Progressive Calendar 05.02.09
From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)
Date: Sat, 2 May 2009 04:23:36 -0700 (PDT)
              P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   05.02.09

1. AHS protest       5.02 8:15am
2. Peace walk        5.02 9am Cambridge MN
3. Living green expo 5.02/03 10am
4. Northtown vigil   5.02 2pm
5. Gun safety        5.02 4:45pm
6. IWW benefit       5.02 5pm
7. Neo-libbers       5.02 9pm

8. Mumia Abu-Jamal - Turning point in history

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From: Ellen Weinstock <ellenweinstock [at] comcast.net>
Subject: AHS protest 5.02 8:15am

Please join me and many others in protesting at the Animal Humane
Society's Walk for Animals on Saturday morning, May 2 from 8:15 to 11
a.m..  (Registration for the walk starts at 8:30 and the walk starts at
11, so this is the time the most people will be coming through. If you
can't make it the whole time, please come anyway!)

The nearly 50% slaughter rate at the richest Humane Society in the Midwest
has gone on too long.  I'm pasting my press release below to give you more
background. Please share with anyone who may be interested.

Please don't park on AHS property, which is at the end of Meadow Lane
(they're on a cul-de-sac). But there is plenty of parking along the street
and in the office park before you get to AHS (several of the large office
buildings are empty, so it shouldn't be an issue - just be discreet). Or
you can take the 755 bus
(http://www.metrotransit.org/images/routes/755.pdf).

If you can, please come and dress comfortably (wear sunscreen!) and bring
a sign. I would like signs to focus on the kill rate generally, but some
of you may want to have signs about the St. Anthony cats who were killed
in February.

Some effective signs I saw at the last protest:

the simple word "SHAME" in red letters
ones that had printed-out photos of the St. Anthony cats on them
ones that said "You can cure ringworm, but you can't cure STUPID."

It's best to mount signs on a stick so that they are easier to hold. You
can do this cheaply by printing out on printer paper and pasting it to
leftover cardboard. I also saw ones that were "laminated" with clingwrap,
which is an excellent idea in case there's any drizzle.

If you want to consult on slogans, please email me. If you RSVP to me,
that would be great, too! (I'd like an idea of how many people we'll have
in case the media ask me.)

Hope to see you all there!!!  The animals depend on us!
With gratitude, Ellen
FFI: Ellen Weinstock, Attorney at Law
(651) 324-2779
ellenweinstock [at] comcast.net

This Saturday (May 2), Twin Cities animal lovers will be protesting at the
Animal Humane Society (AHS) Walk for Animals[1], asking AHS to start
working to make the Twin Cities a no-kill community.  Many other places
around the country have achieved save rates for homeless dogs and cats of
over 90%, including: Reno, NV[2]; Charlottesville, VA[3]; and Tompkins
County, NY[4]. Rescue groups, animal control agencies, and other shelters
in the Cities are already working together through the Homes for All Pets
Initiative[5], but the Animal Humane Society still kills almost half the
animals it takes in every year[6] and refuses to do the serious work
necessary to bring that number down, even though AHS is one of the richest
humane societies in the US, with assets of over $17M at the end of
2007.[7]

One recent example of AHS's high-kill policies was the questionable
killing of over 120 cats seized from a trailer home in the Minneapolis
suburb of St. Anthony. The Animal Humane Society seized the cats on
2/10/09, invited the media to cover the story. The AHS initially stated
that it would assess the cats for 2-3 weeks and treat their treatable
illnesses. Myriad local and national rescue groups started calling AHS to
offer help, but their pleas fell on deaf ears.  Many of these volunteers
and organizations had helped save animals from similar or worse hoarding
operations, such as a hoarder operation of 800 cats in the desert of
Pahrump, Nevada last year. The AHS admitted on 2/15 that it had already
killed ALL of the cats within 48 hours of taking them in.[8] (The
speeded-up timeline makes it unlikely that the cats were actually tested
for the illnesses they allegedly had.)

