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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2009 06:34:28 -0800 (PST)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 11.14.09 1. Peace walk 11.14 9am Cambridge MN 2. WILPF/later years 11.14 10am 3. CUAPB 11.14 1:30pm 4. Northtown vigil 11.14 2pm 5. RCTA gala 11.14 6pm 6. Stevens Sq arts 11.14 7pm 7. Grand jury/scare 11.14 9pm 8. Transracial films 11.14 9. Dave Lindorff - Thank you Congressman Stupak! Health care reform: DOA 10. Robert Jensen - Of turkeys and holocausts 11. Gilad Atzmon - From the river to the sea 12. ed - Rotting incumbents (haiku) --------1 of 12-------- From: Ken Reine <reine008 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Peace walk 11.14 9am Cambridge MN every Saturday 9AM to 9:35AM Peace walk in Cambridge - start at Hwy 95 and Fern Street --------2 of 12-------- From: Doris Marquit <marqu001 [at] umn.edu> Subject: WILPF/later years 11.14 10am Women's International League for Peace & Freedom www.wilpfmn.org WILPF "Coffee With" Discussion Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 am-noon Van Cleve Community Ctr. 901 15th Ave. SE, Mpls "Changing Demographics: Productivity in Later Years" with Jan Hively (of OnTheCommons.org) Bring 2 books to contribute to SALE- (See below) And save the date: Sun. Dec. 6, 3-5 pm WINTER PARTY: SWEET & SAVORY SNACKS & STORIES - PLUS Bargain Book Sale, Riverview Tower, 1920 S 1st St., Mpls --------3 of 12-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] visi.com> Subject: CUAPB 11.14 1:30pm Meetings: Every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Walker Church, 3104 16th Avenue South http://www.CUAPB.org Communities United Against Police Brutality 3100 16th Avenue S Minneapolis, MN 55407 Hotline 612-874-STOP (7867) --------4 of 12-------- From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 11.14 2pm Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday 2-3pm --------5 of 12-------- From: Jason Stone <jason.stone [at] yahoo.com> Subject: RCTA gala 11.14 6pm Resource Center of the Americas Gala Celebration Saturday 11/14 Join us for appetizers, dancing, silent auction, special guest speaker Senator Patricia Torres-Ray, and words from RCTA supporters November 14th, 2009 6:00-9:00pm Patrick's Cabaret 3010 Minnehaha Ave S More information at www.americas.org --------6 of 12-------- From: Stevens Square Center for the Arts <ssca [at] stevensarts.org> Subject: Stevens Square arts 11.14 7pm Sixth Annual SSCA Members' Exhibition November 15 - December 6, 2009 Opening Night Reception Saturday, November 14, 7:00 - 10:00 pm Our gallery is located at 1905 Third Avenue S., directly above the Third Avenue Market. Six years ago, a rag-tag group of artists took over an abandoned police sub-station and declared themselves a co-op. No one thought that the experiment would last. The organization had no permanent endowment, no paid staff, and no outside source of funding. Six years later, the Stevens Square Center for the Arts (SSCA) has transformed that ugly water-damaged storefront into a functioning gallery - one that has quickly emerged as one of the city's most exciting venues for non-commercial art. "Sometimes seeing something is as important as talking about it," says founding member Zachary Korb. "Actually going up in the space, it lets you sort of envision what the possibilities are." In the midst of an economic recession that has forced many long-running galleries to shutter their doors, the SSCA Gallery is not only surviving, but thriving. In 2009, the art center hosted 11 major exhibitions, as well as the Twin Cities Zine Festival, and a Community Forum. [We hope they aren't living off poor bedraggled starving artists freezing in unheated drafty attics, frostbite on their suffering paint-flecked fingers and toes, sobbing day and night at their cruel master-driven fate, tears adding nuanced streaks down their rickety soiled canvases. -ed] Coming at the end of the SSCA's busiest season ever, the Sixth Annual SSCA Members' Exhibition is a showcase for the member-artists whose hard work and dedication have kept the gallery functioning. While other exhibits are usually based on a theme, the Members' show is a truly open exhibition, featuring broad sampling of styles and materials. >From the life-sized oil paintings and charcoal drawings of J.M. Culver, to the scrambled portraits of painter Samuel Bjorgum, the Sixth Annual SSCA Members' Exhibition is a showcase for a group of emerging artists who you can expect to hear more from in the near future. FEATURING ARTWORK BY: - Chris Williams - Erik Farseth - Erika Hammerschmidt - Faye Buffington Howell - Guntis Kupers - J.M. Culver - Karin Knudson - Patricia Barnes - Samuel Bjorgum - Terrance Davis - Trish Brock [- Vincent Van GoGo - Pablo Piccolo - Marcel DuChump - Drooling Julius ] --------7 of 12-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Grand