My Opinion of Authority (1999)

Recently found college essay, revealing my early resistance to appeals to authority…

When I was younger, I was under the impression that figures of authority were different from ordinary people. People in high positions ranging from the Vice President of the United States, to teachers, meant they must be special. It was not until my mid-teens when I came to a realization that all people, no matter their rank in society, are just people like me.

My younger brother and I started buying cigarettes from vending machines when I was in 2nd grade to prove that kids only three feet tall could do it. We testified and helped get an ordinance passed that banned cigarette vending machines in Montgomery County. The law was later overturned in court, so we began to testify yearly at the Maryland State Assembly on tobacco-related legislation. Over the past 10 years, my brother and I have created many opportunities to see what politicians are like and how they are normal people. When I was 12 years old, my brother and I met with Maryland State Delegate Hixson and she told us that our vending machine stings were illegal and that we could be arrested. Two weeks after this little chat, we testified before her committee in support of a state ban on cigarette vending machines. We told the Committee what she told us and then explained that we looked at the law and what she told us was far from the truth. Publicly embarrassing the Chair of the Maryland House Ways and Means Committee felt quite empowering. This experience confirmed my suspicions that politicians, aside from their views differing from mine, could be sneaky and manipulative, even to a couple of kids. She was just a person who disagreed with us. In the end, we set her role of power aside and were able to correct her error without feeling any risk despite the great difference in power between us.

Students Oppose Smoking (S.O.S.), which I am currently the chair of, was invited to participate in a “Roundtable Discussion” with Vice President Al Gore. Our countywide student-led organization has accomplished a great heal during the last few years, including a tobacco survey reaching over 10,000 high school students and 5,000 middle school students. Unlike us, most of the other youth invited to this White House event had not done much at all on the issue. When we were told to put on matching T-shirts and sit cross-legged on the floor, it became clear this was essentially a photo-op so Gore would be seen talking about smoking with kids. We resisted blending in during this televised event. Instead we raised powerful data from our extensive survey to support solid ideas that had never really been discussed at a national level. After multiple members of our group had presented almost the only substantive arguments, a person on Gore’s staff told us to stop bringing up our data when we spoke. We disregarded this request, and continued to make excellent points using our statistics.

This encounter made me realize that at the Vice President’s so called “Roundtable Discussion,” he did not really want to listen to what we had to say, but merely wanted to look good for the cameras. If he had actually wanted to discuss this important problem with us he would have shown more real interest in our proposals. To the public, it was important to show he cares, but in reality he was placed in this position as a normal busy person who can pretend to be concerned about anything. If I had watched the White House event on television, I would have thought he really wanted to get more opinions. But because I was there as a participant, it became clear that even one of the highest politicians in the country, whom I otherwise like, was for the most part just another person smiling and nodding, and not much different from another charismatic individual.

One last example of how the pedestal of authority figures was significantly lowered dates back to 10th grade when I attempted to represent Richard Montgomery High School for a project in the Final Frontiers competition held annually at the National Institute for Standards in Technology (NIST). It was required that all 11th grade physics students build a contraption for one event of the competition. At the in-school competition to determine who would represent the school, I was the only sophomore competing against a large group of juniors. The project I had chosen voluntarily to construct was a catapult made out of straws and tape designed to throw a ping pong ball the furthest. I ended up being the runner up for our school and the alternate at NIST. The 11th grade group who beat me performed terribly at NIST. At the competition, I had known I would not be able to actually participate, so I had asked an official judge to measure how far my catapult would throw. My design would have been good enough to win second place at the countywide competition.

This experience was awful for me. Although I was happy with the caliber of my design, I was disgruntled not to receive credit for it. I wrote a letter to another physics teacher explaining how I felt the teacher in charge of the in-school competition had made a bad judgement call and how she probably should have had a run off between the catapults. The results between my catapult and that of the juniors were so close, measurements had been so inaccurate, and she seemed to favor the other team of three girls. I hoped this expression of my opinion might help to prevent this possible unfairness from happening again. I still respect the teacher but I definitely see that she is just like other people and perhaps made a mistake.

Although I never had a defining epiphany, it is because of a serious of experiences like these that have made me less intimidated by adults no matter their position. I maintain great respect for those deserving, but I feel more confident to discuss or debate with adults (especially powerful adults) because I know they are just people like me and they have their imperfections.