Animal lovers, including dog and cat mascots in costume, will protest
outside AHS in Golden Valley from 8:15 to 11 a.m. THIS SATURDAY, May 2
(Highway 55 and Meadow Lane N., one exit west of Theodore Wirth Parkway).
"Years of polite requests and offers of help to AHS and its Board of
Directors have not stopped the AHS slaughter," said Ellen Weinstock of St.
Paul, a lawyer who volunteers with homeless dogs. "All we can do now is
tell their donors how few animals AHS saves."

[1] http://www.animalhumanesociety.org/walk
[2] http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/success.html
[3] http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/success.html
[4] http://www.spcaonline.com/nokill.htm
[5]http://www.animalarkshelter.org/animal/ArkArticles.nsf/AllArticles/EC595B73E54B3D5686257204006BE606?OpenDocument
[6] AHS gives its last year statistics as placing or transferring 18,255 
animals (http://www.animalhumanesociety.org/aboutus/whatwedo). It "serves" 
36,000 animals per year. 
(http://www.animalhumanesociety.org/services/surrendering)
[7] http://www.animalhumanesociety.org/webfm_send/22
[8]http://animalarkshelter.org/animal/ArkArticles.nsf/EmailArticle/3590DF9CAA8644C686257560005A1D26
 (has links to television and newspaper stories)


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From: Ken Reine <reine008 [at] umn.edu>
Subject: Peace walk 5.02 9am Cambridge MN

every Saturday 9AM to 9:35AM
Peace walk in Cambridge - start at Hwy 95 and Fern Street


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From: Do It Green! Minnesota <Do_It_Green_Minnesota [at] mail.vresp.com>
Subject: Living green expo 5.02/03 10am

Living Green Expo - Sat & Sun May 2-3
Sat & Sun, May 2-3, 2009
Sat: 10am-6pm
Sun: 10-am-5pm
Minnesota State Fair Grounds, Grandstand, St. Paul

The 8th Annual Living Green Expo will feature over 250 exhibitors who
offer practical advice on how to make effective, sustainable choices.
Learn from the experts in one of the 62 workshops.
Get in on the latest green technologies. Connect with others who value
green living.

At Minnesota's largest environmental event, you'll find everything from
how to compost and reduce toxicity in your home, to using the latest
energy-saving technology, to cooking with organic, locally grown food.
This family-friendly event features kids' activities and an exciting music
lineup.

Admission is free! Secure bike storage is available and Metro Transit is
offering free rides to the Expo using the Go Greener Pass. Visit the link
below for more information on exhibitors, workshops and activities.

Click here to find out more or register to volunteer at the event
http://cts.vresp.com/c/?twincitiesgreenguide/050a3704a9/8acadfd1b4/c329adee00

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From: MetroIBA <info [at] metroiba.org>
Subject: Meet us at the Green Expo

Please stop by and visit our booth at the Living Green Expo, May 2nd and
3rd at the MN State Fair Grounds. This is a free event and is open from
10:00 to 6:00 Saturday and 10:00 to 5:00 Sunday.  We will be selling
copies of Stacy Mitchell's book, Big Box Swindle, and passing out Passport
directories of our membership.  Look for us in the Outdoor Living area
just outside the main building.

Supporting locally owned businesses is more than an economic issue, it is
an environmental issue as well. As a whole, local stores make better use
of existing structures, reducing sprawl. Vibrant downtowns encourage
walking and alternatives to automobile traffic. Buying locally produced
goods also reduces the amount of pollution caused by transporting goods
across the country.

While you're there, make sure to say hi to other MetroIBA member
exhibitors, AM 950 KTNF, Linden Hills Natural Home, Locus Architecture,
Pea Pods Natural Toys, and Warners' Stellian.

For more information about the Expo, visit
http://www.metroiba.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=18&qid=25


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From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com
Subject: Northtown vigil 5.02 2pm

Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday
2-3pm


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From: "Heather Martens, Citizens for a Safer Minnesota"
    <csm [at] endgunviolence.com>
Subject: Gun safety 5.02 4:45pm

Join us on Saturday, May 2, 4:45-7 p.m. for a reception at the Urban
League, 2100 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis. We'll celebrate together,
and you'll be the first to see our brand new, hard-hitting TV spot!

Go to www.endgunviolence.com to register. Your donation will support
Citizens for a Safer Minnesota.

