St. Pete activist organizes Tampa rally to end occupation of Afghanistan
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06/03/11 Seán Kinane
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Kofi Hunt, of Project O.A.T.H.


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The U.S.-led war and occupation of Afghanistan has gone on for nearly a decade and many Americans are fed up with the carnage. One St. Petersburg activist has even formed a new group to gather support for ending the war. Kofi Hunt’s organization, Project O.A.T.H. is organizing an anti-war rally tomorrow in South Tampa. The "Bring the Troops Home" rally tomorrow is between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

"This Saturday I'm having an event I'm calling "Bring the Troops Home". It's a rally at the corner of Dale Marbry and Gandy Boulevard in Tampa. I'm having it to say, you know, we need to bring the troops home from Afghanistan because America can't endlessly fight these wars that weren't declared and the wars...we keep pushing the goal posts farther and farther back. We need our resources, our human and monetary resources here to help rebuild our country and it's economy."

This project is called Project OATH "Bring the Troops Home". What is Project OATH? Tell us about that.

"O.A.T.H. is basically an acronym for Out of Afganistan, bring the Troops Home. OATH. Basically a campaign I'm starting to try to build momentum to help the legislation that's been popping up in the House and the Senate, to encourage organized consensus, grass roots views saying 'we're in favor of this, we want withdrawal from Afghanistan.' Just so Washington and the powers that be can see that the people are speaking and the people want to get out of Afghanistan as soon as possible."

What made you tackle this as an issue?

"It's been an issue that's been verty important to me personally but what's made me tackle it this point was the continuous bills from House Representative Kucinich and even bills in the Senate that have been coming up calling for withdrawal and they've been consistent. I want to give some people power to that and show that there's people on the ground who are with them. I mean, most people I speak with the vast majority say, 'yeah, we don't have any business being there', that's a common phrase. I'd just like to put an organized voice to that phrase and say out loud in one voice, 'Bring the Troops Home".

Finally, Kofi Hunt, how can people find out more information and remind our listeners where the rally is this Saturday?

"They can search "Bring the Troops Home" on Facebook and the event page will pop up. They can also go to Project OATH's website, that's www.project-oath.com and they can get all the necessary information there. They can also find a Project OATH Facebook page if they type in there. They can find a Project OATH Group on Facebook as well."

And the rally on Saturday?

"The rally on Saturday is this Saturday, June 4, between 3 and 5 pm in the afternoon. It's on the corner of Gandy Boulevard and Dale Marbry in Tampa. We'll be out there for about 2 hours. You'll see us, we'll have a banner and we'll have signs and we'll just be out there speaking our message. This is the start of something. It's not going to be a single thing. We're going to be continuous and I'd appreciate if people ccome out and show their support."

Project O.A.T.H. website

Project O.A.T.H. Facebook page

Project O.A.T.H. Facebook group

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Aim high...

Yo… Kofi!!! Did you ever finish that 2 day program… “Organizer Training 101”… put on by the Florida Consumer Action Network??? Yeah… I didn’t think so!!! Don’t worry… PolitiFact Florida has their statements listed as (Mostly True)!!! But hey… good luck on your “Future Presidents of America” training…

Peace And Love

Yo Mr. Pendergrass,did you finish your conservative training with Glen Beck yet??? Yeah... I didn't think so!!!!Don't worry... just turn on Fox News and You will be right at home. Peace Love and organic foods.

Blacklight posters & self lighting incense…

Of course not... conservatives are always in training.

LoL

@Glenn Pendergrass LoL, I'm not sure if your supporting me or knocking me down. Thanks for commenting. = ) @Larry Good Thanks for the support. Peace, dude. = D

LBaY!!!

Dude… I was serious!!! Did you get the creds??? Because according to HB 3200 (The Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009), Page 65/section 164: The plan will be subsidized (by the government) for all union members, union retirees and for community organizations… (such as ACORN and possibly OATH). I mean… why would anyone take the FCAN’s “Organizer Training 101”… and not suckle the teat of the taxpayers sow???

