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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2009 04:42:05 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 04.16.09 Now that taxes are over, everybody is doing everything. 1. Vs Vikings stadium 4.16 9am 2. Synthetic biology 4.16 11:30am 3. Vs gentrification 4.16 4:30pm 4. Eagan peace vigil 4.16 4:30pm 5. Northtown vigil 4.16 5pm 6. Pentel/environment 4.16 6pm 7. Anti-war rights 4.16 6pm 8. Sustainability 4.16 6:30pm 9. Lisa Ledwidge 4.16 6:45pm 10. Haiti film 4.16 7pm 11. Palestine 4.16 7pm 12. Global food crisis 4.16 7pm 13. Amnesty Intl 4.16 7:15pm 14. Ajamu Baraka 4.17 1:30/3/4:30pm 15. Natl Lawyers Guild 4.17-19 5:30pm 16. Night of noise 4.17 6pm 17. Guatemala film 4.17 7pm 18. Harold Meyerson - Rush builds a revolution 19. Karl Grossman - A radioactive extension for aging nuclear plants --------1 of 19-------- From: Dave Bicking <dave [at] colorstudy.com> Subject: Vs Vikings stadium 4.16 9am Dear friends, You probably recall that I sent a number of messages to this list a couple of years ago about the Twins stadium. Well, we lost - we'll be paying that sales tax for the next 28 years - but we helped expose some of the greed, corruption, and undemocratic nature of our government and many politicians. Some of us even had some fun in the process! Now it is time to do some serious organizing to oppose public funding of a new Vikings stadium. Yes, the Vikings think it is their turn, either this year or next year, and they want twice as much public money as the Twins got! We have a plan for this Thursday morning, April 16, for those who can come downtown on a weekday morning. Details below. The Vikings want to tear down the Metrodome, and build a new stadium on the site with a retractable roof. The pricetag is a little over $950 million. Zygi Wilf, billionaire owner of the Vikings, is willing to "contribute" $250 million. The remainder, presumably, comes from the public - you and I. But no one will say how that will happen, or even propose a method of public financing. Some could come from a ticket tax, or parking revenues, or other user fees - that's not so bad, because it would be paid by the users, not the general public. But with over $700 million to cover, it is vitually certain that most of it will come from the general public, as a new tax, or from existing revenues. With budget shortfalls at all levels of government, paying for the stadium out of existing general funds would mean serious cuts in important programs. I assume that the Vikings, and some politicians, have plans for particular funding streams, whether state-level, or seven-county metro taxes, etc. But no one is saying, probably for fear of generating opposition from whatever group of people who will be expected to pay for it. So whatever the plan, they intend to spring it on us at the last moment. Yes, the Vikings are good at playing games - at least this type. I don't think I need to convince you that public funding for a new Vikings stadium is outrageous. I am helping to build a new group to fight public funding for the Vikings stadium. We are calling it TURFF, or Taxpayers United for Rational Football Funding. We would like to form a united opposition that is prepared to fight this all the way, and we invite anyone to join who supports our goals. A website is under construction, at http://turff.info/ It will soon have more background information, action alerts, a button to donate, and a button to sign up for email alerts. In the meantime, if you would like occasional emails from the group, send a request to: TheTeam [at] TURFF.info Our action on Thursday morning is aimed at the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission (MSFC). Don't feel bad if you've never heard of it. It is the public body that owns and operates the Metrodome. (Kind of like the new public body that is building the Twins stadium and will own and operate it: the Ballpark Authority.) At this point, the MSFC is where the main action is to push for the new Vikings stadium. Though, as public officials, they are supposed to represent the public interest, they have been shamelessly shilling for the Vikings. About a year and a half ago, the MSFC conducted a "listening tour" at 8 stops around the state. They spent $400,000 of public money on this. It was mostly a promotional presentation, with very little listening. And to make sure they didn't hear us, they promoted their tour almost exclusively to Vikings season ticket holders. Some of us showed up anyway and expressed our opposition. Last September, the MSFC chose an architect and a general construction contractor for the stadium, and they are now spending several million dollars - of our public money - to design and plan this stadium that they won't tell us who will pay for it. Members of the MSFC have been lobbying State Legislators during this session. Their original plan was to get the stadium funded this year, but that seems unlikely this year, barring a special session. Nevertheless, they