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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) --------1 of x-------- Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 15:57:43 -0500 From: Pat Bohn <bohn [at] spacestar.net> 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 Room 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] mpls.k12.mn.us --------2 of x-------- Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2005 06:47:38 -0600 From: leslie reindl <alteravista [at] earthlink.net> 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. --------3 of x-------- From: Nancy Dunlavy <nancy [at] dunlavy.net> 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] metrostate.edu. Or, visit: www.cultureofpeaceexhibit.org (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 --------4 of x-------- From: Ty <tymoore77 [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Antiwar/walkout/rally 11.02 10:30am/12noon/1pm/2:30pm NATIONAL STUDENT WALKOUT ---- November 2 ----- the anniversary of Bush's reelection RALLY @ NOON @ UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA 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 (www.yawr.org) 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] gmail.com or call 612-760-1980 if you face repression. For more information: Youth Against War and Racism www.yawr.org - 612.760.1980 Socialist Alternative www.socialistalternative.org/mn ^Ö 612.226.9129 Anti-War Organizing League http://www.tc.umn.edu/~awol/ - awol [at] umn.edu --------5 of x-------- From: Anne Carroll <carrfran [at] qwest.net> 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 Race 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 11:30am-1:30pm 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] ywcampls.org. --------6 of x-------- From: Consortium <lawvalue [at] umn.edu> 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 (www.lifesci.consortium.umn.edu) and Joint Degree Program in Law, Health & the Life Sciences (www.jointdegree.umn.edu). 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 universals. 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] umn.edu 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 http://onestop.umn.edu/Maps/index.html. 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 to: * Understand the neuroscientific findings that underlie moral and ethical behavior. * 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, visit http://www.lifesci.consortium.umn.edu/news_and_events/#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 www.jointdegree.umn.edu <file:///C:\Documents%20and%20Settings\szettervall\Desktop\www.jointdegree.u mn.edu> www.lifesci.consortium.umn.edu <file:///C:\Documents%20and%20Settings\szettervall\Desktop\www.lifesci.conso rtium.umn.edu> --------7 of x-------- From: Samantha Smart <speakoutsisters [at] earthlink.net> 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 Activities 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] umn.edu . You can also check out the Fellowship website at http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/center/uppermidwest/index.html Kimberly Walsh Human Rights Fellowship & Training Coordinator University of Minnesota Human Rights Center phone: 612.626.2226 fax: 612.626.7592 email: hrfellow [at] umn.edu Human Rights Library: www1.umn.edu/humanrts --------8 of x-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> 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] usfamily.net --------9 of x-------- From: Anne Carroll <carrfran [at] qwest.net> 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: INSISTING ON EQUITY: ELIMINATING WHITE PRIVILEGE AND THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP IN OUR SCHOOLS 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 at http://www.hamline.edu/hamline_info/locations/locations.html) For more information contact Paul C. Gorski, President of MN-NAME, at pgorski01 [at] gw.hamline.edu. Please RSVP to Nils Heymann at nheymann [at] bsm-online.org. 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: http://www.EdChange.org Multicultural Pavilion: http://www.EdChange.org/multicultural EdChange Social Justice Store: http://www.cafepress.com/edchange --------10 of x-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: MNSOAWatch 11.02 6pm Wednesday, 11/2, 6 pm, Monthly MNSOAWatch meeting at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. 2730 East 31st St, Mpls. www.mnsoaw.org --------11 of x-------- From: Diane J. Peterson <birch7 [at] comcast.net> Subject: Energy/wind power 11.02 7pm Forum on Renewable Energy/Wind Power Wednesday, November 2 7-8:30pm Shoreview Community Center 4600 Victoria Street North Shoreview 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 and 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] gmail.com --------12 of x-------- From: Adam Sekuler <adam [at] MNFILMARTS.org> Subject: Being caribou/film 11.02 7pm PRESENTS BEING CARIBOU November 2 At 7pm AT THE BELL AUDITORIUM 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 www.mnfilmarts.org/bell or by calling 612.331.7563 --------13 of x-------- From: Lisa Albrecht <lalbrech [at] che.umn.edu> 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 www.mecaforpeace.org & go to Ibdaa Tour link. 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 --------14 of x-------- From: Amy Ihlan <amyihlan [at] comcast.net> 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. -ed] 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 know. 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 --------15 of x-------- From: Amy Ihlan <amyihlan [at] comcast.net> 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 business. 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 area. 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 Thursday. 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 December. 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 continue.'' Steve Scott may be reached at 651-228-5526 or sscott [at] pioneerpress.com. --------16 of x-------- Kerr-McGee National Park? Escape the Weight of Your Corporate Logo By RON JACOBS CounterPunch 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 'em. --------17 of x-------- 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 utopia. 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. www.dylan.org.uk. Guardian Newspapers Limited 2005 --------18 of x-------- 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] --------19 of x-------- University Threatens to Expel Iraq Vet Over Counter-Recruitment Protest Crack Down at Kent State By NIKKI ROBINSON CounterPunch 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 him. 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 disorderly. 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] kent.edu Greg Jarvie Dean of Undergraduate Students: 330.672.9494 Gjarvie [at] kent.edu William Ross Executive Director of the Undergraduate Student Senate: wross [at] kent.edu Nikki Robinson is a member of KSAWC, of the Campus Anti-War Network, where this article first appeared. --------x of x-------- Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 09:13:29 -0500 From: R. Michael Farnham <michaelf [at] mr.net> 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 --------21 of x-------- [The new improved version of this poem] Carved Jerk-O-Lantern: Bush dumb grin in front; in back, Bush flaming asshole. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- - David Shove shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu rhymes with clove Progressive Calendar over 2225 subscribers as of 12.19.02 please send all messages in plain text no attachments
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