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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 03:31:38 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 04.21.06 1. Child sex traffic 4.21 8:30am 2. AFSCME contract 4.21 11:45am 3. Counter recruit 4.21 12noon 4. Immigration 4.21 12noon 5. General College 4.21 1:15pm 6. Iraq vet v war 4.21 2pm 7. Palestine vigil 4.21 4:15pm 8. Agent Orange/art 4.21 5pm 9. Darfur/film 4.21 6pm 10. Migrant/Colombia 4.21 7pm 11. Peace prize 4.21 12. Earth Day 4.22 13. Palestine 4.22 9am 14. Immigrant 4.22 10am 15. Iraq vet speaks 4.22 1pm 16. YAWR/walkout 4.22 2pm 17. Homeland decency 4.22 3pm 18. IATP blast 4.22 5pm 19. Hot dish revolt 4.22 5pm 20. Green candidates 4.22 6pm 21. Box city vigil 4.22 6:30pm 22. Armenia/genocide 4.22 8pm 23. Green Party - Greens endorse Cape Cod wind farm 24. Thomas Linzey - Can we make chemical trespass illegal? 25. ed - The Stadium Poems --------1 of 25-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: Child sex traffic 4.21 8:30am United Front for Children: Global Efforts to Combat Sexual Trafficking in Travel and Tourism. April 21 8:30am-4:30pm Cost: Free, but registration required. Location: Coffman Union Theatre, University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus, Minneapolis, MN Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. One of the consequences of easy and cheap global travel is an increase in the reported sexual exploitation of children in tourist destinations. On Friday April 21, 2006, the Human Rights Program will host an international conference to explore the relationship between tourism and child sex trafficking and to address the human rights implications of this nexus. The conference will engage leading experts in four sectors that have critical roles in preventing sexual exploitation of children: non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia, government agencies and corporations. Among the concrete outcomes we hope to achieve at this conference are a critical look at existing norms, a commitment from new business partners to make the issue a priority through implementation of Codes of Conduct and other means, identification of research priorities and the support of student initiatives in U.S. colleges and universities. Featured presenters comprise of national and international experts, including: -Professor Vitit Muntarbhorn, Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography -Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chairman and CEO of the Carlson Companies -Ambassador John Miller, U.S. State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons -Melanne Verveer, Board Chair, Vital Voices Global Partnership -Lyndall De Marco, Director, International Tourism Partnership Director The public is welcome to attend the first full day of the conference, on Friday, April 21, in the Theater on the first floor of Coffman Memorial Union. The conference is free, but registration is required as space is limited. For more information or to register online, please visit our website at http://www.hrusa.org/workshops/trafficking or contact hrminor [at] umn.edu. Presented by the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota, in collaboration with the Human Rights Center at the University of Minnesota Law School. --------2 of 25-------- From: Minneapolis Central Labor Union Council <betsy [at] mplscluc.com> Subject: AFSCME contract 4.21 11:45am Please join us in supporting AFSCME Local 9 at the Rally for a Fair Contract! Friday, April 21, 11:45am Federal Courthouse Plaza (across from City Hall) The City of Minneapolis General Unit members rejected a tentative contract. This Friday the union and employer will begin mediation. Send Local 9 back to the table with strength to win a fair contract! --------3 of 25-------- From: sarah standefer <scsrn [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Counter recruit 4.21 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 --------4 of 25-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: Immigration 4.21 12noon April 21 - Immigration in America: Opportunity for Reform. 12noon-1pm. Cost: Free and open to the public with advance registration. Immigration Speaker Series Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. As the debate over immigration reform heats up, we are presented with the opportunity to create positive changes in our immigration system. A variety of proposed legislation seeks to satisfy the need for national security by enhancing immigration enforcement but does not promote long-term solutions that balance the diverse needs of our nation and the immigrants living within its borders. Loan Huynh and Sam Myers will offer an overview of current state and national legislative proposals and a human rights-based framework for understanding this complex issue. This immigration speaker series will be held on April 21, May 19 and June 16, 2006. Lectures are free and open to the public with advance registration. Lunch will be provided for those who pre-register. One Standard CLE will be requested. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Aaron Van Alstine at (612) 341-3302 ext. 127 or avanalstine [at] mnadvocates.org.For more information or to RSVP, please contact Aaron Van Alstine at (612) 341-3302 ext. 127 or avanalstine [at] mnadvocates.org. Presented by Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. and Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights Location: U.S. Bank Plaza, 200 South Sixth Street, Suite 4000, Minneapolis --------5 of 25-------- From: "Don,Rachel Christensen" <chris385 [at] umn.edu> From: "Jonneke Koomen" <jonneke [at] yahoo.com> Subject: General College 4.21 1:15pm Press Conference: Leaders of the 1969 Morrill Hall sit-in support fight to save General College Friday, April 21, 1:15 Steps of Morrill Hall, University of Minnesota, East Bank Campus Who: Rose Mary Freeman, Horace Huntley, faculty, students and community leaders Contact information: August Nimtz, Professor of Political Science and African American and African Studies and Equal Access Coalition: 612-624-1512 and animtz [at] tc.umn.edu Leaders of the 1969 Morrill Hall Take-Over