Progressive Calendar 04.01.10
From: David Shove (
Date: Thu, 1 Apr 2010 16:28:27 -0700 (PDT)
            P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R    04.01.10

1. Eagan peace vigil  4.01 4:30pm
2. Northtown vigil    4.01 5pm
3. Anti-war/new mem   4.01 7pm
4. Viva Cuba/film     4.01 7:30pm
5. Arab music         4.01 7:30pm
6. Anti-racist action 4.01 8pm

7. Ffunch awaits      4.02 11:30am
8. Palestine vigil    4.02 4:15pm
9. ENP                4.02 7pm

10. Bonnie Watkins - Women policy -RSVP ASAP
11. Kathy Kelly    - Pacified

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From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at]>
Subject: Eagan peace vigil 4.01 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.

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From: EKalamboki [at]
Subject: Northtown vigil 4.01 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]

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From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at]>
Subject: Anti-war/new mem 4.01 7pm
New Members Meeting
Thursday, April 1st @ 7pm @ Diamonds Coffee Shoppe, 1618 Central Ave NE,

Come help organize against the war on Afghanistan and against US
intervention across the globe. Come to an Anti-War Committee meeting
designed for new people!

Meredith Aby

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From: Joan Malerich <joanmdm [at]>
Subject: Viva Cuba/f 4.01 7:30pm

The fifth movie in the Minnesota Cuban Film Festival
Viva Cuba will be shown tomorrow, Thursday, at St. Anthony Main Theatre
at 7:30. It will be followed by a discussion at Pracna on Main,
downstairs from the theater.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1
St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main Street, SE, Minneapolis
Free parking in ramp at 2nd Street SE and 2nd Avenue SE
Admission: $6; 4 for $20

April 1 -- Viva Cuba by Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti

In a tale akin to Romeo and Juliet, the friendship between two children is
threatened by their parents' differences. Malu is from an upper-class
family and her single mother does not want her to play with Jorgito.
Jorgito's mother is a poor socialist, proud of her family's social
standing, who places similar restrictions on her son. What neither woman
recognizes is the immense strength of the bond between Malu and Jorgito.
When the children learn that Malu's mother is planning to leave Cuba, they
decide to travel to the other side of the island to find Malu's father and
persuade him against signing the forms that would allow it. Juan Carlos
Cremata's two young stars are captivating, real naturals the camera can't
resist. You'll remember them long after you've left the theater. Viva Cuba
won 34 national and international awards in all. 80 minutes.

General audience discussion of film after screening with Gary Prevost,
Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies at St. John's
University and the College of St. Benedict, who will facilitate discussion
on the Cuban Adjustment Act and the Cuban educational system which
provides the highest levels of education to all Cubans for free. Pracna on
Main, next to the theater.

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Date: Thu, 1 Apr 2010 09:44:27 -0600
From: Mizna <mizna [at]>
Subject: Arab music 4.01 7:30pm

Bassam Saba in Concert at the Cedar Cultural Center
Thursday, April 1st, 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7p.m.)

Tickets are on sale now from the Cedar Ticketline (612-338-2674 ext 2),
Cedar outlets (Homestead Pickin' Parlor, Irish on Grand, Depth of Field,
and Electric Fetus) and Ticketweb.

$15 in advance, $18 day of show
Stop by the Mizna table at the concert and say hello!

Bassam Saba is one of the nation's leading figures of Arabic music. Saba
is a world-renowned nay virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist, performing on
oud, violin, buzuq, saz and western classical flute. Saba studied nay, oud
and violin at the Lebanon National Conservatory. At the age of 17, he
moved to Paris where he received his BA in Western Classical music and
Flute Performance at the Conservatoire Municipal des Gobelins. In 1979,
Saba moved to Moscow to study at the prestigious Gnessin Musical
Pedagogical Institute where he received an MA in Western Flute Performance
and Music Education (1985). He later returned to Beirut where he began to
work extensively with the biggest stars of the Arab World: Fairouz, the
diva of Lebanon, and composers Marcel Khalife and Ziad Rahbani.

Saba moved to New York in 1991. Since then, he has worked with artists
such as Yo-Yo Ma, Simon Shaheen, Wadi El-Safi, Paul Simon, Alicia Keys,
Sting, Santana, and jazz musicians like Herbie Hancock, Sonny Fortune and
Quincy Jones. Saba currently performs his compositions with his own group,
directs the New York Arabic Orchestra, and performs with Simon Shaheen's
Al-Qantara and Near Eastern Music Ensemble; Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble;
and Christian Jarvi's Absolute Ensemble, premiering a pioneering concerto
for nay composed for him by Daniel Schnyder. As a soloist, Saba has
performed with multiple symphonic orchestras around the world, such as the
Philharmonics of Hannover and Detroit. He has toured throughout the Middle
East, Europe, North America, South America, Australia, Africa and Japan.

