|Progressive Calendar 08.23.06||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2006 03:30:37 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 08.23.06 1. Unlearn racism 8.23 7:30am Mankato MN 2. Cancel debt 8.23 8am 3. Vs alley ordinance 8.23 1:30pm 4. Military v Norm 8.23 4:30pm 5. Peace bridge vigil 8.23 5pm 6. Justice for Maria 8.23 6pm 7. Rights/fair 8.24-9.04 9am 8. AltEnergy/fair 8.24-9.04 9. MN organic farms 8.24 11am 10. Labor demo 8.24 1:30pm 11. New Hope vigil 8.24 4pm 12. Eagan peace vigil 8.24 4:30pm 13. Northtown vigil 8.24 5pm 14. 5D candidates 8.24 5pm 15. Animals' world 8.24 7pm 16. Corrupt govt/CTV 8.24 8:30pm 17. Danene Provencher - Stadium tax testimonial 18. Green Party - Green Party job 19. Anne Carroll - School Board advisory committee openings 20. Craig Murray - The timing is political 21. ed - Devolution proved (poem) --------1 of 21-------- From: erin [at] mnwomen.org Subject: Unlearn racism 8.23 7:30am Mankato MN More on August 23: YWCA Mankato Unlearning Racism Continuing the Conversation. 7:30-9am. For more info or to RSVP contact Debbie Matzke at 507/345-4629 ext. 21 or Debbie [at] ywcamankato.org. www.ywcamankato.org. --------2 of 21-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: Cancel debt 8.23 8am August 23 - Debt Cancellation and the ONE Campaign. 8-9:30am. St Martin's Table, 2001 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis Bread for the World regional organizer Tammy Walhof speaks on "Debt Cancellation and the ONE Campaign." FFI: www.justview.org or 763-784-6177. --------3 of 21-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] minn.net> Subject: Vs alley ordinance 8.23 1:30pm PUBLIC HEARING ON ALLEY ORDINANCE Minneapolis City Council's Public Safety and Regulatory Services committee will hold a hearing on a proposed ordinance to control access to alleyways by pedestrians. If passed, this ordinance would turn alleyways into protected zones where anyone using them would have to prove they belonged there. This is akin to the pass system blacks were subjected to by whites during apartheid in the Republic of South Africa and sets up a situation that is ripe for abuse and selective enforcement. This editor spoke to the originator of the proposed alleyway ordinance, councilman Robert Lilligren, and he stated that he had experienced various petty crimes behind his home. Granted, no one wants crimes to happen around their home but the point is these things were crimes whether they happened in the alley behind his house or on the sidewalk in front of his house. Police can act on the crimes without this oppressive alleyway ordinance. If the cops fail to deal with the crimes, that's another issue and this ordinance would not help. Public Hearing on Proposed Alleyway Ordinance Wednesday, August 23 1:30pm City Hall, Room 317 350 S 5th Street, Minneapolis We encourage you to attend and lend your voice to defeating this oppressive, unnecessary proposed ordinance. To get a look at the wording of the ordinance, go to http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/2006-meetings/20060901/PSRS20060823agenda.asp#TopOfPage and scroll down to item #5. -- From: "Garwood, Robin D." <robin.garwood [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us> The proposed ordinance banning "non-resident" pedestrians in alleys is coming up for a public hearing this Wednesday, August 23rd at 1:30pm. See the agenda here: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/2006-meetings/20060901/PSRS20060 823agenda.asp. It's item 5. I would love to see all Minneapolis Greens doing all we can to oppose this particular piece of ill-conceived public policy. Cam will be opposing it. It takes Minneapolis in exactly the wrong direction in a number of important ways: discouraging pedestrianism, adding to the (already far too long!) list of "tools" for selective enforcement, effectively privatizing public space, criminalizing victimless behavior, criminalizing homelessness and poverty, etc, etc. Show up at the public hearing and testify against this terrible idea. Call your Council Member and ask her/him to oppose it. Write an email to your Council Member asking her/him to vote it down, and CC the rest of the Council. Write an email to our office so that we can enter it into the public record. Write a letter to the editor. Organize a protest in your alley and invite as many "strangers" as you can. Let the Council know that there are plenty of people out there who want to keep public space public, who think Minneapolis police officers have quite enough discretion already, who think that we should be investing in people