|Progressive Calendar 10.18.08||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2008 05:13:08 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 10.18.08 1. End imperialism 10.18 9am 2. Peace walk 10.18 9am Cambridge MN 3. Sex/Peru/Ecuador 10.18 10am 4. NWN4P Mtka 10.18 11am 5. Northtown vigil 10.18 2pm 6. Corp media lies 10.18 6pm 7. Nader film 10.18 8:30pmPOSTPONED 8. RNC 2008/CTV 10.18 9pm 9. Kevin Zeese - Finance crisis means US must end Iraq & Afghan wars --------1 of 9-------- From: anh <jade.dragon [at] gmail.com> Subject: End imperialism 10.18 9am Conference on War, Socialism and the People's Struggle: A conference on imperialism and how to end it SAT, 10/18 from 9am - 5pm @ U of M, Humphrey Institute Room 25, 301 19th Ave S. Minneapolis Over the last six years there has been an upsurge in the people's struggle in the United States: The growth of a mass anti-war movement not seen since the fight against the war in Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s; the emergence of an immigrant rights movement and the largest struggle for equality since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s; and a growing fight back against foreclosures, job cuts and cuts in health care, education, welfare and a growing economic crisis. Fight Back! has covered these struggles and sees the growth of the people's struggle calling for a higher level of understanding of our common struggle against imperialism- a system based on giant corporations that cross the globe in search for ever-greater profits, and these corporations' control of our government and use of military force to achieve their goals. Fight Back! is sponsoring this conference so that activists can share their experiences and learn more about imperialism and how we can fight to end it and replace it with a system of socialism, where people's needs, not corporate profits, are the basis of society. Join us on Saturday, Oct. 18 in Minneapolis, Minnesota for this important conference on imperialism and how to end it. At the conference there will be workshops and discussion that brings together activists from the anti-war, immigrant rights, the labor, oppressed nationality, student and low income movements. There will be presentations from some of the leaders of these movements and from Freedom Road Socialist Organization. We will also be talking about how grassroots organizing, bringing together a broad united front of different forces, building a revolutionary organization and the direction for the people's struggle in 2009, especially in light of the economic crisis. Organized by Fight Back News. For more information go to frso.org. 9-9:45 Registration 9:45 Welcome 10:00 - 11:30 Summation from front lines of anti war struggle, RNC 2008 - Jess Sundin and leaders of the anti-war movement will deliver a presentation that evaluates the protests against the Republican National Convention, the political tasks to oppose the war in Iraq and U.S. imperialism's attacks around the world. There will be a brief discussion on the impact of the upcoming elections on the anti-war movement. 11:30 - 1 pm - Mass Line - The mass line is the basic political/organizational approach that socialists use to organize. Although the term 'mass line' was coined by the Communist Party of China, the basic method of reliance on, and the mobilization of, the masses of people has been utilized by all successful revolutionary parties. Mick Kelly will use organizing of the protests against the Republican National Convention as the context for this study of the mass line. 1:00-2:00 Lunch 2:00 - 3:15 Imperialism- Imperialism controls much of our world. U.S. imperialism is attempting to dominate Iraq and control the land and resources of the Middle East. Imperialism is not just an aggressive foreign policy. Stephanie Weiner and Kati Ketz will lead a study that will define imperialism and talk about the attitude of progressives toward it. 3:00 - 4:15 Economic crisis- Rising Unemployment, looming inflation, a 700 Trillion dollar bailout of the rich. An economic crisis has arrived. Steff Yorek and Cherrene Horazuk will lead a discussion on the Marxist political economy, the source of the crises taking place in the economy and a discussion of what we are likely to see coming down the road. 4:15 - 5:00 Revolutionary organization- To successfully create social change requires organization. Tom Burke will explore the relationship of revolutionary organization to the Marxist Theory of Knowledge and introduce Freedom Road Socialist Organization. --------2 of 9-------- From: Ken Reine <reine008 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Peace walk 10.18 9am Cambridge MN every Saturday 9AM to 9:35AM Peace walk in Cambridge - start at Hwy 95 and Fern Street --------3 of 9-------- From: biego001 [at] umn.edu Subject: Sex/Peru/Ecuador 10.18 10am Advocating for Victims of Sexual Violence in Peru & Ecuador 10am Saturday October 18, 2008 Speakers Dr. José Manual Vinces Rodríguez, Attorney and Pastor Loida Carriel Espinoza, Journalist Please join us in the Romero Rm (lower level) in the Mosaic of the Americas Bldg at Lake St. and 27th Ave. S. cost is $3 for members, $4 for non-members Description: Dr. José Vinces, attorney and pastor, and Loida Carriel, journalist, are touring the U.S. to speak about their work representing victims of sexual and domestic violence in Peru and Ecuador though the faith-based Peruvian human rights organization, Paz y Esperanza. The Minnesota-based non-profit, Peace and Hope Partnership International, collaborates with Paz y Esperanza to provide legal, aftercare and pastoral care services to nearly 300 women and children in Peru who are seeking justice for the sex crimes committed against them. Their work has led to the capture and conviction of sexual molesters and the establishment of policies and laws that protect women and children. In 2009, Paz y Esperanza will launch a similar project in Guayaquil, Ecuador, a city with more than 3 million inhabitants that has high rates of sexual and domestic violence against women and children. Paz y Esperanza is known as a leader in the field of human rights in Latin America, and was a leader in establishing the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It seeks access