Progressive Calendar 06.04.09
From: David Shove (
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2009 09:08:27 -0700 (PDT)
             P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   06.04.09

1. Info freedom       6.03 11am
2. Edgertonite        6.03 7pm
3. Food hell/film     6.03 8pm
4. Fresh/food/film    6.03 time?

5. Climate change     6.04 2pm
6. Vs foreclosure     6.04 2pm
7. Vs WalMart         6.04 3:30pm
8. Eagan peace vigil  6.04 4:30pm
9. Northtown vigil    6.04 5pm
10. Civil rights dept 6.04 6pm
11. Green burial      6.04 6:30pm
12. Coldsnap/radicals 6.04 7pm
13. Radical poetry    6.04 7pm

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From: Andy Driscoll <andy [at]>
Subject: Info freedom 6.03 11am

KFAI - 90.3FM-Minneapolis/106.7FM Saint Paul and STREAMING at
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION: Open Government vs. Privacy

We have in the last couple decades confronted an unprecedented time and
volume of government secrecy even as our technological developments have
enabled an unconscionable level of identity and data mining. Governments -
federal, state and local - stamp "SECRET" or "TOP SECRET" or
"CONFIDENTIAL" over millions of documents and files containing what should
be public information.

Minnesota's Data Practices Act is riddled with rules designed to provide
or withhold all kinds of information relating to the state's business.
Experts disagree on which should be available and which should not.
Insidious in a democracy, the shutting down of information citizens must
know to properly govern themselves has become an obsession of elected and
appointed officials throughout the systems designed to serve us.

Yes, we have the FOI - the Freedom of Information Act but that has neither
stopped nor abated the attempts to keep from the public the more critical
record of their governing institutions. And yet...and yet. We seem to be
losing the battle to ensure and control our privacy, not to mention our
bank accounts and personal belongings our very identities. We think
nothing of going online and ordering goods and services, giving up to an
electronic data compiler the very information we hold dear.

Why can't we stop the illegal mining of our data while we have to pry open
government files? When is government information legitimately kept from
us? And how can we protect our personal lives from predators?

"Transparency in Government" is the theme of the 2009 Summit of the
National Freedom of Information Coalition at the Marriott City Center in
Minneapolis Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6th. TTT's ANDY DRISCOLL and
LYNNELL MICKELSEN talk with speakers and others expected there
journalists, a heralded advocate, an ethicist and a librarian in search of
the proper access and limits we should seek for governing ourselves and
protecting privacy. GUESTS:

 HELEN BURKE  Senior Librarian, Hennepin Co. Library Government
Documents; President, MN Coalition on Government Information (MN-COGI)
 JANE KIRTLEY  Professor, School of Journalism, and Director, Silha
Center for Media Law and Ethics - University of MN
 RICH NEUMEISTER  Citizen Lobbyist, FOI Advocate, Winner, 2009 John
R. Finnegan Award
 REP. MARY LIZ HOLBERG (R-Lakeville)  Privacy advocate

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From: jwilson [at]
Subject: Edgertonite 6.03 7pm

Edgertonite National Party meeting
Wednesday, 3 June 2009 at 7:00 PM
Blue Moon coffee shop, 3822 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN
For more info: or jwilson [at]
Public Welcome

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From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at]>
From: xlart [at] wrote:
Subject: Food hell/film 6.03 8pm

Dear friends of Casket Cinema,

Our next film at Casket Cinema is OUR DAILY BREAD. It is a highly
acclaimed documentary on food by Nikolaus Geyrhalter. We will show it on
June 3rd, doors at 7:30pm movie will be projected on video at 8pm.

June 3rd, Doors at 7:30, films at 8pm, please BYOB and proceeds
from your $5 donation will go to the the filmmaker or to a charity TBD.

WHERE: Casket Arts Building Studio 145, 681 17th AVE NE (parking lot
above 17th AVE to the left, off Monroe) Minneapolis, MN
As always, please BYOB and enter thru the NE loading dock door, under
the big RED arrow!

Sponsored by Casket Cinema, Mark Wojahn & Tobin Russell Photography,
special guest Host for this movie is Wilbur Ince

Casket Cinema is located inside Studio 145. It is a "living" art space for
the collaboration of ideas and solutions for our local and global
community. We encourage you to participate here with your thoughts and
concerns. We hope to be expanding this vision with your involvement.

