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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2007 00:37:36 -0800 (PST)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 01.30.07 1. Sudan/peace 1.30 11:30am 2. Justice/janitors 1.30 11:30am 3. Global warming 1.30 4pm 4. CPUSA/CTV 1.30 5pm 5. Peace class/free 1.30 6pm 6. School planning 1.30 6pm 7. Cindy Sheehan 1.30 6:30pm SOLD OUT; see #13 8. CCHT/housing 1.31 7:30am 9. Conflict 1.31 8am 10. Leg agenda 1.31 12noon 11. Arab newspaper 1.31 12noon 12. Condo conversions 1.31 1pm 13. Sheehan/Maathai 1.31 6pm St Cloud MN 14. Union women 1.31 6pm 15. Democracy/play 1.31 7pm 16. Dave Bicking et al - In support of Dean Zimmermann 17. Kim Petersen - Money trumps democracy 18. Eric Margolis - Imperial presidency 19. ed - Life in the twenty-first century (poem) --------1 of 19-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Sudan/peace 1.30 11:30am Tuesday, 1/30, 11:30 am, UN Envoy for Sudan Tom Vraalsen gives free program "Sudan at the Crossroads: 2 years After Signing the Peace Agreement," with light lunch following, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Institute, 309 - 19th Ave S, Mpls. --------2 of 19-------- From: Brian Payne <brianpayneyvp [at] gmail.com> Subject: Justice/janitors 1.30 11:30am Brian Payne, brianpayneyvp [at] gmail.com, 612-859-5750 Rally! Janitors & Our Allies Tuesday, January 30th, 11:30am Hennepin County Government Center Corner of 4th Ave S and 5th Street S Downtown Minneapolis. Call 612 331-8336 for questions Cleaning Companies Feel the Heat & Agree to Return to Bargaining Table: Three days scheduled: January 31st, February 1st and 2nd Weeks ago, the cleaning companies said that they wouldn't bargain again until janitors removed our proposal for Family Health Insurance. But they've never felt the heat before! Janitors and our allies have held daily actions on building owners, surprise visits to Board meetings, and an overwhelming vote to authorize a strike! The clock is ticking: all eyes are on Feb 2nd Now the Cleaning companies see that we are serious. They have agreed to come back to the bargaining table for three days at the end of the month. It is time that they stop the unfair labor practices and settle a fair contract that includes: * Health Insurance For Our Families * More Full Time Jobs * Safe Workloads * Fair Wages * Respect We're Ready to Strike for Our Families! --------3 of 19-------- From: Cesia Kearns <cesia.kearns [at] sierraclub.org> Subject: Global warming 1.30 4pm Global Warming - Heat up the Capitol, Cool the Climate! Attend the MN Legislature's informational hearing on global warming! Come and show legislators we need action on global warming -NOW! Tuesday, January 30th, 4:00pm - 6:00pm Join us in the Capitol Rotunda after the hearing for a few words from Arctic Explorer Will Steger! MN State Capitol. Come to the Capitol's information desk on the main floor at the end of the corridor to the right of the main entrance. Sierra Club staff and volunteers will be there to direct you to the scheduled public overflow rooms, and a list of these rooms will be available with the desk staff. Remarks from Representative Margaret Anderson Kelliher, testimony from Polar Explorer Will Steger, faith leaders, and leading scientists. BACKGROUND: This year, the Minnesota legislature has an important opportunity to lead the Midwest in passing significant statewide policy to solve global warming and achieve energy independence. This includes bills with aggressive targets to reduce global warming pollution, pass a 25% by 2020 Renewable Electricity Standard, increase energy efficiency & conservation, and promote the next generation of biofuels across the state. Sierra Club and other allies with the coalition "Clean Energy Minnesota" are supporting these initiatives to ensure energy independence in Minnesota. Join us in the effort! MAP OF CAPITOL COMPLEX: http://www.admin.state.mn.us/pmd/maps/capitol_complex.pdf PARKING: http://www.admin.state.mn.us/pmd/4-2_public_parking.htm#metered_lot_parking DIRECTIONS: http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/faqtoc.asp?subject=14 For more information, or to get involved in the Sierra Club's activities on Global Warming and Energy, contact Cesia Kearns at 612-659-9124 or email cesia.kearns [at] sierraclub.org --------4 of 19-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: CPUSA/CTV 1.30 5pm Dear St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) viewers: "Our World In Depth" cablecasts at 5 pm and midnight each Tuesday and 10 am each Wednesday on SPNN Channel 15 in St. Paul. All households with basic cable can watch. Below are the scheduled shows through Jan. 31. 