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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2006 03:41:09 -0800 (PST)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 02.24.06 1. Against forgetting 2.24 9am/6pm 2. Silenced voices 2.24 9am 3. Court watch 2.24 10am 4. Counter recruit 2.24 12noon 5. Harlem/film 2.24 1:30pm/7pm 6. Palestine vigil 2.24 4:15pm 7. Impacted nations 2.24 5pm 8. Ciudad/City/film 2.24 6pm 9. Venezuela/rev/film 2.24 6pm 10. Italy/youth/film 2.24-3.02 7:30pm 11. US empire/play 2.24 8pm 12. Why we fight/film 2.24 time? 13. Floodwall scam 2.24 time? 14. Gotama/play 2.24 time? 15. Toxic Harrison 2.25 9:30am 16. Guatemala/rights 2.25 10am 17. WAMM annual meet 2.25 10am 18. Green Party/what 2.25 11am 19. Permaculture 2.25 1pm 20. Northtown vigil 2.25 1pm 21. YAWR/metro-wide 2.25 2pm 22. SpiritRoad/AM950 2.25 3pm 23. Hwy55/film 2.25 7pm 24. World can't wait 2.25 7pm 25. Race/justice/TV 2.25 8pm 26. Znet - Interviews Michael Parenti about The Culture Struggle 27. Doug Thompson - Cheney was drunk when he shot lawyer 28. ed - The unbearable flightness of bleating (poem) ---------1 of 28-------- From: Melis <berkana63 [at] worldnet.att.net> Subject: Against forgetting 2.24 9am/6pm Please join Intermedia Arts and Arts Midwest on February 24th and 25th for several special events with photographers Paul Corbit Brown, Abdi Roble and Mike Rosen whose work is currently on display as part of Intermedia Arts' current exhibition, "Against Forgetting: Beyond Genocide and Civil War." Doug Rutledge, writer for the Somali Documentary Project, will also be present throughout the weekend. "Against Forgetting" features Paul Corbit Brown's images of Rwanda, eleven years post-genocide, as well as Abdi Roble's works documenting contemporary Somali life in the US - part of the Somali Documentary Project. The third component of the show includes Mike Rosen's photographs of European memorials to the Jewish Holocaust. This exhibition puts a human perspective on the outcome of genocide and the assimilation of a community in the aftermath of civil war. It hopes to bring to light the devastation and brutality of crimes against humanity that only come by the hands of we humans. What have we learned from the human catastrophes of years past and how do they relate to what is happening in the world now? The work represents three different artists and their perspectives. Some of the work may be shocking and some comforting. As with most of our work, Intermedia Arts hopes to juxtapose and interconnect ideas along with artistic expression and bring together people in new and/or unique ways in order to enter into a dialogue about who we are and how we function together. www.intermediaarts.org www.paulcorbitbrown.com www.somaliproject.org www.mikerosenphotos.com Friday, Feb 24 9am-2pm Gallery tours artists for students with artists at Intermedia Arts Abdi Roble, Doug Rutledge and Paul Corbit Brown will be present to meet with pre-arranged student groups between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm. Please contact Melis Arik at 612 874-2809 for further information. 6-8:30pm Evening reception and slide show at Neighborhood House Please join us for an informal reception with Abdi Roble and Doug Rutledge beginning at 6pm. At 6:30, Abdi will share slides of his recent visit to the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya and will provide an update on the situation of Somali refugees in Kenya. Abdi will additionally share work from his ongoing documentation of the Somali community in Columbus, Ohio. Neighborhood House is located at 179 Robie St East, St Paul. Please RSVP by contacting Intermedia Arts at (612) 871-4444 or email info [at] IntermediaArts.org --------2 of 28-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: Silenced voices 2.24 9am February 24 - VIDEO REPLAY of "Silenced Voices" Conference. VIDEO REPLAY of "Silenced Voices: The Constitutionality and Legality of Felon Disenfranchisement Provisions" conference, which took place at the University of Minnesota Law School on Saturday, January 28, 2006 beginning at 9 a.m. The conference/CLE explored racial disparities with regard to incarceration. The program schedule is set forth below. There will be video replays at the Law School on Friday February 10th and 24th and March 31st, 2006. We will be applying for 5.6 CLE/CJE credit hours with 1.0 hour eligible for Elimination of Bias credit. The program break down is as follows: 9:00 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. - Welcome and brief description of the facts and procedural posture of Johnson v. Governor of State of Florida, 405 F. 3d 1214 (11th Cir. 2005). 9:10 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. - Overview: Felon Disenfranchisement and Democracy. Prof. Christopher Uggen, Associate Chair, University of Minnesota, Department of Sociology. 9:50 a.m. to Noon - Silenced Voices: Panelists will examine the legal, constitutional, societal and policy-making implications of felon disenfranchisement provisions; measures that have been taken to address them, e.g. executive orders, legislation; and litigation that has challenged them, e.g. Johnson v. Governor of State of Florida; Muntaqim v. Coombe , 366 F. 3d 102 (2nd Cir. 2004) and Farrakhan v. Washington, 338 F. 3d 1009 (9th Cir. 2003). The panel will consist of: Catherine Weiss, Associate Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. The Brennan Center represents the plaintiff s class in the Johnson v. Governor of State of Florida; Art Eisenberg Litigation Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. The NYCLU submitted an Amicus brief in support of the Plaintiff s position in Muntaqim v. Coombe ; Rep. Keith Ellison of the Minnesota House of Representatives. The author of legislation to restore the voting rights of people who have been convicted of felonies and who are on probation or parole; Gary Dickey, Jr., General Counsel and Policy Advisor to Governor Tom Vilsack of Iowa who by executive order restored the voting rights of ex-felons in Iowa; Marc Mauer, Executive Director, Sentencing Project, Washington DC; and Clinical Prof. Carl M. Warren, faculty advisor to the University of Minnesota Law School s Wm. E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition, will moderate the panel. Noon to 1:00 p.m. Lunch break (on your own) 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Catherine Weiss , Esq. will discuss the standards and appropriate legal analysis of the 14th Amendment and Voting Rights Act issues in Johnson v. Governor of State of Florida. 