This attitude of questioning authority also occurred recently in my college application process. Although several adults, including my parents, urged me to apply to several schools, I took their arguments into consideration and prescribed my own point of view that the University of Maryland was ideal for me and this should be the only place I should apply. I listened and considered the opinions from many elders (figures of authority) and felt secure in making an independent decision. I have been stuck on your institution since I first toured the Engineering School in 9th grade. Even after seeing colleges like MIT and Georgia Tech more recently, these visits only confirmed that I wanted to enroll at UMD. I look forward to taking classes on all the specific topics I am interested in learning about and plan on staying in college for a long time to continue this learning process.

Up in Smoke: A Timeline of Marijuana Use in the U.S. (info graphic)

Not created by Wiki World Order. After a specific request to share this, and agreeing with it’s informative goals toward ending the war on drugs, I’ve shared this info graphic.

Up in Smoke: A Timeline of Marijuana Use in the U.S.

The editors at Online Paralegal Degree Center decided to research the topic of:
Up in Smoke: A Timeline of Marijuana Use in the U.S.

The political discussion regarding decriminalizing marijuana use is centuries old, yet remains a hot-button issue even today. Where did it all start? Are we heading for a full legalization of marijuana throughout the country? Let’s explore some of these questions, as well as a quick look at the increase of its use in the U.S.
Reefer Madness?

18.9 million – The number of marijuana users (occasional and daily) in the U.S. This accounts for 7.3% of the population.
42% – The percentage of Americans 12 and older who have used marijuana at one point in their lives
4.4 million – The increase in marijuana users from 2007 to today
48.3% – Percentage of drug arrests involving marijuana
1 in 3 – Americans who live in states where pot is legal for medical uses
333,578 – Americans admitted to treatment programs for marijuana abuse or addiction in 2011, though chemical addiction to the drug remains a debatable issue
Washington and Colorad – The only two states that have legalized the recreational use of small amounts of marijuana

Medicinal Marijuana

– Marijuana isn’t always used for recreation. Its euphoric “high” is often utilized as a natural painkiller for various diseases. But only select states hold the right to disperse it to patients.

There are currently 21 states that allow the use of medicinal marijuana, including D.C.
– Alaska – Arizona – California – Colorado – Connecticut – D.C. – Delaware – Hawaii – Illinois – Maine – Massachusetts – Michigan – Montana – Nevada – New Hampshire – New Jersey – New Mexico – Oregon – Rhode Island – Vermont – Washington

Diseases/conditions for which medicinal marijuana can be prescribed:
– AIDS (HIV) – Alzheimer’s disease – Arthritis – Crohn’s disease – Epilepsy – Glaucoma – Hepatitis C – Migraines – Multiple sclerosis – Nausea due to chemotherapy – Tourette’s syndrome – Those with terminally ill cancers/conditions

Back in the Day
– Where did it all start? Here is a brief timeline of marijuana production and use in the U.S.

1890s – After the Civil War, marijuana is sold in many over-the-counter medicinal products, and hemp is still a common element in clothes manufacturing.
1906 – The Pure Food and Drug Act is passed, requiring any product with cannabis in it be labeled appropriately.
1920s – After the Mexican Revolution, Mexican immigrants migrate to the United States. Recreational use of marijuana spikes, and the drug becomes associated with the immigrant population.
1930 – The Federal Bureau of Narcotics is established, and the federal criminalization of marijuana looms.
1931 – The list of states outlawing marijuana rises to 29 as fear and resentment of Mexican immigrants increases during the Great Depression.
1936 – “Reefer Madness,” the propaganda film intent on scaring middle class white citizens into fearing marijuana use, is released.
1950s – Federal mandatory minimum sentences for marijuana possession and use are established.
1960s – Recreational use of marijuana increases and creeps into upper-class America. But its effects are scientifically studied and shown not to induce violence.
1970s – Many mandatory minimum sentences for marijuana are repealed, and for the first time marijuana is differentiated from other more harmful drugs.
1986 – President Ronald Reagan promises to get tough on marijuana use and introduces new federal minimum mandatory sentences.
1996 – California’s Proposition 215 allows marijuana to be used as a painkiller for various diseases, include AIDS and cancer.
2000 to 2011 – More than a dozen states vote to decriminalize marijuana for medical uses. But because of federal laws, marijuana use and possession still remain chargeable offenses.
2012 – Washington and Colorado become the first two states to legalize recreational use of marijuana for some adults.

