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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2009 18:02:18 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 09.12.09 1. Single payer/v Obama 9.12 9am 2. Peace walk 9.12 9am Cambridge MN 3. Colombia 9.12 10am 4. Haiti/US target 9.12 10am 5. Seward King's Fair 9.12 12noon 6. Walz/health 9.12 12noon Rochester MN 7. Mendota pow wow 9.12 1pm 8. Northtown vigil 9.12 2pm 9. Honduras/Obama coup? 9.12 3pm 10. Bicking camp. party 9.12 6pm 11. Linda v Citibank 9.12 6pm 12. Palestine benefit 9.12 7pm 13. Healthcare march 9.13 12noon 14. Clothes swap 9.13 12noon 15. Stillwater vigil 9.13 1pm 16. Barter market 9.13 1pm 17. RNC day4 civil suit 9.13 6pm 18. Peace walk 9.13 6pm RiverFalls WI 19. Russell Mokhiber - Disgraceful Democrats 20. Ron Jacobs - It's time to be impolite about Afghanistan 21. Mark Drolette - Regression depression --------1 of 21-------- From: ty <tytymo [at] gmail.com> Subject: Single payer/v Obama 9.12 9am Obama will be speaking on his health care proposals at 12:30pm Saturday at the Target Center. Doors open at 9:30am. Free and open to the public. This is a REALLY huge opportunity to make the case for single-payer, when tens of thousands will gather to try and see what Obama will say. The NATIONAL media will be all over this. The right-wingers will inevitably mobilize, so we need to also put pressure from the left on display! This is the BIGGEST opportunity we have come our way this year, and we should seize the initiative with both hands in my opinion. [Proposed action not yet ratified. Watch online. -ed] From: kls <ksprung [at] hotmail.com> From MPR"s website: President Obama will speak about health care reform at the Target Center in Minneapolis this Saturday, White House officials confirmed this afternoon. The event begins at 12:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public. The president's visit comes in the middle of a strong push to pass a health care reform package. His Minnesota speech will likely focus on why he believes the country needs to pass the legislation. The president has touted Minnesota's Mayo Clinic as a model for what is working well in the health care system. This will be Obama's first visit to Minnesota as president. Minnesota Republicans derided the Obama stop as a "Hail Mary" pass. Space at the event will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. No ticket is required. Attendees will go through "airport-like security" and should bring as few personal items as possible, White House officials said. No bags, signs, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids, or strollers will be allowed in the venue. Cameras will be permitted. -- From: Joel Albers <joel [at] uhcan-mn.org> Single Payer Talking points in response to President Obama's speech 1. The health care crisis in the U.S. is getting worse. Even middle- class families with supposedly good coverage are just one serious illness away from financial ruin. Millions of people have lost their jobs and with them their health insurance. Illness and medical bills contribute to 62 percent of personal bankruptcies - a 50 percent increase since 2001. And three-quarters of the medically bankrupt had insurance, at least when they first got sick. 2. Yet the health insurance reform bill being developed in Congress and by the president is looking like just another bailout - this time for health insurance and pharmaceutical companies. With their lobbying dollars and influence, these companies are crafting health insurance legislation to expand their profits and power. A proposed individual mandate to force 47 million citizens to buy health insurance will be a windfall for private health insurance companies, and will be partially paid for with taxpayer dollars for subsidies to support premiums for people who can't afford health insurance. Even under the "best" of these plans, over 20 million people will remain uninsured. 3. These mandate plans would require everyone to buy the same private insurance that is already failing us. These proposals don't regulate insurance premiums, they don't keep the insurance companies from refusing to pay many of our bills, and they don't improve the insurance we now have. They would financially punish people who don't buy the insurance industry's defective products. 4. Some proposals include a "public option," but this will quickly become too expensive as the sick flee to the public sector as private insurers avoid them, abandon them, or make it too difficult for them to get their bills paid. The debate over the so-called public option has been a very successful diversionary tactic on the part of the insurance industry. The real debate should have been over whether to replace the private insurers with a single public plan. The insurance industry won outright since we never had that debate. In the event that the president states his continuing support for the public option, keep these things in mind: A public plan option might cut into private insurers' profits. That's why they hate it. But their profits - roughly $10 billion annually - are dwarfed by the money they waste in search of profit. They spend vast sums for marketing (to attract the