Progressive Calendar 04.01.07
From: David Shove (
Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2007 04:55:41 -0700 (PDT)
             P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R    04.01.07

1. Vs Mil/Ind/UM/Sen 4.02 7:30am
2. Hate crimes       4.02 12noon
3. Vs Klobuchar      4.02 12noon
4. Full moon tour    4.02 7pm

5. Darfur/divest     4.03 11:30am
6. Vs Coleman/war    4.03 4pm
7. Profit system/CTV 4.03 5pm
8. Threat films      4.03 5pm
9. De-Kline/de-war   4.03 7pm
10. Uhcan-mn/health  4.03 7pm

11. Cockburn/StClair - That was an antiwar vote?
12. Sonja Karkar     - Partition & theft: how Israel got Palestine's land
13. Terry Jones      - Call that humiliation?

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From: wamm <wamm [at]>
Subject: Vsw Mil/Ind/UM/Sen 4.02 7:30am

Protest Military/Industrial/U of Minnesota/ Senate Complex

Monday, April 2, 7:30-11am McNamara Alumni Center, University of
Minnesota, 200 Oak Street Southeast, Minneapolis. Senators Coleman and
Kloboucher "will contribute to the discussion on strengthening the Defense
and Homeland Security Industries in Minnesota. Here is the description
from the The Defense Alliance, together with the U of M'sCenter for the
Development of Technological Leadership

  "Join us to hear from our senate leadership, and contribute to the
discussion on strengthening the Defense and Homeland Security Industries
in Minnesota...Stay to hear from the Center for Development of
Technological Leadership.  CDTL's skill set includes technology foresight
and forecasting, innovation, strategic management of technology, new
product and business development,science and technology policy, and
intellectual property.  With an eye on helping high-tech firms maximize
their growth potential, CDTL shows high-tech companies how to move more
adeptly within the gray zoneby exploring ways to:

  . map technology strategies
   maximize intellectual property assets
   marshal technologies
   stimulate innovation
   commercialize ideas


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From: David Strand <mncivil [at]>
Subject: Hate crimes 4.02 12noon

Congressman Jim Ramstad will host a series of town hall forums.  These
forums are designed as a way for him to hear from you about what issues
you think are important.

The town hall forums are:
1. Monday, April 2nd, from 12pm to 1pm, at the Brooklyn Park City Hall, in
the Council Chambers

2. Wednesday, April 4th, from 12pm to 1pm, at the Southdale Library in

3. Wednesday, April 4th, from 7pm to 8pm, at the Wayzata City Hall, in the
Community Room

4. Thursday, April 5th, from 7pm to 8pm, at the Maple Grove City Hall, in
the Council Chambers

Let Rep. Ramstad know that we want him to cosponsor and otherwise support
H.R. 1592, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act which will
add gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability to the
federal hate crimes law and empower the federal government to assist
state, local, and tribal governments with prosecution of hate crimes and
provide greater assurance of equal protection from hate crimes across
jurisdictions comprising the United States.

The hate crimes bill has previously passed the U.S. House and the U.S.
Senate but never passed both houses in the same congressional session.
Having worked on this legislation for 20 years, it is long past time for
hate crimes motivated by animus towards gay, lesbian, bisexual,
transgendered, and HIV positive people be treated with the same legal
seriousness that hate crimes motivated by religion, race, color,
ethnicity, or nation of origin are by our federal government.

The laws addressing ALL hate crimes are inadequate and this bill
strengthens the federal government's role in combatting ALL hate crimes.
The bill further provides an ability for hate crimes to be addressed by
the federal government when other levels of government fail to do so.
All too often in this country, hate crime victims are further victimized
by bias from local law enforcement and/or state authorities whose inaction
effectively denies equal rights to protection under the law.  This bill
will help remedy this problem.

