Progressive Calendar 01.28.08
From: David Shove (
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 07:17:04 -0800 (PST)
             P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R    01.28.08

1. TC DP writers   1.28 4pm
2. AI              1.28 7pm
3. SpOILs of Iraq  1.28 7pm
4. Ford board      1.28 7pm
5. Internet safety 1.28 7pm
6. Spike Lee film  1.28 7pm

7. Cops & you/CTV  1.29 5pm
8. Home-groan poem 1.29 6:30pm
9. HIV/Palestine   1.29 7pm
10. GreenParty/CTV 1.29 10:45pm

11. Kushner/Cavlan - Rep Keith Ellison backs down on Guantanmo
12. Ralph Nader    - Ambition, power and the Clintons
13. Ron Jacobs     - What's at stake in Bolivia
14. ed             - Bumpersticker   (1 for the price of 1! Act now!)

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From: Jay Gabler <jay [at]>
Subject: TC DP writers 1.28 4pm

Tomorrow (1/28) at 4 PM we at the Twin Cities Daily Planet
( will be holding our regular Monday writers' meeting at
the Rondo Community Outreach Library, which is located at the corner of
Dale and University in St. Paul.  These meetings are the perfect
opportunity to connect with TCDP writers and to learn about upcoming
events and assignments.

Tomorrow specifically, we'll be holding a special meeting where our
communities editor Dan Haugen will be offering tips on finding and
pursuing story ideas.  If you're available, please join us; we encourage
you to bring a piece of in-progress (or recently completed) writing to
share with the group--time permitting.  All are welcome:  New writers,
experienced writers...even the simply curious.  Hope to see you there!
 -Jay Gabler, Assistant Editor

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From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at]>
Subject: AI 1.28 7pm

Augustana Homes Seniors Group meets on Monday, January 28th, from 7:00 to
8:00 p.m. in the party room of the 1020 Building, 1020 E 17th Street,
Minneapolis. For more information contact Ardes Johnson at 612/378-1166 or
johns779 [at]

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From: "wamm [at]" <wamm [at]>
Subject: SpOILs of Iraq 1.28 7pm

Antonia Juhasz: "Iraq and the SpOILS of War: Whose Oil Is It Anyway?"

Monday, January 28, 7:00 p.m. St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 Third Avenue
South, Minneapolis. Antonia Juhasz is a social-justice activist and a
leading international-trade and economic-policy analyst. Author of "The
Bush Agenda: Invading the World One Economy at a Time," as well as
articles and op-eds in national and international papers. As Big Oil
begins to sign contracts in Iraq-relying on 30 years of U.S. military
protection to secure its interests-Juhasz opens a door into the depths of
the oil industry to reveal how it works, where it wants to take us, and
what we can do to stop it. Sponsored by: Iraq Peace Action Coalition. FFI:
Call Twin Cities Peace Campaign-Focus on Iraq, 612-522-1861 or WAMM,

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From: Merritt Clapp-Smith [mailto:Merritt.Clapp-Smith [at]]
Subject: Ford board 1.28 7pm

Ford Project Update
Public meeting Monday January 28, 2008 on the environmental assessment
process occurring at the Ford plant site in St. Paul.  Presenters from the
MN Pollution Control Agency and Arcadis, Ford's environmental consultants,
will explain the process of testing the site for possible contamination,
reviewing the results, and planning for potentially needed remediation.
A question and answer session will follow.
7-8:30 pm at Lumen Christi Catholic Church at 2055 Bohland Avenue off

Merritt Clapp-Smith Planner, Dept. of Planning & Economic Development City
of Saint Paul 25 West 4th St, 12th floor St. Paul, MN 55102 Tel:
651.266.6547 Fax: 651.228.3341 merritt.clapp-smith [at]

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From: Jonathan Barrentine <jonathan [at]>
Subject: Internet safety 1.28 7pm    [e-condoms? -ed]

If you spend any time online (so that's all of you), or have kids who do,
then please come to St. Paul E-Democracy's Internet Safety workshop this
coming Monday, January 28th. It will feature discussions of protective
software, phishing, and being "street smart" online. This workshop is
essential for anyone who owns a computer with an internet connection, uses
email, or has ever wondered about how to stay safe while using sites like
MySpace or Craigslist. A draft outline of topics that may be covered in
this workshop is available at

Our workshops take place Mondays at Rondo Library in St. Paul, from 7:00pm
to 8:30. Upcoming workshops include:

 Internet Safety (January 28)
 The State Legislature Online (February 4)
 Blogging (February 11)
 New Tools for Public Participation (February 25)

A complete list of upcoming workshops can be found at

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From: Christine Frank <christinefrank [at]>
Subject: Spike Lee film 1.28 7pm

3CTC January Environmental Forum

There will be a screening of director Spike Lee's documentary When the
Levees Broke, which deals with the impacts of the Hurricane Katrina
Disaster on the poor Black community of New Orleans.  The film showing
will take place on Monday, January 28th at 7:00 PM at Mayday Books, 301
Cedar Avenue South, West Bank, Minneapolis.

