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Leading Russian Rights Lawyer and Journalist Shot to Death in Moscow

Posted in politics by allisonkilkenny on January 20, 2009

New York Times

Investigators standing over the body of the lawyer Stanislav Markelov in Moscow on Monday. He and Anastasia Baburova, a freelance journalist, were killed after he held a news conference. (Mikhail Voskresensky/Reuters)

Investigators standing over the body of the lawyer Stanislav Markelov in Moscow on Monday. He and Anastasia Baburova, a freelance journalist, were killed after he held a news conference. (Mikhail Voskresensky/Reuters)

MOSCOW — A prominent Russian lawyer who spent the better part of a decade pursuing contentious human rights and social justice cases was killed on Monday in a brazen daylight assassination in central Moscow, officials said.

The lawyer, Stanislav Markelov, had just left a news conference where he announced that he would continue to fight against the early release from jail of Yuri D. Budanov, a former Russian tank commander imprisoned for murdering a young Chechen woman.

Anastasia Baburova, a 25-year-old journalist who was with Mr. Markelov, was also killed, according to a spokeswoman for a newspaper where she worked as a freelancer, Novaya Gazeta, which is highly critical of the government. The two were shot.

Officials said they believed that Mr. Markelov, 34, was the primary target, having brought cases against the Russian military, Chechen warlords and murderous neo-fascists. With a laundry list of his potential enemies, authorities refrained from naming any suspects.

“Investigators are looking into various theories, including that the murder was linked to the victim’s professional activities,” Vladimir I. Markin, a spokesman for the investigative wing of the Prosecutor General’s Office, said of Mr. Markelov.

The murder bore the characteristics of a contract killing, a not-uncommon phenomenon in Russia. Even so, the audacity of Mr. Markelov’s murder surprised some commentators.

“Even when organized crime in the 1990s was rampant, such a killing would have been considered bold and horrific,” said a correspondent from Vesti television.

Mr. Markelov, who was the director of the Rule of Law Institute, a civil liberties group, gained prominence recently representing the family of Elza Kungayeva. She was an 18-year-old Chechen whom Mr. Budanov, the former tank commander, admitted strangling in his quarters in March 2000, just as the second post-Soviet war in Chechnya was beginning to rage.

Mr. Budanov was sentenced to 10 years in prison but was given early parole for good behavior.

Mr. Markelov, at the news conference just before his death, told reporters that he might file an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights against the early release of Mr. Budanov, who was a decorated colonel of the Russian Army before he was stripped of his rank. In an interview last week with The New York Times, Mr. Markelov said he might also file a lawsuit against the administration of the prison that released Mr. Budanov last Thursday.

The decision to free Mr. Budanov set off street protests and outraged some human rights groups and Chechen officials. It reignited long-simmering tensions years after a decade of intermittent war in Chechnya, a southern Russian republic, was replaced by tenuous stability.

But Mr. Budanov was also revered by nationalists as a valiant fighter who helped wage a bloody but necessary war against separatist rebels in Chechnya. Some now see Mr. Markelov’s murder as revenge for his efforts against a Russian hero.

“The murder of Markelov, I consider a bold open warning by the ‘party of war’ to democratic Russia,” Nudri S. Nukhazhiev, Chechnya’s human rights ombudsman, said in a statement. “Today, there are no facts or evidence of the direct participation of Budanov in this crime, but I am more than certain that it was committed by his supporters with his consent.”

Mr. Markelov phoned the father of Ms. Kungayeva, the slain teenager, a few days ago to complain that he had received death threats, the father told the Interfax news agency.

Lela Khamzayeva, another lawyer for Ms. Kungayeva’s family, was adamant, however, that the killing of Mr. Markelov could not be linked to his connection with Mr. Budanov, because his role during the actual proceedings against the former colonel was, as she put it, “insignificant.”

“If someone is trying to link this murder with Markelov’s participation in the Budanov case, well, that’s just ridiculous,” she said.

Given Mr. Markelov’s propensity for challenging the Russian authorities and others known to settle scores violently, the list of potential suspects is lengthy.

He worked closely with Anna Politkovskaya, an investigative journalist with Novaya Gazeta and strong critic of Russia’s Chechnya policies, who was murdered in Moscow in 2006.

He often defended the interests of those, like Ms. Kungayeva, who became ensnared in the violent and often arbitrary military justice of the Chechen conflict or the tyrannical rule of Chechnya’s violence-prone leader, Ramzan A. Kadyrov, in the war’s aftermath.

“He handled almost every case opened as a result of the work of Anna Politkovskaya,” said Nadezhda Prusenkova, a spokeswoman for Novaya Gazeta.

While he was not involved in the current trial of three men accused in the murder of Ms. Politkovskaya, Mr. Markelov did work on the case of another murdered Novaya Gazeta journalist, Igor Domnikov, who died in 2000 from wounds caused by a hammer blow to the head.

Mr. Markelov has also represented victims of neo-fascist and xenophobic violence, a phenomenon that has been expanding annually both in frequency and intensity, according to experts.

At least 10 people were killed and 9 others injured in racist attacks in Russia in the first two weeks of 2009, said Aleksandr Brod, the head of the Moscow Human Rights Bureau, Interfax reported.

Ms. Baburova, the freelancer who was killed Monday, began working for Novaya Gazeta last October. She cited Mr. Markelov in her most recent article about fascist groups, published on Saturday.

In it, the lawyer criticized the authorities for their handling of a case against the leader of a violent nationalist group, who was sentenced to three years in prison for arranging the murder of a man from Tajikistan and putting video of the killing on the Internet.

With Ms. Baburova’s death, Novaya Gazeta has lost four reporters to murder or other mysterious circumstances since 2000.

Michael Schwirtz reported from Moscow, and Graham Bowley from New York.

Neo-Colonialists Begin Campaign Against Obama’s Fair Trade Agenda

Posted in human rights, politics by allisonkilkenny on January 18, 2009

David Sirota

sweatshop1Nicholas Kristof’s latest New York Times column makes the case that corporate colonialism and human exploitation aren’t just not bad, but actually a great virtue that will save the developing world – and that those working to stop such colonialism and exploitation are the root cause of global poverty. I kid you not:

Mr. Obama and the Democrats who favor labor standards in trade agreements mean well, for they intend to fight back at oppressive sweatshops abroad. But while it shocks Americans to hear it, the central challenge in the poorest countries is not that sweatshops exploit too many people, but that they don’t exploit enough…

I’m glad that many Americans are repulsed by the idea of importing products made by barely paid, barely legal workers in dangerous factories. Yet sweatshops are only a symptom of poverty, not a cause, and banning them closes off one route out of poverty…

When I defend sweatshops, people always ask me: But would you want to work in a sweatshop? No, of course not. But I would want even less to pull a rickshaw. In the hierarchy of jobs in poor countries, sweltering at a sewing machine isn’t the bottom.

This is quite literally the argument of a sociopath – and the problem is that sociopathy is so prevalent in discussions about trade and globalization that we barely even notice it anymore.

David Sirota :: Neo-Colonialists Begin Campaign Against Obama’s Fair Trade Agenda

Think about how intellectually dishonest Kristof’s argument is: He is basically saying that when American trade policy incentivizes corporations to employ young women in 15-hour shifts in sweatshops for $1 a day, we’re doing those women a favor, because that situation – however horrendous – is better than them having to dig through garbage dumps or serve as prostitutes for subsistence. The assumption – totally unquestioned – is that it’s an either/or choice: According to Kristof, either these women can have the great honor and privilege of being exploited, or they can face a worse hell (like, he says, pulling a rickshaw). And America should be unapologetically proud of itself for providing the opportunity for the former.

Left unsaid, of course, is that the size of the American market coupled with strong labor/wage protections in our trade policy would likely compel another alternative to the binary sweatshop-or-worse-hell paradigm.

Here’s the deal: Because our market is so big, economists will tell you that every multinational corporation wants to do business in the United States – that is, every corporation that wants to be globally competitive wants to be able to sell things to Americans. This is a huge amount of potential global economic leverage. The standards we choose to set as conditions for access to our market set standards throughout the world For example, our trade policies include restrictive patent protections for pharmaceutical companies and foreign governments enforce such patents even though they keep many medicines prohibitively high for their impoverished populations. Why? Because if they don’t, they could face crippling economic sanctions (read: loss of access to the American market they need access to).

Unfortunately, our current trade policy – and specifically, its omission of basic labor/wage/environmental/human rights standards – means we don’t use the economic leverage that comes with that market power for anything good. While we do, for instance, protect drug industry profits with restrictive provisions for patents, we don’t protect human beings and deride proposals for such protections as evil “protectionism” (as if the patent protections aren’t protectionism). By saying to corporations that they can have access to our market with almost no preconditions, we incentivize only one thing: a race to find the most exploitable labor and most lax environmental laws in the world so as to bring down product prices and inflate profits as much as possible.

In mimicking Margaret Thatcher’s famous “There Is No Alternative” refrain, Kristof would have us believe that the current standards-free system is inevitable and unchangeable – and worse, that any effort to change it would only hurt the poor foreign workers he purports to care about. But clearly there is an alternative. If the United States government’s trade policy said companies could only have access to our market if they followed the most basic labor/wage laws that prevent gross sweatshop exploitation, that would economically incentivize companies to improve their labor standards by making access to their American customers contingent on better behavior. And thus the either/or paradigm would be mitigated, if not eliminated.

Kristof and the neoliberal elites his writing represents likely knows all this – they may be sociopaths in their carefree attitude toward human exploitation, but they aren’t stupid. They want this either/or paradigm to exist, even though it doesn’t have to. Why? Because it both alleviates their privileged guilt and because it justifies the shredding of the social contract.

America’s ruling class – whether wealthy pundits, Wall Streeters, Washington lobbyists, corporate executives, politicians, or your typical suburban SUV-driving hundred-thousand-aire – desperately needs ways to avoid guilt and instead feel good and moral about sustaining lavish lifestyles through human exploitation. And so they have people like Kristof, Tom Friedman and other kindred spirits to give them a reasonable-sounding White Man’s Burden-style argument that helps them feel righteous rather than stoic in their excess; makes them feel like they are Saving the Children when they buy a pair of expensive slacks made by children toiling in a foreign sweatshop; and makes them feel that any pangs of guilt or efforts to change things are what’s really creating such bone-crushing poverty in the Third World. As Kristof himself proudly declares, the problem with America’s trade policies is not that the sweatshop culture they incentivize “exploit[s] too many people, but that they don’t exploit enough.”

Such rhetoric psychologically reassures the decidedly upper-class readership of the New York Times op-ed page that they don’t have to change their behavior or political disposition at all in order to feel like they are good people. And many, of course, follow up with traditional gestures of the noblesse oblige in order to buttress the positive self-image neoliberalism manufactures for them. For instance, Kristof proves to himself that he’s not the mundane colonialist that he is by penning other columns about the horrors of foreign poverty. Likewise, millionaire “liberals” who back the most exploitative globalization policies give money to anti-poverty charity. And yet, the structural policies that create poverty go untouched.

By this insane logic, then, we should be working not only to prevent any kind of labor/wage/human rights/environmental protections in our trade policies, but to start shredding the social contract here at home. By this logic, our minimum wage, workplace safety standards, minimal union organizing rights, and environmental laws must be abolished so that companies will employ workers here – regardless of the terms of that employment. After all, at least you can get a below-the-poverty-line job at Wal-Mart and not have to dig through trash dumps to subsist, right?

Well, sure – but it’s a false choice. When all the basic employment protections we take for granted were originally passed, our nation decided that the either/or choice didn’t have to exist – and we were right. For example, we understood that even if state and federal governments made mining companies permit unions and made mining companies pay workers a minimum wage, they would still maintain operations in places like Colorado and Montana. Why? Because there’s trillions of dollars worth of natural resources in those states that makes it worth staying, regardless of those basic worker protections – and if one company leaves, their competitor will come in and capitalize.

It’s the same thing in our globalization policies. We should understand that companies will keep employing the foreign workers that Kristof claims to care about even if we include minimal labor/wage/human rights/environmental standards in our trade pacts. Why? Because there’s trillions of dollars worth of customers in America that makes it financially smart to conform to such standards, rather than closing up shop. Such standards would also create an economic incentive for foreign countries to improve their domestic workplace laws and enforcement of said laws so as to get access to the American market ( Right now, the incentive is the opposite: Countries are encouraged to decimate their domestic laws so as to attract foreign investors, and those investors know there is no economic cost – ie. loss of access to the American market for going to the countries with the worst possible conditions).

