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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2008 02:07:20 -0800 (PST)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 02.01.08 1. Catalyst/KFAI 2.01 11am 2. Ffunch 2.01 11:30am 3. Latino migrants 2.01 12noon 4. YAWR metro 2.01 4:30pm 5. Hushed history 2.01 6:30pm 6. Health Care/RNC 2.01 7pm 7. Sexual assault 2.01 8pm 8. Nanking/film 2.01 9. Glen Ford - Bush bullies the cringing Dems, as usual 10. Robert Halfhill - How can anyone still think supporting Dems works? 10a. ed - Comment on Halfhill 11. Steve Earle - Rich man's war (song lyrics) --------1 of 11-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Catalyst/KFAI 2.01 11am Tune in FRIDAY, FEB. 1,11am on KFAI Radio for CATALYST, to hear an interview with one of the Twin Cities most brilliant actors TERRY BELLAMY, who's playing MALCOLM X in the current HISTORY THEATRE production of THE MEETING - which imagines a conversation between MALCOLM X and MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. (Full details about the production below). CATALYST:politics & culture is hosted by LYDIA HOWELL and is part of the weekly Hour of Power (PEOPLE Power,that is!)with Catalyst at 11am followed by NORTHERN SUN NEWS, hosted by Don Olson at 11:30am and Democracy NOW! at noon. KFAI Radio 90.3fm Mpls 106.7fm St. Paul All shows archived for 2 weeks after broadcast at http://www.kfai.org CHECK OUT the CATALYST page for future shows, local events & commentary by Lydia Howell at http://www.kfai.org --------2 of 11------- From: David Shove <shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu> Subject: Ffunch 2.01 11:30am Meet the FFUNCH BUNCH! 11:30am-1pm First Friday Lunch (FFUNCH) for Greens/progressives. Informal political talk and hanging out. Day By Day Cafe 477 W 7th Av St Paul. Meet in the private room (holds 12+). Day By Day has soups, salads, sandwiches, and dangerous apple pie; is close to downtown St Paul & on major bus lines --------3 of 11------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Latino migrants 2.01 12noon University of Minnesota Minneapolis Campus Rm 228 in Murphy Hall Friday, February 1st 12-1:10pm a talk being given at the University of Minnesota by a Chicano studies professor Richard Martinez. This lecture is part of the Global Media-Diasporic Cultures Series. It's a chance to gain deeper insight into immigration and the media from a Chicano/Latino perspective -------4 of 11------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: YAWR metro 2.01 4:30pm YAWR Metro-Wide Planning Meeting Friday, February 1st 4:30pm - 6:30pm Arise! Bookstore 2441 Lyndale Ave S Minneapolis, MN Our Next meeting will focus on the upcoming Minneapolis School Board meeting on February 12th. School Board member Chris Steward will be proposing a resolution to allow pro-peace groups to set up tables when ever recruiters come to schools. It will also restrict military recruiters to career centers as well as a few other small victories. This is potentially a REALLY big victory for us, and we want to mobilize students and community to the Board meeting. We also need to start planning for a huge Youth March before and during the 5th Anniversary of the Iraq War Protest on March 15 and our other plans for the Spring. There will be a discussion about Youth Against War & Racism's plans for the upcoming RNC. The proposed agenda in below: Proposed Agenda: Current Events RNC Conference - February 9-10 5th Anniversary of Iraq War Protest - March 15 Finances Chapter Building Mpls School Board - February 12 -------5 of 11-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: Hushed history 2.01 6:30pm Friday, February 1: Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet & Consociates Justice Commission. The History We Were Never Taught & Why. 6:30-8:30 PM at Carondelet Center, Randolph Ave, St. Paul. --------6 of 11-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Health Care/RNC 2.01 7pm -- FIRST SHOUT OUT -- NORTH STAR HEALTH COLLECTIVE !! If you are interested in helping prepare for and shape the medical support for the RNC protests please come: Friday, February 1st, 7PM the Blue Moon Cafe, 3822 E. Lake St. The Republican National Convention will be held in St. Paul, MN, September 1-4, 2008. We are a collective of health care workers, students, and community members who are interested in creating a meaningful response to the Republican National Convention (RNC). Thousands of community members and families are expected to attend protests against the RNC. We are forming the North Star Health Collective (NSHC) to be a transformative collective involved in coordinating point of protest care. In doing so, we actively promote locally accessible, comprehensive, free health care for all. We are a lasting network that will improve our diverse communities' access to health