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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2006 05:06:01 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 07.20.06 1. Jobs now 7.20 9:30am 2. Labor candidates 7.20 3:30pm 3. Stop Israel 7.20 4:30pm 4. Eagan peace vigil 7.20 4:30pm 5. Small is beautiful 7.20 5pm 6. Northtown vigil 7.20 5pm 7. Smoke-free bowling 7.20 5pm 8. Imagine Roseville 7.20 7pm 9. mn911 questions 7.20 7pm 10. Mexican elections 7.20 7:30pm 11. 1934 truck strike 7.20 8pm 12. Rove/Bachmann lun 7.21 12noon? 13. Rove/Bachmann din 7.21 6pm 14. Feast for Farheen 7.21 6pm 15. HOPE speaks/eats 7.21 6pm 16. M Cavlan party 7.21 7pm 17. Seth Garwood 7.21 7pm 18. WalmartWages/film 7.21 7:30pm 19. Green Party MN - MN voters ask for Green Party choice on ballot 20. Mortenson campaign - Jesse Mortenson files for office 21. Kari VanDerVeen - GP Jay Pond second run at Fifth District seat 22. Kolstad campaign - GP AG candidate Kolstad leads with integrity 23. Amy Ihlan - Amy Ihlan runs for Mayor of Roseville 24. Green Party US - Global warming requires a Green strategy 25. Bill Van Auken - Hillary Clinton celebrates Israeli war crimes 26. ed - Developooper dreck runs amok (poem) --------1 of 26-------- Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 10:26:59 -0400 From: erin [at] mnwomen.org Subject: Jobs now 7.20 9:30am Thursday, July 20: JOBS NOW Coalition Are Women Opting Out? Debunking the Myth with Economist Heather Boushey. 9:30-11am at the MCIT Building Room 306, 100 Empire Dr, StPaul. Free and open to the public. Please RSVP to kateseng [at] msn.com. For more info, www.jobsnowcoalition.org. --------2 of 26-------- From: Minneapolis Central Labor Union Council <betsy [at] mplscluc.com> Subject: Labor candidates 7.20 3:30pm The Laborers District Council of Minnesota and North Dakota is holding a fundraiser and reception for two of its members running for office. Glenn Resman, a member of Laborers Local 563, is running in Senate District 16. Tom Anzelc, a member of Laborers Local 1097, is running in House District 3A. Reception information: Thursday, July 20 3:30-5:30pm Laborers District Council, 81 East Little Canada Road, Little Canada For directions, please call 651-653-9776 PAC and individual member contributions should be made out to: Glen Resman for State Senate Kooch Itasca Woods People for Anzelc Your contribution of up to $50 per individual and $100 per married couple is refundable through the State of Minnesota's Political Contribution Refund Program. --------3 of 26-------- From: wamm <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Stop Israel 7.20 4:30pm RALLY: Defend the People of Gaza and Lebanon! Stop the U.S.-Israeli War on the People of Gaza and Lebanon! No More U.S. Tax Dollars to Occupy Palestine and Destroy Lebanon! Thursday, July 20 Peavey Plaza 11th St. and Nicollet Avenue 4:30 P.M.-5:30 P.M. A rally has been organized for Thursday, July 20 by the Palestinian Solidarity Coalition. Israel's attacks on Gaza in response to the capture of an Israeli soldier constitute collective punishment of the entire Gaza population and have left close to 100 Palestinians dead, hundreds wounded and countless homeless and without water and electricity and in an unprecedented humanitarian disaster. This is only the most recent step in Israel's brutal and unending, illegal occupation of Palestine, which includes the imprisonment of approximately 9,000 Palestinian soldiers. Israel's massive assault on Lebanon after the capture of two Israeli soldiers and killing of eight is also collective punishment of the people of Lebanon in clear violation of Geneva Conventions and international law. More than 200 Lebanese, the vast majority civilians, have been killed; more are wounded; thousands have been made refugees, many are trapped with no means of escape as the Beirut airport was bombed, sea is barricaded, roads are blocked. As in Palestine, civilian infrastructure-electricity, water supplies have been destroyed. People are told to evacuate, but at the same time that moving vehicles will be shot at. Even as the U.S. blames Syria and Lebanon for arming Hezbollah, the U.S. government is the main military supplier, funder and advocate for Israel and has expressed its open and complete support for Israel in its two-front war. We oppose these assaults on Gaza and Lebanon and the looming possibility of attacks expanded to include Iran and Syria. We invite everyone to join us on this day. Contact: Karen Redleaf : 651-283-3495 --- From: Tracy Molm <molm [at] umn.edu> As the attacks on Gaza continue to get more violent, the Coalition for Palestinian Rights (CPR) is calling for an emergency demonstration: THURSDAY, July 20, 2006 4:30pm @ Peavey Plaza (downtown Minneapolis, 11th & Nicollet) We, the people of Minnesota, say no more of our tax dollars to invade Gaza and kill Palestinians. No more of our tax dollars to displace Palestinian women, children and men. no more of our tax dollars to continue a siege that stops Palestinian youth from receiving education and creates a reality of hunger and poverty. The Israeli re-invasion of Gaza, rationalized as an attempt to free one soldier, has left hundreds of Palestinians dead and homeless. this is only the most recent step in Israel's brutal and unending occupation of Palestine. it is time for us to say 'enough is enough!' We Demand: 1) Sovereignty and Self-Determination for Palestine! 2) End Military Aid to Israel! 3) Honor UN Resolutions 194,242,338 and other International Human Rights decisions like the ICJ ruling against the wall, and the Geneva Accords! Called by the Coalition for Palestinian Rights, for more information you can contact member groups: Arab Anti Discrimination Committee Anti War Committee 612-379-3899 * info [at] antiwarcommittee.org * www.antiwarcommittee.org National Lawyers Guild Middle East Peace Now Women Against Military Madness 612-827-5364 * wamm [at] mtn.org * www.worldwidewamm.org --------4 of 26-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <skograce [at] mtn.org> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 7.20 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 26-------- From: Jesse Mortenson <jmortenson [at] Macalester.edu> Subject: Small is beautiful 7.20 5pm First and third Tuesdays of the month 7.20 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 26-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 7.20 5pm NORTHTOWN Peace Vigil every Thursday 5 to 6 pm, at the intersection of Co. Hwy 10 and University Ave NE (SE corner across from Denny's), in Blaine. Communities