healthy); demarketing (to avoid the sick); billing their ever-shifting roster of enrollees; fighting with providers over bills; and lobbying politicians. Hospitals and doctors would still need elaborate billing and cost- tracking systems. And overhead for even the most efficient competitive public option would be far higher than for traditional Medicare, which is efficient precisely because it doesn't compete. It automatically enrolls seniors at 65 and deducts their premiums through the Social Security system, contracts with any willing provider, and does no marketing. Health insurers compete by NOT paying for care: by seeking out the healthy and avoiding the sick; by denying payment and shifting costs onto patients; and by lobbying for unfair public subsidies (as under the Medicare HMO program). To compete successfully, a public plan would have to copy private plans. Decades of experience teach that private insurers cannot control costs or provide families with the coverage they need. And a government-run clone of private insurers cannot fix these flaws. 5. Experience shows the leading proposals in Congress and from the president won't work, either to expand coverage or to contain costs. Plans like these have been tried in many states over the past two decades (Massachusetts, Tennessee, Washington state, Oregon, Minnesota, Vermont, Maine). They have all failed to reduce the number of uninsured or to contain costs. 6. These mandate plans will add hundreds of billions of dollars to the nation's health care costs. In this economic downturn, we need assure health care for all without adding to the nation's cost and the government's deficit. The bottom line is: these proposals don't reform our fragmented, inefficient system, they just add to its complexity and costs. President Obama's plan would finance reform by draining funds from hospitals that serve the neediest patients. His other funding plans aren't harmful, just illusory. He's gotten unenforceable pledges from drug companies, hospitals, insurers and the American Medical Association to rein in costs, a replay of promises they made (and broke) to Presidents Nixon and Carter. And Obama trumpets savings from computerized medical records and better care management, savings the Congressional Budget Office has dismissed as wishful thinking. 7. As long as we continue to rely on private for-profit insurers, universal coverage will be unaffordable. Their administrative costs consume nearly one-third of our health care dollar. We will never have enough money to provide everyone with decent care until we eliminate private insurance with its enormous waste and inadequate coverage. And we will never be able to keep costs down and get the care we need as long as the wasteful and unnecessary insurance companies stand between us and our doctors. 8. The growth in health care costs must be addressed if any proposal is to succeed. Single payer offers real tools to contain costs: negotiated fees, bulk purchasing of drugs and devices, budgeting, especially for hospitals, planning of capital investments, and an emphasis on primary care and coordination of care. Mandate plans offer only hopes: competition among insurance companies, computerization, chronic disease management. Competition among the shrinking number of insurance companies has already failed to contain costs and, in the absence of single payer and reformed primary care, computerization and chronic disease management will raise costs, not lower them. 9. Every other industrialized country has some form of universal health care. None uses profitmaking, investor-owned insurance companies like ours to provide health care for all their people. 10. We have an American system that works. It's Medicare. It's not perfect, but Americans with Medicare are far happier than those with private insurance. Doctors face fewer hassles in getting paid, and Medicare has been a leader in keeping costs down. And keep in mind that Medicare insures people with the greatest health care needs: people over 65 and the disabled. We should improve and expand Medicare to cover everyone. 11. What we know from polls is that nearly two-thirds of Americans support a single payer national health insurance program, an improved "Medicare for All." So why have our president and Congress abandoned single payer health care when the majority of Americans support it? 12. We should step back and start over on health care reform. 13. A single-payer "Medicare for All" system is embodied in H.R. 676, sponsored by Rep. John Conyers and 86 other members of Congress. It would have: Automatic enrollment for everyone Comprehensive services covering all medically necessary care and drugs Free choice of doctor and hospital, who remain independent and negotiate their fees and budgets with a public or nonprofit agency Public or nonprofit agency processes and pays the bills Entire system financed through progressive taxes Help job growth and the entire U.S. economy by reducing the burden of health costs from business Cover everyone without spending any more than we are now. 14. Since health insurance lobbyists have effectively squelched discussion of single payer bill HR 676 as an option for health care reform in Congress at this time, Rep. Anthony Weiner, a single payer supporter, has filed an amendment to the health reform legislation recently created in the House, HR 3200. Weiner's amendment would effectively change HR 3200 into a single payer bill. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has promised an up or down vote on this amendment in September. For those of us who support single payer health care, we can make it clear to our representatives in Congress that this will be an important issue in their re-election as we go to vote next year. 15. Single-payer Medicare for All is the right answer: It is right on choice. It provides free choice of doctor and hospital, the choice Americans want and value. In mandate plans, we lose those choices. It is right on efficiency. Single payer would slash administrative costs and promote efficient primary care. It would also enhance evidence-based quality assurance. It is right on accountability. It will be a public, nonprofit system that will respond to what doctors and their patients need, not what corporate executives and their stockholders want. Joel Albers Pharm.D., Ph.D. Clinical Pharmacist, Health Economics Researcher Universal Health Care Action Network - MN Community/University Collaborative Research www.uhcan-mn.org email: joel [at] uhcan-mn.org phone: 612-384-0973 address: 3500 35th ave S Mpls, MN, 55406 --------2 of 21-------- From: Ken Reine <reine008 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Peace walk 9.12 9am Cambridge MN every Saturday 9AM to 9:35AM Peace walk in Cambridge - start at Hwy 95 and Fern Street --------3 of 21-------- From: Stephanie Bates <Stephanie.Bates [at] americas.org> Subject: Colombia 9.12 10am Coffee Hour- Saturday, Septmeber 12th Colombia: Finding Peace in Times of Conflict Saturday, September 12 10-11:30am Colombia, situated in the northern Andes, is a country rich in biological and cultural diversity. But Colombia also has a long history of war and conflict- every day Colombians live in fear of the ongoing violence perpetuated by armed actors- paramilitaries, guerrillas, and the state. Such violence affects both the physical and mental health of Colombians. In May, Robyn Skrebes traveled with a delegation from Witness for Peace- Upper Midwest to learn about the ways that Colombians are coping with the health impacts from the ongoing violence. In this RCTA Coffee Hour, Robyn will be talking about the conflict in Colombia and sharing information gathered during the trip. --------4 of 21-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Haiti/US target 9.12 10am "Haiti: Still a U.S. Target" A Talk by April Knutson and Joelle Vitiello Saturday, September 12, 10:00 a.m. to Noon Van Cleve Community Center, 901 15th Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis. Why has Haiti, the first Black republic in the world, suffered relentless attacks from the United States and Western European powers since independence in 1804? Occupation, coups, brutal dictatorships, and economic discrimination and exploitation have left its land devastated and its people impoverished. Why is this island of eight-million people so important to the West? How can we change the oppressive and inhumane economic and immigration policies of the U.S.? Professor Knutson teaches at the University of Minnesota and Professor Vitiello teaches at Macalester College. They are both authors of articles on Haitian literature and history, teachers of French language and culture, frequent visitors to Haiti. Sponsored by: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - Minnesota Metro (WILPF). Endorsed by: WAMM. FFI: Call 612-922-7993 or visit www.wilpfmn.org. --------5 of 21-------- From: Carol Greenwood <carolgwood [at] comcast.net> Subject: Seward King's Fair 9.12 12noon Where Progressives meet and greet! King's Fair is coming again to Seward Neighborhood! This bi-annual neighborhood festival attracts hundreds of visitors for a day of music, fun, information, and community celebration. King's Fair comes around only every second year so it's not an event to be missed. This year's Fair will be Saturday, September 12, from noon to 5 pm, at Matthews Neighborhood Park in Minneapolis. E. 24th St. and 29th Ave. S. --------6 of 21-------- From: Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition <info [at] muhcc.org> Subject: Walz/health 9.12 12noon Rochester MN Congressman Walz Hosts Rochester Town Hall on Health Insurance Reform Saturday September 12th, 12:00-2:00 at John Marshall High School, 1510 14th St NW, Rochester. Doors open 11:30. We suggest you arrive by 10:30 the latest. --------7 of 21-------- From: Sue Ann <seasnun [at] gmail.com> Subject: Mendota pow wow 9.12 1pm The Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community Welcome Home Traditional POW-WOW September 12 and 13 2009 St. Peter's Church Grounds in Mendota, Minnesota Mendota's POW WOW <http://mendotadakota.com/mn/category/mendotas-pow-wow/> The Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community would like to welcome you to our 10th Pow Wow. Grand entry Sept 12, at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Grand entry September 13 at 1:00 pm. Mitch Walking Elk will be our MC. Windy Down Wind