|Progressive Calendar 06.02.09||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2009 06:46:02 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 06.02.09 1. Protest HMO $$$ 6.02 9am 2. NWN4P vigil 6.02 4:45pm 3. Battle/Seattle 6.02 5pm Mankato MN 4. Ramona Africa/CTV 6.02 5pm 5. RNC court watch 6.02 6pm 6. Underground RR 6.02 6pm 7. HIRE Minnesota 6.02 6:30pm 8. Open discussion 6.02 6:30pm 9. Vigil/Dr Tiller 6.02 9pm 10. John Kolstad - Speaker training 11. Ralph Nader - Statement on GM bankruptcy 12. CAF - America: a center-left nation --------1 of 12-------- From: Michele <MRockne [at] gmail.com> Subject: Protest HMO $$$ 6.02 9am PROTEST UNITED HMO PROFITEERING, June 2 United Health Group corporate headquarters, in Minnetonka, a suburb of Minneapolis, 9701 Data Park Drive.(From DT Mpls take I 94W to I-394 west to 169 South. Proceed south 5.7 miles to the Londonderry Rd./Bren Rd. exit. Turn right (west) and circle around until it turns into Data Park Drive.) Call for accountable Single-Payer National Health Insurance system. On Tuesday June 2, 9:00AM, several organizations will demonstrate outside United Health Groups' Annual Shareholders Meeting, at United Health Group corporate headquarters, in Minnetonka, a suburb of Minneapolis, 9701 Data Park Drive. (From DT Mpls take I 94W to I-394 west to 169 South. Proceed south 5.7 miles to the Londonderry Rd./Bren Rd. exit. Turn right (west) and circle around until it turns into Data Park Drive. "United Health Care" is the largest HMO in the U.S., largest most profiteering corporation in Minnesota . William McGuire, now ousted, is the highest paid CEO in the history of the state of Minnesota. McGuire's CEO replacement Stephen Helmsley's stock options exceed $750 million. The demonstration includes: a die-in of people wearing black to commemorate unconscionable morbidity and mortality of tens of thousands of people denied coverage or care by HMOs. Stories from several Minnesotans whose HMO exploited illness for private profit. --------2 of 12-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> Subject: NWN4P vigil 6.02 4:45pm NWN4P vigil every Tuesday. Corner of Winnetka and 42nd Avenues in New Hope. 4:45 to 5:45 PM. All welcome; bring your own or use our signs. --------3 of 12-------- From: Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition <aranney [at] citizenstrade.org> Subject: Battle/Seattle 6.02 5pm Mankato MN Mankato Area Labor Assembly and the MN Fair Trade Coalition Present: "Battle in Seattle" In November 1999, environmentalists, union members, faith groups, farmers and peace activists gathered in Seattle, Washington to protest the World Trade Organization's Ministerial Meeting. A very diverse group of people and interests were united by a common theme, "Fair Trade, Not Free Trade." The demonstrations in Seattle, helped kick off a campaign that continues today to assure our trade policies work for and respect all people around the world, not just global multinational corporations. Please join us for a free viewing of the movie and discussion on what lessons we can take from the "Battle in Seattle" as our fight continues. Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 Blue Earth County Library (100 East Main Street, Mankato, MN Auditorium) Event begins at 5:00pm, Movie at 5:30pm For more information about the movie, visit: http://www.battleinseattlemovie.com Questions about the event, please contact Liz McLoone-SE MN Area Labor Council Field Rep at lmcloone [at] mnaflcio.org or 507-254-9249 Event is Free and Open to the Public --------4 of 12-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Ramona Africa/CTV 6.02 5pm Stircrazy St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) viewers: "Our World In Depth" cablecasts on SPNN Channel 15 on Tuesdays at 5pm, midnight and Wednesday mornings at 10am, after DemocracyNow! All households with basic cable may watch. Tues, 6/2, 5pm & midnight and Wed, 6/3, 10am Ramona Africa (pt 2) from the Haille Q. Brown Center in 1985, the Philadelphia police department dropped a bomb on the home of Ramona Africa's family, massacring 11, including 5 children. Ramona, a member of the MOVE organization, was the sole adult survivor of the incident. Ramona talks more about MOVE and critiques "the system". filmed in April 2009. --------5 of 12-------- From: Do'ii <syncopatingrhythmsabyss [at] gmail.com> Subject: RNC court watch 6.02 6pm RNC Court Watchers are in need of participants to help with organizing court information, documentation and etc. RNC Court Watchers Meetings are every Tuesday, 6 P.M. at Caffeto's. Below is announcement for our meetings. Preemptive raids, over 800 people arrested, police brutality on the streets and torture in Ramsey County Jail. Police have indiscriminately used rubber bullets, concussion grenades, tasers and chemical irritants to disperse crowds and incapacitate