Progressive Calendar 11.01.07
From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)
Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2007 04:01:52 -0700 (PDT)
            P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R    11.01.07

1. RNC demo permits  11.01 4pm
2. NWN4P New Hope    11.01 4:30pm
3. Eagan peace vigil 11.01 4:30pm
4. Northtown vigil   11.01 5pm
5. Eco design/film   11.01 7pm
6. MN Hmong art      11.01 7pm
7. Greensboro/film   11.01 7pm
8. Begin a farm      11.01 7pm
9. MidEast music     11.01 7:30pm

10. ffunch lunch     11.02 11:30am
11. Palestine        11.02 4:30pm
12. EFC food forum   11.02 6pm
13. Bioneers         11.02-11.04 6pm
14. Venez rev/film   11.02 6:30pm
15. Iraqi Rhapsody   11.02 7pm
16. NOW/buy local    11.02 8:30pm
17. AI/Omaha (whee!) 11.02-04

18. McChesney/media  11.03 9am
19. Health screening 11.03 10am
20. Homeless vets    11.03 10am
21. RCTA book sale   11.03 12noon
22. Is Iran next?    11.03 2pm
23. US educ crisis   11.03 3pm
24. Health care mess 11.03 9pm
25. Socialist conf   11.03-04 Chicago IL

26. Cindy Sheehan - Organized money vs organized people
27. ed            - Mussolini  (poem)

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From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at] gmail.com>
Subject: RNC demo permits 11.01 4pm

We Demand the Right to Protest the War at the RNC!
THURS, 11/1 @ 4 PM @ St. Paul Police Community Services Unit, 1169 Rice
Street, St. Paul (Rice & Arlington)

We hope to bring together tens of thousands of people to march on the RNC
to end the war on September 1st, 2008. To build that kind of
demonstration, one of the main issues from peace and justice organizations
around the country is "will you have permits". Not having the permits is
real obstacle to building the demonstration.

Any protest involving very large numbers of people coming from around the
country requires serious preparation. The Republicans would never accept
waiting until 6 or less months out to make concrete logistical
preparations for their convention. They are making those preparations now.
Likewise we cannot afford to wait.  We are working to bring together more
people than those attending the RNC, with far fewer resources. We deserve
time to prepare too.

At previous national political conventions there were no permits issued
until the last moment, and in some cases the terms of the permits were
unacceptable, such as forcing demonstrators into isolated 'protest pens.'
We need to fight for our right to protest the war on Iraq!

We will have a picket & press conference outside & will then go submit our
permit.  If you cannot come, but support our efforts, please call or email
Mayor Coleman at:  651-266-8510 or mayor [at] ci.stpaul.mn.us &/or your city
council member at councilinfo [at] ci.stpaul.mn.us or call 651.266.8560. For
more information email info [at] protestrnc2008.org or call 612.379.3899. Join
us on line on myspace & facebook.  For information about all the
activities for the RNC, including the demonstration, go to
protestrnc2008.org.  Organized by the Coalition to March on the RNC and
Stop the War.  Endorsed by the Anti-War Cmte, Twin Cities Peace Campaign,
Welfare Rights Cmte.


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From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net>
Subject: NWN4P New Hope 11.01 4:30pm

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.


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From: Greg and Sue Skog <skograce [at] mtn.org>
Subject: Eagan peace vigil 11.01 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.


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From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com
Subject: Northtown vigil 11.01 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.


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From: Curt McNamara <mcnam025 [at] umn.edu>
Subject: Eco design/film 11.01 7pm

CELEBRATE SUSTAINABILITY FILM SERIES
Ecological Design: Inventing the Future
Produced by Chris Zelov and Phil Cousineau, 64 minutes, 1995

A film about nature, technology and humanity. See Buckminster Fuller and
his dome designs and theories, plus energy and design luminaries:  Paul
MacReady. Paolo Soleri, Pliny Fisk, James Wines, Ian McHarg, Hunter and
Amory Lovins, John Todd, Michael Corbett and others. Topics cover solar
architecture, bio shelters, city farming, domed cities, electric cars,
solar and soft energy systems, the whole earth catalog and more.

