|Progressive Calendar 06.20.07||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 00:34:09 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 06.20.07 1. Solstice peace 6.21 10am 2. Eagan peace vigil 6.21 4:30pm 3. Northtown vigil 6.21 5pm 4. Free to breathe 6.21 5:30pm 5. Kip/health/950AM 6.21 6pm 6. Mike Jones 6.21 7:30pm 7. Lesbian erotica 6.22 7pm 8. Irish Ceili 6.22 7pm 9. Shoe bomber/film 6.22-28 10. Junk4Justice 6.23 10am 11. 9/11 Press4Truth 6.23 10:30am 12. Gay Pride 6.23 11am 13. NWN4P Minnetonka 6.23 11am 14. Labor celebrates 6.23 1pm 15. Northtown vigil 6.23 2pm 16. Dyke march 6.23 9pm 17. Vs Israel?/CTV 6.23 9pm 18. Ralph Nader - The NAFTA two-step: Hillary's stock and trade 19. Eve Liddell - The Dem stratagems in 2000 & 2004: planning to lose 20. Joel Hirschhorn - US unready to revolt, despite revolting conditions 21. James Brooks - Nation of mutes / America's guilty silence 22. Jeff Lays - Swarm Congress; build resistance to Iraq war funding --------1 of 22-------- From: "wamm [at] mtn.org" <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Solstice peace 6.21 10am World Peace and Prayer Day Ceremony on Summer Solstice Thursday, June 21, 10:00 a.m. (Gather); 11:00 a.m. (Ceremony) Coldwater Spring (located between Minnehaha Park and the Highway 55/62 interchange; from Highway 55, turn east at 54th Street, take an immediate right onto the frontage road and follow it half a mile past the parking meters, through the cul de sac, through the gates, past the building, follow the curvy road), Minneapolis. Coldwater is a 10,000-year-old spring that flowed at a pre-construction rate of 100,000-144,000 gallons a day. In addition to being a living geological museum, Coldwater was a traditional gathering place for Native American tribes of the upper Mississippi that used spring water for specific ceremonies requiring sacred water in a sacred landscape. The powerful Dakota god of waters and the underworld is said to dwell at Coldwater Spring. Coldwater is also the birthplace of the creation of the state of Minnesota and site of the pioneer settlement whose citizens founded St. Paul and Minneapolis. Picnic potluck following the ceremony, please bring a dish to share and a chair to sit on. FFI: Visit <www.friendsofcoldwater.org>. --------2 of 22-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <skograce [at] mtn.org> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 6.21 4:30pm CANDLELIGHT PEACE VIGIL EVERY THURSDAY from 4:30-5:30pm on the Northwest corner of Pilot Knob Road and Yankee Doodle Road in Eagan. We have signs and candles. Say "NO to war!" The weekly vigil is sponsored by: Friends south of the river speaking out against war. --------3 of 22-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 6.21 5pm NORTHTOWN Peace Vigil every Thursday 5-6pm, at the intersection of Co. Hwy 10 and University Ave NE (SE corner across from Denny's), in Blaine. Communities situated near the Northtown Mall include: Blaine, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Spring Lake Park, Fridley, and Coon Rapids. We'll have extra signs. For more information people can contact Evangelos Kalambokidis by phone or email: (763)574-9615, ekalamboki [at] aol.com. --------4 of 22-------- From: Betsy Brock <bb [at] ansrmn.org> Subject: Free to breathe 6.21 5:30pm It's Time to Celebrate the Freedom to Breathe! Ice Cream Social Come celebrate the passage of the Freedom to Breathe Act with the Association for Nonsmokers-MN and Smoke-Free Ramsey. The ice cream is on us! Bring a picnic and enjoy the park! Snail Lake Park Pavilion, 4200 Snail Lake Boulevard, Shoreview 55126 June 21, 5:30-7:30 Short remarks at 6:30 Contact: Betsy Brock at 651-646-3005 or bb [at] ansrmn.org. RSVP or just come! --------5 of 22-------- From: ed Subject: Kip/health/950AM 6.21 6pm Kip Sullivan will be on Air America 950 AM Thurs 6.21 at 6 pm to discuss where the presidential candidates are on health policy. --------6 of 22-------- From: david enyeart <david.enyeart [at] gmail.com> Subject: Mike Jones 6.21 7:30pm MAGERS AND QUINN PRESS RELEASE : For Immediate Distribution :Mike Jones (author of I Had to Say Something : The Art of Ted Haggard's Fall) will read at Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Thursday, June 21, at 7:30pm Magers & Quinn is pleased to announce a reading by Mike Jones, Thursday, June 21, at 7:30pm at our store (3038 Hennepin Ave S,Minneapolis). Mike Jones is the Denver masseur who realized that his longtime client was none other than Ted Haggard, then-president of the National Association of Evangelicals, which represents more than 45,000 churches with 30 million members. When Jones told his story last November, Haggard resigned as pastor of the 14,000-member New Life Church in Colorado Springs. Mike has written his memoir about the whole affair, I Had to Say Something, coming out June first. Pastor Ted has been to counseling and is now "completely heterosexual" (Denver Post, 02/06/07), but we promise that Mike is not going to be that boring. He'll dish the dirt and Minnesotans of every stripe can be there to hear it. This will certainly be an informative and entertaining evening. Mike Jones, 49, is a Colorado native who has excelled at body building throughout his adult life, winning many awards for his strong, sculpted physique. From 1980 until November 2006, he worked as an escort and a massage therapist. His recent media appearances include The Today Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, CNN, Court TV, Dr. Keith Albow, AP Television Washington, People Magazine, Newsweek, Time, The Advocate. He is single and lives in Denver, Colorado. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $3.00 each and are available at our store. David E Magers & Quinn Booksellers 3038 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis MN 55408 612/822-4611 --------7 of 22-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Lesbian erotica 6.22 7pm Mary Disney for Amazon Bookstore Cooperative 4755 Chicago Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55407 612-821-9630 http://www.amazonbookstorecoop.com contact: Barb Wieser at 612-821-9630 Friday June 22, 7:00 p.m. Catherine Lundoff Crave: Lesbian Erotica Rebels and werewolves, spaceship captains and voyeurs. Lesbian erotica with a twist. Crave is a new collection of lesbian erotica by Catherine Lundoff, author of Night_s Kiss (Torquere Press). Her short fiction has appeared in such anthologies as The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 6, Best Lesbian Erotica 2006, Ultimate Lesbian Erotica 2006, Best Lesbian Bondage Erotica,Caught Looking: Erotic Tales of Voyeurs and Exhibitionists, Periphery: Erotic Lesbian Futures, Lust for Life, Garden of the Perverse, Amazons and Stirring Up a Storm. --------8 of 22-------- From: Mike Whelan <mpw4883 [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Irish Ceili 6.22 7pm Ceili with the Doon Ceili Band on Friday night, June 22 at 7pm at the Paul & Sheila Wellstone Center run by Neighborhood House at 179 E. Robie Street St. Paul 55107. This is going to be a lot of fun and is a great family-friendly event. No dance experience necessary! Tickets are $10 per person or $35 per family. Part of the Young Musicians Weekend, as described here: http://www.centerforirishmusic.org --------9 of 22-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Shoe bomber/film 6.22-28 6/22-6/28, film "A Mighty Heart" about Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl's reporting and death while researching a story on the "shoe bomber," Lagoon Cinema, 1320 Lagoon Ave, Mpls. www.landmarktheaters.com --------10 of 22-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] minn.net> Subject: Junk4Justice 6.23 10am JUNK FOR JUSTICE CUAPB ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE Saturday, June 23rd 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (bag sale starting a 4:00 p.m.) Walker Church 3100 16th Ave S, Minneapolis get rid of things you no longer need pick up wild bargains TURN YOUR JUNK INTO JUSTICE! Just about everyone has stuff in their house that they no longer need but that others would value. Bring your garage sale items to CUAPB for our annual rummage sale. Believe it or not, this is one of our biggest fund raisers for the year. The funds we earn help to keep the hotline going and fund work like our lawsuits for accountability and justice. You can bring your garage sale items to the Walker Church on Saturday, June 9th from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., bring them on the day of the garage sale (starting 9:00 a.m.) or call us at 612-874-7867 to make other arrangements, including pick up of larger items. --------11 of 22-------- From: Catherine Statz <statz001 [at] umn.edu> Subject: 9/11 Press4Truth 6.23 10:30am RE: "9/11: PRESS FOR TRUTH" SCREENING AT THE RIVERVIEW THEATER - June 23, 2007 On Saturday, June 23, 2007, the MN 9/11 group will sponsor a screening of "9/11: Press for Truth" www.911pressfortruth.org <http://www.911pressfortruth.org/> . Six family members of 9/11 victims tell their stories for the first time on film, providing a powerful argument for why 9/11 still needs investigation. In addition, a Minnesota resident who lost a family member on September 11th will be at the screening to briefly introduce the film. The 84-minute film will start at 10:30 AM at the Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Ave S (E 38th St & 42nd Ave S), Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-729-7369). Admission is free. Popcorn, pop, and other snacks will be available for purchase. Drawing from Paul Thompson's exhaustive research, "9/11: Press for Truth" documents how family members of 9/11 victims compelled the highest powers in Washington to conduct an investigation, only to watch the 9/11 Commission fail to answer most of their questions. Featuring overlooked news clips, buried stories, and government press conferences, the documentary reveals a pattern of official lies, deception, and spin that raises disturbing and important questions. For more information, please contact a MN 9/11 group member (612-384-8742, minnesota_911 [at] yahoo.com or 612-558-5959, arturo [at] bitstream.net). --------12 of 22-------- From: Impeach <lists [at] impeachforpeace.org> Subject: Gay Pride 6.23 11am Gay Pride!! - March with us Saturday, June 23, 2007 [at] 11:00am We'll be marching in Guantanamo suits. Please contact us and let us know if you'd like to march. The more the merrier: http://impeachforpeace.org/comments.htm We'll also be having folks sign "Do-It-Yourself Impeachments" at our booth: http://impeachforpeace.org/ImpeachNow.html As well as selling T-shirts, bumper stickers, buttons and postcards. http://www.cafepress.com/impeachforpeace The Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade will be held on Saturday, June 23, beginning at 11am along Hennepin Avenue in Downtown Minneapolis. According to public estimates, the Parade drew an estimated 110,000 spectators in 2006, making it one of the largest parades in the Upper Midwest, and the largest in all of Minneapolis according to Mayor R.T. Rybak. Because of this popularity, it was recommended that you arrive early to find your Parade viewing spot. The Parade route was be unchanged from 2006. It will begin at 3rd Street & Hennepin Avenue and followed Hennepin Avenue to Loring Park. For more information go to http://www.tcpride.org/ --------13 of 22-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> Subject: NWN4P Minnetonka 6.23 11am NWN4P-Minnetonka demonstration- Every Saturday, 11 AM to noon, at Hwy. 7 and 101. Park in the Target Greatland lot; meet near the fountain. We will walk along the public sidewalk. Bring your own signs. --------14 of 22-------- From: "jhesla [at] juno.com" <jhesla [at] juno.com> Subject: Labor celebrates 6.23 1pm Saturday, June 23rd Lyndale Farmstead Park, 1-4pm. 39th and Bryant, Minneapolis It has finally happened!! Management at the Walker Health Care Center has agreed to enter into negotiations with the workers for a contract! This ends a four year struggle for recognition of their union. Come and join the workers and community members to enjoy music, food, and speakers to recognize this great victory for Labor! Please stop by. FFI: call Jeff Fowler, 651-357-8542, Joe Hesla, 612-722-6473 --------15 of 22-------- From: Lennie <major18 [at] comcast.net> Subject: Northtown vigil 6.23 2pm Mounds View peace vigil EVERY SATURDAY from 2-3pm at the at the southeast corner of the intersection of Co. Hwy 10 and University Ave NE in Blaine, which is the northwest most corner of the Northtown Mall area. This is a MUCH better location. We'll have extra signs. Communities situated near the Northtown Mall include: Blaine, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Spring Lake Park, Fridley, and Coon Rapids. For further information, email major18 [at] comcast.net or call Lennie at 763-717-9168 --------16 of 22-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Dyke march 6.23 9pm SATURDAY JUNE 23, 9pm TWIN CITIES ANNUAL DYKE MARCH starts from WALKER ART CENTER, 1750 HEENEPIN AVE. and goes to downtoen MINNEAPOLIS AFTER-party at the new women's bar PI 24th ST @ 25th place, around the corner from the Eagles club in south Minneapolis (25th place is a 1 block street0 for info; www.myspace.com/tcavngers or EMAIL; tcavengers [at] yahoo.com --------17 of 22-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Vs Israel?/CTV 6.23 9pm "Our World In Depth" cablecasts weekly on MTN Channel 17. Households with basic cable can watch. "Our World In Depth" is on Saturday at 9 pm and the following Tuesday at 8 am (as well as other times). 6/23 and 6/26 "Is Criticism of Israel Anti-Semitic: An Evening with Norman Finkelstein". Part 1 of Nov. talk given in Mpls. --------18 of 22-------- The NAFTA Two-Step Hillary's Stock and Trade By RALPH NADER CounterPunch June 19, 2007 Is Hillary Clinton a political weather vane or a political compass? Consider her latest detour from the NAFTA and WTO policies of her husband. Last week she announced her opposition to the proposed trade agreement between the U.S. and South Korea. The place for her remarks was a town hall meeting in Michigan organized by the AFL-CIO. She described the agreement between Bush and the South Koreans, requiring Congressional approval, as "inherently unfair." "It will hurt the U.S. auto industry, increase our trade deficit, cost us good middle-class jobs and make America less competitive." No kidding! Where has she been for the past fifteen years? For those words could have described the consequences of both NAFTA and the WTO. The U.S. auto industry has been emigrating to Mexico and China. The trade deficit has gone off the charts, nearing nine hundred billion dollars in 2007 and is four times greater than what it was ten years ago. Industrial job loss is being joined by the outsourcing of white collar jobs in even larger numbers. About 90 percent of the products sold in the L.L. Bean catalogue are imports or produced by foreign manufacturers. Corporate managed trade-mis-named free trade-is draining our country's competitiveness, as U.S. corporations take their factories and jobs abroad to authoritarian or dictatorial nations, especially China. Imagine modern capital equipment, and 50 an hour for workers who are making things for the U.S. market, without fair labor standards, pollution controls and other standards companies here have to comply with. Senator Clinton felt reassured with her opposition. Ford Motor Company and the Chrysler group of DaimlerChrysler came out against the Korea deal before Hillary did. A politician like Hillary Clinton has her finger to the wind. The workers and domestic companies are providing her with the wind. Still, she has not supported the renegotiation of NAFTA and WTO which the U.S. can force by utilizing the Treaties' 6 month notice of withdrawal from each of these autocratic systems of transnational governance and secret courts known as NAFTA and WTO. Not enough organized citizen wind power compared to the corporate power behind those trade pacts. If Senator John F. Kennedy's best-selling book Profiles in Courage was updated, nothing Hillary Clinton has done in the Congress would come close to being a footnote. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, she has not challenged the many GAO documented boondoggle military contracts. One gigantic weapon system - the F-22 aircraft - has been privately denounced by people in the Office of the Secretary of Defense who believe this aircraft is clearly unnecessary and saturated with cost over-runs. Whether the causes are wasteful, corrupt military contracts or generally the corporate crime wave from Enron to Wall Street, Senator Clinton has not been there in the Congress to advance comprehensive corporate crime legislation and larger enforcement resources. Nor has she taken on the hundreds of billions of dollars in corporate welfare-subsidies, giveaways, handouts and bailouts for big business-that consume the contributions of millions of small taxpayers. Even in New York City, have you heard Senator Clinton object to taxpayer-funded corporate sports stadiums, while health clinics, schools, libraries and public works decay for lack of public investment? Tax dollars for entertainment are ok by her. Some of her paucity of candor is not going unnoticed, however. In explaining why she voted for George Bush's Iraq War resolution in 2002, she said she believed that it called for an attempted diplomatic solution. There were no words in that resolution to support that belief. She is a lawyer. She also knows that an amendment by Senator Carl Levin, a fellow Democrat, demanded just such a prior diplomatic effort. She voted against the Levin proposal. Still, Hillary, with Bill right there, is the frontrunner for the Democratic Party's nomination. The money from commercial interests, which the Clintons have favored and coddled for years, is pouring into her campaign coffers. So she travels around the country with her twofer strategy - pandering to powerful audiences and flattering gatherings of Democratic voters. She has watched Bill's lack of political fortitude win elections in this two-party, elected dictatorship against the hapless Republicans. Why should she be any different? If she wins the primary and the November elections the country will get another kind of twofer in the White House. Here they'll go again. Ralph Nader is the author of The Seventeen Traditions --------19 of 22-------- The Democratic