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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2006 04:11:22 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 10.21.06 1. Intl youth conf 10.21 9:30am 2. Zion iron wall/film 10.21 9:30am 3. Clean water act 10.21 9:30am 4. Risser doorknock 10.21 10am 5. Farheen doorknock 10.21 10am 6. Haiti 10.21 10am 7. MUI meeting 10.21 10am 8. WRC celebration 10.21 11am 9. Pentel/gov/panel 10.21 12:45pm 10. Northtown vigil 10.21 1pm 11. CUAPB 10.21 1:30pm 12. Mitch Walking Elk 10.21 7pm 13. Jesus/dine/migrate 10.21 7pm 14. Moroccan music 10.21 8pm 15. Police brutality 10.21 8pm 16. Anti-stadium lit 10.21 17. Talking suitcases 10.22 1pm 18. Peace marshall 10.22 2pm 19. Mortenson/house 10.22 3pm 20. KFAI/Indian 10.22 4pm 21. Police brutality 10.22 5:30pm 22. Life & Debt/film 10.22 23. Danene Provencher - Green Party: the countdown - 18 days 24. Michael Donnelly - GOP death slide 25. William Blum - Who said Clinton didn't kill anybody? 26. Rosa Brooks - Hillary hits bottom --------1 of x-------- From: humanrts [at] UMN.EDU Subject: Intl youth conf 10.21 9:30am October 21, 2006 - 5th Annual International Youth Conference. Time: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. Urban youth are encouraged to register with their advisors and take part in this annual global and informative event. The conference provides a full program of youth focused and interactive sessions and a spoken word jam presented by attending youth. International keynote speakers will include Rev. Naahigwa Paul of the Eplise Vivante Church in Kigali, Rwanda (confirmed) and Dr. Khadita A. Abdalla, Head Administrator of the Garissa Hospital in Garissa, Kenya (invited). Rev. Paul will be here to speak about services provided to Rwandan women and vulnerable children and his work in the area of reconciliation, which is bringing hope and light to those in despair. Additional information will be presented on the ILI Rwanda technical mission by (ret.) Judge LaJune Lange and William Mitchell College of Law students. Dr. Abdalla will talk about the famine in East Africa and the health impact on the people of that region. Dr. Abdalla is the first woman to direct a medical facility in the Eastern Province of Kenya. All communities are welcome for this discussion. Again this year, the conference will include a session on How to finance your college education for parents and advisors to youth. The conference is 15/person. Vendor booths focused on youth products and programs are available. Community partner sponsorships are also provided to support youth at the conference.This annual conference support the communities investment in youth for our future. Conference information can be seen on the ILI website at www.internationalleadership.org. Or, contact Coventry Cowens at 651-690-7866 and a package can be sent to you via email or the postal service Location: University of Minnesota Law School, 229 19th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55455 --------2 of x------- From: Florence Steichen <steichenfm [at] usfamily.net> Subject: Zion iron wall/film 10.21 9:30am Middle East Peace Now presents THE IRON WALL SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2006 THE IRON WALL IS A 2006 film on the policy of the Zionist movement. Vladimir Jabotinsky, the father of the Zionist right, stated in 1923 that Zionist colonization must proceed behind an iron wall, which the native population cannot break. The film documents the settlement movement and the wall currently being built, and warns of the effects of these on the possibility of peace in the region. It includes interviews with Israeli and Palestinian peace activists and political analysts, including Jeff Halper. Even those who know a great deal about the issue will learn from this film. 9:30 Refreshments 10:00 - noon, Film (58 minutes) and discussion SOUTHDALE HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY 7001 York Av. So., Edina Highway 62 (Crosstown) to Xerxes. South on Xerxes, which becomes York at 66th. Left at 70th; up the hill; right into parking lot. Info: Florence Steichen, 651-696-1642 --------3 of x------- From: erin [at] mnwomen.org Subject: Clean water act 10.21 9:30am October 21: Council of Metropolitan Area Leagues of Women Voters Quarterly Meeting with Program and Q and A "The Clean Water Legacy Act" features State Rep. Dennis Ozment, House Chief Author, and Marie Zellar, Midwest Regional Director, Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fund. 9:30-11:30 AM. St. Paul Regional Water Service Facility, 1900 Rice Street, Maplewood. A tour of the water facility will be offered after the program. Free and open to the public. 651/450-6477 for more info. --------4 of x-------- From: Julie Risser <julie.risser [at] visi.com> Subject: Risser doorknock 10.21 10am Help elect [Green Party endorsed] Julie Risser to the State Senate. Door knock between 10:00-2:00 on Saturdays. Come to 6112 Ashcroft Avenue, Edina - campaign headquarters. We need people to lit drop in Edina and West Bloomington. Any amount of time people can donate is much appreciated! Call 952-738-2308 for more information. --------5 of x-------- From: farheen [at] farheenhakeem.org Subject: Farheen doorknock 10.21 10am [Farheen Hakeem - Green Party endorsed] Here are some volunteer events that I need help with. Feel free to show up or contact DJ at djstrohl [at] yahoo.com. Doorknocking times: * Saturday October 21st 10AM Wilde Roast 518 Hennepin Ave. E. Mpls, MN 55414 * Saturday October 21st 1PM Wilde Roast (same address as above) * Sunday October 22nd 10AM Wilde Roast (same address as above) * Sunday October 22nd 1PM Wilde Roast (same address as above) * Saturday October 28th 10AM Wolves Den Cafe 1201 Franklin Ave E Mpls, MN 55404 * Saturday October 28th 1PM Wolves Den Cafe (same address as above) * Sunday October 29th 10AM Wolves Den Cafe (same address as above) * Sunday October 29th 1PM Wolves Den Cafe (same address as above) --------6 of x-------- From: Mary Turck <mturck [at] americas.org> Subject: Haiti 10.21 10am October 21 Haiti After the Elections -featuring John MacDonald, Canadian journalist and activist. [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] --------7 