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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2006 06:23:15 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 10.27.06 1. LRT [scam] 10.27 8am 2. Kip/health/KFAI 10.27 11:30am 3. McD's protest 10.27 12noon 4. Single payer 10.27 1pm 5. Palestine vigil 10.27 4:15pm 6. Miles/torture 10.27 6pm 7. Antiwar film 10.27 6pm 8. Communication 10.27-29 6:30pm 9. Mental health/f 10.27 7pm 10. Domestic abuse 10.27 7pm 11. Immigration/f 10.27 7pm 12. GP party 10.27 7pm 13. Death/prez/f 10.27 7:15pm 14. Capitalism 3.0 10.27 7pm 15. Fair trade ben 10.27 8pm 16. Kolstad/Provencher/Barnum - League of Women Voters excludes Greens 17. Olsen/Howell/Peterson - Help get GP Dave Berger on MPR debate 18. R Stassen-berger - Greens' candidate wants U.S. to shift course 19. Kolstad campaign - Papa John needs your help to buy ad space 20. Sharon Sudman - Vote info for YOU 21. Teresa Konechne - Help us in SoDak defeat the extremists 22. JeffMilchen/StacyMitchell - Wal-Mart's drug deal 23. ed - With small facile smiles (poem) --------1 of 23-------- From: Anne White <awhitepho [at] msn.com> Subject: LRT [scam -ed] 10.27 8am I would like to encourage everyone with an interest in the future of the Central Corridor LRT and University Avenue to attend one of two Open House sessions being offered this weekend. The two sessions will be Friday, Oct 27th, 8-10am and Saturday, Oct 28, 10am-1pm. Both will be held at the old Lexington Library, 1080 University Ave, and the same material will be presented at each open house. Urban Strategies, the Toronto-based consultants to the Central Corridor Task Force, will propose some quite specific options for development in different neighborhoods along University Avenue. Their presentation includes maps and illustrations to help people visualize what the avenue might look like, depending on choices to be made by the Task Force. In addition to the formal presentation, there will be time for Q&A, and for informal discussion with the consultants, Task Force members and other interested attendees. Comments and suggestions are invited, and will be considered in the next round of planning discussion. If your time is limited, the formal presentations will be 8:30-9:30 am Friday morning and 11 am to noon on Saturday. Please join us and be a part of the development visioning for the Central Corridor. [That's her/their side. Your editor thinks LRT down University Ave will destroy it and the small businesses along it (18 months down in construction), and be a huge ripoff for developers (TIF and more) and the building trades union (anything for a job, at our expense). They *could* use existing tracks, or go along the freeway, but that would not provide nearly as much ripoff goodies. Look for them eventually to destroy all our major streets (eg Snelling) with their yuppie big-chain boondoggles. The big money boys are behind this, and that's always bad. -ed] --------2 of 23-------- From: Kip Sullivan <kiprs [at] usinternet.com> Subject: Kip/health/KFAI 10.17 11:30am Friday October 27, 11:30-12:00 AM, Kip Sullivan interview with Don Olson on KFAI Radio, 90.3 FM. The interview will focus on what's causing the health care crisis, why a single-payer system is the best solution, and what the difference is between "single-payer" and "universal coverage." --------3 of 23-------- From: Brian Payne <brianpayneyvp [at] gmail.com> Subject: McD's protest 10.27 12noon Brian Payne, brianpayneyvp [at] gmail.com Upcoming activities in the Twin Cities in solidarity with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers... Protest at McDonald's: Dinkytown (15th St. and 4th Ave) Friday, Oct. 27th, noon Fair food that respects human rights, not fast food that exploits human beings. www.sfalliance.org --------4 of 23-------- From: PRO826 [at] aol.com Subject: Single payer 10.27 1pm From the Lake Minnetonka Communications Commission (LMCC), Upcoming Ch. 12 The Missing Piece: Friday, October 27th @ 1:00pm Single Payer Universal healthcare A Green Party History with Rhoda Gilman: Monday, October 30th @ 12:00pm The Missing Piece: Tuesday, October 31st @ 1:00pm Single payer Universal healthcare A Green Party History with Rhoda Gilman: Wednesday, November 1st @ 5:00pm --------5 of 23-------- From: erin [at] mnwomen.org Subject: Palestine vigil 10.27 4:15pm Friday, October 27: Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) Vigil to End the Occupation of Palestine. 4:15-5:30 at Summit and Snelling in St. Paul. All are welcome- please bring sings. For more info call 612/827-5364 or email wamm [at] mtn.org. --------6 of 23-------- From: humanrts [at] UMN.EDU Subject: Miles/torture 10.27 6pm October 27, 2006 - Hope in a Time of Despair: An Amnesty International Group 37 Conference Event. Time: Reception at 6:00 p.m., to be followed by program. Cost: Free, but voluntary contributions accepted. The focus of this conference will be on Human Rights Abuses and Torture in the War on Terror . Keynote Speaker: Dr. Steven Miles M.D, internationally known and highly respected medical ethicist, Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota, and author of the book Oath Betrayed, which details how medical personnel have participated in interrogations and Torture. His speech will be followed by a panel discussion with Barbara Frey, former director of Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights and Director of the Human Rights Program at University of Minnesota, Holly Ziemer, Director of Communications at Center for Victims of Torture, and Jim Dorsey, a lawyer at the firm of Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., as well as co-founder and former officer of Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights. There will be time for questions, as well as recommendations of actions for participants. Preceding the speech Group 37 will also honor its founder and guide, Professor David Weissbrodt, an internationally known Human Rights Lawyer, Scholar, Teacher, and Leader who has done work for both Amnesty International and United Nations. Professor Weissbrodt is a Regents Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota, as well