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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
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P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 11.03.05 1. Landmines/dinner 11.03 7pm 2. Cuban Five/CTV 11.03 8:30pm 3. Wage ordinance 11.04 9:30am 4. Six hunters case 11.04 7:30pm 5. Bicking campaign 11.05 8am 6. Homeless vets 11.05 10am 7. Latino soldier 11.05 10am 8. Evolution/creation 11.05 10am 9. Socialist conf 11.05 10am Chicago IL 10. Greens/StPaul 11.05 12noon 11. Econ justice tour 11.05/06 1pm + 12. Get real/films 11.05 2:30pm + 13. Dean Z fundraiser 11.05 4pm 14. Who benefits? 11.05 4:30pm 15. Activist art 11.05 5pm 16. Belfry center 11.05 7pm 17. Coreopsis poetry 11.05 7pm 18. Cockburn/StClair - Holy Alito! Not as crazy as Scalia, but just as bad 19. M Junaid Alam - Lying and the culture of life: what moral values? 20. John Walsh - Leo's lies 21. ed - Neo Leo lies (poem) --------1 of 21-------- Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2005 17:54:12 EST From: MJShahidiusa [at] aol.com Subject: Landmines/dinner 11.03 7pm Thanks to some of you, we have raised over $90,000.00 in the past few years from Minnesota alone and we have removed landmines from 80 acres of land in Afghanistan. This year's international Night of a Thousand Dinners is November 3, 2005. Everyone is invited to prepare food and invite others for dinner or take them to a restaurant and pay for them. Instead, the guests are requested to make a donations for landmine removal. Or, you may get together for drinks and snacks and ask each other for a donation. ON THURSDAY, 11/03,05, 7pm, WE WILL BE GOING TO DaAFGHAN RESTAURANT FOR AUTHENTIC DINNER. Students $15.00, others $25.00. Call me for reservation, at 612-328-1913, until Th., 2 p.m. $10.00 from each donation will go to Adopt-A-Minefield program, United Nations Association, 2104 Stevens Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404. www.unamn.org --------2 of 21-------- Date: Wed, 02 Nov 2005 08:52:04 -0600 From: leslie reindl <alteravista [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Cuban Five/CTV 11.03 8:30pm Altera Vista Thurs Nov 3, 8:30 pm, St. Paul cable Channel 15: "The Cuban Five: Imprisoned by the U.S. for Trying to Stop Terrorism Against Cuba," with Prof. Gary Prevost, St. John's University, and Prof. Peter Erlinder, William Mitchell College of Law, taped Aug. 29, 2005. --------3 of 21-------- Date: Wed, 02 Nov 2005 20:15:52 GMT From: Minneapolis Central Labor Union Council <kyle [at] mplscluc.com> Subject: Wage ordinance 11.04 9:30am Minneapolis Living Wage Ordinance -One step left to go! Over 135 union members, members of the faith community, and community activists packed the public hearing to support the Minneapolis Living Wage Ordinance on Monday. You can read coverage of the public hearing at www.workdayminnesota.org . Because of strong public support for the measure, the ordinance passed through the committee hearing, and will now come before a vote of the full City Council this Friday, November 4! This is the final step for this important ordinance, and we need to make sure our opponents aren't able to weaken the language. Please join us at City Hall this Friday, November 4 9:30 am - Full meeting of the Minneapolis City Council - City Hall Council Chambers, Room 317 The proposed Living Wage Ordinance would strengthen the current policy in these ways: -Raise the definition of a Living Wage to 130% of the federal poverty limit ($12.09/hr - the level at which a family of four qualifies for food stamps). -Applies to businesses who are awarded city contracts or business subsidies. -Make it a strong, enforceable ordinance with penalties for violations and strong enforcement mechanisms. The Minneapolis City Council has been generally supportive of the Living Wage Proposal, but our opponents are starting to turn up the heat. It is important that city leaders hear from constituents that want to pass a strong, enforceable, Living Wage Ordinance! Call and email your Council Member and Mayor Rybak and urge them to support the Living Wage Ordinance: Ward 1, Paul Ostrow (612) 673-2201, paul.ostrow [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Ward 2, Paul Zerby (612) 673-2202, paul.zerby [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Ward 3, Don Samuels (612) 673-2203, don.samuels [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Ward 4, Barb Johnson (612) 673-2204, barbara.johnson [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Ward 5, Natalie Johnson-Lee (612) 673-2205, natalie.johnsonlee [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Ward 6, Dean Zimmerman (612) 673-2206, dean.zimmerman [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Ward 7, Lisa Goodman (612) 673-2207, lisa.goodman [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Ward 8, Robert Lilligren (612) 673-2208, robert.lilligren [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Ward 9, Gary Schiff (612) 673-2209, gary.schiff [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Ward 10, Dan Niziolek (612) 673-2210, dan.niziolek [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Ward 11, Scott Benson (612) 673-2211, scott.benson [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Ward 12, Sandra Colvin-Roy (612) 673-2212, sandra.colvin.roy [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Ward 13, Barrett Lane (612) 673-2213, barrett.lane [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Mayor RT Rybak (612) 673-2100, rt [at] minneapolis.org --------4 of 21-------- Date: Wed, 02 Nov 2005 21:01:08 -0600 From: Bao Phi Subject: Six hunters case 11.04 7:30pm The Loft presents IMPARTIAL (?) Asian American Artists and Community Response to the Chai Soua Vang Case Featuring Tou Ger Xiong, Ka Vang, Blong Yang, F.I.R.E., Ed Bok Lee, Juliana Pegues, John Thao, David Mura, Shoua Lee, Bryan Thao Worra, Thuyet Nguyen, Daniel S. Le, Chao Thao, Pete Wong, and CCR Performance and Informal Discussion moderated by Bao Phi and Tou Saiko Lee Friday November 4, 7:30pm Free and open to the public At the Loft, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis www.loft.org <http://www.loft.org/> The guilty verdict is in. Six hunters are dead. The Wisconsin attorney general has stated this case was "not about race". Do we see simply in black and white? Where are the shades of color that flesh out our reality? Asian Pacific Islander American artists and community members express an alternative perspective on this case and the surrounding issues which have been lacking in media coverage. Moderated community discussion to follow show. Co-sponsored by the Loft and Pan Asian American Voices for Equality. Thien-bao Thuc