of x-------- From: Rebecca McConkey <mn_united_ireland [at] lycos.com> Subject: MUI meeting 10.21 10am Minnesotans for a United Ireland meeting - at Blue Moon Cofee shop 3822 E Lake ST Mpls,MN Saturday October 21,10 AM Agenda ---Samhain Shell to Sea picket Movie Study Group Lit Table Flogging Molly leaflet Frank McCourt for Cavlan Minnesotans for a United Ireland 651-645-9506 --------8 of x------- From: wamm <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: WRC celebration 10.21 11am The Welfare Rights Committee 15-Year Celebration Saturday, October 21, 11am-1pm. The Sabathani Community Center, Banquet Room, 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis. Everyone is invited. (RSVP, if possible.) FFI and Reservations: Call WRC 612-822-8020. Fifteen years ago, the Welfare Rights Committee (WRC) started to defend the rights of poor families. The WRC, a committee of low-income women and families, jumped into the trenches to fight back against the war on the poor with acute knowledge of legislature and dynamic, daring, creative strategies. Since that day, the WRC has been on the front lines, fighting day and night to stop the attacks on welfare, health care and other programs for low-income families. The WRC has had its own "Poor Peoples Bills" at the Capitol, has brought thousands of low-income families to the Capitol to meet with politicians, testify at hearings, and to protest unjust laws. The WRC has won many important battles and will continue to fight back until every single cut to welfare and attack on the poor is ended! Food will be served. Childcare available. --------9 of x-------- From: Ken Pentel <kenpentel [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Pentel/gov/panel 10.21 12:45pm SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21ST --UAW 879 labor and Sustainability forum-Governors Panel- 2191 Ford Parkway, St Paul. Time: 12:45-2:15 --------10 of x------- From: Lennie <major18 [at] comcast.net> Subject: Northtown vigil 10.21 1pm The Mounds View peace vigil group will 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 --------11 of x-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] minn.net> Subject: CUAPB 10.21 1:30pm Meetings: Every Saturday at 1:30pm at Walker Church, 3104 16 Av S Mpls Communities United Against Police Brutality 3100 16th Avenue S Minneapolis, MN 55407 Hotline 612-874-STOP (7867) http://www.CUAPB.org --------12 of x-------- From: Susu Jeffrey <susujeffrey [at] msn.com> Subject: Mitch Walking Elk 10.21 7pm Mitch Walking Elk in Concert Saturday, October 21, 2006 at 7 PM Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community Center 1351 Sibley Memorial Hwy Mendota MN 55150 For more information call 651-452-4141 Proceeds to benefit MMDC Center & Programs Suggested Minium Donation $10.00 (but no one will be turned away) A Drug and Alcohol Free Event Directions: From Minneapolis: Starting on Highway 55 East, go to Highway 110 East. Follow Highway 110 for .3 miles. Turn Left onto Highway 13 North. Highway 13 is Sibley Memorial Highway. Follow this for .8 miles and look for the "Mendota Crossing" sign on the left. From St. Paul: Starting on Highway 35E South, go to the MN 13/Sibley Hwy Exit (Exit 102). Turn right onto Sibley Memorial Hwy/MN 13/CR-45. Continue to follow Sibley Memorial Hwy/MN 13 for 1.6 miles and look for the "Mendota Crossing" sign on the right. --------13 of x-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Jesus/dine/migrate 10.21 7pm Saturday, 10/21, 7 pm Witness for Peace banquet with keynote speaker Jesus Leon de los Santos on "Roots of Migration: the impact of globalization and "free trade" on migration." patrick [at] witnessforpeace.org or 612-360-1965. --------14 of x------- From: wamm <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Moroccan music 10.21 8pm B'net Houariyat Moroccan Women Ensemble October 21, 8pm, O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, College of St. Catherine, 2004 Randolph Av StPaul. Moroccan/Berber women's singing/percussion/dance ensemble. Singing well-supported by meaningful lyrics bring a touch of humor to issues such as ancient traditions, the condition of women, and fanaticisms of any kind. Rhythmic support and musical tradition that finds it origins in sub-Saharan Africa and Berber tradition. Joyful and intense for the deep delight of those ready to experiment with universality of music beyond frontiers and cultures. The Fat Kid Wednesday Trio performs with them. Part of Minnesota Sur Seine Musical Voyageurs series in the Twin Cities. Mention "B'net Houariyat 2 for 1" and get two for one tickets at St Catherine's Box Office. O'Shaughnessy Box Office FFI: 651-690-6700 or http://www.surseine.com/ --------15 of x-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] minn.net> Subject: Police brutality 10.21 8pm Lead-in to October 22nd, the annual National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality. 10/21/06, 8pm. Hennepin County Jail (the new jail) 401 S 4th Avenue, Minneapolis (Corner 4th Avenue and 5th Street) Rally and tour of the criminal "injustice" system followed by downtown cop watch. Dress warmly. Noisemakers and bucket drums welcomed and encouraged. --------16 of x-------- From: Shar in Minneapolis <sharinminneapolis [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Anti-stadium lit 10.21 Anti-stadium THIS WEEKEND We will be out dropping lit. We know the weather will be cold and wet, but we have lots of areas that can be covered by driving. Grab a friend and get out and fight back this weekend! Contact Julie: textiles8216 [at] yahoo.com or call Dave: 612-276-1213 --------17 of x-------- From: Julie Bates <julie [at] intermediaarts.org> Subject: Talking suitcases 10.22 1pm Intermedia Arts presents Talking Suitcases Community Art-Making Workshops - October 22 & 29, 2006 Intermedia Arts invites community members to be part of two upcoming hands-on art-making workshops exploring their own personal stories through the creation of Talking Suitcases. A Talking Suitcase is a suitcase that explores the journey of immigrants to the Twin Cities, past and present. Moving, colorful and amusing, these suitcases, each containing handmade objects, bring to life