The Doobie Debate: Dangerous Gateway or Harmless Hobby?

To some, it’s a less-dangerous version of alcohol. To others, it’s a hazardous trend that provides a gateway into harder drugs. Let’s take a closer look at this debate and where it leaves the U.S. today.

There is a clear difference between both the number of people who smoke marijuana today compared to the 20th century and the number of people who are willing to admit it.

1964 – 4 in 100 people had smoked marijuana in the past year.
2013 – Gallup polls show that 1 in 4 people have smoked marijuana in the past year.

What are the two sides actually saying?

Legalize it!

Marijuana is no more harmful to the body than alcohol or cigarettes.
Crime rates relating to marijuana and drug cartels would reduce.
The FDA could regulate the safety of marijuana.
Its legalization would free “criminals” who have suffered harsh mandatory minimum sentences in U.S. prisons.

No hope in dope!

Marijuana is a gateway drug to harder, more dangerous drugs.
Incidents of intoxicated driving would increase.
Those who have been arrested for marijuana-related charges will be back on the streets and committing more crimes.
The legalization of marijuana will eventually lead to the legalization of all drugs.

Citations

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-numbers-count-mental-disorders-in-america/index.shtml
http://www.drugwarfacts.org
http://www.medicalmarijuana.procon.org
http://www.pbs.org
http://www.balancedpolitics.org
http://www.policymic.com
http://www.reuters.com
http://www.wptv.com

After 6 years, University of Maryland finally approves Good Samaritan policy for all drugs – by SSDP

Re-Posted from Students for Sensible Drug Policy, http://ssdp.org/news/blog/after-6-years-university-of-maryland-finally-approves-good-samaritan-policy-for-all-drugs/. I started the University of Maryland chapter of SSDP in 2002 and have been involved in fighting the drug war ever since. Congratulations to all the beautiful activists in our family! <3

Four generations of SSDP activists’ work results in victory

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Yesterday, I returned to the University of Maryland, my alma mater, to attend a University Senate (the governing body comprised of 90% faculty and staff, and 10% students) meeting where members voted 81-2-1 in favor of an important life-saving overdose prevention policy.  The Diamondback reports:

After proposing a measure nearly six years ago that would protect dangerously drunk students or students on drugs from university sanctions if they call 911 for themselves or a friend, the University Senate voted overwhelmingly yesterday to approve an all-inclusive Good Samaritan policy.

The policy first passed the senate in 2011, when it was amended to only include alcohol. But activists quickly mobilized to push for a policy that included all drugs, leading former undergraduate senator Brandon Levey to propose all-inclusive legislation more than a year ago. Now, after the senate’s 81-2 vote with one abstention, the measure will go to university President Wallace Loh for his signature.

Stacia Cosner, Mikayla Hellwich, Crystal Varkalis, Brandon Levey, Nicholas Rosenberg

I started working on this issue in 2007 as an Undergraduate Senator at UMD when I first introduced the idea for an all-inclusive “Call 911 Good Samaritan” policy that would protect students from University sanctions in situations where emergency medical assistance is needed for a student overdosing on alcohol or other drugs.  Unfortunately, my proposal wasn’t able to make it out of committee before my term expired.

Fortunately, Irina Alexander, President of the UMD SSDP chapter at the time (and later SSDP board member), picked up where I left off as she was elected to the University Senate.  She worked tirelessly on this issue during her term, making major strides forward, but falling just short of a full Senate vote on the issue before her term was up.  Then Brandon Levey, another UMD SSDP officer (and later, SSDP board member), got himself a seat in the Senate, as Irina passed the torch to him.

In 2011, we enjoyed a major victory when the University Senate unanimously approved an alcohol-only Good Samaritan policy.  But we knew our work wasn’t done yet.  Brandon and other allies continued working toward the goal of a policy that would include all drugs.  When his term expired, Crystal Varkalis, UMD SSDP officer, picked up where he left off as she was elected to the University Senate and was able to bring us to yesterday’s victory.

Watch Crystal and Brandon address the University Senate before the vote.

Thank you and congratulations to everyone who helped make this possible.  Words can hardly describe how proud I am to have been a part of this six-year campaign!

