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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2006 01:19:36 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 04.18.06 1. Cam meets public 4.18 9:30am 2. EconAlt/CTV 4.18 5pm 3. Agribiz/effect 4.18 6:30pm 4. Venezuela/salon 4.18 6:30pm 5. 9-11/LooseChange 4.18/19 7pm 6. Pentel/Hamline 4.18 7pm 7. Women/war/Iraq 4.18 7pm 8. NaziGermany/USnow 4.18 7pm 9. Choice/capitol 4.19 9:30am 10. Schools/race 4.19 3pm 11. CCHT housing 4.19 4:30pm 12. Candidates/youth 4.19 5pm 13. WomenRightsBash 4.19 5pm 14. Salman Rushdie 4.19 5:30pm 15. Anti-torture 4.19 6:30pm 16. Transportation 4.19 6:30pm 17. Xcel injustice 4.19 7pm 18. Wind power 4.19 7pm 19. Sex education 4.19 7pm 20. WomenRebels/film 4.19 7pm 21. Dave Edwards - Channel 4 smears Chavez 22. Indigo Girls - Dear Mr President (song) --------1 of 22-------- From: Cam Gordon <CamGordon333 [at] msn.com> Subject: Cam meets public 4.18 9:30am Cam Gordon, Council Member, Second Ward 612-673-2202 (w) 612-296-0579 (c) Office Hours: I am happy to announce that beginning in February I will be holding office hours every Tuesday morning in the Second Ward from 9:30-11am. The locations will rotate as follows, so that I can meet with residents in their own neighborhoods: Third Tuesdays: Southeast Como neighborhood SECIA office, 837 15th Ave SE --------2 of 22-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: EconAlt/CTV 4.18 5pm Starting THIS TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY (Apr 11 and 12) "Our World Today/Our World In Depth" begins airing on SPNN, Channel 15, Public Access in St. Paul. The show is weekly on Tuesday at 5 pm, midnight and then Wednesday morning at 10 am. Below are the titles and guests for the next shows: Apr 18: "Economic Alternatives" w/Katie Quarles and Karen Redleaf Apr 25: "Medicare Part D" w/Joel Albers and John Schwarz May 2: *"The Truth About Medicare Part D" w/Sue Abderholden and Jane Hanger Seeley May 9: "Community Access Media" w/Mike Wassenaar * all shows above are hosted by yours truly except *"The Truth About Medicare Part D" which is hosted by Joel Albers. Eric Angell 651-644-1173(h) 1-847-202-0034(c) --------3 of 22-------- From: Patty Guerrero <pattypax [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Venezuela/salon 4.18 6:30pm Hi, This Tuesday, April 18, Jack Rossbach will be the guest and he will tell us about his recent trip to Venezuela and his view of Hugo Chavez and the government. Pax Salons ( http://justcomm.org/pax-salon ) are held (unless otherwise noted in advance): Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Mad Hatter's Tea House, 943 W 7th, St Paul, MN Salons are free but donations encouraged for program and treats. Call 651-227-3228 or 651-227-2511 for information. --------4 of 22-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Agribiz/effect 4.18 6:30pm Researching Corporations/Economic Justice Tuesday, April 18, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Carondelet Center, Dining Room, 1884 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul. Mark Shultz from the Land Stewardship Project will shed light on the impact of agribusiness on workers and communities and the future. Sponsored by: Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Justice Commission, Bread and Roses, School Sisters of Notre Dame Justice Office, and School Sisters of Notre Dame Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry. --------5 of 22-------- From: alteravista [at] earthlink.net Subject: 9-11/LooseChange 4.18/19 7pm Begin Questioning 9/11! 9/11 has redefined the course of the future for the whole world. Is the official story true? Come see a free movie about the events of 9/11 and the many unanswered questions. LOOSE CHANGE, 2nd Edition, 2006 Produced by Korey Rowe, directed by Dylan Aver Tuesday April 18, 7 pm Mim's Cafe/Lori's Coffee House 1435 Cleveland Av N (at Buford) StPaul (West of the StPaul farm campus; 4 blocks S of Larpenteur) Parking in street or behind restaurant AND Wednesday April 19, 7pm Mayday Bookstore basement 301 Cedar Av West Bank Mpls Presented by mn911 group Comments about this film: " a brilliant piece of research presented cinematically with great effectiveness. It's one particular selection of the mountains of evidence that are available about what happened on 9/11. "even a small portion of it is enough to convince you that the official story is nowhere near true." "...Hands down the very best video analysis of the events of 9/11." -Republic Broadcasting Network * Why did six of the alleged 19 hijackers turn up alive right after 9/11? * Who made millions selling "puts" on (short selling) United and American Airlines just before 9/11? * Why did firefighters report hearing explosions in the towers before they fell? * Why was the steel wreckage immediately hauled off and shipped abroad before forensic examination was done? * Why was there no sign of an airliner or bodies in the PA meadow where Flight 93 supposedly went down? * and many many others Come view one of the best recent videos about 9/11. FFI 651-633-4410. --------6 of 22-------- From: Matt Kitchin <kitchin97232 [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Pentel/Hamline 