|Progressive Calendar 12.02.06||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sat, 2 Dec 2006 05:41:02 -0800 (PST)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 12.02.06 1. Homeless vets 12.02 10am 2. Organizing 12.02 10am 3. Knollwood/army 12.02 10:30am 4. NW N4P vigil 12.02 11am 5. Mayors/peace 12.02 11:30am 6. GreenParty StP 12.02 12noon 7. Northtown vigil 12.02 1pm 8. Palestine 12.02 2:30pm 9. Race 12.02 4pm 10. MortensonParty 12.02 6pm 11. Arabian arts 12.02 6pm 12. Mayors/peace 12.02 7:30pm 13. Greg Grandin - Calderon's closed-door midnight inauguration --------1 of 13-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Homeless Vets 12.02 10am Saturday, 12/2 (and each 1st Saturday), 10 to 11:30 am, Homeless Veterans for Peace meeting, Peacehouse, 510 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. Bob Heberle at 612-789-9020 --------2 of 13-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Organizing 12.02 10am Saturday, 12/2, 10 am to 4 pm, Ricardo Levins Morales and Deborah Rosenstein give class on "Creative Organizing" involving music, visual arts, theater and chants, $50, Labor Education Service, 3-300 Carlson School of Management, U of M, 321 - 19th Ave S, Mpls. www.laboreducation.org --------3 of 13-------- From: "Murphy, Cathy" <CMurphy [at] analysts.com> Subject: Knollwood/army 12.02 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) www.ProtectAction.blogspot.com <http://www.protectaction.blogspot.com/> --------4 of 13-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> Subject: NW N4P vigil 12.02 11am NW Neighbors for Peace weekly demonstrations every Saturday between 11 AM and noon along Vinewood, near Rockford Rd. (also known as 42nd Avenue or Cty. Rd. 9) and just east of 494. This is the entrance to Target, Rainbow, and other stores. --------5 of 13-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Mayors/peace 12.02 11:30am Saturday, 12/2, 11:30 am to 2 pm, luncheon & visit to Lyndale Park Peace Garden with sponsored by Mpls-Hiroshima Friendship Cities Committee with US rep for Mayors for Peace Steve Leeper, home of Lionel & JoAnn Blatchley, 7432 Shore Dr, Edina. (Visit to Sculpture across from Rose Garden near Lake Harriet at 2 pm.) 952-922-0308. --------6 of 13-------- From: Andy Hamerlinck <iamandy [at] riseup.net> Subject: GreenParty StP 12.02 12noon A quick reminder: we've got our regularly scheduled GP StP membership meeting tomorrow, 12-2, at Mississippi Market (Selby & Dale). On the agenda: strategic planning, IRV, fundraising, and much, much more! --------7 of 13-------- From: Lennie <major18 [at] comcast.net> Subject: Northtown vigil 12.02 1pm The Mounds View peace vigil group. EVERY SATURDAY from 1-2pm at the at the southeast corner of the intersection of Co. Hwy 10 and University Ave NE in Blaine, which is the northwest most corner of the Northtown Mall area. This is a MUCH better location. We'll have extra signs. Communities situated near the Northtown Mall include: Blaine, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Spring Lake Park, Fridley, and Coon Rapids. For further information, email major18 [at] comcast.net or call Lennie at 763-717-9168 --------8 of 13-------- From: wamm <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Palsetine 12.02 2:30pm Protest: End the Siege of Gaza and U.S. Funding of Atrocities on Palestinians Saturday, December 2, 2:30 p.m. Walker Library, Hennepin and Lagoon Avenues, Minneapolis. Protest the immoral and indefensible bi-partisan U.S. support of state-sponsored terror in Palestine/Israel. Between 2000 and 2006, Israel, the largest U.S. recipient of foreign (mostly military) aid, has killed 2,300 Palestinians in Gaza, including more than 300 in the months since Palestinian fighters captured an Israeli soldier on June 25, 2006. Humanitarian Crisis: Israel's military offensive on Gaza compounds the humanitarian crisis crippling Gazan livelihoods. According to the World Bank, "Palestinians are currently experiencing the worst economic depression in modern history." As of April 2006, 79% of Gazan households were living in poverty. The humanitarian crisis is a result of an economic boycott called by the U.S. and E.U. in response to the democratic election of Hamas in Jan '06. On June 28, Israel shelled Gaza's main electric power generator, imperiling Palestinian access to vaccines, dairy products, fresh foods and clean water. Hamas has repeatedly called for a cease-fire this year. In response to Hamas' repeated calls, Israel has chosen to continue its indiscriminate military attacks. In solidarity with international protests. (See also: <<http://www.endtheoccupation.org>http://www.endtheoccupation.org> and Coalition of Women of Peace (Israel) <<http://coalitionofwomen.org/home/english/activities/open_gaza_gates>http://coalitionofwomen.org/home/english/activities/open_gaza_gates>). Sponsored by: the Coalition for Palestinian Rights. FFI: Email <eric-angell [at] riseup.net>. --------9 of 13-------- From: william mcgaughey <2wmcg [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Race 12.02 4pm Chris Stewart, newly elected member of the Minneapolis School Board, will be on hand to participate in a general discussion of racial issues in the community room of the Washburn public library (5244 Lyndale Ave. S.) in Minneapolis on Saturday, December 2, between 4 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. The meeting is sponsored by Metro Property Rights Action Committee. All interested persons are invited to attend. --------10 of 13-------- From: Jesse Mortenson <jesse [at] jessemortenson.com> Subject: Mortenson party 12.02 6pm Don't forget - coming up this Saturday! Our last celebration for the campaign. Retire the Debt Party Saturday, Dec. 2, from 6 - 10pm at the home of Mary Petrie and John Thompson 852 Mound Street http://www.jessemortenson.com/party/retirethedebt Come and enjoy good food, good drink, and good conversations about what comes next for us in St. Paul. With your help, we raised enough money to reach all of our get-out-the-vote goals, including sending a mailing to everybody in the district. Unfortunately, we haven't raised enough yet to totally cancel the debt. We're about 45% on the way there. December is your last chance to donate FOR FREE using the Minnesota Political Contribution Refund program (if you haven't used it yet this year). Make sure your friends know about it! http://www.jessemortenson.com/contribute --------11 of 13-------- From: wamm <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Arabian arts 12.02 6pm Arabian Arts and Culture Evening Saturday December 2, 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Center for Independent Artists, 4137 Bloomington Avenue South, Minneapolis. Join us for an exciting evening of Arabic entertainment and bazaar of arts: Live music, henna artist, portraiture artist, hors d'oeuvres, holiday boutique. See unique items from the Arab region and beyond: luscious kuftans, one-of-a-kind rugs, exotic textiles, hand-made items and beautiful art pieces by local Arab artists and more. Entrance to the event is free and open to the public. Bring a friend or two and come enjoy an evening out of the ordinary! Endorsed by: WAMM Middle East Committee. FFI: Call 612-709-1734. --------12 of 13-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Mayors/peace 12.02 7:30pm Saturday, 12/2, 7:30 pm, storytellers Larry Johnson and Elaine Wynne (plus musician Barb Tilsen) welcome Mayors for Peace director Steve Leeper from Hiroshima, Dunn Bros Coffee, 329 W 15th St (by Loring Park), Mpls. 612-737-3904. --------13 of 13-------- Calderon's Inauguration Behind Closed Doors Midnight in Mexico By GREG GRANDIN CounterPunch December 1, 2006 This is how the Washington Consensus ends: With the president-elect of Mexico Felipe Calderon sneaking off with outgoing Vicente Fox Thursday night to hold a midnight, locked-door inauguration. Fait accompli, the next day the videotaped ceremony was broadcast to the nation. "How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags! What is't you do?" "A deed without a Name," they answered. Over the last two decades, the Washington Consensus was more than just a set of economic policies that opened up Latin America's economies to US corporations and banks. It was a political directive as well, aimed at redefining the meaning of Latin American democracy. Once US-backed Cold War military regimes and death squads had violently severed the ties between socialist and nationalist political parties and their working-class and peasant base and allowed a return to constitutional rule, an army of corporate and government-funded U.S. social scientists descended upon Latin America. They advised politicians to move the fulcrum of politics away from mass rallies in the central plaza to televised campaign ads and back-room elite negotiations. They also sold a new brand of democracy, one defined exclusively as the protection of political and economic freedom and the defense of property rights, rather than the achievement of social justice. Such advice was aimed at putting to rest Latin America's populist, egalitarian tradition, which had deep roots in the region's political culture, drawing from Catholic humanism, Rousseauean notions of participatory democracy, and