A TRUE HEROINE

Rep. Barbara Lee did not come easily to the decision that made her the lone member of either the House or Senate to oppose President Bush’s plan to use military force in retaliation for last week’s terrorist attacks.

Lee, now in her third term as one of the most liberal members of Congress, found that in the end she had to “rely on my moral compass, my conscience and my God for direction.” She favors cutting defense spending and converting military bases to civilian use. She criticized President Bill Clinton’s bombing of Iraq in 1998 and was the only House member in 1999 to oppose Clinton’s use of troops in Kosovo. She said she made her decision during the “very painful yet very beautiful memorial service” for the terrorists’ victims Friday at the National Cathedral. “As a member of the clergy so eloquently said: ‘As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore.’”

Here is a summary of her voting record regarding the terrorists attacks:

On Wednesday, September 12, the day after the attacks, I voted in favor of H. J. Res. 61, which condemns the terrorist attacks, extends our deepest condolences to the victims and their families, commends the heroic efforts of the rescue workers, supports the President in punishing the perpetrators of the attacks, and states that September 12 will be a national day of unity and mourning.

On Thursday, September 13, I voted in favor of H. Con. Res. 225, which expresses the sense of Congress that Americans should fly the American flag; in favor of H.R. 2882, which will expedite payments of benefits to families of public safety officers killed or injured in the attacks; and in favor ofH.R. 2884, which provides tax relief to the victims of the attacks.

On Friday, September 14, I voted in favor of H.R. 2888, which provides $40 billion in emergency funding for increased public safety, anti-terrorism activities, disaster recovery efforts, and assistance for the victims of this tragedy.

On Friday, September 14, I voted against H. J. Res. 64, which ceded Congress’s future authority to the President regarding the use of military force in response to the terrorist attacks. Our Constitution provides for checks and balances between our branches of government. This resolution does not obligate the President to report back to Congress after 60 days, as was required by Congress during the Gulf War, about the actions our military will

take. Additionally, this resolution authorizes an open-ended action and significantly reduces Congress’s authority in this matter. We must bring the perpetrators of this horrific action to justice. But during this period of grief, mourning, and anger, the U.S. Congress has a responsibility to urge the use of restraint so that the violence does not spiral out of control and to consider all of the implications of our actions.

 

GOSHEN COLLEGE - Monday October 8, 2001

4:00 pm, Poetry Reading in Celebration of Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month, Church-Chapel Koinonia Room (300/301)

Carlos Cumpián, Editor-in-Chief of MARCH/Abrazo Press and award-winning poet, will join Latina poets from the midwest in celebration of Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month, Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2001.

Of special interest is the simultaneous Goshen College release of Between the Heart and the Land: Entre el corazón y la tierra: Latina Poets in the Midwest (Chicago: MARCH/Abrazo Press, 2001), which includes four poems written by Good Library Director Lisa Guedea Carreño. Books will be available for sale and signing. Sponsored by the Harold and Wilma Good Library.

 

Military Service

Who must register for United States military service? All males who are United States citizens and all male immigrants living in the United States must register with the Selective Service System, Registration Information Office, P.O. Box 94638, Palatine, IL 60094-4638, (847) 688-6888, http://www.sss.gov) within 30 days of their 18th birthday. You may also register with the Selective Service System when you are 17.

Registering for the military does not mean you will automatically be sent to serve or go where any fighting is taking place. The Federal Government keeps a current list of persons eligible to serve in the military if the country goes to war or faces some other emergency that the military would handle. Anyone serving in the military now is doing so voluntarily.

What happens if you do not register with the Selective Service? You will have committed a crime, and you could, upon conviction, be imprisoned, fined, or both. You will not be eligible for federal student aid, most federal jobs, and federal job training. Male non-U.S. citizens who are 18 through 25 will no longer be able to become U.S. citizens.

Almost all male U.S. citizens regardless of where they live, and male immigrant aliens residing in the U.S., are required to be registered with Selective Service if they are at least 18 years old but are not yet 26 years old. Men who are 26 years old and older are too old to register. Some requirements are shown below: ALIENS • REQUIRED TO REGISTER? Lawful non-immigrants on visas (e.g., diplomatic and consular personnel and families, foreign students, tourists with unexpired. No visas (Forms I-94, I-95A), or those with Border Crossing Documents

(Forms I-185, I-186, I-1444).

Permanent resident aliens. Yes

Special (seasonal) agricultural workers (Form I-688). Yes

Special agricultural workers (Form I-688A). No

Refugee, parolee, and asylee aliens. Yes

Undocumented (illegal) aliens. Yes

** Residents of Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, and Northern Mariana Islands are U.S. citizens. Citizens of American Samoa are nationals and must register when their permanent address is in the U.S. This also goes for a national or citizen of the Republic of the Marshall Islands or the Federal States of Micronesia if they live in the U.S. for more than one year for any reason, except as a student or employee of the government of his homeland.