Progressive Calendar 10.07.06
From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)
Date: Sat, 7 Oct 2006 03:33:24 -0700 (PDT)
            P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R    10.07.06

1. Peace/power/unity 10.07 9am
2. School Board/KMOJ 10.07 9am
3. Wamm madhouse     10.07 10am
4. Colombia          10.07 10am
5. Solar tour        10.07 1pm
6. StP Green Party   10.07 12noon
7. Northtown vigil   10.07 1pm
8. Corps vs health   10.07 1pm
9. Green Party       10.07 1pm Duluth MN
10. 9/11 Press/truth 10.07 2:30pm
11. Mumia/video      10.07 3pm

12. Holly Sklar - Economy booming for billionaires

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From: erin stojan <erinstpaulissues [at] yahoo.com>
Subject: Peace/power/unity 10.07 9am

Peace, Power and Unity Conference
Co-sponsored by the African American Student Association of Metro State
University
In the Sprit of the Freedom Schools and Freedom Summer!
Saturday, October 7th at 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Metropolitan State University
700 East 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55106

Featuring Keynote Speaker:
      Charles (Chuck) F. McDew
      Teacher, Organizer, and Activist
Performances by Spoken Word Artists, Inner City Youth Poets and other
Performing Artists!!
Agenda
      9:00  Registration
      9:30 Welcome by Wilson Bradshaw, President of Metro State
           University.
           Entertainment
      9:45  Keynote Speaker Chuck
      10:30 Workshop Session I
      11:30 Lunch Break/Entertainment
      12:30 Workshop Session II
      1:30  Community Issue Proposals
      2:00  Vote and Announce Winners/Entertainment
                  Vote on Name for Coalition
Questions?
Please contact us to register and ask any questions you may have about the
event.
Call or email Jeff Bartleson at 612-341-1617 or jeff.bartleson [at] fcsmn.org.
Co-sponsored by the African American Student Association of Metro State
University

Workshops
There will be two workshop sessions during the day that will feature
leadership skill development and education around current issues.
Workshops will include:

    * Current Issues in Immigration Policy
    * The Ties that Bind Us: African and African American Relations
    * Ready 4 K: Early Childhood Education
    * Organizing for Public School Reform
    * Protecting Tenants' Rights
    * Predatory Lending: Destroying Our Communities
    * Community Organizing 101
    * Police and Community Relationships
    * Tenant Power through Resident Councils
    * Multi-cultural Relationship Building
    * Internalized Oppression

Organizing Project Proposals.
We will be accepting proposals for community organizing projects that will
be voted on by everyone in attendance. Proposals will be about bringing
people together to achieve racial and economic justice. The winning
proposals will receive resources in community organizing staff time and
resources for printing and campaign expenses.
Spreading the word.

We are working hard to spread the word about the Peace, Power and Unity
Conference and let people know that all are welcome to attend. Please feel
free to make copies of this flyer and spread the word to other community
activists, leaders and organizers.
Questions?
Please contact us to register and ask any questions you may have about the
event.
Call or email Jeff Bartleson at 612-341-1617 or jeff.bartleson [at] fcsmn.org.


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From: Doug Mann <Dougmann99 [at] cs.com>
Subject: School Board/KMOJ 10.07 9am

Scheduled broadcasts of the September 28
public policy forum at Shiloh Temple(Conversations
with Al McFarlane):

KMOJ, 89.9 FM will broadcast Hour 1 & 2
Saturday, October 7, 2006
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

KFAI 90.3 FM and 106.7 FM will broadcast Hour 2
Monday, Oct. 9, 2006
11:00 AM to Noon

Hour 2 includes a panel discussion with four School Board
candidates: Pam Costain, Doug Mann, Chris Stewart,
and T. Williams.


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From: wamm <wamm [at] mtn.org>
Subject: Wamm madhouse 10.07 10am

WAMM Book Club

Saturday, October 7, 10:00 a.m. to Noon Residence of Lucia Wilkes
Smith, 2615 Park Avenue, Minneapolis. Book: "Armed Madhouse:  Who's
Afraid of Osama Wolfe" by Greg Palast. Open for people to join at any
time. FFI: Email <rabbas [at] usinternet.com>.


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From: Mary Turck <mturck [at] americas.org>
Subject: Colombia 10.07 10am

October 7 Hope for Development in the Crossfire:  The Afro-Colombian Quest
for Freedom with Luis Gilberto Murillo, an Afro-Colombian policy analyst
for Lutheran World Relief in Baltimore, Maryland.  Luis was the governor
of the Choco province in Colombia before he was forced to flee the country
due to threats against his life.  He recently returned to Colombia for the
first time in many years.