rather than criminalizing them, who think that we should be offering *incentives* to get around our neighborhoods on foot. Let them hear from you. Robin Garwood Council Aide, Second Ward Council Member Cam Gordon 612.673.3654 (office) 651.338.7699 (cell) http://secondward.blogspot.com --------4 of 21-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Military v Norm 8.23 4:30pm Wednesday, 8/23 (and every Wednesday), 4:30 to 5:30 pm, Military Families Speak Out sponsors vigil in front of Sen. Norm Coleman's office, University Ave just west of Hwy 280, St. Paul. annie [at] fireman.net1 --------5 of 21-------- From: wamm <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Peace bridge vigil 8.23 5pm Peace Bridge Vigil: End the Occupation of Iraq! Wednesday, August 23, 5-6pm. (Note: this is an ongoing vigil that takes place every Wednesday.) Lake Street/Marshall Avenue bridge over the Mississippi River. Join us for a weekly peace vigil to end the occupation of Iraq. FFI: Call WAMM at 612-827-5364 or Twin Cities Peace Campaign at 612-522-1861. --------6 of 21-------- From: Peter Brown <peterb3121 [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Justice for Maria 8.23 6pm Campaign for Justice Next Meeting - Proxima Reunion Miercoles - Wednesday Augusto 23 - - - August 23 6pm 1304 East Lake Street Room 203 Minneapolis, MN 55407 AGENDA 1. Review of Campaign to date. 2. Update on the investigation. 3. News coverage of August 15 News Conference. 4. Plans for September 4 March & Rally for Immigrant Rights. 5. Outreach for the Maria Inamagua Campaign for Justice. 6. Planning for next Acountability News Conference/Action. --------7 of 21-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: Rights/fair 8.24-9.04 9am August 24 - Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights at the 2006 State Fair!. 9am-9pm each day. The 2006 Minnesota State Fair runs Thursday, August 24 - Monday, September 4. Minnesota Advocates will be staffing an organizational booth from 9am-9pm each of the 12 days. We will be at booth #224 in the Upper Grandstand. --------8 of 21-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: AltEnergy/fair 8.24-9.04 *Minnesota** Biofuels Exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair*_ August 24- September 4, 2006 Minnesota State Fair, Progress Center The "Eco-Experience" at the Minnesota State Fair is a new presentation this year. It is sponsored by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and will showcase environmentally friendly, sustainable services and products in an atmosphere that is innovative, interactive and educational. The Eco-Experience will be located in the Progress Center (formerly housing the Wonders of Technology). The "Minnesota Biofuels" exhibit is part of the Eco-Experience. It will show the process by which plants and trees (corn, soybeans, prairie grasses, hybrid poplar) are converted to ethanol and other bio-based fuels. It will include examples of energy plants grown in Minnesota, a simulated research lab, a model or simulated biofuel processing plant, a mock E85 pump and a flex-fuel vehicle in the display. The goals of the exhibit are to show how bio-based fuels can be grown right here in Minnesota and to present research into the next generation of bio-based fuels. For more information, please contact Ann Mayhew, amayhew [at] umn.edu <mailto:amayhew [at] umn.edu>, 612-624-6566. --------9 if 21-------- From: karen redleaf <vegan14ever [at] yahoo.com> Subject: MN organic farms 8.24 11am [This schedule will be printed ONCE. You may want to SAVE it -ed] Hearings to Protect Minnesota's Organic Farms! Q. What's at stake? The Minnesota Pipe Line Company wants to run a crude oil pipeline across Minnesota to bring oil from Canada to the Koch refinery in Rosemount. In order to avoid suburban areas, the Company's preferred pipeline route would cross 149 miles of farmland and five organic farms, including Gardens of Eagan Farm, putting the survival of all these certified organic farms at risk. Q. Why isn't the state acting to protect organic farms from oil pipelines? It may do just that. But the Minnesota Pipe Line Company's proposed plan to reduce harm to farmland -- the Agricultural Impact Mitigation Plan (AIMP) - currently takes no additional precautions to protect organic farms which are especially vulnerable to: soil and ecosystem losses chemical contamination risk of lower production as a result of pipeline construction, pipeline maintenance and the possibility of crude oil spills The Minnesota Department of Agriculture, however, is considering changes to the AIMP that would protect organic