxpayer dollars are not directed toward programs that are politically divisive and morally objectionable. It also ensures that AmeriCorps volunteers and recipients of corporation grants do not disrupt current volunteer activities and employee responsibilities.
I yield back the balance of my time.
Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California. Madam Speaker, I am against it, but I will not oppose it.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The gentleman from California is recognized for 5 minutes.
Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California. Members of the House, I want to begin by thanking all of you for your support for this legislation, for the bipartisan support we have received throughout the committee deliberations in our committee, and the support that we received both in the Rules Committee and on the floor today.
As we went through the amendment process, Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle spoke in favor of this most important American value, and that is service to our country, service to our neighbors, service to our communities, and that's what's reflected in this legislation. It is a rather remarkable mosaic of organizations and individuals from every corner of this country, from large cities to small rural towns that have responded to the needs of others, and they have responded without question. They have responded with their skills, their talents, and they have come forth to build a stronger America and a better community.
Earlier today at an event that we had with many of the volunteers to discuss this legislation, we were honored with the presence of Captain Scott Quilty, who retired from the Army after 10 years of service as a decorated infantry captain and Army Ranger during his tour in Iraq, where he led a platoon assigned to train, assess and build the operational capacity of a 460-man element of the Iraqi Army. [Page: H3606]
In that tour of duty, he lost an arm and a leg. When he returned to America, as if he hadn't given enough service to America, he immediately joined the organization of Survivor Corps to help our returning vets when they come back to this country after serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other places around the world, to reintegrate with their families, their communities, their schools, their jobs, their friends, their neighbors.
We were honored with Scott Quilty. And at that very same service, a gentleman walked up to me and handed me these, many of us see this when we tour our Army bases or our Air Force Bases or meet with the troops, it's called the Young Marines, and they do much of the same service. They give their time to our veterans. But they are not the only ones. We have senior grandparents, we have Teach For America, we have Jumpstart, we have Americans doing all of this.
We have Americans in the AmeriCorps that organized over 300,000 hours of volunteer service when the floods hit Iowa. They were there first. They came with their first responders in California with the wildfires and with the floods. They showed up early and they stayed late with Katrina and Rita.
This is what we celebrate with this legislation, and I want to thank you for your support and your good words on behalf of these people, Americans all, who step forward every time one of us needs them or the community needs them.
This legislation will strengthen and enable more Americans to be able to do so. It will tie in an educational benefit so that young children can have a service experience in middle school and high school and schools will become the center of service for young people in their communities.
Now let me get to the motion to recommit. I think, as we have only seen it for a few minutes, I think most of the motion to recommit is, in fact, already covered in statutes, regulations and the grant agreements that are issued. We are well aware of these issues. The Members on both sides of the aisle have spoken to them, and they have offered statutes, not only in this act, but in other acts, making sure that people who get these grants don't engage in activities that they should not be.
So we plan to accept this amendment. I appreciate the gentlewoman offering it, and we will take it to conference.
But, again, I want to thank you for supporting this legislation in advance of your support, and I would ask that you feel free to vote for the motion to recommit.
Again, I ask for passage of the bill.
I yield back the balance of my time.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Without objection, the previous question is ordered on the motion to recommit.
There was no objection.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The question is on the motion to recommit.
The question was taken; and the Speaker pro tempore announced that the ayes appeared to have it.
Ms. FOXX. Madam Speaker, I demand a recorded vote.
A recorded vote was ordered.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to clause 9 of rule XX, the Chair will reduce to 5 minutes the minimum time for any electronic vote on the question of passage.
The vote was taken by electronic device, and there were--ayes 318, noes 105, not voting 8, as follows:
[Roll No. 139]

Feminist Quote Of The Day

Catherine speaks out about religion being involved In our government, and the importance of separation of church and state.

"Organized religion is the Illuminati's biggest weapon to control the masses and guess what people they take your money through taxes then you give your money to Jesus (who never see's a dime!) instead of helping the poor they erect temples and palaces and inflict their beliefs into the personal lives of other citizens. The reverend Billy Graham whom I dearly loved said it well "If the churches did their part in this country there would'nt be any need for welfare".

The Give Act

HR 1388 The Give Act I will not waste much time explaining it I will show you one amendment to it...Just read highlighted in red, then call your rep. in Washington...This goes against the Constitution of the United States...
sign petition here

House Education and Labor
This bill has 12 amendments.
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Amendments to H.R.1388
Number Status Purpose H.Amdt 38 Offered
Amendment numbered 1 printed in House Report 110-39 to make certain technical changes; allow interagency agreements between Federal agencies to support national service programs by approving the use of service positions in projects carried out by other agencies; clarify that the goal of reaching 250,000 volunteers is throughout all national service positions, not just AmeriCorps; and clarify that the Corporation should promote efficiency and eliminate duplicative requirements in applications and report back to the authorizing committees on its progress in doing so. Adds language to promote community based efforts to reduce crime and recruit public safety officers into service opportunities. Adds "severely economically distressed community" as a new definition. Includes a new activity under the Opportunity Corps focused on a musician and artists corps program that helps meet educational needs in low income communities. Incorporates language that would increase access to and participation in federally supported nutrition programs.
H.Amdt39 Pass
Amendment numbered 2 printed in House Report 110-39 to add to the list of approved Clean Energy Corps activities the development of clean energy programs designed to meet the needs of rural communities.
H.Amdt40 Pass
Amendment numbered 3 printed in House Report 110-39 to remove veteran's educational benefits from being taken into account when calculating the maximum award an individual could receive for participating in one of the national service programs.
H.Amdt41 Pass
Amendment numbered 4 printed in House Report 110-39 to authorize a new grant program, the Volunteer Generation Fund, to be administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
H.Amdt42 Offered
Amendment numbered 5 printed in House Report 111-39 to set an authorization for AmeriCorps, the Trust, Innovative programs, audits and evaluations at the FY 2008 level for FY 2010, and as such sums as may be necessary for fiscal years 2011 through 2014.
H.Amdt43 Pass
Amendment numbered 6 printed in House Report 111-39 to provide volunteers to supervise physical education classes at elementary and secondary schools, provide nutrition education to students, and supervise, organize, and manage after school physical activity/education programs. The amendment would also provide services to these elderly people through food deliveries, legal and medical services provided in the home, and transportation.
H.Amdt44 Pass
Amendment numbered 7 printed in House Report 111-39 to require all authorized programs to be reviewed by the OMB's Program Assessment Rating Tool; require GAO to do a study on the National Civilian Community Corps program; and, amend the underlying legislation to continue the annual evaluation requirement for the National Civilian Community Corps, not a single evaluation by 2014.
H.Amdt45 Pass
Amendment numbered 8 printed in House Report 111-39 to increase the operational support given to organizations for full-time individuals enrolled in an approved national service position. The amendment proposes increasing the support from $600 to $800 and from $800 to $1000 if program supports at least 50 percent disadvantaged youth.
H.Amdt46 Pass
Amendment numbered 9 printed in House Report 111-39 to denote that sending care packages to soldiers deployed in combat zones overseas is included as an eligible service program.
H.Amdt47 Pass
Amendment numbered 10 printed in House Report 111-39 to aid veterans in their pursuit of education and professional opportunities, help veterans with the claims process, and assist rural, disabled, and unemployed veterans with transportation needs.
H.Amdt48 Pass
Amendment numbered 10 printed in House Report 111-39 to create a National Service Reserve Corps and requires an annual service requirement of at least 10 hours and/or annual training. A member of the National Service Reserve Corps is one who has completed a term of national service, fulfilled training, and will respond to national disasters and other emergencies. These individuals will be listed in a national database for the ease of immediate deployment in case of emergency.

