Progressive Calendar 10.31.05
From: David Shove (
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2005 03:21:30 -0800 (PST)
             P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R     10.31.05

1. Reused schools        11.01 7pm
2. Schell/peace/CTV      11.01 8pm

3. Culture/peace/kids    11.02 8am
4. Antiwar/walkout/rally 11.02 10:30am/12noon/1pm/2:30pm
5. Forums on race        11.02 11:30am
6. The ethical brain     11.02 11:30am
7. Human rights intern   11.02 12:30pm
8. Anti-torture          11.02 3pm
9. White privilege/educ  11.02 5:30pm
10. MNSOAWatch           11.02 6pm
11. Energy/wind power    11.02 7pm
12. Being caribou/film   11.02 7pm
13. Palestinian dance    11.02 7:30pm

14. Amy Ihlan/Roseville
15. Local papers      - Vs Roseville grab
16. Ron Jacobs        - The unbearable corporateness of being
17. Dylan Evans       - The loss of utopia
18. Don DeBar         - Cindy Sheehan for US Senator from NY?
19. Nikki Robinson    - Crack down at Kent State (recruiters) v anti-recruiters
20. R Michael Farnham - Scooter Pie told a lie (poem)
21. ed                - Carved Jerk-O-Lantern (poem, version 2)

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Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 15:57:43 -0500
From: Pat Bohn <bohn [at]>
Subject: Reused schools 11.01 7pm

Here is the list of meetings set up so far for community input on the
reuse of closed Minneapolis schools.  Since this was sent out yesterday
afternoon from the MPS ReUsePlan group and the first meeting is Tuesday, I
hope they work on getting info out sooner. Buzzy Bohn Folwell

[This information will be posted only ONCE. If you want it, save it. -ed]

Outreach teams are identifying locations, dates, and times for
neighborhood meetings.  Additional sponsored meetings will be announced
and distributed as received and confirmed.

Cooper/Howe Meetings:
November 1, 2005: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm:
Sanford Middle School Auditorium: 3524 - 42nd Avenue S., Mpls. MN 55406

Cooper Additional Meeting Dates:

Wednesday, November 9, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm:
Minnehaha Academy, 3100 W. River Parkway S., Mpls. MN, in the Campus

Saturday, November 12, 9:30 am - 11:00 am:
Longfellow Park, 3435 36th Avenue S. Mpls. MN, meeting in the
Multipurpose Room

Howe Additional Meeting Dates:

Wednesday November 16, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hiawatha School, 4201- 42nd Avenue S., Mpls. MN 55406

Wednesday December 7, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sanford Middle School Auditorium: 3524 - 42nd Avenue S., Mpls. MN 55406

Northrop Meetings:
Thursday, November 10, 2005:  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm:
McRae Recreation Center: 906 E. 47th Street, Mpls. MN 55407

Holland Meetings:
Thursday, November 17, 2005:  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm:
Sheridan School, 1201 University Avenue NE, Mpls. MN 55413

Hamilton Meetings:
Thursday, December 8, 2005:  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm:
Lucy Laney @ Cleveland Park: 3333 Penn Avenue N., Mpls. MN 55412

Willard Meetings:
Tuesday: November 22, 2005:  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm:
North High School, Planning team available following town-hall meeting

Phillips (Four Winds) Meetings:
Monday, December 5: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm:
Andersen School: 1098 Andersen Lane, Mpls. MN 55407

For more Information, contact:
MINNEAPOLIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS Facilities Reuse Planning 807 Northeast
Broadway Minneapolis, MN 55413 Direct: 612-336-9601 Fax: 612-342-9267
Email: MPSReusePlan [at]

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Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2005 06:47:38 -0600
From: leslie reindl <alteravista [at]>
Subject: Schell/peace/CTV 11.01 8pm

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 8 pm, Mpls. cable Channel 15:  Jonathan Schell, speaking on
"Will Peace Win? The Will of the People and the End of War" with
introduction by Phil Steger.  Schell Was brought to the Twin Cities by
Friends for a Non-Violent World as part of Peace Week in September 2005.

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From: Nancy Dunlavy <nancy [at]>
Subject: Culture/peace/kids 11.02 8am

NOVEMBER 2 - 18: "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World"
EXHIBIT (free and open to the public):

Metropolitan State University, Second floor, Library and Learning Center,
645 E. Seventh Street, Saint Paul Campus

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 8AM - 11PM; Fridays, Saturdays:
8AM - 6PM; Sundays: Noon - 6PM

Opening Ceremony: Wednesday, November 2, 2005, Refreshments and Peace Pole
dedication, 5:30PM

This exhibit, first shown at the United Nations World Headquarters and on
display in venues throughout the world, brings together the ideas of
hundreds of people and organizations dedicated to finding a lasting path
to peace. It focuses on eight key UN action areas for a culture of peace,
and includes sections on barriers to peace, paths to peace, religions and
peace, "Children are the Future", and introduces peace builders, some
famous and some ordinary individuals who have made lasting contributions
to peace around the world. Designed to be enjoyed by school children as
well as teens and adults of all ages, the exhibit promotes a comprehensive
and inclusive framework for peace that fosters thinking, commitment and
personal action.