situated near the Northtown Mall include: Blaine, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Spring Lake Park, Fridley, and Coon Rapids. We'll have extra signs. For more information people can contact Evangelos Kalambokidis by phone or email: (763)574-9615, ekalamboki [at] aol.com. --------7 of 26-------- Date: 19 Jul 2006 13:49:44 -0500 From: d-hill [at] umn.edu Subject: Smoke-free bowl free 7.20 5pm The Ramsey Tobacco Coalition invites you and your family and friends to join us Thursday for an evening of free bowling in St. Paul at the Minnehaha Lanes. This event is open to bowlers of all ages and would be a great night out for some fun with the family. The games and shoe rental are free and the lanes are smoke-free now in St. Paul! Thursday, July 20th - 5 to 8PM Minnehaha Lanes 955 Seminary Ave (Two blocks east of Lexington Pkwy and two blocks north of Minnehaha Ave.) www.minnehahalanes.com For more info contact: Dennis Hill djh [at] ansrmn.org 651-646-3005 The Ramsey Tobacco Coalition is a group of organizations working to promote the benefits of smoke-free policies at home, work and recreation activities and to educate residents of Ramsey County about the health benefits of living free of tobacco. --------8 of 26-------- Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 11:16:00 -0500 From: Anne R. Carroll <carrfran [at] qwest.net> Subject: Imagine Roseville 7.20 7pm Imagine Roseville 2025 Subcommittee Meetings Community Life and Civic Engagement Thursday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. Room 116A Roseville City Hall Life Cycle Housing, Education and Health Thursday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. Aspen Room Roseville City Hall Open Space and Recreation Thursday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. Walnut Room Roseville City Hall Transportation and Transit Thursday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. Fairview Community Center --------9 of 26-------- From: Nuzi Haneef <nuzi.haneef [at] comcast.net> Subject: mn911 questions 7.20 7pm You are invited, and encouraged, to attend the first Information Exchange and General Meeting of The MN 9/11 Questions Meetup Group. The meeting is to be held on Thursday 7/20/06, from 7:00 - 8:30 pm, in Meeting Room B of the Merriam Park Library, 1831 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104; 651-642-0385. Meeting Room B is in the lower (basement) level; it is the smaller partition of the main meeting room, toward the back. The library is located at the intersection of Fairview and Marshall Avenues. The library has a small parking lot adjacent to it; street parking is generally available close to the library. Please note that this meeting is not sponsored by the Saint Paul Public Library. Feel free to invite anyone who may be interested in participating and at least open to learning about 9/11 issues. For more details, see the full listing of this event on our Meetup site: http://9-11.meetup.com/253/events/5016179/. Please particularly read the Notes section for more some important information, including expected meeting content and format and meeting etiquette. (Ms.) Nuzhat (Nuzi) Haneef nuzi.haneef [at] comcast.net Organizer of The MN 9/11 Questions Meetup Group, http://9-11.meetup.com/253/. 3255 Coachman Rd., Apt. 321, Eagan MN 55121 651-688-2355 --------10 of 26-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Mexican elections 7.20 7:30pm Thursday, 7/20, 7:30 pm, community dialogue on the Mexican elections, Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave, Mpls. mturck [at] americas.org --------11 of 26-------- From: Raphi Rechitsky <raphirech [at] gmail.com> Subject: 1934 truck strike 7.20 8pm Music, film, and discussion commemorate 1934 trucker strike anniversary Minneapolis, MN July 17, 2006 Music, film, and discussion will commemorate the 72nd anniversary Minneapolis trucker strike at Arise Books on Thursday July 20th at 8pm. Arise Books 2441 Lyndale Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55404 www.arisebookstore.org Phone 612-817-7018 raphirech [at] gmail.com This event is free and open to the public, and co-sponsored by the Twin Cities branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Andy Gifford, a local folk musician, will get the evening started. Barb Kucera, professor in Labor Education Studies at the U of M will put the teamster strike in historical context, introducing Labor's Turning Point, a well-known documentary film about the events of 1934. The film will be followed by a discussion of the historic event and its contributions and lessons for today's labor movement. This strike, also known as the Minneapolis Teamsters' Strike, is arguably the most significant event in Minnesota's labor history to date. A non-union city, Minneapolis business leaders had successfully kept unions at bay through an organization called the Citizens Alliance. But by 1934, unions were gaining strength as advocates of workers for improved wages and better working conditions. By early May 1934, one of the worst years of the Great Depression, General Drivers Local 574 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) had organized 3,000 transportation workers of the trucking industry into an industrial union. When employers refused to recognize the union, or its right to speak for all of its members, union leaders called a strike. Trucking operations in the city came to a halt. When police and National Guard were called in to guard trucks, and the Citizens Alliance activated the local militia, strike leaders countered with "flying squads" of pickets. To inform the public of the strike's aims, and to keep workers informed of developments, strike leaders published a daily newspaper. They sought farmers' cooperation. Conflict escalated daily throughout May and reached a peak late in the month, at the city market, where strikers clashed with police, who were trying to open it for farm produce to be brought in. The police force was increased for the battle. Many women strike supporters joined the strikers and were severely beaten. Hundreds of strikers were arrested. In support of the truckers, 35,000 building trades workers went on strike. The battle raged on violently for two days. The strike ended on May 25, when the union was recognized and their demands settled. Its toll: 200 injured; 4 dead. The strike marked a turning point in state and national labor history and legislation. The strike opened the way for enactment of laws acknowledging and protecting workers' rights. Arise is a collectively-run progressive bookstore and resource