Progressive Calendar 07.17.09
From: David Shove (
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2009 15:52:37 -0700 (PDT)
              P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   07.17.09

1. Moyers/god evolves  7.17 9pm

2. Energy options      7.18 8:30am
3. Peace walk          7.18 9am Cambridge MN
4. Pigstock            7.18 9am HagerCity WI
5. Workplace justice   7.18 10am
6. Guatemala/RCTA      7.18 10am
7. EXCO design class   7.18 11am
8. Rondo days          7.18 11am
9. AWC/paint banners   7.18 12noon
10. Northtown vigil    7.18 2pm
11. Urban landscape    7.18 6:30pm
12. Galloway/Palestine 7.18 9pm

13. Robert Jensen - Getting radicalized, slow and painful

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From: t r u t h o u t <messenger [at]>
Subject: Moyers/god evolves 7.17 9pm

Bill Moyers Journal | Religion in the 21st Century

Bill Moyers Journal: "In his new book, 'The Evolution of God,'
best-selling author Robert Wright examines how the idea of God has changed
through history. Bill Moyers sits down with Wright to discuss why he
thinks the notion of God - real or not - is imperative to a moral

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From: "bulldogsmn [at]" <bulldogsmn [at]>
Subject: Energy options 7.18 8:30am

Introduction to Renewable Energy Options & OpportunitiesSaturday, July 18,
2009, 8:30am-5pm. (check in after 8am.)

Flannery Construction, 1375 St. Anthony Avenue, St. Paul, MN

Introduction to Renewable Energy (RE) technology alternatives and options,
including solar PV (electric), solar hot water and space heating, passive
solar and active solar hot air heating, wind energy, energy efficiency, RE
environmental issues, RE costs, rebates and incentives, finance options,
and green and RE career opportunities.

Course Fee : $55.00 MRES members; $75.00 non-members

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From: Ken Reine <reine008 [at]>
Subject: Peace walk 7.18 9am Cambridge MN

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

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From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at]>
Subject: Pigstock 7.18 9am HagerCity WI

Veterans for Peace Retreat: Pigstock

Saturday, July 18, All Day Windbeam Farm, N2934 750th Street, Hager City,
Wisconsin (for directions with a map see: Minnesota
Veterans for Peace daylong retreat that includes: a general meeting,
announcements, speakers (Chris Hedges, journalist and author of War is a
Force That Gives Us Meaning and Collateral Damage: America's War Against
Iraqi Civilians, Helen Benedict, Chante Wolf, Coleen Rowley, Nigel Parry,
Jeff Nygaard, and more), food, entertainment and ceremonies. Camping
grounds are available for Friday and Saturday nights. Sponsored by:
Veterans for Peace, Chapter 115. Endorsed by: WAMM. FFI and/or to
register: Call David Harris, 651-388-5863, or email tuvecino [at]

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From: Erin Parrish <erin [at]>
Subject: Workplace justice 7.18 10am

July 18: Workplace Justice Support/Networking Meeting. 10 AM - Noon at
the Minnesota Women's Building, 550 Rice Street, St. Paul. For more
information call 952-996-9291.

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From: Stephanie Bates <Stephanie.Bates [at]>
Subject: Guatemala/RCTA 7.18 10am

Saturday, July 18th 10-11:30am
Economic Development for a sustainable Guatemala

DESGUA- The Guatemalan Dream: Fair Trade and Fair Politics, tour is
organized with the intention of placing our mission into action-to
strengthen a network of solidarity among people like you. We ask that you
help us stop forced immigration from its roots by supporting community
owned co-ops and choosing to buy Fair-trade. Responsible consumerism can
save our family structures and communities can therefore hope for a stable
existence. The measure of our success is based on how strong a network we
forge between Guatemalan migrant groups and Americans who support

What is DESGUA?
Economic Development for a Sustainable Guatemala/Desarrollo Econůmico por
una Guatemala Sustentable

Our VISION is that our rural and indigenous communities will self-preserve
and grow to be economically independent. We are invested in the hopes that
Guatemala's producer community and U.S. market will cultivate a working
relationship that generates a sustainable and dignified way of life so
that immigration in exchange for food is not the only option.

Our MISSION is to create economic development by building an international
network of Guatemalan community-run cooperatives in both Guatemala and the
U.S. within the Guatemalan immigrant community and rural Guatemalan
groups. Moreover we mean to provide the American consumer who is
interested in Fair-Trade and Organic principles information exchange

Education is a key emphasis to our economic development aspirations, as we
fully understand that both education and economy are necessary to surpass
unfair food distribution, lack of employment and exploitation in
Guatemala. Through Fair-trade tours and educational workshops we mean to
provide information and awareness of the direct economic impact that is
had when producing and purchasing fair-Trade food and organic products
with the hope that the producer, migrant vendor, and responsible consumer
may benefit.