For more information, contact Rebecca Ryan, 651-793-1296 or
Rebecca.Ryan [at]
Or, visit: (includes Teacher's Resource
Manuals and Lesson Plans)
"Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" is co-sponsored
by Soka-Gakkai International-USA, Minnesota Chapter; The Center for
Community-Based Learning; and the Library and Learning Center

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From: Ty <tymoore77 [at]>
Subject: Antiwar/walkout/rally 11.02 10:30am/12noon/1pm/2:30pm

---- November 2 -----
the anniversary of Bush's reelection

Coffman Plaza, 300 Washington Ave, Minneapolis

End Bush's War on Iraq - Troops Out Now
Military Recruiters Out of Our Schools
Money for Jobs and Education, Not War

A DAY OF EVENTS - Wednesday 11/2/05

WALKOUT of your school at 10:30 AM, and travel to the the U of M for the
Rally at 12noon.

March at 1pm to the military recruitment station on Oak and Washington.

Mass Antiwar Teach-in at 2:30 at the Oak Street Theater (at Oak and
Washington). High School students will be given first priority for the 350
theater seats, but U of M and community activists are also invited. Focus
on "How to kick military recruiters out of your school."

Walkout called by Youth Against War and Racism (

Endorsed by Cindy Sheehan, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, and Code Pink,
others Organized locally by YAWR, Socialist Alternative & the Anti-War
Organizing League

Why to Walkout:
Over 2000 U.S. soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed
in Iraq. The occupation of Iraq has created a living hell of unemployment,
rampant violence, collapsing infrastructure and health care systems, and
religious sectarianism. Things will only get worse as long as the US
military remains there, defending the colonial occupation and economic
plunder of Iraq.

Outrage and opposition to Bush's war is growing fast and over half the
country is now calling for the immediate withdrawal of US troops. Yet on
October 7th the Senate voted 97-0 to give Bush $50 billion more to
continue the occupation. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now costing
$7 billion a month while the public schools face a deepening crisis and
college tuition skyrockets out of reach for working class youth. Clearly
we cannot count on the politicians to end this war.

It's up to regular people to take action. And just like the grass-roots
movement that forced Nixon to end the Vietnam War, our generation can also
build a movement powerful enough to end the Iraq War.

That's why Youth Against War and Racism is calling for a National Day of
Action on November 2, the anniversary of the reelection of George Bush. We
are calling on students to protest and walk out of classes against the war
and military recruitment in our schools. By taking bold action, young
people can help ignite a powerful, combative antiwar movement capable of
forcing an end to the war.

Students are already organizing for the walkout in over 20 schools across
the Twin Cities. Over 1,000 have already signed the "Walkout Pledge," and
many more are planning to join in. Two and a half years ago, on the day
after the war on Iraq began, 3000-4000 high school students walked out of
class. Today we need to build the movement even larger!

Know Your Rights:
Many students are concerned over the threat of punishment for joining the
walkout. Students with finals scheduled on November 2nd have been
threatened with failing their classes. But this week, under a public
pressure campaign by YAWR, the Minneapolis School Board, Bloomington
schools, and others have explained that with a note from your parents you
will not be punished or failed.

But this is not good enough. Many students will, for various reasons,
walkout without notes from their parents, and they should NOT be punished
or failed either. Youth Against War and Racism and our allies have already
made clear to school administrators that WE WILL NOT STAND for ANY
repression of ANY student who chooses to walkout. We will mobilize
students, parents, and the broader anti-war movement to defend you if you
choose to walkout and face punishment.

We can't guarantee your school administrators won't punish you, but we
can guarantee that if you let us know about your repression, your
administrators will face plenty of community pressure to get off your
back. E-mail against.war [at] or call 612-760-1980 if you face

For more information:
Youth Against War and Racism - 612.760.1980
Socialist Alternative ^Ö 612.226.9129
Anti-War Organizing League - awol [at]

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From: Anne Carroll <carrfran [at]>
Subject: Forums on race 11.02 11:30am

Shape the way your community talks about racism:
Become a volunteer facilitator for the YWCA's It's Time to Talk Forums on

It's Time to Talk is an annual luncheon that provides a unique opportunity
to speak up and speak out about racism.  It's Time to Talk creates a safe
space for people to share stories and increase understanding and awareness
around issues of racism and white privilege.  As a volunteer facilitator,
you will help It's Time to Talk participants to listen, learn, and turn
their talk into action.

The annual It's Time to Talk event brings together over 800 people,
including eighty influential community leaders across business,
government, entertainment, education, religion and the non-profit sectors.
These leaders, designated as Racial Justice Commissioners, each recruit a
minimum of eight people to join them at the luncheon and take positive
steps toward eliminating racism.

Dr. Johnnetta Cole, nationally recognized leader and humanitarian, will
give a dynamic and thought-provoking commentary and then each table will
engage in a facilitated dialogue about race.  As a volunteer facilitator,
you will receive 8 hours of free training through the YWCA and be a part
of It's Time To Talk by facilitating one of these luncheon tables.

It's Time to Talk
Wednesday, November 2
Hyatt Regency Hotel, downtown Minneapolis

If you are interested in taking action to eliminate racism by becoming a
volunteer facilitator, please contact Anita Patel, Racial Justice Program
Specialist, at 612-215-4120 or apatel [at]

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From: Consortium <lawvalue [at]>
Subject: The ethical brain 11.02 11:30am

The Lecture Series on Law, Health & the Life Sciences will present Prof.
Michael Gazzaniga, PhD (Dartmouth College) on Wednesday, November 2, 2005
from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Mississippi Room at Coffman Memorial Union.