jury/scare 11.14 9pm Minneapolis Television Network (MTN) viewers: "Our World In Depth" cablecasts on MTN Channel 17 on Saturdays at 9pm and Tuesdays at 8am, after DemocracyNow! Households with basic cable may watch. Sat 11/14, 9pm and Tues, 11/17, 8am Grand Juries and the Green Scare Last month, 20 year old local activist Carrie Feldman was subpoenaed to a federal grand jury in Davenport, Iowa. The Grand Jury is reported to be investigating animal rights actions that took place in 2004. At the time, Carrie was 15 years old. Understanding how grand juries operate, Feldman is refusing to testify before the grand jury. She is scheduled to reappear in Davenport again this month and maintains that she will continue to refuse to cooperate. As a result, Feldman could face jail time for contempt of court. We speak with Carrie as well as RNC 8 defendant Luce Guillen-Givens, who faces felony charges for organizing against the 2008 RNC in St. Paul. --------8 of 12-------- From: Sarah Pradt <spradt [at] hecua.org> Subject: Transracial films 11.14 The first Twin Cities festival to showcase voices from the transracial and transcultural adoption community through film, words, and music. The Minnesota Transracial Film Festival is being held at the Oak Street Cinema on November 14th, 2009. The MNTRFF program schedule includes Adopted The Movie, Tie A Yellow Ribbon, Running Dragon, Jagadamba and Homeschool, and in addition will also feature readings by local artists Sun Yung Shin and Bryan Thao Worra, and music by singer/songwriter Mayda. To see the schedule and to purchase tickets in advance (recommended - it is open seating), please go to http://www.mntrff.org/dev/ --------9 of 12-------- Thank You Congressman Stupak! Health Care Reform: DOA By DAVE LINDORFF CounterPunch November 13-15, 2009 I never thought I'd find myself thanking the women-loathing, Christian fundamentalist-pandering Democrats in Congress for anything, but here it is: Thank you Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Mich), for your outrageous amendment to the House version of the health insurance reform legislation in Congress, which bars any insurance company in the proposed health insurance exchange from offering a health insurance plan that includes abortion coverage. This amendment, which would actually bar women or families from buying even with their own money and no government subsidy health insurance that includes funding for a medically recommended abortion, was supported by 64 Democrats along with all but one Republican in Congress. Because it passed and was attached to the House health reform bill, it gives hope to the notion that the disastrous so-called health reform legislation in Congress will die. And so it should. Because of an [intentional -ed] utter lack of leadership from the president, and because of the massive corruption in Congress, which is wallowing in lobbying money from the insurance industry and other parts of the Medical-Industrial Complex, a historical opportunity to finally bring the US out of the dark ages on health care has been blown. [pole-axed -ed] The legislation emerging in Senate and House does not reform the system. In fact it in many ways makes things even worse than they are today, with unfunded mandates that struggling working people buy insurance or be penalized, with taxes placed on better plans negotiated through long struggle by labor unions, with little in the way of cost controls on doctors, hospitals and the drug industry, and it doesn't even provide coverage for all. Way back in 1965, a different Democratic president and Democratic Congress passed landmark health reform that gave the US a pioneering single-payer healthcare program, with the only problem being that you had to live to 65 in order to qualify for it. Today that program, Medicare, while repeatedly shortchanged and underfunded by Congress, is relied upon by over 40 million elderly and disabled Americans, and is widely appreciated for its simplicity and its universality. Sure it could be better. We could do away with the gaps in coverage, and tighten the screws on payments to doctors, hospitals and the suppliers of tests, equipment and drugs. But it remains a beautiful model of what could be done for the rest of the country. Instead of drawing on this excellent, time-tested model, President Obama and the Democrats in Congress have pretended Medicare doesn't exist. Obama went so far as to say on several occasions, including in his address to Congress on health care reform, that while single-payer plans like those in Canada and France might work well in those countries (indeed they do, and at much less cost than our insane "system" here!), introducing such a system here would mean "starting from scratch." Come again Barack? From scratch? Those countries modeled their systems, in part, on Medicare, which we had here first! And Medicare