|Progressive Calendar 03.23.06||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 04:21:22 -0800 (PST)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 03.23.06 1. Same-sex marriage 3.23 7:30am 2. Meth/youth 3.23 12noon 3. CCHT housing 3.23 4:30pm 4. Eagan peace vigil 3.23 4:30pm 5. Northtown vigil 3.23 5pm 6. Labor/pulpits 3.23 5:30pm 7. Transportation 3.23 6pm 8. Iraq on brink 3.23 6pm 9. Poems/WendyLewis 3.23 7pm 10. Arab film fest 3.23 7pm 11. Peter Singer 3.23 7pm 12. MW social forum 3.23 7pm 13. Counter recruit 3.24 12noon 14. Arab film forum 3.24 3:30pm 15. Palestine vigil 3.24 4:15pm 16. Grassroots media 3.24-25 5pm 17. Food for folk 3.24 6pm 18. Farmworker 3.24 7pm 19. Arab films 3.24 7pm 20. Joyeux Noel/film 3.24 21. Sustainable StPaul endorses Mortenson 64A 22. Charlie Reese - Check your beliefs 23. Tom Philpott - Food, sustainability, and the environmentalists 24. Boris Kagarlitsky - 1968 vice versa 24. ed - Why I can't eat my veggies (poem) --------1 of 25-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Same-sex marriage 3.23 7:30am Thursday, 3/23, 7:30 to 9 am, People of Faith rally at the Capitol to oppose constitutional amendment denying all legal recognition of same-gender relationships. www.outfront.org/events/rally.html --------2 of 25-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: Meth/youth 3.23 12noon March 23 - BREAKING the ICE: Strategies for Intervention and Treatment of METH Use among YOUTH. Time: (see below). Cost: $45.OO NON-YIPA MEMBERS, $30.OO YIPA MEMBERS. In Collaboration with Hazelden - Center City, MN; Prairie St. John s - Fargo, ND; Recovery Plus - St Cloud, MN About the Presenters: Julie Sagen, RN, CARN is a Chemical Dependency Nurse at Prairie St. John's with 22 years of experience, most of which has been in addiction nursing. She has worked both in the public and private treatment sectors in inpatient and outpatient settings. She is part of a team, at Prairie St. John's, setting up a methamphetamine addiction treatment program. Janet Dinsmore, a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor specially trained in Relapse Prevention, has worked as Lead Counselor for the Relapse Prevention Program at Recovery Plus for 9 years. In addition to working a personal recovery program, she adapted the existing programming to conform to the Methamphetamine crisis, implementing the evidenced based research of the Matrix Institute and Terence Gorski's Relapse Prevention model. Jim Atkins is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and has been employed in the inpatient treatment field since 1992. He is currently the Director of Admissions at the Hazelden Foundation. He has been in recovery from addiction to methamphetamine and other drugs since 1987. Jim speaks frequently on methamphetamine addiction, treatment and recovery, and has contributed to numerous reports on methamphetamine in Twin Cities newspapers, television and radio programs. In April 2005, he presented on the subject in the US Congress. Certificates of Attendance for all attendees available at end of the workshop. Workshop Topics Include: * Signs and symptoms of meth use and addiction * Strategies for intervention * What to expect in early stages of recovery * Principles of successful meth treatment * Long term impact of meth addiction * Supporting youth in recovery * Working with families of youth addicts As Well As: YOUTH PANEL PRESENTATION by Youth in Recovery from North St Paul High School Schedule of Events: Noon - Check-in will begin 12:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Presentation -Sponsored by YOUTH INTERVENTION PROGRAMS ASSOCIATION -REGISTER by March 20th! -Return REGISTRATION FORM with payment to address listed below or Go to Online Registration -Check-In will begin at noon and speaker presentation will begin at 12:30 p.m. Location: Children's Home Society & Family Services, 1605 Eustis Street, St. Paul, Minnesota --------3 of 25-------- From: Philip Schaffner <PSchaffner [at] ccht.org> Subject: CCHT housing 3.23 4:30pm In 2006, Central Community Housing Trust celebrates 20 years of creating affordable, quality apartments and town homes in our community. Learn how Central Community Housing Trust is responding to the affordable housing shortage in the Twin Cities. Please join us for a 1-hour Building Dreams presentation. Minneapolis Sessions: Mar 23 at 4:30p St. Paul Sessions: Mar 29 at 7:30a * Apr 19 at 4:30p We are also happy to present Building Dreams at your organization, place of worship, or business. Space is limited, please register online at: www.ccht.org/bd or call Philip Schaffner at 612-341-3148 x237 (pschaffner [at] ccht.org) --------4 of 25-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <skograce [at] mtn.org> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 3.23 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. --------5 of 25-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 3.23 5pm We have changed time and day of the NORTHTOWN Peace Vigil to 5 PM every Thursday. For more information people can contact Evangelos Kalambokidis by phone or email: (763)574-9615, ekalamboki [at] aol.com. The new time and day will start on March 23. The old time and day, 1 PM, Saturday, is canceled Northtown Mall Peace Vigil Time Change - We'll vigil for peace EVERY THURSDAY, 5 to 6 pm, at the intersection of Co. Hwy 10 and University Ave NE (SE corner across from Denny's), in Blaine. Communities situated near the Northtown Mall include: Blaine, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Spring Lake Park, Fridley, and Coon Rapids. We'll have extra signs. For further information, email Evangelos Kalamboki at EKalamboki [at] aol.com --------6 of 25-------- From: stpaulunions.org <llwright [at] stpaulunions.org> Subject: Labor/pulpits 3.23 5:30pm Spread the word about what the rest of the world celebrates as International Workers Day - get involved in Labor in the Pulpits. Volunteer to speak about the role unions play in your life, in the fight for economic justice and to improve communities for us all. Don't think you can do that? Then get your congregation to participate instead. Labor in the Pulpits/On the Bimah/In the Minbar connects union members with dozens of Twin Cities churches, synagogues and other faith communities who actually invite union workers to speak that weekend. No one can do better than union members in talking about equality, fair treatment and other issues of workplace justice. No one can do better than union members in reminding other people of faith how much we have in common. Afraid to speak up? Don't be. We'll provide materials, training and advice from union members who have done this before. Want to get yourself or your congregation involved? Contact Lynne Larkin-Wright, 651-222-3787 x16 or by email: llwright [at] stpaulunions.org Training and information sessions *Thurs, March 23: 5:30-7 p.m., United Labor Center, 5th floor, 312 Central Ave., Minneapolis * Thurs, March 30: 5:30-7 p.m., St. Paul Labor Center, 411 Main St, St Paul * Mon, April 3: 5:30-7 p.m., United Labor Center, 5th floor, 312 Central Ave., Minneapolis * Tues, April 25: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Minnesota Nurses Association, 1625 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul Labor in the Pulpits is sponsored locally by the Twin Cities Religion and Labor Network, Minneapolis Central Labor Union Council, and Saint Paul Trades and Labor Assembly. It is organized nationally by the AFL-CIO and Interfaith Worker Justice. --------7 of 25-------- From: ejadvocates [at] yahoogroups.com [mailto:ejadvocates [at] yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Cheryl Morgan Spencer Subject: Transportation 3.23 6pm The Minneapolis Urban League, OPACC/MICAH, The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability, The Institute on Race and Poverty, Legal AID, The Council on Black Minnesotans, EJAM and The African American Leadership Summit and The Black Church Coalition present.. The Minnesota Pipeline " Advocating for Equal Access to Transportation in Minnesota: A Community Dialogue on Disparate Impact, Communities of Color and the Transportation System " Thursday, March 23 6-8pm The Minneapolis Urban League 2100 Plymouth Av N Mpls COME AND SPEAK OUT FOR TRANSPORTATION EQUITY!!!!! CALL 612-302-3100 FOR MORE INFORMATION!! --------8 of 25-------- From: Socialist Alternative <mn [at] socialistalternative.org> Subject: Iraq on brink 3.23 6pm Iraq on the Brink Why Peace is Impossible Under U.S. Occupation Thursday, March 23 6pm University of Minnesota Coffman Rm. 305 (300 Washington Ave, SE, Mpls) As Iraq slides toward civil war, it is increasingly clear that the U.S. military occupation is hurting - not helping - the prospects for peace. Yet Republicans, Democrats, and even some antiwar organizations still argue the U.S. needs to remain in Iraq to prevent civil war. Come hear a socialist analysis of how the U.S. occupation is aggravating the religious violence and get involved in building a mass movement to bring the troops home NOW! Speaker: Barry Shillingford, antiwar organizer in the Twin Cities Followed by lively discussion and planning for the next steps in the local antiwar movement. Sponsored by Socialist Alternative * mn [at] socialistalternative.org * www.socialistalternative.org * 612.226.9129 --------9 of 25-------- From: juliet <juliet [at] abrahamassociatesinc.com> Subject: Poems/WendyLewis 3.23 7pm Publication event for local poet Juliet Patterson celebrating her literary debut, The Truant Lover Thursday, March 23rd * 7 PM The Loft Literary Center 1011 Washington Ave. S With DJ Zen-rock, special guest MC Melissa Borgmann Readings by Gabrielle Civil & Ed Bok Lee Film by Ann Prim Music by Wendy Lewis & members of Redstart Reception to follow sponsored by the Birchwood Café FREE [It's Wendy Lewis I want to see & hear. I am the proud possessor of a 1999 CD by Wendy Lewis and Bill Carrothers, "The Language of Crows". Both are excellent musicians, and Wendy's songs (and perhaps Wendy herself) are almost as quirky and weird (good things) as I. She does "Ballad of Lizzie Borden" and "Jesus Loves Me" in appropriately unacceptable ways that I treasure. Then there's "Savior Self", "Like