Prof. Gazzaniga will lecture on "The Ethical Brain."  Continuing education
credit is offered (see below).  The series is cosponsored by the
University of Minnesota's Consortium on Law and Values in Health,
Environment & the Life Sciences ( and Joint
Degree Program in Law, Health & the Life Sciences

Abstract:  Cognitive neuroscience can either help or hinder how we should
think about everyday ethical issues, such as whether an embryo has the
moral status of a human being.  However, there are important ethical areas
that neuroscientists are being asked to weigh in on, when, in fact, they
shouldn't be.  For instance, neuroscience has nothing to say about
concepts such as free will and personal responsibility.  And it probably
also has nothing to say about such things as anti-social thoughts.  What
cognitive neuroscience does do is build an understanding of how brain
research will instruct us on ideas like universal morals possessed by all
members of our species. This fundamental development will find cognitive
neuroscience becoming central to the modern world's view of ethical

Prof. Gazzaniga is the David T. McLaughlin Distinguished University
Professor and Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at
Dartmouth College. His work has advanced our understanding of functional
lateralization in the brain and communication between the cerebral
hemispheres. He has brought his work to a lay audience through his many
books and his participation in several public television specials that
make information about brain function generally accessible.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required if you
wish to receive continuing education credits (CLE or CME). RSVP to
lawvalue [at] or 612-625-0055. Coffman Union parking is available in
the East River Road Garage on Delaware Street behind Coffman Union. Maps
may be found at

This lecture is intended for students, faculty, researchers, scientists,
policymakers, patients, health care professionals and organizations, and
interested community.  Following this lecture, participants should be able

* Understand the neuroscientific findings that underlie moral and ethical

* Explain how neuroscience contributes to our understanding of everyday
ethical issues.

The University of Minnesota is accredited by the Accreditation Council for
Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical
education for physicians.

The University of Minnesota designates this continuing medical education
activity for a maximum of 1 category 1 credit toward the AMA Physician's
Recognition Award per lecture. Each physician should claim only those
credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

This activity offers 1.20 contact hours of continuing education and is
designed to meet the MN Board of Nursing criteria for mandatory continuing
education for licensure renewal.

Continuing legal education credit (CLE) for attorneys will be requested
(1.5 hours).

This lecture is the first in the 2005-06 Lecture Series on Law, Health &
the Life Sciences.  This year's Lecture Series focuses on the social
implications of neuroscience.  For more information on upcoming events,

Thanks to Consortium member Prof. Michael Georgieff (Center for
Neurobehavioral Development) for taking the lead in planning.

Susan M. Wolf, J.D. Faegre & Benson Professor of Law Professor of Law and
Medicine Director, Joint Degree Program in Law, Health & the Life Sciences
Chair, Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Envir. & the Life Sciences
University of Minnesota Law School

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From: Samantha Smart <speakoutsisters [at]>
Subject: Human rights intern 11.02 12:30pm

Human Rights Speaker Series
Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship Program

Are you interested in an internship experience with a human rights or
social justice organization abroad or within the United States?  Do you
already have an internship project in mind and are wondering how you will
fund the project?  If you answered yes to either of these questions then
you will want to attend this event.  Learn from two of our past fellows
who worked with PKPU (Pos Keadilan Peduli Umat) in Aceh, Indonesia and
FORUM-Asia in Bangkok, Thailand and how they are committed to bringing
those issues to light here in the United States.

Tsunami of Human Rights: Aceh's Disaster and International Humanitarian

Wednesday, November 2, 2005 (12:30-1:30pm) Blegen Hall, Room 145

Meizani Irmadhiany June 28-August 28, 2005
Meizani Irmadhiany is currently a junior at the University of Minnesota
pursuing a degree in Global Studies and Political Science.  She grew up in
Indonesia and moved three years ago to the United States for her studies.
She was involved in the post-tsunami development program in Aceh,
Indonesia for the summer of 2005 with an NGO based in Indonesia.  She
worked on the reconstruction and rehabilitation process in the area that
was hit hardest by the December 26th Tsunami.  As a volunteer, she worked
on various development programs in Aceh.  Her activities included being a
translator for the psychosocial-mental health coordination meeting with
the participation of the Indonesian government, UNICEF, World Health
Organization, International and National NGOs, generating new funding for
development projects, assisting in creating a draft for the Orphanage and
Youth Homes Operation Standards, and other relief development efforts in
the area.

Ted Meinhover April 1-July 15, 2005
Ted Meinhover is a Global Studies and Journalism student at the University
of Minnesota, Twin Cities.  He spent the summer with the human rights
organization Forum Asia, based in Bangkok, Thailand.  Forum Asia is an
Asian regional Human Rights body in special consultative status with the
United Nations.  At Forum Asia, Ted focused on the Human Rights
implications of the December 26 Tsunami that devastated many places in the
region, especially Aceh, Indonesia.  He was also involved with the
international effort to end the conflict in Aceh.

For more information, please contact Kim Walsh, 612-626-2226 or
hrfellow [at] . You can also check out the Fellowship website at

Kimberly Walsh Human Rights Fellowship & Training Coordinator University
of Minnesota Human Rights Center phone: 612.626.2226 fax: 612.626.7592
email: hrfellow [at] Human Rights Library:

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at]>
Subject: Anti-torture 11.02 3pm

Wednesday, 11/2 (and every Wednesday), 3 to 4 pm, meeting of anti-torture
group Tackling Torture at the Top, St. Martin's Table, 2001, Riverside,
Minneapolis.  lynne [at]

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From: Anne Carroll <carrfran [at]>
Subject: White privilege/education 11.02 5:30pm

November 2 5:30-7:30pm
On WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, the Minnesota chapter of the National Association
for Multicultural Education (MN-NAME)hosts its inaugural FREE event:

Join a group of educators, activists, and policy-makers for a panel
discussion and open dialogue on the relationship between white privilege
and the achievement gap.

