|Progressive Calendar 06.15.06||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2006 03:08:29 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 06.15.06 1. Justice/janitors 6.15 11:30am 2. Down the Fort 6.15 3pm 3. Peace walk 6.15 4pm Duluth MN 4. Eagan peace vigil 6.15 4:30pm 5. Small is beautiful 6.15 5pm 6. Northtown vigil 6.15 5pm 7. CGS dinner 6.15 6pm 8. Queertopia 6.15 6pm 9. Food activism 6.15 8pm 10. Sex 6.15 8pm 11. Battered women 6.15-16 12. MwestSocial forum 6.15-18 Milwaukee WI 13. Grassroots/color 6.16-18 8am 14. SinglePayer/AM950 6.16 5:15pm 15. Irish/film 6.16 6pm 16. Vets for peace 6.16 6pm 17. Spain/film 6.16 7pm 18. Celebrating women 6.16 8pm 19. Cindy Sheehan on Democracy Now 20. Medea Benjamin - Hillary & "Take Back America" suppress dissent 21. Mickey Z - America: the land of denial 22. Thom Hartmann - Stand up for democracy with Robert F Kennedy Jr 23. ed - Profiles in Cowardice --------1 of 23-------- From: Minneapolis Central Labor Union Council <betsy [at] mplscluc.com> Subject: Justice/janitors 6.15 11:30am Working for the American Dream SEIU Local 26's Justice for Janitors Day Join SEIU Local 26 Janitors and Community Members in Marching for Justice for Janitors and All Workers Thursday, June 15 11:30am - Rally at Government Center Plaza in downtown Minneapolis (corner of 5th Street and 4th Avenue) 12noon - March from Government Center Plaza to Peavey Plaza down Nicollet Mall On June 15th, SEIU commemorates the Anniversary of the famous "Justice for Janitors" campaign in the city of Los Angeles. On that day, janitors rallied to demand better working conditions. The violent reaction of the police to their protest caused worldwide repulsion, and as a result, L.A. janitors won the union representation they wanted. --------2 of 23-------- From: Sue Ann <mart1408 [at] umn.edu> From: Waziyatawin Angela Wilson Subject: Down the Fort 6.15 3pm I am writing to request assistance from all you radicals....I am traveling to Minnesota this coming week and plan to begin protesting the Minnesota Historical Society's initiative to re-fortify Fort Snelling, Minnesota's monumental icon of American imperialism. I have two large banners (3 x 12 ft.) that each require two people to hold, and I have 1,000 more of the Take Down the Fort bumper stickers. We begin the protesting on Thursday, June 15, at 3pm, in time to catch the rush hour traffic by the fort. Meet in the parking lot at the DNR's Fort Snelling interpretive center at 3 PM and then hike up the stairs to the Mendota Bridge, at least for the first day. We can work out additional protesting times. Feel free to spread the word. (signed) Waz Waziyatawin Angela Wilson, Ph.D. --------3 of 23-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Peace walk 6.15 4pm Duluth MN Thursday, 6/15, 4 pm, walk for peace, from Lake Place Park (Superior St & Lake Ave) to the McGhie Memorial, Duluth. Doug Stevens, 218-724-0820. --------4 of 23-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <skograce [at] mtn.org> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 6.15 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 23-------- From: Jesse Mortenson <jmortenson [at] Macalester.edu> Subject: Small is beautiful 6.15 5pm First and third Tuesdays of the month 6.15 5pm Cahoots coffeehouse Selby 1/2 block east of Snelling in StPaul Limit bigboxes, chain stores, TIF, corporate welfare, billboards; promote small business and co-ops, local production & self-sufficiency. http://www.gpsp.org/goodbusiness --------6 of 23-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 6.15 5pm NORTHTOWN Peace Vigil every Thursday to 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 more information people can contact Evangelos Kalambokidis by phone or email: (763)574-9615, ekalamboki [at] aol.com. --------7 of 23-------- From: Joe Schwartzberg <schwa004 [at] umn.edu> Subject: CGS dinner 6.15 6pm CGS MN ANNUAL MEETING Thursday evening, June 15, 6-9pm. Dining room annex, basement of Carlson School, West Bank, UofM 321 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis PARKING in 19th Avenue Parking Ramp just to west of Carlson School, at hourly rate, or, less expensively, in open-air parking lot 94 on 4th Street, just to the south of the Carlson School. 6:00 Social Hour; 6:30 Dinner (vegetarian options available); 7:15 Program; 9:00 Adjournment. $25 per person; $12 for students and those with limited income. Send checks to Louise Pardee, 5492 Bald Eagle Boulevard E., White Bear Lake, MN 55110. Reservations should be made by June 12. QUESTIONS? Call Louise at 651-429-9562. KEYNOTE SPEAKER: CHARLES J. ("CHARLIE") BROWN National President and CEO, Citizens for Global Solutions IF I WERE PRESIDENT: A NEW FOREIGN POLICY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY --------8 of 23-------- From: Louisa Hext <louisahext [at] gmail.com> Subject: Queertopia 6.15 6pm Outward Spiral Theatre Company's Queertopia Preview Party! Banish your political woes for a short while and celebrate PRIDE with peace, love, and understanding--and song and dance! Make art not war and together we'll hatch some righteous schemes for survival! Join us this Thursday, June 15 - 6-8pm at Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S. - Preview "Queertopia" (performance dates June 23-25) - Meet a few of the artists - Sponser an artist - Further support the success of Outward Spiral Theatre Company by making a financial contribution And of course - Enjoy beverages and horsdoeuvres. Admission is Free! Louisa Hext President Outward Spiral Theatre Company http://www.outwardspiral.org Cell: 