Progressive Calendar 02.29.08
From: David Shove (
Date: Fri, 29 Feb 2008 05:04:11 -0800 (PST)
           P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R    02.29.08
                   take a flying leap day

1. LatAm/KFAI        2.29 11am
2. Haiti event       2.29 4:30pm
3. Palestine vigil   2.29 4:15pm

4. Wireless          3.01
5. Workplace justice 3.01 10am
6. NWN4P-Mtka        3.01 11am
7. RNC march         3.01 11am
8. Fair trade fest   3.01 12noon/6/7:30/9pm
9. African diaspora  3.01 1/2/5:30pm
10. NewHope vigil    3.01 1pm
11. Prison books     3.01 1pm
12. Solar home       3.01 3pm
13. Northtown vigil  3.01 2pm
14. 3CD GP CTV       3.01 8pm
15. Newspapers/CTV   3.01 9pm

16. Fred Gardner - The birth of NAFTA: it took Clinton to get it ratified

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From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at]>
Subject: LatAm/KFAI 2.29 11am

TUNE in for an preview of this MAR.1st event, exploring the African
Diaspora in Latin America - and the revolutionary social movements being
built there. Listen FRI.FEB.29,11 am on KFAI RADIO. Hear activist Carla
Smith & Prof. August Nimtz (U of M African-American studies & Political
Science) CATALYST:politics & culture.hosted by Lydia Howell Fridays.11am
on KFAI Radio 90.3fm Mpls 106.7 fm St.Paul All shows archived for 2 weeks

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From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at]>
Subject: Haiti event 2.29 4:30pm

4:30 p.m. Friday February 29 at Light Rail Station near Hennepin Co
Government Center Minneapolis, demonstration marking 4th (1st) anniversary
of the Feb 29, 2004, coup d'etat in Haiti.

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From: Karen Redleaf <vegan14ever [at]>
Subject: Palestine vigil 2.29 4:15pm

Friday 4:15 to 5:30 pm, vigil to end US military/political support of the
Israeli occupation of Palestine, corner Summit and Snelling, St Paul.
Cancelled if temp below 20F.

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From: Mary Treacy <mtreacy [at]>
Subject: Wireless 3.01

March comes in like a...breath of fresh air?  "Afloat on the Wireless
Pond" describes most of us, including our elected officials, when it comes
to shifting gears in a digital environment.  It's also the whimsical theme
of a day-long conference on March 1 at which Minnesotans are invited to
reflect on living in and planning for digital days.

Funded by the Sesquicentennial Commission, the conference is conveniently
located at Luther Seminary (just off 280 between the Cities). Speakers
include journalists, historians, geographers, educators, a poet and more -
each of whom has been thinking about the ways technology can expand or
inhibit access, broaden or limit the circle of participation.  $20 at the
door.  Space limited - email reservations to <mailto:mncogi [at]>
mncogi [at]  Details at <>

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From: Erin Parrish <erin [at]>
Subject: Workplace justice 3.01 10am

March 1: Workplace Justice. Support/Networking Meeting. 10 AM-Noon.
Minnesota Women's Building, 550 Rice St., St. Paul. 952/996-9291.

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From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at]>
Subject: NWN4P-Mtka 3.01 11am

NWN4P-Minnetonka demonstration- Every Saturday, 11 AM to noon, at Hwy. 7
and 101.  Park in the Target Greatland lot; meet near the
fountain. We will walk along the public sidewalk. Signs available.

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From: "wamm [at]" <wamm [at]>
Subject: RNC march 3.01 11am

Stand Up for the Right to March on the RNC to Stop the War

Saturday, March 1, 11:00 a.m. Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, St. Paul.

