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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2008 08:44:51 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 10.25.08 1. Peace walk 10.25 9am Cambridge MN 2. Chile/rights 10.25 10am 3. NWN4P Mtka 10.25 11am 4. Book sale 10.25 12noon 5. Africa/Cuba/lib 10.25 1:30pm 6. Northtown vigil 10.25 2pm 7. GulfStates bash 10.25 2pm 8. Main St/Wall St 10.25 3pm 9. Nader film 10.25 8:30pm 10. Lebanon/CTV 10.25 9pm 11. Ghosts/atheists 10.26 9am 12. StillwaterVigil 10.26 1pm 13. Pentel/ecology 10.26 3pm 14. Stolen lives 10.26 6pm 15. RNC 8 benefit 10.26 6pm 16. Max Kantar - The opium of the masses 17. Mickey Z - Chomsky, Zinn, and Obama 18. Benjamin Dangl - Bolivia rejects neoliberalism --------1 of 18-------- From: Ken Reine <reine008 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Peace walk 10.25 9am Cambridge MN every Saturday 9AM to 9:35AM Peace walk in Cambridge - start at Hwy 95 and Fern Street --------2 of 18-------- From: biego001 [at] umn.edu Subject: Chile/rights 10.25 10am Coffeehour at the Resource Ctr of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave S., 10am Saturday, October 25: Please join us Saturday October, 25 at 10am for "Human Rights in Chile: The Legacy of Londres," presented by Lisa Hilbink. Professor Hilbink will offer this talk following a two-week visit to Chile, where she participated in an international conference on the national and international legacy of the Pinochet detention in London ten years ago. The presentation will focus on changes and continuities in judicial responses to human rights claims in Chile since 1998. cf., www.americas.org --------3 of 18-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> Subject: NWN4P Mtka 10.25 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. --------4 of 18-------- From: Tom Taylor tom [at] organicconsumers.org Subject: Book sale 10.25 12noon [Feeling stupid? Of course you are! More books, lots more books, will fix that. At least, the time you spend reading is time you will not be making stupid remarks in public, so people will think you're much less stupid than you used to be. Even better is the long silent time if you _write_ a book - people might come to think of you as a minor genius. Just don't go and spoil it all by publishing so that people can read what you think, the way the unwise authors of all those books you bought did. -ed] 100s of books are up for sale THIS Friday and Saturday at the Casket Arts Building, 681-17th Ave in lovely lower NE MPLS. If you have not gotten a chance to see this cool building that is an additional plus besides the very affordable books. tt From: "Jennifer Young" <youngj3 [at] gmail.com> This coming weekend there is a huge book sale happening at the Casket Arts Building during the building's Open Casket event. For more info about Open Casket go to the website www.casketarts.com During the event studio #162 has thousands of books for sale for $1 or less. New, used, rare, first editions and coffee table books! Open Casket Fri Oct 24th, 5-9 p.m. Saturday Oct 25th, 12-8 p.m. Casket Arts Building 681-17th Ave NE Minneapolis --------5 of 18-------- From: Joan Malerich <joanmdm [at] iphouse.com> Subject: Africa/Cuba/lib 10.25 1:30pm This is one you will NOT want to miss. 1. Are you a concerned Black--African American or immigrant? If so, learn about the real liberation of Angola from the South African Apartheid and how the Cubans made it possible. 2. Are you a concerned Native American Indian, White, Latino, Asian, Mid-Easterner or other human being who wonders why we have never succeeded in having a real sustained liberation movement (not a "civil rights" movement with the "glory" of being able to "vote" in corrupted elections but a real liberation movement of basic human rights--universal single payer health care, free education through college, decent food and clean water for all, living-wage jobs, housing for all)?? 3. Are you concerned about the endless wars of US imperialism that have killed at least 10 million people and have maimed and/or tortured tens of millions more innocent people and are now bringing down the US economy in the same manner our CIA has done to third world countries since WW II? IF YOU ARE any of the above, then it is essential that you attend this event and learn about "the way of thinking" that both liberated the Cubans and made it possible for them to continue their revolution and the Cubans connection to Africa that compelled them to become part of the African struggle for liberation. It is a humanitarian way of thinking based on the national hero of Cuba, Jose Marti's philosophy: MY HOMELAND IS HUMANITY. Time to set aside a whole day from 1:30 to 9:00 PM Saturday, October 25. This is a day that will not be wasted but will compel all to begin to think in terms of humanity instead of "individualism," to see the equality of humanity that is needed before imperialism can be stopped. PS: /Conflicting Missions:/ /Havana, Washington and Africa, 1959-1976/ is an amazing book. Contact Mayday Books 612-333-4719, (301 Cedar Avenue - 2 blocks from Blegan Hall - Minneapolis to see if they have it in stock. Read the first chapter and you