Douglas County Commissioners Once Again Set to Pick HADCO Commissioner

For the past few weeks, since the closing of the applications to fill the vacant position on the Housing Authority of Douglas County Board of Commissioners (HADCO), CEA has been waiting to see which of the two people the Douglas County Commissioners will chose.   CEA has been relatively quiet about the matter.  It is our more recent experience that the DC Commissioners have little use for what we say regarding these critical appointments to the body that oversees millions of tax dollars spent in our community on public housing.

In spite of the fact that it was CEA who pressed for and got an audit of our local public housing agency from HUD that revealed that the former Executive Director of HADCO mismanaged $300,000 in tax dollars, the Douglas County Commissioners have little interest in our opinion or in making sure all of those they appoint to HADCO’s board are up for the job.   The arrogant attitude that they know better than the citizens of this communitywho have actually attended HADCO Commission meeting, learned the laws that govern them, and have done their homework, resulted in the $300,000 loss of public housing dollars.  The $300,000 loss was because the majority of the folks (with the exceptionof HADCO Commissioner Jamie Sanchez) on the HADCO Commission failed to oversee HADCO and its ED.  This includes at least one current HADCO Commissioner and a long list of those citizens who stepped forward to take an appointment to act important but had little clue that they were public officials sitting on a public commission.

So who will be the next incompentent public offical that the Douglas County Commissioners will appoint?  Maybe it is time we got rid of the DC Commissioners given they are not even compentent enough pick housing authority commissioners—two are up for reelection.


Occupy DC Courthouse to Defend Civil Liberties

Folks associated with Occupy Roseburg have organized a demonstration for tomorrow night, Tuesday, December 20th at 6:00 p.m. at the Douglas County Courthouse.    Some will be setting up tents and staying for a while to protest the passage of the National Defense Appropriations Act (NDAA), most particularly Section 1031.  Others can come to show support and stay only as long as they like. 

As you are probably aware, civil libertarians are concerned that Section 1031 of the Act will provide for unlimited military detention of anyone, including citizens, even on U.S. soil, who may be suspected of supporting terrorism.  One of the problems in this post 9/11 era is who can be determined a terrorist or terrorist group.  

As I write this it is not clear whether President Obama has yet signed to bill or not, but info indicates that if he has not already done so, we plans on doing so shortly.

Even if passage of the bill happens, things can be turned around if enough people demand that their elected representatives in the House and Senate repeal it.   Although those of us in Douglas County already have a Congressman and two U.S. Senators who defended our rights and voted against their various body’s version of the bill,  we still need to build opposition in our community against these and other laws that intend to change the U.S. Constitution illegally.  We need to reach out to those here that support the Tea Party; Americans for Prosperity and others that we know have made claims that they too support our freedoms.   Now is the time for all of us to stand up together. 

After the passage of the U.S.A. Patriot Act a number of folks in our community from the left and right, environmentalists and timber, as well as others with differing views joined together to protest it.  We got some concessions, but we did not continue until it was pealed; now we have this.   What will be next if we don’t do something now?

Stay engaged on Facebook with Occupy Roseburg and Occupy Douglas County.  Also see CEA’s blog here at wordpress regarding Occupy Douglas County.

Happy Bill of Rights Day!

Today is the 220th anniversay of the U.S. Bill of Rights.   The first ten amendments are intended to enumerate, as illustrations, of those unalienable rights set out in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution.   They are examples of these rights, not an exclusive list, yet they are important.  This may be particularly true in this time of social unrest.  These rights are intended to protect us in times like these.

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration December 15, 2011 


The Bill of Rights: A TranscriptionThe Preamble to The Bill of Rights

Congress of the United States
begun and held at the City of New-York, on
Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.

RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.

ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.

Note: The following text is a transcription of the first ten amendments to the Constitution in their original form. These amendments were ratified December 15, 1791, and form what is known as the “Bill of Rights.”

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Celebrate the 220th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights this Thursday, Dec 15th!

Come celebrate the 220th anniversary to the Bill of Rights on Thursday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m., Douglas County Courthouse room 216 (County Commission chambers), Roseburg. A showing of the DVD Know Your Rights – Occupy training conducted by Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) founder and attorney, Lauren Regan.  A discussion about the status of our rights and what we can do to protect them will follow with an Occupy Roseburg General Assembly.!/OccupyRoseburg