as co-director of the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center. Additionally, the evening will be enriched by the well known singer Ruth Mackenzie. For further questions e-mail or call Sigrid Bachmann at 612-338-0862 or sigrid50 [at] earthlink.net Unity Church-Unitarian phone: 651-228-1456 Easy parking at church parking lot and streets surrounding the church, use entrance at Holly Ave. Location: Unity Church-Unitarian 732 Holly ave St Paul 55104 -- From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at] bitstream.net> Amnesty International USA Group 37 presents: "Hope in a Time of Despair" A celebration of our 30 years defending human rights and call to action. Keynote Speaker: University of Minnesota Medical Ethicist Dr. Steven Miles Friday, October 27, 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. Unity/Unitarian Church 732 Holly Avenue Saint Paul, Minnesota Join us for a forum on the illegal use of secret detention, renditions to torturing countries, and use of torture in the "War on Terror" as part of our celebration of the 30th year of Amnesty International USA Group 37's work in the Twin Cities. Dr. Steven Miles has been an early and strong critic of torture. His latest Book, "Oath Betrayed," examines the role of health care professionals in the prisons of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. His presentation will be followed by a Panel discussion featuring two well-known Human Rights Advocates: Barbara Frey, Director of the Human Rights Education Program at the University of Minnesota, teaches undergraduates, graduates, and law students, and was Co-founder and Director of Advocates for Human Rights. James Dorsey, attorney at Fredrickson and Byron Law firm in Minneapolis, was co-founder, previous director, and pro bono volunteer of Advocates for Human Rights. Amnesty International materials will be available for participants to take action to oppose torture. The event, entitled "Hope in a Time of Despair," will also highlight some of the accomplishments of Group #37 and honor its founder and advisor, David Weissbrodt, a University of Minnesota Law professor and leading international Human Rights Advocate. Dr. Weissbrodt was co-founder of several Twin Cities based Human Rights Organizations, including the Center for Victims of Torture and Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights. For further information contact: Dr Sigrid Bachmann, 612-338-0862 Brian Madson, 651-303-7349 --------7 of 23-------- From: Socialist Alternative <mn [at] socialistalternative.org> Subject: Antiwar film 10.27 6pm The Ground Truth, FRIDAY, 6pm, UofM West Bank Auditorium Antiwar Film Screening of THE GROUND TRUTH Followed by a Discussion with Mike Perkins of Military Families Speak Out This new documentary is about the Iraq War and the young men and women recruited to fight it. "THE GROUND TRUTH stunned filmgoers at the 2006 Sundance and Nantucket Film Festivals. Hailed as "powerful" and "quietly unflinching," Patricia Foulkrod's searing documentary feature includes exclusive footage that will stir audiences..." More film info at: http://www.thegroundtruth.net/ Friday October 27 6:00 PM University of Minnesota West Bank Auditorium (in the basement of Willey Hall) Event details, directions, online at: http://events.thegroundtruth.net/page/event/detail/wrwq Sponsored by Socialist Alternative www.SocialistMinnesota.org mn [at] socialistalternative.org 612-760-1980 --------8 of 23-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Communication 10.27-29 6:30pm 10/27 to 10/29, weekend learning labs (Friday 6:30 to 9 pm, Saturday 9:30 to 5:30 and Sunday 11 am to 5:30 pm) in Compassionate Communication (AKA Nonviolent Communication) with Julia Archer, Clouds in Water Zen Center, 308 Prince St, Suite 120, St Paul. 651-222-6968. --------9 of 23-------- From: Icarus Project - Minneapolis IPM <icarusmpls [at] gmail.com> Subject: Mental health/film 10.27 7pm Outsider Artist Film Series The Icarus Project, a local radical mental health collective, is proud to announce that our first screening, of the critically acclaimed The Devil and Daniel Johnston was such a success, we've expanded to include two more screenings! These events are designed to encourage discussion of mental health issues in the Twin Cities. All events are free. On Friday, 10/27 at 7pm at Arise Bookstore (2441 Lyndale Ave South, Mpls), we will be showing: In the Realms of the Unreal: The Mystery of Henry Darger. Henry Darger worked all his life in menial jobs in Chicago. Living alone and in poverty, he had no friends or close family. Spending all his free time, he whiled away the hours working on a 15,000 page illustrated novel called The Realms of the Unreal. A stunning amalgam of religious imagery, fantasy, and heroic drama, the work was only discovered after Darger was moved to a hospital during the last days of his life. Darger also wrote journals and an autobiography. The documentary uses interviews with Darger's neighbors and narration of passages from his works, along with his illustrations, to explore the mind and work of Henry Darger. On Friday, 11/10 at 7pm at Arise Bookstore (2441 Lyndale Ave South, Mpls), we will be showing: Wesley Willis: The Daddy of Rock 'n' Roll. The film documents the late Chicago artist and musician Wesley Willis. Filmmaker Daniel Bitton follows Willis throughout the Chicago area, riding the bus, talking to friends and strangers alike, selling his CDs to record shops and going about his day. Willis was memorable to many for being schizophrenic as well as 6'6" and over 300 pounds, but was loved by his fans and friends for his quirky, oddball music, artistic talent and for being a real gentle giant. He was a testament to the human drive to survive and create, as he himself was a survivor of extreme poverty, mental illness, child abuse, racism, and obesity. The fact that he lived to see 40 was incredible, but his having a successful music career and being able to function was even more so. Any questions about the Outsider Artist Film Series or The Icarus Project can be directed to: icarusmpls [at] gmail.com Thanks! --------10 of 23-------- From: Write On Radio <writeonradio [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Domestic abuse 10.27 7pm 7:00 P.M. Children of the Soul: An Evening of Sharing and Healing. An evening of poetry, prose and music dedicated to those who have or are still suffering the ordeals of domestic abuse. Proceeds (donations) will go to local women's shelters. Local artists and musicians Khary Jackson, Helen Lepakko, Jaspar Loes, Jen Butera, Kevin Wery and Patsy McKenzie will perform. Amazon Bookstore Cooperative, 4755 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls; 612-821-9630. --------11 of 23-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Immigration/film 10.27 7pm Friday, 10/27, 7 pm, film "Crossing Arizona" examines immigration perspectives of activists, Minutemen, ranchers, ministers, immigrants, the Border Patrol, $5, St Luke's Presbyterian Church, 3121 Groveland School Road, Minnetonka. 