Saba will be performing with leading classical Arabic percussionist April
Centrone. Centrone plays riqq (Arabic tambourine), frame drum, darbakkeh
("dumbek" or goblet drum), oud and violin, and is also a proficient
jazz/rock drummer of 15 years.


In addition to Bassam Saba's appearance at the Cedar Cultural Center
tonight (see the Mizna website for more information), we are pleased to
help spread the word for Saba's Arabic Music Workshop, taking place Friday
and Saturday, April 2nd and 3rd, at Patrick's Cabaret.

If you would like to take part in this rare opportunity, register now at
Don't miss out!

Mizna, Inc., 2205 California Street NE, #109A, Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 788-6920 | mizna [at] |

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From: greenpartymike <ollamhfaery [at]>
Subject: Anti-racist action 4.01 8pm

Panel Discussion With Veterans of the Anti-Racist/Anti-Fascist Movement in
the Twin Cities

Thursday April 1st 8PM
Macalester College - 4th Floor Old Main
1600 Grand Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105

Neo-Nazis have come out of the woodwork to organize publicly in Minnesota
once again.  We need to learn from and analyze the history of
anti-racist/anti-fascist organizing as we continue to struggle against
white supremacy.

The panel will discuss and analyze the both the history of Neo-Nazis and
racist skinheads in the Twin Cities and the role that Anti-Racist Action
played in routing the Nazis out of this community.

A Q&A and facilitated discussion with the audience will follow the
presentation by the four speakers.


In the 1980s the Twin Cities were a hotbed of Neo-Nazis and racist
skinhead gangs, some of which were violent and others which were openly
organizing working class white young people to further an agenda of hate
and intolerance.

Many folks in Twin Cities communities began organizing a response and
eventually drove most of the nazis and racist skinheads out and
underground through a multi-decade struggle.

Among the first groups to organize a response were young punks who formed
street crews that eventually founded Anti-Racist Action (ARA).  ARA
chapters quickly spread to other cities and still exists in other states
today. The Minneapolis chapter and the organization in general were
successful in many ways while also flawed.

*if you are willing to put up or hand out some posters for the event
please email parsons1741 [at] to get the poster emailed to you.

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From: David Shove <shove001 [at]>
Subject: Ffunch awaits 4.02 11:30am

Ffunch 4.02 11:30am

First Friday Lunch (FFUNCH) for progressives.
Informal political talk and hanging out.

Day By Day Cafe 477 W 7th Av St Paul.
Meet on the far south side.

Day By Day has soups, salads, sandwiches, and dangerous
apple pie; is close to downtown St Paul & on major bus lines

(begin mumbling:)
 ffunch        ffunch        ffunch        ffunch

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From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at]>
Subject: Palestine vigil 4.02 4:15pm

The weekly vigil for the liberation of Palestine continues at the
intersection of Snelling and Summit Aves in St. Paul. The Friday demo
starts at 4:15 and ends around 5:30. There are usually extra signs

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From: jwilson [at]
Subject: ENP 4.02 7pm

Comrades and Friends of the Edgertonite National Party:

Just a friendly little reminder that the next meeting is Friday, 2 April
2010 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at Caribou Coffee, 4210 Winnetka Ave. N. in New
Hope, MN, and you are cordially invited. Public transit access is by bus
routes 705, 717, and 755.

The main topic of discussion will be the future direction of the
Party in getting ready for participation in the 2013 and 2014 Elections.

Sincerely, John Charles Wilson National Chairman, ENP

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From: Bonnie Peace Watkins <bonnie [at]>
Subject: Women Policy -RSVP ASAP

The Minnesota Women's Consortium
RSVP by Monday noon for Women Come to the Capitol 2010!

Tuesday, April 6, 5:30 - 8:00
* Supper & networking
* Breakout sessions:  Minnesota ERA - Kathleen Murphy;  Health care
reform - Connie Perpich & Linnea House; or Developing new leaders - Nou
Yang & Suyapa Miranda
* Dessert, Calliope Women's Chorus, & special guest

Wednesday, April 7, 9:30 - 1:30
* Citizen Lobbyist - Rachel Callanan (Am. Heart Assn.)
* Breakout sessions:   Violence against women - ThaoMee Xiong;  or,
Economic justice - Patty Tanji, Amy Brenengen, Miss Shannan Paul (B96
* Lunch with Liz Kuoppala (Minnesota Coalition for the
       Homeless):  Does your voice matter?
* Mock committee hearing
* Meet & greet with legislators

$10 for Tuesday only, $10 for Wednesday only, or $15 for both.  OK to pay
at the door.  But please, please click here to RSVP to Lorraine by Monday
noon so she can order your yummy food.  More info on the blog.

