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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2009 07:55:48 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 09.16.09 1. Al Flowers/econ/$$$ 9.16 10am 2. Long term care 9.16 11am 3. Mad as Hell Doctors 9.16 11am Mankato/3&7pm here 4. Ward 6 candidates 9.16 6pm 5. Eagan peace vigil 9.17 4:30pm 6. Northtown vigil 9.17 5pm 7. StP school supt 9.17 6:30pm 8. Single payer/save $ 9.17 6:30pm 9. Light from LEDs 9.17 6:30pm 10. Palestine reports 9.17 7pm 11. Political childhood 9.17 7pm 12. Justice advocate 9.17 7pm 13. Global finance 9.17 7pm 14. Amnesty Intl 9.17 7:15pm 15. MUHCC - Single payer vote 16. Wendell Potter - How corporate PR works to kill healthcare reform 17. Dave Lindorff - Honesty over civility/Congress needs more catcalls 18. ed - BEMs are real (poem) --------1 of 18-------- From: press [at] truthtothepeople.org Subject: Al Flowers/econ/$$$ 9.16 10am Flowers to hold press conference on economic development and missing EZ funds Al Flowers will hold a press conference Wednesday, September 16, at 10:00 a.m. on the corner of West Broadway Avenue and Colfax Avenue North regarding his vision for economic development in Minneapolis and the missing $29 million of City of Minneapolis Empowerment Zone funding that was to be disbursed to small businesses and disenfranchised organizations during the past five years. "I am calling for the State of Minnesota auditor to conduct a full inquiry into how Federal Empowerment Zone dollars were spent to get a full accounting of tax payer expenditures for the people of Minneapolis", stated Flowers. MEDIA ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. Al Flowers for Mayor www.truthtothepeople.org press [at] truthtothepeople.org Contact: Al Flowers (612) 701-8562 --------2 of 18-------- From: Andy Driscoll <andy [at] driscollgroup.com> Subject: Long term care 9.16 11am WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 - 11:00AM LONG TERM CARE: How's Grandma Really Doing? KFAI - 90.3FM-Minneapolis/106.7FM Saint Paul and STREAMING at <http://www.KFAI.org America's propensity for placing their aging and infirm parents and spouses in long-term care facilities (assisted living, nursing homes, etc.), likely their last stop before the end has led to the creation of excellent facilities - and to little more than warehouses where the aging are dumped. When things go wrong - and too often they do, perhaps unnecessarily hastening the end for an otherwise healthy senior, or making life pretty uncomfortable for resident and patients - who's responsible? Our first response is: the nursing home or assisted living facility. Often true. But what is our role as family members selecting the proper facility venue for mom or dad or grandma and grandpa? Need they be placed at all? Could they be living independently longer? TTT's ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN explore the current state of long-term care, the good, the bad and the ugly and discuss the roles and responsibilities of the systems, the private and public sector providers and family caregivers to provide the appropriate setting(s) for our elders and family members with disabilities - mental and physical. GUESTS: STACY BECKER - Policy Consultant, Key Investigator on Citizens League's Long-Term Care Finances study; former City of St. Paul Budget Director and Public Works Director. KNATTERUD - Director, Aging Transformation, Mn Department of Human Services LEE GRACZYK - Executive Director, Mature Voices; former Acting Executive, MN Senior Federation TO BE CONFIRMED: REP. KEITH ELLISON, D-MN 5th District AND YOU! CALL 612-341-0980 CAN'T GET US OVER THE AIR? STREAM TTT LIVE and LATER --------3 of 18-------- [several posts below] From: Susan Hasti <schasti [at] usfamily.net> Subject: Mad as Hell Doctors 9.16 11am Mankato/3&7pm here Mad As Hell Doctors Bring Their Message to Minnesota On September 8 a group of doctors left Corvallis, Oregon on a historic road trip across America. They are conducting town hall forums in 26 cities as they make their way to Washington D.C. Their message is clear and simple: Health Care for People, Not for Profit. Their mission is to educate the public on why a single payer health care system is the only means to lasting and meaningful health care reform for this country. The core group of physicians has 191 years of combined medical experience, much of it spent working in a system that serves neither patients nor doctors. As physicians who have sworn an oath to abide by the highest ethical & medical standards, they believe it is their professional obligation to speak out against a for-profit system of health care that fatally compromises the health of patients, their families, and our nation. The Mad Doctors arrive in Mankato at 11 am on Sept 16. The town hall will take place at St. John's Episcopal Church (302 Warren St., corner of Broad St). The key contact for this event is Glen Peterson. He can be reached at 507-389-5184 (day) and 507-625-8939 (home). The St. Paul event will be from 3-5pm in the State Capitol Rotunda. The Mad As Hell Doctors will be available for interviews on the capitol steps from 5-6pm. Both events are free and open to the public. For the full itinerary, please visit www.madashelldoctors.com. The Minnesota visits are sponsored by the Minnesota chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. Please visit www.pnhpminnesota.org. Contacts: Ann Settgast, MD 612-387-7914 Elizabeth Frost, MD 612-724-3995 --- From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com> Mad As Hell Doctors come to Minnesota! Minnesota has three chances to get mad as hell for single payer. If you don't know who the Mad As Hell Doctors are, you will soon. They're a group of Oregon doctors who are past being frustrated with the hold that private insurance has over our healthcare system. They're mad, and they're doing something about it. Minnesota is the eighth state on their 26-city tour culminating in a rally for single-payer healthcare in Washington, DC. This is more important than ever now, since President Obama's "make me do it" message seems to have been aimed at the private insurance companies when we all thought he was talking to us [a cruel joke]. But we still have a chance to be heard. Wednesday, September 16 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. State Capitol Rotunda 75 Constitution Ave. St. Paul, MN 55155 Spend a couple of hours spreading the single-payer message before you go to the Hazardous to Your Health Speaker Series with the Mad As Hell Doctors at the Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium on the College of St. Catherine campus, from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, September 16 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium, College of St. Catherine 2004 Randolph Ave. St Paul, MN 55105 --- From: Vanka485 [at] AOL.COM Dear Veterans for Peace and all other friends in the Peace and Justice Movement, The Veterans for Peace, Ch. 27, following an informative discussion with Dr. Susan Hasti MD, member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition (MUHCC) unanimously voted to support the Campaign of MUHCC for a Single Payer Health Care Plan for Minnesota and thus they joined the effort for making Minnesota a leader in treating health care as a human right and not as a commodity to be traded for profit. After Minnesota, and perhaps one or two other pioneering states, inevitably the entire nation will follow the same road. Minnesota will become an example to be imitated by other states. This is the way it happened in Canada. It started in the province of Saskatchewan and in about ten years, from province to province, it spread throughout the country. Well, Vets for Peace of Minnesota today I received a call for action from Dr Susan Hasti. She sends us a flier regarding the arrival of MAD AS HELL DOCTORS who have hit the road heading to Washington DC. They will stop in Minnesota for a RALLY and TOWN HALL for HEALTHCARE REFORM at The State Capitol Rotunda, in St Paul Wednesday, September 16, 3pm The more the people who hear about this event, the more will be present at the Rotunda and the more we'll make worthwhile the long and arduous journey of the MAD AS HELL DOCTORS. See you at the Capitol on the 16th.of September. Peace Ev Kalambokidis --- From: Joel Albers WED. SEPT. 16, 3pm-5pm Doctors, Nurses & You Rally for Health Care MN State Capitol, St. Paul We have a lot of "Single-Payer" Signs, and a big banner that says, "Bridge the Gap, Publicly-Funded Health Care for All". Hopefully Roger can bring his queen size, masterpiece banner that says, "Single-Payer, Medicare for ALL", plus his huge kites that say same. Some signs we can MAKE to counteract the "No socialized medicine", and "No government takeovers" might be: "No CORPORATIZED medicine" "HMO = Hand the Money Over" "Greed, the New Compassion"; "Single-Payer, Medicare for ALL, IS the American Way" "the WE, not the ME", Medicare for ALL" "Health Care is a Human Right, Not a Profit Margin" "Get Over it, We NEED government-funded Health Care" "My grandma wants government-funded health care" Joel Albers 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 <mailto:joel [at] uhcan-mn.org> phone: 612-384-0973 More info: Physicians for a National Health Plan Minnesota (<http://www.pnhpminnesota.org/>pnhpminnesota.org) Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition (<http://www.muhcc.org/>muhcc.org) (<http://madashelldoctors.com/ --- From: greenpartymike <ollamhfaery [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Mad As Hell Nurse Supports Doctors For the record, I am mad as hell because I tire of the betrayals and cowardice. Michael Cavlan RN MAD AS HELL DOCTORS NATIONAL CARAVAN for SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE Coming to St. Paul WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH 3PM Rally at the State Capitol Rotunda 7PM Town Hall at St. Catherine University - Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium, Whitby Hall This Wednesday, a group of determined doctors from Oregon are bringing their message of real healthcare reform to the Twin Cities. They expose the so-called Public Option or any other seeming compromise from Single Payer Healthcare as a sham. They're stopping by in Saint Paul as part of a nationwide tour culminating in Washington DC on September 30th. They want to be heard loud and clear - Single Payer Full Medicare for All is the only real reform that would bring down costs, cover everyone and provide quality care with free choice of doctor and hospital. Most important of all, the profit motive would be removed from healthcare. Come join Socialist Alternative to show your support for the Mad as Hell Docs! Protest against the insurance, pharmaceutical and medical companies that are hell bent on keeping profit above ordinary people's health. Here is a blurb from www.madashelldoctors.com MAD AS HELL YOU CAN HANDLE THE TRUTH THERE'S NO NICE WAY TO SAY IT. THE FINANCIAL COST OF HEALTH CARE IS KILLING OUR