stories of immigration, culture, family, elders or other personal themes. Participants will work with visual artist Susan Armington and storyteller Carla Vogel to respond to the question: "What do you bring with you?" by filling empty suitcases with handmade art and other visual representations of their answer. When participants come together to create their suitcases and tell their stories, they discover their uniqueness as well as their commonality. Each workshop is a powerful opportunity to give voice and share in a community's strengths and triumphs. Talking Suitcases and objects created during these workshops will be presented in a gallery exhibition at Intermedia Arts. Susan Armington is a visual artist and founder of the Talking Suitcases project, which she led with storyteller Carla Vogel at Intermedia Arts. Her own first Talking Suitcase tells the story of her father and includes a performance with everything from paper brains and an embroidered colon to a miniature Meal on Wheels. Susan is also a painter and imaginative mapmaker. She is the recipient of a 2004 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Carla Vogel is a writer, storyteller and community artist. Her original stories are inspired by her Eastern European Jewish ancestry and are a unique blend of family folklore, history and personal memoir. Her stories for all ages can be seen both locally and nationally. She is a storyteller and teaching artist with COMPAS, Young Audiences and the Minnesota State Folk Arts Registry. She is presently storyteller-in-residence with Kairos, an intergenerational dance company, and is a co-founder of the Wild Yam Cabaret. Talking Suitcase workshops are offered as part of the fourth and final installment of Immigrant Status: Contributions, a multidisciplinary arts series that sheds light on the many variations of the new immigrant experience. Talking Suitcases is presented by Intermedia Arts as part of the Immigrant Status program, a program that brings to life - through the arts - the struggles, discoveries and experiences affecting the lives of Minnesota's immigrants. WHEN/WHERE: Community Workshops: October 22 & 29, 1-4pm FREE Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55408 Intermedia Arts is a catalyst that builds understanding among people through art. CONTACT: Marlina Gonzalez, Program Manager Phone: 612.874.2803 Email: marlina [at] Intermediaarts.org http://www.intermediaarts.org/ --------18 of x-------- From: PRO826 [at] aol.com Subject: Peace marshall 10.22 2pm VOLUNTEER to be a PEACE MARSHAL We are asking activists of all ages to help ensure the safety of the October 28th antiwar youth march, leaving Central High to the State Capitol for the 1pm Rally organized by IPAC. IF YOU CAN VOLUNTEER... 1. Come to the Peace Marshal Training Meeting Sunday, October 22, 2:00pm 3024 Chicago Ave (yellow house between Lake St. and 31st) *** half a block from bus #21 and #5 stops 2. If you can't make the meeting, but can still help... Send an email to _against.war [at] gmail.com _ (mailto:against.war [at] gmail.com) , with your phone number and explaining who you are. Help build the October 28th march and rally! Download and Distribute fliers: --- leaflets: _http://www.yawr.org/files/Oct.28%20Flyer%204up.pdf_ (http://www.yawr.org/files/Oct.28%20Flyer%204up.pdf) --- posters: _http://www.yawr.org/files/Oct.28%20Flyer.pdf_ (http://www.yawr.org/files/Oct.28%20Flyer.pdf) For more information call Brandon at 952-465-5307 _www.yawr.org_ (http://www.yawr.org) --------19 of x-------- From: Jesse Mortenson for 64A <jesse [at] jessemortenson.com> Subject: Mortenson/house 10.22 3pm Jesse Mortenson Green Party Candidate for Minnesota House of Representatives District 64A www.jessemortenson.com We've got two house parties coming up within the week: Sunday, Oct 22 at 3pm 296 Cecelia Place Hosted by Rich Broderick http://www.jessemortenson.com/houseparty/rich Tuesday, Oct 24 at 5:30pm 1692 Dayton Avenue Hosted by Elizabeth Dickinson, Roger Meyer, Krista Menzel, Anne Benson, Michelle Gross, and Mike Madden http://www.jessemortenson.com/houseparty/roger Our hard work and focus on progressive values continues to pay off. Last week I participated in the first debate featuring just the three of us who will be on the ballot in November. I received a lot of positive feedback from a crowd full of dedicated neighborhood activists. One woman, who said she and her husband were veterans, commended me for speaking about the war and Minnesota's responsibility to take care of our returning troops. She said that I earned her vote. Moments like that make me very grateful for the opportunity to run for this office. We also earned some very strong press this week. Among the articles printed was a piece in the Pioneer Press assessing the race. Reporter Tim Nelson wrote: "St. Paul's dominant political party may be facing some of its stiffest competition in nearly a generation this fall â^À^Ô and it isn't from the other side of the political aisle." You can read it, and other news from the campaign here: http://www.jessemortenson.com/news --------20 of x-------- From: Chris Spotted Eagle <chris [at] spottedeagle.org> Subject: KFAI/Indian 10.22 4pm KFAI's Indian Uprising for October 22nd KFAI¹s FALL FUND RAISING PLEDGE DRIVE is now on, with a goal of $110,000! Call 612-375-9030 to make a pledge. KFAI, a non-profit organization, is truly a people-powered radio! Programming is commercial-free -- instead of advertisers, KFAI depends on supporters to help cover their operating costs. Premium gifts are available for pledges over a certain amount, called in during Indian Uprising. Call 612-375-9030 to find out the minimum pledge. The premiums are: American Indian Homelands (78 min. DVD video); Our Sacred Land (30 min. VHS video); We Have the Right to Exist (book) by Wub-e-ke-niew; Recovering the Sacred (book) by Winona LaDuke and Walking With The Devil (book) by Michael Quinn. THE SCOURGE OF METH. More than 12 million people in the U.S. have tried methamphetamine and Native American communities have not been immune. Tribes nonetheless are facing the challenges that meth presents their people. The Lummi Nation in Washington State permanently banishes convicted