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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 06:06:32 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 09.29.07 1. Palestine 9.29 8:30am StJoseph MN 2. City refugee camp 9.29 8:30am 3. Kid's garden bene 9.29 10am 4. Steelworker rally 9.29 10am 5. NWN4P Minnetonka 9.29 11am 6. Army of None 9.29 1pm 7. Exco college 9.29 1pm 8. Marine/peace/film 9.29 7pm 9. Rachel Corrie/CTV 9.29 9pm 10. Cindy Sheehan - Pro-democracy means anti-fascism 11. Dave Lindorff - Time for a mass resignation from the Democratic Party --------1 of 11-------- From: "wamm [at] mtn.org" <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Palestine 9.29 8:30am StJoseph MN "Seeking to Understand the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict" Saturday, September 29, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The College of St. Benedict, Gorecki Conference Center, 37 South College Avenue, St. Joseph. This assembly is intended to engage participants in an initial examination of the relationships between Palestine and Israel. The theme will be addressed by a panel of speakers: Rev. John Darlington, Wendy Kaufmyn, Lorin Peters, and Florence Steichen CSJ. Workshops in an afternoon session will include topics giving further attention to the subject. Presented by: Pax Christi Minnesota. FFI and to Register: Call 651-699-8565 or visit <www.csbsju.edu/csbcampusministry>. --------2 of 11-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: City refugee camp 9.29 8:30am ***SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Doctors without Borders Refugee Camp in the City Loring Park, Minneapolis www.doctorswithoutborders.org/education/refugeecamp/ --------3 of 11-------- From: Britt Carlson <britta00 [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Kid's garden bene 9.29 10am Fundraiser for the Community Design Center's Children's Garden Program Outdoor concert by Celtic folk group Barra (http://www.barraband.com/) Saturday, September 29 - 10 to 12 a.m. Swede Hollow CafÃ© Patio 725 East 7th Street, St. Paul, MN Suggested donation: $10.00 Outdoor event, weather permitting. The Community Design Center of Minnesota operates two summer, youth internship programs: the East Side Garden Corps and the East Side Conservation Corps. Youth between the ages of 13 and 18, who live or go to school in East Side St. Paul, can participate in these programs. The youth from the Community Design Center will be present, selling garden-related products (veggies, vinegars, wreaths) and telling folks about the program. --------4 of 11-------- From: Andy Hamerlinck <iamandy [at] riseup.net> From: stpaulunions.org <llwright [at] stpaulunions.org> Subject: Steelworkers rally 9.29 10am National Day of Action! In Support of 7,000 Striking USW Forestry Workers Saturday, September 29 Home Depot - 2360 White Bear Avenue North Maplewood, MN 55109 10 am to NOON On average, 25 workers are killed each year in the coastal forestry industry of British Columbia. Steelworkers have been on strike since July 21 over issues of job safety and health. Home Depot is selling "bloody lumber" produced by the struck companies. Please support the BC strikers as USW members mobilize for a National Day of Action at over 100 Home Depot locations across North America. For more information, call 515-953-0783. --------5 of 11-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> Subject: NWN4P Minnetonka 9.29 11am NWN4P-New Hope demonstration every Thursday 4:30 to 6 PM at the corner of Winnetka and 42nd. You may park near Walgreens or in the larger lot near McDonalds; we will be on all four corners. Bring your own or use our signs. 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. Signs available. --------6 of 11-------- From: "Krista Menzel (Merriam Park Neighbors for Peace)" <web [at] mppeace.org> Subject: Army of None 9.29 1pm Army of None Project Counter-Recruitment Workshop Saturday, September 29, 2007 1-3pm Rondo Community Outreach Library 461 North Dale Street (at University Avenue), St. Paul, MN Learn from Army of None authors and trainers Aimee Allison and David Solnit how the military and the media are influencing young minds and how you can organize an effective counter-recruitment campaign in your community or school. About Army of None 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 U.S. 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. Army of None 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. 