4.18 7pm Civic Leader and Environmentalist Ken Pentel will speak at Hamline University on Tuesday, April 18th at 7 PM in Drew Science Center 118. Hamline is on Snelling and Hewitt (north of University Ave.) in St. Paul. Come find out what is going on in Minnesota politics and what you can do to help improve our democracy! Sponsored by Hamline MPIRG. --------7 of 22-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Women/war/Iraq 4.18 7pm "Bearing Witness": women reporting on war @ B-L-B reviewed by Lydia Howell, KFAI & online journal TC Daily Planet http://www.tcdailyplanet.net (broadcast on KFAI's MOVIE TALK--1st Thurs.every month,6pm) Our picture of war correspondents is the swashbuckler with a notebook, a cool objective eye though a camera lens, addicted to adrenalin of near-death and sex in exotic countries---and of course, always male. "Bearing Witness", the newest film by Barbara Koppel, documents the first year of the war in Iraq through the eyes of five women war correspondents. Koppel is most known for her first documentary (about a miner's strike) "Harlan County USA", which won the 1977 Oscar. Your first question might be, do women approach a wa zone differently than men do? Certainly, no less physical bravery is demanded of these female writers, photographers and filmmakers than their male colleagues. With co-director Marijana Wotton, Koppel rips away the initial self-congratulation of American victory and suggests that women never lose sight of the harrowing costs of war paid by ordinary civilians - whose stories these women are driven to tell. From the fall of Baghdad to assault on Fallugha, the bombing of the United Nations' Iraq HQ to Abu Graibe prison, and the emergence of the Iraqui resistance, these five women's experience of reporting war takes us past the too-often sanitzed accounts that manage to make the news Americans are allowed to see. On one level, this film meditates on the highest aims of what journalism is supposed to be. CNN camera-woman Mary Rogers says, "This is a calling--like being a doctor or a cop. It's life-consuming." TV news producer, May Ying Welsh,works for Al-Jazeera and struggles with rejection from fellow Americans, who see her as a 'traitor', and some Muslim colleagues, since she's "not a believer". Freelance photographer Molly Bingham was arrested and spent a week in Abu Graibe prison at the war's start. Her return, with two Iraqui women formerly incarertaed there, is a moving testament to spiritual endurance. , London Times writer, Marie Colvin says, "I want to do a rough draft of history." She underscores that, for her. covering war isn't about the latest tank--it's about people. Wearing an eye patch, she has her own war wounds, having lost an eye to shrapnel in Shri Lanka's civil war. Colvin's fellow writer at the Times, Janine DiGiovanni says, "Reporters have an obligation to bear witness." Besides Iraq, these women have gone to some of the most terrifying places on Earth, from civil wars in Africa to Cheneya, Yugoslavia in the 1990s and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Koppel also digs into these women's motivations, telling their personal journeys - and, yes, it is HARDER for women doing this work - and perhaps, lonelier. May Ying Welsh brings her bi-racial perspective. Issues of balancing work and family life that all working women face become intensified for women reporting war. Yet, two of the women's stories include romantic love, unexpectedly found under fire. There's tragedy and triumph. Finally,"Bearing Witness" makes clear the emotional toll that living in war takes, which women may be more willing to reveal than most of their male colleagues are. These women embody courage that's embedded in the heart. No matter where you stand on the war in Iraq, "Bearing Witness" is profound testimony with irrefutable power. "Bearing Witness', $5, Tues. April 18, 7pm, @ Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 West Lake St. south Minneapolis. Part of City Pages film curator Rob Nelson's best of the GET REAL! Festival. --------8 of 22-------- From: Dick Bernard <dick_bernard [at] comcast.net> Subject: NaziGermany/USnow 4.18 7pm GERMANY THEN, AND THE U.S. NOW: A CITIZEN OF BOTH LOOKS BACK AND AHEAD. Annelee Woodstrom at First Unitarian Society, Minneapolis, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2006 Sponsored by: Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers and First Unitarian Society, Minneapolis. Free, with free will donations accepted at the program. Best parking at Walker Art Institute Lot. In 1933, Anneliese Solch was a seven year old girl in Catholic school in a small German town of 6000, walking distance from the border of Czechoslovakia. Adolf Hitler had just come to power, and within a year, Anneliese wanted to join the local Hitler Young Maidens because they promised fun activities. Her parents forbade this. Indeed they never became affiliated with the Nazis, in a time when such affiliation would lead to privileges not granted to non-Nazis. A dozen years later, Anneliese, 19, and working 60 hours a week as a telegrapher in Regensburg, 90 miles from her hometown, saw the defeat of Germany, and with others had to walk home, near starving, witness