Stratagems in 2000 and 2004 Planning to Lose By EVA LIDDELL CounterPunch June 18, 2007 I watched John Kerry on television in '04 when he fell over himself as he galloped to the microphone to announce the Democratic Party's real choice for president, George Bush. And the loyal Party hack that he is, I knew he'd return to the Senate after he had accomplished what the Party put him up to do, lose. Then he'd vote on every bill favorable to our ruling classes who our "elected" representatives so dutifully serve and whose bribes they greedily solicit. This gets me to dwelling about the other election, the one in 2000. Why am I thinking that was a Democratic dump too? What is generally accepted as true, that "there really is no difference between the two parties so what does it matter who's president" is something I don't agree with entirely. The difference is in the constituencies that either party controls. With the shift alignment in the parties that arose after Lyndon Johnson had no choice but to ram through the bill on civil rights, the Southern Bourbons switched parties. So did their constituents. The South went Republican and with it the Democrats' ability to wage a real war with a Democratic president. Our professional fighting men and women are concentrated in Republican bastions, keeping them tight-knit incestuous units. This way they stay loyal to the mission. Less diverse thought. Johnson, the Democrat, blew it on that one. He took conscripts from every part of the country. The Democratic party may be dumb but it isn't stupid. It knows that Republican moms and dads don't want their boys and girls getting killed and maimed for a Democratic president. Can we imagine Al Gore, a couple of years after 9/11 saying, "Let's send our boys and girls to war in Iraq?" Couldn't have happened. He didn't have the base. There have been some good articles explaining the hard propaganda euphemistically called spin that the State put out before the Iraq war to get people to bite. It's the soft propaganda about Saddam throughout the 90's that intrigued me. If one watched Frontline, to name only one example, it was Saddam all the time. The programs were run and repeated with various repetitions of the same theme. The image of him shooting his Kalashnikov up in the air on his balcony, gassing the Kurds and his ominous Fedayeen marching with checkered bandanas across their faces up to no good. With Frontline's trademark melodramatic music and the somber tone of the narrator presenting Saddam as pure evil, sumpthin' was up. The propagandists know the American psyche. We are morally repelled by evil. We morally want to correct it. The hard propaganda is easy enough to pick apart. The soft propaganda is where they set us up when we aren't at heightened attention. As the Brits knew before the First World War and then honed to a fine touch before the second, Americans are suckers for morality. We love to conquer evil. When Bush gave us the spin on Iraq, the mushroom clouds, the weapons of mass destruction, nobody disagreed Saddam was evil. Certainly not the Democratic Party. And the Democratic elites wanted war as much as the Republicans. If it took dumping their own guy in 2000 to do it, so be it. Who designed the butterfly ballot? A Democrat. Whose polls are the hardest to get to? The disenfranchised black constituents of the Democratic Party. Making Gore conduct his campaign by the eight time loser Bob Shrum the guy the Party selects to lose elections was another tip-off. Why would the Democratic elites want their guy Gore when they were smelling war? Gore I am sure wanted to win but that doesn't mean his own Party wouldn't dump him. The Democratic Party can do without a president if what the elites of that party really want is war. They still retain their power in the Party which is really their only concern, the perpetuation of the party organization itself. The Democratic Party is the best friend the Republicans ever had. And the Republican Party needs the Democratic Party as much as the Democrats need the Republicans. The only way you can be a winner is if there is a loser. In the two-party system both parties need each other for either party to exist at all. And who needs a president of your own party when the two-party system gets to have its war? Eva Liddell lives in the Pacific Northwest. [Planning to lose. Throwing the fight/game. When the "people's party" does that, it's even worse than the RP, because it leaves us no way out; it guarantees that we - and any third world country in their way - will be royally screwed. Thanks, Dem hacks, and thanks, Americans, who encourage them by voting for them, no matter how morally corrupt. -ed] --------20 of 22-------- Americans Unready to Revolt, Despite Revolting Conditions by Joel S. Hirschhorn [Alas - the ruling class has us gauged and will take and take wherever we're willing to give and give. No profiles in courage in today's toady America. By being such wimps we're on our knees begging: Screw us! Screw us! We're so nice we cooperate in our own destruction. -ed] The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal national poll results vividly show a population incredibly dissatisfied with their nation's political system. In other countries in other times such a depressing level of confidence in government would send a signal to those running the government that a major upheaval is imminent. But not here in the USA. Why? First, here are the highlights of the poll that surveyed 1,008 adults from June 8-11, with a margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points. A whopping 68 percent think the country is on the wrong track. Just 19 percent believe the country is headed in the right direction - the lowest number on that question in nearly 15 years. And most of those with the positive view are probably in the Upper Class. Bush's approval rating is at just 29 percent, his lowest mark ever in the survey. Only 62 percent of Republicans approve, versus 32 percent who disapprove. Take Republicans out of the picture and a fifth or less of Americans have a positive view of Bush. Even worse, only 23 percent approve of the job that Congress is doing. So much