Due to a legality, we can and must maintain a number of marches on this
route regularly, in order to be able to obtain a permit to march against
war when the RNC comes to town in September 1. Gather at the Minnesota
State Capitol, march past the Xcel Center and return to the State Capitol.
City officials have been dragging their feet on granting permits for a
major antiwar march on September 1, 2008, set to coincide with the
Republican National Convention (RNC) being held in St. Paul at that time
so the Coalition to March on the RNC and Stop the War will be marching the
planned route regularly between now and the convention. Interested in
being a peace marshal: Call Marie Braun, 612-522-1861. FFI: Call Coalition
to March on the RNC and Stop the War, 612-234-8774.

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From: Eduardo Cardenas <eduardocardenas [at]>
Subject: Fair trade fest 3.01 12noon/6/7:30/9pm

March 1, 2008
at the Dancing Monkey Institute 253 East Fourth
Street Suite 76 - Downtown St. Paul Come to the Side Entrance of the Jax
Building Parking on the Street

Noon to Five: Fair Trade Vendors
 SAFRA Jewelry- Handicrafts from the Brasilian Amazon
 Handwoven Kilims and Socks from Kurdish Refugee Women at the Life Center
in Van, Turkey, courtesy of Lutheran Mideast Development
 Quilts and Wall Hangings made by HIV/AIDS infected communities in Nigeria
brought to us by Citizens Into Action

6:00 pm: Film Screening "THE TAKE"

7:30 pm: Panel Discussion on the Colombia Free Trade Agreement
featuring Gerardo Cajamarca, Rosita Balch and Eduardo Cardenas

9:00 pm Concert! Featuring
Desire DEffect
Samba Spaceship
The finest in Electric Samba and Luso-Fusion!

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From: biego001 [at]
Subject: African diaspora 3.01 1/2/5:30pm

Celebrating Black History and Women´s History Months
 Political and Cultural Resistance

 In Haiti, Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba and the United States, and throughout
Latin America, people of African origin have played a decisive role in the
revolutionary process in the Americas - a development that continues until


Keynote at 1:00 pm, Jesús 'Chucho' García Founder and leader of the
Afro-Venezuelan Network author and speaker on the impacts of globalization
and militarism on Latin America.

Panel Discussions 2:30 to 5:30 pm. Panelists: Rose Brewer (United States),
Raudemar Hernández (Cuba), Nekima Levy-Pounds (United States), Ruben
Joanem (Haití), Danyika Howell (United States), Jorge Veloz (Venezuela),
Lauretta Dawolo (Liberia), Marino Córdova (Colombia), Karla Smith (United
States), Lester Nurse (Puerto Rico).

Dinner and Cultural Event 5:30 to 9:00 pm

Artists: María Isa (Puerto Rico), Eliezer Santos Freitas (Brazil), Judith
Pérez (Venezuela, Yrma Machado (Venezuela), Karma (United States)

Phyllis Wheatley Community Center 1301 10th Ave North, Minneapolis (I-94
and Olson Highway) Free and Open to the Public

Sponsors: U of M La Raza Cultural Center, Macalester College Program
Board, Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network, Haiti Justice Committee of
Minnesota, Minnesota Cuba Committee, Minnesota-Venezuela Solidarity
Committee, Hands Off Venezuela Committee

For more information: - 612 730-0087

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From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at]>
Subject: NewHope vigil 3.01 1pm

Saturday, 1-2PM - Weekly NWN4P vigil for peace in New Hope at the corner
of 42nd (Co. Rd. 9) and Winnetka Ave. N.  We usually park in the
Walgreen's lot or near McDonald's. You may  use one of our signs or
bring your own. All welcome. Carole-763-546-5368.

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From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at]>
Subject: Prison books 3.01 1pm

The wonderful folks at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts are working with
us to create journals for the Women's Prison Book Project. This is by far
our #1 request and we're always looking for creative ways to get more of
them. And here's a very creative way that we'd love your help with.

MCBA is providing us with materials, space and instruction to make
journals. This particular journal doesn't require expertise so no prior
book-making experience is required.

