Judge orders L.A. City and County to offer Shelter to Everyone on Skid Row by Fall

Judge David O. Carter tours skid row with a police officer.

By BENJAMIN ORESKESEMILY ALPERT REYESDOUG SMITH

A federal judge overseeing a sprawling lawsuit about homelessness in Los Angeles ordered the city and county Tuesday to offer some form of shelter or housing to the entire homeless population of skid row by October. 

Judge David O. Carter granted a preliminary injunction sought by the plaintiffs in the case last week and now is telling the city and county that they must offer single women and unaccompanied children on skid row a place to stay within 90 days, help families within 120 days and finally, by Oct. 18, offer every homeless person on skid row housing or shelter. 

It’s unclear whether the city and county will challenge the order, which also calls for the city to put $1 billion into an escrow account — an idea that has raised concerns among city officials. 

The ruling argues that L.A. city and county wrongly focused on permanent housing at the expense of more temporary shelter, “knowing that massive development delays were likely while people died in the streets.” That element of the order underscores the judge’s skepticism of a core part of L.A.’s current strategy to tackle homelessness. ADVERTISING

“Los Angeles has lost its parks, beaches, schools, sidewalks, and highway systems due to the inaction of city and county officials who have left our homeless citizens with no other place to turn,” Carter wrote in a 110-page brief sprinkled with quotes from Abraham Lincoln and an extensive history of how skid row was first created. 

Read the full injunction here

“All of the rhetoric, promises, plans, and budgeting cannot obscure the shameful reality of this crisis — that year after year, there are more homeless Angelenos, and year after year, more homeless Angelenos die on the streets.” Last year more than 1,300 homeless people died in Los Angeles County.

In the last homeless count in January 2020, more than 4,600 unhoused people were found to be living on skid row — about 2,500 in large shelters and 2,093 on the streets. They account for only slightly more than 10% of the city’s overall homeless population, and it’s not clear what Carter’s order might mean for other parts of the city. 

The judge wrote that “after adequate shelter is offered,” he would allow the city to enforce laws that keep streets and sidewalks clear of tents so long as they’re consistent with previous legal rulings that have limited the enforcement of such rules. That appears to only apply to skid row.

He also ordered the county to offer “support services to all homeless residents who accept the offer of housing” including placements in “appropriate emergency, interim, or permanent housing and treatment services.” The costs would be split by the city and county, he said. 

Rob Wilcox, a spokesman for the city attorney’s office, said Tuesday that city lawyers are reviewing the order. He declined to comment further. 

Skip Miller, partner at the Miller Barondess law firm, which is outside counsel for the county in the lawsuit, said the county is “now evaluating our options, including the possibility of an appeal.”

Previously, the county had asked to be removed from the case, arguing that it was about the city and that the county was aggressively responding to homelessness without any direction from the court. It cited efforts that included spending hundreds of millions of dollars annually through the Measure H sales taxand developing innovative strategies such as Project Roomkey in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Project Roomkey is a state program that provides temporary funding for cities and counties to rent hotel rooms for homeless people during the pandemic.

The push for an injunction “is an attempt by property owners and businesses to rid their neighborhood of homeless people,” Miller said. 

David Barker, 56, is visiting with his friend living in a tent on skid row in Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. David is not homeless but he works in the area. Because of the coronavirus pandemic city and county workers are working to move people living on the street inside.

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“There is no legal basis for an injunction because the county is spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year on proven strategies,” he added.

Matthew Umhofer, an attorney representing the plaintiffs, the L.A. Alliance for Human Rights, said he and his clients were ecstatic. Carter’s call for action was what they had been looking for when they filed the case, he said, and why they sought out Carter, who had overseen similar cases in Orange County in recent years, to preside over it. 

“This is exactly the kind of aggressive emergency action that we think is necessary on the issue of homelessness in Los Angeles,” Umhofer said. 

The Alliance is a coalition of downtown business owners and residents that filed the case in March 2020, accusing the city and county of breaching their duty to abate a nuisance, reducing property value without compensation, wasting public funds and violating the state environmental act and state and federal acts protecting people with disabilities.

Carter’s order came the day that Mayor Eric Garcetti released his budget for the next fiscal year, which includes nearly $1 billion in spending on homelessness. The longtime federal judge also ordered “that $1 billion, as represented by Mayor Garcetti, will be placed in escrow forthwith.” 

Of the $1 billion in homeless spending planned by Garcetti, more than a third would come from Proposition HHH, the 2016 bond measure to build permanent housing for homeless residents. Garcetti aides said they expect the city will be building or developing 89 HHH projects over the next fiscal year, for a total of 5,651 housing units. 

Whether Carter’s order will disrupt those activities is unclear. In his order, the judge said he wants a report in 90 days of every developer receiving funds from HHH, as well as new regulations to “limit the possibility of funds being wasted.” 

At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Garcetti declined to say whether the city would file an appeal of the order, saying he first wants to read it. But he suggested that Carter’s order could slow down the construction of HHH projects.

“Roadblocks masquerading as progress are the last things we need,” he said.

David Barker, 56, is visiting with his friend living in a tent on skid row in Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. David is not homeless but he works in the area. Because of the coronavirus pandemic city and county workers are working to move people living on the street inside.

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Because the $1 billion for homelessness doesn’t yet exist — some of it hasn’t arrived from Washington and none of it has been approved by the City Council for the coming year — Garcetti said he also fears the city will be asked instead to put some other source of money in the escrow account.

Carter has also asked for a number of reports from city and county officials about how money for combating homelessness has been and is currently being spent. He has also ordered that the city and county cease any sales or transfers of city or county property before such reports are provided.

The lengthy ruling also skewered corruption scandals involving housing projects, “excessive delays and skyrocketing costs” under the HHH bond measure, and L.A.’s failure to seek federal reimbursement for Project Roomkey rooms.

Councilman Kevin de León, whose district includes skid row, welcomed the judge’s decision. Although L.A. needs more clarity about setting aside $1 billion, he said, the tight timeframe to offer shelter or housing to skid row residents “lights a fire under the city to act with a real sense of urgency and to match the rhetoric with real outcomes to save lives.” 

“It’s a strong shot across the bow — and he is expecting action,” de León said. “Not continued negotiations or studying everything to death.”

Pete White, executive director of the skid row-based Los Angeles Community Action Network, which is an intervenor in the case, said his organization had “grown concerned that politicians are using this litigation to justify investment in emergency shelters instead of housing.”

“We all know that shelters won’t solve our housing crisis, and they definitely won’t address the structural racism that got us here in the first place.”

Skid row activist and resident Jeff Page echoed White , saying the tight window for moving people means they won’t be going to permanent housing but instead to “dorm style living that in and of itself is problematic.” What’s needed, he said, is more permanent housing in the neighborhood to be built as quickly as possible. 

“We need more housing here. We need more services,” he said. 

In his order, Carter outlined historic forms of discrimination that had cut Black people out of housing opportunities, including redlining, segregated systems of assistance during the Great Depression, highway construction that displaced Black families, and criminalization that has disproportionately affected Black communities. 

Racial inequity has continued to color government handling of the crisis, Carter concluded, opining that current city and county policies “compound and perpetuate structural racism, threatening the integrity of Black families in Los Angeles and forcing a disproportionate number of Black families to go unhoused.”

The judge has previously compared the situation to the aftermath of the seminal civil rights case Brown vs. Board of Education, saying there are times when the federal judiciary may need to act “after a long period of inaction by local government officials.”

Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School, called the 110-page order a “deep dive into the problems of homelessness in Los Angeles and an expression of Carter’s frustration with how the city and county have responded to this crisis.” She noted that judges in the South during the 1950s and 1960s had used similarly expansive injunctions to make desegregation a reality and in other cases to implement prison reform. 

She wasn’t sure how a higher court might rule if this case ends up getting appealed but said it was “certainly a landmark decision.” 

“It is an open question whether the appellate court will step in,” she said. “As Judge Carter acknowledges, there is usually a hearing before such an order. However, he has loaded up his decision with facts that he says obviate the need for a hearing. The judge has made a bold move.”

News of the injunction had not trickled down to the streets of skid row Tuesday, but people reacted favorably when informed of it. Hasan Saleem, 58, who was sitting outside his tent on 6th Street, said he would take housing “right away” if offered, even if it takes 180 days. Still, he remained skeptical.

“I wouldn’t mind waiting if it was true,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s true or not.”

“It’s better than how they used to do it when they just take your stuff and put you to jail,” said Peaceful Bolden, who was standing with a small group across the street from the Los Angeles Mission. “At least they’re trying.”

But Bolden said she did not think housing alone would be enough.

“Some of these people are just refugees from whatever life they used to have,” she said. “They need mental health. They need hospice, some of them. A lot of them don’t want to leave because they don’t want to be under anyone’s rules.”

Andy Bales, president and CEO of the Union Rescue Mission, had heard the news and hailed it as the “wall of reality” that the city and county are finally running into.

“It’s what I came to Union Rescue Mission to accomplish,” Bales said. “I’ve always wanted to decentralize skid row and regionalize Services throughout the County. My hope is this will do that.”

How the Clintons Robbed and Destroyed Haiti

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By Takudzwa Hillary Chiwanza, African Exponent, Feb. 18, 2020

The imprint of Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton is indelible. The couple’s presence and impact on the Caribbean island have brought nothing but prolonged despair for the Haitians. Their elusive and opaque deals in the country have not done anything to alleviate the country out of poverty depths. The purported interests of helping Haiti from its myriad of problems have only caused stagnation in Haiti. 

The presence of Bill Clinton, who also served as the president of the United States together with his wife who served as the Secretary of State during Obama’s tenure can be traced back to the 90s. Their interests in Haiti are not a new phenomenon. If not, their interests in Haiti have almost become irrevocably entrenched and have had far-reaching consequences in the lives of ordinary Haitian citizens. 

Their history with the country dates back to 1975 when they had their honeymoon there. If there is an unpopular couple in Haiti, it definitely has to be the Clintons; for they are held in contempt and in despicable terms. What the Clintons did is unforgivable to the Haitians.

The devastating 2010 earthquake left Haiti in tatters. The country’s economy reeled under the biting and excruciating effects of the earthquake. Because of their history with Haiti, the Clintons seized this chance in the interests of “assisting” Haiti in its times of unparalleled difficulty. But their involvement with the earthquake relief programs was the final proof Haitians needed to show that the Clintons’ true intentions with the country were to rob it for their own parochial interests. 

Over 220,000 Killed in Quake

Bill Clinton’s influence in Haiti ranges from the 1990s agricultural policies in Haiti that destroyed the country’s rice industry to the meddling in internal affairs and finally to the earthquake. There is a sense of permanency attached to the Clintons’ name as regards their activities in Haiti, particularly the Clinton Foundation. 

When the earthquake struck, the global response was to send in donations to Haiti. But of course, that needed a commission that would be designed to have an oversight role as regards the disbursement of the various relief packages pouring through. The Clintons stepped up to lead the global response. The Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) was brought into life and Bill Clinton was selected to be its co-chair. At that time, Hillary Clinton was still the Secretary of State and thus responsible for channeling USAID relief spending to Haiti. 