will not be able to stop. The parts on CHE in Africa and Che's show the inner Che and his commitment to liberation of all the oppressed. Book is about 400 pages plus 200 pages of notes. LINKS: DIRECTIONS TO BLEGAN AND FOR METRO TRANSIT Blegan: (go to http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/BlegH/ for map) Metro transit information go to www.metrotransit.org or call 612-373-3333) -- FORWARDED BY THE MINNESOTA CUBA COMMITTEE Cuba's Contribution to Africa's Liberation: A film and lecture Saturday, October 25, Blegen Hall 10, University of Minnesota 1:30 FILM /Cuba: An African Odyssey/ 7:00 PM Prof. Piero Gleijeses, Author of /Conflicting Mission:/ /Havana, Washington and Africa, 1959-1976 / >From 1961 until 1989 Cuba was directly involved in Africa's liberation struggles by providing military and humanitarian assistance. The story of Cuba's role is the focus of a day-long public forum that features Professor Piero Gleijeses of the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and author of the award-winning book, /Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington and Africa, 1959-1976/ . He will present his most recent research on Cuba's role in the defeat of South African troops in Angola, the critical event that paved the way for the freeing of political prisoners like Nelson Mandela and the transition to the new South Africa. Prior to the lecture, Jihan El Tahri's 2007 prize-winning three hour documentary, /Cuba: An African Odyssey/, will be shown, its upper midwest premiere. Both events are free and open to the public. The program takes place on Saturday, October 25, at the University of Minnesota, West Bank, Blegen Hall 10. The two-part film will be shown at 1:30 Prof. Gleijeses's presentation will begin at 7pm. Between the film and lecture, Cuban foods/snacks will be provided by Victor Valens. The program is sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, the Institute of Global Studies, the Departments of Political Science and History, the Black Student Union and the Minnesota Cuba Committee. For more information, contact animtz [at] umn.edu <mailto:animtz [at] umn.edu> or 612-624-1512. --------6 of 18-------- From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 10.25 2pm Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday 2-3pm --------7 of 18-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: GulfStates bash 10.25 2pm Saturday, 10/25, 2 to 7 pm, free cultural celebration "Underneath the Oil of Desert :Lands: Celebrating the Gulf States" (Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates) with food, dance and music, Cahoots Coffee Bar, 1562 Selby Ave, St Paul. 651-644-6778. --------8 of 18-------- From: Michael Wood <mwood42092 [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Main St/Wall St 10.25 3pm Protest to Save Main Street Not Wall Street! Saturday, October 25 at 3:00 p.m. Federal Reserve Bank, Minneapolis, 90 Hennepin Ave. downtown (by corner of Hennepin Avenue and N. 1st St. - Near South Side of Hennepin Ave. Bridge) Initiated by Gus Hall Action Club, a Marxist-Leninist Communist club, but you donąt need to be a Communist to attend!! Life becomes worse for the working class as capitalists intensify their drive against our living standards. But the U.S. government's given more than $700 billion dollars to bail out billionaires and bankers!! This swindle gives almost unlimited authority for doling out billions to Wall Street fat cats. This bailout bill is not geared to help working-class homeowners, workers in debt or our entire working class. Instead, it shifts the burden of the capitalistąs financial crisis unto the backs of the working class. The bailout of the banks is a bailout of the crisis-ridden system of capitalism. William Z. Foster of the Communist Party USA of yesteryear pointed out that capitalism is "legalized robbery of the working class." Financial crisis and the bailing out of billionaires and bankers is not capitalism "gone wrong." Bailing out bankers is not "socialism." It is the fullest expression of what capitalism really is. The history of capitalism shows that the capitalist ruling class always tries to throw the burden of economic crisis unto the shoulders of the working class. We need a class struggle program to wage an organized fight to save Main Street not Wall Street. The demands of our protest on October 25 are: Bail Out Main Street Not Wall Street! Finance Projects Needed by the Working Class! Tax the Rich! For a Moratorium on Home Foreclosures and Evictions! Protect Workersą Pensions and Savings! For a Law Against Plant Shutdowns! Nationalize Industry to Prevent Job Loss! Freeze all Workplace Closings and Job Layoffs! Stop Cuts in the Budgets of Social Programs! Slash the Military Budget! Please feel free to make a sign with some of these slogans and bring it to the rally at 3:00 on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Federal Reserve Bank, Minneapolis, 90 Hennepin Ave. downtown (by corner of Hennepin Avenue and N. 1st St.)