care, even after all the protesters and delegates go home. Our Principles of Unity: · Resist the commoditization of our health care. · Organize on the principles of decentralization, autonomy, sustainability and mutual aid. · Work to end all relationships of domination and subjugation, including but not limited to those rooted in patriarchy, race, class, xenophobia, and homophobia; Our Goals: · Train new street medics to serve the sixty-thousand protesters who are expected. · Assist in staffing existing wellness clinics to meet increased demand. · Bridge the gap between the streets and the medical system. · Support long term networks to provide affordable, quality health care for all. If you are interested in helping prepare for and shape what medical support will be at the RNC protests please come to our organizational meeting, Friday, February 1st, 7PM at the Blue Moon Cafe, 3822 E. Lake St. If you have questions or concerns please email northstarhealth [at] gmail.com or call Rebecca at 612 817 3822 --------7 of 11-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: Sexual assault 2.01 8pm February 1 - 2: Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA). A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant & a Prayer. 8 PM Friday. Feb 2, Saturday, 2 PM. V-Day St. Paul featuring monologues by Eve Ensler. Neighborhood House, Paul & Sheila Wellstone Center, 179 Robie St E., St. Paul. Admission $10 - more if you can. --------8 of 11-------- From: Stephen Feinstein <feins001 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Nanking/film 2.01 NEW FILM ABOUT NANJING MASSACRE TO SHOW IN MINNEAPOLIS NANKING A powerful, emotional and relevant reminder of the heartbreaking toll war takes on the innocent, Nanking tells the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China, in the early days of World War II. As part of a campaign to conquer all of China, the Japanese subjected Nanking - which was then China's capital - to months of aerial bombardment, and when the city fell, the Japanese army unleashed murder and rape on a horrifying scale. In the midst of the rampage, a small group of Westerners banded together to establish a Safety Zone where over 200,000 Chinese found refuge. Unarmed, these missionaries, university professors, doctors and businessmen - including a Nazi named John Rabe - bore witness to the events, while risking their own lives to protect civilians from slaughter. The story is told through deeply moving interviews with Chinese survivors, chilling archival footage and photos of the events, and testimonies of former Japanese soldiers. At the heart of Nanking is a filmed stage reading of the Westerners' letters and diaries, featuring Woody Harrelson, Mariel Hemingway and Jurgen Prochnow. Through its interweave of archival images, testimonies of survivors, and readings of first hand accounts, the film puts the viewer on the streets of Nanking and brings the forgotten past to startling life. Nanking is a testament to the courage and conviction of individuals who were determined to act in the face of evil and a powerful tribute to the resilience of the Chinese people - a gripping account of light in the darkest of times. Minneapolis Landmark Lagoon 5 Feb 1 - 7 1320 Lagoon Avenue (612) 825-6006 --------9 of 11------- Bush Bullies the Cringing Democrats, As Usual by Glen Ford / January 31st, 2008 Dissident voice George Bush is very lucky to have the Democrats as the "opposition party". In both content and delivery, his final State of the Union Address showed Bush to be a spent force, the dirty fighter whose entire career was built on amorality, sheer meanness and bribed referees. No blow was ever too low for Bush, but at this late stage of the seven-year-long bout even razor-lined gloves can't help him. All that now props Bush up are the nervous weaklings at the other corner of the ring: the Democrats. Although Barack Obama seems to think the Republicans once had interesting "ideas," they really have only three simple solutions for all situations: bigger and more aggressive militaries, low taxes and huge subsidies for the rich, and relentless privatization of the people's property and social space. Just add a little more coercive muscle to the National Security State and you have all the ingredients for a true American fascism. But Bush and his corporate masters are having a difficult time, because the world is not cooperating. Bush dedicated only a few minutes to the crisis in domestic and international financial structures, lamely describing the unfolding economic disaster as "a period of uncertainty". What an understatement! American predatory, super-speculative lending practices have not only guaranteed the dispossession of millions of families and deepening chaos throughout the US economy, the domestic collapse has also revealed that, at the heart of the global