Progressive Calendar 04.20.09
From: David Shove (
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2009 02:58:18 -0700 (PDT)
            P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   04.20.09

1. Gun safety       4.20 11am
2. HIRE/green jobs  4.20 3pm
3. Peace walk       4.20 6pm RiverFalls WI
4. Palestine/film   4.20 6:30pm
5. Oxfam Action     4.20 7pm
6. Poor women       4.20 7pm

7. Torture          4.21 3:30pm
8. NWN4P vigil      4.21 4:45pm
9. Bail us out      4.21 5pm
10. RNC court watch 4.21 6pm
11. Peoples bailout 4.21 6pm
12. Trauma          4.21 6:30pm
13. Labor history   4.21 7pm

14. Intuition News - Obama press conference on foreclosure

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From: "Heather Martens, Protect Minnesota, Citizens for a Safer Minnesota"
Subject: Gun safety 4.20 11am

Monday, April 20 is the 10th Anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine
High School. Ten years have passed, and nothing has been done Federally or
in Minnesota to close the gun show loophole, which could have prevented
Columbine. Gun laws have actually been loosened since that horrific event.

Colorado, a hunting state, closed the gun show loophole. Eighty-two
percent of the Minnesota public supports background checks before all gun
purchases. Just in the last several weeks, 53 people have died in mass
shootings across the country, including five police officers. Many of
those victims were killed with assault weapons, which were re-legalized in

The world is watching in disbelief. Do Americans care that their fellow
citizens are being slaughtered?

We know you do. Join us Monday, April 20, to commemorate the victims of
gun violence and challenge our elected officials to take action.

Room 181 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Blvd., St. Paul
11 a.m. Monday, April 20
Please reply to this email if you can be there.

If you can't be there but want to help, go to and click on Donate to contribute to
Citizens for a Safer Minnesota.

ABC News 20/20 program covered the gun show loophole in an excellent
broadcast last Friday. Click on to watch the

Heather Martens Executive Director Citizens for a Safer Minnesota

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From: Jennifer Jimenez-Wheatley <jennifer [at]>
Subject: HIRE/green jobs 4.20 3pm

Alliance for Metropolitan Stability
HIRE Minnesota Rally for Green Jobs and Hiring Equity

Our government is making big decisions about how to stimulate our economy.
This is happening at a time when climate change is considered to be the
most serious threat facing the world and while millions of people are
unemployed. We can find solutions to our crumbling economy and our
environmental crisis by investing in green jobs, smart infrastructure and
hiring equity!

HIRE Minnesota Rally for Green Jobs and Hiring Equity 3 pm Monday, April
20 Minnesota State Capitol

Please join the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability and HIRE Minnesota in
rallying for investments that can help ease the climate crisis and create
family-supporting wages for low-income communities and communities of

The Alliance is one of more than 70 organizations that has joined HIRE
Minnesota to seek jobs for low-income people and people of color in the
healthcare, infrastructure and renewable energy industries.

In order to make these jobs and training programs a reality, we need your
help. Please come to the capitol on Monday, April 20!

Jennifer Jimenez-Wheatley Alliance for Metropolitan Stability
jennifer [at]

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From: Nancy Holden <d.n.holden [at]>
Subject: Peace walk 4.20 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: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at]>
Subject: Palestine/film 4.20 6:30pm

FREE Third Monday Movies and Discussion: "Occupation 101"
Monday, April 20, 6:30 p.m. St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 Third Avenue
South, Minneapolis.

A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and
historical root causes of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Unlike any
other film ever produced on the conflict, "Occupation 101" presents a
comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the
never-ending controversy and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and
misconceptions. 90 minutes. Discussion follows. Sponsored by: the WAMM
Third Monday Movies Committee. FFI: Call WAMM, 612-827-5364.

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From: Oxfam Action Corps - MN <minnesota [at]>
Subject: Oxfam Action 4.20 7pm

On the 3rd Monday of each month, we gather to plan our nonpartisan
grassroots activities. We've successfully organized events, lobbied
policymakers, and have used sheer creativity to stand up for meaningful
change. We meet at 7pm the unique Common Roots Café (2558 Lyndale Ave. S.,

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From: Afa Alizada <aalizada01 [at]>
Subject: Poor women 4.20 7pm

How can we help soften the impact of the global economic crisis on women
in developing countries?