will be the arena director. Head Drum Eugene Red Day /Anpetu Duta and Co Host Drum Scotty Brown Eyes / Oyate Teca. Head male dancer is Wally Ripplinger and female Head dancer is Mary So Happy. $5.00 donation for buttons. Feast at 5:00 pm on Sunday. Come see a live eagle, get your picture taken. Call MMDC at 651-452-4141 for more information; ask for Sharon, Curtis, or Renee. Bring lawn chairs. NO DRUGS, ALCOHOL, FIREARMS, OR PETS --------8 of 21-------- From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 9.12 2pm Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday 2-3pm --------9 of 21-------- From: Socialist Appeal <new [at] socialistappeal.org> Subject: Honduras/Obama coup? 9.12 3pm Honduras Obama's First Coup? The role played by the United States in the recent coup in Honduras has been the subject of a heated debate. It is clear that when Obama arrived at the White House he wanted to adopt a different approach to Latin America than Bush's. Bush's policy of waving the stick had not given good results and furthermore had put the US on the defensive and isolated its position in the continent. From Obama's point of view, it was time to use the carrot. But while the methods may be different, do the aims remain the same? John Peterson, National Secretary of the Hands Off Venezuela campaign and Chief Editor for Socialist Appeal magazine, will discuss the role of the Obama Adminstration in Latin America and the recent Honduran coup. Local Honduran solidarity activists, in contact with their families on the ground, will also be speaking. Saturday, September 12th, 2009 3:00pm Mayday Bookstore 301 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Hands Off Venezuela and the Workers International League. --------10 of 21-------- From: Dave Bicking <davebicking [at] gmail.com> Subject: Bicking campaign party 9.12 6pm Come party, enjoy some excellent live music, and support a winning campaign for Minneapolis City Council! We're into the last two months and moving fast; now is the time to step up in support if you want to see some real change in November! Saturday, September 12, 6:00 - 9:00pm. Dave Bicking for City Council campaign party and fundraiser, with free home-cooked food, snacks, deserts, and LIVE MUSIC. Above Mill City Music at 3820 East Lake St. in Minneapolis. (Use the door and stairs just to the left of the Blue Moon Café) Suggested donation: $10 (Please, $20 or more if you can, less if you can't) MUSIC: CHUCK SOLBERG, blues and jazz pianist, New Orleans style. Chuck Solberg has toured here & abroad with Luther Allison, played with BB King's band, The Shirelles, Muddy Waters, & Chuck Berry, among others, & won the public admiration of Bob Dylan. He will be joined by his Chuck Solberg Trio, featuring vocals by his daughter Kristen Solberg and string bass and vocals by Sigurd Nordskog. Sensuous ballads, jazz standards, & the great rhythms of New Orleans R&B tunes make this ensemble irresistible. Their website has samples of their music: http://www.myspace.com/thechucksolbergtrio. I've heard them play several times and highly recommend them! BILL OLDFATHER's piano improvisations are playful and elegant. His repertoire features latin, jazz and folk themes. A very talented friend of mine! Great music, AND you get to find out a little more about the campaign and about the issues, and generally have a good time with like-minded people. You gotta come and enjoy!! See you Saturday, Dave Bicking 612-276-1213 PS. If you just can't make it to the party, you can still donate to strengthen this grassroots campaign against the entrenched power of the incumbent. Make out your check to: Bicking for City Council, and mail it to: Bicking for City Council, 2425 E. Franklin Ave. #407, Mpls, MN 55406. OR, contribute online at: http://davebicking.org/donate.html - fast, easy, no stamp needed! (Contribution limit is $300 per person) AND, this campaign is only as strong as the base of volunteers who will bring us to victory. Please let me know if you can help with any aspect: door knocking, lit dropping, mailings, organizing events like this one, writing and research, communications, etc. All are needed, no matter your time limitations. We have an immediate need for volunteers for a lit drop this weekend. We have a new piece of literature, and we aim to deliver it to every household in the Ward this weekend! No experience needed, just some energy. Get some exercise, get the word out, and enjoy the outdoors. Please join us for a campaign that will win! - and have some fun doing it! --------11 of 21-------- From: Lynette Malles <lynettemalles [at] msn.com> Subject: Linda v Citibank 9.12 6pm Resistance rising from the inner ring! Linda Norenberg, represented by Kelly McCormack, is filing a motion to contest her eviction based on Citibank's not having met the rules of MN statute 580. In Housing Court today, the judge scheduled another Citibank hearing for Friday, September 18th. If the court decides that Linda's motion is frivolous, Citibank will call for a writ of eviction on the 18th. However if there IS a basis for Linda's motion, Citibank's case will be suspended, and a new court date will be set for hearing Linda's motion. It will cost $400 to file this