peaceful, nonviolent protesters. The RNC-8 and others are facing felonies and years in jail. We must fight this intimidation, harassment and abuse! Join the RNC Court Solidarity Meeting this coming Tuesday at Caffetto's to find out how you can make a difference in the lives of many innocent people. Caffetto's Coffeehouse and Gallery (612)872-0911 708 W 22nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55405 Every Tuesday @ 6:00 P.M to 7:00 P.M participate and help organize RNC court solidarity. For more information, please contact: rnccourtwatch [at] gmail.com THE PEOPLE UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED! --------6 of 12-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> From: "flo x" <flowalksfree [at] gmail.com> Subject: Underground RR 6.02 6pm MN PPEHRC Underground Railroad Volunteer Meeting June 2nd At 6:00P.M. 310 E 38th St. Room #126 Why: The Underground Railroad Project is a way for average citizens to help one another in their time of need. "If one is in need, we all are in need" Learn how you can volunteer and support local work against foreclosures and evictions. Contact: Deeq Abdi: Phone: 612-821-2364 e-mail: abdiPPEHRC [at] gmail.com Flo Razowsky flowalksfree [at] gmail.com *http://mnppehrc.wordpress.com/* --------7 of 12-------- From: Jennifer Jimenez <jennifer [at] metrostability.org> Subject: HIRE Minnesota 6.02 6:30pm Alliance for Metropolitan Stability HIRE Minnesota is holding a community gathering to celebrate our recent victories and plan for the future! HIRE Minnesota Community Gathering Tuesday, June 2 6:30-8:30 pm Sabathani Community Center, Minneapolis HIRE Minnesota is a coalition of community organizations that are seeking public investments that jump-start our economy, provide access for all people to jobs, training and living wages, and start to ease the climate crisis. We hope you will participate in this community discussion about the difference we’ve made - and will continue to make - in putting Minnesota’s investments to work for our communities and our environment. Jennifer Jimenez-Wheatley jennifer [at] metrostability.org Alliance for Metropolitan Stability I 2525 Franklin Ave E, Suite 200 I Minneapolis, MN 55406 I 612-332-4471 --------8 of 12-------- From: patty <pattypax [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Open discussion 6.02 6:30pm Hi, The Salon this week will be Open Discussion. It could be a continuance of health care talk since last week's film, Sicko, did not leave much time for a discussion. patty Pax Salons ( http://justcomm.org/pax-salon ) are held (unless otherwise noted in advance): Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Mad Hatter's Tea House, 943 W 7th, St Paul, MN Salons are free but donations encouraged for program and treats. Call 651-227-3228 or 651-227-2511 for information. --------9 of 12-------- From: David Strand <lavgrn [at] gmail.com> Subject: Vigil for Dr Tiller 6.02 9pm Vigil for Dr. Tiller Stand in solidarity for a doctor who stood up for women's health Host: Minnesota Choice Coalition Tuesday, June 2, 2009 9:00pm - 9:30pm Loring Park Minneapolis, MN Email: danb [at] prochoiceminnesota.org On Sunday, May 31st, Dr. George Tiller was murdered as he entered his church in Wichita, Kansas. Dr. Tiller provided abortion services in the state of Kansas and was a frequent target of harassment and intimidation. The pro-choice community is reeling from this act of violence against one of our greatest advocates, and many pro-choice supporters have contacted us asking what they can do. Rather than letting this unspeakable act divide us, let's work together with civility and respect. Let us offer our encouragement and support to those that continue to make women's health care a priority. Please join the Minnesota Choice Coalition in a candlelight vigil for Dr. Tiller this Tuesday, June 2nd from 9-9:30pm in Loring Park in Minneapolis. There will be no speaking program, no bullhorns, no chanting and no political rhetoric. We just want to gather to silently reflect on one man's life and contribution to the pro-choice movement, and to mourn among other pro-choice supporters. Please bring your own candle, and meet us in Loring Park tonight from 9-9:30pm. This event is open to the public, but we do ask that you RSVP simply so we can get an idea of how many people to expect. Thank you for all you do for the pro-choice movement; we hope to see you tomorrow night in Loring Park. --------10 of 12-------- From: John Kolstad <jkolstad [at] millcitymusic.com> Subject: Kolstad Speaker Training 6.04 6:45pm Kolstad Speaker Training NEW CLASS Thursday June 4 6:45pm "Even if you're already a very good speaker you can always get better; even concert pianists have music teachers" - J Alfred Prufrocker Thursday, June 4, Microphone Training, "Effective Use of the Microphone" will begin at 6:45 and Standard "Speaker