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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 02:53:12 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 09.26.07 1. Citizen web tools 9.27 8am 2. Refugee camp 9.27-30 9am 3. Human rights/UN 9.27 10am Onamia MN 4. Eagan peace vigil 9.27 4:30pm 5. Northtown vigil 9.27 5pm 6. Osama/man/myth 9.27 4:30pm 7. Ford hydro/hist 9.27 6pm 8. Green $ 9.27 6pm 9. Early StP rights 9.27 6:15pm 10. Counter-recruit 9.27 6:30pm 11. Anarchism 9.27 7pm 12. Black stories 9.27-29 7pm? 13. Court personnel 9.27 14. Sexual assault 9.27-28 15. Antiwar DC bus 9.28 am 16. Globe/war 9.28 11:30am 17. Copwatch/CritMass 9.28 4:15pm 18. Palestine 9.28 4:30pm 19. YouthFarm harvest 9.28 5:30pm 20. Army of none 9.28 7:30pm 21. Pete Seeger/film 9.28+ 22. ArmyOfNone/HS 9.28 23. Stacy Mitchell - 'Big-box Swindle' now in paperback 24. Ralph Nader - Hypocrisy and inverted priorities in Congress 25. Cindy Sheehan - Petty and cruel dictator Bush 26. David Swanson - We have nothing but fear itself --------1 of 26-------- From: Steven Clift <clift [at] publicus.net> Subject: Citizen web tools 9.27 8am http://www.hhh.umn.edu/centers/stpp/events.html September 27, 2007 Citizen-Centered Goverment Web Sites: The User Experience, E-Democracy and Web 2.0 >From 8:00 to 5:30 the Center is co-hosting with the Minnesota Office of Enterprise Technology, the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, and the Digital Technology Center, and Office of Information Technology at the University of Minnesota. This event will focus on enhancing the role of citizens in a digital world. There will be a discussion on how web tools can further engage citizens in problem solving, while providing more positive user experiences on government websites. SLC: This event is being organized by Former State Senator Steve Kelley: http://www.hhh.umn.edu/centers/stpp/meetstaff.html I'll be on one of the panels. --------2 of 26-------- From: Lisa Edstrom <lisaedstrom [at] comcast.net> Subject: Refugee camp 9.27-30 9am Imagine you have just minutes to flee your home. What few items can you carry? How will you find food, shelter, and water? These are just a few of the many thoughts that race through the minds of an estimated 33 million people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes and seek refuge because of war and conflict. Doctors Without Borders/Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF) hopes to bring an understanding of the refugee experience to the people of Minneapolis. "A Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City," a free exhibit open to the general public, will take place at Loring Park Thursday, September 27 through Sunday, September 30 from 9am - 5:30pm daily. Doctors Without Borders aid workers guide visitors through the camp exhibit, explaining the challenges of building shelter, finding food and clean water, and handling waste disposal-all basic elements of survival for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). The exhibit will highlight the plight of the millions of people currently displaced by conflict in places like Sudan, Colombia, and the Democratic Republic ofthe Congo, as well as Thailand (the Hmong refugees) and Somalia-where the majority of Minnesota's refugees originate. In the nutrition tent, visitors learn about the special therapeutic foods used to combat malnutrition. Tours of the health clinic, vaccination tent, and cholera treatment center demonstrate how the organization provides basic health care and controls epidemics in refugee settings.The exhibit is made up of actual materials used by Doctors Without Borders in its medical humanitarian work around the world. If you'd like to download images from last year's exhibits you can click on the following link: http://dwb.org/media/download/. The link also includes a document that lists suggested captions and mandatory photo credits: You can also visit http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/education/refugeecamp/ for more information on our 2007 tour to Milwaukee, Chicago, Minneapolis, Houston, and Dallas. Emily Linendoll Press Officer Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) 212-763-5764 emily.linendoll [at] newyork.msf.org Doctors Without Borders/Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF) is an international independent medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries. --------3 of 26-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Human rights/UN 9.27 10am Onamia MN SEPT.27 Event: Human Rights Training: Using the UN to hold the U.S. accountable for Racism towards Indigenous Peoples workshop (free), MN Historical Society's, Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Drive, Onamia, MN, Sept. 27th from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. www.treatycouncil.org. --------4 of 26-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <skograce [at] mtn.org> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 9.27 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. --------5 of 26-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 9.27 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. --------6 of 26-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Osama/man/myth 9.27 4:30pm Thursday, 9/27, 4:30, Duke University Islamic Studies prof Bruce Lawrence speaks on "Osama Bin Laden, The Man and the Myth," Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons, Macalester College, Grand just west of Snelling, St Paul. (No tickets required.) www.macalester.edu --------7 of 26-------- From: M