are busy laying the groundwork. The head of the MSFC is appointed by the governor, but all the other members are appointed by the Minneapolis City Council. No one on the City Council seems to know or care what their appointed members are doing with our money. Just last January, half of the members were up for reappointment, and all the incumbents were reappointed with very little discussion and only one dissent (Cam Gordon). The MSFC meets the third Thursday of each month at 9:30am in an office in the Metrodome. Our plan is to attend the meeting this Thursday, April 16, and have a quiet but visible presence representing the public. There is media coverage of the meetings; this will be the first time they notice a public opposition showing up. In order to go in as a group and obtain good seats, we will meet in the parking lot on the east end of the dome BEFORE 9:00am. Parking is free for meetings, and the entrance is off of 11th Ave. S., near the SE corner of the Metrodome property. If you know ahead of time that you can come, please call me at 612-276-1213 to let us know, and to get more info. Or just show up and meet us in the parking lot. I'm sorry about the short notice. We would really appreciate your attendance if you can be free on a weekday morning. I plan to send occasional updates on the progress of the Vikings stadium and our efforts to fight it, and I'll let you know of future actions. We really need to grow the opposition, and make the public more aware of what is happening. I'll paste below the announcement made by the TURFF group. Dave Bicking - Announcing TURFF -- And a Call To Action Ah yes, spring is in the air, and once again, just like the noxious weeds sprouting up on lawns all over the state, plans for building a new statdium for a billionaire are making their way to the legislature. To help combat the continued growth of public money for private entertainment business we are: Announcing www.TURFF.info <http://www.TURFF.info> This is a collaberative effort to attempt to prevent Zygi Wilf and the Vikings from doing what Carl Pohlad and the Twins did to the taxpayers of the State of Minnesota. CALL TO ACTION TURFF will be making its first public outing next week. Thursday, April 16 -- 9:00 AM -- Downtown Minneapolis Minnesota Sports Commission Meeting -- Free Parking Available at the Dome We will be downtown for approximately 2 hours, and we need and want as many warm bodies as we can muster to join with us. If you are available Thursday morning, please respond ASAP so we can make final plans. --------2 of 19-------- From: Consortium on Law & Values and JDP Program <lawvalue [at] UMN.EDU> Subject: Synthetic biology 4.16 11:30am Drew Endy Dialogue and Notes on Synthetic Biology Prof. Drew Endy, PhD Stanford University, Department of Bioengineering Thursday, April 16, 2009 11:30am-1:00pm Note location change-- Mayo Auditorium, Room 3-100 Thirty-five years ago, scientists first learned how to intentionally and directly manipulate DNA, the genetic material encoding life, using crude tools to construct relatively simple genetic programs. These early tools led to the birth of the biotechnology industry, resulting in new drugs and therapies, as well as many new controversies and unmet promises. Today, much more powerful tools are rapidly being developed in order to help make biology easier to engineer, via a new field of research known as Synthetic Biology. Already, scientists and engineers have used early forms of these tools to construct genomes, the entire DNA program for an organism, from raw chemicals. Young students have already developed simple genetic programs of their own designs, producing bacteria that can take a photograph or smell as bananas. As biology becomes easier to engineer, many more individuals and groups, not just researchers, will likely have the opportunity to use biotechnology to solve their own problems, just as many people today can program computers or author a webpage. Prof. Endy's lecture will address questions such as what role should each person, group, and nation have in our future biotechnology world? How will we all best work together to make sure that we choose to apply future biotechnologies for overwhelming good? Speaker and Commentators' Biographies Prof. Drew Endy is currently an Assistant Professor at Stanford University's Bioengineering Department and President of the BioBricks Foundation (BBF). Prof. Endy earned degrees in civil, environmental, and biochemical engineering at Lehigh and Dartmouth. He studied genetics & microbiology as a postdoc at UT Austin and UW Madison. From 1998 through 2001 he helped to start the Molecular Sciences Institute, an independent not-for-profit biological research lab in Berkeley, CA. In 2002, he started a group as a fellow in the Department of Biology and the Biological Engineering Division at MIT; he joined the MIT faculty in 2004 where he worked until September 2008. Drew co-founded the MIT Synthetic Biology working group and the Registry of Standard Biological Parts, and organized the First International Conference on Synthetic Biology. In 2004 Endy co-founded Codon Devices, Inc., a biotechnology startup. In 2005 Endy co-founded the BioBricks Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that is working to develop legal and economic strategies needed to support open biotechnology. Drew's research interests are the engineering of integrated biological systems and error detection & correction in reproducing machines. Commentary will be provided by Prof. Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota and Prof. Bill McGeveran, JD, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. This event is free and open to the public. This lecture is intended for students, faculty, attorneys, researchers, scientists, policymakers, and community members. Continuing Education--CLE & CME Application for 1.5 hours of general Continuing Legal Education (CLE) for attorneys has been submitted. The University of Minnesota is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Application for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits has been filed with the University of Minnesota Office of Continuing Medical Education. Determination of credit is pending. It is the policy of the University of Minnesota Office of Continuing Medical Education to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of its sponsored educational activities. Registration is recommended for those requesting continuing education credit. Registration is available online at www.lifesci.consortium.umn.edu/, by phone at 612-625-0055, or by email at lawvalue [at] umn.edu. Please provide your name, email address and indicate if continuing education credits are requested. To access a map for the Mayo Auditorium and nearby parking, visit http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/MMA/MMA-map.html. --------3 of 19-------- From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Vs gentrification 4.16 4:30pm Organizing for Environmental Justice and Equitable Development on University Avenue's proposed Light Rail/Corridor Redevelopment Project. STAY IN PLACE AND THRIVE Community Forum on Resisting Gentrification THURSDAY, APRIL 16 4:30 - 7:30 PM LAO FAMILY 320 W. UNIVERSITY AVE. Dinner Provided. The general public is welcome. Please send out this reminder/updated flyer to your networks! See you then!!!!!! Veronica Burt - JUST Equity Public Policy Advocate/Community Organizer univaveequity [at] yahoo.com Organizing for Environmental Justice and Equitable Development on University Avenue's proposed Light Rail/Corridor Redevelopment Project. Member of the Preserve and Benefit Historic Rondo Committee: Neighborhood Residents, Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation, St. Paul-NAACP, Community Stabilization Project and JUST Equity. "Revitalization without Displacement - Lifting people out of poverty and not out of the neighborhood" --------4 of 19-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at] msn.com> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 4.16 4:30pm CANDLELIGHT PEACE VIGIL EVERY THURSDAY from 4:30-5:30pm on the Northwest corner of Pilot Knob Road and Yankee Doodle Road in Eagan. We have signs and candles. Say "NO to war!" The weekly vigil is sponsored by: Friends south of the river speaking out against war. --------5 of 19-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 4.16 5pm NORTHTOWN Peace Vigil every Thursday 5-6pm, at the intersection of Co. Hwy 10 and University Ave NE (SE corner across from Denny's), in Blaine. Communities situated near the Northtown Mall include: Blaine, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Spring Lake Park, Fridley, and Coon Rapids. We'll have extra signs. For more information people can contact Evangelos Kalambokidis by phone or email: (763)574-9615, ekalamboki [at] aol.com. --------6 of 19------- From: dorijj [at] aol.com Subject: Pentel/environment 4.16 6pm Dear Friends: Ken Pentel, a former three time Green Party candidate for Governor of Minnesota,will give a powerful presentation on the environmental crisis we face. He will be at the West 7th Community Center, at 265 Oneida St. in St. Paul on this Thursday, April 16, beginning at 6:00 pm to 8:00 PM. Ken is a terrific speaker and has his subject well researched. He worked for Green Peace for 11 years and with the Green Party for 13. He believes the environmental damages done to our world have reached emergency proportions and I agree with him. I also know that this is not the world I want to leave to my children, grandchilren and on to the seventh generation. Please come to the Community Center to hear Ken Pentel tell how to get involved in the movement to save the planet for future generations. Admission is free, but call to register, 651-298-5493. Thank you. --Dori Ullman West 7th Resident Directions to the West 7th Community Center: Coming from Minneapolis on I94 get off at the Kellogg Blvd. exit. Turn right on West 7th St. and follow w. 7th to St. Clair, approximately 