612.290.8291 "Outward Spiral Theatre Company is dedicated to producing theatre from a Queer point-of-view. We strive to entertain, educate and act as a catalyst for social change through inclusive, multicultural, provocative artistic expression". --------9 of 23-------- From: Amanda Luker <amanda [at] pinkslipmedia.org> Subject: Food activism 6.15 8pm What are important local campaigns right now, and how is the climate for food-related activism changing? Come find out at Arise! Bookstore on June 15 at 8 pm. Arise! is a collectively-run progressive bookstore and resource center located in south Minneapolis. For further information, contact Amanda Luker at 612-590-3276. --------10 of 23-------- From: Aaron Klemz <aaronklemz [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Sex 6.15 8pm SEX ACROSS THE CURRICULUM PERMISSION FORM I give permission for ___________ to attend the one-woman show Sex Across the Curriculum in which a disgruntled public school instructor finally throws the abstinence only sex education curriculum out the window and tells the kids what she always wanted them to know. Sex Across the Curriculum Thursday, June 15, 8pm Patrick's Cabaret 3010 Minnehaha Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55406 $5 Admission --------11 of 23-------- From: erin [at] mnwomen.org Subject: Battered women 6.15-16 Thursday, June 15 and Friday, 16: MN Coalition for Battered Women Domestic Violence 101 Trainings. Neighborhood House, Ross & Marie Ferber Community Dining Room, 179 Robie Street, East, St. Paul. 651/646-6177 Naly Yang. --------12 of 23-------- From: audrey thayer <athayer [at] paulbunyan.net> Subject: Midwest social forum 6.15-18 Milwaukee WI The MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM (formerly also known as RADFEST) will be held in MILWAUKEE, JUNE 15-18, 2006, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Student Union. The move to Milwaukee reflects the accelerated growth and expansion of the Forum in recent years, and lays the groundwork for yet another significant leap forward - the first of many to come. And look for more information in the coming weeks, including the launching of the forum website and a call for proposals for workshops, panels, art, film, music, and other forum events. In the meantime, inquiries may be sent to info [at] havenscenter.org. For information on past years of RadFest/Midwest Social Forum, please visit www.radfest.org. We hope you will join us at Midwest Social Forum 2006 and contribute to "making another world possible." [Best check this out before making plans - ed] -------13 of 23-------- From: wamm <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Grassroots/color 6.16-18 8am Ceremonia Chalchiutlicue and Environmental Conference and Ceremony in Honor of Water (June16-18) Friday, June 16, 8am-5pm. Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis. This grassroots-connecting conference and ceremony is focused on creating a space for communities of color and supporters to teach each other about grassroots environmental justice issues. FFI (including additional event information): Visit <www.chalchiutlicue.org>. --------14 of 23-------- From: David Schultz <dschultz [at] gw.hamline.edu> Subject: Single payer/AM950 6.16 5:15pm Fridays 5-6pm, David Schultz hosts "Minnesota Matters," on Air America Minnesota radio, 950 AM. Progressive discussion, interviews, and call in. From: Kip Sullivan <kiprs [at] usinternet.com> I'll be on Air America with David Schultz for half an hour 6.16 Friday (5:15-5:45 pm), on single payer health care. --------15 of 23-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Irish/film 6.16 6pm Friday, 6/16, 6 pm, film "In America," about Irish immigrants in NYC and their struggles, Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha, Mpls. www.americas.org --------16 of 23-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Vets for peace 6.16 6pm Friday, 6/16, 6 pm, Veterans for Peace dinner and canoe raffle drawing, Day by Day Cafe, 477 W 7th St, St Paul. 612-821-9141. --------17 of 23-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Spain/film 6.16 7pm Spanish Musical Film Set to Play at Oak Street Film Fest Favorite to Run Again Iberia At the Oak Street Cinema June 16 June 20 The splendidly photographed Iberia is scheduled to screen at the Oak Street Cinema June 16-20. One of the most popular films from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, Iberia will play nightly at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. with a 5 p.m. matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. With Iberia, Carlos Saura once again signals his position as the master of cinema as performance. In Iberia, he revisits one of his prime fascinations, the Gypsy life of southern Spain, through the lens of renowned composer Isaac Albéniz. The music is adapted from Albéniz's Iberia suite, broken down by geographical region, like a tour through the peninsula and its varied attitudes. The styles of music and performance run the gamut of traditional and contemporary Spanish forms, ranging from flamenco to ballet to tango to modern dance. Included in this star-studded ensemble of who's who in contemporary Spanish music and dance is Sara Baras, Antonio Canales, Marta Carrasco, Enrique Morente, Estrella Morente, Gerardo Nóñez, José Antonio Ruiz, Manolo Sanlúcar, and Rosa Torres Pardo. Also featured is Aída Gómez, the elegant and powerful ballet dancer featured in Saura's Salomé (2002). The Oak Street Cinema is located at 309 Oak Street S.E. on the East Bank campus of the University of Minnesota. Admission