|Progressive Calendar 03.01.06||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2006 18:03:14 -0800 (PST)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 03.01.06 1. Dakota treaty 3.02 8am 2. Greens/Capitol 3.02 12noon 3. Welfare rights 3.02 12noon 4. Arts/rights 3.02 4pm 5. Eagan peace vigil 3.02 4:30pm 6. Fairview/union 3.02 5:30pm 7. E-democracy 3.02 6:30pm 8. Haiti 3.02 7pm 9. Venezuela/WSF 3.02 7pm 10. Dept of peace 3.02 7pm 11. War/allure/poison 3.02 7:30pm Red Wing MN 12. Cam/CRA/police 3.02 7:30pm 13. Bush family/CTV 3.02 8:30pm 14. Ffunch/eat/talk 3.03 11:30am 15. Counter recruit 3.03 12noon 16. Palestine vigil 3.03 4:15pm 17. Shop unchained 3.03 6pm 18. VaginaMono/Indian 3.03 6:45pm 19. Child soldiers 3.03 7pm 20. Cuban film 3.03 7pm 21. Workingman/film 3.03 7:15pm 22. Elias Khoury 3.03 7:30pm 23. Energy campaign 3.03-05 Madison WI 24. Wendy Wilde pod 25. March 18 YAWR antiwar lit 26. Rudo de Ruijter - The dollar the euro and the attack on Iran 27. ed - No way not US (poem) --------1 of 27-------- From: Susu Jeffrey <susujeffrey [at] msn.com> Subject: Dakota treaty 3.02 8am Support Dakota Treaty Rights Support the U.S. Constitution Rally for the 1st Court Appearance Thursday March 2 8am 180 East 5th Street, St. Paul United States of America versus Jim Anderson, Cultural Chair, Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community Susu Jeffrey, founder, Friends of Coldwater Chris Mato Nunpa, Indigenous Nations and Dakota Studies professor, Southwest MSU at Marshall Court begins at 9am Supporters should be prepared to show government-issued photo I.D. and submit to airport-type security. --------2 of 27-------- From: Information <Info [at] mngreens.org> Subject: Greens/Capitol 3.02 12noon Dear Green Party Members and Supporters, We are fast approaching the 2006 MN State Legislative session and once again we will have "Greens at the Capitol". The Green Party of MN and our Locals have run candidates over the last 10 years and received many thousands of votes from people who believe in Green Party values, and want Green Party policy implemented in the state; those voters deserve to have a voice and influence toward our goals. I have been hired to convene gatherings of concerned Greens at the Capitol and spend time lobbying. Please take advantage of this and help us maintain our presence with the legislature and state officials. This is a great opportunity for all of us to learn and participate in the process of lawmaking and either change it or become motivated to run as candidates and move forward Green Party of MN policy. We will gather twice/week on a regular basis in the Transportation Building Cafeteria. (Look for directions below) Days and times in March: Thursday-2nd @ Noon Wednesday-8th @ 10:30am Thursday-9th @ 9:00am Tuesday-14th @ 9:00am Thursday-16th @ 9:00am Tuesday-21st @ 9:00am Tuesday-28th @ 9:00am Thursday-30th @ 9:00am Days and times in April: Tuesday-4th @ 9:00am Thursday-6th @ 9:00am Monday-10th @ 9:00am Tuesday-11th @ 9:00am Tuesday-18th @ 10:30am Thursday-20th @ 9:00am Tuesday-25th @ 9:00am Thursday-27th @9:00am Most of the time I will try to convene at these times, although some of these days I may have appointments with legislators so I may not be available to meet. (Take my cell phone # to connect with me at any time.) I will be active at the Capitol outside of the specific days above; anyone is welcome to join me on visits with legislators or to committee hearings. My main policy focus will be to protect our status as a party and enhance policy toward a greater multi-party democracy in MN. If anyone from Greater MN cannot make it to the Capitol, please communicate with me about the issue you're concerned about. I can set an appointment with your legislator on your behalf or testify in committee about your issue. If there is group from your area who want to come in to visit the Capitol on a specific day I will attempt to be available to you as a guide/helper. Please Take my Cell phone # with you incase you need to contact me at any time. For democracy, justice and a healing planet. Ken Pentel (612) 387-0601 LOCATION: Transportation Building Cafeteria DIRECTIONS If you're facing the Capitol from the mall the Transportation Building is second building down on the left-hand side. Transportation Building 395, John Ireland Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN 55155 or www.dot.state.mn.us Bus routes to or very close to the capital are: 94B,C, or D, 16, 78, 71, 68, 3 Contact Metro Transit at: (612) 373-3333 or http://www.metrotransit.org/serviceInfo/index.asp BY CAR: The Capitol complex is to the north of I-94 just minutes from downtown St. Paul. It is accessible from the east and west on I-94, and from the north and south on I-35E.----Or----I-94 eastbound: Exit at Marion Street. Turn left. Go to Aurora Avenue (Just before University Ave) and turn right. ---Or---I-94 westbound: Exit at Marion Street. Turn right. Go to Aurora Avenue and turn right. Go one block and enter Parking Lot AA.---Or---I-35E northbound: Exit at Kellogg Boulevard. Turn left. Go to John Ireland Boulevard and turn right. Metered parking spaces line both sides of the boulevard.