One could not have found an escape from their influence. Bill Clinton co-chaired the commission alongside Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive. Some $13.3 billion was pledged by international donors so that Haiti could be rebuilt and the lives of Haitians uplifted. 

The IHRC was comprised of two parts: one that had the foreigners and one led by the Haitian Prime Minister. Bill Clinton chaired the foreign part and it had all the donors; they had to the IHRC $0.10 billion over two years or forgive $0.20 billion of Haitian debt. Each and every decision made by the Haiti section of the commission had to be endorsed by the foreign section. And Clinton was at the helm of the foreign part of that commission. 

As the money found its way into the possession of the IHRC, it increasingly became arrogant and opaque. The only thing that came out of the post-earthquake relief plans was the construction of an industrial park called Caracol, which cost $300 million. The US was also amenable to financing a power plant. The belief held by the Clintons and their allies in terms of rebuilding Haiti was premised on employing short-term plans espoused in the foreign aid industry that the US had imposed on Haiti all these years. 

They hoped that Caracol would sizeably attract foreign businesses for the reconstruction of the country’s badly fractured economy. It was the same old policy that did not care about the pertinent issue of creating long-lasting projects that would eventually help the poverty-stricken Haitians. The foreign-aid industry plans are concerned with benefiting the international players, the private contractors

The industrial park is considered a very big flop by the US. Worse still, several hundred farmers were evicted from there in order to make way for the 600-acre park. Too much emphasis was placed on “outside players” instead of the Haitian government to effect change. 

Clinton at Grand Opening

As such, the jobs that Caracol was expected to make fall far below the reality on the ground. The post-earthquake efforts by the Clintons, particularly Caracol, was a damning failure that did nothing to lift the Haitians out of their misery but only lined the pockets of big firms. South Korean textile giant Sae-A Trading Co, which is the main employer at Caracol, gifted the Clinton Foundation with donations between $50,000 and $100,000. 

The IHRC had little to show for all the money that came through except the Caracol industrial park. Not much reconstruction in Haiti was done. Where did all the money go? The Clinton Foundation has refuted claims that it had influence in the running of the IHRC, saying, “Since 2010, the Foundation has worked on the ground in Haiti with a range of partners – helping more than 7,500 farmers lift themselves out of poverty; improving the Haitian environment by planting more than 5 million trees and installing more than 400 KW of clean energy; and supporting women through literacy training and job skills for over 2,000 women,” when responding to the BBC

It has been speculated some of the money that came through the commission found its way towards sponsoring Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign which she lost to the incumbent Donald Trump in 2016 but this is an area she has always been evasive about when probed. They become allegations without proof but to Haitians the more she dodges the question, the more she becomes suspicious and pernicious to the interests of Haitians. 

It is estimated that the IHRC collected over $5.3 billion over two years and $9.9 billion in three years but Haitians still find themselves mired in abject poverty. A US Government Accountability Office report circumvented the issue by deciding not to find any iota of wrongdoing, but the gravity of the failure made them mention that the plans by the IHRC, co-chaired by Bill Clinton, “did not align with the Haitian priorities.” 

The failure by the IHRC to rebuild Haiti is still haunting Haiti. The failed agricultural policies by the US made sure Haiti, a country that produced its own rice, would be reliant on US food to the extent that Haiti imports food from the US. Foreign aid is continuously pumped into Haiti, and no plan is made to bolster the country’s own capacity to rebuild and produce.

 Haiti is still run on which business finds favor with the US, and while the Clintons were in charge of the US, they presided over all these failed policies. It is high time the onus to build Haiti shifts back to the government. 

Haiti 10 years later: What happened to the billions pledged to help the people of Haiti?

ByValerie Helm  Global NewsPosted January 20, 2020 1:42 pm Updated January 20, 2020 3:13 pm

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Haiti has received billions of dollars in relief over the years from around the world, after the devastating earthquake of 2010. So how were Canadian donations spent? – Jan 13, 2020

When Haiti was rocked by an earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010, images of despair and damage struck a chord with people around the world.

American journalist Jonathan M. Katz has closely analyzed the money pledged and how much was actually disbursed. He reports the global response totalled US$16.3 billion in pledges for rebuilding and recovery efforts. Other estimates, including from the L.A. Times, pin it at US$13.5 billion. In the month following the earthquake, Canadians donated $220 million to eligible organizations, which was matched by the federal government. From 2010 to 2018, Canada contributed $1.458 billion, which does not include the $220 donated by Canadians.

A small boy sits outside the tent he lives in with his family in Canaan, Haiti, January 2020. (Valerie Laillet)
A small boy sits outside the tent he lives in with his family in Canaan, Haiti, January 2020. (Valerie Laillet).
Photojournalist Barry Donnelly in Canaan, Haiti, Jan. 11, 2020. (Valerie Laillet)
Photojournalist Barry Donnelly in Canaan, Haiti, Jan. 11, 2020. (Valerie Laillet).

“We’re still living in that same moment in that same time,” Guillano Louis, who lives in Port-au-Prince, tells Global News on the streets of the capital.

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In the area of Canaan, a two-hour drive northeast of congested Port-au-Prince, some families still live in tents set up as a temporary measure for displaced residents after the earthquake. A family of seven sleeps in a threadbare tent, without access to running water, electricity or public services such as education. Some of the children were born in these conditions.

A family of seven lives inside this tent in Canaan, Haiti. (Valerie Laillet)
A family of seven lives inside this tent in Canaan, Haiti. (Valerie Laillet).
Canaan, Haiti. Jan. 11, 2020. (Valerie Laillet)
Canaan, Haiti. Jan. 11, 2020. (Valerie Laillet).

With 10 years gone by, there are questions from the international community about the lack of progress.

“The headline should be, ‘We screwed up,’” says Katz, reflecting on the global response.

He explains that the international community didn’t keep its promises.

Katz was inside his home in Haiti when it “buckled along with hundreds of thousands of others.” In his book, The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster, he claims Canada disbursed $657 million in the 20 months since the quake, but only about two per cent was channelled to the Haitian government.

Global News reached out to Global Affairs Canada for confirmation of the figures provided by Katz. In a statement, the department says it is “unable to confirm this figure, as we are not aware of the methodology that was used to arrive at this amount.”

“Canada’s international assistance to Haiti is channelled through international or Canadian partners whose financial capacity and integrity have been verified,” the statement says.

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Haiti 10 years later: What happened to the billions pledged to help the people of Haiti? - image

Katz says there’s the notion that governments should not foolishly give money to countries filled with corruption. The Haitian government is widely accused of corruption, mismanagement and misinformation, right down to the number of people it says died in the earthquake. The government estimates 316,000 people died and 200,000 people were injured, figures many believe to be inflated. The BBC cites a draft report commissioned by the U.S. government that puts the death toll between 46,000 and 85,000. Many news outlets report 220,000 lives were lost.

In Port-au-Prince, many Haitians lament their current situation. A vendor selling patties, who did not want to be identified, told Global News she is fed up with the government’s inaction. She says she never saw any of the food and supplies distributed, and believes the government kept things for itself.

Louis, who works in security and was in Port-au-Prince at the time of the earthquake, echoes that sentiment. He says the earthquake is still fresh in the minds of Haitians.

“There’s been no real progress,” he said.

He believes the Haitian government is to blame and voiced that “someone needs to say something.”

Vendors in Port-au-Prince days before Haiti marks the 10th anniversary of the earthquake. (Courtesy: Barry Donnelly)
Vendors in Port-au-Prince days before Haiti marks the 10th anniversary of the earthquake. (Courtesy: Barry Donnelly).Courtesy: Barry Donnelly.
Guillano Louis walks by a vendor in Port-au-Prince. (Courtesy: Barry Donnelly)
Guillano Louis walks by a vendor in Port-au-Prince. (Courtesy: Barry Donnelly). Courtesy: Barry Donnely

In a statement released on the 10th anniversary of the earthquake, Haitian President Jovenel Moïse said the government still lacks “the basic infrastructure and services to support the people of our country.”

“The initial flurry of attention received from the international community quickly quieted down, with many of the financial pledges not delivered — causing devastating consequences for our recovery,” he said. “Little of the aid that was received ended up in Haitian hands and much of the money that was so generously given was not spent on the right projects and places.”

Katz says there’s a lot of noise about corruption in places like Haiti, but little of the aid is actually going to Haiti. Often, foreign donors choose to give to NGOs due to fears of corruption by the Haitian government.​ But some NGOs are also accused of mismanagement.

In 2015, NPR and ProPublica released their findings into the US$500 million raised by the American Red Cross for relief efforts in Haiti. ProPublica’s headline read: “How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti ­and Built Six Homes.” According to NPR, their investigation found a number of “poorly managed projects, questionable spending and dubious claims of success.”

Aid for Haiti
FILE – A Brazilian soldier of the MINUSTAH force gives food to Haitian children orphaned by the 2010 earthquake, at an orphanage in Port-au-Prince on March 3, 2013. VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images

Katz explains that foreign aid is “a misnomer.”

“It’s usually not aid and it’s not given to foreign countries,” he said.

Katz says that with Canadian aid agencies, as with other aid agencies, a lot of the funds go to Canadian staff, salaries and travel and that the material is purchased in the donor country. He also says people believe that so much money should have fixed everything, but a lot of the money that was pledged wasn’t delivered.

FILE – This Monday, July 11, 2011, file photo shows silhouettes of UN peacekeepers from Brazil at the airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
FILE – This Monday, July 11, 2011, file photo shows silhouettes of UN peacekeepers from Brazil at the airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo).

NGOs poured into Haiti to assist, but it’s unclear how many have been on the ground. There are varying reports placing the number of NGOs in the country to as low as 3,000 and as high as 20,000. While NGOs play critical roles in providing basic necessities and health services to people facing difficult times, there are questions as to who oversees them.

The Centre for Global Development has been calling for the implementation of national guilds that would set a national mandatory requirement for NGOs to be registered, and possibly include a code of conduct that would keep their missions in line with one another. It also calls for practices such as annual reports and audited financial statements.​

Vocational school in Carrefour, Haiti, built in honour of RCMP Sgt. Mark Gallagher. (Courtesy: Antony Robart)
Vocational school in Carrefour, Haiti, built in honour of RCMP Sgt. Mark Gallagher. (Courtesy: Antony Robart).

Canadians responded in the days, months and years after the earthquake. A vocational school was built in memory of RCMP Sgt. Mark Gallagher, who died in the quake.

Gilles Rivard was the Canadian ambassador to Haiti  from June 2008 to October 2010 and January 2014 to September 2014. He was in the country when the earthquake struck and says Canada had a fantastic team for the mission. He says Canadian teams brought in food, flew out some 6,000 Haitians and built a new road and a new hospital.

