Progressive Calendar 11.04.06
From: David Shove (
Date: Sat, 4 Nov 2006 06:48:06 -0800 (PST)
              P R O G R E S S I V E    C A L E N D A R     11.04.06

1. Mortenson/SPNN       11.04 8am/4pm
2. Farheen/lit          11.04 8am
3. Faith/peace          11.04 8:30am
4. Amy Ihlan campaign   11.04 9am
5. Stop stadium now     11.04 9am
6. Asia/documentary     11.04 9:30am
7. MidEast peace forum  11.04 9:30am
8. Nicaragua            11.04 10am
9. Homeless vets/peace  11.04 10am
10. Risser campaign     11.04 10am
11. Knollwood army nest 11.04 10:30am
12. Northtown vigil     11.04 1pm
13. Kid stories         11.04 2pm
14. Pond campaign       11.04 3pm
15. Enron/film          11.04 3pm
16. Immigration/vote    11.04 3pm
17. IRV vote info       11.04 4pm
18. Military mom        11.04 5pm
19. Vets/pics/Grinker   11.04 6pm
20. Iraq/film           11.04 6pm
21. Womens/prison/book  11.04 6pm
22. Hot comb/play       11.04 8pm

23. Green Party  - Campaign home stretch for Greens!
24. Joshua Frank - DNC deja vu: 2004 all over again
25. PC Roberts   - Evil is as evil does

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From: Paul Busch <pobusch [at]>
Subject: Mortenson/SPNN 11.04 8am/4pm

More chances to see Jesse Mortenson (Green Party) on SPNN before the

Transit debate on SPNN ch. 19 :
Sat Nov. 4 - 8 am
Sun Nov. 5 - 8 am
Mon Nov. 6 - 7:30 am *and* 9pm

Interview with Jesse on SPNN ch. 15:
Sat Nov. 4 at 4 pm
Sun Nov. 5 at 7:30 pm

Please get the word out for this important race in District 64A!
FMI: (where you can watch *both* debates from this
race and the interview) or 651-442-5746

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From: farheen [at]
Subject: Farheen/lit 11.04 8am

Thank you all for signing up to help pass out literature for this weekend.
 And for those who you that have not signed up, here is your chance to
make history!

Maps, instructions, literature, and anything else can be picked up at
Farheen's home 4827 4th Ave. So. from 8AM-11PM Saturday 11/4, Sunday 11/5,
and Monday 11/6.
We can deliever all of what you need to your home.  If you have any
questions, please feel free to call me at 612-964-9143.
Thank you all and let's win!

Farheen (Green Party)

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at]>
Subject: Faith/peace 11.04 8:30am

Saturday, 11/4, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, facilitator training for a new
curriculum for people of faith "Faith Seeking Peace" which addresses budget
priorities, cost of war. terrorism and peacemaking from a Christian
perspective, free, St Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1832 James Ave N, Mpls.

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From: Amy Ihlan <amyihlan [at]>
Subject: Amy Ihlan campaign 11.04 9am

I hope many of you can help us distribute literature for Amy Ihlan for
Mayor and Karen Schaffer for City Council this weekend.  You can pick up
literature and route maps from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday morning, November
4, at Karen Schaffer's, 2100 Fairview Ave. N.  (just south of County Road
B, next to Evergreen park).  Coffee and donuts will be provided too!

It's fine to distribute the literature on Sunday or Monday if you don't
have time tomorrow.

If you aren't able to pick up literature on Saturday morning, please leave
me a voice mail at 651-635-9152 and we will bring the literature to you.

Thanks everyone! Amy

[Ihlan and Schaffer are runnnig *against* the Twin Lakes big box shopping
center madness ($80mil public dollars, 17000 more cars per day in
Roseville). Kick the greedy developoopers and their council henchbuddies
OUT; put Ihlan & Schaffer and the citizens IN! (- ed, who lives here in

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From: Dave Bicking <dave [at]>
Subject: Stop stadium now 11.04 9am

Calling all allies in the fight for democracy and against corporate

This is it - the last weekend to stop the Twins stadium tax.  It CAN still
be done - but YOU have to do it.  We have the literature, we have the
plan, and we're having an effect on the County Commissioner races.  What
we need is lots more people for lit dropping - delivering literature door
to door.

We want to make a big push this weekend.  But you can start sooner, any
time.  And Monday isn't too late if you have time off.  But after Tuesday
it's too late...  If we don't get rid of at least one County Commissioner
(Opat, Stenglein, or McLaughlin), you, I, and one million county residents
will be stuck with this tax for 30 YEARS!

I hope by now I have convinced you that this is an important issue.  It's
not just the tax - though over $1 BILLION dollars is a lot of money. It's
about priorities - about what else could be done with that money that
would really benefit the people of Hennepin County, especially those who
need it the most.  (As opposed to the second richest man in the state - a
multi-billionaire)  It's about looking to the challenges of the future -
with resource depletion, global warming, and huge personal and public
debt, this is no time to lock us into a 30 year commitment to subsidizing
private professional sports teams.  And it's about democracy - they knew
we wouldn't vote for this, so they got a special exemption from having a
referendum, and they pushed this through with secretive back-room

The election on November 7th is our first, last, and only chance for the
public as a whole to have their say and stop this with their votes.  And
we can - if we vote out one or more of the Commissioners, the County Board
will have a majority AGAINST the stadium tax, and they can overturn it!

I believe our literature is very effective.  It is grassroots, it is hard-
hitting, it is educational, and it is being read.  It stands out from the
mountain of glossy full-color oversize postcards that people are getting
from all the candidates.  It reminds people of an issue that they are
already angry about, and it directs that anger.  It will be remembered in
the voting booth.