If you live in Bloomington, Edina, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Plymouth,
Brooklyn Park, Coon Rapids or Maple Grove or in any of the towns around
Lake Minnetonka or in west Hennepin County you are most likely in
Ramstad's District.  For a Map of the district see

If you are willing and able to come to one of the meetings please let us
know by emailing mncivil [at]  We want to make sure that Ramstad
here's from constitutents about this issue at every one of his town hall

To learn more about the hate crimes legislation visit the HRC Action
Website on the issue at

Or visit the National Gay Lesbian Task Force website about the bill at

Or visit the Gender Poltiical Advocacy Coalition website about the bill at

Note currently, only Rep. Keith Ellison of Minneapolis and Rep. Betty
McCollum of St. Paul are cosponsors of this legislation among Minnesota
congressional representatives.

Following is a list of organizations endorsing this legislation.  I hope
many of you will join me in letting Rep. Ramstad know that we need his
support on this legislation even if it violates his campaign promise to
the MFC to oppose it!

--Thanks, David Strand
Survivor of antiglbt hate crime violence(broken wrist worst of personal
injuries), friend of numerous indviduals who have fallen victim to anti
glbt hate crime violence over the years resulting in everything from death
to serious injury to damaged property or just a damaged sense of security
out in the community and current resident of the 3rd Congressional

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at]>
Subject: Vs Klobuchar 4.02 12noon

Monday, 4/2, noon to 1:30, Humphrey Institute hosts public forum with Amy
Klobuchar, Cowles Auditorium, 301 S 19th Ave, Mpls. cspg [at] or

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From: wamm <wamm [at]>
Subject: Full moon tour 4.02 7pm

Coldwater Full Moon Tour
Monday, April 2, 7:00 p.m. (Gather) 7:15 p.m. (Walk) Minnehaha Park, 54th
Street South, Minneapolis (South End of the Pay Parking Lot). Join us for
a Meditational Walk in the beginnings of Spring with a short water
ceremony. Coldwater is a sacred spot for Native Americans and earth
preservation. FFI: Visit <>.

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at]>
Subject: Darfur/divest 4.03 11:30am

Tuesday, 4/3, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, Carleton College sociology prof Ellen
Kennedy speaks about Darfur as Hamline prepares its Sudan divestment
campaign. FFI mmcdonald02 [at]

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From: awcmere <meredith [at]>
Subject: Vs Coleman/war 4.03 4pm

Stop the War on Iraq:  Demand that Senator Coleman Represent Minnesota in
Congress!  Tuesday, 4/3 @ 4-6pm @ Senator Coleman's office, 2550
University Ave. W. St. Paul.

For eight Tuesdays local activists have sat in Coleman's office demanding
that he vote against the surge & funding for the war.  But Coleman refuses
to represent the majority of Minnesotans.  Demonstrate at one of the
busiest intersections in the Twin Cities (280 & University) to bring
attention to Coleman's voting record.  There will be speeches, bannering,
& planned civil disobedience.  Organized by the Anti-War Committee & the
Twin Cities Peace Campaign.  Endorsed by the Anti-War Organizing League.
For more info contact info [at] or 612.379.3899.

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From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at]>
Subject: Profit system/CTV  4.03 5pm

Dear St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN 15) viewers:

"Our World In Depth" cablecasts at 5 pm and midnight each Tuesday and 10
am each Wednesday in St. Paul.  All households with basic cable can watch.

4/3 and 4/4 "Challenging the Profit System"  Interview of Ty Moore,
national organizer of Socialist Alternative.  Co-hosted by Eric Angell and
Karen Redleaf.

"Our World In Depth" features analysis of public affairs with
consideration of and participation from Twin Cities area activists.  The
show is mostly local and not corporately influenced! For information about
future programing of "Our World In Depth", please send an e-mail to
eric-angell [at]  (PS It might be better than PBS.)