---Or---I-35E southbound: Exit at University Avenue. Turn right. Go to Rice Street and turn left. Go one block, turn right and enter Parking Lot AA. Do NOT park in the Sears Parking lot. The best meters for street parking are on Aurora Ave, just north of Sears Automotive Service Station. --------3 of 27-------- From: Welfare Rights Cmte II <welfarerights [at] qwest.net> Subject: Welfare rights 3.02 12noon Join us in the opening days of the MN state legislative session: Protest and Rally Thursday, March 2, 2006 12noon MN State Capitol - Front Steps Free bus rides - schedule at the bottom of this email. Download a flyer at www.welfarerightsmn.org Contact WRC to add your group to the list of endorsers for the rally! Its time to send a message to MN politicians: Fund children's needs, not rich people's greed! Undo the Cuts! Tax the Rich! We demand: --Undo the $125 MFIP SSI penalty & --Undo the $50 MFIP housing cut (these cuts represent the biggest welfare cuts in MN history) --Undo MA co-pays (many are going with out medical care because of the co-pays) --Undo childcare cuts (Childcare is hard to find because of all the cuts in 2003.) --Stop attacks on immigrants (Republicans are using a "divide and conquer" tactic with their racist immigrant bashing.) --Raise the grants (Welfare grants have not had a cost of living increase since 1986 - that's 20 years!) --Give back the state 'surplus' to the poor More info: The Welfare Rights Committee and the MN Welfare Rights Coalition is inviting you to join us on the front steps of the state capitol on Thursday, March 2 for a rally on the second day of the MN legislative session. In 2005, we won back money in welfare & health care, and stopped many deeper cuts. This year we are back to fight for more! We will be sending a message to the government: Fund children's needs, not rich people's greed. We will be calling for the cuts of 2003 to be undone (see flyer, next page), including all health care cuts to non-citizens, which will serve as counter against Governor Pawlenty's racist immigrant bashing. We are also calling for a long overdue (since 1986) MFIP grant cost of living increase. The governor's salary has increased 150% since 1986! The people of the MN have been suffering with these cuts because of legislators' stubborn refusal over the past several years to make the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes. The upper-bracket tax cuts of the late 1990s should have been undone immediately in 2003, but instead the politicians balanced the budget on the backs of poor, elderly, ill, young and working people. Besides that, an increasing number of sham "foreign operating" corporations - which make their money in MN but have a plaque on the wall in another country or state - are getting out of paying the MN taxes they owe, to the tune of over $100 million per year. We will use some of that money to undo these cuts. We have name for the $300+ million budget "surplus" that Pawlenty was crowing about: Blood money. That money was stolen from poor and working Minnesotans and we demand it be given back to undo the cuts. No matter what happens with the tobacco lawsuit, that money represents the pain of the most vulnerable in this state. Finally, we will be demanding the replacement of the $13 million federal TANF award that the governor tried to steal in November. The governor bragged about using the $13 million in welfare money for energy assistance - but the need for that program is closer to $130 million! All of the money for energy assistance should come out of the general fund, not from one-time money intended for welfare. We will have bills this year to undo the cuts, funded by taxing the rich and sham corporations. Please join us at our rally, Thursday, March 2, 12:00 noon on the front steps of the capitol to stand up for justice! Free bus rides to protest: Minneapolis Bus Rides-11AM- Sabathani Community Center (3rd Ave & 38th St South): 11:15AM- Pilot City / North Point (1315 Penn Ave N.); 11:30AM Brian Coyle Community Center (420 15th Ave S) St. Paul Bus Rides- 11:15AM -Roosevelt Homes; 11:30AM -McDonough; 11:45am Mt. Airy ---------4 of 27-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: Arts/rights 3.02 4pm March 2 - Community Dialogue: the Intersection of Arts and Human Rights. 4pm. Pangea World Theater Studio, 711 W Lake St, Ste 101, Minneapolis Come speak with Donal O'Kelly about his work in human rights and arts and his advocacy work in Ireland. He initiated the creation of two major organizations that work with human rights. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.pangeaworldtheater.org --------5 of 27-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <skograce [at] mtn.org> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 3.02 4:30pm CANDLELIGHT PEACE VIGIL EVERY THURSDAY from 4:30-5:30pm on the Northwest corner of Pilot Knob Road and Yankee Doodle Road in Eagan. We have signs and candles. Say "NO to war!" The weekly vigil is sponsored by: Friends south of the river speaking out against war. --------6 of 27-------- From: Minneapolis Central Labor Union Council <betsy [at] mplscluc.com> Subject: Fairview/union 3.02 5:30pm Building a Healthier Community A Community Forum on Healthcare and Holding Fairview Accountable to Their Mission: Thursday March 2 5:30-7pm Bethany Lutheran Church 2511 E. Franklin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55403 Join us at a Community Forum to hold Fairview Health Services accountable to its mission to improve the health of the community it serves! Fairview's new health insurance plan for its workers is a sign of things to come. We need a health system that ensures everyone in our community, including hospital employees, has access to quality, affordable healthcare now - the health of our community is at stake. --------7 of 27-------- From: St.Paul Team <stpaul-comments [at] e-democracy.org> Subject: E-democracy 3.02 6:30pm St. Paul E-Democracy will be celebrating the official launch of our newly formed organization on March 2nd, 2006 at 6:30. The HUGE event, will be at the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center for Community Building, at 179 Robie Street East. This is going to be a BIG EVENT! We're hoping for 150 or more friends and supporters. Mayor Coleman has agreed to join us and say a few words. We're ordering appetizers and beverages for all!!! Hosts for the event include: * Anne Carroll, School Board * Tom Conlon, School Board * Kazoua Kong-Thao, School Board * Pat Harris, City Council * Lou Kanaviti, SPPS Superintendent * Willie Nesbitt, SPPS Exec Dir of Community Ed We're inviting everyone in St. Paul to this big celebration. It will be the largest gathering of SPIFer's ever! Don't miss it!!!! The St. Paul E-Democracy Team St. Paul Team All, St. Paul More info: http://forums.e-democracy.org/stpaul/contacts/stpaulteam --------8 of 27-------- From: carydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> Subject: Haiti 3.02 7pm March 2 - Laura Flynn, an assistant to President Aristide (1994-2000) and active member of the Twin Cities Haiti Justice Committee, will discuss the current situation in Haiti at the Northwest Suburban Citizens for Peace, St. Joseph's Church, 36th and Boone, New Hope, 7 PM. All welcome. Note meeting date has been changed from Wednesday to Thursday. --------9 of 27-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Venezuela/WSF 3.02 7pm *World Social Forum Report Back at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN* THURSDAY, MARCH 2 KAGIN BALLROOM MACALESTER COLLEGE 7-8:30pm "Uncovering Activism in an Upside-Down World" - A Conversation with Professor Rose Brewer What is the World Social Forum? How do we address gender, race and class in this context? Can we connect Caracas, New Orleans and the Twin Cities? What is the local / global significance of recent changes in Venezuela? Dr. Rose Brewer, a scholar-activist and faculty member in the African and African-American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota, will speak about her trip to Venezuela and participation at the WSF. She will discuss these and other questions with students from Macalester, U of M, and other local schools. Over the years, she has worked with a number of local political struggles. She has published widely in areas of Black feminism, race and class, political change and social transformations. Her forthcoming book is titled "The Color of Wealth" (The New Press, 2006). This event is free and open to the public. --------10 of 27-------- From: scot b <earthmannow [at] comcast.net> Subject: Dept of peace 3.02 7pm Do you wish we could balance the influence of the Secretary of Defense with a Secretary of Peace? Well with your help maybe we can. Come to the St Croix Valley Peacemakers meeting on Thursday March 2nd at 7pm at Ascension Episcopal Church 214 No 3rd Street in Stillwater [ 3rd building north of postoffice ] hear Mary Jane LaVigne share her expertise on the Department of Peace Campaign. Mary Jane is one of the State of Minnesota coordinators for the department of peace movement and will share with us a brief history of the proposed department, the roll it is designed to perform, the latest developments and it's current status. Most importantly she will provide us with a direction for individuals and our group to contribute to the creation of a national Department of Peace. --------11 of 27-------- From: Andy Hamerlinck <iamandy [at] riseup.net> Subject: War/allure/poison 3.02 7:30pm Red Wing MN Presentation by Michael Orange re "The Allure and Poison of War," March 2 @ 7:30 at Red Wing Legion Hall, 218 W. 4th St. sponsored by Vets for Peace, Chapter 115. --------12 of 27-------- From: Cam Gordon <camgordon333 [at] msn.com> Subject: Cam/CRA/police 3.02 7:30pm Meeting to discuss Mpls's CRA Internal Working Group I will be at the Second Moon Coffee Cafe at 23rd and East Franklin Ave. Thursday, March 2, from 7:30-9pm to discuss MInneapolis' Civilian Police Review Authority and the establishment an internal working group to be responsible for addressing outstanding issues and the recommendations of the Civil Rights Department's Police and Process Report. I will try to have copies of the report available. If you have any questions or concerns about this internal working group that I have been working to get going in City Hall and ideas about how we can make sure it helps improve and strengthen civilian oversight of the police please consider attending. Feel free to email or call me if you have any questions, Cam 612 296-0579 ---------13 of 27-------- From: leslie reindl <alteravista [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Bush family/CTV 3.02 8:30pm Thurs Mar 2, 8:30pm: St. Paul cable access channel 15, Altera Vista presents "Bush Family Fortunes," a Greg Palast Investigation. --------14 of 27-------- From: David Shove <shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu> Subject: Ffunch/eat/talk 3.03 11:30am Meet the FFUNCH BUNCH! 11:30am-1pm First Friday Lunch (FFUNCH) for Greens/progressives. Informal political talk and hanging out. Day By Day Cafe 477 W 7th Av St Paul. Meet in the private room (holds 12+). Day By Day is non-smoking; has soups, salads, sandwiches, and dangerous apple pie; is close to downtown St Paul & on major bus lines --------15 of 27-------- From: sarah standefer <scsrn [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Counter recruit 3.03 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 --------16 of 27-------- From: peace 2u <tkanous [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Palestine vigil 3.03 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. --------17 of 27-------- From: wamm <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Shop unchained 3.03 6pm Jump Out of the Big Box and Shop Unchained: Fair Trade Shopping Event at Birch Clothing Friday, March 3, 6-9pm Birch Clothing, 2309 West 50th Street (Penn Avenue and 50th Street), Minneapolis. Are you concerned that our economy has our backs up against the Wal-Mart? Don't want to consume to devour? You are invited to exercise your dollar power by supporting local, independent stores and services and WAMM. Birch Clothing specializes in fashion-forward apparel of natural fibers, constructed by small-scale producers and artisans under fair labor conditions. 