“Now people are complaining that this hospital is not functioning well,” Rivard said. He says if the “Haitian government doesn’t send doctors or nurses to take care of the poor people that suffered, there is nothing Canada can do. But we’re criticized for that.”

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FILE – Haitians struggled to rebuild after the earthquake rocked their fragile island in 2010.
FILE – Haitians struggled to rebuild after the earthquake rocked their fragile island in 2010.

Rivard points to issues with UN institutions. He says they “don’t always co-ordinate among themselves.”

“So you can imagine the situation,” he said. “And I think it’s a big problem; the co-ordination and also what we request from the country, the numerous reports, evaluation, audit and so on. They don’t have the capacity to respond.”

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Rivard says Haiti needs support from Canada and the U.S., who are main donors.

“Canada does a lot,” he said. “The problem is that if you don’t do enough, you’re going to be criticized. And then if you do too much, they’re going to be accused of telling Haitians what to do. That’s the dilemma.”

Rivard says there is a lot of fatigue from countries that are trying to help Haiti.

“You feel that there is no real progress in terms of governance, of economic situation and so on. So that’s that. See, that’s a vicious circle.”

Dorcius Fritzner speaks to Global News journalist Antony Robart (Courtesy: Valerie Laillet).
Dorcius Fritzner speaks to Global News journalist Antony Robart (Courtesy: Valerie Laillet). Courtesy: Barry Donnely

Father of two Dorcius Fritzner makes his living in Haiti’s capital by shuttling people on his motorbike. He told Global News he’s frustrated with the government. Fritzner says resources in Haiti are barren, likening it to a desert. Issues he points to include children not able to attend school, trouble accessing clean water, unemployment and gas shortages.

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FILE – A demonstrator walks past a burning barricade during anti-government protests in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Feb. 15, 2019.
FILE – A demonstrator walks past a burning barricade during anti-government protests in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Feb. 15, 2019.REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

Port-au-Prince architect Philippe Léon says the political turmoil and instability has hindered rebuilding efforts. He points to the number of times the government has changed hands; three different presidents and an interim government in the last decade.

“One hundred to 150 years of construction was destroyed, including the presidential palace that was nearly 100 years old,” he said. “It wouldn’t take five to 10 years to rebuild.”

Haiti’s Notre-Dame cathedral is still in ruins 10 years later. (Valerie Laillet)
Haiti’s Notre-Dame cathedral is still in ruins 10 years later. (Valerie Laillet).
Janurary 12, 2020. (Valerie Laillet)
Janurary 12, 2020. (Valerie Laillet).

Still, he says, not much has been done. Léon says a lot of the new construction has been in the private sector and a lot of it is half-built. He points to projects like the Village Lumane Casimir, with 1,500 units. Only about half of the units are built, due to a lack of funds.

Léon says Haitians have been building out of necessity. Instead of waiting for the government, people have been building their homes over time.

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More than one million people were displaced by the earthquake. In Canaan, about two hours from the capital, tents were set up to temporarily house displaced residents. But today, some people still live in the very tents that were put up 10 years ago. Others have built homes out of whatever they could find; wood and tin homes cover the mountains. A number of residents have built their homes out of cement blocks. People in Canaan have built a makeshift community with homes out of various materials, schools for those who can afford it, churches and grocery stores.

Léon says the mountains surrounding Port-au-Prince are covered with dwellings, with no roads or order. He says when you fly into or out of Haiti at night, you can see all of the lights emanating from homes, snake roads and lack of organization.

Katz says when it comes to Haiti, people often try to find a single villain. Bill and Hillary Clinton are often singled out. But Katz says “what failed was the system.”

“This should be a wakeup call.”

He says inequality, much more than the earthquake, is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.

National police shoot at protesters demanding the resignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moise near the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Dieu Nalio Chery
National police shoot at protesters demanding the resignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moise near the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Dieu Nalio Chery. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Dieu Nalio Chery

Over the last year, Léon hasn’t worked on any housing projects due to the political instability and violence in his country. He said there’s no work to be had in new builds. Instead, he’s been working on building fences, steel doors and other measures to make homes impenetrable by rioters. At his office, his windows are covered in wood to fend off rocks and Molotov cocktails.

Léon says the problem with Haiti is that the country is “managing misery.” Poverty, a lack of education and fighting for political power are some of the main issues. He says a lot of things other countries take for granted, Haiti cannot. Everything from water to electricity to roads are systems people have to build themselves, and in challenging circumstances.

Léon believes the development of a country “can only happen through its own people, through people who believe in it and support it.” He says the 10th anniversary of the earthquake is time for a ‘bilan,’ an assessment on the progress so far: “counting the blessings and counting your mistakes.” Léon, who is now in his 60s, says he hopes to see a better Haiti himself.

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    We are Forming a Legal Coalition for Victory Over Corruption! and ask your organizations to register/join our coalition at: http://nowtruth.org/forming-a-legal-coalition-for-victory-over-corruption/Please share this proposal with EVERYONE that you think might or should be interested in winning justice and respect for ALL childern, responsile parents and people in general!

TWITTER SUBPOENAED!  CLOSED ACCOUNTS FOR #BLACKLIVESMATTER TWEETS! ENGAGED IN CENSORSHIP AND COVER UP OF CRIMES OF GOV. JERRY BROWN, KAMALA HARRIS, DISTRICT ATTORNEY NANCY O’MALLEY AND OAKLAND CITY ATTORNEY BARBARA PARKER!!

Twitter and Google has been subpoenaed and MUST appear in court Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 9 am, for closing the accounts ajalil, FirstSSM, Nowtruth1, EXWHYAD, griotz, AMWFND, electionwin, and caecay for tweeting and retweeting posts that disclosed criminal corruption of the “COURTEL- Superior Court CARTEL conceived in sin, born of corruption, protected by guard dogs of Hell!” with Governor Jerry Brown, Senator Kamala Harris, California Judges, California Judicial Council, District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker!!

You can view and/or download the Subpoena for Google Subpoena To Produce Documents and Depositions here: https://app.box.com/s/k3nflq6e3h4si950z3mkl23kpalbf8y8

You can view and/or download the Subpoena for Twitter To Produce Documents and Depositions here: https://app.box.com/s/vx0ucnc0awfzv0fvzi0fryem34qlgkwz

They opposed the motions ONLY AFTER the replies had been served on them, which makes the oppositions invalid. But worst by offering the lamest excuses to conceal their collusion in the corruption case that involves ALL the parties mentioned above!

Twitter completely lied in their opposition saying they just received the subpoena at the same time they have to reply to the motion to compel, the November 8 hearing date! They received the subpoena on August 8, 2017 and were to have their reply back to us by September 8, 2017!! We have received nothing from them until now.

Google claimed in their opposition to the motion to compel they would have to hire techs just to search their own files for the documents and that research would be too expensive to perform!!! GOOGLE, THE WORLDS LEADER IN SEARCH CAPABILITY AND WORTH OVER $500 BILLION!!! What a joke! They also make reference to the FBI, possible illegal surveillance, data mining and gathering of information on Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim, his family, businesses, and communities.

The District Attorney, NAZI NAnZI O’inkMalley filed a completely perjurious document that would indict her, but they “forgot” to sign it! Hummm? They claim they NEVER received the subpoena but have revealed they have 286 page document that was also filed with the court!

The “COURTEL” – the Superior Court Corruption CARTEL, California Judicial Council, and Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker ALL failed and refused to file ANY opposition to the subpoenas and I am sure they will NOT show up in court. Their motions are below for your pleasure.

You MUST read these motions and oppositions as you will NOT believe them!! 

You can download or view the subpoenas, oppositions and trial notices here:

Motion to Compel Google Subpoena and Request for Production 
https://app.box.com/s/k3nflq6e3h4si950z3mkl23kpalbf8y8

Google Opposition to Motion to Compel Subpoena and Request for Production
https://app.box.com/s/9kxio9lia2tqnvz2nkgg5e4ypqel585b

Motion to Compel O’Malley Subpoena and Request for Production 
https://app.box.com/s/y7xbnead5tf0r4cqqp5xqm2cluh1abob

O’Malley Opposition to Motion to Compel Subpoena and Request for Production
https://app.box.com/s/3ra9yspmu8c3935mwpmfnl40cppo69yh

Twitter Opposition to Motion to Compel Subpoena and Request for Production
https://app.box.com/s/milnerzx4yholsnrh3fxl6romq5pfn6c

Twitter Filed Subpoena and Request for Production.pdf:  
https://app.box.com/s/vx0ucnc0awfzv0fvzi0fryem34qlgkwz


Twitter Filed Motion to Compel Subpoena and Request for Production.pdf
https://app.box.com/s/8ajqihs2l0ba9wahpwjapnx1uil40luq

Some of the tweets to Shaun King, Deray, Uncle Bobby, and many others as follows:

Effectively NONE of their reasons for the alleged “suspension” are applicable and seem to have an agenda established by those opposed to the retweets and mentions!

It seems that their selective Persecution and prosecution is clearly motivated by their attempt to silence and censor us, deny our freedom of speech and cover up the corruption of those mentioned in the posts that is directly supported with THEIR OWN ADMISSIONS and the EVIDENCE thereto!

Twitters demonstrated extreme bias and prejudice is clearly intended to cause harm to those accounts you have selectively chosen to “close” to the benefit of those with something to lose by the publicity of the tweets/retweets!

Superior Court Motion to Compel Subpoena and Request for Production
https://app.box.com/s/7hfxqpida76i13ks5g6dv16t4sje9rbz


Judicial Council Motion to Compel Subpoena and Request for Production 
https://app.box.com/s/dtawn68ghmmq3vfrkvb6ci6eisvt7wmk


City of Oakland Motion to Compel Subpoena and Request for Production 
https://app.box.com/s/hbgemcgmocb6lwsqde8ziiyw9elu5b9x

Subpoena for Twitter To Produce Documents, Meet and Confer, Motion to Compel, Twitter Response, Reply Motion to Compel

You can view and/or download the Subpoena for Twitter To Produce Documents here: https://app.box.com/s/vx0ucnc0awfzv0fvzi0fryem34qlgkwz

ABDUL-JALIL al-HAKIM 
7633 Sunkist Drive 
Oakland, CA 94605 
Tel: (510) 394-4501 
ajalil1234@gmail.com
Defendant 

Alliance Credit/Bank One, T. Miller, 
Plaintiff, 
vs. 
Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim, 
Defendant, 

SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF ALAMEDA 
Case No.:OCV0574030 
Judicial Council Assignment # 1050144-17 
Hearing Date: November 8, 2017 
Time:9:15AM 
Location: Hayward Hall of Justice  ) 24405 Amador Street 
Hayward, CA 94544 
Department 519 

TO: 
Vijaya Gadde 
General Counsel 
and Custodian of Records for Twitter, Inc. 
c/o Trust and Safety 
795 Folsom Street, Suite 600 
San Francisco, CA 94107 
Fax: 415-222-0922, 415-222-9958 
Vijaya@twitter.comlawenforcement@twitter.com
SeanEdgett@twitter.com, lawenforcement@twitter.com, LeslieBerland@twitter.com, GenelleNg@twitter.com, BenjaminLee@twitter.com, AmyKeating@twitter.com, RobertKaiden@twitter.com, AnthonyNoto@twitter.com, JackDorsey@twitter.com

Faxed and Emailed 
FROM: Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim 
DATE: August 28, 2017 
NO PAGES: 2+ 89 page 
RE: Twitter Civil Subpoena per Evidence Code sections 1560, 1561, 1562, and 1271 and Request for Production of Documents per Code of Civil Procedure Section 2031 Attachments in Matter of MILLER VS HAKIM, Case: #OCV0574030 

Dear Ms. Gadde, 

I am sending you this CIVIL SUBPOENA (DUCES TECUM) for Personal Appearance and Production of Documents, Electronically Stored Information, and Things and REQUESTS FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS, SET NO. ONE Code of Civil Procedure Section 2031attached hereto. This is in the matter of MILLER VS HAKIM, Case#OCV0574030. 

