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’ve been blessed to be raised by strong women. Because of them, I always thought the assumption a woman has to change her name after marriage was outdated and uncommon, but I was wrong. After getting engaged, I was called “the future Mrs. Young.” I didn’t expect this from the women in my life, although only a few of them kept their name. It’s difficult responding—respecting their choice to change their name while explaining why I don’t want to. They say they wanted to have a family name, simplify the marriage license process, to be a part of their husband. They say changing your name is about joining together in commitment. So why don’t men change their names? Eighty to 90 percent of American women take their husband’s name upon marriage. Only seven states allow a man to change his name after marriage without a lengthy legal process and hefty fees, which aren’t required of women. Here we think we’re so liberated, but in Iran, Belgium, France, Malaysia, Korea and other countries, it’s the law for women to keep their birth name after marriage. My partner and I have talked about hyphenating our names or making a new family name altogether. I’ve asked if he would take my last name, but he likes his name and doesn’t want to. I like my name, too! It’s not a fantastic name, but it’s a part of me. I can’t win. If I change my name, I am forgoing a signiﬁcant part of myself. If I keep my name, I will still be called my husband’s name forever after, and having kids will only add more complications. In my 27 years, I have already lived an independent life. I’ve been to college, even some grad school; I’ve travelled the world on my own; I’ve held amazing jobs with respect and responsibility. This does not undermine my desire to unite my life with my partner’s. I want nothing more than to start a family with this amazing person I am in love with and who is my best friend. I want to get married and have a family name. Do I have to forsake my own identity in order to have these things? I want to believe that I don’t have to. Reena Burton lives in Sebastopol. Open Mic is a weekly feature in the Bohemian. We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What an extraordinary human being! (“Triumph in the Sky,” Jan. 11.) I am so proud to have known two of these brave and wonderful American pioneer airmen. I formulated a unit on pioneer black aviators and was privileged enough to have one of these historic ﬁgures accept an invitation to come to my classroom for my thirdgrade children to meet, listen to and talk with. What an exciting experience for us all, and one I shall always cherish.
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Pride and Prejudice Thank you very much for your article on the local Tuskegee Airman, James Goodwin. There is an interesting parallel story concerning African Americans who trained as airborne troops. They, too, were separately trained and then were unwanted in white units. The result is that many of them were assigned to the newly formed U.S. Forest Service smokejumper’s organization, where they likewise distinguished themselves. As a bit of irony, many of the whites they served beside were conscientious objectors, who were given this noncombat duty. A friend of mine was one of the latter, coming from a very prejudiced Midwestern background, and his association with these men changed his attitudes toward minorities for the rest of his life.
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De-Bunkering At Pebble Beach golf course, there is a monument to all the winners of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament. If you like golf, you
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Opposing CVS in Sebastopol I am writing to suggest an alternate option for the development of the Pellini property in Sebastopol. Consider this: “One Common Ground Co-Op: Of the People, by the People, for the People.” Elements of this option would support the ideals of the Cittaslow Movement, as well as truly allow Sebastopol to shine as a gateway city. It would promote a mixed-use development of the property. The funding vision includes an online global occupy pledge drive and a membership drive to generate necessary funds, and would include a matching-funds drive with the goal of keeping the property member-owned. Included in this vision would be designated overnight parking for RVs traveling to and from the coast, generating potential new business for Benedetti’s next door. A youth hostel for the curious explorer has been suggested by the SESAW committee. A few of the unique elements of this option include rotating art installations both local and global; a giant outdoor chess set (found in Christchurch, New Zealand); footbridges crossing over North Petaluma Avenue and Highway 12; and cob structures for gathering and vending. A community-driven economy will naturally evolve from this vision. The U.N. has declared 2012 the International
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MOVING TO AMEND Abraham Entin is leading a North Bay contingent to San Francisco on Jan. 20 to ‘Occupy the Courts.’
Taking the Power Back Fighting Citizens United on the local front
itizens United, the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations to contribute unlimited amounts of cash to political campaigns with virtually no disclosure requirements, has seemed to
many like a slap in the face of the democratic process. But a growing movement called Move to Amend is ﬁghting back. “Citizens United is the straw that broke the camel’s back,” says Rachel Flug, organizer with Move to Amend’s North Bay chapter.
BY LEILANI CLARK
Move to Amend (MTA) aims to end corporate personhood through a 28th constitutional amendment, and recent resolutions against Citizens United by the Los Angeles and New York city councils, in addition to a ruling by the Montana Supreme Court, point to a movement that’s gaining momentum.
“Corporations are not people, and money is not speech,” says Abraham Entin before a group of about 30 people during a Saturday morning MTA planning meeting at the Santa Rosa Peace and Justice Center. “The people have the right to get money out of politics.” Entin’s assertion echoes the proposed amendment, which decrees that both corporations and money be regulated. On Jan. 20, Move to Amend spearheads Occupy the Courts, a one-day “occupation” of 87 federal courthouses, including the U.S Supreme Court in Washington. The local chapter plans to join the San Francisco protest in front of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. “Martin Luther nailed his proclamation on the cathedral door,” says Entin. “We’re going to duct-tape our amendment to the courthouse door, since nobody uses wood anymore.” Since Citizens United, a proliferation of Super PACs has allowed unlimited donations from corporations and individuals. Restore Our Future, a Super PAC headed by a former Romney campaign official and funded by undisclosed donors, funneled at least $4.1 million into a television offensive against Newt Gingrich in the Iowa caucuses and virtually destroyed any chances of winning for the once-vociferous supporter of corporate campaign spending. “Super PACS are a direct outgrowth of Citizens United,” says David McCuan, associate professor of political science at Sonoma State University. He calls PACs “527s on steroids,” referring to the tax-exempt organizations formed to inﬂuence elections. McCuan argues that while it’s nearly impossible to limit the amount of money that ﬂows into politics, it is possible to increase transparency, disclosure and voter education. But he has little faith in change at the constitutional level. Amending the Constitution can be a difficult prospect (two-thirds of each branch of Congress must approve the amendment, which has happened only 27 times in 11,372 attempts), and the chances of a Republican ﬁlibuster are virtually guaranteed.
Voices of Vets Billions of dollars, countless lost lives and nine years of occupation later, U.S. troops are returning from Iraq. But with an 8.5 percent unemployment rate and an ongoing recession, will the return home for veterans be jubilant, or the beginning of a struggle to reintegrate into regular society? This month, the Petaluma Historical Museum contributes to the conversation with an exhibit and speaker series. Sentinels, a collection of 18 charcoal drawings of soldiers illustrated by Vietnam vet Mike Dowdall, runs through Jan. 29. Proceeds from the sale of Sentinel posters beneﬁt Vet Connect, a nonproﬁt that helps former military members and their families gain access to available services and beneﬁts. The exhibit’s concurrent speaker series, “Coming Home,” brings to life the issues facing modern-day soldiers. Josh Fowler, a veteran’s representative who served his Iraq USMC tour of duty in 2003, discusses his own experience on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 4pm. The series continues Jan. 28–29 at the Petaluma Historical Museum. 20 Fourth St., Petaluma. Free. 707.778.4398.
Label It If those behind the Right to Know ballot initiative have their way, California will be the ﬁrst state with mandatory labeling of genetically modiﬁed foods. Currently, their goal is to get the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act on the November ballot. Those passionate about food transparency and undermining Monsanto’s stranglehold on the food supply may be interested to ﬁnd out more at a volunteer training session on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Sunrise Center. 645 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. 2pm. 415.924.9559.—Leilani Clark
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