for that wonderful new Democratic control of Congress. Bipartisan incompetence is alive and well. On the economic front, nearly twice as many people think the U.S. is more hurt than helped by the global economy (48 to 25 percent). Globalization does not spread wealth; it channels it to the wealthy, making billionaires out of millionaires. I have long asserted that Americans live in a delusional democracy with delusional prosperity and these and loads of other data support this view. There is a super wealthy and politically powerful Upper Class that is literally raping the nation. Meanwhile, the huge Lower Class continues to lose economic ground while their elected representatives sell them out to benefit the Upper Class. Yet no rational person thinks that a large fraction of the population is ready to rise up in revolt against the evil status quo political-economic system that so clearly is not serving the interests of the overwhelming majority of Americans. Why not? For a nation that was built on a revolt against oppressive governance by the British, something has been lost from our political DNA. We apparently no longer have the gene for political rebellion. It has been bred out of most of us. And those of us that urge a Second American Revolution are seen as fringe, nutty subversives. Part of the genius of our contemporary ruling class elites is that they have engineered a state of political and economic oppression that paradoxically is still embraced by the Lower Class. The rational way to understand this is that ordinary, oppressed Americans are in a deep psychological state of self-delusion. Despite all the empirical, objective evidence of a failed government, they fail to see rebellion opportunities. Many still believe they live in the world's best democracy. But across all elections considerably less than half the citizens even bother to vote anymore. Yet, as the new NBC/Journal poll results show, people are cognitively aware of just how awful the political-economic system is. Yet they are not feeling enough pain to seriously consider rebellion. And it is visceral pain that must drive people to the daring act of rebellion. Why is there insufficient pain for revolution? This is a deadly serious issue. What is historically unique about America is that even the most oppressed and unfairly treated people are distracted by affordable materialism, entertainment, sports, gambling, and myriad other aspects of our frivolous, self-absorbed culture. Even failed school and health care systems do not drive people, paying enormous sums to fill up their SUVs, to rebellion. So, Americans are aware of their oppression, but the power elites have successfully drugged them with a plethora of pleasure-producing distractions sufficient to keep them under control. We are free to bitch, but too weak to revolt. The Internet has provided a release valve for some pent up anger and frustration. But it too has mostly become another source of distraction, rather than an effective tool for rebellion. Though these new poll statistics make news, those in control of the political-economic system are not afraid that the population is on the verge of retaking their constitutionally guaranteed sovereign power and take back their nation. Thousands of people like me keep writing books and articles and creating protest groups and events. Those in power just find new, ingenious ways to keep the population distracted - if not through pleasure, then certainly through fear of terrorism. Growing economic insecurity also contributes to self-paralysis, as do never-ending political lies. What a system. Even as the population has growing awareness of the dire condition of their nation, the move by the politically powerful on the right and left continues to seek a new immigration law that will solidify the selling out of America. Business interests want more of those fleeing Mexico and other nations to keep wages low. Instead of Mexicans rising up in rebellion against their oppressive government and economic system they escape to the USA. But Americans have no such viable escape solution. Though global warming will certainly make Canada increasingly attractive. So what do Americans have - other than a terribly bleak future? Where is hope in our dismal world? In a bizarre twist of history that further illustrates just how impotent Americans have become, virtually all citizens are either unaware of or unreceptive to the ultimate escape route that the Framers of our Constitution gave us. They anticipated that Americans could become quite dissatisfied with the federal government. They feared that the political system could become incredibly corrupted by moneyed interests. They were right. So here we sit over 200 years after our nation was created unwilling to use what is explicitly given to us in Article V of the Constitution - the option to have a convention outside the control of Congress, the President and the Supreme Court to make proposals for constitutional amendments. Do we really believe in the rule of law? If so, then we should understand that the supreme law of the land - what is in our Constitution - is the ultimate way to obtain the deep political and government reforms to restore true democracy and economic fairness to our society. Make no mistake: an Article V convention has been stubbornly opposed by virtually all groups with political and economic power. This is most evidenced by the blatant refusal of Congress to obey the Constitution and give us an Article V convention, even though the single explicit requirement for a convention has been met. This fact alone should tell rational people that they are being screwed and oppressed. The rule of law is trumped by the rule of delusion. Our lawmakers are lawbreakers. Come learn more about the effort to get an Article V convention at www.foavc.org <http://www.foavc.org/> and become a member. Do not keep witnessing the unraveling of American society, voting for lesser evil candidates, and believing the propaganda that putting different Democrats or Republicans in office will actually improve things for most of us. Choose peaceful rebellion by using what our Constitution gives us. Fight