1 and 1/4 miles. Turn right on St. Clair. About five blocks on St. Clair turn left at Oneida St. Park in the lot just past the tennis courts. If you have any questions, please be sure to call me at 651-310-9967. --------7 of 19-------- From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at] gmail.com> Subject: Anti-war rights 4.16 6pm Know your Rights training for upcoming anti-war actions Thursday, April 16th @ 6 pm @ AWC office at 1313 5th St. SE, Mpls, room 112 C (Feel free to stay for our AWC weekly meeting at 7:30)* Interested in taking a stand for peace with justice? Want to do civil disobedience or direct action. Learn how from Anti-War Committee activists. Discuss when, why and how to use creative tactics in your organizing. --------8 of 19-------- From: Diana McKeown <dmckeown [at] greeninstitute.org> Subject: Sustainability 4.16 6:30pm Metro Sustainability Roundtables Join city staff, elected officials, citizens, and the Alliance for Sustainability for your region's Sustainability Roundtable. Highlight current initiatives in your city and learn about others' projects. City staff and citizens from nine east Metro cities attended the first Sustainability Roundtable in Oakdale. North Metro - Thursday April 16, 6:30pm Family Service Center 400 10th St NW New Brighton, MN 55112 --------9 of 19------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> Subject: Lisa Ledwidge 4.16 6:45pm Lisa Ledwidge will speak on "Prospects for a Nuclear Weapons-free World" on Thursday April 16, 6:45 PM, at the Parish Community of St. Joseph. Ledwidge is the Outreach Director of the United States Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER), a non-profit group that provides scientific information and analysis on environmental, energy, and security issues to policymakers, journalists, and the public. What are the real prospects for a nuclear free world and what role does nuclear energy play in this debate? The Parish Community of St. Joseph is located at 8701-36th Avenue N, New Hope (corner of Boone.) This program is sponsored by NW Neighbors for Peace and, like all NWN4P programs, is free and open to the public; discussion will follow. --------10 of 19-------- From: biego001 [at] umn.edu Subject:n Haiti film 4.16 7pm POTO MITAN, a new film about the injustice of Haitian deportations, which recently opened to great reviews in NYC. There will be discussion afterwords. Thursday, April 16 ~ 7pm University of Minnesota Minnesota Journalism Center 130 Murphy Hall 206 Church Street SE Minneappolis, MN FREE --------11 of 19-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Palestine 4.16 7pm Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict College of St. Catherine, Library, Room 128, 2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul. People in the United States hear about the emotionally-charged Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the news regularly, but many know little except that there is violence and that the issues involved are "complex." WAMM member, Florence Steichen will supplement the news appearing in mainstream American media by providing context and some missing pieces. Florence is a Sister of St. Joseph Carondolet, who has lived, worked and traveled in the region. She holds a Masters Degree in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, lived in Bethlehem (1987-1992) and served as Registrar of Bethlehem University in Palestine. Florence is President of Middle East Peace Now (MEPN), Treasurer of Pax Christi Twin Cities and active in the WAMM Middle East Committee. Although each class builds on the previous one, sessions may be taken individually. Each session will include ample time for discussion. Handouts will be provided and resources suggested. Open to the public. $7.00 per class. Thursday, April 16, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Role of Religion: The influence of the Biblical texts in the region. Although the conflict is about land, not religion, religion and politics are deeply intertwined. Thursday, April 30, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Winding Road to Peace: Possibilities and obstacles; proposals throughout the years. Should there be one state or two, and what is the role of the U.S.? Endorsed by: the WAMM Middle East Committee. FFI and to register: Visit http://minerva.stkate.edu/alumna.nsf/pages/lifelong. --------12 of 19-------- From: Joe Schwartzberg <schwa004 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Global food crisis 4.16 7pm THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM Free and open to the public. Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis (at Lyndale & Hennepin). Park in church lot. Thursday, April 16, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. THE GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS The global food crisis is often analyzed in Malthusian terms of meeting expected future demand (sometimes projected 50 years out!) by increasing supply through public investing in hi-tech solutions. However, such "solutions" are often economically and environmentally unsustainable. Decentralized agricultural planning and production, with less import dependence on both inputs and foods, is a viable option for many developing countries, particularly as climate change results in greater supply and price volatility making foreign agricultural investment more problematic. Presenter: STEVE SUPPAN. Suppan has been a policy analyst at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) since 1994. He has traveled to about 35 countries to explain U.S. agricultural, trade and food safety policy and IATP's views on these issues to non-governmental organizations, farmer organizations, and intergovernmental organizations. He edits the quarterly Global Food Safety Monitor and contributes to the food safety and agricultural markets sections of the International Assessment on Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (www.agassessment.org). --------13 of 19-------- From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at] bitstream.net> Subject: Amnesty Intl 4.16 7:15pm AIUSA Group 315 (Wayzata area) meets Thursday, April 16th, at 7:15 p.m. St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 3121 Groveland School Road, Wayzata (near the intersection of Rt. 101 and Minnetonka Blvd). For further information, contact Richard Bopp at Richard_C_Bopp [at] NatureWorksLLC.com. --------14 of 19-------- From: Peter Brown <peterb3121 [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Ajamu Baraka 4.17 1:30/3/4:30pm Dear Colleagues for Justice: We are pleased to confirm three community conversations with Ajamu Baraka, nationally and internationally recognized human rights scholar, advocate, and organizer on Friday afternoon, April 17, 2009, in advance of his keynote address at the National Lawyers Guild-Minnesota Chapter's annual Social Justice Dinner - Saturday April 18, 6PM at William Mitchell College of Law Auditorium --- 1. 1:30PM at Minneapolis Urban League, 2000 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 2. 3:00 PM at Sabathani Community Center, 310 East 38th Street, Minneaplis, MN 3. 4:30PM at MLK, Jr. Community Center, 270 Kent Street, St. Paul, MN To give you a more complete view of Ajamu Baraka's activity here in the Twin Cities during these days, I am attaching his full itinerary for these days. Ajamu is very enthusiastic about this opportunity to meet and speak with you and the other justice activists you gather for this conversation and I'm sure with your help we will make the most of our time together. I am also attaching the poster previously sent since it contains additional background information about Ajamu Baraka which you may choose to incorporate into outreach you do for this conversation. Peter 612-824-6533 --------15 of 19-------- From: Hamline University Law School in the Twin Cities of St. Paul, and Minneapolis Minnesota (http://law.hamline.edu) Subject: Natl Lawyers Guild 4.17-19 5:30pm EVENT: Weekend Program of Events at Hamline Law School National Lawyers Guild - Hamline Chapter The National Lawyers Guild Midwest Regional Conference will be held April 17, 18 and 19 at Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. WE DISSENT: Taking Back our Civil Liberties Friday April 17th 2009 Sundin Music Hall 5:30 - 7:30 Set Up and Registration 7:00 - 7:30 Meet and Greet ; 7:30 Keynote Speaker ; Ken Tilsen introduced by Bruce Nestor 10:00 - close Rebellious Bar Review ; Bedlam Theatre 1501 S. 6th St. on the West Bank, Minneapolis Saturday April 18th 2009 9:00 - 10:00 Session 1: Solomon Amendment ; discussion by Phil Duran, staff attorney for OutFront Minnesota Room: Sorin Hall A 9:45 - 11:15 Session 2: Twin Cities Culture Panel ; with Abigail Cerra, Abdirizk Bihi and Roman Gonzalez. Room: Sorin Hall B 10:00 - 11:00 Session 3: International Human Rights Applied Domestically ; presented by Peter Brown with Ajamu Baraka, Execitive Director of the US Human Rights Network Room: Sorin Hall A 11:30 - 1:00 Session 4: Ramona Africa ; Move9 Room: LAW 105 1:45 - 3:15 Session 5: Securing the Human Rights of Arrestees and Detainees: the Right to Medical Attention ; Peter Brown, former MN NLG President and Jordan Kushner, sole practitioner Room: Sorin Hall B Session 6: Legal Workers of the World, Unite(d)! (As faculty for lawyers after law school.) ; facilitated by Michael Friedman, Executive Director of Legal Rights Center with Abigail Cerra, Jude Ortiz, Michelle Gross Room: Sorin Hall A 3:15 - 4:15 Session 8: Inexpensive Legal Research ; Professor Grace Mills, Law Library Dir. and Assoc. Prof. of Law Hamline University Room: Sorin Hall B Session 9: Living with Debt While Being an Effective Advocate ; with Heather Rastorver Vlieger and Sharon Fischlowitz of LRAP Room: Sorin Hall A 6:30 Minnesota NLG Social Justice Dinner William Mitchell School of Law Sunday April 19th 2009 9:30 - 10:30 Session 10: TBD Room: LAW 101 Session 11: Legal Observer Training ; presented by Jennifer McEwen, Rachel Bengston and Carla Magnuson Room: LAW 04 10:30 - 12:00 Session 12: The Movement For Reproductive Justice: New Strategies For Organizing And Coalition Building ; with Kate Hannaher, founder and chair of Hamline Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and Sara Thome, Legal Aid attorney, founder and former chair of Hamline Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Room: LAW 101 Session 13: Student Chapter Forum ; facilitated by Micah Ludeke, co-chair of NLG Hamline Chapter Room: LAW 04 12:00 - 1:00 Session 14: Know Your Rights (and how to explain them) ; presented by Jude Ortiz of Coldsnap Legal Collective Room: LAW 04 Session 15: TBD Room: LAW 101 Additional Information Visitor parking at the Saint Paul campus Visitor parking is located in the White House lot on Hewitt Avenue at Pascal Street. Parking is enforced Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Visitor parking is enforced as signage indicates. All parking lots, with exception of the staff/faculty parking Lot H, are open to visitors without permits after 4:30 p.m. weekdays and all weekends Driving Directions You may also call 651-523-2441 for directions. Hamline University School of Law | 1536 Hewitt Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55104-1237 | U.S.A. | 651-523-2941 --------16 of 19-------- From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Night of noise 4.17 6pm Friday, April 17, 2009 Night of Noise @ District 202, 1601 Nicollet Avenue South, Mpls 6pm-9pm Performance, Open-Mic, Coming Together to End Homelessness The Night of Noise is a noisy follow-up to the Day of Silence, where many students and teachers take a day-long vow of silence to recognize and protest the discrimination and harassment experienced by LGBT students and their allies. This year the Night of Noise will highlight an issue that is too often silenced within our communities -- queer youth homelessness. Please join us as we watch the documentary /Homeless Youth: Finding Home/, hear from youth about their experiences with homelessness, and participate in having fun and creating community! This community event is brought to you by the GLBT Host Home Program (of Avenues for Homeless Youth) and District 202. --------17 of 19-------- From: Stephanie Bates <Stephanie.Bates [at] americas.org> Subject: Guatemala film 4.17 7pm Join us for a pre-movie Happy Hour at Glaciers Cafe (above the Resource Center) from 5:30-7pm hosted by Board Chair Sarah Humpage Friday, April 17th 7pm Voice of a Mountain Voice of a Mountain is a video documentary of the lives of rural Guatemalan coffee farmers who took up arms against their government in a civil war that lasted 36 years. This documentary explores Guatemala's dark history from the perspective of those who saw armed revolution as their only hope for change in a poverty-ridden nation under years of military dictatorship. Program Coordinator Resource Center of the Americas 612-276-0788 www.americas.org --------18 of 19-------- Rush Builds A Revolution By Harold Meyerson Washington Post April 15, 2009 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/14/AR2009041402556.html According to a Rasmussen poll released last week, 37 percent of Americans under age 30 prefer capitalism, 33 percent prefer socialism and 30 percent are undecided. Among all Americans, 53 percent prefer capitalism, 20 percent prefer socialism and 27 percent are undecided. How's that again? If you comb the annals of Americans' ideological preferences, you won't find figures like these. At socialism's apogee, presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs got 6 percent of the vote in the 1912 election. After that, it was pretty much all downhill -- until last week, anyway. Or consider this: In the first two decades of the 20th century, and again in the 1930s, there were substantial American socialist organizations that argued the case against capitalism. I recently came across some issues of a magazine that the League for Industrial Democracy, a group affiliated with the Socialist Party, published during the early '30s on the crises of capitalism and unemployment. Among its regular contributors were John Dewey and Reinhold Niebuhr. Today, America is home to no substantial socialist organizations, and virtually no public figures champion socialism's cause. So where do these numbers come from? Rasmussen didn't provide any data that clarify causality, but I think it's safe to infer that the havoc that Wall Street has wreaked upon the world over the past year and its reliance on American taxpayers to bail it out haven't exactly helped capitalism's cause. But there's more to these numbers. For one thing, they signal that the link between socialism and anti- Americanism has been weakened and, among the young, all but destroyed. The end of Soviet communism has meant that the United States no longer has a major adversary that professes to be socialist. The one remaining powerful Communist Party, China's, has opted for a capitalist economy. The violent threats to America today come from a branch