The reception immediately follows an exciting conference on Preventing
Violence and Promoting Peace in Our Communities - The Spirit of Sankofa
II. Register on line now for this Twin Cities Anti-Violence Coalition
event! Registration of $35 covers both the conference and the reception.
Visit www.endgunviolence.com.

At the conference, you will find out what works in all aspects of violence
prevention - gun violence, domestic violence, gang violence -- and what
communities can do. Help create a community action plan. Earn 9 continuing
education credits in social work. Meet others in the Twin Cities' vibrant
community of peacemakers! Visit www.endgunviolence.com to register/donate.
Parking is free.

With your support, we are working tirelessly to stop the carnage. Citizens
for a Safer Minnesota has drafted bills, visited legislators, aired radio
ads, brought you to the Capitol and stepped up the emails. We've put the
gun lobby in a panic. The movement for gun violence prevention is stronger
because of you!

On Monday, April 20, statewide TV news carried our Columbine memorial
event at the Capitol! Donna Evans sounded a gong in memory of the victims
of Columbine and the 32 people who die from gun homicide each day in the
United States. And on Tuesday, April 21, a Federal bill was introduced to
close the gun show loophole!

Heather Martens Executive Director Citizens for a Safer Minnesota

From: "Heather Martens, Citizens for a Safer Minnesota"
Subject: Victory! House Finance Committee votes to close gun show loophole!

Thanks to an outpouring of hundreds of emails from you, the House Finance
Committee on Tuesday night voted to close the gun show loophole!  Rep.
Michael Paymar's amendment to the Game and Fish bill passed 12-11! (For
more detail, scroll down.)

IT'S TIME TO CELEBRATE!! Join us SATURDAY, MAY 2, from 4:45 to 7 p.m. at
the Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Ave. N. Minneapolis, following the
day-long Promoting Peace in Our Communities conference. RSVP by replying
to this email or going to this link:
http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5610/c/237/t/5480/event/index.jsp?event_KEY=6400
(A donation is requested.)

We'd like to thank the representatives who voted to close the gun show
loophole: Reps. John Benson, Bobby Champion, Karen Clark, Mindy Greiling,
Alice Hausman, Phyllis Kahn, Kate Knuth, Ann Lenczewski, Michael Paymar,
Nora Slawik, Lyndon Carlson, and Paul Thissen. You can thank all of them
at once using this link:
http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5610/c/237/t/5480/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=1474

There is more work to do. Your participation and support helps us to
educate the public about gun violence prevention and work for sensible
policy around guns. If you can't be with us Saturday, please consider
making a donation by visiting www.endgunviolence.com.

Heather Martens Executive Director Citizens for a Safer Minnesota
www.endgunviolence.com

MORE about the bill, the debate and vote:

The gun show loophole bill would require a background check before the
sale of any gun sale at a gun show. Current law requires such checks only
if the seller is a Federally licensed dealer. To become law, this measure
will need to pass in the House and Senate.

Before the meeting, the NRA sent out emails claiming that only 1 percent
of crime guns come from gun shows, a figure based on interviews with
convicts. But during the committee discussion, Rep. Paymar made it clear
that the ATF has identified gun shows as a major trafficking channel.
Convicts who are not themselves gun traffickers have little understanding
of the gun trafficking pipeline. From 2004 to 2006, the ATF made one
arrest for every 1.6 gun shows investigated. (An excellent new report on
no-check gun sales can be found at
http://www.bradycenter.org/xshare/pdf/reports/no-check-no-gun-report.pdf)

QUOTES of the day:
Rep. Al Juhnke, to Rep. Bobby Champion of North Minneapolis: "If I lived
in your district, I'd vote for everything (gun regulation)."
Rep. Tom Hackbarth to one of our supporters by email: "I do not support
infringing upon a person's second amendment right; or any of their
constitutional rights!"

THE VOTES
Voting against were Reps. Laura Brod, Mark Buesgens, Pat Garofalo, Tom
Hackbarth, Bill Hilty, Al Juhnke, Paul Kohls, Tom Rukavina, Ron Shimanski,
Steve Smith, Loren Solberg.
 Abstention: Rep. Steve Simon.

 Absent: Reps. Tom Emmer, Larry Howes, Tom Huntley, Mary Kiffmeyer, Mary
Murphy, Gene Pelowski, Joyce Peppin, Marty Seifert, Ryan Winkler, Jean
Wagenius.
For more information, and to stay posted on what happens next with the
bill, visit our web site, www.endgunviolence.com.


