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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 16:16:28 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 03.30.10 1. Coelho/Alchemist 3.30 6:30pm 2. Romero/music/dance 3.30 7pm 3. Cuban med students 3.30 7pm 4. Somali immigration 3.30 7pm 5. Alliant vigil 3.31 7am 6. White privilege 3.31 11am 7. Race/power/organize 3.31 12noon 8. Mississippi river 3.31 12noon 9. Lower student fees 3.31 12noon 10. Single payer action 3.31 6pm 11. MLK/anti-war/PBS 3.31 9pm 12. Ralph Nader - When the banks own the congress 13. Charles Davis - Obama: he's not your friend, but what if he was? 14. ed - Bicking/CRA/petition - names/comments - 3.30 5:30pm 15. Dave Bicking - CRA reappointment - final week, vote Friday 16. Dave Bicking - CRA reappointment petition (to City Council) --------1 of 16-------- From: patty <pattypax [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Coelho/Alchemist 3.30 6:30pm Tuesday, March 30, we will discuss the book for The Little Book of the Odd Month Club. This odd month the book is Paulo Coelho's book, The Alchemist. Come to listen even if you haven't read the book. Pax Salons ( http://justcomm.org/pax-salon ) are held (unless otherwise noted in advance): Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Mad Hatter's Tea House, 943 W 7th, St Paul, MN Salons are free but donations encouraged for program and treats. Call 651-227-3228 or 651-227-2511 for information. --------2 of 16-------- From: Ellen Roscher <ellieroscher [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Romero/music/dance 3.30 7pm Gallery Night Cretin-Derham Hall Room C202 Tuesday, March 30 7-9pm A Celebration of Romero including a latin band, salsa dancing, art and a silent auction Proceeds go to the SHARE Foundation for youth scholarships in El Salvador Cretin-Derham Hall sends 35 juniors to El Salvador every summer, and this year we are having a Romero celebration to raise money for scholarships in our homestay community. There will be a latin band, dancing, art to buy and a silent auction. --------3 of 16-------- From: Joan Malerich <joanmdm [at] iphouse.com> Subject: Cuban med students 3.30 7pm Get a first hand account from Cuban medical students of what it is like to have doctors trained to serve ALL people under a universal free health care plan!! This promises to be both informative and emotionally rewarding! If you know of youth who would be interested in applying for free medical school at the Latin American School of Medicine (LASM) in Cuba, please BRING THEM OR TELL THEM ABOUT THIS EVENT. So far 35 US students have graduated from the LASM, and recently 8 of them went to Haiti to serve the poor after the Hurricane hit. For more information about applying to the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba, go to www.ifconews.org. The LASM is listed on the left-hand side. You can select from the following: * Latest news and overview <http://www.ifconews.org/MedicalSchool> * Upcoming information sessions <http://www.ifconews.org/MedSchoolEvents> * Download a brochure (PDF) <http://www.ifconews.org/sites/ifconews.org/files/medschool_brochure2007.pdf> * Request an application <http://www.ifconews.org/node/411> Suggestion: Download copies of the brochure and pass them on to youth (30 or under) who are interested in the sciences and are thinking about becoming a medical doctor. At the ifconews.org site, there is also a report back by some of the US medical student graduates from LASM who went to Haiti. IFCO stands for Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization. I am an atheist, but I firmly support this group which is led by the admirable Rev. Lucius Walker. ANNOUNCEMENT PUT OUT BY THE MN CUBA COMMITTEE: Two Cuban medical students to speak 7:00 pm, Tuesday, March 30 350 Anderson Hall <http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/AndH/>, University of Minnesota West Bank This event is an opportunity to hear from two Cuban medical students. They will speak about Cuba's internationalist mission to bring medical care to remote corners of the earth. With 300 medical personnel in Haiti when the earthquake struck, Cuba was among the first to provide help. The two will also speak about health care, education, jobs and the impact of the world economic crisis on Cuba. Yenaivis Fuentes Ascencio, 23, was born in Guantánamo, Cuba. Fuentes completed five years of study at the School of Medical Sciences in Guantánamo and is finishing her sixth and final year of undergraduate medical studies in Havana. Fuentes is serving as the National Public Health Education Coordinator of the Federation of University Students. Aníbal Ramos Socarrás, 30, was born in Manzanillo, Cuba. Ramos is a third-year graduate student in surgery at the Manzanillo School of Medical Sciences at the University of Granma where he finished his undergraduate medical studies with honors. Ramos served one year in Haiti with a volunteer medical brigade. He is a leader of the Federation of University Students at the School of Medical Sciences in Manzanillo. --------4 of 16-------- From: UMN Human Rights Center <humanrts [at] umn.edu> Subject: Somali immigration 3.30 7pm March 30, 2010. "The Letter" 7:00 pm Free and Open to the public 145 Blegen Hall, West Bank, University of Minnesota The film deals with a backlash to Somali immigration in Maine and a conflict between neo-Nazi groups and human rights advocates. Discussion by Dr. Ali Galaydh, former prime minister, Somalia --------5 of 16-------- From: AlliantACTION <alliantaction [at] circlevision.org> Subject: Alliant vigil 3.31 7am Join us Wednesday morning, 7-8 am Now in our 14th year of consecutive Wednesday morning vigils outside Alliant Techsystems, 7480 Flying Cloud Drive Eden Prairie. We ask Who Profit$? Who Dies? directions and lots of info: alliantACTION.org --------6 of 16-------- From: Andy Driscoll <andy [at] driscollgroup.com> Subject: White privilege 3.31 11am TRUTH TO TELL KFAI 11AM - MARCH 31: WHITE PRIVILEGE: Just What Does It Mean to be White in Minnesota - and Everywhere Else? KFAI - 90.3FM-Minneapolis/106.7FM Saint Paul and STREAMING at KFAI.org WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31 - 11:00AM Do you think of yourself as white? Or have you never thought of it before? If you think of yourself as white, how do you feel about it. Do you think of yourself as a person who is usually trusted, who can buy what you want anywhere you want with whatever credit you might need without paying extra for the privilege? Can you live pretty much anywhere you wish? Do you generally think that the police officer over there is suspicious of you because you're