|Progressive Calendar 06.21.08||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 16:21:58 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 06.21.08 1. Atheists/AM950 6.22 9am 2. Pride picnic 6.22 11am 3. EXCO classes 6.22 12noon 4. Stillwater vigil 6.22 1pm 5. BibleTellsMe/f 6.22 2pm 6. Zinn/AM950 6.22 3pm 7. Pro-Choice 6.22 time? 8. Peace/energy 6.23-26 9am 9. Peace walk 6.23 6pm RiverFalls WI 10. Organic food 6.23 6pm 11. Persian class 6.23 6:30pm 12. Organic food/f 6.23 7pm 13. Safety online 6.23 7pm 14. JerusalemGLBT/f 6.23 7pm 15. StClair/Frank 6.23 7pm 16. Holistic health 6.23-27 17. Sen John Marty - Creating socially responsible corporations 18. Bill Quigley - Arrests for war resistance increase again 19. C Glendenning - Techno-fascism 20. Cynthia McKinney - For action for Kucinich impeachment articles v Bush 21. PC Roberts - John Yoo, totalitarian 22. ed - Look what's on the table (serial haikus) --------1 of 22-------- From: August Berkshire <augustberkshire [at] GMAIL.COM> Subject: Atheists/AM950 6.22 9am Minnesota Atheists' "Atheists Talk" radio show Sunday, June 22, 2008, 9-10 a.m. Central Time In honor of Juneteenth, Michael Estes will discuss "African American Freethinkers in the Civil Rights Movement." He will then be joined by Eric Harmon to discuss "The Affects of Religion in the African American Community." "Atheists Talk" airs live on AM 950 KTNF in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. To stream live, go to http://www.am950ktnf.com/listen. Podcasts of past shows are available at http://MinnesotaAtheists.org or through iTunes. Program Notes are available at http://MinnesotaAtheists.org. --------2 of 22-------- From: Dakotah Rae <dakotah [at] betterballotcampaign.org> Subject: Pride picnic 6.22 11am June 22, Pride Picnic <http://www.tcpride.org/pride_events/2008_Picnic.php>:at Como Park East Picnic Pavilions, from 11AM-2PM. Free grilled fare and old-fashioned races. --------3 of 22-------- From: excotc <excotc [at] gmail.com> Subject: EXCO classes 6.22 12noon Want to get involved? You are invited to attend the EXCO Visioning Session, June 22nd 12-3pm WSAC room in Coffman Union on the U of M's campus. RSVP to excotc [at] gmail.com and receive the agenda/key info. This is a chance to be the decision-makers in EXCO's future! Question or want to volunteer or organize? Contact us at excotc [at] gmail.com or 651-212-0727. --------4 of 22-------- From: scot b <earthmannow [at] comcast.net> Subject: Stillwater vigil 6.22 1pm A weekly Vigil for Peace Every Sunday, at the Stillwater bridge from 1- 2 p.m. Come after Church or after brunch ! All are invited to join in song and witness to the human desire for peace in our world. Signs need to be positive. Sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Peacemakers. If you have a United Nations flag or a United States flag please bring it. Be sure to dress for the weather . For more information go to <http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/>http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/ For more information you could call 651 275 0247 or 651 999 - 9560 --------5 of 22-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: BibleTellsMe/f 6.22 2pm June 22: OutFront Minnesota. Screening of For the Bible Tells Me So. 2 PM at White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church, Mahtomedi. More info: 651-426-236. Or 6:30 PM at Bryn Mawr Church, Minneapolis. More info: 612-377-8746. --------6 of 22-------- From: James Mayer <info [at] jamesmayer.org> Subject: Zinn/AM950 6.22 3pm OF THE PEOPLE: CALL FOR ACTION AM 950 952-946-6205 OF THE PEOPLE: This Sunday, june 22nd, 3 p.m. AM 950--Air America Minnesota's new name; call letters: ktnf--with Host James Mayer. Why do some people feel helpless about where our country is headed? Do you, or I, consciously choose to be treated as passive consumers or customers of a government whose so-called "leaders" want to run it like an enterprise of, by and for corporations? or do we, instead, CHOOSE to command respect as citizens working together to govern ourselves through government REPRESENTATIVES WHO truly serve the people? It's time that we, the people, write our history of our times with our actions. How? Join me this Sunday on the program Of the People as we talk about this with activist DR. Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States. Tune into the program Of the People this Sunday at 3 P.M. on AM950, KTNF. Of the People's on-air call-in number is 952-946-6205. *You don't have to limit your listening to the car. You can spend productive time at your computer AND stream us: www.airamericaminnesota.com/listen if you put in a MN zip code. Off-air, you can reach us by calling James Mayer at 651-238-3740, by e-mail at info [at] jamesmayer.org, or by U.S. mail, address: James Mayer, 970 Raymond Ave, St. Paul, MN 55114. Please take a moment to call or send this announcement to anybody you can think of, asking them to do the same, and join us on Of the PEOPLE, THIS Sunday, June 22nd, 3 p.m. on AM 950 --------7 of 22-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: Pro-Choice 6.22 time? Sunday, June 22: Pro-Choice Resources' Garden Party. 