TWITTER is being served pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure Section 2031 (CCP 2031) on Responding Party: Custodian of Records for Twitter, Jack Dorsey, Anthony Noto, Vijaya Gadde, Leslie Berland, Robert Kaiden, Genelle Ng, Amy Keating, Benjamin Lee, and ALL their previous and current employees, agents, independent contractors, consultants, representatives, lobbyist, experts, professional organizations, social organizations, charitable organizations, and professional services organizations, et.at. 

YOU are requested to produce for inspection and copying, pursuant to Evidence Code sections 1560, 1561, 1562, and 1271 and Code of Civil Procedure Section 2031 (CCP 2031), the DOCUMENTS in the numbered categories. The production shall take place on September 30, 2017, at 9:00 a.m., at 7633 Sunkist Drive, Oakland, California, 94605. 

Ms. Gadde, YOU and the Custodian of Records are NOT required to appear in person if within thirty (30) days from the date of the serving of this request upon you on August 28, 2017, you produce (i) the records described in the “DEFINITIONS” Section as part of this attached affidavit and (ii) a completed declaration of custodian of records in compliance with Evidence Code sections 1560, 1561, 1562, and 1271 and Code of Civil Procedure Section 2031 (CCP 2031). (1) Place a copy of the records in an envelope (or other wrapper). Enclose the original declaration of the custodian with the records. Seal the envelope. (2) Attach a copy of this subpoena to the envelope or write on the envelope the case name and number; your name; and the date, time, and place. (3) Place this first envelope in an outer envelope, seal it, and mail it to me at the address herein or email address: ajalil1234@gmail.com. (4) The written response shall be served within thirty (30) days of the service of this request or by September 28, 2017. 

As is YOUR custom, you may provide responsive records in electronic format (i.e., text files that can be opened with any word processing software such as Word or TextEdit) or a searchable portable document file (PDF). 

If any DOCUMENT requested herein was, but no longer is, in YOUR possession, custody, or control, please state whether such DOCUMENT was lost, destroyed or otherwise disposed of, and describe the circumstances and date(s) of such disposition. 

As per the Orders, I am requesting ANY and ALL information you have on this 
settled account to provide to me in this matter ASAP. 

Please call me when the court ordered documents are available so that we can proceed in earnest to a fair resolution of this heinous 20 year matter of Elder Abuse as there is NO place for this in modern society much less in a courtroom before the people!! 

Respectfully, 

Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim 
ajalil1234@gmail.com
510 394-4501

Respond to the Motions for Production of Documents and Subpoena

TO:  Vijaya Gadde 
        General Counsel 
        and Custodian of Records for Twitter, Inc. 
        c/o Trust and Safety 
        795 Folsom Street, Suite 600 
        San Francisco, CA 94107 
        Fax: 415-222-0922, 415-222-9958 
Vijaya@twitter.comlawenforcement@twitter.comkengtaing@twitter.com
Amy@twitter.comBenjamin@twitter.comGenelle@twitter.com, ‘Twitter, Inc. Team’ via Litigation <litigation@twitter.com>

Faxed and Emailed 
FROM:     Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim 
DATE:     October 2, 2017 
NO PAGES:     2 
RE:        Respond to the Motions for Production of Documents and Subpoena, etc., MILLER VS HAKIM, Case: #OCV0574030 

Dear Ms. Gadde and Twitter Legal Team: 

    I am in  receipt of an email from “Twitter, Inc. Team” via Litigation <litigation@twitter.com> wherein you wrote: 

    “Dear Mr. al-Hakim: 

     We are in receipt of your legal process, dated August 24, 2017, in this matter. Please provide us with a copy of the complaint by replying directly to this email. 

    Thank you. 

    — 
    Twitter Legal” 

The complaint is NOT necessary to respond to the 89 page CIVIL SUBPOENA (DUCES TECUM) for Personal Appearance and Production of Documents, Electronically Stored Information, and Things and REQUESTS FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS, SET NO. ONE served on you in this matter. 

We expect your timely response. 

   “Thank you”. 

Respectfully, 

Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim 
ajalil1234@gmail.com
510-394-4501

Meet and Confer

TO:  Vijaya Gadde 
        General Counsel 
        and Custodian of Records for Twitter, Inc. 
        c/o Trust and Safety 
        795 Folsom Street, Suite 600 
        San Francisco, CA 94107 
        Fax: 415-222-0922, 415-222-9958 
Vijaya@twitter.comlawenforcement@twitter.comkengtaing@twitter.com
Amy@twitter.comBenjamin@twitter.comGenelle@twitter.com, ‘Twitter, Inc. Team’ via Litigation <litigation@twitter.com>

Faxed and Emailed 
FROM:     Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim 
DATE:     October 4, 2017 
NO PAGES:     2 pages 
RE:        Meet and Confer regarding Subpoena (Duces Tecum) and Request for Production of Documents in Matter of MILLER VS HAKIM, Case: #OCV0574030 

Dear Ms. Gadde, 

    I am the defendant in the above-referenced case. 
    On August 28, 2017, I had served a CIVIL SUBPOENA (DUCES TECUM) in compliance with Evidence Code sections 1560, 1561, 1562, and 1271, for Personal Appearance and Production of Documents, Electronically Stored Information, and Things in addition to a formal Request for Production of Documents, Set One, per CCP 2031 via fax and email. You should have provided the documents to us by September 28, 2017. You have failed and refused to comply with the courts order. 
    This letter asks you to please fully comply with and respond to the Subpoena and Request for Production, Set One by October 6, 2017. If I do not receive these responses, I will file a motion in court to obtain compliance and compel the production of the documents, demand the related costs of the motion with all fees and sanctions, request a contempt order and order a bench warrant for the arrest of those responsible as provided by California Code of Civil Procedure § 2031.300 and others. We have secured a court date of November 8, 2017, at 9:15 AM, in Department 511 of the Alameda County Superior Court, in Hayward California. 
    If you have any objection, response or reply it should be made in the form of a properly noticed, served, and filed  motion to the court. 
    Please call me when the court ordered documents are available so that we can proceed in earnest to a fair resolution of this heinous 20 year matter of Elder Abuse as there is NO place for this in modern society much less in a courtroom before the people!! 

Respectfully, 

Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim 
ajalil1234@gmail.com
510-394-4501

Motion to Compel

TO:  Vijaya Gadde 
        General Counsel 
        and Custodian of Records for Twitter, Inc. 
        c/o Trust and Safety 
        795 Folsom Street, Suite 600 
        San Francisco, CA 94107 
        Fax: 415-222-0922, 415-222-9958 
Vijaya@twitter.comlawenforcement@twitter.comkengtaing@twitter.com
Amy@twitter.comBenjamin@twitter.comGenelle@twitter.com, ‘Twitter, Inc. Team’ via Litigation <litigation@twitter.com>

Faxed and Emailed 
FROM:     Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim 
DATE:     October 9, 2017 
NO PAGES:     18 pages 
RE:        Defendants Motion to Compel Subpoena and Request for Production of Documents for Twitter in Matter of MILLER VS HAKIM, Case: #OCV0574030 

Dear Ms. Gadde, 

    Attached please find Defendants Motion to Compel Subpoena and Request for Production of Documents for Twitter. 
    We have secured a court date of November 8, 2017, at 9:15 AM, in Department 511 of the Alameda County Superior Court, in Hayward California. 

Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim 
510-394-4501 

Twitter responded to the motion with their Answer to Motion to Compel Subpoena and Request for Production of Documents here: https://app.box.com/s/milnerzx4yholsnrh3fxl6romq5pfn6c

Reply Motion to Compel

TO:  Vijaya Gadde 
         General Counsel 
         and Custodian of Records for Twitter, Inc. 
         c/o Trust and Safety 
         795 Folsom Street, Suite 600 
         San Francisco, CA 94107 
         Fax: 415-222-0922, 415-222-9958 
Vijaya@twitter.comlawenforcement@twitter.comkengtaing@twitter.com
Amy@twitter.comBenjamin@twitter.comGenelle@twitter.com, ‘Twitter, Inc. Team’ via Litigation <litigation@twitter.com>

Faxed and Emailed 
FROM:     Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim 
DATE:     October 23, 2017 
NO PAGES:     18 pages 
RE:        Defendants Reply Motion to Compel Subpoena and Request for Production of Documents for Twitter in Matter of MILLER VS HAKIM, Case: #OCV0574030 

Dear Ms. Gadde, 

    Attached please find Defendants Reply Motion to Compel Subpoena and Request for Production of Documents for Twitter. 
     We have secured a court date of November 8, 2017, at 9:15 AM, in Department 511 of the Alameda County Superior Court, in Hayward California. 

Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim 
510-394-4501

************ 
    I electronically caused such document(s) to be transmitted and served on the parties listed herein by transmitting them via .pdf/email to the email address(es) set forth herein and in the email header above. My electronic proof of service email address for the purposes of legal process only is :processlegalserver@gmail.com. PLEASE NOTE YOU CAN NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS AS IT IS UNATTENDED. Please respond to the party at their email address. 
    You are All herewith officially served via email the foregoing and/or attached document(s) as described in the following: 

       Defendants Motion to Compel Subpoena and Request for Production of Documents for Twitter. 