Panelists include:
 Heidi Barajas, associate professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota
 Heather Hackman, associate professor of Human Relations and Multicultural
Education, St. Cloud State University
 Julie Landsman, veteran teacher and education activist and author of A
White Teacher Talks About Race
 Robert Simmons, assistant principal, Osseo Area Schools

Klas Center 3rd Floor, Hamline University. (Directions & map can be found

For more information contact Paul C. Gorski, President of MN-NAME, at
pgorski01 [at]

Please RSVP to Nils Heymann at nheymann [at]
Did we mention that refreshments will be provided?
And all attendees will receive certificates of participation which may be
used to attain CEUs.

Paul C. Gorski President, MN-NAME EdChange Consulting and Workshops: Multicultural Pavilion: EdChange Social Justice Store:

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at]>
Subject: MNSOAWatch 11.02 6pm

Wednesday, 11/2, 6 pm, Monthly MNSOAWatch meeting at Holy Trinity Lutheran
Church. 2730 East 31st St, Mpls.

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From: Diane J. Peterson <birch7 [at]>
Subject: Energy/wind power 11.02 7pm

Forum on Renewable Energy/Wind Power
Wednesday, November 2
Shoreview Community Center
4600 Victoria Street North

Sponsored by the United Steelworkers Associate Member Program -- because a
renewable energy law means more good-paying jobs for Minnesota.

Confirmed speakers:
Bob Olson, the American Sustainable Energy Council
Michael Noble, Minnesotans for an Energy Efficient Economy (ME3)

Lecturing on:
"The overall impact of legislatively enacting a renewable energy standard."
The public is invited to pose questions to the speakers.

For handouts announcing this forum, contact:
Stephanie Zawistowski United Steelworkers Associate Member Program
612-202-3052 cell zawistowski [at]

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From: Adam Sekuler <adam [at]>
Subject: Being caribou/film 11.02 7pm

November 2
At 7pm

Environmentalist Leanne Allison and wildlife biologist Karsten Heuer
follow a herd of 120,000 caribou on foot, across 1,500 kilometres of
rugged Arctic tundra. The husband-and-wife team wants to raise awareness
of threats to the caribou's survival. They let the caribou guide them
through a wild and remote landscape, from the central Yukon to coastal
Alaska and back. During the five-month journey, they ski and hike across
mountains, swim icy rivers, brave Arctic weather and endure hordes of
mosquitoes. They survive an encounter with a hungry grizzly bear that
forces them to reconcile what it means to be a part of true wilderness.
Hunger, fatigue and pain become routine, but the sacrifice is worth it
when they witness the miracle of birth just metres from their tent.
Dramatic footage and video diaries provide an intimate perspective of an
epic expedition. At stake is the herd's delicate habitat, which could be
devastated if proposed oil and gas development goes ahead in the herd's
calving grounds in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Tickets can  be purchased for the screening at the door for $2.

The Bell Auditorium is the nationšs only dedicated year-round non-fiction
film screen.
It is located at 10 Church Street SE in Minneapolis inside the Bell Museum
of Natural History.
More information can be found at or by calling

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From: Lisa Albrecht <lalbrech [at]>
Subject: Palestinian dance 11.02 7:30pm

Ibdaa Dance Troupe is coming to the Twin Cities!  Ibdaa Dance Troupe is a
Palestinian Folkloric Dance Troupe composed of youth from the Dheishah
Refugee Camp in Palestine.

Ibdaa Dance Troupe Performance
Wednesday, November 2
7:30 pm - performance
7:00 pm - doors open
St. Paul Central High School
275 Lexington Ave. (corner of Marshall & Lexington Avenues)
St. Paul, Mn.
Ticket prices:   $15.00/$10 (for students with IDs)
Co-sponsors (to date):  St. Paul Central Touring Company;
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
Contact information:  call 612- 239-1638
Wheelchair Accessible

To order tickets on line: go to & go to Ibdaa Tour

Tickets will be available locally at:
Holy Land Restaurant 2513 Central Ave. N.E., Minneapolis, 612 781 2627
May Day Bookstore 301 Cedar Ave. S., 612 333 4719
or call 612 239 1638.

Lisa Albrecht, Ph.D. Morse-Mn. Alumni Association Distinguished Professor
of Teaching School of Social Work 283 Peters Hall 612-624-3669

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From: Amy Ihlan <amyihlan [at]>
Subject: Amy Ihlan/Roseville

Amy Ihlan for Roseville City Council
Get Out the Vote and Other Last Minute Election Activities

[Amy Ihlan, incumbent, has been leading the defense of Roseville against
the money-land/grab misdevelopers. Her ally is incumbent Tom Kough. Both
of them must be returned to office on November 8 to stop the grab. And
non-incumbent Joy Anderson must be added, to give the defenders a 3-2
majority on the city council. Otherwise the 2-3 council will ram the grab
through, the public be damned. See item 15 below for more on the grab.