of Islamic fundamentalists who wage war on all forms of modernity, socialism among them. And the actual existing socialists today are the social democrats who govern or are the chief opposition parties in Western Europe -- home to the nations with which we are most closely allied. The Soviet Union's collapse is surely responsible for some of the variations by age group that turn up in Rasmussen's polling: Thirty-somethings, while not quite so socialistic as 20-somethings, remain decidedly cooler on capitalism than their elders. The Left Bank of the Seine doesn't quite convey the terror that Stalin's gulag once inspired. Moreover, those Americans opting for socialism are doing so when socialists themselves aren't calling for, and don't believe in, the kind of revolutionary transformations -- the abolition of wage labor, say -- for which their forebears routinely campaigned in the days of Debs and the Depression. Today, the world's socialist and social democratic parties basically champion a more social form of capitalism, with tighter regulations on capital, more power for labor and an expanded public sector to do what the private sector cannot (such as providing universal access to health care). Which means there are real areas of overlap between European social democracy and American liberalism: The former has defined its Eden down to a form of social capitalism, while the latter, prompted by Wall Street's implosion, has upgraded its project to the creation of, well, a form of social capitalism. Doctrinal differences persist, but these overlaps certainly underpin Rasmussen's polling: While Republicans preferred capitalism to socialism 11 to 1, Democrats favored it by 39 percent to 30 percent. The data on the young are particularly telling. Twenty- somethings are more open to socialism -- or social capitalism -- than 30-somethings not only because they never lived through the Soviet threat but because the economy, during the years in which deregulatory policy and Wall Street financialization were at their height, hasn't worked very well for them. Americans under 29 scored well to the left of the general public in a recent survey by the Center for American Progress, and voters under 30 backed Barack Obama by a 34-point margin in November, 66 percent to 32 percent. The young may now disdain Wall Street -- but what do they know of socialism, past and present? Who even speaks of socialism in America today? The answer, of course, is the demagogic right. According to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and their ilk, Obama is taking America down the Socialist Road. As Benjamin Sarlin has noted on the Web site the Daily Beast, the talkmeisters of the right have linked a doctrine that never commanded much support in America to a president whose approval rating hovers around 60 percent and much higher than that among the young. Rush and his boys are doing what Gene Debs and his comrades never really could. In tandem with Wall Street, they are building socialism in America. meyersonh [at] washpost.com --------19 of 19-------- Time to Abolish the NRC? A Radioactive Extension for Aging Nuclear Plants By KARL GROSSMAN CounterPunch April 13, 2009 For 10 years now, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been busily extending the operating license of nuclear power plants - designed to run for 40 years - another 20 years. Imagine driving down a highway in a 60-year-old car. But safety concerns are minimized by the NRC, a lapdog of the nuclear industry. Just as the NRC has never denied a construction or operating license for a nuclear plant anywhere, anytime in the U.S., it has rubber-stamped every application for a 20-year extension for now 52 nuclear plants. That's half the 104 nuclear plants in the U.S. and, as the 40-year licenses of the rest get set to expire, watch the NRC extend their licenses to run for another 20 years, too. And it may end up to be more than 20 years. The New York Times in a report April 2 on the NRC extending the operating license to 60 years of the oldest nuclear plant in the U.S., Oyster Creek in New Jersey, noted that "some commission officials have even discussed the possibility of a second round of extensions that would allow reactors to operate for up to 80 years". Imagine driving down a highway in an 80-year-old car. Consider how trustworthy that 1929 antique would be racing down the interstate. "This decision is radioactive. To keep open the nation's oldest nuclear power plant for another 20 years is just going to lead to a disaster," said Jeff Tittel of the Sierra Club. "We could easily replace the plant with 200 windmills that will not pose a danger". At the NRC hearings on the re-licensing of Oyster Creek, evidence was presented that the critical drywell liner - the shell that encases the reactor and is supposed to suppress radioactive steam during an accident - is too corroded to deal with a mishap. Major deterioration was also found in other areas of the plant 60 miles south of New York City. Even an