Progressive Calendar 07.29.06
From: David Shove (
Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2006 01:18:01 -0700 (PDT)
            P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R    07.29.06

1. Fed candidate forum 7.29 11am
2. 9-11/LooseChange    7.29 2pm
3. Rice St parade      7.29 6pm
4. WAMM birthday bash  7.29 7pm
5. LatAm/stories       7.29 7:30pm
6. NC Co-op/concert    7.29 9pm
7. Cop watch           7.29 11pm
8. Women/farm/env      7.29

9. Michael Cavlan - Star Tribune article NOT printed
10. Jim Fuller    - Israel is a terrorist state
11. ed            - Take Bush out to the ball game (song)

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From: wamm <wamm [at]>
Subject: Fed candidate forum 7.29 11am

From the Gulf Coast to Minneapolis: Federal Candidates Forum

Sabathani Community Center, Auditorium, 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis.
From the Gulf Coast to Minneapolis, people are demanding justice. Join in
a Federal Candidates Forum hosted by Katrina survivors and Southside
Minneapolis residents. FFI: Call 612-821-2396.

[Includes Michael Cavlan, GP candidate for US Senate. -ed]

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From: altera vista <alteravista [at]>
Subject: 9-11/LooseChange 7.29 2pm

Sat. July 29, 2 pm:  Free showing of the hit movie:  "Loose Change" (2nd
Edition 2006).  Lays out the impossibilities of the government explanation
for the events of 9/11 (does everyone know that THREE WTC buildings
collapsed that day?  The only time in history that any skyscraper has
collapsed from fire/airplane impact, and on 9/11 three collapsed!).

Roseville Public Library, 2180 No. Hamline Av., Roseville.  FFI

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From: David Strand <mncivil [at]>
Subject: Rice St parade 7.29 6pm

Rice St, StPaul
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Starting Time:  6:00 pm
Lineup Time:  4:00 to 5:30 pm

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From: wamm <wamm [at]>
Subject: WAMM birthday bash 7.29 7pm

WAMM Forties Birthday Bash
Saturday, July 29, 7:00 to Midnight. The Black Dog Café, 308 Prince Street
(4th Street and Broadway, Lowertown), St. Paul. Street parking free at
night, plus $1.00 parking in lots immediately east of the Black Dog Café
behind Northern Warehouse Building wich house the Black Dog.

Everyone is invited. Wear your grooviest clothes. Music! Mingling!
Complimentary hors d'oeuvres! Cash bar! Come and let off some steam about
the current situation in the world. No one will tell you to get off your
soap box. This is an opportunity to commiserate with like-minded people
and appreciate one another. A FUN-raiser for WAMM in honor of and hosted
by WAMM members born 1956-1966 (or close). Suggestion donations $4-$444.
Funds raised will continue the work of WAMM. FFI: Contact the WAMM office
at 612-827-5364.

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From: Larry Johnson <elent7 [at]>
Subject: LatAm/stories 7.29 7:30pm

7:30 p.m., July 29 at Dunn Bros. by Loring Park, 329 West 15th St.

An evening of stories of living and adventuring in South America with KEY

Larry Johnson and Elaine Wynne will be joined this month by Jorge
Saavedra, originally from Chile, and now an attorney and strong advocate
for bilingual and low-income people needing LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL
ASSISTANCE.  Jorge was also a powerful contender in the recent race for
5th District Congressional seat.  Elaine will have just returned from
Argentina and Brazil, including a visit to Renascer, a clinic doing
innovative & practical public health work with low-income families in Rio
De Janeiro.  Larry's people come from the extreme southern part of Sweden,
so once, while in Ecuador, he climbed halfway up Mount Cotopaxi to try to
get the equator weather equal to far north.  It didn't work.  The stories

Call 612-747-3904 for more information

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From: North Country Co-op <northcountrycoop [at]>
Subject: NC Co-op/concert 7.29 9pm

Come On Down to The Nomad for a Rollicking New/Old Time
Celebrating North Country Co-op