Come join us for an inpsired discusion lead by Elizabeth Latham, Executive
Director of the U.S.Committee for the United Nations Development Program
(UNDP-USA), Washington DC.

Cafe Maude's Armatage Room
5416 penn ave. s., Minneapolis, MN 55419
Monday, April 20, 2009
7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served

Visit the United Nations Association of MN web site for additional
information and the program flyer.
For more information or to RSVP please e-mail or call: ypic [at] or

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at]>
Subject: Torture 4.21 3:30pm

Tuesday, 4/21, 3:30 to 5 pm, Dr Raphaelle Branche lectures on "Algeria and
France: Is torture a way to win a war on terror?" Nolte Center for
Continuing Education, room 125, 315 Pillsbury Dr SE, U of M East Bank,
Mpls.  612-626-4269.

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From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at]>
Subject: NWN4P vigil 4.21 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 etz yello sno" -ed]

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From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at]>
Subject: Bail us out 4.21 5pm

Thoughtful St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) viewers:
"Our World In Depth" cablecasts on SPNN Channel 15 on Tuesdays at 5pm,
midnight and Wednesday mornings at 10am, after DemocracyNow!  All
households with basic cable may watch.

Tues, 4/21, 5pm & midnight and Wed, 4/22, 10am
Bail Out the People!

The Welfare Rights Committee's Tasha Jackson and Linden Gawboy speak about
how the economic crisis has been affecting the poor... also, the People's
Bail Out Bill in the MN legislature.  Hosted by Karen Redleaf. (a repeat)

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From: Do'ii <syncopatingrhythmsabyss [at]>
Subject: RNC court watch 4.21 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: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at]>
Subject: People's bailout 4.21 6pm

Minnesota Coalition for a People's Bailout Organizing Meeting

Tuesday, April 21, 6:00 p.m. 1313 5th Street Southeast (Dinkytown),
Minneapolis. Jobs or income now! Extend and expand eligibility for
unemployment benefits! Create a public works program to put people to work
now! Put a moratorium on five-year limit for public assistance! No layoffs
for state or University of Minnesota workers! Housing is a right!
Moratorium on home foreclosures! Moratorium on evictions of renters from
foreclosed buildings! Organizations and individuals welcome. Sponsored by:
the Minnesota Coalition for a People's Bailout. WAMM is a member of the
Minnesota Coalition for a People's Bailout. FFI and Updates: Call
612-822-8020 or visit

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From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at]>
Subject: Trauma 4.21 6:30pm

Pax Salon: Ralph Hilgendorf on "Dealing with Trauma"
Tuesday, April 21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mad Hatter's Tea House, 943 West 7th,
St. Paul.

Ralph Hilgendorf, WAMM member and recipient, with wife Kay, of the 2006
Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation Peace and Justice Award, will speak about
"Dealing with Trauma." Now in his senior years, Ralph has been blind since
youth when a small plane accident took his eyesight. He has led a rich,
full and inspiring life and he has long been an active participant in the
peace and justice movements throughout the years. Among his activities has
been his continued presence on the Lake Street/Marshall Avenue Bridge
Vigil to end war on and occupation of Iraq. Come meet him and hear this
remarkable man talk about his life and how he has dealt with trauma.
Endorsed by: WAMM. FFI: Call 651-227-3228 or 651-227-2511.

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From: Peter Rachleff <rachleff [at]>
Subject: Labor history 4.21 7pm

On Tuesday, April 21, labor historian Jeremy Brecher will offer the
keynote address for 2009's series, "Untold Stories," sponsored by the
Friends of the St. Paul Public Library.  Brecher, best known for his books
GLOBALIZATION FROM BELOW, his work in documentary radio and film, and his
blog, "Global Labor Strategies," will discuss "What Can We Learn From
Labor's History?"  He will also be joined by Steven Ashby and C.J.
Hawking, authors of the just published book, STALEY: THE FIGHT FOR A NEW

This event, free and open to the public, will take place in Macalester
College's Weyerhaeuser Chapel, at 1600 Grand Avenue in St. Paul, at 7PM.
For more information, contact Peter Rachleff at 651-696-6371.