is $8 general, $6.00 seniors/students, and $5 for Minnesota Film Arts members. --------18 of 23-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Celebrating women 6.16 8pm NOTE: This event benefits the WOMEN'S PRISON BOOK PROJECT/WPBP If you can't go, you can always donate money by mail or drop PAPERBACK BOOKS ONLY off (in the wooden bin in front of ARISE Books): Women's Prison Book Project c/o Arise Bookstore, 2441 Lyndale Ave.S. Mpls 55408 you can get their once a month emails: wpbp [at] prisonactivist.org FRI/SAT JUNE 16 & 17 A Celebration of Women curated by Shannon Freitag Who: A night of song, dance, performance art and poetry, celebrating women in performance, curated by Shannon Freitag, FRI/SAT June 16th and 17th at 8pm at Patrick's Cabaret. on Minnehaha Ave.S. 2 doors off East Lake St. south Minneapolis Celebration of Women, curated by me Shannon Freitag is an evening recognizing women in performance by introducing new as well as veteran female performers who reside in the Twin Cities. It is an event that will bring together performance art, song, dance, poetry, and spoken word, in order to recognize gender within a western context as well as just a fun evening of watching women performers do what they do. Tickets are $6 in advance or $8 at the door..For advanced tickets please call 612-501-7864 and for more info. All the money that I recieve inticket sales will be donated to the women's prison book project. Featured artists: Jessica Briggs and Erin Reegan Susan Rode Amanda K. Smith Claribel Gross Gigi Nauer Janice Kalien and Shannon Freitag In the ongoing series of guest curators for the shows at Patrick's Cabaret, Shannon Freitag graduates from the University of Minnesota Theater Program, and not unlike Wonder Woman, immediately presents Celebrating Women in Performance! Paying Homage Paying Homage is comprised of contemporary and modern movement, with African influences. The piece displays traditions and rituals that women have played throughout history.** Poetry by Susan Rode "Recovering the Words" Susan Rode reads three poems celebrating the human capacity for love. Susan has taught high school English, speech, and journalism in the Midwest for nearly 20 years. In her spare time, she wanders the woods with her dogs and writes poetry at her cabin. Music by Amanda K. Smith Inspired by her singer/songwriter father, Amanda has picked up a guitar and started writing songs. She'll be doing a few of hew own tonight. Claribel: The Reality of Beauty: for Curiosity This solo performance piece, written by Claribel, questions the meaning of beauty and examines the idea of beauty as its own entity. Claribel describes herself as "a theater kid who performs poetry and believes that poetry is meant to be read out loud." "Thank You for Listening" Music by Gigi Nauer Gigi is a singer-songwriter, and music teacher. Her smooth voice and gentle guitar style become a duet and lend themselves well to a range of styles. Shannon Freitag: Untitled A performance by Shannon Freitag that challenges the existing representations of women in a Western social context through movement, sound, and photos. Janice Kalien: "Selected Poems by Janice" Dealing with issues that concern women, Janice will perform her own work solo. Her work has been published multiple times, but this will be her first time onstage with her poetry. Janice explains her poems as "hypersenstive to hypothetical situations." Her poems include "Madeup", "cliff", "Hidden", "Frat Party Girl" Maculated", and Microbes" --------19 of 23-------- Cindy Sheehan on Democracy Now Amy Goodman interviewed Cindy Sheehan and others regarding the escalating conflict within the Democratic Party over the Iraq War. From the Tuesday, June 6th, 2006 broadcast of Democracy Now: Joining us here in our Firehouse studio is Cindy Sheehan. Since the death of her son Casey in Iraq in April 2004, she has emerged as one of the leading figures of the anti-war movement in the United States. She is the co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace and a supporter of Voters For Peace. http://www.votersforpeace.us/, the national campaign that asks voters to sign a simple pledge: "I will not vote for or support any candidate for Congress or President who does not make a speedy end to the war in Iraq, and preventing any future war of aggression, a public position in his or her campaign." Cindy has called on Democrats to vote against their pro-war incumbents. Welcome to Democracy Now! CINDY SHEEHAN: Hi, Amy. AMY GOODMAN: Tell us about this nationwide movement, where you have Democrats not only taking on President Bush, but taking on their own party. CINDY SHEEHAN: Well, I think it's imperative. We have basically right now in Congress a one-party system. We have very few Democrats who are speaking to our core values as progressive liberal Democrats. And they are rubber-stamping and bobble-heading everything that this administration wants to do. And it's so urgent right now that we have an opposition party. And I believe if Democrats courageously spoke out to their core values saying, "This war is wrong; if we voted for it, we shouldn't have," and to call for an end to the occupation of Iraq, I believe that we could have a government that is run with integrity, and the Democrats could have a landslide victory in November, if they would act different from the Republicans. And I'm supporting these candidates who are saying that this war is wrong, we need to bring our troops home, and we are not going to support the Republicans who are corrupt and who are leading our country down this path