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P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 02.05.07 1. Anti-war league 2.06 4:30pm 2. Tom T sells out 2.06 5pm 3. Salon/open talk 2.06 6:30pm 4. Nutrigenomics 2.07 11:3Oam 5. Haiti/bridge 2.07 4:30pm 6. Women/politics 2.07 5pm 7. Uncivil discourse 2.07 5:30pm 8. Public health 2.07 5:30pm 9. Sudan DPs 2.07 6pm 10. TACSR/stadium 2.07 7pm 11. Microfinance 2.07 7pm 12. Rights/security 2.08 12noon 13. Activist theater 2.08 4pm 14. Black identity/f 2.08 6:30pm 15. Somali writer 2.08 7pm 16. Mil recruit/bias 2.08 7pm 17. Palestine/film 2.08 8pm 18. Ralph Nader on Why he might run in 2008 --------1 of 18-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Anti-war league 2.06 4:30pm Tuesday, 2/6, 4:30 pm, intro meeting of Anti-War Organizing League, 302 Coffman Union, U of M East Bank, Mpls. umnawol [at] gmail.com --------2 of 18--------- From: tom [at] organicconsumers.org Subject: Tom T sells out 2.06 5pm or at least I am trying to. On that first frigid Friday of February folks filled the California Street Gallery and walked home with much art but I have so much stuff that the walls are now again full and waiting for you to come visit me and keep it all of it out of the landfill. There are over 200 drawings, prints, posters, zines, various objects d'arte and the vast majority of it all priced between 5 and 100 bucks. Aldo Moroni has on display and for sale sculptures and drawings too so I know theres gotta be something here that would suit your discriminating taste and not so fat wallet. I am sitting the California Street Building Gallery (conveniently located in lovely lower northeast Minneapolis at 2205 California ST - 22nd AVE and California ST NE)Tuesday from 5 to 8 and Wed - Fri from noon to 8:PM. On Saturday the 10th there will be a closing party starting at 7:PM where we will try and recreate the happy hoo-haa that happened on Friday. So come on down and see what I am selling and why I am dreaming so passionately about South Dakota. I hope you will brave the freekin' freeze and come see me and please feel free to share this with any and all, tt 612-788-4252 The skinny: Affordable art for sell at the CA Street Gallery - 2205 California ST (22nd and California) in NE MPLS. Duration - This show will hang from Tuesday, February 6th till Saturday, February 10th. The gallery hours are noon to 8:PM. On Tuesday I will be there from 5 to 8:PM The Occasion - Loving homes are needed to keep art from the garbage burner and I want to go west. --------3 of 18-------- From: patty <pattypax [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Salon/open talk 2.06 6:30pm Hope the cold won't keep you away from coming and thawing out w/some hot tea or coffee and having some open discussion about whatever you want. Tuesday, Feb 6. Next Tuesday, the 13th , we will be having some poetry w/the theme of Valentine's Day. Pax Salons ( http://justcomm.org/pax-salon ) are held (unless otherwise noted in advance): Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Mad Hatter's Tea House, 943 W 7th, St Paul, MN Salons are free but donations encouraged for program and treats. Call 651-227-3228 or 651-227-2511 for information. --------4 of 18-------- From: lawvalue <lawvalue [at] umn.edu> Subject: Nutrigenomics 2.07 11:3Oam 2006-07 Lecture Series on Law, Health, & the Life Sciences Prof. David Castle, PhD (University of Ottawa) Genomic Nutritional Profiling: The Ethics of Nutrigenomics Wednesday, February 7, 2007 11:30am-1:00pm St. Paul Student Center Theater Hippocrates advised us to let food be our medicine, but he could not have anticipated the quagmire of ethical and legal issues that would arise with the advent of nutritional genomics. Nutrigenomics straddles a food-medicine distinction and is encumbered with many questions about the strength and uncertainties associated with the science. Prof. Castle will discuss how the public should respond to offers of direct-to-consumer nutrigenomic tests and how regulators can identify and mitigate risks arising from this new science. Dean Allen Levine, PhD (College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Sciences) and Kristin Oehlke (Coordinator of the State of Minnesota's Chronic Disease Genomics Project) will offer commentary after Prof. Castle's talk. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required if you wish to receive continuing education credits (CLE, CME, or CNE)--RSVP to lawvalue [at] umn.edu or 612-625-0055. St. Paul Student Center parking is available in the Gortner Ramp. Maps may be found at http://onestop.umn.edu/Maps/index.html. About Prof. Castle: David Castle is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ottawa. His research focuses on the philosophy of the life sciences, with emphasis on evolutionary biology and ecology, environmental philosophy, and the ethical implications posed by biotechnology. He is the Principal Investigator of the "Canadian Program on Genomics and Global Health" funded by Genome Canada and "Legal Models of Biotechnology Intellectual Property Protection: A Transdisciplinary Approach," supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Commentators: Allen Levine, PhD is Dean of the University's new College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Sciences. Until being appointed dean, he was Professor and Head of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. He holds joint appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Medicine. Prior to joining the University, he was the Associate Director of Research and a Senior Career Scientist at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. He is also Director of the Minnesota Obesity Center, a National Institutes of Health-funded collaborative research group. His research focuses on neural regulation of food intake and he has received two major awards for his efforts: the Mead Johnson Award from the American Institute of Nutrition and the Grace A. Goldsmith Award from the American College of Nutrition. Dean Levine has served on the advisory groups of various food and pharmaceutical corporations including the Dannon Institute, Best Foods, and the International Life Sciences Institute. He received his PhD in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota. Kristin