Visit our “Call 911 Good Samaritan” policy campaign section to learn more about these life-saving measures.

P.S. Making the win even sweeter still, today is my birthday.  :)  Please consider helping me celebrate with a $26 donation to SSDP via my Causes birthday wish.  

SSDP AMPLIFY Project Interview with Big Gigantic

Jeremy Salken of Big Gigantic discussing Amendment 64 and political activism

Re-Posted from Students for Sensible Drug Policy, http://ssdp.org/news/blog/amplify-project-interview-with-big-gigantic/. I started the University of Maryland chapter of SSDP in 2002 and have been involved in fighting the drug war ever since. Congrats to all anti-drug warriors on the big steps forward this election after decades of work. <3

Brooke Napier, National Outreach Coordinator for the AMPLIFY Project (Students for Sensible Drug Policy), asked Jeremy Salken of Big Gigantic a few questions last week about the recent passage of Amendment 64 and how the music community can encourage youth to get involved in the political process.

Thank you for taking the time before tonight’s show to talk with me! Amendment 64 in your home state of Colorado just passed, officially legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. What do you think about this and what this means for drug policy reform at large?

I think it’s very exciting! Locally in Colorado it seems it hasn’t really changed the mentality towards marijuana because it was decriminalized already in some localities here, and basically decriminalized state-wide before. It’s a big move for the country though, and I’m hoping the federal government doesn’t interfere with the laws here or in Washington; they should listen to what the people want. I have a feeling a lot of people will end up moving to Colorado, and I can understand why; I grew up in VA where marijuana use was really heavily penalized. I mean, I want people to know about this new law and how great Colorado is overall, but it’s peaceful and quiet here so I don’t want that to get ruined either. (Laughs)

What would you say to student volunteers and activists who helped work on this initiative or to others who are working on legalization in other parts in of the country?

Thank you all SO much for your hard work. Any kind of ground support and grassroots organizing is great, and word of mouth is best way to get information out there and to build a solid following. It’s so important for voters to not just see advertisements but to hear from real people who care and know about the issues. People become much more committed to a cause when they see the battle being fought on the ground. It’s so inspiring to see what people can do when they put their minds to it. And this kind of commitment doesn’t stop with just the issue of legalizing marijuana. There are many important issues out there that we need to work together on, and to stop being afraid to rise up against corporations and the mainstream propaganda. I think this shows we are making steps in the right direction though.

How do you think the music community can influence youth to get involved in the political process?

There are many organizations out there like the AMPLIFY Project, Conscious Alliance, Rock the Vote, Head Count, and Massive Exposure for example that encourage people within the music community to get involved in the political process and I think a lot of youth are already actively working with these organizations.  I encourage everyone involved in these types of organizations to keep it up, and for those not yet involved to get active.  Becoming actively involved in the music community you care about encourages youth to not only look at the music that’s there but at the larger community surrounding the music, which in turn helps them to understand what it’s like to be a part of the larger global community.

I’m 31 now, and when I was 16-my early 20′s I loved jam music and wanted to get in to a million shows. So I used to actually volunteer for Conscious Alliance to get to see my favorite bands for free, and it was great; I became a part of the jam community and really loved to help out however I could and it became important for me to continue the community building process. For me and for many others in the music community now, it was that you’re a fan first and then you start thinking about making it your life and career, and how you can be a part of the bigger picture.

Many of these organizations based around music communities encouraging involvement in the political process have been strong in the jam scene for a while, but I’d really like to see more involvement from the youth in the EDM scene. The EDM scene often attracts a much younger crowd and I encourage those younger kids to realize there’s more than just the music, but that there’s this thriving community as well and they can help make it stronger.

Experimenting with drugs seems to be pretty prevalent within the EDM scene. Honestly though, the reality is that people in general do drugs, just as they have for a long time. I just want people who make that decision to be as safe as they can. That’s why I think AMPLIFY is so awesome. Not only do the volunteers make people aware of what’s going on in drug policy and offer ways to push for policy change, but during shows and at festivals your table offers people a safe place to go to have open discussions about drug use as well as information and materials to help make safer choices. AMPLIFY volunteers help people in a very direct way by offering a place to talk and cool down; of course if there’s a medical emergency you want to get someone to the hospital, but many times people who are too spun are not experiencing a life-threatening emergency and really just need a place to get grounded and for someone to tell them it’ll be ok. So really, thank you to all of the volunteers who help create this space.