center located in Uptown Minneapolis. For further information, contact Raphi Rechitsky at raphirech [at] gmail.com --------12 of 26-------- From: runrundan <runrundan [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Rove/Bachmann lunch 7.21 12noon? Rove will appear at a Stillwater luncheon fund raiser for U.S. congressional hopeful and anti-gay/anti-choice activist Michele Bachmann who is campaigning against child advocate Patty Wetterling. The Repubs really want homophobe Michelle Bachmann in Congress. Cheney, Hastert and now Rove. Will Santorum be coming next? July 21, Lunch Water Street Inn, Stillwater Lunch: $250 a plate Photos with Rove: $1,000 per couple [Photos without Rove: $2,000 per couple -ed] Opportunity to drown out Rover. Priceless http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/politics/14990352.htm [Can I bring my own bag lunch, and get in free? -ed] --------13 of 26-------- From: G. Globalia gglobalia [at] yahoo.com Subject: Rove/Bachmann dinner 7.21 6pm Karl Rove in town for GOP U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kennedy Friday, July 21 $500 for Dinner at 6pm $1,000 for the Reception with Photos at 7pm at the home of Sid and Carol Verdoorn 28210 Woodside Road in the Greenwood section of Excelsior, on Lake Minnetonka Daryl "Sid" Verdoorn is the retired multi-millionaire CEO of C H Robinson Worldwide, a century old trucking business with about 140 branch offices. >From 3M to war materials, shipping is big business. Mr. & Mrs. Verdoorn have donated thousands of dollars to the Mark Kennedy campaign according to Federal Election Committee reports. [I say we just drop in, slap good old Sid on the back, say, "How the hell are ya, Sid baby!", and go for the snacks. Later we take a dip in the lake, with or without trunks. Sid oughta love it. -ed] --------14 of 26-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Feast for Farheen 7.21 6pm FRI.JULY 21, 6pm-8pm FEAST FOR FARHHEN HAKEEM, Green party candidate for Hennepin Cty Commission -Farheen's mom cooks! creating a south Asian feast! Walker Community Methodist Church 16 Av S/31st St, south Minneapolis suggested donation:$20 If you can't come, make a campaign contribution to: NEIGHBORS FOR FARHEEN HAKEEM P.O.Box6419 Minneapolis,MN 55406 (612)395-5559 --------15 of 26-------- From: Jesse Mortenson <teknoj [at] gmail.com> Subject: HOPE speaks/eats 7.21 6pm HOPE SPEAKS THIS Friday, July 21, 6pm, Jack Pine Community Center The Jack Pine will be hosting speakers from the H.O.P.E project, a grassroots group in the New Orleans area committed to working with people to rebuild in a just and sustainable way. They will show slides and speak about the personal effects of Hurricane Katrina, their efforts to rebuild their neighborhoods, the environmental impacts, the needs returning residents have now, and how we can link our local struggles to those that lead to the racism brought to the surface by Hurricane Katrina. Free and open to all, with dinner provided. (Donations appreciated, to benefit the work of the H.O.P.E. project.) And bring your kids, there'll be someone to play with them. For more info on H.O.P.E, check out: www.keep-hope.org Jack Pine Community Center 2815 E. Lake St., Mpls 612.729.2837 or info [at] thejackpine.org www.thejackpine.org --------16 of 26-------- From: Gary Carlson <gcarlso5 [at] hotmail.com> Subject: M Cavlan party 7.21 7pm There will be a meet the candidate party for Michael Cavlan, Green Party candidate for US Senate at my house Friday, July 21, from 7 to 9 pm. I'm at 1389 Grantham St, St Paul MN 55108. Take Hwy 280 and exit east on Como. Turn left on Luther Place, just past the seminary, take a right on Grantham St. - we are the 5th house down on the right hand side of the street just before the house with the magnificent garden in the front yard. Phone - 651 646 8922. --------17 of 26-------- From: Robin Garwood flewn <robin [at] flewn.org> Subject: Seth Garwood 7.21 7pm Memorial service for Rev. Seth Garwood, Friday July 21 from 7-9 PM at Walker Church, 3104 16th Ave S, Minneapolis (612-722-6612). Join us to celebrate the yahrzeit and Kaddish. We will light a candle, sing a prayer, and speak in remembrance of Seth. From the dawn of your birth to the sunset of your death, we honor you. --------18 of 26-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: Walmart wages/film 7.21 7:30pm July 21 - Film: "Walmart: the High Cost of Low Wages". 7:30 pm. Home of Larry Johnson, 315 Georgia Ave N, Golden Valley. FFI: 612-747-3904 --------19 of 26-------- Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 19:56:34 EDT From: Krisrose02 [at] aol.com Subject: Green Party MN - MN voters ask for Green Party choice on ballot MINNESOTA VOTERS ASK FOR GREEN PARTY CHOICE ON BALLOT, CANDIDATES TO FILE OVER 15,000 SIGNATURES FOR BALLOT ACCESS IN NOVEMBER 17 July, 2006 Minneapolis - Green Party candidates for US Senate, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Auditor, Attorney General, and US House of Representatives will file over 15,000 signatures with the Secretary of State Tuesday, July 18 at Noon, representing Minnesota voters nominating the Green Party candidates for partisan office. They will be joined by two candidates for the legislature who have also achieved ballot status. As a minor party in the state of Minnesota, Green Party candidates needed to collect from 500 signatures for state legislative seats, to 2,000 signatures for each of the state constitutional and federal offices, between July 4th and July 18th to appear on the ballot. "Placing seven candidates on the ballot by petition is a huge accomplishment and is more than any other 3rd party has done in recent history." said Rhoda Gilman, Green Party of Minnesota Politics Chair. An eighth candidate, Farheen Hakeem, who is running for Hennepin County Commissioner, says: "I have been humbled by the amount of support and enthusiasm we as Green party endorsed candidates have received throughout this process." Candidates filing Tuesday are Michael Cavlan for US Senate, Ken Pentel and Danene Provencher for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Dave Berger for Minnesota State Auditor, Papa John Kolstad for Attorney General, and Jay Pond for US House in District 5. "This was a truly amazing grassroots effort." said Michael Cavlan, US Senate candidate. "We had a very short amount of time to collect thousands of signatures, and people really came together to make it possible for us to provide a voice for peace, justice, ecology, and democracy to Minnesota voters." Cavlan's platform focuses on creating a universal