Admittedly, over the long-haul, we may not have as much potential market-influencing power as we do now. With the rise of China and India, and the Bush-weakened domestic economy, it’s possible the American market will shrink in relative size to the rest of the globe, and therefore we won’t have as much market leverage to incentivize such standards. But that’s why there’s so much urgency to the basic fair trade reforms that President-elect Obama campaigned on, and that so many congressional Democrats have promised.* Not only will those fair trade reforms begin preventing Americans from having to compete in an unfairly rigged and recession-exacerbating race to the bottom with foreign slave labor, but they will use this potentially fleeting moment of American economic supremacy to lift the world up, rather than kicking it down.

Ultimately, such a paradigm shift will be far more important to restoring America’s image in the world and alleviating global poverty than the (admittedly significant) symbolism of removing George W. Bush and replacing him with a leader who has ancestral ties to Africa. That’s the secret the “exploitation is good” sociopaths from Kristof to the Chicago Boys don’t want us to grasp.

* And let’s be very clear: Nobody is proposing the institution of standards that even approach America’s domestic standards. No one is proposing a global American-level minimum wage or workplace safety standards or environmental protections. What has been floated are the most minimal protections against the worst kind of exploitation (child labor, right to join a union, etc.) – and yet even these most minimal standards are being opposed by the Establishment.

Zimbabwe Is Dying

Posted in human rights, politics by allisonkilkenny on January 17, 2009

Bob Herbert

A woman suffering from the symptoms of cholera is taken in a wheelbarrow to a clinic in Harare December 12, 2008. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

A woman suffering from the symptoms of cholera is taken in a wheelbarrow to a clinic in Harare December 12, 2008. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

If you want to see hell on earth, go to Zimbabwe where the madman Robert Mugabe has brought the country to such a state of ruin that medical care for most of the inhabitants has all but ceased to exist.

Life expectancy in Zimbabwe is now the lowest in the world: 37 years for men and 34 for women. A cholera epidemic is raging. People have become ill with anthrax after eating the decaying flesh of animals that had died from the disease. Power was lost to the morgue in the capital city of Harare, leaving the corpses to rot.

Most of the world is ignoring the agony of Zimbabwe, a once prosperous and medically advanced nation in southern Africa that is suffering from political and economic turmoil — and the brutality of Mugabe’s long and tyrannical reign.

The decline in health services over the past year has been staggering. An international team of doctors that conducted an “emergency assessment” of the state of medical care last month seemed stunned by the catastrophe they witnessed. The team was sponsored by Physicians for Human Rights. In their report, released this week, the doctors said:

“The collapse of Zimbabwe’s health system in 2008 is unprecedented in scale and scope. Public-sector hospitals have been shuttered since November 2008. The basic infrastructure for the maintenance of public health, particularly water and sanitation services, have abruptly deteriorated in the worsening political and economic climate.”

Doctors and nurses are trying to do what they can under the most harrowing of circumstances: facilities with no water, no functioning toilets and barely any medicine or supplies. The report quoted the director of a mission hospital:

“A major problem is the loss of life and fetal wastage we are seeing with obstetric patients. They come so late, the fetuses are already dead. We see women with eclampsia who have been seizing for 12 hours. There is no intensive care unit here, and now there is no intensive care in Harare.

“If we had intensive care, we know it would be immediately full of critically ill patients. As it is, they just die.”

Mugabe’s corrupt, violent and profoundly destructive reign has left Zim-babwe in shambles. It’s a nation overwhelmed by poverty, the H.I.V./AIDS pandemic and hyperinflation. Once considered the “breadbasket” of Africa, Zimbabwe is now a country that cannot feed its own people. The unemployment rate is higher than 80 percent. Malnutrition is widespread, as is fear.

A nurse told the Physicians for Human Rights team: “We are not supposed to have hunger in Zimbabwe. So even though we do see it, we cannot report it.”

Mugabe signed a power-sharing agreement a few months ago with a political opponent, Morgan Tsvangirai, who out-polled Mugabe in an election last March but did not win a majority of the votes. But continuing turmoil, including violent attacks by Mugabe’s supporters and allegations that Mugabe forces have engaged in torture, have prevented the agreement from taking effect.

The widespread skepticism that greeted Mugabe’s alleged willingness to share power only increased when he ranted, just last month: “I will never, never, never surrender … Zimbabwe is mine.”

Meanwhile, health care in Zimbabwe has fallen into the abyss. “This emergency is so grave that some entity needs to step in there and take over the health delivery system,” said Susannah Sirkin, the deputy director of Physicians for Human Rights.

In November, the primary public referral hospital in Harare, Parirenyatwa Hospital, shut down. Its medical school closed with it. The nightmare that forced the closings was spelled out in the report:

“The hospital had no running water since August of 2008. Toilets were overflowing, and patients and staff had nowhere to void — soon making the hospital uninhabitable. Parirenyatwa Hospital was closed four months into the cholera epidemic, arguably the worst of all possible times to have shut down public hospital access. Successful cholera care, treatment and control are impossible, however, in a facility without clean water and functioning toilets.”

The hospital’s surgical wards were closed in September. A doctor described the heartbreaking dilemma of having children in his care who he knew would die without surgery. “I have no pain medication,” he said, “some antibiotics, but no nurses … If I don’t operate, the patient will die. But if I do the surgery, the child will die also.”

What’s documented in the Physicians for Human Rights report is evidence of a shocking medical and human rights disaster that warrants a much wider public spotlight, and an intensified effort to mount an international humanitarian intervention.

Some organizations are already on the case, including Doctors Without Borders and Unicef. But Zimbabwe is dying, and much more is needed.

More Images From Gaza

Posted in human rights, politics by allisonkilkenny on January 12, 2009

Warning: Extremely Graphic

In 17 days: 905 Palestinians killed by Israel (284 children and 100 women) and 4095 injured. Thirteen Israelis dead.

Top Ten Humanitarian Crises

Posted in human rights by allisonkilkenny on December 22, 2008

MSF

Massive forced civilian displacements, violence, and unmet medical needs in the Democratic Republic of CongoSomaliaIraq,Sudan, and Pakistan, along with neglected medical emergencies in Myanmar and Zimbabwe, are some of the worst humanitarian and medical emergencies in the world, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reports in its annual list of the “Top Ten” humanitarian crises.

The report underscores major difficulties in bringing assistance to people affected by conflict. The lack of global attention to the growing prevalence of HIV-tuberculosis co-infection and the critical need for increased global efforts to prevent and treat childhood malnutrition—the underlying cause of death for up to five million children per year—are also included in the list.

A Massacre in Congo, Despite Nearby Support

Posted in Uncategorized by allisonkilkenny on December 11, 2008

New York Times

The son of Ludia Kavira Nzuva, 67, was among at least 150 people killed in little more than 24 hours by rebels in Kiwanja, Congo. (Michael Kamber for The New York Times)

The son of Ludia Kavira Nzuva, 67, was among at least 150 people killed in little more than 24 hours by rebels in Kiwanja, Congo. (Michael Kamber for The New York Times)


KIWANJA, Congo — At last the bullets had stopped, and François Kambere Siviri made a dash for the door. After hiding all night from firefights between rebels and a government-allied militia over this small but strategic town, he was desperate to get to the latrine a few feet away.

“Pow, pow, pow,” said his widowed mother, Ludia Kavira Nzuva, recounting how the rebels killed her 25-year-old son just outside her front door. As they abandoned his bloodied corpse, she said, one turned to her and declared, “Voilà, here is your gift.”

In little more than 24 hours, at least 150 people would be dead, most of them young men, summarily executed by the rebels last month as they tightened their grip over parts of eastern Congo, according to witnesses and human-rights investigators.

And yet, as the killings took place, a contingent of about 100 United Nations peacekeepers was less than a mile away, struggling to understand what was happening outside the gates of its base. The peacekeepers were short of equipment and men, United Nations officials said, and they were focusing on evacuating frightened aid workers and searching for a foreign journalist who had been kidnapped. Already overwhelmed, officials said, they had no intelligence capabilities or even an interpreter who could speak the necessary languages.

The peacekeepers said they had no idea that the killings were taking place until it was all over.

The executions in Kiwanja are a study in the unfettered cruelty meted out by the armed groups fighting for power and resources in eastern Congo. But the events are also a textbook example of the continuing failure of the world’s largest international peacekeeping force, which has a mandate to protect the Congolese people from brutality.

In this instance, the failure came from a mix of poor communication and staffing, inadequate equipment, intelligence breakdowns and spectacularly bad luck, said Lt. Col. H. S. Brar, the commander of the Indian peacekeepers based in Kiwanja.

But the killings and the stumbling response to the rebel advance were symptomatic of problems that have plagued the United Nations peacekeeping force in Congo for years, said Anneke Van Woudenberg, a senior researcher for Human Rights Watch, who investigated the slayings this month. The rebel onslaught was even led by a commander who is wanted on war crimes charges by the International Criminal Court.

“Kiwanja was a disaster for everyone,” Ms. Van Woudenberg said. “The people were betrayed not just by rebels who committed terrible war crimes against them but by the international community that failed to protect them.”

In the past year alone, hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes as the rebels, led by a renegade army general, have waged a fierce insurgency against the government and its allied militias.

In an interview, the rebel general, Laurent Nkunda, denied that his troops had executed civilians here, accusing militias allied with the government of trying to make his rebel movement look bad.

“We cannot kill the population,” he said. “It is not in our behavior to kill and to rape.”

But extensive interviews with victims, aid workers and human-rights investigators showed that Mr. Nkunda’s men carried out a door-to-door military operation over two days in which young men and others were executed.

The trouble began on Oct. 28, when Congolese Army troops fled the town, fearful of the advance of Mr. Nkunda’s troops.

The soldiers, who had already been routed by Mr. Nkunda’s men farther south, looted and raped as they ran, taking everything of value and even forcing some residents to help them carry the spoils, according to witnesses and investigators. Fearful residents had to choose between two bad options: follow the rampaging army or wait to see what the rebels might bring.

With the soldiers long gone, Mr. Nkunda’s troops took the towns of Kiwanja and Rutshuru without firing a shot. Immediately, they ordered the residents who remained to torch sprawling camps that held about 30,000 people displaced by earlier fighting, proclaiming that it was now safe for the camp dwellers to return to their villages, witnesses said.

“They said there was security, so everyone should go home,” said François Hazumutima, a retired teacher who had been living in a nearby camp. “But none of us felt safe.”

A week later, on Nov. 4, a group of militia fighters known as the Mai Mai carried out a surprise attack on Kiwanja. But the rebels soon routed the Mai Mai — and ordered all residents to leave.

The soldiers then went house to house, saying they were searching for militia fighters who stayed behind to fight. But many residents who stayed were scared their houses would be looted or were too old or infirm to flee, according to witnesses. Others had simply not gotten the message to leave.

The rebels came to the door of a 25-year-old trader, banging and threatening to shoot their way in.

“There were gunshots everywhere,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution. “They asked for money. I gave them $200.”

He then watched in impotent horror as the rebels went to his 22-year-old brother’s house next door. The man, a student, had no money to offer them. The soldiers ordered him to lie on the ground. They stabbed him in the neck with their bayonets and shot him in the head, he said.

“They said, ‘If you don’t have money, you are Mai Mai,’ ” he said. “Everyone who was young was destined to die.”

Muwavita Mukangusi said she was out in the fields farming with her husband when the shooting started. Their three young daughters were at home, so Ms. Mukangusi ran back. Her husband hid in the fields, returning only at nightfall. The next morning the rebels came.

“They took my husband,” she said, her eyes rimmed in red. “Because I had $50 in the house, I took $25 to them. But it was not enough. I added $25. It was still not enough. They accused him of being Mai Mai.”

The rebels beat him, she said, then forced him to the ground and shot him in the back of the head.

According to witnesses and clips of video shot at the time, Jean Bosco Ntaganda, Mr. Nkunda’s chief of staff, commanded the troops that carried out the killings. Mr. Ntaganda, whose nom de guerre is the Terminator, is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes committed while he was commanding a different armed group earlier in the war.

Meanwhile, confusion reigned at the nearby peacekeepers’ base. The company of soldiers sits in a spot that is decidedly not strategic, nestled in a valley that is highly vulnerable to incoming fire and has a poor vantage point from which to keep tabs on the surrounding area.