Peterson Oehlke is Coordinator of the State of Minnesota's Chronic Disease Genomics Project. She has worked in genetics in a variety of positions across the U.S., from Washington to Georgia. Ms. Oehlke received her MS in Genetic Counseling from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Continuing Education Information: This lecture is intended for students, faculty, researchers, scientists, policymakers, and interested community members. Following this lecture, participants should be able to: * Identify ethical issues arising from nutritional genomic profiling affecting the public and the medical community. * Discuss the risks and benefits of using genetic testing to develop a personalized profile from which to base health-related decisions. Applications for CME and CNE credits have been filed with the University of Minnesota Office of Continuing Medical Education. Determination of credit is pending. Continuing legal education credit (CLE) for attorneys has been requested (1.5 hours). This event has been designated by the University of Minnesota's Office of the Vice President for Research to satisfy the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education requirement. This is the second lecture in the 2006-07 Lecture Series on Law, Health & the Life Sciences. This year's Lecture Series focuses on nutrigenomics, nutraceuticals, and direct-to-consumer marketing of genomic nutritional profiling. For more information on upcoming events, visit http://www.lifesci.consortium.umn.edu/conferences/. --------5 of 18-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Haiti/bridge 2.07 4:30pm Wednesday, 2/7, 4:30 to 5:30 pm, demonstration in solidarity with Haiti (end US/UN occupation, free political prisoners, stop the killings), Lake/Marshall bridge across the Mississippi River, Twin Cities. biego001 [at] umn.edu --------6 of 18-------- From: erin [at] mnwomen.org Subject: Women/politics 2.07 5pm Also February 7: Center on Women and Public Policy UofM. Women & Politics Book Group Spring 2007: Candidate: The Truth Behind the Presidential Campaign by Emily O'Reilly. 5 PM. 612/625-7176 for location. www.hhh.umn.edu/centers.wpp/. --------7 of 18-------- From: Darrell Gerber <darrellgerber [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Uncivil discourse 2.07 5:30pm Uncivil Discourse and the Rise of the Outrage Industry Wednesday, February 7 Registration - 5:30 p.m. Program - 6:30 p.m. Reception - 7:30 p.m. Join Citizens League board member, Nate Garvis, vice president for Government Affairs at Target Corporation, for an engaging discussion entitled "Uncivil Discourse and the Rise of the Outrage Industry" at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7 in the McGuire Theater at the Walker Art Center. Nate will offer his perspective on the forces shaping society today, and examine the ways outrage is becoming an industry in and of itself, intent on keeping us angry. The resulting polarization has become a powerful force with social and economic consequences. Going beyond a statement of the problem, Nate will suggest ways to weave ourselves back together so we can tackle today's complex issues with sustainable results. Presented in partnership with the Walker Art Center and sponsored by Phillips Distilling Company, this event is free. Intended as an opportunity for people to get to know the Citizens League, we ask that members who plan to attend bring a nonmember as your guest. Since space is limited and to aid planning, we ask that you register in advance. Click <http://citizensleague.org/events/past/2007/02/uncivil_discour.php> here to register online, or call (651) 293-0575, extension 16. [I'm a bit dubious on this one: Target? Phillips? Their "uncivil" may just mean "anti-establishment", masking an ideological difference under a mask of decorum. -ed] --------8 of 18-------- From: Jeanne Weigum <jw [at] ansrmn.org> Subject: Public health 2.07 5:30pm Community Forum: Policymakers and Public Health! Join Senator Ellen Anderson, Representative Alice Hausman, and County Commissioner Janice Rettman for a Conversation about Public Health Policy! Possible Topics Include: Universal Healthcare, Active Living and Fitness, Freedom to Breathe Act, and Obesity Prevention Forum Moderator will be former Commissioner of Health- Jan Malcolm February 7, 2007 5:30 to 7:00 pm Law-Graduate School, Room 106 Hamline University, Saint Paul (Just west of Pascal between Hewitt and Englewood) Light refreshments Contact Bob Hulteen at 651-379-0753 with Questions 4th District MN Nurses Assn --------9 of 18-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> fwd Subject: Sudan DPs 2.07 6pm AFRICA TODAY The amount of challenges faced by African communities is astonishing. Africa Today is committed towards inspiring displaced African communities into a meaningful level of self-sufficiency. Our goal is to connect, educate, and engage the public about regions in need of health, education, and economic development. Through our programs and activities, we believe that combining the experience and determination of the stakeholders, an anticipated and sustainable change will follow. Learn more about the Displaced People of Sudan Join us for our first monthly forum at the Minneapolis Central Library on February 7th, 2007 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Guests Speakers: - John Ukec Lueth Ukec, Sudanese Ambassador to the United States - Ladu Jada Gubek, Human Rights Activist - Oliver B. Albino, Sudan Historian - Senator Terri Bonoff, Author to MN Bill - Policy for State Investment in Sudan Special Guests: - Manute Bol, Former NBA Player Call for details and registration call Agwua Omot at 612-812-2252 --------10 of 18-------- From: Ron Holch <rrholch [at] attg.net> Subject: TACSR/stadium 2.07 7pm Taxpayers For an Anoka County Stadium Referendum WE WILL HAVE LAWN SIGNS AVAILABLE AT THE MEETING. Wednesday February 7, at 7:00 PM Centennial High School Red Building - Room 104 4704 North Road Circle Pines, MN The red building is on the east end of the high school complex, and is set back furthest from North Road. Enter on the East side of the building. The largest parking lots are near this building. Our work is not over yet and it is important for us to remain