farms as unique and sensitive land use in Minnesota. Q. How can I encourage the state to implement changes to the AIMP for organic farms? Below you will find a list of public hearings held in counties located along the proposed MPL pipeline route. Your testimony is absolutely critical to protect Minnesota's organic farms. Organic consumers, organic farmers, and alternative health practitioners must speak up in favor of protecting organic farms. These views can influence not only the route of the MPL pipeline, but state policy on whether organic farms should be protected in the future. Notice of Public Meetings and Public Hearings Minnesota Pipe Line Company Crude Oil Pipeline Date County City Location August 24, 2006 11 AM Clearwater Bagley County Courthouse August 24, 2006 6 PM Hubbard Park Rapids Park Rapids High School August 25, 2006 10 AM Wadena Menahga Woodside Manor Assisted Living Center August 28, 2006 3PM Todd Staples Staples-Motley High Cafeteria August 29, 2006 1 PM & 6 PM Morrison Little Falls Falls Ballroom August 30, 2006 1 PM & 7 PM Stearns Melrose American Legion Sept. 5, 2006 4 PM Dakota Farmington High School Commons Sept. 7, 2006 4 PM Scott New Prague High School Cafeteria Sept. 8, 2006 4 PM Rice Lonsdale Crusader Civic Center Sept. 11, 2006 11 AM Wright Cokato City Hall Auditorium Sept. 11, 2006 5 PM Meeker Litchfield Cty Courthouse Rm. A and B Sept. 13, 2006 4 PM McLeod Glencoe Lincoln Junior High Gymnasium Sept. 14, 2006 11 AM Sibley Arlington Community Center Sept. 14, 2006 5 PM Carver Hamburg Hamburg City Hall *You do not have to live in a given county in order to give testimony there. Tips on Public Testimony to Protect Organic Farms 1) Put your testimony in writing and bring a copy to give to the hearing judge and the court reporter. 2) Summarize your testimony - speak no more than 3 to 5 minutes. 3) Explain who you are and your experience with organic farming. 4) To the extent that you feel comfortable, speak about these key ideas: o o Organic food is vital for many people's health as well as to serve the market for customers in the Midwest. Minnesota can't afford to lose its organic farms to pipeline construction. o o Organic farms are vulnerable to loss of certification, soil destruction and ecosystem damage. Pipelines should avoid organic farms if there are feasible alternatives. o o If there are no feasible alternatives, specific precautions should be used in pipeline construction and maintenance on or near organic farms to protect soils from contamination and erosion and to rebuild and restore any organic soils which are disturbed. o o Where it is not possible to avoid an organic farm, pipeline companies should be required to take precautions to reduce and repair damage to organic farms. Compensation for damage or destruction of organic resources won't protect our farms. o o This isn't about saving just one farm. This is about preserving a robust, sustainable form of agriculture in organics, keeping the local economy vital, and securing a healthy food source for Minnesotans. If you cannot attend a public hearing you may send written testimony to: RE: Minnesota Pipe Line Company Crude Oil Pipeline 15-2500-17136-2 Administrative Law Judge Beverly Heydinger Office of Administrative Hearings Suite 1700, 100 Washington Square Minneapolis, MN 55401 Beverly.Heydinger [at] state.mn.us Fax: 612-349-2665 And: Gene Hugoson Office of Administrative Hearings Commissioner of Agriculture Suite 1700, 100 Washington Square 625 N, Robert St. St. Paul, MN. 55155 gene.hugoson [at] state.mn.us 651-201-6219 Written comments from the public concerning the route shall be received at the Office of Administrative Hearings by September 22, 2006, and the hearing record will close on that date. A final decision is due from the Public Utilities Commission by November 15, 2006 --------10 of 21-------- From: stpaulunions.org <llwright [at] stpaulunions.org> Subject: Labor demo 8.24 1:30pm DEMONSTRATION Members of Laborers' Local 132 working at Anchor Block in North St Paul are under attack! Negotiations have begun and Anchor Block is proposing to cut wages and benefits. This is unacceptable! Join Labor, Faith and Community in a demonstration for a fair contract. Thursday, August 24 1:30-2:30pm Anchor Block - Hwy 36 and McKnight Rd - North St Paul Wear your heardhats and union colors to show support for the workers and let's show Anchor Block that they need to negotiate a fair contract! --------11 of 21-------- From: NW Neighbors for Peace, Carole Rydberg, carydberg [at] comcast.net Subject: New Hope vigil 8.24 4pm Thursday August 24, 4-6pm There will be a