1/30 and 1/31 "Socialism USA". Interview of local CPUSA members Harry McAllister and Michael Wood. Hosted by Eric Angell. --------5 of 19-------- From: PRO826 [at] aol.com Subject: Peace class/free 1.30 6pm Two non-credited, free courses taught by Ray Tricomo will be available at Macalester College for the winter semester. Below is a brief description of the courses, more info is available by calling Ray directly at 651-714-0288. The Great Law of Peace - Past, Present and Future Includes the role of indigenous people in inventing a new nation on this continent. Tuesday nights starting January 30th from 6-8pm and Black Folk: Culture Defeats Holocaust The liberation of the black people and the rest of us Wednesday nights from 6-8pm --------6 of 19-------- From: Anne R. Carroll <carrfran [at] qwest.net> Subject: School planning 1.30 6pm Regional Community Strategic Plan Meetings For the past few months, Superintendent Meria Carstarphen and school district staff have been developing a new strategic plan that outlines how resources will be prioritized to accelerate student achievement in the Saint Paul Public Schools through 2009. The planning work to date has been guided by the parameters and expectations laid out by the Board and community leaders, and driven by our energetic new superintendent's sincere commitment to doing whatever is necessary ensure that every child successfully meets the highest standards. Five community meetings are being held over the next few weeks to "close the loop" for all community members, including SPPS students, families, and staff. There will be a very short presentation at each, and all evening people can roam freely among several staffed "stations" to get answers to questions and provide input on any or all of the key initiatives being proposed. Please attend one of the five meetings listed below to find out more about the draft plan, ask questions, and offer feedback. All meetings are free and open to the public. Tuesday, Jan. 30 6:00-8:30 p.m. Arlington High School, Great Hall 1495 Rice St., 55117 Thursday, Feb. 1 6:00-8:30 p.m. Humboldt Senior High, Cafeteria 30 E. Baker St., 55107 I'll be stopping by these meetings to get a sense of what people are thinking, so hope to see many of you there! As always, call or email with your issues, questions, concerns, or comments on this or any other (education-related) topic ;-). -- Anne Carroll, St. Paul Board of Education --------7 of 19-------- From: wamm <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Cindy Sheehan 1.30 6:30pm SOLD OUT Cindy Sheehan "One Person Can Make a Difference" January 30, 6:30 p.m. (Social Hour and Display Tables), 7:30 p.m. (Presentation) St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis. Cindy Sheehan gained fame in the summer of 2005, when she started a vigil outside President George W. Bush's home in Crawford, Texas, asking the President to tell her for what noble cause her son Casey disrupted the new Congress in Washington, D.C. in heroic efforts to stop the war and bring the troops home now. Tickets: $10.00. 65 tickets remain at the WAMM office! Space is limited so get your tickets now! Sponsored by: Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers (MAP). WAMM is a member. FFI and Tickets: Call WAMM 612-827-5364. --- From: braun044 <braun044 [at] tc.umn.edu> The Cindy Sheehan event on January 30 is SOLD OUT. We are sorry that everyone was not able to get tickets. We do plan to videotape the event and have it available for a special showing in about four or five weeks (watch for info from WAMM or MAP). It is not the same as seeing her in person, but many people were not able to get tickets and we did want to give them an opportunity to hear her. [But see item #13 below - Sheehan in St Cloud 1.31 -ed] --------8 of 19-------- From: Philip Schaffner <PSchaffner [at] ccht.org> Subject: CCHT/housing 1.31 7:30am Learn how Central Community Housing Trust is responding to the affordable housing shortage in the Twin Cities. Please join us for a 1-hour Building Dreams presentation. Minneapolis Sessions: Feb 6 at 4:30p; Feb 22 at 7:30a St. Paul Sessions: Jan 31 at 7:30a; Feb 28 at 4:30p We are also happy to present Building Dreams at your organization, place of worship, or business. Space is limited, please register online at: www.ccht.org/bd or call Philip Schaffner at 612-341-3148 x237 Central Community Housing Trust 1625 Park Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612) 341-3148 www.ccht.org --------9 of 19--------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Conflict 1.31 8am Wednesday, 1/31, 8 to 9:30 am, US State Dept Counterterrorism coordinator Henry Crumpton speaks on "A New Era of Conflict," Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Institute, 301 - 19th Ave S, Mpls. [Humphrey Institute offerings are all too often anti-progressive, establishment, part of the problem not the solution. The one above could be good or bad. -ed] --------10 of 19-------- From: erin [at] mnwomen.org Subject: Leg agenda 1.31 12noon The Minnesota Women's Consortium. Beginning January 31 Brown Bag lunches will be held every other Wednesday from Noon-1PM at the Minnesota State Capitol in Room 229. Join us for a great discussion, information and yummy snacks- always free of charge. RSVPs are not necessary but appreciated. For more info contact bharti [at] mnwomen.org or 651/228-0338. Wednesday, January 31, Noon-1PM in Capitol Room 229. Join the Consortium and Children's Defense Fund as they discuss their