Phi Program Associate The Loft 1011 Washington Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55415 612-215-2585 baophi [at] loft.org <mailto:baophi [at] loft.org> www.loft.org <http://www.loft.org/> --------5 of 21-------- From: Ian Stade <ianstade [at] gmail.com> Subject: Dave Bicking campaign 11.05 8am We are doing lit dropping and doorknocking for Green Party candidate for Mpls City Council Dave Bicking this weekend, going out of his house 3211 22nd Ave South all day. Starting at 8am to 6pm. There will be somebody at his house from 9am-2pm to set up people with lit and doorknocking sheets. We also need phone callers and people to help on election day. Please email (ianstade [at] gmail.com) or call me if you can help (532-8288). --------6 of 21-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Homeless vets 11.05 10am Saturday, 11/5, 10 am, meeting of Veterans for Peace Minneapolis, talking about homeless veteran issues, Peacehouse, 510 E. Franklin, Minneapolis. waynewittman [at] msn.com --------7 of 21-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Latino soldier 11.05 10am Latino Soldier Speaks SATURDAY, November 5 10-11:30am Camilo Mejia, the first veteran of the war against Iraq to go AWOL, spent a year in prison because of his decision. He will speak on his opposition to war and the relevance of the peace movement to Latin America. $4 ($3 MEMBERS) ROMERO ROOM RESOURCE CENTER OF THE AMERICAS 3019 Minnehaha Avenue Minneapolis --------8 of 21------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: Evolution/creation 11.05 10am November 5 - Evolution/Creation Debate Author Speaking. 10am. Cost: $10 (includes coffee, juice, muffins and fruit.). Michael Rose, Historian and Philosopher from Florida State and author of The Evolution-Creation Struggle and veteran of many evolution/creation debates will be guest speaker at a special Critical Thinking Club meeting. Room 351 Terrence Murphy Hall at downtown Minneapolis campus of University of St. Thomas, 1000 LaSalle, Minneapolis ---------9 of 21-------- From: adamcturl <adamcturl [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Socialist conference 11.05 10am Chicago IL 2005 Midwest Socialist Conference WAR, POVERTY, RACISM TIME FOR AN ALTERNATIVE! 10am, Saturday, November 5 * Chicago, Illinois (University of Illinois-Chicago, 750 S. Halsted) A new opposition is being born. In Washington, D.C., hundreds of thousands turned out in the biggest anti-war demonstration since the start of the Iraq war. Millions are asking questions about, in Time Magazine's words, "system failure." The free market has produced savage inequalities. Instead of addressing these, the U.S. has imposed policies that have further impoverished workers and the poor. To back up its economic agenda, Bush has diverted billions of dollars to wars and occupations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Haiti. With increasing urgency, a new generation of activists is looking for an alternative that can explain the crisis in our world and help galvanize a fight for a better society. This year's Midwest Socialist Conference, "War, Racism, and Poverty: Time for an Alternative," addresses today's burning issues, how to fight for immediate reforms, and organize for a new society - a socialist society built to meet human needs from New Orleans to Baghdad. WORKSHOPS AND FORUMS INCLUDE: Race and Class Exposed: How Can We Stop Oppression? Hidden from History: The Fighting Tradition of U.S. Workers Abortion Rights and the Fight for Women's Liberation No Human Being is Illegal: The Fight for Immigrant Rights Iraq for Iraqis: Why We Defend the Right to Resist Army of None: Organizing Against Military Recruitment Is Socialism Against Human Nature? Socialism from Below or Socialism from Above: Marxism vs. Stalinism System Failure: Why Capitalism Doesn't Work Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx What do Socialists Mean By Revolution? Soldiers Rebellions: From Vietnam to Iraq The Fire Last Time: Student Movements of the 1960s Israel: The Hijack State Introduction to the ISO Chavez, Venezuela and the Fight for Socialism Leninism: Myth and Fact FULL PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE 10am-11am Registration/Welcome 11am-12:30pm Workshops U.S. Imperialism Today: Is the Bush Doctrine Finished? Hundreds of thousands of antiwar protesters turn out as George W. Bush's opinion polls drop. Diplomacy is offered in place of war on Axis of Evil member North Korea. The European Union is forced to retreat from its U.S.-backed threats to get tough on the nuclear program of another member of the "axis," Iran. Is the Bush Doctrine of pre-emptive warfare finished? And can the antiwar movement prevail in getting the U.S. out of Iraq? Come to this workshop to discuss the future of the Bush Doctrine and the struggle against U.S. imperialism. Hidden from History: The Fighting Tradition of U.S. Workers Workers in the U.S. have a rich history of resistance from the 19th century to the presents--of fighting back and achieving gains previously thought unthinkable. But that history remains largely hidden. This workshop brings that history to light and reveals its lessons for today. Introduction to the ISO The International Socialist Organization is dedicated to fighting for a world free of all exploitation, racism and sexual oppression - society whose productive resources are democratically owned and controlled by the working-class majority, and where human need replaces capitalist greed. This workshop will provide an introduction to the politics and practices of the ISO and provide lots of time for questions, disagreements and discussion for those who are new to the group or interested in joining. Abortion Rights and the Fight for Women's Liberation Women's right to abortion has been separated from the struggle for women's liberation in recent years. Ever since the Roe v. Wade decision made it legal for women to have abortions in 1973, laws have been passed that restrict women, especially the young and poor, from having access to an abortion. Nicole Colson gives a history of the struggles that won abortion rights and wider freedoms for women and argue what we need to do today to save abortion rights and fight for the true liberation of all women. Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx Karl Marx and Frederick Engels wrote the Communist Manifesto over 150 years ago. Since those days there has been no shortage of people to argue that his ideas about how capitalism really works, and about how workers could overthrow capitalism and replace it with a truly democratic society--are outdated. But again and again, Marx's ideas shed needed light on the system and struggles of today. This talk aims at looking at the revolutionary ideas of Karl Marx--and what they mean for socialists and activists today. No Human Being is Illegal: The Fight for Immigrant Rights >From the Minutemen's vigilante attacks on immigrants--to the governors of border states "declaring a state of emergency" on the borders immigrants are being scapegoated by both politians and right-wing thugs. Where does this war on immigrants come from and what can be done to build a united movement to take on the scapegoaters - both in office and on the streets? Bridget Broederick and Orlando Sepuleveda explain. 12:30-2:00pm Lunch Break 2:00-3:30pm Workshops Iraq for Iraqis: Why We Defend the Right to Resist Many who oppose the Iraq War are horrified by the religious ideas and military actions of the resistance to U.S. forces. It is argued that if American forces were to pull out now, not only would it leave behind a civil war but right-wing religious fanatics would take over. This talk will discuss the reality behind the media myths about the "insurgents" as well as discuss the politics of self- determination for an occupied people. Army of None: Organizing Against Military Recruitment A new student movement against military recruitment has grown - at colleges and high schools across the U.S.--at the same time as the military has failed repeatedly to meet its recruitment goals. This student-led workshop aims to share experiences and strategies in the fight against military recruitment--in this key struggle against the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. Is Socialism Against Human Nature? People who want to end the exploitation, oppression, poverty and war characteristic of modern capitalist society are regularly told tha fundamental change is impossible because of human nature. Human nature is also said to make socialism impossible. Human beings, it is claimed, are naturally selfish, competitive and aggressive. But is there any evidence that these familiar claims about human nature are actually true? Sarah Macaraeg exposes the truth about these claims and makes the case that socialism is not only possible, but necessary. Socialism from Below or Socialism from Above: Marxism vs. Stalinism Generations of Americans have been raised on the notion that socialism leads to Stalinist gulags, gray homogeneity and authoritarianism. But the real Marxist tradition of workers' power from below is quite the opposite. Elizabeth Lalasz will provide a historical and theoretical challenge to Stalinism and resurrect the democratic Marxist tradition. System Failure: Why Capitalism Doesn't Work The greed and inequality of our society is often explained as an expression of indifferent and arrogant leaders. But the fact that millions starve and go homeless, while others have feasts and mansions is not simply the outcome of selfishness, but the results of a system based on profit. Adam Turl will explain the basic economics of capitalism and what Marxists challenge is a humane and realistic alternative. Race and Class Exposed: How Can We Stop Oppression? Hurricane Katrina exposed the depths of racism and poverty in America. Forty years after the Civil Rights Act and the War on Poverty, inequality is as stark and severe as ever. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor will explain why and how race and class are used, who benefits from them and how to mount a challenge to a system that requires the immiseration of many in order for a minority to luxuriate and rule. 3:30-4:15 Break 4:15-5:45pm Workshops What do Socialists Mean By Revolution? When socialists talk about the need for revolution to end oppression and exploitation once and for all, we're often accused of being unrealistic and utopian. But what do socialists really mean by revolution? This workshop aims to answer those questions about socialism and revolution. Soldiers Rebellions: From Vietnam to Iraq Many returning veterans and military families of soldiers in Iraq have joined the ranks of the antiwar movement, echoing the mass GI antiwar struggle of the 1960s that finally helped put an end to the Vietnam War. While today's movement is nowhere near the level of the Vietnam soldiers' revolt--the parallels and lessons from that revolt are key to antiwar activists today. The Fire Last Time: Student Movements of the 1960s The 1960s saw a massive wave of struggle among students across the U.S.--around the Vietnam War but other struggles as well. The activists who began organizing against the war in Vietnam had been involved in, or influenced by, several other struggles: the Black struggle for civil rights in the U.S. South; the movement against the proliferation of nuclear weapons; protests against the anticommunist witch-hunts of the 1950s; and the struggle for free speech centered on the University of California-Berkeley campus. Joe Allen will explain what the history of the 1960s student movements means for us today. Israel: The Hijack State The State of Israel is held together by a series of myths. False notions dominate about its rationale as a response to European anti-Semitism and outright lies are perpetuated to justify its repression and displacement of the Palestinian people. Sherry Wolf will take on those myths and present an argument for why all those who hate oppression must champion the cause of Palestinian liberation and oppose the Zionist mythology Chavez, Venezuela and the Fight for Socialism Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez promises that this country is creating "21st Century Socialism." Billions from Venezuela's oil profits have been poured into social problems and in some firms workers elect their own managers. Bob Quellos - who attended the World Youth Summit in Venezuela - will address the lessons and challenges posed by Venezuela for all those seeking an end to exploitation and oppression. Leninism: Myth and Fact >From the prevailing notion that Lenin was a megalomaniac who waged a coup in 1917 to the idea that he demanded unswerving obedience to a line - from an autocratic party machine, Lenin's popular legacy is not favorable - or accurate. This talk will take on those myths and provide a historical and political defense of his ideas and practices. 5:45-6:30pm Break 6:30-8:30pm Plenary Session War, Racism, Poverty: Organizing against the Wars at Home and Abroad More information will be released on speakers for the plenary session shortly. 