|Progressive Calendar 11.01.07||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|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) --------1 of 27-------- 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. --------2 of 27-------- 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. --------3 of 27-------- 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. --------4 of 27-------- 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. --------5 of 27-------- 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 --------6 of 27-------- 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. --------7 of 27-------- 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/ --------8 of 27-------- 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/> --------9 of 27-------- 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 --------10 of 27-------- 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 --------11 of 27-------- 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. --------12 of 27-------- 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. Â 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. --------13 of 27-------- 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. --------14 of 27-------- 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. --------15 of 27-------- 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 --------16 of 27-------- 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." --------17 of 27-------- 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 --------18 of 27-------- 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] --------19 of 27-------- 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.) --------20 of 27-------- 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. --------21 of 27-------- 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. --------22 of 27-------- 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. --------23 of 27-------- 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 --------24 of 27-------- 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) --------25 of 27-------- 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 --------26 of 27-------- 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. --------27 of 27-------- Mussolini: a tad less evil than Hitler! Vote for Benito! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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