Minneapolis College of Art & Design
2501 Stevens Av S / Minneapolis, MN
Doors at 6:30pm, film @ 7pm
MCAD College Center (in main building)
Following films: Panel discussion by working eco-design professionals
and faculty.
Thursday, November 1, 2007


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From: Anne R. Carroll <carrfran [at] qwest.net>
Subject: MN Hmong art 11.01 7pm

Hmong American Institute for Learning (HAIL) will be hosting a special
guest, Rustom Barucha. Mr Barucha is from Calcutta, India and he is an
accomplished academician and artist, with a Doctorate in Fine Arts and a
Masters in English Literature. A majority of his works, including numerous
publications and lectures, focus on minority movements through art and
other creative processes. Join us this Thursday and learn from Mr. Buracha
about his work and from Dyane Garvey, Executive Director of HAIL, about
Minnesota's Hmong art and its evolution.

November, 1 @ 7  p.m.
Center for Hmong Studies/ HAIL
1245 Carroll Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104

Please come to contribute to the discussion; support Hmong art and
creativity; and, learn from a professional who has much experience in the
area of minority, creative movements and voices.
Light refreshments will be provided.


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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com>
Subject: Greensboro/film 11.01 7pm

Thursday, 11/1, 7 pm, documentary "Greensboro: Closer to the Truth" about
the first truth and reconciliation process following the massacre in
Greensboro NC, Hamline University Klas Center, 1537 Taylor Ave, St Paul.
ccfilmseries [at] gmail.com or http://www.creativeconversations.info/


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From: Monique Askew <monique [at] commonrootscafe.com>
Subject: Begin a farm 11.01 7pm

Land Stewardship Project
Farm Beginnings

Land Stewardship Project's Farm Beginnings is a training program designed
to help beginning farmers start farming. Unique to other courses,
experienced established farmers are the presenters and mentors guiding the
program.

Each month Common Roots Cafe will introduce a recent graduate.

Joe Bowman, a recent graduate and a free-range chicken farmer, will speak
on the relationship between farm preservation and local food issues in the
Twin Cities.

Thursday, November 1st 7pm
Common Roots Cafe
2558 Lyndale Ave S
Local ° Organic ° Fair Trade
2558 Lyndale Ave S ° 612-871-2360 °
commonrootscafe.com<http://www.commonrootscafe.com/>


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From: Stephen Feinstein <feins001 [at] umn.edu>
Subject: MidEast music 11.01 7:30pm

FREE CONCERT
Thursday, November 1
"NOUR" IN COINCERT

Ex Oriente Lux
NOURishing itself from the Middle East polygot folk traditions,
NOUR-Pomegranate in Armenian, Divine Light in Arabic-sings in Armenian,
Kurdish, Turkish, Ladino, Arabic, Hebrew, Assyrian and Greek. Ex Oriente
Lux concerts strive to illuminate the new world with the divine light that
NOUR brings from the old one.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2007       7:30PM
Ted Mann Concert Hall
2128 4th Street South
University of Minnesota West Bank Campus


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From: David Shove <shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu>
Subject: ffunch lunch 11.03 11:30am

Meet the FFUNCH BUNCH!
11:30am-1pm
First Friday Lunch (FFUNCH) for Greens/progressives.

Informal political talk, hanging out, and conspiracy 101.

Day By Day Cafe 477 W 7th Av St Paul.
Meet at the large table in the far south end.

Day By Day has soups, salads, sandwiches, and dangerous apple pie; is
close to downtown St Paul & on major bus lines


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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com>
Subject: Palestine 11.02 4:30pm

Friday, 11/2, 4:30 to 5:30 pm, vigil to end the occupation of Palestine,
Snelling & Summit Aves, St Paul.  Karen, 651-283-3495.


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From: foodforum <foodforum [at] eastsidefood.coop>
Subject: EFC food forum 11.02 6pm

Eastside Food Co-op's November Food Forum and Potluck
Past Food Forum presenters and folks that love local family farm raised
food!

Creative Electric Studios (http://www.creativeelectricstudios.com/) 2201,
2nd Street NE MPLS (located on the corner of 22nd and Second and on the
#11 bus line)

Friday, Nov. 2 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM or until Creative Electric kicks us
out. It's the last Food Forum for 2007, we want to get together and
reflect on the past year and toward 2008.

Over the past year some incredible folks have come up into NE Minneapolis
and shared with us their love and work for sustainable, family farm raised
food systems: Bobby King with LSP; Greg Reynolds of Riverbend Farm;
Courtney Tchida, the folks from Cornercopia Farm and Tracy Dee Cook; Mary
Bess Michaletz with Classic Provisions and Jean Andreasen, GM of
Pastureland; Marlene Halverson with The Animal Welfare Institute; Atina
Diffley from Gardens of Eagan; Todd Lein with 1000 Hills Cattle Co. and
Meg Moynihan with the MN Dept of AG. As well as Paul Wotzka who will
hopefully be employed again with the state, and Dr. Tyrone Hayes from UC
Berkeley.

