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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 03:47:05 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 04.23.09 1. Dissent suppressed 4.24 1pm 2. Facilitation 4.24 4pm 3. Peace walk 4.25 9am Cambridge MN 4. EJAM Founders' Day 4.25 9:30am 5. Energy off the net 4.25 10am 6. Northtown vigil 4.25 2pm 7. Neoliberalism 4.25 9pm 8. Stillwater vigil 4.26 1pm 9. Palestine day 4.26 4pm 10. Renewable energy 4.26 7pm 11. Chris Floyd - Torture, war and the imperial project 12. Harvey Wasserman - Radioactive lies: Chernobyl could happen here 13. Joel Hirschhorn - Rule of law vetoed by President Obama 14. ed - bumpersticker --------1 of 14-------- From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at] gmail.com> Subject: Dissent suppressed 4.24 1pm The Suppression of Dissent Friday, April 24, 1-3pm @ the U of M, Minneapolis Jules Boykoff, author of Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in the United States (AK Press) speaks at the University of Minnesota. Organized to support the RNC 8. http://rnc8.org/2009/04/boykoff/ --------2 of 14-------- From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Facilitationn 4.24 4pm Participatory Facilitation Skills ALL SESSIONS ARE FREE. Participatory Facilitation Skills: Application Lab Friday April 24, 4-8pm Macalester College, Carnegie 204 Participants will bring ideas for real-life applications of the skills learned in the previous two sessions. Participants must come with a particular situation or group in mind. We'll use the meta method to design the process and specific applications of the tools. Participatory Facilitation Skills: Meta Method & Focused Conversation and Participatory Facilitation Skills: Consensus Workshop, or their equivalent are prerequisites for this course. This session is intended for community activists and leaders seeking to build their capacity to authentically engage their stakeholders in developing community solutions to our community's most pressing problems. Although these methods are applicable in all human endeavors, we will focus on community-based applications. Participants will need to download a free copy of the Participatory Skills Manual from GoodWorkTools.com prior to the session. Potluck! Please bring something to share, and your own utensils. Jonathan Bucki is a partner at the Dendros Group, LLC, author of the Participatory Skills Manual, a professional facilitator and trainer that has worked in all sectors in many different kinds of businesses and communities. His bio can be found at www.dendros.com. This session is offered through the generous support of GoodWorkIncubator.org --------3 of 14-------- From: Ken Reine <reine008 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Peace walk 4.25 9am Cambridge MN every Saturday 9AM to 9:35AM Peace walk in Cambridge - start at Hwy 95 and Fern Street --------4 of 14-------- From: ejadvocates [at] yahoogroups.com [mailto:ejadvocates [at] yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Kathleen Schuler Subject: EJAM Founders' Day 4.25 9:30am Join Us. as EJAM celebrates and empowers the community with its annual conference ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ADVOCATES OF MINNESOTA'S 6TH Annual Founders' Day BUILDING WITH COMMUNITY CREATING SUSTAINABLE FUTURES Saturday, April 25th 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Phyllis Wheatley Community Center 1301 10th Ave. N., Minneapolis FREE EVENT WITH LUNCH PROVIDED! Keynote Speaker DR. ROSE BREWER RBrewer.jpg Rose Brewer, PhD is a Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. She has written extensively on black families; race, gender & class; and public policy. Dr. Brewer serves as the co-chair of the EJAM Board of Directors. PARTICIPATE IN WORKSHOPS! Get the facts on: *Green collar jobs *Healthy homes *Working with Communities *Urban farming and *Small business models JOIN OUR PANELISTS' DISCUSSION! Hear from: *HIRE Minnesota - Healthcare, Infrastructure, and Renewable Energy *Lydia Women's Empowerment Ministries *Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, Chicago, IL *Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy There will also be dance, spoken-word and musical performances! Town Hall Forum We want to hear from you! At every EJAM event, attendees are encouraged to empower others by sharing their thoughts and inspiration, making us all partners for success! Contact: Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota Karen Monahan, community organizer 612.302.3100 or karenejam [at] yahoo.com --------5 of 14-------- From: Leslie Reindl <alteravista [at] usfamily.net> Subject: Energy off the net 4.25 10am Wilhelm's second workshop on creative redesign. It's at the community center near the university, which is a handy spot with parking. Designing for a Changing Future: Collaborating with Materials and Natural Forces OUTDOOR FURNACE--Using the Technology of DYNAMIC CONTAINMENT Saturday, April 25, 2009,10 am to noon Van Cleve Community Center, 901 15th Ave. SE (at corner with Como Ave.), Minneapolis (parking available) A free workshop that examines the current design of our society-enforced dependence and globalization - and ways to relocalize by developing skills and using natural forces to accomplish complex work. This workshop focuses