Training" will begin at 7 PM. John's Loft (above Blue Moon) 39th & E Lake/Minneapolis Open to the general public, to a limit of 8. Please RESERVE YOUR SPOT with John at 612-722-6649 or jkolstad [at] millcitymusic.com Bring two short speeches (1 or 2 minutes each) & 2 copies of each. Please contribute to the hat each time. A Donation is requested ($10) for each Session; and John requests you write an evaluation of this training and send it to him by email. Speaker Training John Kolstad, long time musician, performer and public speaker has begun a speaker training series. This is designed to help people who have little or no experience or who have fear and anxiety about public speaking. However this is also of great value to experienced speakers who wish to improve on the skills they already have. In addition to the speaker training John opens with a brief overview of effective use of a microphone. [The Do's and Don'ts of using a mic]. Speakers will use the mic for their speech and will get feedback on its use. The Speaker Training is done in a relaxed, supportive setting with others learning the same thing. Each person makes a short, one to two minute speech and then John leads a discussion with the group as to what worked and did not work for the speaker. Often John will have speakers retry a certain phrase or sentence with instruction of how to make it more effective. Also how effectively they used the mic. This hands-on class gives the speakers very valuable experience with speaking that could take years to acquire at occasional opportunities and events. They will also learn to overcome or use any nevousness or fear about public speaking. This is a place to try new ideas and speaking techniques or practice a coming speech or presentaion in a non-risk setting. [These sessions are very effective and rewarding. -ed] --------11 of x-------- Nader Statement on GM Bankruptcy WASHINGTON, June 1 PRNewswire-USNewswire - Consumer advocate Ralph Nader today issued the following statement on GM's bankruptcy filing: Today's bankruptcy declaration in federal court by General Motors is an avoidable, crude weapon of mass devastation for workers, dealers, auto suppliers, small businesses and their depleted communities. For GM's voiceless owners - the common shareholders - it is a wipeout. The proximate cause of the bankruptcy was supposed to be the inability of GM and the government's auto task force to reach an accommodation with GM's bondholders. But late last week, the bondholder problem was moving toward rapid resolution, and was clearly resolvable. Why then are GM and its multibillion government financier proceeding with bankruptcy? The bankruptcy and the GM restructuring plan are the product of a secretive, unaccountable, Wall Street-minded government task force that assumed power because of a Congressional abdication of historic magnitude. By all rights, the restructuring plan should have been submitted to Congress for deliberative review and decision. There is little doubt that GM's chronic mismanagement and the deep recession require restructuring and scaling back the auto giant. But the bankruptcy and restructuring plan appear poised to do so in ways that will needlessly harm the stakeholders meant to be helped by Washington's rescue of GM? Many, many jobs will be lost that could be preserved. There is reason to question whether too many plants and brands are being closed - a matter that should have been taken up in Congress. Just the closing of hundreds of (GM and Chrysler) dealerships will cost more than 100,000 jobs. These sacrificed jobs will fray communities and impose enormous expenses on government entities that will have to provide unemployment and social relief, while suffering lost tax revenues. The unionized workforce will see the wage and benefit structure slashed - even though auto manufacturer wages make up less than 10 percent of the cost of a car - so that new jobs at GM will no longer be a ticket to the middle class. This will drag down the wage structure of the entire auto industry - exactly the wrong direction for the country. America's manufacturing base will be further eroded, as GM pursues its Grand China Strategy - increasing manufacturing outside of the United States, and increasingly from China, for import back into the United States. Unanswered questions persist about how GM's valuable operations in China, and unrepatriated profits, will be treated in bankruptcy, or excluded from bankruptcy. Victims of defective GM products may find themselves with no legal avenue to pursue justice. In the Chrysler bankruptcy, with complete disregard for the real human lives involved, the Obama task force and auto company have maneuvered effectively to extinguish the product liability claims of victims of defective cars. In a worst case scenario for the GM bankruptcy - involving an extended court