Part of weekly coffee hour series, with a talk by a featured speaker and
discussion. Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m. $4 includes first cup of coffee.
Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis 55406
FFI: 612-276-0788]



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From: Karen Engelsen <Karen [at] mtn.org>
Subject: Solar tour 10.07 1pm

11th Annual Solar Tour of Buildings www.solartour.net
<http://www.solartour.net/>   - This Saturday October 7th

Of special note, Site 21 on the Solar Tour, the Zeibold/Carpenter
Residence: Alliance member Gina Vermilyea will be on site during the
"Solar Tour" 10-5 Saturday October 7th. Check out the fabulous organic
fruit/veggie/perennial garden(s) & rain garden. New top soil REPLACED what
was there for a healthy and rich new garden. Gina needs a volunteer for
crowd control in the afternoon 1-5. Let her know if you're interested!
Gina Vermilyea (651) 653-2493 or EcoAgentMN [at] aol.com


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From: ed
Subject: StPaul Green Party 10.07 12noon


All people interested in finding out more about the Green Party of St. Paul
are invited to:

Our monthly meeting
First Saturday of every month
Mississippi Market, 2nd floor
Corner of Selby/Dale in St. Paul
noon until 2 pm
<http://www.gpsp.org>


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From: Lennie <major18 [at] comcast.net>
Subject: Northtown vigil 10.07 1pm

The Mounds View peace vigil group will now be peace vigiling EVERY
SATURDAY from 1-2pm at the at the southeast corner of the intersection of
Co. Hwy 10 and University Ave NE in Blaine, which is the northwest most
corner of the Northtown Mall area. This is a MUCH better location.

We'll have extra signs.  Communities situated near the Northtown Mall
include: Blaine, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden
Hills, Spring Lake Park, Fridley, and Coon Rapids.

For further information, email major18 [at] comcast.net or call Lennie at
763-717-9168


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From: Ashley James <ajames123 [at] earthlink.net>
Subject: Corps vs health 10.07 1pm

How Corporations Kill Real Health Care Reform and Buy-Off Candidates.

Oct 7, Saturday, 1-4pm, Acadia Cafe,1931 Nicollet Ave, Mpls. (corner of
Nicollet and Franklin).

Discussion, preceded by background presentation by Joel Albers, Ph.D.
Pharm.D., health care economist, clinical pharmacist Free and open to the
public and media, candidates welcome.

As the Nov. 7 election nears, to raise public awareness/action as to which
candidates are accountable to the public, which are beholden to HMO
insurers, drug companies and the corporate health industry.

FFI: 612-384-0973 MN Universal Health Care Action Network,
www.uhcan-mn.org

Co-sponsors of this event :
MN Universal Health Care Action Network (MN UHCAN); Green Party 5th
District; IMPACT (Ideas to Mobilize People Against Corporate Tyranny )
http://wmom.typepad.com/impact


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From: Krisrose02 [at] aol.com
Subject: Green Party 10.07 1pm Duluth MN

There will be a Meet and Greet forum with the Green Party endorsed
candidates in beautiful Duluth this Saturday, October 7.

The Friends Meeting House, 1807 E. 1st St.  Duluth, MN
1-4:30pm

Meet the candidates for coffee and dessert.  Information and excitement
will be shared.  Also pick up flyers, lawn signs, and other campaign
materials.  Candidates will speak and offer time for questions and answers
from the audience.

Afterwards, join candidates and other volunteers to lit drop and meet
folks around Duluth.

The Ken Pentel for Governor campaign will be holding several campaign
events around Duluth over the weekend.  See note from Ken below!

FMI or to volunteer, Kristen Olson 651-210-0789

--
I will be part of the Duluth Area Greens Candidate Gathering at the
Friends Meeting House (1807 E.  1st St.), this Saturday the 7th, from 2pm
until 4:30.

The same day we will have a Governor meet-and-greet, at the Amazing Grace
Bakery in the Dewitt Seitz building(394 S Lake Ave, Duluth)  Time:
5:30-7pm.  Phone:  218-723-0075

Just after join us for dinner at the Taste Of Saigon (Same location as
Amazing Grace)  Time: 7:30-8:30

Tel: (218)  727-1598

The next day(Sunday) will be brunch-fundraiser for the candidate Location:
Pizza Luce (11 East Superior St.  Duluth) Time: 10am Phone: 218-727-7400


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From: altera vista <alteravista [at] earthlink.net>
Subject: 9/11 Press/truth 10.07 2:30pm

Do you believe the governmentıs explanation for 9/11?

Did you know that the government-appointed 9/11 commission refused to
address the questions of victimsı families or to consider evidence
pointing toward government complicity?

Come see a FREE MOVIE
9-11: PRESS FOR TRUTH

This 86-minute documentary chronicles the fight for truth and
accountability by families of 9/11 victims against the deception and
stonewalling of the Bush administration, the failure of the 9/11
Commission to address their questions, and the refusal of the mainstream
media to report their struggle to gain answers.