>From the Icarus Films Website-

"In sealed rooms, as sterile as computer microprocessor factories, chicks
hatch while being closely monitored. A huge hose sucks salmon out of a
fjord. Metal teeth chomp up fields of sunflowers which, thanks to
chemicals, have withered at just the right time. On mechanized conveyer
systems, chickens are cut up and pigs are gutted in seconds, although cows
take a little longer.

OUR DAILY BREAD reveals the little-known world of high-tech agriculture.
In a series of visually stunning, continuously tracking, wide-screen
images that seem right out of a science-fiction movie, we see the places
where food is cultivated and processed: surreal landscapes optimized for
agricultural machinery, clean rooms in cool industrial buildings designed
for maximum efficiency, and elaborate machines that operate on a
'disassembly line' basis.

There's little space for humans here. They almost seem like flaws in this
system: undersized and vulnerable, though they adapt as best they can,
with chemical suits, respirators, ear protectors, and helmets. They do the
jobs for which machines have not yet been invented.

Dispensing entirely with explanatory commentary or 'talking-head'
interviews, OUR DAILY BREAD unfolds on the screen like a disturbing dream:
an endlessly fascinating flow of images, an insistent gaze, accompanied
only by the persistent industrial soundtrack - whirring, clattering,
booming, slurping - of the ingenious marvels of mechanization employed by

While this remarkable documentary will likely engender fascination, awe
and even shock amongst viewers, OUR DAILY BREAD simply aims to show the
industrial production of food as a reflection of our society's values:
plenty of everything, made as quickly and as efficiently as modern
technology permits."

Some praise for OUR DAILY BREAD-

"The 2001: A Space Odyssey of modern food production." - The Nation
"Devastating! A Must-See!" - The New York Times
"A rare achievement in the documentary film genre...reflexive, subtle
and intelligent." - Leonardo Digital Reviews
"Casts a calmly unsettling spell...This is 'Fast Food Nation' envisioned,
'Koyaanisqatsi'-like, on a grand scale: 'Fast Food Planet.'" - The Chicago
"An invigoratingly subtle form of political cinema." - Cinema Scope
"Outstanding! Provocative! Eccentrically lovely and frequently
horrifying." - Premiere

Mark Wojahn Filmmaker/Photographer Casket Arts ste #145 681 17th Ave NE
Mpls, MN 55413 s(612)781-5223

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From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at]>
From: Christine Frank
Subject: Fresh/food/film 6.03 time?

A screening of:  FRESH
Fresh celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America
who are re-inventing our food system.

Wednesday, June 3
Riverview Theater
3800 42nd Avenue on June 3rd
Please see
Admission:  $10.00
Sponsored by The Birchwood Cafe

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From: Institute on the Environment <danie419 [at]>
Subject: Climate change 6.04 2pm

IonE Special Announcement
Climate Change: Health Problems and Healthy Solutions
Dr Epstein

This seminar is presented by Paul Epstein, associate director of the
Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School and
a medical doctor trained in tropical public health. Epstein has worked in
Africa, Asia and Latin America and, in 1993, he coordinated an eight-part
series on health and climate change for The Lancet, a British medical
journal. He has collaborated with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change, the National Academy of Sciences, NASA, and the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration to assess the health impacts of climate
change and to develop health applications of climate forecasting and
remote sensing. He has received recognition for his contributions to the
IPCC, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

June 4, 2-4 p.m.
380 VoTech Bldg., 1954 Buford Ave., University of MN StPaul campus
Sponsor: Institute on the Environment / Initiative for Sustainable

About iSE
The Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise (iSE), a new program of the
IonE, promotes collaboration among business, academic, government and
nongovernmental sectors to bring vital social and environmental change.
Working together across industries and disciplines, the iSE experts will
develop high-demand, high-impact and timely approaches to sustainability.

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From: Ed Nelson <ed [at]>
Subject: Vs foreclosure 6.04 2pm

The Minnesota Home Ownership Center, working in partnership with the
Minneapolis Fed, the Hope Now Alliance and NeighborWorks America, is
hosting a large-scale foreclosure prevention workshop at the St. Paul
RiverCentre on Thursday, June 4th from 2:00 - 8:00 pm.

