Progressive Calendar 05.13.09
From: David Shove (
Date: Wed, 13 May 2009 15:23:24 -0700 (PDT)
             P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   05.13.09

1. No new MN nukes   5.13 ff
2. RNC/Gaertner      5.13 5;30pm
3. Internet commons  5.13 7:30pm
4. Amnesty Intl      5.13 7:30pm

5. Eagan peace vigil 5.14 4:30pm
6. Northtown vigil   5.14 5pm
7. Peace education   5.14 6:45pm
8. AWC new members   5.14 7pm
9. Kip Sullivan      5.14 7pm
10. Forester/trees   5.14 7:30pm

11. Kevin Zeese   - Now fan the flames: a populist health care rebellion
12. Scott McLarty - GP endorses national day of single-payer action

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From: PRO826 [at]
Subject: No new MN nukes 5.13 ff [and following days]

ACTION ALERT!!  Contact members of the MN House/Senate Conference
Re:  No new nuclear power plants for Minnesota

Contact the legislators listed below of the newly designated conference
committee which may decide to overturn the prohibition of certificate of
need for new nuclear power plants in Minnesota.  The committee has been
appointed due to the fact that amendment to overturn the prohibition of
certificate of need for nuclear power plants passed in the MN Senate, but
not the MN House.  Thus, the process is that the legislators will meet in
conference to decide and compromise on a solution of their differences.

Tell the members of the energy conference committee to vote NO on SF 0550,
which would allow the nuclear power plant certificate of need issuance
prohibition to be eliminated.  Instead, our legislators should be focusing
on viable renewable energy sources for our state.

Representative Bill Hilty - 651-296-4308 or 800-788-1329 or
rep.bill.hilty [at]
Representative Andrew Falk -     651-296-4228 or rep.andrew.falk [at]
Representative Sheldon Johnson - 651-296-4201 or
                                             rep.sheldon.johnson [at]
Representative Jeremy Kalin -   651-296-5377 or rep.jeremy.kalin [at]
Representative Michael Beard -  651-296-8872 or rep.mike.beard [at]
Senator Yvonne Prettner-Solon - 651.296.4188 (no direct email address
Senator John Doll -    651.296.5975 or sen.john.doll [at]
Senator Scott Dibble - 651.296.4191 or sen.scott.dibble [at]
Senator David Senjem - 651.296.3903 or sen.david.senjem [at]
Senator Dan Sparks -   651.296.9248 or sen.daniel.sparks [at]

SF 0550 reads:

S. F. No. 550, A bill for an act relating to energy; providing for energy
conservation; regulating utility rates; removing prohibition on issuing
certificate of need for new nuclear power plant; providing for various
Legislative Energy Commission studies; regulating utilities;  amending
Minnesota Statutes 2008, sections 216A.03, subdivision 6, by adding a
subdivision; 216B.16, subdivisions 2, 6c, 7b, by adding a subdivision;
216B.1645, subdivision 2a; 216B.169, subdivision 2; 216B.1691, subdivision
2a; 216B.23, by adding a subdivision; 216B.241, subdivisions 1c, 5a, 9;
216B.2411, subdivisions 1, 2; 216B.2424, subdivision 5a; 216B.243,
subdivisions 3b, 8, 9; 216C.11; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 216C; repealing Laws 2007, chapter 3, section 3.

For Sane Energy Policies in Minnesota,
Danene Provencher
Board member of West Metro Global Warming Action Group, Inc.

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Date: Wed, 13 May 2009 09:10:18 -0700 (PDT)
From: info [at]
Subject: RNC/Gaertner 5.13 5;30pm

[friendsofthernc8] Minneapolis-TONIGHT-Free Spaghetti Dinner
w/Susan Gaertner at Powderhorn Park
--Please post widely--Last Minute Support Event Tonight

That's right, it's never to early to press the flesh for your campaign, so
tonight Susan and a bunch of other DFL hacks (including Al Franken) will
be invading our neighborhood and hosting a FREE spaghetti dinner at
Powderhorn Park from 5:30-8pm. Show up, eat some free food, and tell Susan
face-to-face to DROP THE CHARGES!