to a national dream destroyed. Her father, who had been drafted into the German Army, was never seen again. It is believed he may be buried somewhere in Russia, but they have never learned his fate for certain. In 1947, Anneliese married a kind GI who had been amongst the liberators of her town. She became Annelee Woodstrom, and began what has become almost 60 years of residence in northwestern Minnesota, including a 23 year career as a public school teacher. Her husband and a daughter have passed on, and her son, Roy, is a Community Librarian for the Minneapolis Library system. In 2003, Annelee wrote her memories in a very well-received book "War Child: Growing Up In Adolf Hitler's Germany", and has done much public speaking, from public schools to community groups and forums. Her second book on her transition to U.S. citizen is in progress. On April 18, Annelee will approach her topic in a way she has not done before: she will describe Germany during 1933-45 as seen by a small town Aryan Catholic girl; but in addition will talk about her increasing concerns about similarities she sees between the U.S. of today, and her home country during its dozen years of seeming triumph and ultimate catastrophe. --------9 of 22-------- From: erin [at] mnwomen.org Subject: Choice/capitol 4.19 9:30am Wednesday, April 19: NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota's Pro-Choice Lobby Day at the Capitol. 9:30am Registration. Register online at www.prochoiceminnesota.org --------10 of 22-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: Schools/race 4.19 3pm April 19 - Public Forum on Education and Demographics: Balancing the Demographics: Are Public Schools Truly Representative of our Community?. 3-6pm Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W. Kellogg Blvd, Argon Room/Level 6, St. Paul, MN Myron Orfield, director of the University of Minnesota's Institute on Race and Poverty, will join parents and community leaders in a panel discussion on the changing racial composition of schools in St. Paul and the U.S. *Is desegregation a broader issue than previously understood? *Are we talking only about race? Or are we talking about economic integration? *How might such policy changes affect where parents choose to send their children to school? This discussion precedes an upcoming Science Museum national exhibit entitled "Understanding Race and Human Variation," opening on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2007. Spanish, Hmong, and Somali interpreters will be available. (For parking info, go to www.smm.org/visitorinfo/planyourtrip/parking.php) For information on St. Paul NEAT, go to www.stpaulneat.org. For event information or to RSVP, contact Lisa Mayne, l.mayne [at] comcast.net, 651.216.4720, or Julie Schultz Brown, julke [at] comcast.net, 651.222.2844 --------11 of 22-------- From: Philip Schaffner <PSchaffner [at] ccht.org> Subject: CCHT housing 4.19 4:30pm 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. St. Paul Sessions: 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) --------12 of 22-------- From: erin stojan <erinstpaulissues [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Candidates/youth 4.19 5pm Please pass along to Ramsey County youth who will be 18 by November 7. Far too few folks are unfamiliar with county sheriff and attorney candidates, though we are all asked to choose one of each in November. Please refer questions to Sam Buffington at 651.357.6563 or visit www.twincities.indyvoter.org. YOUTH-LED CANDIDATE FORUM with RAMSEY COUNTY ATTORNEY AND RAMSEY CO. SHERIFF CANDIDATES Featuring Spoken Word Artists from Across St. Paul: Rodrigo of Palabristas, Tou Saiko Lee, Angel & Eliseo, F.I.R.E April 19 from 5-9pm Martin Luther King Center 270 Kent St. (just off of Dale and University in St. Paul.) Young people, especially youth of color, are the most policed and prosecuted group in the United States. But despite the fact that the criminal justice system so strongly impacts young people, very few of them are aware that many of the officials involved in policing our communities are elected to office and can be held accountable for their actions. The League of Young Voters is hosting a youth-led, youth-oriented community forum for candidates running for the offices of Ramsey County Sheriff and Ramsey County Attorney. This event has two purposes: * The first purpose is to provide a community forum in which candidates can express their views on youth-related issues and address the concerns of the young people in attendance. * The second purpose is to give community youth a positive experience in active civic engagement and to encourage their future political participation. Sarah Nichols, a League organizer, insists that its crucial that youth are seen as powerful by elected officials, especially when their decisions so strongly affect young peoples lives. Another organizer, Sam Buffington, agrees that as long as young people are seen and see themselves as powerless, no elected official, no matter how well intentioned, will be able to stand up to the political interests that look to criminalize certain groups in our community and create a climate of fear around young people. "Once we are seen