drug traffickers from the tribe. INDIGENOUS PEOPLE 'WORST-OFF.' The health of indigenous people worldwide is much worse than that of other communities where they live. This is among the findings of a major investigation launched by the medical journal The Lancet. The relatively poor health of aboriginal people in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand has been well documented. ALASKAN CLIMATE CHANGE. Global warming is squeezing the life out of Oscar Kawagley's culture (Yupiaq). "It is scary," he said. "Cold is what makes my language, my culture, my identity. What am I going to do without cold?" ENDANGERED SPECIES. "With 6.5 billion people alive in the world today, it may be hard to think of humans as an endangered species. "We are going through a process of mass cultural extinction," says Spencer Wells, director of the National Geographic Society's $40 million Genographic Project. * * * * Indian Uprising is a one-half hour Public & Cultural Affairs program for, by, an about Indigenous people broadcast each Sunday at 4:00 p.m. over KFAI 90.3 FM Minneapolis and 106.7 FM St. Paul. Producer and host is Chris Spotted Eagle. KFAI Fresh Air Radio is located at 1808 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55454, 612-341-3144. --------21 of x-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] minn.net> Subject: Police brutality 10.22 5:30pm October 22nd, the annual National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality. 10/22/06, 5:30pm. Walker Church 3104 16th Avenue South, Minneapolis Stolen Lives Memorial Ceremony to remember those who have lost their lives at the hands of local police forces. --- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> October 22: Remembering and Resisting Police Brutality by Lydia Howell In 1977, I particpated in my first anti-police brutality march in my hometown of Dallas, Texas. Several hundred people - all of them African-American or Latino, except for me and my best friend who are white - walked silently in memory of Jose Campos Torres. Houston cops had arrested him for being drunk in public, took him to Buffalo Bayou (which when I moved to Houston I would find out was infamous as a place that police took people of color) and proceeded to toss the (HANDCUFFED) man into the water, while shouting "Swim, Wetback!" The 20-something Mexican-American man drowned, murdered for sport by those entrusted to "protect and serve" the public that pays their salaries. They were never charged with a crime. A civil rights complaint was filed and they were charged and eventually convicted for "violating civil rights". The judge sentenced them to each pay ONE DOLLAR. In 1981, living in Houston, a friend and colleague, Fred Paez, Latino and openly gay, was shot in the back of the head, execution-style, (while HANDCUFFED) by a Houston police officer. Fred and I worked on a public affairs show at the Pacifica station KPFT and also worked on police brutality. Our aim was to build coalitions across the (false) boundaries of various communties - the GLBT community, African-American and Latino communities, feminists working on domestic violence. Some of us suspected that Fred was killed because of his acitivism. Nothing was ever done about Fred's murder. Ever since that day, I've remained committed to challenging the business-as-usual of police brutality and State-sanctioned murder. Since August 1988, I've lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Within six months of moving here, I realized that police accuntability is no better "up North" (as Malcom X put it), than down South. There's simply more illusions here in what I often think of as Land O' Liberals. Dozens of people - men, women and teenagers - have been gunned down, choked or beaten to death by Minnesota police - most of them people of color. In just the last decade, the Minneapolis City Council has voted to pay out almost $20 MILLION in law suits to survivors or to victims' families. But, not a single officer has even been fired, much less charged with crimes, like assault or murder. Minneapolis voters in 1990 voted to create a Civillian Review Authority (CRA) as an alternative to a do-nothing Internal Affairs Unit. Until recently, the CRA was useless, too. Now, that they actually sustain some cases, the MPD Police Chiefs simply refuse to dicipline those officers. Most elected officials uphold, by either their votes or inaction, that law enforcement is above the law. Most white progressives passively do the same. When the Abu Graibe torture photos hit the media, I hoped that there would be a shock of recognition that rippled to the home front. Unfortunately, most white Americans uphold torture, brutality and murder done in their name, overseas and on our own streets, in the name of "safety". A few white progressives have organized to oppose the recent legalization of torture in the 'war on terrorism', but, even many of them fail to make the connection to the ongoing violence committed by domestic police forces. Amnesty International has documented that brutality by police, border patrol and prison guards is "epidemic" in the United States. The dozens of abuses and murders I've worked on over the last almost 30 years are considered torture and human rights abuses under the United Nations' International Declaration of Human Rights - which the U.S. has signed. The face of Tycel Nelson, 17-years-old (who could pass for 13) - shining and open is burned into my brain. He was shot in the back by MPD Officer Dan May in February 1991. Recently, May was almost given a retroactive medal for that murder. Only public outrage stopped that reward. Standard operating procedure for all cases of brutality and murder is to give the officer(s) TIME OFF WITH PAY, while an "investigation" is conducted - "investigations" that always exonerate the police. Such "suspensions from duty" certainly aren't any sort of punishment. In most jobs, time off with pay is called 'vacation' and so, could even be seen as a reward for brutality. Who would Tycel be at 32 years old? A few years ago, a Somali refugee named Abu-Jalani, father of two (a 2 1/2 year old and a newborn) - was gunned down with seven shots. he spoke little English and had