CITIZENS, HOBBLING OUR ECONOMY, CRUSHING SMALL BUSINESS, AND THREATENING THE SOLVENCY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. IN THE MEANTIME, THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY IS SPENDING ALMOST TWO MILLION DOLLARS A DAY LOBBYING CONGRESS AND MANIPULATING PUBLIC OPINION TO ACCEPT "REFORM" LEGISLATION THAT LEAVES A VICIOUS, FOR-PROFIT SYSTEM INTACT. THE "PUBLIC OPTION" IS A TRAP. WE NEED REAL REFORM THAT FINDS IMMEDIATE SAVINGS, CONTROLS COSTS, AND ACCOMPLISHES THE MORAL IMPERATIVE OF TRUE UNIVERSAL ACCESS. A SINGLE PAYER PLAN IS THE ONLY REAL PATH TO A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT IS SOCIALLY, ETHICALLY AND FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE. AND YET, OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS REFUSE TO EVEN DISCUSS THE POSSIBILITY OF A SINGLE PAYER PLAN! IF THAT DOESN'T MAKE YOU MAD, WE RECOMMEND CHECKING YOUR PULSE. THE "PUBLIC OPTION" IS DOOMED. FIRST: WE WILL STILL HAVE A DYSFUNCTIONAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM DESIGNED AROUND INSURANCE COMPANIES. SECOND: IT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO COVER EVERYONE WITHOUT RAISING TAXES. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS ALREADY SAYING IT IS ACCEPTABLE TO LEAVE OUT 15 MILLION PEOPLE. WHICH 15 MILLION? WILL YOU BE ONE OF THEM? WHO GETS TO DECIDE? THIRD: IN A "POST-OPTION" ENVIRONMENT YOU CAN BET THAT THE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY WILL MANIPULATE THE RULES SO THAT THE SICKEST, MOST EXPENSIVE PATIENTS WILL GRAVITATE TOWARD THE PUBLIC PLAN, WHICH WILL CAUSE IT TO FAIL. WHEN IT DOES, THE OPPONENTS OF REAL REFORM WILL POINT TO THE "PUBLIC OPTION" AND SCREAM: "SEE! SINGLE PAYER WON'T WORK!" THERE IS A TIME FOR COMPROMISE - THIS ISN'T ONE OF THEM. WE ARE A SMALL GROUP OF OREGON-BASED DOCTORS WHO CARE. WE BELIEVE THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO CONTROL COSTS, ONE WAY TO REMOVE PROFITEERING FROM THE SYSTEM, ONE WAY TO RECLAIM THE CARE OF OUR PATIENTS, AND ONE WAY TO BE SURE EVERYONE IS COVERED: WE MUST REPLACE OUR CURRENT PAY-OR-DIE SYSTEM AND WITH A COMPREHENSIVE, PUBLICLY FINANCED, PRIVATELY DELIVERED, SINGLE PAYER SYSTEM THAT PUTS PEOPLE FIRST. OUR MOMENT TO TAKE A STAND FOR SINGLE PAYER IS NOW. WE MAY NOT HAVE ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY LIKE THIS IN OUR LIFETIME. PLEASE SUPPORT THIS UNPRECEDENTED ROAD TRIP TO REAL HEALTH CARE REFORM. GET MAD. STAY MAD. MAKE HISTORY [Amen - mad as hell calendar guy] --------4 of 18-------- [2 posts below] From: andy [at] moozer.com Subject: Ward 6 candidates 9.16 6pm The Whittier Alliance and Stevens Square neighborhoods are sponsoring a 6th Ward City Council Candidate Forum on Wed. Sept 16 6-8:00pm at Whittier School-27th St & Grand Ave. The forum will feature 5 of the 6 candidates and be facilitated by Steve Brandt, columnist from the Star Tribune. Community members can meet the candidates from 6-6:20 and the forum will start at 6:30. Information from a Rank Choice Voting representative and Park Board candidates will also be present. In order to consolidate topics, have equal distribution of questions and for efficient use of time, questions are being taken in advance and should be submitted to marian [at] whiittieralliance.org Questions can also be submitted in writing the evening of the event. No questions will be taken from the floor. Please come to support me, as the Green party endorsed candidate for Ward 6. Andy Exley -- From: Mike Tupper <miketupperforcitycouncil [at] gmail.com> This upcoming week should be interesting. I have formed a Ward 6 coalition with two of the four challengers and we have been working together letting people know that while we all support ourselves as our own first choice, we would hope that the voters would consider the other two of us for their second and third choice votes. (Do not vote for the Incumbent!) The three of us agree that we are all better choices than what we currently have. I have informed the Minneapolis Mirror, SW Journal, The Independent, and hope that we get some coverage. I will have signs for supporters to hold up and literature to hand out before and after, and in addition I'm hoping to have a handout from the Mpls Firefighters endorsement as well. If you are available on Wednesday from 5:30-8:30 pm I could use your support as this will be the first big event with all the candidates. Mike Tupper for Minneapolis City Council Ward 6 P.O. Box 80651 Mpls Mn 55408 www.michaeltupper.com miketupperforcitycouncil [at] gmail.com 612-870-0022 --------5 of 18-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at] msn.com> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 9.17 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. --------6 of 18-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 9.17 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. -------7 of 18-------- From: Anne R. Carroll <carrfran [at] qwest.net> Subject: StP school supt 9.17 6:30pm Saint Paul Public Schools seeking input on next permanent superintendent What are the most important qualities for the next permanent superintendent of the capitol city's public school district? Now is your chance let Saint Paul Public Schools know your list of priorities at a Public Input Session. The District is developing the profile of leadership qualities for the next permanent superintendent and is inviting families, students, staff and other community members to share feedback about what is most important to them. It is the District's