vigilant. Anoka County Officials claim they have taken back their more than generous offer to Zygi Wilf for stadium in Blaine. However the County Board has not had a vote to rescind the offer to the Vikings. The 2007 legislative session has now convened. No One has said that Anoka County Taxpayers will not pay for a Vikings Stadium no matter where it is located. Nor has anyone yet offered us a chance to vote on a tax increase. This means a Hennepin County Vikings Stadium can still increase taxes for us in Anoka County. There is now talk of a new metro-wide sales tax. We are waiting for word from the legislature of a new Stadium Bill. Now would be a good time to think about what you will write to your newly elected representatives to tell them we do not need to waste more money on stadium giveaways to Billionaires. Please continue to tell them we want a vote as required by state law for any tax increase to pay for a stadium. Write letters to your local paper too. If you have done these things once already please do it again. AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE: Website Lawn Signs for sale! What is happening in the 2007 Legislative Session? Any Questions, comments contact me at: Ron Holch rrholch [at] attg.net --------11 of 18-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Microfinance 2.07 7pm Wednesday, 2/7, 7 pm, Microfinance Alliance kick-off with documentary "Awakenings" and insights from Susan Cornell Wilkes and Jim Klobuchar, co-authors of "Miracles of Barefoot Capitalism," Coffman Union Theater, 300 Washington Ave SE, Mpls. www.microfinancealliance.com [Another one I am unsure of. -ed] --------12 of 18-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Rights/security 2.08 12noon Thursday, 2/8, noon to 1, Human Rights First international legal director Gabor Rona speaks on "Human Rights and National Security," Fredrikson & Byron, US Bank Plaza, 200 S 6th St, suite 4000, Mpls. RSVP by noon on 2/6 to jkashaeva [at] mnadvocates.org or 612-341-3302, ext 127. --------13 of 18-------- From: Kelly O'Brien <obrie136 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Activist theater 2.08 4pm Performing Polarities: Activist Theater in Israel-Palestine Chen Alon, Tel Aviv University Thursday, February 8, 4:00 p.m. Institute for Advanced Study, 125 Nolte Center, University of Minnesota east bank campus Free and open to the public FFI: 612-626-5054, www.ias.umn.edu <http://www.ias.umn.edu/> Israeli Theater Artist Chen Alon to Speak at U of M will address theater as a tool of political healing. Israeli theater artist Chen Alon will describe his use of theater as a tool of political and cultural healing during a talk on February 8 at the University of Minnesota Institute for Advanced Study. Chen Alon teaches and directs in the community performance program at Tel-Aviv University. Alon also works as professional actor, director, and political activist. After graduating with a BA in theater and comparative literature and MA in theater studies, he turned to activist-therapeutic theater following Augusto Boal's work in Theatre of the Oppressed. As part of his research examining group processes within community theater-making, Alon has been conducting a long-term project within a state prison connecting theater students with prisoners. Alon also works with an Israeli/Palestinian group of artists-the only joint Palestinian-Israeli project in the region-developing interactive theater for the Peretz Center for Peace. Their production, "Viewpoints," has toured to thousands of students in Israeli and Palestinian high schools. Alon co-founded two political groups, Courage to Refuse and Combatants for Peace, both groups of reservist soldiers committed to a just and peaceful solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. --------14 of 18-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Black identity/film 2.08 6:30pm NOTE: Marlon Riggs was an extraordiunary documentary filmmaker who explored with equal eloquence his identities as an African-American and Gay man. He also used film in intersting ways - including 'created scenes' to communicate with humor or horror or the survivor's spirit,his double'identitites, in films like "Tongues Untied"( a FIRST, exploring being a Black, Gay man). He also made an amazing film at the end of his life about dying from AIDS (but, I can't recall the title). Dont miss this chance to see his exploaration of Black images - steroptypes by both the dominant culture & by African-Americans themselves. Much food for thought! Lydia Howell,Mineapolis "Black Is...Black Ain't" - Film & Discussion. Join us as we screen the thought-provoking documentary about Black identity by filmmaker Marlon Riggs. "White Americans have always stereotyped African Americans, but the rigid definitions of 'Blackness' that African Americans impose on each other, Riggs claims, have also been devastating. Is there an essential Black identity? Is there a litmus test defining the real Black man and true Black woman?" Post-film discussion facilitated by Keith Mayes, Assistant Professor, Dept. of African American and African Studies, University of Minnesota. Refreshments served. Thursday, February 8, 6:30 p.m., Walter Library 402 (Minneapolis Campus, East Bank). FREE, but space is limited. RSVP or Questions: women [at] umn.edu or at 612-625-9837. --------15 of 18-------- From: Mary Matze <matze [at] graywolfpress.org> Subject: Somali writer 2.08 7pm On Thursday, February 8th at 7:00 PM, Nuruddin Farah, internationally acclaimed novelist will read at The Loft Literary Center (1011 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN / 612-215-2575). Free and open to the public. The College of St. Benedict will host the author February 5th-8th at the Literary Arts Center. Winner of the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature, Nuruddin Farah is often praised as Africa's greatest contemporary novelist. The trilogy Variations on the Theme on an African Dictatorship , in particular, has earned him enormous critical acclaim and is considered "the centerpiece of Farah's achievement" by The Guardian. First published in the US by Graywolf in 1992, each volume - Sweet and Sour Milk, Sardines, and Close Sesame - continues to be highly relevant to this day. "Nuruddin