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Marc Mauer author of Race To Incarcerate and Invisible Punishment will examine the staggering racial disparity in incarceration. The conference is being offered in conjunction with the Twenty-First Annual William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition. This year 's competition case is Johnson v. Governor of State of Florida, 405 F. 3d 1214 (11th Cir. 2005) a class action initiated in Florida which asserts that the state constitutional provision that denies ex-felons the right to vote violates the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and 2 of the Voting Rights Act. Thirty-six teams from law schools across the country are submitting briefs and will argue orally at the law school March 2, 3, and 4, 2006. Location: University of Minnesota Law School, 229 19th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55455 --------3 of 28-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] minn.net> Subject: Court watch 2.24 10am COURT WATCH OPPORTUNITY Thomas Evenstad Friday, February 24, 10am Federal Courthouse 300 S. 4th Street, Minneapolis Thomas Evenstad was arrested on a probable cause hold. He never even knew what he was being held for and had never been to jail. That night, he was placed in a cell with several other inmates who would not allow him to sleep in the bunk the deputy had designated for him and intimidated him into sleeping on a mattress on the floor. The next morning, a deputy came in and screamed at him as he rolled up his bedding. That deputy forced Evenstad to remove his clothes and then took him out of the cell and began beating him. The deputy was joined by others, including a supervisor, who also beat and verbally abused him. When Evenstad threatened to complain to the media, he was put into a cold isolation room, still naked and without bedding, and left there for a day. After that, he was moved to the hole. While there, he was beaten multiple times and when he pushed the emergency button or attempted to get medical care for his injuries he was sentenced to even longer periods in the hole. He was also harassed nightly with deputies taunting him over a loudspeaker. All of this was witnessed by other inmates. It appears that these tactics were used to prevent him from accessing the telephone and from having his injuries documented. One nurse has come forward to admit that jailhouse nurses were told to change their documentation to back up the deputies and reduce liability. Injustice within the "justice system" is not confined to police brutality and misconduct. It happens in the jails and it happens in the courts. But we can stop it by exposing it to the light of day. This case is an important effort to bring conditions at the jail--where people are literally in the belly of the beast--into public view. It deserves your support. --------4 of 28-------- From: sarah standefer <scsrn [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Counter recruit 2.24 12noon Counter Recruitment Demonstration Our Children Are Not Cannon Fodder Fridays NOON-1 Recruiting Office at the U of M At Washington and Oak St. next to Chipolte for info call Barb Mishler 612-871-7871 --------5 of 28-------- From: valentina barnes <valbarnes2001 [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Harlem/film 2.24 1:30pm/7pm February 24: I'll Make Me a World, volume 3, spotlights the Harlem Renaissance, with Langston Hughs, Zora Neale Hurston, women blues singers and the New Negro in politics. Two screenings, Noon-1:30pm & 7-8:30pm (One hour films will be followed by refreshments & conversations) East Side Neighborhood Services 1700 Second Street NE BLACK HISTORY MONTH FREE FILM SERIES For Information and directions call 612-781-6011 or visit our web site at www.esns.org --------6 of 28-------- From: peace 2u <tkanous [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Palestine vigil 2.24 4:15pm Every Friday Vigil to End the Occupation of Palestine 4:15-5:15pm Summit & Snelling, St. Paul There are now millions of Palestinians who are refugees due to Israel's refusal to recognize their right under international law to return to their own homes since 1948. --------7 of 28-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Impacted nations 2.24 5pm Subject: Native Harvest & HonortheEarth invite you to a Native Art Exhibit Please join Honor the Earth and American Indian Neighborhood Development Corporation and Native Harvest. February 24, 5-9pm for the Minneapolis opening of Impacted Nations. Food and beverage will be provided. <http://newsletter.welrp.org/assets/ImpactedNations3.gif> American Indian Neighborhood Development Corporation 113 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis 612-870-7555 Haunting and hopeful "Impacted Nations" illustrates environmental devastation and solutions Honor the Earth exhibit opens with reception on Friday, February 24 Minneapolis - "Impacted Nations," an exhibit that illuminates the intersection between American Indian artists and environmental concerns, opens at Ancient Traders Gallery, 1113 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, February 24. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit, currently traveling across the United States, is a creation of Minneapolis-based Honor the Earth, a national Native American foundation and political advocacy organization. The tour was launched at the Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York City in October. With more than fifty pieces of artwork spanning the continent, the exhibit portrays a conflict: the cultural and spiritual relationship of Native peoples to their land versus the economic forces that undermine that relationship and American Indian ways of life. "This nation's appetite for energy devastates Native land with energy developments that destroy the entire web of life," said Janeen Antoine, exhibit curator. "The artists' collective works articulate a broad view - of the dark realities of dirty energy and of the hopeful vision for tribal wind and solar power. The exhibit encourages Native nations to be leaders in developing the alternative energy resources so abundantly provided." Through a stunning array of styles and mediums, the art illustrates the havoc wreaked on Native communities by dams, oil exploration, coal mining, logging and nuclear power. The contemporary fine art and traditional art of Native peoples in remote villages, reservation towns, border communities and urban centers imbue the show with a passionate voice. From the unsettling "Copper Mother" by Cameron Chino (Quechan) to the fluid beauty of Blake Debassige's (Obijwe/Mchigeeng) "Mother Earth's Presence" to the overpowering forces of "Modern Day Indian" by Star Wallowing Bull (Ojibwe/Arapaho), the art captivates even as it underscores the land, water and air laid to waste. "The exhibit is in Minnesota because, historically, tribes here have been impacted by utility companies and energy development," said Winona LaDuke, Executive Director of Honor the Earth. "Through Impacted Nations, Honor the Earth is working to inform people about the negative impacts of energy policy and offer a solution for the future. For example, on White Earth Reservation we are one of the windiest reservations in the state, and we have just received a congressional energy bill appropriation of $1 million for a wind turbine. The exhibit features a number of regional artists, including Minnesota's Jim Denomie (Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) and Star Wallowing Bull (Ojibwe/Arapaho). Following the exhibit at Ancient Traders Gallery, "Impacted Nations" travels to Santa Fe's Institute of American Indian Art, the largest American Indian art museum in the country. Ancient Traders Gallery is committed to the presentation of dynamic American Indian art as well as informing viewers about issues relevant to American Indians. AINDC is co-sponsoring the exhibit, a project of Honor the Earth, a national Native American foundation and political advocacy organization based in Minneapolis. Ancient Traders Gallery is one of the exhibit's venues on a national tour that was launched at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York City, in October 2005. "Impacted Nations" runs through April 15, 2006. --------8 of 28-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Ciudad/City/film 2.24 6pm Feb 24 (Fri 6pm. Resource Center of the Americas 3019 Minnehaha Ave Mpls) La Ciudad (The City) English/Spanish. Film about four Latin American undocumented immigrants who arrie in New York City with hopes to earn and send money to their family. They come to realize that New York offers little. Will these characters fulfill their dreams? --------9 of 28-------- From: Daena Lower <daenalower [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Venezuela/rev/film 2.24 6pm An Introduction to the Venezuelan Revolution: A Presentation and Discussion on the film "Venezuela Bolivariana" Waite House (2529 13th Ave. S. in Minneapolis) Friday, February 24th at 6pm This 76-minute documentary by Venezuelan film maker Marcelo Andrade examines the Venezuelan Revolution as connected to the worldwide movement against capitalist globalization. The main theme is how the Bolivarian Revolution, thanks to its incredible grassroots and networking power, transcends the national frontiers of Venezuela and contributes with concrete alternatives in the fight against neoliberal capitalism. Covering the period from the 1989 "Caracazo" to the April 2002 coup against Chavez and beyond, this is a must-see film and an excellent introduction to what is happening today in Venezuela. A discussion on the film and recent events in Venezuela will follow. We will also be reporting on the upcoming Venezuela Solidarity Conference to be held in Washington, DC on March 4-6. Help us send a delegation to this important meeting! Sponsored by Hands Off Venezuela and the Minnesota-Venezuela Committee For more information, or to join our Twin Cities mailing list, please contact msp [at] ushov.org or call 651-373-7609 www.handsoffvenezuela.org / www.ushov.org --------10 of 28--------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Italy/youth/film 2.24-3.02 7:30pm THE BEST OF ITALY IN "BEST OF YOUTH" -- HELD OVER! AT THE OAK STREET CINEMA, FEB. 24-March 2 Twin Cities fans of Italian culture and cinema will get another chance to see one of the film gems of the decade this month, the outstanding, multilayered family saga Best of Youth, picked as the ³best film of the year² by New York Times critic A.O. Scott (the best ³by far², he said). The acclaimed epic, directed by Marco Tullio Giordana, follows two brothers, free-spirited Nicola, played by Italyıs current screen heart-throb Luigi Lo Cascio, and his introverted and idealist brother Matteo (Alessio Boni) as they live through the personalities and politics of historyıs shifting tides (the student youth movements of the Sixties, the Arno floods of '66, the terrorist Red Brigades, the murder of Premier Aldo Moro and the Berlusconi era). Best of Youth will be shown in two, three-hour parts (with separate admission): Part I: 7:30pm Fri, Sat. Mon. 3:30pm Sun. Part II: 7:30pm Sun. Tues. Wed, Thurs. The Oak Street Cinema is located at 309 Oak Street SE, at the corner of Oaks and Washington in Stadium Village. Parking is available in area ramps, and on street. Admission is $8.00 general, $6.50 seniors, and $5.00 for Minnesota Film Arts members. Check the MFA website at www.mnfilmarts.org for a special advance ticket offer for both shows (in Italian with English subtitles) --------11 of 28-------- From: Jess Sundin <jess [at] antiwarcommittee.org> Subject: US empire/play 2.24 8pm TO SHINING SEA: The Imperial American History Pageant - Benefit showing for AWC & AWOL FRIDAY 2/24 @ 8pm @ Bedlam Theatre, 514-1/2 Cedar Ave S, Mpls. Tickets $15. When did the U. S. of A., freedom-loving pinnacle