The company’s only translator left the base on Oct. 26 and was not replaced until more than two weeks later. But even in normal times, communications are limited. To make logistical arrangements, the peacekeepers depend largely on civilian staff members who work normal business hours and have weekends off. Unable to speak to most of the population and with almost no intelligence capabilities, Colonel Brar groped his way through a fog of rumor, speculation and misinformation.

“During this whole time, there was an informational vacuum,” Colonel Brar said.

With just one company of soldiers and three armored vehicles, the colonel’s peacekeepers were overmatched, he said. Patrols had to be aborted because rebels and militia fighters opened fire with heavy weapons that could pierce the vehicles’ cladding. The peacekeepers said they could not tell the difference between the different armed groups and were fearful of firing on civilians.

The colonel said he was juggling orders from headquarters in Goma to rescue stranded aid workers and search for a kidnapped foreign journalist. Sending out too many patrols would leave no one to protect the thousands of civilians gathered around the base, trapped in the vulnerable valley.

Making matters worse, the peacekeepers’ armored vehicles are largely unable to handle the muddy terrain of the neighborhoods hit hardest by the violence. It was not until the fighting was over that the full horror of the killings was discovered in houses stuffed with dead bodies.

“We launched patrols in areas we thought there would be clashes,” he explained. “But we could not be everywhere at once.”

As the shooting died down, residents said they found streets littered with bodies. Most, but not all, were young men and boys. One health care worker, who spoke anonymously for fear of reprisals, helped the Red Cross recover the bodies.

“Some were killed with bullets, others bayoneted,” the worker said. Among the injured sent to the regional hospital, the worker said, were “two women, one small girl of 9 years and one boy of 11 years.”

Witnesses said the rebels ordered that the bodies be buried quickly and far from the cemetery, to avoid leaving evidence for war crimes investigators.

“They did not want any mass graves,” said another man, who participated in the burials.

The worker said that by the end of Nov. 6, they had collected 150 bodies, the same toll reached by Human Rights Watch. The count could be higher still, he said, since the rebels have hampered efforts at a fuller accounting of the dead and missing.

Mr. Nkunda’s men continue to hold the town, as well as neighboring Rutshuru. Outwardly, calm has returned to the streets. But mothers have sent their sons packing because the rebels have been forcing men and boys to join them.

Mujawimana Nyiragasigwa said her 15-year-old son Jimia was snatched by soldiers in broad daylight last month. He had been out looking for work when the soldiers rounded him up, she said, and he has been missing for two and a half weeks.

“If I ever see him again, it will be by the grace of God,” she said.

Colonel Brar was clearly troubled by what happened here but said he and his troops did their best in an awful situation.

“We did what we could,” he said. “Imagine if we had not been here. Many more could have died.”

Ms. Kavira Nzuva, whose son François was killed, said his death had hollowed out her life. Gaunt and hobbled at 67, she was forced to return to the fields to farm.

François had supported her with his photography business. He had wired her mud-walled house for electricity and paid the monthly bill. He had built her a new kitchen. She kept a thick album of pictures of him, a tall man always eager to strike a pose for the camera.

“He was my youngest child,” she said. “I don’t know how I will live without him.”

Human Rights Contradictions Evident With Obama’s Attorney General Pick

Posted in Barack Obama by allisonkilkenny on November 19, 2008
Eric Holder, Jr.

Eric Holder, Jr.

From MAMA Radio in Colombia:

Holder’s Links to Chiquita Brands International Not a Good Sign for Justice For the Victims of Paramilitary Terror
By Mario A. Murillo

(Bogotá, Colombia)

First the good news: We’re two months away from President George W. Bush’s last full day in the White House. The countdown for the end of the nightmare has begun in earnest.

Now the bad news: As Barack Obama puts together his cabinet and eyes a slew of former Clinton officials for key staff positions, it is becoming ever more apparent that all those calls for change coming from progressive circles in the U.S. – and abroad – have fallen on deaf ears.

Most striking, at least for the time being, is the soon to be named position of the top law enforcement official of the country. It looks like the first African-American President will appoint the first African-American attorney general in the coming days, something that on the surface looks like an advance, but should actually sound alarm bells for anybody seeking true change in the way things are done in Washington, especially when it comes to bringing corporate criminals to justice.

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Huckabee Explains Why Gay Rights Are Not Civil Rights

Posted in civil rights by allisonkilkenny on November 19, 2008

michael-dale-huckabeeMike Huckabee appeared on The View and explained why the gay rights movement is not at all like the civil rights movement, and separate but equal gay rights is not at ALL like separate but equal for civil rights.

Spoiler alert: it makes no sense.

Huckabee reasons that the two are different because gays don’t “get their skulls cracked” in their struggle for equality. Joy, correctly, points out that gay-bashing does occur. Huckabee counters that he means the institutionalized sort of police skull-busting that occurred in the south.I would argue that the only reason that doesn’t happen is because our media would cover it and there would be a public outcry precisely because civil rights advocates went through that forty years ago. Therefore, the institutionalized form of discrimination is still there, but it’s a sneakier, softer kind of discrimination. They don’t blast gays with fire hoses, but they refuse them equal legal rights. It would be difficult to weigh which hurts more: getting blasted with a hose or being denied the privilege of sitting beside your loved one while he or she dies in a hospital bed.

This is a shameful chapter of our country, and people like Mike Huckabee are on the wrong side of history.

Watch the silliness unfold here.

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Who Passed Prop 8? Here’s the List

Posted in Uncategorized by allisonkilkenny on November 16, 2008

Thanks to Anna Matsen for passing along the list!

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Californians Against Hate

We present the Californians Against Hate Dishonor Roll. We want the country to know who gave the $36 million to the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign that ended same-sex marriage in California. We have posted all major donors on our web site who gave $5000.00 and more, many much more! We’ve taken public information from the California Secretary of State’s Office and added telephone numbers and web sites when available. We also included commentary on some of the more interesting and controversial donors. Individuals and businesses gave a vast amount of money to take away our equality, and we want you to know who they are.

Knights of Columbus, New Haven, CT
Headquarters: 1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510 • Tel: 203.752.4000 • Web: www.kofc.org/un/index.cfm
California: 15808 Arrow Blvd, Suite A, Fontana, CA 92335 • Tel: 909.434.0460 • Web: www.kofc-california.org
$1,425,000
Knights of Columbus (Headquarters) gave: $250,000 on 2/4/08, $1,000,000 on 8/15/08 and $150,000 on 10/21/08
Knights of Columbus (California) gave: $25,000 on 4/18/08

Headquartered in New Haven, CT, the Knights of Columbus has 1.7 million members and is required to provide life insurance to its members. Founded in 1882, it acts as the political arm of the Catholic Church. It has given millions of dollars to fight stem cell research initiatives and to fund constitutional amendments to ban same-sex marriage across the United States. The Knights of Columbus is chartered as a fraternal benefit society, and is set up as a 501(c)8 corporation.

Howard Ahmanson, Jr., Irvine, CA
P.O. Box 19061, Irvine, CA 92623-9061
$1,395,000
Howard “Howie” Ahmanson, Jr.’s company Fieldstead & Co. gave: $100,000 on 2/22/08, $200,000 on 2/29/08, $100,000 on 3/24/08, $100,000 on 8/26/08, $100,000 on 8/28/08, $300,000 on 9/25/08, $95,000 on 10/18/08, $250,000 on 10/27/08 and $150,000 on 10/22/08.

Fieldstead & Co. is a company owned by the heir of the Home Savings & Loan fortune, Howard “Howie” Ahmanson, Jr. Ahmanson is a major contributor to numerous far right religious political causes. His past association with R.J. Rushdoony’s controversial Christian Reconstructionist movement was an early influence on Ahmanson’s political viewpoint. Ahmanson has stated that his “goal is the total integration of biblical law into our lives.”

Referring to his close friend Rashdoony, Ahmanson is reported to have “never supported his mentor’s calls for the death penalty for homosexuals,” rather, as the Orange County Register reported many years later in 2004, “he stops just short of condemning the idea”, saying that he “no longer consider[s] [it] essential” to stone people who are deemed to have committed certain immoral acts. Ahmanson and his wife Roberta completed a four part interview with the Orange County Register in 2004 in an attempt to clarify the rumors that swirled around them. Ahmanson has connections with three other major donors on this list: Roland Hinz, Robert Hurtt and Edward Atsinger III, who have pooled their money to support like-minded candidates and causes through the Capitol Commonwealth Group (CCG) and Allied Business PAC. They spent more than $3,600,000 back in the 1992 election cycle alone. [1]

John Templeton/Josephine Templeton, Bryn Mawr, PA
300 Conshohocken State Road, Suite 500, West Conshohocken, PA 19428 • Tel: 610.941.2828 • Web:www.templeton.org and www.letfreedomringusa.com
$1,100,000
John Templeton, Chairman and President of the John Templeton Foundation, gave: $450,000 on 8/19 (to NOM), $450,000 on 8/19 (to Protect Marriage), $100,000 on 10/8/08 and $100,000 on 10/29/08.

John Templeton, Jr. is the son of the late John Marks Templeton. John, Sr. was born in Winchester, Tennessee in 1912, and made his fortune through the Templeton Funds that he started and later sold in 1992 to Franklin Group for $440 million. John, Jr. is now the President of the John Templeton Foundation which has nearly $1.5 billion in assets, and gave away $70 million in grants in 2007. The Foundation funds research into “life’s biggest questions,” including science, religion, ultimate reality and wisdom.

John Templeton, Jr. founded and is Chairman of ‘Let Freedom Ring, Inc.’ (www.letfreedomringusa.com), a far right think-tank that he set up in 2004 with a $1 million donation. [14] He is a member of the Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which made news when they were forced to leave their Philadelphia headquarters due to a conflict between Philadelphia’s non-discrimination policy, and that of the Boy Scouts, which allows discrimination of gays. Legal proceedings continue on the case. [12] [13]

National Organization for Marriage, Princeton, NJ
20 Nassau Street, Suite 242, Princeton, NJ 08542 • Tel: 609.688.0450 • Web: www.nomcalifornia.org andwww.nationformarriage.org
$1,041,134.80*
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) gave: $225,000 on 1/22/08, $38,132.50 on 2/1/08, $47,402.25 on 2/18/08, $172,500 on 2/21/08, $108,000 on 2/22/08, $105,000 on 3/7/08, $50,000 on 4/14/08, $25,000 on 4/18/08, $25,000 on 4/18/08, $100,100 on 4/24/08, $25,000 on 4/25/08, $20,000 on 7/30/08 and $100,000 on 10/21/08.

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is headed by syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher, President and Brian Brown, Executive Director. Gallagher has worked for several other organizations before founding NOM. She is best known for being in the center of a (George W.) Bush Administration scandal. She had a $21,500 contract with the Health and Human Services Department in 2002 to help promote the administration’s $300 million “healthy marriage” initiative, but did not disclose her contract and was using her column to promote the program. Gallagher attempted to withhold this information until she finally admitted the conflict four years later. [2]

Due to its sizeable early financial support of ProtectMarriage.com, NOM is chiefly responsible for the qualification of Proposition 8. Their funds made it possible to hire the signature gathering firm of Bader and Associates. Bader then was able to hire hundreds of professional petition circulators to collect the necessary signatures to qualify Proposition 8 for the November ballot. The Protect Marriage Campaign spent $1,227,263 with the Bader organization alone between January and June of 2008.

Terry Caster & Family, San Diego, CA
A-1 Self Storage–4607 Mission Gorge Place, San Diego, CA 92120 • Tel: 800.219.4854 • Web: www.a1storage.comand www.castergrp.com and www.servinghands.com
$693,000
The Caster Family has given: Terry Caster–$100,000 on 1/5/08, $62,500 on 2/5/08 and $10,000 on 3/27/08; Barbara Caster–$9,100 on 4/10/08; Brian Caster–$10,000 on 1/28/08, $9,100 on 4/10/08 and $10,000 on 7/8/08; Candice Caster–$9,100 on 4/10/08; Cha Cha Caster–$9,100 on 4/10/08; Christina Caster–$9,100 on 4/10/08; Craig Caster–$9,100 on 4/10/08; Gary Davidson–$9,100 on 4/10/08; Justin Caster–$9,100 on 4/10/08; Kenneth Kremensky–$9,100 on 4/10/08; Mechele Kremensky–$9,100 on 4/10/08; Nick Caster–$9,100 on 4/10/08; Caster Family Trust–$400,000 on 10/30/08

The Caster Family owns A-1 Self Storage, with 40 locations throughout California. Terry Caster is quoted in the San Diego Union Tribune as saying “without solid marriage you are going to have a sick society.” Son Craig Caster is the Founder/Pastor of Family Discipleship Ministries in San Diego (www.familydiscipleshipmin.com). The Caster family has donated more to Proposition 8 than any other family in San Diego.