8:30pm Post-Conference Party INFORMATION ABOUT SPEAKERS: NICOLE COLSON is a reporter with Socialist Worker newspaper and the author of "Occupation and Resistance in Iraq" and the "Truth about Afghanistan" in the International Socialist Review. ELIZABETH LALASZ is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review and the author of "Classics of Marxism: The Civil War in France." ALAN MAASS is the author of "The Case for Socialism" and editor of Socialist Worker newspaper. His articles have also appeared in CounterPunch* and the International Socialist Review. JESSE SHARKEY is a delegate in the Chicago Teachers' Union and member of the Save Senn Coalition* which organized against the Navy's takeover of Senn High School. MARTIN SMITH is a former Marine and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War.* KEEANGA-YAMAHTTA TAYLOR was is the author of "Racism and the Criminal Injustice System" and "Civil Rights and Civil Wrongs: Racism in America Today" in the International Socialist Review. JUAN TORRES is a member of Gold Star Families for Peace.* His son, John Manuel Torres, died in July, 2004 - less than two weeks before he was scheduled to return from Afghanistan. Juan Torres took part in the protest at Camp Casey outside Bush's Crawford ranch. BOB QUELLOS is a member of the Campus Antiwar Network* who attended the 16th World Festival of Youth* earlier this year in Venezuela. SHERRY WOLF is on the editorial board of International Socialist Review. She is the author of "The roots of gay oppression" and "The Democrats and War: Not a Lesser Evil" in the International Socialist Review. * for ID only CONFERENCE LOCATION University of Illinois-Chicago 750 S. Halsted Chicago, Illinois REGISTRATION Registration is $5. To pre-register contact your nearest ISO branch or call 773-551-5780 or e-mail Chicago_socialists [at] yahoo.com. Registration begins at 10am on the day of the conference. CHILD CARE Free child-care is available on request, but please let us know ahead of time. Please e-mail Chicago_socialists [at] yahoo.com or call 773-551-5780 and let us know the number of children, their ages and any special needs. FOR MORE INFORMATION Call 773-551-5780 or e-mail Chicago_socialists [at] yahoo.com. The 2005 Midwest Socialist Conference is sponsored by the International Socialist Organization, which has branches in Chicago and around the Midwest. For more information on the ISO please visit our website, www.internationalsocialist.org. The ISO publishes the weekly newspaper, Socialist Worker, which is available online at www.socialistworker.org ---------10 of 21--------- From: Elizabeth Dickinson <eadickinson [at] mindspring.com> Subject: Greens/StPaul 11.05 12noon All people interested in finding out more about the Green Party of St. Paul are invited to: Our monthly meeting First Saturday of every month Mississippi Market, 2nd floor Corner of Selby/Dale in St. Paul noon until 2 pm http://www.gpsp.org --------11 of 21-------- From: Brian Payne <brianpayneyvp [at] gmail.com> Subject: Econ justice tour 11.05/06 1pm + Nov. 5-6 Economic Justice Tour in the Twin Cities: On November 5-6 the Economic Justice / Abundant Life Tour will pass through the Twin Cities. Links will be drawn between farm and economic policy in the U.S., free trade agreements (NAFTA, CAFTA) and international financial institution (IFI) agendas imposed abroad, and the increasing repression and criminalization of social movements in resistance and at grassroots peoples' mobilizations against so-called 'free trade' negotiations, the policies of the WTO, the IFIs and the G-8. The relationship between the rise of effective social movements and the increase in overall militarization and US military presence in Latin America will also be explored. Speakers will include: - Isabel Díaz-Ubillús, Peruvian youth organizer with JUNANDINA, who will discuss issues related to rural women, water privatization and Andean youth. - Damara Luce, organizer with Alliance for Fair Trade, who will show a film on the victory in the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' Taco Bell Boycott. - Joel Greeno, Wisconsin dairy farmer and member of the National Family Farm Coalition, who will discuss the impacts of free trade on small farmers in the U.S. - A slideshow from the Beehive Collective, a collective graphics workshop that creates political posters, graphics and mosaics on subjects of globalization Tour stops include: November 5 1-5pm University Baptist Church (1219 University Ave., Minneapolis, just across from the University of Minnesota), including music from the Pachamama Band and a teach-in on water rights led by the Minnesota Water Alliance. November 6 4-6pm Macalester College, Carnegie Science Building, Room 06 (in the basement); after 6pm, join presenters and Farm in the City for the Fall Harvest Festival in the basement of the Weyerhaeuser Hall. For more information, contact: Brian Payne, brianpayneyvp [at] gmail.com, 612-822-8460 --------12 of 21-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Get real/films 11.05 2:30pm + Get Real!: City Pages Documentary Film Festival November 4-10 Landmark's Lagoon Cinema, on Lagoon Ave. off Hennepin Ave.S, uptown Minneapolis www.citypages.com/getreal SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 2:30pm: The Real Dirt on Farmer John A portrait of a great American original in the Thoreau mode and a look at one man;'s fight for organic farming. 5pm: Ballets Russes 7:30pm: Green Green Water (work in progress) Directed by TC film-maker DAWN MIKKELSON. Do you know where your electricity comes from? Some of it comes from Manitoba,Canada thru hydro-pwer created by dams destroying Indigeous people's lands and way of life.Mikkeslson speaks at the screening. 9:45pm: Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic Comic relief, from one of the funniest women doing stand-up. Who says women have no sense of humor?! [No one who wants to live! - ed] --------13 of 21-------- From: m1r3201 [at] aol.com Subject: Dean Z fundraiser 11.05 4pm Fundraiser Saturday, November 5, 2005 Oak Street Cinema, U of M Campus (Oak & Washington), 4-6pm. $10 per person donation Please come and help Dean tell his side of the story. Hear information the Twin Cities Media refuses to report. And consider that Dean's case could be part of a larger attack on the Green Party. You will see: A music video by Andrew Turpening, "Land of 10,000 Homeless" Margaret Hastings' film (which Dean is in), "Illegal to be Homeless, "Coldwater Nation," the story of what really happened in the fight to stop Highway 55 and save sacred Native American Land in 1998-1999. Entertainment by John Kolstad, Barb Tilsen, and the J4z Players, time permitting DEAN NEEDS YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT! SEE YOU THERE ON NOVEMBER 5TH The Zimmerman for Justice Defense Committee is completely independent of Dean's re-election campaign, and all monies raised go towards Dean's legal defense. Contact us through our website (and please note the unusual spelling) http://www.zimmermanforjustice.org/ Zimmerman for Justice, David Tilsen and Scott Cramer, co-chairs 3220 10th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55407 --------14 of 21-------- From: Janet & Bill McGrath <mcgrath1 [at] rconnect.com> Subject: Who benefits? 