15% of all sales (including sale items) will be donated to WAMM. FFI: Call WAMM at 612-827-5364. --------18 of 27-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: VaginaMono/Indian 3.03 6:45pm FRI.MAR.3:"Indian Style"The Vagina Mnolgues Vagina Monologues "Indian Style' Shooting Star Hotel and Casino Mahnomen, Minnesota Friday, March 3 Saturday, March 4 6:45 pm Tickets at the door for $10.00 No one will be turned away if you can not afford the $10.00 - proceeds going to the Community Resource Alliance - White Earth Reservation Do Not Miss These Wonderful People Music by Annie Humphrey Great Acting to include Elaine Fleming Winona LaDuke, Annie Mulbah Directed by Audrey Thayer --------19 of 27-------- From: Melis Arik <melis [at] intermediaarts.org> Subject: Child soldiers 3.03 7pm Words! Camera! Action! Child Soldiers Friday, March 3, 7-8pm (check back about possible 8:30-10PM showing of an additional video) $7 ($5 for seniors, students with ID; $3 for Intermedia Arts members; and groups of 8 or more $3 each) Intermedia Arts presents Child Soldiers, the March 2006 edition of Words! Camera! Action! Combining moving images with performance, this evening takes a hard look at the past and present involvement of children in war. Local teen and young adult spoken word, rap and performance artists respond to the topic of the videos to bring the message home. "We Don't Want No War" by Edwin Daniel, Schwarbu Emile Kamara, Jane Peters, Rashid Peters, Mohamed Sidibay "Children Of War" by Jimmie Briggs "An Army of Children" by the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council "No Child" by PTCV Performance Artists: ibé Kaba Michelle Barnes (South High School Junior) Bleed Yellow (South High School Freshman) Nikko Sencer-Mura (Marcy Open School) --------20 of 27-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: Cuban film 3.03 7pm March 3 - Noche Cultural: Film: The Last Supper. 7pm The Last Supper Directed by Tomas Gutierrez Alea. Cuba. Spanish/English. A kind and moral plantation master recreates the Last Supper, inviting his slaves to come to the table as disciples or spiritual equals. Based on an incident from Cuban history. FFI: 612-276-0788. Location: Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis 55406 --------21 of 27-------- From: Analiese Miller <ana [at] mnfilmarts.org> Subject: Workingman/film 3.03 7:15pm WORKINGMAN'S DEATH A NEW FILM BY MICHAEL GLAWOGGER AT THE BELL AUDITORIUM MARCH 3 - MARCH 9 In his latest release, "Workingman's Death", Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger shines his camera into five of the darkest, most grueling, environments of hard labor around the world in a deconstructive challenge to modern ideas of "work". Without having to say so himself, Glawogger shows us in this brilliant day-in-the-life- of rendering that a great variety of lives have remained yet untouched by any sense of modern technological advancement and that worker's own understandings of their labors are deeply connected to notions of self, culture, and history. Winner of the John Grierson Award at the 2005 London Film Festival, "Workingman's Death" has been widely acclaimed for its poetic cinematography and blatant capture of harsh realities in the manner of Glawogger's previous exposé, "Megacities". Unfolding in chapters, the first is titled "Heros" and uses archival footage of the great era of Soviet mining against the present-day reality of "the mousetrap", an illegal 16inch hole in the ground in what had once been one of the richest of all mining districts. Today's heros of Ukraine, these miners crawl for hundreds of meters on their stomachs to load their baskets with only the most basic aid of a pickax or chisel. In the second chapter, "Ghosts", Indonesian men go to the "kitchen" in Kawah Ijen, a sulfur-belching crater at the top of a volcano. Stuffing cloth in their mouths, the men race over the edge with long iron rods to chip away at the newly formed rock, and with loaded baskets of up to 250 pounds, carry it miles on their backs for a weigh-in and payment. In "Lions", goats and bulls are driven to the Port Harcourt slaughter yard to be featured on "the slab" where they are summarily killed, cut, washed, cooked, bargained for, fought for, and celebrated over in a public market setting (sensitives be warned). "Brothers" picks up in Pakistan, where the land has just been harvested and Pashtuns are heading north for the harvest of ships in Gaddani. In a remarkable cooperative effort, huge ocean vessels are reduced to manageable sheets of salvaged steel plate, leaving only the loosed oil to lap at the shore. In China ("The Future"), old and new are contrasted again, this time side by side in the steel working city of Angang where workers consider the effects of "progress" and decide that work is work, whatever it is. Finally, in Germany, "the future" has arrived; an amusement park made of the ruins of yesterday's industry. The Bell Auditorium is located in the Bell Museum of Natural History at 10 Church Street SE on the East Bank Campus at the intersection of University and 17th. Parking is available in area lots, and is free on Sundays in the Church Street lot. Admission is $8 general, $6.50 seniors/students, and $5 members. Shows run at 7:15 and 9:15 nightly, with additional showings on Saturdays and Sundays at 5:15. Check out our website at www.mnfilmarts.org for more information. --------22 of 27-------- From: Sarah Caflisch <scaflisch [at] loft.org> Subject: Elias Khoury 3.03 7:30pm Friday, March 3, 7:30 p.m. MIZNA: MIDEAST IN THE MIDWEST ELIAS KHOURY and artists from the Arab, Muslim, West Asian and North African communities. Elias Khoury is a journalist, literary critic, novelist and dramaturge. He was born in Beirut in 1948. He studied history and sociology at the Lebanese university in Beirut and at the university in Paris. Khoury supported the interests and rights of the Palestinians, [Khoury was a member of the Palestinian Liberation Movement in the 1960s], and worked at the PLO Research Center in Beirut from 1973 to 1979. In the mid-seventies he stopped doing militant work and started a career as a journalist. From 1976 to 1979, together with the Palestinian lyric poet Mahmud Darwish <http://www.barghouti.com/poets/darwish/>, he published the newspaper Su'un filastiniya (Palestinian Affairs). In 1979, as editor for literature, he switched to the daily paper As-Safir, where he worked until 1991. Since 1992 Khoury has been publisher