expectation that the next permanent SPPS superintendent will be named by the end of the calendar year. Superintendent Search public input session Thursday, September 17, 2009 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Rondo Education Center - Red Atrium 560 Concordia Ave. St. Paul, MN 55103 Free childcare and transportation to the session can be arranged by contacting the District. For help in the following specific languages, contact: English: Aquanetta Anderson at (651) 767-8105. Hmong: Bee Lee at (651) 767-8122 Somali: Abdisalam Adam at (651) 767-8388. Spanish: Pierre Cejudo at (651) 767-8194. Community members unavailable to attend the session are encouraged to give feedback online at www.spps.org., where more information about the search and regular updates can also be found. Please pass this on to your friends, neighbors, colleagues, relatives...and complete strangers throughout St. Paul -- and hope everyone can make it! -- Anne Carroll, SPPS Board of Education (not running for reelection this year, but actively supporting thoughtful and visionary incumbents Elona Street-Stewart, Tom Goldstein, John Brodrick, and newcomer Vallay Varro) --------8 of 18-------- From: Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition <info [at] muhcc.org> Subject: Single payer/save $ 9.17 6:30pm How to Provide Health Care For All Without Breaking the Bank Thursday Sept 17th, 6:30 pm at the Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center MN. Dr Morrison Hodges and Dr Susan Hasti will speak on single-payer and the Minnesota Health Plan. --------9 of 18-------- From: Lynne mayo <llen [at] usfamily.net> Subject: Light from LEDs 9.17 6:30pm at The Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul; 6:30-9 PM September meeting, September 17th, Ramy Salim of Sunny Day Earth Solutions and Tri Nguyen of Taossunto Lighting with a presentation on the future of lighting using light emitting diodes (LEDs). Looking into the future, at our September meeting on Thursday, September 17th, we will hear about the future of lighting using light emitting diodes (LEDs) from Ramy Salim of Sunny Day Earth Solutions (<http://www.sunnydayearthsolutions.com/>http://www.sunnydayearthsolutions.com/ ) and Tri Nguyen of Taossunto Lighting (<http://www.taossunto.com/>http://www.taossunto.com/ ), another Minnesota-based company. We will now meet in Room 2410, the The Merriam Park Room, at the top of the stairs, through the hallway door and down the hall on your right. (You will pass the Frogtown Room, #2510, where we have been meeting.) Important note about parking and the building doors: You can park in the parking garage to the left (south) as you drive in from Lexington. Walk across the courtyard to the north to the main entrance (towards University). The main building entrance faces the courtyard. Register at the front desk and walk up the stairs to the meeting room, the Frogtown Room. If you come after 7:30 PM, the doors will be locked, so please come before 7:30 PM. If you leave the building after 7:30 PM, the doors to the building will be locked and you will not be able to re-enter (unless you arrange for one of us to let you back in). Important: When you leave the meeting, please exit at the south end of the building past the main auditorium on the first floor, not the main lobby entrance you entered. Exiting the south door will allow you to be able to walk to the left into the parking garage to your car. Drive your car to the closed gate and it will automatically open. You are welcome to join us at Perkins Restaurant just down the street from The Wilder to the west at 1544 University Avenue W. (not the one in Roseville that we used to meet at) to network and continue our dialogue. See map below. --------10 of 18-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Palestine reports 9.17 7pm Eyewitness from Palestine: Reports the 2009 Delegation (Including WAMM Members) Thursday, September 17, 7:00 p.m. Walker Church, Sanctuary, 3104 16th Avenue South, Minneapolis. Hear eyewitness accounts from a Minnesota human rights delegation of peace activists which included WAMM member Nasrin Jewell and Fouzi Slisli. both academics at Minnesota colleges. Nasrin is a professor of economics at St. Catherine's University and Fouzi is an associate professor in the Human Relations and Multicultural Education Departments at St. Cloud State University. They met with human rights, labor and women's groups. Find out what they learned from a recent trip to Palestine after meeting with those on the ground who struggle against Israeli occupation daily. Reports about the conditions, struggles, recent violent home dispossession in East Jerusalem, refugee camps, checkpoints, women's conditions, and hopes for peace and land. Hear also from members of the delegation who were detained, jailed and deported from Israel. Sponsored by: WAMM and the Anti-War Committee. --------11 of 18------- From: David Unowsky <davidu [at] magersandquinn.com> Subject: Political childhood 9.17 7pm Thursday, September 17, 7:00pm - Minneapolis Central Library, BaseballScammer Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis Talk of the Stacks: Said Sayrafiezadeh, author of When Skateboards Will Be Free: A Memoir of a Political Childhood Said Sayrafiezadeh is a writer and dramatist, whose writing has appeared in Granta, Paris Review, and numerous anthologies. He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1968 to an Iranian father and a Jewish-American mother, both of whom were members of the