For more info on the races, and reminders on why this all matters, I've
copied some excerpts from previous emails at the end of this one.  AND, if
you need just a little more convincing that this is not just about
revenge, here's an article from today's StarTribune: The Vikings are looking
at a new stadium in Minneapolis, and guess what: they "will need a
financial partner in either community's government to make this work."
That "financial partner" is you and me - but we aren't partners.  We are
forced to pay, but only the team owner profits from our "investment".  A
side- bar related article is titled: "Face it: Only Minneapolis can afford
to build a stadium."  Oh, yeah??  Well Zygi Wilf can damn well afford it
better than the PEOPLE of Minneapolis - and that's what he is talking
about: you, me, and everyone else in our city, many of them poor, and some
of them destitute.  How dare they even SAY such a thing?

But if we don't defeat these County Commissioners, they will not just say
it, but DO it - we will have shown that we are powerless to stop them; we
will have shown that greed wins.

County Commissioner districts are large (about 55 precincts each). We need
a large turnout this weekend to cover the precincts we have not yet

So here's the plan:

You can pick up literature, instructions, and a map at any time if you
make arrangements by calling me, Dave Bicking, at 612-276- 1213 (for all 3
Commissioner's districts lit), or Julie, at 763-476- 7099 (for lit and
maps for Stenglein's and Opat's districts).  We'll suggest areas of
highest priority, but it's your choice where you want to go.

We will also be having scheduled pick-up times this weekend:
Mornings:  9 am to 10 am
Afternoons:  1 pm to 2 pm

TWO lit-drop pick-up locations:

743 Winnetka Ave South
Golden Valley, MN
Easy to find:  right up the street from the Holiday Station Store on
the I-394 frontage road.

3211 22nd Ave South (lower duplex)
Minneapolis, MN
Easy to find:  Two blocks south of the YWCA on Lake Street  --
just west of the LRT line.

Someone will be on-site during the scheduled times to give you lit and a
map and get you started.  If possible PLEASE let us know if you are coming
-- this helps us judge how much lit we will need, and to have the map
ready for the area YOU prefer.  Call Dave at 612-276-1213 if you can
commit ahead of time.  Of course, last- minute, spontaneous volunteers
will be welcome.

We will be printing literature as needed, right through Monday.  The more
you can help us, the more literature we will print.  Which brings me to my
last point.  Though this is truly a grassroots volunteer effort, it still
takes money to buy paper and ink.  Please donate what you can to:

Citizens Against Stadium Taxes   <--(make check out to C.A.S.T.)
6820 Wooddale Avenue South
Edina, MN  55346

So please come out.  If you are working full-time on one of the other
important campaigns, you have a good excuse. [In fact, thanks!!]
Otherwise, doing the dishes, paying bills, cleaning up the yard ....
those can all wait until AFTER the election.  We need you NOW.

Dave Bicking 612-276-1213

PS.  One last note:  Our group has a new "theme" song for voting out the 3
County Commissioners - written for us by Eskit.  He is a local songwriter
/ political satirist.  If you haven't heard him yet, you really should.
The song is professionally recorded - good quality.  It is available on
the web, in mp3 format, along with the lyrics, here: It would be great if it could get played
on the radio before the election - let me know if you have any contacts.

Some more background info: (mostly from previous emails)

(Also, as always, see for lots more info!!)

This effort is being organized by Citizens Against Stadium Taxes (CAST, as
in "cast your ballot").  It is independent of any candidate or party.
Its role is to work for the defeat of these three County Commissioners
(Opat, Stenglein, and McLaughlin) in this election cycle - primary and
general elections.  CAST is printing the literature and organizing its
distribution this weekend.  A separate, new group is required by campaign
finance laws.  You can see our financial reports on the Hennepin County
website ( under "Campaign Finance".

Lit dropping is easy and it's FUN - so we have been told by a number of
our volunteers.  Unlike many of the candidates' volunteers who are
littering your doorsteps, we are welcomed - people are happy to see us,
and we receive a lot of support and heart-felt thanks for the work we are
doing.  You can do it on your own schedule.  We provide the lit and the
instructions, and a map of the area you choose to cover.  Some people
prefer going alone, others prefer a partner, especially if you are new to
this.  We may be able to find a partner for you if you wish.

This is not like door-knocking where you actually have to talk to people.
We just need you to go from door to door leaving our literature. You can
be shy.  Or if you are more outgoing, you may have some great
conversations with people who are out and about, or in their yards.  In
suburban areas, you can drive from house to house, leaving literature
tucked into the newspaper boxes. So you don't even have to be athletic!

If you are curious what the literature says, I can email you a pdf.

The vote for the Twins stadium tax was 4 to 3, with Commissioners Mike
Opat, Mark Stenglein, Randy Johnson, and Peter McLaughlin voting for it.
Half of the County Board is up for election each two years.  Fortunately,
Opat, Stenglein, and McLaughlin are running this year.  (Gail Dorfman, who
voted against the tax, is also up for election, but has no challengers -
coincidence??)  The primary election in this non-partisan race narrowed
the field to two candidates in each race.  Opat is running against Mary
O'Connor, a conservative libertarian who is currently on the Brooklyn
Center City Council.  Stenglein is running against Greg Gray, a former
state legislator who is DFL endorsed.  And McLaughlin is running against
Farheem Hakeem, a Green Party endorsed candidate who is running a very
strong campaign.

Strategically, our highest priority is targeting Mark Stenglein, District
2 (north and NE Mpls, Golden Valley and Plymouth).  He is the most
vulnerable of the three.  We also have a chance of defeating Peter
McLaughlin, District 4 (South Mpls, east of I-35W, plus north of the river
and south of E. Hennepin).  Strategically, our lowest priority is Mike
Opat, District 1 (NW tip of Mpls, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park,
Robbinsdale, and most of Crystal and New Hope).  He is the least likely to
lose - though we shouldn't give up hope.