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at]>
Subject: Threat films 4.03 5pm

Tuesday, 4/3, 5 pm, counterterrorism expert Bruce Schneier talks on
"Security Theater Against Movie-Plot Threats," Weyerhaeuser Chapel,
Macalester College, Grand just west of Snelling, St Paul.
perry [at]

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at]>
Subject: De-Kline/de-war 4.03 7pm

Tuesday, 4/3, 7 to 9 pm, Rep John Kline holds public forum on Iraq and other
topics, Lakeville South High School, 21135 Jacquard, Lakeville.
952-808-1213.  (Note: Kline has been a very strong supporter of Bush's Iraq
war policy.  Peace rally from 6 to 7, with very positive signs, to greet
arriving pro-war people; contact Bettina at 651-917-0383 for more info.)

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From: zaelonyrep [at]
From: joel [at]
Subject: Uhcan-mn/health 4.03 7pm

UHCAN-MN meeting
Tuesday April 3, 2007, 7PM,
Walker Church basement, 3104 16th ave s (in Mpls, near Lake st. and
Bloomington ave).

1.Welcome, intros, background

2.Updates: broad-based single-payer UHC network IS forming, spearheaded by
MN Nurses Assoc. Also Legislative update.

3.Cover the Uninsured Week is April 23- 29.Plan our own event, attend

4.Plan demonstration at "United Health Group" HMO Annual shareholders Mtg,
May 29th, at corporate headquarters in MNTKA. Demo starts at 8:30 AM

5.Twin Cities Health Fund Co-op feasibility update Good first step toward

6.Plan UHCAN-MN Summer Retreat on Golden Lake in Circle Pines, June 2 - 3.
HC Workshops, R & R. Limited to 25 people, $15 for weekend.

Joel Albers Universal Health Care Action Network Minnesota 612-384-0973
joel [at] Health Care Economics Researcher,
Clinical Pharmacist

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The Fake Fight Over the Iraq War
That Was an Antiwar Vote?
March 31 / April 1, 2007

Has the end of America's war on Iraq been brought closer by the recent
vote in the House of Representatives? On March 23, the full House voted
218 to 212 to set a timeline on the withdrawal of US troops, with
September 1, 2008, as the putative date after which war funding might be
restricted to withdrawal purposes only. It's not exactly a stringent
deadline. It only requires Bush to seek Congressional approval before
extending the occupation and spending new funds to do so.

On Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi's website we find her portrait of
what US troops will be doing in Iraq following this withdrawal or
"redeployment," should it occur late next year on the bill's schedule. "US
troops remaining in Iraq may only be used for diplomatic protection,
counterterrorism operations and training of Iraqi Security Forces." But
does this not bear an eerie resemblance to Bush's presurge war plan? Will
the troops being redeployed out of Iraq even come home? No, says Pelosi,
as does Senate Majority leader Harry Reid. These troops will go to
Afghanistan to battle al Qaeda.

So the bill essentially adopts and enforces Bush's war plan and attendant
"benchmarks" as spelled out in his January 10 speech. On March 27, the
Senate voted 50-48 to start withdrawal in March 2008, said schedule being
nonbinding on the President. At any rate, Bush has promised to veto all
schedules for withdrawal coming out of Congress. Meanwhile the war goes
on, with a supplemental, Democrat-approved $124 billion, more than Bush
himself requested. As Congress considers the half trillion dollar FY 2008
Pentagon budget, there is no sign that the Democratic leadership will
permit any serious attack on further war funding.

Thus when it comes to the actual war, which has led to the bloody
disintegration of Iraqi society, the deaths of up to 5,000 Iraqis a month,
the death and mutilation of US soldiers every day, nothing at all has
happened since the Democrats rode to victory in November courtesy of
popular revulsion in America against the war. Bush's reaction to this
censure at the polls was to appoint a new commander in Iraq, General David
Petraeus, to oversee the troop surge in Baghdad and Anbar province. The
Democrats voted unanimously to approve Petraeus and now they have okayed
the money for the surge. Bush hinted that he would like to widen the war
to Iran. Nancy Pelosi, chastened by catcalls at the annual AIPAC
convention, swiftly abandoned all talk of compelling Bush to seek
congressional authorization to make war on Iran.