single-payer health care system, ending the occupation of Iraq, implementing sustainable energy and agricultural policies, and ensuring transparency and accountability of elections and voting technologies. "The best part of the whole experience was meeting people from all over the state, one on one, and hearing their concerns. I most enjoyed shaking the hands of young women, telling them that I was running for office and someday they could too," said Danene Provencher, candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Provencher is running alongside Ken Pentel, Green Party candidate for Governor. "I am honored to be the Green Party's endorsed candidate for Governor, and it is a responsibility I do not take lightly," Pentel said. "My main goal as Governor of Minnesota would be to establish an honest democracy and an economy which is linked to ecological healing." "The Green Party has 10 Key Values." said State Auditor candidate Dave Berger. "These values show that we are interested in fair politics, social and economic justice, environmental stewardship, and many other important issues that appeal to people of many backgrounds." Berger's campaign message includes showing how a single-payer health care system will save millions of dollars for local governments, families, and small businesses in our state and provide coverage for everyone at the same time. "As a member of the State Board of Investment," he says, "I could encourage the state to divest its $52 billion worth of investment from companies that do not promote equal rights. An objective State Auditor treats all citizens equally regardless of race, class, gender, religious preference, political views, or sexual orientation. The fact that my DFL and Republican opponents have supported the Bachmann Amendment shows that they cannot be fair auditors." Papa John Kolstad is the Green Party Candidate for Attorney General. "I'm happy to be able to bring some real solutions to the table in the race for Minnesota Attorney General." said Kolstad. A small business owner, and community and civic activist, Kolstad will promote a single payer health plan, strong, enforceable environmental laws, electoral reform, and ending corporate welfare. As the Green Party candidate for US House of Representatives in the 5th Congressional District, Jay Pond has an exciting vision of how "politics as it was meant to be" could work. Of the signature-gathering process he says: "During this two-week period while the media was covering the political bickering of the major parties, we were asking people for their signatures and thoughts. What a great experience! People are committed to helping create change. For starters they want the war stopped, health care, and the ability to purchase energy that comes from renewable sources. "We must ensure equal civil rights and liberties for everyone. That means providing equal rights for everyone to marry, and it means reforming our immigration laws and protecting the rights of immigrants." Julie Risser, the Green Party endorsed candidate for Minnesota Senate in District 41 collected over 700 signatures and filed last week. "During a week marked by record-setting temperatures Green Party candidates were out petitioning for ballot access so that they can promote basic issues: single-payer universal health care, withdrawal from Iraq, and clean, renewable energy," Risser said. "People want clarity not empty rhetoric." Jesse Mortenson, the Green Party candidate for Minnesota House in District 64A, agrees. "Gathering signatures was another chapter in our strong grassroots campaign," he said. "Wešve already spoken with folks door-to-door through almost a third of the district." For more information on the Green Party, see: _www.mngreens.org_ (http://www.mngreens.org) For more information on the candidates, see: Michael Cavlan for US Senate _www.cavlan.org_ (_http://www.cavlan.org_ (http://www.cavlan.org) ) Ken Pentel/Danene Provencher _www.kenpentel.org_ (_http://www.kenpentel.org_ (http://www.kenpentel.org) ) Dave Berger _www.berger4auditor.org_ (_http://www.berger4auditor.org_ (http://www.berger4auditor.org) ) Papa John Kolstad _www.millcitymusic.com_ (_http://www.millcitymusic.com_ (http://www.millcitymusic.com) ) Jay Pond, US House of Representatives, Minnesotašs 5th Congressional _www.JayPond.com_ (_http://www.JayPond.com_ (http://www.JayPond.com) ) Farheen Hakeem for Hennepin County Commissioner _www.farheenhakeem.org_ (_http://www.farheenhakeem.org_ (http://www.farheenhakeem.org) ) Jesse Mortenson for MN House District 64A _www.jessemortenson.com_ (_http://www.jessemortenson.com_ (http://www.jessemortenson.com) ) Julie Risser for MN Senate District 41 _www.voterisser4senate.com_ (_http://www.voterisser4senate.com_ (http://www.voterisser4senate.com) ) Contact: Rhoda Gilman, Green Party of Minnesota Politics Chair 651-224-6383, _rhodagilman [at] earthlink.net_ (mailto:rhodagilman [at] earthlink.net) --------20 of 26-------- Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 19:25:22 -0500 (CDT) From: Andy Hamerlinck <iamandy [at] riseup.net> Subject: Jesse Mortenson files for office http://www.jessemortenson.com/filed ST. PAUL, MINN. (July 17, 2006) - The competition for the open seat in Minnesota House of Representatives District 64A got more intense today when Green Party candidate Jesse Mortenson officially filed for a spot on the November 7 ballot. Mortenson wrapped up a very successful signature drive by turning in more than 700 constituent signatures today (500 signatures are required by Minnesota statutes). "I am inspired by the enthusiasm that residents of 64A have for green ideals and the ideas our campaign has brought forward," said Mortenson. "This is an exciting race, and I intend to keep the strong momentum going straight on through to November." Mortenson has been aggressively knocking on doors throughout the district, having already visited approximately 4,133 households and five of the district's 15 precincts. His campaign also already has raised nearly $10,000. "We're campaigning hard because our community deserves a real debate on how we can best build a more sustainable Minnesota," said Mortenson. "We need a legislator who will unequivocally advocate for solid progressive ideas - like healthcare for all Minnesotans using the single-payer model - and use the office to grow the grassroots power that we need to make those ideas reality." Jesse Mortenson is passionate about grassroots politics, small business and St. Paul. His goal is to bring more power to ordinary people. In addition to being endorsed by the