white? In fact, few of us ever give our whiteness a thought - or a second thought - and the benefits whiteness accrue to us as a result of not being a person of color in Minnesota or the United States. In fact, African-American children learn as early as age four or five that they are, indeed, Black, and they continue to learn as they go along what it means to be a person of color in this culture. Same with Asians. And Latinos. Confronting our privilege as whites is being seen as an essential step in understanding what it means to be NON-white, something that's always been true. This is the antithesis of the sense of white superiority or white supremacy that has pervaded much of our laws and commerce and governance since well before our founding a pervasive, shameful, and dehumanizing perception that gave us slavery, Jim Crow, school segregation, and the ghettoizing of our cities, suburbs and metropolitan areas - and continues to plague the underlying poverty, class distinction, and subtle exclusion that marks what was originally designed to be a totally inclusionary alternative to the monarchist cultures where our forebears were born and raised. TTT's ANDY DRISCOLL talks with researchers, teachers and advocates who work to get all of us to come to grips with what it means to be white in our society. GUESTS: PEGGY MCINTOSH, PhD - Sr. Research Scientist and Associate Director, Wellesley Centers for Women; Author, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack NANCY RODENBORG, PhD - Associate Professor of Social Work (Diversity), Augsburg College; Augsburg College Diversity Committee and the Diversity and Global Learning Collaborative ROWZAT SHIPCHANDLER - Director, Facing Race Initiative, Saint Paul Foundation INVITED: MYRON ORFIELD, JD, PhD - Executive Director, Institute on Race and Poverty, UofM Law School AND YOU! CALL us at 612-341-0980. CAN'T GET US ON THE RADIO? STREAM TTT LIVE and LATER --------7 of 16-------- From: joan [at] metrostability.org Subject: Race/power/organize 3.31 12noon Alliance for Metropolitan Stability Organizer Roundtable: Race, Power, and Organizing NOON to 1:30pm Wednesday, March 31 Rondo Community Library 461 N. Dale Street, Saint Paul, MN 55103 (free parking lower level of building - enter on the north side of University Ave.) As we work to achieve racial equity in our communities, institutions and systems, how do community organizers address the daily work to undo racism within our campaigns? Not only do organizers work towards undoing racism in our institutions and systems but they also deliberate on the race dynamics within the relationships of their constituents. Presenters: Malik Holt, Harrison Neighborhood Association Economic Development Organizer Salvador Miranda, Organizing Apprenticeship Project Associate Director Melvin Giles, MN Food and Justice Alliance Come hear community leaders talk about how they integrate intentional language about racial equity into their organizing and campaigns. Join in the dialogue about how racial equity can be central to the success of your work. Organizer Roundtables are free but registration is required. Please register at https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/322/personalopt1.asp?formid=event&c=941668 Light snacks will be provided. Feel free to bring your lunch! See you there! Please contact me with any questions. Joan Vanhala Alliance for Metropolitan Stability Coalition Organizer 612-332-4471 joan [at] metrostability.org --------8 of 16-------- From: Institute on the Environment <danie419 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Mississippi river 3.31 12noon FRONTIERS IN THE ENVIRONMENT The Institute on the Environment's spring 2010 Frontiers lecture series is now underway. Join us each Wednesday for a presentation and Q&A session, followed by a casual get-together in the IonE Commons. The lectures also air live on the Web. 3/31 - Life on the (Future) Mississippi: Or, Its Not (Just) Mark Twains River Anymore Speaker: Pat Nunnally, Coordinator, River Life The Mississippi River is a critical source of drinking water, transportation and recreation for tens of millions of people, as well as an important flyway for migratory birds and a critically important fishery. Currently, dozens of groups in various disciplines are passionately engaged in planning for the future of the Mississippi and its watershed, but lacking communication in coordinating these efforts. Learn how the River Life program works from its lab in the Twin Cities to strengthen the connections among the University of Minnesota, the Mississippi River, and communities and organizations along the river to create a sustainable urban riverfront. Lectures take place Wednesdays, noon to 1 p.m, in IonE Seminar Room 380, VoTech Bldg., St. Paul campus. All lectures are free, no registration required, and also air live on the Web. --------9 of 16-------- From: Eli Meyerhoff <meye0781 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Lower student fees 3.31 12noon Graduate Student Workers United March to Reduce Student Fees Wednesday, March 31 at 12 p.m. Social Sciences Tower, West Bank, University of Minnesota GRADUATE STUDENT WORKERS PROTEST PAYING STUDENT FEES March 26, 2010 Media contacts: Melody Hoffmann (414-699-8170 / e-mail: melody.hoffmann [at] gmail.com) Sriram Ananth (612-214-1619 / e-mail: sriram.inqilab [at] gmail.com) University of Minnesota graduate student workers and their supporters will march through the Minneapolis campus on March 31, 2010 and 12 p.m. to demand a reduction in student fees. The march will start at the Social Sciences Tower on the West Bank and end at Coffman Memorial Union. A short rally will occur before and after the march with a diverse array of graduate student worker speakers. Organizers expect over 100 participants. Graduate Student Workers United (GSWU), a group of teaching and research assistants dedicated to defending the rights of all graduate students, ends its month-long "Graduate Students Shouldn't Pay Fees" petition drive with this campus protest. GSWU hopes to have a fifth of the graduate workers sign this petition by the time of the march. University professors, chairs of departments, directors of graduate studies, frontline university staff, and undergraduates have all joined GSWU in solidarity by signing the petition. GSWU is demanding that university administrators reduce graduate student fees by $200. Currently graduate students pay over $500 in student fees each semester - which amounts to an average of 10% of their university pay received as teaching or research assistants. This pay cut impacts graduate students in 22 departments, from