Glenn Pendergrass Here is Section 164

Glenn, The language you cite is not there. The section talks about temporary re-insurance. That's a long way from "suckle the teat". (If you want some big examples of that I can provide the names of some big suckers. Here's the section: Rob SEC. 164. REINSURANCE PROGRAM FOR RETIREES. (a) Establishment- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall establish a temporary reinsurance program (in this section referred to as the `reinsurance program') to provide reimbursement to assist participating employment-based plans with the cost of providing health benefits to retirees and to eligible spouses, surviving spouses and dependents of such retirees. (2) DEFINITIONS- For purposes of this section: (A) The term `eligible employment-based plan' means a group health benefits plan that-- (i) is maintained by one or more employers, former employers or employee associations, or a voluntary employees' beneficiary association, or a committee or board of individuals appointed to administer such plan, and (ii) provides health benefits to retirees. (B) The term `health benefits' means medical, surgical, hospital, prescription drug, and such other benefits as shall be determined by the Secretary, whether self-funded or delivered through the purchase of insurance or otherwise. (C) The term `participating employment-based plan' means an eligible employment-based plan that is participating in the reinsurance program. (D) The term `retiree' means, with respect to a participating employment-benefit plan, an individual who-- (i) is 55 years of age or older; (ii) is not eligible for coverage under title XVIII of the Social Security Act; and (iii) is not an active employee of an employer maintaining the plan or of any employer that makes or has made substantial contributions to fund such plan. (E) The term `Secretary' means Secretary of Health and Human Services. (b) Participation- To be eligible to participate in the reinsurance program, an eligible employment-based plan shall submit to the Secretary an application for participation in the program, at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary shall require. (c) Payment- (1) SUBMISSION OF CLAIMS- (A) IN GENERAL- Under the reinsurance program, a participating employment-based plan shall submit claims for reimbursement to the Secretary which shall contain documentation of the actual costs of the items and services for which each claim is being submitted. (B) BASIS FOR CLAIMS- Each claim submitted under subparagraph (A) shall be based on the actual amount expended by the participating employment-based plan involved within the plan year for the appropriate employment based health benefits provided to a retiree or to the spouse, surviving spouse, or dependent of a retiree. In determining the amount of any claim for purposes of this subsection, the participating employment-based plan shall take into account any negotiated price concessions (such as discounts, direct or indirect subsidies, rebates, and direct or indirect remunerations) obtained by such plan with respect to such health benefits. For purposes of calculating the amount of any claim, the costs paid by the retiree or by the spouse, surviving spouse, or dependent of the retiree in the form of deductibles, co-payments, and co-insurance shall be included along with the amounts paid by the participating employment-based plan. (2) PROGRAM PAYMENTS AND LIMIT- If the Secretary determines that a participating employment-based plan has submitted a valid claim under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall reimburse such plan for 80 percent of that portion of the costs attributable to such claim that exceeds $15,000, but is less than $90,000. Such amounts shall be adjusted each year based on the percentage increase in the medical care component of the Consumer Price Index (rounded to the nearest multiple of $1,000) for the year involved. (3) USE OF PAYMENTS- Amounts paid to a participating employment-based plan under this subsection shall be used to lower the costs borne directly by the participants and beneficiaries for health benefits provided under such plan in the form of premiums, co-payments, deductibles, co-insurance, or other out-of-pocket costs. Such payments shall not be used to reduce the costs of an employer maintaining the participating employment-based plan. The Secretary shall develop a mechanism to monitor the appropriate use of such payments by such plans. (4) APPEALS AND PROGRAM PROTECTIONS- The Secretary shall establish-- (A) an appeals process to permit participating employment-based plans to appeal a determination of the Secretary with respect to claims submitted under this section; and (B) procedures to protect against fraud, waste, and abuse under the program. (5) AUDITS- The Secretary shall conduct annual audits of claims data submitted by participating employment-based plans under this section to ensure that they are in compliance with the requirements of this section. (d) Retiree Reserve Trust Fund- (1) ESTABLISHMENT- (A) IN GENERAL- There is established in the Treasury of the United States a trust fund to be known as the `Retiree Reserve Trust Fund' (referred to in this section as the `Trust Fund'), that shall consist of such amounts as may be appropriated or credited to the Trust Fund as provided for in this subsection to enable the Secretary to carry out the reinsurance program. Such amounts shall remain available until expended. (B) FUNDING- There are hereby appropriated to the Trust Fund, out of any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, an amount requested by the Secretary as necessary to carry out this section, except that the total of all such amounts requested shall not exceed $10,000,000,000. (C) APPROPRIATIONS FROM THE TRUST FUND- (i) IN GENERAL- Amounts in the Trust Fund are appropriated to provide funding to carry out the reinsurance program and shall be used to carry out such program. (ii) BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS- Amounts appropriated under clause (i), and outlays flowing from such appropriations, shall not be taken into account for purposes of any budget enforcement procedures including allocations under section 302(a) and (b) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act and budget resolutions for fiscal years during which appropriations are made from the Trust Fund. (iii) LIMITATION TO AVAILABLE FUNDS- The Secretary has the authority to stop taking applications for participation in the program or take such other steps in reducing expenditures under the reinsurance program in order to ensure that expenditures under the reinsurance program do not exceed the funds available under this subsection.

Thanks for the clarification…

Of course it’s not in the language that I cite!!! Where’s your head at??? What... you think they're going to write this so that average shmucks like US can understand it??? The people who wrote this document are what… say it with me… LAWYERS!!! Which means that the language being used is… say it with me… LEGALEZE!!! Which by definition needs to be… say it with me… INTERPRETTED!!! And who can do that??? That’s right… a JUDGE!!! Dude… even Snopes hasn’t tagged this as FALSE (if you can believe that bunch of horse thieves).