spoke at San Jose De-Bug on Sunday October 21st, starting around
6 PM. I got there about that time to find a huge stack of pizzas
on the food table. It was a delicious way to start the evening.
There weren't many people there yet, just half a dozen regulars,
the Green Party table, and a few members of the spiritual
Raj began the speaking part of the
meeting. He explained that De-Bug was all about making a creative
space where people could explore ideas and use equipment that was
otherwise unavailable to them. Then he introduced Shamako, whom
everybody who uses the place regularly knows well.
Shamako talked about marching with
Cheri Honkala in the Poor Peoples March, many years ago. Then he
quickly introduced a series of important people who each said a
This guy (Carmelo?) was a founding
member of the De-Bug team, but I missed his name. He was grateful
that the place is getting used for important events like this one.
Jorge (sounds like Hor-hey) talked
about how the system is playing fast and loose with our rights. He
feels that De-Bug is a key part of working together to come up
with an artistic antidote to mainstream blather.
Then Shamako turned the stage over
to Sandy Perry, whose job was to introduce Cheri Honkala.
Sandy Perry said that we are at a
historic crossroads. The coming election is an important event,
and tragically the mainstream media are ignoring some of the
choices on our ballots. Having known Cheri Honkala for years, he
is proud to bring her voice into the public debate by giving her
this opportunity to speak with us. He lead us in a round of
applause as she took the stage.
Cheri began by telling us what a
huge experience it had been to get selected by Jill Stein as her
running mate. Then she talked about how her number one issue is
housing for the poor. Cheri lives in the poorest neighborhood in
Pennsylvania, and she sees the problems with our system on an
ongoing basis. Substance abuse, unemployment, all sorts of
problems. It was because of the system's failure to respond to
these problems that she ran for Sheriff two years ago on a
platform of "STOP HOME FORECLOSURES!" Housing the poor remains her
number one issue.
Shamako began the question phase by
asking a couple of things that everybody wanted the answer to.
Then he opened it up to the rest of us, one by one.
Spencer asked what could be done
about home foreclosures locally. She said "visit my Wikipedia
page, where there are links to lots of resources on that." She
also said "If you're foreclosed on don't just leave, wait for them
to kick you out." I gather sometimes it takes them a while to get
around to that.
This guys question was something
like "how is the Green Party going to get beyond being a bunch of
She said "I'm going to get you to
run for office as a Green Party member."
Somebody else asked her to give more
details about getting arrested with Jill Stein trying to get into
the Presidential Debate in Colorado. She said they were handcuffed
to folding chairs for eight hours by order of the Secret Service.
Then they were pushed out the door without a phone call or
anything. Sounded like corporal punishment to me.
Somebody asked how the Green Party
platform was going to affect things if she got elected. She talked
about "turning the White House into a Green House." Then she said
the defense budget would be cut drastically and much more
resources would go into education and caring for our fellow