Robert Hurtt, Orange, CA
Container Supply Company–PO Box 5367, Garden Grove, CA 92846-0367 • Tel: 714.892.8321 • Web:www.containersupplycompany.com
$550,000
Robert Hurtt, President of Container Supply, gave: $25,000 on 4/18/08, $25,000 on 7/22/08 (from Container Supply), $250,000 on 9/5/08 and $250,000 on 10/17/08.

Former California State Senator Rob Hurtt owns Container Supply Company in Garden Grove. Hurtt had a quick rise to power when he spent $300,000 of his own money to win an Orange County State Senate seat in 1994. Hurt went on to overthrow the Republican leader Ken Maddy in 1995, and become the Minority leader. He was defeated 3 years later in 1998 by Democrat Joe Dunn.

Focus On the Family, Colorado Springs, CO
8605 Explorer Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920 • Tel: 800.232.6459 • Web: www.focusonthefamily.com
$539,643.66*
Focus on the Family gave: $50,000 on 12/4/07, $22,259.46 on 1/22/08, $10,834 on 1/28/08, $50,000 on 4/7/08, $250,000 on 6/13/08, $20,000 on 7/24/08, $9,152.63 on 7/29/08, $1,669.37 on 8/6/08, $21,402 on 9/4/08, $4,306.83 on 9/4/08, $1,739.37 on 9/15/08 and $100,000 on 10/28/08.

Founded in 1977 by Dr. James Dobson, Focus on the Family is the most powerful evangelical ministry in the country. Focus on the Family is located in Colorado Springs, CO and is now run day-to-day by President & CEO, Jim Daly, but James Dobson is still the face and voice of Focus on the Family. Their 2005 budget was $129 million and they have 1,300 employees. They advocate creationism and have called same-sex marriage “the most radical human experiment.”

One of James Dobson’s more famous quotes: “Communities do not let prostitutes, pedophiles, voyeurs, adulterers, and those who sexually prefer animals to publicly celebrate their lifestyles, so why should homosexuals get such privileges?” Dobson receives lucrative royalties from the many books that he writes.

*Contributions to this organization also appear separately on this report.

American Family Association, Tupelo, MS
P.O. Drawer 2440, 107 Parkgate, Tupelo, MS 38803-2440 • Tel: 662.844.5036 • Web: www.afa.net
$500,000 on 7/22/08

The American Family Association (AFA) of Tupelo, Mississippi was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon. He serves as Chairman and his son Tim is President. According to its web site, “AFA exists to motivate and equip citizens to change the culture to reflect Biblical truth and traditional values.” They are established as a 501(c)(3) Corporation and according to their IRS Form 990 for 2007, brought in $22.5 million. AFA owns over 180 American Family Radio stations in 28 states across the country. [3] AFA has led several national boycotts against companies such as Walt Disney (1996–2005) www.afa.net/disney Ford (2005) www.boycottford.com and just launched a boycott against McDonalds Corporation www.boycottmcdonalds.com all due to their support of fairness and equality for gays and lesbians. AFA is currently targeting the Hallmark Card Company because it began selling a same-sex wedding cards.

Claire Reiss, La Jolla, CA
Reisung Enterprises 
$500,000 on 10/30/08

Elsa Prince, Holland, MI
Edgar & Elsa Prince Foundation–190 River Ave, Suite 300, Holland, MI 49423 • Web: www.frc.org
$450,000
Elsa Prince gave: $200,000 on 8/8/08 and $250,000 on 8/14/08

Elsa Prince of Holland, Michigan is a board member of James Dobson’s Focus on the Family and their lobbying operation, the Family Research Council (FRC). Her late husband, Edgar, founded Prince Automotive and invented the lighted sun visor mirror which made them billionaires. Prince Automotive was later bought out by Johnson Controls. Edgar Prince was instrumental in creating the FRC and upon his death, Elsa Prince provided the money to build their new headquarters in Washington D.C. [8] At Edgar’s funeral, he was eulogized by James Dobson and Gary Bauer.

Prince’s son Erik serves as Vice President of the Edgar & Elsa Prince Foundation, but is best-known as co-founder and CEO of Blackwater Worldwide www.blackwaterusa.com the highly controversial private security company with federal contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan worth a reported $500 million/year. The Princes have a sprawling ranch in Cody, Wyoming not far from Vice President Dick Cheney’s principal residence in Jackson, WY. Over the years, Blackwater has been represented by high-profile lawyer Ken Starr. [9]

The Edgar & Elsa Prince Foundation is a major donor to the Alliance Defense Fund, whose other major donors include Prince’s daughter and son-in-law, Richard and Betsy DeVos (Richard is the son of the Co-founder of Amway) and the Bolthouse Foundation, whose founder, William Bolthouse, also appears on this list. [10]

Concerned Women for America, Washington, DC
1015 Fifteenth Street NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005 • Tel: 202.488.7000 • Web: www.cwfa.org
$409,000 on 9/26/08

Concerned Women for America was founded in 1979 by Christian Beverly LaHaye, wife of Christian Coalition co-founder Timothy LaHaye. The organization is a conservative Christian political action group that focuses on six “core issues”, which they view as Biblically-based. LaHaye was quoted in a 1987 interview with Ms. Magazine, “Yes, religion and politics do mix. America is a nation based on biblical principles. Christian values dominate our government. The test of those values is the Bible. Politicians who do not use the Bible to guide their public and private lives do not beling in office.” [21]

Hartford Holdings, LLC, Provo, UT
$300,000 on 10/31/08

John Dalton, Yorba Linda, CA
J & L Consulting, Inc. 
$250,000 on 10/27/08

David Moon, Alpine, UT
Esnet, Ltd.
$200,000 on 10/28/08

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC
$200,000 on 10/27/08

The Vineyard Group, LLC, Mesa/Queen Creek, AZ
1223 S. Clearview Ave., Mesa, AZ 85209 • Tel: 480.222.5800
$160,000
The Vineyard Group gave: $25,000 on 6/23/08, $35,000 on 7/15/08 and $100,000 on 10/29/08.

The Vineyard Group is part of Cardon Hiatt Bowden, a real estate and investment company based in Mesa, AZ. Principals include Elijah and Craig Cardon, Broc Hiatt and Brent Bowden, many of whom were big financial backers of Mitt Romney for President. Broc Hiatt is a Director of the New York based Institute for American Values, where NOM founder Maggie Gallagher is an Affiliate Scholar.

Dorothy Nielson, La Verne, CA
$150,000
Dorothy Nielson, a retiree of La Verne, CA gave: $150,000 on 8/8/08

Doug Manchester, San Diego, CA
Manchester Financial Group–One Market Place, 33rd Floor, San Diego, CA 92101 • Tel: 619.231.3800 • Web:www.mresorts.com
$125,000
Doug Manchester, Chairman of Manchester Financial Group, LLC, gave: $125,000 on 1/22/08

Among Doug Manchester’s many holdings are The Manchester Grand Hyatt and the 1 year old Grand del Mar Hotel, both in San Diego. His $125,000 early contribution to qualify Proposition 8 is now possibly the most famous political contribution in America. When it became public on March, 15th there were cries for a boycott of his hotels. Californians Against Hate along with Unite Here, Local 30 and many other gay and lesbian leaders officially called for a boycott of Doug Manchester’s hotels on July 18, 2008. www.boycottmanchesterhotels.com. The boycott has been highly successful, resulting in several conventions and meetings being cancelled and moved to competing locations.

Pacific Shores Masonry, Corona, CA
Stephen Lang is owner of Pacific Shores Masonry. [11]–1369 Walker Ln., Corona, CA 92879 • Tel: 951.371.8550
$125,000 on 8/13/08

Mike Murray, Redmond, WA
Crystal Springs Foundation 
$100,000 on 10/27/08

Michele Adams Watterson, Cache, UT
Watermark Investments, LC 
$100,000 on 10/29/08

Roger Bayer, SCC, UT
The Byron Company 
$100,000 on 10/27/08

Katharine Garff, Bountiful, UT
$100,000 on 10/29/08

Belinda Vandersloot, Idaho Falls, ID
$100,000 on 10/28/08

Matthew S. Wheelwright, Bakersfield, CA
Wheelwright Consulting, Consultant
$100,000 on 9/11/08

Joseph Moran, Los Altos, CA
Retired
$100,000 on 9/24/08

ECCU, Brea, CA
$100,000 on 9/23/08

Kelvin H. Moss, Granite Bay, CA
KH Moss Company, Investor
$100,000 on 9/10/08

William Bolthouse, Bakersfield, CA
The Bolthouse Foundation–2000 Oak Street, Suite 200, Bakersfield, CA 93301-3058 • Tel: 661.334.1915 • Web:www.thebolthousefoundation.org
$100,000 on 4/3/08

William Bolthouse, Jr. and his wife created the Bolthouse Foundation “to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by supporting charitable and religious organizations whose ministry, goals, and operating principles are consistent with evangelical Christianity as described in The Bolthouse Foundation Statement of Faith. [17] He was made wealthy through his family business, Bolthouse Farms, the 2nd largest producer of carrots in the world. He helped expand the business into beverages and salad dressings, and in 2005 sold 72% of the business to Madison Dearborn Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm. 28% of Bolthouse Farms is now owned by Bolthouse’s daughter and son-in-law, Andre Radandt, who is the company’s Chairman. Bolthouse Farms recently took significant steps to demonstrate that it is committed to diversity, including those in the LGBT community. They recently extended medical benefits to same sex partners of employees, and have given generously to several national and California LGBT organizations.

Donald G. Laws, Laguna Beach, CA
N. American Health Care, 3 Monarch Bay Plaza, Suite 203, Dana Point, CA 92629 • Tel: 949.240.2423 • Web:www.nahci.com
$100,000
Donald G. Laws, Director with North American Health Care Inc, gave: $100,000 on 8/13/08

North American Health Care, Inc. contracts on a formal and informal basis with health care providers in the Western United States. It owns nursing homes and long term health care facilities.

Steve Samuelian, Laguna Beach, CA
Generations Health Care Corporate Office–20371 Irvine Ave, Suite 210, Santa Ana Heights, CA 92707 • Tel: 724.241.5600 • Web: www.lifegen.net
$100,000
Stephen Samuelian, owner of Generations Health Care [15], gave: $100,000 on 8/20/08

Generations Health Care owns and operates nursing homes and long term health care facilities. Samuelian, a Mormon Bishop in Laguna Beach, CA, has also been involved in two court cases, one in which he was accused of fraudulently taking funds from Covenant Care, a home nursing company, and using them to build his Laguna Beach home. The case was settled for an undisclosed amount in January 1999. [20] His political donations include support of Mitt Romney for President in 2007.

Armour Properties CV, LLC, Newport Beach, CA
20320 Southwest Birch St, Newport Beach, CA 92660-1787 • Tel: 949.757.0505
$75,000
Armour Properties CV, LLC gave: $75,000 on 8/30/08; Jeffrey Armour also gave $20,000 in 1996 to Americans United to Preserve Marriage 527, in Virginia. [19]

Larry Smith, Newport Beach, CA
M H I Real Company–1601 Dove St., Newport Beach, CA 92660 • Tel: 949.955.1191
$67,000
Larry Smith, an Executive with M H I Real Co. in Newport Beach, CA gave: $25,000 on 4/24/08 and $42,000 on 7/25/08

MHI Real Co is a crude oil mining production/investment company.

Richard P. Spencer, Big Sur, CA
Dick Spencer & Associates, Investments
$60,000 on 9/19/08

Alejandro J. Martinez, Capistrano Beach, CA
Self Employed/Consultant
$50,000
Alejandro Martinez gave: $9,999 on 8/20/08 and $40,001 on 9/10/08

Don R. Flora, Laguna Niguel, CA
Alphadon, Accounting
$50,000 on 9/8/08

Judy Galorath, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
$50,000 on 9/8/08

S. Lee Ross, Glendale, CA
American Energy Corporation, CEO
$50,000 on 9/10/08

Loretta R. Allred, Atherton, CA
Allerd Investors
$50,000 on 9/19/08

Wilde Investments SC, LLC, San Carlos, CA
$50,000 on 9/18/08

Peter Ochs, Corona del Mar, CA
The Fieldstone Corporation, Chairman
$50,000 on 9/10/08

Dale Brown, Midland, TX
Petroleum Strategies–303 W. Wall St., Suite 1500, Midland, Texas 79701 • Tel: 432.682.0292 • Web:www.petroleumstrategies.com and www.legacylp.com
$50,000
Dale Brown, President of Petroleum Strategies gave: $50,000 on 8/4/08

Dale Brown is President of Petroleum Strategies; a Texas based Qualified Intermediary for tax-deferred, like-kind exchanges. Brown is also on the Board of Legacy Reserves LP, a publicly traded oil company (NASDAQ: LGCY) where his son Cory is the CEO and Chairman of the Board. Dale Brown is a major contributor to the Campaign for Working Families, an organization headed by far right leader Gary Bauer.