Green Party of St. Paul, he also has been endorsed by Sustainable St. Paul. District 64A includes parts of the Merriam Park, Macalester-Groveland, Summit-Hill, and Summit-University neighborhoods of St. Paul. It includes almost all of Grand Avenue as well as Snelling Avenue south of University until Jefferson. Contacts: Brant Skogrand, APR 612-965-1649 media [at] jessemortenson.com Paul Busch 651-442-5746 media [at] jessemortenson.com http://www.jessemortenson.com -------21 of 26-------- Green Party candidate takes second run at Fifth District seat By Kari VanDerVeen http://www.swjournal.com/articles/2006/07/14/news/news05.txt Jay Pond hopes to impress voters in second bid for Fifth Congressional District seat When Jay Pond ran as the Green Party candidate for the Fifth Congressional District seat in 2004, he garnered slightly more than 6 percent of the vote. But in that race he was up against longtime DFL incumbent Martin Sabo, who will retire at the end of this term after serving 28 years in Congress. Now the seat is open, and Pond said the 18,000 votes he received in the last race helped him create a support base in a district that many political observers view as one of the most Democratic in the nation. "We're trying to target people who are really dissatisfied with where we're at as a democracy," said Pond, who has once again nabbed the endorsement of the Green Party. "I think people this round are going to be more open to listening to issues rather than just blindly going with the DFL." And he is confident that the traditionally DFL-dominated Fifth Congressional District has a block of voters ready to support a platform that pushes for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, universal health care, an investment in wind energy, immigration reform and the right to gay marriage. "This is one of the few districts of all the Congressional Districts in the United States that has the progressive numbers to truly elect a progressive like myself," said Pond, a 47-year-old resident of the Lowry Hill East (Wedge) neighborhood who runs a video production company out of his home. While political analysts aren't sure Pond can win, some agree that this is the one Congressional District in the state that might be able to support a Green candidate. "I think if there's going to be a Green candidate who could do well in Minnesota, it would be this district," University of Minnesota Political Science Professor Larry Jacobs said in an interview on the Fifth Congressional District race back in April. "But they're going to have to run a great campaign because the DFL organization in that district is pretty strong." Pond is hoping that using campaign tactics such as blogging and sending video e-mails will resonate with voters. Campaign co-manager Becki Smith said because Pond and the Green Party don't have a "machine" of volunteers like the DFL to run the campaign - right now a core group of six volunteers is working for Pond - they are trying to be smart about how they campaign and to whom they cater their message. Campaign volunteers are also keeping their eye on which DFL candidate makes it through the primary, which will be critical to the dynamics of the race. "Nobody knows who's going to be on the November ballot for the Democrats," Smith said. After he lost to Sabo in 2002, Pond said he went to Washington, D.C., for a year to observe the inner workings of Congress. He knows the legislators he would want to work with on Capitol Hill and what committees he would strive to get on. Pond also boasts that his time in Washington helped him form connections that would allow him to work effectively with both parties if elected. "I've always been prepping. I know this is a long-term goal. - The more you run, the better you get," Pond said. One of the biggest issues of Pond's platform is his stance on the war in Iraq. He sums up his position on the war in Iraq with three words: get out now. He wants to begin an immediate withdrawal of troops and give Iraqis control over restoration funds. He also wants to create a Cabinet-level Department of Peace. Pond said his antiwar stance does give him a unique position over Democrats. "There is a growing awareness that we have no opposition party to the war," Pond said. "The Democratic Party cannot get focused and get a message out there of what they want. They're failing at that. And people realize that." Pond also advocates for single-payer, universal health care. He said the cost of health care is becoming such an issue that even white, middle-class families are beginning to feel the pressure. "What most people want is a system where everybody gets help," Pond said. "And to have a single payer is economically sensible." As a gay man who has been HIV-positive for more than a decade, many of Pond's positions are shaped by his personal life. In addition to advocating for affordable health care, he is a staunch supporter of gay marriage. He argues that if one person has the right to get a marriage license, all people should have that right. "Rather than play defense, which the Democratic Party has done, I say why not play offense?" Pond said. Another key component of Pond's platform is his push for a greater reliance on renewable energy resources, especially wind power. "What Houston is to oil, Minneapolis could be to renewable energy," Pond said. "We live in a very rich region of renewable energy, particularly wind." Kari VanDerVeen can be reached at kvanderveen [at] mnpubs.com and 436-4373 --------22 of 26-------- Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 14:17:00 EDT From: Krisrose02 [at] aol.com Subject: GP AG candidate Kolstad leads with integrity 19 July, 2006 Papa John Kolstad for Attorney General Contact: Papa John Kolstad, _jkolstad [at] millcitymusic.com_ (mailto:jkolstad [at] millcitymusic.com) 612-237-5696 AS MAJOR PARTY CANDIDATES SLING MUD AND DROP OUT, GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE PAPA JOHN KOLSTAD LEADS WITH INTEGRITY Minneapolis - In the race for Minnesota Attorney General, there appears to be a new favorite to win. With DFL candidate Matt Entenza dropping out of the race after controversy over Entenza's investigations into the DFL endorsed Gubernatorial candidate and current Attorney General Mike Hatch, Papa John Kolstad remains, moving ahead as favorite in the race. "This election is getting very interesting very early," said Kolstad today after filing nearly 3,000 signatures with the Secretary of State's office in order to appear as the Green Party endorsed candidate on the ballot in November. "While I was