and editor-in-chief of the culture and literary supplement to Beirut's daily paper An-Nahar. Elias Khoury is considered one of the leading contemporary Arabic intellectuals and writers. His literary work includes, among things, eight novels. This includes the novel al-Jabal al-Saghir that was published in 1977 (The Little Mountain, Engl. 1989), Rahlat Gandhi al-Saghir of 1991 (The Journey of Little Gandhi, Engl. 1994), and Abwab al-Madinah of 1993 (Gates of the City, Engl. 1993). In 1996 the novel The Kingdom of Strangers was published, which shows the Lebanese capital as the scene of warring historical and political powers, as the scene of the Israeli-Lebanese war, which breaks apart at the seams of its various ethic groups, languages, and religions during the civil war. The novel Bab Al-Shams [Gate of the Sun] that was published in 1998 was translated into Hebrew and received the Palestine Prize. Elias Khoury also is the author of numerous theater pieces, which have been performed... in Beirut, Cairo, Paris, and Vienna. Elias Khoury lives in New York and Beirut. -bio from Lettre Ulysses Award Several years of research into Al-Nakba, the Catastrophe, which is the mass expulsion of Palestinians from Palestine, spawned Khoury's work on Door to the Sun. He examined Palestinian oral accounts of Palestinian history, as well as Israeli chronicles of the Palestinian tragedy and the creation of Israel. It included peoples' memoirs, such as Ben Gurion. Also, Khoury spent five years in Palestinian refugee camps. -Ramallah Online $5 general public --------23 of 27-------- From: Alan Carlson <discern [at] visi.com> From: Energy Action <info [at] energyaction.net> Subject: Energy campaign 3.03-05 Madison WI Regional Youth Energy and Climate Summits Are you running a local energy campaign or do you want to learn how? Join hundreds of youth from around the country to learn, teach and build the movement together. This year Energy Action members including: Climate Campaign, Greenpeace, Global Exchange, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Sierra Student Coalition, Student PIRGs and others are joining with the Apollo Alliance and other ally organizations across the country to make history by bringing over 1200 youth to these regional conferences! We hope you can join us... Midwest Student Energy Conference University of Wisconsin, Madison March 3-5 http://www.energyaction.net/midwest Northeast Climate Conference Yale University, New Haven CT April 7-9 http://www.climatecampaign.org/ Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference University of Tennessee, Knoxville April 7-9 http://energyconference.utk.edu All events will feature: - Presentations from scientists, policy experts and youth leaders - Case studies on campus energy efficiency/renewable energy victories - The Campus Climate Challenge http://www.campusclimatechallenge.org - Networking opportunities with organizations and youth in your state and region - Trainings on all aspects of local, regional and national organizing - and plenty of fun and late night festivities http://www.energyaction.net/summits --------24 of 27-------- From: Wendy Wilde <wendywilde [at] gmail.com> Subject: Wendy Wilde pod Progressive DFL candidate Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer is challenging Congressman Martin Sabo for his Fifth District Congressional seat. What are the issue that make Nelson-Pallmeyer different than Sabo, and why is he jumping into the race just one month before the March 7 caucuses? Wendy Wilde gets the answers in a podcast interview with Nelson-Pallmeyer this week. Listen on your personal computer or on your ipod by going to www.insideminnesotapolitics.com . Plus commentary and discussion on political issues in the news by Wendy Wilde and Producer Michael McIntee. www.wendywilde.com --------25 of 27-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: March 18 YAWR antiwar lit Hello Youth Against War & Racism supporters, We have printed up thousands YAWR leaflets for the March 18th antiwar protest (details below), and we have volunteers who can deliver a stack of hundreds of these leaflets to your school or home. All you have to do is send me an email to tytymo [at] gmail.com <mailto:tytymo [at] gmail.com> or call 612-760-1980, and we can make arrangements to get the leaflets in your hand. We have just over two weeks left to get the word out in our schools, so don't wait. Get your leaflets this week and start passing them out to your classmates, at lunch, etc. Check out the leaflet here: LEAFLET: http://www.yawr.org/files/march18-2up.pdf <http://www.yawr.org/files/march18-2up.pdf> Ty ...on the third anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, join millions worldwide... ANTI-WAR PROTEST BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW! Saturday, MARCH 18th 12:00 PM Join the " Youth Bloc" called by YAWR Protest the Military Recruitment station at Lake and Lyndale, Mpls Followed by a youth march to join the main rally at... 1:00 PM MAIN RALLY and MARCH Gather at Library Plaza near Hennepin and Lagoon, Mpls followed by a march to the Basilica by Loring Park for an end rally. ...after the end rally, don't miss the... 3:30 PM YOUTH MEETING to plan the student walkout on April 28th. Loring Park Community Arts Center - 1382 Willow St. on east side of park between 14th St. & Grant http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=88&parkid=198 <http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=88&parkid=198> DOWNLOAD fliers to copy and pass out in your school POSTER: http://www.yawr.org/files/march18-8x11.pdf <http://www.yawr.org/files/march18-8x11.pdf> LEAFLET: http://www.yawr.org/files/march18-2up.pdf <http://www.yawr.org/files/march18-2up.pdf> ORGANIZERS YOUTH AGAINST WAR AND RACISM is organizing the "Youth Bloc" at 12:00 PM, which will march at 12:30 to join the main rally at 1:00 PM, which is organized by a broad "March 18th Coalition" that brings together numerous area antiwar groups. Contact