H.Amdt49 Pass
Amendment to prohibit organizations from attempting to influence legislation; organize or engage in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes; and assist, promote, or deter union organizing.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Death of a Son

Sadly one of the beauty's of life is death at least to me...
Birth is life and living, death is renewal transition...
Suicide to me is a person who truly wants to be free, but it so sad they have to go to such extreme to achieve it...
Sylvia Plath left her wonderful children and a cultivating garden in the arts of writing..
Her writings were the gifts that she gave so freely...
Sadly on March 16, 2009 Sylvia Plath son followed in her foot steps and hung himself...
I hope Nicholas Hughes ( Plath son ) and Sylvia find themselves in a better place and together again.
Heart breaking is that he was just a baby when Sylvia left us...
Maybe time heals all wounds but their is nothing but scar tissue here...
Tonight I think I need to read some of Plath poetry...
Nick and the Candlestick, to her baby son: "O love, how did you get here? O embryo... In you, ruby... The pain you wake to is not yours ... You are the one."
Nicholas Hughes (January 17, 1962 - March 16, 2009)

thank you for your article Tennessee Guerrilla Woman...

BBC article

Sunday, March 22, 2009

"A Woman To Be Noted "

Former home of Anna J. Cooper in the LeDroit Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The home is located beside Anna J. Cooper Circle
Writen By Janice
Women's history tidbit for today 3/22 Anna Julia Cooper born into slavery. At 9 years of age entered a Normal School in North Carolina. The school was set up to train teachers to educate formerly enslaved people. She went on to Columbia U. and Paris U. . This woman wrote about women of color as the hope for African- Americans to evolve and aspire their potential not by holding onto anger and victimization. But by revering that which springs life and nurtures it... woman. Ms. Cooper also saw hope in America. " And here let me say parenthetically that our satisfaction in American institutions rests not on the fruition we now enjoy, but springs rather from the possibilities and promise that are inherent in the system, though as yet, perhaps, far in the future". She did not wait for others to create what only she could do. Thank-You Anna Julia Cooper.. a hero for all humankind.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

"Reminder of Local Boston Tea Party"

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Boston Tea Party

April 11, 2009 Allegheny Landing, Pittsburgh PA., time 12 noon. This is a peaceful rally to show the Government that We The People will no longer stand for the abuse of unjust taxation, pork belly spending, stimulus package, and the like...
( more trickle down economic theory in their pocket package)

Let Us Show Them The Constitution Is The Law Of The Land And We Want Them To Abide By IT!!!
“Bring Tea Bags & Your Best Patriotic Garb”

More Info Here http://www.pennsylvaniateaparty.com/webcontent/home?opendocument

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

President Brack Hussein Obama signed an executive order to create White House Womens Council he names Valerie Jarret to head it

President Brack Hussein Obama signed an executive order to create White House Women's Council he names Valerie Jarret to head it. "Remember" Valerie Jarrett was behind many personal attacks against Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during the 2008 Primary. Tell us what you think?

Washington Post Writer Chris Cilliza wrote this...
Obama Creates White House Women's Council
Valerie Jarrett will head a new White House women's council. AP photo by Evan Vucci
President Obama will sign an executive order tomorrow to establish a White House Council on Women and Girls, according to an administration official familiar with the move.
The Council will be chaired by Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser and personal friend to the president, and the day-to-day operations will be run Tina Tchen, who is currently director of the White House Office of Public Liaison and was a major fundraiser for Obama during the campaign.
"The mission of the Council will be to provide a coordinated federal response to the challenges confronted by women and girls to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider how their policies and programs impact women and families," reads a memo describing the move and obtained by The Fix.
The announcement is designed to coincide with the celebration of national women's history month.
Obama has both personal -- his wife and two daughters -- and political reasons to make this sort of high profile move to ensure that women's needs are being addressed by his administration.
In 2008, 53 percent of the electorate was female and Obama carried that group 56 percent to 44 percent over Arizona Sen. John McCain. That is a significant improvement from Sen. John Kerry's (D-Mass.) performance in 2004 when women made up 54 percent of the electorate and the Democrat won them by only three points.
Obama and his team know that if he can maintain his 2008 margin among women in his reelection race in three years time, he will be sitting pretty. Expect then more symbolic moves like the establishment of the Council to demonstrate Obama's commitment to women and women's issues.

No Quarter had this article about Jarrett, written by Lena Grove

By Lena Grove aka nasuScloseAuthor: Lena Grove aka nasuS Name: Lena GroveEmail: nomail@nomail.comSite: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_in_AugustAbout: See Authors Posts (31) on November 15, 2008 at 11:30 AM in Allison Davis, Chicago Mansion, Chicago politics, Crown family, Current Affairs, Maytag, Michelle Obama, Richard Daley, Tony Rezko, Valerie Jarrett

From the NYTimes Caucus Blog, via Times Mark Halperin: Nearly two decades ago, Valerie Jarrett hired a young lawyer named Michelle Obama for a job at Chicago's City Hall. Now President-elect Barack Obama has hired Ms. Jarrett for a senior role in the White House.
Ms. Jarrett's role will be threefold, as is her title: White House Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Liaison.