of democracies, become a Global Empire? It didn't happen overnight. TO SHINING SEA charts the evolution of American Imperialism through 500 years of history using the words of our fearsome leaders alongside centuries of popular wisdom, buried histroy, and oft-fogotten facts in a fast-moving satirical spectacular. Opening night is a benefit for the Anti-War Committee and the Anti-War Organizing League. (Show runs through Sunday, March 5th.) More info at www.bedlamtheatre.org. --------12 of 28-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Why we fight/film 2.24 time? WHY WE FIGHT:thriller expose of corporate militarism by Lydia Howell advance from PULSE, your grassroots alternative newspaper of the TC Director Eugene Jarecki takes documentaries and turns them into detective stories. His last film, "The Trials of Henry Kissinger," pursued Richard Nixon's right-hand man of foreign policy, who's been accused of (but, not yet tried for) war crimes for his role in American polices in Central America. His new film "Why We Fight" - this year's Grand Jury Prize-winner at Sundance - explores a maze of neoconservative think tanks, weapons 'trade shows,' corporate power, the Pentagon, politicians and their critics. Jarecki's inspiration was Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose 1960 farewell speech,(shown in the film) gravely and presciently warned of a "military-industrial complex." "Eisenhower had extraordinary courage on that last night. No American president, before or since, has spoken as honestly on ANY subject to the American people - let alone on war," Jarecki observes with obvious admiration. "Eisenhower was a general in WWII and was feeling, as president, forces had been unleashed that were eroding the heart of our democracy. Forces he called the 'military-industrial-complex' represented a new unwarranted influence in American policy that had to be watched very vigilantly." Jarecki interviews people in the know from military historian Gwynne Dyer to a retired officer from the Office of Special Plans which "fixed intelligence" to sell the war in Iraq. He puts two worldviews side-by-side: that of neo-conservatives such as Richard Perl, of the Project for a New American Century, and Bill Kristol, editor of the conservative magazine Commentary) and critics like the irascible Gore Vidal and Chalmers Johnson, author of "Blowback," the New York Times bestseller that exposed American support for Osama bin Laden in the 1980s. Jarecki visited the Twin Cities in late January, just as negotiations with the Ford truck plant concluded, providing a parallel to the corporate might his film exposes. "I saw politicans running to talk to Ford about those jobs and those jobs aren't going to be cut in this state - for now. Think of the incredible panic that swept through that place! That's the degree of power these corporations have over our lives. I saw it in Washington," Jarecki says. "Our Founding Fathers did not foresee that kind of control over our political leaders ... that political leaders would please corporate interests because of the power of money." This is no "talking head" movie. Jarecki, with wit and deep feeling, artfully interweaves archival footage from WWII and the Cold War, weapons manufacturers promotional films and 4th of July parades. He goes to weapons factories and documents the U.S. military budget to create a horrifying realization: War is good for Big Business. "Ordinary citizens" - small town parents, youth, the blue-collar workers who build missiles - ponder the question the film's title presents. We see how their patriotism, loyalty to our troops, fear and confusion is manipulated to support the military slaughter that continues, through pork barrel politics, to produce huge profits. "The term the defense companies use is 'political engineering,'" Jarecki explains when discussing how the B2 bomber has at least one part made in all 50 states. "You want to make sure everyone is in on the action. It's legalized bribery." While Jarecki is a tenacious investigator, "Why We Fight" is most powerful for the human portraits he presents. Two elite Stealth bomber fighter pilots describe their pre-invasion mission to assassinate Saddam Hussein. Even though we know the mission failed, it's still suspenseful. Closer to home, Jarecki shows us William Solomon, a 20-year-old joining the U.S. Army. "William's thoughts are very dramatic and gripping - and very familiar to underprivileged Americans who are being subjected to a backdoor draft. As for providing employment, William will do BETTER in the military than he would elsewhere - if he survives it," Jarecki pauses, as if wondering how Solomon is doing, now deployed to Iraq. "This is a dark, dark statement for any society when the best job young people can get is a job when they may have to die themselves or kill someone." Most searing is William Sekzer, a Vietnam veteran, retired New York City police officer and grieving father who lost his son in the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11. "I heard a quote. A woman loses a husband, she's a widow. A man loses his wife, he's a widower. A child who loses their parents is an orphan. But we have no word for a parent who's lost a child. It's indescribable. That always struck me with William Sekzer." Jarecki is sober. "He represents the journey Americans are making in their understanding: how to participate in love of their country and holding on to what we hold dear." This father's journey is so profound and takes such unexpected turns, this writer won't reveal more, except to say that experiencing William Sekzer alone makes "Why We Fight" worth the price of admission. "Why We Fight" is a primer on American corporate militarism that should be required viewing. From almost 50 invasions - overt and covert - since WWII through the current "war on terror," Jarecki eviscerates the "patriotic" sloganeering that keeps recruiting more young people to be cannon fodder. With Lockheed Martin (which makes fighter jets) now a corporate underwriter for PBS, this may be your only chance to see this urgent film. Classic movie fans and WWII history buffs will recognize