We will be doing this Saturday March 1 from 1:00-4:00 at MCBA which is
located in the Open Book at 1011 Washington Ave S.

There is only room for 15 people so reserve a spot with Sarah at
sunshinebicycles [at] <> and be a part
of this fun afternoon.

If you're not in the Twin Cities area, but want to help with journals,
feel free to mail some to us at Women's Prison Book Project, 2441 Lyndale
Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at]>
Subject: Solar home 3.01 3pm

Sunny Day Earth Solutions is now staring winter
Sunny Day Earth Solutions
1000 26th Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(fax:) 612-455-1356

Saturday March 1st3pm-Is solar for me?
Taught by Ramy Selim,owner operator of Sunny Day,
As well as a cetified solar assessor,and trained installer!
Come get realistic answers on solar(both electric and hot water)
 From a Certified site assessor
You will learn the feasibility and reality of solar with your budget
And location.
2-4 hours

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From: Vanka485 [at]
Subject: Northtown vigil 3.01 2pm

peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av.), every Saturday
2:00 -- 3:00 PM.

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From: alforgreens [at] COMCAST.NET
Subject: 3CD GP CTV 3.01 8pm

3rd Congressional District Green Party Show
aired on Northwest Cable TV- Brooklyn Park and surrounding suburbs

Channel 20 - 30 min show
Discussion of Green Party Caucus and Legislative Issues
Sat. March 1 - 8 PM

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From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at]>
Subject: Newspapers/CTV 3.01 9pm

Truth-seeking Minneapolis Television Network (MTN 17) viewers:

"Our World In Depth" cablecasts on MTN Channel 17 on Saturdays at 9pm and
Tuesdays at 8am, after DemocracyNow!.  Households with basic cable may

Sat, 3/1, 9pm and Tues, 3/4, 8am "Life After Newspapers: Changes in
Journalism: A Panel Perspective from Twin Cities Journalists"  Short film:
"EPIC 2015" about the future of media, plus panel discussion featuring
experienced Twin Cities journalists: Brian Lambert, Steve Perry, Matt
Thompson, Eric Black and Joel Kramer. (a repeat)

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It Took Clinton to Get It Ratified
The Birth of NAFTA
February 28, 2008

The best defense, some say, is a good offense. Hilllary's "Shame on you,
Barack Obama" performance deflected attention from the fact that the
Clinton Administration did indeed get NAFTA through a resistant Congress.
NAFTA was conceived under Reagan and then pushed by Poppy Bush, who got an
extension of fast-track negotiating authority from Congress. (Meaning
Congress couldn't revise the text, just vote yes or no.) Agreement with
Canada and Mexico was reached in August '92.

As a candidate for president Bill Clinton supported NAFTA with the proviso
that side agreements (that would not involve renegotiating the NAFA text)
might be needed to protect the environment and the rights of workers.
After taking office, Clinton negotiated the side agreements, ignoring the
majority of Democrats in Congress whose preference was to scuttle the pact

In July '93, according to a National Association of Manufacturers'
chronology, "Lawmakers returning home to their districts in August were
barraged by anti-NAFTA sentiment. Many supporters of NAFTA returned to
Washington publicly undecided on the pact. Convinced that NAFTA's passage
was contingent upon a strong push by the White House, dozens of House
Republicans - led by Minority Leader Newt Gingrich - said they would
withhold their support until the President demonstrated his commitment to
the issue.

"That commitment came September 14, 1993, when President Clinton
accompanied by former Presidents Ford, Carter and Bush, issued a strong
statement of support for NAFTA." At this point the Archvillain of the
American Century, David Rockefeller, weighed in with a Wall St. Journal
op-ed explaining why passage was so important to him, personally:

"I can't help seeing the current debate over NAFTA in the context of my
own half century of work with the people of Canada and Latin America, an
interest I shared with my late brother, Nelson. It seems ironic that many
of the things we had hoped to witness in Latin America - and worked hard
to accomplish - are threatened by a rejection of NAFTA by the U.S."