financial edifice lies anunimaginably huge "balloon" of derivatives and other varieties of possibly worthless paper. There is no acceptable solution to this terminal, structural crisis. So Bush offers the usual fix: tax giveaways and attempted bailouts for the people who created the problem, and a few crumbs for a fraction of the rest of us. The Democrats, of course, go along with the program, with some minor reservations. Bush told the joint session of Congress that the Iraq war, which was lost not long after it began, is now surging to "success". The truth is, US casualties are lower because Sunni Muslims are busy defeating al Qaida. But neither Sunni nor Shia militias have abandoned the goal of genuine Iraqi independence. The Americans will be dealt with, in due time. For the wounded people of New Orleans, all Bush offers is to hold a rich man's international trade conference in the city, in April - while his administration bulldozes thousands of perfectly sound public housing units for the poor. Just hours before Bush gave his address, Internet journalist Robert Kall of Op-Ed News questioned House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers on why he won't begin impeachment proceedings against Bush and/or Vice President Cheney. Conyers replied that Republicans would charge Bush was being "demonized" by the Democrats, and "they would take that and that would bleed right into the election of 2008". In other words, George Bush, the hugely unpopular and now punch-drunk bruiser, still has the Democrats scared. That's why he's still standing. Glen Ford is Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report, where this article first appeared. He can be contacted at: Glen.Ford [at] BlackAgendaReport.com. Read other articles by Glen, or visit Glen's website. This article was posted on Thursday, January 31st, 2008 at 11:51 pm and is filed under "Third" Party, Democrats, Economics, Elections, GWB, Iraq. Send to a friend. [National level elected Dems are shameful/shameless cowards. Yet how many "progressives" will line up to vote for them yet again? Better not to vote at all than to collaborate with the enemy. -ed] --------10 of 11-------- How can anyone still think suypporting Dems is viable? Robert Halfhill On Wed, 30 Jan 2008, Robert Halfhill wrote: I have just published this comment on OpEdNews. This was in response to Rob Kall, editor of OpEdNews, who had attended a meeting that the Democrats had invited the alternative press to. The title refers to the refreshments the Democrats provided. Robert Halfhill FRUIT, CHEESE, AND SANDWICHES WON'T JUSTIFY SUPPORTING DEMS I'm not impressed with any of this. Instead of fruit, cheese and miniature sandwiches, I am more concerned about what they're going to do, and so far that is virtually nothing. I can't understand why the majority of progressives continue to think supporting the democratic Party will do much good. For example, impeachment is the most important issue facing us, given that Bush was never elected, having been APPOINTED by the Supreme Court in 2000 and STEALING the election of 2004. Bush and Cheney are behind the loss of our civil liberties de jure, although not de facto, taking the power to declare anyone an enemy combattant and secretly imprisoning them without the right of habaeus corpus or a fair trial, or even any trial at all. He has introduced torture. He has pushed through legislation allowing him to spy on our emails and phone calls, been malfeasant with respect to his duties as Commander In Chief by fabricating the intelligence, i.e. lying, to get us into the disaster of the Iraq invasion, and, when Joseph Wilson objected, committed treason by outing Wilson's wife as a CIA agent. The list goes on. Yet Nancy Pelosi took impeachment off the table even before she assumed her post as Speaker of the House. John Conyers, in spite of the massive tome he produced on the theft of the 2004 elections, refuses to hold hearings or do anything else about it, and has even had Cindy Shehan and others who protested by sitting in at his office arrested. His telling you that impeachment is not off the table is meaningless if he refuses to do anything about it. Impeachment is the most crucial issue we are facing since it is necessary to stop our country's slide into dictatorship. The electorate, many of whom were hoping for impeachment, put the Democrats back in control of Congress in 2006. On this one crucial issue alone, if the Democrats won't call impeachment hearings, WAS THERE ANY BENEFIT FROM ALL THE TIME, MONEY AND EFFORT SPENT ON ELECTING THEM? The Iraq war is the next most crucial issue. And I am not impressed by the Democrats plea that they must have 60 votes before they can override Bush's veto in order to end the Iraq War. Each time a bill to appropriate further money for the war is introduced, it requires 50% plus