a Sick Eagle", "Doll House", and more. -ed] --------10 of 25-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Arab film fest 3.23 7pm Thursday, 3/23, 7 pm, Arab Film Fest free film "Mercedes," a comedy about Egyptian social and political tension, Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave. Mpls. http://calendar.walkerart.org or http://hishambizri.com/arabfilmconf.html --------11 of 25-------- From: Tessa Eagan <teagan [at] umn.edu> Subject: Peter Singer 3.23 7pm Peter Singer, renowned bioethicist 7pm Thursday March 23 Ted Mann Hall 2128 4th Street S Minneapolis MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (2/27/06) - Bioethicist Peter Singer, noted as one of the 100 most influential people by TIME Magazine, will present an engaging lecture at the University of Minnesota on March 23. The lecture, entitled "Ethics and Animals," will look at the ethical questions that arise from our society's use of animals. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a public reception. Visit www.philosophy.umn.edu/singer.html for more information. Contact: Ramona Ilea, 612-623-7615, ilea0001 [at] umn.edu --------12 of 25-------- From: Larry Olds <lolds [at] popednews.org> Subject: MW social forum 3.23 7pm This is a reminder of an informational meeting about the MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM 2006 at the Resource Center of the Americas, 7 pm Thurs, March 23. The Forum will take place in Milwaukee on July 6-9, 2006. For more information on the MWSF, please visit the official Forum website: www.mwsocialforum.org. The meeting will also provide an update on planning for the first US Social Forum, which will be held in Atlanta June 17 - 22, 2007 (http:// www.ussocialforum.org/). Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Av Mpls, Romero Room THURSDAY, MARCH 23RD, 2006 7pm CONTACT FOR MORE INFO: Teresa Ortiz, Resource Center of the Americas, 612-276-0788, ext.22; tortiz [at] americas.org Larry Olds 3322 15th Ave S Minneapolis MN 55407 USA 612/722-3442 --------13 of 25-------- From: sarah standefer <scsrn [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Counter recruit 3.24 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 --------14 of 25-------- From: Ahmed <ata200221 [at] msn.com> Subject: Arab film forum 3.24 3:30pm Arab filmmakers Omar Amiraly (Syria), Michel Khliefi (Palestine) and Inas Al Degheidy (Egypt) "Cinema and Society in the Arab World" symposium and film event March 24-26 (schedule at end of release) University of Minnesota, Nicholson Hall, 216 Pillsbury Drive SE (near 15th & University) and Oak Street Cinema Free and open to the general public U of M Event to Examine Cinema and Society in Arab World Film Screenings by Arab Directors Part of Four Day Event Minneapolis, MN - The University of Minnesota Institute for Global Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, and Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature will present a symposium examining "Cinema and Society in the Arab World" at Nicholson Hall, U of M east bank campus, on March 24-26. The symposium will include panel discussions on Cinema and National Identity, Cinema and the Arts, and Cinema and The Culture Industry. Each evening will feature film screenings and discussions by noted Arab filmmakers Omar Amiraley of Syria, Inas Al Degheidy of Egypt and Palestinian Michel Khliefi. The conference will be a gathering of intellectuals, filmmakers, and curators from the US, Europe, and the Arab world to engage in a dialogue and evaluate 100+ years of Arab cinema: its origins and influences, political events that shaped it, and how it has shaped and was shaped by the consciousness of the Arab people. A schedule of events can be found at the end of this release. The Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (CSCL), part of the College of Liberal Arts, is growing its program in the study of world cinema. Courses in African, Indian and Chinese cinema have been offered for several years. With the recent introduction of Arab cinema into the curriculum, CSCL is poised to become the premier department in the country for the study of national cinemas. Professor Hisham Bizri, himself a practicing filmmaker, is the chief organizer for the symposium. He considers the timing of this symposium critical in relation to world events. "At this time, when the U.S. is engaged in war in the Arab world, the study of Arab cinema becomes important for our students, who will benefit enormously not only from the political and social aspects of Arab cinema but also from the personal and the aesthetic aspects that are shaped by a living culture and a society that is the cradle of civilization, be it Jewish, Christian, or Islamic." Professor Hisham Bizri is available to talk about the symposium, filmmakers and the film studies program at the University of Minnesota. For information and availability please contact Kelly O^ÒBrien at 612-624-4109 or obrie136 [at] umn.edu. Friday, March 24 3:30-5:30pm 275 Nicholson Hall, 216 Pillsbury Drive SE, U of M east bank Cinema & National Identity panel discussion Panelists: Mohammed