A longstanding member of Barack Obama's tiny core of top advisers, she will continue providing him with counsel on a wide-ranging set of issues, she said Friday evening. Second, she will serve as the White House point person for business with state and local officials. Additionally, she will supervise the Office of Public Liaison, a relatively quiet office which she hopes to turn into a more active channel for government-citizen collaboration.รข€ (
Read all. Italics mine.)
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When you've done as much opposition research on Obama as has this blog, it is amazing what can be found right HERE about a woman about whom most American are Who's she” at the very same moment that all of you veteran NoQuarter readers are saying, Oh yeah. Her. It figures.
Here, in chronological order, are snippet' from many of our stories that refer to Valerie Jarrett. Even with our handy administrative-section search engine, this took a while, but it is worth it:
(1) From the great investigative story by City Nell, a true must-read,
How to Buy a Mansion You Can't Afford, February 4, 2008 (edited brilliantly by Truthteller) which, besides pointing out Jarrett's significant role in the trajectory of Michelle's career path, also explains how Michelle Obama became aware of the availability of the historic mansion:
In 1996, she left the Public Allies to help create a student volunteer program at The University of Chicago. By the time of this interview, she was the Executive Director of Community Affairs for The University of Chicago Hospitals. This is how Michelle portrays her change of career:
She was devastated when her father died from MS complications. That's when I started analyzing my life, sitting in a firm, she recalls, adding that in that same year she also lost one of her best friends from college to cancer. She soon left the firm to pursue a much lower-paying path in the public sector.The fact is Michelle was actively recruited for City Hall by a close friend,
Valerie Jarrett, who was Mayor Daley's Deputy Chief of Staff at that time. Valerie later became the Finance Chair of Obama's 2004 US Senate campaign and then First Treasurer of Barack's political action committee, Hope fund.
It helps to have friends at City Hall. Among other positions, Michelle was appointed twice to sit on the board of the
Commission of Chicago Landmarks for two consecutive terms. Michelle maintained this board seat from 1998 to March 2005, although normally a member only serves one 4 year term.
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(2) From NoQuarter's story (formerly known as nasuS),
Obama's 2006 Earmarks & the Crown Family, March 13, 2008 (aided, as always, by Truthteller considerable knowledge of all things Chicago and by Andy, a reader who sent me great tips for a long time):
Lynn Sweet, a Chicago Sun-Times columnist,
has more on Michelle Obama and Obama's other earmarks:
Obama sought money for the University of Chicago Hospitals. Wife Michelle works for the University of Chicago Hospitals, appointed in spring 2005 as vice president for community and external affairs at the University of Chicago Hospitals. She is now on leave from the job to campaign for her husband. Top campaign adviser and friend Valerie Jarrett is the Chair of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board and also Chair of the Executive Committee of that board. She has also been named Vice-Chair of the University's Board of Trustees. Obama taught at the U. of Chicago law school and the Obama's two daughters attend school there. [bold mine]
Here's an FYI digression: My March 13th story begins with the significance of the Crown family's money to Obama's "rise ” Larry Johnson has correctly tagged the billionaire Crown and Pritzker families as of the highest influence to both Barack Obama and his aide-de-camp Rahm Emanuel and
a cautionary tale for those KoolAid dipsomaniacs:
Do you remember the
Crown family? Do you remember the Crown patriarch who sits on the board of Maytag? Do you recall that Barack Obama, as a U.S. Senate candidate, met with Maytag workers, asked for their donations and promised them he help save their jobs, and that he then went to the Crown family and took their large donations, but never said a word to Crown about saving the jobs of the Maytag workers?
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(3) From Larry Johnson's story, Let's Help Barack Fight the Smears, June 12, 2008, which answered his critics taunting him about the whitey tape:
Now, are you ready for the shocker? Look at the next paragraph of [Time magazine reporter Karen Tumulty's]
When the Obama campaign got wind of the rumor in April, Michelle's close friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett asked Michelle if there could be anything to it; the candidate's wife dismissed it out of hand.
I did not hear about the tape until MAY. REPEAT. I DID NOT HEAR ABOUT THE TAPE UNTIL MAY. Yet, the Obama campaign knew about the tape in April. Got it? And I am the one responsible for the so called rumor?
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(4) From Un coup de dess story,
Boston Globe Expos, Part I: Introducing Cecil Butler, Obama's West Side Slumlord Patron, June 27, 2008, a stunning and sickening story of how Obama abetted his greedy friends in making millions from taxpayers by privatizing public housing and letting it go to ruin or driving out the poor. You will see that Valerie Jarrett had a DIRECT ROLE and MADE MILLIONS from taxpayers monies while making the inhabitants of public housing criminally miserable. If you've never read this story, you simply must do so. If only the MSM had picked up this courageous investigative report by the Boston Globe and given it the play it deserved, Barack Obama would likely not be president-elect. That is how devastating this story is.
It is stomach-churning that Valerie Garrett had ANY role in this cruel, corrupt, and calamitously consumptive plundering of public monies.
First, a brief introduction from the No Quarter
story is in order:
This is the first of a series of articles to be written on a lengthy expos published in the Boston Globe entitled
Grim Proving Ground for Obama's Housing Policy.The 27 JUN 2008 investigative report is required reading for all No Quarter users.
Now, here is first of the bizarre, baffling and bold sections that describe some of Valerie Jarrett's plundering and political moves:
Campaign finance records show that six prominent developers - including Jarrett, Davis, and Rezko - collectively contributed more than $175,000 to Obama's campaigns over the last decade and raised hundreds of thousands more from other donors. Rezko alone raised at least $200,000, by Obama's own accounting.
One of those contributors, Cecil Butler, controlled Lawndale Restoration, the largest subsidized complex in Chicago, which was seized by the government in 2006 after city inspectors found more than 1,800 code violations.
Similar to Rezko, Cecil Butler is a developer who profited from the privatization of low income, public housing in Chicago during the 1990s. Butler is also not coincidentally a major supporter of Barack Obama whose low income tenements were ultimately seized by the government for multiple building code violations.
Boston Globe provides a description and a brief history of Butlers Lawndale Restoration.
And yet more:
Who helped Cecil Butler secure government funds for Woodlawn Restoration? Barack Obama, of course: the
same Barack Obama who wrote letters on behalf of Rezko's slum properties the same year residents of Rezko's tenements were complaining of lack of heat and sanitation services. For the Executive Vice President of Habitat Co., the company who helped Butler manage his deteriorating warren of slums, was Valerie Jarrett, another Obama contributor who develops low income housing and serves as a top advisor to the Obama for President campaign. The Boston Globe explains how Obama exploited his position as state Senator to assist Jarrett and Cecil Butler. I quote:
Obama translated that belief into legislative action as a state senator. In 2001, Obama and a Republican colleague, William Peterson, sponsored a successful bill that increased state subsidies for private developers. The law let developers designated by the state raise up to $26 million a year by selling tax credits to Illinois residents. For each $1 in credits purchased, the buyer was allowed to decrease his taxable income by 50 cents.
This No Quarter story ends thusly:
A disturbing pattern emerges, and it can be summarized as follows:
Obama secured funds for developers who desired to earn profits off of low income housing during the privitization scheme of the Chicago Housing Authority that occurred during Barack Obama's tenure as a state Senator. Those developers include Tony Rezko, Valerie Jarrett and Cecil Butler.
These public-private partnerships failed, leaving many in squalor.
Barack Obama remained silent, but he accepted contributions from Rezko, Jarrett, Butler and others.
Rezko is not an isolated case. Obama also colluded with the likes of Cecil Butler, whose negligence inspired African-American residents of the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side to organize support for radical Republican Alan Keyes during Obama's 2004 Senate bid.
Obama's desire to privatize public housing has resulted in a series of failed projects that have left the indigent in squalor.
But Obama accepted the political contributions of these unscrupulous developers nonetheless.
Flineo created a video entitled Obama's Forgotten People,and I publish it again, as there is a new group of low income housing residents on the West Side of Chicago Obama we can add to the group on the South Side Obama abandoned in order to climb the political and social ladder.
Nothing, in my opinion, is more deplorable than a career politician who exploited African-Americans in low income housing for political and personal gain. And Obama did it again and again in inner city Chicago. Now he has manipulated African-Americans across the country to view his candidacy as the empowerment of the very people Obama ignored in order to line the pockets of his slumlord friends and contributors. Progressives and ostensible Democrats may forget, but those of us who are concerned with social justice will continue to serve as the true muckrakers this election cycle.
The edifices reproduced in this essay are buildings managed by Cecil Butler. The restoration project that followed in the wake of Cecil Butlers mismanagement of Lawndale Restoration is described in
this document.
"Also To Note"
Valerie Jarrett
Who Am I?
Chicago Medical Center As Well." (Jay Newton-Small, "Campaign Insider," Time, 4/7/08)
"Chicago Is In The Running For The 2016 Olympics and One Of Obama's Top Advisers, Valerie Jarrett, Is The Vice Chair Of Chicago's Bid Committee." (Lynn Sweet, "McCain, Obama, Clinton All Push Bush On China Games," Chicago Sun-Times, 4/10/08)
Under A Plan Devised By The City Of Chicago And Habitat Co., "The City Has Lost More Than 13,000 Housing Units For The Poor." (Jason Grotto and Laurie Cohen, "Obama Adviser Shapes City Housing Policy," Chicago Tribune, 7/5/08)
"Habitat Has Earned $6.8 Million In Fees And $10.8 Million In Administrative Expenses Since The Plan Started In 2000, According To The U.S. Department Of Housing And Urban Development." (Jason Grotto and Laurie Cohen, "Obama Adviser Shapes City Housing Policy," Chicago Tribune, 7/5/08)
"Jarrett Is The Chief Executive Of Habitat Co., Which Managed Grove Parc Plaza From 2001 Until This Winter And Co-Managed An Even Larger Subsidized Complex In Chicago That Was Seized By The Federal Government In 2006, After City Inspectors Found Widespread Problems." (Binyamin Appelbaum, "Grim Proving Ground For Obama's Housing Policy," The Boston Globe, 6/27/08)
"In 2006, Federal Inspectors Graded The Condition Of [Grove Parc] An 11 On A 100-Point Scale - A Score So Bad The Buildings Now Face Demolition." (Binyamin Appelbaum, "Grim Proving Ground For Obama's Housing Policy," The Boston Globe, 6/27/08)
"[Jarrett] Has Also Served As Chair Of Both The Chicago Transit Board And The Chicago Stock Exchange." (Jay Newton-Small, "Campaign Insider," Time, 4/7/08)
"[M]ayor Richard Daley Thursday Announced The Merger Of The City's Planning Department And Economic Development Department, To Be Headed By Valerie Jarrett, His Former Deputy Chief Of Staff." (Robert Davis, "Daley Merges Planning, Economic Development Staffs," Chicago Tribune, 10/11/91)
"Jarrett, Then Deputy Chief Of Staff, Remembers Interviewing Michelle For An Assistant's Job In The Chief Of Staff's Office." (Rosalind Rossi, "The Woman Behind Obama," Chicago Sun-Times, 1/20/07)
Jarrett Is A Trustee Of The University Of Chicago And The University Of Chicago Medical Center. (The University Of Chicago Web site,
trustees.uchicago.edu, Accessed 8/11/08)
"[Jarrett] Has Also Served As Chair Of Both The Chicago Transit Board And The Chicago Stock Exchange." (Jay Newton-Small, "Campaign Insider," Time, 4/7/08)
Facts About Me and Barack
Valerie Jarrett Is A "High-Level Unpaid Adviser" Who "Bridges Obama's Political And Personal Lives And Is Close To His Wife, Michelle." (Lynn Sweet, "The Inner Circle," Chicago Sun-Times, 3/9/08)
Jarrett Was Present In The Obama Household During Many Of The Discussions Leading Up To His Decision To Run For President. (Rebecca Johnson, "The Natural," Vogue, 9/07)
"[Jarrett] Also Served As Finance Chair For U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's 2004 Campaign." ("Remember, Celebrate, Act," Hyde Park Citizen, 1/11/06)
Jarrett Is The "Liaison Between Obama's Private Life And Campaign Life." (Shailagh Murray, "In Obama's Circle, Chicago Remains The Tie That Binds," The Washington Post, 7/14/08)
In 1991, Jarrett Interviewed Michelle Obama For Her Position In Mayor Richard Daley's (D-IL) Office. (Rosalind Rossi, "The Woman Behind Obama," Chicago Sun-Times, 1/20/07)
In 2006, Obama Requested A Total Of $5.5 Million In Earmarks For Chicago's Museum Of Science And Industry; Jarrett Serves On The Museum's Board Of Directors. (Obama For America Web site,
answercenter.barackobama.com, Accessed 6/3/08; Chicago Museum Of Science And Industry, Internal Revenue Service Form 990, 2006)
"Indeed, From The Start, Obama's Inner Circle Included Valerie Jarrett And Penny Pritzker, Powerful And Well-Connected Chicago Businesswomen." (Carrie Budoff Brown, "Obama Campaign Adds Women To Top Ranks," Politico, 6/20/08)
My Donations and Bundling for Barack
Valerie Jarrett Is A Bundler For Obama's Presidential Campaign And Has Committed To Raising $100,000 To $200,000. (Obama For America Web site,
www.barackobama.com, Accessed 7/17/08)
Since 2002, Jarrett Has Contributed At Least $21,300 To Obama's PAC And Campaigns. (CQ Money Line Web site,
cqmoneyline.com, Accessed 7/31/08)
What Barack Says About Me
Obama: "I Trust Her Completely." (Don Terry, "'In The Path Of Lightning'," Chicago Tribune, 7/27/08)
Obama: "She participates in every conversation we have in the campaign. She is involved in broad strategic decisions about our message and how we approach the campaign, and she's involved in the details of managing the organization. She's really a great utility player." (Don Terry, "'In The Path Of Lightning'," Chicago Tribune, 7/27/08)
"'She's Always Very Insistent On Me Trusting My Instincts,' Obama Told Me. 'One Of The Dangers In Running For High Office Is You Get So Much Chatter In Your Ear That You Stop Listening To Yourself.'" (Don Terry, "'In The Path Of Lightning'," Chicago