legislative agenda. --------11 of 19-------- From: Stephen Feinstein <feins001 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Arab newspaper 1.31 12noon Jan. 31 - Keren Braverman, Tel Aviv University, "Searching for Identity through Kawab Amirka (Star of America; the first Arab language newspaper published in the U.S.)", 12-1 pm, 308 Andersen Library For more information about these and other upcoming events, visit http://ihrc.umn.edu . --------12 of 19-------- From: "Gordon, Cam A." <CamGordon333 [at] msn.com> Subject: Condo conversions 1.31 1pm The Condo Conversion ordinance I am sponsoring will be coming for a public hearing on this Wednesday, January 31, at 1pm at the Public Safety & Regulatory Services committee. This meeting will take place in the Council Chambers, room 317 of City Hall, 350 S 5th St in downtown Minneapolis. I have been working closely with Minneapolis Affordable Housing Coalition on these amendments intended to better protect tenants, prevent the loss of affordable rental housing due to condo conversions and to protect condo buyers. The City Attorney's office has stated that the proposed reforms are well within the City's scope of authority, and Regulatory Services staff has said that they can do the work the ordinance will require. The ordinance requires city approval of conversions and a reserve fund study to protect buyers. It strengthens notice requirements owners must provide to tenants. It also puts in place affordable housing protection, and provides relocation benefits for tenants if the units to be converted are affordable. If you would like more information about the specific provisions or the full language of the ordinance amendments, please let me know and I would be happy to send them to you. You can also find more information here: http://www.hppinc.org/?q=condos If you support these changes, I need you there on Wednesday. Some of my colleagues are adamantly opposed to these reforms. Others are undecided. If those of us who care about affordable housing show up and make a strong case it might be especially helpful. Please attend, if you can, and advocate for affordable housing preservation in Minneapolis. Cam Gordon Council Member, Second Ward Here are some facts about the state of affordable housing in Minneapolis: - The Minnesota State Legislature has recognized that a lack of affordable housing in a city is an important concern as it relates to condominium conversions. Therefore, and pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 515B.1-106(c), it authorized a statutory or home rule charter city to pass ordinances establishing standards, applied uniformly in its jurisdiction, that impose reasonable conditions upon the conversion of buildings to condominiums as long as there exists within the city a significant shortage of suitable rental dwellings available to low and moderate income individuals or families. - According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development and based on the 2000 Census, Minneapolis has 37,847 low income (less than or equal to 50% area median adjusted by size) households that pay more than 30% of their income for rent or live in overcrowded housing or housing lacking basic facilities. Of these, 27,992 were renter households, 35% of all renter households. - According to the 2005-2009 Minneapolis Consolidated Plan, Minneapolis has a shortage of 13,499 units of housing affordable to households earning below 30% of Metro Median Income. - As of January 2007, there are approximately 10,999 households, 5,557 of which are families, on the waiting list for Minneapolis Public Housing Authority affordable housing units. - According to the CPED report "Minneapolis' Condo Conversion Trend and its Effect on Affordable Housing," at least 283 affordable units were converted between 2001 and 2005, or 23% of the total conversions in that time period. This report indicates a concentration of condo conversions in certain parts of the City, leading to an increased concentration of affordable housing in other neighborhoods. - The Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness in Minneapolis and Hennepin County, passed by the Minneapolis City Council on 12/1/06, identifies "shortage of affordable housing" as one of nine "root causes of homelessness." The report calls for the City to "ensure the preservation of current affordable and supportive housing." - The Community Planning and Economic Development Department Housing Policy & Development Division lists as one of its goals "Preservation of currently affordable housing is a top priority for insuring continuing housing affordability in the city." - In the City's latest round of Affordable Housing Trust Fund applications, the average total development cost of a new affordable rental unit was $195,572. --------13 of 19-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Sheehan/Maathai 1.31 6pm St Cloud MN Wednesday, 1/31, 6 pm, Cindy Sheehan speaks on "One Person Can Make a Difference," followed at 7:30 pm by Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai speaking on "Sustainable