of destruction. AMY GOODMAN: You're here in New York. You have personally spoken to Hillary Rodham Clinton. What did that conversation consist of? CINDY SHEEHAN: Well, I was talking about the personal cost of war, about how her policies and her support of George Bush and this war, even though she says it's a mistake, you know, the war is being fought incompetently. There's no such thing as a competent war. And I told her about the pain of being a mother who lost a son. We talked about other mothers who have their children in harm's way, who are worried beyond anything they can imagine. And at the end, she said, "Well, we have to complete the mission to honor the sacrifice of your son." And I think and have been calling for an end to the killing, that the killing has to stop sometime. How much killing is enough killing for these people? And there is no mission. She can't define the mission. George Bush can't define the mission. And to just keep them there because they're there is not a good mission. Join Cindy by signing the Voters Pledge: http://www.votersforpeace.us/, --------20 of 23-------- Progressive Dems Suppress Anti-War Dissent Peace Activists at Hillary Clinton's Speech Try to Take Back "Take Back America" By MEDEA BENJAMIN The Take Back America conference, an annual event held in Washington DC this year from June 12-14, is supposed to be a venue for prominent progressives to gather and debate the major issues of our day. Their aim is to "provide the nation with new vision, new ideas and new energy." But choosing New York Senator and probable presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as a keynote speaker and then stifling dissent against her pro-war position hardly seems the stuff of a new vision for America. The peace group CODEPINK is widely known for bringing its anti-war message to the halls of power, including inside the Republican National Convention and at President Bush's Inauguration. But it has also targeted Democrats such as Hillary Clinton who support the war. "We have a campaign called Birddog Hillary," says CODEPINK's New York coordinator Nancy Kricorian. "We follow her around the entire state asking her to listen to the voices of her constituents and stop her support of Bush's 'stay the course' policy in Iraq. So far, she hasn't been listening." Fearing that CODEPINK would openly confront Clinton on her pro-war policy, the organizers of Take Back America entered into negotiations with CODEPINK a few days before the conference. "We had lengthy discussions where they pleaded with us not to protest during her keynote breakfast address," explained Gael Murphy, one of the cofounders of CODEPINK. "Instead, we were told that we could distribute flyers explaining Hillary's pro-war position to the crowd inside and outside the hotel, and we would be called on to ask her the first question after the speech. We agreed." However, when CODEPINK showed up on Tuesday morning in advance of Clinton's speech, the security guards refused to allow them to pass out flyers, even outside the hotel. "Take Back America violated the agreement from the moment we arrived," said Ms. Murphy. "Even though we had a table inside the conference, burly security guards blocked us and informed us that it was a private event, that we were not welcome, and they escorted us out of the building. We telephoned the conference staff who then told us that we couldn't enter the hotel, couldn't leaflet the event, the hallways-anywhere. They went back on their word and tried to quash even peaceful, respectful dissent." A few CODEPINK women did manage to get inside the breakfast, however, as they were legitimate ticket holders. Once inside, the CODEPINK women soon realized that they had been deceived about the second part of the agreement: They would not be allowed to ask the first question, or any question, because Hillary Clinton would not be fielding questions from the audience. "We were really upset that we had been lied to by Take Back America, and that there would be no space at this 'progressive conference' to have a dialogue with Hillary Clinton about the most critical issue of our time-the war in Iraq," said Katie Heald, DC coordinator for CODEPINK. "We got up on our chairs holding up our hands with the peace sign, and were pulled down from the chairs. We tried to take out our banner that said "Listen Hillary: Stop Supporting the War" and it was grabbed from us. And when Hillary started talking about her Iraq strategy, criticizing Bush but not posing a solution, we shouted 'What are YOU going to do to get us out of Iraq,' but she ignored us." Ann Wright, the army colonel and diplomat who resigned over the war, was appalled by the actions of the conference organizers. "They took away leaflets supporting Jonathan Tasini, the anti-war Democrat who is running against Clinton in New York. They searched people's bags for banners; they even took away an 'Impeach Bush' banner from Veterans for Peace. Free speech needs to be upheld by progressives and trying to curtail dissent undercuts the whole purpose of this conference," said Wright. Many of the attendees agreed with the position of the protesters, and as Hillary Clinton left the podium, they joined in chanting "Bring the troops home; Stop the war now." The next speakers, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Senator John Kerry, got thunderous applause when they called for the troops to come home. "We were amazed to discover that the organizers of Take Back America treat dissent the same way that the organizers at a Bush rally do," said Ms. Murphy. "Most