|Progressive Calendar 09.27.08||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2008 04:30:35 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 09.27.08 1. Peace walk 9.27 9am Cambridge MN 2. Art/democracy 9.27 9am 3. Candidate Hancock 9.27 10am 4. NWN4P Mtka 9.27 11am 5. Green jobs rally 9.27 1pm 6. Northtown vigil 9.27 2pm 7. YAWR drums 9.27 2pm 8. 9/4 arrestees 9.27 2pm 9. Genocide/film 9.27 2pm 10. Iraq/art 9.27 5pm 11. Colombia 9.28 10am 12. Stillwater vigil 9.28 1pm 13. Arrestee support 9.28 1pm 14. Felein/streets 9.28 3pm 15. Sami/peace 9.28 4pm 16. WAMM auction 9.28 5pm 17. Iran/pol/relig 9.28 5pm 18. Glen Ford - Death rattles of a criminal class 19. ed - Why we have asses (poem) --------1 of 19-------- From: Ken Reine <reine008 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Peace walk 9.27 9am Cambridge MN every Saturday 9AM to 9:35AM Peace walk in Cambridge - start at Hwy 95 and Fern Street --------2 of 19-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Art/democracy 9.27 9am Saturday, 9/27, 9 am to 5 pm, Public Art and Democracy conference, with 4 panels on topics of public space, civic discourse, and art, Institute for Advanced Study, 125 Nolte Center, 315 Pillsbury Dr SE, Mpls. http://www.ias.umn.edu or 612-626-5054. --------3 of 19-------- From: Allan Hancock <ahancock.gp [at] gmail.com> Subject: Candidate Hancock 9.27 10am Green Party candidate 3CD. Come anytime between the times noted. Appreciate an RSVP so we know the number for lunch or dinner. 763-561-9758 Sat. 27 Lit Drop 10AM-6PM lunch included Sunday 28 Lit Drop 1PM-6PM -come at 12:15 for lunch Tuesday 30 Lit Drop 4PM-7PM --------4 of 19-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> Subject: NWN4P Mtka 9.27 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. --------5 of 19-------- From: Todd Heintz <proud2liveinjordan [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Green jobs rally 9.27 1pm The green jobs rally is right around the corner- Saturday, Sept. 27th. Let's let the candidates and the country know that Minnesota is ready for green jobs!!!!! Green Jobs Rally Saturday, September 27, 2008 National Day of Action Come hear what Congressman Keith Ellison, Representative Karen Clark, and other Community Members have to say about developing a green economy, green jobs, and what benefits green jobs bring to our community. Minneapolis Urban League 2100 Plymouth Avenue North Saturday, September 27, 2008 1-3pm For more information call Karen Monahan 612-436-5402 --------6 of 19-------- From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 9.27 2pm Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday 2-3pm --------7 of 19-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: YAWR drums 9.27 2pm Saturday, 9/27, 2 to 6 pm, Youth Against War and Racism prepares for the October 11 anti-war protest by discussing how to mobilize people and by making drums (bring packing tape and extra buckets or garbage cans that could become drums), YAWR Office, 3024 Chicago Ave S #1, Mpls. against.war [at] gmail.com --------8 of 19-------- From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at] gmail.com> Subject: 9/4 arrestees 9.27 2pm Legal Meeting for 9/4 Arrestees SAT, 9/27 @ 2pm @ University Baptist Church, 1219 University Ave SE (in Dinkytown - 12th Ave SE & University) Arrested at the No Peace for the War Makers Demonstration? Come find out what your rights are, how the court process will go, and what you can do to advocate for all charges to be dropped! Call us at 612.379.3899 or email us at info [at] antiwarcommittee.org if you were arrested at our demonstration and cannot come to this important meeting. Please invite other folks who you know were arrested at the demonstration. Organized by the Anti-War Committee. --------9 of 19-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Genocide/film 9.27 2pm Saturday, 9/27, 2 to 4:30 pm, free film and forum on genocide "It Was Meant to Be" about Germany, Tibet and Laos, In-Flux space adjacent to the Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art, 405 - 21st Ave S, West Bank, Mpls. http://nash.umn.edu/events/ (Teacher continuing education credits available through chgs [at] umn.edu) --------10 of 19-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Iraq/art 9.27 5pm Saturday, 9/27, 5 to 8 pm (welcome and brief discussion at 6 pm), the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project sponsors "Voices in Art from Iraq," Center for Independent Artists, 4137 Bloomington Ave S, Mpls. cia [at] c4ia.org or 612-724-8392 or 612-728-5728. --------11 of 19-------- From: Jason Stone <jason_c_stone [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Colombia 9.28 10am Coffee Hour this Sunday September 28-Forgotten in the Jungle: Victims of Colombia's War 10am-12pm RCTA Offices 3019 Minnehaha Ave Suggested donation of $4 Join RCTA in welcoming Gustavo Moncayo and Consuelo Gonzalez de Perdomo to discuss concern for the estimated remaining 3,000 hostages held by Colombia's illegeal armed actors, the struggles of the victims' families, and how we can all be part of