YAWR: www.yawr.org <http://www.yawr.org> / against.war [at] gmail.com <mailto:against.war [at] gmail.com> / 612.760.1980 --------26 of 27-------- The Dollar the Euro and the Attack on Iran How can the Dollar Collapse in Iran? By Rudo de Ruijter The Iranian Oil Bourse threatens the historic role of the US dollar as the world's reserve currency. In 2002, most journalists did not see what was behind the accusations that Iraq had WMDs. Today, most people do not know what is behind the accusations that Iran has plans for nuclear weapons. Iran's threat is not nuclear, but far more dangerous to the US. If Iran can open its upcoming euro-based Oil Bourse in Tehran on March 20th 2006, Iran will threaten the US dollar. Dollar Hegemony Up to 1971, each US dollar represented a fixed amount of gold. During the Vietnam War, the US had printed and spent more money than their gold reserves allowed. President Nixon had to abandon the gold guarantee. Since then the dollar value is determined by the law of offer and demand on the exchange market. Normally, the exchange rates between currencies reflect the health of their countries' trade balances. Countries that export more than they import will see their currency rise in value, and countries that buy more than they sell will see the value of their currency decrease. This is the case for all other currencies, but not for the US dollar. For 30 years the US has imported much more than it exported, and the trend is worsening. Normally, this should make the currency fall in value, but the dollar has not fallen. How is that possible? The same year Nixon abandoned the gold standard, the Oil Producing and Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed they would only accept US dollars in payment for their oil. This has a major advantage for the US: all other countries would have to buy dollars first before they can obtain oil. This creates a permanent demand for dollars. Those foreign countries account for roughly 85 percent of the international oil trade. This is the part of the oil trade that takes place outside the US, between oil producing countries and foreign countries. Foreign Oil Trade Dollar Cycle Call it the foreign oil trade dollar cycle: dollars are bought on the exchange market and spent in oil producing countries, which spend them in countries around the world. Those countries offer their dollar surplus on the exchange market and the cycle restarts. Oil commerce always consumes more dollars. Global consumption increases, which raises demand for the dollar and allows the US to increase its production of dollars. Since they are needed outside the US, they have to be made available abroad. This is where it becomes very interesting. There is only one way to get the new notes outside the US: spend them and do free shopping around the world. (These notes have only cost the paper and the ink.) Of course, this creates a debt, for the foreigners could use these notes some day to buy goods, services, shares, buildings or land from the US. But since they are now needed in the always-growing money cycle for the oil trade, there is no need to worry about that. This system works like a fairy credit card. Although the US has already much too much debt, suppliers cannot refuse to deliver goods, because they need the dollars for their oil purchases. There are more sources of demand for dollars. Dollars disappear from the oil trade cycle for use in international trade between countries abroad. They form a huge amount of dollars that stays outside the US, only because of the preference of traders to use this currency. Nearly the whole world needs dollars, so they are accepted nearly everywhere. Central banks, when they can, keep reserves in foreign money to protect their own currency. To explain it simply: if ever the money market would be glutted by their own currency, they could buy it back and offer the foreign currency in exchange. These foreign banks traditionaly choose to build up their stategic reserves in the best accepted currency on the market: the US dollar. Global Reserve Currency For decades, the amount of dollars outside the US was generally growing. Each additional dollar abroad has meant it had to leave the US, the US has spent it abroad, and it has increased the US debt. Oceans of dollars are outside the US today. However, when traders lose their preference for the dollar, huge waves might overflow the exchange market and make the dollar drop. The US Treasury, the Federal Reserve, has an efficient way to pull dollar surpluses away from the exchange market: it offers bonds with interest. It is a good way to control the rate of the dollar. Pull more dollars from the market to see the rate go up, and pull fewer dollars from the market to see the rate go down. These loans cost interest. To pay for the interest the Fed issues new loans, which adds to the interest to be paid. As a spiral the annual amounts have gone up and continue to increase. The national debt is increasing explosively now, at over eight trillion dollars ($8,000,000,000,000). 45 percent is owed to foreign creditors. You have to be very optimistic to believe that this debt will ever be paid back. The only difficulty for the Fed is to find enough foreigners to buy their bonds. Traditional buyers are growing more reluctant. Often these are foreign banks and companies, which already have invested a lot in dollars. They fear that if the dollar collapses, their investments will be worthless too. To keep the dollar miracle going, the buyers still continue to buy bonds. If they are shortsighted, they will think they get interest. If they observe better, they will notice they have to buy additional bonds first and that the interest is paid with their own money. Each year the US buys more goods than it sells. For the year 2004, the shortage on US commercial balance was six hundred and fifty billion dollars ($650,000,000,000), meaning that in average each US citizen enjoyed $3,000 more imported products than