The third in a series of 35th Anniversary concerts continues on Saturday,
July 29 at 9:00 at the Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar, Minneapolis.  Pert'
Near Sandstone will headline, with The Gated Community and Quarterstance
in support.  21 and up.  Cover is $5.  All proceeds will benefit North
Country Co-op

The West Bank counterculture of the late 60's and early 70's placed an
emphasis on rejecting artificial corporate culture and returning to a more
authentic, natural way of life.  This manifested itself both by an
emphasis on unprocessed, organic and bulk foods and revival of traditional
American forms of music like folk and the Blues.  In June, North Country
staged a concert featuring some of the originals of that movement:  Willy
Murphy, Jerry Rau and Bill Hinkley & Judy Larson.  This July, we'll have
another concert featuring young bands who are reviving the revival:  "new
grass" practioners Pert' Near Sandstone, radical country band The Gated
Community and rockers Quarterstance.

Band Web Sites:

Marketing & Merchandising Coordinator North Country Co-op
northcountrycoop [at] 612-338-3110

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From: Dave Bicking <dave [at]>
Subject: Cop watch 7.29 11pm

Here's the detailed information on the Cop Watch program:
From the Communities United Against Police Brutality bulletin:

In recent months, we've been stepping up our cop watch activity.  This
activity involves observing and using cameras to record activity in areas
where we have gotten a lot of complaints of police misconduct.  We have
been covering downtown Minneapolis but would like to build a larger group
of cop watchers and extend into other areas.  If this is an area you have
interest in, please come out and join us.

Upcoming cop watch Saturday, July 29.

For all cop watch nights, the schedule is:
11:00 p.m. - Training. Walker Church, 3100 16th Ave S in
11:45 p.m. -  Plan route and consolidate transportation.  Walker
Church, 3100 16th Ave S
12:00 p.m. - Go out on cop watch route.

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From: erin [at]
Subject: Women/farm/env 7.29

Saturday, July 29: Women's Environmental Institute at Amador Hill Saturday
Farm Day - Come and join a working farm day at WEI. Great food, hearty work
and extra produce for you to take home. Help harvest and enjoy the
out-of-doors. You can join the farm harvest crew or work on the organic
apple orchard. Please leave your deserving pets at home. For more info go to or to RSVP 651/583-0705.

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Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2006 16:54:28 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
From: Michael Cavlan greenpartymike <ollamhfaery [at]>
Subject: Star Tribune Article NOT Printed

The Star Tribune is at it again. Patricia Lopez just published an article
on the US Senate candidate's position on Lebanon.

Yet they were sent this Press Release Cavlan on Senate Resolution 534 on
Lebanon Invasion. Needless to say, they did not mention our campaign or
the Green Party at all.

Folks, our campaign for Senate is now recognized as the Peace Campaign for
the Senate.

Please give them a call and let them know how you feel. pass on this email
to any groups you know. Bombard them with calls and letters, please.

We are not going to take this lying down.

Strib Person's Readers Rep to contact Kate Perry (612)673-4450
Editorial Comments (612)673-4823

Michael Cavlan RN Your Peace Candidate

Text of Senate resolution 534:
Note particularly:

"Whereas the Government of Israel has shown restraint in the past

"Whereas, without provocation, on the morning of July 12, 2006,
Hezbollah launched an attack into northern Israel,...."

" Resolved, That the Senate--
(1) reaffirms its steadfast support for the State of Israel;"
"urges the President to continue fully supporting Israel as Israel
exercises its right of self-defense in Lebanon and Gaza"

[Note:  this doesn't just support Israel's right to self-defense, it
supports its exercise of that right.] "condemns the Governments of Iran
and Syria for their continued support for Hezbollah and Hamas, and holds
the Governments of Syria and Iran responsible for the acts of aggression
carried out by Hezbollah and Hamas against Israel" [Obviously very
dangerous - this helps set the stage for a wider war, even an attack on

Notes on status of resolution: Introduced, with *61* co-sponsors,
including both Coleman AND Dayton, along with Feingold, Boxer, Harkin,
Kennedy, Feinstein, Leahy, Obama, and Kerry.