is actually a bigger program than the entire Canadian health care system! Medicare for all would have been the proper way to reform American health care, and in fact, it could have been implemented right away at a huge overall savings to all of us. This was never admitted by the Democratic leaders in Congress of by the president. In fact, bills in the House and Senate, sponsored, respectively, by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), have never even been allowed to get a hearing or to go to a floor vote, for fear that the public would see what they are being denied. Medicare for all, while it would certainly have meant higher payroll taxes for all of us, would have been a huge net savings, because it would have eliminated the need for the Medicaid program for the poor ($450 billion a year), the Veterans Administration healthcare system ($100 billion a year and mounting), and publicly funded charity care by hospitals ($300 billion). It would have eliminated over $150 billion a year in private health industry administrative costs and between $75-100 billion in health industry profits. Total it up: that represents savings of over $1 trillion a year. Since adding the under-65 population to Medicare would only add about $750-800 billion a year to the program costs, that's a net savings of over $200 billion a year, without even counting the fact that businesses and citizens alike would no longer have to pay ransoms to the private insurance industry - a savings to individuals and employers of close to $1.5 trillion a year! [That's 1.5 trillion the rich wouldn't get, a shocking denial of their right to all our money. -ed] We need health care reform. 40 million Americans have no access to health care. 40,000 a year die because of lack of access. 30-40 million more have lousy care funded by state Medicaid programs, many of which are underfunded and few of which provide for routine care. The rest of us are indentured to our employers, afraid to unionize, afraid to strike, afraid to speak up on the job, for fear of losing our insurance coverage. The health care "reform" bill in Congress does nothing to solve these problems. Aside from outlawing a couple of the worst abuses, such as denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, or pricing such people out of the insurance market, or dropping coverage when someone actually becomes ill, it leaves all the evils of the current system in place, and assures that the crisis will continue and continue to worsen. But with the ban on abortion coverage, there is a chance that at least some principled members of Congress, backers of a woman's right to unimpeded health care that she and her doctor say she needs, will reject the whole obscene package. If they do, this fradulent reform legislation will go down in flames. Then we'll be back to square one, and we can finally demand that Congress and the President give us the reform that will work: Medicare for all. So again, thank you Rep. Stupak, and all you anti-women's rights Democrats who backed the amendment barring abortion coverage in the health reform legislation. You may have coathangered this faux health "reform" legislation and given us another shot at real health system reform. Dave Lindorff is a Philadelphia-based journalist and columnist. [On the schoolyard, "stupak" is the worst thing you can call somebody; if you do, you'd better run fast or be much bigger. -ed] --------10 of 12-------- Of Turkeys and Holocausts How I Stopped Hating Thanksgiving and Learned to be Afraid By ROBERT JENSEN CounterPunch November 13-15, 2009 I have stopped hating Thanksgiving and learned to be afraid of the holiday. Over the past few years a growing number of white people have joined the longstanding indigenous people.s critique of the holocaust denial that is at the heart of the Thanksgiving holiday. In two recent essays I have examined the disturbing nature of a holiday rooted in a celebration of the European conquest of the Americas, which means the celebration of the Europeans. genocidal campaign against indigenous people that is central to the creation of the United States. Many similar pieces have been published in predominantly white left/progressive media, while indigenous people continue to mark the holiday as a "National Day of Mourning". In recent years I have refused to participate in Thanksgiving Day meals, even with friends and family who share this critical analysis and reject the national mythology around manifest destiny. In bowing out of those gatherings, I would often tell folks that I hated Thanksgiving. I realize now that "hate" is the wrong word to describe my emotional reaction to the holiday. I am afraid of Thanksgiving. More accurately, I am afraid of what Thanksgiving tells us about both the dominant culture and much of the alleged counterculture. Here's what I think it tells us: As a society, the United States