BUT, it's up to you where you want to go, depending on where you live, and
which Commissioner you are most passionate about. Just tell us, and we'll
assign you an area with good voter turnout.

The stakes are VERY high:

Here's what happens if we can defeat one or more of these Commissioners:
The sales tax for the stadium will start on January 1, 2007.  The new
County Board, with any new members, takes office on January 2.  They CAN
repeal the tax!  (It would probably remain in effect for three months,
until the State ends it.)  The municipal bonds, the interest on which will
be paid by the tax revenues, are not going to be sold until March or April
of 2007.  If the stadium decision is reversed at the beginning of next
year, those bonds won't be sold, and we won't be locked into a 30-year tax
to repay them.  Actual construction on the stadium, as well as the land
purchase, won't be happening until later in the spring.  So that can be
30-YEAR TAX.  If we can stop it, we can spend our public resources on
PUBLIC purposes rather than on corporate welfare for a multi-billionaire!

Here's what happens if all three of these Commissioners are re-
The stadium proceeds.  But even more importantly, we will have sent a
terrible message: a green light for even more abuse.  More public money
for private profit, and more abuse of our democratic rights.  If they can
get away with this, just think what other, less publicized rip-offs they
can get away with.  And there may be some big ones:  there is already talk
of the Vikings building (or re- building) a stadium in Minneapolis.  How
much of our money, our public resources, might be stolen for THAT purpose?
It is dangerous to leave these guys in control of our finances.

We can not let all three of these Commissioners win re-election!!!  They
took away our right to a referendum.  This election is the only
"referendum" we will get.  It is a very imperfect referendum:  the stadium
issue is thrown in with all the other issues and candidate personality and
character issues, rather than being a separate ballot question.  It is
also very hard to unseat incumbents.  Incumbents have a huge money
advantage, and media advantage (especially when they so faithfully serve
the interests of the rich).  And it is hard for opposition candidates to
put forward the incredible time and dedication to run for office.

So defeating these incumbents is an uphill battle, even in spite of the
public opposition to the stadium tax, in spite of the anger that is out
there.  BUT WE MUST DO IT!

[Stuff billionaire freeloader where the sun doesn't shine! A jerk like
Pohlad getting this far proves there is something *drastically* wrong with
local, county, and state government. -ed]

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From: Stephen Feinstein <feins001 [at]>
Subject: Asia/documentary 11.04 9:30am

DocuLens Asia Panel on "Bordercrossings: Politics and Aesthetics in Asian
Sponsored By:   Institute for Advanced Study
Additional Sponsors:    Asian American Studies
Department of Asian Languages and Literatures
Series: DocuLens Asia Symposium
Saturday, November 4, 2006
9:30 AM - 11:30 AMCost: Free!
Room 125
Nolte Center for Continuing Education
Minneapolis CampusContact:
Institute for Advanced Study, 612-626-5054

Panel participants: Shohini Ghosh, filmmaker; Markus Nornes, University of
Michigan; Eric Cazdyn, University of Toronto; and Christine Marran,
University of Minnesota. Co-sponsored by the Consortium for the Study of
the Asias.

DocuLens Asia: Forum and Film Series

DocuLens Asia is a fall film series and forum conceived and planned by the
Institute for Advanced Study's Asian Film Collaborative a group of faculty
from various departments at the University of Minnesota who share an
interest in Asian cinema. DocuLens Asia provides scholars, students and
the public in the Twin cities metro area with a unique opportunity to
witness new and exciting achievements in Asian documentary filmmaking.

Further information can be found under events on or

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From: Florence Steichen <steichenfm [at]>
Subject: MidEast peace forum 11.04 9:30am

SATURDAY,  NOVEMBER 4, 2006, 9:30 a.m.

Dr. Bernard Sabella on Palestine and Israel: the Prospects and Difficulties
of Peacemaking
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Av. Minneapolis
Refreshments, 9:30; Talk and discussion, 10 - noon.
Co-Sponsored by Minnesota International Center, Churches for Middle East
Peace in MN, and Hennepin Avenue United Methodist peace and justice

Dr. Bernard Sabella is a Christian member of the Palestinian Legislature
and director of Palestinian refugee service unit of the Middle East
Council of Churches. He will speak on the challenges of peacemaking in
Palestine and Israel, and give us insights into the internal politics
within Israel and Palestine. Dr. Sabella is a Sociologist, international
speaker and writer, who has taught for many years at Bethlehem University,

Info: Florence Steichen, 651-696-1642

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From: Mary Turck <mturck [at]>
Subject: Nicaragua 11.04 10am

Saturday, November 4 Nicaragua and Elections -featuring Kathy and Pat
Floerke of the Center for Development in Central America [Part of weekly
coffee hour series, with a talk by a featured speaker and discussion.
Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m. $4 includes first cup of coffee. Resource Center
of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis 55406 FFI: 612-276-0788]

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at]>
Subject: Homeless vets/peace 11.04 10am

Saturday, 11/4 (and each 1st Saturday), 10 to 11:30 am, Homeless Veterans
for Peace meeting, Peacehouse, 510 E Franklin Ave, Mpls.  Bob Heberle at

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From: Julie Risser <julie.risser [at]>
Subject: Risser campaign 11.04 10am

There are three more days left before the election and we are working
hard. Here is the breakdown of events:

Saturday November 4th - official Risser (Green Party endorsed) doorknock
time from 10:00-2:00.