Saturday, October 7, 2:30 pm, Merriam Park Library, 1831 Marshall Ave.
(corner of Fairview), St. Paul

Saturday, October 14, 1:30 pm, Resource Center of the Americas, 3019
Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis  (RSVP for this showing only:
stoves [at] bitstream.net )

Presented by MN911 (FFI 651-633-4410)

Organized by: MN911 and the MN 9/11 Questions Meetup Group.
FFI: http://9-11.meetup.com/253/


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From: Corey Mattson <coreymattson [at] maydaybookstore.org>
Subject: Mumia/video 10.07 3pm

Movies @ Mayday Books
The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal

We will be showing the 74 min HBO film "Case for Reasonable Doubt,"
followed by a 12 min. videotaped confession by Arnold Beverly, the
confessed real killer of police officer Faulkner. Afterward there will
be an open discussion on Mumia's case, where it stands today in the
courts, and what we can do to help free him.
Subject: Mumia/video 10.07 3pm

Saturday, October 7th
3 pm at Mayday Books
301 Cedar Ave. in Mpls.

Sponsored by Twin Cities Socialist Action and Youth for Socialist Action

www.socialistaction.org twincitiesysa [at] yahoo.com 612-802-1482


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Economy booming for billionaires October 04, 2006
By Holly Sklar
http://www.zmag.org/sustainers/content/2006-10/04sklar.cfm
ZNet Commentary

Millionaires are so last millennium. The new Forbes 400 list of richest
Americans is billionaires only.

If you're net worth is a mere $999 million, forget it. A billion means a
thousand million, and that's the Forbes 400 minimum -- up from $900
million in 2005.

Donald Trump and two of his kids grace the Forbes 400 cover, but ranked
No. 94 with $2.9 billion, Trump's a long way from No. 1 Bill Gates with
$53 billion.

The combined wealth of the 400 richest Americans is a record-breaking
$1.25 trillion. That's about the same amount of combined wealth held by
the 57 million households who make up half the U.S. population.

The economy is booming for billionaires. It's a bust for many other
Americans.

A record 400 Americans are billionaires -- and a record 47 million
Americans have no health insurance.

America has 400 billionaires -- and 37 million people below the official
poverty line.

The official poverty line for one person was just $9,973 in 2005 (latest
data). That wouldn't cover the custom-made men's shoes ($4,128) and Hermes
purse ($6,250) on the Forbes Cost of Living Extremely Well Index. The
official poverty line of $15,577 for a three-person family is lower than
the cost of the Patek Philippe men's gold watch ($17,600).

The Forbes 400 minimum is up $100 million since 2005, but the federal
minimum wage has been stuck at $5.15 an hour -- just $10,712 a year --
since 1997. GOP leaders in Congress have been holding a raise for minimum
wage workers hostage to more giant tax cuts for wealthy inheritors.

Wealth isn't trickling down. It's flooding up -- from workers to bosses,
small investors to big, poorer to richer.

The heirs to Wal-Mart founders Sam and Bud Walton have a combined $82.5
billion -- while the children of Wal-Mart workers swell the ranks of state
health insurance programs for the neediest.

In today's corporate America, workers see gutted paychecks and pensions
despite rising worker productivity, while CEOs get golden pay, perks,
pensions and parachutes. The pay gap between average workers and CEOs has
grown nine times wider since the 1970s.

The number of billionaires is a record high, but the share of national
income going to wages and salaries is at a record low.

U.S. corporate profits increased 21 percent in the past year, Market Watch
reported in March. "Profits have been so high because almost all of the
benefits from productivity improvements are flowing to the owners of
capital rather than to the workers," said Market Watch.

The wealthiest 1 percent of Americans (minimum net worth $6 million) owned
62 percent of the nation's business assets, 51 percent of stocks and 70
percent of bonds as of 2004, according to the latest data from the Federal
Reserve Survey of Consumer Finances -- which excludes the Forbes 400.
That's way up from 1989, when the wealthiest 1 percent owned 54 percent of
business assets, 41 percent of stocks and 52 percent of bonds.

Our growing economy is not producing a growing middle class, but a richer
aristocracy.

The high point for median household income -- the income of the household
in the middle -- was $47,671 in 1999, adjusted for inflation. In 2005,
median household income was $1,345 less at $46,326. In the same period,
the Forbes 400 gained more than 100 billionaires.

Government policies are fueling rising inequality. Taxpayers with incomes
above $1 million will see their after-tax income grow by about 6 percent
this year thanks to tax cuts the nation can't afford.

In an economy where money is flowing up to the very top, even
college-educated workers are going backward. Inflation-adjusted median
household income was lower in 2005 than 1999 even when the householder had
a bachelor's degree, master's degree, professional degree or doctorate.

The problem is much bigger than the rich getting richer, while the poor
get poorer. The really rich are getting richer at the expense of most
everyone else.

Solutions include restoring the link between rising worker productivity
and pay, raising the miserly minimum wage, narrowing the obscene pay gap
between workers and CEOs, rolling back tax cuts for the wealthy -- and
stop taxing income from work more than income from capital gains.

Holly Sklar is co-author of "A Just Minimum Wage: Good for Workers,
Business and Our Future" (www.letjusticeroll.org) and "Raise the Floor:
Wages and Policies That Work for All of Us." She can be reached at
hsklar [at] aol.com.

Copyright (c) 2006 Holly Sklar

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