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From: Kirsten Kohlhase <kkohlhase [at] gmail.com>
Subject: IWW benefit 5.02 5pm

ONE BIG MAY DAY PARTY!
Saturday May 2nd
14 Bands!
Food and Drinks
Benefit for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) & Sisters Camelot
The Brand New Sisters Camelot Show Space
2657 32nd Ave. S. Minneapolis
5:00pm Doors *All ages*
$5-10 suggested donation

Brian Whitson and the Night Wolves
Truck Stops Across America
Ogre Smash Death Boom
Holy!Holy!Holy! (MO)
Building Better Bombs
Bla Bla Blacksheep
Nancy Drew Crew
Junkyard Empire
Shannon Murray
Bouncer Fighter
Clawthroat
Black Sails
Terracide
ShugE

Twin Cities Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
twincities [at] iww.org * 612-339-1266 * P.O. Box 14111, Minneapolis, MN 55414


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From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net>
Subject: Neo-libbers 5.02 9pm

Maying 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, 5/2, 9pm and Tues, 5/5, 8am
The Crisis of Neoliberalism (repeat)

guests: Peter Rachleff, history professor at Macalester College, Karen
Redleaf, people's economist.


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Turning Point in History
By Abu-Jamal, Mumia
May, 02 2009
ZNet

As these words are being written, the G20 meeting is taking place in the
world's second major banking city (London), and US president Barack Obama
has arrived with a retinue not seen since an imperial king visited his
dominions in the hinterlands, to impress upon the rabble the power and
splendor of Empire.

But, as always, looks can be deceiving, for the true princes wear no
diadems, and sport no trains.  They are the princes of Capital, and as
Marx has aptly observed, they occupy the 'commanding heights' of economic
power, and thus, the political leaders meet to kiss their rings, in
private and in silence.

But, for the last 5 months or so, those 'commanding heights' don't seem so
commanding any more.

As banks crumble overnight, and as long-term businesses and firms
dissolve; as foreclosures gather speed, and unemployment rises like a
thermometer in hell, capital's place hasn't seemed this insecure in
several lifetimes.

If we lived in a world ruled by logic and reason, it would appear that
this should be the time of left ascendancy, when socialist ideas stormed
the barricades of capital, sending their stone idols crashing to the
earth.

Yet, this is hardly our reality.

Why, we wonder?

It seems to me that some fundamentals need recounting here, as they've
been no doubt through days of your panel and workshop meetings.

Capital is like a vampire; it has many faces and many lives.

In the last several decades, we've seen the erection of so-called think
tanks, the well-capitalized repositories of court scholars, whose jobs it
is to defend capitalist ideas and promote all manner of retrograde,
anti-social and indeed, repressive ideas.  Because of their wealth and
influence, they have ready access to the mikes of media, and are thus able
to amplify their volume and influence, and achieve the status of
ubiquitous expert - on all matters, big and small.  Such figures such as
these proved pivotal in the 2001 and 2002 selling of the Iraq War, and
their voices peppered the aural universe like wallpaper, with claims that
now seem quite ridiculous: "Americans will be greeted like liberators":
"They'll toss flowers at our feet": "A garden of democracy will spring
from our efforts", and the like.

Now, of course, this was bull-manure, but the point is, it doesn't matter.
They're back. Many are out of government, yet thanks to billions socked
into the think tanks, they are a kind of shadow government, who still are
able to bum rush the mike, now as think-tankers, immune from failure, for
they have lifetime sinecures from capital.

Not surprisingly, there is no left counterpoint (as far as I know).

In part, I think, because the left doesn't possess the right's resources,
or alternatively, such resources aren't utilized in this fashion.

Thus, at a time when capital has come under serious question, few are the
voices primed to offer any mass alternative, or if present, (as in this
conference) how does it reach a mass audience?  Or does it?

We just saw a general election several months ago in which one party
repeatedly tried to accuse the other of being "socialist."  Of course, to
a forum such as this, that's hardly a slur; but didn't you wish that the
candidate really was a socialist?