On Nov. 2nd we will assemble as many of these fine folks that can come. We
will look at the past, think about the future, and share food and drink.
This will be a casual affair.

We will have a turkey cooked off and whatever food and drink that folks
bring.  Bring your favorite holiday recipe to share, as we are turning
the corner into that season.

Come ask questions (there are NO stupid ones) and make that connection
from our forks to the fields with farmers that raise our food.

Nothing builds community like breaking bread together so some people think
of these evenings as potluck affairs and YOU CAN TOO! Just bring something
you would like to share, any serving and eating utensils you may need and
a plate. Feel free to spread the word by forwarding this on to anyone that
wants to learn about local food from sustainable family farms, the
challenges involved, or anybody you know that eats.

Questions? Call the Eastside Food Co-op - 612-788-0950 or
foodforum [at] eastsidefood.coop.


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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com>
Subject: Bioneers 11.02-11.04 6pm

11/2 (6 pm) to 11/4 (8 pm), 2nd annual satellite Northland Bioneers
conference with musician and A Single Drop founder Gemma Bulos, Eureka
Recycling CEO Susan Hubbard, musical performer Michael Monroe,
exhibitions, etc, UAW training center across from the Ford plant, St Paul.
$133 for the weekend.  http://www.nbconference.org or 612-247-0781.


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From: Joan Malerich <joanmdm [at] iphouse.com>
Subject: Venez rev/film 11.02 6:30pm

Twin Cities Premiere of "No Volveran!" -- a new documentary on the
Venezuelan Revolution.
November 2, 2007 @ 6:30pm
Mapps Coffee and Tea Café
        1810 Riverside Ave. (West Bank)
        Minneapolis

From the makers of the Hands Off Venezuela film Solidarity, and the
Sanitarios Maracay short film series, comes No Volverán - The Venezuelan
Revolution Now, an exciting feature length documentary chronicling the
Presidential Elections in December 2006 and the struggle to establish
Socialism of the 21st Century, where political power is transferred to the
common people. With fantastic footage of the elections, demonstrations by
the people on the streets of Caracas, the revolution is brought to our
screens in a rich tapestry of action and interview that gives us real
insight into the process taking place, and the challenges that lie ahead.

John Peterson, National Secretary for HOV, will facilitate a brief
discussion about the revolution and current events in Venezuela following
the movie.


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From: Mizna  <mizna-announce [at] mizna.org>
Subject: Iraqi Rhapsody 11.02 7pm

Friday, November 2 'Sinan Antoon
Playwright's Center
2301 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406
 7-10 pm
Publication reading of his book I'jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody.

An inventory of the General Security headquarters in central Baghdad
reveals an obscure manuscript. Written by a young man in detention, the
prose moves from prison life, to adolescent memories, to frightening
hallucinations, and what emerges is a portrait of life in Saddam's Iraq .
In the tradition of Kafka's The Trial, or Orwell's 1984, I'jaam offers an
insight into life under an oppressive political regime and how that
oppression works. This is a stunning debut by a major young Iraqi
writer-in-exile.

Mizna is a forum for Arab American art.  Visit our website at
http://www.mizna.org


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From: t r u t h o u t <messenger [at] truthout.org>
Subject: NOW/buy local 11.02 8:30pm

NOW | "Buy Local" Movement
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/103107U.shtml

This Friday on PBS, "NOW travels to the mountainous farmlands of
Appalachia to meet farmers who've attempted the difficult switch from
tobacco to increasingly popular organic produce. Among those profiled is
restaurant owner Steven Hopp, who, along with his wife - acclaimed author
Barbara Kingsolver - spent a year living off the land."


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From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at] bitstream.net>
Subject: AI in Omaha (whee!) 11.02-04

[Q: What's better than two days in Omaha?
 A: One day in Omaha.]

"HOPE AND JUSTICE FOR ALL" 2007 AIUSA MIDWEST REGIONAL CONFERENCE:
      NOVEMBER 2-4 - OMAHA, NEBRASKA

AIUSA Midwest Regional Office staff and the Midwest Regional Conference
Volunteer Planning Committee are excited to invite you to this year's
regional conference to take place in Omaha, Nebraska! We encourage all
members to attend this conference and take advantage of this valuable
opportunity.