demonstration at the corner of Winnetka and 42nd Avenue (County Rd. 9) in New Hope. Signs are available; feel free to join us at any time between 4 and 6. --------12 of 21-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <skograce [at] mtn.org> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 8.24 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. --------13 of 21-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 8.24 5pm NORTHTOWN Peace Vigil every Thursday 5-6pm, 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. --------14 of 21-------- From: Dick Saunders <dicksaun [at] covad.net> Subject: 5D candidates forum 8.24 5pm SMAAC Forum Set Aug. 24 For Fifth District Candidates [This forum includes Jay Pond, Green Party candidate for US House -ed] All 9 candidates for Congress in Minnesota's Fifth District have been invited to participate in a Candidates' Forum and Open House beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 at Burroughs Community School, 50th St. and James Ave S., Minneapolis. The event is organized by the South Metro Airport Action Council (SMAAC). "This forum will focus on candidates' views of national aviation issues impacting the Twin Cities," said Ron Lischeid, event co-ordinator. "It promises to be a lively exchange, with important implications for the intensely-contested DFL primary Sept 12 and the general election Nov. 7." From 5 to 6:30 p.m, voters can meet candidates independently. At 6:30, the candidates will answer audience questions from the moderator and audience. Robert Moilanen, an attorney representing homeowners who have sued the Metropolitan Airports Commission over failure to live up to noise mitigation promises made in 1996, will also answer questions about the suit's newly-declared class-action status. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), the nation's tenth most active, is projecting a 60% increase in passengers to 55 million by 2020. A proposed $1-billion expansion program (on hold until 2008) would create major air and ground traffic, safety and environmental problems in the Fifth and Second Districts, SMAAC believes. SMAAC has asked the candidates to provide a statement of their positions, views or concerns for distribution to media and posting on the SMAAC website (www.quiettheskies.org). "If this event attracts the attention we expect, the website could serve as a bulletin board for aviation positions taken by Senate candidates and by those running for the House in other congressional districts," according to Lischeid. --------15 of 21-------- From: Neil Sorensen <neil_sorensen [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Animals' world 8.24 7pm Temple Grandin to speak, the Pheromones to play, at Benefit for the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) International livestock handling expert, Dr. Temple Grandin, will speak at a benefit for the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), to be held on August 24th at 7:00 pm in the North Star Ballroom of the St. Paul Student Center on the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus. Temple Grandin is the author of several books, including Animals in Translation and Thinking in Pictures. Dr. Grandin, an autistic woman who understands how animals see the world and has designed humane livestock handling systems, is a frequent guest on television and radio. Her talk is titled "Animals in Translation - How Animals See the World." Dr. Grandin will hold a book signing immediately following her speech. Tickets for the event, which cost $25, can be ordered online at: http://shop.ifoam.org/animals/product_info.php?cPath=29&products_id=75 Those who purchase tickets can pick them up at the door. Purchases will be confirmed via email. Dr. Grandin's speech will be followed by dancing, with live music performed by The Pheromones! The Pheromones play up-tempo rock, blues, and swing. They are perennial favorites at the Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference. Martin Diffley of the Gardens of Eagan, plays lead guitar. The benefit is being held as part of the First IFOAM International Conference on Animals in Organic Production, being held August 23-25 on the St. Paul campus. For complete information on the conference, visit: http://www.ifoam.org/events/ifoam_conferences/IFOAM_Animal_Production_Conference.html IFOAM is the international umbrella organization of organic agriculture movements worldwide, uniting more than 750 member organizations in 108 countries. IFOAM's mission is leading, uniting and assisting the organic movement in its full diversity. Our goal is the worldwide