Stop on by 6112 Ashcroft Avenue, Edina and pick up a map and some
literature. If you can't participate until after 2:00 that is fine.
Simply call the candidate 952-738-2308 and we will arrange a time to hook
up. At 10:00 Julie is meeting at Pamela Park to help kick off a Carbon
Foot Print tree planting event. At 1:00 she will be visiting an apartment
complex in West Bloomington

Sunday November 5th - Afternoon doorknocking from 1:00-5:00
Monday November 6th - TBA (we may be out of literature by then!)

Tuesday November 7th - VOTE!!
We are going to have people at intersections with Risser signs. Send
suggestions for locations. Perhaps over HWY 100 on the bridges and along
Normandale Avenue.
Paul Thompson is hosting this event - .

Where: 4244 Crocker Ave, Edina
When: 8-11pm
What to bring: Beverages will be provided, please bring snack food.
NOTE: Julie teaches an evening class at St. Thomas on Tuesday nights. It
ends at 8:30 - so she will not be arriving until 9:00.

IN CONCLUSION: All of you have been really supportive - we couldn't have
gond this far without everybody pitching in. Let's keep going strong!

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From: "Murphy, Cathy" <CMurphy [at]>
Subject: Knollwood army nest 11.04 10:30am

Army opening "Career Center" in Knollwood Mall
Knollwood is a community meeting place. Our kids spend time there,
sometimes alone or with friends. Army recruiters, who are increasingly
desperate, aggressively target them, using lies & coercive tactics.

What can we do about it?

ProtectAction is a group of local folks working to protect our kids. You
can help.

Raise awareness in the community:
Join us - Every Saturday  -  10:30 a.m.
Meet under the large Knollwood Mall sign (Hwy7 & Aquila), where we put
on white shirts with ProtectAction on the back.
We walk into the mall via several entrances and meet at the recruiting
center, each carrying a sign with the name of a Minnesotan killed in
Iraq or Afghanistan since 2003 (49 so far)
We stand briefly in front of the recruiting center and then depart
(total time commitment = 20 minutes) <>

[Watch Army bamboozlers bamboozle kids out of their lives. -ed]

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From: Lennie <major18 [at]>
Subject: Northtown vigil 11.04 1pm

The Mounds View peace group vigils 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] or call Lennie at

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From: paulino brener <mail [at]>
Subject: Kid stories 11.04 2pm

Boats, circles and ogres: stories for young ones and young at heart!
* "paper boats" with paulino brener

Paulino travels around the world on paper boats and brings back many
folktales and languages from distant countries. Make your own paper boat
and join Paulino in this entertaining, multicultural and multilingual
storytelling feast!

* "fool circle"  with margo mccreary and shari aronson

"Fool Circle" is a story about a puppet character's search for where he
came = from . All people have a desire to find their place in the world,
and to = know that they belong.  Ollie McNutt, a 7' tall puppet, makes his
way = foolishly around boulders, bees, and badgers into a circle of his
own. The = circles that we place ourselves expand over our lives as we
understand more = and more how much we share with all other beings.

Dates: Saturdays, Nov. 4th, 11th and 18th**, 2006
Time: 2:00 PM
Tickets: $6 - $12 sliding scale for TWO SHOWS!
Location: Walker Church
3104 16th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55407

To buy tickets online or for more information about this and upcoming shows =
visit or call 612-246-4623

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From: Jonathan Fluck <jonathanfluck [at]>
Subject: Pond campaign 11.04 3pm

Hi all!  Here are the times and areas the Green Party endorsed Pond
campaign will be lit dropping the final week + of the campaign.  Please
email me with what day you will be joining us so we can arrange to meet up
and coordinate the effort.

Sat Nov 4, 3 - 6pm: Mpls Ward 13 Precinct 1
Sun Nov 5, 3 - 6pm: Mpls Ward 13 Precinct 5
Mon Nov 6, 2 - 5pm: Mpls Ward 2 Precinct 2

Again, please let me know what day(s) you want to help so we can make sure
we meet up! Jonathan Fluck 612-600-7439

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From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at]>
Subject: Enron/film 11.04 3pm

Movie Showing: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Saturday, November 4th, 2006
3 PM
Mayday Books (301 Cedar Ave. S, West Bank, Minneapolis)

Socialist Action is having a public forum that will present "Enron: The
Smartest Guys in the Room."
Film start at 3 pm, with a discussion to follow.

Contact the store directly at 612-333-4719, or email us at
coreymattson [at]

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From: Brian Payne <brianpayneyvp [at]>
Subject: Immigration/vote 11.04 3pm

Community Meeting about Immigration and the Elections
Saturday, Nov. 4, 3-5pm
Resource Center of the Americas
(3019 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis)

Many of you have probably already heard the recent comments from Hatch,
Pawlenty and other candidates regarding the topic of immigration.
Neither Hatch nor Pawlenty support the Dream Act.  Both support the idea
of giving immigration authority to the police.  The candidates for Senate
support guestworker legislation, and support the idea of spending billions
of our tax dollars to build more walls on the border.

MIRAC invited Hatch and Klobuchar to participate in a community meeting to
clarify their positions in regards to immigration - neither of them
responded positively.

Seeing's how the candidates, be they Republicans or DFLers, support laws
that violate the human rights of millions of people, what are we going to

Saturday, Nov. 4, MIRAC is coordinating a community meeting to talk about
this issue.  Invite everyone you know to participate.

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From: Darrell Gerber <darrellgerber [at]>
Subject: IRV vote info 11.04 4pm

It's only a few more days before the election. Think about taking some
time to help with the IRV campaign in Minneapolis. It's looking good but
we need to make a huge effort to get supporters to vote and to remember to
turn the ballot over. This is an opportunity to take part in a historic
effort to change democracy. Today Minneapolis; tomorrow, a city or state
near you!

There are plenty of opportunities below.