Support Current Fight to Save General College Rose Mary Freeman, Horace Huntley and Marie Williams, who played key roles in the take-over of Morrill Hall in 1969 that led to the creation of the African American and African Studies Department and greater access to the University of Minnesota through the Martin Luther King Program, will voice their support to the efforts led by the Equal Access Coalition and the General College Truth Movement to stop the dismantling of General College by the University of Minnesota administration. Freeman and Huntley, who were also students in General College at the time of the take-over, and Williams will speak along with faculty from departments that were created in the aftermath of the take-over, past and present staff and students of General College as well as community leaders. Hundreds of high school and university students who oppose the closing of General College will stage a protest march after the press conference. While the University administration has maintained since the winter of 2005, when it announced its plans for General College, that it simply wanted to improve upon the work of the unit, General College Assistant Dean Robert Poch revealed in an interview with the Minnesota Daily (Feb. 28) that the number of students admitted will be reduced by almost half for Fall 2007 and what had been a two year program will now be only one year. "Beyond that, we don't know." The message of the press conference is that the dismantling of General College violates what was won through the Morrill Hall take-over. The press conference, sponsored by the Equal Access Coalition and the General College Truth Movement, coincides with a two-day series of meetings and events to commemorate the 1969 take-over organized by the Morrill Hall Reunion Committee and the Coalition for the History of African American Contributions to the University of Minnesota. --------6 of 25-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Iraq vet v war 4.21 2pm Friday, 4/21, 2 pm, Iraq Vet Against the War Sgt. Geoffrey Millard speaks at the Chapel, Macalester College, Grand just w. of Snelling, St. Paul. vfpchapter27 [at] gmail.com --------7 of 25-------- From: peace 2u <tkanous [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Palestine vigil 4.21 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. --------8 of 25-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Agent Orange/art 4.21 5pm JAIL Curious as a school of koi men and women dressed in orange are looking at us looking at them - Curious as a school of koi Please come see AGENT ORANGE, my montage of poems, pictures and profound objects on the color orange. It's at the St. Paul Art Crawl, Friday 5-10pm April 21, Saturday 12-7pm April 22, and Sunday 12-5pm April 23, 2006 in Lowertown Lofts, 255 Kellogg Boulevard E, St. Paul. For map and more, zoom to <http://www.thecie.org>. --------9 of 25-------- From: Nick Faber <nfabe [at] mac.com> Subject: Darfur/film 4.21 6pm Minnehaha UCC Justice and Witness Committee Presents ALL ABOUT DARFUR a film byTaghreed Elsanhouri 2005 Friday, April 21 6pm light meal, 6:30 film, discussion to follow The current situation in the western Sudanese region of Darfur is one of human crisis. Over 400,000 non-Arab Sudanese have died as a result of ethnic cleansing, and many more have been displaced from their homes. After Rwanda, the international community declared genocide would not happen again, yet have been slow to act on this pledge. ALL ABOUT DARFUR Up until now the perilous situation in Darfur has been seen only from outside the country. Here is a unique opportunity to hear it explained by eloquent, diverse, even contradictory voices from within Sudan. The director, of Sudanese heritage herself, talks to ordinary Sudanese in outdoor tea shops, markets, refugee camps, and living rooms about how deeply rooted prejudices could suddenly burst into a wild fire of ethnic violence. Women's stories and their perspectives on history are especially given center stage. Minnehaha UCC is a Just Peace, Anti-Racist, Open and Affirming congregation located at 4001 38th Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55406 --------10 of 25-------- From: DRosenstein [at] csom.umn.edu Subject: Migrant/Colombia 4.21 7pm Two documentaries - one focusing on the lives of migrant workers, the other on human rights abuses in Colombia - will be shown Friday, April 21, as part of the Labor & Community Film Series. The series, sponsored by the University of Minnesota Labor Education Service, highlights recently released films that give voice to workers and communities in the Americas. All screenings are free and open to the public. The documentaries, each about 50 minutes long, will be shown Friday, April 21, starting at 7pm at the Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave. S. (Lake and Minnehaha), Minneapolis. "El Contrato" shows what happens when migrant workers who pick tomatoes in southern Ontario decide to take a stand to improve their working and living conditions. It was produced by the Canadian Film Board. Sections are in Spanish with English subtitles. "We Can Keep the Silence No More" is by award-winning journalist Hollman Morris. He documents death threats and other intimidation of a Colombian journalist who exposes the government's human rights abuses, including the massacre of an entire community. In Spanish with English subtitles. For directions to the Resource Center and more information about the film series, visit the LES website, www.laboreducation.org. --------11 of 25-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: Peace prize 4.21 April 21 - Annual Peace Prize Festival. Time: All day. *(This was originally scheduled for March 13, but postponed due to the snow storm). The 2004 nobel laureate speaker for that day, Dr. Wangara Maathai of Kenya, was in town, and taped her remarks, which will be presented at the Apr 21 event. Tables are available for MAP member organizations. See www.augsburg.edu/peaceprizefestival for more information. Tabling requests to Tom White tomwhite66 [at] msn.com. Location: Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN --------12 of 25-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Earth Day 4.22 Saturday, 4/22, Earth Day worldwide, all day. http://earthday.envirolink.org --------13 of 25-------- From: "Don,Rachel Christensen" <chris385 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Palestine 4.22 9am "PALESTINE IS STILL THE ISSUE - WHY?" SATURDAY, APRIL 22 9:30am-12:30pm Hennepin Av. United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Av. at Lyndale Films and discussion, facilitated by Jesse Benjamin, faculty member at St. Cloud State University. 