McGinn <maureen [at] rchs.com> Subject: Ford hydro/history 9.27 6pm Ramsey County Historical Society presents "Henry Ford Wins the Power Struggle for the High Dam" An illustrated lecture by Brian McMahon Thursday, September 27, 2007, 6 p.m. Landmark Center's Weyerhaeuser Auditorium 75 W 5th Street, St Paul September 7, 2007--, The Ramsey County Historical Society will be presenting an illustrated lecture titled "Henry Ford Wins the Power Struggle for the High Dam", on Thursday, September 27 at 6p.m. in the Weyerhaeuser Auditorium in Landmark Center. The lecture is based on an article that was featured in the summer issue of Ramsey County History. Ford Motor Company recently announced the closing of an automobile assembly plant in St. Paul that it has operated for the past 83 years. Among the assets being sold is the license to operate a hydroelectric plant on the Mississippi River for a reported sum of $50 million to Brookfield Energy. In 1923, Minneapolis Mayor Leach, as a condition for withdrawing his city's application for the license, "demanded, among other things, that the municipalities be given prior option to buy the Ford plant at cost if for any reasons its use were discontinued." Was the rejection of this demand a $50 million mistake for the Twin Cities? The Brian McMahon will discuss: How Henry Ford managed to secure the original license over the strenuous objections of Minneapolis and the State of Minnesota How Ford signed a lease with the Federal Power Commission calling for payments of $95,440 per year with the amount to be renegotiated every 10 years. Inexplicably, the payments were never increased over the various lease renewals. The inflation adjusted present value of the original annual lease payment of $95,000 would today be $1.1 million. As a result, Ford saved tens of millions in lease payments to the federal government. Ford originally claimed it would use most of the power generated, but in fact sold off most of the electricity to a private utility company. When added up, it appears that Ford operated its plant without having to pay any costs for electricity, and because of the forbearance of the lease payments, actually netted millions of dollars off the operation of the hydroplant, which was substantially funded by taxpayers. Was Henry Ford an industrial benefactor, or a shrewd capitalist who took advantage of the disarray caused by the bitter rivalry between the two cities? Or both? Brian McMahon wrote an article on this subject in the Summer issue of Ramsey County History and is completing a book on the history of Ford in Minnesota for the University of Minnesota Press. Free and open to the public. For more information call 651-222-0701 or visit www.rchs.com --------8 of 26-------- From: AmiVoeltz DoItGreen <mngreenguide [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Green $ 9.27 6pm FREE Do It Green! Workshop Series Visit doitgreen.org or call 612-345-7973 for workshop updates and to RSVP. SEPT./OCT. Green Spending & Investing Expand your local spending power, support community banks and learn about green investing from a panel of financial advisors. Create either a basic financial cash flow or a green investment portfolio. Thurs, Sept 27th 6-8pm West 7th Community Center 265 Oneida St, St Paul Sat, Sept 29th 12-2pm Washburn Public Library 5244 Lyndale Ave S, Mpls --------9 of 26-------- From: Anne R. Carroll <carrfran [at] qwest.net> Subject: Early StP rights 9.27 6:15pm Reading . Signing . Conversation William D. Green (yes, the current Mpls schools superintendent) A Peculiar Imbalance The Fall and Rise of Racial Equality in Early Minnesota Published by the Minnesota Historical Society, 2006 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007 250 Wulling Hall, University of Minnesota Minneapolis Public Schools Supt. Bill Green studied how to operate an all-black school economically. First, you pay the teacher $35 a month. For white students, he studied how to build an 18-room schoolhouse serving 2,111 (class size 117) for $16,969.65. At least that's what happened in St. Paul in the mid-1860s. Dr. Green's stories of race in early Minnesota resonate in the 21st century: . Racism . Discrimination Against Blacks, Indians and Non-English Speakers . Class Conflict And Fear of Immigrant Labor . Fear of Religious Differences (Catholic v. Protestant) . Crime . Segregated Schools . Ill-Mannered Students . Craven Politicians . One Party's Seeming Lock on Minority Voters . Acts of Decency and Heroism Public is invited. Sponsored by University of Minnesota/College of Education & Human Development/Dept. of Educational Policy & Administration Jola Publications --------10 of 26-------- From: "wamm [at] mtn.org" <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Counter-recruit 9.27 6:30pm "Army of None" Counter-Recruitment 101 Workshop Thursday, September 27, 6:30 p.m. Mayday Books, 301 Cedar Avenue South (West Bank, below The Hub), Minneapolis. Book tour of author/activists Aimee Allison and David Solnit. After serving four years as a combat medic in the Army Reserves, Aimee Allison earned an honorable discharge as a conscientious objector during the Persian Gulf War. She now serves on the steering committee of San Francisco's College Not Combat Initiative. Free and open to the public. Donations accepted. Sponsored by Youth Against War and Racism (YAWR). --------11 of 26-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Anarchism 9.27 7pm Thursday, 9/27, 7 to 9:30 pm, first of four sessions in Macalester EXCO (experimental college) class on "Nonviolence and Anarchism: An