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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2007 16:10:18 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 08.26.07 1. KFAI/Indian 8.26 7pm 2. RNC welcome 8.27 10am 3. Feminist films 8.27-31 11:30am 4. Women's equality 8.27 5pm Duluth MN 5. Park/payToilets? 8.27 6:30pm 6. Amnesty Intl 8.27 7pm 7. Climate crisis 8.27 7:30pm 8. Korten/CTV 8.28 8am/5pm 9. Iraq forum 8.28 4/6:30/6:30pm (3 of them) 10. Impeach4Peace 8.28 7pm 11. Full moon tour 8.28 7pm 12. Rock-Tenn/KFAI 8.29 11am 13. Michael Cavlan - Sens Klobuchar and Coleman should resign 14. Mother Jones - Kucinich wins debate poll, ABC covers up results 15. Ralph Nader - Government contracts: what do they have to hide? 16. Brian Concannon - Whitewashing the history of abolition (Haiti) 17. Mumia Abu-Jamal - The power of history: (Haiti) 18. Paul J Watson - Canadian police caught attempting to stage riots 19. ed - Go army (poem) --------1 of 19-------- From: Chris Spotted Eagle <chris [at] spottedeagle.org> Subject: KFAI/Indian 8.26 7pm KFAI¹s Indian uprising for Aug. 26th, 2007 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. CDT AVERAGE FAMILY is a world premiere by Larissa FastHorse, with direction by Peter C. Brosius at The Children¹s Theatre Company (CTC), Main Stage, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, opening on September 7th at 7:30 p.m. and runs through October 6th. CTC is the nation¹s leading theater for young people and families and recipient of the 2003 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. The Play: The Roubidouxs, an urban American Indian family living in Minneapolis; and the Monroes, a back-to-nature clan from Northern Minnesota, sign up to face-off in a reality TV show which promises a brand new vehicle as the prize. Their challenge is to survive for three months as an 1840¹s frontier family on the Minnesota prairie and they¹ve been given roles to play. The Roubidouxs¹ assignment is to portray the ³Indians.² Both families embark on an adventure fraught with laughable predicaments and harrowing incidents - all of which is caught on the confession cam! In the end, when one family reconnects with their Dakota culture, it leads to startling revelations for all, inspiring the true spirit of generosity. Guests and company: Larissa FastHorse (Lakota), Playwright. ³Being able to do this play, with a primarily American Indian cast in a large theater, is a dream come true for me,² said Larissa FastHorse. ³American Indian characters are rarely the majority of a cast or mainstream productions and their stories are often dealt with as special,¹ "diverse,¹ or "alternative. For CTC to put this show up as a main stage work like any other is very brave and terribly exciting for the future of theater.² Larissa FastHorse has been involved with the arts and been an advocate for her heritage for many years. After devoting some time to being a dancer and choreographer, she became involved with the American Indian film community and spoke at film festivals and panels. In 2000, she was a delegate to the United Nations in Geneva, speaking on the power of film for indigenous peoples. She worked in feature film and television development at Universal Pictures and Paramount. Peter C. Brosius, Artistic Director. ³I have wanted to bring a piece about contemporary American Indian reality to our stage for some time. Larissa FastHorse, who was raised in South Dakota and is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Lakota, brought this powerful and inventive story to us. Her talent, her heart, and her commitment to her native culture are at the center of all she does. It is my great pleasure to present her first piece of work for theater.² Note: Ticket discounts for seniors and students. Discount of $5 (not valid with other discounts) for those who self ID as members of the American Indian community, See press release, attached, for more details. * * * * Indian Uprising a one-hour Public & Cultural Affairs program is for and by Native Indigenous People broadcast each Sunday at 7:00 p.m. CDT on KFAI 90.3 FM Minneapolis and 106.7 FM St. Paul. Producer and host is volunteer Chris Spotted Eagle. KFAI Fresh Air Radio is located at 1808 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454, 612-341-3144. For internet listening, go to www.kfai.org <http://www.kfai.org> and for live listening, click Play under ON AIR NOW or for later listening via the archives, click PROGRAMS & SCHEDULE > Indian Uprising > STREAM. Programs are archived for two weeks. --------2 of 19-------- From: RNC Welcoming Committee <rnc08 [at] riseup.net> Subject: RNC welcome 8.27 10am The RNC Welcoming Committee will be holding a press conference on Monday, August 27th, at 10:00 a.m., at the Jack Pine Community Center, located at 2815 E. Lake St., Minneapolis. The Welcoming Committee is accepting questions as of this release, to be answered at said press conference. All submissions must be received by Monday, August 20th. They will be answered at what could well be the first ever, open source, user-created press conference. Questions should be submitted to rnc08 [at] riseup.net. --------3 of 19-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: Feminist films 8.27-31 11:30am [This schedule will be printed