7th Annual Garden Party & Silent Auction at the Pillsbury estate on Lake Minnetonka to raise money for reproductive health. Boat rides will be provided by Al & Alma's Boat Charters, and the event includes a silent auction with many fabulous items. --------8 of 22-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Peace/energy 6.23-26 9am 6/23 to 6/26, 9 am to 4:30 pm, Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet and consociates sponsors POWER (Peace Organizing World Ecological Renewal) Summit: Peace the New Energy for students grade 10 through 1st year college, 1890 Randolph Ave, St Paul. Register at http://www.csjstpaul.org and click on Celeste's Dream. Info from Jill at junderdahl [at] csjstpaul.org or 651-696-2873. Scholarships available. --------9 of 22-------- From: Nancy Holden <d.n.holden [at] comcast.net> Subject: Peace walk 6.23 6pm RiverFalls WI River Falls Peace and Justice Walkers. We meet every Monday from 6-7 pm on the UWRF campus at Cascade Ave. and 2nd Street, immediately across from "Journey" House. We walk through the downtown of River Falls. Contact: d.n.holden [at] comcast.net. Douglas H Holden 1004 Morgan Road River Falls, Wisconsin 54022 --------10 of 22-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: Organic food 6.23 6pm June 23: Women's Environmental Institute. Organic Farm School. "Finding Food in Farm Country" with Ken Meter, Crossroads Resource Center at Open Book, Minneapolis. 6 - 8 PM. Register. --------11 of 22-------- From: Mizna <mizna-announce [at] mizna.org> Subject: Persian class 6.23 6:30pm Mizna's summer classes are starting next week! This is your last chance to register for Persian Language (Farsi)-- space is very limited and will be taken on a first come-first served basis. Persian Language for Beginners Instructor: Mahmoud Sadrai Max Class Size: 12 Teenagers - Adult Mondays, June 23- August 11, 2008 6:30 - 8:00 pm This new course will introduce participants to Persian (Farsi) as it is used in today's Iran. Persian is an Indo-European language that is structurally close to English, but on the surface shares many characteristics with Arabic, including a writing system and many vocabulary items. Students will learn the sound system, the alphabet, as well as some basic vocabulary and sentence structure. Students will also be introduced to phraseology that is common in daily encounters. The class will cover both standard (written) and spoken Persian. Come join us to learn more about this ancient language and culture. To learn more about this class, or to enroll, go here: http://www.mizna.org/classes/index.html Mizna is a forum for Arab American art. Visit our website: http://www.mizna.org --------12 of 22-------- From: Christine Frank <christinefrank [at] visi.com> Subject: Organic food/f 6.23 7pm INDUSTRIAL VS ORGANIC AGRICULTURE-YOU DECIDE The next 3CTC Environmental Forum will be a screening of two films on food production. The True Cost of Food, an animated short produced by the Sierra Club, examines what is wrong with industrial agriculture and The Greening of Cuba, produced by FoodFirst, presents a shining example of the organic alternative and what the possibilities are for growing safe, healthy, nutritious foods in uncontaminated, living soils. The program takes place on Monday, June 23 at 7:00 PM at Mayday Books, 301 Cedar Avenue South, West Bank, Minneapolis. It is sponsored by the Climate Crisis Coalition of the Twin Cities and is free and open to the public. The 3CTC Business Meeting is at 6:00 PM. All are welcome. For further information, EMAIL: christinefrank [at] visi.com or PHONE: 612-879-937. MONTHLY CLEAN ENERGY VIGIL TO COOL DOWN THE PLANET A Clean-Energy Vigil to Cool Down the Planet will take place during rush hour from 5:00 to 6:00 PM, Monday, June 23 on the Plaza outside Mayday Books, 301 Cedar Avenue South, West Bank, MInneapolis an hour before the 3CTC Business Meeting. Advocates of clean energy are encouraged to bring picket signs and banners. --------13 of 22-------- From: Jonathan Barrentine <jonathan [at] e-democracy.org> Subject: Safety online 6.23 7pm STAYING SAFE ONLINE--- If you spend any time online (so that's all of you), or have kids who do, come to our Internet Safety workshop this on Monday, June 23. It will feature discussions of protective software, avoiding scams, 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 http://pages.e-democracy.org/Internet_Safety . Staying Safe Online FREE WORKSHOP Monday, June 23rd 7:00 - 8:30 PM Rondo Community Outreach Library 461 North Dale University & Dale, St. Paul As always, the workshop is free, all are welcome to attend, and no registration is needed. --------14 of 22-------- -0500 From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> To: david shove Subject: Jerusalem/GLBT/f 6.23 7pm Exclusive Twin Cities Screening: "Jerusalem is Proud to Present",/ Outstanding Documentary Feature Award Winner, Outfest 2007, to be shown at the St. Paul JCC on Monday, June 23 A gay pride parade in the Holy City? This film is an explosive and controversial expose of the complex dynamics between religion, politics and human rights. The film uncovers the underbelly of religion, fanaticism and politics and candidly reveals the vicious struggle of a city torn between tradition and transformation. Director and producer Nitzan Gilady takes the audience to the summer of 2006, where for the first time in history, Jerusalem was to host the World Pride events, set to culminate in a traditional gay pride parade. Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders banded together in an uncompromising battle against what they said would "defile the Holy City." On the other side stood the activists of the Open House, Jerusalem's GLBTQ community center, who planned the Pride events and were steadfast in the face of the heated and violent anti-gay sentiment. Gilady followed every twist and turn. Equally eye-opening are the fierce clashes that took place between the liberal and religious councilors which Gilady filmed with surprising access. The 82-minute film is in Hebrew, English, Arabic and Yiddish with English subtitles and is sponsored by the Beverly Thorman Calmenson Gay and Lesbian Fund of the St. Paul JCC Endowment Funds. Jerusalem is Proud to Present http://www.brightcove.tv/title.jsp?title=1320139087 Monday, June 23rd @ 7 pm St. Paul JCC -- 1375 St. Paul Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55116 $5/members, $8/public, tickets at front desk or call 651.698.0751 For more information: www.stpauljcc.org --------15 of 22-------- From: Michelle Lee <angrypeanut77 [at] yahoo.com> Subject: StClair/Frank 6.23 7pm On Monday, June 23, join AK Press authors Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank discuss their new book, "Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland." The book includes contributions from Ward Churchill, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Saul Landau, among others. Media pundits and political strategists have painted the United States as a two-toned nation. If your state is decorated in a blue or red hue then you, your friends, families, and neighbors must fit neatly into the "liberal" or "conservative" category. Fortunately for those of us in the real world, politics and electoralism are not synonymous, and we see things in full color. Combing alleged "red states" for signs of life, Joshua Frank and Jeffrey St. Clair found that the ballot box is no barometer of social pressure. The rebels they encountered come from places we don't associate with political struggle. They fight the good fight whether or not it makes the news- because their lives and livelihood depend on it. We're talking populist ranchers, marijuana activists, anti-capitalists, farmers, Native American revolutionaries, antiracist activists, pro-choice crusaders, and environmentalists. Red State Rebels reminds us that the heart of the nation beats within all of us: not just in the (red or blue) clowns in Washington. Joshua Frank was born and raised in Montana. He is the author of "Left Out!: How Liberals Helped Reelect George W. Bush." His investigative reports and columns appear in CounterPunch, Chicago Sun-Times, CommonDreams.org, and the Anderson Valley Advertiser. Jeffrey St. Clair was born and raised in Indiana. He is co-editor of CounterPunch, and the author of "Born Under a Bad Sky" and "White-Out." Where: Arise! Bookstore 2441 Lyndale Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55405
When: 7:00 p.m. Cost: Free! For more information, please contact Michelle at angrypeanut77 [at] yahoo.com or go to www.arisebookstore.org. --------16 of 22-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: Holistic health 6.23-27 June 23 - 27: Center for Spirituality and Healaing, U of M. Holistic Health & Healing Summer Institute 2008. Program prepares nurses, nursing faculty, and other healthcare providers to teach and provide integrative health and healing to patients and families in clinical settings. [This is all the info I have - ed] --------17 of 22-------- To the Point! Creating Socially Responsible Corporations by Senator John Marty June 19, 2008 Apple Pie Alliance <http://www.apple-pie.org> In the drive to please Wall Street investors, some corporations have shortchanged their customers and workers and polluted the air we breathe. Corporate scandals fill the news media. Producing a good return on investment for business owners (shareholders) is an important function of any for-profit corporation. But society is ill served when we let profit trump fair treatment for the community. It is unethical for businesses of our generation to use up natural resources at an unsustainable rate, destroying the planet we leave for our children. It is not OK for a business to make more money by paying their employees so little that the workers' families end up in poverty. It is not acceptable for a business to profit from selling toys containing lead that poisons unsuspecting children. The public wants corporations to be responsible for more than just making money. Unfortunately, in today's political climate, profit usually wins out. Corporations have the lobbyists, campaign contributions, and the clout to block government from interfering in their drive to make more money. Reform of the political system so government serves the best interests of the people, not the best interests of powerful corporations, is urgently needed. However, this is not a problem to be solved solely with government regulation and enforcement. Our corporate design needs change too. Corporate laws should enable business owners to profit, but not to maximize profits regardless of the impact on others. Unfortunately, current law makes it difficult for corporate leaders to focus on the well being of the community. There are businesspeople who want to look out for the public interest, but who are concerned that their fiduciary responsibility to stockholders precludes them from paying better wages or protecting the environment if profit margins are affected. To address this fundamental problem, we should give businesses the option of incorporating under an alternative structure that acknowledges their responsibility to the stockholders as well as to other "stakeholders." Others who have a stake in a corporation's actions include the employees, the customers, the suppliers, the communities they are in, as well as the general public interest such as public health, the environment, and public safety. One means of facilitating socially responsible corporations is spelled out in Senate File 1153, the Minnesota Responsible Business Corporation Act. The main advantage of incorporating as a socially responsible business is that a corporation's board and executives would be protected from lawsuits for failing to maximize stockholder profits as a result of their actions to protect the interests of other stakeholders. For businesspeople who want "to