! Socialism is the final answer to the exploitation, terrors and hardship of rotting capitalism, breeder of crises and war. See our blog: http://gushallactionclub.blogspot.com/ --------9 of 18-------- From: PRO826 [at] aol.com Subject: Nader film 10.25 8:30pm Viewing of the documentary, "An Unreasonable Man" - RESCHEDULED FROM LAST WEEK Movie Night at the Matchbox Coffee Shop Located at 1306 2nd St. NE NE Minneapolis Saturday, Oct 25th @ 8:30pm --------10 of 18-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Lebanon/CTV 10.25 9pm Mighty 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, 10/25, 9pm and Tues, 10/28, 8am "Tragedy in South Lebanon: The Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006" Author Cathy Sultan talks about her latest book and the media under-reporting of Middle Eastern affairs. --------11 of 18-------- From: August Berkshire <augustberkshire [at] gmail.com> Subject: Ghosts/atheists 10.26 9am Minnesota Atheists' "Atheists Talk" radio show. Sunday, October 26, 2008, 9-10 a.m. Central Time "Ghosts of Minnesota" and "American Atheists" Just in time for Halloween, we interview John Funk about his website "Ghosts of Minnesota." John says, "I'm fascinated with stories of ghosts and hauntings despite my skepticism, both as cultural phenomena and as compelling works of living fiction superimposed onto real geographic locations." Then we interview Ed Buckner, the newly hired president of American Atheists. What are American Atheists' plans for the future? Ed has a distinguished career in the atheist/humanist movement, having previously worked for the Council for Secular Humanism. We welcome questions during the program at (952) 946-6205 or radio [at] MinnesotaAtheists.org. "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. --------12 of 18-------- From: scot b <earthmannow [at] comcast.net> Subject: Stillwater vigil 10.26 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 18-------- From: James Mayer <info [at] jamesmayer.org> Subject: Pentel/ecology 10.26 3pm HOW WILL WE STOP CORPORATE CONTROL AND CONTAMINATION OF THE LAND, AIR, WATER, AND GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE? TUNE INTO: Of the People this Sunday, October 26 at 3pm on AM 950 KTNF (formerly Air America Minnesota) with Host James Mayer. Call-in line: 952-946-6205 Of the People brings you guests who see when something's wrong in our society, and use the tools of democracy to fix it. That describes the focus and call to action of the ECOLOGY DEMOCRACY NETWORK. Join in the conversation with its lead organizer, Ken Pentel, nominated three times by the Green Party as its candidate for Governor of Minnesota, and host James Mayer this Sunday afternoon at 3:00. Threats to the health, strength and endurance of healthy democracy, society and environment don't go away for the weekend. Neither does the bad news the corporate media establishment uses to make us feel alienated from one another, shocked, depressed, or even helpless, and to distract us from real priorities, realistic solutions and positive actions we can take together. But for a few weekend moments you can refresh and regenerate your energy with James Mayer on Of the People, a place to go for good news that the "news" corporations monopolizing our airwaves seldom let through: people taking action together, on real solutions. To listen to Of the People on AM 950 KTNF (formerly Air America Minnesota), go to 950 on your AM radio dial, or Listen online: http://www.am950ktnf.com/listen <http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001ZC9XfTjCSfHKdTkoO4qyZ5FosLMQjpI5Sf17AVJsfpybp_r8 kVbFuiTdfecEaQGFPMbCuiE5fT4kRoAUUnxhS-mqDcEtLSytJwoVcw7iWBswOntSSTFlMSdr9Qfn j88K> Again, our call-in number is 952-946-6205. Please take a moment to call or send this to your contacts and friends, asking them to do the same and join us on: Of the People this Sunday, October 26th at 3 p.m. on AM 950I **Additional Note: we have opportunities for volunteers for the Program of the People. To inquire about volunteering or pass on ideas to us, please reach us by phone 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. --------14 of 18-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Stolen lives 10.26 6pm Sunday, 10/26, 6 pm, memorial for the Stolen Lives of more than a dozen people who have died at the hands of law enforcement officers in Minnesota in the last year, Walker Community Church, 3104 - 16th Ave S, Mpls. --------15 of 18-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: RNC8 benefit 10.26 6pm Sunday, 10/26, 6 pm, dinner/pre-ween party/show to benefit the RNC 8, with food from Food Not Bombs, a corny haunted house, zombie flicks and bands (Terracide, Atraveho) at 7, Arise Books, 2441 Lyndale Ave S, Mpls. $5 to 10 donation (no one turned away). http://rnc8.org --------16 of 18-------- The Opium of the Masses by Max Kantar October 25th, 2008 Dissident Voice This November, Americans face a choice. But the choice not between John McCain or Barak Obama; it is between submitting to the will of the corporate-military establishment or taking a moral stand in boycotting their rigged institutions of fake democracy. Democracy, in any meaningful sense, is a system that allows people to have a say in decisions to the degree that they are affected. Do we have that? With popular support for the Bush administration continually hovering at around 20% and