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Please join the Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund for the Roe the Vote Rally at the Humboldt County Courthouse on January 22, 2022, from 1-3 p.m. This rally will honor the 49th anniversary of the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade and will feature a program with the Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund, Clergy for Choice, and local officials. Attendees are encouraged to bring signs and dress warmly. Masks are required. Local Covid-19 protocols will be followed. This will be a free, outdoor, family-friendly event.

Roe the Vote Rally
Saturday, January 22, 2022
1 PM – 3 PM
Humboldt County Courthouse, Eureka

On December 1, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, wherein the state of Mississippi explicitly urged the Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. Sadly, the Court’s conservative majority appears poised to roll back abortion rights. This leaves people of reproductive age at risk of losing access to safe, legal abortions in their home state. On January 22, 2022, make your voice heard at the Roe the Vote Rally in Humboldt County and take a stand for reproductive justice. Contact Public Affairs officer Marisa Formosa at (707) 502-3008 or for more information or to get involved.

In solidarity,

Gilda Gonzales
Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund

I finally got to listen to it, or this portion of it.

If you haven’t been interviewed by a real reporter in decades and decide that you are desperate enough for attention that you’ll give it a try, you probably shouldn’t start with NPR. They will fact-check you. This is about 7 minutes of the 9 minutes of interview before Trump hung up on Inskeep. He had agreed to 15 minutes. My guess is that he will stick to Fox, Newsmax, and OAN from now on.

The Ohio gerrymander of Congressional districts was that bad!

Addendum: As I said before, Republicans had pretty much tapped out most of what they could gain through gerrymandering the last time around. You can only draw so many “snake,” “duck” and “octopus” districts. Democrats had only gerrymandered in Maryland. Now they’ve done it in Illinois. Open question as to whether they will do it in New York. There are multiple lawsuits in each of the 15 or so gerrymandered states, including the 2 Democratically gerrymandered – some based on state law and some federal. There are even lawsuits being filed in places with independent commissions, including Arizona where Latino groups believe that their communities were harmed by the approved map.

So far no California lawsuits about the statewide maps, though there was a lawsuit about the process which was rejected by the state Supreme Court in December.

Omicron isn’t “mild” for hospitals. In fact, we have a serious problem.

Thanks to the Daily Show

The Supervisor will either be Kim Bergel or Natalie Arroyo. Virginia Bass will not be running for reelection (her statement is very interesting and worth a read) and another conservative candidate Thomas Koors dropped out two days after he announced.

Maybe the Republicans will find somebody to run, but the way the elections have gone in Eureka over the past few cycles, I really don’t think it’s going to go well for them. Koors himself admitted he wasn’t getting the feedback he was hoping for about vaccine mandates and homeless issues.

This means that the Board will have it’s first solid progressive majority – probably ever – unless Larry Doss accomplishes a miracle upset in his carpetbag challenge to Steve Madrone in the Fifth District. Maybe we can revisit the General Plan and actually move the local economy forward by embracing the present let alone the future? Maybe we don’t look to big cannabis to replace big logging? Maybe we can be proactive and encourage investment around the fiber-optic line that’s supposed to reach us within the next couple of years? Seems like there might be tech companies who would like to open shop in a pretty place like ours. Is anybody making phone calls?


Matewan was one of John Sayles’s early movies and it was very somber and preachy. But it had some really good moments, including this iconic union speech delivered by Chris Cooper – might have been his breakthrough role, I’m not sure. Sayles tried to do too much with this movie in that he combined two historic events. One was the Battle of Matewan in which coal miners took up guns against armed thugs the company hired to break up their strike. But in the real event, black and Italians were not brought in as scabs to break that strike.

Early in the labor movement management often used a major weakness of white workers against them – racism. They would bring in black workers as scabs which would trigger violence to justify a forceful crackdown on the strike. By the 1930s, particularly with the rise of the CIO and the radical organizers therein, some labor leaders got smart about it and in one particular strike in 1941 Ford attempted the same thing. This time the union discussed the matter with black community leaders and the black workers joined the strike and all of them went to the factory and broke all the windows. The strike was over shortly thereafter – I don’t know the details of what was worked out and how everyone was employed, but they probably benefited from the war which began the following year. Always a silver lining.

Anyway, as some of us have been saying, we need to stop saying “white working class.” That plays into the Trump phenomenon. It was actually white working class voters who turned it around in 2020, though the majority still voted for Trump. But until everybody starts to remember the basics of this speech even as they apply beyond unions, we’re screwed.

The big stories of the year in summary: January 6 and the ongoing fallout, the economy, the pandemic, and next year’s midterm elections.

This is a bit of an exaggeration. The guy on the Internet will link you to a long-winded youtube video with pretty graphics and ominous public domain background music!


January 2022