The Washington Post article also mentions that this resolution as also
supported by Mark Kennedy and Amy Klobachar The Cavlan for United States
Senate campaign condems this resolution, which was passed unanimously.

Michael Cavlan, Green Party candidate for United States Senate states "we
condemn this resolution and the unbelievable political cowardice of those
who support it and the Israeli government without any question or

Cavlan also states "no-one can claim to support human rights and support
this bill and the actions of the Israeli government at the same time. Let
us be perfectly clear here. No-one can claim to support human rights and
this resolution and the actions of the Israeli government on Lebanon at
the same time"

He further states"in this time of conflict, our country desperately needs
voices for peace and sanity. Our campaign will be proud to stand for these
noble principles and values, held so dearly by many decent people in
Minnesota and elsewhere."

Cavlan then directed his comments to members of the Minnesota Peace annd
Justice community."We challenge those people in Minnesota who hold these
principles and ideals to join in our campaign immediately. The time for
courage and decisive action is now."

He ended his statement directed at the mainstream, corporate owned media
and journalists working within it. "We will also hold the media in this
country responsible for their coverage of this critical issue. Thomas
Jefferson called a 'free and independent press' indispensible to
democracy. He called you the "Fourth Estate" of democracy.

The time to start acting like you believe in this principle is now. Your
time of courage is now. The future of our world and democratic rights in
our country demands nothing less".

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Facing the truth of Israel
by Jim Fuller
(Veteran/retired journalist from the Minneapolis Star Tribune, now with
his own blog)

Hezbollah is a terrorist organization.

Israel is a terrorist state.

Those of us who were alive during World War II have so entirely absorbed
the knowledge of the evils of Nazism and the horrors Nazis inflicted
throughout the world that we shall never forget for an instant until that
time when we or are memories no longer exist.

Most powerfully and specifically, the atrocities against Europe's Jews,
Gypsies and other, smaller groups, are forever in our minds.

Our horror, anger and disgust, and something of collective guilt, has been
absorbed by our children. Those emotions are part of the lore that makes
up the core of our understandings and beliefs. Our grandchildren may not
feel it as deeply, but they know of it and accept our sense of how it was
and what that meant.

Largely because of those powerful emotions, tied to the truth of the evil
we beheld, most Americans have supported Israel since its creation in
Palestine after the world war.

Our support, our passion even, always has been encouraged by American
governments, by politicians, by coming to know survivors of the Holocaust
and their children, and by all of our country's news and entertainment

There is hardly an American male of my generation who, as a youth or young
man in 1960, did not see himself in his daydreams in Paul Newman's role as
the heroic Ari in "Exodus," the hugely successful film, based on a hugely
successful novel about Israel's beginning as a modern country.

But we were conned, and we are being conned, and millions of human beings
are suffering because the con continues.

Israel is a terrorist state.

The United States, in its constant, unquestioning and massive support of
Israel in all things, is a terrorist state.

We are to Israel what Syria and Iran are to Hezbollah, the only
substantive differences being that we've been at it longer and have, or
could have, more control over our surrogate terrorists.

Huge financial backing and insanely expensive killing machines and
uniforms do not transform terrorists into "soldiers." Or, as
comedian/social commentator George Carlin asked in one of his big-hall
appearances: "Why are Israeli terrorists called commandos, and Arab
commandos called terrorists?"

What "Exodus" glossed over, and what most Americans have forgotten - those
who ever knew -- is that Israel began in terror and that many of its
founders were terrorists. They shot and bombed, killed and maimed to back
up their demands for a new state in what was Palestine. They have, since
the beginning, abused their own Arab citizens.

When we were aware of what they were doing, which was only occasionally,
we thought of them in terms of the European partisans of the 1940s who
blew up trains and bridges and attacked German barracks to help free their
countries from Nazi rule.