do the right thing," this would enable them to do so without fear of being punished. In addition, the legislation would bring worker and public interest representation onto the corporate board, and would ensure that corporate leadership regularly considers its impact on the public. This legislation is only a partial answer to the problem. It would assist people who want to create a "for-profit" corporation to produce goods or services for the purpose of making money, but who also have sincere concern for other stakeholders. It would assist corporate leaders who treat their employees and the environment well even if doing so might, in the short term, reduce their profits. Most businesses would continue to use the traditional corporate structure, but some would choose to incorporate under the socially responsible option instead. Being socially responsible does not mean being unprofitable. Traditional businesses often recognize that they can create "green" jobs in renewable energy. Many employers recognize that good compensation for their employees results in happier, more productive workers. Many businesses recognize that it is a very real asset to have a positive reputation, to have built public trust. It creates loyal customers. Businesses cannot survive if they cannot make money. They need to generate a fair return for their shareholders, but they can do that without trampling on the rights and interests of the community. Our current corporate structures were designed in an earlier era, captive to investors' desire for short-term profits. In this new millennium, we need corporate structures that protect the environment, ensure public health and safety, and treat workers fairly. The Minnesota Responsible Business Corporation Act is a step in that direction. _____ To the Point! is published by the Apple Pie Alliance. www.apple-pie.org <http://www.apple-pie.org/> . If you know others who would enjoy To the Point!, please forward this. Free Subscription <http://www.apple-pie.org/ttp/subscribe.htm> Address Change <http://www.apple-pie.org/ttp/addrchange.htm> Unsubscribe <http://www.apple-pie.org/ttp/unsubscribe.htm> Permission to quote or reprint is granted if author is credited. Copyright © Apple Pie Alliance --------18 of 22-------- Arrests for War Resistance Increase Again by Bill Quigley ZNet Jun 19, 2008 "We can never forget that everything that Hitler did in Germany was 'legal,' and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did was 'illegal.' It was 'illegal' to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler's Germany, but I am sure that if I lived in Germany during that time I would have comforted my Jewish brothers even though it was illegal...we who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive." Martin Luther King, Jr. There have been over 15,000 arrests for resistance to war since 2002. There were large numbers right after the run up to and invasion of Iraq. Recently, arrests have begun climbing again. Though arrests are a small part of anti-war organizing, their rise is an indicator of increasing resistance. The information comes from the NUCLEAR RESISTER, a newsletter that has been reporting detailed arrest information on peace activists and other social justice campaigns since 1980. Felice and Jack Cohen-Joppa, publishers of the NUCLEAR RESISTER, document arrests by name and date based on information collected from newspapers across the country and from defense lawyers and peace activists. Since 2002, the NUCLEAR RESISTER has documented anti-war arrests for protestors each year: 2002 - 1800 arrests 2003 6072 arrests 2004 2440 arrests 2005 975 arrests 2006 950 arrests 2007 2272 arrests 2008 810 as of May 1 "Arrests for resistance to war are far more widespread geographically than most people think," according to Cohen-Joppa of NUCLEAR RESISTER. "Yes, there are many arrests in DC and traditional big cities of anti-war activity - like San Francisco, NYC and Chicago, but there have also been anti-war arrests in Albany, Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Bangor, Bath, Bend, Brentwood, Burlington, Campbell, Cedar Rapids, Chapel Hill, Charlottesville, Chicopee, Colorado Springs, Denver, Des Moines, East Hampton, Erie, Eugene, Eureka, Fairbanks, Fairport, Fort Bragg, Fort Wayne, Grand Rapids, Great Dismal Swamp, Hammond, Huntsville, Joliet, Juneau, Kennebunkport, La Crosse, Los Angeles, Madison, Manchester, Memphis, Newark, Northbrook, Olympia, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Portland, Portsmouth, Providence, Richmond, Sacramento, San Diego, Santa Fe, Smithfield, Springfield, St. Louis, St. Paul, Staten Island, Superior, Syracuse, Tacoma, Toledo, Tucson, Tulsa, Vandenberg, Virginia Beach, Wausau, Wheaton and Wilmington just to name a few." "In fact," notes Cohen-Joppa, "in 2007, anti-war arrests were reported during 250 distinct events in 105 cities in 35 states and the District of Columbia. So far in 2008, arrests have been reported at 65 events in 43 different cities in 19 states and D.C." An example of the scope of resistance can be found in the Chicago-based Voices for Creative Nonviolence. They joined with other major peace groups like CODEPINK, Veterans for Peace, and the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance in early 2007 to launch The Occupation Project, a campaign of resistance aimed at ending the Iraq War. Theirs was a campaign of sustained nonviolent civil disobedience to end funding for the U.S. war in and occupation of Iraq. The Occupation Project resulted in over 320 arrests in spring of 2007 in the offices of 39 U.S. Representatives and Senators in 25 states. "I am energized by the dedication of so many conscientious