a mental health history - suffering Post-Traumatic Streess Disorder, having survived the Somalia civil war. Other Somali people were at the scene and pleaded to be able to talk to him in his own language. Minneapolis cops refused and a few minutes later, shot him to death. His body lay where he fell, in the street, for over 2 hours afterward, where I saw him. He got no more regard in death than he had in life. Mr. Jelani's children will never know their father. This summer, Demitrius Felder was suffering from deep depression and threatening suicide. His family couldn't get him to go to a psychiatric facility and called the Minneapolis police for help. Mr. Felder was African-American, became frightened by seeing police officers and immediatly tried to run away. He was shot three times and died. (Other UNarmed people with mental health issues have also been gunned down by police.) What "crime" did Demitrius Felder commit? Being unarmed and running away, what "threat to public safety" did he pose? These are just three of the human beings murdered by Minneapolis police. Similar stories can be told in cities and towns across America. The Department of Justice says that on average American law enforcement kill 350 people annually. Statistics for police brutality arte not kept by the DoJ. (For more stories google the Stolen Lives Project.) Not only are we NOT made safe by law enforcment officers that are above the law, we are actually LESS safe. People who live in "high crime neighborhoods" are caught in the middle between gangs and brutal and untrustworthy cops. Like torturing Muslims and Arabs in the 'war on terror', police brutality ensures that citizens will NOT be likely to cooperate with law enforcment. The flip side of police brutality, that's talked about far less, is poor service from law enforcement in these same communties. As a white, working-class poor woman, living in inner city neighorhoods, I've been a crime victim and experienced total disrespect from police. The response to being mugged, burglarized and raped over the years has been "Look at where you live. What do you expect?" These are just a few of the individual human beings lost to what is, in effect, State-sponsored terrorism against people of color and the poor here at home. It's a sad and frightening contradiction to the U.S. 'war on terrorism'. This Sunday, I'll be with fellow activists, survivors of police brutality and families who've lost loved ones forver. We'll be remembering those murdered by police and carrying on resistance in their names. Until law enforcemnt is no longer above the law, the claims that "America is the most free, best democracy on Earth" will only be empty PR and cruel hype. For some of us Al Queda terrorism, is not nearly as real as the daily threat of domestic terrorism by local police. Lydia Howell is a Minneapolis journalist, activist & host of "Catalyst" on KFAI RADIO www.kfai.org. Contact the National Office of October 22nd at: Info [at] october22.org or 1-888-NOBRUTALITY October 22nd Coalition P.O. Box 2627 New York, N.Y. 10009 To donate funds, make check out to: IFCO/October 22, and mail to address above. --- From: Suzanne linton <bahiabaubo [at] hotmail.com> Subject: CAVLAN CAMPAIGN CALLING GREENS SUN.OCT.22:Memorial for Those Murdreed by Police The Michael Cavlan campaign is asking all Greens to join us and attend the "Memorial Service for Those Murdered by Police" this Sunday, October 22 at 5:30. Walker Church 3104 16th Ave. So, Mpls Michael sees this as THE opportunity right now for all Greens to unite and make a huge stand for how we Greens stand on police brutality. We encourage EVERYONE who is campaigning to join us. Bring friends. Wear Green Party pins and your campaign pins. We need to show this community how we WILL stand behind them and make a difference if we are elected, and that Cam Gordon's vote was not representative of all other candidates or of the Green Party as a whole. Let's just swamp that church service with our support. See you there. Suzanne (for Dori) --- From: Diane J. Peterson <birch7 [at] comcast.net> Fellow Greens, I affirm Lydia Howell's suggestion to attend the events put on by Communities United Against Police Brutality. I am a member of that organization, and I participated last year in its rally and march down Franklin Avenue as a witness in grassroots opposition to police brutality and to remember those specific individuals who have suffered unjustly at the hands of the police. Dave Bicking and Dean Zimmermann were among the Greens who were also there. I had the opportunity to meet people who had been harmed by the police. I appreciate Michelle Gross's leadership of the organization. As a European American, I am conscious that my color gives me some protection from the Minneapolis police, but I have had three personal experiences with them over 29 years' time as a white woman that makes me afraid of them. How much more a woman of color needs to be afraid of them! I was at an environmental justice witness on Nicollet Mall in 2001 when a well-to-do American Indian woman near me became very nervous when the police showed up across the street. She was afraid of bodily harm from them, and tried to hide behind our large posters. She didn't want to rejoin the Mall group witness again. --------22 of x-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Life&Debt/film 10.22 Sunday, 10/22, 7 pm, Institute for Agricultural and Trade Policy presents film "Life and Debt" about crushing effects of international lending and free trade, Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W Lake St, Mpls. $7 to 14. www.iatp.org --------23 of x------- From: Danene Provencher PRO826 [at] aol.com Subject: Green Party: The Countdown - 18 days Ken Pentel / Danene Provencher supporters: Election Day is drawing near and the time for action is now. The mainstream media has attempted to suppress our campaign message. But, thanks to the efforts of people like you, we have gotten coverage in local newspapers around the state, on radio stations, on Public Access Television, on Talk Radio, on MPR, and even in the Star Tribune. From here on, the best coverage we can get is what you can provide, person to person. The best