Socialist Workers Party. When Skateboards Will Be Free tells the story of a brilliant young writer struggling to break away from the powerful mythologies of his upbringing and create a life - and a voice - of his own. Chosen as one of the 7 Best Books by Amazon, this acclaimed debut memoir was described in the New York Times as "exacting and finely made" [written] with extraordinary power and restraint." Talk of the Stacks is an author series exploring contemporary literature and culture, presented by the Library Foundation of Hennepin County. Readings are held at the Central Library, Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall, in downtown Minneapolis. The Talk of the Stacks presenting sponsor is The Private Client Reserve at U.S. Bank. Additional support provided by Secrets of the City, Marquette Hotel, and Magers & Quinn Booksellers. The programs are free with open seating to the public. Book sale and signing follow presentations. Call 612-630-6174 for more info -- David Unowsky davidu [at] magersandquinn.com Magers and Quinn Booksellers 3038 Hennepin Ave South Minneapolis, MN 55408 612/822-4611 1-866/912-6657 --------12 of 18-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: Justice advocate 9.17 7pm September 17: Sisters of St. Joseph and Consociates Justice Commission CSJ Information Night: an opportunity to find out how to be a volunteer, program participant, justice advocate, consociate, sister, and more! 7 - 9 PM at Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Ave., St. Paul. More information. --------13 of 18-------- From: Joe Schwartzberg <schwa004 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Global finance 9.17 7pm THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM Free and open to the public. Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis (at Lyndale & Hennepin). Park in church lot. Thursday, September 17, 7-9pm. GOVERNING GLOBAL FINANCE: WHAT NEXT? The current global financial and economic crisis has been a salutary reminder of the dangers of both deregulation and privatization, as well as the limits of the theories justifying such deregulation. If the problem seems clear, the solutions do not: A crisis, by definition, is a time when expertise is in question. This presentation will sketch out the historical geography and differentiated landscape of global financial flows and their governance since the Bretton Woods agreement in 1942, in light of shifting discourses about the state, the market and development. It will illuminate how we reached our current situation and summarize, for discussion, selected proposals for governing and regulating finance. Presenter: REGENTS PROFESSOR ERIC SHEPPARD. Professor Sheppard teaches economic geography at the University of Minnesota and has also taught in his native England, Canada (where he earned his Ph.D.), Austria, Indonesia and Australia. His recent scholarship has examined the uneven geographies of globalization, particularly since the neoliberal turn of the early 1980s, with particular regard to its impact on North-South relations. He has examined global trade, financial flows and migration and attempts to manage them by global, national and local institutions and social movements. The most recent of the ten books that he has authored, co-authored or edited is the highly acclaimed A World of Difference (2nd edition), Guilford Press, 2009. Sponsors: MN Chapter, Citizens for Global Solutions; Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers; United Nations Association of Minnesota; Social Concerns Committee, HAUMC. --------14 of 18-------- From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at] bitstream.net> Subject: Amnesty Intl 9.17 7:15pm AIUSA Group 315 (Wayzata area) meets Thursday, September 17th, at 7:15 p.m. St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 3121 Groveland School Road, Wayzata (near the intersection of Rt. 101 and Minnetonka Blvd). For further information, contact Richard Bopp at Richard_C_Bopp [at] NatureWorksLLC.com. --------15 of 18-------- From: Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition <info [at] muhcc.org> Subject: Single payer vote Single-Payer "Medicare for All" to get Historic Vote in House. As we wrote in our August newsletter, Speaker Pelosi promised a full floor vote on Rep Weiner’s (D-NY) amendment to substitute HR676 (the Conyer’s single-payer bill) for the text of HR3200 (the current House reform bill). This vote is supposed to be held in September. We must hold Pelosi to this promise and ask our MN delegation to support it. Speaker Nancy Pelosi: 202-225-0100 CD 1 Tim Walz :1-877-TIM WALZ CD 2 John Kline: 952-808-1213 CD 3 Erik Paulsen: 952-405-8510 CD 4 Betty McCollum: 651-224-9191 CD 5 Keith Ellison: 612-522-1212 CD 6 Michelle Bachmann: 651-731-5400 CD 7 Collin Peterson: 202-225-2165 CD 8 Jim Oberstar: 218-727-7474 Please also ask your Representative to support the “Kucinich amendment” allowing states to develop their owncheck box single-payer plans. YES TO WEINER AMENDMENT, YES TO KUCINICH AMENDMENT --------16 of 18-------- How Corporate PR Works to Kill Healthcare Reform by Wendell Potter Published on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 by Salon.com Common Dreams Health insurers have become expert at using P.R. to get what they want. I got out before the latest round Salon Editor's note: Wendell Potter, formerly a communications officer for the private health insurer Cigna, is now the Senior Fellow on Health Care for the Center for Media and Democracy. He delivered