9:00 am - refreshments 9:30 - 11:00 - film followed by discussion - Palestine is Still the Issue 11:00 - 12:30 - film and discussion - Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land 12:45 - 1:35 - optional film - Israel's Secret Weapon Co-sponsored by The Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers and member organizations: MN FOR, Palestine-Israel Justice Project, Peace and Justice Committee of Hennepin Av. UMC, Pax Christi Twin Cities Area, St. Joan of Arc Church, and Middle East Committee of WAMM --------14 of 25-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Immigrant 4.22 10am Saturday, 4/22, 10 am, Resource Center of the Americas coffeehour on Immigrants and Allies Look Toward May 1 (organizing activities), 3019 Minnehaha, Mpls 612-276-0788. --------15 of 25-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Iraq vet speaks 4.22 1pm Iraq Veterans Against the War Member Geoffrey Millard to speak in Minneapolis Saturday April 22 at Holy Trinity Church 2730 East 31st Street (near Minnehaha Av and E Lake St) at 1pm Iraq war veteran Sgt. Geoffrey Millard will visit the Twin Cities April 20th-22nd to speak about his eight years in the Army's 42nd Infantry Division, from securing Ground Zero after 9/11 to serving thirteen months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He will be joined by Amy Santoriello, a Gold Star Family member from St. Paul who lost her brother in Iraq. Each speaker will give their perspective on the costs of war and the crimes of war. Speaking at the recent World Social Forum in Caracas, Millard said: "$440 billion have already been spent on this war. This takes desperately needed money away from social programs in my county, furthering and advancing the build-up of the military industrial complex." Millard, who is from Buffalo, New York, also said, "I invite all of you who have a 'Support Our Troops' magnet on your car to come with me to the VA hospital in Buffalo... I go there all the time...see the conditions they are living in and how they are sleeping on a thin mattress on a piece of plywood, go watch them die of gulf war syndrome... and understand that our homeless problem in America consists largely of veterans, 33% according to the department of defense." Millard has been awarded numerous medals and commendations. Suggested donation is $5-10, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. This event is sponsored by Veterans for Peace Chapter 27, a non-profit, non-partisan organization comprised of veterans from WWII to the present, which aims to educate about the true costs of war, seek justice for veterans and all victims of war, and to restrain our government from interfering in the internal affairs of other nations. We have around 600 members locally, and operate under the umbrella of a national organization, along with over 100 other chapters nationwide. For further information contact: Barry Riesch 612-269-8934 bwrvfp [at] earthlink.net John Sherman 612-339-3898 johnsherman [at] visi.com Vets for Peace office 612-821-9141 vfpchapter27 [at] gmail.com --------16 of 25-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: YAWR/walkout 4.22 2pm Saturday, 4/22, 2 to 4pm, Youth Against War and Racism marshal training for April 28th walkout, Walker Community Church, 3104 - 16th Ave S, Mpls. against.war [at] gmail.com --------17 of 25-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Homeland decency 4.22 3pm SAT. APRIL 22,3pm: LOCAL AUTHORS @ MAY DAY BOOKS hosted by LYDIA HOWELL, host of "Catalyst" on KFAI >From Jonathan Swift and Mark Twain to The Daily Show, Z Magazine's Lydia Sargent and the comic strips of Tom Tmorrow, biting satire is a mighty weapon to deflate the powerful! FRANK FULLER and SUSAN FULLER take aim at the Religious Right in their hilarious new book MANUAL FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND DECENCY. Frank, a longtime writer and former editor at PULSE, Newspaper, and Susan, a longtime TC actor and "voice" on radio and TV commercials, team up to tell you everything you need to know in the Brave New Puritan World. This author's talk includes an appearence by an official from the Department of Homeland Decency to set you on the right(wing) path of righteous consumerism, clearly-defined standards of masculine authority and feminine propriety. You'll find out how to restore unwavering committment to Our Blessed Leaders and uphold public safety from feminists, messy lawns, evolution, OHF (Our Homosexual Friends), treasonous vegitarians and any mention of doing "it"---all in the service of a Strong America that can fight terrorism and all threats to Our Traditional Way of Life. Come prepared to laugh! [Those not prepsared to laugh will be stretched on the rack until they are. -ed] Check out an interview with Frank & Susan Fuller (in the ARTS Section) of the new online journal http://www.tcdailyplanet.net SAT. APRIL 22, 3pm @ MAY DAY BOOKS 301 Cedar Ave. South (basement HUB Bicycle, door frwy side of bldg) WEST BANK, Minneapolis (612)333-4719 www.maydaybookstore.org --------18 of 25-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: IATP blast 4.22 5pm Saturday, 4/22, 5 to 9 pm, 20th Anniversary celebration of Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy, Historic Depot, 225 - 3rd Ave S, Mpls. amicka [at] iatp.org or 612-879-7587. --------19 of 25-------- From: Tom Taylor <tom [at] organicconsumers.org> Subject: Hot dish revolution 4.22 5pm I wanted to fill you in a little more on the return of the annual culinary throw-down here in lovely lower NE MPLS ~ The Hot Dish Revolution. On April 22nd the Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association (HNIA) will once again throw caution to the wind and attempt to establish just what neighborhood and individual can produce the best dang hot dish. Last year's Hot Dish Revolution not only raised the bar for the epicurean standards everywhere hot dishes are produced and consumed but it also firmly established the Sheridan Neighborhood as reigning Hot Dish Hoo-Haas as they soundly trotted away with the most wins per category as well as the coveted "Pretty Dang Good Hot Dish" award. [Coveted by Sheridan, anyway, so far -ed] This year's hot dish hoedown will take place at The Firefighters Hall and Museum; located at 664 22nd Av. NE, Mpls. The email below from Kevin Rich with HNIA sheds a little more light on the timing of this year's culinary competition. [Pumper ready for emergency service -ed] If you have any questions please get a hold of Kevin Reich and let the revolution begin! tt Tom Taylor 612-788-4252 [The hot dish revolution will not be televised. Come see why. -ed] --------20 of 25-------- From: Julie Risser <julie.risser [at] visi.com> Subject: Green candidates/TV 4.22 6pm See Green Party Candidates on Channels 16 & 17 An hour-long "Green Candidates" show is scheduled for broadcast at the following times: Saturday, April 22 6pm, Channel 17 Sunday, April 30 6pm, Channel 17 Sunday, May 5 11pm, Channel 16 Saturday, May 13 6pm, Channel 17 The show includes seven candidates seeking Green Party endorsement Mike Cavlan, Jesse Mortenson (endorsed), Farheen Hakeem, Julie Risser (endorsed), Doug Mann, Dave Berger, and Jay Pond. --------21 of 25-------- From: Makara Fairman <mnboxcityvigil [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Box city vigil 4.22 6:30pm My name is Mary Palin and I am a senior at Jefferson High School in Bloomington. This year, I am organizing an event at the Minnesota State Capitol called the Box City Vigil. It is an event to raise awareness for homeless youth. It is primarily planned by youth from Bloomington's Jefferson and Kennedy High School. The event is taking place on April 22, 2006. The Box City team has spoken to Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak and St. Paul's Mayor Chris Coleman as well as our Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead and Hennipen County Commissioner Gail Dorfman. Apart from youth homelessness, this event will also focus on teenagers' ability to make a difference in our community. The Box City Vigil is almost 100% student-led, a fact we are very proud of. We want to be able to show our peers that you don't have to be an adult to have a voice in this world. Check-in at the event begins at 6:30 this coming Saturday and the Box City Team leaders will kick off the event at 7:45. If enough legistlative members come, we are hoping to have some time designated to them and their hopes for creating a safe and friendly community. The event will also have various speakers, entertainment, and snacks. The Box City team has reigstered for National Youth Service Day. We have also teamed up with the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, Youth Venture, and Bloomington United for Youth. Woriking together, we hope to make a difference in the community and in the state. Please consider joining us this Saturday, April 22nd at the State Capitol in St. Paul. For more information about the event itself, you can visit our website at www.bringminnesotahome.org. Makara Fairman, Mary Palin, and Tina Wu Box City Vigil 4001 West 102nd Street Bloomington, MN 55437 952.451.0574 http://www.bringminnesotahome.org --------22 of 25-------- From: Stephen Feinstein <feins001 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Armenia/genocide 4.22 8pm "The Armenian Genocde: 90 Years Later" Saturday April 22, 8PM, TPT Channel 17 (Check cable listing for correct station: 13 on Time Warner) repeated: TPT Channel 2 Sunday April 23, 1PM followed by Sunday, April 23, 2PM TPT Channel 2 The Armenian Genocide (Goldberg doc) followed by Sunday, April 23, 3pm TPT Channel 2"Exploring the Issues" (the panel discussion between Armenian and Turkish scholars and writers). Monday, April 24 TPT Channel 17 8pm (Check cable listing for correct station: 13 on Time Warner) The Armenian Genocide (Goldberg documentary) followed by 9pm Exploring the Issues (panel discussion)) Descriptions of the Broadcasts: "The Armenian Genocde: 90 Years Later" Interviews with University of Minnesota Professors Eric Weitz, Taner Akcam, Stephen Feinstein, and members of the Armenian Community: Dr. Lou Ann Matossian, Chacke Scallen, Massi Yeterian and Helen Balian speaking about the memory and moral, ethical, and political issues involved in recognition of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. The 54 minute production was nominated for a Regional Emmy Award and also received the Severeid Award from Northwestern Broadcasters Association. Andrew Goldberg's nationally Televised Documentary and Post-Documentary Discussion. A new documentary called "The Armenian Genocide" is the complete story of the first genocide of the 20th century--when over a million Armenians died at the hands of the Ottoman Turks during World War I. This unprecedented and powerful one-hour documentary, scheduled to air April 17 at 10PM on PBS, (check local listings for possible changes) was written, directed, and produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Andrew Goldberg of Two Cats Productions, in association with Oregon Public Broadcasting. Featuring interviews with leading experts in the field such as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power and New York Times best-selling author, Peter Balakian, this film features never-before-seen historical footage of the events and key players of one of the greatest untold stories of the 20th century. The Armenian genocide is narrated by Julianna Margulies and includes historical narrations by Ed Harris, Natalie Portman, Laura Linney, and Orlando Bloom. "What the word 'Genocide' connotes is a systematic campaign of destruction. If you simply call the horrors of 1915 'crimes against humanity' or 'atrocities,' it doesn't fully convey just how methodical this campaign of slaughter and deportation really was, and