that "Why We Fight" shares its title with Frank Capra's WWII-booster series, which Jarecki says have been "undersold" as "propaganda." "Capra always defended the little guy. "It's A Wonderful Life" is basically George Bailey protecting his town from Wal-Mart! He made "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington," where Jefferson Smith vows to stand until his feet drop from under him to save his little creek from special interests," Jarecki declares. "Capra's WWII films took his concern for democracy global. He asked Americans to stand up and defend democracy as it was imperiled at that time." "Likewise, in my film, I'm asking Americans to stand up and fight because our democracy is in peril here at home from forces degrading the heart of what we hold dear," Jarecki concludes. "These are the forces we were warned about by Eisenhower. Big business could trump ideals we should live by. I take seriously warnings from the grave of history." WHY WE FIGHT, opens FRI.Feb. ONE WEEK ONLY, 24 at the Uptown Theatre,on Hennepin Ave. South @ Lagoon, uptown MInneapolis (612)825-6006 --------13 of 28-------- From: Jane Prince <jprince71 [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Floodwall scam 2.24 time? MAC will find out Friday whether or not it gets to build a 5,000-foot sheet metal piling along our downtown waterfront in order to facilitate increased air traffic over St. Paul's downtown and our neighborhoods. Most cities aren't volunteering to sacrifice their quality of life to the MAC and the FAA. Just ask the cities of Bloomington, Eagan, Richfield, Moundsview and MInneapolis how good a neighbor MAC has been to their communities. Got a complaint against MAC or the FAA? You can move. Visionary mayors like Chicago's Richard Daley bull-dozed his city's downtown corporate airport to make way for a park because he viewed planes landing near the urban core as poor land use as well as a security risk after 9/11. R.T. Rybak arguably is mayor of Minneapolis today because he fought back against the MAC's devastation of the quality of life in South Minneapolis. Our city is at a significant crossroads of whether to give into the MAC or to preserve and protect our Mississippi River environment and St. Paul's precious quality of life. --------14 of 28-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] HOTMAIL.COM> Subject: Gotama/play 2.24 time? 2/24 to 3/26, various times, Heart of the Beast theater presents "Gotama" about a pampered prince names Siddhatta Gotama who wanders outside his palace to discover the sick and the dead and eventually becomes the Buddha, $15, 1500 E Lake, Mpls www.heartofthebeasttheatre.org --------15 of 28-------- From: Annie Annie <annie [at] hnampls.org> Subject: Toxic Harrison 2.25 9:30am What's in the Air here in Harrison? Smells and Odors, Headaches, Asthma Do you have asthma, runny noses, eyes burning? Are you concerned about chemicals in your life? With 3 Superfund sites, surrounded by freeways, a downtown incinerator and several industrial businesses we wonder what they are putting into our air here in the neighborhood? Have your questions answered by an expert - Toxic Hazards and the Harrison Community Guest Speaker: Dr. William Toscano A researcher/toxicologist at the Univ. of MN School of Public Health Dr. Toscano will address the exotic medley of synthetic chemicals that individually and in concert exert sometimes deleterious effect on animal and human life. Dr. Toscano has a particular interest in environmental justice issues. February 25, Saturday 9:30-11:30am At Harrison Neighborhood Board Room 503 Irving Ave. N. (in the park building) "Lite" refreshments For further info, call Annie @ 612-374-4849 --------16 of 28-------- From: Mary Turck <mturck [at] americas.org> Subject: Guatemala/rights 2.25 10am Saturday, February 25 Human Rights in Guatemala [Part of weekly coffee hour series, with a talk by a featured speaker and discussion. Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m. $4 includes first cup of coffee. Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis 55406 FFI: 612-276-0788] Caren Weisbart will speak about her experiences as an accompanier with the Guatemala Accompaniment Project and her work with fair trade coffee growers. --------17 of 28-------- From: wamm <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: WAMM annual meet 2.25 10am Women Against Military Madness 2006 Annual Meeting. Saturday, February 25, 10am-2pm. St. Joan of Arc Church 4537 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis. Featuring Sparkling Comedy Performance by recent Minneapolis mayorial candidate and anti-war activist Farheen Hakeem, and Riveting Talk: "Is Peace Possible with Capitalism?" by economic analyst and WAMM Board member Karen Redleaf. Plus, Wanda Brown and Phyllis Golden, M.D. singing "The WAMM Annual Report." Brunch served. Iraqi art for sale. Nothing stuffy or boring here. This is going to be a great, knock-your-socks off meeting. DON'T MISS IT!!! Please bring: a book to share, with a note about why you want to share it and friends who might be interested in joining WAMM. A WAMM action follows the meeting! FFI: Call WAMM at 612-827-5364. --------18 of 28-------- From: Stephen Eisenmenger <stephen [at] mngreens.org> Subject: Green Party/what? 2.25 11am BLOOMINGTON -- Getting to know the Green Party Saturday, February 25 11am-1pm 8800 Penn Ave. S. Bloomington (952) 847-5800 AGENDA: --History and structure of the Green Party --Activities and needs of the party. --General discussion. Snacks will be provided --------19 of 28--------- From: Lynne Mayo <lynnne [at] usfamily.net> Subject: Permaculture 2.25 1pm Building Our Bioregional Community (Part IV) Saturday, February 256 - 1-5pm 2420 17 Av S Minneapolis (home of LLEN Mayo) 612-722-7356 - LLEN [at] usfamily.net AGENDA-JOIN US FOR ANY OF FOUR SESSIONS: Session 1--1-1:40pm ~~ Discussion of the theory and practice of PERMACULTURE* For those new to PERMACULTURE who want to know. Practitioner share their knowledge Session 2 --1:45-2:10pm ~~ Land, Gardens, Trees, Urban PERMACULTURE, Training, Library, Networks, Midwest PERMACULTURE Group, May Day Project, Funding Break