|Progressive Calendar 04.13.09||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|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 --------1 of 12-------- From: Kim Hunter <khunter [at] kimhunterlaw.com> 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 accountable 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] gmail.com Amnesty International's report: http://www.amnestyusa.org/uploads/JailedWithoutJustice.pdf National Detention Watch Network: http://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/ Kimberly Hunter Attorney at Law Kim Hunter & Associates, PLLC 821 Raymond Avenue, Suite 305 St. Paul, MN 55114 Phone: 651-641-0440 Fax: 651-641-8689 www.kimhunterlaw.com --------2 of 12-------- From: Nancy Holden <d.n.holden [at] comcast.net> 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] comcast.net. Douglas H Holden 1004 Morgan Road River Falls, Wisconsin 54022 --------3 of 12-------- From: Joan Malerich <joanmdm [at] iphouse.com> 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. SUGGESTIONS: 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] state.mn.us for date and/or location changes. [IF YOU WANT THESE DATES, PLEASE SAVE THEM -ed] 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 --------4 oc 12-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> 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. --------5 of 12-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> 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] --------6 of 12-------- From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com> 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 Booksellers. Don has published five books on gardening and landscaping. He is field editor and garden scout for /Better Homes and Gardens/ and garden editor MAGERS & QUINN BOOKSELLERS 3038 HENNEPIN AVENUE SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS MN 55408 612-822-4611 www.magersandquinn.com <http://www.magersandquinn.com/> --------7 of 12-------- From: Human Rights Center/Lauren Merritt <humanrts [at] umn.edu> 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. DINNER SERVED 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] umn.edu> humanrts [at] umn.edu Web: <http://www.hrcenter.umn.edu/> http://www.hrcenter.umn.edu 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. --------8 of 12-------- From: FairVote Minnesota <info [at] fairvotemn.org> 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! Â TUESDAY, APRIL 14 5:30 - 7:30 PM 1600 MOUNT CURVE AVENUE MINNEAPOLIS 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 www.fairvotemn.org to vote and rsvp online or call 763-807-2550. 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 results... NO RUNOFFS, NO RECOUNTS, NO LAWSUITS, NO KIDDING! 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] --------9 of 12------- From: Do'ii <syncopatingrhythmsabyss [at] gmail.com> 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 meetings. 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 people. 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] gmail.com THE PEOPLE UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED! --------10 of 12-------- From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com> From: Deborah Rosenstein <dgr [at] umn.edu> 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.—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] umn.edu --------11 of 12-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> 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. --------12 of 12-------- 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. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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
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