We are all just as thankful to have welcomed Big Gigantic as a part of the AMPLIFY project this year, and have really enjoyed being a part of Big Gigantic’s current Uprising Tour. How has the tour been going? What have been your favorite stops so far?

The double tour has been really great. We’ve been able to hit entire country, and I can’t believe there’s only a week and a half left. One of my favorites was the sold out show at the National, in my home town of Richmond, Virginia. Others that really stick out are Kalamazoo, Michigan, being out west in Los Angeles, and Little Rock. I did have a blast getting to many smaller towns too this tour.

Well thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me today Jeremy, and have a great show tonight!

Thank you, and I look forward to seeing AMPLIFY at our shows.

Canna-Fractal 1: Legalize It! (Marijuana / Pot Leaf Fractal Animation)

NO ONE should be punished for what they put into their own bodies, absent harm to others.

$1 TRILLION have been used over the last 40 years for the War On Drugs.

In 2010, 4.6 million people still used marijuana on a daily or almost daily basis (over a 12-month period).

In 2010, over 850,000 people were arrested for marijuana offenses, 88% of those were for possession only.

In 2009, over 2 MILLION Americans were incarcerated, with a total of over 7 MILLION under control of the U.S. ‘corrections’ system. (this and next 3 stats are not just from marijuana)

Globally, the U.S. has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of it’s prisoners.

1 IN 15 black males 18 or older were incarcerated in the U.S. in 2006.

In the city of Juarez, Mexico, cartels (empowered by our drug laws) murdered 3,111 civilians in 2010.

THIS IS ALL UNACCEPTABLE.

Hemp, if not grown for medicine, is an ancient source of nutritious food, fuel, shelter, paper, fabric, rope, much more…and can probably save the world.

ZERO people have ever died from marijuana use alone…in recorded history.

“Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.” -Francis L. Young, DEA Chief Administrative Law Judge

Our bodies have specific cannabinoid receptors to receive active chemicals like those in marijuana.
No need for a couch or TV. We can also FOCUS on novel solutions to practical problems, and other times inspire to CREATE fun things like music and fractals.

“Our” drug laws do FAR more harm than drugs or drug users.

More information at DrugWarFacts.org.

Please Get Involved!.. SSDP.org, DrugPolicy.org, LEAP.cc, NORML.org, SafeAccessNow.org, MPP.org, MAPS.org, SaferChoice.org

This is what 5,380,840 pot leaves look like. Creative Commons: feel free to reuse and remix all art. High quality downloads at http://WikiWorldOrder.org/2012/08/15/canna-fractal-1-legalize-it.

LEGALIZE IT!

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Original WWO mix: It’d Be A Lot Cooler If We March On, with short samples from… Cypress Hill: Hits From The Bong; Basement Jaxx with Yoko Ono: Day of the Sunflowers; and Matthew McConaughey in Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused.

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Curious John and Wiki World Order discuss the Future – July 25, 2012

John Reynolds and Morgan Lesko record our first discussion really getting to know each others’ perspectives. This was a casual late night chat on July 25, 2012, but perhaps you’ll find value in this too.

Download Audio: http://WikiWorldOrder.org/interviews/CuriousJohn120725.mp3

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BUYERS BEWARE – Full Circle Farm Update, Sacramento, CA

Here is an Immediate Need for Justice Reform Action
Alert Regarding — 7650 RESERVOIR ROAD SACRAMENTO CA. 95837-9313 — Warning!
by ~ Rev. A. Odeye

My name is: Rev Ashiya Odeye.
I am a Board member of the Sacramento chapter of the ACLU. I am Executive Director of the Justice Reform Coalition (JRC), a civil rights advocacy and citizens over site organization headquartered in Sacramento, California. The JRC was founded in 2005. I am Reverend Director of the Order of Olufunmi since 1976 I am also acting as a Private Attorney General for our organization and person of interest and intervener in this matter.

For over 37 years the Full Circle Farm (7650 Reservoir Road) has been home to the Chow family and a spiritual center for many people. The Farm’s Founder wanted it so. In his own words: “We the family of the Full Circle Farm have been growers and producers of an alternative to commercial food and culture in the true organic tradition…We care about the quality of life and want to see more than just sugar beets growing on farms.” His son David “Tat” Chow has kept this tradition.