11.05 4:30pm Next presentation of my talk entitled "Who Benefits" will occur at 4:30pm Saturday, Nov 5, at Oak Center General Store near Lake City, and at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the public library in Belle Plaine. So what are these talks? Behind the wars and cultural wedge issues, the economic security ("money") of our middle class is being transferred rapidly to approximately 145,000 households, each of which has an average annual income of $3.2 million. That's the common thread running through tax cuts, outsourcing of jobs, and recent legislation regarding prescription drugs, health insurance, Social Security, pensions, bankruptcy, class action lawsuits and labor unions. At each one of these talks, there will be a one-hour presentation by me, followed by your discussion that will focus on possible solutions. My resume: Lived 27 years in Northfield. Former newspaper reporter. For 18 years, I've owned a small business publishing & selling car repair manuals. These talks are not connected to any political party, candidate or organization. They are continually being presented, especially in the Second Congressional District. Thank you. -- Bill McGrath --------15 of 21--------- From: Susan Hensel <susanhensel [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Activist art 11.05 5pm A LEAP OF FAITH: at the intersection of Faith & Politics November 4-December 29, 2005 Susan Hensel Gallery - 3441 Cedar Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55407 Opening Reception SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 5-9pm FREE FOOD Airforce Nutrisoda Good Music Artists' talk A national group of twenty-two artists from all faith traditions were asked: How do faith & politics interact? Should they interact? How does one affect the other? A diverse response ensued. This show of painting, sculpture, books, mixed media & video is their answer. Some answer with further questions. Some answer with fierce proclamations. Some answer with quiet meditations on faith. Among these artists there is great concern about the narrowing gap between church and state and the apparent the corporatizing of both. There are many expressions of the message of faith broken by human action - there are also expressions of quiet faith and of transformation. The affects of 9/11, of the last two presidential elections, of the war in Iraq are all present. The acknowledgement of a deeper history is also in play Do come for a challenging evening with the arts. Susan Hensel BFA '72, U of Michigan Susan Hensel Gallery Susan Hensel Design, LLC 3441 Cedar Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55407 phone/fax 612 722-2324 http://www.susanhenseldesign.com Join the susanhenseldesign Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/susanhenseldesign/ --------16 of 21--------- From: Carrie Anne Johnson <v0teyourheart [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Belfry center 11.05 7pm Nov 5 - Grand opening of The Belfry Center for Social & Cultural Activities!!! Celebrate the grand opening of The Belfry Center for Social and Cultural Activities! The Belfry is a new collectively run community space in Minneapolis that is a collaboration between the Bat Annex Free School, Daybreak Newspaper, and local radical artists. Saturday November 5, 3753 Bloomington Avenue gallery opening at 7pm with food and drink and art by Belfry members music at 8pm with Eufio Spider Baby The Blackthorns Carrie Anne v0teyourheart [at] yahoo.com --------17 of 21--------- From: Coreopsis Poetry Collective <coreopsispoetry [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Coreopsis poetry 11.05 7pm Coreopsis Poetry Collective Presents an evening of poetry Saturday, November 5, 7pm Featuring: Rachel Moritz Heid Erdrich Kathleen Jesme Short open mic to follow at Black Dog Café 308 Prince Street lower town St. Paul coreopsispoetry [at] yahoo.com We exist to cultivate a community of diverse local artists and poets which integrates all art forms centered around poetry. --------18 of 21--------- Not as Crazy as Scalia, But Just as Bad Holy Alito! By ALEXANDER COCKBURN and JEFFREY ST. CLAIR CounterPunch November 2, 2005 Let's hear it for Protestant fundamentalists (American variety) yet again. Was there ever a more pragmatic bunch? After centuries of howling No Popery and denouncing the Whore of Rome, they're now trying to give us a US Supreme Court that will, in the probable event of Alito's confirmation, boast no fewer than five Roman Catholics, a clear majority: in order of arrival on the bench: Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Roberts and, most likely, Alito. You can see why the conservative Christians don't trust Protestants when it comes to matters of Choice or any of their other cherished issues. The two Protestants on the Supreme Court are the Justices they hate most: a liberal Republican, John Paul Stevens and a libertarian, David Souter. So Alito comes to us more or less from the same mold as Roberts: a tightly-wound Catholic in his mid-fifties, educated at an Ivy League school, seasoned in the Reagan Justice Department, specifically in the office of the Solicitor General, meaning that both Roberts and Alito were part of the core legal team pressing Reagan's counter-revolution against civil rights laws. They both ended up on the federal appeals court. One difference is that after his stint in the Solicitor General's office, Alito had sufficiently impressed the Reaganites to get appointed US Attorney for New Jersey, where he sharpened his claws as a federal prosecutor. There's been sedate talk in the mainstream press about Alito's legal caution, his sense of fairness, his steady temperament, his understated humor, his respect for the law as the executive instrument of fairness in American society. How anyone can come to this bizarre conclusion passes our understanding. Alito's record, from inside the prosecutor's office, his justice department briefs and in his judicial opinions, displays a rancid right-winger whose views fume with prejudice against the weak and the poor. Some samples of the "even-handed", "legally cautious" Alito: In 1986, Alito helped write a opinion that employers could legally fire AIDS victims because of a "fear of contagion, whether reasonable or not." Alito honed a new edge to the notion of strict constructionism by arguing that the employers were justified in so doing because discrimination based on insufficient medical knowledge was not prohibited by federal