the remarks below at the Center for American Progress. It is easy to think of efforts to influence lawmakers as the exclusive domain of K Street lobbyists. Much has been said and written about the millions of dollars the special interests are spending on lobbying activities and the hundreds of lobbyists who are at work as we speak trying to shape healthcare reform legislation. Very little by comparison has been written about the millions of dollars that special interests are spending on P.R. activities to accomplish the same goal and that are vital to successful lobbying efforts. One of the reasons I left my job at CIGNA, where I headed corporate communications and was part of the Legal & Public Affairs division, was because I did not want to be involved in yet another P.R. and lobbying campaign to kill or gut reform. I finally came to question the ethics of what I had done and been a part of for nearly two decades to influence decision making and bill writing on Capitol Hill. When I testified before the Senate Commerce Committee in late June, I told the senators how the industry has conducted duplicitous and well-financed P.R. and lobbying campaigns every time Congress has tried to reform our healthcare system, and how its current behind-the-scenes efforts may well shape reform in a way that benefits Wall Street far more than average Americans. I noted that, just as they did 15 years ago when the insurance industry led the effort to kill the Clinton reform plan, it is using shills and front groups to spread lies and disinformation to scare Americans away from the very reform that would benefit them most. The industry, despite its public assurances to be good-faith partners with the president and Congress, has been at work for years laying the groundwork for devious and often sinister campaigns to manipulate public opinion. The industry goes to great lengths to keep its involvement in these campaigns hidden from public view. I know from having served on numerous trade group committees and industry-funded front groups, however, that industry leaders are always full partners in developing strategies to derail any reform that might interfere with insurers' ability to increase profits. My involvement in these groups goes back to the early '90s when insurers joined with other special interests to finance the activities of the Healthcare Leadership Council, which led a coordinated effort to scare Americans and members of Congress away from the Clinton plan. A few years after that victory, the insurers formed a front group called the Health Benefits Coalition to kill efforts to pass a Patients Bill of Rights. While it was billed as a broad-based business coalition that was led by the National Federation of Independent Business and included the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Health Benefits Coalition in reality got the lion's share of its funding and guidance from the big insurance companies and their trade associations. Like most front groups, the Health Benefits Coalition was set up and run out of one of Washington's biggest P.R. firms. The P.R. firm provided all the staff work for the Coalition while an executive with the NFIB, which has long been a close ally of the insurance industry, served as a frontman. One of the key strategies of the Health Benefits Coalition as it was gearing up for battle in late 1998 was to stir up support among conservative talk radio and other media. Among the tactics the P.R. firm implemented for the Coalition was to form alliances with important conservative groups, such as the Christian Coalition and the Family Research Council, to get them to send letters to Congress or appear at HBC press conferences. The Health Benefits Coalition also launched an advertising campaign in conservative media outlets. The message was that President Clinton owed a debt to the liberal base of the "Democrat" Party and would try to pay back that debt by advancing the type of big government agenda on healthcare that he failed to get in 1994. The tactics worked. Industry allies in Congress made sure the Patients' Bill of Rights would not become law. The insurance industry has funded several other front groups since then whenever the industry was under attack. It formed the Coalition for Affordable Quality Healthcare to try to improve the image of managed care in response to a constant stream of negative stories that appeared in the media in the late '90s and the first years of this decade. It funded another group with a different name about the same time when lawyers began filing class-action lawsuits on behalf of doctors and patients. Like the Health Benefits Coalition, this one, called America's Health Insurers, was created by and run out of a powerful Washington-based P.R. firm. The insurance industry called on that same firm again in 2007 to help blunt the impact of Michael Moore's movie "Sicko." The P.R. firm created and staffed a front group called Health Care America specifically to discredit Moore and to demonize the healthcare systems featured in the movie. The media contact for Health Care America was a vice president at the firm who had served previously in P.R. roles at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and in the Bush administration. The P.R. firm also activated conservative allies and enlisted the support of conservative talk show hosts, writers and editorial page editors to warn against a "government takeover" of the U.S. care system. That is a term the industry uses often to scare people away from any