The Farm is a 3.5 acre grove on Reservoir Road, off of Garden Highway, near the airport in Sacramento, California. The Farm sits next to and protects one of the last little natural creek areas in Sacramento County. It also sits next to an area of importance to the local Native American community’s history. It has been under constant attack because greedy people want the land. This includes the Airport authorities and the golf course next door.

David Chow vs U.S. Bank (34-2010-0091102), involves U.S. Bank, American Home Mortgage Service, Inc (AHMSI), BNC, and others, who colluded to commit fraud by filling fraudulent loan documents. Without the consent of the owner and trustee of the property, David Chow, they granted a loan to David’s ex a loan in one week, using the Farm property as collateral. His ex had no standing or permission to use the property for collateral. She then divorced Mr. Chow after using the money to rebuild her business. In the beginning when Mr. Chow tried to return the funds, he couldn’t because AHMSI said he was not on the note, he was not the borrower and they refused to speak with him.

Mr. Chow was forced to make payments on a loan he did not want or need. AHMSI engaged in criminal practices such as sending payments to a “suspense account” instead of applying those payments to the loan account, and refusing to deal with the owner-trustee because he “isn’t the borrower”, even though his property was being used as collateral for a loan he did not authorize or sign for. Then filing an illegal foreclosure on the property that was at the time one and a half months over paid. Then getting a relief from stay by influencing Mr. Chow’s bankruptcy attorney to not inform Mr. Chow of an exparte’ hearing and then not appear herself, which allowed U.S. Bank to get to get a default judgment, relief from stay. Robert Jackson and Associates was U.S. Bank’s second attorney on this matter and were the one’s who filed the unlawful detainer actions and had Rosenberg and link handle the case locally. You will find these law firms’ names on countless foreclosure and evictions by U.S. Bank and others.

Mr. Chow, In Pro Se, filled a civil suit and injunction for fraud against U.S. Bank, which they never responded to. Instead they filed an unlawful detainer actions against Mr. Chow. They were heard illegally in unlawful detainer court. Since there were allegations of fraud and other misconduct , and the unlawful detainer court is a limited scope court, according to its own rules, the cases should not have been heard there. Because of the limited scope of this Court the true issues at hand could not be addressed there and judgment was given to U.S. Bank even though the Court was informed of the civil suit filed by Mr. Chow which is still pending.

In January of 2012 U.S. Bank threatened the Farm with another eviction attempt. This eviction was from an unlawful detainer action filed by U.S. Bank attorney Robert Jackson and Associates who are known legal scoundrels. It appears they did multiple UD filings on the same matter using the new electronic filing system only for attorneys doing UD’s and didn’t serve us one of them. This is double jeopardy and is illegal. This is another area where the Court failed its due diligence.

12UD00600, filed on 1/19/12, is the one we were served, which we responded to on 2/8/12 and they never moved forward on. But they had also filed UD1200055 earlier on 1/3/12 , which we were not served. This is the one they filed and got their default on, on 2/21/12. In order to hide this crime, someone in the Sheriff’s Department had scheduled the eviction for 6am that following Sunday. Can you believe that. We filed an injunction, and when we went to serve the Sheriff, we were told that the Sheriff had pulled the eviction because the “writ was improper”. The injunction was later denied with leave to refile, because we didn’t have all the paperwork we needed to file with it. We plan to re-file the injunction.

U.S. Bank refiled the writ in March and rescheduled the eviction. But Mr. Chow filed a chapter 7 which stayed the eviction. The stay was lifted do to failure to file one document timely. This was purely an over sight on our part. We had served a copy of the injunction on the Bank’s attorneys, and we received a letter that they were no longer the proper place to serve the Bank.

A few weeks later a man, Anthony Vasquez, came by the Farm to say he had purchased the Farm from U.S. Bank for $70,000. Mr. Chow told him that the property was in litigation and had a lis pendence on it. Anthony said he had not been told this by the Bank, only that the property was occupied. He then insisted that he had a “clear” title to the property. He was told that he couldn’t have a clear title under the circumstances because the Bank did not own the property. Mr. Chow asked him to show him the paperwork he had and he said he would. Their paper work consist of robo-doc paperwork generated by out of state entities already charged with fraud.