avid nuclear power booster, William Tucker, who recently published a pro-nuclear book, is calling for no operating license extensions for Oyster Creek and the Indian Point nuclear plants, 28 miles north of New York City which the NRC is also soon to rule on re-licensing. "Veterans of the nuclear industry I talk to say they are very concerned that relying on aging reactors like Oyster Creek and Indian Point is eventually going to lead to an accident which will kill nuclear power in this country forever," said Tucker in a statement last week. But many, many people would be killed, too. [Well, yes, but, in the meantime, some sterling rich fellows are going to have longer yachts! Longer yachts! Now, aren't you willing to risk a little nuke disability for you and your friends and family et al, so these sterling rich fellows can cavort on their longer yachts? I know I am, and I hope you are too. It's capitalism, the very heart and soul of capitalism, where we rabble go under so the best men can go over. So maybe worst case we melt in a nuclear ray bouquet? Hey, that's what we've been trained to do. Die for our betters. And speak only when spoken to. -ed] The NRC working with Sandia National Laboratories did an analysis in the 1980s on the consequences of a meltdown with breach of containment at every nuclear plant in the United States - including Oyster Creek and the two operating Indian Point plants. Calculation of Reactor Accident Consequences for U.S. Nuclear Plants (acronymed CRAC-2) projected, for Oyster Creek: 16,000 "peak early fatalities;" 10,000 "peak early injuries;" 23,000 "peak cancer deaths;" and $79.8 billion in "scaled costs" in terms of property damage - and that was in 1980 dollars. For Indian Point 2, in a more densely populated area with more valuable real estate that would be rendered uninhabitable for millennia, it would be: 46,000 "peak early fatalities;" 141,000 "peak early injuries;" 13,000 "peak cancer deaths" and $274 billion in "scaled costs". And for the slightly larger Indian Point 3 plant, it would be 50,000 "peak early fatalities;" 167,000 "peak early injuries;" 14,000 "peak cancer deaths;" and $314 billion in "scaled costs". Again, those are 1980 dollars; it would be triple that today. The World Nuclear Organization notes how "most of today's nuclear plants were originally designed for 30 or 40-year operating lives.Some components simply wear out, corrode or degrade to a low efficiency. The properties of materials may degrade with age, particularly with heat and neutron irradiation". But operators of nuclear power plants want to wring out as much from their investments as they can - and not only do they want them to operate beyond their expected lifetimes, they are seeking to run them hotter and harder in order to generate more power. And the NRC has been obliging the industry on this, too. The first nuclear facilities the NRC gave permission to operate another 20 years were the Calvert Cliffs nuclear plants in Maryland 45 miles southeast of Washington, D.C. That was in 1999. "The public has been closed out of the process," said Paul Gunter, then with the Nuclear Information & Resource Service. He added: "The whole term 'nuclear safety' is an oxymoron. It's an inherently dangerous process and an inherently dangerous industry that has been aging". Last week Gunter, now director of the Reactor Oversight Program of the organization Beyond Nuclear, said the NRC re-licensing program is "blind to how these machines are breaking apart at the molecular level - they embrittle, crack and corrode". The agency in its "rigged game" is driving the nation toward a nuclear disaster, he said. Can the NRC be stopped before disaster occurs? The U.S. Congress finally became so disgusted with the Atomic Energy Commission and its nuclear boosterism -it, too, never denied a construction or operating license for a nuclear plant anywhere, anytime in the U.S...that it abolished the AEC in 1974. Congress then created the NRC to ostensibly properly regulate the nuclear industry. That has never happened. It's time that the NRC be abolished, too, along with the toxic technology that it promotes - nuclear power - before it is too late. Safe, clean renewable energy technologies are here today making dangerous nuclear power unnecessary. Meanwhile, by extending the licenses of nuclear plants by 20 and now perhaps 40 years, the NRC has gone beyond tempting fate. It is asking for it, the it being an atomic catastrophe which would kill tens of thousands and render a part of the United States a dead zone. Karl Grossman is professor of journalism at the State University of New York/College at Old Westbury and author of books involving NASA including The Wrong Stuff: The Space Program's Nuclear Threat To Our Planet and writer and narrator of television programs among them Nukes In Space: The Nuclearization and Weaponization of the Heavens (www.envirovideo.com). ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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