Progressive Calendar 09.03.09
From: David Shove (
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 05:54:22 -0700 (PDT)
            P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   09.03.09

1. Climate/KFAI         9.03 11am
2. Single-payer/Ellison 9.03 1pm
3. Banner/Rosemary      9.03 4:30pm
4. Eagan peace vigil    9.03 4:30pm
5. Northtown vigil      9.03 5pm
6. Energy solutions     9.03 6pm
7. Sew wrapping/bags    9.03 6pm
8. Dehr Jamail/IraqAf   9.03 7pm
9. Native Am reading    9.03 7pm
10. Sicko               9.03 8pm

11. Linda/house/court   9.04 8:45am
12. Ffunch (again?)     9.04 11:30am
13. Palestine vigil     9.04 4:15pm
14. Coldwater moon      9.04 7pm

15. Dakotah Rae Johnson - 'VOTE YES for IRV' lawn sign - Get YOURS!
16. Patrick Gavin       - Bill Moyers disses Dems as "spineless"
17. Rev Jim Rigby       - Why is universal health care "Un-American"?

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From: Write On Radio <writeonradio [at]>
Subject: Climate/KFAI 9.03 11am

This week on Write on Radio, environmental journalist Dianne Dumanoski
discusses her novel, The End of the Long Summer,an examination of the
forces behind climate change in the tradition of Silent Spring and The
Fate of the Earth.

Jennifer Dodgson from the Loft joins us to talk about new educational
offerings at the Loft.

Wendy Brown-Baez also joins us to talk about writing circles for healing,
her work with at-risk youth and poetry, and her love poetry recently
collected in the book Ceremonies of the Spirit. More information about her
work is available at

Write on radio airs every THURSDAY 11 am - noon central time on 90.3 FM
Minneapolis and 106.7 FM St. Paul and live on the web at
Shows are archived for two weeks on line.

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From: Joel Albers <joel [at]>
Subject: Single-payer/Ellison 9.03 1pm

On Thursday September 3, at 1:00 PM, several organizations and concerned
citizens will hold a Rally for Single-Payer Universal Health Care at
Representative Keith Ellison's office, outside the Minneapolis Urban
League, at 2100 Plymouth Avenue North Minneapolis, MN 55411.
Representative Keith Ellison will speak at the rally in addition to a
speak-out. We will also dispel the myths circulated widely by health care
industry's well-funded propaganda machine and return to the American way
of public discourse.

Sponsored by Universal Health Care Action Network of MN, Soc. Alternative,
and Vets for Peace. FFI 612-384-0973, joel [at]

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From: Welfare Rights Committee <welfarerightsmn [at]>
Subject: Banner/Rosemary 9.03 4:30pm

Hi everyone! Here is the Rosemary Williams action for this week:
Stop Foreclosures and Evictions: Save Rosemary's Home!
Bannering on Lake Street
Thursday, Sept. 3
4:30 to 5:30
Corner of Clinton Ave & Lake St
Then to Rosemary Williams home: 3138 Clinton, for some soup and solidarity.

Rosemary Williams has been fighting against foreclosure and evictions on
every level, always noting that she has not been fighting just for herself
but others in the same situation (like Linda Norenberg who has a court
date on Sept. 4.) On Aug. 7, Sheriffs tried to evict Rosemary, but the
house was quickly reopened and an around the clock sit-in has been taking
place at Rosemary Williams's house ever since.

Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign (612-821-2364)
MN Coalition for a People's Bailout (612-822-8020)

Welfare Rights Committee PO Box 7266, Mpls MN 55407 pho: 612-822-8020 main
email: welfarerightsmn [at] alt email: welfarerights [at]

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From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at]>
Subject: Eagan peace vigil 9.03 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 9.03 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: Alliance for Sustainability <iasa [at]>
Subject: Energy solutions 9.03 6pm

Mount Everest to Mahtomedi: Global to Local Energy Solutions
Featuring Polar Explorer Eric Larsen of Save the Poles
Thursday, September 3rd

Century College, East Campus Lincoln Mall (main entrance)
(Enter main front entrance through the ramp to the 2nd floor)
3232 Century Ave N. Mahtomedi, MN 55110

The Explore Hour - 6 p.m. Meet Eric Larsen, enjoy free treats, and explore
info tables hosted by local eco-experts

Keynote Address by Eric Larsen - 7-8 p.m. Join renowned polar explorer
Eric Larsen for an evening with stunning photos, video and demonstrations
featuring his upcoming journey to Mount Everest and both the North and
South Poles. Eric's expedition, "Save the Poles", aims to educate people
about climate change and promote clean energy solutions. His hopeful
message will be the kick-off to a focus on local East Metro community
sustainability projects, including details on the Zephyr Wind Project.
Learn what's happening globally and how you can get involved locally!
Visit Eric's expedition at

Successful Community Models - 8-8:30 p.m. Mahtomedi: Learn about the
Zephyr Wind Project and how you can support this initiative. Oakdale: Hear
about Oakdale's residential outreach for energy efficiency and greening
future commercial developments through ordinances and incentives

Small Group Community Get Together - 8:30-9 p.m Meet with others from your
community to plan next steps; 8:30-9 p.m.