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. About the Authors/Trainers 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. Cost: Free and open to the public. Donations accepted. Sponsors: Merriam Park Neighbors for Peace and Crocus Hill/West 7th Neighbors for Peace More Information: (651) 641-7592 info [at] mppeace.org www.mppeace.org/armyofnone www.myspace.com/armyofnonebook --------7 of 11-------- From: Miriam Larson <mlarson [at] macalester.edu> Subject: Exco college 9.29 1pm Hello and Welcome to the Twin Cities Experimental College! We (the organizing team) hope that the first week and a half of classes went well! We are all excited about this semester and all of the wonderful classes being offered, as well as some of the other events that are taking place. The first of these events is coming up this Saturday, September 29 from 1-3 pm at the Jack Pine Community Center 2815 East Lake Street Minneapolis, MN 55406. Join us for a potluck and discussion on the question: how do we envision community-based education? Bring some food to share, or just yourself. If you don't know how to get there, we'll be meeting at Bateman Plaza (at Macalester) at 12:30 to bike/bus/carpool together. New folks are always welcome. Speaking of new folks (and old), it's not too late to sign up for another class! The following classes have low enrollment and would welcome more students: Poesía Latinoamericana del siglo XX / 20th Century Latin American Poetry (in Spanish); Peace and Nonviolence; The Social Responsibility of African American Music; Black Folk: Culture Defeats Holocaust; The Great Law of Peace: Past, Present and Future; Basic Songwriting (or Song Craft); and the Neuropsychology of Emotion. Sign up at www.excotc.org and spread the word! For those of you who are new to EXCO and would like a little introduction, here's a brief brief one: The Twin Cities Experimental College was begun in the Spring of 2006 by Macalester students as an alternative that attempts to address some of the inequalities and injustices in higher education; EXCO strives to offer the Macalester and surrounding community the opportunity to teach or learn in a space open to alternative education and all kinds of knowledge, including and beyond academic knowledge. Everyone can teach or take a class, and all classes are free. And just a couple more things: if you're interested in organizing or doing outreach we'd love to have you join us on the organizing team! We meet at 5:30 pm on Mondays in the Campus Center room 204 on Macalester's campus. Also, we are now accepting teacher applications for next semester, so if you've ever thought of teaching a class, now's the time to put your thoughts to action! Check out the website www.excotc.org for teacher applications, and plan on coming to the teacher training workshop (Tips and Tricks for Teaching an EXCO Class) on Wednesday, October 24 from 4:45-6pm. More info to come on that. That's all for now! We look forward to a great semester of collaboration and learning and welcome you to the EXCO community. We can't do this without you so tell all your friends to get involved! --------8 of 11-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Marine/peace/film 9.29 7pm Friday, 9/29, 7 and 9 pm, film "The Devil Came on Horseback" about Marine Captain Brian Steidle who, over 18 months in Darfur, learns to change the world through peaceful means while as military observer for the African Union, Bell Auditorium 10 Church St SE, Mpls. http://www.mnfilmarts.org/ or http://mnhumanrightsweek.org/ --------9 of 11-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Rachel Corrie/CTV 9.29 9pm 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! 9/29 9pm and 10/2 8am "Rachel Corrie: A Life for Others". On March 16, 2003, Rachel Corrie, an American activist with the International Solidarity Movement, was killed while attempting to prevent the destruction of the home of a Palestinian family. This show is a recording of a local theatrical performance telling the true story of Rachel Corrie. --------10 of 11-------- Pro-Democracy Means Anti-Fascism by Cindy Sheehan Published on Friday, September 28, 2007 by CommonDreams.org "The world is watching the people of Burma take to the streets to demand their freedom, and the American people stand in solidarity with these brave individuals," - George W. Bush Watching the pro-democracy marches in Burma both inspires and sickens me. I am inspired by seeing thousands of red-robed monks leading the demonstrations and sickened by the violence they are being met with by the military. Seeing the images of the monks and others being beaten reminds me of the Democratic Convention in 1968 where Chicago police beat the living daylights out of demonstrators who were there to try and force the party to come closer to the budding anti-war movement. It didn't work. Instead of wonderful pro-peace candidate, Eugene McCarthy, the party nominated Johnson's VP, Hubert Humphrey. We know what happened next: Nixon. After last night's Democratic "debate" I am terrified and assured that the Democrats will have another pro-war nominee. The other event in my memory that