Forest Resources to Educational Psychology. GSWU argues that this fee reduction can be easily achieved by reallocating a mere $900,000. For example, the top administrators at the university, 100 of which make over $200,000 a year, could lower their salaries by 2.8%, to cover the fee reduction. Graduate student workers, a class of workers who are overworked and underpaid, urgently need this fee reduction. In February 2009, GSWU, formally known as Emaciated Gopher, marched with 80 fellow graduate student workers demanding an end to paying student fees. The administration refused to answer their demands. GSWU is hopeful that administrators will be open to a more gradual reduction of costs for a group of workers that work tirelessly for professors, students, and the university's reputation. This march occurs the day before Pres. Bruininks' State of the University address. On March 16, 2010 Bruininks announced an official university-wide pay cut of 1.15%. GSWU is pleased to hear Bruininks calls for a higher pay cut for administrators of 2.3% Unfortunately, the pay cuts are not scheduled for reallocation where it is most needed and do not impact highly paid administrators as much as those with substantially smaller incomes. An earlier announced university- wide pay raise of 2% has been postponed. GSWU welcomes any and all media to join them in midst of a historic international struggle, initiated by the University of California on March 4, 2010, as university students and workers demand their rights to an affordable education and fair pay for university labor. --------10 of 16-------- From: doriandter [at] aol.com Subject: Single payer action 3.31 6pm There will be a meeting of all those committed to Universal Single Payer Health Care on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 beginning at 6:00 PM at the Dunn Brothers Coffee Shop at the Minneapolis side of the Lake Street Bridge. This will be a planning meeting for an action to be taken soon. If you want further information, please call either Michael Cavlan at 612/327-6902 or Dori Ullman at 612/414-9528. Hope to see lots of dedicated people there. --------11 of 16-------- From: Alan Hooper <hooper [at] umn.edu> From: "Earthfolk" <fkroncke [at] earthfolk.net> Subject: MLK/anti-war/PBS 3.31 9pm An important show with relevance about King's anti-VN war speech. Wednesday, March 31 - 09:00pm MLK: A Call to Conscience Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1967 "Beyond Vietnam" speech at New York City's Riverside Church, in which he came out against the Vietnam War, is examined, including the repercussions it had on his popularity and its relevance to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. duration: 60 min [The MLK our rulers don't want us to know think or talk about. -ed] --------12 of 16-------- Passing on the Risk to the Taxpayer When the Banks Own the Congress By RALPH NADER March 30, 2010 CounterPunch A society not alert to signs of its own decay, because its ideology is a continuing myth of progress, separates itself from reality and envelops illusion. One yardstick by which to measure the decay in our country's political, economic, and cultural life, is the answer to this question: Do the forces of power, which have demonstrably failed, become stronger after their widely perceived damage is common knowledge? Economic decay is all around. Poverty, unemployment, foreclosures, job export, consumer debt, pension attrition, and crumbling infrastructure are well documented. The self-destruction of the Wall Street financial giants, with their looting and draining of trillions of other people's money, have been headlines for two years. During and after their gigantic taxpayer bailouts from Washington, DC, the banks, et al, are still the most powerful force in determining the nature of proposed corrective legislation. "The banks own this place," says Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), evoking the opinion of many members of a supine Congress ready to pass weak consumer and investor protection legislation while leaving dominant fewer and larger banks. Who hasn't felt the ripoffs and one-sided fine print of the credit card industry? A reform bill finally has passed after years of delay, again weak and incomplete. Shameless over their gouges, the companies have their attorneys already at work to design around the law's modest strictures. The drug and health insurance industry, swarming with thousands of lobbyists, got pretty much what they wanted in the new health law. Insurers got millions of new customers subsidized by hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars with very little regulation. The drug companies got their dream - no reimportation of cheaper identical drugs, no authority for Uncle Sam to bargain for discount prices, and a very profitable extension of monopoly patent protection for biologic drugs against cheaper, generic drug competition. For all their gouges, for all their exclusions, their denial of claims and restrictions of benefits, for all their horrendous price increases, the two industries have come out stronger than ever politically and economically. Small wonder their stocks are rising even in a recession. The junk food processing industry - on the defensive lately due to some excellent documentaries and exposesare - still the most influential of powers on Capitol Hill when it becomes to delaying for years a decent food safety bill, using tax dollars to pump fat, sugar and salt into the stomachs of our children, and fighting adequate inspections. Over seven thousand lives are lost due to contaminated food yearly in the US and many millions of illnesses. The oil, gas, coal and nuclear power companies are fleecing consumers and taxpayers, depleting and imperiling the environment, yet they continue to block rational energy legislation in Congress to replace carbon and uranium with energy efficiency technology and renewables. Still, even now after years of cost over-runs and lack of permanent storage for radioactive wastes, the nuclear industry has President Obama, and George W. Bush before him, pushing for many tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer loan guarantees for new nukes. Wall Street won't finance such a risky technology without you, the taxpayers, guaranteeing against any accident or default. Both Democrats and Republicans are passing on these outrageous financial and safety risks to taxpayers. Congress, which receives the brunt of this corporate lobbying - the carrot of money and the stick of financing incumbent challengers - is more of an obstacle to change than ever. In the past after major failures of industry