is intellectually dishonest, politically irresponsible, and morally bankrupt. This is a society in which even progressive people routinely allow national and family traditions to trump fundamental human decency. It's a society in which, in the privileged sectors, getting along and not causing trouble are often valued above honesty and accountability. Though it's painful to consider, it's possible that such a society is beyond redemption. Such a consideration becomes frightening when we recognize that all this goes on in the most affluent and militarily powerful country in the history of the world, but a country that is falling apart - an empire in decline. Thanksgiving should teach us all to be afraid. Although it's well known to anyone who wants to know, let me summarize the argument against Thanksgiving: European invaders exterminated nearly the entire indigenous population to create the United States. Without that holocaust, the United States as we know it would not exist. The United States celebrates a Thanksgiving Day holiday dominated not by atonement for that horrendous crime against humanity but by a falsified account of the "encounter" between Europeans and American Indians. When confronted with this, most people in the United States (outside of indigenous communities) ignore the history or attack those who make the argument. This is intellectually dishonest, politically irresponsible, and morally bankrupt. In left/radical circles, even though that basic critique is widely accepted, a relatively small number of people argue that we should renounce the holiday and refuse to celebrate it in any fashion. Most leftists who celebrate Thanksgiving claim that they can individually redefine the holiday in a politically progressive fashion in private, which is an illusory dodge: We don't define holidays individually or privately - the idea of a holiday is rooted in its collective, shared meaning. When the dominant culture defines a holiday in a certain fashion, one can't pretend to redefine it in private. To pretend we can do that also is intellectually dishonest, politically irresponsible, and morally bankrupt. I press these points with no sense of moral superiority. For many years I didn't give these questions a thought, and for some years after that I sat sullenly at Thanksgiving dinners, unwilling to raise my voice. For the past few years I've spent the day alone, which was less stressful for me personally (and, probably, less stressful for people around me) but had no political effect. This year I've avoided the issue by accepting a speaking invitation in Canada, taking myself out of the country on that day. But that feels like a cheap resolution, again with no political effect in the United States. The next step for me is to seek creative ways to use the tension around this holiday for political purposes, to highlight the white-supremacist and predatory nature of the dominant culture, then and now. Is it possible to find a way to bring people together in public to contest the values of the dominant culture? How can those of us who want to reject that dominant culture meet our intellectual, political, and moral obligations? How can we act righteously without slipping into self-righteousness? What strategies create the most expansive space possible for honest engagement with others? Along with allies in Austin, I've struggled with the question of how to create an alternative public event that could contribute to a more honest accounting of the American holocausts in the past (not only the indigenous genocide, but African slavery) and present (the murderous U.S. assault on the developing world, especially in the past six decades, in places such as Vietnam and Iraq). Some have suggested an educational event, bringing in speakers to talk about those holocausts. Others have suggested a gathering focused on atonement. Should the event be more political or more spiritual? Perhaps some combination of methods and goals is possible. However we decide to proceed, we can't ignore the ugly ideological realities of the holiday. My fear of those realities is appropriate but facing reality need not leave us paralyzed by fear; instead it can help us understand the contours of the multiple crises - economic and ecological, political and cultural - that we face. The challenge is to channel our fear into action. I hope that next year I will find a way to take another step toward a more meaningful honoring of our intellectual, political, and moral obligations. As we approach Thanksgiving Day, I'm eager to hear about the successful strategies of others. For such advice, I would be thankful. Robert Jensen is a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin and board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center http://thirdcoastactivist.org. His latest book is Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity (South End Press, 2007). Jensen is also the author of The Heart of Whiteness: Race, Racism, and White Privilege and Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity (both from City Lights Books); and Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream (Peter Lang). He can be reached at rjensen [at] uts.cc.utexas.edu and his articles can be found online at http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~rjensen/index.html. --------11 of 12-------- >From the River to the Sea by Gilad Atzmon November 13th, 2009 Dissident Voice Let.s once and for all stop getting excited about America mounting pressure on Israel to freeze West Bank settlements. The entire fascination with the topic is a product of Zionist spin. It is there to divert attention from the root cause of the conflict: The robbery of Palestine and Palestinians in the name of a "Jewish home coming". The call to stop Israeli construction in the West Bank is there to leave us with the false impression that the robbery of Palestine started in 1967. The facts are known to many of us, but not to all. The vast majority of Palestinians were expelled from their towns, villages, fields and orchards in 1948. What seems as an American peace initiative putting pressure on Israel to halt its expansion into the West Bank is in fact an agenda that is promoted by Zionists within the US Administration who realise like the late Sharon, that the only chance for the Jewish state to survive the next decade, is to shrink into a little Jewish shtetle (ghetto). The Two state solution is indeed the last effort to keep Zionism alive. Netanyahu is far from being stupid. He understands it all. He knows that his Zionist Revisionist father's dream of "greater Eretz Yisrael" is unattainable. Haaretz reported that the Israeli PM admitted in Washington that he was committed to "two states living side by side". However, he stressed that the "the right of Palestinian refugees to return to the homes from which they were expelled, would not be on the table". Seemingly, an Israeli hawkish PM is voluntarily confronting the Israeli original sin namely the expulsion of the vast majority of the Palestinians people. However, the fact that he insists that it won't be "on the table" can only mean that it is on the table already. "They", continues Netanyahu, "must abandon the fantasy of flooding Israel with refugees, give up irredentist claims to the Negev and Galilee, and declare unequivocally that the conflict is finally over". Clearly, Netanyahu expresses here a wish that is shared by most if not all Israelis. They all dream to open their eyes in the morning just to find out that all Goyim, Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims just left the region. I am here to advise Netanyahu and every Israeli who is willing to listen that this is not going to happen. As much as being flooded by "refugee" Palestinians is a deep Israeli nightmare, it is far from being a Palestinian fantasy. It is actually a reality waiting to happen. Israel has lost its opportunity to reconcile with its neighbours. It failed to settle its conflict with the indigenous people of the land. The fate of Israel will be determined by "facts on the ground" namely demography. In terms of reconciliation, Israel has past the no return Zone. Its fate is doomed. One Palestine from the river to the sea is not any more a matter of "if" but rather a question of "when". Unlike most Israelis who dismiss the Palestinian cause, Netanyahu admitted today that Palestinians were indeed expelled. For the first time Palestinians' "irredentist claims" are being addressed by an Israeli PM. And yet, Netanyahu should stop deluding himself and his people. It is not just the Negev and Galilee. It is actually every piece of land between the river and the sea: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Be'er Sheva and every village, orchard, field, river and tree in between. The only question that is left open is how long will it take for the Shekel to drop? How long will it take before Israelis grasp that they dwell on stolen land? How long will it take before the Israelis realise that the battle is lost? How long will it take for the Israelis to internalise the obvious fact that they have once again managed to get on the wrong side of their Neighbours? Gilad Atzmon was born in Israel and served in the Israeli military. He lives in London, and is the author of two novels: A Guide to the Perplexed and the recently released My One and Only Love. Atzmon is also one of the most accomplished jazz saxophonists in Europe. He can be reached at: atz [at] onetel.net.uk. Read other articles by Gilad. --------12 of 12-------- City hall is filled with unquenchable stench of rotting incumbents. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - 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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