laws protecting the disabled. In other words, irrational popular hysteria (that for example you could get AIDS from touching a door knob also touched by an AIDS victim) was in Alito's view an entirely sound basis for breaching legal protections. Years later Alito was still defending this position, saying that the tide of science may have subverted the hysteria but nonetheless it hadn't shaken "our belief in the rightness of our opinion". Somewhat in the same vein, in 2001 Alito wrote a majority Appeals court opinion striking down a public school policy prohibiting harassment against gay students. Alito bluffly tore down the policy, saying it interfered with the First Amendment rights of other students to engage in "simple acts of teasing and name calling". In 2003, when Alito was serving on what the Washington Post bizarrely describes as "the left-leaning" Third Circuit, he actually managed to outflank Judge Michael Chertoff from the right. Chertoff, (now director of Homeland Security and noted defender of torture and of holding so-called enemy combatants, without access to attorneys or judicial review) wrote a majority opinion in Doe v. Groody ruling that a search warrant should be confined only to the person named on that warrant. Alito brushed such pettifogging notions aside, arguing for the minority opinion that the cops (in this case in Schuykill county, PA) would be severely hampered if they had to interpret any search warrant in its written terms, rather than having the power to infer that such warrants gave police the power to search anyone else with the misfortune to be in the vicinity. In the case under consideration, the Schuykill police had strip-searched not only the suspect but also a mother and her 10-year-old daughter who lived in the same house. Also in 2003 Alito wrote a majority opinion approving the conditions for probation laid down by the state of Delaware on a man who had pled guilty to possession of child pornography, said conditions being his agreement to undergo random polygraph tests. It's a prime function of the so-called "left-leaning" Third Circuit to attend to the interests of big business, massed in its Delaware corporate enclave. Here Alito joined Roberts in his deference to the Money Power, slashing away at the ability of stockholders to launch class action suits, or employees to litigate against racist treatment. In all, Judge Alito has issued 700 opinions, most of them on business/labor issues. All of these have been, in the opinion of the US Chamber of Commerce, home runs for the Business Team. In 2001 Alito wrote a majority opinion striking down an EPA order mandating that the W.R.Grace Company clean up drinking water that its fertilizer plant had poisoned in Lansing, Michigan. Alito said the EPA lacked a rational basis for imposing such a costly burden on the company. In a 1997 Appeals Court dissent Alito argued that a black housekeeping manager from Marriott, who claimed she'd been passed over for promotion for racial reasons, had no standing. To allow her to sue, Alito, wrote, was to allow " disgruntled employees to impose the cost of trial on employers who, although they have not acted with the intent to discriminate, may have treated their employees unfairly." There's no doubt that Alito is vehemently opposed to any woman's right to choose. As his 90-year old mother Rose snapped at reporters the day Bush nominated him, "Of course he's against abortion. Alito's 1991 Appeals Court minority opinion on abortion has been widely publicized, and rightly so. The issue before the Appeals Court was the constitutionality of a Pennsylvania law saying that a woman had to inform her spouse of an impending abortion. The actual case concerned a woman terrified that her abusive partner would beat her up if she so informed him. Alito's arguments were rejected by US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor who staked out her own ground with a tart dismissal: "The state may not give to a man the kind of dominion over his wife that parents exercise over their children." Liberals now girding themselves for a showdown over the nomination have an inconvenient skeleton to deal with. When New Jersey's two Democratic senators - Bradley and Lautenberg - glowingly ("an accomplished and distinguished lawyer") presented Alito to their colleagues on the Senate Judiciary committee in April 1990, the room hummed with good vibrations. Kennedy warmly praised President George H.W. Bush's nominee, and said he was "sure" Alito would be a successful judge. Though they had his record in the Solicitor General's office and as US Attorney before them the committee only asked Alito four questions, before voting to confirm. One of these piercing interrogatories went to Alito's 4-year old son, coyly (this was Kennedy) asking whether the lad thought his father was judicial timber. The Democrats claim they're going to battle Alito down to the wire, but the recent Roberts nomination casts a shadow over this pledge. Senator Leahy of Vermont, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, voted for Roberts and so did that hero of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, Feingold of Wisconsin. So if any effective undermining of Alito's nomination is to take place, it will probably come from Republican moderates, the political grouping that has no appetite for a knock-down fight on abortion. Bush needs just such a showdown, to give him a stronger political profile amid his current woes. The Democrats have Choice as almost their sole remaining issue and money raiser. But the Republican moderates who have to face the voters in the mid-term elections next year, know that this issue could mean the difference between victory and defeat. A majority of the American people have no desire to abolish a woman's right to choose. == [The fascist clock minute hand ticks another tick to midnight. Before the US is totally fascist, how about seceding from the parties that fail us? I have no faith in the national Dems to defend us. They will just shrug their shoulders and say, Well, I'm glad it's not ME they're coming to get today; too bad for everybody else, easy come easy go. And people wonder how it happened in Germany and Italy. -ed] --------19 of 21-------- Lying and the Culture of Life What Moral Values? By M. JUNAID ALAM CounterPunch November 2, 2005 Strong moral values, decency, propriety, and honesty: conservatives long ago declared these ideals essential to their belief system, achieving political ascendancy with promises of restoring honor to a government they view as tainted by liberal immorality and excess. A fine notion, indeed, but one question lingers: what happened? Barely a year into Bush's second term, the American