support for the mostly Democratic congress struggling to maintain double digits, you can decide whether we have a democratic system or not for yourself. They tell us to vote if we care about the economy. Vote for whom? Obama could not reiterate enough times in the "debate" how much he "agreed" with McCain on the issue of the near trillion dollar Wall Street bailout, despite overwhelming public opposition to it. The message to the public was clear: "We don't care what you think. Our job is to protect the wealth of those who own the country, not those who built it". They tell us to vote if we care about war, foreign policy, and the horrendous image of the US around the world. Vote for Obama or McCain, both who vow to enact a "surge" of US occupying forces into Afghanistan, in spite of the sharp rise in US-NATO bombings of civilians, most notably the massacre of 90 innocent people in late August, two thirds of which were under the age of 15. We can vote on Iraq, but our choice is not between war and peace. The choice is between two war strategies. One continues the Bush-Cheney-Rice plan, and the other entails significant US troops, privately contracted mercenaries, and the maintenance of extravagant foreign (US) military bases, not to mention potential US operations in the future in Iraq. Both plans continue the aggressive war against the wishes of the Iraqi public, the American public, and the international community. Not to be outdone by the Maverick's burning passion for imperial violence, liberal Obama has declared that he strongly supports military strikes in Pakistan, further threatening the already trembling stability of the region by violating sovereign territory with killings and assaults. Should we vote if we care about peace in Israel-Palestine, a conflict with global implications? Unlike the slight deviations of policy mentioned above between those who wish to rule over us, we have a truly bipartisan commitment to continue blocking a peaceful settlement through providing the overwhelming military, economic, and diplomatic support for the US-Israeli illegal military occupation of Palestinian land, illegal colonial settlement expansion, and the starvation and imprisonment of the 1.5 million human beings trying to stay alive in the Gaza Strip. Either way we vote, we give money to kill Palestinians, support Israeli terror, and avoid peace based on international law and human rights. That has been US policy for decades. Turning to the health care crisis, both candidates refuse to recognize what has been the population's wish for decades: the abolition of for-profit healthcare. Thousands of insured Americans are going to die in the next four years because both candidates refuse to support preexisting legislation that guarantees all necessary medical treatment to everyone.1 America has the most prisoners of any country in the world. Our corporate built prisons are a reflection and symbol of a violently unequal and racist society where black men are incarcerated at a rate of nearly 400% more than whites. Black men in America are locked up at a rate nearly six times that of Black men under the notorious South African Apartheid regime in the early 90s.2 Our prisons are filled with the poor and disenfranchised: social conditions that transcend race in American dungeons. This socioeconomic/human rights issue is off the debating table. Neither exclusively Democratic nor Republican, this is an American policy. Let us not forget either, that a vote for either presidential hopeful is a clear declaration of support for the continued Bush-Cheney anti-constitution program of illegal spying and wiretapping of American citizens. Are we really willing to accept this as a permanent American policy? Elections in the US are nothing more than ratifications of illegitimate power and approval of concentrated wealthw. So long as we continue to rationalize our vote by selecting the "lesser of two evils" vying for Chief Terrorist Commander and Upholder of Elite Interests, we will be giving our tacit approval to and consent of the continued human rights violations committed by the bipartisan power structure. This business of selecting indentured servants of existing power is more symbolic as a means of conquest of the popular will rather than that of democracy. Perhaps we were never taught that the wonderful advancements our country has made over the years came as a result of popular struggle, not electoral politics.3 When we place our political energy into elections, power and privilege always win while our movements die. In our country, voting is the opium of the masses. When we cast our ballots for the McCains and Obamas of this country, blood continues to be shed on the battlefields of justice, not only around the world as the US continues its imperial crusade to protect the world from the threat of democracy, but at home as well in America's prisons, hospitals, factories, courts, ghettos, working neighborhoods - in essence, on America's "main street". We cannot be, in good moral conscience, participants in this deceitful and superficial process legitimizing crimes of the powerful and an economic system erected for the wealthy. "After all, is there not a sort of blood shed when the conscience is wounded?"4 Yes, let us make a choice in November, a choice to stop "tinkering with the machinery" of the Washington-Wall Street establishment of exploitation and violence and commit ourselves to taking matters into our own hands to bring about self-determination and justice for our countrymen/women and our fellow human beings around the world.5 1. House Resolution (H.R.) 676 is the bill introduced in February of 2005 by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) which guarantees single payer, not for profit, healthcare to every American. In addition to its obvious humane benefits, it will save the US several billion dollars annually, according to The Citizens Alliance for National Health Insurance. [.] 