Progressive Calendar 04.04.09
From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2009 04:03:25 -0700 (PDT)
            P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R    04.04.09

1. Peace walk       4.04 9am Cambridge MN
2. Design/future    4.04 10am
3. Fair food        4.04 10am
4. Palestine        4.04 11am
5. Northtown vigil  4.04 2pm
6. Have you had it? 4.04 2pm
7. Factory sit-ins  4.04 3pm
8. Econ crisis/CTV  4.04 9pm

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From: Ken Reine <reine008 [at] umn.edu>
Subject: Peace walk 4.04 9am Cambridge MN

every Saturday 9AM to 9:35AM
Peace walk in Cambridge - start at Hwy 95 and Fern Street


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From: Leslie Reindl <alteravista [at] usfamily.net>
Subject: Design/future 4.04 10am

Designing for a Changing Future:
Collaborating with Materials and Natural Forces
Practical Examples

Saturday, April 4, 2009,10 am to noon
Merriam Park Library, 1831 Marshall Ave., St. Paul

An illustrated talk about changing the way we view our future and what
will be required as resources become scarcer and more expensive and life
becomes more localized.  It focuses on how (and why) we have designed our
society up to the present, and how we might change that design to meet our
new circumstances using today's technology and yesterday's experience
and/or skills.  It will be followed by practical workshops on different
projects.

-Outdoor Furnace--Saturday, April 25, Van Cleve Community Center, 901
15th Ave. SE, Minneapolis
-Modular Building System/Tensile Structures--Saturday, May 16, 10 am
to noon, Merriam Park Library
-Gasification Technology--no date yet

Presenter: Wilhelm Reindl
Mr. Reindl was educated in physics at the University of Munich.  In his
working life in Minnesota he was a researcher at the University of
Minnesota and with the federal Bureau of Mines; a former energy consultant
to government, industry, and community organizations; and an independent
energy entrepreneur and inventor.

Sponsored by Wilderness Connections, St. Paul.  FFI 651-633-4410;
alteravista [at] usfamily.net


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From: Brian Payne <brianpayneyvp [at] gmail.com>
Subject: Fair food 4.04 10am

Fair Food Across Borders Spring Tour in Twin Cities!!!!
Saturday, April 4

Fair Food Twin Cities is hosting a series of events with Melody Gonzalez
from Fair Food Across Borders.  Presentations focus on working conditions
for migrant farmworkers in Mexico, and will include discussion on the role
of agribusiness and internal migration in Mexico, NAFTA, the Coalition of
Immokalee Workers, and corporate and consumer responsibility in the US.

Events include, Saturday, April 4:
10:00am-12:00 Coffee Hour at the Resource Center of the Americas (3019
Minnehaha Ave S, Suite 20, Minneapolis 55406)

8:00pm-??? Informal gathering and discussion  BYOB.  3425 Columbus
Ave. S., Minneapolis (please contact Brian Payne at
brianpayneyvp [at] gmail.com if you plan on attending the evening
gathering)

Contact: Brian Payne, 612-859-5750, brianpayneyvp [at] gmail.com

FAIR FOOD ACROSS BORDERS SPRING TOUR 2009

The Chiapas Media Project/Promedios announces our new bi-national advocacy
campaign: Fair Food Across Borders. Fair Food Across Borders (FFAB)
reveals the human rights abuses faced by migrant farm workers in Mexico
who harvest many of the fruits and vegetables we eat here in the US.

The Fair Food Across Borders Campaign seeks university, cultural and
community-based sponsors to host presentations for Spring 2009.  The
centerpiece of the FFAB campaign is the new CMP/Promedios video, Paying
the Price: Migrant Workers in the Toxic Fields of Sinaloa. Paying the
Price examines the impoverished lives of migrant farmworkers from the town
of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero. We follow them from their community to their
lives as migrant workers in a large Sinaloa agribusiness camp, Buen Aņo,
where they pick exotic Chinese vegetables for export to the US and Canada.
We see the hardships faced by these workers in their community of origin,
largely abandoned by the local and state governments to the inhumane and
slave-like working conditions they encounter in Buen Aņo. Paying the Price
presents the polarized reality of how migrant workers are seen in Mexico:
through the eyes of agribusiness representatives these working families
are portrayed as merely an annoying, culturally backward necessity to be
dealt with in order to reap their multi-million dollar profits.

Melody Gonzalez, FFAB National Coordinator (from the Student/Farmworker
Alliance, ally organization of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers), will
present Paying the Price.  Presentations last between one-and-half to two
hours, and include video screening and discussion about the role of
agribusiness and internal migration in Mexico, NAFTA, and corporate and
consumer responsibility in the US.

Fair Food Across Borders asks for an honorarium based on the means of the
host organization to help continue the work of the FFAB Campaign.