Of course, if he were, he could hardly have enjoyed the corporate largesse
that made his candidacy possible (not to mention the support of the party
apparatus).

But, ultimately, it matters little what's at top, as long as folks at the
bottom are mobilized and organized and militant in defense of their class
and social interests.

In a nutshell, there is no alternative to social movements.

People should be crowding the streets in protest of the present economic
situation, when bankers get hundreds of billions in public monies, and
people get foreclosure notices, as well as lay-off slips, amid the terror
of homelessness.

But, as [Freidrich] Engels opined in the introduction to Marx's The Civil
War in France (1871), "[T]he state is nothing else than a machine for the
oppression of one class by another, and indeed no less so in the
democratic republic than in the monarchy"  (26).

In the Communist Manifesto,(150 anniversary edition  (1998:Kerr Publ.)
Marx reminds us that "The executive of the modern state is but a committee
for managing...the whole bourgeoisie" (14-15).  That is, a democratic
state is but an instrument of the bourgeoisie - nothing more, nothing
less.

Seen from this light, why should they not squander public wealth for
private ends?  Are they not tools of private wealth and influence?

Social movements, movements of the masses of the people, break those links
by forcing them to serve public needs with public resources - and to at
least give a better show of serving their interests.

We live in an era where wars are waged in the name of democracy, yet few
institutions are as profoundly undemocratic as financial ones.

The wealthy, in fact, the architects of economic ruin and failure, are
[seen as] inherently worthy of multi-billion dollar bailouts - while the
poor and unemployed deserve, at best, our sympathy; and at worst; our
contempt.

Those ways of thinking taint and poison our consciousness, and influence
not only our thinking, but foreclose avenues of alternative resolutions.

All around us, in the failing businesses, the joblessness, and the
foreclosures which gave rise to homelessness, are proofs of capitalism's
crises, which are growing as we speak.

This is the essence of the business cycle - boom and bust; bust and boom.
Wars in defense of corporate greed and industrial acquisition.

More for the millionaires and billionaires - nothing for the many.

What social condition could be better for our purposes?

What more is needed to show that the present status quo is a recipe for
more failure?

This is a great opportunity that may not come again for generations - let
us not waste it.

Let us organize our movements with an eye towards the seriousness of the
hour.

For we live in an hour not seen since the 1930s, in a time when
politicians owe their offices to the very forces of speculative capitalism
that wrought this epic disaster, and thus are loath to go against their
paymasters, even in a time of crisis.

The epicenters of this economic earthquake are in New York and London,
where the mortgage-trading scams originated and matured into new ways of
creating great wealth.

And in the capitals of both economic empires, the elected leaders,
American President Barack Obama, and British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown,
fear the claim that they are socialists, and are thus hesitant to exert
more than symbolic dominance over the banks that have demonstrated their
inability to manage their own assets, not to mention the wealth of
nations.

Now is the time to organize, to expand our movements, to protest  in our
strength and our diversity, for if history teaches us anything, if the
left fails to organize, the right will do so.

I don't say this lightly, but as a result of my reading of a set of
lectures delivered by the brilliant Marxist historian and revolutionary
organizer, C.L.R. James, in Trinidad, during the summer of 1960.  These
were collected years later in Modern Politics (1973). James, speaking to
Trinidad Public Library's Adult Education Program, discussed the pivotal
turning point facing Germany in 1931-32.  It was a period, he explained,
in which the future of Europe would be decided.  Here now, a direct quote
from James:

The German Communists got instruction from Moscow to let Hitler come into
power.  These things are very difficult to say to an audience that is not
familiar with the material and cannot go to town tomorrow morning and buy
books.  I have brought here my own book, written in 1937.  I have 52 pages
(the Chairman will corroborate) on Germany in those days, and the title of
the chapter is, "After Hitler Our Turn."  That was the slogan of the
German Communist Party in Germany from 1930 -1931 right up to the time
that Hitler came into power in 1933. Let him come in.  He will be a
failure, and then we will make the revolution. They were the specific
instructions of Stalin [p.58]

My point here?

If the Left fails to organize, the Right will do so.

We are all at a critical turning point in American and world history.

What happens next may depend on our efforts.

Thank You!

Ona Move! Long Live John Africa!

>From Death Row, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal


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