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Obama press conference on foreclosure
Washingtone DC
Intuition News

Obama: Good evening.

Reporters: Good evening, Mr President.

O: Due to the previous unelected president, George Bush, foreclosure is a
major public problem in America today. Whole families, single mothers and
children, are being rudely thrust out into the cold unforgiving street.
All too many die from cold or lack of food or appropriate care, or are set
upon by thieves, perverts, pedophiles and organ harvesters. Lives and
careers are brutally interrupted. It is a towering reminder of man's
inhumanity to man, and the fragility of civilized life.

That is the problem. What is the solution? My advisers and I have labored
long and hard over this, and we - *I* to tell you the truth - have come up
with a truly unprecedented solution, never before tried in the hallowed
annals of American history.

What is the worst part of being foreclosed on? Being thrust into the
street. And worse than being *thrust* into the street is being
*foreclosed* into the street. The very word "foreclosure" strikes fear
into the hearts of average Americans today. Your parents hear of you and
foreclosure in the same sentence and break into tears and recriminations.
"Where have we gone wrong", or "Where has America failed us", or, worse,
"Where has Obama failed us?"

Well, I have not failed you. I am today presidentially ordering the
replacement of foreclosure by a bold new invention.  Questions?

Reporter: And what is that bold new invention, Mr President?

O: Bold. New. Both bold and new.

R: Fine, sir, but how about the invention part - what is it?

O: We haven't quite got there, yet - we felt we'd already made a major
innovation by the "new" part, and the "bold" part is especially thrilling,
don't you think?

R: Yes, sir. But "bold" and "new" are both adjectives, and need to be
supported by a noun to exist. You can't just have them by themselves, Mr
President. You can't have qualities without there being something for them
to be qualities of. And that would be your invention.

O: Thank you for the grammar lesson. Of course I know that. All day long
with me its things and qualities, qualities and things, trying to put them
together in new ways - sort of like erector sets or Legos - and then see
how they are qualified to fly. I'm a modern alchemist - trying to make
gold out of base metals, only this is making a bold new policy out of
failed old policies.

R: This is all very well, sir, but you still haven't told us, as it seems
to us, what this "bold new invention" is. We are infinitely patient, sir,
but the people cannot afford to be.

O: There is a method to what you gentlemen may see as my madness. Why do I
*appear* to delay? Because I *do* delay. I take my own sweet time - and
that is the beginning of the beginning of the bold new invention.

R: Delaying? Sir, delaying?

O: Indeed yes. All across America this evening people are listening and
watching for a word of hope. Hope is when you don't know what will happen,
but believe there is some chance of a better future, where that keeps you
going in the face of cruel adversity.

R: Please get to it sir.

O: Ah, the point is to not get to it right away. So long as I don't tell
people what it will be, they can hope it will be even better. They can
hope against hope that I will give them a better future. In this case that
they will not be foreclosed upon and thrust into that godawful homeless
world. Now, the longer it takes me to tell them - and you - the longer
they will live in hope. The slower I am to speak out the more they
manufacture hope up out of their bowels, like a spider his silken thread.
The longer and slower it is, the better, like good sex if you're into that
sort of thing.

R: Finally something we understand, sir.

O: Good. I knew you would. I kept it back for some time, so that your
hopes began to rise that now it was going to happen - or now - or now -
and your hope kept rising rising rising.

R: That is not all that was rising sir.

O: Well, you see how hope works. I myself learned how to STRETCH it out
over months and months - the most anticipated climax in American political
history, and all because my words ground exceeding slow - I let the
anticipation build up - often based on little or nothing, like a Ponzi
scheme - till on election day people were in a perfect storm of hope, a
frenzy of delayed political desire, and their votes were countless seeds
in the orgasm that brought my presidency to birth.

Rs: (Applause). Well done, sir!

O: Thank you gentlemen. I rehearsed it several times just for your
pleasure. Don't ever say I don't do anything for you.

