SEIU and CPMC; Restorative Justice; School Food …

by on September 27, 2010

To the Editor:

There can be absolutely no doubt about the glaring fact that SEIU is a corporate union and just like the Tea Partiers and the right wing of the Republican party, they stand behind and support big money at the expense of the working poor and those who can’t afford health care provided by for‑profit only hospitals. It is truly unfortunate that a once proud and progressive union could sink to its current status. It is even more than unfortunate ‑‑ it is a despicable reality that SEIU’s Washington based autocrats have driven SEIU over the edge. SEIU is well known for mismanaging members’ dues and instead use them for their own personal gain. California’s healthcare workers and communities must continue to stand together and send the carpetbaggers back to wherever they came from. NUHW RISING!

Francisco Martinez
Oakland, CA


To the Editor:

Restorative Justice (RJ) by definition cannot be “pushed” on anyone. For the process to work, it needs to be voluntary for all participants. If proper prep work is done with all stakeholders including victim and offender, then RJ can be used for any offense. The key element is making sure the offender is accountable to the harm and the victim(s) get their needs met without being re‑victimized. This is possible for any offense.

David Yusem
Oakland, CA


To the Editor:

Thank you, Dana Woldow, for so eloquently stating the myriad of challenges that preclude our children from enoying the kinds of meals we believe our children deserve. Also, an advocate for healthy school foods since 2002, I envy your ability to colesce all this information into one pithy aritcle. I will share your article with everyone I know.

Rainey Wikstrom
Denver, CO


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