and see ourselves as powerful," Buffington adds, "no politician can afford to ignore us." The League of Independent Voters (aka League of Young Voters, League of Pissed Off Voters) is 3-year-old organization that encourages young people to get engaged with electoral politics. In order to attract a young audience and give community youth a voice, the League often incorporates local Hip-Hop groups and other community-developed art forms into its events. So along with the political candidates, this community forum will feature young spoken word artists from all over Ramsey County. Nichols explains, "The League not only wants to empower youth in our community, we also want to showcase the powerful, insightful art being done by its young people." For questions or more information call Sam Buffington at 651.357.6563 or visit www.twincities.indyvoter.org --------13 of 22-------- From: erin [at] mnwomen.org Subject: WomenRightsBash 4.19 5pm Also April 19: Minnesota Advocate for Human Rights Women's Program House Party hosted by Anne and Peter Heegaard. Live jazz and an update on our work. 5-7pm. 612/341-3302, x 107. www.mnadvocates.org --------14 of 22-------- From: Stephen Feinstein <feins001 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Salman Rushdie 4.19 5:30pm April 19 IAS Guest Speaker Series Salman Rushdie: "Atep Across this Line 5:30-7pm Northrop Auditorium, Free Admission. --------15 of 22-------- From: dave [at] colorstudy.com Subject: Anti-torture 4.19 6:30pm Every Wednesday, meeting of the anti- torture group, T3: Tackling Torture at the Top (a sub-group of WAMM). Center School, 2421 Bloomington Ave. S., Mpls. We have also added a new feature: we will have an "educate ourselves" session before each meeting, starting at 6:30, for anyone who is interested in learning more about the issues we are working on. We will share info and stay current about torture in the news. --------16 of 22-------- From: Darrell Gerber <darrellgerber [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Transportation 4.19 6:30pm Help develop Minneapolis' 10-Year Transportation Action Plan at one of several workshops The City of Minneapolis is hosting a series of workshops to give the public an opportunity to share their ideas on how the City can improve its transportation system. The workshops will provide an overview of the City's 10-Year Transportation Action Plan, which is under development, and will provide information on the transportation challenges facing the City. When completed, the Transportation Action Plan will be a citywide plan that addresses a full range of transportation options and issues, including pedestrians, bicycles, transit, automobiles, and freight. The 10-Year Action Plan will also include a transit and street operations plan for downtown and new street design guidelines that reflect the characteristics of the surroundings. Pre-registration for the workshops is not required. Since the workshops include presentations on transportation challenges facing the City, followed by structured dialogue, participants are encouraged to arrive at the designated meeting start time. The Workshops are being held: 6:30-8:30pm, Wednesday, April 19, 2006 St. Olaf Catholic Church, 215 South 8th St., Minneapolis 6:30-8:30pm, Thursday, April 20, 2006 Communications Workers of America Hall, 3521 East Lake St., Minneapolis 6:30-8:30pm, Tuesday, April 25, 2006 Harrison Recreation Center, 503 Irving Avenue N., Minneapolis 6:30-8:30pm, Thursday, April 27, 2006 Martin Luther King Park Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis 6:30-8:30pm, Tuesday, May 2, 2006 East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 2nd Street N.E., Minneapolis Upon request, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to person with disabilities or who are in need of a translator. Please submit such requests or requests for additional information to Charleen Zimmer, Project Manager, at 612-673-3166 or Charleen.Zimmer [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us no later than seven days prior to the meeting. --------17 of 22-------- From: Diane J. Peterson <birch7 [at] comcast.net> Subject: Xcel injustice 4.19 7pm Those interested in the environmental injustice imposed by Xcel Energy may wish to attend--or help advertise--the documentary "Green Green Water" made by St. Paul filmmaker Dawn Mikkelson. "Green Green Water" Wednesday, April 19 7pm Macalester College John B. Davis lecture hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center (Building on southwest corner of Snelling and Grand Avenues.) St. Paul, Minnesota * Free admission. Some free parking available in Immanuel Lutheran Church lot southeast from Grand and Snelling. Use this movie to get yourselves and friends more informed about Minnesota's problem with Xcel Energy fencing stolen electricity from Manitoba Hydro and thereby destroying innocent Cree Indian people. It is a revelation of environmental injustice. Have you noticed the ads by Manitoba Hydro on Channel 2 touting clean green energy coming to Minnesota from Manitoba for over 30 years? This film shows the reality--compare it to Manitoba Hydro's advertising. --------18 of 22-------- From: Margaret Levin <margaret.levin [at] sierraclub.org> Subject: Wind power 4.19 7pm Shoreview Green Energy Forum Wednesday, April 19, 7pm Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St. N. (off of Hwy. 96) Featured speakers: George Crocker, Executive Director, North American Water Office Carl Nelson, Community Energy Program Director, Green Institute Jeff Ledermann, Environmental Assistance, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Join us to learn more about renewable energy and wind power in Minnesota and help local residents kick off the Shoreview Wind Power Challenge, a campaign to sign up residents for a green energy program in which consumers sign up to pay a few dollars more to their local utility to add new wind turbines to the power grid. Take action to demonstrate that citizens want a new energy future. There is a better way! The Wind Power Challenge is an effort of the Shoreview Green Community Campaign, a project lead by Sierra Club members to make Shoreview a model community for its environmental practices. For more information or to RSVP: margaret.levin [at] sierraclub.org or 612-659-9124 --------19 of 22-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: Sex education 4.19 7pm April 19 - Forum: Youth Spreadin the Truth. 7 to 8:30pm. Cost: Free and open to the public.. Neighborhood House Auditorium, 179 Robie Street East, St. Paul, MN 55107 Minnesota Teens for AIDS Prevention (MN-TAP) is hosting this community forum on comprehensive sex education. Currently there is a bill in the state legislature that would establish medically accurate, age appropriate comprehensive sex education. Come learn about the issues at the Youth Spreadin' the Truth community forum. To register, visit: http://register.mnaidsproject.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=1481 --------20 of 22-------- From: te.re'.sa ko.nech'.ne <tontheroad [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Women rebels/film 4.19 7pm REEL REBELS: films by and about women rebels APRIL 19, 7pm Center for Independent Artists El Colegio 4137 Bloomington Avenue South, Minneapolis 612.724.8392 www.c4ia.org CONTACT:Samantha Smart liveloveprosper [at] msn.com or Teresa Konechne 612.871.2576 COST: Sliding fee scale $5 - 10. Proceeds will go to Diane Wilson's Toxic Tour with the Clean Catch Campaign -to teach fisher people how to test their water for specific contaminants and demand zero discharge agreements from polluting industries. Wilson will restore an old shrimp boat and take it from the Gulf of Mexico up the eastern seaboard in her quest to save the waters and restore the Clean Water Act to its original goal: zero discharge. (see TEXAS GOLD below) Currated by local filmmaker and activist Teresa Konechne who says "These are three of my favorite films that bring into focus the strength and depth of women, and of rebels. Georgie Sicking, a legendary cowgirl poet and rancher, along with Diane Wilson, a fourth generation Texas fisherwoman who is taking on the giants of the petro-chemical industry, and of course Meridel whose words are like a machete that cut through the weeds that keep us from seeing what is really important. In these days of extremes and a world that's almost surreal in terms of corruption, technology, and imperialism, these women's stories help us return to our roots and ground us in the "real." This night of films is an homage to these women and all rebels, but even more so, to ignite and/or inspire in each of us, our own rebel spirits." RIDIN' & RHYMIN' 2005 RT: 57:00 Directed by: Dawn Smallman and Greg Snider Cowgirl poet Georgie Sicking pens tough rhymes for hard times. Whether she's on horseback, driving hundreds of cattle through a mountain range or onstage, reciting to hundreds of fans, this intimate documentary captures the remarkable life of America's most honored cowgirl poet. Life as Georgie sees it : "I know what it is to feel a wild mustang hit the end of my rope, and I know what it is to rock a baby." Ride tandem with this original American icon, to hear how her west was won. Dawn Smallman & Greg Snider of Far Away Films, LLC live on a volcano in Portland, Oregon, making documentary films about the people and things they admire most in the world. For more info, please visit www.farawayfilm.com Selected Awards/Festivals: Big Sky Award, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2005 Director's Choice Award, Black Maria Film and Video Festival, 2006 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Santa Fe Intl. Film Festival Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival TEXAS GOLD: One Woman's Fight in the most toxic place in America �2005 RT: 21:00 Directed by: Carolyn Scott Diane Wilson, a fourth generation fisherwoman and mother of 5 has been battling the giants of the petro-chemical industry in the most toxic place in America. Surviving imprisonments, surveillance & constant harassment, Diane recounts her hunger strikes and civil disobedience actions that have made this self-proclaimed "unreasonable woman" public enemy No. 1 to the lawless industries who routinely spill millions of pounds of toxins into the air, water & soil. Diane believes that putting your life at risk is where change happens! Carolyn Scott �emerging