This event is hosted and supported by Mahtomedi Area Green Initiative,
Century College, Clean Energy Resource Teams - Metro Area, ISD 832
Community Education, St. Andrew's Lutheran Church Environmental
Stewardship Team, White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church's Global
Climate Crisis Committee and the Alliance for Sustainability.

Questions? Please call Sean at the Alliance for Sustainability
612-331-1099 x 1 Details at

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From: Do It Green! Minnesota <Do_It_Green_Minnesota [at]>
Subject: Sew wrapping/bags 9.03 6pm

Do It Green! Workshops in 2009
Mark your calendars for our upcoming Do It Green! workshops to be held
at our resource center in Uptown, Minneapolis inside the Twin Cities
Green retail store at 2405 Hennepin Ave S. Uptown, Minneapolis.
No RSVP necessary. $10 donation/Free to Do It Green! Minnesota members

Thurs, September 3rd 6:00-7:30pm - Make Your Own Cloth Gift Bag and Eco
Friendly Wrapping - Wrapping paper is not recyclable! Learn about eco
friendly ways to wrap gifts including the Japanese style of wrapping
called Furoshiki, and sew your own reusable cloth gift bag!

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From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at]>
Subject: Dehr Jamail/IraqAfhan 9.03 7pm

"The Endless Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - and Those Who Refuse to Fight"
A Talk by Dahr Jamail
Thursday, September 3, 7:00 p.m. University of Minnesota, Willey Hall,
Room 125, 225 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis.

In late 2003, weary of the overall failure of the U.S. media to accurately
report on the realities of the war in Iraq for the Iraqi people and U.S.
soldiers, Dahr Jamail went to the Middle East to report on the war
himself. Since then, he has become world-renowned for documenting the
human cost of the Iraq war: the everyday violence and terror, the
deterioration of the healthcare system, the shortages of clean water and
the resulting rise in sickness, the lack of jobs and economic opportunity,
the refugee crisis, and the detention and torture of civilians and
resistance fighters.  Through his uncompromised reporting and news photos,
Dahr reveals a map of Iraq's misery and resistance, politics and everyday
survival in the face of overwhelming military destruction. Most recently,
he has covered the stories of U.S. soldiers resisting the wars in Iraq and

He is the author of Beyond the Green Zone (Haymarket Books, 2007) and The
Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan
(Haymarket Books, 2009). Jamail writes for the Inter Press Service and
many other outlets and is a regular guest on Democracy Now! Dahr's
reporting has earned him numerous awards, including the prestigious 2008
Martha Gellhorn Award for Journalism, The Lannan Foundation Writing
Residency Fellowship, the James Aronson Award for Social Justice
Journalism, the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage, and four Project
Censored awards.

His ongoing coverage of the occupations and soldiers' resistance can be
read at; . The event is free
and open to the public. Sponsored by: Socialist Alternative, Twin Cities
Peace Campaign - Focus on Iraq, and Mayday Books. Endorsed by: WAMM, the
Anti-War Committee, Youth Against War and Racism (YAWR), Iraq Veterans
Against the War (IVAW), Veterans for Peace, Iraq Peace Action Coalition
(IPAC), Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). FFI: Call 612-522-1861 or
612 827-5364.

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From: Dara Syrkin <dsyrkin [at]>
Subject: Native Am reading 9.03 7pm

Thursday, September 3, 7 p.m.
Native American Cycle Inroads Reading
Gwen Griffin & Native American Inroads Writers-
Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis

Enjoy a reading by some of Minnesota's most promising Native American
writers featuring mentor Gwen Griffin with Inroads writers Jay Thomas Bad
Heart Bull, Marissa Carr, Colleen Casey, Jon Hickey, Emily Johnson, and
Alex Wanna.

Gwen Griffin lives along the Minnesota River Valley in Mankato, not far
from the village site of one of her ancestors, Yajopi. Her Dakota roots
are deep in this landscape and reveal themselves in her artwork and her
writing. "As a former Loft Inroads participant," she says, "I know how
challenging and exhilarating it is to come together with other writers who
share an indigenous worldview and to develop a stronger voice.
Storytelling is part of our lives and can manifest itself in many
ways-poetry, prose, painting, sculpture, song, fiber art."

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From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at]>
Subject: Sicko 9.03 8pm

NOTE: If you haven't seen the film SICKO, do NOT miss it! This is about
people who HAVE health insurance but, when it comes to GETTING HEALTH
CARE, they find out they might as well be part of the 48+Million Americans
who DON'T have health insurance!