and commerce, there was a higher likelihood of Congressional action. Recall, the Wall Street and banking collapse in the early 1930s. Congress and Franklin Delano Roosevelt produced legislation that saved the banks, peoples. savings and regulated the stock markets. >From the time of my book, Unsafe at Any Speed's publication in late November 1965, it took just nine months to federally regulate the powerful auto industry for safety and fuel efficiency. Contrast the two-year delay after the Bear Stearns collapse and still no reform legislation, and what is pending is weak. Yet the entrenched members of Congress, responsible for this astonishing gridlock, are almost impossible to dislodge even though polls have Congress at its lowest repute ever. It is a place where the majority is terrified of the corporations and the minority can block even the most anemic legislative efforts with archaic rules, especially in the Senate. Culturally, the canaries in the coal mine are the children. Childhood has been commercialized by the giant marketers reaching them hour by hour with junk food, violent programming, video games and bad medicine. The result - record obesity, child diabetes and other ailments. While the companies undermine parental authority, they laugh all the way to the bank, using our public airwaves, among other media, for their lucre. They can be called electronic child molesters. We published a book in 1996 called Children First!: A Parent's Guide to Fighting Corporate Predators in the Media. This book is an understatement of the problem compared to the worsening of child manipulation today. In a 24/7 entertained society frenetic with sound bites, Blackberries, iPods, text messages and emails, there is a deep need for reflection and introspection. We have to discuss face to face in living rooms, school auditoriums, village squares and town meetings what is happening to us and our diminishing democratic processes by the pressures and controls of the insatiable corporate state. And what needs to be done from the home to the public arenas and marketplaces with old and new superior models, new accountabilities and new thinking. For our history has shown that whenever the people get more engaged and more serious, they live better on all fronts. Ralph Nader is the author of Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!, a novel. --------13 of 16-------- Barack Obama: He's Not Your Friend, But What If He Was? by Charles Davis March 29th, 2010 Dissident Voice Imagine you have a friend - let's call him Barry - who seems like a swell guy, a real class act. He's got a beautiful wife, two kids, gives blood, volunteers at the local health clinic on the weekends, even gives a pretty good motivational speech from time to time. Sure, he slaughters the occasional family here, wipes out a funeral procession there, but unlike some cold-blooded murderer, some monster, he does not revel in the senseless violence. No, he laments every death caused by his regrettable but escalating savagery. Did I mention he plays a pretty mean game of basketball? Now hold up, most people with functioning brain stems and consciences might say. Nice guy though he may be, the whole killing of innocent men, women and children thing? Yeah, not cool. Kind of a buzz kill, actually. Bit of a deal breaker. Unless you're talking about Barack Obama. Then complicity in murder - and the extrajudicial killing of not just precious blonde-haired, blue-eyed American citizens, but hundreds of Afghans and Pakistanis - becomes an unfortunate, maybe even a tragic thing, but not bad in a I'm-not-going-to-vote-and-campaign-for-you sort of way. Dennis Kucinich, for instance, while denouncing the president's decision to send another 33,000 troops to Afghanistan and questioning the constitutionality of the conflict, confessed to Fox News' Bill O'Reilly that while the surge would undoubtedly be a waste of lives and resources, "You know what? To me this isn't even about the personality of the president, whom I admire". Speaking later to Esquire on why he was voting for a healthcare bill he had ripped to shreds on policy grounds just days before, Kucinich cited a "a higher responsibility" to "my president and his presidency". The Ohio congressman went on to say that a victory on healthcare was essential so that the power of the president would not be "weakened," arguing that with passage the "president will have a stronger hand in domestic and international affairs, and that will be good for the country". Nowhere in his 2,300-word remarks on the need to boost the president's popularity did he mention any of the ongoing wars and military occupations for which his friend Obama is responsible. At the signing of the bill, he not just figuratively but, with a smile on his face, literally embraced the president. Michael Moore, meanwhile, in a letter to Obama on the eve of his decision to expand the Afghan war declared that with that one move he would "destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you. With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics". But at the same time, and after the president had already expanded the war soon after taking office by nearly 20,000 troops, Moore implored Obama to "listen to your heart, and your own clear thinking," adding: "We the people still love you". After the decision to expand the war, which brings weekly tales of the atrocities that always accompany military occupations and counter-insurgency operations, there probably are a few more Obamaphiles turned disillusioned cynics - but Moore isn't one of them. "You're such a good guy, Mr. President," he writes in a more recent correspondence. The tradeoff seems to be this: in exchange for a president that can speak in complete sentences and not embarrass Americans in front of Western European audiences, and who is willing to throw a few more crumbs to the middle and lower classes, liberals will accept a little murder abroad. Oh, there might be an open letter or two, but few are willing to call the current occupant of the White House what he is - a war criminal with a million dollar smile - instead going to great lengths to defend this administration, working earnestly to support Obama's agenda even when it's entirely at odds with their own stated views. This isn't something new, by the way. When the U.S. military was killing Vietnamese by the tens of thousands in the 1960s, many rank-and-file Democrats and the whole of the liberal establishment were willing to put up with a little senseless murder abroad in exchange for Lyndon Johnson's promise of a "Great Society" at home. Even after pressure from the antiwar movement