Local and national organizations partner to combat foreclosures in
Minnesota Partnership enhances statewide efforts, attracts long list of
lenders and servicers to June 4th workshop for struggling homeowner

The Minnesota Home Ownership Center and Federal Reserve Bank of
Minneapolis are joining with two national organizations, HOPE NOW and
NeighborWorks America, to bring a large-scale foreclosure prevention
workshop to the Twin Cities later this week. The event, which is free and
open to the public, will be held on Thursday, June 4th from 2:00 - 8:00 pm
at the St. Paul RiverCentre.

The event will bring numerous local housing counselors, national lenders,
and servicers under one-roof, creating a one-stop shop for foreclosure
prevention. This partnership combines our local foreclosure counseling
expertise with Hope Nows lender/servicer relationships. It is a powerful
combination that will be of immediate benefit to troubled homeowners said
Julie Gugin, Executive Director of the Minnesota Home Ownership Center.

The event, which expected to draw as many as 800 homeowners, is a chance
for homeowners to speak with a non-profit foreclosure counselor and meet
face-to-face with their lender to work on a possible loan modification to
help them stay in their homes.  Over 25 lenders and servicers will be at
the event, including Citi, Countrywide, and Wells Fargo which have a large
presence in Minnesota. There will also be dozens of additional resources
available for struggling homeowners including property tax assistance,
legal resources, energy assistance and more.

The Minnesota Home Ownership Center has offered similar foreclosure
prevention workshops over the past two years. This is the first time the
local organization is working with a national partner.  Resources will be
available in English, Spanish, Hmong and other languages.

To view a list of participating lenders, visit hopenow.cfm.
For more information about this event, or to learn about local foreclosure
prevention resources, call the Minnesota Home Ownership Center at (651)
659-9336. The Center works with a network of community-based organizations
that offer free, confidential advice about mortgages and foreclosure.

HOPE NOW is the industry-created alliance of mortgage servicers,
investors, counselors, and other mortgage market participants that has
developed and is implementing a coordinated plan to help as many
homeowners as possible prevent foreclosure and stay in their homes.  For
more information go to or call the free HOPE Hotline at
(888) 995-HOPE.

The Minnesota Home Ownership Center is the state of Minnesotas
independent, non-profit resource for education, counseling and information
services for both homeowners struggling with foreclosure and first-time
homebuyers. In addition to mortgage support counseling, another 30
non-profit and government agencies statewide offer the Centers Home
Stretch course for first-time homebuyers and free, one- on-one homebuyer
counseling services.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is one of 12 regional Reserve
Banks that, together with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make
up the Federal Reserve System the central bank of the United States.

NeighborWorks America creates opportunities for people to improve their
lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to
homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. Much of our
success is achieved through our support of the NeighborWorks network more
than 230 community development organizations working in 4,400 urban,
suburban and rural communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia
and Puerto Rico.  NeighborWorks America is the nations leading trainer of
community development and affordable housing professionals.

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From: Rhoda Gilman <rhodagilman [at]>
From: "" <jrebar [at]>
Subject: Vs WalMart 6.04 3:30pm

Wal-Mart workers across the county are taking on the largest corporation
in the world. Twin Cities Wal-Mart workers are stepping forward for better
workplaces and better lives. Seven workers from Minnesota stores joined
workers from all over the country to bring their voices for change to
Washington. They called for action - for passage of the Employee Free
Choice Act so they could bring change to Wal-Mart. Hear from these workers
and Support their courageous action:  Wal-Mart Workers for Change Rally
Thursday, June 4 3:30 PM Midway Wal-Mart, St. Paul For More information,
contact UFCW Local 789 at 651-451-6240

If you received this message from a friend, you can sign up for St. Paul
Regional Labor Federation
<> .

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From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at]>
Subject: Eagan peace vigil 6.04 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 6.04 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: Cam Gordon <camgordon333 [at]>
Subject: Civil rights dept 6.04 6pm

Please consider coming on the 4th for a strategy meeting. ( 6:00 pm until
8:00 pm at the Mpls Urban League South office 411 East 38th St. ) My sense
is that if we "turn up the heat" we may be able to stop this.  See below
for more info. Cam

Dear Community,

You've been hearing about this struggle for the last couple of months.
Yes, there is actually a plan to dismantle the Civil Rights Department in
Minneapolis!!! Yes, the Task Force is doing their job, but the community
really has to let this administration know that we still need our Civil
Rights Department!!!

Do you realize what can happen to the rights of the people if this plan
is allowed to proceed?