952-473-7378. --------12 of 23-------- From: PRO826 [at] aol.com Subject: Green Party party 10.27 7pm Fundraiser for the Pentel/Provencher Come Party with the Green Party! Meet our candidates for governor and lt. governor Ken Pentel and Danene Provencher Rank Vote the hors d'oeuvres Hob Knob with the Party that cares about the common good Relax and enjoy music Friday, Oct 27th Becky Kopp's home 8160 Julianne Terrace Golden Valley, MN 55427 7-9:30pm RSVP: 763-540-9918 or psariego [at] comcast.net campaign contributions of any size are appreciated --------13 of 23-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Death/president/f 10.27 FRI.Oct 27, 2006 - Thur,Nov 02, 2006 FILM:Death of a President (TWIN CITIES EXCLUSIVE) Director: Gabriel Range TWIN CITIES EXCLUSIVE!!!! Winner of the International Film Critics Award at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, D.O.A.P. has been called, "Easily the most dangerous and breathtakingly film of the year." DEATH OF A PRESIDENT is a fictional drama with a unique premise, told in the style of a restrospective documentary, which offers a critique of the contemporary US political landscape. This prize is annually bestowed upon a feature film directed by an emerging filmmaker, and making its world premiere at the Festival. Nightly @ 7:15p.m. & 9:15p.m. Sat. & Sun. Matinee 3:15p.m. & 5:15p.m. OAK STREET CINEMA, 309 Oak St, off Washington Ave.SE, East Bank of U of M campus, Minneapolis (612)333-3134 www.mnfilmarts.org --------14 of 23-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Capitalism 3.0 10.27 7pm Fri.Oct 27, 7pm Peter Barnes, Co-Founder Of Working Assets Long Distance Discusses His New Book: "Capitalism 3.0 A Guide To Reclaiming The Commons," Magers And Quinn, Uptown Minneapolis The commons--all the creations of nature and society we inherit together and hold in trust for future generations--are under siege. Our current version of capitalism--the corporate, globalized version 2.0--is rapidly squandering this shared heritage. It is driving us headlong into social, economic, and environmental collapse. Whether we're discussing Social Security privatization, deregulation of the airwaves, or global warming, these threats to the commons often seem insurmountable. However, as Peter Barnes points out in this thought-provoking new book, the surprising answer to many of these challenges is readily available: "upgrading" capitalism by reclaiming the commons. As an alternative to our current self-destructive path, Barnes proposes Capitalism 3.0, an update that includes innovative features to protect the commons while preserving the basic processes that have made capitalism such an effective economic operating system. Capitalism 3.0's major breakthrough is the addition of a new, market-based legal entity, neither privately owned nor government run: the asset-preserving trust, which would set limits on our depletion of the commons and pay dividends to all of us, the collective owners of the commons. In much the same way that residents of Alaska today receive dividends from state oil wealth, a trust model for the commons institutionalizes the contract between generations and between humans and nature. It creates an economic "we" sector to balance the corporate "me" sector. This "we" sector would link us across time to our ancestors and offspring as well as across town and country to our fellow living citizens. Through the responsible employment of markets and property rights, this new version of capitalism would preserve the principal for the future while paying dividends to today's trustees. Capitalism 3.0: A Guide to Reclaiming the Commons is a remarkable look at the future of our economy, a future in which we can retain capitalism's virtues while mitigating its vices. Barnes draws on his personal and professional experience as a successful entrepreneur to offer viable solutions to some of our most pressing economic, environmental, and social concerns. Peter Barnes is cofounder and former president of Working Assets Long Distance. In 1995, he was named Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California. He is author of Who Owns the Sky? and Pawns: The Plight of the Citizen-Soldier, and has written for Newsweek, the New Republic, the New York Times, and many other publications. Praise for Capitalism 3.0: "This book is brilliant and oh so necessary. I devoured it. The presentation screams for reader engagement. I particularly admire Peter Barnes' ability to focus on the main points while eliminating the underbrush."--David Morris, co-founder, Institute for Local Self-Reliance "Using his years of experience as a successful entrepreneur, Peter Barnes shows us how capitalism can be upgraded so that it protects rather than devours our planet. Required reading for everyone who looks further than the next quarter's results."--Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., senior attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council "Peter Barnes' concept of commons trusts is nothing short of brilliant. If applied on a large scale, it would fundamentally change capitalism. This idea has legs."