on the technique of "dynamic containment," invented and patented by Wilhelm (with the university), that allows use of simple, inexpensive materials to create a powerful useful machine. Presented by Wilhelm Reindl, educated in physics at University of Munich, former researcher at University of Minnesota and with federal Bureau of Mines, energy consultant to government and industry, independent energy entrepreneur / inventor. FFI 651-633-4410, alteravista [at] gmail.com. Sponsored by Wilderness Connections, Inc., St. Paul --------6 of 14-------- From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 4.25 2pm Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday 2-3pm --------7 of 14-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Neoliberalism 4.25 9pm Multivalent Minneapolis Television Network (MTN) viewers: "Our World In Depth" cablecasts on MTN Channel 17 on Saturdays at 9pm and Tuesdays at 8am, after DemocracyNow! Households with basic cable may watch. Saturday, 4/25, 9pm and Tues, 4/28, 8am The Crisis of Neoliberalism guests: Peter Rachleff, history professor at Macalester College, Karen Redleaf, people's economist. keywords: economics, history of neoliberalism, Keynesianism, capitalism, supply-side economics, strikes in the US, class power, David Harvey, Karl Marx, Noam Chomsky. hosted by Eric Angell. --------8 of 14-------- From: scot b <earthmannow [at] comcast.net> Subject: Stillwater vigil 4.26 1pm A weekly Vigil for Peace Every Sunday, at the Stillwater bridge from 1- 2 p.m. Come after Church or after brunch ! All are invited to join in song and witness to the human desire for peace in our world. Signs need to be positive. Sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Peacemakers. If you have a United Nations flag or a United States flag please bring it. Be sure to dress for the weather . For more information go to <http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/>http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/ For more information you could call 651 275 0247 or 651 999 - 9560 --------9 of 14-------- From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at] gmail.com> Subject: Palestine day 4.26 4pm Palestine Day Sunday April 26, 2009, from 4pm-8pm @ Robbinsdale Middle School. 3730 Toledo Ave N, Robbinsdale. Directions: From Hwy 100, take 36th Ave E, turn right onto Regent Ave, turn left onto 38th Ave then turn left onto Toledo Ave. The school will be on your left hand side. Featuring: Allah Made Me Funny, Sanabil-Alquds Dabka Group (Dance troupe from Milwaukee)m & Speaker: Br. Hussein Khatib. Refreshments and light meals will be served. --------10 of 14-------- From: Kelly O'Brien <kellyobrien [at] visi.com> Subject: Renewable energy 4.26 7pm No green without green! The uphill fight for renewable energy in a recession Sunday, April 26, 7 p.m. St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church 3450 Irving Avenue South, Minneapolis David Morris, Vice-President Institute for Local Self-Reliance You're invited to a talk with a man who has been in the forefront of sustainable, environmentally friendly, and equitable community based economic development for over three decades. David Morris' The Homegrown Economy: A Prescription for Saint Paul’s Future led to the development of the Saint Paul District Heating System, the largest hot water district heating system in the nation. Author of over 200 books and articles on rural communities, energy, and sustainability, David Morris appears regularly on radio and TV. Download for free Morris' Self-Reliant Cities: Energy and the Transformation of Urban America revised in 2008 with a new forward and chapter on "The Ecological City." Mr. Morris has been an advisor on energy to four U.S. Presidents and is a nationally known expert on ethanol, wind-generated power, and electric vehicles. In "Energy Self-Reliant States: Homegrown Renewable Power," David Morris and John Farrell present data suggesting that at least half of the fifty states could meet all their energy needs from renewable energy generated inside their borders. Mark your calendar and let your friends know about this chance to hear from an outstanding proponent of community based clean energy. Sponsors: This is the first forum in the DFL Education Foundation Series: Rebuilding the Social Contract. This forum is sponsored by Senate District 60 DFL http://sd60dfl.org, the DFLEF http://www.dfleducationfoundation.org, and the Institute for Local Self Reliance http://www.ilsr.org. ---------11 of 14-------- Torture, War and the Imperial Project The Fatal Thread By CHRIS FLOYD CounterPunch April 22, 2009 With the release of the U.S. Senate's report on the Bush Administration torture program, it is now incontrovertibly clear - and officially established by the highest, most respectable Establishment institutions - that George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and a host of other top officials deliberately, willingly, and with malice aforethought, established a system of interrogation using brutal techniques that they knew were against the law. Hence the need for the torture memos that attempted to give retroactive legal cover for atrocities that were already taking place at the orders of the White House and the Pentagon. They were also told repeatedly that these tortures were ineffective