R: Oh, we won't sir.

O: Excellent. And now it has finally come 'round to the appointed hour for
me to tell the American people just a bit (not too much!) of my bold new
invention. What I can tell you is the following (fanfare please)


O: I, Obama, do hereby and of this moment suspend the onerous evil
practice of foreclosure, and do hereby replace it with the much more
hopeful practice of Threeclosure

Reporter2: Uh - did we hear your right, sir - "Threeclosure"?

O: Indeed you did. Your have very good ears.

R2: Oh thank you sir.

O: Other questions?

Reporter3: Perhaps you could explain this "Threeclosure" to us. Right now
it sounds like a very bad joke. That somehow "three" is less bad and nicer
than "fore".

O: Well, it weighs less, or would be likely to if one could weigh those
sorts of things. Wouldn't you rather have three of something weighing you
down rather than four? Of course you would!

R3: Four gold bars would be nicer than three.

O: Perhaps, but three huge boulders would be better than four.

R3: I don't see much difference - just as I don't see much difference
between foreclosure and "Threeclosure" -  Hey, wait, this must be an
April's Fool!

O: I have never been more serious. Consider the advantages: When your
parents hear your name and Threeclosure together, they won't just like
that think it's the end of your world. Ditto for your wife, potential
employers, and so on. Foreclosure sounds so final. That's why we've come
up with "Threeclosure". One, it sounds better. Two, people don't right off
know what it is, and the less they know, the more they hope. This, might I
say, is how I became president - and how I hold off critics - they never
know when they'll fall on the wrong side of history, where hope will be
abundantly fulfilled - and then where will be the naysayers, Doubting
Thomases, carping critics? Hope holds them off. With hope, we can get
through this term and the next - at least I fervently hope so.

R3: Well, will "Threeclosure" keep people from being kicked out into the

O: We can hope so. We can't disappoint the citizens. Nor can we disappoint
the banks, bankers, sheriffs, redevelopers, low-wage employers, riot
police, prison guards, and so on, who are thrilled by foreclosure - and so
threeclosure can't disappoint them either. I hope it would put a kinder
gentler edge to the push out the door into the street. Everybody wins.

R3: It seems to us that the latter still wins way bigger than the

O: Please consider that it's all a capitalist president can do in a
capitalist country.

R3: There are some who hope that will change.

O: Far be it from me to discourage their hope. Everybody should hope for
something, even if it's impossible. It is just not going to be one of my
hopes, though you as free citizens are free to join in some ineffective
ridiculous minority and hope away.

Reporter4: Threeclosure seems close enough to foreclosure that soon enough
people will come to that conclusion and lose hope.

O: Ah, well, that's when we may - I don't promise it now - announce
something like "Twoclosure", which on the face of it seems half again
better than threeclosure and twice better than foreclosure.

R4: Right. And when people lose hope in twoclosure, there's oneclosure?

O: How did you know - ah - one never knows; that might be a smooth move. A
bold president makes smooth moves.

R4: And when that goes down, might we finally get noclosure/zeroclosure?

O: Oh, no, that would be socialism, not capitalism. Consider all the
compromises already made - from fore to three to two to one. It would
hardly be fair to go to zero, one side getting everything, the other side

R4: But this way one side is getting everything, while the other side is
getting merely pretty words and same old same old.

O: As you wish. I for one believe in pretty words, honeyed words,
misleading white lie words - anything that keeps people from descending on
us with pitchforks. It is my role to stave that off with all the song and
dance and sleight of hand I can. Did you know I've been taking magic

R4: Why no.

O: Yes. You learn to divert the audience's attention while you pocket the
money or whatever, and if you do it well they never know they've been
hoodwinked until long after I, uh, the magician, is out of town.

R4: You're not offering us much hope.

O: Oh, but I am. Did you know that Bush had in the works Fiveclosure and
then Six? No, there would have been no stopping them. It would have killed
hope right up front. What you do is important, but what you say you're
doing - or are going to do - is way more important.

R1: Thank you Mr President.

[Rush transcript by D Ernest-Shove]


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