If you can't make it tonight, take a minute today to call the Ramsey
County Attorney's Office at 651-266-3222 and tell them over the phone.

from the dinner organizers-
Heads up that a huge amount of elected officials and gubernatiorial candidates
will be in attendance, including:
Al Franken
Mark Dayton
Matt Entenza
Susan Gaertner
Margaret Anderson Kelliher
Paul Thissen

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From: david unowsky <david.unowsky [at]>
Subject: Internet commons 5.13 7:30pm

David Bollier discusses his book
Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own
7:30pm, Wednesday, May 13, at Magers & Quinn Booksellers.

"A world organized around centralized control, strict intellectual
property rights, and hierarchies of credentialed experts is under siege. A
radically different order of society based on open access, decentralized
creativity, collaborative intelligence, and cheap and easy sharing is
ascendant." - From Viral Spiral

>From free and open-source software, Creative Commons licenses, Wikipedia,
remix music and video mashups, peer production, open science, open
education, and open business, the world of digital media has spawned a new
"sharing economy" that increasingly competes with entrenched media giants.

Reporting from the heart of this "free culture" movement, journalist and
activist David Bollier provides the first comprehensive history of the
attempt by a global brigade of techies, lawyers, artists, musicians,
scientists, businesspeople, innovators, and geeks of all stripes to create
a digital republic committed to freedom and innovation. Viral Spiral - the
term Bollier coins to describe the almost-magical process by which
Internet users can come together to build online commons and tools -
brilliantly interweaves the disparate strands of this eclectic movement.
The story describes major technological developments and pivotal legal
struggles, as well as fascinating profiles of hacker Richard Stallman,
copyright scholar Lawrence Lessig, and other colorful figures.

A milestone in reporting on the Internet by one of our leading media
critics, Viral Spiral is for anyone seeking to take the full measure of
the new digital era.

David Bollier is a journalist, activist, and public policy analyst as well
as editor of and cofounder of Public Knowledge. Senior
Fellow at the Norman Lear Center, Bollier is the author of numerous highly
praised books, including Brand Name Bullies and Silent Theft. He lives in
Amherst, MA.

"[Bollier] get[s] at . . . the fundamental, primary political issue that
can be the underlying value for regenerating progressive politics in our
country, and that value is the common good versus private greed." - Jim
Hightower, Texas Observer

For further information, contact: David Unowsky 612/822-4611
davidu [at]


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From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at]>
Subject: Amnesty Intl 5.13 7:30pm

AIUSA Group 640 (Saint Paul) meets Wednesday, May 13th, at 7:30 p.m. Mad
Hatter Teahouse, 943 West 7th Street, Saint Paul.

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From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at]>
Subject: Eagan peace vigil 5.14 4:30pm

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.

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From: EKalamboki [at]
Subject: Northtown vigil 5.14 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]

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From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at]>
Subject: Peace education 5.14 6:45pm

On Thursday May 14, 6:45 PM, Lynn Elling, founder of World Citizen, Inc.
will speak on "Into Action - A New Declaration of World Citizenship: Peace
Education - A Community Priority". Lynn will share his inspiring story as
well as his thoughts on "re-tooling and re-fueling" our current peace
efforts.  Lynn and others will describe aspects of World Citizen Peace
Education, the International Peace Site Program, and the Nobel Peace Prize
Festival at the Parish Community of St. Joseph, 8701-36th Avenue N., New
Hope (SW corner of Boone and 36th).  This program is free and open to all.
For more information, please call Leslie at 763-360-0588. .*

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From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at]>
Subject: AWC new members 5.14 7pm

Thursday, May 14 @ 7pm
Rm 112C - Univ. Technology Center, 1313 5th St. SE, Mpls*
Help plan our participation the GLBT Pride Festival, and other summer
activities. Our meetings our open every week (same time and place), so come
whatever day works best for you.

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From: Thomas R. Smith <thosmith [at]>
Subject: Kip Sullivan 5.14 7pm

Kip Sullivan, MN author and health care reform advocate, will be a guest
speaker Thursday May 14, 7-8:30 PM at the Agave Kitchen in Hudson.
Sponsored by the St. Croix County Democratic Party, Sullivan is a member
of the Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition and is directly
involved with efforts to craft reform legislation in Minnesota.