at producing useful intelligence. What's more, it is now undeniable that they began this program long before they had captured even one "high-profile al Qaeda detainee," and that they were using these heinous techniques not in a desperate bid to save the nation from further attacks - which has long been their preening, self-serving claim - but instead to produce spurious data about the non-existent link between Iraq and al Qaeda. In other words, George Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld ordered their minions to beat and torment captives in order to get them to say something - anything - that could then be used to "justify" a war of aggression that these grand statesmen had been planning long before the September 11 attacks. You cannot disentangle the torture program from the war of aggression in Iraq - nor from the illegal wiretapping program, the corrupt war profiteering, and all the other degradations of liberty and law that have been so accelerated in the past eight years. They are all of a piece, part and parcel of a plan to expand and entrench America's "unipolar domination" of world affairs with a thoroughly militarized state led by an unaccountable, authoritarian "Unitary Executive." This is one reason why Barack Obama is so obviously reluctant to tug on the torture thread too hard. If you tear it out, with full-scale prosecutions and top officials locked up behind bars, the whole rotten skein would fall apart. Once you start genuinely subjecting government officials - including security apparatchiks and military brass - to the full extent of the law, there would be no end to the unraveling: senators, contractors, representatives, bureaucrats, generals, lobbyists, judges, corporate chiefs - the whole edifice of Establishment power would be shaken to the core as its leading lights went down, one after the other. Thus the mere act of applying the ordinary, bourgeois laws of the land as they stand right now would constitute a world-shaking revolution, an overthrow of the existing order every bit as radical as any ideologue's dream of mass uprising. It would be, in effect, a re-founding of the Republic - and the end of the empire, which cannot survive without continual war, lawless rule and endless corruption. And that's why we will not see Barack Obama follow such a course. He might, in the end, have to pull much harder on the torture thread than he wants to; as we noted yesterday, a few upper-level middlemen might have to be offered up as scapegoats to quell the PR tempest. But he has already demonstrated, over and over, that he has no intention or desire to unravel the skein of imperial power. Indeed, he is trying to strengthen that skein and bind it more tightly, as we have seen in his various court cases seeking to uphold or even expand authoritarian powers claimed by Bush, in his escalation of the Afghan war, in his continual expansion of attacks in Pakistan, in his servile coddling and protection of the CIA, and in his celebration of the "success" and "extraordinary achievement" of the war crime in Iraq. Ironically, the torture issue that he is so desperately trying to shake off his hands is in fact the one opportunity for the historical greatness that Obama - and his ardent fans - obviously yearn for. It holds forth the best chance - the last chance? - for dismantling the imperial machine of brutality and corruption, and starting anew. But he would not be where he is today if he were the kind of man to see - and seize - such an opportunity. He will let it go - and all hope for change, for renewal, for a re-founded Republic, will go with it. Chris Floyd is an American writer and a frequent contributor to CounterPunch. His blog, Empire Burlesque, can be found at www.chris-floyd.com [I believe the torture et al is also an attack on ethics, sympathy for others, empathy, community, cooperation, basic humanity. We are to be ground down to lifeless unfeeling zombies, willing to put up with anything, do anything, kill, lie, disown - whatever the ruling class wants in its drive to own EVERYTHING, stealing it from right in front of 99% of us, with no fear of the justified bloody revolution that would and should see them all dead. This is where capitalism leads: hell on earth engineered by the top .01 percent. We are damn fools/cowards to let them do it to us, posterity, civilization, nature, life, the earth. -ed] ---------12 of 14-------- Radioactive Lies Chernobyl Could Happen Here By HARVEY WASSERMAN CounterPunch April 22, 2009 A catastrophe like Chernobyl could happen here. It's the radioactive core of the second biggest lie in US industrial history. The atomic pushers say such a disaster is "impossible" at a US reactor. But Chernobyl's explosion spewed radiation all over the world. And Sunday's tragic 23rd anniversary reminds us that any reactor on this planet can kill innumerable people anywhere, at any time, by terror, error and more. It further clarifies why yet another grab at billions of taxpayer dollars for new reactor construction must be stopped NOW! The BIGGEST lie in US industrial history is that "nobody died at Three Mile Island". Just before last month's 30th anniversary of the central Pennsylvania melt down, critical new evidence was completely ignored by the corporate media. Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen, a former industry executive, reported in Harrisburg that new findings show far more radiation may have been released than previously estimated. Epidemiologist Stephen Wing of the University of North Carolina joined in a study indicating human health was indeed compromised downwind. To this day neither TMI's owners nor the Nuclear Regulatory Commission knows how much radiation escaped, where it went or whom it impacted. The Gundersen/Wing findings cast new light on the question of building more reactors. But they got a Stalinesque blackout from ALL corporate media, which parroted the official lie that "nobody was harmed" at the 1979 disaster. This week comes official Radioactive Lie #2: "Chernobyl can't happen here". Chernobyl Unit 4 exploded in the wee hours of April 26, 1986. It was of a different design than US reactors. But its lid was stronger than about a third of the domes covering plants here. The Soviets who ran it also said Chernobyl could not explode, and that in any event its lid would hold. On October 5, 1966, the Fermi I fast breeder reactor nearly delivered a far worse explosion. Cooled by highly volatile liquid sodium, it teetered for a month on the brink of a radioactive eruption that could have cratered much of southeastern Michigan and permanently destroyed the biggest fresh water bodies on Earth. The accident was kept under Soviet-style wraps for years. When TMI melted a potentially explosive hydrogen bubble formed inside the dome. Officials denied there was a melt-down (there was) but were privately terrified the trapped gas could rupture the containment. The escaping cloud would have contaminated millions along the east coast from Boston to Washington. Chernobyl's cloud blanketed Europe with deadly isotopes. Some came down in California within ten days, killing countless birds and possibly, in the long run, even more people. The radiation then crossed the entire northern United States, contaminating milk in New England. It returned later for a second pass. Reactor backers say Chernobyl "only" killed 31 plant workers. But the Soviets denied the accident happened, then ran 800,000 drafted "jumpers" through the radioactive corpse for a futile clean-up. They have been dying in droves for two decades. Chernobyl's radiation rained down on a May Day parade among citizens of Kiev who were told nothing about the catastrophe 80 kilometers away. The heartbreaking deformities plaguing the children born thereafter are the starkest reminders of that horrific day. Dr. Alexey Yablokov, former environmental advisor to the late President Boris Yeltsin, and president of the Center for Russian Environmental Policy, has estimated the known death toll at 300,000. The financial costs have topped a half-trillion dollars. The sale of lambs is still banned 2000 miles away in Wales and Scotland, where radioactive cesium still contaminates sheep farms and grazing land. The tidal wave of cancers, miscarriages, sterility and worse that still washes over the Ukraine and surrounding regions gets ever more horrifying as time passes. Because Chernobyl 4 was a new "state of the art" unit, its core spewed far less radiation than might come from older reactors at Indian Point, New York, or Oyster Creek, New Jersey, which has just been re-licensed to run twenty years beyond its original design specifications. Chernobyl's design was peculiar to the Soviets. But to say only it could explode is to argue that hybrid cars can't run people over, or that since there are no more World Trade towers, terrorists can no longer kill Americans. On January 31, 1986, four months prior to Chernobyl's explosion, an earthquake shook the Perry reactor east of Cleveland, which thankfully was not operating at the time. Now it is. By accident inspectors stumbled onto a football-sized hole eaten by boric acid to within a fraction of an inch through the pressure vessel at Davis-Besse near Toledo. A worker using a candle set a $100 million fire at the Browns Ferry reactor in Alabama. A cooling tower unexpectedly collapsed to the ground at Vermont Yankee. A basketball wrapped in tape was used to stop up a pipe at a reactor in Florida. This March 28, on TMI's 30th anniversary, an unexplained tremor shut Unit Two at Fermi. And, of course, the first jet that flew into the World Trade Center passed directly over the two decrepit reactors at Indian Point, as well as the three spent fuel pools and one dormant core shut for lack of an emergency cooling system. No reactor on this planet could withstand a similar terror attack. Small wonder the reactor industry cannot get private financing or insurance and has no place to go with its radioactive waste. Or why its pushers are yet again demanding $50 billion in loan guarantees for new reactor construction, and still more to perpetrate the myth that nuclear fuel can be reprocessed (to help stop this madness, see www.beyondnuclear.org, www.nirs.org and www.nukefree.org). Chernobyl remains history's worst human-made disaster. Something slightly different but even worse could be happening as you read this. Building new reactors, and keeping old ones running, will guarantee it. The only containment strong enough to make atomic energy truly safe is the political power YOU exert. Chernobyl "can't happen here" only if the reactors are turned