Bamyeh, Joseph Massad, Michelle Stewart; moderator: Mazhar Al-Zo'by 7pm Oak Street Cinema, 309 Oak St. SE Special screenings with Syrian filmmaker Omar Amiralay --------15 of 25-------- From: peace 2u <tkanous [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Palestine vigil 3.24 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. --------16 of 25-------- From: Erik Forman <eforman [at] macalester.edu> Subject: Grassroots media 3.24-25 5pm TWIN CITIES GRASSROOTS MEDIA FAIR March 24-25. Macalester College, St. Paul Whether you're fighting injustice or spreading the word about a cultural event in your community, local independent media covers our blind spots when the corporate media turns a blind eye. At the Grassroots Media Fair we will make connections to strengthen local independent media, explore the important role of independent media in a desolate capitalist mediascape, learn about the upcoming battles in the fight for a democratic media, build ties between activists and independent media producers, celebrate the re-launch of Twin Cities Indymedia, learn how to make our own DIY media, and discuss Media Justice and the power of self-representation. All are encouraged to attend this series of panels and presentations showcasing the rich Twin Cities grassroots media scene in the global movement for a democratic cultural environment. Please visit our website at www.macalester.edu/grapevine <http://www.macalester.edu/grapevine> for the schedule and conference updates. EVENT SCHEDULE* Friday March 24 5-7pm Plenary Session Timothy Russo of *Indymedia Chiapas* and *Communicadores Populares por la Autonomía* (COMPPA) will be coming all the way from southern Mexico to share stories of the role that community and independent media has played in Mesoamerican social movements, including the Zapatistas' Other Campaign. (Olin-Rice 150) Saturday March 25 (Registration throughout the day) 10:30-11am Introductions and Opening Plenary (4th Floor Old Main) 11am-1pm Get up early for *The Electromagnetic Enclosures*- a conversation with Pete Tridish, *Prometheus Radio Project,* about the emergence of the pirate radio movement, the legal low power radio stations that it spawned, the media ownership battle, and the future of the electromagnetic spectrum. (4th Floor Old Main) 12noon Free Lunch. No strings attached. (4th Fl. Old Main) 1-2:20 Session 1 *Whose Streets!? (Reclaiming your Visual Landscape)* with Josh Macphee, artist, activist, and author of Stencil Pirates. "(4th Fl. Old Main) -or- *The Movement is the Message*- Independent Media Networks and Activism Panel/Discussion with local TC mediamakers and activists from the Counter-Propaganda Coalition, Twin Cities Media Alliance, IPR, and others. "(1st Fl. Old Main) 2:30-3:50 Session 2 ((1st Fl. Old Main) *DIY Skillshare!! *stencilmaking, screenprinting, zinemaking, and more!* -or- Putting the 'Community' Back in 'Communications'*- Community Media Panel Discussion -or- *Will the Revolution be Wireless?* Panel on Community Wireless (or lack thereof, in the Twin Cities) 4-4:30 *THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF TC-INDYMEDIA*- What is Indymedia? Where did it come from? How do I use it? How can I get involved? All of these questions will be answered during this brief presentation. 4:00-6:00 *Make-Your-Own-Conference Time* This is your time to network with other mediamakers in your format or genre, making connections and building solidarity to strengthen the movement. You may also set up your own workshop or panel during this time if you feel that the organizers of the conference have left out an important topic. 6:00-7:00 Dinner Break 7:00-9:00 *Media Justice Plenary Panel *(Weyerhaeuser Chapel) *CONTACT* Please contact Erik [eforman [at] macalester.edu] or John [jslade [at] labornet.org] with questions or requests, or visit our website at http://www.macalester.edu/grapevine for more information. --------17 of 25-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Food for folk 3.24 6pm This email is from Gary Brever, CSA farmer from Ploughshare Farm (http://www.ploughsharefarm.com/) and founder of Food for Folk that is a project to get great sustainably and locally produced food to low-income, working poor, and homeless populations. Visionary speaker, good music and food and GREAT cause! -Tom Taylor 612-788-4252 Fundraiser and awareness for the Food for Folk Project and to highlight sustainably and locally grown foods. This event includes a wild salmon dinner(vegetarian option available), a guest speaker, and live entertainment. Friday, March 24, 6pm StMark's Catholic Church -1983 Dayton Ave St. Paul 55104 Cost: $20 (advance tickets--up to one week prior), $25 (at the door), $5 (For children under 12) Tickets available at Trotter's Café (232 North Cleveland Ave, St. Paul), The Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy (2105 First Ave South, Minneapolis) or by calling Tim Dougherty at 612-330-1624 On Friday, March 24 the Food For Folk Project is hosting a benefit dinner at St. Mark's Church in St. Paul. All money raised will go to The Food For Folk Project, which provides