activists across the country willing to take the risks of peace and speak truth to power," says Max Obuszewski of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance. "We have been unsuccessful so far in stopping this awful war and occupation of Iraq, but it is not for the lack of direct action. We are taking on the greatest empire in world history, but we will continue to act." "There are large numbers of new people being arrested," notes Cohen-Joppa, "most typically saying, 'I have tried everything else from writing to voting, but I have to do more to stop this war.' The profile of people arrested includes high school teenagers to senior citizens, mostly people under 30 and over 50." Anti-war arrests are significantly under-reported by mainstream media. For example, around the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq in March 2008, most news stories wrote that there were 150 to 200 arrests nationwide. Cohen-Joppa and NUCLEAR RESISTER report there were over double that number, well over 400, many outside the cities where regular media traditionally look. Though arrests typically drop off in election years, as people's hopes are raised that a new President or Congress will make a difference and stop the war, this year looks like arrests are likely to continue to rise. In part, that will depend on the attitude of authorities in Denver and Minneapolis, where the political conventions are being held. In 2004, New York City authorities overreacted so much to protestors at the Republican convention that they arrested historic numbers of protestors - including hundreds who had no intention to risk arrest. If Senator McCain is elected, anti-war resistance activities are expected to rise much higher. Why do people risk arrest in their resistance to war? Perhaps Daniel Berrigan, on trial for resistance to the Vietnam War, said it best: "The time is past when good people may be silent when obedience can segregate us from public risk when the poor can die without defense. How many indeed must die before our voices are heard how many must be tortured dislocated starved maddened? How long must the world's resources be raped in the service of legalized murder? When at what point will you say no to this war? We have chosen to say with the gift of our liberty if necessary our lives: the violence stops here. The death stops here. The suppression of truth stops here. This war stops here." Though war resistance activities and arrests have not stopped the war in Iraq, those struggling for peace remain committed. "None of us know what will happen if we continue to work for peace and human rights," says a handmade poster of one involved in the resistance, "But we all know what will happen if we don't." Bill is a human rights lawyer and law professor at Loyola University New Orleans. Quigley77 [at] gmail.com The NUCLEAR RESISTER is published 5 to 6 times a year. They can be contacted at nukeresister [at] igc.org --------19 of 22-------- Techno-Fascism Every Move You Make By CHELLIS GLENDINNING CounterPunch June 19, 2008 Surveillance of private calls and emails. Cameras documenting every move. No habeas corpus. Unimpeded entry into personal financial records. Voting machines changing election outcomes with the flick of a switch. Protest defined as terrorism. Many people hope that the loss of civil rights Americans have endured since the onslaughts mounted by Bush Administration II is a political reality that can be reversed through electoral will. Established mechanisms of political power are, of course, the immediately available means for attempting change. Notions of citizens. rights, freedom, and democratic participation are compelling paradigms that have consistently stirred the bravery of U.S. citizens - and yet elder political scientist Sheldon Wolin, who taught the philosophy of democracy for five decades, sees the current predicament of corporate-government hegemony as something more endemic. "Inverted totalitarianism," as he calls it in his recent Democracy Incorporated, "lies in wielding total power without appearing to, without establishing concentration camps, or enforcing ideological uniformity, or forcibly suppressing dissident elements so long as they remain ineffectual". To Wolin, such a form of political power makes the United States "the showcase of how democracy can be managed without appearing to be suppressed". Wolin rightfully points out that the origins of U.S. governance were "born with a bias against democracy," and yet the system has quickly lunged beyond its less-than-democratic agrarian roots to become a mass urban society that, with distinct 1984 flavorings, could be called techno-fascism. The role of technology is the overlooked piece of the puzzle of the contemporary political conundrum. What are its mechanisms of control? The use of telecommunications technologies for surveillance is obvious. So are willful alteration of computer data for public reportage, manipulation of television news for opinion-shaping, and use of microwave-emitting weapons for crowd control. Less obvious are what could be called "inverted mechanization" whereby citizens blindly accept the march of technological development as an expression of a very inexact, some would say erroneous, concept of "progress". One mechanism propagating such blindness is the U.S. government's invisible role as regulatory handmaiden to industry, offering little-to-no means for citizen determination of what technologies are disseminated; instead we get whatever GMOs and nuclear plants corporations dish out. A glaring example is the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that, seeking to not repeat the "errors" of the nuclear industry, offers