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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2009 05:56:59 -0800 (PST)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 01.25.09 1. Stillwater vigil 1.25 1pm 2. Iraq/Arnove 1.25 2pm 3. RNC8 defense 1.25 3pm 4. Marty/Kip/health 1.25 3pm 5. John Kolstad gig 1.25 7pm 6. CUAPB courtwatch 1.26 9am 7. MN health bill 1.26 12:30pm 8. Peace walk 1.26 6pm RiverFalls WI 9. Vs vs immigrant 1.26 7pm 10. Amnesty Intl 1.26 7pm 11. 3CTC/no burners! 1.26 7pm 12. Iraq/Arnove 1.26 7pm 13. Richard Broderick - Blood and soil: The price of Zionism 14. PNHP - For Marty health bill; vs $$ for HMOs 15. ed - Burners and dumps (poem) --------1 of 15-------- From: scot b <earthmannow [at] comcast.net> Subject: Stillwater vigil 1.25 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 --------2 of 15-------- From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Iraq/Arnove 1.25 2pm SUNDAY, JAN. 25, 2PM MAY DAY BOOKS, 301 Cedar Ave. S.(basement of HUB Bikes),West Bank, Minneapolis 612-333-4719 or MONDAY, JAN.26,7pm ST. JOAN OF ARC CHURCH, 4537 Third Ave, S., MInneapolis Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal By Anthony Arnove Published by Metropolitan Books paperback | 208 pages 1/9/2007 | US$13.00 ISBN: 0805082727 --------3 of 15-------- From: Ted Dooley Law <teddooleylaw [at] winternet.com> Subject: RNC8 defense 1.25 3pm Defend The RNC8! Town Hall Meeting Sunday January 25th, 3-6pm Walker Church: 3104 16th Ave S. Minneapolis In what appears to be the first use of criminal charges under the 2002 Minnesota Patriot Act, Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner has charged 8 anti-RNC organizers with four Felony Conspiracy charges, including Conspiracy to Riot in Furtherance of Terrorism. The potential consequences of these charges are enormous. Not only could we lose 8 of our friends and allies to prison, it also creates a dangerous precedent for the suppression of dissent. The Friends of the RNC8 invite you to join us at a Town Hall meeting to get updates on the case and discuss what we can do to defend our friends and community members. Topics covered will include: updates on the case; repealing the MN Patriot Act; using political pressure to get the charges dismissed; creating a broad-based RNC 8 Defense Committee; and other strategies for resisting the attack on our loved ones and the larger movement. Support Committees, like Friends of the RNC 8, are the first line of direct support for activists facing or serving prison time. But these committees don't typically have the ability, by themselves, to wage major campaigns for high-profile causes. This is where you can plug in. We've already been in touch with many Twin Cities activists excited to form the backbone of a new group mobilizing around the special circumstances of the RNC 8 case, and we hope you will join them. Featured Speakers include: *Coleen Rowley--Retired FBI agent, TIME Magazine's 2002 Person of the Year *Phyllis Kahn--MN State Representative (DFL-59B) *Peter Rachleff--Professor of History, Macalester College *Michelle Gross--President, Communities United Against Police Brutality *Meredith Aby--Anti-War Committee *Mordecai Specktor--Publisher of American Jewish World, Father of Max Specktor Speakers will be followed by small-group sessions and participatory discussion, with a focus on action! The event is free and open to the public. Snacks and child care will be available. FFI: info [at] rnc8.org for media: press [at] rnc8.org, 612-886-4565 Defend the RNC8! http://rnc8.org http://www.myspace.com/rnc8support Get updates with Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/friendofthernc8 Sign a petition to Defend the RNC8 at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/defendthernc8 --------4 of 15-------- From: cynthiajahnke [at] att.net Subject: Marty/Kip/health 1.25 3pm MN Universal Health Care: Making it a Reality Part I In early 2008, Minnesotans overflowed into the corridors and other areas inside the Capitol pushing their legislators to enact universal health care. In that hearing the Senate Health Housing and Family Security Committee passed the Minnesota Health Plan by a large margin. Now is the perfect time for Minnesota once again take the lead in health care & make sure OUR government makes the MN Health Care Plan a reality. On Monday, Jan. 26, the committee on Health, Housing and Family Security, chaired by Sen. John Marty, will hold a meeting to consider the next step for the Minnesota Health Act S.F. 118. The meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m Room 15 at the State Capitol. We can help push this legislation to the next level by attending the meeting. Join in THE CONVERSATION. TUNE YOUR RADIO TO: Of the People this Sunday, January 25th at 3 p.m. on AM950 KTNF (formerly Air America Minnesota) with Host James Mayer. Or stream us: http://www.am950ktnf.com/listen Call-in line: 952-946-6205 Join us during the first program of our series of broadcasts about REAL Universal Health Care with Senator John Marty co-author of the Plan explaining how important it is to make our large presence known and seen at that committee hearing on Monday, Jan. 26. He and Host James Mayer will then turn to health care expert author and researcher, Kip Sullivan to demonstrate for us what he demonstrates in his key book, "The Health Care Mess: How We Got into It And How We'll Get out of It." Threats to the health, strength and endurance of healthy democracy, society and environment don't go away for the weekend. 