motion, so come on out for Linda's fundraising dinner at her family home! Saturday, September 12th, 6pm start Join us for dinner and bonfire in Robbinsdale 2750 McNair Drive Phone: 763-529-3571 Why not bring things to sell? Winter clothing, household items, objects of art...whatever you don't need- and think others might want- will be set out [but PLEASE take your items home with you if unsold]. Email a reply if you need a ride-cars will leave from in front of Rosemary's at 5:30pm. BICYCLISTS: you'll love the ride up through Wirth Park. Linda, one of five Twin Cities women refusing to leave their homes, was served her eviction summons last Friday. Join us in supporting Linda's fight to STAY IN HER HOME! Never underestimate the POWER of the PEOPLE! --------12 of 21-------- From: Jess Sundin <jess [at] antiwarcommittee.org> Subject: Palestine benefit 9.12 7pm Benefit for the Palestine Solidarity Project with speaker Michael Galvin Saturday, September 12, 7:00pm - 9:30pm @ Mayday Bookstore, 301 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN Join us for benefit for the Palestine Solidarity Project (PSP) with speaker Michael Galvin. Michael recently returned from working with PSP and other solidarity organizations in the occupied Palestinian territories. Come to learn about the current status of the occupation and solidarity activism in Palestine, and also to support the PSP - a Palestinian-led organization that uses nonviolent direct action to help Palestinian communities remain on their land in the face of intimidation, economic strangulation, and a history of forced displacement under the Israeli occupation. Sponsored by Opposition to War & Occupation, Women Against Military Madness Mideast Committee, and the Twin Cities chapter of the Intenational Jewish Anti-Zionist Network. --------13 of 21-------- From: ty <tytymo [at] gmail.com> Subject: Healthcare march 9.13 12noon This is apparently a national day of action called to back public option (NOT for single payer). Not clear how big this is, or if its more than just a random semi-spontaneous call (like the Prop. 8 protests) but appears to have some limited momentum, with actions in a number of cities, including Minneapolis. Below are the details of the Minneapolis rally. We should all definitely attend and leaflet for the event on the 24th, which i will have leaflets finished for by Tuesday this week. -- Are you tired of not being "heard" in the healthcare reform debate? Are you tired of the Tea Party Protesters usurping your voice? Then I say it is time to Stand Up Twin Cities and March for Healthcare Stand Up Twin Cities and March to demand healthcare reform which will cover everyone, cost less, and prevent health insurance companies from making a profit on sickness. Rally and Walk Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 12 noon, Rain or Shine Phillips Park 1530 E. Franklin Ave. Minneapolis, MN www.march4healthcare.com for more information about this nationwide grassroots movement to create real healthcare reform Email: mnhealthcarereform [at] gmail.com In cooperation with TakeActionMN --------14 of 21-------- From: Do It Green! Minnesota <Do_It_Green_Minnesota [at] mail.vresp.com> Subject: Clothes swap 9.13 12noon Mark your calendars for our upcoming Do It Green! workshop to be held at our resource center in Uptown, Minneapolis inside the Twin Cities Green retail store at 2405 Hennepin Ave S. Uptown, Minneapolis. Sun, September 13th 12:00-4:00pm - Clothes Swap Now is a great time to go through your closet and bring your unwanted clothes to our Fall clothes swap! If you bring clothes, you can exchange them for new ones, if you don't bring clothes please make a donation. All remaining clothes and donations will go to a local shelter. --------15 of 21-------- From: scot b <earthmannow [at] comcast.net> Subject: Stillwater vigil 9.130 1pm A weekly Vigil for Peace Every Sunday, at the Stillwater bridge from 1- 2 p.m. Come after Church or after brunch ! All are invited to join in song and witness to the human desire for peace in our world. Signs need to be positive. Sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Peacemakers. If you have a United Nations flag or a United States flag please bring it. Be sure to dress for the weather . For more information go to <http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/>http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/ For more information you could call 651 275 0247 or 651 999 - 9560 --------16 of 21-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Barter market 9.13 1pm are barter markets going to assist during the economic crisis? The Midway Barter Market, every Sunday, 1-3 pm, boulevard in front of 1724 Englewood Ave. Barter Market on Wednesdays at SuperUSA are cancelled. Community Gathering and Exchange at the "Midway Barter Market"! Bring something to share if you can; we've seen CSA and urban farm produce, jam, bread, fruits, homemade candles and soap, jewelry, cassette tapes, clothes, anything that's in good condition that someone else may want. Labor exchanges are good too (i.e. I will fix your bike if you make me lunch). It's an informal gathering that's lots of fun, and you get to take home stuff you want