zero public input as to health or environmental impacts of its antennae, towers, and satellites - the result being that the public has not a clue about the very real biological effects of electromagnetic radiation. Inverted mechanization is thrust forward as well by unequal access to resources: corporations lavishly crafting public opinion and mounting limitless legal defenses versus citizen groups who may be dying from exposure to a dangerous technology but whose funds trickle in from bake sales. In his Autonomous Technology: Technics-Out-Of-Control as a Theme in Political Thought, political scientist Langdon Winner points out that, to boot, the artifacts themselves have grown to such magnitude and complexity that they define popular conception of necessity. Witness the "need" to get to distant locales in a few hours or enjoy instantaneous communication. Even less obvious a mechanism of public control is the technological inversion that results from the fact that, as filmmaker Godfrey Reggio puts it, "We don't use technology, we live it". Like fish in water we cannot consider modern artifacts as separate from ourselves and so cannot admit that they exist. Social critic Lewis Mumford was among the first to make sense of the systemic nature of technology. In The Pentagon of Power, he identified the underlying metaphor of mass civilizations as the megamachine. The assembly line - of factory, home, education, agriculture, medicine, consumerism, entertainment. The machine - centralizing decision-making and control. The mechanical - fragmenting every act until its relationship to the whole is lost; insisting upon the pre-determined role of each region, each community, each individual. Mumford deftly peels away false hope from a social reality based on principles of centralization, control, and efficiency. In 1962 he peered into the future and saw the pentagon of power incarnate: "a more voluminous productivity, augmented by almost omniscient computers and a wider range of antibiotics and inoculations, with a greater control over our genetic inheritance, with more complex surgical operations and transplants, with an extension of automation to every form of human activity". Inverted totalitarianism is both inverted and totalitarian because of the power of modern mass technological systems to shape and control social realities, just as they shape and control individual understandings of those realities. Its contemporary existence is most definitely the result of the efforts of a group of right-wing fundamentalists who hurled themselves into power through devious means - but today's desperate social inequities, dire ecological predicament, and fascist politic are the offspring of long-evolving technological centralization and control as well. The challenge is to see the whole and all its parts, not just the shiny new device that purports to make one's individual life easier or sexier - which in itself is a contributor to the making of political disengagement. The whole is a megamachine, with you and your liquid TV, Blackberry, and Prius a necessary cog. Forging a survivable world is indeed going to take a change of administration - for starters. The terrifying reality that is mass technological society suggests more: radical techno-socio-economic re-organization, and to that end spring visions informed by the indigenous worlds we all hail from, the regionalism of Mumford's day, and today's bioregionalism. Or visions of the forced localization that Peak Oil, economic collapse, climate change, and ecological devastation propose. Chellis Glendinning is the author of six books, including Off the Map: An Expedition Deep into Empire and the Global Economy; My Name Is Chellis and I'm in Recovery from Western Civilization; and the forthcoming Luddite.com: A Personal History of Technology. --------20 of 22-------- Cynthia McKinney's Call to Action in Support of Dennis Kucinich's Articles of Impeachment Against Bush From Cynthia McKinney, Presidential Candidate June 19, 2008, the Black Commentator http://www.blackcommentator.com/282/282_mckinney_kucinnich_articles_impeachment.html (This statement is also posted on the website of Cynthia McKinney's Power to the People presidential campaign) With great satisfaction I learned of the courageous action taken by Congressman Dennis Kucinich on Monday, June 9th. On that day, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, he rose to introduce House Resolution 1258, containing 35 Articles of Impeachment against President George W. Bush. The litany of documented High Crimes and constitutional abuses by the Bush administration took over five hours to recite. I wish to take this opportunity to thank and commend Rep. Kucinich for his courage and tenacity, for the comprehensiveness of his research, and for the leadership he exhibited to press forward the democratic demands of the People for accountability and justice. Under House Rule 9, which Rep. Kucinich invoked in introducing H.Res. 1258 - "a question of the privileges of the House" - the full House of Representatives was compelled within 48 hours to bring the matter to a vote. Consequently, two days later, on Wednesday, June 11th, our Congressional Representatives voted overwhelmingly (by a 251-166 margin) to refer the matter to the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Congressman John Conyers. Kucinich's Articles of Impeachment effectively lay out the case against a lawless, degenerate regime that places corporate power and profits above the good and welfare of the U.S. Citizenry. In great detail they show that Bush & Co.: * manufactured a fraudulent case for the Iraq war, lying to Congress and the American People; * invaded