Intergenerational Dialog," focusing on the uptoming protests of the Republican National Convention and taught by Betsy Raasch-Gillman and Rob Czernik. Classes alternate between Jack Pine Center in Mpls and Friends for a Nonviolent World in St Paul. http://www.macalester.edu/exco/ (space limited) --------12 of 26-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Black storytelling 9.27-29 7pm? "Reaching Back to Move Forward" -Sankofa. This is the theme for the sixteenth Annual "Signifyin' & Testifyin' - Black Storytelling Festival in September. Black Storytellers Alliance celebrates the 16th Annual Black Storytelling Festival, "Signifyin' & Testifyin' - with a line-up of world renown Master storytellers, September 27 - 29, 2007. The line-up of storytellers include: Mitch "Gran' Daddy JuneBug Capel, Donna "Mama Koku" Buie, Temujin Ekunfeo, Janice "the Griot" Greene, Baba Jamal Koram, Tejumola Ologboni, Toni Simmons, Valerie Tutson and Danny "Slapjazz" Barber. This will be the first time exposure to the Twin Cities for Danny "SlapJazz" Barber. "SlapJazz" is a body Percussionist/Jawzzharp player with the body of the mythical John Henry. The festival is an exposition of the power of the oral tradition as practiced by African people in the Diaspora. The mission of Black Storytellers Alliance is to maintain the art of storytelling as a primary source for positive instruction and reinforcement of the rich beauty embodied in the telling of "the story". To this end, the 2nd day of the festival is dedicated to the students and their teachers in the metro area. The storytellers are showcased in several venues in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Teachers sign-up their students for a specific time and venue, bring their students and enjoy - free of charge. The three-day festival begins on Thursday evening, September 27, 2007 hosted and co-sponsored by Afro Centric Academy the Opening Ceremonies, concert of tellers and the reception that follows. All day Friday, September 29 from 9AM to 3 PM features several storytelling concerts for students and their teachers. These concerts are hosted and co-sponsored by Macalester College - Kagin Hall in St. Paul, St. Thomas University in Minneapolis at Thornton Hall and Friday afternoon at the Children's Theatre. That Friday evening, Ames Elks Lodge will co-host and sponsor the infamous "Liar's Tall Tales Contest". Saturday, September 29, 2007 is the evening Grand Finale. All events are free of charge and open to the public to carry out the mission of Black Storytellers Alliance. Black Storytellers Alliance has been able to produce this festival through great collaborations and co-sponsorships; individual and corporate donations; and a core of the greatest volunteers in the world including the Board of Directors for Black Storytellers Alliance. "Reaching back to move forward" - Sankofa, is the "Signifyin' & Testifyin'" 3-day storytelling festival. Contact: Nothando Zulu, Director Black Storytellers Alliance 1112 Newton Ave. N. Minneapolis, MN 55411 (612) 529-5864 (voice) (612) 529-5951 (fax) nzulu [at] blackstorytellers.com www.blackstorytellers.com --------13 of 26-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: Court personnel 9.27 September 27: WATCH Quarterly webinar training Communicating with Court Personnel: Strategies for Creating Change. This workshop will look at providing direct feedback, information and suggestions to criminal justice system staff. Should your call or write a judge? How do you tactfully tell a prosecutor when you think they've screwed up? What do you do when a clerk has been rude to a victim? $35 for National Association of Court Monitoring Program members and $50 for non-members. To register visit watchmn.org/technical.html Questions? ddougherty [at] watchmn.org. --------14 of 26-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: Sexual assault 9.27-28 September 27 - 28: MN Coalition Against Sexual Assault Annual Meeting in Bloomington. Keynote speakers are Claudia Bayliff, former advocate and current head of the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program, and Cordelia Anderson, speaking on the Normalization of Sexual Harm. Breakouts will be on prevention, youth involvement, immigration, collaboration, and the political side of advocacy. Contact Megan at MNCASA for more info. --------15 of 26-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Antiwar DC bus 9.28 am We want to particularly draw your attention to the fact that the AWC is organizing a bus trip to Washington DC this fall. We feel that this fall is a crucial time to take our voices to Washington. We hope you'll consider coming or donating to help someone else come. Bus Trip: Want to take your voice to DC? Come with us & march from the Capitol to the White House to say Troops Out Now! Current war funding ends 10/1, so this will be an important time to be in DC! We'll leave Friday, 9/28 in the morning so we can get to DC for the Troops Out Now Coalition demonstration on 9/29 ( troopsoutnow.org <http://troopsoutnow.org>). We'll be back in the afternoon/evening on Sunday, 9/30. Seats cost $175 per person. Partial scholarships are available. To reserve your spot or to ask questions, call 612.379.3899 or email bus [at] antiwarcommittee.org <mailto:bus [at] antiwarcommittee.org>. To donate to help fund someone else's participation, you can donate online at antiwarcommittee.org <http://antiwarcommittee.org> or you can send a check to our office at 1313 5th St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414. --------16 of 