Session 3 - Donıt miss this part!!! 2:30>4:00 Ken Meter Speaks (...and answers questions) Sustainability Indicators for the Twin Cities from a master practitioner Ken Meter, president of Crossroads Resource Center in Minneapolis, holds 35 years experience in community capacity building as a researcher, educator, journalist, and administrator. As coordinator of public process and indicator selection for the Minneapolis Sustainability Plan, he led the definition of a long-term vision and indicators for the city. He has taught at the University of Minnesota and Metropolitan State University. Break Session 4: 4:30-5:00 Earth Community Fellowship - a proposal Design community based on the values and principles of PERMACULTURE, and including Conflict Resolution/Respectful criticism-self criticism/Gratitude//Mindfulness Introductory Remarks by Lynne Mayo, who will also briefly review the book by Dave Foreman, "Rewilding North America" See you Saturday! DESIGN PRINCIPLES: Observe and interact, Catch and Store Energy, Obtain a Yield, Apply Self-regulation and Accept Feedback, Use and Value Renewable Resources/Services, Produce No Waste, Design from Patterns to Details, Integrate rather than Segregate, Use Small & Slow solutions, Use & Value Diversity, Use Edges and Value the Marginal, Creatively Use and Respond to Change SPECIES EXTINCTION: ³Soon a millennium will end. With it will pass four billion years of evolutionary exuberance. yes, some species will survive, particularly the smaller, tenacious ones living in places far too dry and cold for us to farm or graze. yet we must face the fact that the Cenozoic, the Age of Mammals, which has been in retreat since the catastrophic extinctions of the late Pleistocene is over, and that the "Anthropozoic", or "Catastrophozoic" has begun." Michael Soule --------20 of 28-------- From: Lennie <major18 [at] comcast.net> Subject: Northtown vigil 2.25 1pm We will now be peace vigiling EVERY SATURDAY from 1-2pm at the at the southeast corner of the intersection of Co. Hwy 10 and University Ave NE in Blaine, which is the northwest most corner of the Northtown Mall area. This is a MUCH better location. We'll have extra signs. Communities situated near the Northtown Mall include: Blaine, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Spring Lake Park, Fridley, and Coon Rapids. For further information, email major18 [at] comcast.net or call Lennie at 763-717-9168 --------21 of 28-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: YAWR/metro-wide 2.25 2pm Metro-wide YAWR meeting *** please send representatives from your school *** Saturday, February 25 2pm Resource Center of the Americas 3019 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis (Lake and Minnehaha, near Lake St. light rail stop and #21 bus) Downstairs in Victor Jara Meeting Room *** If you need a ride, or have other questions, call Ty at 612-760-1980 At the last couple metro-wide meetings of Youth Against War and Racism some bold and ambitious initiatives were agreed to. We are planning to organize a "Youth Bloc" protest at a military recruitment station on March 18th, the third anniversary of the U.S. attack on Iraq, and then an even larger walkout on April 28th. Already we held a successful concert fundraiser last Saturday, and another is planned at the Triple Rock on March 12th. New chapters of YAWR have formed at Central High and Great River schools in St. Paul, and more and more community groups are offering their support to YAWR. So we have a lot on our plate to make happen, and this week's meeting will be very important. Please make sure to send a representative from your school! -Ty --------22 of 28-------- From: Burt Berlowe <bberlowe [at] mn.rr.com> Subject: SpiritRoad/AM950 2.25 3pm Local union organizing of child care workers will be the theme of a new hour-long radio show called "Spirit Road," that will debut in the Twin Cities Saturday, February 25, on AM 950 (Air America), at 3pm. According to the creators and co-hosts of the program, Rick Bernardo and Burt Berlowe, Spirit Radio will travel to places where spirituality and social change meet while featuring stories, songs, humor and the voices of ordinary people being extraordinary." The show will air the fourth Saturday of each month. It is in need of sponsors, advertisers, volunteers and people to listen and call in their comments. The first show will highlight the work of AFSCME Local #5 in unionizing child care workers around the state featuring interviews with organizers and day care employees. Listener call-ins are welcome. You can learn more about the show by going to the website: www.spiritroadradio.net. <http://www.spiritroadradio.net.or/> or by contacting the co-hosts: Rick at 612-824-7176, or Burt at 612-722-1504. --------23 of 28-------- From: Northern Sun <info [at] northernsun.com> Subject: Hwy55/coldwater/film 2.25 7pm You're invited to the premiere film screening and fundraiser for Coldwater Nation: Stories of Reverence and Resistance, a work-in-progress speaking truth to power about Coldwater Spring - the birthplace of Minnesota. This feature documentary, produced by Jon Carlson, Anne Follett, Scott Cramer and Jim Gambone, is scheduled to be released at the Minneapolis International Film Festival in April 2006. It is currently in active, post-production. Coldwater Nation reveals how an unlikely coalition that included a younger generation committed to living lightly on the Earth, mainstream neighborhood residents just wanting to keep their homes, and the descendants of Little Crow, willing to put their lives on the line to preserve sacred lands and a valuable water resource - Coldwater Spring, created the largest outdoor Urban Encampment in Minnesota history. This story asks us to consider how we impart and preserve ourselves amidst conflicting cultures. For example, what happens when the ability of people to exercise their right to protest, comes in direct conflict with state power, particularly when it exercises eminent domain or decides to build a highway? This story is layered with deeper questions about the human spirit - a moving narrative that forces each one of us to ask important moral