Farah is one of the real interpreters of experience on our troubled continent." -Nadine Gordimer Farah often states that his intention is to "keep his country alive by writing about it." And his remarkable novels, at the cost of exile from Somalia for over twenty-five years, strip bare the political and social horror of a country wrought by civil war. Loosely linked through reoccurring characters, each novel brings forth the inescapable reality of those who live in an atmosphere where the distinction between public and private justice is always obscured. "A chilling exploration of corruption and terror - Farah has given us a powerful political statement that moves constantly toward song." - The New York Times Book Review "Farah is in control of his enormous talents as a novelist, writing in the best tradition of Solzhenitsyn and Gabriel García Márquez." -World Literature Today Nuruddin Farah is the winner of the 1998 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. He is the author of eight novels, including most recently Maps. Farah, who was exiled from his native Somalia twenty-five years ago, lives in Cape Town, South Africa, with his family. Review copies, author photos, and interviews available upon request. News from GRAYWOLF PRESS Contact: Mary Matze, 651-641-0077 / matze [at] graywolfpress.org Graywolf Press - 2402 University Avenue, Suite 203, St. Paul, MN 55114 www.graywolfpress.org --------16 of 18-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> Subject: Mil recruiter bias 2.08 7pm Press release for Feb. 8th event from NW Neighbors for Peace The Northwest Neighbors for Peace appreciates your assistance in publicizing the following event: "What Military Recruiters Don't Tell You" will be presented by two members of Veterans for Peace on Thursday February 8, 7 PM., at the Parish Community of St. Joseph. Chante Wolf, twelve year member of the U.S.Air Force and a Gulf War veteran, and Patrick Wright, honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 2005 as a conscientious objector, will share their experiences with all who attend this free public forum. St. Joseph's is located at 8701-36th Avenue North, New Hope, at the SW corner of Boone and 36th. Federal law requires that military recruiters have access to our schools; Veterans for Peace and others do not have that same opportunity. Northwest Neighbors for Peace is sponsoring this program as a service to those who desire balance. For further information please contact Lois Swenson, 612-588-5572 or swenson2206 [at] yahoo.com. --------17 of 18-------- From: hrfellow [at] umn.edu Subject: Palestine/film 2.08 8pm The University of Minnesota Human Rights Center is proud to announce the third screening and panel discussion in the 2006-2007 Human Rights Film Series Film: On the Objection Front February 8, 2007 8-10pm Room 25, University of Minnesota Law School, 229 19th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55455 Free and Open to the Public On the Objection Front How does a soldier grapple with the human rights of individuals under occupation? On the Objection Front, Shiri Tsur's award-winning documentary, explores the controversy in Israel over soldiers who refuse to serve in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The film focuses on six Israeli reservist officers who felt they could no longer serve conscientiously in the Occupied Territories. These soldiers speak of the memories that haunt them, the soul-searching that led to their decision, and its impact on themselves, their families, and their society. The film introduces a complex moral dilemma, but according to the The Jerusalem Report, it is neither heavy-handed nor polemical, and acknowledges the real disagreement that exists even within the left over the principle of refusing duty in the Occupied Territories. The film will be introduced by (Res.) Major Chen Alon, one of the officers interviewed in the film, and followed by a discussion with him and another speaker (to be determined). --------18 of 18-------- Monday, February 5th, 2007 Ralph Nader on Why He Might Run In 2008, the Iraq War & the New Documentary "An Unreasonable Man" RUSH TRANSCRIPT AMY GOODMAN: In a moment, we'll take a look at a new documentary about a different kind of presidential candidate. The documentary has just been released. It's called An Unreasonable Man. It's about the longtime consumer advocate, lawyer, author and two-time presidential candidate, Ralph Nader. He is also the author of a new book about his own life titled The Seventeen Traditions. Ralph Nader joins us today from Washington, D.C. We welcome you to Democracy Now! RALPH NADER: Thank you. AMY GOODMAN: Ralph, before we talk about the movie and your book, I wanted to ask you about the latest news, the devastating numbers of deaths in Iraq - I think it's a thousand believed over the last week killed - and about today's debate on the nonbinding resolution around war. RALPH NADER: Well, the nonbinding resolution is really a very tepid tiptoe, which will serve the purpose of getting Congress off the hook in the following weeks and months, saying, well, they did what they could do. There's got to be much more aggressive moves by Congress, maybe reflected in Congressman Jim McGovern's bill, which will deal with the appropriations process and protect the soldiers, as they withdraw. If we don't withdraw on a timetable, our military and corporate occupation of Iraq, including the oil industry, the bottom will never fall out of the insurgency. In the process of withdrawing, we develop what can be called the Iraq reconciliation plan that Dal Lamagna and CODEPINK initiated with members of the Iraqi parliament, tribal leaders and victims of torture in Amman last year. The Iraqi hierarchy is still in place. I mean, the place is in chaos in terms of explosions, but the tribal leaders, the religious leaders, the political leaders still command the kind of cohesive authority in the three distinct groups that could provide for a reconciliation plan with international peacekeepers for an interim period, while we continue hiring Iraqis for reconstruction of their devastated homeland, compliments of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. AMY GOODMAN: What do you think of Russ Feingold saying