--Marjorie Kelly, author, The Divine Right of Capital Magers And Quinn Booksellers 3038 Hennepin Avenue South Minneapolis Mn 55408 612-822-4611 Check out www.magersandquinn.com for complete information on all our events --------15 of 23-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Fair trade benefit 10.27 8pm The Dancing Monkey Institute Inc. 253 E. 4th St. Suite 76, Saint Paul MN 55101 WWW.DMIFAIRTRADE.org Contact: Josh Bryant (651) 291-8755 Eduardo Cardenas (612) 747-9727 Fair Trade Fundraiser Featuring Symbiosis and King Ras John and Ascenders Live at Patrick's Cabaret Friday October 27th at 8:00 pm The Dancing Mokey Institute will be holding a fundraiser concert on Friday October 27th at 8:00 pm, featuring Symbiosis and King Ras John and Ascenders at Patrick's Cabaret. Patrick's Cabaret is located at 3010 Minnehaha Ave. Minneapolis www.patrickscabaret.org (612) 724-6273 This is an all ages event. $10.00 suggested donation at the door, all donations tax-deductible The Dancing Monkey Institute is a private, non-profit alternative trade organization which seeks to: Expand the social and economic benefits of Fair Trade. Build an alternative, humancentered, model of commercial success. Inspire a more socially responsible commercial culture in our community. Simbiosis is an international ensemble that performs classic Cuban songs with a modern flair. The group is led by Grammy-nominated Cuban pianist and singer Viviana Pintado. Simbiosis specialize in a highly rhythmic Cuban salsa called "timba", as well as a silky combination of Latin bolero and American R+B. King Ras John is internationally acclaimed Reggae and Soca artist from Belize. His powerhouse band The Ascenders is pure fire. Come join us to work up a fair trade sweat. Once King Ras gets fired up, there's no stopping him. --------16 of 23-------- Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2006 14:35:12 -0500 From: John Kolstad <jkolstad [at] millcitymusic.com> Subject: League of Women Voters excludes Greens Since Greens are being banned from debates because of their under 5% vote count in 2002, we should insist that Alan Fine be barred from all 5th District Debates since the Republicans have gotten such low turnout in Mpls and the 5th district. Actually I think the Republicans came in 4th in those races. We should strongly object to this less than minor candidate being included. What's good for the Goose is good for the Gander. The League of Women Voters should get a stiff kick in the ballot box. If it was not for 3rd parties, woman might still not have the right to vote. How quickly they forget. We have huge problems to solve and the LWV only allow the ones who created the problems to talk about them. If the Major Parties were going to do anything about solving these problems, they would have done so by now. Clearly these Major Party candidates only do what their large campaign contributors want them to do. The LWV should change their name to the League of New Idea and Debate Suppresors. What a huge disappointment the LWV are. If there was anyone who was going to stand up for a fair and open process, you'd think it would be the LWV. Maybe America needs a new organization that advocates for the people's interests and not the interests of the wealthy and powerful. - Papa John Kolstad, GP endorsed for MN Attorney General -- Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2006 19:56:59 EDT From: Danene Provencher PRO826 [at] aol.com The League of Women's Voters are not allowing us to participate in democracy nor practice our 1st amendment right by excluding us from the debates. Please call them at 651-644-5450 if you would like to voice your opinion on this matter, -Danene Prevencher, GP endorsed for Lt Governor -- Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2006 19:04:09 -0500 om: Betsy Barnum <betsy [at] greatriv.org> This is so strange, as I have heard that in other states, like New York, the LWV has refused to be involved with debates unless all the candidates (i.e. Green Howie Hawkins, who is running against Hilary Clinton and whoever the Republican candidate is for US Senate) were allowed to participate! What is wrong with our Minnesota LWV? I was a member of the League of Women Voters in the 1980s, when it was, as always, "bipartisan" (this was when there weren't any 3rd parties of note--before Independence or at least before it became a contender, before Greens) and it was, I would say, on the whole a fairly liberal organization in this state. I was a board member for several years and then elected president of my local League (Robbinsdale, a mostly Democrat community at that time) and found pretty good political fellowship in the League. The positions we took then, regarding things like water, abortion and welfare, were in line with how the GP values these issues. That's why I accompanied Tony Solgard of Fairvote MN on visits to the Mpls. LWV, the Minnesota LWV and a local league in Edina a number of years ago to urge them to take up IRV and proportional representation as an issue (which they did, not necessarily due to our pleading! But we probably were a factor...). The League process is to "study" an issue, using materials produced by volunteers who are, or were then, very committed to presenting well-documented information, and then after everyone read and discussed the materials, taking "consensus" (actually it was a majority vote, I don't know why they call it consensus) on what position the League should take on that issue. Once all the results were in, from just that local if it was a local issue; from every local League in the state if it was a state issue; and from all the states if it was a national issue, the league on that level would be authorized to lobby lawmakers with that position. WRT to debates, I was involved in local League-sponsored debates (I still remember how we had them in the Robbinsdale city hall during the evening, and used the main city phone line for after-hours, which usually went to the police department, for people to call in questions. One time, somebody called expecting to get the PD, and he said, "isn't this the cop shop?" In my naivete, I didn't know what that meant! Hadn't watched enough TV, I guess...) It was a great feeling to be able to help voters see the candidates, hear them answer sometimes