Casket Cinema and I will be screening Micheal Moore's film, SICKO on
Thursday Sept 3rd at 8pm. Special guests for an after movie discussion
will be alternative medicine researcher and photographer Vance Gellert
with others TBA.

Casket Cinema is located in the Casket Arts Building in NE Minneapolis.
Please BYOB & enter in the NE loading Dock door. I hope to see you
this Thursday!

Thursday, September 3, 2009 8:00pm - 11:00pm Casket Arts Building: Studio
145 681 17th Ave NE (Enter thru N. Loading Dock) Minneapolis, MN

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From: Lynette Malles <lynettemalles [at]>
Subject: Linda/house/court 9.04 8:45am

Friday, September 4th
Linda Norenberg's Eviction Court Hearing opens at 8:45am!!!
LET'S PACK THE COURTROOM! at Hennepin County Court House C3, 300 South 6th

Linda is one of five Twin Cities women refusing to leave their homes. She
was served her eviction summons last Friday. Listen to KFAI 11am-noon,
Wed. Sept. 2nd. for Andy Driscoll's Foreclosure Crisis program on Truth To
Tell for details. In 1944 Linda's father built the home in Robbinsdale
where she grew up. Moving away to raise her family, she returned to buy
the home in 1997 after her father died. Always a pillar of her community,
she currently is employed and gearing up for the FIGHT TO STAY IN HER

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From: David Shove <shove001 [at]>
Subject: Ffunch (again?) 9.04 11:30am

Ffunch 9.04 11:30am

First Friday Lunch (FFUNCH) for progressives.
Informal political talk and hanging out.

Day By Day Cafe 477 W 7th Av St Paul.
Meet on the far south side.

Day By Day has soups, salads, sandwiches, and dangerous
apple pie; is close to downtown St Paul & on major bus lines

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From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at]>
Subject: Palestine vigil 9.04 4:15pm

the weekly vigil for the liberation of Palestine continues at the
intersection of Snelling and Summit Aves in St. Paul.  the Friday demo
starts at 4:15 and ends around 5:30.  there are usually extra signs

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From: Sue Ann <seasnun [at]>
Subject: Coldwater moon 9.04 7pm

Friday, September 4, 2009 - Ripening
7 pm  at  Coldwater Spring

What is that plant? Is it a weed? Is it eatable? Henry Fieldseth will tell
us on the walk this "Moon When All Things Ripen." Henry is the soul of the
20-year old Friends School Plant Sale, largest plant sale in Minnesota.

Directions: From Hwy 55/Hiawatha in south Minneapolis, turn East (toward the
Mississippi) at 54th Street, take an immediate right (South) -mile past the
parking meters, through the cul-de-sac and the gates. Follow the curvy road
left & then right down to the pond, next to the great willow tree.  Sunset
7:44 pm - Moonrise 7:28 pm

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From: Dakotah Rae Johnson <dakotah [at]>
Subject: 'VOTE YES for IRV' lawn sign - Get YOURS!

Lawn signs are one of the most effective ways to let voters know that
Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) is on the ballot this fall and urge them to
vote YES!
Order your lawn sign and help IRV win November 3rd.

Reply *'YES'* to dakotah [at] if you want a lawn sign, and
include your address.

A St Paul Better Ballot Campaign volunteer will deliver and plant it in
your yard. Thank you for your support! FFI:<>

-- Dakotah Rae 715.379.2541

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Bill Moyers Disses Dems as "Spineless"
Sunday 30 August 2009
Patrick Gavin
The Politico

Bill Moyers has been a frequent critic of the Republican Party over the
years, making his critique of the Democratic Party on 'Real Time' more

PBS's Bill Moyers issued a tough critique of the Democratic Party on
Friday night on HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher."

Moyers, whose comments focused on the recent health care debate, said that
"too many Democrats have had their spines surgically removed."

Moyers, a White House press secretary during the Johnson administration
who went on to win over 30 Emmys and countless other awards during his
subsequent journalism career, has been a frequent critic of the Republican
Party over the years, making his critique of the Democratic Party on "Real
Time" more exceptional.

"The problem is the Democratic Party," said Moyers. "This is a party that
has told its progressives - who are the most outspoken champions of health
care reform - to sit down and shut up. That's what Rahm Emanuel, in
effect, the chief of staff of the White House, told progressives when they
stood up as a unit in Congress and said, no public insurance option, no
health care reforms."

Moyers said that, over the years, the Democratic Party "has become like
the Republican party - deeply influenced by corporate money."

"I think Rahm Emanuel, who is a clever politician, understands that the
money for Obama's reelection would come primarily from the health
industry, the drug industry and Wall Street, and so he is a corporate
Democrat who is destined, determined that there would be something in this
legislation - if we get it - that will turn off those powerful interests."

