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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|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? --------1 of 13-------- From: wamm <wamm [at] mtn.org> 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 [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=occjz7bab.0.6h8ujvbab.ixdu6ubab.2019&ts=S0234&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.communityseason.com%2FWeb%2FNavigate.aspx%3Fgoto%3Dmndefense] --------2 of 13-------- From: David Strand <mncivil [at] yahoo.com> 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 Edina 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 http://www.house.gov/ramstad/the_3rd_congressional_district.html If you are willing and able to come to one of the meetings please let us know by emailing mncivil [at] yahoo.com. We want to make sure that Ramstad here's from constitutents about this issue at every one of his town hall meetings. To learn more about the hate crimes legislation visit the HRC Action Website on the issue at http://www.hrc.org/Content/NavigationMenu/HRC/Get_Informed/Federal_Legislation/Hate_Crimes_110th_Factsheet/The_Local_Law_Enforcement_Hate_Crimes_Prevention_Act.htm Or visit the National Gay Lesbian Task Force website about the bill at http://thetaskforce.org/issues/hate_crimes_main_page/2007_legislation Or visit the Gender Poltiical Advocacy Coalition website about the bill at http://www.gpac.org/archive/news/index.html?cmd=view&archive=news&msgnum=0671 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 District. --------3 of 13-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> 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] umn.edu or 612-625-2530. --------4 of 13-------- From: wamm <wamm [at] mtn.org> 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 <www.friendsofcoldwater.org>. --------5 of 13-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> 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] hamline.edu --------6 of 13-------- From: awcmere <meredith [at] antiwarcommittee.org> 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] antiwarcommittee.org or 612.379.3899. --------7 of 13-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> 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] riseup.net. (PS It might be better than PBS.) --------8 of 13-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> 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] macalester.edu --------9 of 13-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> 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.) --------10 of 13-------- From: zaelonyrep [at] aol.com From: joel [at] uhcan-mn.org 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). items: 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 others. 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 Single-Payer. 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] uhcan-mn.org www.uhcan-mn.org Health Care Economics Researcher, Clinical Pharmacist --------11 of 13-------- The Fake Fight Over the Iraq War That Was an Antiwar Vote? By ALEXANDER COCKBURN and JEFFREY ST. CLAIR CounterPunch 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 naysayers. 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. [ed: 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] --------12 of 13-------- Partition and Theft How Palestine Became Israel's Land By SONJA KARKAR CounterPunch 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. --------13 of 13-------- 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 www.terry-jones.net 2007 The Guardian --------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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