Chicago Title issued a bogus “clean title” report which was filed with the County Recorder and a title was issued to Vasquez. This is part of the paperwork used to get Mr Chow evicted.

  • Vasquez was part of a dispensary closed down under suspicion of money laundering .
  • Vasquez used drug money to purchase the property.
  • Since the eviction the 11 residents of the Farm have not been allowed to get their property.
  • They have been threatened verbally and at gun and knife point.
  • Mr. Chow was assaulted by thugs at the Farm while trying to retrieve his property. They threatened his girlfriend who had just had a miscarriage the day after their eviction.
  • One of Vasquez’s cronies tried to hire some people to “rough up” Mr. Chow. Fortunately some of the folks asked were friends of Mr. Chow’s so it didn’t happen.
  • Vasquez and his cronies have ripped out old growth trees and many of the amenities which made the Farm what it was.
  • Now they have committed arson and burned down the main house on the property. The fire is under investigation now.
  • There is still a lis pendence on the property.
  • The State Attorney General’s office has been notified about this situation and the Sacramento District Attorney Real
  • Estate fraud division is being brought in.
  • The civil suit mentioned above is being amended to include Mr. Vasquez

DO YOU REALLY WANT TO BUY INTO THIS MESS?

We ask you not to support this criminal conspiracy and please tell everyone.

Sincerely.

ღ✰ Rev. Ashiya Odeye 6/26/12 ✰ ೋღ

Cross-Posted:
http://StarThistle2.net/2our-buyersbeware.html
http://SaveFullCircleFarm.org/2012/06/26/buyers-beware-full-circle-farm-update-sacramento-ca/

Food World Order: Episode023 – Shudder Island (June 14, 2012)

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Anthony Vasquez Evicts Full Circle Farm!

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Cross-Posted: http://SaveFullCircleFarm.org/2012/06/19/anthony-vasquez-evicts-full-circle-farm/

Full Circle Farm is a beautiful ~3 acre property in north Sacramento OWNED by David “Tat” Chow where he has lived nearly his whole life. A community garden with budding fruits and veggies is/was thriving with several farm animals and hard-working and passionate people.

For the past two years the U.S. Bank has now been using forged and fraudulent documents, illegal and underhanded tactics, spousal fraud, as well as the failure of the Court system  to follow the law and protect our citizens from these corporate criminals, in order to gain possession of this landmark to the progressive community of California.” (Justice Reform Coalition)

This is nothing new to Tat, given his history fighting ~the establishment. Two decades ago, Tat’s parents were imprisoned for a few years for cultivating a couple ounces of marijuana. Back then, he had to fight — and pay $10,000 — just to keep the property from forfeiture. Tat is now “a medical marijuana advocate who legally cultivates for a half dozen patient users.” (Sacramento Bee)

Despite the ongoing legal debate on the property’s ownership, U.S. Bank auctioned the property to Anthony Vasquez (aka Richard Vasquez) for the giveaway price of $85,000 (including taxes and fees). Upon visiting the farm, he explained to me that he just intended to flip the property for a profit…clearly a noble cause compared to our occupied community garden. Vasquez could have joined Tat’s lawsuit against U.S. Bank, but chose not to. Tat offered Vasquez $120,000 — then $150,000 — so he could buy the property again, but those offers were denied. Vasquez has already listed the property hoping for a quick sale asking $300,000 and describing “an opportunity to steal a lot”.

Didn’t you hear about the rEVOLution? That kind of greed is so 20th century.

Tat’s legal proceedings continue, which he has been fighting Pro Se (without a real lawyer) with the help of the Justice Reform Coalition. But Mr. Vasquez was able to get the Sheriff’s department to evict Tat and the rest of us on June 13th without advance notice.

Three months ago, I moved to Full Circle Farm when some participants of Occupy Sacramento were joining to help prevent the illegal foreclosure of Tat’s land, and  grow organic (hopefully non-GMO) fruits and vegetables. The simple agricultural act is political both in helping feed ourselves healthy food and helping feed to those less fortunate than us living on the street. Some of our other roommates include a retired Vietnam veteran and an anti-war veteran of the Iraq War (2003).

Dear Mr. Vasquez and crew, please join us in our lawsuit against US Bank or give the property back to Tat…instead of trying to remove our community from this land. At least let us feed and water the animals and plants we care for on the farm. We all want and expect to move back into Full Circle Farm.