Help Get Out The Vote for Instant Runoff Voting and show how much support
there is for better democracy! Once voters know about Instant Runoff
Voting, they overwhelmingly support it, so help us reach voters who don't
yet know about it before Nov 7th.

Here's how you can help:

1) If you have a Better Ballot Campaign t-shirt, wear it! Make Instant
Runoff Voting visible!  If you need one, contact
info [at] or 612-850-8697. You can pick up t-shirts
and stickers at 3606 Harriet Ave S.

2) If you like to talk on the phone, help call! We are phoning daily
between now and Election Day. Sign up for a shift at MPIRG (in Dinky Town)
or call from home - we will send you a list of voters and a script. 
Contact info [at]

3) If you like to walk, help lit drop!  We are finished lit dropping in
many parts of the city and nearly finished in others. Help finish lit
dropping the final week of the campaign - this is one of the main ways we
are making sure every voter knows about Instant Runoff Voting. If you live
in an apartment or condo, we especially need your help - contact
info [at] and we'll get literature to you to
distribute inside your building. Link here for a list of lit pick up
locations and status on wards that have been completed.

4) If you like to talk, help spread the word! Keep talking to neighbors,
friends and family about Instant Runoff Voting. Let them know it's on the
ballot (on the backside) and why it's a better way to vote!  Pick up
literature (at 3606 Harriet Ave S) and pass it out at parties, your
neighborhood, your school, weekend service - wherever you go! This is the
final push!

If you like to canvass, help pass out literature and talk to voters at
busy targeted locations across the city. Contact
info [at] for a list of locations we need volunteers
to be.

5) If you still want to learn more about Instant Runoff Voting, attend our
final house party: November 4, 4:00 - 6:00 pm Home of Faith Kidder, 3601
40th Ave S RSVP: 612-729-8868

6) If you like to be a part of the Election Day buzz, join the fun! There
are lots of ways to help:

Be visible at rush hour: Carry Instant Runoff Voting signs out to busy
thoroughfares and create visibility for Instant Runoff Voting across the
city during rush hours! We'll bring you coffee to keep you warm! Reply to
BethMarie Ward at bethmarie [at] to get on the Rush Hour Visibility

Get Out The Vote for IRV: Door knock, call or email friends, neighbors and
family to make sure they go out to vote and vote YES for Instant Runoff

Be visible at victory time: The Better Ballot Campaign is not holding its
celebration party until November 14th (save that date!), so if you go out
celebrating on election night, don your IRV t-shirt or stickers and
celebrate IRV wherever you are.  Pick up a t-shirt or stickers at 3606
Harriet Ave S.

Stay tuned for more Election Day activities.

7) If you can't contribute time, please contribute a donation! If we can
raise $1,000 in the next few days, we can send a mailing to voters who
live in apartments and condominiums, where it's difficult to lit drop.
Please help us reach these voters before November 7th! You can contribute
on line at Or, you can
mail a check to Better Ballot Campaign, 3606 Harriet Ave S, Minneapolis MN

Thank you!

For additional information, contact:
info [at] 612-850-6897

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From: Susan Hensel <susanhensel [at]>
Subject: Military mom 11.04 5pm

This is a "heads-up" notice. Many of you met with Kari Gunter Seymour when
she was here in January 2005 with her show WAR GAMES
( It continued
across the country, as far as Portland, OR.  It was written about coast to

Kari is sending her next show, DIARY OF A MILITARY MOM, the continuing
saga of her protest against this war, while still feeling the need to
support the individual soldiers doing their misguided job.  The opening is
Nov 4, 5-9pm.  She will be flying in on the afternoon of Nov 2.  I am sure
she would be pleased to meet with you or your group either at the opening
or sometime on Nov 2 or 3.

DIARY OF A MILITARY MOM. The ongoing story of Kari Gunter-Seymour.
Nov 4-Dec 29, 2006
At Susan Hensel Gallery 3441 Cedar Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55407 612
722-2324 susan [at]

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From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at]>
Subject: Vets/pics/Grinker 11.04 6pm

AFTERWAR: Veterans from a World in Conflict
Photographs by LORI GRINKER
November 4, 2006 - January 7, 2007
165 13th Avenue NE, between Marshall and University,
just north of Broadway in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 11, 6 - 9pm.

Lori Grinker's AFTERWAR: Veterans from a World in Conflict is a 15-year
project of photographs and interviews, documenting the physical and
psychological wounds of frontline war veterans, from World War I to the
present-day war in Iraq.  Grinker's photographs transcend the personal
tragedy of these individuals to become something universally symbolic
and understood.  This tour de force chronicles the scars left on people
around the world as a result of armed combat.  In the past century, over
100 million people have died in over 150 conflicts, in places as
globally prominent as Germany, and as remote as the Falkland Islands.

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at]>
Subject: Iraq/film 11.04 6pm

Saturday, 11/4 6 pm, free "Burning for Change II" including films "Iraq
for Sale" and the Wellstone documentary, plus progressive speeches and
music, U.A.W. Hall, 2191 Ford Parkway, St Paul.

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From: Sarah Caflisch <scaflisch [at]>
Subject: Womens/prison/book 11.04 6pm

Saturday, November 4, 6 p.m.

Silent Auction begins at 6 p.m. and the cabaret begins at 8 p.m.  Sliding
fee with a $10 suggested donation.

Since 1994, the Women's Prison Book Project (WPBP) has provided women and
transgender -identified persons in prison with free reading materials
covering a wide range of topics from law and education (dictionaries, GED,
etc.) to fiction, politics, history, and women's health. WPBP is an all
volunteer, grassroots organization that seeks to build connections with
those behind the walls, and to educate people on the outside about the
realities of prison and the justice system.