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. We hope you will tune your radio to 950 AM and join us not only in your car, but at home as well, or stream us:http://www.am950ktnf.com/listen (You will be asked to put in a MN zip code). Again, when we're on-air we invite you to call us at 952-946-6205 or e-mail us at info [at] jamesmayer.org Off-air, you can reach us by calling James Mayer at 651-238-3740, by e-mail at info [at] jamesmayer.org, or by U.S. mail, address: James Mayer, 970 Raymond Ave, St. Paul, MN 55114. If you can find a moment, forward this message to "add voice and strength to our contribution to government of, by and for the PEOPLE ". This is a call to action to send this to your contacts and friends, asking them to do the same and join us on: Of the People this Sunday, January 25th at 3 P.M. on AM 950, KTNF. Volunteer Opportunities -------5 of 15-------- From: Sue Horns Kolstad <2sorns [at] gmail.com> Subject: John Kolstad gig 1.25 7pm Papa John Kolstad with Western Swing Band The Muleskinners January 25, 7:00 at Merlins Rest 3601 East Lake St, Minneapolis --------6 of 15-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] visi.com> Subject: CUAPB courtwatch 1.26 9am COURTWATCH: DARRYL ROBINSON'S TRIAL Monday, January 26 9:00 a.m. Hennepin County Government Center, 300 S 6th St, Minneapolis Stand with CUAPB vice president Darryl Robinson as he fights false charges placed on him after Minneapolis police beat him during copwatch. Cops punched him and choked him to unconsciousness repeatedly - while he was handcuffed. Now he faces ridiculous charges including "obstructing the sidewalk," "failure to obey a cop" and "obstructing legal charges." Darryl has vowed to fight these charges to the end and we need to be there with him. COPWATCH IS NOT A CRIME AND COPWATCHERS ARE NOT CRIMINALS! -------7 of 15------- From: Diane J. Peterson <birch7 [at] comcast.net> Subject: MN health bill 1.26 12:30pm Monday, January 26, 2009 12:30 PM MHP Hearing, Senate Health, Housing and Family Security Committee - St. Paul Attend the 1st Legislative Hearing for the Minnesota Health Plan! Senate Health, Housing and Family Security Committee meeting, hearing of the Minnesota Health Plan Monday January 26, 2009, 12:30 p.m. Minnesota State Capitol, Room G 15 Members of the Health, Housing and Family Security Committee: John Marty (DFL) District 54, Chair Patricia Torres Ray (DFL) District 62, Vice Chair Paul E. Koering (R) District 12, Ranking Minority Member Linda Berglin (DFL) District 61 John P. Doll (DFL) District 40 Sharon L. Erickson Ropes (DFL) District 31 Michelle L. Fischbach (R) District 14 David W. Hann (R) District 42 Linda Higgins (DFL) District 58 Debbie J. Johnson (R) District 49 Tony Lourey (DFL) District 08 Ann Lynch (DFL) District 30 Yvonne Prettner Solon (DFL) District 07 What can you do? 1. Please plan to attend to show your support! 2. Contact the committee members before the hearing, especially if you are a constituent. Please let them know you support the Minnesota Health Act. -------8 of 15-------- From: Nancy Holden <d.n.holden [at] comcast.net> Subject: Peace walk 1.26 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 --------9 of 15-------- From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Vs vs immigrant 1.26 7pm Lets get some pro-immigrant voices there! Suggested talking points below. -amalia Monday, January 26 - 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sen. Ron Latz & Rep. Steve Simon The Depot Coffee House 9451 Excelsior Blvd., Hopkins, MN Minnesota Anti-Immigrant Group Targets Lawmakers to Push Immoral Political Agenda Minnesotans Seeking Immigration Reform (MINN-SIR, see attachment for biography) is asking their anti-immigrant base to attend three different town hall meetings scheduled in January by Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party members, Sen. Ron Latz <http://www.ronlatz.org/ <http://www.ronlatz.org/>> , Rep. Ryan Winkle, and Rep. Steve Simon. The DFL Party currently supports a pathway tocitizenship, family reunification; legalizing future migration flows,protects due process and human rights, and protects U.S. workers andemployers. However, sometimes party members don't always support their party's positions. Instead, party members will support the constituents with the loudest voice, even if it's anti-immigrant. Let your voice be heard. Push your local lawmakers to support immigrant rights by attending one of the town hall meetings. Five things to say to your Elected Officials: . While some individuals may be arguing an extremists anti- immigrant position, the majority of Americans are welcoming to all