Development, Democracy and Peace," Ritsche Auditorium, Stewart Hall, St Cloud Univ, 720 - 4th Ave S, St Cloud. (These 2 programs are preceded by Dr Tamrat Tadame speaking on the use of radialized language by US military at 1 pm, and the video "Iraq for Sale" at 4 pm.) nova [at] stcloudstate.edu or www.stcloudstate.edu -- From: Aaron Klemz <aaronklemz [at] yahoo.com> Wednesday, January 31, 2007, at 7:30 PM in Ritsche Auditorium, SCSU students, faculty, staff, and members of the St. Cloud community will have the extraordinary opportunity to hear an address by Dr. Wangari Maathai, founder of the Greenbelt Movement and winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. Please do plan to attend and please urge your students to take advantage of this opportunity to hear from an internationally renowned, respected, and honored scientist, educator, conservationist, and human rights advocate. Dr. Maathai holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Saint Scholastica, a Masters degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Biology, and a PhD in Veterinary Anatomy from the University of Nairobi. Wangari Maathai is the founder of the Green Belt Movement, an environmentalist, a civil society and women's rights activist, and a parliamentarian. You can read about her life and her organization through her two books, Unbowed: A Memoir and The Green Belt Movement. In 2004, Dr. Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Maathai's address (free and open to the public) is titled "Sustainable Development, Democracy and Peace: A Critical Link" and will take place January 31, 2007 7:30 PM Ritsche Auditorium, Stewart Hall St. Cloud State University This event is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Co-Sponsors: NOVA, the Women's Center, the Organization for the Prevention of AIDS in Africa, the Residence Hall Association, the African Studies Association, the Center for International Studies, and Multicultural Student Services You and your students can read more about Dr. Maathai's life and work and about the Greenbelt movement at the Greenbelt Movement website: http://www.greenbeltmovement.org/ Recently, Dr. Maathai was a guest on National Public Radio's "Speaking of Faith" with Krista Tippett. To hear that interview and read more about Dr. Maathai, visit http://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/programs/plantingthefuture/index.shtm To read an article by Dr. Maathai entitled "Trees for Democracy" view this link: http://www.greenbeltmovement.org/a.php?id=29 More resources are available at both the Greenbelt Movement website and the Speaking of Faith website. --------14 of 19-------- From: Bonnie Watkins <bonnie [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: Union women 1.31 6pm Women's Consortium Honors Unionists Union activists Brie Halvorson of St. Paul Trades & Labor Assembly and Linda Slattengren of the Minnesota Nurses Association are among the "Women in the Workplace" honorees at the 27th annual Celebration event of the Minnesota Women's Consortium. The event is set for Wednesday, January 31, 6PM to 9PM at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The Mila Vocal Ensemble and Women's Drum Circle will perform, along with supper buffet and networking. Cathy Wurzer of MPR will emcee. To hear a Mila piece and more, visit the Consortium's new blog, EqualityQuilt.com. Cost for the event is $40 in advance, $45 at the door, or pay your age. Reserve your place by calling 651/228-0338 or visit www.mnwomen.org and click on "make a gift today," noting "reservation" in the comment box. -- Bonnie Watkins Executive Director Minnesota Women's Consortium 651/228-0338 www.mnwomen.org <http://www.mnwomen.org> --------15 of 19-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Democracy/play 1.31 7pm Discuss Democracy with Director Jon Cranney Wednesday, January 31, 7 p.m. St. Anthony Park Branch Library, 2245 Como Ave., Saint Paul This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 651-222-3242 or friends [at] thefriends.org Join The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and Park Square Theatre for an investigation into the heart of Democracy - the play, that is. Democracy captures the glory years of Willy Brandt's rise to power as Chancellor in 1969 West Germany. Michael Frayn, the author of Copenhagen and Noises Off, delivers another gripping study into the mysteries of the divided human heart. Jon Cranney is an acclaimed local director and actor; he will discuss the play and his work on Wednesday, January 31 at 7 p.m., at the St. Anthony Park Branch Library, 2245 Como Ave., Saint Paul. This program is free and open to the public. For more information on the program or a ½ price ticket deal, please call The Friends at 651/222-3242 or go online at www.thefriends.org. This program is made possible through support from the City of Saint Paul's Cultural STAR program. For additional information on Park Square Theatre's production of Democracy or to get tickets, visit www.parksquaretheatre.org or call 651/291-7005. --------16 of 19-------- Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2007 