Progressive Calendar 05.01.09
From: David Shove (
Date: Fri, 1 May 2009 02:10:47 -0700 (PDT)
            P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   05.01.09

1. No Iran war/Leg  5.01 8:30am
2. Mind freedom/Leg 5.01 10am
3. FFUNCH is BAACK! 5.01 11:30am
4. Immigrant rights 5.01 4pm
5. Eviction vigil   5.01 4pm
6. Edgertonites     5.01 6:30pm
7. Coke/Mexico/play 5.01 8pm
8. Moyers/torture   5.01 9pm

9. John Pilger - Obama's 100 days: The mad men did well

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From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at]>
Subject: No Iran war/Leg 5.01 8:30am

Senate Finance Committee Hearing: Tell Minnesota State Senators NO to
Senate File 131 "Divestment from Iran" (War Propaganda) Bill
Friday, May 1, 8:30 a.m. Minnesota State Capitol, Room 318 (Chair: Senator
Cohen), 75 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, St. Paul.

Neo-conservative hawks and well-funded, right-wing lobby groups want to
revive the Bush-era agenda of aggression toward the Middle East. A tiny
elite that championed the U.S. war on Iraq is leading a new,
well-orchestrated campaign to persuade state and local governments to
"divest" their holdings in foreign companies and U.S. overseas
subsidiaries doing business in Iran. And, like the run-up to the U.S. war
on Iraq, the campaign has attracted bipartisan support. State lobbying
disclosure reports reveal that lobbyists have spent a great deal of money
in Minnesota pushing this bill with Minnesota legislators. There are false
claims that Iran is a nuclear threat, much as false claims were made about
Iraq. Say No to Senate File 131 (House File 111) "Divestment from Iran"
bill. Come early with a sign (not allowed inside the hearing itself)
and/or sit in the audience. Endorsed by: WAMM. FFI: Call 612-827-5364.

If you have not yet called the members of the Senate Finance Committee to
encourage them to vote NO on Senate File 131 "Divestment from Iran" bill,
please do so today! Senators' offices may tell you that they only listen
to their own constituents' tell them (politely) that because the Minnesota
legislature decided to broaden its scope to include foreign policy, you
feel you have a right to be heard by all who represent Minnesota. Names
and contact information of committee members can be found at

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From: Louise Bouta <wellmindmn [at]>
Subject: Mind freedom/Leg 5.01 10am

We are having a rally at the State Capitol on Friday morning, May 1st from
10:00 to 2:00 p.m. Press Conference at 11:00.  David Oaks, founder and
Director of Mind Freedom International, Eugene, Oregon is coming and is
arranging it. This is to focus on Ray Sandford, resident of Coumbia
Heights, who is taken from his home every few weeks to receive shock
treatment at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. He has received about 40
shocks so far.

Also Al Galves from Las Cruces, New Mexico. a psychologist, is coming.

David Oaks has asked who wants to speak.  If you want to speak, please let
me know. They/we plan a workshop at some as yet undetermined place on
Saturday.  On Sunday, they will be in the May Day Parade. If you want to
know when/where the workshop will be, please answer this email.  Also if
you will be on the list of speakers.

Thanks, Louise Bouta Well Mind Association of Minnesota 6500 Woodlake
Drive # 201 Richfield, MN 55423 Phone 612-823-8249 wellmindmn [at]

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From: David Shove <shove001 [at]>
Subject: FFUNCH is BAACK! 5.01 11:30am

First Friday Lunch (FFUNCH) for progressives.
Informal political talk and hanging out.

Day By Day Cafe 477 W 7th Av St Paul.
Meet on the far south side.

Day By Day has soups, salads, sandwiches, and dangerous
apple pie; is close to downtown St Paul & on major bus lines
 ffunch        ffunch        ffunch        ffunch

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From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at]>
Subject: Immigrant rights 5.01 4pm

Protest for Immigrant Rights
Friday, May 1, 4:00 p.m. (March) 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Festival) Gather at
Lake Street and 13th Avenue, Minneapolis. March for immigrant rights,
followed by a festival at Nicollet Avenue and 29th Street, Minneapolis.
"Stop the raids and deportations! Legalization for all now! Pass employee
free choice act! Drivers licenses for all!"