Respectfully, 

Nanita Strong 
(BY EMAIL) 

cc: Abdul-Jalil 
510-394-4501 
ajalil1234@gmail.com

Subpoena for Google To Produce Documents, Meet and Confer, Motion to Compel, and Reply Motion to Compel

Subpoena for Google To Produce Documents

You can view and/or download the Google Subpoena here: https://app.box.com/s/k3nflq6e3h4si950z3mkl23kpalbf8y8

ABDUL-JALIL al-HAKIM 
7633 Sunkist Drive 
Oakland, CA 94605 
Tel: (510) 394-4501 
ajalil1234@gmail.com
Defendant 

Alliance Credit/Bank One, T. Miller, 
Plaintiff, 
vs. 
Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim, 
Defendant, 

SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF ALAMEDA 
Case No.:OCV0574030 
Judicial Council Assignment # 1050144-17 
Hearing Date: November 8, 2017 
Time:9:15AM 
Location: Hayward Hall of Justice  ) 24405 Amador Street 
Hayward, CA 94544 
Department 519 

TO: 
David Drummond 
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer 
and Custodian of Records for Google 
Google, Inc. 
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway 
Mountain View, CA 94043 
Fax: 650-249-3429, 650-469-0622, 650-649-2939, 650-618-1806, 650-253-0001, 650-618-1499 
ddrummond@google.com, legal@google.com, uslawenforcement@google.com, legal-support@google.com, lis-global@google.com, JBerlin@google.com, DChiang@google.com, ADanielvarda@google.com, RDuPree@google.com, JHeileson@google.com, THwang@google.com, AItoi@google.com, JMaccoun@google.com, JManson@google.com, VNguy@google.com, AOrion@google.com, TPham@google.com, KRana@google.com, ARao@google.com, PSanger@google.com, thbeaumont@google.com, nshanbhag@google.com, kwalker@google.com, alo@google.com, jimsherwood@google.com

Faxed and Emailed 
FROM: Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim 
DATE: August 29, 2017 
NO PAGES: 2+ 89 page 
RE: Google Civil Subpoena per Evidence Code sections 1560, 1561, 1562, and 1271 and Request for Production of Documents per Code of Civil Procedure Section 2031 Attachments in Matter of MILLER VS HAKIM, Case: #OCV0574030 

Dear Mr. Drummond, 

I am sending you this CIVIL SUBPOENA (DUCES TECUM) for Personal Appearance and Production of Documents, Electronically Stored Information, and Things and REQUESTS FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS, SET NO. ONE Code of Civil Procedure Section 2031attached hereto. This is in the matter of MILLER VS HAKIM, Case#OCV0574030. 

GOOGLE is being served pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure Section 2031 (CCP 2031) on Responding Party: Custodian of Records for Google, Joseph Berlin, Darry Chiang, Annabelle Danielvarda, David Drummond, Renee DuPree, Jeffery Heileson, Tina Chia-Chi Hwang, Anna Itoi, Jonathan Manson, Van Nguy, Andrew Orion, Tim Pham, Kulpreet Rana, Anand Rao, Priya Seshachari Sanger, Theresa Beaumont, Nikhil Shanbhag, Kent Walker, Allen Lo, Jim Sherwood, Jeff Donovan, and ALL their previous and current employees, agents, independent contractors, consultants, representatives, lobbyist, experts, professional organizations, social organizations, charitable organizations, and professional services organizations, et.at. 

YOU are requested to produce for inspection and copying, pursuant to Evidence Code sections 1560, 1561, 1562, and 1271 and Code of Civil Procedure Section 2031 (CCP 2031), the DOCUMENTS in the numbered categories. The production shall take place on September 30, 2017, at 9:00 a.m., at 7633 Sunkist Drive, Oakland, California, 94605. 

Ms. Drummond, YOU and the Custodian of Records are NOT required to appear in person if within thirty (30) days from the date of the serving of this request upon you on August 28, 2017, you produce (i) the records described in the “DEFINITIONS” Section as part of this attached affidavit and (ii) a completed declaration of custodian of records in compliance with Evidence Code sections 1560, 1561, 1562, and 1271 and Code of Civil Procedure Section 2031 (CCP 2031). (1) Place a copy of the records in an envelope (or other wrapper). Enclose the original declaration of the custodian with the records. Seal the envelope. (2) Attach a copy of this subpoena to the envelope or write on the envelope the case name and number; your name; and the date, time, and place. (3) Place this first envelope in an outer envelope, seal it, and mail it to me at the address herein or email address: ajalil1234@gmail.com. (4) The written response shall be served within thirty (30) days of the service of this request or by September 28, 2017. 

As is YOUR custom, you may provide responsive records in electronic format (i.e., text files that can be opened with any word processing software such as Word or TextEdit) or a searchable portable document file (PDF). 

If any DOCUMENT requested herein was, but no longer is, in YOUR possession, custody, or control, please state whether such DOCUMENT was lost, destroyed or otherwise disposed of, and describe the circumstances and date(s) of such disposition. 

Please call me when the court ordered documents are available so that we can proceed in earnest to a fair resolution of this heinous 20 year matter of Elder Abuse as there is NO place for this in modern society much less in a courtroom before the people!! 

Respectfully, 

Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim 
ajalil1234@gmail.com
510 394-4501 

Meet and Confer

SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF ALAMEDA 
Case No.:OCV0574030 
Judicial Council Assignment # 1050144-17 
Hearing Date: November 8, 2017 
Time: 9:15AM 
Location: Hayward Hall of Justice 
24405 Amador Street 
Hayward, CA 94544 
Department 511 

TO: 
David Drummond 
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer 
and Custodian of Records for Google 
Google, Inc. 
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway 
Mountain View, CA 94043 
Fax: 650-249-3429, 650-469-0622, 650-649-2939, 650-618-1806, 650-253-0001, 650-618-1499 
ddrummond@google.comlegal@google.comuslawenforcement@google.comlegal-support@google.comlis-global@google.com

Faxed and Emailed 
FROM: Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim 
DATE:     October 4, 2017 
NO PAGES:     2 pages 
RE:        Meet and Confer regarding Subpoena (Duces Tecum) and Request for Production of Documents in Matter of MILLER VS HAKIM, Case: #OCV0574030 

Dear Mr. Drummond, 

    I am the defendant in the above-referenced case. 
    On August 28, 2017, I had served a CIVIL SUBPOENA (DUCES TECUM) in compliance with Evidence Code sections 1560, 1561, 1562, and 1271, for Personal Appearance and Production of Documents, Electronically Stored Information, and Things in addition to a formal Request for Production of Documents, Set One, per CCP 2031 via fax and email. You should have provided the documents to us by September 28, 2017. You have failed and refused to comply with the courts order. 
    This letter asks you to please fully comply with and respond to the Subpoena and Request for Production, Set One by October 6, 2017. If I do not receive these responses, I will file a motion in court to obtain compliance and compel the production of the documents, demand the related costs of the motion with all fees and sanctions, request a contempt order and order a bench warrant for the arrest of those responsible as provided by California Code of Civil Procedure § 2031.300 and others. We have secured a court date of November 8, 2017, at 9:15 AM, in Department 511 of the Alameda County Superior Court, in Hayward California. 
    If you have any objection, response or reply it should be made in the form of a properly noticed, served, and filed  motion to the court. 
    Please call me when the court ordered documents are available so that we can proceed in earnest to a fair resolution of this heinous 20 year matter of Elder Abuse as there is NO place for this in modern society much less in a courtroom before the people!! 

Motion to Compel Request for Production of Documents

SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF ALAMEDA 
Case No.:OCV0574030 
Judicial Council Assignment # 1050144-17 
Hearing Date: November 8, 2017 
Time: 9:15AM 
Location: Hayward Hall of Justice 
24405 Amador Street 
Hayward, CA 94544 
Department 511 

TO: 
David Drummond 
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer 
and Custodian of Records for Google 
Google, Inc. 
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway 
Mountain View, CA 94043 
Fax: 650-249-3429, 650-469-0622, 650-649-2939, 650-618-1806, 650-253-0001, 650-618-1499 
ddrummond@google.comlegal@google.comuslawenforcement@google.comlegal-support@google.comlis-global@google.com

Faxed and Emailed 
FROM: Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim 
DATE:     October 9, 2017 
NO PAGES:     18 pages 
RE:        Defendants Motion to Compel Request for Production of Documents on Google in Matter of MILLER VS HAKIM, Case: #OCV0574030 

Dear Mr. Drummond, 

    Attached please find Defendants Motion to Compel Request for Production of Documents for Google. 
    We have secured a court date of November 8, 2017, at 9:15 AM, in Department 511 of the Alameda County Superior Court, in Hayward California. 

Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim 
510-394-4501

Reply Motion to Compel Request for Production

SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF ALAMEDA 
Case No.:OCV0574030 
Judicial Council Assignment # 1050144-17 
Hearing Date: November 8, 2017 
Time: 9:15AM 
Location: Hayward Hall of Justice 
24405 Amador Street 
Hayward, CA 94544 
Department 511 

TO: 
David Drummond 
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer 
and Custodian of Records for Google 
Google, Inc. 
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway 
Mountain View, CA 94043 
Fax: 650-249-3429, 650-469-0622, 650-649-2939, 650-618-1806, 650-253-0001, 650-618-1499 
ddrummond@google.comlegal@google.comuslawenforcement@google.comlegal-support@google.comlis-global@google.com

Faxed and Emailed 
FROM: Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim 
DATE:     October 23, 2017 
NO PAGES:     18 pages 
RE:        Defendants Reply Motion to Compel Request for Production of Documents on Google in Matter of MILLER VS HAKIM, Case: #OCV0574030 

Dear Mr. Drummond, 

     Attached please find Defendants Reply Motion to Compel Request for Production of Documents for Google. 
     We have secured a court date of November 8, 2017, at 9:15 AM, in Department 511 of the Alameda County Superior Court, in Hayward California. 

Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim 
510-394-4501 

************ 
     I electronically caused such document(s) to be transmitted and served on the parties listed herein by transmitting them via .pdf/email to the email address(es) set forth herein and in the email header above. My electronic proof of service email address for the purposes of legal process only is :processlegalserver@gmail.com. PLEASE NOTE YOU CAN NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS AS IT IS UNATTENDED. Please respond to the party at their email address. 
     You are All herewith officially served via email the foregoing and/or attached document(s) as described in the following: 

         Defendants Reply Motion to Compel Request for Production of Documents on Google. 

Respectfully, 

Nanita Strong 
(BY EMAIL) 
— 
PROOF OF SERVICE 
This email account is exclusively for the purpose of facilitating the service of legal process in the matter herein addressed. 
I am a citizen of the United States. I live or am employed in the County of Alameda from which this service occurs/originates. I am over the age of 18 years, and not a party to the within cause. I am readily familiar with the normal business practice of depositing electronic correspondence for emailing via the internet within the U.S. 
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I declare under penalty of Perjury under the laws of the State of California that the above is true and correct. 
Executed via electronic signature on this day hereinabove, at Oakland, California.