and ethical questions about our own lives and the survival of this planet. Please join us for screening and fundraiser house party. The film will last 20 minutes, and will be followed by a presentation on Coldwater Nation, with time for discussion. COME JOIN US AT 7PM ON SATURDAY NITE, FEB.25TH AT THE HOME OF SCOTT AND REBECCA CRAMER 3148 29TH AVE SO, MPLS 612 724 8864 [ Participants will be invited to make a charitable donation to Coldwater Nation. Suggested donation $25. Checks should be written to Oak Folk Films. Donations can be made tax-deductible by making checks out to IFP (Independent Film Project) and writing "Oak Folk Films" in the memo line. Your contribution will allow this film to be finished for its feature-length theatrical debut in the spring. Any donations that exceed expenses will go to the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota peoples. www.coldwaternation.org * 952-472-3379 * pointsofview [at] earthlink.net --------24 of 28-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] HOTMAIL.COM> Subject: World Can't Wait 2.25 7pm Saturday, 2/25, 7 pm, St. Paul organizing meeting of World Can't Wait, 137 Fairview Ave N #4, St. Paul. tristansmum35 [at] gmail.com or 651-340-7172. --------25 of 28-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Race/justice/TV 2.25 8pm Criminal Records, Race and Justice tpt17 Saturday, Feb 25 at 8pm An overview of the conflicting perspectives on the subject of public access to criminal records, with a focus on the ethical and racial bias issues that arise. Professor Arthur Miller of Harvard will lead a panel of very diverse and opposing viewpoints through a discussion of what criminal justice records should be public and when, from a legal and ethical perspective. --------26 of 28--------- Interviewing Michael Parenti about The Culture Struggle ZNet 1) Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book, THE CULTURE STRUGGLE is about? What is it trying to communicate? Parenti: "Culture" refers to the entire panorama of conventional beliefs and practices within any society. But it has long occurred to me that what we call "culture" is not just a set of practices, mores, and beliefs, the "innocent accretion of past solutions," as an anthropologist once said. Much of culture is certainly that, but culture is also a politically charged component of the social order, mediated through institutions and groups that have quite privileged vested interests. Culture should be thought of as a changing process, the product of a dynamic interplay - even serious struggle - between a wide range of social and political interests. To understand a society we need to understand the problem of culture as well as that of power. And, conversely, to understand culture we also need to take note of how power is used in society, toward what end and for whose benefit and at whose cost. I draw from cultures from around the world in the hope of demonstrating how beliefs and practices are subjected to manipulation by dominant interests, and how cultures are instruments of social power. Many parts of modern culture are being commodified, that is, packaged and sold to those who can pay. Folk culture is giving way to a corporate market culture. Art, science, medicine, psychiatry, and even marriage have been used as instruments of cultural control across the centuries. I deal with all this in the book. Powerful interests also employ racism, sexism, and class supremacy to maintain their existing politico-economic rule. These too I treat. Culture is both something to be controlled by ruling interests, and is itself an instrument of domination. In THE CULTURE STRUGGLE I also give attention to the question of how do we judge cultures. Given the prevalence of western ethnocentrism and the awful history of cultural imperialism (a ready adjunct to economic imperialism and colonialism), can we ever dare to judge the cultures of the Third World, for instance? Are not the standards by which we judge also culturally determined? I say, yes we can judge all cultures including our own, and I try to show how. 2) Can you tell ZNet something about writing the book? Where does the content come from? What went into making the book what it is? I explore aspects of culture manifested in social conflict, gender, race, science, sexual identity, and New Age notions such as "hyperindividuality." I also treat the question of human perceptions and various other subjects ranging from the everyday to the esoteric. I have long studied the social sciences and the political scene. The book does not spin theories out of thin air but is filled with lots of illustrative examples. I didn't try to write a tome. The book is only 140 pages (am I confessing or bragging?). Rather than constructing a rigorous and complex theory of culture, as in a social science monograph, I present a set of discursive commentaries linked by underlying themes, filled with materials drawn from history and contemporary cultures of this day, making it all quite readable I hope. [I have just read it, and it is. -ed] 3) What are your hopes for THE CULTURE STRUGGLE? What do you hope it will contribute or achieve, politically? Given the effort and aspirations you have for the book, what will you deem to be a success? What would leave you happy about the whole undertaking? What would leave you wondering if it was worth all the time and effort? One of the persistent ideological teachings in the United States is that our society is notably free of ideological teachings. Ideology is something imported from alien lands or brewed at home by allegedly sinister groups, as in "Communist ideology." But in fact, we Americans are ideologically indoctrinated into certain precepts about patriotism, elections, world leadership, the self-made rich, and all that garbage about the free market. We also entertain notions about class, race, and gender relations and about the democratic distribution of power in our pluralistic society. Well, most of these kinds of beliefs are themselves ideological. Yet they're widely circulated and remain largely free of critical examination, being seen as representing the natural order of