Personal Friends

Jim Crown

Mayor Richard M. Daley

The Joyce Foundation

Martin Nesbitt

Barack Obama

David Plouffe

Penny Pritzker

Dr. Eric Whitaker

The Woods Fund of Chicago

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

"Govenor Ed Rendell Tomorrow"

Come and see Governor Rendell live in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, March 11th at 11:45 a.m. at Brashear High School, 590 Crane Ave., as he delivers a "Policy Address to the State" on Pennsylvania's Economic Relief and Recovery.
If you cannot be in Pittsburgh, the Governor's address will also be shown live via an internet stream at six locations across the state: Allentown, Altoona/Johnstown, Erie, Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Scranton.
Click here to view the event flyer for exact locations.
For more information or to RSVP, contact anakis@state.pa.us or call (717) 265-7552.

Monday, March 9, 2009

"March 8 International Womens Day"

Maureen Dowd I have a famous quote for you; their is a place reserved in hell for women who don't support other women ( Madeline Albright ). Dowd was once quoted as saying Hillary was not a Feminist (we should call her on that )

Women's Rights Are Human Rights by Hillary Rodham Clinton
First Lady of the United States from Jan. 1993 - Jan. 2001
U.S. Senator from New York: Jan. 2001 - Jan. 2009
U.S. Presidential Candidate - 2008
U.S. Secretary of State 2009