Program Coordinator
Resource Center of the Americas

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From: Leslie Reindl <alteravista [at]>
Subject: EXCO design class 7.18 11am

The following is a class being offered through the Experimental College of
the Twin Cities, EXCO-TC.  At EXCO, everyone can teach or take classes and
all classes are free. EXCOtc is a collective of Experimental Colleges in
the Twin Cities that shares visions of a better world, offers free and
open classes and is building a community around education for social

Designing for a Changing Future: Understanding the Past as a Basis
for Better Designs for the Future

Design is a (human) response to a situation, challenge, or problem
constrained by insight, means, opportunities, and environment. The
response can reach far beyond the designer's intent or conception. Today's
solution-driven designs for society can be dangerous propositions.

This class will examine the listed constraints, taking into account the
humanistic and philosophical concepts that underlie today's society
(understanding where we have come from) and will engage students in
applying a resulting broader vision to specific design problems.

Three 1 1/2-hour sessions, each including class discussion:

Saturday, July 11--Purpose of design, principles, and analysis of
conditions leading to today's design environment, illustrated with slides

Saturday, July 18--Cultural filters to which current designs must conform,
illustrated with slides

Saturday, July 25--Development of new design principles and student
analysis of a design problem Optional 4--Student creation of ongoing
hands-on designing sessions

Time and Place 11 am to 12:30 pm, Room 207 at Macalester College (Student)
Campus Center

Wilhelm Reindl--Mr. Reindl was educated in physics at the University of
Munich.  In his working life in Minnesota he was a researcher at the
University of Minnesota and with the federal Bureau of Mines; a former
energy consultant to government, industry, and community organizations;
and an independent energy entrepreneur and inventor.

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From: David Shove <shove001 [at]>
Subject: Rondo days 7.18 11am

Rondo Days Festival
Saturday, July 18, 2009
11:00 am . 5:30 pm
Martin Luther King Park,
270 N. Kent Street, St. Paul, MN 55104
Key Sponsors: ClearWay Minnesota

Rondo Days Grand Parade and Bike Ride
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Line-Up: 8:00 am . Start Time: 10:00 am
Start Location: St. Peter Claver Catholic Church
1060 W. Central Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55104
End Location: Martin Luther King Park
270 N. Kent Street, St. Paul, MN, 55104
Key Sponsors: Major Taylor.s Bike Club

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From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at]>
Subject: AWC/banner painting 7.18 12noon

Banner Painting
Saturday, July 18th @ noon @ the Anti-War Committee office @ 1313 5th St.
SE, Mpls, Rm 112c
Come help paint a banner for our action on July 23rd.  Everyone is welcome!
Organized by the Anti-War Committee.

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From: Vanka485 [at]
Subject: Northtown vigil 7.18 2pm

Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday

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From: Stevens Square Center for the Arts <ssca [at]>
Subject: Urban landscape 7.18 6:30pm

Benign Neglect: Exploring the Urban Landscape
July 18 - August 2, 2009

Opening Night Reception
Saturday, July 18, 6:30- 10:00 pm
Free live music by Cities of the Plain and Tiger Gash, beginning at 8:30

Five years ago, the Stevens Square Center for the Arts presented an
exhibition called &ldquo;The Next American City,&rdquo; a showcase for
architects and urban planners with an interest in land use, affordable
housing, and alternative modes of transportation.

But that was before Hurricane Katrina and the I35-W bridge collapse. That
was before the nationwide housing crisis. Before the governor&rsquo;s
&ldquo;unallotment&rdquo; and cuts to Local Government Aid.

Today, the future of American cities looks a lot less promising, as cities
struggle to get by in an era of declining revenues and decaying

"Benign Neglect" presents a snapshot of the urban environment as it
currently exists, a refracted image of the utopian visions of "The Next
American City."

"Benign Neglect" is about finding the beauty in urban spaces and abandoned
buildings. It is an exploration of the complex relationships between
people and the built environment. This exhibit is an attempt to capture
and preserve the image(s) of an American Century and a visual culture that
is rapidly fading away.

Stevens Square Center for the Arts (SSCA)
1905 Third Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55404

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From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at]>
Subject: Galloway/Palestine 7.18 9pm

Merry Minneapolis Television Network (MTN) viewers:
"Our World In Depth" cablecasts on MTN Channel 17 on Saturdays at 9pm and
Tuesdays at 8am, after DemocracyNow!  Households with basic cable may

Sat., 7/18, 9pm and Tues, 7/21, 8am
George Galloway: Viva Palestina

Ahead of a second historic humanitarian aid convoy bound for Gaza, British
Member of Parliament George Galloway recently spoke in the Twin Cities. In
the talk, Galloway shared his experiences from his first trip to Gaza.

In early 2009, as the bombs were still falling on Gaza, Galloway organized
a humanitarian convoy. In just five weeks, Galloway pulled together 107
vehicles, 255 people and $2 million of aid.  Starting in Britain and
driving through France, Spain and North Africa, the aid convoy arrived in
Gaza to tumultuous acclaim.