just this ONCE. If you want it, SAVE it] August 27-August 31: Minnesota Women's Consortium Free Feminist Film Festival. Spend your lunch hour (or an evening) with us, popcorn and great movies! * Monday, August 27 at 11:30AM: Real Women Have Curves (PG13- 86 min.) * Tuesday, August 28 at 11:30AM and 5:30PM: North Country (R- 126 min.) * Wednesday, August 29 at 11:30AM: Rabbit-Proof Fence (PG- 94 min.) * Thursday, August 30 at 11:30AM: Water (PG13- 117 min.) * Friday, August 31 at 11:30AM and 5:30PM: Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (PG13- 90 min.) Check the blog or the July 25 issue of the Capitol Bulletin for descriptions of each movie. All showings are at 550 Rice Street, St. Paul. Please RSVP for the Tuesday and Friday evening showings. --------4 of 19-------- From: Debbie <ddo [at] mchsi.com> Subject: Women's equality 8.27 5pm Duluth MN Please join us for food, fun, and fellowship in celebrating Women's Equality Day August 27, 2007 5:00-7:00pm The Building for Women - 32 E. First Street Duluth Celebrating the ratification of the Constitution's 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920, instituted by Rep. Bella Abzug and first established in 1971. Join us for entertainment, women elected officials past/present. Bring a dish to share! Women's Equality Day Celebration Contact: Terri Griffiths - event coordinator 218-525-3809 218-393-1254 tjgriffiths [at] charter.net Sponsors American Association of University Women-Duluth Branch The Building for Women Aurora Northland Lesbian Center Women's Health Center Lake Superior College Center for Student Development The White House Project North Country Women's Coffee House PAVSA The Million Moms March YWCA The League of Women Voters' Duluth Chapter In honor of Betty Friedan, Bella Abzug, Coretta S. King Women Who Changed the World - and those who continue their Legacy Celebration, Remembrance, Transition Our Past Is The Future Feminist Moving Forward --------5 of 19-------- From: G Livesay <portx10 [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Park/pay toilets? 8.27 6:30pm This just in, Bureaucrat Bob Bierschied backs PAY toilets at parks. You heard it here first folks. According to my secret decoder ring he has found a way to attach a parking meter to a port-o-john. I mean, why else would he be buying all those parking meters? What would the parks department do with all those parking meters? It appears Arlington Arkwright park will be the testing ground for these new PAY port-o-johns. Bureaucrat Bob sure knows marketing. Since the city has closed the only SAFE gate for pedestrians to use the OL park, no one will be tempted to walk up to the corner gas station. Bureaucrat Bob can take advantage of the COMPLETE LACK of SIDEWALKS to force people to use the PAY port-o-johns. After all, who wants to get hit by a car? COMMUNITY INPUT PUBLIC MEETING: Arlington/Arkwright Dog Park Monday, August 27, 2007 6:30 p.m. Faith Baptist Church 1365 Westminster Street Neighbors of the Arlington/Arkwright off-leash dog park have expressed concerns regarding its operation and the actions of some of the park's users. Payne/Phalen District Five Planning Council's Community Planning and Economic Development Committee established a subcommittee to examine the concerns of neighbors and park users and suggest solutions. The sub-committee met on July 9, 2007 and heard these concerns. City staff agreed to investigate some of the issues raised to see what changes are possible or practical. Dog park users agreed to investigate forming an organization to more effectively address concerns raised by and about park users. All agreed to meet later and report back. This will be a public, follow-up meeting. Deborah Eide Administrative and Outreach Assistant District Five Planning Council Deborah.Eide [at] visi.com 1014 Payne Ave. St. Paul, MN 55130 Phone: 651-774-5234 Fax: 651-774-9745 --------6 of 19-------- From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at] bitstream.net> Subject: Amnesty Intl 8.27 7pm Augustana Homes Seniors Group meets on Monday, August 27th, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the party room of the 1020 Building, 1020 E 17th Street, Minneapolis. For more information contact Ardes Johnson at 612/378-1166 or johns779 [at] tc.umn.edu. --------7 of 19-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Climate crisis 8.27 7:30pm Regular meeting of the Climate Crisis Coalition of the Twin Cities (3CTC). EVERY 2nd and 4th Monday at 7:30 pm. The Freight House Dunn Brothers, 201 3rd Ave S, next door to the Milwaukee Road Depot, Downtown Minneapolis. Stop global warming, save Earth! In solidarity w/people and the planet, Eric 651-644-1173 --------8 of 19-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net <mailto:eric-angell [at] riseup.net>> Subject: Korten/CTV 8.28 8am/5pm Dear Minneapolis Television Network (MTN 17) viewers: "Our World In Depth" cablecasts on MTN Channel 17 on Saturdays at 9pm and Tuesdays at 8am. Households with basic cable can watch! 8/25 9pm and 8/28 8am "David Korten: The Great Turning from Empire to Earth Community". Presentation by author Korten recorded in April in Mpls. Revered St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN 15) viewers: "Our World In Depth" cablecasts in St. Paul on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings. All households with basic cable can watch! 