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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2008 06:49:57 -0800 (PST)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 11.10.08 1. PTSD therapy 11.10 9am 2. StPaul schools 11.10 5:30pm 3. Peace walk 11.10 6pm RiverFalls WI 4. Safety online 11.10 7pm 5. Bennis/empire 11.11 5pm 6. Ed/oppression 11.11 6:30pm 7. Stadium scam 11.11 7pm 8. Rich Broderick - Sympathy for Sarah Palin? You betcha! 9. John Whitbeck - The Promised Land? Obama, Emanuel and Israel 10. J A Miller - Apres Bush (poem) 11. ed - Mouthpieces (poem) --------1 of 11------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: PTSD therapy 11.10 9am Monday, 11/10, 9 am to 1 pm, free seminar on Narrative Exposure Therapy to treat PTSD in war and torture survivors, U of M St Paul Campus, 274 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St Paul. lwieling [at] umn.edu --------2 of 11-------- From: Anne R. Carroll <carrfran [at] qwest.net> Subject: StPaul schools 11.10 5:30pm Feel free to participate in any of these six opportunities for community input, with many thanks to the terrific support provided by the community partners listed below. Hope to see you there! -- Anne Carroll, St. Paul Bd of Education Saint Paul Public Schools invites community members to discussions surrounding Large-Scale System Change Saint Paul Public Schools is a district poised for change and is inviting the Saint Paul community to find out why. Five community engagement meetings are scheduled in the coming weeks to discuss the need for Large-Scale System Change in the District. At the meetings, community members will learn more about why business as usual is not a sustainable option for achieving the SPPS mission: To provide a premier education for all. All SPPS sites and programs will be affected, whether it be through changes related to transportation, programming or professional development. Among the topics to be discussed at the community engagement meetings are academics, enrollment, school choice, budget and rightsizing or consolidation. The meetings also will give community members the opportunity to help district staff members identify district needs as SPPS moves into the future. Meeting dates and locations (all locations are in Saint Paul): [This schedule will be printed this ONCE. If you want it, SAVE it. -ed] November 10, 2008: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. . (Presentation in Spanish and English) Neighborhood House 179 Robie St. E. November 13, 2008: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Jimmy Lee Rec Center 270 Lexington Pkwy. N. November 17, 2008: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Como Park Senior High School 740 W. Rose Ave. December 3, 2008: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. (Presentation in Hmong and English) Phalen Lake Elementary 1089 Cypress St. December 4, 2008: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Gloria Dei Church 700 Snelling Ave. December 12, 2008: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. (Somali Parent Advisory Council) Highwood Hills Elementary 2188 Londin Lane A light dinner and refreshments will be provided. These meetings are taking place with the help of several SPPS partners, including CLUES, Hmong American Partnership, Hmong Cultural Center, Neighborhood House, Saint Paul Area Council Of Churches, Saint Paul NEAT, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation, Saint Paul YWCA and Support Our Schools. For more information: http://www.spps.org/System_Changes.html --------3 of 11------- From: Nancy Holden <d.n.holden [at] comcast.net> Subject: Peace walk 11.10 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 --------4 of 11-------- From: Timothy Erickson <tim [at] politalk.org> Subject: Safety online 11.10 7pm NEXT WORKSHOP: Staying Safe Online Monday, November 10th, 7:00 PM Rondo Community Outreach Library University & Dale Electronic Classroom 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, Nov 10. 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. --------5 of 11------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Bennis/empire 11.11 5pm Sweet St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) viewers: "Our World In Depth" cablecasts on SPNN Channel 15 on Tuesdays at 5pm, midnight and Wednesday mornings at 10am, after DemocracyNow! All households with basic cable may watch. Tues, 11/11, 5pm & midnight and Wed, 11/12, 10am Phyllis Bennis. Pt 1 of talk "Challenging Empire" given at Mac-Plymouth Church in St. Paul in April. (repeat) --------6 of 11-------- From: patty <pattypax [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Ed vs oppression 11.11 6:30pm The salon for next Tuesday, Nov. 11: Larry Olds will be the guest to speak on "Popular Education." This is not about schools, but about education in social movements against oppression and for sustainability , justice and peace. Pax Salons ( http://justcomm.org/pax-salon ) are held (unless otherwise noted in advance): Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Mad Hatter's Tea House, 943 W 7th, St Paul, MN Salons are free but donations encouraged for program and treats. Call 651-227-3228 or 651-227-2511 for information. --------7 of 11-------- From: Ron Holch <rrholch [at] attg.net> Subject: Stadium scam 11.11 7pm TACSR Special Meeting Taxpayers For an Anoka County Stadium Referendum Tuesday November 11 at 7pm Centennial High School Red Building - Room 104 4704 North Road Circle Pines, MN The red building is on the east end of the high school complex, and is set back furthest from North Road. Enter on the East side of