self-delusion. http://www.atlanticfreepress.com/content/view/1798/81/ --------21 of 22-------- Nation of Mutes America's Guilty Silence By JAMES BROOKS CounterPunch June 18, 2007 Crimes against humanity don't happen unless it is possible to commit them with impunity. Government corruption and gross imbalances of power will bring them closer to the edge of possibility. But the anticipation of impunity must be personal and social as well as legal and political. The perpetrators need to make sense of their crimes within a positive sense of themselves. A shared sense of impunity that can pay for mass murder and torture chambers without self-reproach requires denial, distortion, and ignorance of swaths of reality. In totalitarian societies, the state handles these chores to try to keep the people unaware of its most criminal activities. But in societies that enjoy relative freedom of the press, citizens encounter many unsavory facts that are impossible to deny directly. When "democracies" engage in war crimes, this knowledge pressures citizens to internalize a collective sense of impunity, which must be robust enough to neutralize incriminating truth as it appears. Most informed US citizens are aware that their government runs a global network of secret detention centers where torture is routinely employed. They also know what this activity looks like, having seen photos of their troops' bestial behavior at Abu Ghraib. If they followed the story, they know that this behavior was also reported at several other prisons and detention centers in Iraq, under policy directives from the very top of the Pentagon. They know about the human rights horrors of Guantanamo and Bagram Air Force base, that the CIA runs a global ring dedicated to kidnappings, "extraordinary rendition", and torture, that hundreds of our detainees have disappeared, and so on. It is possible to know these things by reading big city newspapers. An objective observer could glean the general shape of these facts from network television news. The American public has been told. And the public has turned the page. It's also a matter of record that our government has orchestrated an international economic blockade against the occupied Palestinian Authority, while Israel withholds the PA's tax revenues. After 15 months of this policy, an economy that aid experts had previously compared to sub-Saharan Africa has imploded. Social and civic services have ground to a virtual halt. (1) Diligent readers know that the Palestinians' already high rates of malnutrition and food insecurity are now at alarming levels. Doctors warn that skyrocketing numbers of Palestinian children are being crippled for life by chronic malnutrition. (2) The predictable (and predicted) result of economic siege against an occupied people has been burgeoning chaos and civil strife, eroding what is left of the rule of law in the occupied territories. The informed American knows that this is happening because, in the fairest elections yet seen in the Middle East, the Palestinian people voted for the wrong party. Yet even the best-informed Americans will be hard put to think of a similar instance in history. When have great powers conspired to destroy the government and economy of a destitute people already crumbling under another power's long colonial war? To know about our government's global gulag and remain silent requires a reckoning with snatching people and repeatedly subjecting them to depraved acts of torture, knowing that those who do not die will suffer lifelong physical and psychological torment. This reckoning appears to turn on variants of a calculation; that our collective security is worth more than the cost to a few tens of thousands of foreigners of questionable race and religion. This quantifies and prioritizes an otherwise difficult problem, allowing us to minimize the crimes by rounding our sums. We don't notice that this pragmatic solution also fingers the people responsible for this inhumanity: us, the 'collective' whose security is so valuable that it's worth committing torture every day of the week to protect it. To know about the economic siege against the occupied Palestinian territories and say nothing is to acquiesce in crippling collective punishment of millions of poor people, for the crime of holding a democratic election. Unlike our straightforward torture-for-security deal in the global reign of terror against terror, our justifications for the Palestinian siege are bureaucratic and symbolic. Hamas is on our "terror list" and therefore beyond the pale of humanity. Before we will end the blockade, Hamas must kiss the three poisoned rings of obeisance: recognize Israel's unique "right to exist" (as a "Jewish state" that refuses to recognize the rights of its current and former Arab residents), "renounce violence" (unlike Fatah, Israel, the US, etc.), and "accept past agreements" (the long sorry record of unreciprocated PLO concessions to Israel). The public seems to accept this flimsy hypocrisy as reason enough to force Palestinian doctors to beg for syringes and bandages. (3) It goes down as easily as we close the cell door against the screams, to ease our pathetic fear of "terror". Objectively, the American public is much more responsible for the crimes committed in its name than were the people of Germany for the horrors of the Third Reich. We have far more knowledge, and far greater freedom and opportunity to stop our government's criminal behavior. But who is even asking the presidential candidates for their positions on torture and starving the Palestinians, or what they think of the respected study that found our war had killed as many as 665,000 Iraqis, as of almost two years ago? Do we have any excuse for our abject failure to hold our leaders and ourselves responsible for our nation's most heinous crimes? If we cannot bring ourselves to say, "guilty", then "innocent by reason of insanity" appears to be our only plausible defense before a future court of the world. We will have to claim that our minds were not our own. The corporate media-government propaganda network had grown so ubiquitous that the people were essentially subjects in a