Although nothing of any significance actually happened on March 23, to
read liberal commentators one would think we'd witnessed some profound
upheaval, courtesy of Nancy Pelosi's skillful uniting of the various
Democratic factions. What she accomplished in practice was the neutering
of the antiwar faction. In the end only eight Democrats (plus two
Republicans) voted against the Supplemental Appropriation out of
opposition to the war. The balance of 202 no votes came from Republicans
who opposed Pelosi's bill as anti-Bush and antiwar. So, in Congress 420
representatives officially have no problem with the war in Iraq continuing
until the eve of the next election. Ten are foursquare against it, which
is more or less where Congress has always been, in terms of committed

Antiwar forces in Congress are now weaker. Take Sam Farr of Santa Cruz and
Peter DeFazio of Eugene, both Congressmen with large progressive
constituencies. In the last Republican-controlled Congress they were stout
opponents of the war, voting against authorization to invade and money for
the war thereafter. No longer. Pelosi handed Farr bailout money for his
district's spinach growers and DeFazio got funding for schools and
libraries. Who knows? Perhaps a few dollars of the latter will go to
wheelchair access for the paraplegics who will come home from Iraq over
the next sixteen months, maimed in the war for which DeFazio just voted
more money. Seeking to explain his yes vote for Pelosi's war-funding bill,
Farr issued a press release saying, "This bill brings our troops home."
But he also told the San Francisco Chronicle, "They want to go gung-ho.
They want to escalate in Iraq. So what would our 'no' votes mean?"

Mr. Farr, they would have meant more votes against the war, and had there
been four more holdouts against Pelosi's palm-greasing, these no votes
would have monkey-wrenched her bill, thus demonstrating that it is
impossible to get a majority in the House of Representatives to endorse a
piece of fakery designed to deceive the very people who put the Democrats
back in power.

The real antiwar movement proved itself incapable of pressuring House
Democrats to hold out. The January 27 demonstration organized by United
for Peace and Justice did involve active lobbying of Democrats to hold
their feet to the fire, but the demo itself was really a Bush-bashing
session, with scant reminders that Bush's war has been and continues to be
a bipartisan project.

Tom Matzzie, the Washington director of MoveOn, said after the March 23
vote, "Bush is our worst enemy and our best ally." In other words, when
Bush savaged Pelosi's bill with accusations that it gives aid and comfort
to the enemy, he cemented Democratic support for it. The focus stays
always on Bush, over whom MoveOn will never have influence, as opposed to
Democrats, whom MoveOn could have pressured with its three millionstrong
email list. But rather than rousing its members to accuse Pelosi of
enabling the war, MoveOn carefully limited the available options in
polling its members. It only asked whether they were for, against or not
sure about war funding as dealt with in her bill.

MoveOn could have phrased it another way: Do you support the Pelosi plan
(fully describing it); do you support the Barbara Lee plan (funding
exclusively for gradual withdrawal of US troops); do you reject war
funding altogether?

Will Congressional opposition to the war now get stronger, anchored by
Pelosi's bill? Not likely. The window of opportunity for that flew open
right after the election, when antiwar forces roared in outrage after
being snubbed by Pelosi and Reid, who omitted the war and the Patriot Act
from their must-do agenda. Instead, the Democratic leadership chose merely
to appear to oppose the war while continuing to fund it. This they have
now achieved, amid the satisfied cheers of the progressive sector.