the building. The largest parking lots are near this building. Mr. Wilf has not given up on your money and neither should you! [Greed never sleeps -ed] The only question left is: when will our representatives stop entertaining these giveaway welfare schemes to the richest men they can find at the expense of our future? A NEW STADIUM TAX GROUP HAS BEEN FORMED. RECENTLY A NEW STADIUM COALITION HAS FORMED WITH ELEMENTS OF THE TWINS STADIUM TAX RESISTANCE AND OUR TACSR GROUP. AN IMPORTANT AGENDA ITEM FOR THE UPCOMMING TACSR MEETING IS: SHOULD TACSR JOIN WITH Taxpayers United for Rational Football Funding (TURFF) TO FORM ONE ORGANIZATION IN ORDER TO STOP THE NEXT BILLIONARIE BAILOUT PLAN FOR Zygi Wilf? Please join us for another episode in the series: "WHO WILL PAY FOR ZYGI'S STADIUM BAILOUT PLAN?" This could just as well mean a metro wide sales tax, including the 30 year mortgage at a total of 1.4 billion dollars. Can someone calculate how many new bridges that could buy? WE WILL HAVE LAWN SIGNS AVAILABLE AT THE MEETING. Agenda Items Include: * Vote: Should we join the TURFF Group? * Website * What is happening in the 2009 Legislative Session? Now would be a good time to write to your representatives to tell them we do not need to waste more money on stadium giveaways to Billionaires. Please continue to tell them we want a vote as required by state law for any tax increase to pay for a stadium. Write letters to your local paper too. If you have done these things already please do it again. Any Questions, comments contact me at rrholch [at] attg.net [Pohlad & Wilf show why no one should be allowed to have that much money. They don't need it to live, and they use it to corrupt government and screw anyone poorer than they, ie, us. So let's tax the hell out of 'em. Pohlad and Wilf are the rotting face of capitalism - an evil system we should abolish and replace with socialism. Now. -ed] --------8 of 11-------- Sympathy for Sarah Palin? You betcha! by Rich Broderick 11/9/08 Daily Planet Perhaps I am alone in this, but I find myself beginning to feel a little sorry for Sarah Palin. Talk about being careful about what you wish for! Not only is all her dirty laundry getting aired in a way that would probably never have happened if she hadn't stepped into the glare of the national limelight. She's also learning from her erstwhile "friends" what happens to pawns when they make the mistake of thinking of themselves as queens. Off with her head! Currently the Rove-Cheney-Vin Weber crowd who run the GOP are busy savaging her with not-for-attribution insults and demeaning revelations about her ignorance, overbearing temperament and greed. But what they are really unmasking is the utter contempt in which the party leadership holds the very "base" that she was brought in to mobilize; a base that she and her family, in all their spotty education and unlettered speech patterns and intolerant views and dysfunctional family dynamics and naive craving for fancy clothes and high-powered snowmobiles, personally embody. The most telling insult so far has been the "Wasilla hillbillies" crack, probably made by one of the Rove proteges who began running McCain's campaign last summer, regarding the wardrobe the RNC bought for her and her little clan. "Hillbillies," or some version of it, is precisely how the amoral scum floating on the surface of the Republican Party perceives the rural, small town white evangelicals the GOP has been stringing along for the last 40-odd years with its cynical Southern Strategy, its carefully calibrated code-words about Jesus, The Rapture, the sanctity of life, and law-and-order, etc. Personally, I think It would serve the creeps at the top right if Palin did come back and run for President in 2012. The last thing on earth they want is for the base actually to run the party. That might mean - why it might mean giving up single malt Scotch and canapes and membership in exclusive country clubs in exchange for Budweiser and chips and evenings out at high school hockey games. Unthinkable! Maybe even more unthinkable than having a Black President! --------9 of 11-------- The Promised Land? Obama, Emanuel and Israel By JOHN V. WHITBECK CounterPunch November 7 / 9, 2008 In the first major appointment of his administration, President-elect Barack Obama has named as his chief of staff Congressman Rahm Emanuel, an Israeli citizen and Israeli army veteran whose father, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, was a member of Menachem Begin's Irgun forces during the Nakba and named his son after "a Lehi combatant who was killed" - i.e., a member of Yitzhak Shamir's terrorist Stern Gang, responsible for, in addition to other atrocities against Palestinians, the more famous bombing of the King David Hotel and assassination of the UN peace envoy Count Folke Bernadotte. In rapid response to this news, the editorial in the next day's Arab News (Jeddah) was entitled "Don't pin much hope on Obama - Emanuel is his chief of staff and that sends a message". This editorial referred to the Irgun as a "terror organization" (a judgment call) and concluded: "Far from challenging Israel, the new team may turn out to be as pro-Israel as the one it is replacing." That was always likely. Obama repeatedly pledged unconditional allegiance to Israel during his campaign, most memorably in an address to the AIPAC national convention which Israeli peace activist Uri Avnery characterized as "a speech that broke all records for obsequiousness and fawning", and America's electing a black president has always been more easily imagined than any American president's declaring his country's