Filmmaker and long time educator and environmental activist. Carolyn won the Roy W. Dean Writers Grant in 2003 to develop a series that looks at the global ecological crisis through the lives of 5 remarkable women. Her mission is to make films that empower, inspire, outrage and move her audiences to action. "Meridel Le Sueur: MY PEOPLE ARE MY HOME" 1979 RT: 45:00 Directed by: The Twin Cities Women's Film Collective Meridel LeSueur - journalist, activist, Communist, feminist, poet, is considered by many to be one of the great American writers of the 20th century. We see Meridel telling us the truth in her own beautiful words, and narrating from her personal journals written across the first 75 years of her activist and creative life. Always identifying with the struggle, she became the written voice of the people's movements--the workers, the unemployed, women, Indians, the farmers--her stories were their stories. She died in 1996, but she was still writing & living in Minnesota when a group of women began to meet in the domed bible college at University and 15th on the U of M campus around 1972; the group eventually formed "The Twin Cities Women's Film Collective". They met Meridel through her daughter Deborah who was part of the collective. The filmmakers and Meridel immediately resonated with each other, and the film project was born. With borrowed 16mm technology in their hands, they set about creating a vehicle for Meridel's own history of the Midwest, for her ideas about love and compassion for the earth, for one another, and for the causes of "the people". Members of the TCWFC will be on hand to talk about the making of this film. --------21 of 22-------- Channel 4 Smears Chavez By Dave Edwards ZNet Commentary April 18, 2006 http://www.zmag.org/sustainers/content/2006-04/15edwards.cfm On March 27, Channel 4 News included a report by Washington Correspondent Jonathan Rugman: 'Hugo to go?' (http://www.channel4.com/news/special-reports/special-reports-storypage.jsp?id=2046) Rugman relentlessly smeared Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, in a piece described by John Pilger as "one of the worst, most distorted pieces of journalism I have ever seen". (Email to Channel 4 News, copied to Media Lens, March 27, 2006) Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow introduced the film: "Now, he's the president with his own television show and a stream of semi-humorous invective hurled at America and George Bush. Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez, accuses the US of planning to invade his country to take control of its vast oil reserves. And last night he invoked the ultimate deterrent - the bow and arrow dipped in Indian poison. 'If we have to put a few arrows into the invading gringo, then you'll be done in thirty seconds.'" Snow is of course known for his own semi-humorous take on politics. But in the context of Rugman's report, and of wider political commentary, this introduction fits well as part of the ongoing cartoonisation of Chavez. Cartoon 'bad guys' are of course depicted as absurd and wicked, and as being absurdly delighted by their wickedness. Likewise, enemies of the West are consistently painted by the media as ridiculous and menacing. Western leaders, on the other hand, are presented as dignified and rational - serious people who have ascended to the summit of a meritocratic social order. Thus, Snow followed his comical portrait of Chavez by noting the mature concerns of sensible people in the West: "Venezuela is the world's fifth largest oil exporter, and a major supplier to America itself - that causes jitters in Washington, where Chavez is seen as a demagogue who could spearhead a regional shift to the left. Chavez is undoubtedly popular at home, where he's spent billions on health and education programmes to improve the lives of the country's poor, although his critics point to an increasingly authoritarian streak." The opening moments of Rugman's report recalled the Guardian's infamous October 2005 smear in which Noam Chomsky was pictured with Fidel Castro, John Pilger, and "en route to Hanoi to give a speech to the North Vietnamese". Chomsky commented at the time: "That's my life: honoring commie-rats and the renegade who is the source of the word 'pilgerize' invented by journalists furious about his incisive and courageous reporting, and knowing that the only response they are capable of is ridicule." ('Chomsky answers Guardian,' November 13, 2005; www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?) Rugman's film similarly showed footage of Chavez with Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein and Qadaffi. Rugman's voiceover, strident and dramatic, hammered home the point: "He supplies 15 per cent of America's oil, yet America's enemies are his friends. Hugo Chavez, in danger of joining a rogue's gallery of dictators and despots - Washington's latest Latin nightmare". The film repeatedly depicted Chavez as a dictatorial menace, referring to his "personality cult" and to factories run as "Soviet-style collectives". Rugman asked: "Is Chavez on the way to becoming a dictator?" If so, what species of monster might we be contemplating?: "He's no Saddam, but what's happening