he or she earned. You can express it as "the average productivity is too low" or "the government spends too much money". For instance, on the high military cost to fulfil the neoconservative dream to rule the world. It will be an empire on credit, based on a strategy to keep the demand for dollars going, the dollar rate high enough, and Treasury Bonds attractive. Iraq Of course, Iraq's destiny had already been sealed in the neo-conservatives' plans even before Bush Jr. entered the White House. In their eyes it is natural that the US should dominate the Middle East. The US is world's biggest oil consumer (25 percent of global oil consumption) and most of world's oil reserves are in the Middle East: Saudi Arabia (26 percent), Iraq (11.5 percent), Kuwait (10 percent) and Iran (13 percent). Iraq seemed already under control, as it had been paralysed since 1991 by the embargo. The UN and US had inspected the country during many years without finding anything suspicious. Sadam seemed already beaten. However, he still had a trick. Since 1997, Iraq had been allowed to export oil in the Oil For Food program. In 2000 Sadam asked the UN to convert the account of the Oil For Food program from dollars into euros. The UN had no legal base to refuse it and from November 2000 Iraq sold its oil in euros. Graphic of Dollar rate versus euro from 1998 to 2006, made with data from http://fx.sauder.ubc.ca/data.html As a result, the oil trade dollars became superfluous and overflowed the money exchange market. They were soon followed by 10 billion dollars from the Iraqi reserve fund, and the dollar rate went down. Seeing the dollar rate lowering, many operators in the rest of the world trade switched to the euro too, which lead to new waves of dollar offers on the exchange market and lowered the dollar rate further. For the US it normally does not seem a big deal to absorb surpluses of dollars by issuing Treasury Bonds, as long as there are enough foreigners to buy them. Once the dollars are absorbed, offer and demand would be stabilized again. Nevertheless, Iraq's switch to the euro reduced the market share for the permanent demand for dollars, and thus this reduced the upward force on the dollar rate. When the world oil price would rise again, there would not be any extra dollar needed in the Iraqi oil trade. It would permanently limit America's free shopping. Most painful, the US had no unlimited access to Iraqi oil anymore. It had to buy euros to dispose of it. In 2002 the fall of the dollar became more dramatic. The White House spread lies about WMDs and prepared to invade Iraq. Unfortunately the international community appeared to be reluctant. Meanwhile the dollar continued falling. In March 2003, the US overruled the Security Council and attacked Iraq. On June 6, 2003 the Iraqi oil trade was switched back from euros to dollars.  Iran In spite of Iraq's switch back to dollars, the fall of the dollar merely halted. In the spring of 2003 Iran had started to sell their oil in euros too. (Iran had announced its intention already in 1999, but Sadam actually switched to the euro in November 2000). Iran's move to the euro is logical if you realize that Iran sells 30 percent of its oil production to Europe and the rest mainly to India and China. The Iranian oil price was still labeled in US dollars, but customers did not have to exchange their money into dollars anymore. From August 2003, the euro continued its march upwards and the dollar continued to go down. Again huge amounts of superfluous dollars from the oil trade overflowed the exchange market and had to be mopped up by issuing Treasury Bonds. However, this would not repair the needed permanent demand level. It was not feasible to Invade Iran and turn the oil trade back into dollars, so a less popular method had to be used. The oil price should rise. This pumps the dollars into the oil trade again. For each extra dollar needed by the US, seven times more dollars are needed abroad (as 85 percent of the international oil trade takes place outside the US). To make up for the loss of the Iranian trade the price increase had to be substantial. US' military spending needed extra credit, and thus extra oil price increases. The prayers of the treasury have been heard. Between July 2004 and September 2005, spot prices doubled. A few hurricanes helped US citizens, and the rest of the world's oil consumers, accept the new policy. To see Iran in the euro-camp is not pleasant for the US. It creates a growing demand for euros. On the contrary, the market share for the permanent dollar demand becomes narrower and so does the acceptance of the dollar in international commerce. Between July 2004 and July 2005 the part of the dollar in world trade went down from 70 percent to 64 percent. A little bit less than half of those 64 percent represents America's part in world trade. Oil bourse in euros However, the biggest change has to come next month. On March 20, 2006, the Iranians want to start an oil bourse in Teheran, with prices in euros. This can have big effects on the exchange rate between dollars and euros. If the oil price in euros gets lower than the oil price in dollars, there will be a rush on euros. And if it the oil price in euros gets higher than its price in dollars, there will be a rush on dollars. So, basically Teheran gets an influence in the exchange rate of the currencies, which means risks for both the US and Europe. Today Teheran is pressured and threatened by both. Fluctuations in exchange rates might also bother China's exports to the US. The New York based NYMEX and London based IPE would lose a lot of their power to set the world's oil prices. Normally, since Tehran's bourse has to be attractive for oil producers and oil consumers, it would not be logical to expect important differences in price with the dollar-based markets. Maybe just a bit lower, to build up a market share. Each loss of market share of NYMEX and IPE is a big problem for the US, since it determines world's