walks of life and do not support an anti-immigrant. . Immigrants are our neighbors, our co-workers, our friends. Reactionary policies that force them into the shadows haven't worked, and are not consistent with our values. Those policies hurt all of us by encouraging exploitation by unscrupulous employers and landlords. We support policies that help immigrants contribute and participate fully in our society. . Some propose that we disregard the importance of family unity in our immigration system. But Americans agree that honoring family is a core value, and one of the values that we most respect in others. Welcoming newcomers but separating and splitting their families is contrary to who we are as a nation. . Anti-immigrant extremists are preventing a legal immigration system that works and distracting us from addressing our real challenges on education, health care and employment. . We've tried the policies of isolation and division, and they don't work for anybody. We need workable, inclusive policies that serve our entire state, even as we push the federal government to fix our broken immigration system. --------10 of 15-------- From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at] bitstream.net> Subject: Amnesty Intl 1.26 7pm Augustana Homes Seniors Group meets on Monday, January 26th, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the party room of the 1020 Building, 1020 E 17th Street, Minneapolis. For more information contact Ardes Johnson at 612/378-1166 or johns779 [at] tc.umn.edu. --------11 of 15--------- From: Christine Frank <christinefrank [at] visi.com> Subject: 3CTC/no burners! 1.26 7pm WE ALL BREATHE THE SAME AIR: WHY TWIN CITIANS OPPOSE INCINERATORS The next 3CTC Environmental Forum is on local opposition to burners in the Metro Area. There will be two featured speakers-Joellen Cross and Nancy Hone. Cross was active against the Phillips Wood Burner and is author of the pamphlet "Say NO to Air Pollution". Hone is the coordinator of Neighbors Against the Burner (NAB), the group that opposed the Rock-Tenn incinerator located in St. Paul at I-94 & the Cretin/Vandalia Exits. They will discuss their two struggles, how opposition was organized and the outcomes. The program will take place Monday, January 26th at 7:00 PM at Mayday Books, 301 Cedar Avenue South on the West Bank, Minneapolis. The forum is sponsored by the Climate Crisis Coalition of the Twin Cities. It is free and open to the public. It is preceded by the Clean-Energy Vigil to Cool Down the Planet at 5:00 PM out on the Plaza outside of the bookstore and the 3CTC Business Meeting at 6:00 PM. All are welcome. For more information, EMAIL: christinefrank [at] visi.com or PHONE: 612-879-8937. SAVE MOTHER EARTH! SEE YOU THERE! --------12 of 15-------- From: braun044 <braun044 [at] tc.umn.edu> Subject: Iraq/Arnove 1.26 7pm Public Forum Iraq and Afghanistan: The Case for Immediate U.S. Withdrawal Speaker: Anthony Arnove January 26, 2009, 7:00 pm St. Joan of Arc Church 4537 Third Avenue South Minneapolis, MN Anthony Arnove is the author of Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal and The Essential Chomsky, and is editor of Iraq Under Siege: The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War. He has appeared on many radio and television news and talk programs and has been published in the Nation, the Financial Times, Z magazine and many other publications. Anthony Arnove will make the case for why the US needs to withdraw from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is also an opportunity for people in the peace community to come together to reaffirm our commitment to stop the wars and end the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and bring all the troops home now. --------13 of 15-------- Blood and soil: The price of Zionism by Richard Broderick Twin Cities daily Planet Jan. 21, 2009 Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN Richard Broderick is a co-founder of the MInnesota chapter of POETS AGAINST WAR and a regular contributor of commentary to the Twin Cities Daily Planet Well, another Israeli "war" on the Palestinians, another shelling of UN facilities where refugees fled to escape massacre, another round of brazen excuses, another Palestinian government building reduced to rubble, another round of craven U.S. politicians falling all over each other in their rush to defend Israel's boundless "right to exist" - a right that entails the destruction of another nation's existence - another magnaminous Israeli truce that it will break whenever it feels like then blame on its opponents. By now it should be clear that this litany of war crimes and rationalizations for those crimes are not a reaction to anything happening in the moment. They are, unfortunately, the inevitable products of Zionism, Israel's dominant ideology. Just as the Bush Administration's embrace of preemptive war, torture, and disregard for the Constitution was not a reaction to 9/11 but expressions of the Administration's philosophy, so state-sponsored terror, lawlessness, massacre, death squads, and ethnic cleansing are