Hope to see you soon!
Bonnie Peace Watkins for the
Minnesota Women's Consortium

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by Kathy Kelly
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

If the U.S. public looked long and hard into a mirror reflecting the
civilian atrocities that have occurred in Afghanistan, over the past ten
months, we would see ourselves as people who have collaborated with and
paid for war crimes committed against innocent civilians who meant us no

Two reporters, Jerome Starkey (the Times UK), and David Lindorff, (Common
Dreams), have persistently drawn attention to U.S. war crimes committed in
Afghanistan. Makers of the film "Rethinking Afghanistan" have steadily
provided updates about the suffering endured by Afghan civilians. Here is
a short list of atrocities that have occurred in the months since General
McChrystal assumed his post in Afghanistan.

December 26th, 2009:  US-led forces, (whether soldiers or "security
contractors" (mercenaries) is still uncertain), raided a home in Kunar
Province and pulled eight young men out of their beds, handcuffed them,
and gunned them down execution-style.  The Pentagon initially reported
that the victims had been running a bomb factory,  although distraught
villagers were willing to swear that the victims, youngsters, aged 11 -
18, were just seven normal schoolboys and one shepherd boy.  Following
courageous reporting by Jerome Starkey, the U.S. military carried out its
own investigation and on February 24th, 2010, issued an apology, attesting
the boys' innocence.

February 12, 2010:  U.S. and Afghan forces raided a home during a party
and killed five people, including a local district attorney, a local
police commander two pregnant mothers and a teenaged girl engaged to be
married.  Neither Commander Dawood, shot in the doorway of his home while
pleading for calm waving his badge, nor the teenaged Gulalai, died
immediately, but the gunmen refused to allow relatives to take them to the
hospital. Instead, they forced them to wait for hours barefoot in the
winter cold outside.

Despite crowds of witnesses on the scene, the NATO report insisted that
the two pregnant women at the party had been found bound and gagged,
murdered by the male victims in an honor killing.  A March 16, 2010 U.N.
report, following on further reporting by Starkey, exposed the deception,
to meager American press attention.

Two weeks later: February 21st, 2010: A three-car convoy of Afghans was
traveling to the market in Kandahar with plans to proceed from there to a
hospital in Kabul where some of the party could be taken for much-needed
medical treatment.  U.S. forces saw Afghans travelling together and
launched an air-to-ground attack on the first car.  Women in the second
car immediately jumped out waving their scarves, trying desperately to
communicate that they were civilians.  The U.S. helicopter gunships
continued firing on the now unshielded women. 21 people were killed and 13
were wounded.

There was press attention for this atrocity, and U.S. General Stanley
McChrystal would issue a videotaped apology for his soldiers' tragic
mistake.  Broad consensus among the press accepted this as a gracious
gesture, with no consequences for the helicopter crew ever demanded or

Whether having that gunship in the country was a mistake - or a crime -
was never raised as a question.

And who would want it raised?  Set amidst the horrors of an ongoing
eight-year war, how many Americans think twice about these atrocities,
hearing them on the news.

So I'm baffled to learn that in Germany, a western, relatively comfortable
country, citizens raised a sustained protest when their leaders misled
them regarding an atrocity that cost many dozens of civilian lives in

The air strike was conducted by US planes but called in by German forces.
On September 4, 2009, Taleban fighters in Kunduz province had hijacked two
trucks filled with petrol, but then gotten stuck in a quagmire where the
trucks had sank.  Locals, realizing that the trucks carried valuable fuel,
had arrived in large numbers to siphon it off, but when a German officer
at the nearest NATO station learned that over 100 people had assembled in
an area under his supervision, he decided they must be insurgents and a
threat to Germans under his command. At his call, a U.S. fighter jet
bombed the tankers, incinerating 142 people, dozens of them confirmable as

On September 6, 2009, Germany's Defense Minister at the time, Franz Josef
Jung, held a press conference in which he defended the attack, playing
down the presence of civilians.  He wasn't aware that video footage from a
US F15 fighter jet showed that most of the people present were unarmed
civilians gathering to fill containers with fuel.

On November 27, 2009, after a steady outcry on the part of the German
public, the Defense Minister was withdrawn from his post, (he is now a
Labor Minister), and two German military officials, one of them Germany's
top military commander Wolfgang Schneiderhan, were forced to resign.