forced LBJ to give up his reelection bid, the Democratic nominee in 1968 nonetheless was Hubert Humphrey, a bland pro-war liberal. And given the orgiastic glee with which today's liberals and progressives greeted the passing of a healthcare bill even proponents are lukewarm about, can you imagine how much murder they'd put up with in return for something like Medicare? Of course, this probably isn't the trade-off the president's liberal supporters imagine they're making, and I don't doubt that people like Moore and Kucinich are sincere in their opposition to the Afghan war, if misguided in how to end it. But their view of the president as a man, or rather what they imagine him to be, colors - distorts - their views of his policies, resulting in some embarrassing attempts to excuse Obama, The Man We Thought We Voted For, for the policies enacted by Obama, The Man You Actually Got. Sadly, all too many liberals and progressives remain captivated by the former Obama - the persona they've been marketed these last couple years: the philosopher-king who probably right this moment is sitting by a fireplace, taking notes and sipping Earl Grey while absorbed in his reading of Rawls' A Theory of Justice. Like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, though, it's a shame it doesn't really exist. But this isn't to say Barack Obama, personally, would strangle to death an innocent Afghan villager, either, or that he begins his day by biting the head off of a cute little kitten (that was always more Cheney's style). If he bumped into you in the hallway he'd probably say "sorry," and if he was making a pot of coffee he might even ask if anyone else wants some. But what Obama's defenders fail to realize is that while he might seemingly be an all-around nice guy who loves his children, someone you could have a beer with if that's your metric, even nice guys are capable of real evil when they need not experience firsthand the consequences of their decisions. The killing will always be done by somebody else, not the great statesmen - outside of Iraq, that is - which is why the study of history can often feel like nothing more than the study of one war after another, each one more barbarous than the one before it. When it's someone else's life on the line, not your own, even the most righteous and well-intentioned will be more inclined to risk it. And while Obama might seem like a nice, smart guy who tucks his kids in and gives them a kiss on the forehead good night, remember that because of his decisions there are Pakistani and Afghan fathers who will never get to do the same. And remember too that Obama chose to escalate the war on terror within mere days of taking office, when he could have gone ahead and eaten that kitty during a live press conference with Angela Merkel and still have seen a bump in his poll numbers, signing off on a drone strike in Pakistan that killed 18 people before even moving his orthopedic chair into the Oval Office. As documented by the New America Foundation, Obama has continued the bombing ever, dramatically increasing the use of drones in Pakistan - a country, mind you, with which the U.S. is not officially at war - killing more than 500 people since taking office, likely many more, a third of them civilians. Weeks later Obama sent another 17,000 troops to Afghanistan, bringing his escalation of that war since taking office to roughly 50,000 troops and at least that many private contractors. If you're into peace, love and understanding, well, Barack Obama just isn't that into you. It's long past time to stop making excuses for the man and break those last emotional connections. It's also a good time to remember all those things you were told when you were little about how killing people is very bad, and that, you know, you really shouldn't do it; at least to my mind, that lesson applies even to powerful people - taking the life of another not becoming excusable because a simple majority of eligible voters who managed to get off work and bothered to head out to the polls voted into office one of the two corporate stooges allowed on the ballot, or because killing a few foreigners is an unfortunate but vital step to securing a second term. Getting on my soapbox: Once you come to grasp the basic moral truth that murder does not become acceptable simply because a majority of registered voters lucky enough to be born in the world's most powerful country sanction it, nor is one's complicity in it lessened by the fact that some 18 year old kid pulls the trigger for you - that politicians deserve to be held to the same standard of accountability to which you'd hold a casual acquaintance - then it becomes a lot harder to maintain the fiction that Obama is not stained with blood shed by his wars. But then I haven't been reading Daily Kos lately. Charles Davis is a journalist based in Washington, DC. More of his work may be found on his Web site. --------14 of 16-------- From: ed Subject: Bicking/CRA/petition - names/comments as of 3.30 5:30pm 1. names 2. comments --1-- [See signatures at end and add yours!] Greetings Here is THE Bicking support statement: [statement approved by Dave Bicking] Do you want to sign on personally? If so, email me at shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu and say "sign me on", write/spell your name as you would like it to appear, and if adding an affiliation, write out how you want that to appear (Affiliations for identification purposes only). Thanks! -David Shove -begin statement- IN SUPPORT OF THE REAPPOINTMENT OF DAVE BICKING TO THE CRA We, the undersigned, support the reappointment of Dave Bicking to the board of the Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority (CRA). For nearly two years, Dave Bicking has been an active and effective member of the CRA. He has strengthened the important work of civilian oversight of the Minneapolis police. We see his reappointment as an indication of whether the Mayor and City Council are committed to the importance and independence of the CRA. In addition to the central work of hearing cases, Bicking has taken the initiative in other important roles for the CRA, and has worked with other board members to gain support for these ideas and projects. Bicking led the work to bring to light the Police Department´s overturning of the Taser policy that was developed by the CRA and passed by the City Council. He did much of the work of bringing together CRA data and board members´ observations to produce the CRA report on the performance of the Police Chief. Dave Bicking has brought to the board a long history of activism, hard work, and skills. He has remained