he is going to vote against the non-binding resolution, because he doesn't believe that it will lead to the withdrawal of US troops in Iraq? RALPH NADER: Well, I think he's correct. And George W. Bush has in effect said it's not going to affect him at all. This is outraging Republican Senator Specter from Pennsylvania. So there are other currents on Capitol Hill that may flow from this, but this is basically an escape resolution from congressional responsibility over the White House for this war. AMY GOODMAN: Are you planning to run for president again? RALPH NADER: Too early to say. I think we need more voices and choices. I think the speech by former Senator Mike Gravel indicates there's going to be a wider debate in the primaries of the Democratic Party, along with Congressman Dennis Kucinich. There are lots of people in this country urging Bill Moyers to run in the Democratic primary. He would certainly give it more depth. And I hope more independent candidates and third-party candidates run. We've got to break this two-party elected dictatorship that's being measured by how much money it raises. AMY GOODMAN: You said on Wolf Blitzer's show yesterday that if Hillary Rodham Clinton got the Democratic nomination, you would consider running? RALPH NADER: Well, there would be more need for a broader spectrum of views by more candidates. I don't think she has the fortitude to stand up to corporate power, whether it's ripping off Washington by corporations or the bloated military budget or corporate crime, fraud, and abuse. It has a lot of roots right in her backyard, in Wall Street, Spitzer prosecution land. I don't think she has it. And she has this increasingly distasteful habit of pandering and flattering in her public appearances. And she panders to special interest groups that need to be given the straight truth, and she flatters people in her audience. And I think that is a sign that she thinks she's a frontrunner and she can play cautious. AMY GOODMAN: So if she were to win the Democratic nomination and the other candidates were to concede and drop out of the race, would you run? RALPH NADER: Well, there would be more important need to run, but I haven't decided. And I won't decide until later this year. AMY GOODMAN: What would determine it for you? RALPH NADER: Well, that factor, one, and whether we can get enough petitioners to get on the streets to overcome the likely harassing lawsuits and attrition by the Democratic Party in places like Pennsylvania and Ohio. But, basically, you can't run a campaign like this unless you get a lot of young people who are contacting you all over the country and who want a new politics in America and who want to develop the skills for future campaigns in their own right. That's really what we're looking for now. AMY GOODMAN: I want to go right now to the clip of the documentary that's just come out about Ralph Nader. And when we come back from break, we'll be joined not only by Ralph Nader, but by one of the producers of the film. It's called An Unreasonable Man. UNIDENTIFIED MAN 1: .when he's always right, when he's prefabricated in purity. This is Ralph Nader's understanding of the world. ERIC ALTERMAN: The man needs to go away. I think he needs to live in a different country. He's done enough damage to this one. Let him damage somebody else's now. UNIDENTIFIED MAN 2: In the late '60s and early '70s, Ralph would be in national polls as one of the most famous admired Americans. HENRIETTE MANTEL: People would write to him thinking that he could solve their problem. I think Ralph got more mail than the Beatles. UNIDENTIFIED MAN 3: Ralph had decided to do six or eight teams attacking different agencies. UNIDENTIFIED MAN 4: Members of the press have referred to you as Nader's Raiders. UNIDENTIFIED MAN 5: We were going to make the country what it ought to be by working and pressing the system to work. UNIDENTIFIED MAN 6: He had built a legislative record as a private citizen that would have been the envy of any modern president. JIM MUSSELMAN: Imagine if you got in a car and the airbag said "Ralph Nader," or if the seat belt said "Nader," or you look at the air and it's cleaner and it says "Nader" on it. If people would see that on a day-to-day basis, they'd understand the effect that this guy has had on their daily life. ERIC ALTERMAN: Thank you, Ralph, for the Iraq war. Thank you, Ralph, for the tax cuts. Thank you, Ralph, for the destruction of the environment. Thank you, Ralph, for the destruction of the Constitution. RALPH NADER: I do think that Al Gore cost me the election. GENE KARPINSKI: That I used to work for that guy. I was so proud of all that, and now, every time I - you know, what's that crazy guy up to? RALPH NADER: Maybe if we started talking about civic globalization instead of corporate globalization, the world would move forward. We don't have a government of, by and for the people. We have a government of the Exxons, by the General Motors, for the Duponts. PHIL DONAHUE: They killed him for saying that there's not a dime's worth of difference between the two parties. And then the Democrats spent the next four years proving that he was right. JIMMY CARTER: Ralph, go back to examining the rear end of automobiles. PAT BUCHANAN: I think our democracy is a fraud. It's a consumer fraud. JAMES RIDGEWAY: He actually believes in the legal system, and he believes in the marketplace. He believes in all these really American things, and he's trashed for it. RALPH NADER: When I was ten, my father said, "Well, Ralph, what did you learn in school today? Did you learn how to believe or did you learn how to think?" UNIDENTIFIED MAN 3: I wouldn't want this to hurt his legacy. RALPH NADER: I don't care about my personal legacy. AMY GOODMAN: Excerpt of An Unreasonable Man. When we come back from break, the director of the film, Henriette Mantel, and Ralph Nader. Stay with us. [break] AMY GOODMAN: We turn now to the co-director of An Unreasonable Man, Henriette Mantel. Ralph Nader still in studio with us in Washington, D.C. Henriette, why did you decide to do this film? HENRIETTE MANTEL: We just - Steve and myself - wanted to inform people who Ralph is and what happened. I was kind of sick of all the stories going around without people being informed, as