Friday, November 10, 7 p.m.
Chopin's Piano

Chopin's Piano begins with the vision of the composer's piano being thrown
out a fourth-floor window and culminates with a poem for the poet's
grandson, whose smiles "shine a clear light on the living." The movement
of this book is toward hope, despite the fact that the past keeps finding
us. The poems demonstrate the poet's range and his ability to speak in
many voices from his narration on the Jews of medieval Spain, in "Toledo,"
and his tribute to Federico García Lorca, to the cinematic "A Child's
Tale," which reveals the interior world of a Japanese boy who escapes the
atomic bombing of his city. Charles Fishman engraves indelibly the ravages
of the Holocaust, Hiroshima, and the Israeli wars and in colors
reminiscent of Chagall's stained-glass Jerusalem windows portrays those he
loves and mourns in images that are haunting.  In the wasteland of the
postwar half-century, the poet is there, unforgettably, rejoicing when he
can and agonizing when he has reached "The Place of Burning."

- Lynn Strongin, author of Countrywoman/Surgeon and editor of The Sorrow
Psalms: A Book of Twentieth Century Elegy

"Charles Fishman's poems are deep, sensuous, musical, and fully alive.
Each one rings true.  What more is there to say?  This is, indeed,
poetry." - Denise Levertov

The poetry comprising Chopin's Piano offers eye-opening lyrical narratives
on themes of war, destruction, beauty, and hope." -Midwest Book Review,
June 2006

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From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at]>
Subject: Hot comb/play 11.04 8pm

Hot Comb, Sat. Nov.4, The Loft

With humor, honesty and hope, Kimberly Joy Morgan explores the lives of
African-American women through something that unites them all: hair!
 From grueling, hours-long treatments to "tame" black women's hair to
the 1960's "Black is Beautiful" Afro to today's dreadlocks versus
resurgent straightened, even dyed-blond hair, African-American women
struggle to assert their own beautiful selves and affirm their cultural
identity in a (white-supremacist) "Cosmo Girl" culture.

Writer and actor Morgan performs her hit play to benefit the Women's
Prison Book Project (WPBP) which is the only organization in the U.S.
which aquires and sends books and educational materials to incarcerated
women. $10 (all to WPBP), Sat. Nov.4, 8pm(silent auction at 6pm), The
Loft, inside Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S. Minneapolis (612)721-3723
wpbp [at] (You can donate books--NO HARDCOVERS--to WPBP
anytime in the wooden bin outside of Arise Bookstore, 2444 Lyndale Ave.S.

--------23 of 25--------

From: Green Party of Minnesota <Info [at]>
Subject: Campaign Home Stretch for Greens!

1. Pentel/Provencher Gubernatorial Campaign
2. Campaign Plug-In
3. IRV in Minneapolis


Dear Minnesota Green,

We are now in the final week of our campaign.  We have traveled
extensively to all corners of the state and have spread the word through
many media outlets to help shape this debate and establish an honest

We have run a very efficient low-cost campaign. Your support has helped us
in many ways, allowing us to pay for literature, mailings, tabling at
local fairs and events, and a variety of other campaign costs.  These have
included Ken's travels to large and small communities all across the
state, talking to ordinary Minnesotans wherever he went.  Nevertheless, we
still have approximately $3,000 in expenses to cover.  If you are able to
help at any level to pay for this we would be most grateful.

Please donate today at or mail a check to Ken Pentel for
Governor, PO Box 583091, Minneapolis, MN 55458

Everyone is also invited to join us for the election night party.  It will be
held in the Kelly Inn on Rice Street, just off I-94, near the state Capitol.
Come and help us celebrate another tremendous effort by Green Party candidates
for local, state, and national office to uphold peace, a sustainable economy,
and a fair and open democracy.

Thank you for your continued support,
Ken Pentel and Danene Provencher

ken [at]


Dave Berger - Auditor
dave [at]

Papa John Kolstad - Attorney General
info [at]

Michael Cavlan - US Senate
info [at]

Julie Risser - State Senate District 41
julie [at]

Jesse Mortenson - State House Representative 64A
jesse [at]

John Loban - Ramsey County Soil and Water Commission District 4
(651) 225-3928

Jay Pond - U.S. Congress - 5th District
jay [at]

Farheen Hakeem - Hennepin County Commissioner - District 4
info [at]

Help Get Out The Vote for Instant Runoff Voting

Minneapolis voters have the opportunity this fall to vote to move
democracy to the next level. The Better Ballot Campaign has worked to get
an initiative on the ballot to use Instant Runoff Voting for all election
of all municipal seats. Passage would be a significant victory for a major
interest of the Green Party for many years.

To make this happen we need you help. At this stage the most important
activities are Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts. There are several things
that you can do to help bring a better democracy to Minneapolis:

1) If you live in Minneapolis VOTE YES for IRV. It'll be on the back side
of the ballot so don't forget to turn it over.

2) If you have a Better Ballot Campaign t-shirt, wear it! Make Instant
Runoff Voting visible!  If you need one, contact
info [at] or 612-850-8697. You can pick up t-shirts
and stickers at 3606 Harriet Ave S.

3) Sign up for a phone banking shift at MPIRG (in Dinky Town) or call from
home - we will send you a list of voters and a script.  Contact
info [at]

4) Help lit drop!  We are finished lit dropping in many parts of the city
and nearly finished in others. Help finish lit dropping the final week of
the campaign - this is one of the main ways we are making sure every
voter knows about Instant Runoff Voting. Link here for a list of lit pick
up locations and status on wards that have been completed.

5) Keep talking to neighbors, friends and family about Instant Runoff
Voting. Let them know it's on the ballot (on the backside) and why it's
a better way to vote!  Pick up literature (at 3606 Harriet Ave S) and pass
it out at parties, your neighborhood, your school, weekend service -
wherever you go! This is the final push!