Besides, we didn't know a thing about Arabs, who were so often the
terrorists' victims, felt no connection to them. They were exotics, not
quite real to us. Young Israel drove Arabs from the homes and olive groves
they had owned and worked for dozens of generations? Well, the survivors
from Europe had to live somewhere.

Our news organizations lied to us about those events and have continued to
lie to us for more than 50 years. Mostly they do it through withholding
information they think we can't handle or shouldn't have, but which is
essential to understanding what happened and what is happening in the
Middle East. Sometimes, however, the lies are more active.

I watched a bit of a CNN broadcast Sunday, and had to turn it off; the
"news" not only had gaping holes where there should have been facts, but
some of the assertions were flatly wrong, as when the talking heads
explained that the current violence began when Hezbollah rockets began
"raining down" on Israel. The broadcast was thinly disguised propaganda.

Traditionally, our coverage of Israeli-Arab conflicts has been distorted.
I was surprised a few days ago to see video of some of the destruction the
Israeli military had inflicted on Lebanon. Almost all shown on American
television when there is fighting in the area comes from the Israeli side
of the conflict. The suffering on the other side usually isn't seen. Give
the television people some credit this time, but also note they were able
to get into Lebanon because it has been moving toward openness and peace
since the long Israeli occupation of much of its territory ended.

On Sunday, the "reader representative" of my local newspaper wrote about
how the paper's photo chief had made a great effort to bring the pictures
of pain and destruction into "balance" after supporters of Israel had
complained that it looked like Lebanon has been harder hit than Israel.
Never mind that the damage to Lebanon IS 100 times worse.

Perhaps, for a couple of days anyway, CNN decided to show the pictures of
Lebanon because, for awhile, they still tacitly acknowledged that the vast
majority of Lebanese and, in fact, the government of Lebanon, had nothing
to do with Hezbollah's actions against Israelis. I hope that
acknowledgment continues, but I doubt it. I suspect most Americans have
yet to realize that the vast majority of Lebanese and Gazans are entirely
innocent victims of the Israeli onslaught.

When I say that you must look elsewhere than television or your daily
newspaper for a reasonably complete picture of what is happening, I'm not
talking about Hezbollah propaganda, but verified facts reported by
reliable news agencies. You can get, as I have, some of the facts in the
corporate-owned media. The problem is that stories rarely tell anything
like a whole story, and a great many of the most telling facts are buried,
passed over, treated as unimportant. You also have to look to on-line news
operations such as, Truthout and on-line versions of foreign
newspapers. You have to put things together yourself.

For a while now our news outlets have been talking as though the Israeli
invasion of Lebanon was begun in response to rockets "raining down" (the
almost inevitable phrase) on northern Israel. Totally forgotten is the
fact that Israel's massive military strikes originally were justified as a
move to recover three captured - sorry, kidnapped - soldiers.

(Originally, you may recall, the soldiers' captors wanted to exchange them
for prisoners held by Israel, which holds hundreds of Arabs prisoner, some
of them with no more cause than we have for holding many of the people at

But even if you believe the new war is about protecting Israeli citizens
from haphazard Hezbollah rocket attacks, which began this time only after
Israel's military began slaughtering the guilty and innocent alike, the
actions of the Israelis make no sense in the context of self defense.

Some basic facts: As of today, as I write this, mainstream media around
this country are reporting that to this point, 39 Israelis have died in
the fighting and terror actions. In the same period, 375 Lebanese, more
than 20 percent of them children, have died. I can't find a figure for the
number of Palestinians in Gaza who have been killed, but the last time I
saw a number it was substantial.

Of the Lebanese killed, all news agencies agree, a great majority were
innocent civilians who had nothing to do with the Hezbollah terrorists.
I can find no numbers on the number of people, civilian and combatants,
maimed, blinded, broken. Neither are there any numbers on the people whose
homes have been destroyed - but the Israeli military has wiped out entire
villages and towns, as well as large areas of cities. Leveled them. The
news services have reported it, the Israelis proudly acknowledge it.