the pro-democracy movement in Burma reminds me of is Kent State, Ohio in May, 1970. Four students were killed and nine were wounded marching against escalation of the Vietnam debacle. I have heard from many people who were of age to protest the Vietnam war at that time that the killings had the affect of frightening them into not protesting, or scaling their protests back. Of course the present state of our nation is not as overtly oppressive as the government of Myanmar (Burma), presently where a Nobel Peace Laureate Aung Sang Suu Kyi has been under house arrest there for years, but we who have been paying attention to events can see that America is on the precipice of serious fascism and only the brave actions of Americans committed to freedom, democracy and peace will help stem the tide of this rising neo-fascism that doesn't march through our streets in goose-step and swastikas, but is creeping into our lives like cat's paws. According to Chris Rowthorn, in his brilliant article, When America Went Fascist, we went fascist on December 11, 2000 when the Supreme Court appointed George as our unelected, un-democratic and illegal President. Although it is easy and tempting to blame everything on BushCo, this is about the only assertion that I disagree with in his article. What about during the Clinton regime? Does anyone remember Elian Gonzales or The Branch Davidians in Waco? Let's go back further. What about when Truman dropped to WMD on hundreds of thousands of innocent victims in Japan? What about Korea? Eisenhower and the Military Industrial Complex? What about the Gulf of Tonkin? What about Watergate? What about Panama? Kosovo? Nicaragua? Free trade agreements that hurt workers in all countries that are involved in them and what about the abuse of language in this country: Patriot Act; Homeland Security; Clear Water and Clean Skies - and the No Child Left Behind Act that leaves every child behind and is just a funnel to the recruiter's office? There are just a few measures that we can use to stop this slide and Rowthorn articulates what has become an important part of my platform. Only vote for candidates that promise the following things - for president, or any other federal elective offices: * Repeal the Patriot Act * Repeal No Child Left Behind * Scale down the Department of Homeland Security and rename it so it loses its Nazi tone and is brought under civilian control. * Restore habeas corpus and close all torture camps by repealing the Military Commissions Act. * Repeal all contracts with paid mercenary killer companies. * Restore the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. * Repeal all BushCo-Presidential directives (especially Directive 51) and review all laws that contain signing statements. * Restore the 4th Amendment by enforcing warrants for spying on Americans. * Impeach Bush and Cheney - post presidency so they can't receive federal benefits. * Bring all troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan and review military needs for other bases around the world. * Repeal all free trade agreements. * Kick AIPAC and other lobbyists out of the halls of Congress where they have no business. One of the most profound ways we can stop this descent into fascism is by impeaching, removing from office and incarcerating George Bush and Dick Cheney, et al. I am very skeptical of a complicit Congress, Inc doing anything about them in this term. I am also very skeptical of a "professional" and fascist military leadership taking their oath of service seriously and above their corporate-military allegiance to the Executive Branch recently and so tellingly revealed by General Betray-Us, so a military coup is out of the question and has the tricky element of becoming a military dictatorship. I was supposed to be in court today in Washington, DC for my last arrest. I didn't go because I am not under allegiance and repudiate the fascists that run our government and the enforcers who are doing their best Nazi-job of "following orders" in oppressing our rights as Americans. Why are they beating up a Reverend who served in the Air Force, and honorably left after the illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq, for wanting to attend a hearing in Congress? Why are they arresting a Gold Star Mother for exercising the very freedoms for which George Bush freakishly says her son died? Why are my daughter and assistant under indictment for Contempt of Congress when BushCo have steadily refused to testify before committees under oath, or any other way? As a matter of fact, Betray-Us wasn't even put under oath that day in the House. Why are college students being tasered for asking the same questions that we all want answered from John Kerry who threw our Representative Republic in the garbage along with the 2004 election? Why are