Governor Gregorie has deserted Catholic social teaching on more and more things. First she deserted it to the left by supporting the Washington Death with "Dignity" initiative, under which disabled and elderly can be manipulated into killing themselves. Now she deserts it to the right. She is planning to call a special session of the legislature for one day to get an up or down vote on her budget proposal. It's kind of the bums rush to legislators that are busy carving out deals to save Washington Basic Health (our state health insurance for the low income uninsured) and Disability Lifeline (What remains of our old General Assistance program.) The last budget she said her conscience would not allow her to do sign such a budget. I think she has gone over to the dark side.
Justice for Immigrants (http://www.justiceforimmigrants.org and the United Farmworkers Union (http://www.ufw.org/) are pushing hard at the last minute to get the Dream Act passed. The Dream Act allows a limited amnesty for those brought into the country as young children A summary from Justice for Immigrants says "The Act authorizes DHS to cancel the removal of and grant conditional nonimmigrant status to qualified aliens.". They must have entered before 16, have been here continuously for at least five years, be of good moral character, have gotten a high school degree or GED, not be convicted of a felony or 3 misdemeanors, etc. It allows them limited amnesty to pursue education or go into the military, through which they can eventually get on the road to citizenship The Dream Act has strong bipartisan support. It is basic fairness to those who had no choice in their immigration, some of whom can no longer even remember the country of origin or speak it's language. There is a video message on it from Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of New Orleans at (http://www.usccb.org/jfi/video/aymond-video-dream-act.html). Please
United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez issued the following statement from the union’s Keene, Calif. Headquarters on the California Department of Pesticide Regulations approving the use of methyl iodide in California's fields.
Cesar Chavez said farm workers are society's canaries because they show the affects of pesticide poisoning before anyone else. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation just certified methyl iodide for use on fresh fruits and vegetables, especially the state's $1.6 billion strawberry industry. Methyl iodide replaces methyl bromide, banned by international treaty because it depletes the ozone layer. Methyl bromide was the last of five very toxic poisons the UFW targeted for abolition in the 1980s because of damage to both the environment and farm workers. The state is approving methyl iodide for use by growers even though the new fumigant is on California's official list of cancer-causing toxics and a state scientific advisory group worries it could poison the air and water. State regulators insist strict guidelines, enforced by county officials, will protect the environment and farm workers. But so many of California's good laws and regulations protecting farm workers are ignored by too many growers--and state enforcement has been a disgrace under both Republican and Democratic governors. It looks like farm workers will continue to be society's canaries.