way to accomplish this is to pass out our campaign literature. What we need are people to fill shifts at the following events and locations: In the Metro Area: Minneapolis and St. Paul Bus stops from 7-9am and 4-6pm Park and Rides in the Suburbs from 7-9am and 4-6pm Co-ops around lunch time and from about 4-8pm Minneapolis and St. Paul Farmer's Markets on Saturdays Minneapolis Downtown Farmer's Market on Thursday mornings Community College, Technical College, and University Campuses 11:30-1:30 Outside the Metro Area: Local Farmer's Markets Co-ops Coffee Shops These are all places where we connect with others who are open to Green values. This is not a complete list. If you can think of other places to go, do that. Be creative with your efforts. If you can be at any of these events or locations, let me know. If you prefer to go with a partner or group, let me know and I will help coordinate that. If you need literature, contact me immediately (612.385.1621)I If you think this is something you can't do, contact Ken immediately (612.387.0601)If yo will give you the encouragement and courage you need to spread the seeds of healing throughout the state of Minnesota. Erin Wallace Ken Pentel for Governor Campaign _embarrassedtobehumaembarrassed_ (mailto:embarrassedtobehuman [at] yahoo.com) 612.385.1621 --------24 of x-------- Is the Party Really Over? GOP Death Slide By MICHAEL DONNELLY CounterPunch October 20 / 22, 2006 As someone who actually did grow up in inner city Flint, it's hard for me to take someone who grew up in an all-white nearby farm town, yet claims himself a Flint native all that seriously. It's akin to claiming Compton roots when you actually grew up in Simi Valley. But one thing I agree with Michael Moore on is that AOL is where mainstream America connects to the Internet and that it pays to pay attention. All the time, my friends, my brothers and people who write me care of my e-mail address on Counterpunch articles take me to task for my poor choice of Internet providers. Of course they have a point: as I write this, AOL has mysteriously blocked my access to a Counterpunch list. But like MMFlint, I keep AOL just so I can see what this segment of the populace is up to. And if Karl Rove is also paying attention, he's probably seeking out Jeff Gannon for solace. One of the things AOL has is an interactive poll called The Daily Pulse. As recently as a year ago, AOL users were some of the Bush administration's most fervent supporters. The Daily Pulse showed pro-Bush, pro-war sentiment usually in the 70% range. Now, the poll has shifted 180 degrees. Recent results rating Bush's (non)performance on some current issues are: Iraq Poor 71%; Good 13% Health Care Poor 74%; Good 10% Immigration Poor 73%; Fair 13%; Good 8% Economy Poor 64%; Excellent 17% National Security Poor 54%; Fair 18%; Excellent 17% North Korea Poor 66%; Good 12% Asked which party Bush helps most in the mid-term election, AOL users voted: Democrat 71% Republican 29% The Daily Pulse naturally also has a Blog. Here's a sampling: "We, who voted for him, have only ourselves to blame. I accept the blame." "George Bush is the most disgusting president we have ever had the misfortune to have in office. His spin on the truth has led the country into a hole in the ground. I can't think of anything he has done to further this country." "I know I am biased against Bush--as a long-standing Republican, I did not vote for him the first time--he acts rashly and without following proper rules. Molly Ivins has him pegged and has from Day 1." "Let's give Bush credit where credit is due. He did what he set out to do; he brought regime change to Iraq for the benefit of his Big Oil patrons. Big Oil got $60 crude and record breaking profits. Iraq got civil war & chaos in the streets. America got 2700 dead soldiers, thousands of cripples and giant deficits." "I am ashamed that America was so easily fooled into supporting the war in Iraq by cowards wrapped in the flag playing the 9/11 fear card. These SOBs should Impeached, tarred & feathered and tried for war crimes." If this is any indication, then even Diebold can't save the Republicans this time. Then there is the view of Counterpunch editor Jeffery St. Clair, who thinks that Bush has to be rooting for the Ds to gain the House, but not the Senate. After all, it's pretty lame when one has to reach back and dredge up Bill Clinton when looking to deflect accountability for all that has gone wrong the past six years. It wasn't on Bubba's watch that those Saudis took down the Towers and hit the Pentagon. Nor was it under Bubba that we invaded Iraq and triggered the hideous civil war, leading to some 600,000-plus violent deaths. Under Clinton we had a budgetary surplus, not the huge deficits Bush has saddled us with. Bubba has his own crimes to answer to, but use of Clinton as foil was already threadbare even before Bubba threw his hissy-fit and rightly savaged Faux News' Chris Wallace for continuing the ABC/GOP lie that Bill did nothing about Osama. (Not that his weird bombing of an African aspirin factory was much more than an attempt to change the "all Monica, all the time" subject.) But, St. Clair's point is well taken. The GOP needs another whipping boy, or in this case girl. The vilification they've used on Clinton every time the hounds got close the last six years will pale compared to the pummeling they'll give a hapless Speaker Nancy Pelosi. If the AOL poll is any indication, St. Clair will be proven correct; maybe they'll even take the Senate. And if past performance is any indication, then Pelosi et al. will quickly verify the views of this post to the AOL blog: "The usual delusional crowd on AOL continues the stupidity of thinking that a change of the party controlling Congress or, for that matter, the administration, will affect the foreign policy related to Iraq and the war on terror...message to all you fools...the Patriot Act will not be rescinded, the NSA surveillance program will not be terminated, Guantanamo will not be closed, nor will any of those anti-terror programs instituted by the present administration be eliminated...and the reason is that they are effective...your party bosses know that, they just want