outspoken in his support for police accountability and civilian review, and in his critique of current police policies and leadership. That has not precluded fair and impartial adjudication of the complaints against individual officers, nor has he been criticized for bias by any who have witnessed his work on hearing panels. It would be unprecedented to not reappoint a dedicated CRA board member who wishes to continue on the board. Four year terms for CRA board members help insure the independence of the CRA. Bicking is up for reappointment after less than two years only because he was originally appointed to fill an unexpired term. Effective civilian review has always been opposed by powerful interests. The attempt to remove Dave Bicking from the CRA is part of an effort to eliminate the CRA or make it too weak to matter. We support strong provisions for police accountability and we support those who stand up for victims of police misconduct. We appeal to the Mayor and the City Council to reappoint Dave Bicking to another term on the CRA. Signed by: Organizations: CUAPB (Communities United Against Police Brutality) Fifth Congressional District Green Party [Mpls area] Fourth Congressional District Green Party Coordinating Committee [StP area] New Broom Coalition Individuals: (affiliations for identification purposes only) Roxanne Abbas Mustafa Adam Verna Alt Theodore A A Bagg Shane Bastien Margaret Beegle Bara Berg Dave Berger Emily Murphy Bicking Ian Bicking Ryan Billig Thomas Bolstad Lisa Bolton Gayle Bonneville, Mpls voter Lisa Boyd Louise Bouta, Well Mind Association of Minnesota Holle Brian Kris Broberg Joey Brochin Maija Brown Nancy Brown Elizabeth Burr Paul Busch, Metro Watchdog Alan Carlson, St Paul Gary Carlson, 4CD Green Party Michael Cavlan RN, Progressive Independents Kevin Chavis Christopher Childs Tom Cleland John Colier Duncan Connel William Cooley Emme Corbell Rebeccca & Scott Cramer Chris David, DFL activist Lionel Davis, Minneapolis Kimberly DeFranco Ayan Deria, 5CD Green Party Mary Devitt Dan Dittman Daniel D Dobson, JD Ted Dooley, attorney Tom Dooley, Working Democracy member Margueritte Doran Kim Doss-Smith Andy Driscoll Eskit James Everest Ed Felien Pam Franklin Michael Friedman, Former Chair, Mpls CRA Ann Galloway Guy Gambill Amber Garlan, Secretary 4th CD Green Party David Garland Linden Gawboy Eric Gilbertson Rhoda Gilman Rowan Glaser Cam Gordon Richard Gravrok Jan Griffith Michelle Gross, President, CUAPB Greg Groettum Brenda Grove Colin Grove Phil Grove Farheen Hakeem, National Co-chair of the Green Party of the United States Robert Halfhill Marcia Halligan Andy Hamerlinck Paul Hansen George Hamm, Green Party Johnny Hazard David Hill Melissa Hill Brian Hokanson Allan Hancock, Chair, 3rd Congressional District Green Party Local Ron Holch Jeanne Hollingsworth Anne Holzinger Lydia Howell Gail Hughes Ashley James Susu Jeffry Mimi Jennings Becky Johnson Carrie Anne Johnson, Mother, Resident of East Phillips Emily Johnson Sonja Johnson Ruth V Jones Neal Juliar Richard Kendall Frank S Kennett William G Kinsgbury Elaine Klaassen Vivian Klauber John Kolstad, president Mill City Music, candidate for Mpls mayor Robert Kucera Megan Kuhl-Stennes Seth Kuhl-Stennes Andrew Larson Kathleen Laughlin Bruce Leier Lynn Levine Diana Longrie, Attorney at Law Niklas Ludwig Mike Madden Brian Mahaffy Gordon Maham Eric Johnny Makela Joan Malerich Doug Mann, Mpls School Board candidate Wizard M Marks Susan Ann Martinson Brigid McDonald Karen McDowell Bill McGaughey Jan McGee Betty McKenzie Chris Micek Tracy Mohm Carol Mellom Peter Molenaar Jesse Mortenson Tessa Mortenson Justine Murphy Rosalind Nelson Anne Ness Aaron Newman Tim Nolan, Editor of Global Peace Janet Nye Jeff Nygaard Eric Oines, Mpls Ann O'Toole Tom O'Toole Ruthann H Ovenshire Douglas Padilla Craig Palmer, Mayday Bookstore Thistle Parker-Hartog Diane J Peterson, 4th Congressional District Green Party Terese Pritschet William Prottengeier Dan Prozinski Coleen Rowley Kathleen Ruona Sarah Santiago Margaret Sarfehjooy Jane Schallert Lauren Schira Robert Schmitz Doug Sembla, North Country Coop Board Member & VP, AFSCME Steward Local 3800 Shar in Mpls John Simcox Megan Smith Stepheb Smith Morgan Soderberg Kari Sprung David Shove, Progressive Calendar David Skeie Esther Snype Catherine Statz Scott Stenwick Mark Sulander Jessica Sundin Paolo Tapia, Incarnation Catholic Chirch Tom Taylor Whitney Taylor William Tilton Scott Travis Michael L Tupper Chuck Turchick Dorian J Ullman Cameron Ulmer Charley Underwood Vanessa M Vogl David Weisberg Clare Welter Winifred Weston Bryce Williams Ed Williams Sara Williams Mike Whalen Frank H Wood Dean Zimmerman Deborah Zvosec and you!... --2-- We endorse the IN SUPPORT OF THE REAPPOINTMENT OF DAVE BICKING TO THE CRA Petition to Minneapolis City Council. Read the IN SUPPORT OF THE REAPPOINTMENT OF DAVE BICKING TO THE CRA Petition http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?CUAPB004&51 Subject: comments as of 3.30 5:30pm Name Comments Co-ordinating Committee of the 4th Congressional District Green Party - Dave Bicking has been a champion for justice in our communities and belongs on the CRA board to continue this important work. Dorian J. Ullman - Dave Bicking is exactly what the CRA needs at this time. His reappointment will mean that the integrety of City government and the Police Dept. will gain some respect from the citizens of Minneapolis. Jane Schallert - I believe this is an extremely important position and that there is no individual more dedicated or better qualified to fill the roll than Dave Bicking Joan Malerich - As I have no faith what so ever in any level of moneyed interests politics, it is a rare exception for me to sign ANY petition related to any level of government. But, then, Dave Bicking is a rare exception. He is honest and concerned about human and civil rights. The City Council and the existing CRA both have a great opportunity to learn from Dave Bicking. The City Council often has demonstrated the nasty habit of discarding opportunities that serve and benefit the people whom they allegedly represent. Hopefully, the CRA will not duplicate the moneyed- interest thinking and actions of the City Council! Daniel D. Dobson J.D. - I have known Dave Bicking for years and he is an honest and independent voice, for those who are unable or unafraid to speak out. He is the one independent voice on the Citizens Review Authority and deserves to be reappointed. If Dave Bocking is removed from the CRA all of the citizens of Minnepaolis will be poorer. Mark Sulander - Mr. Bicking has provided valuable assistance the the important work of the CRA. Dave Bicking