here does feel eerily familiar. A strongman buoyed up by oil defying the United States, using oil wealth to rearm and consolidate his own power. Setting off alarm bells in Washington where securing energy is a key foreign policy goal. A petro-state heading for a showdown with its northern neighbour." "Rearm" is a media trigger word intended to suggest a resurgent menace - Hitler rearmed after the first world war. Saddam was rearming (we were told). When exactly did mighty Venezuela disarm? Washington's goal is merely "securing energy" - surely a reasonable, rational priority for any modern, high-tech state. There was not a word about the unreasonable, barbaric corporate greed that has led the United States to exploit, terrorise and devastate its defenceless southern neighbours for decades. Rugman interviewed Maria Corina Machado, describing her as a "civil rights activist". In fact she is a leader of Sumate, an extreme right organisation that was deeply involved in a 2002 coup that temporarily ousted Chavez (see below). Machado met Bush in the White House shortly before the coup. Last November, the New York Times reported: "Ms. Machado does not hide her close relations with Washington, which has provided financial aid to Sumate, the anti-Chavez, election-monitoring organization she helps run. In May, she infuriated the government when she met with President Bush at the White House, and she further antagonized officials in September by announcing that Sumate had received a fresh infusion of $107,000 from Washington." (Juan Forero, 'Venezuela's best-loved, or maybe most-hated, citizen,' New York Times, November 19, 2005) In a March 23 report Rugman again described Machado as a "civil rights activist", citing her as the source for his claim that "government critics" are "fearing another Zimbabwe here". (Rugman, 'Lord Vestey's farm,' Channel 4 News, March 23, 2006; http://www.channel4.com/news/special-reports/special-reports-storypage.jsp?id=2022) John Pilger sent a letter to Channel 4 News complaining of Rugman's report: "This was a piece seemingly written by the US State Department, although Channel 4's Washington correspondent, Jonathan Rugman, appeared on screen. It was one of the worst, most distorted pieces of journalism I have ever seen, qualifying as crude propaganda. I have been in Venezuela lately and almost nothing in Rugman's rant coincides with reality. Factories are like 'Soviet collectives'; a dictatorship is on the rise; Chavez is like Hitler (Rumsfeld); and the media is under government attack. The inversion of the truth throughout this travesty is demonstrated in the 'coverage' of a cowed media. Venezuela is a country in which 95 per cent of the press and TV and radio are owned by the far-right, who mount unrelenting daily attacks on the government unhindered. The Latin American Murdoch, Cisneros, unfettered, controls much of it. Indeed, it is probably the most concentrated, reactionary media on earth - but that was not worthy of a single word from Rugman." (Pilger, op., cit) Chavez - Doing Something For The Poor First elected in 1998, Chavez launched massive campaigns, described as Bolivarian Missions (named after the Venezuelan revolutionary, Simon Bolivar), to combat disease, illiteracy, malnutrition, poverty, and other social ills. Eighteen months after taking office, in a country of 25 million people, 1.4 million had been taught to read and write, while three million previously excluded from education due to poverty had enrolled in the education system. Seventy per cent of the population now enjoys access to free health care while 45 per cent receive subsidised food. Julia Buxton, a British scholar of Venezuelan politics, argues that the Chavez government "has brought marginalised and excluded people into the political process and democratised power". (Buxton, 'Resisting Confusion: Pundit Michael Shifter and Venezuela,' April 23, 2005; http://www.venezuelanalysis.com/articles.php?artno=1428) Chomsky comments on Chavez: "The wealthy and the privileged hate him. On the other hand, the great majority of the population is very impoverished and has always been kept out of the country's enormous wealth. This Bolivarian Revolution, whatever you and I may think about it, is actually doing something for the poor and apparently they are reacting." (Chomsky interviewed by Steven Durel, 'Toward Freedom,' Social Change Today, November 7, 2005; http://www.chomsky.info/interviews/20051107.htm) Radical attempts to raise the living standards of the poor are not welcomed by US elites. Such reforms risk creating "the threat of a good example", unleashing demands for greater equality and justice among impoverished people across the region. The potential cost to Western corporations exploiting this poverty is incalculable. Thomas Carothers, a former Reagan State Department official, described US policy in Latin America. He explained how the US sought to maintain "the basic order of... quite undemocratic societies" and to avoid "populist-based change" that might upset "established economic and political orders" and open "a leftist direction". (Quoted, Neil Lewis, 'What can the US really do about Haiti?', New York Times, December 6, 1987) In February, US