very tough questions, and decide who would get their vote. Anyway, the point is, 25 years ago the League in Minnesota was very liberal, though definitely bipartisan (there was still the possibility of civilized discourse between differing points of view then). I suspect that it was mostly Democrat women who were involved then--surely that was the case in Robbinsdale and the northwest suburban area, but my sense is it was true of the state league also.) So it surprises me very much, and disappoints me, that the League succeeded in being "bipartisan" but doesn't to recognize that multi-party democracy is more democratic than 2 parties, and that it is here to stay. Especially since they have, if I'm not mistaken, taken a positive position on IRV, which is helpful to 3rd parties in partisan elections. It is sad to see an organization that started after the 19th amendment became law, giving women the vote, to make sure women's voices were heard in government and women were informed about political issues, has decided not to move ahead with the times, and is instead working against opening a space in the political system for all disenfranchised voices in our system and nation. - Betsy Barnum, past GP state chair --------17 of 23-------- From: Kristen Olsen krisrose02 [at] aol.com Subject: Help Get Dave Berger on MPR Debate Help Get Dave Berger on MPR Debate Minnesota Public Radio (MPR)...91.1 FM has told Dave Berger, Green Party Endorsed Candidate for State Auditor, that he is the only candidate running for State Auditor that is not invited to the Midday Program's State Auditor debate this coming Tuesday, October 31, 2006 from 11:30am to Noon with Gary Eichten. Pat Anderson (R), Rebecca Otto (DFL), and Lucy Gerold (I) are all invited to the debate. Let's give MPR (Major Party Radio) a taste of democracy and demand that Dave be allowed to debate. Please call Chris Worthington, MPR Program Director at (651) 290-1229 and demand he let all four candidates speak at the debate. LET DAVE DEBATE! On the morning of the debate (Halloween) during the Midmorning call-in show with Carrie Miller 9am to llam call MPR and tell them what you think about their choice not to allow all voices to be heard! Also call during the debate 11:30am to Noon and demand that Dave be heard!! Dave will be standing by outside the MPR studios waiting for an invitation to join the debate. Call in and demand your voices be heard and your values represented in the race for Minnesota State Auditor. The MPR call in line is: 1-800-228-7123 or (651) 290-1212. THANK YOU for making a difference!! posted by, Kristen Olson GPMN CCC Campaign Associate 651-210-0789 -- From: Krisrose02 [at] aol.com Dave Berger: "Minnesota Public Radio is not just disrespecting me, they are disrespecting the citizens of Minnesota by not allowing all four candidate voices to be heard" stated Berger. To their credit, MPR did allow minor party candidates to debate in a segregated debate from the major party candidates for Governor and U.S. Senator. However, when it comes to the State Auditor race and the Attorney General race they have decided to exclude only one candidate in each race. Both are Green Party candidates. Papa John Kolstad, Green Party endorsed candidate for Attorney General was excluded from the MPR debate two weeks ago. "Now they're at it again," said Berger. "I feel like I'm in the back of the bus. I suppose I am not even on the bus. More like I am being run over by an MPR or Major Party Radio bus." During their recent fund drive MPR claimed to be inclusive of all candidates. Their announcers stated clearly that each and every candidate will get three minutes on air to make a statement. This comment turned out not to be true. "I called them up and asked when would I get my three minutes." said Berger. "I was told that the three minutes will only be given to gubernatorial and senatorial candidates. They just will not give me a break." MPR receives 12 percent of it's funding from the Federal government. They rely on their members for most of the rest of their funding. They continue to claim that they are community supported radio. "How can a public entity deny the voice of only one candidate in a race?" stated Berger. "The community deserves to hear all voices, and even if I represent a minority of those voices, everyone deserves recognition and representation." Berger earned nearly 4 percent of the vote in 2002, representing about 78,000 voters statewide. MPR has stated that their policy is clear and consistent. They will not allow minor party candidates in any race except governor and senator to have a voice on their programs. The policy seems less clear when you consider that MPR has already made exceptions to their rule, such as last Friday when they allowed Green Party candidate Jay Pond to participate in the 5th District Congressional Debate. While they did not allow Pond to debate in the first 5th District debate, they reversed themselves for the second debate. "I would not feel so discriminated against if MPR had a consistent policy," commented Berger. "But it seems that they can and do change their policy at will." Berger plans on spending the morning of the debate outside the MPR studios in St. Paul. "I am hoping that they will change their mind and let me in," said Berger. "I hope it doesn't snow that day, or I will be left out in the cold in more ways than one! I am calling on Minnesota Public Radio to do their job and inform Minnesotans of all of their choices in the Auditor's race this year leaving no one out in the cold." As the Green Party endorsed candidate for State Auditor, Dave Berger is committed to the values of Grassroots Democracy, Non-Violence, Social and Economic Justice, and Ecological Wisdom. For More Information see: _www.daveberger.org_ (http://www.daveberger.org) -- Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2006 06:30:23 -0500 From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Note from Lydia Howell: So, is this what real democracy looks like - that candidates are arbitrarily excluded from debates - from media that gets part of its fundng from FEDERAL TAX MONEY? Even if you're not Green, you should care about this pre-determination of the candidates we are allowed to hear. Like the Diebold voting machines, media-exclusion of Third party candidates is another element of how hollow an election system the U.S. has. Please make your voice heard on principle - especially if you're an MPR member.