fresh, organic produce from Community Supported Agriculture farmers and organic producers, as well as sustainably raised meats and eggs from Whole Farm Coop, to low-income, working poor, and homeless populations. This event includes a salmon dinner, a talk given by Kamyar Enshayan, and live entertainment by the House of Mercy Band. Salmon Dinner Served with organic vegetables from Ploughshare Farm and featuring Alaskan-caught wild salmon by Norman Botz, a commercial fisherman from the Long Prairie, MN area. Food For Folk "Healthy Food for Low Income Families* c/o WesMin RC&D 900 Robert Street Suite #104 Alexandria, MN 56308 Phone: 320-763-3191 ext 5 Fax: 320-762-5502 Contact: Gary Brever Food For Folk Project 218-267-5117 218-267-5157 (fax) gjbrever [at] midwestinfo.net --------18 of 25-------- From: Brian Payne <brianpayneyvp [at] gmail.com> Subject: Farmworker 3.24 7pm Local Organizing in Solidarity with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers Workshop, Friday, March 24, 7-9pm "Farmworker Poverty, Fast Food Profits and You." Macalester College, Cultural House A popular education workshop about the work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to end sweatshops and slavery in the fields. The workshop will explore the links between farmworker and consumer exploitation by fast food companies like McDonald's. Contact Info: Brian Payne, 612-822-8460, brianpayneyvp [at] gmail.com --------19 of 25-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Arab films 3.24 7pm Friday, 3/24, 7 pm, Arab Film Festival short films including "The Euphrates Dam," "The Chickens," and "A Flood in Baath Country," with director Omar Amirala present, Oak Street Cinema, 309 Oak St. SE, Mpls. www.mnfilmarts.org or http://hishambizri.com/arabfilmconf.html --------20 of 25-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Joyeux Noel/film 3.24 Friday, 3/24 (begins), various times, film "Joyeux Noel" (Merry Christmas) from true story where WWI enemies put down their guns to shake hands together, Edina Theater, 3911 W. 50th St, Edina. www.landmarktheaters.com ----------21 of 25-------- From: Jesse Mortenson <teknoj [at] gmail.com> Subject: Sustainable StPaul endorses Mortenson 64A From www.sustainablestpaul.org. Sustainable St. Paul Endorses Jesse Mortenson for MN House District 64A ST. PAUL, MINN. (March 21, 2006) - Sustainable St. Paul announced that it has endorsed Jesse Mortenson <http://www.jessemortenson.com/> in the race for the Minnesota House of Representatives District 64A seat. "Jesse embodies the ideals of our organization," said Mary Petrie, co-founder of Sustainable St. Paul. "He is the candidate dedicated to renewable energy, independent businesses and grassroots democracy, and we feel that he will work hard to move these issues forward if elected." The organization in particular noted Mortenson's leadership in the Green Party of Minnesota, Midway Citizen Consumer Community Coalition, Small is Beautiful Committee of the Green Party of St. Paul, Metro Independent Business Alliance and Campus Environmental Issues Committee at Macalester College. "Jesse played an important role in organizing Sustainable St. Paul's effort to get Chris Coleman and Randy Kelly on record regarding crucial issues in last year's mayoral race, including Mayor Coleman's commitment to fulfill 24% of St. Paul's energy needs from renewable sources by 2015," said Petrie. Sustainable St. Paul is a coalition of Greens, progressive Democrats, and independents working to make sure that St. Paul leaders are held accountable for the sustainability of our environment, local economy and democracy. --------22 of 25-------- Check Your Beliefs Charlie Reese March 17, 2006 Let's play a fantasy game to check on our belief in human rights. Let's suppose that in a mythical state, a governor announced a campaign to punish African-Americans for alleged violence. Step one is to confiscate the land owned by African-Americans, evict them from it and use the land to build massive new subdivisions. Only white Protestant Christians may live in these subdivisions. Step two is to connect these all-white Protestant Christian settlements to each other by a highway on which African-Americans are forbidden to drive. To facilitate control, the automobile tags for African-Americans will be a different color from the tags issued to white motorists. Checkpoints would be set up all around the state capitol to search and harass African-Americans trying to enter. Would you support such a plan? Would you hail that mythical governor as a man of peace? Would you go to your church congregation and ask the members to send money to the occupants of these white settlements? Would you lobby the federal government to subsidize this new apartheid state in our midst? I don't think so. I think most Americans would consider such acts an abomination, un-American and a mockery of everything both Christianity and the United States stand for. Well, if you would condemn such acts here directed against African-Americans, why won't you condemn identical acts committed against the Palestinians by the state of Israel? Those