I think that's why historians look at the record and they really can come to no other conclusion but that this word, Genocide, applies to this methodical campaign of destruction," says Samantha Power. Filmed in the US, France, Germany, Belgium, Turkey, and Syria, the program features discussions with Kurdish and Turkish citizens in modern-day Turkey who speak openly about the stories told to them by their parents and grandparents. To this day, Turkey denies that the Genocide occurred and steadfastly maintains this position. The film includes testimony by former Turkish Diplomat Gunduz Aktan to US lawmakers in the year 2000, where he explains the official Turkish position on the issue. "The Turkish people firmly believe that what happened to the Armenian people was not Genocide," Aktan says. "As Turkey seeks to join the European Union, 90 years later, this film can give people a much better understanding of why this issue is such an important and current part of the international conversation about Turkey's role in the world today," said Goldberg. Two Cats Productions is a documentary production company in New York City led by Andrew Goldberg. His television credits include PBS, ABC News, E!, CNN, and countless others. In addition, he produced The Armenians, A Story of Survival, which aired on PBS stations nationally in 2002 and was awarded the CINE Golden Eagle. POST-DOCUMENTARY DISCUSSION: Features Professor Taner Akcam, University of Minnesota and Professor Peter Balakian, Colgate University speaking on the Armenian position and Professor Justin McCarthy, University of Memphis and Professor Omer Turan, Middle East Technical University in Ankara, speaking about the Turkish view. This discussion is not being shown in most national markets because of protests about the failure of the Turkish Republic to recognize the massacres of 1915 as genocide. --------23 of 25-------- GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES http://www.gp.org Greens endorse Cape Cod wind farm WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders announced their support for an offshore wind turbine project being proposed by Cape Wind Associates six miles offshore of Nantucket Sound. "This 130-turbine wind farm will provide 74% of the electricity used by Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, and would displace two million barrels of oil each year," said Julie Risser, Green candidate for Minnesota State Senate in District 41, <http://www.VoteRisser4Senate.com>. Greens noted that the project has support from most major environmental groups, as well as the Seafarers' International Union, which includes local Cape Cod fishermen. Among the wind farm's opponents are wealthy Cape Cod homeowners, including Mass. Sen. Ted Kennedy, his nephew Robert Kennedy, Jr., and the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, whose first president was CEO of Phelps-Dodge, a mining corporation that placed first on the EPA list of toxic emitters in Arizona and New Mexico. Other opponents include Senators John Warner and Lamar Alexander, whose families also own waterfront property on the Cape. Green Party activists are urging Congress to reject provisions in the Coast Guard bill (Section 414 of the Coast Guard conference report) that would allow Gov. Mitt Romney, who opposes the project, to cancel it <http://ucsaction.org/campaign/4_14_06_Cape_Wind/>. The Green Party has consistently called on Congress to increase funding for convervation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Contrary to rumors, noise from the wind farm will be minimal: approximately 30 decibels, equivalent to a whisper at 40 feet, less than the ambient breeze and much less than the noisy, polluting, and energy-inefficient power boats operated by some wealthy Cape Cod residents. The wind farm will occupy an area equivalent to one New York City block. Greens, citing recent figures that the U.S. emitted more greenhouse gases in 2004 than at any time in history <http://news.independent.co.uk/world/science_technology/article358583.ece>, stressed that the wind farm project will open up the field of wind power for widespread development across the country which in turn will make a significant dent in emissions that contribute to global warming. "Cape Wind is the largest renewable-energy project east of the Mississippi, making it a vital building block in the struggle to stop global warming," said Charles Komanoff, of Komanoff Energy Associates and a respected energy economist and environmental activist. "It is also a test for the environmental movement: do we keep faith with the promises we made as antinuke and antifossil fuel activists throughout the 1970s and 1980s to embrace energy efficiency, solar and wind power? The choice is crystal clear, and Greens are leading the way." MORE INFORMATION Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org 1700 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 404 Washington, DC 20009. 202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN Fax 202-319-7193 Green Party Eco-Action Committee http://www.gp.org/committees/ecoaction/ --------24 of 25-------- Can We Make Chemical Trespass Illegal? In Pennsylvania, local governments have begun to confront corporate power directly, enacting ordinances intended to define corporations instead of merely "regulating" their behavior. The ideas embodied within these ordinances have been hammered out by Pennsylvania citizens in open debate, but the legal language has been crafted by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). Here we present a new model ordinance from CELDF, not yet enacted anywhere, which defines "chemical trespass" (toxicants entering our bodies without our consent), prohibits it, and punishes corporations (and their directors) if they do it. To understand the goals of this innovative approach to corporate power, you really should attend Democracy School, which we recommend highly. From: Rachel's Democracy & Health News #851, Apr. 20, 2006 LIBERTY TOWNSHIP CHEMICAL TRESPASS ORDINANCE Corporate Chemical Trespass -- A Model Ordinance By Thomas Linzey Introduction This "Corporate Chemical Trespass" ordinance was developed