adoption of ecologically, socially and economically sound systems that are based upon the Principles of Organic Agriculture. --------16 of 21--------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Govt corruption/CTV 8.24 8:30pm SPNN Channel 15: "Altera Vista" at 8:30pm each Thursday. - Aug. 24: "Corruption in Government: A Crisis for Democracy," a reissue of Michael Andregg's 1992 classic. ---------17 of 21-------- From: Danene Provencher Subject: Stadium Tax testimonial Green Party candidates Ken Pentel (Gov), Papa John Kolstad (AG), Farheen Hakeem (CoCom) and myself (LtGov) all testified tonight in the Hennepin County Board Room against the exemption for the stadium tax. I believe Dave Berger (Aud) and Michael Cavlan (US Sen) will also testify within the next two days. Know that as candidates representing the Green Party we are voicing our opposition towards social and economic injustices. We will also all be proud to represent the party and our values at the State Fair starting on August 24th through Labor Day. Below is a copy of my testimonial. Ken and I will be doing a press release on our positions regarding the stadium tax issue. Call the four male country commissioners and press them to change their vote over to social and economic justice for the residents of Hennepin County. Also, more info can be found on _www.ccarl.com_ (http://www.ccarl.com) Peter McLaughlin - 612-348-7884 or 612-348-3085 Mike Opat - 612-348-7882 Mark Stenglein - 612-348-7883 Randy Johnson - 612-348-7885 The hearing tonight will be televised on Friday evening at 8pm on Channel 6 covering the 7 county metro area. I do not have info on when the hearings from Wednesday and Thursday evenings will be televised. TESTIMONY: I am here tonight representing the value of social and economic justice, to represent my constituents with my run as a Green Party endorsed candidate for Lt. Governor and to serve as a voice for the economically disadvantaged with my background in social work. I went on your web site (_www.hennepin.us_ (http://www.hennepin.us/) ) and would like to read your mission statement: "The mission of Hennepin County is to enhance the health, safety and quality of life of our residents and communities in a respectful, efficient and fiscally responsible way." I do not believe it would be fiscally responsible for a vote in favor of the stadium tax without a referendum, especially after reviewing the Human Services budget from 2003 through 2006. In regards to revenues, the property taxes have increased over 15% in three years. State revenues have decreased by over 30% and Federal aid by 4%. In the vision of Hennepin County, again from your web site it states: "We envision a future where residents are healthy and successful and where our communities are safe and vibrant. We will strive to meet and exceed expectations by engaging people and communities in developing innovative solutions to challenges. We will be a diverse, learning organization. We will partner with others to enhance the quality of life in Hennepin County and the region." Within the Hennepin County Human Services budget alone, services have been reduced by 21.8% totaling over $10 million in 3 years and public aid has been cut by 12.3% or $39.8 million. I ask how can any County Commissioner justify imposing a tax on the citizens of Hennepin County for the benefit of a billionaire worth $2.8 billion when millions of dollars are being cut in services and public aid while imposing increased costs on our citizens to generate revenue? I would like to commend the County Commissioners who have fought for the exemption and request that the four who have shown favor for the stadium tax to take the facts above into account when making their decision. Let's practice democracy by putting the voices back to we the people instead of rifling through corporate welfare for a multi-billionaire who can well afford to build his own stadium. Danene Provencher Green Party Endorsed Lt. Governor Candidate Mound, Hennepin County, Dist 7 --------18 of 21-------- From: Green Party of Minnesota <Info [at] mngreens.org> Subject: Green Party job JOB POSTING: Green Party of Minnesota JOB TITLE: Coordinated Campaign Associate 2 POSITION: Part Time -- 30 hours per week. Temporary, through Nov. 14. Application Deadline: Open until filled. The Green Party of Minnesota (GPMN) is seeking an organized, enthusiastic individual to help with the coordination of state Green Party electoral campaigns from early September until election day. This is a fun, evolving, fast-paced job with a variety of duties. JOB DUTIES: Include assisting the present