things. These ideologies don't just emerge spontaneously and full blown, they're disseminated through the dominant institutions of society. They serve as instruments of social control. In contrast, iconoclastic views such as those often found in ZNet and Z Magazine are given only limited exposure and are usually relegated to a place beyond the pale, beyond the mainstream. [Though almost everyone is warped and misled and brainwashed by the elite-programmed culture, almost everyone believes that only stupid people are suckered; they are smarter than that, and won't hear of being bamboozled. And as long as they think that, they will be. Elite propaganda is VERY effective and omnipresent; they have had years/decades/centuries to perfect it (eg racism, sexism) in all of its sneaky meanness and filth. The rich will plot and scheme endlessly for a $ billion here, a $ trillion there. Their most successful myth by far is that there is no class warfare. -ed] As for your question, "What would leave you happy about the whole undertaking [of writing this book]?" Robert McChesney and Cornel West wrote wonderful endorsement blurbs for the book. And David Occhiuto interviewing me on WBAI and Larry Bensky interviewing me on KPFA said they found much in it that was eye-opening and worth thinking about - despite its brevity. Well, that's what makes me happy: the book is designed to get readers to think critically about things that either have been unduly obscured or are so obvious as to be easily overlooked. When even exceptionally well-informed and well-read people like McChesney, West, Occhiuto, and Bensky can benefit from it, I start thinking that other people will also. So far that seems to be the case. And critical thinking is what spurs us to action, protest, resistance, and charting a new and better course. --------27 of 28-------- Secret Service agents say Cheney was drunk when he shot lawyer By DOUG THOMPSON Feb 22, 2006, http://www.capitolblue.com/artman/publish/article_8184.shtml A written report from Secret Service agents guarding Vice President Dick Cheney when he shot Texas lawyer Harry Whittington on a hunting outing two weeks ago says Cheney was "clearly inebriated" at the time of the shooting. Agents observed several members of the hunting party, including the Vice President, consuming alcohol before and during the hunting expedition, the report notes, and Cheney exhibited "visible signs" of impairment, including slurred speech and erratic actions, the report said. According to those who have read the report and talked with others present at the outing, Cheney was drunk when he gunned down his friend and the day-and-a-half delay in allowing Texas law enforcement officials on the ranch where the shooting occurred gave all members of the hunting party time to sober up. We talked with a number of administration officials who are privy to inside information on the Vice President's shooting "accident" and all admit Secret Service agents and others saw Cheney consume far more than the "one beer' he claimed he drank at lunch earlier that day. "This was a South Texas hunt," says one White House aide. "Of course there was drinking. There's always drinking. Lots of it." Cheney has a long history of alcohol abuse, including two convictions of driving under the influence when he was younger. Doctors tell me that someone like Cheney, who is taking blood thinners because of his history of heart attacks, could get legally drunk now after consuming just one drink. If Cheney was legally drunk at the time of the shooting, he could be guilty of a felony under Texas law and the shooting, ruled an accident by a compliant Kenedy County Sheriff, would be a prosecutable offense. But we will never know for sure because the owners of the Armstrong Ranch, where the shooting occurred, barred the sheriff's department from the property on the day of the shooting and Kenedy County Sheriff Ramon Salinas III agreed to wait until the next day to send deputies in to talk to those involved. Sheriff's Captain Charles Kirk says he went to the Armstrong Ranch immediately after the shooting was reported on Saturday, February 11 but both he and a game warden were not allowed on the 50,000-acre property. He called Salinas who told him to forget about it and return to the station. "I told him don't worry about it. I'll make a call," Salinas said. The sheriff claims he called another deputy who moonlights at the Armstrong ranch, said he was told it was "just an accident" and made the decision to wait until Sunday to investigate. "We've known these people for years. They are honest and wouldn't call us, telling us a lie," Salinas said. Like all elected officials in Kenedy County, Salinas owes his job to the backing and financial support of Katherine Armstrong, owner of the ranch and the county's largest employer. "The Armstrongs rule Kenedy County like a fiefdom," says a former employee. Secret Service officials also took possession of all tests on Whittington's blood at the hospitals where he was treated for his wounds. When asked if a blood alcohol test had been performed on Whittington, the doctors who treated him at Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial in Corpus Christi or the hospital in Kingsville refused to answer. One admits privately he was ordered by the Secret Service to "never discuss the case with the press." It's a sure bet that if a private doctor who treated the victim of Cheney's reckless and drunken actions can't talk to the public then the memo that shows the Vice President was drunk as a skunk will never see the light of day. [Holding Cheney accountable for his crime would go against the god-given rich man's American Dream of doing anything to anyone any time he damn well feels like it. And if it's us he wants to do it to, who are we to get in his way? After all, he is a filthy rich American and we're not, so we should let him kick us in the teeth if that's what turns his crank. Wealth uber alles. -ed] --------28 of 28-------- The unbearable flightness of bleating I choose to follow the leader, bleats each sheep, as all leap from the steep. 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