01:30:20 -0600 From: Dave Bicking <dave [at] colorstudy.com> Subject: In support of Dean Zimmermann Dear friends, I believe that most of you know that my friend Dean Zimmermann, former Green Party City Council member in Minneapolis, was convicted this summer of bribery. He didn't do it - it was a sting operation by the FBI. (More about that below.) Dean was sentenced in December, and reported to prison on Monday, January 29 to start his 30 month sentence. I've been helping to support Dean personally and politically, and working to publicize and explain the nature of this injustice. Some of us have written up a statement in support of Dean, and we are hoping a large number of people will sign on to express their agreement. The statement is at the end of this email. I hope you will read it and consider signing it. Briefly, the intent of the statement is to indicate our support of Dean personally and politically, to state our conviction that he is innocent of the legal charges, to condemn the FBI persecution, to state that we therefore consider Dean to be a political prisoner, and to put his case in the context of the historic and current repression of dissent. We intend to put this final statement, with its signatures, on various listserves and on Indymedia. We will release it to selected members of the press, particularly independent media. We may also send it to national groups that support political prisoners. We wrote this statement to be released on the day that Dean reported to prison. We collected a large number of signatures in time for the first release. However, we would still appreciate your signature, the sooner the better, if you agree with the content of the statement and would like to publicly support Dean in this way. We will continue to collect signatures indefinitely. As this statement is sent to various places, we will include any new signatures. If you wish to sign, please email me: Dave Bicking, at: dave [at] colorstudy.com For your signature to be included, I MUST receive your authorization in writing (by email) - and please include your full name as you wish it to appear. Don't assume I'll spell your name correctly otherwise. If you have questions or comments, feel free to call me at 612-276-1213. In addition to signatures, we will include the standard "affiliation for identification purposes only". So if you want to be "John Doe, Assistant Professor of Polyethics at Woebegon University" for instance, or "Jane Doe, National Association to Stamp out Stamps", just let me know. This is optional, of course - no need for any identifier. I hope you will seriously consider adding your name - I think standing up for activists against the ever-growing climate of repression and surveillance is an important thing to do. I hope we can have a long list of names to give real weight to our convictions. I realize that some of you may not feel well enough informed about the case to feel comfortable signing this. We are convinced that Dean is innocent of the actual criminal charges, and that this case was politically motivated. The FBI has been keeping track of Dean's activities for over 40 years. Dean never exchanged money for political influence - he never did any special favor for the developer who turned out to be an FBI informant - in fact, he voted against his project. And the money wasn't for him - it was a contribution to the legal fund set up to fight the unfair redistricting that moved Dean's ward out from under him. That fund now has the money - passed on by Dean as soon as the fund re-opened their temporarily defunct bank account. But innocence isn't always a sufficient defense when you are up against the FBI. Some of the supporting information is included in the statement itself. Thanks for your consideration, Dave Bicking ***In Support of Dean Zimmermann*** We, the undersigned, protest the investigation, conviction, and imprisonment of Dean Zimmermann. As he begins his 30 month sentence in federal prison, we stand in support of an honest man who has dedicated his life to helping others, both personally and politically. We are convinced that Dean is innocent of the crime of bribery - a crime that requires intent. Dean has shown no signs of personal ambition; it is unthinkable that he would participate in corruption for personal gain. Indeed, his imprisonment is the result, not of corruption, but of his activism and his integrity. The FBI set-up is the culmination of over 40 years of FBI surveillance of Dean's political activities. This was a set-up, in the most literal sense: The cash, the witness and his script, the cameras, and the locations were all provided by the FBI. Unlike someone truly soliciting a bribe, Dean never asked for nor expected the contributions in cash, nor did he ask that they be given to him directly. The FBI never showed that Dean did anything for Gary Carlson that he would not do for anyone else. The prosecution could not find one other business person nor developer who would testify that Dean had asked for money in exchange for a favorable vote for their