I want to thank you all once again for your support.  I think the campaign
is going well - I have been doing a lot of doorknocking, and getting very
good response - but we need to keep working hard.  There are 4 things you
can do to help in the final week before the election:

1.  Literature dropping - if you would like to drop literature in your
neighborhood or elsewhere next weekend, please let me know.

2.  Get out the vote phoning - if you would like to make phone calls from
your home in your spare time reminding people to vote, please let me know.

3.  Fundraising - the campaign needs to raise additional money to pay for
a mailing to likely general election voters, going out this week.  If you
can make a contribution, it would be much appreciated!  Please let me

4.  Last minute lawn signs - if you do not already have a lawn sign, and
would be willing to host one for the last week, please let me know.  We
will try to get these out right away (after Halloween!)

If you can help with any of these activities, please e-mail me, or feel
free to call me at 651.635.9152.

Thanks again - your efforts make a huge difference.  I couldn't do it
without you! -Amy

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From: Amy Ihlan <amyihlan [at]>
Subject: Vs Roseville grab

Another Lawsuit Challenging the Twin Lakes Development

FYI -- another lawsuit has been filed challenging the Twin Lakes
development.  Two news articles from the StarTribune and Pioneer Press are
pasted below. -Amy

Twin Lakes suit challenges eminent domain
Susan Feyder, Star Tribune

A company that owns property in the proposed Twin Lakes redevelopment area
in Roseville has sued the city and the developers, arguing that they are
using the threat of eminent domain to force down the value of its

The suit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, stands to
be among a growing number of legal challenges to communities' use of
eminent domain after the recent controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling
that affirmed cities' right to take land for commercial use. In its suit,
Minnesota Industrial Ventures claims it has a "cloud of condemnation" over
its business because of an agreement that allows the developer, Roseville
Twin Lakes, to have the city use eminent domain to secure property for the
project if it can't be acquired on the open market. Besides seeking to
prohibit the city and developers from using eminent domain, the suit also
asks for monetary damages.

The first phase of the project would cover 80 acres and include about 730
housing units, 221,000 square feet of office space and 331,500 square feet
of retail and restaurant space. Part of the retail space would be occupied
by a "big-box" retailer, most likely a Costco store.

Minnesota Industrial Ventures owns and manages multi-tenant properties,
including industrial and office buildings in the project's designated

In the suit, MIV says it unsuccessfully tried to get the area where it has
its properties excluded from the proposed redevelopment site. The company
later rejected a purchase offer it considered inadequate, and says it now
finds itself unable to find and retain tenants. The company also said it
can't sell the buildings because prospective buyers fear the properties
will be taken.

In effect, the suit says, the city and developers are using eminent domain
to force down the market value of Minnesota Industrial Ventures'
properties so they can eventually be acquired at a lower price.

The suit also claims the city and Roseville Twin Lakes, a development
group whose members include Rottlund Companies, Ryan Companies and
Roseville Properties Management Co., have a "profit-sharing" arrangement
that grants the city a share of the developers' anticipated profits from
the Twin Lakes development.

Attorneys for Roseville Twin Lakes could not be reached for comment

Rod Krass, an attorney representing Roseville, said the suit is not
well-founded because the city has not said whether it will use eminent
domain to claim property for the development.

Roseville City Manager Neal Beets said "the city will vigorously defend
itself against the [lawsuit's] allegations."

"We have no intent to hurt any business. If anything, the [Twin Lakes]
redevelopment will enhance the area." Beets also said that there is no
profit-sharing deal and that the suit's claim is "a misreading of the
contract" between the city and the developers.

The suit is the latest in a series of legal challenges connected to the
proposed project. Earlier this year a Ramsey County judge rejected a plea
by a citizens' group seeking to halt the development for further
environmental review by the state.

A separate suit by the group that contends the project would violate the
Minnesota Environmental Rights Act is scheduled to go to trial in

Susan Feyder. 612-673-1723

Posted on Sat, Oct. 29, 2005
Property owner sues over project Offer for Twin Lakes land called
'low ball'
BY STEVE SCOTT Pioneer Press

A property owner in Roseville has sued the city and developers for making
a "low-ball" offer to purchase its properties in the planned Twin Lakes
redevelopment, alleging that is a tactic that would lead to an improper
use of eminent domain.

Minnesota Industrial Ventures owns two office buildings and a distribution
warehouse on 6.5 acres within the 80 acres designated for the first phase
of the Twin Lakes project.

The city has granted approval to the master developer, the Rottlund Cos.,
to build 730 housing units, 225,000 square feet of office space and
325,000 square feet of shops and restaurants in the area north and east of
Cleveland Avenue and County Road C.

Rottlund owns about 60 percent of the property in the area, Roseville City
Manager Neal Beets said, and is working to acquire the rest. The city owns
no land in Twin Lakes but has a redevelopment contract with Rottlund.

Minnesota Industrial Ventures contends if it doesn't accept what it calls
an inadequate offer by Rottlund, the contract would allow the city to use
eminent domain to acquire the property. The suit alleges condemnation
should not be used to acquire property for a private use.

The suit also alleges that the planned project has hurt Minnesota
Industrial Ventures' ability to lease its properties or sell them on the
open market.

Minnesota Industrial Ventures is the first property owner to file suit
against Twin Lakes. A citizens group earlier asked the courts for a new
environmental review of the project, and that litigation is expected to
continue for several months.