helping to attain a humanitarian accord to secure the hostages' release, and a path towards peace in Colombia. Gustavo and Consuelo are on a Midwest Speaking tour sponsored by United Steelworkers Associate Member Program, Lutheran World Relief and Witness for Peace-Upper Midwest. Gustavo Moncayo, a high school teacher from the southern province of Narino, led a walk of approximately 600 miles through Colombia to promote the "humanitarian accord" to secure the release of the many person held by the FARC (Revoluntionary Armed Forces of Colombia), including his son Pablo Emilio. Pablo Emilia is a member of Colombia's National Police who was taken prisoner in 1997 by the FARC and remains in captivity today. Consuelo Gonzalez de Perdomo was trained as a social psychologist, and has devoted her entire life to political and social work in the department of Huila, where she is from, and where she has served elective office at the local, regional, and national levels. Most recently, she was elected to serve in the Colombian Congress. As a member of Congress she was kidnapped on September 10, 2001 by the FARC. For 6 years and 4 months she was part of a group of hostages who the guerrillas proposed to release in the humanitarian accord." During her captivity she lost her husband, but at the same time became a grandmother. On January 10, 2008, she was unilaterally released by the FARC, yet from that day on she has said that she will not be free until all those who continue to suffer the tragedy of kidnapping have returned to their homes. Resource Center of the Americas 3019 Minnehaha Avenue Suite 20 (Romero Room) Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406-1931 --------12 of 19-------- From: scot b <earthmannow [at] comcast.net> Subject: Stillwater vigil 9.28 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 --------13 of 19-------- From: RNC 08 Arrestee Support <rnc08arrestees [at] riseup.net> Subject: Arrestee support 9.28 1pm There will be another arrestee support meeting this Sunday. Please attend to get updates on the legal work being done and to get involved in the process! Sunday, September 28th from 1-3 pm Bedlam Theatre (1501 S. 6th St., Cedar-Riverside Light Rail Station on the West Bank, Minneapolis) Arrestee meetings aren't just for arrestees! This is the chance for local folks in the Twin Cities and the families and friends of those arrested to become involved in arrestee solidarity and contribute to the important work of supporting those who were attacked by the police in St Paul and are now facing serious charges. There will be a lot of work to be done in the upcoming months fighting the legal charges that have been leveled against the survivors of police brutality, and it will take a community effort to get the bogus charges dropped. More legal information at: http://coldsnaplegal.wordpress.com/ http://rnc08arrestees.wordpress.com/ --------14 of 19-------- From: ElyDog <elydog [at] gmail.com> Subject: Felein/streets 9.28 3pm Book Talk by Ed Felein, author of the new book "Take the Streets." This book is a day by day chronicle of the 1972 uprising at the University of Minnesota against the Vietnam War. May Day Books, 3:00 P.M. Sunday, September 28, 301 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis. 612-333-4719. Author will sign copies of the book, also available at MayDay. --------15 of 19-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Sami/peace 9.28 4pm Sunday, 9/28, 4 pm, Sami Rasouli speaks on Muslim Peacemaking at Prospect Hill Friends, meeting at St Paul Council of Churches, 1671 Summit Ave, St Paul. --------16 of 19-------- From: "wamm [at] mtn.org" <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: WAMM auction 9.28 5pm Women Against Military Madness 24th Annual SILENT AUCTION "Celebrate peace at the best Silent Auction in town" this Sunday, September 28 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Bidding closes at 7:00 p.m. Live Music! Food! Fun! More than 300 items! St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis Suggested Donation: $10.00 to $30.00 (no one turned away). Buffet and beverages included in admission. Parking is close, free and easy. Supervised children's activities. + Vacation homes: Provincetown, Florida, New York City, Lake Superior, and more + Design-consultation and plans + Artwork: ceramics, glass, fabric items, original Jane Evershed painting, Woman of Peace sculpture, jewelry, glass + Gift certificates to favorite stores + Restaurants + Health and wellness services: relaxing evening at home kit, massage, acupuncture, beauty salon + Tickets for Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Saints, Jungle Theater (package with party), Walker Art Gallery, Bell Museum, Mixed Blood + Books, CDs + Brunch, lunch, gourmet dinner parties And much more. Plus Hot Buys Table with small items to go!! --------17 of 19-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Iran/pol/relig 9.28 5pm Sunday, 9/28, 5 pm, presentation "With Respect to Iran and the West: An Interface of Politics and Religion." Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Ave, Mpls. http://www.micglobe.org/calendar/index.php --------18 of 19-------- Death Rattles of a Criminal Class by Glen Ford September 25th, 2008 Dissident Voice The world of finance has accumulated a gigantic mass of fictitious capital that does very little to improve the human condition and the preservation of the environment. - from "Mad Finance Must Not Rule Us," an open letter from former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, five former European prime ministers, two former presidents of the European Commission, and five former economics or finance ministers, published in Le Monde (Paris), May 21, 2008. The Mother of All Bubbles The same corporate forces that brought us one gargantuan financial bubble after another, each more destructive than the last, also surround the United States in a semi-sealed information bubble, impervious to facts that are inconsistent with the corporate narrative. Thus, few Americans outside the marginalized Left were even vaguely aware of what Europe's most distinguished social democratic politicians were shouting at the top of their lungs: a huge bubble of "fictitious capital" in the form of "derivatives" and other complex instruments "notionally" valued at $500 to $750 trillion menaced the world - and especially the US - economy. Schmidt and his colleagues warned that the West must not succumb to "rule" by this Mad - fictitious! - Capital, which "represents 15 times the gross domestic product (GDP) of all countries" - for, "when everything is for sale, social cohesion disintegrates and the system collapses". Just four months later, the "fictitious capital" bubble has definitively burst, the system collapsed, but corporate henchmen brazenly bum-rush the populace into accepting direct and absolute "rule" by the corporate El Cid, Henry Paulson, Secretary of the Treasury and former warlord of the Wall Street marauder, Goldman Sachs. The sheer brutality and arrogance of Paulson's grasp for powers unfettered by any Earthly Entity - powers greater than "even the president enjoys," said one shocked economist - mimics the bank robber's deployment of instantaneous terror to demoralize and cow customers and tellers. "Down on the floor! Shut up! Give me all the money!" No time or presence of mind to do anything but accept the inevitable. The criminals relentlessly press their advantage, aided by the enveloping information bubble that has rendered Americans wholly unprepared for their Night of the Living Dead, in which the denizens of deceased corporations rise from the rubble of their socially destructive rampage to put the bite on the still-living and infect the entire society with their stinking morbidity. There is no organized opposition within the two business parties to the Wall Street Extortionists; no alternative proposition that refuses to accept the centrality - the absolute indispensability " of the "banksters" to the resuscitation of a "system" they have already killed and eaten. Instead, the Democrats and Republicans want to give the bandits $700 billion to try to blow their balloon up again, wipe off the guts and gore, and emerge from the dead. Then they'll extort $300 billion more. In the process, the business parties will kill off what's left of the productive part of the US economy. The only sane course is for the public sector to embrace its de facto stewardship of productive society, as the only big economic engine still running - a captaincy already bought and paid for in the bailouts already undertaken. Under no circumstances should the public attempt to re-inflate the housing bubble, although no feasible efforts should be spared to alleviate the misery inflicted on home buyers (and renters) by the predators of Wall Street, now (and hopefully forever) deceased. Menaces to Society Wall Street, meaning finance capital, is currently dead in the sense that it is incapable of organizing non-fictitious money in ways that can even sustain itself, much less promote productive economic value and growth. Its incessant bubble making is a symptom of finance capital's terminal state. No longer capable of meeting investor demands for ever-increasing rates of return in anything remotely resembling productive ways, the Lords of Capital conspire (yes, every board meeting is a conspiracy) to artificially raise the "value" of - anything! (Remember Helmut Schmidt's admonition, that "when everything is for sale, social cohesion disintegrates and the system collapses".) In manipulating land and housing prices ever upward, the banksters multiplied the price of property almost by fiat, reaping huge benefits while inflicting society with grotesque housing affordability problems and spiraling debt. Then the banksters bundled mortgages and all kinds of other debts as money, to feed the mega-bubble that grew to "15 times the gross domestic product (GDP) of all countries [$750 trillion, compared to the Global Domestic Product of only $50 trillion]," as Schmidt reported. It is important to understand that the Mother of All Bubbles is comprised of a universe of derivatives and other trickster