political landscape is brimming with blatant examples of conservative deceit, dishonesty, cronyism, and hypocrisy. Foremost among these examples is Lewis Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's right-hand man, who has been indicted on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice, and making false statements before a grand jury. Not that this is cause for embarrassment among conservatives - indeed, many are relieved, pointing out that Libby is in trouble "only" for lying. It seems conservative standards on morality have slipped a bit. Of course, the Libby indictment is but the tip of the beast's horn. The larger case is about a vengeful administration that was bent on destroying an undercover CIA agent's career by leaking her name because her husband, Joseph Wilson, also a CIA agent, challenged shoddy evidence buttressing the case for war in Iraq. Let us forget for a moment the value of simple honesty. Let us forget also the importance of not undermining the nation's intelligence services when one's entire platform is "national security." What does this event tell us about the oft-invoked conservative call to "respect the culture of life," so often invoked in abortion debates? Let us not pander to fools: this war was, beyond a shadow of a doubt, based on manifest lies and exaggerations. Therefore, can anyone seriously claim that this administration showed even the slightest "respect" for the lives of the 2,000 American soldiers, or the lives countless Iraqi civilians now lost to the war's horrors? Most intriguing, then, is this "culture of life" - a culture which champions life when it does not yet exist, and abandons it when it does. Surely, however, could the Republican Party not redeem itself through its philosophy of Christian compassion? Apparently not. Congressional testimony two weeks ago revealed that when FEMA's sole representative in New Orleans - who was there only accidentally - found thousands of Americans stranded without food or shelter during the hurricane, he issued a desperate call for help to FEMA chief Michael Brown. Brown's aide replied - several hours later - with the following instructive example of compassionate conservatism in action: ""It is very important that time is allowed for Mr. Brown to eat dinner." The locale of choice? Baton Rouge. Marie Antoinette would have been impressed. Equally impressive is the Republican Party's idea of taking responsibility and not blaming others - a key conservative tenet - in the case of Tom Delay, the House majority leader indicted for pouring corporate money into Texas' 2002 state elections, which saw the reconfiguration of the state's congressional districts along even more pro-Republican lines. Censured three times in 2004 alone by the bipartisan House Ethics Committee, Delay nonetheless views the indictment as a kind of vast left-wing conspiracy, calling the prosecutor "an unabashed partisan zealot." Heaven forbid. It goes without saying that Republican contrition for any of the outrages outlined above is unlikely: the arsonists are running the firehouse, and they take great pride in fanning the flames. We would be sorely remiss, however, if we ignored the role of the Democrats in this affair. They have sat on their firehoses and idled their fire engines on key issues, enabling Republican misbehavior to go unchecked. Most Democrats, it must be remembered, voted in favor of granting Bush unprecedented war powers. And it was the "liberal" New York Times, with its neo-con pseudo-journalist Judith Miller at the helm, who led the drumbeat procession to invade Iraq based on the thinnest of lies. Naive liberal Democrats were also quite pleased to see conservatives break ranks during the Harriet Miers debacle, taking it as a sign of some kind of impending right-wing implosion. They apparently forgot the basic fact that it was the far right - not what passes for the left - that tore apart Miers' chances for judicial confirmation. Now, a staunch conservative, Alito, has been nominated and the "implosion" has disappeared into thin air. As usual, we can soon count on the usual "centrist" Democrats - those Klan-minus-costume-crats and heirs to the Dixiecrat legacy - to help vote Alito onto the bench. Thus, while conservative wrongdoing is obvious, liberals must take a long, hard look at their own party's role in producing the present state of affairs. Americans are told, after all, that there are two major parties, and that one is supposed to act in opposition to the other. A fine notion, indeed, but one question lingers: what happened? M. Junaid Alam, co-editor of Left Hook, can be reached at alam [at] lefthook.org --------20 of 21--------- [Leo's Lies] Lies of the Neocons: From Leo Strauss to Scooter Libby The Philosophy of Mendacity By JOHN WALSH CounterPunch November 2, 2005 All governments lie as I. F. Stone famously observed, but some governments lie more than others. And the neocon Bush regime serves up whoppers as standard fare every day. Why this propensity to lie? There are many reasons, but it is not widely appreciated that the neocons believe in lying on principle. It is the "noble" thing for the elite to do, for the "vulgar" masses, the "herd" will become ungovernable without such lies. This is the idea of the "noble lie" practiced with such success and boldness by Scooter Libby and his co-conspirators and concocted by the political "philosopher" Leo Strauss whose teachings lie at the core of the neoconservative outlook and agenda, so much so that they are sometimes called "Leocons." Leo Strauss (1899-1973) was a Jewish-German emigre from the Nazi regime who eventually landed at the University of Chicago where he developed a following that has achieved enormous prominence in American politics. Among his students were Paul Wolfowitz who has openly acknowledged that he is a follower of Straus as has the godfather of neconservatism, Irving Kristol. Irving Kristol begat William Kristol, the director of operation for the DC neocons, editor of the Weekly Standard and "chairman" of the Project for the New American Century, which laid out the plans for the Iraq War. (PNAC also opined in 2000 that a Pearl Harbor-like event would be necessary to take the country to war, and one year later, presto, we had the strange and still mysterious attack of September 11.) For his part Paul Wolfowitz begat Libby, in the intellectual sense, when he taught Libby at Yale. Others stars in the necon firmament are Richard Perle, Douglas Feith and lesser figures like Abram Shulsky, director of the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans, created by Donald Rumsfeld. Shulsky, also a student of Strauss, was responsible for fabricating the lies masquerading as intelligence