Remarks while First Lady to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, Plenary Session in Beijing, China: 5 September 1995.
Mrs. Mongella, Under Secretary Kittani, distinguished delegates and guests:
I would like to thank the Secretary General of the United Nations for inviting me to be part of the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women. This is truly a celebration - a celebration of the contributions women make in every aspect of life: in the home, on the job, in their communities, as mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, learners, workers, citizens and leaders.
It is also a coming together, much the way women come together every day in every country.
We come together in fields and in factories. In village markets and supermarkets. In living rooms and board rooms.
Whether it is while playing with our children in the park, or washing clothes in a river, or taking a break at the office water cooler, we come together and talk about our aspirations and concerns. And time and again, our talk turns to our children and our families. However different we may be, there is far more that unites us than divides us. We share a common future. And we are here to find common ground so that we may help bring new dignity and respect to women and girls all over the world - and in so doing, bring new strength and stability to families as well.
By gathering in Beijing, we are focusing world attention on issues that matter most in the lives of women and their families: access to education, health care, jobs and credit, the chance to enjoy basic legal and human rights and participate fully in the political life of their countries.
There are some who question the reason for this conference.
Let them listen to the voices of women in their homes, neighborhoods, and workplaces.
There are some who wonder whether the lives of women and girls matter to economic and political progress around the globe.
Let them look at the women gathered here and at Huairou - the homemakers, nurses, teachers, lawyers, policymakers, and women who run their own businesses.
It is conferences like this that compel governments and people everywhere to listen, look and face the world's most pressing problems.
Wasn't it after the women's conference in Nairobi ten years ago that the world focused for the first time on the crisis of domestic violence?
Earlier today, I participated in a World Health Organization forum, where government officials, NGOs, and individual citizens are working on ways to address the health problems of women and girls.
Tomorrow, I will attend a gathering of the United Nations Development Fund for Women. There, the discussion will focus on local - and highly successful - programs that give hard-working women access to credit so they can improve their own lives and the lives of their families.
What we are learning around the world is that if women are healthy and educated, their families will flourish. If women are free from violence, their families will flourish. If women have a chance to work and earn as full and equal partners in society, their families will flourish.
And when families flourish, communities and nations will flourish.
That is why every woman, every man, every child, every family, and every nation on our planet has a stake in the discussion that takes place here.
Over the past 25 years, I have worked persistently on issues relating to women, children and families. Over the past two-and-a-half years, I have had the opportunity to learn more about the challenges facing women in my own country and around the world.
I have met new mothers in Jojakarta, Indonesia, who come together regularly in their village to discuss nutrition, family planning, and baby care.
I have met working parents in Denmark who talk about the comfort they feel in knowing that their children can be cared for in creative, safe, and nurturing after-school centers.
I have met women in South Africa who helped lead the struggle to end apartheid and are now helping build a new democracy.
I have met with the leading women of the Western Hemisphere who are working every day to promote literacy and better health care for the children of their countries.
I have met women in India and Bangladesh who are taking out small loans to buy milk cows, rickshaws, thread and other materials to create a livelihood for themselves and their families.
I have met doctors and nurses in Belarus and Ukraine who are trying to keep children alive in the aftermath of Chernobyl.
The great challenge of this Conference is to give voice to women everywhere whose experiences go unnoticed, whose words go unheard.
Women comprise more than half the world's population. Women are 70% percent of the world's poor, and two-thirds of those who are not taught to read and write.
Women are the primary caretakers for most of the world's children and elderly. Yet much of the work we do is not valued - not by economists, not by historians, not by popular culture, not by government leaders.
At this very moment, as we sit here, women around the world are giving birth, raising children, cooking meals, washing clothes, cleaning houses, planting crops, working on assembly lines, running companies, and running countries.
Women also are dying from diseases that should have been prevented or treated; they are watching their children succumb to malnutrition caused by poverty and economic deprivation; they are being denied the right to go to school by their own fathers and brothers; they are being forced into prostitution, and they are being barred from the bank lending office and banned from the ballot box.
Those of us who have the opportunity to be here have the responsibility to speak for those who could not.
As an American, I want to speak up for women in my own country - women who are raising children on the minimum wage, women who can't afford health care or child care, women whose lives are threatened by violence, including violence in their own homes.
I want to speak up for mothers who are fighting for good schools, safe neighborhoods, clean air and clean airwaves; for older women, some of them widows, who have raised their families and now find that their skills and life experiences are not valued in the workplace; for women who are working all night as nurses, hotel clerks, and fast food cooks so that they can be at home during the day with their kids; and for women everywhere who simply don't have time to do everything they are called upon to do each day.
Speaking to you today, I speak for them, just as each of us speaks for women around the world who are denied the chance to go to school, or see a doctor, or own property, or have a say about the direction of their lives, simply because they are women. The truth is that most women around the world work both inside and outside the home, usually by necessity.
We need to understand that there is no formula for how women should lead their lives. That is why we must respect the choices that each woman makes for herself and her family. Every woman deserves the chance to realize her God-given potential.
We also must recognize that women will never gain full dignity until their human rights are respected and protected.
Our goals for this Conference, to strengthen families and societies by empowering women to take greater control over their own destinies, cannot be fully achieved unless all governments - here and around the world - accept their responsibility to protect and promote internationally recognized human rights.
The international community has long acknowledged - and recently affirmed at Vienna - that both women and men are entitled to a range of protections and personal freedoms, from the right of personal security to the right to determine freely the number and spacing of the children they bear.
No one should be forced to remain silent for fear of religious or political persecution, arrest, abuse or torture.
Tragically, women are most often the ones whose human rights are violated.
Even in the late 20th century, the rape of women continues to be used as an instrument of armed conflict. Women and children make up a large majority of the world's refugees. When women are excluded from the political process, they become even more vulnerable to abuse.
I believe that, on the eve of a new millennium, it is time to break our silence. It is time for us to say here in Beijing, and the world to hear, that it is no longer acceptable to discuss women's rights as separate from human rights.
These abuses have continued because, for too long, the history of women has been a history of silence. Even today, there are those who are trying to silence our words.
The voices of this conference and of the women at Huairou must be heard loud and clear: It is a violation of human rights when babies are denied food, or drowned, or suffocated, or their spines broken, simply because they are born girls.
It is a violation of human rights when women and girls are sold into the slavery of prostitution.
It is a violation of human rights when women are doused with gasoline, set on fire and burned to death because their marriage dowries are deemed too small.
It is a violation of human rights when individual women are raped in their own communities and when thousands of women are subjected to rape as a tactic or prize of war.
It is a violation of human rights when a leading cause of death worldwide among women ages 14 to 44 is the violence they are subjected to in their own homes.
It is a violation of human rights when young girls are brutalized by the painful and degrading practice of genital mutilation.
It is a violation of human rights when women are denied the right to plan their own families, and that includes being forced to have abortions or being sterilized against their will.
If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, it is that human rights are women's rights - and women's rights are human rights. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely - and the right to be heard.
Women must enjoy the right to participate fully in the social and political lives of their countries if we want freedom and democracy to thrive and endure.
It is indefensible that many women in nongovernmental organizations who wished to participate in this conference have not been able to attend - or have been prohibited from fully taking part.
Let me be clear. Freedom means the right of people to assemble, organize, and debate openly. It means respecting the views of those who may disagree with the views of their governments. It means not taking citizens away from their loved ones and jailing them, mistreating them, or denying them their freedom or dignity because of the peaceful expression of their ideas and opinions.
In my country, we recently celebrated the 75th anniversary of women's suffrage. It took 150 years after the signing of our Declaration of Independence for women to win the right to vote.
It took 72 years of organized struggle on the part of many courageous women and men. It was one of America's most divisive philosophical wars. But it was also a bloodless war. Suffrage was achieved without a shot being fired.
We have also been reminded, in V-1 Day observances last weekend, of the good that comes when men and women join together to combat the forces of tyranny and build a better world.
We have seen peace prevail in most places for a half century. We have avoided another world war.
But we have not solved older, deeply-rooted problems that continue to diminish the potential of half the world's population.
Now it is time to act on behalf of women everywhere. If we take bold steps to better the lives of women, we will be taking bold steps to better the lives of children and families too.
Families rely on mothers and wives for emotional support and care; families rely on women for labor in the home; and increasingly, families rely on women for income needed to raise healthy children and care for other relatives.
As long as discrimination and inequities remain so commonplace around the world - as long as girls and women are valued less, fed less, fed last, overworked, underpaid, not schooled and subjected to violence in and out of their homes - the potential of the human family to create a peaceful, prosperous world will not be realized.
Let this Conference be our - and the world's - call to action.
And let us heed the call so that we can create a world in which every woman is treated with respect and dignity, every boy and girl is loved and cared for equally, and every family has the hope of a strong and stable future.
Thank you very much.
God's blessings on you, your work and all who will benefit from it.

Reported in
The Independent

Secretary of state Hillary Clinton op-ed celebrating international women’s day March 8, 2009
Saturday, 07 March 2009 19:14 By The Independent Reporter


Secretary of state Hillary Clinton On a trip to China eleven years ago, I met with women activists who told me about their efforts to advance conditions for women in their country. They offered a vivid portrait of the challenges women faced: employment discrimination, inadequate health care, domestic violence, antiquated laws that hindered women’s progress.
I met some of those women again a few weeks ago, during my first trip to Asia as Secretary of State. This time, I heard about the progress that has been made in the past decade. But even with some important steps forward, these Chinese women left no doubt that obstacles and inequities still remain, much as they do in many parts of the world.
I’ve heard stories like theirs on every continent, as women seek opportunities to participate fully in the political, economic and cultural lives of their countries. And on March 8, as we celebrate International Women’s Day, we have a chance to take stock of both the progress we’ve made and the challenges that remain—and to think about the vital role that women must play in helping to solve the complex global challenges of the 21st century.
Today, more women are leading governments, businesses, and non-governmental organizations than in previous generations. But that good news has a flip side. Women still comprise the majority of the world’s poor, unfed and unschooled. They are still subjected to rape as a tactic of war and exploited by traffickers globally in a billion dollar criminal business.
Honor killings, maiming, female genital mutilation, and other violent and degrading practices that target women are still tolerated in too many places today. Just a few months ago, a young girl in Afghanistan was on her way to school when a group of men threw acid in her face, permanently damaging her eyes, because they objected to her seeking an education. Their attempt to terrorize the girl and her family failed. She said, “My parents told me to keep coming to school even if I am killed.”
That young girl’s courage and resolve should serve as an inspiration to all of us—women and men—to continue to work as hard as we can to ensure that girls and women are accorded the rights and opportunities they deserve.
Global problems are too big and too complex to be solved without the full participation of women. Strengthening women’s rights is not only a continuing moral obligation—it is also a necessity as we face a global economic crisis, the spread of terrorism and nuclear weapons, regional conflicts that threaten families and communities, and climate change and the dangers it presents to the world’s health and security.
These challenges demand everything we’ve got. We will not solve them through half measures. And yet too often, on these issues and many more, half the world is left behind.
Especially in the midst of this financial crisis, we must remember what a growing body of research tells us: Supporting women is a high-yield investment, resulting in stronger economies, more vibrant civil societies, healthier communities, and greater peace and stability. And investing in women is a way to support future generations; women spend much more of their incomes on food, medicine and schooling for children.
Even in developed nations, the full economic power of women is far from being realized. Women in many countries continue to earn much less than men for doing the same jobs—a gap that President Obama took a step toward closing in the United States this year, when he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which strengthens women's ability to challenge unequal pay.
Women need to be given the chance to work for fair wages, access credit and launch businesses. They deserve equity in the political sphere, with equal access at the voting booth and the freedom to petition their government and run for office. They have a right to health care for themselves and their families, and a right to send their children to school—their sons and their daughters. And they have a vital role to play in establishing peace and stability worldwide. In regions torn apart by war, it is often the women who find a way to reach across differences and discover common ground.
As I travel around the world in my new role, I will keep in mind the women I’ve already met on every continent—women who have struggled against extraordinary odds to change laws so they can own property, have rights in marriage, go to school, support their families—even serve as peacekeepers.
And I will be a vocal advocate—working with my counterparts in other nations, as well as non-governmental organizations, businesses and individuals—to keep pressing forward on these issues, so that the world will move closer to finally realizing the full promise of women and girls.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sad Time for Activist Grieving Daughters Death