(I stopped being a member in part due to the exclusion of any candidates except the Democrats & republicans).LH [I stopped sending MPR money long ago, and since it lobbyed against local Low Power FM, and destroyed classical musical station WCAL and replaced it with its hideous manipulative "the Current", I never listen to any of their stations, and urge others to TURN MPR OFF. Bill Kling's Empire should sinkhole into the earth, never to be seen again. It is just one more perversion of something good (radio) into a soulless zombie of capitalism. -ed] -- From: Diane J. Peterson <birch7 [at] comcast.net> Aha! "Major Party Radio"--that's as true-blue as my own slogan of "Minnesota Purchased Radio." Thanks to the clever person who coined that phrase. With gleeful appreciation, Diane J. Peterson White Bear Lake, Minnesota birch7 [at] comcast.net P.S.: How about "Minnesota Private Radio"? [Or Minnesota Privatized Radio Minnesota Plastic Radio Minnesota Placebo Radio Minnesota Pachydermatous Radio Minnesota Pacification Radio Minnesota Padlocked Radio Minnesota Pallid Radio Minnesota Pandemic Radio Minnesota Panderer Radio Minnesota Pablum Radio Minnesota Parochial Radio Minnesota Partisan Radio Minnesota Passe Radio Minnesota Passive Radio Minnesota Pathetic Radio Minnesota Patrician Radio Minnesota Pawned Radio Minnesota Perfidious Radio Minnesota Pernicious Radio Minnesota Pestilential Radio Imagine, if you can, the result if someone scared the "L" out of "public" in MPR. I know I will be asked, Gee, ed, what do you *really* think, and I apologize profusely profoundly and prestidigitaciously if any person is left pondering particulars. -ed] --------18 of 23-------- 'Somebody had to stand up' Greens' candidate wants U.S. to shift course BY RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER Pioneer Press When Michael Cavlan looks at the federal government, he sees disaster. "I'm seeing our nation proceed in very, very dangerous directions. We have had a culture of corruption envelop our government and, actually, a culture of bigotry and intolerance and, unfortunately, the response to this has been a culture of cowardice. I plan to change that," said Cavlan, the Minnesota Green Party's candidate for the U.S. Senate. Cavlan, who said he has never voted for a Democrat or a Republican, draws from his own experience to form his views. A nurse in the burn unit of Regions Hospital in St. Paul, he speaks with the tinge of a brogue that's the product of his Northern Irish heritage. His father, a Teamster and former cardboard-box assembler, moved the Catholic family to California in the 1950s and then back to Northern Ireland when Cavlan, now 47, was 10. Cavlan stayed there until he was 25. He said he grew up in the public housing projects of Northern Ireland. In the United States, he saw discrimination and racism based on skin color, something his father demonstrated against in the civil rights movement. As a citizen, Cavlan voted for the Sinn Fein political movement when he was living in Northern Ireland, a province of the United Kingdom. He saw religious bigotry and citizens being labeled as terrorists. As a young teen he was tempted to join the uprising against British rule in Northern Ireland after "Bloody Sunday" in 1972, when British troops opened fire on protesters. "I just got hit with an overwhelming sense of anger," said Cavlan of his reaction as a boy. He spoke to the independence movement's local leaders. "I talked to the people who were involved and said that I was interested, and they said no." He later learned that his father had talked to the leaders in advance and told them not to let young Michael or any of his brothers join. His views on violent uprising have changed since those days. "I since learned that there is another way to channel that anger," said Cavlan, who has been arrested in Minnesota three times as part of nonviolent protests. The result is that Cavlan prides himself on being "a voice for peace, justice, grass-roots democracy and ecological wisdom." He is a U.S. citizen and is considering applying for dual citizenship. During the 2004 presidential election, he went to hotly contested Ohio as an election observer. He believed the poor and black vote in that battleground state was deliberately undercounted or suppressed while the Republican vote was artificially inflated, he said. Cavlan's campaign got a boost this week from a fellow Irishman and fellow Green Party candidate, Malachy McCourt, who is running for governor in New York. McCourt, an author, said Cavlan was waging an energetic campaign "that is absolutely and sorely needed in a country where a torpor is set in." His goals for the Senate race are threefold: He wants to spread his message; he wants to win; and he wants to regain the Greens' major-party status by getting 5 percent of the vote on Election Day. Four years ago, the party's Senate candidate got less than 0.5 percent of the vote. "I do not want to do this. I'm serious. This is such a pain in the ass. It takes me away from my family and from the things that I think are important," Cavlan said. "But I recognize the dangers we are facing, and I said somebody had to stand up and do this." Rachel E. Stassen-Berger can be reached at _rstassen-berger [at] pioneerpress.com_ (mailto:rstassen-berger [at] pioneerpress.com) . --------19 of 23-------- From: Darrell Gerber <darrellgerber [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Papa John Kolstad needs your help to buy ad space Green Party Endorsed Papa John Kolstad For Minnesota Attorney General Needs your help! With two weeks left before the November 7th election, the Papa John Kolstad for Attorney General campaign is ready to buy radio ad time and print ad space. We need another $2000 in order to run radio adds with Air America in the Twin Cities and up in Duluth as well as on AM 1500. The remainder of funds will