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Copyright 1994/The Times Mirror Company Los Angeles Times November 6, 1994, Sunday, Home Edition Both Sides Air Ads on Prop. 187 AD WATCH. Campaign '94. One in an occasional series PAGE: A-35 TYPE: Series Both sides of the Proposition 187 debate have been running ad campaigns about the initiative, which would bar illegal immigrants from receiving public school education, non-emergency health care and social services. Taxpayers Against 187 is running a 30-second TV spot. Two independent groups that support Proposition 187--the Washington, D.C.-based Federation for American Immigration Reform, and the Orange County-based California Coalition for Immigration Reform--are running 60-second radio ads. * THE AD "AGAINST": As a lengthy list of public officials and organizations opposing Proposition 187 streams by on the TV screen, a narrator states that the measure would result in a crime increase because it would lead to 300,000 youngsters being kicked "out of school and onto the street." It goes on to say that the measure also does "nothing to beef up enforcement at our borders" and would cost California $15 billion. The ad concludes with a visual of newspaper headlines that refer to "ties" between Proposition 187 and a white supremacist group. * THE ANALYSIS: Law enforcement officials including Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block and Los Angeles Police Chief Willie L. Williams say that Proposition 187 could lead to increased crime problems. A nonpartisan state legislative analyst's report has stated that about $15 billion annually in federal funds for health, social service and educational programs would be placed at risk by Proposition 187 because it would breach federal confidentiality requirements. The ad does not make clear that the loss of funds is only a possibility. The supremacist headlines refer to allegations made by Taxpayers Against 187 concerning a link between measure co-author Alan Nelson, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (known as FAIR) and the New York-based Pioneer Fund, which has sponsored research by scientists who have held that blacks are inherently intellectually inferior to whites. That link, however, is decidedly tenuous. When Nelson helped write Proposition 187, he was working as a lobbyist for FAIR, which receives an annual contribution from the Pioneer Fund. * THE ADS "FOR": The FAIR ad blasts the campaign tactics of Taxpayers Against 187, which is run by Woodward & McDowell, a Burlingame-based professional political consulting firm. "Taxpayers Against 187 is really a slick Bay Area p.r. firm hired by government employees and other special interests and what they want from you, the real taxpayer, is an open-ended commitment to pay for services that like a magnet attract a never-ending flow of illegal immigrants to our state," the ad states. The ad by the California Coalition for Immigration Reform rebuts charges that the measure would turn teachers and doctors into immigration agents and that white supremacists are affiliated with the measure. "The loss of $15 billion in federal funds is a scare tactic, nothing more," the ad says, according to a script read to The Times. * THE ANALYSIS: Taxpayers Against 187, a coalition of education, health and law enforcement organizations opposed to the measure, is operated on a day-to-day basis by Woodward & McDowell. But evidence is mixed concerning whether educational, health and social services--which are already limited for undocumented immigrants--drive people to immigrate illegally. According to many experts, jobs are the leading factor. Proposition 187 does not specifically call for teachers or doctors to check on the immigration status of students and patients. But the measure does require a check of residency status before people can go to school or be treated in virtually all hospitals and health clinics. Those reasonably suspected of being illegal immigrants would be reported to state and federal authorities. Copyright 1994/The Times Mirror Company Copyright 1994/The Times Mirror Company Los Angeles Times ============================================================================ October 27, 1994, Thursday, Valley Edition Dispute Flares Over Planned Radio Spots for Prop. 187 BYLINE: PAUL FELDMAN; TIMES STAFF WRITER With less than two weeks remaining before Election Day, the battle over Proposition 187 continued to heat up Wednesday with controversy erupting over a planned last-minute pro-187 radio ad campaign by a national immigration reform organization. Meanwhile, LAPD Chief Willie L. Williams and a wide range of Southern California religious leaders issued statements opposing the sweeping ballot measure, which seeks to eliminate most government services for illegal immigrants and require educational, health and law enforcement officials to report suspects to federal authorities. The radio flap concerns purchase of ad time by the Washington-based Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group known as FAIR that previously had indicated it was making no financial contributions in support of Proposition 187. FAIR