Progressive Calendar 02.27.08
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Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 07:11:24 -0800 (PST)
             P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R    02.27.08

1. MN 8/KFAI        2.27 11am
2. Water rights     2.27 12:15pm
3. Nonprofit budget 2.27 1pm
4. Transit/biomass  2.27 3:30pm
5. Islam/women/film 2.27 5:30pm
6. Sustain homes    2.27 6pm
7. Student/society  2.27 6pm
8. USA v Al-Arian/f 2.27 6:30pm
9. GLBT writers     2.27 7pm
10. Pete Seeger/TV  2.27 8pm

11. Shoot first/NO  2.28 9am
12. Eagan vigil     2.28 4:30pm
13. Northtown vigil 2.28 5pm
14. Hitler/film     2.28 7pm
15. Health activism 2.28 7pm

16. Michael Colby       - Ralph Nader vs the fundamentalist liberals
17. Rosemarie Jackowski - It's an election, not a coronation

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From: Andy Driscoll <andy [at]>
Subject: MN 8/KFAI 2.27 11am


MINNESOTA EIGHT: War Resistance Yesterday and Today as Politics Intersect
with Art Again in a New Play, Peace Crimes: The Minnesota 8 vs. The War at
Rarig Center.

PEACE CRIMES opens Feb. 22 at Rarig Center, University of Minnesota. Seven
of the Minnesota 8 are still around and still working on peace issues
after their arrests and convictions for messing up and destroying
documents in Selective Service offices in several Minnesota cities. They
copped to it and served a couple of years for it. The Doris Baizley play
draws from a Frank Kroncke memoir. KFAI¹s own Don Olson (Northern Sun
News) is another surviving member. The Eight were represented by Attorney
Ken Tilsen, a Minnesota progressive icon.

 Minnesota Eight members FRANK KRONCKE and DON OLSON
 History Theatre Artistic Director RON PELUSO, Director, Peace Crimes.

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From: Human Rights Events Update <humanrts [at]>
Subject: Water rights 2.27 12:15pm

The Human Right to Water -A Five-Part Human Rights Center Lecture Series
(Cosponsors:  Program in Human Rights and Health / School of Public Health)

All lectures Wednesdays: 12:15-1:15 p.m., 30 Mondale Hall
<>  (Law)

 2/27 Water Distribution: Public, Private, or Both? (William Easter,
PhD, Applied Economics)
 3/12 Making it Happen: Practical Strategies for Fulfilling the Human
Right to Water (Paige Novak, PhD, Civil Engineering)
 3/26 Water and the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at]>
Subject: Nonprofit budget 2.27 1pm

I want to personally invite you to a special Federal Budget Briefing
<> being held Wednesday,
February 27, at the Lakes and Plains Carpenters Hall.  This free event is
sponsored by the Minnesota Budget Project.

At this Briefing, you will learn about the President's budget for fiscal
year 2009 and get a preview of hot tax and budget topics in Congress this
year. How will federal budget choices affect Minnesota nonprofits and
communities? What is the fiscal condition of the federal government? What
are the long-term trends and consequences of ongoing federal budget
deficits? I hope you'll join me and our nonprofit colleages as we consider
these questions and more.

*Martha Coven*, a senior legislative associate with the Center on Budget
and Policy Priorities <> in Washington, D.C., will
join me in presenting at the briefing. Martha will provide an overview of
some of the long-term fiscal challenges facing the nation, including an
explanation of the impact of increasing federal deficits on the nation's
ability to address urgent domestic priorities.  I will also be discussing
how you can make your voice heard in the budget debate in Congress.

Wednesday, February 27
1 - 3 p.m.
Lakes & Plains Carpenters Building, 700 Olive Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
For directions and parking, click here

To register for this free event, please *email Tracy Baumgardt at
tbaumgardt [at] <mailto:tbaumgardt [at]> the full names,
titles, and organization names for each person attending.

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From: Rick Engebretson <eng [at]>
From:   Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment
Subject: Transit/biomass 2.27 3:30pm

Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series
A Vision for Sustainable Transportation System Based on Biomass
3:30 p.m. at the Mechanical Engineering Building (Room 1130)

Presented by Dr. Frank Kreith, Professor Emeritus, Department of
Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder.