by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), a Pennsylvania non-profit law firm. CELDF is making this model ordinance available to anyone interested in mobilizing their communities to confront chemical trespass by chemical corporations and the directors of those corporations. CELDF ordinances are designed to be discussed, perfected, and used as linchpins of organizing campaigns conducted in coordination with the Daniel Pennock Democracy Schools. These ordinances and Democracy Schools reject a regulatory mode of organizing, and instead seek to assert local control directly over corporations and the few who run them. Anyone interested in exploring this ordinance and Democracy Schools for use in their municipality, may contact CELDF at (717) 709-0457, info [at] celdf.org, www.celdf.org, or Richard Grossman at rgrossman [at] riseup.net. Liberty Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Ordinance No. 2006- An Ordinance of Liberty Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, Prohibiting Chemical Bodily Trespass within the Township; Establishing Strict Liability and Burden of Proof Standards for Corporate Chemical Trespass; and Subordinating Chemical Corporations to the People of Liberty Township Section 1. Name. The name of this Ordinance shall be the "Liberty Township Chemical Trespass Ordinance." Section 2. Authority. This Ordinance is adopted and enacted pursuant to the authority granted to the Township by all relevant state and federal laws including, but not limited, to the following: The Declaration of Independence, which declares that governments are instituted to secure people's rights, and that government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed; The Pennsylvania Constitution, Article 1, 2 which declares that "all power is inherent in the people and all free governments are founded on their authority and instituted for their peace, safety, and happiness"; The Pennsylvania Constitution, Article 1, 27, which declares that "the people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment"; Common law, which recognizes well-settled rules governing the tort of trespass, and which requires injunctive, compensatory, and punitive relief to be assessed for unauthorized intrusions; The provisions of the Second Class Township Code Article XV, as codified in 53 P.S. 66501 et seq. that provide for the protection and preservation of the natural resources and human resources, and for the promotion, protection, and facilitation of public health, safety, and welfare; The provisions of the Second Class Township Code, Article XVI, as codified in 53 P.S. 66601 et seq. that authorizes the Township to enact ordinances dealing with the protection of the township residents' health, nuisances, and promotion of public safety. Section 3. Purpose. The Board of Supervisors of Liberty Township recognizes that over eighty thousand (80,000) corporate-produced chemicals are currently used in the United States, and that scientists estimate that over seven hundred (700) of those corporate-produced chemicals are now found within the body of every human. Only a small percentage of those chemicals have ever been screened for even one potential health effect, such as cancer, reproductive toxicity, developmental toxicity, or injury to the immune system. Among the approximately fifteen thousand (15,000) chemicals tested, few have been studied enough to conclude that there are no potential risks from exposure. Even when testing is done, each chemical is tested individually rather than in synergistic combinations that reflect actual human exposure in the real world. The Board recognizes that one thousand eight hundred (1,800) new chemicals enter the stream of commerce annually -- thus entering into the bodies of people, and into the air, water, soil, and food -- with few of those chemicals tested for adverse impacts on human health or ecosystems. The Board recognizes that sufficient data and experience exists for a reasonable person to conclude that a significant percentage of both currently used and newly manufactured chemicals are harmful to humans, animals, and ecosystems. Section 4. Purpose. The purpose of this Ordinance is to recognize that it is an inviolate, fundamental, and inalienable right of each person residing within the Township of Liberty to be free from involuntary invasions of their bodies by corporate chemicals. The Board of Supervisors of Liberty Township declares that persons owning and managing corporations that manufacture chemicals and chemical compounds trespassing on the bodies of residents of the Township must be held liable for those trespasses. The Board of Supervisors also declares that the failure and refusal of the United States' government and the government of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to ensure that corporate chemicals do not trespass on the residents of Liberty Township makes them jointly and severally liable for those trespasses. Section 5. Definitions. As used throughout this Ordinance, the following words and phrases shall have the following meanings: "Corporation" -- any corporation organized under the laws of any state of the United States or any country. "Deposition" -- the placement of a toxic chemical or potentially toxic chemical within the body of a person. The act of deposition shall be assumed if a toxic chemical or potentially toxic chemical is detected within the body of a person. "Municipality" -- the Township of Liberty. "Person" -- a natural person. "Syndicate" -- includes any limited partnership, limited liability partnership, business trust, or limited liability company organized under the laws of any state of the United States or any country. "Toxic chemicals and potentially toxic chemicals" -- includes, but is not limited to, polychlorinated biphenyls, organophosphate pesticides, organochlorine pesticides, carbamate insecticides, PBDE, polychlorinated dibenzofurans, phytoestrogens, and pyrethroid pesticides. The phrase shall include other chemicals or chemical compounds that have been found to cause adverse effects to animals, humans, or ecosystems, including those chemicals or chemical compounds deemed to be