Following the film, there will be a discussion about confronting
environmental racism and achieving justice for those most negatively
affected by climate change.  The event is free and open to the public and
is sponsored by the Climate Crisis Coalition of the Twin Cities.  The 3CTC
business meeting is at 6:00 PM.  All are welcome. For more information,
Email:  christinefrank [at] Or Phone: 612-879-8937.

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From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at]>
Subject: Cops & you/CTV 1.29 5pm

Sainted St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN 15) viewers:
"Our World In Depth" cablecasts in St. Paul on Tuesday evenings at 5pm and
midnight and Wednesday mornings at 10am.  All households with basic cable
may watch.

1/29 5pm and midnight and 1/30 10am "Holding Police Accountable" Interview
of Communities United Against Police Brutality organizer Michelle Gross.
Hosted by Eric Angell.  (a repeat)

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From: patty <pattypax [at]>
Subject: Home-groan poems 1.29 6:30pm

Next Tuesday, Jan. 29, will be a poetry salon.  Bring your own or bring
a poem from a favorite poet to read,  Or just come and listen to others

Pax Salons ( )
are held (unless otherwise noted in advance):
Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Mad Hatter's Tea House,
943 W 7th, St Paul, MN

Salons are free but donations encouraged for program and treats.
Call 651-227-3228 or 651-227-2511 for information.

[So I wrote one just for the meeting


 I think that I shall never see
 A poem lovely as is me.

 A me whose hungry mouth is prest
 Against some maiden's flowing breast;

 A me that looks at me all day,
 And lifts my arms to me to pray;

 A me that may in summer wear
 A rat's nest cowlick in my hair;

 Upon whose bosom heads have lain;
 Who intimately lives with Jane.

 Poems are made by fools like thee,
 But only I can make a me.

Critics say: "Nifty" "Keen" "Neat-o" "Challenged" "Different" "I'll get
back to you" "You're serious?" "Attaching his name to this poem is an act
of artistic heroism" "Forever safe from plagaraism" "The 9/11 event of
poetry". No way around it, I'm hep.  -ed]

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at]>
Subject: HIV/Palestine 1.29 7pm

Tuesday, 1/29, 7 to 9 pm, Bill O'Keefe of Catholic Relief Services speaks
on "HIV/AIDS, Development Aid, Human Migration and the Palestinian-Israeli
Conflict," St Joan of Arc, 4537 - 3rd Ave S, Mpls.  651-291-4477.

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From: alforgreens [at]
Subject: GreenParty/CTV 1.29 10:45pm

3rd Congressional District Green Party Show
A 30 minute show on introduction of the Green Party espousing some of the
10 Key Values of the Green Party and contacting the 3rd CD local to meet,
plan for future activities, hold caucuses.

Aired on Northwest Cable Channel 19 & 20 on the following dates:
Tuesday 1/29  channel 20   10:45 PM
Thursday 1/31 channel 19         8 PM

Contact : Allan Hancock, chair
3rd Congressional District Green Party
Email:  3rdCDGreenParty [at]

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Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2008 12:37:57 -0600
From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at]>
Subject: (Act!)Rep.Keith Ellison backs down on Guantanmo

by Jordan S. Kushner, National Lawyers Guild human rights lawyer in

Mr. Ellison manages to conclude that conditions are not so bad, without
even being allowed to speak with any prisoners in person.  Since the
building looks like Minnesota's maximum security prison in Oak Park
Heights, he is relieved. Its time to straddle the fence again. Just accept
what the government handlers choose to show him, and ignore all the
evidence of torture and other mistreatment obtained by human rights
groups, the red cross, journalists, and other factfinders.  Maybe the
hundreds of people locked up for six years without any judicial hearing to
consider any evidence to support locking them up should be given due
process some day according to our representative Ellison.  But now is a
congressperson, loyal to the national Democratic power structure, beholden
to the Israel lobby, and rewarded aggrandizement by the power structure
and good publicitly by the corporate media - so he's got to consider
"national security."

Considering Keith's prior background focused on due process and human
rights, his waffling on the concentration camp in Guantanmo is about the
most pathetic and spineless.