For more information, please visit

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at]>
Subject: Islam/women/film 2.27 5:30pm

Wednesday, 2/27, 5:30 pm, film "Crimes of Honour" about the killing of
hundreds of women in the Islamic world killed because they are thought to
have dishonored their families, Humphrey Center, U of M, 301 - 19th Ave S,

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From: Do It Green! Minnesota <Do_It_Green_Minnesota [at]>
Subject: Sustain homes 2.27 6pm

Sustainable Home Design Hands-on Workshop
Wed, Feb 27th  6-8pm
Edina Public Library 5280 Grandview Square, Edina

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From: PRO826 [at]
Subject: Student/society 2.27 6pm

Ray Tricomo, our 2002 US Senate GPM candidate asked me to forward the
following information about a class he will be teaching at Hamline:

Class title:  The Student in the New Society
Hamline University
Drew Science Building, Room 118
Wednesday, February 27th, 6pm

This class will assist students in understanding what they will need to do
to lobby for their future and learning how to create a society that will
work for the future generations. FFI contact Ray at 651-714-0288

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From: "wamm [at]" <wamm [at]>
Subject: USA v Al-Arian/f 2.27 6:30pm

Award-Winning Documentary: "USA vs. Al-Arian"
Wednesday, February 27, 6:30 p.m. New Brighton Family Service Center, 400
10th Street Northwest, New Brighton.

"USA vs. Al-Arian" is a disturbing film about freedom of speech in post
9/11 America and political persecution. The film follows the arrest and
trial of Sami Al-Arian, an Arab-American university professor accused of
supporting a terrorist organization abroad. For two and a half years Dr.
Al-Arian was held in solitary confinement, denied basic privileges and
given limited access to his attorneys. The film is an intimate family
portrait documenting how a tight-knit family unravels before our very eyes
as trial preparations, strategy and media spin consume their lives.

Norwegian director Line Halvorsen has made a damning portrait of the case
focusing on the trial's emotional toll. This is a nightmare come to life,
as a man is prosecuted for his beliefs rather than his actions. "USA vs.
Al-Arian" was awarded Best Film at the New Orleans Human Rights Film
Festival and Best Nordic Documentary at the Nordic Panorama in Finland.
Sponsored by: Al-Aqsa Institute and the WAMM Middle East Committee. FFI:
Call 612-554-2460 or visit <>.

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From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at]>
Subject: GLBT writers 2.27 7pm

GLBT Reading Series
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
7:00 PM at Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis
with guest host Julie Bates
Free and open to the public

ANDREA JENKINS is a poet and writer living in Minneapolis. She has had
poems and essays published in various journals and publications, and is a
former columnist for LivingOUT and The Minneapolis Observer. She is a
former member of the Black Storytellers Alliance, and has taught a
four-week poetry workshop for 7th & 8th graders, as well as a poetry
workshop for 4th, 5th and 6th graders at the Rainbow Families Conference.
Andrea has won numerous awards including a Loft Mentorship Series
(2002-03), and she attended the Napa Valley Writers Conference in 2004.
She also participated in four Cave Canem poetry workshops at the Loft from
2001-2005. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Writing from Hamline

JOHN MEDEIROS is a writer living in Minneapolis. His work has appeared in
Water~Stone Review, The Talking Stick, Gulf Coast; Willow Springs;
Gents, Badboys and Barbarians: An Anthology of New Gay Male Poetry;
Evergreen Chronicles; Christopher Street; Chiron Review; and Writers
Against War. He is the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board grant;
Gulf Coast's First Place Nonfiction Award; and the Blacklock Nature
Sanctuary Fellowship for Emerging Artists. He is a graduate of Hamline
University, where his memoir Self, Divided was awarded the 2006
Outstanding Creative Nonfiction Thesis of the Year, and his work has been
nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He served as the Writer-in-Residence at
the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley, Minnesota for 2006 and

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From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at]>
Subject: Pete Seeger/TV 2.27 8pm

Wed.Feb.27, 8 p.m. on TPT Channel 2
Thur.Feb.28.28, 8pm  TPT channel 17

AMERICAN MASTERS: Pete Seeger and the Power of Song.

It is a superb film - with both archival performances & interviews,
rebvealing a wonderful musical & political life of PETE SEEGER, in the
context of Americna hisotry (such as the McCarthy/"Red Scare"
anti-communist period of 1950s political repression--and the anti-Vietnam
War, civil rights movement and Migrant farm workers. (Note from Lydia
Howell: I saw Pete Seeger speak & sing at the 1999 protest at the US Army
torture-training School of the Americas in Ft.Benning, GA. His voice was a
bit crackly but, his spirit was still strong!)

Outside Minneapolsi/St.paul check your local PBS listings

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From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at]>
Subject: Shoot first/NO 2.28 9am

From Citizens for a Safer MN.