8/28 5pm and midnight and 8/29 10am "The Public Intellectual, the Internet and the War on Terror" Professor, author and blogger Juan Cole engages an audience on issues of privacy, the Internet, and US foreign policy in the Mideast and Asia. Hosted by the U of MN. --------9 of 19-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Iraq forum 8.28 4/6:30/6:30pm (3 of them) Tuesday, 8/28, 4 pm, Iraq Summer coalition sponsors town hall forum on Iraq, Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka (targeting Jim Ramstad). www.noiraqescalation.org/iraq_summer or minnesotafd [at] iraqsummer.org or 612-465-8803. Tuesday, 8/28, 6:30 pm, Iraq Summer coalition sponsors town hall forum on Iraq, Cascade Room, Atwood Center, St Cloud State University, 720 4th Ave S, St Cloud (Michele Bachmann's district). www.noiraqescalation.org/iraq_summer or minnesotafd [at] iraqsummer.org or 612-465-8803. Tuesday, 8/28, 6:30 pm, Summer coalition sponsors town hall forum on Iraq, Lakes and Plains Carpenters Great Hall, 710 Olive St, St Paul. (targeting Norm Coleman), www.noiraqescalation.org/iraq_summer or minnesotafd [at] iraqsummer.org or 612-465-8803 --------10 of 19-------- From: Impeach <lists [at] impeachforpeace.org> Subject: Impeach for peace 8.28 7pm Impeach for Peace We meet Tuesdays at 7pm at Joe's Garage (Restaurant along Loring Park) 1610 Harmon Pl Minneapolis, MN 55403 (612) 904-1163 --------11 of 19-------- From: "wamm [at] mtn.org" <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Full moon tour 8.28 7pm Coldwater Full Moon Tour: Edible Plants Tuesday, August 28, 7:00 p.m. (Gather); 7:15 p.m. (Walk) Minnehaha Park, 54th Street South, Minneapolis (South End of the Pay Parking Lot). Walk up and down the Mississippi gorge with Henry Fieldseth, founder of the Friends School Plant Sale and specializes in knowledge of growing native plants. August's full moon is called the Green Corn Moon or the Grain Moon. The fruits of summer are bountiful and Henry will point what is edible along the paths around Coldwater. Plus the traditional group howl! FFI: Visit <www.friendsofcoldwater.org>. --------12 of 19-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Rock-Tenn/KFAI 8.29 11am Andy Driscoll, Producer/Host Truth to Tell -- co-host: Craig Cox Wednesdays at 11:00 AM KFAI Radio, 90.3 Minneapolis/106.7 St. Paul 651-293-9039 / Fax: (same, call ahead) / Cell: 651-492-2221 email: _andy [at] driscollgroup.com LISTEN WEDNESDAY, August 29 @ 11:00 AM: ROCK-TENN RECYCLING AND ITS ENERGY SUPPLY TTT's Andy Driscoll and co-host Craig Cox talk with principal players in the controversy over just how St. Paul's paper-recycling Rock-Tenn Corporation will replace its sorely needed steam supply when Xcel Energy's downtown St. Paul coal-fired plant shuts down forever. **Guests: State Sen. Ellen Anderson, Chair of the Minnesota Senate Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Budget Division of Senate Finance, and member of the Energy, Utilities, Technology and Communications and the Environment and Natural Resources committees. Nina Axelson - Rock-Tenn Community Advisory Panel staff person; Justin Eibenholzl, Energy and Environmental Justice advocate, Southeast Como Improvement Association (SECIA) and member of Rock-Tenn Community Advisory Panel. Jack Greenshields, Rock-Tenn Corporation Senior Vice President and General Manager Representative of Neighbors Against the Burner (NAB) --------13 of 19-------- Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2007 21:15:32 -0400 From: Michael Cavlan - ollamhfaery [at] earthlink.net Subject: Cavlan Condemns Minnesota Senators Klobuchar and Coleman http://twincities.indymedia.org/newswire/display/31088 Summary: This week Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Norm Coleman helped put US Senate Bill 1927 into law. This bill is more commonly known as the FISA Bill. Ms. Klobuchar and Mr Coleman, you both swore an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic". On August 3rd you voted "yea" on S. 1927 handing the Bush Administration virtually unlimited access to the private lives, liberties and pursuit of happiness in direct contravention to our 4th Amendment right to protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. Given the record of abuses of power that this administration has shown, this is unforgivable. In doing so you have both abandoned your oath of office and are no longer qualified nor deserving of representing the State of Minnesota as our Senators. I am asking with all the respect due your office that you both submit your resignations effective immediately in order that someone who has a deeper understanding of the critical importance of defending the Constitution during this national crisis can step forward and take your place as our Senators in Washington DC. As a final note, I ask that those groups and activists who regularily protest the Offices of Norm Coleman now direct their attention to the offices of Senator Klobuchar as well. Sincerely, Michael Cavlan RN Candidate US Senate 2006 Minneapolis / St. Paul IMC: http://twincities.indymedia.org/ --------14 of 19-------- MOTHER JONES magazine Kucinich Wins Debate Poll, ABC Covers Up Results