deserves reappointment by the Mayor and the City Council as a clear demonstration of their commitment to a fully functioning, effective CRA. Megan Kuhl-Stennes - Dave is a great and respected member of this community. He has the best interest of the people of Minneapolis in mind! 5CD Green Party Steering Committee - Dave Bicking has been a champion for justice in our communities and belongs on the CRA board to continue this important work. Clare Welter - Dave Bicking is a model citizen and an essential member of the CRA board. Mike Madden - Mr. Bicking's reappointment will give me confidence that the CRA is strong, effective, and acting in the public interest. Margueritte Doran - checks and balances! Andy Driscoll - C'mon, RT. Just do it. Robert Schmitz - I visit the City of MPLS often and have long observed a police force that does not respect the rights of citizens. Dave Berger - I whole heartedly support Dave Bicking's Reappointment to the CRA. Seth Kuhl-Stennes - I strongly support Dave Bicking on the CRA. Please approve his reappointment so that he can continue his dedicated work on this body. With misconduct on the rise in the MPD we need strong leaders such as Dave in positions of these sorts. -Seth Kuhl-Stennes Jeanne Hollingsworth - Dave Bicking is highly ethical and dedicated and he represents me, a Minneapolis voter. I strongly support his reappointment. Janet Nye - Keep Dave on the CRA, where he has contributed so much. Aaron Neumann - Dave Bicking really cares about his work, and it has shown not only with his passion but also his research that made a differnce for the City Council. It's that kind of dedication and diverse view that makes the CRA viable. I wholeheartedly support Dave's reappointment to the CRA. Kimberly DeFranco - He is a trust worthy man and needs to be in the CRA Richard Gravrok - I trust Dave, please keep him so I can have a bit more trust in the Mpls. police & our mayor. Anne Ness - Thanks to CUAPB for starting the petition to keep Dave Bicking on the CRA! Bruce Leier - His point of view need to be heard on the CRA Ann Galloway - Dave is a great asset to the people and the police of Minneapolis. We need his wise wisdom and diplomacy. The public trusts him and his advise Theodore. A. A. Bagg - We need more like Dave. Linden Gawboy - This weekend's Strib article showed only the tip of the iceberg. Mr. Bicking has a strong history of working for faireness and justice. Tim Nolan Editor of Global Peace - I have been invovled with Dave in many civic events he is qualified for the postion I am in favor of his reappointment. PAUL HANSEN DAVE IS A KEEPER Mustafa Adam - As a member of immigrant community in Minneapolis, I support Dave Bicking to be reappointed to CRA. He is the only voice we have in CRA. frank s. kennett - I've met dave, spoken with him. He's a superb man and wholly on the side of justice. He has my complete confidence and support. Ron Holch - I work on the streets of Minneapolis almost everyday. Having had the privilege to work with Dave Bicking in the past I believe that Dave is a reasonable, responsible and level headed member of the CRA Board. I feel confident that Dave has the best interests of all the people of Minneapolis with his efforts on the CRA Board. Lynn Levine - It alarms me that Dave Bickings re-appointment is even in question. He is bright, dedicated, moral, knowledgeable and an amazing asset to the Board. I feel he represents me. Gayle Bonneville - I am a Minneapolis voter who supports the reappointment of Dave Bicking. Chuck Turchick - According to the CRA Board's Feb. 3, 2010, minutes, Mayor Rybak's nominee for Vice Chair of the Board said "that no one since past chair Michael Weinbeck has pushed this board harder to do more work than Bicking. He really appreciates the work that Bicking has pushed the board to do. He thinks that Bicking needs to know that he supports him. He does think that Bicking should exercise some discretion. It is his hope and prayer that the CRA does not lose Bicking as a board member; he is needed. He has let his council member know that it is important to him that Bicking be reappointed." William McGaughey - Dave can be critical but isn't that what we need on this board? Michelle Gross - Dave Bicking must stay on the CRA board! --------15 of 16-------- From: Dave Bicking <davebicking [at] gmail.com> Subject: CRA reappointment - final week, vote Friday Dear friends, Now is the last chance to let City Council and the mayor know that you support my reappointment to the Mpls Civilian Police Review Authority (CRA). The City Council takes its final vote this Friday, April 2, at 9:30am. It is actually even more important to let your voice be heard BEFORE the meeting of the Council's Committee of the Whole, which meets this Thursday at 10am. First, what you can do, then a report on the procedure and what has happened lately. 1) Sign the petition, either online, or by sending an email to David Shove, at shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu The online petition allows comments. If emailing David Shove instead, you may include any identifier or affiliation you wish to have appear - though name alone is fine. The text of the petition is online, along with the opportunity to sign it, at: http://www.petitiononline.com/CUAPB004/petition.html PLEASE DO IT NOW - WE WILL BE COMPILING THE SIGNATURES ON THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT (MARCH 31) FOR SUBMISSION TO THE COUNCIL! 2) Contact your City Council member - or better yet, all City Council members, by phone or email. Contact information is at the bottom of this email. 3) Mark your calendar for the next regular monthly CRA board meeting, Wednesday, April 7, 6:30pm, at City Hall, Room 333. (after hours entrance is the center door on 4th St.) That is a good time for the public to let the new CRA members know their expectations. There is an opportunity for public comment. 