mutagenic, neurotoxic, carcinogenic, or reproductive and developmental toxicants. "Township resident" -- a natural person who maintains a primary residence within the Township of Liberty. "Trespass" -- as used within this Ordinance, the involuntary deposition of toxic or potentially toxic chemicals within a human body. Section 6. Statement of Law -- Chemical Trespass. All residents of the Township of Liberty possess a fundamental and inalienable right to the integrity of their bodies, and thus, have a right to be free from unwanted chemical invasions of their bodies. Section 7. Statement of Law -- Prohibition. The deposition of toxic chemicals or potentially toxic chemicals within the body of any resident of Liberty Township is declared a form of trespass, and is hereby prohibited. No corporation or syndicate shall engage in the production, distribution, use, and/or sale of toxic chemicals and potentially toxic chemicals within the Township of Liberty. Section 8. Statement of Law -- Culpable Parties. Persons owning or managing corporations which manufacture or generate toxic or potentially toxic chemicals detected within the body of any resident of Liberty Township shall be deemed culpable parties, along with the corporation itself, for the recovery of trespass damages, compensatory damages, punitive damages, and the instatement of permanent injunctive relief. If more than one corporation manufactured or generated the detected chemical or chemical compound, persons owning and managing those corporations, along with the corporations themselves, shall be held jointly and severally liable for those damages, in addition to being subject to injunctive relief. Section 9. Statement of Law -- Requirement to Produce. Corporations manufacturing or generating toxic or potentially toxic chemicals detected within the body of a Township resident shall provide information about the manufacture or generation of those chemicals to the municipality sufficient for a determination by the municipality of the culpability of that particular corporation for the manufacturing or generation of a particular toxic or potentially toxic chemical. Section 10. Statement of Law -- Duty of Municipality. It shall be the duty of the municipality to protect the right of residents of the Township to be free from chemical trespass under the provisions of this Ordinance, and to obtain damages for any violation of that right. If the presence of toxic and/or potentially toxic chemicals is detected within the body of any Township resident, the municipality shall initiate litigation to recover trespass, compensatory, and punitive damages -- and permanent injunctive relief -- from all culpable parties. If a significant number of Township residents have been similarly trespassed against, the municipality shall select representative plaintiffs and file a class action on behalf of all Township residents to recover trespass, compensatory, and punitive damages -- and permanent injunctive relief -- from all culpable parties. Section 11. Statement of Law -- Strict Liability. Culpable parties shall be deemed strictly liable if one of their toxic or potentially toxic chemical or chemical compounds is discovered within the body of a Township resident. The municipality's showing of the existence of that chemical or chemical compound within the body of a resident living in the Township, and the municipality's showing that the Defendant(s) are responsible for the manufacture or generation of that chemical, shall constitute a prime facie showing of causation under a strict liability standard. Current and future damages resulting from the culpable parties' trespass shall be assumed, and the burden of proof shall shift to the culpable parties for a showing that the chemical or chemical compound could not cause harm or contribute to causing harm, either alone or in combination with other factors, or that the culpable parties are not responsible for the trespass of that particular chemical into the body of residents of the Township. Section 12. Statement of Law -- Corporate Constitutional Protections. No corporation or syndicate engaged in, or planning to engage in, the manufacture, distribution, and/or sale of toxic chemicals or potentially toxic chemicals within the Township of Liberty shall be protected, or empowered by, the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution, or by rights claimed within the text of the United States or Pennsylvania Constitutions, within the Township of Liberty. No corporation or syndicate engaged in, or planning to engage in, the manufacture, distribution, and/or sale of toxic chemicals or potentially toxic chemicals within the Township shall be deemed a "person" for purposes of the Pennsylvania or United States Constitutions, nor shall such corporations or syndicates have the legal standing to assert State or federal preemptive law against the municipality or the people of Liberty Township. Section 13. Statement of Law -- Corporate Constitutional Protections. A corporation or syndicate deemed a culpable party under this Ordinance shall not be protected, or empowered by, the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution, or by rights claimed within the text of the United States or Pennsylvania Constitution. Such corporation or syndicate shall not have legal standing to assert State or federal preemptive law against the municipality or the people of Liberty Township. Section 14. Statement of Law -- Municipal Testing. Liberty Township shall select a laboratory with expertise in the testing for toxic chemicals and potentially toxic chemicals and chemical compounds, including, but not limited to, those chemical compounds listed in 5 of this Ordinance. The Township shall provide financial resources for the first ten residents who request to be tested for the presence of toxic chemicals and potentially toxic chemicals and chemical compounds within their bodies, and make all reasonable efforts to provide financial resources for the testing of additional residents. Section 15. Enforcement. The Township Board of Supervisors shall notify the Code Enforcement Officer of any possible violations, and any resident of the