Sponsored by: the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Coalition. WAMM is a
member of the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Coalition. FFI: Call 612
389 9174 or email tcmay1solidarity [at]

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From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at]>
Subject: Eviction vigil 5.01 4pm

"Dispossession is a Crime from Minneapolis to Palestine" Vigil
Friday, May 1, 4:00 p.m. (Ongoing) Corner of Clinton Avenue and Lake
Street, Minneapolis. Join others in a weekly vigil at the home of a
Minneapolis resident whose home has been foreclosed after 26 years of
residency. Stop the eviction of this home's resident.

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: jwilson [at]
Subject: Edgertonites 5.01 6:30pm

Edgertonite National Party meeting
Friday, 1 May 2009 - 6:30 PM
Spyhouse coffee shop, 2451 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN

This is largely a pro forma meeting; anyone seeking a break from the
immigration festivites at 28th and Nicollet from 5 to 8 PM the same day is
welcome to stop by, however.
More information: John Charles Wilson

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From: Alberto Justiniano <al [at]>
Subject: Coke/Mexico/play 5.01 8pm

Please consider celebrating *Cinco de Mayo* by coming to Teatro del
Pueblo's presentation of *The Real History of Coca Cola in Mexico*. (A
funny comedy about globalization and hypocrisy)

May 1,2, 7,8, 9 at 8:00pm; May 3rd 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm and May 10th 2:00 pm
Gremlin Theatre 2400 University Ave. West Saint Paul, MN 55114

Group Sales: Call (651) 224-8806
The best deal in town: $15 for adults; $12 students & Seniors (62 and
Tickets can be purchase by calling 1-800-838-3006 or online

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From: t r u t h o u t <messenger [at]>
Subject: Moyers/torture 5.01 9pm

Bill Moyers Journal | US Torture and Consequences?

Bill Moyers Journal: "New debate has emerged from the release of the
Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel memos approving extreme
measures of interrogation under the Bush administration. But, as the
president acknowledges 'a dark and painful chapter,' how should he respond
to allegations of torture? Bill Moyers sits down with Bruce Fein, former
deputy attorney general under President Ronald Reagan and chairman of the
American Freedom Agenda, and Mark Danner, who has been reporting on the US
treatment and interrogation of detainees for the New York Review of

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Obama's 100 Days: The Mad Men Did Well
by John Pilger
April 29th, 2009
Dissident Voice

The BBC's American television soap Mad Men offers a rare glimpse of the
power of corporate advertising. The promotion of smoking half a century
ago by the "smart" people of Madison Avenue, who knew the truth, led to
countless deaths. Advertising and its twin, public relations, became a way
of deceiving dreamt up by those who had read Freud and applied mass
psychology to anything from cigarettes to politics. Just as Marlboro Man
was virility itself, so politicians could be branded, packaged and sold.

It is more than 100 days since Barack Obama was elected president of the
United States. The "Obama brand" has been named Advertising Age's
"marketer of the year for 2008," easily beating Apple computers. David
Fenton of describes Obama's election campaign as "an
institutionalized mass-level automated technological community organizing
that has never existed before and is a very, very powerful force".
Deploying the internet and a slogan plagiarized from the Latino union
organizer Cesar Chavez - "S, se puede!: or "Yes, we can" - the mass-level
automated technological community marketed its brand to victory in a
country desperate to be rid of George W Bush.

No one knew what the new brand actually stood for. So accomplished was the
advertising (a record $75 million was spent on television commercials
alone) that many Americans actually believed Obama shared their opposition
to Bush's wars. In fact, he had repeatedly backed Bush's warmongering and
its congressional funding. Many Americans also believed he was the heir to
Martin Luther King's legacy of anti-colonialism. Yet if Obama had a theme
at all, apart from the vacuous "Change you can believe in," it was the
renewal of America as a dominant, avaricious bully. "We will be the most
powerful," he often declared.