independence from Israeli domination. Still, one of the greatest advantages for the United States in electing Barack Hussein Obama was the prospect that the world's billion-plus Muslims, who now view the United States with almost universal loathing and hatred, would be dazzled by the new president's eloquence, life story, skin color and middle name, would think again with open minds and would give America a chance to redeem itself in their eyes and hearts - not incidently, drastically shortening the long lines of aspiring jihadis eager to sacrifice their lives while striking a blow against the evil empire. The profound loathing and hatred of the Muslim world toward the United States, which has always had its roots for America's unconditional support for the injustices inflicted and still being inflicted on the Palestinians, can fairly be considered the core of the primary foreign policy and "national security" problems confronting the United States in recent years. Why would Obama, a man of unquested brilliance, have chosen to send such a contemptuous message to the Muslim world with his first major appointment? Why would he wish to disabuse the Muslim world of its hopes (however modest) and slap it across the face at the ealiest opportunity? A further contemptuous message is widely rumored to be forthcoming - the naming as "Special Envoy for Middle East Peace" of Dennis Ross, the notorious Israel-Firster who, throughout the 12 years of the Bush the First and Clinton administrations, ensured that American policy toward the Palestinians did not deviate one millimeter from Israeli policy and that no progress toward peace could be made and who has since headed the AIPAC spin-off "think tank", the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Neverthess, since it is almost always constructive to seek a silver lining in the darkest clouds, a silver lining can be found and cited. For decades, the Palestinian leadership has been "waiting for Godot" - waiting for the U.S. Government to finally do the right thing (if only in its own obvious self-interest) and to force Israel to comply with international law and UN Resolutions and permit them to have a decent mini-state on a tiny portion of the land that once was theirs. This was never a realistic hope. It has not happened, and it will never happen. So it may well be salutary not to waste eight more days (let alone eight more years) playing along and playing the fool while more Palestinian lands are confiscated and more Jewish colonies and Jews-only bypass roads are built on them, clinging to the delusion that the charming Mr. Obama, admirable though he may be in so many other respects, will eventually (if only in a second term, when he no longer has to worry about reelection) see the light and do the right thing. It is long overdue for the Palestinians themselves to seize the initiative, to reset the agenda and to declare a new "only game in town". Furthermore, in February, Israel will elect a new Knesset. Bibi Netanyahu, who, most polls and coalition-building calculations suggest, is most likely to emerge as the next prime minister, has one (if only one) great virtue. He is absolutely honest in not professing any desire (however insincere) to see the creation of any Palestinian "state" (whether decent or less-than-a-Bantustan in nature) or to engage in any talks (even never-ending and fraudulent ones) ostensibly about that possibility. His return to power would definitively slam the door on the illusion of a "two-state solution" somewhere over an ever-receding horizon. This would constitute a blessing and a liberation for Palestinian minds and Palestinian aspirations. Their leadership(s) could then return, after a long, costly and painful diversion, to fundamental principles, to pursuing the goal of a democratic, nonracist and nonsectarian state in all of Israel/Palestine with equal rights for all who live there. This just goal could and should be pursued by strictly nonviolent means. If the goal is to convince a determined and powerful settler-colonial movement which wishes to seize your land, settle it and keep it (eventually cleansing it of you and your fellow natives) that it should cease, desist and leave, nonviolent forms of resistance are suicidal. If, however, the goal were to be to obtain the full rights of citizenship in a democratic, nonracist state (as was the case in the American civil rights movement and the South African anti-apartheid movement), then nonviolence would be the only viable approach. Violence would be totally inappropriate and counterproductive. The morally impeccable approach would also be the tactically effective approach. The high road would be the only road. No American president - least of all Barack Obama - could easily support racism and apartheid and oppose democracy and equal rights, particularly if democracy and equal rights were being pursued by nonviolent means. No one anywhere could easily do so. The writing would be on the wall, and the clock would be running out on the tired game of using a perpetual "peace process" as an excuse to delay decisions (while building more "facts on the ground") forever. Democracy and equal rights would not come quickly or easily. Forty years passed between when, on the night before his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King cried out that he had been to the mountain top and had seen the promised land and when Barack Obama was elected as president of the United States. (The Bible suggests a similar waiting period in the wilderness for Moses.) Forty-six years passed between the installation of a formal apartheid regime in South