settlements you hear about are built on Palestinian land, and they are for Jews only. New roads that Palestinians are forbidden to use connect them. The entire West Bank is riddled with Israeli checkpoints, where innocent Palestinians are daily humiliated and harassed. A trip to a nearby village can mean waiting in line at checkpoints for hours. Palestinians have died in these lines. After all of these humiliations, abuses, the houses destroyed, the children killed, the olive trees uprooted, how do you think Palestinians feel about Americans who support the Israelis no matter what they do to the Palestinians? Don't take my word about these abuses. Check out the Israeli human-rights organization at www.btselem.org/English. If you cannot condemn the flagrant abuses of Palestinians by the Israeli government, then you are undoubtedly a bigot, the worst kind of racist pig who believes that Palestinians are some kind of subspecies of the human race. If you do condemn in your heart these terrible abuses, but are afraid to speak out about them, then you are a damned coward. I listened in disgust to a congressional committee hearing on the Palestinian elections. It was all about what the Palestinians have to do. It was as if the cops, interviewing a child who had been raped by an adult, lectured the child on dressing provocatively and of being in places she should not have been in. The Palestinians are the victims here. It is their land that is occupied. They have no army. They are at the mercy of the Israeli government. They don't have a superpower protecting them from international sanctions and supplying them with billions of dollars. The United States should be telling Israel to get out of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, to dismantle its settlements and checkpoints, and to allow Palestinian refugees to return to or be compensated for the land the Israelis stole. You want to know why we have a problem with terrorism? It's not Islamic fundamentalists or hatred of freedom. It's our support of Israel's unspeakable abuse of Palestinians. Don't blame Osama bin Laden. Blame the president, Congress, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and all the cowardly Americans who practice hypocrisy by claiming to be moral while supporting gross immorality committed against their fellow human beings in Palestine. --------23 of 25-------- Food, sustainability, and the environmentalists by Tom Philpott Grist Magazine Tuesday, March 21, 2006 http://gristmill.grist.org/story/2006/3/21/954/50698?source=daily The other day, a prominent Canadian journalist paid me a visit to interview me for his book on building a sustainable future. At one point, I expounded on the closed-nutrient cycle of old-school organic farming, contrasting it with what writer Michael Pollan deemed the "industrial-organic" way. In the old-school organic style, which relies on animals, farm wastes are recycled into the soil, providing all the nutrients necessary for the next harvest. The industrial-organic farmer, by contrast, imports his or her soil fertility - just like the conventional farmer. The difference is that the organic farmer is likely shipping in composted manure from far-flung places, while the conventional grower is hauling in a processed petroleum product. "The problem," I continued - my interlocutor's eyes may well have been glazing over - "is that most small vegetable farms these days, including my own, don't have enough animals to produce the nitrogen we need. So our transition to real organic farming is ongoing." The journalist then asked me a question that stopped me short: "Do you think real organic farming could feed the world?" I stammered something like "I hope so," and had him jot down a couple of books to look up. It wasn't until after he left that I realized why his question made me so uneasy. What he was asking me, in essence, was, "can sustainable farming feed the world?" To which the only wise response is, "can unsustainable farming feed the world - for long?" To an extent, the problem is one of semantics, centering on the definition of "sustainable." To many green types, places like Whole Foods and Wild Oats teem with "sustainably produced" stuff - everything from T-shirts to apples, chicken and eggs, even versions of Twizzlers and TV dinners. But the great bulk of it falls under the rubric of industrial-organic - like the wares on offer at Wal-Mart, only a little less so, these goods depend on a culture of cheap and plentiful crude oil and labor. The cheap-oil problem has certainly gained traction among greens. Blogs devoted to "peak oil" abound; this very blog seems like one at times. Most of these discussions, though, devolve into sniping about biofuels and hybrids. It's important to wonder how we'd get around in an era of super-high oil prices. But I don't understand why more people aren't worried about what we'd eat. The cheap-labor problem certainly doesn't garner much attention in environmental circles. The amount Americans pay for food as a percentage of income has fallen steadily since 1980, leveling off about at 10 percent - less than