progressives do not support Hillary Clinton, and stifling our legitimate, heartfelt opposition to her pro-war position is an outrage. I guess we have to take back 'Take Back America.'" [I have several choice gutter epithets to apply to Hillary, TBA, and the national DP. I will spare you. (You probably know nastier ones than I do, so have at it). And +she+ is to be our +alternative+ in 2008? Talk about a totally stacked deck. Hillary is not lesser evil; she is the real thing, undiluted, full strength. What does it say about the DP if this demon's apprentice is the DP 2008 candidate? When both of our big/monster/bloated parties are corrupted at the highest level, we're in serious trouble, calling for more courageous actions than we've been willing to do so far. -ed] --------21 of 23-------- America: The Land of Denial By Mickey Z ZNet Commentary http://www.zmag.org/sustainers/content/2006-06/08z.cfm June 11, 2006 "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."-Martin Luther King, Jr. Being a lifetime New Yorker means I took notice when the Red Sox came to town this week. Tens of thousands jammed Yankee Stadium...each pretending the House That Ruth Built does not stand on land stolen from a nearly exterminated indigenous population. Millions more tuned in to watch on TV...powered by electricity, which is generated by the burning of fossil fuels. We pushed environmental degradation from our minds and cheered for our team. Yankee announcer Ken Singleton is an African-American...but we all opted to ignore the slave trade that brought Africans to North America. In order to better enjoy the sports spectacle, it's not recommended that viewers contemplate a nation built upon a foundation of slavery. Toyota is one of many "official sponsors" of the New York Yankees so it should come as no surprise that the broadcast featured more than a few car pitches...but, of course, no mention of the car culture. After all, how can one enjoy our national pastime if forced to consider that the surreptitious cost of the automobile lifestyle is nearly $500 billion a year in the U.S. alone...much of that going support the waging of perpetual war to keep the world safe for petroleum? The presence of David Ortiz from the Dominican Republic could've spurred a discussion of U.S. complicity in the overthrow of Juan Bosch...but it didn't. Of course, "God Bless America" was the seventh inning sing-a-long. Everyone stood and sang and blocked out the more than one million of our taxpayer dollars spent per minute on war. When Bernie Williams came to the plate, our minds were not cluttered with thoughts of his native Puerto Rico as the world's oldest colony. Mike Mussina struck out the side and a kid in the stands pulled out his cell phone to tell a friend all about it. His conversation contained no mention of columbite-tantalite (a.k.a. "coltan"). Global demand for this common cell phone component is fueling war and environmental destruction in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Who knew? Panamanian Mariano Rivera warmed up in the Yankee bullpen. Not a whisper was heard about the illegal 1989 American invasion of his homeland or the malevolent machinations behind the building the Panama Canal more than a century ago. It takes an awful lot of denial just to exist in a society like ours. Look around: Those folks over there, yeah, the ones chowing down on stadium franks...they're not thinking about factory farming, Their minds don't seem distracted by the fact that the EPA considers 30 percent of all insecticides, 60 percent of all herbicides, and 90 percent of all fungicides to be carcinogenic, yet Americans spend about $7 billion on 21,000 different pesticide products each year. That guy parked next to you in his SUV isn't pondering the reality that the top one percent of Americans own wealth equal to the bottom 95 percent. That woman buying a Derek Jeter jersey doesn't appear bothered by the 1200 citizens incarcerated each week or the 4000 new cases of cancer diagnosed each day or the 19 insect species becoming extinct each hour. The Yankees pull off a double play...but 52 of the top 100 economies are the planet aren't countries, they're corporations. The Red Sox make a pitching change but it doesn't change the fact that every day, 80 percent of Americans take a potentially addictive prescription drug and 52 percent of those drugs will be either pulled from the shelves or relabeled because they'll prove to be more hazardous than studies had indicated. Watch out...Jorge Posada is hit by a pitch. This provokes a far more dramatic response than polar bears having to swim up to 60 miles for food and subsequently drowning...due to climate change melting the Arctic ice shelf. A-Rod steals a base...and not a soul seems worried about 100,000 Americans losing their health insurance each month. Every two seconds, somewhere on this planet, a child starves to death. (How many have did we lose while Jason Giambi rounded the bases after his three-run homer?) As Arundhati Roy explains: "People from poorer places and poorer countries have to call upon their compassion not to be angry with ordinary people in America." Ward Churchill takes it further...warning us that the same people Roy refers to "have no obligation-moral, ethical, legal or otherwise-to sit on their thumbs while the opposition here dithers about doing anything to change the system." Noam Chomsky sez: "You are responsible for the predictable consequences of your actions." By "actions," I believe he is also implying "inaction." Mickey Z. is the author of several books, most recently 50 