Congressional candidate with no love for Congress
Write-in Congressional Candidate Henry Nicolle has denounced all his representatives in public office.
“Until such time that the people may reconstitute lawful representation with constitutional authority,” he declares, “I hereby withdraw my tolerance of government at the hands of any man or woman currently in public office or employment.”
He argues that no one in government has authority because everyone is acting outside the authority of the Constitution. “They’re actually anarchists,” he charges.
“The American Revolution formed the basis for the great American experiment: Can people be their own government or not? We failed tremendously on the government side because we let people in government take our powers away from us,” says Nicolle, who is running for office in California’s 24th district with no party affiliation.
He is using this forceful criticism as an open invitation to his series of public forums, where he hopes to discuss the possibility of an indictment of President Bush “and others” whom he also believes to have been complicit in the atrocities of September 11.
“The president and Congress proceed to operate in a mode outside of the Constitution, which is treason, especially when their activities bring us to a state where other people go to war with us,” he says.
But his meeting has little to do with his own campaign; he argues that there are no true town hall meetings in Ventura County and it’s time for a public discussion. His call-to-arms is simple: “There is no inherent authority in the government in our country.”
Henry Nicolle will host a public meeting at Ventura County Christian School Auditorium, 96 S. McMillian Avenue, Ventura, on July 27, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., and on Aug. 11, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Nicolle may be contacted at 758-4446.
— Saundra Sorenson
Seatbelts for all!
In a move that benefits everyone’s safety, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) have introduced legislation requiring seats and seat belts for all migrant workers traveling to and from their jobs with coworkers. The Farm and Forestry Worker Transportation Safety Act, introduced July 20, aims to curb the hundreds of deaths and injuries of migrant workers each year. Many migrant workers carpool in overcrowded vans, where most do not have access to seats and seat belts. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 78 workers were killed in transportation accidents in 2004. In addition, there were 440 injuries.
Feinstein has supported such legislation for years, especially after a 1999 Fresno County accident which saw 13 tomato field workers die after their van collided with a tractor-trailer. The workers were riding on three benches in the back of the van.
Similar accidents have occurred across Maine, where agriculture is very dependent on migrant workers. Last year, Snowe supported the Surface Transportation Bill, a similar bill aimed at stopping the misuse of the large vans that migrant workers are transported in. With this new bill, both Feinstein and Snowe hope to decrease migrant worker deaths and injuries nationwide.
— Chris Balchum
Trouble for women
In 1995, delegates from 189 nations met in Beijing, China to discuss universal women’s issues. That meeting of the minds resulted in the Beijing Platform for Action’s “12 Critical Areas of Concern for Women.” Now, thanks to the Ventura County Commission for Women (VCCW) and a $7,000 grant awarded by the McCune Foundation, these issues will be addressed locally.
The 12 areas of concern address human rights, poverty, education and violence. The VCCW is looking to hold a series of conferences, lectures and seminars, beginning with the Economic Justice Forum for Women on Oct. 14, with women leaders in attendance.
“We\’re not focusing just on any specific area,” says Janis Gardner of the VCCW, “we\’re going to run the whole gamut.” She adds, “We have a tremendous amount of homeless people, women who have children who are on welfare. Bringing all these women [leaders] together in one conference will hopefully help to solidify the bigger picture, which would coincide with the Beijing platform.”
The VCCW submitted its annual report to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors two weeks ago, and the 50-page synopsis of the organization’s efforts details its hopes to restore funding for the Teen Sister Pregnancy Prevention Project, which is a response to recent studies showing sisters of teen mothers are four to six times more likely to become teen mothers themselves. County funding for the project ended in 2004.
For more information on the VCCW, visit www.vchsa.org/cfw/
— Saundra Sorenson