I think the pro-war vote in Congress, and - worse - the slippery
"justifications" of it, has been a major victory for Bush, the ruling
class, war, and the majority of Cong Dems. Most Dems, I fear, will move
right-ward with the party, rather than suffer the distress of homelesness.
Were there a LARGE Green Party, many would prefer to join it - which is
why the Dem bosses wage continual war on it. They, and more importantly,
their ruling class bosses, want the public have no option but war and a
drift toward fascism. Until Dems stop moving right-ward with their
corporate-owned party, America not a democracy. We have almost no say; we
are dismissed with a contemptuous laugh by both parties, and then
violated. America has for some time been the most spineless country in the
world, and is now almost totally boneless, like canned chicken.
:end ed]

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Partition and Theft
How Palestine Became Israel's Land
March 31 / April 1, 2007

For Palestinians, theirs is not the land of conquest, but the land of
their roots going back to time immemorial. Such a lineage does not rely on
a biblical promise like the Jewish claim that God promised the land to
Abraham and his descendants, and is therefore, the historical site of the
Jewish kingdom of Israel. It belongs to the people of Palestine by the
simple fact of their continuous residence repeated through birth and
possession going back to the earliest Canaanites and even those people
living there before recorded history. They were there when the Israelites
invaded the land, occupied it, and held it intermittently as wave after
wave of other conquerors came and went, and they were still there when the
Romans put an end to Jewish Palestine by destroying Jerusalem in 135AD. If
a religious basis is sought, then the Palestinians can lay claim to being
the descendants of Abraham's son Ishmael who is regarded the forefather of
the Arabs. But actually, Palestinian rights are enshrined in the
universally accepted principle that land belongs to its indigenous
inhabitants. Thus, the modern day struggle for this land by European
Jewish immigrants who have no connection with Palestine other than through
their religion is a colonial enterprise that seeks sovereignty for an
"external Jewish population" to the exclusion of the indigenous
Palestinians who, regardless of faith - Jewish, Christian or Muslim - have
lived together for centuries.

Although eager to accept the UN Partition Plan of 1947 which recommended
that 56% of the land be set aside for a Jewish State, 42% for an Arab
state and 2% for an internationalised Jerusalem and its surrounds, the
world has not said a word about the land that was seized by Zionist
terrorists before the State of Israel was proclaimed on 14 May 1948.
Through a series of shocking massacres, the territory assigned to the Jews
suddenly became 77% resulting in more than 750,000 Palestinians being
forcibly expelled and dispossessed of their homes, personal property and
their homeland. The Jewish State then came into being without waiting for
the United Nations Commission - prescribed in the Partition resolution -
to hand authority progressively over to the Jewish and Arab leaders for
their respective states.

And after the 1948 war, Israel declared Jerusalem its capital in
contravention of its internationally-recognised status of corpus
separatum - a status that is still recognised. Effectively, the new state
of Israel was not only created in violation of, it continued to violate,
the very resolution which Israelis now look to as giving them sovereignty.
The Arab state imposed by the UN Partition Plan without consultation and
in contradiction to the UN charter - which should have upheld the majority
indigenous Palestinians' right to self-determination - has since been
deliberately and methodically whittled away by Israel, leaving nothing but
isolated non-contiguous parcels of land to some 4 million Palestinians.

Around 170,000 Palestinians remained in what became Israel, the largest
number of whom resided in the Galilee area, originally a designated part
of the Arab state under the Partition Plan. These Palestinians also became
the victims of Israel's land grab policy. Over 438,000 acres, which was
more than the total Jewish land holdings at the time, were confiscated and
a further 400,000 acres were marked for confiscation. After Israel won the
1967 war, the total territory of Palestine came under Israel's rule. It
annexed East Jerusalem, despite the Holy City's internationally recognised
status and began implementing its Jewish settlement program with a
vengeance. The Palestinians in Israel were increasingly aware of their
precarious position politically and declared a national strike, known as
"Land Day" on 30 March 1976 against Israel's continuing ruthless land
expropriation. An affinity was quickly felt between Palestinians
everywhere and "Land Day" was adopted as a sort of national Palestinian
day which is commemorated by Palestinians and their supporters around the
world each year. This awakening of national consciousness had an
unequivocal political message: end the occupation and allow
self-determination of the Palestinians in a sovereign state living in
peace side by side with Israel.

