|Progressive Calendar 02.29.08||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|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 --------1 of x-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> 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 at: http://www.kfai.org --------2 of x-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> 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. --------3 of x-------- From: Karen Redleaf <vegan14ever [at] riseup.net> 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. --------4 of x-------- From: Mary Treacy <mtreacy [at] onvoymail.com> 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] gmail.com> mncogi [at] gmail.com. Details at <http://www.mncogi.org/> www.mncogi.org. --------5 of x-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> 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. --------6 of x------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> 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. --------7 of x-------- From: "wamm [at] mtn.org" <wamm [at] mtn.org> 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. --------8 of x-------- From: Eduardo Cardenas <eduardocardenas [at] mac.com> Subject: Fair trade fest 3.01 12noon/6/7:30/9pm March 1, 2008 at the Dancing Monkey Institute www.DMIFAIRTRADE.org 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! --------9 of x-------- From: biego001 [at] umn.edu Subject: African diaspora 3.01 1/2/5:30pm Celebrating Black History and Women´s History Months THE AFRICAN DIASPORA IN THE AMERICAS 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 today. SATURDAY, MARCH 1, 2008 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: www.minnesotavenezuela.org - 612 730-0087 --------10 of x-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> 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. --------11 of x-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> 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] mac.com <mailto:sunshinebicycles%40mac.com> 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 --------12 of x-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Solar home 3.01 3pm Sunny Day Earth Solutions is now staring winter workshops Sunny Day Earth Solutions 1000 26th Ave. SE Minneapolis, MN 55414 612-455-1355 (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 $20.00 --------13 of x-------- From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 3.01 2pm peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av.), every Saturday 2:00 -- 3:00 PM. --------14 of x-------- 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 --------15 of x-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> 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 watch. 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) --------16 of x-------- It Took Clinton to Get It Ratified The Birth of NAFTA By FRED GARDNER CounterPunch 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 altogether. 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. -ed] Fred Gardner edits O'Shaughnessy's. He can be reached at fred [at] plebesite.com. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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