media watch dog, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), reported that 95 per cent of the nearly 100 US press commentaries covering Venezuelan politics during the first six months of 2005 expressed clear hostility to Chavez. The Wall Street Journal labelled Chavez a "tyrant" and "strongman", claiming he had presided over "the collapse of democracy". Three Journal editorials also referred to Chavez as a "strongman", while the editorial board suggested that Chavez should be placed on a list of the world's worst dictators. The Los Angeles Times called Chavez a "would-be dictator," arguing he engaged in "undemocratic tactics". (Justin Delacour, 'The Op-Ed Assassination of Hugo Chavez,' February 13, 2006; http://www.venezuelanalysis.com/articles.php?artno=1670) And yet the Venezuelan government and its programme of change have been ratified by the Venezuelan electorate in eight elections and referenda. FAIR noted that, in spite of the fact that recent polls indicate that Chavez's domestic approval rating is above 70 per cent, "almost all commentaries about Venezuela represent the views of a small minority of the country, led by a traditional economic elite that has repeatedly attempted to overthrow the government in clearly anti-democratic ways". (Ibid) Similarly, in Britain the Independent wrote of "the Venezuelan strongman, Hugo Chavez". (Rupert Cornwell, 'The 5-minute briefing: South America's struggle towards democracy,' The Independent, April 22, 2005) The Financial Times wrote of how "the populist militaristic strongman has irked Washington with his anti-US rhetoric". (Andy Webb-Vidal, 'US softens its stance on Venezuela in belief Chavez will hang on to power,' Financial Times, August 6, 2004) Chavez insists America is planning to invade his country. Chomsky argues that this would probably already have happened, but for the disastrous turn of events in Iraq. Some kind of military action is certainly an option for the West. In an April 2002 article titled, 'US "gave the nod" to Venezuelan coup,' the Guardian reported US involvement in a coup that temporarily removed Chavez from office earlier that month. A few weeks before the coup attempt, US administration officials had met business leaders who took over the interim government after Chavez was arrested. The US defence department also confirmed that the Venezuelan army's chief of staff, General Rincon, visited the Pentagon the previous December and met senior officials. Although the Organisation of American States denounced the coup attempt, as did all Venezuela's neighbours, Washington was eager to acknowledge the new government, declaring: "A transitional civilian government has been installed. This government has promised early elections." (Julian Borger and Alex Bellos, 'US 'gave the nod' to Venezuelan coup,' The Guardian, April 17, 2002) In February, Tony Blair preached ethics to Venezuela: "It is rather important that the government of Venezuela realise that if they want to be respected members of the international community they should abide by the rules of the international community." ('Chavez rejects "attack" by Blair'; http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4695482.stm, February 9, 2006) The response from Chavez was telling: "You, Mr Blair, do not have the morality to call on anyone to respect the rules of the international community. You are precisely the one who has flouted international law the most... siding with Mr Danger [George Bush] to trample the people in Iraq." By contrast, Jonathan Rugman said of the invasion of Iraq: "Yes, the Americans want democracy here, but they don't want to die for it." (Channel 4 News, November 12, 2003) Rugman warned, without irony, that if the Americans "democratise too quickly" they risked handing power over to Shia clerics. There is an ugly truth behind the high technology, smart suits and genial smiles - the modern mass media system provides the vital propaganda component for a brutal system of exploitation. But what will we see when the cruise missiles scorch the skies over Venezuela? When yet more poor, brown-skinned people are left incinerated by the weapons of the wealthy? Will we see the real thing: terrible crimes, the trampling of hope - the West once again imposing poverty for profit on helpless human beings? Or will we see the media's version: one more tinpot dictator getting what he deserved? A "rogue's gallery" of cronies and lackeys - the "willing executioners" of a "rogue state" - receiving their just desserts? Will the Sun headline read: 'Chavez Shafted!'? Will we see our leaders sincerely mourning the "collateral damage" inflicted on the loved ones and little ones with whom, as ever, "we have no argument"? Will we be appalled, or will we stand a little taller, a little prouder, alongside the Rugmans at the thought that the civilised West has once again made its "tough choices" wisely in bringing "order" to this unruly world? SUGGESTED ACTION The goal of Media Lens is to promote rationality, compassion and respect for others. In writing letters to journalists, we strongly urge readers to maintain a polite, non-aggressive and non-abusive tone. 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