filing yesterday, Matt Entenza held a press conference, resigning as DFL candidate. There were reporters all around. When they asked me about Matt Entenza's withdrawal, I told them I had no idea how much fear I instilled in the hearts of my opponents, that just by my filing for the AG Office, Matt resigns. Wow. Sometimes I don't know my own strength." Kolstad's strength is in his progressive campaign message and agenda as would be Attorney General. "I spoke with thousands of Minnesotans during the process of collecting signatures these last two weeks," Kolstad added. "Voters clearly responded to the need to ensure every Minnesotan has access to health care through implementing a Single-Payer style Health Care system, which would save taxpayers, families, and small businesses millions of dollars a year in administrative and residual costs. I'm here to uphold the laws of the State of Minnesota and to work for the well being of every citizen of the state." Kolstad is certainly a champion of voters, and not the ones who vote with their dollars, like the HMO's and prescription drug companies. Kolstad also will work to eliminate corporate welfare, and implement strong, enforceable environmental laws to protect the people and ecology of Minnesota. "My opponents are clearly not on message with Minnesotans," he says. "I am getting a very positive response from everyone I've spoken with and I'm looking forward to bringing real solutions to the table as the next Attorney General." --------23 of 26-------- Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 18:31:56 -0500 From: Amy Ihlan <amyihlan [at] comcast.net> Subject: Amy Ihlan runs for Mayor of Roseville For Immediate Release: July 18, 2006 Amy Ihlan Runs for Mayor of Roseville Today I announce my candidacy for Mayor of Roseville. I have the experience, vision and dedication to provide the leadership our city needs and deserves. My goals for Roseville are the same as when I first ran for city council: safe, livable neighborhoods; fiscal responsibility; a vibrant and diverse local business community; and preserving our natural environment. I will pursue these goals as Mayor with the same energy, thoughtfulness and common sense that I bring to the council. As a council member, I successfully authored campaign finance disclosure reform for local elections. I have vigorously fought unnecessary property tax increases, and proposed much needed limits on eminent domain, public subsidies, and big box retail expansion. I have worked hard to make our city government open and accountable. And Roseville residents gave me a huge vote of confidence in last year's council elections, where I won the most votes by a wide margin. But the current Mayor almost invariably opposes my efforts and initiatives, casting the deciding vote against me as part of the 3-2 majority that has come to dominate our council meetings. If Roseville is going to meet the challenges of the future, it's clear we need change at the top. I will bring a new direction, strong leadership, and fresh ideas as Mayor of Roseville. We need a Mayor who is willing to ask tough questions, and fight for the public interest. We need a Mayor who listens to the people of Roseville instead of consultants and developers. We need a Mayor who can negotiate, build consensus, and make complex policy decisions, instead of a Mayor who prefers to "rubber stamp" others' recommendations. My record on the city council is proof that I will be the kind of Mayor Roseville needs. I will continue to be a champion for fiscal responsibility - opposing excessive tax increases, and public subsidies for private development (like the huge $40 million subsidy the current Mayor voted to give the Twin Lakes project, contrary to his campaign position against big box retail). I will continue to make livable neighborhoods my top priority, and to be a strong advocate for protecting our parks, wetlands and natural spaces. I look forward to a positive, spirited campaign on issues, not personalities. I will not seek or accept campaign contributions or endorsements from special interest groups, PACs or developers, and call on the current Mayor to do the same. I also challenge the Mayor to join me in five public, televised debates on the issues facing Roseville - or more if he would like. Some background information about me: I grew up in Columbia Heights, and graduated from Macalester College. I have a law degree from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. I'm a business lawyer at Briol & Associates in Minneapolis, and an adjunct professor at Macalester College. I have served as a Roseville City Council Member since January 2004. Contact: Amy Ihlan Work: (612)337-8410 Home: (651)635-9152 amyihlan [at] comcast.net www.amyihlan.org [The current mayor and his trained chorus of two are a continuing disaster for Roseville. With luck we can change this before the Twin Lakes developooper deal is rammed down our throats. We are fortunate to have Amy Ihlan to lead the fight for citizen rights, open democratic process, and a sustainable livable city. - ed, Roseville resident] --------24 of 26-------- GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES http://www.gp.org Wednesday, July 19, 2006 Greens to G8 leaders: Global warming requires a Green strategy, not a 'Katrina' response Green summit in Tucson follows G8 summit in St. Petersburg WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green leaders and candidates, preparing for the party's national meeting in Tucson, Arizona, July 27-30, called on the leaders of G8 nations to adopt far-reaching measures to curb global warming, in the wake of the G8 meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia. Greens emphasized that Kyoto plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions must be adjusted in accord with scientists' recommendations of a 70% reduction. "The choice is between a Green response to global warming and a 'Katrina' response, in which the Bush Administration's negligence and failure to heed basic science are repeated on a global scale," said Dave Berger, Green candidate for Minnesota State Auditor <http://www.daveberger.org>. "The U.S., currently the world's largest energy consumer, must rejoin Kyoto immediately and take the lead on a 70% reduction of CO2 emissions," added Mr. Berger. "If not, President Bush will be remembered as one of the most murderously reckless heads of state in world history." Greens support rapid transition to clean and secure alternative energy sources, energy conservation, and reduced reliance on cars, and praised Germany's