that someone else has too much of. A folding chair and maybe a folding table are good to bring, or even just a blanket for the boulevard. Contact Nine at mightymidway [at] gmail.com or 651.319.2241 with questions, or Kathy at kathysphotos [at] mindspring.com or 651.645.1492. --------17 of 21-------- From: Melissa <smilyus [at] msn.com> Subject: RNC day4 civil suit 9.13 6pm This is a reminder that there is an upcoming meeting for people arrested on Day 4 of the RNC last year during and after the march organized by the Anti-War Committee. Spread the word to everyone you know who might want to file a civil suit against the state for their senseless acts of terror and unjust arrests that day! Jordan Kushner, the leading attorney on civil lit for this day of the RNC, and a couple organizers from the AWC will be there to talk about where we go from here. The details: Sunday, Sept. 13 6pm May Day Books -- From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at] gmail.com> Civil litigation meeting for Day 4 RNC mass arrests Sunday, September 13 @ 6pm @ Mayday Books, 301 Cedar Ave S, Mpls (under Midwest Mountaineering) A many of us were lined up at a police warehouse in St. Paul, trying to reclaim our keys, cell phones, wallets, and other personal belongings taken from us during the mass arrests on the final day of the Republican National Convention. None of us was ever charged with a crime. On Sept. 4, 2000 people rallied at the State Capitol to say, "No peace for the war-makers!" With riot police lined up behind our rally stage, we set out to march to the Xcel Center, where John McCain was speaking. Riot police blocked us again and again, used pepper spray, tear gas, concussion grenades. 396 people were indiscriminately rounded up and arrested, including about twenty journalists. St. Paul pulled out all the stops to prevent an anti-war message from getting anywhere near the Xcel Center while McCain spoke, but their plan backfired. Our story was told in every news report, and shown split-screen with McCain's talk inside the RNC. In spite of police repression, our demonstration was one of the great victories during the 2008 RNC. But the victory came at a high cost, with all of us deprived of our democratic rights to protest. With the assistance of attorney Jordan Kushner, we are looking to file a civil lawsuit against the City of St. Paul, for these abuses. Why? * Our case can still bring attention to the continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan * We can demand more space for protest, rather than accept what happened to us last September * St. Paul should pay for its repressive actions against protesters Fighting in the courts, and in the court of public opinion, gives us a platform to do all of this. If you want to be a part of this case, we want to hear from you. Please join us at Sunday's meeting (6pm @ Mayday Books), with our attorney and AWC organizers. If you can't make it that day, please watch for future communications about where we go from here. PLEASE SHARE THIS MESSAGE WITH FRIENDS WHO WERE ARRESTED WITH US ON SEPTEMBER 4, 2008. --------18 of 21-------- From: Nancy Holden <d.n.holden [at] comcast.net> Subject: Peace walk 9.13 6pm RiverFalls WI River Falls Peace and Justice Walkers. We meet every Monday from 6-7 pm on the UWRF campus at Cascade Ave. and 2nd Street, immediately across from "Journey" House. We walk through the downtown of River Falls. Contact: d.n.holden [at] comcast.net. Douglas H Holden 1004 Morgan Road River Falls, Wisconsin 54022 --------19 of 21-------- Civility is in the Eye of the Beholder Disgraceful Democrats By RUSSELL MOKHIBER CounterPunch September 11-13, 2009 Congressman Joe Wilson (R-South Carolina) calls President Obama a liar. That's disgraceful. Some Democrats want him censured. President Obama and the Democrats turn their backs on single payer - the only health care reform that covers everyone and control costs. By so doing, they are condemning at least 60 Americans a day to death (Institute of Medicine report) due to lack of health insurance. That's disgraceful. Eighty-six Democrats in the House are signed on to Congressman John Conyer's (D-Michigan) single payer bill (HR 676). But not one has said they will vote against the break the bank, leave tens of millions of Americans uninsured Obamacare. Not one. Not even Conyers has said he will vote against it. None of the so called "progressive caucus" has said they will vote against it. HR 676 is being used a way to placate the Democrat's progressive base. Sure, we believe in single payer. But no way we're going out on a limb to fight for it. That's disgraceful. Wilson is fighting for his cause - insurance company profits before people. But at least he's fighting. The Democrats are supposed to be fighting for the people. They say they want change. But they too are in the pockets of the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries. And they cave in to the powerful forces that control their political lives. That's disgraceful. Obama throws the weak "public option" under the health insurance industry bus. And Katrina vanden Heuvel, the editor of The Nation magazine, says that Obama shows "progressive spine". That's disgraceful. Civility