Africa and the election of Nelson Mandela as president of a fully democratic and nonracist "rainbow nation". While it may be be hoped that the transformation would be significantly quicker in Israel/Palestine, it is clear that many who already qualify as "senior citizens" will not live to see the promised land. However, if the promised land of a democratic state with equal rights for all is correctly and clearly perceived and persistently and peacefully pursued, there is ample reason for confidence that Israel/Palestine will one day experience the tearful exaltation of a "Mandela Moment" or an "Obama Moment", restoring hope in the moral potential both of a nation and of mankind, and that the Jews, Muslims and Christians who live there will finally reach their promised land. John V. Whitbeck, an international lawyer who has advised the Palestinian negotiating team in negotiations with Israel, is author of "The World According to Whitbeck". --------10 of 11-------- Apres Bush by J.A. Miller November 8th, 2008 Dissident Voice The most delicate organ in the [American] body is the pocketbook. - Mark Twain Fists of a million plus undead Corpses pale completely bled Ghostly fingers at our door Rapping, tapping... evermore Iraqi bodies heaped so high Palestinian dead in good supply Shot or tortured, bombed or hung Droned to death, sniped while young Afghans J-DAM'd at a wedding Somalis blasted as if shredding The Lebanese? They're cluster-bombed White Man's death comes with aplomb His high tech tools efficiently Murder extra-judicially No need for trial by your peers The Magna Carta disappear'd Black and brown, the starved and poor Consigned to death, the Western cure For non Judeo-Christians all Dare they resist, dare they not crawl But hark! Cold legions with insistent knock The payment's due, our fear they mock What do they want? What have we wrought? Dead hands outstretched, they can't be stopped They've risen from the Stygian deep Icy from uneasy sleep To meet, confer and set their price They'll now assign our cost precise "Take now their souls!" Up goes the cry "We'll suck them out and leave them dry The dearest jewel of humankind Empty husks with death entwined" But comes a young girl's voice like thunder Bloodied brow, limbs torn asunder Rising from Jenin's high rubble "Forget their souls, let's cause real trouble! "Long has the White Man left behind Care for his soul, it's been consigned To ninth or tenth place of concern Their love of money is what burns "Into their hearts, into their brains Money masks their psychic pain In comfort, excess, life of ease Their goal's to do just as they please "'Freedom of choice!' Their battle cry Toothpaste, cars or weaponry (But when they did send Death to call No choice had we, so we did fall)" Thus sayeth our Jenin miss "Let's skip the dread dementor kiss Instead we'll take what they love most T'is property of which they boast "Not kindness, love or character To gold, to things they do defer Their bloody sacred 'way of life' We'll strip it down, loose on them strife "Their mortgages and IRAs Pensions, shares, do not delay Demolish all of them forthwith De-capitalize and make it swift "As recompense for all we've born It seemeth paltry, a mere thorn Stuck in their bloated, moneyed flesh They'll writhe a bit, flail and thrash "But financial chaos is much more It heralds what can't be ignored Their empire's dying by degrees The time has come, we won't appease!" The bill's now due to those who've gone On before us, they've been blown Away by us, they had no choice In our distress they now find voice Exposed are we, fault lines laid bare Our house of cards? Beyond repair Humbled, cheated we must bow Recompense forced duty now It is but little, it is but late Greed supreme has cast our fate Drugged by siren song of wealth We all wreaked mayhem, blood and death Moreover... To those amongst us those who assumed Progressive mantles, we presumed 'Cause we protested, whispered "no" We did our part, our quid pro quo A special place in this new hell Reserved for those who did "rebel" In sheep-like demos with non-violence Producing only deep dark silence Our silence was so deafening We could not change a single thing Childish marches tightly muffled In cowardice we bowed, we shuffled In the end our principles Were worthless really, utter bull Wealth purchased our true loyalty And here we are still on our knees And finally... The blowback is a-blowing back It's creeping inward on a track To devour its own with rank abandon No mercy - none - and it's begun For those who sent forth Death abounding Made Death - like interest - compounding Have turned their gaze to a fresh view And now they're coming after you J.A. Miller is a grandmother activist from the Middle West who spent many years traveling and studying in the Middle East. She has published essays on Counterpunch, DissidentVoice and StateofNature as well as poems in the manner of the Burma Shave highway signs of her youth at PoeticInjustice.net some of which will be included in their upcoming anthology Poets for Palestine. Miller is currently writing a book on the Protestant origin of the Zionist project. She can be reached at: jsec_miller [at] hotmail.com. Read other articles by J.A.. This article was posted on Saturday, November 8th, 2008 at 7:01am and is filed under Colonialism, Imperialism, Middle East, Poetry, War Crimes. --------11 of 11-------- "There's a sucker born every minute" - PT Barnum Eyes aglow, kiss-up pols drop to their knees, lick their lips, preped for suckcess. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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