goal of phasing out nuclear energy as well as fossil fuel dependence. The U.S., Russia, and France remain committed to nuclear energy, which Greens warn presents numerous environmental and security risks. "In the middle of the 20th century, nations united to defeat the fascist menace. In the 21st century, we need a similar focused global campaign, with peaceful, not military strategies, to defeat climate change," said Ken Pentel, Green candidate for Governor of Minnesota <http://www.www.kenpentel.org>. "The campaign must include a restructuring of local, national, and global economies, with investment and creation of new jobs in conservation and conversion to renewable solar and wind power, taxes on fossil fuel consumption, and bans on new drilling in the ANWR [Arctic National Wildlife Refuge] and other wilderness areas. We also need national health insurance and measures for public health and safety as we begin to experience the effects of warming, such as killer storms like Katrina and Rita." Greens called the reluctance of most Republicans and Democrats to address global warming adequately, a result of bipartisan addiction to corporate campaign money, an indication that the emergence of the Green Party has become a historical imperative for the 21st century. For more information about Green Party's 2006 national meeting, titled "El Futuro es Verde / The Future is Green," visit <http://www.gp.org/meeting2006>. For media credentialing, visit <http://www.gp.org/forms/media>. For Green campaign listings, news, photos, and web sites, visit the Green Party's candidate spotlight page <http://www.gp.org/2006elections> and the Green elections database <http://www.greens.org/elections>, which lists all 2006 candidates. 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 Climate Crisis Coalition http://www.climatecrisiscoalition.org "El Futuro es Verde / The Future is Green" National Meeting of the Green Party of the United States in Tucson, Arizona, July 27-30, 2006 http://www.gp.org/meeting2006 http://www.pimagreens.org/gpusanm/index.html Media credentialing: http://www.gp.org/forms/media 2006 Green candidates: http://www.gp.org/2006elections http://www.greens.org/elections Contacts: Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, mclarty [at] greens.org Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene [at] greens.org --------25 of 26-------- Hillary Clinton celebrates Israeli war crimes By Bill Van Auken 19 July 2006 http://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/jul2006/clin-j19.shtml The speech given by New York's Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton to a rally staged by Zionist organizations Monday across from the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan amounted to a celebration of massacres and war crimes. Her remarks left no doubt that a vote for Clinton in November is a vote not only to continue the US war in Iraq, but to expand and intensify the slaughter throughout the region. Under conditions in which Israeli war planes, gunships and artillery are turning Lebanese bridges, highways, power plants and residential buildings into rubble while killing hundreds of civilians, Clinton made it clear that she not only supports the ongoing aggression that has been unleashed against the Palestinian and Lebanese people, but is quite prepared to back its escalation into a full scale war against Syria and Iran as well. "We will support [Israel's] efforts to send a message to Hamas, Hezbollah, to the Syrians, to the Iranians, to all who seek death and domination instead of life and freedom," she told the crowd. "Send a message" is such an innocuous phrase to describe mass murder and state terrorism. How is this message being sent? In southern Lebanon, Israeli planes dropped leaflets warning villagers that they should flee north for their lives. When they complied, a warplane attacked a column of refugees incinerating 18 people, most of them children. Then other planes demolished the main roads as well as all of the bridges over the Litani River, forcing many of the refugees to abandon their vehicles and continue their exodus on foot. Homes, schools and even hospitals and ambulances have been targeted by Israeli bombs and missiles. On Sunday morning, an Israeli air strike took out an entire wing of the Jabel Amel hospital in Tyre, killing a family of nine, who had come there seeking aid after suffering a previous bombing of their apartment building. Hundreds of Lebanese have been killed - nearly all civilians and most of them women and children. Many hundreds more have maimed in the bombings and hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee, facing an increasingly catastrophic humanitarian crisis. What is involved is a massive act of "ethnic cleansing," aimed at driving an entire population of impoverished Shiites out of southern Lebanon. Meanwhile, the Israeli military is simultaneously sending a similar "message" in Gaza, where bombings and artillery strikes have killed scores of civilians, wounded hundreds and left large parts of the crowded Palestinian territory in rubble. The Israeli siege has cut off power and water to the population, while, as in Lebanon, sealing it off from the outside world. In both territories, Israel is carrying out massive and brutal acts of collective punishment against civilian populations, war crimes in the strictest sense of international law. Israeli military officials have openly proclaimed that their aim is to drive Gaza "back to the stone age" and in Lebanon to "turn the clock back 20 years"-to the days of brutal civil war. "We will stand with Israel because Israel is standing up for American values as well as Israeli ones," the New York Democrat proclaimed at the New York City rally. Clinton's remark constitutes a libel against the American people. The indiscriminate slaughter from the air of innocent children with the aim of terrorizing an entire population represents not the values of American working people, the vast majority of the population, but rather the perverse and criminal methods of ruling elites in both the US and Israel, which are determined to impose their imperialist diktat upon the entire Middle East, by whatever means necessary. Whose "values" Clinton defends was demonstrated by her next public appearance after the pro-bombing rally at the UN - when she was the guest of honor at a campaign fundraising event sponsored by billionaire publisher Rupert Murdoch, whose right-wing media empire includes Fox News and the New York Post, two of the foulest spokesmen for the American