is in the eyes of the beholder. Obama and the Democrats are acting against the interests of the American people. Uncivil. Disgraceful. Who will censure Obama and the Democrats? Russell Mokhiber is editor of Corporate Crime Reporter and founder of http://www.singlepayeraction.org/ --------20 of 21-------- Death and Dying in the Age of No Change's Non War It's Time to be Impolite About Afghanistan By RON JACOBS September 11-13, 2009 CounterPunch In Germany, Chancellor Merkel defends a murderous attack on civilians siphoning fuel from two stuck oil tankers, telling her countrymen that the war in Afghanistan is not really a war at all. In Washington, Bush administration holdover Robert Gates (whose role in carrying on the mission of the Empire is clearer by the day) tells the press that Washington will not "abandon" Afghanistan or Pakistan. In the White House, the current set of deciders discusses how many more troops to send into the mountains and plains of Afghanistan to fight an enemy in Chancellor Merkel's non-war while they add private mercenaries working for the dollar in their other zone of occupation, Iraq. The occupying soldiers have suffered more casualties in the Afghan non-war this past year than ever before. Yet, the big fool says to push on. The phrase from Tacitus comes to mind with only a slight modification. "They make desolation," he wrote. "and call it peace." In Afghanistan, they make desolation and call it freedom. Enduring freedom. This is the lesson the Afghans must learn. When you are the occupied, the native, the wog, you are subject to the occupier's definitions. He will kill your wives and children and call it pacification. He will choose your leaders, tell you to vote and call it democracy. He will kick in the doors to your home, arrest you and your sons, and call you insurgents. Of course, it is this very practice which turns many of your men into said insurgents. If the leaders he chooses for you oppose the more murderous of the occupier's actions, that leader will be subverted. Some, like Mr. Diem in Vietnam and Patrick Lumumba in the Congo, will be murdered outright. Others, like those that came before al-Maliki in Iraq, will merely disappear from the scene, often with a newly expanded bank account. Mr. Karzai of Afghanistan may or may not make it through the show election he is currently fixing. If he does, Washington will install a newly-created executive in Kabul whose role will be to undermine any attempts by Mr. Karzai to actually rule in the interests of his nation as he sees it instead of how Washington prefers. If he doesn't win, he will retire somewhere where deposed friends of Washington go. The citizenry on the US homefront are quiet. Allowing themselves to be fooled by the myth of a new day, the old order continues. Now they wait for the new strategy to unfold. A strategy that is no newer than the last war to be sure and probably as old as the first, but the citizens' historical memory is intentionally short. If the civilized nations of the world can finally pacify the restless occupied, then the world can truly move to the next new frontier. A new frontier with energy capturing and transporting facilities located wherever the corporate executives of the frontier believe them to be useful and defensible by the cavalry. If the citizenry at home continue to receive the fuel necessary for their lifestyle, those dead and maimed children have even less meaning in their lives. It is, after all, the price they pay so we can (in the words of an earlier president), "recreate however we want". Recreating has become a challenge for may citizens who wonder where their money went while they cheer the wars that provide the answer. One trillion plus for the wars and occupations and children live in shelters in the land of plenty. Still, the believers in their vote for change refuse to see the change for what it is. Nothing changed here, only the family in the Great White House. While the right wing leads its unthinking nincompoops towards fascism, the rest of the mainstream political populace refuses to examine the cause of their problems - modern day capitalism - and continues to bet their lives on it despite the ever-diminishing returns. We've been told there is no alternative for so long that those who suggest that there might be are excluded from the conversation. Their opinion is not only unimportant, it is a non-opinion because it doesn't fit into the box designed by capital. So, like those who are dying in the non-wars of capital, those who oppose them are non-existent. Is there a solution to this enforced irrelevance? Yes, but it doesn't lie in being polite. Indeed, it doesn't exist within the rules of the game. Are those of us who oppose capital and its wars willing to take the risk required to turn the aforementioned box upside down and thereby empty the world of capital's illusions? Or will we settle for standing outside it and wishing it away? --------21 of 21-------- Regression Depression Mark Drolette September 11th, 2009 Dissident Voice I"ve been feeling a little discouraged about the nation's direction lately. Maybe it's just me. Then again, maybe not. Everywhere I go, the sense of impending doom about what's happening in (and to) our country is palpable. 