http://www.motherjones.com/mojoblog/archives/2007/08/5255_kucinich_wins_d.html Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich's supporters (and, according to his website, even some non-supporters) are demanding that ABC explain its actions of the last few days. On Monday afternoon, Congressman Kucinich took a significant lead in the ABC online poll: Who won the Democratic debate? About the time that he took that lead, ABC removed the poll from its prominent position on the ABC website. Then a new poll suddenly went up, "Who is winning the Democratic debate?" Those events could be seen as technical glitches, but there was more to come. Kucinich took the lead in the second poll, also, and that poll, too, was dropped. ABC also "forgot" to announce the results (Kucinich tied with Sen. Hillary Clinton as the winner), and news about the poll is nowhere to be seen on the ABC website. Kucinich was also cut out of a group photo of all the candidates in the debate. It's a wonder viewers were even able to vote for Kucinich in the poll. He was not permitted to answer a question from debate moderator George Stephanopoulos until the debate had been under way for half an hour. So far, the network has failed to respond to questions about these events. Posted by Diane E. Dees on 08/22/07 PARTIAL LIST OF ABC ADVERTISRES. Not everyone will contact every advertiser here, so if you have to pick and choose, I suggest you use the following criteria: 1. Call the ones you do business with first. 2. Call companies that you have considered doing business with. 3. If you find a hometown company, call them. Some pointers on the calls: 1. Be polite. 2. No need to threaten them. Just politely but strongly register your objection and your demand that they pull their support of ABC. Ok, that's it. Now here is the list. Have at it. Aloha Airlines http://www.alohaairlines.com/ Mailing Address: Aloha Airlines Customer Relations P.O. Box 30028 Honolulu, Hawaii 96820 Telephone support: 888-771-2855 (or) 808-539-5994 Fax support: 808-539-5999 Sears http://www.sears.com Mailing: Sears National Customer Relations 3333 Beverly Road Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 Customer Service #: 1-800-349-4358 Mr. Clean and Swiffer Divisions of Home Made Simple Email Form Charles Schwab http://www.schwab.com/ 866-855-9102 Charles Schwab Bank, N.A. 5190 Neil Road, Suite 100 Reno, NV 89502-8532 Kellogg's Email Page Consumer Affairs Number: 800-962-1413 Chase Rewards Card Email Page Phone: 1-800-432-3117 AAA Go to http://www.aaa.com and enter your zipcode to find your state/local numbers Bounty A division of Proctor & Gamble Email page Symantec World HQ (Cupertino, CA) #: 1-408-517-8000 Subway http://www.subway.com Subway Franchise Headquarters 325 Bic Drive Milford, CT 06460 USA Tel.(203) 877-4281 / (800) 888-4848 Customer Service Form Mitshubishi http://www.mitsubishicars.com/... 1-888-MITSU2005 1-866-876-3018 T-Mobile http://www.t-mobile.com/ 1-800-937-8997 Mazda http://www.mazdausa.com/ 1-800-222-5500 CitiGroup http://www.citigroup.com/ 399 Park Avenue New York, NY 10043 U.S.A. 800-285-3000 Claritin http://www.claritin.com 1-800-CLARITIN Email Form Jell-O Product of Kraft Foods Email form Choose your age and "General Comment about Kraft" as the "subject" Home Depot http://www.homedepot.com 1-800-553-3199 Red Lobster http://www.redlobster.com Corporate HQ: 5900 Lake Ellenor Drive Orlando, FL 32809 (407) 245-4000 Hyundai Motor America http://www.hyundaiusa.com 800-633-5151 HQ: 714-965-3000 CashCall A Division of First Bank & Trust 1-877-289-0685 Customer Service: 1-877-525-2274 Comcast http://www.comcast.com 1-800-COMCAST Email form Aflac http://www.aflac.com/... Media Relations: 1-706-243-8004 Customer Service: 1-800-992-3522 Admin Service: 1-877-353-9487 Nissan http://www.nissanusa.com (800) NISSAN-1 (or 800-647-7261) Email form - http://www.nissanusa.com/... (start with the topic "general question") Carl's Junior (877) 799-7827 Email form --------15 of 19-------- Transparency and Government Contracts What Do They Have to Hide? By RALPH NADER CounterPunch August 25 / 26, 2007 Several weeks ago, I joined with Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform in urging state governors to emulate and go beyond the advances in bringing more openness to governmental expenditures put forth by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. Early in 2005, Governor Daniels issued an executive order which enables Hoosiers to find on the Internet the total number of state contracts entered into each year, the total amount of dollars awarded under state contracts each year, and the number and percentage of Indiana businesses and out-of-state businesses to whom state contracts are awarded each year. In addition the entire text of most contracts covered by the executive order is available online. Mr. Norquist and I disagree on many other issues, but we strongly share the belief that taxpayers should be able to easily access clear and concise information on how their tax dollars are being spent by governments at all levels. At the federal level, the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act will create a free, publicly searchable website for all federal contracts and grants. Senator Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) and Senator Barack Obama (D. IL) introduced this bill requiring the dollar amounts and recipients of all grants and earmarked contracts be placed in a publicly accessible database. This important step toward transparency was signed into law by President Bush on September 26, 2006, the law states that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has to ensure the existence of a searchable website is available no later than January 1, 2008. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle came together and joined forces to move in the right direction. But this is only a first step, since the actual contract language will not be made available. When he was Director of the OMB in the federal government, Mitch Daniels expressed his support for putting all federal contracts and grants online above a minimum amount and invited public comment. Included in his proposal were defense contracts, prudently redacted, which, of course, means a large area of governmental spending historically off limits to public scrutiny. Recently Iowa's Republican Senator Chuck Grassley enthusiastically supported the idea of amending the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, to include the full text of contracts. Senator Grassley, a champion of the taxpayer and government whistleblowers knows that greater transparency will benefit taxpayers. There is momentum to require the full text of government contracts be put online. But, don't underestimate the power of lethargy. I first wrote to President Bill Clinton and asked him to issue an Executive Order setting procedures for every agency of the federal government to place its contracts online back in January of 2000. On February 8, 2000, President Clinton wrote back saying he had forwarded this request to the OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for review. On September 10, 2001, I wrote to Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr., then the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, urging him to give taxpayers access to the full text of government contracts. On June 6, 2003, as a result of Mr. Daniels drive on this issue, a Federal Register Notice was issued asking for public comments on a pilot project to put contracts online. His successors at the OMB have not followed up. We are moving in the right direction with the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, but as we all know the "devil is in the details." Requiring federal agencies and departments to post online the full text of all federal contracts would be a wonderful next step. The computer age should make it possible to efficiently allow for certain redactions related to legitimate concerns about business confidentiality and national security in contracts before they are posted online in a publicly-available database. A large coalition from across the political spectrum has been pushing for increased transparency in government, which is good for a more competitive procurement process, the taxpayer and our democracy. Contracting out what the state and federal government do and contracting to obtain what governments need is a large part of our economy. The former includes letting corporations perform government functions and the latter includes buying supplies like fuel, paper, food, medicines and vehicles. Taken together, they amount to spending trillions of dollars over the past decade - our tax dollars. Putting the full text of these contracts online will: could give taxpayers both savings and better value; let the media focus more incisively on this vast area of government disbursements to inform the wider public; encourage constructive comments and alarms from the citizenry; and stimulate legal and economic research by scholars interested in structural topics related to government procurement, transfers, subsidies and giveaways. Congress should amend the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act. And, Governors should work expeditiously to make the full text of all state contracts, ranging from procurement of goods and services to grants, leaseholds and labor contracts, available to the public on the Internet in a clear and searchable format. Transparency is one of the core principles of representative democracy. Another way of putting it is that "information is the currency of democracy." Ralph Nader is the author of The Seventeen Traditions --------16 of 19-------- Amazing Grace Whitewashing the History of Abolition By BRIAN CONCANNON CounterPunch August 25 / 26, 2007 This week the world officially commemorated one of the pivotal events of modern history with deafening silence. On August 23, 1791, a group of slaves in Haiti led by a man named Boukman ignited a revolt that changed the world. They attacked their French masters, and kept fighting until Haiti wrested independence from Napoleon in 1804. Haiti's rebellion metastasized: the independent nation run by former slaves inspired people held in bondage throughout the world, and forever undermined the "moral" and philosophical underpinnings of slavery. Slavery held on for decades - more than seven decades in the U.S. - but from that time on it was fighting a losing battle. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaims August 23 the official "International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition," but there is little behind the proclamation. The UNESCO website's link to "Activities Worldwide" shows a blank page for the United States. France, alone among former slave trading countries, has an activity listed, but that is for last March's launch of a virtual UNESCO exhibit, aptly titled: "Lest We Forget." The link to the virtual exhibit does not work. There is no mention of the anniversary in any major U.S. media outlets, and very little even on the internet. In contrast, the film Amazing Grace, about William Wilberforce and the fight to end the slave trade in the British Empire, made a big splash when it opened last February. In less than four months, enough people saw the film in the United States for the movie to gross $21 million. Wilberforce, a wealthy member of the British Parliament, risked his reputation, his political career and even his health in a long struggle to convince his colleagues to pass the Slave Trade Act. The Act became a critical step in ending slavery when enacted in 1807, and both Wilberforce and the Act deserve an important place in history. But neither deserves to overshadow the Haitians and their revolution. Haitians risked their lives as well as their health and careers - over 300,000 Haitians died fighting for abolition, many cruelly tortured and mutilated along the way. Haitians actually ended slavery in the country, for good, while the Slave Trade Act only ended the transport of slaves by ship in the British Empire (the Empire did not actually abolish slavery until 1834). But it is the Slave Trade Act, not Haiti's revolution, which is widely celebrated as the beginning of the end of slavery. The orator, statesman and emancipated slave Frederick Douglass was appointed U.S. Minister to Haiti, where he saw the disservice that history was already doing to the country. In an 1893 address to the Chicago World's Fair, Douglass acknowledged the contributions of Wilberforce and the other abolitionists in England and the United States. But he reminded his listeners that: "Until Haiti struck for freedom, the conscience of the Christian world slept profoundly over slavery. Until she spoke no Christian nation had given to the world an organized effort to abolish slavery..... Until she spoke, the slave trade was sanctioned by all the Christian nations of the world, and our land of liberty and light included." Amazing Grace actually advanced the process of writing Haiti out of the history of abolition. I caught only one reference to Haiti in the film - a sentence about the revolution's outbreak in a scene from the early 1790's. The film managed to chronicle the abolition movement's progress through to 1807 without even mentioning 1804's actual abolition. The world had another chance to give Haiti its due three years ago, during the bicentennial of the nation's independence. On the big day, January 1, 2004, Thabo Mbeki, President of the most powerful African nation, South Africa, came to celebrate. But the former slaveholding nations, led by the United States, disliked the economic policies of the people Haitians had elected to serve them, so they boycotted the events. They also forced the less powerful countries of Africa and the Caribbean to stay away, so Haiti's historic celebration was muted. Instead of sending congratulations to Haiti's government, the United States sent guns and money to those trying to overthrow it. When the international spotlight did arrive in Haiti seven weeks later, it came to witness the violent return of another brutal U.S.-supported dictatorship. That dictatorship led to another 4,000 Haitians dying in political violence. I enjoyed Amazing Grace despite its slighting of Haiti, and found it a compelling and inspiring film. That might be because I, like most moviegoers, am a lot closer socially and economically to William Wilberforce than to Boukman and his comrades, or even to their descendants in Haiti today. I am willing to work hard for what I believe in, but I do not put my life on the line. At the end of a hard day's fight I sleep in a comfortable bed with a full stomach. We all risk being closer morally to John Newton, the slave-ship captain turned preacher who wrote the hymn that gave Amazing Grace its title. Newton had a series of religious conversions that led him to abandon slave-trading and eventually become a prominent abolitionist. But he traces his original conversion to 1748, while he continued to work on slave ships until 1754. By some accounts, he continued to profit from investments in slave-trading companies for decades more. Haiti has always challenged Americans by embodying conflicts between our espoused ideals and our limited willingness to implement them. In Douglass' youth, we had declared all men created equal, but we refused to recognize Haiti because it was governed by men with the wrong skin color. In 2004, our government proclaimed that democracy was worth establishing in Iraq by brutal force, but not protecting in Haiti. Our peace and human rights movements protested the Bush Administration's violations of international law in overthrowing Iraq's dictator, but silently accepted the same Administration's overthrow of Haiti's elected president. In 2007, we make and watch movies that celebrate the end of slavery, but we refuse to allow the slaves credit for their