Jordan S. Kushner, National Lawyers Guild human rights lawyer in


Comment by Michael Cavlan:
Our great liberal congressional representative gets flown by the
Department of Defense to Guantanamo, and lo and behold, its not that bad
and he's not sure it should even be closed.


Keith Ellison
Craig Lassig, Associated Press

Ellison's feelings on Guantanamo mixed

After visiting the facility, the congressman says that conditions are
better than he expected but that the detainees' lack of legal rights
remains a serious concern.

Conditions at the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are better
than he expected, but U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison said Friday that he is more
concerned than ever about the lack of legal rights afforded terrorism
suspects and others imprisoned there.

"We must balance our security interests with our commitment to human
rights," said Ellison, , D-Minn., who has criticized the detention of a
Sudanese journalist who has been held at Guantanamo for more than five
years without charges.

The Minneapolis congressman spoke Friday morning at the University of
Minnesota Law School, a day after Defense Department officials gave him
and U.S. Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, a hastily arranged tour of the facility
at the U.S. naval base in Cuba.

Ellison had expressed interest in going and was given a seat on a routine
military transport flight to the base.

The camp, which has released hundreds of prisoners since its inception in
2002, now houses about 275 men captured during the wars in Afghanistan and

U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee
on which Ellison sits, was also invited on the trip but declined after
being told he couldn't talk to the detainees.

Ellison said that he went to Guantanamo "sure that I wanted it closed
down," but that he tried to keep an open mind.

He came back less certain that it should be closed, he said, but eager to
shine "a bright light" on it.

Some of what he saw impressed him. Detention officials "are professional,
they're polite, they're doing a difficult job and they didn't make the
policy that they're executing," he said.

Conditions were comparable to those at a well-run American prison, such as
the state prison in Oak Park Heights, Ellison said. Detainees have access
to medical care, are well-fed and get at least two hours of recreation
each day.

He said he didn't see any thumbscrews or hear any howling. "But what I did
see was a whole lot of people who have no process to change the condition
that they're in," Ellison said.

'Absolute legal limbo'

The Guantanamo Bay facility is not quite the transparent prison that
officials claim, he said. Many detainees have no guarantee of a trial, and
attorneys representing some of the detainees have told him that they're
not allowed to have private communications with their clients.

Ellison said he asked to speak with Sami al-Haj, a Sudanese cameraman for
the Al Jazeera television network, but was refused. Ellison, the only
Muslim member of Congress, drew national attention last year when he said
Al-Haj should be either prosecuted or released.

Ellison said he received a confidential briefing from military authorities
on Al-Haj's situation and was assured he wasn't being held because he was
a journalist. But Ellison said he remained troubled that he wasn't allowed
to speak to any prisoners.

"I don't doubt that many of them are bad," he said. He told the audience
that he understood many spit at the guards and openly threaten to make war
on the United States, he added.

But others are being held not because they're suspected of terrorist
activity but simply because of information they may or may not have, he

Ellison said that he will push hard to open up the process that determines
who should be detained.

"We have the majority of people in absolute legal limbo there," he said.

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Return to Triangulation
Ambition, Power and the Clintons
January 26 / 27, 2008

For Bill and Hillary Clinton, the ultimate American dream is eight more
years. Yet how do you think they would react to having dozens of partisans
at their rallies sporting large signs calling for EIGHT MORE YEARS, EIGHT

Don't you have the feeling that they would cringe at such public displays
of their fervent ambition which the New York Times described as a "truly
two-for-the-price-of-one" presidential race? It might remind voters to
remember or examine the real Clinton record in that peaceful decade of
missed opportunities and not be swayed by the sugarcoating version that
the glib former president emits at many campaign stops.

The 1990's were the first decade without the spectre of the Soviet Union.
There was supposed to be a "peace dividend" that would reduce the vast,
bloated military budget and redirect public funds to repair or expand our
public works or infrastructure.

Inaugurated in January 1993, with a Congress controlled by the Democratic
Party, Bill Clinton sent a small job-creating proposal to upgrade public
facilities. He also made some motions for campaign finance reform which he
promised during his campaign when running against incumbent George H.W.
Bush and candidate Ross Perot.

A double withdrawal followed when the Congressional Republicans started
roaring about big spending Democrats and after House Speaker Tom Foley and
Senate Majority Leader, George Mitchell, told Clinton at a White House
meeting to forget about legislation to diminish the power of organized
money in elections.

That set the stage for how Washington politicians sized up Clinton. He was
seen as devoid of modest political courage, a blurrer of differences with
the Republican opposition party and anything but the decisive transforming
leader he promised to be was he to win the election.