one of the votes to pass. The Democrats could end the invasion of Iraq by simply voting against further money for the war, leaving Bush and Cheney with no alternative but to pull the troops out. Single payer is the ONLY way of containing our rising and exhorbitant health care costs but Hiliary Clinton tells us the majority won't accept it. If single payer is the only way of containing health care costs, then the only rational alternative is to keep campaigning for it until the majority is convinced to support it. So I ask all those who campaigned for the Democratic Party. Was it worth all your time, effort and money if the Democrats won't do anything about impeachment, the Iraq war, and single payer health care? Rob Kall has argued that a third party can never win enough seats to pass their legislation under our present electoral system. But even under our present electoral system, there have been cases where a third party has displaced one of the two major parties. The Whig Party went into the dustbin of history when a new third party, the Republican Party, was founded in 1856 and went on to displace the Whig Party. I know you will argue that building a third party will take so much time as to be useless as a near term solution. But the evidence is in that your chances of success are zero by supporting the Democratic Party. So though it may take several electoral cycles, a strategy that has a chance of working in the long term is preferable to a strategy that has zero chances of success. You may argue that our present problems are so acute that we don't have time to build a third party. But you won't accomplish anything on these acute issues anyway with a strategy that has zero chances of working. I am sure you can find some legslation, out of all the legislation Congress has passed since the 2006 elections, where the Democrats have been preferable to the Republicans. But if, even after electing them, the Democrats refuse to do anything about impeachment, ending the Iraq war, and single payer, your efforts have been wasted and the results don't justify the time, effort and money you have put into them. So your only alternative to a strategy whose chances of succeeding are zero, it to buckle down to the effort of building a third party. - Robert Halfhill rhalfhill [at] juno.com --10a-- ed comments: I agree totally. Good arguments. Progressives who vote to their right for Dems justify it by claiming it is PRACTICAL. That only the Dems can GET SOMETHING DONE. Practical. Fine. Ask them what the Dems have DONE in the last 5 years. 10. 20. 30. Name a major progressive accomplishment of the DP since Reagan began in 1981. Don't tell them none has happened. Ask THEM to name one. And if and when they can't, ask them how PRACTICAL it is to support a DP that has DONE NOTHING for 30 years. Then ask them if the DP has least FOUGHT for large progressive issues - name the issue, the leaders, the time. Zero. Now: is no result, and no fight, PRACTICAL? If not practicality, perhaps it is a matter of FAITH. Faith doesn't need results, or even actions. In fact, the test of faith is when there are for years no results. "Practical" DP-voting progressives are really faith-based believers. There ain't no practical to it at all. They pretend to a stance much higher and more mature than ours. When it is the opposite. -David Shove --------11 of 11-------- Rich Man's War (song) by Steve Earle Jimmy joined the army 'cause he had no place to go There ain't nobody hirin' 'round here since all the jobs went down to Mexico Reckoned that he'd learn himself a trade maybe see the world Move to the city someday and marry a black haired girl Somebody somewhere had another plan Now he's got a rifle in his hand Rollin' into Baghdad wonderin' how he got this far Just another poor boy off to fight a rich man's war Bobby had an eagle and a flag tattooed on his arm Red white and blue to the bone when he landed in Kandahar Left behind a pretty young wife and a baby girl A stack of overdue bills and went off to save the world Been a year now and he's still there Chasin' ghosts in the thin dry air Meanwhile back at home the finance company took his car Just another poor boy off to fight a rich man's war When will we ever learn When will we ever see We stand up and take our turn And keep tellin' ourselves we're free Ali was the second son of a second son Grew up in Gaza throwing bottles and rocks when the tanks would come Ain't nothin' else to do around here just a game children play Somethin' 'bout livin' in fear all your life makes you hard that way He answered when he got the call Wrapped himself in death and praised Allah A fat man in a new Mercedes drove him to the door Just another poor boy off to fight a rich man's war ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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