NAFTA (North America Free Trade Act) was signed into law during President Clinton's presidency.  The rub for the indiginous people of south eastern Mexico was that it put all the controls in the hands of the imperialists.  United States could supply subsidized food cheaply, but not buy indiginous goods.  This lead to a separatist movement by the indiginous people of Mexico which continues to this day.  As part of that movement came equality of rights for indiginous women:

Women's Revolutionary Law

From the First Declaration from the Lacandon Jungle, the Zapatistas presented to the people of Mexico, the government, and the world their Revolutionary Laws on January 1, 1994. One of the laws was the Women's Revolutionary Law, which states:

  1. Women, regardless of their race, creed, color or political affiliation, have the right to participate in the revolutionary struggle in any way that their desire and capacity determine.
  2. Women have the right to work and receive a fair salary.
  3. Women have the right to decide the number of children they have and care for.
  4. Women have the right to participate in the matters of the community and hold office if they are free and democratically elected.
  5. Women and their children have the right to Primary Attention in their health and nutrition.
  6. Women have the right to an education.
  7. Women have the right to choose their partner and are not obliged to enter into marriage.
  8. Women have the right to be free of violence from both relatives and strangers.  (Wiki)
Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 10:34AM by Registered CommenterLAUREN PAULSON | Comments3 Comments | References11 References




Glenn Greenwald Explains The Danger of unconstrained NSA  Meta-data Collection to the European Community or…



In law school it all made sense.  The Miranda decision was relatively new.  Constitutional law is mostly common sense.  All was right with the world.

Then a naive lawyer, (me) volunteered to do Juvenile law; defending minors against state and police excess.  Now, I know that local judges have few scruples and few safeguards against their wrong-headed decisions. 

Mean-old, outa’ control Judge Michael McElligott (deceased) had just jailed (in ADULT-jail) my 14 year-old male client.  Judge McElligott’s reasons for doing things were seldom clear and often against the law.  

Processing options, I immediately filed a Motion for Habeas Corpus.  The 14 year-old was immediately released.  The system worked notwithstanding the caprice of Judge McElligott. 

Guantanamo’s victims are not getting their right to habeas corpus even though the law is clear.  Our leaders have simply done the wrong thing in establishing a prison outside the reach of our Constitution.  

Now they are doing the same wrong thing to Private Manning and Mr. Snowden.  Mr. Manning was put in solitary confinement BEFORE being convicted of anything.  Snowden has been self-exiled because he knows he likely will be subject to the same cruel and unusual punishment without being found as having done anything wrong.  

Habeas Corpus, Privacy and Free Speech now hang in the balance.

Manning, Snowden and now Glenn Greenwald have sounded the alarm. Glenn Greenwald explains why and how collection of meta-data is even a greater violation of our rights of privacy and freedom of speech. His presentation dated December 18, 2013 to the European Parliament is a seminar on the harm of the NSA’s collection of meta-data without constraint.   

It is now forty years since I finished with law school.  I would have bet all the money I have made since against the possibility we would ever have gotten to this sorry state. It is not enough to do facebook postings about holiday cookies.  It is time to pay attention to the loss of privacy and our right to free speech and Habeas Corpus. claurenpaulson2013 laurenjpaulson@gmail.com bulletinsfromaloha.org.   

Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:33AM by Registered CommenterLAUREN PAULSON | CommentsPost a Comment | References2 References



Lift Up and Open Your Eyes

It is a generational change.  Judges now could give a rip if their decisions get reversed on appeal.  A generation ago they were mortified if one of their decisions got reversed on appeal.  

Here is the sequelae.  If a judge doesn’t get it right at the trial court level, then more lawyers will recommend an appeal.  If more cases are appealed, then we need more appellate judges.  Oregon has been making overtures to the Oregon legislature for higher pay and more appellate judges for years.  But there is a sobering fact.  Oregon has the worst appellate courts in the nation.  

In federal court it is the same.  I have a current foreclosure case that has engaged 28 Ninth Circuit federal court judge's eyes.  I have looked at many others.  The federal judiciary is equally cheerful about their cases being appealed.  Why?  Because the Ninth Circuit gets reversed 80% of the time.  This could mean that Oregon’s District Court is right and it takes the U.S. Supreme Court to give Western State's litigants a just verdict. 