For a few days, there was criticism in this country because of Israel's
"unbalanced" response to Hezbollah. That has faded as Israel and its vocal
and intolerant supporters in this country hammered at those who talked
that way. There can be no "balance" when you are defending yourself, they

But some of us keep thinking: How is a heavy air attack on civilian
refugees crowding a road to the Syrian border self defense? It happened a
few days ago, was widely reported, and you heard no apology or explanation
from Israel.

How does destroying Lebanon's infrastructure - a major airport (Hezbollah
has no air force), electrical production, water plants, mosques -- make
Israel and its citizens safer? Much of the damage has been done in areas
in which Hezbollah is not known to operate. And, you will see with
attentive reading, many of the people killed and places destroyed are
merely "suspected" of having something to do with Hezbollah. Many have no
connection whatever.

I saw an accusation in a forwarded email from a Lebanese man that the
Israeli military destroyed a couple of villages and shot dead every man,
woman and child they could hit as the people fled from their ruined homes.
I do not know if the accusation is true, but isn't it horrible that it may
be? And why do I think it may be? Because there are thoroughly documented
cases of the Israeli army committing just such slaughter in the past.

Self defense? The actions against Lebanon, which was growing toward just
the kind of peaceful country we and the Israelis claim to want in the
region, has people lining up to join Hezbollah, numerous reports from the
area say. An article in the Star Tribune here quotes a Lebanese Christian
as saying that many of the country's Christians, up to now committed to
peace, are so angry that they have become Hezbollah sympathizers.

The insane slaughter, much of it anyway, could have been prevented. In
fact, this situation need not have existed at all.

The United States could have stopped it.

Instead, the Bush administration is making an "emergency" rush delivery of
precision-guided bombs to Israel, which apparently ran low from bombing
the hell out of Lebanese civilians and power plants and such.  The Bush
people have made clear to Israel and the world that Israel is free to do
what it will to its neighbors. We will not interfere until they decide
they've killed enough this time.

Understand this: Our basic subsidy to Israel - by far the richest country
in the Mideast, even richer than oil-loaded Saudi Arabia - is $3 billion a
year. The total, though unknown, is considerably greater. All told, Israel
gets 25 percent of all the reported foreign aid dollars this country
distributes. That to a country that has a gross national product greater
than those of Spain, Ireland and a host of other old countries.

With that kind of support comes leverage, but this country never has dared
use the leverage. It's about votes. Our politicians are petrified.

Now we have an Israel gone berserk - not for the first time - and
apparently controlled by those whose hatred of Arabs has tipped into
madness, leading them to actions that inevitably will bring evil to their
countrymen. It is not the first time that the abused have become abusers.

And we have an America ruled by right wing fools who leap at every
opportunity to start shooting and who seem to believe that, given enough
explosives, they can impose their will on anybody. They do not set the
stage for a "new Middle East" as the inane Condi Rice claims; they set the
stage for more decades of chaos and mayhem, in the Middle East and
probably in this country.

Hatred of this country is increasing at an enormous rate, by the way, as
even most of the major corporate news outlets have admitted in recent

This is the very definition of insanity.

It could be stopped if our legislators showed any willingness to face up
to Israel's supporters in this country and demand that Israel stop the
wholesale slaughter. Peaceful coexistence can be brought to reality in
that region, but first we have to rein in Israel's militarists, and to do
that we have to let our government know that we want an end to the
brutatlity, demand it, and show them that we are as determined as Israel's
unquestioning supporters.

posted by James @ 8:14 AM

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 Take Bush out to the ball game
 Take Bush out with the crowd
 Buy him some popcorn and CrackerJack
 We don't care if he never gets back

 We don't care if he never gets back
 We don't care if he never gets back
 We don't care if he never gets back
 We don't care if he never gets back

 We don't care if he never gets back
 We don't care if he never gets back
 We don't care if he never gets back
 We don't care if he never gets back

 We don't care if he never gets back
 We don't care if he never gets back
 We don't care if he never gets back
 We don't care if he never gets back


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