The Archvillain's brother Nelson had toured Latin America at Nixon's
behest in the late '60s and was greeted by riots in every city. At the
time the Rockefellers owned a ranch in Venezuela five times the size of
New York City and controlled Creole Petroleum.

The entire hemisphere, the Archvillain wrote in the WSJ, now has "a whole
new vision of economic organization ... This revolutionary process started
with the profound economic transformation undertaken by Chile [under
Pinochet]. It accelerated rapidly with Mexico's decision to join the
General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade; to unilaterally reduce tariffs;
and finally to work toward a radically new trading system with the signing
of NAFTA. This not only brought Mexico into the game ... it also held out
the promise of extending the new trading system to the entire hemisphere."
[Rockefeller used the word "revolutionary" four times and "radical" twice
to describe the move towards One Big Market. No wonder the Birchers
mistake him for a Communist!]

The Archvillain singled out some faithful lieutenants for special praise:
George Bush, Carlos Salinas de Gortari ("a young, Harvard-educated
economist"), the Peronist Menem in Argentina, Perez in Venezuela ...
Rockefeller must have wanted to credit Pinochet for turning around "the
game" in Chile, but he refrained from doing so by name: "Under what were
special circumstances, Chile had already moved in the direction of a
market economy under the military government that replaced President
Allende's disastrous Marxist experiment in the early 1970s ... "
Rockefeller gloated that there was no longer opposition to privatization
in Latin America: "Traditional 'labor' parties carried out the economic
revolution because they felt that the changes being encouraged would
result in economic growth and job creation ...

"I never expected to see such a transformation in my lifetime. It would be
a terrible pity to see such a historic opportunity pass by us now because
of a failure on our part to 'grasp the moment ... ' I truly don't think
that 'criminal' would be too strong a word to describe an action on our
part, such as rejecting NAFTA, that would so seriously jeopardize all the
good that has been done - and remains to be done - to improve the lives
and fortunes of so many people."

Rockefeller's lifelong gopher, Henry Kissinger, weighed in at the same
time with a piece in the LA Times calling NAFTA "the single most important
decision that Congress would make during Mr. Clinton's first term ... .
the most creative step toward a new world order taken by any group of
countries since the end of the Cold War ... not a conventional trade
agreement but the architecture of a new international system."

Meanwhile, on the legal front, Public Citizen, the Sierra Club and Friends
of the Earth had sued the Bush Administration for not completing an
environmental impact statement on NAFTA. On June 30, 1993, U.S. District
Court Judge Charles Richey ruled that the White House did indeed have to
complete an EIS before sending NAFTA to Congress. The Clinton
Administration asked a U.S. appeals court to reverse the decision.
Solicitor General Drew S. Days III argued that the Environmental
Protection Act applies to federal ITAL agencies, END ITAL not to the
president, who would be in charge of implementing NAFTA. (George W. Bush's
advisors didn't invent the imperial presidency.) A three-judge panel
overruled Richey and Clinton sent an implementing bill to Congress in
November '93.

According to the NAM history, "Anti-NAFTA forces claimed they had enough
votes to defeat the bill in the House, but as the House vote scheduled for
November 17 approached, intense lobbying efforts by the White House and by
the NAM and its members proved successful ... In the end, the House
approved NAFTA by a 234-200 vote."

The difference between the Democrats and the Republicans, some say, is
that the Democrats do it to us with lubrication. Poppy Bush probably could
not have forced NAFTA through Congress. It took the Clinton side
agreements to slide it through.

[And therefore on this issue the DP is the GREATER EVIL. It's why I left
the DP, never to return. It was clear that whatever was left of the
People's Party was then totally gone, and the DP was from then on
corporate from head to foot. Two major parties, both living to kiss
corporate butt; an end since then of any effective national democracy.

Fred Gardner edits O'Shaughnessy's. He can be reached at
fred [at]


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