Moyers had some advice for President Barack Obama, as well.

"There's a fear that Barack Obama will become the Grover Cleveland of this
era," said Moyers. Grover Cleveland was a good man, but he became a
conservative Democratic president because he didn't fight the interests.
... I would much rather see Barack Obama be Theodore Roosevelt. Theodore
Roosevelt loved to fight. He came into office and railed against the
malefactors of great wealth, and he was glad to take them on. ...

"I think if Obama fought, instead of finessed so much, he stood up and
declared for what is really the right thing to do and what is really
needed instead of negotiating the corners away, instead of talking about
bending the curve, and talking about actuarial rates, if he were to stand
up and say, 'We need this because we're a decent country', I think it
would change the atmosphere."

Moyers said that conservatives have dominated the debate over health care
lately. "In the last few weeks, the right wing has been winning the
debate. How [Obama] lost control of the narrative, I don't understand.
Well, yes, I do. He didn't find the right metaphors, as you were just
saying, and he didn't speak in simple powerful moral language. He was
speaking like a policy wonk to the world of Washington, not a country of
people who are hurting. ...

"Here's the party that lost and the conservative movement that was
discredited over the last eight years .... They're setting the agenda for
a Democratic Party that controls the White House, the Senate and the
House. Something's wrong in that."

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"Mercy More Than Life"
Why is Universal Health Care "Un-American"?
September 2, 2009

Last week supporters of health-care reform gathered around the country,
including in Austin, TX, where 2,000 people crowded into a downtown church
to hear speakers talk about different aspects of the issue. Asked to speak
about the ethical dimensions of health care, I tried to go beyond
short-term political strategizing and ask more basic questions. This is an
edited version of what I said.

Is anyone else here having trouble with the fact that we are even having
this conversation? Is anyone else having trouble believing this topic is
really controversial? I have been asked to talk about the ethical
dimension of health care. Here's one way to frame such a discussion:

If an infant is born to poor parents, would we be more ethical to give
medicine to that child so he or she does not die prematurely of
preventable diseases, or would we be more ethical if we let the child die
screaming in his or her parent's arms so we can keep more of our money?

Or, let's say someone who worked for Enron, and now is penniless,
contracted bone cancer. I've been asked to discuss whether we are more
ethical if we provide such people medicine that lessens their pain. Or
would we be more ethical to let them scream through the night in
unbearable agony so we can pay lower taxes?.

I can't believe I am standing today in a Christian church defending the
proposition that we should lessen the suffering of those who cannot afford
health care in an economic system that often treats the poor as prey for
the rich. I cannot believe there are Christians around this nation who are
shouting that message down and waving guns in the air because they don't
want to hear it. But I learned along time ago that churches are strange
places; charity is fine, but speaking of justice is heresy in many
churches. The late Brazilian bishop Dom Hlder Cmara said it well: "When I
give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have
no food, they call me a Communist". Too often today in the United States,
if you talk about helping the poor, they call you Christian, but if you
actually try to do something to help the poor, they call you a socialist.

Some of the other speakers today have been asked to address what is
possible in the current political climate. I have been asked to speak of
our dreams. Let me ask a question. How many of you get really excited
about tweaking the insurance system so we just get robbed a little less?
(silence) How many of you want universal health care? (sustained applause)
I realize that insurance reform is all that's on the table right now, and
it can be important to choose the lesser of evils when that alone is
within our power in the moment. But we also need to remember our dream. I
believe the American dream is not about material success, not about being
having the strongest military. The American dream is that every person
might have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

It's amazing to hear Christians who talk about the right to life as though
it ends at birth. They believe every egg has a right to hatch, but as soon
as you're born, it's dog eat dog. We may disagree on when life begins, but
if the right to life means anything it means that every person (anyone who
has finished the gestation period) has a right to life. And if there is a
right to life there must be a right to the necessities of life. Like
health care.

I believe the American dream was not about property rights, but human
rights. Consider the words of this national hymn:

"O beautiful for patriot's dream that sees beyond the years. Thine
alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears".

Doesn't that sound like someone cared about the poor? There are those who
consider paying taxes an affront, but listen to these words:

"O Beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife, who more than self
their country loved and mercy more than life".

"Mercy more than life" - have you ever noticed those words before?
Supporting universal health care does not make you socialist or even a
liberal, it makes you a human being. And it makes you an ambassador for
the American dream which, in the mind of Thomas Paine, was a dream for
every human being, not just Americans. As we struggle to get health care
to all people, we may have to settle for the lesser of two evils, but
remember your dream - the true American dream, a human dream. Whatever we
win through reform is just first step toward a day when every human being
has a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Rev. Jim Rigby is pastor of St. Andrew.s Presbyterian Church in Austin. He
can be reached at jrigby0000 [at]


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