proceeding or severe impairment of consumer confidence in the GM brand - all of these problems will be magnified. Again, given the path to resolution with the bondholders, this is an avoidable gamble. The GM/task force bankruptcy plans appear geared to saving the General Motors entity - but at a harsh and often avoidable cost to workers, communities, suppliers, consumers, dealers, and the nation's manufacturing capacity. It will also prove to be a complex political nightmare for President Obama. With the company entering bankruptcy, the next challenge will be to ensure that the government exercises its ownership rights to undo and mitigate, to the extent possible, these damages. Among other measures, this should involve revisiting the serious drag-down, concessionary wage terms imposed on the United Auto Workers; demanding a moratorium on GM's outsourcing of production of cars for sale in the United States; and establishing successorship liability for the new GM, so that victims of dangerous and defective GM cars can have their day in court. --------12 of 12-------- America: A Center-Left Nation Campaign for America's Future Media Matters for America May 27, 2009 http://mediamatters.org/reports/200905270017 [moderator - the full report is found here: http://cloudfront.mediamatters.org/static/pdf/caf_mm-20090526-4.pdf] Portside [Good article, even though Obama is not "liberal" -ed] SUMMARY: Barack Obama promised change during his White House campaign last year and ran on a distinctly liberal platform of comprehensive health care reform, investing in new energy and good jobs, ending the Bush-era tax cuts for the very wealthy, and ending the war in Iraq. Obama won more votes than any other candidate in American history, and his victory capped off several years' worth of sweeping Democratic electoral wins. Yet almost within hours of Obama's victory, portions of the political press corps insisted America remained firmly planted on the "center-right" of the political spectrum. "This country, even with the election of Barack Obama last night, remains a very centered country, or maybe even center-right in a lot of places," NBC's Tom Brokaw announced less than one day after Obama claimed victory. Brokaw later added, "We still remain a centered country or a center-right country when you look at the geographic distribution." Soon Newsweek editor Jon Meacham insisted that to govern successfully, Obama had to become a center-right leader in order to match America's "instinctively conservative" streak. (The center-right press push actually began shortly before Election Day, with the late-October Newsweek cover story "America the Conservative.") And The Washington Post's David Broder warned that too many victorious Democrats in Congress had "ideas of their own about what should be done in energy, health care and education." Broder ignored the fact that surveys indicated most American favored many of those Democratic ideas. >From the press' perspective, the broad Democratic wins last November did not signify a sea change in American politics, which was how the media treated big Republican wins in 1980 and 1994. Instead, the Democratic wins last year unfolded in spite of voters' natural conservative leanings. It made sense for partisan conservatives, eager to downplay their losses, to push the center-right claim in the wake of November's stinging defeats. (Karl Rove, appearing on Fox News the day after Obama's win: "Barack Obama understands this is a center-right country.") It's misleading, though, for the news media to echo that spin, since it's not factually sound. Still, months into Obama's first term, the center-right claim enjoyed widespread media acceptance. "You could make the argument that this is still a center-right country," said Fox News anchor Chris Wallace in February, just minutes after displaying an on-air graphic that showed widespread Republican losses in recent elections. "We remain a center-right nation in many ways - particularly culturally, and our instinct," Newsweek's Meacham reiterated that month. And MSNBC's Chris Matthews echoed the claim in April: "I've noted that we're right of center except when we're in a crisis, when we're left of center." In May, too: "The true north is somewhere right of center, not left of center." The center-right trend is a familiar one. For years, the Beltway press has consistently announced, in spite of widespread issue-based polling data that proved otherwise, that America leans center-right, while implying that Democrats are electorally successful only if they're able to camouflage whatever liberal impulses they might have. "These Democrats that were elected last night are conservative Democrats," said CBS' Bob Schieffer the day after they scored big wins in the 2006 midterm elections. It wasn't true, though. A Media Matters survey of the 30 newly elected House