indigenous conceptions of justice and solidarity. "Political democracy," Samuel Huntington lectured Latin Americans in one transitology handbook, "is clearly compatible with inequality in both wealth and income, and in some measure, it may be dependent upon such inequality." It depends on what you mean by democracy. The success of such a campaign to turn Latin Americans into passive consumers of electoral politics was dependent on the success of the Washington Consensus's economic policies. But the 1990s were a disaster for a majority of Latin Americans. Inequality increased at a stunning pace and millions were thrown into not just poverty but extreme destitution, leading activists across the continent to rebuild alliances between grassroots social movements and political parties and lay the groundwork for today's left resurgence. Popular protests brought down governments in Bolivia and Ecuador, and restored one in Venezuela. Poor people increasingly became involved in politics (Evo Morales is the first Bolivian president to win more than fifty percent in a first-round vote since the country returned to democratic rule in the 1980s, drawing the bulk of support from impoverished rural communities). What is more, a majority of Latin Americans continued to believe that democracy should entail some form of equity and wealth redistribution. The conflict between these visions of democracy were brought into sharp relief in last summer's presidential election, which pitted Calderon against Manuel Lopez Obrador, a center-leftist with a strong grassroots base of support. Lopez Obrador built his campaign around old-style rallies and marches. In fact, it took a massive social movement just to get him into the game, with hundreds of thousands filling Mexico City's Zocolo to protest Vicente Fox's bogus attempt to use a legal technicality to block his candidacy. He even refused to visit the US to glad-hand bankers and think-tank pundits who watched his early large lead with alarm. Calderon, in contrast, might as well as have set up his headquarters in Washington for all the personal contact he had with actual Mexicans. With an enormous corporate-funded war chest, he relied heavily on TV commercials to sell himself. In an effort to whittle away at what seemed like an insurmountable Lopez Obrador lead, he turned to US political consultants, who micro-polled, product-tested, perception-managed, and focused-grouped to roll out the most relentlessly negative political campaign in Mexican history. It worked, at least enough to equalize the playing field just enough for Calderon to squeak in with a victory that millions and millions of Mexicans believe to be illegitimate. So what better way to inaugurate the fruit of such a consumer-driven campaign than to abandon the pomp-and-circumstance that usually mark of Mexico's transfers of presidential power and hold a closed-door, midnight rite later broadcast on the country's corporate-controlled airwaves? But maybe Macbeth's conspiring witches are not the best image to invoke to capture the significance of Calderon's nighttime ritual. Facing hundreds of thousands swearing allegiance to Lopez Obrador, Oaxaca on the brink, and politicians brawling on the floor of Congress, Calderon just announced that he was naming Francisco Javier Ramrez Acua as his Interior Minister, in charge of domestic security. While governor of the state of Jalisco, Ramrez was accused by Amnesty International and others of serious human rights violations, including ordering a brutal crackdown on anti-corporate globalization protesters. A more appropriate way to mark Calderon's inauguration is perhaps Henry V's Dauphin, as he prepares for battle: "Tis midnight; I'll go arm myself." Greg Grandin teaches Latin American history at NYU and is the author of the Empire's Workshop: Latin America, The United States, and The Rise of the New Imperialism, from which this essay has been excerpted. He can be reached at: gjg4 [at] nyu.edu [Calderon - an example of the gangrenous flesh that rules Mexico and the US. This is Kakocracy - rule by the worst. Or perhaps Kakacracy - rule by kaka. How bad does it have to get before we say, Enough? We have every moral reason to disrespect and disobey them in everything. -ed] ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - David Shove shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu rhymes with clove Progressive Calendar over 2225 subscribers as of 12.19.02 please send all messages in plain text no attachments To GO DIRECTLY to an item, eg --------8 of x-------- do a find on --8
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