American Revolutions You're Not Supposed to Know (Disinformation Books). He can be found on the Web at http://www.mickeyz.net. --------22 of 23-------- Stand Up for Democracy With Robert F. Kennedy Jr. By Thom Hartmann Common Dreams reprint http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/060606E.shtml Sunday 04 June 2006 Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has written a brilliant new article about the biggest political story in the history of the United States: An American politician illegitimately took the office of president by outright theft and fraud. Although such high crimes and misdemeanors have been rumored in previous elections, none in the history of the republic have been so thoroughly documented. George W. Bush is not the legitimate president of the United States. Schoolchildren read (in the few remaining civics classes in America) about the multiple pollings and tense standoff that led to Thomas Jefferson's election as president in "the Revolution of 1800," because newspapers of the day looked into and reported on such things. But - unless we speak out - odds are that few will read about what happened in Ohio in 2004 in future history books, because modern newspaper editors are increasingly corporate appendages, and many of today's "reporters" worry more about currying favor with institutional power than investigating stories that may inconvenience or upset their "sources." Kennedy's story - "Was The 2004 Election Stolen?" - broke on Thursday, June 1, 2006, when Rolling Stone magazine put it on their website and it appeared on other websites including www.commondreams.org. It hit the newsstands soon thereafter. In the article, Kennedy lays out the details of exactly how the Republican Party, in several states but particularly in Ohio, engaged in a criminal conspiracy to both steal the 2004 election and to cover up the evidence of that theft. The subtitle of the article lays out Kennedy's foundational premise: "Republicans prevented more than 350,000 voters in Ohio from casting ballots or having their votes counted -- enough to have put John Kerry in the White House." And that's just the beginning of the story, which includes ballot-box stuffing, electronic voting machine manipulation, "caging" in defiance of a court order banning Republicans from this notorious practice, threats and intimidation of Democratic voters by imported Republican goon squads, and multiple illegal uses of the secretary of State's office to disenfranchise Democratic voters. The Republican rebuttals/attacks have already begun, starting with a particularly tragic hit-piece in one of the higher-profile "online magazines" that claims to authoritatively quote so-called but unnamed "experts" who doubt Kennedy's sources, and takes a clip of Ohio law so out of context as to essentially reverse its meaning in support of the Republican talking points. The day Kennedy's article came out, Republican callers began dialing into talk radio shows complaining about "massive Democrat (sic) voter fraud by registering illegal immigrants" (to quote a caller to my Air America Radio program on 6/2/06). Clearly the meme Republicans will put out if Kennedy's story gets traction in the mainstream media is that "election fraud is something both parties do," and they'll use that meme to push even harder for more Republican-helpful restrictions on voters who are old, urban, or poor enough not to have or easily acquire two forms of government-issued ID. We can't let them - this is about real crimes, and the destruction of democracy in our republic. Kennedy's article is an in-depth, on-the-ground report from Ohio about the 2004 election. In it, he acknowledges that he is building on the work of many who preceded him - this was a story not particularly difficult to uncover, even though the mainstream media has chosen to ignore it. EVIDENCE Seminal investigations were done by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman of the Columbus, Ohio Free Press, and by Michigan Congressman John Conyers, who held hearings in Ohio that resulted in a summary report now available in book form titled What Went Wrong In Ohio (all referenced by Kennedy). Just after the 2002 elections, I wrote an article for Common Dreams ("If You Want To Win An Election, Just Control The Voting Machines") outing Senator Chuck Hagel's odd journey from voting machine peddler to the US Senate (being elected on his own machines). Six months later, in the summer of 2003, MoveOn.org commissioned me to write a round-up article about voting machine problems which they emailed to over 2 million members, and was published on AlterNet. In both articles (and others since), I was building on the work of Bev Harris of www.blackboxvoting.org, Lynn Landes, and many others, just as Kennedy has done. It's not like the theft of the 2004 election is a secret to anybody who is looking. Mark Crispin Miller devoted an entire (brilliant) book to the topic, "Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election & Why They'll Steal the Next One Too (Unless We Stop Them)", and BBC investigative reporter Greg Palast lays it out in a chapter of his new book "Armed Madhouse" and articles on his website www.gregpalast.com. Kennedy, however, has a name and reputation that demands instant recognition in the mainstream American media. And he didn't just recycle the work of those who preceded him - he went to Ohio, talked with elections officials, looked over records, investigated the investigators, and only included in his story those facts he felt were sufficiently solid that they