Sad to say one of our Patriots and fellow feminist activist lost her daughter who battle long and hard with cancer. Denise Anne Richards, who survived an attack by her estrange husband this summer when he attacked her with a hammer to get her pain med's please send out condolence to Betty Jean at Free-Us-Now

We here at Democracy In Suffrage are beside ourselves...

Saturday, March 7, 2009

"Feminist Quote of the Day"

I did see this on another Blog but had to pass it on how true...

Meryl Streep: Feminist Quote of the Day
“Three of the nominated films this year have 26 men and one woman — ‘Slumdog‘ and ‘Milk,’ and ‘Frost/Nixon.’ You know, we accept it. It’s not unusual. But we would go nuts if three of the nominated films had 26 women and one man. It would be a very, very unusual thing. We’re still not telling everybody’s story in our country and that’s where we are.”
-- Meryl Streep

Friday, March 6, 2009

"Another ACORN" does not fall far from the tree....

Once again who is going to defend our Constitution. Were was US Rep. Marcy Kaptur when Congress and Senate, members and lending financial institution hash out these loan programs. It was Congress and the Senate who rolled back allot of these regulations that gave you variable rate mortgages, and the like. Once again go to ACORN loan program, it makes your hair stand, like we are so reasonable because you don't have to qualify for mortgage insurance, just read. Now this is who your President, Congress, Senate. want to give money to ACORN. I feel for anyone who got into these loans and are losing their homes. Look at this aspect of the number of illegal in our country with mortgages. "Most in the Hispanic loan program was IL- legals" why are we giving loans to IL-legals. Just about half of the sub-prime mortages failed were illegals. Write to Congresswomen Marcy Kaptur ask why is she telling people to break the law and ask her is she going to pay for their legal defense fund? When the Sherif comes and set them out on the street is she going to give them a place to stay?
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur is the longest serving female, maybe that should change, what do you think? Just read...

Congresswomen Marcy Kaptur Ohio's Ninth District

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ACORN'S Inspiration
February 24th, 2009Posted: 8:57 am by Babs

One has to wonder where ACORN gets its hudspah. It could be from the President, and partially is, according to their website. But also according to their website, the credit goes to other lawmakers as well.
In an article posted under "Press Releases" on the group's website, I ran across this tidbit of information while reading about their efforts in Arizona.
"According to ACORN local lead organizer Kristy Theilen, the Tucson fight against foreclosures was inspired by Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, who advised her constituents in early February to stay put and squat-what ACORN also calls homesteading. ACORN is recruiting volunteers to help people who refuse to leave, either at the house or on the courthouse steps during foreclosure auctions."
Let's take a look at this Congresswoman who would encourage ACORN to break the law she's elected to uphold.

Marcy Kaptur of Ohio is the longest-serving Democratic congresswoman in U.S. history. In an interview with Amy Goodman on Feb. 4th, this is what Ms. Kaptur's advice was to homeowners facing foreclosure:
Now, she is recommending a radical foreclosure solution from the floor of the U.S. Congress: "So I say to the American people, you be squatters in your own homes. Don't you leave."
She criticizes the bailout's failure to protect homeowners facing foreclosure. Her advice to "squat" cleverly exploits a legal technicality within the subprime-mortgage crisis. These mortgages were made, then bundled into securities and sold and resold repeatedly, by the very Wall Street banks that are now benefiting from TARP (the Troubled Asset Relief Program). The banks foreclosing on families very often can't locate the actual loan note that binds the homeowner to the bad loan. "Produce the note," Kaptur recommends those facing foreclosure demands of the banks.
"[P]ossession is nine-tenths of the law," Rep. Kaptur told me. "Therefore, stay in your property. Get proper legal representation . [if] Wall Street cannot produce the deed nor the mortgage audit trail . you should stay in your home. It is your castle. It's more than a piece of property. . Most people don't even think about getting representation, because they get a piece of paper from the bank, and they go, 'Oh, it's the bank,' and they become fearful, rather than saying: 'This is contract law. The mortgage is a contract. I am one party. There is another party. What are my legal rights under the law as a property owner?' "If you look at the bad paper, if you look at where there's trouble, 95 to 98 percent of the paper really has moved to five institutions: JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wachovia, Citigroup and HSBC. They have this country held by the neck."
Kaptur recommends calling the local Legal Aid Society, Bar Association or 888-995-4673 for legal assistance.
This may not be bad advice if you're in the negotiation portion of the process that she seems to be referring to, although it would appear she's merely offering a legal technical battle of "Produce the note". But it would seem all ACORN heard of this was the "squat" part. I don't see where Ms. Kaptur said at any point that you should break and enter to regain a house that has already been officially foreclosed on - and certainly not resold. In fact, Ms. Kaptur says just the opposite:
The onerous duty of physically evicting people and dragging their possessions to the curb typically falls on the local sheriff. Kaptur conditions her squatting advice, saying, "If it's a sheriff's eviction, if it's reached that point, that is almost impossible."
ACORN officials can certainly read, but can they comprehend what they read and translate it into anything lawful? It wouldn't appear so. I would be interested in hearing Ms. Kaptur's response to ACORN's laying their lawbreaking efforts at her feet.