own liberation. They say that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Americans cannot or will not accurately remember our own past, or Haiti's, but it is the Haitians who are condemned when we repeat the past. They pay the price for our coups d'etat, our development assistance embargos, and our occupations. We cannot take back the previous punishment we have inflicted on Haiti, but we can remember it, and thereby do our best to avoid repeating it. Brian Concannon Jr. is a human rights lawyer and directs the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, www.ijdh.org --------17 of 19-------- The Power of History: (Haiti) By Mumia Abu-Jamal [Liberation-News] [col. writ. 8/19/07] Recently, while speaking with a younger journalist, I made mention of several points of Haitian history, and the writer looked at me blankly. Although he was well-read, and had even traveled to Haiti, he hadn't the faintest idea of many of the historical facts to which I made reference. He simply had never read nor heard of them. As a student of history, I recommended he read the work of the late radical scholar-activist, C.L.R. James on Haiti: The Black Jacobins: Toussaint Louverture and the San Domingo Revolution, originally published in 1938. He knew of the book, but he never read it. C.L.R. James was a man of remarkable brilliance, and a man who wore many hats and mastered many skills. His book, The Black Jacobins, is regarded as a masterwork of history, with perhaps the best telling of the story of the Haitian Revolution (at least in English). James, a revolutionary organizer as well as an accomplished scholar, probed deeply into the forces that led to revolution, both in Haiti and in France. One such factor was the relentless brutality of French slavery in Haiti, where sugar factories exploited black labor so totally that the life span of a captive worker there was 7 years. 7 years. To replenish this slave labor force, more and more Africans were captured from West Africa's coast, to work the sugar factories of Haiti. Black suffering and death meant white profits and sweets. James cites an axiom commonly used in France at the time of the French Revolution: "The Ivory Coast is a good mother." What that meant was slavery and brutality was good for business! Were it not for the immense wealth extracted from African slavery in Haiti, James explains, the French Revolution would never have happened. Quoting the French historian Jaures, James teaches us that "The slave-trade and slavery were the economic basis of the French Revolution." "Sad irony of history," comments Jaures. "The fortunes created at Bordeaux, at Nantes, by the slave-trade, gave to this bourgeoisie that pride which needed liberty and contributed to human emancipation." Nantes was the centre of the slave-trade. As early as 1666, 108 ships went to the coast of Guinea and took on board 37,430 slaves, to a total value of more than 37 million, giving the Nantes bourgeoisie 15 to 20 per cent of their money. [p.35] Haiti also had other impacts on the world. Its Revolution spelled the end for Napoleon's dream of a Franco-American empire. Shortly after the Revolution cut off profits to France, Napoleon communicated to Thomas Jefferson his willingness to sell Louisiana to the US for several million bucks, Jefferson leaped at the offer, and by the alleged sale (so-called because Napoleon sold land that belonged to Indians, not France), the United States doubled its size overnight. History is important; it teaches us why things are the way they are. It teaches not only about yesterday, but about today. --(c) Mumia Abu-Jamal is a political prisoner in the United States, with what could be the final decision on his legal appeals possibly coming down this summer. That decision could give Mumia his freedom, a new trial, life in prison, or execution. It is time to turn up the heat against this injustice. Free Mumia! For more on the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal read: Top Ten "Fry Mumia" Myths Debunked (Myth #1) "Five eyewitnesses saw Mumia shoot officer Faulkner." http://indybay.org/newsitems/2007/07/19/18436405.php Subscribe to Liberation News: http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/liberation_news [The ruling class wants the millions it is crushing to think that resistence is impossible, has never happened. When the Haiti revolution happened, Southern slaveholders went ballistic - don't let the slaves know it can be done! Slaveholders slept with pistols under their pillows, fearing (just) retribution from slave uprisings. In spite of the horrible odds, some southern slaves rose up and murdered their masters in their beds. The masters then killed ten or more blacks for every murdered white; still blacks rose up, knowing their likely fate. But this shattered the myth of the happy darky, and led to the American abolition movement. -ed] --------18 of 19-------- Canadian Police Caught Attempting To Stage Riots Authorities admit rock-wielding "black bloc anarchists" were really police infiltrators Paul Joseph Watson Prison Planet Friday, August 24, 2007 Quebec provincial authorities have admitted that three rock-wielding mask-wearing "anarchists" were in fact police infiltrators used to gather information on protesters at this week's SPP