Progressive Calendar 04.13.09
From: David Shove (
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2009 04:46:37 -0700 (PDT)
           P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R    04.13.09

1. Vs detention    4.13 3pm
2. Peace walk      4.13 6pm RiverFalls WI
3. PUC rate raise  4.13 7pm

4. White feminism  4.14 12noon
5. NWN4P vigil     4.14 4:45pm
6. Gardening Don   4.14 5pm
7. Somali refugees 4.14 5pm
8. Taste democracy 4.14 5:30pm
9. RNC court watch 4.14 6pm
10. 11th Hour/film 4.14 6:30pm
11. 3 cups of tea  4.14 6:30pm

12. Intuition Hotline - Breaking: God can't find his own Easter Eggs

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From: Kim Hunter <khunter [at]>
Subject: Vs detention 4.13 3pm

In front of the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center, 425 Grove Street,
Saint Paul
Monday, April 13, 2009, 3:00 PM

Community members, lawyers speak out in nationwide efforts to hold DHS
Community members directly affected by ICE (Department of Homeland
Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency) and their lawyers

Press conference exposing human rights violations within Ramsey county
detention facilities and courts, waste of crucial economic resources and
drain on taxpayers.  Community members and their lawyers will share
harrowing accounts of detention conditions with the public as part of the
national Detention Watch Network's week of action to hold the Department
of Homeland Security accountable, and will call for specific reforms
regarding the detention process.

Why:  ICE, in conjunction with Ramsey County detention facilities, has
swiftly become a feared force in the nation and in the Twin Cities
metro-area, tearing families and communities apart through brutal,
arbitrary detentions with no formal oversight or codes for detention
conditions. ICE's notoriety for brutality nationwide has prompted
international human rights group Amnesty International to release a
detailed report on this crisis, entitled Jailed Without Justice:
Immigration Detention in the USA. Twin Cities residents will recall the
2006 death of Maria Inamagua, and the counties' subsequent moratorium on
holding ICE detainees until January 2007, when the moratorium was lifted.
Maria was held by Ramsey County jail for ICE, and died of a massive brain
infection after being denied a doctor upon request for five weeks.  While
county officials have gone on record as saying the federal funding
received by holding ICE detainees simply makes the county too much money
to halt the inhumane practice, they also fail to inform their constituents
that these federal funds are derived from their income taxes.  Despite
this, the organizers of this event maintain there is no price on human
rights and dignity.

Contact:  Kristin Herbeck, Phone: (908) 246-1887, email:
Littlejohn68 [at]

Amnesty International's report:

National Detention Watch Network:

Kimberly Hunter Attorney at Law Kim Hunter & Associates, PLLC 821 Raymond
Avenue, Suite 305 St. Paul, MN 55114 Phone:  651-641-0440 Fax:

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From: Nancy Holden <d.n.holden [at]>
Subject: Peace walk 4.13 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] Douglas H Holden 1004 Morgan Road River Falls,
Wisconsin 54022

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From: Joan Malerich <joanmdm [at]>
Subject: PUC rate raise 4.13 7pm

In case you missed the notice included in the Excel Utilities bill, there
are public hearings scheduled re the upcoming rate increase. (There was
another increase a year or two ago.)

The notice and the schedule of the hearing is given below.

First:  Please consider attending the hearing in your area.
Second:  Please consider mentioning the following options at the
hearing (you can make changes re these options as you deem appropriate
Third:  Let me know of other suggestions you may have.


1.  DO NOT INCREASE FIRST 538 KWh usage. Make rates for the first 538 kWh
usage (amount given as the average monthly Kwh usage for residential
overline service) the same or lower than now.

2.  Increase the rates for each KWh usage over the 538 usage.  Suggest
doubling the amount for each Kwh usage over 538 in residential areas.

(REASONING:  The poor should not be paying for the "middle-class" and
wealthy's overuse of utilities, esp. not heating swimming pools,
air-conditioning mansions/large homes, overuse of lighting etc.  Yes,
there are programs for the a certain amount of the poor; but, the money to
fund these programs comes out of the middle-class, which has a dwindling
ability to pay.  In addition, many poor are left unserved. A progressive
charge needs to be implemented.

3.  The rates for small business should NOT be increased.  Small
businesses are already facing extinction.

4.  Businesses that make over $150,000 profit should be increased
substantially.  For example, the military factories and the cigarette
factories and the deplorable plastic factories should be have a very heavy
increase per KWh.

5.  The municipal and public service use of electricity are already paid
for by the people.  These services need to find more ways to use energy
more efficiently and the wealthy need to be paying their fair share, which
they are not now doing.

Here is the notice:  Administrative Law Judge Kathllen D. Sheehy has
scheduled public hearing so that customers may have an opportunity to
present their views regarding Xcel Energy's recently filed electric retail
rate case (MPUC Docket no. E002/GR-08-1065 and OAH Docket No.
3-2500-20148-2).  Any Xcel Energy customer or other person may attend or
provide comments at the hearings.  You are invited to comment on the
adequacy and quality of Xcel Energy's service, the level of rates, or
other related matters.  You do not need to be represented by an attorney.

PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE (includes one in Minneapolis and two in St. Paul)
ALL MEETINGS ARE SCHEDULES FOR 7:00 PM.  You might want to check with XCEL
and/or the Public Utilities Commission 800-657-3782 or
consumer.puc [at] for date and/or location changes.


Monday, April 13:  Minneapolis--Sabathani Center, 310 East 38th Street

Tuesday, April 14:  Winona--City Hall, Council Chambers, 207 Lafayette

Thursday, April 16, St. Paul--Linwood Rec Center, Large Meeting Room, 860
St. Clair Ave.

Monday, April 20:  Bloomington--Civic Center 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd.

Tuesday, April 21:  Oakdale--Prom Center, 484 Inwood Ave.

Thursday, April 23:  Mankato, Intergov. Center, Minnesota River Room, 10
Civic Center Plaza.

Tuesday, April 28:  St. Cloud, Whitney Senor Center, Olson Room, 1527
Northway Dr.

Wednesday, April 29:  St. Paul, MPUC, Metro Sqare Building, 3rd Flr. Lg.
Hearing Room, 121 7th Place East

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From: Erin Parrish <erin [at]>
Subject: White feminism 4.14 12noon

April 14: Anne Pederson Women's Resource Center, Augsburg College Brown
bag Lunch: Is Feminism Just for White Women? Several Augsburg students
attended the National Young Women's Leadership Conference in D.C. over
Spring Break. Come to their last Brown Bag Lunch of the semester to hear
these students concerns about the way feminism was portrayed at this
conference and about where they think feminism should be headed-and to
join in the discussion. Noon - 1 PM at the Women's Resource Center (207
Sverdrup), Augsburg College.

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From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at]>
Subject: NWN4P vigil 4.14 4:45pm

NWN4P vigil every Tuesday.
Corner of Winnetka and 42nd Avenues in New Hope. 4:45 to 5:45 PM.
All welcome; bring your own or use our signs.

[If I came I would carry on my childhood war with Herbie Dinsmore, with
signs like: "Herbie iz a Idiott!" "Herbie etz pink jello"  "Lassie iz
Herbie'z MoM!", and, best last, "Ishee poopooo on Herbie! -ed]

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From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at]>
Subject: Gardening Don 4.14 5pm

MAGERS AND QUINN PRESS RELEASE : For Immediate Distribution : Gardening
guru Don Engebretson talks about gardening in Minnesota and his gardening
books - 5:00 to 8:00pm, Tuesday, April 14, as part of "Bakken Evening
Out." Engebretson's appearance is sponsored by Magers & Quinn

Don has published five books on gardening and landscaping. He is field
editor and garden scout for /Better Homes and Gardens/ and garden editor

612-822-4611 <>

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From: Human Rights Center/Lauren Merritt <humanrts [at]>
Subject: Somali refugees 4.14 5pm

April 14, 2009
Getting Here From There: The Somali Refugee Experience
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm.
Room 25 Mondale Hall (Law School)
Free and open to the public.

From the refugee camps of Dadaab, Kenya to Libya, Malta, and the European
mainland, Somali refugees have faced and continue to face harrowing
journeys as they search for a better life, journeys that include
detention, discrimination, and even torture. The Somali Documentary
Project is recording the stories of the Somali Diaspora as they happen,
not only for historical record, but also to encourage action on important
human rights issues raised by this wave of migration. Join us for an
evening of advocacy, discussion, and stories.

Lauren P. Merritt Office Administrator University of Minnesota Human
Rights Center

N120 Mondale Hall 229 19th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455 USA Tel.
612-626-0041 Fax 612-626-7592 Email:  <mailto:humanrts [at]>
humanrts [at] Web:  <>

The Human Rights Center works locally, nationally, and internationally to
provide training, education materials, and assistance to professionals,
students, and volunteers working to promote and protect human rights.

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From: FairVote Minnesota <info [at]>
Subject: Taste democracy 4.14 5:30pm

  We can't even agree on what to serve for dessert...
  But, we all agree on ONE thing...
  ...Ranked Choice Voting.   [and - shhh! - pink tutu underwear! -ed]

Come find out why! Help us celebrate the recent successes of this
important election reform, learn how we will vote using this Ranked Choice
Voting method in the Minneapolis city elections this year and support our
work to make it a success!

5:30 - 7:30 PM

Help us decide the dessert to serve at the party! Rank your choices in
order of preference - 1st, 2nd, 3rd choice. Rank as many or as few choices
as you prefer. Go to to vote and rsvp online or call

Your hosts can't agree, but you can decide using the Ranked Choice Voting
(sometimes called Instant Runoff Voting) approach to voting where there
are no wasted votes and no spoilers.