Kaptur advises owners facing eviction to stay

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) is advocating home-owners threatened with foreclosure exercise squatter's rights in trying to stave off the loss of their house.
"I'm saying to them possession is 99 percent of the law; you stay in your house," Miss Kaptur said yesterday, continuing a crusade she started several weeks ago in Congress and CNN picked up Thursday night.
She said she believes that many so-called predatory and subprime loans - those made to borrowers who did not qualify for a conventional mortgage - may have been illegal.
She urged homeowners not to panic and leave their home just because they receive a foreclosure notice from their lender, and she said they should demand that the mortgage-holder produce a mortgage audit.
"I say to the American people, you be squatters in your own homes. Don't you leave," she said during a speech in Congress earlier this month.
Miss Kaptur was interviewed Thursday night on CNN by Lou Dobbs, and a CNN report cited a woman who lives on Cass Road in South Toledo as an example of the trend of homeowners ignoring foreclosure notices from their lender.
But Jim Moody, a Realtor who is running for mayor of Toledo as a Republican, said Miss Kaptur may be misleading people into thinking they can stop a legal foreclosure once a judge has issued an order.
"I think those are dangerous statements," Mr. Moody said. "What's she going to say when the sheriff comes and puts all their stuff on the street when they didn't leave because Marcy Kaptur said they could stay and become a squatter?
"I think she's clueless. This is goofy. Of course, the attorneys file the proper paperwork," Mr. Moody said.
Allen Seelenbinder, a Toledo-based mortgage banker with Main Street Financial, said the only audit the borrower is entitled to is an audit of the borrower's payments.
Asked if the mortgage lender is required to prove that its loan was made properly and that the borrower was qualified to sign the loan, he said, "absolutely not - you're under a contract that you both signed.
"The only audit they're required to provide to you is that the payments that you made are made correctly. It's a transaction history," he said.
But Sandusky lawyer Dan McGookle, who is representing a homeowner trying to have a predatory loan rescinded, said mortgage firms may not be able to prove they complied with truth-in-lending laws and other state and federal procedures.
"We have strong reason to believe that a majority of the mortgage loans made in the last 10 years are defective - unenforceable for various reasons," Mr. McGookle said.
Ironically, Mr. Moody agreed that people threatened with foreclosure should try to work out a solution and should stay in the home as long as possible.
Cathleen Tillman, director of the Lucas County Sheriff's Department's civil section, which carries out court-ordered foreclosures and evictions, also said people should remain in the homes until the deed has been transferred, and not to abandon a home that is still listed in their name.
"The foreclosure takes a long time," she said. More than 4,000 foreclosure actions were filed in 2008 in Lucas County, and the sheriff's department carried out 85 foreclosure-related evictions.
Miss Kaptur said she started advocating that homeowners fight foreclosure by staying their home after it became clear that the $700 billion bailout of the financial industry passed last year was not working as intended by Congress.

ACORN And Obama: Together Again
Posted 2009-02-21By Michelle Malkin

FRESH OFF THE trillion-dollar porkulus bill signing in Denver, President Obama immediately launched into his next New Raw Deal expansion: a massive mortgage entitlement program forcing lenders to refinance at an initial cost of $50 billion to $100 billion. That's in addition to the bipartisan-supported $50 billion in the "stimulus" bill to bail out homeowners underwater on their mortgages and the $2 billion in "neighborhood stabilization" funds to alleviate the foreclosure crisis.
In tandem with the White House Bad Borrowers Bailout, Obama's old friends at the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) are launching a new campaign of their own: the "Home Savers" campaign. What a coinky-dinky, huh?
As with most of the bully tactics of the radical left-wing group, it ain't gonna be pretty. They are the shock troops on the streets doing the dirty work while the Community Organizer-in-Chief keeps his delicate hands clean.
Trumpets ACORN: "On Feb. 19, ACORN members will launch a new tactic in fighting foreclosures: civil disobedience. Participants in the ACORN Home Savers campaign nationwide will simply refuse to move out of foreclosed homes, or in some cases, will move back in. ACORN homesteaders intend to squat in their homes until a comprehensive, federal solution for people facing foreclosure is put in place."
ACORN's foot soldiers, funded with your tax dollars, will scream, pound their fists, chain themselves to buildings, padlock the doors and engage in illegal behavior until they get what they want. It's a recipe for anarchy. Threatens Baltimore ACORN's Louis Beverly, who calls himself a "Foreclosure Fighter": "After you've used all your legal options, your last resort is civil disobedience. We're talking about families who have been in their homes 20 or 30 years. People who are assets in the community, who look out for the elderly, who have community associations, and these are the people being kicked out of the community."
We can all sympathize with good folks who can't pay their bills. But as I've said repeatedly in my criticism of the mortgage entitlement mentality embraced by both parties in Washington, home ownership is not a civil right - and neither is home retention. Artificially propping up the housing market will only result in more of the same costly borrow-spend-panic-repeat cycles that got us into this mess in the first place. Failing corporations need to fail. So do failing home borrowers. This is borrowing from frugal renter Peter to pay profligate Paul's home loan.
Now that's the kind of theft that should be the subject of civil disobedience.
Instead, ACORN offices, funded with your tax dollars, are training teams of "Home Savers" - described as "people ready and willing to mobilize on short notice to defend the homesteaders against attempts to evict them." Ready, willing and able to mobilize on short notice because they are either unemployed or employed full time as ACORN shakedown artists.
Guess who's encouraging them to defy the law. Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, who told them: "Stay in your homes. If the American people, anybody out there is being foreclosed, don't leave." The housing bullies will be assisted by left-wing propaganda documentarians at the Brave New Foundation, headed up by Hollywood lib Robert Greenwald, who will disseminate sob stories to crank up pressure while Obama pushes his housing entitlement plan.
ACORN is targeting the following cities: Tucson, Ariz.; Oakland, Calif.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Contra Costa County, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Baltimore, Md.; New York, N.Y.; Houston, Texas; San Mateo County, Calif.; Denver, Colo.; Bridgeport, Conn.; Wilmington, Del.; Broward County, Fla.; Boston, Mass.; Flint, Mich.; Detroit, Mich.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Raleigh, N.C.; Durham, N.C.; Albany, N.Y.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Cleveland, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Dallas, Texas.
ACORN has waited three decades for this moment in the sun. And as Obama promised ACORN members at a forum in December 2007, "We're going to be calling all of you in to help us shape the agenda. We're gonna be having meetings all across the country . so that you have input into the agenda." The moment is nigh. Prepare for lawlessness.
Creators Syndicate, 2009.