26-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Globe/war 9.28 11:30am Friday, 9/28, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, poli sci prof Andrew Latham speaks on "Globalization and War: Toward a Polemology' of World Order Transformation," Gliddens Learning Center, room 1S, Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Ave, St Paul. www.hamline.edu/events/calendar/ --------17 of 26-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] minn.net> Subject: Copwatch/CritMass 9.28 4:15pm COPWATCH FOR CRITICAL MASS Friday, September 28 4:15 p.m. Loring Park (by the fountain) 1382 Willow Street, Minneapolis The Minneapolis Critical Mass bike ride has happened the last Friday of every month for the past nine years, mostly uneventfully. However, last month's ride turned into a brutality fest when MPD cops rioted, arresting 19 and abusing many more. Of the 19 arrested, only two have been formally charged and their charges were later dropped. The others are still awaiting word on charges and are trying to get their cameras, backpacks, bikes and other property back. While we think the cops may be on their best behavior now that embarrassing video has emerged showing their awful conduct last month, we still think it's wise to take out some insurance by having copwatch present and out in force. We are especially interested in folks who have both bikes and cameras, though we will also have additional folks in cars and on foot. We will meet at the fountain in Loring Park at 4:15 p.m. to talk to people about their rights and to let them know we will be there for them. We also want to make one last pitch for witnesses to last month's outrageous cop conduct. Please join us to ensure that the Critical Mass ride is safe. Please bring a video or still camera and a cell phone, if you have them. [The cops harrassed Critical Mass regularly some years ago. Bikes are an affront to the car-gas-oil-highway-bigbox ruling-class; the first duty of the cops is to help the rich get richer. Dean Zimmermann campaigned among other things on stopping cop harrassment of Critical Mass. After he was elected, he rode his bike very publicly with Critical Mass. The harassments stopped for the four years of Dean's city council term. Now Dean is gone, we have a new police chief, and the harassments are back. The rich never give up. -ed] --------18 of 26-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Palestine 9.28 4:30pm Friday, 9/28, 4:30 to 5:30 pm, vigil to end the occupation of Palestine, Snelling & Summit Aves, St Paul. Karen, 651-283-3495. --------19 of 26-------- From: Gunnar Liden <gunnarliden [at] msn.com> Subject: Youth farm harvest 9.28 5:30pm Celebrate Youth Farm's Thirteenth Harvest! Please join Chef Lucia Watson and the young people and staff members of the Youth Farm and Market Project for a Harvest Celebration Friday, September 28, 2007 Wine and hors devours will be served, along with samples of YFMP produce! Anytime between 5:30-8pm At the beautiful Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center, St. Paul 179 E. Robie Street, St. Paul, 55107 Your $25 contribution (suggested, all are welcome) at the door will help support this innovative program. This past summer, more than 300 young people grew, cooked and distributed more than 4,000 pounds of fresh local produce. Information: www.youthfarm.net or call 612.872.4226 Directions: www.neighb.org --------20 of 26-------- From: david unowsky <david.unowsky [at] gmail.com> Subject: Army of none 9.28 7:30pm MAGERS AND QUINN PRESS RELEASE : For Immediate Distribution : Peace activists David Solnit and Aimee Allison discuss their book Army of None, 7:30 pm, Friday September 28 at Lyndale United Church of Christ, 31st Street and Aldrich Avenue South in Minneapolis. Advance tickets for $5 on sale at Magers and Quinn Booksellers. Every day in the United States, military recruiters enter the halls of high schools equipped with a goodie bag of promises and free copies of the US Army's official new video game, America's Army. Assurances of non-combat positions and college money made largely to teens of color and low-income communities rarely materialize upon real-life service. An Army of None (Seven Stories Press) is a comprehensive guide to counter-recruitment campaigns - from personal counseling to legislative change to direct action. More hands-on and sustainable than other antiwar activities, the counter-recruitment movement offers a provocative vision for the future and has the potential to create deep positive social change and de-militarize our schools, country, and the world at large. An Army of None is an unprecedented and practical resource for activists, containing compelling photos and artwork, spoken word, sample fact sheets, how-to guides, lobbying directions, resource lists, and ideas for direct action. It provides a frightening look into the world of military recruitment that everyone in the United States should know about, and the hopeful stories, inspiration, and tools necessary to do something about it. Anti-war, global justice and arts organizer David Solnit was a main organizer in the WTO protests in Seattle in 1999 and in San Francisco the day after Iraq was invaded in 2003.He is the editor of Globalize Liberation: How to Uproot the System and Build a Better World. After serving four years as a combat medic in the Army Reserves, Aimee Allison earned an honorable discharge as a conscientious objector during the Persian Gulf War. She now serves on the steering committee of San Francisco's College Not Combat Initiative. --------21 of 