to justice for the most excluded sectors of society through the promotion of their rights, the defense of abused women and children, citizenship education, sexual education in churches, legal reform and monitoring of the legal systedm. A benefit concert to support Paz y Esperanza's work in Peru and Latin America will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2008 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Park Avenue United Methodist Church located at 3400 Park Avenue South in Minneapolis. For more information contact: Colleen Beebe, Peace and Hope Partnership International, (612) 728-9118 colleenbeebe [at] comcast.net or visit www.peaceandhopeinternational.org . --------4 of 9-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> Subject: NWN4P Mtka 10.18 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 9-------- From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 10.18 2pm Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday 2-3pm --------6 of 9-------- From: Suzanne Linton <bahiabaubo [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Corp media lies 10.18 6pm Lies of Corporate Media Saturday October 18 6pm Sunday October 19 1am 11am Watch Michael Cavlan's alternative news show .. "Lies and Omissions of the Corporate Media" It has first hand insight in to the events of the RNC and some excellent footage. St Paul cable SPNN Channel 15. --------7 of 9-------- From: PRO826 [at] aol.com Subject: Nader film 10.18 8:30pmPOSTPONED Due to a death in the family of the owner at the Match Box Coffee shop, the viewing of 'An Unreasonable Man' documentary will not be viewed at the dates listed below. The viewing will be rescheduled for the following week, Oct 24th and Oct 25th at the same times listed below. We apologize for any inconvenience to those who made the trek over to Matchbox Coffee Shop tonight. Sincerely, Danene Provencher, The Nader Team, _Danene [at] votenader.org_ (mailto:Danene [at] votenader.org) Nader for President 2008 Movie Nights (2 separate evenings) - viewing of "An Unreasonable Man" on Ralph Nader. At Match Box Coffee Shop 1306 Second Street NE Minneapolis, MN 55413 October 17th, 6:30pm October 18th, 8:30pm --------8 of 9-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: RNC 2008/CTV 10.18 9pm Minneapolis Television Network (MTN) 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, 10/18, 9pm and Tues, 10/21, 8am RNC 08: Stories from the Streets: Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign Footage from the streets of St. Paul during the "March for Our Lives". Cheri Honkala and Deeq Abdi share their experiences during the 2008 RNC. Hosted by Karen Redleaf. --------9 of 9-------- The Finance Crisis Means the US Must Find a Way to End the Two War-Quagmires Now the Cost of War Really Matters By KEVIN ZEESE CounterPunch October 17 / 20, 2008 Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz predicts the Iraq war will cost the United States $3 trillion. Nouriel Roubini, the economist who predicted today's financial crisis in 2006, predicts the U.S. will suffer its worst recession in 40 years, lasting up to two years with 9% unemployment and another 15% drop in housing prices. He predicts we are seeing only the first round of government injection of funds into the finance system. Throughout the Iraq war and occupation peace activists have pointed to the cost of war as one reason why the occupation must end. The "cost of war" clock is almost universal on anti-war sites. But now, with reports that the $1.8 trillion spent on bailing out the U.S. finance system is not enough to save the U.S. economy, the cost of war and the military budget must be reconsidered. The U.S. will need to choose - continued occupation or creating a new economy. Unlike the depression which ended in part because of World War II, this time military spending is contributing to economic demise. Military spending takes money from the rest of the economy and prevents a federal budget that invests in re-tooling the economy. Spending hundreds of billions on the Iraq and Afghanistan war, and hundreds of billions more annually on military spending is one reason why the U.S. economy is faltering. The DoD is expected to put forward an even bigger budget request before the next president takes office. This will force the next president to quickly confront whether the military continues to dominate U.S. foreign policy and the U.S. budget. The long-term cost of a military-dominated foreign policy has been a massive disinvestment in the civilian economy. The U.S. has been facing a failing infrastructure for a generation but instead of spending money on regional and local rapid transit the U.S. spends it on overpriced military equipment. Instead of building schools so kids are not working out of trailers, it is spent on building hundreds of military bases around the globe. No doubt the hollowing out of the U.S. economy is in large part the result of lack of investment in keeping the economy strong, investing in workers, ensuring productivity and keeping manufacturing in the U.S. As President Eisenhower warned: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed". Sadly, money for war was more important than money for human needs and has dragged the economy down. It is fair to say that the U.S. government is addicted to militarism. Elected officials keep spending on the military even though it hurts the security of the United States by undermining the civilian economy. The military is the most heavily funded area in the discretionary spending of the federal budget. For as long as I can remember half of the discretionary spending of the U.S. budget has gone to the military. When the cost of Iraq and Afghanistan are included the military is more than half of all discretionary spending. This has meant decades of disinvestment in the civilian sector, no wonder the infrastructure is failing, the U.S. is behind other countries in creating new, clean energy sources, college education is becoming unaffordable and the health care problem has not been fixed. The reality is war is only good for a small portion of the economy as most corporations do not profit from war. The companies that benefit are those that destroy everything in the "shock and awe" campaigns