290 Page Subpeona Request for Production of Documents and Depositions for Kamala Harris

Vice President Kamala “Kriminal Harass” Harris, the California Attorney General, Alameda County Superior Court Judges, District Attorney, and Department of Child Support Services are ALL involved in Admitted Embezzlement, Corruption, Fraud, Extortion Case of child support payments al-Hakim made in trust to the DA in their fiduciary capacity for the minor al-Hakim children depriving al-Hakim and the minor child of THOUSANDS of DOLLARS paid, then fraudulently and illegally charging al-Hakim with the crime of violating the child support statute for nonpayment!
The decades old conflict between Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim and Family with the Alameda County District Attorney (DA) and the Department of Child Support Service (DCSS) is among the most extensively told in the history of the American judiciary.
They embezzled my the money from al-Hakim’s daughters, one of which is Bari al-Hakim-Williams, who was a Legal Counsel, Global Infrastructure & Operations at FaceBook where she created the Diversity program until she left two years ago in 2018,  whom they tried to frame al-Hakim for it, and persecuted our Family for over 20 years when the Family ALL objected, agreed NOT to pay and refused to pay the stolen funds again. 
Wherein the DA suspended al-Hakim’s drivers license and revoked his passport for over TWENTY YEARS in an effort to force me to pay again, but more so just to put him in the “system” susceptible to ALL possible police, judicial, law enforcement whims of hate induced persecution, harassment, oppression, racism, bigotry, Islamophobia, Xenophobia and retaliation! They did this despite the fact that the District Attorney Bill Kleeman ADMITTED in a letter to the parents apologizing for their crimes, stopped the fraudulent theft of the child support, then doubled down and began stealing the money all over again three years later after the supervising DA died! You can read or download the letter here: https://www.box.com/shared/vny517fknk 
Kamala Harris was working with the DA’s office with all her friends directly involved in this Admitted Embezzlement, Corruption, Fraud, and Extortion Case!
As Attorney General “Kriminal Harass” and the Office of The Attorney General of The State of California substituted in as attorney of record in this case for the Alameda County Department of Child Support Services allegedly “in the interest of justice”. What justice is there in the Attorney General defending, concealing and thereby further complicitly committing the admitted willful and intentional extrinsic fraud upon the court; prosecutorial misconduct; willful and malicious prosecution; misconduct; conflict of interest; obstruction of justice; denial of due process under the law; willful and intentional fabrication and authoring false evidence; misstating and mischaracterizing evidence; misrepresentation and concealment of material facts with knowledge of the truth with the intent to induce the court’s act or reliance; harassment; and intimidation on behalf of District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, former DA Tom Orloff, Maureen Lenahan, Valgeria Harvey, counselors L. Lavagetto, Ms. K. Pendergrass, Ms. Adler, Kris Ferre, and accountant Mr. Lovelady and others unnamed in the DA’s office; various judges and Commissioner Oleon’s abuse of discretion, willful misconduct, conduct prejudicial, illegal ex-parte communications and bias that resulted in error.

Letter from District Attorney ADMITTING EMBEZZLED CHILD SUPPORT FROM al-Hakim

This was done to excuse and protect the Alameda County Department of Child Support Services from their ongoing conflict of interest in their alleging to represent the interest of Joette Hall, whom they had defrauded along with al-Hakim of the funds paid to the DCSS in trust for their minor child Bari.
al-Hakim  received a letter from Marina Soto, California Deputy Attorney General, dated June 1, 2017 regarding his Noticed Request for Documents served on Kamala Harris May 22 and 23, 2017. It was served on the Parties to provide the time to comply with previous Requests made subject to Rule 10.500; Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act; Brown Act- California Public Records Act Request (PRA), and Ethics Complaints.

Here you can view or download al-Hakim’s 290 page Subpeona and Request for Production of Documents served on the California Attorney General Kamal Harris.pdf

https://app.box.com/s/wj6syfdl18rtrucmh1xp48ma1nydr5rd

Here you can view or download al-Hakim’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request for Production of Documents served on the California Attorney General Kamal Harris.pdf

https://app.box.com/s/a5ia5phh9dj8de7gpxfex04cz6uq2e95

Feigning ignorance in the letter, she asks al-Hakim to clarify the request, if under PRA, wherein they will respond accordingly. Every one of you herein has done the exact same thing for years only to have the evidence of crime against you mount to a point of insurmountable!
As a result, al-Hakim clarified the Demand for Production of Documents for each of them therein that has had a previous request made. If there is no compliance in seven (7) days, we will file formal Request for Production of Documents and Depositions on each herein. He would start with Attorney Generals Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, and Ms. Soto.
On April 7, 2014, we filed and served a FOIA/Brown Act Request on Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, Joan Kirtlan, Stephen Napolillo- Records Co-ordinators, and Custodian of Records.
By letter attached dated April 17, 2014, Brent Orick- Special Agent in Charge- Professional Standards Group, Division of Law Enforcement, acknowledging receipt of our PRA Request on April 7, 2014, therein requesting time to respond by May 1, 2014, in order “to consult with another agency having a substantial interest in the determination of the request or among two or more components of the agency having a substantial subject matter interest therein”. In a separate letter Soto made the same request for an extension of time to comply the very same day! The letter can be read or downloaded at:
AG Harris- Orick FOIA Response
https://app.box.com/s/zcl41lib06z12ninb2dzqlsigl4tpyer
and 
AG Harris- Soto FOIA Response
https://app.box.com/s/7f8u8dr274z6wdskgx40a0auujpw7uf3
Additionally, on May 6, 2014 and July 3, 2014 Orick left voice mail messages for me regarding the Attorney General’s response. The voice mail can be listen to or downloaded at:
May 6, 2014  https://app.box.com/s/kpnvn0lvx74bm8dahsc5vgd2686zfdyd
July 3, 2014  https://app.box.com/s/uexrxsxwjfkpavxdaetwqqk1z1wcev2j
By letter attached dated May 2, 2014, al-Hakim informed both Ms. Soto and Mr. Orick that the FOIA/Brown Act Request filed on April 7, 2014 and their acknowledged receipt from both dated April 17, 2014 that they have both for the Attorney General failed and refused to comply with ANY of the requested information as per the law by providing NO RESPONSE AT ALL. This implies that the original request they both made on April 17, 2014 at the conclusion of the required time to provide the information was totally disingenuous! The letter can be read or downloaded at: 
https://app.box.com/s/vf4tnpxz7mhx9t545d80e6sqhxvuh138
In an attached letter dated May 28, 2014, to Mrs. Harris, Ms. Soto, Mr. Orick and Custodian of Records requesting again that the Attorney General respond to the request, to comply with all relevant deadlines and other obligations set forth in FOIA and the agency’s regulations. 5 U.S.C. § 552, (a)(6)(A)(i); 26 a.F.R. § 601.702(c)(9)(ii). Pursuant to 26 C.F.R. § 601.702(c)(2)(i), I would prefer the responsive records be provided in an electronic format. Attorney General’s March 2009 FOIA memorandum, reiterating President Obama’s directive that in “the face of doubt, openness prevails.” Attorney General, Memorandum for Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies at 1 (March 19, 2009) (Attorney General Memorandum). They have yet to comply or even respond! The letter can be read or downloaded at: https://app.box.com/s/feolyhbt0rchngtugayi5cj8chr9mayj
But as any good politician has done, Harris has actually been involved in stealing child support from Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim’s minor child with an outstanding order! She not only worked in the DA’s office during the time this embezzlement was happening but then represented the Department of Child Support Services and the DA’s office AGAINST al-Hakim. 
Now 25 years later, that minor child that Kriminal Harass embezzled is Bari al-Hakim-Williams.
Bari al-Hakim-Williams has hosted and attended multiple fundraisers for Harris, even held at her home, that was promoted on
“Heyevent.com” 
Host included ROBERT L. HARRIS, ESQ., SHONDA SCOTT, DEMETRIUS SHELTON, ESQ., LALITA TADEMY, BARRY LAWSON WILLIAMS, JAIME A. WILLIAMS, HON. JOEL YOUNG
Shelton posted:
Fundraiser – Kamala Harris for CA Attorney General 
Saturday, 14 November 2009, 15:00
 At the Home of Bari and Jaime Williams – Oakland, CA 

Fundraiser – Kamala Harris for CA Attorney General 
Friends,
Please join me at a fundraiser in support of my friend and colleague 

SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT ATTORNEY
&
CANDIDATE FOR CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL 2010 KAMALA D. HARRIS 

Saturday, November 14, 2009 3:00 – 5:00 pm 
AT THE HOME OF JAIME & BARI WILLIAMS OAKLAND, CA* 
Hosted by – 
ROBERT L. HARRIS, ESQ., SHONDA SCOTT, DEMETRIUS SHELTON, ESQ., LALITA TADEMY, BARI A. WILLIAMS, ESQ., BARRY LAWSON WILLIAMS, JAIME A. WILLIAMS, HON. JOEL YOUNG 
Guest . . . . . . . . . $250 
If you are unable to attend the event, but would like to support. You can donate online by visiting: http://kamalaharris.org/donate/event/534. Please let me know if you donate via the website so that I can track your contribution. 
Thanks in advance for your support! 
Demetrius
Oddly enough Shelton is involved in the al-Hakim legal action against the City of Oakland in the Case of al-Hakim vs CSAA and Rescue Rooter, et. al. You can hear Demetruis Shelton, President of the National Bar Association and City Attorney employee’s Voicemail “Russo Received Trial Subpoenas!!!”
The Facebook posted article included photos of my daughter, Bari al-Hakim-Williams, whom had her child support, with President Barack and Michelle Obama at the White House and her Facebook employee photo. 
Bari al-Hakim-Williams, was honored for her fine achievements at the White House where she was hosted by President Obama and Michelle Obama, as one of the Nations “40 Under 40” top lawyers by the National Bar Association, among others. She was featured in Black Enterprise Magazine, discussing her plight as a minority and woman of color in a major corporation, in a commanding leadership position over men, lawyers and engineers, and the Diversity Program she founded at FaceBook. Her title there is Legal Counsel, Global Infrastructure & Operations at Facebook where she governs everything that is purchased. She created the Diversity program and talks about it here.

Here you can view or download al-Hakim’s 290 page Subpeona and Request for Production of Documents served on the California Attorney General Kamal Harris.pdf

https://app.box.com/s/wj6syfdl18rtrucmh1xp48ma1nydr5rd

REQUESTS FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS, SET NO. ONE,

pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure Section 2031 (CCP 2031) on Responding Party: Custodian of Records for the Attorney General of California, Attorney General Kamala Harris, and in YOUR capacity as LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE Representing the Public Interest pursuant to Family Code Sections 17406-17407 for District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, Director of Child Support Services Matthew A. Brega, Custodian of Records for Alameda County District Attorney, and Custodian of Records for Department of Child Support Services, et.at.