to the way the story came down, to who Ralph was all through the '60s and '70s and who he still is. AMY GOODMAN: And talk about how you researched this film, and talk about the different views that you bring out - for example, Eric Alterman. HENRIETTE MANTEL: Well, this film originally became what it is, because we started on a sitcom idea. We're both comedy writers. And Steve had a development deal. And we had discussed this over the years - Ralph's story - and we started to write it as a sitcom, but the more we interviewed people, everybody that had worked around Ralph for years and years, the more it just became obvious that we had to tell the story in documentary form, especially after 2000. AMY GOODMAN: And the different reactions you got from people you were interviewing? HENRIETTE MANTEL: Well, we would have loved to get more reactions of people that were, you know, adamantly spreading rumors about Ralph and everything else, but Eric Alterman and Todd Gitlin, my hat's off to them, because they would go on camera and voice their opinion opposing Ralph. A lot of people would not go on camera. They just wouldn't. Like, they would talk, you know, to us, but then when we turned on the camera, "Oh, I'm not going to be on camera." AMY GOODMAN: Ralph Nader, your reaction to the film? RALPH NADER: Well, I react functionally to it. I think it's a very compressed and adroit film over forty years of activity, which really takes a lot of talent to get in there and keep people's attention. And it's going to inform tens of millions of younger people, certainly under forty years. And I hope it will stimulate some of them, and some of the people who watch it in their teen years and their twenties, to say, "You know, we can improve this country and the world. What are we waiting for? Let's stop rationalizing our own futility and get to work." AMY GOODMAN: Ralph Nader came to prominence in the early '60s, when he began to take on powerful corporations and work with local activists on their campaigns. Let's go to another clip of the film, An Unreasonable Man. JIM MUSSELMAN: Once I got everybody going forward on an issue, Ralph would come in and give a speech to really empower them more and say, "You guys aren't alone here." DAVID BOLLIER: When the community of Poletown in Detroit was going to be condemned so that General Motors could build a new Cadillac plant there, Ralph provided direct [inaudible] for them to physically resist the bulldozers. JIM MUSSELMAN: In Van Nuys, there were a lot of children coming down with leukemia in a neighborhood, and a General Motors plant was there, and they put benzene in the paint, which was causing cancer and leukemia. We got them to change the way that they manufactured the paint. AMY GOODMAN: An excerpt of An Unreasonable Man. Ralph Nader, can you expand on that, on the early activism and your work around GM, how you started the PIRGs and your organizations? RALPH NADER: Well, those are the days when the antiwar movement, women's rights, civil rights movements, provided a backdrop for what we were doing. I mean, they made us look rather modest. And we were working in the environmental, worker, consumer areas. And the Congress opened its doors to hearings. There were members of Congress who actually went to Washington to represent people for a change. And Lyndon Johnson, even Nixon, were willing to sign many of those basic bills, like OSHA and EPA and auto safety, Product Safety Commission legislation. And, obviously, after time, we realized that there needs to be thousands of young activists, so we formed these teams, not only on federal agencies to expose them and push them to higher heights of performance for folks, like the Food and Drug Administration or the Department of Agriculture. We also went out into the field, and we started student public interest research groups based on student referendums at colleges and putting $4, $5, $6 check-offs on their tuition bill to support these nonprofit groups, which would be run by an elected student board of directors. So you have NYPIRG now in New York City and the rest of the state. You have MASSPIRG - PIRG standing for "public interest research group" - in Massachusetts. There are about twenty of them all over the country. And over the years, they really generate a lot of civic leaders who are now working in their communities - some of them are elected to office - to strengthen our democratic society. AMY GOODMAN: Ralph Nader, at the same time that An Unreasonable Man has been released, you have a new small book out called The Seventeen Traditions, which is different from the other books that you have written. It's very much about your family life, how you grew up in Winsted, Connecticut. Can you talk about what the seventeen traditions are? RALPH NADER: Well, there are seventeen ways my mother and father raised their four children - two girls and two boys - in this factory town crossed by two rivers and highlighted by a wonderful lake in northwest Connecticut. And I call them "traditions," because I would like to encourage other families to look into their own wisdom and insight and experience in their generation line - say, grandparents and great aunts and uncles and parents - because if those traditions are lost, they're lost forever, and they're not transferred to young people who often are adrift in periods of change. So, we have the tradition of learning, was the first one in the book. My mother said you have to learn to listen, and if you learn to listen, then you'll listen and learn, something I wish George Bush was raised to do. We have a tradition of history. They would always immerse us in history at the dinner table, and we'd have books about history. So, we have stamp collections to teach us geography. Then there are traditions of charity, traditions of business. My father had a restaurant, where they said for a nickel you got a cup of coffee and ten minutes of politics. So it was a big restaurant with a lot of politics from the workers in the textile mills, of the jurors on the lunch break from the courtroom, and salespeople and doctors and carpenters, you name it. Traditions like the tradition of scarcity; they never overloaded us with things so we wouldn't appreciate them. There was a