power back and they know you are dumb enough to believe their bull$hit...when, and if , they return to power you'll be bombarded with statements like "we are doing it better"...right... what a bunch of idiots..." MICHAEL DONNELLY also has no illusions that some sort of Renaissance will occur should the Democrats regain either branch of Congress, which he now thinks they will. You can still reach him at pahtoo [at] aol.com --------25 of x-------- Don't Look Back Who Said Clinton Didn't Kill Anybody? By WILLIAM BLUM CounterPunch October 20 / 22, 2006 The cartoon awfulness of the Bush crime syndicate's foreign policy is enough to make Americans nostalgic for almost anything that came before. And as Bill Clinton parades around the country and the world associating himself with "good" causes, it's enough to evoke yearnings in many people on the left who should know better. So here's a little reminder of what Clinton's foreign policy was composed of. Hold on to it in case Lady Macbeth runs in 2008 and tries to capitalize on lover boy's record. Yugoslavia: The United States played the principal role during the 1990s in the destruction of this nation, republic by republic, the low point of which was 78 consecutive days of terrible bombing of the population in 1999. No, it was not an act of "humanitarianism". It was pure imperialism, corporate globalization, getting rid of "the last communist government in Europe", keeping NATO alive by giving it a function after the end of the Cold War. There was no moral issue behind US policy. The ousted Yugoslav leader, Slobodan Milosevic, is routinely labeled "authoritarian" (Compared to whom? To the Busheviks?), but that had nothing to do with it. The great exodus of the people of Kosovo resulted from the bombing, not Serbian "ethnic cleansing"; and while saving Kosovars the Clinton administration was servicing the Turkish massacre of Kurds. NATO admitted (sic) to repeatedly and deliberately targeting civilians; amongst other war crimes. Somalia: The 1993 intervention was presented as a mission to help feed the starving masses. But the US soon started taking sides in the clan-based civil war and tried to rearrange the country's political map by eliminating the dominant warlord, Mohamed Aidid, and his power base. On many occasions, US helicopters strafed groups of Aidid's supporters or fired missiles at them; missiles were fired into a hospital because of the belief that Aidid's forces had taken refuge there; also a private home, where members of Aidid's political movement were holding a meeting; finally, an attempt by American forces to kidnap two leaders of Aidid's clan resulted in a horrendous bloody battle. This last action alone cost the lives of more than a thousand Somalis, with many more wounded. It's questionable that getting food to hungry people was as important as the fact that four American oil giants held exploratory rights to large areas of Somali land and were hoping that US troops would put an end to the prevailing chaos which threatened their highly expensive investments. Ecuador: In 2000, downtrodden Indian peasants rose up once again against the hardships of US/IMF globalization policies, such as privatization. The Indians were joined by labor unions and some junior military officers and their coalition forced the president to resign. Washington was alarmed. American officials in Quito and Washington unleashed a blitz of threats against Ecuadorian government and military officials. And that was the end of the Ecuadorian revolution. Sudan: The US deliberately bombed and destroyed a pharmaceutical plant in Khartoum in 1998 in the stated belief that it was a plant for making chemical weapons for terrorists. In actuality, the plant produced about 90 percent of the drugs used to treat the most deadly illnesses in that desperately poor country; it was reportedly one of the biggest and best of its kind in Africa. And had no connection to chemical weapons. Sierra Leone: In 1998, Clinton sent Jesse Jackson as his special envoy to Liberia and Sierra Leone, the latter being in the midst of one of the great horrors of the 20th century - an army of mostly young boys, the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), going around raping and chopping off people's arms and legs. African and world opinion was enraged against the RUF, which was committed to protecting the diamond mines they controlled. Liberian president Charles Taylor was an indispensable ally and supporter of the RUF and Jackson was an old friend of his. Jesse was not sent to the region to try to curtail the RUF's atrocities, nor to hound Taylor about his widespread human rights violations, but instead, in June 1999, Jackson and other American officials drafted entire sections of an accord that made RUF leader, Foday Sankoh, the vice president of Sierra Leone, and gave him official control over the diamond mines, the country's major source of wealth. Iraq: Eight more years of the economic sanctions which Clinton's National Security Advisor, Sandy Berger, called "the most pervasive sanctions every imposed on a nation in the history of mankind", absolutely devastating every aspect of the lives of the Iraqi people, particularly their health; truly a weapon of mass destruction. Cuba: Eight more years of economic sanctions, political hostility, and giving haven to anti-Castro terrorists in Florida. In 1999, Cuba filed a suit against the United States for $181.1 billion in compensation for economic losses and loss of life during the first forty years of this aggression. The suit holds Washington responsible for the death of 3,478 Cubans and the wounding and disabling of 2,099 others. Only the imperialist powers have the ability to enforce sanctions and are therefore always exempt from them. As to Clinton's domestic policies, keep in mind those two beauties: The "Effective death penalty Act" and the "Welfare Reform Act". And let's not forget the massacre at Waco, Texas. William Blum is the author of Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II, Rogue State: a guide to the World's Only Super Power. and West-Bloc Dissident: a Cold War Political Memoir. He can be reached at: BBlum6 [at] aol.com --------26 of x-------- Hillary