PROPOUNDING PARTY:  Defendant ABDUL-JALIL al-HAKIM, his family members Harun al-Hakim-Miller, Patty Flenory, Jalil Omar al-Hakim, Bari al-Hakim-Williams, Joette al-Hakim-Hall, and their siblings; and the entities Superstar Management, The Genius of Randy Wallace, Inc., the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation, Nowtruth.org, eX-whY Adventures, their real property including but not limited to 7633 Sunkist Drive, Oakland, CA  94605, and all personal property (all herein after referred to as “ALL the Propounders and/or Propounders”)

RESPONDING PARTY: Custodian of Records for the Attorney General of California, Attorney General Kamala Harris and ALL former and current employees, agents, and contractors of the Attorney Generals office including but not limited to Peter Southworth, Robert Wilson, Marina L. Soto, Douglass M. Press, Paul Reynaga, Joan Kirtlan, Stephen Napolillo, Mark Argarin, Evan Westrep, Louis Verdugo, Jr., Richard M. Frank, Kimberly McCrickard, Melissa Weikel, Melissa Nelson, Vinh Ngo and former Attorney General Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown; and in YOUR capacity as LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE Representing the Public Interest pursuant to Family Code Sections 17406-17407 for the Custodian of Records for the Alameda County District Attorney, District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, Custodian of Records for the Department of Child Support Services, Director Department of Child Support Services Matthew A. Brega, former District Attorneys John Meehan, Tom Orloff, former DCSS Director Maureen Lenahan, Sue Eadie, Ms. Remelton, Ricca Alcantara, Mrs. Carlilse, Ms. Alder, Terry Simmons-Booker, Valgeria Harvey, Yolanda Smith, Ann Diem, L. Lavagetto, Ms. K. Pendergrass, Kris Ferre, Mr. Lovelady, Karen Campbell, Rock Harmon, Kamala Harris, Charlene Perry, Venus Johnson, Micheal O’Connor, David Stein, Kevin Dunleavy, Boydine Hall, Matt Golde, Bob Connor, Bruce Brock, Towanda Lee, Ms. Carlilse, the Alameda County District Attorney, Department of Child Support Services, Custodian of Records and ALL their previous and current employees, agents, independent contractors, consultants, representatives, lobbyist, experts, professional organizations, social organizations, charitable organizations, and professional services organizations, et.at. (all herein after referred to as “Responding Parties or Responding Party”); and 

Judge Holland declares Kamala Harris Guilt

ALL Related Parties include but are not limited to: The Federal Bureau of Investigation ( FBI); National Security Agency (NSA); the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Defense Security Service (DSS); Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); U.S. Marshals Service (USMS); Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA); U.S. Secret Service (USSS); U.S. Customs Service; U.S. Department of Motor Vehicles; U.S. Department of Consumer Affairs; U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Corrections, U.S. Department of Justice; U.S. Attorney General; U.S. Attorney’s Office; U. S. Federal District Court- including Northern Division; U.S. Department of Insurance;  California State Appeals Court, The California Attorney General; California Department of Corrections; California Department of Justice; California State Franchise Tax Board; California Department of Insurance; California Department of Corporations; California Secretary of State; California State Assembly; California State Senate; California Bureau of Automotive Affairs; California Supreme Court; California Commission on Judicial Performance; California Judges Association; California State Air Resources Board; California Department of Parks and Recreation; California State Board of Equalization; California Department of Child Support Services; California Department of Motor Vehicles; California Department of Consumer Affairs; California Highway Patrol; Alameda County Superior Court, including Appeals court and court administration; Alameda County Grand Jury; Alameda County District Attorney; Alameda County Department of Child Support Services; Alameda County Supervisors; Alameda County Sheriffs; Alameda County Public Health; Alameda County Counsel; Alameda County Administrator; Mayor of Oakland; Oakland City Council; Oakland City Attorney; Oakland City Auditor; Oakland City Administrator; Oakland Police Department; Oakland Public Works; Oakland Public Ethics Commission; Oakland Community and Economic Development Agency; Oakland Building and Permits Department; City of Oakland Department of Parks and Recreation; Mayor of Richmond, Richmond City Attorney; Richmond City Manager; The City of Richmond; Mayor of San Leandro, San Leandro City Manager; San Leandro City Attorney; Mayor of Alameda, Alameda City Attorney; Alameda City Manager; Contra Costa County Superior Court, including Appeals court; Contra Costa County Grand Jury; Contra Costa County District Attorney; Contra Costa County Supervisors; Contra Costa County Sheriffs; Contra Costa County Public Health; Contra Costa County Counsel; Contra Costa County Administrator; Hayward Police Department; East Bay Municipal Utilities District; Pacific Gas & Electric; AT&T; Comcast; Dish Network; former and current Oakland City Attorneys Jane Williams, John Russo, Randy Hall, Jim McIllevahe, Andrea Leal, Sophia Lee, Elizabeth Allen, Eliada Perez, Janie Wong, Barbara Parker, Deborah Walther, Arlette Flores-Medina, and former City Attorneys employee Pat Smith; Stephan Barber and others of the law firm Ropers, Majeski; Ronald J. Cook, Randy Willoughby, Alex Stuart, Bradley Bening and others of the law firm Willoughby, Stuart & Bening; William Jemmott and others of the law firm Wilson Elser; Todd Jones and others of the law firm Archer Norris; Daniel Crowley and others of the law firm Daniel Crowley & Assoc.; Fletcher Alford, Joel K. Liberson and others of the law firm Gordon & Rees; Sean O’Halloran and others of the Crone law firm Rozynko; Anne Brooks Harrigan and others of the law firm Grancell, Lebovitz; Yolanda Jackson and others of the law firm Jackson Alternative Dispute Resolution; the law firm of Caven, Cleaveland, Murray; the law firm of Jackson Harrigan; John Ratto and Dean K. Beyer, of ASU Group (formerly D. L. Glaze); defendants Rescue Rooter and Bay Area Carpet Cleaning; and retired Judges David Lee, Michael Ballachey, Judith Ford, Jacqueline Tabor and Richard Hodge; Kim Colwell, Jayne Williams and others of the law firm Meyers Nave; Appellate Judges Barbara Jones, James Richman, and Henry Needham; Alameda Superior Court Judges Frank Roesch, Barbara J. Miller, Leo Dorado, Robert Freedman, Yolanda Northridge, George Hernandez, Jon Rolefson, C. Don Clay, Winifred Smith, Leo Dorado, Stephen Pulido, Sandra Bean, Sue Alexander, Tara DeSautels, and Commissioners Boydine Hall, Taylor Culver, Glenn Oleon, Thomas Nixon, and E. Hendrickson; Federal Appeals Court Judge Jon Tigar; Ronald M. George of The California Supreme Court; Victoria Henley-Director-Chief Counsel, Yvette Trevino, Bernadette Torivio of The California Judicial Council; Ronald G. Overholt of The California Judges Association; Congressperson Barbara Lee, and staff Anne Taylor, Elaine McKellar, Lauren Riggs, Saundra Andrews, Leslie Littleton; the United States Attorney’s Office- Northern District of California Director HON. Melinda Haag; John Keker, Robert Van Nest, Jon Streeter, Holly Saydah, Joy Scharton and others of the law firm Keker & Van Nest; and ALL their previous and current employees, agents, independent contractors, consultants, representatives, lobbyist, experts, professional organizations, social organizations, charitable organizations, and professional services organizations (all herein after referred to as “ALL Related Parties or Related Parties“).

Here you can view or download al-Hakim’s 290 page Subpeona and Request for Production of Documents served on the California Attorney General Kamal Harris.pdf

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Frederick Douglass On How Slave Owners Used Food As A Weapon Of Control

American writer, abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass edits a journal at his desk, late 1870s. Douglass was acutely conscious of being a literary witness to the inhumane institution of slavery he had escaped as a young man. He made sure to document his life in not one but three autobiographies.

President Trump recently described Frederick Douglass as “an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice.” The president’s muddled tense – it came out sounding as if the 19th-century abolitionist were alive with a galloping Twitter following – provoked some mirth on social media. But the spotlight on one of America’s great moral heroes is a welcome one.

Douglass was born on a plantation in Eastern Maryland in 1817 or 1818 – he did not know his birthday, much less have a long-form birth certificate – to a black mother (from whom he was separated as a boy) and a white father (whom he never knew and who was likely the “master” of the house). He was parceled out to serve different members of the family. His childhood was marked by hunger and cold, and his teen years passed in one long stretch of hard labor, coma-like fatigue, routine floggings, hunger, and other commonplace tortures from the slavery handbook.Article continues after sponsor message

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‘Nurse, Spy, Cook:’ How Harriet Tubman Found Freedom Through Food

At 20, he ran away to New York and started his new life as an anti-slavery orator and activist. Acutely conscious of being a literary witness to the inhumane institution he had escaped, he made sure to document his life in not one but three autobiographies. His memoirs bring alive the immoral mechanics of slavery and its weapons of control. Chief among them: food.

As a young enslaved boy in Baltimore, Frederick Douglass bartered pieces of bread for lessons in literacy. His teachers were white neighborhood kids, who could read and write but had no food. At 20, he ran away to New York and started his new life as an anti-slavery orator and activist.

“Never mind, honey—better day comin,’ ” the elders would say to solace the orphaned boy. It was not just the family pets the child had to compete with. One of the most debasing scenes in Douglass’ first memoir, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, describes the way he ate:

“Our food was coarse corn meal boiled. This was called mush. It was put into a large wooden tray or trough, and set down upon the ground. The children were then called, like so many pigs, and like so many pigs they would come and devour the mush; some with oyster-shells, others with pieces of shingle, some with naked hands, and none with spoons. He that ate fastest got most; he that was strongest secured the best place; and few left the trough satisfied.”

Douglass makes it a point to nail the boastful lie put out by slaveholders – one that persists to this day – that “their slaves enjoy more of the physical comforts of life than the peasantry of any country in the world.”

In truth, rations consisted of a monthly allowance of a bushel of third-rate corn, pickled pork (which was “often tainted”) and “poorest quality herrings” – barely enough to sustain grown men and women through their backbreaking labors in the field. Not all the enslaved, however, were so ill-fed. Waiting at the “glittering table of the great house” – a table loaded with the choicest meats, the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay, platters of fruit, asparagus, celery and cauliflower, cheese, butter, cream and the finest wines and brandies from France – was a group of black servants chosen for their loyalty and comely looks. These glossy servants constituted “a sort of black aristocracy,” wrote Douglass. By elevating them, the slave owner was playing the old divide-and-rule trick, and it worked. The difference, Douglass wrote, “between these favored few, and the sorrow and hunger-smitten multitudes of the quarter and the field, was immense.”

The “hunger-smitten multitudes” did what they could to supplement their scanty diets. “They did this by hunting, fishing, growing their own vegetables – or stealing,” says Frederick Douglass Opie, professor of history and foodways at Babson College, who, of course, is named after the activist. “In their moral universe, they felt, ‘You stole me, you mistreated me, therefore to steal from you is quite normal.’ ” If caught, say, eating an orange from the owner’s abundant fruit garden, the punishment was flogging. When even this proved futile, a tar fence was erected around the forbidden fruit. Anyone whose body bore the merest trace of tar was brutally whipped by the chief gardener.

Frederick Douglass, circa 1879.George Warren/National Archives

But if deprivation was one form of control, a far more insidious and malicious one was the annual Christmas holidays, where gluttony and binge drinking was almost mandatory. During those six days, the enslaved could do what they chose, and while a few spent time with distant family or hunting or working on their homes, most were happy to engage in playing sports, “fiddling, dancing, and drinking whiskey; and this latter mode of spending the time was by far the most agreeable to the feelings of our masters. … It was deemed a disgrace not to get drunk at Christmas.” To encourage whiskey benders, the “masters” took bets to see who could drink the most whiskey, thus “getting whole multitudes to drink to excess.”