Iraq illegally for the purpose of occupying a sovereign nation indefinitely and expropriating its public oil reserves and other natural resources for their billionaire cronies of corporate America; * negligently failed to provide protective gear to our troops; * outsourced the functions of the U.S. military and created a no-bid, private-contractor mercenary force which killed Iraqis with impunity and looted the treasuries of both the Iraqi and U.S. governments; * tore up the United Nations Charter, the Geneva Conventions, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and other binding international treaties to which the U.S. is signatory; * retaliated against government whistleblowers attempting to shine a light on corruption, malfeasance and unconstitutional abuse of power; * began illegal detentions without trial or access to counsel of U.S. citizens and foreign nationals alike; * countenanced kidnapping and torture; * created secret laws; * unconstitutionally spied on American citizens without a court order; and the list goes on and on. Each fact exhibited in Rep. Kucinich's 35 Articles of Impeachment is true beyond dispute, and each by itself is sufficient to demonstrate the need to remove this criminal President and his gang of thugs from the Executive Branch - not least of all because most if not all of the crimes are still ongoing. But, as a Black woman from the South familiar with the struggle against discrimination and racism, I am moved most profoundly, in particular, by three of the Articles of Impeachment that I think serve to point out the real sickness of this regime - the fact that for Blacks, for Latinos, for Native Americans, for all peoples of color, and for much of the white working class, democracy has never really existed in the United States, and that today the limited gains in the direction of "a more perfect Union" that were won in struggle two generations ago are now being reversed through the deliberate, illegal policies of the gang that has taken over the government. I'm referring to: * Article 28 - Tampering with Free and Fair Elections, Corruption of the Administration of Justice; * Article 29 - Conspiracy to Violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965; and * Article 31 - Katrina: Failure to Plan for the Predicted Disaster of Hurricane Katrina, Failure to Respond to a Civil Emergency. Therefore, I am hereby putting out an urgent call to all the progressive forces throughout this country - including first and foremost the democratic forces of the Black community, together with my supporters in the Green Party, organizers of the Reconstruction Party, and most especially Katrina survivors - to mobilize specifically around these three Articles. During the 2008 presidential campaign, one thing we have learned through Barack Obama's success in capturing the Democratic Party nomination - when everyone knows Hillary Clinton had been anointed by the Democratic Party apparatus - is that the People, when they mobilize at the grassroots, can "flip the script" on the Power Structure. This past Monday, backed up by the sustained pressure of a persistent mass movement for impeachment, Dennis Kucinich succeeded in "flipping the script" on the House Democratic leadership, and now the Articles of Impeachment are before the Judiciary Committee - precisely the result that the impeachment movement has been fighting for over the last five years! Today we find that the ball is back in our court. It's up to the People now to "flip the script" once again. A massive grassroots movement of the People must coalesce very quickly, which can move Chairman Conyers and the House Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on H.Res. 1258. I call upon all the forces of the Black movement nationwide - whether they currently support my presidential bid or the candidacy of Senator Obama, along with all my Green and Reconstructionist supporters, Katrina survivors and their supporters, the election protection movement, and all progressive forces - to organize a mass mobilization to push the House Judiciary Committee to move on the 35 Articles of Impeachment, with an explicit emphasis on the Black demands for fairness, equality and justice as laid out in Articles 28, 29 and 31. I propose that all these social movements immediately combine in their local Congressional districts to organize street demonstrations, send delegations to their Congress members, and take any and all other steps necessary, including the formation of ad-hoc action committees, to publicize Articles 28, 29 and 31 and convince their representatives to co- sponsor H.Res. 1258. Time is of the essence, brothers and sisters; it's necessary that we all swing into motion now. Such efforts must especially focus on our Black members of Congress. Most important, activists in districts represented by the Black members of the House Judiciary Committee must most energetically target their representatives: Chairman John Conyers of Detroit; Bobby Scott of Richmond, Virginia; Mel Watt of Western North Carolina; Sheila Jackson-Lee of Houston; Maxine Waters of Los Angeles; my own distinguished successor in office, Hank Johnson of Atlanta; Luis GutiĆ©rrez of Chicago; Artur Davis of Black-Belt Alabama; and Keith Ellison of Minneapolis-St. Paul. In the coming days and weeks, I will be announcing some concrete steps I intend to take to assist in the development of the mass movement it will take to ensure that accountability and justice are imposed upon the lawless Bush gang. Immediately, I am instructing my campaign staff to assist by setting up internet resources through my campaign website, RunCynthiaRun.org, that will be useful to local activists in