be spent buying ad space in local newspapers. Our goal is to reach voters beyond our circle of friends and supporters and to do this we need your help. Please send checks as soon as you can to this address: Papa John Kolstad for Attorney General PO Box 6045 Minneapolis, MN 55406 Check out our web site for a listing of events and things to download like Window Signs and flyers. We also have plenty of printed flyers available for those of you who are running low. www.PapaJohnKolstad.org Thank you very much for your support!! PEACE! Mark O'Melia momelia [at] minn.net C: 612-237-5696 --------20 of 23-------- From: Sharon Sudman <sudman [at] mninter.net> Subject: Vote info for YOU KNOW WHO YOU'RE VOTING FOR We've all experienced that sinking feeling at the polls, we've watched the statewide races, carefully evaluated our district races, and we get to the polls and find 6 or 7 judges, as well as soil commissioners, school board candidates etc. Avoid that sinking feeling this year. You can see a sample ballot for your precinct, and can even mark it and print it out at the web site http://www.startribune.com and when you get there, just put in the search word "myvote" and a tool will come up that will ask for your address (probably pulling data off the Secretary of State's web site) and will then spit out a ballot customized for you. Do it right now! Then Google the name of any candidate you aren't familiar with so you can find out who endorses them and what they stand for, and make your decision. You can print out the ballot and take it to the polls with you. No more wasted votes! --------21 of 23------- Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2006 20:02:29 -0700 (PDT) From: teresa konechne <tontheroad [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Help us in SoDak defeat the extremists 2 URGENT NEED FOR HELP: I am living in the middle of a war zone. And we need your help. South Dakota is about to decide historical legislation that would ban all abortions, including women who were impregnated from rape or incest. It is obvious South Dakotans are being used as a weapon by the fundamentalist extremists to test our federal legal system - if this passes it WILL go all the way to the US Supreme Court (and SD residents will pay for that battle.) Also if this bill passes, the domino affect will provide the momentum for state after state to adopt equally repressive measures that will mark the swift disintegration of women's rights throughout the US and the world. Little do we here in SD know it, but what happens here could adversely affect women in Africa, South America and other developing countries of the world. This threat is real and imminent - it very well could pass. It's pretty much even right now even though last week it was a better story. But, the extremists have decided to say that Plan B, the day after pill, would take care of any incest or rape victims, which apparently has changed many peoples' minds. And you know the extremists have millions of dollars to invest. They have done all the usual - gotten doctors to skew facts and statistics on commercials (luckily a Sioux Falls TV station ran a story about all the distortions - but how many people actually saw that?), and they have narrowed the issue to a simple moral issue with no other options. The worst of all, the majority who oppose the ban have been silenced. People who live here are afraid to speak out against this legislation. I am continually disturbed at a peoples, whom I have always valued for their honesty, fearlessness and outspokenness, have become silent and afraid of social stigmas and loss of business. I recently moved back here to work on a project, and more than the physical isolation I feel living on this farm, I feel the social isolation. This issue is dividing families, communities and the state. And of course it's taking the spotlight off of real issues like poverty, education, dying farm communities and the decline of agriculture - the state's #1 source of revenue. We need bodies and lots of them. We need you to come here and make phone calls, put out door hangers, signs, literature drops.... Here in the NE part of the state where I live, are the largest cities in the state. This area is also one of the most conservative. Just driving through this area, I feel as if I am back in the south. Only this hatred is unspoken - focused towards women and children, cloaked in the deceit of the "pro-life" movement. Logistics: We need you Nov 3 - 7 most - but anytime between now and the 7th is helpful. Call/e-mail Ben at SD for Health Families and let him know when you can come. 605-221-5642 or bj [at] sdhealthyfamilies.org He will assign you to a location. If you can't afford a hotel, housing will be found for you. It would be good if you had your own car or can come with someone you can ride with. The main towns that will be focused on are Aberdeen, Watertown, Brookings, Madison, Vermillion and Sioux Falls. I can accommodate several people at my house though it is a drive from the major urban centers. (I live 50 miles from Aberdeen and 60 miles from Watertown.) If you can't make any of these days - then please do what you can: Call friends or pass along this e-mail to whomever could possibly come Call friends in SD who you know are either undecided or are against the ban and urge them to get involved - to write op ed pages - to call their local news papers about the lack of dissent letters that are being published, etc. Donate to SD for Healthy Families. http://www.sdhealthyfamilies.org/ There is a virtual media shutdown here in my area - Aberdeen. Last Sunday, despite hundreds of letters against the ban, only 1 letter was published, while 6 pro ban were published. Thank you for any help you can give. teresa konechne working hands productions 612.214.1121 (cell) www.workinghandsproductions.com (in progress) --------22 of 23-------- Wal-Mart's Drug Deal by Jeff Milchen and Stacy Mitchell Published on Monday, October 23, 2006 by TomPaine.com When Wal-Mart recently issued a press release announcing discounts on some generic drugs at Tampa area stores, its executives probably hoped for some favorable publicity in