He proceeded, instead, to take credit for developments with which he had
very little to do with such as the economic growth propelled by the huge
technology boom.

Bragging about millions of jobs his Administration created, he neglected
to note that incomes stagnated for 80% of the workers in the country and
ended in 2000, under the level of 1973, adjusted for inflation.

A brainy White House assistant to Mr. Clinton told me in 1997 that the
only real achievement his boss could take credit for was passage of
legislation allowing 12 weeks family leave, without pay.

There are changes both the Clinton Administration actively championed that
further entrenched corporate power over our economy and government during
the decade. He pushed through Congress the NAFTA and the World Trade
Organization (WTO) agreements that represented the greatest surrender in
our history of local, state and national sovereignty to an autocratic,
secretive system of transnational governance. This system subordinated
workers, consumers and the environment to the supremacy of globalized

[It's why I left the Dem party, never to return. It also signalled the end
of the Dem party as a party of the people, and thus the end of progress in
America until there is a people's revolt.  -ed]

That was just for starters. Between 1996 and 2000, he drove legislation
through Congress that concentrated more power in the hands of giant
agribusiness, large telecommunications companies and the biggest
jackpot - opening the doors to gigantic mergers in the financial industry.
The latter so-called "financial modernization law" sowed the permissive
seeds for taking vast financial risks with other peoples' money (ie.
pensioners and investors) that is now shaking the economy to recession.

The man who pulled off this demolition of regulatory experience from the
lessons of the Great Depression was Clinton's Treasury Secretary, Robert
Rubin, who went to work for Citigroup - the main pusher of this
oligopolistic coup - just before the bill passed and made himself $40
million for a few months of consulting in that same year.

Bill Clinton's presidential resume was full of favors for the rich and
powerful. Corporate welfare subsidies, handouts and giveaways flourished,
including subsidizing the Big Three Auto companies for a phony research
partnership while indicating there would be no new fuel efficiency
regulations while he was President.

His regulatory agencies were anesthetized. The veteran watchdog for Public
Citizen of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Sidney Wolfe, said that
safety was the worst under Clinton in his twenty nine years of oversight.

The auto safety agency (NHTSA) abandoned its regulatory oath of office and
became a consulting firm to the auto industry. Other agencies were
similarly asleep - in job safety (OSHA) railroads, household product
safety, antitrust, and corporate crime law enforcement.

By reappointing avid Republican Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal
Reserve, Mr. Clinton assured no attention would be paid to the visible
precursors of what is now the sub-prime mortgage crisis. Mr. Greenspan,
declined to use his regulatory authority and repeatedly showed that he
almost never saw a risky financial instrument he couldn't justify.

Mr. Clinton was so fearful of taking on Orrin Hatch, the Republican Chair
of the Senate Judiciary Committee, that he cleared most judicial
appointments with the Utah Senator. He even failed to put forth the
nomination of sub-cabinet level official, Peter Edelman, whose credentials
were superb to the federal appeals court.

Mr. Edelman resigned on September 12th, 1996. In a memo to his staff, he
said, "I have devoted the last 30-plus years to doing whatever I could to
help in reducing poverty in America. I believe the recently enacted
welfare bill goes in the opposite direction."

Excoriated by the noted author and columnist, Anthony Lewis, for his
dismal record on civil liberties, the man from Hope set the stage for the
Bush demolition of this pillar of our democracy.

To justify his invasion of Iraq, Bush regularly referred in 2002-2003 to
Clinton's bombing of Iraq and making "regime change" explicit U.S. policy.

But it was Clinton's insistence on UN-backed economic sanctions in
contrast to just military embargo, against Iraq, during his term in
office. These sanctions on civilians, a task force of leading American
physicians estimated, took half a million Iraqi children's lives.

Who can forget CBS's Sixty Minutes correspondent Leslie Stahl's tour
through Baghdad's denuded hospitals filled with crying, dying children?
She then interviewed Mr. Clinton's Secretary of State, Madeline Albright
and asked whether these sanctions were worth it. Secretary Albright
answered in the affirmative.

Bill Clinton is generally viewed as one smart politician, having been
twice elected the President, helped by lackluster Robert Dole, having
survived the Lewinsky sex scandal, lying under oath about sex, and
impeachment. When it is all about himself, he is cunningly smart.

But during his two-term triangulating Presidency, he wasn't smart enough
to avoid losing his Party's control over Congress, or many state
legislatures and Governorships.