This bill is unbelievable. It cannot pass. And we didn't think the
conceal-carry law wouldn't, either. It did, and several shootings by
carrying people have put the flavor of the wild west onto Minnesota

From: Heather Martens <hmartens [at]>
Subject: Please help stop the Shoot First bill - Thursday, Feb. 28, 9-10a.m.

This bill has a real chance of passing. Please spread the word.
This Thursday, Feb. 28, 9-10 a.m. is a very important event at the Capitol
rotunda. Please come!

Stand against the ³Shoot First² bill, a proposal to legally justify the
killing of any trespasser, and the shooting, as a first resort, of anyone
in a public place who seems threatening. The bill will likely get a
hearing this week and may go to the House floor, where many members feel
pressured to vote for it.

Stand for the prevention of gun violence, including a bill requiring
background checks before purchases at gun shows and other venues.

Gather from 9-10 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, Feb. 28.

From 10-12, participate in the ³One Voice for the Northside² event and
visit legislators. Rsvp to me or csm [at]
<mailto:csm [at]>.

If you are unable to attend, please send an email to your legislator to
oppose Shoot First by clicking on this link.

More on ³Shoot First²

The Shoot First bill would eliminate the long-standing individual duty to
walk away from a confrontation in a public place if it is safe to do so.
The bill would instead permit the taking of a life as a first option
whenever someone feels threatened. The bill would also allow people to sit
in the safety of their homes and shoot anyone who comes into the yard. Yet
it is being misrepresented as a ³self-defense² bill, and because of that,
it has a real chance of passing.

Although the Minnesota County Attorneys¹ Association and the Minnesota
Police and Peace Officers¹ Association oppose the bill, legislators feel
pressured to vote for it. There are deceptive action alerts going out from
the gun lobby. We¹ve heard people say they think that if someone breaks
into their house and is raping their wife, there is nothing they can do
about it. This is patently false.

Calling this bill ³Castle Doctrine² or ³self-defense² is deceptive.
Minnesota already has Castle Doctrine. There is nobody in jail for
self-defense. In Texas, where Shoot First has passed, a man named Joe Horn
cited the law as he spoke to a 911 dispatcher in December about burglars
in the neighbor¹s yard. Horn was in no danger, but he went outside and
shot two men in the back. Listen to the 911 tape at

Here are some other cases affected by new Shoot First laws in other

Florida- A homeowner with a shotgun wounded a drunken intruder who
stumbled into the residence at 4 a.m. by mistake. No charges were brought
and there was no review of the circumstances, according to the Orland
Sentinel, June 11, 2006.

Colorado ­ Citing the states Shoot First law, a jury ruled that a
homeowner was justified in fatally shooting a man who was parked in a car
outside his home because he feared that the man, who had previously
assaulted him, would come into his house and hurt him again. (People v.
Gary Hill, No. 04CR4427, El Paso, Co., Colo., Dist. Ct.).

Arizona ­ Howard Fish killed a homeless man, Grant Kuenzli, shooting him
three times in the chest at close range. Fish claims the unarmed man ran
at him ³threatening harm or death.² The incident took place before Shoot
First and Fish was charged with murder. Before the trial concluded, the
National Rifle Association's Civil Defense Fund paid for Fish¹s defense
and appealed his case asking that the Shoot First law be applied
retroactively in his trial. The Court of Appeals refused to apply the new
law retroactively. The old law requires that Fish prove he acted in self
defense by the relatively low standard of proof of more likely than not,
while the Shoot First law requires prosecutors prove beyond a reasonable
doubt that the defendant¹s self-defense claim was unfounded.
(, 6/9/02)

For more information on Shoot First, visit

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From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at]>
Subject: Eagan peace vigil 2.28 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]
Subject: Northtown vigil 2.28 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]

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at]>
Subject: Hitler/film 2.28 7pm

Thursday, 2/28, 7 pm, German film "Downfall," from Hitler's secretary's
perspective, a look at Hitler's last days in the infamous bunker, Landmark
Center's Weyerhaeuser Auditorium, 75 W 5th St, St Paul.

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From: Joel Albers <joel [at]>
Subject: Health activism 2.28 7pm

The last Health Care Activism class sponsored by U of MN's Exco program
will meet 7PM this Thursday Feb 28 at MayDay Books 301 Cedar ave, Mpls.
Their number is 612-333-4719. My number is 612-384-0973, or email.

We will devote most of the class to how we can take direct action to solve
the health care crisis in Minnesota. I will show TV news footage of some
of the demonstrations we've held at United Health Group, located in Mtka,
largest U.S. HMO. We will also talk about  health care actions for
Resisting the RNC, and launching a grassroots creative media campaign to
counteract control of the visual landscape now dominated by the HMO

Please let me know if there is any specific topic you want us to discuss.
The class is free and open to the public.