any people in history. Meanwhile, growth in real wages has stagnated. According to Robert Pollin's indispensable Contours of Descent: U.S. Economic Fractures and the Landscape of Global Austerity, real hourly wages peaked at $15.73 in 1973 and by 2000 stood at $14.15 (2001 dollars). And that was after a rare three-year growth spurt provoked by the stock-market bubble; since 2000, stagnation has returned. What these two facts - cheap food, stagnating wages - reveal to me is a vicious circle. We need our food supply as cheap as possible to feed low-wage people; we need lots of low-wage people - farm workers, slaughterhouse workers, clerks at our number-one grocer, Wal-Mart, and so on - to sustain our cheap-food system. Whatever else it does - and it works pretty well, if you're a major shareholder in transnational corporations - this cycle consumes enormous resources and, yes, severely damages the environment. How do we keep labor so cheap? One way is by prying open foreign labor markets. Want to agitate for higher wages in the textile plant? Fine. We'll move the plant to China. Better take what the company gives you. Pollin quotes the sometimes-sainted Alan Greenspan on why wage growth lagged productivity growth in the go-go late 1990s: Even then, workers were "traumatized" by the specter of job insecurity, the chairman noted approvingly. How do we keep food so cheap? One way is by opening our market to foreign-grown food. As Ken Meter has shown, we're about to become a net food importer. If you think Mexican labor is cheap in California's and Florida's tomato fields, imagine how much cheaper it is down in Mexico. Another way, as I have shown here ad nauseam, is subsidies. Last year the federal government cut checks to commodity-agriculture producers amounting to $23 billion - roughly equivalent to Bolivia's GDP. In those terms alone - never mind steep environmental and social costs - cheap food is actually a pretty pricey proposition. But that $23 billion figure shouldn't make farmers the equivalent of Reagan's welfare mothers of the 1980s. The payments urge overproduction, which pushes prices down and eats into farm incomes. The real beneficiaries of this welfare scheme are grain buyers: processors like Archer-Daniels Midland and Cargill, and feedlot operators like Smithfield Foods. And, of course, their shareholders. Back to my Canadian journalist visitor. He spoke with great knowledge about energy issues, about fluid local grids where everyone's a producer and everyone's a consumer. About food - even though he tends a garden plot, even though he shops at farmers markets - he seemed, like so many environmentalists, like so many people nowadays, out of his element. Why is it so difficult to get people interested in the politics of food? In a culture where food production takes place in such abstraction, food becomes banalized into minimal rituals of ingestion, digestion, and expulsion. Food, when we do think of it, becomes a kind of sport, another spectacle to consume: chefs puffing like fullbacks on Iron Chef, Emmeril bellowing idiotically like some sort of high-school football coach. Can sustainable agriculture feed the world? That depends, I suppose, on what you're trying to sustain. But I seriously doubt that industrial agriculture - or its bastard child, industrial-organic - can for much longer. --------24 of 25-------- 1968 Vice Versa By Boris Kagarlitsky ZNet Commentary March 19, 2006 http://www.zmag.org/sustainers/content/2006-03/18kagarlitsky.cfm France has once again become the center of attention. First of all, the European Constitution was snowed under by the French people, then immigrant youngsters were rioting in the suburbs, now the students of Sorbonne, who are way more well-off, have sparked a rebellion, altogether inviting the afore-mentioned youngsters from the suburbs, which were referred to by our press solely as Islamic extremists and menace to the entire European civilization. Our journalists have nothing to offer but trivial repeating references to the 1968 events. And this is not the simplicity and ignorance of our political commentators that strikes most, but the common logic which presupposes the absolute vanity of tracing the current situation until a conflict emerges out of nowhere, and whether you like it or not you've got to make comments on it. It doesn't matter what's actually happening, our commentators are too short of time to look into the matter. Pick a hint, take evidence, lying on the surface and expose it. We had "Islamism" some months ago, now "1968 is back". It seems that political events have to inevitably repeat just like seasons of the year. The only comfort, though, is to think that the Western press' coverage on the Ukraine events was as skin-deep as was ours on France. And if anything is to happen in Russia, French comments would be as shallow and ridiculous as those we are having now in our press. Still, this is France right now which is undergoing crisis at the moment. Why now and why of this kind? The measures, taken by the French government are not unique, to begin with. The similar policy is