26-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Pete Seeger/film 9.28+ SEPT.28'FILM: PETE SEEGER:POWER OF SONG Starts Friday, September 28 at the Edina Cinema ONE WEEK ONLY !!!!! Pete Seeger, one of the greatest American singer/songwriters of the last century, was the architect of the folk revival, writing some of its best known songs, including "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "Turn, Turn, Turn" and "If I Had a Hammer." Largely misunderstood by his critics, including the U.S. government, for his views on peace, unionism, civil rights and ecology, Seeger was targeted by the communist witch hunt of the 1950s and, in spite of his enormous popularity, banned from American television for more than 17 years. With a combination of never-before-seen archival footage and personal films made by Seeger and his wife, this authorized biography chronicles the life of the legendary artist and political activist. Includes appearances by Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Natalie Maines, Tom Paxton and Peter, Paul and Mary. Directed by Jim Brown (The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time). Official Web Site --------22 of 26-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: ArmyOfNone/HS 9.28 Friday, 9/28, morning or afternoon, schools interested in bringing "Army of None" (on counter-recruitment) authors to their schools should contact Ty as soon as possible at 612-760-1980. - From: PRO826 [at] aol.com Wonderful opportunity for students and teachers! ARMY of NONE Project Bring them into your school next Friday, Sept. 28th "To Counter Military Recruitment, End War, and Build a Better World" Invite Army of None authors to speak, teach and perform about the military industrial complex - and local solutions that are making a huge difference in the lives of youth and the future of our nation. Project Coordinators and authors Aimee Allison and David Solnit have over 30 years of experience working with diverse groups of individuals to create positive change in our communities. During 2007, Aimee and David will travel across the United States to share their knowledge and experience through presentations that can be tailored to each community's needs. Already at South High in Minneapolis we have an event scheduled from Noon to 1pm, where a number of teachers are bringing their classes together to see the Army of None presentation. Act now to bring this inspiring tour to your school in morning or afternoon of Friday, September 28th. STUDENTS: You'll need to act now to make this happen. Forward this email to supportive, antiwar teachers tonight (you can find their emails on your school district website). Then call them or visit them tomorrow and see if they would be willing to help you put an event together. If you can get a supportive teacher or two who agrees to bring their classes to the event, then the only thing left is to secure a space, which I'm sure your teachers can help you with. If you are interested in making this happen, please Ty at 612-760-1980 as soon as possible to coordinate. - I recently read the Army of None book, which is excellent! Definitely the best literature to come out so far on the issue of military recruitment. More than that, the book is really a model of how to bring out information in a way that inspires/empowers youth into action. From powerful personal stories retelling the experiences of a diverse cross-section of working class youth and veterans, the authors move easily to big picture analysis of the war and its deeper causes, the class and race dynamics of the military and recruitment - and crucially, strategies for young people to be effective organizers to end the war and create for a better future. - Ty --------23 of 26-------- From: Stacy Mitchell <smitchell [at] ilsr.org> Subject: Big-Box Swindle Now in Paperback Dear friends and colleagues, My book, Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America's Independent Businesses, has just been released in paperback (Beacon Press, $15). If you haven't read Big-Box Swindle, Bill McKibben described it as "the ultimate account of the single most important economic trend in our country." John Marshall of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer named it one of the top ten books of 2006 and wrote that it "illuminates a stunning collection of business outrages, government favoritism, environmental damages, hidden economic and societal costs, and debunked myths" and, more importantly, "provides inspiring lessons from places that are turning the tide." Among those inspiring lessons are stories of farmers and small manufacturers that have found a way thrive by shunning the big boxes in favor of independent retailers, citizens groups that have succeeded in transforming their city's land use and economic policies, and communities that have found ways to nurture a host of new local businesses. To learn more about the book and see other reviews, visit http://www.bigboxswindle.com. If you have colleagues or belong to an organization that would find this book of interest, or if you publish a newsletter or blog, I'd be grateful if you could pass along information about Big-Box Swindle. It's available at your local independent bookstore and also through ILSR's online store at http://www.ilsr.org/mm5/merchant.mvc. Many community groups have found Big-Box Swindle to be a persuasive educational tool for their elected officials and some have used it as a fundraiser or membership benefit. Please talk with your local bookseller or contact me to find out about discounts for multiple copies and other