Perhaps the Obama brand's most effective advertising was supplied free of
charge by those journalists who, as courtiers of a rapacious system,
promote shining knights. They depoliticized him, spinning his
platitudinous speeches as "adroit literary creations, rich, like those
Doric columns, with allusion " - .. (Charlotte Higgins in The Guardian).
The San Francisco Chronicle columnist Mark Morford wrote: "Many
spiritually advanced people I know. . . identify Obama as a Lightworker,
that rare kind of attuned being who . . . can actually help usher in a new
way of being on the planet".

In his first 100 days, Obama has excused torture, opposed habeas corpus
and demanded more secret government. He has kept Bush's gulag intact and
at least 17,000 prisoners beyond the reach of justice. On 24 April, his
lawyers won an appeal that ruled Guantanamo Bay prisoners were not
"persons", and therefore had no right not to be tortured. His national
intelligence director, Admiral Dennis Blair, says he believes torture
works. One of his senior US intelligence officials in Latin America is
accused of covering up the torture of an American nun in Guatemala in
1989; another is a Pinochet apologist. As Daniel Ellsberg has pointed out,
the US experienced a military coup under Bush, whose secretary of
"defense", Robert Gates, along with the same warmaking officials, has been
retained by Obama.

All over the world, America's violent assault on innocent people, directly
or by agents, has been stepped up. During the recent massacre in Gaza,
reports Seymour Hersh, "the Obama team let it be known that it would not
object to the planned resupply of 'smart bombs' and other hi-tech ordnance
that was already flowing to Israel" and being used to slaughter mostly
women and children. In Pakistan, the number of civilians killed by US
missiles called drones has more than doubled since Obama took office.

In Afghanistan, the US "strategy" of killing Pashtun tribespeople (the
"Taliban") has been extended by Obama to give the Pentagon time to build a
series of permanent bases right across the devastated country where, says
Secretary Gates, the US military will remain indefinitely. Obama's policy,
one unchanged since the Cold War, is to intimidate Russia and China, now
an imperial rival. He is proceeding with Bush's provocation of placing
missiles on Russia's western border, justifying it as a counter to Iran,
which he accuses, absurdly, of posing "a real threat" to Europe and the
US. On 5 April in Prague, he made a speech reported as "anti-nuclear". It
was nothing of the kind. Under the Pentagon's Reliable Replacement Warhead
program, the US is building new "tactical" nuclear weapons designed to
blur the distinction between nuclear and conventional war.

Perhaps the biggest lie - the equivalent of smoking is good for you - is
Obama's announcement that the US is leaving Iraq, the country it has
reduced to a river of blood. According to unabashed US army planners, as
many as 70,000 troops will remain "for the next 15 to 20 years". On 25
April, his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, alluded to this. It is not
surprising that the polls are showing that a growing number of Americans
believe they have been suckered - especially as the nation's economy has
been entrusted to the same fraudsters who destroyed it. Lawrence Summers,
Obama's principal economic adviser, is throwing $3 trillion at the same
banks that paid him more than $8 million last year, including $135,000 for
one speech. Change you can believe in.

Much of the American establishment loathed Bush and Cheney for exposing,
and threatening, the onward march of America's "grand design," as Henry
Kissinger, war criminal and now Obama adviser, calls it. In advertising
terms, Bush was a "brand collapse" whereas Obama, with his toothpaste
advertisement smile and righteous cliches, is a godsend. At a stroke, he
has seen off serious domestic dissent to war, and he brings tears to the
eyes, from Washington to Whitehall. He is the BBC's man, and CNN's man,
and Murdoch's man, and Wall Street's man, and the CIA's man. The Madmen
did well.

John Pilger is an internationally renowned investigative journalist and
documentary filmmaker. His latest film is The War on Democracy. His most
recent book is Freedom Next Time (Bantam/Random House, 2006).


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