business or project. This is not the first time that the FBI has taken an interest in Dean. Dean Zimmermann has had a long history of political activism. He opposed atmospheric nuclear weapons tests in the 50s. He participated in the Civil Rights movement in the 60s, working on voter registration drives in Mississippi. He was an early opponent of the Vietnam War. He helped create the natural food coops in Minneapolis. As an elected member of the Minneapolis Park Board he promoted sustainable ecological practices. In his four years on the City Council, he worked on homelessness issues, for immigrant rights, for greater accountability to end police brutality, and continued his work for a better environment. As he puts it, his focus on the Council was "to make life easier for poor people, and to leave behind a planet that is fit for our great grandchildren to live on." The FBI also has a long history, and it is a history of dirty deeds in opposition to all the causes that Dean has promoted. An FBI agent even remarked what a low FBI number Dean had, indicating that his file goes way back. The infamous COINTELPRO program was created to, in the FBI's own words, "expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize" dissident movements. In addition to keeping extensive files on activists including Dean, the FBI encouraged the selective prosecution of movement leaders, and worked covertly to incite violence and to split groups apart and pit one group against another. After Congressional investigations in the mid-70s, COINTELPRO was formally disbanded, but many of the activities continued, and the files were kept. Recently, new tools such as the PATRIOT Act give the federal government even more power. Surely the FBI, overseen by torture defender Alberto Gonzales, is as determined as ever to repress dissent. The persecution of Dean Zimmermann can be seen as nothing less than a warning to any elected official who would dare repudiate the Bush administration's repressive agenda. Even as Republican leaders have engaged in demonstrated acts of corruption and violation of the public trust, the US Justice Department under Gonzales has gone after more non-Republican elected officials than any other in modern American history. We will probably never fully know the motivations and circumstances that led the FBI to set up a sting operation to try to entrap Dean. But if we think that Dean's case has anything to do with a sincere concern about ethics or municipal corruption, we have fallen into the trap set for us by the FBI. Ideally, investigation and prosecution should be a search for the truth. By their record of deception and distortion, the FBI has shown its true intent. A centerpiece of the FBI's case is the famous "money, money, money" quote. To obtain a search warrant, the FBI deliberately deceived the judge by depicting this as Dean's response to Gary Carlson at a "meeting in a restaurant". They did not reveal that this was a perfectly innocent quote, given the context that this "meeting" was one of Dean's many conversations during a large public fundraiser for his campaign. When they raided Dean's house, the FBI confiscated not just evidence, but nearly all of his campaign materials. His re-election campaign was crippled by this loss of mailing lists, phone numbers, address labels, etc., perhaps revealing their true intent. Any credible news source would readily expose these injustices, but the corporate media has been complicit in deception that influences the public's view of this case. Even after the trial was over and the true facts were known, the Star Tribune printed the transcript of the conversation with the "money, money, money" quote without revealing that it occurred during a fundraiser. Dean's unjust conviction and imprisonment will not negate the legacy of his decades of service. Like many true freedom fighters, Dean is paying a high price for his activism. Our hearts go out to him and his family. This hurts not only Dean, but all of us. It hurts the causes Dean works for, and it unfairly tarnishes the reputations of the groups he works with. The timing of the FBI investigation and raid also tampered with the democratic process. We miss Dean's leadership on the Minneapolis City Council. We stand in support of all political prisoners including Leonard Peltier, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and the Cuban Five. Dean Zimmermann is a political prisoner and we appeal to other groups, national and international, to recognize him as such. Dean has not asked for personal support; he asks only that we "continue the struggle". We will do that, while keeping in mind that part of that struggle is to defend our allies from persecution, and to support the right of activists to work without fear of retribution. Dean says it best: "Speaking on behalf of the poor and oppressed and generations to come is not always popular, but it is necessary. It is my life's work. It is my work as a public official and it's work I intend to continue." Thank you, our friend, for your inspiration and for your life's work. We look forward