ultra-right. The reality is that both politicians and the media are systematically feeding lies to the American people about the escalating war in the Middle East, portraying the one-sided aggression against largely defenseless populations as a legitimate act of "self-defense." No major newspaper or broadcast network provides a clear picture of the carnage that has been unleashed against the people of Lebanon. Given the near universal portrayal of Israel as the innocent victim, one would hardly know that Lebanese casualties - nearly all civilian - outnumber those in Israel - half of whom are soldiers - by close to ten-to-one. The claim made by Israel, and echoed by Clinton at the New York rally, that these massive military offensives are a response to the capture of three Israeli soldiers - one in Gaza and two in south Lebanon - is absurd on its face. These operations have been long planned, and the captured soldiers have merely been exploited as a pretext - much to the dismay of their families, who have called on the Israeli government to negotiate their release. Clinton's demagogic analogy In one of the demagogic lines that won the biggest round of applause from the Zionist rally, Clinton declared: "I want us here in New York to imagine, if extremist terrorists were launching rocket attacks across the Mexican or Canadian border, would we stand by or would we defend America against these attacks from extremists?" The analogy is a far-fetched one at best, but she should have continued: "Wouldn't we bomb apartment buildings in Montreal, demolish Toronto's international airport, incinerate entire Canadian families in their homes and on the highways, and turn the population of southern Ontario into refugees?" Another border analogy, which more accurately captures the wildly disproportionate character of Israel's response, would be: "Imagine if members of the right-wing Minutemen group opened fire on Mexican migrants preparing to cross the border and the government of Mexico responded with massive air raids against San Diego, Dallas and Houston, blew up the runways at New York's JFK airport and sent hundreds of thousands of Americans fleeing north." Of course Mexico has no military means of carrying out such a response against its neighbor to the north, any more than the Palestinians in Gaza can launch such an assault on Israel every time IDF forces storm into their territory, killing civilians and abducting people who disappear into Israel's prison system without ever being charged, much less tried. Nor has Lebanon the wherewithal to mount such an exercise in "self-defense" every time Israeli troops have crossed its border. Such self-righteous acts of massive military violence are reserved only for the most powerful gangsters in the region, Washington and Tel Aviv. Speaking on the same platform with Hillary Clinton, Israel's UN Ambassador, Dan Gillerman, gave voice to this gangsterism. Turning toward the UN building, he shouted, "Let us finish the job!" Then, addressing the timid criticisms of certain European governments, he declared, "And to those countries who claim we are using disproportionate force, I have only this to say: you're damn right we are!" This arrogant indifference to world public opinion and reveling in the use of brutal force are hallmarks of Israeli policy. Underlying them is the unconditional support provided by successive US governments and big business politicians like Clinton. Hillary Clinton is perhaps the most slavish in her support for the positions of the Israeli right of any US political figure. According to figures released by the Federal Election Commission, she is the number-one recipient of campaign funds from the Israeli lobby in the 2005-2006 campaign cycle, far exceeding all other Democrats and Republicans alike. Late last year, she made a trip to Israel for a photo opportunity next to the apartheid-style wall which Israel is using to grab more Palestinian territory and seal off thousands of people from their jobs, schools and farming lands. Endorsing the project, she proclaimed it was not "against the Palestinian people" but only "against terrorists." She has distinguished herself by attacking the Bush administration from the right on its policy towards Iran, largely echoing the positions of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which is promoting a US war against the Iranians. Clinton's policies, however, are by no means unique. Both major parties have remained silent and indifferent toward the suffering of the Lebanese and Palestinian people, while fully endorsing Israel's "right" to launch aggression against Lebanon and Gaza. Both houses of the US Congress are preparing resolutions making this position explicit. Clinton, no less than Bush and the Republicans, has made a calculated, cold-blooded decision to allow the carnage in Lebanon and Gaza to continue and to oppose any serious effort to secure a cease-fire before Israel has achieved its military objectives. No major newspaper or broadcast network provides a clear picture of the carnage that has been unleashed against the people of Lebanon. Neither the struggle to end the war in Iraq, nor the fight against Israeli aggression in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, can be advanced through appeals to the United Nations or the "international community," both of which have proven impotent before the eruption of US and Israeli militarism. Rather, these struggles against imperialist war can be advanced only through the independent political mobilization of working people. Despite the opposition of the majority of the American population to the continuation of the Iraq war, the demand for the withdrawal of US troops finds no significant expression within either major party. At the same time, the fight against war requires a struggle for an international unity, including a struggle to unite Jewish and Arabs in Israel and the Arab countries in the struggle to free the region of the domination of imperialism and the local ruling classes - the Arab elite and Zionist alike - and develop its considerable resources for the benefit of all. [Any progressive who votes for Hillary shows they have surrendered principle to cowering denial. Any progressive who does not now begin to work for an alternative to Hillary shows they acquiesce in being sheep-herded by the anti-progressive powers that be. -ed] --------26 of 26------- Developooper dreck runs amok in Roseville. Three piece suits dance jigs. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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