nooses being hung in the South? Why do any of us pay our Federal Taxes to a government that we abhor and which we adamantly disagree with? Why do we allow our hard earned money to be used for murder and oppression? Why is Congress giving BushCo more authority to begin a New World War? Where are religious leaders to lead us in pro-democracy demonstrations? Most of our mainstream religions suffer from the same neo-fascism that our governmental leaders suffer from. Why do we march in DC on Saturdays and get arrested just to get arrested? It's time to descend on DC on a weekday and make commitments to our world and our posterity to over throw this fascism right now? When can we have a country-wide massive general strike? Recent reports show that Saddam made overtures to America through the UAE and Spain to go into exile weeks before the March, 2003 invasion of Iraq. Of course, the overtures were rejected because George's small mind was already made up to invade Iraq before he became president in some sick way to either show up or gain approval from a dysfunctional family. What if Spain's former President Aznar had spoken up then? What if Colin Powell, George Tenet, or any of the criminal neocons had spoken up to prevent this horrible loss of life and pain before it even started? I wouldn't be under a bench warrant right now. Rev wouldn't be recovering from a badly sprained ankle. Casey would be alive and hundreds of thousands of others would be alive. We can't count on anyone but ourselves. It's now up to we the people to follow the example of our brothers and sisters in Burma to courageously confront the anti-democracy/pro-fascist elements of our society. Contact Cindy at: Cindy [at] CindyforCongress.org 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. --------11 of 11-------- Time for a Mass Resignation From the Democratic Party Quit the Party! By DAVE LINDORFF CounterPunch September 27, 2007 Cynthia McKinney is doing it. It's time for you to do it too. Have you, like many Americans, found yourself wondering why President Bush, over and over again, would hand the Democrats in Congress the weapon needed to bring him down? Just look at the list: Last year it was the nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. Then, in the new Congress, it was a $120-billion supplemental funding request for continuing the hugely unpopular war in Iraq, followed by a bill to legalize the very National Security Agency spying program which he has been running illegally for the past half decade, and that has had people of all political stripes in an uproar. To top that off, knowing that the Democrats were gunning for his Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, Bush made sure to have the NSA spying bill put Gonzales in charge of the operation! And now this same president is coming to Congress to ask for another nearly $200 billion for his Iraq War! At first glance, you have to wonder, why on earth would he do this? But then look what happens: In every instance, with the exception of the latest Iraq War funding bill (and we know what's going to happen with that), the Democrats have folded and given the president exactly what he wanted, causing apoplexy among the Democratic and independent voters who put them in charge of Congress last November. After all, Democrats ran for office last year saying they would stand up to the president, defend the Constitution, and end the war. Now each time Bush taunts them and they fold, public support for the Democratic Congress slumps further, to the point that today, they are even less popular that Bush-quite an accomplishment! This is a truly impressive strategy-surely the brainchild of Bush's Rasputin, the dearly departed (to Texas) Karl Rove, who long ago understood that the Democrats would not have the courage and strength of conviction to stand against even a president as profoundly despised and distrusted as Bush. So all Bush has to do to promote a Republican victory in the 2008 elections is keep putting forward outrageous bills, keep expanding the war, perhaps to include Iran, and keep undermining the Constitution. The Democrats will enable or sign on to each horrible act in turn. And with each such shameless action taken by the Democratic Congress, they further enrage 2008 voters. The Democrats, under Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (surely two of the sorriest excuses for leaders that Congress has had in modern history), simply don't get it. They don't realize they're being played for suckers and losers. And they don't even realize that they are alienating their base. Which brings us to what needs to be done. The Democrats in Congress, and at the head of the party, need to receive a serious wake-up call. Since they're clearly too dumb or too out of touch to realize what's happening, we need