to your continuation of that work, both in prison, and when you are able to rejoin us afterward. Signed by: (affiliations for identification purposes only) J. Edward (Ed) Anderson, Fridley, MN Eric J. Angell Margaret Beegle Daniel Berning, CUAPB Dave Bicking, 2005 Green Party candidate for Mpls City Council Louise Bouta Jamie Buss Sylvia Carlson Alan Carlson, St. Paul Michael J. Cavlan RN, Candidate United States Senate 2008 David Cobb, 2004 Green Party Presidential candidate Cynthia Cohen, Communities United Against Police Brutality Janelle Colway, CUAPB Bill Cooley Nan Corliss, Bloomington, MN Andy Driscoll Peggy Dunham Jane Evershed Ed Felien, Editor/Publisher, Southside Pride and Pulse of the Twin Cities Erik A. Forman Ann Galloway Amber Garlan, St. Paul Green Party Eric Gilbertson, Treasurer 5CD Green Party of MN Rhoda R. Gilman Richard G. Gravrok, St. Louis Park Fred J. Grieco Michelle Gross, Vice President, Communities United Against Police Brutality Brenda Joy Grove Farheen Hakeem Robert W. Halfhill Wade Hannon, Associate Professor, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND Jenny Heiser, wife to Dean Zimmermann; Owner, At Your Service Laurie Hilty Paul Hoffinger, Eagan, MN Carrie Anne Johnson Jane Kirby, St. Paul Digger Kohler Robert E. Kurkowski Barbara La Valleur Andrea Loubert Steve Loubert Joan Malerich, St. Paul Lynette Wells Malles, Manager, Dean for President Campaign Polly Mann Jana L. Metge, Phillips resident 2+ decades! Joseph Morse, Bluff Land Environment Watch, Down River Alliance, Winona County Green Party Dave Nelson, Minneapolis Judi Nelson Janet Nye Eric Oines, Minneapolis William Oldfather, St. Croix Valley Peacemakers Carol Olyphant Thistle Parker-Hartog Sage Passi Jerry Path, San Francisco Gordon Pedersen, St. Paul Diane J. Peterson, White Bear Lake, MN Katrina Plotz, Anti-War Committee Robert Pollock Barbara Pratt Danene Provencher Mark Rathe Karen L. Redleaf Savannah Reich Jamie Reich Joan S. Scully David Shove Esther Snype, Secretary, Communities United Against Police Brutality Sarah Standefer Jess Sundin, Anti-War Committee Virginia Sutton Audrey Thayer, Bemidji, MN Dori Ullman, Campaign Manager, Cavlan for US Senate 2008 Joyce Vincent, St. Anthony West Neighborhood Resident Maren Elizabeth Ward Mike Whalen, St. Paul Green Party Diane Wiley Steff Yorek, Member, AFSCME Local 3800 Joel Zimmerman, Brother of Dean Zimmermann, Omaha, Nebraska Klaus Zimmermann Mayo [See letter above if you wish to add your name. -ed] --------17 of 19-------- Money Trumps Democracy by Kim Petersen www.dissidentvoice.org January 29, 2007 The New York Times states "public financing system for presidential campaigns . . . the best way to rid politics of the corrupting influence of money, may have quietly died over the weekend."  The NYT's examination of the public financing of politics is, in fact, an inquiry into the nature of so-called democracy. Eschewing the constraints of public funding, Senator Hillary Clinton of New York has opted for private funding for her presidential bid. The NYT calls this a declaration of Clinton's confidence that she can attract much more than the approximately $150 million that would be provided through public financing. Importantly, the NYT notes, "Mrs. Clinton makes it difficult for other serious candidates to participate in the system without putting themselves at a significant disadvantage." [One more reason not to vote for Hellary. How many of us will anyway, just because of that obscene corrupting immoral obsequious "lesser-evil" excuse? -ed] Clinton is not the first to go after private funding and she will not be the last as long as the present funding scenario exists. The NYT quotes Michael E. Toner, an official of the Federal Election Commission, who outlined a requirement for a "serious candidate" in 2007: "We are looking at a $100 million entry fee." This raises some questions. Is it the amount of money that determines the quality of leadership? Did the fact that George W. Bush raised the greatest amount of campaign cash translate into him being the best leader? Public financing was supposedly introduced as a means to clean up money politics and remove the burden of obligation to campaign financers. The old canard runs that curbing one candidate's campaign spending impinges upon his or her right to spend their money. This right to spend money on political campaigns is protected by the First Amendment. In other words, the individual's rights to financially promote herself over other candidates trumps the public's right to an equality of access to all candidates and candidate platforms. No one will dispute that money helps to promote a candidate and her ideas. A candidate devoid of cash will be hindered in making known his candidacy and his ideas. What the First Amendment is actually protecting is the right to buy elections. Hence, in this respect, the First Amendment is anti-democratic, as is the decision by Hillary Clinton to try and gain a monetary advantage over her competitors - an advantage many of Clinton's would-be competitors would likeliest try to gain against