For further information, please e-mail us at info [at] fairfoodab.org

Background

It is estimated that there are over one million migrant farmworkers in
Mexico.  The majority of these farmworkers come from the southern states
of Mexico like Oaxaca and Guerrero.  These families are forced to leave
their communities, among the poorest in Mexico, because they have no other
way to survive.  They leave their communities from four to six months a
year to work in the fields of northern Mexican states like Sinaloa, where
they encounter deplorable and over-crowded housing, exposure to toxic
pesticides, child labor, and sub-poverty wages. What makes their situation
more severe is that when they return back to their they have barely saved
enough money to survive until they have to return to work in Northern
Mexico six months later.

In northern states like Sinaloa, Sonora and Baja California there are
thousands of transnational agribusiness companies producing a wide variety
of products from tomatoes to watermelons.  The majority of the fruits and
vegetables from these northern states are for export to the U.S. and
Canada.  These companies make great profits from these migrant
farmworkers, and the companies who buy from them, like Wal-Mart, reap even
greater profits from this "cheap" labor across the border.  The lack of
regulation and enforcement of human rights in trade agreements like the
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) facilitate and perpetuate this
exploitation.


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From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com>
Subject: Palestine 4.04 11am

MN Forum: American Indians and Palestinians - Parallel Injustice CAIR
national director, American Indian Movement leader to join panel at
Augsburg College

On Saturday, April 4, 2009, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will co-host a forum, entitled
"American Indians and Palestinians - Parallel Injustice," at Augsburg
College in Minneapolis.

The event marks the first time in Minnesota that Native Americans and
Palestinian-Americans unite to address shared experiences of
dispossession, societal disruption and other past and current injustices.
Speakers include CAIR National Director Nihad Awad, American Indian
Movement leader Clyde Bellecourt, Nick Boswell of Red Indian Dawa, and
Marvin Manypenny of The People's Land.

American Indians and Palestinians - Parallel Injustice
Saturday, April 4, 2009, 11 a.m.
Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Avenue S.,
Minneapolis, Minn.
CONTACT: CAIR-MN Communications Director Jessica Zikri, 612-226-3289,
E-Mail: jzikri [at] cair.com

"The historic injustices suffered by Native Americans and Palestinians
create a bond of understanding and a shared experience that provide a
unique perspective on the history of nation and of the Middle East," said
CAIR's Awad. "We hope this shared experience can lead to insights that
will help heal past wounds and provide a path to reconciliation based on
justice."

The April 4 forum is co-sponsored by: Al-Aqsa Institute, the American
Indian Movement, the Anti-War Committee, Augsburg American Indian Studies
Program, Augsburg Coalition for Student Activism, Coalition for
Palestinian Rights, CAIR-MN, Minnesota Gaza Coalition, Minnesota Peace
Now, Palestinian Institute, Red Indian Dawa, Students for a Democratic
Society at the University of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota
American Indian Student Cultural Center, and Women Against Military
Madness.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties and advocacy group has 35
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance
the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties,
empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice.


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From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com
Subject: Northtown vigil 4.04 2pm

Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday
2-3pm


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From: doriandter [at] aol.com
Subject: Have you had it? 4.04 2pm

ARE YOU TIRED
-- of both wings of the war machine never being held accountable?

-- of some acting as the parties' meetings are more like a coffe klatch or
a gardening club?...rather than of an opposition to the pro-war, corporate
corrupted two party system?

-- do you want a voice to seriously address the war machine, corporate
corruption, ecological and economic crisis we all face?

You are not alone!!

Come join us for a diecussion and planning session

Saturday April 4th  ---  2:00 to 4:00 PM
At Walker Community Church
3104 16th Ave. -- Near East Lake St. and Bloomington, Minneapolis

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
Ken Pentel - Founder of Ecology Democracy Network Former Candidate for
  Minnesota Governor
Ty Moore
Karen Redleaf

For More Details Call 612/414-9528


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From: Socialist Appeal <new [at] socialistappeal.org>
Subject: Factory occupations 4.04 3pm

Factory Occupations
From Venezuela to Chicago

A new film on the Venezuelan Revolution

[freteco01.jpg] WHAT: With millions of jobs being lost and perfectly good
factories being closed, workers around the world are taking things into
their own hands. In Venezuela, workers at several factories have occupied
the plants and are running them under workers' democratic control -
without bosses. Inspired by this, workers at Chicago's Republic Windows
and Doors factory occupied their plant for six days and won an important
victory.

Join us for a new film on Freteco, Venezuela's Revolutionary Front of
Workers in Factories Occupied / Under Workers' Control, presented with
English subtitles. After the 40 minute film, John Peterson, National
Secretary of the U.S. Hands Off Venezuela Campaign, will introduce a
discussion on what U.S. workers can learn from these experiences.

April 4th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Sumner Library, Nellie Stone Johnson Room (611 Van White Memorial
Blvd. in North Minneapolis)

This event is free and open to the public. Snacks and refreshments will
be provided.

Please contact msp [at] ushov.org or call 612-426-3897 for more information.
Sponsored by the Workers International League and Hands Off Venezuela.


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From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net>
Subject: Econ crisis/CTV 4.04 9pm

Masterful 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, 4/4, 9pm and Tues, 4/7, 8am
The Economic Crisis: A Recent History of Deregulation
Talk given by People's Economist Karen Redleaf on some of the causes of
the current economic crisis.


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