additional involvement of the government in healthcare. Health Care America also placed ads in newspapers. One such ad, which appeared in Capitol Hill newspapers, carried this message, "In America, you wait in line to see a movie. In government-run health care systems, you wait to see a doctor." The P.R. firm's work on behalf of the industry included feeding talking points to conservatives in the media and in Congress and placing columns and Op-Eds written for the industry's friends in conservative and free-market think tanks like the American Enterprise Institute, Heritage, CATO, the Manhattan Institute and the Galen Institute. With this history, you can rest assured that the insurance industry is up to the same dirty tricks, using the same devious P.R. practices it has used for many years, to kill reform this year, or even better, to shape it so that it benefits insurance companies and their Wall Street investors far more than average Americans. The creation and funding of front groups and the use of shills on Capitol Hill and in the media are not the only tactics P.R. people use to support and enhance lobbying efforts. Other activities include, of course, the implementation of grass-roots and grass-tops campaigns. But a much more subtle tactic is to provide supposedly accurate and objective information to "educate" members of Congress and their staffs. Business Week recently described how health insurers, United Health Group in particular, have been hard at work behind the scenes providing a treasure trove of data to key senators. If lawmakers believe the information and date the insurers are feeding them is comprehensive and objective, they are mistaken. Corporate representatives, especially the P.R. people who work with the media and who write talking points, are masters at the selective use of data and disclosing only the information their employers want to be disclosed. What does this all mean for our country and our democracy? During my 20 years in corporate communications and public affairs, I participated in the steady growth and influence of largely invisible persuasion - and at a time when newsrooms are shrinking and investigative journalism seems to be vanishing. The number of P.R. people long ago surpassed the number of working journalists in this country. And that ratio of P.R. people to reporters will continue to grow. The clear winners as this shift occurs are big, rich corporations and other special interests. The losers are average Americans, most of whom are completely unaware how their thoughts and actions are being manipulated to achieve corporate goals on Capitol Hill. 2009 Salon.com Wendell Potter is the Senior Fellow on Health Care for the Center for Media and Democracy in Madison, Wisconsin. --------17 of 18-------- Honesty Over Civility Congress Needs More Catcalls By DAVE LINDORFF September 15, 2009 CounterPunch Rep. "Joe" Wilson (R-SC), the cracker bigot who offended Congressional decorum by shouting "You Lie!" during President Barack Obama's health policy address last week, claims his outburst was the result of his emotion getting the best of him. The question I have is why emotion didn't get the best of more progressives members of Congress - those who claim to be anti-war, pro-choice, and especially to favor single-payer health care, or at least a genuine, robust publicly owned insurance program to compete with the private insurance industry. Wilson, a former aide to racist Senator Strom Thurmond, claims he was upset that Obama was saying his health reform plan wouldn't provide insurance coverage for illegal immigrants (though given his history, he was probably just upset that a black guy was up there in front of him giving a presidential address). But surely there were other people, on the left, who were gagging during that talk for other more rational reasons. One of the big problems with American democracy is that the presidency has over the years been elevated to the level of a monarchy, with all the imperial trappings and pomposity formerly associated with royalty. Presidents surely should get no more respect than a prime minister, and look at the hoots and catcalls PMs have to endure when they address Parliament in the UK or even staid Canada. That's a good thing. Here are a few of the things that should have elicited at least some boos or derisive laughter, instead of polite applause from the liberals in that joint session: First and foremost, Obama's claim that he was "determined to be the last" president to have to deal with health care reform and that he didn't want to "kick the can" down the street for a future administration to deal with. In fact, that is just what he did with his proposal, which has left the basic untenable system of employee-financed healthcare in place, and which has left the private insurance industry in control of who gets treatment and how much they will have to pay for it. It's a sure bet that before very long - perhaps in just four more years - another president will face the same crisis. A boisterous cat-call of "Can Kicker!" here would have been in order. Obama said that "nothing else even comes close" to health care expenditures in terms of causing the federal deficit. In fact, something does - the military budget - but that topic is off limits for both Republicans and Democrats. Why couldn't Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold have yelled out, "What about military spending!"