Executive Director Daniel A. Stein, acknowledging that the organization has reserved radio time for the last week of the campaign, said it is doing so only to be able to respond to recent ads aired by Taxpayers Against 187, a coalition of organizations opposed to the ballot measure. But spokesman Joel Maliniak of Taxpayers Against 187, which made public the pending FAIR radio campaign Tuesday, said that FAIR officials have "been caught lying with their pants down." During the campaign, FAIR, whose former Sacramento lobbyist, Alan Nelson, co-wrote Proposition 187, has come under repeated attack from the taxpayers group for receiving a portion of its annual funding from the New York-based Pioneer Fund. The latter is a group that has also sponsored research by various scientists, including the late William B. Shockley, who contended that African Americans are inherently intellectually inferior to whites. Citing the indirect link between Nelson and the Pioneer Fund, Taxpayers Against 187 have charged in their radio ads that the ballot measure is backed by white supremacists. Stein said any ads that FAIR now runs would be "to defend ourselves." Stein, who has previously taken pains to point out that his organization had nothing to do with the drafting of Proposition 187, added that his group's ad "may (also) say vote for 187--it won't say vote against it." "FAIR has attempted to distance itself from Proposition 187," responded Maliniak. "This latest development completely contradicts FAIR's denials and leaves absolutely no doubt about its involvement behind the scenes at the Yes on 187 campaign." Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and other top religious leaders gathered Wednesday in Los Angeles for a news conference reaffirming their opposition to the measure. Copyright 1994/The Times Mirror CompanyCopyright 1994/The Times Mirror Company Los Angeles Times =========================================================================== FAIR Executive Director Daniel A. Stein, acknowledging that the organization has reserved radio time for the last week of the campaign, said it is doing so only to be able to respond to recent ads aired by Taxpayers Against 187, a coalition of organizations opposed to the ballot measure. But spokesman Joel Maliniak of Taxpayers Against 187, which made public the pending FAIR radio campaign Tuesday, said that FAIR officials have "been caught lying with their pants down." During the campaign, FAIR, whose former Sacramento lobbyist, Alan Nelson, co-authored Proposition 187, has come under repeated attack from the taxpayers group for receiving a portion of its annual funding from the New York-based Pioneer Fund. The latter is a group that has also sponsored research by various scientists, including the late William B. Shockley, who contended that blacks are inherently intellectually inferior to whites. Citing the indirect link between Nelson and the Pioneer Fund, Taxpayers Against 187 have charged in their radio ads that the ballot measure is backed by white supremacists. Stein said any ads that FAIR now runs would be "to defend ourselves." Stein, who has previously taken pains to point out that his organization had nothing to do with the drafting of Proposition 187, added that his group's ad "may (also) say vote for 187--it won't say vote against it." "FAIR has attempted to distance itself from Proposition 187," responded Maliniak. "This latest development completely contradicts FAIR's denials and leaves absolutely no doubt about its involvement behind the scenes at the Yes on 187 campaign." Copyright 1994/The Times Mirror Company [Use of copyrighted material has been done in compliance with the FAIR USE DOCTRINE for educational purposes...HR] @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ ***** PEOPLE BEFORE PROFITS ****** @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ PNEWS CONFERENCES provide "radical" alternative views with an emphasis on justice, humanitarian positions, protests, boycott alerts, activism information, etc. **************** To subscribe, send request to: @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ From jnb@netcom.com Thu Mar 23 15:02:26:00 1995 Article: 32071 of misc.activism.progressive From: jnb@netcom.com (James Brook) Subject: New Book: Resisting the Virtual Life Followup-To: poster Date: 19 Mar 1995 23:55:28 GMT Organization: NETCOM On-line Communication Services (408 261-4700 guest) Lines: 53 Approved: map@pencil.cs.missouri.edu Resent-From: rich Coming from City Lights Books in June 1995-- RESISTING THE VIRTUAL LIFE The Culture and Politics of Information Edited by James Brook and Iain A. 