Roger Orton, Sacramento, CA
$50,000
Roger Orton of Sacramento gave: $50,000 on 8/18/08

Roger Orton is generally unknown politically. His only other political contributions were $450 to Tom McClintock for CA Lt. Governor and $200 to Sacramento area Congressman John Doolittle (R-Roseville).

Roger Benson, La Jolla, CA
7550 Hillside Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
$50,000
Roger Benson of La Jolla gave: $50,000 on 1/31/08

Joshua Baker, Manchester, MO
BioCold Environmental–239 Seebold Spur, Fenton, MO 63026 • Tel: 636.349.0300 • Web: www.biocold.com
$50,000
Joshua Baker, a Manager for BioCold Environmental, gave: $50,000 on 5/23/08

BioCold Environmental is a leading supplier of environmental rooms and environmental chambers, with products including walk-in cold rooms and stability rooms for pharmaceutical companies.

Gerald Simonsen, Poway, CA
RM Properties–14105 Biscayne Pl., Poway, CA 92064
$50,000
Gerald Simonsen, President of RM Properties gave: $50,000 on 4/12/08

Mr. Simonsen has previously given little money to other political campaigns except for $2100 to Mitt Romney for President in 2007 and $1400 to the San Diego Lincoln Club.

Claudia P. Quist, Sunnyvale, CA
$45,000
Claudia Quist gave: $5,000 on 8/29/08 and $40,000 on 9/5/08

R. Scott Jones, Riverside, CA
Bosco Legal Services–9455 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92503 • Tel: 951.353.8281 • Web: www.boscolegal.org
$45,000
R. Scott Jones, an Investigator with Bosco Legal Services, gave: $45,000 on 8/27

Bosco Legal Services include court document filing, document shredding, investigators and mobile photocopying.

Richard Patterson, Folsom, CA
Intel–2200 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95054-1549 • Tel: 408.765.8080 • Web: www.intel.com
$40,000
Richard Patterson, Finance Specialist for Intel, gave: $40,000 on 8/25/08

Richard Patterson is a Finance Specialist for Intel. He attended Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, UT,www.byu.edu.

Law Offices of Charles S. LiMandri, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
P.O. Box 9120, 16236 San Dieguito Road Suite 3-15, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 • Tel: 858.759.9930 • Web:www.limandrilaw.com
$37,000
The Law Offices on Charles S. LiMandri gave: $10,000 on 1/28/08 and $27,000 on 4/28/08

Charles S. LiMandri is a self-described “car accident attorney” according to his web site www.limandrilaw.com. Among his many cases, Mr. LiMandri sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, AZ and on March 15, 2005 he won. His client was awarded $2,376,189 in damages. [6] LiMandri, who lives and works in Rancho Santa Fe, recently hosted a Yes on 8 fund-raiser at his estate. He is the general counsel to the Yes on 8 campaign, and was paid $10,000 through the campaign according the California Recipient Committee Campaign Statement (State Form 460) dated 4/1/08 – 6/30/08.

Sandra Loesch, Gilroy, CA
Retired
$35,000 on 9/9/08

Andrew Pugno, Folsom, CA
Law Offices of Andrew Pugno, 101 Parkshore Dr, #100, Folsom, CA 95630-4726 • Tel: 916.608.3065 • Web:www.pugnolaw.com
$35,000
Andrew Pugno, Attorney at the Law Offices of Andrew Pugno gave: $35,000 on 4/28/08

The Law Offices of Andrew Pugno have been paid over $88,000 for their services relating to the Yes on 8 campaign.

Adamo Construction Management, Lakeside, CA
11980 Woodside Ave, Suite 5, Lakeside, CA 92040 • Tel: 619.390.6706 or 800.554.6364 • Web:www.adamoconstruction.com
$35,000
Adamo Construction Management gave: $25,000 on 1/28/08 and $10,000 on 6/20/08

Adamo Construction Management is a very large commercial/industrial design, construction and general contractor firm located in San Diego. The current President/CEO is Michael Gaetke, and the company was founded by James Adamo, Jr. Their clients have included Qualcomm, Honeywell, ITT Industries, Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, as well as several municipalities, religious organizations, and the Department of Defense.

Lee A. Whatcott, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
$34,999
Lee Whatcott gave: $9,999 on 8/25/08 and $25,000 on 9/4/08

Wilma Thomas, Dublin, CA
$32,500 on 9/10/08

Stephanie S. Sorensen, Laguna Niguel, CA
$30,000 on 9/15/08

Michael Minson, Modesto, CA
Minson Commercial Services, Real Estate
$30,000
Michael Minson gave: $5,000 on 8/28/08, $15,000 on 9/6/08 and $10,000 on 9/6/08

Cal Fruit International, Yuba City, CA
$30,000
Cal Fruit International gave: $5,000 on 9/3/08 and $25,000 on 9/8/08

Sharon Bogh, Yucaipa, CA
$30,000
Sharon Bogh gave: $25,000 on 9/4/08 and $5,000 on 9/4/08

David G. Nielson, Roseville, CA
The Alliance of Insurance Agents & Brokers, Executive Director
$30,000
David Nielson gave: $25,000 on 9/8/08 and $5,000 on 8/14/08

Bob Sundstrom, San Jose, CA
Intuitive Surgical, Director
$30,000 on 9/15

Nancy L. Saunders, Los Altos, CA
Netapp, HR Operations
$30,000
Nancy Saunders gave: $25,000 on 9/11/08 and $5,000 on 9/11/08

David Christensen, Alamo, CA
Nearon Enterprises, Executive–500 La Gonda Way, Suite 210, Danville, CA 94526 • Tel: 925.743.3300
$30,000
David Christensen gave: $5,000 on 8/11/08 and $25,000 on 9/2/08

David S. Christensen, an executive with Nearon Enterprises, has been with the company since May, 1993. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Planning from Brigham Young University, and serves as a trustee and is a member of the board of directors with Nearon.

San Diego Rock Church, San Diego, CA
2277 Rosecrans St., San Diego, CA 92106 • Tel: 619.226.7625 • Web: www.therocksandiego.org
$25,679.16 on 4/22/08

Pastor Miles McPherson leads the San Diego Rock Church located near Pt. Loma. According to their website: “The vision of the Rock Church is to be a powerful evangelistic force that engages every segment of society as a motivated army of believers in Jesus Christ. We are wholeheartedly committed to using our gifts anywhere at any time to share the gospel while influencing and transforming our society.”

Amy E. Johnson, Encinitas, CA
$25,500 on 8/29/08

Robert Hoehn, Carlsbad, CA
Hoehn Motors–5475 Car Country Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008 • Tel: 760.438.4454 • Web: www.hoehnmotors.com
$25,000
Robert Hoehn, President of Hoehn Motors in Carlsbad, CA gave: $25,000 on 2/8/08

Hoehn Motors has 6 large car dealerships located along the 5 freeway in Northern San Diego County: Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi, Infiniti, Acura and Honda. Mr. Hoehn was one of the earlier backers of Proposition 8, and has had a demonstration in front of his dealerships that was organized by the North County LGBT Coalition.www.northcountylgbtcoalitionforce.org

Willis Hamilton, Orange, CA
Hamilton Materials–345 West Meats Avenue, Orange, California 92865 • Tel: 714.637.2770 • Web:www.hamiltonmaterials.com
$25,000
Willis Hamilton, President of Hamilton Materials gave: $25,000 on 7/25/08

Hamilton Materials is a company specializing in drywall finishing products. Founded in 1959, Willis Hamilton was a professional applicator who slowly used his skills to build the business.

Mark Hobbins, Trabuco Canyon, CA
FamilyIQ.com–31441 Santa Margarita Parkway Suite A, Box# 314, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 • Tel: 888.249.9596 • Web: www.FamilyIQ.com
$25,000
Mark Hobbins, Founder of www.FamilyIQ.com, gave: $25,000 on 7/23/08

Mark Hobbins founded www.FamilyIQ.com in 1997. They offer e-learning courses for a variety of life improvement issues, including improving relationships with family, friends, partners/spouses and self-improvement.

Kenneth Eldred, Portola Valley, CA
Living Stones FDTN–3000 Sand Hill Rd., Building 1, Suite #145, Menlo Park, CA 94025 • Tel: 650.561.0003 • Web:www.lsfoundation.org
$25,000
Kenneth Eldred, CEO of Living Stones FDTN gave: $25,000 on 4/24/08

Kenneth Eldred is CEO of Living Stones Foundation. According to their website: The Living Stones Foundation Charitable Trust is said to exist to serve the Lord Jesus Christ by providing financial and strategic resources to projects that lead to self-sustaining Kingdom-building ministries, where support will leverage the success of the whole body of Christ. Areas of interest include Kingdom Business, Family Values, and regional, national, and global Transformation initiatives.

Dale Broome, Redlands, CA
Loma Linda Radiology Medical Group, Loma Linda University/Medical Center RAD–11234 Anderson St, Suite B6231, Loma Linda, CA 92354 • Tel: 909.558.4394 • Web:www.ucomparehealthcare.com/drs/california/radiology/Broome_Dale.html
$25,000
Dale Broome, Head of Radiology, Abdominal Imaging, Loma Linda University gave: $5,000 on 2/22/08 and $20,000 on 5/19/08

Alan H. Anderson, Laguna Beach, CA
South Coast Health Care, Bel Vista Convalescent Hospital–5001 East Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA 90804-3296 • Tel: 562.494.5001 • Web: www.belvista.com
$25,000
Alan H. Anderson with South Coast Health Care gave: $25,000 on 8/14/08

Alan H. Anderson is also Administrator for Bel Vista Convalescent Hospital in Long Beach, CA. His prior political contributions include $1,000 to Mitt Romney for President.

Richard & Doreen S. Kopf, Alamo, CA
Fremont Group Management, LP, Attorney
$25,000
Richard Kopf, Managing Director-Operations, General Counsel and Secretary with Fremont Group Management, LP gave: $12,500 on 8/29/08; Doreen Kopf gave: $12,500 on 8/29/08

Richard Kopf previously served as Assistant General Counsel at Santa Fe Southern Pacific Corporation and as a General Counsel at Sprint Communications.

