I never had any intention of purchasing Arnold Schwarzenegger’s pathetic new biography, so it would be disingenuous to say that I am “boycotting” the book.
The truth is, few people of conscience — who certainly abhor Schwarzenegger as both a person and a politician — are likely to buy the book. But to register my protest against his behavior toward his wife, his children, women in general and the people of California, I’ve donated the price of the book — $35.00 – to the Feminist Majority Foundation. and to the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Where these websites ask “donation in honor of,” I wrote, “Opposition to Arnold Schwarzenegger.” I encourage others to join me in this protest.
Schwarzenegger has a long history of abuse toward women. The most recent outrage is his reluctant acknowledgement of having fathered a child with his family’s housekeeper, with whom he had a covert affair,
How different would California look with Proposition 32’s passage? To imagine, it’s not necessary to focus on a Golden State without the legacy of its unions, but rather to think of a California in which only the rich and powerful have a say in Sacramento and in the polling booth.
“It will have a devastating effect,” says John Logan, director of Labor Studies at San Francisco State University, of Prop. 32’s impact. “California would be transformed as a state.”
On environmental issues alone, Prop. 32 stands to roll back decades of progress in making California a global leader in green policy-making.
“You don’t have to go very far back to find likely examples of how it would change California,” Logan says, adding that Prop. 32 would remove labor’s voice from nearly all political conversations.
That voice is not always confined to lobbying efforts in the state legislature.