Township may also notify the Township of any possible violations. In addition to civil litigation brought against culpable parties by the municipality, all violations of this Ordinance shall be considered criminal summary offenses. The Board of Supervisors authorizes a fine of up to $1,000.00 per violation. Each day of non-compliance shall be considered a separate violation of this Ordinance. The Township may also file an action in equity in the Court of Common Pleas of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, or any other Court of competent jurisdiction to abate any violation of this Ordinance. If the Township fails to bring an action to enforce this Ordinance, or fails to diligently prosecute an action to enforce this Ordinance, any resident of the Township shall have legal standing to enforce the provisions of this Ordinance. Section 16. Severability. The provisions of this Ordinance are severable, and if any section, clause, sentence, part, or provision thereof shall be held illegal, invalid or unconstitutional by any court of relevant jurisdiction, such decision of the court shall not affect, impair, or invalidate any of the remaining sections, clauses, sentences, parts or provisions of this Ordinance. It is hereby declared to be the intent of the Supervisors that this Ordinance would have been adopted if a provision deemed by the Court to be illegal, invalid, or constitutional would not have been included herein. Section 17. Effect. This Ordinance shall be effective immediately upon its enactment. --------25 of 25-------- The Stadium Poems Back in April of 02 there was another of the perennial attempts to redestribute wealth upwards from us to Carl Pohlad and his heirs, led by his faithful paid redistribution song and dance mind benders. People said, Surely the stadium is dead - who wants it? But it took a lot of Leg time, time that should have been spent on more pressing real issues. But after that, People said, Surely it is now dead for all time! But it never is. Carl Pohlad and Red McCombs & Co decide that the best thing the Leg and the people of Minnesota can do is debate how soon to give them semi-loads full of money (in 20s, please). They decide this every two years; after all the Leg is new every two years, and you never can tell when the song and dance will bamboozle the rubes. So just as Minnesota is every year two seasons, Winter or Road Repair, it is every two years two durations, StadiumStadiumStadium or Waiting For StadiumStadiumStadium. (Hibernation was invented long ago by far-seeing bears as a way of RipVanWinkling through the SSS phase; just thinking of it can leave them sleeping for days in the open). I wrote The Stadium Poems in 02, then archived them in a secure but easily retreived location, safe in the knowledge that I had a permanent ready-made piece that I could tote out every two years as as new as today, topical and trendy. Also, I was promised it would generate a giggling gaggle of stadium poem groupies; and just because it hasn't worked yet doesn't mean it might not this time. It is also an interesting poetic challenge to take as a topic something as unexciting and exquisitly dull as tedium, same old same old squared or cubed, deja vu eating its own tail. And it captures part of the essence of Minnesota. Can you even imagine a new MN Leg without a craven stadium appeal, the resulting months of stadium tedium, and the glorious feeling of freedom when it is finally deep sixed for another two years? I know I can't. A relative of mine on his deathbed whisper-rasped, "I shall not live to see the morrow, and the SSS thereof. I die a happy man." And now, and with a new last section, T H E S T A D I U M P O E M S "The medium is the tedium. The tedium is the message." -The Glutenborg Galaxy by Martial McLuney 1. Life in Minnesota [to be read out loud s l o w l y for full effect] stadium tedium tedium stadium stadium tedium stadium tedium stadium tedium stadium stadium tedium tedium stadium sta di um te di um sta di um te di um sta di um te di um sta di um te di um sta di um te di um stadiumtediumstadiumtediumstadiumtediumstadiumtediumstadiumtedium sta te di di um um state didi umum statedidiumum mumuididetats mumu idid etats mu mu id id et ats muidats muidet 2. You Take the E Road breakfast lunch dinner breakfas s lunc s dinne s breakfa st lun st dinn st breakf sta lu sta din sta break stad l stad di stad brea stadi stadi d stadi bre stadiu stadiu stadiu br stadium stadium stadium b stadium stadium stadium stadium stadium stadium community democracy communit democrac P communi democra Po commun democr Poh commu democ Pohl comm demo Pohla com dem Pohlad co de Pohlad Pohlad c d Pohlad Pohlad Pohlad Pohlad Pohlad Pohlad Pohlad 3. Fat Chants stadium stadium! sta-di-um-dum! sta-di sta-di um-um-dum! sta-di sta-di um-dum-dum! um-dum um-dum sta-di-um! sta-di dum-di-dum-di-dum! dum dum dum dum sta-di-um! 4. Souper Mantra Um um bad Um um bad That's what stadium is Um um bad 5. Just Due It! Root in the stydium squeal a big liedium never ask whydium just dues or diedium 6. Seed We bleed with need but feed the weed of greed. Our creed: we're teed. 7. Stadium Press Release A podium (mother lodium) of toadium odium. 8. Half-Life in Minnesota Debt for the stadium Lives longer than radium. 9. New Meaning Pohlad's lawyers give new meaning to the old phrase "devil's advocates" 10. King Carl on his knees [A new section for 2006] What so same old same old as a rich man on his knees picking our pockets? His palsied hand slides in shaking and clumsy. Give me my money goddamit! Money money money! he sings he chants he squeals. We push his tick-like hand away; under squinty eyes he spits venom at us and curses, How dare that scum disobey King Pohlad! Off with his head! King Carl eats money shovelling vast quantities into his open slack-jawed maw; and just as fast as it goes in green at one end it comes out brown at the other an overflowing mountain filling our streets higher and higher: King Carl's essence and most lasting legacy. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - 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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