  Results will be announced at the party and you will eat those

Ranked Choice Voting is a ranked ballot method of voting that results in
a winner chosen by a majority of the voters in a single-seat race. Voters
simply rank candidates according to their preference - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
choice, etc. This means that voters can vote for their favorite candidate
knowing that if he or she lacks the support needed to win, their vote can
continue to count toward their second or third choice with a better
chance of winning. There are no wasted votes and no spoilers. And voters
are spared the expense and inconvenience of a second run-off election.

Used by cities across the country and democracies around the world,
Ranked Choice Voting brings more people into the process, gives voters
greater choice, makes elections more competitive and fosters more
positive and informative campaigns.

1600 Mount Curve Avenue is a stunning Lowry Hill mansion that has been
meticulously renovated and is currently on the market; come see this six -
bedroom beauty with Minneapolis skyline views.

[I dreamed I went rank choice voting in my pink tutu underwear. -ed]

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From: Do'ii <syncopatingrhythmsabyss [at]>
Subject: RNC court watch 4.14 6pm

RNC Court Watchers are in need of participants to help with organizing
court information, documentation and etc.  RNC Court Watchers Meetings are
every Tuesday, 6 P.M. at Caffeto's. Below is announcement for our

Preemptive raids, over 800 people arrested, police brutality on the
streets and torture in Ramsey County Jail. Police have indiscriminately
used rubber bullets, concussion grenades, tasers and chemical irritants to
disperse crowds and incapacitate peaceful, nonviolent protesters. The
RNC-8 and others are facing felonies and years in jail. We must fight this
intimidation, harassment and abuse!

Join the RNC Court Solidarity Meeting this coming Tuesday at Caffetto's to
find out how you can make a difference in the lives of many innocent

Caffetto's Coffeehouse and Gallery (612)872-0911 708 W 22nd Street,
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Every Tuesday @ 6:00 P.M to 7:00 P.M
participate and help organize RNC court solidarity.
For more information, please contact: rnccourtwatch [at]

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From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at]>
From: Deborah Rosenstein <dgr [at]>
Subject: The 11th Hour/film 4.14 6:30pm

Join the University of Minnesota Labor Education Service &
The Blue-Green Alliance for a free showing of the film

The 11th Hour
Directed by Nadia Connors and Leila Conners Peterson
Tuesday, April 14th, 6:30 p.m.,
Rondo Community Library in St. Paul
(corner of University Ave & Dale St.&#8212;free parking below
the library)

Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, this captivating documentary explores the
perilous state of our planet, and the means by which we can change our
course.  Contributing to this crucial film are noted labor leaders,
politicians, scientists and others who recognize the importance of taking
action to preserve the planet.

Free event. Everyone welcome. For more information, contact les [at]

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From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at]>
Subject: 3 cups of tea 4.14 6:30pm

Pax Salon: Jerene Mortenson on Three Cups of Tea
Tuesday, April 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Note Location) West 7th Community
Center, 265 Oneida (at St. Clair), St. Paul.

Jerene Mortenson, the mother of Greg Mortenson who authored the best
selling book, Three Cups of Tea will be the guest. Three Cups of Tea
promotes education - especially for girls - in Afghanistan and Pakistan
instead of bombs. Salons are free but donations encouraged for program and
treats. Endorsed by: WAMM. FFI: Call 651-227-3228 or 651-227-2511.

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Breaking: God can't find his own Easter Eggs
Intuion Hotline

God today admitted/claimed that he could not find the Easter eggs He
had hidden yesterday.

"Usually I always can, being omnipotent and everything. But this time, as
you may or may not know, the Devil challenged me. He said, hey God, if you
were really as omnipotent as you go on and on about all the time, you'd be
able to hide Easter eggs so well even YOU could't find 'em. And if you
CAN'T do that, you're not the omnipotent mucky-muck you pretend to be!

"So of course I had to take him up on it. Well, I did it - I'll be damned
if I know where those eggs are. Maybe some ordinary lay persons could find
them - I didn't omnimpotent them into wilful ignorance. But I did myself,
into Wilful Ignorance - which gets capitalized because it's all about me,
God.  The Big Cheese. The Big Salami. The Be All and End All.

The Devil says I have "problems" - delusions of grandeur and such, but I
ask, Who better to do so than the most infinite holy of holies? Believe
me, I'm so grand and so infinite even I can't keep track of what's going
on inside all of me, that's how grand and infininte I am! No delusions
there, gang!

Reporters asked Him if there were other devilish challenges.

"Yes, of course: A mystery I can't solve. A soul I can't save. A store
coupon I can't redeem. A falsehood I must believe. Becoming a doorknob."

God concluded the conference by saying that He will for the next decade or
two - whatever - demonstate His Power to be Infinitely Sneakier Than
the Devil. Watch for it.


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