mass brainwashing experiment. Unfortunately, the experiment was a success, so increasingly absurd versions of re-manufactured reality were implanted in the public mind. At the time, some of us complained about cover-ups, lies, all the things we weren't being told by the media. But the public already knew too much, so our values had already been subverted to accommodate us to our national life of crime. In the reality we were fed, deceit could be virtuous, "terrorists" could destroy us, only leaders could understand the world, and in "extreme" cases the normal questions of morality did not apply. This is why we were silent while "our" government committed these terrible deeds. The argument has some merit. The elites of this country invented modern propaganda almost a century ago. Today the immense power of corporate-political "opinion formation" in certain reaches the public mind is undeniable. We need to understand how much this system has undermined the public will and dehumanized our lives. However, to the extent that we as individuals still possess free will and are responsible for our own values, we have no excuse for our mute acceptance of these and other national crimes against humanity. Don't we pay for them with our taxes, continue them with our votes, and support them with our silence? James Brooks serves as webmaster for Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel. He can be contacted at jamiedb [at] wildblue.net. NOTES. 1. Occupied Palestinian Territory, Malnutrition in Gaza "as bad as Zimbabwe" says Clare Short Relief Web/Christian Aid, 1/30/2003 2. Poll: 10% of Palestinian children have lasting malnutrition effects Ha'aretz/Associated Press 4/11/2007 3. OPT: Humanitarian work resumes in Gaza as factional fighting ends UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 5/23/2007 --------22 of 22-------- Swarming Congress Building a Resistance to the 2008 Iraq War Supplemental Funding Bill By JEFF LAYS CounterPunch June 19, 2007 On August 6, Congress begins its month long recess. August 6 also marks the start of Year 62 After Hiroshima - the one and only time that nuclear weapons were used. And it marks Year 17 After Iraq Sanctions, when the brutal economic sanctions regime against Iraq was first imposed by the international community. On August 6, the Occupation Project will launch a reinvigorated campaign of sustained nonviolent civil disobedience / civil resistance to end Iraq war funding. Office occupations - both legal and extralegal - will commence at the offices of Representatives and Senators who refuse to publicly pledge to vote against any additional funding of the Iraq war. Occupations will continue at least through the end of September. The Occupation Project will work in conjunction with campaigns organized by Declaration of Peace, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, CODEPINK, Veterans for Peace, Grassroots America for Us and others. The hottest weather of the year occurs in August. Let us commit to creating the hottest political weather: focused upon Congress to force an end to the Iraq war. Let us commit to forcing Congress to vote down the $145 billion being sought in supplemental spending to wage the Iraq - Afghanistan war through September of 2008. Let us commit to forcing Congress to force the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of this year. Let us commit to using every nonviolent means at our disposal to defeat the Iraq war supplemental spending bill for 2008 and to bring every U.S. soldier home from Iraq by the end of this year. Last fall, in Panora, Iowa social justice advocates discussed ways to bring the occupation of Iraq home to the offices of Representatives and Senators. The Occupation Project grew from these discussions. From February 5 through Tax Day, over 320 arrests occurred at the offices of 39 Representatives and Senators across the country. 15 of the 39 voted against the final Iraq war supplemental spending bill that Congress passed in May. 14 of the 15 who voted against the final bill had voted in favor of the Iraq war spending bill last year. Actions occurred at the offices of both Republicans and Democrats - challenging the reality that both parties are responsible for the ongoing war. Meanwhile, sustained campaigns of office occupations that did not result in arrests took place in such diverse locations as Nashville, Tennessee (the birthplace of the Occupation Project); Huntsville, Alabama; Seattle, Washington; San Francisco, California; and across the state of Minnesota. Social justice advocates entered the offices on a weekly basis (and, in the case of Sacramento, CA, on a daily basis) and occupied the offices, pressing the demand that the Representative or Senator commit to voting against any additional funding for the war. These next three months are critical to ending the war in and occupation of Iraq. Through the end of July, Grassroots America for Us is organizing the Swarm on Congress, intensive and extensive lobbying on Capitol Hill. In August, we must turn up the heat on Representatives and Senators while they are in their home districts and states for the month long recess. In early September, General Petraeus will report to Congress on the progress - or lack thereof - that is being made in Iraq. Shortly after, the House will vote on HR 2451 as an amendment to the Iraq - Afghanistan war supplemental spending bill. Next the House will vote on the final version of the $145 billion war supplemental for FY 2008, and send it to the Senate for consideration. It will be a one-two punch vote. It is entirely probable that the final version of the supplemental spending bill will not be publicly available until less than 24 hours prior to the vote (the final version of the supplemental passed in May was not publicly available until the morning of the vote). H.R. 2451 (sponsored by David Obey and Jim McGovern) requires that the redeployment of U.S. forces out of Iraq begin within 90 days of enactment. The partial redeployment is to be completed by June 30, 2008. HR 2451 will keep U.S. troops in Iraq to: protect the U.S. embassy and diplomatic personnel; protect U.S. forces remaining in Iraq; engage