|Progressive Calendar 09.03.09||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|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"? --------1 of 17-------- From: Write On Radio <writeonradio [at] yahoo.com> 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 www.wendybrownbaez.com. 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 www.kfai.org. Shows are archived for two weeks on line. --------2 of 17-------- From: Joel Albers <joel [at] uhcan-mn.org> 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] uhcan-mn.org www.uhcan-mn.org --------3 of 17-------- From: Welfare Rights Committee <welfarerightsmn [at] yahoo.com> 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] yahoo.com alt email: welfarerights [at] qwest.net --------4 of 17-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at] msn.com> 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. --------5 of 17-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com 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] aol.com. --------6 of 17-------- From: Alliance for Sustainability <iasa [at] mtn.org> 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 www.century.edu 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 www.savethepoles.com. 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 http://www.afors.org --------7 of 17-------- From: Do It Green! Minnesota <Do_It_Green_Minnesota [at] mail.vresp.com> 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! --------8 of 17-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> 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 Afghanistan. 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 http://www.facebook.com/l/;dahrjamailiraq.com . 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. --------9 of 17-------- From: Dara Syrkin <dsyrkin [at] loft.org> 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 Free 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." --------10 of 17-------- From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com> 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 --------11 of 17-------- From: Lynette Malles <lynettemalles [at] msn.com> 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 Street 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 HOME! --------12 of 17-------- From: David Shove <shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu> Subject: Ffunch (again?) 9.04 11:30am Ffunch 9.04 11:30am Meet the FFUNCH BUNCH! 11:30am-1pm 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 --------13 of 17-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> 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 available. --------14 of 17-------- From: Sue Ann <seasnun [at] gmail.com> Subject: Coldwater moon 9.04 7pm COLDWATER FULL MOON WALK 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) ½-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 --------15 of 17-------- From: Dakotah Rae Johnson <dakotah [at] fairvotemn.org> Subject: 'VOTE YES for IRV' lawn sign - Get YOURS! *ST PAUL "VOTE YES for IRV" LAWN SIGN: SIGN UP FOR YOURS TODAY!* 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] fairvotemn.org 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: http://stpaul.betterballotcampaign.org/node/1316<http://stpaul.betterballotcampaign.org/lawn.sign> -- Dakotah Rae 715.379.2541 --------16 of 17-------- 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 exceptional. 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." --------17 of 17-------- "Mercy More Than Life" Why is Universal Health Care "Un-American"? By Rev. JIM RIGBY CounterPunch 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] aol.com. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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