finance exotica. Subprime mortgages, although a big problem in the US, can only represent a small fraction of a bubble-construct so galactic in notional size it dwarfs the value of the puny efforts of every living human being to supply actual goods and services to the planet. The US subprime crisis provided an early warning of the much larger bubble's existence - a global menace that compelled Schmidt and his fellow social democrats to sound the alarm. But US banksters and their political servants persist in leading the public to believe that the crisis is largely limited to mortgages, and can be overcome on that discreet scale and ground. It's a lie. The financial crisis became acute when capital institutions stopped buying each other's exotic instruments, whatever was bundled inside. It is "notional" (or fictitious) money as a general category of curse, not just bundled bad mortgages, that choked the system. And a measly one trillion Federal Reserve dollars can do nothing but disappear when deployed against the humongous $500-$750 trillion dollar Mama Bubble. The bankster's criminal enterprise will still be dead - that is, incapable of acting as an engine of productive growth - but the U.S. public sector will have, as Barack Obama put it, Tuesday, "shot its last bullet". At that point, the country will have difficulty saving itself, while the bankers will have spent a cool trillion in ways designed to serve themselves in their next lives. Nature of the Beast John McCain and Barack Obama now rage in much the same words about Wall Street "greed" and "corruption" as the fountains of failure - as if the core imperatives of the investment banking system did not dictate executive behavior. Finance capital's refusal to invest in productive, socially useful enterprise is rooted in the corporate capitalist necessity to realize ever-increasing rates of return. Ultimately, they must be bribed by the public sector to engage in any useful project. As parasites that produce nothing, they (quite logically) attempt to suck up and absorb every public dollar in sight, while constantly working to weaken the public sector's ability to perform its legitimate functions. Why, then, should anyone be surprised when Goldman Sachs alumnus Henry Paulson demands the last drop of blood - the "last (trillion dollar) bullet" - from the American public, and dares to attach dictatorial terms to his acceptance of the money? It is the nature of the bankster beast to manipulate political and market conditions to achieve unfair advantage - and the nature of the multinational corporation to be devoid of national loyalties. If We The People must bet our futures on schemes to revive productive economic activity, then let us bet on our collective selves, rather than on the thieving bankers who are, in any case, no more useful to society at this juncture than an unburied body. With the Federal Reserve now the lender and investor of last resort, progressives should welcome the people's technical ownership of mechanisms for growth, and fight to make The Fed responsive in fact to the development needs of the larger society. As Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney has declared: This means that the people are becoming the owners of the primary instruments of U.S. capital and finance. This now means that the people have a say in how these instruments are to be used and what their priorities ought to be. The people should now have more say in how their tax dollars are spent and what the priorities of government and the public sector must be. We the people must now set our demands to ensure and promote the public good. In place of the of the self-serving bankers' moribund capital formation mechanisms, why not "seize the time," as McKinney urges, to push for a public mega-development corporation, funded in amounts rivaling that which the banksters are attempting to steal. "The Federal Reserve should operate in the interests of the U.S. taxpayer and not the interests of the private, international bankers that it currently represents," said the former Georgia congresswoman. "This, of course means that the Federal Reserve must undergo a fundamental ownership and mission change". Let us break, fully and finally, with the rule of "Mad Finance and Fictitious Capital". Glen Ford is Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report, where this article first appeared. He can be contacted at: Glen.Ford [at] BlackAgendaReport.com. Read other articles by Glen, or visit Glen's website. This article was posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2008 at 6:02am and is filed under "Third" Party, Activism, Capitalism, Class, Corruption, Democracy, Democrats, Economy/Economics, Elections, Empire, Finance, Housing, Neoliberalism, Racism. ShareThis --------19 of 19-------- The reason we have asses is so others of us can kiss them. Smack! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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 vote third party for president for congress now and forever
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