Hope to see you there, even if you missed the first classes.

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Hell Hath No Fury Like a Modern Liberal
Ralph Nader vs. the Fundamentalist Liberals
February 26, 2008

We live in scary times. And no one scares me more than the faux-liberals
of today. They are a most intolerant mob that has become so dislodged from
logic that they'd rather gaze reverently at the false packaging of hope
than seriously contemplate the issues of the day. They love bandwagons and
hate activism. They strive for insular popularity while trampling the
populace. And, in the true spirit of fundamentalism, they loathe dissent
and flog the dissenter with the kind of glee that is seemingly borrowed
from Jimmy Swaggart's beating of the ungodly unbelievers.

Oh yeah, hell hath no fury hot enough for the fool who holds a mirror up
to the nonsense of modern liberalism. Just ask Ralph Nader.

Nader, as we all know by now, committed the horror of horrors in the eyes
of the liberal fundamentalists Sunday by announcing - gasp! - that he's
exercising his Constitutional rights by throwing his hat in the ring of
presidential politics. But, given the reaction from the rather slovenly
liberal not-so-intelligencia, you'd think that he announced that he wants
to suspend the Constitution and, instead, fly planes into tall buildings.

My goodness, imagine if all this liberal bluster was saved for things like
taking it to the streets and stopping the war, or demanding universal
health care, or cracking down on the subprime criminals on Wall Street, or
impeaching the president who has brought us all of these not-so-nice
policies. But that would require real action. And the fundamentalist
liberals don't have time for action - just rhetoric, blame and all the
Obama Kool-Aid they can fill their confused kidneys with. It's easier that

Remember, it's these same liberal fundamentalists who have time after time
denigrated the anti-war crowd for "going too far," much as they've also
wagged their blogging fingers at those who dared to demand real solutions
to health care, tax injustice, workers' rights, the Bush debacle
(impeachment) and energy policy.

Sadly, it's a symptom of the fundamentalist liberals that is becoming all
too familiar: They don't believe their own rhetoric. How else can you
explain their rabid condemnation of Bush AND the condemnation of the
impeachment movement? Or their understandable yelps against the current
health care crisis but their seeming acceptance of the nonsensical
"solution" being rhetorically weaved by Obama/Clinton? Or their preaching
of tolerance but their vile invectives toward a man's right to speak
and/or seek office? If Nader's right to seek office can be so easily
ridiculed, where will they stop? Sorry, but that's not the liberalism I

Worse, my perusal of the myopic blogging universe has revealed that most
liberal commenters blasting Nader's announcement have almost completely
ignored the issues that Nader has cited in announcing his candidacy.
Remember, Nader made it clear that he wasn't going to run if someone like
Edwards was going to be the Democratic nominee because he saw eye-to-eye
with Edwards on things like health care, reining in corporate control of
our democracy, stopping the war immediately and demanding workers' rights
now - not tomorrow after all the jobs have been effectively shipped to
China. But the good liberal fundamentalists didn't choose the substance of
Edwards, instead choosing either the "hope" of Obama or the same old shit
of Clinton. And so Nader moved to fill a rather large void in the issue

Nader did NOT say on Sunday that there was "no difference" between the
Democrats and the Republicans, as many liberals are trying to say he said.
Instead, he said there was a difference, just as there is a difference
between the Obama/Clinton positions and his positions. And then he went on
to articulate those differences, just as he's done on his website

It's sadly comical to me to see the fundie liberals bash Nader while he's
calling for universal health care but give Obama a pass for leaving more
than 15 million Americans uninsured in his so-called solution. Or bash
Nader for his role in "causing" the Iraq war but giving Clinton - and a
majority of her Dem colleagues - a pass for actually voting for it. Or
blaming Nader for the entirety of the Bush years while refusing to
acknowledge the real blame that rests at the feet of the fundamentalist
Dems who have done little but play along for eight years - remember, it
was only ONE Dem (Feingold) who opposed the Patriot Act.

For the Dems, the solution to the Nader candidacy is not to call for a
repugnant and chilling rebuke of his Constitutional rights but to
strengthen their own issue resolve so that the Nader option wouldn't be
necessary. But they're refusing to do so, instead zeroing in on a
candidate - Obama - who is mostly hype and hope and very, very little
substance or resume. It's Obama - not Nader - who is in bed with the
nuclear industry and its lobbyists. It's Obama - not Nader - who won't say
a peep about reining in Wall Street. It's Obama - not Nader - who won't
promote universal health care. It's Obama - not Nader - who won't even
mention the Israeli atrocities against the Palestinians. And it's Obama -
not Nader - who doesn't have a track record for standing up and speaking
up even when it's not very popular to do so.