The problem:   The U.S. Supreme Court takes less than 100 cases out of the 8,000 that are appealed to them each year.  

This means, as a practical matter the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is a Court of Last Resort.  And they only get it right 20% of the time. 

If your eyes are lifted, here is what you get in the West.  Very poor judging.  Yet leadership is doing nothing about it except asking legislatures for more.  More courthouses, more judges and more money.  For less.  For sloth and ineptitude.  claurenpaulson2013 laurenjpaulson@gmail.com  bulletinsfromaloha.org

Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 04:27PM by Registered CommenterLAUREN PAULSON | CommentsPost a Comment | References3 References




Website Traps Supersede Help for Foreclosure Victims


Nothing is what it seems for the poor seeking help in the foreclosure tsunami.  Nothing is what it seems ——-at housing--help websites.


There is a facially blatant scam going on at the Oregon Housing Alliance website.  Their website lists all their members and Lane County Legal Aid and Advocacy Center”, listed next to fellow “member” League of Women Voters.  But, this website does not take one to legal aid.  Rather it takes one to a domain sales website that looks like this: 


Related Links 


Applying for SSI 

Community Legal Services 

Financial Assistance 

Legal Services 

Low Income Legal Services 

Attorney Legal Services 

Pre Paid Legal Services Inc 

Pro Bono Legal Services 

Adoption Organizations 

Christian Adoption Agencies  

2013 Copyright. All Rights Reserved. 


"The Sponsored Listings displayed above are served automatically by a third party. Neither the service provider nor the domain owner maintain any relationship with the advertisers. In case of trademark issues please contact the domain owner directly (contact information can be found in whois)." (sic)


 After first trying to filter you through these phony “Legal Help” alternatives mentioned above then the next click takes you to a domain sales website.

But, there is a much bigger legal aid scam going on at pro bono. net which is fully explored in a previous bulletin from aloha.   

Not to worry, Oregon Legal Aid is not helping Oregon citizens in this foreclosure crisis anyway.  But All Legal Aid websites are being duped by Bank of America which sponsors’s probono.net.  

Note the real Lane County Legal Aid website refers one to 'Pro Bono. Net' which in turn is sponsored by Bank of America’s probono.net thusly: 


© 2001 - 2013, Pro Bono Net, All Rights Reserved. Legal Help in Other States


     The next question is why is it left to BULLETINSFROMALOHA to disclose these scams??                                      laurenjpaulson@gmail.com

Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 05:47PM by Registered CommenterLAUREN PAULSON | CommentsPost a Comment | References4 References




The Courts  —  Here is correspondence I received from the Chief Judge of the Oregon U.S. Bankruptcy Court a few days ago.  Mr. Paulson :

“The court does not do business by email, and cannot respond to emailed requests to the Chief Judge or individual judges.  Please address your request, in writing, to the Clerk of the Court at 1001 SW 5th Ave., #700, Portland, OR 97204.”

F.  R.  Alley


All federal courts went online years and years ago:

“Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is an electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information from federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts, and the PACER Case Locator via the Internet. PACER is provided by the federal Judiciary in keeping with its commitment to providing public access to court information via a centralized service.”

So, while all business of the Courts by the Consumer  or their lawyers MUST be done online, you may not contact a judge, state or federal, by email.  In 2013!!


The Congress Person  —  While the politician is free to inundate voters with email solicitations for money; you may not email them.  To circumvent consumer contact they have two tricks.  First, they won’t accept anything from you unless your zip code matches their district.  Watching a Texas pol lie on C-Span just now, I wanted to immediately email him to point that lie out.  Impossible.  The second filter is they make you write into their website box providing your zip code is in their district.  They don’t accept emails.  (There are ways around these filters, but often require more effort than they are worth—which they know.)


The Business  —  Recently, I signed up with a new internet vendor.  Their initial contact online to me contains a disclaimer that says they do not accept consumer complaints by emailAfter my service was commenced, I got two ‘chat’ advertisements on my cell phone (which is through a different vendor).  A week later I got two email solicitations from the new online vendor.  By email!!  Ever try to email Google?

Something is rotten in paradise. laurenjpaulson@gmail.com

Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 04:35PM by Registered CommenterLAUREN PAULSON | Comments1 Comment | References5 References