The conference will provide new and returning activists with excellent
opportunities to exchange ideas end receive updates on the most pressing
human rights issues facing our world today. Activists will have the
opportunity to build on their skills, expand their minds, and learn about
unique and creative forms of activism, networking opportunities, a chance
to make new friends, and much more.

Find out more at: http://www.amnestyusa.org/page.do?n=787


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From: JeremyIGG [at] aol.com
Subject: McChesney/media 11.03 9am

Twin Cities Media Alliance's
3rd Annual Public Forum
LIFE AFTER NEWSPAPERS?
Saturday, November 3,  2007
9am-3pm

In  the age of YouTube and corporate media take-overs, what's the future
of
Twin  Cities journalism?

National media reform advocate Robert McChesney, plus Twin Cities media
veterans Joel Kramer, Steve Perry, Brian Lambert and many other editors
and media analysts will weigh in at Life After Newspapers? Challenges and
Opportunities for New Media and Citizens, a free public forum organized by
the Twin Cities Media Alliance on Saturday, November 3, 2007, 9am-3pm, at
the Minneapolis Central Library on Nicollet Mall.

The local media industry has been seriously shaken up the past year with
the sales of both daily papers, the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press,
and the subsequent departure from those newspapers of some of the Twin
Cities' best-known journalists.

"Throw in some new online start-ups, a sizeable pool of free agents and
the instant-publishing of blogs, and you have a fascinating, much more
volatile media scene," says Twin Cities Media Alliance executive
director (and former Star Tribune staff writer) Jeremy Iggers. "Our
annual Public Forum series brings journalists and citizens together to
discuss what those changes mean for us as news producers and news
consumers."

Keynote speaker Robert McChesney, author, professor and founder of Free
Press [www.freepress.net], a national, nonpartisan media reform
organization, will address the latest trends in media ownership, its
impact on democracy and the crucial role of citizens.

Two panels of local media watchers will discuss the shifting Twin Cities
landscape. Panel #1 focuses on the roles and careers of journalists, while
Panel #2 focuses on the roles of citizens.  After an informal lunch, short
workshops on media reform, citizen journalism and community blogging will
be offered in the afternoon.  In addition, the morning session will
include "EPIC2015", a short "mockumentary" film about the future of media
created by Matt Thompson of the Star Tribune.

Panelists and workshop leaders  include:
    * Keynote speaker Robert McChesney, author and founder of Free Press;
    * Joel Kramer, former publisher of Star Tribune & founder of new
_www.minnpost.com_ (http://www.minnpost.com/)  ;
    * Steve Perry, former City Pages editor and creator of
_www.dailymole.com_ (http://www.dailymole.com/) ;
    * Brian Lambert, former Pioneer Press reporter and columnist at The
Rake;
    * Matt Thompson, Star Tribune's deputy editor of interactive content;
    * Eric Black, former Star Tribune reporter and blogger,
_www.ericblackink.com_ (http://www.ericblackink.com/) ;
    * Nora Paul, director of the Institute for New Media Studies, U of M;
    * Michael Caputo, MPR's Public Insight Journalism project;
    * Janis Lane-Ewart, executive director, KFAI community radio;
    * Mary Turck, editor, Twin Cities Daily Planet,
_www.tcdailyplanet.net_ (http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/)  ;
    * Dan Haugen, community reporter & blogger, _www.northeastbeat.com_
(http://www.northeastbeat.com/) ;
    * Rich Broderick, journalism professor and blogger;
    * Doug McGill, author and former New York Times reporter,
_www.mcgillreport.org_ (http://www.mcgillreport.org/)

TCMA's 3rd Annual Public Forum is sponsored by Friends of the
Minneapolis Public Library. The event is free and open to all, but
registration is required.  Register at _www.tcdailyplanet.net/nov3forum_
(http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/nov3forum)  or email
_forum [at] tcdailyplanet.net_ (mailto:forum [at] tcdailyplanet.net) , or leave
message at tel 612 436 9188.  Note: the lunch session itself is limited to
80 persons; please reserve your seat & boxed lunch in advance.

ABOUT TWIN CITIES MEDIA ALLIANCE
Twin Cities Media Alliance is a nonprofit organization that brings
together media professionals and engaged citizens to improve the quality,
accountability and diversity of the local media. The Twin Cities Media
Alliance is the publisher of the Twin Cities Daily Planet
(_www.tcdailyplanet.net_ (http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/) ) an online
community newswire service and portal with more than 40 local media
partners.