David Zuniga, Riverside, CA
Fiberco General Construction, Inc.
$25,000
David Zuniga, a contractor from Fibercui General Construction, Inc., gave: $25,000 on 8/29/08

Robert N. Packer, Lafayette, CA
$25,000 on 8/15/08

Sarah P. Harris, Danville, CA
$25,000 on 8/8/08

Dran May-Reese, Escondido, CA
$25,000
Dran May-Reese, a Homemaker from Escondido, gave: $25,000 on 8/27/08

Sherrie Bell, Tulare, CA
$25,000 on 9/17/08

Maurice Lam, Rolling Hills, CA
Maurice Lam, MD & Associates, Physician
$25,000 on 9/11/08

Malinda Hansen, Pasadena, CA
$25,000 on 9/10/08

Joseph J. Grigg, La Canada, CA
American Energy Operations, CEO
$25,000
Joseph Grigg gave: $9,900 on 8/4/08 and $15,100 on 9/11/08

Edward Helvey, Gilroy, CA
NMHCS, Executive
$25,000 on 9/10/08

Bradford Renaissance Portraits Corporation, Costa Mesa, CA
Bradford Rowley, CEO
$25,000
Bradford Rowley gave: $5,000 on 9/10/08 and $20,000 on 9/10/08

Alan L. Olsen, Fremont, CA
Groco, CPA
$25,000 on 9/11/08

Anita S. Roundy, Saratoga, CA
$25,000 on 9/5/08

Sarah P. Harris, Danville, CA
$25,000 on 8/8/08

Firoz Husein, Pebble Beach, CA
Span Construction & Engineering, Inc., Engineer
$25,000 on 9/19/08

Alan H. Anderson, Laguna Beach, CA
South Coast Health Care, Administration
$25,000 on 8/14/08

Barbara Lamprecht, Laguna Niguel, CA
$25,000 on 9/8/08

Cheryl D. Smith, Saratoga, CA
$25,000 on 9/8/08

Christianne Danielson, Santa Monica, CA
$25,000 on 9/2/08

Chuck Schreiber, Laguna Hills, CA
KBS Realty Advisor, Investments
$25,000 on 9/9/08

Dalton Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
$25,000 on 9/5/08

David A. Nearon
Alta Leaseback Co., Attorney
$25,000 on 9/8/08

Emma Lou Beecroft, San Diego, CA
$25,000 on 9/4/08

Robert N. Packer, Lafayette, CA
$25,000 on 8/15/08

David G. Lindahl, San Clemente, CA
National Purchasing Corp, Vice President
$25,000 on 9/8/08

H.D. Perrett, Santa Maria, CA
Perrett Ranches, Rancher
$25,000 on 9/8/08

Fred L. Carpenter, La Crescenta, CA
Glenwood Financial Group, Inc., Real Estate
$25,000 on 9/8/08

J. Kirk Harns, Perris, CA
Pacific Hydrotech Corp., Engineer
$25,000 on 9/8/08

Jack R. Wheatley, Palo Alto, CA
$25,000 on 9/2/08

Jan L. Burch, Las Vegas, NV
$25,000 on 9/4/08

Richard D. Piquet, Perris, CA
Rooda, Piquet & Bessee, Accountant
$25,000 on 9/8/08

Kay A. Goodman, Tustin, CA
$25,000
Kay Goodman gave: $20,000 on 9/2/08 and $5,000 on 8/4/08

John D. Tanner, Granite Bay, CA
Tanner Industries, Owner
$25,000 on 9/2/08

John D. Tanner, is owner of Tanner Industries and Western Single Ply in California, Nevada and Arizona. Tanner graduated from Brigham Young University, and served within the LDS Church as manager of physical facilities and new construction within the Church’s welfare systems.

Pro-Tech Fire Protection, Sacramento, CA
8540 Younger Creek Dr. #2, Sacramento, CA 95828 • Tel: 916.388.0255
$25,000
Pro-Tech Fire Protection gave: $5,000 on 9/8/08 and $20,000 on 9/4/08

Pro-Tech Fire Protection was co-founded by Donald H. Gordon, President and Mark A. Whittaker, CEO.

Robert Cutler, San Diego, CA
$25,000 on 9/8/08

Robert E. Greene, Villa Park, CA
$25,000 on 9/4/08

Robert A., Bolingbroke, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
$25,000 on 9/5/08

Sherri Jackman, Whittier, CA
$25,000 on 9/4/08

SRS Insurance Services, Santa Ana, CA
$25,000
SRS Insurance Services gave: $5,000 on 8/8/08 and $20,000 on 9/5/08

Tulare County Investments, LLC, Camarillo, CA
$25,000
Tulare County Investments gave: $5,000 on 8/22/08 and $20,000 on 9/11/08

Sunstone Partners, LLC, Camarillo, CA
$25,000
Sunstone Partners gave: $5,000 on 8/29/08 and $20,000 on 9/5/08

Tammilee Woodhouse, La Canada, CA
$25,000 on 9/4/08

William C. Wilcox, Danville, CA
$25,000 on 9/5/08

Darlene Olson, Orland, CA
$25,000 on 9/11/08

Craig J. Faulkner, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Faulkner Development, Manager
$25,000 on 9/10/08

Cheryl H. Wilde, Ventura, CA
$25,000 on 9/17/08

Chuck Schreiber, Laguna Hills, CA
KBS Realty Advisors, Investments
$25,000 on 9/9/08

J. Robert West, Redlands, CA
West Dermatology, Dermatologist
$25,000 on 9/17/08

Ja Layne Pugmire, Yorba Linda, CA
$25,000 on 9/12/08

Laurie Jergensen, Poway, CA
$25,000 on 9/10/08

Jaquetia Zinn, San Jose, CA
$25,000 on 9/24/08

Jeanne Muhlestein, Whittier, CA
Realtor
$25,000 on 9/17/08

Nancy Schindler, Encinitas, CA
$25,000 on 9/17/08

Norman E. Crum, Stockton, CA
Valley Pacific Petroleum Services, Inc., Owner
$25,000 on 9/11/08

Oi Lin Chen, Palso Verdes Estates, CA
Sunrider International, Adminstration
$25,000 on 9/12/08

Ronald Lakey, Alta Loma, CA
JF Saca Company, CPA
$25,000 on 9/10/08

Rebecca Jones, Wilton, WY
$25,000
Rebecca Jones gave: $10,000 on 9/13/08 and $15,000 on 9/13/08

Parley J. Livingston, Atherton, CA
PJMB Commercial, Property Management
$25,000 on 9/24/08

Jana L. Mullen, Alamo, CA
$25,000 on 9/18/08

Joanne McColm, Pleasanton, CA
$25,000 on 9/10/08

Lassens Health Food, Ventura, CA
$25,000 on 9/15/08

Laura Armstrong, Irvine, CA
$25,000 on 9/24/08

Lonnie C. McCleve, Gilbert, AZ
Greenfield Land Development, Construction/Development
$25,000 on 9/10/08

Loren K. Carroll, Kingwood, TX
$25,000 on 9/10/08

Lorenzo N. Hoopes, Oakland, CA
$25,000 on 9/24/08

Michael G. Mullin, Lomita, CA
Pacific Maritime Association, Longshore Foreman
$25,000 on 9/11/08

Robert E. Culbertson, Pleasanton, CA
BAE Systems, Electrical Engineer
$25,000 on 9/17/08

Ronald Stone, Modesto, CA
Stone & Associates, Real Estate
$25,000 on 9/17/08

Rowland W. Day, Newport Beach, CA
Lawyer
$25,000 on 9/11/08

Stephen S. May, San Luis Obispo, CA
Magnet Media, Owner
$25,000 on 9/12/08

Steve G. Keithly, La Mirada, CA
Whittier Mailing Products, Vice President
$25,000 on 9/11/08

Susan P. Facer, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
$25,000 on 9/24/08

Vicki Larson, Pleasanton, CA
$25,000 on 9/12/08

John Sorensen, Laguna Niguel, CA
North American Healthcare, Executive
$24,999.99 on 9/5/08

Sherie Samuelian, Laguna Niguel, CA
$24,999 on 9/19/08

Teri L. Jones, Saratoga, CA
$24,500 on 9/5/08

Eva Ruiz, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Homemaker
$24,000 on 9/12/08

Richard E. Nicholson, Newport Beach, CA
Consultant
$23,500 on 9/17/08

Marc Barkdull, Pleasanton, CA
PJMB Commercial, Inc., Real Estate
$22,500 on 9/15/08

Hardester Family Partnership, Investments, San Jose, CA
$22,500 on 9/24/08

Sandra M. Bertha, Olivenhaim, CA
$22,000 on 9/11/08

Whittier Family Foundation, Yorba Linda, CA
$21,500 on 9/18/08

Greggory R. Devore, MD, AMC, La Canada, CA
Greggory R. Devore, Physician
$20,000
Greggory Devore gave: $5,000 on 8/25/08 and $15,000 on 9/15/08

Steven L. Bush, La Crescenta, CA
Prestige Preschools, Inc., CEO
$20,000 on 9/15/08

Sherwood Capital, Inc., Agoura Hills, CA
$20,000 on 8/18/08

David L. Baker, Thousand Oaks, CA
David L. Baker, DDS, Oral Surgeon
$20,000 on 9/8/08

Rutherford Productions, Santa Monica, CA
$20,000 on 8/13/08

Dewitt Paul, Santa Ana, CA
Cotton Buds, Executive/Owner
$20,000 on 9/4/08

Dewitt Paul founded Cotton Buds in 1991, with the technology and equipment to manufacture cotton swabs. He has since partnered with Proctor & Gamble on various bath tissues, paper towels and detergents. Dewitt’s father was en Elder and addressed the student body at Brigham Young University on April 10, 1963.

Jennie L. Olsen, Laguna Niguel, CA
$20,000 on 9/8/08

Gail A. Sonne, Dublin, CA
$20,000 on 9/18/08

Brent W. Koch, Laguna Niguel, CA
Management Strategy, Financial Consultant
$20,000 on 9/24/08

Marilyn Allen, Stockton, CA
$20,000 on 9/18/08

T.B. Penick & Sons, Inc., San Diego, CA
9747 Olson Drive, San Diego, CA 92121 • Tel: 858.558.1800 • Web: www.tbpenick.com
$20,000
T.B. Penick & Sons gave: $20,000 on 1/31/08

T.B. Penick & Sons is a fourth generation construction company currently run by brothers Marc and Tim Penick that specializes in Structural Concrete, General Construction and Innovative Concrete Systems. They have completed projects all around the world.

Daniel Mulvihill, San Diego, CA
Pacific Southwest Mortgage/Realty–8840 Complex Drive, Suite 101, San Diego, California 92123 • Tel: 858.514.2100 • Web: www.psrs.com
$20,000
Daniel Mulvihill, President/Banker with Pacific Southwest Mortgage/Pacific Southwest Realty gave: $20,000 on 4/1/08

Pacific Southwest Realty is a commercial mortgage banking company based in San Diego, with offices in Orange County, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

Margot Kyd, Poway, CA
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE)–P.O. Box 129831, San Diego, Ca 92112-9831 • Tel: 800.411.7343 • Web:www.sdge.com
$20,000
Margot Kyd, Sr. Vice President with San Diego Gas & Electric (and married to Tom Kyd [16], below) gave: $5,000 on 4/1/08 and $15,000 on 4/1/08 (may have been removed)

Margot Kyd is Senior Vice President, Business Solutions, for Sempra Energy Utilities, the umbrella for Sempra Energy’s regulated business units, including Southern California Gas and SDG&E. Kyd’s responsibilities include overseeing environmental services, safety and emergency services, supply management, fleet services, diverse business enterprises, and real estate and facilities.

J. Robert Wheatley, Palo Alto, CA
Robert Wheatley Properties, Property Manager
$19,000 on 9/18/08

Dwayne Nash, Lincoln, CA
Kodiak Roofing & Waterproofing Company, Contractor–1905 Aviation Blvd, Lincoln, CA 95648 • Tel: 866.530.2327
$18,000 on 8/14/08

Robert Samuelian, Laguna Niguel, CA
Lawyer
$15,001 on 9/5/08

Douglas McDermott, Sacramento, CA
McDermott Financial and Insurance– 8359 Elk Grove Florin Rd, #293, Sacramento, CA 95829 • Tel: 877.689.8251
$15,000 on 9/14/08

Douglas McDermott is the President and Owner of McDermott Financial and Insurance. He is also part owner/CFO of a company called At Home Personal Care, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Williamson General Contracting, La Mirada, CA
$15,000 on 9/12/08

Jay Bradford, Placentia, CA
Majesty Realty, CFO
$15,000 on 8/8/08

Jay Bradford is CFO/Executive VP/member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for Majestic Realty, and is also affiliated with Majestic Realty Retail, Commerce Construction Co, LP, CCC Rental LP, Majestic Management Company and Majestic Realty Foundation. Prior to this, he was with Ernst & Young for 18 years. Bradford graduated from Brigham Young University/B.S in Accounting, and currently serves on the National Advisory Council for the Marriott School of Management.

Marina Landscape, Inc., Anaheim, CA
$15,000 on 9/25/08

Leon J. Fairbanks, Paso Robles, CA
Red Caboose Manufacturing
$15,000 on 9/12/08

Michael R. Brand, Palo Alto, CA
Cornish & Carey, Realtor
$15,000 on 9/15/08

Richard L. Romney, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Investor
$15,000 on 9/15/08

Craig L. Gillespie, M.D., Fairfield, CA
$15,000 on 9/8/08

Joan N. Johnson, Los Osos, CA
$15,000 on 9/18/08

The Fourels Investment Company, Orange, CA
$15,000 on 9/15/08

Tom Kyd, Poway, CA
Catholic Exchange–P.O. Box 231820, Encinitas, CA 92023 • Web: www.catholicexchange.com
$15,000 on 4/23/08

The Catholic Exchange is a conservative portal with a significant web presence, which offers news, weekly Scripture study programs, articles and email programs.

Proposition 22 Legal Defense Fund, Sacramento, CA
$15,000 on 3/14/08

These are apparently left over funds from their unsuccessful court challenge to Proposition 22, The Knight Initiative.

Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, McLean, VA
Post Office Box 1231, Manassas, VA 20108 • Tel: 202.216.9430 • Web: www.marriagedebate.com
$15,000 on 1/28/08

NOM’s Maggie Gallagher also heads the Virginia-based Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, which is dedicated to efforts that define marriage between only a man and a woman.

Terri Basinger, Cottonwood, CA
Golden State Foot Clinic–923 Dana Drive, Redding, CA • Tel: 530.221.1666 • Web: www.goldenstatefootclinic.com
$14,985
Terri Basinger, a Bookkeeper at Golden State Foot Clinic, gave: $10,000 on 7/28/08 and $4,985 on 8/4/08

Terri Basinger is married to Dr. Robert G. Basinger of Golden State Foot Clinic. Golden State Foot Clinic serves the Northern Sacramento Valley near Red Bluff and Redding.

Richard McIntire, Porterville, CA
$13,500 on 8/29/08

Pamela Miles, Simi Valley, CA
Home Care Pharmacy, Clerk
$12,500 on 9/8/08

Roland Hinz, Valencia, CA
Hi-Torque Publications–25233 Anza Dr., Valencia, CA 91355 • Tel: 661.295.1910 • Web: www.hi-torque.com
$12,500
Roland Hinz, President of Hi-Torque Publications, gave: $12,500 on 4/7/08

Hi-Torque Publications is the world’s leading publisher of off-road, motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle magazines, with a readership of over 2 million per month.

Edward Atsinger, Camarillo, CA
Salem Communications–4880 Santa Rosa Road, Camarillo, CA 93012 • Tel: 805.987.0400 • Web: www.salem.cc
$12,500
Edward G. Atsinger III, CEO with Salem Communications gave: $12,500 on 4/3/08

Salem Communications is a leading US radio broadcaster, Internet content provider and magazine and book publisher targeting audiences interested in Christian and family-themed content and conservative values. They own and operate nearly 100 radio stations across the country.

Allyson Weinberg, Santa Rosa Valley, CA
$12,500
Allyson Weinberg gave: $12,500 on 4/4/08

Allyson Weinberg has been in the limelight before. Back in 2004, Weinberg and her husband Denny (a senior executive for WellPoint, the nation’s second largest insurer at the time), sued the United Way of Ventura County, stating they were lied to about the United Way policy that forbade donations to any organization that discriminated against others. Due to the court ruling that allowed the Boy Scouts to discriminate against gays and atheists, the United Way chose to no longer support them as their own guidelines prohibited such support based on discrimination. The Weinberg’s had agreed to head a nationwide campaign for United Way to find donors, as well as match donations, but when United Way chose to change its donation policies towards the Boy Scouts, the Weinberg’s, for a number of different reasons, decided to sue. [7]

Paul A. Stahlman, Salinas, CA
$12,000 on 8/29/08

Kent Miles, Simi Valley, CA
Home Care Pharmacy, Pharmacist
$11,800 on 9/8/08

Charles C. Stoddard, Santa Rosa, CA
$10,500 on 9/25/08

James Pergrossi, Pleasanton, CA
$10,180 on 8/18/08

Peter Leparulo, San Diego, CA
Novatel–9645 Scranton Road, San Diego, CA 92121 • Tel: 858.812.3400 • Web: www.novatelwireless.com
$10,001
Peter Leparulo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer with Novatel gave: $10,001 on 1/24/08

Leparulo has served as Senior Vice President of Novatel, and became the CEO in April 2008. Novatel Wireless creates various wireless modems and computer accessories.

Kelly C. Olds, Huntington Beach, CA
$10,000 on 9/13/08

Carolyn Pann, Jamul, CA
Arctic Containers, Owner
$10,000 on 9/17/08

Kermit Corporation, Jamul, CA
$10,000 on 9/10/08

R. Jean Taylor, Alamo, CA
Retired
$10,000 on 9/9/08

Elisa Pulido, San Juan Capistrano, CA
$10,000 on 9/17/08

Cheryl A. Clarke, Moorpark, CA
$10,000 on 9/24/08

CS Concrete Solutions, Mission Viejo, CA
$10,000 on 9/8/08

Curtis B. Chandler, Sacramento, CA
Allstate Insurance
$10,000 on 8/29/08

Alma J. Kreutzkamp, El Cajon, CA
$10,000 on 9/3/08

Amanda Crane, San Diego, CA
Larsen Golden Spoon, Owner
$10,000 on 8/8/08

Melvin C. Bell, Wilton, CA
Bell Tasty Foods, Owner
$10,000 on 9/19/08

Anthony Ridd, San Clemente, CA
Lifestyle Settlements, Owner
$10,000 on 8/18/08

Barbara Lee, Walnut Creek, CA
$10,000 on 8/11/08

Blaine Bowman, Saratoga, CA
$10,000 on 8/14/08

Brian B. Blatter, DDS, Concord, CA
$10,000 on 8/8/08

Cynthia L. Kenney, Granite Bay, CA
$10,000 on 9/2/08

Earl E. Damitz, Santa Barbara, CA
$10,000 on 8/29/08

Dana Munkelt, San Diego, CA
GH Munkelt Trust, Buyer/Estate Adminstration
$10,000 on 8/22/08

David S. Sorensen, Santa Barbara, CA
Select Staffing, CEO
$10,000 on 8/18/08

Howard W. Bennion, Fairfield, CA
Pacific Coast Steel, Iron Worker
$10,000 on 9/8/08

Dawna J. Evans, Groveland, CA
$10,000 on 8/20/08

Dannee L. Clyne, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
$10,000 on 9/4/08

Darin Hazen, Ladera Ranch, CA
Songwriter
$10,000 on 8/20/08

Eliot Mason, Huntington Beach, CA
US Wheel Corp., President
$10,000 on 8/26/08

Garry Pace, Thousand Oaks, CA
Bernstein Global Wealth Mgmt., Financial Advisor
$10,000 on 8/4/08

Emaleti Mokofisi, Kaneohe, HI
Kaneohe General Ser., President
$10,000 on 8/8/08

First Global Marketing, Provo, Utah
$10,000 on 8/22/08

Gary D. Green, Fountain Valley, CA
Timec Company, Inc., Executive
$10,000 on 9/4/08

Gibson Jon, Cameron Park, CA
John Gibson Company, Owner
$10,000 on 8/21/08

Gwenn H. Webb, Pleasanton, CA
$10,000 on 8/29/08

Hal Renfro, Glendale, CA
Hal Renfro Realty, Realtor
$10,000 on 8/18/08

Hands On Billing, LLC, Huntington Beach, CA
$10,000 on 8/27/08

Jennifer Jackson, Corona del Mar, CA
$10,000 on 9/2/08

Jerome D. Teney, Yuba City, CA
Tenney & Co, CPA
$10,000
Jerome Teney gave: $5,000 on 8/27/08 and $5,000 on 8/14/08

Kelly C. Olds, Huntington Beach, CA
$10,000 on 8/15/08

Kenneth Baldwin, Newbury Park, CA
$10,000 on 8/8/08

Kevin Monson, Fountain Valley, CA
Kevin Monson Attorney At Law
$10,000 on 8/20/08

Neil Anderson, Lodi, CA
Self-Engineer
$10,000 on 8/8/08

Lois R. Bullard, Cerritos, CA
$10,000 on 8/29/08

Paul Sorensen, Santa Barbara, CA
Select Staffing, Manager
$10,000 on 8/8/08

Philip Carmack, Santa Clara, CA
Nvidia Corp, Executive
$10,000 on 8/20/08

R. Jean Taylor, Alamo, CA
Retired
$10,000 on 9/9/08

R. Dean Lang, DDS, Valencia, CA
$10,000 on 8/8/08

Matt Dalton, Los Angeles, CA
Dalton Enterprises, Recycling
$10,000 on 8/18/08

Thomas Busi, Sutter Creek, CA
Firstcard ATM, Inc., Owner
$10,000 on 9/5/08

Richard G. Olson, Agoura Hills, CA
Naoter Care Services, President
$10,000 on 8/8/08

Scott R. Flora, Laguna Hills, CA
Alliance Mechanical Corporation, Construction
$10,000 on 9/3/08

Robert Shepard, Corona, CA
Pacific Shores Masonry
$10,000 on 9/15/08

Mark R. Boud, San Clemente, CA
Real Estate Economics, Real Estate Economist
$10,000 on 9/4/08

Boud is a graduate of Brigham Young University, majoring in Economics and English.

Richard L. Thawley, Lodi, CA
Richard L, Thawley & Associates, SP, Sales/Marketing
$10,000 on 9/5/08

Brandon Ogden, Newport Coast, CA
MCA, Auto Broker
$10,000 on 9/10/08

Deborah S. Stapley, San Juan Capistrano, CA
$10,000 on 9/24/08

Dianne Olson, Thousand Oaks, CA
$10,000 on 9/11/08

Randall Huff, Altadena, CA
$10,000 on 9/25/08

Ivan V. Lauritzen, Riverside, CA
Green Vision Partners, Sales
$10,000 on 9/15/08

Karen Smith, Moorpark, CA
$10,000 on 9/11/08

Pamela Patterson, Folsom, CA
$10,000
Pamela Patterson gave: $10,000 on 7/24/08

Kenneth Payton, Garden Grove, CA
$10,000
Kenneth Payton gave: $10,000 on 6/30/08

Kelly Burt, San Diego, CA
Tres-Dac–9375 Customhouse Plz A-2, San Diego, CA 92154
$10,000
Kelly Burt, Developer with Tres-Dac gave: $10,000 on 4/23/08

Gretchen Kieding, Solvang, CA
$10,000
Gretchen Kieding gave: $10,000 on 6/27/08

Gary Pace, Thousand Oaks, CA
Bernstein Global Wealth Mgmt.–1999 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 2150, Los Angeles, CA 90067-6123 • Tel: 310.286.6000 • Web: www.bernstein.com
$10,000
Gary Pace a Financial Advisor with Bernstein Global Wealth Management gave: $10,000 on 8/4/08

Bernstein Global Wealth Management is an investment management/research firm with 18 offices throughout the United States.

Stephen Ridinger, Camarillo, CA
Evets Corporation–PO Box 1327, Camarillo, CA 93011 • Tel: 949.361.2100 • Web: www.musicdistributors.org
$10,000
Stephen Ridinger, owner and President of Evets Corporation gave: $5,000 on 1/20/08 and $5,000 on 7/3/08

Evets Corporation is a distributor of musical equipment.

Francis Longstaff, Agoura Hills, CA
UCLA, Professor
$9,999 on 8/8/08

Frank J. Gaughan, Poway, CA
$9,999 on 8/25/08

David H. Vanslooten, La Canada, CA
Primecap Management, Investment Manager
$9,999 on 8/18/08

Carolu Wilson, Colfax, CA
$9,999 on 8/18/08

Jill Vanslooten, La Canada, CA
$9,999 on 8/18/08

Boyd Jensen, Riverside, CA
Garrett & Jensen, Attorney
$9,999 on 9/24/08

Michelle Robinson, Fountain Valley, CA
$9,999 on 8/13/08

Megan Thomason, San Diego, CA
$9,999 on 8/10/08

Byron G. Wilson, Colfax, CA
$9,999 on 9/25/08

Lin D. Whatcott, Maple Valley, CA
Da Vita, Accounting
$9,995 on 9/17/08

Lorraine S. Hulme, Los Gatos, CA
$9,977 on 9/17/08

Constancy Trust, Salt Lake City, UT
$9,950 on 9/11/08

Sarah Gould, Pacific Palisades, CA
$9,900 on 8/27/08

Susan Lathrop, Fremont, CA
$9,900 on 8/11/08

Prosol, Inc., Murietta, CA
$9,900 on 8/8/08

Jeffrey Wise, Atherton, CA
Pro Solutions, Real Estate
$9,900 on 9/2/08

Bruce A. Bitnoff, Rescue, CA
World Pass Travel, Tour Operator
$9,900 on 9/2/08

Kristin Corey, La Canada, CA
$9,900 on 8/8/08

John E. Brasher, Newcastle, CA
Brasher’s Sacramento Auto Auction, Manager
$9,900 on 9/2/08

Kathie Hansen, La Canada, CA
$9,900 on 8/13/08

Jeffrey D. Holt, Huntsville, UT
Goldman Sachs & Co., Investment Banker
$9,900 on 9/19/08

John Hansen, La Canada, CA
Glenwood Group, Investor
$9,900 on 8/13/08

Jay Mooreland, Folsom, CA
Merrill Lynch & Co, Global Headquarters–4 Financial Center, 250 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10080 • Tel: 212.449.1000 • Web: www.ml.com
$9,900
Jay Mooreland, a Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch, gave: $9,900 on 7/28/08

Joseph Grigg, La Canada, CA
American Energy Operations, President
American Energy Operations–550 N. Brand Blvd, Suite 1960, Glendale, CA 91203-3381 • Tel: 818.549.9993
$9,900
Joseph Grigg gave: $9,900 on 8/4/08

American Energy Operations is an energy and gas utility company.