Florida media. So Bentonville surely was festive the next day when sweeping headlines like "Wal-Mart to sell generic drugs for $4 a month" ran nationwide - often on page one of newspapers. After getting better advertising than even a multi-billion dollar corporation can buy, Wal-Mart naturally pumped out another press release last week, announcing drug discounts in 14 other states. The company enjoyed another PR bonanza via national headlines promoting $4 generics at Wal-Mart, but the media did consumers a great disservice. First, there still are no price cuts whatsoever for Wal-Mart customers in 35 states. Next, Wal-Mart is not discounting generic drugs in general - it offered the $4 price on 291 of the several thousand generic drugs commonly available. Further, even a casual look at Wal-Mart's initial list revealed just 124 different drugs (later increased to 143). So where did the 291 come from? One needn't have looked past the letter "A" to see: 12 different variations of the common antibiotic amoxicillin. Many other common drugs appear in multiple dosages, including some already available at other stores for less than $4. In the end, a global corporation made a business decision to discount a small portion of one product line (even Wal-Mart says the discounts apply to less than one quarter of their generics), and received priceless publicity promoting its "low price" image. The benefit to Wal-Mart (and harm to competitors) was huge and immediate. A poll by the Wall Street Journal found just 13 percent of respondents indicated Wal-Mart, Target or other mass merchants were their usual destination for filling drug prescriptions. That was before Wal-Mart's PR stunt. After the media barrage and matching offers by Target and other mass merchants, a stunning 50 percent of those respondents said they would be likely, very likely or "absolutely certain" to fill prescriptions at these stores. They should think twice. True, some people who need one of the chosen drugs and lack insurance will save money. But unless shoppers check in advance to see if their needed medication is among the select few they're likely to become victims of what the National Community Pharmacists Association calls "a classic bait-and-switch." Unfortunately, the relative costs and benefits of buying drugs from various sources remain largely unknown to most people. Contrary to common perception, the evidence overwhelmingly indicates independent pharmacies, not Wal-Mart or other chains, offer the greatest value. In 2003, the state of Maine researched prices of 15 common prescription drugs at independent and chain pharmacies of all kinds statewide. The 10 lowest-priced pharmacies all were independents, beating all five Wal-Marts in the study. Around the same time, studies by New York City and by Senior Action Council in Albany, NY, also affirmed lower overall drug pricing at independent pharmacies than chain competitors. While it's natural to assume the buying power of drug chains or mass merchants translates into lower prices, independent pharmacies now compete quite well through group purchasing efforts and, in many cases, much lower markups. And independents not only compete on price, they do it while offering more than just pills. In 2003, the venerable Consumer Reports magazine surveyed 32,000 readers about their experiences at thousands of pharmacies, including independents, chains and those within supermarkets and mass merchants. Though mass merchants had a small edge on price alone, independents trounced the chains in overall value by "an eye-popping margin." The survey found independents were more likely than all chain stores to have a needed medication, got out-of-stock drugs faster, and provided more personal attention. And personal service from your neighborhood drugstore means more than asking "how's the family?" For anyone taking multiple medications, their pharmacist's attention can be crucial to avoiding dangerous drug combinations. Unfortunately, the credulous coverage of Wal-Mart's drug promotion is typical, not exceptional. Last November, Wal-Mart released a study it commissioned from the consulting firm Global Insight, asserting that Wal-Mart saved $2,329 for an "average" household. That's a remarkable claim, and, as with Wal-Mart's press release on drug discounts, hundreds of media outlets promptly trumpeted the results (and still cite them today). One problem with the study would be obvious to any economist: the firm applied its savings rate to the average household income of $61,000, not the median ($43,000), grossly overstating savings for most Americans. And the study itself found that Wal-Mart's depressing effect on wages lowers household incomes, thus eliminating more than two-thirds of the supposed savings. Moreover, when the Economic Policy Institute - a think tank partly funded by unions - analyzed Global Insight's methodology, it found fatal flaws, including major internal inconsistencies and an approach that "fails the most rudimentary sensitivity checks." But EPI's analysis has received scant attention. Admittedly, Wal-Mart's act had one positive impact - increasing awareness of generic drugs. But the massive promotion budgets of national chains can lead even critical thinkers to perceive, often wrongly, that chains provide greater value than our neighborhood businesses. Reporters and editors should help their readers make fully-informed choices by providing independent analysis, not just a pro forma quote from a critic, when Wal-Mart issues its next press release. Americans should know they don't have to choose between competitive prices and quality service - they likely can receive both at local businesses that invest more in their products and services than public relations. Jeff Milchen is a co-founder of the American Independent Business Alliance which helps communities form coalitions to prevent chains from displacing local businesses. Stacy Mitchell is a senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and is the author of Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America's Independent Businesses (Beacon Press, 2006). 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