"There is nothing in either lawsuit right now that prevents Rottlund from
continuing its efforts to purchase property voluntarily and doing
extensive environmental work,'' Beets said. "The project continues,
although these lawsuits obviously make it a little more difficult to

Steve Scott may be reached at 651-228-5526 or sscott [at]

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Kerr-McGee National Park?
Escape the Weight of Your Corporate Logo
October 27, 2005

So I'm sitting on the couch last Saturday evening watching the World
Series game with my friend's eleven year old daughter. My night for
childcare, you see. It's a lot different for me this year since the Boston
Red Sox are out of the mix after the first three games of what Major
League Baseball (MLB for you non-sports fans out there) calls the
postseason. My child care charge tells me it's a lot more fun for her to
watch games with me when the Red Sox aren't playing. Says I don't get as
excited one way or the other when they're not playing. No cussing at the
television. She's right. Rationality takes over because I don't care who
wins. Anyhow, back to the game.

We're listening to the so-called "color" guy repeat everything the
play-by-play announcer says and then add his own take on the just
completed selection of pitches. Nowadays FOX Sports - the network that
carries most of the big professional sporting contests in the US - add
these obnoxious animated features to their explanatory narrative. Some
yellow baseball with a face that FOX named Scooter explains various
pitches to the uninitiated. Of course, every little extra feature like
Scooter is sponsored by some damn corporation. So, the "color" guy says
something like: "Let's see what the EXXONMobil Scooter has to say about
the Ford Motor Company pitch selection to that last batter....." When he's
finished, the play-by-play guy says something like this, "Now, we're going
to take this game sponsored by the Army of One and Ameriquest Mortgage to
a commercial break. Be right back in a Xanax minute. Now, I don't have the
exact corporate sponsors there, but you get the point.

My eleven year old charge looks at me during the commercial and asks point
blank. "Why does everything have to be sponsored by someone? It's like at
our school, where they have billboard like advertisements painted on the
cafeteria walls." So, I explain to her about how the government used to
pay for a lot of things that they don't pay for anymore - like schools.
Since the government doesn't pay for these things, the schools have to go
find funding somewhere else. Which means they go to big companies and
corporations that never give away anything for nothing. Since they never
give away something for nothing, the schools offer to provide advertising.
As for the big time sports, well, the reason they have corporate sponsors
for so much is because the owners are just plain greedy.

I then proceeded to tell her a little story about the public schools in
Burlington, Vermont where we used to live. Since it was about Burlington
she listened for a little while, 'cause she misses her friends from up
there. What happened was that the schools did not have enough money in
their budgets to buy new books every year, especially for the various
school's media centers (that school libraries for you old timers) so they
asked for corporate donations. The corporation that stepped up was one
known for all of the good its done for humanity - General Dynamics, war
merchant extraordinaire. Now, I've written about this corporation before.
It makes nothing that has any redeeming social value. All it makes is
weapons and systems to deliver them. One of its plants is located in
Burlington, Vermont. This plant has been the target of antiwar and
anticapitalist protests over the years, but it remains a (now downsized)
stalwart of the city's economy. Progressives in office have never openly
challenged it and neither have Democrats or Republicans.

Anyhow, back to the story.. General Dynamics donated some money to the
book purchasing cause, but with one stipulation. The books had to have a
sticker placed in an obvious place that said something to the effect that
the book was generously donated to the school by General Dynamics. You
know, just to make kids comfortable with the brand name. Kind of like
German kids during Hitler's reign getting comfortable with the Krupp and
IG Farben brands. I could see that I was starting to bore my young friend,
so I jumped to the conclusion of the tale. Some parents didn't like this
attempt by General Dynamics to legitimize their war profiteering and
challenged the process in community and school PTA meetings. Indeed, it
was the daughter of one of these parents who brought up the issue in her
classroom right before some General Dynamics employees came to read to the
students. Why, wondered this eight year old, are we making heroes of
people who make bombs?

The teacher's response was to make the child sit alone in the classroom
while the other children attended the reading session.  Apparently, the
teacher was afraid that the girl might ask the General Dynamics employees
an "embarrassing" question. Seems to me like they need to have those kind
of questions asked more often. Eventually the issue went to the school
board, where a debate raged. General Dynamics played usual corporate
tricks, even having the mother of an elementary school student advocate
for the stickers. Turns out she is the chairwoman of the Burlington
Republican Committee - one of the few groups in Burlington that supports
the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I don't know how the issue was resolved up in Burlington, since it was
still being debated when I moved out of the area. I do know that most of
the folks who work at the plant, just like other war industry employees
throughout the world, are good people and probably truly enjoyed the
chance to go into the city schools and read to kids. I also believe that
most of the Germans who worked for the Nazi war machine were good people.
Somewhere, somehow, though, we must take responsibility for the work we
perform and the consequences of that work. It's like that old poster said:
What if they gave a war and nobody came?