Thirty-one years later, the message is till resonating, but the
Palestinians are further away from seeing a solution than ever before.
Daily, Israel is taking a bit of land here and a bit of land there, to
make all of Palestine "Israel's Land". The problem then will be, what to
do with 5 million Palestinians with no land? There are only a few
possible, but criminal solutions - transfer, collective imprisonment,
apartheid, and/or ethnic cleansing. Alternatively, Israel can disengage
from the West Bank to the 1967 borders or agree on a single, democratic
state for all. Without a just solution, the struggle for Palestine's land
will continue.

Sonja Karkar is the founder and president of Women for Palestine in
Melbourne, Australia.

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Call That Humiliation?
No hoods. No electric shocks. No beatings. These Iranians Clearly Are a
Very Uncivilised Bunch
by Terry Jones
Published on Saturday, March 31, 2007 by The Guardian/UK

I share the outrage expressed in the British press over the treatment of
our naval personnel accused by Iran of illegally entering their waters. It
is a disgrace. We would never dream of treating captives like this -
allowing them to smoke cigarettes, for example, even though it has been
proven that smoking kills. And as for compelling poor servicewoman Faye
Turney to wear a black headscarf, and then allowing the picture to be
posted around the world - have the Iranians no concept of civilised
behaviour? For God's sake, what's wrong with putting a bag over her head?
That's what we do with the Muslims we capture: we put bags over their
heads, so it's hard to breathe. Then it's perfectly acceptable to take
photographs of them and circulate them to the press because the captives
can't be recognised and humiliated in the way these unfortunate British
service people are.

It is also unacceptable that these British captives should be made to talk
on television and say things that they may regret later. If the Iranians
put duct tape over their mouths, like we do to our captives, they wouldn't
be able to talk at all. Of course they'd probably find it even harder to
breathe - especially with a bag over their head - but at least they
wouldn't be humiliated.

And what's all this about allowing the captives to write letters home
saying they are all right? It's time the Iranians fell into line with the
rest of the civilised world: they should allow their captives the privacy
of solitary confinement. That's one of the many privileges the US grants
to its captives in Guantnamo Bay.

The true mark of a civilised country is that it doesn't rush into charging
people whom it has arbitrarily arrested in places it's just invaded. The
inmates of Guantnamo, for example, have been enjoying all the privacy they
want for almost five years, and the first inmate has only just been
charged. What a contrast to the disgraceful Iranian rush to parade their
captives before the cameras!

What's more, it is clear that the Iranians are not giving their British
prisoners any decent physical exercise. The US military make sure that
their Iraqi captives enjoy PT. This takes the form of exciting "stress
positions", which the captives are expected to hold for hours on end so as
to improve their stomach and calf muscles. A common exercise is where they
are made to stand on the balls of their feet and then squat so that their
thighs are parallel to the ground. This creates intense pain and, finally,
muscle failure. It's all good healthy fun and has the bonus that the
captives will confess to anything to get out of it.

And this brings me to my final point. It is clear from her TV appearance
that servicewoman Turney has been put under pressure. The newspapers have
persuaded behavioural psychologists to examine the footage and they all
conclude that she is "unhappy and stressed".

What is so appalling is the underhand way in which the Iranians have got
her "unhappy and stressed". She shows no signs of electrocution or burn
marks and there are no signs of beating on her face. This is unacceptable.
If captives are to be put under duress, such as by forcing them into
compromising sexual positions, or having electric shocks to their
genitals, they should be photographed, as they were in Abu Ghraib. The
photographs should then be circulated around the civilised world so that
everyone can see exactly what has been going on.

As Stephen Glover pointed out in the Daily Mail, perhaps it would not be
right to bomb Iran in retaliation for the humiliation of our servicemen,
but clearly the Iranian people must be made to suffer - whether by beefing
up sanctions, as the Mail suggests, or simply by getting President Bush to
hurry up and invade, as he intends to anyway, and bring democracy and
western values to the country, as he has in Iraq.

Terry Jones is a film director, actor and Python
 2007 The Guardian


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