expressions of Zionism. This should come as no surprise. Zionism was born of the late 19th century ferment of politics, race, pseudo-science, imperialism, and rejection of 18th rationalism, a "Blood and Soil" fever that ultimately gave rise to all of the fascist or semi-fascist movements of the 20th Century. In Poland between the wars, Zionism took a toxic turn to the right when its original goals were clarified and hardened by what came to be known as Revised Zionism promoted by Ze'ev Jabotinsky and his followers. Revised Zionism called for the creation of a Greater Israel that would stretch from Iraq in the east and into Southern Lebanon in the north. Unabashed admirers of Mussolini, the Jabotinsky sect took to wearing black shirts and employing the fascist salute. Many members of Zionist terror organizations like Irgun and the Stern Gang - the folks who, incidentally, invented the car bomb - came from the ranks of Jabotinsky's followers, including Menachem Begin and Yitzak Shamir, the first two Likud Prime Ministers. The Likud Party, still one of the dominant political forces in Israel today, is itself the direct heir of Revised Zionism. Fearing that the creation of a Jewish state would end up subsuming Jewish identity, many Jews vigorously opposed the establishment of Israel, ranging from prominent secular Jews like Albert Einstein to the Orthodox wing of Judaism. Over the past 60 years, Israel and its apologists have carried on a cynical campaign to erase those misgivings, playing on the horror of the Holocaust to silence critics within and without the Jewish community, turning all concerns about Israel's crimes into evidence of Jewish self-hatred or anti-Semitism, even though it could be argued that Zionism betrays both the moral strivings of the Jewish people and the long history of suffering of European Jewry. Fortunately, this bullying propaganda campaign has never succeeded in silencing Jewish opposition to Israeli crimes. It is heartening to see that some of Zionism's fiercest critics are still Jews: Noam Chomsky and Norman Finkelstein; Jewish Voices for Peace, the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolition, the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, and Peace Now. As for the rest of us non-Jewish Americans - why should we care about any of this? Good question. Israeli apologists repeatedly make the case that Israel is signaled out for criticism, implying that this is so because of covert anti-Semitism. The subtext of this argument is that, even if Israel is subjecting the Palestinians to politicide, that oppression pales in comparison to the horrors being committed elsewhere in the world - that Gaza might be hell, but it certainly doesn't compare to the lower rings of hell in places like the Congo or Burma or Sudan. And it's true - Israel's crimes against humanity are not on a scale found in some other parts of the world. But here's the difference. While you and I and other American taxpayers are not underwriting the junta running Burma, we are very much paying - through the nose - for the oppression, degradation, and massacre of the Palestinians. We're also arming the forces that carry out those abuses and offering critical political cover for the government that orders those forces into action. How much are we paying? Well, the $3 billion in direct U.S. aid to Israel we keep hearing about is only a drop in the bucket to the real sum being transferred from our pockets. A State Department report in the early 80s estimated that the total value of all U.S. support for Israel was closer to $20 billion a year if you count trade concessions, tax deductions claimed by individuals and organizations contributing to Israel, loan forgiveness and so on in addition to direct aid. No one knows what that figure might be today, but it is safe to say that it is far greater than $20 billion. Whatever the precise figure, one thing is certain: What has happened and will go on happening in Gaza, Jerusalem and the West Bank, what happened in southern Lebanon in 2006, in Jenin in 2001, and in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in 1982 could not take place without our help. In this moment when America has taken a huge step in redeeming its shameful history of racial oppression, it is painful, indeed infuriating, to consider the extent to which our nation's resources are being diverted to serve the cause of an indelibly racist ideology in another part of the world. But that is precisely what is going on. It is time for all of us, Jews and Gentiles alike, to stand up and repudiate not just the crimes of the Bush Administration, but also the crimes of the Zionist movement. Time for us all to stand up and say, "No. No more. Not in our name." /Originally published 1/21/09/ Ground Zero <http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/blog/100> - Rich Broderick teaches journalism, serves on the board of the Twin Cities Media Alliance, and sometimes still finds time to write for the TC Daily Planet. --------14 of 15-------- Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2009 13:42:45 -0600 From: Kip Sullivan <kiprs [at] usinternet.com> Subject: Letter opposing MHSA Here's a letter that was delivered to members of the Legislature yesterday. It is from the co-chairs of the MN chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, the national organization of docs that supports single-payer. The letter indicates PNHP opposes the Minnesota Health Security Act. You're welcome to distribute it. - Kip January 21, 2009 Dear Senator: We are the co-chairs of the Minnesota chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP). Our chapter was formed in 2007 and now has more than 200 MN physician members. At the national level, PNHP represents 15,000 doctors. As you may know, PNHP supports state and federal legislation which establishes universal healthcare with a single-payer system. In Minnesota, we strongly support the Minnesota Health Act (SF 118/HF 135). The evidence indicates that only a single-payer system can reduce health care costs without harming patients. Single-payer systems reduce costs several ways, including bypassing the insurance company middleman and thereby cutting administrative costs. Insurance companies have very high administrative costs (typically 20 percent of expenditures) compared with the administrative costs of public programs (Medicare's administrative costs have been at 2 percent of expenditures for the last two decades). Moreover, a system of hundreds of insurance companies imposes much higher administrative costs on providers than a single-payer system does. We are writing to notify you of a position PNHP-MN recently adopted. We will no longer remain neutral about legislation that sends more tax dollars to insurance companies. We will support legislation that expands public health insurance programs only if the tax dollars that finance those programs go directly from the state or federal agency to clinics, hospitals and other providers. If the legislation requires that tax dollars go first to insurance companies (which is the case for Minnesota's Medical Assistance, General Assistance Medical Care, and MinnesotaCare programs), we will oppose it. Our new policy applies to the Minnesota Health Security Act (MHSA), a bill that would insure all children by July 2010. While we support the goals of the MHSA (universal coverage for children and comprehensive benefits) we oppose the bill in its current form. We remain committed to single-payer health care as the most efficient, equitable, and cost effective system of universal coverage. Our concern with the MHSA is its preservation of the wasteful practice of delivering tax dollars to insurance companies. The MHSA authorizes the Department of Human Services (DHS) to administer the new program, and to determine whether the program will be a single-payer program (that is, one in which DHS reimburses clinics and hospitals directly) or a privatized, multiple-payer program (that is, one which sends tax dollars to HMOs). In the past we remained neutral about legislation which delivered more tax dollars to insurance companies. We are changing that position for two reasons. First, the health care crisis is worse than it has ever been, and the economy is worse than it has been in decades. These conditions mean fewer tax dollars are available, and more demands are being placed on those dollars. We believe that in such an environment scarce dollars can no longer be wasted on excessive administrative costs. Second, momentum for health care reform is historically high. Minnesota is at a policy crossroads. If we cannot find the resolve now to bypass the health insurance middleman, we probably never will. If we decide now to funnel even more tax dollars to the insurance industry, we are not only wasting 20 percent of each dollar, but we are deciding to strengthen the industry most fervently committed to opposing a single-payer system. We also encourage you to support legislation that removes the HMOs from MinnesotaCare, Medical Assistance, and General Assistance Medical Care. This will save the taxpayer at least 10 percent of the current cost of these programs, and perhaps more. Given the large deficit facing the state and the improbability of a tax increase, the "deprivatization" of these programs may be the only means available to the state to generate additional revenues for these programs. Obviously, we make this recommendation for the same reason we oppose expanding existing (privatized) public programs -- to cut costs. In the meantime, we will continue to organize, advocate, and lobby for passage of the single-payer Minnesota Health Act. We appreciate your support as well. Sincerely, Elizabeth Frost, MD and Ann Settgast, MD --------15 of 15-------- Move burners and dumps to country clubs. Watch the rich stall fall crawl sigh die. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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 vote third party for president for congress now and forever Socialism YES Capitalism NO To GO DIRECTLY to an item, eg --------8 of x-------- do a find on --8 let
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