Coordinated Campaign Associate in organizing volunteer efforts, fundraising, maintaining contact with Green Party candidates and local party units, event planning, and media and advertising coordination. Hours are flexible but will include some nights and weekends. Occasional travel outside the metropolitan area may be needed. COMPENSATION: This position pays $13 per hour for 30 hours each week. Contractor will work under the supervision of the Politics Chair and the Coordinated Campaign Committee. Will attend CCC meetings as a part of contracted hours, and monthly CC meetings (Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11) to report on progress, needs, and activities. Contractor will work from the GPMN office with the exception of time spent organizing and staffing at event locations and other travel necessary to accomplish tasks. QUALIFICATIONS: Candidate should be organized, detail-oriented, and able to solve problems and initiate tasks in a self-directed manner. Must have a pleasant telephone demeanor and be attentive to communication with Green Party officers and electoral candidates. Computer and internet proficiency required. Knowledge of the Green Partyıs values and platform is essential. Candidate must be able to demonstrate such knowledge, as well as familiarity with Minnesota electoral processes and procedures. Fundraising experience is a plus. The Green Party of Minnesota does not discriminate based on race, gender, age, disability, religion, sexual preference or identity, or any other identity factor. CONTACT: Rhoda Gilman and Becki Smith -- ccc [at] mngreens.org or (612) 871-4585. Green Party of Minnesota 612-871-4585 Info [at] MNGreens.org www.mngreens.org --------19 of 21-------- From: Anne R. Carroll <carrfran [at] qwest.net> Subject: School Board Advisory Committee openings On behalf of the St. Paul Board of Education, please consider/pass on this opportunity to apply to the 2006-07 Citizen's Budget and Finance Advisory Committee (CBFAC) to provide the Board with guidance on the 07-08 budget due in June 07. CBFAC members focus their work on strategic school district issues with budgetary impact. Members are appointed each year by the Board of Education. The committee will begin work in October and we are now accepting applications for membership. The CBFAC application form is here: http://www.businessoffice.spps.org/CBFAC.html Some of the links are still being updated today, but below is the charge from the Board for this year (included on the application form). As you can see, we're focusing on staffing and special education, so keep that in mind when you're applying or letting others know about this opportunity. We are NOT looking for financial experts, but rather people who are committed to our mission of a "premier education for all," and an interest in school finance. Feel free to contact me or other Board members ( http://www.spps.org/Board_of_Education.html) with any questions. -- Anne Carroll, St. Paul Bd of Ed CITIZENS' BUDGET AND FINANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (CBFAC) Staff: Lois Rockney, John Lentz Purpose: The Citizens' Budget and Finance Advisory Committee (CBFAC) should be an advisory committee which focuses its work on strategic school district issues with budgetary impact as directed by the Board. The CBFAC shall work in an advisory capacity and shall report directly to the Board of Education for the Board's action on its recommendation. The CBFAC shall be informed about the proposed next year budgets and have the opportunity to discuss with the Board and Administration. Applicants should have an interest in school finance as well as quality education for all Saint Paul students. For 2006-07, applicants are being sought who have an expertise or interest in: Staffing Analysis: Staffing costs account for approximately 85% of the expenses of the district. Analyze student to staff ratios with comparisons to other schools in the district, other districts in the state and across the nation. Probe some of the reasons for the differences. Analyze administrative functions of the district and provide a comparison of staff to similar departments in other school districts or businesses. Probe for reasons why the differences occur and the impacts on performance of the various departments. This topic would specifically exclude labor relations and salary negotiations. Special Education: Special education is a major portion of the district's general fund budget. Charge CBFAC to perform a comprehensive study of the special education program of the district and recommend funding alternatives or further legislative