It has always been all about him. Now he sees another admission ticket to
the White House through his wife, Hillary Clinton. EIGHT MORE YEARS
without a mobilized, demanding participating citizenry is just that -

It's small wonder that the editors of Fortune Magazine headlined an
article last June with the title, "Who Business is Betting On?" Their
answer, of course, was Hillary Clinton.

Ralph Nader is the author of The Seventeen Traditions

[After such evil leaders, how can self-respecting progressives remain in
the national Dem party? Self-deception? Amnesia? Drink? Drugs? Surrender?
Possession by the devil? Being staked to the floor? A Rip Van Winkle
20-year sleep? Alzheimers? -ed]

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What's at Stake in Bolivia
The Horizons of History
January 26 / 27, 2008

The recent uprisings and eventual electoral success of the Movimiento a
Socialismo (MAS) in Bolivia is one of the most hopeful historical events
to have occurred so far this century. From its beginnings in the struggles
against the privatization of water in 2000 up to the current attempts by
the popular government to nationalize natural gas and redistribute land,
the Bolivian revolution has captured the imagination of indigenous and
leftist activists everywhere in the world.

Forrest Hylton and Sinclair Thomson's newest book, Revolutionary Horizons:
Past and Present in Bolivian Politics, covers this revolutionary upsurge
from a leftist perspective that goes beyond Marxism as it is academically
understood and places the demands for indigenous autonomy as the
foundation for this revolution. The book opens with a description of the
events in La Paz in October 2003 as witnessed by the authors and concludes
with a critical look at what the victory of Morales and the MAS means for
the future of Bolivia and the indigenous movements that put the party in
power. In between these bookends, the reader is presented with a popular
history of Bolivia. It is a history rich in resistance and almost as rich
in reaction.

Like many other Latin American countries, the history of Bolivia is filled
with colonialism, slaughter, and resistance. The forms of that resistance
are many. Sometimes it involved only the creole or settler class against
the colonialist overseers and their successor governments. Other times it
involved only the indigenous peoples against those overseers. Sometimes it
involved a coalition of members from both of the resisting classes in a
movement against those oppressors. Indeed, sometimes the resistance itself
was successful and took control of the reins of power. Unfortunately, when
this occurred, the coalition between the creole forces and the indigenous
peoples disintegrated, usually because of a creole belief in their
ultimate superiority based on skin tone and culture.

It is at this crux that Hylton and Thomson tend to do their best analysis.
It is also at this crux that leftists of the northern hemisphere should
pay the most attention. The success and failure of movements past and
present depend on understanding indigenous analyses and perceptions of
history and leftism and somehow incorporating these into a revolutionary
ideology that encourages the realization of both traditions. The
alternative is to face a situation where for every progressive step
forward we make in the struggle for social and economic justice, we end up
taking at least one backwards, if only because of non-indigenous
activists' failure to grant the power to indigenous elements that is
necessary to sustain those forward steps.

As noted above, the history of Bolivia is filled with instances of
collaboration between radical movements of indigenous peoples and settlers
and their descendants. Some of these historical moments were more than
instances and actually moved the country towards a fairer and more
equitable existence for all of its people. Yet, most of them resulted in a
division amongst the very forces that created the positive circumstances.
Often, the divisions revolved around land rights and the question of
private property. This division then allowed the forces of reaction to
creep back into power, harshening their repression of the popular forces
each and every time, usually in the name of the nation. These lessons are
not only important as regards our understanding of Latin America, they are
also quite relevant to the worldwide struggle against neoliberalism and
its neoconservative twin we are currently either part of or witness to.

Revolutionary Horizons is a brilliant and succinct survey of the struggle
of the Bolivian poor and working peoples, who also happen to be primarily
descendants of its original human inhabitants. One should read it not only
for its importance to understanding the recently successful struggles
against US imperialism in Bolivia and its neighboring lands but also for
its relevance to the greater struggle against that very same opponent.
While many in the United States have focused their energies on the US wars
in Asia and the Middle East recently, the people of Latin America have
been gaining power over their own lives and in doing so, have torn at the
web of the Washington consensus and loosened the imperial grip that
Washington has grown so used to. It's only a matter of time before the
stumbling military giant of US imperialism turns its attentions southward
once again. Reading this book will help those opposed to this scenario
understand what's at stake.

Ron Jacobs is author of The Way the Wind Blew: a history of the Weather
Underground, which is just republished by Verso. Jacobs' essay on Big Bill
Broonzy is featured in CounterPunch's collection on music, art and sex,
Serpents in the Garden. His first novel, Short Order Frame Up, is
published by Mainstay Press. He can be reached at: rjacobs3625 [at]

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