'Course, there's hope: just look at how the country's come together over the national healthcare issue. With fellowship like that, how long can it be before we're all debating excitedly 'round city-sized bonfires, our animated dialogue punctuated by periodic AK47 bursts designed to drive (hollow) points home? You know we're firmly ensconced in bizarro world when America's rulers can prosecute illegal warfare, torture people, shred the Constitution, steal us blind, out secret agents, strong-arm massive corporate welfare and let an entire city drown, yet it's not until affordable universal healthcare is (ostensibly) proposed that that is the moment herds of screaming, puerile, manipulated-to-the-max neo-brownshirts decide their beloved America - the one that's only truly ever existed in John Wayne movies, by the way - is under socialistic siege, subsequently demonstrating their suddenly-uncontainable umbrage by throwing big-time, small-minded pissy fits at faux town hall meetings. The brandishing of firearms outside such events is an especially nice touch. I can only guess what would have happened at an anti-war march had any of us toted an assault rifle. Prior to a U.S. government-sponsored Frankenfoods conference here in Sacramento six years back, our scared witless shitty council ("Remember Seattle!" they were warned constantly by cops and funds-bearing feds) hastily passed a raft of anti-constitutional local ordinances, one of which authorized the arrest of any persons in town (like, say, dissenters, maybe?) found with dirtballs in their pockets. That's what I said: dirtballs in people's pockets. Speaking of Congress, I'm now convinced a poll could show 137% of Americans strongly favoring something and yet if their desire didn't happen to coincide with the wishes of Big Business (as, you know, it so often does), then once again out would pop the corporatocracy's jump-puppets - also known in some circles as "representatives" and "senators" - to engage in so many contortions explaining why they couldn't give us what we wanted they'd make Russian gymnasts proud. My suggestion? Replace them with Russian gymnasts. We still wouldn't get what we wanted but at least the back flips would be more expertly done. Impotence is another thing that's got me, uh, down. (No, not that kind of impotence - not that I would even know what that's like. Ever. OK, mostly. All right, then, fine, but at least I still have my memories. Er - what was I saying?) And not that you've ever asked yourself this question, but: Just what the hell are we supposed to do to change things? Vote? (For those who deem this a viable solution, please see jump-puppets reference.) Protest? Please don't tell my longtime activist girlfriend this, but while she and I are out there standing on the street corner with seventeen other diehards holding signs and hooting and hollering against the latest outrage, I often feel like the powers-that-be are laughing at us, mocking us. Ignoring us. (Imagine how much worse it would be if they really were!) Actually, I'm not sure which is more deflating: Bush declaring us a focus group, or Obama proving it. Another bummer is seeing the classic tactics of misdirection and scapegoating being employed to perfection. Sure, the great unwashed (and unemployed) expressed righteous anger when the corporatists in charge tanked the global economy only to be given no-strings-attached trillions more, but their nastiest vitriol has nonetheless been loosed on folks who are blameless (but far more accessible): those fortunate enough to still have jobs and/or houses, including relatives, neighbors and (former) friends. I should know: I work for California's teacher licensing agency (no doubt created by Marxist infiltrators who decided our state's educators should be, well, educated; can you imagine?). Collectively, my fellow (unionized) government employees and I are now public enemy numero uno, personally responsible for everything from massive budget deficits to women with loose morals (actually, that's one I wouldn't mind taking credit for - if only I could remember how to go about it). We're being furloughed three days monthly at fourteen percent less pay but that still isn't enough: our pitchfork-bearing detractors want all of our heads, regardless the disastrous impact on public services. That cackling you hear is from the uber-corporatists who know full well that envy is a terrible thing to waste and thus play on this natural human frailty to convince millions that if their houses have burned down, the solution is not to go after who set them afire in the first place but demand that others run out and torch theirs, too. Normally, I'd wrap things up here with some pithy suggestion, but I'm afraid I'm plain pithed off, uh, out. However, I will say, upon further reflection, there actually may be some merit to that whole setting-things-ablaze idea. Especially if the flash point were centered, you know, somewhere on Wall Street. Mark Drolette writes in Sacramento, California. He can be reached at: mdrolette [at] comcast.net. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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