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UPDATE: NOON PDT 5/9-  Sen. Correa submitted SB 251 to wait presentation shortly after opening remarks to the California Senate Appropriations Committee.  A very brief comment was allowed later on SB 251 from an American Friends Committee member towards the matter of selective service information used from drivers license applicants.  The Committee Chair later called for the suspension of the bill towards a vote based on the issue of costs.

During the hearing, Cindy Sheehan’s, Peace of the Action advocate Gregory Vickrey, issued remarks to press concerning Sacramento’s “occupation” by active anti-draft constituencies. Members of CODE PINK and respective members of anti-draft coalitions, World Can’t Wait for We Are Not Your Soldiers were also accounted for in support of the actions.

In a related highlight, Sen. Joe Simitian, Palo Alto, presented a fiscally conservative bill SB 29 during the hearing which advances privacy protections for driver identity and the ability to challenge red light cameras.  The affirmative bill was moved for a vote.

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BTC – The California Senate Appropriations committee will be holding a hearing Monday morning to discuss federal and state appropriations and funding for SB 251, a bill mandating drivers sign up for wartime drafts or selective service in the US military.

Several advocates, including the Identity Project, American Friends Committee and local ACLU, have already submitted letters opposed to this identity mandate. Organizers will be attending the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee Conference, in the Bay Area on May 6th & 7th.

Anyone of concern should note the following call to action:

TELL CA SENATE APPROPRIATIONS, NO ON SB 251

WHO: Anti-war, Anti-draft mandateAnti-recruitment, or Anti-identity mandate constituencies

WHAT: Call to direct action opposing the passage or funding of SB 251 at the California Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing

WHEN: Monday, May 9th 11 AM, 2011

WHERE: John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203), State Capitol Sacramento, CA
 *If you can’t attend, but you wish to watch or listen the hearing click here.*

WHY: Opposing mandatory or coercive selective service sign-ons in order to attain a California State drivers license

HOW: Write, call or contact appropriations committee members urging them to Vote NO on 251.

CA SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

BTC – Today I heard about the retirement of Phillip Booth, a hero in the international fight against national ID cards and data surveillance.  Phil led the UK to the first of several victories in the nation’s fight against eruptive onslaughts of gestating identity programs.

“No one should underestimate the debt the whole country owes to Phil Booth. His incredible energy and hard work has been key in making NO2ID the fastest growing and most successful campaign group in modern British history, killing the Home Office’s identity scheme dead. Our task now is to use that invaluable legacy and experience and take the fight to the surveillance state.” — Guy Herbert, Phil Booth’s successor

Booth led NO2ID six years from inception through this February, 2011.

Without a doubt, Booth’s conscientious delivery towards the goal of protecting citizens from identity abuses will be what he is known for.

There was talk that he would return to a life as sculpture artist.

One could see the allure of having achievements carved in stone or cast in metal.  The evidence of legislative art is more akin to a sand mandala; which upon completion is then taken by monks and dumped into the river to return to the earth.  This type of work is symbolic, impermanent and eternally slavish to the process of death. The iterations of strength are exercised as freedom from attachment. However, this disallows observance of a more final permanent work past the hourly, weekly, monthly and even yearly institution of the labors granted.

Activism as an artform doesn’t necessarily ground to renew with impartiality. One can be left imbued with a visceral understanding of the baser natures of man creatures.  The experience taken in excess or without adequate relief will make one recalcitrant, apathetic or insensitive to legal versions of collateral damage resulting in compassion fatigue.

Reporting and news sources don’t help longevity of messaging.  They can turn over the foundation of great work like a faddish “hit”; which came and went in the washes of a 24 hour news cycle.  It can be about as satisfying as being fed into a hamburger grinder.

Some of us certainly feel a loss in arms, possibly envy, as Booth returns to the mystery of life-in-general or life after the charitable fight.

The following clip is relatable.  In the film Alien 3, the beleaguered protagonist Ripley is caught off guard and unarmed by a pursuant alien.  The team was not yet free of the consumptive menace of her alien foe or of the fight itself.

http://www.hulu.com/edp/http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailymotion.com%2Fvideo%2Fx7mpkf_alien-3-xenocide-step-one_shortfilms/embed/DgyOmAAjm16qFjE90WCLkw