her. This makes Clinton an anti-democratic Democrat and her competitors anti-democratic. After all, what kind of democracy is it when it is inordinately determined by money, when money can trump ideas? Is this system really worthy of being called democracy? Kim Petersen, Co-Editor of Dissident Voice, lives in southern Korea. He can be reached at: kim [at] dissidentvoice.org. ENDNOTE  David K. Kirpatrick, "Death Knell May Be Near for Public Election Funds," New York Times, 23 January 2007. --------18 of 19-------- Imperial Presidency by Eric Margolis Published on Sunday, January 28, 2007 by the Toronto Sun Presidential State of the Union addresses often strike me as embarrassing spectacles of imperial pomp and crass jingoism unworthy of the great American republic. They often recall Chairman Leonid Brezhnev's turgid orations to the Soviet Politburo. Watching senators and congressmen jump to their feet at every presidential cliche and applaud like clapping seals cheapens what should be a dignified event. President George W. Bush's address this week was far more sombre and subdued than his previous "bring 'em on" gasconades. He looked relaxed and confident in spite of the air of "fin de regime" hanging over Washington. However, a new poll shows most Americans now believe Congress, not the president, should manage foreign policy. This is a remarkable sea change. Following Bush's address, the Senate's foreign relations committee politely rebuked Bush's plans to send more troops to Iraq. A similar non-binding resolution from the full Democratic-controlled Congress is expected next week. But the real power behind Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney, immediately sneered back, "it won't stop us." His contemptuous retort illustrates the neo-totalitarian impulses that continue to grip the Republican party's far right. Cheney and a cabal of pro-war neoconservatives are the prime exponents of imperial presidency. They dismiss Congress and the courts as "little jabber houses," to paraphrase British imperialist, Sir Basil Zaharoff. The stage is now set for what could become a major constitutional crisis between executive and legislative branches. Under the U.S. Constitution, the president, like Rome's consuls, is military leader and holds primacy in foreign policy. Congress declares war, controls purse strings, levies troops, and confirms treaties. The constitution is vague about congressional power in foreign affairs. But, at minimum, Congress speaks for all Americans, particularly in wartime, and must not be ignored. Bush's last term marks the zenith of the long growth of the imperial presidency and decline of congressional authority. The 9-11 attacks and a docile Republican majority dominated by southern rustics and holy rollers turned Congress into a rubber stamp for Bush's policies. Most of the members of Congress have demonstrated political cowardice, moral failure and gross dereliction of their duty to defend the constitution, the nation's laws, and citizen's rights. Hillary Clinton and fellow Democrats who now piously denounce the Iraq war eagerly voted for it in 2003 out of sheer ignorance or fear of being branded "anti-patriotic" by Republicans. In 2008, American voters will hopefully censure those legislators who voted for this faked, totally unnecessary war, and approved the administration's growing use of torture, kidnapping, and secret prisons. Never, in my memory, has Congress brought so much shame on itself, nor sunk so low. Congress is now belatedly trying to assert itself. But its so-far timid pleadings are wrong. The constitution declares Congress the premier arm of government. It is Congress's duty to demand President Bush and VP Cheney, who have gone dangerously astray, to cease and desist. Cheney's views notwithstanding, America is not an autocracy, and he is not Richelieu. White House defenders claim Congress had no constitutional right to interfere in the detailed conduct of war. Not so. The essence of America's political system that has been a beacon to the world for two centuries is the remarkable system of checks and balances conceived by its founding fathers to prevent the emergence of an autocrat, despot, or monarch. It is precisely Congress's duty to stop a president and vice-president who have lost touch with reality, violated the constitution, and are taking America over a cliff. Congress must cease its timidity and stop entreating the president as if he were king. He is only chief executive of the republic, one man among many. Congress is the board of directors. The president, in spite of his supporter's efforts, is not the sacrosanct embodiment of America; that role belongs to Congress. At a time when America is reeling in defeat, and plunged in deepening confusion, Congress must roar, not whimper. 2007 Toronto Sun --------19 of 19-------- Life in the Twenty-First Century advertisement ad vertisment life advertis ment advertisment ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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
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