Anyhow, back to that corporate naming business. I was with my young charge
again on Monday and we were listening to some commentary on the radio
about an effort to get corporate sponsorship for the national parks. Seems
like the federal government doesn't have enough money to pay for them
anymore. So, the next time I head up to the Great Smokies I might be
entering Kerr-McGee National Park. My young friend listened to the story
on the radio and then we began playing with the idea - matching
corporations with various national parks that we could remember. Then she
stopped. "This isn't funny, Ron. In fact, it sucks." I agreed. "You know
what?" she queried. "They should stop using tax money for their wars and
make the companies that make money from them pay for them. Then they could
use the taxes for schools and parks and helping people." I beamed a bit.
My words were being heard by this youngster. Imagine. Halliburton and
ExxonMobil and General Dynamics and all the rest of those war profiteers
paying for their own wars. Who knows, maybe they would stop lobbying for
the damn things if they were paying for them instead of making money off

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Published on Thursday, October 27, 2005 by the Guardian/UK
The Loss of Utopia
by Dylan Evans

Ever since Plato, western thinkers have dreamed of ideal societies,
utopias that could perhaps never be fully realized, but which at least
gave us something to aspire to - noble, beautiful visions of what society
might one day be like. Thomas More, Tommaso Campanella, Francis Bacon and
Karl Marx all painted pictures of a future in which there is a strong
sense of community, in which work is fulfilling and leisure is used wisely
and creatively. Now, at the dawn of the 21st century, this long tradition
of idealism has all but vanished. We have no vision - just the paltry
consolations of consumerism.

Sixteen years ago Francis Fukuyama saw the collapse of the Soviet bloc as
"the end of history". What he meant was that liberal democracy had emerged
triumphant over all alternative forms of human government. There is more
to history, however, than government. Indeed, all the major visions of
utopia place far greater importance on more mundane matters, such as the
nature of work and leisure, and the structure of local communities, than
they do on the grand questions of governance.

More, Campanella and Bacon all agree that everyone must work. When work is
shared out between all members of society, Campanella calculates that each
person will have to work no more than four hours a day. That would leave
plenty of leisure time, as well as energy to use that time wisely by,
Campanella suggests, attending lectures. Even Marx, who is remembered more
for his economic and political theories, started out with a vision of
everyday life in the communist society, where a person might "hunt in the
morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticize
after dinner". By reducing history to the question of governance, Fukuyama
consigned the more difficult questions about work, leisure and community
to oblivion. The "end of history" was just a euphemism for the end of

Visions can be dangerous, of course. Marx's dream became, for millions, a
nightmare. In the 90s, all ideas of radical social transformation came to
be regarded with suspicion. It was as if humanity had finally grown up,
and left such adolescent fantasies behind.

But if idealism without a dose of reality is simply naive, realism without
a dash of imagination is utterly depressing. If this really was the end of
history, it would be an awful anticlimax. Look at the way we live now, in
the west. We grow up in increasingly fragmented communities, hardly
speaking to the people next door, and drive to work in our self-contained
cars. We work in standardized offices and stop at the supermarket on our
way home to buy production-line food which we eat without relish. There is
no great misery, no hunger, and no war. But nor is there great passion or
joy. Despite our historically unprecedented wealth, more people than ever
before suffer from depression.

The major political parties are reduced to tinkering with the details of
our current system. Their only objective seems to be: more of the same,
only perhaps a little bit more cheaply. They have no grand vision.

It is this complacency, this lack of idealism, that is in part responsible
for the repugnance with which Muslim extremists view western society. When
George Bush speaks of exporting democracy to the Middle East, he should
realize that liberal democracy on its own is a limp, anemic idea. If the
west is to provide a more inspiring ideal, then it is time we devoted more
thought to the questions that Plato, More and Marx placed at the heart
their utopias; the question of how to make work more rewarding, leisure
more abundant, and communities more friendly.

Dylan Evans will be speaking on morality at the Royal College of Art,
London, on Saturday, October 29.
Guardian Newspapers Limited 2005

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Cindy Sheehan for US Senator from NY?
By Don DeBar

If Cindy Sheehan were to issue a primary challenge to Senator Hillary
Clinton (D-NY) on an anti-war, anti-PATRIOT Act platform, she could
force a seismic shift in the direction of the Democratic Party.

And, she could win!

For the past decades, and accelerating particularly since the election
in 1992 of then-Governor Bill Clinton to the White House, the Democratic
Party has adopted and implemented the program of the Republicans.
Positioning themselves as the electable alternative to the right, they
have, like the Labor Party in the UK, undone the progressive legacy of
previous administrations while simultaneously warning of  danger from
the right. All the while, Clinton largely dismantled the social safety
net, presiding over growth in defense spending as an epilogue to the
Cold War, embargoed and bombed Iraq for most of the 1990's, conducted
the first bombing of Europe since World War II, negotiated and signed
NAFTA, and presided over perhaps the greatest intensification of the
globalization of American capital in history.

And all the while, his wife, before she was elected to her first term in
the US Senate in 2000, spoke in ominous terms about a right-wing
conspiracy which only her husband's presidency could hold at bay.

Since her election, she has voted for USA Patriot, voted to grant Bush
the war powers he sought in Iraq and Afghanistan, voted for hundreds of
billions of dollars in war appropriations for Bush, and has generally
voted with the Republicans on nearly every major policy initiative.

Currently, the ascendant faction in the Democratic Party refuses to call
Bush to account for lying to the public about the reasons for the Iraq
war; continues to support the occupation both politically and
financially; and approved an extension and expansion of the Patriot Act.

The party refused to allow its large anti-war constituency even symbolic
expression at last year's convention, and to this day stands behind the
imperial designs of the Administration in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, who stood up to Bush and demanded that
he explain to her and all of the families of those killed in Iraq why he
lied about the war, wields immense popularity among the grassroots of
the party. She struck a chord among opponents of the occupation that had
been - and remains - untapped by the party leadership and elected
officials. She is a symbol of hope to millions of Democrats who were
disheartened by Kerry's unwavering support for the war.