Earth to the liberal fundies: Skip the Kool-Aid, try the reality sandwich.

And thanks for offering a necessary option, Ralph.

Michael Colby is the editor of and can be contacted via
mcolby [at]

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It's an Election, Not a Coronation
by Rosemarie Jackowski / February 26th, 2008
Dissident Voice

Democrats are once again experiencing Nader angst. In fact, many of them
are suffering so much anxiety that they not only attack Nader, but also
Nader supporters. The Democratic Party needs to be reminded that it is an
election, not a coronation.

No one automatically deserves a vote simply because of Party affiliation.
Hillary and Obama will get the votes of the Party faithful. Other voters
will cast their ballots based on issues. On the issues, is any candidate
better than Nader? No major party candidate even compares. That is why
they have refused to allow Nader to debate.

The Democrats had their chance, and once again they blew it. They started
out with Kucinich who called for the immediate withdrawal from Iraq - not
only withdrawal across the Iraq border - but Kucinich called for bringing
all troops home now. He also supported a Single Payer Health care system.
That would save the lives of 18,000 U.S. citizens every year.

The Democrats also had Edwards who had promised to fight the wave of
corporate crime - a major problem. Would there be war if the corporations
did not profit from the killing?

Instead of voting for Kucinich or Edwards, the Party faithful cast their
votes for candidates with a questionable history of support for peace,
health care, and economic justice. This has created a vacuum of ideas.
Nader is now filling that vacuum. The Democrats could have had it all - a
peace candidate and an easy win against a weakened Republican candidate.
Instead, they will again blame Nader, while refusing to accept the
inevitable results of the votes of the Party faithful. They have ignored
one of the most fundamental lessons of politics - you get what you vote

The Democrats have turned their backs on a large segment of the population
- the anti-war groups. No self-respecting peace advocate can vote for
either Democratic candidate. One candidate wants to increase the size of
the military. The other stood by in silence while the Clinton
administration was responsible for the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children.
Both Democratic candidates have foreign policy positions that are to the
far right of Republican Ron Paul.

Nader is not only correct on issues of Foreign Policy, but he is also the
world's greatest consumer advocate. His candidacy is perfect timing. We
are all consumers - consumers of war and peace, consumers of public
utilities, consumers of agricultural products, the list could go on and

How's NAFTA working for you? Have you read the fine print on your credit
card statement recently? Are you happy with your public utility company -
what about your cable company, your Internet provider? What about health
care insurers who try to maximize profits by denying medical care to the
seriously ill? What is the salary of the CEO of your health insurance

Lack of vigilant consumer protection has led to a culture of distrust. We
live in a red tape jungle. Only Nader can bring about the necessary
changes so that consumers can develop a sense of trust and confidence in
the corporations that provide essential goods and services.

Ralph Nader has been a national treasure for decades. He has worked
quietly - without publicity or fanfare - helping ordinary citizens. I
first met him many years ago. The public utility had a plan to build a
floating nuclear power plant off the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Ralph came to Cape May. He met with the citizens. Because of his help, the
floating power plant was not built.

Members of the Press have shown a lack of interest in, and knowledge of,
the issues. Some TV interviewers are so uninformed that they avoid the
real issues. Watching them is sometimes painful. The problem is not
limited to FOX. Tim, Chris, and the others make me wish for a real
journalist such as Helen Thomas.

Nader is not the only candidate who has been the victim here. Ron Paul and
Mike Gravel have also been marginalized and disrespected. The voters are
the ultimate victims. They never get to hear the platforms of all
candidates. Cynthia McKinney has a powerful message that most voters have
not heard. How about a Nader/McKinney team! Race, gender, and party
affiliation barriers can be broken down with support for a Nader/McKinney

The Democrats have a history of using unethical, strong-arm legal tactics
to keep Nader off the ballots and out of the debates. Is there anything
that they won't try in order to silence an opposing candidate? Nader
supporters will have to come up with a nation-wide network of Pro Bono
lawyers to help with any assault from the Democrats. That's not how
democracy is supposed to work. Freedom of speech should not have to be
purchased in a court room. Open the debates. Allow all candidates to be

Nader's announcement as a candidate has given an opportunity to demand the
truth - but in the words of Jack Nicolson, maybe the voters "can't stand
the truth".

Rosemarie Jackowski is an advocacy journalist living in Vermont. Read
other articles by Rosemarie.

This article was posted on Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 at 10:29 am and is
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