Take advantage of this opportunity to hear from an expert on health care
policy, history, and reform efforts.

For more information, call (715)381-9600 or visit

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From: david unowsky <david.unowsky [at]>
Subject: Forester/trees 5.14 7:30pm

MAGERS AND QUINN PRESS RELEASE : For Immediate Distribution : Jeff
Forester discusses his book Forest for the Trees - 7:30pm, Thursday, May
14, at Magers & Quinn Booksellers.

Author Jeff Forester describes how humans have occupied and managed the
northern borderlands of Minnesota, from tribal burning to pioneer and
industrial logging to evolving conceptions of wilderness and restoration
forestry. On the surface a story of Minnesota's borderlands, The Forest
for the Trees more broadly explores the nation's history of resource
extraction and wilderness preservation, casting forward to consider what
today's actions may mean for the future of America's forests.

>From early settlers and industrialists seeking the pine forests' wealth to
modern visitors valuing the tranquility of protected wilderness, the
region known today as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has
offered assorted treasures to each generation. By focusing on the
ecological history of the BWCAW's Winton watershed, Forester shows how the
global story of logging, forestry, conservation, and resource management
unfolded in the northern woods of Minnesota. The result is a telling
exploration of human attitudes toward wilderness: the grasp after a
forest's resources, the battles between logging and tourist interests, and
decades of conservation efforts that have left northern Minnesota denuded
of white pine and threatened with potentially devastating fire.

The result of a decade of research, The Forest for the Trees chronicles
six phases of human interaction with the BWCAW: tribal, burning the land
for cultivation; pioneering, harvesting lumber on a small scale;
industrial, accelerating the cut and consequently increasing the fire
danger; conservation, reacting to both widespread fires and unsustainable
harvest levels; wilderness, recognizing important values in woodlands
beyond timber; and finally restoration, using prescribed burns and other
techniques to return the forest to its "natural" state. Whether promoted
or excluded, one constant through these phases is fire. The Forest for the
Trees explores how tribal people burned the land to encourage agriculture,
how conservationists and others later fought fire in the woods by
completely suppressing it, and finally how scientific understanding
brought the debate full circle, as recent controlled burns in the BWCAW
seek to lessen significant fuel loads that could produce fires of
unprecedented magnitude.

Jeff Forester is a freelance writer whose work has been published in Whole
Earth Review, Rolling Stone, Oregon Quarterly, and Timberline. He is
executive director of a nonprofit organization and an instructor at
Concordia University in St. Paul.

For further information, contact: David Unowsky 612/822-4611
davidu [at]

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The Fires are It, Now Fan the Flames
A Populist Health Care Rebellion
May 13, 2009

Last week when I was one of the Baucus Eight, so-named because eight of us
were arrested before Sen. Baucus, I hoped others would join us.
Yesterday, they did. And, the single payer movement grew stronger.

Before the hearing I joined nearly 50 people in a spirited protest outside
the U.S. senate letting all who entered know we wanted a single payer
national health care plan.

And, inside there were a series of protests.

As the hearing began, and Sen. Baucus was speaking a group of about 30
nurses, dressed in their red hospital uniforms, stood up and turned their
backs on Baucus. They had pinned to their backs: "Nurses Say: Stop AHIP.
Pass Single Payer" (AHIP is America's Health Insurance Plans - the health
insurance industry lobby.)

The nurses left the room to applause.

Then doctors, nurses and advocates stood up and one by one and spoke
directly to Senator Baucus.

DeAnn McEwen, a registered nurse from California said: "Today is Florence
Nightingale's birthday. Florence Nightingale said if there were none to
hope for any better, there would never be any better. This country needs a
single payer health care system".

Then, another RN from California stood up: "People at the table have
failed Americans for 30 years. We want single payer at the table. We want
guaranteed health care so we can give the care we need, when we need to
give it".

She was followed by Dr. Judy Dasovich of Springfield, Missouri, who said
"We request that single payer advocates be allowed at the table. Health
care should be for patients not for profits".