Aiming to be the biggest single aid effort for Palestine from the US,
Galloway is now heading a second convoy (at the writing of this
description, the convoy is being held up in Egypt). If the convoy arrives,
it will be a source of great strength and hope for the Palestinian people
and will also have a major impact for the United States.

Opening the talk are the event co-sponsors: American Muslims for Palestine
and the Al Aqsa Institute.

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Getting radicalized, slow and painful
By Robert Jensen
Jul 15, 2009

[Rob Shetterly, the artist who created the Americans Who Tell the Truth
website (, asked some of the
people he painted to respond to this query: "Everywhere I go, kids and
adults want to know how you got started. What was the defining moment that
triggered your dedication to fighting for justice or peace, or the
environment?" Below are my thoughts.]

My transition to political radicalism - going to the root of problems,
recognizing that dramatic and fundamental change in the way society is
organized is necessary if there is to be a decent human future - involved
a lot of pain, in two different ways.

The first concerned the process of coming to know about the pain of the
world. I had never been a na? person who thought the world was a happy
place, but like many people who have privilege (in my case, being white,
male, a U.S. citizen, and economically secure, though never wealthy) I was
able to remain ignorant of the depth of the routine suffering in the
world. I was able to ignore how white supremacy, patriarchy, U.S.
imperialism, and a predatory capitalist economic system routinely destroy
the bodies and spirits of millions of people around the world. When I made
a conscious choice to stop ignoring those realities - in my case, when I
returned to a university for graduate education with the time to read and
study - the process of coming to know about that pain was wrenching. But
I found myself wanting to know more.

Why would someone with privilege press to know more about the pain of the
world when that knowledge creates tension and emotional turmoil? In my
case, coming to understand that the world's pain is the product of
profoundly unjust social systems helped me understand a different kind of
personal pain I had been struggling with. Most of my life I had felt like
a bit of a freak, like someone out of step with the culture around him.
There's nothing dramatically wrong with me physically or psychologically,
but I always struggled to fit in. I had always had a lingering sense that
I didn't want what others around me seemed to want. Because of my
privilege, the world offered me a lot, and I am grateful for much of what
I have - work I have usually enjoyed, an adequate income, relative
safety. But I could never figure out how to be normal - how to kick back
with the guys; how to get excited about sports, television, or the latest
hit music; how to care about what kind of car I drove. In many ways I had
it made, on the surface, but that sense of being out of step always
dragged me down.

The best way to deal with our individual struggles is to put them in a
larger context. That means both understanding the forces that shape our
world as well as placing our problems in perspective. Becoming radicalized
politically allowed me to see that I was suffering because I didn't want
to fit into a world shaped by unjust systems; the problem wasn't my values
and desires but the pathology of those systems. That didn't solve all my
personal problems, but it sure helped. Radical politics also helped me
understand more clearly how others were suffering much more than I; it
shook me out of my self-absorption. Both realizations led me to want to
continue the search for more knowledge and understanding about how this
all worked, and to commit as much time and energy as I had to movements
for social justice.

The paradox is that since I have immersed myself in the pain of the world,
I have been able to find new joy. I still understand that the world is not
a happy place, and to be truly alive we must face what my friend Jim
Koplin calls the "sense of profound grief" that comes with looking
honestly at the world. As the writer Wendell Berry has put it, we live on
"the human estate of grief and joy" [The Unsettling of America: Culture
and Agriculture, 3rd ed. (San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1996), p.
106]. Grief is inevitable, and it is only through an honest embrace of the
grief that real joy is possible. The conventional world tries to sell us
many pleasures, but it offers us little joy. That's because the
conventional world is also trying to sell us many ways to numb our pain,
which keeps us from that grief. So long as we are out of touch with the
grief, we are unable to feel the joy. We are left only with the desperate
search for pleasure and a panicked scramble to avoid pain.

This process has, for me, been slow and gradual - there have been no
epiphanies. I don't believe in epiphanies, and I don't trust people who
claim to have epiphanies. I don't think the deep understanding of the
world that we strive for can come in a single moment. It comes from the
long and painful struggle, with the world and with ourselves. Insight
doesn't magically descend upon us. We have to work for it, and that always
takes time.

As the singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson (who also happens to be my
partner) has put it, "Those are lost who/try to cross through/the sorrow
fields too easily" ["He Waits for Me," from the CD "Beautiful World," Red
House Records, 2008]. To expand on her metaphor, we cross those fields not
in search of a utopia somewhere ahead. Our life is that journey across
those fields, facing the grief and celebrating the joy along the way.


Robert Jensen is a journalism professor at the University of Texas at
Austin and board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center. His
latest book is All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the
Prophetic Voice (Soft Skull Press, 2009). He also is the author of Getting
Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity (South End Press, 2007); The
Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege (City
Lights, 2005); Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity
(City Lights, 2004); and Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the
Margins to the Mainstream (Peter Lang, 2002). Jensen can be reached at
rjensen [at] and his articles can be found online at


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