that have become the hallmark of U.S. invasions. The second group that profits from war is the occupying companies that get paid to rebuild what aerial bombardment destroyed and support the massive overseas U.S. military presence. This includes not only the construction companies but the private security firms (which provide more troops in Iraq than the U.S. military) and the oil companies that profit from rising prices caused by destabilization of oil producing countries. Oil is a good example of how war has become a major drag on the U.S. economy. Destabilization of Iraq has resulted in dramatic rises in oil prices until the economic crisis hit - a steady incline of rising prices. Exxon-Mobil became the most profitable company in world history in 2008 posting an $11.68 billion profit, $1,485.55 a second, in the second quarter of 2008. For them the Iraq war has been a victory. Yet, what did it do to the pocketbooks and household budgets of Americans? When it comes to the rebuilding destroyed nations, the U.S. exports its culture of corporate corruption. There are insider deals made with companies like Halliburton and Blackwater. When the DoD auditor finds it impossible to audit Halliburton's books - because of sloppy and incomplete records - are they punished? No, they are given another contract. Are they punished when there are reports of corruption, e.g., charging for empty trucks driving back and forth across the desert, or lavish living outside of Iraq, or overcharging for simple things like laundry? Of course not. Local contractors in Iraq could have done the job much more cheaply - and unemployment in Iraq would have been lessened undermining one attraction of the insurgency - but instead Vice President Cheney's old company got the contract. Iraq rebuilt its nation after the first Gulf War much more effectively than the U.S. did in the current occupation. Corruption won out over common sense. The Earth is facing the challenge of Global Climate Change yet rather than investing in the new energy infrastructure, or the research and development of inexpensive solar panels, investments that will create millions of jobs, the U.S. invests in war. In fact, the projected total US spending on the Iraq war could cover all of the global investments in renewable power generation that are needed between now and 2030 in order to halt current warming trends. The $700 billion that Congress has allocated for military operations in Iraq to date could have built over 9000 wind farms with the overall capacity to meet a quarter of the country's current electricity demand. If 25% of our power came from wind, rather than coal, it would reduce carbon emissions by over 1 billion metric tons - equivalent to approximately 1/6 of the country's total CO2 emissions in 2006. And, the military is a gigantic user of fossil fuels. The war is responsible for at least 141 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent since March 2003. To put this in perspective, CO2 released by the Iraq war to date equals the emissions from putting 25 million more cars on the road in the US this year. War is bad economics especially wars conducted on borrowed money. The two quagmires the U.S. is currently in - Iraq and Afghanistan - are not being funded by current taxes - they are being funded by borrowed money. Thus, not only will these wars be a drag on the current budget, but a drag on the finances of our children and grandchildren. And, what are the effects on American families and the American workforce when vets come home. Not only are there the medical bills that the underfunded Veterans Administration has to pay, but there are the damaged psyches of the vets. Iraq and Afghanistan, because they are occupations of countries that do not want the U.S. there, are unlike previous wars. There is no front-line to go behind for a break. Everywhere is a potential enemy. Nine out of ten soldiers serving in the occupations have been shot at or have seen comrades shot. As a result we are seeing hundreds of thousands coming home injured. What will it cost to re-socialize these veterans? What will it do to their families? How will they fit into the workforce? The cost of the war has been underestimated from the beginning. The government convinced itself that Iraqi oil would pay for the war; that war taxes were not needed. It would have been unpatriotic for an economist to tell the truth - that fighting two, long wars at once could bankrupt the country. That was a truth that was not to be uttered as far as the militarist U.S. government was concerned. But is the U.S. government learning from the financial meltdown? Are they seeing the connections? It does not seem so. Both Senators Obama and McCain, along with President Bush, are calling for an escalation of the war in Afghanistan. None of the three is calling for a complete withdrawal from Iraq. Even Senator Obama's plan leaves 30,000 to 85,000 troops and more than 140,000 private contractor troops in Iraq. And, both candidates, along with their party leadership want to expand the U.S. military - even though we already spend as much as the whole world combined. In fact, on the same day the U.S. passed the $700 billion bailout, it also passed a $700 billion military and occupation budget. This was done with no debate. No one in Congress, except for a few on what is described as the political extreme, ever discusses cutting the wasteful, extravagant and overstuffed military budget. When this era of U.S. history is looked at people will say it was foolish of the government to fight two long wars, really two occupation-quagmires, at once. And now that the financial meltdown has begun, if the government fails to rapidly end these occupations and re-think a foreign policy and federal budget dominated by militarism, historians and future Americans will wonder how the government could have been so thoughtless. Kevin Zeese is Executive Director of the Campaign for Fresh Air and Clean Politics (www.FreshAirCleanPolitics.net) whose projects include Voters for Peace (www.VotersForPeace.US), True Vote (www.TrueVote.US) and Climate Security (www.GlobalClimateSecurity.org). --------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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