Jeffrey Wise, Atherton, CA
Pro Solutions, Inc., Real Estate–901 Coleman Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025 • Tel: 650.326.8660
$9,900
Jeffrey Wise of Pro Solutions gave: $9,900 on 9/2/08.

Jeffrey Wise is also owner of Wise Building Co. His previous political contributions include $2,300 to Mitt Romney in 2007.

Nancy Chantry, Rancho Murietta, CA
$9,800 on 9/3/08

Gina A. Vincent, Pacific Palisades, CA
$9,800 on 9/5/08

Joy N. Hulme, Monte Sereno, CA
Author
$9,677 on 9/17/08

Kathryn C. Carter, Salt Lake City, CA
$9,500 on 9/11/08

Los Jardines, LLC, Yorba Linda, CA
$9,500 on 9/4/08

Louise Dalton, Yorba Linda, CA
J & L Consulting, Owner
$9,500 on 8/8/08

John Nagy, Newbury Park, CA
Andrews International Security Services, Security
$9,500 on 8/13/08

John Dalton, Yorba Linda, CA
J & L Consulting, Owner
$9,500 on 8/8/08

Noward Mankins, Arroyo Grande, CA
$9,500 on 8/14/08

R. Brooke Landscaping, Inc., Antioch, CA
$9,500 on 9/2/08

Rebecca Hawkins, Glendora, CA
$9,500 on 8/21/08

Debbie Crandall, Orange, CA
$9,000 on 9/25/08

Heather B. Callister, Martinez, CA
$9,000 on 9/2/08

Ryan Crandall, Orange, CA
Bio Medics, Manager
$9,000 on 9/25/08

L. Dean Forman, Colfax, CA
GFBB Benefits, Financial Advisor
$8,999 on 8/18/08

Linda M. Forman, Colfax, CA
$8,999 on 8/18/08

Scott Roybal, La Canada, CA
Sheppard Mullin, Attorney
$8,900 on 8/11/08

Pinson Erin, Billings, MT
Pechanga Resort, Gaming
$8,500 on 8/17/08

Jennifer McKay, Kaysville, UT
$8,000 on 8/21/08

James D. Powell, DDS, Palmdale, CA
$8,000 on 9/2/08

Samuel McKay, Kaysville, UT
$8,000 on 8/27/08

Gene Lamoreaux, Sunnyvale, CA
KLA Tencor, Engineer
$8,000 on 8/8/08

Jared D. McCune, DDS, Lompoc, CA
$8,000 on 8/21/08

V. Lance Littlejohn, Alamo, CA
West Coast Novelty Corporation, Manager
$8,000 on 9/8/08

C. Jim Elam, Santa Ynez, CA
Agricultural Technology, Inc.–1168 Oak Glen Rd, Santa Ynez, CA 93460 • Tel: 805.688.6475
$8,000
C. Jim Elam, an Agricultural Consultant with Agricultural Technology, Inc., gave: $8,000 on 6/27/08

Wayne Baldwin, Newbury Park, CA
Pueblo Radiology Medical Group–415 Market Street, Building 1A, Ventura, CA 93003 • Tel: 888.678.3256 • Web:www.puebloradiology.com
$7,500
Wayne Baldwin, an Executive with Pueblo Radiology Medical Group, gave: $7,500 on 8/4/08

Wayne Baldwin is an executive at Pueblo Radiology, which operates out of locations in Ventura and Santa Barbara.

Jeremy Jergensen, Riverside, CA
Palm Terrace Care Center, Administrator
$7,500 on 8/27/08

Wayne Baldwin, Newbury Park, CA
Pueblo Radiology, Executive
$7,500 on 8/4/08

Fundet Foundation, Inc., Draper, UT
$7,500 on 9/8/08

Claudia Hamilton, Agoura Hills, CA
$7,500 on 8/8/08

Elizabeth Jergensen, Riverside, CA
$7,500 on 8/27/08

Lori Gollyer, La Canada, CA
$7,500 on 9/10/08

Arthur Burke, Santa Barbara, CA
Berman Development, CFO
$7,500 on 8/11/08

Kevin Hamilton, Agoura Hills, CA
American Holdings LLC, Executive
$7,500 on 8/8/08

Kirk P. Christ, Diamond Bar, CA
Hub International, Insurance Administration
$7,500 on 8/8/08

Steve F. Smilanick, Granite Bay, CA
S&S Commercial Fishing, Owner
$7,500 on 8/27/08

Zion Foundation, Draper, UT
$7,500 on 9/8/08

Christopher K. Thompson, Encino, CA
Investment Real Estate Association, Real Estate Agent
$7,200 on 8/25/08

Mary Barrus, Agoura, CA
Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital, Nurse
$7,000 on 8/22/08

Kenneth L. Virgin, Aliso Viejo, CA
Payables, Inc, CEO
$7,000 on 9/5/08

Margot B. Sayer, Santa Clarita, CA
$7,000 on 9/8/08

Mark E. Bean, Rancho Cordova, CA
Health Net, Actuary
$7,000
Mark Bean gave: $6,000 on 9/5/08 and $1,000 on 8/8/08

Elias Mancilla, Riverside, CA
Valley Recycling Center, Owner
$6,800 on 8/29/08

Christopher Dailey, Costa Mesa, CA
Advanced Joining Technologies–3030 Red Hill Avenue, Santa Ana, CA, 92705 • Tel: 949.756.8091 • Web: www.ajt-inc.com
$6,500
Christopher Dailey, welder with Advanced Joining Technologies gave: $6,500 on 8/4/08

Advanced Joining Technologies was created in 2000 as a subsidiary of Boeing, and later was purchased back by the original founders. They are responsible for Boeing’s world recognized development and production implementation with the friction stir welding process.

Treavor Hodson, Folsom, CA
Palmer, Kazanjian, Wohl, Perkins–520 Capitol Mall, Suite 600, Sacramento, California 95814 • Tel: 916.442.3552 • Web: www.pkwp-law.com
$6,025
Treavor Hodson, an Attorney with Palmer, Kazanjian, Wohl, Perkins, gave: $6,025 on 8/4/08

Treavor Hodson is an attorney with Palmer, Kazanjian, Wohl, Perkins in Folsom, CA. The firm specializes in all aspects of employment law litigation, including such areas of expertise as wrongful termination, unlawful discrimination and harassment and retaliation. Hodson also represents management in labor law cases before the National Labor Relations Board and similar state agencies including representation elections, unfair labor practice charges and hearings, collective bargaining negotiations, contract arbitrations and picketing and strikes.

Charles Stucki, Coto De Caza, CA
Cisco Systems, Executive
$6,000 on 8/8/08

Roland Spongberg, Long Beach, CA
WKS Restaurant Group, President
$6,000 on 8/21/08

Don D. Sessions, Coto De Caza, CA
Sessions & Kimball, Attorney
$6,000 on 9/22/08

Lisa Wheatley, Los Altos Hills, CA
$6,000 on 9/18/08

Robert Wheatley, Los Altos Hills, CA
Robert Wheatley Properties, Manager
$6,000 on 8/22/08

John Chandler, Allstate, Gold River, CA
$6,000 on 8/25/08

Christine Cooper, Dublin, CA
$6,000 on 9/8/08

C. Ray Carlson, Valencia, CA
C. Ray Carlson, Attorney
$6,000 on 8/29/08

Bryant Gold, Ramona, CA
Advanced Bionics, Attorney
$5,600 on 8/29/08

Paul A. Barney, Ridgecrest, CA
China Lake Department of Defense, Electrical Engineer
$5,500 on 9/3/08

Eric Loudon, Corona, CA
Western Water Works, Director
$5,500 on 8/27/08

U-Rent, Inc., Camarillo, CA
$5,200 on 8/13/08

Kelly Furniss, Yorba Linda, CA
$5,110 on 8/22/08

Robert D. Crockett, Newhall, CA
Latham & Watkins, Lawyer
$5,100 on 8/27/08

Chris Vaterlaus, Roseville, CA
Crescendo Properties, Real Estate
$5,075 on 8/15/08

The Rest

Prop 8: Let the Protests Begin

Posted in Uncategorized by allisonkilkenny on November 15, 2008

JOHN GIBBINS / Union-Tribune: Marchers stream down Sixth Avenue on their way to the San Diego County Administration Center on Harbor Drive.

Sign on San Diego

SAN DIEGO – A crowd estimated at 10,000 by police and 15,000 by organizers marched downtown Saturday to protest the passage of Proposition 8, with one arrest of a counter-protester reported during the otherwise peaceful event.

A man identified by police as a member of the anti-illegal immigration group San Diego Minutemen was arrested about 12:30 p.m. at Sixth Avenue and Ash Street following a fight, said San Diego police Capt. C.J. Ball.

The San Diego march was one of several held across the country Saturday – including one in Escondido – by same-sex marriage supporters angered over last week’s passage of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California, defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

The San Diego march got under way about 10:45 a.m. at Sixth Avenue and Upas Street in Hillcrest. The marchers went down Sixth, then west on Broadway, then north on Harbor Drive to the County Administration Center on the Embarcadero. A rally was held there at 1 p.m., and marchers formed a large rainbow sign, a symbol of the gay-rights movement.

Protesters are urging their supporters to keep fighting for the right to wed, and would like the California Supreme Court to invalidate Prop. 8.

Marchers carried signs with a myriad of statements, including “Let Mary marry Mary” and “Has anyone seen my civil rights?” Others said: “Don’t make love a battleground”; “It’s not anarchy, it’s equality”; and “My happiness will not hurt you.”Prior to the march, organizers handed out fliers with words for chants, including “Love is great, No on 8”; and “Gay, straights, black, white, marriage is a civil right.”

The marches were organized nationwide by Join the Impact. Sara Beth Brooks, 23, was the organizer of San Diego’s march. She said she read about Join the Impact online.

“This is amazing,” she said before the event got under way. “I cannot believe this came together in seven days. It’s fantastic. I’m looking forward to a peaceful, productive march.”

Police reported few problems, and there were few counter-protesters.

Representatives of Join the Impact had asked supporters to be respectful and refrain from attacking other groups during the rallies.

In San Diego, David Cruz was one of about four counter-protesters holding “Yes on 8” signs at one point along the march route. Cruz said he wanted to remind marchers that the majority of voters had spoken by passage of Prop. 8. The measure passed with 52 percent of the vote in the Nov. 4 election.

“They are not going to overturn the will of the majority,” said Cruz, 34, a College Area resident.

Just after he spoke, marcher David Gonzales pushed toward Cruz, screaming that he was a disgrace. March volunteers kept them separated and Gonzales moved on.

“He looks like he’s Hispanic, like me,” said Gonzales, 45, a La Jolla resident. “A lot of voters of my ethnicity voted for this. They don’t realize this is about civil rights.”

A few of the marchers were colorfully dressed, including two men dressed like nuns. Some Prop. 8 demonstrations have targeted faiths that supported the ban, including the Mormon church.

Michael Mangoian, 63, of City Heights, who said he had been a seminary student in Rome, was dressed like a priest.

“It lends a little credibility, because those who are trying to take rights away from others are being extremely un-Christian,” Mangoian said.

Sixty volunteers wearing yellow shirts showed up early Saturday and planned to monitor the march to defuse tension between marchers and possible counter-demonstrators. Some met Thursday night for-crowd control training.

Prior to the march, an organizer on a megaphone told participants they wanted the event to be peaceful.

Meanwhile, in Escondido, a crowd of about 250 people gathered at Escondido City Hall to march to Grape Day Park for a noon rally protesting Proposition 8. As in San Diego, they also chanted and carried signs.

One woman held a sign that read, “Together 26 years, married 6-20-2008. Support our marriage, repeal Prop. 8.” Another woman’s sign said, “I kissed a girl and my mom still loves me.”

Protests against Proposition 8 have been occurring all week, including a Nov. 8 march in San Diego that drew 8,000 to 10,000 people.

At UC San Diego in La Jolla on Friday, some students walked out of class and gathered at the campus’ Price Center to demand that the university take a stand on the issue.