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Folks,

My appologies for the earlier posting about the U'Wa attorney.  It serves me
right to believe everything that comes across the e-mail.  However, you
should also read the second article below which deals with Nader's holding
in a Fidelity Mutual Fund which include many stock from evil corporation,
including Occidental and Halliburton (Cheney's former oil company).

I'm just passing these along.

Rene Voss

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           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
           NOVEMBER 1, 2000
           3:06 PM
                                                                CONTACT:
Rainforest Action Network
                                                                Shannon
Wright
415/398-4404

                               Democratic Party Trick Becomes Treat for U'wa
Tribe
                                        Environmentalists Continue to Hound
Gore for His Silence

         WASHINGTON - November 1 - Halloween trickery by the Democratic
National Committee backfired today when
         a lawyer who had claimed to represent the U'wa people, and who used
that platform to endorse Al Gore, was
         forced to admit that indeed, he did not represent the Colombian
tribe.
The misleading personal opinion letter by
         Spencer Adler circulated yesterday with a false subject line by the
Democratic National Committee was quickly
         amended by Mr. Adler with a second letter and sweetened with a
$5000
check for the U'wa. The Vice President's
         continued refusal to take a stand to protect the U'wa people has
generated more than thirty protests in the last
         month alone.

         "The Democratic National Committee, by widely circulating this
false
and misleading statement, has
         deliberately used the U'wa people for their own political gain"
said
Steve Kretzmann of Amazon Watch.
         Members of the DNC were immediately contacted about the
misstatements
in Mr. Adler's letter, but refused to
         retract the statement.

         The UDWG is nonpartisan and does not endorse any political
candidate.
Several member organizations have
         been conducting a campaign to bring the urgent plight of the U'wa
to
the attention of Vice President Al Gore for
         the last 2 * years-and to demand action from him because of his
long-standing relationship with Occidental
         Petroleum, and his professed concern for the environment.

         "The Vice President's continued silence on this issue is shocking"
said Shannon Wright of the Rainforest Action
         Network. "Our organizations believe Al Gore has a specific
responsibility to act on this issue because of his
         personal and political connections to Occidental Petroleum. His
failure to respond in any substantive way is a
         direct threat to the survival of the U'wa people."

         The Vice President's deep and complex relationship with Occidental
Petroleum is well documented and
         beyond question. Decades of payments from Oxy to Gore for land
never
mined, current Oxy CEO Irani in the
         Lincoln bedroom, Gore Sr.'s 28 years as an Occidental employee, the
favors from former Oxy CEO Armand
         Hammer, and the lingering questions regarding Gore's role in the
sale
of federal lands to Oxy -- all give credible
         weight to the Center for Public Integrity's assertion that "there
is
probably no company in America today that is
         as close personally and financially to the Vice President as
Occidental Petroleum." (See the Center for Public
         Integrity.)

         The Vice President also controls up to a million dollars in
Occidental
stock, according to his latest personal
         disclosure form. Rather than respond to citizen concerns on this
issue, Al Gore has cynically attempted to evade
         responsibility by appointing his brother in law Frank Hunger the
trustee of his the estate, just days after an ABC
         News piece on this issue in March of 2000.

         The Vice President attempts to argue that his direction to the
Secretary of State to raise this issue with
         Colombian President Pastrana constitutes substantive action. There
is
no independent evidence that Secretary
         Albright ever contacted President Pastrana about the U'wa. Even if
there was, this does not constitute substantive
         action, argue members of the UDWG. "Rather than pressure Pastrana
to
respect human rights, the Clinton/Gore
         administration has not only lobbied heavily for military aid to
Colombia, but has waived the human rights
         conditions of the law" said Atossa Soltani, Director of Amazon
Watch.
"We and the U'wa demand that Gore
         immediately endorse a suspension of this project, pending the
resolution of outstanding legal and human rights
         questions."

         In a recent letter to the Vice President, U'wa Council President
Roberto Perez said: "We don't want to have to
         hold you responsible for the destruction of our culture. Your
silence
signifies the death of Planet Earth and
         consequently of the possibility of life upon her." Occidental
Petroleum, escorted by up to 4,000 members of the
         Colombian military, has moved drilling equipment into place on U'wa
land. Drilling reportedly could begin in
         the coming week.

         NOTE: Copies of Mr. Adler's statements and other background
available
from Rainforest Action Network.

                                                                         ###

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     This is from Salon.com over the weekend.

     Inside Nader's stock portfolio
     A recent financial statement shows the Green Party candidate invests
     in companies he rails against -- including Dick Cheney's former
     employers.

     - - - - - - - - - - - -
     By Jake Tapper

     Oct. 28, 2000 | MADISON, Wis. -- Supporters of Green Party candidate
     Ralph Nader are angrily lining the streets on the way to a rally for
     Vice President Al Gore. They hold up Nader signs, looking scornfully
     at the motorcade that passes by.

     Lefties like to bash Gore for being a tool of corporate America. More
     specifically, Gore incurs their wrath because the trust of his mother,
     Pauline, owns stock in Occidental Petroleum which, according to Nader
     running mate Winona LaDuke, "is working to exploit oil reserves under
     U'wa land in Colombia." The U'wa are an indigenous tribe in Colombia,
     and became the champions of an anti-Gore rally at the Democratic
     National Convention.