I felt uneasy and sad when I realized that my first response to this story
was a feeling of curiosity as to how the public of another country could
manage to raise such a furor over deaths of people in faraway Afghanistan.
How odd to have grown up wondering how anyone could ever have been an
uninvolved bystander allowing Nazi atrocities to develop and to find
myself, four decades later, puzzling over how German people or any
country's citizenship could exercise so much control over their

Today, in the US, attacks on civilians are frequently discussed in terms
of the "war for hearts and minds.".

Close to ten months ago, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters at
a June 12, 2009 press conference in Brussels that General Stanley
McChrystal "would work to minimize Afghan civilian casualties, a source of
growing public anger within Afghanistan."

"Every civilian casualty -- however caused -- is a defeat for us," Gates
continued, "and a setback for the Afghan government."

On March 23rd, 2010, McChrystal was interviewed by  the Daily Telegraph.
"Your security comes from the people," he said. "You don't need to be
secured away from the people. You need to be secured by the people. So as
you win their support, it's in their interests to secure you, .... This
can mean patrolling without armored vehicles or even flak jackets. It
means accepting greater short-term risk - and higher casualties - in the
hope of winning a "battle of perceptions and perspectives" that will
result in longer-term security."

And on March 2nd, 2010, he told Gail McCabe "What we're trying to do now
is to increase their confidence in us and their confidence in their
government.  But you can't do that through smoke and mirrors, you have to
do that through real things you do - because they've been through
thirty-one years of war now, they've seen so much, they're not going to be
beguiled by a message."

We're obliged as Americans to ask ourselves whether we will be guided by a
message such as McChrystal's or by evidence.  Americans have not been
through thirty-one years of war, and we have managed to see very little of
the consequences of decades of warmaking in Afghanistan.

According to a March 3, 2010 Save the Children report, "The world is
ignoring the daily deaths of more than 850 Afghan children from treatable
diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia, focusing on fighting the insurgency
rather than providing humanitarian aid."  The report notes that a quarter
of all children born in the country die before the age of five, while
nearly 60 percent of children are malnourished and suffer physical or
mental problems.  The UN Human Development Index in 2009 says that
Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world, second only to
Niger in sub-Saharan Africa.

The proposed US defense budget will cost the U.S. public two billion
dollars per day.  President Obama's administration is seeking a 33 billion
dollar supplemental to fund wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Most U.S. people are aware of Taleban atrocities, and many may believe the
U.S. troops are in Afghanistan to protect Afghan villagers from Taleban
human rights abuses.  At least the mainstream news media in Germany and
the UK will air stories of atrocities. The U.S. people are disadvantaged
inasmuch as the media and the Pentagon attempt to pacify us, winning our
hearts and minds to bankroll ongoing warfare and troop escalation in
Afghanistan.  Yet it isn't very difficult to pacify U.S. people.  We're
easily distracted from the war, and when we do note that an atrocity has
happened, we seem more likely to respond with a shrug of dismay than with
a sustained protest.

At the Winter Soldier hearings, future presidential hopeful John Kerry
movingly asked Congress how it could ask a soldier "To be the last man to
die for a mistake," while contemporary polls showed less prominent
Americans far more willing to call the Vietnam war an evil - a crime - a
sin - than "a mistake."  The purpose of that war, as of Obama's favored
war in Afghanistan, was to pacify dangerous populations - to make them
peaceful, to win the battle of hearts and minds.

Afghan civilian deaths no longer occur at the rate seen in the war's first
few months, in which the civilian toll of our September 11 attacks,
pretext for the war then as it is now, was so rapidly exceeded.

But every week we hear - if we are listening very carefully to the news,
if we are still reading that final paragraph on page A16 - or if we are
following the work of brave souls like Jerome Starkey - of tragic
mistakes.  We are used to tragic mistakes.  Attacking a country militarily
means planning for countless tragic mistakes.

Some of us still let ourselves believe that the war can do some good in
Afghanistan,  that our leaders' motives for escalating the war, however
dominated by strategic economic concerns and geopolitical rivalries, still
in some small part include the interests of the Afghan people.

There are others who know where this war will lead and know that our
leaders know, and have simply become too fatigued, too drained of
frightened tears by this long decade of nightmare, to hold those leaders
accountable anymore for moral choices.

It's worthwhile to wonder, how did we become this pacified?

But far more important is our collective effort to approach the mirror, to
stay in front of it, unflinching, and see the consequences of our mistaken
acquiescence to the tragic mistakes of war, and then work, work hard, to
correct our mistakes and nonviolently resist collaboration with war

Kathy Kelly, a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. Kathy
Kelly's email is kathy [at]


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