6) Help pass out literature and talk to voters at busy targeted locations
across the city. Contact info [at] for a list of
locations we need volunteers to be.

7) Help on Election Day:

Be visible at rush hour: Carry Instant Runoff Voting signs out to busy
thoroughfares and create visibility for Instant Runoff Voting across the
city during rush hours! We'll bring you coffee to keep you warm! Reply to
BethMarie Ward at bethmarie [at] to get on the Rush Hour Visibility

Get Out The Vote for IRV: Door knock, call or email friends, neighbors and
family to make sure they go out to vote and vote YES for Instant Runoff

8) Celebrate the victory. The Better Ballot Campaign is not holding its
celebration party until November 14th (save that date!), so if you go out
celebrating on election night, don your IRV t-shirt or stickers and
celebrate IRV wherever you are.  Pick up a t-shirt or stickers at 3606
Harriet Ave S.

9) If you can't contribute time, please contribute a donation! If we can
raise $1,000 in the next few days, we can send a mailing to voters who
live in apartments and condominiums, where it's difficult to lit drop.
Please help us reach these voters before November 7th! You can contribute
on line at Or, you can
mail a check to Better Ballot Campaign, 3606 Harriet Ave S, Minneapolis MN

Thank you!

For additional information, contact:
info [at]

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DNC Deja Vu
2004 All Over Again
November 2, 2006

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean has promised there will
not be a change of course in Iraq if the Democrats take back Congress.
Potential House leader Nancy Pelosi has assured voters that impeachment is
not in the cards for Bush, either. Yet the liberal establishment is
beaconing antiwar voters to clamor for the Democratic Party next Tuesday.
It seems like 2004 all over again.

I recently disparaged the positions of progressive media critic Jeff Cohen
and The Nation magazine for not supporting independent antiwar candidates,
and instead calling for more of the same: i.e. voting for the Democrats
even though we disagree with them on the war and a host of other issues.
If we want to take on Bush, they argue, the Democrats have to take back
Congress, and only then can we start to build a genuine progressive

In the meantime, however, the war will rage on and Bush will remain at the
helm of Empire with Congress's blessing. As the Washington Post reported
on August 27, of the 46 candidates in tight House races this year, 29
oppose a timetable for troop withdraw. That's a whopping 63% of Democrats
in hotly contested races who have exactly the same position on the war as
our liar-in-chief, George W. Bush.

Even so, Howard Dean offers up his own deceptive outlook, "[W]e will put
some pressure on him (Bush) to have some benchmarks, some timetables and a
real plan other than stay the course."

What? Who is going to do that? The 63% who oppose a timetable? And what
plan are the Democrats going to offer up? They openly refuse to back Rep.
Jack Murtha's call for redeployment, and won't even acknowledge Rep. Jim
McGovern's half-baked plea to replace US forces with another international
occupation cartel.

Besides, even if a withdraw plan made its way past the House, would the
Senate, even if controlled by Democrats, ever consider putting forward an
alternative agenda? It sure doesn't look that way. There is not one
Democratic Senator who wants an immediate, unconditional end to this war.

Perhaps even more discouraging this election season is the way in which
the media and mainstream antiwar movement have collaborated. They have
both willfully ignored candidates running against war supporters from
outside the Democratic Party.
[Locally the League of Women Voters, Minnesota Public Radio, and the
Minnesota Daily 2006 Election Guide have shut out the Green Party. -ed]

Peace Action, the self-proclaimed largest grassroots peace organization in
the US, has refused to supply antiwar activists with a guide to the
midterm elections. They claim to not have the funds to print them, but
still won't put a voting pamphlet on their website to inform voters that
they indeed have options on November 7.

The Nation magazine, despite an editorial last year which claimed they
would not support pro-war Democrats, has provided virtually no coverage of
third party antiwar campaigns. After an editorial staff meeting with Sen.
Hillary Clinton's antiwar challenger Howie Hawkins, The Nation still
wouldn't write a word about his campaign, even though he is receiving over
20% of the independent vote here in New York. Nor would the magazine
discuss Kevin Zeese's antiwar unity run in Maryland, where Zeese has
brought together a unique alliance of Green, Populists and Libertarians.

Then there is Aaron Dixon, an ex-Black Panther who is running perhaps the
most electric antiwar campaign in the country against Sen. Maria Cantwell.
Dixon's camp has been met with utter silence from the liberal antiwar
movement -- perhaps because several progressive philanthropists like Dal
LaMagna, support her campaign. And the list of forgotten candidates goes

Predictably and the liberal blogsphere like DailyKos would
never engage in a debate about the legitimacy of building an independent
antiwar movement, let alone a third party. Instead they'd rather throw
their energy into campaigns like Ned Lamont's disaster in Connecticut.
Since Ned defeated Sen. Lieberman in the primary he has changed his tune
on Iraq from reasonable opposition to all-out war hawk. But that's where
working within the Democratic Party will get you: nowhere.

So perhaps it is not "why" Peace Now and others in the liberal
establishment have silenced antiwar candidates, but "how". We know why:
they are professional liberals who see the Democratic Party as an
indispensable ally in the quest for grants, careers and cocktail party

However, the more theoretical among these liberal careerists have a
popular front philosophy: where they align with the liberal bourgeoisie
against the reactionary capitalists. But when push comes to shove the
liberals of the ruling elite always prefer repression to democracy --
something ol' Karl Marx recognized during the 1848 democratic revolutions
in Europe and the Left in the US should have recognized when the
industrial wing of the Republican Party sabotaged Radical Reconstruction
last century.

But that may be a bit too analytical for such an obvious crisis: the
Democrats and their patrons are part of the problem, not the solution.

