|Progressive Calendar 05.13.09||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|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 --------1 of 12-------- From: PRO826 [at] aol.com Subject: No new MN nukes 5.13 ff [and following days] ACTION ALERT!! Contact members of the MN House/Senate Conference Committee 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] house.mn Representative Andrew Falk - 651-296-4228 or rep.andrew.falk [at] house.mn Representative Sheldon Johnson - 651-296-4201 or rep.sheldon.johnson [at] house.mn Representative Jeremy Kalin - 651-296-5377 or rep.jeremy.kalin [at] house.mn Representative Michael Beard - 651-296-8872 or rep.mike.beard [at] house.mn Senator Yvonne Prettner-Solon - 651.296.4188 (no direct email address available) Senator John Doll - 651.296.5975 or sen.john.doll [at] senate.mn Senator Scott Dibble - 651.296.4191 or sen.scott.dibble [at] senate.mn Senator David Senjem - 651.296.3903 or sen.david.senjem [at] senate.mn Senator Dan Sparks - 651.296.9248 or sen.daniel.sparks [at] senate.mn 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. --------2 of 12-------- Date: Wed, 13 May 2009 09:10:18 -0700 (PDT) From: info [at] rnc8.org 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 --------3 of 12-------- From: david unowsky <david.unowsky [at] gmail.com> 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 onthecommons.org 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] magersandquinn.com MAGERS & QUINN BOOKSELLERS 3038 HENNEPIN AVENUE SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS MN 55408 612-822-4611 www.magersandquinn.com --------4 of 12-------- From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at] bitstream.net> 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. --------5 of 12-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at] msn.com> 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. --------6 of 12-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com 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] aol.com. --------7 of 12-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> 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. .* --------8 of 12-------- From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at] gmail.com> Subject: AWC new members 5.14 7pm NEW MEMBERS MEETING antiwarcommittee.org 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. --------9 of 12-------- From: Thomas R. Smith <thosmith [at] spacestar.net> 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 www.weternswisconsindemocrats.org --------10 of 12-------- From: david unowsky <david.unowsky [at] gmail.com> 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] magersandquinn.com --------11 of 12-------- The Fires are It, Now Fan the Flames A Populist Health Care Rebellion By KEVIN ZEESE May 13, 2009 CounterPunch 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 representatives?" 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 26th. 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. More: 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: http://www.flickr.com/photos/16992253 [at] N06/3526172446/ Kevin Zeese is Executive Director of the Campaign for Fresh Air and Clean Politics (www.FreshAirCleanPolitics.net) whose projects include Voters for Peace (www.VotersForPeace.US., Prosperity Agenda (www.ProsperityAgenda.US), True Vote and Climate Security (www.GlobalClimateSecurity.org) --------12 of 12-------- From: Rhoda Gilman <rhodagilman [at] earthlink.net> From: Scott McLarty <scottmclarty [at] yahoo.com> 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 care http://www.gp.org/speakers/speakers-health-care.php 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 (http://www.healthcare-now.org/campaigns/may-30th-day-of-action). The Day of Action is being organized by Healthcare-Now (http://www.healthcare-now.org) 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 (http://www.wpasinglepayer.org/PollResults.html) -- 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 (http://www.gpnys.org). 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 (http://www.ctgreens.org). MORE INFORMATION Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org 202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN Fax 202-319-7193 Tally of Green election victories http://www.gp.org/2008-elections/election-results.html Green candidate news http://www.gp.org/2008-elections/candidate-news.php Green candidate database for 2008 and other campaign information: http://www.gp.org/elections.shtml Green Party News Center http://www.gp.org/newscenter.shtml Green Party Speakers Bureau http://www.gp.org/speakers Green Party ballot access page http://www.gp.org/2008-elections Green Party information page on Single-Payer http://www.gp.org/organize/sicko.html Single-Payer advocates: Physicians for a National Health Program http://www.pnhp.org Healthcare-Now Coalition http://www.healthcare-now.org Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care http://guaranteedhealthcare4all.org Single-Payer Action http://singlepayeraction.org California Nurses Association http://www.calnurses.org 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) http://gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=189 "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) http://gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=188 Green Pages, Vol. 13, No. 1 The official publication of record of the Green Party of the United States http://gp.org/greenpages-blog Contacts: Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614, mclarty [at] greens.org Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene [at] gp.org ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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