that were designed to get the U.S. into the war on Iraq. While the neocons have a passion for the Likud party and Zionism, they also count among their number not a few pre-Vatican II Catholics and an assortment of cranks like Newt Gingrich and John Bolton and crypto fascists like Jeanne Kirkpatrick. The list goes on and Justin Raimondo has documented it in great detail over the years on Antiwar.com. But it is enough to note that Cheney's alter ego was Libby, and Rumsfeld's second in command until recently was Wolfowitz. So both Cheney, the de facto president with an apparently ill perfused cerebrum, and the geezer commanding the Pentagon have been managed by younger and very prominent Straussians for the past five years. A superb account of the ideas of Strauss, his followers and his influence is to be found in The Political Ideas of Leo Strauss (hereafter PI) and Leo Strauss and The American Right (hereafter AR), both by Shadia Drury, professor of politics at the University of Calgary. Her account of Strauss's ideas and the prominence they play in American politics today will give you chills or nausea, perhaps both. As she says in PI (p.xii), "Strauss is the key to understanding the political vision that has inspired the most powerful men in America under George W. Bush. In my view men who are in the grip of Straussian political ideas cannot be trusted with political power in any society, let alone a liberal democracy. This book explains why this is the case." For those who wish to understand the neocon agenda, Drury's books are essential reading. She is clear and thorough. Of pertinence to "Scooter's" case and the pack of lies he was concealing is Strauss's idea that a "philosopher elite" (i.e., Straussians) must rule. Moreover they must do so covertly. As someone remarked before last Friday, "Who ever heard of I. Lewis Libby?" a man who shunned the spotlight and operated behind the scenes. The reason for such covert rule, or cabal, is that the "vulgar" herd, as Strauss liked to call the rest of us, cannot appreciate "higher truths" such as the inevitability and necessity of wars in relations between states and even the utility of wars in governing a state. So the covert elite must be certain that myths like religion or the glory of the nation are not weakened for these are among the best ways to rule over the ignorant herd and lead it into war. (Note that the Straussians themselves are not religious. They are "above" religion, capable of dealing with tough truths like man's mortality. But in their view, religion is a crucial factor in governing in their view. Irving Kristol, following Strauss, tells us that religion is "far more important politically" than the Founding Fathers believed and that to rescue America it is necessary "to breathe new life into the older, now largely comatose religious orthodoxies." (AR, p. 148). Any religion will do - except perhaps Islam, which is more or less verboten, given the affinity of all leading neocons for Israel. Hence the neocons readily embrace the ideology and leadership of Christian fundamentalism which can keep the crowd under control and get them to march off to war and death. The neocons are mainly interested in foreign policy, as was Strauss, but in exchange for the support of the religious Right in foreign affairs, the neocons line up behind the domestic program of the fundamentalists. It's a win win situation, from their point of view. But useful lies of the grand sort like religious myth or blind nationalism need support by lesser lies at crucial moments. And so we go to the "smaller" lies like "weapons of mass destruction," the "smoking gun that comes in the form of the mushroom cloud." And here too the elite has a role to play. They are to use their "superior rhetorical skills" to make the weak argument seem stronger. In other words the cabal not only has to protect myths and manufacture lies but go to work in selling them. What Strauss called "rhetoric," we call spin. All of this comes down to one word: lying. But for Strauss, these lies are necessary for the smooth function of society and triumph of one's own nation in war. Hence for Strauss, the lie becomes "noble." This phrase Strauss borrows and distorts from Plato who meant by a "noble lie" a myth or parable that conveyed an underlying truth about morality or nature. But in Strauss's hands the "noble lie" becomes a way of deceiving the herd. Strauss's "noble lies are far from "noble." They are intended to "dupe the multitude and secure power for a special elite" (AR, p. 79). One other idea of Strauss's bears on the situation of "Scooter" Libby. How is the Straussian philosophical elite going to get from the halls of academe to the corridors of power? This depends on good luck and the "chance" encounter between the powerful and the Straussian. Here the contemporary neocons go beyond Strauss and leave nothing to chance. It would even appear that they look for the stupid, gullible or those who are mentally compromised. So William Kristol becomes Vice President Quayle's chief of Staff, and Libby becomes the right hand man to the addled Cheney as well as assistant to the Quayle-like Bush. And there are many more. Finally, Drury makes the point the Strauss and the neocons are not really conservative at all. They are radicals, at war with the entire modern enterprise which makes them turn to the ancients for their inspiration - and even there they need to distort the teachings of Socrates or Plato to make their case. But the Enlightenment comes to us with the advance of science to which Strauss is also hostile. He says that he is not against science as such "but popularized science or the diffusion of scientific knowledge. Science must remain the preserve of a small minority; it must be kept secret from the common man" (PI, p. 154). But this is impossible. Science by its very nature is a vast social enterprise requiring the widest possible dissemination of its findings. Any society that puts a lid on this will fail, and so by natural selection, the Straussian project is doomed to fail. But before that happens the Straussians can do a lot of damage. As Drury says, they "cannot be trusted with political power." But we can learn from them the importance of boldness, not in the pursuit of the "noble lie" but of the truth. And we must be certain that we are vigorous as we hunt them down and get them out of power. In that effort Shadia Drury has done us a great service. John Walsh can be reached at jvwalshmd [at] gmail.com. He thanks Gary Leupp a regular on CounterPoint.com for pointing him to Shadia Drury's books. --------21 of 21-------- Neo Leo lies. CEO's buy low. Theo's fly high. 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