2. According to the organization, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, (LEAP), under South African Apartheid in 1993, Black men were incarcerated at a rate of 841 per 100,000. In the US in 2004, Black men were incarcerated at a rate of 4,400 per 100,000. [.] 3. For a further discussion on social change, elections, and popular struggle in American history, please see Howard Zinn's book, A People's History of the United States. Using impeccable sources and research, Zinn illustrates to the reader how when mass movements in the US attempted to press their demands through the electoral process, the movements fizzled out with little or no results. [.] 4. Quoted words are pulled from Henry David Thoreau's 1849 essay, "Resistance to Civil Government" or also known as "Civil Disobedience". [.] 5. The quoted words, "tinkering with the machinery," are the words of the late US Supreme Court Justice, Harry Blackmun, who famously noted that he would "no longer tinker with the machinery of death". Blackmun was referring to the institution of the death penalty as a form of criminal punishment. [.] Max Kantar is an undergraduate at Ferris State University. He can be reached for comment at: maxkantar [at] gmail.com. Read other articles by Max. This article was posted on Saturday, October 25th, 2008 at 7:01am and is filed under Democracy, Elections. ShareThis --------17 of 18-------- Chomsky, Zinn, and Obama by Mickey Z. October 24th, 2008 Dissident Voice You don't stick a knife in a man's back nine inches, and then pull it out six inches, and say you're making progress. - Malcolm X Another Election Day approaches and I'm reminded of something the late Pakistani dissident, Eqbal Ahmad said about Noam Chomsky in the book, Confronting Empire (2000): "He (Chomsky) has never wavered. He has never fallen into the trap of saying, 'Clinton will do better". Or 'Nixon was bad but Carter at least had a human rights presidency'. There is a consistency of substance, of posture, of outlook in his work". But along came 2004 - when Chomsky said stuff like this: "Anyone who says 'I don't care if Bush gets elected' is basically telling poor and working people in the country, 'I don't care if your lives are destroyed"". And like this: "Despite the limited differences [between Bush and Kerry] both domestically and internationally, there are differences. In a system of immense power, small differences can translate into large outcomes". Standing alongside Chomsky was Howard Zinn, saying stuff like this: "Kerry, if he will stop being cautious, can create an excitement that will carry him into the White House and, more important, change the course of the nation". Fast forward to 2008 and Chomsky sez: "I would suggest voting against McCain, which means voting for Obama without illusions". And once again, Howard Zinn is in agreement: "Even though Obama does not represent any fundamental change, he creates an opening for a possibility of change". (Two word rejoinder: Bill Clinton) This strategy of choosing an alleged "lesser evil" because he/she might be influenced by some mythical "popular movement" would be naive if put forth by a high school student. Professors Chomsky and Zinn know better. If it's incremental change they want, why not encourage their many readers to vote for Ralph Nader or Cynthia McKinney? The classic (read: absurd) reply to that question is: "Because Nader or McKinney can't win". Of course they can't win if everyone who claims to agree with them inexplicably votes for Obama instead. Paging Alice: You're wanted down the goddamned rabbit hole. Another possible answer as to why folks like Chomsky and Zinn don't aggressively and tirelessly stump for Nader or McKinney is this: 2004 proved that the high profile Left is essentially impotent and borderline irrelevant. Chomsky and Zinn were joined in the vocal, visible, and vile Anybody-But-Bush ranks by "stars" like Michael Moore, Susan Sarandon, Medea Benjamin, Sean Penn, Barbra Streisand, Manning Marable, Naomi Klien, Phil Donahue, Barbara Ehrenreich, Martin Sheen, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, Cornel West, etc. etc. and John Kerry still lost. News flash: The "poor and working people in the country" that Chomsky mentions above are paying ZERO attention to him or anyone like him - and that's a much bigger issue than which millionaire war criminal gets to play figurehead for the empire over the next four years. Zinn