Democrats who took Republican seats in 2006 found that they advocated liberal positions, such as raising the minimum wage, changing course in Iraq, funding embryonic stem cell research, and opposing any effort to privatize Social Security. For the press, Democratic victories are explained away as candidates' having moved to the right, while Republican victories are confirmed as a true expression of America's conservative pulse. Even after the Democratic landslide victory in November - following a campaign in which Republicans branded Obama as "the most liberal" member of the U.S. Senate - and even after Democrats took control of both house of Congress and won governorships and state legislatures nationwide, the news media continued to propagate the falsehood that America is a fundamentally conservative country. The strong job approval ratings that Obama has posted during his first months in office, during a period when he unveiled an often proactive and progressive agenda, undercut the claim that the country is center-right. In fact, conservative commentators, particularly those on Fox News, have portrayed Obama as so liberal that his activist agenda bordered on socialist or even Marxist. Yet according to Gallup polling, Obama's approval ratings for this first 100 days in office were higher than those of any president since Ronald Reagan and higher than seven of the last eight presidents at the 100-day mark. It doesn't seem likely that an entrenched center-right nation would reward such a liberal president with historically high job-approval ratings. However, a centrist or center-left nation would. And all indications today are that America is becoming just that. Polling data regarding a wide range of issues, including the role of big business, health care reform, gay marriage, stimulus spending, international trade, and Social Security, indicate that Americans are increasingly receptive to and comfortable with a progressive agenda. It would be hard, furthermore, to argue that voters were somehow fooled about what Obama's agenda would be. A Pew Research Center poll in October 2008 showed that voters identified Obama as "liberal" and roughly as far to the left as John McCain was to the right. By overwhelming numbers, voters selected the liberal candidate over the conservative one. The idea that America is a center-right country whose citizens are skeptical of, if not hostile toward, progressive candidates and policies has long been a staple of political commentary. There would be nothing problematic in journalists' relying on this notion if actual evidence existed to support it. The truth, however, is that in most policy areas, it is progressive ideas that enjoy majority support. At a time when Democrats control not only the White House and both houses of Congress but a majority of governorships and state legislatures, as well, the picture of America as a center-right country has become particularly hard to sustain. The term "center-right" itself is based on questionable premises. It comes from the notion that combining the "right" - self-described conservatives - with the "center" - self-described moderates (or in a partisan context, Republicans with independents) - creates the center-right majority of the country. But on issue after issue, and in growing percentages over time, nominal independents or moderates increasingly mirror the opinions of nominal Democrats or liberals. The majority is center-left; it is the right that is isolated. KEY FINDINGS: The role of government: Sixty-six percent of people - a 9-percent increase since 2004 - believe "there are more things government should be doing," compared with 32 percent who believe "less government the better." Business: Five times as many people (78 percent vs. 15 percent) believe "[t]oo much power is concentrated in the hands of a few large companies" as opposed to those who believe that the largest companies "do not have too much power." Health care: Fifty-four percent of Americans think it is the responsibility of the federal government to make sure all Americans have health care coverage; 46 percent support the implementation of a government insurance plan, compared with 28 percent who favor private insurance plans. Taxes: Sixty-seven percent of Americans believe corporations pay too little in federal taxes and 60 percent believe high-income people pay too little. Unsurprisingly, a March Pew poll found that 61 percent of the public supported Obama's proposal to raise taxes on those making more than $200,000 per year. The culture war: Sixty-one percent of Americans support "government funding for research" on embryonic stem cells; 77 percent support allowing gays to serve in the military; 61 percent support same-sex marriage or civil unions. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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