Dr. Steven Fenichel of Ocean City, NJ followed adding: "It's a sense of
outrage that brings me to your Senate chambers today. These people were
entrusted by the American people to serve the American people's interests.
And they are just serving the interests of the insurance companies and
drug companies - the people be damned".

Jerry Call, a member of Physicians for a National Health Program from
South Thomaston, Maine was the final advocate from the audience, speaking
for the majority of Americans shut out from the discussion, and saying:
"Sixty percent of Americans and sixty percent of physicians want single
payer. Why aren't sixty percent of the people up front not single payer

All five were arrested and taken away for booking. They were charged with
Disruption of Congress, the same offense I will go to court for on May

Now, 13 have been arrested - the Baucus 8 have morphed into the Baucus 13
- demanding a seat at the table; merely urging that the most popular
health reform among the people as well as among doctors, nurses and
economists be part of the conversation.

Outside as each new Baucus criminal was walked before the crowd, now
approximately 75 people - they were all cheered.

These are the democracy heroes. These are the types of people that change
the equation from money and profits to people and human rights.

Tomorrow, there will be a march to the senate, a rally and an afternoon of
nearly 1,000 people lobbying for real health care reform. An end to
corporate insurance profiting from illness and not allowing doctors to
practice medicine and nurses to care for patients.

We have lit a fire, now we must fan the flame into a populist movement
that breaks the corporate stranglehold in Washington, DC. The people need
to be organized, persistent and insistent. We need to grow the single
payer movement so it cannot be ignored.


Visit ProsperityAgenda.US and join in efforts for single payer.

For a series of photos showing nurses and doctors being arrested in
protest for single payer health care click the link below: [at] N06/3526172446/

Kevin Zeese is Executive Director of the Campaign for Fresh Air and Clean
Politics ( whose projects include Voters for
Peace (www.VotersForPeace.US., Prosperity Agenda
(www.ProsperityAgenda.US), True Vote and Climate Security

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From: Rhoda Gilman <rhodagilman [at]>
From: Scott McLarty <scottmclarty [at]>
Subject: GP endorses national day of single-payer action

Green Party endorses national Day of Action for Single-Payer health care on
May 30

- Health care industry pledge to slow health care costs, announced by
Obama on Monday, is a scam to block real reform, say Greens

- Greens call for charges against the Baucus 13 (Single-Payer advocates
who spoke out at Senate Finance Committee roundtables on health care) to
be dropped, criticize retreats from Single-Payer by congressional caucuses
and MoveOn

- Green Party Speakers Bureau: Green leaders available to speak on health

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Green Party of the United States has endorsed the
national Day of Action for Single-Payer national health care (Medicare For
All) on Saturday, May 30

The Day of Action is being organized by Healthcare-Now
( and other groups dedicated to winning a
health care system that covers all Americans, providing treatment
regardless of employment, income, age, or prior medical condition, with
full choice of physician, hospital, or other health care provider.

A more immediate goal is to have Single-Payer advocates -- who speak for
the will of a majority of Americans
( -- represented in all
congressional and White House meetings, roundtables, and hearings on
health care.  Single-Payer has been barred from the public debate, because
of the influence of insurance, HMO, and pharmaceutical lobbies, through
campaign contributions, 'astroturf' (false grassroots) operations, and
dishonest advertising.

Similar events will take place throughout May.  On Wednesday, May 13, a
'Single-Payer Solidarity Rally' will take place in Washington, DC, as part
of National Nurses Week.  Participants will gather at the Washington Court
Hotel at 11:45 am and then march to a rally at Upper Senate Park, which
will take place from noon until 2 pm.  The California Nurses Association
expects 500 nurses to lobby and rally for Single-Payer legislation, along
with others in the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care.

Two Single-Payer bills have been introduced in Congress, HR 676 and S 703,
under the leadership of Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Sen. Bernie
Sanders (Ind.-Vt.).

- Health Care Industry "PR Scam"

Greens blasted the President Obama's May 11 announcement that insurance
companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, the American Hospital
Association, the AMA, and other groups intend to reduce the growth of
health care costs by 1.5 percent over ten years, calling it a ploy to
block meaningful health care reform - especially the possibility of
Single-Payer (See "The Health Care Industry's PR Scam: Will Obama Fall for
It?" by James Ridgeway, Mother Jones, May 12).