The nefarious aim of these revels was to equate dissipation with liberty. At the end of the holidays, sickened by the excessive alcohol, the hungover men felt “that we had almost as well be slaves to man as to rum.” And so, Douglass wrote, “we staggered up from the filth of our wallowing, took a long breath, and marched to the field – feeling, upon the whole, rather glad to go, from what our master had deceived us into a belief was freedom, back to the arms of slavery.”

Douglass sounds even angrier at these obligatory orgies – he calls them “part and parcel of the gross fraud, wrong, and inhumanity of slavery” – than at other, more direct forms of cruelty.

“It was a form of bread and circus,” says Opie. “Slaves were also given intoxicated drinks, so they would have little time to think of escaping. If you didn’t take it, you were considered ungrateful. It was a form of social control.”

When he was about 8 years old, Douglass was sent to Baltimore, which proved to be a turning point. The mistress of the house gave him the most precious gift in his life – she taught him the alphabet. But when her husband forbade her to continue – teaching slaves to read and write was a crime – she immediately stopped his lessons.

It was too late. The little boy had been given a peek into the transformative world of words and was desperate to learn. He did so by bartering pieces of bread – he had free access to it; in Baltimore, the urban codes of slavery were less harsh than in rural Maryland – for lessons in literacy. His teachers were white neighborhood kids, who could read and write but had no food. “This bread I used to bestow upon the hungry little urchins, who, in return, would give me that more valuable bread of knowledge,” Douglass wrote in one of the most moving lines in Narrative.

“This also shows the ingenuity of enslaved people,” says Opie, “and how they tricked and leveraged whatever little they had to get ahead.”

Today, when one thinks of Frederick Douglass, the image that springs to mind is of a distinguished, gray-haired man in a double-breasted suit. It is difficult to imagine him as a half-starved boy garbed in nothing but a coarse, knee-length shirt, sleeping on the floor in a corn sack he had stolen. As he wrote in Narrative, “My feet have been so cracked with the frost, that the pen with which I am writing might be laid in the gashes.”

It is a heartbreaking image – redeemed by one little word, “pen.” A pen that he wielded with passion, clarity and irony to gash the life out of slavery.

Food Shortages? Nope, Too Much Food In The Wrong Places

Together Inc. food bank workers distribute food at a drive-through location in Omaha, Neb., last week. Disruptions in the agricultural supply chain caused by the coronavirus pandemic are making it difficult for food banks.

In recent days, top U.S. government officials have moved to assure Americans that they won’t lack for food, despite the coronavirus. 

As he toured a Walmart distribution center, Vice President Pence announced that “America’s food supply is strong.” The Food and Drug Administration’s deputy commissioner for food, Frank Yiannas (a former Walmart executive) told reporters during a teleconference that “there are no widespread or nationwide shortages of food, despite local reports of outages.”

“There is no need to hoard,” Yiannas said.

In fact, the pandemic has caused entirely different problems: a spike in the number of people who can’t afford groceries and a glut of food where it’s not needed. 

Dairy farmers in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Georgia have been forced to dumpthousands of gallons of milk that no one will buy. In Florida, vegetable growers are abandoning harvest-ready fields of tomatoes, yellow squash and cucumbers for the same reason. 

“We cannot pick the produce if we cannot sell it, because we cannot afford the payroll every week,” says Kim Jamerson, a vegetable grower near Fort Myers. Those crops will be plowed back into the ground. “We’ll have to tear ’em up,” Jamerson says. “Just tear up beautiful vegetables that really could go elsewhere, to food banks, and hospitals, and rest homes.”Article continues after sponsor message

The country’s food distribution system, in normal times, is a marvel, efficiently delivering huge amounts of food to consumers. But it relies on predictability, like a rail system that directs a stream of trains, on set schedules, toward their destinations. Now, some of the biggest destinations — chain restaurants, schools and workplace cafeterias — have disappeared, and supply chains are struggling to adapt.

Jay Johnson, with JGL Produce, a vegetable broker in Immokalee, Fla., is the kind of person who makes this system work — matching buyers with sellers. “You’re getting phone calls, text messages, emails, all day and all night,” he says. ” ‘What’s your price on this? What grade? Can you do a better deal?’ You’re doing all these micronegotiations throughout the day.”

On Tuesday, March 24, he says, that all changed. “Everything got quiet. Wednesday, the 25th, superquiet. Thursday, now we’re getting nervous.”

Normally, chain restaurants buy a steady supply of produce, week after week. But most have shut down — and did so just as Florida’s vegetable harvest shifted into high gear. “Now you’re sitting there with all this production, perfect weather, and everybody’s like, ‘Oh no,’ ” Johnson says.

He told vegetable grower Mike Jamerson, Kim’s husband, that “we’re in trouble here. And it’s to the point where I’m going to fill my warehouse up and I’m going to have to tell you to stop picking.” That’s when workers stopped picking yellow squash on Kim Jamerson’s farm. 

A week after Jamerson told NPR that they’d have to “tear up” their crops, the situation had improved a bit. Workers have resumed picking, but it’s now a “salvage operation,” Jamerson says. Workers are discarding vegetables that weren’t picked in time. The vegetables that they salvage will be sold at cut-rate prices, with some going to food banks.

Something similar has happened to dairy farmers. Milk sales in supermarkets have increased, but not enough to make up for the drop in sales of milk to schools and cheese to Pizza Hut. Factories that make milk powder can’t take any more milk. So some milk cooperatives have told their farmers to dump the milk that their cows are producing. 

The situation is especially dire for Florida’s tomato growers, who sell 80% of their production to restaurants and other food service companies, rather than to supermarkets. “Think about all the sandwiches that people eat at lunch when they go out. Burgers, or salads at restaurants,” says Michael Schadler, from the Florida Tomato Exchange, which represents some of the state’s largest growers. “Many of those food service items have tomatoes.” 

Schadler says growers already are “walking away from big portions of their crop,” writing off huge investments. 

Meanwhile, food banks and pantries are having trouble supplying enough food to people who need it, including millions of children who no longer are getting free meals at school and people who’ve lost jobs in recent weeks.

Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, a network of food banks and charitable meals programs, says that these programs normally receive large donations of unsold food from retail stores. In recent weeks, though, as retailers struggled to keep their shelves stocked, “we’re seeing as much as a 35% reduction in that donation stream from retail,” Babineaux-Fontenot says.

Food banks are trying to claim more of the food that is stranded in the food service supply chain, either through donations or by buying it. 

“We are capturing some of that. I know we’re not capturing all of it, but we have a whole team of professionals whose job is to try to make sure that we capture as much of it as we possibly can,” Babineaux-Fontenot says. “So we’re having conversations with major restaurants. We’re having conversations with major producers, with trade associations, the whole gamut.”

Kim Jamerson thinks “it’s just a shame” to have enough food, but not be able to get it to the people in need. “A woman who’s got two kids how can she live on unemployment, go into a grocery store and pay 90 cents for a cucumber? She just can’t do that.”

Part of the problem is that it takes labor to move produce from one place to another, and people are still figuring out who will pay for that. Jamerson says she can’t afford to pay workers to pick a crop that will be donated. She wants the government to step in, provide workers or the money to pay them, and make sure food gets to where it’s needed. “The government could send the food to the hospitals, the rest homes, to the food banks, to the churches,” she says.

Jay Johnson, the produce broker, says there are signs of hope. The food banks in Florida, he says, are starting to buy some of his vegetables and figuring out new ways to distribute them. 

They asked Johnson to pack some vegetables in smaller packs, so food banks don’t need so many volunteers to repack them. “They’re understaffed, and don’t have warehouse space, and they’re having to think creatively,” he says. 

“I see a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel here,” he says, adding that he won’t make money on those sales to food banks. Farmers won’t either, but at least they’ll be able to keep their workforce employed until, hopefully, better times arrive.

Judge Blocks Rule That Would Have Kicked 700,000 People Off SNAP

Critics had called on the Department of Agriculture to suspend implementation of the new food stamp restrictions, especially in light of the economic crisis spurred by the coronavirus pandemic.

A federal judge has issued an injunction blocking the Trump administration from adopting a rule change that would force nearly 700,000 Americans off food stamps, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. The rule change was set to take effect April 1.

In a ruling issued Friday evening in Washington, D.C., U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell called the rule change capricious, arbitrary and likely unlawful.

The rule change would have required able-bodied adults without children to work at least 20 hours a week in order to qualify for SNAP benefits past three months. It would also have limited states’ usual ability to waive those requirements depending on economic conditions. The preliminary injunction will preserve that flexibility.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it was adopting the rule change in December, but critics have called on the department to suspend implementation, especially in light of the economic crisis spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the department planned to move ahead with the rule.Article continues after sponsor messagehttps://e1edf8f6d2e972f2da50da0c223f83a4.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

While the rule applies to “able-bodied adults without dependents,” anti-hunger advocates note that category can include parents who don’t have primary custody of their kids, youths who have recently aged out of foster care and some low-income college students.

In her ruling, Howell cited concerns raised by the spread of coronavirus and its effect on the most vulnerable Americans. “Especially now, as a global pandemic poses widespread health risks, guaranteeing that government officials at both the federal and state levels have flexibility to address the nutritional needs of residents and ensure their well-being through programs like SNAP, is essential,” she wrote.

The change to SNAP is now blocked from taking effect pending the outcome of a lawsuit by 19 states plus the District of Columbia and New York City.

“This is a major victory for our country’s most vulnerable residents who rely on SNAP to eat,” D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine, who co-led the coalition behind the lawsuit, said in a statement. “The Trump administration’s rule would have forced hundreds of thousands of people who could not find work, including 13,000 District residents, to go hungry. That could have been catastrophic in the midst of our current public health emergency.”

“At a time of national crisis, this decision is a win for common sense and basic human decency,” New York Attorney General Letitia James, who co-led the coalition with Racine, said in a statement. Her office noted that the change would have denied SNAP benefits to more than 50,000 people in New York City alone.

“As we find ourselves in the midst of a pandemic,” James said, “the effects of this rule would be more destructive than ever.”

“Huge Victory”: Black Farmers Hail $5B in New COVID Relief Law to Redress Generations of Racism

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A major provision in President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill aims to address decades of discrimination against Black, Hispanic, Native American and Asian American farmers who have historically been excluded from government agricultural programs. The American Rescue Plan sets aside $10.4 billion for agriculture support, with about half of that amount set aside for farmers of color, and allocates extra federal funds to farmers who were “subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice because of their identity as members of a group.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture has faced accusations of racism for decades, but little has been done to address the problem of discrimination in farm loans. John Boyd, a fourth-generation Black farmer and president of the National Black Farmers Association, says the new funds begin to address issues he has been fighting for 30 years. “This is a huge victory for Black farmers and farmers of color,” says Boyd.