action that needs to be pursued to continue to offer a strong program for special education students. Time Commitment: Typically meets monthly from 7:00-9:00 p.m., late September through May. The day of the week is set by the committee at its first organizational meeting in September. Term Length: One year term, up to four consecutive terms. Number of Members: 17 adults For more information, call 767-8250. --------20 of 21-------- The timing is political by Craig Murray The Guardian - Aug 18, 2006 http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1852664,00.html We should be sceptical about this alleged plot, and wary of politicians who seek to benefit Nine days on, nobody has been charged with any crime. For there to be no clear evidence yet on something that was "imminent" and would bring "mass murder on an unbelievable scale" is, to say the least, peculiar. A 24th person, arrested amid much fanfare on Tuesday, was quietly released without charge the following day. Media analysis has been full of information from police and security sources. By and large journalists are honourable in this kind of reporting. Their sources, unfortunately, are not - viz the non-existent ricin, the Forest Gate "chemical weapons vest", or Jean Charles de Menezes leaping the barriers. Unlike the herd of security experts, I have had the highest security clearance; I have done a huge amount of professional intelligence analysis; and I have been inside the spin machine. And I am very sceptical about the story that has been spun. None of the alleged terrorists had made a bomb. None had bought a plane ticket. Many did not have passports. It could be pretty difficult to convince a jury that these individuals were about to go through with suicide bombings, whatever they bragged about on the net. What is more, many of those arrested had been under surveillance for more than a year - like thousands of other British Muslims. And not just Muslims. Like me. Nothing from that surveillance had indicated the need for early arrests. Then an interrogation in Pakistan revealed this amazing plot to blow up multiple planes. Of course, the interrogators of the Pakistani dictator have ways of making people sing like canaries. As I witnessed in Uzbekistan, you can get the most extraordinary information from people desperate to stop or avert torture. What you don't get is the truth. We also have the extraordinary question of Bush and Blair discussing arrests the weekend before they were made. Why? Both in domestic trouble, they longed for a chance to change the story. The intelligence from Pakistan, however dodgy, gave them a chance. Comparisons with 9/11 were all over front pages. And we have the appalling political propaganda of John Reid, the home secretary, warning us all in advance of the evil that threatens us and complaining that some people "don't get" why we have to abandon traditional liberties. We will now never know if any of those arrested would have gone on to make a bomb or buy a plane ticket. Most do not fit the "loner" profile you would expect. As they were all under surveillance, and on airport watch lists, there could have been little danger in letting them proceed closer to maturity: that is what we would have done with the IRA. In all of this, the one thing of which I am certain is that the timing is deeply political. This is more propaganda than plot. More than 1,000 British Muslims have been arrested under anti-terrorist legislation, but only 12% have been charged. That is harassment on an appalling scale. Of those charged, 80% were acquitted. Most of the few convictions - just over 2% of arrests - are nothing to do with terrorism, but some minor offence the police happened upon while trawling through the lives they have wrecked. Plainly, Islamist terrorism does exist. But its growth is encouraged by our adherence to neocon foreign policy, by our support for appalling regimes abroad, and by our trampling on the rights of Muslims in the UK. Now David Cameron has joined Blair and Reid in the rush to benefit politically from the fear thus engendered. Be very wary of politicians who seek to benefit from terror. Be sceptical. Be very, very sceptical. [Craig Murray, who was posted to Uzbekistan from 2002 to 2004, is the author of "Murder in Samarkand - A British Ambassador's Controversial Defiance of Tyranny in the War on Terror." His website it at: http://www.craigmurray.co.uk ] --------21 of 21-------- Bush - the missing link presidency that at last proves devolution. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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