Joshua Frank is the author of Left Out! How Liberals Helped Reelect George
W. Bush, and edits

[I ended my subscription to the Nation years ago. After each election it
tries to sound free and independent, so progressives will listen and
subscribe. Then just before each election they renege; the same old tired
lesser evil guff over and over again, and most of us wind up believing
it because it's less distressing than the truth.

The DP is kept filled with somewhat progressive people by their unending
ability to do this election the same thing they did last election, without
end, amen; all of which failed. So that's what faith is for - you can be a
bouncing born-again major party voter every two years. And what the powers
that be like is, they don't have to give you anything for doing it. And
they don't. Each two years as our reward for being good little voters,
they come and take more away. But we never catch on. Or if we do, we don't
do anything serious about it, so it goes on and on, and we have less and
less, and they have more and more. But god forbid we raise our voices. The
good citizen is seen but not heard, and even then only at a distance. -ed]

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If Khatami Can Be Charged with Torture, Why Not Blair, Bush and Cheney?
Evil is as Evil Does
November 2, 2006

Compared to the current Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's
former president Muhammad Khatami is regarded in Western foreign affairs
circles as a moderate. When Khatami visited the US in September, he called
on the US and Iran to stop verbally assaulting each other in the interest
of dialogue that could build trust and eliminate the frictions between the
two countries. Khatami said that the precondition for dialogue was "to
eliminate the language of threat."

In an attempt to "resolve conflicts by talking, rather than by
aggression," the venerable Scottish University of St. Andrews invited
Khatami to the United Kingdom for an honorary degree, followed by a speech
at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. However, a
spanner was thrown into the works by two Iranian exiles, who claim to have
been unlawfully imprisoned and tortured in Iran during the period of
Khatami's presidency. Under Section 134 of Britain's Criminal Justice Act
of 1988, torture wherever committed in the world is criminal under British
law and triable in the UK. Thus, Khatami might still be arrested as he
tours the UK in the interest of opening communication.

If Khatami can be arrested in the UK for torture, how does British Prime
Minister Tony Blair escape arrest for the torture of Afghans and Iraqis by
coalition forces? Why are not US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice,
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Vice President Richard Cheney, and
President George W. Bush arrested when they visit the UK?

Does the British law excuse Anglo-Americans from its reach? Does it
exclude government officials while they are in office and pursue them only
when they have become private citizens?

Or are we witnessing the operation of the neoconservative assumption that
there is one rule of law for the US and its allies and another rule for
countries that do not support the neocon agenda? Neocons maintain that
whatever the US and its allies or puppets do in the interest of US
hegemony is defensible and permissible but is a crime if any other country
does it.

When the president and vice president of the United States publicly defend
and advocate torture and ram torture legislation through the US Congress,
it is hypocrisy for the US to condemn others for torture.

Perhaps Americans don't notice, but the rest of the world does see the
double standard applied when Saddam Hussein is put on trial for war crimes
and crimes against humanity, while US, UK, and Israeli government
officials commit far greater crimes by illegally invading countries,
targeting civilian populations, and torturing detainees.

Considering the enormous bloodshed and destruction of civilian lives and
infrastructure in Afghanistan and Iraq by US and UK troops, why do British
left-wing academics and human rights activists want to help the
neoconservatives in the US and UK spread the war to Iran? Helping to
spread war is what the British left is doing when they agitate for the
arrest of Khatami while leaving Labour Party PM Tony Blair free to commit
more crimes against humanity. Could it be that the two Iranian exiles are
acting as neoconservative agents to block any possible rapprochement with
Iran? This is not a wild speculation in view of the role Iraqi exiles
played in deceiving the the American public and making false accusations
against Iraq that Bush used to justify his invasion.

The Iraq and Afghanistan invasions have turned out to be a catastrophe for
the US and UK as well as for the Iraqis and Afghans.
Only a totally deranged political leadership would want to spread the
catastrophe to Iran.

According to a BBC news report (October 30), British private security firm
personnel--mercenaries to some--outnumber British soldiers in Iraq six to
one. A British charity group accuses PM Tony Blair of "allowing mercenary
armies to operate completely outside the law."

In Britain it is no longer permissible to hunt foxes, because it is "cruel
and inhumane," but it is perfectly alright for private mercenaries and
British soldiers to murder Iraqi and Afghan men, women, and children for
the sake of Anglo-American-Israeli hegemony in the Middle East.

Saddam Hussein was overthrown and indicted, and Iraq largely destroyed, in
part because Saddam is "an evil man who tortured political opponents."
Evidence of US torture of Iraqis is all over the Internet in vivid photos.
According to Amnesty International, "Adequate safeguards against torture
and ill-treatment are not in place in Multinational Force detention
facilities, and thousands continue to be held without charge or trial."
The president and vice president of the US advocate torture not only of
Iraqis but also of everyone declared, correctly or incorrectly, by some US
government official to be a "terrorist suspect."

Why are not Bush, Cheney and Blair on trial? Their crimes dwarf any that
could possibly be attributed to Khatami.

The only possible answer is that "might makes right." Yet, Bush, Cheney
and Blair parade around draping themselves in moral justifications for
their inhumane deeds and despicable acts.

The fact that Americans tolerate crimes against humanity by their own
leaders is evidence that Americans are exceptional only in their hubris.

Paul Craig Roberts wrote the Kemp-Roth bill and was Assistant Secretary of
the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the
Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National
Review. He is author or coauthor of eight books, including The Supply-Side
Revolutin (Harvard University Press). He has held numerous academic
appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy,
Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University and
Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has
contributed to numerous scholar journals and testified before Congress on
30 occasions. He has been awarded the U.S. Treasury's Meritorious Service
Award and the French Legion of Honor. He was a reviewer for the Journal of
Political Economy under editor Robert Mundell. He can be reached at:
paulcraigroberts [at]


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