could, as he told me, "convince a jury." In fact, he is calling for criminal investigations into his evidence, for indictments of culpable Republican officials, and jury trials. Even with such a credible and high-profile figure involved, however, the response so far of America's corporate-owned mainstream media to Kennedy's article evokes echoes of the media's handling of similar Republican Party crimes in Florida in the 2000 election. Although it was reported - in The New York Times, no less - that Al Gore got more votes than George W. Bush in a statewide recount of Florida "no matter what standard was chosen to judge voter intent," most Americans don't know to this day that Gore actually won the 2000 election. The reason is a small percentage of Republican spin and a large percentage of journalistic cowardice in the mainstream media following 9/11. (This cowardice is limited to the USA, by the way - the story was extensively covered in most of the rest of the world.) In the 2000 case, The New York Times, on November 12, 2001, published a story summarizing the work of the newspaper consortium that spent nearly a year counting all the ballots in the 2000 Florida election. They found that a statewide recount - the process the Florida Supreme Court had mandated and which had begun when George W. Bush sued before the US Supreme Court to stop the recount - "could have produced enough votes to tilt the election his [Gore's] way, no matter what standard was chosen to judge voter intent." The Times analysis further showed that had "spoiled" ballots - ballots normally punched but "spoiled" because the voter also wrote onto the ballot the name of the candidate - been counted, the results were even more spectacular. While 35,176 voters wrote in Bush's name after punching the hole for him, 80,775 wrote in Gore's name while punching the hole for Gore. Katherine Harris decided that these (Gore ballots) were the spoiled ballots, and ordered none be counted. Many were from African-American districts, where older and often broken machines were distributed, causing voters to write onto their ballots so their intent would be unambiguous. As the Times added in a sidebar article with a self-explanatory title by Ford Fessenden, in the 2000 election in Florida: "Ballots Cast by Blacks and Older Voters Were Tossed in Far Greater Numbers." The November, 2001, New York Times article went on to document how, in a statewide recount, there was no possible doubt that Al Gore won Florida in 2000: "If all the ballots had been reviewed under any of seven single standards [all the ones that were used by either party], and combined with the results of an examination of overvotes, Mr. Gore would have won, by a very narrow margin. For example, using the most permissive ''dimpled chad'' standard, nearly 25,000 additional votes would have been reaped, yielding 644 net new votes for Mr. Gore and giving him a 107-vote victory margin. ... "Using the most restrictive standard -- the fully punched ballot card -- 5,252 new votes would have been added to the Florida total, producing a net gain of 652 votes for Mr. Gore, and a 115-vote victory margin. "All the other combinations likewise produced additional votes for Mr. Gore, giving him a slight margin over Mr. Bush, when at least two of the three coders agreed." And yet all this information was buried well after the 17th paragraph of the story, which carried the baffling headline "Study of Disputed Florida Ballots Finds Justices Did Not Cast the Deciding Vote." As Robert F. Kennedy Jr. pointed out to me in an interview on my radio program on June 2, the reason the Times chose to bury the lead of their story and instead imply in the headline and first few paragraphs that Bush had legitimately won the 2000 election was because just a month earlier the US had been struck on 9/11 and The Times' publisher didn't want to undermine the president's legitimacy in a time of national crisis. PRESS SILENCE/DISTORTION OF 2000 ELECTION In a case eerily prescient of the Times' 2004 decision to delay reporting on Bush's illegal wiretapping of Americans until after the election, the Times' publisher and editors decided in November of 2001 that that wasn't a good time to reveal that Bush was an illegitimate president and that Al Gore had actually won the election, both by the majority vote and the electoral vote. (Although, to their credit, at least they reported that Gore got the most votes in Florida, as did The Washington Post, which also ran the story but buried it deep within an article that similarly seemed to imply Bush won legitimately. USA Today passed over it altogether, simply saying that Bush won.) PRESS & 2004 ELECTION? The big question for today is whether media history will repeat itself. Will the mainstream media do any first-source on-the-ground investigative reporting into the theft of the 2004 election, or simply treat it as a political "difference of opinion"? And if they do engage in the hard work of first-source reporting as the Times and their consortium did in 2001, and the results again come back that Bush is an illegitimate president, will they again bury that fact seventeen paragraphs into a story with a misleading headline and opening as they did when, in 2001, they counted the ballots and found that Al Gore got more votes than George W. Bush did in Florida? So far, it seems that the mainstream media is going to pass on doing any of their own first-source reporting, while Kenneth Blackwell begins the process of destroying evidence which he'll legally be authorized to do in the next few months. For