ABOUT KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Robert W. McChesney is professor of communication at the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, host of the weekly talk show, Media Matters,
on WILL-AM radio, and founder of Free Press. He has written more than ten
books on media and politics, including the award-winning Rich Media, Poor
Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times (New Press, 2000), and
2007's Communication Revolution: Critical Junctures and the Future of
Media. [www.robertmchesney.com]


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From: Joel Albers <joel [at] uhcan-mn.org>
Subject: Health screening 11.03 10am

The next community health screening is: November 3, Saturday, 10AM to 2PM,
Health Fair for Uninsured Artists, Carlton Artists Lofts, St Paul, 2285
University Ave ( and LaSalle Str.)


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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com>
Subject: Homeless vets 11.03 10am

Saturday, 11/3, 10 to 11:30 am, meeting of Homeless Veterans for Peace,
Peacehouse, 510 E Franklin, Mpls.  Bob 612-789-9020.


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From: Darla Baker <darla [at] peterkahouse.com>
Subject: RCTA book sale 11.03 12noon

Even though the Resource Center of the Americas has suspended operations,
two closeout sales have been scheduled for the former Bookstore of the
Americas at 3019 Minnehaha Avenue in Minneapolis (just south of Lake
Street).

The bookstore sale dates and times are:
Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 2007  Noon to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 10th, 2007 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All remaining items will be priced at a 40% discount on the November 3rd
date and all purchases must be by cash or check only, please. All
remaining Bookstore inventory will be sold on Nov. 10th at 60% to 80%
discounts.  Again, cash and checks only.


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From: "wamm [at] mtn.org" <wamm [at] mtn.org>
Subject: Is Iran next? 11.03 2pm

Dr. Omid Mohseni: "Is Iran Next?"

Saturday, November 3, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Parish Community of St. Joseph,
8701 36th Avenue North (corner of 36th and Boone), New Hope. Dr. Omid
Mohseni of the University of Minnesota graduate faculty, helps us
understand the escalating political and military crisis in Iran. A group
discussion follows the presentation on what we as individuals and peace
groups can do to prevent this potential disaster. Co-sponsored by: WAMM,
the Third District Peace Campaign and Northwest Neighbors for Peace.


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From: Corey Mattson <coreymattson [at] maydaybookstore.org>
Subject: US educ crisis 11.03 3pm

Public Forum: The Crisis in American Education

Students and teachers are engaged in numerous political struggles
affecting the quality of education. In our grade schools, a bipartisan
"accountability" system, dubbed No Child Left Behind (NCLB), is wreaking
havoc with student learning and public school integrity. Military
recruiting in our schools, targeting working-class youth, is on the rise.
But students and teachers alike are fighting back. Come to this forum for
a discussion of what we can do to help!

Presenters confirmed so far:
Michael Livingston, American Association of University Professors
Corey Mattson, St. Paul teacher and member of the St. Paul Federation of
Teachers

Free and open to the public!
Mayday Bookstore
Saturday, November 3rd
3:00 PM
Mayday Bookstore 301 Cedar Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454
612-333-4719
Email: coreymattson [at] maydaybookstore.org

Sponsored by Socialist Action


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From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net>
Subject: Health care mess 11.03 9pm

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!

11/3 9pm and 11/6 8am "The Health Care Mess" w/ author and organizer with
Physicians for a National Health Plan, Kip Sullivan. Hosted by Eric
Angell. (a repeat)


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From: adamcturl <adamcturl [at] yahoo.com>
Subject: Socialist conf 11.03-04 Chicago IL

November 3-4  Chicago, Illinois
2007 Midwest SOCIALIST Conference
Building the REVOLUTIONARY Alternative

The 2007 Midwest Socialist Conference is a two-day event in early November
that will bring together socialists and other activists who are involved
in struggles across the region - from opposing the war to organizing
against the death penalty, for immigrant rights, and for national health
care - to discuss how to rebuild the Left, and a revolutionary alternative
to the priorities of this system: war, corporate greed and racism.

Preliminary List of Saturday Workshops

* Between the Lines: The Struggle for Palestine
* Building Strong Branches
* Cuba: Myth and Reality
* The Democrats: The Other War Party?
* Engels on the Origins of Women's Oppression
* The Fight for National Health Care: Capitalism and Health Care
* From Malcolm X to DRUM: The Rise of Black Power
* Gay Liberation and Socialism
* Is U.S. Empire on the Decline?
* Lenin and the Vanguard Party
* Lenin's Left-Wing Communism
* The Meaning of Marxism
* Marxism and the Economy: Why Does Capitalism Go Into Crisis?
* No One is Illegal: Capitalism and Immigration
* Perspectives for Socialists: Between Things Ended and Things Begun
* The Racist "Injustice" System: The New Jim Crow?
* Revolutionary Rehearsals: Iran 1979
* The Rise and Fall of 1960s Students for a Democratic Society
* Soldiers Against the War
* What do Socialists Say About Political Islam?
* Where is Venezuela Headed?
* Why do Socialists Look to the Working Class?