permanent demand for dollars. But the problem can also become much bigger. At the moment that other oil producing countries switch to the euro, there will be new waves of superfluous dollars on the exchange market, which take the dollar rate down. For the US, mopping them up by issuing bonds will then hardly be possible, since traditional buyers and central banks will prefer to convert, as least partly, to the euro too. Pumping the dollars back into the oil trade with rises in oil prices worked fine in 2004. But from March 2006 this way out can easily be blocked by stable prices in Teheran. If prices in euros ramain stable, prices in dollars can hardly rise. Prayers on the NYMEX and IPE market will be rather useless then. If the US loses its means to get superfluous dollars from the exchange market, the fall of the dollar would be a fact. As by coincidence the Federal Reserve has decided that from March 23, 2006 they will not publish the M3 money aggregate anymore. To put it simply, they will keep secret how many dollars are held in non-American banks. When the dollar falls There are a lot of speculations about what would happen when the dollar falls. In my opinion it all depends on what will be left of the permanent demand for dollars. As long as the dollar rate is not based purely on US imports and exports, any scenario of changings will turn out to be temporary. I do not say these changings would not hurt, but in the end the US would still have its credit card and can continue to buy on tick. Normally, when dollars become cheaper, American products and services become cheaper for foreigners. Instead of buying bonds, foreigners would increase their imports from the US. Simultaneously, foreign goods will become more expensive for the US. But once again, the US will profit from the oil trade. Oil producers will not accept a lower value for their barrels. If the dollar goes down 10 percent, their prices will "logically" rise 10 percent. (In this case the price converted to euros would remain the same.) So this would mean that the permanent demand for dollars in the oil trade rises with 10 percent again. At some point of the fall, the upward force on the dollar rate will be back, the US treasury will mop up the dollar overflow and the US can continue to buy on tick again. Outside the US many central banks detain enormous reserves of dollars and treasury bonds. These paper mountains would shrink in value. Many industries detain dollar denominated capital. In most cases their value will drop. Many banks in the world hold dollar denominated assets. They will have troubles in meeting the obligations to their clients. These difficulties may lead to a cascade of bankrupts. Sell Oil for Any Currency The essence of the problem is the fact you need a special currency to buy oil. As long as the world needs dollars to buy oil, the US makes abuse of the situation and buys on tick from the rest of the world. The euro contains the same risks. As long as there would be a motor for a permanent demand for euros like, for instance, an euro denominated oil bourse in Tehran, the eurozone could make debts and let it increase indefinitely. To avoid such debts, the eurozone would have to export the equivalent of all euros needed outside its borders and keep the same amount in foreign currencies in their central bank. Why would they? The credit trick worked fine for the US during more than 30 years! When oil producing countries would sell oil in two or three different currencies, this simply means that the three involved countries can do the same trick as the US does now. In the long run it would multiply the problem by three. The only solution for this problem would be that oil selling countries accept all currencies on the market. Tehran has already taken into consideration to accept more than one currency and not just the euro. Step by step. For the outside world the diplomatic joust is about nukes, which seems more exciting. However, since 9/11 the whole world knows that rather inexpensive terrorist solutions are much more effective to do harm and that even a big arsenal of nukes does not offer any protection. We are asked to believe Iran did not notice that and still wants such old fashioned nukes. Aditional Reading William R. Clark, Petrodollar Warfare: Dollars, Euros and the Upcoming Iranian Oil Bourse, Media Monitors Network, August 5, 2005 Toni Straka, Killing the dollar in Iran, Asia Times, August 26, 2005 America's Foreign Owners , The Trumpet, Thursday, September 22, 2005 Krassimir Petrov, Ph. D., The Proposed Iranian Oil Bourse, 321 Gold, January 17, 2006 Martin Walker, Iran's really big weapon, United Press International, January 19, 2006 Webster Tarpley, Behind the Mad Rush to Bomb Iran, Pressbox, Jan 25 2006 What Really Happened: Iran Petroeuro, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Cóilín Nunan, Trading oil in euros - does it matter?, Energy Bulletin, January 30, 2006 homepage: homepage: http://www.raisethehammer.org/index.asp?id=252 --------27 of 27-------- No Way Not US However many bad things they say we do we're good. We have only good intentions just once in a while (hardly ever) we're misled or just not smart enuf so far but we will be one of these days just you watch we will be. If it's bad either they did it or it didn't really happen 'cause we couldn't do anything that evil and besides someone tricked us we didn't mean to do it we're not to blame they are those tricksters they're the bad ones so don't hang us OK? However many third worlds we overthrow democracies we undermine dictators we install tyrannies we support millions we kill thousands we torture we're good never forget that. Or else. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - David Shove shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu rhymes with clove Progressive Calendar over 2225 subscribers as of 12.19.02 please send all messages in plain text no attachments
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