tradition of simple enjoyments, not commercial enjoyments today, like a $100 Nintendo toy. We had bicycles. We had puzzles. We had hiking in the woods and the fields, etc. There were tradition of civics. We watched our parents, while they took us to the town meetings and the courtroom. But we watched them active in the community and absorbed that kind of family value. Civic values, they saw, were family values. And so, there were these kinds of traditions of health, for example, and teaching us to take care of ourselves. These are the traditions that raised us. The other day, watching George W. Bush, it occurred to me that if mother raised George W. Bush, we wouldn't be in the Iraq war at the present time. AMY GOODMAN: Both your parents were born in Lebanon? RALPH NADER: Yes. AMY GOODMAN: And you went back to Lebanon with your brothers and sisters when you were little? Your mother took you there for about a year? RALPH NADER: Yes. I was about three and a half. AMY GOODMAN: And how does that influence your worldview today? RALPH NADER: Well, obviously, it gave us a bigger arc of concern and interest in the world. I mean, we went to the ancient ruins in Baalbek in Lebanon. We obviously were immersed in the culture there. We learned the language. We learned the lore of our background, our great great grandparents. You know, there was an oral tradition there. We learned how to ride donkeys, too. AMY GOODMAN: The bombing of Lebanon this past summer and the Iraq war, what does your being an Arab American - how do you feel that informs your view? RALPH NADER: Well, you don't have to be an Arab American. You just have to be interested in understanding historical precedence. For example, Iran's prime minister was overthrown by our country in 1953. The US government under Reagan encouraged and supplied Saddam Hussein with the materials to invade Iran and slice it off for - part of it off for Iraq. We have labeled Iran an axis of evil. That has a tremendous impact, especially since we did it to Iraq and invaded them next door, has a tremendous impact on a proud Persian history. I mean, there was a time when they were the dominant force in the world, and they remember those things. And they feel humiliated. George W. Bush came to the presidency. I think he had been abroad once or twice. He didn't know anything about world history. And he was proud of saying he didn't read newspapers. He was proud of his ignorance. And we're paying the price for that. It's not just his obsession. It's not just his messianic militarism. It's his profound ignorance. AMY GOODMAN: Ralph Nader, your father used to ask you, "What did you learn in school today?" RALPH NADER: Yeah. One day I went home and in the backyard, and he said, "Ralph, what did you learn in school today? Did you learn how to believe or did you learn how to think?" Another event I remember in the backyard - a beautiful spring day, my parents were there with my siblings - and my mother said, "How much is a dozen eggs?" We knew all the prices, because we were restauranteurs' children. And so, she said, "How much is a bushel of apples? How much is a pound of butter?" And then she stopped and she looked up, and she said, "Nice cool breeze, isn't it? How much is that? What's that sunshine worth? Look at those birds. Hear those birds singing those beautiful songs. What price should we put on that?" That really at an early age taught me that there are certain things that should be never for sale. And that's, in our democracy, elections should never be for sale. Politicians should never be for sale. Teachers should never be for sale. So, from those seventeen traditions, I developed a linkage with the civic advocacy and things that I wrote and spoke about as an adult. And I think that people are very interested in this book, because it's personal, it has good stories about life in New England at that time, which will resonate with parents and children in terms of their own recollections. I think people have to recollect more. They have to rebuild the solidarity of their family line in a period of great tumult and change, when they think that everything is out of control around their lives, their jobs and their children. AMY GOODMAN: Well, Ralph Nader, as you were taught to question, I want to go back to the documentary, An Unreasonable Man. This was at the time when you were being shut out of the presidential debates, and it was also the time of your mega-rallies of thousands, of more than 10,000 people. It begins by talking about how the press virtually ignored your Madison Square Garden rally, which drew some 20,000 people in 2000. JASON KAFBURY: I expected us to be on the front page of the New York Times. And we had a story, but it was buried, you know, twenty pages in. No other political person, Bush or Gore, hadn't gotten 20,000 people to pay money to hear them speak all campaign. Ralph was the only guy doing it. And yet the establishment media froze us out. THERESA AMATO: And the kind of coverage that we did get was all about the horse race: how are you going to affect Al Gore? From the very beginning months of the campaign, we knew in 2000 and in 2004 we would have to try to get into the presidential debates. PHIL DONAHUE: Ralph Nader could visit every city and town in this nation personally and not reach 10% of the people who watch the debates. AMY GOODMAN: Yes, that last speaker, Phil Donahue, and that is from An Unreasonable Man. Henriette Mantel is the co-director, writer and producer - executive producer of An Unreasonable Man. You also were Ralph's office manager, and you're in this film. HENRIETTE MANTEL: Right. Yeah. The reason I'm in the film, though, is because we were practicing trying to use the camera, and then it ended up that I had said a few things. Yes. But I was his office manager. That was my first job in the real world, I guess, when I was twenty-one. AMY GOODMAN: And what was that like? HENRIETTE MANTEL: It was interesting, because it was 1979 when Three Mile Island blew up, and so it was very, very, very busy there. And that's a part of the movie that, in fact, will be on the DVD extra. So many parts, stories that we had to tell - the original version of the movie was three-and-a-half hours, and we had to get it down to about two