Hits Bottom Clinton Ought to Know the Serious Legal Ramifications of Allowing Torture in 'Ticking Bomb' Scenarios by Rosa Brooks Friday, October 20, 2006 Los Angeles Times Has Hillary Clinton been watching too many episodes of "24," or is she just determined to prove that she really is entirely without principles? Whichever it is, Clinton hit a new low last week, telling the New York Daily News that the president should have "some lawful authority" to use torture or other "severe" interrogation methods in a so-called ticking-bomb scenario. These comments appear to directly contradict her previous statements on the Military Commissions Act, which President Bush signed into law Tuesday. In late September, Clinton objected that the bill "undermines the Geneva Conventions by allowing the president to issue executive orders to redefine what are permissible interrogation techniques. Have we fallen so low as to debate how much torture we are willing to stomach?" It sure looks that way. The ticking-bomb scenario has routinely been used to justify the legalization of torture in exceptional circumstances. This is how the argument goes: You capture the terrorist who has just placed a nuclear bomb somewhere in a major American city. If you can't locate and disarm the bomb, millions of people will die. If the terrorist won't talk, should you torture him until he tells you what you want to know? When you put it that way, of course, few of us would decline to torture the terrorist. In a utilitarian sense, it's surely better to torture one bad guy than to allow the deaths of millions of innocents, right? But though ticking-bomb scenarios pack an emotional wallop, such fictional scenarios are useless - and profoundly misleading - when it comes to making real-world decisions. In the real world, the issue isn't whether torture might be morally justifiable in some exceedingly rare situations. The issue is whether it's wise, in a democratic society, to invite the government to pass laws or issue regulations outlining the circumstances in which torture would be justified. The operative phrase here is "slippery slope." In real life - as opposed to the world of "24" - government officials generally don't know for sure if they've captured the right person. And they're even less likely to know for sure whether a particular detainee possesses information that could thwart an imminent attack on millions of people. In real life, interrogations are often fishing expeditions. Detainees might have critical information, but they might not. Do you torture or mistreat them when you're not completely sure? How much certainty do you need? How many lives must be at stake before torture is justified: 10 million, 10,000, 10, One? And exactly what kinds of interrogation methods are justified? If a terror suspect won't talk even when tortured, can you up the pressure by torturing his wife too? How about killing his children, or ordering the slaughter of every member of his immediate family? Such tactics might get him to cough up the information - and hey, from a utilitarian perspective, aren't they justified in the interests of saving millions of lives? But - do you really want to see U.S. law outlining exactly how many atrocities can be committed against how many people to - maybe - save a certain number of other people? Make no mistake - logically, that's where the ticking-bomb scenario takes you. Clinton insists that she wasn't really saying that torture should be legal - no, no, of course not. She still thinks that torture is immoral, ineffective and counterproductive. It's just that for an "improbable but possible eventuality" such as a true ticking-bomb scenario, she thinks that we should make "a very, very narrow exception within very, very limited circumstances." And this wouldn't undermine the Geneva Convention? You'd better believe that countries such as Syria, North Korea and Iran would also just love to carve out some "very, very narrow exceptions" to treaties banning torture. Clinton ought to know better. Plenty of immoral things might conceivably be justified in far-fetched hypothetical situations, but that doesn't mean the law should bless those exceptions in advance. Take treason. Is it possible to construct far-fetched hypothetical situations in which treason might be justified? Sure. If one were faced with a choice between betraying one's country and allowing the Earth to be destroyed, treason might well be morally justified. But that doesn't mean we should pass laws laying out the conditions under which treason would be permissible. Or how about rape? If torture can be justified by utilitarian principles, then in some "very, very limited circumstances," rape can presumably be justified as well. Would Clinton - would any American - truly want to see legislation laying out the unique circumstances in which rape should be permitted? No. We really, really don't want to go there. Clinton was right about one thing: When you start to contemplate writing those "very, very narrow" exceptions into law, you've fallen as low as it's possible to go. Copyright 2006 Los Angeles Times [Earlier in the lives of most progressives, the Dem party inserted control tentacles deep into their brains. If they even *think* of not voting Dem, the tentacles cause tremors, severe depression, and nausea. To daydream voting their principles results in temporary loss of certain key body functions. The worst consequences are reserved for those who entertain voting Green Party - heart palpitations, fearful shortness of breath, and dizziness severe enough to make driving to the polls impossible. Thus, it is traumatic to leave the sheltering arms/tentacles in place since childhood. No easy thing. Home/mother/flag/DemParty. The Dem Party is not progressive. It is more regressive every day. It does not further the princples of progressives. It destroys them. It helps destroy democracy. A true progressive will make the tough - and liberating - change. -ed] ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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 To GO DIRECTLY to an item, eg --------8 of x-------- do a find on --8
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