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10/27/06: Jello and Punkvoter unite against Prop 90!
Jello Biafra and Fat Mike have united Punk Voter to oppose the stealth Proposition 90 here in California.

Here's how Jesse Luscious the AT Mail Male (who moonlights as a political activist when he's not packing orders for you) describes the Proposition:
"Prop 90- bans most zoning and eminent domain moves by government unless fair market value is paid to the owner. It may also require reimbursement for loss of revenue due to workplace safety regulations, rent control regulations, environmental laws, or any other regulation which negatively affects the value of properties or businesses. Yes, there's been some egregious abuse of eminent domain by local governments, and the US Supreme Court's pro-eminent domain decision 2 years ago was a terrible decision. However, this proposition goes much much further.

By mandating that cities, counties, and the state reimburse landowners and business owners for the effects of zoning, worker safety, rent control, and environmental laws, the proposition effectively ends most local regulation of developers. For instance, a landowner can say "I want to build a 10 story casino which pays minimum wage and is powered by a coal furnace in downtown Berkeley." When Berkeley turns down the proposal because of existing zoning, green building, and living wage laws, the city must reimburse the landowner for the "loss" of revenue from the rejected project because these laws have decreased its value. If this passes, then government can either go bankrupt or remove many useful common-sense local laws, leaving our entire state open to whatever project for-profit developers come up with. Oregon, which just enacted a similar law and is 1/10th the population of California, is currently facing $5 Billion in related lawsuits.

This is a trojan horse proposition like Proposition 13 was in 1978- presented as a tax break for small property owners, it ended up stripping away most existent education funding and California tumbled from #1 in per-pupil spending in the 1970s to #47 this month. Proposition 90 is a truly terrible proposition.
No on 90


10/21/06: Jello on LUVER!
You can hear the new Jello Biafra spoken word triple cd streamed live tomorrow (Sunday 10/22/06) on The Talking Stick program on Frank Moore's always entertaining
09/21/06: Biafra bashes Bush bill
According to Senator Patrick Leahy on the Bill of Rights Defense Committee website, the US Congress is trying to shield the President from future criminal prosecution while making torture and rigged trials legal and unreviewable by the US Judicial system!

After reviewing the facts, Jello Biafra said, "This is the most corrupt thing I've heard of congress doing ever. Hey kids, can you say coup?" He suggests "Faxes, e-mails, polite but firm prank calls to the offices of your congress creatures" to let 'em know what you think about this shameful move on the part of the Republican leadership!


07/31/06: Jello Art Contest Completed!
From Jello Biafra:

"Thanx so much to everyone who submitted their art and ideas! I wound up going the Winston Smith route in the end, but this sure was an eye-opener.

It was interesting to see how different people imagine and interpret my work. Some of the drawings, graphics and collages were quite good. There were also some great media wire service photos that we couldn't afford to use.

I was surprised at how many people turned in drawings of me, considering I make a point not to put my face on my album covers. I can't believe how many artists waste so much precious art space on yet another picture of their ugly mugs. Some entries were clearly from people who had no idea who I was. One person even submitted a bunch of drawings of mutilated women.

So I hope this was inspiring for everybody involved and no one got put out too much. Keep at it and stay tuned for the album!"


07/11/06: Jello explains Net Neutrality
Not everyone understands the issues around net neutrality. [Although you can go to SaveTheInternet.com for a lot of in-depth information about it] Jello lays out Net Neutrality in this brand new mp3. He recorded this last month when he was in Washington DC on his recent spoken word tour- dig in!

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