4) Come to either the Committee of the Whole (10am Thursday) or the City Council meeting (9:30am Friday). These are less important than the recent public hearing, but it would be good to have a few supporters there. These can also be viewed live online at: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/webcasts/ Procedure: Last Wednesday, March 24, the City Council's Public Safety Committee held a public hearing on the CRA appointments. Thanks to all who contacted members of that committee, and special thanks to those who were able to come to the hearing. There are another 3 seats open, in addition to mine, and we heard from some good applicants. But of the 4 seats to be appointed, the mayor gets to choose 3 this time - and he appears to have already made up his mind. While it is still important to contact the mayor, it is the City Council which is most likely to listen. The Public Safety Committee did not vote on which applicants they supported, but sent forward all names without recommendation. That is the usual procedure. Usually, a recommended list "magically" shows up at the City Council meeting for a vote (decided on behind closed doors). Fortunately (thanks to Cam Gordon), the list was forwarded to the Committee of the Whole for open discussion among all Council members on the morning before the full Council vote. Thank you for all your support so far!!! We currently have about 170 names on the petition, 108 of which are on the online petition. This effort has had the added benefit of bringing much more attention to the CRA, its importance, and its work. Please remember, this is not to benefit me personally. Being on the CRA means more work for me. It is to benefit all those whom the CRA is intended to serve. They need a strong and active CRA. Complainants need to have their cases not only heard, but to lead to meaningful discipline. Just as important is the pro-active work that the CRA needs to do - recommending policy changes, tracking trends, providing early warning of problem officers - so that all of us can benefit from a better police department. Dave Bicking 612-276-1213 CONTACT INFO: Mayor R.T. Rybak: mayor [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us 612-673-2100 Kevin Reich, Ward 1 kevin.reich [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Cam Gordon, Ward 2 cam.gordon [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Diane Hofstede, Ward 3 diane.hofstede [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Barb Johnson, Ward 4 barbara.johnson [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Don Samuels, Ward 5 don.samuels [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Robert Lilligren, Ward 6 robert.lilligren [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Lisa Goodman, Ward 7 lisa.goodman [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Elizabeth Glidden, Ward 8 elizabeth.glidden [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Gary Schiff, Ward 9 gary.schiff [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Meg Tuthill, Ward 10 meg.tuthill [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us John Quincy, Ward 11 john.quincy [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Sandra Colvin Roy, Ward 12 sandra.colvin.roy [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Betsy Hodges, Ward 13 betsy.hodges [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Phone number for all Council members is 612-673-22xx where xx is the Ward number, examples: Kevin Reich 612-673-2201, Betsy Hodges 612-673-2213 Please make those phone calls or send those emails! --------16 of 16-------- From: Dave Bicking <dave [at] colorstudy.com> Subject: CRA reappointment petition (to City Council) I have just sent our petition to the City Council. I'll follow up with even more signatures late Wednesday night, before the Thursday morning discussion at the Committee of the Whole. Great work, everyone! Dave B From: Dave Bicking <dave [at] colorstudy.com> To: @Council.PML, mayor [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Subject: CRA reappointment petition Copies to: Samuel.Reid [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Date sent: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 15:33:07 -0500 To the Mayor and all City Council members, At the public hearing on CRA appointments, a supporter of my reappointment gave the members of that committee a petition listing approximately 100 names. We have continued to gather signatures, both online and through other means. There are currently 186 names in support, including a current count of 121 online. Online petition and signatures available at: http://www.petitiononline.com/CUAPB004/petition.html Normally, a reappointment to the CRA would be uncontroversial. But because that is not the case this time, I want you to be aware of the level of interest and support, both for my reappointment, and for the work of the CRA. People have fought hard and spent much time and effort to create effective civilian oversight of our police department. Many of you have also spent a lot of time and effort, on the 2006 Working Group, for instance. It is easy to take that for granted, and it is good that people are being reminded of the importance of the CRA - or even of its existence. Another good side effect of this attention is the number and quality of applicants. It appears that for the first time in a long while, the CRA will have a full complement of eleven board members. I have meeting minutes going back to December, 2006. Never in that time have eleven members attended a meeting, and only once (Feb 2007) have eleven people even been listed as members. In your deliberations, please give strong consideration to reliability and dependabllity. Consider my record: I have never missed a meeting since my appointment. The CRA really needs a full board and an active board. I want to acknowledge that not all of the signatures below are of Minneapolis residents. (And there are many signers who I do not personally know, so I don't know their residence.) Keep in mind, though, that a significant proportion of the complaints received by the CRA are not from Minneapolis residents. Many non-residents have interactions, both good and bad, with our police department. In addition, some non-residents have signed because they know of me and my work, and believe that any city should be happy to have my service. Below I have printed the text of the petition, with the names of all the signers. Below that is a list of all the comments received at the online petition site. [See item #14 above for the most recent lists. ed] I will send an updated list shortly before your discussion at the Committee of the Whole meeting. Please consider this support in making your decision. Once again, if you have any concerns which would cause you to vote against my reappointment, please let me know, so that I can address them in any manner that works for you. Sincerely, Dave Bicking 612-276-1213 3211 22nd Ave. S. #1 Minneapolis, MN 55407 Ward 9 --------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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 Research almost any topic raised here at: CounterPunch http://counterpunch.org Dissident Voice http://dissidentvoice.org Common Dreams http://commondreams.org Once you're there, do a search on your topic, eg obama drones
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