summit, but authorities are still ludicrously denying the fact that the provocateurs were intent on causing a riot in order to justify a heavy-handed response. Yesterday, debunkers attempted to claim that identical yellow marks on the boots of the "anarchists" and the police were simply Canadian Safety Industry seals and dismissed allegations that the three "anarchists" were undercover cops. Those same trolls and apologists for the authorities have egg on their face today after the police were forced to admit their role in using disguised cops to infiltrate the protesters before staging their arrests when they were exposed as agent provocateurs. "Police came under fire Tuesday, when a video surfaced on YouTube that appeared to show three plainclothes police officers at the protest with bandanas across their faces. One of the men was carrying a rock," reports CBC. "In the video, protest organizers in suits order the men to put the rock down, call them police instigators and try unsuccessfully to unmask them." "Quebec provincial police admitted Thursday that three of their officers disguised themselves as demonstrators during the protest at the North American leaders summit in Montebello, Que. However, the police force denied allegations its undercover officers were there on Monday to provoke the crowd and instigate violence." Protest organizers confirmed that four arrests had been made in total during the summit, all of legitimate demonstrators, meaning that the arrests of the "anarchists" was a staged event purely for public and media consumption to create the myth that the police were responding to the fact that one of the anarchists was wielding a rock and attempting to break through a police line. Watching the video, it is clearly evident that as soon as the trio are exposed as police, they try to casually drift back into police ranks before cops are forced to stage their arrests. Firstly, why should we accept the notion that it's legitimate for police officers to engage in tactics more familiar to rogue intelligence agencies by disguising themselves as anarchists in order to spy on completely non-violent protesters who are merely exercising their right to peaceably assemble? Secondly, if the police had to go to the lengths of staging arrests to perpetuate the myth that the "anarchists" were real protesters then why should we believe for a second that they weren't intent on causing violence, since they had armed themselves with projectiles? The so-called "black bloc" anarchists are completely infiltrated and controlled by the security services and are routinely employed at major protest events to cause riots and demonize legitimate peaceful protesters. In Seattle in 1999 at the World Trade Organization meeting, the authorities declared a state of emergency, imposed curfews and resorted to nothing short of police state tactics in response to a small minority of hostile black bloc hooligans. In his film Police State 2, Alex Jones covered the fact that the police allowed the black bloc to run riot in downtown Seattle while they concentrated on preventing the movement of peaceful protestors. The film presents clear evidence that the left-wing anarchist groups are actually controlled by the state and used to demonize peaceful protesters. At the WTO protests in Genoa 2001 a protestor was killed after being shot in the head and run over twice by a police vehicle. The Italian Carabinere also later beat on peaceful protestors as they slept, and even tortured some, at the Diaz School. It later emerged that the police fabricated evidence against the protesters, claiming they were anarchist rioters, to justify their actions. Some Carabiniere officials have since come forward to say they knew of infiltration of the so called black bloc anarchists, and that fellow officers acted as agent provocateurs. At the Free Trade Area of Americas protests in Miami in late November 2003, more provocateuring was evident. The United Steelworkers of America calling for a congressional investigation, stated that the police intentionally caused violence and arrested and charged hundreds of peaceful protestors. The USWA suggested that billions of dollars supposedly slated for Iraq reconstruction funds are actually being used to subsidize "homeland repression" in America. The leadership of the black bloc has been completely usurped by the authorities and anyone who still professes to be a member of the group is either supremely naive or completely stupid. To dress up like terrorists, all in black with ski masks and bandanas (like the police) immediately sends out a negative message to the watching public and demonizes legitimate protesters. The black bloc should be immediately disbanded and anyone that dresses in their garb and threatens to engage in violence at a protest should be exposed to the media for what they are - dirty cowboy cops who think their job is to spy on and abuse peaceful protesters, scum who prey on the weak and give good police a bad name while ensuring the right to protest is chilled. --------19 of 19-------- Go army. Kill all that you can kill. Die all that you can die. Kill. Die. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - 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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