in "target special actions limited in duration and scope to killing or capturing members of al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations with global reach"; and to train and equip the Iraqi Security Forces. Erik Leaver of the Institute for Policy Studies examined nearly identical language in March 2007 and concluded that it would allow for upwards of 40,000 to 60,000 U.S. troops to remain in Iraq. Our demand must remain clear: end all funding for the Iraq war and withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of this year. The language of HR 2451 is not sufficient. And what of the argument that a vote against the $145 billion supplemental spending for 2008 will further endanger the well-being of U.S. troops currently deployed in Iraq? U.S. troops will not be in danger when the U.S. withdraws the troops from Iraq. $36 billion of this $145 billion will be for the procurement of ammunition, weapons systems and combat vehicles that will not be delivered to the military until 1 to 3 years has passed. The Army seeks $46 billion for "operations and maintenance" to fund its actions at current levels through September 30, 2008 - a sure way to place U.S. soldiers and Iraqi citizens in further danger. (see "Iraq and Afghanistan Supplemental Spending 2008" at for an in-depth analysis of the 2008 war funding request). Recall that the President is seeking $482 billion for the baseline military budget for 2008. That's an 11 percent increase over the current year's budget-and nearly 62% more than was spent on the military in 2001. The money is clearly available to safely and quickly withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of this year. It is easy to be discouraged and lose heart after Congress passed the Iraq war bill in May. It is easy to be tempted to give up completely on the legislative process. But giving up on the legislative process is, indeed, the easy route to take. It is the route that ensures that the Iraq war will continue as a war without end. Instead, we should intensify our legal and extralegal lobbying efforts. We should recognize that nearly twice as many Representatives voted against the supplemental this year than last year and that, for the first time, Senators voted against an Iraq war supplemental spending bill because of their opposition to the war's continuation (Arlen Specter voted against the supplemental in 2006 was because he did not believe it provided sufficient funds for a medical program). We should maintain pressure upon those Representatives and Senators who voted against the final war supplemental spending bill-working to ensure that they again vote against war funding this fall. We should also recognize that the only way that this war will be ended is if we organize to exert sufficient pressure on Republicans and Democrats to force an end to war funding. With this in mind, we should recognize the tricks of the parliamentary trade and demand that David Obey and Nancy Pelosi do more to end the war. But we should also recognize that had Obey bottled up the war supplemental in committee or Pelosi refused to allow a floor vote, Jerry Lewis (as ranking Republican on the Appropriations Committee) would have submitted his own version of a war supplemental and obtained 218 signatures on a discharge petition to force his version to be voted upon in the House. Ending the war requires pressure on both Democrats and Republicans - both via legal lobbying and nonviolent civil disobedience / resistance. Multiple efforts and allied campaigns are underway to force an end to the war in and occupation of Iraq. Become engaged with these efforts and organize locally. Join the efforts of the Swarm on Congress, an intensive and extensive lobbying effort in Washington, D.C. through the end of July initiated by Grassroots America for Us Organize local actions with the Occupation Project campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience / civil resistance / office occupations to demand that Representatives and Senators vote to end to all funding for the Iraq war. A reinvigorated campaign will be launched on August 6 to continue through the vote on war funding in September. Get involved at http://vcnv.org/project/the-occupation-project. You can contact the Occupation Project via email at occupationproject [at] vcnv.org for suggestions and advice on how to organize a local Occupation Project campaign. Resources including voting records, legal information, etc. are available on this website. CODEPINK's work includes the Occupation Project and the Don't Buy Bush's War campaigns (among other critical work to end the war). Join the Declaration of Peace campaign efforts. DoP will be lobbying Representatives and Senators through the summer, culminating with a week of actions nationally during the critical week of September 14 to 21. Visit www.declarationofpeace.org Participate in the efforts of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR) as it challenges the war in Iraq through nonviolent direct action. NCNR has organized actions at military recruiting centers, Congressional offices, the Pentagon and weapons manufacturers. Visit www.iraqpledge.org. Participate in the legislative network of United for Peace and Justice as well as its nonviolent direct action working group to force an end to the war. Visit www.unitedforpeace.org Time is short to end funding for the Iraq war. And the costs are immeasurably high each day that the war continues. Much organizing work remains to be done. Break time is over. Jeff Leys is Co-Coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence and a national organizer with the Occupation Project campaign. He can be reached via email, jeffleys [at] vcnv.org. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- - David Shove shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu rhymes with clove Progressive Calendar over 2225 subscribers as of 12.19.02 please send all messages in plain text no attachments To GO DIRECTLY to an item, eg --------8 of x-------- do a find on --8 impeach bush & cheney impeach bush & cheney impeach bush & cheney impeach bush & cheney
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