Clinton's reelection campaign is widely seen as a dress rehearsal for a
2008 presidential bid. As a former First Lady and an incumbent Senator
from New York, she wields tremendous political capital which she
nevertheless has failed to employ to block any of the Bush
administration's foreign or domestic adventures.

Sheehan is not currently a resident of New York; however, at the time of
Clinton's run for her first term, she also was not a New York resident,
so any attempt to paint Sheehan as a 'carpetbagger' would likely fail to
resonate with voters.

Were Sheehan to make a run, she would enjoy the support of party
activists around the country, who, it should be noted, are in the main
strongly opposed to the war and the rest of the Bush agenda. Although
Clinton has accumulated a formidable war chest, Sheehan's grassroots
support is already a potent national political force, and would present
the party membership with a choice between Democratic corporatists lined
up behind Clinton and the party's grassroots behind Sheehan.

All in all, if a Sheehan primary challenge to Clinton happens, it could
force a major change in the party's direction that would be felt for a
very long time.

[Imagine the joy of not being confronted with Hillary 2008! The joy of
sending her packing into the dustbin of history! Let us practice the
politics of joy! - ed]

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University Threatens to Expel Iraq Vet Over Counter-Recruitment Protest
Crack Down at Kent State
October 29 / 30, 2005

Iraq war veteran and Kent State student, Dave Airhart, is under attack for
opposing the war he considers "unjust" and for attempting to stop any more
students from being used as "cannon fodder."

On October 19, the Kent State Anti-War Committee (KSAWC) stood around the
Army recruiters, who had brought a rock-climbing wall to entice students
over to talk with them. A member of KSAWC and former Afghanistan and Iraq
War veteran, David Airhart decided to show his opposition against the war
by exercising his rights of free speech. After filling out liability forms
Airhart climbed the rock wall. Once he reached the top he took out a
banner, which he held under his jacket, and draped it over the wall. The
banner read: Kent, Ohio for Peace. Airhart was forced to climb down the
back of the wall because a recruiter was coming up the front, yelling at

As he was climbing down another recruiter came up the back and proceeded
to assault Airhart both verbally and physically by pulling his shirt,
forcing him off the wall. Airhart was fined $105 by city police for
disorderly conduct and told that he will have to go to judicial affairs at
the university where he will face probation or expulsion.

When asked why he wanted to counter-recruit against the military Airhart
responded, "I do not feel that the administration should allow the
military to recruit their students for an unjust war that is taking the
lives of innocent people. They should be protecting their students, not
using them for cannon fodder." The recruiter who assaulted Airhart was
never charged with disorderly conduct; nor was the bigot who came by
screaming profanities and spitting at KSAWC members fined for being

Somehow an Iraq War veteran hanging a banner, which called for peace, was
disorderly and the others were not. Even after the atrocities of the May
4, 1970 massacre at Kent State University the military has the audacity to
come to campus and attempt to recruit students for their illegal war.
However, KSAWC, which is a member of the national grassroots organization,
Campus Antiwar Network (CAN), counter-recruits against the military every
time they are on campus. We stand around the table of the military, hold
signs, chant and pass out literature exposing the lies of recruiters.

The administration's blatant attack against the antiwar movement will not
be tolerated. We can clearly see that the administration does not want its
students and veterans practicing free speech on this campus, especially if
we are taking a stand against the war in Iraq. However, we will continue
to fight.

We believe in getting troops out of Iraq now, as well as assuring that
they have a voice to stand in opposition to the war when they return. It
is obvious that the Kent State administration does not care about Iraq
Veterans who attend their school. After everything Airhart had to go
through and see as a soldier, after viewing thousands of innocent Iraqi
lives being taken, he has every right to exercise his opposition to this
war. The administration may have the audacity to punish an Iraq Veteran
for speaking out against the war, but the Kent State Anti-War Committee
will continue to fight back for all Veterans and students right to
exercise free speech against the war. We will continue to challenge our
administration's role in recruiting for the war and demand our right to a
'recruiter-free' school. Call and e-mail the Kent State University
administration and let them know how you feel.

Carol Cartwright
University President: 330.672.2210
cartwright [at]

Greg Jarvie
Dean of Undergraduate Students: 330.672.9494
Gjarvie [at]

William Ross
Executive Director of the Undergraduate Student Senate:
wross [at]

Nikki Robinson is a member of KSAWC, of the Campus Anti-War Network, where
this article first appeared.

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Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 09:13:29 -0500
From: R. Michael Farnham <michaelf [at]>
Subject: New poem

 Scooter Pie told a lie
 Now he goes to trial

 Fell on his sword, guard his lord
 Fitzgerald had to file

 Dick's the boss, Scooter's loss
 Now he'll go to jail

 Patty-o will make him go
 To prison without fail

 Unless he too, brings friend or two
 To rid us more disaster

 Rove and Cheney, Dubya too
 Much better if it's faster

 To war we went, not heaven sent
 But from demons of their soul

 Power mad they wanted more
 But were beyond control

 Their bold cabal had duped us all
 Deceit is fairly certain

 It takes a bold young Irish Man
 To bring down their final curtain

 The end is near War Profiteer
 For you have been discovered

 In the well of the deepest hell
 Until all has been recovered

Michael Farnham (Rhymes with Barn Ham)
VMSC/Blue Penguin Consulting Partners
(612) 325-1993
(651) 646-2073

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 [The new improved version of this poem]

 Carved Jerk-O-Lantern:
 Bush dumb grin in front; in back,
 Bush flaming asshole.


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