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Some Unions Back Limits on Non-Local Corporate Funds

October 18, 2005

Get Involved Today!EUREKA - A proposed initiative would prohibit nonlocal corporations from contributing to Humboldt County elections recently received support from several labor unions.

They include the Central Labor Council, Operating Engineers Local 3, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union Local 1684, Carpenters Local 751, and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Humboldt County.

"We steadfastly endorse this initiative and encourage everyone's support and involvement," said Jim Smith, president of the Central Labor Council.

Other local organizations have also endorsed the campaign.

The Veterans for Peace Humboldt Bay Chapter 56, the Humboldt Branch of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, the Humboldt Chapter of Democracy for America, and Local Solutions PAC have all given their formal endorsements and support to the initiative.

"We've been energized by the support from labor and other organizations," said campaign co-manager Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap. "The November special election is an attack on working people by large corporations, but in Humboldt County we will protect ourselves against corporate special interests."

Campaign volunteers began circulating petitions on Sept. 17, and have already collected more than 2,000 signatures. The group needs 4,500 valid signatures by January to place the initiative on the June 2006 ballot.

The ballot initiative is being put forth by the Humboldt Coalition for Community Rights. For more information, visit .

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Humboldt County Leaders Endorse Measure T!

Democratic Party of Humboldt County

Green Party of Humboldt County

Central Labor Council of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local #1684

Building and Construction Trades of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties

Carpenters Union Local #751

Operating Engineers Union Local #3 AFL-CIO

Paul Gallegos, Humboldt County District Attorney

Peter LaVallee, Eureka Mayor

Chris Kerrigan, Eureka City Council

Dave Meserve, Arcata City Council

Harmony Groves, Arcata City Council

Paul Pitino, Arcata City Council

Bob Ornelas, Former Arcata Mayor

Connie Stewart, Former Arcata Mayor

Elizabeth Conner, Former Arcata City Council

Julie Fulkerson, Former Humboldt County Board of Supervisors

... and hundreds of other individuals and local businesses! Join us today!

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