special arrangements. Stacy Mitchell New Rules Project Institute for Local Self-Reliance Tel: (207) 774-6792 Big-Box Swindle http://www.bigboxswindle.com Big Box Tool Kit http://www.bigboxtoolkit.com Hometown Advantage Bulletin http://www.newrules.org/retail/ebulletin.html --------24 of 26-------- Hypocrisy and Inverted Priorities in Congress The Power of Public Sentiments By RALPH NADER CounterPunch September 25, 2007 A society reveals its values, priorities and distribution of power in the way its rulers punish deviant behavior. Here are some examples for you to ponder: Members of Congress were in an uproar recently over a MoveOn.Org political advertisement in the New York Times titled "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?" The following copy alerted readers to their belief that he may likely testify before Congress as a political General reflecting the rosy views on the Iraq war-quagmire by his commander-in-chief, George W. Bush. How dare MoveOn.Org criticize a General in the midst of Bush's war of choice, growled Republicans and some Democrats as the Senators rushed to overwhelmingly vote for a resolution condemning the ad? How dare those many Americans who criticized Civil War Generals, World War Two Generals, Korean War Generals (remember General Douglas MacArthur) and Vietnam War Generals (remember General William Westmoreland)? This kind of criticism inside Army, inside the Congress and among the citizenry has been as American as apple pie. How come a similar uproar has not come forth about the many female U.S. soldiers in Iraq raped or sexually harassed by male soldiers who are often their superiors? Where are the generals to crack down on these outrages? This story was documented in a long cover story in the New York Times Magazine some months ago, citing numerous sources, including the Pentagon. Senators demanded the resignation of Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) caught in a toilet sting operation at Minneapolis airport. Senator Craig - he now says foolishly so - pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct. For doing what? As Frank Rich described the situation in the New York Times: "He didn't have sex in a public place. He didn't expose himself. His toe tapping, hand signals and 'wide stance' were at most a form of flirtation." Conservative columnist, George Will expressed similar views. The penalty for Senator Craig is likely termination of his Senate career but not one required by law. Just by pressure from his "pure" Senate colleagues. Now contrast what should be required of George W. Bush by our Constitution, laws and international treaties to which the U.S. is a signatory nation. Plunging our nation into an unconstitutional war of massive carnage and cost, and committing numerous, repeated crimes along the way, from widespread torture in violation of U.S. law and the Geneva conventions to spying on Americans without court approval (a felony), does not agitate the Senators as did the airport toilet tapping. Added to the Bush presidency's serial and continuing crimes are his bungling and incompetence. He has enriched crooked corporations, burned tens of billions of taxpayer dollars and most seriously, deprived soldiers of sufficient body and humvee armor year after year, which has cost the lives and limbs of thousands of American GIs. In a US court of law, such behavior would be judged criminal negligence. Yet, there has been no demand from Congress for his impeachment, or his resignation, or even any support for Senator Russ Feingold's modest resolution of censure (S.Res. 302 and 303). Bush's Justice Department has thrown the book at several plaintiff lawyers for paying people to be lead plaintiffs in securities fraud cases while not pursuing well over 90% of the corporate crooks who actually stole big money from investors and shareholders while paying themselves compensation beyond their dreams of avarice. If the Department needed a bigger budget to go after this corporate crime wave, they should have requested it from Congress. The resulting fines and restitutions alone would have paid for such an enlarged law and order drive. I am sure you can cite many examples of public hypocrisy, double standards and inverted priorities from your knowledge and experience. There are many explanations about why and how these powerbrokers and powerholders get away with such behavior. But let us remember Abraham Lincoln's observation about the power of "public sentiments." We need to inform, focus and deliver a different quality and quantity of "public sentiments" directly to our allegedly public servants. So that they start to sweat the big stuff. Ralph Nader is the author of The Seventeen Traditions --------25 of 26-------- Petty and Cruel Dictator by Cindy Sheehan Published on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 by CommonDreams.org Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the president of Iran spoke at Columbia University today. I heard that he was invited there because the President of Columbia wanted to foster a "free exchange of ideas". Even though I am not an Ahmadinejad supporter, I know he was elected in Iran in a knee-jerk and understandable response to the USA's bloodily unnecessary invasion of Iraq, as many reactionery governments have been elected in that region and all over the world in response to the spreading US corporate and military empire. Citing such human rights' violations in the form of imprisonment and executions, the President of Columbia University, very boorishly said that Ahmadinejad appeared to be a "petty and cruel dictator". First of all, how does one invite someone to your place for a "free exchange of ideas," and be such a rude American? Did he only invite Ahmadinejad so he could publicly scold him or to become the darling of Fox News? Secondly, what about our President who appears to be a "petty and cruel dictator?" George Bush presided over a stunning amount of executions when he was Governor of Texas and the US is operating torture prison camps, openly and secretly, all over the world. BushCo has fought the Supreme Court and Congress for the right to hold thousands of humans without their human rights of due process and they have also been strenuously committed to the strategy of torture - or "enhanced interrogation methods" as the Ministry of Truth likes to call it. A Reverend gets beaten down in the halls of Congress; nooses are being hung in the south; students are being tased on campuses and Congress is censuring Freedom of Speech - how much evidence do we need before we decide that something is profoundly wrong in present-day America? In 2006, China, the leading practitioner of state sanctioned murder in the form of execution, killed 8000 people in this manner. However, the Premier of China is welcomed to the US by George Bush who is probably envious of President Hu Jintao's record. We borrow vast sums from China to wage our wars and China is our major trading partner. Wal-Mart's cheap and dangerous crap is manufactured by near slaves there, but somehow that is okay? Somehow it is okay to welcome Communist China with open arms, but demonize and disparage a Socialist like Hugo Chavez of Venezuela? America has a very lucrative prison business and is the only country in the Americas that practices execution. A barbarian is a barbarian no matter what color, religion or nationality they are. George Bush has added signing statements to almost 1000 bills that he has signed into law saying that he doesn't have to obey those very same laws. We have the Nazi-ist sounding Department of Homeland Security which seems to be obsessed with keeping my un-zip-locked baggied lip-gloss off of flights. The un-Patriot Act and breaking of FISA laws and our 4 th Amendment right to be secure against unreasonable search and seizure have turned the "Land of the Free" into the "Home of the Slaves". To put the cherry on the sundae of the crimes that BushCo have committed, they have sent hundreds of thousands of our own sons and daughters to occupy a country that was no threat to America or its neighbors. Thousands of Americans are dead, wounded or mentally screwed up and millions of Iraqis are dead, wounded, mentally screwed up or displaced from their homes. Another boorish American, Scott Pelley (of 60 Minutes) hammered Ahmadinejad about sending weapons into Iraq without even once acknowledging the immoral tons of weapons that we rained on the citizens of Iraq during "shocking and awful;" the cluster bombs that look like toys that litter the killing fields of that country and have killed and maimed so many children; the mercenary killers that outnumber our troops and use the people of Iraq for target practice; the thousands of tons of weapons that the US let out of such weapons dumps as al-Qaqaa that were left unguarded while the oil ministry was heavily fortified. Not to mention that America supported Iraq in its eight year long war with Iran that killed an unbelievable amount of people on both sides of the border. The hypocrisy of our system is spectacular and deadly in both ignorance and arrogance. We here in America are living in a fascist state that regularly puts corporate profits and an insatiable and evil thirst for power above people and their needs. Our supercilious leaders and media are so busy calling the kettle black, they don't notice or care how dark our pot is. We are supporting Israel in their human rights violations against Palestine, illegally occupying two countries on our own and we have the nerve to claim any kind of moral superiority over anybody? The fascist, near dictatorship of the Bush regime (a la Nazi Germany) has even intimidated universities to align with their hypocritical murderous rhetoric. Universities should feel free to invite anyone to speak to open much needed dialogue in our country and in the world. And if a person is invited, they should be treated by the person who invited them with a slight modicum of courtesy and then let the rocking and rolling begin with the "Q & A" - which would truly be a free exchange of ideas. I am surprised President Bollinger didn't have President Ahmadinejad tased. Peace is going to take all the nations working in cooperation to limit naked aggression and human rights' violations, not just the ones which the US declare as evil. How many nukes do we have? How many does Pakistan have? How many does India, Israel, North Korea, and the former Soviet Union have? Should the rhetoric be about destroying all weapons of mass destruction and not just prohibiting Iran from obtaining one? Many countries are committing human rights' violations and sending arms and troops into many parts of the world. America's biggest export is violence and we would do well to call for an end to all occupations and violence by beginning to end our own. Let's clean our own filthy house before we criticize someone else for theirs. Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Spc. Casey Austin Sheehan who was KIA in Iraq on 04/04/04. She is a co-founder and President of Gold Star Families for Peace and the author of two books: Not One More Mother's Child and Dear President Bush. --------26 of 26-------- We Have Nothing But Fear Itself by David Swanson September 25, 2007 ZNet A Roseland, Indiana, city council member orders police to remove a fellow city council member. The police escort him out, shove him down on his face and pound his head. Onlookers either cheer, do nothing, joke, behave as if all were normal, or yell at others to let the police do their jobs. Not a single person protests. Only the one victim is hauled off in the police car. No one jumps in and shouts "Before this becomes Nazi Germany, arrest me too!" A University of Florida student asks inconvenient questions of a U.S. senator. Police tackle him and shoot him with a taser. Onlookers, including the senator, either cheer, do nothing, joke, behave as if all were normal, or yell at others to let the police do their jobs. Not a single person seriously protests. Only the one victim is hauled off to jail. Fascist-friendly media outlets love the story because the senator is a Democrat, but they don't tell the story right. Progressive media outlets don't tell the story, even though they would tell it right, because the senator is a Democrat. A television newscaster announces that planes were delayed in Boston's airport and tells us the name of a college student, shows us her picture, and tells us that we should blame her. He tells us to give the airport security guards credit for doing their jobs. They mistook her school project for a bomb. Again, we must let the "authorities" handle things. We must pretend toothpaste and deodorant are weapons. We must pass through metal detectors. We must shout through bullet proof glass. We must refrain from hysterically laughing at police officers who solemnly believe every backpack or stroller is a threat to national security. We must speak freely in "free speech zones," except when we speak the wrong things freely and go to jail for it. We must be treated as criminals any time we attempt to get near members of our government. We must accept genocide to support "our troops" doing their job. With very few exceptions, when those troops witness torture, rape, and murder, they either cheer, do nothing, joke, behave as if all were normal, or yell at others to let the mercenaries and the troops do their jobs. They're brave enough to fight and kill, but just as scared to challenge abuses of power as everyone back home. Back home in the land of the free, the wrong sign or t-shirt can now land you in jail. The wrong bumper sticker at a peace rally can get you a ticket. The wrong words out of your mouth can now constitute any number of serious crimes. Police brutality is now considered part of keeping us safe. And everyone is too scared to notice that anything is changing. Those who notice, obviously believe nothing can be done or believe someone else will do it. If those abroad who resent the United States really did so for our freedoms, we'd be pretty safe now. "If You See Something, Say Something." Everyone needs to quit all the idiotic spying on neighbors and snooping around their bags to check for bombs. When you see someone assaulted by police, SAY SOMETHING. Do not let that moment pass. One young woman approached the University of Florida police and screamed "Why are you doing that?" That's a start. Sam Provance exposed some of the torture at Abu Ghraib. That's a start. But most Americans appear paralyzed by fear. And that includes many Americans with the power to put a halt to our slide into martial law. We have an opposition political party afraid to oppose anything. We have grassroots groups that swear obedience to the opposition party, even as the useless unopposing party condemns the activists. Those with the power to end national crimes are afraid to do so. They fund the occupation of Iraq and promise never to impeach anyone, all as part of letting the "authorities" handle things. And citizens play along, pretending the Democrats have no power and, in addition, shouldn't use it. They base this on the theory that by not using any power you are most likely to acquire more power. This is thinking driven by fear. We have almost nothing but fear now driving our national decisions, and it is beginning to scare me. But there are signs of courage. There is a growing and successful counter-recruitment movement. Expensive corporate movies are beginning to challenge the occupation of Iraq. And peace and impeachment activists are engaging in more and more civil disobedience. People are speaking and protesting and sitting-in in the face of nascent fascism. Even sometimes those in power are speaking truth to those with more power. Congressman Dennis Kucinich alone in Congress is repeatedly articulating the indisputable but taboo fact that the Democratic leadership in Congress can end the occupation by announcing that it will not fund it anymore. Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey has suggested that pseudo peace activists targeting Republicans may not be enough, that it might be a good idea to challenge pro-war Democrats as well. The Congressional Black Caucus Monitor is holding "Lawn Jockey Awards" for the "four worst black members of Congress." And many progressives around the country are energetically opposing the presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton. There are signs of life still in our body politic, but they are struggling against an incoming tide of fear and self-inflicted terrorism. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - 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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