off before they kill again. Harvey Wasserman has been writing about atomic energy and the green alternatives since 1973. His 1982 assertion to Bryant Gumbel on NBC's TODAY Show that people were killed at TMI sparked a national mailing from the reactor industry demanding a retraction. NBC was later bought by Westinghouse, still a major force pushing atomic power. He is the author of SOLARTOPIA! Our Green-Powered Earth, A.D. 2030, is at www.solartopia.org. He can be reached at: Windhw [at] aol.com --------13 of 14-------- Rule of Law Vetoed by President Obama by Joel S. Hirschhorn Dissident Voice April 22nd, 2009 There are no headlines or pontificating pundits, but the real news that has become crystal clear to any but the most delusional and distracted Americans is that President Obama has no commitment to applying the rule of law where it counts. Certainly, not applying it to the large number of rich and powerful people that have violated our Constitution and plunged the nation into economic disaster. Again and again we hear the flimsy argument from Obama and his top advisors that he wants to look forward and not backward. This is tortured logic when it comes to delivering justice in a nation supposedly cherishing the rule of law. The fundamental logic of honoring and applying the rule of law fairly to absolutely everyone is that people who have broken the law in the past must be held accountable and placed into the justice system after they have misbehaved. In other words, there is no actionable rule of law other than by looking backward into past misdeeds. So how can rational and intelligent people follow the logic of Obama and still believe that he truly understands and honors the rule of law? It is not believable when Obama says he will honor the rule of law in the future. Why should we trust his rhetoric when he refuses to enforce the rule of law for past actions by some of the most powerful people in America? [Tho top .01 percent - our ruler gods; let us all ritually kiss their manicured spotlit butts! Smack! yum yum! -ed] There is warranted and massive public disapproval of government as evidenced in the tea parties held across the nation last week. How can Americans respect government when it is so evident that the president stubbornly refuses to seek justice and punishment for those that have violated the public trust? Obama's reluctance to seek justice for those that have damaged the nation undermines his credibility as an honest public servant. All of this has taken on new importance as official documents from the Bush administration totally support the view that the US tortured prisoners in violation of international and domestic laws. President George W. Bush lied to us. And even before the latest events there were surely incredible amounts of evidence that high Bush administration officials savaged our Constitution. The constitutional balance of powers among the three branches of government has become a fiction. What Americans have every right to see is a large number of former elected and appointed officials in the Bush administration as well as many in the financial sector being arrested, indicted and confronted with criminal trials. Americans want to see aggressive prosecution and punishment. They want and deserve revenge and retribution, considering the astounding pain and suffering the vast majority of Americans now experience. We have every right to see in the public limelight what the world saw after World War II when Nazi criminals were tried and punished on the world stage. This is not happening because Obama seems to have more allegiance to the plutocracy that brought him to the presidency than to the public that has seen thousands of Americans killed in the unjust war in Iraq and now see their families, friends and neighbors suffering loss of jobs, retirement nest eggs, financial security, personal health and homes. When any politician does not enforce the rule of law then I worry that he or she may fear having the rule of law applied to them. We have witnessed crimes against humanity. We want President Obama to show complete commitment to the rule of law so that the many lying, corrupt and criminal Americans from both the public and private sectors that have caused so much harm are punished. That includes Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and many, many others in the Bush administration, including those that were supposed to regulate the financial sector. Obama and his underlings seem to say that doing this would be a distraction and a waste of time. Nuts! It is exactly what the nation needs to rebuild confidence in government and the justice system. On the positive side, there are some in Congress showing interest in prosecuting many culprits. But the White House may be exerting pressure behind the scenes to limit their actions. Applying the rule of law: If not now, then when? Yes, we can and should. Joel S. Hirschhorn has a new book, Delusional Democracy: Fixing the Republic Without Overthrowing the Government, which supports constitutional conventions and other peaceful ways to restore American democracy. --------14 of 14-------- bumpersticker ------------ TASTY FECE CLEAN COAL YUMMY SNOT ------------ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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