example, on Friday, June 3, 2006, CNN briefly interviewed Kennedy, but treated the story as a political one rather than an example of investigative reporting. Instead of interviewing Kennedy about the details and substance of the story, Wolf Blitzer had on with Kennedy the infamous Terry Holt, spokesman for the Bush/Cheney campaign and a likely co-conspirator in the crime, instead of an investigative reporter who had examined Kennedy's evidence. Just as when Holt was confronted by Anderson Cooper in August of 2004 about the administration's manipulation of terror alerts during the campaign, Holt similarly ridiculed the idea of Republican election crimes, and Blitzer didn't challenge him - or let Kennedy finish most of his sentences. Three days after Kennedy's story broke in Rolling Stone, a Google news search shows no national "mainstream" media having picked up the story as a serious news report, or having done any follow-up reporting into the issues he raises whatsoever. An email reply from an editor at The Seattle Times, asking why they're not covering the story, is characteristic of the response from many other national newspapers: "We subscribe to many news services for our national and foreign coverage. However, Rolling Stone is not one of them." The question should not be, "Is this a story we can quote or should investigate because it was first reported in a major newspaper?" Instead, it should be, "Is there credible evidence that the election of 2004 was stolen by Republicans engaged in openly criminal activity?" And, of course, "Are they preparing to do the same in 2006 and 2008?" Our national mega-corporate-owned media - now so driven by ad dollars that sensationalized "missing white girls" trump real news - will only respond if enough of us raise enough questions with their editors and writers. Or if more of our members of congress (you can call your congressperson or senator at 202 225-3121) - particularly the "media darlings" like Joe Biden and (gulp) Chuck Hagel, who are ubiquitous on the Sunday talking-head shows - begin to speak out with the rare courage Congressman John Conyers showed when he pursued his investigation despite a virtual news blackout from the mainstream media. Let them know what you think. Democracy begins with you, after all. Tag - you're it! Associated Press: http://www.ap.org/pages/contact/contact.html The New York Times: http://nytimes.com/ref/membercenter/help/infoservdirectory.html#b The Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-adv/mediacenter/html/about_contact.html National Public Radio: http://www.npr.org/contact/ CBS News: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/1998/08/01/eveningnews/main15218.shtml NBC News: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10285339/ ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/Reference/story?id=54216 Los Angeles Times: http://www.latimes.com/services/site/la-contactus,0,1439615.htmlstory Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/placead/chi-contactus,1,3223097.htmlstory?coll=chi-navrailhome2-nav&ctrack=1&cset=true Miami Herald: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/contact_us/ Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk show carried on the Air America Radio network and Sirius. www.thomhartmann.com His most recent books include "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection," "We The People: A Call To Take Back America," "What Would Jefferson Do?" and "Ultimate Sacrifice." His next book, due out this autumn, is "Screwed: The Undeclared War on the Middle Class and What We Can Do About It." --------23 of 23-------- Profiles in Cowardice ed I wanted to write a book on politics today, called "Profiles in Courage". But the publisher's rep and I concluded there weren't enough profiles to fill even a thin book. "You think poetry books are thin!" he said, and we laughed. So we went the other direction. Sometime nest year, look for the first in a multi-volume series, "Profiles in Cowardice: Aa-Ap". When completed it will look impressively impressive in your library: - more shelf-feet than the Encyclopedia Britannica and the unabridged OED combined - bound in sunny yellow genuine simulata - printed on gossamer-light pages (tissue) perforated for easy use - in the attractive pressed masonite bookcase, a stunning addition to your (or anyone's) bathroom We, the rep and I, agreed that we'd have to write and publish quickly in order to keep up, and that there would be yearly or even monthly supplements available to the completist cowardice buff. We soon saw that this project would outrun one writer, even one such as myself known for glib globs of purple prose. No, this will require vast teams of writers, each dedicated to a small portion of the alphabet. That means jobs! jobs! gobs of jobs! O, the possibilities! We, the rep and I, observed that other countries may be known for electronics or transportation or high culture, but America is now known, world-wide, for overweening cowardice - toadies, sycophants, yes-men and yes-women (yes-persons), flatterers, usable underlings, milquetoasts, pantywaists, headlight-struck dweebs. Well, friends, this IS America! It is OUR industry! OUR culture! Let us profit from and document it! Subscribe now! Get the whole series! (But we can always, you know, "adjust" if anyone objects. We wouldn't want to upset anyone. Especially anyone with big fists, heavy boots, or lots of money.) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - 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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