Do you understand that we are going to have to stand up and fight for the
Minneapolis Civil Rights Department to remain intact?

What will happen to you if you have a discrimination complaint and you are
gay, or a woman who is African - American, African, Latino or Native
American, European- American, Hmong or any other woman of color, someone
with a disability, or a man who is African American, African, Native
American, and European-American, Latino, Hmong or any other man of color?
What if someone discriminates against you because of your religion or
mental health status? What if you are a Senior Citizen with an age
discrimination complaint? Where will you go if discrimination happens to
you?  We have not come this far to turn back now!!!!  What was the Civil
Rights Movement about if we allow this travesty of justice to happen now?
 You know that discrimination continues!!!This is one of the most
important issues of our time!

How can you help? How can you become involved?

1. Come to a strategy meeting on June 4th, 2009
6:00 pm until 8:00 pm
Minneapolis Urban League South Office
411 East 38th street, Minneapolis 55409 (4th Avenue & 38th Street South)

2. Call Mayor Rybak at 673-2100 and

3. Call your City Council Representative (call Minneapolis 311 for
telephone numbers) Tell them no budget cuts to the Minneapolis Department
of Civil Rights!!!  Do not transfer the Complaint Investigations Unit of
the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department to the St. Paul Human Rights

4. E-mail Lori Saroya (CAIR) and tell her that you and your organization
want to join the campaign to save the Civil Rights Department! Tell her
that you want to co- sponsor our Community Meeting on June 10th, 2009!
 (No money needed to co-sponsor) The e-mail address for Lori Saroya is
lsaroya [at]

Thank-you!!! See you on June 4th, 2009 at 6:00 pm at MUL South Cheryl
Morgan Spencer Minneapolis Urban League cmspencer [at]

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From: Anon
Subject: Green burial 6.04 6:30pm

Free public forum: Family-Directed Funerals and Green Burials; June 4,
6:30 - 8 pm; Washburn Library, 5244 Lyndale S., sponsored by The Minnesota
Threshold Network. Topics include: conscious dying, caring for a body at
home, holding a vigil, legal issues involved with family-directed
funerals, green burials. Website: .

[Could we green bury Michelle Bachman? -ed]

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From: smilyus [at]
Subject: Coldsnap/radicals 6.04 7pm

Come to the next Coldsnap open meeting! Learn more about how we go about
providing legal support to the radical community, and how you can get

Thursday, June 4, 7pm
Blue Nile Restaurant
2027 Franklin Ave E, Mpls
For more information about us, check out or
email us at coldsnap [at] For more information about yourself,
request your file from the FBI.

love and solidarity, Coldsnap Legal Collective
Melissa Hill
St. Anthony East, Minneapolis

[Radicals yes! Time-serving dullards no! -ed]

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From: brian hokanson <bjhokanson [at]>
Subject: Radical poetry 6.04 7pm

Thursday, June 4, 7pm
Arise! Books and Resources Center
2441 Lyndale Avenue S., Minneapolis
612.871.7110 | arise [at]

Mark Nowak will read from his new book, Coal Mountain Elementary, as well
as speak on his "poetry dialogues" with Ford autoworkers in the United
States and South Africa, striking clerical workers (through AFSCME 3800),
and Muslim nurses (as featured on NPR's "Marketplace").

Nowak is the author of Coal Mountain Elementary (Coffee House Press, 2009)
and Shut Up Shut Down (Coffee House Press, 2004). For the past several years
he has been designing and facilitating "poetry dialogues" with Ford
autoworkers in the United States and South Africa (through the UAW and
NUMSA), striking clerical workers (through AFSCME 3800), Muslim/Somali
nurses and healthcare workers (through Rufaidah), and others. Nowak's
writings on new labor poetics have recently appeared in Goth: Undead
Subculture (Duke, 2007), American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics
(Wesleyan, 2007), The Progressive, and elsewhere. A native of Buffalo, New
York, he now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota where he is an Associate Professor
at the College of St. Catherine.

*"Coal Mountain Elementary is an imaginative and shocking reminder of what
it means, in the most human and poignant terms, to be a miner, whether in
this country or in China, or for that matter anywhere in the industrial
world. It is also a tribute to miners and working people everywhere. It
manages, in photos and in words, to portray an entire culture. And it is a
stunning educational tool." -Howard Zinn*

[Radical poetry yes! Time-serving zombie drivel no! -ed]


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