to send them a message they can't ignore-the political equivalent of a car bomb. I'm talking about mass resignations from the Democratic Party, with every person who resigns and becomes an independent or who changes their registration to a third party sending a message to the DNC explaining why he or she is quitting. It starts small with a few people here and a few people there, but as Arlo Guthrie once put it, pretty soon we're talking about a movement, and you can join it right here! A couple of months back, I set up an email address for people to register at, and listed it on my website. To date, over 600 people have mailed in saying they are quitting the Democratic Party until Democrats in Congress begin impeachment proceedings against Bush and Cheney, and until they cut of all funding for the Iraq War. Now it's time to really kick this campaign into high gear. A few days ago, Cynthia McKinney, the gutsy and outspoken former congresswoman from Georgia who filed the first and so far only bill of impeachment against George W. Bush in the waning days of the last Congress, called me at home to say she wants to sign on. That's a nice start to the campaign! You read it first here: Former Rep. McKinney Quits the Democratic Party! So how about you? Think about it: If you were to accept the official line, George Bush won the presidency in 2000 by capturing the state of Florida by 537 votes. And this movement has already got more than that number of people who are no longer going to be Democrats! If we could get 537 people in each state of the union to sign on and drop their party affiliation in protest, the Democratic leadership would have to start contemplating how many close states they are going to lose next year because of their abject failure to act on principle and with courage in Congress. Better still, if we could get 100,000 or 500,000 people to drop their party affiliation nationwide, that would send a really powerful signal. The beauty of this plan of action is that it is easy to do. And Democratic officials, from the DNC to local officeholders and county committees watch those registration totals like hawks, so they'll spot any de-registering trend really quickly. In fact, if registrations start to drop, you'll see local party officials start pressuring their Congressional representatives to take action and do something to stem the flow. For one thing, if you deregister, you're off their mailing lists. That means they can't hit you up for money, and they can't target you for get-out-the-vote drives. (Meanwhile, in many states, you don't even forfeit your right to participate in Democratic primaries by dropping your party registration, so you can still vote against Hillary and the rest of the warmongers in the party.) Oh, you say, we can't just quit the party and let the Republicans win again! Really? And just what have we gotten for our support for the Democrats in 2006? The war is still fully funded, and in fact has gotten worse, with 30,000 more troops in the country, not counting the 100,000 or so private mercenaries. Spying on Americans here a home has been legalized, with the help of the Democrats. (Nancy Pelosi can use threats of party discipline to prevent members from moving on impeachment, but she won't crack the whip to make them protect the Bill of Rights, or to defund the war?) And Bush is still issuing those signing statements, so any bills of consequence that Democrats have tried to pass have either been killed by Republican maneuvering, or vetoed. And public support for the Democratic Congress is in the teens. Clearly the only way to save the Democrats from themselves is to make it clear to them that they have to change or die. And the way to do that is to join the "I Quit the Party" movement! So click here and be a quitter. http://dlindorff.mayfirst.org/?q=iquitthisparty (Remember to get a voter registration form and follow through by cancelling your Democratic Party affiliation!) After you quit, then go to Dem.org, where Steve Fornier is trying to help organize people who have left the Democratic Party, but still want to be democrats. To learn more about Fornier's idea, read his recent CounterPunch article. Note: You can also help build the movement by sending this article and link to every progressive person and progressive website you can think of. It's time to take quitting the party viral. Dave Lindorff is the author of Killing Time: an Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. His book of CounterPunch columns titled "This Can't be Happening!" is published by Common Courage Press. Lindorff's newest book is "The Case for Impeachment", co-authored by Barbara Olshansky. He can be reached at: dlindorff [at] yahoo.com ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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