hours, so that it could be in theaters. And the No Nukes years are a story that we told that will be on the DVD extras. AMY GOODMAN: You're a well-known comedian now, Henriette. Why take the time out to do this? HENRIETTE MANTEL: Because other comedians were yelling at me about Ralph, and I got sick of them. No, I just wanted to inform people as to who the Ralph I knew and why he did what he did and what he had done in the '60s and '70s, because it felt like so many people just knew Ralph from 2000, and all these, you know, myths and rumors that weren't true about Ralph. So I just wanted to tell a story. I actually - you know, they can decide whatever they want to decide after they see the movie. I just want them to be informed as to what the story is. RALPH NADER: And I think they saw some of the political bigotry against third-party candidates and how shallow the analysis of people like Eric Alterman were. You don't measure the impact of one candidate against another after Election Day. It's the dynamics in the weeks and months before. Pushing Gore more to the left to criticize big corporations actually got Gore far more votes than whatever, quote, "I took from him." Look at that, "I took from him," like a third-party candidate is a second-class citizen, when in the 19th century it was third parties - anti-slavery, women's right to vote, labor, farmer - that provided the new ideas for the great social justice movements that finally one of the major parties or the other adopted. Now, that's another benefit of the film. I think Henriette and Steve should really be gratified, Amy, by the reviews. The reviews have almost been uniformly positive: New Yorker, New York Magazine, New York Times, Village Voice, LA Times. It opened in New York on 31st January, and I hope more people see it, and I hope more films are done on many leading activists in our past, like Saul Alinsky and Chavez and others, because we need to put these models, these activities in front of younger people who get very demoralized and give up too early in their lives from changing the country and world for the better. AMY GOODMAN: Ralph Nader, I wanted to go back to the campaign of 2008 and campaign finance issues, because now the presidential campaign of 2008 - we have just entered 2007 - is in full swing. What does that mean for campaign finance and public financing of campaigns? RALPH NADER: It's going to blow it through the roof. I mean, where it is considered incredible that George W. Bush from his corporate buddies raised $140 million in '04, now the press is talking about Hillary and McCain and Giuliani raising $200 million, $300 million. If Mayor Bloomberg gets in the race - and let me tell you, they're talking about it in his circles - he'll spend half-a-billion dollars from his own fortune, which means that the press not only deals largely with the horse race instead of the substantive issues and the records of the candidates, it deals with like a bar graph. You know, how much did Hillary raise this last week compared to McCain? It's so rancid. It's so disrespectful of the voters in this country. We've got to urge the press to wake up to its own responsibilities here and cover the substance, the necessities of the American people, the access to the electoral process by candidates, the participation of voters during the campaign in auditoriums around the country. AMY GOODMAN: Hillary Clinton has pulled out of public financing? RALPH NADER: Oh, yeah. All the majors are going to pull out. It's not enough for them. AMY GOODMAN: And your thoughts on Barack Obama? RALPH NADER: Well, he's got more to prove. He's sprouting a lot of antennas of caution and concern, because when you're a viable candidate, as he is, they don't become bolder, they become more cautious. He's certainly got the intellectual capacity. He was a community organizer among the poor in Chicago. He actually worked with NYPIRG for a short time in New York. But whether he has those personality and characters - characteristics that provide the definition of a real leader, speaking truth to power and really taking those solutions in our country off the shelf and putting them to work, even though the auto companies and the drug and oil companies may squeal and squawk, that is yet to be determined. But he's got an opportunity to determine it. AMY GOODMAN: John Edwards taking on the issue of poverty in this country and healthcare? RALPH NADER: Yeah, very good. Very good, taking on - you know, he's not just talking about the middle class, which Clinton and Gore always did and ignored tens of millions of poor Americans, not to mention people in the middle class falling into that category these days, as more and more people are pauperized. But he's got a problem of fortitude, too, on some issues. He's not that good on some foreign policy issues, like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Iraq war, he was late on. He's got to raise the whole corporate crime fraud and abuse and the bloated military budget and the misallocation of priorities to a much higher level in his addresses. AMY GOODMAN: Now that you have said you could run against Hillary Rodham Clinton if she gets the nomination, have her people approached you in the last twenty-four hours? RALPH NADER: Oh, no. No. I mean, she's very aloof. And when it comes to me, there's probably even a hyperbole of aloof. She wouldn't debate Jonathan Tasini in the New York run. He got 17% of the vote with no money in the primary against her. She wouldn't debate her own Republican opponent more than once, I think, and very reluctantly. She wouldn't debate Howie Hawkins. She wouldn't let him on the debate, the Green Party out of Syracuse, a wonderful community organizer and a person who would have broadened the debate. She is not an example of democratic campaigning. She is a big business example of cash register campaigning. AMY GOODMAN: Well, I want to thank you, Ralph Nader, for joining us from Washington, D.C. - we'll say "possible" presidential candidate in 2008 -- and Henriette Mantel, comedian, co-director and producer with Steve Skrovan of this new film called An Unreasonable Man. She also played Alice in The Brady Bunch: The Movie. Thanks, both. 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