conducting their organizing. We have seen in this very election cycle how the mobilized masses, with Black America as their indispensable animating force, can "flip the script" on the Powers That Be. The time is now for us to do it again. Keep the faith, my beautiful, powerful People! To read more of Cynthia McKinney's writings, please visit www.allthingscynthiamckinney.com. --------21 of 22-------- An Animosity to Civil Liberties John Yoo, Totalitarian By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS CounterPunch June 20, 2008 John Yoo stands outside the Anglo-American legal tradition. His views lead to self-incrimination wrung out of a victim by torture. He believes a president of the US can initiate war, even on false pretenses, and then use the war he starts as cover for depriving US citizens of habeas corpus protection. A US attorney general informed by Yoo's memos even went so far as to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee that the Constitution does not provide habeas corpus protection to US citizens. Yoo's animosity to US civil liberties made him a logical choice for appointment to the Bush Regime's Department of Justice (sic), but his appointment as a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, shatters that university's liberal image. Habeas corpus is a centuries-old British legal reform that stopped authorities from arbitrarily throwing a person into a dungeon and leaving him there forever without presenting charges in a court of law. Without this protection, there can be no liberty. Yoo is especially adamant that "enemy combatants" have no rights to challenge the legality of their detentions by US authorities before a federal judge. Yoo would have us believe that the detainees at Guantanamo, for example, are all terrorists who were attacking Americans. Nothing could be further from the truth. The question is whether any of the detainees are "enemy combatants". Yoo would have it so because the president says it is so. As the president has already decided, what is the sense of presenting evidence to a judge? For Yoo, accusation by the executive branch is the determination of guilt. But what we know about the detainees is that many are hapless individuals who were captured by warlords and sold to the Americans for the bounty that the US government offered for "terrorists". Some of the other detainees could be Taliban who were engaged in an Afghan civil war that had nothing whatsoever to do with the US. The Taliban were not fighting the US until the US invaded Afghanistan and began attacking the Taliban. This would make Taliban detainees prisoners of war captured by invading US troops. How POWs can be tortured, denied Geneva Conventions protections, and tried by military tribunals without the US government being in violation of US and international law is inexplicable. Suppose you were a traveling businessman grabbed by a tribe and sold to the Americans. Would you consider it just to be detained in Gitmo, undergoing whatever abuse is dished out, for 5 or 6 years of your life, or forever, without your family knowing what has become of you? Among the most appalling injustices was that inflicted on John Walker Lindh, an American citizen who, like Americans of a previous generation who fought in the Spanish Civil War, was fighting for the Taliban in the Afghan civil war against the Northern Alliance. Suddenly the Americans entered the Afghan civil war on the side of the Northern Alliance. Lindh was captured and sentenced to 20 years in prison. This kind of punishment is a new form of tyranny. It is not law, and it is not justice. Lindh had no opportunity to withdraw once the US entered on the opposite side. The only point of treating Lindh as if he were some dangerous traitor was to demonstrate that American citizens can be treated to a Kafka-type experience and have the American public accept it. Yoo stands for the maximum amount of injustice, illegality and unconstitutionality that can be committed in the name of the national security state. No American security was at stake in Afghanistan or in Iraq, and none is at stake in Iran today. The Bush Regime may be creating security problems for Americans in the future by fomenting hatred of Americans among Muslims. This security problem is insignificant compared to the threat to our liberty and freedom posed by John Yoo and his Republican Federalist Society colleagues who are committed to tyranny in the name of "energy in the executive". Writing on the Wall Street Journal editorial page on June 17, Yoo denounced the five Supreme Court justices who defended the US Constitution against arbitrary "energy in the executive". Yoo believes that the Constitution and liberty rank below "the nation's security". Fortunately, Yoo wrote, a fix is at hand. "The advancing age of several justices. means that President McCain can give us more judges like Roberts (no relation) and Alito who will make certain that mere civil liberties don't get in the way of arbitrary executive power justified by national security". In a Yoo-McCain regime, the terrorists you will have to fear are those in your own government, against whom you will have no protection whatsoever. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.He can be reached at: paulcraigroberts [at] yahoo.com --------22 of 22-------- Nancy Pelosi: "Off the table: you name it! On it: me! Enjoy!" Bush: "I love when the only thing on the table is Nancy. Bring it on!" Nancy and George on the table, deep intertwined. Yes George! Yes Nancy! In nine months we will see the newest version of Rosemary's Baby. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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