? Perhaps one of the biggest lies of the night was the president's claim that while there are "arguments to be made" for single-payer systems like Canada's, switching to single-payer in the US would require building "an entirely new system from scratch". The truth: Medicare is already a successful single-payer system and in fact, it is bigger and older than Canada's own nation-wide system. Expanding it to cover every American would not be starting from scratch at all. It would be expanding something already proven. Where were the shouts of "What about Medicare!" from Rep. John Conyers (and his dozens of cosigners), whose bill, HR 676, to expand Medicare to all has been barred from getting even a hearing by the House leadership with encouragement from the White House? The president insisted that insurance executives don't "cherry-pick" profitable customers and push out those who are sickest, because they are "bad people". He said they are just doing it because it's profitable. It would have been nice if at least someone in the assembled throng of lobbiest-enthralled House and Senate members had shouted out something like "Just like bank robbers and drug dealers!" because the truth is that health insurance executives are bad people. They know that they are killing people every day through their ruthless policies, and they go right ahead and do it. Pursuit of profit does not, or at least should not, constitute a license to kill. (Just imagine a hit man, at his sentencing hearing, telling the judge, "I'm not a bad person, Your Honor. I just knock people off because it's profitable".) The president said he was "not trying to put the insurance industry out of business," and added, "They provide a legitimate service". This line, not surprisingly, given the amount of money that industry has lavished on members of Congress and on the president himself, got what was probably the loudest bi-partisan applause of the night. But it surely led to a lot of groans and of coffee, tea or beer being spewed out involuntarily across carpets and upholstery in homes across America. Legitimate service? Insurance firms are nothing but vampires, or better, leeches on the health care system. They provide no service. Ask doctors, who have to fight to get permission to treat patients, and then fight to get reimbursed. Ask patients, who spend hours on the phone arguing with faceless drones, some probably in Bangalor or Manila, who are denying them coverage for needed medicines or procedures that are supposed to be covered. Listen to the testimony of whistle-blowers who have confirmed that those drones actually get paid bonuses based upon the number of claims they manage to deny. How satisfying it would have been if someone in Congress had yelled out, "Legitimate service my ass!" Turning to the pathetically circumscribed and downsized "public option" in his "reform" plan, Obama declared that "a strong majority of Americans still favor a public insurance option". Well that may be true, but it's not the whole truth. It would have been a great moment for Kucinich or Conyers or some other progressive member of Congress to shout out: "A majority also favors a single-payer plan!" And where the defenders of women's rights, when Obama vowed that under his plan, "no federal funds would be used to fund abortions?" Couldn't someone have shouted out, "Women have rights too!" Is the president really saying that if a woman is raped, or a child gets pregnant through incest, or if a woman's life is at risk because of a pregnancy, that his plan will not pay for her to obtain an abortion? Cries of "For shame!" should have been ringing through the hall! Finally the president said that one reason the nation has such record deficits is that during the prior administration, so many initiatives, "including the Iraq War," were set in motion but "not paid for," and he vowed, "I will not make that same mistake with health care". But he is doing the same thing with supplemental war funding requests for his war in Afghanistan, and with the continued war and occupation in Iraq, and someone should have called him on that. Besides, there's no way that the program he is proposing will be paid for by current funding. It will add to the deficit and he should have the courage to admit it, or to call for more taxes on the wealthy to pay for it. A lusty "Tax the rich!" cry in unison from the progressive caucus would have been appreciated by viewers. Racist whack-job Wilson did the cause of democracy and honest discourse an unintended favor when he called the president a "liar". In doing so, he put a much-needed ding in the wholly inappropriate and dangerous imperial aura of "respect" that has grown like lichens around the office of President. No more than anyone else in this nation, a president should have to earn the respect not just of the members of Congress, but of the broader public. He or she is another citizen, no more and no less, and when a president, like President Obama in this instance, dissembles, exaggerates or attempts to deceive or mislead, it is healthy for democracy if he is called out on it immediately and publicly. We need more honesty in Washington, not more civility. Dave Lindorff is a Philadelphia-based journalist and columnist. His latest book is "The Case for Impeachment" (St. Martin's Press, 2006 and now available in paperback). He can be reached at dlindorff [at] mindspring.com --------18 of 18-------- We've been invaded. Masked and dressed bug-eyed monsters eat our health care cash. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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