Preliminary List of Sunday Workshops

* Black Liberation and Socialism
* The 1917 Russian Revolution
* Lenin on Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism
* Marxism versus Anarchism
* State and Revolution
* Subterranean Fire: The Industrial Rebellion of the 1930s
* Trotsky on the United Front
* Women and Socialism: Whatever Happened to Feminism?

In Chicago, contact: 773-902-5282, or e-mail:
chicago_socialists [at] yahoo.com.

Sponsored by the International Socialist Organization, publisher of
Socialist Worker: www.socialistworker.org


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Organized Money Vs. Organized People
by Cindy Sheehan
Published on Wednesday, October 31, 2007 by CommonDreams.org

"At a time like this, scorching iron, not convincing argument, is needed".
Frederick Douglass

"Cindy's campaign will prove that organized people can beat organized
money". Reverend Lennox Yearwood; founder of the Hip Hop Caucus

We are a nation that was created by "the rich, white, male property
owners" and specifically for "the rich, white, male property owners".
Women and blacks, (who were counted as 3/5ths a person for representation
purposes), were excluded from this self-proclaimed elitist establishment.

All throughout our history, however, our experience is imbued with the
examples of courageous people who refused to be excluded and sacrificed
everything for the human right to be heard.

>From anti-slavery activism to the anti-Vietnam War movement, we have been
blessed with individuals and groups who were willing to put their bodies
on the line to support their rhetoric and oftentimes were murdered by the
established order, which only seemed to always inflame the movements, not
suppress them. The government always resisted the good that these
movements tried to do and ultimately did do with dedicated sacrifices.

The establishment has forever tried to protect its status quo and personal
wealth to the detriment of "we the people" who are the ones who suffer and
sacrifice so the pigs of war can oink their way to the bank. With a
fascist corporate media that supports the fascist corporate government,
the voices of "we the people" are being silenced at an astonishing and
frightening clip. In one very glaring and horribly tragic example, many
people voted for George Bush in 2000, because they thought he was a
"regular guy" and someone whom they would like to have a beer with. What a
very unfunny irony as we have been constantly learning. The Bush family
have been pro-fascist and anti-democratic all the way back to Grand-pappy
Prescott. The media portrayed George as an "everyman" who "cutely" mangled
our language with a "gee-whiz" smile that quickly became an "f-y'all"
smirk. This man who was foisted on us by the Corporatocracy has turned out
to be worst disaster of our collective history.

Now, the Corporatocracy has anointed the presumptive nominees for the 2008
Presidential race - and it all comes down to a matter of money. Who has
how much? Hillary has an obscene and immoral amount of mammon in her
campaign chest and a staff of 500 who are running a very careful and
well-modulated (except for her cackle) race that is designed to support
the "by and for" privileged entitlement syndrome while claiming to be
"groundbreaking".

One of the hurdles that people believe that I have to overcome to beat
Nancy Pelosi in California's race is the fact that she has a bottomless
well of cash and I do not. I challenge these people to look beyond the
"green-colored" glasses of greed and help me dream of an innovative
campaign that is fought with the truth and waged with old-fashioned shoe
leather and hard work.

I would love my fellow Americans to dream, with me, of a country where
basic human rights are valued over even a Constitution that has a
compromised beginning but has been thoroughly trampled and desecrated by
BushCo with the consent and help of Congress, Inc, led by Speaker Pelosi.

I have received support and encouragement from every corner of this
country and, indeed, from all over the world. Our human family is watching
the race in California's 8th District very carefully. With the "fix"
already being in presidential politics, our hope for peace, democracy and
accountability rests in this important race. But I do not consider that it
is only I running against Nancy Pelosi, it is "we the people" running
against the established, murderous status quo. It is true grass-roots
democracy running against the corporate fascists. It is peace and justice
loving people running against the Bushes and Pelosis of the world who work
fist in glove to suppress and enslave us.

It is essential that "we the people" prove that "organized people" can be
victorious over "organized money". It may be our last chance to do so.

The world is watching and cheering us on.

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.


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 tad less evil than Hitler!
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