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Dennis Hayes * Computers, Thinking, and Schools in "the New World Economic Order" - Monty Neill * The Aesthetic of the Computer - Daniel Harris The Repainting of Modern Life: Banalities of Information - Marina McDougall * The Garden of Merging Paths - Rebecca Solnit * The Shape of Truth to Come: New Media and Knowledge - Chris Carlsson * Drowning by MicroGallery - Chris Riding * In the Tracks of Jurassic Park - Phil Tippett * Reading and Riding with Borges - James Brook Resisting the Virtual Life 0-87286-299-2 $14.95 (June 1995) For personal orders, write: City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133. For bookstore, wholesaler, and library orders, write: Subterranean Co., P.O. Box 160, 265 S. 5th St., Monroe, OR 97456; or call 800-274-7826. From rmitchellai@gn.apc.org Thu Mar 23 15:02:27:00 1995 Article: 32095 of misc.activism.progressive From: Ray Mitchell Subject: AI: Israel bulletin Followup-To: alt.activism.d Date: 20 Mar 1995 00:03:08 GMT Organization: ? Lines: 90 Approved: map@pencil.cs.missouri.edu Resent-From: rich +------------------------------------------------------+ + AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL URGENT ACTION BULLETIN + + Electronic distribution authorised + + This bulletin expires: 2 May 1995. + +------------------------------------------------------+ EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: MDE 15/06/95 Distr: UA/SC UA 67/95 Torture / Fear of torture 16 March 1995 ISRAEL AND THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES Ziyadah Qawasmah, aged 19, student Ziyadah Qawasmah has been in detention for 122 days. According to his lawyer, he has been hooded, deprived of sleep for up to six days a week, and shackled in painful positions for prolonged periods throughout this time. He is still under interrogation by the General Security Service (GSS) in Ramallah Prison, where he remains at risk of torture and ill- treatment. Ziyadah Qawasmah, a student in his final year of high school in Hebron, was not allowed to meet his lawyer until about 25 days after his arrest on 13 November 1994, and he still does not have access to his family. He has now received a total of nine orders extending his detention - most recently on 8 March, for 12 days. He reportedly told his lawyer that his interrogators told him that he would not be allowed to leave interrogation without confessing to his alleged activities in connection with the Islamist movement Hamas. The United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Forms of Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, both of which Israel has ratified, forbid unconditionally the use of any form of torture or ill- treatment. No justification may be used to derogate from a State Party's obligations under these treaties. BACKGROUND INFORMATION Since 1987, interrogations by the GSS have been regulated by secret guidelines, established by a Commission of Inquiry into GSS interrogation methods, headed by Justice Moshe Landau. These guidelines allow the use of "moderate physical pressure". In October 1994, after a suicide-bombing claimed by Hamas which caused the death of 22 people, the Israeli Ministerial Committee which oversees the operations of the GSS apparently authorized the use of "increased physical pressure" for a three-month period. This three-month period was renewed on 23 January 1995 after other suicide bombings at Beit Lid near Netanya killed 20 soldiers and one civilian. Since the guidelines are secret, the meaning of "increased physical pressure" is not known. Responses to earlier Urgent Actions have stated that there has been "no deviation from the principles" set out in the guidelines of the Landau Commission. However, Amnesty International has long had serious concerns about interrogation practices by the GSS, believing that either the guidelines permit the use of torture or ill- treatment, or that interrogators have been extensively violating those guidelines with impunity. Since 1987, Palestinian detainees have systematically reported that they have suffered hooding, prolonged sleep deprivation, shackling in painful positions, (sitting on very small chairs or standing tied to the wall), confinement in closet-sized cells and beating. This torture or ill-treatment is generally used in order to make detainees provide information or confess. After a confession a defendant may be sentenced in a military court without the production of further substantive evidence. In letters to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin since the authorization of "increased physical pressure", Amnesty International has asked what methods involving physical or psychological pressure are now permitted to members of the Israeli security and other services in their interrogation of detainees. The organization has not yet received any reply. +-----------------------------------------------------------+ + Supporters of Amnesty International around the world are + + writing urgent appeals in response to the concerns + + described above. If you would like to join with them in + + this action or have any queries about the Urgent Action + + network or Amnesty International in general, please + + contact one of the following: + + + + Ray Mitchell, rmitchellai@gn.apc.org (UK) + + Scott Harrison, sharrison@igc.apc.org (USA) + + Guido Gabriel, ggabriel@amnesty.cl.sub.de (Germany) + + Marilyn McKim, aito@web.apc.org (Canada) + +-----------------------------------------------------------+ From 72067.1525@compuserve.com Thu Mar 23 15:02:28:00 1995 Article: 32106 of misc.activism.progressive .

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