"We are embarrassed for President Obama for trying to foist this on the
public.  The health care industry's pledge of a 1.5 percent reduction of
health care spending growth - likely to rise about 6.2 percent a year in
the next ten years - amounts to virtually nothing for Americans who need
health care.  This is a deal to make sure that any health care reform that
gets enacted continues to make corporate profits a higher priority than the
health of the American people," said Peter LaVenia, co-chair of the Green
Party of New York State (

The Single-Payer plan would do far more than slow the rate of increase, said
Greens.  It would reduce health care spending in the US by as much as one
third, cutting costs dramatically for working Americans.  Single-Payer would
also replace employer-based health care benefits, removing a severe
financial burden on businesses suffering from the recent economic meltdown.

Green Party leaders stressed that the 'options' plans favored by many
Democrats are designed to sustain for-profit insurance companies through
massive taxpayer-funded subsidies or mandates, and said that Single-Payer
removes the private insurance-HMO industry from the system altogether,
making health care a right for all Americans.

Physicians for a National Health Program notes that "[o]ver 31% of every
health care dollar goes to paperwork, overhead, CEO salaries, profits,
etc." The overhead for Medicare, based on administrative costs but without
the demand for profit, is about 3%.  According to a Lewin Group study,
Single-Payer would save California alone about $38 billion over ten years.
(Gov. Schwarzenegger vetoed two statewide Single-Payer bills that had
passed in the state legislature.)

- Greens support the Baucus 13

Green leaders called for all charges against the 'Baucus 13' to be
dropped. The Baucus 13 were arrested for challenging the exclusion of
Single-Payer advocates during the May 5 and May 12 Senate Finance
Committee roundtables on health care reform.  Committee chair Max Baucus
has asserted that "Single-Payer is off the table."  Kevin Zeese, former
Maryland Green candidate for the US Senate and currently executive
director of the Campaign for Fresh Air and Clean Politics, has published
an account of his arrest.

"The recent protests at the Senate Finance Committee roundtables have put
Single-Payer in front of the public.  This is the moment to demand
Single-Payer as aggressively as possible.  We're dismayed that the
Progressive, Black, Hispanic, and Asian and Pacific American Caucuses in
Congress have shied away from endorsing the Conyers-Sanders Single-Payer
bills and instead declared their support for a public health insurance
option that would be 'part of comprehensive health care reform
legislation'. We're equally disappointed that MoveOn is promoting the
Obama plan and criticizing insurance lobbies - while ignoring the
participation of insurance companies in the crafting of the plan," said
Sanda Everette, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States.

"The health care reform debate demonstrates why America desperately needs
an independent noncorporate party.  Democratic and Republican politicians
are swimming in campaign donations from the insurance industry, receiving
over $46 million in insurance money in 2008. Greens don't accept corporate
contributions.  A few Greens in Congress would provide some new
competition, leading many more Democrats - and perhaps some Republicans -
to sign on to Single-Payer legislation," said Justine McCabe, clinical
psychologist who co-authored statewide Single-Payer legislation in
Connecticut in 1999-2000 with the support of the Green Party of
Connecticut (


Green Party of the United States
202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN
Fax 202-319-7193
 Tally of Green election victories
 Green candidate news
 Green candidate database for 2008 and other campaign information:
 Green Party News Center
 Green Party Speakers Bureau
 Green Party ballot access page

Green Party information page on Single-Payer

Single-Payer advocates:
 Physicians for a National Health Program
 Healthcare-Now Coalition
 Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care
 Single-Payer Action
 California Nurses Association

Green Party press releases:
 "Greens note victory for the universal health care movement after the
White House, in a reversal, invites Single-payer advocates to its March 5
health summit" (March 6, 2009)
 "Greens urge widespread protest over President Obama's exclusion of
Single-Payer/Medicare For All advocates from the March 5 health care reform
summit at the White House" (March 4, 2009)

Green Pages, Vol. 13, No. 1
The official publication of record of the Green Party of the United States

Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614,
mclarty [at]
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene [at]


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