pursued by the majority of European governments. For example, the law which sparked such vehement protest on part of the French studentship, is now being discussed by liberal parties in Sweden (in the electoral campaign there the rights of the youth are becoming the most burning issue). In postmodern Orwellian Newspeak they call it "employment opportunities for young people". Well, neoliberal policy indeed stimulates creation of new jobs by employing market measures, expanding freedom for entrepreneurship, thus automatically diminishing the social security of the employees. The assumption is, that having acquired more freedom; the bourgeoisie will actively hire new employees. In reality, as known, these measures result in closing good jobs and offering numerous bad ones, with low salaries and no security. In the long-run, it is not even about the youth under 26, deprived by law of the social security while applying for a job. This law is another example of the neoliberal policy on the whole, which has long been rejected by the majority of population. Here comes the trouble: while the society has agreed upon the unanimous rejection of the neoliberal course, the political class has become a habitat for the liberal consensus. The measures supported by all influential and "serious" political parties, are exactly those rejected by the great majority of population. And vice versa, the policy, which all population stands out for, is the one rejected by political parties and even mediocre political leaders. Responsibility in politics today presupposes sheer negligence of the electorate's interests and aspirations. Democracy, as an essential condition for its own proper functioning, needs to fully exclude people from the decision-making process. [Just like here. -ed] All the afore-mentioned creates the situation in which the population is left at nothing but organizing riots to display their attitude to the policy pursued. The referendum on the European Constitution was also a form of a riot but in an electoral way. The defeat at the ballot-boxes had taught Western political elites a lesson: they will no more call serious issues for a vote. Now back to the ridden to death comparison between the current events in Paris and those of 1968. What strikes first, is their obvious contradiction. The students, rioting in 1968, were more radical but also more isolated from the majority of the population. Today they are just a part of the wide social movement, and not even its most radical sector. In 1968 the left forces were stronger and more influential, but they did not represent the views of the majority. Being given the chance to have a say, the philistine French "silent majority" of 1968 voted for Gaullists. Now the Left as an organized force in "serious politics" in France simply doesn't exist. The Socialist party only carries its name, while its political stance is way more right than the Gaullists'. The Communists are weak, broken into rivaling groupings, and disoriented. The society, however, has become more left than it was in the 1960s. The political life of the 1960s with its rift on right and left (with dominating right wing) more or less precisely reflected the moods and positions in the society itself. Now the politics is a sort of lining, the mirror image of the social moods. Back then, the political struggle reflected the contradictions of the society, now we see the flagrant contradiction between politics and life. The conflicts of the kind are a natural consequence of a certain political or socio-economic reality, which is called the European Union. Or, to put it more precisely, the main point of the EU as an institute consists in abolishing democracy in the sense stupid Europeans have got used to in the last hundred years. It is not surprising that insulted population, being forcibly excluded from the political process, is trying to resist this injustice. The riots of today are just a preface to the serious conflicts which are inevitable to break out in many democratic states. Being at the top of this list, France once more has presented itself, according to Marx, a "classical state" of political struggle. [Our stolen national government fails us at every turn. I no longer expect anything from the majority of DC Dems other than craven cowardice and collusion with the enemy. Since they don't respond to the people, things like general strikes, and sledgehammers to Diebold voting machines, may be our only answer. Class warfare will get more like warfare. Perhaps we can learn from Venezuela, Cuba, Haiti, et al, the brightest part of the world today. -ed] --------25 of 25-------- Why I can't eat my veggies This bean looks mean My peas have knees Those spuds are duds Green cuke I puke My salad is pallid Broccoli makes me pee Cauliflower call I sour This cut corn acts forlorn Asparagus is most unfair to us A rude carrot - I can't bear it This lettuce won't let me Parsley pains me arsely All these veggies give me wedgies If you love me let me eat cake ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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