talks about Obama and the "possibility of change". It seems odd to be asking this of an octogenarian but: Exactly how much time do you think we have? Every twenty-four hours, thirteen million tons toxic chemicals are released across the globe; 200,000 acres of rainforest are destroyed; more than one hundred plant or animal species go extinct; and 45,000 humans (mostly children) starve to death. Each day, 29,158 children under the age of five die from mostly preventable causes. As Gandhi once asked: "What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?" I promise you this: The human beings (and all living things) that come after us won't care whether we voted for Obama or McCain in 2008 - if they have no clean air to breathe, no clean water to use, and are stuck on a toxic, uninhabitable planet. They'd probably just want to ask us this: Why did you stand by and let everything be consumed or poisoned or destroyed? Conclusion: A vote for either John McCain or Barack Obama is - at best - an act of criminal negligence. Mickey Z. is the author of the recently released Bizarro novel, CPR for Dummies, and can be found on the Web at MickeyZ.net. Read other articles by Mickey. This article was posted on Friday, October 24th, 2008 at 7:02am and is filed under "Third" Party, Democracy, Democrats, Elections. --------18 of 18-------- "Now We Have Made History" Bolivia Rejects Neoliberalism By BENJAMIN DANGL CounterPunch October 24 / 26, 2008 After months of street battles and political meetings, a new draft of the Bolivian constitution was ratified by Congress on October 21. A national referendum on whether or not to make the document official is scheduled for January 25, 2009. "Now we have made history," President Evo Morales told supporters in La Paz. "This process of change cannot be turned back...neoliberalism will never return to Bolivia." If the constitution is approved in the January referendum, a new general election will take place in December of 2009. Leading up to Congress's approval, Morales participated in sections of a march from Caracollo in Oruro to La Paz, a distance of over 100 miles and involving an estimated 100,000 union members, activists, students, farmers and miners. The march took place to pressure opposition members in Congress into backing the constitution and referendum. When marchers arrived in La Paz they packed the center of the city to historic levels. Some media outlets said the march, which stretched 15 kilometers, was the longest one ever in the capital. "Those who have been kicked out to the chicken coop, those who have been hidden in the basement, are jailed no more," Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera said of the approval of the constitution, according to the Associated Press. The road to this new constitution has been a long, complicated and often violent one. One key event in this process was the July 2, 2006 election of assembly members to the constituent assembly to rewrite the constitution. Later, in December of 2007, the new constitution was passed in an assembly meeting in Oruro which was boycotted by opposition members. Given Morales' support across the country, this new constitution is expected to pass in the January 2009 referendum. "The public support expressed for [Morales] Monday, coming on top of the 67 percent vote of confidence he was given in the Aug. 10 recall referendum, make it clear that he is the most popular president in the last 26 years of democracy in Bolivia," Franz Chavez reported in IPS News. The draft constitution includes, among other things, changes to allow the redistribution of land and gas wealth to benefit the majority of the country, and give increased rights to indigenous people. Questions still exist regarding what was fully changed in this version of the constitution which led to opposition politicians supporting it. For example, it's still unclear to what extent eastern provinces will be granted autonomy. However, in what was perhaps Morales' biggest concession to the opposition, a change was made to the constitution which prevents him from running for two additional terms, as an earlier draft of the constitution allowed. Under the new changes . if the constitution is approved in the referendum . Morales will run for his last consecutive term in general elections in December of 2009. This move indicates that the opposition got at least some of what they wanted in negotiations, and that the Movement Toward Socialism, Morales' political party, may have plans to diversify its central leadership. Morales commented on these changes in a speech in La Paz, "Here we have new leaders who are rising up, new men and women leaders who are coming up like mushrooms to continue this process of change." Benjamin Dangl is the author of "The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia," (AK Press). He is an editor at UpsideDownWorld.org, a website on activism and politics in Latin America, and TowardFreedom.com, a progressive perspective on world events. Email bendangl(at)gmail.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 vote third party for president for congress now and forever
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