     "As I listen to the vice president espouse his views on campaign
     finance reform, I look at his investment portfolio and have to ask how
     that might influence public policy," LaDuke has said, slamming Gore
     erroneously for "own[ing] substantial stock in Occidental Oil Co."

     If LaDuke is looking for Occidental stockholders to criticize, she
     might want to look a little closer to home. In the financial
     disclosure form Nader filed on June 14, the Green Party presidential
     candidate revealed that he owns between $100,000 and $250,000 worth of
     shares in the Fidelity Magellan Fund. The fund controls 4,321,400
     shares of Occidental Petroleum stock.

     The Rainforest Action Network -- whose members no doubt include myriad
     Nader Raiders -- has slammed Fidelity for "investing in genocide," and
     called for the fund to divest its Occidental holdings.

     "The Occidental projects are so beyond the pale about what's
     reasonable and moral in this modern era," says Patrick Reinsborough,
     grass-roots coordinator for the Rainforest Action Network.
     Reinsborough says that his group has been primarily targeting Gore and
     Fidelity Investments in general, Fidelity Magellan being part of the
     Fidelity Investments mutual funds network, as well as the one with the
     largest quantity of Occidental stock. "We have called upon Ralph Nader
     -- as we would call upon any citizen -- to either divest from Fidelity
     or to participate in shareholder activism," Reinsborough says. "Gore
     has much more long-standing links to Occidental Petroleum."

     But even if Fidelity were to divest its holdings in Occidental, it
     holds shares in so many companies Nader has crusaded against, it's
     hard to escape the conclusion that Nader's participation in the fund
     is supremely hypocritical. The fund, for example, owns stock in the
     Halliburton Company, where George W. Bush's running mate, Dick Cheney,
     recently worked as president and COO. The fund has investments in
     supremely un-p.c. clothiers the Gap and the Limited, both of which
     have been the target of rocks by World Trade Organization protesters,
     as well as Wal-Mart, the slayer of mom-and-pop stores from coast to
     coast.

     Nader spokeswoman Laura Jones says that only the candidate himself can
     answer questions about his personal investments. Nader could not be
     reached for comment.

     In a June interview with the Washington Post about his millionaire
     earnings -- much of which he has donated to his public interest groups
     -- Nader said the stocks he chose were "the most neutral-type
     companies ... No. 1, they're not monopolists and No. 2, they don't
     produce land mines, napalm, weapons."

     But this is not true. The Fidelity Magellan fund owns 777,080 shares
     of Raytheon, a major missile manufacturer. And this isn't the only
     example of his rhetoric not matching up with his financial
     investments.

     "I'm quite aware of how the arms race is driven by corporate demands
     for contracts, whether it's General Dynamics or Lockheed Martin,"
     Nader told the Progressive in April. "They drive it through Congress.
     They drive it by hiring Pentagon officials in the Washington military
     industrial complex, as Eisenhower phrased it." The Fidelity Magellan
     fund owns 2,041,800 shares of General Dynamics.

     "Both parties are terrible on antitrust," Nader told CNN in August.
     "Look, we have Boeing now, one aircraft company, manufacturer after
     the McDonnell Douglas merger." In a June press release, Nader
     expressed disappointment in the Clinton administration's Justice
     Department to challenge the merger of British Petroleum with Amoco, or
     Exxon's merger with Mobil. The Fidelity Magellan fund owns 2,908,600
     shares of Boeing, 24,753,870 shares of British Petroleum-Amoco and
     28,751,268 shares of Exxon-Mobil. The fund also owns stock in Shell,
     Sunoco, Texaco and Chevron -- on whose board Bush advisor Condoleezza
     Rice serves.

     Nader has slammed Gore for being too cautious in his healthcare
     proposals, and for deferring to big pharmaceuticals. Before the House
     Budget Committee in June 1999, Nader testified that "Bristol-Myers
     Squibb markets taxol at a wholesale price that is nearly 20 times its
     manufacturing cost. A single injection of taxol can cost patients
     considerably more than $2,000 and treatment requires multiple
     injections." The Fidelity Magellan fund owns 15,266,900 shares of
     Bristol-Myers Squibb.

     Does this bother an activist like Reinsborough? "Sure," he says.
     "Absolutely." He lauds Nader for engaging in "shareholder activism,"
     but says that such activities "aren't democracy. It's one dollar, one
     vote."

     Corporate-bashing is in vogue on the American left, and Gore is
     certainly doing his fair share of it on the stump, railing against
     HMOs, insurance companies and big pharmaceuticals. Some have seen this
     as Gore trying to shore up support on the left, mimicking Nader
     disingenuously and unconvincingly.

     After all, as Nader said to the Washington Post in June, "The
     corporations are planning our future. They are making sure [our
     children] grow up corporate. The kids are overmedicated, militarized,
     cosmetized, corporatized. They are raised by Kindercare, fed by
     McDonald's, educated by Channel One."

     There is a difference between Gore and Nader on this point, at the
     very least: Nader has hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in a
     fund that owns 15,694,800 shares of McDonald's stock. Gore does not.

     With additional reporting by Alicia Montgomery.


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